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It has been an interesting and  busy Monday and it is not even over yet by any means!!   I have been reading up on the so called “tax plan” as I saw how those of us @ordinaryfaces are slated to be saddled with a Tax Increase and as the President called the tragedy in Texas a Mental Health Issue–not understanding that a  terrorist is a terrorist.  The President’s Son took to twitter to saw how “law-abiding” gun owners must be protected to muddy the issue and as Kelly Ann Conway again talked about how everyone has to “shut up” basically.   This is as I saw this on the “Paradise Papers” courtesy of the Center for Investigative Journalists-quite a read:

 

The Paradise Papers

Remember the Panama Papers? It was a massive 2015 document leak that exposed a system in which offshore companies enable crime and corruption. The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that followed, led by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), was a collaboration among more than 100 newsrooms across the world. It led to a flurry of resignations and indictments and took down leaders in Iceland and Pakistan.

This week, Reveal journalists teamed up with ICIJ for a new bombshell: The Paradise Papers. 

This time around, the action is centered on more than 13 million confidential files leaked to Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the ICIJ’s global team of more than 300 journalists. Many of the confidential documents, emails and voicemails come from Appleby, a Bermuda-based law firm. The leaks shed light on how corporate giants move their cash from one offshore tax haven to another.

The Paradise Papers also raise questions about Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ financial ties to Russian companies.

And they disclose how Facebook and Twitter received backing from Kremlin-controlled Russian banks. This comes at a time when the two tech giants are facing scrutiny by the U.S. Justice Department and Congress.

This global collaboration involves a team of journalists from 67 countries. Reveal is the first U.S. public radio show and podcast to tell the story through audio. Don’t miss this episode, and stay tuned for a series of partners’ text stories on our site in the coming days.

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More on the Paradise Papers.

Meanwhile, there is a lot going on beyond the shores of the United States.    My  man Elie Faras once again takes to his blog to expose the profound state of affairs in Lebanon after Hariri’s Saudi Masters ordered him to resign plunging Lebanon into Chaos.   Why he resigned from Saudi Arabia is still baffling as Crown Prince Mohammad  continues his power move–a move that has rendered Yemen a failed state, has destroyed the Gulf Cooperation Council and has increased tensions with Iran:

The state of the Future Movement seems to be in full blown meltdown as even their ministers cannot keep face while being interviewed about the resignation of Saad Hariri on Thursday. Minister of Displaced Affairs Mouin Merhebi was being interviewed by NBN reporter Linda Meshleb earlier today when, after asking him about a meeting the […]

via Misogynistic Lebanese Minister Mouin Merhebi Sexually Insults Reporter Linda Meshleb — A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

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It has been an interesting day to start the day as the Prime Minister of Lebanon resigned–while in Saudi Arabia.    Elie Fares  is one of the most perceptive bloggers on the Middle East Today and what he noted about the true reality in Lebanon is a must-read for anyone–and for those of us who know about the Hariri family–they owe everything to Saudi Arabia as she continues her  proxy war with Iran,  bullies Qatar while trying to show a “Moderate Face” to the World with recent pronouncements by the Crown Prince about his hope for a more “moderate Islam”.

Nothing says patriotism and Lebanese sovereignty as much as your own prime minister announcing his resignation, and subsequently a nail in the coffin of Lebanese governance, all the way from a foreign country, on one of their megaphone TVs nonetheless. Saad Hariri, who has been back as prime minister for nearly 11 months now, in […]

via Hariri Resigns As Lebanese Prime Minister All The Way From Saudi Arabia, Because Patriotism — A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

It has been quite a weekend as news has hit that the first charges are forthcoming in the Mueller Investigation and as the “Spin machine” in Washington is in full gear.  As our team is going to be “dark” this week at the Daily Outsider,  I’ll be seeing how things play out this week before formally commenting–the comments by Professor Turley, though, is still worth noting as the World awaits…

Onward to the New week and new month with all its’ possibilities!!!

Last night, the media was thrown into a frenzy with news that special counsel Robert Mueller has secured the first charges in his investigation into Russian election interference. Despite the fact that the name or names of those indicted have not been released and the specific charges were not disclosed, the report was heralded as […]

via Mueller’s Mountain Or Molehill? Prosecutors Mum on First Charges In Russian Investigation — JONATHAN TURLEY

Out & About w/Thoughts…..

As I am writing this, I am listening to Al Jazeera as there is coverage about the Catalan Secession from Spain–it is being witness to history as Spain has triggered Article 155 to install direct rule from Madrid.    This is as I was reading earlier today during my “think hour” about the War against The Holy Father which blew me away.

As I reflected upon quite a month and finished off curation in support of The Daily Outsider and my own rounds over Twitter, I ran across this courtesy of Jonathan Lockwood Huie which is indeed an inspiration as I say onward to November with all its’ possibilities:

Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have
the possibility of being great.
– Cher

There’s something liberating about not pretending.
Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.
– Drew Barrymore

With courage you will dare to take risks,
have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
– Keshavan Nair

People do not wish to appear foolish.
To avoid the appearance of foolishness,
they are willing to remain actually fools.
– Alice Walker

All Life is a risk – even crossing the street, or sitting in your easy chair.
So relax, don’t worry, and live the most productive and enjoyable life you can.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In this image from video from Senate Television, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks on the Senate floor Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at the Capitol in Washington. Flake announced he will not run for re-election in 2018. (Senate TV via AP)

It is a tragic day in America today as I saw Jeff Flake, the Junior Senator from Arizona, has decided not to seek re-election.    He gave voice to many of us when he talked about what is right and noted and reminded us all about Federalist 51–a very powerful 7 Minutes:

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I salute Senator Flake for the courage of his conviction.

Working Away….

I spent the past 24 hours as I worked on supporting the team at the Daily Outsider with curation work for the week and reflecting upon the week, the month and the year that has been.   Earlier, I finished off visits to my Social circles and finalized my weekly “Random Thoughts” on my visit and other thoughts as well.

I had been yearning for the politics as depicted by the West Wing and how visionary Lawrence O’Donnell and the rest of the production team at The West Wing was to show a way of the possible–as for instance, President Bartlett’s Successor brought his Republican Rival into the Cabinet and showed a way of the possible about hope.

I spent the day with the family yesterday and cherished every second of it. As I “got back to work”, one of the things I was blown away was how the 5 Ex-Presidents came together for Hurricane Relief–joined by President Trump. I welcomed how President Trump reflected upon how these 5 Living Ex-Presidents exemplified Public Service not withstanding the unfortunate public stance he had taken. I also picked up this that was done as a tribute to John Spencer of the West Wing about one person who was truly an example that all of us in real life aspired to–Whether one agrees with the politics depicted or not–it is in the end about serving.

My continued sense of hope is sustained as I joined a number of Community Commitments that included:

  • At my Son’s High School as dedicated teachers went through an Exercise on the Great California Shakeout;
  • At the monthly PTSA meeting at my Son’s high school as saw the selfless souls in action and most importantly, how some 59 of our young achieved the TEAL Service Award giving back some 1500 Hours of community service to our Community;
  • At my local Catholic Parish as selfless souls supported the less fortunate
  • At Camporall 2017 (an event by the local Scouting district) on how selfless souls worked for four days straight to create a haunted house that over 200 Scouts enjoyed;
  • ..and how all Scouts helped to raise some 600 Lbs of Food in support of Scouting For Food 2017 as our community gears up for that day of service.

Onward…..

It has been an extremely challenging 24 hrs yet again.  I was just numb when I saw coverage when the widow of Sergeant Johnson received a call from the President.  According to Congresswoman Wilson of Florida, Sergeant Johnson could not get a open casket funeral as she noted that the President told the Widow: “..he knew what he was signing up for..”.    I was numb when I heard it.

What is unfortunate is how President Trump failed miserably in leadership especially as he tried to deflect his lack of empathy–this is not even noting the bigger question of what we were doing in Niger anyway as he continues his attack on President Obama.     This is as President Trump also went after Senator John McCain yet again and politicized the death of General Kelley’s Son.

I was so proud to share the gofundme page set up for Sergeant Johnson’s Children that had raised over $ 126,000.  Trumpism has also manifested its’ ugly face In Alabama–as I send my thanks to Professor Turley for underscoring how dangerous the candidacy of Roy Moore is.    I noted on Twitter that he’s America’s Ayatollah and I hope the good people of Alabama will see him for the Fraud that he is:

It appears that the Senate race in Alabama between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones is now a dead heat. The tie in the normally reliable red state reflects controversial views of Moore who was twice removed from his job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for defying federal court orders. One […]

via “The Very Definition Of Tyranny”: Roy Moore Calls For Justices To Be Removed For Voting For Same-Sex Marriage — JONATHAN TURLEY

President Trump was busy again this morning as he touted his achievements as the World continue to come to grips with the aftermath of his decisions–touting the Paris Withdrawal, Keystone XL, etc.–I responded to the Twitter Rant although It will fall on deaf ears.

Now, what is critical is what many are missing–and I am with Corey Robin on this.  The Courts will be where the Trump Legacy will continue long after he has left the scene:

Mike Allen is reporting this morning: Trump was upbeat and brought up a Kim Strassell column in The Wall Street Journal, “Scalias all the way down,” giving the president credit for “remaking the federal judiciary.”‘ I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. While political scientists warn against the norm erosion of the Trump…

via “It’s Scalias All the Way Down”: Why the very thing that scholars think is the antidote to Trump is in fact the aide-de-Trump — Corey Robin

It has been quite a week as I finished off some late breaking curation work for the Daily Outsider that would be available later on today.   I did take comfort in these thoughts as a new week dawns as I say, Onward to the New Week with all its’ possibilities !!!

Source: 17 Motivational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Dreams

What Corey Robin talked about is so critical that we all must take note of…..His words are poignant and frankly tough to read–but critical…..

Of all the sentences I’ve read on the Harvey Weinstein story, this one, from the New York Times, was the most poignant: More established actresses were fearful of speaking out because they had work; less established ones were scared because they did not. In virtually every oppressive workplace regime—and other types of oppressive regimes—you see…

via Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand At Work: The Harvey Weinstein Story — Corey Robin