A Timeline of Certain Events

November/December, 2000
Election of George W. Bush: A Farce of Democracy and Justice 
"Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."
Karl Marx, Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon
September 28, 2000
Amazon.com caught for "dynamic pricing" by users of the DVDTalk.com discussion group. Dynamic pricing is a scheme whereby Amazon reads "cookies" it plants on customer's computers so it can charge HIGHER prices to regular customers who trust Amazon to continue the low prices it offers to acquire new customers. Apparently, there is no law against this deceptive practice. (Reported by Washington Post, "Amazon Flunks Its Pricing Test".)
September 18, 2000
TechWeek publishes six letters to the editor exposing unethical and illegal actions by Pacific Bell, including the complain of yours truly, Thomas Albert.
September 12, 2000
"Activists sue BART over snub of spending ads". Transportation Displays Inc., the agency that sells ads for BART officials, claimed it is against their policy to show weapons in an advertisement. The agency used this excuse to block ads by the California Peace Action Fund that compared the education and defense budgets with photos of a new missile and a run-down Oakland school. However, the agency's claim to have a policy against showing weapons contradicts their approval of ads showing weapons for the latest James Bond movie, and for Lockheed Martin's F-22 fighter jet. (San Francisco Examiner, A-5.)
September 12, 2000
George W. Bush's Republican National Committee's TV ad against democrats flashes DemocRATS. Bush denies any subliminal manipulation of the public to associate democrats with RATS, yet withdraws the ad.
June 6, 2000
Texas Governor George Bush, who has already put 131 death row inmates to death, defends the 1983 capital punishment conviction of Calvin J. Burdin even though the Texas attorney general's office admit that the lawyer appointed to defend Burdin, Joe Frank Cannon, "repeatedly slept through parts of  the trial." The State of Texas maintains that the burden of proof lies with the defendant, thereby eroding the fundamental principle of "innocent until proven guilty". How could a defendant too poor to hire an attorney hope represent the wisdom that his sleeping lawyer failed to have? That this story appears as a minor sideline on page A6 of the June 6, 2000 San Francisco Chronicle demonstrates that no only is justice dead, so is the public's compassion for the victims of the state's killing apparatus. 81% of the human executions perpetrated by this country occur in the former slave-holding states of the southern Confederacy: http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1998/12/14/p3s1.htm
Mr. Bush, our next President, subscribes to a sanitized form of lynching.
July 4, 2000
Paradoxically, on July 4, 2000 a former Coca-Cola executive, Vicente Fox, defeated the 71-year old ruling party of Mexico. While folks in the U.S. celebrated independence from Britain, the North American Free Trade Agreement completed its absorption of North America.
Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled that the Coca-Cola Company had the right to exclusive trademark. The Koke Company of America lost its argument that the name Coca-Cola had become a fraudulent when the Coca-Cola Company obeyed the Food and Drug Act of June 30, 1906 and ceased to include cocaine in the beverage. ("Until 1903, the amount of active cocaine in each bottle of Coke was equivalent to one 'line' of cocaine.") Justice Holmes wrote that by 1920 only "an ignorant person might call for the drink with the hope for incipient cocaine intoxication." Today, most people are ignorant of Coca-Cola's narcotic heritage. Among those ignorant folk are victims of today's Classic Coke caffeine addiction. What I find to be pivotal in this case is the power the Supreme Court granted to a new institution: advertising. In the Roaring Twenties, business acquired free reign to propagate profit even if it misrepresented truth.