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Mar. 3, 2013 Blumbers

The New Wireless Wave

I used to take notes when I covered an event. It is easier to take a picture of a slide than to scribble it in a notepad. It is more accurate and I understood why other people were doing it too. People in the audience would raise their phone and take a picture. Lately people have raising their iPads to take a picture. If several people in the same row take a picture at the same time, it looks like they are doing the wave at a sporting event or making a bid at an auction.

It occurred to me that some tablet maker could put a crowd on some bleachers and give some sort of Jumbotron display like you see at North Korean political rallies. Somewhere there is a Youtube video waiting to be made.

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2013 Top Ten Predictions

1. North Korea stages a Gangnam style demonstration with one million people that can be seen from space.

2. The Fiscal Cliff will be followed by a Cliff Huxtable, where politicians will have to wear ugly sweaters and rhapsodize about pudding.

3. It will be revealed that Apple’s gorilla glass is made by real gorillas.

4. To continue expansion, Facebook will reach an agreement with Ancestry.com to begin creating accounts for dead relatives. Instagram will add an oil painting filter.

5. Amazon will offer a rare collection of Philip K. Dick’s laundry and grocery lists on Kindle Fire only. The lists will be turned into movies. “Rye Bread And Cheese” will win an Oscar for special effects.

6. California will allow drivers to text, but only to really attractive people.

7. Texas will allow drivers to text but only if they use their handgun as a stylus.

8. Washington state will legalize marijuana. Wait, didn’t they already do that? Oh man…

9. J.K. Rowling will release a surprise book “Harry Potter Magically Pays Off His Student Loans.”

10. An asteroid will collide with earth but not before explaining it got the Mayan calendar wrong.

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Jun. 7, 2012 Colin Powell Commonwealth Club

On June 7, 2012 in Santa Clara at The Commonwealth Club, Dan Ashley of ABC KGO talked with General Colin Powell about his new book “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.” Powell wanted to talk about the principles that guided him from the immigrant neighborhoods of New York City to corridors of power and how a new generation can follow that path.

He talked about his career after retiring from the military as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He turned down offers from Wall Street firms that simply wanted his name and reputation.  He served as U.S. Secretary of State in the second Bush administration but left after the invasion of Iraq. He spoke about dealing with North Korea and Iran on the futility of developing nuclear weapons to stay in power. In his travels Powell discovered that leaders of all nations face the same problems of finding jobs for people. Perhaps when they realize they are all in same boat they will begin to row in the same direction.

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