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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
speaking truth to power
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Figures by a Windmill in a Snow Covered Landscape
Lodewijk Apol, date unknown

Lodewijk Apol (The Hague 1850—The Hague 1936) was a Dutch landscape painter and printmaker. The Rijksmuseum purchased his painting The Hague Woods when Apol was only 25, assuring the success of his career.

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Knowingly enabling infectious fatal diseases to spread is part of the psychotic breakdown going on in DC. They've dragged their feet to where talk of preventing Ebola in the US is transparent pretence. Even aside from Obama, the key people aren't serious about timely containment. The CDC's director, Thomas Frieden, is an MD who let his license lapse years ago, recruited from Bloomberg's NY City where he enforced the mayor's medicalized nannyism: a ban on large soft drinks, a smoking ban, a salt ban, a transfats ban, mandatory calorie counts at restaurants and other because-we-can harassment. Another team player is Obama's Ebola Kommissar, a political fixer whose job is to prettify the ugly truth until the election and beyond, with eager support by our incurious news media art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif.

As if Ebola weren't enough, DHS has imported illegal alien kids known to be carriers of serious infectious diseases such as enterovirus D68, escorted them directly from our southern border into the—formerly, our—schools in every state art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif. Some physicians are braving persecution as whistle blowers and speaking out, as in this amazing article:

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Soon, after school doors opened this semester, doctors and hospitals across the country began tackling massive flare-ups of infectious diseases and severe respiratory illness among children. Experts have called these outbreak unprecedented. “It's worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care” ... I've practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I've never seen anything quite like this...” Hospitals throughout America are reporting record breaking numbers as their emergency rooms are overwhelmed beyond capacity.
Jack Dennis at examiner.com

This is what we get for electing an affirmative action president with forged credentials, schooled in Islam in his youth, tutored in his teen years by a revolutionary Marxist and convicted pedophile, an adoring student of a black supremacy cult in adulthood, whose political career was kick started by a violent extremist with Final Solution ambitions for tens of millions of us, and whose administration features suspiciously large numbers of covert jihadists, race warriors and other deranged extremists. These enterovirus D68 outbreaks aren't accidental, they're the equivalent of a broad front biological attack, coordinated and carried out by agencies in DC best equipped to predict the results of what they've done. DC is taking multiculturalism to insane, homicidal levels. If there's an explanation that better fits the facts than intentional ethnic attrition, it hasn't appeared yet.

Craig Spencer, the "dedicated humanitarian" doctor who returned to New York City from Guinea where he was treating Ebola victims, then was diagnosed with the disease himself, should have been quarantined in situ before returning. He had every right to go to an Ebola infested pest hole and do his thing, knowing the risk of infection. But he doesn't have the right to risk the life of bystanders. And here again the authorities made avoidable errors from an excess of deference and sunny suppositions.

First the New York City Department of Health said he gallantly self-quarantined, then they admitted he took cabs and the subway to go out dining and bowling a few hours before testing positive. What has he said that wasn't a lie? Looks like an Earth First tactic, Ebola at 550 mph. Hey doc, how about a little "humanitarian" concern for those of us unbedazzled by suicidal self-sacrifice, or is Doctors Without Borders a terrorist outfit in disguise? What else should we think about those who introduce Ebola where it wasn't before? Shall we believe our possible deaths are an unfortunate but acceptable side effect of an otherwise noble venture? If Doctors Without Borders believes we're grateful for the privilege of dying for their cause they've been misinformed, most of us remain unconvinced the world is in any danger of running out of West Africans in the first place.

The city says they've learned from the Dallas disaster, which is true, like Dallas they've assured us there's nothing to worry about, on no grounds whatever—a near equivalent to lying. We notice they get hysterical telling us to remain calm. Please excuse us for worrying about agony and death from a disease that liquifies our innards and can be contracted from normal looking 'dead men walking'. We also notice they choose their words carefully, as lawyers do, misleading us by using strict definitions laymen have no reason to know, the difference between "airborne" and "aerosol transmission" for instance. What we think their words mean could cost us our lives. In the same spirit of non-disclosure, the city's rescue teams have been instructed to not use the word "Ebola" or related terms in their communications. The city has instead issued innocuous sounding code phrases. And so it is they squander what little confidence remains.

Credibility can survive failure, but not a series of avoidable failures, nor unprofessional antics, condescending kiddy-talk, outright stupidity and clumsy lies. We've seen "medicine by opinion" and it doesn't work. A less extravagant medical establishment would serve us just as well, perhaps better; less unproductive weight to carry around, less justifying the unjustifiable and fewer disastrous public relations gigs trying to protect appearances.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Ridin' into the sunset

Hello. I'm stepping out from behind my Remus persona to tell you something directly. Woodpile Report will come to an end soon, a month say, maybe sooner. Yep, jes like that. Gone. Why? Well, it's been fun. I've enjoyed doing it. I'll miss it. But I won't miss it enough to keep doing it for ten more years. And I've put off other things long enough. So it's time for ol' Remus to tap the dottle from his pipe, get his coat 'n hat and go back to where he came from. I now return you to your regularly scheduled Woodpile Report. Remus, take it away.

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1943 Pepsodent magazine ad

Although Pepsodent was a leading product from the 1920s into the 1950s art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif, it was slow to adopt fluoride and suffered a disastrous market share loss for it. In the US it's now a licensed brand sold at discount stores.








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Worst Case Scenario: The international response is perpetually behind the curve. Every response action is 8 to 12 weeks too late. Statistics from the WHO become volatile and are unreliable as the lack of deployed personnel make hard numbers impossible to pin down. As more people become infected, a significant mutation arises that allows for a longer asymptomatic but infectious period, increasing the R-0. Globally, cases continue to double every 16 days, contact tracing infrastructure outside the West becomes saturated, and hospitals are overrun, says this report, Ebola 2014 is Mutating as Fast as Seasonal Flu, from Operon Labs.

From the field - "I have a field team in Monrovia. They are running tests. They are telling me that viral loads are coming up very quickly and really high, higher than they are used to seeing. It may be that the virus burns hotter and quicker."
Peter Jahrling, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, via zerohedge.com

Gag order - An FDNY memo instructs all personnel to use more vague terms when discussing the deadly disease, which is threatening to become a global pandemic. “At no point shall a dispatcher transmit over the radio any message containing the word ‘Ebola’ or related terminology,” according to the advisory.
Cohen, Schram and Italiano at nypost.com

Patients being "disappeared" to prevent panic - Doctor Lawrenzi said that shortly after the arrival of patient zero–Thomas Eric Duncan–in the United States, he was told by a doctor at Truman Lakewood Medical Center in Kansas City they had taken in a possible Ebola patient who had a high fever and was bleeding out of all his orifices having recently returned from West Africa. The following day, Lawrenzi was told by the doctor that the patient had “disappeared” against medical advice, but that he wouldn’t have been able to leave on his own given his medical condition... “These patients are disappearing, they’re doing something with the patients and God knows where they’re going,” said the doctor.
Paul Watson at infowars.com

Illegal aliens with illnesses being secretly quarantined - “The agents are telling us that they’re seeing some people who are obviously sick, with shivering type illnesses, with possible dehydrating illnesses like diarrhea and vomiting. Those people are disappearing, we don’t know what they have, where they’re going, where they’re taking them – surely they’re being quarantined somewhere we just don’t know where and even the agents don’t know what the diagnosis is of these illnesses.”
Former Border Patrol Agent Zach Taylor, at dcclothesline.com

DC adopts the WHO/Nigerian model of not reporting cases - With the Obama administration's long track record of imprisoning or threatening journalists, soldiers, and whistle-blowers along with intimidating its enemies using the FBI, DHS, and IRS, it is little wonder that the United States has had five days without any new Ebola cases reported. I would not expect anything until after November 5th if then; and look for the sudden bouts of illness to be reported as seasonal flu or a new type of pneumonia, not the pandemic threatening our nation now.
John Galt at johngaltfla.com/wordpress

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Africa First - The Obama administration has sent—not 3,000, as they originally claimed, but 4,000—U.S. troops to assist in efforts against Ebola in Liberia. This will include 700 members of the 101 st Airborne. They were supposed to be tasked with building special Ebola field hospitals to compensate for the inadequate facilities there. Recent reports, however, state that they will be in direct contact with patients. Despite this, they are not being issued any hazmat suits, just gloves and masks. Now Obama has called for the National Guard and Reserves to pack up for Ebola country.
James Simpson at aim.org

Death panels - The care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, who received dialysis and intubation and infected two nurses caring for him, is spurring hospitals and medical associations to develop the first guidelines for what can reasonably be done and what should be withheld... "This is another example of how this 21st century viral threat has pulled us back into the 19th century," said medical historian Dr. Howard Markel of the University of Michigan.
Steenhuysen and Begley at reuters.com

'Nuther one - A New York City doctor who was working in Africa with Doctors Without Borders has tested positive for Ebola. He is being treated in isolation at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.

Oops 1 - Dr. Mary T. Bassett, commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, claimed in a press conference last night that the latest Ebola patient had self-isolated since returning from Africa. Later, she admitted that in fact the patient had spent a lot of time in public and with other people.
Daniel Halper at weeklystandard.com

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Oops 2 - With the news that the first confirmed case of Ebola has hit New York City, all attention now turns to how equipped the densely populated metropolis is to deal with the deadly virus - and if the city really is as prepared as they claimed to be in a press conference Thursday evening. Perhaps throwing things into doubt are photos taken outside the Harlem apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer, who was admitted to the hospital with a 103 degree fever earlier today. They show police officers tossing their gloves, masks and the caution tape used to block off access to his apartment in a public trash can.
Chris Spargo at dailymail.co.uk

It begins - An extraordinary number of Bellevue Hospital staffers called in sick on Friday rather than treat the city’s first Ebola patient—and those who showed up were terrified to enter his isolation chamber. “The nurses on the floor are miserable with a ‘why me?’ attitude, scared to death and overworked because all their co-workers called out sick,” one source said.
Schram and Celona at nypost.com

What scares this ER doctor - I love emergency medicine. I love helping people and saving lives and I think I’m pretty good at it, but I am also a person and I have a wife and three children that I love and want to see grow up. I also am keenly aware that not a damn thing I do will have any real impact on the survivability of a patient with either the Spanish flu or Ebola. Fluids, rest and prayer is about all there is to offer... The battleground of this problem can't be in the hospital. It is unwinnable in our emergency rooms. I think I might just call in sick.
Dr. Louis Profeta at linkedin.com



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Competence gap meets honesty gap

There is a sense of unraveling, a sense that officials are not merely out of their depth in addressing problems but incapable of spotting the problems in the first place. It is a short step to incompetence when you lose sight of what you are expected to be competent at accomplishing. It turns out that when real crises rivet their attention, the rubes still expect the government to protect and defend them. At that point, the government must either attend to those basic duties, or lie. This government has made its choice, says Andrew McCarthy in this article, Incompetence Meets Mendacity in Obama Administration’s Ebola Response, at National Review.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Lies my government told me

Rather than prudently implementing a travel ban for visitors from Liberia and West Africa, Obama has left the door open to his African brothers, putting the interests of fellow blacks, with whom he feels a kinship, ahead of others. This, or course, has been true of Obama in many instances during his administration. It is a form of de facto reverse discrimination, as well as a reckless means to further biological terrorism, as I have recently charged in a complaint I filed a few weeks ago against the president and his enablers at the CDC, says Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch in this article, Obama-CDC lies spread like Ebola, at WND.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Clinton's other sex scandal

The Office of the Inspector General of the State Department found in its latest investigation that Clinton aides had “created an appearance of undue influence and favoritism” in a number of cases including that of Ambassador Howard Gutman. Covering up for Gutman’s sexual abuse of children would have been about more than just the State Department’s usual white wall of silence. Like many European ambassadors in the new administration, Gutman was not a diplomat — he was a donor. A man like Christopher Stevens might be sent to Libya, but positions in European capitals were mostly reserved for major contributors to the Democratic Party, says Daniel Greenfield in this article, Clinton’s Pardons for Pedophiles, at Front Page Magazine.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The Derb as an optimist

The end of white ethnomasochism. The pathetic willingness to drop trou and bend over for bullying agitators from other ethnies, may be receding. There are signs. Without white ethnomasochism the whole diversity racket collapses. No more staffing up police and fire departments with incompetents and crooks so the quota numbers come out right; no more wafting of magic negroes into high office on thermals of sentimental guilt; no more front-page sob stories in the New York Times about illiterate Guatemalan welfare moochers “seeking a better life”; no more tolerance of black mobs looting stores to protest imaginary wrongs. If whites stop hating themselves, it all goes away, says John Derbyshire in this article, The Optimistic Column, at Taki's Magazine.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Common Core math

Two huge forces are converging on American students. On the one side, they won’t be taught to do math in any thorough or efficient way. On the other side, they will be virtually ordered to seek wrong answers, or at least be comfortable with them. Some kids who have great innate math ability will survive and be able to do mathematics. But everybody else will be math-phobic, math-ignorant, or math-helpless. You will learn to avoid answer-getting and become comfortable with truth-hating, says Bruce Price in this article, Math is on life support. Can we save it?, at American Thinker.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The future of time

Events judged to be in the past by one observer may still lie in the future of another; therefore, past and present must be equally definite, equally “real.” In place of the fleeting present, we are left with a vast frozen timescape—a four-dimensional “block universe.” Over here, you are being born; over there, you are celebrating the turn of the millennium; and over yonder, you’ve been dead for a while. Time, according to this view, belongs to the realm of appearance, not reality, says Jim Holt in this article, The Grand Illusion, at Lapham's Quarterly.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Obituaries and exotic chickens

The obits section is quite misunderstood. People have a primal fear of death, but 98 percent of the obit has nothing to do with death, but with life. There are maybe two sentences in there about when or where the guy died and with the rest, you let the person’s life guide the treatment. We like to say it’s the jolliest department in the paper, says Alex Ronan in this article, The Art of the Obituary: An Interview with Margalit Fox, at the Paris Review.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg New record shows last flip of Earth’s magnetic poles happened quickly

The last magnetic reversal occurred in less than a century, which means that the magnetic poles traveled to the opposite geographic poles going at least two degrees latitude per year. No intermediate positions were detectable, though, so we can’t say much more than that—it could have been nearly instantaneous. That’s pretty important information for researchers trying to work out how the geodynamo of Earth’s liquid outer core flips its magnetic poles, says Scott Johnson in this article, The north pole moved to the North Pole in a single human lifetime, at Ars Technica.



But wait, there's more

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Inland Manufacturing M1 Carbines– Rebirth of an Old Name, by Sam Trisler at Guns America

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's, by Antonia Molloy at The Independent

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist, by Jason Taylor at the Express

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif How to Raise a Pig That Tastes Like Whiskey, by Rachel Arndt at Popular Mechanics

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif “I’ll Come To Your Place When SHTF” – No You Won’t, by Glen Tate via SHTFPlan

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif 'Hobbit Humans' Actually Might Not Have Been Human, by Jennifer Viegas at Discovery News

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Black Mob Violence on Campus: Soft Targets Everywhere, by Colin Flaherty, at American Thinker.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Walt Disney's: Victory Through Air Power (1943, 720p), YouTube 1h 5m 19s

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Sweden Criminalizes Objections to Displacement of Population Through Massive Muslim Immigration, by Dave Blount at Moonbattery.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Where Islam Treads, It Leaves a Desert, by Giulio Meotti at Israel National News

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Groupthink and blind alleys - A fundamental error at the heart of String Theory, and rampant groupthink, has diverted uncounted scientific man hours of effort down a blind alley. Physicists are wasting lifetimes of effort constructing ever more elaborate mathematical models, models which can never hope to be reconciled with real world observations... String Theory has choked off other and potentially more profitable lines of inquiry – efforts to go back to the foundations of Quantum Physics, and try to incorporate Relativity into the fundamental assumptions.
Eric Worrall, about Lee Smolin's “The Trouble with Physics”, at wattsupwiththat.com


The eternal rube - Human Rights Watch notes that taxpayers actually pay three times for officers who repeatedly commit abuses: “once to cover their salaries while they commit abuses; next to pay settlements or civil jury awards against officers; and a third time through payments into police ‘defense' funds provided by the cities.”
John Whitehead at rutherford.org


Homos - I'll tell you, they make it so hard to keep up with their ever-swelling definition of what constitutes “hate,” it's hard not to hate them.
Jim Goad at takimag.com

Remus says - Witnessing their appalling aggression of late is like seeing a drunk crawling along the railroad tracks shouting insults at passersby. He's sure he's on top of the world, sure he's got it all figured out. Common decency says we should warn him out of harm's way, but no, he's so obnoxious we'd rather mourn his passing than suffer his abuse for trying. Sometimes justice trumps tolerance.


Enterovirus D68 - Thousands of residents of Central American countries were found with this illness over a year ago in 2013. And because the southern border is not being protected, one has to wonder whether this sudden surge of illegal alien children along with the normal numbers of illegal aliens coming into America might have contributed to the spread of this disease, which heretofore was not very widespread in the United States of America.
Rep. Mo Brooks via Jeff Poor at breitbart.com

DHS's forcible dispersal into US schools - Enterovirus is a disease that is relatively common in Central America but virtually unknown in America. In other words we have near-zero natural immunity to it, and children are particularly at-risk. It's a nasty bug too, causing permanent harm including paralysis and even death in some of the kids who contract it.
Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org


Photo caption - Obama hugging nurse infected with Ebola. Did she catch anything?
jomama and Sid James, comments 5378484 and 5378623 at zerohedge.com


1,000 police vs. Eric Frein for five weeks - Too few of the searchers in pictures have “mud on their knees,” observes Brown, suggesting that officers aren’t spending enough time crawling through underbrush and through small caves... Search crews appear to have waded out of their depth with "guys flown in from somewhere else to go onto Frein's playing field."
Patrik Jonsson at csmonitor.com

Rumor 1 - It's recently been revealed that the actual target may have been Trooper Alex T. Douglass, and Corporal Dickson was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why is this important? Well it appears that Trooper Douglass might have been having an affair with Mr. Frein's wife.
Warren Prince at blog.princelaw.com

Rumor 2 - First you are posting rumours about a love affair gone wrong that haven't been substantiated. Not to mention you are posting incorrect information about this rumour. The CORRECT rumour is that the affair was between Frein's brother's wife and Alex Douglass, Eric Frein is NOT married.
Wes, comment at Warren Prince at blog.princelaw.com

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Its all about the #FreinGATE, by Joseph Lemieux at YouTube. 7m 35s

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The legend of Eric Frein, by J. Mullane at the Bucks County Courier Times


A gun for me but not for thee - A state senator in Missouri, identified as Jamilah Nasheed art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif, has been arrested at a protest in Ferguson, Missouri... Nasheed has sponsored anti-gun bills in the past and has voted against pro-gun bills in Missouri over the last couple of years... "Police tell News 4 tonight that they believe Sen. Jamilah Nasheed was intoxicated on top of carrying a loaded handgun when arrested last night during the protests in Ferguson."
Dan Cannon at gunssavelives.net/blog


Winchester 1894 assault rifle - Paulson released surveillance video showing Zehaf-Bibeau's malicious movements after he ambushed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, at Ottawa's War Memorial, shooting the soldier dead with a 30-30 Winchester lever action rifle at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday.
Goldstein and Hutchinson at nydailynews.com


Quarantine - It wouldn't likely be the infected you would be worried about, but rather the cold and hungry, if you buy into the premises of The Jakarta Pandemic; it doesn't take very many truck drivers and utility workers to self-quarantine before the food stops arriving at the stores and the power goes out.
hedgeless_horseman, comment 5374342 at zerohedge.com


Food fads - Over the last fifty years or so, we have seen red meat, butter, cream, and eggs damned to the fiery flames of high cholesterol, while we were instructed to eat more vegetables, fruits and grains. Now the diet police have re-canonized meat, eggs and dairy products and turned their guns on grains. I will not be at all surprised if the next big thing in dieting is a prohibition against fruit.
Gene Logsdon at thecontraryfarmer.wordpress.com


On being not black enough - For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret. There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success. It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful. We’re the only ethnic group who say, ‘Hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man.
Charles Barkley, at Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis, via Alex Griswold at dailycaller.com


Situational awareness - The Blu Eye system works by monitoring frequencies that are used by emergency vehicles and then alerts the driver when those frequencies are nearby. It does not allow the driver to listen in on the encrypted communications, but will simply give a signal when those frequencies are nearby. This is far more advanced and accurate than a traditional radar detector, because this device works even when the officer has their radar and other equipment turned off.
John Vibes at thefreethoughtproject.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Fury - Popular myths that that Panthers enjoyed a 5-to-1 kill ratio against Shermans or that it took five Shermans to knock out a Panther have no basis in historical records. The outcome of tank-versus-tank fighting was more often determined by the tactical situation than the technical situation... The Tigers would sometimes get set first and on those occasions the dug in Tigers would massacre the Shermans, just like in the Fury movie. But this was a comparatively rare event. On average, over the entire campaign the Shermans were far more likely to get the drop on the Panthers and the Tigers because of their numerical superiority and mechanical reliability.
Richard Fernandez at pjmedia.com/richardfernandez


The real Mexico - On September 26, students at the teachers’ college rallying against cuts to their budget came under fire from local police: 6 were killed and 25 wounded. Forty-three of the teacher trainees were abducted, handed over to the local crime syndicate, Guerrero Unido, and executed. According to witnesses, the bodies were then burned... In less than ten minutes the other day searchers found six mass graves: by the end of that day, the number of graves found was up to nine, but no missing students... what we are witnessing is the terminal crisis of the Mexican state.
Justin Raimondo at original.antiwar.com


Translation - A Russian immigrant once asked me “What is IRS?” I told him it’s like the KGB, but the KGB is merciful and will shoot you in the back of the head. The IRS will torment you until you kill yourself.
KG at falfn.com/CrusaderRabbit

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1937. Tipler Wisconsin school room

Tipler [art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif photo] is a hamlet of 205 on the north border of Wisconsin [art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gifmap]. This school, or perhaps its replacement, "consisted of 4 classrooms and a good sized gymnasium. When I started school there, we had 4 teachers, but it had shrunk to two teachers, each of whom taught 4 grades, by the time I completed 8th grade in 1946 art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif." It no longer exists.



1937. Tipler Wisconsin school recess



1939. Tahlequah Oklahoma revival

Tahlequah is a town of 16,500 in eastern Oklahoma. The population in 1939 was about 3,000.


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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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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.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire


Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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