Crap you should read Thursday (10/6)

 

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Steve Jobs died Wednesday night, finally succumbing at 56 to a body broken down by pancreatic cancer. The outpouring of support and best wishes  flowing across the intraweb prove just how much of an impact Jobs had on all of us. It’s also a testament to the man himself that in a day when Americans vilify all corporate leaders, the CEO of one of America’s most successful empires was so beloved.

The brilliance of Steve Jobs is that he always knew what we wanted, when we wanted it, and how we wanted to use it. He wasn’t really so much an inventor as he was an innovator and improver. He didn’t make the computer, he made the computer personal. He didn’t create computer animation, he recognized how it could transform a studio and how we watch movies. He didn’t create internet music, he made it legal and accessible. He didn’t make MP3 players, he made them stylish, necessary and instinctual. He didn’t make the smartphone, he made it a natural and necessary extension of our lives. He didn’t make the tablet, he made it a must own accessory for doctors, businessmen, and families alike. He didn’t make a computer company, he made an American icon.

Dancing to his own iTune

Steve Jobs wasn’t just integral to the success of Apple, he’s been integral to the success of America. In his 2005 Stanford commencement address (see below), Jobs preached that the graduates should always “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” He then shared what will be the defining statement of his life and how he reached his dreams:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

His legacy will be felt for years to come, and people will often struggle to put his legacy in context. They’ll use terms like “our generation’s Edison” or the “Ben Franklin of our time.” The fact is, he was our Steve Jobs: the college dropout who stayed hungry, stayed foolish, and changed our world.

Read: Timeline: Steve Jobs Career — CNN

Read: Steve Jobs is Dead — Gawker.com

Read: Steve Jobs, Apple CEO dies — ABCNews.com

 
 

Wall Street Occupied

The Occupy protests have now taken over 60 cities in America. Its quite shocking how under-reported the protests are, especially considering how over-reported the protesting in other countries was during the “Arab Spring”. But just remember that Big Money owns the News, and they don’t want you to see the country revolting on their doorstep.

Personally, I am not always a fan of protests, they’re usually unsuccessful wastes of time, but this particular protest is interesting. The protest isn’t against a government, or a dictatorship, but rather ordinary citizens hoping to reset the deck slightly to bring balance back to the American work force. But some are trying to paint the protesters as crybabies trying to waste our time. Take Herman Cain’s quote from Wednesday:

“Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself! It is not a person’s fault because they succeeded, it is a person’s fault if they failed. And so this is why I don’t understand these demonstrations and what is it that they’re looking for.”

What Cain doesn’t realize is that this isn’t a blame thing. The protestors aren’t trying to get handouts, higher wages, better hours or benefits, or anything tangible for that matter. They are protesting an ideal, one that says that our country was established to protect everyone, not just the wealthy. But what must be realized is that there is a New World Order, and s0me of the power is shifting back towards the PEOPLE. With technological advances connecting us like never before, People can band together for change, and make the world take notice. Its a beautiful thing.

The only thing we can do as a country is make sure that our protests are a model of organized and civilized People Power. Its so easy for mass protests to delve into embarrassing demonstrations of violence and brutality, but everyone must remain humane. The People need to realize that only through non-violence can their mission be realized, and the State must know that the people aren’t going anywhere, so they need to figure out how to “hear” the message without stifling it with force.

I have no idea when these protests will end; not only is there no discernable endgame, but these folks are unemployed and have nothing better to do right now. All we can do is watch these people and hope its possible to find success by sitting on their asses.

Read: Occupy Wall Street: Live — Huffington Post

Read: Occupy Wall Street Maps — TheDailyWh.at

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No Shackle-y Titles

I regret to inform you Hornballs, but I am not running for President of the United States. I know that seems like common sense, but apparently announcing you aren’t running for President is the cool thing to do.

And fortunately for all of us, Sarah Palin finally let us know that our long national nightmare is finally over: she will not run for president in 2012. Of course the nation thinks the lady is a moron and would never elect her, but she pretends her “prayerfully considered” decision not to run came from a desire to effectuate greater change than she could have if she was “Shackled” with the most powerful office known to man/woman. Seriously, just take this quote from last week when she was discussing her “contemplation process”:

Is a title and a campaign too shackle-y? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of a box, not allowing handlers to shape me and to force my message to be what donors or what contributors or what pundits want it to be? Does a title take away my freedom to call it like I see it and to affect positive change that we need in this country?

Palin played this thing for as much press as she could. Now she can officially go back on Fox News payroll and “pontificate” about the upcoming election and spew her non-sense:

“We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the ‘fundamental transformation’ of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law”.

There is no chance she has any idea what those words mean.

 

Putin’s Phony Adventure

It’s not enough to just be an elected dictator these days, but some just have to be the Cool dictator. 

In a move that will likely get him shot, Vladimir Putin’s former Press Secretary admitted that Putin stages events to make himself look like the most interesting man in the world. He even points to the infamous example of Putin scuba diving and he discovered ancient archaeological treasures. Apparently this wasn’t a coincidence, but rather the artifacts were found elsewhere, then placed in the shallow water and covered back up for the Prime Minister to “find”.

Russian propaganda and political theater aren’t new concepts, but Vladimir Putin knows that the only way to make people forget they’re losing their freedoms is to pretend that the person doing it is cool as hell.

Read: Putin’s diving discovery was staged — TheDailyBeast.com

 
 

Cell Phone Warnings

San Francisco just passed legislation that requires radiation warnings on all cell phones. Retailers and the Cell Phone lobby are suing San Fran over the ordinance which they say flies in the face of Federal law and puts undue burden on their product.

The law sounds like a good thing to protect San Franciscoans, except when you realize that they scientists aren’t exactly in agreement on the dangers, and many say that cell phones cause any harm at all. How can you put a warning on a box when you aren’t even sure that what you’re warning against is true?

Read: San Fran radiation warnings causing problems — NBC Bay Area News

Cell Phones are dangerous

 

Nancy Grace Fart

I think its safe to say that I’m not the only person in the country who can’t stand Nancy Grace. So naturally the intraweb is a flurry after Grace’s latest flub on Dancing with the Stars.

Midway through the post-dance interview with Brooke Burke, a loud fart is heard ripping through the set. From my expert analysis, there are only 3 people close enough to the microphone for the flatulence to have been picked up. One is a gorgeous chick, and we all know they don’t fart. One is a dude, and not only does that dude look too dainty to rip a fart (his would surely sound like a flower in the wind) but any dude that rips one like that would instinctively smile from ear to ear.

That leaves our friend Nancy. I’m juss sayin….

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One Comment

  1. Nancy Grace’s face and her holding her stomach would be things she would point out that clearly indicate she is guilty.