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Magdalene asylums were institutions from the 18th to the mid-20th centuries ostensibly for "fallen women", a term used to imply sexual promiscuity. Asylums for these girls and women (and others believed to be of poor moral character, such as prostitutes) operated throughout Europe, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the United States for much of the 19th and well into the 20th century.
The first asylum in Ireland opened on Leeson Street in Dublin in 1765, founded by the Protestant Lady Arabella Denny. In Belfast there was a Church of Ireland run Ulster Magdalene Asylum (founded in 1839) on Donegall Pass, while parallel institutions were run by Catholics on Ormeau Road and by Presbyterians on Whitehall Parade. Initially the mission of the asylums was often to rehabilitate women back into society, but by the early 20th century the homes had become increasingly punitive and prison-like.
In most of these asylums, the inmates were required to undertake hard physical labour, including laundry and needle work. They also endured a daily regime that included long periods of prayer and enforced silence. In Ireland, such asylums were known as Magdalene laundries. It has been estimated that up to 30,000 women passed through such laundries in Ireland. The last Magdalene asylum, in Waterford, Ireland, closed on September 25, 1996.
1 - Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
2 - Create a gulag (Create a secret prison system that practices torture not accountable to the law)
This puts pressure on the society as a whole.......eventually turning against it's own citizens.
3 - Develop a thug caste
4 - Set up an internal surveillance system
5 - Harass citizens’ groups
6- Engage in arbitrary detention and release
7 - Target key individuals
8 - Control the press (Ours already is)
9 - Dissent equals treason (Bradley Manning)
10 - Suspend the rule of law (What this thread is about and go back to #2).
Originally posted by ArrowsNV
Oh boy do I love living in the USA in this day & age... :|
Now I understand why my father pushed me so much to read "1984" as a child...
Remember, Big Brother is Watching.
Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created, for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology — where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests purveying contradictory truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!
On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you'll see why 1984 won't be like "1984