1984 how many fingers

What Trump Just Said is Not a Lie…

Stuart Lyle How many fingers am I holding up, Winston? If that quote sends shivers through you, then you know it’s provenance, George Orwell’s 1984.  “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston,” says the interrogator, while ostentatiously holding up 4 fingers, “if the party says that it is not four but five…?” Those in…

Trust in War is America’s New Creed

Henry Pelifian Trust in war is the constant refrain from elected politicians of both major political parties.  The enemies are everywhere: Iran cannot be trusted in the Nuclear Agreement so we should bomb them now before they cheat.  Russia is always a threat even with the demise of the USSR so let’s get tough on…

War is Peace

W.J. Astore Out shopping today at my local used bookstore and came across an early paperback copy (from 1952) of George Orwell’s 1984.  A little overpriced at $15.00, but the cover called to me.  What a classic! If you click on the picture, you can just make out, if you look closely, the slogans on…

The Misfortune Teller

Polemical Poetry VIII: The Inflated Style as Euphemism

Michael Murry President Barack Obama’s most recent speech launching yet another self-declared Personal Presidential Crusade against yet another Evil Muslim Acronym (ISIS/ISIL/IS, whatever) reminds me of something that General David Petraeus, Commander of the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan once said regarding his mission objectives and his prospects for achieving them: “I think no…

The Misfortune Teller

Polemical Poetry II: Of Memory and Memory Holes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “A mnemonic (the first “m” is silent), or mnemonic device, is any learning technique that aids information retention. Mnemonics aim to translate information into a form that the brain can retain better than its original form. In fact, ‘Memory Needs Every Method Of Nurturing Its Capacity’ is a mnemonic for…

The Selective Subservience System

Michael Murry The government of the United States still demands that all American males between the ages of 18 and 24 register for military conscription – i.e., the Draft – even though that same government maintains that no such system of military conscription any longer exists. To enforce this Draft Registration, various penalties accrue to…