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The emergence of Orwellian newspeak and the death of free speech

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"If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it.... Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change." ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.

In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used. In countries where the police state hides behind a benevolent mask and disguises itself as tolerance, the citizens censor themselves, policing their words and thoughts to conform to the dictates of the mass mind.

Even when the motives behind this rigidly calibrated reorientation of societal language appear well-intentioned—discouraging racism, condemning violence, denouncing discrimination and hatred—inevitably, the end result is the same: intolerance, indoctrination and infantilism.

It's political correctness disguised as tolerance, civility and love, but what it really amounts to is the chilling of free speech and the demonizing of viewpoints that run counter to the cultural elite.

As a society, we've become fearfully polite, careful to avoid offense, and largely unwilling to be labeled intolerant, hateful, closed-minded or any of the other toxic labels that carry a badge of shame today. The result is a nation where no one says what they really think anymore, at least if it runs counter to the prevailing views. Intolerance is the new scarlet letter of our day, a badge to be worn in shame and humiliation, deserving of society's fear, loathing and utter banishment from society.

For those "haters" who dare to voice a different opinion, retribution is swift: they will be shamed, shouted down, silenced, censored, fired, cast out and generally relegated to the dust heap of ignorant, mean-spirited bullies who are guilty of various "word crimes."

We have entered a new age where, as commentator Mark Steyn notes, "we have to tiptoe around on ever thinner eggshells" and "the forces of 'tolerance' are intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval."

In such a climate of intolerance, there can be no freedom speech, expression or thought.

Attention

"Accidents happen"? Iraqi general killed in Arizona F-16 crash


F-16 Fighting Falcon over Iraq (RT/wikipedia.org)
The F-16 that crashed near the US-Mexican border belonged to the Iraqi air force, and was flown by Brigadier General Rafid Mohammed Hasan, training with the Arizona Air National Guard. There is no word what caused the crash.

Iraqi Ministry of Defense confirmed the general's identity on Friday, after search-and-rescue teams found his remains. Hasan's F-16 Fighting Falcon went down Wednesday evening near the city of Douglas, about 120 miles southeast of Tucson.

The crash happened near a major gas line and caused a rupture, according to Cochise County officials. At least one home was reported to have been evacuated due to a rapidly spreading fire. Heavy storms further hampered rescue efforts.

Iraq's embassy in the US issued a statement Friday saying it "deeply mourns" the death of Hasan.

Comment: Is the US sending a message to Iraq? Former Iraqi PM thinks so. Nuri al-Maliki said:
"The F/16 aircraft crash dedicated to Iraq within the US arms deal is not a merely simple military accident but is an American message saying that Iraqi pilots are not qualified for such a type of aircraft."
It's not clear whether some F-16's have already been actually delivered to Iraq, as RT claims. According to Air Force Times, "The Iraqi government has purchased 36 F-16s. The head of the Iraqi air force told the Associated Press in April that the first F-16s and Iraqi pilots are expected to arrive in Iraq on July 12."

Is the crash supposed to delay or cancel handing the jets over to Iraqi Forces? Tyler Rogoway asks the same question on his AlphaFoxtrot website:
All this adds up to the question: Will Iraq ever receive their F-16s and could they even sustain their use if they had them in the first place? This crash will only put the program into further doubt and disarray, and Iraq is already ordering robust, simpler, and available Russian aircraft in a desperate attempt to fulfill their aerial attack needs. A move that should have probably happened in the first place.
It should be no surprise if the US are not very eager to provide Iraq with forces to fight ISIS. Once again, things seem not to be what they appear.




Penis Pump

Incidence of sex crime allegations in Israeli military has doubled since 2012; social media blamed

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Israel is fearful of the effect social media use is having on its armed forces: incidence of sex crime allegations in the military has doubled since 2012, involving everything from privacy and battlefield security breaches to full-on sexual assault.

"This is a very troublesome phenomenon, and soldiers don't understand how grave it is," chief military prosecutor, Colonel Udi Ben-Eliezer, told the official military journal Bamahane, as cited by Reuters. "The telephone is easily available, and therefore the crime becomes very easy to do."

The vast majority of cases center around instant messaging apps. They go a long way toward facilitating privacy infringement - the unwarranted sharing of incriminating photographs alone comprising 35 percent of the transgressions, according to the journal.

More seriously, a soldier photoshopped a female comrade's face onto a nude body, and threatened to disseminate it unless she had sex with him. Another example involved a soldier, phone at the ready, snapping away at female soldiers taking showers.


Comment: Seriously? Compared to the horrors Israeli soldiers unleash on Palestinians, snapping nude selfies is quite irrelevant and the social media excuse does not justify sex crimes or "full-on sexual assault".

Not that female soldiers aren't up for a bit of fun as well: they've been posting semi-nude pictures of themselves, complete with combat gear.

Racism has also been an issue.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services, is also a big hit with the Israeli armed forces. Brigadier-General Sima Valnin-Gil said this had been a huge topic of discussion during last summer's Protective Edge operation in Gaza: soldiers texting was described as a grave security risk.

Comment: These sexual crimes are probably under-reported and look to be a part of the psychological landscape of most Israelis. See:


Arrow Down

France terror attack suspect 'admits guilt'

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Saying almost nothing when first arrested, Yassin Salhi, suspected of beheading his boss at a French gas factory, has confessed to his crime, sources close to the investigation said. He will now be transferred to a Paris facility.

The main suspect told detectives he had killed Herve Cornara in a parking area before arriving at the plant in Saint Quentin-Fallavier, before he attempted to cause an explosion, a source told Reuters.


Salhi, 35, will now be transferred to Paris to be questioned further, AFP reports. His detention there could last up to 96 hours before further action is taken.

It transpired earlier that the suspect also took a selfie with his victim's severed head, before it was found dangling from a fence at the factory grounds. Additionally, the MMS was sent to a Canadian number whose owner the investigation is currently trying to determine, with help from the Canadians. The sender could also have reportedly been in Syria, which is being investigated at present.

Salhi's wife, sister and four others were earlier detained, but one of the group has since been released.

Comment: Could the actions of Western imperialists like the U.S. and their European lackeys bear some responsibility for this "Islamic extremism"?

Reporter on Meet the Press: U.S. foreign policy responsible for Islamic radicalization


Airplane

Plainville, Massachusetts: Small plane crashes into house leaving 3 dead

A small plane carrying 3 people on board has crashed into a house in Plainville, Massachusetts, setting it on fire and forcing owners flee the blaze, local fire and aviation officials confirmed.

Several firefighting crews responded to reports that the plane had crashed into the house at around 6:00pm local time, fire officials told Boston TV channel, WCVB.
BREAKING: Plane into house in Plainville. #wcvb pic.twitter.com/vJRaQKUOZh

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Photos posted on social media by witnesses showed a house on fire, as well as what looked like debris from the tail part of a small plane.

The plane's pilot and passengers did not survive the crash, state police spokesman David Procopio said, according to the Boston Globe.

Fire

At least five black churches in the U.S. burned overnight this week; three ruled arson

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At least five black churches burned overnight this week, and three have been attributed to arson.

Last week's shooting at Charleston's Emanuel AME was perhaps the deadliest attack on a black church since the 1963 church bombing by the Klan in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four children. Since then, another specter from America's violent racist history is again rearing its head - setting black churches ablaze.

At least three have been intentionally set on fire in recent days, according to a survey of news reports compiled by the Daily Kos.

On Monday, someone set fire to College Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church in Tennessee, according to local WATE. The arsonist placed bales of hay outside the church doors and lit them ablaze, fire officials told the station. They also burned the church van.

On Tuesday, God's Power Church of Christ in Georgia was intentionally set on fire, authorities told ABC News. Electronics and other equipment were also stolen in the early morning fire. Authorities told reporters there is "no evidence" of a hate crime.

On Wednesday, Briar Creek Baptist Church in North Carolina burned in the middle of the night, causing $250,000 in damage, NBC News reports. Authorities are investigating whether the intentional blaze was a hate crime. It took 75 firefighters to bring it under control.

On Friday, Glover Grove Missionary Baptist Church in South Carolina, was virtually destroyed in an overnight blaze, the Aiken Standard reports. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the FBI has been called in.

Comment: America's escalating race war: Who benefits from a mind-controlled Charleston shooter?


Arrow Down

Fast food CEO blames the poor and social programs for their poverty

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To be "poor" in America isn't an identifying characteristic or a defining trait, like being forgetful or creative or tall.

Being a low-income American comes from being paid a low income.

It seems like a basic point, but it's one Andy Puzder needs to review. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., which employs more than 20,000 people and worldwide owns, operates and franchises more than 3,300 fast food restaurants, including Hardee's and Carl's Jr.

In a recent op-ed, Puzder made the specious claim that the social safety net "can lock [people] into poverty."

He argues that "these programs have the unintended consequence of discouraging work rather than encouraging independence, self-reliance and pride," and that, because of government assistance, his low-wage employees across the U.S. are refusing promotions and additional hours "for fear of losing public assistance."

What Puzder forgets to point out is that it is poverty wages—poverty wages paid by institutions like Hardee's and Carl's Jr. to many of their 20,000-plus employees— that force families to turn to nutrition and housing assistance, and other government-supplemented work supports, just to get by.

Comment: It's nauseating to listen to these tired memes from those who have no conception of the difficulties that the average worker faces just trying to make ends meet. The only reason they manage to continue to get press coverage for their arrogant views is that the media is complicit in their endeavors to keep them in power while forcing the majority into feudalism. They are all perpetuating the lies that will eventually wreck the entire economy.


Treasure Chest

Billionaire oligarchs lobby to repeal estate tax - seek to cement intergenerational financial control

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The consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen just issued a study that analyzes the efforts of billionaire families to - once again - try to repeal the estate tax. According to a June 25 news release by the organization,

Just nine families could dodge $25.7 billion in taxes, and perhaps as much as $54.7 billion, if the estate tax were repealed. Half of these families have spent more than a million dollars apiece lobbying Congress to repeal the tax between 2012 and the first quarter of 2015....

The families behind the eight companies pushing to repeal the tax include the Mars, Wegman, Cox, Taylor, Van Andel, DeVos, Bass, Schwab and Hall families. The Mars and Wegman families alone, who have a combined net worth of more than $63 billion, spent more than $3.5 million to lobby solely for the repeal of the estate tax during the time period studied.

The avaricious effort is being undertaken even though the minimum tax exemption for the estate tax has risen over the years. It is now over $5 million for an individual. For a couple, the estate tax does not kick in for an inheritance of less than $10.5 million. Most of the wealthiest people in the US do not pay a tax when their wealth is distributed to heirs. According to the Public Citizen study, "Only an estimated 0.2 percent of American estates are subject to the federal estate tax."

Public Citizen refutes in detail the myth that the estate tax hurts small farmers, a public relations rallying cry used by those who want to repeal the levy. Small farms are not being destroyed by the estate tax. They are being decimated by the juggernaut of large corporate agriculture. As Public Citizen notes in the introduction to its report,

In 2001, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston set out to investigate the popular claim and was unable to find one example of a family farm being lost due to the estate tax. Johnston stuck by his 2001 finding in a recent article for Aljazeera America.

Comment: The 'golden rule' is proven once again: he who has the gold makes the rules.


Evil Rays

EPA knew decades ago that EMFs were carcinogenic and covered it up

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Did you know that back in 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency was all set to release a report that admitted electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are dangerous to our health, including that EMFs have been linked with "the development of various cancers" but stopped short of straight up admitting they are "probable carcinogens"?

Isn't it ironic the newspaper thought to tack a Radio Shack add onto the end of this article? [see below] The clipping, published in the October 4, 1990 edition of The Indiana Gazette, reported:
"Now the Environmental Protection Agency is on the verge of publishing a report suggesting that EMF is linked with the development of various cancers. And at one point, someone within the agency had considered an even more drastic step — classifying low-frequency electromagnetic fields as probable cancer-causing agents in the same rank as dioxin or PCBs."

Comment: A 1984 EPA report stated there was "a detrimental link between radiation and immunity, including negative changes in blood count, immunity and overall health among animals exposed to radio waves." In 1992, the EPA stated "We are not sure if EMF exposure adversely affects human health. "[S]ome studies...suggest a potential relationship between exposure to EMFs and certain cancers. [...] While admitting ELF and magnetic fields affect various activities of cells and there are examples of correlation and results, it is 'unclear' to the EPA that the effects would be harmful or whether they are minor changes that our bodies could adjust to. The bottom line is there is no established cause and effect relationship between EMF exposure and cancer or other disease." The whole EPA report is a copout. Every question was hedged neutral with guarded language, an impression the agency was under someone's hammer.

Latest wiggle is that "EMF is a 'promoter,' and not an 'initiator'...rather it fosters its (tumor) growth and development." In spite of findings that "those exposed to the highest magnetic fields were likely to develop the most aggressive types of brain tumors (grade III or IV astrocytoma, also known as glioblastoma multiform) [...] the new finding will help sidestep the most often cited objection to the idea that magnetic fields are linked to cancer because no EMF-induced DNA breaks would be required." (Do we see the heavy hand of health insurance, big pharma and the utility industry in this one?)


Fire

Water park inferno: Over 500 injured as substance explodes at themed 'color party' in Taiwan (VIDEO)

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People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, June 27, 2015
More than 500 people were injured in northern Taiwan on Saturday, after fire broke out in a recreational park. The flames are suspected to have stemmed from an unknown flammable colored powder, which created an explosion after being sprayed onto a crowd.

People were attending a themed 'color party' at Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, when they got caught up in the inferno, news agencies reported citing local media.

People were being sprayed with clouds of colored powder, when one of the substances exploded, officials said. Nearly a thousand people were near the stage when the fire broke out.


"At the beginning I thought it was part of the special effects of the party but then I realized there was something wrong and people started screaming and running," a male witness told local news channel CTI, as cited by AFP.

Footage from local media showed the park being ablaze, with people running to escape.

"Our initial understanding is this explosion and fire... was caused by the powder spray. It could have been due to the heat of the lights on the stage," AFP reported a spokesman for the New Taipei City fire department as saying.