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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
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
giving voice to
growing support for
high capacity magazine
investing in our future
making a difference
making bad choices
mounting opposition to
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poor and minorities
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
sends a message
speaking truth to power
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
war on ...
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You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -
mob and rob
pack of teens
rival gang members
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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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via the International Spy Museum
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
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
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
Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor
Manufacture a new truth
Create bigger distractions
Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.
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The Five Stages of Collapse
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
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.
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Artist for today
Beach Scene, Cullercoats
Winslow Homer 1881
Winslow Homer (Boston 1836—Prouts Neck Maine 1910) was a renown American landscape and marine painter in oils and watercolors, and a civil war and commercial illustrator. He lived in Cullercoats, a port village in northeast England, in 1881 and 1882.
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CDC and the point of no return
How 'bout some clarity? The Center for Disease Control had one job. They didn't do it. Whether they couldn't or wouldn't do it , the result is the same. They're a Three Stooges farce with a seven billion dollar budget and a bewildered Baghdad Bob for a Director. It's wall to wall clowns at six-figure salaries. All that's missing are the kazoos and cowbells. And they're still squandering scarce resources, still tripping over their own bureaucratic shoelaces, still fumbling the simple and ignoring the obvious, still making it up as they go along—and exposing us to disaster in stunningly stupid ways that would never occur to the untrained.
The CDC isn't the answer and it never was, as we've found out. They're the problem and have been long before Thomas Duncan shambled around Dallas, infected same, and croaked. One guy—one, brought the whole thing down. They say they didn't see it coming. Really? Wasn't it their job? They still don't see
coming from Mexico, denials all around, DHS told them to look the other way, and they are. Then there's DC. They send troops to Africa, provide limo service at our southern border, and let anyone into the country who doesn't actually collapse in a pool of their own bloody vomit when getting off the plane.
Seriously, how plain do they have to make it? How does the CDC differ from a fraud run by crackpots and quacks—good intent? How could we know their intent? If the intent of DC and the CDC were to create an epidemic by giving ground until the point of no return, what would they be doing differently? Anyone? Beuller?
The CDC is either "controlling disease" or it isn't. If it is, they have much to answer for. If it isn't, we can't afford them. Here's the take-away: if you value your life, disregard the CDC. Too extreme? Here's what what one pro tells us:
It should be clear to all by now that federal bureaucracies are either too corrupt, politicized, or incompetent to fulfill their core missions. The purpose of bureaucracies is to continually expand their payroll, budgets, and missions to the point of becoming massive, inefficient, and deadly. We will have to take care of ourselves if we want to survive. Waiting for more CDC directives and guidelines is worse than counterproductive.
Richard Amerling, M.D., Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, at wnd.com
And here's how reliable the World Health Organization is:
In September the WHO estimated that by October 20, there would be 3,000 total cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. As of October 7, the count was 8,376.
Jonathan Last at weeklystandard.com
Drat! Missed it by that much. But it doesn't end there. Obama's new Ebola Kommissar, Ron Klain, has no medical qualifications whatever. None. He's a Biden staffer. A fixer. A plumber. A spinmeister. A troll magnet. He keeps his nitwit boss's pratfalls out of the news when he can, and puts lipstick on 'em when he can't. When DC cranks up their airlift to bring the world's Ebola zombies to the United States for free medical care and complimentary mints, he'll be performing the same service for the CDC.
This isn't reassuring – it's a straight-up insult to the American people. We'll get a Beltway spinner installed above the existing six-figure officials who dropped every ball Ebola tossed them? Obama just named a political officer to manage the Cabinet secretaries who managed the CDC director who managed to lose control of Ebola.
John Hayward at humanevents.com
And it'll work too. What used to be the news media isn't going to do a one-eighty and ask silly questions like, "what happened to all those emergency powers like quarantines for travelers from infected countries?" Nope. They'll take this guy's press releases, add a "comma-he-said" at the end, slap a headline on 'em and it's off to happy hour.
The regime will cover up, deceive, lie, and distort facts as they desperately try to cover up their failings regarding the various disease outbreaks throughout this nation. American citizens and illegals who die from Ebola or Enterovirus D68 will have their death certificates altered under Federal orders to cover up the severity of the outbreaks. Thus the more severe Ebola outbreak will proceed unencumbered to phase 3, which will start the process of destroying the world economy and killing more than sixty million Americans in the process.
John Galt at johngaltfla.com/wordpress
Neither the CDC or DC will tell us the truth, and the news media wouldn't tell us even if they knew. This has barely begun. Here's a fun fact: you're on your own and have been from the beginning. It's why ol' Remus keeps telling you: stay away from crowds—Rule One for survival, dependable, like gravity. There's no way to make it complicated and no reason to try. Here are some other rules: Figure out what you need and get it. Figure out what to do and do it. Figure out where you need to be and when you need to be there.
Okay, let's veer off into the arcane for a moment. There's a point to all this. Promise. In 1883 physiologist Max Rubner proposed that mammalian metabolic rates were proportional to their mass with an exponent of 2/3. He found it to be universal, from mice to cows. Then in 1932 his 2/3 exponent was replaced by a 3/4 ratio based on seemingly sound, seemingly superior research by Max Kleiber, a Swiss agricultural chemist. It was magic, it was cosmic, it immediately became settled science done up in neat charts and tidy tables. Sound familiar?
Learned papers were published about the mystic properties of the 3/4 ratio, some purporting to be derived from first principles, some involving fractals and every other gee whiz detour that's fascinated popularizers along the way. This went on for nearly eighty years.
It was all crap of course, the sheerest nonsense, and it didn't take Peter Dodds of the University of Vermont long to reveal Kleiber's analysis of the data, and the data itself, were the worst sort of worthless . Dodds showed, when done right, the original 2/3 exponent was correct after all. Since then there's been serious back peddling by the Kleiber camp.
Gram specific masses,
So what do we have? We have several generations of "consensus science", eight decades of careers, speaking tours and papers, shown for the farce they were by a single honest man conducting what amounted to a rigorous audit and drawing whatever conclusion it yielded. In a word, science.
Every science has its sensationalists. Quantum physics has been all but adopted by freshman Zen students, astrophysics has its parallel universe enthusiasts—Elvis is alive, um, somewhere, says the Science Channel. Well, okay. It's all fun, thought-provoking even, and relatively harmless. It sells papers, as they say. But sometimes science contracts serious parasites, opportunists that impede and impoverish, or actually punish honest research. So it is with climatology's man-made climate fanatics, with lightly edited Wicca and Gaia fables for the science averse to natter about.
Science is periodically disfigured this way because it has no real constituency. The work of scientists is treated as an unprocessed resource which the user is free to distort and cherry pick to construct a Grand Theory of his choice. One would imagine NASA or the National Geographic Society or the Smithsonian or the upper reaches of academia to be natural whistle-blowers. One would be wrong. For whatever reason, such outfits prefer to caucus with the barnacles.
The integrity of science isn't so much protected as intermittently rescued, and it always comes down to the few per cent who keep things honest where they can, and make them honest where they can't.
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Wartime magazine ads
1942 Waterman's ad, and 1943 Exide ad
1942. New York's Pennsylvania Station in wartime.
1943. Chicago's Union Station in wartime.
The CDC, just another nanny
While Ebola and enterovirus D68 wreak havoc on our health system, the CDC has been busying itself with an ever-widening array of non-disease control campaigns, like these recent crusades: Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, video games and TV violence, playground equipment and “social norming” in the schools. After every public health disaster, CDC bureaucrats play the money card while expanding their regulatory and research reach into anti-gun screeds, anti-smoking propaganda, anti-bullying lessons, gender inequity studies and behavior modification programs, says Michelle Malkin in this article, The Centers for Everything But Disease Control, at Michelle Malkin.
Electricity too cheap to meter. Again.
Lockheed Martin announced that the Skunk Works has produced viable fusion technology and is looking for partners. If the company’s predictions are accurate the development will transform almost every aspect of civilization. If its promise is fulfilled, mankind will have its first sci-fi, dilithium-crystal modulated, flying-car capable, fusion engine. That spells f-r-e-e-d-o-m, says Richard Fernandez in this article, Fusion, at PJMedia.
also see: So About That Fusion Deal..., by Karl Denninger at Market Ticker
Fighting global warming is the new Pentagon priority
The triumvirate of Obama, Kerry, and Hagel cannot even form an international coalition to fight ISIS, but look at the success they have with fighting climate change – even Trinidad and Tobago are on board! In the face of the administration's latest diplomatic malfeasance, in which our NATO ally, Turkey, denied Susan Rice's latest Sunday-morning talking point that the U.S. can use bases in Turkey to launch attacks against ISIS, The Three Stooges keep bumbling along while shirking their primary responsibility to the nation, says Lauri Regan in this article, Boots Finally on the Ground...to Fight Global Warming, at American Thinker
Remus says - Now we know one loyalty test for the senior officer purges.
James Rawles and your last wake-up call
Our world is changing at such a pace it is difficult to keep up with the day-to-day changes. We all need to be prepared to hunker-down, shelter-in-place and not leave our homes for several months. If a pandemic breaks out and ebola mutates into a true air-borne virus, may God help us all. If you haven’t already gathered supplies, please do not wait any longer, time is no longer on your side, say Rory and Mark Mann in this article, Consider This Your LAST Wake-Up Call – James Wesley Rawles, at The Daily Coin. YouTube interview, 45 minutes, 55 seconds. Don't miss this one.
UN small arms treaty signed
A new phase in international gun control began September 25th when the 50th country ratified the infamous Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that was adopted formally by the United Nations a year and a half ago, and signed by our own Secretary of State Kerry in September 2013. The mere fact that John Kerry lent his John Hancock to the ATT makes the United States a “signatory” to it, and is cause for real concern, says Bob Barr in this article, UN Gun Grab Enters New And Dangerous Phase, at Town Hall.
Georgia SWAT team kills burglary victim in his own home
At approximately 11:00 p.m., she noticed a vehicle abruptly race down her driveway. She saw men jump out of the vehicle and approach her home, donning black and camouflage clothing, shrouded in hoods. Mrs. Hooks bolted for the bedroom to alert her sleeping husband. “The burglars are back,” she insisted. Earlier that week, the couple’s home had been burglarized and an SUV stolen from the driveway. What happened next was described as “chaos.” The intruders used their weapons to send a hail of gunfire into the residence, says this article, Police shoot, kill Georgia grandfather during no-knock drug raid, at Police State USA.
Alien "ice-giant" planet discovered
Astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets around the Milky Way, including rocky planets similar to Earth and gas planets similar to Jupiter. But there is a third type of planet in our solar system—part gas, part ice—and this is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for our so-called “ice giant” planets, Uranus and Neptune, says this article, First Alien “Ice-Giant” Planet Found, at The Daily Galaxy.
Infecting America with
The flood of illegal alien minors coming across our southern border this year is the elephant in the room that no one is mentioning. Most of these youths traveled from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Unlike America, where EV-D68 is almost unheard of, in Central and South America it is very common. Given the many children and families likely carrying EV-D68 and other pathogens before reaching the border, the rapid spread of disease within these holding facilities, and poor or non-existent disease screening, it is not unreasonable to believe that thousands could have been dispersed throughout the U.S. with either a live infection or carrying the virus, says James Simpson in this article, How an Obama Administration Policy is Destroying Lives, at Accuracy in Media.
But wait, there's more
Obama Plans to Let Ebola-infected Foreigners Into U.S. for Treatment, at Judicial Watch
6 Reasons Why Modern Defensive Ammo is Better Than Ever, by James Tarr at Handguns
Pentagon unveils plan for military's response to climate change, by W. Hennigan at the Los Angeles Times
5 Bills in the Land of the Free that are straight out of Atlas Shrugged, by Simon Black at Sovereign Man
Winter Forecast for US Nothing to Shiver About, at Discovery
New York Gets Frigid Winter Warning From Siberia Snowfall, by Brian Sullivan at Bloomberg.
Frigid Polar Vortex Unlikely to Repeat This Winter, by Andrea Thompson at Scientific American
Tabletop experiment could detect gravitational waves, by Edwin Cartlidge at Physics World
NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years, Lester Kok at Nanyang Technological University
The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, by Natasha Geiling at Smithsonian
A 13 year old girl knows well how to use weapons, YouTube, 1m 16s
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Drudge self-quarantines - Yesterday [15th October], after having completely wiped his social media Twitter account clean recently, Matt Drudge posted his first message in months. It’s a simple message and very much to the point, but for those following the news of failing Ebola containment protocols it’s terrifying: “self-quarantine”. Maybe Matt Drudge has gotten word of something that we’re not yet aware of just yet.
Mac Slavo at shtfplan.com
Drought Oscillator - Science has been quite slow figuring out that there is likely a “Northern Hemisphere Drought Oscillator” as well. The 1860 drought came along about 75 years before the midpoint of the 1935 Dirty Thirties in the US Midwest. Tack on another 75-years to the last of the Dust Bowl years (1940) and now we’re looking at when? Answer: 2015.
George Ure at urbansurvival.com
Houston voids First Amendment, repents, sort of - The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city's first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court...
mega-church pastor was also ordered to hand over “all communications with members of your congregation” regarding the non-discrimination law.
Todd Starnes at foxnews.com
The subpoenas ask the pastors to turn over all communications related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, which was approved by the city council in June. A citizen petition-gathering effort to overturn the measure was thwarted after the city attorney said the number of valid signatures fell short.
Valerie Richardson at washingtontimes.com
The preaching of sermons in the pulpits of churches is of no concern to any government bureaucrat at all. This country settled, a long time ago, with a First Amendment that the government would not supervise, license, or bully religious institutions. That right wasn’t handed out by the government, as a kind of temporary restraining order. It was recognition of a self-evident truth.
Russell Moore at russellmoore.com
Update - After calling church sermons “fair game” for subpoena, Houston Mayor Annise Parker backed down Wednesday from the city's effort to force local pastors to turn over speeches and papers related to a hotly contested transgender rights ordinance. [The word "sermon" was removed. The rest stands]
Valerie Richardson at washingtontimes.com, 15 Oct 2014
Remus says - This is just a little peek at what a President Hillary would be like.
Idaho city voids First Amendment, doesn't repent - City officials in Coeur d'Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples...
The couple would face 180 days in jail and up to $1000 in fines per day.
Rick Moran at americanthinker.com
Religion of peace - Human Rights Watch said the Islamist group "separated young women and teenage girls from their families and has forced some of them to marry its fighters." ... ISIS has also beheaded a number of victims, including children, and has reportedly buried women and children alive. In August, the Anglican Vicar of Baghdad said ISIS jihadis cut a five-year-old Christian boy in half, and another eyewitness said a female ISIS captive was tied to cars and torn in two.
Joe Newby at examiner.com
Now ISIS has 'em - The New York Times is now admitting that WMD always existed in Iraq, they were discovered many times, even injuring our soldiers, but the despicable leftists would crucify anyone who told the truth... The entire episode is a disgraceful example of just how vicious, selfish and dishonest official Washington and its media minders can be.
James Simpson at examiner.com
Obama's callup - The thought of squandering the 101st Airborne, about 3,000 other soldiers, plus the Guard, is not merely insane, it is criminally negligent. These troops are not nurses or grave diggers! They have been fighting a battle rigged to lose thanks to Obama's military "strategy." And now to add insult to injury, Obama is putting them and the rest of the military, and by extension their families and our entire country at further direct risk of contracting and importing the disease.
James Simpson at examiner.com
Just what we need - The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee took the Obama administration to task Friday for its “irresponsible” plan to allow as many as 100,000 Haitians to immigrate to the U.S. without a visa... U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Friday the program to unite Haitians already living in the U.S. with family members abroad will ramp up in 2015.
Douglas Ernst at washingtontimes.com
Open flights to US from Africa - Like Frieden, Merlin kept insisting that "the only way to protect Americans" is to end the epidemic in Africa... Why, precisely, must we attack Ebola in Africa? Research on a cure doesn't require cuddling victims in their huts. Until there's a treatment, we can't put out the disease there, or here. The only thing Americans will be doing in Liberia is changing the bedpans of victims, getting infected and bringing Ebola back to America. When there's a vaccine, we can mail it... Of all the reasons people have for coming here—welfare, drug-dealing, Medicare scams—"I have Ebola and I'm going to die, otherwise" is surely one of the strongest. The entire continent of Africa now knows that this is a country that will happily spend half a million dollars on treating someone who just arrived—and then berate itself for not doing enough.
Ann Coulter at anncoulter.com
Duncan died from racism - Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is African American, stressed that Duncan’s nationality and lack of insurance “prevented him from getting better treatment.”
By December, there may be 10,000 new cases a week of this dreadful and deadly disease. Yet calls for the cancellation of commercial airline travel from the affected nations to the United States are being decried as racist, an abandonment of America’s responsibilities to Africa, a threat to the economies of the poorest continent on earth. How could we consider such a thing!
Pat Buchanan at wnd.com
There could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month, according to researchers tracking the virus with a computer model... “We have a worst-case scenario, and you don’t even want to know,” Vespignani said. “We could have widespread epidemics in other countries, maybe the Far East. That would be like a bad science fiction movie.” The worst case would occur if Ebola acquires pandemic status and is no longer contained in West Africa, he said. It would be a catastrophic event, one Vespignani said he is confident won’t happen. “Let’s be rational for the next couple of months,” he said. “We aren’t going to have an invasion of cases. After November, we need to reassess the situation and see what is the progress of containment in West Africa.”
Cortez and Woellert at bloomberg.com
Scientists initially believed that Central Africa's Zaire strain of the virus was responsible for the outbreak. Using analysis of blood samples from infected patients, however, researchers determined that while the Guinean form of the Ebola virus showed a 97 percent similarity to the Zaire strain, the disease was not introduced from Central Africa.
Saliou Samb at reuters.com
La Raza's Revenge - A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region... Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively.
Veronica Rocha at latimes.com
CDC Director was Bloomberg's nanny-PC enforcer - America’s Ebola crisis is made worse by the people in charge. Dr. Thomas Frieden was Mayor Bloomberg’s Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2002–2009 and enforced the mayor’s trans-fat, 16-ounce soda, smoking, and salt bans.
James Rawles at survivalblog.com
We can't handle the truth - City officials are so jittery about causing widespread Ebola panic that 911 dispatchers have been forbidden from dropping any “E”-bombs over the radios... “Engine XXX, utilize Universal Precautions — you are responding to a Fever/Travel incident,” dispatchers are now ordered to say.
Cohen, Schram and Italiano at nypost.com
Flash Crash on steroids -
If random fires do not periodically clear away forest underbrush, we see a build-up of flammable material sufficient to power a massive conflagration. I certainly think an equivalent truth applies to financial markets. The longer it has been since a painful collapse, the greater the willingness to pile on leverage and complexity, such that the next crisis becomes unmanageably awful
Bruce Wilds at brucewilds.blogspot.com
Mossberg - How long will you, Mossberg & Sons, continue to ensconce yourselves in a state where you aren't welcome, and where you've been told that very thing by the Governor himself? We know exactly where Malloy stand on the issues. There is nothing to see here. The surprising thing is that Mossberg continues to take the beating. [ Statement by
Herschel Smith at captainsjournal.com
Where Pretend Smart People Go To Pretend To Be Smart In Front Of Other Fake Smart People - I hate TED. Always have. Watched 5 minutes of it and knew exactly what it was about. It is vanity for people who did not have the good genetic fortune to be born all that bright. I had no idea they did things like this, however. What a shocking embarrassment for them.
Texas Arcane at vault-co.blogspot.com
The test - If a social, economic, or political argument can't be completely framed in a thousand words of common English, it cannot possibly be valid.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com
Spoiler - Assume there are spectacular events which happen only once in a million years. Now assume there are a million such events.
Ol' Remus at woodpilereport.com
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1937. Long Lake, Wisconsin abandoned homestead
No Trespassing Allowed.
1937. New Glarus, Wisconsin sprinkler wagon.
New Glarus is a Swiss heritage town of 2,000 in south-central Wisconsin.
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For adjusting your monitor
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
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