UBS Evening News With Howard Beale

Howard has a problem, his company that he has worked for all his life, has been purchased by the CCA, a multi-megabucks corporation, called the Communications Corporation of America. Because Howards’ network is posting a loss each quarter, CCA has determined that he is no longer useful or productive. That he has no worth, and they are forcing him to retire much earlier than he wants to. In other words, the corporation is putting Howard out to pasture.

Any of this sound familiar?

Howard gets so disgusted with his job and life in general; he threatens to blow his brains out on the national news broadcast one night. Just matter of factually states this during a routine news show, catching everyone by surprise, says that “I am going to blow my brains out on this show next Tuesday.”

What I am talking about is the movie, Network, the movie. It is an old movie, been out for quite sometime now. You can find it in just about any video shop or order it on line. It stars Faye Dunway, the late Bill Holden and Robert Duvall, as the head honcho of the CCA group.

The movie has it all, power plays in the board room, heads fly, and budgets are slashed to the bone in the name of profit, cut throat power plays within the ranks as people jostle and position for control. Pretty good flick, be forewarned there is some nudity, profanity also, so you might want to put the “food thieves to bed early” before you watch it.

Getting back to Howard.

Howard like I said, “has a problem.” He has goals, an identity, worth as a human being, and feels as if he is still productive. Howard resents being pushed out of the CCA Mega Corporation very much. Howard states, “I want to tell people the truth. But the people don’t want to hear the truth.” So each time Howard gets on the air he rambles on and on, about things like value, worth, self preservation. He speaks of a vision, or how bad his job has gotten, how thing in life are changing, makes a valiant plea with the general theme of “I am a man worth saving.”

But alas, everyone thinks Howard is slowly but surely, going crazy and they want to take him off the air. CCA the Mega Corporations states: “We have to get rid of Howard, we need to get him off the air.”

Finally, the appointed Tuesday arrives.

Howard Beale builds to the peak of all these days of rambling and he says, “I want you (the viewing audience at home) to get mad. I want you to open that window, and stick your head outside and yell … “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this any more!” Then he again goes off on his own personal tangent and repeats the phrase, “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore!”

Then a funny thing happens.

All across the country, people rush to their windows, not just where Howard happens to be, but across the width and breadth of America. People get up out of their chairs and they walk over to the window and they yell “I am mad as hell, and I am not taking this anymore! … I am mad as hell, and I am not taking this anymore!”

The rest of the movie is just as good and entertaining. We all understand that this is just fiction and that it never really happened. This is not the real world, but a lot of it is similar to our everyday lives. We all work for a Mega Corporation believe it or not. The name of this Mega Big Buck Corporation is:

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Like it or not, we are being put out to pasture sort of speaking, our opinions, our needs, our goals, are no longer relevant in this modern world we live in. Although we have self worth, we have value, time honored traditions, we are not being attended to nor being heard on most issues. Our core values are steadily being eroded and washed away by a legion of incompetent fools in Washington DC. Elected to do a job, they fritter away each day and chip away at the very essence of American Life.

Just this week, in a much bally-hoo’ed team work session they threw the 4th Amendment of the Constitution out the window, by voting to give the government of the United States even more power to spy on you, your lifestyle and your home.  One more step in the Patriot Act pathway to oblivion.

We have seen our budgets slashed in the name of Democracy, wholesale plundering of the economy in the name of corporate profit, entire states and communities turned literally upside down in the name of political correctness, restructuring of the whole country and our national defenses.

All of it built on a platform of broken promises and outright lies.

Perhaps it is time to walk to the window, or pick up a telephone, make a call and tell them that “We are mad as hell, and we are not taking this anymore.” Instead of just sitting idly by, and doing nothing. If none of this has inspired you at this time, then walk over here and see what Lee Iacocca has to say about it.

We are fresh out of heroes in this country and we need to find someone that can fit the bill.

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Goodbye George

George Carlin died over the weekend of a heart attack. He was 71. I seem to be losing a lot of friends to heart attacks here lately, he will be missed. Al Sleet, the Hippy Dippy Weatherman, Stuff, The Seven Dirtiest Words You Cannot Say On Television. He will be missed, and his humor, I suppose will live on, but it won’t be the same.

It never is.

CBS Sixty-Minutes ran a piece on the disintegration of the Salmon population in the West over the weekend. Salmon runs are now depleted to the point of being almost non-existent. What used to be 16 million a year, is now under 1 million and continues to decline to the point of extinction. Dams, stream siltation by logging interests, pollution and over fishing seem to be the problem. The human population is above the level that can be accommodated by the environment it seems.

What I cannot understand, given all these problems, why does the Government of the United States provide to the local indigenous Indian tribes grant money in the tune of $500,000 to buy new gill nets to take even more fish? The fish disappear, Alcoa Aluminum and the west, get cheap electricity, seem like a fair trade off to you?

There is news in the world concerning computers: Digital 60 Day marks the 60th anniversary the birth of the ‘Baby’ or Small Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM), which is the forerunner of all modern computers. Baby was far from it, she weighed in at over a ton, and took up a lot of space. ‘The Baby’ successfully executed its first program in Manchester on 21 June 1948. That program was written by the late Tom Kilburn who designed and built the machine at The University of Manchester with the late Freddie Williams.

You know, if advances in automobiles had taken the same route as computers, they would be very efficient right now, about what, 70% more efficient to hazard a guess? One liter of fuel would serve the United Kingdom for a year and oil reserves would last the expected lifetime of the solar system – if efficiency in the car industry had improved at the same rate as in the computer world.

Think about it. My first computer, an Apple Mac had 512K and 256K of that was required just to “run the system.” They have indeed come a long way …..  Man, I just took a drink of my soda, and it “went down the wrong pipe” as my mother used to say, and now I have sticky gooey stuff all over my desk and my keyboard. Oklahoma backyard journalism is not pretty this day boys & girls, not pretty at all.

The Oil Companies ran another ad in the paper this weekend once again trying to convince us that “they are our buddies.” Here is something to think about … If you are a NICE GUY then you don’t have to RUN ALL OVER TOWN telling people that you are …. They already know.

One company touts the broad ownership of oil company shares by pension funds and implies that viewers’ pensions might very well be benefiting from the superb financial performance of the energy industry. The full page ad also suggests that oil companies really don’t make that much money when compared to other industries in America.

Uh correct me if I am wrong but …. This would presumably make oil companies poor investments for one’s pension fund, wouldn’t it?.

When the truth conflicts with the myth, sell the myth.

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Monday – Monday

Open the POD doors Hal … A Massachusetts court dismissed child-pornography charges against Michael Fiola, a state employee. It was alleged that the 53-year-old had accessed the illegal material at work, but an extensive forensic investigationof his computer revealed that viruses and other malicious programs—25 of them, to be exact—were the culprits.

Why would someone create a virus that downloads child pornography?

So other people could secretly view the porn. Fiola’s computer had been taken over remotely by “botnet” operators, who lowered its security protections and may have sold child-porn enthusiasts access to the machine. This enabled people to view illegal images and videos by storing them in Fiola’s temporary Internet Files cache, as opposed to their own computers. Fiola remained oblivious to the tampering because the bot operators made sure they didn’t slow down the computer too much by consuming lots of memory.

Have you checked your Temp. Files lately?

Man, I don’t know about you, but I am tiring of all this Email about Barrack Obama and McClain, it is reaching the point of outright “spammerizim” and I wish it would just go away. (BTW, that is a totally new word I just made up … As Elvis would say … Thank You Very Much!) 

Yeah, click your heels together three times Dorothy and say .. I wish the entire process would just go away. I wish the entire process would just go away. I wish the entire process would just go away.

As Ferris Bueller says at the end of the movie … Are you still here? ( Anyone know how to spell Bueller?)

The Barack Obama presidential campaign introduced a new site last week, FightTheSmears.com, that it hopes will debunk persistent myths about the senator: that he’s a Muslim, that he won’t say the Pledge of Allegiance, etc. The sad thing about people is this, “People are going to believe what it is that they believe,” no matter what. As it has been argued before, restating the myths often reinforces them, no matter how persuasively they’ve been refuted.

“We have a guy sitting in the highest office of the land right now that is a prime example of that.” One other thing, just because the Obammer camp puts up a website, that doesn’t mean the “content” of that website is going to be true or factual.

Mull that one over in your mind for awhile.

We have all these other pressing issues to worry about right now. Why are we so obsessed with Sara Jessica Parker? The lead hottie in Sex and the City, why are all her clothes looking like that, I mean really? Man, I am so glad that I am not a woman. I don’t want to sit around all day wondering if my nose is right, or my hips, rear end, conform to societal norms.

Why I hate my boobies. Why it is that I don’t like myself.

Much better being a guy, scratching parts of your body you haven’t seen in five years, pickin your nose and grunting like some kind of ancestral wild animal from the darkest parts of the Grand Canyon. We got the better deal, except for that facial hair, shaving thing, and that dying at an early age problem, that is a bummer I suppose.

I have another site that I post on, I would like to tell you where it is, but it is secret. I could tell you, but only after a serious session of Water Boarding at Guantanamo Bay because it is classified. (Okay YOU spell it!) The big issue over there was not Home-Land Insecurity but rather service. It appears that I missed the boat entirely.

It has been pointed out that I should have mentioned: Baggage surcharges, Late arrivals, Long ticket lines, re-ticketing penalties, soft drink charges, crowed gates, impersonal ticketing, stuffed overhead racks, tarmac sitting, late departures, surly, knuckle-draggin airline hostess people.

Some of the things I apparently missed.

And y’all want to know why I WRITE ABOUT FLYING and don’t actually DO any flying. These are just a few of the things that I apparently skipped over in my never ending constant crusade to reveal the truth about life and the Republican Party.

So, I missed the boat about flying this week, which is okay, because I am NOT flying anywhere, anytime, anyplace. For one thing, I have an aversion for people who use words like: “Terminal” or “Final Destination” that has a tendency to really bug me.

I did however manage to catch a few items thru the fog this week. It was an interesting week, quotes from our favorite three stooges:

  • We can drill our way out of the gas crisis.
  • No wait, change that.
  • We can tax our way out of this mess (windfall tax)
  • And I, unfortunately, have been to too many disasters as president.
  • And finally …“Huh? What’s zat?”

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