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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 who the media means by not saying who they mean 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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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


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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Rustic Landscape, Frederik Kruseman, 1816-1882


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 2016 campaign was the Left's best thinking, fully staffed and motivated, its resources all but unlimited. One last charge to take the field. Then, to paraphrase Pickett, "I have no party". Blindsided and battered senseless by the November Surprise, they sob, they wail, they clutch each other in tearful embrace. Not since the Titanic has there been such shock and disbelief, nor such good reason for it. It was wonderful.

On campus it was tearstained coloring books, sad little therapeutic puppies and vows of self-immolation. In the media it was stunned but still snarky pundits, stripped of one certainty, test driving others, with all the joy of a procession to boot hill. They can imagine no greater injustice than losing a fair and free election.

The most unbearable pain is that which can be neither located nor avoided, so they crave a "root cause", a direction, a consensus—anything but an autopsy. First they said Comey was to blame, then it was miscounted ballots, then the Russians did it, then "fake news" . Like the derby, the memes trade the lead, fans and bettors cheer their favorite, and at the finish, winner and loser alike are utterly spent.

Some of it is hyperventilating to reassure their wavering plebs, some of it is to deflect blame for the epic pratfall, all of it is primarily for internal consumption. These accusations won't gain much traction outside the bubble, they're pet fantasies put forward by factions in need of stroking.

Engaging them as if serious is a good tactic however, it's "rope a dope" except with imaginary pinatas perpetually needing one more whack. It is, if nothing else, entertaining. Not to worry, Change Of Seas explains why they'll not find the source of this and future despair:

"The Left has continuously cast about for an explanation of the current rightward shift that works within their own paradigm. Of course, no such explanation exists".

Incurable delusion is a wonderful thing in an opponent. Change Of Seas adds:

"Remember that there is no way to counterattack against an enemy advancing from a direction in which you refuse to look".

Next item please.

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame says:

All news is persuasion, and it is presented for that purpose even if the presenters don't think of it that way.

Sort of true. Nations are an "us" as differentiated from a "them". News is internal communication to keep the "us" informed, particularly about what the "they" or "their" sympathizers are up to. The "us" is a given, persuasion is superfluous.

Next item please.

John Press is discussing western art at Alternative Right when he says,

"Paglia discusses the Acropolis and some Greek pieces. And, she speculates as to what they might have meant to Greek culture. But, we're not told what they mean to us, collectively, today".

What purpose does the word "collectively" serve? What value does it add? Here's the sentence without it: "But, we're not told what they mean to us today". Why mangle a simple sentence to insert the word "collective"? Is Mr. Press a former collectivist reflexively spouting cant? Not picking on him, it's getting to be common. Keyboards should be equipped with a cowbell for those who know better but can't stop themselves.


All things old are new again. This accusation of "fake news" came fifteen days after the crash of 1929.

“The Men Who Did It”, The Nation, November 13, 1929

What bankers and brokers know very well, however, is that the Federal Reserve is the body primarily to thank for the disaster which the stock market has just gone through. The responsibility of the Federal Reserve, weighty as it is, must be shared by the Coolidge and Hoover administrations. For two years and more, while calamity was preparing, the country was again and again assured from Washington that everything was all right, industry prosperous, business good, savings increasing, the outlook fine.

Well gang, time for ol' Remus to make his weekly night flight, watching for lights blinking the "okay" code from the occupation below, parachuting Woodpile Report to the Resistance. And then it's back to the white cliffs of Dover, a hot toddy and a spirited contest of darts with the chaps.


Remus's notebook


Zero Hedge - The Ultimate "Fake News" List

Aeon - “Immigrants” commit less crime than natives but Mexican immigrants commit more.

Gatestone Institute - France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Colonel B. Bunny's comments on this are not to be missed. Excerpt: "The assailants of the police are not French, but an alien presence insanely allowed to take root."

CBC News - 'We won't back down': Young right-wing activists agitate across Europe

WND - Video: 'Migrant' kicks young woman down flight of stairs in a Berlin subway station

Daily Mail - AI that can create a perfect 3D face from a single picture

World War II Today - December 8, 1941, The ‘Day of Infamy’ continues with further attacks

Catholic Online - New priests to learn about global warming as part of formation

Excerpt: "The Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences ... which advises the pope on matters of science, has concluded that global climate change is real and is caused, at least in significant part, by human activity".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This turns the page for me.

And ponder this from the Pope:

Repubblica - "It it has been said many times and my response has always been that, if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians".

Which pretty much claims the reverse is also true.

Next Big Future - Thin film nanocrystal from Australia could make thin as glass night vision goggles that do not need external power

Onion - City Of Chicago Working Around Clock To Clear 18 Inches Of Bullet Casings From Streets

Onion - Snowstorm In Chicago Delays Hundreds Of Morning Murders

Amerika - Why The Left Hates Israel

Breitbart - Black Lawyer Calls on Black Jurors to Vote ‘Innocent’ for Any Black Person Accused of Murdering a White Person ... blacks have no responsibility to help any white person “achieve justice.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Careful. It works both ways.

College Fix - University of Illinois leaders: It’s racial profiling to question black student about stolen phone [he had it]

Breitbart - Castro’s Torture of American POWs in Vietnam: An Untold Story

Reason - Rep. Thomas Massie to Chair Revived Second Amendment Caucus in Congress ... it's roll back time.

Surviving In Argentina - Gunfight Video: 10 Lessons Learned

National Geographic - First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber ... appendage from 99 million years ago is covered in feathers

Zero Hedge - 2007 All Over Again - Stock Valuations Enter "Crash" Territory

Express UK - Fat is good for you! New research says cheese and cream to prevent diabetes and heart risk

Excerpt - "The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found overweight middle-aged men who ate high levels of saturated fat and low levels of carbohydrate became slimmer and healthier. Researchers also saw reduced blood pressure and glucose levels, which are associated with a lower risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, in the patients."

SHTF Plan - 25 Cities On the Brink of Disaster: “Don’t Be Here When Things Get Violent, Unsafe and Fragile”

National Association of Scholars - College Officials, Take Note: We’re Watching You

Musical Toronto - Listen to one of the first pieces written for piano, played on the oldest surviving piano.


1930. Magazine ad, Ford Fordor


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Model A Fordor—four door, get it?—came in two versions, the two-window and the three-window , and each of those came in two versions, the Standard and Deluxe.

The ad is "aspirational", the setting a half-tick above the target buyer's peers. It's also a woman's ad, stressing "flashing beauty" with "strength and reliability". In the event, this was the last of the classic vertical bodywork with its pieced-together look, replaced in a 1933 restyle featuring a raked front with rounded and more integrated sheet metal in train.



Stuff you may want to think about
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Fake news, Ace of Spades - "Hands Up, Don't Shoot"—the lore that Michael Brown was an innocent bystander, raising his hands in surrender as an Evil White Cop executed him for being black—was a lie from the start, concocted by Brown's partner-in-crime and then spread by a media just looking for stories that would illustrate their Narratives that we need to elect Democrats. #FakeNews has consequences, Media. Or do those consequences not matter when they are visited upon people who disagree with you politically? And they will continue to wonder—why don't people trust us? They don't trust you because they've seen you lie repeatedly, then double down on those lies.

News fakers at CNN doubling down

Bruce Charlton's Notions - Facts of any kind have become almost irrelevant. So why are they being so actively suppressed at the moment under cover of the Orwellian inversion of 'Fake News'? I would say it is a panicky miscalculation by The Establishment.

Before The Collapse - Leaked Footage shows CNN producing Fake News during first Gulf War

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Alt-Left Establishment is rabbit holes within rabbit holes, a labyrinth of fractals and dittos and echoes. The committed will not find the way out in their lifetime. And there's the value in citing plain fact, in being Captain Obvious, it's the antidote that never fails, no, not for them, for those who can still see enough daylight to save themselves.


Your Morning Outrage, Francis Porretto - Keeping the public eye upon the actual deeds and motivations of the Left is a priority. When the masks come off their various “causes” and “movements,” a great deal is revealed that Leftists would prefer we didn’t see. When their behavior is public, or their words appear in a public forum, they have no one but themselves to blame for it. They screech about it anyway, of course. Today we have a rather revealing graphic, produced by the Seattle chapter of a Leftist “anti-fascist” movement that’s usually known by the moniker AntiFa:


Also see this The Daily, University of Washington


Why The Pollsters Missed Trump’s Victory, Dick Morris - How did the polling firms miss it? They focused obsessively on the black vote, the Latino vote, and the female vote, but not at all on the white, high school educated vote. It just didn’t occur to them. It was not in their lexicon of political trends.These voters were not black nor Latino nor female nor necessarily young. So they didn’t count. They were 20 percent of the American electorate but they were never entitled to their own subset in the polling. Their votes were just churned into the national trends.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's a stretch to believe "it just didn't occur to them". It fits the facts to assume they used their credibility to lie in service to The Cause. It didn't work and their credibility is gone. Justice is served.


Multicultural Madness, American Thinker - On November 28, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born Muslim inspired by ISIS, went on a rampage at Ohio State University. He injured 11 when he rammed his car into a group of students with murderous intent and then immediately went on a knife attack before campus security shot him dead. Immigrants who come here from Third World cultures and with Third World mindsets are not expected to blend in. Separate enclaves are popping up across the country, even in the heartland. One has to wonder what the elite reaction would be if Muslim terrorists periodically ran amok in murderous rampages in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. or at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale instead of at a state university catering to the middle class.


Identity politics, Sultan Knish - The Democrats are losing the Rust Belt, just like they lost the South, because they have become an urban political machine. Identity politics is just urban organizing with a lot of left-wing lipstick on top. The Dems have burned their bridges with the working class by gambling everything that they have on demographic change. If the change doesn’t materialize, then they are trapped at the dead end of a short alley. That’s the big problem the Democrats face. Identity politics with its hysterical outbursts of rage and specialized vocabulary of victimhood (privilege, victim-blaming, microaggressions) is toxic nationally, but dominates the academic and big city political populations that are its base.


1936. Springfield Massachusettes farm equipment exhibit


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The tee shirt reads "Gravely", meaning Benjamin Gravely of West Virginia who mated a motorcycle engine to a plow, and other tools, to create the "walk-behind tractor" industry. Gravely prospered even through the Depression. The company was acquired by Studebaker after the war, an unhappy marriage that soon dissolved. Gravely, now owned by Ariens, is still a respected player in the market it created.

The maker name on the grader isn't quite readable. A quick check of my Grader Spotter's Handbook tells me it's not a '36 Caterpillar Auto Patrol. A McCormick-Deering maybe? Russell Motor Patrol? Jes don't know.



More stuff you may want to think about
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Black and white cognitive abilities, Alternative Hypothesis - Black and White Americans with the same formal level of education differ significantly in their cognitive abilities. Blacks with a graduate degree have a level of verbal intelligence indistinguishable from that of Whites with a junior college degree. Blacks with a four-year degree are roughly on par with Whites who never went to college at all. This is probably explained by a few mechanisms. Blacks are allowed into universities with far lower test scores than what Whites would need in order to gain entry to these same schools, and within any given level of formal education Whites may be going to harder schools than Blacks.


No more broken promises, Ann Coulter - There's a long and tragic history of Republicans who won the war but lost the peace by trading results for respectability. Trump has just annihilated 16 far more experienced Republican rivals, the Clinton machine and the entire media/Hollywood/Wall Street complex by raising the one issue no other politician would touch: putting America's interests first on immigration. The moment Bush raised taxes, the Times couldn't stop crowing about his broken promise. What promise do you think they want Trump to break? Perhaps they'll make some showy effort at deporting illegals—and then back down at the first La Raza lawsuit. Or they will allow career government lawyers to submit briefs in court that cite all the wrong cases. Or they'll wait for Speaker Paul Ryan's approval to do anything.


The Cult's political arm, The Z Man - Take a look at the Democrat Party and it looks a lot like the CP-USA after World War II. The people in charge like being in charge and use ideology to maintain their grip. The foot soldiers with any talent are heading to other things, leaving an increasingly incompetent core. The Democrats have become the party of “Kill the Honky” because Progressives have become a suicide cult that thinks salvation can only come after the last white guy is hunted down. Outside of Zimbabwe, that is not a winning formula for electoral success. In the fullness of time, it may be understood that the worst thing to happen to American Progressives was their final victory over one of the parties. They may have discredited themselves to the point where their thing is never the same again.


Quantum Gravity’s Time Problem, Quanta Magazine - Unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity requires reconciling their absolute and relative notions of time. Recently, a promising burst of research on quantum gravity has provided an outline of what the reconciliation might look like — as well as insights on the true nature of time. An entangled system that is globally static can contain a subsystem that appears to evolve from the point of view of an observer within it. In other words, time doesn’t exist globally, but an effective notion of time emerges for the subsystem. Other theoretical work has led to similar conclusions.


1936. Newport Tennessee harness and hardware store


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Newport Tennessee is a town of 6,900 midway on the eastern border. Population in 1936 was about 3,300. White King Flour was, presumably, a product of King Milling—125 years of flour power—in Lowell Michigan, rather than of King Arthur Flour, now of Norwich, Vermont. King Milling is a bulk seller, minimum order is 2,500 pounds. Bring your own truck for anything less than 40,000 pounds. The King Arthur corporate name dates from 1996, the brand name goes back to 1896, the company itself was established in 1790.



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Professor Watchlist, NRA-ILA - The principal behind the private non-profit Turning Point USA is 23-year-old political activist Charlie Kirk. Kirk stated, “Everyday I hear stories about professors who attack and target conservatives, promote liberal propaganda, and use their position of power to advance liberal agendas in their classroom. Turning Point USA is saying enough is enough. It’s time we expose these professors.” Private groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center have been doing similar things for years. SPLC is often cited as if it were an authority on the subject of extremism.


Turning Point USA, home page

HypeLine, news site of Turning Point USA

Outrage from leftist co-conspirators

Washington Post - New conservative ‘watch list’ targets professors for advancing ‘leftist propaganda’

Salon - Academic witch hunts are back: The new McCarthyism, a sign of the stupidity of the post-truth era

Slate - Oh Good, a “Professor Watch List”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Colleges and universities are a subsidized political party with in-house training, which is why stuff like Turning Point is welling up. The party's over. The piper will be paid. Alt-Left academics will soon look for ways to make themselves less conspicuous.


The impossible .22 rimfire, American Rifleman, 2010 - The .22 rimfire, with its ubiquitous availability, affordable price, consistent quality and wide product range are taken for granted. Few shooters stop to consider the many difficulties inherent in the design and manufacture of these cartridges. If you set out to design a self-contained cartridge that is difficult to make and suffers from numerous design shortcomings, it would be the humble .22


Affirmative action and diversity, Truth Is Justice - From the early 1960s, the federal agencies that enforced affirmative action kept adding groups to the “minority” category. Neither the public nor Congress discussed or even noticed these extensions. By the late 1970s the entire “minority” category accounted for more than a fifth of the American population, and it would obviously keep rising. A new justification for racial discrimination had to be found. “Diversity” is the most insidious and pernicious of all defenses of discrimination. The other justifications assume that discrimination is a necessary evil–a temporary expedient that is needed to create a society in which race and ethnicity are irrelevant. Diversity assumes that discrimination is an unqualified good and that it should be perpetual.


Political correctness, Angelo Codevilla at Independent - Progressives, knowing that they cannot wield Soviet-style repression and yet intent on beating down increasing popular resistance to their projects, look for another approach to crushing cultural resistance. They envisage a totalitarianism that eliminates the very possibility of cultural resistance to progressivism. Progressives end up treating cultural matters supposedly “superstructural” as if they were structural and basic. They do so by pressuring people constantly to validate progressivism’s theories, to concelebrate victories over those on the “wrong” side of history by exerting control over who says what to whom. [ Same article in .pdf format from Claremont Books]

Excerpt: Thus did the Soviet regime create dysfunctional, cynical, and resentful subjects. ... As Communists identified themselves in people’s minds with falsehood and fraud, people came to identify truth with anything other than the officials and their doctrines.

Excerpt: Why is there no canon of P.C. that, once filled, would require no further additions? Because the point of P.C. is not and has never been merely about any of the items that it imposes, but about the imposition itself . Much less is it about creating a definable common culture or achieving some definable good. ... by pushing P.C. defined as inflicting indignities, the progressives destroyed the legitimacy of any and all authority, foremost their own.


Fake News Is Unreal, Taki's Magazine - If you’re looking for fake news, you might want to check in on the people trying to shut it down. This is always the case with the left. They say we need to cut out fascists and censorship and bigotry and they get people fired, shut down talks, and embrace Islamists in the process. Any parameters you set to ban fake news would mean the MSM would be the first to go. CBS insisted that George W. Bush was nothing more than a pampered rich kid during his time in the National Guard and that he didn’t fulfill his obligations. This was based on forged documents Dan Rather provided. MSNBC told us Obama’s victory sends a thrill up their leg like it was some kind of objective analysis.


1942. "Somewhere in England"


The Berlin Sleeper II flew its first mission on August 28, 1942 to Meaulte and its 100th mission on September 13, 1943. The aircraft flew its final mission to Ciampino, Italy on September 17, 1943 for a grand total of 103.
Steve Birdsall, Pride of Seattle



For adjusting your monitor






405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412,
413, 414,415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420,
421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428,
429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436,
437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 444,
445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 450, 451, 452
453, 454, 455



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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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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13 Dec 2016