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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
hate speech
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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Jan de Heem, Still Life with Glass and Oysters

Jan de Heem, 1606-1684, was the outstanding painter of still life during the Dutch Golden Era. Few of his works are dated. Still life painting was a family enterprise started by de Heem's father and uncle and continued by their sons and Jan's sons and their extended family. Jan de Heem was the most distinguished and successful.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sigh. The Wuhan Flu. Or whatever name it's going by this week. It's become the gravity well of daily life. The tipoff is when the narrative goes symmetrical on a large scale, meaning for every yeah there's a nay and, absent reliable facts, savvy opportunists talk their book to the newly bewildered. In terms of creativity they're as engaging as they are useless.

Among those things I fear is a monster mutation creating a second wave, the present first wave being the left jab, the future second wave being the right hook, typically eight to ten times more lethal than the first . This is the ruling class's daydream, expect rule by daily decree.

Be watchful in early Autumn. Yes, the same malevolent morons will be in charge at CDC and other catch basins. Instead of timely and sound information you'll get the same hambone blather. You'll be on your own then as now. Top off your preps. For those new to prepping there's a rule: when you have twice as much as you need, double it. It may barely be enough.

Have a viable and practiced plan B for the worst of the worst cases. Yes dear heart, this includes survival. When you can't bug in, you gotta bug out, which means living as a nomad, perhaps a hounded nomad.

This isn't 1920 or 1930 when we had a surplus of everything, a broad consensus on how to use it, and natural private lives. We're enfeebled, actually, by a scarcity of irreducible basics. Plan accordingly.

Kozmik troofs aside, the Wuhan Flu is the only theatre open this week, so I present some of the more compelling short features on offer.


Steven Greenhut at Spectator reminds us how far we've fallen into a police state. An excerpt:

The current situation eventually will pass, but any time there’s any crisis — real, perceived, or exaggerated — government will instantly hit the police-state panic button. Thanks to so much of the reporting on the pandemic, which mostly has targeted those politicians who didn’t “do something” quickly enough, we’ll see an arms race over who can take the boldest moves without delaying over quaint concerns about our liberties.

Just as Americans have become accustomed to the TSA’s security theater and to endless police cameras and checkpoints, we soon may also become accustomed to routine lockdowns and arbitrary edicts any time officials get wind of a coming health or other problem. We won’t know for sure, of course, but just wait until next year’s flu season.


It may be there's such a thing as too much Spam but I put it down as sinister speculation. Hormel's Illinois plant is shut down . Consider this a ranging shot. Spam is mostly made in Hormel's Austin, Minnesota plant.

And there's this:

Gateway Pundit - China Billionaire Undermines US Food Supply, Shuts Down Pork Plants in Multiple States ... Chinese owned Smithfield Foods shut down its operations in South Dakota recently

A reader comments: Smithfield brands include Armour, Berlinki, Carando, Cook's, Curly's, Eckrich, Farmland, Gwaltney, Healthy Ones, John Morrell, Krakus, Kretschmar, Margherita, Morliny, Nathan's Famous, Pure Farmland, and Smithfield.

But wait. There's more:

Zero Hedge - Meat Prices Suddenly Surge As Food Processing Plants Shut Down, With 1000s Of Tons Left To Spoil ... as one of the many worst-case "supply-side" shocks unfolds Americans just might riot

WSB-TV Atlanta - Nearly 100 Tyson chicken workers test positive for virus ... chicken plant in Tennessee. A facility in Columbus Junction where at least 148 employees were infected and two died, has been closed since April 6th


The Z Man says the savvy leaders of whatever comes next for right-wing politics are just now leaving high school. An excerpt:

Having reached the end of the tournament and being relegated to the loser bracket, the various teams in fringe politics now seek to start the tournament over again. It’s why the Left side calls themselves anti-Fascists and the Right side embraces the Fascist aesthetic. It allows both sides to believe they can start the process over again and this time, get a better result...

Of course, this type of fringe politics is almost exclusively male. In fact, the reason for so much interest and energy in fringe politics in general is that mainstream politics is almost completely feminine now. Both sides of the liberal democratic order are dominated by harpies and schoolmarms. There’s simply no place for a normal male in conventional politics, so normal males are filtering into antiquarian politics. For many, this is just a better version of the video game of life.


From Bloomberg, via Yahoo. The automobile industry has hit a brick wall. Excerpts:

Used-vehicle auctions are for now virtually paralyzed, much like the rest of the economy. The grave concern market watchers have is that vehicles already are starting to pile up at places where buyers and sellers make and take bids on cars and trucks—and that this imbalance will last for months.

Used-car sales fell 64% in the last week of March, according to Manheim. The Cox Automotive-owned auction company estimates that prices have fallen about 10% in recent weeks, though that figure is based on unusually low volume at auctions.


James Kunstler sees "a harsher, hungrier, angrier society of broken promises and dashed expectations" when "the hocus-pocus of Modern Monetary Theory" crashes in a heap. Excerpt:

The world never reached such a pitch of activity up to the blow-ups of 2008, and it went through the motions for a decade after that. Now that it’s stopped, all that’s left is the law of gravity, and it doesn’t get more basic. The “wealth” acquired in the decade since by the so-called “one-percent” was loaded onto a defective aircraft, like a Boeing 737-MAX, and an awful lot of it will fall to earth now on broken wings.

Their agents and praetorians on Wall Street are working feverishly to stave off that crash-landing, like a band of magicians casting spells on the ground while that big hunk of juddering metal augers earthward. Wait for it as spring brings new life across the land and things unseen before steal onto the scene.


1955. Zenith magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Zenith Flash-matic, invented by Eugene Polley, was the first successful wireless remote. It was soon superseded by the Space Commander which used high frequency sound, then ultrasonics, which in turn was replaced with the infrared system of today.




By her own statements, the "lead vaccine scientist" at NIH reveals herself as an embittered and tiresome race hustler. To quote the immortal Daffy Duck: what a maroon. This stuff is one more way the NIH has forfeited the trust of decent people and needs to be replaced and fumigated. Excerpts from Fox News:

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett , who is described by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the "lead" member of the U.S. government team racing to find a coronavirus vaccine, has engaged with online theories calling the pandemic a black "genocide" and condemned what she called "systematic oppression" by white people, a review of her social media posts by "Tucker Carlson Tonight" reveals...

"I am praying that policies reflect this is [sic] multiple ways," she wrote, referring to addressing systemic racism. "They must or we will be doomed in the next pandemic(s) too" ...

On March 29, Corbett tweeted out a Bloomberg article about how the poor are dying at higher rates from coronavirus. In her tweet, she said that doctors would deliberately choose to deny ventilators to black Americans, leaving them to die instead.

Are the CDC, FDA, NIH and WHO warehouses where the medical profession puts their fascist schoolmarms, race-baiting clowns and third rate opportunists? They had one job. They failed. In fact, their confusion and misinformation made a bad situation worse.

Apologies, if offered, are not accepted. It's time for the lot of them to cease betraying the citizenry for their own amusement, clean out their desks and be gone. Whatever replaces them has to be better because it can't be worse.


As always, Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish cuts through the polemicist blather that sees everything through a racial lens. An excerpt:

The Chinese virus is a social evil that seems to attack good social behavior, like going to churches and synagogues, socializing across generations, and making sure that grandchildren interact with their grandparents, while rewarding bad social behavior, isolation and distancing. It’s almost designed to further fragment American social life...

At a time when the country should be coming together, their only thought is of how to tear it apart for their political profit, racializing the virus and then blaming it on racism, instead of on Communist China, which lied about the pandemic, may have created it, and then cornered the market on protective gear.

But blaming China doesn’t serve Warren or AOC’s political interests.


Beth Baumann at Town Hall takes on those who say "Lockdown Protestors Are Racist Confederates". An excerpt:

It's rather amazing that the left always goes to the extreme and say everything is racist. Trump was called a racist when he shut down flights from China to protect Americans from the virus. That turned out to be a good decision, even though he went against the grain.

If every single state had an entire lockdown, with absolutely nothing open, people would have a meltdown. The left would say Trump is somehow propping up the wealthy because low-income people can't afford to have months and months of savings in their bank accounts. If no one was allowed to work because it was deemed necessary for the health of the public, that too would be considered racist.

No American is being "sacrificed." People are tired of sitting by, watching their families struggle. They're scared for their communities, their farmers and their neighbors. They're seeing our entire economy and their livelihoods flushed down the toilet.


Aesop at Raconteur Report cites "people yammering that this evil, fascist lockdown must end, because reasons" and replies:

Okay. Name them...

How many people are you willing to kill? Where's the line in the sand where we finally hit too many dead? Is it one? Or shall we just leap straight to mass murder? (Why should abortionists have all the fun, amirite?) We've already equaled flu deaths for an average flu season and a half, in six weeks. We did the deaths in an average flu season in just the last week...

I'll wait right over here why you explain in chapter and verse where and how you derive the right to begin an open-ended pogrom on anybody else, and why you think that the people in your crosshairs shouldn't start shooting you in the face as justifiable homicide for your expressing that malice aforethought, and possessed of the means to carry it out.


Lee Billings at Scientific American reports new study of galaxy clusters suggests the cosmos may not be the same in all directions. Excerpts:

An x-ray survey of distances to galaxy clusters across the heavens suggests some are significantly closer or farther away than isotropy would predict. This finding could be a sign that the universe is actually “anisotropic”—expanding faster in some regions than it does in others...

A lopsided expansion would be astonishing and depressing because it would suggest our understanding of the universe’s large-scale structure and evolution is profoundly—perhaps permanently—incomplete...

“This is a paper that is very important if it is true but very unlikely to be true. We have many much more accurate tests of anisotropy based on observations of the CMB and of large-scale structure. These observations are simpler, cleaner and have been reproduced in multiple different ways".


1942. Chicago Illinois


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Chicago and North Western Railway was formed in 1859 and quickly grew through mergers and acquisitions. The photo below was taken two years before the C&NW reorganized out of bankruptcy. It had the largest freight yard in the world and was well into dieselization.

The C&NW specialized in farm produce, most notably potatoes, and intercity transportation. After more mergers and acquisitions, the C&NW was acquired by the Union Pacific in 1995.

The photo shows how railroads stenciled reporting marks on freight cars.



Angelo Codevilla reminds us reason is called for in this time of the Wuhan Flu, not acting out their dreams of power, in his essay at American Greatness. Excerpt:

The practical meaning of “all men are created equal” is that no one may rule anyone else without his consent. And the consent of equals must be obtained by persuasion. To impose strictures on someone else while dismissing reasonable questions as to the basis for them is no trivial offense. It is an offense against our regime quite as much as it is on the individuals being treated as beings so inferior as to be placed beyond reason’s reach.

In the time of COVID-19, the primary practical problem is that any number of persons who hold positions of power have taken to exercising their statutory authority—and often much more—to please themselves or to act out their dreams of power. This has resulted in such assaults on common sense as the release from jail of common criminals, failure to arrest others, and the arresting and even jailing of those who defy orders to stay indoors or not work.


Bill Buppert at ZeroGov looks at the Wuhan Flu and says we are witnessing a culmination of decades of government supremacist indoctrination that has rendered common sense obsolete. An excerpt:

All the usual suspects have made claims for knowing exactly what we’re facing. Not a particularly vicious flu season but a goddamned Biblical apocalypse which threatens the very fabric of modern civilization.

Hence the importance of governments planet-wide rushing to impose every manner of tyrannical and ill-conceived centrally planned nonsense that has always made any human calamity worse by orders of magnitude. They can’t help themselves because it is all they know.

You won’t find me parsing the nonsensical and shamanesque grotesqueries of Comrades Birx or Fauci or any of the other “government health” frauds at the hilariously contranymic Center for Disease Control; when not chasing the phantoms of gun violence (is hanging rope violence?) or racism or salt, the CDC is yet another government clown posse who couldn’t predict a sunset much less the verities of viral outbreaks.


John Galt at Shenandoah foresees a second wave of the Wuhan Flu, perhaps peaking in December, perhaps with ten times mortality, and says, "the period of time between the end of May 2020 and the first of October is the last dip the American people will have to buy and in this I mean to prepare". What to buy:

PPE – There is going to be a massive shortage developing as government globally start to purchase all available inventory in anticipation of a second wave. But, if anyone can buy any personal preparation equipment this is the moment to do it. No matter what one can buy be it N95 or preferably P100, then do so. Rubbing alcohol, high powered cleaners, wipes, hand sanitizer, bleach, whatever one can find is critical.

Foodstuffs – Freeze dried, canned, and MRE’s are the best options. Should the situation worsen, especially on the protein front, the ability to have long term food storage in case the worst case scenario develops is critical for survival.

Protection – Needless to say, if one did not take advantage of this first wave, then the prices one will see in a few months will shock them. Guns and ammunition my friends are going to be in short, and then even shorter supply as our transportation grid breaks down during a probable second wave and the potential of martial law nationally becomes reality. Most individuals will find out quickly that they are on their own.


1942. Roanoke Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's wartime boys and girls, and that means scrap drives. Scrap drives were directed by the War Production Board, which was broadly charged with managing the conversion of industry from consumer goods to military needs. Children's participation in scrap drives, as seen in these promotional photos, were organized by the Junior Citizens Service Corps, part of the Office of Civil Defense. See? Nothing is ever simple, not even then.





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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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