A New U.L.S. member, and a post on 1984 by George Orwell

If you like good literary criticism, you’ll want to read this analysis of George Orwell’s 1984 by Robby Cheadle.

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Underground Library Society

Thank you to Robbie Cheadle for her post on 1984 by George Orwell. With this entry, Robbie has joined the U. L. s., the Underground Library Society, dedicated to opposing book censorship and book banning. Please visit her blog Robbie’s inspiration .

If a society similar to that depicted in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury were to somehow come into existence and all books were banned, I would want to be part of any group involved in preserving books. If that meant learning a book off by heart, I would be prepared to do that. The big question for me would be what book to choose.

Out of all the wonderful and amazing books out there, my choice is 1984 by George Orwell. My over view of this book and my reasons as to why I believe it is still relevant to us are as follows:

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Scene: Thanksgiving Day. T minus 30 minutes.

The bronzed bird is resting on the counter, but you need the drippings to make the gravy.

The potatoes are boiling furiously, and you are waiting to drain some of that starchy cooking water into the pot for the gravy. (A tip you found long ago). The mashing tools are ready and waiting.

You have just rolled out the crescent rolls, which need a short time and little oven space. Good thing those candied sweet potatoes and extra casserole of stuffing are about finished.

The fresh cut green beans have been steamed, and are now in a skillet with butter and sliced almonds on the back burner.

You found out how delicious those fresh cranberries can be, and you made them the night before, while the second batch of pumpkin pies was baking. The first batch was set aside, since you forgot to…

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Great-Great Grandfather Knows Best: Democracy, 1945

In traditional cultures the elder functions as a source of wisdom
and folk history.

Our elders, the visionaries who wrote and passed so many of the laws and public services  that made American Democracy the most prosperous democracy in human history used film to teach their children what they had learned from the Great Depression and the horrors of fascism.

This ten-minute film includes a brief discussion of feudalism; the film analyses why Germany, one of Europe’s great democracies , succumbed to fascism.

Democracy, released in 1945 was made by Encyclopedia Britannica for high school civics classes.

Screenshot from Democracy 1945 that illustrates that two signs of a healthy democracy are shared respect between citizens and shared power
Two signs of a healthy democracy are shared respect between citizens and shared power in decisions that affect everyone, This requires the ability to compromise.
Screenshot from democracy_1945 discussing the need to verify that the news one reads and hears is credible
When you read a paper or listen to a news program look for balanced presentation, disclosure of sources, and the competence of the staff. Make sure that opinions are clearly stated as such and kept on the opinion pages.

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San Bernardino School Shooting: How Do You Explain Murder to a Child?

It’s horrible that we and our children have to live like this.

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My daughter is brave, smart, and, I’ve been, told advanced. But could her little body manage a bullet fired by a gunman who bursts into her classroom with revenge on his mind, fueled by psychotic anger blinding him from all rationality? Parents in San Bernardino are asking themselves a similar question, as their city suffered yet another tragic shooting. This time at an elementary school, no less.

A special-education classroom at North Park Elementary on Monday received a surprise visit from a familiar man who regularly visited the school, where his wife taught. But on this day, he stormed in with a gun firing despite a room full of kids ranging from 1st graders to 4th graders. His wife died at the scene in the hail of bullets, and an 8-year-old boy who was critically wounded died later that day at a local hospital. A…

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