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Re: US Senate bans laptops
Lucky Green wrote about banning lapdancing on the Senate floor:
Banning laptops continues a long tradition of congressional
resistance to technology, the Senate moreso than the House.
The Architect of the Capitol, an office as well as a person, has
to deal with a heritage of Luddites who have resisted, as examples,
removal of cuspidors; installing women's facilities of all sorts:
putting in air-conditioning (mechanical ventilation as well as
cooling), electric lights, subterranean trams, elevators, smoke
alarms, telephones!, telegraphs, electro-mechanical quorum
and roll calls (bells, lights and pagers!), wheelchairs (just
recently), and more -- virtually every invention has been
delayed in the Capitol, along with compliance with the laws
imposed on the country but not on hallowed halls.
Ex-AoCs sometimes leak the stupifying arguments the
solons make for maintaining their supposedly superior
lifestyles free of demanding gadgetry and popular fad:
their preference is for human servants over devices in order
to maintian deniability, for while flesh and blood is what the
beasts know best how to cajole, seduce and terrorize
it is also the reason they remain ever ready for betrayal
and opportunistic one-night-stand switching of lifetime fidelity.
Blinking, recording, error-archiving, machines scare the shit
out of the the fork-tongue power-aphrodisiacal nymphomaniacs,
not to say that the rest of us would act so differently given a
seat in inner circles of jerks getting lapdanced on a magic
carpet -- who wants that in the National Archives of Perfidy?
Often the reason folks oppose new technology is that it threatens
their network of operations based on old technology, as the
case with encryption.
Still, it's worth considering what leaked Senate plaintext
(gov, pol, illicit) would induce the secrecy-obsessed senators
to support strong crypto for their own privacy of stashed
wealth and squelched Paulas?
Often new technology is resisted because that it threatens
networks of successful operations of barely legal scams based
on old technology, as the case with encryption, tv, radio,
telephone, telegraph, printing, highways, roads, trails, stars,
evil eyes, body stench, intuition, fear, mother's milk, amniotic
warmth, egg and dart, downhole non-existence.
To be sure, there are disclosures of red-faced liaisons, the sort
recorded in hallowed halls and red-flocked boudoirs, that the
TLAs (mirroring the KGB) may be threatening Congress with,
in the eye-opening publications of Kalliste. See: