Posts Tagged: United States

Language Wars

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Most writers aspire to clarity in language. Politicians, of course, are the exception. Legislators are turning to language to obscure their intentions, claims Steven Poole over at the Guardian. Poole cites a trade deal between the EU and the United States that confounds the issue of tariffs known as TTIP:

One might be forgiven for concluding from this, and in general from the obfuscatory and often downright misleading bureaucratese in which TTIP’s aims are framed, that they are trying to hide something.

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Fifty Nifty United States with New Names and Equal Populations

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The Electoral College’s credibility may have taken a blow a few years back, but Neil Freeman has a plan to fix it: simply redistrict the entire country so that all fifty states have the same amount of people in them.

Okay, so maybe that legislation won’t pass anytime soon (Congress can’t get anything done these days!), but Freeman’s proposed map looks pretty cool.

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Hate’s Ugly Revival

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“Over the last decade Hispanic immigrants have become the main focus of American hate groups. According to Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, after September 11, 2001, the conservative media began discussing immigration as a national security issue, often using terms like “illegals,” “invaders,” even “potential terrorists” to describe undocumented immigrants.

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