Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Tue Oct 29 17:22:20 UTC 2002
On Tue, 29 Oct 2002, James A. Landau wrote:
#This usage can be traced back, facetiously of course, to George Orwell's
#_1984_ in which, for some reason I don't recall, the totalitarians deplored
#English's lack of exact antonyms. To cure this, they created words like
#Now a properly programmed computer is, among other things, the perfect
#bureaucracy. Any transaction performed (e.g. adding you to a listserve) can
#be reversed and the status quo ante restored (removing you from the
#listserve. If you never posted to the list, not only will the listserve have
#no record of your existence, neither will the list archives).
"Who controls the present controls the past.
Who controls the past controls the future."
-- Mark A. Mandel
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