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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
sow discord
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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Auguste Toulmouche, Reluctant Bride, 1866

"Toulmouche's delicious dolls" are a favorite around here. Like Norman Rockwell, his pictures tell a story, except in the Grand Regency style rather than that of an illustrator. This one, with the bride's Bette Davis glare, is far from subtle.

Not so obvious to viewers today, Toulmouche's settings weren't mid-Victorian Paris but Paris of the previous era, something like specialist portrait photographers today who use George Hurrell's lighting and period wardrobes to evoke Hollywood's golden era.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Twenty-five people were shot and wounded at a packed late-night hip hop show in Little Rock Arkansas . No fatalities. Youngest was sixteen. Three more were injured when they jumped out of windows. Shooters and shootees were all Members Of The African American Community.

The main attraction calls himself Finese 2Tymes, his ad features a photo of himself aiming a gun at the camera. First reports say there was more than one shooter. Apparently there's an ongoing dispute in Little Rock's African American Community, police have reported many drive-by shootings in the last week. Those are the bare facts.

The ratio of killed to wounded is interesting—zero for twenty-five. You'd think, out of the many shots fired, at point blank range in a crowded room, there would be one or more fatalities, if only by chance. And these are the people threatening to "kill whitey" in a general uprising? Hmmm. Prayers of thanks for whitey's civility and constraint thus far seem more fitting.

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Fox News - Little Rock nightclub shooting: US Marshals arrest rapper, second suspect in Alabama ... rapper Finese 2Tymes has outstanding warrants

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The chatter about a late summer/early fall 1929-style crash is spreading. Details vary, everyone has a personal axe to grind. The official indicators look great, yet the near-zero velocity of money and the ever-growing long-term unemployed mimics the Unpleasantness of the '30s.

Here's a tip off for the prudent: as the indexes set new highs, watch for an otherwise inexplicable rotation of smart money into utilities, short term debt, resources and then, at the consumer level, outflow from ETFs into boring dividend-paying equities with names your grandad knew. When this happens, chances are the crash is nigh.

The article linked below, "Perfect storm", is an interview with Robert Rodriguez, a respected manager of value and fixed-income funds for decades, with the scabs and scars to prove it, now retired. It's a non-technical essay, easy to understand and, except for the title, free of hyperbole. This article was picked up by Zero Hedge , some comments are worth reading.

I'll add this. The money supply has run more than twice the rate of inflation for a long time now. Therefore, net deflation. As for the market, it's relentless rise leans on a thin reed: iffy breadth and not much volume. Historically, this particular vulnerability snaps rather than bends, see the "tech wreck" of c. 2001 for one.

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The quote of the week comes from Ray Starmann at US Defense Watch:

Since, 1991, the US military has been slowly coming apart at the seams. Stress cards, open homosexuality, transgenders on active duty, sensitivity training, pregnancy simulators for male troopers, lactation stations in the field, babies born on US ships of war, female graduates of Ranger School, including a 37 year old mother, women in the SEALs, women in Marine infantry units and females in the field artillery even though most cannot carry a 155mm round are just some of the insanity that has taken place in the last 26 years, but which snowballed into hell under the Obama administration.

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So Chicago and Illinois are dead broke and up to their eyeballs in debt. Second City Cop has an example of what this means at street level:

Officers please be advised...

Effective today, 29June2017, we will not be getting anymore traffic citation books (movers). The company that distributes them to the city is out and has no projected time of getting anymore. This is city wide so no other districts will be getting any either. So please be mindful and use sparingly, all that we have left is all that we will be getting for a long while. Keep this in mind for your VRI activity.

Thank you.

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What author Chittum saw coming twenty years ago, and how events have tracked his predictions, will give pause to the most jaded and skeptical observer.

The book is Civil War Two, The Coming Breakup Of America, by military analyst Thomas Chittum, 1997. "Learn why America is headed toward for trouble, how this deadly war – already in its infancy – is shaping up, and what you can do to protect yourself and your family," says the cover blurb.

Identity Dixie - Jedidiah Van Horn's review of Civil War Two

Resist - Civil War Two in its entirety, in .pdf format

Amazon - Civil War Two in paperback. Pricey.

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Dota at Alternative Right says:

Why did Orwell select the title 1984?

The conventional view states that he merely reversed the last 2 digits of 1948, however, I think there is more to this than meets the eye. Orwell was a member of the socialist Fabian Society from whom he later broke away. Contrary to popular belief, 1984 wasn’t aimed solely at the Soviets, but rather at the ideals of the Fabian Society.

The emblem of the Fabians is the tortoise, which symbolizes the Fabian’s stratagem of wearing down the enemy. They believed that they could bring socialism to a society through gradual imperceptible increments even if it took them a 100 years. The Fabian society was formed in 1884, and giving them the benefit of the doubt, Orwell titled his dystopia 1984.

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The first division of an hour is the minute: pars minuta prima, "first small part". You should be able to write the next sentence yourself.

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This explanation of the "banker's dilemma" is about as clear as it gets. Zero Hedge reader Cordeezy comments:

When you've impoverished your consumer base to the point where they have to borrow in order to spend, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. You can't make it harder for them to borrow without choking off your own cash flows, but they're so indebted that - believe it or not - when they do have surplus money, they use it to pay down debts instead of spending it.

The Fed is stuck trying to balance the competing interests of two different factions of the oligarchy: bankers who depend on rent income from money versus all the rest who depend on businesses and individuals spending. Neither one of them wants to see more people have more income, since that would mean less profit, but the bankers doubly don't since people with more income borrow less.

and finally,

Enough chitchat, on to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1927. Ford Model A Roadster magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The first Model As began rolling off—actually they're driven off, then and now—Ford's famous assembly line in late 1927 to wild acclaim from the public and sales to match. The A was everything the T wasn't. It had conventional controls and accessories, a 201 cu in 4-cylinder engine churning out a respectable 40 hp, and it came in many body styles, versions and color choices .

Henry oversaw the mass production methods to support all this while son Edsel headed up the styling team. Edsel saw to it the As were downright rakish, and none more so than the roadster. Incidentally, "roadster" is an American term originally meaning a riding horse as opposed to a buggy-puller. It came to mean an open two-seat automobile, now largely replaced with the term "sports car".

Having racked up nearly five million in sales, the A was replaced in 1932 with the Model B and the V-8 equipped Model 18 version , both completely new cars sharing a common platform.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Market Ticker - What's The Real Story on The NY 'Doctor'? ... Nigerian Moslem and deportable alien, couldn't legally buy gun

Breitbart - Fake News: Associated Press Engulfed in CNN-Level Scandal as It Covers Up Invention of Imaginary Pruitt Meeting

Oregon Live - LaVoy Finicum shooting: FBI agent indicted for alleged false statements ... lied about firing at Finicum

Daily Caller - Sen. Durbin’s Office Won’t Release Emails With GOP Baseball Shooter ... code of silence?

Coyote Blog - EU Fines Google in a Dose of Net Neutrality Schadenfreude ... nearly half of all US ISP bandwidth investment is used to support the business model of just two content providers: Google and Netflix.

Dallas News - How news organizations, including this one, unintentionally misinformed the public on guns ... fake statistic

National Interest - The U.S. Air Force's Stealth F-22 Raptor Will Fly Until 2060 ... airframe is incredibly robust

Daily Wire - New Low: CNN Uses Sesame Street's Elmo to Attack Trump's Travel Ban ... CNN will always find a new barrel bottom

Daily Wire - Conservative Professor Out At UCLA ... taught free speech and employment law

Truth Revolt - Audit Finds 17 Million CNN Followers Are Fake

Burning Platform - Demolition Derby In Da' Hood! 5 minutes long. Watch every minute. You won’t be disappointed.

Daily Reckoning - The Coming Carmageddon ... the last subprime auto borrower who could fog a rearview mirror has been loaned a car

Zero Hedge - GM Reports Record "Channel Stuffing": Dealer Auto Inventory Highest Since June 2007 ... 105 days of supply

Ancient Origins - 10 Innovative Medieval Weapons: You Would Not Want To Be At The Sharp End Of These!

College Fix - Catholic university renews whites-only program for ‘analyzing whiteness’ ... for white Loyola students who yearn to become anti-racist, anti-supremacist white allies

Fred On Everything - China Tech: Interesting Bits and Pieces ... in some fields, the Chinese lead the world. In others, they are behind but not be much, and gaining.

Reuters - Czech lower house backs putting gun rights in constitution ... contrary to a European Union initiative

Natural News - Keep prepping because the Government’s plan to survive nuclear war doesn’t include you ... it’s not only political privileges that government officials enjoy

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Since the 1950s, government has been taking survivalism to extremes—for themselves—and harassing the little guy who wants a hidey-hole for himself.

Phys Org - Water exists as two different liquids ... large differences in structure and density

Vox Day - The cost of Black America ... diversity is expensive

Fix - Getting to Know Bears ... be safe in bear country

Science Alert - ... a simple model used to describe the formation an exotic type of quantum particle is wrong – flipping ten years of experimental data on its head.

 

Foundations of Western Civilization

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Ramp it up, Alt Right - I always hear that the Alt-Right is a movement of disaffected, angry, young, White men. My first thought is, “fair enough”. But for some reason, this is considered a legitimate critique. It’s as if we cannot be considered a legitimate movement unless we have minorities, trust-fund kids, female leaders and respectable old-timers shuffling around. What’s wrong with advocating for our self-interests? Literally, everybody else does it. The Alt-Right is making massive inroads into the demographic that shapes the future of nations. We should ramp it up, not dial it back.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "heavy hitters" and self-selected spokesmen of the alt-right are camping out on something they only half understand, something relentlessly self-assembling, revealing itself only in enigmatic bits. They'll be as stunned as everyone else, myself included, when the alt-right emerges fully formed. Whether it's to be good or bad net/net, it'll be fuel-injected shock and awe. The prudent will stay off their "to do" list.

 

Fake news, American Thinker - The New York Times breathlessly predicted, “The end of snow?” in 2014. Quite certain of the browning of normally snow covered mountains in winter, they asserted, “This is no longer a scientific debate. It is scientific fact.” Aspen Mountain reopened Memorial Day weekend this year... In a 2008 news special called Earth 2100, ABC News predicted by 2015 New York City would be under several feet of water due to rising seas. Gasoline would be $9 per gallon and milk $13 per gallon. The world population would shrink from 7 billion to under 3 billion due to climate catastrophes. Any of these come true?

 

Winning, Town Hall - Call it retribution or punishment or just payback, but causing pain to wrongdoers is a conservative principle we seem to have forgotten. The left needs to feel the pain that comes from their choices. If they want a world where people suffer for speaking, well, I prefer they didn’t, but I damn well know that if that’s the new rule, their side is going to get it shoved down their throat. Are we going to reason the left out of its ruthless quest for absolute power? Are we going to talk them into civility? Is our sterling example of high principles leading to anything but defeat? At Fort Benning, they didn’t teach us to lose.

 

The way forward, Virginia Freemen - Trump should act as things are, he is the de facto leader of a one faction in a cold civil war. The Trump administration should treat them as the seditious clear and present danger they are. The union of states is still involuntary, SCOTUS still legislates from the bench and Congress still steals from you. Rather than resist this new role of utterly partisan behavior, we should acknowledge that the Republic is dead and move on. The way forward for Trump is to actively support anyone and anything that reduces the ability of the enemy to act and politics be damned. The way forward for our movement is much the same.

 

1938. Yates Center, Kansas. Main Street.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yates Center is a town in east central Kansas. The population was about 2,100 in 1938, today it's about 1,350.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Capitalist pig, Sultan Knish - Last year, Bernie Sanders joined the company of Vermont’s 1% and bought his third home, but the folks paying for Bernie’s private Delta 767 with its menu of herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses and white wine were ordinary people who would never be allowed to fly on it. He and his wife, who is under FBI investigation over the destruction of Burlington College, paid a total of $27,653 in taxes on $205,271 in income for an effective tax rate of 13.5%. Behind the rhetoric about wealth redistribution is a greedy little man who is expert at extracting money from government jobs and political dupes.

 

Chronic Lyme disease, Cosmos - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued a warning about treatments offered for a disease that doesn’t exist. Chronic Lyme disease – not standard Lyme disease, which does exist – is claimed by a minority of doctors and many self-proclaimed healers to be a long-term health condition marked by fatigue, lethargy and generalised pain. No serious medical organisation recognises the disease as real, and no peer-reviewed study has ever identified a causal agent for it. They had especially harsh words for elected representatives that successfully lobbied to have the condition recognised by insurance providers despite the lack of credible evidence it exists.

 

Perfect storm, Advisor Perspectives - More and more money is being deployed into a narrower and narrower area. In each case, this trend did not ended well. When the markets finally do break, as they always have historically, ETFs and index funds will be destabilizing influences, because fear will enter the marketplace. Investors will hit the “sell” button. All you have to ask is two words, “To whom?” To whom do I sell? Index funds and ETFs don’t carry any cash reserves. We are witnessing the development of a “perfect storm.” The really big question is what the outcomes will be on the other side of this mess.

 

Witch Hunters, Z Man - The American Left is, essentially, a theocratic movement. They seek to have the church control the state in order to enforce “community standards” and root out “hate and extremism.” The “church” in this sense is the secular religion we call Progressivism. In Europe, the Left has always sought to control the state in order to prevent the Church from making claims on the people’s morality and loyalty. Europe has always been blood and soil, while America was founded, in part, as a spiritual commune. Even the most rational mind can be possessed of such fervent conviction that it leads to the embrace of homicidal lunacy. Then, as now, these are not people with whom you can reason.

 

1938. Crowley Louisiana

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Western Union boy's bike decorated for the Rice Festival parade. After 155 years of service, the last Western Union telegram was sent on the 27th of January, 2006.

 

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

 

Gravity glitch, Quanta - A team of independent physicists has sifted through the Gravitational-Wave Observatory's data only to find what they describe as strange correlations that shouldn’t be there. The team claims that the troublesome signal could be significant enough to call the entire discovery into question. The potential effects of the unexplained correlations “could range from a minor modification of the extracted wave form to a total rejection of LIGO’s claimed gravitational wave discovery. For now, confidence is high in LIGO’s conclusions.

 

Divorce, Price Of Liberty, The STEM fields must separate themselves from the bulls**t parts of the universities. Technical education, such as science, engineering, medicine, mathematics, and related fields is NOT working and increasingly dysfunctional. The STEM degree-granting programs have already been so contaminated by the transnational progressive agenda the graduates are seldom qualified to do the work for which they are supposedly educated. The sheer number of hours devoted to diversity and all the touchy-feeley courses means that the actual hardcore math, sciences, and engineering classes are much less than what was done 30-50 years ago.

 

Privilege, College Fix - The University of San Francisco is trying to hide the identity of the library staffer who created its “White Privilege Resource Guide.” Credit at the bottom of the page – “Compiled by the USF Education Librarian” – was removed. Credit had linked to the still-live staff page for Amy Gilgan, a reference librarian who says her professional interests include “decolonizing information literacy” and “learning what it means to be a white ally in a multiracial classroom.” Students are also encouraged to check out a number of conferences including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and the White Privilege Conference.

 

Victory, War On The Rocks - Brace for it, America. Terrorist attacks like those seen over the past 19 months in Western Europe will soon be occurring within the borders of the United States. The Islamic State leadership has determined that the will of the people, especially in democracies, is their most vulnerable element. By using its aspirants to attack civilian populations in their home countries they directly attack the will of the people. Should governments impose laws that violate democratic norms to crack down on terrorists, they will be deemed not legitimate in the eyes of the public.

 

1945 Tinian Island

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "Little Boy" atomic bomb is seen here just as it was loaded aboard a B-29 on August 6, 1945 for delivery to Hiroshima Japan. At ten feet long, twenty-eight inches in diameter and weighing almost five tons, it was loaded using a hydraulic platform in a pit under the plane.

The explosive effect of Little Boy was officially established in 1985 as equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT ± 20%. The fireball was 1,200 feet in diameter with a surface temperature of nearly 11,000° F. The area of 100% lethality was 2.2 miles in diameter based on 5 psi overpressure. Little Boy was an exceptionally inefficient design. Of its 141 lbs of enriched uranium, only 0.02 oz. were transformed into energy by nuclear fission.

 

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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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