When most people hear the thought of an Online Think Tank, they ponder all the online information flowing and how best to use it to solve problems. Indeed, this is part of an online think tank and the think tank itself uses the Internet for online meetings and discussions. However one should not be so naïve to consider only online sources as they seek to find bits and pieces of knowledge to help them in discovering the wisdom, knowledge or information needed to come to solutions to complex challenges.
Indeed, the Online Think Tank also goes through books of all sorts in order to learn from the past, see what thinkers are saying in the present and what authors and writers or even experts in their field are saying about the future. Do you remember when cable TV first came out and how everyone ended up paying $60 per month for something they thought would be free? Kind of reminds you of some other industries doesn’t it? Well and interesting book on this subject and a somewhat scathing report is the “The Billionaire Shell Game – How Cable Baron John Malone and assorted corporate titans invented a future nobody wanted” by L.J. Davis 1998.
John Malone was the CEO behind TCI Cable Company, who announced that soon a 500 – channel Information Highway was to be the new media future paradigm. This statement was a bit forward looking at the time, yet it started a revolution in investments to the industry. Also conceived where “mirrors in the sky” or satellite cable channel relays, now we know such scenarios as companies like Direct TV and EchoStar and radio followed suit with Cirrus and XM Radio. It seems those previous events shaped what we have today.
On another Think Tank topic, “the middle east crisis” our Online Think Tank scoured books prior to the first Gulf War, only to find things have not changed much nor has the radical fundamentalism of religion that predicts a dire future that cometh. We read for a book review;
“Armageddon, Oil and the Middle East Crisis” by John F. Walvoord 1990.
It seems many believe we live in the end of times and the rapture cometh. Indeed, many on both sides of the Middle East VS. West believe this – Christians and Muslims. Does that mean they will make it a fulfilling prophesy? This book discusses Oil Blackmail, Religion, Claims to Jerusalem, and the whole ball of wax. Many of the very same issues today in the Middle East crisis stem from such beliefs and conflicts and the author says the final stage is set for Armageddon.
Of course, the biblical predictions are someone vague and general as to the month and year of the final conflict, nevertheless, it seems many on both sides are headed towards the eventual potentiality that they have chosen to believe. Today we have the international terrorist organization of Hezbollah, which is financed by the nation state of Iran, that promises to blow Israel off the map, if Iran has nuclear weapons can Israel survive the onslaught? Fear, often drives mankind to do hideous things.
Unfortunately the indoctrination of middle eastern international terrorism is unacceptable in today’s world, thus it appears a preemptive strike must occur to prevent World War III. If we look at all the wars between the Arabs and Israel. It is obvious in hindsight, that nothing will ever change in the future, and perhaps there will never be complete peace. If there ever is peace. It is predicted that following the 17 year peace will be the Armageddon. If you believe any of this religious stuff, which many people do and you can see the incredible problems that lie ahead. Throw in a rogue nation state with nuclear weapons in the hands of a proxy international terrorist organization and it is clear, there can be no positive end result, said the Online Think Tank.
But not all of the world is evil, there are a lot of great things being done in the world. For instance, more and more people are volunteering to go on missions to four in Third World countries and assist the world’s poorest people. Folks are building schools, sewer treatment plant’s and assisting with microloans to start free enterprise and create jobs. Many medical professionals are taking time off and traveling on vacation on their own money to go on medical missions. The online think tank recently read the book; “Volunteer Vacations – Short-term Adventures that will benefit you and others” by Bill McMillion, Doug Crutchins and Anne Greissinger 2003.