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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
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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.
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Some interesting stuff from Remus's notebook, as long as you're here. No, Woodpile Report isn't being revived, just posting these copy-pastes as a convenience.
You are now the friction. With enough friction, the machine breaks down. That's part of what the left did to us. It dragged down our government and culture. It poked a thousand holes in everything. It made it too tiresome and wearying to go on doing this and that. Morale withered, confidence broke down and the left took over. Now it's their turn to be on the receiving end.
Village Praxis Series: Unaided Night Vision
The Looming Copper Supply Crunch
The Chinese market is in an all-on crash. Last night the Shanghai index was down 8%, and while there have been some wild recovery rallies during the last couple of weeks as well the cumulative loss is close to 20% at this point, the formal "declaration" of a bear market.
The Supreme Court has just written into our “Constitutional” framework that: The text of a law doesn’t matter; The text of the Constitution doesn’t matter; What a majority of “Justices” imagine about what those who passed the law intended are of decisive legal weight; There is no human practice, custom, tradition, or institution which the State cannot seize and tax, regulate, reorganize, or completely redefine to suit itself. The entire edifice of constitutionalism has just been ceremoniously trashed.
Contrary to Roberts' opinion, the Affordable Care Act was written to destroy health insurance markets, so that when the full implementation of Obamacare fails (as it is already doing), no market solution will exist on which to fall back. The only choice will be single-payer socialized medicine, which has always been the goal of Obama and his minions - not to improve healthcare, but to solidify absolute control over our lives.
For the UK – whose laws and policies all-too-often influence those of the U.S. – gun control isn’t enough. Probably nothing will ever be enough. Now a call to surrender knives, ongoing for years, is in full swing. There is, however, a ban on people under 18 buying knives – going so far on the absurdity scale as to ban underage purchases of plastic knives! No joke.
President Obama is keen to introduce tough new laws which will force the KKK and other extreme right-wing groups to disclose the identities of their members... The President discussed the possibility of the new measures when he telephoned Charleston mayor Joe Riley... Riley said: 'I have spoken with the President and the Vice President about this. And I have talked to the White House too. 'One of the things we need to do is for the national government to give resources to expose these hate groups. In America we worship the first amendment and any body can say anything they want... 'Neighbors should be able to know that the person living next to them is an absolute bigot. So there is a lot of work to do.' He said many self styled racists such as alleged gunman Dylann Roof built their evil beliefs after 'being fed by the internet' and new legislation to marshal racial material on the web is set to be brought in. 'We need a national council on these hate groups.
A swarm of 10,000 or more black holes may be orbiting the Milky Way's supermassive black hole... This would represent the highest concentration of black holes anywhere in the Galaxy. These relatively small, stellar-mass black holes, along with neutron stars, appear to have migrated into the Galactic Center over the course of several billion years.
LORRI Images from the Pluto Encounter - These JPEGs of images taken by the LOng Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) are generally posted within 48 hours after receipt at the New Horizons Science Operations Center.
The point, it’s sudden, fast, and you won’t see it coming. Nor will America’s leaders. Unprepared, says the Economist, unable to act in time to avoid the recession dead ahead.
“For centuries, historians, political theorists, anthropologists and the public have tended to think about the political process in seasonal, cyclical terms ... we discern a rhythm to history. Great powers, like great men, are born, rise, reign and then gradually wane.” ... “But what if history is not cyclical and slow-moving but arrhythmic?” What if history is “also capable of accelerating suddenly, like a sports car? What if collapse does not arrive over a number of centuries but comes suddenly?"
It is likely the case that black criminals perceive the supple SWPL whites who live within prowling distance of them as soft, juicy targets of opportunity ... it’s wrong to assume only premeditated interracial violence is classifiable as racially motivated hate crime; race hate does not abide exquisitely legalistic timelines. Hatred for racial outsiders can simmer for years or it can explode on sight in the heat of the moment.
The left wins its biggest victories at the planning stage. Its activists come early and stay late. They propose their plans, rig meetings, use kids and the elderly as human shields, and get their way. They are not used to any real opposition.
IRS exemption - The publication title is “Rules for Churches.” Rule five on page five states that the Church cannot “violate fundamental public policy”. After yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, do I need to point out whether homosexual marriage is now a “fundamental public policy” of the United States? Do I need to spell out what the future holds for all “government registered” churches?
Allowing white male oppressors to have free speech simply leads to even more “oppression” of the oppressed (which now includes everyone who is not a white heterosexual male). This is why so many university administrators proudly crack down on academic freedom with campus speech codes, tolerance of riotous disruptions of conservative or libertarian campus lecturers, and even the libeling and slandering of such speakers when they are allowed to speak.
Nation Of Islam flag, at Amazon, $13. "Kill the White baby, kill the white woman, kill the white man." -Kahlid Muhammad
You cannot spend more as a government than you can take in via taxes -- period. That's a fact, and while we seem to think we can here in the US when it comes to various governments all such attempts are short-term answers that must invariably lead to spending less than one takes in via taxes so as to pay the debt off.
Students at the University of Texas signed a petition to remove a statue of George Washington and memorials to other founding fathers in another illustration of the politically correct insanity that has emerged in the wake of the Charleston massacre.
Will the Democratic Party finally apologize for supporting slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan? Let me recall these lines from some of your party platforms. From your 1840 platform: ...
Elections no longer matter. Oaths of office mean nothing. Campaign promises mean nothing. Party means nothing. The takers outnumber the makers, the borders are open to anyone with the potential to be or cause serious problems, and the man in the street simply hopes the alligator eats them last. The rest is for the nostalgic.
France - I need to put in a new septic tank. I was just going to get an old friend to put it in. But now they don’t have septic systems. They have ‘micro-water treatment station. Of course, they look for all the world like old-fashioned septic systems. But they cost a lot more and you need to get engineers to draw up plans, and you have to have them approved, which means inspectors have to come out. And you wait and wait for them, because, of course, they’re on vacation. We could easily get the work done. But if a nosey neighbor or inspector sees us doing it, without all the paperwork, it will be a disaster... “In France, only half the population works,” concluded our friend. “The other half tries to stop them.”
Even if that match exists, there’s no way to tell how the crime scene DNA sample got there in the first place—scientists still don’t know how DNA can travel. Many of our body’s cells contain our DNA and we shed them wherever we go. Under certain circumstances, those cells could end up in places we ourselves have never been. Plus, they don’t have a timestamp on them, so DNA deposited on a crime scene six months before a crime occurred may end up as part of the case.
White Christian conservative attachment to the Constitution and traditional American ideals such as representative democracy are consequences of their deeper attachments. Once those connections severed, they are simply a larger, more dedicated, more effective, and better-armed group playing the game of power.
Lockheed Constellation - The L-1649A holds the record for the longest-duration, non-stop passenger flight. On TWA's first London-to-San Francisco flight on October 1–2, 1957, the aircraft stayed aloft for 23 hours and 19 minutes [about 5,350 mi at 229.4 mph]... An Eastern Constellation to date still holds the record for a New York to Washington flight from liftoff to touchdown in just over 30 minutes. The record was set prior to speed restrictions by the FAA below 10,000 ft.
The universe has slowed down and speeded up, not just once, but 7 times in the last 13.8 billion years, on average emulating dark matter in the process. “The ringing has been decaying and is now very small – much like striking a crystal glass and hearing it ring down."
Study of 33 Kepler stars - The stars we studied harbour exoplanets of size comparable to earth (between 0.3 and 15 earth radii), and our results reveal a wide range of ages for these host stars, both younger (down to half the solar age) and older (up to 2.5 times the solar age) than the Sun... formation of exoplanets similar in size to earth has occurred throughout the history of our Galaxy (and is still taking place!).
“If the baby bird is sparsely feathered and not capable of hopping, walking, flitting, or gripping tightly to your finger, it’s a nestling. If you can find the nest (it may be well hidden), put the bird back as quickly as possible. Don’t worry—parent birds do not recognize their young by smell. They will not abandon a baby if it has been touched by humans.”
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton wants to dig up the bodies of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and remove them from a city park ... In 2013, the city council changed the name of Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park. They also changed the names of Jefferson Davis Park and Confederate Park. The bodies of Forrest and his wife would be relocated to a cemetery.
One of the greatest advantages of the totalitarian elites of the twenties and thirties was to turn any statement of fact into a question of motive.
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.
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
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