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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
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
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
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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Jacob van Ruisdael, Woodland, c.1670

Jacob van Ruisdael was producing acknowledged masterpieces in his late teens and went on to become a standout even in the hyper-competitive Dutch Golden Age. His stuff remains a favorite of museum goers to this day—measured by print sales. He was forty-two when he painted Woodland, above, twelve years before his death.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The White Privilege Defamation League recently identified an ability to peer into the future. They call it "future orientation". Director LaTrina Gibs-Medat says practitioners use this power to divert otherwise redistributable funds into their lucrative cult activities such as "maintenance" and "budgets". She adds, "This is in keeping with the fathomless malevolence of whiteness and we'll have no part of it."

They have one thing right, white devils hold future time in high regard. Due dates, appointments, training and education, preparationalism, investing—that sort of thing. "Future orientation" isn't something most others grasp with any conviction, so the results of planning and prudence appear as if by magic and, seen as magic, make redistribution look reasonable.

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From Kerry Jackson at the Los Angeles Times:

Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure.

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From the Z Man:

Google now resembles an adult daycare center where mentally disturbed women terrorize the few people doing real work. Google has not done much of anything, in terms of tech, once it gained a near monopoly of on-line advertising.

The reason Susan Wojcicki can wage endless jihad at a money losing division like YouTube is, it is owned by an oligopolist given a special right to skim from every internet user on earth. Google is now a tax farmer, not a tech company.

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The quote for this week is from Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch:

It doesn’t “take two to fight,” contrary assertions from empty-headed peaceniks notwithstanding; it only takes one. What takes two is making peace.

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From J. Sefton at Ace Of Spades:

My stance is hardline. If you are here illegally, you are a non-citizen, you are breaking our laws and you do not have any rights to be here at all. Period. Full stop. And that includes your children whether you spawned them here or used them as props and dragged them across the border with you as a human shield.

The only thing that needs to be comprehensively reformed are the morals and character of those in office and in law enforcement, to wit enforce the damn laws that are already on the books, cut off all benefits to non-citizens and severely punish those who knowingly employ them.

From Ann Coulter, about the upcoming DACA deal, at VDare:

The Ninth Circuit was still approving applications under the 1986 amnesty in 2007—i.e., 20 years later—from applicants who claimed it wasn’t fair that they weren’t in the country at the time to apply for amnesty.

The 1986 law was also loaded with all sorts of requirements on the illegals. Result of requirements placed on illegals in the 1986 amnesty:

English-language requirement—dropped by the INS.
Fines—dropped by the INS.
Fees—waived by the INS.
Back taxes—dropped by the IRS.

It matters not at all what's required of illegal aliens in any DACA deal. For one, DACA isn't a law enacted by Congress, it's a decree Obama made outside his authority, as he said at the time. None of it is actually enforceable. For another, if existing immigration law is not enforced, and it isn't, why should anyone believe more immigration law would be?

Here's what DC won't do: disown DACA in its entirety and enforce the immigration laws as written. Here's what DC will do: continue to import illegal migrants, unvetted, from anywhere, in any number, at any expense.

Whatever their rhetoric, whatever they agree to, they will not be deflected from this. They've been inconvenienced from time to time, but never stopped or seriously challenged. Nor will they be until the nation is a destitute former charity unattractive to immigrants of any description.

and finally

Those Sam's Clubs closing down will soon reopen as FEMA camps. This is not merely a rumor, I read it on the internet.

The Hawaii "this is not a drill" alert? It's happened before. Listen to this , from 1971, at YouTube, 19m 36s. And this , from 1985, at YouTube, 1m 39s. Before CONELRAD there were only air raid sirens. I could tell you stories, and probably will.

Recommended movie, Julius Caesar 2002, in hi def, at YouTube, 2h 57s.

Okay gang, enough chitchat. Yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits. Let's retire to the reading room, pour a cold one and light up a cheroot in honor of the clear-eyed folks of the Dominican Republic.

 

1943. Oneida Community magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Whadda coincidence. This ad was formatted and set in place when Gerard Van der Leun over at the indispensible American Digest linked to an essay about the Oneida Community:

Timeline - It was sex all the time at this 1800s commune, with anyone you wanted and none of the guilt

They figured marriage caused adultery so, illogically enough, marriage was bad. The party ended in 1881 and Oneida become a standard-issue and very successful silverware company—doesn't every failed utopian commune? In 2005 they offshored all manufacturing.

The ad is for War Bonds, using the "Speed The Day" theme: the more money you give DC, the sooner your soldier boy gets home. It was a dubious claim in 1943 when the outcome was in doubt.

 

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Gateway Pundit - Lawsuit Filed Against UC Berkeley, Police, City and Members of Antifa Over Violent 2017 Riot

Zero Hedge - Russian Special Forces Eliminate Militants Behind Syrian Airbase Attacks ... video here

art-remus-ident-04.jpg One reader comments: "They are professionals. No fat Guys, no lesbians, no gender confused and no girly boyz. Real men doing real work. Military is not a misfits circus to prove anything".

Next Big Future - Failed Oroville Dam Spillway designed by inexperienced grad student in the 1960s ... no previous engineering employment beyond two summer stints, had never designed a spillway

American Digest - CNN Loses It’s Sh!thole ... includes world map, "% defecating in the open"

Organic Prepper - The Swedish Government Is Warning Citizens to Be Prepared for at Least a Week Without Help ... and planning at the government level for three months

Arkansas On Line - Police release video of fatal shooting of armed teenager in North Little Rock

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A tip of the Remus fedora to police work at its best

Warrior Maven - Army Plans Prototype New "Light Tank" Mobile Protected Firepower-2020 ... Russian light tank has been in service since 2005

Ars Technica - Prosecutors say Mac spyware stole millions of user images over 13 years ... Fruitfly creepware turned on cameras and mics

The Hill - Fed's misconduct in Cliven Bundy case stems from Ruby Ridge

Fox News - Baltimore hospital says it 'failed' after shocking video emerges of patient being left on street ... woman discharged at a bus stop on a frigid night while wearing only a hospital gown

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aesop at Raconteur Report suspects otherwise:

Homeless troll with a cartload of her trash showed up at the ER looking for bed and breakfast indefinitely because it was cold outside, and the shelter would have made her get rid of her booze and dope first, no medical emergency existed, and then she refuses to leave when discharged, after wasting the staff's time and skipping out on $1K or more of medical care and testing.

Knox News - Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede gets name change, now called Stampede ... look away, Dixie land

Slate breaks into victory dance

Daily Mail - Starving mob beat cattle to death with rocks in desperate search for food and four people are killed during looting in Venezuela as country's economic collapse continues ... lot's-o'-photos of the desperation

European Southern Observatory - First Extremely Large Telescope-ELT Main Mirror Segments Successfully Cast ... first of 949 identical 1.52-meter hexagonal segments

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The nerdy details are at the Schott site

Northern Homestead - Growing Food-Potatoes ... a high yield, easy to grow crop that stores well for months

Natural News - Democrats now plotting full-scale “medical kidnapping” of President Trump… worried it may “look like a coup”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They're right to worry. Should they succeed in undoing the election, in this or any other way, the Deplorables are likely to act with neither restraint nor mercy. Keep your supply lines short. Stay away from crowds.

American Thinker - By saying elections are legitimate only so long as leftists approve of them, they are declaring that power flows not from the people, as declared by the Constitution, but from the unelected elites.

DC Clothesline - Gen Z Poll: Half Of Young White Males Say Diversity Harms White People ... hark, the rosy fingers of dawn

Principia Scientific - Climate Change Linked to Continental Geological Faults ... NASA says geological heat flow responsible for unusual bottom melting and break up of West Antarctic glaciers ... 149 active volcanoes

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Comrade Psychiatrist, Front Page Magazine - American progressives have been enamored with many Soviet ideas in their time, trying to transplant them to the U.S., from government diktat and central planning to academic indoctrination and propaganda through entertainment. One of these unparalleled Soviet achievements is the use of psychiatry to silence dissent and delegitimize political opposition, allowing the KGB to lock up dissidents in mental hospitals.Today hundreds of zealous progressive psychiatrists are similarly diagnosing Donald Trump "in absentia" with a variety of incapacitating diseases, from narcissism to neurosyphilis, demanding that he be deposed.

 

Math is racist, Campus Reform - A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that “meritocracy” in math classes is a “tool of whiteness. because it “ignores systemic barriers and institutional structures that prevent opportunity and success. Teachers who claim color-blindness—that is, they claim to not notice the race of their students—are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families." Even social justice-minded professors may inadvertently hold the “belief that effort is always rewarded, which corresponds to various tools of whiteness, like the myths of meritocracy and colorblindness,” Rubel writes.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg So, whites are the reason blacks can't do math. Mm-kay. Let me mansplain something, professor. Without an engine the train don't move. You sit there and get as mad as you want. Still ain't gonna move.

I wrote of the progressive's long-term goal long ago, and have since. They're working toward the day when a hard sciences degree from an American university is as worthless as their "studies" and liberal arts degrees are now. Look for more of this:

Campus Reform - Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests' ... suggest ways of "disrupting racism in research." ,,, Members are encouraged to “expose and delegitimize the racist (and sexist, classist, hetero-normative, and ableist) assumptions, policies, and practices that are currently supported by the uncritical use of quantitative data.”

Front Page - Donna Riley, a professor at Purdue University's School of Engineering Education, published an article in the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Engineering Education, positing that academic rigor is a "dirty deed" that upholds "white male heterosexual privilege." Riley added that "scientific knowledge itself is gendered, raced, and colonizing."

 

Frats, City Journal - Harvard University’s planned crackdown on “unrecognized single-gender fraternities and sororities" was finalized last month, 33 years after the clubs agreed to sever all ties with the university. Students who join these unaffiliated groups will be banned from holding leadership positions on athletic teams, be denied required endorsement letters for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships and other prestigious post-graduate fellowships. And if these measures don’t bring the single-sex organizations to heel, Harvard president Drew Faust warned, the next step could be an outright ban on membership, under threat of expulsion.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hey hey. Ho ho. Free association has got to go.

 

U-Turn, Straight Line Logic - Revolutions dawn when an appreciable number of the ruled realize their rulers are intellectual and moral inferiors. The mainstream media is filled with vituperative, patronizing, and insulting explanations of what’s “behind” the Trump phenomenon. It all boils down to revulsion with the self-anointed, incompetent, pretentious, hypocritical, corrupt, prevaricating elite that presumes to rule this country. It is, in a word, inferior to the populace on the other side of the yawning chasm, the ones they have patronized and insulted for decades, and the other side knows it.

 

1942. Washington DC

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A grocery distribution warehouse during wartime rationing. As in any managed food scarcity, those closest to the source eat best. Notice the truck, nearly treadless tires.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Haiti-hole, City Journal - Nothing scandalizes a leftist like the truth. Point out that women and men are different, that black Americans commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime, that most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims, and the Left leaps to its collective feet in openmouthed shock. No person of importance on the right seeks to silence anyone on the left. The Left, on the other hand, is broadly committed to ostracizing, blacklisting, and even criminalizing right-wing speech. I don’t know exactly what Trump said in a closed-door meeting but it takes someone like Trump to break the spell of silence the Left is forever weaving around us.

 

Haiti, Spectator - Is there any question Haiti is a s***hole? Who’s offended by that? If it wasn’t a s***hole it wouldn’t be one of the most prominent recipients of American charity aid on Planet Earth. And it isn’t like this country has ignored Haiti — we’ve been trying to lift it out of s***hole status for more than a century, with absolutely no result whatever. The open-borders crowd wants to call you racist if you’re opposed to a deluge of immigrants from the worst places on earth. That’s why Trump’s “s***holes” objection is big news.

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Haiti. A city street. The place is slander-proof

 

Master race, American Thinker - A common theme among progressives is that conservatives aren't just wrong; they're dumb. Reagan was dumb. G.W. Bush was dumb. Trump is dumb. "Knuckle-dragger," "mouth-breather," "stupid," and "uncultured" are typical pejoratives hurled at conservatives. This phenomenon is common. It's often exhibited by those considering themselves part of a "master race" or any kind of special group. Whatever he is or isn't, at least he's not like those other people, those untouchables. As a group, they can't give traditionalist views a fair hearing. Doing so doesn't just threaten their ideology; it threatens who they are, their entire self-image.

 

Mars water, Next Big Future - Some locations on Mars are known to have water ice just below the surface, but how much has remained unclear. Dundas et al. used data from two orbiting spacecraft to examine eight locations where erosion has occurred. This revealed cliffs composed mostly of water ice, which is slowly sublimating as it is exposed to the atmosphere. The ice sheets extend from just below the surface to a depth of 100 meters or more and appear to contain distinct layers, which could preserve a record of Mars’ past climate. They might even be a useful source of water for future human exploration of the red planet.

 

1943. Detroit Michigan

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The riot of 1943, when the Long March began. Thirty years later nearly everyone else had been driven out of Detroit with serial riots, intimidation, and unceasing violence against innocents while the mainstream media denounced resistance as unspeakable racism. This stunning success in defeating, occupying and leveraging Detroit to extort government treasuries has become the template for activists elsewhere.

Here's how to drive in Detroit and survive the experience. Drive like a native. Treat stop signs and other traffic control devices as bad advice. They are, in fact, either traps for the uninitiated in themselves, or warnings that non-obvious traps exist ahead. Be responsible, stay safe, use them as contrarian indicators.

Hesitation will get you killed in Detroit. At the first faint spoor of trouble, press the gas pedal firmly to the floor, hold it there until the car won't go any faster, then hit cruise control. This allows full attention to evading conditions ahead that may otherwise slow you down. Stay calm and carry on until you see the state line in your rearview mirror, then slow in a safe manner to the posted speed limit.

 

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

 

Obama Library, Stilton's Place - Liberals are suddenly stampeding to buy prayer rugs upon which they can eventually kneel in the direction of their new Mecca: The Barack Obama Presidential Library. Plans for the great man's edifice complex were recently unveiled, much to the dismay of those with taste or a desire to see $1 billion dollars spent less idiotically. There's one thing which won't be in the Obama Library: actual historic paper documents - theoretically the only reason for building a presidential library in the first place. When the complex opens, there will be a stiff admission charge for those who want to see the "good parts" of the library, with all funds going to the Obama Foundation.

 

Water, Aier - With modern toilets, you are just glad when they accomplish the minimum most to achieve the task. Forget staying clean, however. There is not enough water running through them to achieve that. There’s not enough water running through the system even to keep the buildup away from fixtures and pipes, so you are forever having to repair them. Only by encountering a bathroom with original fixtures from the 1940s can you perceive the full horror of what has happened. Our showers are lame, our toilets don’t work, our pipes are dirty, and everything is less sanitary. Chalk it up as yet another thing that government has ruined.

... all the water use associated with every home in the US, including the washing machine, swimming pool, lawn watering, car washing, cooking and cleaning, plus flushing and showering, account for less than 7 percent, and probably close to 5 percent of the total domestic use.

 

Elite, Spectator UK - The elite is bemused by what drives these people to make perverse decisions about Brexit and Trump. Are they racist, narrow-minded or just stupid? Whatever the reason, ordinary people have frankly been a disappointment. Time, ladies and gentlemen, please! Instead, let’s do the opposite. Let’s try to explain to ordinary people what drives the liberal elite. The elite persists with some very strange and disturbing views. Are its members brainwashed, snobbish or just so remote from real life that they do not understand how things work?

 

Hawaii, PJ Media - In 1938, so the story goes, America nearly scared itself to death when "the Mercury Theatre on the Air enacted a Martian invasion of Earth". In retrospect it is easy to see that an invasion from Mars was the least of mankind's troubles in 1938. The real peril is cheapened by the imaginary one. The actual warning is blunted by the fake. The next time the missile alarm is sounded—possibly on the occasion of the real thing—thousands are doubtless going to say "well there go those morons crying wolf again".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg More evidence America's civilian defense has fallen into the hands of the Three Stooges's retarded uncles

 

Korea, American Thinker - Dictators must surround themselves with a ring of sociopathic murderers. Only such people can be trusted to subject mass populations to hunger, disease, and lives of hopelessness. This inner circle will protect the "dear leader" so long as his ruthless rule benefits its members. Kim knows that. He knows they will turn against him the moment they perceive him to be too weak to preserve them in their positions. Therefore, Kim has to bluster and bully the United States, and the threat he poses has to be real. If the leaders fear they are about to lose their power, that threat must be carried out, regardless of the risks.

 

1945. Austria

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg SS-Sturmbannführer and rocket scientist Wehrner von Braun surrendered on May 2 with his engineering team, which included his brother Magnus. His arm was broken in March when his driver fell asleep. It was badly set, then reset. The photo was taken May 3. When in captivity, British experts managed to interview him first. What they learned was kept secret even from the American team.

 

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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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