Nov 4, 2012 by stimulator
So on tap this week:
1. Ride the Taco
2. Romney and Obama’s climate silence
3. Chinese Resistance to Civilization
4. You are not in Mexico S.A.
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with Noam Chomsky
Oct 23, 2012 by AUC
Noam Chomsky, philosopher, political analyst and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivered a lecture at AUC titled “Emerging World Order and the Arab Spring.” The lecture was held on Tuesday, October 23 at Ewart Memorial Hall, AUC Tahrir Square.
Chomsky is widely regarded as the founder of modern linguistics and is the author of more than 100 books on topics ranging from linguistics to political science and journalism. In 2005, he was voted as the leading public intellectual by the British Prospect magazine, and the Chicago Tribune described him as the most quoted author alive today.
by Gaither Stewart
Oct. 29, 2012
Hidden away somewhere within the labyrinth of the Pentagon there must be a top secret euphemism department engaged in the invention of the Orwellian surrogate words that have crept surreptitiously into the American English vocabulary and from there translated into many other languages. In my mind I see a unit of studiously serious executives, coffee mugs in their hands and their neckties awry, devising senseless terms for terrible things and used unthinkingly by people today from New York to California, from Maine to Texas. The goal of my imaginary secret unit is to render ugly terms meaningless or to transform them into their opposite. To quote the perceptive Scottish writer, Candia McWilliam, “plain words are always under threat.” There are words that don’t say what they mean and there are words that say what they don’t mean.