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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
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
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
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 what the media's saying by not saying it 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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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 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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Some interesting stuff from Remus's notebook, as long as you're here. No, Woodpile Report isn't being revived, just posting these copy-pastes as a convenience.

Dear General, I see that on your watch the Army is turning into a transvestite marching corps in high heels, a Ziegfeld cross-gendered or bisected gay-bath sexual zoo vacuuming up every sort of erotic loony, not to mention becoming a home for unwed mothers and prostitution rings. I commend you. I have always wanted to be defended by a freak show.
http://fredoneverything.net/PussyGeneral.shtml

HSBC has written to other banks to warn it will start charging them for deposits in euros, Swiss francs, Danish krone and Swedish krona — all currencies of countries that have negative interest rates... “HSBC charges banks for deposits they hold with us in currencies where negative interest rates apply,” the UK-based lender said in a statement on Tuesday.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6ad3f99a-fe16-11e4-8efb-00144feabdc0.html

As the Special Time grew worse, the penalties for exiting Cuba became more severe. This is another classic symptom of major economic decline—an effort by the government to trap the population from exiting. And not surprisingly, we’re seeing the early stages of this in the EU/US.
http://www.internationalman.com/articles/bus-driver-economics

Dekalb County (Atlanta) - “I was in a state of disbelief when I read all these messages,” the mother told WSB-TV, referring to texts between her 14-year-old son and Quinton Wright, a math teacher and coach at Champion Theme Middle School in Stone Mountain. “Basically, he’s allowing the students to have sex in a storage room of his classroom.” ... “He told my son you can have it from 7:30 to like 8:30,” the mother said.
http://breaking911.com/middle-school-teacher-let-students-have-sex-in-classroom-arrest-warrant-issued/

Every time somebody says 'racism still exists, but we have a long way to go', I ask what do you mean we? A black man graduated from Yale in Physics in 1876 Phi Beta Kappa. Did racism exist? Did he have a long way to go?
http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2015/05/how-long-and-hot-is-a-long-hot-summer.html

People commonly perceive mountain ranges as jumbles of pyramid-shaped masses that steadily narrow as they slope upward. While that's certainly how they appear from a ground-level human viewpoint, new research shows that pyramid-shaped mountains are not only a minority in nature, but also that most ranges actually increase in area at higher elevations.
http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2015/05/climate-change-impact-a-3-d-look-at-the-planets-mountain-ranges.html

The men who represent the manifestation of government foreign policy, the armed forces, are beginning to realize the same things as you and I. They are committing the crime of noticing. They are noticing that the men who do the hard work of holding civilization together are not afforded the same privileges as those who would destroy it. They are noticing that degenerate morals are being promoted at the expense of a healthy society. They are noticing that a disproportionate amount of crime is committed by an imported ethnic underclass. They are noticing that the social justice emperor has no clothes.
http://www.returnofkings.com/59654/coming-home-from-the-war-on-terror

Islamophobia, homophobia, racism, and words of their ilk, are words invented to excuse any behaviour of minority groups and make you think that you are the problem, and to shame you into accepting the demographic collapse of your nation and the disappearance of your people. They have invented these words to precipitate the grinding up of your culture into the decultured soup of the globalist empire they are building. These are made up pejoratives intended to bring about your destruction. They are not words.
http://www.thisblogisdangerous.com/the-sinister-language-of-the-left/

A poll released Wednesday by the online pollster YouGov has found that a plurality of the American public, as well as a majority of Democrats, support limiting the First Amendment to allow a ban on hate speech... The poll also asked people for their views on other hate-related legislation. Overall, 56 percent of respondents endorsed the federal hate crime law requiring increased penalties for crimes motivated by hatred against a particular race, ethnic group, religion, or gender.
http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/20/majority-of-dems-okay-with-criminalization-of-hate-speech/

A Rusty Old Axe, Restored. A How-To
http://www.alloutdoor.com/2015/05/20/rusty-axe-restored-how-to/

“Incredibly, the President’s proposed budget allocates more money for the Department of Homeland Security to combat global warming than to counter violent extremism,” he said. “In fact, despite repeated Congressional requests, the President failed to set aside any meaningful dollars at DHS for counter-radicalization programs designed to prevent more Americans from being recruited by terrorist groups like ISIS,” McCaul added. He stressed that the Obama administration should not “busy DHS with climate politics when terrorism is going viral.”
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/20/homeland-security-chairman-obama-short-changes-real-national-security-threats-for-climate-change/

Colt Defense LLC’s debt rating has been cut to the lowest level possible after the hand-gun maker skipped an interest payment and extended its deadline for creditors to approve either a debt exchange or a prepackaged bankruptcy.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-19/colt-defense-receives-default-grade-after-ultimatum-to-creditors

Police officers and the people they are sworn to protect often see things very differently. In fact, it turns out this is literally true: While we’re watching videos of “them” killing “us,” they’re watching videos of the opposite.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/05/police_shootings_the_grim_videos
_cops_watch_of_their_colleagues_being_killed.single.html

If we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that -- either now or in the uncertain future -- patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable... Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that's why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.
https://www.schneier.com/essays/archives/2006/05/the_eternal_value_of.html

A record-high percentage haven’t even got a driver’s license – and have no intention of ever getting one. How high? Pushing 30 percent of present-day 19-year-olds. As contrasted with almost no 19-year-olds back in the ’90s and before. They are opting out. Of the hassle. Cars – and driving – are no longer a ticket to ride, for teenagers or otherwise... The budding driver may not, for instance, drive with other teens in the car. Nor past a certain hour of the evening. In some states, teenaged drivers are required to have special plates affixed to their cars – which is an embarrassment. Not too far removed from requiring them to wear diapers – just in case.
http://ericpetersautos.com/2015/05/20/why-the-young-hate-cars/

The track record of insurgencies is fairly weak; less than 40% of them have succeeded since 1945. According to Max Boot, insurgent/guerrilla-expert-extraordinaire, of the 443 insurgencies since 1775, only 25% of them were successful. And since 1945 over 50% of government counterinsurgencies have succeeded. On its face, that doesn’t say much for the likely success rate of a nationwide insurgency.
http://guerrillamerica.com/2015/02/the-three-types-of-insurgencies/

Yes, we conservatives detest the mainstream media, and why not? At best, when it’s not actively libeling us, it merely condescends to us, treating normal Americans not as the people who built and defended the very country these parasites feed off of, but as some sort of weird mutation infesting the tiny portion of the country that isn’t New York City, Washington, Los Angeles or San Francisco.
http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2015/05/18/lets-celebrate-the-death-of-the-mainstream-media-n1999522/page/full

ISIS threat in US - Either the government is a bungling bureaucratic mess not capable of keeping anyone safe, or it is a cesspool of tyranny that has no intention of keeping anyone safe. In either case, why should the American people give such an entity even MORE power, when it can’t responsibly handle the considerable power it already has?
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/is-martial-law-justified-if-isis-attacks_05222015

The most progressive state is one of the most regressive when it comes to the Second Amendment. And it’s a far cry from New York’s roots; the state ratified the Constitution only on the condition that it would protect the right to bear arms. It carefully marked that condition in a famous statement put out in Poughkeepsie at the time the Constitution was ratified. It asserted that the “people have the right to keep and bear arms.” It said nothing about them having to show good reason.
http://nypost.com/2015/05/20/dc-loss-for-gun-control-puts-new-york-citys-laws-at-risk/

Voting on secret laws is bullshit, plain and simple. If it wasn’t dirty, and wasn’t good, it would be done in public. Anyone voting on Secret Laws not open to public inspect and debate is guilty of treason, as I see it. And so’s the guy who made it illegal for the contents to be revealed... Government is now totally out of control and beyond the public’s reach. But you knew that already…so why stress on it.
http://urbansurvival.com/

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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.
Traditional

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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

 

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

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