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Friday, March 23, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Editoin): #MarchForOurLives

On the eve of #MarchForOurLives slated for March 24, our Team hereby presents this courtesy of the team at DemocracyNow that will be featured on all our Properties throughout the Daily Outsider Virtual Network:
March For Our Lives

Watch Democracy Now!'s LIVE coverage of the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Saturday, March 24, noon - 4 p.m. ET

Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! team will broadcast live coverage of the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. This historic event was created and inspired and is led by students. We’ll feature voices of students and people of all ages who plan to converge on the capital and over 800 other cities around the world to demand action on gun control.

Watch LIVE Saturday starting at noon ET at

Or tune in live on:

FSTV (Dish Network 9415 & DirecTV 348)
LinkTV (Dish Network 9410 & DirecTV 375)
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (Spectrum 1993, FiOS 37)

Check your local Democracy Now! station for listings.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): #RexTillerson Delivers Farewell Remarks

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

As Spring 2018 & #Nowruz is In the Air......

It is a time for renewal and hope as we wanted to begin anew.  It is also a time whereby Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Baluchis and Afghans embrace this new day as a "Nowruz" (A New Day) which the United Nations Also Celebrates it on the Equinox:

This is a "Haft Seen" that signifies renewal, hope and bountifulness as we are pleased to wish all the very best as we leave this traditional Persian Music in celebration of this joyous time in all our properties: 

Onward to Spring....

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On the State of the Federal Budget

The Federal Budget in 2017  Mandatory Spending in 2017

Monday, March 12, 2018

Random Thoughts As A New Week Looms.....

Please enjoy these "Random Thoughts" as we wish all the best of weeks:   

“The world is filled with people who,
no matter what you do,
will point blank not like you.
But it is also filled with those
who will love you fiercely.
They are your people.
You are not for everything and that’s OK.
Talk to the people who can hear you.
Don’t waste your precious time and gifts
trying to convince them of your value,
they won’t ever want what you’re selling.
Don’t convince them to walk alongside you.
You’ll be wasting both your time and theirs
and will likely inflict unnecessary wounds,
which will take precious time to heal.
You are not for them and they are not for you;
politely wave them on and continue along your way.
Sharing your path with someone is a sacred gift;
don’t cheapen it by rolling yours in the wrong direct.
Keep facing your true north.”
~ Rebecca Campbell

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special W-End Edition): On The State of Artificial Intelligence Today

We hereby pleased to present these "Random Thoughts" On Artificial Intelligence which we hope all enjoy:



 "State of AI 2018." 


Jim Adler runs Toyota’s AI investment team. He believes “cars are social.”

He talked about that idea with Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin at A-ha! They also discussed the pitfalls facing the autonomous future, including whether a self-driving car should follow the speed limit.

Watch the whole conversation here. Read the CB Insights take here.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On The State of Education In the United States....

Please enjoy courtesy of  the team at Education Next: 
Posted: 26 Feb 2018 06:44 AM PST
The number of states with school choice programs and the number of students who are able to take advantage of these programs have roughly doubled since 2010, and we now have a U.S. Secretary of Education who supports school choice. What will happen on the school choice front in 2018?
In this episode, Paul E. Peterson talks with John Schilling of the American Federation for Children, which promotes school choice by promoting legislation and trying to help elect candidates who support choice.
You can find a print interview with John Schilling on the EdNext blog here.
Follow The Education Exchange on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher or here on Education Next.
— Education Next

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 06:29 AM PST
A key to union success in many states is their ability to collect “agency fees” directly from teachers’ paychecks, whether or not the teachers belong to the union. Unions argue that such fees cover the costs of collective bargaining and therefore benefit all teachers, whether or not they are union members. Opponents of agency fees say they violate teachers’ free-speech rights by exacting money from them even if they don’t support a union presence.
What does the public think of agency fees? The 2017 EdNext poll found that 44% of respondents oppose the practice of requiring teachers to pay fees to unions they choose not to join, while just 37% support the practice. More surprising, perhaps, is the fact that teachers themselves are also more likely to oppose agency fees than to support them, by a narrow 47%–44% margin.
Agency fees are collected in 21 states, but today the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus vs. AFSCMEa case that could end the practice.
— Education Next

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

!Notations On Our World (Special Weekly Edition): One of the Leading Voices of Dissent in #Iran Speaks Out:

The #IranProtests has subsided and our team is working on a major project that would be published in our Main Property Soon as part of our Projects for the properties for March here in the Daily Outsider.  In line with the mission of our Education Property, we present this retrospective from one of the leading voices of dissent inside Iran, Professor Sadegh Zibakalam of Tehran University.

Profesasor Zibakalam has been at the forefront of dissent speaking out against the policies of the Islamic Republic and sought to set the narrative with a number of very crucial books that has run counter to the Islamic Republic's Narrative--his latest book ont the founder of the Pahlavi Dynasty, Reza Shah I, was banned and he then took to Social Media to read its' preface (The clip is in Farsi)>

Professor Zibakalam was recently dismissed from Azad University by the head the University, Ali Akbar Velanyati (who also serves in 22 other capacities in addition to serving as the Personal Physician to the Ayatollah Khameini's Grand Children) due to what we view as such political activities.    

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

As We Go Dark...

Please enjoy these compilation of thoughts as we gear up for March throughout our properties and as we hope all enjoy live Feed of SkyNews & Al Jazeera along with our Daily Updates produced for us by Paper_li in our Twitter Channel:

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself
the means of inspiration and survival.
- Winston Churchill

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Expect to have hope rekindled.
Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last.
The spring rains will come again.
                                                                                     - Sarah Ban Breathnach

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

Onward !!!! 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Editon): Launching Our #MovieCorner

It is Oscar Season here and the  Award season is in full force.  Over the week-end, the BAFTA's were awarded in the UK as all again paid homage to the #MeToo & #TimesUp movements.

What we will be launching here in our Education Property is a "Film Corner" as We wanted to share the following Three movies we will be sharing reviews of over the ensuing weeks--as we hope all catch it and share their thoughts here: 

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On a Realistic Look at life in Iran 

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Girls of the Sun (On the Plight of the Kurdish Fighters--poignant as they are fighting the Turks in Syria)

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On the Final Year of the Obama Administration 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Notations from the Grid (Special Week-End Edition): #MarchForOurLives

Our team had the pleasure to be supportive and helped curate to spread the word over the President's Day Week-End on the Tragedy in Florida--as the students of Parkland have called for a March on Washington and throughout the United States.        If you have not done so, please visit the website and sign up to join the March:

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): 2000 Years of Economic History

As our team reviewed this, all we could note is this:  Somethings a picture is worth a trillion words.....

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On #VOTE100 in the UK

Monday, February 5, 2018

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On Scams (Please Be Aware)

Please note these from the IC3:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT
National Cyber Awareness System:

02/01/2018 09:22 PM EST

Original release date: February 01, 2018
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article addressing scams targeting online daters. In this type of fraud, cyber criminals target victims, gain their confidence, and trick them into sending money.
To stay safer online, review the FTC article on Online Dating Scams and the NCCIC/US-CERT tip on Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites. If you think you have been a victim of an online dating scam, report your experience to
02/01/2018 09:18 PM EST

Original release date: February 01, 2018
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert on impersonation scams. In these schemes, scammers send emails impersonating IC3 to trick recipients into providing personally identifiable information or downloading malicious files. Users should use caution when reviewing unsolicited messages.
NCCIC/US-CERT encourages consumers to refer to the IC3 Alert and the NCCIC/US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On How Far We've Come...

It is always fascinating to us as our journey of service continues to be reflective as we are here.   As this property is dedicated to Education,  we found it poignant on where we've been.   This one was the total internet in 1969:

What we also found hillarious was this courtesy of Vala Afshar when Sir Tim Berners-Lee first proposed the Interent to @CERN--their response:  Vague, but exciting...

Look at how far we've come!!!

Onward :) 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Notations From the Grid (Special January 2018 M-End Edition): اندیشکده سه شنبه ۲۶ دی

As we bid farewell to January 2018, our team chose a  rather "eccletic" path.   This is a program featured on Iran Farda, a Persian Internet Channel that showcases three of the leading lights of our time, Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking & Arthur C Clarke.    The introductory comments are in Farsi by the host Moshen Sazegara--however the bulk of it is in English with Farsi Subtitles for the Farsi audience--a fascinating and illuminating look at our World.

Please enjoy!!!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): On Climate Change

We are pleased to present this courtesy of the team at the Climate Reality Project:

Learn the basics of climate change science and how you can take action.

At Climate Reality, we get a lot of questions about how the climate crisis is impacting the world we live in. Some of the most common questions have to do with the science behind why and how our climate is changing. How certain are climate scientists that climate change is real and caused by human activity? How do we know? Why should we care and what can we do?
In our Climate Crisis 101 e-book, we teach you the basics of climate science and explain how you can take action today.
The simple fact is that the climate crisis throws natural systems out of balance, and is affecting the health and livelihoods of families around the world. It’s a reality felt by many, and it's important to tell this story in a way that sticks.
- Your friends at Climate Reality
Government Executive used the updated plans, as well as those submitted in 2015 or executed during the shutdown in 2013, to provide a full picture of what percentage of their workforces agencies are planning to furlough. Here are the furlough rates for most large agencies:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On Being Prepared

Seal of the Department of Homeland Security

Earlier this week, a major Earthquake occurred off the Gulf of Alaska with Tsunami warnings that would have devastating effects on The US West Coast.  In light of that, FEMA released advisory which we hereby are pleased to present for our regular scheduled Weekly "Notation":


FEMA Urges Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness for Coastal Communities

Following an intense earthquake that occurred in the Gulf of Alaska, which prompted tsunami watches, advisories and warnings across many state coastlines, FEMA continues to highlight safety tips for those who live in or visit coastal communities. While today’s immediate threat has passed, the situation serves as a reminder to all that there are steps that can be taken now, to prepare for future events.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tsunamis are one of the most powerful and destructive natural forces, delivering a series of extremely long waves which can cause dangerous coastal flooding and powerful currents that can last for several hours or days. Caused by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquakelandslide,volcanic eruption, or meteorite, tsunamis radiate outward in all directions from the point of origin and can move across entire ocean basins.

If a major earthquake or landslide occurs close to shore, areas are at greater risk if they are less than 25 feet above sea level and within a mile of the shoreline. The first wave in a series could reach the beach in a few minutes, even before a warning is issued.

FEMA encourages citizens to protect themselves and their families by taking the following steps to ensure they are ready in the event of a tsunami:
- Create and practice an evacuation plan with your family. If you live in a tsunami evacuation zone you will find signs in your community. Familiarity may save your life. Be able to follow your escape route at night and during inclement weather. 
- Create a family communications plan to know how you’ll contact each other and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
- Build an emergency kit to ensure you and your family are prepared to be on your own for at least 72 hours.
- If you are a tourist, familiarize yourself with local tsunami evacuation protocol.

Familiarize yourself with tsunami notification information:

Tsunami Watch
- A tsunami watch is issued to alert emergency management officials and the public of an event which may later impact the watch area.
- Prepare to take action and stay alert for further information.

Tsunami Advisory   
A tsunami advisory is issued when a tsunami with the potential to generate strong currents or waves dangerous to those in or very near the water is imminent or expected. The threat may continue for sev­eral hours after initial arrival, but significant inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory.

Tsunami Warning
- A tsunami warning is issued when a tsunami with the potential to generate widespread inundation is imminent or expected.
- Warnings alert the public that dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful cur­rents is possible and may continue for several hours after initial arrival.
- Move inland, out of the water, off the beach, and away from harbors, marinas, breakwaters, bays and inlets.
- Be alert to and follow instructions from your local emergency officials because they may have more detailed or specific information for your location.
- If you feel a strong earthquake or extended ground rolling take immediate protective actions such as moving inland and/or uphill preferably by foot.
- If told to evacuate, evacuate immediately, taking your animals with you.  If you are in a high-rise building and instructed to shelter in place, stay on floors just above flood water. Stay in hallways or interior rooms.
- Do not return to the coast until local emergency officials indicate it is safe to do so.

The FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) provides National Weather Service alerts, safety tips for what to do before/during/after more than 25 natural and man-made emergencies, emergency kit and family communication plan checklists, and more:

For more information about tsunamis and how to prepare visit