Dystopian Doublethink

George Orwell’s classic book “1984,” begins with the line “”It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen”. The novel is about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime. (Beginning to sound familiar?)



The book popularized the adjective Orwellian, which describes official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of recorded history by a totalitarian state.



Many of the terms and concepts of the book, such as Big Brother, doublethink, and memory hole, have entered into common use since its publication in 1949.


The current administration practices doublethink, which means: the ability to hold two completely contradictory thoughts simultaneously while believing both to be true.

Green Grove Thursday- There’s good news and bad news

A friend of mine in the farming industry brought this first item to my attention…..watch out for Big Brother!

The government wants to control and regulate private gardens and small farming operations

HR875- House bill regarding small farmers being controlled by the government, personal gardens being restricted. Watch videos on these bills at the Living Tree Company at: http://www.livingtreecompany.org

SB-S510- Senate bill regarding farms becoming controlled by homeland security, removes the right to grow food from seeds. Congress is likely to pick up S-510, a sweeping over-haul of food safety regulation, in the lame duck session starting in November 2010. Many small farming groups and organic food enthusiasts are worried about the effect the bill could have on the local and small farm production chain.

Go to http://www.govtrackinsider.com/articles/2010-10-15/s510 for more information and find out what you can do.


Good News on the Environment- 11/20/10

Exxon to pay $25 million for Greenpoint, New York City oil clean up

Exxon Mobil Corp will pay $25 million as part of a settlement to clean up a decades-old oil release in New York City, the state’s attorney general said on Wednesday.

The settlement,filed in U.S. district court in Brooklyn, requires Exxon to conduct a comprehensive cleanup of its Greenpoint facility in Brooklyn, which includes oil floating on top of the water table and contaminated groundwater and soil.

“For far too long, residents of Greenpoint have been forced to live with an environmental nightmare lurking just beneath their homes, their businesses and their community,” Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

New York sued Exxon over the 17 million gallon spill in 2007. The settlement resolves that lawsuit, but still needs final approval by a federal judge, Cuomo’s office said.

Exxon’s property on Newtown Creek was the site of one of the earliest refineries of original U.S. oil giant Standard Oil, but most of the refinery structures were decommissioned and demolished after 1969.

Greenpoint, a waterfront neighborhood that is a longtime home to Polish immigrants and more recently to young city-dwellers, was an industrial hub for shipbuilding, iron making and refining before World War II.

Article continues: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AG57H20101117

Both sides now…..