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”How the States Got Their Shapes”

May 25, 2011

What a waste of time!

My presentation in the film turned out to be even less than a cameo appearance, as they only showed me for a second in the episode, and only to answer a question (about “the secessionist movement most likely to secede”) with the answer of “Texas”. No mention of Independent Long Island (ILI) at all. No showing of the ILI flag, even though they taped that stuff.

The rest of the episode was little more than a glorification of the Second Amendment (guns, and guns, and guns.., which will never stop a US tank, battalion, missile or jet), which is still part of the US Constitution after all, and instead of speaking of the many secessionist movements throughout the US, they attempted to answer the very pertinent question, “Which state has the best grilled beef?”

Of course they totally trivialised the issue of secession/independence, which was to be almost expected, but they also completely wasted my time, and some really good footage.

Never again will I devote serious time with the media about Independent Long Island. Never again.

HMRD Cesidio Tallini

Note about Cesidio Tallini’s insignificant appearance in: State of Rebellion (2011). Host: Bryan Unger; Director: Ann Carroll. “How The States Got Their Shapes”. A&E Television Networks. History (TV channel), New York. 2011-05-24.

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UPDATE (Quasi errata addendum)

In the interest (and hope) of fairness, and according to Zoe Couacaud, a researcher (PhD in History) and associate producer for Maryland’s Half Yard Productions, the award-winning entertainment development and production company behind the History Channel series “How the States Got Their Shapes”:

“We saw your latest entry on your website yesterday, and I just wanted to assure you that the clip in which you appeared will not be your only appearance in How The States Got Their Shapes. The vox pop segment you saw on Tuesday night, and in which you appeared, is a signature part of our series — we have different people from across the country answer questions on a variety of subjects, and these vox pop pieces are interspersed throughout every episode. Often, the same interviewee will appear in a number of episodes, answering questions on different subjects.

“You will be featured at greater length in a later episode, which will include your views on Long Island independence.

“So please stay tuned!”

Looking back at older email communications between Zoe and I, the series is indeed described as, “a ten-part American geography and history series which will travel across the country investigating the stories behind the making of state shapes and state identities.” Since only four parts have been premiered on the History Channel so far, and a fifth episode, “Living on the Edge”, is scheduled to premier on 7 June 2011, well then perhaps Zoe is right.

I will stay tuned, and hopefully among the other interesting story lines, a respectable secessionist- or independence-minded perspective will emerge, perhaps even a Vox intelleget servi mei, vox Dei est perspective (“The voice of my wise servant, is the voice of God”), the perspective which apparently has a higher reason to exist.

HMRD Cesidio Tallini

Quasi errata addendum about Cesidio Tallini’s insignificant appearance in: State of Rebellion (2011). Host: Bryan Unger; Director: Ann Carroll. “How The States Got Their Shapes”. A&E Television Networks. History (TV channel), New York. 2011-05-24. Update posted on 2011.05.26.

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