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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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Next Woodpile Report will be posted on February 25th

Fernand Lungren, In the Cafe, 1882

Lungren was an American illustrator and fine art painter best known for his western desert pictures. Lungren died in 1932 at age seventy-five.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Update. Maximum hospital patient load above average is about 30%. That's without doctors and nurses falling ill themselves and the usual suspects overwhelming the ER.

China is the main source, and often the only source, for prescription flu drugs and medical supplies. That spigot is being pinched off to meet their internal demand. We may have only what's now in the pipelines. It means strict triage. In other words, it's likely you'll be on your own. Load up on over-the-counter remedies—the usual decongestants, anti-diarrheals, expectorants, vitamins, disinfectants and so forth—enough for yourself and to help your neighbors.

No urban or regional quarantine has ever been successful. Look for government to make things worse with stupid, draconian measures to show they're "doing all they can". Expect official lies, incompetence and betrayal.

If you do catch the flu, and if you have adequate remedies for the symptoms, you'll almost certainly survive. You may not catch the flu, but Just In Time ensures you'll catch the result of a distribution pratfall. Load up on canned food and boxed staples like mac & cheese, again, with enough to share with neighbors. Figure three month's supply as best case, twice that or more as worst case.

You're even less likely to survive the effects of an out and out Darwinian cull. Think power plants being run by trainees and receptionists. If things really go off the rails, ensure you can keep Mr. Smith and Wesson fed.


Caitlin Johnstone at Medium looks at the myth of DNC incompetence. An excerpt:

Put yourself in the shoes of one of the leading movers and shakers within the Democratic Party for a minute. Pretend you’re getting a nice paycheck, pretend you’re getting great healthcare benefits, pretend you get plenty of prestige and exclusive access and invitations to classy parties. And pretend you’re the type of person who’s willing to manipulate and deceive and kiss up and kick down and do whatever it takes to get to the top of such a structure.

Now ask yourself, if you were such a person in such a situation, would you care if voters pick Donald Trump or Pete Buttigieg in November? Would it affect your cushy lifestyle in any way whatsoever? Would you lose your job, your prestige or your influence? No party elites lost those things in 2016. Why would you expect this time to be any different?

But you might be at risk of losing your cushy lifestyle if a forcefully anti-elitist progressive movement gets off the ground and takes control of your party. So you’d stand everything to gain by doing everything you can to prevent that from happening, and, because you don’t care if Trump gets re-elected, you’d stand absolutely nothing to lose.

Nice try. Actually, yes, they are incompetent. Mr. Johnstone gets the important thing right however, they either don't care or don't know they're incompetent.


National File - Parasite pods ... the next few decades' hottest real estate


Dmitry Orlov has his suspicions about the 2019-nCoV flu, at Club Orlov. Excerpts:

First, the Chinese government has treated the epidemic as an act of war, deploying all the means at its disposal, including the military, in order to contain its spread, building several large new hospitals, putting entire huge cities under quarantine and extending the national holidays. The response as been far beyond what this virus seems to warrant, with its low mortality rate.

Second, the Western media response has been an exemplary effort to produce a panic and to smear China, making what is happening there into a horror story. Not only did the mass media outlets do their best to stoke mass hysteria about all things Chinese, but various bloggers and independent “experts” pitched in to produce a panic.

Third, the White House has recently requested that experts look into the possibility that 2019-nCoV has been genetically engineered... I suspect that the next move will be to declare that this virus is indeed an engineered biological weapon developed by Russia, of course.

Wisdom in one breath

From Brett Stevens at Periscope

What do we do, when suddenly seven billion are twice as many as we can feed? Get ready for worldwide boogaloo and fields of gnawed skulls.

From Steve Milloy via James Delingpole at Principia Scientific

There is not a climate bedwetter who is not a total hypocrite.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Looking at all the past Barnyard Flu's out of China, it almost seems as if they were trial runs.

From The Z Man

The time to come out of the shadows is when that which casts the shadows is destroyed.

From Doc Montana at Survival Cache

The metabolism of a bear is slow enough that you personally can be shredded and dead long before the mortally injured bear collapses for good.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

The Left has nothing to offer anyone that must not first be taken from someone else.

From Sandy Schneider at Twitter

Democrats are requesting $50 million dollars for convention security. Why don't they just have it in a gun-free zone?

From Kurt Schlichter at Town Hall

The never-ending story has finally ended, with Trump standing atop a pile of his enemies’ skulls.


The Z Man talks about Pete Buttigieg as "a product of the managerial system that now runs society"

The generation of Americans, who grew up in the Clinton years and reached adulthood at the turn of the century, are probably the most entitled and effete cohort ever produced. They grew up in the easy years after the Cold War and never faced anything resembling hard times. They came into the world expecting things to turn out well for them. They were also raised by women in a highly feminized educational system and took on those qualities.


Aesop at Raconteur Report summarizes the "middle case" for " ordinary corona virus, with a 3% death rate (on average), and it spreads apace, like they do. An excerpt:

We'll know sooner than a month. Those 5 initial U.S. cases started cropping up here about 14 days ago, so we'll start seeing second-tier infections soon, if there are any. And if both our governmental overlords,and the ABCNNBCBS media, decides we should know about it. If we get 10-20 new cases shortly, we're probably screwed.

At that rate, absent any other mitigating factors, it's nationwide by around Christmas this year, and perhaps far sooner. And even with simple corona virus, that's potentially up to 9M dead by then.
(3% of 300M or so). Pretty grim, all in all. If you get the short straw. Not so much if you're in the other 97%. Sorry, but there it is.

... Worst Case: It's some bio-engineered frankenvirus, with who-knows what lethality, r-naught, and incubation time.

and finally,

My flu kit consists of nitrile gloves, N95 masks, 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, vitamins D and C, Nyquil and Dayquil, Sambucus, Cold-eeze zinc gluconate glycine lozenges, naproxen sodium, bleach tablets for making disinfectant, Vicks VapoRub, Vicks inhaler, digital thermometer, sinus rinse, and peppermint oil for a hot water tent. There's chicken soup a-plenty in the larder and I'm well practiced on getting enough rest. Anything I've forgotten?


1950. Willys-Overland Jeepster magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Jeep VJ was intended to be a "sports car for veterans" when it was first released in 1948. It borrowed much from the Willys Station Wagon. The 1950 model offered new engine options and styling changes but the Jeepster was phased out in 1950 having sold only 19,000 copies.



art-remus-ident-04.jpg Remus's notebook


Organic Prepper - Selco: The 4 Types of Real Survivalists ... a long excerpt from his book, SHTF Survival Stories

Spy Escape and Evasion - Steel Case Ammo vs. Brass Case Ammo ... never use steel ammo for home defense, for target practice it’s a much cheaper option

Vice - An ‘Off-the-Shelf, Skeleton Project’: Experts Analyze the App That Broke Iowa ... Shadow Inc.’s Iowa caucus app was clearly done by someone following a tutorial

Huffpost - American Cannibals: The Golden Age of White-Collar Crooks ... it is impossible to look around the country and not get the feeling that elites are slowly looting it

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Long read.

Minuteman Review - The Ultimate Firearms Industry Guide: Statistics, Trends, and Data ... in clear visual presentations

Zelman Partisans - Destroying the Gun Culture: Warren’s Massive Victim-Disarmament Bill ... writing laws that make compliance impossible

Ars Technica - Someone used neural networks to upscale a famous 1896 video to 4k quality ... Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat is one of the most famous films in cinema history

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "4k quality" is a stretch. "Improved comparable to a 1930s movie print from a 16mm original" is about right. Black and white is notoriously unforgiving. Bald highlights, murky shadows and limited interior gradation result from pre-orthochromatic film and uncoated lenses. The soft resolution is probably from using the lens at or near its maximum aperture.

Strictly speaking, the original contains no artifacts, because no pixels, so there comes a time when interpolation overpowers righteous manipulation. Said differently, more patch than pants. That said, it's a credible effort.

Scientific American - No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air ... there is no simple one-liner answer to this

Rare Historical Photos - Japanese troops using prisoners of war for target practice, 1942 ... photographs were found among Japanese records

Front Page - Only 4 of Glasgow’s 71 Muslim Refugee Child Rapists Have Gone to Prison ... one young girl was assaulted by 28 of the perpetrators

National Interest - 40 Years Old and Still Fighting: How Russia's T-72 Tank Is Still in Service Today ... how it has been upgraded over the years

War History Online - The Last Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot Ace Paul Farnes, Dies Aged 101

Phys Org - Scientists grow date palm plants from 2,000-year-old seeds ... hope to breed Judean date palms—a variety that was praised in antiquity for its sweetness, large size, long shelf life, and supposed ability to fight disease, but which went extinct hundreds of years ago

Law Enforcement Today - Connecticut police to give out syringes, crack pipes to drug addicts: 'Harm reduction kit' ... this is what you get when you have political appointees elevating to the position of police chief

Guns & Ammo - Effects of Rain on Bullet Trajectory ... a drop of rain induced a 3.2 degree yaw on a 125 grain bullet. Includes high speed photos.

Summit - Video: White Liberals Apologize For Slavery by Kissing Boots of Black Power Group Members ... “proving they are sorry for what their forefathers have done”

Videos are at Brett MacDonald, Twitter

College Fix - Yale apologizes for calling gender identity disorder “gender identity disorder” ... “gender reassignment surgery” is now “gender confirmation surgery”

Science - Study claiming new coronavirus can be transmitted by people without symptoms was flawed ... subjects cited had very mild cases

Smithsonian - The Best Board Games of the Ancient World ... thousands of years before Monopoly, people were playing games like Senet, Patolli and Chaturanga


2020. State of the Union in one photo



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Codevilla, American Greatness, The ruling class will not accept the outcome of any presidential election it does not win. Trump notwithstanding, this class will rule as it has in the past three years. So long as its hold on American institutions continues to grow, and they retain millions of clients, elections won’t really matter. Our country is in a state of revolution, irreversibly, because society’s most influential people have retreated into moral autarchy, have seceded from America’s constitutional order, and because they browbeat their socio-political adversaries instead of trying to persuade them. Theirs is not a choice that can be reversed. Our ultimate objective is peace, but what kind of peace we may get depends on the extent to which we may compel our enemies to leave us in peace. And for that, we must do unto them more and before they do unto us.


Pandemic, Of Two Minds - When we look back on this moment from the vantage of history, what will we think? Will we think how obvious it was that the coronavirus deaths in China were in the tens of thousands rather than the hundreds claimed by authorities? Will we think how obvious it was that the virus would spread around the globe, wreaking havoc on the global economy and social order, even as the authorities claimed only a handful of cases had arisen outside China? Will we look back at the patently false data being promoted by authorities and wonder why the majority accepted it all as credible? Will we look back at the wreckage left in the wake of the coordinated campaign to suppress the facts and lay the responsibility for all the carnage on the authorities who devoted more energy to hiding the realities of the pandemic than to preparing us for the impact?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hmm. Sounds serious. Let me check what we have on hand. Yep, all the boring stuff, enough to outlast a long emergency and enough to supply our neighbors with critical stuff if a self-quarantine is advisable or declared.

Am I saying I believe this will be a killer pandemic? No, I'm saying we have this stuff on hand just like last year and many years before. Should it become a killer pandemic it will be too late to get these supplies. The time to stock them is when they're slow movers, not when everyone wants them—immediately and at scarcity prices.


Deplorables, Paul Craig Roberts - America’s schools and universities teach disrespect if not hatred of white people and heterosexual males. The epithets are driven in year after year–rapists, racists, slavers, misogynists. The impact of such a demeaning diet on young white males is devastating. Some seek refuge by becoming feminized and supportive of the attack on their race and gender. Parents of white males in elementary schools find that the feminized teachers have no interest in the academic success of their sons. Little is done to help them; much to demoralize them. At Cambridge University, white professors and administrators have assigned to them a person of color to guarantee that no literary expression and fact of history, law, physics or biology “offends” a protected minority. How can a party that has delegitimized white people expect to lead them?


Warming, American Thinker - The theory for those pushing the green new deal or some other radical energy policy that will destroy tens of millions of jobs and greatly harm the poor and middle class is that humans, CO2, and fossil fuels cause warming and climate change. They have predicted the coastal cities to disappear for the last 100 years and they have been wrong for 100 years. As the predictions have been so wrong, journalists and other Democrats seek to shut those of us who tell the truth that the climate has always changed naturally. We are called liars, deniers, stupid and anti-science. It is the fear mongers who refuse to debate and look at actual historical scientific data.


1940. Danville Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A truckload of leaf tobacco on its way to auction in Danville, a small city of about 40,000 on Virginia's southern border with North Carolina. Once a powerhouse in the tobacco and textile industries, former factories and warehouses have been redeveloped to revitalize the city. The population in 1940 was 32,750.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Free speech, Minding The Campus - Journalists are becoming zealous to silence their ideological rivals embracing censorship to justify the protection of an ever-expanding array of victimized groups. The once-stalwart ACLU has retreated to a new policy of rejecting First Amendment cases when the speech in question “can inflict serious harms” on “marginalized communities.” That’s the paternalistic rationale for campus speech codes. “The paper is now written by 25-year-old gender studies majors,” said one Washington Post veteran. As fragile and marginalized as these young progressives claim to be, they know how to make life miserable for unwoke colleagues. A more immediate danger is self-censorship by writers fearful of being fired or blacklisted and by editors fearful of online rage, staff revolts, and advertising boycotts.


Pre-Romans, Ancient Origins - When we talk about the ancient ages of the Italian Peninsula, we often focus on Rome and the early history of its people. But the history of this crucial European region is very rich and intricate, and filled with a variety of tribes, cultures, and peoples that existed there long before the Romans came onto the stage. From late Neolithic, to Chalcolithic and the Bronze Age, this unique peninsula was home to distinct cultures that emerged untroubled by the world’s evolving civilizations. This made them unique and independent, and the diverse geographical features of the Italian Peninsula made them quite diverse, even though they were neighbors. Today we are reaching back in time, in order to discover who dwelt in Italy before the Romans changed its history forever.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "History forever" is becoming one word. How odd. If something changes history at all, it changes it forever.


Richard Fernandez, PJ Media - The fragmented remnants of the old two-party system may in time to evolve into a three-party system. One is Trump’s Republican Party. Two is the Sanders and AOC-led socialist party, call them the Bolivarians because of Sanders’s high-esteem for the likes of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Three is the old guard Democratic Party, the Deep Staters. Why does Trump keep winning? In this unpredictable, complex world Trump's opportunism and comfort with chaos are more of an advantage than a handicap. Ideologically fossilized activists and faceless apparatchiks have little success against him. He can improvise while they—institutionally—can't. The successors to the current two parties have to be able to reinvent themselves constantly.


Warning, Armstrong Economics - Since the 2018 election of President Sebastián Piñera, the clash between Chile's left and right took a mere 40 days to take the Latin American “oasis” to sheer political chaos. Students began to riot as they did against Trump, taking what had been one of the most stable Latin American economies into a dramatic economic decline in a matter of weeks. What has taken place in Chile should be a warning of what is coming to every Western democracy — the refusal to accept a political loss of any kind by both sides, and as a warning of what is unfolding on a global scale. The media and universities are pushing this climate change agenda to support the return of Marxism. Chilean elites are now also waging a sustained war against law enforcement.


1917. World War I poster


art-remus-ident-04.jpg War and food are joined at the hip.



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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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11 Feb 2020