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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
challenge
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
evidence shows
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
not who we are
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
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
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
unpack
value neutral
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
troubled youths
unarmed teen
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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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
OBE
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

 

 

 

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Sanford Gifford, Huntington River Vermont, 1861

Full title is "A Sketch on the Huntington River, Vermont", depicting a river in the northwest part of the state. Gifford was among the first wave of Hudson River School painters. He died in his native Hudson, New York in 1880 at age 56.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings instantly devolved into hen house histrionics, mutual mooning and feces flinging. As intended. No news story or commentary was complete without recapping "Our Story Thus Far" in tedious nanodetail and blather about a turning point in American history fully equal to the Battle of Gettysburg. No. It wasn't. It was a job interview for the Star Chamber. In the end he was hired, after much signaling in Senateese that the Constitution will remain captive in the high court's cellar, bound and gagged and beaten at intervals.

Meanwhile, actual critical events hardly rated a mention. For example, global liquidity has fallen to 2008 levels and the velocity of money is nearing negative territory. Worse, bond yields broke out of their long-standing range by about two standard deviations in one month. It could all go nuclear in an economy where leveraged leverage is leveraged .

Bloomberg sums it up well: "If there’s one thing the prophets agree on, it’s that the end will come in the bond market. Even for stocks". Weak foreign currencies are already crashing, international liquidity is freezing in mid-step, blah blah. Kavanaugh's civil service interview is a done deal, the normies are properly spun up, so how about a heads up on important stuff for a while?

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Military Dot Com reports the Marine Corps' accelerated progress in becoming properly feminized:

The most male-dominated military service in the Department of Defense has embarked on an ambitious initiative to strip unnecessary masculine pronouns and other indicators of gender bias out of its foundational publications within the next 24 months...

Meanwhile, the service has institutionalized training on the phenomenon of unconscious bias, with courses now offered at Marine Corps boot camp and all schoolhouses, including commanders' courses.

It isn't the training that should be institutionalized, it's the leadership. Can't have Marines running around acting like, um, Marines. Next is a series of well publicized demotions for an ill-considered word, a careless gesture. This is more evidence feminists "succeed" in combat outfits by paralyzing honchos with fear and extorting preferences, not by performing to standard as-is.

"Unnecessary masculine pronouns"—gag. Meanwhile, Spetsnaz trains their warriors by putting them in a room with an entrenching tool and a rabid dog. You can bet our enemies pass this stuff around for laughs.

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From the Daily Bell:

1913 was a bad year…

  • The Federal Reserve system was implemented, cementing centralized federal control over the banking and monetary system…
  • The 16th Amendment allowed the federal government to collect income taxes, ensuring a steady supply of big government funding…
  • The 17th Amendment took control of the Senate away from state governments.

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Nitzakhon at Red Pill Jew writes, in his essay, A Very Personal Opposition to Gun Control:

He observed that I wear a yarmulke and mentioned that among the people he met in the Ukraine was a group of Holocaust survivors. I was fascinated by his account of these people, and how—almost universally—they had not seen it coming. Once they did see it approaching they did not believe it would be as bad as it was nor, implicitly, did any of them believe how fast it would overwhelm leaving them no lead time to flee.

He writes this to cite gun control as a necessary part of modern genocide. I cite this to warn how extinction-level pogroms are invariably foreshadowed and how they rely on the victim's denial past the last possibility of escape. The inversion of awareness and imagination is also perplexing: the more obvious the threat becomes, the more insistent the denial. People who study this phenomenon note the last seconds of mice cornered by a predator are often used to preen.

Have a care. To one degree or another people around you live in a dream world of their own design, supported by a self-congratulatory internal narrative that doesn't allow bad outcomes. Don't be one of them. Should a threat trouble your understanding of normalcy, think of it as being prodded while napping. Seriously and carefully weigh the personal consequences of any threat fully realized, no matter how implausible.

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The quote for this week comes from Theodore Dalrymple. He's talking about "kindfulness", which suggest adoring yourself is a prerequisite for being kind to others:

The kindfulness movement represents one more triumph of self-esteem over self-respect. The former gives rise to claims, the latter to obligations, and who, when it comes down to it, does not prefer rights to duties?

and finally,

A neighbor witnessed something quite remarkable. A pair of coyotes treed a turkey. One jumped up onto his woodpile and, amazingly enough, committed suicide. Shot himself. The other one ran off a ways and did the same. From what I hear there's a wave of suicides going through the local coyote population. So tragic. The world should make a place for packs of canid marauders with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Change subject. Is it just me? I hesitate to bring this up, but I don't care a whole lot if they find life on some other planet. You know what it will be. Lichens, or near enough. Lichens are everywhere. We don't actually need more lichens. For all those billions of dollars we should at least get a caribou.

Change subject again. We're coming up on the 56th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 16th through 28th, 1962. It's commonly held to be the closest we've come to nuclear war. In fact, it was a more closely run thing than we knew.

It was later discovered Castro had tactical nuclear weapons under his direct control. Even more alarming, in 2002 it was revealed a Soviet senior officer, Vasili Arkhipov , averted a nuclear torpedo attack by declining to be the required third man to authorize it, even though they were out of radio contact and his colleagues assumed from mock attacks on their submarine the war had started.

I had just started school, having completed my time in the Navy. As it happens, we'd done fleet training exercises in the Caribbean earlier that year, with ships deployed from horizon to horizon for an invasion of an uninhabited island. We won. In fact, it was a rout. But, sadly, no victory parade.

Anyway, when the news broke of a probable military confrontation with the Soviets, my response was measured and reasonable. Fear. Kennedy's address of October 22nd ramped it up to the sphincter puckering level with a side of white knuckles. Few understood what our so-called "quarantine" really was, namely, a blockade. And a blockade is an act of war under international law. Khrushchev announced the USSR would ignore it as their ships bore down on the line in the sea. Real life was unfolding like a doomsday movie. People with bomb shelters made many new friends.

The US and Soviet militaries were on full war footing. Red China was mobilizing. Resort beaches in Florida were commandeered for radar and anti-aircraft missiles. A third of the US Air Force was in the air. Leaves were cancelled. Critical reserves had been called up. The US Joint Chiefs of Staff pushed for OPLAN 312 or OPLAN 316. Both plans involved an attack on Cuba and they were already in motion. Kennedy agreed, then hesitated. In the end, Kennedy and Khrushchev stepped back from the abyss. Concessions made by both sides are still not fully revealed.

It's tempting to believe the outcome was inevitable, but serious students of history know better than to read events backwards. The "black swan" concept is closer to reality, meaning all possibilities are equally unresolved before the fact. Arranging them as likely or unlikely is mostly a delusion, however useful we imagine it to be. There's too much we don't know, don't even suspect or can't ever know. Surprise and ignorance are pretty much the same thing.

Looked at another way, in physics there's the notion that a theory agreeing with all the data, down to the smallest detail, can't be correct because not all the data can be correct. Now I'm losing sight of shore.

It's time to wrap up the chitchat. Premium subscribers to Woodpile Report will receive this issue engraved on a platinum replica of Washington's dentures with oak leaf cluster. The rest of us, life's crash dummies, will have to make do with the electronic version. To the ramparts! Right after this old ad.

 

1950. Hudson magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hudson, an automobile manufacturer since 1909, was first off the line to put new post-war car designs on the showroom floor. But by 1950 the seller's market was cooling and GM, Ford and Chrysler bumped Hudson back to the "also rans" where they came from. The brand disappeared when Hudson and Nash-Kelvinator merged to form American Motors in 1954.

Shown in the ad is the Hudson Commodore , their most successful offering. The 1950 was the innovative and handsome 1949 with minor trim changes.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

PJ Media, Roger Simon - Kanye's Not Alone: Blacks Are Deserting the Dems ... today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 35%. This day last year: 23%.

San Diego State University changes policy on suspect race descriptions ... police officers cannot release suspect race descriptions without "enough identifiable information"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg No need. If the perp is white they'll say so. Otherwise it's a wink wink.

Daily Galaxy - “Ghost Objects of the Cosmos”, Burst Into Existence Then Disappear a Decades-Long Afterglow ... known as ‘orphan’ gamma-ray bursts

Daily Wire - Ginsburg Forgets 14th Amendment, Audience Has To Give Her Constitution ... also forgets first through tenth

NY Post - Hamptons millionaires build luxe panic rooms to hide from MS-13 ... up to $200,000 to build elaborate panic rooms in Long Island homes

Free Thought Project - Feminist’s Billboard Removed Because Dictionary Definition of ‘Woman’ Considered ‘Hate Speech’ ... poster featured only six words: “Woman, women, noun, adult human female”

About those Chinese spy chips

Bloomberg - The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies ... testers found a tiny microchip that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design

Ars Technica - Bloomberg stands by Chinese chip story as Apple, Amazon ratchet up denials ... it's clear someone isn't telling the truth, but we don't know who

Ars Technica - Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC ... gravitational wave detector directly measures force imparted by collisions

"LIGO is sensitive to mirror displacements that are on the order of 10-19 meters. For comparison, the diameter of a proton is 10-15 meters".

Popular Science - Astronomers think they’ve found a moon the size of Neptune in a distant star system ... around the exoplanet Kepler-1625b eight thousand light-years away

Popular Mechanics - Second Spin: The Mazda Rotary Engine Will Return ... as a range extender within a future hybrid model

Areo - Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship ... three writers fool scholarly journals into publishing hoax papers

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Aero link takes you to the perps and includes methodology and so forth. Here's a shorter version:

Reason - Anti-PC Writers Tricked Seven Academic Journals Into Accepting Hoax Papers on Dog Rape, Fat Phobia, and More

Daniel Greenfield describes the most hilarious of 'em

Front Page - Feminist Journal Accepts Hitler's Rants Rewritten as Intersectionality ... "Our Struggle Is My Struggle"

Daily Mail - Firefighter rescues a trio of cubs trapped in a dumpster after noticing their 'agitated' mom watching over them ... ran into the woods to be reunited with their mom. Includes video, 0m 57s

ABC News - Morgantown mom catches pedophile trying to rape child, blows his head off with shotgun ... notorious pedophile attempted rape of a 12-year old girl in West Virginia. h/t ERJ

Modern Survival - Long Term Storage Food For 1 Year – How Much Food Is That? ... enough to take up an entire basement

WND - Obama AR-15 gun-ban plan under investigation ... Judicial Watch demands details of strategy to call ammo 'armor-piercing'

Paul Craig Roberts - The White Heterosexual Male Has Been Renditioned To The Punishment Hole ... feminists have finally broken the spirit of the American white heterosexual male

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Oh please. Spare me.

Daily Bell - Why Nobody Trusts the FBI… and that’s a good thing ... consider how deeply the FBI has infiltrated every area of politics

 

1940. TWA ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg From my orphan sock collection. I've lost the source and data on this one. But my my my, it does capture the spirit of the time.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Survivors, Z Man - Something that has gone unremarked in the latest outburst of female hysteria is why these purple-faced rage-heads call themselves survivors. The survivor, they insist, is incapable of error or dishonesty. We must not only believe survivors, we have to follow their orders. No one dies from sexual assault. Sexual assault means anything from a dirty joke to a woman being pressured into sex. Even allowing for the alleged trauma that ensues, these are not things one survives. The purple-faced shrieking does not validate their claims, but it does suggest they really believe they have gone through some transcendent ordeal.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Z Man says it more tactfully than I would. Like many people my age, I've known survivors of Nazi extermination camps and nameless slave labor camps, of Iwo Jima and Khe San, of captivity by the Soviets and of much else. Using the word "survive" as feminists choose to use it reveals more about feminism than the victim.

 

Civil war, American Greatness - We are in the midst of a cold civil war. The crux? Realizing politics is part of life, one side believes America is fundamentally a good country requiring some prudent improvements upon which reasonable minds may differ. On the Left, thinking politics is life, believes America is a hopelessly unjust nation requiring “fundamental transformation”. There is the decided likelihood that the Left’s propensity for violence will continue to escalate in proportion to its rhetoric. Why would any virtue signaling narcissist resist the incited urge to attack such villains? Where words that challenge their leftist dogma are deemed “violent,” they feel entitled—indeed, compelled—to attack all dissenters in “self-defense.”

 

Title IX, American Greatness - The Obama Justice Department forced colleges to hire radical feminist thought police and start rape witchhunts against white men, using the threat of civil rights lawsuits and the loss of federal funds. Resistance was futile. A letter was sent to every college administrator in the country, threatening them with federal Title IX sanctions if they didn’t fight sexual abuse by following new federal guidelines. Obama’s guidelines defined sexual abuse as any unwelcome touch which “does not have to be objectively offensive” in the judgment of an “objectively reasonable person” and instituted kangaroo campus courts to punish men. Criticizing this misuse of Title IX was itself grounds for a Title IX abuse investigation.

 

Gardens, Men Of The West - The nights are growing longer, the mornings cooler. And that garden that held so much promise last spring is limping into its final weeks, maybe days. Frost lies ahead, then snow. There is no need to think about gardening. Which is why it’s the perfect time to think about gardening. Or to be more specific, to take account of this year’s garden with an eye to planning next year’s garden. Your summer successes and failures are fresh in your mind. Let’s analyze them before they fade like the fog on a cool autumn morning.

 

Censors, Chateau Heartiste - Every day brings news of another dissident thinker exiled from the sphere of public influence. The crackdown and repression of thought criminals is accelerating, with no end in sight, and no one with the power to do anything stepping in to challenge the witch hunters and book burners. When a few globohomo corporations control nearly any means of communicating with the outside world and getting remunerated for your efforts, then we have, for all practical purposes, the equivalent of the State censoring speech. Globohomo rightly fears the combined might of masculine White men on a mission of vengeance, and that’s where its focusing all of its firepower.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The article concerns itself with Amazon's ban of books by Daryush Valizadeh, known as "Roosh", without Amazon stating the specific guidelines he violated. Yes, his stuff is gamey and over the top, and at best he says unoriginal stuff in an entertaining way. All of which has little to do with the ban. As the left puts it, the issue is never the issue. The basis of Amazon's censorship is simple: Right wing free speech is violence, left wing violence is free speech.

 

Bubbles, Of Two Minds - The nice thing about the "wealth" generated by bubbles is it's so easy: no need to earn wealth the hard way, by scrimping and saving capital and investing it wisely. Just sit back and let central bank stimulus push assets higher. The problem with bubble "wealth" is it's like an addictive narcotic: now our entire pension system, public and private, is dependent on the current bubbles in stocks, real estate, junk bonds and other risk assets never popping. But a funny thing eventually happens to financial bubbles: they all pop. And when the current bubbles pop, they will gut pension reserves, projections and promises.

 

1937. On the road, California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "Dust Bowl" drought of the 'thirties hit northwestern Oklahoma hard. By 1940 about 60,000 had left, mostly marginal farmers driven from the land by bankruptcy or despair. The outflow continued into the 1940s when stay behinds learned of employment opportunities elsewhere from relatives and friends, totaling over 162,500 by 1950.

It's claimed one of eight Californians are descendents of Oklahoma migrants. One look at the contents of this car tells us why.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Closed culture, Minding The Campus - For the last half-century, universities have transitioned from an open to a closed culture, in which an official ideology was merged with an official morality, which led to the exclusion of all other views. In closed cultures, the official ideology is the only theory, set of beliefs, and values that are permitted. There are no procedures to challenge or correct that ideology. Alternatives theories, arguments, evidence, and conclusion are suppressed. This new official ideology is “social justice,” a neo-Marxist framework, not just a theory and classification; it is a practical program for attacking oppressors and raising up victims.

 

Coercion, James Kunstler - The spirit of the kangaroo court has graduated into business and politics where it has proven especially useful for settling scores and advancing careers and agendas dishonestly. Coercion has replaced persuasion. We dare not even debate climate change, the crack-up of a debt-based money system, the winding–down of techno-industrial economy, and the ecological destruction of the only planet that human beings call home. Next on tap for this beleaguered nation will be a constitutional crisis and a financial crisis. These will open up a maelstrom of losses which will then be hard to either adjudicate or correct, once our system of law is compromised.

 

SHTF Intel, Modern Survival Blog - If and when the SHTF, what will matter most is your local situation. There’s not much that you can do to affect regarding big national or regional issues. Local however is another story. Within this sphere is its own geography, terrain, your own home and property and other people with their homes and properties. Businesses, stores, buildings and structures, roads. There’s a town government. Services. Local law enforcement. Emergency personnel. People within your tactical sphere have their own opinions, beliefs, political leanings, motivations, their own readiness, their own influence among the community.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This article is a brief overview. For those who'd like to follow up, my go-to site for post-apocalypse intelligence is American Partisan. Links to get you started are here .

 

Violence, American Thinker - Never before in the history of any polity has one side maintained a monopoly on intimidation, harassment, and violence. The fragility of democracy is that mass movements feed on their success and move to the extremes. Today, it is harassment and intimidation. Tomorrow it will be violence. And violence will beget violence. The campus has become the Bonneville proving grounds of leftist violence. At present, they have a monopoly. They control who can speak and who can listen, and they receive little to no disciplinary action by perverted administrators who share their politics and salivate over their behavior, yearning to be out in the streets ganging up on unarmed conservatives.

 

1940s. War poster

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I've lost the chain of custody on this one. "Your council will collect" suggests it's British.

 

 

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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.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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

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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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9 Oct 2018