Life seems to be all about timing. Slashdot posted a story today that the City of Los Angeles has approved a 5 year, $7 million deal with Google to adopt Gmail and Google Apps for Business WITH money from a Microsoft class action lawsuit. Yet another organization migrating away from Novell GroupWise email.
Mark Steyn has written a clever book America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It. In a post 9/11 world America, according to Steyn must “go it alone” against the impact Muslims have in today’s world. A lot of his knowledge is coming from outside the mainstream of US media organizations and many will be surprised to learn the real state of affairs between a fading Anglo-America and a rising Muslim world.
Steyn begins simply with demography as the basis for his argument that Islam will outgrow the Anglo-American world. The American birth rate is 2.4 while Muslim countries like Pakistan have a birth rate of 4.5 and given time some countries like England and Spain which have rates under 1.5 will simply fall off the earth in the next century.
He points out that eastern European countries like Russia have abortion rates as high as 70%, and acknowledges that countries are killing themselves in the long run while Muslims are set to flourish for the next two to three generations.
At the same time the medium age in some parts of the Muslim world is just 15. Steyn argues that this very young minority will grow to see democratic countries and institutions will shift to the law and culture of Islam.
Is the Muslim world gaining political strength in a post 9/11 world? Steyn writes about how the growth of Muslim populations in Europe still lead to isolation, not assimilation in their Anglo-countries and slowly over time how Governments have begun to accommodate their growing communities. Want proof?
The recent release of Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi the Lockerbie bomber made headlines around the world. Freed from jail by Scotland al Megrahi returned home to Libya a hero. Was it all for cheap oil? The US Government condemned this release. But who is holding power here?
Fighting a war overseas on two fronts, an economic recession at home and a government shifting millions to fund the war while shutting down important programs for education. This clip speaks volumes when you look at today’s children at risk.
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. This book is a great primer for social media. If your new to social media this book is for you.
However if you have been working with blogs and wikis for more than five years this book is a bit too elementary but a great quick read nevertheless.
The Groundswell is the powerful movement of our networked society. Basically the book breaks the “groundswell” into gaining insights from what social networks say about your company, your products and the people representing your company.
Blogs help talk to your communities, and buzz helps energize the groundswell and the new ability to utilize “customers” as collaborative team members.
In the end its about person to person relationships.
It was a nice quick departure from my usual reading habits.
As usual Langdon finds himself wrapped in another mystery now focusing on the symbols of the Freemasons.
Never dull and boring Langdon sheds light on the role of religion in the U.S. Capital, George Washington portrayed as a God, the impact of Freemasons and more importantly Noetic Sciences.
I have enjoyed all of Browns novels revolving around Langdon and feel the books are much better than Ron Howard’s movie interpretations.