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Are smartphones hastening the demise of the desktops?
That's the prediction of John Herlihy, Google's European boss-man, in a speech
http://www.maximumpc.com/article he gave at a conference held at the University College Dublin. The supposedly creeping death of the PC has been the buzz among technocrats for some time, but Mr.Herlihy seemed to have quickened it's route to the grave by allocating a remaining lifespan of 3 yrs. What do you think?
two years of his presidency
-after the failure to apprehend Osama Bin Laden over a period of sixteen years and
two presidents, Obama got the job done within 2 1/2 years of his presidency
-after decades of dictatorship governance and oppression, the people of the Middle
East and North Africa have taken to the streets demanding the removal of these
regimes in exchange for democracy and freedom - from Tunisia to Egypt, Libya,
The United States would always be the greatest nation on the world stage, but it is very important that individuals who enhances America's greatness on that stage, be properly recorded in the annals of history. If President Obama's contributions are not recognized as they are occurring, that would be the deceptive nature of history in-the-making. If they are, in the future, that would be the premise of historians.
Mark Anthony, in Shakespeare's renowned eulogy of Julius Caesar, said, "The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones." Many great men who made major contributions to society and were ostracized during their lifetime, posthumously, their works were found to be invaluable:
Galileo Galilee the famous Italian mathematician, astronomer, and scientist, who is recognized today as the father of modern physics, was, in the 1500s accused of heresy and held in house arrest until his death, for proving the accuracy of Polish astronomer Nikolaus Copernicus's theory that the earth revolves around the sun. Galileo's revelation was contrary to the views held in Rome at that time, which was that the earth is static and is the center of the universe. Today Galileo is ranked amongst the geniuses of all time, and his theorems are taught throughout the universe.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we can perceive greatness when it is unfolding before our very eyes, so that honor can be bestowed on the individual in life as well as in death?
"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." (William Shakespeare)
History in its stage of evolution , consistently devises a way to conceal the true meaning of its structure and intent from its contemporary onlookers, observers, and even to its very creators. Then, History in later years, would ostensibly reveal its achievements through the analytic lens of historians, many of whom, back then, were onlookers, observers, and creators themselves.
President Obama's speech on the conflict in Libya must have provoked the thought in many that history is in the making. One would recall President Obama's statement during his presidential campaign in reference to ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, quote: "I don't want to just end the wars, but I want to end the mindset that gets us into wars in the first place."
This campaign pledge coupled with his speech on the US air strikes in Libya, where he explained to the nation that the intent of those strikes was to avert the Libyan attacks on its civilian population and not to enter into a war with Libya which he emphasized would be "a mistake."
This type of language to many is very un-American. The pundits and political analysts quickly labeled it: 'the Obama doctrine.' This president, it would seem, is determined in spite of mounting criticism within and without his party, to reserve the enormous power of this mighty nation, less it becomes expendable. If he succeeds, historians would pen his sojourn in office quite favorably.
Earlier human beings have utilized many different items deemed valuable which they possess, to exchange for needed items that others possess: gold, silver, beads, domestic animals, vegetables, fruits, and even land. It is a fact that this process was limited to the coincidence of needs. Therefore, as societies grew larger and needs become greater, there were, of course the urgency to serve the emerging needs of a larger society. However, the accumulation of debt was a very under-utilized act and word in the lives of humans back then.
Later, the entry of money, paper money in particular, as the primary source of exchange in modern economic systems has without doubt become the the unintended consequence of the current economic catastrophes. Paper money certainly provides a faster way to transact business across societies and countries. However, the emergence of paper money and its ability for easy exchange seems to have increased humans' gullibility to acquire 'wants' as opposed to the acquisition of real 'needs.'
Everyone can now fulfill his or her 'wants' expeditiously, because money has become the valued medium of acquiring things, and new inventions accompanied by very compelling marketing strategies further propel modern humans toward the acquisition of 'wants' instead of needs.
But it doesn't stop there! A new monetary phenomenon, plastic money, or 'credit card', as it is commonly called, made a gallant entry into the economic milieu. The benefits, as advanced by the proponents of this new phenomenon: easier to carry around; deterrent to personal robbery, are all valid. These reasons and others like: emergency spending, where cash is not readily available, or accessing quick cash where cash is readily available, are also undeniably true. However, on the flip side, plastic money provides the easiest medium for the acquisition of 'wants,' and a deceptive pathway to the accumulation of debt.
So, in effect, modern economies allow humans to purchase goods and services with debt. The result is: the entire world, its governments, and its people are all entrapped in insurmountable debt. It is doubtful whether the teachings of the late Adam Smith, one of the world's leading economist, can provide any solution to this universal debt crisis. The universe possibly needs an epiphany. Either that or, as paleolithic or even neolithic as this may sound, a return to the days of non-monetary economic systems. The price of progress is high. J.Q.
N.B. Lookout for J.Q's upcoming book : Wealth vs Riches