Thursday, September 25, 2014

Is it a Boy?


Is it a Boy?

Michael Morton is Dubya

An Unreal Dream:
The Michael Morton Story 

There are several films in the "convicted killer cleared" genre, but this is something special.  In the end, something that I always rail about in these caseswhere out of control prosecutors consciously ruin people's lives, but never see fulfilled does happen here.  It's very well done, and in retrospect was perfectly paced, and very uplifting.  As an aside, Michael Morton could make a very nice living portraying G.W. Bush in the movies. 

Did the Unibomber die for our sins?

Police State         


Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car
Did the Unibomber die for our sins?

Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March. [FULL]

There's nothing I can say that your own fertile brains haven't already screamed into your head. As for my Unabomber lede (something an Austin TX grand jury may someday throw in my face), I'm not alone in recognizing his prescience re: techno-chills.
“Ted Kaczynski, the convicted bomber who blew up dozens of technophilic professionals, was right about one thing: technology has its own agenda. The technium is not, as most people think, a series of individual artifacts and gadgets for sale. Rather, Kaczynski, speaking as the Unabomber, argued that technology is a dynamic holistic system. It is not mere hardware; rather it is more akin to an organism. It is not inert, nor passive; rather the technium seeks and grabs resources for its own expansion. It is not merely the sum of human action, but in fact it transcends human actions and desires. I think Kaczynski was right about these claims. In his own words the Unabomber says: “The system does not and cannot exist to satisfy human needs. Instead, it is human behavior that has to be modified to fit the needs of the system. This has nothing to do with the political or social ideology that may pretend to guide the technological system. It is the fault of technology, because the system is guided not by ideology but by technical necessity.”’” [Here]
Of course, Ted also had a copy of Al Gore's book "Earth in the Balance?" in his hovel.  So, unless he was preparing a UPS package for Al in response, I guess he was, on balance, quite insane.