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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 who the media means by not saying who they mean 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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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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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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Pieter de Hooch, The Visit, 1657

Not much is known about de Hooch, even the date of his death is in question. One self-portrait survives. The Visit was painted at the height of de Hooch's powers although the finest piece is said to be his Cardplayers in a Sunlit Room, completed in 1658.

The Visit, above, parallels his contemporary, Vermeer, with its window-lit figures, its geometric composition and its subtlety modulated color. Authorities waver about who was the greater influence on the other.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpgTheodore Dalrymple, real name Anthony Daniels, is a former prison doctor and psychiatrist. Here's what he has to say about self-esteem in his essay at Taki's Magazine:

Criminals, especially the vicious rather than the merely pathetic ones, have very high self-esteem. They are generally proud of how awful they have been and positively swagger with satisfaction at their own competence in the matter of causing misery to others. They too have “core beliefs” about themselves, all of them highly flattering. They even think they are lovable as well as admirable.

Next item please.

Our story thus far.

Like any leveraged buyout where the target corporation is looted, so too is the entire US economy being plundered. With each passing year less care is taken to disguise, or even deny, this colossal "wealth transfer". Corruption at this scale, now so chic, was once a stain on the family name and a common cause of bloody uprisings.

The retail investor doesn't deal in kozmik troofs however, he deals with the economy as-is where-is. Most often his money is in mutual funds directed for him by, ahem, experts. But alas, even here the bad news is written on the wall in blood, air horns are blaring, red lights are flashing. Yet the experts are more terrified of being out of the market than being in it.

According to the St. Louis Fed, consumer confidence in the economy is, for the first time, higher than it was in 2007, for no convincing or measurable reason. Please recall, from 2007 to 2009 the SP 500 lost more than half its value. The velocity of money has dropped to near nothing, it's at 1933 levels and has been for a long time. The cyclically adjusted PE ratio of the SP 500 is 28.9, which is 73% more expensive than normal. And so forth. Only an alarmist would read too much into all this, right?

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Like the Flying Wallendas, Milo Yiannopoulos made his fortune in large part by performing at the edge of disaster. I'm not happy seeing him lose concentration and tip towards oblivion , but neither am I surprised. Whatever his shortcomings, and they're many and obvious, he has courage. Look for a comeback.

 

Well fellow travelers, it's been an eventful week. Let's get to the fresh outrages before they're pushed aside by even fresher ones.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Daily Caller - College Writing Center Declares American Grammar A ‘Racist,’ ‘Unjust Language Structure’ ... University of Washington, Tacoma

Burning Platform - Muslims and Antifa have taken Paris

Moonbattery - Bill Proposed That Would Incrementally Prevent Whites From Serving as Judges in Rhode Island [photo, legislator Williams ]

Conservative Tree house - Secretary Rex Tillerson Begins Deconstructing 7th Floor “Shadow Government” at Dept of State

Vox Popoli - The dots, connected

Excerpt - "Over one thousand pedophiles have been arrested around the world since November, and you can be certain that most of them are singing like canaries. We'll know the next stage has begun when the media begins reporting a sudden epidemic of suicides among Congressional staffers".

College Fix - Student government gives $1,000 to leftist group that physically attacked conservative students ... West Virginia University

Washington Times - Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote. Survey bolsters analysis by professors

Activist Post, Jon Rappoport - Is The NSA The Real President Of The United States?

Event Chronicle - Former CIA officer: Flynn fired over high-level DC pedophile list

Nature - The hunt for rogue planets just got tougher ... perhaps only half as many genuinely rogue worlds as the 2011 estimate although they could still number in the billions

Daily Mail - Mystery as NASA calls Wednesday press conference to announce 'major' exoplanet discovery

Aviationist - An Mi-8 gunship helicopter lands on a highway in Kazakhstan to ask for directions. Article with video

Star Tribune - Wisconsin students demand free tuition for black students

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Free" in the sense someone else will pay their bills. Guess who. Not the Associated Students of Madison. At $20,000 per black student they'd have to sell a lot of cupcakes.

Ann Coulter - The Silence of the Lambs Congress ... The House passed six Obamacare repeals when Obama was president and there was no chance of them being signed into law

Aeon - The plodding photon, or how the speed of light looks sluggish on a galactic scale. Real time, sun to Jupiter, video 45m 0s. Short version, YouTube 2m 56s

Red Ice - Climate Change Industry: NOAA Cheated and Got Caught Faking Climate Data ... helped persuade world leaders to sign an agreement that imposes massive emissions cuts on developed countries

Patrick Buchanan - Is the Left Playing with Fire Again? ... it is beginning to look like the 1960s

Imgur - How to make your own bacon

Happy Preppers - List of 37 Critical Supplies to Hoard that Are NOT Food

US Congress pdf - H. R. 861. Quoted in its entirety: "The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018".

Cosmos - Explosive beginnings of a supernova spotted for the first time ... just three hours after it began

Orange County Register - OCC student suspended after filming teacher saying Trump's election was 'an act of terrorism'

Blac - Billboard claims ‘black people are being pushed out of Detroit’ ... major demographic changes that could ultimately lead to social upheaval

Nature - Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found

Heat Street - Campus Leftists at UChicago say Free Speech Shouldn’t Apply Equally to Everyone

National Interest - The Super Simple Reason Nazi Germany Crushed France During World War II

Western Rifle Shooters Association - “Former Red Team Planner For The Federal Government Talks About Civil War Scenarios”, video from Matt Bracken. 9m 35s. Video dates from before Trump's election. Living room caution: language.

 

1942. Greyhound Bus ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Greyhound was a Bigge Deale in the Depression and war years. It was a nimble, well-managed company that rescued itself from near death at the beginning of the Depression to make record profits in 1935. For families with an iffy car, or no car, it was a convenient and economic way to travel, and the default mode to get from a train station to small towns.

During the war, with rationed gas, no new tires and no new cars, Greyhound was an attractive alternative to what would otherwise be, say, a couple hour's drive. Like the railroads and airlines, passenger loading was seldom less than 100%.

The post war years were not as kind. Even after merging with their chief rival, Trailways, Greyhound went into bankruptcy in 1990 and again in 2001. Under new management, Greyhound is "reequipping, refurbishing and expanding, now with 123 routes to more than 2,700 destinations".

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Internal Secession, Fred On Everyting - Trump did not cause the deep division in the country. It caused him. There are two very different Americas. I suspect that the half of the country that voted for Trump, that voted with wild enthusiasm, that roared at huge rallies, was not so much voting for Trump as against the other America. It was just that they had never had a chance before. The two countries have little in common and do not belong on the same geography.Half of the country seems culturally dominated from the ghetto. The other half embodies standards of behavior that have usually been thought congruent with civil society.

 

Deep state, PJ Media, Michael Walsh - With the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in the face of a howling media mob, the knives are now out not only for other administration officials, but for President Trump himself. Make no mistake about what's happening here: this is a rolling coup attempt, organized by elements of the intelligence community, particularly CIA and NSA, abetted by Obama-era holdovers in the understaffed Justice Department and the lickspittles of the leftist media, all of whom have signed on with the "Resistance" in order to overturn the results of the November election. Is this what you thought you voted for in November? Is this how you thought American democracy worked? Welcome to the Deep State.

 

To the barricades, Bison Prepper - I happened across an article from Mountain Guerrilla , which was about the best I’ve run across there, on how The Detestables mocking and hating toward The Left is not only misplaced it is very dangerous. The premise being that The Donald being elected will actually lead these deranged creatures to revolt. I mean, why not? Who is to say we will stay Empire Steady up until the very end? The KGB could easily run willing idiots who were completely unaware they were being used for other more nefarious purposes. So why couldn’t we be seeing a repeat now? Is it so hard to believe? Why was there Leftist revolution in the 1960’s, a time of comparable economic growth?

 

Tomorrow, Fiction, Raconteur Report. A short story wherein black bloc gets one-upped by an unsuspected nemisis. Excerpt:

Inside the two vans, the shooters began plinking through their 25-round magazines. The rounds might kill, maim, or just leave a painful but survivable wound, but in less than half a minute, they were all on their way. Inside the vans, the rounds tick-tick-ticked off, and the brass went into catch-pouches.

The mob was careening around the intersection now. Panic set in with a vengeance as people started to go down. The herd started to stampede back the way they'd come when the first vehicle's gas tank went up with a "Whoompph!", and sent them in new directions. The third package ignited across the street, just as the last of three molotovs landed in the confusion and screaming terror, amplifying it.

Andrew Joyce cautions, in an essay at Radix:

I might caution against the advice given by some in our movement that we should ‘take the fight’ to Antifa, or attempt to engage them once more on the streets. By doing so, we would validate their existence once more, and run the risk of again placing ourselves on the margins. ... We should focus on improving our security, while allowing the Left to show its true face to the people. Our priority is winning cultural influence and political power, not confronting small numbers of social effluent. And, rest assured, we will one day be in a position to drag this fading nuisance into the light and deliver to it a long-overdue coup de grâce.

 

1946. Douglas DC6 publicity photos

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The plane in these photos is Douglas NX 90809, the prototype DC6 built in 1946. A stretched and modernized DC4, the DC6 became the post war standard of the airline industry, reliable and economical with excellent handling qualities. President Truman's "Air Force One" was a DC6.

A transcontinental and transatlantic behemoth in its day, its maximum passenger loading of 89 is barely comparable to today's regional jets—the first maxed out Boeing 707s carried a hundred more. A total of 704 DC6s were built, the last one in 1958.

See this YouTube video 2m 24s for a pristine Conair DC6 reconfigured for freight and tanker duty. Skip ahead to the one minute mark for power-up and takeoff. Hear the luxurious sound of four 2400 hp engines blowing the dust off Dawson City's gravel runway.

See this YouTube video 2m 44s for some low level passes by the like-new Red Bull DC6, originally Tito's private plane, hotdogging at Helsinki. If you'd rather skip the lead-in, action starts at the 50 second mark.

 

Shaken, not stirred.

 

The upper row of windows tells us this is the sleeper variant

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Civil disorder, SHTF Plan - All the wars, the force, the government powers, the shadow funding, the mandate for security, for control, for safety will come around full circle. In the end, this entire apparatus is meant to be used against the general population. Cities are growing, and a new, raw rule of law is growing with it. Will a crisis emerge, such as an economic collapse? Maybe the better question is, can such a crisis be avoided? The fatal flaws of these cities – the problems of density, and supply vulnerabilities, and of clashing tensions between groups, and of abuse of power – will create immediate problems with each and every major crisis.

 

Punching Nazis, Reason - First, we decide it's okay to attack Nazis. Then we decide it's okay to punch people who aren't Nazis but are awful and sort of remind us of Nazis. Then it becomes okay to punch the people who say Nazis and Milo are bad but we shouldn't punch them. You know those slippery-slope arguments people are always rolling their eyes at? Well, there's the slippery slope for you. And we'll be normalizing a whole lot of violence as we slide.

PJ Media - Elderly Republican Staffer Knocked Unconscious by 'Indivisible' Mob on Valentine's Day

WSB TV - Trump supporters rally downtown with semi-automatic firearms

 

Winning WWIII, Vault-Co - China is building nothing but clones of technology originally produced by Russia and America. Where they are not building clones they are building theoretical hardware proposed by the U.S. but never successfully produced - only talked about. The problem is revealed when their implementation is examined closely. Their clones are better versions than the original hardware. They have benefited from modifications made in response to years of data that America has gotten and not responded to. Their clones are far superior versions of the originals. Think about that for a moment and what it reveals about the leadership of the United States.

 

End-Permian bounceback, Cosmos - The palaeontological orthodoxy that the world took millions of years to recover from the end-Permian mass extinction has been powerfully challenged by the discovery of a rich and varied ecosystem dating to just after the event. Fossils uncovered near the town of Paris in Idaho, US, and found “a phylogenetically diverse, functionally complex, and trophically multileveled marine ecosystem”.

 

Unthinkable, Laissez Faire - Among the things our leaders seem to be missing is a comprehension of the staggering speed at which these change epidemics occur: one bank fails, then fifty; one country develops an atom bomb, a dozen try to follow; one computer or one child comes down with a virus, and the speed of its spread is incomprehensible. The immensity of the challenges we now face, the disturbing failures that likely lie ahead, and our inability to deal with these problems effectively with old ways of thinking will assuredly lead us to question many fundamental values of our society. What we face is an avalanche of ceaseless change.

 

1955. The Chrysler Ghua Gilda Streamline-X

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If tailfins were the most useless thing to disgrace an automobile, howz about a whole car that's one big tailfin. Then, to ensure it's a total disaster, power it with a howling turbine with an exhaust hot enough to blister the paint off the car behind you. Such was "forward" thinking in the '50s. Spoiler alert: Detroit's future competition was taking a more sober track.

Text from Jalopnik : The Gilda, named after Rita Hayworth’s famous role in the 1946 film of the same name, is not a Chrysler in the way a 300 or a Hemi engine is. Chrysler’s executives commissioned it in 1955 and it was designed by Giovanni Savonuzzi of Italy’s Ghia coachbuilding firm. The car was shaped to take a gas turbine, but it was never fitted with one: the Gilda toured the show circuit with a 1.5-liter OSCA four-pot.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Counterattack, True Blue NZ - Trump once thought his opposition was the Democrats. Now he understands the Democrats are the easy part. After a period of stunned confusion, the left are coming back. They want to teach us a hard fast lesson about rebellion. They want to show us who is really in charge. While they send their blackshirts into the streets to riot and visit violence upon any Trump support that dares show itself, their allied forces in our cultural institutions and govt attack from within. This is the force Trump upset when he won the election, and this is the force that is now regrouping to fight him tooth and nail.

 

Purple Revolution, State Of The Nation - In the wake of the ignominious defeat of Hillary Clinton, Obama’s anticipated successor, everything has changed. There is now much evidence which indicates that Obama has rebelliously set up a shadow government with the explicit purpose of executing a soft coup. In the absence of success, Soros & Company will undoubtedly attempt a violent coup d’état. The massive amount and intensity of interference that is being run 24/7 against Team Trump is specifically designed to impede the appointments of many key players in the Trump Administration. By thwarting so many critical appointments throughout the Executive Branch, Team Obama hopes to keep his people in power long enough to stage their coup(s).

Daily Beast - Leaked Emails: Dem State Leaders Think Obama’s New Organizing Army is ‘Grade A Bullshit’

NY Post - Obama-linked activists have a ‘training manual’ for protesting Trump

Washington Times - DNC leaders unhappy with aggressive tactics to elect Ellison as chairman

Intercept - Tom Perez Apologizes for Telling the Truth, Showing Why Democrats’ Flaws Urgently Need Attention

 

Earth's magnetic field, Daily Galaxy - The over-all intensity of the field has been falling at a rate of about six per cent each century. Some believe the planet is about to lose its magnetic shield altogether, which might in turn spell an end of life on Earth. Using clearly dated Judahite clay jars, which were likely everyday vessels for wine or olive oil, archaeologists and geophysicists show the magnetic field has fluctuated violently before without ending life on the planet. The makers of these ancient jars, carefully stamping handles with the royal brand, had no idea that they were contributing to a twenty-first-century debate about the very heart of the planet.

 

Measure Twice, Invade Once, War On The Rocks - The U.S. approach to warfare is predicated on establishing dominance and subsequently control of the battlespace. Unfortunately, the policy community seems to then transmute control into ownership, and ownership into quagmire. Dramatic changes in strategy only come after the effort is widely recognized as a complete shambles. Moscow is comfortable with failure, preferring for it come fast and cheap so it can improvise the next evolution rather than investing in a failing plan. The United States should consider using force differently. A better motto for conflicts against small and middle sized powers, many of which tend to be wars of choice, could be “go small or go home.”

 

1944 Ulithi Naval Base

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ulithi is an isolated atoll in the Caroline Islands, due north of Australia, that was converted to a staging area for western Pacific operations during World War II. For seven months it was the biggest anchorage in the world, including dry docks capable of lifting battleships. The huge fleets for the Leyte Gulf invasion—the biggest naval battle in history—and the Okinawa invasion—722 ships—were assembled here for provisioning, repair and fueling.

Ulithi was one answer to the Japanese belief we couldn't sustain large naval operations so far from home bases. But we didn't have it all our own way. Japanese submarine and air attacks took their toll, including a hit on the carrier USS Randolph. Ulithi was all but abandoned in 1945 when Leyte Gulf became the next forward base. Now, over seventy years later, Ulithi is little noted nor long remembered.

 

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Notate Bene

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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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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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

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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