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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-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
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
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
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
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
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
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know what the media's saying by not saying it 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
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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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 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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Some interesting stuff from Remus's notebook, as long as you're here. No, Woodpile Report isn't being revived, just posting these copy-pastes as a convenience.

A student at a Texas college filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming administrators shut down her free speech event that included a gun rights sign, telling her she needed “special permission” and that it was unclear if she could advocate for gun rights on campus.
http://freebeacon.com/issues/student-sues-college-after-gun-rights-sign-needed-special-permission/

Surveys such as the General Social Survey are only as accurate as the information respondents give, and gun ownership is not something people want to discuss with the “hostile forces” of media, academia, and government anymore... This distrust has come, it is thought, from decades of abuse of gun owners by anti-gun journalists and academics, who have consistently taken information provided willingly, only to twist it out of context... They are simply telling researchers that they don’t have any, even though they may have a full gun-safe at home.
http://bearingarms.com/journalists-fantasyland-anti-gun-media-convince-gun-ownership-declining/

The only way, let me repeat that, the only way Liberalism can advance is through the tireless work of the Enslaved Press which promotes the Liberal agenda, gives a patina of mainstream to the kookiest of Liberal ideas, acts as human shield to even the most corrupt Liberal politicians, and serves as hit squad to any Liberal opposition.
http://patriotretort.com/fluffer-boy/

How do scientists attribute warming to one source over another? One method is to compare what has happened to what scientists expect would happen under certain circumstances.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/22/jeb-bush-climate-change_n_7422280.html

BBC 2007 - Scientists in the US have presented one of the most dramatic forecasts yet for the disappearance of Arctic sea ice. Their latest modelling studies indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7139797.stm

USAToday 2009 - New computer modeling suggests the Arctic Ocean may be nearly ice-free in summer as early as 2014, Al Gore said today at the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen.
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‘Phobia’ is a classic “framing” word designed by the Establishment to suggest that anyone who perhaps doesn’t like the contemporary obsession with minority sexual tastes is sick and in severe need of help.
https://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/an-appeal-to-the-left-can-we-please-dump-the-phobia-suffix-and-focus-on-the-real-social-liberty-problems-we-face/

What does not exist any more is the British ideal of the gentleman: stoical, courageous, inquisitive, law-abiding, sporting, open to scholarship but impatient with “continental” intellectualism, and respectful of his womenfolk. That figure has been purged, suppressed, and replaced by the thin-lipped feminist harpy, the vengeful Person of Color, and the militant homosexual predator, all vigilantly patrolling the culture in search of Thoughtcrime.
http://www.unz.com/jderbyshire/roger-scruton-on-the-rotherham-rapes/

Until late Tuesday afternoon, the Clinton Foundation website listed CNN anchor Jake Tapper as a "speaker" at a Clinton Global Initiative event scheduled for June 8-10 in Denver. After USA TODAY asked CNN about the event, Tapper's name was swiftly removed from the Clinton Foundation website.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/05/20/clinton-foundation-tapper-journalists-website-scrub-column/27599203/

The first and foremost thing to understand about hoboes is that hoboes are not bums. Got that? Hoboes are not bums. Hoboes fully embrace the Protestant work ethic, bouncing from place to place, looking for short-term jobs to earn their keep, while bums and tramps want to just bum everything—money, food, or cigarettes... If you broke the Hobo Code of Ethics, you would be punished by other hoboes.
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/dont-call-them-bums-the-unsung-history-of-americas-hard-working-hoboes/

Ferguson -The memorial to Michael Brown on Canfield Drive has been removed and will be replaced by a plaque, Mayor James Knowles III and Michael Brown Sr. announced Wednesday... Flanked by newly elected Ferguson City Council members Wesley Bell and Ella Jones, Knowles and Brown said the plaque will be part of a new permanent memorial in the area.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/michael-brown-memorial-to-be-replaced-with-plaque/article_04e42ee6-de62-5d97-be1a-631a098d2566.html

Everyone knows the actual absolute value of the GDP number is largely irrelevant because it can never be measured accurately nor can it measure all economic activity. What is important is consistency in the way they calculate, even if there was a so-called bias in Q1, it wouldn't matter since all prior Q1's also have that bias. The fact that they continually change the model reeks of desparation.
Comment 6123360, http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-22/us-department-commerce-officially-jumps-shark-will-double-seasonally-adjust-gdp-data?page=3

Knowing they’ll be arrested, Senators should be spilling details of the TPP to anyone who’ll listen. They should be intentionally creating a Constitutional crisis... Oh, but wait. That would be a Senate with conscience, and with balls. Not this menagerie of sold-out puppets and twits and party hacks and drunks and shysters and blackmail bait. That would be a Senate out of some old Hollywood movie.
https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/a-key-source-clues-me-in-on-tpp-code-of-silence/

When Heuser was finally allowed to return to his compartment, “I found my backpack moved and open, and my wallet, which was set down on the room table, had $60 missing.” He was told by a dining car attendant that “Amtrak is forced to give passenger info to the Feds, that the DEA comes on every trip, usually arresting someone in the sleeping car or taking all their money.”
http://www.freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2015/05/planes-trains-and-automobiles-none-are.html

“States United To Prevent Gun Violence opens a ‘gun store’ in NYC as a hidden camera social experiment to debunk safety myths,” the CeaseFire USA project claimed in its description of the video. The “social experiment,” like the “gun shop” itself, was pre-arranged, permits approved by the city indicate. “Actors are interviewed on camera in a fake gun store,” the permits’ scene descriptions reveal.
http://blog.cheaperthandirt.com/group-actors-nyc-gun-store-facade/

There is something exquisitely awful about the whole mess. The central bank is tasked with maintaining monetary stability and yet is in the midst of inflating the most terrifying bubble in history. Fund managers are tasked with shepherding their clients’ assets through this uncertainty and yet they are the very players gate-crashing the party even as the cop cars arrive outside.
http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/05/major-drag-huh/

When there is an industry where lots of people are getting into the business for reasons other than making money, look out! The profits are probably going to be terrible. This is why most restaurants fail. The business-for-sale listings are awash in brew pubs. The aviation industry was like this for years, and I would argue this also suppresses rents in farming.
http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2015/05/the-fatal-allure-of-the-sexy-business.html

"Fellow citizens, privacy is not an issue in regards to the NSA, so please remember: 'If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about'." - "Fellow citizens, privacy is essential in regards to the TPP, so please remember 'we have nothing to hide and need our privacy-- mind your own damn business'."
http://popularliberty.com/2424/mind-my-privacy-vs-whats-your-worry-tpp-vs-nsa

“AC360? on CNN - Asked about the morale of the Baltimore PD, the officer responded, “It’s in the sewers. It’s down. It’s the worse of the worse I’ve ever seen in my career.” The officer added that the increase in crime in the city is due to the fact that “Officers stop being proactive. Not patrolling, just stop being proactive. Not talking — stop being proactive. I believe it’s a direct result from officers holding back.”
http://www.breitbart.com/video/2015/05/23/baltimore-cop-officers-holding-back-morale-in-the-sewers/

The Savopoulos family was murdered not long ago in Washington DC. The murders were gruesome and heinous. Four people were bound and at least three, including a ten year boy, were stabbed... It’s really curious how some things just aren’t worth mentioning in selected incidents. It is really curious that race is suddenly unimportant when whites die at the hands of blacks. Why is that? The Savopouloses were white and unarmed. Not newsworthy?
http://www.floppingaces.net/2015/05/23/why-does-suddenly-race-lose-importance-in-specific-incidents/

Palmyra falls again with its capture by ISIS. This fall may be its final one. If ISIS has its way, the ruins of the city that helped inspire the rebirth of classical architecture in England and America will be destroyed. Like the old armies of Islam that destroyed the Library of Alexandria because its books were a threat to the totalitarian writ of the Koran, ISIS destroys the remains of the civilizations that predated Islam... ISIS wants a world where no one can ever know that there were better men than Mohammed and the Sword of Allah, so that its followers will aspire to be nothing better than murderers and rapists, destroying the past to kill the future.
http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/dgreenfield/isis-targets-city-that-inspired-washington-d-c-for-destruction/

What is this new idea being put out by that wrecking-ball throng of teachers that anything is all right except hate speech! Hate speech is the most protected speech. We're at liberty to spew hate-speech at anyone or anything. Except the Muslims? ...because they are threatening to murder us because we object to their murdering us? You are kidding me!
http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/05/why_i_love_hate_speech.html

Poland suffered a higher proportion of death than any country in the war. It also had a huge Jewish population, which was corralled into dens of unspeakable evil, such as Auschwitz and the Warsaw Ghetto. When the Nazis were finally defeated, Poland’s reward was four decades of brutal occupation by totalitarian communists headquartered in Moscow.
http://humanevents.com/2015/05/22/seven-brothers-a-remarkable-world-war-ii-story/

Kathleen Hartnett White, Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment, about coal-fired power plants - The EPA’s attempt to commandeer state governments to mandate what the EPA itself has no authority to mandate should be resisted as soon as possible on every level. Hopefully, federal courts will stop the clock on the EPA’s impossible timelines until full judicial review is complete. Recent Supreme Court decisions suggest that the EPA’s most ambitious overreach in this Clean Power Plan rule will be overturned. As the Supreme Court recently noted, the high court frowns upon EPA’s discovery of elephants in a statutory mouse holes.
http://www.wnd.com/2015/05/u-s-states-rebel-against-obamas-war-on-coal/

We have officially entered the final phase of every market bubble; it is called denial. Wall Street refuses to admit that despite 7 years of QE and ZIRP; the economy is simply not growing, the wealth gap between the lower and upper classes has surged and the middle class is going extinct. They are also trying to deceive themselves, and you, into believing stocks at these levels are fairly valued.
http://kingworldnews.com/we-have-officially-entered-the-final-phase-of-every-market-bubble/

The new liberal solution to the problems of racial tension in America today is to have third-graders fill out a questionnaire identifying their races and then spend time once a week with people who look just like them... But if you allow 8-year-olds to have an open dialogue about race, they might do things like ask about another kid’s hair or heritage. Can you imagine all the microaggressions that might occur if someone recorded the group of black or white kids being asked to “wonder” about kids of a different race?
http://nypost.com/2015/05/24/the-newest-liberal-idiocy-segregating-3rd-graders

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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.
Traditional

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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

 

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

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