Craig Usswald Innovation

You were ingenious at one stage when I started looking at your site

I strongly recommend that if you have nothing to say then please rather say no new news is relevant,, this is drivel
Posted: 2 December 2010 at 06:04

Doug Vining RE: Innovation

On the contrary, Craig, this scenario goes to the heart of the debate around privacy and transparency and freedom of information. Have you read the links to this story? Sarah Palin has said these very things on her Facebook page which has 2.5 million fans. We think the possibility of Palin becoming president and turning her opinions into executive orders is a relevant scenario to consider, even if it is unlikely. I recommend you engage with the topic if you feel strongly about it.
Having said that, we value all feedback, please keep the comments coming!
Posted: 2 December 2010 at 07:07

Craig Usswald RE: RE: Innovation

Thanks Doug, views noted with respect and I appreciate the logic and therein lies the dilemma, as topical as it may be I really suggest that Mind bullets stays above this unfortunate fray. Giving credence to this and joining the mass reaction to these one minute opinion polls is in need of careful consideration. As a new resident in the USA, if this is the presidential future then so be it, but feeding the machine does no good, it does not disseminate wisdom from trash it merely considers traffic as an indication of credibility. So my point is, do not become part of the traffic if the fundamental is flawed because it will not recognize, structured or tongue in cheek dis-missives it merely rates debate and downloads as success, here I am falling into the same trap :)
Posted: 2 December 2010 at 13:16

Wolfgang Grulke RE: Innovation

This may be "drivel" to you, but what if it comes to pass!? Better to be ready for all possible futures.
Posted: 2 December 2010 at 11:56

Doug Vining Amazon stops hosting WikiLeaks website

WikiLeaks, the nonprofit site that publishes leaked government documents, was booted off's cloud computing services today following political pressure from Senator Joe Lieberman.
Posted: 2 December 2010 at 07:47
the scene of the world is changing. Who thought the all powerful america could still be in Afghanistan looking for Osama, and now they are troubled by Wikileaks. your comments may even become true today...
Posted: 2 December 2010 at 13:03

Max Burger Re: Wikileaks

Thanks god by september 2013 it will be clear that wikileaks instead of helping to add transparency has just made the world more murky and by then wikileaks will be the synonym for media boredom.

All the best to mrs palin :)
Posted: 2 December 2010 at 20:18

Wolfgang Grulke You couldn't make this up...

The US financial claws are out for WikiLeaks too. Presumably due to government pressure (real or anticipated) Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Amazon have now refused to route funds or support WikiLeaks but they don't seem to have trouble supporting organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and various fascist movements.

On the other hand the US government today announced that it will host the World Press Freedom Day in 2011!

"In order to prove its commitment to expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age, the US will host UNESCO's 'World Press Freedom Day' event in May next year, it has been officially announced.
"UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.
"The US places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts."

If anyone had written a MindBullet with this stark contrast between reality and government-speak they would have been ridiculed!

Read the official version here:
Posted: 8 December 2010 at 12:23

Robert Benjamin Wikileaks and Future Governments

Passing events, such as the Wikileaks debacle, merely serve as indicators, a barometer if you will, of where certain aspects of the world are heading into.

I think, the primary indicator for our future, in this story, is the fact that so many individuals, corporations, and I suspect some governments as well, are actively campaigning in favour of Wikileaks's proliferation against the US Government and perhaps its allies. It has taken on a very-threatening diplomatic position of its own.

When the US government threatened to take over all IP networks and to close down communications if they wanted to, I was expecting a social backlash of some sorts. However, Wikileaks exploded and astounded me with its political will. It was the year's wow! factor for me.

Websites and data networks are not to be regarded as media anymore, but rather as the eventual arrival of virtual governments. Such governments would increasingly have voices of their own, thereby providing an exponential factor to the fragmentation of global politics, and thus rule.

In the future, anything political would indeed become possible - even the total shutdown of the Internet.
Posted: 13 January 2011 at 07:16

Wolfgang Grulke The fallout gets real

As the leaks dribble out the impact is getting real - the most unlikely places! It may be possible that 'The West' may at least see some of the consequences of the Wikileaks phenomenon as positive?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "The fallout gets real") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 15 January 2011 at 10:49

Doug Vining News is stranger than fiction

To quote Wolfgang: "You couldn't make this stuff up!" We published this MindBullet about WikiLeaks being declared an enemy of the state, but we could just as easily have chosen a headline like WIKILEAKS WINS NOBEL PRIZE. Either scenario would have seemed incredible just a few months ago. Now both are plausible news headlines, not in the future, but today!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "News is stranger than fiction") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 3 February 2011 at 18:22

Wolfgang Grulke David Cameron does a WikiLeaks on Gordon Brown

The desire for openness is catching - everyone is doing it, even if it appears to be in the interest of cleaning the polital stables.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "David Cameron does a WikiLeaks on Gordon Brown") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 7 February 2011 at 10:58
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