When will the final straw fall?Thread Started December 16 at 3:49PM
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from a Senator Kamala Harris newsletter e-mail this morning:
"If you missed it this morning, policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention were told by the White House that the following words or
phrases are now "forbidden" from being used:
Can there be any question left that Trump despises the Age of Enlightenment?
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Reply on December 16, 2017 04:04 PM
I saw that today, and thought perhaps I was reading it wrong, and not understanding the story...but I read it again and I have no idea why the use of words could possible mean so much...yes I believe trump just doesn't know as much as some of our children, when it come to science, and the connections between it and medicine/disease...but somebody must...or are they all living in their own little world.
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Reply on December 16, 2017 04:52 PM
This is just my opinion, but if we look at the 7 words..
I think all of this has something to do with what's going to be in the next agency's budget...and what will be not...
Transgender information wouldn't be in any report from that agency...or funding be reduced or even eliminated...that's clear...trump, and his supporters are against these folks anyway...and those are the people he wants to keep happy..
The administration is not concerned about women, and their medical problems, such as abortion, needed medical care during pregnancy, babies that are born with health problems...and so I would imagine that there is something about women's health that is not in the budget, or at least will be reduced.
And when the word "vulnerable " is used, right away I would think of the "poor"..minorities, and those in poor health...or living in areas where one would find people that depend on reduced rate immunizations where those areas of his budget will probably be reduced...or eliminated.
The CDC does so much in the way of research,
trump just doesn't want us to think, and use the common sense that we have.
Whether those words will be used or not, in any documents, reports, or communications...people will be fully aware of what is being discussed.
I could be totally wrong in what I'm saying, but knowing trump...he has to lean toward what will keep his supporters happy, and since he doesn't know much about anything...he can't see that people are not stupid and can see pass the changing of words.
What he is concerned with is spending less, for those that need it most...
Again, this is just my opinion, and it wouldn't be the first time that my opinion is just what I think...not reality..
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Reply on December 16, 2017 05:42 PM << Modifed December 16 at 5:43PM >>
"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it."
George Orwell, 1984
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Reply on December 17, 2017 04:34 AM << Modifed December 17 at 4:35AM >>
The following terms and words will no longer be used when describing the Trump administration:
intelligence, tolerance, equality, American prestige, diplomacy, respect, smoovness
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Reply on December 17, 2017 05:02 AM
Thank you for your detailed reply, Mrs M, that makes sense. I was wondering why they mightn't be allowed to use the word 'foetus'. The others I understood what the reason might be.
Still, a few moments with a thesaurus should get round the problem:
vulnerable - impuissant
entitlement - perogative
diversity - variegation
transgender - alternatively sexed.
foetus - fertilized egg
evidence-based - has verification from reliable sources.
science-based - grounded in methodical study of the material world.
Reply on December 17, 2017 03:55 PM << Modifed December 17 at 3:56PM >>
Ah yes, key-word funding. I'm not really certain what the administration is referring to exactly, but it seems like a bureaucratic move to further weaken the Affordable Care Act by introducing homeopathy as an alternative to allopathy for insurance coverage.
For example evidence-based has a very specific meaning, as does science-based. The VA recently mandated inclusion of acupuncture, reiki, reflexology and other CAM in veterans medical benefits and will require that they be offered at VA medical facilities, ignoring the lack of evidence and federal rules on what medical benefits can be covered.
I would guess fetus could well refer to embryonic stem cell research.
Reply on December 18, 2017 02:43 PM << Modifed December 18 at 3:00PM >>
While the absurdity (and politically-driven arrogance) of including entitlement,
transgender and fetus on the list of "forbidden" words as issued by the White
House to the CDC (and surely deserving of derision) it is the remaining 4 of 7
words are the ones we should be terrified by.
.......... vulnerable - diversity - science-based - evidence based
These are issues at the core of reasoned and enlightened comprehension of the
the world we live in, as regards our health and welfare.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) which includes in its Mission Statement:
.........."To protect America from health, safety and security threats?Whether
.......... diseases start at home or abroad...fights disease and supports communities
.........and citizens to do the same.
and lists as its third pledge to the American People:
.........."To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides
.......... health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous
.......... health threats"
has been advised by an unnamed, government-paid, policy analyst that alternative
wording for "science-based" or "evidence-based" might be
.......... The CDC makes this recommendation based on science and in consideration
.......... of community standards and wishes.
Personally, I think the three "absurd" words were included merely as a signature
Trump distractionary tactic, (i.e. emotional trigger) with the aim of drawing attention
away from the real threat. . . . . . .the dismantling of reliance on science in
favor of politically expedient bias and preferences, not to mention opportunities for
exploitation in the name of financial gain for the powerful few, at the expense of the
Reply on December 18, 2017 03:34 PM << Modifed December 18 at 3:35PM >>
Absolutely. The manipulation and restriction of language as a means for ensuring compliance with a particular ideological position is unfathomably evil.
Just a question: has anyone in the CDC or outside of it thought to challenge the legal right of the Republican Party to censor language? I can't imagine it sits well with them.
Reply on December 18, 2017 04:31 PM
Sources inside the CDC have state "They will not lie down quietly"
Reply on December 18, 2017 08:18 PM
Trump may threaten to send the bogeyman to the beds of those who refuse to lie down quietly.
American politics is fast going to hell in a hand-basket. Hoodwinked simply doesn't cut it any more. The farce is fast turning into a diabolical fiasco, and the lay folk won't know what hit 'em when it does.
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