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Go long sealing wax, short software

Looks like that's going to be the safest way to communicate, unless you don't mind the Stasi sucking up all your intimate communications and sniffing through them at leisure.*

And maybe we're getting a little insight into why the Post Office has to be destroyed, eh? Not just because public purpose is bad, and not just for yet more rental to be extracted through the chitinous mandibles of our parasitical elites, but because an envelope can't be opened digitally? Can't have that.

Besides, it's beautiful stuff (but see the Wikipedia entry for details on the wax used for modern postal sorting processes).

NOTE * What part of "secure in their papers and effects" do these assholes not understand?

NOTE ** Interestingly, a tamper-proof technology similar to sealing wax was used in ancient clay bullae, a precursor to cuneiform. Babylonian IT used bulla to authenticate commericial transactions over distance.

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Notorious P.A.T.'s picture
Submitted by Notorious P.A.T. on

I just now realized it's "sealing" wax, not "ceiling" wax. For decades I've wondered why that guy was singing about "ceiling wax" and why someone would want to wax a ceiling.

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Submitted by nihil obstet on

or rather, I identify with the walrus:

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter

Submitted by mgmonza on

Ah, yes - the Obamantra.

"I weep for you the Walrus said, I deeply sympathize.
With sobs and tears he sorted out those of largest size
Holding his pocket handkerchief before his streaming eyes."

Obama in a nut - or rather oyster - shell.

Submitted by chadwick newsome on

It seems so ironic to me. It wasn't that long ago that I would get grim and horrified over stories about the Stasi. And the KGB. And other such totalitarian outfits, and think what a terrible thing it was that they did all that stuff Over There. Behind the Iron Curtain. Or some other kind of curtain. It is just really funny and creepy to discover this stuff right here. And now

Submitted by Hugh on

There is also a reference to sealing wax in the Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown". When I looked up the lyrics, I was amused to find that the transcribers had written "ceiling wax", which goes to show that often we don't listen to lyrics so much as make up our own.

When you were a child
You were treated kind
But you were never brought up right.
You were always spoiled with a thousand toys
But still you cried all night.
Your mother who neglected you
Owes a million dollars tax.
And your fathers still perfecting ways of making sealing wax.

Sort of Obamaesque too when you think about it.