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Taking these one at a time. Title of the post is the Movie. Constance.

Constance is a reader for the NSA. She reads books and stories from other countries and ferrets out the facts and the ideas that US intelligence can use. She speaks five languages, but she’s never been out of the States. She is very timid and shy, but in her head, she is a Valkyrie.

-so, why would someone want to kill her?

She found…something, maybe something she doesn’t even know she has found, some idea or plan buried in a novel. It’s about water and how governments in the Middle East are planning to starve out some regions to force people off the land, opening it for exploitation.

Or it’s in Spanish and it’s about a plan to make Cuba surrender and welcome US salvation from a horrible crisis (ebola? something like ebola).

But whatever it was, she did some digging and found that the author had hinted in interviews that he had some contacts with high-level officials and truth can be stranger than fiction…the author died in an accident a few months ago. Constance has sent out reports saying that this could be something where the author might ahve revealed too much in his booka nd might have been killed for it. 

And one day, her office gets hit.

 

My secret plan.

I shouldn’t say this. I am going to curse myself for this. 

 

 

 

 

I will have three finished scripts ready for the next Nicholl. Genetti, Constance, Deep Time, Higher and the new idea about terrorism.

last night was dreamy.

She took a nap, then we drove to the Hollywood Bowl for John Williams. We ate good cheese and crackers and drank great new wine as we waited. My new BFF at the oyster cracker company had sent me hats, so i took a selfie of myself wearing a hat while holding up a packet of their crackers (no, not trying to get more freebies). Everyone, kids and adults, had toy lightsabers.

John Williams came out and played some film clips while he directed the Phil. Amazing. I kept thinking: this does not happen if you live in, say, Kansas. A little break, then he comes back out and here comes Seth McFarlane in a a white tux and a violin (which he never touched, Henny Youngman reference?). What’s he going to do? He sings, old torch songs…and he’s great! Every woman in the audience just about (Insert metaphor) while he did ‘You Are Sensational’ and a few others…and then rolled into…’Moonlight In Vermont’. Well, I looked over and yep, Donna is about to cry with happiness.

And what are the lightsabers for? Why, the ‘Star Wars’ theme. 

and then

He started playing the Superman theme.

It kind of, sort of, sounds like the Star Wars theme, so everyone is just waving their lightsabers and people are laughing and looking around, shaking their heads…uh, this isn’t Star Wars. But saying it would’ve taken the speaker into a whole new realm of nerdhood.

THEN the Star Wars theme!

And the lightsabers went crazy. Donna says there were 3,000. I’m going to say over 2,000 lightsabers, well over that. It was wonderful. We made him come back for THREE encores and then made him come back and take ANOTHER bow. Out, stuck in that infernal parking lot (not that bad, it’s the bowl, they don’t have it in Kansas!), Sanamluang for way too much food and she fell asleep on the way home. Wonderful.

http://archive.lewrockwell.com/orig11/russell-t2.1.1.html

Soon after he invented the motion picture camera and projector, Thomas Edison formed his own movie production and distribution company. In 1908, Edison joined with nine other film companies to form the Motion Picture Patents Company, a monopoly that attempted to control the making, distribution, and showing of all movies in the United States. Edison and “The Trust” pledged to make only movies that promoted wholesome, Christian, and “American” values. But on the Lower East Side, a group of entrepreneurial Jewish immigrants used Edison’s inventions to produce and screen their own films, which were shown in thousands of nickelodeons – five-cent movie theaters – in working-class neighborhoods all over the country. These “outlaw” filmmakers started out as vaudeville and burlesque promoters, and many of their movies were sexier, more violent, and far more entertaining than the bland fare put out by the Edison monopoly.


Moral condemnations and court injunctions didn’t stop the proliferation of nickelodeons that showed unseemly fare and violated Edison’s patent, so the inventor and his colleagues hired squads of thugs to shut them down. They seized film, beat up directors and actors, forced audiences out of theaters, smashed the nickelodeon arcades and set fire to entire city blocks where they were concentrated. But fortunately for the Jewish renegades, they lived and operated in neighborhoods where hundreds of soldiers stood ready and able to protect them – men like “Big” Jack Zelig, “Lefty Louie” Rosenberg, “Gyp the Blood” Horowitz, Joe “The Greaser” Rosenzweig, and the leaders of the notorious Yiddish Black Hand, Jacob “Johnny” Levinsky and “Charley the Cripple” Vitoffsky. There were even women ready for the fight – fierce, well-armed “gun-mols” like Bessie London, Tillie Finkelstein, Birdie Pomerantz, and Jennie “The Factory” Morris.The great inventor was furious that “Jewish profiteers” were stealing his patent, getting rich from it, and using it to spread “smut” across America. So too were law enforcement officials. In 1907 a judge in Chicago wrote that the nickelodeons “caused, indirectly or directly, more juvenile crime coming into my court than all other causes combined.” Shortly thereafter the Chicago city council passed an ordinance granting power to the chief of police to censor motion pictures played in the city. In New York in 1907, soon after the police commissioner recommended that nickel shows be wiped out entirely, Mayor George McClellan was so moved by the evidence of immoral motion pictures polluting the minds of his citizens that on Christmas Day he ordered that all of the illicit motion picture houses be shut down.

Cameras, projectors, film, and sound equipment disappeared from the storerooms of Edison companies and showed up on makeshift movie lots on the Lower East Side. Bullets rained down on the Trust’s enforcers from the rooftops of nickelodeons. And massive fires destroyed the Edison distributors’ warehouses in the Bronx, Philadelphia, and Chicago. By 1915 the Trust had disbanded and the outlaw filmmakers moved west, where they could make bigger and better movies. Who were the men who, with the help of their nicknamed friends, fought Thomas Edison and the law and won? They were Marcus Loew of Loews Theatres and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Carl Laemmle of Universal Pictures, Adolph Zukor of Paramount Pictures, William Fox of Twentieth-Century Fox, and the brothers Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner.

and I just want to say: wouldn’t it be nice if Primo invented the loop AND FIGURED OUT PROJECTION?

I mean, it’s not crazy. The loop is one thing, kind of technical; the audience might say, oh, huh, slightly interesting.

But then

that screen the size of a wall LIGHTS UP BRIGHT AS THE SUN.

That’ll make sense

because when they see it

they’ll be watching the same thing.

I may be smart. I dunno, jury’s out. Maybe.

starting

1. Boys demonstrate camera with the loop to Weller; they keep the mechanism covered. Weller angry: dirty foreigners, obviously using an Edison camera they got from somewhere and they want to negotiate like real human beings. Weller observes and asks if he can borrow the camera to show Edison. The boys, sensing his animosity, say they’ll be back and leave quickly.

(maybe Weller says he isn’t used to cheeky foreigners. Carlo shoots back: where are you from? Are you Navajo? Cherokee?)

2. Weller tells Edison about the camera. It handled 5X the film Edison’s camera can without the film breaking. Edison asked why Weller didn’t just hold them and have the camera seized- doesn’t he know he works for Edison?!?! Weller apologizes and rushes off to call Cortland.

3. Boys shooting bathtub scene, grousing about Edison’s man as they work, Cortland shows up, bashes in the door, boys run, Sean gets killed, boys run, Laubacher, $, train station

4. Cortland beats Jamie until he gives up Laubacher’s name. 

5. Boys on the train, heading for L.A.

 

So second day of classes

Most of my kids are okay. My seniors, there’s a reason they’re in such a remedial class. But I’m either going to scare them into getting serious about graduating or I’m going to make them run away. My 3rd period, I have a few jerks but nowhere, NOWHERE as bad as last year. My room is hot and there are some suspicious shenanigans about the air conditioning in my building. Really? My building is the ONLY building on three campuses with the AC controlled by computer from the district office? And no one can fix it, ever, especially every year when it’s so hot? That’s…that’s some BS, is what that is. 

It’ll be a fine year.

Genetti.

They don’t work for Edison.
They are black market film makers. Primo does some work, he invents the loop. Carlo wants to just patent the thing and make some money, but Primo says they should show it to Edison’s man, see if the great man will buy it from them, it’s a show of respect.
But Weller sees it and rejects it after finding out about the patent filing. He goes to Edison, tells him about it and Edison gets mad. Edison tells Weller to find them and get them to sign over the patent. Ironic, because Edison was such a manipulator of patents against others, even those working for him.

So second day of classes

Most of my kids are okay. My seniors, there’s a reason they’re in such a remedial class. But I’m either going to scare them into getting serious about graduating or I’m going to make them run away. My 3rd period, I have a few jerks but nowhere, NOWHERE as bad as last year. My room is hot and there are some suspicious shenanigans about the air conditioning in my building. Really? My building is the ONLY building on three campuses with the AC controlled by computer from the district office? And no one can fix it, ever, especially every year when it’s so hot? That’s…that’s some BS, is what that is. 

It’ll be a fine year.

No. It’s about the brothers. It always has been.

Carlo applied for a patent on the loop. How? I don’t know how, he went to a lawyer. But THAT IS ENOUGH OF A REASON FOR EDISON TO HATE HIM, THE THREAT OF THE VERY SUGGESTION THAT HE MIGHT NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF SOMETHING. Edison stole ideas like fruit off a tree, but NO ONE EVER CHALLENGED HIM. His workers just accepted it.

Primo invented the loop. AND HE DOESN’T WORK FOR EDISON. CARLO DOES. PRIMO WAS JUST HELPING OUT, SAW THE CAMERA, TALKED TO THE ENGINEERS AND FIGURED OUT A SOLUTION, BASED ON BIKE DERAILLEURS HE’D WORKED WITH.

Carlo told him to see a lawyer and he applied for a patent.

He then OFFERED USE OF THE LOOP TO EDISON IN THE FORM OF A LICENSE. Edison laughed, shook his head, fired them…then went to Weller about the impudence of these foreigners…Weller calls Cortland and tells him to bring in the dagos so they can apologize and sign over the patent application or withdraw it all together.

And I get to keep the bathtub scene.

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