Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Out & About With Some #RandomThoughts On #Iran



 

Iranians have arisen--as I write this, it was the third day of a nationwide call to action as nationwide strikes have occurred in every part of the country.   My dear partner and joined a protest rally in Irvine, California, this past Sunday in support of the revolution as I leave all with some additional images:










Monday, November 28, 2022

On the Prowl With Some Month_End #RandomThoughts


Thanksgiving is the official start of the holiday season in the United States as my Community of Laguna Niguel is coming alive.   But this spirit is tempered by challenges beyond our shore (including Ukraine and Iran right now as over 20,000 are under detention and many are being tortured).

I pulled together the following #RandomThoughts as I continue to remain hopeful in spite of the profound challenging times before us:

 

I close out these month-end #RandomThoughts with this beautiful tribute done by a Canadian Legislator to the revolution in Iran:
 

Monday, November 21, 2022

On This #Thanksgiving2022 Eve in the U.S.: Brief #RandomThoughts


It is Thanksgiving Week in the United States.   It has been quite a few weeks--and that's quite an understatement.

I tended to my VW this month and in honor of the revolution in Iran, dubbed my VW the #WomanLifeFreedom Car in line with a campaign that my local VW Dealer launched.   I have also been quite keen to do what I can about supporting the Iranian Revolution--as I attended events and have continued the active advocacy on Social Media.   This is in spite of all that the regime is doing to kill, sow division, and create mayhem--as they did by attacking Mahabad in Iranian Kurdistan  Saturday Night.        It was also a moving day as I joined Laguna Niguel's Veterans Remembrance Ceremonies and wrote a brief memo on the "chalk wall" the City sponsors--and I added a book on my City to my library. 

As I was working away on projects including The Daily Outsider, Virtual Education, and Social/Community Advocacy, I ran across this to report on : 


 
The headline image I selected says it all--Hope in the face of adversity.

As I close out these brief #RandomThoughts with the following courtesy USAFacts, I wish Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a fact feast 

Thanksgiving is days away, and USAFacts has been busy cooking up dessert. The 7 days of pie buffet has returned for a wide-ranging, fact-based look at nonpartisan numbers. If you’re looking for a conversation starter, dig into these data dishes.
Single-person households have increased more than fivefold since 1960, from 7 million to 37 million. Last year, 47.3% of households had married couples, while 11.1% of people lived alone. Those figures were 74% and 3.9% in 1960, respectively.
The odds are good that at least one person at your dinner table either switched occupations or left the workforce last year. Bartenders were the most likely to change occupations in 2021, while taxi drivers and chauffeurs were the most likely to stop working entirely.
The share of the population younger than 20 has decreased by more than 13 percentage points since 1970. And since 2000, the 65 and older populations in Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, and Colorado have more than doubled. 

Federal student loan borrowers might have something extra to be thankful for this year. In August, the Biden administration announced the cancelation of up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers who earn less than $125,000 annually. As of June 2020, the median federal debt for Asian, Black, and white women was $20,000. It was $25,000 for Asian men, $14,000 for Black men, and $18,000 for white men.

Hungry for more? See the other pie charts and explore the related articles. Then test your knowledge of the data in a special weekly fact quiz

 

Data behind the news 

People are facing steep ticket prices as they take to the skies for holiday travel. From September 2021 to September 2022, the overall inflation rate for all items in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 8.2%. However, airline fares rose 42.9% during the same period. Are you likely to experience delays at the airport? See your destination’s track record here

Minnesota raised more turkeys than any other state last year. Illinois grew 652 million pounds of pumpkins, more than the next five pumpkin-producing states combined. Learn more about the farm origins of favorite Thanksgiving dishes at USAFacts.



One last fact

October’s food prices were up compared to a year prior. Turkey and other uncooked poultry was up 16.9% over 2021. (For comparison, it rose 1.7% from October 2020 to October 2021.) Flour was 24.6% higher, while butter was up 26.7% USAFacts collected metrics from the CPI so you can see which kitchen staples might cost this holiday season.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

On the Virtual Prowl For the Week

As the Revolution in Iran enters its' third month, I just received this from the White House in response to a note I sent forth:

 

November 16, 2022



 

Dear Mr. Pouraryan,

Thank you for writing.  I remain gravely concerned about the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Iran, and my Administration stands with these brave citizens—among them women and students—who are demanding equal rights and basic human dignity.

For decades, Iran’s regime has denied fundamental freedoms to its people and suppressed the aspirations of successive generations through intimidation, coercion, violence, and the misuse of technologies such as Internet shutdowns.  I believe that the future will be won by countries that unleash the full potential of their populations—where women and girls exercise equal rights, religious and ethnic minorities can live their lives without harassment, and citizens can question and criticize their leaders without fear of reprisal.

To that effect, we are making it easier for Iranians to access the Internet, including secure outside platforms and services.  The United States will hold Iranian officials—and the perpetrators responsible for employing violence meant to suppress civil society, including the Morality Police—to account.  And we will continue to support Iranians’ right to protest freely.

Thank you again for writing to me.  As the citizens of Iran inspire the world with their bravery, we will continue to hold those accountable for inflicting violence against peaceful demonstrators and work to secure the universal rights of all people around the world.

Sincerely,

 

Friday, November 11, 2022

Out & About With Brief #RandomThoughts


It has been quite a month as the Iranian Revolution of 2022/1401 rages on with agitations throughout the country and the World.    The Red Alert by Cee-Roo I decided to headline my thought with is a Red Alert to the World to be aware that Iran is emerging from the darkness of the last 43 years.

Today is also Veterans Day here in the United States and Remembrance Day in the UK and the Commonwealth.   I assisted with the Daily Outsider team as all properties were curated honoring all who have served and continue to serve and featuring a proclamation from the President of the United States.

I close out this latest edition of my #RandomThoughts with the latest in Iranian Revolutionary Art that has been going virtal on Social Media as I know the light will overcome darkness:














Sunday, October 30, 2022

On the Iranian Revolution of 2022: Some Month-End #RandomThoughts

 




Protests are continuing every day throughout Iran.   Yesterday, Iranians in over 80 cities around the World formed human chains in line with a call to action by PS752 Justice.   Their planning and It is a pleasure to present a compilation of the Revolutionary Songs that have been produced by Artists as the Revolution rages on.  I salute all who continue to defy threats to go out on the streets as I pray for the soul of all the fallen and only hope that the almighty grants them and their loved ones the solace to deal with the loss as I know the light will overcome darkness:


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

On the Prowl With #RandomThoughts On Iran, #MahsaAmini & Other Thoughts

 


Iran has arisen!!!

Yesterday saw Iran once again marched as Iran remembered  Mahsa Amini  on the 40th day of her murder by the Iranian Regime as they marched in over 200 Cities.   Just in her birthplace, the estimates was some 50,000 people---and the regime forces did not dare to intervene.    I wrote in tribute to her when I noted that although she is asleep, she woke up a nation and the World.

As I was writing and reflecting, I decided to listen to a classic from one of Iran's leading lights, Mehdi Yarrahi on his tribute to the Mothers who lost their loved ones during the Aban Uprising of 1398 (2019).    I thought it to be ever so appropriate as Mothers are again burying their loved ones.   Nika Shakeri, another of the martyrs, is approaching her 40th Day and the martyrs of Zahedan (where the regime gunned down mourners in cold blood), is also before us. 

As I reflected upon the past 40 days, I can't help but underscore:  The Women of Iran have led the resurrection and renaissance of Iran.   May the almighty bless them all:


As I finished off some research and curation work for the Daily Outsider, I also picked this up from him as a tribute to the Revolution:  All I know is this: 
 Light will overcome darkness

Sunday, October 2, 2022

On the Revolution in Iran: #RandomThoughts

 







I had taken some time off as I wanted to be ready for the 4th Quarter.    But, I broke my sabbatical to start joining the Social Media advocacy as a simple ordinary face to add my voice after Mahsa Amini was killed and the uprising began.    Yesterday, I joined the local protests as Iranians in over 150 cities came out to say:  enough is enough.  The first image I captured was from Hamed Esmallion, the spokesman for the PS752 Justice foundation who lost his wife and daughter when the Ukrainian Airline Ps752 was shot down. 

I was working away on various projects in support of the Daily Outsider to launch the Quarter as I also finished off these brief #RandomThoughts.   As I write these brief #RandomThoughts  I am right now listening to Mehdi Mahdavi Azad on Iran International as he tells the World that the regime is crazy as the regime has decided to hit hard by killing and arresting.   evolution is at hand in Iran--as I am writing this, Sharif University in Tehran has been attacked and people have been killed and arrested.   Some students were escorted by Univerity professors and then trapped and arrested--horrific scenes as they're attacking protestors with Gas that they've licensed from North Korea.

As I continue to work away, I decided to release this as I caught the faces of the martyrs who have fallen.   Iran will be free--light will prevail over darkness.  

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Out & About with Brief #RandomThoughts

 

This week also saw the passing of a great American. I reflected on it on my Personal Facebook Wall:  
I also released images on my Personal Instagram Wall:
May the almighty bless his soul.