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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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George Cole, Pastoral, 1873

George Cole is one of those guys whose life would make a compelling movie. Orphaned at nine, working as a laborer in the Portsmouth dockyards, he taught himself how to paint pictures rather than ships.

From this he worked himself up to the landed gentry and became somewhat of a legend as a go-getter and autodidact. He's said to have memorized the entirety of Shakespeare, for instance. Cole painted Pastoral, above, at age sixty-three. He died in London in 1883.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Drat. It happens yer ol' WPR is posted the night of the Big Event in Richmond, not enough time to read and evaluate the reports. The new regime has been shamefully aggressive in the run up to this event so predictions of a Tiananmen Square redux are to be expected. We shall see.

At minimum, a line has been crossed when peaceful assembly is met by a display of official force. Alas, as of now, I and my fellow travelers can only wonder what lies ahead. We do know Richmond is a city suddenly under occupation by a northeastern cult, much as it was following the unpleasantness of the 1860s.

Update, 6:30 pm, Monday. Nothing notable reported ... there's the usual hysteria and schoolgirl tantrums from the news media, which I take to mean there's no news.


The making of an "emergency" in Richmond, by Jon Dougherty at the National Sentinel. An excerpt:

For years, Second Amendment advocates in Virginia have trekked to the state capitol grounds armed and carrying firearms openly as they were lawfully permitted to do, in order to lobby for their God-given constitutional right of self-defense.

And for each of those years, lobby day has gone off without a hitch: No shootings, no violence, no arrests, no problems of any kind.

But something happened in November that has changed the dynamics for this year’s lobbying effort: Anti-gun Democrats managed to eke out enough victories to take control of the state legislature.

... It's patently obvious that Democratic arrogance has created a crisis situation where there has never been one and where there should not now be one.


There may be something to this digital photography stuff after all. A few days ago I carefully exposed a few frames while woods cruising in the late afternoon, using a manual prime lens, a long time favorite but a relic from the mechanical era, mated to my Nikon digital camera.

When I brought them up on the screen I was gobsmacked. The subtle deficiency of even a first rate zoom lens was replaced by stunning optical wonderfulness, something more nearly "re-presenting" the scene. It seems eager to upgrade pleasant but otherwise unremarkable photos . This very different photo from today shows there's no situation it can't handle, which suggests the exceptional is possible with more thought and effort.

In photographic lenses there is a level deeper than resolution and contrast and other measurable properties. A zoom, being a series of "double duty" design compromises, stands no chance of reaching that level.

For a prime lens, meaning a single focal length, each element is calculated to perfect the image rather than perform acceptably over a range of focal lengths. "Meeting the numbers" will get a zoom lens designer where he needs to go, but lenses designed for photography differ in intent from those for, say, optical instruments. In photography the image is the end product. In optical instruments—a microscope or a theodolite for example—the image is a middle man, not a product. Zoom lenses attempt to serve two masters.

This lens has an attribute the prepared eye and mind recognizes. It's unquantifiable. There is no known gauge. Old timers called it "drawing power". When I was shooting 4 x 5, my pedestrian 125mm lens had it. It was a low to mid-level commercial item of no other distinction. I deployed that lens as if it were a magic jewel. Perhaps a fortuitous tolerance stack up, a sort of self-"blueprinting", exactly met the designer's intent. Mind you, my other lenses performed admirably, as advertised.

The circa 1960-1965 standard issue 50mm f1.4 on my old Nikon F was another one. At mid-range—f5.6 to f11—"it" sort of popped unbidden out of the ether. None of my Leica lenses had "it", praiseworthy as they were.

What is "it"? Consider cursive. One example may be in competent Palmer, while another is in Spencerian script. Both convey a message clearly and faithfully, but the latter embodies it almost as a witness rather than as a utilitarian record. See? There's no explaining it. I've tried. Anyway, bottom line, this prime lens surprised me in digital as it did in film. I'm pumped.


This double-refined common sense is from Gray Man at American Partisan, one of ol' Remus's favorite reads. When ol' Gray Man says something it stays said, to wit:

... surprise at the fact that the menstruation didn’t cease the moment this individual decided that she was now a man. NBC News of course thought this was newsworthy and ran it like a serious piece. That’s our media, and they wonder, they legitimately wonder, why at least 40% of the US population don’t take them seriously anymore.

You and I are expected to full embrace these delusion, these literal delusions, and take part in them, encourage them. We are expected to alter our own language and behavior, our own perception of reality. We are expected to offer our minds and the minds of our children to the alter of this insanity.


Science Alert: There's a 'Great Divide' in Our Solar System, And We Might Finally Know How It Formed

Computer simulations run by the researchers showed that Jupiter wouldn't have been big enough in the early Solar System to block the flow of rocky material towards the Sun. The team had to look for an alternative explanation.

They found it in data which showed disks of gas and dust around fledgling stars. If such a ring had originally formed around our own star, it might have separated gas and dust into separate pockets of high and low pressure.

There may have been several rings responsible for creating the divide in planet types.


The Perpetually Bright Future of the Flying Car, Chapter One: The Early Days
Illustrations c.1934, and 1951.


Wisdom in one breath

From the Z Man

In current year America, the ruling class is now fully detached from the society over which it rules, so it has begun to acquire its own moral code.

From Jim Quinn at the Burning Platform

No matter the result of the upcoming election, neither side will accept the outcome.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Prepping isn't TO survive, it is in case you happen to survive despite overwhelming odds.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report, about Richmond

The story is already written, and before you even get to tell your side, they've already got patsies and "crisis actors" all set to play the leading roles.

From at Jonathan Wilkinson Amerika

When a liberal tells you that greed is evil, he isn’t talking about his greed.

From Linda Fox at Liberty's Torch

Don't waste your time trying to educate the uneducable. Focus on understanding forces at work in our world.

From Eric Peters Autos

The best-selling vehicle isn’t a 50-plus MPG hybrid like the Prius. It is a truck truck three-times the size of the Prius – the Ford F-150.

From John Q. Publius at Anatomically Correct Banana

We have been conditioned to accept equality of outcome when the biological inputs are so wildly divergent. This is patently absurd.

From Vox Day, about Hollywood suicides

It will not surprise me to learn that less than half of these "suicides" actually involved the individual taking his own life. We're already well past the point of statistical improbability.

From Howard Husock at City Journal

As another Martin Luther King Day approaches, it’s hard to believe that the civil rights leader would have wanted African-American neighborhoods to be perennial charity cases.

From Dan Chapman, comment at Captain's Journal

We are the only country in the world that has a Second Amendment. Find one government in all of history that banned it’s own armed forces from “Keeping and Bearing” arms.

From Senator Schumer via the New York Post, 1999

If you had asked me one year ago if people like this with such obvious political motives could use our courts, play the media and tantalize the legislative branch to achieve their ends of bringing down the President, I would have said “not a chance — that doesn’t happen in America.”

From J. Heyes at Natural News

Gender-based outcomes don’t matter if gender doesn’t.


Seen at Western Rifle Shooters, about the Virginia demonstration

The right of the People to peaceably assemble behind chain link fencing, under a state of emergency, and being watched by armored police in a show of force, shall not be infringed.

and finally,

This is by way of an update. The missus is not recovering well from her last health excursion. Even a 24/7 caretaker—me, and visiting medical services have proven inadequate. So I've been living alone again, as I did for five years as a widower, perhaps for another month. This isn't "poor me", she's battling unremitting adversity.

Change subject. I'm thinking Zero Hedge is going too far lately, flogging even the absurdly improbable if it discredits the US. And what is it with science sites lately? They're mostly biology and medical, even posting cloying animal behavior stuff and tabloid-like scare stories about diet. And lastly, few things on the web are more despised than popups, now almost every site has 'em. It's as if they're determined to get ahead in a race to the bottom. What's next? Oily lyrics by dead rock stars as profund wisdom ... oh wait.

Well gang, chitchat's done, time to bear witness to the Great Disassembling, tracing the trajectory of the pieces and the results of their impact, as chronicled here at Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first this missive from 1949.


1949. Kohler Kitchen and Bath ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This was a state of the art bathroom in 1949. Imagine what the carryovers from earlier times were like.

Kohler's been a major player in the plumbing fixtures business since its founding in 1927.



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

New York Post - The New York Public Library opts to cancel un-PC feminists ... canceled an event that was to feature women who have been canceled

PJ Media - Now We Know Why VA Was Afraid of Violence at Gun Law Protest: Antifa's Showing Up ... banning all weapons including, "sticks and bats to chains and projectiles."

Vice News - Why This Antifa Group Is Siding With Thousands of Pro-Gun Conservatives In Virginia ... rally against gun control is shaping up to be a bizarre meeting of the minds

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'd sooner believe there's something devious afoot. Antifa is pretty much the unacknowledged "direct action" darling of the DNC. My advice: stay away from crowds.

NECN - ‘Like I Was Mugged’: Woman Says Agents Took $82K From Her at Airport ... the government took my dad's life savings

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Authorized as part of the "war on drugs", they say. Yeah, right. Meanwhile, banks launder tens of billions with an occasional "cost of doing business" fine.

Art of Manliness - An Introduction to Rope: Construction and Materials ... what rope is made of, how’s it's made, when you want to use one kind of rope over another

American Thinker - Bernie Sanders's refusal to fire violent pro-gulag communist on staff speaks volumes ... maybe Sanders can't fire Jurek because they're all like that, and he'd actually have to fire his entire Iowa operation

American Thinker - An Introduction to Q ... as Q’s predictions come true, they lend retroactive credibility to the entire enterprise

BBC News - New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds' ... but UK experts estimate a figure nearer 1,700

Breitbart - Project Veritas: Bernie Sanders Field Organizer Suggests Gulags to Help ‘Nazified’ Trump Voters ... and, "If Bernie doesn't get the nomination ... Milwaukee will burn."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sanders owns this one, it's his guy, bought and paid for.

American Partisan - West Virginia “House Concurrent Resolution 8” ... invites like-minded Virginia counties to become part of West Virginia

U.S. Sun - STD map ranks Baltimore as worst US city for sexually transmitted diseases, see where your town stands ... San Francisco is in fourth place, but it may be misdiagnosed rickets or beriberi

Science News - The fastest-spinning object ever made could help spot quantum friction in a vacuum ... sensor made with a swiftly revolving nanoparticle could measure torques as small as about 0.4 trillionths of a quadrillionth of a newton-meter

SciTechDaily - By Chance, Scientists Develop Ideal Bandage That Promotes Healing and Doesn’t Stick to Wound ... not only does it repel blood, it also aids the clotting process

Discover - In Russia's Far North, a Lone Group of Neanderthals May Have Been the Last of Their Kind ... survived there until about 31,000 years ago, 9,000 years after the presumed extinction date

Task & Purpose - The Marine Corps is officially picking up some lightweight ammo for the M2 machine gun ... fifty cal polymer ammo is 30 per cent lighter and absorbs heat


1903. The first Ford Model A



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Virginia, Z Man - There is no longer any discussion of crime on the Left with regards to gun grabbing. Even they have accepted the fact that gun crime is largely a black problem and now a Hispanic problem. Blacks and Hispanics shoot one another with handguns, not expensive sporting rifles. Despite this, the victims of these gun grabbing proposal would rather gnaw off their own arms than admit it. Make no mistake about the intent. The newly formed ruling class of the multicultural South and Southwest will first disarm the white population. In the end, the Virginia Democrats will pass what they like and most people will go along with it.


Russia, Gold Goats 'n Guns - The Russian government resigned the day before President Vladimir Putin gave his State of the Nation address and outlined a slate of constitutional changes. These events are the end result of years of work on Putin’s part to purge the Russian government and the Kremlin of what The Saker calls The Atlanticist Fifth Column. And they have been dug in like ticks in a corrupt bureaucracy that has taken Putin the better part of twenty years to tame. But it’s clear that beginning in 2012 or so, Putin began making the shift towards the next phase, taking a stable Russia and elevating its institutions to a more sustainable model. Once the amendments to the constitution are finalized Putin will put the whole package to a public vote.


Magnetic explosion, Space Weather - Yes, there are explosions in Earth’s magnetic field. They happen all the time. Gusts of solar wind press against Earth’s magnetosphere, squeezing lines of magnetic force together. The lines criss-cross and reconnect, literally exploding and propelling high energy particles toward Earth. On Dec. 20, 2015, such an explosion occurred closer to Earth than anyone had seen before. It has taken researchers 4 years to fully wrap their minds around what happened. They were able to pinpoint the explosion’s location "right on the doorstep" of the geosynchronous satellite belt, a threat to Earth-orbiting satellites. The nearby blast caused a strong G2-class geomagnetic storm and intense auroras around the Arctic Circle.


Babylon Bee, American Mind - The Babylon Bee resonates with an enormous and enormously underserved audience: conservative Christians and their allies. This much-beleaguered readership is so often the object of sardonic ridicule that it has almost forgotten what it feels like to be in on the joke. In the Bee, traditionalists have finally found a brand of smart, trendy irony that speaks to their concerns. It’s a feeling, as Mann himself puts it, of “hey, this is humorous and doesn’t hate me!” In my conversation with Kyle Mann last week, he told me more about how he and the Bee have managed this feat in an increasingly perilous digital landscape. The transcript of our conversation appears below.

Excerpt: "Every day I can look in the news and pull a dozen different possible things that we can write satire about, which may not have been the case ten or 20 years ago. The news cycle wasn’t that fast, things weren’t as ridiculous. But at the same time it’s a challenge for anybody writing satire, because you have to stay ahead of it".


Sanders, Front Page - Sanders attracts dangerous radicals with his repeated calls for political revolution. Some of Sanders’ followers do not draw any line between hyperbolic rhetoric and violence. Bernie Sanders himself has a history of supporting violent left-wing Latin American political movements. Far left progressive groups such as the Center for Popular Democracy Action, the Socialist Alternative Party, Democratic Socialists of America, Dream Defenders and Sunrise Movement have also endorsed the Sanders presidential campaign. “We think there’s a difference between the violence of the oppressed and that of the oppressors” is the same message that the Sanders campaign aide Kyle Jurek so crudely delivered in the video captured by Project Veritas. Bernie Sanders has surrounded himself with radicals willing to entertain violence in pursuit of his strident calls for revolution.


1939. Wisconsin


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Many grades in one room, some grades with only one student. The older kids acted as teacher's assistants for the younger ones. A more exact location in Wisconsin was not specified.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Equality, Taki's Magazine - Most feminists seem to assume that if women are not “keeping up” with men in the workplace, then in some vague ultimate sense women do not matter as much as men do. Having begun as a movement that sought to achieve equal opportunity for women, feminism has long been driven by a vulgar status envy. When mothers started entering paid employment in large numbers in the 1970s, it led to a bidding war over middle-class amenities that left everyone paying more for the privilege of being no better off than before. If we consider that most jobs don’t afford a deep sense of satisfaction, being things men do only for instrumental reasons, the special—indeed incomparable—value provided by family life becomes clear.


STEM commissars, American Conservative - These people are commissars — political officers assigned to politicize institutions and groups that should operate independent of politics. This is how they use identity politics to divide, demoralize, and ultimately destroy. Spending this past year reading about how Stalinism corrupted Soviet science makes it crystal clear what is happening here among us, today. People are afraid, and they are right to be afraid, afraid of losing their jobs, and their careers, because they might have crossed a left-wing political line. I don’t know what it’s going to take to break the hold of this ideological madness on American life. Most people seem to hate it, but nobody is willing to be the first one to stop applauding Stalin.


Red flag law, Rutherford Institute - Red flag gun laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace. Seventeen states now have red flag laws on their books. These laws allow a family member, roommate, beau, law enforcement officer or any type of medical professional to file a petition with a court asking that a person’s home be temporarily cleared of firearms. Red flag gun laws merely push us that much closer towards a suspect society where everyone is potentially guilty of some crime or another and must be preemptively rendered harmless.


911, Fred Reed at Unz - In the mysteriously continuing hoorawhaw over whether the Twin Towers were brought down by an “inside job,” I have often ignited the fury of the extraordinarily sensitive Truthers, who believe in intentional demolition,. My sin was pointing out that demolition is a physical undertaking. It is not metaphorical. Physical explosives in specific quantities must be put in actual places. If it cannot be shown that this would be physically possible, an inside job did not happen. The centerline story is that Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, blew up the Towers. This was to provide a pretext for the US to attack Iraq. We will make worst-case baseline calculations and then modify the assumption as desired.


1943. Harlem, New York


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "You've done your bit, now do your best. Buy more war bonds".


For adjusting your monitor






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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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21 Jan 2020