Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The propaganda mill is running full tilt!

The new movie Miami Vice is more of the Glorious War On Drugs. According to Patricia Schwarz , a Salon.com contributor, :

Back under Asa Hutchinson, the DEA held a secret meeting at tbe Beverly Hills Hotel with producers including Michael Mann and other Hollywood types known to be sympathic to the war on drugs.

The purpose of the meeting was to convince the film industry to produce content that would stimulate flagging public support for the DEA and the war on drugs.

To get producers interested, the DEA offered a previously unheard of level of access to their undercover agents, technology and operations in the war.

That's what makes this movie so special -- Mann had more direct access to the DEA than he's ever had before in his career.

Of course the reason the DEA gave this unprecedented level of access was to encourage the production of pro-DEA propaganda.

Unfortunately, Stephanie's review gave no clue whatsoever whether the DEA accomplished their goal with this film.



Now what does this all mean to John Q. Public? It means that they know that the only way to convince us all of the evils of drugs (especially marijuana ) is to show us that  cops are cool. Specifically puppy killing and floral print shirts makes you even cooler! Boycott this film. 

On a personal note: At what point did we give the okay for the government to put a lid on media whenever it affects "National Security" ? Hmm... This sounds so familiar... More on this later. Isn't that the same reason they listen to all our phone calls and emails? Disco. So in other words: if you say the wrong thing on the phone, in your blog, or even in print and television you violate National Security and therefore need to be put in Cuba with the other terrorists. This reeks of McCarthy with just a hint of Rove.

Google Goodness: Free Invites [w00t]

Google's beta services have always been highly selective, at least since gmail first came out. But here is your chance to try out the two new services from Google Labs called Gsheet (an online spreadsheet) and Writely (a M$ Word work-alike). After trying these out even a hardened Linux zealot like myself can appreciate the usefulness of being able to collaborate with MS users online. True OpenOffice has more features and  and is  allready cross platform; but have you ever tried to  get one of those users  who does  EVERYTHING in an Excel spreadsheet to even consider using  anything  else? Give it a shot!

Gsheet / Writely

[Yawns]

Bored? Feeling nostalgic perhaps?
Check out these great golden oldies from the black and white era!
Keep these great submissions coming folks!
Television Commercials (1950s-1960s) - Google Video

Television Commercials (1950s-1960s)

SubVersion 'nuff said.

SubVersion has to be one of the greatest software systems around. As a programmer I have had gotten a lot of mileage out of it. However this seems to be a growing trend among many to start using revision management software for all sorts of uses. I like the idea of people getting organized for it's own sake. Really now at least half of the crap that comes through my filters is disjunct, unrelated, utter mindlessness. If only more people would remember that not everyone can read their messy minds for the content the were trying to convey; we wouldn't need this sort of thing. But I digress, Read this great HowTo on lifehacker  for some SV goodness.

Quality time with the wife.

The posts have been rather skimpy as of late. reasons for this are as follows:

  • broke my leg
  • spending time with the wife
  • moving my office
Under the heading of quality time we sat naked in the bare floor drooling and listening to take on me and  giggling like maniacs to a loop of Chris Griffin
from family guy; were trying to find the hidden meanings in a creepy Charles Manson kind of way.

The following diagram explains it all:


Mordours updates!


Good news cretins! It appears that Mordours has added a line of rather tasty pasteries. Consume Bitches. Consume well.
Contemporaneous Epithet: Mordours Pizza; to eat it is to love it

Monetizing can be a serious bitch.

I have been hacking at this template to get a decent weblog going for like a  week now. This is research for an e-book (or possibly a series) on how to startup a profitable blog from the ground up without investing a single dime. check back often to see a few tips and tricks.


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