October 30, 2009

George Orwell, meet Vice President Joe Biden

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From 1984
by George Orwell

But actually, he thought as he re-adjusted the Ministry of Plenty’s figures, it was not even forgery. It was merely the substitution of one piece of nonsense for another. Most of the material that you were dealing with had no connexion with anything in the real world, not even the kind of connexion that is contained in a direct lie. Statistics were just as much a fantasy in their original version as in their rectified version. A great deal of the time you were expected to make them up out of your head. For example, the Ministry of Plenty’s forecast had estimated the output of boots for the quarter at one-hundred-and-forty-five million pairs. The actual output was given as sixty-two millions. Winston, however, in rewriting the forecast, marked the figure down to fifty-seven millions, so as to allow for the usual claim that the quota had been overfulfilled. In any case, sixty-two millions was no nearer the truth than fifty-seven millions, or than one-hundred-and-forty-five millions. Very likely no boots had been produced at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how many had been produced, much less cared. All one knew was that every quarter astronomical numbers of boots were produced on paper, while perhaps half the population of Oceania went barefoot. And so it was with every class of recorded fact, great or small. Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain.

The quote above is Winston Smith’s daily routine at the Ministry of Truth.  Smith would have to work overtime with Barack Obama in office.  Look at this graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from October 30th, 2009.

Unemployment graph from October 30th, 2009

Unemployment graph from October 30th, 2009

Now check out this video of Vice President Joe Biden from the Ministry of Truth MSNBC on the same day …



  1. “They tell you what they do for you. They don’t tell you, what they don’t do for you” — Nassim Taleb 🙂

    Comment by Mikyo — October 31, 2009 @ 3:45 am | Reply

  2. I’ve always suspected that 1984 wasn’t just given to us in high school as a good read. Scary.

    Comment by Miki — October 31, 2009 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  3. Great! Adding you to our blogroll!

    thomas jefferson club

    Comment by thomasjeffersonclubblog — October 31, 2009 @ 11:35 am | Reply

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  6. Obamy-wan: “These aren’t the unemployed you’re looking for…”

    Comment by charley2u — October 31, 2009 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

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