Saturday, December 16, 2017

Gag Rule

The state government of Florida has been relentlessly mocked for forbidding civil servants to use the term "climate change." That comes straight from the governor himself, Slackjaw Rick Scott.

Well two can play that game. The other, sadly, happens to be the Mango Mussolini, Donald Trump. The White House has issued a list of words the Center for Disease Control is prohibited from using in any official budget documents.

The banned words are: "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "fetus," "evidence-based" and "science-based." Do I detect a certain bias in this?  We know Trump doesn't care for anything evidence-based or science-based. Even our own prime ministers, past and present, have not always cared for such things.

What's that line? Something about how "the truth will set you free." Maybe that's exactly what they can't stand.


Tal Hartsfeld said...

They can get around that by being very tactful:
"Based on evidence put forth by certain scientific (or academic) branches and organizations ..."
Rewording can enable the CDC to still get their messages and agendas through.

Tal Hartsfeld said...

Maybe use the phrase "possible (or probable) evidence" instead of just "evidence" ...

UU4077 said...

Forbidden words? But, free speech!

the salamander said...

.. the bottom line is..
Who is behind this particular concept and specifics..
Who decided this was to be official policy ?
Who determined the specific list of forbidden terms.. ?

It does seem way over the head
of the slovenly doddering president
who can barely spell
and was likely out golfing..

This a Bannon or Miller type un-American intervention

the salamander said...

.. this is not complicated.. its actually a boomerang
a 'shoot yourself in the foot' moment for tRumph et al
a 'what were we thinking' stupido walk off the cliff thing..

A little applied lateral thinking by seasoned journalists
should solve the problem and totall embarass
and flummox the fake president via his press secretary

Edward De Bono suggests problem solving may best be achieved
by correcty forming or stating the problem within a question

So.. a good question for slippery slimy Sara Huckabee Sanders
might be something innocent sounding, along the lines of..

'With respect, when will President Trump identify
or fire the author of this new official policy?
Is he aware yet of this official violation
of Freedom of Speech by a White House aide,
underling, intern or senior cabinet advisor
He'll demand to see the original memo or email
directing such a failure violating The Constitution
as otherwise it clearly indicates he's signed
a Presidential Order directing this?

tRumph needs to 'own this' personally
or throw someone specific under the bus
Anyone more clever than I should be able to craft
such a question far better than I have.. & immediately

Otherwise, I can't wait to hear her slime out
a weasel word salad to explain this is his brilliant policy
Yes.. she's lretty damn good at it
but she needs to be hung out to dry
and a little, a lot of humiliation goes a long way
And.. the policy reeks of a creep or creeps
like Bannon & Miller or Alex Jones & Sean Hannity
getting buy-in from tRumph while golfing

I'd love to see the signed Presidential Order produced

Trailblazer said...

List of Newspeak words
In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the fictional language Newspeak attempts to eliminate personal thought by restricting the expressiveness of the English language.

In keeping with the principles of Newspeak, all of the words listed here serve as both nouns and verbs; thus, crimethink is both the noun meaning "thoughtcrime" and the verb meaning "to commit thoughtcrime". To form an adjective, one adds the suffix "-ful" (e.g., crimethinkful) and to form an adverb, "-wise" (e.g., crimethinkwise). There are some irregular forms, such as the adjectival forms of Minitrue, Minipax, Miniplenty, and Miniluv (Ministry of Truth, Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Plenty, and Ministry of Love, respectively – all ministries of the active government in Nineteen Eighty-Four).

To say that something or somebody is the best, Newspeak uses doubleplusgood, while the worst would be doubleplusungood (e.g., "Big Brother is doubleplusgood, Emmanuel Goldstein is doubleplusungood").