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The Power of Morse

Watching BBC correspondents and analysts poring over footage of the British sailors being ‘interviewed’ by their captors on Iranian television reminds me, as it must others, of the Vietnam war, and how captured American pilots were wheeled out for propaganda purposes. What has this got to do with technology? Well, if you recall, one Jeremiah Denton, a co-resident of the Hanoi Hilton with John McCain, managed to subvert the propaganda value for his captors and also convey important information to his superiors by blinking the word ‘torture’ in Morse Code. According to his official biography: Throughout the interview, while responding to questions and feigning sensitivityContinue readingThe Power of Morse

How To Beat The System With Your Hands

I remember reading about this extraordinary woman last year and wondering why more wasn’t made of her defiant protest: Now she seems to be getting some recognitions, such as this Washington Post piece — Sign-language interpreter had hand in Ukraine’s election (from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel) During the tense days of Ukraine’s presidential elections last year, Dmytruk staged a silent but bold protest, informing deaf Ukrainians that official results from the Nov. 21 runoff were fraudulent. Her act of courage further emboldened protests that grew until a new election was held and the opposition candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, was declared the winner. Apart from her bravery,Continue readingHow To Beat The System With Your Hands

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