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Sales Of George Orwell's 1984 Have Surged 6884% In The Last 24 Hours

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In the last 24 hours, sales of the 'big brother' book 1984 on have soared by almost 7000% as the reality of the surveillance state come to the public's attention. As Liberty Blitzkrieg's Mike Krieger notes, we suppose it makes sense that people would want to get up to speed on the dystopian world being constructed rapidly and secretly around them. 1984 is now the 4th fastest rising sales book and 184th most popular on Amazon!


The Centennial Edition 1984 book...


And the Combination 1984/Animal Farm book



Perhaps this tweet sums it up...


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Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:55 | 3645755 VonManstein
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"The Alex Jones effect"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:55 | 3645761 The Juggernaut
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I hope sales of "Revolution for Dummies" went up as well.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:57 | 3645773 Pladizow
Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:59 | 3645789 johnQpublic
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that was quite the clip

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:06 | 3645833 FL_Conservative
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In other news, the sheeple continue to graze in the gubmint's GMO field-o'-plenty blissfully unaware that they are being hunted by nature's greatest predator.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:13 | 3645868 Manthong
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1984..  THX1138.. The Matrix.. Brazil.. “V” For Vendetta.. moar…

If you have not seen the flicks.. suspended disbelief for a bit , and then considered the “life imitates art"  thing, then you are a drone.

Remember.. you are not truly paranoid if they are really out to get you.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:21 | 3645917 pods
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If you wanna feel happy you can pop in "The Road" and rejoice that we aren't there yet.


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:24 | 3645925 SpiceMustFlow
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I was obsessed with "infrastructure fallout" for years after I read that book

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:41 | 3646011 true brain
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Didn't the polls yesterday say that most americans don't care about NSA violation of our freedom? Polls are for idiots and for propaganda. Only the bottom half of the IQ curve doesn't care about what's going. Reality is that people are waking up  and desiring to know more.

Reading a book?  WTF, what's this world coming to. What about the Kadashian?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:43 | 3646014 eclectic syncretist
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Big Brother can kiss my hairy puckered asshole!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:04 | 3646113 old naughty
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6.11  more awakening...

hummmmmmm !

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:44 | 3646019 malikai
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I thought firemen were supposed to put out fires.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:43 | 3646272 thisandthat
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Yes, by burning books.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:11 | 3647254 Manthong
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One of the interesting aspects of the life/art thing is at what temperature does paper burn?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 19:52 | 3648422 Wolf-Avatar
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Farenheit 451

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:45 | 3646026 ParkAveFlasher
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I want to make this clear, the granddaddy of the dystopian novel is "WE" by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

First book banned by the seminal Soviets.

George Orwell based "1984" on it. 


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:06 | 3646117 true brain
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That's right. just like "an invitation to a beheading" by Nabokov predates the "trial" by Kafka.

Russians got some good surrealist literature. Guess because of the october revolution and commie  society. No one would ever guess that these literature now apply to the land of the free.


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:37 | 3646243 john39
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the same cabal of criminals that set up the russian 'revolution' are still hard at work infiltrating and corrupting any and all human institutions, including government, religion, media, medicine etc.   Obviously individuals come and go, but the plan, and the organization stretch over vast periods of time.   no longer is the satanic NWO conspiracy 'theory'...  it is now in plain view for anyone who cares to look.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:01 | 3646597 Herd Redirectio...
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People forget the Sleepy Bear has a long history.  They have had to put up with Romanov usurpers, Ivan the Terrible, Mongols, Cossacks, Turks, Swedes, Commies...  And its not this homogenous nation (no more than America, any way) either.  Its an amalgamation, an empire.   On top of that, the peasants were promised redemption by the Commies and we all know how that turned out for them. 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:19 | 3647286 Manthong
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Zamyatin.. Nabokov.. Kafka.. ..  most excellent thread ..  this is how enlightenment works  :- ) 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:45 | 3646280 ParkAveFlasher
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Thanks for the Nabokov reco.  Will check it out.

I think all that darkness up north, and the cold air thick with oxygen, makes them supremely able to mull consequences over the long winter months.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:29 | 3646454 noless
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1984, brave new world, we, also animal farm and lord of the flies(middle school/early highschool), children: the giver, running out of time, more i can't think of, really should compile a list for a younger age bracket...  


the roads must roll was pretty good, but now I'm gonna start getting really off topic..

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 16:26 | 3647435 Manthong
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 "roads must roll"... heh heh heh :-D

Grok that ..  and Why Johnny Can't Drive ..

I wish I still had the old Analogs.

Oh,  and there is much to expand awareness from "Out of the Silent Planet".. "Perelandra"  and "That Hideous Strength".

Evil and Angels..  it might be reality.

I will let y'all know when I make it to Farnham's Freehold.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:36 | 3646758 A is A
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People are just now discovering 1984? No wonder so many people have their head so far up their ass!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 14:11 | 3646902 Totentänzerlied
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There is a treasure-trove of sorts of "fictional" dystopian literature from and about Soviet Russia (because it set the modern standard).

Two of the most important non-fiction books ever written in this milieu are The Black Book of Communism and The Great Terror, each running about 500 pages. The former is a no-punches-pulled world-tour of the darkest aspects of every notable communist regime - some of its contributors are former communists and current socialists. The latter is a month-by-month and year-by-year utterly meticulous history of the crimes of Stalinist Russia.

Both are invaluable. Unequivocal must-reads. The reading is not easy, these works are not popular histories for casual readers, and the material they cover is deeply disturbing, but vitally important.

PS: The Black Book of Communism free download in multiple formats from, The Great Terror has been through I believe 4 editions each of which added new material as it became available, it should be available in your local library.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 16:08 | 3647386 Manthong
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thank you :-)

but now I might be confused.

someone else, to my recollection wrote something about "seeking out the Communists"

maybe it was for instruction rather than for perspective.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 14:06 | 3650800 thisandthat
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Actually, according to wikipedia, "We" is almost a rip-off of Jerome K. Jerome's "The New Utopia":

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:04 | 3646108 tarsubil
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Polls are lies from our masters telling us how we feel.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:12 | 3646142 lakecity55
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Those polls have as much value as a FRN.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:49 | 3646537 Talcott
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i heard that poll on the 'liberal' NPR 4:30 PM radio show in southern california. Definately a mental cattle prod.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:22 | 3646181 duo
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why don't they word a poll question like this:  "Would you like it if whether you get audited or not, whether you can travel by air, whether your kid gets into college or not, or whether you got that bypass surgery you needed DEPENDED ON whether the information the NSA has collected on you makes you a potential political opponent of the adminstration"?

I'll bet the answer would be very close to 0%

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:46 | 3646032 TheFourthStooge-ing
Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:02 | 3646098 Temporalist
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Shemp I was just posting something about that very movie...that is creepy.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:27 | 3646202 Ignatius
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Creepy, or a sign of the times....

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:46 | 3646031 Frastric
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Manthong; add Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi to that list of must see flicks to open your eyes.

If you can't watch the above mentioned films (plus Manthong's list) you truly are a soulless minion of orthodoxy.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:48 | 3646040 Big Corked Boots
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First saw K in architecture school. We all cheered during the demolition scenes...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:55 | 3646073 Frastric
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Pruitt Igoe was one hell of a scene, but the Vessels part was the best out of Koyaaniqatsi, it sort of summed up America in a nutshell: wondrous technology, sprawling urban areas and an oversized military industrial complex. All summed up in eight minutes, visually and musically!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:41 | 3646265 Svendblaaskaeg
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"1984.. THX1138.. The Matrix.. Brazil.. “V” For Vendetta.. moar…"

This is fargin war! - make them sheeple understand Vendetta style - take over all US tv stations and run those movies 24/365


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:59 | 3646352 Stoploss
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Funny, 1984 was required reading when i was in high school.

Four years later, no body new what it was.

Fahrenheit 451 was another.

So, hurry up every chance you get and read that book, so you can see the Great American Coup started in 1981 with the election of Reagan, an actor...

While they were telling us government was getting smaller, (what we needed to hear), in actuality, it was in a dramatic transformational process whereby the next successor was chosen based on the willingness to continue the coup.

A massive set back was encountered with the Gore / Loserman campaign, as GW somehow beat the chosen one. (That happened to be our fallible "voting system"), which was promptly changed to computer voting.....

Well, how fucking quaint. 

Now you know why your vote never seems to count..

It is because it never has.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:50 | 3646545 Talcott
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The coup was when JFK was popped.


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:04 | 3646607 Herd Redirectio...
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Some say the Dulles brothers.

Others say the Warburg brothers.  I think both are true in a sense.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:56 | 3646578 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Good points except for the Gore loss being  a "setback" for the TPTB.  WTF?  Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld and an administration stuffed from one end to the other with neocons behind a "one of the guys" moron figurehead like the Shrub that one segment of idiot America could embrace as one of their own was a setback?  I think not.  One thing about Gore is that no one really liked him, not even his supporters for the most part so his capacity to do serious damage might have been more limited. 

Now on Reagan you are absolutely correct.  Just re-read Murray Rothbard's takedown of Reagan the other day someone posted on an entirely different site.  A MUST READ for anyone deluded enough to still think the "Red Team" is an any way better than the "Blue Team"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:17 | 3646428 PoliticalRefuge...
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"Remember.. you are not truly paranoid if they are really out to get you."


..and that's my greatest fear, that I am not paranoid.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:15 | 3645870 davinci7_gis
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Guess what the next "big seller" will be in Amazon books: The Bible!  'Cause the SHTF really soon!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:16 | 3645889 Pladizow
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Well Christ was the original Zombie!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:58 | 3646090 JimBowie1958
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No, your mother was the original zombie, shit for brains

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 18:49 | 3648181 BigJim
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Awwww, did the nasty man make a jokey-wokey you didn't like?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:22 | 3646184 tmosley
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Christ was NOT a zombie.



He was a lich.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:43 | 3646515 Matt
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Besides, zombies as a concept have been around for thousands of years. Over 4000 years ago, Ishtar threatened to bring the dead to outnumber and devour the living:

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:27 | 3646694 ponzisaurus
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Well im probably going to be accused of being a unicorn lover again (hey legal in 12 states!) but here goes.

People have a right to their beliefs.  It seems that many religons have departed from the message of the spiritual guide that is responsible for the religon in the first place but thats my judgment.  You want to practice a religon that is your right i wouldnt dream of judging it (well maybe a little) but dont ostrasize me because I dont go on Sunday.  Guess what Im more of a straight shooter than many that sit by you on the pew.  You want to smoke pot not my business.  Give it to my 13 year old we have a problem.  Your gay , thats your business, but dont demand I embrace your lifestyle.  Im a snaggle toothed hillbilly I dont demand you live like me!

Jimi Hendrix said it well in my opinion "Im the one whos got to die when its time for me to die ,so I live my life the way I want to."

I really think its important in these times to not allow ourselves to be polarized.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:36 | 3647372 Manthong
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opinions are either right or wrong in the realm of truth..

the danger is that when wrong opinions inspire large scale action and dysfunction you get..

well.. like, the FRB.  

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:32 | 3645961 Son of Loki
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I hate Math, but 6884% increase sounds like alot.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:35 | 3646210 Element
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It is, considering they're all available to download for free:

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Animal Farm

Brave New World


You might want to read this one too:

 The Handbook of Human Ownership: A Manual for New Tax Farmers - Stefan Molyneux

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:38 | 3646248 Kirk2NCC1701
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You, sir, are a modern scholar.

These books were required reading at my high school. As was Fahrenheit 451, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. To be read as stories with a message, of course.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:51 | 3646312 Svendblaaskaeg
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"...It is, considering they're all available to download for free ("

..and very easy to convert to any ebook format:

"calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books."


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:32 | 3646722 ponzisaurus
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Yes, with not even a chart with a warped log scale to support it, hmmm.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 14:10 | 3646927 IdiocracyIsAlre...
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Sorry the "Bible" (and there are several different versions, all claiming to be the one true text) has more often been a tool of TPBT than a tool of opposition.  Whoever the historical Jesus may have actually been, the "Jesus" that most people know is the one who has been molded to fit the perception that whoever holds power wants the masses to believe in.  And don't even get me started on such "biblical" concept such as Premillenial Dispensationism, fitting a bunch of completely unrelated texts together to create BS "prophecy" to keep the masses pacified with the "end is near" so they don't realize that it is within their power to change things.

1984 is much more enlightening.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:22 | 3645921 greyghost
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this confirms my talks around the neighborhood refuting that crap ass "pew" poll from yesterday. people thought the goverment was just spying on terrorist, not every single scrap of comunication of u.s. citizens. the story line of senators and congressman being told and than "secret" courts over seeing "secret" spying makes me puke.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:32 | 3645964 nonclaim
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"Research methods in the behavioral sciences", by Leon Festinger, helps understand this... In short, people _accept_ being duped (in pools) if they feel it is for the greater good.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:40 | 3646008 glenlloyd
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There was never any doubt that they were doing this. I remember back to the debates about it when the NSA surveillance was being first discussed.

First assumption is that their is no discretion and second, yes, your calls / emails / everything is being watched.

How could it not be after 9/11...there is no privacy anymore.

Snowden just confirms what I have always believed.

The calls for Snowden as a traitor will (are) coming from those who are most likely traitors themselves. As for Feinstein and her comment on the 'oath', she ought to take a good hard look in the mirror....

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:10 | 3646134 lakecity55
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Well, those assholes can make their list, and we will make ours.

All those calling Snowden a 'traitor' will be on our list as future lamp post material.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:01 | 3645799 BLOTTO
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Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.


~1984 (chatper 7)

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:12 | 3645865 smlbizman
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im getting a vision of a gigantic wak-a-mole game and those fucks dont have enough hammers or hands...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:18 | 3645899 sunaJ
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Isn't it a funny world we live in, as everyone rushes to buy a book about totalitarian control and the voyeurs at NSA can watch it unfold in real time.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:31 | 3645956 tickhound
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Tue, 03/06/2012 - 13:25 | trav7777

on the key bridge into DC, the portable sign was reading "report suspicious activity" and whatnot, someone spraypainted "read orwell" on a electrical junction box next to

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:58 | 3646345 V in PA
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I miss trav7777. His account seems blocked, or at least it is blocked from me.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:14 | 3646422 OneTinSoldier66
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"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."


Sounds like a chicken and the egg problem to me.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:08 | 3646125 The Mist
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1984 is a classic everyone should own, but Brave New World can't be neglected. It's the combination of the two that creates our reality.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:27 | 3646192 Winston Smith 2009
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I agree 100%.  Everyone should read both books and be amazed at how we have such an obvious combination of both dystopias. Authors who write predictive fiction based upon a knowledge of human nature and history are bound to get it right.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:32 | 3646218 Ignatius
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To be a prophet, accurately record the times you are living in.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:05 | 3646111 Wile-E-Coyote
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"The Alex Jones effect"

Do you mean makes lots of money from the Prols.

If Alex was any threat to them he would have been disappeared years ago. Alex is a honey trap, so miscreants who visit his site are duly catalogued and numbered, after all it is important to have the right number of body bags, the lucky productive ones get to work in a FEMA camp making lamp shades out of human skin.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:52 | 3646837 Kirk2NCC1701
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And it has always been my contention that OBL played the exact same role for TPTB/MIC, since he was the All-Time Poster-boy for endless funding for the MIC. 

The DOD brass should love him and build a statue to worship, not to hate him.  Maybe they have a small Chapel in his honor, somewhere deep in the bowels of the DOD.  I consider him to be (present tense) the most famous double-agent of all time -- with the most perfect cover story -- and enjoying the 'good life' back home.  But we digress...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:27 | 3646199 williambanzai7
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Courtesy of Banzai7 Institute:

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:56 | 3645763 The Proletariat
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If the sheep are just buying that book, then they are already fucked.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:06 | 3645824 BLOTTO
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Not necessarily...

The fact that the masses have started to buy the book - is positive...and the fact that the book is still available to the masses - means there is still time left...


Cant say im not positive at times:)

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:07 | 3645835 jbvtme
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what if the wolves are the buyers?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:11 | 3645857 BLOTTO
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Maybe some...jb


But its a story about 'wolves.'

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:19 | 3645896 francis_sawyer
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Bingo ~


Booze Allen just bought up all the books so they can burn em...

Since supplies are now limited, you can expect to receive your copy [like ammo, gold, or silver] in 4-6 weeks... In the meantime, the black helicopters will arrive...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:26 | 3645931 Urban Redneck
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If they can access Amazon to BUY a copy of the book, then they can also download a ebook version for FREE...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:29 | 3645942 Chuck Norris
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Fahrenheit 451

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:06 | 3646115 francis_sawyer
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With "Fire Marshall Bill Burns" runnin' the show...


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:39 | 3645998 nonclaim
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you can expect to receive your redacted copy [like ammo, gold, or silver] in 4-6 weeks...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:57 | 3646083 Technical Difficulty
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+1 Had to log in just to up arrow this comment lol.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:01 | 3646370 Svendblaaskaeg
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"Booze Allen just bought up all the books so they can burn em..."

preparing the firewalls as we speak I guess, no pdf will be safe tonight!


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:19 | 3645902 jbvtme
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awareness must precede the clusterfuck.  this 1984 buy feels contrived.  just like snowden and catch 22. sandy hook and hunger games.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:25 | 3647321 S5936
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Btw clusterfuck himself Kunstlet did post this week, he mite of got disappeared , huh ?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:11 | 3645858 Blame Crash
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Good point. The prog fascists are confiscating ammunition by buying it all, aren't they!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:03 | 3646349 Kirk2NCC1701
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$85B/mo buys a LOT of stuff they don't want you to have.

Confiscation by money (and debt) creation. They are front-running us -- and that is the true value of ZH to them.

Fornicators! [vomits]

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:08 | 3646128 Wile-E-Coyote
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What if Obama is buying the books, bonfire on the white House lawn.

Ummm book burning who would do that?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:13 | 3645850 Dagny Taggart
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Agree Blotto - However awake we each think we are there are always people light years beyond us. How asleep must we look to them? It's all relative.

It's never too late to make the choice to wake up.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:10 | 3645856 Winston Smith 2009
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"the fact that the book is still available to the masses - means there is still time left..."

Nope, you can read or say anything you want until you become some kind of an actual threat to the status quo.  At that point, using the police state infrastructure already in place, you will be dealt with, just like Eliot Spitzer was after he started going after some of the Wall Street financial sector.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:25 | 3645880 Dr. Engali
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I disagree. Yeah sales may be up, but in the grand scheme of things the numbers are insignificant. The "patriotic" masses will be whipped into a frenzy over this and this invasion of privacy will be totally acceptable. Hell the masses are cool with the TSA thugs feeling up their kids in the airports. Why should this bother them?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:49 | 3646048 caimen garou
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I agree Doc, very few people have elected not to fly or give up cell phones or internet. hell how many of us are on the "list"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:10 | 3646133 Wile-E-Coyote
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Ahhh............ all of us!

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:01 | 3646367 PiratePawpaw
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They spent decades conditioning and training the masses. It was not for naught.

Ooooh! "Who wants to dance with the survivor all stars" is on...................

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:07 | 3646396 Kirk2NCC1701
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The dark power of the acquired Normalcy Bias strong with them is.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:53 | 3646558 e_goldstein
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The sampling of the Pew poll was a little over 1100 people; and knowing Pew, they probably called all of the respondents on their Obamaphones.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:18 | 3645885 fuckitall
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Don't get your hopes up GO's, it'll never "be time" regardless how many read that book, they want the "shock effect" like watching a horror flick, just entertainment.  You "woke up" long ago and look where we are now.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:07 | 3645832 jbvtme
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Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:22 | 3645913 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Better late than never. Sad thing is both those books were considered mandatory reading when we had a little thing called the cold war going on. Then again a lot people seem to forget there is a whole generation who was born after the fall of the Berlin Wall and USSR that Marxism is nothing more than a vague abstract construct in a book and not a real tangible everyday threat that surrounds them in their daily lives. The worst part is those that SHOULD know better aka the baby boomers and gen Xrs let it set back in and became complacent and are more concerned about their pensions and shiny baubles than fixing the problem they allowed to grow under their watch. They will sacrifice the very concept of America to get their pound of flesh out of the system at the expense of the system that allowed them to prosper in the first place.



Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:39 | 3646000 smithcreek
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Your off a bit with your generations.  Not a single gen-x'er I know believes he/she will see jack-shit.  I've never heard one claiming "That money I put money in the system is mine."  Quite the opposite, it's "I know I'll never see all that money."  My guess is that's something my generation has been conditioned to expect so we are not shocked when it happens.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:24 | 3646182 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I'm a gen Xr I know I ain't getting jack shit and unlike the complacent ones I ain't feeding the system and complaining about it while doing nothing and not willing do anything about it. The others around my age (late 30's early 40's) I talk to all think this can be fixed if you vote in the opposite party. They still think the normal rules apply, we are well beyond that but it seems when paradigm shifts happen no one wants to believe it until it is too late. There seems to be a common theme here the more invested in a dysfunctional system by an individual the more irrational they will get to keep status quo at the expense of everyone and everything else. Once you tip that balance in the other direction breaks or the system collapses shit will get fixed until them it is a frog boiling in the pot and a slow simmering death. Bottom line I don't see any Gen Xr's paying any more than lip service while feeding and enabling this mess.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:55 | 3646286 fuckitall
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Celente: "When people have nothing to lose, they lose it."

Long as American men have something to lose they won't revolt.  Comfy middle class lifestyles, homes, jobs, (obama-supporting) wives, etc.    Most are pussy-whipped wimps, guns or not.


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:04 | 3646384 PiratePawpaw
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They are losing that as we speak.

Im not sure if they will revolt then, then they will look to the govt for help.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:14 | 3646421 Kirk2NCC1701
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Well, Spain and Greece have taught the Elite, that even >50% unemployment wont lead to rebellion in a Western society.

We got a LONG way to go, even by American standards, IMO.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:53 | 3646065 SheepDog-One
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Exactly...if the public at large is just starting to catch on to whats going on right now, they're totaly fucked.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:56 | 3645766 LawsofPhysics
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Never going to happen.  Want to see the future of mankind, look at Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.  Go long black markets and sharecropping...


Oh yes, get your tribe in order as well.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:19 | 3645903 Winston Smith 2009
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"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever." -- George Orwell"

Orwell 1984 - O'Brien about Power

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:26 | 3645932 LawsofPhysics
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Not quite.  Even boot stamping requires energy.  With 7+ billion (and growing) the demand for calories is only growing.  Governments cannot print calories and so they will lose control, it's inevitable.  All eCONomies are local and will become even more so, hedge accordingly.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:36 | 3646235 Winston Smith 2009
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True, as long as the games and circuses can be maintained, the sheep will remain docile.  But when they end, there is revolution. "Any society is only three square meals away from revolution."

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:23 | 3647316 ponzisaurus
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Flour rations will be increased from 7lb to 5lb.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:54 | 3646332 samsara
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That's why when I first read about Peak Oil back in 2001ish  on FTW and  I knew it was humanity's only hope.   It is the One thing that will stop it.

All the camera's, computers , tanks, drones etc  require 24/7/365 smooth energy.  And a distribution grid that is up all the time.

You got it 100% 

Come On Peak Oil    Hello 1850's  good bye a few billion souls

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:43 | 3646797 ponzisaurus
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Plenty of energy for boots and face stomping once the herd is thinned a little.  Or of course we could form peaceful agrarian societies.  oops here come those unicorns again 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:56 | 3646341 samsara
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Oh yes, get your tribe in order as well.

Yes, I have been saying for along time the most frightening question to be asked in the future (by members of a Different Tribe)  is;

"You ain't from around here are ya?"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:56 | 3645769 Midasking
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too bad Human Action doesn't get that kind of boost when Bernanke speaks...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:57 | 3645772 ebworthen
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This book as well as "Animal Farm" and Huxley's "Brave New World" were required reading when I went through school in the 1970's.

Neither of my children were required to read any of them, nor were they discussed.

Good to see someone is buying this one.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:02 | 3645807 Sweet Chicken
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The fact that these three books are no longer required reading in high school speaks volumes. 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:09 | 3645849 jbvtme
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those books weren't warnings they were blue prints

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:17 | 3645892 Blame Crash
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How true.

Just like that book called "Manufacturing Consent"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:59 | 3646354 machineh
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And Report From Iron Mountain, which discusses possible manufactured threats (e.g., environmental destruction, UFO abduction, etc.) , before they came up with brilliant solution of 'terrorism.'

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:11 | 3646638 Herd Redirectio...
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Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:22 | 3646440 Kirk2NCC1701
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Watch 'Three Days Of The Condor' (with Robert Redford).

If you have, recall what his job was. Enough said. Except that these days they get 'terminated' differently.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:27 | 3645933 Winston Smith 2009
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"The fact that these three books are no longer required reading in high school speaks volumes."

And from what I've heard, civics is no longer a required course in most schools.  As full of propaganda as it may have been, at least it gave kids an introduction to the Bill of Rights.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:38 | 3646246 Ignatius
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Mass compulsory schooling from its very design was always about guiding the masses toward an elite end.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:14 | 3646648 Herd Redirectio...
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The Prussian school system, get kids segregated by age group, keeps them (relatively) immature. The American model up until that point was the country school house, K-12 in one building, the older kids basically helping to teach the younger ones (as well as providing role models).

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 14:22 | 3646989 Kirk2NCC1701
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All good info.  To build on your Prussian model, in modern Germany, kids are separated into different schools after Grades 4 or 5:  Into 1. Gymnasium (university-bound), 2. Realschule (community-college bound) and 3. Hauptschule (trade school bound). 

Seems to work well for Germany, although modern theorists are trying to impose and American (read 'Californian') system.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:35 | 3647369 ponzisaurus
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I would say thats a good system.  There is too much competition in the world to try to compete against  people who have natural aptitude and talant in that skill when you dont.  Its nice when the thing you like to do is the thing you are good at but it doesnt always happen.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:03 | 3645808 LawsofPhysics
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Being an adult/parent, I required all my childrent to read these.  Great life-lesson books.  Waiting tables is another experience I have forced upon my teenagers.  Great experience in identifying useful idiots.  One of the first things my oldest said to me after working for a week or so was that he was surprised by the people who actully gave good tips for good service (hint; it wasn't the the fucking "suits").

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:18 | 3646165 Sweet Chicken
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Well done. I firmly believe in every youngster having to work a service job to better understand and empathize with others. It certainly beats the idea of mandatory military service for your CUNTry. 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 15:13 | 3647241 fuckitall
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Starting a business is way better, pu's em lightyears ahead of their minimum wage "want fries with that" friends, and you discover their true mindset, entrepreneur, moron, or crook.  Sadly some parents discover they raised morons and crooks.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:05 | 3646386 Miffed Microbio...
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We did the same LoP. My oldest sold concessions at Sea World and my youngest works at a liqueur store. Yes, many times they came home crying and begging to be allowed to quit. Employers can be so hard! Boo hoo. After their fits we sent them back out again. Definitely toughened them up. It's hard being a parent today. My youngest's best friend got a brand new cherry red mercedes convertable at 16 and has never worked a day in her life. My youngest got our old Hyundai santa fe with 330k miles and has learned how to call a tow truck when it breaks down. Yes, I do get an earful how her life is so horrid at times. I hope someday she'll appreciate what we've done.


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:03 | 3645821 johnQpublic
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in high school in 1984 the teacher played the first apple advertisement in class before starting to teach 1984, brave new world, a canticle for liebowitz, and two other books in that class which i forget the titles of...oh, fahrenheit 451 was another

and we read and discussed all four during one quarter of school

but that first apple commercial got me, as did his comment that it was the tool to bring the books to fruition

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:01 | 3646368 machineh
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The 1984 commercial needs to be reshot with Obama, or Clapper, or Feinstein, or Boehner ranting up on the big screen.

Any stinkin' Depublicrat will do.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:04 | 3645825 Spastica Rex
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I also had to (was privileged to) read Fahrenheit 451.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:08 | 3645838 DaveyJones
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and Assimov's Foundation

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:19 | 3645904 DaveyJones
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of course the most telling piece of literature in the 21st century is "My Pet Goat" 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 11:04 | 3646109 prains
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not to be confused with the more secretive manuscript "Please Pet My Goat"

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:10 | 3645852 Rattling Bones
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Today's required reading is "Heather Has Two Mommies".

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:43 | 3646015 smithcreek
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Those books were required when the left mistakenly assumed they were a warning against the right.  Turns out they were a warning against the left, but it doesn't really matter since just about every politician right or left is happy to go along.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:54 | 3646071 SheepDog-One
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Yep I mentioned it yesterday that these were Jr High books when I was in school. 

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:54 | 3646564 Shitters_Full
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What is 'books'?

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:58 | 3645780 Racer
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People are buying it before it is banned. After all it is the guide book for the US gubmint and Fed

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:58 | 3645783 One And Only
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Pick up Animal Farm too

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 09:59 | 3645784 screw face
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bullish............expect a movie soon.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:20 | 3645908 Big Corked Boots
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There already is one.

I get the importance of Amazon sales, but given the intellectual capacity of Joe Sixpack, we should be tracking this film on Netflix as well.


Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:23 | 3645922 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Or the tweet compacted version for the ADHD generation.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:36 | 3645983 espirit
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I could see Feinswine as one of the lead characters in the currently re-written screenplay of the made for Faux TeeVee Movie.

The other 535 members of the cast are just filler.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 12:05 | 3646388 machineh
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... urgh, it don't taste right ...

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 10:01 | 3645796 grid-b-gone
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The description for 1984 just changed from "Futuristic Fiction" to "Documentary"

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