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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

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


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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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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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.

Regardless of how the various church groups respond to the new BSA directive, the left has won this battle. Its foot soldiers have broken the feeble resistance of the governing board and eliminated the real Boy Scouts of America from the field. Scout leadership was no better prepared for this war than the French were for theirs in 1940. From now on, at the top, at least, collaboration will be the name of the game.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/would_you_let_your_12yearold_daughter_sleep_
in_a_tent_with_an_18yearold_boy.html

“Forcing” is exactly what the Left is doing. Americans typically vote against Leftists' desire to make abhorrent behavior mainstream and transform America into a welfare state. Leftists send in their activist judges to overturn the will of We the People. After verbally slapping us around calling us racist, sexist, and homophobic, Leftist judges make what the people voted against into law.
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/exposed_americas_enemies_within.html

Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation. In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order "in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation" ... A California court this week issued a temporary restraining order blocking the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of leaders of StemExpress, a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/07/31/judge-blocks-release-recordings-by-anti-abortion-group/

Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen... the reason why Stem Express filed suit against release of a video of their meeting with him is because they admitted to receiving fully intact fetuses from abortion clinics. Daleiden said those conversations may have shown “prima facie evidence of born-alive infants.”
http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/31/obama-appointee-blocks-more-video-releases-by-group-behind-planned-parenthood-sting/

I think we have already seen the long slow collapse for fifty years and all that is left is plunging over the waterfall ... notice how we’ve already picked up speed and that this is enough to freak everyone out?
http://www.bisonprepper.blogspot.com/2015/07/escape-4.html

What’s curious is that the very government telling people to spy on their fellow countrymen has itself been engaging in these same activities through the acquisition of massive amounts of Meals-Ready-To-Eat, guns, billions of rounds of ammunition, gas masks, riot gear, and a host of other supplies being regionalized at DHS centers across the country... This implies that a catastrophic event of some sort is believed by the government’s emergency planning apparatus to be imminent.
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/video-proof-feds-post-letters-identifying-preppers-as-potential-terrorists-individuals-or-groups-making-bulk-purchases_07312015

The South Atlantic Anomaly is a weak spot in the Earth's shield against cosmic radiation 124 miles above ground. It is said to cause malfunctions in any satellites or spacecraft passing over it. Strangely enough, it is a spot where the Earth's magnetic field pulls in energy particles instead of repelling them. Scientific evidence shows that it has been growing... other research has shown that the Earth's dipole magnetic field strength has, in fact, decreased 16 percent since 1840. Mostly this decreasing intensity has been located in the Southern Hemisphere, specifically in the region of the South Atlantic Anomaly.
http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-science-space/ancient-huts-provide-new-information-magnetic-pole-reversal-and-south-atlantic-020467

Market detonations aren't really about "recessions" per-se. Rather, they're about outrageous leverage that is enabled by increasingly-unwise transactions that usually, in the end, turn to fraud to cover up the losses. It is the inevitable cascade of forced selling that comes from this practice that results in the crash
http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=230464

The push to put women into combat is driven by an extreme, reality-challenged form of feminism. Unfortunately, its influence in the media, the entertainment industry, our universities, and politics has given it a tremendous base of political power that extends into the heart of the military... Officers in the military understand that speaking honestly about the problems of women in combat can be a career-ender.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420826/putting-women-combat-even-worse-idea-youd-think-mike-fredenburg

Imagine if some city in red-state America decided to be a refuge for unborn children and refused to grant business licenses to abortion clinics. What if a city decided that it was going to be a sanctuary city for the Ten Commandments and displayed them in schools, libraries, and the county courthouse? What if a city decided that it was important for children to have mothers and fathers, declared itself a sanctuary city for traditional marriage, and refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/sanctuary_cities_for_conservatives.html

On Monday, in Solenex v. Jewell, a federal district court in Washington ruled that a federal agency’s failure to act on a drilling permit for 29 years constituted “unreasonable delay” under the Administrative Procedure Act.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/07/29/news-flash-sitting-on-a-drilling-permit-for-29-years-constitutes-unreasonable-delay/

NY City - Shalom Bombay in Midtown Manhattan posted an ad in October of 2013 on Craigslist, asking for an“experienced Indian waiter or waitress,” which led the city council initiative to conduct an investigation into the business’s hiring practices ... The restaurant had been closed for almost a year since the trial, causing the Judge to reduce the fine from $7,500 to $5,000 for the two year old advertisement that discriminated, “based on national origin.”
http://freebeacon.com/issues/indian-restaurant-fined-for-wanting-a-experienced-indian-waiter/

In New York, where authorities boasted just weeks ago of busting a $3 million smuggling ring, 58 percent of all cigarettes sold in the state are smuggled. With state taxes at $4.35 per pack, and New York City imposing another $1.50 charge, it's a no-brainer to load trucks at Virginia's $0.30 per pack rate and illegally drive them up Interstate 95 to customers suffering the country's most onerous tax... The Tax Foundation helpfully reveals that excise taxes range across the country from zilch in Wyoming to $35 per gallon of liquor in Washington. That range of rates is an open invitation to fill the backs of trucks and haul loads of booze across borders, which is exactly what happens.
http://reason.com/archives/2015/07/21/its-time-we-learned-from-sin-taxes-impre

When most horses take a leak, it is a dramatic sight, with the stream typically about one-third to one-half an inch in diameter, creating a veritable “river” of urine that seems to have impressed some wordsmith sufficiently to coin the phrase, “piss like a (race)horse” – today denoting a full human bladder that needs emptied yesterday.
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/07/origin-expression-piss-like-racehorse/

This is what happens when nations go bankrupt: one by one, its major institutions fall into insolvency. Today it’s the Highway Fund. Tomorrow it’ll be the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation and the United States Postal Service. Then it’ll be Social Security and Medicare. Then the Federal Reserve. And eventually it’ll be the United States government itself. The signs are everywhere– every single one of these hallowed institutions is flat broke. It’s no longer some wild assertion to say that. Their own financial statements show that they’re insolvent.
http://www.sovereignman.com/trends/the-latest-government-trust-fund-to-go-bankrupt-17315/

While a social media mob has Dr Walter Palmer fearing for his life, it was only five months ago that Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe was served a lavish feast that included lion meat and a mass slaughter of baby elephants and other endangered animals.
http://mediaequalizer.com/brian-maloney/2015/07/lion-meat-trophy-served-at-zimbabwe-dictators-birthday

Perhaps these are sentiments before their time that will amuse the deep thinkers who believe they've got it all under control. But I'm betting good money that what the sellouts have engineered for our country will soon enough give them a taste of what Mars does best. A sad and alarming thought, it's true, but then who would have thought that what the Framers and Ratifiers set in motion would drown in the perfect storm of ruling class hubris, stupidity, and connivance at total power. And monstrous betrayal.
http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com/2015/08/loathsome-devious-despicable-treasonous.html

A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S... someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair on Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks... The creators were sent an image of the vandalized robot Saturday but cannot track its location because the battery is dead. They said they don't know who destroyed it or why. But co-creator Frauke Zeller said many children who adored the robot are now heartbroken. ["rowdy teens"?]
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/08/01/hitchhiking-robot-cross-country-trip-in-us-ends-prematurely-in-philly/

The decadent civilization has a million laws which it applies selectively. Its universal laws, inherited from a vigorous civilization, are so mired in legalisms as to be meaningless. The laws do not mean what they say. Instead they must be interpreted by a specialized caste. Everyone is always in violation of some obscure laws. Life depends on a lawless dispensation from the law. The crucial task of the law is interpretation that keeps everyone from constantly being punished. This task is accomplished by lawyers, lobbyists and the politicians who are constantly adding more laws to fix the interpretations in the old laws creating a complex mass of contradictory information.
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/a-tour-of-our-decadent-civilization.html

A barbarian can understand that stealing is wrong, but not that robbing you is wrong. A decadent however can understand that stealing from you is wrong, but not that stealing itself is wrong... The barbaric and vigorous civilizations speak little of sex and yet have high birth rates. Decadent civilizations are obsessed with sex and have few children... The decadent civilization senses inwardly that it has no future. It becomes obsessed with apocalypses... Removing the source of the corruption requires either removing all or almost all of the elites, and sizable sections of the professional classes as well.
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/a-tour-of-our-decadent-civilization.html

Cuckservatism - It highlights just how out of touch Republicans have become with metapolitical developments. They assumed they had a safe legacy position as the guardians of conservatism, and that all criticism of their platform could only come from the left. They’re wrong. Disruption is happening. There are—amazingly enough it seems—people to the right of Jeb Bush. People to right of Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter even.
https://atlanticcenturion.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/the-alt-right-as-disruption-crashing-the-cuckservative-industrial-complex-with-no-survivors/

Investigators found that the shooting that left seven people injured in Northwest Baltimore early Sunday was retaliatory, Davis said. At least one of the victims is a Black Guerrilla Family gang member, he said, and two of the victims had been shot in previous incidents in the past two years... Three other people were shot early Sunday, one fatally, elsewhere in the city within the span of about two hours police said.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-violence-20150802-story.html#page=1

Hillary - Her recent crash means that she is essentially in free fall, having lost a net of 16 points of favorability in Quinnipiac polls since November of last year... Hillary’s scandal has no end in sight. Her insane, self-destructive policy of concealment and paranoid secrecy has led to a prolongation of the drip-drip-drip of scandal revelations throughout the balance of this year and even into the election year itself... Are the Democrats really going to commit suicide by nominating Hillary? Will they all line up to drink the Kool-Aid? My guess is that President Obama and Valerie Jarrett won’t let them.
http://www.dickmorris.com/hillary-in-free-fall/

Police risk recriminations for trying to arrest violently ungovernable blacks. The simplest altercation between blacks and police can erupt into nationwide riots. The police are understandably going to come to the conclusion that it’s just not worth policing black neighbourhoods. Blacks will be left to kill one another, and anybody else unfortunate enough to live near them.
http://www.thisblogisdangerous.com/decline-of-europe-afghanistan-model/

The collapse starts slowly then accelerates exponentially.
Comment 6383501,
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-02/tide-has-turned-and-these-charts-predict-next-stop

Prisoners in Argentina get paid 46% more than the minimum payment received by retirees and pensioners. If you worked your entire life, chances are you’ll end up getting about $3.821,33 in Argentina once you retire. On the other hand, if you’re a murderer or serial rapist, you’ll make $6.060 and you’ll even get covered by the prisoner’s own Union... This is all part of the Kirchner government plan to incorporate criminals to their movement, with the Kirchner inmate political branch being called “Vatayon Militante”. Not making any of this up, just the sad reality of a fully collapsed country.
http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2015/07/in-argentina-crime-does-pay-no-joke-it.html

 

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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.
Traditional

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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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