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Obama, Flying Monkeys And Postal Pigeons

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The winged monkeys obey whoever wears the golden cap that's covered with diamonds and rubies. The wearer is allowed three wishes.

The Wicked Witch of the West lost her right to command the monkeys once she had used up all her wishes. The first two wishes were used to establish her rule in the land of the West, and to limit the area over which the Wizard of Oz had control. The last wish was the attack of the monkeys on Dorothy and her friends.

The attack left the Tin Woodman broken on the rocks; the Scarecrow destrawed, with his hat, clothes, and boots in a bundle at the top of a tree; and the Cowardly Lion imprisoned behind tall iron fencing, on the Witch's grounds. Dorothy and Toto were spared fates similar to the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, only because the monkeys saw the protective mark of the kiss of the Good Witch of the North on Dorothy's forehead. They believed the power of good to be stronger than that of evil. And so they limited themselves to respectfully carrying Dorothy and Toto to the doorstep of the Witch's castle .

E- answer   to the question about the   rule of command for the flying monkeys



  I understand, Americans are tough people.   Arguments against drones such as   those are inhumane killing machines, that whoever uses them is a criminal and whoever makes them is an accomplice, that   they will create a wave of hate much more powerful that the recent meteor at the Urals and that   the madness of   King George is peanuts when compared with the madness of   the Land of the Drone- all those arguments fall on dead ears; our dear fellow US- persons are too busy with their own, usually meager affairs. In such debates   usually   the party that has a clear goal prevails   over the party which has no goal; in this case the   obvious benefits of the drone hysteria, both monetary and political far outweigh the squeal of   liberals like me. I   cannot offer any alternative except for   putting honest people in charge, arresting the criminals who are in charge now and starting thorough   investigations of the   abuse of power. That program of mine   does not   bring   even a farthing (sorry for British currency) to the open snouts of the corporate   wolves, so   I am doomed. But I would like to use   another   argument here.

Our President is hypnotized with the     perspective of the fleet of drones, all at his command, available, invincible, easy to use and   politically impotent. It is like an army of mechanical eunuchs. They feel no pain, they need no benefits, they do not complain, they do not need the tour schedule, they multiply, they   can be staged everywhere,   no family issue if they die, they do not retire and they always obey orders. There are no conscious objectors   among drones. Perfect flying monkeys

If we   return to the concept of the flying monkeys though   we can find several disturbing   issues   with them:

-           They obeyed anyone who had that golden cap covered with diamonds and rubies.

-           They   obeyed the Wicked Witch of the West quite loyally apparently   until she   exhausted her   coffers of wishes and also until they encountered that "trace of the kiss of the Good Witch of the North', after which they seemed to had changed their attitude.

-           They seem to have been invincible and ferocious but   with some kind of a feedback loop   for self -- control.

Those three issues   are   very troublesome for our Droning future.   Even if our President   now     considers    that he has a cap covered   with diamonds and rubies,   he will have to give to the new one, right?   That cap now   could   fulfill only   three wishes   (OK,   maybe now   the drone controls provide higher   limits) but who knows what kind of wishes they could have on Pennsylvania Ave. Remember, the first two   wishes of the original vintage person was   a) to establish her own rule and b) to limit   the rule of the neighbor. That can be a new temptation really. How do we know?    All the white papers in the world cannot   stop flying monkeys, that's for sure.

That's only the start of our worries. Did anyone investigate those mechanisms for the feedback control? What if in the   "Wizard of Oz' we have a Nostradamus- type prophecy? What if while we here vehemently   perfect   our flying   monkeys in their destructive force, our enemies work on the project "Kiss Of The Good Witch and prepare that powerful message which changes it all. Imagine a nightmarish scenario; our courageous   arm-chair warriors   had   defined a target- some remote village where a group of bearded people seem to be plotting against the US; the orders are signed, the drones buzz into the air, the President turns on his TV to enjoy   the corpses and"   OMG! Suddenly the monkeys (sorry, drones) turn back and fly back in the attack formation.   They had encountered a "Kiss Of   Goodness' and   their feedback   issued a new command. Obviously, every drone would be equipped with self- destruct,   our Valkyries at the computer terminals will input the codes, those   damned   infected mechanisms will explode but   NO! Turned out they transferred the Kiss of Good virus   to the High command and one-by-one not only all the drones   on the ground explode but also all   the terminals and the   headquarters and   even the private bunkers.   See, the electronic mechanisms, they don't think. They also don't care.   We made them that way and   then we send them to fly and tell them to kill but we don't tell who and why and   what direction.   It is like unleashing   flying   guns. Guns do not kill people?   You wish. The flying ones do.

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