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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-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
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
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
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
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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Franconia Notch New Hampshire, John Kensett, 1871

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Facts matter. Opinions and predictions matter. When they point in the same direction they matter more. Crisis are coming closer together. Everything's an emergency, and every fix spawns more emergencies. We don't know, and maybe can't know, who's in charge of what. Equilibrium is everywhere giving way to instability, which is devolving into insanity. What's coming may defy belief even in hindsight, an inescapable, unstoppable collapse into medieval ruin.

Most of us won't survive such a catastrophe. In the cities the odds of surviving the first few weeks are not much more than zero. Within a few days walk of the cities the odds improve, but slightly and temporarily. Even far from the cities only some of the practiced and prepared will survive the short term, fewer yet the long term. For those not already well situated it's probably too late, the learning curve is steep and the consequences of failure are final.

What will remain intact after the first few weeks? The important decisions have already been made. Only that which can be protected with drastically diminished resources: parts of the east and west coasts mainly, distribution centers and port facilities, major railroads and highways, power plants, medical and communication centers, strategic military installations. Not all. Not even most. Only the irreducible core assets and indispensable personnel. All else is exploitable or expendable. This is how it begins. Stay away from crowds.

Next item please

The quote for this week comes from Chris Martenson at Peak Prosperity:

What if there’s nothing wrong with the people who are anxious or depressed, but the exact opposite is true; those who are cheerful and chipper are missing the plot?

Well now, it's just what they would say, isn't it? Pay 'em no mind.

Next please

Found these on the net . Fake, sort of , but given the near-impossibility of satire these days they get a gold star for outrunning reality, if only for the moment.

 

It started with Symone Sanders , prominent member of The Diversity, currently a Democratic Party strategist and commentor on CNN, who said,

"In my opinion, we don't need white people leading the Democratic party right now. The Democratic Party is diverse, and it should be reflected as so in our leadership and throughout the staff at the highest levels from the vice chairs to the secretaries all the way down to the people working in the offices at the DNC."

It was one of those rare moments when an activist fully revealed the real bottom line.

Next

Raconteur says, in his essay, There Are Only Two Genders: Men, And Not-Men:

If women in the services want equality, there's a simple way to get it: eliminate the female PFT/PRT readiness standards, and have them pass the service-wide male tests. We can discuss what to do with the softball-team sized contingent we get each annum at that point, but combat won't even be on the table.

Until they're ready to walk in the door and stay in on a level playing field, they're nothing but Special Snowflakes who've been molly-coddled for half a century of social experimentation, and it's time to end the joke, and quit playing SJW games.

Next item

Mark Cancian at War On The Rocks explains why thinking about what a long war might look like is extremely uncomfortable, in his essay, Long Wars and Industrial Mobilization: It Won’t Be World War II Again. Excerpt:

An intense peer conflict would destroy about 1 percent of the tank force every day. That includes losses from all sources — combat, abandonment during retreat, sunk en route to theater, and accidents. With all 15 armored brigades engaged, the armored force would lose 13 tanks per day on average or 390 per month.

By pulling in replacements from the tanks in maintenance and the training base, the armored brigade combat teams could stay at full strength for about two months. ... By month 10, the force would be down to 158 tanks — two armored brigades’ worth. When fully mobilized, tank production would replace about two days of losses every month.

Long wars take a huge toll. This is from National Interest:

According to the Soviet Union’s own estimates, the Red Army’s losses in the war totaled more than 11 million troops, over 100,000 aircraft, more than 300,000 artillery pieces, and nearly 100,000 tanks and self-propelled guns.

and finally,

I'm hearing there's a sharp uptick in sales of survival stuff, the usual gear and long-term storage food. I've noticed prices are up on some, and there are more out-of-stock items.

I've been adding to my already good supply of freeze dried "instant" coffee. Name brands, the cheap stuff is made with an inferior process called Spray Drying and deserves the reputation it has.

Who won the 1884 World Series? The Providence Grays beat the New York Metropolitans. Oldest pro team still playing? Cincinnati Reds, 1869. Biggest threat to a major league team? North Korea's Kim Jong Un said he'd nuke the Yankees. On to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1941. Bell Telephone magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Every era thinks it's unutterably sophisticated. Notice the oh-so advanced stuff shows up at lawn sales and Salvation Army stores in not much time, having been replaced with oh-so even more advanced stuff.

Maybe we're thinking about this wrong. Progress may be like a Feynman Diagram, it works just as well with the time line reversed. Perhaps in some other galaxy their 2017-like phone system is being developed and improved toward a 1941-like phone system. When some expensive and annoying complication was eliminated there'd be an article in the scientific journals about the latest breakthrough.

Think about it. Hip hop and rap would progress to cool jazz and classical music, art would progress from abstract to the old masters, fiat currency would progress to silver and gold with redeemable certificates.

Bell's investment numbers ignore inflation. Just to keep 'em honest, $94 million in 1916 dollars was $128 million in 1941 dollars. Just for fun, it was $2 billion 111 million in 2017.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Shenandoah - Did the Russians Just Remove their Diplomats from North Korea?

Breitbart - Gov. McAuliffe in Charlottesville ‘No Place in America’ for Alt-Right, Refuses to Condemn AntiFa ... “There is no place for you in America. Please go home and never come back. Take your hatred and take your bigotry."

Phys Org - Asteroid to shave past Earth on Oct 12 ... house-size, at 2,300 miles distant

Washington Times - Al Qaeda has drawn a bullseye on a new American target: Subway trains

Warzone - There Are No Signs That US Forces Are About To Go To War With North Korea ... Despite President Trump's tough talk, America's military posture remains unchanged

Breitbart - Google’s Social Justice Warriors Create Wrongthink Blacklists

Cosmos - Neanderthals and Denisovans find their place in human family tree ... Neanderthal genes in living human populations outside Africa

Daily Galaxy - ... Four Earth-like planets orbit the nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti, which is about 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye. These planets have masses as low as 1.7 Earth mass, making them among the smallest planets ever detected around nearby sun-like stars. Two of them are super-Earths located in the habitable zone of the star, meaning they could support liquid surface water.

Fox News - Navy: Only woman in SEAL training pipeline drops out

Buzzfeed - BuzzFeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What We Found.

Shooter's Log - D.C. Appeals Court Strikes Down ‘Good Reason’ Licensing Scheme

Z Man - The Long Struggle ... normies now know there is another team on the field

WNYC - The Chopin Paradox ... 7m 06s. A trochę traktować for Chopin fans who, rightly, despise podcasts

Activist Post - YouTube Begins Purging Alternative Media as the Deep State Marches Toward WW3

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'm told Zero Hedge has changed ownership for the third time and ominous changes are being made, incrementally natch.

Sultan Knish - The Google Gulag ... it isn’t interested in the “wisdom of crowds”, only in its own agenda

Ancient Origins - Metal Coating Techniques Used 2000 Years Ago Outshine Modern Methods

Ars Technica - Military tech could be Amazon’s secret to cheap, non-refrigerated food

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Charlottesville, PJ Media Richard Fernandez - The riots and death in Charlottesville are the physical manifestation of the idea of separateness. If the thought is the father of the deed, the children of hate, the offspring of "by any means necessary" and the scions of superiority so long in gestation, are finally being born. The war of the hyphens has broken out, and for its combatants there is only one thought: how do I get back at the enemy hyphen? The long sought-after goal of diversity has been attained and it is not what many imagined.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mr. Fernandez may be overthinking this. My theory: demonstrations attract demonstrators. Time-tested, high sigma.

 

Charlottesville, Taki's Magazine - The rally’s planners had jumped through every possible legal hoop to ensure that the rally would commence without a hitch. Once they were issued a permit, it was revoked by the coffee-bean-colored Wes Bellamy, Vice-Mayor of Charlottesville. Wes never seems to miss an opportunity to remind you of his blackness. What quickly became evident to me was that the authorities completely shut down an event where the organizers had a permit, but they didn’t touch the roaming mobs of BLM and Antifa goons who hadn’t bothered to obtain permits. Naturally, the mainstream media is blaming “white supremacists,” and ONLY “white supremacists,” for the violence and bloodshed.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Same trap as at Berkeley, and they walked right into it . There's so much disinformation out there it'll be a while before we can know who's who and what's what .

 

Surplus stores, Art Of Manliness - For decades, the army-navy surplus store was the go-to place for individuals looking to find a good deal on products to outfit themselves for camping or hunting, prepare for the apocalypse on the cheap, or simply pick up a stylish pea coat at a bargain price. There was such a glut of military surplus clothing and gear in the United States during the 20th century you could practically throw a rock in any direction and hit an army surplus store. But if you’ve visited an army surplus store lately, you probably noticed they just aren’t what they used to be — that the quality and quantity of the selection of products isn’t the same.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the early '50s every kid had a web belt, canteen, bayonet and a helmet liner. Give-away prices, by the barrel full. The older kids also had a "battlefield pick up condition" Mauser or an SMLE or M1 carbine, &c., and a big bag of surplus rounds. Collectors had uniforms, flags, patches and medals, helmets, swords and accessories of every kind, radios, tools, tank periscopes, gas masks, field telephones and the like. The place was so awash in this stuff prices actually drifted down for the first few years after the war.

 

Infected By Feminism, Return Of Kings - Feminism begins as a benign condition, but case studies show that it often metastasizes into malignancy. In some nations—particularly under Sharia law—women really are oppressed, and very badly. Most feminists overlook this, and some even ally themselves to radical Islam. Note well, that seems paradoxical to anyone who doesn’t understand modern feminism’s real agendas. When America’s first wave of feminism began with the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, women were treated far better than Middle Eastern standards. Women had their expected roles and obligations, but so did men.

 

Putting the ill in Illinois, International Man - Over 3,000 millionaires have fled Chicago in recent months. This is the largest outflow of wealthy people from any US city right now. It’s also one of the largest outflows of wealthy people in the world. But it’s not just millionaires. Every five minutes someone leaves Illinois. The people who leave are generally better educated, more skilled, and earn more money than those who stay. Illinois is the most financially distressed state in the US. Every month, it spends $600 million more than it takes in. It’s now $15 billion behind on its bills and counting. Caution! Popup auto-start video

 

1942. New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The bike path in Central Park. It's where the cool kids went.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Hermit, National Geographic - Christopher Knight was extremely shy all of his life. He found human interactions dauntingly complicated. And at the age of 20, he drove his car into northern Maine, left the keys on the center console, and walked into the woods. The family never called the police or filed a missing person’s report. I asked the local police, were you surprised that they didn’t call you for a search? The police said, “No, they are a very keep-to-themselves family. If a boy went off, then he went off.” He lived for 27 years completely alone in the woods of Maine and didn’t even light a fire in winter; did not have a single conversation with another person in that time.

Long essay at The Guardian. Good read.

 

License, City Journal - Rather than protect the public, elaborate licensing standards protect the interests of those already established in these occupations by raising barriers to entry for newcomers. The licensing requirements reflect the lobbying power of those established interests. Such laws do real economic harm in state after state by artificially limiting job prospects, often for the least-advantaged workers. To take an extreme example, Florida requires more than 2,000 days of training to license an interior designer. At last count 1,100 occupations required a license in at least one state, and 60 jobs demand licensure in all 50 states.

 

Google headcount, Taki's Magazine - A few decades ago, you could waste some money on affirmative action hires, give them nice titles and offices, and often they’d happily let the real workers get back to work. But today’s quota kids have been trained to sniff out microaggressions against their amour propre. If anybody like Damore objects, it’s proof of sexism, racism, or whatever else the government’s out to crush. The New Sensitivity is a perpetual motion machine for extracting payoffs that has evolved over decades of trial and error. Compared with how you felt last week, how do you feel today about someday entrusting your life to a Google self-driving car?

 

Debt, Acting Man - On Wall Street, private equity hustlers and corporate insiders borrowed heavily at ultra-low rates, paid themselves huge fees and bonuses and left their businesses to go broke. In Washington, the Deep State used fake money to transfer real wealth to itself, its clients, and its cronies. The consequence of having an almost infinite amount of “money” to lend at derisorily low rates is that you end up with a lot more debt. These mistakes accumulate as debt, which then forces people to spend more time servicing the mistakes of the past. That leaves fewer people doing the real work that progress requires – saving, investing, and working for the future.

Mises - The Rise of Zombie Companies And Why It Matters ... a company that merely survives due to the constant refinancing of its debt

 

2016. Last November. The road home.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Sumac by the chicken coop is showing its first red leaves, only three of 'em, but it's one of my tipoffs. Summer's gem-like green is now muted and various, the sotto voce of colors to come, and go, until the stillness of a summer's night is the stillness of a winter's day. And then Summer comes again. It always comes again. It's what Summer does. Autumn is its placecard.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Kim's nukes, Popular Science - Running parallel and complementary to the nuclear program is a missile program that, twice in July, tested ICBMs with a range that can likely reach most of the continental United States. The technology, regardless of whether it’s nuclear or its missile, is around the 50s-60s. North Korea doesn’t have a lot of resources but it is disproportionately sinking its resources into doing this. It should not be surprising that North Korea can accomplish these things in 2017 after they’ve been telling us they want to, and they’ve been marshaling enormous resources into doing these programs.

 

Macroannoyances, Daily Caller - Even “experiences that are not intentionally hostile or physically threatening can be harmful,” the New School guide warns. “Little do we realize that experiencing oppression in this manner, even though seemingly small or ‘micro,’ is frustrating, fatiguing, and takes a toll on our mental and physical selves,” the guide explains. Administrators at The New School have established a huge, intrusive student surveillance scheme designed to spy on and report any student who commits a “microaggression” — or a “microinsult,” or a “microassault,” or a “microinvalidation.”

 

Climate predictions, American Thinker - We were told after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that hurricanes would be more frequent and stronger than ever. Instead, we have had more than eleven years where hurricanes have been mild to nonexistent. We were told that the three-year drought in California was caused by humans, fossil fuels, and CO2, yet it ended with record snowfall and precipitation. In Greenland, ice is thickening. Has CO2 decided to stop warming Greenland? The oceans were supposed to have died a while back, the ice has been gone in the Arctic since the 1920s, and the coastal cities have disappeared a couple times at least. Did I miss all that when it happened?

 

Understanding the beginning, Aeon - Cosmology’s hot streak has stalled. Cosmologists have looked deep into time, almost all the way back to the Big Bang itself, but they don’t know what came before it. They don’t know whether the Big Bang was the beginning, or merely one of many beginnings. Something entirely unimaginable might have preceded it. Cosmologists don’t know if the world we see around us is spatially infinite, or if there are other kinds of worlds beyond our horizon, or in other dimensions. And then the big mystery, the one that keeps the priests and the physicists up at night: no cosmologist has a clue why there is something rather than nothing. [Long essay]

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I keep telling 'em, "nothing" is an invention of the human mind with no counterpart in nature, like phlogiston. The concept serves no purpose. Worse, there's no conceivable way "nothing" can be shown to exist, because if it could, it wouldn't be nothing anymore. Sometimes physicists are too clever by half. And you can tell 'em I said so.

 

Sniper, History Net - The conditions the morning of May 9, 1864 were practically perfect for a sharpshooter. Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick’s headquarters near the fork of the Brock Road was just 100 feet behind the Union’s front line. Ignoring pleas from his troops to leave the field of fire, the general stepped between two cannon and repeated his earlier observation: “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” They heard the distinctive “whistle” of a Whitworth projectile, and next, the dull thud of the round hitting Sedgwick in the face.

The Whitworth was arguably the first true sniper rifle by design, capable of feats previously thought impossible, as Sedgwick’s fate so aptly demonstrates. This little-known rifle of the Confederacy signaled the dawn of a new species of combat; a modern warfare in which marksmen could kill from great distances with seeming impunity.

 

1945. Midway Island

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Midway Atoll, one of the Hawaiian chain, is about halfway between North America and Asia. It has a total land area of two and a half square miles. The submarine base was first built in 1942, by 1943 it was a major facility for refueling, provisioning and repairing fleet subs operating in Japanese waters. Midway's population is now zero. The Fish and Wildlife Service took control of it in 1996.

The sub is probably a Gato or Balao Class boat, 1,525 tons surfaced, 312 feet long with a 27 foot beam. They made about 20 knots surfaced, almost 9 knots submerged. Range was 11,000 nautical miles, endurance submerged was 48 hours at 2 knots. They were built to a very high standard, some served for thirty years.

 

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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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