Here's a question: When did the year 1984 actually occur? My memories are at odds with the available history. I used to think it was immediately after 1983, but now I'm so sure. Did it happen only a little while ago? Say within the last ten years? Perhaps at the turn of the centaury? I know the impetus towards year zero increased after the attacks on America, but perhaps the roots extend even further back. 1995? I believe that's when they changed the caution given to suspects under arrest here in Airstrip One. I know it is wrong to mention this in this day and new age, but I recall a time when a person was presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and had the right to silence. (How on earth is a suspect supposed to know what they may or may not have to rely on in court until they hear the prosecution case against them?) That's not how society operates anymore. We have to prove our innocence. We accept the constant surveillance. We willingly carry personal items which record our every move. We gladly give up information about ourselves to social media sites. We don't care that those in authority want to know what we think. And alter it.
History is bunk. Do not question. Do what they tell you to do.
"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for being unpatriotic, and exposing the country to greater danger."
Hermon Goring, Nuremberg Trials.
(This week's observations will be available as a podcast from GCHQ anytime soon.)
More next week.
Try no to do the stupid things that stupid people do.