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Pt. 46 - "Insight"

"Vitavision" section of the New York Herald, Sunday, September 17th, 1972.
Page 2 has a headline "Fall Premier Highlights".  Three paragraphs in
particular stand out.

	Don Hewitt, the "Conscience of a Nation," [1] hosts the 3rd series of
	the news magazine program "Insight".  With correspondents Stan Marsh,
	Kenny McCormick, and "Point/Counterpoint" presenters Eric Cartman
	(pictured on the right), and Kyle Broslofski (on the Left) (NUBS
	[2], Sunday at 6pm)

	"Closing Time, with Walt MacAnuff", a new nightly talk show featuring
	comedian Walt MacAnuff.  MacAnuff will have guests of the day, plus a
	liberal dose of humor.  Guests this week include musical group The
	Crawfish, noted physician Dr. Gordon G. Leary, and actress Martha
	Jackson.  (NCCC [3], Monday-Thursday at 11:30pm) [4]

	"Monday Night Football" returns with the highly anticipated rematch
	between defending CFA Cup champion Burgoyne Generals, and archrival
	(and 1970 NA Cup winners) New York United.  (NABC [5], Monday 9pm)

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September 17th, 1972, 6:40pm, EST.  The vitavision tuner is receiving the
NUBS (National Union Broadcast System) network.

CUT to a silhouette of a man peering through a telescope.  It's a stylized
shot.  The NARRATOR voices over as the word "Insight" appears above the
silhouette:

				  ANNOUNCER

		We now return to the NUBS news magazine - "Insight".
		Now, here's Don Hewitt.

We cut to DON HEWITT, who is a thin, young-and-old looking 50-year-old.  If
someone from OTL were to see him, they might picture a cross between Peter
Jennings with Edward R. Murrow.  In the background is a picture of the Kramer
Associates logo, along with several smaller logos of Kramer subisdiaries
(including CNA front Kramerica, World Locomobile, World Transportation,
Benedict Machine Tools, European Kramer, Kramer Finance, and, of course,
Vandelay).  The title above the picture is "Caveat Venditor".

				   HEWITT

		Our final story this evening, "Caveat Venditor"
		is a play on the saying above the entrance to the New
		York Exchange on Broad Street.  Venditor is SELLER,
		and the seller, the largest corporation in the world,
		is former Mexican, now Taiwanese, Kramer Associates.

		Founded in 1865 by Bernhard Kramer, the Associates
		have played an important, some say domineering, role
		in the history of the United States of Mexico.  More
		recently, the Kramer Bomb has changed the face of world
		politics and war.  It has also thrust Kramer into what
		some say, is the role of the world's policeman.

		This story focusses on the state of Kramer Associates
		today.  "Insight" correspondent Stan Marsh shows us
		that while some view Kramer as a nation unto itself,
		others think that Kramer's new political role will
		doom the company, if it hasn't already.

We cut to STAN MARSH, an ambitious-looking 30-something correspondent.
Astute NUBS viewers know that he's the heir apparent to Hewitt's throne of
most respected investigative vitavision journalist.

				    MARSH

		I'm on the campus of Yale University.  Many economists,
		historians, and even minds in intelligence and law
		enforcement, are still pondering the state of the world
		after the events of 10 years ago.

CUT to the famous print of the Kramer Bomb exploding in an
undisclosed north Pacific location.  MARSH continues voicing over as
the shot ends and it returns to him.

		Last night on this campus, a debate was held to discuss
		Kramer Associates.  The debate featured Australian
		historian Robert Sobel, author of popular history
		book, "For Want of a Nail", and Yale history professor
		William English.

CUT to SOBEL and MARSH in a room for an interview.  Still in voiceover...

		Dr. Sobel views Kramer Associates as a nation unto itself.

MARSH is now speaking in the room.

			      MARSH (on-screen)

		Mr. Sobel, you have quoted Stanley Tulin, a Kramer-funded
		historian, throughout a lot of your book.

CUT to Sobel smiling, and back to MARSH.

				    MARSH

		Let me quote one of your footnotes, which is a quotation
		from Mr. Tulin himself.  "Ever since the Cortez era Kramer
		Associates was a nation, and not merely a company.  It had
		an army, a population, a budget, laws, etc. - indeed,
		everything a nation posessess except territory."

		Mr. Sobel, do you agree with this assessment?  And if so,
		why?

				    SOBEL

		I tried very hard to keep my own biases out of "For Want
		of a Nail".  I even had a respected colleague, Frank Dana
		from the University of Mexico City, write a critique that
		I included unedited in the final book.  But I do think that I
		indicate that Kramer should be treated more as a nation than
		as a mere company.

		When I see Kramer, I see a possible future of nation-states
		being replaced by corporate states.  Even now, National Union
		could probably become every bit the land-less nation that
		Kramer Associates already is.

		Kramer Associates is really leading the evolution of
		political power in the world.  They have produced many
		advances, including the Kramer Bomb, ahead of other nations.

				    MARSH

		Mr. Sobel, recent news about Kramer suggests, in spite of
		their advances, that all is not well with them.  Several key
		employees have either resigned the firm, or flat-out
		_defected_ to other nations.  Take, for example, the
		so-called "Traitorous Eight" who founded General Computing in
		upstate New York.

		One of those eight even suggested that Kramer was becoming
		more oppresive than Mercator's Mexico.  Is that really the
		future of world political power?

				    SOBEL

		I think what you're hearing is a very disgruntled employee
		speak about his former employer.  I'm sure if you asked
		anyone who has departed any company in this country for
		another, you would hear similar disparaging.

CUT to shots of the Yale campus.  MARSH is again voicing over.

				    MARSH

		Professor William English has been at Yale for 10 years.
		He has written about the rise of the People's Coalition
		in the 1870s from the view of the unusual Immigrant and
		Conservative alliance.  His central point in his book,
		"New Friends in an Old Bed" was that unusual circumstances
		were actually a harbinger of change in places that _caused_
		the unusual circumstance.  He sees a similar thing happening
		with the unusual circumstance of the Kramer Associates.

CUT to the same room, but with ENGLISH instead of Sobel.

				MARSH (live)

		Professor English, what do you say caused the rise of the
		Kramer Associates?

				   ENGLISH

		The Kramer Associates became the power that they are right
		now, the world's policeman if you will, because of two
		factors: A Mexican government that rejected the very
		environment that fostered Kramer, and a Global War that
		allowed Kramer to grow unchecked.

				    MARSH

		So what you're saying is that Mexico forced Kramer out into a
		world that couldn't control it?

				   ENGLISH

		Control isn't quite the correct word - I don't mean turning
		Kramer into a state-owned industry.  I mean... regulated.
		Kramer Associates is a very impressive company, but in most
		situations Kramer would just be in the business of... doing
		business.  It wouldn't be arming itself or maintaining the
		police infrastructure it has.

				    MARSH

		You feel that Kramer cannot handle the responsibilities that
		it has taken on.  Why?  We haven't had open warfare for 10
		years - largely because of Kramer bombs.

				   ENGLISH

		Yes, but Kramer bombs in the possession of almost every major
		world power.  Not bombs in the hands of a single corporate
		entity.  Furthermore, that entity itself is trying to act as a
		nation, when it cannot really levy taxes, or provide itself
		all of the infrastructure that normally is provided by a
		government.

		The rest of the world is pushing closer to either a great
		boom in progress and economics not seen since Edison's
		heyday, or possibly - pardon my Biblical terminology -
		Armegeddon.   The world lost control of Kramer, but that's
		because the world is radically altering.  It's very similar
		to the rise of the People's Coalition in the face of the
		_very_ unusual alliance between poor urban immigrants and
		wealthy Conservative machine politicians in the 1870s.

				    MARSH

		And you're suggesting that Kramer will suffer trying to take
		on those governmental roles you mentioned?

				   ENGLISH

		I believe it already is suffering.  Some in the military have
		suggested that they may try to take over an actual country to
		sustain itself, but I personally think that we will see the
		eventual dissolution of the Kramer Associates over the next
		two-to-three decades.

CUT to the CNA Ministry of Defense building in Burgoyne.  Again, MARSH is
voicing over.

				    MARSH

		As Professor English has suggested, some view Kramer as
		more than just an unusually large company or even nation.
		Some view it as a threat.

		Colonel Richard Briggs is an analyst for the Ministry of
		Defense's intelligence section.  He has found cause for
		great concern in the Kramer Associates.

We cut to a different interview room, probably in Burgoyne.  And Colonel
BRIGGS is sitting in the hot seat.

				   BRIGGS

		30 Submarines, 10 of them are capable of delivering Kramer
		bombs anywhere on the surface of the earth, are prowling the
		seas right now.  Some of them fly the flag of Taiwan, some of
		Scandanavia, but all of them are most certainly in the employ
		of the Kramer Associates.

				    MARSH

		Are these a threat to the Confederation, Colonel?  Or are
		they just, in the words of Carl Salazar, "keeping the world
		safe from itself."

				   BRIGGS

		You've reported on your own network that several former
		Kramer employees describe Taichung as virtually an armed
		camp?  The CBI has investigated several wrongdoings of
		Kramer's North American holding companies.  Under the flags
		of both Scandanavia and Taiwan, there's no telling what
		Kramer can do.

				    MARSH

		But does something like the Vandelay latex scandal point to a
		company with plans for aggression?

				   BRIGGS

		Trust me Mr. Marsh, we have reason to believe the Kramer
		Associates are more than just keeping the world safe from
		itself.

CUT to Burgoyne.  MARSH is outside with his microphone, talking.

				    MARSH

		Because of the secrecy surrounding the Kramer Associates, one
		cannot really discern which of the three I spoke with is
		painting the most accurate picture.  The truth may lie
		somewhere in between, or completely outside anything that was
		brought up here tonight.

		The world is changing, however, and Kramer Associates will
		play a role in that changing world.  I asked Professor
		English one last question.  I'll end my report with it.

CUT back to Yale interview room.

				    MARSH

		Professor English, you mentioned either a coming great
		boom in economics and progress, or, as you put it,
		Armageddon.  Which do you think it will be?

				   ENGLISH
		 (nervously, but with a twinkle in his eye)

		I hope that it will be a great step forward for mankind.  We
		may have a few violent years before we get there, much like
		the Great Northern War preceded the Years of the Pygmies,
		but I think we'll see great things happening.

CUT back to Burgoyne outdoors

				    MARSH

		I'm Stan Marsh, for "Insight".

We now CUT to commercials.

You see a wheat field in Southern Vandalia.  The NARRATOR begins:

				  NARRATOR

		For 50 years, Kramerica has been the North American
		face of the Kramer Associates.

You now see a brand-new 1973 "Earnest" Sedan driving along the road near the
wheat field.  A happy family is inside (not that it matters, but in
race-blind North America, this happy family happens to be of mixed race).

				  NARRATOR

		We bring you cars, oil, steel, airmobiles.

We now see a shot of a majestic building in Michigan City - the Kramerica
Tower.

				  NARRATOR

		We bring you everything you need.  We're Kramerica.

New commercial.  This time, oddly enough, it's for World Locomobile
competitor North American Motors.  In particular, it's for the
family-oriented value-priced nameplate "Galloway".

				 NARRATOR #2

		At Galloway, we're excited.

Another happy family (this time all white), is gathering around the driveway
as a brand-new 1973 Galloway Guardian station wagon pulls in with Dad
climbing out.

				 NARRATOR #2

		The 1973 Galloway lineup is here.  And it starts with
		Guardian.

CUT to a teenager getting into his new economy car, the Go-Getter.

				 NARRATOR #2

		New for 1973, the Go-Getter is as easy on the eyes
		as it is on the pocketbook.

CUT to another Vandalia farm scene, this time, with a pickup truck with bales
of hay.

				 NARRATOR #2

		Our award-winning Galloway Giant still delivers
		on the tough jobs.

CUT to a bitching sports coupe that'd make any OTL Chevy Camaro owner drool
with envy whizzing down an interstate-style freeway.

				 NARRATOR #2

		And don't forget the Goblin, 1972's Motor World magazine Car
		of the Year.

		At Galloway, we keep everyone galloping.

A small set of text at the bottom reads, "A North American Motors company."

In keeping with OTL's 60 Minutes and the like, companies just like to buy
time to advertise themselves to potential investors.  This ad is no
different.

A big machine is in the middle of a while-tiled room.  It is a General
Computing GC-3.  The camera starts about 10 feet back and continues to zoom
slowly closer during the narration.

				 NARRATOR #3

		This machine has helped change the way North America does
		business.

		This machine has saved North American business over 100
		million pounds in two years.

		This machine will lead the world into a new age of
		information and data processing.

		This machine...

by this point the camera closes in on the General Computing logo at the top
of the machine.

		... is only the beginning.

The logo now stands by itself with a black background.

		General Computing.  We're computing the future.

We are now back in the studio with Don Hewitt.

				   HEWITT

		Eric Cartman and Kyle Broslovski are on assignment,
		so Point/Counterpoint will not be seen tonight.

		Coming next week, on "Insight"...

CUT to a Peace and Justice Party Rally.

		The Peace and Justice Party is the newest force in
		Confederation politics.  We'll learn more about the PJP,
		and find out if they are being unfairly targeted by the CBI.

CUT to several Football highlight all featuring the skill of #5 for the
Burgoyne Generals.

		Ed Becker is the toast of Burgoyne, the CFA, and the entire
		country.  His face is plastered on cereal boxes, and his name
		is on an entire line of sports products.  Kenny McCormick
		interviews Ed Becker for "Insight".

Scenes of Mexico, Vincent Mercator, and Immanuel Moctezuma.

		Is there a power struggle brewing in the USM?  President
		Immanuel Moctezuma is purported to be in a power struggle
		with de factor Mexican leader Vincent Mercator.  We will
		interview several Mexico experts to see who really is in
		control of our western neighbor.

		All of this, plus Point/Counterpoint, next week on "Insight".

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[1] No relation to OTL's, but it's definitely a tip of the hat.  Hewitt
    became famous in his late 20s for reporting from some of the
    worst-damaged areas in Europe.  These reports swayed CNA public opinion
    to support the Mason Doctrine programs and fuel the feelings of war guilt
    in the CNA.  To be truthful, he's just a reporter, and didn't have strong
    feelings about Mason or his programs.  He's very much like OTL's Ed
    Murrow.

[2] National Union Broadcast System

[3] Northern Confederation Communications Channel

[4] Bonus points if you can guess the real origin of the acronyms NUBS
    and NCCC.  Hint:  My first e-mail address in 1987 was
    Dan_McDonald@ub.cc.umich.edu.

[5] North American Broadcasting Company