Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Out & About with Brief Visual #RandomThoughts

It was a bit of a struggle to think about my #RandomThoughts This week with all that is going on.   As I am working on a more comprehensive Note I decided to release these Visual #RandomThoughts as I had the pleasure to be at St Timothy's Parish last week being supportive of The Parish Faith Formation Children visiting the Parish I have collaborated with for almost Five years:  

It is being witness to such that continues to sustain my sense of hope--more so as I joined the Second Harvest Confrence Call with Partners as they debriefed all partners on their plans to make sure all who are food insecure in Orange County are served.  

It is also a week that has seen our World up-ended like never before as the COVD-19 virus (or some refer to as the Novell CoronaVirus) continues its' deadly inroads into our World.   We in Orange County are subject to a Shelter & Place Order and almost 30% of the State (some 8 Million people) are subject to such.   France has imposed a 15-Day Nationwide Curfew--followed by Spain.     Governments have stepped up in a major way.

I couldn't help but wonder what all those Conservatives who railed against Government would say now. 


Monday, March 9, 2020

Out & About w/ #RandomThoughts

I begin my weekly Random Thoughts this week with this as I am reading his classic, The Prophet.  Such beauty is indeed not in the Face, but in the heart.   If only some could remember that!!

It has been quite a challenging week in our World in many ways.    The Corona Virus rages on and the stories reviewed have been heart breaking.   I was admonished for a tweet I released earlier on potential preventive measures--the gentleman who did it was right now and I deleted it right away.  Any information must be either from the World Health Organization or the Centers For Disease Control--and I will embrace it and work with the Daily Outsider Team on this--it was also critical for me to note this here from the WHO website that is critical to underscore which was based on the information released to WHO Website: 

Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO

Criminals are disguising themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information.  If you are contacted by a person or organization that appears to be from WHO, verify their authenticity before responding.
The World Health Organization will:  
  • never ask you to login to view safety information
  • never email attachments you didn’t ask for
  • never ask you to visit a link outside of www.who.int 
  • never charge money to apply for a job, register for a conference, or reserve a hotel
  • never conduct lotteries or offer prizes, grants, certificates or funding through email
  • never ask you to donate directly to emergency response plans or funding appeals.
Beware that criminals use email, websites, phone calls, text messages, and even fax messages for their scams.
You can verify if communication is legit by contacting WHO directly.

I just finished reporting on it and released a link to my Twitter Feed to hopefully be supportive as our World continues to fight this epidemic.     The stories out of Iran is especially heart breaking as the virus continues to spread due to the incompetence and the absolute lack of regard the regime has for the people is beyond the pale--As I have been writing this, one of the residents of Rasht, a city in Northern Iran and the Capital of Gilan Province, has been providing guidance to the show Iran-E-Farda  on how truly horrible things are in the aftermath of the horrific decisions made to quarantine the epic center, Qum, by Security Officials close to the Supreme Leader.    

Rasht has a population of 1.2 Million and has 6 Hospitals with an estimated maximum capacity of 1000 beds.   Out of 10 families, 1 family has lost a loved one--the Number of Doctors and Nurses who have lost their lives is absolutely tragic.     I understood that some 35 Million Masks and Gloves were sent forth--yet it ended up in the black market which is absolutely devastating and the current regime is incapable of stopping it.     

I could not believe the nerve that the National Security Advisor, Shamkhani , told Iraqis how Iran could help Iraq--someone needs to tell him that if he had the nerve, he needs to fix Iran.   One of the persons talked about how he went to 20 Pharmacies and no one face mask or Alcohol was available.    One person was absolutely right when he noted that Iran has turned into Chernobyl.   As I worked away today, I could not help but agree with Iranian Analyst Amir Taheri as he noted how Iran has no Government--and 80 Million People Suffer in the process.

My heart is heavy tonight for Iran especially as Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, is coming up as I created my "Haft-Sin" to signify a sense of hope in spite of it all:


I pay homage to all the Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare workers who have been at the front lines of fighting the Corona Virus Epidemic (which is close to being a pandemic) as I hereby share a number of these angels here:

All I can say is this:  We Shall Overcome.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Out & About w/Brief #RandomThoughts As a New Week Looms....

Out & About in Laguna Niguel at Night :) 

@ George White Elementary School in Laguna Niguel, CA  

I had the chance to do a walkabout in my City and captured one of the most beautiful images I saw--and the ray of light from the Moon was so symbolic of the sense of hope that is It is the dawn of a new week and a new month and Spring is in the Air.   For me, it was a busy week but it culminated with a morning of service that began with being supportive of the St.Timothy's Parish Pantry and ended with being at George White Elementary School serving as Principal for the Day to be acclimated with the Daily Operations of our Schools.  I continue to be amazed by the fabulous work by the Teachers and Administrators especially as I have been at the forefront of being involved in efforts to provide guidance to the District with my service on the Facilities and Finance Advisory Committee--whereby I served as the Vice Chair.   The 2-Year effort has resulted in two measures--Measures H & I--that is before the Voters for the upcoming March 3rd Election.   I voted For it and reflected upon it in January in my Weekly Random Thoughts here in my Founders' Corner.

It is going to be quite a week with Super Tuesday here in the United States.  This is as our World continues to battle the Corona Virus--at the Daily Outsider, I helped edit a Corona Virus Update as our team urged all to strictly rely on the WHO and the CDC and to follow common sense health protocols for us to help to defeat this.  

As I close out these brief #RandomThoughts, I took comfort in this--as he epitomizes the true art of the possible: 

Onward to the New Week....

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Out & About re: #CoronaVirus....

My Son is attending UC Davis--I just received this from UC Davis as I also saw reports that over 8,000 cases have been diagnosed in California--profound challenging times:

Chancellor Gary S. May at his desk
Dear UC Davis Parents:

As you may be aware, a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been documented in a Solano County resident who is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. This case is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as possibly the first patient with no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual. Because of the precautions we have had in place since this patient’s arrival, we believe there has been minimal potential for exposure at the medical center.

To date, no one in Yolo County or on the UC Davis main campus has tested positive for COVID-19. We do want you to know, however, that out of an abundance of caution, three members of the campus community who had been living in Kearney Hall are currently in isolation. The CDC is testing one of them for COVID-19, and this person is not on campus. The other two individuals are asymptomatic, meaning they are not showing any symptoms of illness, so, following CDC guidance, they have not been tested.

As an additional precautionary measure, daily disinfection practices are being implemented within all Student Housing and Dining Services properties.

Additionally, all students seeking care at the Student Health and Wellness Center are being asked about recent travel and contact with people with known COVID-19.

Many of you are asking about the status of classes and campus operations both in Davis and Sacramento. We will follow the guidance of the Yolo County and the California Department of Public Health before we make any decisions. We are not planning to cancel classes or suspend or modify operations at this time. Currently, we believe there is no need to do so.

We understand that there is a great amount of concern, uncertainty and anxiety in the campus community. The safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priority. We are taking all appropriate measures and working closely with the CDC, California Department of Public Health and county agencies to coordinate.

While there is much we are learning about COVID-19, one thing we do know is that it has a high recovery rate.

Here are actions that you can take to ensure we all stay as healthy as possible:

• Stay informed:

• Practice daily preventative care:
   o Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
   o Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
   o Stay home if you are sick.
   o Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work and school.
   o Practice healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
   o If you have not received your annual flu shot, please schedule one with your provider to help protect yourself against the flu.
   o Do not smoke or use e-cigarettes.

• Remain calm:
   o While the progression of COVID-19 is still emerging, the CDC is reporting that for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.

• Resources:

Again, we are taking all necessary precautions and are working with public health officials. We do not believe there is any reason for anyone to overreact. Any person who is in isolation and asymptomatic is not considered contagious.

We ask you to be kind and respectful to one another, as our Principles of Community guide our behaviors and interactions.

We will continue to provide you with updates as we have them. You can find information at any time here.


Gary S. May
Chancellor, UC Davis

David Lubarsky
Vice Chancellor and CEO, UC Davis Health
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Out & About With Some Brief Mid-Week #RandomThoughts

I was on the road for Five Days and now working to catch up--and decided to release the following   #RandomThoughts as I continue to think through the challenges in Iran, the Corona Virus , Civil Rights and Voting as I had the pleasure to cast my vote Monday at the Vote Center: 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Out & About With Brief #RandomThoughts For the Week

It has been quite a week!!   I decided to begin with this uplifting note:

It was a great  uplifting in spite of all that has gone in Iran this past week--especially as I saw reports about reports that a guy named Ghalifbaf (who ran for President three times) received billions in bribes as he is trying to get a seat in Iran's Parliament & having been evident to the agony of the families of  Ukraine Plane Disaster.   This beautiful song about the agony of Iran was beautiful featuring the great and talented Golshifteh Farahani captured the darkness that has befallen Iran:  

As I was thinking about the week, I went to see 1917--I still could not get over how brutal we are as humans to each other as I captured the following two scenes: 

I remain hopeful in spite of it all....

Onward as this President's Day Week....

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Out & About w/some W-End #RandomThoughts

It was quite a week in our World--but also a week of hope and optimism as I had the pleasure to visit the Aliso Niguel High School International Food Faire and serve as a judge.    This is an tradition at Aliso Niguel High School where clubs come together to showcase a country and its' culture and raise funds for their causes.      Here are some images of that great day:

I also was working away on commitments at the Daily Outsider and it was frankly a challenging day.  I decided to be circumspect as I released this to my Twitter Feed late last night:

As I was thinking about the past week and all that had occurred, I re-read this from President Bush 41 to President Clinton:


May we see better days....

Monday, February 3, 2020

Out & About with #RandomThoughts

February is before Us--I decided to work on some #RandomThoughts on Iran opening it up with the Song "Deng" on the legacy of the horrific war between Iran & Iraq.

The lyrics of the Song are I believe in the local Arabic Dialectic in the South of Iran that depicts the horrors of War.    Iran's South is yet to be rebuilt after over 30 years as it continues to grapple with destroyed infrastructure and Agriculture's Destruction.    The scenes are heart breaking to see.

The regime in Iran is also beginning a celebration of what it refers to as "Fajr".    It is the ten days that began with the return of Khomeini to Iran and the success of the Revolution.   This has seen Regime Officials paying homage to Khomeini appearing with his grandson--the depictions below reflect the President, the head of the Judiciary and the Red Crescent Organization appearing:

Iran Red Crescent Organization at Khomeini's Tomb  in Tehran 

The Head of the Judiciary Joins Khomeini's Grandson at Khomeini's Tomb

The Iranian President and His Cabinet at Khomeini's Tomb with Khomeini's Grandson 

It is absolutely sickening to see such images-as poverty continues to spread like cancer, inflation looms as the Economy teeters on the brink of collapse.    Leading Human Rights Activists and Freedom Fighters continue to languish in Prison.    What is also so tragic is that even one of the rare voices of dissent and courage was summoned to Court and had to post bail to be released--and she is a Deputy in the Parliament:

In the midst of all the tragedy I've been witness to, All I could do is to take refuge in Poetry--this I ran across was from Coach Wooden as I close out this weekly #RandomThoughts:

With doubt and dismay
you are smitten,
You think there's no chance
for you, son?
Why, the best book
hasn't been written
The best race hasn't been run,
The best score hasn't
been made yet,
The best song hasn't
been sung,
The best tune hasn't
been played yet,
Cheer up,
for the world is young!
No chance? Wy the world
is just eager
For things that you
ought to create
Its store of true wealth
is still meager
Its needs are incessant
and great,
It yearns for more power
and beauty
More laughter and love
and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance--why there's
nothing but chance!
For the best verse hasn't
been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn't
been planned,
The highest peak hasn't
been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers
aren't spanned,
Don't worry and fret,
faint hearted,
The chances have
just begun,
For the Best jobs haven't
been started,
The Best work hasn't
been done.