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“Its a beautiful thing, the destruction of words . . . Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by eactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten.“ ~ George Orwell, 1984

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

By Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.

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The reaction of people in the meeting was “incredulous,” the analyst said. “It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’ ”

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Kelly told the analysts that “certain words” in the CDC’s budget drafts were being sent back to the agency for correction. Three words that had been flagged in these drafts were “vulnerable,” “entitlement” and “diversity.” Kelly told the group the ban on the other words had been conveyed verbally.

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But this is only happening in the official government writing. I would say the Trump Administration has brought out some of the most vivid and accurate language I have read since Adlai Stevenson ran for office, and in greater volume. The blessing of the internet is that this language can be read in every house and schoolroom around the world.
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i disagree, banning political correct terms, and the FCC getting rid of net neutrality.

is dangerous, once you figure out who's views the WH is trying to limit.



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It's pretty clear why most of those terms are on the chopping block. Those terms are not "politically correct" - this is just an attempt to appease Trump's base.

After all, it's difficult to have a rational conversation about abortion if you can't use the word "fetus" - and substituting emotionally charged terms like "unborn baby" isn't an acceptable solution.

Same goes for "transgender" - especially since the courts have struck down Trump's ban on transgender troops in the military (the DOJ has already filed a challenge to that). While "gender non-conforming" is technically correct it's not the word used in Trump's tweet.

The list also includes “evidence-based” and “science-based” - so no-one is allowed to say that anything is supported by science or evidence - must make the creationists and climate change deniers happy. As well as those who are pushing for the legalization of conversion therapy (something that not only doesn't work but is actually harmful). And so forth.
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Agreed now I'm curious what the researchers that work for the CDC are supposed to call a fetus, a word that comes from Latin and is from 600 AD. Viviparous organism in human development is the other term, quite a mouthful.
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It would also be difficult to not use the word when speaking about Zika virus, and other birth defects.
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I wonder if zygote, blastocyst and embryo are also on the list. Next they will be attacking our uterus, we can call it our pouch?
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Without being science-based, it has been decided that the diversity of vocabulary be limited to exclude the mention of vulnerable transgender bathrooms, the evidence-based Zika virus which can affect a developing fetus, and any entitlements sought for such circumstances.

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quote:

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I wonder if zygote, blastocyst and embryo are also on the list. Next they will be attacking our uterus, we can call it our pouch?



I'm not sure they know those words.
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