Does This Sound Familiar?

“Preaching against capitalism and a racist America”
“A socialist utopia in South America.”
“A San Francisco-based cult.”
“[It] had political clout at the time. The political power base… that looked the other way.”

Sharyl Attkisson is talking about Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre but she might as well be describing present-day Silicon Valley plutocrats. Except that in this case the political power base are cheering it on. Plus ça change…

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Author: drlorentz

photon whisperer & quantum mechanic

5 thoughts on “Does This Sound Familiar?”

  1. 10 Cents:
    At one time Jim Jones was admired for his community work then it went south in more ways then one. I heard they never drunk the Kool-Aid. It was Flavor Aid. 

    I thought the same thing and was surprised to hear Rep. Speier say it was Kool-Aid. According to the Wikipedia article, both Kool-Aid and FlavorAid was used. Unfortunately, one of the citations for this claim (an autopsy report) does not mention either one. The other citation is to a book that only cites Flavor Aid (spelled Fla-Vor-Aid) and only mentions Kool Aid elsewhere in a different context. The Flavor Aid Wikipedia article says it was not Kool Aid.

    So we have dueling Wikipedia articles and an eyewitness who says it was Kool-Aid. It was probably Flavor Aid

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  2. drlorentz:

    10 Cents:
    At one time Jim Jones was admired for his community work then it went south in more ways then one. I heard they never drunk the Kool-Aid. It was Flavor Aid. 

    I thought the same thing and was surprised to hear Rep. Speier say it was Kool-Aid. According to the Wikipedia article, both Kool-Aid and FlavorAid was used. Unfortunately, one of the citations for this claim (an autopsy report) does not mention either one. The other citation is to a book that only cites Flavor Aid (spelled Fla-Vor-Aid) and only mentions Kool Aid elsewhere in a different context. The Flavor Aid Wikipedia article says it was not Kool Aid.

    So we have dueling Wikipedia articles and an eyewitness who says it was Kool-Aid. It was probably Flavor Aid

    Kool-Aid is the brand name that covers these types of drinks. Just like Xerox is used to say copy. I had a Walkman made by Aiwa. (Aiwa doesn’t make Walkman.) Isn’t PC the name IBM gave to their computers but it is used for all now?

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  3. 10 Cents:
    Kool-Aid is the brand name that covers these types of drinks. Just like Xerox is used to say copy. I had a Walkman made by Aiwa. (Aiwa doesn’t make Walkman.) Isn’t PC the name IBM gave to their computers but it is used for all now?

    I’ll let ctlaw comment on this with more authority but it seems to me the distinction rests on whether there’s still a valid trademark, or ever was. I don’t think PC was ever trademarked. Your Walkman made by Aiwa probably didn’t say Walkman on it. And xerox as a verb is probably not subject to trademark (“Please xerox that article”).

    Flavor Aid and Kool-Aid are still live trademarks. Presumably, if you erroneously claimed that Kool-Aid was used in Jonestown, Kraft Foods would probably have a cause of action against you. Curiously, COOL-ADE is a trademark for “water treatment chemical for the prevention of scale and corrosion in cooling towers.”

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