Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On the 18th Anniversary of #911

On this 9/11, we present this courtesy of 9/11Day.Org along with our local non profit, OneOC on opportunities to make a difference throughout our properties 

We salute all who fell on that day and all who took the fight to those who caused such havoc and all who are fighting today:
Get together with your family and friends to volunteer with our local nonprofit partners through county-wide service projects and toolkits that support our troops, veterans and disaster preparedness, benefiting all of our American heroes.

Service projects take place THIS WEEK Wednesday, Sept. 11 thru Sunday, Sept. 15th.
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Volunteer with your Family!
Join YANA on 9/14 to make no-sew fleece blankets for cancer patients to keep them warm during treatment.
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Join OneOC's Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) on 9/12 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm to learn how to safely deploy spontaneous volunteers to respond to critical needs during times of disaster.
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Weekly Edition): On Human Rights

It is the eve of 9/11 Week here in the United States.    It is a week to remember and be thankful for all the blessing of Freedom and Democracy.    We wanted to report on this we received on the State of Human Rights in Iran as we will be assessing it further in our Perspectives Property This Week:

Iran: 111 Years Imprisonment for 7 Workers' Rights Activists

Iran Human Rights (IHR), September 8, 2019: Seven workers and workers rights activists have been sentenced to a sum of 111 years of imprisonment and 74 lashes.
Iran Human Rights (IHR) once again urges the international community to react to the Iranian authorities' intensified crackdown of the civil society and human rights defenders in recent months. “It seems the Islamic Republic are taking disadvantage of the tension in the Persian Gulf and Hormuz Strait to increase their oppression of Iranian people who are struggling for their fundamental rights,” IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam said, “once again, we urge the international community, especially European countries, to put the human rights of the Iranian people on top of the agenda in their talks with Iranian authorities.”

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The sentences against the seven workers' rights activists were announced by the Iranian Judiciary yesterday.
Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Courts, sentenced trade unionist Esmaeil Bakhshi to a sum of 14 years imprisonment. Esmaeil Bakhshi is a member of the independent Workers Union of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro Industrial Company. Judge Mohammad Moghiseh sentenced Esmaeil to 7 years for “gathering and conspiracy against the system”, 2 years for “spreading lies”, two years for “insulting the Supreme Leader”, one and a half year for “disrupting public order” and one year plus 74 lashes for “spreading propaganda against the system.”
Worker rights activist Sepideh Gholian has been sentenced to 7 years for “gathering and conspiracy against the system”, 7 years for being a member of Gaam Group (Gaam Magazine), two and a half years for “spreading lies”, one year and a half for “spreading propaganda against the system.”
Amir Amirgholi, Amirhossein Mohammadifar, Sanaz Allahyari and Asal Mohammadi, each has been sentenced to 7 years for being a member of Gaam Group (Gaam Magazine), two and a half years for “spreading lies”, and one year and a half for “propaganda against the system.”
According to article 134 of the Iranian Islamic Penal Code, only the longest term -in this case, 7 years- should be applied.
Moreover, a worker of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro Industrial Company has been sentenced to six years of imprisonment, including five years for “gathering and conspiracy against the system” and one year for “propaganda against the system.”
According to article 134 of the Iranian Islamic Penal Code, only the longest term -in this case, 5 years- should be applied.
Following the popular objections all over the Iranian social media, the head of Iranian Judiciary, Ebrahim Raeisi, promised a fair review of the cases in the court of appeal.
IHR had recently warned about a new wave of repression in Iran. 

Iran Human Rights (IHR)
 Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam (Director)
Phone: +47 917 42 177
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Friday, August 30, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special M-End Edition): On Making A Difference

As we await a new month and go dark for the Labor Day Week-End here in the United States, we decided to feature this courtesy of the Economist to provide a snapshot of the challenging times in our World as we look forward to the continued journey of service.

We wish all in the United States a Happy and joyful Labor Day Week-End as it is officially the End of Summer: 

The Economist this week
Highlights from the latest issue
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This week we have two connected covers. In Britain, where Boris Johnson has announced that he will suspend Parliament for five weeks from mid-September, we ask who can now stop a no-deal Brexit. The sense of inevitability about no-deal, cultivated by the hardliners advising Mr Johnson, is bogus. The European Union is against such an outcome; most Britons oppose it; Parliament has already voted against the idea. When MPs return to work next week, they will have a fleeting chance to avert an unwanted national calamity. Mr Johnson’s muzzling of Parliament has made clear why they must seize it.
Mr Johnson’s ploy is legal, but it stretches the conventions of Britain’s constitution to their limits. His scheming is just one example of the cynicism that is gnawing at Western democracies—and which is the focus of our cover in the rest of the world. Democracies are generally thought to die at the barrel of a gun, in coups and revolutions. These days, however, they are more likely to be strangled slowly in the name of the people. Old-established polities, such as Britain and America, are not about to become one-party states, but their democracy is already showing signs of decay. Once the rot sets in, it is formidably hard to stop.
 Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief
Editor’s picks
Must-reads from the current edition
Opioids Inc in the dock

Companies accused of fuelling America’s opioid crisis face a legal reckoning
India’s economy
Meagre fare

Narendra Modi’s government is scrambling to spice up growth
Finance and economics
Israel v Iran
The plots thicken

New fronts open up in a festering conflict, as Israel braces for an attack
Middle East and Africa
Getting a grip

How China might bring Hong Kong to heel without sending troops from the mainland
Wars without end

A Chinese development scheme adds an extra dimension to long-running conflicts
Growing brighter

New ways to make vertical farming stack up
Science and technology
Bird life in New Zealand
Cheep dates

Efforts to conserve the kakapo, a pudgy parrot, are at last being rewarded
The world this week
Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party and the populist Five Star Movement reached an agreement to form a new coalition government that would see Giuseppe Conte remain prime minister. Mr Conte recently quit his job after Matteo Salvini, the hard-right leader of the Northern League, withdrew his support from the government. The deal keeps Mr Salvini out of power. He had served as interior minister, overseeing a crackdown on migrants.
More from politics this week
The latest escalation of the trade war saw China announcing new tariffs on $75bn-worth of American goods from September 1st. Donald Trump responded by announcing a five-percentage-point increase on existing and planned tariffs on Chinese exports.
More from business this week
The world ahead
Your guide to the future
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If Egypt collapses
Pyramid scheme

What might cause the country to collapse, and what would the consequences be if it did?
From Economist Films
What does a cashless future mean?

Many countries are going cashless at great speed. What are the advantages of ditching hard cash and what are the dangers?

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