M.Leddy + georgeorwell   36

The Alabama loop
Hurricane Dorian has always been at war with Alabama.
GeorgeOrwell  truth  weather 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
So China pays tariffs, but tariffs need to be delayed because to impose them would raise prices for American consumers. So who’s paying tariffs?
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Nineteen Eighty-Four at seventy
At The New Yorker, Louis Menand writes about why we still read George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Watch Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen avoid acknowledging that Customs and Border Protection keeps children in cages.
euphemism  GeorgeOrwell 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
As Orwellian as it gets
Rudolph William Louis Giuliani talking to Meet the Press: “Truth isn’t truth.”
GeorgeOrwell  truth 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
Orwell on totalitarian history
“From the totalitarian point of view history is something to be created rather than learned. A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened.”
GeorgeOrwell  history  truth 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
Ministries of Truth at work
The Atlantic reports that the White House transcript of the Putin–Trump press conference alters the meaning of a key exchange. The Russian government’s transcript omits the exchange altogether.
GeorgeOrwell  truth 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
“Extended controlled inundation”
An Orwellian way of saying that you’re living in a reservoir, that the land on which your house sits can be flooded, under the auspices of the United States Army Corp of Engineers.
euphemism  GeorgeOrwell  language 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
More bad words
The Washington Post reports that the Centers for Disease Control is not alone in cuts to vocabulary.
GeorgeOrwell  politics  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The seven words you can’t write at the CDC
Forbidden words: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
GeorgeOrwell  politics  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
What didn’t the president know and when didn’t he know it
“The president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from. He wasn’t briefed on the source or method of the information either.”
GeorgeOrwell  politics 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Method and madness
Joel Whitebook, director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Columbia University, writing about “Trump’s Method, Our Madness.”
GeorgeOrwell  politics  truth 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
From Nineteen Eighty-Four.
GeorgeOrwell  Sophocles 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
From Nineteen Eighty-Four.
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Carrying on
Winston Smith has begun to keep a diary. Will there ever be someone to read it and understand?
fiction  GeorgeOrwell  writing 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Lies and inconsistencies
At Daring Fireball, John Gruber unpacks the lies and illogicalities in a three-sentence statement from the president-elect’s transition team: 235 words to parse just 42.
GeorgeOrwell  politics  truth 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Enhanced euphemism techniques
Really, NPR? Must you continue to use a state-sponsored euphemism (sans quotation marks) in your reporting?
GeorgeOrwell  euphemism 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
The CIA and the English language
It’s as if he’s read George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” backwards.
GeorgeOrwell  euphemism 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
“Mistakes were made”
Roy Peter Clark on Chris Christie and the passive voice.
GeorgeOrwell  politics  usage 
january 2014 by M.Leddy
"[S]imply a controlled acute episode"
"I suspect that 'controlled acute episode' will join 'enhanced interrogation techniques' as historical shorthand for the George W. Bush administration's utter corruption of language, moral reasoning, and democratic principles."
culture  GeorgeOrwell  language  politics  words 
april 2009 by M.Leddy
Couric and Palin and Orwell
"It is at this point that the special connexion between politics and the debasement of language becomes clear."
GeorgeOrwell  politics 
september 2008 by M.Leddy
George Orwell on historical truth
On the demise of truth: "Accurate figures, objective accounts of what was happening, simply did not exist."
GeorgeOrwell  truth 
september 2008 by M.Leddy
News from 1984
Page from Myanamar's government-owned newspaper
Burma  GeorgeOrwell 
october 2007 by M.Leddy

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