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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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Colin Cooper, Palace Gate at Udaipur India, 1914

Colin Cooper, born 1856 in Philadelphia, was a artist of the Barbizon School who traveled widely and painted mostly landscapes, especially urban views. Cooper died in 1937, seventeen years after his wife Emma, also an artist of renown.

Udaipur is a city in northwest India with a population of about 475,000. Click here for a photo of the palace gates today.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Veterans chuckle when reporters use the phrase "heavily armed" to describe protesters carrying shotguns or rifles. Said reporters betray an ignorance born of aversion when they use that phrase. Here's an example from Justin Caruso at Daily Caller:

Several anti-lockdown protesters, who appeared to be wearing colorful patterned shirts, arrived in a military-style truck, carrying heavy arms.

Hint: heavy arms aren't carried. Ergo, "heavy". Heavy arms are artillery, missiles, main battle tanks and the like, literally heavy, crew-served weapons. I was a Navy puke and even I know this.

Justin ol' buddy, a military unit with M4s, .30 caliber machine guns and small mortars is considered "lightly armed" by the Army. I'll take the Army as my authority. Tell us you saw protesters with artillery and armor and I'll withdraw my objection.

So enough with the sensationalist nonsense. Just stop. You sound like a schoolgirl from deepest Manhattan. At best it reveals who your audience is. The protestors were armed in the same sense pheasant and deer hunters are "armed". Let it go.


Scott Terry at Backwoods Resistance reminds us why we should plant potatoes. Excerpts:

Growing food in a post-SHTF situation requires crops that are easy to grow, have high calorie content, are easy to cook, and are easy to store. The potato meets all these requirements. The potato is one of the few crops that a person could live off of exclusively, if they had too. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates, protein, and Vitamin C. They can be boiled, fried, or baked. Potatoes can be stored very easily in a root cellar for up to 10 months.


Excerpts from an EMP op-ed at Washington Examiner:

Can you imagine if our grid went down and we lost electricity for an extended period of time? As bad as our current situation is, it could always be a lot worse. We relied on our government leaders to prepare our country for a pandemic, and we see what that got us. We rely on that same leadership now to protect our electric grid...

The EMP Commission estimates a nationwide blackout of the United States lasting one year could kill 90% of Americans from starvation and societal collapse...

The strategy of pretending to do something but really doing nothing and then throwing money at the threat when it happens will get millions of Americans killed when there is an EMP.

This is not news to Woodpile Report readers, but it's suspicious how many articles about an EMP attack are showing up for no obvious reason.



James Dakin at Bison Prepper sees collapse coming and warns what prepping really means. An excerpt:

You may think a garden makes you independent, but that is largely a false sense of security. It is certainly better than nothing, and a good start, but until you are absolutely 100% calorie self sufficient AND free of their financial control AND far enough away from city resupply and city dwellers of the enemy tribe persuasion, you are being controlled. That doesn't mean Don't Try, it means Don't Delude Yourself.


Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge comments on our collapsing food supply chain. An excerpt:

"It's not a lack of food, it's that the food is in one place and the demand is somewhere else and they haven't been able to connect the dots. You've got to galvanize people."

The immediate outcome of this food supply chain collapse will be even more rapid food inflation, hitting Americans at a time of unprecedented economic hardships with at least 26.5 million now unemployed since the pandemic struck the US.

And with a sharp economic recession, if not outright depression unfolding, more Americans are ditching grocery stores for food banks, putting incredible stress on these charities, which has forced the government to deploy National Guard troops at many locations to ensure food security to the neediest.

We're just circling the drain. We ain't seen nothin' yet. Those ingénues who believe troops are being positioned to "ensure food security" will be among the first to discover otherwise. Get away, and stay away from crowds. It's the indispensable first step.


Charles Smith at Of Two Minds says What's Collapsing Can't Be Saved: Our Fraudulent Economy. Excerpts:

We live in a constantly distorted house of mirrors devoted to maintaining useful illusions of "democracy," "free markets" and other fairy tales we tell ourselves to reduce the pain of living a vast, all-encompassing fraud in which everyone who isn't a grifting insider is the loser.

We don't just have financial bubbles that are popping; we have bubbles in trust and credibility that are popping, too. All the lies, skims, scams, excuses, frauds, bezzles, artifices, profiteering, promotional schemes and rackets are unraveling, not because the virus shut down the economy but because the enormity of all the corruption, lies and fraud is now so great that the entire status quo is collapsing under its own weight...

Once the system collapses, we all lose, even the insiders who have traded every shred of their soul for financial gains, at the expense of everything that was once held dear.

and finally,

I was an okay cook. That's what I became when I was a widower the first time and lived alone for five years. A good enough cook. Not bad. Pretty okay. My cooking was basic stuff, irreducibly simple. Scrambled eggs and bacon for instance, or baked fish fillet and baked potato. It was trial and error from day one. I had no clue. Whole meals went into the garbage and I started again. Sometimes I didn't eat supper until ten at night. Eventually I had 3 x 5 cards with directions for a few different meals.

My only fancy meal was based on southern fried chicken, from a cookbook printed in the 1940s. It's what I prepared for guests. Better than KFC, not as good as Popeyes. Hah! When I first started cooking for myself someone said, "Cook? He doesn't even know how to eat." Solution? Master the supreme entree, southern fried chicken. That'll show 'em. Truckloads of chicken parts later, it did.

Zoom forward fourteen years. I've been cooking again for about two years now, for two at first, now for one. It's the "for two" part that made the difference. My late wife was an excellent cook and not shy to make, um ... suggestions. That's it, suggestions. My scrambled eggs went from okay to light, fluffy and pleasingly tasty. They even look like the photos in a cookbook, you know, sharp key light from behind, diffuse fill light in front. Kidding. My fish fillets slide apart at the touch of a fork and they taste buttery good, the lemony seasoning merely compliments as it should.

I amaze easily, but I'm amazed how far I've come in just two short decades, from a heater-upper of foodstuffs to an almost good enough cook, sort of. I'll take that any day of the week. Truth is, I have no choice.


1956. Delta Airlines magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Delta began in 1925 in the Mississippi Delta region with a single crop duster and carried its first passengers in 1929. Delta had an all-jet fleet by 1970.

The DC-7, derived from the DC-6, first flew in late 1953 in response to an American Airlines request for a plane that could fly coast-to-coast in eight hours. Delta had twenty DC-7s.



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


Steinel - 45/70 Government: Staying Power ... why a 150 year old caliber retains its popularity while its contemporaries are curiosities

Zero Hedge - Shocking Study Finds Coronavirus Mutations That Are Much Deadlier Than The Original ... probable link between the type of strain that infects a patient and the level of brutality of the symptoms

National Post - Billionaire's Instagram-perfect isolation on a luxury superyacht draws public outrage ... as the world's wealthy stay in vacation homes, custom bunkers or floating palaces, workers from nurses to supermarket cashiers juggle childcare and risk infection working essential jobs

Homestead Survival - The 3 Worst Chicken Breeds ... one of the most important factors is temperament

The Drive - Russia Has Abandoned Its Massive Nuclear Destroyer And Supersized Frigate Programs ... shipbuilding company responsible for both programs now has concerns about its long-term finances

Yahoo - Iowa Sends National Guard Troops to Defend Meat Plants From Virus ... help with testing and contact tracing for workers at plants operated by Tyson Foods Inc. and National Beef Packing Co.

Watts Up With That? - Solar Cycle 25 Has Started ... there has been a permanent shift down in the Sun’s magnetic flux into the New Cold Period

Modern Survival - How Long Does Canned SPAM Last? ... with an intact can and seal, anywhere from three to five years of fresh, delicious, salty life

Modern Survival - Food Shortages, What You Can Do Before It’s Too Late ... you better get a head start on survival under these “new normal” conditions

Popular Mechanics - How to Grow Your Own Food ... from your first garden bed to a bounty you could live on

Universe Today - Super-Supernova Released Ten Times More Energy than a Regular Supernova ... may be two massive stars that merged prior to the explosion

Zero Hedge - Off California, Hundreds Off Singapore As Oil Industry Shuts Down ... global refineries could halt as much as 25% of total capacity in May

Navy Matters - Eliminate Aviation Amphibious Ships ... gigantic ships that cost a fortune and cram both the aviation element and the ground element together in the same ship. Talk about concentrating risk!

Vaccine Impact - Did a Military Experimental Vaccine in 1918 Kill 50-100 Million People Blamed as “Spanish Flu”? ... vaccines may have killed 50-100 million people in 1918-19

CDR Salamander - What Would it Take to Navalize This? ... do what navies have done for centuries, navalize good army kit, Rheinmetall's new 155 mm gun for one

Taki's Magazine - The Hustle Is On ... demanding reparations for “racism and discrimination built into public policies that make the pandemic worse for blacks”

Science News - The first frog fossil from Antarctica has been found ... in 40-million-year-old sediment


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Lock down, The Z Man - There’s lots of red lights flashing in the debt markets and the supply chain. The next months will be interesting. Maybe that will be how everyone forgets about this month of living like lepers and treating everyone like they stink. Before people can start to think about why they were locked in their homes, they will be directed to the next drama, the financial and economic panic of 2020. Perhaps the lesson here is the circus part of our bread and circuses is the government creating increasingly reckless panics seeing if they can blow it all up. Maybe this is all for their entertainment.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see this from George Ure at Urban Survival:

The food situation is getting dicey with meat, including pork and some poultry production coming off-line. And that will evolve over coming months into supply chain collapses and a general reset of lifestyles at a much lower-than-recent levels.

Putting everyone under house arrest and collapsing the economy is just the beginning. The can is being kicked and it moveth not. A historic catastrophe is plainly visible. Someone else's fine tuned and compelling opinion won't save you. Those who can save themselves will save themselves, not you. Those who can't save themselves certainly won't save you. Who does that leave?


We've been had, Town Hall - The infection made its way to American sooner than we had believed. With three flights a day from Wuhan to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport alone the virus was being imported faster than understood. If 2.5 million New Yorkers were able to fight it off without any treatment at all—unaware they even had it—how much more immunity did we miss out on creating by simply sheltering everyone in place? We are well on our way to a vaccine. We’ve also got a $12 treatment with the hydroxychloroquine cocktail that has smashed Brazil’s fatality rate by 95%.


Collapse, Of Two Minds - "Success" in America is now a game of creating believable facsimiles of what was once authentic. This requirement to hide the truth lest it collapse all the skims, scams, frauds, rackets and insider plundering and pillaging is the Monster Id of America. The more the insiders and institutional technocrat machinery attempt to censor and suppress critical inquiry, the greater the erosion of public trust in the credibility and legitimacy of the dominant institutions. When reality and truth become the sworn enemies of society's political and economic elites, the society is well and truly doomed.


1933. California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mickey Mouse debuted in 1928 with the sound cartoon Steamboat Willie, a parody of Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill Jr. and a challenge to the well established Felix the Cat. By late 1930, Felix was gone.

Mickey's peak was probably his role in Fantasia of 1940, after which he slowly faded in popularity. 1953 saw the last Mickey Mouse theatre cartoon.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Next 60 days, Alt-Market - The supply chain breakdown will go mainstream in a couple months. The stores are sparse right now; they are stretching inventory to fill gap in shelves and limiting purchases on a long list of items to one per customer, but they aren't in crisis mode yet. Supply is about to be destroyed because of lack of production. The extent of the crisis will become much more clear in the next two months to the majority. The result will be civil unrest in the summer, likely followed by extreme poverty levels in the winter. No measure of “reopening” is going to do much to stop the avalanche that has already been started.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg My Most Excellent and Indispensable Rule One for survival, "Stay away from crowds", may one day involve keeping a crowd away from you. Just sayin'.


Norman Rockwell, American Conservative - We have become, I fear, a less generous people than the great multitude of Americans Rockwell saw with his artist’s eye. Nor have we much sense of humor. Rockwell’s biographer described his work as “steeped in the we-the-people communitarian ideals of America’s founding in the eighteenth century.” Hence not really up-to-date, you know. Life in the Rockwell era was just too funny, too warm, too enjoyable for the then-minority notion that All—All—Was Lost! It certainly wasn’t lost. There was hope in the exertions of normal people in those days.


Flak-Bait, Smithsonian - Across its fuselage was a quiltwork of more than 1,000 patches covering holes—some as large as 16 inches—caused by shrapnel from exploding antiaircraft shells on previous combat missions. B26 Marauder "Flak-Bait" flew 200 combat missions, plus six decoy operations, for a grand total of 206 flights. “We are preserving, not restoring, this great plane. We’re cleaning and stopping any corrosion." Flak-Bait dropped more than 375,000 pounds of bombs, consumed approximately 160,000 gallons of fuel, flew 178,000 miles and logged 725 hours of combat time.


1945. Peine Germany


art-remus-ident-04.jpg 736th Tank Battalion Shermans equipped with 76mm turrets pass in review in Peine, Germany a few weeks after the end of the war in Europe. A good ol' Easy Eight is in the lead, looking about as good as a Sherman ever would.

Peine is a medieval city of about 50,000 in north central Germany, 20 miles east of Hanover.


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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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