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I don't think the American citizens are ready for a revolution.  But they are VERY pissed off.

But just to demonstrate my take on the matter, let me tell a story.

I was at a meeting of people who are trying to plan demonstrations for the Republican Convention this summer.  It was suggested that we should build a working guillotine and use it as a centerpiece for a torchlight parade on the convention.  Folks would carry real torches and pitchforks while a group would tow the guillotine into place,  The crimes of the Republicans would be read aloud and then one by one, puppets representing the criminals would be executed and their heads hoisted on poles to the cheers of the throngs.

I was asked if could build a working guillotine.  Of course I could.  Would I do it?  I have no idea.  It sounds like a hoot and the message WOULD come across.  Of course, it would also likely provoke a police riot so I am torn.

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 05:17:59 PM EST
We have already decided to let you get away with this stunt.

Until we decide to use it on you "as an example."

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 06:28:06 PM EST
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That would be a very errr ... unsubtle way of reminding them that there are worse things in this world than loosing elections and power.

I advise against it. Even with DFL mayors in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, I very much doubt that pitchforks, torches and guillotines are within city ordinances for public demonstrations :)

by Francois in Paris on Thu Feb 28th, 2008 at 10:03:42 PM EST
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You may be right.

Even so, it has been fun to think about some design improvements on the old-fashioned guillotine--like using compressed air to help accelerate the downward path of the blade and perhaps a hydraulic snubber to control the run-out.  Or maybe just roller bearings ;-)

"Remember the I35W bridge--who needs terrorists when there are Republicans"

by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Fri Feb 29th, 2008 at 02:45:07 AM EST
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With a nod to the movie "Fargo", perhaps a wood chipper would be more apropos.

Then you could make up some effigies that were stuffed with monopoly money, and run them through the chipper.

by ericy on Sat Mar 1st, 2008 at 11:51:39 PM EST
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