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Orwells 1984 – are we there yet?

I’ve just finished this book (in it’s audio version – something to do in the car). I can’t remember if I’ve read it before, but I do remember seeing the movie. If I’ve read it it was before seeing the movie. Anyway. All I could remember from the movie was the Rats, Big Brother and the prisoner who crosses his arms.

My first thought about this book, is that it’s as scary as it’s relevant. Which is very scary and very relevant, if you should be in doubt. Now, books has a tendency to get a life of their own in other books and other media. 1984 is one of these books – in most cases it just boiled down to a mention of Big Brother, probably in connection to something about privacy and surveillance. You’ll hear people say things like “we are living in a Big Brother society” when the talk comes around the the ever present video camera. But, what strikes me the most about this is that the surveillance part of 1984 is the least of it. The least scary part.

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When the counting is done

Just want to congratulate our American brothers on their election. Not that I agree on your choice, but, hey, it’s not my country and it’s your choice.

But I’ve surfing around and reading here, and there and there seems to be general idea amongst the winners to blow their horn and claim that winning means, that they where right. And that the democrats where wrong. Sorry, fellows, but that’s not what it means. It means that a majority voted on your guy. It’s says nothing about being wrong or right, just something about popularity. What’s how democracy works. Right or wrong doesn’t enter the question.

You also have to look at the numbers and think really hard about them. Nearly half the country voted for the other guy! Bush W may have won, but nearly half the county put out a message saying “we want something else”. You can of course ignore them, but it makes for divided country and that’s never good.

Well, it’s good for the rest of the world, but if America wants to be strong, it should really try to unite. God knows, you got problems already …. Have you taken a look at your budget lately?