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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
troubled youths
unarmed teen
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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

 

 

 

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Elisabeth Le Brun, Self and Daughter Julie, 1789

Painted the year the French Revolution began. She survived. I've posted a brief biography of Le Brun in a previous Woodpile Report.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Coronavirus isn't Ebola or the Black Plague, it's this year's flavor of the flu. Before this strain appeared, the CDC says from October 1, 2019 to mid-January of this year there have been 8,200 to 20,000 flu deaths in the US. The average per year is about 36,000. Coronavirus won't be all that special until we see numbers substantially above these.

As in every flu season, the usual precautions are your best bet. You know the drill. Stay away from crowds, wash yer hands, eat yer peas, get yer sleep. Apparently it's exceptionally contagious, even during its long incubation period. If your situation warrants it consider N95 or N100 masks and nitrile gloves. Don't get paranoid, but have a worst-case plan for long term isolation and the supplies to support it. The worst of the "worst-case" would have it mutating to a more lethal form.

Some sources say it has an R0 of about 5, which is top-of-the-chart contagious. True? I don't know. One source says the Wuhan coronavirus fatality rate has leaped to 15%, and the infection rate among those exposed is 83%. True? I don't know. But I do know there's something about an epidemic that brings out the apocalyptic in people. It could be because truth is the other Patient Zero.

Understand, the true mortality rate is the number of deaths per total number of patients when they contracted the flu, not per total number of patients when they died. The latter skews the mortality rate downward during the run up. Further, we can't know if many or even most cases are too mild to warrant a diagnosis to begin with, which would drastically skew the mortality rate upward. Nor do national and international agencies generally release their best data to the public on a timely basis. The point is, the numbers themselves are as unreliable as those who have the authority to act on them.

Don't assume disease control agencies can materially limit a flu pandemic, or even intend to. When confronted with a potentially dangerous new strain they invariably forfeit valuable time with inaction and comforting denials until the best opportunity for containment has passed. Then we see theatric but mostly useless gestures to reassure us they're "doing something".

On the other hand, some web sites sensationalize and speculate from the get-go. High end numbers are cited and thrown into the echo chamber, stats from the 1918 flu disaster are trotted out, wood cuts from medieval times get reworked into dark memes, dire but seemingly plausible rumors are passed around, the tired "bring out your dead" video clip is revived, and so forth. Unfortunately, this is different from being wrong.

Which will it be? As we say around here, a man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure. You're on your own, as are we all.

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Coronavirus. This is the opinion of Dr. Yazdan Yazdanpaneh at Paris' Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital:

Medical Xpress - The lead doctor treating two Paris hospital patients for the new virus in China said Saturday that the illness appears less serious than comparable outbreaks of the past and that the chance of a European epidemic appears weak at this stage.

... "This illness is a lot less serious—and we don't say this based on two patients, but talking to our international colleagues—than, for example, SARS," Yazdanpaneh said, referring to the 2002 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome that killed hundreds of people.

The mortality rate for the viral illness identified in China last month is currently thought to be less than 5%, whereas it was double that for SARS, he said.

Linda Fox has posted an excellent survey-summary at Liberty's Torch.

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=> Caution: I've been advised this may be a hoax <=

Excerpts from a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs newsletter, titled “Social Justice Collective Weekly”, via the Independent Minute:

UCCS is known for its number of veterans who are full and part-time students. But these veterans of much the school prides themselves on may be hurting the university.

But the problem lies in their socialization into the military culture that is that of a white supremacist organization. They have been permanently tainted, and are no long fit for a four-year university.

... veterans usually are associated with extremists right-wing groups such as the tea party and the NRA. In order to provide a safe place for all students, extremist right-wing groups must be suppressed on campus. This would include their followers: veterans.

Out of the goodness of the organization’s collective heart, veterans should be “allowed” to attend trade schools: That is not to say that veterans should not be allowed an education. Veterans should be allowed to attend trade schools, or maybe even community college. But, in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.

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An excerpt from Daniel Greenfield's report at Front Page, Cops: Muslim Sex Grooming Gangs “Didn’t Understand That It Was Wrong":

The migrant populations that destroyed the English working class, displacing them and taking their jobs, leaving men without purposeful work, wives without husbands, and children with broken homes, then completed the hat trick by drugging, raping, and killing the daughters of the working class.

And the authorities shrugged because the girls were the worthless leavings of broken homes and a declining populace, the Mohicans and Incas, the Bushmen and the Picts, ragged remnants of defeated tribes brokenly making way for a new conquest, their daughters subjugated by the arrogant colonizers.

... The real tragedy is not that the rapists didn’t understand it was wrong. It’s that the UK no longer does.

Wisdom in one breath

From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker

No State government can pass a law constraining the 2nd Amendment nor can the Federal Government empower a State to do so because the Federal Government never had the right in the first place. One cannot delegate that which one does not possess.

From the Z Man

It is impossible to find a bright and curious person in the woke intellectual class.

The new world order is a matriarchal structure that rewards empty gestures and attention seeking. This would also explain the whole tranny thing.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, about White Man Bad

They just flipped the script one day and pretended it was never any other way.

From Yitzhak Goldstein at The Zelman Partisans

The Left has chosen to redefine the Second Amendment as they did the Commerce, General Welfare, Necessary and Proper, and Supremacy clauses until they mean the opposite of their intent.

From LetThemEatRand, comment at Zero Hedge

No one ever died from being prepared for the worst.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine, about wokeness

Why is it more shameful to be the winner than the loser?

and finally,

Alma-Tadema fans will enjoy these early works, at Art Contrarian.

Well gang, been quite a week here at Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair. For comic relief I tripped while pulling my firewood carrier and fell full length, face first, into the snow. You know how it is. Everything goes slow motion. "This is not happen ..." —splat! It was hilarious, like a pratfall in a silent movie. I got up laughing. The next day I wasn't laughing, I was limping. But, okay now.

Let's get to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report before I do some other fool thing and end up in the news, "Stupid Man Dies in Ridiculous Accident".

 

1954. Pan American World Airlines ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Featured is the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser of 1947, an airliner version of the Stratofreighter, which was a B-29 with a "figure eight bubble" fuselage. Pan Am had a fleet of twenty-eight. The Clipper lounge was considerably less spacious than this illustration would have it.

The Stratocruiser was a troublesome airplane. Maintenance and operating costs were high, its engines were unreliable, its propellers failed catastrophically, its safety record was unenviable and they were generally unprofitable without mail subsidies.

By 1960 the few remaining Stratocruisers in service were being replaced by jets. Unlike other retired propeller airliners, secondary airlines and air freight operations wanted no part of them. A total of fifty-six Stratocruisers were built. None survive.

 

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Hartford Courant - Democrats propose new state police department to combat hate crimes and violent right-wing extremism ... Republicans are “on the same page” as Democrats when it comes to protecting Connecticut residents against hate crimes

Strategic Culture - ‘Racist’ Trump Supporters Should Lose Their Vote, Says NBC

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's in their unwritten Constitution, see Deplorables Article I. Oh wait, you can't. It's unwritten.

Daily Wire - Bernie Campaign Calls Police On Reporters For Asking Questions About His Staff Talking About Killing People ... undercover journalists with James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas

Outdoor Life - Nikon Will No Longer Make Riflescopes ... in Europe association with guns causes problems

Bison Prepper - Boy That Cried Wolf 2 ... it is a law of nature that doomsters gotta doom, we cannot help ourselves

Virginia 113 - Call for Muster of the Unorganized Militia ... for uniting our efforts in the formation of county militias for the defense of liberty for our people

The Virginian - Media Stupidity Is Uniting Left and Right ... Matt Taibbi has the Left's misunderstanding about Trump but he understands the media are committing political suicide

YouTube - Coronavirus Is Worse Than You've Been Told: Scientist Explains ... Dr. Martenson’s PhD is in the field of pathogenic biology. He's the CEO of Peak Prosperity.

Bloomberg - Several people who’ve died from a new virus in China didn’t display symptoms of fever, potentially complicating global efforts to check for infected travelers by temperature screening at airports and other travel hubs.

The Drive - The Secretive Inventor Of The Navy's Bizarre 'UFO Patents' Finally Talks ... author has a Ph. D. and is employed by the government, his patents are assigned to the government

Universe Today - The Evidence is Leaning More and More Towards an Asteroid Ending the Dinosaurs ... climate effects from the Deccan Traps volcanic activity were all in the past by the time the dinosaurs went extinct

Ancient Origins - Are the 11,300-Year-Old LSU Mounds the US Göbekli Tepe? ... professor now estimates the mounds are about 11,300 years old

Excerpt: It is generally agreed among archaeologists that the mounds were an ancient meeting point where information and resources were traded among tribes that once inhabited the area. But if Dr. Ellwood is right, then the LSU Mounds were constructed over 7,000 years before Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Egypt. And Rddad describes them as, “the oldest man-made structures in the Western Hemisphere, and possibly the world”.

Taki's Magazine - Civil Rights Gone Wrong ... the only salvation for American conservatism is to repeal the sainted 1964 Civil Rights Act and restore the constitutional right to freedom of association

The Drive - Russian Navy's Top Officer Says Shadowy Zircon Hypersonic Missile Has "Childhood Diseases" ... still years away from entering service

Navy Matters - The Missing Destroyer ... Burkes are not functional destroyers, they're the modern cruiser/battleship

The Drive - British Streetfighter II Tank Has X-Ray Vision And Is All About The Urban Fight ... lethality, survivability, and situational awareness

Sultan Knish - The Women's March Fails Miserably ... more vendors selling march paraphernalia than there were march attendees to actually wear it

National File - All Denver Schools Will Require Gender Neutral Toilets, Teachers to Respect Gender Pronouns ... staff will also be permitted to hang LGBT rainbow flags

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Public schools are "coming out" as recruitment centers

Science Alert - Chang'e 4 Team Just Released Beyond Amazing New Pics of Our Moon's Far Side ... includes high-resolution images of the lunar surface

WJXT Jacksonville, Florida - Thefts force Northwest Jacksonville store to limit number of customers inside at one time ... only the uncharitable would specify the demographics

Yale Daily News - Art History Department to scrap survey course ... an overwhelmingly white, straight, European and male cadre of artists

Excerpt: The class will also consider art in relation to “questions of gender, class and ‘race’” and discuss its involvement with Western capitalism, Barringer wrote. Its relationship with climate change will be a “key theme,” he wrote.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg And so it is Yale confirms a century of whispers: the place is a poseur, a college-like enterprise

SciTechDaily - New Research Finds Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Strike Linked to ‘Big Thaw’ ... 70km diameter crater is 2.229 billion years old, about half the age of the Earth, may have ended Snowball Earth

Principia Scientific - Scientists Might Have Accidentally Cured Cancer ... very basic research and not close to actual medicines for patients

Dan Bongino - VA Bill Would Criminalize Criticism of Governor and Associates ... vaguely defined harassment to be a Class 1 misdemeanor

Guns In The News - Los Angeles Backs Down, Repeals Controversial Ordinance Targeting NRA ... required contractors seeking to do business with the city to disclose ties to the NRA

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This sort of lawfare requires the NRA to spend gobs-o'-money on legal fees while the city gets off with a "never mind"

New York Post - FBI probes allegations of ‘deep-rooted’ academic fraud in NYC schools ... alleging waste or misconduct by Mayor de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Chancellor Richard Carranza and other “high-level executives”

Apartment Prepper - Four Easiest Ways to Purify Drinking Water ... filtration, boiling, chemical, and distillation

Modern Survival Online - Camouflage for Survival, A Comprehensive Guide ... if you want to remain undetected, you cannot wing it: you need to know what you’re doing

Vintage News - Controversy Erupts Over Plan to go Down and Remove Titanic’s “Voice” ... ‘surgical extraction’ of the radio equipment

Vice - A Wild Discovery About Fungi Just Changed Earth's Evolutionary Timeline ... fossils of a fungal lifeform that lived between 715 and 810 million years ago, long before the dawn of complex life

 

1949. Live from New York, the Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Pandemic, Z Man - Much of the infrastructure in America has been neglected for generations. Drive around an East Coast city. One reason for this is simple corruption. The ruling class no longer feels a duty to the societies over which they rule. They are extractive in nature. Another reason is the collapse of social capital from mass migration and financialization. The obliteration of those over the last few generations is showing up in the infrastructure. In a serious crisis, like a deadly pandemic, survival will depend upon communities voluntarily working together to provide the basics and care for the weak. For much of America, this is now impossible. We may not be able to react to such a threat.

 

Richmond, American Partisan - The Richmond PD is not the Hooville PD. Richmond PD is much larger and more professional. Not only the relative numbers, but the quality of the Patriot attendees was much higher than the Hooville debacle. There were small groups who moved as a team, 2 to perhaps a dozen per group, scattered throughout the crowd, carefully placing themselves in positions where they could quickly respond to threats. Antifa and other communist irregulars must have quickly recognized all of the above and beat a tactical retreat early on. We have people willing to walk into a known trap, trusting their comrades outside the wire to protect them, or to avenge them, but logistics and support are evidently lacking.

 

Tyrants, Taki's Magazine - Today’s writers resemble dictators of the past in their unwillingness to accept opinions contrary to their own. Especially in America, where different views from those of the academe or the media are strictly verboten, and we the people have to view the world through a similar lens as they do—or else. It is probably the greatest irony ever: We fought a seventy-year battle against a totalitarian system that prohibited free speech, and having won it, we adopted the very system we defeated and imposed it on ourselves. No one ever feared Torquemada or Savonarola as much as they fear the Twitter mob today.

 

1943. Baltimore Maryland

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The slogan on the truck reads, "A Richer Milk Makes Baby Thrive".

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Equity, City Journal - The equity movement presumes that any unequal results in society reflect structural or institutional racism, even when officials can’t identify any actual discrimination. To redress these purported inequities, the movement demands that every city department’s mission, and every major decision in local government, be looked at from a racial-equity perspective. Equity-minded prosecutors have been leading efforts to decriminalize low-level crimes like fare-beating in subway systems and to reduce sentences, even for violent crimes. It’s an unfalsifiable idea: if you reject the contention that unseen bias is at work in your school system or court or city hall and demand actual evidence of discrimination, it’s either because you are a part of the supremacy culture or have been co-opted by it.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Gibs me dat" is a many-faceted thing.

 

Rebellion, Amerika - Genuine disorder occurs when nobody can be bothered with doing it correctly any more. Disorder will occur when the people who know how to make planes actually fly are too lazy, too corrupt, and too invested in self-dealing to care when those suckers can even land again safely. The people nice enough to carry on honorably are morons. In some institutions the leaders are both too amoral and too stupid to be trusted. The reaction to this level of perceived chicanery is not mere apathy. It is studied and deliberate withdrawal of any necessary support. Everyone with the skill and the will to make Amerika America again will have checked out. Then, the collapse is unavoidable.

 

Angelo Codevilla, American Mind - News that the wargames which the RAND corporation runs for the U.S. government show U.S. forces getting “its ass handed to it” by Russia and China have elicited disbelief: “how could this possibly be?” The short answer is that the U.S. armed forces are utterly corrupt: the very definition of parade ground forces, superbly equipped, fabulously paid—but utterly incapable of winning the wars that our even more corrupt national security establishment defines for them. A U.S. offensive in the Western Pacific would consist of a contest of attrition, in which China has the overwhelming advantage. Russian operations envisage a minimum of combat and maximal exploitation of the theater’s distance from U.S. power to turn U.S. troops into hostages.

 

1944. Wanssum Netherlands

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg British troops take a few minutes for the photographer in Wanssum, a village of about 2,000 in southeastern Netherlands. When this picture was taken in November 1944, Canadian, British and Polish forces had overrun this and other parts of the Netherlands near the Rhine, but much of the country remained under German occupation until the surrender of May 1945.

 

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Notate Bene

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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

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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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28 Jan 2020