Things to ponder

Wall-E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wal Mart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Aldous Huxley to George Orwell in 1949

 “Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government…”

 Drug Companies Drive the Psychiatric Drugging of Children

“According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 12.3 percent of boys and 5.5 percent of girls age 5-17 were diagnosed with the disorder [ADHD] in 2009…which almost inevitably leads to treatment with stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin, Dexedrine and Adderall.”

Idiocracy (Dystopian future comedy)

Connecticut U.S. Senate Candidate and former WWE magnate Linda McMahon

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Soma – a hallucinogen used to placate the masses and keep them docile

 “’I don’t understand anything,’ she said with decision, determined to preserve her incomprehension intact. ‘Nothing. Least of all,’ she continued in another tone ‘why you don’t take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You’d forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you’d be jolly. So jolly’”

 CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years

  • 23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants, a higher percentage than any other group (by age or sex)
  • Women are 2½ times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men (click here to read a May 2011 article in the Harvard Mental Health Letter about women and depression)
  • 14% of non-Hispanic white people take antidepressants compared with just 4% of non-Hispanic blacks and 3% of Mexican Americans
  • Less than a third of Americans who are taking a single antidepressants (as opposed to two or more) have seen a mental health professional in the past year
  • Antidepressant use does not vary by income status.

George Orwell’s 1984

 We are at war with Eastasia. We have always been at war with Eastasia”

 Glenn Greenwald

 “The fact that war is the word we use for almost everything—on terrorism, drugs, even poverty—has certainly helped to desensitize us to its invocation; if we wage wars on everything, how bad can they be?”

Roman poet and satirist Juvenal on the declining Roman empire’s practice of providing citizens bread and costly entertainment as a means of maintaining political power

 … Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses”

Bread…

“More than one in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the federal government wants even more people to sign up for the safety net program.” CNNMoney


…and circuses

“Madonna, the first female Super Bowl halftime headliner since the notorious Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” of 2004, was carried, Cleopatra-style, into Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium by a cadre of muscled gladiators.” NationalPost.com


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