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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-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
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
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
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
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
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know what the media's saying by not saying it 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
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


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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John Constable 1820

John Constable (East Bergholt, Suffolk 1776 - London 1837) was an English landscape and portrait artist, easily the most popular painter with British museum goers today but less successful in his own time, he was appreciated and supported financially more by his French patrons than by his countrymen. Constable took the tradition of Gainsborough and Claude Lorrain in a new direction and greatly influenced following generations of artists.

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The brouhaha with the BLM at the Cliven Bundy VO Ranch in Nevada is perplexing to folks east of the Mississippi. The words and concepts are clear enough, but the meanings and emphasis used by the participants is bewildering. They talk like they saw different movies. If we're to rely on published reports, this particular dispute is part of something that goes back to the mid-1800s, and each side's legal argument has a lot of undotted "i"s and uncrossed "t"s. Again: perplexing.

For us non-westerners, one part of this confrontation is a revelation. The State of Nevada for instance. The map suggests it's owned by DC top to bottom, side to side, save a few bits, mainly in the northern part. What does it mean? Is Nevada something akin to an Indian Reservation? On what basis does Nevada consider itself a state? Is their Congressmen's first duty to represent DC? These are serious questions expressing actual ignorance, not a reproach or belittlement of the good people who populate it. Ol' Remus has done some reading—including this art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif from 2004—yet so far he plain doesn't know what the truth on the ground really is. He has his inclination, and it's getting more persuasive—free speech zone? really?—but for now he'll take the advice of one of his readers: this issue needs a good leaving alone.

Which gets us to the states which comprise the American Redoubt art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif. Ol' Remus is wrapped in the loving arms of Appalachia, but he cares a lot about the Redoubt and promotes it where he can. Idaho, eastern Oregon and Wyoming appear to be mostly federal land; eastern Washington a quarter or so, and Montana something less than half. Or near enough. Granted, half of Montana is a lot of real estate, but still. The American Redoubt seems already "occupied" by DC to a startling degree. If the maps mean what they seem to mean, it's clear who won the west, and it wasn't the pioneers. But do they mean what they seem to mean?

How autonomous can the Redoubt be when much or most of the populace is on leased land—if that's the term? Is it common to fight a multi-generational legal battle with DC and sleep with one eye open? If the BLM-Bundy quarrel is a reliable indicator, the price for living on "federal lands" depends on an unpredictable, fluid and unequal relationship. How does the perpetual threat of a "Come To Jesus" moment color daily life? We outsiders see sunny skies and sing-alongs until things hit a rough patch, then it's Sicarri versus Centurions. And the narrative goes hot'n hysterical, betimes. For one, is the China-Reid-BLM conspiracy art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif true or not true, a hoax or worse than alleged? One party's indisputable fact is another's despicable lie. It's perplexing.

The maps below are quick'n dirty paste-ups for illustration only, not for critical purposes.


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Map: American Redoubt, at Survival Blog

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Map: Federal Public Land Surface and Subsurface, at Law Professors Blogs Network

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Map: Federal Lands by Type, at StanDeyo




art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Postscript: Karl Denninger says in this article, So What To Make Of the BLM In Nevada?, at Market Ticker:

"This is one of those stories that is very difficult to get anything approaching accurate  full-scope information on, especially with everyone on all sides of the issue spinning like plates on sticks... At this point I've been unable to validate the alleged corruption aspects of this to a degree that I'm comfortable with considering them driving forces behind this move, but they have been raised by multiple individuals and there does at least appear to be a facial appearance of impropriety. I'm continuing to investigate this situation and, I will add, it looks a lot more complicated than many have made it appear at first blush.  I can't be certain how I'll come down on the facts when it is all "aired out".

As always, Mr. Denninger writes an excellent analysis worth reading in its entirety.

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Magazine ad for the 1946 Mercury

The '46 Mercury was the '42 with a facelift. It holds up well even after nearly seventy years. (art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Photo, 2-door '46)







art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg It's okay to lie about climate if it's for the good of the cause

What will shock you is that two professors not only candidly admit it, but published a paper in a peer reviewed journal touting the beneficial effects of lying for pushing nations into a UN climate treaty in Paris next year! The authors institutionalize ‘information manipulation' as a tactic, host panels about it at climate conferences and publish it in journals, says Marc Morano in this article, Shock peer-reviewed paper provides ‘rationale’ for ‘information manipulation’ & ‘exaggeration’ in global warming debate to ‘enhance global welfare’, at Climate Depot.



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Freedom is merely that which the government allows—and the government should only allow you to do the bidding of the left. If you, recognizing that sometimes people will take action with which you disagree, believe that government should stay out of people's business, you must therefore be an advocate for discrimination and brutality. To allow Eich to work is to discriminate against gays. To allow religious businesses to reject contraceptive mandates is to push women into back alley abortions, says Ben Shapiro in this article, The Rise of American Totalitarianism, at Town Hall.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Heartbleed

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts, says Michael Riley in this article at Bloomberg.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Libertarian brutalism

I think companies have the right to refuse business to people for wearing roller skates, speaking Swedish, or skipping leg day at the gym. But let's talk for a second about the 900-pound gorilla in the room: I have never heard of anyone being fired for being too politically correct. A recent article calling for jailing anthropocentric global warming skeptics did not, so far as I can tell, result in any lost wages. Calling for the destruction of the white race doesn’t get you fired—it gets you tenure. If Brendan Eich had been donating money to Howard Dean instead of Pat Buchanan, he’d still have a job, says Nicholas Pell in this article, The Care Bears vs. McCarthy, at Taki's Magazine.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg We knew it was big, but we didn’t know how big

Although scientists had previously hypothesized enormous ancient impacts, much greater than the one that may have eliminated the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, now a new study reveals the power and scale of a cataclysmic event some 3.26 billion years ago which is thought to have created geological features found in South Africa, says this article, Scientists reconstruct ancient impact that dwarfs dinosaur-extinction blast, at the American Geophysical Union.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Tamiflu and Relenza probably ineffective

Tamiflu and Relenza, antiviral drugs stockpiled by governments to tame influenza outbreaks, haven’t been proven to prevent pandemics and may cause more harm in some patients than good. There was no evidence that using the treatments could stop a massive outbreak, the researchers said. Money spent on stockpiling “has been thrown down the drain,” says Oliver Staley in this article, Flu Drugs May Do More Harm Than Good, Researchers Find, at Bloomberg.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Yard sale expertise

The warmer months are upon us. Grasses are greener, trees are billowing with newborn buds, and telephone poles are ripe with freshly stapled signage announcing the weekend's upcoming yard sale. Here's where to start your yard-sale-season dominance, says Theresa Breen in this article, 20 Tips for Shopping a Yard Sale, at Popular Mechanics.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Classical gas

See Vivadli &c. performed by four young ladies as you've never seen it. Seen it? Yep, seen it. Performed by the Salut Salon Quartet at Reshareworthy. Video, 3m 24s.
(H/t: the missus)

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Note: Ol' Remus overhears imperfectly. Some folks say the most wonderful things, but they say it and say it and say it like some medieval barrister so Overheard takes a machete to superfluous subordinate clauses, annoying parenthetical asides and similar air bubbles. Triple dots indicate ellipses, but he's not perfectly reliable about using them. Don't assume these to be definitive quotes if your dissertation depends on it.


Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse - and it's a deliberate plan by the president of the United States, and it's wrong. And, people need to be aware of it and need to stand up to it and I believe the American people are beginning to do so. So, you come into the country illegally and the attorney general of the United States declares that these individuals have a civil right to amnesty. How can this possibly be: the chief law enforcement officer in America? Vice President Biden recently said, quote: 'You know, 11 million people live in the shadows; I believe they're already American citizens.' Eleven million undocumented aliens are already Americans? Goodness. The vice president of the United States would make such a statement. It's stunning beyond belief.
Sen. Sessions via Craig Bannister at cnsnews


1830 ruins - The eccentric architect Sir John Soane, having just finished rebuilding the Bank of England, commissioned a meticulous rendering of how it would look as a ruin—perhaps in one of his periodic fits of melancholy, or as an act of homage to the monumental classical ruins he revered.
Evelyn Toynton at prospectmagazine.co.uk


Regulations, laws and rights

Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.
Supreme Court, 1966, Miranda vs. Arizona, 384 US 436, 491 via lawfulpath.com

All codes, rules, and regulations are unconstitutional and lacking due process of law.
Rodriques v. Ray Donavan, U.S. Department of Labor, 769 F.2d 1344, 1348 (1985) via Paul Sevy at facebook.com/BLMNevada

This is the first time in our history that MOST Americans don't identify with the upper class. They now realize that all of the rules, regulations, taxes, fees, militarized police, tasers, pepper spray, FEMA camps. homeland security billion bullets are meant for them, not someone else.
BullyBearish, comment 4646067 at zerohedge.com


Knives are "arms" too - Tennessee is the 7th state in which Knife Rights has repealed a ban on switchblades and other knives. This makes 17 legislative victories by Knife Rights in just over four years, including defeating four anti-knife bills. Knife Rights has passed 13 pro-knife bills in 11 states.


Backsliding - In the 200-plus years since we established our own government, we've let bankers, turncoats and number-crunching bureaucrats muddy the waters and pilfer the accounts to such an extent that we're back where we started. Once again, we've got a despotic regime with an imperial ruler doing as they please. Once again, we've got a judicial system insisting we have no rights under a government which demands that the people march in lockstep with its dictates.
John Whitehead at rutherford.org


Thugs - Angela Kirking never thought shopping for garden supplies would lead to agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration waking her up with guns drawn, but that's what happened last October... Kirking's visit to the garden store, Midwest Hydroganics, was the predicate for the whole investigation of her, according to Tomczak. "100 percent nothing else," he said, calling that far too thin a thread on which to base a search warrant... "They were in full attack mode, came at me guns raised, flashlights. Just like you see in the movies," Kirking said. "I had to ask them for a warrant. I said, 'Who are you,' when they came in the bedroom. Somebody said, 'DEA.'"
Matt Sledge at huffingtonpost.com


Election results explained - Based on a North Carolina study, where 35,750 people were found to have likely voted in North Carolina and one other state , the national voter fraud numbers from the 2012 election may have reached one million.
Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com


Gun control explained - Women have always depended on men for protection, but they'd rather depend on many men than just one or a few, so they are happy to vote for measures to increase “security.” As a group, women don't like or understand guns, so they vote Democrat because Democrats promise to take guns away from men–usually those working-class white men–and give them to the big group of men in the government. Men have historically been suspicious of what big groups of men will do when they have all of the weapons.
Jack Donovan at jack-donovan.com


Disarming the proles - Aspiring group leaders often use "othering" to raise themselves to leadership of the group. Emphasizing a distinction between "us" and "them" that casts "us" in a favorable light is a time-tested tactic for acquiring acolytes and followers... Many of those persons are objectively inferior: stupid, ignorant, amoral, arrogant, unmannerly, and generally unfit for human society. However, they get to work in the "halls of power," and we don't. Their contemptuous attitude toward us follows naturally.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com


Party favors at the top - Federal Air Marshal supervisor Danny Poulos is accused of using the agency's federal firearms license and his relationship with gun manufacturer Sig Sauer to obtain discounted and free guns. He then provided them to high-up agency officials for their personal use.
Jana Winter at foxnews.com

Followup - The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is retiring after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials' personal use.
Jana Winter at foxnews.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Yee - “Brady Campaign to Honor Yee for Violence Prevention,” a 2006 press release announced. “For his commitment to ending gun violence, Yee has been named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign... “The Brady Campaign will honor Yee and other state legislators from throughout the country who earned an A+ for working against gun violence at a reception during the National Conference of State Legislators,” the release explained.
David Codrea at dailycaller.com


The BLM-Bundy Ranch confrontation

Bundy is the last of 53 ranchers who grazed herds on this land. The rest have been driven off - and out of business.

Claims of protecting the desert tortoise are bogus because the BLM has started killing them in large numbers due to "lack of funding" to care for them.

BLM's replacement excuse is to make it a "conservation area", but conservation of this type of land does not preclude grazing. In fact, buffalo and bison roamed here.

The BLM is destroying wells the ranchers built and maintained on the land.

Cattle are being rounded up, at least in part, by helicopters and some cattle are dying due to running in the desert heat.

In its wisdom, the BLM chose calving season for its raid. Calves are dying from being separated from their mothers.

From Day 1 the BLM showed up with hundreds, including snipers stationed around the area, and Blackwater type mercenaries.

Nevada state police on the scene have been turning their backs on the BLM because they don't approve of the tactics.

County Sheriff Gillespie has refused to act to stop the BLM, although it is within his authority to turn back the feds when they act against the public safety of citizens.

BLM is making millions on similar cleared lands in northern Nevada, auctioning mineral and gas rights once ranchers are cleared.
AsleepNoMore, comment at cnn.com


Land rush - Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Senator Reid. Reid’s former senior adviser is now the head of BLM. Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land... BLM says they supersede whatever agreement Bundy had prior; they demanded that he reduce his living, his thousand-some-odd head of cattle down to a tiny herd of 150.
danaradio at danaloeschradio.com


Reid and Chinese solar venture - He and his oldest son, Rory, are both involved in an effort by a Chinese energy giant, ENN Energy Group, to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel manufacturing plant in the southern Nevada desert... His son, a lawyer with a prominent Las Vegas firm that is representing ENN, helped it locate a 9,000-acre desert site that it is buying well below appraised value from Clark County. (Smoking gun? art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif )
Marcus Stern at Reuters


Selling public land - There were originally documents on the Fed's land management site that openly conceded that the land was needed for the solar plant already scheduled for this reservation. So the Federal government had promised it in advance despite it being leased to these cattlemen. That's not the worst part. The worst part is that this land is not supposed to be for sale to anybody. It's Federal land ... and the Feds sold it to China.
Texas Arcane at vault-co.blogspot.com


BLM at Bundy Ranch - They also hauled heavy equipment onto his property and broke up water lines and cisterns that the Bundy's had paid for themselves to water the cattle. These water supplies are also used by the wild animals that enjoy the same range land. The personal accounts of the family, as they told their story, was heartbreaking.
HD, comment at survivalblog.com


Lessons learned:
1. Federal government “owns” 84+% of Nevada. Why are we and Nevada accepting that?
2. The local Sheriff who is the highest constitutional officer in the county left the Bundy's to fend for themselves. Who will be the next Sheriff in that county?
3. Pig Harry Reid its been discovered, is planning to use confiscated ranch land to build Communist Chinese solar farms.
4. Bundy ranch is last ranch standing. What is the big picture here?
5. Under what constitutional authority does the Interior Department operate?
writeheiney, comment at westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com


More equal - Sharpton owes the government almost twice what the government alleges this rancher owes. The rancher gets raided and Sharpton gets invited to the White House to party down with our man-child president and gets the president to attend his convention. When will the government surround Al Sharpton to collect the back taxes he owes?
Comment at cnn.com via fonzannoon, comment 4649748 at zerohedge.com


Nevada - Constitutionally minded Americans are not going to stand by and watch another massacre, nor a loss of gun rights, nor will we be entertaining violations of our freedoms for much longer. This society is on the edge of something. It's kinetic, or electric. It is not yet quite visible but it is there, reverberating in the atmosphere.
Brandon Smith at alt-market.org


What comes next - Government seldom gives up this easily. I’d venture this is only settled for the moment and the heist will resume as soon as the media is distracted by something else... Figure however long it takes for the Feds to run facial recognition on everyone who showed up in support of the Bundys, and time for a Grand Jury to be empaneled and come up with some kind of conspiracy to obstruct, or whatever, and then a snap decision to show We the People who the boss is. I give it 120 days, more or less, but we’ll see how it all rolls out.
George Ure at urbansurvival.com


Tipping point - Americans have been surrounded, deliberately corralled, by an increasing code of regulations.  Americans have regulations pointed at their health care in the form of ObamaCare, their finances by the mercurial IRS, their communications by the NSA, the future education of young Americans by the newly launched Common Core.
Monica Morrill at americanthinker.com


Obama power grab - So, it is he who is prepared to extort and blackmail in ways that most of you, and most of my colleagues in this business can’t even imagine, or don’t even understand. And, if the President of the United States unilaterally lifts the debt ceiling, you can kiss the core functions of Congress goodbye, you can kiss this Republic goodbye, once and for all.
Mark Levin, via Joe Newby at examiner.com


Presidency - The left wingers who ask that we respect the office have a tendency to define the phrase differently depending on its occupant. If the man in the office is Obama, ‘respect’ means ‘total and absolute acceptance of everything done and said by anyone in the Executive Branch.’ Whereas, when the man in the office is a Republican, ‘respect’ means ‘call him a Hitler monkey and burn him in effigy while chanting voodoo curses against him and his progeny.’ The contrast between the two might be nuanced, but you can detect it if you look closely.
Matt Walsh at themattwalshblog.com


Congressmen - You're supposed to be clerks. I'm sorry, but clerks don't get paid all that much—and never get a piece of the action. They don't get statues in the park in their honor. I can read well enough to know that real clerks, honorable, hardworking clerks, are going to be taxed into the hereafter, never mind the foreseeable future, to make sure the fake clerks with delusions of grandeur don't have to go back to the real world they fled.


Bolsheviks - Lenin was sent into Russia by the Germans in the same way that you might send a phial containing a culture of typhoid or cholera to be poured into the water supply of a great city, and it worked with amazing accuracy.
Winston Churchill via wikiquote.org


Beef prices hit record, delicatessens go hungry - Beef prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S... Slaughterhouses, also known as packers, are more likely to reserve their reduced supplies for big customers like McDonald's. There's more pressure to throw the special cuts needed to make deli meat into the grinder for hamburgers.
Pierson and Hsu at latimes.com


North Korea - Mr Jang was publicly purged in December and executed after being found guilty of corruption... O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the Ministry of Public Security was "executed by flame-thrower," a source told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. Mr O was executed because he had followed Mr Jang's instructions to turn the ministry into a personal security division to help safeguard his business dealings, the paper reported.
Julian Ryall at telegraph.co.uk


$12 peasant knife - The Opinel is a highly competent knife for everyday use, and you can buy 10 for the price of a slick modern folder and stash them all over the place. This knife is a hyper-prepper's redundancy dream come true! I bought the slightly smaller No. 7 to go with the No. 8—and now find myself salivating over a No. 8 Slim in Bubinga wood.
Pat Covert at gunsmagazine.com


Darwin Award candidacy announced - A California woman was struck and killed Wednesday by a freight train while wearing headphones as she jogged along busy tracks near a popular hiking trail.
Ryan Gorman at dailymail.co.uk


All we need to know about settled science - A hereditary peer has questioned whether flatulence caused by the country's high consumption of baked beans is adding to global warming. Viscount Simon, 73, a Labour peer who has been a member of the House of Lords for more than 20 years, raised concerns about the “smelly emissions”.
Nicholas Randall at westernmorningnews.co.uk


Marc Faber - I believe that the market is slowly waking up to the fact that the Federal Reserve is a clueless organization. They have no idea what they're doing. And so the confidence level of investors is diminishing, in my view. This year, for sure—maybe from a higher diving board—the S&P will drop 20 percent. I think, rather, 30 percent. Who knows. But all I'm saying is that it's not a very good time, right now, to buy stocks.
Marc Faber via Alex Rosenberg at cnbc.com


Counterfeiting - The staggering financial crime is a financial 'industry' enabled and supported by Congress to steal hundreds of trillions of dollars in labor and assets from America's productive class.  To exacerbate the destruction, Congress for the past century has then used this 'air money' to bloat its bureaucracy and an American socialist parasite horde that now threatens our electoral process.  The ancient counterfeiting crime must be arrested.
David Zuniga at americaagainnow.com


Another "it can't happen here" is happening here - Thanks to ObamaCare, people between 55 and 65 are being forced into the Medicare system. At the same time, Medicare covers fewer and fewer services, with higher and higher deductibles. Since most people lack sufficient cash savings to cover them, they are covered by placing liens on property... The other, increasingly popular option, of course, is to forgo medical care.
Dmitry Orlov at cluborlov.blogspot.com


Pearl Harbor to Wake: Is there anything that we can provide?

Send us more Japs!
Marine commander, Wake Island 1941, via Rod Powers at usmilitary.about.com

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Woodpile Report 365 - 15 Apr 2014




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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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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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