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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Notations On Our World (Special M-End Edition): On The Life & Times of @repjohnlewis as America Bid Farewell

America said its' final farewell to the Honorable John Lewis, The Member of Congress for the Georgia 5th District. 3 of the Living Presidents of the United States attended and the 4th, Jimmy Carter, sent a statement that was read at the service at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

We hereby present the remarks by Former President Obama and Former President George W Bush which will be featured throughout our Platforms:

As we conclude, we implore all to #WearAMaskSaveALife as we remind all of the guidance noted in our Esparanza Platform :


Notations On Our World (Special Edition): #RIPJohnLewis

Congressman John Lewis is being laid to rest today in Atlanta.
In honor of his memory, our Team hereby presents this courtesy the team at the New York Times on his Final Words & their Reflections as we say:  #RIPJOHNLEWIS as you made Good Trouble Sir:

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July 30, 2020

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By Kathleen Kingsbury

Acting Editorial Page Editor

The brief essay that Representative John Lewis sent me two days before his death — to be published today, on the occasion of his funeral — expresses the hope for national healing and reconciliation that guided his life’s work.

For too many Americans, the civil rights movement is visible only in the rearview mirror of memory. Black and white photographs of demonstrators being attacked by police dogs and fire hoses; of lunch counters and schoolhouses, separate and unequal and in the past.

Mr. Lewis lived that history, of course. But his most urgent plea was that the work of the civil rights movement remains unfinished, and that conscience commands us to look to the future. Important civil rights legislation sits stalled in Congress at this very moment, held up by the patently false assertion that racial discrimination no longer exists.

Mr. Lewis served as a member of Congress for 33 years before his death from pancreatic cancer on July 17. Before ever being sworn in as a lawmaker, he’d already borne so much for America.

Mr. Lewis’s moral authority “found its headwaters in the aggressive yet self-sacrificial style of protests that he and his compatriots in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee deployed in the early 1960s as part of the campaign that overthrew Southern apartheid,” the editorial board wrote in remembrance.

The fight for civil rights was brutal. “I remember John had no reservations about going down and sitting in and knowing that we could be injured. You could be clobbered,” his classmate, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., remembered in a recent Op-Ed. “I was there on the bus platform in Montgomery, Ala., when they hit him over the head with a Coca-Cola crate and smashed his head.”

John Lewis’s commitment to nonviolent protest never wavered, not through dozens of attacks and arrests, not through the reversal of hard-won gains, not even in the final weeks of his life as the country erupted in unrest over the police killing of George Floyd.

His final words ask us to cast our eyes forward. “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself,” he wrote in today’s Op-Ed. I’d also recommend listening to it being read aloud in the powerful audio version.

Americans who want to honor Mr. Lewis and continue his fight for civil rights can do so by urging their lawmakers to restore the protections enshrined in the Voting Rights Act, for which Mr. Lewis fought so ardently. Ensuring that all Americans can exercise the right to vote was Mr. Lewis’s unfinished work. It’s up to the nation to finish it.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special Friday Edition): A Tribute to @AOC

We are proud to present this powerful speech by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez --all we can say is this:  it is up to us to change--and we salute her for her courage and strength.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special Weekly Edition): Honoring the Fallen

As this is our 1000th Notations here in our Education Property, we decided to do something special:  Honor the Medal of Honor Receipents for Orange County, California--Our Home County:   

Friday, July 17, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special Friday Edition): Out & About in Our World

We are grateful for the continued to serve especially during this Pandemic--We implore all to #WearAMaskSaveaLife as we remind all of our Esparanza Virtual Public Service Annoucement--it is all hands on deck for us to defeat this pandemic to get children back in school--as determinations are being made by major School Districts throughout the United States to conduct online instructions in the Fall.  

We leave all with the following #RandomThoughts For everyone's Benefit as the week-end looms courtesy the great folks at The Visual Capitalist: 

Sunday Digest: Last Week's Infographics

Here are all the new infographics from last week in one easy place! 
How Big Tech Makes Their Billions
The big five tech companies generate almost $900 billion in revenues combined, more than the GDP of four G20 nations. Here's how they earn it all.
The Future of Remote Work, According to Startups
In an in-depth survey, startup founders and their teams revealed work-from-home experiences and their plans for a post-pandemic future.
How China's Plastics Ban Threw Global Recycling into Disarray
For decades, developed countries outsourced their recyclables to China. Now, they're on their own, and a multi-billion dollar opportunity has emerged.
Asset Class Risk and Return Over the Last Decade
Asset allocation is one of the most important decisions an investor can make. This chart shows asset class risk and return from 2010-2019.
Mapped: Each Region's Median Age Since 1950
The world's population is aging, but not at the same rate. This animated map visualizes the changes in median age in every region since 1950.
Political Longshots That Caught America by Surprise
Nothing is certain in politics until the results are in. Here's a roundup of the most surprising longshot victories in American history.

Friday, July 10, 2020

A Urgent Virtual Public Service Annoucement: #COVID-19

 As COVID-19 rages on World-Wide based on the latest from Johns Hopkins and the World Health Organization, our team decided to release this Virtual Public Service Annoucement on all our platforms  courtesy the CDC as we join in asking all to #WearAMaskToSaveALife.   

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Mid-Week Edition): On Our World

This year has been a data whirlwind. With 2020 already halfway over, we wanted to take a look back at some of the most popular USAFacts content from this year. From COVID-19 to the environment, it's just a sampling of what's available at
COVID-19 Map
It's no surprise that the most popular feature on this year is the coronavirus map. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and average Americans alike use this map to understand the spread of COVID-19 throughout the nation. The map has just been updated with the ability to dive deeper into state cases and engage with the data on a county level. If you haven't checked it out yet, now is the perfect time.

State of the Earth
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this April, USAFacts analyzed metrics from government agencies responsible for measuring the nation’s air, land usage, and energy production. This data portrait touches on environmental numbers from 2019 back to 1895. See the data on National Parks, climate, and air quality and make your judgments. 

Causes of Death in the US
Released in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, this report analyzed the top causes of death for Americans in an array of demographic groups. Trace deaths from heart disease and cancer—two of the biggest causes of death in the US—over time. Metrics on flu, pneumonia, liver disease, and drug deaths are also available, including the locations in the US where they're most pervasive.  

Small Business Loans
Readers were also interested in which businesses received government assistance during the pandemic. We have the data on the states that received the majority of the loans from the Paycheck Protection Program put in place by the CARES Act. The original $350 billion allotted for the program went quickly; according to the Small Business Administration, the agency processed more than 14 years’ worth of loans in less than 14 days.

State of the Union
Ahead of the president’s State of the Union, USAFacts released the State of the Union in Numbers, a data-driven, nonpartisan snapshot of the nation. This feature includes topics typically covered in State of the Union addresses, including compelling facts on the economy, education, infrastructure, and the American standard of living. How many people are coming to the US, and who are they?​ How well is the government educating the population?​ Are Americans getting healthier? Interact with the data to get the answers to questions like these and many more.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): On this Independence Day 2020 here in the United States

As we went to press on this Independence Day here in the United States, we wanted to present the following which will hereby be a regular weekly feature here in our Education Platform: 

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National Cyber Awareness System:

07/01/2020 10:45 AM EDT

Original release date: July 1, 2020
Microsoft has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Windows 10 and Windows Server. These vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review the Microsoft security advisories for CVE-2020-1425 and CVE-2020-1457 and apply the necessary updates.
This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.

In Celebration of Independence Day, we hereby present the following courtesy Jonathan Lockwood Huie as we implore all to #WearAMask & #SaveAlife

Happy Independence Day to all in the United States:

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,
among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson (third President of the United States)
[Declaration of Independence, and inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- Emma Lazarus - written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands
is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.
- Jimmy Carter

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): As a New Quarter is Before Us.....

We are beginning a new quarter of service.  We wanted to begin by sharing a snapshot recently sent forth by the team at the Visual Capitalist we count as a partner for our on-going research & analysis work.   We also note a snapshot of leadership that is critical for us as we all agitate for a Post-COVID & A Post-Racial World.

We look forward to the continued privilege to serve. 

Almost 200 Years of U.S. Stock Performance
From 1825-2019, equities have had positive annual performance over 70% of the time. This chart shows historical U.S. stock market returns.
Charting the $1.7B Transfer of Military Equipment to Police 
This visualization tracks the last decade of the 1033 Program, which provides free military equipment to police departments around the U.S.
The COVID-19 Impact on Advertising Spend
Global advertising spending is estimated to see $50 billion decline across various mediums and industries as a result of COVID-19.
Vegetarianism: Tapping Into the Meatless Revolution
This graphic unearths the origins of the meatless revolution, while exploring how the $1.8 trillion meat market is responding to the threat of disruption.
Unlocking Earth's Treasures with Mineral Exploration
There are untold treasures in the Earth's surface waiting for discovery. Skeena Resources is opening the vault in the Golden Triangle at Eskay Creek.
The 44 Closest Stars and How They Compare to our Sun
This graphic visualizes the 44 closest stars, revealing key facts such as distance from Earth, brightness, and whether potential planets are in orbit.
This Week's Flashback Favorites:

The Safest Source of Energy Will Surprise You
The empirical data on which energy source has led to the fewest human deaths may not be the one you expect.

Originally from May 2018

CEO Daily

Running a car company isn’t easy, even in the best of times. And Mary Barra’s reign as General Motors’ CEO has been anything but the best of times. She became the first female CEO of an automobile company in 2014, taking the job amidst a massive controversy over faulty ignition switches. In her first year, she had to issue 84 recall notices and testify before the U.S. Senate. Last year, she was faced with the worst auto workers strike in a half century. And then came COVID-19, followed by the upheaval over the George Floyd killing. Oh yes, and then there are the repeated Twitter attacks from the President of the United States.

Throughout it all, Barra has remained unflappable, eschewing the industry’s traditional defensiveness, and always asking: “What can we learn from this?” That’s why Fortune’s Ellen McGirt and I were happy to welcome her as a guest on this week’s edition of our podcast, Leadership Next. She represents a new style of leading.

Ellen started by asking Barra about her strong public statement over the George Floyd killing, in which she said she was “impatient” and “disgusted”–words that emanated from the heart, not the marketing department. “I personally felt very sad,” Barra told us. “I am an action-oriented person. I’m an engineer. And I asked, ‘Why is this happening over and over?’” She felt a need for action. “I knew we can do more, and we needed to do more, with a sense of urgency.”

In response, Barra has not only created an “inclusion advisory board” to guide GM’s actions, but also signed up for the Business Roundtable’s Special Committee for Racial Equality and Justice. Barra was one of the CEOs who pushed the Business Roundtable last year to adopt a new statement of corporate purpose, focusing on multiple stakeholders and not just shareholders. “The statement was catching up with reality,” she says.

Incidentally, Barra believes the COVID-19 lockdown has strengthened the case for electric vehicles. People are skeptical of mass transit and want their own cars. And improvements in the environment over recent months have reinforced the need for those vehicles to be clean. ”We believe in an all-electric future,” she said, and have “accelerated our work from an EV perspective.”

More news below.

Alan Murray

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This maxim of Coach Wooden's describes the relentless approach he challenged himself with every day: constant self improvement.
As coach often stated: Never be satisfied. Work constantly to improve. Perfection is a goal that can never be reached, but it must be the objective. The uphill climb is slow but the downhill road is fast.
Coach believed that valid self-analysis is crucial for improvement. In order to improve a little each day we must constantly be learning, and to do that we must: be observing constantly and stay open minded.
A key component of Coach Wooden's constant self-improvement program was how he worked with his assistant coaches. He encouraged them to challenge his ideas, thus creating the valid self-analysis he knew was critical to self improvement.
In his book A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring with Don Yeager, Coach describes how Abraham Lincoln inspired his approach:
An incredible example of Lincoln’s wisdom can be seen in the people with whom he chose to surround himself. I pride myself on having read just about every major book ever published about Abraham Lincoln, but the one that has affected me the most in recent years is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s exceptional text, Team of Rivals. In this book, Goodwin examines in profound depth a well-documented but not widely discussed political decision: When Lincoln was elected to the presidency, he appointed a number of former political opponents to serve as his advisers and to fill various posts.
By selecting men whom he knew disagreed with him or differed from his own platform, he assured himself he would be confronted with legitimate challenges to his ideas, rather than finding himself in a pool of yes-men.
Based on Lincoln’s example, I encouraged my assistant coaches to speak up with ideas that might differ from or even completely contradict my own. Those disagreements never got heated, but sometimes they were very intense. Just as I imagine Lincoln would have been, I was pleased when those challenges arose because it meant that my fellow coaches were as passionate about our team as I was. Nothing ruins a team more quickly than apathy.
In Coach Wooden’s book, Wooden on Leadership with Steve Jamison, Hall of Fame Coach and former Coach Wooden assistant Denny Crum describes working with Coach:
Coach Wooden never thought he knew everything. In spite of the fact that he’d been winning championships every year—four or five of them when I got there as an assistant coach—he wanted to keep learning and improving as a coach and leader.
When I came up with an idea, he would never tell me, “Well, this is the way we’ve always done it and we’re winning championships. So, no, I’m not changing.” He was open to change. His approach was to listen; if he thought it made sense, try it. If it works, great. If not, move on. He was always searching for ways to improve.
As Coach liked to say A leader destined for success asks, "What can we do to improve?" A leader destined for failure says, "That's the way it's always been done."
Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman
Twitter: @woodenswisdom

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Application ExerciseCOACH'S


You are the one who has to decide
Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.

You are the one who makes up your mind
Whether you’ll lead or linger behind.
Whether you’ll try for the goal that's afar
Or be contented to stay where you are.
Take it or leave it, here's something to do,
Just think it over, it's all up to you!
What do you wish? To be known as a shirk,
Known as a good person who is willing to work,
Scorned for a loafer or praised by your chief
Rich or poor or beggar or thief?
Eager or earnest or dull through the day,
Honest or crooked? It's you who must say!
Whether you'll shirk it or give it your best.
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