Monday, September 12, 2011
Israel was forced to send military aircraft to Cairo to evacuate its ambassador and more than 80 diplomats after a mob, angered by the killing of three Egyptian border guards by Israeli forces last month, laid siege to the embassy. As the Egyptian police and army stood by, unwilling or unable to intervene, the rioters broke through the mission's defences and ransacked the building. The incident has plunged relations between Israel and its oldest Arab ally deep into crisis.Regarding this news story and the so-called "Arab Spring," I commend you to the last two comments of a post at this very blog after the uprisings in Tunisia and Obama's admonition to Hosni Mubarak.
Fresh details disclosed yesterday showed how narrowly an even more serious incident was averted. Both Israel and America appeared concerned that the indecent could spiral into a repeat of the US embassy siege in Tehran after the Iranian revolution of 1979, when 42 US diplomats were held hostage for 444 days.
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Another round of Jean Moroney's "Tap Your Own Brilliance" teleclasses is starting up soon and space is limited. It's also a steal at less than a couple hundred smackers. I'll quote the participant review she cites in the mailing list announcement I received: "This class makes it easier to face difficult decisions, to more quickly find paths to better solutions, and to overcome obstacles such as overload, confusion and lack of ideas. The time and money I spent thinking about thinking was a solid investment that will pay dividends for decades." All I can add to this is, "And you can use it now."
A conservative commentator makes quite a few amusing and trenchant remarks about the Obama Presidency. I disagree with the title of the article, however, which calls Obama's agenda "Obsolete." As I once said of Social Security during a "man-on-the-street" interview ages ago, "That's not an 'obsolete' idea: It was never a good idea in the first place." I was quoted, but that gem was left out. Nevertheless, I was happy to see that I was not so heavily edited as to sound like a buffoon.
Is Apple disrupting disruptive technology? This blog posting on "The New Apple Advantage" makes the best case I have ever seen for why, despite vendor lock-in and a lack of control by end-users, Apple has a competitive advantage. All that control comes at a price that people are less and less willing to pay. There is a lesson for any high-end vendor here.