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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 some level
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
not who we are
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
value neutral
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
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


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

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
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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Alexandre Calame, Stormy Mountain Torrent, 1848

European landscape painters were well ahead of their American counterparts in technique, color theory and principles of composition when Calame painted this picture. The Hudson River School wouldn't fully match Calame and his contemporaries until the "second wave", roughly the 1860s and after.

A brief biography from the National Gallery of Art:

"Alexandre Calame was born in 1810 at Vevey in the Swiss canton of Vaud in 1810, the son of a marble carver. In 1813 the family moved to Neuchâtel, then under Prussian government, where Calame spent his boyhood, marred by an accident in 1820 that cost him the sight of one eye.

Following his father's bankruptcy, the family settled in Geneva in 1824, where young Alexandre found employment as a bank clerk. The death of his father in 1826 left him, at sixteen, as his and his mother's sole support. To supplement his income and to pay the debts left by his father, he colored engravings of Alpine views for the print trade.

From 1829 Calame began to produce watercolors of his own composition, and from 1830 his first, timid paintings in oil. Extremely hardworking, he made rapid progress.

By 1845 Calame was considered to have surpassed his teacher, Diday, in what was their shared speciality, grand Alpine views under stormy skies".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Joe Briggs at Taki's Magazine writes about "woke" but unenforceable legislation:

I think the real reason in all these cases is more sinister. I think they're saying, "We don’t like things as they are, and so we’ll make it really, really expensive for certain people to enforce their rights. We’ll make them fight every day for what should be rightly theirs for free.

We’ll take away their birthright. We’ll screw with their businesses and screw with their wombs and screw with their assumptions about what the courts have guaranteed them, and some of them will give up, and some of them will make mistakes, and we’ll just make sure they have many bad days, and eventually they’ll get tired of fighting with us and we’ll get a team of brutal lawyers to take them down and put them in their place".


Daniel Oliver at the American Conservative writes, "American Pageant is among the most widely used textbooks in AP U.S. History classes", and gives this quote as an example of what the schools are teaching:

"New York City real estate mogul and reality-television personality Donald J. Trump bullied, belittled, and bamboozled sixteen rivals to snag-some said hi-jack-the Republican nomination. His legions of critics, including many Republican grandees, considered the brash billionaire a swaggering colossus of ignorance, vanity, and vulgarity.”

Wisdom in one breath

From Bronze Age Pervert at American Mind

The racial attacks on whites in particular approaches exterminationist propaganda seen only in, e.g., the Hutu against the Tutsi in 1990’s Rwanda.

From Richard Fernandez at PJ Media, about global rebellion

The media are missing the biggest story since the fall of the Soviet Union. Something strange is upending the world and it's almost as if they've made up their minds to be the last to know.

From Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe

Groups of people who did not have a generous sprinkling of "sociopaths" were killed or absorbed by those tribes that did.

From Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe

Some walls are not made of concrete and steel. They are made of sinew, backbone and starch.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Lucifer himself plays by rules, but the bankers have no such limitation.

From CDR Salamander blog

The USA is one election away from shrugging the “international responsibilities” that other nations feel they are entitled to demand of us.

From Victor Hanson at Town Hall

A "coup" is no longer proof of right-wing paranoia, but increasingly a part of the general progressive discourse of resistance to Trump.

From Bruce Thornton at Front Page

Generations of highly credentialed foreign policy mandarins have not compiled a record that would suggest those credentials contribute to success.

From Taki Theodoracopulos at Taki's Magazine, about New York City

Now when the zeitgeist says that the only thing worse than crime is locking up those who commit it, it’s party time for the bad guys.

From Vox Day at Vox Popoli

The U.S.A. ceased to be a voluntary association in 1865, it ceased to be American in 1913, and it ceased to be European in 1965.


Daniel Greenfield at Front Page has investigated Chick-fil-A's surrender to the lunatic left and discovered we were being conned all along

Most conservatives thought, without investigating, that Chick-fil-A was different. It wasn’t another corporate social behemoth. It didn’t answer to shareholders and stakeholders. It had a biblical vision. And, it was under fire for donating to Christian groups...

The controversy and arguments over the donations to organizations like the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes conveniently distracted from where a lot of the money was going.

And this, just in:

Big League Politics - Chick-fil-A Plans to Donate to Pro-LGBT Youth Charity Founded by Alleged Molestor Priest ... a total betrayal of Christian values

and finally,

We've been running the wood stove for about a month now. When I first fired it up the house filled with that "hot dust" smell, but it was gone in a few hours. This year we have exceptionally good firewood, with a lot of unsplit "set aside" stuff from last year. I split it this summer. It's two years off the stump, suitable for the comparatively mild early heating season. This time of year two or three small pieces is enough. I'm also using a fair size pile of odds 'n ends stuff. The ashes look the same, as the saying goes.

Thoreau said putting up your own woodpile warms you twice. He was almost right. When I'm carrying an armload of fine firewood to the house it warms me in metaphysical way as well.

When we get to the main wood supply in really cold weather, it'll take four or five full length pieces—twenty to twenty-two inch—to keep the place comfy. Opening the loading door on a fire like that even hurts yer eyes.

I have two wagons full of primo stuff covered and close to the door should the inside wood bin be depleted and something prevent me from getting to the woodpile. Good for three or four days if used prudently. Paranoid? Yes. But paranoid enough? Anything can happen and sometimes it does.

Bumble Bee Foods is bankrupt. An outfit in Taiwan's buying it. Bumble Bee has been in business for 120 years. They recently pled guilty to a tuna price fixing scheme. Their other brands are Brunswick, Snow's, Wild Selections, and Beach Cliff.

Well gang, we've dithered enough, time to buckle up and get to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first an old ad.


1948. Packard magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The middle class aspired to Cadillac, old money had Packards . Alas, the '48 Packard was the '41 Packard with new sheet metal, and would be until 1951, years after the competition had marketed all-new models. Worse, the "bathtub" body styling was not universally loved and it dated fast.

After struggling in the ferocious "buyer's market" of the early fifties, reliance on suddenly competitor-owned Briggs for bodies and an ill advised merger with Studebaker in 1954 contributed to the downfall of the once mighty marque in 1956.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Remus's notebook


CWB Chicago - Chief judge says there have been no “horrible incidents” under his affordable bail program. These people might disagree, if they only they were still alive ... accused murderers released from jail

Science Alert - Physicists Claim They've Found Even More Evidence of a New Force of Nature ... the four fundamental forces are: gravity, electromagnetism, and two nuclear interactions. And now, possibly, a fifth

Atlantic - Stop the Ethanol Madness ... the U.S. devotes an area larger than the state of Illinois to corn-ethanol production, enough land to feed 150 million people

Sci Tech Daily - Hyper-Realistic Masks Can Be More Believable Than Real Human Faces ... currently cost around £1000 each and we expect them to become more widely used as advances in manufacturing make them more affordable

Life Site - Lesbian Episcopal ‘priest’ named new head of National Abortion Federation ... "Abortion providers are some of my personal heroes and modern-day saints"

Live Leak - Brave Antifa Blocks Car Angry Man Knocks Him Out ... "Some Antifa dude wearing a pink "Dora da exploda" backpack tries to block a truck but when he punches truck good ol' farmer jumps out and goes ham on him". Video, 43 seconds

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A crowd favorite and rightly so. The original Antifa were communist street thugs that mixed it up with Nazi street thugs in 1930s Germany. Genuine tough guys. This guy is a "stolen valor" soyboy blowhard. It's okay to lose a fight, them's the breaks, but he folded from the get go and took a beating. He had no plan beyond intimidation. And paid the price.

Principia Scientific - Greenland Cooling Since 2001 ... ice sheet has been gaining ice and snow

Ancient Origins - Why were the Knights Templar So Interested in Harran? ... even the early Moslems left Harran alone

Atlas Obscura - Found: Pollen on a 99-Million-Year-Old Beetle, in Amber ... pushes back the earliest evidence of insect-flower pollination by 50 million years

Reuters - Millions of acres of Canadian canola freeze, compounding 'harvest from hell' ... may even frustrate some from sowing it next year

Law Enforcement Today - Don’t let the media’s terrifying headlines about “ghost guns” fool you ... for the first 192 years of America’s history, there was no such thing as a serial number on guns, all guns in America were ghost guns until 1968

Right Wing Watch - Rick Wiles: ‘There Is Going to be Violence in America’ if Trump is Removed From Office ... "a non-profit working hard every day to expose the Far-Right's extreme and intolerant agenda", video, 2m 18s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wiles is an agent provocateur and scare monger. All the right wing political talk ever uttered or printed amounts to this: "leave us alone", or metric equivalent. Part of the scheme to label ARs as assault weapons is to overwrite the priority on defense by the conservative population. Wiles adds a violent, super-aggressive "or else" where there isn't any.

Judicial Watch - More Than 100,000 DACA Applicants Have Been Arrested—Murder, Rape, DUI ... accounting for 12% of applicants

Philadelphia Inquirer - Man’s car was shot at more than 50 times as he drove through North Philly. He escaped without injury ... around 3 a.m. Saturday

Hot Air - Why you’re not hearing more about that mass shooting in Fresno ... all adult Hmong males, no AR or AK

Tech Xplore - Drag can lift birds to new heights, researchers find ... there may be some ancient protobirds that have previously been classified as flightless that could have used drag to become airborne

Fox News - Boy, 5, thrown from Mall of America balcony is 'walking perfectly,' family says ... two broken arms, a broken leg and fractures to his face and skull, after four and a half months in hospital he's now going to kindergarten

Campus Reform - Two arrested after 'Antifa' shuts down campus conservative event ... event featuring economist Arthur Laffer shut down within two minutes of starting

Campus Reform - Update: The student government has struck another crushing blow against the College Republicans at Binghamton, sending the group an email on Tuesday revoking the group's access to the online system that allows them to reserve campus meeting rooms.

Breitbart - Protesters Swarm Berkeley, Several Arrested Ahead of Ann Coulter Speech ... formed a “human chain” to block individuals from entering the building

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rod Dreher at American Conservative warns:

If you think this is going to stay in Berkeley, you're mistaken. This mob action might not spread to places outside of the coasts, but here's what's going to happen: those young people who join the mobs, they are going to graduate and move into the institutions of American life. They are going to carry their militant illiberalism, including their contempt for free speech and open discourse, into those institutions, and are going to do their damnedest to institutionalize them.

One thing I have learned from the past few months spent studying Soviet-bloc communism: watch the intellectual class. It is a very big mistake to think that what they say and do only matters in the shadow of the ivory tower.

American Greatness - Reports of Alleged Racist Incident at Syracuse Confirmed a Hoax ... far-left students demanding chancellor Syverud's resignation regardless

College Fix - Intellectual conservatism group denied: may ‘cause stress to the student body’ ... female conservative students tried to obtain official club status for an Intercollegiate Studies Institute chapter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Aviationist - Let’s Talk About The B-52 Strategic Bomber’s Characteristic “Skin Wrinkles” ... there are also civilian airliners designed in such a way

All Outdoors - Top 5 Modern Muzzleloaders for Blackpowder Hunters ... the technology and firearms improve quickly

Sad and Useless - Auto Mechanics Recreate Renaissance Paintings ... high quality work, not just a gag

Cosmos - Making glass flex, not fracture ... it must be dense and flawless

American Spectator - The War of the Woke: Hollywood Turns on its Viewers ... gender swaps and feminist virtue signaling aren’t what viewers want, but Hollywood doesn’t seem to care


The "must have" toy of 1967



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Conservatives, American Greatness - Leftists who celebrate demographic shifts simultaneously attack as racists conservatives who dare to notice their joy. The leaders of the conservative movement must be able to answer these questions: why are white Christians, and only white Christians, prohibited from acting in their rational self-interest? Why must Republicans, given the prospect of a dim future in which it can only survive by pandering to the Left, respond by pandering to the Left now, just to win over people who hate and want to persecute them anyway? This “strategy” is nothing more than a capitulation to the Left, the same surrender that has laid the country, and the party, so low for decades.


Global warming, American Spectator - First comes the waxing wave, the “roosters” gain adherents and spread their stirring news. Second is the breaking wave, when the message reaches its peak of power, provokes the greatest turmoil, and roosters briefly dominate public life. Third is the churning wave, when roosters must confront the failure of their expectations and mutate to survive. Last is the receding wave, as the “owls” regain ascendancy. Rather than completing the normal cycle by going into a receding wave, the climate apocalypse has come roaring back as a breaking wave, this time with children in the forefront.


Republicans are a joke, Paul Craig Roberts - Why is the Democratic Party, once a representative of the working class, helping the deep state unseat a president elected by the working class? Why has Hillary Clinton, defined the American working class as “the Trump deplorables”? Why is leadership of the Democratic Party in the hands of feminists and people of color on one side and crooks like Joe Biden on the other. What holds a party this naturally divided together? Why does an anti-white odor emanate from the Democratic Party, especially an anti-white heterosexual male ordor? Republicans come across as impotent, powerless, and stupid.


Voter fraud, American Thinker - Dallas patriots Kevin Freeman and Russ Ramsland, a voter fraud and election expert, have released detailed findings from a cyber/forensic investigation into election fraud utilizing compromised voting machines in 2018 and quite probably, in the governor’s race in 2019 in Kentucky. This is the 21st century version of Stalin’s ruthless observation, “it’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.” Only today’s Stalins can do it all by online penetration of unsecure ‘voting machines’ to count and alter votes, and leave almost no IT fingerprints.


1937. Winter Haven Florida


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Winter Haven is a resort city of about 43,000 in central Florida best known for Cypress Gardens. In the 1930s it was primarily a citrus growing town, including the largest citrus packing plant in the world. Seasonal workers were required in numbers. Some arrived in home built campers, as shown in the photo below.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Lind on 4GW, Martin van Creveld - President Trump’s supporters regard his election as proof their voices can be heard, that their interests will be considered in Washington. They know that to virtually all Democrats and some Republicans, they are “unpersons”. Why? Because they are White, male, or non-feminist female, straight, and mostly Christian. The coastal elites dismiss them as rubes and hicks inhabiting “flyover land”. The Democratic Party considers them all inherently evil “oppressors” fit only to kiss the feet of blacks, immigrants, gays, feminists, etc., PC’s sainted “victims” groups. If President Trump is driven from office by anything other than a loss in the 2020 election, the legitimacy of the state will be brought into question. That is a dangerous business that politicians of both parties would be wise to avoid.


Injustice, Andy Havens - Seattle. There isn't a shop window that isn't plastered with flyers for this march or that proclamation or that protest. Are the oppressors the shopkeepers and their customers, who block out the sun with their storefront virtue signals, and curse the planet-eating Republicans over cupcakes as they wipe pureed kale from their baby’s Che Guevara onesie? The misery, the injustice, doesn’t exist in spite of all the social justice activism, it exists because of it. And truthfully, it doesn’t actually exist at all. The world, this city, as I walk around in it, is simply not in its actions a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic place. But my God it feels like it, and the activists won’t have it any other way.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I saw this over at Gerard Van der Leun's American Digest, an indispensable daily read here at Yer Ol' Woodpile Report and Jiffy Screen Door Repair.


Dark matter, Discover - The universe seems to hold more than five times as much dark matter as it does “normal” matter. This means it should literally lurk right under our noses, permeating and penetrating Earth as our solar system swings through our galaxy, which is brimming with the stuff. The odds-on favorite, called a WIMP (for weakly interacting massive particle), has been a no-show despite intensive search efforts. If any candidate makes it to the winner’s circle, it would deliver a sweeping rewrite of how the universe works on the most fundamental levels. At this pivotal stage in the race, here is a breakdown of the Dark Matter Derby’s slate of entrants.


Deep state, Intellectual Takeout - Over time, the bureaucracy became self-consciously devoted to the "merit" system under which the bureaucrats imagined they gained and retained their offices by virtue of their own excellence. Thanks to the rise of this fourth branch of government, an American is subject to laws not passed by any Congress, and subject to judicial punishments not commanded by any court of law. Few regular people possess the resources necessary to mount a defense against the Justice Department's gargantuan budgets and legions of attorneys that can be aimed at any American who becomes annoying to these federal law enforcement bureaucrats and their friends.


1940s. Liverpool England


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows the assembly of STEN guns at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Fazakerley, Liverpool, a manufacturing area considered less vulnerable to enemy bombers than industrial centers in England. Components were largely made by cottage industries. Early STEN guns had a bad reputation, they "shot when you didn't want them to and didn't shoot when you wanted them to". In time the shortcomings were largely corrected, except the Erma-style magazine's notorious failure-to-feed.


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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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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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26 Nov 2019