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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 some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
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
troubled youths
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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Herbert Draper, Lament For Icarus, 1898

Lament For Icarus is a painting in the Art Nouveau style, perhaps the shortest lived movement ev-ver, generally reckoned at 1890 to 1910. Draper isn't a name known to many. We can look to, say, Alfons Mucha for a more popular expression of the style, but Draper fused academic painting with Art Nouveau for memorable canvasses that speak to today's sensibilities.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What we call the American Civil War of 1861 to 1865 was in fact two separate nations deploying traditional armies and navies to fight conventional battles with large scale maneuvers and front lines. In today's civil wars there are no rules, no front lines.

It's unrestricted warfare to take control of the government, armed horror actually, between peoples occupying the same land, even the same neighborhoods. They have no overt beginning, even in retrospect. They end when one side annihilates the other, or when both sides and the country itself are too exhausted to continue. Selco speaks of such war.

As I've said elsewhere, the notion of civil war in America seemed implausible to me a couple years ago. Since then it's moved to "improbable". And it's still moving.

As evidence, see the one minute video linked to in the excerpt below. It's scarcely to be believed. It reminds me of recruitment posters from 1861, "A Call To Arms" and the like.

The indispensable Z Man, in his usual calm and measured way, condenses the looming catastrophe in his essay, The Civil War. Some excerpts:

America is a land that bans books, has political prisoners and condemns people to a form of internal exile where they cannot have a job or maintain a normal life. Ten years ago, if someone said Americans would lose their jobs because they liked something on social media, only the aluminum foil hat types would have believed it. Such things were considered impossible just a decade ago. In the 1980’s, these were the sorts of things that happened in the Soviet Union, which was why communism was considered evil.

Yet, here we are, seeing things we thought impossible not so long ago. This is a clip from a television show aired on one of the legacy networks. The video is a naked call for violence against whites. Even after all of the outrageous behavior we have seen from the ruling class the last few years, no reasonable person would have thought this was possible even a year ago.

and he continues,

It’s why it is time think about what is impossible today, in terms of social breakdown, as it will most likely happen tomorrow. The blood lust of the ruling class for whites not obediently walking into the void, is now undeniable. Their response to the 2016 election was to declare war on white America. In their minds, it is a defensive war and they are fully justified to use any means necessary to win. There will be no point where they pull back, fearing they have gone too far. Instead they will always seek to go further.

Rod Dreher adds more, at The American Conservative. Excerpts:

A network series actually affirms and justifies the violent physical assault of a living American who was peacefully stating his opinion. And not only justifies it, but uses the assault to promote its own programming by rallying potential viewers to the episode...

Keep in mind that this viewpoint is not rebutted in this episode, but sustained. The community of this show unites around the principle that punching people with offensive political views and then covering up for the crime is morally right. This is an extraordinary line for CBS to cross...

There's nothing in this kind of civil war for men of sound mind and good will. Rule One is your best guide: stay away from crowds. If you're in or near a city, especially the coastal urban complexes, plan and commit to self-evacuation. First out is best out.

There are always more defensible and compelling reasons to defer action than to do what needs doing. Prudence and optimism are not compatible. There will be no warning of the approaching event horizon. Be wary and trust your gut, the news media have revealed themselves as committed partisans. You can recover from decamping too early but "too late" is always too late.

Here's a helpful hint for urban migrants in a 'no rules' civil war. Avoid the "eastern inland enclave" . We support and defend our families, ourselves and our neighbors. Because we live here. Beware, there's nowhere lonelier than a back road being closely watched with well warranted suspicion. Yes, you may get a handout and be sent on your way, but it's not a high-percentage bet. Take this into account when you're making your Get Out Of Dodge plans.

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Wisdom in one breath

From Mosby at Mountain Guerrilla, about bad guys after SHTF

Avoidance as much as possible, and contact only under my terms.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

A political machine that promotes socialism in Gucci couture, from a bevy of mansions, while driving European supercars is unlikely to be convincing.

From CW Swanson at Daily Timewaster

With the lunacy of the Trump collusion hoax, the reparations ramp up, the multiple lefties with corruption or Me Too problems, and it seems like they have no idea how they are coming across to the average American.

From Torkild Rieber, quoted by Lewis Lapham at Lapham's Quarterly

It’s always better to deal with dictators than with democrats. A dictator you have to bribe only once; democrats you have to keep bribing over and over again.

From Patrick McDermott at The Unz Review

The mainstream media and social media companies may try to clamp down on opposing views, but they are unlikely to repress the emerging voices of the far left, who will do far more to open the eyes of white liberals than conservatives ever could.

From Salvatore Babones at Spiked

The freedom to pursue happiness is something very different from the right to be happy.

From Eric Peters at Eric Peters Autos

It would take an income of $130,000 to qualify for a car loan on a $36k purchase using the same standards mortgage issuers use for home loans.

From Richard Fernandez at PJ Media

If America is to be a place of asylum then there has to be a way to discriminate between those who flee danger and those who are the danger. The border is the only place for that to happen.

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Brian Cates at Thread Reader says the counterstrike against the Obama soft coup has begun. Excerpts:

Nobody was supposed to notice that people who had *no connection whatsoever* with the Trump campaign or administration were getting indicted by the Mueller team for illegal lobbying...

I watched how Tony Podesta reacted to the unsealing of Manafort's indictment.

1) immediately dissolved his highly successful lobbying firm

2) went to ground and has made himself extremely hard to find. Podesta may have been the first guy to actually realize where all of this was going.

People have been watching the pieces moved around the board without knowing what they were seeing.

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An example of the ruling class's priorities, from Don Surber

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported, "New York lawmakers on Tuesday refused to advance a bill that would have provided free college tuition to the families of all military personnel from the state who were killed in the line of duty."

Instead, Democrats—who control the legislature—approved $27 million for free college tuition for illegal aliens.

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Edwin Mora at Breitbart explains what's going on in Venezuela

The second largest source of revenue after oil for the Maduro regime is basically the illicit trade, mainly drug trafficking. With that type of resources, it’s very hard to imagine them simply conceding and relinquishing power. Maduro does not deserve the dictator moniker because he is a criminal drug trafficker, not a state official. Venezuela is “the worst humanitarian crisis in the history of the Americas, if it keeps on going the way it is, it’s going to be one of the worst in the world’s history.”

Cuba is reportedly working along with the Russians, Chinese, Iranians, Hezbollah, the FARC, and ELN on behalf of Maduro. The most important component is the Cuban contingent. Their level of penetration reaches every single relevant institution in the country.

and finally,

Somehow I missed it. Back in 1956 Universal International made a movie about the kind of ship I served on. The title is "Away All Boats" . Unless you were in the Olde Tymme Gator Navy, don't bother. As movies go it's vandalism of a movie screen. The story sleepwalks through the worn template of the day, then redeems itself by lunging at the ludicrous. On the other hand, the acting is pathetic. But the shipboard and seagoing scenes brought back memories.

Monday we had snow flurries, no accumulation. The air temperature was right at freezing. The rule: it will snow on the peepers three times. Then no more. I've been keeping track for many decades and have never seen it fail.

A large part of Notre Dame Cathederal has burned to the ground, putting plans to convert it to a mosque on hold.

Update. Some good news. The missus was moved from the ICU to a regular floor Saturday and may be released as early as midweek. Progress.

Well gang, enough of this chitchat. Time for a tour of the real Twilight Zone. But first, an old ad.

 

1944. Whitman's magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Whitman's was founded in Philadelphia twenty years before the Civil War. Whitman's Sampler was first marketed in 1912 and saw its peak popularity in World War II.

Whitman's was bought by Pet Inc. in the early 1960s, which was acquired by IC Industries, spun off in 1991 and acquired by Russel Stover Candies in 1993.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Ancient Origins - Prehistory Decoded at Gobekli Tepe: From a Cataclysmic Event Dawns the Origin and Perhaps the End of Civilization ... Around 13,000 years ago a swarm of comet debris from the Taurid meteor stream blasted the Americas and parts of Europe, many species of large animal were exterminated

Daily Mail - More than a million high-capacity ammunition magazines flooded into California during a week long window created when federal judge temporarily threw out the state's ban ... Ruger Firearms announced it was releasing its entire inventory

Federalist - Will The Democratic Party Faithful Ever Notice Their Leaders Are Crazy? ... moderates and conservatives still make up roughly half of Democratic voters

Daily Wire - Bill Maher To Democrats: If You Make 2020 A 'Woke Contest,' You Lose ... denounced social justice warriors as a "cancer on progressivism," arguing they care neither about truth nor justice

Ars Technica - A security researcher with a grudge is dropping Web 0days on innocent users ... exploits published over the past three weeks exposed 160,000 websites to potent attacks

Star Tribune - Suspect in Mall of America attack that hurt 5-year-old was twice ordered to stay away from mall ... followup reports say the toddler is in critical condition

A follow up news story says, "Aranda went to the mall on Thursday with the intent to kill someone, but said it didn’t “work out.” He allegedly returned the next day, planning to kill an adult, but instead chose the boy... Aranda approached them and, without warning, picked the boy up and threw him over the side of the balcony.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Perp is 24 year old black guy, the boy is white. Check the news in about a month, the perp will be the "real victim". Because diversity.

College Fix - Women’s college suspends police officers for enforcing its rules ... enforcement of public safety rules on black students was “unacceptable and antithetical to our mission”

Spy Escape & Evasion - Pistol-Caliber Carbines for Home Defense ... pros and cons

American Rifleman - How to Build a Custom 10/22 Rifle at Home ... table-top build using a few simple tools

White nationalists

Twitter - Take a peek into the future ... Eva Patterson of the Equal Justice Society demands media censor white nationalists, video, 0m 58s

YouTube - Trump: "You know what I am? I'm a nationalist" ... video, 1m 46s

Power Grid News - Why the treasonous Left will suffer a brutal loss in the coming civil war as power, water and food supply lines are cut by rural patriots defending America ... cities rapidly become uninhabitable without power, water and food

Quanta - Mathematicians Discover the Perfect Way to Multiply ... by chopping up large numbers into smaller ones, researchers have rewritten a fundamental mathematical speed limit

Judicial Watch - Most of the $33 Billion in Remittances to Mexico Flow Via U.S. Govt. Banking Program ... George W. Bush came up with the idea in 2001

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's also how the illegals pay the coyotes

Firearms News - The U.S. Postal Service Took Away the Doughboy's Rifle ... altered an image of a soldier in combat, replaced rifle with flag

Minding The Campus - How Diversity Training Widens the Gulf Among the Races ... Peter Bregman at Psychology Today says “Diversity training doesn’t extinguish prejudice. It promotes it.”

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

America, Paul Roberts - According to Identity Politics, white people are in charge, but the evidence is to the contrary. There are no quotas for whites in university admissions, hiring, and promotion. It is the allegedly victimized “preferred minorities” who get to go to the front of the line. There are no hate speech or hate crime protections for whites. Whites can be called every hurtful and offensive name in the book and have no right or power to demand apologies or the firing of the offender. White DNA has been declared to be “an abomination,” and white people “shouldn’t exist.” As whites still constitute the majority of the U.S. population, what are the consequences for society when it is the majority that is constantly demeaned? When whites become a minority, what is their fate when the new majority has been taught hatred of whites for decades?

 

Extinction, Cosmos - 66 million years ago an asteroid impact drove the extinction of all the non-avian dinosaurs and much else besides. What should have been “a classic example of explosive adaptive radiation” happened in waves over time, “the latter of which were delayed for millions of years”, they write. The diversity of species did not return to mid-Cretaceous levels for 10 million years, and only reached late Cretaceous levels after 20. They argue “that ecology, rather than environment, controls diversification after a mass extinction”, and an important component of this is “the time needed to reconstruct morphospace within ecosystems”.

 

Pandemic, Bloomberg - Venezuela is a hothouse for malaria again, but also communicable miseries from HIV/AIDS to Zika. Forgotten diseases such as diphtheria and measles rage. Leprosy, tuberculosis and typhoid fever are back, alongside emerging mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya. New HIV infections jumped 24 percent from 2010 to 2016. Now the worst humanitarian crisis in the Americas risks becoming a hemispheric emergency, as nearly 3 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants ferry their pathogens across the continent. Venezuela’s failing health is no surprise: The disastrous Nicolas Maduro government has made the economy and national infrastructure a shambles.

 

Revenuers, American Spectator - The newly created California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has been sending collection letters to small businesses that sell products via online retail platforms such as Fulfillment by Amazon. The agency claims that such third-party sellers owe eight years of back taxes because they are considered to have a physical presence in the Golden State. The agency threatens tens of thousands of dollars in fines and imprisonment of up to three years... The agency also is demanding that Amazon hand over private information from these companies.

 

1941. Provident Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg From Wikipedia: "Provident Hospital, now a public hospital, was the first African-American owned and operated hospital in America. Provident was established in Chicago in 1891 by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African-American surgeon during the time in American history where few public or private medical facilities were open to black Americans... It is now known as Provident Hospital of Cook County".

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Roger Simon, PJ Media, As we now know post-Mueller report, "respected" journalists were simply trafficking in collusion lies whispered to them by biased informants. In other words, they were a bunch of gullible, over-zealous propagandists. For that they received their Pulitzers, as yet unreturned, needless to say. So, in other words, these mainstream media reporters have received fame and fortune for lying while Julian Assange may be headed for prison for telling the truth. There's a bit of irony in that, no? No one, as far as I know, has ever accused Assange of not publishing the truth.

 

Sorry, Taki's Magazine - A sentimentalist is someone who wants to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it, and a modern apologist is someone who wants the aura of sanctity of making an apology without the need to feel any personal guilt. But he doesn’t mind in the slightest if his apology creates endless problems for others. The attempted recognition of the realities of the past is another thing entirely. When we are reading about moral catastrophe, then, even when we have no particular ax to grind or material interest to advance, we as often as not are enjoying ourselves rather than seeking to improve ourselves morally. Serious books about moral catastrophes are the disaster movies of intellectuals.

 

Reset, CDR Salamander - We continue to read confusion, frustration, and general discontent with "strategy" attempts coming out of DC. If you look at it from a distance, it really makes sense that none of it makes sense or fits. Part of this is institutional inertia, the other part is simple pocketbook issues. At lot of “that town” owes their paychecks, sponsorship, underwriting, ego, PhD, and designated parking spaces to maintaining the American quasi-empire. This is another opportunity to bring up the 25-yr old “Salamander Strategic Reset” pondered out by LT Salamander a couple of years after the end of the Cold War and slightly revised through the years.

 

Blitz, War History On Line - We often hear talk of the “Blitz Spirit” when Londoners stuck together and helped each other through the German bombing raids which destroyed large parts of the city. But there is another side to how people responded to the war, one which showed a darker aspect of human nature in a time of crisis. There was a marked increase in crime. Some were opportunistic crimes, in which not only criminals but also members of the public took advantage of the chaos during air raids and blackouts. There also was an increase in gang activity linked to the black market. One of the most common crimes was looting. People would come home to find that not only had their home been destroyed, but also that their possessions had been stolen.

 

1940s. War poster

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Date unknown. This poster is right out of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals: "ridicule is man's most potent weapon".

 

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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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16 April 2019