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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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This is number

9 June 2020

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James Tissot, Young Woman in a Boat, 1870

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As I said here two weeks ago:

 July will tell the truth about the economy. I’ve chosen November as the month of general truth, whether the years following will be of manageable coping, of unexampled disaster, or something in between.

We’re closing in on July. Here’s what’s developing:

National and world economies are collapsing into a 1930s-like Depression. Well regarded experts disagree on whether we’re facing runaway inflation or deflation but certain it will be one or the other. There are food shortages with famines in some parts of the world. In the US there is ongoing racial and political terrorism with scattered homicides. Politically motivated shutdowns of web sites are ongoing. There are rising threats of war in the western Pacific.

November is six months away. Unless something changes for the better, it appears we will be deeply into the dark consequences of this growing catastrophe. This means we’ll be heavily reliant on personal preparations being made now.

From Zero Hedge:  Food-Banks Warn They’ll Soon Run Out Of Food As Economic Suffering Explodes All Over America

1959. Delta Airlines magazine ad

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Delta was the first airline to use a fleet of Douglas DC-8s.

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

 Natural News – Antifa terrorists to be bused to Sparta, Illinois with orders to burn farm houses and kill livestock in rural “white” areas … to cause maximum mayhem and property destruction

 Coeur d’Alene/Press Falls Express – Armed ‘Patriots’ patrol Coeur d’Alene … men with semi-automatic weapons, handguns say they are here to protect city amid reports of militants heading this way

   Short videos on Twitter of Antifa in suburban and rural locations

 Gateway Pundit – Huntington Beach Locals Beat the Crap Out of Antifa Terrorists and Send Them Running For Their Lives (VIDEO) … police used pepperballs to disperse protesters laying in the middle of the street

 Urban Survival Site – 21 Things You Should Have In Your Vehicle At All Times … you need to always be prepared

 YouTube – Sabine Hossenfelder … the five most promising ways to quantize gravity

 Reddit – Bagger 288, The biggest land vehicle

 YouTube – Sabine Hossenfelder … the five most promising ways to quantize gravity

 The Drive – Special Operators In Syria Are First American Unit To Use Computerized Sights On Their Rifles … locks onto targets, tells the shooter where to aim, and can even fire the gun for them

 Law Enforcement Today – Black Lives Matter will launch armed ‘peace officers’ in ‘war on police’ … “to defend our communities, to keep our communities safe”

 Law Enforcement Today – Warning: Reports of groups canvassing residential neighborhoods, taking photos of homes with police cars in driveways … They are threatening to burn down our homes and kill our families

 Discover – The History and Future of Telescopes on the Moon … radio quiet environment on the other side of the moon that enables very sensitive measurements that you just can’t get any other way

 American Mind – The Real History of Antifa … born during the street-fights of the 1932 Weimar Republic, founded by the Stalinist Communist Party of Germany

 Spy Escape and Evasion – Best Canned Meats for Food Storage … top meats and brands to consider purchasing next time you add to your supply

 Economic Collpse – We Are Being Told To Prepare “To See High Prices At Grocery Stores” And “It’s Likely That Shortages May Only Get Worse” … this will especially be true for basic meat staples such as ground beef and chicken

 Information Liberation – WATCH: Latino Gangs Go to War With ‘Looters’ in Cicero Suburb of Chicago … multiple shootouts and people were seen ramming trucks into looters’ cars

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 Gun sales, Free Beacon – More than 1.7 million guns were sold in May 2020, according to an analysis by Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting. That is an all-time record for the month and an 80 percent increase from 2019. May 2020 saw more sales than both March and April of 2019. The record-setting sales pace has been driven in large part by new gun owners. Of those first-time gun owners, 40 percent are women and these buyers are overwhelmingly purchasing handguns for personal protection.

 Change, James Kunstler – Hungry for change? You won’t have to wait long. This society may be unrecognizable in a few months. For one thing, there’s a good chance that the current violence in the streets won’t blow over as it has before. There hasn’t been such sudden, massive unemployment before, not even in the Great Depression — and we’re not even the same country that went through that rough episode. Just about every arrangement in contemporary life is on-the-rocks one way or another. Big business, small business, show business… it’s all cratering. The great big secret behind all that is not that capitalism failed; it’s that the capital in capitalism isn’t really there anymore, at least not in the amounts that mere appearances like stock valuations suggest. We squandered it, and now our institutions are straining mightily to pretend that “printing” money is the same as capital.

 War, Front Page – The Left has gone to war against America. Their organizations, backed by money from the Ford Foundation, Hollywood celebrities, and even the Biden campaign, have terrorized cities, destroyed countless small businesses, and inflicted a wartime toll on the police officers on the front line. The Black Lives Matter/Antifa war is being waged to destroy the men and women who hold the line. Some of the attacks were not just brutal, they were outright murder attempts. When over 400 law enforcement officers are wounded, that’s not the aftermath of protests or even riots. That’s a war. And it’s about time that we started calling the violent leftist mobs burning and looting their way from one end of the country to the other by their rightful name. The enemy.

 James Kirkpatrick, Unz Review – President Donald Trump ran on a Law And Order platform in 2016 but he’s currently presiding over the most widespread civil disorder of this generation. The obvious reality: these riots are simply an excuse for blacks to loot without fear of punishment. Without an immediate policy of ruthless coercion directed and executed by the federal government, most Americans will correctly assume that Trump is unwilling or incapable of defending their lives and property. If so, his re-election campaign is probably finished—and America along with it. President Trump simply can’t afford any more mistakes. America is burning. The nationalist that voters thought they were electing in 2016 needs to act.

1929. San Francisco, Hudson publicity photo

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 1929, Hudson was the third largest automobile manufacturer in the world.

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 Gun sales, Daily Wire – The current state of affairs in America has led to record sales of guns. In May 2020, very nearly two handguns were sold for every long-gun, pushing their ratio new record of 1.97. Traditionally, the ratio increases in the first half of the year before dropping off in the second half. Still, the boom in handgun sales has been particularly noticeable in recent months. More than 3 million checks were run through the FBI’s national instant check system in May, a record and 32% above from May 2019. The week of April 13-19 was in the 10 highest weeks since the tracking system was set up in November 1998. During that week in April, the FBI conducted 766,739 checks.

 Arthur, Ancient Origins – A lucky discovery in a rare book has the potential to transform our knowledge of perhaps the most famous story from the entire Middle Ages. Some damaged manuscript pages found inside the volume are from the 13th century and they narrate the adventures of Merlin the magician, a key figure in the legendary tales of King Arthur and Camelot. The find is an astounding one and it is already changing our understanding of the Arthurian myths and legends. “Cutting-edge analysis and infrared techniques will be used to try to read the ancient prose”. These could help experts understand more about the origins of the myths, something which has perplexed academics and writers for centuries.

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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 LeftSaul 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
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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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

Author: Alfred E. Neuman

EDITOR ONLY, 74 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.

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