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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
evidence shows
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
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
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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Montague Dawson, Night at Sea

Montague Dawson (1890–1973), was the grandson of marine painter Henry Dawson, and is considered the foremost maritime artist of the twentieth century.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let's see how much "bang for the buck" we're getting from DC's bespoke suited and storied intelligence services. Pearl Harbor in 1941, oops. The Ardennes Counteroffensive, or Battle of the Bulge, in 1944, the biggest battle fought by the US in World War II, sprung while DC was certain German resistance had collapsed. China entering the Korean War in 1950, big surprise, where did they come from?

Russia, which DC said "couldn't build a decent alarm clock", launched the first satellite ev-ver in 1957, the first of many firsts, even 'though DC's odious Operation Paperclip "guaranteed" it couldn't happen.

Castro took over Cuba in 1959, obviously some sort of fluke. Put the 1968 Tet Offensive in Viet Nam alongside the Battle of the Bulge. Then it was DC's biggest "unknown unknown" of all time, the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Didn't see that coming. Too busy schmoozing with their counterparts at KGB to take care of business, perhaps.

Then came the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001 by Moslem amateurs who all but took out announcements in the newspapers. Nobody coulda knowed, except anyone who did their job. And we can be assured they were stunned by the absolutely unpossible election of Donald Trump in 2016.

DC's intelligence services routinely embarrass themselves, decade after decade, yet they strut their stuff and talk wink-wink conspiratorially at Georgetown cocktail parties. Okay. But why do we listen to these people? They're either lying or incompetent or delusional, same result whichever way.

Next item please

Ever wonder where the carriers were when Pearl Harbor was attacked? Michael Hull at the Warfare History Network tells us:

The USS Saratoga (CV-3) was refitting in San Diego, the USS Enterprise (CV-6) was returning after ferrying fighters to the Marine Corps defense force on Wake Island, the USS Wasp (CV-7) was serving with the Royal Navy Home Fleet in the Mediterranean, the USS Yorktown (CV-5) was at Norfolk, Virginia, and the USS Lexington (CV-2) was carrying a squadron of Vought SB2U Vindicator dive bombers to the tiny Marine garrison on Midway Island.

Next item

From Popular Science, Make DIY cold brew coffee—without fancy equipment:

Hot coffee draws out more acids, which gives the beverage more bright or floral flavor notes. More compounds also exit the drink in its steam, producing that characteristic coffee smell. Cold brew gets fewer acids so it tastes naturally sweeter on our tongues. Hot coffee’s accelerated extraction process also accelerates the onset of decay, which creates the liquid we think of as rancid coffee.

Here at Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair, we use a Takeya one quart coffee maker , nineteen bucks at Amazon . Fill it with coffee and water at night, put it in the refrigerator—hint: shake with vig-gah and lay it on its side—it's ready in the morning. Pour a cup, microwave, and you have the tastiest non-acid coffee there is. If you decant it and keep it in the 'fridge, it'll taste as good a day or a week later.

Hot brewed coffee is for those who won't inconvenience themselves for a first rate cup-o'-java. But do you actually need the coffee maker? No. During the Depression it was common to brew coffee pretty much like the PopSci article describes, although drinking it cold is thisclose to being a Crime Against Nature.


Jennifer Kabbany at The College Fix reports an outfit calling itself the Social Justice Collective Weekly at the University of Colorado says:

... it is “frightening” for some students to have vets in their classes, describing former service members as “overwhelming” and a distraction. It also suggests the “military culture” is akin to a “white supremacist organization,” and that veterans are typically associated with “right-wing groups such as the tea party and NRA.” The flyer ends by saying veterans should be allowed to go to trade schools or community colleges, but that “in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.”

Perhaps a two-year tour running chow and supplies to forward observation posts is in order for these too-precious-to-live snowflakes.

Next item

The Boston Antifa outs itself on Twitter:

"Let's get one thing clear. Antifa is an Anarcho-Communist cause. Those on the left who call us "patriots", step the f--k away."

Antifaschistische Aktion, known as "Antifa", was founded by the Moscow-directed German Communist Party in 1932. It's stated mission was armed revolution with extreme violence, especially against their main competitor, the brown-shirted Sturmabteilung, paramilitary street thugs of the National Socialist German Worker's Party. Antifa lost and faced difficult times at Dachau. Then Hitler decapitated and downsized the Sturmabteilung. It predated the Party and was, therefore, unhallowed. Devouring their own is the way it goes in socialist lands.

In the postwar years, olde tymme kommunists in Europe attempted from time to time to resuscitate Antifaschistische Aktion, but it was an embarrassing relic the established socialist parties would prefer crawl off and die. Now however, collectivists are panicking over their deepening disfavor, especially with straight whites and Generations X and Z.

Generation X and Generation Z are appalled by the adult world they were expected to enter, because they realize that in this world, nothing good wins, ever, and most people are crazy and most of what we do is merely for show and has no value.

In the left's last desperate attempt to keep its nostrils above water, the always delusional Antifa is being resurrected and breast-fed for reenactments of '30s street brawls with imaginary Brown Shirts. Truly pathetic. So sad. Cue the violins.

Campus Reform - Profs solicit support for 'Campus Antifascist Network' ... Purdue University and Stanford University ... 200 inbred larva so far

Daily Caller - Antifa Has A New Cell In Philly, And They’re Calling For Property Seizures, Violence On Police, And All-Out Revolution

YouTube - Antifa recruiting video, Revoltionary Abolitionist Movement, 3m 43s.

WND - Phoenix became sanctuary city after meeting with 'antifa'

Gateway Pundit - Antifa Chase Cops Out of MLK Plaza in Berkeley – Cops Fire Tear Gas!

What's to become of our Antifaschistische Aktion? Even the “Pravda on the Potomac” newsrag The Washington Post has recognized Antifa for what it is, says Brett Stevens at Amerika . While the left unravels into incomprehensible silliness and insane violence, the Alt-Right is fast becoming the grownup in the room.

and finally,

Woodpile Report's Grand & Most Marvelous Electronic Brain was off line for two days, having been breached and perfidiously fouled despite its spiny porcupine-like defenses. Disgourging the intrusion and installing more concertina wire and gravel mines took a while. So, no extras or asides in this issue, 'tis bare bones, and even then only just making its Tuesday release.


1928. Hupmobile magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the early 'twenties, Hupp was an up and coming competitor to Ford and Chevrolet. To handle increasing sales, Hupp expanded their production facilities, and to capture the lucrative upscale market, discontinued their 4-cylinder models in favor of pricier models with bigger engines. The onset of the Depression caught Hupp in mid-step with too much capacity for a shrinking market as the nouveau riche became the nouveau broke. None of this was even suspected in 1928 when this ad appeared.



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Scientific American - Astronomers Capture Best-Ever Image of Alien Star ... image reveals the surface and atmosphere of Antares in unprecedented detail ... can directly measure the gas motions

Breitbart - San Francisco Congratulates Itself on Shutting Down Free Speech

American Thinker - Remember When Chicago Aldermen and Police Seized a Portrait? ... critics start with Marxist theory and then work backwards to the art object

AZCentral - Grand Canyon University theology professor says Black Lives Matter protesters “frankly should be hung” ... he was not joking

Telegraph-Forum - Revolutionary War Colonel statue outside Crawford County Ohio courthouse decapitated

Philly Com - Stolen bust of Civil War general found under I-95 ... commanded the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers, later the state’s 20th governor

Daily Mail - Bill de Blasio may remove statue of Christopher Columbus in New York City as part of effort to remove 'symbols of hate' ... to make room for hate itself

Gateway Pundit - Police Investigating Whether Local NBC Affiliate Was Involved in Monument Vandalism ... surveillance video shows the NBC news van was at the scene prior to the vandalism and that the head lights of the van were on the vandalism while it was happening

Fox News - California Catholic school under fire for removing and relocating 'alienating' religious statues ... some were donated to “appreciative recipients"

WREG - Memphis Orpheum theater won’t show ‘Gone With the Wind,’ calling film ‘insensitive’ ... in response to specific inquiries from patrons

Daily Galaxy - LIGO May Be On the Verge of Announcing Major Gravitational Wave Discovery from Exotic New Source

Eaton Rapids Joe - The Cost of reloading .410 shells

Ancient Origins - Evolution of Genetic Health Improvements in Humans Stall over Last Millennium

Alternative Right - Getting Mediaeval ... moderns tend to see its mediaeval form as a bad joke, rather than a polity that lasted twice as long as the Roman Empire itself. [long read]

Art Of Manliness - 9 Things to Pay Top Dollar For

Visual Capitalist - Interactive: Visualizing Median Income For All 3,000+ U.S. Counties

Cosmos - 5 billion-year-old galaxy prompts cosmic magnetism rethink ... magnetic fields grow exponentially early in a galaxy’s life

Los Angeles Times - What's the alt-right, and how large is its audience?

The Hill - The real threat to our republic is the Orwellian Antifa

Telegraph - 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

Daily Mail - Mystery of how H.L. Hunley's crew died is solved after 150 years: Men on board the American Civil War submarine were killed by the pressure blast of their own torpedo

American Shooting Journal - LifeCard .22LR has Everyone Talking about

YouTube - NASA video shows 13.5 billion years of galactic evolution in a minute and a half



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


To the barricades, Fred On Everything - If violence comes, it’s one or the other. You can’t reason with a mob armed with lengths of rebar. There is no principle in any of this. It is visceral. Animalic mobs of ill-bred semiliterates vandalize statues as eagerly as Muslims blowing up Buddhist monuments. This is war, of low intensity but still war. Culture war at first, but tending toward baseball-bat war. And the federal government sides with the vandals. So far the attacks not been answered, but a lot of the country is thinking, “Bring it on.” Conservatives are not creatures of the herd, and do not wave placards. But they too are armed.


Guns, American Digest - We make compromise after compromise which limits are pushed every time a gun law passes. I don’t see you having to compromise a damn thing. Oh, you’re scared because law abiding citizens carry? Boo hoo. But why are you afraid of people who wish you no harm? Why aren’t you instead afraid of criminals who don’t follow the law anyway? You think because you pass a gun law he’ll magically turn in his gun out of guilt or civic duty? You can’t be serious. Because real American gun owners don’t pose a threat to you.


Identity, City Journal - “Pursuing our own absolute truths” is an excellent summary of identity politics. On no other basis can modern liberals combine moral fervor with moral flexibility. Because my truths are subjective, they become unassailable—but at the same time, I’m under no obligation to base my truth on any proposition about the nature of things, because we accept that the final word on such realities belongs to no one. Speaking as an X, I possess a truth borne of my experience that no non-X critic can fully appreciate or fairly challenge.


Crazy years, John Wright - The main sign of when madness has possessed a crowd, or a civilization, is when the people are fearful of imaginary or trivial dangers but nonchalant about real and deep dangers. When that happens, there is gradual deterioration of mores, orientation, and social institutions—the Crazy Years have arrived.
Hat tip: American Digest


Debt meteor, Of Two Minds - The next recession will be more than a business-cycle downturn; it will be a devastating meteor storm that destroys huge chunks of the economy. Wages for the bottom 95% have gone nowhere for 17 years, while costs have soared far above official inflation. After eight long years of filling the widening gap with borrowed money, the jig is up: the returns on adding debt have diminished to zero, and the financialization games that were supposed to be temporary emergency measures are now permanent. Every node of the economy that is heavily indebted and dependent on marginal borrowers for sales, profits and taxes will be struck by a financial meteor.


1934. Weaverville, California.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Trinity Journal Building dominated the skyline of Weaverville in 1934, a town of 3,600 near the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area in northwestern California. A former logging and gold rush town, it's now a tourist attraction .


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


University of Virginia, Campus Reform - The Minority Rights Coalition at UVA claim the statue of Jefferson on UVA’s campus “serves as an emblem of white supremacy, and should be re-contextualized with a plaque to include that history” before going on to insist that “more buildings named after prominent white supremacists, eugenicists, or slaveholders should be renamed after people of marginalized groups," and that “white supremacist groups, particularly UVA alumni Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer, should be explicitly denounced and banned from campus,” and that “all students, regardless of area of study, should have required education on white supremacy, colonization, and slavery as they directly relate to Thomas Jefferson, the University, and the city of Charlottesville."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As if we needed more evidence affirmative action quotas can't work.


Law in retreat, Unz Review - As we saw with same-sex marriage two years ago, Supreme Court justices just meditate a while, then find some new right lurking there in the Constitution somewhere, unnoticed by anyone for two hundred years. What need for laws and legislators? What need to consult the citizenry? Likewise with war. Our Constitution reserves the right to declare war to Congress. But Congress last exercised that right in 1942. Been a long, peaceful 75 years, hasn’t it? Or take Affirmative Action. Well-nigh all institutions of higher education practice racial preferences in admissions. The law is in retreat, has been for decades.


Brownies, American Thinker - The John Brown Clubs are gun clubs for leftists affiliated with Redneck Revolt, an outfit in turn affiliated with Antifa. Redneck Revolt was founded to agitate among rural working-class whites across the country. Leftists – Brownies among them – have no idea why people own guns. To the left, guns are simply a menace. So the Brownies have established themselves as a menace. That’s why they showed up at the Trump march in Phoenix. Eventually, they will show up with their fancy weapons that they don’t understand. Eventually, somebody is going to pull that trigger, as happened at Kent State in 1970. Then the Brownies will learn what guns are all about.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let's not dismiss them so quickly. The left has been fighting a turf war against the best riflemen the Confederacy has to offer, albeit dead, and winning every battle.


Affirmative inaction, Z Man - Even a committee of really smart people is never the sum of its parts. Start adding in stupid people with conflicting agendas and the team’s effectiveness will rapidly degrade. The smart people are suddenly burdened with the additional task of mitigating the damage done by the stupid members. In the early stages of the custodial state, we may be seeing a fatal flaw. That is the pseudo-meritocracy, a mix of affirmative action and credentialism, may have internal contradictions that make the system unworkable. If you want to have a massive custodial state, you better select for the best and brightest, regardless of diversity. Alternatively, you can have diversity, but you better not give them too much power or empower too many of them.


1939. Washington DC


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The intersection of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.


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Together alone, Return Of Kings - The West today has a “together alone” vibe. We already know some of the causes. We know it is hugely related to the massive attack on family, commitment, masculinity, to the West-bashing, relentless SJWing, to a general policy of “deconstructing” traditional social structures through massive influence peddling. Universities, Hollywood, the mainstream media, the corporations and many others imposed it to us. Here are some of the means globalists used for decades to control our “cognitive processes” and confine us into a world of biased appearances and remote-controlled judgments.


Progress, PJ Media Richard Fernandez - Shortly after the same sex marriage issue subsided, the headlines became dominated by transgender bathrooms. This time the opposition even feared to take the field. The subsequent followed the previous with accelerating speed; a trickle was rapidly building into a flood. Almost without a pause the transgender bathroom campaign reached and breached the next boundary: gender definition. Just when it seemed things could go no faster the War on Statues began. In the progressive march toward "progress" a slippery slope is not only possible but necessary for the momentum to continue.


Lost ten tribes, Ancient Origins - The mystery of the lost ten tribes of Israel endures in legend today, but the provided evidence does show that those who had a military occupation and served the Assyrian army as auxiliary units seemed to have retained their identity. As for the overall Israelite population, they too can be found, but by an individual basis, based on who held different jobs of a non-military nature. It appears that the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel” were never lost. Instead, they served, and over a generation or two, integrated within the local Assyrian populations, eventually losing their identity.


China's quiet subs, National Interest - The debut of pumpjet-equipped SSNs would empower Beijing to mount a standing presence in faraway recesses of the South China Sea and Indian Ocean for the first time. Diesel boats have ventured into the “far seas” in recent years, but they must put into port at regular intervals to refuel. This exposes them to detection. SSNs can remain at sea, and undersea, as long as their food and stores hold out. U.S. Navy submariners must learn to think of PLA Navy subs not as prey to be devoured by American predators but as worthy foes, capable of some sub hunting of their own.


1944. Domfront France


art-remus-ident-04.jpg American draftees liberate a French town from German draftees. Seems to be a big fuss going on about mess kits. Domfront is in the Orne district of the Normandy region in northwestern France. It was, and is, an agricultural district.


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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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29 Aug 2017