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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 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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Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Six, 1654

 

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The painting's bigger than you'd guess from the inset, about three and a half feet on a side. Jan Six was prominent member of a distinguished family who also married well, establishing a dynasty that continues to this day. He was a playwright, a patron of the arts, art collector, and a friend of Rembrandt. You can't be remembered much better than by a world-famous portrait by Rembrandt at the height of his powers.

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union is the first solid turn away from globalism. Said another way, the people of Britain are taking their country back. Hand-wringing collectivists can think of it as a vote for diversity if it'll make 'em feel better.

The EU will punish the UK in every way they can natch, to discourage others chaffing to be free of the Fourth Reich . They pretty much have to, rebellion from below threatens to make the EU ungovernable. Economic and political pressure will be epic and unethical if not actually illegal and there's plenty of time for it, the charter requires a two-year process for leaving . Even so, the unraveling of the EU appears to be underway. As always, first out, best out. And no one wants to be last out.

Contract Law 101 tells us a contract tainted by fraud is void. The EU was, and is, such a contract. Its purpose was misrepresented from the beginning. The economic and political integration of member nations didn't work, couldn't work and was never intended to work. Nor was was there a defensible reason for open borders with unlimited rights and fabulously generous benefits for anyone who showed up. It finally dawned on the people, or enough of the right people, that the Gates of Vienna had been sold by the gatekeepers. The .1% didn't get to be the .1% by being patriots. The EU was a tactic, not a goal.

Finally, the news media being what it is, this pratfall is particularly amusing:

Heat Street - We exclusively reveal that the supposed ‘popular petition' for a second referendum – wholly illegal and unworkable, and unprecedented in British history – is a prank by notorious sh*tposters 4 Chan. The BBC, the UK's national broadcaster, gleefully reported, as real, with no basic journalistic checks, an online petition that appeared to be growing at a colossal rate.

Next item.

In Twin Falls, Idaho three Moslem "youths"—there's that tell-tale word again—sexually assaulted a five-year-old girl in "unspeakable ways" and recorded it on video. Charges have been made the prosecution has been timid, long in coming and all but apologetic to the perps and their families. Read the linked articles for particulars. Here are some excerpts:

Dr Rich Swier - The mother of the victim has also reported receiving threats by two young men of Middle Eastern descent, who told her they will come after her if she pursues the police with this matter... they have not placed a restraining order on the families involved even after the request was made by the girl's family. Instead the perpetrators remain in the comfort of their own home and have been spotted running around the complex grounds.

Idaho Statesman - According to those officials, three boys were involved, ages 7, 10 and 14, and the alleged victim was a 5-year-old girl. The boys are from Sudan and Iraq; none are Syrian.

WND - The two Muslim migrant boys from Sudan who were arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in Idaho were released into the custody of their parents following a hearing.

WND - The Obama-appointed U.S. attorney for Idaho has taken the highly unusual step of intervening in a local criminal case involving an alleged sexual assault by juvenile Muslim migrants and threatened the community and media with federal prosecution if they “spread false information or inflammatory statements about the perpetrators.”

Fox News - “There have been periodic website postings about hundreds of Syrians coming to Idaho that have all proven to be false in the past, and this is probably just one of those attempts to try and stir up hatred and bigotry,” Jan Reeves, director of the Idaho Office for Refugees.

Mr. Reeves is conflating outrage with hate, purposely it seems, a common tactic among paid accomplices of criminal Moslem primitives. It's safe to say neither Mr. Reeves nor his charges have yet seen actual hatred. As these incidents accumulate, he and they may have occasion to. Rather than invite such unpleasantness, prudence suggests they seek a community more accepting of criminal assault on themselves and their children by violent aliens placed, uninvited, in their neighborhoods.

As for bigotry, the definition of a bigot is: "one who is strongly partial to one's own group and is intolerant of those who differ." Intolerance of those who differ from elementary decency seems not only warranted but commendable. The bigots appear to have the high ground on this one.

Next item.

Here's an item to get "forward observer" types to thinking:

One of the more surprising concealment devices sometimes used by the CIA were dead rats. The body cavity was large enough to hold a wad of money or roll of film. Hot pepper sauce kept scavenging cats away after the “rat” was tossed from a car window at a prearranged drop site.

Gives the term "dead drop" new meaning.

Next.

Reader TC has more on vacuum packing dry food—meaning 5% moisture content or less—in Mason jars.

"If your product is very fine, flour for instance, don't fill your jar full, the vacuum will suck it out like a mini tornado! Use a little olive oil on the Food Saver Adapter seals to keep them in good shape. They will slide on and off the jar easier, will wear longer, and provide a better seal.

On items that are very fine you will need to not fill the jar to the top as the vacuum will suck the product into the line or it will become lodged in the rubber lid gasket preventing a good seal.  To get around this I simply kink the hose and slowly release it so that the vacuum is applied gradually."

These are foods he and the missus have vacuum packed:

Saltine crackers
Pastas
Rice
Dry beans of all kinds
Flour
Sugar
Grits
Corn meal
Coffee
Dried milk
Oatmeal
Pancake mix
Cake mix
Candies
Breakfast Cereals
Peanut Butter Powder
Dried Soup Mix
Pudding and Jello Mix
Muffin Mix
Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds
Barley
Hot Cocoa Powder, Hot Chocolate
Chocolate Chips
Instant Potatoes
Bread Mix
Tang
Spices
Banana Chips

TC continues. "After a little research we expected most items would easily last 5 to 7 times longer than the expiration date on the package.  We are still determining the limits and we have already exceeded the 7X time frame on most of our dry goods. We have yet to run across a spoiled or bad jar of anything that we have sealed this way."

Survival Blog has an excellent entry along much the same lines, here . One point of departure for me. Reader TC stores ground coffee, Survival Blog's Sarah Latimer stores coffee beans. Instant coffee is freeze-dried coffee, the better brands are very good, and you can't beat it for storage density.

Be wary of doomsday predictions. As Dalrymple said, "the best, most certain way of prophesying correctly is to prophesy often. That way one will, by laws of chance, sometimes be right." But sober, cautious observers are expressing apprehension, centering on the later part of this year.

Events seem to be converging, as if with a will of their own, toward an epic rupture. Like the indistinct, low rumble of distant thunder, it's something sensed by the whole being. It may come to nothing, but I suspect 2015 and 2016 will be wondered about for generations—how could we have missed what's coming?! Whatever's coming.

Prepare. Solve food first. Many things will be "most critical" in this or that situation, or on one day or another, but you need to eat every day. Recall the wartime ghettos and refugees, the sieges of Stalingrad and Leningrad, or of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War. Over and over they tell you, hunger was universal. If it didn't kill you it would get you killed. The ongoing food riots and urban foraging in Venezuela echo the theme. Prepare so you can eat well, or well enough. As always, stay away from crowds .

Next item please.

It's reported there were seven armed police officers inside the Orlando club while the shootings were going on:

"After hearing reports of shots fired, Cornwell was at the nightclub only 38 seconds later... Within only two minutes, Cornwell and approximately six other officers had broken a large window and entered the club."

If the facts are as reported, they were ordered to stop, stand down and wait for SWAT. And they did. This was bravery without conscience. They hid and did nothing but draw their pay while listening to the screams and cries for help and the gunshots, protecting and defending only themselves. SWAT finally acted many hours later, long after some who could have been saved had bled out, abandoned and alone.

If true, Orlando's police department has earned and deserves unalloyed contempt. When it mattered most they betrayed an elemental duty and a public trust to do the right thing. It's reasonable to expect they would betray that trust again. I've put the full news item on top, below the old ad.

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In the era of railroad building—the later half of the nineteenth century—city and state governments demanded bribes for rights of way, permits &c. The railroads paid up. For doing so, the "railroad barons" are condemned as unutterly corrupt. Um, don't they have this backwards?

Next.

For those who disagree with me about withholding my consent by withholding my vote in elections for national office, a question: if voting worked, wouldn't it have worked by now? After generations of voting in national elections, shouldn't we be eyebrow-deep in justice and liberty?

The "too big to fail" bailouts and Obamacare were opposed by something like ninety per cent of the populace yet they became law. A Republican majority in both houses passed a gargantuan budget, more than even Obama asked for. And on and on. Voting fits the definition of insanity.

Shall we continue to imagine a miraculous transformation is just an election away, or are we so deep in quicksand more effort merely draws us in deeper? I come by my conclusion from what I've seen , nothing complicated about it. How do you come by yours?

Enough-o'-this. Why wallow in doom when there's so much gloom to be had. Let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Science Alert - Researchers have discovered a compound in an Antarctic sea sponge that's capable of killing 98 percent of the drug-resistant superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - better known as MRSA

Ancient Origins - Caribbean Sea Makes Mysterious Whistle Sound that Can Be Heard from Space

College Fix - Michigan State University's police department has launched an “Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit” that not only hosts bias trainings, but also polices campus bias complaints.

Breitbart - The University of Oklahoma has revealed it will be introducing a hotline designed as a means for students to complain about microagressions and bias incidents.

Heat Street - College students increasingly demand to be shielded from “offensive,” “triggering” or “harmful” language and topics, relying on Bias Response Teams to intervene on their behalf.

New Observer - US Outdoors: “It’s a White Thing.” The mere presence of white people causes offence, and is the reason why nonwhites don’t want to go to national parks.

Free North Carolina - All of a Sudden

Page Six - UN official John Ashe, who was facing trial for tax fraud, died Wednesday afternoon in his house in Westchester County, presumably by a barbell he dropped while pumping iron. During the trial, the prosecutors would have linked Ashe to the Clinton bagman Ng.

Reason - The Useful Illogic of 'Assault Weapon' Bans

Town Hall - The Gun Control Farce

Oleg Volk - There's a perception among the Democrats, that gun laws affect Republicans most. In a 50/50 state, passing anti-gun laws harasses enough Republicans into leaving to guarantee future electoral majority for the left.

American Thinker - Black Lives Matter IDs the real culprits in Orlando attack [anti-Black white supremacy, patriarchy and homophobia]

Fox News - Mizzou interim president: Those who didn't support race protests were 'bitter, angry people'

UNC Employee Forum - University of North Carolina "Career Corner: Understanding microaggressions" claims Christmas vacations, golf outings are microaggressions.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg These overindulged, comically unstable 'snowflakes' would find more useful priorities from a sabbatical at Riker's Island or a week-long walking tour of Chicago's south side.

The news media are Social Justice Warriors by a different name as it is, wait until this unhinged generation takes over.

Phys Org - Possibility of new particle discovery at LHC fading

Aeon - The end of walking. In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health

Lapham's Quarterly - How did Voltaire get rich? By rigging the lottery. Repeatedly.

Dinosaur Era Insects Found Disguised in Amber. Insects began to disguise themselves with debris by at least the Cretaceous Era

Smart Set - PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid. How PowerPoint has killed the art of rhetoric

Science Daily- Volcanoes get quiet before they erupt

Mason Dixon Tactical - Blackpowder Flintlocks For The Survivalist

Natural News - American Red Cross exposed as massive, incompetent fraud: built just six homes after collecting half a billion dollars in Haiti earthquake donations

Zero Hedge - Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard

SRSrocco Report - Americans Are Now The Top Silver Investors In The World

World War II Today - June 26, 1941, invading German troops arrive in a small Russian town for the first time. [Photo-essay]

Vintage News - The WWII madness of Million Dollar Point: the USA dumped 1000’s of tons of vehicles into the Pacific. [Photo-essay]

 

World War III
The run up

 

War Is Boring - U.S. Navy jamming jets are in The Philippines for a training mission that will make a statement to Beijing.

War Is Boring - The U.S. Marines Are Pulling Old F/A-18s Out of Desert Storage. F-35 delays mean desperate measures

Zero Hedge - China Warns The US That It Is "The Wrong Opponent To Play Games With"

Common Dreams - Teacher Killings Ignite Calls for Revolution in Mexico

Reuters - Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable missiles along NATO border by 2019

Free Beacon - Moscow Building Spy Site in Nicaragua. Signals intelligence facility part of deal for 50 Russian tanks

National Interest - The South China Sea Moment of Truth Is Almost Here

Defense Dept - Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2016 [.pdf]

CNN - China launches next-generation carrier rocket

Vice News - Cold War 2.0: The US military is beefing up its presence in the former Soviet Bloc

War Is Boring - Russian Commandos Carry Suppressed Rifles That Can Shoot Through Body Armor

 

1949. Ford magazine ad

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

DC Clothesline - The testimony of a Belle Isle police officer was given this week allowing for the first public account of what happened inside the Pulse nightclub earlier this month. Officer Brandon Cornwell’s account of what happened could explain why the death toll was so high — they were told to stand down and not to pursue the shooter. Within only two minutes, Cornwell and approximately six other officers had broken a large window and entered the club. he and the other officers obeyed the orders not to stop Mateen, and they held their position for “15 or 20 minutes — could’ve been longer”. Cornwall described hearing gunshots and screams for help as they sat there — waiting for SWAT.

 

Federalist - Here is my prediction. Within my lifetime, the LGBT movement will die. It will be remembered not as a Selma moment, but as a Salem moment: a period of collective insanity. Even its most ardent advocates may intuit this. Their desperation to push the boundaries as far as possible, as quickly as possible, may evidence the zeal of the terminally ill. Everything must be done today, because there is no tomorrow. The gender ideologies of the present moment just don’t have what it takes to stand the test of time.

 

Reason - Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans' widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code—even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience. But gun control advocates think that overcoming the passionate opposition of firearms owners and imposing a ban on a difficult to define class of "assault weapons" is a swell idea whose time has come. This prohibition will somehow be different.

 

Z Man - I doubt anyone under 50 bothers to read George Will’s column or listens to his commentary, but he is worth studying. Yankee Conservatives are not particularly interested in conserving anything. Their main issue is that the other team is in such a hurry that they often look undignified as they sprint off toward utopia. The Yankee Conservative places the greatest value on his dignity by putting up a choreographed resistance only to acquiesce to whatever it is the Progressives have in mind. That’s why guys like Will are so fond of using the weapons of the Left against people like Trump. It cuts them loose and does so in a way that pleases their friends on the Left, letting them know they are the right sort, just a little reluctant. Like the rest of the Yankee Right, Will is fading into irrelevance.

PJ Media - Conservative columnist George Will told PJM he has officially left the Republican Party and urged conservatives not to support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump even if it leads to a Democratic victory in the 2016 presidential election.

 

Free Beacon - There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines. Civilian agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between 2006 and 2014. Examples include IRS agents with AR-15s, and EPA bureaucrats wearing camouflage. Other administration agencies that have purchased guns and ammo include the Small Business Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Education, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

 

New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Presenting photos of a couple of places that are famous for being famous.

 

1905. The Flatiron Building, a twenty story steel-skeleton skyscraper completed in 1902, stands at Broadway and Fifth Avenue facing Madison Square, pointing directly at the Empire State Building twelve blocks to the north. Opinion in 1902 said it was a stupid idea and it looked ridiculous. The building was restored in 2005.

 

1930. Times Square is bowtie-shaped district beginning at Broadway and Seventh Avenue, called Longacre until the New York Times building was erected in 1904. Until city funds and official pressure were brought to bear in recent years, Times Square was most rightly known for the seedy, crime-ridden and grungy place it really was.

 

1936. Times Square. The Wrigley Spearmint Gum electric sign, seen just behind the lampost, was once the world's largest and cost $9,000 per month to operate when installed.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Daily Caller - Nearly two decades and $108 million worth of “disturbing” data manipulation with “serious and far ranging” effects forced a federal lab to close. The inorganic section of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Energy Geochemistry Laboratory manipulated data on a variety of topics – including many related to the environment – from 1996 to 2014. The manipulation was caught in 2008, but continued another six years. The research topics that faced data manipulation – including uranium in the environment, health effects of energy resources, and U.S. coal resources and reserves – was “disturbing.”

 

LA Times - Video has many benefits, but information density generally isn't one of them. I can read the transcript of a one-hour speech in about five or 10 minutes and easily pick out precisely what’s interesting and what’s not. With video, I have to slog through the full hour. Text can be absorbed in blocks; the eye searches for keywords or names or other pointers such as quotation marks. Text is generally searchable online. Bet for better video, bet for better speech, bet for better things we can’t imagine, but if you bet against text, you will lose.

 

Fox News - If California Democrats have their way, Christian colleges and universities will no longer be allowed to require students attend chapel services or require them to profess a relationship with Jesus Christ. The legislation would also give students a right to sue if, for example, they were offended by a prayer in a class. If passed without amendments, the new law would also very likely disqualify students attending California Christian colleges and universities from eligibility for Cal Grants, a key state-level student aid program.

 

Ars Technica - The first merger detected by LIGO was something rather unusual given that both black holes were around 30 times the Sun's mass. So far, we have not observed anything that could produce black holes in that mass range. Now, a new modeling study suggests that mergers with these sorts of masses might be common—but only if stars can collapse directly into a black hole without exploding first. This situation would require some of the Universe's most luminous stars to simply be winking out of existence.

 

Smithsonian - Paleontologist Jason Poole was wandering the 150-million-year-old rock of Montana when he had to stop for a pee break out in the desert. And it was at that spot that he noticed an interesting bone poking out of the gray Jurassic stone. Digging in, Poole and his team found even more of what turned out to be an Allosaurus, but, before the bones even came out of the ground, he gave the dinosaur a nickname for how it was found. Informally, at least, this carnivore is called “Urinator montanus.” But it’s not just nature’s call that can lead paleontologists to fossiliferous spots that would have otherwise gone undiscovered, the need to get away from everyone else led to some amazing finds.

 

1945. Greece, near Athens.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Greek resistance armed itself largely at the expense of the Italian occupation forces and gradually took control of the country, aside from the largest cities. As elsewhere during the war, the partisan outfits attacked each other and a de facto civil war broke out. Amazingly enough, an informal truce was struck with the Germans so the communists and anti-communists, and the monarchists and republicans could annihilate each other unhindered. The fighting continued long after the war ended. These are guerilla fighters of the Greek People's Liberation Army.

 

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Taki's Magazine - There is a certain kind of Western third-worldist, usually upper-middle-class, educated, intelligent, cultivated, gifted, and completely stupid, who sees in some godforsaken country or unscrupulous leader the hope of the world. The late Basil Davidson, for example, had an astonishing gift for extolling leaders and political movements just before they were about to bring about catastrophe, mass murder, and total impoverishment.

 

Return Of Kings - The left is renewing their calls for gun control as they try to salvage their narrative from the damage of their Islamic sacred cow massacring their LGBT one. If this had been a terrorist attack against Christians, or conservatives, not one damn would have been given by Barack Obama Inc., and his vaunted Muslims would have been spared any criticism. However, the victims were all presumably gay, which makes them matter to the left agenda. The solution is the same as it always is for the left; double down on some other part of your narrative, and that’s gun control.

 

City Journal - Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications clearly knows his audience. “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns,” Rhodes said. “That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.” Rhodes, like much of the media he spins, is a well-educated member of the same progressive cultural and ideological milieu, and he thus has keen instincts for what he can get away with—and no shame about revealing it.

 

National Association of Scholars - Poor and oppressed people are exactly that—they are poor and oppressed. They are not necessarily good people or wise people or noble people or tolerant people. Indeed, the effects of poverty and oppression often fill people with hatred and bitterness, which they frequently take out on fellow sufferers and innocent third parties who have done them no wrong. But many Westerners influenced by victim-status romanticism lose their capacity for sound moral judgment and support whatever claims poor and oppressed people make. And in the case of middle-class black students, victim status is often extended to them despite their many privileges because of the injustices done to their ancestors.

 

USA Watchdog - If anyone thinks that negative interest rates will have the effect of repairing an economy, just go back to 2008 until now and look at the process of getting there. When this tears loose, it’s going to be the biggest tear of the fabric of our lives that we have ever experienced. There are so many things happening and starting to unravel, but nothing is bigger than paying for the privilege of investing in an insolvent. Think of the entities that are supposed to be the rescuing mechanism for insolvencies and illiquidity. You can go down the entire list, and they are themselves illiquid and insolvent. What does the world look like after that? Probably, it looks like Mad Max and the day after. [Also see this statement by Alan Greenspan]

 

1918. North Atlantic

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg UB-148's career was not only undistinguished, it was nearly non-existent: launched in August 1918, commissioned September 1918, surrendered to the US in December 1918 and sunk as a target ship by the destroyer USS Sicard DD-436 in or sometime after 1920. UB-148 was a small sub, only 535 tons surface displacement, 183 feet long with a compliment of three officers and 31 crew. While it made no patrols, had no victories, it cut a fine figure in the photograph.

The Sicard was a four-stack Clemson Class destroyer, optimized for anti-submarine duties, a design direction which would evolve into the Destroyer Escorts of WWII. Sicard was a rather rare survivor of its class. She was converted to a mine-layer in 1937 and served with distinction in the Pacific in World War II. Having paid off the nation's investment many times over, Sicard was decommissioned and scrapped at war's end.

 

 

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397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404
405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412,
413, 414,415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428,
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Notate Bene

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

 

When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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28 June 2016