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July 5, 2007

Don't Bother Me With Mere Facts

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

It's almost cute how some people still think actual facts are at all important in the Copyright Wars. I confess I used to be part of the reality-based contingent as well, back in the day. I used to take great glee in pointing out various facts that contradicted the RIAA's propaganda about music sharing. I did eventually come to realize that the facts weren't relevant. It was and is about control of language, thought, and behavior. Still, some people keep trying to make it be about facts.

Take, for instance, Greg Sandoval over at CNET. His analysis piece on Michael Moore's latest film, Sicko, shows that even though the film was widely distributed on the net prior to its theatrical release that doesn't seem to have harmed the movie's opening.

Of course the copyright attorneys can only respond with "no, no, no." Acknowledging any other reality would be at the very least massively inconvenient. But really it's beside the point. Whether sharing and word-of-mouth hurt or helped Sicko isn't the point - the point is that it wasn't something the Cartel engineered and controlled and therefore it must be bad. C'mon, Greg, get with the times.

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1. Gone Fishing on July 5, 2007 3:00 PM writes...

When we are all dead what country's citizenship did it matter that we belonged to ? According to the movie 'SICKO" that would be any country that takes good medical care of its living citizens, but that would not be here in the USA. It could be any socialized medical country like: The Vatican, China, Palestine, Germany, Israel, Ireland, England, Cuba, Russia, Canada, Mexico, France, etc. etc.. The biggest point of Michael Moore's movie is that if you socialize only one thing around the world and here in the USA, just one thing, it should be the public health system. The only thing different I would have changed in the Sicko movie was the ending where instead of Michael Moore taking his laundry up the Capitol steps to see if our government will start paying government employees to do his laundry like they do in France, well, maybe that was a pretty good ending. But another good ending may have been seeing Americans give back the USA to the Indians because our health care system leaves most Americans as bad off as the day the pilgrims first arrived and then show Americans returning back to their respectful socialized medical countries where they'll get top notch medical treatment instead of the 1600s type still going on today.

Then if you want a real surprise watching Sicko notice Michael Moore donates $12,000.00 dollars to this guy who has the largest Anti-Michael Moore website to Moore movies going on because this same guy's wife has now taken ill and cannot afford to be a giant Michael Moore hater anymore plus pay for his wife's new medical bills; so Moore donates anonymously the money to keep going his biggest critic on the web going...class act right? That's the way you do it.

How about the Bureaucrat Doctor that works for Corporate cronies who is confronted at congressional hearings because he been caught as the big cheese top Doctor rubber stamping denials on your and my health care treatment forms without ever personally reviewing them for treatment approval. This country is totally out of health care control and Moore's movie focuses on great true storis like it from beginning to present. It's too late for me with my diabetes and complications and my ballooning co-payments, but there still may be time left for you to change a broken health care system before you need it and find that it isn't there. Good Luck.

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