Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Interestingly neither this video, nor any others I have been supplied by my crack staff of Wiki-researchers, and NONE of the audio I can find online gives the complete exchange.
In fact, all of it is edited in the same way. In the complete exchange Rudy supplies some important background that mitigates the seeming excess of the "rant" and makes sense out of his telling Goodhearts he needs psychological help. In the redacted portions we hear of activities that do indicate that the man is all wee-weed up about weasels. And if you've seen him interviewed you might concur. In fact,..do so, and you tell me. Is this guy playing with a full deck?
So, you see, Rudy actually had a point. This guy is, at least odd.
But, it seems that in the interest of making Rudy look like a big mean New York Republican (what? there are Republicans in New York?) the people who post this exchange tend to edit the last bit out. So, here's the transcript of that last bit with the important context providing portions:
I do not mean to be insulting. I'm trying to be honest with you and I'm trying to give you advice for your own good. I know you, I know how you operate, I know how many times you called here this week. Three or 4 o'clock in the morning, David, you called here. You have a sickness. I know it's hard for you to accept that, because you hang on to this sickness, and it's your shield, it's your whatever. You know, you gotta go to someone who understands this a lot better than I do. And I know you're real angry at me, you're gonna attack me, but actually you're angry at yourself and you're afraid of what I'm raising with you. And if you don't deal with it, I don't know what you're gonna do. But you called here excessively all week, and you called here at 3 o'clock in the morning. And 4 o'clock in the morning. Over weasels. Over a ferret. So I know this is difficult and tomorrow one of the newspapers will write how mean I am and how cruel I am and all this other stuff, but I believe, because my father and mother taught me this, that you should be honest with people. And I am giving you the benefit of 55 years of experience having represented hundreds and in some cases thousands of people on either side in the courtroom, having handled insanity defenses and cases. You need help! And please get it! And you don't have the right to call here at three o'clock in the morning, harass the people on my staff, because of your compulsion. So, David, see what you can do to get help. But we can't help you. We don't have the professional expertise to help you.
All of the material about his repeated calling of staffers has somehow been "disappeared." Imagine that.
Dr. Kubrick’s idea has been implemented for 10 years now here in California. There is no doubt that it was a technological masterstroke. The machine is flawless, and through the 2070s, had been shown to work, during trials the ethics of which were dubious. But, the trials did work, and the system was implemented.
Kubrick had created a room sized device, called the Brain Formatting Device (BFD). It functions similarly to the ‘format’ function of computers. A person placed in the BFD, through a painless process called “Neuro-Restructuring-Osmosis” (NRO), essentially has his or her memories and personality traits erased. The personality traits are replaced with those of another. This other person’s personality, his overall meekness and docility, served the purpose well. Mr. Wallace Wimple was a godsend for the agency. Through a process of translation, the information contained in his brain was digitized, and placed in the memory console of BFD. From there, a complex of signals are generated which direct the neurons of a subject to restructure to mimic that pattern. At the same time the machine removes all memories.
Through lobbying efforts Kubrick and his legislative allies were able not only to repeal the death penalty in California, but replace it, in the case of murderers, with a sentence that required submission to NRO.
Prisoner rights advocates insisted that any such provision be compensated by lifting the usual requirement for jail time, arguing that prisoners were in fact being killed, even if they physically survived. This provision was adopted with reservations. So, over time several thousand individuals were sent through BDF, and released.
At first, a registry was created to allay the concerns of people in the neighborhoods of relocation, but after about 2 years, the website fell into disuse. The Wimples were not at all dangerous.
This is not to say that there have not been some unintended consequences of BFD. Some of the Wimples found out about their ‘former selves’ and became deeply disturbed and depressed. Interviews indicated that they simply could not live with themselves, knowing what their former selves did. Several committed suicide.
Nevertheless, the state legislature was impressed with the program. It cut recidivism rates to zero for murderers, and in fact significantly reduced the murder rate, for that very reason.
Now, it seems that a group of the most influential legislators that had worked with Kubrick have decided it would not be a bad idea to expand the use of BFD. They argue that other violent criminals, those that mug, batter or abuse, but who do not kill, could also be changed in such a way as to remove the threat they pose to law abiding citizens.
In fact, in recent months, the camp has shown some internal divisions. A smaller number of representatives say that thieves and other petty criminals should also be subject to the procedure. They draw the line at traffic violators and other petty misdemeanors. They think NRO should only be considered in felony convictions. After all, its track record assures there will be no repeat offenders.
On the other hand, Kubrick, flush with his success, wants to go commercial, offering his device, along with a line of ‘personalities for sale.’ He also envisions 0ffering a range of ‘memory services’ from complete formatting to very slight editing, to none at all. Those that are dissatisfied with portions of their lives or personalities can opt for these tailored versions of NRO after consultation with Dr. Kubrick or one of his specially trained associates. He is even considering relocation services for those that want the more radical procedures.