Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tell Me Does This Remind You Of 1984 Newspeak?

The Trump administration gave the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) seven deadly words not to be mentioned… and we are included in the list.
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity
The Washington Post
By Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin
December 15, 2017

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

The question of how to address such issues as sexual orientation, gender identity and abortion rights — all of which received significant visibility under the Obama administration — has surfaced repeatedly in federal agencies since President Trump took office. Several key departments — including Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, as well as Justice, Education, and Housing and Urban Development — have changed some federal policies and how they collect government information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
This sounds so much like 1984 where they wrote words out of the dictionary, this is from Sparknotes
Newspeak is the official language of Oceania, scheduled for official adoption around 2050, and designed to make the ideological premises of Ingsoc (Newspeak for English Socialism, the Party’s official political alignment) the only expressible doctrine. Newspeak is engineered to remove even the possibility of rebellious thoughts—the words by which such thoughts might be articulated have been eliminated from the language. Newspeak contains no negative terms. For example, the only way to express the meaning of “bad” is through the word “ungood.” Something extremely bad is called “doubleplus ungood.”
The reaction from the staff…
The reaction of people in the meeting was “incredulous,” the analyst said. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’ ”

“In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint,” the analyst said.
Trump once again breaks new ground in establishing a new low.

5 comments:

Tanya Duval said...

A science-based study confirms I am vulnerable to have the entitlement to be a transgender. This condition of diversity had started when I was a fetus and is evidence-based if you look at me now.

joanna Santos said...

this is an abomination and that little weasel Jeff Sessions and other extremists in this deplorable administration are behind this. Get them out of office before they do more harm I say. Its like going back to the Salem witch hunts. These people are clearly not right in the head beginning with the fat orange cheeto...

Zippi Kit said...

God are these people stupid Ideologues. Lord help us!

Zippi Kit said...

Tanya, true! Transgender individuals occur across all of creation. It's not a choice, it's a fact.

I can't agree more with joanna Santos. It's time for these clowns to be laughed out of office. They are worse than having another plague if they get a hold on all the agencies that belong to ALL OF THE PEOPLE! We are a multi-cultural and multi-racial society, and that includes any classification of sex or gender.

They are the dangerous, autocratic tyrants. They could ruin our people's democracy with their undemocratic assaults on a country that was built by people escaping persecution.

Tanya Duval said...

My comment uses all the banned words listed.