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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 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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Sanford Gifford, Winter Twilight, 1862

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpgWhat's missing in this picture? Easy. No sign prohibiting swimming, fishing, wading, camp fires, powered water craft, inappropriate splashing or pearl diving. And another outrage, right out there for all to see, minors unaccompanied by adults. Probably after closing time too. Someone call the cops.

Sunset paintings were understood to be emblematic during the Civil War. Gifford was corporal of the Yankee persuasion.

Change subject. The Oregon standoff and one-way shootout reminds me of its farcical east coast counterpart. From mid-September to mid-November 2011, tens of thousands of "social justice warriors" staged Occupy Wall Street, illegally camping out in Zuccotti Park and regularly jamming the streets with block party "demonstrations."

To be fair, some of the more rowdy among them were inconvenienced by law enforcement for minutes at a time. President Obama was understanding, "I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel." What ev-er. Occupy Wall Street received a total of $700,000 in donations. Dope-'n-deli adds up. The occupation dispersed when the funds ran out, surprising no one.

These same Occupy anarchists and their keyboard kollaborators are shocked to discover cattle wandered onto "our public lands", outraged mere citizens would occupy a sacred federal facility, stunned that ranchers would even question payment to the federals. It's outright banditry and welfare they say, and nothing DC does to armed parasites can be bad enough.

The prosecution of ranchers as terrorists points out, once again, it's acceptable to prey on rural whites. In the 21st century version of the Old West, we're made out to be the implacable savages and outlaws, "outlaws" in the historic sense: outside the protection of the law, criminals at large, the as-yet unpunished guilty, an affront to all that's just and decent, deserving of the contempt heaped upon us and violence to whatever degree can be managed by available manpower.

Consider, we're fair game for the Protect And Serve kleptocrats that stop us on the highway and rob us of what cash they find. We've been duped into involuntary servitude to support a whole 'nuther population—the improvident by choice, incurious and violent by nature. And when we entrust our kids to the schools, they come back despising their heritage and themselves. Who would respect such a people?

What would undo generations of being lied to, lied about, swindled, taunted and baited, belittled, betrayed, robbed, mocked and insulted? An angry letter to The Times? Righteous outrage on the internet? Another upset at the polls? In the hard times ahead, which will we regret more, becoming the people we're accused of being, or not becoming the people we're accused of being?

Many who feel the undeserved weight of their outlaw standing have decided to be what they're accused of, quietly, unnoticed and uncountable for having remaining embedded in the everyday, pleasant and unassuming people, but capable and accomplished. Some believe governing elites who behave as if they are above the law have thereby placed themselves outside the protection of the law. Their ideas about rehabilitating said elitists are commonly novel and decisive, conceptually bound to the notion of restoring the republic.

Okay. Enough gloom, it's time for some doom. On to yer' ol Woodpile Report, now made with all natural ingredients, yes, gone are the supernatural ingredients, some readers say their Woodpile Reports were raiding the refrigerator while they slept.

 

Remus's notebook for 2 February 2016
Quick reads, with links

YouTube - Complete, Unedited Video of Joint FBI and OSP Operation 01/26/2016. 26m 28s. Shooting sequence starts at 9m 15s.

Max Velocity Tactical - If professionals with judgement were conducting the ‘ambush,' Finicum did not need to die. But what happened was par for the course in the way law enforcement operates in this country.

Survival Blog - Why did the FBI roadblock them out in the middle of nowhere, where there would be no independent witnesses? Why not just arrest them in the parking lot, just before the well-publicized public meeting?

Freedom Outpost - Enhanced video shows LaVoy Finicum point out agent that took first shot at him

DC Clothesline - Blaine Cooper claims patriot rancher LaVoy Finicum left his weapons at refuge before leaving on trip that led to his death

Mother Nature Network - Oregon man in possession of 13 million gallons of illicit rainwater sentenced to jail

Denmark Post - Girl faces fine for protecting herself against sexual assault. Pepper-spraying a man who tried to pull down her trousers may cost 17-year-old girl dearly

Ottawa Sun - Dan Smith was jailed Thursday for not having a Gatineau licence for a cat he says isn't even his.

Sword At The Ready - Before Obama there was virtually no outlandish presence of Islam in America. But, all of a sudden ...

Wikipedia, about the Tower of Hercules - The tower has been in constant use since the 2nd century and is considered to be the oldest existing lighthouse in the world.

Dilbert - One of Trump's signature moves involves creating situations in which he has two or more paths to win, and no paths to lose. He wins at the start by picking his battles.

Free Beacon - Ann Ravel, former chair and current member of the Federal Election Commission, said that the United States political system only benefits wealthy white men.

Breitbart - Well-concealed from virtually all reporting on Fox's treatment of Trump is the fact that Murdoch is the co-chair of what is arguably one of the most powerful immigration lobbying firms in country, the Partnership for a New American Economy

[Also: Bill Sammon — FOX News's vice president of News and Washington managing editor —  is the father of Brooke Sammon, who is Rubio's press secretary]

Red State - FBI Stops All Appeals Of Gun Owner Background Checks

Science Daily - One trillion kilometers apart: A lonely planet and its distant star

USA Today - The Bank of Japan on Friday introduced a negative interest rate policy, a move aimed at boosting a stumbling economic recovery and warding off deflation.

DC Clothesline - Zika Outbreak Epicenter In Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released In 2015

DC Clothesline - Each of the stores we were in were woefully under-stocked. I believe the major retailer in question is doing their part to limit the ability of rural America to be sufficiently prepared.

 

World War III
The run up

War on the Rocks - The return of aggressive great powers, the diminishment of some allied military capabilities, and the rise of transnational threats all suggest a world in which a large, dangerous, and deadly war could arise unexpectedly.

Breitbart - Sweden’s Army Chief Warns Of World War 3 Inside Europe ‘Within a Few Years’

Fiscal Times - How the Air Force’s New Planes Could Bankrupt the Pentagon

USA Today - Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and took photographs of it as part of a naval drill, Iranian state TV reported Friday.

InfoWars - Members of the AnonSec hacking group have released more than 276GB of data after allegedly spending months inside NASA’s internal network.

Daily Caller - American Gripen: The Solution To The F-35 Nightmare. Saab's partner in the U.S. is Boeing, It would be surprising if the two companies haven't discussed bringing the Gripen to America.

Fox News - A US Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles or within the territorial waters of an island claimed by China in the South China Sea, in a sign of increasing tension in the region.

Daily Mail - 'Hundreds-strong' mob of masked men rampage through Stockholm station beating up refugee children [sic] in revenge attack for female asylum centre worker killed by Somali 'boy'

Vox Popoli - The first stage of the nationalist response to the great orc invasion has begun. I am, however, somewhat surprised to see that it has begun in Sweden.

Times Live - Japan has ordered its military to be ready to destroy any missile fired by North Korea that threatens the country, local media reported, as concerns mount that Pyongyang is preparing a rocket launch.

Independent - War in Syria: Russia’s 'rustbucket' military delivers a hi-tech shock to West and Israel

 

1946. Mercury magazine ad

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Either people were much smaller in the postwar years—from over-rationing perhaps, or the cars were big enough to block a second story window.

The 1946 Merc, like all other cars, was the '42 model except with different chrome. The ads were retreads too, after four years of single customer production the writers needed to be retrained.

 

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Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

Alt-Market - “So, Mr. Smith, when specifically is this supposed collapse going to take place? What day and time?” My response has always been – “We’re in the middle of a collapse right now; you really can’t see it right in front of your sneering face?”The problem is that social and economic collapse is not a singular event, it is a process. Collapse is a series of events that sometimes span years. When corrupt leadership moves from quiet totalitarianism to more open totalitarianism, your society is in the final stages of collapse, not the beginning of a collapse.

 

Iron Legion - Conservatives gravely misunderstand the unbridled fury of the young men growing up in the world today. Because of conservatives’ constant surrender to the left our young men and women are growing up in a physical and moral wasteland while hostile cultures swarm and pick over the bones of our civilisation. The young European man of today does not recoil in horror at being called a racist by people who will become irrelevant within a generation. The youth will deal with it, but not in a way that conservatives will like.

 

Monty Pelerin's World - Governments are in disrepair and disrepute everywhere. They are increasingly viewed as exploitive, ineffective and catering to privilege. Public interest, the idealistic goal of government, never was real in the sense that it overrode the private needs and wants of officeholders. Self-selection made most politicians inferior in morality and public interest than the typical citizen. History provides no examples of government staying within the bounds granted. The ballot box will be ineffective in satisfying the public. Other means will be tried. The Empire will not stand idly by while its power is threatened.

 

NY Post - The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal e-mails and a private server to conduct official business because it never set up an agency e-mail address for her in the first place. Any criminal referral to the Justice Department from the FBI “will have to go through four loyal Democrat women.” Even if they accept the referral, he says, the case quickly and quietly will be plea-bargained down to misdemeanors. In other words, a big slap on the wrist.

 

USA Today - According to a recent Associated Press poll, the public lacks confidence in government. And by “lacks confidence,” I mean “really lacks confidence.” If a majority of Americans don’t think a Republican administration would represent a substantial improvement, then we’ve got a bigger problem. If voters think that they can’t vote their way out of a problem, then they may look to other solutions. America’s political class, which is used to operating in a world where there’s lots of room to get things wrong, needs to up its game before things get worse.

 

Well, that didn't take long

The Department of Labor is seeking to remove the terms “he” and “she” from a regulation prohibiting discrimination in the workforce in an effort to “avoid the gender binary.” The agency is also adding “sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity” to the list of types of employment discrimination banned under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The rule also listed what is now considered examples of “sex-based discrimination,” which includes denying an employee access to the “bathrooms used by the gender with which they identify.”

 

CBC - Introduced Wednesday by Education Minister David Eggen, the 21-page document states students have the right to self-identify their gender and be addressed by the name and pronoun of their choice. Policies in the document include allowing students to dress in clothing and participate on the sports team that reflects their gender identity and expression. The document says students must be allowed to use the washroom they are most comfortable with.

 

Survival Blog - There has been talk of doing away with paper currency for several decades, but up until now that has mostly been idle conjecture and mostly bluster. Gradually, however, the building blocks of such a system have indeed been developed. Think of it: Fully documented accounting and taxation on every transaction, large or small, leaving little or no opportunity to conduct free, private enterprise on the gray market or so-called black market. There would be Total Information Awareness of every citizen's spending habits and Total Information Awareness of every citizen's travel and business relationships!

 

1942. Dallas, Texas

Pawn shops, furniture, personal loans and hotels. No Starbucks, McDonalds or Wal-Mart. Hardly worth fighting a war over.

 

1932. New York City

Well, not all of it.

 

1932. New York City, Cotton Club

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Located on Lenox Avenue in Harlem until 1935, the Cotton Club was a "whites only", high-price, very public speakeasy during Prohibition, featuring the biggest names in black entertainment.

Dancer Bill Robinson, first billing on the ad in the photo, was better known as "Bojangles." Robinson was a rifleman in World War I, co-founded the New York Black Yankees and held the world's record for running 100 yards backwards. A Renaissance man, cadet division.

The buck-fifty dinner would be twenty-six dollars in today's currency—no matter how I state this, the money vigilantes will send me reproving emails citing the Coinage Act of 1792 and the entirety of American history thereafter.

It was D.W. Griffith of "Birth of a Nation" fame that got Robinson into the movies, the best known of which were his dance scenes with Shirley Temple.

 

PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - What stabilized the West after World War 2, what made the Long Peace possible, was the democracy, core Western values and borders that survived until the elites decided to kill it. By abandoning these and tacitly embracing authoritarianism the modern elites have not bought themselves safety. On the contrary, they've unleashed all the perils from which they were formerly safe; they have mounted a scaffold from which it will now take every ounce of effort to escape. 

 

Fred On Everything - In its beautiful design, democracy serves to keep the population from meddling in policy. If the politically correct want children to be taught that Sojourner Truth was more important than George Washington, a committee nobody has heard of in New York mandates the text book and the Department of Education requires its use by regulation. No politician is responsible, and infuriated parents in Kansas have no recourse.

 

Market-Ticker - There is no need for a "Convention of States" to put a stop to the blatantly unconstitutional actions of our state and federal governments, whether the issue at-hand is the Second Amendment, intrastate (not interstate) commerce or otherwise. Note that Mark Levin and the other Article V proponents never put forward the actual problem -- enforcement of the Constitution -- nor do they ever put forward a plan of action or attempt to organize a coalition to bring to bear said enforcement.

 

Guardian - Vladimir Putin has denounced Lenin and his Bolshevik government for their brutal repressions and accused him of having placed a “time bomb” under the state. The criticism of Lenin, who is still revered by communists and many others in Russia, is unusual for the Russian president. Putin said he sincerely believed in Communist ideology when he served in the KGB, adding that while its promises of a fair and just society “resembled the Bible quite a lot”, the reality was different.

 

Campus Reform - Major universities across the country are offering course credit, and in some cases even paying the cost, for students to attend an annual national event known as “ The White Privilege Conference.” One workshop, titled “Self Care and Healing as Change Agents,” will provide attendees with a safe-space to share the emotional burden that comes from being a social justice warrior. Another workshop will be geared exclusively towards middle-school and high-school students to allow them to “engage in meaningful dialogue about white privilege, white supremacy, and methods of breaking down systems of oppression.”

 

Jon Rappoport's Blog - Researchers and doctors don’t have a meaningful clue about whether a patient is ill as a result of Zika infection. Attributing very serious problems to Zika on a worldwide basis is insupportable and speculative. It isn’t science. And to make the leap to claiming the virus is causing pregnant women to give birth to babies with very small heads and impaired brains is absurd. What actually is causing mothers to give birth to babies with very small heads and impaired brains? If this is indeed a fairly recent phenomenon, I would start with a deep and very specific investigation of the genetically engineered mosquitos that were recently released in Brazil to decimate the dengue-fever mosquitos.

 

1935. Washington, DC

art-remus-ident-04.jpg FSA photographers were, by and large, what we'd call "social justice warriors" today. Most were either well off or well connected. One of their visual hooks was slum photos with well-known landmarks in the background, the capitol dome by preference. Hilariously, one photo in the ol' Woodpile Report bin is from the war years, a scrap drive pile-o'-junk with the dome looming behind. I'm still wondering what was intended.

 

 

 

Shoebat - A public high school has been accused of radical Islamic indoctrination by forcing non-Muslim children to profess the Muslim statement of faith-the same statement used to convert people to Islam-ordering them to memorize the Five Pillars of Islam and teaching that the faith of a Muslim is stronger than the average Christian, and threatening a father with arrest for complaining, according to a federal lawsuit just filed.

 

Star Tribune, St. Paul Minn - Principal Scott Masini of Bruce Vento Elementary School, whose student body is overwhelmingly nonwhite, explained in the letter that “my personal feeling is we need to find a way to honor and engage in holidays that are inclusive of our student population.” The letter listed the holidays that the East Side school will no longer celebrate as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

 

Science- Tracking and recording the motion of the sun, the moon, and the planets as they paraded across the desert sky, ancient Babylonian astronomers used simple arithmetic to predict the positions of celestial bodies. Now, new evidence reveals that these astronomers also employed sophisticated geometric methods that foreshadow the development of calculus. Historians had thought such techniques did not emerge until more than 1400 years later, in 14th century Europe.

 

Cosmos - Some 4.5 billion years ago, the young Earth collided with a developing planet, Theia. But instead of dealing each other a glancing blow, chemical analysis shows the collision was head-on, disintegrating Theia and part of Earth into a hot swirling disk of water and dust surrounding what was left of Earth. This mix eventually clumped together to become the Moon

 

 

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Notate Bene

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

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

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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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