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  • "Don't call drug users Junkies" campaigners say

    01/11/2018 2:37:46 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th January 2018 | Steve Doughty
    Users of cannabis, cocaine and heroin are victims of discrimination and should no longer be called druggies or junkies, an international drug legalisation pressure group declared yesterday. It called for an end to negative language for drug users and their habits in order to ensure their human rights are respected. As part of the drive to persuade people to think differently about drugs, the words addict and even drug user must be thrown out, a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy said. It urged newspapers and broadcasters to encourage more positive attitudes by calling a drug user a...
  • 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...
  • Governments are turning obedience into creepy game

    10/31/2017 9:14:07 PM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-31-17 | The Truth Factory
    Unbelievable Orwellian technology being used against the Chinese, could spread worldwide. You just have to watch it. Video at link.
  • Revisiting Orwell to Understand our Times

    09/20/2017 4:45:23 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/20/17 | Scott Powell
    "if liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." Just two or three generations ago, most Americans understood that George Orwell’s classics Animal Farm and 1984 were written to explain how freedom is lost to totalitarianism and the intolerance that accompanies it. Big Brother, a term that many people still casually use to describe an all-knowing governing authority, comes right out of 1984. In the society that Orwell describes, all citizens are continually reminded that “Big Brother is watching you,” by way of a constant surveillance through the pervasive...
  • Canada now investigates 'climate denial' [1984 Orwellian]

    09/14/2017 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.torontosun.com ^ | 09-14-2017 | By Lorrie Goldstein
    It’s like something out of George Orwell’s 1984. Canada’s Competition Bureau, an arm’s length agency funded by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to the tune of almost $50 million annually, investigated three organizations accused of denying mainstream climate science for over a year, following a complaint from an environmental group. The bureau discontinued its 14-month probe in June, citing “available evidence, the assessment of the facts in this case, and to ensure the effective allocation of limited resources”, according to Josephine A.L. Palumbo, Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Deceptive Marketing Practices Directorate. But it will re-open its investigation should it receive...
  • Bizarre misreading: @HillaryClinton thinks the lesson of Orwell's 1984 is that you should [tr]

    09/13/2017 5:31:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Twitter ^ | September 12, 2017 | James Heartfield
    Bizarre misreading: @HillaryClinton thinks the lesson of Orwell's 1984 is that you should trust experts, leaders and the press
  • California Could Start Jailing People Who Don’t Use Transgender Pronouns

    08/27/2017 4:36:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 25, 2017 | Anders Hagstrom
    A bill that passed the California state senate and is now moving through the Assembly could threaten jail time for anyone who refuses to use a transgender person’s preferred pronoun. The law is currently limited in its effects to nursing homes and intermediate-care facilities, but if passed, those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” could be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Heath and Safety code. The state senate passed the bill 26-12 at the end of May. Since then, the Assembly...
  • The Real Reason the Democrats Want to Be Rid of Confederate Monuments

    08/25/2017 9:35:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | August 25, 2017 | Patricia McCarthy
    George Orwell’s dictum, "Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past," is often quoted, and for good reason. But it is usually quoted out of context. The passage begins: "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -- if all records told the same tale -- then the lie passed into history and became truth. " Then comes the aphorism, and Orwell continues: "And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. All that was needed was...
  • Vanity: Google is shooting themselves in the foot

    08/21/2017 9:18:05 AM PDT · by McGarrett · 62 replies
    08/21/2017 | McGarrett
    Like so many of my fellow freepers, I have real intellectual problems with Google and the way it operates, but I've tended to stick with them because their news search function was extremely helpful. But they've changed things and their news search is much less helpful now.
  • It's gone beyond Orwell

    08/17/2017 12:37:56 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 32 replies
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    Orwell had an oft-repeated statement: "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act"But we've gone beyond Orwell. Now conservatives are attacked for stating something backed up with months of video evidence - that AntiFa is violent and provokes most of the conflict at protests/counterprotests. So Orwell needs to be rewritten:"In a time of liberal deceit, stating the obvious is a revolutionary act."
  • A warning from George Orwell on the ‘monument wars’

    08/16/2017 11:14:51 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 81 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2017 | Seth Lipsky
    In the new Civil War, I’m with George — as in George Washington. It’s one thing to start dismantling monuments of Civil War generals. It would be another to go after the most famous founding father. Washington’s name was raised Tuesday by President Trump. He wheeled on reporters and tried — yet again — to suggest an equivalence between the alt-right and alt-left at Charlottesville. Trump was getting his head handed to him when he noted that there were people there “to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue.” The president was referring to Robert...
  • Germany Experimenting With Mind-Altering “Love” Drugs To Make People More Accepting Of Migrants

    08/16/2017 6:52:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    Geller Report ^ | 08/15/17 | Pamela Geller
    LOVE DRUG: WESTERNERS ARE KINDER TO MIGRANTS WHEN GIVEN THE ‘LOVE HORMONE’ OXYTOCIN AND PUT UNDER PEER PRESSURE, SCIENTISTS FIND ACADEMICS NOTE THAT PEOPLE TEND TO BE MORE ‘ALTRUISTIC TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAN TO PERFECT STRANGERS’ – BUT THINK THEY KNOW HOW TO CHANGE THIS. Researchers from the University of Bonn said that humans tend to be generally kinder to friends and family than strangers. “Given the right circumstances, oxytocin may help promote the acceptance and integration of migrants into Western cultures.” The suggestion that Westerners should be given drugs to make them more welcoming to foreigners is likely...
  • Excerpt from Orwell's 1984 apropos to statue removal

    08/15/2017 10:26:54 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | George Orwell
  • How the AP Stylebook censors ‘pro-life’ and other conservative words | TheHill

    07/12/2017 9:58:20 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/09/2017 | Rachel Alexander
    How the AP Stylebook censors ‘pro-life’ and other conservative words | TheHill http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/media/341210-how-the-ap-stylebook-censors-pro-life-and-other-conservative-words July 09, 2017 - 04:20 PM EDT How the AP Stylebook censors ‘pro-life’ and other conservative words AssociatedPress By Rachel Alexander, opinion contributor A journalism stylebook is supposed to provide universal guidelines for writers when it comes to stylistic things like punctuation, capitalization and so on. This includes choosing certain words over others. The original intent of word preference was to use words that are more neutral than others. But in recent years, that concept has changed. More often than not, style writers have been more interested...
  • Orwell's Doublespeak: The Language of the Left

    07/05/2017 12:11:28 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/05/17 | Linda Goudsmit
    Leftists tolerate differences in race, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic status but are extremely intolerant of differences of opinion George Orwell introduced the language of doublespeak in his dystopian novel “1984” published in 1949. Doublespeak is the language of opposites. Up is down and down is up. The word doublespeak derives from two Orwellian words “doublethink” and “newspeak.” Doublethink is when a person accepts two mutually contradictory thoughts as correct without being aware or troubled by the glaring contradiction between them. Doublethink statements like “war is peace” “freedom is slavery” “ignorance is strength” are made without discomfort. Newspeak is a method...
  • Why Broadway's '1984' Audiences Are Fainting, Vomiting and Getting Arrested

    06/25/2017 7:16:41 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 25, 2017 | Ashley Lee
    Olivia Wilde, Tom Sturridge and Reed Birney star in the bold staging of George Orwell’s dystopian novel. The play 1984 is not for the average theatergoer. Adapting George Orwell’s dystopian novel — set in a future when critical thought is suppressed by a totalitarian regime, ostensibly overseen by a party leader known as Big Brother — the new Broadway staging includes special effects like strobe lights and jackhammer sound effects, in addition to the plot’s extreme torture scenes. Throughout the London transfer’s previews, attendees have fainted, thrown up and screamed at the actors from their seats. After one performance, some...
  • When pigs might fly in front of Trump Tower in Chicago

    A parade of giant gold pigs could be flying by Trump Tower in Chicago some time this summer, obscuring the 20-foot-high "TRUMP" letters on the side of the building facing the Chicago River. Chicago-based architecture design group New World Projects came up with the idea for "Flying Pigs on Parade" as a response to Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election. The floating art installation would send four giant gold pig ballons attached to a barge down the Chicago River for a day this summer, on a Saturday or Sunday in August, CBS Chicago reports. New World Projects still has...
  • 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...
  • Obamagate’s Truth Is Stranger Than Orwell’s Fiction

    04/05/2017 8:56:35 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 27 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 04/05/17 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    The media’s ministry of “truth” strains to sanitize spying on Trump.The English author George Orwell wrote that “political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” But even Orwell couldn’t have imagined the propagandistic whoppers that American journalists would mouth in their frenzied attempt to sanitize Obama’s spying on Trump. Again and again, Obama’s ministry of propaganda, with its branch offices from CNN to the New York Times to the Washington Post, solemnly instruct Americans that “unmasking is not spying.” That is about as convincing as the...
  • Indie Theaters Get Ready for '1984' Trump Protest Screenings

    03/24/2017 6:10:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 23, 2017 | Patrick Shanley
    "When you think about threats to democracy, threats to personal liberty, '1984' is one of those key texts that you refer to," said UCLA Film and Television Archive programmer Paul Malcolm. On April 4, independent theaters across the country will screen 1984, the dystopian drama based on the best-selling 1949 novel by British author George Orwell.