Saturday, October 24, 2020

Out & About with Brief #RandomThoughts

 It has been quite a few weeks--and that's putting it mildly.    Although a bit early,  I wanted to share some Month-End #RandomThoughts.   As I "go dark", I implore all to please #WearAMask, Practice Social Distancing and to please Vote:  







Please Stay Safe & Be Well. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Out & About with Some Mid-Month Brief #RandomThoughts

It has been quite a month, yet again.  There is never ever a dull moment.

I have been continuing commitments at the Daily Outsider as I have been pushing away on some key long-term plans.    This was also a week that I'm remembering my late Aunt, Mahroo Pourarien (Pearson) that played such a pivotal role in my life--and I released a contribution to Mom's Against Poverty in her  memory.   I also worked on doing some minor long-delayed "tweaks' to a long-delayed Personal Social Media Profiles.

It has also been a busy month as I crisscrossed my beautiful State of California and grateful to the team at Google captured this for me:




 It was quite distressing to see the burnt lands as the burning continues even today.   

As I was out & about for the month, I got a chance to do a virtual audition for 25-Word or Less--It was fun to participate in it.  But beyond the "fun stuff", one k ey projects I worked on was watching the Movie Nasrin depicting the life of the valiant Lawyer and Civil Rights Campaigner Nasrin Soutodeh and released thoughts during my social Media engagements and made it a point of talking about it with friends--as I commend the team at the Boston Globe for having showcased it as it did: 

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As I close out my Mid-Month Thoughts, I'm listening to an interview on Iran-E-Farda.  I am in awe at the courage of the young man speaking with a one year old daugther on how he's speaking out against the tyranny of the Islamic Republic--I salute him for his courage--I am just in awe.   How Iran has such beautiful people as Iran has been held hostage by evil.

I close out with this very compelling thought as I remain hopeful for the future in spite of it all: 


Thursday, October 8, 2020

#RandomThoughts: Reflecting Upon the Life of an Iranian Icon-Mohammad Reza Shajarian


I had been working away on projects and commitments at the Daily Outsider over the ensuing days.    I decided to dedicate this special #RandomThoughts to an Iranian Icon:  Mohammad Reza Shajarian who passed away--a legend in every which way.  

Ostaad Shajarian was one of Iran's Modern Icons and  was laid to rest in his birthplace of Mashhad in line with his wishes to be laid to rest next to the great Ferdowsi.   He was beloved by all.   In the aftermath of the 2009 Green Movement, he stepped up to be with the people and was banned by a Regime whose officials was stepping over themselves to extend condolences on his passing.   It was so irritating to be witness to--I noted this in a response  as a simple ordinary face in a tweet to  Rouhani's Deputy. 

 As news of his death spread throughout Tehran, the people came out in front of the hospital and began by shouting slogans like "Death to Dictator".    Iranian officials deployed security forces to deal with the people as the people also sang his iconic songs as a tribute to him.      They were so nervous that they slowed down the internet out and about Tehran as reported by NetBlocks late yesterday: 



His Son, Homayon, --a iconic performer in his own right--was so gracious as he left it up to the people to express their love especially as COVID-19 continues to ravage Iran--and there were also chants of "Long Live Shajarian".       The Leading Iranian Network Iran International had a special in Farsi I note here:

He was a larger than life figure and they could not do anything more than to just simply ban him.   Although Cancer took him, he will live in.   Iranians are grieving--but as Sadeq Sabah of Iran International Noted, it is a life to celebrate as I close out with the following thoughts in Farsi: 


(One Brief Update:     As I was listening to the interview with Ostaad Shajarian's Lawyer, he was not banned--he sued to have his work not be broadcast on Iran's State Broadcaster because it was his way to oppose the policies of the Islamic Republic--Quite a legacy...)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Out & About with Mid-Week #RandomThoughts

 


It has been a very challenging few weeks on all fronts.   Yesterday I had the pleasure to release the image of the courageous Alexy Navalny, the leading Russian Opposition Figure, who was poisoned and was allowed to go to Germany for treatment and is now talking.   But, I was stunned as I saw how the Iranian Regime murdered (and yes I am prepared to say murdered) the Champion Wrestler Navid Afkari Saturday.   I had joined the Twitter Campaign to help save his life but to no avail.   But, as the Actress and Human Rights Campaigner Nazanin Boniadi noted, we cried--now we have to organize.   

In light of Navid's cold-blooded murder by the regime, I decided during this brief foray for my mid-month notation to share a few of the discourse I captured.  The first below is from the Journalist Mehdi Mahmoudian--he released a tweet earlier on efforts he had undertaken to help save Navid Afkhari's life--and in the Tweet below warns the Cyber Warriors of the Iranian Regime that if they think he and other campaigners will stop just because they've started some BS nonsense--they're sadly mistaken--and this is as pro-regime newspaper tried to justify his murder by calling for revenge--Mr. Mahmoudian was part of a team trying to entice the family to forgive--and he's been at the forefront of exposing the crimes of the regime since the Green Movement of 2009: 




I captured this from the journalist and campaigner Masih Alinjead's Instagram Account  that called "Death to Khameini" and how Navid's Death will be avenged--this is as just today another execution was affirmed by Iran's Supreme Court for the Journalist Rouhllah Zaam who was kidnapped while on a supposed trip to Iraq:


I was sickened when I saw a tweet quoting a member of Mashad's City Council.  Mashad's is Iran's holiest city and the headquarters of an organization called "Astan Qods"--that is one of the largest Economic Organizations in Iran controlling billions.   This member of the City Council said that a 14-Year Girl who went to the City Dump in Mashad ended up being pregnant so that she can sell the child to help with her life.   I was floored when I saw the tweet.    This is as  Nasrin Soutodeh continues her courageous hunger protesting the inhumanity in Iranian Prisons as I pay tribute to her and her courageous husband who continues to report on her condition--I had caught this about a documentary about her below but for some reason I could not track down the URL--but this I ran across is also quite insightful--she's currently sentence to 38 years in prison: 





The Iranian Journalist who works for Manoto, wrote a very simple tweet a few weeks back that captured the inhumanity of the Islamic Regime as she noted how Donald Trump heard Iran's plea and  yet the Iranian Leadership (and the Supreme Leader personally) is deaf: 


This is as the regime in Iran has told Iranians that they do not matter as they have forced children to go back to school and now they have forced people to sign a waiver like the one below--as Iran is expecting a third wave of the deadly COVID-19 virus:  

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It is not easy to be hopeful--but there is no choice, is there?


Friday, September 4, 2020

Out & About with Brief #RandomThoughts On the Eve of Labor Day W-End

 

While out & about on the Grid, I ran across a clip from the Iranian Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo.  She was part of an all-star cast that starred in the Film Rosewater that depicted the horrific story of Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Journalist who was arrested and tortured by the Iranian Regime.   Ms. Aghdashloo was so right when she noted how what happened to Maziar is ever so relevant right now as the Iranian Lawyer and Civil Rights Campaigner Nasrin Soutodeh continues her hunger strike.  When on Twitter, I made it a point of thanking the President for lending his twitter voice in support of Navid Afkhari, The Iranian Champion Wrestler sentenced to death--the Social Media Campaign for his reprieve has been trending when I last checked it and I was proud to be a contributor.

It was also quite a disturbing night as I saw reporting by the Atlantic of disparaging remarks by President Trump in regards to the fallen--denied by the President and his staff as this made the Twitter Rounds: 




This is as I saw Dr. Atlas, the new advisor to Donald Trump peddling horrific ideas on COVID-19 and he has the President's ear when he saw him on Fox News .


As I close out these #RandomThoughts, the two things below resonated:  Tweet Less. Listen More.

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Please #StaySafe and Don't forget to #WearAMaskSaveALife    I wish all in the United States a Happy Labor Day Week-End. 
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Friday, August 28, 2020

Out & About with Brief Month-End #RandomThoughts

An illustrated group of diverse volunteers.

September is before us.  It has been a very challenging Month in some respects as I have worked away on commitments at the Daily Outsider, a critical Graduate Project and new  initiatives which I look forward to sharing thoughts in a few weeks--as I continue to assess existing initiatives.   I look forward to sharing some updated  guidance over the ensuing few weeks. 

As I look forward to the new working month, I hereby remember all who agitate for freedom and democracy around the World as I close things out with this clip courtesy the team at Tavana  capturing the aspirations of 80 Million Iranians and by extension all who wish to be free from terror and to live in peace:  


Onward to September as I implore all to #WearAMaskSaveALife and to please #StaySafe.


Monday, August 17, 2020

Out & About With Mid-Month #RandomThoughts

It has been quite a challenging month being witness to a surge in COVID-19 and the on-going challenges in our World.     

 I tried to maintain a semblance of order as I was also very very saddened by what has been going on in Iran.   Nasrin Soutodeh, The Lawyer and Civil Rights Campaigner, went on a hunger strike.  I caught an interview with her husband as he provided an update on the latest regarding his wife's case.  I was so in awe by his courage as he explained the realities of the situation in Iran's prisons not withstanding a pathetic report on Iranian Television about how things were just great.   What I also found so pathetic was how a Government proposal was floated to sell Oil to ordinary Iranians to help fund government expenses and then they can "sell it back".  What was so pathetic was that it was proposed by the head of Mahan Air--for all who don't know who Mahan Air is, this is an airline owned and supported by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp that was the primary culprit to bring COVID-19 to Iran during the first phase--while Government officials denied the arrival of the virus and even went as far as say that religious sites had to be open.    What was also so infuriating was how Iran was on the prowl tried to "help" Lebanon with Drugs/Supplies (Some 15 Tons according to the President's Chief of Staff) and yet they complained about the lack of drugs.   When I saw reports about 57 Villages in the Province of Sistan and Baluchestan had no running water--I wondered what the priorities of the regime were.  

It was also quite a month as Israel and the UAE took steps to establish diplomatic relations.  UAE sent forth a probe to Mars.  I   helped release a Notation for the Daily Outsider as our development work & analysis continues--Daily Outsider will continue its' work curated its' Twitter Corner as the live pod will also be available as we scale back on our weekly analysis gearing up for the balance of the year.   It is also Democratic Convention Week--the first convention where it is going to be held virtual--and I can't help but wonder if the "show" will go on in a Post-Covid World.   I am hoping to make the rounds of some of the policy roundtables to understand it all.

.    It was also quite a month as I joined a round-table sponsored by OneVoice and Zimam .     There is of course the little matter of the US Elections--I had the chance to join a Zoom "Happy Hour" Meeting sponsored by Predictit featuring Anthony Scramuchi as there were discussions on the future of the Elections.  I have done done some "dabbling" on Predictit--I'll have some thoughts after the elections on how things turn out.The courage of the youth was so inspiring--in spite of the Israeli Blockade of Gaza.    

 What I found gratifying was the rays of hope in the midst of the challenging times.   I had the pleasure to join Two Boy Scout Eagle Board of Reviews and had the pleasure to be supportive of the St. Timothy's Catholic Parish Pantry Operations as it served an average of 100 families a week.   As I got to listen to the Eagle Scout Candidates and their projects, it elevated my sense of hope on how the future can be bright ever more.  


 This was also a month to celebrate Heroes and reflect upon their sacrifice: 






The Jacket on the left was Owned by SSG Frank  Barnese (1917-1975)-who was  active Duty 7 Dec 1941 Hickam Field Hawaii and Spent Word II Pacific Theater,  


I remain hopeful as I took comfort in the following: 
 


 





Please Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, abide by CDC and WHO Guidelines, WearAMask & Save A Life so that together we can overcome.




Thursday, August 6, 2020

Out & About With Brief #RandomThoughts...


As I write this, the continued aftermath of the Beirut Tragedy is heart wrenching to be witness to--The simple sentence Saad Harriri as he said:  Beirut Died said it all--and how I am convinced Hezobollah has a part it is part of the problem.    Walid Jumballat, the Druze Leader,  had opened up his areas of control as Shiite areas of Beirut opened their homes up--as I know Lebanon will rise up from the ashes again.   The leading Iranian Analyst, Dr. Nourizadeh, said that as long Fairuz is, so will Lebanon. 

As I was thinking about the week that was, I decided to capture some #RandomThoughts on the pain and of course as a tribute to Iranian Freedom Fighters during the Revolution of 1906.   I look forward to releasing translations of two current valiant fighters soon as I remain hopeful in spite of all the challenges.

Onward....




Friday, July 31, 2020

Out & About with Brief M-End #RandomThoughts


Washington, D.C.





It has been quite a month and quite a year with projects & initiatives for the Daily Outsider and other initiatives.  

  I only decided to be upbeat as I wanted to share some scenes from my archives as a Rainbow set upon Washington, the beauty of the Damavand in Iran, scenes from an ancient Iranian/Persian Pre-Islamic Prayer session.   I also decided to close out these Random Thoughts with a collage of the Iranian Prisoners of Conscious being held in the worst possible conditions right now.

I remain hopeful about our World in spite of all the challenges.

Onward to August.....

Saturday, July 25, 2020

A Simple #RandomThought For the W-End




به امید فردای بهتر 
درود به گوگوش عزیز برای این کار زبا 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Out & About with Brief Mid-Week #RandomThoughts



It has been quite a challenging week--a week that saw me also being "told off" during my engagements over Twitter.    I took comfort in this beautiful rendition of Oriental Jazz featuring a talented man by the name of Lloyd Miller who helped bring Oriental Jazz to Iran and was featured on Iranian State Television:



It is the beauty of music that sustains my sense of hope in spite of the challenging times as I implore all to #WearAMaskSavea|LIfe.   


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Out & About with Some Brief #RandomThoughts For the Week


It has been quite a Week--I decided to be a bit upbeat in spite of all the challenging times we've been witness to.   As I am writing this, I have been working on some #RandomThoughts on Iran which I hope to release soon--as the work are also continuing @ The Daily Outsider.    I joined the movement to stop the current wave of executions #StopExecutionsInIran as I saw that over 5 Million People participated.   What is horrific and sickening for me is that in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, horrific penalties that are ostensibly Islamic are now illegal (including lashes)--yet in Iran they remain in Iran.   What was also so horrific for me (and frankly sickening) was how Iran was 16th in Average Income before the Revolution and now is even worst than Bangladesh in the average monthly income.    

In spite of it all,  I remain optimistic about the future of Iran in spite of the current profound horrific conditions--but the struggle for a new Iran remains.   The need to stay upbeat is absolutely critical as I close out these brief thoughts with the following from the team at The Daily Stoic: 






Perhaps you’re alarmed about the state of the world. Perhaps you’re horrified at the risks and dangers that lurk about. Pandemics, political chaos, riots, people at each other’s throats, unprecedented events—from cancelled NBA seasons to impeachments to a collapse in order in cities all over the world.
What did you think living through history was going to be like? It wasn’t fun to live through the Watergate years or the Six-Day War or the 1973 oil embargo or the Cuban Missile Crisis. Nobody wanted to experience one of the countless civil wars of the past or the Reformation or the Cultural Revolution. It was scary. It was weird. It was confusing. That’s what history is! It’s only the passage of time that turns down the volume on these things, that reduces them to a passage in a history book that feels neat and clean. At the time? Nobody knew what was happening, where it would go, what it would mean.
It’s strange to think that we can take comfort from this, but we can. Marcus Aurelius wanted us “to bear in mind constantly that all of this has happened before. And will happen again—the same plot from beginning to end, the identical staging.” Everyone who’s ever lived, including you, lived through history. They experienced the sausage being made—and that’s never pretty.
Realize that that’s what is going on right now. That’s what the Trump presidency is. That’s what COVID-19 is. That’s what climate change and Black Lives Matter protests and so many other things are. These are historical events and you’re living through them. It’s up to you whether you live through them passively, or actively. You have the chance to influence that history. Some of us in a big way, others in a smaller way. But we all have the opportunity to face them with proper Stoicism—which means not panicking, not betraying your principles, that means acting with courage, moderation, justice and wisdom.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Out & About with Some Mid-Week #RandomThoughts

It has been quite a week--and quite a year!!



A Tribute to Atena Daemi 
COVID-19 has reared its' ugly head again after some success in Flattening the curve.    Our team at the Daily Outsider decided to release a PSA on the CDC Guidelines which will be available throughout all the platforms starting tomorrow thru Sunday.

The last few days saw me joining a tweet storm in support of one of the Political Prisoners in Iran, Atena Daemi and joining a discourse on Iranian Women sponsored by Stanford University.   I released a Clip to my Facebook Wall on it late on Monday--as I was so pleased to see how Time Magazine produced it as it did.   I also worked on helping to editing and publish a Notation on Iran as the situation in Iran deteriorates.   It was just extremely irritating as I saw how the Majlis (Deputies) received the equivalent of $ 150,000 in salaries and benefits for the first month of their work while laborers and civil servants have gone without pay for months.    

Challenging Times...as I close out with the following #RandomThoughts from my forays on the "Grid":






I conclude with this I shared earlier as this depiction paid homage to the Healthcare Workers workers who paid for with their lives in the fight against COVID-19 in Iran--this tribute in my view is applicable to all the fallen in the World as I know that We Shall Overcome:



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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Out & About w/some brief #RandomThoughts for the WeekEnd....

As I work away, I wanted to take a moment of pause to celebrate Family here with the following cherished images I released in my Facebook Wall to celebrate My Dad's Birthday.    It is a great joy to be part of such great souls--I'm truly one grateful Dude!!!





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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Out & About with Brief Month-End & Quarter-End #RandomThoughts

The last three months was quite stressful at times--between being on Alert, trying to navigate through the challenges at the Daily Outsider, and the broader World challenges, it left quite a bit to be desired--including the reporting on Russians offering bounty money to the Taliban--which was included in the Presidential Daily Brief in spite of the spin--with this the New York Times reported today by Adam Goldman .   I understand from the New York Times reporting that at least 3 US Marines who  died  in 2019 may have died as a result of this program.    

As I write this, I have been working on a draft #RandomThoughts that will be published next week on Iran.  I also have been helping with editing a column as well on Iran especially in light of the latest UN Security Council Hearing on Iran which was held virtually--that I understood both sides were admonished.    A major explosion also occurred in Tehran at a Medical Center that resulted in the death of 19 people--including a number of Doctors.         

Back home here in the US, It has also been quite a worrisome time as COVID-19 has come back and come back strong--as I was working away on Social Media Analysis and Engagement at the Daily Outsider, I released this to my personal Twitter Feed in support of what Governor Newsom called for--just to live up to what I've called for: 


Vala Afshar--who is a must read for me on Twitter--noted a very critical point that I found very tragic--although I did welcome a call by Vice President Pence and US Senator McConnell to wear masks: 


As I bid farewell to the quarter, all I could take comfort in were these thoughts as I look forward to the on-going engagements during Q3:  




Monday, June 22, 2020

#RandomThoughts As a New Week Dawns....

This week's #RandomThoughts is truly personal--because it is about all I  am blessed with as yesterday was Fathers' Day.  

While out & about with visits to the Social Grid yesterday, I shared thoughts and images remembering all who have made a difference.    I had the good fortune to pay my respects to my Father--I am one blessed dude that is thankful for every semi-millisecond in spite of the challenges.   As we all grow up, we begin to have disagreements with our Parents--and yes our Children.   It is that sense of it all that in the end makes all frankly realize how blessed we are to have them in our lives.    As I was working away on the daily media rounds, I ran across this from China Daily which said it all:


The last few days were admittedly again very trying with some of the events on the political scene and some of the on-going profound challenges in Iran--I have been sidetracked with the contemplated #RandomThoughts I've contemplated on Iran.   I did run across this which broke my heart on the Dad's who lost their loved ones when PS752 was shot down--which also gave me a moment of pause to be even more thankful in spite of challenges:



As I hope to have it soon, I ran across this during a visit to the Biden Campaign Site--the message itself resonated .   I see no choice:






Remaining hopeful.....



Monday, June 15, 2020

#RandomThoughts For the Week

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This is my 700th Notation here in my Virtual Corner--and what a journey it has been!!

It was a good day as the US Supreme Court came down on the sign of the LGBTQ community and the Neo-Conservative establishment went crazy.   The opinion was written by Justice Gorsuch--I noted that he might be our generations' David Sutter--I wonder if I will be proven right or not in spite of the circumstances that got him to the US Supreme Court.   It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the Elections.    I helped finished a Notation for the Daily Outsider that is now available in the Perspective Platform.  

I have also been out & about in the Community as I was witness to opening up.   States are opening up--and we here in California have begun to open up.     The cases, though, are continuing to increase which is alarming.     It is upon each of us in our own way to be responsible--but I could not believe my ears and eyes as I saw Rouhani attacking the United States as COVID19 has ravaged Iran and as Iran is agitating to get Arms Shipments resumed--as all the neighbors are arming up.

We are opening up--and it has been great to be witness to a sense of normalcy returning.    I was on alert as a member of the Guard as I also tried to manage some of the other commitment .      As I am writing this, I am listening to Iran E Farda  on the plight of Human Rights in Iran.    Kamran Assa, who lost his Brother during the 2009 Green Movement, was a guest and his anguish was heartbreaking to be witness to.    His humility was humbling as he said how simple a man he was and yet his anguish was profound--and how his level of knowledge and understanding was profound.

I have also been working on monitoring the case of Nazanin Zargari-Radcliffe and the campaign to agitate for the victims of Ukrainian Flight 752 as I look forward to seeing their conference tomorrow: 


It is not easy to be upbeat as I have been witness to so much distress and challenges over the past number of weeks.   But, there is no choice but to be upbeat.     I decided to again be upbeat on this milestone I've achieved here as I am proud of the vibrancy of our Community-epitomized by this from my archives of 2018: 



It was a busy time over Social Media Too as I passed another milestone of over 74,000 Tweets in my personal Tweets and over 33,000 Tweets for the Daily Outsider.    I had to deal with Twitter as it suspended the Daily Outsider and my appeal succeeded.  

As my engagements continued, I captured the three tweets below that to me captured was also a sense of hope for the future: 




I continue to remain hopeful in spite of the odds.