A Daily "Thought"


Thought For the Week: On the Need to #Laugh & Be Ever So Thankful

It is Halloween in the United States.       As we get ready to go "dark" for the Week-End here in #Outsiders and gear up for the elections, we hope this courtesy of - Jonathan Lockwood Huie- will be enjoyed by all.    The need to laugh and be grateful for life is ever more important.   We also urge all in the United States to vote in the elections that is coming up on November 4.


The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

 Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly
toward the solution that is certain to come.
Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

Become more and more innocent,
less knowledgeable and more childlike.
Take life as fun - because that's precisely what it is!
- Osho

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

View of the Week: On #Israel, #Palestine & Other Thoughts

It has been another challenging day throughout the World.        Israel just recalled its' Ambassador from Sweden after Sweden recognized Palestine.     This happened after Mr. Lieberman, the Israeli Foreign Minister, noted that Sweden did not understand the Middle East because it is a lot more complex than an IKEA furniture.   The ever eloquent Swedish Foreign Minister responded in kind and we commented on it earlier on Facebook:

As someone who has built out IKEA furniture, the Swedish Foreign Minister is absolutely dead on.   The lessons of IKEA is a lesson to be learnt by all.    

An #outsiders Newsflash From #Iraq & #Egypt: On the Plight of the Refugees

***Updated with a brief clip from the Daily Show****

The Tragedy of #Iraq is ever more as this heart wrenching report from @Al Jazeera's  Jane Araf underscores.   How a 110-Year man was beheaded by the sub human mutant scum of Dayesh (Also known as ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State) defies all sense of decency.  As #Iraq and #Syria continue to burn, #Israel also is on the edge as well with the attempted assassination of an Israeli Right Wing Activist by a suspected member of Islamic Jihad: 

Iraqi refugees forced to live under ISIL - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

In the meantime, #Egypt has begun creating a buffer zone to combat militants by blowing up homes on the border with #Gaza.   The fight in #Kobane is continuing and we here @ #outsiders welcome how leading US Officials--including the US Special Envoy General Allen referring to the sub human mutants scums as Dayesh.   We are also continuing to assess the role of Turkey as we reviewed an interesting Washington Post report on the rift with Turkey on this subject.

Beyond the immediate ravages of the Middle East, we here @ #outsiders  have been assessing this report from +Oxfam GB

It is compelling reading that should be a wake-up call to all.    This is as the US is leading into the midterms which we hope to comment on.   The Daily Show has been on the road and shared once again a very colorful  perspective on the state of Politics in the United States Today--it speaks for itself:

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