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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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William Maud, Ride of the Valkyrie, 1890

William Maud was a British war artist for The Daily Graphic who died in 1903 at age 38 covering the Second Boer War. This is his only known painting. It's over six and a half feet wide and depicts fallen warriors being taken to Valhalla, the hall of the afterlife. Imagine this hanging in your entryway, flanked with stag horn coat racks and bevel-edge mirrors, with beer steins hanging on pegs below.


art-remus-ident-04.jpgAhmed Alkhateeb at Aeon says scientific research has become too complex for the human mind:

The three main steps of scientific discovery occupy different planes. Observation is sensual; hypothesis-generation is mental; and experimentation is mechanical. Automating the scientific process will require the effective incorporation of machines in each step, and in all three feeding into each other without friction. Nobody has yet figured out how to do that.

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CNN's W. Kamau Bell, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, said:

I think we’re not doing enough of listening to people and to talking to each other and getting engaged in these uncomfortable conversations and listen to people who we may think think differently than us but a lot of times we find out they’re more like us than we realize.

Later, in the same interview, he said this about Berkeley's cancellation of Ann Coulter and other speakers:

That’s not about free speech. The reason why people’s speeches are being canceled is because it’s a safety issue. If your free speech leads to hate speech, and it makes people feel unsafe, then universities have the right to protect the kids on campus.

Mr. Bell is a self-described citizen of the "People's Republic of Berkeley California". And an idiot.

Ann Coulter summed up the cancellation this way, "I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team. It’s a sad day for free speech. Everyone who should believe in free speech fought against it or ran away." Yes. Yes they did. Now she sees what conservatives are and always have been.


The quote of the week comes from Don Surber, writing about the rollback of Michelle Obama's disastrous school lunch mandates:

What business is it of the government how much your kid weighs? A national government that cannot protect its border, has not repaired its roads, and has not balanced its budget in 17 years has no business worrying about childhood obesity.

Next please

Sarah Hoyt, at According to Hoyt, born and raised in Europe, says "social justice" and "set asides" sounds exactly like Europe's lingering class structure, inherited nobility and all that:

Yeah, I know it’s all dressed up, all purty-like in “addressing historical injustices” and “making people more equal.” With due respect that is the greatest load of twaddle I’ve ever heard.

Yes, sure, you want to make sure people get a fair start in life so they can all have a chance. Again, with due respect “Who are you to judge who has a fair start and who doesn’t?”


Hugh Latimer at Survival Blog cites this G. Griffin quote:

When people can vote on issues involving the transfer of wealth to themselves from others, the ballot box becomes a weapon with which the majority plunders the minority. That is the point of no return, the point where the doomsday mechanism begins to accelerate until the system self-destructs. The plundered grow weary of carrying the load and eventually join the plunderers. The productive base of the economy diminishes further until only the state remains.

Remus's "few words" are few indeed this week. It's been a trying few days and I flat ran out of time. More on that some other day. Yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


Remus's notebook


Shooter's Log - Preppers and Locavores Represent New Generation of Hunters ... 39% hunt for the meat

Thought Catalog - 20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You

Campus Reform - Students demand Pomona rescind offer to prof because she's white ... will also hold a ‘people of color-only’ art show

Federalist - ESPN Publishes Poetry Tribute To Fugitive Cop Killer ... Asatta Shakur, an icon among black power enthusiasts. W ithdrawn

The bomb and you

GoodNewsNuke - The Good News About Nuclear Destruction ... survivable with the most modest of preparations

Madison County EMA - Nuclear War Survival Skills, .pdf

Salt and fat

San Diego Union-tribune - Higher sodium intake associated with lower blood pressure. You read that right

Express - Saturated fat: Cardiologists claim warnings that it clogs arteries are 'plain WRONG'

Atlantic - Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria ... Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them

Wired - A 130,000-Year-Old Mastodon Threatens to Upend Human History ... unearthed in in San Diego with human tools scattered around them

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Iffy" evidence, not proof

No Film School - This Gorgeous Timelapse Was Shot from the POV of an Airline Pilot. Vimeo hi-def video, 2m 39s. Milky Way plus places.

Unz Review - Our American Pravda The major media overlooked Communist spies and Madoff's fraud ... What are they missing today?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Everything you suspected is true. A long but fascinating indictment of the news media.

United Hub - United Express Flight 3411 Review and Action Report

Daily Caller - College Speaker Whines About Prison But Fails To Mention That She Tortured and Killed A Man

Next Big Future - Habitable Zone Waterworlds would usually have no land or very little land ... the Earth has an unusually deep ocean basin.

Cosmos - Science’s war on art fraud ... the global art market turns over something north of US$60 billion a year, and some experts estimate that as much as 50% of the works traded are forged

Jamestown Foundation - Russia Absent From North Korean Crisis

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpt: "The main format for managing the North Korean crisis was established at the recent meeting in Mar-a-Lago between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping; and Beijing has shown no inclination to discuss these matters with its “strategic partner” Moscow". Why the 'no comment' from Moscow?

Crime Prevention Research Center - Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders ... the usual suspects

Amerika - Civilization Responds To Black Lives Matter ... they know nobody wants them around, it's already factored in

National Interest - Ultimate World War II What-If: Japan Attacks Russia Instead of America ... Vladivostok yes, but then what?

Ancient Origins - Peanut Butter: Who Invented the Tasty Sandwich Spread? ... Joseph Rosefield did, in 1920. Others almost did. Kellogg came closest.

Daily Mail - Dozens of white supremacists descend on small Kentucky town to give Nazi salutes and wave Confederate flags at rally to spread their message

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Anti-fascist protesters, who had also come from out of town, thwarted their plans." Armed Nazis fail to capture Pikeville, says the media. As always, the default story comes first, facts second and the truth never.

Accuracy In Media - The Left-Wing Takeover of Fox News ... Robert Murdoch's liberal son James is an environmental zealot, among other things

NY Post - Times columnist blasted by ‘nasty left’ for climate change piece ... Eve Peyser, politics writer at Vice: The ideas ppl like @BretStephensNYT espouse are violently hateful & should not be given a platform by @NYTimes

Reason - After Challenging Red Light Cameras, Oregon Man Fined $500 for Practicing Engineering Without a License ... has a degree in electrical engineering but no state-issued license


1939. Shredded Wheat magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Shredded wheat was invented by Henry Perky in 1892, who then marketed it to vegetarians as soup croutons. His Natural Food Company located its plant in Niagara Falls for the cheap hydro power and easy access to midwest grain via the Great Lakes. Nabisco bought it in 1928, moved production to Naperville Illinois in 1954, and sold it to Kraft. Shredded wheat is whole wheat and nothing else.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Roses are red, Front Page - The email that shut down the 82nd Avenue of the Roses parade: "You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely," it warned. The parade organizers considered wisely. They asked members of the Multnomah County Republican Party to leave the parade. The Republicans refused so the organizers cancelled the parade. Had a Klansman sent an email demanding that no black people be included in the parade, the reaction would have been the exact opposite. The leftist assault on the Avenue of the Roses parade was successful because its organizers agreed with their overall idea. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had declared that Portland would continue to be a sanctuary city and “a welcoming, safe place for all people.”


The rationing society, Sultan Knish - We have become a rationing society. Our industries and our people are literally starving in the midst of plenty. Farmers are kept from farming, factories are kept from producing and businessmen are kept from creating new companies and jobs. This is done in the name of a variety of moral arguments, ranging from caring for the less fortunate to saving the planet. In a production society, people compete for production. In a rationing society, people compete for entitlements. Everyone is always bitter and suspicious in a rationing society. The rationing society deliberately cultivates a sense of unfairness to make it clear that individual efforts are meaningless and the only thing that matters is one's connections to the rationers.


Polls tell you nothing, Baffler - The sibyls and soothsayers were wrong. And they’ve been wrong a lot lately. They didn’t predict Trump, and they didn’t predict Brexit. Polls said that the referendum on the peace deal in Colombia would be accepted by a landslide majority of the population; instead, the majority voted for death by another thousand cuts. Second-order obstacles aren’t enough to explain the current collapse of poll-driven political certainty. They’re just excuses, even if they’re not untrue. We have meteorologists, actuaries, fashion forecasters, the manic futurists of the tech industry, and the somber futurists of climatology. Divination hasn’t disappeared; it’s taken over the world.


New Orleans, Alt Right - The removal of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans is a direct result of multiracial democracy. We’re often told that multiracial politics isn’t “a zero sum game.” Yes, it is! In a multiracial democracy, someone will always rule. Racial demographics will determine who rules. All of these Confederate monuments were erected by a strong people with a healthy and positive sense of ethnic and cultural identity. Southern heritage won’t survive without the Southern people.


Death of nations, Z Man - The ruling class long ago converted to the new religion of multiculturalism. They have been slowly erasing the old religions from the public institutions and replacing it with their own. Now they have moved into private institutions by forcing Christians to worship at the altar of multiculturalism. There are calls to topple over the statue of Jefferson at the University of Virginia. It will not be long before Washington, Franklin, and the rest are ruled out of bounds on moral grounds. The whole point of the exercise is to cut the people off from their past, by taking away their religion and civil institutions. If they can destroy the civil institutions and erase the past, they will destroy the identity of the people and the very rationale for countries.


1939. Minneapolis-Moline tractor plant


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Minneapolis-Moline was a major tractor manufacturer created in 1929 by merging three smaller outfits, perhaps the best known of which was Twin City Tractors. Minneapolis-Moline became part of White Motor Company in 1964, which became part of AGCo in 1991.

At center in this photo may be a U-series Comfortractor, a closed cab design introduced in 1938 with automobile-like features and amenities. The idea was, it would be both a tractor and a 30 mph car. Costing twice as much as a standard tractor, it was a slow seller. A wartime attempt to transform it into a Jeep-like utility vehicle was not successful but it found some sales as an aircraft towing tractor.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Ann Coulter, Berkeley and the YAF, Cold Fury - If the restoration of Constitutional liberty is reliant on this sort of wet-pantied cowardice, then the restoration of Constitutional liberty is something we won’t be seeing for a long, long time. I understand YAF’s motivation here. Nobody wants to be on the wrong end of a beating, especially in a place where the cause was so long ago lost. Once again, all they [Antifa] had to do was leave us alone; they didn’t have to attend Coulter’s speech. They’re absolutely obsessed with us, but we really don’t care about them. In the end, that’s what drives them mad. Their opinions are their own, and we aren’t humbled by their view of our benighted failure to share them. At long, long last, try to provoke Daddy all they like, Daddy is no longer paying attention.

Z Man - The real lesson, the one most useful to the alt-right, is seeing the controlled opposition confirm what many have been pointing out for years now. As soon as things got a little tough, the College Republicans folded their tents and blamed the “extremists” of the alt-right. The Young American Foundation, a Conservative Inc. racket to recruit college students, made a show of “defending free speech” but made sure they did not offer any material support. It was just another way to raise money for their racket.


Rebuttal of Reed, Amerika - Christianity's focus on personal morality caused people to turn their gaze from the future of civilization, and instead to focus on being moral for the sake of appearances. We cannot fix that; we need a more warlike, comprehensive, forward-looking faith. If you need a holy book to tell you not to murder, rape or steal, your civilization is already in freefall. What made the West great was its sense of social order plus our people. Our genetics are our roots. Our heritage is what makes us different from the rest of the world, and makes us alone capable of restoring the West. Any target other than saving our people, genetically, and restoring social order is a false target and thus, an enemy.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The lexicon is "settling in", it appears alt-right nationalism is firming up quickly now. Fascinating.

Cited in the above article: Fred On Everything - The Place of Christianity in History: A View from Without. Pretty much the default history.


Terrorizing the middle class, American Thinker - Lenin and the Bolsheviks came almost bloodlessly to power, and then everything went wild. It was the people who ran the lynch mobs in the cities and the countryside, nearly all of it decentralized, choosing whomever they wanted and calling them borzhoi and then maiming and killing them at will. It wasn't socialists who suffered. The antifa hate a third-grade non-socialist version of Hitler so badly that they turned into a bunch of violent dysgenic second-wave brownshirts. There is no limit to the ugliness of our goodness. There is nothing that cannot be sanctioned under the guise of our charity.


Criminal science, Real Climate Science - Many think they can win the climate debate through “science.” The debate hasn’t been about science for a decade. Alarmists lost the debate ten years ago, and no longer have any interest in either debate or science. Climate alarmism is kept alive by propaganda, censorship, intimidation, scientific fraud, data manipulation, fake statistics and enlisting useful idiots.

Gateway Pundit - Climate Change Protesters Canceled March in Colorado After Snowstorm Dumps Over 1 Foot of Snow


1937. Provincetown Massachusetts


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Provincetown, population about 3,000, is at the northern end of Cape Cod. The population peaked in 1890 at about 4,640 and has slowly dropped since. Once primarily a fishing and whaling town with a strong presence of Portuguese yeomen, by 1937 it was mainly an art colony and tourist destination, a sort of Key West of the north. Shown in the photo is a fishing boat and a tourist ferry. See this photo for today's equivalent.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Silicon bubble, Sovereign Man - The company went on to burn through just about every penny of its investors’ capital. There were even photos that surfaced of the 21-year old CEO literally setting bricks of cash on fire. At the end of the farce, Clinkle never actually managed to build its supposedly ‘world-changing’ product, and the website is now all but defunct. This is rapidly becoming a familiar story in Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley bubble has already burst. Given so many similarities, it seems foolish to bet that the stock market bubble will stay inflated forever.


The Anita Hill strategy, Taki's Magazine - The campaign against O’Reilly was destined to be far more successful, because it was not centered around views, but conduct. This is similar to the manner in which poor Milo Yiannopoulos was extirpated. Milo was taken out by his remarks about statutory rape. Now his publisher could plead that it wasn’t about politics, but advocacy of unseemly sexual conduct. “We loved Milo the impish right-winger, but Milo the sleazeball sex fiend? Blech!” Milo was sent to the cornfield, and those behind the banning could sleep well, because whereas penalizing dissenting political views is illiberal and fascistic, penalizing sexual misconduct is civilized and reasonable. This is the way of the future.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see The Media Cold War has Gone Hot, by Darin at Crusader Rabbit.


Free speech, Chronicle of Higher Education - Barring speakers or preventing hate speech does not safeguard the oppressed. It empowers the oppressors, and it suggests that their words are to be feared for a compelling, persuasive power that, absent the muzzle, might infect others. The elitist conviction is that conscience, alongside well-considered political and social engineering, will guide a deputized few to exercise superior moral insights in representing minority interests. It is a frighteningly slippery slope between the suppression of speech in the name of social justice and the fatwas issued against those accused of blasphemy and desecration.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg For much the same stuff put more directly, and without the social justice hand wringing, read For Anti-Free Speech Prof, We’re Just Bricks in the Wall, by J. Smith at American Thinker, and ‘Hate Speech’ Hysteria Wins Again In Berkeley, by Scott Greer at the Daily Caller.


IEDs - War on the Rocks - Whether you measure in blood or treasure, the IED also proved the costliest feature of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for American forces. 60 percent of all American fatalities in Iraq and half of all American fatalities in Afghanistan, more than 3,500 in total, were caused by IEDs. Despite efforts to control access to IED components, the devices actually got cheaper [$265] over the course of the wars even as armor, electronic jammers, and mine detectors became more expensive.


Survival groups, Alt-Market - Community is a source of defense, a source of skill sets, a source of production, a source of trade and a source of psychological comfort. One person or one small family will never be able to replicate all the skills and resources needed to endure in a widespread crisis. It’s not just about numbers, it’s also about cooperation. A man alone might be invisible for a time, but the second he is accidentally found he is done for. His preparations are then subject to the whims of the group that finds him. What one thing would I recommend over all else? My answer is always “community.” It is the most vital prep, and it is the most neglected.


1944. The Saar Front


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Reading the history of the Lorraine Campaign in the Saar tells me the "fog of war" extends to war history. After an hour or so of searching for simple info, to avoid a pratfall on my caption, I flat out gave up. To begin with, what is, or was, the Saar? There went a half hour all by itself. What we have in this photos is some GIs pushing a field piece—57mm anti-tank gun?—into position.


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Notate Bene

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.

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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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2 May 2017