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Mon Aug 12, 2013, 07:06 PM

The New, Improved 1984

By Charles Hugh Smith

George Orwell's prescient book 1984 envisioned a technologically enabled authoritarian state of ubiquitous surveillance, propaganda and fear that constantly rewrote history to suit the needs of the present regime. Published in 1949, 1984 took the totalitarian templates of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and extended them into a future where the state employed technology to perfect not only control of the populace via police state repression but control of their minds via propaganda extolling the state and revising "facts" to support the current party line.

Welcome to the new, improved 1984, America 2013.

Ubiquitous surveillance: check.

Ubiquitous propaganda extolling the state and central bank: check

Perpetual fear-mongering: check

Perpetual war against an unseen enemy who can never be defeated: check

Police state with essentially unlimited powers to suppress "enemies of the state": check

Continual revision of history to support the current party line: check.

Have you noticed that every key metric of the economy is constantly being revised, rewriting history and installing a shiny new set of "facts"? In a recent podcast I recorded with Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity, Chris pointed out that downward revisions in economic data are made only when the data point is safely over the horizon of history; that the U.S. GDP dipped into negative numbers in 2011 was masked at the time with the usual ginned-up positive numbers, and revised down to an approximation of reality years later when the reality has zero impact on the public perception of the state-managed "recovery."

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Mon Aug 12, 2013, 07:15 PM

1. Not only are economic indictors played with and jimmied around,

the health risks are ignored, while "newer" standards are put into place.

So on account of all the RoundUp that gets used on the Gm crops, we have seen the Federal Government incrementally, and exponentially raise the limit of glyphosate that is allowed on produce sold in our stores. (And no one inside the Federal Government has ever ever worried about the formaldehyde and other aldehydes in Roundup. Now we have a whole lot of MS patients - on account of jobs that forced people to be in contact with RoundUp and its formaldehyde.)

We have also seen that the level of radiation that was once considered to be dangerous has been pooh poohed - now we have a new standard by which radiation is allowed.

We are the only nation on earth that allows our Big Corproations to tell the EPA what is in a product. And then the manufacturing entity also tells the EPA about the studies they have done that prove the said item is safe.

Other nations use gas spectography to determine what is in an item that some manufacturer wants on the market place.

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Tue Aug 13, 2013, 04:45 AM

2. And here is how legislation is described to Congress before it

Comes up for a vote:

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