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Tue Jun 11, 2013, 08:53 AM

"The President's Analyst" warned us that The Phone Company was spying

On us all and that TPC wanted to control us all.

The 1967 satire, The President's Analyst warned about government and corporate spying. Sure, it was just a funny little movie but it had it right 45 years ago! It even includes gun toting Americans, commentary on race relations, and a lot of other things that haven't changed much since the movie was made.

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Taken to TPC's headquarters in New Jersey, he is introduced to the head of TPC (Pat Harrington, Jr.), who wants Dr. Schaefer's help in carrying out their plan. TPC has developed a "modern electronic miracle", the Cerebrum Communicator (CC), a microelectronic device that can communicate wirelessly with any other CC in the world. Once implanted in the brain, the user need only think of the number of the person they wish to reach, and are instantly connected, thus eliminating the need for The Phone Company's massive and expensive-to-maintain wired infrastructure. (The operation of the CC is shown in animation that parodies the animated sequences in the Bell Telephone Science Series television programs.)

For this to work, every human being will be assigned a number instead of a name, and the CC prenatally implanted. Dr. Schaefer is "requested" to assist TPC by blackmailing the President into pushing through the required legislation.

Masters and Kropotkin use their superspy abilities to come to Schaefer's rescue. They hand Schaefer an M16 rifle that Schaefer gleefully uses on The Phone Company's security staff. The three emerge victorious from the ensuing bloodbath, but months later, as Dr. Schaefer and his spy friends are enjoying a Christmas reunion, animatronic executives from TPC look on approvingly, while "Joy to the World" plays in the background.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_President%27s_Analyst

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csziggy Jun 2013 OP
MiddleFingerMom Jun 2013 #1
hobbit709 Jun 2013 #2
csziggy Jun 2013 #4
DFW Jun 2013 #3
csziggy Jun 2013 #5
DFW Jun 2013 #6
csziggy Jun 2013 #7
DFW Jun 2013 #8
csziggy Jun 2013 #9
DFW Jun 2013 #11
csziggy Jun 2013 #12
DFW Jun 2013 #15
csziggy Jun 2013 #16
DFW Jun 2013 #18
csziggy Jun 2013 #19
DFW Jun 2013 #20
olddots Jun 2013 #10
csziggy Jun 2013 #13
DFW Jun 2013 #14
ConcernedCanuk Jun 2013 #17

Response to csziggy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 10:45 AM

1. This is an incredibly funny movie meant as...

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... exaggerated satire and I don't think anyone involved realized
just how prophetic it was.
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 10:49 AM

2. Yep.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 05:57 PM

4. I'm just waiting until Cerebrum Communicators are ready

To be implanted into everyone's brains! They'd so much more convenient than cell phones.

I for one welcome The Telephone Company as our corporate overlords.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 10:54 AM

3. That was one of my favorite movies EVER !!!

"Krepotkin! Kak Vy pazhyvayetye?"

"Please! No Russian, I'm spying!"

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Response to DFW (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:01 PM

5. And Godfrey Cambridge's bit about gowing up

Really got me to recognize the damage that racial epithets do.



For you:


And for our gun loving Americans!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:21 PM

6. Dick Gregory???????

I've met Dick Gregory when he came to speak at my college in 1970.

That wasn't Dick Gregory. That was Godfrey Cambridge.

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Response to DFW (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:22 PM

7. D'oh!

End of a long day and I'm too tired to check my sources. Let me fix that!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:30 PM

8. Be my guest! LOL!!

Long day--how's this for a long day: it's half past midnight here in Sprout City, after having left home on the 6:14 train, and I have to be in Paris by 10:00 AM tomorrow, and back here in Belgium by 9:00 tomorrow night.

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Response to DFW (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:35 PM

9. Oh, goodness - I wouldn't last unless I slept the entire train trip

I have no endurance these days, but sleeping badly contributes. I got maybe 5 hours last night, went with my husband to the doctor to find out about the surgery he needs (just fixing ligaments in a foot but he'll be non-weight bearing for weeks), probably why I didn't sleep A few more errands and now I am useless.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:38 PM

11. They have hi-speed trains now

What used to be a standard 3 hour trip from Brussels to Paris is now only 80 minutes. By the time you doze off, you're there.

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Response to DFW (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:39 PM

12. That's be long enough for a nap! n/t

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Response to csziggy (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:43 PM

15. They wake you up with announcements in 4 languages and hot beverages.

Better make that one quick snooze!

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Response to DFW (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:48 PM

16. I slept through Star Wars movie battles in the theatre

Pffffft to a few announcements!

I just can't sleep at night when everything is quiet.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:53 PM

18. I envy you

I don't even know what quiet is any more.

I always fly back to the States for a few weeks in the summer to a spot where I KNOW it's quiet. Batteries need periodic recharging, and here in Europe it's just too crowded, and there's ALWAYS someone that just HAS to ask me something.

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Response to DFW (Reply #18)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 11:46 PM

19. It's not a good thing - my sleep schedules are terrible

But at least I have a quiet place. A 60 acre horse farm in North Florida, outside Tallahassee I've owned since 1978. It's not as quiet as it used to be, but it is still very peaceful. I can go outside and hear the birds' wings as they fly by - in fact the birds and frogs are some of the noisier things I hear most days.

I couldn't live in a city or even a community of any size - I had problems in college living in the dorms with people around all the time.

Falling asleep in the movies was from disrupted sleep, not the ability to ignore noise. But I bet I could sleep on a train - I do in the car all the time.

If you ever get to Tallahassee, let me know. The best times are spring and late fall - in the summer the bugs are terrible. I'll let you wander the farm and promise to not ask you something.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 12:21 AM

20. Never been anywhere near Tallahassee in my life, but if I ever do

I will definitely take you up on that!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:37 PM

10. now I have to see the film again

satire is about reality .

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Response to olddots (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:39 PM

13. I watch it every chance I get

And every time find more things it gave us previews of.

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Response to olddots (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:41 PM

14. It is SCARY how much of that film turned out to be prophetic

The President's analyst tells his girlfriend that most people would think he was worried about Russia or China, but he spent lots of time just worrying about (the then totally insignificant country of) Libya.

Of all the inconsequential places to pick out of a hat, they picked a country that, starting less than 5 years later, would be in the headlines on and off right up until the present day.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:51 PM

17. USAmericans will never wake up

 

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until the bombs start coming over from Russia and China

and they WILL come unless the USA changes its attitude towards the rest of the World,

Can't go messing around with the whole world without expecting payback . . .

wtf are the American voters thinking???

CC

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