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For the full version of the story about the fire
the actual book excerpt

Burning Down the House


If you can't handle the thought of reading about how corruption truly works.
You're best move onto is designed for the people who actually like true story telling.
                  - Sunnyside

Burning Down the House

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Book Excerpts


To help condenseand explain the main plot of this story,
this is the short version if the story taken from Sunnyside's Lousy Book.

I’ve written this in a third party’s newsletter point of view.

In November of 1993, in the city of Tacoma, Washington; Sunnyside accidentally caught his work van on fire while it was in a carport behind his house.

You have to be a little crazy to want to jump into a fire, but you have to be really crazy to want to jump into a fire with someone who can’t carry you out. So when the 56th and Puget Sound fire station received the call about a van on fire; the captain felt it was just the kind of call to send out personnel hired because of Affirmative Action.

The fire truck arrived; but instead of driving the truck by the fire hydrant at corner, hooking on the main line, and driving around back down the ally to where the van was. They pulled a hose and nozzle out from the road in front of the house and down the side, only far enough to pour water on top of the one walled carport located on the back side of the house. The main line was pulled out by hand and carried around the tanker to the corner hydrant.

Sunnyside decided to have the firefighters take their second hose directly through the front of the house so they could at least save his tool room. However he had to relieve the backup guy with the air tank on who was helping the girl with the nozzle around back. Sunnyside felt embarrassed when he noticed his neighbor video taping the ill attempt to put out the fire. As he was trying to get the girl to put out the siding on his house; the tanker truck ran out of water. As Sunnyside took off towards the front of the house to see what had went wrong – he thought about the fireman who had been killed because hose was charged with an unattended nozzle with its valve left open. It took off thrusting through the air and smacked the fireman the head.

Sunnyside spun on his heels and went back and discovered that the girl had not shut the nozzle off. He asked her if it was off, but she didn’t know for sure which way was off. It was left on when she dropped it on the ground.

The firefighter must have noticed the neighbors with a camera too. She told her captain about the incident and the captain had the firefighters leave the scene before the fire was all the way out. The fire department had to return to put out
Sunnyside’s house.

    The captain informed the city officials about the blunder and the city didn't want a law suit. As an attempt to incriminate Sunnyside; the local government attempted to dig up dirt on him as an effort to run out the statute of limitations.

    Sunnyside took the last $15,000 of his insurance settlement and surprised the local and federal government when he invented the World’s Greatest Work Truck. He built the proto-type of a truck that can quickly change its beds with a push of a button; right under their noses in his back-yard. Unfortunately, even though Sunnyside has used the truck for the past eight years; the general public in the US still has to refer to it as:

The Work Truck of the Future.

    At the time, President Clinton was already planning for his second election. Clinton wanted to preserve the votes of the minority voters and didn’t want to deal with Sunnyside’s fire and the problems he'd have with Affirmative Action. Clinton's solution to the problem was sign the GATT treaty; changing the patent laws so that Sunnyside would be swept under the rug.

I'm not sure how things actually progressed on the federal level, but what I do know is that within three weeks from the time the first few hydraulic cylinders for the prototype were purchased in the autumn of 1994; Clinton signed the GATT. I've read that a couple of months later in December, the United States Treasurer had something to do with pushing it through congress. I wouldn't doubt the treasurer was a minority.

    By the signing of the G(eneral) A(greement on)
T(ariffs and) T(rade), the U.S. patent laws were to be changed in the late spring of 1995. Since the change in the patent laws, private inventors such as my self are likely to be looking at hard times.

    The GATT treaty was initially introduced in foreign countries after the war in 1947 and adopted in several others through 1949. In my opinion, corporations lead the governments to believe that the GATT treaty would speed up the marketing of inventions, but I can assure you that it’s not always the case because my inventions as well as many others have attracted no support which means they are just setting on a shelf.

    It was initially an effort to generate productive economies by speeding up the process of getting new inventions on the market. However, the general idea of the GATT treaty was to make it easier for corporations to steal inventions from private inventors. The governments figured that since the corporations owned the manufacturing facilities, the products would reach the market sooner.

    The GATT treaty is an intricate part of what the
W(orld) T(rade) O(rganization) is all about. And the WTO didn’t even exist until just after the US became a participant of the GATT Treaty in the late spring of 1995.  

    The way the GATT treaty changed the U.S. patent laws is by the way the time frames of the patent protection terms are set up, and I happen to think
it's about time for someone to mention the significant aspects of the treaty so I'll spell out the two important changes that I’m aware of -- both good and bad.

    A good part concerning copyright laws must have been thrown in just to bring attention to a less significant part. That good part happens to be the Bernie Convention. It's the copyright policies many European countries go by and supposedly enforce.

    The good thing about the Bernie Convention's policies is that to protect copyrights, one doesn't have to use the © symbol, the year created, or the
"All Rights Reserved," somewhere on the copyrighted material. However; a stern warning: not all countries belong to or adhere to the Bernie Convention. In fact in some – you must include, "All Rights Reserved," to be able to enforce the serial rights which are for motion pictures, recorded, and products in relation, (as in toy figurines) to the copyrighted material. Therefore, the Bernie Convention may only create a false sense of security for the unaware. To be safe one who is creating copyrighted material must label their creations as fallows: Use the spelled out word, "Copyright" or the © symbol followed by the name of the creator, the year that it was created, and “All Rights Reserved.”

    The bad aspect of the GATT treaty is the way the terms of the patent laws are setup.

In the US prior to the GATT treaty; the patent terms on a utility type invention was 17 years of ownership, monopoly, and protection granted for the inventor from the time the patent was granted. That meant that the term didn't start ticking away until after the patent pending period and the patent was granted. The patent pending process usually took two to three years, (the time from when the patent applications were filed to the time when the patent was granted,) before the term would start to tick away. The GATT treaty changed the terms to 20 years from the time the application is filed. Therefore: the clock is ticking as soon as the application is filed and during the patent pending process when there isn’t any protection that would guaranty return for investment.

Since the clock is ticking as soon as a pending application has been filed; the thought of corporations supplementing the private inventors as an effort to get the clock ticking is almost none existent. Instead of helping an inventor during the patent pending process, industries are prone to make sure an inventor can't afford a patent attorney during the patent pending process and sabotage one’s ability to secure a patent.  

    Sunnyside’s phone and mail service was rigged so that he would be isolated and his painting business was sure to fail. The conspirators learned that Sunnyside could survive by his reputation and word to mouth; so there were attempts made on his life. After a few attempts on his life; Sunnyside found his foot in a cast and that’s when he came up the idea of writing a will that would make him worth more alive than dead. This was done by eliminating the future use of his inventions in a half a dozen states.

    It was hard for Sunnyside to explain the corruption he was experiencing and he knew the thing to do would be to write a book about it, but because of fear of the words changing while in digital format or the chance of his computer being stolen, he started out by keeping a hand written journal. Soon he discovered an underground following and eventually learned of the transmitter that had been placed inside his laptop computer. It made him realized his words wouldn’t just disappear.

    Sunnyside heard all the rumors - about how everything was going to be handed to him on a silver platter; and the rumors about him being suicidal -- just as the eighty friends of Bill Clinton’s, who have died.

Sunnyside was granted Patent No. GB 2317380 in Great Britain.

Sunnyside realized his words were being sabotaged and he was left with rewriting the story over and over. He realized that if he ended up dead, his family would be left with a book that would’ve been a worth-less piece of junk. He realized that if he sold the book rights, it was possible that Clinton could be the one who'd rewrite the book and put Sunnyside’s name on it. Hollywood could turn all the years of hell into a holiday picnic romance story and have Sunnyside commit suicide because he couldn’t wait.

    Sunnyside realized that the person who was stealing his words was planning to make more money by not publishing the true story. That would happen by getting the auto makers and political parties to pay him to not to publish Sunnyside’s true life experiences and the crimes committed against him.

    You may wonder how a person can make sure the true story was told whether he was alive or dead. Well we all know that people will fuss over silly things…. Like the fact that when the movie Pearl Harbor came out, there was a guy on a radio talk show who was crying over the fact that he was so proud of the heroes in the movie; he saluted them after the movie. Then when he found out that the characters in the move were fictional, he felt embarrassed in front of his children. The guy was balling and making a fool of himself and he wasn't the only one upset to the fact that there wasn't even a notice stating that the characters in the film were fictional. The film company used a time in history, and a name of a town to create a plot and that's just nothing to fuss about. However; when it comes to telling a story about the guy who invents the work truck of the future, do you think anyone is going to fall for a fictional story about a real guy - when there are hundreds of books out there with the truth in it?

    Now when Hollywood wants you to buy a ticket to the movie, "Sunnyside's Quest for the American Dream;" aren't you going to want to know whether Sunnyside got mad, went crazy, or just insane, and smashed up his truck with a sledge hammer? Are you going to give the book or movie any creditability if he doesn't smash up the truck in it? Are you even going to pay for such a thing if he doesn't?

    Since the news media is sponsored by the auto makers who don't want you to know that Sunnyside and his truck exist. I’m sure you can realized that Sunnyside isn’t about to get any publicity. As it's said in the publicity business -- "It doesn't matter if the publicity is good or bad -- just as long as it is publicity." Whether people say Sunnyside was crazy, mad, or insane – at least they’re talking about it.

    Well, my name is Dennis James Sattler, and I'm the one who’s called Sunnyside. I set up a video camera and recorded the historic event with a sledge hammer. I own the copyrighted creation you expect to see; lock, stock, and barrel. With a sledge hammer in hand; I secured value to the motion pitcher and literary rights of my story. My book tripled in value overnight and thanks to Compact Flash Cards®, I'm not unscrambling my words anymore.

    Now days the truck pre-conditions the people who approach me. They no longer ask me, "What do you do with it?" and "What's it do?" When they did,
I’d just tell them that it’s none of their business. Now days, people ask, "What happened to it?" It sells more books, and it gets publicity -- the old fashion way -- by word to mouth.

Rule Number Eight


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