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  • Quotes from the book "1984" that are Here/Now

    05/16/2021 7:28:59 AM PDT · by Bill of Rights FIRST · 66 replies
    I think all the quotes in it are here/now unfortunately to EXTREME DETRIMENT(S), etc.
  • Businesses Pressured to Sign "Democracy Pledge" [semi-satire]

    03/27/2021 1:11:24 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2021 | John Semmens
    Glenn Kirschner, an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, wants every business in America to sign on to the statement that "The 2020 presidential election was free and fair, and produced accurate, reliable results." If they don't he promises to "publish their names and addresses so their customers can take appropriate action to run them out of business." Kirschner says he "won't accept the excuse of ignorance. Its not a question of what they know. Obviously, they are not in a position to know one way or the other. They didn't scrutinize the ballots, check for IDs, or verify whether...
  • Hackers breached Verkada and accessed its customers' security cameras

    03/09/2021 7:01:42 PM PST · by algore · 5 replies
    bussinessinsider ^ | Tyler Sonnemaker
    Hackers breached Verkada and accessed its customers' security cameras, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. They gained access to 150,000 cameras inside places such as Tesla, Cloudflare, hospitals, and jails. Some cameras let the hackers access Verkada customers' separate corporate networks.
  • Orwellian Media Phrase: “Legally Registered”

    03/05/2021 5:15:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 3 March, 2021 | Dean Weingarten
    Orwellian Media Phrase: “Legally Registered” A phrase commonly found in news articles about self-defense with a firearm is “legally registered”. It is a bizarre phrase because the requirement to register guns is quite rare in the United States. In an article published on 21 February 2021, concerning an incident in Pennsylvania, bold added:“Because if he was getting into my house, I probably would have done the same thing if I had a gun,” neighbor Robert Gonzalez said. “I’m just going to do things a lot safer, look out for myself. Make sure whoever comes, got a look, look at his...
  • Voting company sues Fox and Trump lawyers for $2.7bn over false claims of election fraud

    02/05/2021 6:07:22 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4/2/21 | AP
    A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its top hosts and two former lawyers for Donald Trump – Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell – for $2.7bn. The lawsuit charges that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped “steal” the US presidential election, which was in fact fairly won by Joe Biden. The 285-page complaint filed on Thursday in New York state court by Florida-based Smartmatic USA is one of the largest libel suits ever undertaken. Dominion Voting Systems sues Giuliani for $1.3bn over baseless election claims Read more On 25 January, a rival...
  • Orwell’s 1984 and Today

    02/03/2021 1:05:59 PM PST · by EBH · 23 replies
    Imprimis ^ | December 2020 • Volume 49, Number 12 | Larry P. Arnn President, Hillsdale College
    The totalitarian novel is a relatively new genre. In fact, the word “totalitarian” did not exist before the 20th century. The older word for the worst possible form of government is “tyranny”—a word Aristotle defined as the rule of one person, or of a small group of people, in their own interests and according to their will. Totalitarianism was unknown to Aristotle, because it is a form of government that only became possible after the emergence of modern science and technology. The old word “science” comes from a Latin word meaning “to know.” The new word “technology” comes from a...
  • George Orwell's Final Warning: "Don't let it happen."

    01/21/2021 11:29:21 AM PST · by KYEasternBlueBird · 48 replies
    I'm still very new to this site and do hope that I've posted this properly. A friend sent me this link to Orwell's final interview. I hadn't ever seen it. Orwell's words resonate with our contemporary experience now, more than ever.
  • The 3 Great Early 20th C. Dystopian Sci-Fi Novels Explain Today's World Power Structure

    01/19/2021 6:44:18 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 22 replies
    Eyes Open | 01-19-01 | Charlesoconnell
    Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", Eric Blair's "1984" (George Orwell) and Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" meld to give a true analysis of complex contemporary issues. I.E., why was the Bolshevik Revolution supported by Wall St.? Because from 1880 on, forced world industrialization into a unified market system was impossible while vast stretches of northern Asia remained independent. Quigley explained that the 1929 market crash was the first of the unified world market; it was so bad because of that unity, unmanageable to blocs formerly under central national banks. Why did the Rockefeller and Carnegie supported Institute of Pacific Relations under Owen...
  • On the Road to Dystopia

    01/15/2021 4:51:09 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 15 Jan, 2021 | Philip Ahlrich
    When O'Brien, the interrogator from the Thought Police in Orwell's 1984, holds up four fingers and asks Winston Smith, an imprisoned member of the underground opposition, how many he sees, poor Winston persists in saying he sees four. But that is not what O'Brien wants to hear. "No, Winston, you are insane. There are five fingers." The interrogations continue until Winston, wracked with pain and exhaustion and persuaded of his insanity, agrees finally through his tears that he was lying to himself, that he had always been lying to himself, and admitted that he saw five fingers. He understood that...
  • New Normal: Chinese Citizens Have to Scan a Tracking App to Re-Enter Their Own Homes

    01/14/2021 12:36:23 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Summit News ^ | 14 January, 2021 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Post-COVID world an “absolute” surveillance state.. As part of the post-COVID “new normal” in China, which has been heralded by many in the west for its lockdown policies, some citizens now have to scan a government tracking app before being allowed to re-enter their own homes. That’s according to a LockdownSceptics.org reader who has lived in China on and off since 2002 and owns a home and company there. According to the reader, life isn’t back to what it was before the pandemic and has in fact changed drastically. “Prior to the crisis, the population could move around freely without...
  • Free Speech on Trial in Austria … and Europe

    01/21/2011 1:58:05 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 21, 2011 | Soeren Kern
    The trial of Austrian anti-Sharia activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff for “denigrating” Islam has major implications for free speech in Europe. (Also read Michael Ledeen: "Islamophobia") The “hate speech” trial of the Austrian housewife and anti-Islam activist Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff resumed at a Vienna courthouse on January 18, following a two-month break in the hearings. Sabaditsch-Wolff, who has been charged with “incitement of hatred” and “denigrating religious teachings” after giving a series of seminars about the dangers of radical Islam, faces a possible three year prison sentence. Her case, which is eerily similar to the one involving the Dutch politician Geert Wilders,...
  • University of Michigan is blasted as 'parochial and moronic' after task force bans words like 'picnic,' 'brown bag' and 'blacklist' for being offensive and harming morale

    12/24/2020 1:07:30 AM PST · by knighthawk · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 24 2020 | HOLDEN WALTER-WARNER
    The University of Michigan has been blasted as 'moronic' for launching a task force which has branded the words 'picnic,' 'brown bag' and 'blacklist' as offensive terms which could harm morale. The 'Words Matter Task Force' - set up by the school's Information and Technology Services department - listed more than two dozen words and phrases that could be perceived as offensive to some people, and provided an alternative term that could be used instead. 'To effectively communicate with customers, it is important for ITS to evaluate the terms and language conventions that may hinder effective communication, harm morale, and...
  • The Dark Underbelly of the 2020 Election

    12/09/2020 8:54:09 AM PST · by The Houston Courant · 3 replies
    The Houston Courant ^ | 12/9/2020 | X
    In George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, the citizens of Oceania were required to attend an assembly called the ‘Two-Minutes Hate.’ During these sessions, images of a person named Emmanuel Goldstein and his followers were projected on a screen, the very sight of which caused the assembly to unleashed a torrent of rage and disgust at the images, shouting obscenities, shaking fists, threatening vengeance, spitting, etc. A narrator enumerated Goldstein’s crimes as his sheep-like image spoke of state opposition. This explosion of hate and insults continued for the next two minutes, and then the session was ended. In Orwell’s book, Goldstein...
  • Privacy and Surveillance: Quotes on How Government Surveillance Destroys Personal Freedom

    12/08/2020 6:06:22 PM PST · by ammodotcom · 4 replies
    Ammo.com ^ | 12/8/2020 | Brian Miller
    “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” – Ayn Rand, For the New Intellectual “When we've got these people who have practically limitless powers within a society, if they get a pass without so much as a slap on the wrist, what example does that set for the next group of officials that come into power? To push the lines a little bit further, a little bit further, a little bit further, and we'll realize...
  • ABC News, November 3: “The election department sent the ballot counters at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta home at 10:30 p.m.” Washington Post, December 4: “No one told observers they had to leave.” This is exactly like in George Orwell’s 1984!

    12/07/2020 5:23:33 PM PST · by grundle · 39 replies
    wordpress ^ | December 7, 2020 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    ABC News, November 3, 2020, 11:34 P.M: “The election department sent the ballot counters at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta home at 10:30 p.m.” But later, a video came out which showed them counting ballots in the middle of that same night. Then, on December 4, 2020, the Washington Post said, “No one told observers they had to leave.” This is exactly like in George Orwell’s 1984!On November 3, 2020, at 11:34 P.M., ABC News reported: “The election department sent the ballot counters at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta home at 10:30 p.m.”Original source: https://twitter.com/abcpolitics/status/1323846118208376834Archived source: https://web.archive.org/web/20201104043502/https://twitter.com/abcpolitics/status/1323846118208376834But later,...
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (Special Edition)

    10/14/2020 7:27:35 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 16 replies
    MSMB ^ | October 14th, 2020 | Rob W. Case
    I don’t think it’s unusual to say that author George Orwell’s dystopian story of 1984 is the most intriguing, thought-provoking, frightening, and influential political work of fiction to ever hit bookshelves, media, and film. I think the reason as to why this is so, is because as human history continues to advance, we see numerous elements depicted within this story, play out in our society and in our everyday reality. 1984’s Influence in Politics: Some of the terminologies used within both the book and the film are words that have seeped into our political discourse, so much so, that they...
  • Pollak: The Atlantic Hit Piece Is a Hint of Democrats’ Orwellian Future

    09/06/2020 11:30:14 AM PDT · by DFG · 36 replies
    breitbart ^ | 09/06.2020 | Joel B Pollak
    The Atlantic hit piece on President Donald Trump last week used four anonymous sources to allege that he had disparaged dead World War I soldiers two years ago. Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin then claimed to have “confirmed” parts of the story — though not its main allegation — based on two anonymous sources. The entire story failed to meet basic journalistic standards. But it is a sign of things to come — particularly if Democrats win in November, which is the Atlantic‘s goal. Two, or even four, anonymous sources can be used to claim absolutely anything. The Atlantic described...
  • Ohio county starts hotline to report people not wearing masks

    07/11/2020 3:52:39 PM PDT · by lightman · 128 replies
    Pennlive ^ | 11 July A.D.2020 | Courtney Astolfi
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County’s enforcement of Gov. Mike DeWine’s mask order will largely rely upon complaints filed by the public, rather than proactive policing, County Executive Armond Budish announced Friday. Individuals who see others failing to abide by the mask requirement should call in complaints to the county’s new hotline at 216-698-5050, or file complaints online at cuyahogacounty.us/maskexperience. County workers will then contact the subject of the complaints — either individuals or businesses — to let them know a complaint has been filed, Budish said. Complaints also will be forwarded to the Board of Health, and the relevant city...
  • Jodie Comer is getting canceled over supposed Trump-supporting boyfriend

    07/09/2020 7:22:35 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8 July 2020 | Marisa Dellatto
    “Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer is in hot water on Twitter. The 27-year-old is facing “cancel” cries online after social media users discovered she’s possibly dating a Republican who supports President Trump. This comes amid her vocal support for several progressive causes, such as Black Lives Matter and Pride. Twitter sleuths linked the actress, who plays a queer woman on “Killing Eve,” to a man named James Burke after paparazzi photos surfaced of her sitting outdoors with a mystery man. A man by that name is a registered Republican. However, it’s not evidently clear how Burke’s name was discovered, or...
  • Scrabble bans 236 bigoted words, slurs from official list

    07/09/2020 2:17:03 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 108 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 2020 | Natalie O'Neill
    Scrabble just got W-O-K-E. Players of the classic board game will no longer be able to rack up points for spelling out racial and ethnic slurs, according to Scrabble officials. A total of 236 bigoted words were removed from the official Scrabble word list used at tournaments — in order to make the game friendlier to all types of people, The North American Scrabble Players Association. said Wednesday. “Removing slurs is the very least that we can do to make our association more inclusive,” NASPA CEO John Chew said in a statement. “How can we in this day tell prospective...