The Last Laugh

JS Kelly jskelly at
Sat Apr 19 12:00:37 PDT 2003

eleanor roosevelt, who i would LIKE to believe is still with us -- at
least in SPIRIT -- said a lot of things and had a weekly newspaper column
which was really really good and also quite popular.

the "they" that the MAJORITY of 'americans' (by which i presume you mean
'citizens of these united states') are not clued in to is their rights
under the law (any old law -- ours, int'l, other). the public schools
teach very little about the constitution, the preamble, the declaration
and other important documents which define what this country is supposed
to be about. the only way the 'majority' will be able to exercise their
rights is if they go out and vote. it's jim crow all over again (with
blurry color lines). "the" extreme right wing/christian coalition/etc etc
(the "they" of today) are very successful in getting out the vote in their
local districts. and even "they" know that they are in a minority. even in
those districts where they 'win' or at least 'swing' the votes. so all the
"majority" have to do is... er, well -- basically, get out the vote.
volunteer to be election whatsitcalled -- you know, the people who watch
the voting booth and all that. and of course, vote. physically -- not by
absentee ballot. and help others in their circle of ummm, wherever they
physically happen to be registered to vote -- to do the same. pointing
out, of course, that your employer may NOT keep you from going to the
polls. and this, no matter what the "others" in their immediate vicinity
look like or act like. coz they have a right to have opinions too. no
matter their color, dress, mode of speech or etc. and all that. ad
infinitum. and so on and so forth. from this day forward -- yadda yadda. 

> 1. suspend habeus corpus and lock up people in secret. 

can't suspend habeus corpus -- it isn't an option. at least, not as far as
i remember my so-called rights ;) but i do still remember where the magna
charta was signed -- at the bottom. 

> 2. Control the media 

has never been a problem in the history of mankind (by which i mean the
earthling human race -- not "men" in particular)

> 3. Control the voting apparatus

luckily, we have write-in options. you can cross off what you don't like
and write something in. or you can even run. this (the writing in part,
not the running part) is actually what i plan to do in the next
presidential elections, if there isn't an option that i am happy with. i
am still trying to come up with suitable write-in "candidates" just in
case. i remember in the old-old-olden days people often wrote in "mickey
mouse" or something along those lines. for mine own part, i'm still
looking around in the hopes of finding some real flesh-and-blood humans to
write in come election 2004. coz it's hard to break the democ/repub
stranglehold on the (so-called) multiparty system... anyway. it's just a
germ of an idea at this point... but i think it shows promise. 

> Then it doesn't matter if the entire country votes for your
> opposition because nobody will ever know. 

you can't lock up that many people without everybody not knowing. the
nazis tried it and... everyone knew it in the end. and while it was
happening, too. and etc. we all know that all the trashy plastic
mcdonald's toys are now made in china, and we also know how bad the
working conditions are there. and we all know -- all that other history
stuff, and what led to what and who led to whom and why there are five w's
and one H (by which i mean who what why where when and how) and etc etc.
so we can all look up any of the things that we're still fuzzy on in the
public library or on the internet. 

but democracy (imho) is *still* much better than autocracy, monarchy,
anarchy and all the rest of them archies. so vote and encourage others to
vote. it's what all the wars keep being fought for: revolutionary war,
civil war, cold war, hot spots (and wars) like viet nam and iraq and so on
and so forth. war of words or war of worlds -- i'll take the alphabet
every time. there's another cliche to go with that one -- it's -- um -- o
ya, the pen is mightier than the sword. 

> Researchers are mindful that creating too rapid a flicker could
> trigger seizures in some people. They also discovered that using the
> flicker to write words across the image, such as "Copy," are not
> disruptive enough.

hey! that sounds like the 'blipverts' in that old tv show -- remember? max
headroom? and the fat guy who watches too much tv explodes? maybe it's max
headroom we should write-in as president -- after all, as a 'talking head'
(literally) he'd be hard to assassinate (iirc, they tried that in the tv
show and failed). 

in any case, as for the sneaky intellectual property thieves stealing the
mpaa (dvdcca etc etc ad nauseum)'s movie endings & plots and subplots and
so on -- what will they think of next? perhaps they will accuse moviegoers
of actually posessing brains or even (heaven forbid -- dare i to suggest

as we all know, that would be a very Bad Thing indeed. i do recall a very
bad precedent from fiction, specifically from 'the hitchhiker's guide to
the galaxy.' and i think that we all know how *that* one turned out:  the
mice wanted arthur's brain because they ran out of questions which fit the
"42" answer. just between those of us who are still following this thread
-- mayhaps we should switch to "24" instead of "42"  to buy ourselves some
time? there's still a lot of rich symbolism in the number "24" and it will
take the talk show hosts a long time to exhaust themselves & their
audiences switching from 42 to 24.

just a thought. i know that those aren't protected in britain or canada,
etc -- but i am a citizen of the US so i guess i'll take the 1st amendment
as well as the alphabet (if that's OK with everyone here). and i'm going
to keep an eye on my towels as well.

best regards,

On Sat, 19 Apr 2003, Owen Byrne wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 19, 2003 at 12:45:24AM -0500, Jeff Bone wrote:
> > Bottom line, though, the MAJORITY of Americans, the anti-Bush crowd, 
> > will have the last laugh this time around.  And then all the smug 
> > motherfuckers in the conservative extremist camp will, perhaps, be 
> > given pause for a bit.  Not likely for long --- they're lousy losers 
> > (Clinton 8-year witch hunt) as well as lousy winners.  So they'll 
> > whine.  But maybe first they'll shut the fuck up for a little while, 
> > anyway.
> > jb
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> I think most of the world hopes so - but expect a Saddam-like result -
> 99% Bush - the lawyers and judges won the last election - you don't
>  think they have a plan for the next one? (which will be the LAST
>  one).
> Here's some tips - from the totalitarion handbook - before holding an 
> election 
> 1. suspend habeus corpus and lock up people in secret. 
> 2. Control the media 
> 3. Control the voting apparatus
> Then it doesn't matter if the entire country votes for your
> opposition because nobody will ever know. 
> > 
> > We'll see.  If I'm wrong, I'll be checking out.
> > 
> Sure you can? Where exactly would you go - I know Canada, at least,
> has been strong-armed by the US to tighten up their immigration policy
> - I'm sure the same thing has been going on in the EU. 
> And doesn't the US still require renunciation of your citizenship or
> something? You should realize that doing so would make you subject 
> to assassination and forfeit whatever (minimal) rights you currently 
> have. If you're not an American citizen - you're an American "interest."
> What amazes me is that a police state could have been installed
> without so little public protest - but then its happened before.
> Just little tidbit from the fascist news - I find it interesting that
> night-vision goggles can't be sold to the Iraqis but its ok for the
> movie industry to use them - as long as its in support of the police
> state.
> "Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism
> as it is a merge of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini
> Owen 
> Hollywood alters movies to foil camcorder pirates
> 'Forensic watermark' system uses light flickers unseen by eye
> LOS ANGELES, California (AP) --Hollywood sends enforcers with
> night-vision goggles into movie theaters and puts metal detectors
> outside advance screening rooms, but still the industry can't stop
> pirates from recording films and selling illegal copies before their
> theatrical debuts.
> The problem is that the pirates are adopting ever more sophisticated
> technology, using tiny camcorders in purses and digital recorders
> about the size of a fountain pen.
> Some handheld computers "have an attachment that can record up to 122
> minutes," said Jeffrey Godsick, executive vice president of marketing
> at 20th Century Fox. "Well, that's a whole movie in many cases. You
> can take the attachment and run it through a small hole in a tie or a
> shirt."
> This is big business. The Motion Picture Association of America
> estimates studios lose more than $3 billion per year from piracy in
> various forms. So the movie industry is trying to fight back with a
> high-tech solution of its own.
> Cinea LLC, which created an encryption system for DVDs, and Sarnoff, a
> technology research firm, are developing a system to modulate the
> light cast on a movie screen to create a flicker or other patterns
> that would be picked up by recording devices, making the resulting
> images unwatchable. The disruptive flickers would be unseen by the
> human eye in the movie theater.
> The "forensic watermark" system is designed to be used with digital
> projectors, which show movies stored on computer discs rather than
> traditional 35-millimeter film. Only a small number of theaters have
> digital projectors, although it is expected that most theaters will go
> digital by the end of the decade.
> Sophisticated countermeasures
> The research is funded by a $2 million grant from the Advanced
> Technology Program of the National Institute of Standards and
> Technology, a government agency.
> The technology takes advantage of the fact that the human eye and
> camcorders see the world differently. For example, a computer screen
> constantly refreshes an image, creating bars that travel across the
> screen. A camcorder picks up those bars, but not the naked eye.
> Researchers are mindful that creating too rapid a flicker could
> trigger seizures in some people. They also discovered that using the
> flicker to write words across the image, such as "Copy," are not
> disruptive enough.
> "It turns out that text isn't that annoying," said Robert Schumann,
> Cinea's chief executive. "Also, if it's just a static image, it's
> easier for the pirates to take out."
> This technology would be a major improvement over the industry's
> current measures of trying to block pirate recorders, including
> night-vision goggles and metal detectors. Some of the piracy is an
> inside job: A pirate bribes a projectionist to set up a tripod in the
> projection booth.
> "It is a system that will not stop camcording," said Ken Jacobsen,
> director of worldwide anti-piracy operations for the Motion Picture
> Association of America. "The best we can do is try to keep it out of
> the marketplace before a full domestic release."
> Still, the industry knows that whatever technological gains are made
> over pirates will eventually be thwarted, requiring even more
> sophisticated countermeasures.
> "There is a lot of money in piracy," Jacobsen said, "so it is worth
> people's efforts to try and defeat security."
> Owen

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