There is supposedly a thing going around, based on the idea that Gadaffi is, if nothing else, a bore. "If the rebels don't surrender, we will replay Gadaffi's speech", or similiar, supposedly an excruciating 3 hours long. But, Castro was known for, basically, talking all afternoon to, is this a dictator thing, where did this tradition come from? Does anyone know? I can sort of understand it in the days pre-megaphone/radio, by the time you finished maybe some salient bits had in fact made it to the back rows or whatnot, but now? With the attention span of modern people? Doesn't make any sense, does it? Is it simply to portray, that by talking forever, you actually care about the country and people, or-something else? Heck, i would struggle for material on anything after about a minute, if that, HOW do these guys even find shit to say? Cue cards-speechwriters.......ad -lib? Interested in opinions. Edit-yes, I know a spelled "tradition" incorrectly, but I don't care.