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Hi all,

Please help me to better my understanding of the following excerpts :

'(He is) a champion of the sanctioned use of armed force in pursuit of policy objectives'

---> Does 'sanctionned' means that 'He' approves the use of armed force?

'Let me begin with some sentimental appeals to our national myths; assorted clichés coined by the state; the ideological shorthand meant to sweep your private doubts away of this virtual training course.'

---> There ares several words I don't fully understand : 'appeals', 'coined', 'shorthand'...

'It’s just the logical extension of the decades of bilge water that you’ve let us pump into your homes.'

---> Here I understand litterally all words but not the global meaning of the sentence.

'The pink noise that hums away in the background while you run the gauntlet we force on you everyday. 'The billowing candy floss that helps to soften the blow.'

---> Here I don't understand anything Emotion: smile ....

Thx in advance.

Regards
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1-- here, sanctioned means approved; sanctioned can also have the opposite meaning, though: prohibited.
2-- appeals = empassioned requests; coined = created; shorthand = symbolic or abbreviated form.
3-- It is the result of years of pretentious and misinformational language that the media (?) have brought into your homes.
4-- I presume we are still speaking of bilgewater: pink noise is pleasant, lulling white noise; candy floss is another image for the same overly sweet, soothing semi-truths.
Thanks a million for your precious help Mister Micawber Emotion: smile
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Hi again!

I have one more sentence for which I need support.
I find the next sentence really convoluted and I can't rephrase correctly.

"The following views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the prevailing order,
who prostrate to their naked kings, tailor the seams of funeral shrouds on foreign shores,
but shed no tears for the dead of the endless list of informal wars –
the justification for will be spelled out coming soon to a screen near you. "

Thx Emotion: smile
There seems to be a word missing. Which part do you not understand, Gnaignia?
In fact nothing's missing.
This excerpt comes from a song lyrics and I presume the sentence ends right after the word 'war'.

The following views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the prevailing order,
who prostrate to their naked kings, tailor the seams of funeral shrouds on foreign shores,
but shed no tears for the dead of the endless list of informal wars.

Here are the words I don't get :

'prevailing order'
'tailor the seams of funeral shrouds on foreign shores'

Thx in advance,
Regards
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(It is I, MM-- I had logged out and was about to turn in... which I am going to do now.)

There is no word missing between for and will in the last line?

'prevailing order'-- there's not enough context to be more specific than that it means those in power, the current administration.

'tailor the seams of funeral shrouds on foreign shores' = make a profit / do business in war-related goods & services... perhaps.
No there is no word missing...and I convey this sentence seems uncorrect.
Sorry that I can't clarify the context better.

Thank you for your help MM in this topic.