Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thanx for letting us know... the Orwellian memory hole

File under Orwellian memory hole:

From our good friends at Wikipedia:

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a web site or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.[1][2][3] The concept was first popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four."

Castro Says He's No Longer Leader of the Communist Party
AP/NYT, March 23, 2011

Fidel Castro said Tuesday for the first time that he had resigned five years ago from all official positions, including chief of the Communist Party, a job he was thought to still hold. In an opinion piece, Mr. Castro wrote that when he got sick in 2006, “I resigned without hesitation from my state and political positions, including first secretary of the party ... and I never tried to exercise those roles again.” The article, which was published on the state-run Cubadebate Web site overnight and in newspapers on Tuesday morning, caught many people by surprise. “It’s incredible. Nobody can believe it,” said Magaly Delgado, a retiree in Havana. A Communist Party Congress is expected to name a new party leader in a few weeks — presumably Mr. Castro’s brother, Raúl, who is now president.

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