A comment: Revisiting George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in 2010

(WSWS) – Since first appearing in the popular lexicon, the term “Orwellian” has conjured up a vision of the prototypical “totalitarian state”: a one-party dictatorship that swarmed with secret police, spied on its own people, quashed dissent, made arbitrary arrests, tortured prisoners, waged perpetual war, rewrote history for mere expedience, impoverished its own working population, and rooted its political discourse in doublethink—a thought system defined as “the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

Many Americans would easily recognize this description of “Oceania,” the futuristic dystopia immortalized by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, one of the most influential English-language novels of the mid-twentieth century.

Whether many Americans recognize that this description applies to their own society as well is another matter. But since the theft of the 2000 election—a period marked by such events as the 9/11 attacks, the invasion of Iraq based on fictitious “WMD” (weapons of mass destruction), the torture scandals, and the 2008 financial crash—it’s a point that increasing numbers of Americans seem to be grasping. Continue reading

Fox News Reports On Alleged Threatening Comment Posted on “Radical” Infowars.com

(Infowars) – Fox News is reporting this afternoon that the husband of a military servicewoman living on a Tennessee Naval base is under investigation for posting threatening comments on Infowars.com, described by Fox News as a “radical right-wing Web site.” Continue reading

Video: Olbermann – Supreme Court ruling makes every politician ‘a prostitute’

(RawStory) – Yesterday evening’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann began with his traditional ‘heads up’ diary entry at Daily Kos.

Titled ‘Pandora’s Box,’ Olbermann explains before the segment, “Pandora’s box meets the bottomless pit and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton. What the Supreme Court did today. My special comment, could be the last of them, next.” Continue reading

Video: Olbermann – ‘Mr. President, you are wrong’

In a “Special Comment” regarding the release by the Obama Administration of “the remainder of this nightmare of Bush Administration torture memos,” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann offered the current Commander in Chief some praise for going “half-way,” then blasted him for issuing a statement which said that “nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.” Continue reading

Video: Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” on Bank Bailout

Olbermann calls for the firing of bank executives and more stringent bank regulation. Continue reading