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  • H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Their debate on whether science is humanity’s best hope (tr)

    12/22/2017 9:24:27 AM PST · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Industrial Equipment News ^ | 12-21-17 | Richard Gunderman
    H.G. Wells vs. George Orwell: Their debate on whether science is humanity’s best hope continues today. CONTRIBUTOR: Richard Gunderman In the midst of contemporary science’s stunning discoveries and innovations – for example, 2017 alone brought the editing of a human embryo’s genes, the location of an eighth continent under the ocean and the ability to reuse a spacecraft’s rocket boosters – it’s easy to forget that there’s an ongoing debate over science’s capacity to save humankind. Seventy-five years ago, two of the best-known literary figures of the 20th century, H.G. Wells and George Orwell, carried on a lively exchange over...
  • Former Obama Intel Director James Clapper: Trump is an ‘Asset’ of Vladimir Putin

    12/18/2017 5:32:04 PM PST · by x1stcav · 55 replies
    Politistick ^ | 12/18/17 | Matthew K. Burke
    Appearing on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper Monday, former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, whose legacy is lying under oath to Congress about the Obama Regime’s unconstitutional spying on American citizens, told fill-in host Jim Sciutto that American President Donald Trump is somehow an intelligence “asset” of Russia leader Vladimir Putin’s. It was a statement by the truth-challenged Obama spy ring leader that was so ridiculous even Sciutto (an Obama operative in his own right) was taken aback:
  • What's your citizen 'trust score'? China moves to rate its 1.3 billion citizens [via social media]

    11/13/2017 12:23:15 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    PRI ^ | November 09, 2017 | By Amulya Shankar
    Take George Orwell’s "1984." Now sprinkle in that episode of "Black Mirror" where characters live in a world in which every aspect of their lives is dominated by ratings. That’s one way to think about the Social Credit System, a plan that the Chinese government will make mandatory for all its citizens by 2020. It’s like a credit score system, but instead of just financial information, this one will also pull together a person's political leanings, purchase history and even their social interactions to calculate their "trust score." Chinese officials say it’s a way to influence their citizens’ behavior to...
  • Socialism’s big lie

    10/27/2017 12:03:05 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/27/17 | Jimmy Reed
    “The greatest good for the greatest number” really is: Socialism’s big lie After witnessing how mendacious, megalomaniacal dictators Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin used linguistic trickery to tout “the greatest good for the greatest number,” thereby manipulating whole nations of people into accepting increasingly oppressive levels of collectivism, author George Orwell focused his inimitable satirical skills on debunking the type of social injustice they promoted. In Animal Farm, Orwell anthropomorphized barnyard creatures to demonstrate how evolution from a progressive welfare state to totalitarian tyranny is a self-replicating cycle. He did so by endowing animal characters with a skill authoritarian autocrats...
  • Our Broken Moral Compasses

    10/11/2017 6:11:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    As George Orwell said, "some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn't infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is. Let's look at a few stupid ideas peddled by intellectuals. During the Cold War, academic leftists made a moral equivalency between communist totalitarianism and democracy. Worse is the fact that they exempted communist leaders from the type of harsh criticism directed toward Adolf Hitler, even though communist crimes against humanity made Hitler's...
  • 1984: A Book Review

    04/29/2017 5:20:06 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 47 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | April 29, 2017 | Philip Cottraux
    I’ve quoted it many times; but until last week, I’d never actually sat down and read George Orwell’s 1984. Now I want to share my thoughts on this literary masterpiece. Calling a novel from the past “amazing in its relevance” is pretty cliché; but still true. First published in 1949, the vast majority of 1984’s frightening predictions have come true in some way. Much of it has described the trajectory of the Western world. But the book gives an almost-certain window into what life is like in North Korea. I also cannot recommend it enough for any Christian interested in...
  • Let’s Stop Flattering Ourselves by Insisting It’s 1984

    03/04/2017 10:55:27 AM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | March 2, 2017 | Jim Geraghty
    If Orwell were alive today, he'd be more concerned with the world's genuine dictatorships than with the Trump administration. On April 4, almost 90 art-house movie theaters across the country will show 1984, the British film starring John Hurt, as a form of protest against President Trump's stated desire to defund the National Endowment for the Arts. The theaters say they "strongly believe in supporting the [NEA] and see any attempt to scuttle that program as an attack on free speech and creative expression through entertainment." The George Orwell novel on which the film is based, you'll recall, is the...
  • Movie Theaters Hosting Screenings of ‘1984’ to Protest Trump

    02/21/2017 10:33:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 21, 2017 | Ben Kew
    Dozens of cinemas across the United States are planning to screen the film adaption of George Orwell’s 1984 in protest of reports that President Donald Trump is allegedly considering cuts to arts funding.
  • The Politicization of the English Language

    04/07/2016 5:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Last week, French President Francois Hollande met President Obama in Washington to discuss joint strategies for stopping the sort of radical Islamic terrorists who have killed dozens of innocents in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino in recent months. Hollande at one point explicitly referred to the violence as "Islamist terrorism." The White House initially deleted that phrase from the audio translation of the official video of the Hollande-Obama meeting, only to restore it when questioned. Did the Obama administration assume that if the public could not hear the translation of the French president saying "Islamist terrorism," then perhaps Hollande did...
  • Academic Animal Studies/Farm

    01/13/2016 1:47:17 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 13, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    George Orwell might have been amused. Academia is well on its way to quite literally becoming Animal Farm. Indeed, the very first day of the latest Modern Language Association (MLA) convention featured a panel on "New Animals: Critical Theory After Posthumanism." "The animality of the dog is very different from the animality of the whale," Moira Weigel, a Ph.D. candidate from Yale explained. She is trying to "present alternatives to the language of domination and violence that still dominates the treatment of animals in films." "Moira's academic interests revolve around the intersections of film, literature, and philosophy," her web site...
  • British Spy Files on Orwell to be Released

    09/04/2007 10:54:10 AM PDT · by msnpatriot · 15 replies · 1,105+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 9/3/07
    The secret file that MI5 kept on the author from 1929 until his death in 1950 is being declassified Tuesday by the National Archives. It reveals that in contrast to the fictional "Big Brother," the cruel and all-seeing secret police of Orwell's classic "1984," MI5 took a surprisingly benign view of the writer. Orwell savaged the totalitarianism of Stalin's Russia in "Animal Farm" and "1984." But he was also a socialist who railed against inequality in earlier works such as "Down and Out in Paris and London" and "The Road to Wigan Pier." The documents show Orwell _ whose real...
  • The Power in the Hand Holding the Pen: Historians manipulate facts—what are the consequences?

    10/19/2015 10:06:24 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 10 replies
    The study of history is vital to a student’s education. Fail to learn it, and you’re “condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana famously said. Neglect to study it, and you’re “a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree,” novelist Michael Crichton wrote. In his 1864 book La Cité Antique, French historian Fustel de Coulange powerfully summarized the value of the subject: “History studies not just facts and institutions, its real subject is the human spirit.” Clearly, studying the past is an indispensable component of understanding the world. But there is a big problem: When men write history,...
  • Hear the Very First Adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 in a Radio Play Starring David Niven (1949)

    08/10/2015 12:38:48 PM PDT · by don-o · 15 replies
    Open Culture ^ | August 10, 2015
    Since George Orwell published his landmark political fable 1984, each generation has found ample reason to make reference to the grim near-future envisioned by the novel. Whether Orwell had some prophetic vision or was simply a very astute reader of the institutions of his day—all still with us in mutated form—hardly matters. His book set the tone for the next 60 plus years of dystopian fiction and film. Orwell’s own political activities—his stint as a colonial policeman or his denunciation of several colleagues and friends to British intelligence—may render him suspect in some quarters. But his nightmarish fictional projections of...
  • 4 Predictions From Orwell’s '1984' That Are Coming True Today

    07/31/2015 1:13:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    Policy.Mic ^ | June 18, 2013 | Alasdair Denvil
    4. Newspeak Every society engages in euphemism and linguistic evolution, but is it used for good or ill? Confucius linked the misuse of vocabulary to the warfare and social breakdown of his day, and called for a "rectification of names". In 1984, Orwell lays out in detail how language can be (mis)used to deceive and control the masses. In the real world today, political correctness and euphemism are both pervasive and pervasively derided. George Carlin worked comedic wonders mocking our gutless linguistic evasions. But as funny as they are, they're not fictional: wealthy people are "job-creators"; when the government takes...
  • George Orwell's '1984' chosen as top book by teachers

    07/31/2015 1:08:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    ITV REPORT ^ | 31 July 2015
    George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has been voted the number one book that "every student should read before leaving secondary school" by teachers. The list of 100 novels has been chosen by 500 teachers for the National Association for the Teaching of English and the TES magazine. Orwell's dystopian work comes ahead of The Harry Potter series, which was ranked sixth, and was closely followed by Animal Farm in third place.
  • Political Correctness and Public Health

    07/12/2015 8:39:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    The term “politically correct” dates back to shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Originally, it only meant adherence to the policies and principles of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (aka the “party line”). Inevitably, though, the term would become one of derision, mocking those who would blindly follow Stalin’s enormous policy flip-flops during and after World War II. These days, the term is primarily used to mock the imposition of overly precious speech codes, supposedly intended to prevent insult. Too often, though, the net effect is simply censorship. A common complaint is that the choice of what...
  • Wall Street Journal columnist slams Obama as 'Orwellian'

    03/26/2015 4:35:24 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 25 Mar 15 | Israel Hayom Staff
    "Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory," Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens writes • Stephens advises Israeli government to "repay contempt with contempt." In an exceptionally sharp critique published on Monday, Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Bret Stephens ripped apart U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy. The op-ed, titled "The Orwellian Obama Presidency," detailed the flaws of Obama's approach to foreign affairs. "To adapt George Orwell's motto for Oceania: Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory," Stephens wrote. "There is an upside-down...
  • Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

    03/17/2015 3:54:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Open Culture ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jonathan Crow
    In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher. Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book Nineteen Eighty-Four, which received glowing reviews from just about every corner of the English-speaking world. His French teacher, as it happens, was none other than Aldous Huxley who taught at Eton for a spell before writing Brave New World (1931), the other great 20th century dystopian novel.
  • Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State

    07/11/2014 11:31:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    Time.com ^ | 7/11/2014 | Justin Lynch
    Advancements in technology have fueled this White House's obsession with controlling the message. Jay Carney is free. But not loose – at least so far. After resigning as the press secretary for President Obama on June 20, Carney gave insight into the Obama administration’s handling of classified documents, and responded to criticism that this administration has been the most Orwellian in recent history. “I know — because I covered them — that this was said of Clinton and Bush, and it will probably be said of the next White House,” said Carney in a recent New York Times Magazine interview....
  • Here Are The Two Soviet Propaganda Posters Hanging In The White House Press Secretary's Home

    04/14/2014 7:42:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 11, 2014 | Hunter Walker
    Here Are The Two Soviet Propaganda Posters Hanging In The White House Press Secretary's Home Washingtonian MOM magazine's spring issue has a profile of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's wife, ABC News contributor Claire Shipman, that features a picture taken inside their home. In the background of the photo, you can see two framed Soviet-era propaganda posters. One of Carney's posters is a version of this iconic design by artist Dmitry Moor with a soldier pointing his finger alongside text that says "Have YOU Enlisted?" in Russian: The other poster features a female factory worker. According to this eBay...