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  • 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...
  • Here’s the thing about free speech: It’s not absolute

    06/30/2015 11:43:49 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 11 replies
    Maclean's ^ | June 30, 2015 | Emma Teitel
    If you Google “common misconceptions,” you’re likely to see one of the following corrections: Napoleon wasn’t actually very short, Marie Antoinette did not say “Let them eat cake,” J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books did not inspire the most voracious reading generation in history, and Mozart did not write Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. (It turns out, he only wrote variations on the original tune.) But what you’re unlikely to see on such a list is a fallacy far more popular than any involving Harry Potter or French royalty—a fallacy that’s a catalyst for boycotts and political protests of every stripe. That...
  • Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny

    06/29/2015 4:33:17 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 31 replies
    Daily Sheeple ^ | 6/29/2015 | John W. Whitehead
    “Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.”— George Orwell The more things change, the more they stay the same. It’s a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said—about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption—while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyranny. Unarmed citizens are still getting shot by militarized police trained to view them as the enemy and treated as if we have no rights. Despite President Obama’s warning that...
  • Through Orwell's Eyes

    06/23/2015 2:54:46 PM PDT · by No One Special · 13 replies
    Diana West's Website ^ | June 22, 2015 | Diana West
    It is not too many centurions, particularly 100-year-old-plus writers, whose vision of the world is as relevant today as it was when first shared with the public over half a century ago. It is this vision of Orwell, the X-ray view through the cant, platitudes and lies to that ugliest of human drives, the lust for powers absolute, that still distinguishes the British writer, born 112 years ago this week on June 25, 1903. He was only 46 when he died on January 21, 1950. It is his frightening acuity that keeps him not only in the pantheon but even...
  • Building the New Dark-Age Mind

    06/09/2015 7:09:40 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9 June 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    History is not static and it does not progress linearly. There was more free speech and unimpeded expression in 5th-century Athens than in Western Europe between 1934-45, or in Eastern Europe during 1946-1989. An American could speak his mind more freely in 1970 than now. Many in the United States had naively believed that the Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution, and over two centuries of American customs and traditions had guaranteed that Americans could always take for granted free speech and unfettered inquiry That is an ahistorical assumption. The wish to silence, censor, and impede thought is just as strong a...
  • Rand Paul: ‘I Call For The President to Obey the Law,’ End NSA’s Unlawful Spying on Americans

    05/18/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 18, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    “Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law,” Paul said when he took the microphone, as hundreds of his supporters shouted “President Paul! President Paul! President Paul!” outside Independence Hall after a separate event inside the Constitution Center across the street. The crowd went wild. “The court said last week that it is illegal to collect all of your phone records all of the time without a warrant with your name on it,” Paul said. “I call on the president today to immediately end the bulk collection of our phone records.”
  • A year after firestorm, DHS wants access to license-plate tracking system

    04/02/2015 9:26:22 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ellen Nakashima
    The Department of Homeland Security is seeking bids from companies able to provide law enforcement officials with access to a national license-plate tracking system — a year after canceling a similar solicitation over privacy issues. DHS says that it is not seeking to build a national database or contribute data to an existing system. Instead, it is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency. Commercial license-plate tracking systems already are used by the FBI and the...
  • 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.
  • Taking Action to Unlock the Economic Contributions of Americans-in-Waiting

    02/25/2015 10:18:30 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    White House ^ | February 24, 2015 at 02:23 PM EST | Shaun Donovan, Jeff Zients
    The President is continuing to take action, within his legal authority, to fix our broken immigration system. Today, the Administration announced a final rule that will allow spouses of certain high-skilled workers to contribute to the economy while they wait to obtain lawful permanent residence status (or a “green card”) through their employer. America needs a 21st century immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants—and that grows our economy. This change, as well as the other actions announced by the President this past November, will do just that. The...
  • Regime of tyranny and torture back to haunt Uganda

    03/19/2005 10:43:59 AM PST · by propertius · 5 replies · 648+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 19th March, 2005 | Adrian Blomfield
    Suspected dissidents disappear after midnight visits to their homes; chilling screams can again be heard from Idi Amin's infamous torture chambers, reopened after a quarter of a century of disuse. From the few that escape come tales of punishment beatings and even mass executions. Welcome to President Yoweri Museveni's Uganda. One of Britain's favourite African states in recent years has, almost unnoticed in the West, become a sinister land where a corrupt regime uses its secret police to rule through fear. The reasons for this transition are not hard to fathom. Mr Museveni has ruled Uganda since 1986, when his...
  • Britain is in danger of becoming a police state because of threat of home-grown extremists, warns…

    12/06/2014 7:12:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14:09 EST, 6 December 2014 | Jenny Awford
    Britain could be pushed towards a “police state” in which officers are turned into Orwellian “thought police” in the battle against extremism, one of the country’s top cops has warned.Sir Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said police should not be left to decide what is acceptable free speech as the threat of severe terrorist attack intensifies.Instead politicians, academics and others in civil society should have to decide when radical Islam veers into extremism and when anti-gay or anti-women’s rights sentiments cross the line.The vice-chair of the police’s terrorism committee warned that unless this happened, it would...
  • The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

    11/20/2014 9:38:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | Thu Nov. 20, 2014 6:30 AM EST | By Shane Bauer
    Rapid DNA technology makes it easier than ever to grab and store your genetic profile. G-men, cops, and Homeland Security can't wait to see it everywhere. Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO of IntegenX, at his company's headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to see its signature product: a machine the size of a large desktop printer that can unravel your genetic code in the...
  • 30 Years Later, America Truly Is Becoming A ‘1984’ Society

    11/18/2014 12:00:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The End of the American Dream ^ | 11/16/2014 | Michael Snyder
    If only George Orwell could see us today. When he wrote “1984” back in 1948, he probably never imagined that the “totalitarian, bureaucratic world” that he imagined would ever actually become a reality. But that is precisely what is happening. We live at a time when the government monitors billions of our phone calls and emails and hardly anyone gets upset about it. We live at a time when corporations systematically collect our voiceprints and our televisions watch us. We live at a time when reporters that try to dig into the misdeeds of the government have their computers hacked,...
  • Most Government-Sponsored Research Is Simply Wasteful, But "Truthy" Is Menacing To Boot

    10/23/2014 8:57:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 22, 2014 | George Leef
    The federal government has become a vast cornucopia for people who know how to play the system. If you do, you can enjoy showers of money for doing things that few if any Americans would willingly pay for. Just to point to a recent instance that made headlines, after Democrats griped that the Center for Disease Control had been crippled in its ability to deal with Ebola because of budget cuts, quite a few writers scrutinized the research that the CDC had been paying for. As Michael Tanner of Cato Institute showed in this column, CDC bureaucrats have been funding...
  • 'Truthy' project is unworthy of tax dollars

    10/22/2014 12:14:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-22-14 | Ajit Pai
    If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading "misinformation"? If you tweet your support for a candidate in the November elections, should taxpayer money be used to monitor your speech and evaluate your "partisanship"? My guess is that most Americans would answer those questions with a resounding no. But the federal government seems to disagree. The National Science Foundation, a federal agency whose mission is to "promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the...
  • Fed-backed Twitter study draws fire (gov to study pol "smear" and adoption of ideas)

    10/19/2014 9:23:48 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 7 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Oct. 18, 2014 | Julian Hattem
    A Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission is warning about a government-backed study that “seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.” Commissioner Ajit Pai — one of two Republicans on the five-member commission — warned in a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday about a National Science Foundation study of people's communications on Twitter, which he said amounted to government monitoring of people’s speech. ADVERTISEMENT “In the United States, the government has no business entering the marketplace of ideas to establish an arbiter of what is false, misleading or a political smear,” he wrote. “The federal...
  • 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 · 13 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>