Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. A large part of the political literature of five years was now completely obsolete. Reports and records of all kinds, newspapers, books, pamphlets, films, sound tracks, photographs—all had to be rectified at lightning speed. Although no directive was ever issued, it was known that the chiefs of the Department intended that within one week no reference to the war with Eurasia, or the alliance with Eastasia, should remain in existence anywhere. The work was overwhelming, all the more so because the processes that it involved could not be called by their true names. Everyone in the Records Department worked eighteen hours in the twenty-four, with two three- hour snatches of sleep. Mattresses were brought up from the cellars and pitched all over the corridors: meals consisted of sandwiches and Victory Coffee wheeled round on trolleys by attendants from the canteen. Each time that Winston broke off for one of his spells of sleep he tried to leave his desk clear of work, and each time that he crawled back, sticky-eyed and aching, it was to find that another shower of paper cylinders had covered the desk like a snow-drift, half-burying the speakwrite and overflowing onto the floor, so that the first job was always to stack them into a neat-enough pile to give him room to work. What was worst of all was that the work was by no means purely mechanical. Often it was enough merely to substitute one name for another, but any detailed report of events demanded care and imagination. Even the geographical knowledge that one needed in transferring the war from one part of the world to another was considerable.
— Orwell, George, 1984, published in 1949.
Ace of Spades yesterday: “Humiliating: Time Reporter Who Claimed Solyndra Was In Good Fiscal Health Nine Weeks Ago Is Forced To Report On Its Bankruptcy.”
“They’re not really paid to report facts; they are paid to reinforce the beliefs of liberals,” Ace adds, linking to the Verum Serum blog. “So this isn’t really as humiliating as it might seem — he carried Obama’s water. That was his job, his real job, and so he’ll be forgiven for completely missing the actual story.”
Still though, I believe the departing employees are receiving a 20 gram a week raise in their chocolate rations as part of their severance package. Doubleplusgood, eh?
Related: At the American Thinker, Ed Lasky adds, “Solyndra scandal only the beginning.” Can a functioning memory hole run on solar power? One way or another, we’ll soon find out.