Discussion Post: Week 8
As we keep moving forward with Presentation II, what have you seen about these presentations that you liked? What strategies do you think are worth implementing? By the same token, what pitfalls do you think you’ll need to focus on avoiding? Those of you who have already delivered your presentation, how did it go? Was your presentation as effective as you hoped it would be?
We’ll keep this a little bit brief this week. Remember the Occupy Wall Street protests we discussed last week? Apparently, they’re only getting bigger. As the movement has spread overseas to Rome, with social media guiding the call to action, peaceful demonstrations have devolved into all-out riots, with police using tear gas and water cannons to stymie demonstrators in their window-smashing, car-torching efforts. Similar protests have taken hold across Europe, Asia, and Australia. While the protests have largely been more peaceful in the U.S., police have arrested 74 demonstrators who were disrupting businesses, impeding traffic, and attempting to start conflicts with officers on charges such as criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. Additionally, two officers have been hospitalized from injuries incurred when protesters tried to topple police barriers.
You’ve probably also heard about last week’s foiled terrorist attack on U.S. soil — the attempted assassination of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir, failed when Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri allegedly attempted to hire an informant to carry out a bombing attack. Arbabsiar was detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on September 29, while Shakuri, part of Iran’s Quds Force, remains at large in Iran. The U.S. Justice Department is blaming the government of Iran for the plot, although Saudi Arabia has avoided fingering its Middle Eastern neighbor.
In tech news, the once-renowned BlackBerry has continued its fall from grace with a four-day outage over the past week. Just a few short years ago, even as the iPhone was taking hold in the U.S., Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry at least dominated the business market and many other countries. Now, BlackBerry is just one among a mass of smartphone options, and its unlucky reputation as the “riot phone” used to coordinate violent protests over the summer has left its market share to plummet. With its strongest selling point, reliability, now called into question, its most dedicated customers are looking for alternatives. Android is more than happy to provide that alternative — the Ice Cream Sandwich is slated for a Tuesday release — or Apple, with its new iPhone 4S, would be happy to soak up any lost RIM customers. Of course, Apple isn’t just sitting around and waiting for its competitors to fall; the not-too-distant iPhone 5 is said to be Steve Jobs’ last project, which could push it to unprecedented sales, and some analysts are speculating that the iPad 3 is already in production.
With manned space flight out of the picture, NASA will be using some of its newfound time to study the climate right here on earth, although they’re certainly still interested in studying phenomena throughout the universe such as the enigmatic dark matter. The organization also confirmed Russia’s findings on the Soyuz rocket failure; Russian scientists said that the cargo rocket’s crash was likely related to contamination in its fuel lines or stabilizer valve. Steps are being taken to prevent a repeat of the incident. As you’ll recall, with the end of NASA’s own manned space flight program, American astronauts are looking to commercial flights and Russia’s space program to continue their work. Russia’s hardly the only country pushing forward in the space race, however: China announced plans to launch its own space station last month, and even Iran is working to send astronauts into space within the next decade.
Oh, and let’s not forget the Texas Rangers’ 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers to reach the World Series or the growing consequences of the NBA lockout. Considering the amount of time the average American spends watching sports and all the jobs and dollars at stake, these issues are important as well as entertaining.
That’s all for this week. You know the drill — discuss!
Other articles of interest:
U.S. Said to Have Abandoned Plans to Keep Troops in Iraq Next Year
Intensified Yemeni air strikes kill 24 al-Qaida terrorists
G-20 Tells Europe to Deal ‘Decisively’ With Debt Crisis at Oct. 23 Summit
Ohio Wages Fierce Fight on Collective Bargaining
Boise State waiting on Big East invite
An era ends in embarrassment
Weather delays rescue of ill N.H. scientist from South Pole
Talk like Yoda? We may have originally
Robot biologist solves complex problem from scratch
HIV/AIDS Neutralizing Antibody Points To New Path For Vaccine
Boo! Hiss! Dutch Scientist Rains on Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Parade
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