It is the dawn of the New Quarter throughout Outsiders. It has been quite a quarter and quite a year.
As we’re going to “press” to launch the new quarter, we’re witness to some beautiful scenes of defiance in Hong Kong. The brave souls in Hong Kong are challenging China–and many of us who were Tianmen continue to be amazed ever more. One wonder what President XI and his team will do especially as they continue to also deal with raging insurgency in the Muslim areas of the Country and as Tibet continues to be ever so a thorn.
This is as the Kurds continue to stand up to the thugs of Dayesh (also known as #ISIS). As work was being done here, reports also came out about one of the many hot spots around the World: India and Pakistan. India’s NDTV reported on major ceasefire violations which continues to be cause for concern. This is as Indian Prime Minister Modi finished off a Five-Day Tour in the United States and the joint statement was quite revealing (available @ www.whitehouse.gov). It is also a fascinating day on the eve of Gandhi’s Birthday as India embarks upon a massive clean-up campaign.
Both leaders visited the King Memorial in Washington. Although it was quite striking to see coverage in US Media about “points of disagreement”. Exciting days are ahead though in India though as I
In the United States, California enact the first plastic bag ban to once again show how it is at the forefront of change–as it was back in the late 70’s with the tax Revolt movement, with marriage equality and many other ideas that have gained a foothold in the United States. Many registered voters have also received their ballots already to begin the process of voting.
As the new quarter dawns, this admonitions are ever so crucial, though, to remember how we can work to transform our World– the guiding principles behind “Outsider”:
A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
– John Ciardi
We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
And not forgetting that:
He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views. William Congreve
As the great Diane Nyad always notes: Onward to a new Quarter w/all its’ possibilities…..
Mike’s Bio: have had over 18 years experience in Operations, Finance and Administration for Small to Medium Size Businesses, start-ups and publicly held companies. I have also had the good fortune to be serve n the community in various capacities. I have served as an intern on the Staff of a LA City Councilman, worked as a poll watcher for a Congressional Candidate and have served as a member of the City of Laguna Niguel Public Safety Committee and currently serve as a Traffic & Transportation Commissioner For the City of Laguna Niguel. In addition to my on-going business interests, I also served as an Adjunct Professor for a number of years. Furthermore, I have launchedThe Daily Outsider which is a currently a network of 5 Blog Channels with a focus on Public Policy, Technology, Education & Leadership.