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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 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
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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Self Portrait, Joshua Reynolds, c. 1747

Joshua Reynolds—Sir Joshua in 1769, was the premier English portrait painter of his time. A short, amiable man, he was a popular conversationalist known for his quick wit. Reynolds also founded the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768 and was its president until his death in 1792.

He painted in the "Grand Manner", a style of outright flattery known among artists of the time as Swagger Portraits, allegedly inspired by Roman sculpture and Renaissance art. The informal self portrait above was done at age twenty-four, a candid similar to Rembrandt's self portrait of 1629 , painted at the same age.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Whew. Another sorry sack of "year in review" and "tributes" is behind us. I see 'em as the modern version of using the Coliseum as a quarry for building materials, the original is not improved and the pieces don't really fit elsewhere. But hallelujah. No more gawking at dead movie stars whose works are current only at secondhand stores with a VHS bin. Nevermind those under the age of fifty need the bios to find out who they were , and the rest were surprised they were still around. And notice the sweepstakes element: whoever dies closest to December thirtieth gets the most coverage.

The quote of the week comes from Jim's Blog:

For liberty to exist, there must first be law. For law to exist, there must first be order. For order to exist, there must first be peace. For peace to exist, there must first be victory. And victory usually requires the most horrifying means.

Next item please:

Professor and professional poseur George Ciccariello-Maher at Drexel University sent a Christmas Eve tweet: "all I want for Christmas is white genocide." Drexel's president and provost dismissed protests as a racist troll-storm, while asking us to believe the text failed to convey some intended nuance:

“The university vigorously supports the right of its faculty members and students to freely express their opinions in the course of academic debate and discussion. In this vein, we recognize Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s tweets as protected speech.”

They've laid their cards face up this time. Drexel wouldn't call it "academic debate and discussion" if he wanted black genocide for Christmas. Drexel's Department of History and Politics has revealed itself as just another cultist pustule past due for popping.

Next item.

Stuff I figured out before I got out of grade school, expressed in terms of my older self:

There is no "pull", there is only "push". Pushing from the front instead of the rear is still pushing, just differently arranged for convenience. Discovered while schlepping a wagon full of newspapers up a hill to school. This was the only direct benefit to me of paper drives. Side note: I still suspect there's some connection with this to magnetic monopoles.

The fundamental shortcoming of logic: no syllogism can discover anything "true" about the future, hence the term "if", which deals with probability. Seen this way, logic is most nearly an exercise in sorting. Discovered when I understood Sherlock Holmes was only guessing what would happen next.

Why the universe exists: the concept of "nothing"—the ideal universal void—is an invention of the human mind. Notice there can be no evidence to the contrary, by definition. Later I understood "nothing" to be a concept knowingly used for convenience. Discovered when I noticed it was occasionally used by some cosmologists to annoy other cosmologists.

It's a mistake to think science is "true". Truth is unchanging, science isn't. The value and legitimacy of science rests on its predictive powers, not on its descriptive powers. In this it's not different from the mythology of the ancients, their stories merely served different needs—mythology as mnemonics for navigation, for instance. Neither are "true". Confirmed when I read the half-life of medical knowledge is about twenty-two years.

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Speaking of fake news—we were?—here's a recent example.

CNN Politics

White House announces retaliation against Russia: Sanctions, ejecting diplomats

... Russia's first visible action came later Thursday, when Russian authorities ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow, a US official briefed on the matter said. The order from the Russian government closes the school, which serves children of US, British and Canadian embassy personnel, to US and foreign nationals

And it works. Unless they get caught. Which they did.

TASS Russian News Agency

Diplomat blasts CNN report on closure of Anglo-American School in Moscow as blatant lie

... "US officials ‘anonymously informed’ their media that Russia closed the Anglo-American School in Moscow as a retaliatory measure," she said. "That’s a lie. Apparently, the White House has completely lost its senses and began inventing sanctions against its own children."

"You should not write that ‘Moscow denied…. Or Moscow will not…". Write as it is: "The CNN TV channel and other Western media have again spread false information citing official American sources," Zakharova stated.

Either CNN made it up or CNN passed off what an anonymous "US official" said as true, without bothering to fact-check, say, with the Russian official who briefed the US official. So fake news it is. Again.

There's a broader aspect to this. The alt-left rolled out the "fake news" meme to crush the alternative media. Alas, the expected apologies were not forthcoming, and readership at alternative media is way up and still climbing. Now "fake news" has come to mean the ever-changing current truth according to the mainstream media. After peddling comical delusions before and after the Fall Of Hillary one would think they'd not draw attention to their credibility deficit.

The "fake news" debacle demonstrates the alt-left's sclerosis. Like the doddering elderly, their mental map has strayed so far from what's actually on the ground they're perpetually blindsided and don't know why. Sometimes the way they pick each other up is adorable, awww, but less endearing is their demand for obedience and their maddening repetitiveness.

Elsewhere, the official spokesman for foreign minister Sergey Lavrov called the Obama administration a "group of foreign policy losers, angry and shallow-brained". This is Russian fake news, it's not known if they're angry.

Well gang, enough prattle, time for me to vacuum-pack yer ol' Woodpile Report, put it in a custom Faraday Cage, drop it into a PVC tube and cap 'er off, check it for negative buoyancy, bury it under the frost line, scatter the place with metal scrap and railroad spikes, then publish the coordinates in unbreakable cryptography. Yeah, that's what I'm sayin', you've had it too easy.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Breitbart - Delingpole: Rules for Righties — a War-Winning Manifesto for 2017

Stream - The Founders Anticipated ‘Fake News.’ Here’s What They Did About It.

Survival Blog - The Get-Home Cache, by The Feral Farmer

Survival Blog - followup letter.

Daisy Luther - The War On Whitey: How “Education” Is Fanning The Flames Of Racial Division

Unz Review - Precedents for Pizzagate

Breitbart - Fake News: Guardian Caught Deceptively Editing Quotes from Julian Assange Interview

Zero Hedge - Anthony Bourdain Slams "Privileged" Liberals For Their "Utter Contempt" Of Working-Class America [Anthony Bourdain is a culinary show host on CNN]

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Apparently Mr. Bourdain believes someone cares what he thinks. They're all like that.

Liberty Blitzkrieg - Mainstream Media is Now Whining About the “Fake News” Hysteria It Created

Independent Journal Review - Painting of Cops as Pigs Hung Proudly in US Capitol ... sponsored by Rep. Lacy Clay of Missouri, a Member Of The African-American Community™

Western Rifle Shooters Association - From A Reader

Ancient Origins - Scientists Have Almost Completed the Resurrection of Extinct Aurochs and Plan to Reintroduce Them to the Wild ... 7 foot cattle extinct since 1627

Business Insider - These doomsday shelters for the 1% make up the largest private bunker community on earth

Washington Examiner - California Democrats legalize child prostitution ... teenagers free to solicit money for sex without fear of arrest or prosecution

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Soon enough we'll be anti-pedophile bigots, or "pedophobes" for short. That's where it's going.

Free Beacon - White House On Defense After Being Exposed as Architect of Anti-Israel U.N. Action

Daisy Luther - Were RT And Drudge Taken Down So the Government Could Control the Anti-Russia Narrative?

Daily Sheeple - Latest Police Extortion Racket: ‘Booking Fees’ for Arrests — Even When You Are INNOCENT

Panic in the streets, "Dangerous Faggot" on the loose

Huffington Post - Critics Threaten Boycotts Of Simon & Schuster Over Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal

American Mirror - Chicago Review of Books bans covering Simon & Schuster works over Milo deal

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Boycotting a publisher for a book that hasn't yet been written is the kind of publicity money can't buy. By promoting one of their most effective critics, the Left has officially dropped below whatever's below "stupid".

National Interest - The 'Super' Plane That Could Replace the F-35 Stealth Fighter [there's a public relations battle going on]

KHOU - Houston PD clears up online story about homeless donations thrown out ... original fake news report here

Ammoland - How many unsolved Homicides are Justified? ... drug dealers can defend themselves too

Zero Hedge - Washington Post Caught Spreading More Fake News About "Russian Hackers" ... retraction admitted fake news

 

1940. Cadillac magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1939 World's Fair, which ran until October of 1940, provides the futuristic backdrop for this ad. The 1940 Series 60—meaning entry level—Cadillac was the excellent 1938 original except with tweaks and a mild re-style.

The locomotive is the Pennsylvania Railroad's one-off S1 duplex of 1939, a gorgeous but flawed design. "Lessons learned" led to the similar but successful T-1 Class.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Radical feminism, Fred On Everything - Radical feminists do not represent women. They represent radical feminists. Nor do feminists bear demographic resemblance to other women. Further, few feminists seem to be married with children, and comparatively few are heterosexual. Radical feminism is not just about women, or perhaps even mostly about women, but rather a package of far-left causes. Invariably they describe as “women’s issues” things that are not. When there is conflict between concern for women and allegiance to leftist causes, the causes win. If anybody is more blisterishly sensitive even to disagreement, much less to ridicule, than a radical feminist, I haven’t encountered him. Or her. Or it.

 

US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering, Deplorable Climate Science Blog - Climate Central just ran a piece, The U.S. Has Been Overwhelmingly Hot This Year, which the Washington Post picked up on. They claimed the US was “overwhelmingly hot” in 2016, and temperatures have risen 1,5°F since the 19th century. The first problem with their analysis is that the US had very little hot weather in 2016. The percentage of hot days was below average, and ranked 80th since 1895. Only 4.4% of days were over 95°F, compared with the long term average of 4.9%. The problem with the NOAA graph is that it is fake data. NOAA creates the warming trend by altering the data.

 

How To Think Trump, Taki's Magazine - Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma, is being appointed by Trump to head the EPA because Trump wants to piss off the environmentalists. “Environmental” is in the name of the agency—hence, Trumpian logic applied, you need somebody who is gonna nuke the D.C. attitude. Pruitt has defended ExxonMobil, sued the EPA numerous times over the Clean Power Plan, and is basically in favor of fracking, canceling the Paris climate deal, and packaging mercury, arsenic, and California smog as ingredients in craft beers sold at minor-league ballparks. But those are not even the most annoying things about him.

 

Witchcraft, Richard Fernandez PJ Media - It is knowledge which sustains civilization. Of course knowledge is also stored in libraries against catastrophe. Or is it? If universities began seeing science as old "white man" sorcery they might start purging it like ISIS does wizardry. Basic knowledge is still relevant because "magic", even technological magic, cannot completely cope with the complexity of the world. In the face of really big uncertainties humanity too often falls back on assumptions, religion or magic. The reason why magic is the stock in trade of politicians and millennial movements is they concern themselves with the potentially unknowable. So we put our trust in hoax and change.

 

1941. Amsterdam, New York.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Amsterdam is a city of 18,000 on the Mohawk river in east central New York, about thirty miles northwest of Albany, the state capital. It was a manufacturing city of 33,000 in 1941, which was not far from its peak population. Aaaand that about covers Amsterdam.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Venezuela’s food rationing, Joel Hirst's Blog - Venezuela is finally moving to a cashless ‘ration card’ system for the centrally planned allocation of food-stuffs to the population – the end result in every communist country. China, Cuba, Nicaragua, the Soviet Union, Angola and Mozambique. They were angry, full of hate and violence against those who had more: envious. Their penance? Slavery – the living, breathing, writhing organ of collectivity that keeps their betters in new yachts, expensive whiskey, elite hotel stays, sumptuous dining experiences and limitless personal power. They will allow the warden government to find the right balance of calories to keep their inmates alive, the stability of prison life; a stability that Cuba has known for six generations.

 

Obama's sanctions, Market-Ticker - The irony of accusing Russia of "tampering" with our election when the only information that had damaging value which was released was hard evidence of actual tampering with our elections by the Democrat Party itself. That the American people decided to "reward" such election tampering by our own political party, not Russia, with an unexpected loss at the polls is not "evil", it is not "corrupt", it is just desserts. We have a Wikileaks insider, the man who claims to have been the actual courier, who has said on the record that a DNC insider, quite possibly Seth Rich, gave him the contents of said emails (other than John Podesta's). There is not only little credible evidence that the DNC's email was "hacked" there is zero evidence provided in the FBI report that Russia had anything to do with it.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Alt-left's gotta add a layer of over-the-top drama to everything.

 

Fourth Turning forecast, Burning Platform - The level of global disorder hasn’t been this high since the 1930s. There are dozens of potential flash points capable of producing a cascading crisis which could blow up the world. The highly touted establishment mantra of globalization has produced an interconnected web of trillions in global debt, with one quadrillion dollars of indecipherable derivatives layered on top, all dependent upon the sustenance of insolvent mega-banks and bankrupt nation states. For the last eight years the world has been kept afloat by a combination of debt, delusions and denial.

 

Fake news, Business Insider - Left-leaning media outlets running with a story riddled with misinformation, walk into a "fake news" trap. Incidents in which minorities said they were harassed by Trump supporters were given significant attention by the media. Only after such stories went viral was it revealed that some of the accusers had fabricated tales of abuse. By then, it was too late. The stories had already exhausted their time in the news cycle, and corrections almost never achieve the viral reach of an original post. Sean Davis of The Federalist contended that journalists often aim to "indoctrinate, rather than educate. From presenting blatant hoaxes as real news, to covering up the real motives of radical Islamic terrorists, to tarring Trump voters as racists and Christians as idiots, media made it abundantly clear in 2016 that actual facts are secondary to promoting the preferred narratives of the left."

 

A white guy's reply to MTV, Alternative Right - If you have not seen the video of MTV News’ “New Year’s Resolutions for White Guys”, here it is. MTV News has deleted the video from their Twitter, but numerous copies are circulated. The video went pretty viral last week and generated a lot of attention; but not for the reasons that MTV News had hoped it would. It was actually a disaster for them. By the time MTV deleted the video it had over twenty thousand dislikes and only a few hundred likes. And it seemed that virtually every share or comment on the video was blasting it as terrible and racist – against white men! My own “Resolutions” for white men are each based on each of theirs.

Don Surber - New Year's Resolution for People Who Are Not White Guys

 

1939. Butte, Montana

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Butte is a city of 34,000 in west central Montana, originally founded on silver and gold mining, then for its rich copper, zinc, bornite and other deposits. In 1939 the population was about 37,000. Butte is on the Continental Divide, at an elevation of 5,550 feet. Summers are short, the weather is dry, the winters are cold.

On this day in 1939 we see Butte as evening shades into night. Owing to the slow film speed of the day the photos were shot with the lens wide open so the photos are soft and, being uncoated, flare is uncontrolled, but the photographer got the exposures bang on.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Coalition Against Hate, Breitbart - A coalition of institutional left, anti-Trump groups will attempt to choke Americans’ free-speech rights, using the excuse they’re opposing “hate speech.” The group lays out their “mission” on their website , under the guise of stopping what they refer to as “hate speech.” That “hate speech” term helps them stigmatize rival opinions and ideas that the left rejects. This trend is fortified by media outlets such as the New York Times, which has a new, regular section by the Editorial Board called This Week in Hate.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This will be their bestest faceplant, more than the Right could have hoped for, it's a second Armada, heavily burdened and all sheets to the wind, sailing into the maelstrom with rainbow pennants flying and clueless commodores strutting. Good seaside rocks still available, grab your Go Pro and popcorn, it'll be daps-all-around awesome. Like Fall of Hillary awesome.

 

Holograms are no longer the future, Conversation - This is a story of failed endeavour. Holography has not replaced photography. Holograms do not dominate advertising or home entertainment. There is no way of generating a holographic image that behaves like the image of Princess Leia projected by R2-D2 in Star Wars, or Star Trek’s holographic doctor. So pervasive are cultural expectations even now that it is almost obligatory to follow such statements with “… yet”. Holography is a field of innovation where art, science, popular culture, consumerism and cultural confidences intermingled; and was shaped as much by its audiences as by its creators.

 

Fight Liberal Fascism, Town Hall - Liberals won’t pause to reflect on how they should stop being such insufferable jerks and live with us normals in peace and mutual respect. Instead, they are doubling down on their gambit for unrestrained power over every aspect of our lives, fueled by a hatred for Donald Trump that is, in reality, a hatred for us. Remember, they really do hate us. Just ask them. Act accordingly. Fight back, hard and ruthlessly, every time they try to assert their tyrannical inclinations. But mere defense is not enough. It means attacking and gutting the liberal power base by popping the institutional pustules where progressivism festers.

 

High-end art auctions, NY Magazine - With such astonishing sums of money being tossed around, one might assume that art buyers are making cool, levelheaded decisions, especially when they’re in a room full of people they know and are trying to impress. This is often not the case. To the contrary, scientists see mounting evidence of “auction psychology”. When you have face-to-face bidding at these auctions, you may have people who’ve dealt with each other in business before and neither likes to be seen losing publicly. The latest Grainstacks owner may have set a market record. But ultimately, the price of a Monet could say as much about how people behave in the heat of the moment as it does the enduring beauty of Impressionist art.

 

1942. Santa Cruz Islands, Pacific Theatre

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Two US carrier groups built around the Enterprise and Hornet took on three Japanese carriers at Santa Cruz in the Solomons during the Guadalcanal campaign. The Enterprise, shown below, was heavily damaged and withdrawn, and the Hornet was lost. Although this left the Japs with the only carrier force in the Pacific it was too battered to follow up the victory.

CDR Salamander - Unlike war ashore, at sea there is not much room to retreat once fully engaged. Losses are rarely done in retail, deaths are wholesale. In modern times as it was for thousands of years.

 

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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.
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