Writer’s Lounge Edition 10-19-2019, Elijah Cummings, Rick Perry, Monty Python

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  Writer’s Lounge quote for Saturday, October 19, 2019, classic Orwell, for an Orwellian age: With today’s edition of Writer’s Lounge, we begin with a couple of items that we happened across that resonate against the backdrop of notable events that took place this week. First is the passing on Thursday of Congressman Elijah Cummings, (D-MD). Cummings was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 and his 7th District seat included a large swath of Baltimore and its suburbs. A noted civil rights advocate, he came in for…

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Nationalism isn’t Patriotism, It Is Another Form of Collectivism

by Tony Wyman “You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, ‘Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. … Use that word.” – Pres. Donald Trump When Mr. Trump used that word in front of an adoring crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas in late-October, he kicked off a controversy two weeks before the midterm elections that had fans praising his patriotism, critics warning that his dictatorial nature was showing, and…

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How Russian, American And European Information Warfare Persuades With Emotions

image pastiche of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin flanked by Peter the Great and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin

by Kseniya Kirillova As Russian propaganda and disinformation spread around the world, more and more initiatives  are being created to expose the lies and distortions emanating from the Kremlin: projects to expose fake news, analytical centres that review and monitor disinformation campaigns, and many private initiatives to observe Russian media. However, experts increasingly acknowledge that despite all these efforts, Kremlin propaganda remains a very effective tool of information warfare – much more effective than its Soviet predecessor. In many respects, this difference is explained by the fact that, unlike Communist propaganda, today’s Kremlin’s ‘information operations’ do not need…

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The Jabberwocky of Doublespeak – The New Political Lingo

By Oletta Branstiter “`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves  Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves,  And the mome raths outgrabe.   “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun  The frumious Bandersnatch!” From Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll   Those who have kept their wits about them since the Obama administration are responding to this quote with cocked heads, bewildered expressions and a quiet, “Wha-a-a-t?” Many others, who have accepted their rapid…

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History is Racist! It Must Be Rewritten!

by Oletta Branstiter The Confederate flag was retired from the South Carolina Capitol following the murder of prayer group attendees at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina by Dylan Roof in June 2015. Not to be outdone in knee-jerk reactions, the New Orleans, Louisiana city council voted later that year to “take down statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. An obelisk dedicated to the Battle of Liberty Place will also go.” What began with vehement protests on both sides of…

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