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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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Frederic Church, View of Cotopaxi, 1857

Frederic Church, the only student of the great Thomas Cole, has been profiled here many times. Church was a master of topography, botany, waterfalls and the sky. Figures, not so much. Like Cole. Canaletto, now there's a guy who could do figures, by the boat load, or "staffage" as it's called.

Cotopaxi is an active volcano in Ecuador. Church's more famous 1862 painting of Cotopaxi captures one of its many eruptions.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There are times when even something as important to me as Woodpile Report must be set aside for a while. This is one of those times. I won't burden the reader more than to say my windshield wiper is leaving a streak, yes, on the driver's side. It seems a small thing, until it happens to you. But seriously, events this week made heavy demands on my attention and time, so yer getting a somewhat truncated WPR. "Sure, we get short changed, again," I hear you say, putting your wrist to your forehead. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth," I reply, because a well turned phrase always slows folks down while I think of something to say.


The Washington Post reports the seventy-five [ninety-one localities as of December 13th] sanctuary counties in Virginia face drastic retaliation for not enforcing or complying with the upcoming extreme gun laws

Democratic Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin suggested cutting off state funds to counties that do not comply with any gun control measures that pass in Richmond.

“They certainly risk funding, because if the sheriff's department is not going to enforce the law, they're going to lose money. The counties' attorneys offices are not going to have the money to prosecute because their prosecutions are going to go down,” he said.

McEachin also noted that Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam could call the National Guard, if necessary.

“And ultimately, I'm not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he said. “That's his call, because I don't know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that's obviously an option he has.”

The Virginia Citizens Defense League will hold a mass Lobby Day Rally on the steps of the state capitol building, Monday the 20th of January. Buses are being chartered from all over Virginia. This is pushback at its finest.


Paul Roberts warns us to not expect any truth from Washington

Horowitz’s real assignment was not to investigate, but to cover up the crime, which he did by finding that the FBI made a large number of “mistakes” that the FBI director promises new controls in place to prevent in the future. Thus Horowitz did his job. He converted crimes into “mistakes.” That is the way Washington works.

... Will John Durham’s criminal investigation of the Democrats, CIA, and FBI for their Russiagate hoax, an investigation that should include investigation of the complicit Presstitute Media who are without any doubt accessories to the crime, also prove me correct?


The chart is from the Association of American Railroads. 2019 is in red. 2019 has gone from middle-of-the-band to the lower band to falling out of the band.


2019 is the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death. Sue Prideaux at New Statesman recounts what little is known of Rembrandt's early life. Some excerpts:

How did a miller’s son from a provincial city in Holland, born at the dawn of the 17th century, become one of the most famous painters in the world? All we really know about Rembrandt’s first quarter century is that it was spent in Leiden.

Rembrandt grew up in a neighbourhood consisting almost entirely of craftsmen. Property deeds attest to a community of coppersmiths, glue makers, cobblers, farriers, waggon makers and saddle makers.

In 1613, aged about seven, Rembrandt was registered at the Latin school, where his education would have been based on a thorough knowledge of classical authors and the Bible.

In 1620, he was enrolled at the university of Leiden, also gaining an education in Leiden’s three ambulatory public classrooms: the anatomy theatre, the botanic garden and the local bookshops.

The rest of Rembrandt’s life is well known.

Wait wait. A miller's seven-year-old son at Latin school?! It's always a surprise how far we've fallen. Today we have remedial reading at college-like facilities selling degrees in "studies", said studies being a full employment act for their otherwise unemployable customers of previous years. Between student loans and degrees of no market value outside academia, they don't have students as such, they have hostages.

Wisdom in one breath

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, about DC's crimes

If none of the wrongdoers suffer appropriate legal penalties, why should the average American trouble himself over the law?

From Dennis. comment at Modern Survival

Shootings in “gun free zones” are common, and shootings at “gun shows” are exceedingly rare.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report, about Virginia's 2A sanctuary

This is the beginning steps of organizing an alternative government alongside existing structures, which is classic preparation for a schism turning kinetic.

From Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity, about bubbles

This whole thing is going to blow up at some point. It will be a before-and-after story for the generations that follow, in the same way the Great Depression was.

From Daisy Luther at Organic Prepper

Survival is like prepping’s redneck cousin.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, on survival

The only important thing on your mind will be food. Any food. You have zero idea how important calories are, after living a life of luxury calories.

Vox Day at Vox Popoli, about impeachment

I think we can start using the "debacle" word to describe it about now.


Borepatch explains why "the global elites have been searching for an alternative to representative democracy as a source of legitimacy for two decades".

The first generation knows the system thoroughly, because they built it. This was the Greatest Generation who beat the Nazi and Japanese Supermen, landed a man on the moon, stared down the Soviet Bear, and brought unprecedented prosperity to the peoples of the West.

The second generation understood how the system works because they saw it being built by the first generation. This was the generation who built the original Internet. But the financial benefits of the system were not as evenly distributed as before, with the emergence of "Rust Belts" as a result of government industrial policy. Hey, learn to code, amirite?

The third generation inherited a system whose functioning is a mystery to them. Increasing resistance to their rule is met by censorship and blackballing. Status hierarchy is no longer based on accomplishment as in the first generation, but via credential - especially Ivy League diploma.

and finally,

Daily Timewaster is one of my guilty pleasures. Imagine my surprise when I noticed there's a link to Woodpile Report in Timewaster's blog roll, right in there amongst the brand names.

Mr. Swanson's site is badly named, I've wasted more time reading pointless tantrums at so-called high class sites than I ever have at Timewaster. Besides, the photos he posts are worth seeing. As we say around here, he's got the eye.

The impeachment procedure: verdict first, then closing arguments, then a trial.

Why must the economy grow to be 'healthy'? Answer: to pay interest.

Whenever the FBI's betrayal of their mandate is discussed, someone is bound to say the workaday agents are still trustworthy professionals. How do they know this and why should I believe them? I'd like to believe it's true, but I have no way of knowing. Until I do, I remain unconvinced.

In my and the public mind, fear has replaced respect, as the NKVD, Gestapo and Stasi were feared. Their workaday agents faithfully "followed orders" too. Today these malodorous outfits are rightly seen as criminal enterprises for their reprehensible methods and the malicious laws they enforced.

Okay, 'nuff chitchat, time to eat your peas, yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


1948. Life Savers magazine ad



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


Daily Caller - Celebrate The 75-Year Anniversary Of The Battle Of The Bulge With Iconic ‘Band Of Brothers’ Scenes

Bearing Arms - VA Dems Threaten To Use National Guard Against Sanctuary Counties ... also cutting off state funds for counties which obstruct gun confiscation

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A while ago they said "no one is talking about taking your guns." I suspect they weren't being truthful.

Bearing Arms - VA National Guard Issues Statement Over Calls To Enforce Gun Control ... we will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard

American Spectator - The Latest Bureaucratic Attack on Gun Rights ... nearly one in every five ammunition purchases was rejected due to California bureaucratic incompetence

Tenth Amendment Center - Oklahoma Bill Takes on Federal Gun Control; Past, Present and Future ... prefiled House Bill bans state and local enforcement of most federal gun control

Spaceweather - Solar Minimum is officially "deep." 2019 has just broken a Space Age record for days without sunspots ... Solar Minimum could deepen even further, not reaching its lowest point until April of 2020

Daily Galaxy - Black Holes Not as Massive as Previously Thought

Excerpt: The objects for which we are currently able to measure masses don’t seem to be typical. Our work suggested that supermassive black holes are, on average, not as massive as previously thought.

Discover - Tour 10 of the Closest Black Holes to Earth ... includes astronomers’ current best estimates of these black hole properties

NASA - Earth at Night ... .pdf, with high rez photos, 179 pages

Farm and Dairy - Ohio wants to change American Farm Bureau ‘family’ policy ... to redefine what a family is

Vintage News - Historic 13th Century Pub Could be Shut Down due to Modern Regulations ... the fireplace is 8th century

Phys Org - Scientists find cheaper way to make hydrogen energy out of water ... refueling cars could be done in a matter of minutes

Electroverse - Cosmic Rays reach Record High as Solar Activity nears Space Age Low, Implications Explained ... radiation levels have been increasing almost non-stop

Washington Free Beacon - As Virginia Dems Threaten Gun Bans, Sanctuary Movement Spreads ... shows no sign of slowing

Guns and Ammo - Effects of Moisture on Rifle Cartridges ... When a wet cartridge is introduced into a chamber, the round brings water molecules with it. Since water is virtually incompressible, this limits the internal chamber space and the ability for the brass to expand — hence increasing chamber pressure.

American Partisan - “Adapting To Survive”: Firearms-Part 1, The .308 Winchester to .32ACP Cartridge Adapter ... cheap and effective

Live Science - The First Evidence of 'Head Cones' Found in 3,300-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb ... made of wax

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Drat! There goes about a dozen perfectly good theories about extraterrestrials ruling the world, or somesuch.

Zero Hedge - Hundreds Of Billions In Gold And Cash Are Quietly Disappearing ... Some Australians are burying cash, the Swiss might be hiding it, the Germans are probably hoarding

Real Clear Science - An Ingenious Highway Interchange Is Spreading Across the U.S. ... traffic flow has significantly improved and crashes are way down

Campus Reform - Profs: College Republicans have 'white supremacist' views, supporting Trump's re-election a 'racist provocation' ... college Republicans have been continually harassed and intimidated


2014. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Culture war, American Mind - In Culture War 1.0, if an evolutionary biologist gave a public lecture about the age of the Earth based on geological dating techniques, creationist detractors would issue a response during the Q&A session. In Culture War 2.0, disagreements are met with attempts at de-platforming: rowdy campaigns for the invitation to be rescinded or disrupting the speaker to prevent the speaker from airing her views at all. One theme is the idea that speech is violence and we must combat speech with the same vigor we use to combat physical violence. The current culture war could hinge on the conflict between those trying to preserve cognitive liberty, along with the practices and institutions designed to support or strengthen it, and those who are trying to shut it down.


Going down, Of Two Minds - Loose money has created a new set of problems that will bring this sucker down: widening wealth-income inequality, the only possible result of our system of creating and distributing new money to banks, financiers and corporations; soaring systemic leverage; and widened the gap between the real economy and the top layer of arcane finance to the point there is literally no connection at all. It's all a fraud. Banks "invest" the new money in faster High Frequency Trading computers so they can skim even more profit from the rigged "markets." Productivity increase: zero. Social benefits: zero. Economic benefits to the nation at large: zero. Virtually all the loose money created by the Fed is socially useless financial activity.


Constitution, Red State - Justices dim the lights and claim to hear voices from the other side that tell them what the Constitution *really* means. As with other mediums and clairvoyants, the judiciary’s spirit constitution was a spectacular grift, and end-ran the Constitution’s mechanisms of amendment and assumed to themselves the legislature’s prerogatives of lawmaking. The federal and Supreme Courts became in effect a high priesthood of American culture. They took on the responsibility of shaping America’s moral and philosophical makeup by force. Originalists fought this legal disembodiment with all their might, but they have lost at every turn.


Feminism, Z Man - Feminism was transformed into a weapon to undermine the mores of white society. Second wave feminism focused on destroying family life through the promotion of divorce and sexual degeneracy. Third wave feminism focused on destroying the very notion of womanhood with the promotion of bizarre sexual fetishes and homosexuality. Fourth wave feminism focuses on the promotion of emotionally unstable women making a nuisance of themselves on-line. So-called conservatism fully embraces the egalitarianism of first wave feminism and the moral license of second wave feminism, with lots of conventional conservative decorations. The “strong conservative women” is independent, patriotic, shoots guns and so on.


1941. Bourne Oregon


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Bourne is a former gold mining town in northeastern Oregon, largely abandoned by 1930 and partially destroyed by a flash flood in 1937. For more, see this collection of recent photographs by Daniel Ter-Nedden.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Disorder and 4GW, Traditional Right - Fourth Generation war is rooted in a crisis of legitimacy of the state. What we are seeing in spreading disorder is not Fourth Generation war itself. But it is a failure of the state. States are failing to maintain order but remain as vehicles of the Establishment which runs the state, not to provide security of persons and property for all, but for its own benefit. It gives itself careers, money, power, prestige, etc. It then employs these to exempt itself from the consequences of state failure, i.e., it lives in gated communities, its kids go to private schools. Should the Establishment succeed in driving President Trump from office, one way or another, the message to the people who voted for him will be simple: you don’t count and you never will.


Narco gang training, NY Times - “Dismember that body,” he ordered. The recruit froze. The instructor waited, then walked up behind the terrified recruit and fired a bullet into his head, killing him. Next, he passed the blade to a lanky teenager while the others watched, dumbfounded. The teenager didn’t hesitate. Offered the chance to prove that he could be an assassin — a sicario — he seized it, he said. A chance at money, power and what he craved most, respect. To be feared in a place where fear was currency. Like the other recruits, he had been sent by a drug cartel known as Guerreros Unidos to a training camp in the mountains.


Horowitz, American Greatness - The organized and relentless attempt to undermine Trump’s legitimacy has helped sustain political hostility so widespread and intense that many have dubbed it a cold civil war. It was entirely predictable how Trump’s enemies would use the gift Horowitz gave them. And, the evidence of political bias is so overwhelming that his claim that he couldn’t find any constitutes equally overwhelming evidence that he gave it out of political bias as well. In stating he found no malicious intent, Horowitz didn’t just fail in his duty; he actively flouted it. He hardened the battle lines dividing America and increased the likelihood that our cold civil war will turn hot.


1942. Colmar Manor, Maryland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There's a story behind this photo. These cars belonged to a salvage outfit, meaning the owner took parts 'n pieces from wrecks to make serviceable cars and sold the rest as parts. The government decided otherwise, that the owner was withholding scrap needed for the war effort. So they confiscated the lot, destroying scarce automobiles and his business. Absolute power corrupts powerfully.


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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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17 Dec 2019