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13 quotes from George Orwell's 1984 that resonate more than ever

One of the most influential dystopian novels ever written, 1984 has had a profound effect on the world. Since its publication in 1949 many of its concepts have entered modern day parlance. Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak and Room 101 are all part of Orwell's world. What's more, as a result of the book, Orwellian is now a term to describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. Orwell hoped that by writing 1984 he'd help stop such a state ever coming to pass. Read these thirteen quotes to decide for yourself.

"If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself."


Eye 1

The real crisis is not the government shutdown

The inability of the media and politicians to focus on the real issues never ceases to amaze.

The real crisis is not the "debt ceiling crisis." The government shutdown is merely a result of the Republicans using the debt limit ceiling to attempt to block the implementation of Obamacare. If the shutdown persists and becomes a problem, Obama has enough power under the various "war on terror" rulings to declare a national emergency and raise the debt ceiling by executive order. An executive branch that has the power to inter citizens indefinitely and to murder them without due process of law, can certainly set aside a ceiling on debt that jeopardizes the government.

The real crisis is that jobs offshoring by US corporations has permanently lowered US tax revenues by shifting what would have been consumer income, US GDP, and tax base to China, India, and other countries where wages and the cost of living are relatively low. On the spending side, twelve years of wars have inflated annual expenditures. The consequence is a wide deficit gap between revenues and expenditures.

Take 2

The Killing of Tony Blair

Killing Tony Blair
© UnknownHe's making 'a killing', out of killing.

"Some people make a living, others make a killing" - an exclusive new documentary on Tony Blair which will break unexplored ground

Dear Friends,
I'm making the definitive documentary about the Blair years. Years of war and plunder, death and destruction, corruption and disillusion. Tony Blair killed the Labour Party as we knew it. He and George W. Bush helped kill a million people in disastrous wars and Blair is currently making a financial killing out of both.

In 2003, I was expelled from the Labour Party over my outspoken opposition to Bush and Blair's war in Iraq. I promised that until the last day of my life I would go on fighting to put Tony Blair on trial, a real trial in The Hague, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. This documentary, the mother of all documentaries, will expose Blair's crimes.

This documentary will not be another sterile chronicle of the Blair years. I witnessed his mendacity firsthand and am able to offer you the inside story. I will pull no punches in going toe to toe with those in the upper echelons of New Labour; the likes of Peter Mandelson and Alistair Campbell are all in my sights and so are the big business bankers he consults for. There is no doubt that the debates will be heated. But from that heat will come light.


Tennessee crash: Church bus was carrying seniors home from a jubilee

Tennessee bus crash
© ABC News
The church bus involved in a deadly three-vehicle collision in eastern Tennessee was carrying a group of seniors on their way back home from a religious conference.

The group was called "Young at Heart," said Rick Cruz, the pastor of the Front Street Baptist in North Carolina.

They were returning home from the 17th annual Fall Jubilee conference in Gatlinburg after three days of preaching and singing.

"We do know that there were several that went on to be with the Lord," Cruz told his congregants Wednesday night.

Authorities are expected to release more information Thursday. But this is what they know so far:

The Wednesday crash may have been caused when the bus blew a front tire, crossed a grassy median of Interstate 40, clipped an SUV and collided with a tractor-trailer.

Eight people were killed: Six on the eastbound bus; one of three occupants of the SUV, and the tractor-trailer driver, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a statement.

"We hope and pray that there will be no more," Sgt. Bill Miller told reporters Wednesday evening.

Fourteen others were injured, some critically, authorities said.

The wreck occurred about 2 p.m. in Jefferson County, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, said Tennessee Department of Safety spokeswoman

People started to gather at Front Street Baptist in North Carolina as soon as they heard the news, CNN affiliate WBTV reported.

"I'm in a state of shock," Jerry Wright told the affiliate.

Front Street Baptist, on its Facebook page, thanked people Wednesday evening for their prayers.

"We know that God is in control and we need His comfort and peace," it said.


Russia unprepared to deal with space alien invasion - official

© www.newsplaneta.comRussia Unprepared to Deal With Space Alien Invasion – Official
A Russian military space official admitted Wednesday that the country will be powerless to act should Earth become the target of an interplanetary incursion.

Sergei Berezhnoy, an aide to the head of the Titov Space Control Center, said that Russian aerospace defense authorities have not been tasked with preparing for the contingency of an alien attack.

"There are enough problems on Earth and in near-Earth space," Berezhnoy said in response to a reporter's question.

Eye 1

Tests to predict violent crime by psychopaths are 'useless', according to new report

Parole boards may be releasing violent psychopathic criminals from prison too early because tests which try to predict whether they will reoffend are less accurate than flipping a coin, new research has shown.

© ALAMYPsychiatric “risk assessment” methods were accurate with psychopaths only 46 per cent of the time
Psychiatric "risk assessment" methods were accurate with psychopaths only 46 per cent of the time - possibly because the criminals were able to "lie convincingly, con and manipulate even experienced clinicians".

Accuracy with offenders suffering from other types of mental illness ranged from "poor" to "average", the study funded by the Ministry of Justice found.

Professor Jeremy Coid, who led the research, said: "If you apply these to somebody who is a psychopath they're utterly useless. You might as well toss a coin.

"They will not predict accurately at all."

Prof Coid, from London's Queen Mary University, said the authorities may need to introduce tougher rules on releasing criminals in order to protect the public from violent attacks.

Arrow Up

U.S. govt shutdown: All 12 million U.S. military personnel and family members to see food prices soar

Norfolk, Virginia - Members of the Armed Forces will still be paid in the partial government shutdown, but their food bills could soar if Washington's political brinksmanship drags on.

Commissaries in the U.S. where military families can buy inexpensive groceries tax-free are shutting doors today due to the shutdown. And that could create a financial hardship for those who depend on the stores' steeply discounted prices to make ends meet - particularly young service members with families to feed or retired veterans on fixed incomes.

About 12 million people - including military personnel, retirees and their families - are eligible to shop at the 246 commissaries on military installations worldwide. The commissaries typically carry everything a national supermarket chain would but at much lower prices.

The military is required to sell goods at its commissaries at cost. While there is a 5 percent surcharge on all products to help pay for new commissaries and improve existing ones, there is no sales tax on the products sold.

Comment: There's no money to feed you and your families, but there's plenty of money to send you to bomb Syria. Get it?

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New Jersey: Mystery of the decapitated cats

In a twisted mystery that has spooked a quiet Pemberton Township neighborhood, two black cats were decapitated, their intestines yanked out and wrapped around the animals' hind legs. Then they were carefully placed in the driveway of a North Lakeshore Drive home.

The woman who found them in her driveway is uneasy. She and her husband have lived in the house for 10 years without problems.

"This is a good neighborhood. We have good kids live here. I don't understand why anyone would do this to us. Really, I don't," said the woman, who asked that her name not be published.

"It was on Friday morning," she said. "I was going out to hang my Halloween flag, and I saw these black things in the driveway. I thought they might be raccoons. But I got closer, and I could see they were cat bodies, and they had no heads."

She called the police, who turned the case over to Burlington County SPCA Chief Richard Forberg. On Tuesday, Forberg led a team of armed investigators through the woodsy neighborhood along Mirror Lake, searching for the missing cat heads, and "possibly other remains of other animals."


Parachuters near Goldman Sachs building catch NYPD's attention

Mystery Parachuters
© Bloomberg NewsPedestrians walk near Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s headquarters in New York in April.
Police in New York City are investigating an unusual incident that unfolded in the early morning hours on Monday: Two men, dressed in black outfits and wearing helmets, were captured on surveillance video walking near the Goldman Sachs building in Lower Manhattan after apparently parachuting down to the street.

The odd occurrence was announced by New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly at an unrelated news conference. The Commissioner sounded more bemused than alarmed by the caper, saying it did not appear to pose a threat or have a political bend.

Dare devils, perhaps?

"If they came out of an aircraft, it's unknown at this time but they were seen walking with parachutes away from the location," he said. "No banners, no notes were left. Obviously it is something that is under investigation."

The mystery men apparently landed at 3:07 a.m. near the West Street tower of the financial giant and were captured on camera "landing in some way shape or form," Mr. Kelly said. He said investigators are reviewing cameras from the vicinity in the hopes of finding additional footage.

The men apparently walked away from the range of the camera that initially recorded them, and it was not known if they left the scene in a vehicle or on foot. Mr. Kelly said the NYPD was alerted by "security personnel" on Monday.


Allergic reaction to fire ant bites kills Texas teen football player after attack during game

© FacebookCameron Espinosa (right) died of an allergic reaction to fire ants on the field
On the same day a New York high school football player succumbed to injuries sustained from an apparent helmet-to-helmet hit, some 1,500 miles to the south, a Texas teen died as the result of an allergic reaction to fire ant bites during a football game on Monday.

Corpus Christi (Texas) Haas Middle School student Cameron Espinosa, 13, was bitten while warming up at halftime of a football game, tried to wash away the ants with a water bottle on the sidelines, but lost consciousness, according to an Associated Press report.

The eighth-grader spent five days at nearby Driscoll Children's Hospital in a medically induced coma to curb the swelling in his brain before his death, reported.