In the New Digital Era the Classic Book “1984” Can be Updated and Called “11111000000”. Here is How The Updated Version Begins.

Gorge Orwell’s 1984 is now the #1 best seller on AmazonI wonder why.

But that makes it time for a fully updated version.

The new title for the digital age is simple to derive.  Astonishingly, the decimal number “1984” in binary is:

11111000000

Five “1”s followed by six “0”s.

So, here is the suggestion for how the updated version starts:

Thirty years after his father had worked at the Ministry of Truth, his son Winston Smith, Jr. now worked there.  The big change was that Ministry had discovered that it was no longer necessary to change the memory of the truth. In the digital era, it was enough merely to confuse it.

 

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Stoking Paranoia — Trump to Remove Head of DC National Guard at 12:01 on Inauguration Day

A key element of fascism is a loyal paramilitary gang, and the elimination of any opposition to such a gang.

So the announcement, without any reason, that the head of the DC National Guard is to be fired at 12:01 PM on inauguration day as soon as Trump takes power, has to be taken as a scary sign.  As the Washington Post Reports (above link)

“The timing is extremely unusual,” [Guard Commander] Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post. During the inauguration, Schwartz would command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration.

One would hope that this would be investigated.  But, by whom?

Hopefully this is about folks throwing their power around, which is bad enough. I would guess that there have been arguments between the transition team and the private security force.  Is this just payback, or intimidation, or centralizing control?

But, there are, of course, other theories about what is now going to happen at 12:01 that are truly frightening.  See you at Guantanamo.

P.S.  Recent reporting includes the possibility that the acceptance of a routine pro forma resignation was part of a batch.  But when folks behave the way these do, the burden of proof is on them.

Memo to World: Just Ignore Everything Trump Says

After the latest Trump brouhaha , this time the on again and off again new arms race, the lesson is simple.  We, the whole world, has to learn to completely ignore what he says, with two exceptions below.

The reason for the no-attention policy is that Trump is so all over the place, and the motives of he and his team so complex or irrational, or changing, that relying on anything will cause gross errors in strategy, with potentially disastrous consequences.

Most likely this is all intentional misdirection.  The danger of misdirection, of course, is that when people figure out what you are doing, the risk is that you are giving away what you are trying to hide.  Think of the D-Day deception.  The more a magician does with one hand, the more you know you have to pay attention to the other hand.

We all have to focus on appointments (terrifying), formal proposals (not clear yet) and other actual actions.  So, mere talk of an arms race, irrelevant.  Appointment of a warmonger or weapons contract advocate, scary and happening already, but yet cause for action.  Ordering a new weapons system, finally proof that the anxiety was right and now actionable.

If you really know the context of the words, including the bureaucratic situation, Trumps mood and context, and the interests in play, you may, repeat may, be able to make some inferences, but be really careful.

The only exception to this rule is that is words can be a guide to his mental state (relevant under the 25th Amendment) and to what can be best called his “psycho-strategy,” In other words how he intends to get inside the brains of those who would support or oppose him.

The other exception, of course, is that is his behavior opens every opportunity to de-legitimate his intellectual, moral and political authority.

 

Trump Just Moved the Fascism Doomsday Clock Closer to Midnight — 25th Amendment Remedy Standard is Arguably Met Already

In terms of our democracy, Trump’s statement today is the most dangerous thing he has said since the election.  From Politico:

Donald Trump on Sunday used the platform of the presidency to peddle a fringe conspiracy theory to justify his loss of the popular vote, claiming without evidence that millions of people voted illegally Nov. 8.

Trump’s tweets marked an unprecedented rebuke of the U.S. electoral system by a president-elect and were met with immediate condemnation from voting experts and others. And they offered a troubling indication that Trump’s ascension to the highest political office in the United States may not alter his penchant for repeating unproven conspiracies perpetuated by the far-right.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump wrote on Twitter. There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim and PolitiFact ruled it false.

This is bad enough when he did win the Electoral College, while losing the popular vote very significantly.

But imagine for a moment that this is four years later, and President Trump has lost the Electoral College (regardless of what happens in the popular vote.) and he makes this statement

We would just have been given the most serious constitutional crisis ever.  Its not many steps to an actual coup, and perhaps leads there inevitably.

So, I am urging now that such a failure to acknowledge reality should be seen as making the President, in the terms of the 25th Amendment “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” thus requiring a triggering of the 25th Amendment process to remove the President.  Its going to ask a lot of the Vice President and Cabinet, or alternative Congressional designee group, as outlined in the Amendment, to start this process, but this may be the first real indication it might become necessary, and Trump and Congress need to be on notice and ready.

So I now think the Trump Fascism Doomsday Clock should be moved closer to midnight by one quarter of a minute.  I hope someone takes this project on, and gets experts to vote on a permanent ongoing tracking system, with a proper starting point.