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

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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 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:


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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