Archive for March, 2017

Now this sounds like fun!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Lebanon sure can use the boost after the paralysis of the past few years……

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Tomorrowland is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world. Held yearly in Belgium, it’s attended by hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. This year’s festival is taking place from July 21st till the 30th.

However, on July 29th, Lebanon was chosen as one of only 8 countries around the world to be “United” with Tomorrowland in a live broadcast of the festivities from Belgium in an event that start at 7PM and end around 4AM, in Byblos. It’s not yet clear whether this is in the official capacities of the Byblos Festival.

The line-up has not been announced yet, but based on some research I did on their website, guests can expect an event held in a setting inspired by Tomorrowland (a customized stage, decoration and special effects) combined with a massive well-curated…

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It is the eve of a new Quarter. Donald Trump has also begun his 3rd Month as President of the United States as he continues to work to dismantle the Obama Legacy at a feverish Pace. His New Executive Order was signed earlier today rolling back signifncant milestones on climate change–and again “unleashing” Coal that actually no one really wants anymore. The point has been that America has been on the road to Energy Independence.

Earlier today, I picked up a call to action from the Points of Light Foundation on National Service. One of the drastic cuts (exemplified by the 18 Billion in Cuts being proposed to help pay for the Wall with Mexico) is the elmination of the Corporation for National Service. I made it a point of sending a message to the key members of Congress–although I know for a fact that such messages will fall on deaf ears with my local Congressman. I guess so much for Mexico Paying for the Wall.

What is even more problematic is what is being proposed in the realm of Education. I picked this up while on the “Grid” on the actual impact of what is being proposed which is horrific at many levels–One of the plans is to assess it at ‘s Education Channel over the ensuing weeks and months:

The school voucher system proposed by Education secretary Betsy DeVos does not mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It means the public education program will be dismantled.
If your child has an IEP (individual education plan for students with special needs), kiss it goodbye.
If you have a job in special-education, if you’re a special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, a teacher’s aid, or an ESL (English as a second language) teacher, you’ll go first.
House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs.
The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.
The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities:
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning.
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

Just Picked this from the team @Technilious….some good advise for all!!!

If your password gets stolen, thieves can access your accounts — but not if your account is protected by two-factor authentication.

Source: Protect Your Online Accounts with Two-Factor Authentication Now!

My Weekly periodic “View of the weeK’ that I am pleased to Elie Fares yet again lays out the profound fallacy of the latest pronoucmement targeting the Middle East…..

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The American and British governments have decided overnight to not allow passengers boarding airlines flying directly to their countries from Middle Eastern and some African countries from carrying on them ANY electronic that isn’t a phone or medical equipment.

The countries affected are: Lebanon, KSA, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia, among others.

So to make the work of those countries easier, I figured I’d compile a (non-comprehensive) list of all the very scandalous things they will find on our laptops and iPads.

1. A poorly deleted porn browsing history.

2. 23 different google searches for “is this mole on my chest cancer?”

3. The discography of some pop diva we would never admit listening to unless waterboarded.

4. Game of Thrones and everything related to it.

5. Bookmarked BuzzFeed quizzes in…

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I am a fan of Professor Turley–I have had some reservations about some of his comments-but one key point he makes is paramount, “…the opinion again shows the perils of presidents and their aides speaking publicly about litigation….” if only this White House Understood it.


donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedDerrick_Kahala_WatsonLast night, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson issued a
temporary restraining order
that prevents the second immigration order of President Donald Trump from going into effect on Thursday.  The 43-page opinion is scathing and relies not only on the statements of President Trump but the recent statements of his chief aide Stephen Miller.  While I respectfully disagree with Judge Watson and view his decision as contrary to the weight of existing case law, the opinion again shows the perils of presidents and their aides speaking publicly about litigation.

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Will we wake up?


We have been discussing the mounting evidence of catastrophic impacts from climate change.  A new report is particularly . . .  well . . . chilling.  Scientists believe that the world has now lost half of its coral reefs in the last 30 years and could lose 90 percent 2050.  It is not just the loss of one of the most unique and beautiful areas of Earth but the impact could be enormous on our food and our environment.  Indeed, these reports show how these losses produce a cascading crisis across ecosystems.  The report comes at a time when the Trump Administration is moving to reduce our commitment to climate change programs and agreements — putting the United States on a collision course with much of the world.

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I picked this up on an @Al Arabya…..interesting analogy as we are witness to profound change…please enjoy!!

The image of the American cowboy galloping on a horse traversing endless vistas of flat parched

Source: Take 10: My all-time favorite Western movies

Some “Food 4 thought” as I wish all a fab week!! 🙂 🙂

Leading with Trust

Enjoy this guest post from Mark Miller:

Why do some really big ideas fail to gain acceptance while others, seemingly less significant, flourish? If you want an example, think no further than a cat video on YouTube with 118 million views – really???

In recent writing, I’ve hypothesized about value and awareness as key drivers of traction. I still believe that to be true – but there are probably a couple of other factors that ultimately determine the reach of an idea.

Here’s one to consider: Approachability.

I think back to when I was serving as the head of our newly formed Quality team. This was a time when six sigma, a quality improvement built around statistics, was all the rage. Some assumed my newly formed team would begin teaching this very hot and trendy methodology to all of our people. We said no.

Why? Not because the tenets…

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Enough Said!!
Wishin’ all a fab W-End
Too cute not to pass on.


Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 1.58.26 PMAs someone who has done interviews at home with four kids and a large dog, this is an all too familiar scene.  Professor Robert Kelly learned of these dangers as he tried to explain the implications of the impeachment of South Korea President Park Geun-hye live on BBC.

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Some Beautiful Food For Thought…..

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On International Women’s Day, a local website called decided to publish a list of 7 reasons why you should date Lebanese women.

As it is with Buzzfeed-esque lists that rely on stereotypes, generalizations and healthy doses of sexism-coated misogyny, the list of why you should consider a Lebanese women as your date range from her being “beautiful… supportive… family oriented… well dressed…” and, most importantly, that SHE CAN COOK! Again, on International Women’s Day, out of all days, the one day that women around the world call for their rights as loud as they can, scream against being objectified, and fight for gender equality.

I don’t know whose idea it was to publish a list of generics and think it’s a celebration of Lebanese women, when all it’s doing is annihilate every inch…

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