The recent WikiLeaks incident will be in the history books of our children. Although US Secretary of Defense calls WikiLeaks insignificant it’s clear he lies and he does it without blinking (video: http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/wiki-fallout-quot-insignificant-quot-gates-23280280). Impressive but THIS is the biggest disaster in US diplomacy I know of and every politician who denies it lies. The first reaction of the Italian foreign minister was that it’s the 9/11 of diplomacy. Later the Italian defense department said it’s rater April fools day than 9/11 but I think the first is more appropriate. I live in Germany and this week I bought DER SPIEGEL that reported as one of the exclusive media partner extensively about the US embassy cables in relation to German politics. It’s really scary how many spies the Americans have everywhere reporting not to the CIA or NSA but to regular US embassies! I knew that allies spy on each other but the dimensions are immense.
Nevertheless it is WRONG what WikiLeaks has done.
The first leak contained unfiltered information that have not even be reviewed by WikiLeaks before publishing. Insurgents from Afghanistan or Iraq had just to download it and analyze to plan much better attacks on US and allied troops in this region. Irresponsible!
The recent second leak is a disaster for the US diplomacy and the shock waves of it might even cause wars in future. The leak is so evil that apparently FSB (former KGB) analysts think that there might be someone behind it and Putin told Larry King at CNN about this theory in an interview (http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2010/11/30/lkl.putin.wikileaks.cnn.html). Indeed the only one who looked happy after the WikiLeaks release has been the prime minister of Israel as the US embassy cables have shown that Saudi Arabia asked the US to bomb Iran. Personally I don’t think there is someone behind the leak in particular. Yes, some foreign secret services (of US-enemies) might support WikiLeaks but I think it was really Bradley Manning who leaked all the documents because he wanted everyone to “know the truth”.
The best analysis I have seen so far was is Y! News (originally a video by abc News: http://news.yahoo.com/video/tech-15749651/wikileaks-reverse-spying-23260436). It shows the hacker who reached out to the FBI after being contacted by a person who indicated the willingness of leaking secret documents from the US military (Bradley Manning who is facing now a sentence of 52 years in jail: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-cables-bradley-manning). It was most probably him who leaked all the documents. Not only the video known as the “collateral murderer” helicopter attack from Iraq. BTW: I remember watching the video and it only showed to me what kind of dirty war we are facing in this region where Muslim insurgents bring their children to the battlefield as human shields!!! Disgusting! The video indicated the US pilots have done something wrong. My conclusion was the contrary. They behaved just right.
I hope there won’t be any third leak as announced WikiLeaks. The organization is under heavy pressure and their website will probably vanish from the Internet in the long term (http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/blog/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-knocked-off-net-dns-everydns). Amazon removed it from their servers and Paypal deleted their account. DNS providers are deleting the domains from their servers. This will continue till there is nothing left of WikiLeaks website but it will be in the history books of our children for sure. Not sure in what context it will be but I hope not it won’t be something like a “prelude to World War III”. In my opinion it has the potential to be exactly that.
Edit: Like a year later I changed my opinion about the leaks a bit. The damage was limited, it helped to end the war in Iraq, influenced the Arab spring and I think history will show more benefits of it. Manning will be the Daniel Ellsberg of our time…
So funny… I can confirm this 100%! People who earn too much money tend to behave like retards at work and people who really believe in something are the best performers and really make a difference.
BTW: I also contribute in community software projects (for free of course) – this my website: http://www.pazurmapping.com/
Author of the book about this topic: http://www.danpink.com/
Now for the Soccer World Championship Germans hang out their black-red-gold flags from their windows, put it on their cars and everywhere else. I’m totally fine with this! As long as they hang out the correct flag! A few year ago my neighbor hanged out the “Reichskriegsflagge” (imperial war-flag)! Moron!
The problem with this black-white-red flag is that it’s used by Neo-Nazis. The one my neighbor put out had moreover a black cross on it. I did some research and found out it’s the imperial war-flag used from 1933-1935 but the white flag beneath it has always been a mystery to me. My point is that every German who puts a black-red-gold flag outside his window puts out the flag of “good Germany”. It’s the flag of the people who had enough of the “Kaiser” (Emperor) and the monarchy. It stands truly for democracy. See more on this topic from Wikipedia below.
“The black-red-gold tricolour first appeared in the early 19th century and achieved prominence during the 1848 revolution. The short-lived Frankfurt Parliament of 1848–1850 proposed the tricolour as a flag for a united and democratic German state. With the formation of the Weimar Republic after World War I, the tricolour was adopted as the national flag of Germany. Following World War II, the tricolour was designated as the flag of both West and East Germany. The two flags were identical until 1959, when the East German flag was defaced with the coat of arms of East Germany. Since reunification on 3 October 1990, the black-red-gold tricolour has remained the flag of Germany.
The flag of Germany has not always used black, red and gold as its colours. After the Austro–Prussian War in 1866, the Prussian-dominated North German Confederation adopted a tricolour of black-white-red as its flag. This flag later became the flag of the German Empire, formed following the unification of Germany in 1871, and was used until 1918. Black, white and red were reintroduced as the German national colours with the establishment of Nazi Germany in 1933.”
Hawking: If aliens in space ships did come to Earth, Hawking suggests, they may be more “V” than “E.T.”
This is exactly what I also think. “V” was one of my favorite sci-fi series back in the 80’s/90’s. In “V” the aliens pretended to look like humans and be our friends but they turned out to be some reptiles eating humans for breakfast. In “V” a small group of humans realized that and fights the aliens. Very nice TV show with a nice spooky sci-fi atmosphere.
BTW: There will be a remake of the 80’s “V” TV series. Looking forward to it. The trailer looks great!
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2010/04/25/2010-04-25_contact_with_aliens_could_gets_us_killed_says_stephen_hawking_in_discoverys_into.html#ixzz0mC3OouL5
John Carmack will get a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2010. Well deserved! For me he’s the father of all 3D games… Wolfenstein 3D by id Software has been my first 3D game! EPIC!
More info: http://www.gamespot.com/news/6251702.html
ASCII art is something that I never got into but always fascinated me… now I found this “ASCII art” from 1934 created on a typewriter:
Wikipedia definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII_art)
ASCII art is a graphic design technique that utilizes computers for presentation and consists of pictures pieced together from the 95 printable (from a total of 128) characters defined by the ASCII Standard from 1963 and ASCII compliant character sets with proprietary extended characters (beyond the 128 characters of standard 7-bit ASCII). The term is also loosely used to refer to text based art in general. ASCII art can be created with any text editor, and is often used with free-form languages. Most examples of ASCII art require a fixed-width font (non-proportional fonts, like on a traditional typewriter) such as Courier for presentation.
This is how ASCII are usually looks like:
Found at: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/12/02/ascii-art-from-1934.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo
Lego is part of pop culture and people go crazy about it… or they just have too much time. Check out these videos:
Michael Jackson’s Thriller:
8-bit homecomputer chip-sound tribute:
D-Day (CG animated):
Lego photo by miwaza