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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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Ships Lying Off Flushing
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Paul Clays (Bruges Belgium 1819—Brussels 1900) was a leading Belgian marine artist whose works still command premium prices at auction. Flushing—the English corruption of "Vlissingen"—is an island seaport in southwestern Netherlands.

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art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg art-remus-ident-04.jpg The excluded middle

It's time for ol' Remus to give viewing with alarm a rest, it's getting too crowded to be heard. He's going back to the "what's coming" part, taking up the trail where he left off, with the most potent economic and political force ever created: the middle class.

Remus can do this with some objectivity because he isn't middle class. He's lower class. Better said as working class. Worse, he's not even "fly-over country" working class but Appalachian working class, something instantly obvious and inexpressively offensive to the middle class. Perhaps it's because the media savages us at every opportunity. Appalachian working class people are the only Americans that can be insulted by name without consequence. It's no wonder the middle class is amazed we can read without moving our lips, let alone have a preference for Gatwick over Heathrow, say.

For his part, Remus is well impressed with the middle class. Their resourcefulness and gritty determination are all the more admirable for the beatings and disrespect they take from all sides. Think they don't? Preppers can't resist calling them sheeple—good luck with that "resilient self-sufficient community" when you'll really need them. Academia takes them to task for deferring present delights for future gain. It's racist, you see. The media assaults them relentlessly. Consider how shabbily they're portrayed in sitcoms, how they're the perp in every crime drama. We have to go all the way back to the Cosby show to see even-handed treatment of a middle class family and that was only because, well, you know.

By now you may be wondering why the middle class is the dangerous economic and political force. Remus has been rereading the usual academic sources, and of the Tea Party movement and Libertarians, &c., and he's come to the conclusion we'll likely see more economic and civil catastrophes, each one more incredible than the last, during which the middle class, present and recently former, will shake off its overburden perforce and step to center stage once again, its forbearance terrifyingly gone. There's likely to come a time when the coddled class will believe they have nothing left to lose, they'll be shown how wrong they are. The middle class could remake everybody's world right down to the hardpan.

What would happen if the middle class revolted? We're talking a real insurrection, not some clapped-out "victory" at the polls. And just so we're clear, the middle class we're talking about are airline pilots, geologists, professors, engineers, lawyers, architects, corporate middle management, military officers, economists, urban planners, financial managers, supervisory nurses, pharmacists and the like. They're neither wealthy nor independent, but they don't work under close supervision. They have degrees in the hard stuff. They plan ahead. They have assets and skills and connections. And what they don't know or don't have, they know people who do.

We know what hasn't caused them to revolt thus far: being lied to, defrauded, insulted, taxed into penury, bullied and legally swindled. The system is arranged so they support the rich leeches and the poor-by-choice leeches, both of which openly loathe them, even while they loot their earnings. They and their kids are pushed aside so the unqualified can step in front of them in any line worth being in. It's the law. Government schools teach their kids to despise them and everything they value art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif. Even so, through it all, most of the middle class has accommodated their tormentors.

The American middle class has been as stoic as the Russian peasantry. That's changing. And that's the point. There's a difference between abuse and betrayal. Where betrayal begins, stoicism ends. Where stoicism ends, insurrection begins. But the question was, what would happen if the middle class revolted? If there were an armed march on DC, or a wave of sniper attacks and political kidnappings, or Ayers-type bombings, it wouldn't be the doing of the middle class. It may be an actual revolt, maybe even a guerilla movement, but not a middle class revolt, and no insurrection can be successful without the middle class piling in.

So, what would happen if the middle class revolted? Consider the nearly unfixable damage a few Edward Snowden-like IT managers could do. Or how freight trains loaded with, say, high energy chemicals could be misrouted. Or the well-equipped home workshops of engineers who design military drones. In some cases not doing something can be just as damaging. Think of the power grid, then imagine some overlooked maintenance with unexpectedly huge effects, or how a small misstep in charging a natural gas pipeline could detonate the whole thing. Count the number of bridges over the Mississippi, there aren't that many. Imagine what heavily loaded barges could do to the supports if mishandled. Consider something as simple as mislabeled fuel at a transportation center. Or an airport. All these things are under the direct control of the middle class.

A middle class revolt would have a decisive political consequence as well: DC's legitimacy would drop to zero. It would become an occupying power and be seen as such, with ramped up repression typical of any banana republic where the will of the people is overridden—rigged elections, a captive press, militarized police, warrantless wiretaps and so forth. Just as predictably, the power of the parallel society would grow exponentially in response.

The unemployed middle class would be just as dangerous as those in place, they're adept at networking informally, they know how things really work and they know critical vulnerabilities others may not fully appreciate. They also know disinformation when they see it, for many it was a routine part of their former job.

The question of what would happen if the middle class revolted pretty much answers itself. Whether they will or not is another question, but if you need to know for sure when things have gone from serious to seriously ugly, if you're looking for the decisive moment, if you need a signal to Get Out Of Dodge, these are the kind of events to watch for. Beware, it won't happen with shrill outrage or manifestos on YouTube. The middle class goes for results, not publicity.


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1940 magazine ad for Ritz Crackers

Nabisco's Ritz Crackers first appeared on store shelves in 1934. There are currently ten varieties sold, including "Original."







art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Michael Brown as a role Model
Via Melanie Hunter at CNS News

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was put in charge of the police response in Ferguson, Missouri, said, at a service for Michael Brown:

"I wear this uniform, and I should stand up here and say that I'm sorry. And I needed today. I needed today to get back in the water. And I'm gonna tell you I'm gonna be here as long as it takes. My words will be honest. If we talk about it behind closed doors, I'm gonna tell you. So if you don't want me to know, don't tell me behind closed doors. When this is over, I'm gonna go in my son's room - my black son, who wears his pants saggin', wears his hat cocked to the side, got tattoos on his arms, but that's my baby.

And we all ought to be thanking the Browns for Michael, because Michael's going to make it better for our sons, so they can be better black men, so they can be better for our daughters, so they can be better black women, better for me, so I can be a better black father, and we know they're gonna make our mommas even better than they are today.

Let's continue to show this nation who we are, continue to show this country who we are, but when these days are over, and Mike Brown's family's still weeping, and they're still on their knees praying, no matter what positive comes in our lives, we still need to get on our knees, and we need to pray. We need to thank Mike for his life. We need to thank him for the change that he is going to make and to make us better."



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Via Kevin Johnson, at USA TODAY

At a meeting at a local community college, Attorney General Eric Holder told Ferguson residents:

"I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. 'Let me search your car.' Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff.

I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me. The eyes of the nation and the world are watching Ferguson right now. The world is watching because the issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown predate this incident. This is something that has a history to it, and the history simmers beneath the surface in more communities than just Ferguson."

Holder left out the "armed terrorist" part:

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed.”
Johnson and Girdusky at dailycaller.com, 2012



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CERN failed to yield any of dozens of particles that many theorists had included in their equations for more than 30 years. The grand flop suggests that researchers may have taken a wrong turn decades ago. The idea is that maybe even the Higgs mass is not really there. The energy used to hold quarks together gives them a combined mass that is around 100 times more than the sum of the parts. Most of the mass that we see is generated in this way, perhaps it’s possible to generate all mass in this way, says Natalie Wolchover in this article, At Multiverse Impasse, a New Theory of Scale, at Quanta Magazine.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg How an Ebola outbreak in the US would spread

The government will quietly begin advising emergency responders, hospitals, and military personnel to initiate protocols for treatment and containment per FEMA guidelines. This period will also include large orders of emergency supplies for public healthcare facilities and the military along with a strict censorship policy for doctors and scientists at the CDC and other government agencies to prevent leaks or causing premature panic among the population. No public warnings beyond travel advisories to infected nations will be issued, says John Galt in this article, The 8 Phases of an American Ebola Outbreak, at Shenandoah.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Global warming may go on trial

This, if Steyn is successful, could be the moment the dam bursts: the one where the global establishment is finally forced to acknowledge the fraudulence, the corruption, the mendacity, the trickery, the deception, the junk science, the big money and the official complicity which for the last two or three decades have been underpinning the Great Climate Change Scam, says James Delingpole in this article, Mann v Steyn: If This Trial Ever Goes Ahead Global Warming Is Toast, at Breitbart.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Deeper and deeper

Celebrating looters and rioters who take their anger out on sneaker stores, liquor stores, rim stores, and various and sundry businesses that had nothing to do with the death of a young, ghetto black American feeds every stereotype about ghetto black American culture on a parabolic scale. While the media may lionize this conduct, the rest of the country looks on it with scorn. To the whack-jobs out there scolding the violent for not rioting and looting in white neighborhoods: Are you psychotic? What on earth do people think is going to happen if that starts?, says IvyMikeCafe in this article, #Ferguson – when assholes collide, at Ivy Mike Cafe.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg No friends in the fight

Ferguson is the hive’s chickens coming home to roost. It is the collectivist’s nightmare. A class of people who have had the family destroyed for generations, been taught that we owe them something for generations, and think they can break the law with impunity, are at odds with the police and other authorities, while the police and other authorities are under criticism for using the very tactics on this entitled class that the collectivists set them to to use, says Herschel Smith in this article, Assessment Of Ferguson: Misrepresenting The Liberty Movement, at Captain's Journal.



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Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JFPO) board of directors has hatched a plan to hand JPFO over to Alan Gottlieb's Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) — a merger that is scheduled to be finalized next week if JPFO supporters don’t stop it, says Claire Wolfe in this article, Sellout: JPFO to be handed off to SAF — unless we stop it, at Backwoods Home.

Disclosure: Remus is a member of JFPO and will re-up unless he sees evidence of malfeasance. Founder Aaron Zelman was a tireless and righteous fighter for liberty.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Just in: David Codrea on JPFO acquisition - All I can do is that which I've said from the start, from before the JPFO news became public knowledge: I will continue my efforts for the organization until such time as someone tells me they don't want me to, or until I come to see that my faith has been misplaced. If I feel further association is untenable due to changes in organizational principles, interference, censorship, control issues, you name it, I'll bail too. For now, I have to give a presumption of innocence and then examine unfolding evidence before I can reach a personal verdict.
David Codrea at examiner.com



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Destroying those they cannot join

Brahmins want authenticity—rural folk live it. Not to mention that these same genuine, sincere, simple people do not at all share the thedish norms of the yearning progressive, let alone his utmost convictions. There was once a rural Left, but that's long gone. Any good progressive in 2014 hates the White working class his ideological grandfather championed. They're hicks, inbreds, bigots, racists, homophobes —and they're more authentic, more real, more legit, than the typical Brahmin can even pretend to be. That's got to sting, says Aaron Jacob in this article, Redneck Authenticity and Its Ironic Enemies, at The Den.



Recommended reads

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Icelandic volcano could trigger Britain's coldest winter EVER this year, by Nathan Rao, at Sunday Express UK

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Libya In Peril – Tripoli Now Controlled by Radical Islamists, by Sundance, at The Last Refuge.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie, by Michael Daly at The Daily Beast.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Antarctica From Pole To Coast In Stunning Detail, by Emily Gertz at Popular Science.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Chile increased risk nearby, Rather than relieving stress, it shifted it to neighboring fault segments, by Scott Johnson at Ars Technica

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine, by Rowan Scarborough, at the Washington Times.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Pentagon Is Stuffing Caves in Norway Full of Tanks, by Joseph Trevithick, at War Is Boring

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Living With Bears, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This is a .pdf document.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Congress proposes new law prohibiting body armor in the Land of the Free, by Simon Black at Sovereign Man.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif TSA Admits Lying About Illegal Aliens Flying Without Proper ID, by Kristin Tate, at Breitbart.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Tennessee student says she was suspended for saying "bless you", by Jay Dillon at KOKH-TV

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Beaten to Death at McDonald's, by David Paulin at American Thinker

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Where Did ‘Military-Style’ Police Gear in Ferguson Come From? Hint: It’s Not Necessarily the Pentagon, by Melissa Quinn at Daily Signal

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Notes from the Drains, What Cops Really Do, by Fred Reed, at Fred On Everything

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1939. Vivien Leigh, publicity photos for Gone With The Wind.

From when style was in style, leading ladies were beautiful, and photography was making a bid to be art rather than "an art"—and not falling short by much. The master of vintage Hollywood glamor photography was art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif George Hurrell.








Ferguson - Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun. “The Assistant Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”
Hollie McKay at foxnews.com


Eric Holder Needs to Apologize to Cops - I thought that was a slap in the face to every law-enforcement officer in America who puts on the badge and the uniform everyday to go out and risk their lives in service to their community. He doesn’t owe me an apology, but the men and women I know of do not have that kind of maliciousness in their hearts and I thought that that was a poor display in terms of leadership.
Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke, at Fox News, via Andrew Johnson at nationalreview.com


Due process - A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued... I ask that we continue to stand together as we work to achieve justice for Michael Brown.
Gov. Jay Nixon at governor.mo.gov


Farce - Yesterday's revelations include ... the astounding fact that the person conducting the autopsy for the family doesn't even hold a medical degree—he's a secretary who takes the doctor's notes and he's presenting "magic bullet" theories to the press.
SCC at secondcitycop.blogspot.com


Hands up, don't shoot - Dorian Johnson was walking with Brown when the shooting occurred. He has already done multiple media appearances where he falsely claimed Brown was shot by Wilson in the back.  He also has claimed that Brown never reached for Wilson's gun, was “ shot like an animal ” and that Brown had his hands up and told Wilson he was unarmed.
Larry O'Connor at ijreview.com


Activist - If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label. Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job... An activist civil rights division and this is an activist attorney general—I’d say I agree with you 1,000 percent and I am proud of it.
Attorney General Eric Holder, via Juan Williams at thehill.com

Remus says - Mr. Holder believes any outcome favorable to "his people" is justice by definition. Facts which do not support such an outcome are taken to be evidence of, if not the product of, a deeper injustice. This is what he means by "an activist attorney general," and what his "comprehensive investigation" will be all about.


Looter Pride - I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community. St. Louis—not going to take this anymore.
DeAndre Smith, Quik Trip looter, Thibodeaux and Brown at washingtonpost.com


Oppression - We are told that of six members of the Ferguson city council only one is black, while two-thirds of Ferguson's population is black. Yet, last week, we learned that the black voter turnout in local elections in Ferguson in 2013 was 6 percent.
Patrick Buchanan at takimag.com


IQ and civilization - It seems like there is a point, somewhere around 97, above which a modern civilization can be maintained and below which things abruptly begin to fall apart.
Staffan at staffanspersonalityblog.wordpress.com


Indulging in destruction - To hate injustice is not necessarily to love justice; and one might have supposed that the first duty of those who claim to hate injustice was themselves to act justly. Virtually by definition, those who riot violently do not act justly... My observation of rioters, admittedly from a distance and refracted through cameras, is that they enjoy rioting.
Theodore Dalrymple at takimag.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif No facts, no peace - The Kiko Garcia ... incident provoked riots that resulted in one person dead, 90 injured, 53 policemen hospitalized, 121 vehicles torched, 11 police cars damaged, and dozens of businesses burned or looted. But when the early accounts turned out to be lies, the media whispered the ending and tiptoed out of the room, as if reading a bedtime story to a child. The old media just love creating huge racist hoaxes—which has done so much to improve the lives of ordinary black people.
Ann Coulter at anncoulter.com


Two Americas - Those who achieve are to be punished as enemies of society and those who fail are to be rewarded as wards of society. Entitlement has replaced effort as the key to upward mobility in American society. America is not divided by the differences in our outcomes, it is divided by the differences in our efforts. And by the false philosophy that says one man’s success comes about unavoidably as the result of another man’s victimization.
Bob Lonsberry at lonsberry.com/writings.cfm


Restraint - If the police, in general, were so eager to put bullets in black folks, I reckon these riots would have been a good opportunity to do it. It would have been like shooting catfish in a barrel.
Zo at alfonzorachel.com


The bit player - Marxism has always had a particular hatred for “shopkeepers”; the guys who cook your ham and eggs in the diner or pick up the trash in the morning. It reviles as ridiculous the people who try and get by without being uplifted by noble thoughts of race, class warfare or the Engines of History. Yet the ordinary productive man is who actually makes the world turn; who builds the Obamaphones and who provides the cigars to steal. The attitude “if you don’t want trouble, just hand me the cigars” is met by its fatal twin: Police Officer: “if you don’t want to get shot, just do what I tell you.“
Richard Fernandez at pjmedia.com/richardfernandez


CNN objectivity - If any of you ever need anything, you know how to get in touch with me personally.
Don Lemon, CNN, on air to Brown family, via Byers and Gold at politico.com


CNN's expert - I have maybe shot a gun three, four times in my life—I don’t even live in Colorado. I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon. I don’t understand your argument there. It took me 20 minutes. For me, an automatic weapon is anything that you can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly. I was able to buy an AR-15 in 20 minutes... I think you are getting into semantics. Regardless of what you want to call it, an automatic or a semi-automatic weapon.
Don Lemon, CNN, to Ben Ferguson, via Robert Laurie at canadafreepress.com


Hit-and-run militarized police - Remember back in May when a gang of uniformed thugs from the Habersham County SWAT team threw a flash-bang grenade right on top of a sleeping baby? Well, stellar group that they are, they’ve refused to pay the over $800,000 in medical bills for the child that they permanently disfigured and nearly killed. That’s right. They aren’t paying the bills and are leaving the family to try and cover the costs for the toddler’s care.
Daisy Luther at activistpost.com


The tell - In the hands of economists, the more precise the number, the bigger the lie.
Bill Bonner, Hormageddon: How Too Much of a Good Thing Leads to Disaster, via caseyresearch.com


Jihad - There is no Great Power looming over the world, ready, willing, and able to restore order. Time was, the British Empire filled that role. With the two World Wars, it passed to the United States. With the election of Barack Hussein Obama, the post became vacant.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Food as a weapon - There is historical evidence that food vulnerability may have been planned for a long time by elements of the U.S. government... “Would food be considered an instrument of national power? Is the U.S. prepared to accept food rationing to help people who can’t/won’t control their population growth?” Kissinger has answered these questions when he stated that he was predicting a series of contrived famines... I defy the reader to not be concerned about long-standing pattern of this government in acquiring vast amounts of food.
Dave Hodges, Common Sense Show, via Mac Slavo at shtfplan.com


Food - I don't think it beyond question to assume the folks in charge want us to give up high quality protein as a resource allotment scheme and so have demonized them.
James Dakin at bisonprepper.blogspot.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Wristwatches - In discussing the Japanese watches such as Seiko, Citizen, and others, I recommend that you avoid them. Traditional watchmakers and repairmen just do not generally want to fool with them or try to acquire parts for them.
K.T. at survivalblog.com

Remus says - Doubtful. The Seiko 5 is a robust, durable movement the equal of its ETA equivalent from the Swatch cartel, has been in production for decades, and is among the best selling mechanical movements in the world. The SNK805 Seiko 5 is a 21 jewel automatic and is priced at about 55 bucks. The SRP215J2 Seiko 5 is a more upscale 24 jewel version at around $190. There are many models in between. The "5" refers to its standard features: shock resistant, water resistant, automatic, and day and date display. Remus gave a Seiko 5 as a gift to an outdoorsman-auto repair relative in 2003, it's been his everyday wear since then and keeps time like the day it came out of the box. If two is one and one is none, skip the repairmen—"traditional" or otherwise, get two Seiko 5s and still come in just a little over a hunnerbucks. While you're waiting for the return to sundials and mechanical watches, the Timex Expedition series can't be beat for accuracy, durability, value and mean time between battery replacements.


1939 - Molotov then said in a speech, “Tomorrow we will dine in Helsinki!” After Soviet bombs began to fall on Finnish troops, Molotov insisted that the Soviets were dropping food and drink instead. Exhibiting a keen wit, the Finns thus dubbed Soviet cluster bombs “Molotov bread baskets” and named the improvised weapons that they were using against Soviet armor “Molotov cocktails".
Josh Kovensky at newrepublic.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif EMP - Near the end of the Cold War, the Russians developed the technology for a super EMP. This is a class of nuclear weapon with a special design to produce a particularly powerful EMP field. He says that in 2004 a delegation of Russian generals, including two of their top EMP experts, met with the EMP commission. “They told us proactively, ‘we have bad news. We developed this super EMP weapon, and during the post-Cold War brain drain, some of our scientists went to North Korea,'" he said.
Kells Hetherington at voanews.com


The other route - Eating bush flesh is one of main ways Ebola is transmitted to humans and 7,500 tonnes of illegal meat enters the UK every year.
Dion Dassanayake at express.co.uk


Ebola scares - The CDC is going to be lying to us right up till people are bleeding from the eyes on subway platforms and bus stops from NY to Chicago to LA. These are professional liars with medical degrees.
rainesson, comment at abcnews.go.com

Well, that didn't take long - (Sunday) It appears that yet another international organization has been caught lying. Three days ago, in a clear attempt to avoid spreading a panic, a WHO spokesman when asked if the latest Ebola-like disease to claims over 70 lives was the virus in question responded, "this is not Ebola." He lied: Reuters confirms: Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said.
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com


Ebola "what if" - If Ebola comes here via infected individuals from affected overseas areas, and spreads from these cases to American medical personnel, the damage to our society would be greatly magnified. Not only would we lose doctors, nurses and other medical workers who could no longer provide care to Ebola victims (not to mention loss of care for the normal influx of patients), the medical team would its self become sources of Ebola transmission to others.
Ronald R. Cherry, MD at americanthinker.com


Ebola and quarantine - I notice an overwhelming presence of White American and European medical professionals. This must be that White privilege the Tumblr kids mention. Get an MD, volunteer in Africa, get Ebola. Privilege... An honest media and academia would critique decolonization as much as colonialism. The opportunity for grandstanding is there since preventable deaths are occurring, and these nations cannot put into effect a quarantine.
Ryan Landry at theden.tv


Illegal alien homicide convicts released - The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 immigrants with homicide convictions that were let back onto the streets last year, claiming court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter... The criminals had convictions ranging from homicide and manslaughter to drunken driving and sex crimes.
Stephen Dinan at washingtontimes.com


National elections - Every time you vote or let them pass another law, you explicitly give them permission. Wake up. Voting and the law are your chains.
Paveway IV, comment 5120935 at zerohedge.com

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1937. Crossville Tennessee bus station

Crossville is a town of 10,800 in central Tennessee. In 1937 the population was about 1,500.



1937. Crossville Tennessee intersection

This sign is now displayed on the county courthouse lawn.



1937. Ray, North Dakota. Aprons displayed in general store

Ray is a town of 766 in east central North Dakota. In 1937 the population was about 600.


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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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