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Bittersweet News

A bit of bittersweet news from Moscow:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iQ7So_Q4jgcve9RRNCCbK9CAImiAD9AK13N02

It seems that political correctness is relative, as always . . . .

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Re: Bittersweet News

I was 12 when I read that. I will never forget it. Scares me now even more.

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Re: Bittersweet News

There was a similar announcement here, which Google News seems to have missed:

:WASHINGTON — The book that made "1984" a synonym for the horrors of 'Big Brother' oppression will be banned in American high schools, a generation after it was widely read as a fictional, but improbable, cautionary tale.

The Education Czar said Wednesday that copies of George Orwell's "1984," published in 1948, are to be removed from school libraries and reading lists.

Now that the PATRIOT Act, ECHELON spy system, centralized medical records and 'fusion center' monitoring have been established as completely consistent with the constitution, 'Big Brother' theories are obsolete and no longer need to be taught, he said.

The government in recent years has tried to control how history is taught, getting rid of textbooks that deviate from the new official line. In 2003, authorities banned a history text that was critical of Harry Truman, the president most readily identified with the '1984' permanent security state.

After publication, "1984" circulated underground and soon reached distant America. A furious CIA denounced Orwell as a socialist wacko, and his mail and travels were monitored thereafter in order to protect our freedom.

I'm relieved, comrades, that enemy disinformation will no longer be poisoning our childrens' minds. I'm gonna order me another heapin' helpin' of FREEDOM FRIES. Yassuh ...

 

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machinehead wrote:

There was a similar announcement here, which Google News seems to have missed:

:WASHINGTON — The book that made "1984" a synonym for the horrors of 'Big Brother' oppression will be banned in American high schools, a generation after it was widely read as a fictional, but improbable, cautionary tale.

The Education Czar said Wednesday that copies of George Orwell's "1984," published in 1948, are to be removed from school libraries and reading lists.

Now that the PATRIOT Act, ECHELON spy system, centralized medical records and 'fusion center' monitoring have been established as completely consistent with the constitution, 'Big Brother' theories are obsolete and no longer need to be taught, he said.

The government in recent years has tried to control how history is taught, getting rid of textbooks that deviate from the new official line. In 2003, authorities banned a history text that was critical of Harry Truman, the president most readily identified with the '1984' permanent security state.

After publication, "1984" circulated underground and soon reached distant America. A furious CIA denounced Orwell as a socialist wacko, and his mail and travels were monitored thereafter in order to protect our freedom.

I'm relieved, comrades, that enemy disinformation will no longer be poisoning our childrens' minds. I'm gonna order me another heapin' helpin' of FREEDOM FRIES. Yassuh ...

 

Next year's official dictionary of approved words will be reduced to 10,000 words................

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Book banning

Amazon's in on the book banning as well . . . . They've got a "copyright infringement" cover story, but the timing doesn't pass the sniff test, for me.  (How unscientific of me . . . . )

http://gizmodo.com/5317180/big-brother-amazon-remotely-deletes-purchased-copies-of-1984-and-animal-farm-from-thousands-of-kindles

 

For me, this serves as a reminder that I need to back up or hard copy any materials that might be perceived as a threat to the status quo or the status futuro . . . . .

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Re: Book banning

I remember that story; at the time I noticed it actually got (very) brief coverage on MSM.  I found this idea of remotely and without warning or consent accessing everyone's Kindle reader and erasing two books, both about the dangers and rampant abuse of centralized authority and power, hilariously surreal and disturbing.  Given that Amazon still sells the physical books though I would think that the cover story of copyright issues is actually close to the truth.... they just happened to be ignorant of the delicious absurdity of yanking these particular books from everyone's Kindle.  And what makes it even funnier (to me anyway), is that for a company whose primary business is in buying/selling books they seem to be remarkably unaware or ignorant of the themes of the literature they sell.  Either that or someone thought this method of handling the issue would be really funny (maybe it was their last week on the job: "Lay me off, will they? Well see how they like this..."Laughing)

BTW Machinehead do you have a link to that story on banning 1984 in all high schools?  Or were you pulling our leg? Wink

- Nickbert

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It is good news to see Russia exposing the crimes against humanity perpetuated by Stalin.  Maybe we should do the same thing with the two Bush presidents?  1,300,000 Iraqis dead over bogus WMDs would be a good starting point.

Larry

 

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Re: Book banning
nickbert wrote:

BTW Machinehead do you have a link to that story on banning 1984 in all high schools?  Or were you pulling our leg? Wink

- Nickbert

No results found on the web about 1984 being banned, so I think he's playing a little joke on us...  It sure got my pulse rate up for a minute or two until I couldn't find any other references on google.  

No book should be banned in a nation that proclaims free speech as a foundational principle.

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Re: Book banning

Hmmm

googled    1984 " banned in American high schools" Orwell

49,000 hits

One of them

http://socialfoundations.blogspot.com/2007/07/top-seven-classic-novels-banned-from.html

Cheers Hamish

When back to look again and ???????!!!!!!

1984"  banned in American high schools" orwell           49,300 hits

1984 " banned in American high schools" orwell                     5 hitts    ???????????  WTF ????????

 

 

 

 

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Re: Book banning
nickbert wrote:

BTW Machinehead do you have a link to that story on banning 1984 in all high schools?  Or were you pulling our leg? Wink

- Nickbert

This thread is the link. I wrote that story (note parallel construction to original posted story).

These days, the truth is stranger than parody. Wink

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Re: Book banning

Those are two different searches. Watch the " character.

 

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My favorite Orwell story, that proves once and for all that the book 1984, wasn't a cautionary tale at all. It was a how to manual. We just didn't  get it. We shouldn't blame the fascists for our silly mistakes.

Orwell's house monitored:

"If you haven't had your daily dose of irony yet, here it is. Within 200 yards of George Orwell's flat 27B overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington, North London, there are thirty-two CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras."

http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=1005

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One of my favorite quotes from 1984:

"The fabulous statistics continued to pour out of the telescreen. As compared with last year there was more food, more clothes, more houses, more furniture, more cooking-pots, more fuel, more ships, more helicopters, more books, more babies - more of everything except disease, crime, and insanity."

Beam me up, Scotty. I've lost me flippin' mind.


 

 

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Re: Bittersweet News

If I'm not mistaken, Russia got rid of it's Czars.....

And us?

My grandfather could have saved me a trip.

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Re: Book banning

still for sale here on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Nineteen-Eighty-Four-George-Orwell/dp/0452284236/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255704447&sr=1-1

Cloudfire wrote:

Amazon's in on the book banning as well . . . . They've got a "copyright infringement" cover story, but the timing doesn't pass the sniff test, for me.  (How unscientific of me . . . . )

http://gizmodo.com/5317180/big-brother-amazon-remotely-deletes-purchased-copies-of-1984-and-animal-farm-from-thousands-of-kindles

 

For me, this serves as a reminder that I need to back up or hard copy any materials that might be perceived as a threat to the status quo or the status futuro . . . . .

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Re: Book banning

Hi, Paranoid;

The recognition of that hoax was made earlier in this thread . . . I got my copy a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Re: Bittersweet News

Cloudfire

your link has already been killed....

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iQ7So_Q4jgcve9RRNCCbK9CAImiAD9AK13N02
The Associated Press
The article requested is no longer available.

This is horrible, continual censoring of the net.....

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Re: Bittersweet News

We had better get in the habit of cutting and pasting pertinent brief sections of these controversial articles along with the links like we do in DD.

 

Regards, sorry for 3 posts in a row.  This is upsetting to me but no surprise to anyone here.

Take care

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Re: Bittersweet News
VeganD wrote:

Cloudfire

your link has already been killed....

Hi, Vegan;

Which link is that?

 

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