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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
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
evidence shows
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
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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You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -

at-risk students
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


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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Vermeer, Mistress and Maid, 1667

Johannes Vermeer was a successful Delft art dealer and painter. He, his wife and their ten children lived well until the Franco-Dutch War of 1672 obliterated the art market. He died broke in 1675 at age forty-three, probably from a stroke or heart attack. Only thirty-four of his paintings survive, any one of which confers international rank on the museum that owns it.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg What does the stock market do in war? The war in Europe started in 1939, the US went to war in December 1941, shown in red. The chart shows the market dropped 30% from January 1941 to mid-1942, which equates to about 6,500 points off today's Dow. If the war with North Korea resumed we could expect a similar drop. If there were a nuclear exchange, with or without a hit on the US mainland, the market would be the least of our worries.


No matter how bad things are when a war starts, they get worse. For us, the National Defense Authorization Act would go hot immediately, including the Indefinite Detention Clause . If North Korea's polar-orbiting satellites really are EMP-armed, we'd see a hard grid down. Destruction reminiscent of World War II would certainly rain on Japan and South Korea. That's "day one". After day one, the unknown unknowns—reality by another name—and wrongly estimated variables kick in.

Next item

Defense News offers this list of targets now in range of North Korea's ICBM:

David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Global Security Program, wrote on his website that the launch characteristics show that a number of major U.S. cities may now be in range. “Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago appear to be well within range of this missile, and Boston and New York may be just within range,” Wright wrote. “Washington DC may be just out of range.”

After decades of squandered opportunities and appeasement, why should we believe it will be different this time?


Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog reminds us:

Ice cubes cool your drink in two ways. First and perhaps most obviously, the ice is colder than your drink. This cooling effect will be minor in comparison with the second effect, the phase change of the ice. Phase changes in water consume and liberate a lot of heat. The heat absorbed by water going from 32 degree ice to 33 degree water is way more [about 80%] than the heat absorbed going from that now 33 degree water to room temperature.

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The quote for this week comes from James Dakin at Bison Prepper:

The best tool you could ever use for survival is simply moving. No spot is safe. You’ll eventually be dead in a town of 500. But in a big city you’ll be dead instantly. You are not buying safety as much as time to get safe.


Lector at Men Of The West throws down the gauntlet:

We are not Conservatives. We are not the mere weights dragging along, slowing down the plow. We are not the resistance. We are here to put those rules back where they belong. We are here to take back our birthrights. We are here to safeguard and rebuild Western Civilization. Welcome to The Hard Right.

and finally,

Bomb shelters are back in style, but put aside your shovel for a few minutes and get your weekly briefing here at yer ol' Woodpile Report.


1925. Dodge Brothers magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Type B sedan featured a lower look and 116 inch wheelbase, automatic windshield wipers and classy louvers on the engine compartment. Roy Chapman Andrews used three of 'em for his fossil hunting in China, perhaps relying on the reputation Dodge vehicles gained with George Patton's punitive expedition against Pancho Villa in 1916.

Dodge Brothers became part of Chrysler in 1928 after it floundered following the death of both brothers in 1920. It became part of Fiat when otherwise worthless IOUs were redeemed for valuable prizes in the Banker Bailout Bazaar of 2009.



Remus's notebook


Motherboard - Inside China's Supermassive Alien-Searching Radio Dish ... 500 meters in diameter

Aeon - Coincidental killers, We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war ... microbe’s have been dealing with each other for billions of years before we came along

ZME Science - Here’s where you’d end up if you dug straight through the Earth ... includes link to interactive map

Ars Technica - Researchers demonstrate “sonic gun” threat against smart devices ... could knock down drones by destabilizing the gyro

Warbird Information Exchange - See the 1945 Naval Armada Set to Invade Japan ... many photos

One News Now - Black NYU librarian bemoans 'racial fatigue' from being around whites ... "their skin color alone makes them insufferable"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I hear Zimbabwe is hiring. Let me get that door for you.

PJ Media - Mattis Wants To End 'Senseless' Training Not Tied To Warfighting Capabilities

EarthSky - Asteroid was detected on July 23, three days after passing at about one-third the moon’s distance from Earth ... traveling 3 miles per second

YouTube - Airbus A400M Combat Takeoff At RIAT 2017, video, 1m 12s

College Fix - Columbia University Conference teaches K-12 educators how to combat ‘whiteness in schools’ ... teachers and principals in workshops and dialogue sessions

Eaton Rapids Joe - How to write a bad book review

The Toast - Harvard Magazine Personal Advertisements’ Many Synonyms For “Rich” or “Thin” ... an above-ground diamond mine for a future Fussell

SHTFplan - NASA Confirms Falling Sea Levels For Two Years Amidst Media Blackout

Cosmos - How giant atoms may help catch gravitational waves from the Big Bang ... may give off flashes of light when hit by a gravitational wave

Daily Caller - Not Being Stupid Is ‘Cognitive Privilege’ Now, Which Is Just Like White Privilege

Bloomberg - Japan’s Doomsday Preppers Are Buying $19,000 Bomb Shelters, North Korea’s missile launch sends demand surging

Nova Scotia Chronicle Herald - Break-in suspect shot, man in home charged ... wrestled a firearm from one of the suspects and winged him

Puppet String News - Imran Awan went to bar with Seth Rich day he was killed

History Net - General Lovell’s Coat: A Confederate Commander’s Uniform Held A Fascinating Secret ... sometimes those studio portraits aren't what they seem


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Aristocrats, Taki's Magazine - The average citizen, therefore, has much more to fear from a politician who imagines he has attained power because of his own virtues than from an aristocrat who knows that he owes his position to an accident of birth. Successful politicians are arrogant ex officio, almost; arrogance is a precondition of their success, at least in any large-scale polity. The promise to do nothing much, to be but a modest continuator of his country’s life, work, and tradition, is not likely to appeal to an electorate that will vote for him who bribes it best. The modern politician’s sense of entitlement and moral authority makes the average modern aristocrat seem humility itself.


Control, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - Though governments pretend to be in control the facts suggest otherwise. Part of the problem is the government's habit of power. They've had it for so long they think it is theirs by right. Bureaucrats want the public to remain unprotected by encryption, the better to keep the public safe, though probably the better to keep everyone under control. And they're not succeeding. As Sweden shows government itself is often hardly better off than anyone else. In the near future the only places privacy will survive is in failed states too primitive to keep records or so lawless they've torched everything.


The new trusts, Quintus Curtius - We live in an era now where the super-rich have surpassed their Gilded Age predecessors in venality and avarice. They care nothing about the public good; they believe the public exists to serve them. They snort in contempt at the very suggestion that they should accept any restraints on their appetite for money and power. They begrudge the public the basic necessities of human life, health, and advancement. Congress and the presidency are firmly in their pockets. Things have gotten so bad that some military analysts have started to call this state of affairs what it is: a form of insurgent warfare waged by the rich against the public.


Barbarians, Return Of Kings - Nature does not care about education, “high quality” offspring, college degrees, equal rights, cleanliness, sustainability, philosophy, or the environment. It cares about fertility and might, and the species or race that is most fertile and most powerful will be rewarded with the bounty that the Earth provides. Barbarians are the solution to a broken people. Unless we re-discover the ways of family, tradition, and God, we must be ready to accept the inevitable end that it was us who become so weak as a people that all the barbarians had to do was walk right in.


Minnesota's Somalis, Ann Coulter - There are nearly 2 billion Muslims in the world, amounting to a quarter of the world's population, controlling 50 countries. The English-speaking world is about a fifth that size and constitutes a dwindling majority in about a half-dozen countries. But, somehow, no matter how the story is written, Muslims always get to play the victim, and Anglo-Saxons are cast as the aggressors. That's why a Somali cop's fatal shooting of a pajama-clad Good Samaritan has gone directly into the "Be Nice to Muslims!" file, rather than the "Why Are All These Somalis Here?" file.

American Thinker - What Has Happened to Minneapolis? ... home to the largest number of Somalis in the U.S.

New Observer - Minneapolis’s First Somali Policeman Murders White Woman: No Media “Racist” Uproar ... controlled media is merely reporting the shooting, without even mentioning race


1937. Minneapolis Minnesota


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Minneapolis had its share of memorable movie theaters in the 1930s; the Capri, Palace, Varsity, State, Gopher ... yes, the Gopher, Lyceum, Aster ... no, not Astor, and so forth, all documented to one degree or another. Wonderland Talking Pictures was apparently too downscale to leave a footprint. The records of the California Wine House next door end in 1918 when it was on Washington Avenue.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Comets, Daily Galaxy - Comets travel much faster than asteroids, and some of them are very big. Long-period comets are on average up to twice as large as "Jupiter family comets," whose orbits are shaped by Jupiter's gravity and have periods of less than 20 years. In eight months, three to five times as many long-period comets passed by the Sun than had been predicted, which suggests that more of them have likely impacted planets, delivering icy materials from the outer reaches of the solar system. Researchers also found clustering in the orbits of the long-period comets they studied, suggesting there could have been larger bodies that broke apart to form these groups.

Universe Today - New Comet Takes Earth by Surprise ... should be visible for northern hemisphere observers soon


Ruling Class, Breath Of The Beast - More and more our “public servants” send their children to private schools, use government paid transportation, live behind security walls with armed guards, ignore laws and ethical practices the rest of us are held to, avoid taxes with impunity, amass private wealth at the public trough and, in general, live lives that are entirely unlike ours. They keep pushing the idea that they are compassionate, not by living compassionate lives or even by helping the poor achieve better lives, but by posing as compassionate people. It is an illusion! The programs they create do nothing but continually decrease the difference between those who work and those who don’t work. They take our tax money and create federal fiefdoms that create and exacerbate more problems than they solve. [Teensy font. Use Ctrl and scroll wheel to enlarge]


The Antifa Threat Part 1, Survival Blog - Let’s assume that their violent and absolutist rhetoric will continue, that their street protests and riots will continue, and that there will be splinter groups within the Antifa movement. A few splinters might drift toward passive resistance. But several more will likely radicalize directly to the stage of overt terrorism and resistance warfare. There is also the possibility of some cooperation between cells of the Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movements. But predicting the mix of technologies that Antifa terrorists will weaponize is more difficult. The use of small drones is probable. But which weapons will they incorporate or carry on their drones as payloads?

PJ Media - ISIS Jihadists Ran Reverse Engineering Op to Mimic Captured U.S. Drone Technology


The Antifa Threat Part 2, Survival Blog - How the threat spirals will likely develop. Some of their cells will create crypto tools and communications tunnels. The threat of non-nuclear localized EMP is a growing threat, expected to proliferate in the 2020s and 2030s. The majority of Antifa terror attacks will be conducted by independent cells or lone wolves. With its strident rhetoric, the mainstream media has already set the stage for home-grown terrorism. Stay out of the terrorists’ line of fire. Keep plenty of cash on hand but plan on cash being phased out. Start stocking barter currencies: small silver coins and ammunition.


1938. Omaha Nebraska


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This end of Douglas Street was Omaha's "skid row", a gathering place for the itinerant impecunious, you know, hobos, bums. These were the people mothers warned their kids about before they were recast as "the homeless", a term chosen from a list that included "the limousineless" and "the Montblanc penless".


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


Hidden welfare, New Observer - The nonwhite gun crime plague which is rapidly reducing Chicago to a tribal war zone has racked up nearly half a billion dollars in hospital bills alone in the last six and a half years—with American taxpayers picking up the bill. Data showed Chicago-area hospitals billed more than $447 million to treat about 12,000 documented victims of gun violence between 2009 and mid-2016.


Bikers, Fred On Everything - Bikers are a certain kind of men, as evidenced by their still being alive. Motorcycles are not for the dreamy. Bad things develop too quickly. Some psychologist did a study that divided athletes into two categories, Thinkers and Reactors. A baseball pitcher is a Thinker. He sizes the batter up, consults with the catcher on the type of pitch, thinks about it and, when he is ready, pitches. By contrast, a shortstop just reacts. This very much applies to bikers. Potholes, cars that don’t see the bike, hunks of truck tire in the road–these require instant reflexes that some, including me, don’t have.


Felonious cubbies, Eric Peters Autos - You may be aware that cops can simply steal – yes, that’s exactly the correct word – cash found on your person or in your vehicle solely on account of it being an “excessive” amount. “Excessive” being entirely up to them to define. It has been proposed that if an armed government worker finds a “hidden compartment” in your vehicle, you be sent to prison for two years and your vehicle forfeit to the state. Nothing illegal need be in the hidden compartment. It is sufficient merely that it exists. Many of which are factory installed, by the way.


Dunkirk betrayed, Unz Review - The real reason that Dunkirk’s inconveniently honest portrayal of Britain and its army in 1940 is so stunning: successive British governments have, in the twinkling of an eye utterly destroyed that world through immigration policy. Incredibly, whites—that is to say, the British—are projected to go into a minority, in a land they have exclusively occupied for millennia. The Germans never came—but Britain was invaded anyway. By 1990, when my father died, he was bitterly in agreement with Pringle’s interviewees: it wasn’t worth it. My considered reaction to Dunkirk: People should be hung from lampposts—they should be burned alive—for what they’ve done to Britain.


1942. Plant guards, addendum


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Unbeknownst to me, the photo posted in last week's Woodpile Report was part of a series.

Sharp eyed reader John Wilson sent this photo from his website with the original caption: "Members of the 'Guardettes' at the Hudson Motor Company plant in Detroit congratulate Guardette Virginia Westlauf on her aim with a revolver, as shown by bullseyes in target. Other guardettes are her sister, Lucille, and Kathleen Villerot. And it was Guardette Westlauf's first try at revolver shooting". October 4th 1942


1945. Rosswalden Germany


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Tankers of the 10th Armored Division make an entrance in a late model Sherman, the Easy Eight, featuring a cushy boulevard ride thanks to the New For '44 horizontal volute spring suspension, a high velocity 76mm main gun to discourage those pesky panzers, snazzy welded hull, Grip-o-Matic wide tracks for off-road adventuring, and a synchromesh 5-speed transmission powered by an aluminum 450 hp Ford V8 engine boasting dual overhead cams—all standard. Sandbags and foliage-like cammo optional. Notice the one-woman fire brigade.


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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.

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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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