It is Friday. The end of the week – but not the end of the world. This is my third post on the ‘Topic of Tuesday’ …. and (for now at least) will be my last.

I will explain why I am stopping at the end, but first, if you only read one link through this post – this is it. And as you read it, know that it is dated July 23rd. This not a Monday Morning Quarterback piece – it is a well written thoughtful opinion piece by Tobias Stone as to what might be going on in the world, even before last Tuesday.

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True Story

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Sitting at the bar, I found myself talking to a couple of old white guys (so of course – we had a lot in common). One of them was in ‘Corporate Communications’, the other was a writer – both were ex journalists. They both seem to have got out of journalism before the ‘rot’ set in.

They seemed angry about the state of journalism … “Nobody investigates things any more.”“Journalists have just become mouth pieces of what people in power want to say.”“They just regurgitate press releases.” … and many other comments that seemed to indicate that they thought the world had gone to ‘hell in a hand basket’ – and was being manipulated.
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‘Beauty’ is just one of the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears this past week that I wanted to share with you.


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You might not know what this is, but this is an annual conference that essentially provides early commentary from Apple about their technical direction. Ok – the World Wide Developers Conference is a whole lot more. But for you and me it is exactly that. This is a list provided by Brent Simmons, that he in turn had extracted from a group he belongs to in Seattle. It is a collection of ideas and thoughts and needs and requirements that at least one group of people think is important for Apple to be working on – and ideally announcing. Three that caught my eye as being very interesting.

+ Trials on the iOS and Mac App Store
+ Run iOS apps on Macs.
+ ARM-based MacBooks.

… but do click through for the whole list – remembering it is really a wish list – but damn – some of them will make it.

Your personal view into a future

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Been saying this for years – and I get particularly pissed off by those people on their huxter soapboxes the Presidential campaign trail that say any different. We need to think and work differently now.

Here’s the problem: Whether or not those manufacturing jobs could have been saved, they aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. How do we know? Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t.

[ Source : Five Thirty Eight ]

Way back last year … ok, December 15th I wrote this piece. It was primarily about the ongoing assassination attempt of Corbyn in the UK – initially by ‘his own’ … though I wouldn’t exactly call Tony Bliar (sic) and Mendelson ‘his own’ – but they are at least meant to be in the same party. Anyway to my point, I wrote …

Bernie doesn’t have it quite as bad here in the USA, since he hasn’t yet got to that dominant position of ‘numero uno’.

Well how fast does time move. Here we are just 5 weeks later and we have the New York Times weighing in. Notice – liberal pundits ganging up against Bernie. That’s right – vote for BAU, because otherwise the status quo might change. And we do not want that do we ?

In recent weeks, major liberal pundits are putting in overtime to freshen their case against Bernie Sanders, urging citizen’s to ignore their conscience and quit screwing with the interests of the moneyed elite.

The New York Times reports “alarmed Hillary Clinton supporters” are warning Sanders “would be an electoral disaster who would frighten swing voters and send Democrats in tight congressional and governor’s races to defeat.” Supporters cast Sanders as “unelectable” and attempt to present him as the Republicans’ favored nominee because super political action committees run by operatives like Karl Rove would supposedly prefer to see the Republican nominee run against Sanders.

[ Source : New York Times ]

Ok. Not really. Finally the truth is weighing down the noise. As for Mandelson – is he still alive ?

Apparently – but it seems that he has moved over to the Tories.

Party membership figures are a controversial issue, with the former cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, who is opposed to Corbyn, telling a Labour meeting in the Lords last month that “30,000 long-term members have left the party, real members, tens of thousands”.

But the newly released figures undermine his claim, showing a total of 13,860 have left since the general election, some of them having resigned while others have gone as part of natural churn. The increase in membership is continuing, with just under 1,000 having joined since Christmas Eve.

[ Source : The Guardian ]