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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 some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
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
unpack
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
troubled youths
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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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
OBE
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

 

 

 

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Marie Gabrielle-Capet, Self Portrait, 1783

Marie-Gabrielle Capet (1761–1818), a French Neoclassical painter, came from a modest background. Her previous background and artistic training is unknown, but in 1781 she became the pupil of the French painter Adelaide Labille-Guiard in Paris. She excelled as a portrait painter, and her works include oil paintings, watercolours and miniatures.

 

Z Man conducts an autopsy on the alt-right

Reaction to social trends can certainly be the starting point of a cultural or political movement, but it can never be the end point. If the whole point of your politics is to stand in opposition to something, you’re not part of a movement. You are part of an obstacle that will eventually be removed. That is what literally happened to the alt-right, piece by piece, over the last few years. One tribe of the alt-right after another was anathematized and then marginalized by the Left. Now it is gone entirely.

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David Samuels sums up the course of empire in his preface to an interview with Angelo Codevilla, at Tablet

The wealth of any empire flows disproportionately to the capital, where it nourishes the growth, wealth, and power of the ruling elite. As the elite grows richer and more powerful, the gulf between the rulers and the ruled widens, until the beliefs and manners of the elite bear little connection to those of their countrymen, whom they increasingly think of as their clients or subjects. That distance creates resentment and friction, in response to which the elite takes measures to protect itself.

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Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog cautions against "reading history backwards" to produce a conspiracy theory. An excerpt:

The problem with all these theories is that they are reading history backwards. Intelligence agencies weed through thousands of rumors, decrypts, and hints every day. The historian can wade through this mass and latch onto the couple of correct and prescient such rumors because she knows how history turns out. She knows Japan bombed Pearl Harbor so she knows how to jump right to the needle in the haystack.

But officials at the time had no such foreknowledge. Sure there may have been hints of attacks on 9/11 but there were also likely hints that turned out to be incorrect on scores of other potential plots and attacks, plots that would have (at the time) looked no more or less realistic than a hinted attack on 9/11.

Wisdom in one breath

From Thomas Sowell via Where Liberty Dwells, about teachers

In an age of artificial intelligence, they are creating artificial stupidity.

From Malcolm Pollack at Motus Mentis

The nation may well break apart — it’s far too big to be well-governed at the level of centralization that has already occurred.

From Brandon Specktor at Live Science

Mars is the only known planet in the universe inhabited solely by robots.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, about frugal prepping

It is a mental setting, a skill set, to go as cheap as possible while still getting Middlin Quality.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Equality has made us dependent on the crowd, and so we crawl to it like beggars, offering up ourselves as sacrifice to its pretenses.

From Richard Fernandez at PJ Media

Yet here it comes again: all you have to do is accept the answers. One more Five-Year Plan, one more climate crusade and we're there.

From Greg Johnson at Counter-Currents

Multiculturalism does not create societies in which everyone feels at home. It creates societies where no one feels at home.

From Silicon Graybeard, about Postmodernism

It's an idea so bad that you need to have an advanced degree in some field completely removed from reality to be stupid enough to accept it.

From Selco at Organic Prepper

The survival community has turned into a parody of itself. Something that should be free from the mainstream has turned into a very mainstream thing.

From CDR Salamander

Bad things don't happen to other people; you are other people.

and finally,

In last week's Woodpile Report I mentioned "pistol caliber carbines". Guns & Ammo has posted a Pistol Caliber Carbine Roundup which may be of interest.

My apologies for being late with this issue of Woodpile Report, and for it being rather thin. As with all things, this too shall pass. The next Woodpile Report is likely to be late as well.

 

1925. Atwater Kent magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Although commercial radio broadcasting was only five years old in 1925, it was apparent radio was to be the major player in the entertainment industry. The rush was on to market a home receiver that could be the standard. Atwater Kent had two advantages, they held key patents and were established leaders in electronic instrumentation. When this ad was published they were already the largest sellers of home radios in the country.

 

 

The Atwater Kent Model 20C, as shown in the ad above.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Daily Caller - San Francisco’s New DA: Public Urination ‘Will Not Be Prosecuted’ ... we will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk

City Journal - San Francisco’s New Anti-Police D.A. ... "f--k the POA (Police Officers Association)! San Francisco, this is what we get when we throw the f--k down".

NBC Los Angeles - A Bucket of Hot Diarrhea Was Randomly Poured on a Woman by a Homeless Man ... "I was soaked. And it was coming off my eyelashes, into my eyes"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpts:

The event: " ... a man randomly pulled her out of the car, dragged her out to the middle of the street, and dumped a bucket of feces on her head".

The victim: "He doesn't need jail time. He needs mental health care," Van Tassel said. "I have empathy for him. Because he needs help."

The result: "He was sent by a judge to a residential facility for people with mental health issues ... The Los Angeles City Attorney's office said Blessings is now back in the community ..."

And there you have it, a bucket of diarrhea with a crazy person on both sides of it.

CWB Chicago - Kids, some only 10-years-old, join weekend shoplifting mobs ... pepper-sprayed a retail worker, slammed a store employee’s head into a glass case

PJ Media - Newly Elected Virginia Senator Had Been Jailed for Having Sex with Teenager ... Joe Morrissey, then 57, was sentenced to 12 months in 2014, won more than 60 percent of the vote

Science Daily - Putting the 'bang' in the Big Bang ... physicists simulate critical 'reheating' period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe's first fractions of a second

YouTube - Train connecting China to Europe passes Turkey ... first run of freight rail service direct from east-central China to the Czech Republic. Video, 2m 44s

Electroverse - Central England experiences Historically Chilly October ... on par with those of the mid-to-late 1600s, all of these years fall within the Maunder Minimum

Reason - A Michigan Man Underpaid His Property Taxes By $8.41. The County Seized His Property, Sold It—and Kept the Profits ... it was all legal and hardly uncommon

Law Enforcement Today - Trump-hating chief from failing city announces he’s no longer up to the job ... Chicago top cop will resign after being found asleep, drunk, in his car

Vlad Tepes - Amazing speech in the French parliament where the words are spoken aloud: “The Great Replacement” ... includes video 6m07s

Business Insider - Facebook fought to keep a trove of thousands of explosive internal documents and emails secret. They were just published online in full ... some of the key revelations

NBC - All of the leaked Facebook court documents, 3,799 pages in .pdf format

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Guilty of more than we knew

AAR - Weekly Rail Traffic Data chart ... 2019 is dropping below the four year band

Prepper's Will - Freeze-Drying Food At Home, 3 Easy Methods ... freezer method, dry ice method, vacuum chamber method

UKDJ - 2,600 C-130 Hercules airlifters delivered ... Lockheed delivered the first batch in 1956. In 1963 it demonstrated carrier takeoff and landing capability.

Atlantic - The Coming Middle East Conflagration, Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies ... after a day of large-scale exchanges, the real war would begin

KGUN - Tucson voters soundly reject 'sanctuary city' initiative ... rejected by 71.4 percent of voters

MIT Tech Review - A detective has been granted access to an entire private DNA database ... other police departments will now feel emboldened to request access to Ancestry.com and 23andMe, which both host far more data

Natural News - Delta Airlines caves to LGBT lunatics, agrees to air gay sex scenes during in-flight movies ... families will no longer have censorship protection against X-rated smut

Issues & Insights - Apocalypse Not! How Science Is Distorted To Serve The Activist Agenda

Excerpt: According to the USDA count, honeybee populations, far from “plummeting,” have actually risen by about 150,000 hives in the last 20 years. Most foreign governments keep official counts of their bees, and bee populations are rising abroad, too.

Ars Technica - Six arrested for selling Chinese gear to military as “Made in America” ... for more than a decade, also committed fraud to qualify as a woman-owned business

CNBC - Some Disney movies won’t appear on Disney+ on launch day — or ever ... including Academy Award winner Song of the South

Daily Galaxy - “Oldest Objects in the Universe” –Hubble Clues Solve Puzzle of Globular Galaxy Clusters ... not so old after all

 

1938. Papiere, bitte

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Rural Americans, Campus Reform - Americans who live in rural areas are “bad people” who deserve “uncomfortable” lives, says Jackson Kernion, an Instructor at Berkeley. Those who live in rural areas are “bad people who have made bad life decisions. Affordable rural healthcare” is equivalent to arguing for rural Americans “to be subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life. Same goes for rural broadband. And gas taxes. I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. They, as a group, are bad people ... and we should shame people who aren’t pro-city.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is 'common knowledge' in the big cities. They believe they're pulling the wagon and everyone else is getting a free ride.

 

California, Ann Coulter- This September, during a fiery debate on guns, the left demanded “red-flag laws” to take guns away from citizens after having their politics, their writings, their previous exercise of free speech examined on a granular level by bureaucrats empowered to revise the Bill of Rights. In the middle of that debate, Gov. Newsom commuted the sentences of 21 convicted felons, almost all of whom were serving lengthy terms for murder or attempted murder with a gun. Newsom specifically cited the unfairness of enhancing a criminal’s sentence merely because he used a gun when committing a crime. Liberals don’t care about guns in the hands of violent criminals. They’re coming after the guns of conservatives.

 

CWII, American Conservative - Our constitutional order is fissuring before our eyes. That we have skirted constitutional crisis for the past quarter century is no reassurance, but rather an alarm of continuing erosion. Each new test is yet more bitterly contested, and still less resolved. State nullification, indelibly tied to another civil war, casts a long shadow. States are selectively nullifying executive decisions and federal law. What if beleaguered Red states defied Federal laws and executive orders by calling up state militia and mobilizing state defense forces? Contingencies we cannot now predict might bring us to a breaking point, and the breakdown of legitimacy. For both sides, the old order is the major obstacle to victory. Hence victory is through overthrow.

 

Counterpurge, Unz Review - Because of Conservatism Inc. cowardice, the Left has total control over the culture and even the American Right. It can dictate who is and is not allowed a job and a platform. It has absolute domination of American higher education. Conservatism Inc. won’t defend free speech because if it did, it would lose its hold over its own constituency. If America is to live, it must expel the Conservatism Inc. parasite. The fact that students are independently organizing, executing, and promoting these de facto raids on Conservatism Inc. events is immensely encouraging. These young patriots are showing the way forward. We should be proud and stand with them.

 

1925. Philadelphia Pennsylvania

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 1925 Atwater Kent was the biggest radio manufacturer in US. When this plant in North Philadelphia opened it was a model of advanced manufacturing employing 12,000 people at its peak. Atwater Kent radios were high quality, nearly instrument grade, too expensive for the Depression Era which arrived as nearly the same time their patents expired. Radio production ceased in 1936.

Philco bought the plant to manufacture refrigerators. Arthur Atwater Kent, Jr. appears in the second photo from the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

China's Navy, Chronicles - In the early 1400s, China owned the greatest seagoing fleet in the world, with up to 3,500 ships. Zheng He’s epic Seven Voyages made China an ocean-faring power, sailing around the Subcontinent and Arabia to eastern Africa. After 1433, however, her Treasure Fleet was destroyed—by Imperial decree! Even the maps and naval charts were burned. Forward bases were abandoned, including the major one at Malacca. For almost six centuries China had had no navy capable of facing a major adversary. Until the early 21st century the PLA navy remained an insignificant green-water force. A new strategy has developed over the past decade, followed by an unprecedentedly intense program of ship building.

 

Cortés, Lapham's Quarterly - Cortés never claimed that he was perceived as a god. The story of Cortés being mistaken for a god seems so obviously self-serving that one has to wonder why it was believed for so long. In their world, everybody was named for the place from which they came. If a person’s geographical origins were unknown, then it wasn’t clear what to call him. The newcomers presented a problem. The strangers considered themselves to be representatives of their god. That made sense to the Nahuas. Until they were certain what the name of the newcomers’ god was it apparently seemed most logical to refer to them by a word that conveyed they were the representatives of a revered divinity.

 

Deutsche Bank, Economic Collapse - Deutsche Bank has been losing money at a pace that is absolutely staggering, nearly 4 billion euros for the second and third quarter of 2019 together. Deutsche Bank has been laying off thousands of workers all over the world. Just like we witnessed with Lehman Brothers, there is always an effort to maintain the charade until the very last minute. There have been so many bad decisions, so many aggressive bets have gone bad, and there has been one scandal after another. Deutsche Bank is the largest domino in Europe’s very shaky financial system. When it fully collapses, it will set off a chain reaction that nobody is going to be able to stop, global financial chaos will certainly follow.

 

Spoofing, The Drive - For years the Navy has been developing and integrating multiple types of unmanned vehicles, shipboard and submarine systems, countermeasures and electronic warfare payloads, and communication technologies to give it the ability to project what is, in essence, phantom fleets of aircraft, ships, and submarines. These realistic-looking false signatures and decoys have the ability to appear seamlessly across disparate and geographically separated enemy sensor systems located both above and below the ocean's surface. It's about making their sensors tell them the same falsehoods across large swathes of the battlespace.

 

1944. Saipan

 

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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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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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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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12 Nov 2019