Some of you may think that the War On Terrorism is a wonderful reason to give your freedom and rights away. The fact that your government is spying on you may not phase you at all. It's okay that they can read all of your emails, text messages, internet searches, and facebook activity. After all we have to catch the terrorists, right? The main misconception people have is that which constitutes a "terrorist" in the eyes of the government. You might picture a turban-wearing middle eastern man, but when you find out that political activists, and people who do internet searches about government conspiracy are higher on the list than you'd think, it starts to raise a few eyebrows. We have freedom of thought do we not? Why should the government be concerned with our beliefs or opinions? Of course, if you ever actually do internet searches for conspiracy you learn a wealth of information that the media and your politicians have not told you, and you begin to see exactly why they would want to keep an eye on those people. Big Brother does not want the black sheep to inform the "sheeple" of the true nature of the world he lives in, because the Sheeple are content to protect and serve their masters. Sheeple is slang terminology combining sheep and people, and refers to those who "follow the herd". Those who refuse to think for themselves, and are so indoctrinated that they would defend the lies they believe in, sometimes even unto death.
Most everyone knows of the term "Big Brother", attributed to George Orwell's "1984", an excellent book that has slowly shown us the picture of our future. Essentially the term encompasses the belief and love in a "big government", whom the people worship and adore, and whom has constant surveillance and intrusion into the lives of it's people. You may want to believe that it is entirely fiction, but all it takes it opening your eyes to see that Big Brother is alive and well in our government, and growing every day. Events such as 9/11 (PRS) have been wonderful tools used take away your freedom and rights under the guise of "fighting terrorism" ... for your own "safety".
QUOTES FROM "1984"
'A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he alone.. At the apex of the pyramid comes Big Brother. Big Brother is infallible and all powerful. Every success, every achievement, every victory, every scientific discovery, all knowledge, all wisdom, all happiness, all virtue, are held to issue directly from his leadership and inspiration.”
--George Orwell, "1984"
"War is peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength." - George Orwell, "1984"
"A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledgehammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic." Part 1, Chapter 1, pg. 16
"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious." Part 1, Chapter 7, pg. 74
"A nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face." Part 1, Chapter 7, pg. 77
"She only questioned the teachings of the Party when they in some way touched upon her own life. Often she was ready to accept the official mythology, simply because the difference between truth and falsehood did not seem important to her." Part 2, Chapter 5, pg. 154
"The terrible thing that the Party had done was to persuade you that mere impulses, mere feelings, were of no account, while at the same time robbing you of all power over the material world." Part 2, Chapter 7, pg. 165
"It's the one thing they can't do. They can make you say anything - anything - but they can't make you believe it. They can't get inside you." Part 2, Chapter 7, pg. 167
"The consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival." Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 192
"a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with extraordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture."Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 194
"Even the Catholic Church of the Middle Ages was tolerant by modern standards. Part of the reason for this was that in the past no government had the power to keep its citizens under constant surveillance. The invention of print, however, made it easier to manipulate public opinion, and the film and the radio carried the process further. With the development of television, and the technical advance which made it possible to receive and transmit simultaneously on the same instrument, private life came to an end." Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 206-7
"the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty." Part 2, Chapter 9, pg. 215
"We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull." Part 3, Chapter 3, pg. 268
Newspeak is a fictional language in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the novel, it refers to the deliberately impoverished language promoted by the state. Orwell included an essay about it in the form of an appendix in which the basic principles of the language are explained. Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. This suits the totalitarian regime of the Party, whose aim is to make any alternative thinking—"thoughtcrime", or "crimethink" in the newest edition of Newspeak—impossible by removing any words or possible constructs which describe the ideas of freedom, rebellion and so on. One character, Syme, says admiringly of the shrinking volume of the new dictionary: "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words." The aim of Newspeak is to narrow the possible thoughts a person can have to a point where thoughtcrime will be impossible because there will be no language in which to understand it. Successful Newspeak meant that there would be fewer and fewer words – dictionaries would get thinner and thinner.
The basic idea behind Newspeak is to remove all shades of meaning from language, leaving simple expressions (pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, goodthink and crimethink) which reinforce the total dominance of the State. Similarly, Newspeak root words served as both nouns and verbs, which allowed further reduction in the total number of words; for example, "think" served as both noun and verb, so the word thought was not required and could be abolished.
The Newspeak term for the English language is Oldspeak. Oldspeak is intended to have been completely supplanted by Newspeak before 2050 (with the exception of the Proles, who are not trained in Newspeak and whom the Party barely regards as human). To simplify grammar and eliminate shades of meaning, prefixes are added to simple adjectives. In Newspeak, "good, excellent, bad, and awful" are changed to "good, plusgood, doubleplus good, or ungood." "Goodful" would mean well. Instead of "very hot," a Newspeaker would use "doubleplusuncold." Newspeak is designed to make it impossible to express any unorthodox thought. For example, one could attempt to attack the government by saying, "Big Brother is ungood." Because of the language of Newspeak, there would be no words to explain or back up this statement and it would be comprehended as illogical, similar to describing winter as hot.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a generic term that is used to describe a system that transmits the identity (in the form of a unique serial number) of an object or person wirelessly, using radio waves. It's grouped under the broad category of automatic identification technologies.
RFID is in use all around us. If you have ever chipped your pet with an ID tag, used EZPass through a toll booth, or paid for gas using SpeedPass, you've used RFID. In addition, RFID is increasingly used with biometric technologies for security.
Unlike ubiquitous UPC bar-code technology, RFID technology does not require contact or line of sight for communication. RFID data can be read through the human body, clothing and non-metallic materials.