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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
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
stakeholders
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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Hypercorrectness

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


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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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Tales from the New World Disorder

Things rarely end the way we think they will, usually a low-probability event occurs, something it seemed safe to ignore, or at least to discount, until suddenly it wasn't. Once the stuff of novels, the unexpected is now the stuff of life. It's what makes interesting times dangerous times. We're seeing a replay of 2008 but at the next higher level, not unstable financial outfits, not even unstable markets, but unstable regions of the world. Where we had banks fail we're having nations fail, at the near periphery for now but moving toward the core like Genghis Kahn at a gallop.

The nations of the world have become unstable, politically, militarily and economically. For one, the European Union and its Euro may dissolve for the oldest of reasons: a squabble over money. Like us, they can say debt is credit right up until the rent's due, then they discover the insolvent can prop up the bankrupt only until somebody has to give something of value to get something of value. It's then they understand how poor they've been all along, that they don't actually have much that anybody else wants.

In the US flash crash art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif of May 2010, bogus trading slipped the leash and a trillion dollars of notional market value vanished in minutes, and in the doing setting a new standard for downward volatility. They liked to call it "avoided transition", a fancy way of saying no one trusted the other guy's bookkeeping once the cosigner went missing. When bogus trades on bogus data can pump up the market for years, then slip utterly out of control in about the time of a commercial break, when the FAILURE IS NOW PERMITTED sign lit up but briefly, and it's still long enough for the market to flash-crash, it suggests our black swan will be the truth, the simple truth. Said differently—reality.

Reality made a margin call on the former middle class and created a nouveau poor. Now we're in deflation for things we don't need and inflation for things we do, meaning bling is cheap but supper is dear art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif. The US underground economy has at least doubled in the last few years. It's now close to that of Europe, typically twenty per cent, even excluding Italy.

If we're living on dandelion greens and the market envies the 1932 lows, an asteroid crater where Toledo used to be, or a solar EMP that blanks out the Northeast Corridor may not rate our full attention. That's the way it works. Maybe low-probability events are a species of self-actualizing virtual particles, they spring into being by feeding on the energy of instability itself, or perhaps in the spectrum of events there's a slot labeled BIZARRE that must be refilled should its former contents seep into the everyday. The event itself will be an artifact of probability, its so-called inevitability a product of learned but after-the-fact Feinman diagrams. But assuming we're among the survivors, we can't help ourselves from considering it.

What will be our signature event? Like Rome, the aqueducts still stand but the era that built them is gone. Which suggests one event. Nations, like people, go broke secretly, then publicly and to all appearances, instantly. And we've been broke for a very long time. The decisive, irretrievable losses are like a corpse hidden in the ceiling, not yet acknowledged but more evident with every passing day. Perhaps our black swan will be the sheer speed of the closing act, after all, what's to stop it, confidence in the market? The thousand-point drop in the Dow took ten minutes or near enough, and once it went vertical the next five thousand would have taken about a minute and twenty seconds longer. An automated crash of an automated rally is not a confidence builder.

Think confidence in DC will save it? It typically runs twelve per cent or so, about the same per cent as the population with an IQ of 85 or less, not coincidentally. Will the financial system itself stop it? The words financial and collapse are rarely seen very far apart of late, although we sometimes use the word collapse too freely, as past events reveal. It's said liquidity nearly went to zero during the investment bank debacle of 2008. It was claimed at the time to be so precipitous we were within a couple of hours of an irretrievable economic implosion. An economy can't save itself if there isn't an economy to save.

The hidden collapse is already in hand, larger than the functioning economy by a magnitude or two, so the public collapse would be an unhindered free fall. Panic is the rational response. Game theory favors the nimble, the first one to panic and run out the door wins. Sure he triggers a surge to the exits, but he still wins. Everybody else loses something, or a lot, or everything art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif. This is not esoteric knowledge. Expatriate applications are running ahead art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif of even last year's record. Firearms and ammunition, grain and freeze-dried food, canning supplies, tactical gear and water purifying gadgets have been selling briskly for years now. Then there are the suburban survival gardens and chicken herds and on and on. Whatever else they're doing, everyone seems to have their coat in one hand, their car keys in the other, and a bugout bag next to the door.

Perhaps a flash-stampede out of paper will be our low-probability event, a supersonic black swan, the obverse of instant gratification, arriving as a blur and a vapor trail—then a blast no mere asteroid could manage. The people can be excused for acting as if the collapse has already happened and it's being papered over. Because it has.

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Poster for 1939 World's Fair

Admission would be $8.57 in 2014 dollars.

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The rich tapestry of Diversity

The sexual abuse of about 1,400 children at the hands of Asian [UK code for Pakistani Moslems] men went unreported for 16 years because staff feared they would be seen as racist. Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by large numbers of men between 1997 and 2013 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. More than a third of the cases were already known to agencies. In two cases, fathers had tracked down their daughters and tried to remove them from houses where they were being abused—only to be arrested themselves when police were called to the scene, say De Graaf and Williams in this article at Daily Mail.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997–2013), Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, .pdf download, 2.05 Mb.

Remus says: If the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their lowest hour. A people who won't protect their children, but instead knowingly protect their tormentors, doesn't deserve to survive. The Tommies who fell in Europe would use those Webleys secreted in your garden walls rather than allow this outrage to go unanswered. At this point "appearances" are sufficiently served with mops and pails. Unless the good people of Yorkshire redeem this unconscionable betrayal by bringing vigilante justice—meaning extrajudicial corporeal punishment of the graphic kind—to the Pakistanis, the police, the child welfare authorities and all others involved, by commission or omission; that former sceptered isle is truly lost, by its own hand, and merits no respect from decent men.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Tony Woodlief af Instapundit says: A moral response to this behavior might involve those officials, among others, hanging from lampposts. The legal system is, ultimately, an ancient bargain: Renounce your mob violence and blood feuds and we will provide you with justice. It could be argued that such a default as this calls the whole bargain into question, and justifies self-help along ancient lines.

The best of European manhood almost died to a man on the battlefields of WWI, and that continent has experience a long, down-hill slide ever since with the bare few honorable men fighting a losing battle against the creeping, glacial crush of pathetic, simpering dullards and the culture-smashing pressure of unfettered immigration from the Third World. The thirst to be seen as civilized and un-bigoted is feeding this craven get-along/coexist stupidity. And it’s coming to America.
Miller, comment at tonywoodlief.com

 

 

The ISIS enigma

ISIS is an Al Qaeda-sourced, wholly owned subsidiary of some particularly unsavory outfits, DC for one, according to these sources.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg "What is Obama's purpose with the CIA-Qatar-Turkey tacit backing of ISIS?," asks, and answers, James Lewis in this article, Does ISIS Have Black-op Backers?, at American Thinker.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg "If I didn't know that they were funded by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, with military aid from Israel, then I might find them a terrifying enigma as well," says Brandon Smith in this article, The Time Is Ripe For A False-Flag Attack On American Soil, at Alt Market.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Photo: Sen. John McCain in Syria with alleged ISIS organizers, in June of this year

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Terrorists’ Handbook, ISIS strategy, by Joel Gehrke at National Review

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Aspiring totalitarians ignore the law

The baffling concept that half of America will simply shrug their shoulders and submit to the dictatorship of the other half is as dangerous as it is misguided and foolish. When you toss out the law, bad things happen. Somehow they got the impression that the American people will accept whatever they do, whatever injustice they impose, whatever whims they choose to enforce. That is an unbelievably dangerous notion, says Kurt Schlichter in this article, Rejecting The Rule Of Law Means Inviting The Rule Of Guns, at Town Hall.

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The Impending Catastrophe

There is no rule of law any more if you're a government employee—or one of those protected by same. The majority opinion appears to be that as long as you can get your little piece of the grift, whether it be Medicare, Food Stamps, Section 8 or a rising stock market it's all ok. Ask yourself—is that actually true or are you deluding yourself? Are you falling behind despite getting your little piece of the grift or are you getting ahead? What about your children? Are they able to get ahead?, says Karl Denninger in this article, The Impending Catastrophe, at Market Ticker.

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Tried and true virus protection

A killer infectious disease is discovered nearby. You drive down to the big-box store to buy a dozen cans of spray. They are wiped out. It looks like a bomb hit the aisles of the pharmacy. You curse the social media that generated the panic and left you the last person in-the-know. But virus, in general, are not that hard to kill. Joe Mama has some proven alternatives for you in this article, Field Expedient Disinfectants, at Eaton Rapids Joe.

 

 

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What all these fellas had in common was morals, sense of community, honor, strength, the good old virtues. They vibed calm, deadly if necessary; do the right thing always, no bullshit, word is my bond. No showboating or colorful language tossed around just to hear themselves talk, no hey look at me how important I am sort of conduct. The Polack that ran the junkyard, he still dressed like a Polack even though he came home from the Pacific with a sack full of ears and a face full of shrapnel. "Wat? Wat? I went dere. I done some tings, I come home. Dat's it," says Chasmatic in this article, Father's Day, at Spillers of Soup.

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Border crisis exposed as another fraud

The U.S. Border Patrol has reported apprehension of 57,525 Unaccompanied Alien Children in 2014, almost double the 2013 number. However another agency, the Executive Office for Immigration Review is tasked with actually confirming these numbers. It counts a total of 20,814, only slightly more than 2013, and once again, most of these are not the young children the media has been showing heart-rending photos of. The fact is that there is no crisis of young, unaccompanied children flooding the border. There are entire families flooding the border. It is difficult to know what to make of all this. Likely the Obama administration wants it that way, says James Simpson in this article, Unaccompanied alien children "crisis" exposed as fraud, at The Examiner.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Update, Former Border Patrol agent warns what's coming, by James Simpson at The Examiner.

 

 

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Although you would never know it from the reports from the US financial press, the poor job prospects that Americans face now rival those of India 30 years ago. American university graduates are employed, if they are employed, not as software engineers and managers but as waitresses and bartenders.This is the profile of a Third World country, say Roberts, Kranzler, and Titus in this article, The de-Industrialization of America, at The Unz Review.

 

 

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The real "Migrant Mother"

FSA photographer Dorothea Lange initially drove past the camp on her way home after photographing workers around Los Angeles, but she turned around because she believed that she might find more subjects to photograph. She convinced a reluctant Thompson to sit for six pictures that day, including the "Migrant Mother", but Lange made up many of the details of Thompson’s predicament, says Sarah Stone in this article, Who was the Woman in the Famous Great Depression Photograph?, at Today I Found Out.

 

 

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A Facebook video showing the difference between "unemployed" and "unemployable." 3m 41s.

 

 

Recommended reads

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border, by Judicial Watch

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The saga of the seasick US Army Piper Cubs on the Navy's smallest aircraft carriers, by Christopher Eger at J3 Cub.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Rainbows are dangerous, YouTube video by Ingela Tanneskog. 0m 13s

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Schemes Within Schemes, by William Stout at Paladin's Page

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Bf 109 pilot Franz Stigler and B-17 pilot Charlie Brown's first meeting, YouTube video, 6m 48s

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Quantum mechanics lets you image an object with photons that never hit it, by John Timmer at Ars Technica

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Real Black Sheep, by Kathy Shaidle at Taki's Magazine

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Mystery of Death Valley's "Wandering Stones" Explained, by Alexandra Witze at Scientific American

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Blueprint for water ‘control’? Pol says EPA made secret maps for new regulatory push, by Judson Berger at Fox News

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Index to EPA State and National Maps of Waters and Wetlands, in .pdf format. Very large files. Downloadable. Typical .pdf, it doesn't appear to be working, but it does.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Archaeologists discover hidden slave tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa, by Nick Squires at The Telegraph

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Fukushima Increased Cesium Levels 100 to 1,000 Times Worldwide and 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 Times On the U.S. West Coast, by George Washington at Zero Hedge.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Found: The Islamic State's Terror Laptop of Doom, Buried in a Dell computer captured in Syria are lessons for making bubonic plague bombs, by Doornbos and Moussa at Foreign Policy

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Multiculturalism and Islam in France, CBN, by Dale Hurd, at YouTube. 4m 43s.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Feds to Advertise Settlement Allowing Deported Illegals to Return, by Tony Lee at Breitbart

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art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Murdered by systemic racism - Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer when he was stopped for walking in the middle of a street... It’s all too familiar, from the blaming of the victim to the community outcry, and is yet another example of how this nation has long devalued the lives of its black citizens.
Strickland and Dianis at msnbc.com

Judge him not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.

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DOJ Admits Lois Lerner’s E-mails Exist - A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating. But it would be too hard to go get Lois Lerner’s e-mails from that backup system. So, everything we’ve been hearing about scratched hard drives, about missing e-mails of Lois Lerner, other IRS officials, other officials in the Obama administration, it’s all been a pack of malarkey. They could get these records, but they don’t want to. If this backup system is working, Lois Lerner’s e-mails are there.
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch, to Shannon Bream at Fox News, via Joel Gehrke at nationalreview.com

 

Ebola testing now in question - A British nurse infected with Ebola may have caught the deadly virus after playing with a one-year-old boy whose mother had died in a treatment centre but who himself had initially tested negative for the disease, a medical colleague said... Borbor was tested again after he developed a fever and tested positive for Ebola the second time around. He died on August 24—the same day that Pooley was diagnosed.
Umaru Fofana at trust.org (Reuters)

 

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif DHS & FBI warn of diabolical hacking tool - If you’re using advanced operators for search on Google, such as “site:arstechnica.com” or “filetype:xls,” you’re behaving like a “malicious cyber actor.” Some organizations will react to you accessing information they thought was hidden as if you were a cybercriminal, as reporters at Scripps found out last year. Those individuals were accused of “hacking” the website of free cellphone provider TerraCom after discovering sensitive customer data openly accessible from the Internet via a Google search and an “automated” hacking tool: GNU’s Wget.
Sean Gallagher at arstechnica.com

 

The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
John Locke

 

Cars - They – TPTB – have systematically sucked the fun out of driving with their ridiculous laws and over-the-top punishments. Their fees and taxes and mandates and so on have imposed stultifying costs that have made owning a car a 3,200 pound albatross of debt and expense that smarter people are beginning to realize just ain’t worth it. And that is exactly what was intended.
Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com

 

Detroitification of Ferguson - The QuikTrip was completely destroyed during the Ferguson riots. Ferguson protesters later warned local business owners to rebuild: “Or it’s gonna be hell to pay”.. A QuikTrip official told TGP the company has no plans on rebuilding in Ferguson and that the looted store was barely breaking even.
Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com

 

National Preparedness Month - It is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to talk with our families, friends, and colleagues about the risks in our communities and to practice our responses in all the places we regularly visit... Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit well in advance and have a plan to reconnect after a tragedy.
President Obama via Bob Unruh at wnd.com

 

Contract blackout - ISIS doesn’t have to actually come to the United States on those U.S. passports. You know, Obama is always talking about how he’s got a phone. Well, ISIS has got a telephone, too. All they’ve got to do is contact the Knights Templar, wire these guys $10 million, I mean they’ll do anything for money. And say, ‘Hey, go across that open U.S. border and take out the electric grid in Arizona, or New Mexico, or Minnesota or New York. Or the entire nation.
Peter Pry, Task Force on National and Homeland Security, at New York AM 970, via wnd.com

 

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Reality check - Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks. A study of 1880 family structure in Philadelphia found that three-quarters of black families were nuclear families (composed of two parents and children). What is significant, given today's arguments that slavery and discrimination decimated the black family structure, is the fact that years ago, there were only slight differences in family structure among racial groups.
Walter Williams at townhall.com/columnists

 

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gpo.gov/fdsys

 

DC creating database to track hate speech on Twitter - The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online. Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes. This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.
National Science Foundation grant, Indiana University, via Elizabeth Harrington at foxnews.com

 

Malleable - A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.
Jim McElhatton at washingtontimes.com

 

No incentive, no performance - Government bureaus need not worry about losses or bankruptcy; they can make up their losses by additional extractions from the public till. Furthermore, the consumer, instead of being courted and wooed for his favor, becomes a mere annoyance to the government someone who is "wasting" the government's scarce resources. In government operations, the consumer is treated like an unwelcome intruder, an interference in the quiet enjoyment by the bureaucrat of his steady income.
Bryan Caplan, quoting Murray Rothbard, via Warren Meyer at coyoteblog.com

 

The two party one-party system - Have you heard anybody say, "We have got to stop the spending"? Have you heard any Republicans say, "We've got to reduce the deficit," the national debt. Have you heard any Republicans say, "We have got to continue to repeal Obamacare"? Have you heard any Republicans say, "We have got to secure the border and we have got to stop this wanton invasion of illegal alien children"? Have you heard any Republican stand up and say anything in opposition to what's going on now? Have you? I haven't.
Rush Limbaugh at rushlimbaugh.com

 

A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.
Grace Hopper

 

Free press - There is no such thing as a free press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who would dare to write his honest opinion. The business of the journalist is to destroy truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell himself, his country, and his race, for his daily bread. We are tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping jacks; they pull our strings, we dance; our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are the property of these men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
John Swinton, editorial board, New York Times c.1882

 

Ferguson and the press - There’s no point in marching around and shaking your fists if no one is paying attention to you. The riots and looting will continue for as long as there are correspondents there to shove cameras into angry faces while asking them what it is that they are so angry about. And if they aren’t angry yet, they’ll find something to be angry about if they want to be on the evening news.
Daniel Greenfield at sultanknish.blogspot.com.au

 

Be careful what you wish for - Social attitudes have incentive effects. A pervasive attitude to the effect that all men are potential rapists, that even an unwanted glance should be legally actionable, and that what matters most is women's feelings rather than objective standards of justice, will cause barriers to spring up between the sexes that only the very bravest men will attempt to surmount... the great majority of women who self-identify as feminists are simply unable to grasp what their "movement" has wrought.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com

 

Cyborg - President Obama appears to be a perfect cyborg of right appearance who says the right things in the right time and right place, but whose actions bear no relation to the words. I wouldn't be amazed if in a length of time we shall learn that Obama has been the first humanoid robot in the helm of power. And if he is human, he is truly wonderful actor at pretending he is a robot. Even his wife Michelle and girls seem to be well-chosen movie props rather than live partner and children.
Israel Shamir at unz.com

 

Earthquakes getting bigger - The average rate of big earthquakes—those larger than magnitude 7—has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010—a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979.
Becky Oskin at cbsnews.com

 

Unrepentant - Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has paid tribute to a ceremony honouring "martyrs" who were convicted as war criminals after World War II... The "martyrs", according to Abe, "gave their lives for the sake of today's peace and prosperity, becoming the foundation of the fatherland". However the monument also praises the 14 "Class A" war criminals who were military leaders, who were tried and convicted of war crimes by an Allied tribunal after World War II.
Gianluca Mezzofiore at ibtimes.co.uk

 

About Remington fleeing NY State gun laws - I know we tend to think, 'We're New York, it must be about us'. Sometimes it's not about us. They are consolidating operations from all across the country, from red states, from blue states. It's not about politics.
New York Governer Andrew Cuomo, via Nick Lough at wsfa.com, Huntsville Alabama

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif NY has run off the rails: This online gun offender registry bill will promote public safety and guarantee our communities are notified when a registered gun offender lives within their neighborhood... The registry will be updated on a monthly basis and will include: the offender’s name, block on which they live, a physical description, the crime the offender was convicted of, and sentence imposed... By making the existing gun offender registry public we are telling these criminals that they are no longer just being watched by the police, but by everyone.
Costa Constantinides, New York City Council, at council.nyc.gov

 

Wageless slaves - Nobody sees much wrong with the whole concept of interns, where the schmuck goes to work for free as an audition. At least back in the day, apprentices got room and board and were taught a trade in exchange for labor. Now, you go to school for several years at tens of thousands of dollars and then work for free.
James Dakin at bisonprepper.blogspot.com

 

Progress - The Romans and the Mayans had the luxury of time to collapse because their disaster was overpopulation WITH local production. Our coming collapse is due to overpopulation WITHOUT local food production... Today, all the teeming urban masses are fed from many thousands of miles away... It won’t take anywhere near 150 years to have a 95% die-off.
James Dakin at bisonprepper.blogspot.com

 

One small difference - When blacks run riot, their neighborhoods burn. When white men run riot, continents burn.
Comment at Quiet Man, via westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com

 

Catching Flak - Should you want to earn a doctorate in aberrant psychology, you might instead try writing a column on the web, at least if you write about third-rail subjects. The response you receive from readers will be a cross between Guy Fawkes Night and a home for rabid dogs.
Fred Reed at fredoneverything.net

 

New Ebola carrier - The Liberian government buried bodies of those suspected to have died from Ebola a few weeks ago in Johnsonville Township, outside of Monrovia. A number of dogs were reportedly seen pulling the bodies out of the graves and eating the remains.
New Dawn via Nathaniel Daygbor at allafrica.com

 

Forest Service instructions for s'mores - Think fruit. Even if the kids—including us older ones—insist on more traditional s’mores, there are some healthy tricks. Grill thin slices of pineapple and substitute chocolate for the sweet, warm fruit. You will still get a tasty treat but by substituting with fruit, it is healthier—as long as you watch the amount of marshmallows used. If you want to cut down even more on calories, try using slices of angel food cake instead of graham crackers.
Kathryn Sosbe at blogs.usda.gov

Remus says: This insufferable twaddle goes on and on. "For healthier treats, use large strawberries, apple slices, banana chucks, pineapple or other fruit," among much else. Remus was unaware the Forest Service charter included specifications for acceptable 'round the campfire treats. Must be in the fine print.

 

Political advice from Martha Raye - You'll be glad your with him, take my advice, vote for Mister Rhythm, I'm voting twice.
Vote For Mister Rhythm, sung by Martha Raye, The Big Broadcast of 1937, Paramount Pictures

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1937. Ray, North Dakota.

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1937. Ray, North Dakota.

Architecture wasn't their strong suit.

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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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