Posted by: quiscus | April 17, 2012

April 17, 2012

1. Turn off TV news entirely, and never again believe ANY straight news reporting from any source:

“But I think it’s just as important – even perhaps more so – to address and take heed of an equally disturbing, but quite different perception of the future, one held by Orwell’s peer Aldous Huxley, who once said quite presciently, “government-through-terror works, on the whole, less well than government through non-violent manipulation of the environment and of the thoughts and feelings of individual men, women and children.”

In other words, the successful tyranny is one with velvet chains, one that makes man “love his slavery.”

Huxley, who wrote Brave New World in this vein in 1931, made this statement in the 1950′s at the onset of post-war, television/advertising-induced mass conformity. Sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, obviously impressed by Huxley’s vision, wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1950, which, while borrowing from Brave New World in a broad sense – a world of self-imposed, self-enforced tyranny through ignorance and displaced gratification – brought it into the context of an American society already sliding into the vortex of anti-intellectualism, the homogenization of culture, the slow and steady surrender of liberty.

Most importantly, Bradbury saw how the lobotomization of America would eventually disarm the people’s ability (and desire) to understand politics and foreign policy, allowing the government to wage war indiscriminately, putting the entire planet at risk of annihilation.

Sound familiar?

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates and the nation’s leaders poke fun at “intellectuals” and going to college and question science and evolution.

And the war is a million miles away. Let’s contemplate on whose interest it serves to keep that reality at such a distance and in blurred focus.”

http://original.antiwar.com/vlahos/2012/04/16/forget-katniss-we-need-montag/

2. “Romney: Poor Women with 2 year olds “Need to go to work”

http://www.juancole.com/2012/04/romney-poor-women-with-2-year-olds-need-to-go-to-work-hayes.html

3. “Giant Banks Now 30% Bigger than When Dodd-Frank Financial “Reform” Law Was Passed”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/giant-banks-now-15-bigger-than-when-dodd-frank-financial-reform-law-was-passed.html

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