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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
speaking truth to power
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
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


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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Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 1868

This is one of Bierstadt's "kitchen sink"—as in 'everything but'—paintings, in which, and from which he recycled parts 'n pieces of and for other works, differing but in size, details and aspect ratio. Bierstadt targeted the wealthy of Victorian times, big pictures of big scenery for big rooms, and was not above peddling variations of especially successful works. That said, it's a magnificent painting from an era typified by grand vistas. Vanishingly few of today's "artists" could produce its equal.


Remus's notebook for 24 November 2015

Starting today, Yer ol' Woodpile Report will go back to a Fresh Baked Every Tuesday schedule. So unless the actuaries call in their exceptions before then, see you a week from now. And no, there still will be no fershlugginer archive. I'm not running a library here—our local newsy used to say that when we sat on the floor and read his comic books.

It's going to be a comfy winter. Our woodpile is one of the best ever; red oak mainly, some beech, maple and a bit-o'-this-'n-that, off the stump two years, split, and stacked on pallets. And no more hauling it to the inside bin using a garden wagon, the missus got us a wood carrier. Looks like a wheelchair for dogs. Yes, we've gone soft.

Finally, on the one hand DHS tells us "if you see something, say something." Be wary, be watchful, speak up. Civic duty, blah blah. On the other hand, a kid who makes a simulation of a bomb by dismantling a clock and putting it in a briefcase, then takes it to school, sues the community for exercising said caution. His attorneys will be helped a lot by DC's gushing over the kid, racial injustice you see. What DC says and what DC does, two different things. Best advice, if you see something, shut up and move away quickly. Real or hoax, it'll blow up in your face either way.


WND - Hundreds of Muslim immigrants have already been charged and convicted of providing material support to terrorist organizations, or attempting to launch their own attacks here on U.S. soil. Below is a sampling of more than 20 cases of terrorist plots against the U.S. by Muslim immigrants that have received little to no national media coverage over the last two years. All of the below terrorists and suspected terrorists would have passed through the federal government’s vaunted “vetting” process for refugees, asylum seekers and other types of immigrants.

Also see Battle Swarm Blog - Since the Paris attacks, a metric ton of Jihad-related links have come streaming out of the firehose, so here's a new This Week In Jihad just so I have a place to put them all. Link


Joshuapundit - Every master of strategic thinking whether its Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, General MacArthur or Napoleon has shared certain basic principles in common. They've all agreed that in order to successfully wage and win a war, you must have clear goals, know whom your enemy is and secure your base. To that, I'd add utilizing effective leadership and motivated forces. Not only is the West not doing any of these things, it's doing its best to do the exact opposite.


Truth is as hard to confront as it is to suppress. Even in the 21st century truth does not expose herself readily. She hides as easily in a mountain of information as a desert of ignorance.
Bill Bonner at dailyreckoning.com


Off The Grid News - Can you cram in 12 hours all the survival essentials you would need to save your family for several months? That's all the warning you would have before a solar storm takes out the power grid. It typically takes one to three days for a CME to arrive, and predictions are accurate to within about six hours.


What's On Weibo - “When we first visited Ordos in 2011, we expected to find a ghost city. Instead, we found a place that is becoming a city. For the past few years I’ve been chasing reports of ghost cities around China, but I rarely ever find one that qualifies for this title. Though the international media claims that China is building cities for nobody, I often find something very different upon arrival”, Shepard writes.


Godfather says - The world is dangerous today, but people living in New York neighborhoods with Sicilian connections should feel safe. We make sure our friends and families are protected from extremists and terrorists, especially the brutal, psychopathic organization that calls itself the Islamic State.
Giovanni Gambino via www.rt.com


Front Page - University of Colorado education professor, Cherly E. Matias, in the most recent edition of Teaching Education, insists that “the racial achievement gap” and other racial disparities are “symptoms” of “the underlying diseases of racism and Whiteness”. Whiteness is a disease. The author maintains that “until teacher education programs make confronting and exploring Whiteness a priority, they cannot truly love their urban students of color as complete beings and so deny humanity full and just consideration”.



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Daily Bell - Recruiting for a military or political project requires a prospect of ultimate victory. A good way to demonstrate that prospect to the recruiting pool is to win lesser victories along the way. Even better would be victories that in themselves are satisfying and enjoyable for the recruiting pool. Paris was made to order for the purpose. Show strength and the prospect of victory by targeting the capital of a Western country and nuclear power. Gratify the recruiting pool by targeting a city that represents the delights of modernity and is the seat of a government long involved in the lands of Islam.


Time - A yoga class at the University of Ottawa was cancelled largely over concerns that yoga comes from “cultures that have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy.”


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Some further comments on the photo of a Danish Resistance training meeting in the previous Woodpile Report. It's one of a series of three in the Greatte WPR Picture Shoebox. One shows these guys outdoors doing their best to look dangerous—at least I think it's these guys, the other photo is similar in arrangement but of markedly older guys turned out in the usual dog's breakfast of gear and getup.

There's a story behind this. When I was a lad at school, fresh from employment by the Navy's amphibious assault franchise, the campus bookstore was operated by a Danish man of what must be standard issue; tall, blond, well mannered, athletic, well dressed, courteous and forbearing. You know what I mean, like he stepped out of a recruiting poster for the SS Nederland. Noticing my nearly unpronounceable Scandinavian name, and pronouncing it correctly, we struck up a conversation which continued thereafter.

At one instance I told him of a shirt tail relative who fought in the Winter War, was captured by the Soviets and sent on a tour of the Gulag, which turned the conversation to the Unpleasantness of 1939-1945 during which he hesitatingly and apologetically mentioned activity in the Danish Resistance. Expecting to hear tales of Bonny and Clyde-style shootouts and moonlit chases in classy European roadsters, what he told me was dark and profoundly unsettling.

The group he joined had worked out a successful method of terrorizing the occupation, similar to the Sicarii of Jerusalem. One of their number, a personable young man—what salesmen call "adoptable", would engage a trooper posted on a city street. While distracted with genial conversation, another would approach him from behind and expertly kill him with a bayonet, then both would calmly walk away leaving the shiv in the body. Dangerous, yes. Derring-do, no. When I look at the photo I'm reminded of this troubled soul. Incidentally, his outfit was decently armed but in no instance did he actually fire a weapon, nor did he know any who had.

When I read bombastic articles about "bring it on, we're down with guerilla tactics" I think of the unknowable future price of present action. You'll do what needs doing. But know your price is something wholly aside from, and unrelieved by, putative necessity. Such acts stay with you in a way different from others. It's a dark passenger, it's all yours, and it's forever.

Just in case someone makes this little narrative into a Major Motion Picture, here's the closing scene. Decades later I worked in Copenhagen from time to time. The city was never bombed, aside from the well known air attack on Gestapo headquarters, nor was it a venue for ground action, so it emerged from the war in no pressing need for urban renewal. Large parts of it look unchanged from the early 'forties. There's no way of knowing, but I probably walked the same streets—literally the same streets, saw the same shops, stopped at the same corners as did my Resistance friend of so long ago. Fade to black, roll credits.


Amerika - People with third world origins generally think things are going just fine, while white people are noticing what it is to be marginalized. They are also noticing that third-world groups are more straightforward about their self-interest, while whites are deferential and altruistic. Third-world groups come here as reverse colonizers, conquerors and slavemasters, not as friends. The few who realize this is a bad idea are marginalized in their own communities.


Military - The U.S. Army is experimenting with electricity to give field artillery rounds extended range. As part of an Army Science and Technology-funded project, engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are using electrical charges to give artillerymen greater control over propellants, which would give some long-range artillery rounds extended range, power and versatility.


When some leftist says he only wants "common sense gun safety laws", you can draw a straight line to confiscation, as there isn't any specific policy proposal short of that at which he'll ever stop.
Andy at ace.mu.nu


The Diplomat - The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not be produced in sufficient numbers to maintain the U.S. Air Force’s current operational capabilities. As a result the service is considering filling the capabilities gap with 72 Boeing F-15s, Lockheed-Martin F-16’s, or even Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.



Britain. Wartime ration for one person. For one week. And thereby hangs a tale ...

Excerpts from British Wartime Food at Cook's Info

In 1940, millions of commercially-farmed hens had to be killed and sold off as food, as there was a shortage of stuff to feed them. This led to an egg shortage, and egg rationing of 1 egg per person a week. Expectant mothers and vegetarians were allowed two eggs a week.

Consequently, people who hadn't before, and could, started keeping chickens in their back gardens, because that meant you had unrationed eggs. The catch was, you had to give up your egg ration, but you got entitlement for grain rations instead for your chickens.

If you belonged to a Pig Club, that was registered, and you had to give up your meat coupons. If you kept a private pig, you had to register the pig, because half was supposed to go to the government, but not everyone registered their pigs.

Rabbit keeping also became popular. They provided a ready source of meat, as they breed year round, and you could even sell the rabbit skin to be used for boots, coats, etc.

Spam from America was plentiful, and came to be seen as a godsend. Spam for meals would be fried in a frying pan, or battered and fried in oil with chips.

Fish was not rationed, partly because the Ministry of Food couldn't find an effective way to ration it, given the underlying principle they followed that rationed items would only be those of which they could guarantee constant supply.

The result of these efforts was that, despite the deprivation, the British population actually ended the war tremendously fit and healthy: healthier than they had been before, or have been since. Children in general were even taller and heavier than those before the war. Infant mortality rates went down; average age of death from natural causes increased, meaning civilians just plain lived longer.


Mark St. Cyr - In a margin levered carry trade a 25 basis point increase could result in a 25% loss of profit, or increased cost. That “minuscule” 25 carries a lot of obligation cost or profit with it. So much so it could blow up trades that would have trading desks begging to have the problems the a fore-mentioned “day trader” experienced. Small numbers have big impacts, and create inconceivable profits almost nowhere else as they do on Wall Street. Welcome once again to the casino. And as they like to say: “Everybody, please…Place your bets!” What you won’t hear at a casino yet have to contemplate today on Wall Street is – the hope they’ll be someone their to buy your chips when you want to cash out.


Contrary Framer - The appropriate song for today would be “How You Gonna Keep Them Down In Paree, Now That They've Seen The Farm?” Curiously, the world of the arts has turned away from the cultural bias against farmers. Time was when novels of rural life were saturated with bias against farm work. Much more evident now, in writing, in pictorial art, and even in music, is a new perception of the dignity of manual labor lovingly and skillfully applied to sustainable food production.


I think toddlers ought to grow up for a couple years with wolves, so they can toughen up a bit and learn some survival skills. Kids are way overprotected these days. They are so isolated and insulated from reality, it's totally counterproductive. Sadly, it's hard to find a good wolf today.
Doug Casey at caseyresearch.com


October 1931

The plane is a Handley Page H.P.42, G-AAUUD, the Hanno, being refueled in Tiberias, now Israel, in 1931. Requisitioned later by the RAF, it was destroyed on the ground in a storm in 1940. The Hanno had a crew of four, carried 24 passengers and cruised at a blistering 90 mph. The H.P.42 fleet was withdrawn after ten years in service, having suffered no major accidents. It holds the record to this day for being the ugliest a plane can be and still fly. With a wing area deep into overkill territory, contemporary reports say it offered the ride of a raft in heavy seas and landed as if it were on a parachute.


War Is Boring - The United Kingdom’s latest strategic review calls for more Typhoon and F-35 fighters and drones plus a new fleet of maritime patrol planes — effectively reversing many of the deepest cuts from the previous review back in 2010. With its public finances in better shape, the U.K. government can afford to address the danger — and buy back some of the capabilities it gave up in 2010, especially in the air.


As you can see, it's a fairly simple leaflet, it says, "Get out of your trucks now, and run away from them." A very simple message. And then, also, "Warning: airstrikes are coming. Oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away from your oil trucks immediately. Do not risk your life." And so, these are the leaflets that we dropped -- about 45 minutes before the airstrikes actually began. Again, we combine these leaflet drops with very low altitude passes of some of our attack aviation, which sends a very powerful message.
Colonel Steve Warren at www.defense.gov



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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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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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