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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Random Thoughts

I haven't thought much about a new blog posting for the last couple of weeks as things have been busy on both the work and home fronts.  Aim has been working many late nights as her job requires her to work several special events during the year.  The children are enjoying school and soon will be taking their first field trips to the pumpkin patch.

During the last few weeks there has been an expansion to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement which began last month in Lower Manhattan. Now there are Occupy movements found in many, many cities both in the USA and around the globe.   I read an article recently which compared the occupiers to those individuals living in the 1930's Hoovervilles.  I think this is off the mark.  The OWS people today are composed of mostly young individuals.  The depression era Hoovervilles had a cross section of Americans living there. 

The OWS movement has provoked me to ask two important questions.  Why did this movement start now?  Also, who is providing the money to support their efforts? 

For the first question, I find it interesting that President Obama today commented on the "frustrations that the American people feel" when describing the protest that Occupy Wall Street represents.  Next year, we will be close to the end of Obama's re-election campaign.  The occupy movement mobilizes his left base and can only be a benefit to the President.  Also, the movement has been very vauge in regards to its wishes and leadership.  They are positioned on the opposite side of the Tea Party which is firmly to the right.

Obama: "Occupy Wall Street" reflects "broad-based frustration"

The Occupy movement reminds me of the anti-war groups and MoveOn.org, which was financed by George Soros.  Soros was also a big backer of President Obama.  How this will play out is anyone's guess.  My take on it is somewhat supportive of it but at the same time a bit skeptical.  Yes it's important to point out the fact that a small proportion of the population has amassed a great deal of wealth, it doesn't provide concrete ideas and the creative thinking needed to get our economy back in gear.  Unemployment is still too high, homeowners have seen their property values fall and the US consumer is saddled with a great deal of debt.  Until these economic problems are addressed, I feel our economy will continue to sputter.

This week saw another debate with the Republican party candidates who seek to defeat President Obama.  I didn't see it until it was over and CNN presented at least 10 talking heads discussing the proceedings.  I enjoyed the comments made by comedian Patton Oswalt on Twitter they were hilarious.  So far, its a pretty uninspiring with this cast of characters looking to oppose the President.

Finally, I wanted to comment on the death of Apple's Steve Jobs.  He had quite an eye for style and he was a superb marketer.  I remember a friend from elementary school who had an Apple IIe in 1984.  Even then that computer was something special.  When the Macintosh computers were introduced they were revolutionary and today they have kept up their prestige.  Also, the Ipod/Ipad/Iphone are "game changers" and are attached to many people as though it was an appendage.  Remember Apple's cool 1984 SuperBowl commerical, an instant classic.


Thanks Steve.

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