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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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Konstantin Kryzhitsky, Khutir in Little Russia, 1884

"Khutir" (усадьба) is "homestead", "Little Russia" is today's Ukraine. One more to come by this guy.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Two days lost to a hack-and-scam, which is ... carry the six ... 29% of the week. Globalization means some guy in Pakistan taking over the computer of a hillbilly in Appalachia and shaking him down for a few hundred bucks. Imagine telling someone this fifty years ago. He got nothing. We have a PC guy in the family, he came here, backed out the intrusion and restored things. So, what else is going on?

A while ago a market in a nearby town had "strike anywhere" matches on the shelf, so I loaded up. Using a quick setup I dipped the heads of a couple hundred in paraffin wax and put them away in little watertight plastic containers, about thirty in each one. Last night, after a couple years in storage, I tried one. Lit first time, flared brightly and burned well. So, there you have it, a definitive sample size of one. The boxes of matches I didn't dip are also in storage, vacuum packed with the Food Saver. Next.

One of the photos below, Roanoke Virginia, was prepared with my Mark III Even Better Than Amazingly Perfect technique. It's designed and optimized to rescue all but hopeless photos, and it does, but rejiggered and applied to "pretty good" photos it makes 'em shine like a silver eagle. This I had not anticipated, because it's obvious.

Speaking of things I'd not anticipated, when researching an amusing patent medicine ad from the 1890s it turned out to be "the" effective and safe medicine of the time and long after, and a viable Plan B for what we have today. It was concocted by a near-destitute nobody without credentials or training, which made his fortune and deservedly so. Once again things are not what they seem, more evidence an "everyone knows" carelessness can filter out what's really there. What else?

Rumors of some sort of election are getting insistent. I try not to annoy you with them. Political brawls have a half-life measured in hours. It's like the can-o'-worms intrigues behind a 19th century kerfuffle in some Balkan principality, i.e., who besides heirs and assigns could possibly care. Problem is, the best—although not the very best—writers on the 'net get wound around the axle and do some excellent commentary. It displeases me to see valuable talent deployed in this way although, in their defense, it's often a vehicle for The Bigger Issue they were going to write about anyway.

Next time I'll have something more substantial for you, the loss of two days and the fussing to reconstruct my nudges and presets means the rant du jour got parked half done. So. Enough chitchat. Let's decant a brand new Woodpile Report. Mmm, jes' inhale that bouquet, ahh, those delicate high notes and earthy undertones and, ... medley of ... um ... wait, Woodpile Report comes in a brown bottle with a twist-off cap. Okay, got it, here it is:

 

Remus's notebook

Apple

Market Watch - Apple's stock heads toward longest loss streak in 18 years

Bloomberg - Apple Forecasts Second Sales Drop as iPhone Woes Deepen

John Galt - Apple is now realizing what Samsung and other manufacturers are keenly aware of: The middle class, worldwide, is disappearing.

American Thinker - Our Attorney General has just called young criminals “justice-involved youths.”

Campus Reform - Unofficial Scripps Survival Guide: Anger is a legitimate response to oppression, as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people.

Washington Examiner - ICE releases 19,723 criminal illegals, 208 convicted of murder, 900 of sex crimes

Science Alert - Physicists think they've finally figured out how to locate Planet Nine

Daily Dot - Former Tor developer created malware for the FBI to hack Tor users

Daily Galaxy - Intelligence as a Constant in the Universe, "A Flawed Notion of Evolution"

Spectator UK - Should the Final Solution ever be made into entertainment?

Watts Up With That - Inside climate propaganda. This time, conspiracy theorists have gotten it right.

All Outdoor - Firearms Magazine Publisher Harris Publications Shutting Down

Amerika - I offer part II, “Classifying Types of SHTF Events.”

Youtube - Schubert, Ave Maria, by Mirusia Louwerse with Andre Rieu 2008. 5m 19s.

 

World War III
The run up

Global Risk Insights - The recent failure of North Korea's missile tests reaffirms the deficiencies of its ballistic and nuclear programs. Perversely, it also increases the risk of an imminent greater destabilizing behavior.

Epoch Times - Anti-Air Missile Launcher Captured From Mexican Drug Cartel

Paul Roberts - The Third World War is currently being fought. How long before it moves into its hot stage?

Military - House Panel Approves Measure to Require Women to Register for Draft

SHTF Plan - Possible End Game: The United States Has Created a Climate That Could Easily Be Transformed Into a War

Fox News - NATO reportedly plans to send 4 battalions to eastern border with Russia

Modern War Institute - The Coming Robot War, And It’s Not With Robots. When we imagine a coming robot war, we need to think less about a war against robots and more about a war because of them.

Diplomat - Exclusive: US May Lift Vietnam Arms Embargo For Obama Visit

Express - EU military police carry out ‘extremely worrying’ civil unrest crisis training

Mirror - Russian nuclear sub fires cruise missile in chilling footage of Arctic military drill

ETF Daily News - China Is Hoarding Crude At The Fastest Pace On Record

 

1900. Parfumerie Violet advertising poster

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Originating as Queen Bee in 1828, Parfumerie Violet—pronounced vee-oh-lay they'd have you know—was a small player in the ferocious French perfume market, and not available in America, until its Ambre Royale unexpectedly won the Grand Prize at the 1900 Paris Exposition. Violet's presence in the US didn't survive the early 1930s due to inconsistent branding and a succession of distributor disputes. Gaw-lee, who coulda seen that coming?

This renown Art Nouveau poster by Louis Hingres outdid even the great Alfons Mucha, originator and master of the style. It's a key item for collectors of ephemera.

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This Fred Reed essay from October of 2014 is being linked to, and circulating via email with increasing regularity. Mr. Reed is rightly known for his succinct, memorable way of putting things, and this one is certainly that. It's entitled, "Black Power, A Done Deal". Here's an excerpt:

Fred On Everything - It is curious that blacks, the least educated thirteen percent of the population, the least productive, most criminal, and most dependent on governmental charity, should dominate national politics. Yet they do. Virtually everything revolves around what blacks want, demand, do, or can't do. Their power seems without limit. Courses of instruction in the schools, academic rigor, codes of dress, rules regarding unceasing obscenity, all must be set to suit them, as must be examinations for promotion in fire departments, the military, and police forces.

 

Fred On Everything - What would the public do if Trump were robbed of the nomination? What could the public do? There might be protests, mass demonstrations in the streets, but so what? The Insiders’ Club would just wait them out. Once a society realizes that it has no power over its rulers, it lapses into resignation. Republicans do not loot malls or burn cities, and would soon go home. But all the world would see that the Americans have no recourse, that the Insiders do as they please. Welcome to China. But the mask would be forever off. Very, very off.

 

War On The Rocks - The Russian and Chinese systems designed to beat the F-35 have been fielded already , before the F-35 fully enters service. The Air Force has not only lost the capability to penetrate well-defended airspace with strike aircraft — with the loss of its electronic warfare expertise, it has lost the capability to know that it has lost the capability to penetrate well-defended airspace. If the United States is to continue to rely on airpower as a credible contributor to national defense, we will have to re-learn how to open a path for strike aircraft using tried and true methods.

 

Rutherford - Where many Americans go wrong is in assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or challenging the government’s authority in order to be flagged as a suspicious character, labeled an enemy of the state and locked up like a dangerous criminal. All you really need to do is use certain trigger words, surf the internet, communicate using a cell phone, drive a car, stay at a hotel, purchase materials at a hardware store, take flying or boating lessons, appear suspicious, question government authority, or generally live in the United States.

 

Inside Higher Education - The transition of American college campuses from centers of liberal arts education to ideological training camps has taken a major step forward with a recent redefinition of what counts as social and cultural diversity in courses The guidelines make plain that the university is no longer content with attempts to censor student and faculty speech. The university conveys the message to students, in courses they may not avoid or evade, that it embraces—as they too must embrace—the unassailable viewpoints that all decent people henceforth must not only conform to but also believe.

 

1942. Womenfolk on the home front in WWII

art-remus-ident-04.jpg During the 1920s and 1930s, the Army and Navy limped from year to year on shoestring budgets that didn't include, say, development of a credible tank, or even maps of future operations areas—after Pearl Harbor they requisitioned 'em from the National Geographic.

When we were pushed into World War II in December 1941, our Army and Navy were about the size needed to take on, say, Chile. In the Pacific, the enemy was superior in number and quality of ships and aircraft, with more depth of experience in combat-grade seamanship and complex maneuvers. This unhappy imbalance remained until deep into 1943.

When men were drafted by the millions, women filled the jobs they left, from cab drivers to ship builders. One little remarked side effect: industrial accidents claimed more casualties than military action did in the first year of the war. The ladies stepped up to a daunting challenge and acquited themselves admirably when, overnight, the fate of nations fell on their shoulders.

 

Roanoke, Virginia. Collecting for the scrap drive. Looks like Dad's stuff has gotta go, "yes, those smelly ol' waders and these, oh, whatever they are."

 

Evanston, Illinois. Here we see members of the Home Guard, high school girls, part of the Victory Corps, in which science, mathematics, and physical training with military applications were taught. The one in the middle looks like she means it, but to the credit of all, not a single enemy soldier made it past Evanston.

Next time around things will be different. No more assaults on vacant lots during study hall. It's into the combat units with you, gal. Lesson learned? Pay closer attention to what "equal opportunity" really means, DC certainly does. To wit:

Military - The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday [April 27th] approved by a narrow margin an amendment to a defense bill to require women to register for the draft. The amendment passed 32 votes to 30 votes, with strong support from female committee members.

 

Los Angeles. Victory Corps rifle training at Roosevelt High School. In early '42 California expected an enemy fleet to appear on the horizon at any time. So did the War Department. And why not, there was precious little to stop them. They were thinking Red Dawn except Japs.

Before you get carried away with how unthinkable such a scene would be today, read this: EAG News - NC high school debuts new on-campus indoor shooting range

 

Location unknown. A canning outfit just before transitioning to C-Rations, in which one individual meal was contained in a can with a key-opener attached to the bottom. No, the "C" is not short for "combat". During World War II, A-Rations were unprepared food, B-Rations were mess hall or field kitchen meals, C-Rations were "wet" canned meat concoctions with separate dry supplements—crackers, powdered coffee and so forth, called a B-Unit—and K-Rations were survival food for life boats and aircraft and the like. C-Rations were intended for short term use, three days or less. But, well, you know. Draftees. Replacements. Dogfaces.

 

Chicago. Probably Melrose Park. Republic Drill & Tool was apparently a fairly large outfit, said to be staffed almost exclusively by women for the duration.

 

Melrose Park, Illinois. A tube assembly operation at the Buick Aviation Engine Plant, a government-owned facility constructed "overnight" west of Chicago, where 10,000 employees built Pratt & Whitney R-1830 "Twin Wasp" aircraft engines for the B-24 and DC3/C47 and some others. This one plant produced 43% of all Twin Wasps manufactured during the war. Navistar is the current occupant .

 

Melrose Park, Illinois. A quality control station at Buick Aviation Engine Plant. The one on the left is probably checking the spindle, 1942 style. ".9875 ± .0005? Check." The one on the right may be a trainee doing a pre-inspection visual. "Gear? Check."

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

College Fix - It’s uncommon at Jesuit universities these days for someone to openly share a traditional Catholic viewpoint. When it happened at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the school was so spooked it called the Los Angeles Police Department. Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime.

 

Physics World - Earlier this year, researchers made the first ever detection of gravitational waves. The waves are believed to have been created by the merger of two binary black holes Theoretical work done by an international team of researchers suggests that other hypothetical exotic stellar objects – such as wormholes or "gravastars" – could produce a very similar gravitational-wave signal. While it is theoretically possible to differentiate between the different sources, it is impossible to tell whether GW150914 had a more exotic origin than merging black holes because the signal was not strong enough to be resolved.

Phys Org - Beyond Einstein, "The Epic Detection of Gravitational Waves May Reveal a Strange Universe". [Seems a defensible assertion]

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An article recounting the results of experiments to observe "quantum effects at everyday temperatures in large objects", Physical Review Letters citation, includes this curious statement, "these membranes are also the world's best force sensors at room temperature, as they are sensitive enough to measure the gravitational pull between two people 100 km apart from each other." The article concerns itself with pressure vessels, but perhaps the gravitational wave scientists could save a few bucks by ordering a couple of those sensors. Sure, they'll need a bit of tweaking, that's why we have undergrads and pizzerias. On the plus side, they're teensy, so shipping and storage costs would be low. Unlike gigantic, expensive, clumsy interferometers.

They remind me of a Weegee-era rule of photography: if you can't make it good, make it big. Those mile-long pipes shout: Are ye daft, mun? Interferometers are optical comparators in heat, Michelson-Morley steampunk, so boringly default they're even used in—gasp!—industry, in fact, there may be a 16mm Castle film in yer high school's audio-visual archives, look in the 1950s drawer for "The Magic Eye of Interferometers" or some such. Get a 21st Century solution on board before some school kid working on a science project does it for you and yer forced into an embarrassing photo-op with a one-off wonder named Tyler. There. I've done all I can. You're welcome.

 

Oleg Volk - In the end, gun control is accomplished by using weapons of war in the streets to murder anyone who tries to resist. The foes of individual freedom aren’t creative. To achieve their ends, they will use the same tools they claim to disdain against any opposition. Both arbitrary enforcement and increasing the vulnerability of the population to predation by government agents as well as by other types of criminals serve to cultivate learned helplessness, a mark of co-dependent or at least politically passive people.

 

The unpleasantness

First, the elbow to the face by Bloomberg, in which it's stated Zero Hedge is a bunch of lying hypocrites in it for the money:

Bloomberg, Unmasking the Men Behind Zero Hedge, Wall Street's Renegade Blog

Then the knee to the groin by Zero Hedge, in which it's stated Bloomberg is a bunch of lying hypocrites in it for the money:

Zero Hedge, The Full Story Behind Bloomberg's Attempt To "Unmask" Zero Hedge

Then the follow up articles:

Zero Hedge - The SHOCKING Inside Scoop On Being a Guest Writer At Zero Hedge

Zero Hedge - EXCLUSIVE: Another ZERO HEDGE Insider Leak

 

FiveThirtyEight - In 2012, network scientist and data theorist Samuel Arbesman published a disturbing thesis: What we think of as established knowledge decays over time. According to his book “The Half-Life of Facts,” certain kinds of propositions that may seem bulletproof today will be forgotten by next Tuesday; one's reality can end up out of date. Take, for example, the story of Popeye and his spinach.

 

1938. Plain City Ohio

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Plain City is in central Ohio, population about 1,350 in 1938. The 1902 clock tower in the background of the top picture is at Rte 161 and Chillocothe Street, still there. The cars are not. The picture could be an exhibit, "Evolution of Automobile Styling": From carriage-plus-engine with bolt-on accessories to the first phase of the "ponton" full-width, integrated concept.

In the years ahead the headlights would be embedded in the fenders, and the fenders would rise and swell to meet and blend with the hood, and so forth. By 1960 the principle was fully realized and former comic book illustrators took over the design chores.

Just counting models, the Chrysler dealership did very well in Plain City.

 

 

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

 

PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - American public policy has forgotten all the lessons of World War 2. One fine day Saudi Arabia woke up broke. OPEC has unexpectedly become an association of beggars. And China turns out to be sitting on a financial bubble. By some poorly understood process the invisible line dividing the troublesome and unendurable, the recoverable and irrecoverable is crossed without anyone noticing. It appears to happen suddenly. The lights didn't go out in Caracas all at once. The wiring was stolen bit by bit; the turbines had been neglected year by year; the engineers had departed plane by plane until Earth Day came down like a shroud and without apparent end.

 

Traditional Right - The contests don’t much matter. What really matters has already happened. In both parties, the peasants have revolted. The peasants are you and I, the poor saps who are expected to turn out in every election to put “their” party in power. Only it isn’t their party. Both parties’ elites hold the voters they depend on in contempt. The most important question in this election is what the peasants do when the election is over and they are again shut out. It may turn out that the question of who sits in the White House come January, 2017 is about as important as who became Roman Emperor in 450 A.D.

 

Z Man - The American Left is collapsing. One place you see it is with their candidates. The Left has nothing to offer so it coughed up these geriatric hairballs from the 1970’s. In theory this should be good news for the Buckleyites, but that’s not been the result. Decades of trading away everything to the Left for a chance to guide foreign policy has left the Buckleyites incapable of winning fights over cultural and economic issues. They have been surrendering for so long, it is now their default response. Worse yet, they have been trained to scold the rest of us about the need for compromise whenever the Left assaults a part of the culture.

 

Front Page - Republicans may feel they have the luxury of being nasty towards each other because they fail to grasp that in the hands of their opponents politics has become a form of warfare conducted by other means. It is no longer about getting elected and enjoying the perks of office. It is about defaming opponents with the intention of driving them from the public square, so that only the party of “decency” and “compassion” remains standing. Its effect is to traduce the culture of civility that respects dissent, and its logical conclusion is a one-party culture and state. In this destructive enterprise the left’s chief weapon is race, which it uses to attack departures from its orthodoxies as racial bigotry.

 

Copblock - One of the biggest lies our government tells us is that it wages the War on Drugs to keep us safe. More than 40 years after it was started, we know that it has been a colossally-expensive epic failure on its stated goals, was intentionally designed to further disenfranchise marginalized groups, and has become a full-fledged assault on our civil liberties. Not only is law enforcement pathetically inept at stemming the flow of drugs, they are active participants in the illicit drug trade at both the federal and local level.

 

1943. Montemarano, Italy

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Roadside service. An M3 Lee/Grant, converted to a tank retriever, assists in rescuing a stuck M4 Sherman on a mountain road near Montemarano, a small town in southern Italy's wine country. Notice what appears to be telephone line between the retriever and the stuck tank. The GI in the foreground has more confidence in knot-spliced cable than is warranted. If it parts so will he.

 

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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

 

When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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3 May 2016