Archive for June, 2017


It is the eve of a New Quarter.     I thought the Community might enjoy these as I wish all a great week and for all friends in Canada, Happy Canada Day and for all in the United States, a safe and Happy 4th of July!!

Onward to the new Quarter w/all its’ possibilities!!

YOU make a difference to the world.
Act on your dreams today.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most difficult thing is the decision to act,
the rest is merely tenacity.
The fears are paper tigers.
You can do anything you decide to do.
You can act to change and control your life;
and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
– Amelia Earhart

I wanted to release this as it was crucial for all to be aware to avoid the scams:

Source: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/06/26/IRS-Warns-Summertime-Scams

As I am on a “Virtual Walkabout”, I saw this and wanted to make sure all were aware–I have seen this hit my own network and it is annoying–but making sure all were aware!!!

U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT

National Cyber Awareness System:

 

06/23/2017 04:09 PM EDT
Original release date: June 23, 2017
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on technical-support scams. In these schemes, deceptive tech-support operations offer to fix problems that don’t exist, placing calls or sending pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Users should not give control of their computers to any stranger offering to fix problems.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.

Source: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/06/23/FTC-Releases-Alert-Tech-Support-Scams

I have been on the Prowl at http://www.thedailyoutsider.com as I was supporting curation of the Social Media Channels and helping with finishing off curations for the properties.   I found this courtesy of Technilious that was quite timely especially as I got a call yesterday out of the blue about someone claiming the US Government just selected me to get $9,000–My reaction was “Yaaah Right” and hung up!!!    This is as I finished off this thoughts,  I also saw reporting on CNN & Sky News about an attack in Belgium.

We live in truly challenging times.   Please enjoy this “tip of the week:

Today, there are options for short term ‘burner’ numbers, virtual phone lines and caller ID blocking. Here’s what we recommend.

Source: How to Make Your Phone Number Private

It has been a very challenging 24 hours yet again as I have been listening to live feed from Sky News (the latest available thru the Live Feed from Sky News at the Daily Outsider)as a tower in West London caught fire and as I write this, 12 people have died.    This is also I saw horrific news from Washington as a gunman opened fire on members of Congress as they were practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Charity Game.  I helped the team with some curation over Twitter on this and other on-going matters throughout  the morning as the Daily Outsider team continues to gear up for the Third Quarter.     I also finished my periodic contribution to @DonateAPhoto as I noted my hope that the game goes on because such acts must never ever be tolerated.   The victims included the US House Majority Whip, Steve Scalicse, who  was shot and injured.  It was his security detail that attacked and took down the gunman.    I have seen the gunman’s name reported out–but will not dignify him by mentioning his name.    The President spoke earlier and advised that he has died.

The US House Speaker, Paul Ryan, spoke earlier today on the House Floor  and in my view, spoke for all Americans,

“We are united. We are united in our shock. We are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us….Every day we come here to test and to challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in. At times, our emotions can clearly get the best of us. We are all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber. For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family,”  
Enough said….

May 2017 was quite a month–and June is turning out to be quite a month as well–and we’re only in the 5th Day!!!

As the World is as crazy as ever, it is always gratifying to be witness to and feature good news.   This was one example as it was my pleasure to have been witness to the Community coming together in support of this outstanding Eagle Scout Candidate.  It is witness to such that continues to sustain my sense of hope-exemplified by what happened in Manchester over the Weekend with #OneLoveManchester.

Source: Scout eyeing Eagle | City of Mission Viejo

As June is at hand…

I have been working away supporting the Work of the Daily Outsider as I have had a chance to visit the Community Here sharing thoughts and ideas.   It has been also quite a week as the United States formally that it will be withdrawing from Paris (a process that will take up to 4 years–although some of the commitments can be rolled back immediately),  the attack in Kabul and the pivotal election in the United Kingdom that seems to have backfired on the UK Prime Minister especially as the UK gears up for Brexit Negotiations.

Interesting times as a new month dawns as I hope all enjoy this which I also hope to “get to” over the ensuing weeks and months:

FORTUNE CEO DAILY
FORTUNE CEO DAILY
MAY 31, 2017
Good morning.

Still working on your summer reading list? As part of our survey of Fortune 500 CEOs, we asked them to tell us the best book they have read in the last year. The result is an eclectic mix, with only one book getting more than one mention—Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, cited by two of the CEOs. Worth noting it was published in 2011…which suggests our chiefs don’t have a lot of time for outside reading.

Below are some more recent books that were mentioned.

The Founder’s Mentality, by Chris Zook and James Allen

Thrive, by Arianna Huffington

OGO, by David Novak

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

Barbarian Days; A Surfing Life, William Finnegan

The Gatekeepers, by Chris Whipple

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Gregory Boyle

The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis

Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne

Earning It, by Joann Lublin

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance