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I know it’s useless, stupid and, well, just sad, for a blog to talk about another one, but this is so funny.


David Davis

Mr Eugenides, here, lauds The Devil, who did it here, about some film review or other for some “picture” about Che Guevara (and no, you T-shirt still it not cool, you juvenile wannabe-murdering-scumbag.)

All we know about Ernesto “Chè” Guevara, on this blog here, is this. It’s a good picture for Christmas:-

That's better, that's more like it, see if you can pick up  a St Hilda's chick while wearing that.

That's better, that's more like it, see if you can pick up a St Hilda's chick while wearing that.

But the whole spat does raise an interesting point (interesting to me anyway…). The vast majority of the “film” “industry’s” stuff, described very seriously as “output”, seems to be what we on the liberal wing of politics would call “counter-cultural” – which is to say: it glorifies persons who either are authoritarian, or who would become so at the drop of a hat. We only rarely get something like “The Lord of the Rings” which even Gramsci himself would have difficulty politicising against his own culture. Here’s a list off the top of my head:-

Che Guevara

Lenin (a long time ago, in I think “Nicholas and Alexandra”)

Ghandi

William Wallace (a terrorist who got what he deserved, and no he was NOT the father of Edward III.)

Those journalists whose names I can’t remember who shafted poor Richard Nixon

Titanic (all that s*** about the poor thrid class Irish being locked in to drown….reprehensible, and if I was the legatees of the Shipping Line, I would have sued.

And many others.

The people who do this gear should try making the films in North Korea, or Cuba, about Kim or Fidel.

I guess the other point is that, well, we all want to be able in this cyber-age to be “up with it”, though what “it” is with which we have to be “with”, is ill-defined. We all want to flag useful and interetsing stuff to others, i guess.

BBC and the licence fee: perhaps it’s time to resist more openly.


David Davis

I came across this today via a tip off Guido‘s “seen elsewhere list”. Jonathan Miller provides a spectatularly comprehensive roundup of (a) the sheer iniquity of the telly-tax-scheme, and (b) what to do about it at indiviual level. Worth a read, and worth also spreading virally.

I personally have had my doubts about “detector vans” for some time. The Landed Underclass will like this one that’s coming…..and he’s got his own pennyworth of useful stuff here….

In fact, in the mid 1970s, I performed this experiment as follows:- (WARNING! DO NOT PERFORM it yourself without supervision by a qualified electrician or a Radio Ham – the voltages present inside the case of an old tube-type colour TV can be LETHAL – up to 35,000V, which is rather a lot !!! (and you won’t know where they are unless you already know.)   TOUCH the EHT from the line-output transformer, while it is working,  and you are DEAD !!! ) (UPDATE – as far as I am aware, the insides of modern flat-screen tellies are safe, except for the presence of mains (230V AC) voltage. Don’t monkey with these either or you will invalidate your warranty…)

I completely lined the inside of 405/625-line “dual-standard” colour Tele Vision Set fully (these were still available new, and also widely used) with a double layer of aluminium foil, electrically attaching it to MAINS EARTH (NOT the chassis whcih is almost always live to the mains) and screening as far as possible all round, up to the edge of the tube front.

I then made a RF “sniffer”, using a coil/capacitor netwrok approx tuned to the 45 MHz “intermediate frequency” which was used inside the receiver module in the set I was playing with. This was in efect a small radio RX whose output registered on a milliammeter instead of a loudspeaker. I was able to tune the incoming frequency through a range of about 8MHz either side of the 45 band centre, so I could also check if the sniffer was picking up any other oscillator signals or sums/differences coming from inside the set as a result of its decoding the vision signals and line/frame sync pulses.

In the room, which was about 9ft x 12 ft, there was a detectable 45 MHz RF flux, but it was rather weak. I also found small peaks at 49.33 MHz and 40.57 MHz roughly, probably from heterodyning witht he 4.43 MHz crystal which did something or other in the receiver. There was a weak 45 MHz signal outside the window but nothing else.

I could not detect the 45MHz signal out on the road. Nor incidentally any other ones from nearby houses.

I did not think of trying to detect the harmonics of the line-output frequency, which was 15.625 KHz. I expect they owuld have been weak, at any frequency above about 10 MHz.

Since the uniform characteristic of machines then was a 45 MHz IF, I expect that this would have been what “detector vans” would major on, for the lifetime of cathode-ray Tellies – none of which would have been built with full electromagnetic screening of their innards – what would be the point? (Radio-Hams suffer from interference from consumer electronics far, far more than consumers do from interference by hams!)

I was therefore unconvinced, and have remianed so ever since, of the claims of the BBC about “detection”.

BBC TV licensing tax threats Nazis Charles Moore Ghandi liberty poor people


David Davis

I had never thought I’d see Ghandi as a hero, but if you take one act he did in context (rejecting the Salt Tax) then Guido is totally right that the TV License “Fee” is an unjust and forcible protection of a state-monopoly, and is against the interests of everyone. It is even against the interests of talented tV producers, programme-makers and technicians, many of whom could probably be better employed in other broadcasters, or even totally outside the industry!

Here, you can go sign the NO to TV licensing thingy.

Here also is their blog.

Charles Moore has been going on about this terrible, evil thing for some time – at least three years to my certain knowledge. Now that momentum has been picked up by his campaign, it is hard to see how one of two things can avoid happening:-

(1) The BBC will get nasty, turn up the flame-wick of horror, and start prosecuting thousands and thousands and thousands of people, the whole thing possibly ending at gunpoint,

(2) its income will fall off badly, possibly to zero as Rupert Murdoch picks up the trail, and The Sun starts to flag up the opportunity to not pay and get away with not being scragged by fake detector vans and paramilitary “License Fee Collectors”.

Option 2 is more likely I think. I haver long suspected that “detector vans” either contain nothing at all, or else are unable today to “detect” a modern TV, as it has no powerful “line timebase”, emitting bags of RF at multiples of the horizontal timebase frequency – it is of course “flat screen” which needs none of that old rubbish… (actually it was not rubbish but very cleverly optimised to to what it had to do, although megalithic by comparison with today’s electronics.)

We at the Libertarian Alliance have long advocated closing down the BBC. Fully. That’s it. A State Broadcaster can have no purpose to serve, in a State which is minimalist and liberal. There is no need for one, if the barrier to braodcasting for anyone who wishes to, in a technological civilisation, is low enough – and it now is.

That’s it.

I don’t sadly really know if other nations have a compulsory, criminally-driven TV licensing scheme for their State borat-caster – but I’d love to know.  Please write in. I guess ShootinPutin has put one in even if it’s only run by the KGB against liberals and dissenters: and I expect that the pigs Kim Jong Il and Castro have got one, and also that other pig in ByeloRussia, can’t rememebr his name, all pigs are the same really.

Pity really that I have to so traduce such a useful animal as the pig here. Henceforth, all socialist scumbags will be called cockroaches – such as those who are bureaucrats, or whose Police kill people, or who dispense State welfare, or who ban smoking or displays of tobacco.