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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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Edwin Blashfield, Evangeline Blashfield, 1889

A portrait of the artist's wife. Edwin Blashfield was an American painter, born in 1848, best known for his murals.

One of his finest murals, entitled Spirit of the West, is in the Governor's office of the South Dakota State Capitol. It's now a blank wall. Governor Janklow had it covered in 1997 at the request of "South Dakota's Native American population" .


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Stuff that annoys me. This one is only slightly less irritating than parentheticals: name inflation. Example: John Smith imagines his name will have more gravitas as John Robert Smith, but reconsiders. It has the spoor of confession. He tries J.R. Smith, but alas, it's too light and tidy, doesn't take up enough space.

So he goes full precious and uses J. Robert Smith. It's nomenclature without the nomen. Poifeck. How then shall we address him? That's the whole point. He puts the burden on us. We're expected to wait anxiously for The Big Reveal while we consider asking, "Mind if I call you Jayrob? No? How about Snuffy, zat work for you?"

Such people should live a less examined life.


Cicero, quoted by Terry Jeffrey at Town Hall

There is a true law, a right reason, conformable to nature, universal, unchangeable, eternal, whose commands urge us to duty, and whose prohibitions restrain us from evil. Whether it enjoins or forbids, the good respect its injunctions, and the wicked treat them with indifference. This law cannot be contradicted by any other law and is not liable either to derogation or abrogation.


Gerard Van der Leun at the indispensable American Digest writes of the decades old UFO mystery. No, not that mystery, the other mystery:

I see that the furry pie-plates, the fuzzy oblongs, and the eternal soft-focus sky-scooters are back in the news yet again. It continues to be one of the major photographic mysteries of all time that with Google Earth cameras that can show you the cleavage of a busty blonde on the beach the cameras of those jets assigned to defend the nation cannot focus on an alien invader. Still it’s in the grand tradition of UFO photoging. In well over seventy years of photographing UFOS nobody has ever been able to find focus.

The best and most detailed images of UFOs were done in the 1950s by illustrators for one-shot magazines, the ones promising The Secret Truth Declassified. Typically it would show a disc with windows and louvers, flying low above DC, bedeviled by Air Force interceptors. The actual photos were the same-o blurry blobs or featureless lights in the night sky, as if it were an art form with rules. The text would breathlessly reveal they were objects that flew but were unidentified.

You'd think things would improve over a lifetime, as Mr. Van der Leun says. Today's camera lenses are the equal of research instruments back then, and digital arrays are capable of resolution and color fidelity beyond film. But no. We see videos of videos in some wavelength used to image asteroids by looking through the sun. It's a conspiracy I tell ya. Just take a good picture, cantcha?

Wisdom in one breath

From Sara Welch at KTLA Los Angeles, via Daily Mail

We tried to reach out to the man who died in this pursuit. They were unavailable for comment.

From Ross Marchand at the Daily Bell

Every dollar increase in cigarette taxes leads to a 14-percentage point increase in cigarette smuggling from a low-tax state to a high-tax state.

Jim at Jim's Blog

Socialism is knocking over the apple cart to produce an abundance of apples.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Medical cost increases are not the profit center. They are the stick to sell you the insurance.

From Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine, about cannibalism

If the professor’s suggestion is accepted, the Amazon will no longer have to burn, or burn quite so much, and we shall be able to slip down to the local fast-food outlet and order a biceps-burger, a trapezius tartare, or a hamstring and eggs.

From Ethel Fenig at American Thinker

On Friday, millions of manipulated children staged a "climate strike." And just like that, there was no climate.

From Daisy Luther at the Organic Prepper

Why is it that we are willing to stockpile years’ worth of food and seeds, but we aren’t willing to free our imaginations enough to see what the rest of that scenario looks like?

From Wesley Smith at The American Spectator

What is the essential difference between a biological male existentially identifying as a female demanding body-modifying surgery and an ambulatory person who perceives her true self to be an amputee also wanting an operation to attain the desired physical state?

From Reader1, comment at Zero Hedge

If white is a privilege, why didn't Barry claim to be white? Why does Beta pretend to be hispanic? Why does Rachel Dolezal pretend to be black?

From Patrick Symmes at the Daily Beast

Honesty is the best disguise.

From Don Surber

In Washington, where there's smoke, there's mirrors.


Speaking of diversity—we were?—here are two really and for true headlines from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Philly’s next sheriff is throwing a party for a former sheriff before he goes to prison

Why 60,000 residents move out of Philadelphia every year

and finally,

A reader tells me the waterproofing I'm using doesn't last very long. I'll find out, I've used it on a pile-o'-stuff.

The economy. Here's a word to watch: illiquid. You'll see it a lot in the coming weeks. Last time around, during the housing bubble and Lehman debacle, banks knew each other's 'securities' were bogus so the Fed provided Shovel Ready Liquidity, meaning they printed money at warp speed and gave it to the financiers while uninvolved innocents lost their houses to rapacious banker fraud. The press still swoons at the noble genius of it all. In truth, financiers did save the economy. Not our economy. Their economy.

This time around it's an Everything Bubble. The epic wreck will show up first in the bond market but soon after express itself most visibly in equities. Expect a giddy market top followed by a series of sideways stutters, then an unstoppable stair-stepping crash into unexampled national penury of unknown duration. Maybe a generation.

How bad will it be? The whole world will be in black and white again like in the '30s. We'll all drive antique beaters with tufted bench seats and inner tubes and gears that whine. People rich enough to own movies will show them in auditoriums and charge admission. Yes, that bad.

Well gang, enough light hearted optimism. We gotta face reality. Fortunately, Yer Ol' Woodpile has wrestled it to ground and stomped the air bubbles out for your convenience. Right after this old ad.


1949. Hudson magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Hudson was not a product of a short lived post-war automobile company as some suppose, it goes back to 1909. The Essex and Terraplane were other Hudson marques.

Hudson and Nash-Kelvinator formed the American Motors Company in 1954. Hudson, clearly the junior partner, was effectively dissolved. AMC was acquired by Chrysler in 1990.


Remus's notebook


College Fix - On Campus Of 30,000 Students, Less Than 10 Attend University’s White Privilege Workshop ... nine students showed up, two were student journalists, five are members of the university’s conservative Young Americans for Freedom chapter, two attended for extra credit.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Grammar SWAT team sez: the author meant "Fewer Than 10" of course, not "Less Than 10". If it can be counted, it's "fewer". You can have fewer ice cubes in your tea but not fewer sugar. I'm just a recovering engineer and even I know that. There's more but let's not pile on. Kids. Sheesh.

Zero Hedge - "Stiff, Strong, And Tough" - Researchers Discover New Plastic That Could Revolutionize Body Armor ... also rapidly dissipates heat

Live Science - Underground Continents May Be As Old As Earth ... likely survived the planet-rocking impact that first formed the Moon

Legal Insurrection - MSNBC Poll About Guns Backfires Fabulously ... 92% support the second amendment

Zero Hedge - New Zealanders Face 5 Years In Jail For Not Handing-In Banned Firearms ... it can't happen here

Ancient Origins - Surprise Discovery That Ancient Tin Ingots Found in Israel Came From England ... the British Isles had developed maritime trade routes with the rest of the world as early as the Bronze Age

Science News - An island grave site hints at far-flung ties among ancient Americans ... Great Lakes and southeastern hunter-gatherers may have had direct contact 4,000 years ago

Atlas Obscura - Why Museums Display Ancient Pastries and Beef Older Than Christ ... in galleries showcasing mummies and priceless art, you can also find seeds, biscuits, and even ancient cuts of beef

Ars Technica - Fresh analysis of LIGO data supports “no hair” theorem for black holes ... ringdown overtones yield accurate estimates of mass and spin of a new black hole

Art of Manliness - How to Make the Best Beef Jerky in the World ... it won the taste test

CEI - Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions ... none of the apocalyptic predictions have come true

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Climatology uses science but isn't itself a science, meaning it has no demonstrated predictive power. Worse, corrupt practitioners have put climatology in a class with astrology and phrenology, so progress will be retarded for the duration .

Principia Scientific - Damning Ruling Posted in the Mann-v-Ball ‘Trial of the Century’ ... eight-year libel suit is “dismissed with prejudice” due to Mann’s “inexcusable delay"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ball exposed Mann's global warming "hockey stick" for the fraud it was

The Drive - Is Raytheon's Pint-Sized Peregrine The Air-To-Air Missile The Pentagon Has Been Waiting For? ... half the size of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile with equal or superior performance

Vintage News - Beautifully Preserved Iron Age Artifacts Found Under Norwegian Glaciers ... some of the artifacts date as far back as 4,000 B.C. and include Viking swords, clothing, and even wooden skis

Vintage News - 80,000-yr-old Neanderthal Footprints Astonish Experts in Normandy ... prints reveal adults would have been around 5’8

Science Alert - Within Months, 6 Quiet Galaxies Became Blazing Quasars And Scientists Don't Know How ... what we knew about quasars could be wrong

Summit News - Instagram is Now Banning Photos of People at Gun Ranges, Claiming They Promote ‘Violence’ ... war on the 2nd Amendment kicks into high gear

Survival Blog - Root Cellar Construction ... "after pondering my mistakes of the first RC"

Market-Ticker - Racism and Gun Control? ... white people murder damn near nobody in proportional terms

History Net - The Top Most Disgusting Military Rations ... could wreak such intestinal havoc that soldiers called them “Hitler's secret weapon”

Cosmos - No bones about it: a first glimpse of what Denisovans looked like ... scientists paint a picture using genetic data alone

Guns & Ammo - 5 Best Subsonic Loads for the .22LR ... produce roughly half the noise

Popular Mechanics - 7 Apps You Should Delete from Your Phone Right Now ... you can't even trust the Bible


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Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Gun violence, American Greatness - The Democrats’ emphasis on gun control shifts the focus away from the vast majority of so-called gun violence, the continuous train of atrocities committed primarily by young black men and other minorities in our demoralized inner cities. The rhetoric of “gun violence” obscures these crimes by focusing on the tool and averting attention from who is committing crimes and how often. On the other hand, they say we have too many people in prison—particularly “people of color”—and that we need to open up the prisons and can do so without endangering society. Democrats never imagine doing this kind of confiscation effort in the ghetto, where genuinely dangerous “felon in possession” cases are ignored.


Civil War II, The Z Man - Even if you can conjure a scenario in which a group revolts or the ruling class splits, resulting in a civil war of some type, it’s hard to imagine it being violent. Rebelling against the local police department, much less the military is laughably implausible. Rebellion would have to be guerrilla war, infiltration of ruling class assets, so rebels can easily and surreptitiously throw sand in the gears of the custodial state. The probability of an old fashioned civil war is close to zero. A new type of rebellion, one suited for the age and the sorts of people unhappy with the system, is increasingly likely. Middle-class mom giving company passwords to rebel hackers is a likely scenario.


Red line, Burning Platform - The nation founded by our ancestors in the last quarter of the 18th has not existed in anything like its original form for over a century. Debating where, or even if, we have gone astray is no longer of any consequence. It is pointless to debate with those who worship the state about the issue of “gun control”. No deluge of facts and statistics will alter their view. Their stated intent is to remove the means of resistance from the homes and hands of the law abiding. The history of the human race is a litany of tyranny and genocide following hard upon the disarming of a people. There is no solution other than resistance. We are facing the same hard choices faced by other peoples at other times and in other places.


Warren, James Kunstler - Ms. Warren might win the nomination but stuck on-the-job in a second Great Depression much worse than the one of the 1930s. I doubt she could FDR her way through it. America back then still had plenty of everything except cash money. Lots of oil, ores, factories, and well-regimented workers. Now the remaining oil costs so much to get out of the ground it’s bankrupting the oil companies. The ores are gone. The factories stand in ruin. And the workforce has degenerated into various mobs demanding something for nothing. It will be less a depression than a long emergency of permanent contraction, and even Ms. Warren’s zesty grandmotherly charms may not avail to preserve the civil order under those conditions.


1941. New York City


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Recycling '40s style, the glorious and last high point for the now vanished junkman.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


White-hating, WND - Whatever is convulsing the country, it's not identity politics. Blacks are not being pitted against Hispanics. Hispanics are not being sicced on Asians, and Ameri-Indians aren't being urged to attack the groups just mentioned. Rather, they're all piling on honky. Conservatives refuse to come to terms with the fact that our politics are almost exclusively anti-white. It's considered politically incorrect or "racist" to advocate on behalf of whites – even if whites are being dangerously maligned and marginalized; even if there is an anti-white sentiment that runs through our institutions, both public and private. Our politics are an anti-white show and sham.


MMT, City Journal - "Modern Money Theory,” has a simple premise: the U.S. and other Western countries can offer government-funded, good-paying jobs to anyone who wants one and pursue any other public-policy objective as well, through vastly increased spending. This upside-down theory matches reality only because reality is upside-down. Western governments have injected trillions of dollars’ worth of government distortions into a supposedly free-market financial system, where the values of stocks, bonds, and real estate have become increasingly hallucinatory. MMT promises a lifetime engorging feast, assuming that because the normal rules of economics don’t apply now, they will never apply.


Dust, Daily Galaxy - The cause of the ice age 466 million years ago was a mystery, until now: Science Advances argues that the ice age was caused by global cooling, triggered by extra dust in the atmosphere from a giant asteroid collision in outer space.There’s always a lot of dust from outer space floating down to Earth, little bits of asteroids and comets, but this dust is normally only a tiny fraction of the other dust in our atmosphere such as volcanic ash, dust from deserts and sea salt. But when a 93-mile-wide asteroid between Mars and Jupiter broke apart 466 million years ago, it created way more dust than usual.


Ambush, Prepper's Will - Surviving an ambush and its setting becomes a bad situation in which the ambusher tries to catch his victim at a serious disadvantage. The victim can’t fight back on equal terms. It’s better to avoid an ambush than to try to crash out of one. If caught, the best course is escape, and any counterattack is only to aid the escape, not to gain a victory over the ambusher. Tactics are more important than weapons. This is especially true in an ambush because the ambusher tries to set up his ambush so that the victim can’t use his weapons effectively. Planning ahead for surviving an ambush and coping with its prospects is essential.


1944. Europe


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The bare trees tell us it's late 1944. No location is given for this photo, it could be France or Belgium.

Shown in the photo is the M5 Stuart, a 15 ton tank mounting a 37mm main gun. 22,750 were produced from 1941 through 1944, most in Berwick Pennsylvania. U.S. tank battalions were equipped with three companies of Sherman medium tanks and one company of Stuart light tanks—half the weight of the Sherman.


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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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24 Sep 2019