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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
evidence shows
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
not who we are
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
research tells us
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
unpack
value neutral
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
unarmed teen
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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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
OBE
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

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Andreas Achenbach, Whitewater in a Norwegian Forest, 1852

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Imagine my surprise. The term "War Baby" now means the child of a parent who was part of an occupying force. The mother is assumed to be either a collaborator or a rape victim. And it's "War Children" now. More syllables, so more better.

War baby used to mean kids who were intentionally conceived before daddy went off to World War II. It was a big cohort at the time. After the war came the "Baby Boom". It was sort of cool, being a war baby. Still is, we get to criticize the boomers from the far side of the bell curve. Makes me authentic. Or something.

Food rationing, manual transmission cars with a choke on the dash, paper drives, the housing shortage, victory gardens; for them it was all just antique stuff from someone else's past. As were war babies. And that's my complaint for today.

Well gang, a bit of an abbreviated Woodpile Report this time. It's been a demanding week here at Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair. I've cut corners everywhere I could to get it out at all. Captions, comments, mainly.

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The quote for this week comes from an essay, The Two Faces of American Exceptionalism, at Black Pigeon Speaks:

During the Civil War, ... biblical parallels were superimposed upon the Northern perspective: the war came to be viewed as necessary to attain redemption for indulging in the sin of enslavement, the fratricidal element was seen as following the steps of Cain and Abel and the death of President Lincoln was him being martyred for the restoration of the relationship between America and the Grand Architect.

I submit that this interpretation of events saw the American narrative transform from espousing Enlightenment ideals into a civil religion.

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Oleg Volk at Live Journal tells anti-gun fanatics to have a care:

"When Germans came into Poland, Poles made no more sporting shotguns.They made Sten clones. When Russians went into Chechniya, Chechens made no sporting shotguns, either. They made various submachine guns.

Should US anti-gun creatures succeed in driving regular rifles and shotguns out of legal circulation, they will see more submachine guns as well. American anti-gun activists don't understand just how simple open-bolt weapons really are".

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Found this on the 'net. If genuine, and it's widely accepted as such, it's evidence students didn't organize the anti-gun rally, much less to memorialize the murdered students of the Parkland school. Further, reputable sources say only ten per cent of the marchers were 18 or under, and the average age of the rest was 49.

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Malcom at Motus Mentis offers his thoughts on the "ever-deepening totalitarianism". An excerpt:

When we have an opinion that might run afoul of Cathedral orthodoxy, and we aren’t sure that we are in safe company, we are increasingly afraid, for fear of serious consequences, to say anything at all.

That is what’s happening now all over the West. Europe and Canada, who are aggressively criminalizing dissent, are farther down this road than we are; in the U.S. the penalties for heresy are still, for now, limited to boycotts, media hate-frenzies, loss of employment, and social expulsion.

 

1947. Western Electric ad

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Shooter's Log - Remington Outdoor Company Surrendered to Creditors ... "America's oldest gunmaker"

Don Surber - Laura Ingraham is too weak ... said Baby Hitler David Hogg "whines", offended people who do not watch her show, she apologized. Idiot.

The Drive - Lockheed Martin Now Has a Patent For Its Potentially World Changing Fusion Reactor ... could have a working prototype as early as 2019

Lockheed Martin - Compact fusion

Ars Technica - NOAA just prevented SpaceX from showing its rocket in orbit ... "SpaceX will be intentionally ending live video coverage of the 2nd stage"

Market-Ticker - Trump's Gun Control (And Other Broken Promises): PA

WSB-TV Atlanta - DeKalb teacher faces murder charges in 2016 gang retaliation killings ... fifth grade teacher shoots two kids, 11 and 15, in home invasion

Daily Mail - Chanting protesters crash Sacramento council meeting ... also blocked fans from entering the NBA arena

Fox Twitter - Listen: 6th grade teacher caught in anti-Trump rant to students 0m 49s

Fox News - How hackers could turn a 'smart city' into a house of cards ... major hack could shut down city

YouTube - Chapter Jackson - It's Free Swipe Yo EBT (Explicit), video 4m 36s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It never gets old

Market Ticker - The Real Issue With Self-Driving Cars ... what is the vehicle's "prime directive"?

Western Journal - Delta Gave Free Airfare to Hundreds of Anti-Gun Activists ... when Delta severed its connection with the NRA, it said that neutrality would be its watchword

Gateway Pundit - Anti-Gun Activist David Hogg Raises Some Eyebrows After Recent Interview

"Hogg initially told the media he was in his AP Environmental Science class when he heard a “pop” sound and immediately recognized it as a gunshot. The 17-year-old student describes being huddled in a hot closet with other students during the shooting; he even filmed himself with a camera cell phone.

In a new CBS documentary about the Parkland students called “39 Days,” which aired on Saturday, Hogg says on the day of the shooting he grabbed his camera and quickly rode his bike 3 miles from his house to the school to get interviews."

Gateway Pundit - Al Sharpton’s Brother Charged in Shooting Murder One Day After Participating in Anti-Gun March

Daily Mail - London murder rate is higher than New York's for the first time ever ... London's rate has grown by nearly 40 per cent in just three years

Automatic Earth - The Core ... economic wealth and power is used to expand political power, further extracting the wealth of the Periphery to maintain the lifestyle of the Core

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A bit overwrought and wordy, but probably the most original thinking posted on the net this week

City Journal - Reject the Diversity Mandate ... treating people the same way regardless of their race or sex used to be considered the definition of fairness; now it is understood to be vicious and intolerable

Business Insider - Dozens of local TV news anchors were forced to recite a speech about ‘false news’ controlling ‘exactly what people think’ ... excerpt:

"The irony went unnoticed – or at least unstopped – at Sinclair Broadcast Group, which over the last few days has required dozens of new anchors on its roughly 200 local TV stations in the US to read a dark message about “members of the media [who] use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’.” The message goes on to warn, “This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.”"

YouTube - This is extremely dangerous to our democracy! Video, 1m 36s ... a chorus of hand puppets

Those Who Can See - The Progressive Project: Re-Colonizing Africa ... the further colonialism recedes into the past, the more desperate Africa's situation becomes

Seeker - Earth Likely Had Water Prior to Moon-Forming Collision ... retention of as much as 70-95 percent

Natural News - New, little-seen report warns the nation’s power infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to physical attacks ... U.S. electric grid is increasingly vulnerable

BBC - Never Again: Is gun control movement too white? ... why didn't they turn out for the Black Lives Matter movement

Campus Reform - Students earn credit for attending White Privilege Conference ... up to 3 academic credits through a course that requires them to attend the annual White Privilege Conference

Military Times - The atomic bomb that faded into South Carolina history ... the TNT trigger for the bomb blew a crater in Walter Gregg’s garden some 24 feet deep and 50 feet wide [photos]

Preparedness Advice - Sleeping Dry While Camping in the Rain ... no way is your tent waterproof, even with the rainfly if there’s enough rain

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Selco, Organic Prepper - The Dirty Truth About Water and Sanitation When the SHTF ... The biggest concerns in any long-term emergency are water and sanitation because the lack of these things can cause serious illness or even death. Because water and sanitation aren’t nearly as glamorous as guns and gadgets, they’re often overlooked in a preparedness plan. I asked Selco some questions about these important issues in this interview. The truth about it is dirty, unpleasant, and something for which you absolutely must plan.

 

Neanderthals, Ancient Origins - There is conclusive evidence that Neanderthals bred with modern humans (Homo sapiens). The first complete mapping of a Neanderthal genome took place about five years ago - supporting the human-Neanderthal hook-up and also showing that Neanderthal DNA in humans is a thing. One study showed that non-African people have approximately 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA. Two more studies show that the Neanderthal DNA percentage in modern humans today is about 20%. Neanderthal DNA is completely absent from some parts of non-African genomes but rampant in others. Genes which have lived on are mostly the advantageous ones

Aeon - In to Asia ... new evidence about the ancient humans who occupied Asia is cascading in

 

Guns, Burning Platform - Here’s the deal – everything the liberals say about guns is a lie. It’s a lie when they scream that you can hit the Guns-2-Go drive-thru and buy yourself a fully semi-automatic assault machine gun. It’s a lie when they say an armed citizenry would be powerless in the face of a leftist government equipped with tanks and artillery and bombers. It’s a lie when they say they only want to have a “conversation” and seek only “bipartisan compromise.” They want us disarmed because they want us disenfranchised, discouraged, and no longer disobedient. They want us broken.

 

Uncivil society, Taki's Magazine - There have probably always been transsexuals, however, a full-scale ideological movement has grown up that will not be satisfied until the rest of society accedes to its demands. As a result of the supine acceptance of the ideology, it seems that full-scale experiments are being conducted on children, such as the use of puberty-blocking drugs, by doctors without any clear idea of the long-term outcome—experiments only somewhat ethically superior to those of Dr. Mengele. It's astonishing that an insignificant proportion of the population has been able to create an atmosphere in which well-meaning, honest, and respectable people, including experts, are unwilling for fear of reprisal to express dissenting views.

 

Hyper-liberal, Times Literary Supplement - What has happened in higher education is not that liberalism has been supplanted by some other ruling philosophy. Instead, a hyper-liberal ideology has developed that aims to purge society of any trace of other views of the world. Liberals who rail at populist movements are adamant that voters who support them are deluded or deceived. The possibility that these movements are exploiting needs that highly individualist societies cannot satisfy is not seriously considered. Some of the strongest evidence against the liberal belief that we learn from our errors and follies comes from the behaviour of liberals themselves.

 

1937. Minot, North Dakota

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Minot is a small city of about 49,000 in the northwest quadrant of North Dakota. Population in 1937 was 16,500. Minot began as a tent city at Great Northern's "end of track" for the year's construction. The town took its name from railroad financier Henry Minot.

The sign tells us Minot Vulcanizing also offered glass for all cars, fenders made like new, starters and generators repaired.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Exoplanet camera, Next Big Future - A mission to the focal area of the solar gravitational lens could deliver direct megapixel imaging and high-resolution spectroscopy of a habitable Earth-like exoplanet orbiting a host star at a distance of up to 30 parsec [98 light years]. The telescope will take photometric data of the Einstein ring around the Sun formed by the light from the exoplanet and will process the data to reconstruct the image of the exoplanet with a few km-scale resolution of its surface, enough to see its surface features and signs of habitability.

 

Hockey stick, Principia Scientific - Curiously, the corrupt and error-ridden data contributing to Arctic 2k dataset seemed to go in one direction and one direction only: they cooled the past and warmed the present. As suggested, the reason why the “hockey stick” blade was added to the partially corrected “global” PAGES 2k record was to visually persuade readers that the modern period is anomalous and unusual. But if we look at the presented data from all 7 regions in PAGES 2k from another angle, a distinct pattern emerges that identifies the modern temperatures as the norm, and the mid-1300s to early 1900s cooling period as the exception. The 20th century warmth is merely a return to the normal temperatures that characterized most of the Late Holocene.

 

Oxygen, Universe Today - By the Paleoproterozoic Era (2.5–1.6 billion years ago), a dramatic change occurred where oxygen began to be introduced to the atmosphere – known as the Great Oxidation Event. Until recently, scientists were not sure if this event – which was the result of photosynthetic bacteria altering the atmosphere – occurred rapidly or not. However, according to a recent study this event was much more rapid than previously thought. Based on newly-discovered geological evidence, the team concluded that the introduction of oxygen to our atmosphere was “more like a fire hose” than a trickle.

 

Demerit, Unz Review - When the best-person-for-the-job ethos gives way to racial and gender window-dressing and to the enforcement of politically pleasing perspectives; things start to fall apart. A spanking new bridge collapses, new trains on maiden trips derail, Navy ships keep colliding, police and FBI failure and bad faith become endemic, and the protocols put in place by a government “for the people” protect offending public servants who’ve acted against the people. The U.S. government hasn’t had an entrance test since 1982. Universities run a “dual admissions system”—“one admissions pool for white applicants and another, far less competitive, pool for minorities.”

 

1937. Hagerstown Maryland

 

 

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

 

Equality, Campus Reform - The University of Rochester student government is now requiring all “gender-specific” student groups, such as fraternities annually apply for permission from the Students’ Association to continue excluding the opposite sex and produce evidence that they provide all of their members with educational programming on LGBTQ issues.

 

Hardest Course in the Humanities, Chronicle of Higher Education - It’s modeled on Auden’s 1941 course, with a few changes. When enrollment opened last semester, the unexpected happened. The course filled up within minutes. Harper had already warned his students, "This is the hardest class you will ever take." The syllabus was posted online in advance, so that students knew exactly what they were getting into. To accommodate the unexpected demand, the class was expanded from 22 to 30 students, the maximum number that the assigned classroom could hold. The Auden-based course at Oklahoma is a small but significant instance of how it may be done.

 

DC, Sultan Knish - It’s hard to think of three worse choices to discuss income inequality and oligarchy than three millionaires with more than a dozen homes between them who treat their employees like garbage. But Sanders, Warren and Moore aren’t just random rich people. They’re poverty pimps who got rich by pretending that they had something to say about the plight of working class people in America. Washington D.C. is full of poverty pimps. The one thing that they have in common is that they get rich by keeping the poor where they are. What leftists are really peddling is a revolution that will leave them even more on top than they already are.

 

Nuclear fusion, American Thinker - If environmentalists are so concerned about population growth, why do they seem to unanimously support the use of wind and solar power? The answer is because these forms of energy are more expensive than fossil fuels, which means it's unlikely they could soon catalyze population growth in the same way nuclear fusion could. For example, solar power is three times more expensive than power generated from existing natural gas or nuclear plants. If nuclear fusion becomes the world's most important power source in the twenty-first century, you can expect the climate change crisis to quickly evaporate. In its place, the "Population Bomb" will again rear its horrifying head.

 

D-Day, History Net - Death and destruction were widespread in Normandy, but as many as 156 Canadians killed by the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend in the aftermath of the Allied invasion were not combat casualties—they were murder victims. Hailing from Nova Scotia’s isolated and impoverished mining and farming towns, the Canadians were killed while trying to surrender or executed well after their capture. The spate of murders committed by young fanatics of the Hitlerjugend constitutes one of the most savage war crimes committed during the Allied campaign in northwestern Europe.

 

1945. Berlin Germany

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Soviet ISU-122 self-propelled gun greets captured defenders of Berlin on a dismal day in May of 1945. Some of these infantrymen were drafted, outfitted, handed a rifle, sent against the Soviets and were captured all within a couple of weeks. Ahead lies Stalin's camps, and for those who survive, years of abuse and hard labor before release.

The ISU-122 was a 122mm artillery piece mounted on the IS-2 heavy tank hull. It was mainly used against German tanks but was often used as mobile artillery in support of the infantry.

 

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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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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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