History upon a media floats.

Watching a documentary about underage British soldiers in WWI. They presented many cases of mail, not email but letters, from the soldier to parents and loved ones, and from parents to their children. And it struck me that much of the domestic history we view is wrapped up in letters. Paper letters, written most often longhand, and delivered by whatever postal method existed at the time.

One of the most important archeological artifacts of our time is called The Rosetta Stone. which is really only a set of decrees. Not some piece of literature in a library, but a plain bit of government ‘paperwork’ . It provided a vital key in cross translation that was missing in ancient Egyptian language.

Moving forward, to current times, I look at the way my wife and I treat our emails. I have always kept my in folders in my email system. My wife will always print any important email, then delete everything else in the inbox. She never keeps email electronically. Bill Gates mentioned that the Blu-Ray, HD DVD media will be the last physical media ever produced. And while I doubt this, it brings up an important issue. Who will document us as a people in the future, and with what? If all future media, literature, emails, communications will be stored in ephemeral media electronically or otherwise. What will tell of our stories in the future?

If the electronic history is anything, it is a story of change. Changing protocols formats, (ASCII, Unicode) different document formats, and storage media. If say, I had keep my resume on 8 inch Floppies, who in the future would be able to read my CV on a IBM-3740 format encoded in BCD and what “Rosetta Stone” would they be using?

When is the last time you watched a movie about a lost or misdirected email in a romantic setting. Letters, yes, email not a chance. What if Shakespeare, had written his works in WordStar version 1? Would anyone value a newly discovered e-manuscript? Or even be able to read it? Not a chance. Physical media, substance, printed materials, BOOKS, will survive. They are our future for history.

Massachusetts may have hit upon a weak link in this electronic history when it attempted to standardize on an open document for future government documents. These may prove to be the future Rosetta stone for the historians. A method to remember the meaning of all language translations, or not.
But for now, I think I’m going to stop saving my important documents in PDF. and start printing them on good low acid paper and black ink. (and who said computers would make a paperless office ;-))

The story never changes, only the stage upon which it is played.

I am not a reader of the Nuremberg Trials documents, but this one was posted at AMERICAblog and the quote brings to light that we as humans are still governed like cattle.

“Naturally, the common people don’t want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”

Hermann Goering, Hitler’s Reich-Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials

So the actors have changed, but the plot remains the same.

World Wide Thanksgiving

It looks like the entire Blogspace and most of the RSS feeds I read have dried up for American Thanksgiving.

I’m not sure if I’m that grateful. But I’ll get by. If the Republicans are stuffing themselves with turkey, they they won’t be causing any disasters today. Unless excessive flatulence increases global warming or something.

I’m just glad my wife made a pumpkin pie.

The spoils of war = The mission of the War

I wrote about this issue here: Follow the Money
And maybe someone listened, but now the facts are really coming out.

The postmortem of war is this, “The Ends, Justify the Means!” and hence the motivations as well. The Iraq war was never about terrorism, it was about American and British Oil companies wanting control of Iraqi oil.
and you can read more here, Iraq’s oil: The spoils of war

Radio Free America – for Americans

I was reading about A Unified Field Theory of Supine Media and realized that the article was missing the point. Or rather obscuring the real value of Journalism. And that’s the “Truth”.

If there was a truly professional press, there would be only one truth. Not a Liberal bias, or a Right-wing view. Just one view, an unbiased reporting of the facts, and only of the facts. No spin, no insider mis-leaks. Documental facts. Also known as the “Truth”!

What the U.S. needs is a Radio Free America beamed at the U.S. from outside telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Saving the Net, and maybe saving freedom of speech also.

I just read a great article here: Saving the Net

But it only grazes an issue I mentioned about Internet Censorship. The subject of why politics and Government are moving to control the net, isn’t just a profit motive, it’s about information control. Everyone was fearing that the recent move to U.N control of the Internet was going to amount to turning over control to governments that would censor the information. But failed to realize that the Republican, and hence far Right-wing, have been attempting to control the information on the internet every bit as, say China or North Korea. They may have been correct, but putting it into a larger venue, particularly a bigger political venue would have delayed any consensus about ‘control’, generations into the future.

Selling the President like a used Car salesman

Somehow this is just wrong. An Unwavering Bush Ally shouldn’t be require to sell Bush issues like a Used Car salesperson. If the Bush can’t sell his Ideas on their own merits, Then they shouldn’t be sold at all.

If Bush wanted to sell broken down Ideas, He should be required to print a disclaimer on the Home Page.

Believing anything on these pages, could be hazardous to your Health, Welfare, Finances, Personal Freedoms, Family and friends.

And it should be a click through requiring you to be 18 years of age or older like a Porn site.

US used chemical weapons in Iraq

Very interesting, US used chemical weapons in Iraq

Who is the tyrant now?

Update: I may have jumped on this Idea too early. The worst part of this is that it was so easy to believe the worst here. I am not surprised with any disaster that the Bush administration may produce. And that is unfair to the generally good folks that work in the government.

Update 2: It’s True US used white phosphorus in Iraq

Compensation Culture and Civil Defence

In the news today Compensation ‘fears gripping UK’ deals with the so called compensation culture.

But what is the compensation culture, and why does it exist. If you examine the lawsuits that bring about large compensation pay outs. You find at their heart, an institute, or corporation that in their grand arrogance has misplace such valuable items as, quality, service, honesty or truth. Simple things, sure, but elements that have destroyed the public trust in their endeavors.

In a strange sort of way Lawsuits are just another Civil Defense granted to the individual to defend against the mighty. While most people look upon Lawyers as little better than cockroaches. Their place in the defense of civil liberties is generally never recognized.

Hence my concern for the deceptions now used by both the Republicans in the U.S., and British governments to frame the arguments like this:

“Is there a culture of fear about being sued? Yes there is. So examples of good worthwhile voluntary and public service activities don’t take place because of that fear,”

When in reality, the true beneficiary of the “regulate the (compensation) industry” are big business, and government institutes which abuse the public welfare. So under the guise of supporting the public, they defend the corporate infrastructure.

In both countries, the governments have granted tax relief, assured profit, and supported corporate rights over individuals rights to the point where only the lawsuits can be brought to Defend Civil Rights.