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.

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