Memory Holes Are Greatly Improved

By Sam Kazman

Originally published in Real Clear Energy on June 8, 2021, https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2021/06/08/memory_holes_are_greatly_improved_780440.html

Memory holes are much more energy efficient today. And much less polluting.

When George Orwell first introduced memory holes in his novel 1984, published 72 years ago today, these machines for erasing the past were filthy incinerators in the bowels of ominous government ministries. They were fed by thousands of pneumatic tubes carrying papers to be destroyed—unrectified newspaper stories, failed forecasts, old speeches that had become embarrassing.

Orwell’s inspiration came from the widespread Soviet practice of cutting apart photos to remove the images of newly disfavored political figures.

Today’s memory holes, in contrast, are the epitome of sustainable cleanliness. A simple mouse click can do the job.  That ability is shown most dramatically in the area of climate data.  Through data manipulation, warm periods of the past are eliminated while current warming is embellished, making the alleged current temperature rise more dramatic. The rate of recent sea level increases is hyped despite being practically the same as what occurred over the past century. In Glacier National Park, a “Goodbye to the Glaciers” sign warning that the glaciers “will all be gone by the year 2020” gets quietly replaced with a less verifiable doomsday claim when the glaciers fail to disappear.

In his new book on climate science, Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters,Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Undersecretary of Energy for Science under President Obama, described one institute’s “tuning” of its climate models as “cooking the books.” And because these data involve historical climate records, the slogan of Orwell’s all-powerful Party in 1984 gets uncomfortably close to reality: “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

Memory holes are worrisome enough. But the basic organizing theme of Orwell’s nightmare society was something worse—never-ending war. The three mega-nations of Eurasia, Eastasia and Oceania were constantly battling, forming and dissolving alliances that led to no victories but kept their people in a constant state of agitated militancy.

The war against greenhouse gases isn’t all that different. In 2008, in a breathtaking feat of rhetorical misappropriation, Al Gore declared: “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said … injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. And in that same sense we live in a new reality in which increased CO2 emissions anywhere represent a threat to civilization everywhere.”

That “threat’ will never be eliminated when every flick of a light switch or striking of a match or turn of an ignition key results, somewhere, in a micro-burp of CO2. And certainly not when every blessed birth of a child means there’s another mouth to be fed and another new carbon footprint created.

The campaign against climate change will never end.

We see the groundwork being laid for this. The epithet of climate denier is the trigger for instant ridicule and dismissal, just as Orwell’s daily “Two Minutes Hate” exercise reenergized the public anger toward the “Enemy of the People.” The term global warming has been expanded into the far larger—and conveniently less verifiable—claim of climate change.

And now the boundaries of that term are themselves being expanded. As the Society of Environmental Journalists recently put it, “climate change is now too big a story to be siloed under ‘environment’”; it needs to encompass “religion and spirituality” and “environmental justice activism” and “environmental humanities programs at Ivy League institutions”. Calls for tribunals devoted to prosecuting “climate crimes” are commonplace, and President Biden’s $10 billion proposal for a Civilian Climate Corps won’t scratch the surface of what’s to come.

The goal is the same as that of the Party: a populace “marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans”.

This is not the national unity we need.

Sam Kazman is general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, www.cei.org, headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Sweet Old Bob
June 10, 2021 6:36 pm

“Memory holes are worrisome enough.”

Especially in Biden ….

😉

TEWS_Pilot
June 10, 2021 6:39 pm

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Rich Davis
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
June 10, 2021 7:44 pm

I love this graphic but my warmist relatives would dismiss it out of hand unless I could demonstrate the sources of the data for the two images. Do you know how I could locate the raw data?

Anybody?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 10, 2021 8:37 pm

NASA
GISS site
You can graph it yourself

There is a 1998 Hansen paper which shows a graph of the USA temp record from 1880 to present, 5 year average mean temp

You can go to the GISS site and graph the same data and get a different graph showing it much cooler in the 30s than the 90’s.

And the 90s data contained much more UHI so it’s even lower in reality compared to the 30’s.

Internet remembers

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
June 11, 2021 11:06 am

“There is a 1998 Hansen paper which shows a graph of the USA temp record from 1880 to present, 5 year average mean temp”

You mean this one:

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This regional surface temperature chart of the U.S. shows that the 1930’s were as warm or warmer than the current day (1998 is equal to 2016).

All other regional surface temperature charts show the same temperature profile as the U.S. where it was just as warm in the Early Twentieth Century as it is today.

So how did the official computer-generated global surface temperature chart, the Hockey Stick get to look so different from the actual temperature readings? Answer: Fraud.

Bogus, Bastardized Hockey Stick chart:

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The U.S. and North America (and the rest of the world) have been in a temperature downtrend since the 1930’s. You couldn’t tell that from looking at a bogus Hockey Stick chart.

Anon
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 10, 2021 8:38 pm

For that you should head over to Tony Heller’s website:

https://realclimatescience.com/erasing-americas-hot-past/

If that is not enough, send him a message.

Here is a video of the same work:

https://youtu.be/vzGPq9LSjEw

Tony only uses official published sources and is meticulous about that as he will get called out for making the slightest misrepresentation or error. Sources of the graphs are on that page.

———-

And when Tony does plot data he is meticulous about that as well. When I first encountered what Tony was publishing (when I was starting to question CAGW) I could not believe it and had to reproduce a lot of his work to convince myself, but in every instance I could reproduce his work.

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D Boss
Reply to  Anon
June 11, 2021 5:01 am

Actually Tony has downloadable software and links to the official records that he uses in these graphs. So you can access the data yourself and plot all manner of variables against all others, now with reference to CO2 concentrations too. Link below.

https://realclimatescience.com/2021/05/unhiding-v2-for-windows/

Rich Davis
Reply to  Anon
June 11, 2021 3:51 pm

Thanks for the help!

TEWS_Pilot
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 10, 2021 9:01 pm

I normally cite my sources…I thought it was on the graphic…looks like others have stepped in and saved me the trouble of posting the source.

jack Adams
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
June 10, 2021 9:01 pm

Is there a way to make this graphic stop so it can be read? It’s like trying to take a picture of a blinking light.

TonyL
Reply to  jack Adams
June 10, 2021 10:33 pm

The image is an animated .GIF file. They are easy ti build and simple to take apart.
You need GIF animator software. Here from Microsoft:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/gif-animator/9nw86z8lgfxm?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

Scroll down and there several more offerings at the bottom, all free.
Similar tools available for LINUX and Mac.

TEWS_Pilot
Reply to  jack Adams
June 10, 2021 11:12 pm

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Tom Abbott
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
June 11, 2021 11:22 am

In the case of the two charts above, this shows how NASA Climate cooled the 1930’s to make the 1930’s look to be cooler than 1998.

Hansen said 1934, was 0.5C warmer, than 1998, and his figures were corroborated by a colleague and their communications are archived in the Climategate emails.

So NASA Climate starts out demoting the hot 1930’s, so they can claim we are currently experiencing unprecedented warming.

And then later, NASA Climate did the same thing to 1998, cooling it to practical insignificance. NASA Climate did this so they could declare that years that came after 1998 were the “hottest year evah!” which assisted them it their climate scaremongering efforts.

NASA claimed that 12 years out of the first 16 years of the 21st century were the “hottest year evah!”. They perpetrated this lie year after year.

But if you look at the UAH satellite chart, which has 1998, in its proper temperature position, then you could not make the claim that any year, after 1998, and before 2016, was the “hottest year evah!”.

The UAH satellite chart puts the lie to the “hottest year evah!” narrative. That’s why NASA doesn’t use the UAH satellite chart, and why they make up their own chart that continues the climate change lies.

See if you can get a “hottest year evah!” after 1998, from this UAH satellite chart. The only year that was hotter than 1998, was the year 2016, and they are so close in temperature, they are statisticaly tied and we don’t know for sure which one is the warmest. What we do know for sure is that all years in between could not be honestly portrayed as the “hottest year evah!”. So NASA Climate is bare-faced lying about all of it.

I almost forgot the UAH satellite chart! Check it out for yourself:

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Peta of Newark
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
June 10, 2021 9:06 pm

New South Wales and Victoria face coldest weather
Maybe the definitions of weather and climate need rebooting…..

OK, for ‘3 score plus ten‘ The Average temperature might be +20 Celsius.

But if a single snowy blizzard comes up on your 35th birthday and puts you in a wooden box, what use ‘average’

You know me – an ‘environment’ with low thermal inertia (one of dry low organic soils) is quite capable of pulling exactly that sort of stunt.
As per Australia in the above example.

Weather is the ki11er, not climate.

What is the point of cooking the books, if no-one is around the read them?

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Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 11, 2021 7:59 pm

“Average” and “temperature” should never be used together.

TEWS_Pilot
June 10, 2021 6:39 pm

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Jeff Alberts
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
June 11, 2021 8:03 pm

Pigs are bad, horses are good?

Smart Rock
June 10, 2021 6:56 pm

It’s not just climate where memories go into the hole. Our history is being re-written to show that Europeans were part of a wave of patriarchal, imperialist, misogynistic, racist, genocidal colonialists who oppressed and suppressed peace-loving, tolerant, inclusive indigenous societies across the globe.

June 10, 2021 6:57 pm

“The campaign against climate change will never end.” Yes, I expect that when it is clear that the climate is cooling rather than warming, the pols will quickly change and say they were just following the scientists. Global cooling will be the new enemy – not caused by man unless some reason can be discovered, but nevertheless the pols will save you if you vote for them and give them your money and devotion. Joey Biden says the Generals and the scientists have told him that climate warming is the greatest threat…..the next Joey will say the same about global cooling.

TEWS_Pilot
Reply to  Anti_griff
June 10, 2021 7:30 pm

Bidet needs to get his “greatest threats” list straightened out. Last week it was “UFOs,” and the week before it was “White Supremacists.”

John
Reply to  TEWS_Pilot
June 10, 2021 8:24 pm

Its hard for a known dimwit to remember his name let alone what he said
I pity Americans for the uneducated county it has become

MarkW
Reply to  John
June 10, 2021 8:59 pm

The Pentagon is forming a commission to help it weed out the racists and extremists in it’s ranks.
to help them define racism and extremism they have brought in a bunch of academics and left wing politicians.

Anyone who thinks that the military will side with the people and not with the government when the time for active suppression of dissent comes, hasn’t been paying attention.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Anti_griff
June 10, 2021 7:42 pm

Dude! Don’t you know the settled (but highly flexible) science? Everybody knows that warming causes cooling, it’s that polar vortex thingy that happens because we caused the ice to melt. When it’s boiling during the arctic winter (-10C instead of -40C) all that cold has to migrate somewhere! It flies south like pigs. Just ask Mike the meteorological mathematician.
😜 🚽 😬 <=sarc

John
Reply to  Anti_griff
June 10, 2021 8:22 pm

they will blame the climate manipulation which introduced aerosols causing reflection of the sun

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Anti_griff
June 13, 2021 8:13 am

Global cooling will be the new enemy – not caused by man unless some reason can be discovered

Oh they’ll just invent one. You can bet your last dollar on that. When the temperature trend reverses again to the point where their “adjustments” can no longer conceal it, they’ll cook up some pretzel logic to blame cooling on fossil fuel use and keep the deluded in goose-step without missing a beat.

Jon Salmi
June 10, 2021 7:32 pm

Whoa! Mr.Kazman, what a truly dark and horrible view of the near future. I have built similar dark visions of the future in my head. But, somewhere in there is also a glimmer of hope that the American public will wake up and see the crashing economy and the lack of freedom looming ahead and kick the leftists out while we still have free elections. I am also praying for very cold weather in the near future.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Jon Salmi
June 11, 2021 8:13 pm

I am also praying for very cold weather in the near future.”

Do you really think that will help?

markl
June 10, 2021 7:35 pm

Another few decades and a new narrative will materialize. Doesn’t matter whether AGW is proven or not. The only thing that will matter is what will capture the peoples’ psyche long enough to gain enough power to make changes that will last forever.

JC Penny
Reply to  markl
June 11, 2021 12:42 pm

“…capture the peoples’ psyche long enough…” That would be 30 seconds….

Sunshine
June 10, 2021 7:49 pm

“That “threat’ will never be eliminated when every flick of a light switch or striking of a match or turn of an ignition key results, somewhere, in a micro-burp of CO2.”

The term “People of color” is by itself not a uniting philosophy. Quite the opposite, it is creating division. And they keep repeating it, on and on, enough that said ‘White’ people are disenfranchised.

THAT SAID, impoverished communities of ‘color’ can’t afford EVs and the cost of the E-friendly light bulbs. And many of them are significant users of tobacco, another polluter.

Back to basics, why are these communities in such a state of empovishement? Would the answer be a bad Education system and faulty parenting?

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Sunshine
June 10, 2021 8:24 pm

White and pink are colours. I learned that in school….

Sunshine
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
June 10, 2021 11:02 pm

And so is blue. I know people who are so white, they have a blueish tone. The point I’m making is the Biden administration is relying on skin color to pass their agenda. And that is wrong because we all live together as people of a nation. Color should be irrelevant.

Live on a high water table and chances are high you’ll be flooded, regardless of your skin tone, Water doesn’t discriminate.

Bedtime. Cheers.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
June 11, 2021 3:18 am

white is the ultimate color as its all the colors of the rainbow together- so white people are the ultimate colored people

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Sunshine
June 11, 2021 3:17 am

“The term “People of color” is by itself not a uniting philosophy.”

Not long ago, if you called someone a “colored person” you were considered a racist. Now if you don’t call that person a “person of color” you are a racist.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 11, 2021 8:15 pm

If you’re a white person, and you say the full name of the NAACP out loud in public, you’ll be called a racist.

markl
Reply to  Sunshine
June 11, 2021 10:17 am

“… Would the answer be a bad Education system and faulty parenting …” Why do some in the same education system prosper? We’ve thrown money at education to no avail so it’s not that. There’s poverty in every race so it can’t be that either. In fact there are more poor white families than non white families. They’re just trying to divide us along racial lines to use us.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  markl
June 11, 2021 11:37 am

“They’re just trying to divide us along racial lines to use us.”

Yes, they are.

TonyG
Reply to  Sunshine
June 11, 2021 10:17 am

Unity isn’t the goal, despite anything that’s said. It’s easier to control people by keeping them divided; that way they’re too focused on each other to see what’s being done TO them.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Sunshine
June 11, 2021 11:35 am

“The term “People of color” is by itself not a uniting philosophy. Quite the opposite, it is creating division. And they keep repeating it, on and on, enough that said ‘White’ people are disenfranchised.”

That’s the goal of those who want to destroy the United States.

June 10, 2021 8:06 pm

In other news, a new housing development in Callyfornia is a zero emissions development. Yes, through carbon credits and all the fancy green stuff such as geothermal heated water….the residents will proudly be above those who sully our environment with carbon….even the birds in this subdivision will know they are virtuous….and you are not.

Redge
Reply to  Anti_griff
June 10, 2021 11:03 pm

I’m assuming the development is net-zero – a BS term if ever there was one

I know it’s not what you meant, but it’s not possible to build anything that is zero emissions

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Anti_griff
June 11, 2021 3:19 am

but because of the credits, tax breaks, and other green stuff- they are the ultimate welfare recipients

John
June 10, 2021 8:20 pm

Great piece on Orwellian history
The great thing is although it looks improbable
We will see a rebellion against these antichrist envangelists
when people are cold, hungry and have no hope they will rise
the war will be against technology and misinformation
Facebook etc will no longer exist because without energy it will disappear
NO internet – no servers – no mobile phones
albeit small consolation Myanmar military are seeing a resistance against there enforcement
Climate change – extinction rebellion etc will be next

Carlo, Monte
June 10, 2021 9:33 pm

Statement by Donald J. Trump
45th President of the United States

Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of
Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat. If
that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought
to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being
incompetent!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
June 11, 2021 11:43 am

Yes, any general who is so divorced from reality as to think CO2 poses an immediate threat has no business in a leadership position in the military.

I think Biden is lying about what the generals think and is using this lie to push his climate crisis narrative.

A reporter ought to question the generals about their thoughts on the subject. That would seem to be called for since Biden claims the Joint Chiefs of Staff are making profound, scary, definitive statements about Human-caused Climate Change.

Let’s hear from the generals.

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JC Penny
Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 11, 2021 12:47 pm

“I think Biden is lying about what the generals think…” Not Biden… It’s his speech writer[s]: dR jILL maybe?. He’s just an old guy that can still read a teleprompter … most of the time.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  JC Penny
June 12, 2021 5:56 am

Biden isn’t so impaired that he can’t preside over the destruction of the United States. He’s done a pretty good job so far, wouldn’t you say?

JC Penny
Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 12, 2021 6:48 am

Actually…. I met the current POTUS in 2006 when he was just a dick from Delaware. He still is. I also met the WA Gov 40 years ago. He was a dick from Bellingham. Both struck me as vacuous used-car salesmen without a nanogram of interest in the concept of a Representative Republic. The only thing they represent is their ego.

Sadly, used-car salesmen have always been, and will always be… effective.

Herding the ignorant-by-choice is the essential conflict of mankind.

jcp

Intelligent Dasein
June 10, 2021 10:03 pm

“Memory holes” were not introduced by George Orwell. Both the name and the device itself were actually employed by British intelligence during WWII.

Orwell, a very mediocre talent and unremarkable man, gets way too much credit these days.

Earthling2
Reply to  Intelligent Dasein
June 10, 2021 11:04 pm

Oh right…the device itself. Where can I get one? I would like all the people of the good Earth to lose their memory of Al Gore and ‘Piltdown’ Mann.

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Intelligent Dasein
June 11, 2021 12:09 am

Sour grapes? What have you written that will be worth reading in 70 years time?

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Graemethecat
Reply to  Intelligent Dasein
June 11, 2021 12:42 am

Funny then that millions of people read and study his books to this day.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Graemethecat
June 11, 2021 11:45 am

I’m rereading 1984 right now.

June 11, 2021 12:24 am

Ah, but the good author misses a very salient point regarding Memory Holes. There are no incinerators, it is literally just hot air, convincing “EVIDENCE” of the existence of Memory Holes. When it was the protagonist’s turn to get cancelled, did not the “deleted” records resurface in evidence of his past Wrongthink? Like the slew of “conservative” thinkers who got cancelled lately by dragging out TwatFaceGram messages they sent as ignorant children?
As with all Bolshevik inventions, the “official narrative” never concurs with reality, but it fully complies with ‘perception’.
Words are beautiful things, but so many of them have become dirty little whores in the service of Bolsh. I pray my People find their Way back to the dictionary.

dodgy geezer
June 11, 2021 12:30 am

Orwell’s inspiration came from a Russian book – ‘We’ by Zamyatin. And in turn ‘We’ was the result of Zamyatin reading a short story ‘The New Utopia’ by Jerome K Jerome – the author better known for ‘Three Men in a Boat’.

Both of these stories envisaged a future where the Socialist ideal of equality was carried to extremes, and resulted in a technocratic oppressive society where depersonalised citizens were treated like machinery. They were essentially a reaction to H G Wells’ visions of a classless future driven by scientific principles…

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  dodgy geezer
June 11, 2021 5:55 am

Actually, neither Orwell nor Huxley (“Brave New World”) read Yevgeny Zamyatin’s work until after they’d written their own dystopias. Zamyatin was forced to smuggle his tome out of the Soviet Union to publish it. It didn’t receive wide distribution. Only after the success of “1984” was it republished and get wider notice. Poor Yevgeny died penniless and an obscure exile in 1937.

Joseph Zorzin
June 11, 2021 3:29 am

“The goal is the same as that of the Party: a populace “marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans”.”

The Dems certainly want that.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/we-re-all-just-living-under-the-tyranny-of-joe-manchin/ar-AAKW9I8

The title of that article is, “We’re All Just Living Under the Tyranny of Joe Manchin”
In that article: ““Everything’s a question mark, because we no longer live in a democracy. We live under the tyranny of Joe Manchin,” says Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) of the current state of Congress.”

Let’s see- Manchin was elected- that’s democracy. He decides to not support all causes of the Dem party- that’s also democracy- but now we live in a tyranny?

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 11, 2021 5:58 am

“We’re All Just Living Under the Tyranny of Joe Manchin”
Well, that IS Orwellian! Democracy is tyranny. Dissent is oppression. Cold is the new global warming.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 11, 2021 11:53 am

Old Joe may save our Republic! If he stands by his word.

The socialists hate anyone who holds up their agenda. That’s the main reason they hate Donald Trump so much. He was devastating to their agenda, and would have gone a long way toward permanetly suppressing socialism had he won a second term.

Now the socialists are scared to death of a Trump revival, so they are going after him still with everything they can muster.

And Joe Manchin is holding up the socialist agenda, so he is on their hate list, too.

Let’s just hope Manchin can reign in the radical Democrats long enough for the Republicans to regain one or both Houses of Congress in 2022.

And don’t forget Senator Sinema of Arizona. She is taking the same stance as Manchin. So the Democrats only have 48 votes for their more radical agenda items like doing away with the filibuster and trying to impose federal election rules on all the various States.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Earthling2
Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 11, 2021 2:08 pm

Now if only the ‘Squad’ would quit the Democrat caucus and go stomp their feet (and a few other extreme leftists) and the whole nightmare could lighten up a bit until 2022. Thank goodness for Joe Manchin and Senator Sinema. But Beijing Joe can still do a lot of damage with EO’s in the next 3.5+ years, but thankfully those could be undone although the carnage is substantial already.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
June 13, 2021 8:24 am

It’s only tyranny when you disagree with THEM. Trying to shove their agenda down everyone’s throats is democracy. /sarc

Bruce Cobb
June 11, 2021 4:28 am

The Climate Liars have managed to construct, over time, machinery for cranking out a continuous stream of lies, which includes destruction/alteration of the past, the likes of which even Orwell could not have imagined. Goebbels himself would be awestruck by its power.

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
June 11, 2021 6:03 am

Climate ‘scientists’ tell politicians there’s a climate emergency. Politicians give climate ‘scientists’ millions of $. They use the moola to crank out more ‘studies’ to show there’s an emergency. The cycle continues indefinitely.

Valley Boy
June 11, 2021 8:12 am

Not sure what this will add to this converstaion. I recently finished a book by Thomas Ricks comparing Orwell and Churchill who apparently shared equal concern ? about tyranny. Or least shared concerns about individual freedoms.

It was a quick read but one “ambiguity” revealed was Orwell’s experience in the Spanish Civil War where he was shot through the neck narrowly avoiding a fatal wound. Apparently there were Soviet factions operating there who went around assasinating other socialists for not being socialist enough, or correctly enough, or communist enough. Seemed to have left a lasting impression?

Olen
June 11, 2021 8:17 am

The author nailed it, shape the future by erasing the past and punish anyone who questions the method. An evil way to create the holes is through children. Don’t teach real history but make up something to mold children into their philosophy.

David Blenkinsop
June 11, 2021 8:19 am

War is peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. He who controls the past controls the future.

Some more general Orwellian principles here:

https://mnorth52.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/in-praise-of-orwellian-principles/

pat michaels
June 11, 2021 12:29 pm

Thanks, colleague Sam! Now for the worse news, from today at Yale. Welcome to the cultural revolution:

https://www.revolver.news/2021/06/yale-law-school-goes-to-hell-in-a-handbasket/

“Cheers”

Pat Michaels

Editor
June 11, 2021 3:51 pm

Readers ==> Too many of you are too young to remember when 1984 was in the distant future. However, there are many of us here who agitated and marched and fought and protested the early signs of the establishment of “1984-like” tendencies and policies in the United States.

Please, don’t just rely on your vague understanding of what “1984” means — read the book again (or for the first time for many of you)

Book: Free digital formats here

or

Watch the movie: Free here or free here.

Several of the big streaming outlets have the film to rent for a few dollars.

WARNING: The movie contains nudity, strong language, and most importantly, scenes that will haunt you forever. The political system portrayed is terrifying and early signs stronger than ever in today’s world.

chickenhawk
Reply to  Kip Hansen
June 11, 2021 5:13 pm

You might coulda left off the “haunt you forever” part.

Editor
Reply to  chickenhawk
June 13, 2021 11:33 am

chickenhawk ==> My wife, who now has lived past her life-expectancy-at-birth, still has nightmares from the first time she saw the movie the year it was released.

That kind of thing is what warnings are for.

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