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16h UTC; THURSDAY, 18 JULY 2013: For the sake of insight vis-a-vis the point raised by the lead-off image about the unwitting exercise of doublethink by conservative prolefeeders as an essential weapon in misleading or deceiving viewers or listeners (as the case may be), perhaps we should let George Orwell explain the very mechanics of doublethink per his classic novel of police-state dystopia, Nineteen Eighty Four:
...It will be seen that the control of the past depends above all on the training of memory. To make sure that all written records agree with the orthodoxy of the moment is merely a mechanical act. But it is also necessary to remember that events happened in the desired manner. And if it is necessary to rearrange one's memories or to tamper with written records, then it is necessary to forget that one has done so. The trick of doing this can be learned like any other mental technique. It is learned by the majority of Party members, and certainly by all who are intelligent as well as orthodox. In Oldspeak it is called, quite frankly, "reality control". In Newspeak it is called doublethink, though doublethink comprises much else as well.

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt. Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies--all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth. Ultimately it is by means of doublethink that the Party has been able--and may, for all we know, continue to be able for thousands of years--to arrest the course of history.
And beyond all doubt, NewsCorpse, "the Internet's chronicle of media decay," ought be commended for exposing the depths which Fox News resorteth to vis-a-vis Rolling Stone's featuring a photo of Dzhokar Tsarnayev, the suspect in the Unfortunate Events at the Boston Marathon, on the cover of the current issue--no doubt inciting much in the way of public outrage and disgust as has prompted several retailers to not display or otherwise offer it for sale lest latent sensitivities be aroused.

Witness this announcement off the Facebook page of Hy-Vee, a Midwestern supermarket chain frequented by Your Correspondent:
To our customers:
Hy-Vee has received many questions and complaints from customers regarding the current issue of
Rolling Stone magazine, which features a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. In general, the decision whether or not to carry a particular publication rests with each individual store; however, in response to feedback from our customers, we have asked all our stores to refrain from displaying or selling the issue of Rolling Stone in question.
Which just goes to show how important consumer feedback can be.

In its turn, calling to mind the action of a 96-year-old neighbourhood store owner in Marshfield, WI as was threatened with a flick knife when a robber demanded all the money she had the other day; the owner responded with the suggestion that he could have all the Tootsie Rolls he wanted, but not the money--whereupon she pressed her LifeAlert button to summon the police, as responded posthaste.

In response to charges by New York State's Attorney General that charities which collected monies for the relief of Hurricane Sandy's victims in the New York City and Long Island regions may have misallocated such to Improper Purpose, some are no doubt sure to call to mind this deflated-by-Snopes Urban Myth about certain well-known charities supposedly undeserving of your donations because of the (presumed) misallocation of donations to executive perks at the expense of their otherwise noble and far-reaching aims. (In its turn recalling, at least within my family, its belief in giving disaster-relief aid to The Salvation Army rather than the Red Cross because of our late father's experience in World War II, where he discovered that the former's front-line canteens offered the troops coffee and donuts free of charge whereas those of the latter, sometimes located well out of harm's way, charged 15 cents for coffee and donuts.)

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