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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
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
giving voice to
growing support for
high capacity magazine
investing in our future
making a difference
making bad choices
mounting opposition to
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poor and minorities
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
sends a message
speaking truth to power
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
war on ...
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You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -
mob and rob
pack of teens
rival gang members
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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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via the International Spy Museum
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
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
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
Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor
Manufacture a new truth
Create bigger distractions
Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.
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The Five Stages of Collapse
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
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
Artist for today
Rue de Montmartre
Jean-Francois Raffaelli (Paris, 1850 – 1924) was a French painter of Parisian street scenes, a contemporary of the Impressionists but not one himself.
Montmartre—"mount of Mars"—is a district in northern Paris, historically the low-rent district, home to artists,
proto-feminists, anarchists, socialist revolutionaries, other radicals—and the
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The Nature of Money and Currency
Guest article by Francis Porretto
as it appeared at Liberty's Torch.
Being an old fart, my education included a few items that are, let us say, no longer deemed suitable for dissemination to the impressionable young. However, had those young folks been exposed to a few of those items, quite a lot of our current miseries might well have been averted.
Two of those no-longer- chic items were the original definitions of money and currency:
money n: A medium of exchange and a store of value.
currency n: a proxy for money often employed in commercial intercourse.
Holding fast to those definitions make much else possible, including comprehension of the recent catastrophes that have afflicted those who placed their trust in Bitcoin.
Opinion about Bitcoin's prospects is sharply divided. This writer's faith in it appears unshaken, while this writer is much more skeptical. Both have points to make, but neither addresses the matter from the fundamental facts about money and currency:
- What functions money must serve;
- What properties conduce toward those ends;
- What perils pertain to currencies that attempt to serve the functions of money.
Which will serve as the focus for today's tirade. Please forgive me if what follows seems too elementary to require discussion.
Money shares an important characteristic with language: it was a "crowdsourced" development. No one "invented" money; it evolved from the desires of ordinary people striving to live better, more secure lives.
The evolution of money from the barter system that underpins all voluntary exchange is itself a fascinating subject, but one too extended for a piece here at Liberty's Torch. (Yes, I'm a longwinded sort, but I try to respect my readers' patience. Really!) Suffice it to say that as markets grew more complex and human commerce extended over an ever larger region, various commodities were pressed into use as money, and over time were displaced by commodities that better served money's purposes. Before governments messed everything up for all of us, the predominant moneys of the world were gold and silver, with copper for the smallest of small change.
The salient characteristics of gold and silver are:
- They're easily recognizable;
- They cannot be counterfeited;
- They're durable over long periods of time;
- They're both uncommon and relatively stable in quantity;
- They're divisible into very small quantities without degradation;
- People value them for their intrinsic properties, rather than for legal reasons.
Those characteristics are the ones that make a commodity function well as money. Consider a few of the moneys that preceded the widespread adoption of gold and silver:
- Tobacco degrades too swiftly;
- Whiskey is too easily adulterated;
- Corn is too commonplace, and of unstable quantity;
- Buckskins lose their value by being divided into small pieces;
- Big honking wheels of rock are not generally valued for their own sake, and make a hell of a lump in one's pocket, besides.
A society's choices about what will serve as money can be, and usually are, isolated from its choices about currencies. There have been many societies in which only one commodity was deemed money, yet several varieties of currency circulated in competition with one another. The most common currencies have been banknotes—pull a Federal Reserve note out of your wallet if you need an example to study—with small, largely worthless metallic slugs for small change. In modern economies we can also find more specialized currencies: bearer bonds and promissory notes. In an economy with a stable money, every unit of currency will represent some quantity of money, for which it can be exchanged in the proper circumstances.
A society's fiscal problems commence when people start to lose the distinction between money and currency.
We employ currencies in common transactions because they tend to be more convenient: easier to carry around. Also, when money is a physical commodity such as gold or silver, frequently handling money accelerates the process that wears it away or degrades it chemically. But a currency is not money and must not be treated as such; its intrinsic properties are not suitable for use as money:
- It can be counterfeited;
- It's likely to degrade far too swiftly;
- If it's a governmental issue, it can be inflated;
- A unit of currency cannot be divided (try that with a $100 bill);
- It has no intrinsic value.
Indeed, the very properties that make currencies unsuitable as moneys are the reasons they become currencies in the first place—especially when governments are involved.
Today, every government in the world produces a currency—mostly paper notes—that it proclaims to be legal tender: a payment applicable to goods, services, and debts that merchants, artisans, and creditors are required to accept, under penalty of law. However, no government ties its legal-tender currency to a commodity that can serve the functions of money. Every government issues as much of its currency as it pleases, according to its budgetary deficits and other obligations. The world economy, afloat on a sea of worthless paper and equally worthless digital records, is being steadily hollowed out from within by governmental deficit finance and the inflation used to fund it.
Which is why there's been such a resurgence of interest in gold and silver: not as moneys to be employed in common commerce, but as stores of value independent of the fluctuations and inflation that characterize governmental currencies.
Bitcoin, like the Federal Reserve notes in your wallet, is a currency. It cannot function as a money; it lacks the properties of money. The collapse of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange has shaken the faith of many who thought they saw in Bitcoin a trustworthy alternative to governmental currencies. They failed to reckon with the many ways in which an entirely "virtual" currency can be compromised or undermined. The Mt. Gox disaster is only the first. There will be others.
Many astute and observant things have been said about money. Some of them are even true. For my money (sorry about that), the most piercing statement ever made about money occurred on the floor of the United States Senate, in 1912. The great financier J. P. Morgan had been asked to testify to that august body on monetary matters. This was the very first inquiry put to him:
Senator: Mr. Morgan, what is money?
J. P. Morgan: Gold is money, and nothing else is.
Morgan's understanding of the properties required of money was clear and unshakable.
For a poetic, emotionally charged oration on money, particularly about how it differs from currency, nothing can top Francisco D'Anconia's soliloquy in Atlas Shrugged . That speech is quoted in full here , but the pithiest portion follows:
"Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men's protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: 'Account overdrawn.'"
This essay has been extended at Liberty's Torch:
Part 2: Bimetallism And Gresham's Law
Part 3: The Great Transformation
Several gun bloggers and websites have reported on either a looming ban on Russian ammo or that Russia has decided to stop importing ammunition to the U.S., but several vendors, including Wolf Ammunition, are contradicting the rumors, saying the rumors are unsubstantiated... assuming the ammunition people are talking about is 7.62×39, the standard round for AKs and SKSs, there is no reason to panic. Even if Obama signs an executive order banning all Russian ammunition, the supply of 7.62 would be unaffected for the most part. Red Army Standard and Hot Shot have factories, not just in the Ukraine, but in Romania as well.
Jim Granthttp at guns.com
There you have it. Remain calm, be reasonable, don't panic. There's plenty to go around. Always will be. We heard the same thing about .22 rim fire, in fact, we're still hearing it. Plenty to go around, there just isn't any to be had. Not at prices that make sense. There's where being reasonable gets you. Here's the bottom line: if—if—there's a run on 7.62×39 in the making, and if you're chambering it, that's all you need to know. Notice who's making the arguments about the supply being adequate: those sitting on their own personal stash. And, almost as if it needed saying, don't rely on Obama and DC to be reasonable.
The best time to self-supply 7.62×39 is when it's (when it was?) being sold by the four-foot pile. The prudent already have their supplies, the laggards and the inattentive had better get theirs. It should have been part of your plan long before this. No, you shouldn't go all speculator and back up the truck, but there are those who will. That's not reasonable either, but it's the new reality. You can ignore it, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring it, to paraphrase Ayn Rand. Then, supply in hand, you can philosophize about the supply being adequate and condemn the ignorant masses for getting an unwarranted case of the vapors. Who knows, you may even be right. But you won't really care.
Now the bad news. It isn't just 7.62x39. This is from Bob Owens at Bearing Arms, Think the ammo market is about to get better? Think again:
My contacts have said there is a run on Russian caliber ammunition, 7.62×39 specifically. But, it seems to be in response to what is going on in Russia. Not because there has been a ban on export ...
The real issue this year is the "ongoing" powder shortage. It is going to be worse this year then the last two previous years. I have spoken to executives from the three major powder manufacturers in the US. And it is bad, I am talking really bad. I am not trying to scare anyone. Or cause an arbitrage in the market. I am simply telling you what I have been told. No manufacturers are taking new customers ...
Mr. Owens goes on to say:
Note that the current demand is 17 billion rounds of ammunition, just for the commercial market, excluding military and law enforcement markets. Let me say that again: that excludes the military and law enforcement markets. The government isn’t to blame. That’s about 5 billion rounds a year more than we were producing during the height of the Second World War.
There is currently a glut in the market on .223/5.56 NATO, but even that is expected to dry up by mid year.
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Magazine ad for the 1929 Hupmobile
Hupmobile (1909-1940), an pioneering upscale builder and a strong competitor for GM and Ford in the 1920s, fumbled badly and often in the '30s and was dissolved in 1940.
Rights vanishing before our eyes
Nothing says constitutional usurpation like the War on Drugs and welfare benefits for foreigners. Clearly, the three branches of the federal government have decided the Constitution is an antiquated collection of suggestions on how the United States is to be governed. That it's subordinate to the latest neo-communist nostrum or expropriation goes without saying.
The states have long since given up their role as sovereign entities and are now content to serve as servile, administrative subdivisions of the federal government, says Colonel Bunny in this article at Intergalactic Source of Truth.
Affirmative Action SAT
Question: What test was created to eliminate the advantages that wealthy families used to influence and advance their children’s educational cause? Answer: The Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT): a test created to end the discrimination and aristocracy in college admissions. Problem: The College Board is overhauling the SAT to “level the playing field” for high school students from a wider range of families. Let’s be candid here; to end inequality of results some want to change the SAT so they can use discrimination and inequitable practices. That’s just stunning hypocrisy and hubris, says Dean Kalahar in this article, Changing the SAT for 'Social Justice', at American Thinker.
One headline away
What if someone hears news of some horrific event. When he finally gets through to speak to a precious metal rep after hours of busy signals, he blurts out in panic, “I’ll buy anything you have at any price, I just need it sent overnight now!” The representative kindly replies in an exhausted voice that they have no gold, no silver, no junk silver, no bullion, no foreign precious metals, nothing in stock. He can place a provisional order but the last price they can quote was 500% above yesterday’s closing price and may go even higher, if the President does not ban the physical sale of gold or silver outright. Crazy talk? A year ago, maybe, says John Galt in this article, We are One Headline away from No Gold or Silver Availability, at Shenandoah.
I was also recently briefed on an entire class of weapons that have absolutely nothing to do with smokeless powder that are so efficient at what they do, so nimble at defeating countermeasures and so permanently disabling in their effects. and so affordable, that I was horrified—so horrified that I sat in stunned amazement repeating softly, as the briefing went on, "Jesus wept." ... Suffice it to say that the "authorities" could magically make ALL smokeless powder weapons disappear and they would only rue in bitter anguish the day that they did... I wish I could say more, but all communications on this subject save face-to-face are simply too dangerous, says Mike Vanderboegh in this article, And the stupid bastards in CT (and elsewhere) are worried about the number of rounds in a standard capacity magazine, at Sipsey Street Irregulars.
Remus says - Apparently he's not talking about the Gauss Gun in the article and videos at top, which he calls "toys". From what little Mr. Vanderboegh lets on—"an exponential 'mutual assured destruction' escalation of the arms race between free men and tyrants, and, now available to anyone. ANYONE. For cheap"—this class of weapons may be a game changer. Whether this is a realistic opinion can't be said without access to the basic facts, but Mr. Vanderboegh is not a man easily impressed. For now it goes in the "pending" file.
It's different this time
There probably isn’t an over used phrase thrown across the media landscape than, “It’s different this time.” One can’t look at the financial markets, the political stage, and more without shaking ones head. Nothing seems to make sense. Yet if one wants to lazily answer, “It’s different this time.” Things become crystal clear. Water now seems to run uphill. The definition of words no longer mean what they once did. Free society means the loss of only a few freedoms per year, as opposed to everything at once, says veteran investor Mark St. Cyr in this article, Understanding Why It Feels Different This Time, at Mark St. Cyr Blog via Zero Hedge.
I know and try to relate first hand stories of veteran market traders worth millions wiped out in near moments and far, far more. Yet, it continually falls on deaf ears as one talks to people who just believe the markets are, “ducky.”
Many if not most either just started handling their self-directed 401K accounts over the last few years. To them the tone and tenor of anything market related falls into the category of, “Everything of the past is old news.” “The Fed’s got their back,” and more. I’m usually left to myself just shaking my head.
Incompetence as a default
Why is our government so incompetent? Short answer: because incompetence has been fully institutionalized in every branch, every agency and every nook and cranny of the state. I think we can add a few other factors, says Charles Smith in this article, Why Is Our Government (and Deep State) So Incompetent?, at Of Two Minds.
Nine more Dead Sea Scrolls discovered
An archaeologist has announced nine scrolls dating back 2,000 years containing Biblical text which were found in the Qumran caves, the famous caves that yielded the Dead Sea Scrolls over seven decades ago. The scrolls were found hidden inside three leather phylacteries, pouches traditionally carried by observant Jewish men.
The leather pouches were first pulled out of the Qumran caves in the 1950s, but were not examined until recently, says April Holloway in this article, Newly discovered ancient manuscripts from Dead Sea Scroll caves, at Ancient Origins.
Navy's 5-pound missile
If the Pentagon is going to increasingly rely on drones to carry out precision attacks, the military is going to need access to smaller munitions than one-ton JDAMs. While most defense contractors are designing drones to accommodate the already-existing larger weapons, the Navy has taken the opposite approach with Spike, a five-pound, 25-inch mini-munition which it likes to call "the world's smallest guided missile," says Allen McDuffee in this article, Navy’s Tiny 5-Pound Missile Packs a Big Punch, at Wired.
Hire felons or else
So you think it’s nutty that criminal background checks are racist? Tell that to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which also issued policy guidance in 2012. The guidance is a classic federal government shakedown. It has no force of law. It exceeds the authority of the EEOC. It is confusing and unclear. But that doesn’t matter. It does what it is designed to do—conduct a racial shakedown of American businesses and protect lawbreakers at the expense of the law abiding, a common theme in the age of Obama, says Christian Adams in this article, Criminal Background Checks: That’s Racist!, at PJMedia.
Photos of disintegrating asteroid
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they approach the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt, says Tony Phillips in this article, Hubble Witnesses Asteroid's Mysterious Disintegration, at NASA.
Expert explains why the Great Lakes won't freeze over this year, or ever again
With the Great Lakes 92.2% frozen over and climbing, with even "unfreeze-able" Lake Ontario at near-record ice cover, and with lake levels rising fast as a result—almost no evaporation, this article from January of last year is full of alarmist gems. Read How Climate Change Is Damaging The Great Lakes, With Implications For The Environment And The Economy, by Matt Kasper at the Center for American Progress and be very afraid. Here's the main, settled science, peer-reviewed, unassailable truth as the global warming extremists peddled it a year ago:
The warmer winter air is causing a shorter duration of ice cover. In fact, the amount of ice covering the lakes has declined about 71 percent over the past 40 years. Last year, only 5 percent of the lakes froze over –- compared to 1979 when ice coverage was as much as 94 percent...
As climate change continues, fueling more frequent and more extreme droughts, we will continue to see more reductions in the extent and duration of winter ice cover.
Embrace your crystallized honey
For some reason, there is a perception that honey that crystallizes has “gone bad” or that it is a sign of contamination. No! It’s actually a sign of high quality honey. Don’t throw your crystallized honey out, unless you like to waste delicious food. Let’s break down what’s happening in your honey, and what you can do about it, says Gwen Pearson in this article, What Do You Do With Crystallized Honey?, at Wired.
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Why socialists run from their own history
Socialist tyranny has founding fathers too.
This Just In: NSA demands legal warfare on deliberate political mendacity and its dissemination in the press - Journalists have no standing when it comes to national security issues. They don’t know how to weigh the fact of what they’re giving out and saying, is it in the nation’s interest to divulge this... We’ve got to handle media leaks first. I think we are going to make headway over the next few weeks on media leaks. I am an optimist. I think if we make the right steps on the media leaks legislation, then cyber legislation will be a lot easier.
General Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA, via Mike Krieger at libertyblitzkrieg.com
Also see The Black Hitler of Harlem, by Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish
Note: Ol' Remus overhears imperfectly. Some folks say the most wonderful things, but they say it and say it and say it like some medieval barrister so Overheard takes a machete to superfluous subordinate clauses, annoying parenthetical asides and similar air bubbles. Triple dots indicate ellipses, but he's not perfectly reliable about using them. Don't assume these to be definitive quotes if your dissertation depends on it.
Crimea - It has a narrow strip of land that connects it to Ukraine. The peninsula itself is very dry, with almost no source of fresh water. Crimea cannot simply be severed from Ukraine.
Maria Lipman, Carnegie Moscow Center, via Eve Conant at nationalgeographic.com
Watch the other hand - They are going to kill the dollar, and I believe that this conflict with Russia over Ukraine is a cover for that effort. It is difficult for me to see any other purpose to this latest bit of insanity. The problem is that your bank accounts, retirement, and investments are going to be wiped out in the process.
John Little at omegashock.com
Ukraine snipers - A trained man is going after a "Bowling Pin" area between the ears to the chest, if the wounds were all over the place, that's a good indication that professionals weren't involved. A good man can hit an EGG, out to 400 Meters, and an Orange to 600M.
zionhead101, comment 4520264 at zerohedge.com
Resurrecting the Soviet Union by 2020 - Putin has made it clear that he regards the fall of the Soviet Union as the greatest catastrophe of the 20th century... The difference between Russia and China is that the former lost territory and it sees this as a shameful event and loss of manhood if you will while that latter has focused on its economy losing no territory. This is our future.
Martin Armstrong at armstrongeconomics.com
Dominoes redux - The media gets behind anyone throwing rocks or Molotov cocktails in front of a camera lens as long as his target isn't an authoritarian government of the left. Foreign policy experts who insisted that Putin wouldn't go this far, now insist that he won't go any farther.
Daniel Greenfield at sultanknish.blogspot.com.au
RT anchor Liz Wahl quits on air - Personally, I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I'm resigning. RT is not about the truth; it's about promoting a Putinist agenda. And I can tell you firsthand, it's about bashing America. I felt that I could no longer work here and go on television and tell the American people that this is what's happening and have it pose as news.
Liz Wahl, via Greg Botelho at cnn.com
Nobody home at 911 - “I thought it was just a given. You call 911 and 911 answers,” Delmain said. Outside her north Minneapolis window, she saw a man dying in the street. When she called 911, the phone rang for 90 seconds without an answer before she hung up. “I never thought it was possible for them not to answer,” Delmain said. “It makes me feel really vulnerable.”
Liz Collin, CBS WCCO at minnesota.cbslocal.com
Mesmerized by mass surveillance - Nor did the U.S. government's comprehensive monitoring of Americans at home stop the Boston Bombers. Despite the Russians specifically warning us about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the FBI couldn't do more than a cursory investigation – although they did plenty of worthless computer-based searching – and failed to discover the plot in which 264 people were injured, and 3 died. The resources that could have paid for a real investigation had been spent on monitoring the call records of everyone in America.
Edward Snowden via Steven Nelsonat at usnews.com
Full transcript of Mr. Snowden's testimony to the
European Parliament, .pdf
Anonymity - A Philadelphia judge has ordered philly.com to reveal the name of an anonymous commenter, in a defamation suit brought by electricians' union leader John Dougherty.
Pat Loeb, CBS3 at philadelphia.cbslocal.com
Consensus, Soviet-style - Neither CBS nor ABC have included a skeptical scientists in their news shows within the past 1,300 days, but both networks included alarmists within the past 160 days—CBS as recently as 22 days ago. When the networks did include other viewpoints, the experts were dismissed as "out of the scientific mainstream" or backed by "oil and coal companies."
Sean Long at cnsnews.com
Situational privacy - I find abortion proponents on the Left to be among the worst examples of faux libertarians. They claim their issue is about choice regarding one's body, but then tend to simultaneously support all kinds of government interventions in personal medical decision-making.
Warren Meyer at coyoteblog.com
8 Hillary secrets listed - Super-wealthy Anti-Clinton Factions are willing to spend half a billion dollars between them to find out what Hillary has been hiding. With that huge bankroll, conservative groups with underground operatives believe they can amass evidence that will ruin Hillary's chances of becoming our first female president.
"Top political source",
via Wagener, Herz and Blosser at nationalenquirer.com
Evidence amounting to proof - British Intelligence Advisor Barrister Michael Shrimpton reported Obama's purported mom was not pregnant in 1961 and that Obama was born in Kenya in 1960... He then dropped a bombshell claiming the CIA did covert DNA testing on Obama at a fundraising dinner and the test came back with no match to the claimed grandparents.
Newseditor at westernjournalism.com
Usual suspects loot "Brother’s Keeper" grant - The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the ex-pastor of President Barack Obama, stood trial Tuesday on federal charges of laundering thousands of dollars from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-based job-training program for African Americans and Latinos.
Ray Long at articles.chicagotribune.com
Federal mandate for ultra low sulfur diesel fuel - Diesel was formerly inexpensive because refining costs were lower. Now, they are higher. So, you pay more at the pump – and everywhere else, too. Do you know why food has recently become almost a luxury item? It is because the trucks that bring the food to you are diesels. And the truckers are being squeezed until there's nothing left to squeeze. They, in turn, have no choice but to squeeze you.
Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com
Just So story - When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans.
paying tribute to Aretha Franklin,
Oscars - Poverty porn and racism porn tell them that they are good people because everyone else lacks their level of intelligence and empathy. That is what 12 Years a Slave does for them. The more liberal elites pig out on their own moral superiority, the more they cut themselves off from their fellow Americans, taking pride in their empathy, while dismissing the majority of the country as too racist, sexist and homophobic to be worth listening to.
Daniel Greenfield at truthrevolt.org
Your choice - There are actually two risks in investing: One is to lose money and the other is to miss opportunity. You can eliminate either one, but you can’t eliminate both at the same time.
Christoph Gisiger at fuw.ch
The recovery continues - Staples will close 225 stores in North America by the middle of next year, about 12% of its stores in North America... Radio Shack announced plans to close up to 1,100 stores, or about 20% of its locations.
Chris Isidore at money.cnn.com
Cat vs. mouse in 1962 - It would have been ridiculous for us to go to war over Cuba — for a country 12,000 miles away. For us, war was unthinkable. We ended up getting exactly what we’d wanted all along, security for Fidel Castro’s regime and American missiles removed from Turkey.
Nikita Khrushchev, memoirs, via Ann Coulter at humanevents.com
Citizen disarmament by aliens - At least in Chicago, and in any other municipalities with similar assignments of police powers to non-citizens, a situation exists where aliens could be employed to enforce disarmament edicts... Considering the increased militarization of the police that has occurred in recent years, how is that different in theory and practice from government employing foreign troops to disarm citizens on American soil?
David Codrea at examiner.com
It was 5 below
- A Minnesota public high school was so committed to obeying its fire drill policy to the exact letter of the law that it forced a female student–dressed only in a swimsuit, and sopping wet–to stand outside in the freezing cold for ten minutes. As a result, she suffered frostbite.
Robby Soave at dailycaller.com
Forum paper, "Market Tantrums and Monetary Policy" - Investors are so fearful of missing the upside and underperforming peers that they frantically scramble to remain ahead of them. However, the conference and paper suggests that there is a threshold point during the Fed’s attempt to normalize policy where the tide reverses and investors join in a selloff in a race to avoid being left behind.
Guy Haselmann, Scotiabank, at zerohedge.com
About Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech of 1851 - The authorised version was written up a decade or so after Sojourner Truth said whatever she said – and that is when the now famous refrain, which she certainly did not say, was inserted, while at the same time her words as a whole were translated into a Southern drawl, to match the abolitionist message, even though she came from the North and had been brought up speaking Dutch.
Mary Beard, via Kathy Shaidle at takimag.com
The new old new normal - If I knew at 25 what I know now, I'd have left a good looking corpse a long time ago.
kaiserhoff, comment 4514881 at zerohedge.com
New human right discovered in Philadelphia - Organizers had issued fliers calling for an “emergency town hall” to confront a “crisis facing black Philadelphia: the demise of our neighborhoods.” ... Sister Empress Phile, one of the organizers, said the group will host more town halls and ask for more public meetings, including congressional hearings. Ultimately, she said, the activists plan to appeal to the United Nations that gentrification is a human-rights violation.
Valerie Russ at articles.philly.com
Extortion and insults fail to convert voters - No Democratic presidential candidate has won a majority of white men since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964...
Democrats generally win the votes of fewer than four in 10 white men. But they win eight of 10 minority voters and a majority of women.
Jackie Calmes at nytimes.com
Down Dixie way - The wives and girlfriends were real women, and seemed to think being a woman was a good thing. Men thought it was a good thing, that's for sure. It was like there were two kinds of people, men and women, instead of just one. It's a novel concept, I reckon. But we liked it. And they were just nice. You could easily tell a Southern gal from a menopausing crocodile. Up North, you'd need a DNA test.
Fred Reed at fredoneverything.net
Fading away - Things haven't quite worked out as expected. "Space Age" is now an antiquated phrase. The United States can't even launch astronauts at the moment. The universe continues to tantalize us, but the notion that we're about to make contact with other civilizations seems increasingly like stoner talk.
Joel Achenbach at smithsonianmag.com
The fatal glass of fear - If your bitcoins get stolen, you're out of luck. What's more, if your bitcoins get stolen, the cops aren't going to go after the bad guys. In fact, it's not even clear that, if the bad guys confessed to the theft the next day that it would be possible to prosecute them... If you can steal seven percent of the total circulation of a currency with total impunity, then that currency will always represent an intolerable security risk for most people. The speculators may not realize it yet, but you can stick a fork in bitcoin. It's done.
Jonathan Last at weeklystandard.com
Dealbook - So Sorkin is close to his sources, who are also his sponsors. His compensation is tied to the financial performance of his financial news blog empire, which is underwritten by the finance industry. This is a fine example of exactly the sort of twisted incentive structures that led Wall Street firms to produce and sell a lot of toxic debt. In this one limited sense, you might say, DealBook does shed inadvertent light on the inner workings of finance.
Alex Pareene at thebaffler.com
The real job - It is not enough to be right. Being right is easy. It is selling common sense in an environment of lunacy that is hard.
Richard Fernandez at pjmedia.com/richardfernandez
- They are the most retrograde force we have in this nation, holding us back from further progress. They have adopted the worse habits of the KKK short of lynching and cross burning. They refuse to even try to understand mixed race people, promoting the one-drop rule. They say nothing when certain areas are over-represented by their preferred ethnic groups, but go in to high dungeon when there is an underrepresentation somewhere else.
cdr salamander at cdrsalamander.blogspot.com
The many end dates of World War II - It has been suggested that the war ended at the armistice of 14 August 1945, rather than the formal surrender of Japan (2 September 1945); in some European histories, it ended on 8 May 1945. However, the Treaty of Peace with Japan was not signed until 1951, and that with Germany not until 1990.
Sugar battery is 10x more efficient - Researchers at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, designed a new biobattery with a greater output per weight than the typical lithium-ion batteries used in most electronics. The new biobattery fully converts sugar to energy, which means more power output than previous biobatteries, and a greater battery charge than common lithium-ion batteries.
Emily Lewis at insidescience.org
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1937. Brookside Alabama, coal miner's house and children
Brookside is a town of 1,800 located in central Alabama about twenty minutes from Birmingham. A successful strike closed the Brookside Mine in 1921, never to reopen. Settled largely by Eastern Europeans, the population in 1937 was about 600. Today the Five Mile Canoe Company—a town-owned rental and guide outfit—the St. Nicholas Russian/Slavic Food Festival and hosted birding appear to be the town industries.
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For adjusting your monitor
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The gold standard of survival sites
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