The rocket bombs which fell daily on London
were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself,
'just to keep people frightened'.

28. Reality Control

'It's always one bloody war after another,
and one knows the news is all lies anyway'.

Since each of the three super-states is unconquerable, each is in effect a separate universe within which almost any perversion of thought can be safely practised. Reality only exerts its pressure through the needs of everyday life - the need to eat and drink, to get shelter and clothing, to avoid swallowing poison or stepping out of top-storey windows, and the like. Between life and death, and between physical pleasure and physical pain, there is still a distinction, but that is all. Cut off from contact with the outer world, and with the past, the citizen of Oceania is like a man in interstellar space, who has no way of knowing which direction is up and which is down. The rulers of such a state are absolute, as the Pharaohs or the Caesars could not be. They are obliged to prevent their followers from starving to death in numbers large enough to be inconvenient, and they are obliged to remain at the same low level of military technique as their rivals; but once that minimum is achieved, they can twist reality into whatever shape they choose.

All the beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived. Ownership of the print media made it easy to manipulate public opinion, and the film and radio carried the process further.

At this moment, in April 1984 (as Winston writes his diary) Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which HE happened to remember. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had ALWAYS been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible. Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.

All that was needed was unending series of victories over your own memory. 'Reality control,' they called it: in Newspeak, 'doublethink'.

In the ramifications of Party doctrine Julia had not the faintest interest. Whenever he began to talk of the principles of Ingsoc, doublethink, the mutability of the past, and the denial of objective reality, and to use Newspeak words, she became bored and confused and said that she never paid any attention to that kind of thing. One knew that it was all rubbish, so why let oneself be worried by it? She knew when to cheer and when to boo, and that was all one needed. If he persisted in talking of such subjects, she had a disconcerting habit of falling asleep. Talking to her, he realized how easy it was to present an appearance of orthodoxy while having no grasp whatever of what orthodoxy meant. In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it. They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening. By lack of understanding they remained sane. They simply swallowed everything, and what they swallowed did them no harm, because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird.

It was rather a shock to him when he discovered from some chance remark that she did not remember that Oceania, four years ago, had been at war with Eastasia and at peace with Eurasia. It was true that she regarded the whole war as a sham: but apparently she had not even noticed that the name of the enemy had changed. In the end he succeeded in forcing her memory back until she did dimly recall that at one time Eastasia and not Eurasia had been the enemy. But the issue still struck her as unimportant. "Who cares?" she said impatiently. "It's always one bloody war after another, and one knows the news is all lies anyway."

But in some ways Julia was far more acute than Winston, and far less susceptible to Party propaganda. Once when he happened in some connexion to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, 'just to keep people frightened'. This was an idea that had literally never occurred to him. She told him that during the Two Minutes Hate her great difficulty was to avoid bursting out laughing. But she only questioned the teachings of the Party when they in some way touched upon her own life.

He picked up the children's history book and looked at the portrait of BIG BROTHER which formed its frontspiece. The hypnotic eyes gazed into his own. It was as though some huge force were pressing down upon you - something that penetrated inside your skull, battering against your brain, frightening you out of your beliefs, persuading you, almost, to deny the evidence of your senses. In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense. And they would kill you for thinking otherwise. The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. His heart sank as he thought of the enormous power arrayed against him, the ease with which any Party intellectual would overthrow him in a debate, the subtle arguments which he would not be able to understand, much less answer.

And yet he was right! They were wrong and he was right. At one time it had been a sign of madness to believe that the earth goes round the sun. Being a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad. The obvious, the silly, and the true had to be defended. Truisms are true, hold on to that! The solid world exists, its laws do not change. Stones are hard, water is wet, objects unsupported fall towards the earth's centre. With the feeling that he was speaking directly to O'Brien, and also that he was setting forth an important axiom, Winston wrote:

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.


World Trade Center in NY attacked (hit by planes & blows up). BBC, September 11, 2001-2007. Go to MUSLIMS DEFY LAWS OF PHYSICS (2 + 2 = 5) & 9/11 HI-JACKS OR HI-JINKS? & LINDBERGH'S ANTI-WAR SPEECH ("foreign interests forcing USA"). delivered on Sep 11, 1941

USA university shooting kills 33 (alleged shooter kills self) & How can schools keep students safe? (build elaborate 'security' systems). BBC, Apr 17, 2007. Go to SCHOOLS LIKE PRISONS

Gunman attacks a Canada college (wearing black trench coat, military boots, Mohawk haircut, emotionless as he fired weapons) & 1st day for police in schools ("they'll be doing a lot more than just patrolling the halls"). BBC/WLNX News, 9/13, 2006. Go to SCHOOLS LIKE PRISONS

Plot to blow-up 12 planes over USA cities (bombs in carry-on pop bottles to be detonated with iPods). Guardian, Aug 11, 2006

Iraqis cry - "When will this stop?" ("Where is the government?"). KhaleeTimes, May 20, 2006. Go to IRAQ AFGHANI PHONY WARS

Oklahoma Bombing 11th anniversay ("thought there was an earthquake") & Waco Inferno 13th Anniversary (gov't uses heavy-handed tactics). BBC, Apr 19, 1993 & 1995. Go to OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING

USSR's foreign minister advises Canada (to continue war in Afghanistan) & Canada gives war decision to General (no parliament vote or people consent). Canada.com/CBC, Mar 7, 2006. Go to WHERE'S THE ENEMY'S ARMY? & AFGHANISTAN REMEMBERED & IRAQ A MAGICIAN'S TRICK & THE MILITARY ARE MAD

Canada Beats Russia 5-0! (World Junior Hockey Champions) & Nyet, nyet for Russia now (gold medal showdown with Canada after Russia wins over USA) & Canadians take cheap shots at USA (shout 'USA sucks - Go Russia go'). Vancouver Sun, Jan 5, 2006. Go to BOO FRIEND, CHEER ENEMY

Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbour (USA enters World War too). December 7, 1941 - 2005 & Pacific Fleet Admiral blamed for attack (didn't know about Operation Magic's secret decoding of plans & timing). WOAI.com, Dec 7, 2005. Go to TORA! TORA! HORROR!

NASA hands space station to Moscow (Mission Control in hurricane's path) & USA HANDS USSR SPACE STATION. AP, Sep 24, 2005 & USSR USING WEAPONIZED WEATHER. Sunday Times, Aug 8, 2004 & JFK ON WEATHER MASTERY

Russia, China expand military cooperation (conerned over USA domination). RadioFreeEurope, Sep 6, 2005

Sniffer dogs to detect tube bombs (used by police in London). BBC, Jul 20, 2005 & Jackals make perfect sniffer dogs (used all over USSR). Go to ANIMAL FARM DOGS

Reader arouses curiosity with: MORE MOON HOAX QUESTIONS. Jun 21, 2005

Jackson says he's a victim of conspiracy ('It's one of their many schemes to drag me through the mud'). USA Today, Mar 28, 2005. Go to MICHAEL JACKSON'S A VICTIM & GULLIVER DISCOVERS HISTORY FALSIFIED

Thousands of Britons may carry Mad Cow (90% of cases would remain "sub-clinical" & never develop into illness). Scotsman, Jan 12, 2005 & Mad Cow may lengthen beef ban to USA (19-month ban cost Canadian beef industry more than $5 billion). TorontoStar, Jan 12, 2005 & Latest Candadian Mad Cow no threat (no chance of contaminating food chain). NewsMedical.net, Jan 12, 2005. Go to MAD COW TERROR & JAMES BOND FOOT & MOUTH

KILLING JFK FOR FUN (video game of Kennedy assassination - an educational "docu-game" to help disprove conspiracy theories). Globe & Mail, Nov 22, 2004

USA soldiers ready to attack Falluja (no one knows if rebels are there "But the enemy has got a face. He's called Satan. He lives in Falluja. And we're going to destroy him"). BBC, Nov 7, 2004. Go to12.Minipax & FRIENDS AT ARMAGEDDON & ZIONISM IN AMERICA & UNCLE SAMuel WANTS YOU!

ORWELL TODAY ON WAR (answering 64-Billion dollar question: Why did Bush go to war against Iraq?). Oct 16, 2004

Apollo Anniversary July 20, 1969: Moon Landing "Inspired World" (the Party line status quo). National Geographic, Jul 20, 2004. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & MOCKUMENTARY MOON DOC

CF-18 drops bomb on Yellowknife (while on way to watch Russian military exercises in Artic). CalgaryHerald, Jun 19, 2004. Go to 6.Super-States & 7.Systems of Thought & RUSSIAN WAR GAMES ANYONE?

Nichols convicted of state murder charges (no witnesses identified Nichols as man who bought fertilizer or stole explosives or committed robbery). Yahoo! AP, May 26, 2004. Go to 4.Old World Destruction & OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING & TERROR BILL IS TERROR

GULLIVER DISCOVERS HISTORY FALSIFIED (world misled by prostitute writers). Apr 24, 2004. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & 16.Ministry of Truth (Lies)

GULLIVER EXPLAINS CONSPIRACIES (workmanship of persons who desire to raise their own characters). Apr 22, 2004. Go to 20.Thought Police

Terror past & future planned (setting fires in forests, pollution of food systems, attacks on airports & railways). WorldNetDaily, Apr 8, 2004. Go to 36.Hateweek & ORDER OUT OF CHAOS & WHO YOU GONNA BLAME? OSAMA!

SUICIDE BOMBERS (Israel fabricated child-bomber story; had TV camera crew waiting). Aljazeera.net, Mar 27, 2004. Go to 16.Minitrue & 36.Hate Week & STAGED EVENTS

9-11 TO 3-11 IS 911 DAYS (points out observant reader). Mar 13, 2004. Go to 42.Party Tells Why & BIG BROTHER SYMBOLISM

Madrid blasts: Who to blame? (collusion of Eta splinter-group sympathetic to Islamic al-Qaeda?) & Europe rethinks war on terror (Europe's 9-11 is 3-11). BBC, Mar 12, 2004. Go to STAGED EVENTS and WHO YOU GONNA BLAME? OSAMA!

MOON HOAX DARK SIDE (nothing is as it seems). Vancouver Sun, Mar 1, 2004 & The last man on the moon ('didn't just leave Earth physically'). Straits Times, Feb 29, 2004. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & THE MOON SONG

Sars could bring curb on travel (contacts of victims refusing vaccination quarantined in hotels or residences). Guardian, Jan 12, 2004. Go to WHO SAYS SARS POEM & HEALTH CRUSADERS

Bill gives UK ministers new powers (without approval from parliament). Telegraph, Jan 7, 2004. Go to TERROR BILL IS TERROR

Gloom in Saddam, Sri Lanka (Saddam double part of US/UK ploy evading issue of missing WMDs & USA's murder of Iraqi civilians). BBC, Dec 16, 2003. Go to WHERE IS OSADDAM BIN?

Queen tours fake Nigerian market (built by BBC studio producers). Telegraph, Dec 5, 2003. Go to 16.Minitrue & 17.Falsification

WTC a controlled demolition implosion (thermite melted inner cores - not aircraft impact & fuel fire). Physics 911, Nov 26, 2003

USA STAGED 9/11 ATTACKS (says book by ex-Cabinet minister). London Telegraph, Nov 20, 2003. Go to 28.Reality Control & 9/11 HI-JACKS OR HI-JINKS?

Magic Bullet fired from 6th floor; hit the President in the back: exited from his throat; entered Connally's back & shattered 5 inches of rib bone; then exited chest near right nipple; then struck his right wrist shattering radius bone with fragments of bullet winding up in his left leg above the knee & dropped out on his gurney in Parkland hospital in pristine condtion. Warren Report, Sep 27, 1964. Go to JFK ASSASSINATION & JFK ASSASSINATION: TRUTH DENIED & DEALEY PLAZA ACCOUSTIC EVIDENCE

Dark Side of the Moon documentary: MOON PHOTOS WERE A HOAX ('but we DID go to the moon' say Kissinger-Rumsfield-Haig-Helms). Passionate Eye, Nov 17, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & WHAT'S A CONSPIRACY THEORY?

Soldier facing court martial (for saying Bush lied about reasons for going into Iraq war). Radio Ink, 11-13, 2003. Go to 10. Rulers & THE ROAD TO WAR & WARMONGER EXPLAINS TO PEACENIK

Where is the Iraqi army? (no photographs or witnesses - must have disappeared into thin air). Sydney MH, Nov 3, 2003. Go to WHERE'S THE ENEMY'S ARMY?

China preparing war against USA (accelerating modernization of weaponry). Rense.com, Jun 27, 2003 & Red China taking Pentagon tour (as part of military exchange). WashTimes, Jun 27, 2003. Go to 6.Super-States & ARMING OUR ENEMIES

WNV has potential to kill hundreds (CDC creates Mosquito Awareness Week; "Fight the Bite" is their slogan). Scotsman, Jun 24, 2003. Go to 36.Hate Week WEST NILE STORY & HEALTH CRUSADERS: ACT III & BIO-CHEM WARFARE

Russia/USA joint war games (naval exercises in Pacific). SpaceWar, Jun 13, 2003. Go to PACIFIC MISSILE UN-CRISIS

Air defence tested tonight (also practice shooting down civilian, passenger aircraft). WashPost, Jun 4, 2003. Go to PLANE DISASTERS REVISITED & 36.Hate Week & 9/11 WAS COLCHESTER BOMB

"We need a New World Order" (say China and Russia, "to oppose United States hegemony"). CNS, May 28, 2003. Go to 2.Big Brother & 6.Super-States

Ohio trucker in al Qaeda bust (sneaking evil-doers into USA for spring/summer offensive). NY Post, May 27, 2003. Go to SNOWBALL AS O'SADDAM

Military on highest alert (for attacks on American soil ahead of specific threat). WashPost, May 21, 2003. Go to 36.Hate Week

19 million birds slaughtered (due to one suspicious death & Dutch may slaugher 100-million). Scotsman, Apr 30, 2003. Go to HEALTH CRUSADERS: ACT IV

Bush suspected Saddam in 9-11 (colluding with Osama all along). Telegraph, Apr 27, 2003 & Smoking gun stinks of spooks (documents found in Baghdad). Daily Mirror, Apr 28, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & SNOWBALL IS OSADDAM

WHO CONTROLS WINSTON'S MIND?

ODDS AGAINST SARS (chances of being murdered or struck by lightning are better). National Post, Apr 24, 2003. Go to 17.Falsification of Present & HEALTH CRUSADERS

Newspaper doctored Iraq photo (faked on Photoshop programme). Indy Media, Apr 17, 2003. Go to 16.Minipax (Lies) & 17.Falsification

So where are the Weapons OMD? (1st war in history that was justified by an illusion). Independent, Apr 13, 2003. Go to IRAQ A MAGICIAN'S TRICK

Code Red to trigger Lockdown (total suspension of liberties). Rense.com, Mar 31, 2003. Go to 36.Hateweek & ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

WHO gives Toronto an order (quarantine for SARS outbreak). Toronto Star, Mar 27, 2003. Go to HEALTH CRUSADERS

China sabre rattling USA (says Iraq a testing ground for USA weapons & strategy). CNN, Mar 25, 2003. Go to 6.Super-States IRAQ A MAGICIAN'S TRICK

UK preparing massive morturaries (when war in Iraq commences terrorists will strike in Britain). Independent, Mar 8, 2003

USA capital prepares for war (military-police state set up). Wash Times, Mar 2, 2003. Go to 12.Ministry of Peace (War) & 36.Hate Week & TERROR BILL IS TERROR

USA resumes food to communists (NKorea missiles 'not disturbing'). Bloomberg, Feb 25, 2003. Go to ARMING OUR ENEMIES

Terror alert was false alarm (story made up to scare people). ABC News, Feb 14, 2003 & Bad tip boosted terror alert (CIA offers preparation handbook). Wash Post, Feb 14, 2003. Go to 36.Hate Week

USA on Terror Alert (army & police deployed in Homeland). MSNBC News, Feb 13, 2003

Yard may shut Heathrow (cops/army form ring of steel). London Standard, Feb 12, 2003. Go to 36.Hateweek

ORWELL'S VISION IS STILL ALIVE IN 2003. The American Reporter. Jan 22, 2003

"Made In USA" a phony prop (hiding "Made In China" boxes). ABC News, Jan 23, 2003

Bio med stocks up 70% (profit in new vaccines depends on bio-terror for market). Financial Post, Jan 22, 2003. Go to BIO-CHEM WARFARE

How did those WTC buildings collapse? (how were laws of physics changed?). Baltimore Chronicle, Jan 22, 2003. Go to 9-11 A STAGED EVENT?

Students hide under desks (in 'hypothetical gunmen' drill). National Post, Dec 7, 2002. Go to SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

"War without death" says Pentagon (mask reality so voters won't recoil). SanFranGate, Nov 18, 2002

Newly disclosed JFK medical file (according to an "historian" who "took notes" but no copies). NY Times, Nov 16, 2002. Go to 17.Falsification of Past & THEY KEEP KILLING KENNEDY

USA terrorizing Germany (building "Islam-is-bad" base there). Scotsman, Nov 6, 2002

Book exposes Military plot (to commit terrorism in USA). ABC News, Oct 24, 2002. Go to "THE MILITARY ARE MAD"

Truth is 1st casualty of war (going in under false pretenses). TimesOnline, Oct 22, 2002

USA wants gun registration (using sniper as excuse).. Ottawa Citizen, Oct 18, 2002. Go to GUN CONTROL and Shootings occur near sniper school (courses for military & police)

Enemy is everywhere & nowhere (chaos brings post-modern world). London Telegraph, Oct 17, 2002. Go to ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

Pizza delivery leads to jungle hideout (hostages die, Osama man escapes). London Telegraph, Sep 14, 2002

USA-VP hiding in secret cave (Al Queda here? there? EVERYWHERE!) National Post, Sep 11, 2002. Go to 36.Hate Week

Al Qaeda produces 9-11 video (a superimposed Osama plots "Holy Tuesday"). New York Daily, Sep 10, 2002. Go to 16.Ministry of Truth

Severe changes to legal rights (911 brought in USA Patriot Act). Rense.com, Sep 9, 2002. Go to 21.Crimestop and DISSENT is TERROR

"Oswald killed JFK" says government ($5.6M to "Texas Theater" museum). Yahoo! Reuters, Aug 24, 2002. Go to MEDIA IN JFK ASSASSINATION

Tonkin incident might not have happened (staged to get USA into Vietnam). San Antonio, Aug 4, 2002. Go to STAGED EVENTS

FBI warns of nerve gas attack (by "al-Qaida" on Independence Day). KYW-TV News, Jun 7, 2002

Nato embraces Russia as partner (working together against terrorism). Herald Sun, May 28, 2002

USA believes new attack 'inevitable' (could be tomorrow..next week..next year..). The Scotsman, May 20, 2002

Kissinger pushes US-China relations (has deals worth billions with communists). Newsday.com, Apr 15, 2002. Go to 7.Systems of Thought and CORPORATE COMMUNISM

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE...RIGHT? (was Grassy Knoll culprit behind 9-11 too?) Vancouver Sun, Feb 23, 2002. Go to WTC BEFORE AND AFTER

Russia preparing to boost oil exports (may become main supplier of oil to USA). United Press International, Feb 4, 2002. Go to COMMUNISM BY ANY OTHER NAME

Britain asks to use Communist bases (wants to deploy troops from inside China). The Times, Jan 31, 2002. Go to Superstates & COMMUNISM BY ANY OTHER NAME...

'One plus one can equal three, not zero' (says Bush to Putin at Texas high school). Washington Post, Nov 15, 2001.

Bush the Elder hails China's anti-terrorism stance (USA and China are shoulder-to-shoulder in unity). Toronto Star, Nov 8, 2001.

FERTILIZER BOMB 'NONSENSE' SAYS EXPERT, The Spotlight, Sep 26, 1995

PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE A FERTILIZER TRUCK BOMB DID THIS DAMAGE are, to quote Orwell, "denying the evidence of their own senses"

Internet conspiracy game challenges reality. The Herald, March 27, 2001

Jackie Jura
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