Thursday, October 6, 2011

An Interesting Week

Steve Jobs passed away yesterday.  I'm not going to write another obituary or eulogy. There are enough of both of those, some good, most pretty bad.  But there were times when Steve Jobs arrogance irritated me.  Until I realized, very recently, that it wasn't arrogance but complete confidence in his vision.  And that's something we can all learn from him.  

Whether it's in business, pastoring, technology, evangelizing writing or whatever, we can't succeed without fully believing the vision.  That first doubt creeps in and so do the seeds of failure.

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Earlier this week, Apple had it's latest unveiling event.  And, to read the followup reports, it seemed a dud because there was no iPhone 5.  It was the first such event without Steve Jobs.  And, although I haven't seen it said outright in the reports, the underlying sentiment seemed to be that it fell short of Steve Jobs' vision.  I was going to write this segment later this week.  That certainly changed, as did my assessment.  

The iPhone 4S doesn't look like a game changer, but it is.  The camera is better than those in any previous iPhone.  Apple had never before produced a 2 radio phone.  The 4S is CDMA for Sprint coverage, GSM for international use.  And I'm sure Steve was a stickler that the OS modifications to handle that and the new camera were perfect.  Along with the hardware.  The iPhone 5?  It'll come when it's due.

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We're happy that Amanda Knox is free and home.  But there's still a travesty of justice.  Amanda was tried and convicted of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher.  If you saw any of the highlights of the trial, by American standards it seemed that her guilt was assumed, not her innocence until proven guilty.  It appears the evidence was used to support a preconceived conclusion. The prosecutor had a reputation of being flamboyant and winning cases, pretty much at any cost.  It's since been shown by court appointed forensic experts that the evidence was mishandled, botched and tainted by those gathering it.  And there begins the multitude of ways that the whole case and appeal are a travesty of justice:
  1. there's no indication that those who mishandled the evidence were even reprimanded for it,
  2. the prosecutor had to have known how bad the evidence was, but he hasn't been censured or disbarred for misconduct,
  3. the prosecutor, instead of admitting there no longer was a case to appeal, asked for a stiffer sentence based on nothing more than his slanderous character assassination of Amanda,
  4. the prosecutor intends to appeal the appeal(?!?),
  5. the Kerchers first had some sense of closure from the original conviction, had that ripped away by the appeal, have been so buffaloed by the prosecutor's verbiage that they still believe Amanda is guilty.  The real travesty is that the authorities so badly messed up the evidence that there's little likelihood of the real guilty party being caught, giving the Kerchers the closure they need.
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Finally, there's Bank of America vs the rest of us.  Yesterday, it was announced that new jobs were 91,000 for the month.  But that was offset by 115,000 layoffs.  A large percentage were Bank of America employees being let go.  Within the previous week, Bank of America announced a $5 fee for making purchases with your BoA debit card.  And, somewhere between those two announcements, there was apparently a DOS attack on the BoA website.

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I know I usually keep things pretty general here.  But, when you look at just one week of man screwing up, doesn't it seem obvious that we need something more than our own "brilliance"?  If that thought makes you want to consider more, you can check out our main blog, Bill's Spiritual Musings at http://bit.ly/iiecVr

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