I remember this line (or something close to it) from a Saturday morning live action show. Bad guy of the week rendering our hero(s) helpless by holding a little cat over a hatch in the floor of the hideout that was on a peer or wharf. I think it was Monster Squad. Does anyone have the DVD set of the 1976 series or does someone else recall this line? I would love to have the actual line and source for this memory. (Between the kitten in the new "Dirk Gently" and watching "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders", I have been reminded of this scene and my not having a footnote for it.)
I'm in the process of scanning and doing ocr on Limbo by Bernard Wolfe 1952 (so I can reread it and if clean enough submit it to Bookshare.org ) and was reminded that this phrase is shouted by EMSIAC - the computer in control of the craft our protagonist is trying to escape in.
Has anyone encountered this phrase earlier than 1952 in fantasy or science fiction as something being exclaimed to get compliance? A search got me to a January 1886 magazine on insects, The Entomologist Volume 19. But there it is just part of the description of the way a particular larva tries without success to defend itself - "the resistance is useless because...".
For the curious, here is the relevant chunk of Limbo -- contains OCR errors, don't blame the author:
It was EMSIAC’s voice, the electrovox voice which was activated only in the most extreme emergencies. The dreaded voice which never came through except to bark instructions involving the most urgent disciplinary procedures.
In a blind panic he ran back to the communications room and began to pound the EMSIAC casing wildly with his fists.
There was a Fireman's axe hanging on the corridor wall just outside. He noticed it now. He ran into the hall and yanked it away from its supports. Back in the communications room he began to hack at the EMSIAC container savagely, screaming with each blow.
“Resistance is useless,” the voice boomed. “Do not try to resist. Do not touch the EMSIAC box. We are returning you-”
Finally the casing gave way and the blade of the axe sank into the innards of the mechanism. Glass flew as he chopped through the banks of electronic tubes.
"Do not touch the EMSIAC box. Resistance is useless. Do not tryeeeeeeeeeee-"
There was a rattle, a violent hum, some incredible smothered grumble. He chopped, he hacked, sweat poured down his face. He was still screaming like a stuck pig.
Now in abrupt choked sound, an eerie gurgle. The hum grew and grew, became a crazy reverberating roar
Just like that.
Democracy Now! Ran a newly discovered speech Dr. King delivered in England in 1964. It is not the only time he spoke of these ideas, but each time he said it a little differently. Below is some of the section on "creative maladjustment". The entire speech is available at http://m.democracynow.org/stories/17003
You know, there are certain words in every academic discipline that soon become stereotypes and clichés. Every academic discipline has its technical vocabulary. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word "maladjusted." ... I must say to you this evening, my friends, as I come to a close, that there are some things in my own nation, and there are some things in the world, to which I am proud to be maladjusted and to which I call upon all men of goodwill to be maladjusted until the good society is realized. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation, discrimination, colonialism and these particular forces. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I must honestly say to you that I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I must say to you tonight that I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence, ...
You see, it may well be that our whole world is in need at this time for a new organization—the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment—men and women—men and women who will be as maladjusted as the Prophet Amos, who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream"; as maladjusted as the late Abraham Lincoln, the great president of our nation, who had the vision to see that the United States could not survive half-slave and half-free; as maladjusted as Thomas Jefferson, who, in the midst of an age amazingly adjusted to slavery, could etch across the pages of history words lifted to cosmic proportions: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"; as maladjusted as Jesus of Nazareth, who could say to the men and women of his day, "He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword." And through such maladjustment, we will be able to emerge from the long and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice.
This is NOT normal!
Update! They backed off! "Republicans back off gutting of House ethics office after critical Trump tweet"
Of course he does not say they should not do that, just not as the first thing they do. So, watch for it to come back later.
Have you read "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer? If not you might want to check it out.
Once again, we are in this situation. I have made a post. You have replied to a tangential point. I responded and let you reply to my response. Now, as in the past, as this discussion is not about the topic of the post (behind closed doors voting) I am closing the comments.
“To me it is deeply troubling that the person who is going to become the most powerful government official in the United States doesn’t understand the first thing about the First Amendment — which is you can’t punish people for expressing dissent — and also doesn’t seem to understand that citizenship is a constitutional right that cannot be taken away, period, under any circumstances,” David D. Cole
Trump’s Call to Strip Flag Burners of Citizenship Renews Decades-Old Debate http://nyti.ms/2ggoDIL
Picture One - Those yellow bump plates that are put into corners always feel good to walk over. Best when wearing VFFs, but I'm not wearing those today and the bumps still feel good.
Picture Two - This is one of the two kinds of paper airplanes I liked best to make when I was a kid. This one when properly adjusted could go very far and straight. This one was on the ground next to a school, looks like math homework. It also looks like this kid doesn't know the trick where you make two small tears in the bottom about a cm appart and fold over the resulting flap to hold the plane together. Makes a big difference.
Picture Three - Five years and I'm still not use to the kinds of things that just grow our here. I am learning how to use the phone's camera in low light though.
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