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  • Orwell rep accuses Amazon of doublespeak

    08/15/2014 11:40:02 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 08/14/2014 | HILLEL ITALIE
    The literary executor of George Orwell's estate is accusing Amazon.com of committing an Orwellian crime: doublespeak. In a letter published this week in The New York Times, Bill Hamilton criticized the online retailer for "turning the facts inside out" by alleging that the British author known for the novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" had urged publishers in the 1930s to join together and stop the rise of paperbacks. "I'm both appalled and wryly amused that Amazon's tactics should come straight out of Orwell's own nightmare dystopia, '1984,'" Hamilton wrote.
  • 1984 Redux: Orwellian Illegal Immigration

    08/04/2014 12:49:30 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 3,2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Everything we are told about illegal immigration is mostly a lie, and a self-serving one at that. Remember that fact, and the current debate over the border becomes comprehensible.</p> <p>Fleeing to an Oppressive Society?</p> <p>How odd that almost no advocate ever says, “We want amnesty so that our kinsmen have a shot, as we have had a shot, at an independent judiciary, equality under the law, the rule of law, true democracy, free speech, protection of human rights, free-market capitalism, and protection of private property. For all that, millions risk their lives.” But instead there is either nothing, or a continual critique of the U.S. If we were to take a newly arrived illegal alien, and enroll him in a typical Chicano Studies course, he would logically wish to return across the border as soon as possible.</p>
  • Feds Spending $10 Million to Build Robot Companions for Children

    07/23/2014 11:02:56 PM PDT · by Crim · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon. ^ | July 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise.
  • "You're being watched"

    05/19/2014 6:50:29 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 15 replies
    Click on small front-page photo to left that's titled "You're being watched."
  • MSNBC Host Claims Orwell’s Anti-Communist Novel ‘Animal Farm’ Is A Tale Of Capitalist Greed

    04/29/2014 7:56:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/29/14 | Brendan Bordelon
    MSNBC host Krystal Ball suggested Tuesday that George Orwell’s famously anti-communist novel “Animal Farm” is an allegory for capitalism run amok, immediately setting the hair of literature professors across the country on fire. Ball spoke on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” about the recent release of French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” which argues capitalism is intrinsically unfair and advocates a global wealth tax to level the playing field. Ball noted that Piketty’s claims have been met with some criticism, which she felt was undeserved. “Piketty has predictably gotten the full Cold War treatment,” she claimed. “The National Review...
  • ‘Progressivism’: the greatest source of death and terror in the twentieth century

    02/16/2014 8:19:03 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 14, 2014 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    George Orwell Margaret Sanger Hilary Clinton Very prominent "progressive " Catholic theologian Hans Kung Editor's Note: The terms "progressive" and "progressivism" are being widely used in the secular and religious worlds. Most people hearing these words have no idea of their manipulative context and what many who use them actually intend them to mean. "Progressivism" has a political/historical background that must be understood by pro-life, pro-family people and people of faith in order to prevent them from falling prey to its dangerous agendas. We asked George Neumayr to write this instructive piece for the benefit of all LifeSiteNews readers. After...
  • Obama’s Newspeak [VDH]

    02/13/2014 11:43:31 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/13/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The meaning of words, and history itself, are malleable when it comes to our president and his record. The nightmare societies portrayed in the George Orwell novels 1984 and Animal Farm gave us the word “Orwellian.” That adjective reflects a vast government’s efforts not just to deceive and control the people, but also to do so by reinventing the meaning of ordinary words while rewriting the past itself. America, of all places, is becoming Orwellian. The president repeatedly reminds the American people that under his leadership, the U.S. has produced a record level of new oil and natural gas. But...
  • Kristen Stewart to Star in Romantic Adaptation of "1984" With Jennifer Lawrence's Boyfriend..

    01/16/2014 6:18:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    US Weekly ^ | January 14, 2014 | Nicole Eggenberger
    Kristen Stewart is hooking up with Jennifer Lawrence's boyfriend on the big screen. The 23-year-old actress has signed on to star opposite Nicholas Hoult in the upcoming futuristic love story Equals. In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Stewart explains why she's nervous to take on the part. "I can't believe I agreed to do it," Stewart told The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 14. "I'm terrified of it. Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious." "It's a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion," she added. "I'm scared." Equals is an adaptation of...
  • New "Animal Farm" Targets Capitalism

    12/28/2013 12:45:25 PM PST · by VR-21 · 51 replies
    Frontpagemag ^ | 27 December 2013 | Mark Tapson
    Actor Andy Serkis is set to direct an upcoming movie adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm. But there will be a slight deviation from the story’s original focus: rather than serve as a cautionary tale about Communist totalitarianism, this updated version will address Hollywood’s predictable, go-to embodiment of evil, the Darth Vader of our time: corporate greed. Orwell’s brilliant allegory Animal Farm was written during World War II as a satire on Soviet Communism (and very nearly wasn’t published, critical as it was of our Russian ally). It has since been adapted to film twice, a British animated...
  • Orwellian Gun Quote of the Day: Chicago Police Chief McCarthy

    12/21/2013 4:28:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Guns Collected by Phoenix PD in May, 2012 Chicago Police Chief McCarthy was recently involved in a bit of agit-prop produced by NBCChicago.  In the video, he makes the following comment: "We've recovered more than 6,500 guns so far in 2013, and every year for I don't know how long the Chicago Police Department has recovered more guns than any police department in the country," This is pure Orwellian newspeak. Almost none of the guns that he is referencing were actually "recovered". Recovered implies that they were returned to their rightful owners. However, very few of the 6,500 guns...
  • Daniel Greenfield: Religion of Orwell

    11/21/2013 12:11:47 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 4 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, November 21, 2013 Religion of Orwell Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Islam is a religion of Peace. That is as certain as the three slogans of the Ministry of Truth; War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery and Ignorance is Strength. These three slogans of the Party in George Orwell's 1984 are especially applicable to Islam; a religion of war that claims to be a religion of peace, whose political parties (such as the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party) use "Freedom" in their name but stand for slavery, and ignorance of its true nature creates...
  • President Barack Obama Recites the Gettysburg Address [omits the words "under God"]

    11/19/2013 10:40:44 AM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    YouTube - Ken Burns' channel ^ | November 19, 2013 | Abraham Lincoln (rewritten by Barack Obama)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm-vfxZyJwo
  • Conventional Unwisdom

    10/21/2013 1:23:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-20-13 | Clarice Feldman
    In an essay "Freedom of the Press" George Orwell wrote presciently about the dangers of a press too bound to prevailing orthodoxy to print anything else: "Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news -- things which on their own merits would get the big headlines -- being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that "it wouldn't do" to mention...
  • Orwellian Pimps & Whores

    10/19/2013 8:01:14 AM PDT · by narses · 3 replies
    The Christian Order ^ | March 2013 | Rod Pead
    BBC Radio 4 recently aired a two-part reading of extracts from George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, a book recounting his personal experience of the Spanish Civil War. Superbly dramatised, the readings brought Orwell to life and set me wondering how this man of the left, albeit one of integrity, would have viewed the oppressive, liberal-left socialists who rule the Western roost nowadays? Long story short: Orwell went to fight for a Communist (anti-Stalinist) group against Franco's Nationalists, only to find the bizarre coalition of Republican forces he had joined being attacked by their supposed allies: namely, Stalin's men who, per...
  • When the Bleeding Heart Becomes the Iron Fist

    10/07/2013 5:37:01 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 26 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 5 October 2013 | Dave Carter
    Whatever the perceived shortcomings of Ted Cruz and his hardy band of stalwarts, they've performed a remarkable public service by highlighting the fate that awaits all who rub wrongly the translucently thin skin of King Barack the Petulant. The Spartans may have had their shields, Native Americans their tomahawks and arrows, the Samurai may have wielded his sword with all the deadly grace of a tiger in mid-attack, but pound for pound, nothing comes close to the audacious stupidity of "Barrycades" and people in pointy little Smokey the Bear hats, poised to protect America's monuments from law-abiding citizens Welcome to...
  • Newspeak for a new millenium

    10/03/2013 6:38:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/3/2013 | Adam Bates
    Wednesday’s oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee vindicated civil libertarians skeptical of the surveillance state, but it also deserves to be remembered for the Obama Administration’s introduction of a concept so absurd and Orwellian that we can only conclude that the national security apparatus has jumped the shark.First, the vindication. Gen. Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, finally admitted what astute observers of the American counter-terrorism apparatus have been arguing for months: the claim made by the Obama Administration that the NSA’s domestic spying program foiled dozens of terrorist plots was egregiously untrue. Under pressure from Sen....
  • Agenda 21: Orwell's Worst Nightmare

    In a country of over 300 million people, we freely give power to a tiny percentage of people and pay little attention to what they do. We often live to regret it. Orwell, Bradbury and Huxley warned us of what governments become. Sometimes we listen, more often that not, we don’t. Fiction, however, is a powerful wake-up call and Agenda 21 joins these other novels of warning. Set in the near future, it depicts a dystopian America after the full effects of the real-life Agenda 21 has been implemented for many years. Agenda 21 started out as some vague U.N....
  • Four Owellian Word Usages in Gun Control

    08/17/2013 12:16:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
     "Killed by a gun" places volition and responsibility on the gun In  the novel 1984, Eric Blair, writing under the pseudonym George Orwell, wrote of how unscrupulous people redefine and misuse words and language to enhance political power.  Here are four examples of Orwellian misuse of language used to promote more restrictions on firearms ownership and usage. 1.  The first usage is very simple, very powerful, and extremely common.  It is simply to substitute "by" for the correct word "with" when describing the use of a firearm.   Here is a headline from Slate:  "How Many People Have Been Killed...
  • Boom in '1984' sales in NSA wake

    08/17/2013 4:09:37 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/12/13
    As the story of the National Security Agency secret surveillance program exploded, sales of George Orwell’s “1984” - about a totalitarian state and government monitoring - have shot up on online book seller Amazon. As of Wednesday morning, four different editions of the book are in the top 40 of Amazon’s “Movers and Shakers” list with the highest ranking at 17. At one point, the Centennial Edition’s popularity was up nearly 10,000 percent and clocked in at third most popular on the list. One description of the book says, “‘Thought Police.’ ‘Big Brother.’ ‘Orwellian’ - these words have entered our...
  • ‘1984 Day’: Restore the Fourth movement kickstarts nationwide anti-surveillance protest

    08/05/2013 1:02:45 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    RT ^ | 08/05/2013 | RT
    A grassroots movement of Fourth Amendment activists is rallying across at least 20 US cities to protest illegal surveillance techniques by the American government. The protests “1984 Day,” named for George Orwell’s classic novel about an ultramodern surveillance state, have taken place across the nations, most notably in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. The rallies have been organized by a number of social media initiatives by a grassroots organization called Restore the Fourth that demands an end to “unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications.” "By rallying this Sunday, we are sending a very loud message to our...
  • Federal 'nudge squad' led by 20-something gears up to change Americans' behaviors – for our own good

    07/30/2013 6:42:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 65 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 30, 2013 | David Martosko
    Mara ShankarYalie20-something The New Boss of Everything Maya Shankar is a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Her mandate is to supervise the organization of a federal government 'nudge squad' that will subtly change the behaviors of bureaucrats -- and the rest of us. When does a nudge become a shove? Americans may find out, as the federal government is setting up a 'behavioral insights team' to tinker with the way we accomplish everything from saving money and staying in school to losing weight and becoming more energy-efficient. The Obama administration's grand plans...
  • Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    07/30/2013 7:59:40 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 62 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 7/30/13 | Maxim Lott
    The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient. While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture. "Behavioral sciences can be...
  • Ordering a Pizza in Obama's Orwellian USA...

    07/20/2013 7:49:19 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 July 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Just when I thought the bizarre, destructive Obammunist era  couldn't get any weirder, NOW I find myself siding with the ACLU!!! Watch this clip and tell me you don't, too- not all that far from what one ought to be expecting: once privacy is as fully breached -as the Obama regime is attempting- it's never coming back... doesn't work that way! If you're counting on the Constitution and courts to protect your privacy, what did they do to guard you from (unconstitutional by any sane measure) Obamacare being rammed down your throat? NOTHING- and it doesn't look like there'll be anybody remaining to...
  • The Eye of Sauron Is the Modern Surveillance State [Tolkien vs. Orwell]

    07/18/2013 9:42:25 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 4:57 PM | David Rosen and Aaron Santesso
    What can literary fiction teach us about recent revelations that the National Security Agency has aggressively been gathering massive amounts of data on American citizens? The novel one usually turns to, of course, is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, with its terrifying vision of the Thought Police. Even President Obama, in response to questions about the NSA, has been forced to deny that the government has engaged in “Big Brother” tactics. Orwell’s book, however, isn’t the most compelling or accurate literary prediction of modern surveillance. That award goes to a less obvious title: J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Tolkien’s most...
  • Report: AFL-CIO pondering accepting non-union members {"Non-union" union members!}

    07/15/2013 4:04:04 AM PDT · by drpix · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | JULY 14, 2013 | SEAN HIGGINS
    Big Labor bosses are considering opening their unions to non-members in an effort to create “an omnibus organization” of both union and non-union members, according to a liberal journalist. “The AFL-CIO is preparing for a national convention in September at which it will consider opening its ranks to workers who aren’t members of or represented by unions, or (sic) creating an omnibus organization of both union members and non-members,” wrote Harold Meyerson in an American Prospect article last week....
  • 'I'm neither a traitor nor a hero... I'm an American': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden..

    06/12/2013 8:51:18 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 81 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 12, 2013 | Lydia Warren
    (FULL TITLE: "'I'm neither a traitor nor a hero... I'm an American': NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden finally breaks cover - and vows to expose MORE secrets") Newspaper said he has exposed more details about surveillance targets He said he will remain in Hong Kong and fight any extradition bidSnowden's whereabouts in Hong Kong are still unknown Edward Snowden, the former CIA analyst behind one of the most significant government leaks in U.S. history, has vowed to expose further surveillance secrets as he speaks out again. The 29-year-old whistleblower remained defiant in an interview with the South China Morning Post on...
  • Nine Companies Tied to PRISM, Obama Will Be Smacked With Class-Action Lawsuit Wednesday

    06/11/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT · by Fred · 18 replies
    US News ^ | 61113 | Steven Nelson
    Former Justice Department prosecutor Larry Klayman amended an existing lawsuit against Verizon and a slew of Obama administration officials Monday to make it the first class-action lawsuit in response to the publication of a secret court order instructing Verizon to hand over the phone records of millions of American customers on an "ongoing, daily basis." Klayman told U.S. News he will file a second class-action lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia targeting government officials and each of the nine companies listed in a leaked National Security Agency slideshow as participants in the government's PRISM...
  • Sales of Orwell's "1984" up 4,556% on Amazon over last 24 hours

    06/11/2013 11:26:36 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 6/11/2013
    LINKThe statistics are updated hourly, so this number will change shortly.5. -- 4,556% Sales rank: 164 (was 7,636)
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On US Citizens Since 9/11

    06/11/2013 6:59:21 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 21 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency runs its pervasive domestic spying apparatus in a new piece by Laura Poitras in The New York Times. Binney—one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history—worked for the Defense Department's foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he "could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution." In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S....
  • Sales of Orwell’s '1984' up 69 percent on Amazon list

    06/10/2013 1:48:12 PM PDT · by upchuck · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, June 10, 2013 | Staff
    Sales of George Orwell’s ’1984′ are up 69 percent on Amazon, according to a list on the website.The book’s 60th anniversary was on June 6th, amidst a flurry of real-world news stories on secret government surveillance. ... Update: As of 3:22 p.m. EST, sales of Orwell's '1984' are up 91 percent on the Amazon "Movers and Shakers list."
  • White House Lied About Editing Benghazi Talking Points

    05/16/2013 4:51:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 16, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal In Libya: A new email dump shows that the White House, contrary to public statements, was heavily involved in editing the Benghazi talking points to remove all references to it being a terrorist attack. The limited, heavily redacted package of emails released by the administration Wednesday is noteworthy for what the emails don't say and reflect a concerted effort by the White House and State Department not to get at the truth but to put something together to help President Obama in an election two months out. The email package begins some 67 hours after the Sept. 11, 2012,...
  • Family's Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child's Rifle

    03/19/2013 2:01:47 PM PDT · by JouleZ · 70 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | March 19, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    <p>New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.</p> <p>“Someone called family services about the photo,” said Evan Nappen, an attorney representing Shawn Moore. “It led to an incredible, heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take his kids.” Moore was not arrested or charged.</p>
  • ABC broadcast edits out Michelle Obama claim that Chicago teen was killed by an ‘automatic weapon’

    02/26/2013 9:36:52 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/26/13 | Charlie Spiering
    In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” * * * It is extremely unlikely that the murder weapon was an automatic handgun,...
  • Excuse Me, Your Illogic Is Showing: Orwell’s Vision Emerges In California

    02/17/2013 5:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Austin Hill
    In the 1940’s and 50’s, famed Author George Orwell surmised that both the English language and civilized society were in decline. After a press conference held last week by Emeryville, California Police Chief Ken James, it’s easy to see a decline in both language and critical thinking skills in our country. And as Orwell thought, indeed civilized society may very well be in jeopardy. It happened on February 14th. Taking to the microphones and cameras in his suburban San Francisco community, Chief James stood at a podium with the requisite group of serious-looking, professionally dressed, pouty-faced people standing behind...
  • Obama's Amerika: 1984 or Brave New World???

    02/07/2013 9:56:37 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-7-2013 | MOTUS
    “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.” Aldous Huxley, Berkeley, March 20, 1962 Given the current debate over whether our world lists more towards...
  • Oliver Stone to RT: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’

    12/28/2012 4:17:05 PM PST · by RummyChick · 40 replies
    rt ^ | 9/28 | rt
    Americans are living in an Orwellian state argue Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, as they sit down with RT to discuss US foreign policy and the Obama administration’s disregard for the rule of law. ­Both argue that Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and that people have forgiven him a lot because of the “nightmare of the Bush presidency that preceded him.” “He has taken all the Bush changes he basically put them into the establishment, he has codified them,” Stone told RT. “It is an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the...
  • Historic Home or Grassy Strip?

    12/11/2012 11:38:00 AM PST · by Hoodat · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Peter Hannaford
    All of Ronald Reagan's formative years, from birth until he landed his first job across the Mississippi 21 years later, were lived in rural northwestern Illinois except for about ten months in Chicago. In all but one case, his rural boyhood homes have been preserved. His birthplace in Tampico looks as it did when he was born and is open to the public. So is his teen years home in Dixon. The house the Reagans lived in for two years in Galesburg has been lovingly restored by its private owner. Their house in Monmouth is the only home that is...
  • AP Under Attack for Removing Islamophobia, Homophobia from Stylebook

    11/28/2012 11:35:11 AM PST · by bayouranger · 28 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 28NOV12 | Daniel Greenfield
    First the Associated Press announced that it would continue using “Illegal Alien” instead of “Undocumented American”, “Accidental Border Crosser” or “Beautiful Dreamer” on the grounds that it was well… technically accurate. Now the AP is throwing out Homophobia and Islamophobia on the grounds that they are inaccurate and conflate prejudice with mental illness. And that has led to outrage hysteria from the usual organs of the left who like sticking to their politicized words once they’ve made enough people aware of them. “Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for...
  • White House Changed CIA Talking Points (The Truth Comes Out

    11/19/2012 9:08:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 19, 2012 | Bill Gertz
    “The intelligence community had it right, and they had it right early,” said chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.). The CIA “talking points” on Benghazi initially identified the attackers as al Qaeda or al Qaeda-linked terrorists but senior administration officials removed the reference, Rogers said on NBC’s Meet the Press.Meanwhile, White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters traveling with the president on Saturday that the White House made only minor changes in the first comments by a White House official on the Benghazi security scandal.“We were provided with points...
  • About 1984: Sorry, I Was Wrong Before I Was Right.

    11/11/2012 9:01:52 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-11-2012 | MOTUS
    I come to you today hat in hand. I owe you all an apology. As you may recall, my election prognostication was something that looked just like 1984: 1984 bitmap from by hard drive; this is the one I intended to reflect: So, I’m sorry, okay? I feel my inaccurate prognostication may be partially responsible for some of the PEDS (post election depressive syndrome) that we’ve all been experiencing. So today, in order to assist you in throwing off the lingering effects(snip) (snip) For one thing, the images on my hard drive both shared the identical title, “1984.” As you...
  • Orwellian: Obama Campaign Now Tracking Email Addresses that Have Not Donated to Campaign

    10/06/2012 11:08:57 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 23 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/06/12 | Aurelius
    In yet another mass email to its supporters, the Obama campaign is again demanding money. However, the wording reveals a rather Orwellian secret: the campaign knows if you have donated or not based solely on the email address they are tracking. The email, from campaign manager Jim Messina, starts average enough. Messina touts the President and the money they've raised. For example, "more than 1.8 million Americans -- 567,044 of whom were first-time donors -- giving an average donation of just $53. And 98% of the donations were $250 and under." But things turn south very quickly. The email quickly...
  • The Obama Presidency - George Orwell's 1984 Redux

    10/02/2012 8:12:03 AM PDT · by CPT Clay · 4 replies
    Freedom Works Blog ^ | October 01, 2012 | Aaron Goldenberg
    War is Peace Freedom is Slavery Ignorance is Strength Published during the Soviet Union's rise as a global superpower, George Orwell's 1984 offers a prescient window into the soul of the propaganda apparatus of a utopia dictatorship. While Barack Obama has yet to transform the United States from a constitutional republic, his effort to redesign Old Glory notwithstanding, enough similarities have arisen during his presidency and his campaign for re-election that it is worth taking notice. When reality is refracted through the prism of the state propaganda machine, we lose sight of who we are as a society. Inhabitants of...
  • What Orwell Can Tell Us About the Liberal Appeasement of Islam

    10/01/2012 5:50:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 17 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | September 30, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Suppose there were a worldwide movement which openly proclaimed its goal of taking over in your country and every country with the purpose of imposing its system on every human beings on earth. Also suppose that this movement had carried out murders and terrorist attacks in your own country, that members of this group promoted violence while gaining political influence. Suppose also that is was highly unfashionable and politically incorrect to speak out against them. I am not speaking of Islam here, but of Communism. The current wave of censorship and denial toward Islam is not a new development. It...
  • What You May Not Know About License Plate And Cell Phone Tracking

    07/30/2012 2:26:55 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    ACLU ^ | 7-30-2012 | Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts
    Today the ACLU is launching a nationwide effort to find out more about automatic license plate readers (ALPR). By snapping photographs of each license plate they encounter—up to three thousand per minute—and retaining records of who was where when, license plate readers are fundamentally threatening our freedom on the open road. You may have seen the recent New York Times op-ed that admonished us to start referring to our mobile devices as “trackers” instead of “phones.” Perhaps as ALPR technology spreads we should start saying “tracker” in place of “car,” too. We need statutory protections to limit the collection, retention,...
  • George Lakoff is still going(Leftist strategy)

    07/14/2012 6:46:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    http://jonjayray.tripod.com/ ^ | 11 July, 2012 | John Jay Ray
    I hadn't heard of him since I last debunked him some years back but he is still at the same old stall selling the same old secondhand ideas. He has issued a book called "The Little Blue Book: Quotations from Chairman Lakoff" Lakoff's central "insight" is that you must use distorted Leftist language to have any hope of promoting Leftist ideas. But telling that to people who already call racism "affirmative action" and abortion "choice" must be one of the most unoriginal ideas ever proposed. George Orwell beat him to that idea by half a century. I suppose that telling...
  • The UN defines “climate change” as being man-made: Orwell could not have done it better

    06/15/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    JoNova ^ | June 16th, 2012
    Sloppy George Orwell, Photo: WikipediaSloppy language works for cheats and charlatans. In the search for the truth only accurate language will do. Orwell understood the power of language to change the way we think, indeed to fence off some possible options completely.Roger Pielke Snr put out a call today asking for precise definitions and protesting about the misuse of the term “climate change”. But when did this nonsensical term start? Where else, but with the UN. All the way back on May 9th 1992, UN defined “climate change” as man-made. See The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, (paragraph 6):“Climate...
  • Throw out the cliches

    05/24/2012 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ancientart · 2 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | May 24, 2012 | Art Marmorstein
    Political writing tends to be bad writing, noted George Orwell in his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language.” Too often it's a tool for deception and obfuscation rather than clear communication. Orwell criticizes particularly those who rely on political catch phrases devised by others, throwing their minds open and “letting the ready-made phrases come crowding in.” It's an easy way of avoiding the hard work good writing demands, says Orwell. Catch phrases “will construct your sentences for you - even think your thoughts for you, to a certain extent - and at need they will perform the important service...
  • Margie Omero’s Open Letter to Pollsters Seeks to Control Gun Control Debate

    04/28/2012 6:25:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Rober Farago
    Margie Omero [above] is a Democratic pollster and president of Momentum Analysis. She’s well-up on the dark art of creating a poll that delivers the results her client seeks. And Marge is pissed off that her competitors keep publishing poll results which show that most Americans don’t support gun control. So the Big O has written an open letter for the Huffington Post exhorting her colleagues to go all George Orwell and literally change the “terms” of the “gun control debate.” It’s a clever piece of writing that educates by example; ceding the right to keep (but not bear) arms...
  • Email and web use 'to be monitored' under new laws [UK]

    04/02/2012 11:56:04 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | April 1, 2012 | Staff
    The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon. Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time.
  • TV ad shows danger of 'invisible secondhand smoke'

    03/31/2012 1:50:13 AM PDT · by EnglishCon · 77 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2012 | BBC News
    Making houses and cars smokefree is the only way to protect children from second-hand smoke, according to a new government campaign in England. The TV and radio adverts show how pervasive invisible second-hand smoke can be. Breathing it in can damage lungs and cause cancers, research has shown. Snip The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said it wanted to see smoking in cars made illegal, when children are present. "I have no doubt an outright ban on smoking in cars would have the same positive results [as banning drink-driving]” - Prof Terence Stephenson Royal College of Paediatrics &...