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  • '1984' sales soar after Trump claims, 'alternative facts'

    01/24/2017 7:04:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 63 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 1/24/2017 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK (AP) -- After incorrect or unprovable statements made by Republican President Donald Trump and some White House aides, one truth is undeniable: Sales of George Orwell's "1984" are soaring. First published in 1949, Orwell's classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of "newspeak" topped the best-seller list of Amazon.com as of Tuesday evening. The sales bump comes after the Trump administration's assertions his inauguration had record attendance and his unfounded allegation that millions of illegal votes were cast against him last fall.
  • George Orwell: ‘What is Fascism?’ Tribune article 1944 (thrown around loosely back then as now)

    01/22/2017 4:54:55 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 25 replies
    TRIBUNE 1944 Of all the unanswered questions of our time, perhaps the most important is: ‘What is Fascism?’ One of the social survey organizations in America recently asked this question of a hundred different people, and got answers ranging from ‘pure democracy’ to ‘pure diabolism’. In this country if you ask the average thinking person to define Fascism, he usually answers by pointing to the German and Italian régimes. But this is very unsatisfactory, because even the major Fascist states differ from one another a good deal in structure and ideology. It is not easy, for instance, to fit Germany...
  • UK: Schoolboy put into “deradicalization” program for saying Muslim women should not wear the Burka

    01/09/2017 5:48:54 PM PST · by Cubs Fan · 25 replies
    A SCHOOLBOY has been put through Britain’s strictest de-radicalisation programme after he expressed his beliefs “Muslim women should not be allowed to wear the burka”. The white schoolboy was dragged in and ordered to spend time with an imam and visit a mosque after he made comments in school about Muslims “trying to take over the country”, according to local reports. Channel is part of the counter-terror Prevent scheme, which aims to curb recruitment by Islamic terrorists and is used in the most serious cases of radicalisation, targeting “individuals at risk of being drawn into violent extremism”. The organisation said...
  • Donald Trump: Terroristic Man-Toddler

    10/03/2016 10:35:54 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10-3-2016 | Charles Blow
    Donald Trump is a domestic terrorist; only his form of terror doesn’t boil down to blowing things up. He’s the 70-year-old toddler who knows nearly nothing, hurls insults, has simplistic solutions for complex problems and is quick to throw a tantrum. Also, in case you didn’t know it, this toddler is mean to girls and is a bit of a bigot. It isn’t so much that he is a strict disciple of radical ideology, but rather that he is devoid of fixed principles, willing to do anything and everything to gain fame, fortune and power. He has an endless, consuming...
  • Hillary Clinton’s inner Orwell comes out in CREEPY tweet about her plan for our children

    09/16/2016 7:44:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 121 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | September 16, 2016 | Frieda Powers
    America, Hillary Clinton wants control of your children. The Democratic presidential nominee sent a collective chill down the spine of many parents in a disturbing Twitter post on Thursday.
  • Hillary Vows To Shut Down Dissenting Internet Sites if She Wins Presidency

    08/23/2016 5:05:57 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 44 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 8/22/2016 | Michael Depinto
    Whoever coined the phrase, “The devil you know is better than the one you don’t,” OBVIOUSLY never met Hillary Clinton. There is a reason she is called Hitlery not only in private, but often in print as well at times. There is no situation on earth that the Devil we know with Hitlery, is EVER better than ANYONE, let alone Donald Trump. How many people has Trump killed again? Oh yes, zero. First of all, there's her never-ending killing spree of her political opposition. On August 6th, when I wrote, Clinton Adds +5 to Body Count in 6 Weeks, a...
  • Library of Congress continues work on scrubbing “illegal alien” from the records

    07/23/2016 12:08:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 23, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back in March we talked about the decision by the Library of Congress to stop using “offensive terms” like illegal alien to refer to, er… illegal aliens. Shortly thereafter, Republicans in Congress moved to attach language to the pending appropriations bill which would require the Library of Congress to stick to terminology as it exists in current federal law. But since it hasn’t passed yet, the Library is moving forward with the changes and keeping up the debate in the media. (New York Times) “There is no other way to put this: the library has bowed to the political pressure...
  • American Owellianism: Defeat is Defense; Freedom is Slavery; Diversity is Strength

    07/05/2016 7:15:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 July, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    George Orwell's 1984 had three slogans that were repeated constantly.  They were counter factual, they showed that people were repeatedly told and were expected to believe the most outrageous, anti-rational, contradictory lies in order to inculcate obedience. The same is true in the United States of today.  Political Correctness is what we are expected to believe without any rational examination.  We are expected to believe direct contradictions as a matter of public policy.  The irrational assumptions of that policy may not be challenged. We are constantly lied to and expected to accept the lies. I posit that Orwell's three...
  • UN Security Council Moves To End Anonymity On Internet

    05/15/2016 11:24:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 49 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/16 | David Singer
    If people are not prepared to reveal their identities – don’t publish Ending the plague of anonymity on the Internet seems closer to fruition following moves this week by the UN Security Council. Re-affirming its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security the President of the Security Council re-iterated:
  • Eight "New Normal" Charts That Are Insanely Abnormal--and Dangerous

    05/07/2016 11:30:27 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 03 May 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Anyone questioning the sustainability and rightness of The New Normal is immediately attacked by the mainstream-media defenders of the crumbling status quo. Not only is everything that broke in 2008 fixed, everything's going great globally, and anyone who dares question this narrative in a tin-foil hat conspiracy nut or simply an annoyingly doom-and-gloomer who recalcitrantly refuses to accept the positive glories of official statistics: low unemployment, rising valuations of stock market Unicorns, etc. But the New Normal is anything but normal; all the readings of artificial life-support and manipulation are off the charts. If the New Normal were indeed a...
  • Here's what Trump gets wrong

    03/15/2016 3:17:52 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 53 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2016 March 14 | Ron Insana
    In many ways, Donald Trump's political talking points are Orwellian at best. His constant insistence that the U.S. is not "winning" is being repeated with such pneumatic regularity that voters believe it. Or if they don't yet, they may soon. Whether we are getting killed on trade or being flooded with illegal immigrants, Donald Trump has been making arguments that were, in part, true thirty years ago, but most certainly not today. The "INGSOC" slogans in Orwell's epic dystopian novel, "1984": "War is Peace" "Freedom is Slavery" "Ignorance is Strength" Would fit nicely among Trump's litany of incongruous phrases: "The...
  • GOOGLE Schmidt wants algorithms to censor Internet for 'hate speech'...

    12/08/2015 7:00:03 PM PST · by o_1_2_3__ · 31 replies
    Drudge ^ | 12/08/2015 | Drudge
    Drudge link -- can't post article.
  • New York Times Scrubs Story on Muslims Celebrating 9/11 (VANITY)i

    Doing research on this topic, I found about a story entitled "In Germany, Muslims grow apart" by Peter Schneider; New York Times; December 4, 2005. It apparently contained the following text: But tolerance of Muslim immigrants began to change in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. Parallel to the declarations of "unconditional solidarity" with Americans by the German majority, rallies of another sort were taking place in Neukölln and Kreuzberg. Bottle rockets were set off from building courtyards, a poor man's fireworks: two rockets here, three rockets there. Altogether, hundreds of rockets were shooting skyward in celebration, just as most...
  • Students demand mad scientist-themed party be axed

    10/10/2015 6:44:18 PM PDT · by 100American · 33 replies
    http://www.thecollegefix.com/ ^ | OCTOBER 5, 2015 | JENNIFER KABBANY
    ‘We demand that Mudd Goes Madd is no longer used’ A decision by Pomona College’s student government not to fund a party called “Mudd Goes Madd” because it’s name and theme allegedly insult and hurt those with mental health struggles was recently mocked nationally. Pomona is part of Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five private undergraduate liberal arts colleges. The “Mudd Goes Madd” party was hosted by Harvey Mudd College, a science-based school in the consortium, and the theme was a play on a bunch of mad scientists from Mudd, or “Madd” scientists. The New York Post, National Review and...
  • Enter the ‘Smarmonym’

    09/13/2015 8:09:19 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 38 replies
    Atlantic ^ | Sep 11, 2015 | Megan Garber
    My friends, let us respectfully tell you how passive-aggressive language has become. They’re called “contronyms” or, less elegantly, “auto-antonyms.” They’re words that are their own antonyms—that mean one thing and a polar-opposite thing at the same time—and they include terms like “sanction” (which can mean both to “ratify” and to “penalize”) and “seed” (to plant seeds and/or remove them) and “cleave” (to cling to and/or to separate). But there’s a special strain of contronym—one whose terms get their divergent meanings not from some long-lost whim of Latin or German or Proto-Indo-European, but from something both enduring and contemporary: human awkwardness....
  • State Department Clamping Down on Speaking to Congress or Press?

    08/20/2015 11:44:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 19, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    “It’s an absolute overreach,” says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. His committee has jurisdiction over numerous issues that may call for testimony from current and former State Department employees. “They should be able to talk to the media, they should be able to speak to Congress,” the Utah Republican said. “They have an absolute and total right to interact with Congress. There are whistleblower protections. That’s not a balanced approach to current and former employees’ rights.” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner says the reason for the revisions is actually “to underscore that...
  • 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...
  • Video shows Hillary Clinton boarding Private Jet just hours after launching Global-Warming push

    07/28/2015 10:01:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 7-27-2015 | David Martosko
    Just hours after Hillary Clinton unveiled her presidential campaign's push to solve global warming through an aggressive carbon-cutting plan, she sauntered up the steps of a 19-seat private jet in Des Moines, Iowa. The aircraft, a Dassault model Falcon 900B, burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour. And like all Dassault business jets, Hillary's ride was made in France. The Trump-esque transportation costs $5,850 per hour to rent, according to the website of Executive Fliteways, the company that owns it. And she has used the same plane before, including on at least one trip for speeches that brought her $500,000...
  • ‘Offended’ flea market shopper calls 911 over Confederate merchandise

    07/12/2015 12:29:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 75 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 7-12-2015 | Kyle Olsen
    A shopper perusing the merchandise at the Redwood Country Flea Market was so offended by a vendor selling Confederate and Nazi historical memorabilia, the person actually called 911. Wallingford, Connecticut police were dispatched to the flea market to investigate. The police chief William Wright tells News 8 “the reason no one was arrested was because the items were being sold on private property” — not to mention no laws were broken. “There was a table set up with this material,” Wright says, according to Journal-Record. “It’s not criminally illegal, but obviously it offended this person. It causes some people a...
  • Gov. Sarah Palin: Liberals Are Famous For Rewriting History

    07/09/2015 6:29:03 AM PDT · by Bratch · 37 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | July 08 2015 | Sarah Palin via iizthatiiz
      Liberals are famous for conveniently rewriting their history. Just take a look at some of the photos below for a few of their most blatant examples, including the lie that they were always for gay marriage and against racism. The false history teaching that liberals opposed slavery, wanted women to vote, exclusively led the civil rights movements is all Orwellian talk, for the truth is the opposite. It’s been the party of Lincoln and Reagan on the side of justice in each of those issues. We led the fight against slavery and for women’s suffrage, and with Martin Luther...