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Reflections for 2008, Predictions for 2009
Reflections for 2008, Predictions for
By Sharon Housley
2008 was a year filled with great triumphs
and a year scarred by deep sorrow. What 2008 was not,
was a peaceful year, and whether the world is a better
place, for having endured is unclear.
Russia's invasion of Georgia has chilled
Russia's relations with the West, a resurgence of the
Cold War may be on the horizon. The Tibetan monk's protests
being crushed in the streets demonstrate that freedom
of speech, is not a God given right for all. The continued
unrest in Middle East is no longer news, but simply
part of daily life in the region.
Close calls with Hurricane Gustav in New
Orleans and the water lapping at the edge of overburdened
levies caused concern that the lessons of Katrina have
still not yet been fully learned. The heartbreaking
destruction of Hurricane Ike in Galveston and the Texas
coast shows that while the US has made progress, she
is still no match for mother nature. Nature's wrath
still wields a heavy hand. As horrific as the despair
in Galveston, it paled in comparison to the cyclone
that hit Burma/Mynamar, taking the lives of more than
100,000 people in the region. China, widely thought
to be a rising world power, was no match for the 8.0
earthquake that collapsed buildings like tinker toys.
Through leadership change, we often see
policy change. Unfortunately Fidel Castro's retirement
in 2008 did nothing to free Cuba from the constrains
of dictatorship with Raul Castro stepping into the leadership
role on the tiny island.
Early on in 2008, the Hollywood writers
strike in 2008 showed that American can in fact live
without television. Regardless of the break from television,
technology certainly played a role in the 2008 elections.
The structure of the US political debates,
with YouTube questions taking stage early on, demonstrated
how technology shaped the 2008 US presidential election.
Obama utilizing technology to text his vice presidential
choice to his constituents was just the tip of the iceburg
when it came to technology's role in the 2008 US election.
The radical domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah
Wright became household names. Joe the Plumber, Joe
Six Pack, and the average Joe were all invested in the
2008 US Presidential election.
The historic 2008 US presidential primaries
and election resulted in many firsts. Ultimately, Sarah
Palin, the first female Republican vice presidential
candidate and the GOP's rising star, went back to Alaska
and the US will crown its first African American President
on inauguration day in 2009.
At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, China
presented it's best. Michael Phelps made his mark on
history, breaking Mark Spitz record of swimming medals
and Dara Torez breaking a record of her own.
Tainted baby formula sickened tens of
thousands of babies in China in 2008. Even the US was
not immune to tainted food. A wide spread Salmonella
outbreak caused a number of illnesses in the States.
The senseless deaths of children like
Caylee Anthony and Precious Doe at the hands of those
that were suppose to love them the most demonstrate
how hopeless some things are in this age of technology.
The world in 2009 will sorely miss some
legends who passed on in 2008. Heath Ledger's senseless
death and the famed actor Paul Newman who had a lifetime
of achievements will be missed. The world also lost
the comedic geniuses of George Carlin and Bernie Mac
The world's largest proton beam large
hadron collider high energy collector was effectively
deployed, while the world was not swallowed into a black
hole. Unfortunately, shortly after the test, the economic
markets imploded. The global economy crash devastated
retirees who were heavily invested in the markets, forgetting
that the stock markets can not only go up but down as
well. A sad reality when their savings dwindled and
the reality of their investments set in with the market
down almost 40% for the year in November.
Based on this year's reflections, I have
made some predictions for 2009.
Top 10 Winners for 2009
1. Personal Responsibility
2. Financial Diversification
3. Mobile Malware
4. Weight Loss
5. Going Green
7. Cloud Computing
8. Virtual Collaboration
Top 10 Losers for 2009
1. Global Economy
2. Republicans and Conservatives
5. Somali Pirates
6. Financial Services Industry
7. Corrupted Politicians
8. Security or Securities
Details of 2009 Predictions - http://www.small-business-software.net/what-is-hot-what-is-not-2009.htm
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds
and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for
audio recording and editing software.
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