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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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Constant Troyon, Going to Market on a Misty Morning, 1851

Formerly a landscape painter of the Barbizon School, Constant Troyon became a professional animal painter in 1847, successful in large part for his ability to portray them in convincing environments. He died in 1865 at age fifty-five. Barbizon was an art community near the Forest of Fontainebleau southeast of Paris, later a fashionable Parisian retreat.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There has always been distance between "town and country", with "town" claiming the high ground, or more exactly, claiming its ground is higher. The more circumspect among 'em portray "country" as sincere but simple folk in desperate need of a guiding hand for anything beyond noncognitive chores. At its worst, ridicule had been a mild but unwavering staple of the entertainment business. We hadn't seen venomous condemnation until now.

It seems part of a general pattern. We see the "mask being dropped" by the left, revealing their opposition to freedom of speech and the second amendment. Now the east and west coasts are openly preparing to nullify rural America's voice in national elections. They're saying rural Americans aren't just misguided simpletons after all, they're evil parasites undeserving of the riches they leech from the cities, hence the effort to circumvent the Electoral College.

Jackson Kernion , Philosophy PhD student and Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley, said to have taught many philosophy courses at the university, felt confident enough to write this on Twitter, November 5, 2019.

Please note: Mr. Kernion's Twitter page has been deleted in response to widespread outrage. This is copy-pasted from the archive.

The need for people who decide to live in rural America to be subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life. Rural healthcare should be expensive! And that expense should be borne by those who choose rural America!

Same goes for rural broadband. And gas taxes. It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move.

None of the replies I'm getting even *try* to address the central point I'm making: that we shouldn't make rural life *artificially* cheaper. That's how you know I'm right.

I'm generally in favor of crushing rural America through market mechanicms. What generalizations might I (or some other person) not like?

I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. they, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions. Some, I assume, are good people. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid, and we should shame people who aren’t pro-city.

This is a cached image of the "I unironically ... " Twitter post via Cody Johnston. Notice how many "likes" for his comment.

On November 10, 2019 he wrote a followup. Again, the Twitter page has been deleted, this is copy-pasted from the archive:

Pretty sure I did a bad tweet here. Gonna delete it. I'll want to reflect on it more later, but my tone is way crasser and meaner than I like to think I am.

Mr. Kernion's Twitter account now appears to have been vacated altogether.

Much the same argument is made in an essay by Craig Torres posted at Bloomberg about small towns making an effort to retain their best and brightest, but "those efforts are misguided, economists at Princeton University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond argue in a new paper"..

The study says “cognitive non-routine” or CNR workers are more productive when they’re clustered in the same place, typically a large metropolis. They’re “too valuable” to be distributed across smaller towns, which would amount to a “waste of resources,” the authors write.

Notice the core argument in both of these screeds: if they can't buy it, it's worthless.


Harry Stein recalls the most effective undeclared boycott yet mounted by Joe Everyman, at City Journal. Excerpts:

Featuring bullies, sexual harassers, and sociopaths without portfolio, the ad flipped Gillette’s usual tagline to ask: “Is this the best a man can get?” And soon, a Facebook ad followed showing—wait for it—a dad helping his transgender teen shave for the first time.

Leftists are always ready to mount overnight, all-hands-on-deck campaigns against anything or anyone—denouncing whole fields of endeavor as racist or sexist, launching boycotts of entire cities and states. Conservatives tend to be go-it-alone types, not great at getting the point across.

Procter & Gamble had written down Gillette by $8 billion this summer. Soon they’d be running ads featuring a brawny fireman! Turns out that there were thousands of lone wolves out there, tens of thousands, each the best a man can get.


Ben Rickert posted a quote from a video of President Vladimir Putin, at Twitter:

Vladimir Putin: "The Dollar Enjoyed Great Trust Around The World. But For Some Reason It Is Being Used As A Political Weapon, Imposing Restrictions. Many Countries Are Now Turning Away From The Dollar As A Reserve Currency. US Dollar Will Collapse Soon."

Wisdom in one breath

From PA, about visiting Poland

The difference between me and them, is that I as a sort-of American represented a conquered people and they represented free men.

From Lou Aguilar at The American Spectator

Today’s vacuous progressive auteurs can only feminize popular male characters rather than create good female ones.

From George Ure at Urban Survival

Trade warfare is worth following. Because in our models, it will turn into food warfare.

From Borepatch

We haven't seen a record high temperature set in any of the fifty States in over 20 years despite the run of reported Hottest Year Ever.

From Doug Casey at International Man

The only way the State can solve a problem is by undoing things that it’s already done, not doing more.

From Fred Reed at Unz Review

If intelligence were cultural then all the children in Isaac Newton’s neighborhood should have been towering mathematical geniuses.

From Don Surber

Two things are not coming back: black-and-white TVs and newspapers.

From Astrophysicist Dan Hooper at Daily Galaxy

That is the thing about infinity: it takes things that are otherwise very unlikely and makes them all inevitable.


Martin Armstrong explains the repo crisis centered on Deutsche Bank

The crisis in liquidity is that American bankers will NOT lend to Europe. Because of the European Banking Crisis, banks just do not trust banks. Nobody knows who will be standing after a failure at Deutsche Bank. The Fed has had to step in to be the neutral lender NOT because of a crisis in the USA, but because of the collapse in confidence in Europe’s banking system as a whole. Stay alert – this is just getting started.


Cyril Widdershoven at Oil Price reports a ban on fossil fuel investment in Europe

Activist global warming strategies have now caused the European Investment Bank to ban its fossil fuel project funding... the EIB has decided to cut its financial support for all new fossil fuel projects by 2021. It will also support €1 trillion of investments in climate action and environmental sustainability. This is meant to force European countries to put an end to new gas-fueled power projects...

and finally,

The impeachment hearings are hogging the news, opinion pieces, essays and I don't know what all. Items of importance and real interest are scarce. I'm feeling like a lone prospector panning for gold in a played out creek. But that doesn't mean yer getting off easy, oh no my friend, what's there is red in tooth and claw.

Well, Yer Ol' Woodpile Report is late again, as I told you it would be. I work at it intermittently, distracted and sleep deprived. Fortunately my bins of old photos and ads are well filled—it's like the proprietor of a hardware store told me, the best thing about his business is a 1/4-20 screw is the same whether he sells it today or five years from now. And fortunately doing WPR is fun, but I'm not happy about backsliding. That's my complaint for today. Tomorrow's complaint will be better, I promise.


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Remus's notebook


Counter-Currents Publishing - Groypers Rising ... what the Turning Point USA rebellion is all about

The Drive - Chilean Protestors Down Drone By Dazzling It With Dozens Of Laser Pointers ... laser dazzlers are becoming a major component of drone defenses

New York Post - Chick-fil-A cuts charity ties with anti-LGBTQ groups ... the company revealed that it would no longer donate to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and other groups that have been criticized for their stances on LGBTQ issues

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Chick-fil-A thinks they're in the clear. Nope and double nope. They've betrayed their clientel and put blood in the water.

College Fix - Video: Aggressive, frenzied mob attacks conservative students, destroys their display ... State University of New York at Binghamton

Electroverse - Arctic Conditions Grip the United States, Rewrite the Record Books, this is Big ... Total Snow Mass in the Northern Hemisphere growing exponentially over the past few years, correlating neatly with low solar activity

Big League Politics - US Catholic Bishops Endorse Gun Control Manifesto ... “assault weapons” bans, magazine capacity restrictions, universal background checks, “limitations on handguns”

Law Enforcement Today - City Council: Atlanta Mayor used police funds to treat herself to two luxury vehicles ... total cost of both the cars was $175,000

The Blaze - Gov. Ralph Northam confirms Virginia already 'working on' gun confiscation now that Democrats are in control ... Democratic Party controls Virginia's legislature, the governorship, lieutenant governorship, attorney general, and both U.S. Senate seats

Prepper's Will - Natural Navigation 13 Ways To Navigate With Nature ... the sun, moon, stars, weather, plants, trees, animals and more

Outdoor Life - The Six Best Survival Rifles Under $600 ... reliable, lightweight, accurate and packable

Youtube - 3 Levels of Happy Birthday on Piano by Erik C 'Piano Man' ... video, 1m 39s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's a short video, not to be missed. The third one is so over the top you'll still be grinning when you wake up tomorrow.

True Pundit - Drudge Bleeds Out as Conservatives Flee; Rapid Decline Parallels the Enron Model ... numbers are beginning to resemble one of the models employed to predict corporate disasters

Sacramento Bee - More than 1,000 California police accessed background check database for personal use ... in 2017, 147 cases were confirmed, three cases were filed, all misdemeanors

CTD Shooter's Log - Magazine Maintenance: Do’s and Don’ts ... make sure your fancy bangomatic doesn’t become a single shot when you really need it

New York Post - NRA gives chief Wayne LaPierre 57% pay raise amid calls to step down ... base salary of $1.3 million, plus a bonus of $455,000 and “other reportable compensation” of more than $427,000

Taki's Magazine - How Noel Ignatiev Became Dead ... allow me to take a sadistic level of pleasure in the fact that a bowel obstruction is literally what killed him last week

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sample quote from Abolish The White Race, by Noel Ignatiev, Harvard Magazine, 2002: "The goal of abolishing the white race is on its face so desirable that some may find it hard to believe that it could incur any opposition other than from committed white supremacists".

Front Page - Muslim AK-47s and Bombings Turn Sweden Into War Zone ... a call by the police last year asking gang members to turn in their grenades worked as well as expected

Wide Open Spaces - Kindergarteners and Grade Schoolers in Alaska Learn How to Butcher a Moose ... with big sharp knives, oh my!


The Lincoln Inauguration, November 13, 1861



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Depression, Straight Line Logic - Debt is any enemy of government’s perfect ally. The consequences of debt, required repayment of principal, and compounding interest are inexorable, forestalled by central bank and government machinations but never prevented. When the reckoning arrives, governments will find they no longer have the means to wage war or control their populations. The Greater Depression will hit an inflection point and its pace will dramatically quicken. Default, bankruptcy, and deflation will be the order of the day and much of what the world now considers wealth will simply evaporate. Titanic forces are at work, earthshaking changes are coming. Real power, the power to create, invent, build, and produce—the power of the mind—awaits its full liberation.


Break up, Z Man - The next step down the ladder of decline may be so unstable that the weight of past error crashes society through to the bottom. The case for this theory of collapse is the rapidly shrinking white middle-class. The dominant culture today is one that celebrates degeneracy and barbarism. There is the growing sense that what’s left of America is not worth saving. Everyday, more and more white people come to the conclusion that the people they see in politics, the media and popular culture are incompatible with the world they want for themselves and their decedents. That old bourgeois white culture is looking at America like the family exhausted by an alcoholic relative. It’s time to cut our losses.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Whether ancient Rome or the Soviet Union, collapse begins when productive citizens silently withdraw allegiance and decouple where they can. Further rot is expected and doesn't disappoint. Freed from account, the regime collapses from its unsupported weight. In this sense, classic collapse is a secondary effect.

Collapse begins in small ways. For example, cozy phrases like "our" schools—now "the" schools—were common and appropriate until mandatory perversion and selective violence became the new "safety". Compulsory forbearance has replaced consent, no surprise, their children are being held as hostages. Saying "the" schools is meant to dissociate them from their captors.


Eugenics, Alt-Market - In a paper titled 'Proper Earth Government: A Framework And Ways To Create It' Robert Muller outlines how climate change could be used to convince the masses of the need for the introduction of a new “global religion”, and population controls. The UN's Agenda 2030, calls for a radical shift of human production from oil and other large scale energy sources into small scale “renewable energies”. This would require a violent change in human society and most of all industrialized nations. Ted Turner in a moment of honesty said the population should be reduced to 2 billion down from 7 billion. It is always the elites that end up in the position of deciding the fates of millions or billions. They are psychopaths.


Taiwan war, American Thinker - For decades China has announced an intention to start attacking Taiwan and killing a lot of Taiwanese in the process. As a lot of Americans will also die as a consequence of China’s attack, anybody trading with China is trading with the enemy. Trading was supposed to reform China from wanting to kill a lot of non-Chinese. That didn’t work, and until China renounces the use of force, plans should be based on the fact that the attack is still coming. The only uncertainty is the timing. The world is playing a game of musical chairs because China’s war of choice will upend all our planning. So how much time do we have?


1937. Casa Grande, Arizona


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Casa Grande is a small city of about 57,000 located between Tucson and Phoenix in south-central Arizona. Founded as a mining town named Terminus in 1880, it came to rely largely on cotton and dairy by the early twentieth century. Today Casa Grande is a bedroom community with malls and service industries. The population in 1937 was about 1,500 not counting migrant field hand families as seen in the photo below.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Climate science, Watts Up With That - Science is a structured process of debate. No debate means no science, as we use the term. Since 2015, the debate has stopped in any meaningful form, because the activists who control it have abandoned science. Journalists want doomster stories. Activists controlling the flocks of non-governmental agencies demand doomster research. Powerful political interests want doomster research. Fame is money in our society. Journalists boost the careers of scientists whose work supports the narrative. The damage to climate science is effectively forever. Generations of scientists have learned that success is political, the long slide of research quality has just begun.


Against Economics, New York Review of Books - There is a growing feeling, among those who have the responsibility of managing large economies, that the discipline of economics is no longer fit for purpose. It is beginning to look like a science designed to solve problems that no longer exist. Falling unemployment no longer drives up wages. Printing money does not cause inflation. Yet the language of public debate, and the wisdom conveyed in economic textbooks, remain almost entirely unchanged. Heterodox economists continue to be treated as just a step or two away from crackpots, despite the fact that they often have a much better record of predicting real-world economic events.


Hating the press, Town Hall - Journalism is dead. But its zombie corpse rambles on, growling and grousing about how it’s not loved. Which brings us to this week. The coverage of the Trump administration has always been bad, always been biased, just like every other Republican administration. But coming after the eight years of drooling and throne-sniffing during the Obama years, well, even Stevie Wonder could see the jarring difference. Cable news is now overpaid talentless hacks complaining about the existence of people they disagree with. There aren’t policy disagreements debated, or serious information conveyed. It’s one-upping each other on who hates the president and his defenders more.


GPS, MIT Technology Review - Thousands of vessels in Shanghai over the last year are falling victim to a mysterious new weapon that is able to spoof GPS systems in a way never seen before. C4ADS looked at the data that records AIS broadcasts around the world. Analysts noticed that the attacks started the previous summer, increasing as the months rolled on. The most intense interference was recorded on a day in July when a total of nearly 300 vessels had their locations spoofed. To be able to spoof multiple ships simultaneously is extraordinary technology. It looks like magic.


1945. Hiroshima Japan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg On August 6, 1945, a Monday, at 8:15 am, the atomic bomb named "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima. Seventy per cent of the city was destroyed by its explosive power, equal to fifteen thousand tons of TNT. The Little Boy design was kept simple and reliable, and was known from the start to be inefficient. Less than one kilogram of its 64 kilograms of enriched uranium was actually involved in the explosion. All twenty-five were withdrawn from inventory in 1951.


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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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19 Nov 2019