The Future End of Classic Computing

From: James B. DiGriz <>
Date: Fri Mar 29 15:49:35 2002 wrote:

> Part "A" is actually true of *any* legislation made in the
> past twenty years (probably even further back than that).
> It's almost a requirement.
> Part "B" is irrelevant, because the whole legislative
> exercise in this country is about getting re-elected, and
> aquiring the money to achieve this end. Period. If
> it pleases the guys who sign the checks (and if the
> aforementioned checks have the requisite number of
> digits), it will become law-- one way or another.

And never mind the damage it does, because whole industries do have to
retool and change over whole processes and technologies to accomodate,
people get arrested and charged for the new bullshit felonies, leading
to more bad karma and societal dysfunction, opportunists use every new
regulation and law as a tool to screw with other people and get in their
business or take it from them etc. Parasites riding on the backs of
parasites. Real wealth diminishes as less effort is put into creating it
rather than in finding justifications for appropriating other people's
slices of the pie. Actual productivity shot to hell.

This is exactly why the U.S. is going down the toilet, and no amount of
  distractions provided in the form of foreign adventures, (un)timely
terrorism, and crusades against one evil or another will stop it.

The whole system is rigged to implode on itself. Has been since
Hamilton's central bank or DeWitt Clinton's pioneering use of public
funds to back the Erie Canal, a private infrastructure project. We
managed to get along in the past, despite all odds, because we
collectively had a consensual notion of civic duty and responsibility
that was in the maximal benefit of everyone, or at least tried to be,
and a clear sense of the division between private and public affairs,
and the limitations of the government's role in either. Nowadays the
rapid assimilation of the latest desired propaganda and memes peddled by
those manipulating the system, including the media, seems to be more
important than inculcating the thorough grasp of history required to
assess them properly.

No one's really mentioning how thoroughly unconstitutional Sen. Hollings
et al.'s (Ms. Feinstein, Mr. Stevens, and more need to be retired, too)
bill is. On about a half-dozen counts or more. That's a sad commentary
in itself.

Whoever's running the show is either asleep at the wheel, or determined
to send us all back to about the 10th Century. I'm not talking about
Presidents, Senators, ministers, royalty, executives, or other sock
puppets here. I mean the money people. Either way, it's dereliction, at
best. Criminal negligence, I'd say. Or worse. But definitely criminal.

And that about exhausts what I have to say on the subject. Except to say
it's not something I worry about, because it just don't confront me.

Received on Fri Mar 29 2002 - 15:49:35 GMT

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