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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
troubled youths
unarmed teen
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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

 

 

 

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Jan Steen, Gamblers Quarreling, 1665

No lace collars and stern looks here. Jan Steen showed how life really was in the lower orders.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg With the coronavirus epidemic it's the second order effects that'll do the real damage. And so it begins, what we all knew would happen first. Panic . Insta-preppers are stripping supermarkets and pharmacies in some cities. Daily Mail has the story with lot's-o'-photos:

Panic buying strips store shelves as people stockpile amid coronavirus outbreak with one woman turning her basement into a 'supermarket' and a man buying a year's supply of food which includes 192 tins of Spam. Supermarket shelves are starting to be stripped bare as Americans prepare for the spread of coronavirus.

People have been panic buying items ever since health authorities warned that Americans should start preparing for domestic acceleration of the virus. Supplies have been flying off the shelves with people posting photos on social media showing the lack of products available in some stores and pharmacies

In California, some Walgreens stores had been completely depleted of cough medicines, cold and flue medications, vaporizers, masks and thermometers.

Market Watch says it's not just food and meds, it's also, um ... everything else, pretty much.

Analysts at Wells Fargo said there could be empty store shelves as soon as mid-April, with retailers like Target Corp. and Walmart Inc. at highest risk.

Costco runs out of “emergency food kits” following coronavirus outbreak, says Natural News.

Shoppers who click on the “Emergency [Food] Kits & Supplies” section of the Costco website were greeted with this note: “We’re sorry, no products were found.”

Those who browsed the online store on February 25 only saw two available products, which included a large bin of macaroni and cheese. Shoppers received an error if they tried to view the page, which said that the products were already out of stock. By Wednesday, the online store’s page was unavailable.

Mountain House is a leading vendor of freeze dried food. Their website is shut down. They've posted this notice:

"Due to increased demand, shipments are delayed and we're unable to answer individual questions over the phone. Apologies for the inconvenience!"

Commander Zero checked the Mountain House Dealers site and found a notice,

"Thank you for visiting Mountain House! We are currently not accepting orders online or over the phone while we check our inventory levels. Please do not call. We are working very hard to resolve the issue and hope to have the site up soon".

Good grief, insta-preppers are buying freeze dried food with a thirty year shelf life—for a flu outbreak? Seems like over the top pessimism, even to me. It makes me glad I stocked up for the impending Invasion of the Octopus People From Planet X. Who's laughing now?

Now I was curious. I went to Safe Castle, a Mountain House retailer of note. Sure enough,

"We are sold out on most of the items. We are accepting preorders only. Approx ETA 4 weeks".

Hmm, says me, how about Ready Made Resources? Always a good selection with 'bucks off' sales. The prices hadn't changed but actual delivery of product is a maybe:

"Due to the world situation expect a 3-4 week waiting time, possibly longer. There will be a 5% cancellation fee".

Over at Amazon, Mountain House #10 cans now carry a notice, "Usually ships within 1 to 4 weeks", or "Usually ships within 1 to 2 months". Usually? There's nothing usual about it. It's just a weasel word for "we have no clue".

A good alternative to the Mountain House brand is Emergency Essentials. I have some of their basic stuff; dry milk, instant potatoes, peas and such. I can't speak for their meal entrees. Some items are out of stock.

Update: On Sunday evening Emergency Essentials added this notice: "Due to increased demand, we are experiencing 4-8 week shipping and production delays for new orders".

It is just me, or did you expect preparedness outfits to be prepared? Let's check some more.

Augason Farms:

"Emergency food supplies are selling out fast. So, we are only making our most-requested products. Shop in-stock products here. Please allow 1 to 2 months for processing".

Honeyville - I checked a few items, all out of stock

Backpacker's Pantry - I checked a few items, all were in stock. This is one outfit I know nothing about first hand. Their too precious recipes and self promotion turn me off. The "best by" dates I checked are quite short.

For me, freeze dried has been secondary to home and commercially canned food. Freeze dried is expensive, but it's longer term and more portable than canned food, which would be decisive in some scenarios.

Storing food for the medium term makes more sense than freeze dried if you're going to be holed up for months rather than years. Most commercially canned food has a "best by" date one to three years out. Good enough. In fact, a few weeks ago I ate a can of kippers I'd overlooked until three years past expiration. They were yummy, if a bit dry. People will discover they aren't as delicate as they think they are.

Rural people lay in provisions. So it was with my back room shelves until 2006, the beginning of the "long emergency", when I expanded it. Then again in 2016, drastically and methodically. I don't get even close to fancy. It's heavy on staples with special attention to calorie density. I know just enough about animal vs. vegetable protein, and nutrients blah blah to be sensible about what I'm doing, but I never lose sight of shore. Calories first. Calories are life.

My medical stuff is for booboos and injuries, like pretty much every other prepper marinated in the prevailing notions of dystopia. So I put together a tote full of over-the-counter meds specifically for this flu starting a few weeks ago. Who couldn't see a shortage coming by then? And rather than deplete my doomsday supply, I bought some N95 masks when they were at the regular price and delivered promptly.

Today, Sunday, the plainest version 3M makes is listed at $600 for four boxes of twenty at Amazon. That's $7.50 apiece. The 3M version with the valve is "currently unavailable". Other brands with a similar respirator feature are going for twelve bucks. Each. An aside: N95 masks aren't actually a critical item, my opinion. Distance works for me. But situations will arise, and better to have 'em than not. Who knows, perhaps they'll soon be both unavailable and mandatory.

As the old wisdom has it, he who panics first, panics best. If you wait, scarcity will defeat you if the prices don't. Food is still available, and at a fair price, but the window is closing. Unless something changes, everything else will follow. My usual advice applies. Stay away from crowds. Food first. Don't believe rumors unless they're officially denied.

Update 1: Panic food buying is being reported from several cities in the US via social media and netcitizen reports. One video shows a line a couple of blocks long outside a big box. Runs on MREs and accelerating cash withdrawals are also being reported in some localities. This thing is ramping up. If everything disconnects from everything else at this rate, an era of general scarcity, if not ruinous chaos, is ahead.

Update 2: My test run. The ATM was out of cash. The supermarket was fully stocked, there was the usual number of shoppers.

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Aesop at Raconteur Report makes a prediction

Coughing among people is going to become the new Drunk In Public, with a side-order of Black Death, socially. If someone is, expect them to be literally bum-rushed the hell out and away from people, possibly with some ardor and community violence. I mean that. Noses will get punched, and eyes will get blackened, until people catch on. This will stop being funny when people start dying. Then the torches and pitchforks come out.

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An article of interest for your archives from our friends at Ammo, entitled The Waco Siege: What Happened When the Feds Laid Siege to the Branch Davidian Compound

It’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the siege of Waco, just as it is important to do so with the siege of Ruby Ridge or the attack on the American consolate in Benghazi. With every event, it is important to stick to the facts and what can be extrapolated from them to make the strongest argument about what went wrong and why, and what could be done differently in the future.

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This is from Tarstarkusz, a comment at The Z Man, about his essay, The Outsiders. An excerpt:

What passes for the left today would be completely unrecognizable in the 40s and 50 and probably even the early part of the 60s. Whereas they used to idealize and fight for the working man, at least in their rhetoric, today they idealize and fight for homosexuals and other degenerates, trannies who want access to children, felons and criminals, especially black criminals, and racial minorities generally. They openly despise the white working man. They make fun of the white working man. He is the butt of their jokes.

This has a longer history than Tarstarkusz imagines. It was first played out in the 'thirties by the FSA in Appalachia. When their "initiatives" and collectives were politely rejected the left went into a frenzy of revenge, giving us the grotesque caricature of hill people we live with today. It was also a political maneuver. After being shown the door by po' white folk they pivoted to more malleable demographics, especially The Diversity. And that, dear reader, is why we're all lampooned as Jethro and Elly May.

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Jack Baruth takes an unflinching look at "people who have already internalized the fact that they will be earning close to starvation wages for their entire lives", then delivers the good news

Within twenty years, there will be a massive redistribution of wealth in this country through the simple mechanism of probate courts and inheritance. The price of many things will go down, from 1959 Les Pauls to warehouse space. I suspect a lot of Millennials will leave their microliving apartments and head back to suburban enclaves made affordable by the death of their existing occupants and the unwillingness of various inheritors to live in Florida or Phoenix. The stocks will be given to people who would rather sell than hold.

We might also see some societal changes as a result of today’s coronavirus and its many pandemic successors to come... We’re going to have to start making things again. And we might find that we no longer need to own or consume as much as we thought. When most of the available jobs are in manufacturing and not in the creation of PowerPoints, perhaps some people will decide that staying home is a better alternative. Which means they’ll have time for children, and cheap homes in which to raise them.

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Alex at Ammo.com has a new site up, Your Bass Guy. Check out this article, Survival Fishing: How to Catch Fish When SHTF. Here's the intro:

When catching fish in survival mode, you need to think a little differently about fishing. Sure, you can fish with a rod and reel, but for the long-term, you’ll want something that doesn’t require so much of your time. Called passive fishing, it involves you setting the stage and coming back to reap the harvest. We’ll discuss these different methods in a moment.

In long-term survival, you also want more than a reliable fishing spot. You want a place where you can collect fish and keep them alive until you want them. Lastly, when you’re in a survival situation, you need to maximize your chance of catching fish.

and finally,

I am humbled my personal note would get such a response. I felt it was time to give my readers a forthright explanation why Woodpile Report was getting a bit patchy of late. I appreciate your kind words and prayers but I'm not be able to respond to every one. Please accept my sincere thanks for your concern.

This issue of Woodpile Report is far leaner than you're used to. Too much is happening for it to be otherwise. Okay fellow travelers, it's time to grit our teeth and face the ill wind, as chronicled here in Yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1933. Sunbrite magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Sunbrite brand is still around. Now it's a "veteran owned small business offering non toxic, biodegradable and eco safe" cleansers. It's part of VP Specialty Products with headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

 

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

 

Hot Air - Transgender book readings scheduled in Virginia elementary schools ... National Education Association encouraging a day set aside to inflict bizarre sex cult on kids

Breitbart - If Voter ID Is a Tax on Voting Rights, Firearm Licensing Is a Tax on 2A Rights ... Rep. Massie of Kentucky

Natural News - Fear and outrage rise following report that northern California coronavirus patient was not tested for 11 DAYS, thanks to the CDC ... would suggest there are other undetected cases out there

 

1994. Wreck of the American Star , Canary Islands, Spain

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Economic cataclysm, Of Two Minds - What authorities call over-reaction is simply prudent risk management. When an abstract pandemic becomes real, shelves are emptied and streets are deserted. Many in the food and beverage services sector are hanging on by a thread due to soaring rents, taxes, fees, healthcare and wages. Many of the employees are also hanging on by a thread. A significant percentage of America's borrowers are financially precarious, one paycheck or unexpected expense away from defaulting on loans. A significant percentage of America's corporations are financially precarious, dependent on expanding debt and rising cash flow to service their expanding debt load. Any hit to their revenues will trigger defaults that will then unleash second-order effects in the global financial system.

 

Pandemic World War, American Partisan - Now it will be a race to see if America can set up enough factories to manufacture our own PPEs and other medical supplies rapidly enough to meet our soon-to-be exploding needs. China’s providing, or withholding, of required medical supplies will constitute a World War dimension of the pandemic. They will not send infected travelers to Western cities. That ship has sailed. It will spread within each country, with every Western and third-world city a potential Wuhan. China could inherit a largely depopulated planet. Africa for the taking. South America with a begging cup in hand. Europe and America, their survivors scavenging among the ruins. China wins.

 

Local papers, Sultan Knish - The media groups hollowed out local papers. These miniature versions of the Washington Post weren’t widely read outside local government and business leaders. They were local chapters of a national influence operation with a bad business model. The Left launched its bid for power by hijacking institutions and, in doing so, destroying their legitimacy. Hijacking institutions allows radicals to temporarily wield their power at the cost of crashing the plane. That’s how the institutional legitimacy of academia, the media, and the entertainment industry died. America is not divided because local newspapers are dying. They’re dying because they’re on one side of the divide.

 

1940. Quincy Massachusetts

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's pronounce kwinzy, they'll have you know. It's a Boston suburb pretty much, with a population of about 95,000, once known for its granite quarries and shipbuilding, now a financial center. And "shipbuilding" included battleships and aircraft carriers.

 

1917 - 1918. World War I poster.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If you won't step forward to bleed in the mud you can at least eat less.

 

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Notate Bene

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
Traditional

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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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

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

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

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

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3 Mar 2020