A friend and I had a conversation about the most influential person over the last two decades not too long ago. The conversation was lead off with some comment shortly after Steve Jobs passing (guess that dates the conversation a bit more then I care to recall) that he was probably the most influential person in the last twenty years to twenty five years or so. I took objection to that, and suggested that maybe it could be argued to be the case for the last decade or so (going back really to the iPod, including both the iPhone and iPad), but that really there are a LOT of other players to be considered for most influence even there, and especially if you look back as far as quarter century from 2012. What do you all think?
It has been a few days since I have posted here and not for a lack of things to comment about. In fact, I have made a note of something to post about at about a rate of two-three per day. Obviously I have been a bit pushed for time the last couple of weeks. So, with that in mind and feeling that I really wanted to get some of this out there an almost random observations, though a good number of them are from the political arena. After all, the presidential race for 2011 got an official kick off in the last couple of weeks and that is always such a promising field for fodder coming from my mind as candidates say and do some surprising (and often dumb) things.
Anyone not heard about what is going on with Egypt right now? A short recap, there are some major protests going on against the current government that is in power there. The person largely in power there at the current time is a fellow by the name of Hosni Mubarak and though there have been some shame elections, he is largely a dictator who has been in charge for about thirty years. The primary aim the loosely organized, largely peaceful protests? The ousting of Mubarak and the corrupt government and policies that are currently holding on to Egypt despite itself. Of course, what does this have to do with the United States and democracy I am sure a few of you are wondering?
I had a conversation with a good friend of mine the other day regarding thoughts on the economy and specifically what appears to be an impasse regarding the so-called Bush Era Tax Cuts. Knowing my own stance on the issue is a little bit torn, I found it ironic that his stance was as well. Fundamentally, during the conversation, it occurred that we both are largely believers in the idea of supply side economics. We both, however feel that in the current continued stagnant economy that it is not working. Interestingly though, we found a compromise that should make everyone happy.
I have not had a good list of those little observations in a long while, partly because most things of late have been a longer post. However, I have come up with several shorter pieces of information to share over the last few days. They range from some comments on the Nobel Prize for Physics concerning the invention of a graphene to the tea party’s hijacking by the likes of Glen Beck and a very personally disappointing Sarah Palin. Somewhere in between there will be some comments on about how I think Toyota got a raw deal from the government regarding the recall, but that really goes back to September. Mixed in there somewhere will be a little bit about the FreeCycle concept what I think is wrong with it working as well as it should.
Same old news. We are not as bad as we think we are – yeah, right. And things are turning around. Beyond that though, the guy ran on making a major change in Washington is now willing to settle for a subtle difference.