Hiding Secrets with Steganography
Subject:   Re: wow
Date:   2003-12-09 02:32:28
From:   anonymous2
Response to: wow

Once again we seem to have an American without an education. Steganography existed a long time before the underground railroad. Why? Steganography means "covered writing" - this is from Herodotus (approx 400 B.C.E.).

In "The Histories", Herodotus chronicled the conflicts between Greece and Persia in the fifth century BC, which he viewed as a confrontation between freedom and slavery, between the independent Greek states and the oppressive Persians. According to Herodotus, it was the art of secret writing that saved Greece from being conquered by Xerxes, King of Kings, the despotic leader of the Persians.

Herodotus wrote:

"As the danger of discovery was great, there was only one way in which he could contrive to get the message through: this was by scraping the wax off a pair of wooden folding tablets, writing on the wood underneath what Xerxes intended to do, and then covering the message over with wax again. In this way the tablets, being apparently blank, would cause no trouble with the guards along the road. When the message reached its destination, no one was able to guess the secret, until, as I understand, Cleomenes' daughter Gorgo, who was the wife of Leonides, divined and told the others that if they scraped the wax off, they would find something written on the wood underneath. This was done; the message was revealed and read, and afterwards passed on to the other Greeks."

What ever happened to the educational system in America? You talk about not respecting history but don't seem to even understand that America is not the be-all and end-all of the world...

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  • Re: wow
    2003-12-10 19:37:49  anonymous2 [View]

    The 'educational system' in the U.S. (I don't use the term 'America' in reference to the U.S. as America actually includes everything from Canada to Chile, but don't tell that to a USAmican) is essentially 'daycare' and all that's taught is enough to pass 'assessment' tests, which are used to determine future funding for schools. If assessment scores are high at a given school, then no additional funding is needed as that school is apparently doing well enough with what it has. If scores are low, funding is cut as punishment. Logical, no? This is part of what's called 'No Child Left Behind' and serves as a fine example of double-speak. Nobody is taught to think. Students are prepared for servile careers and a life of unquestioning obedience to power. Increasingly, only those with money, and lots of it, can afford college, and even a college education prepares most only to consume mass quantities of alcohol and drugs and engage in various types of sexual or criminal activity, or both.

    The history referred to in your post might be more widely known in the U.S. if it had been included in a Hollywood blockbuster with a dashing leading man a fetching leading lady.

    Unfortunately for the rest of the planet, USAmicans may never realize that the U.S. is not the be-all and end-all of the world.