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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 some level
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
not who we are
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
value neutral
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
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


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

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
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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William Bouguereau, The Story Book, 1877

William Bouguereau was fifty-two years old when he painted this picture. He lived until 1905. And here I shall end my attempt at synopsis. There are many things students of history should know beside politics, and Bouguereau is the one artist whose story best summarizes the decapitation of western art.

Spoiler—Reviled, scorned and denounced for decades by the grasping cretins behind "modern art", specifically and by name, his reputation and works have reemerged spectacularly and set records for prices paid.

This was not a stand alone event, it's an ongoing part of the assault on western civilization. For further reading see these classic essays, William Bouguereau and The Real 19th Century by Fred Ross, and The Great 20th Century Art Scam by Fred Ross. The "long march through the institutions" was a wider effort than most imagine.

For those interested to know more of this artist, I refer you to the Biography of William Bouguereau, by Damien Bartoli with Fred Ross, at the Art Renewal Center. Here are some excerpts from Mr. Ross's introduction:

"William Bouguereau is unquestionably one of history's greatest artistic geniuses. Yet in the past century, his reputation and unparalleled accomplishments have undergone a libelous, dishonest, relentless and systematic assault of immense proportions. His name was stricken from most history texts and when included it was only to blindly degrade and disparage him and his work ..."

Mr. Ross includes his estimate of Bouguereau's rightful place in the pantheon:

"... arguably the greatest painter of the human figure in all of art history. His figures come to life like no previous artist has ever before or ever since achieved. He wasn't just the best ever at painting human anatomy, more importantly he captured the tender and subtlest nuances of personality and mood".

Art historians have never been short on hyperbole.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I've always suspected the very fabric of the universe isn't indifferent to humanity, it's biased against us by some part of a per cent. Meaning we have no chance in the long run. To wit: yer ol' Woodpile Report Headquarters was without an internet connection for most of two days, and without telephone for a while. Cell phone? Hah! We 'gotta go outside and walk to a place where we can probably get one bar. When we got our real phone back it was time to engage with, you should pardon the expression, "customer assistance".

It sure was fun talking with people in Pakistan or India, or more correctly, talking at them. Their side of the conversation consisted of unintelligible blather with an English word dropped in every now and again just to keep our hopes up. One of 'em hung up on me when it became clear my command of Urdu or Hindi was not all it could be.

On our fourth attempt, late in the second day, we were connected to someone who spoke English as a second language rather than mimicking sounds they heard in American movies. Then the real work began.

Anyway, my usual "few words" are actually a few words this time.


Wisdom in one breath

From El Borak at Men of the West

During the twentieth century, Britain sank from being the world’s foremost power to a marginal colony of Brussels where you can go to jail over a Facebook post.

From Naresh Jotwani at The Saker

To raiders and marauders, there is no fundamental difference between a company and a country; they are just two types of prey.

From Roger Simon at PJ Media

You can blather on all you want about "white privilege," but does anyone possibly think Smollett's blackness had nothing to do with this result?

From Aesop at Raconteur Report, about gun control

Confiscation would end about noon Tuesday, and then the real bloodbath would begin – at city hall, the statehouse, and ultimately, on scaffolds in D.C.

From Leo Damrosch at Lapham's Quarterly

Rhetorical man exists in society, takes coloration from it, and knows who he or she is not by introspection but by feedback from other people.

From Paul Roberts at Institute for Political Economy

Hollywood can make all the movies it wants with female superheroes, but superheroes are the last thing whining American feminists are.


The Z Man cites attorney Michael Avenatti, a.k.a., The Creepy Porn Lawyer, as part of the case for bring back the hangman:

His inability to distinguish right from wrong probably would have gotten him killed by puberty in most times. Society was too near a run thing to tolerate these types of people. In fact, there’s good evidence that Western society deliberately removed these sorts of people from the breeding stock by the miracle of capital punishment...

At some point, survival will require dealing with people like Michael Avenatti. If after a quick trial, he is hanged in a public square, the dynamics of society would quickly change. Being the slick talking grifter would plummet in status and even the dumb people in mass media would become afraid of them. The executions would proliferate until the balance of personality types in society was restored. In other words, it’s time to bring back the hangman.


Andrew McCarthy at Motus Mentis reminds us:

Do you recall the origin of the word “podcast”? It is a moment of tech history preserved in amber: a reference to the Apple iPod, a now-obsolete music player introduced in 2001. There are still many of them out there, but they will soon go the way of the cassette player and the VCR.


A 1947 observation by British major-general Trepor-Roper is worth considering when contemplating our own time. From Spectator USA:

Far from being ruthlessly efficient, as Goebbels’s propaganda had claimed and which many had swallowed, the Nazi state was in fact the opposite, for it contained no mechanism for self-criticism. The structure of German politics and administration, instead of being ‘pyramidical’ and ‘monolithic’, was ‘a confusion of private empires, private armies, and private intelligence services’.

Trevor-Roper depicted the leading Nazis as unscrupulous courtiers, greedily feasting off the spoils of conquest, jostling for favor, ever ready to belittle a rival and even, in the end, to abandon their leader.


John Kass at the Chicago Tribune describes a drug bust in what are becoming no-go areas of the city:

Then, someone reached into the squad car and took seized drugs. The officer standing a few feet away ran to chase the drug thief, and the mob began pressing and threatening the other officer with the suspect. A shot was fired a block away.

A police radio recording of the incident shared with me lays it out.

“Ten people surrounded me indicating they had firearms, then one person away from me … holding his waist … indicating he’d use the firearm against me.”

That’s difficult to put your mind around, that people on the street have lost their fear of the cops. And what comes next? Who can say? But others will push the envelope, and others will push back, and it ends badly.

Chicago is becoming Detroit faster than Detroit became Detroit.


The Boeing 737-MAX disaster threatens to make the company an also-ran in the world's most competitive civil airliner market. We're talking single-aisle medium range, accounting for three quarters of all airliners built. Airbus, China and Russia now have an opportunity to bite off a much larger chunk. Here's a video of the Russian MC-21 , a serious contender. It's thirteen minutes long, but more entertaining than most promotional videos. Russians will be Russians. Take a look.

Okay gang, 'nuff of this chitchat, time to strap on our Webleys and take our chances amongst the indigenous. But first, an old ad.


1935. Ford UK magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Shown in the ad is the Ford Saloon De Luxe, Double Entrance made in Essex for the British market. Eight body styles in six color schemes were on offer. Known internally as the C-10 , it was produced from 1934 through 1937. Despite the "centre-poise" claim, the suspension wasn't materially different from the Model A.


Remus's notebook

Mexico News Daily - ‘Mother of all migrants’ caravans’ is forming up in Honduras: interior secretary ... armed civilians fired on security forces when they detained migrants Saturday in Tamaulipas. One civilian died, and 107 Central Americans were turned over to immigration agents.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Tamaulipas is Mexico's most northeastern state. Mexico News Daily adds, "Criminal groups are transporting migrants from Tapachula to the northern border in trucks and charging each person thousands of dollars for the service". 20,000 are expected. Tapachula is a city in the southernmost tip of Mexico, on the border with Guatemala.

What's new is, "armed civilians fired on security forces".

Truth About Guns - NZ Confiscations Begin: Police Going to Gun Owners’ Homes, Jobs, One Gun Owner Dead ... visiting gun ranges to gather information

Breitbart - Fed Judge: California’s ‘High-Capacity’ Magazine Ban Unconstitutional ... ban could not survive the test of District of Columbia v. Heller

Survival Blog - It is Time to Build Several ARs ... specs, sources, and options

Breitbart - Nolte: We Can Never Trust the Media, FBI, or Intelligence Community Again ... perjurer and liar James Clapper was our Director of National Intelligence; perjurer and liar John Brennan was the director of our CIA

NY Daily News - Read the prosecution's case against Jussie Smollett ... four page summary

Physics Today - Gravitational waves could settle the disagreement over the universe’s expansion ... an independent measurement of the Hubble constant

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is an exceptionally clear exposition, even the tough parts

American Greatness - No Recriminations for the Real Collusion ... the debasement of our once free press into a state propaganda ministry

Literary Hub - The Quest to Acquire the Oldest, Most Expensive Book on the Planet ... the first issue of the first edition of the first book printed with movable metal type, in near-pristine condition, its pages fresh and clean

Air & Space - F-35: What The Pilots Say ... firsthand accounts of flying the world’s most advanced fighter

Campus Reform - Students demand Thomas Jefferson statue removal ... has been defaced with “Decolonize” and “Black Lives Matter” signs and stickers

College Fix - Black students at UCLA demand $40 million black resource center ... will allow all the school’s black organizations to be housed under one roof

Wall Street Journal - Chicago Prepares to Elect Its First Black Female Mayor ... has had two male black mayors, Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer Jr.

Beans Bullets Bandages & You - Three Prepper Guns That Won’t Get Banned ... prime choices for all prepping situations

SHTF Blog - Are Shotguns the Ultimate SHTF Firearm? ... no, and here's why

Hot Air - AP, NBC: “Black media only” policy at Savannah rally “raises concerns” ... event organizers want to ensure that only one African-American candidate qualifies for the ballot

art-remus-ident-04.jpg You do understand all the talk of equality during the "civil rights era" was a scam, don't you? But my my, they sure did talk pretty. "I have a dream". Wow, if that don't get 'em, I don't know DC. Some of the convinced are still convinced, as if their foot has been nailed to the floor since 1963.

Daily Galaxy - “Unknown Physics”, A Strange Signal from One of the Largest Objects in the Cosmos ... "will either be hugely important or a total dud, I don’t think there is a halfway point"

Daily Galaxy - “The Day the Earth Rained Glass”, Prelude to Extinction ... first time the debris produced in the impact was found along with animals killed in the immediate aftermath of the impact


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Selco, Organic Prepper - Quite often, guys used human shields to get to the house. A lot of people got killed because they thought it was not OK to kill some poor prisoner in order to defend the house. Imagine that three bad guys come towards you and they push two older women in front of them. Terrible situations. And after some time, most shot at everything that looked suspicious… no matter what. Often you do not see the enemy and shoot at whatever. Sounds bad but in a lot of the situations very good thing was to shoot at anything that looks even close to suspicious, and in most of the situations, not even stop later to check.


Resistance, Z Man - The people responsible for de-platforming and doxxing are not at the top. It is people in the bureaucracies of government, the tech oligopolies or the banks. We know petty tyrants at Amazon are responsible for the rash of book banning there. It’s not Jeff Bezos or some C-level executive making these decisions. Instead it is people in the labyrinth of cubicles exercising their tiny bit of arbitrary power. The massive bureaucracies that maintain the custodial state are filled with people having the disposition of meter maids. They not only delight in enforcing the smallest of rules, but they take pleasure seeing their victims suffer grave consequences from running afoul of those small rules. It’s this sadism that drives them to seek out new victims and torment them like cats playing with a mouse.


Chicago, American Thinker - Mr. Soros may have wanted a dummy in the office to assure that instructions would be obeyed, but Foxx now has dug herself a hole and doesn’t understand the need to stop digging. She is changing her story – always a mistake because it proves she was lying, an absolute no-no for a prosecutor. Now Foxx is claiming that sealing the court files was an accident. Foxx also had claimed that she had recused herself, but evidently did not bother with the paperwork necessary for such a recusal. Now that an FBI and DoJ investigation is in prospect she and her underlings are scrambling to explain away the lie.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Not breaking news, just a good summary for your reference. When something makes no sense, something else is going on. The prevailing theory says Smollett did what he did for his own protection after learning too much about something or someone—here the tale gets murky—and Foxx 'pardoned' Smollett's theatrics rather than risk discovery at a trial.

For your reading pleasure, here's all thirty-nine pages of the Chicago Police investigation of Mr. Smollett's claimed assault.

Daily Wire - Michelle Obama's Ex-Chief Of Staff Admits She Did Try To Intervene In Smollett Investigation ... has now gone on the record

NY Times - The Smollett Family Business: Acting and Activism ... kids were raised in the orbit of the Black Panthers. Excerpt:

“My mom was in the movement with Bobby Seale and Huey Newton, and one of her first mentors was Julian Bond,” Mr. Smollett said of the Black Panther founders and the civil rights leader. “To this day, Angela Davis is one of her dearest friends. We’ve spent Mother’s Day with Angela.”


Backtracking, Prepper's Will - When you can’t remember which way back to camp backtracking is the only chance of making it out of the wilderness. Basically, all you do is track yourself, and it’s a perfect way to supplement a compass in some very tough situations. It’s much easier than it sounds, and with a little practice, you’ll soon be able to enhance your trail by leaving clues along the way. Anytime you’re working in a particularly rough, hilly, or thickly forested area; it’s a good idea to deliberately mark the trail periodically. Probably the most important step is to study your own boot print thoroughly. Many people that track quite a bit will actually cut a notch in their sole to make it easier to identify.


1940. Visalia California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pictured are migrant field hands in a semi-permanent camp near Visalia, a city of about 136,000 in California's heavily agricultural San Joaquin Valley. In 1940 the population was 8,900. This was a particularly nice rig for a family on the move.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Harvard discrimination lawsuit, Kakistocracy - Asians labor under a satisfying delusion that perceived merit will perpetually carry them forward. In reality, mandated diversity has always been their friend and mortally wounding it will accrue to their detriment in ways they have almost certainly not considered. But, of the world’s seven billion minorities, the death of Diversity would cut Asians shallowest, and so they betrayed their POC partners for a wider berth at the Western trough. But if Asians lose this case, they risk relegation to a semi-formal state of whiteness. The court could carve out another principled exception to America’s sacred principle of non-discrimination. It’s all quite a conundrum. How can whites reconstruct their country in a way that only harms whites?


Mars, Phys Org - Mars is crisscrossed with the tracks of long-dead rivers. Spacecraft have taken photos of hundreds of these rivers from orbit, and rovers sent back images of pebbles that were rounded—tumbled for a long time in the bottom of a river. It's a puzzle why ancient Mars had liquid water. Mars has an extremely thin atmosphere today, and early in the planet's history, it was also only receiving a third of the sunlight of present-day Earth, which shouldn't be enough heat to maintain liquid water. The rivers also show strong flow up to the last geological minute before the wet climate dries up. Which is wrong: the climate models, the atmosphere evolution models, or our basic understanding of inner solar system chronology?


Criminologists, City-Journal - While academic criminology has had much to say about crime, most of it has been wrong. Should we listen to criminologists today when, say, they call for prisons to be emptied, cops to act as glorified playground attendants, and criminal sentences to be dramatically reduced, if not eliminated? Criminologists’ lack of direct contact with subjects, situations, and neighborhoods invites misunderstandings about the reality of crime. The largest group of criminologists self-identify as radical or “critical.” Liberal assumptions go unchecked and tendentious claims of evidence become fact, while countervailing evidence doesn’t get published or faces much more rigorous scrutiny than the assertions that it challenges.


Russiagate, CounterPunch - What became apparent early on is that the audience for the Russian interference story was the urban and suburban bourgeois who had no knowledge of the 90% of the country that is living, by degree, hand-to-mouth. Most damaging to the burgeoning left in the U.S. is the deeply ugly character assassination of poor and working-class voters carried out by the urban bourgeois radical left. People I know and like, but with whom I disagree politically, have spent the last three years being derided as traitorous, marginally literate hicks too stupid to know they are pawns of the Kremlin. The irony is that they knew the Russian interference story was cynical bullshit all along while the graduate degree crowd was following every twist and turn as if it were true knowledge.


1944. Washington DC


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Heavy machine gun belted ammunition as part of a B-29 display for Washington notables.


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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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2 April 2019