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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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art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hey, let's talk animals. Chickens to start. Like how "free range" really means "in the road" or "way up the road on the other side where it's muddy and swampy" so I gotta go up and roust 'em out. One of our Americanas is cross-beaked and needs it trimmed from time to time so she can eat properly, or at all, the bathroom being the operating room, the missus being the vet. The breed is known for this, incidentally. It squawked bloody murder the first time, but now consents with quiet endurance if not the abject gratitude it warrants. She and the other Americana are consistent layers, two blue eggs a day, winter and summer, so it's a good return on ten minutes of attention every few weeks.

As I mentioned a while ago, our flock is big enough they've aggregated into two sets. If the rooster with one set poaches on the other's harem, the chase is on. Fun to watch. Notice sometime, they can make a snap turn at full speed. I'm talking ninety degrees. Head down, wings held out a bit. When they're walking around they don't look quite stable, cause they're not, but they're amazingly nimble at a full-out run. People who study dinosaurs may want to think about this.

Me 'n my neighbor down the road have been teaching the raccoons proper manners. They're down to reasonable numbers now, with a learned aversion to all things chicken. But it's always something, lately a bear's been skulking around. We keep the feed in galvanized trash cans out by the coop, tops chained down. One morning last week a can was on its side, rather beat up, but it held shut. And the missus reports the lingering "wet dog" smell of a bear upon occasion. There have been other, less definitive signs. Bears are too likeable to treat like varmints, and shy, they don't want any trouble. So if I see one at the coop some night I'll run him off. I've done it before. Armed, natch. I'm not insane.

It's most likely the one we've seen around here since he was a cub with mama. I've told you about him. He thinks of this property as his personal easement, up to and including the front step. We were outside when he crossed the road earlier this year, he gave us the "oh, it's only you" look and continued on his way. Deer do it too outten backa the house. Just to see what would happen, I waved my arms and talked at 'em when they were the other side of our elderberry bushes, not forty yards away. They stopped, looked at each other with "it's just the human, acting crazy", and ambled on. While there's no such thing as an unsuspecting deer, there are degrees of suspicion. They're self-delivering supper should the need arise, so a wide sense of normalcy is a good thing to encourage.

Last year we had a black squirrel, showed himself at the tree line by the road from time to time. Nothing unusual, except the tip of his tail was snow white. Maybe half to three quarters inch. Well, y'gotta be willing to be surprised in this life. The other day I was on my way back home on a corkscrew road, one of our lane-and-seven-eighths wide roads, marked optimistically for 35 mph, and saw a black squirrel with a white tipped tail. This was several miles from home. Now I'm thinking it's a stable variation. Next. The Phoebes have a family. You remember, the ones with the nest over the executive suite window here at Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair, the nesting site that's been in use every spring since the '50s. Good weather and lots-o'-moths, they're fat 'n happy. Next.

The 200 inch—5 meter—Hale telescope at Mount Palomar became operational in 1949 and remained the largest in the world for over forty years. News accounts followed the mirror's construction and installation week by week—the pour, the grinding, its dramatic cross country trip. Hubble himself was its first user. It was called The Big Eye by astronomers, so glamorous it regularly starred in science fiction stories. For comparison, a 1 meter scope was a legitimate research instrument in that era. When the 200 inch was superseded in 1992 it was done in grand style. At 390 inches—10 meters—the Keck came in at nearly twice Hale's diameter.

Pshaw. A mere practice run. The US is looking to have a 24.5 meter—964 inch—colossus in operation in 2023, and there's a link below to an article about Europe's new telescope, a 39 meter main mirror—1,535 inches—with a projected completion date of 2024. This is, as the article's headline has it, staggering. Putting aside the notion that monomaniacal giganticism is a trustworthy indicator of an empire's impending doom, what could possibly be next? Wait a minute, I said that about the 200 inch. Next item please.

The Fourth Amendment reads in part, " ... no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Who decided this meant, "or a dog"? Seriously. What is the legal basis to substitute a dog's nose for a judge's warrant? Or is it a matter of a dog's "hit" being sufficient cause for a judge to issue a search warrant and people consent rather than endure the delay? Anyone know? Next item.

Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre of Argentina says,

People get lost on what exactly went wrong in Argentina, in Venezuela, or what's happening right now in Brazil. What they all have in common is that the people in charge had no real interest in doing things right; they really didn't care about destroying the country. They just cared about filling their pockets as much as possible.

We overcomplicate things. Have you noticed how much of today's news concerns itself with blatant, colossal, unprosecuted corruption? How they don't even try very hard to hide it? FerFAL is reminding us the last act of any regime is to loot the place, a historically reliable "tell" when the slope steepens into free-fall. Get your preps topped off while you still can. There's a trade war afoot, which means fluctuating prices and rotating shortages, worse, it'll almost certainly start a world debacle. The "long peace" may have run its course too. Just our luck to have fruitcake amateurs at the helm. It's time to think seriously about how and when you'll activate your SHTF plan—apologies to Mac. As always, stay away from crowds, the wisdom of this will be incandescently clear soon enough.

Enough prattle. We've run out of crackers so let's open a new Woodpile Report to nibble on, chewey-good with a yummy gooey center. And as long as yer up, pour us some chianti to go with it—it's the gallon jug with the molded-in thumb ring on the floor next to the refrigerator. The paper cups are on the shelf by the toaster. We may be proles but we're not barbarians.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Free Beacon - The makers of a new Katie Couric documentary on gun violence deceptively edited an interview between Couric and a group of gun rights activists in an apparent attempt to embarrass the activists, an audio recording of the full interview shows.

WND - Consumers erupt on Windows 10: 'Insidious,' 'malware,' 'new low'. Web aflame with negative reaction to Microsoft's new tricks to download software

Washington Post - Researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal "the end of the road" for antibiotics.

Canada Free Press - Obama’s Refugees and Surging Deadly Diseases in America

College Fix - Notes reveal: Harvard Law professors worked closely with campus race protesters

Daily Caller - Yale Profs Who Stood Up For Free Speech Step Down

Universe Today - Finding Aliens May Be Even Easier Than Previously Thought

Nature - A laboratory experiment in Hungary has spotted an anomaly in radioactive decay that could be the signature of a previously unknown fifth fundamental force of nature, physicists say – if the finding holds up.

Stars and Stripes - 'Memphis Belle' gunner revisits England, dies at Battle of Britain Bunker. "He walked out of that bunker like his tour was done."

Flickr - Elgin Park. A man recreates the hometown of his youth, in minature.

American Mirror - Clinton rally goers sit during national anthem

College Fix - Democrat lawmaker flips out on professor who says transgenders should not be indulged

Hayride - Democrat State Rep Barbara Norton Attacks Declaration Of Independence On House Floor [This is for laughs. Louisiana Rep Norton is one of The Diversity's more ignorant samplings. Includes video.]

Cosmos - How does a LifeStraw work? Jake Port explains how personal filtration devices save lives by cleaning contaminated water.

BBC Radio - Ann Coulter – Republicans “betrayed America”, “Why can’t we have a home?” YouTube, 5m 28s

Zero Hedge - Obama Steps In To Defend Hillary: DOJ Fights To Block Clinton Deposition

Guardian - Democrats made assault weapons more popular, says gun historian

Conservative Review - Republicans allowed a vote on an amendment from Rep. Sean Maloney, D-N.Y., which codified Obama’s executive order 13672 making transgenderism the law of the land.

War Is Boring - ‘Come and See' Turns the Eastern Front Into a Hallucinatory Hellscape. [A 1985 movie about partisans and the Einsatzgruppen in Belorussia. The title is taken from The Book of Revelation. Here's the full movie on YouTube, with English subtitles:]

Part 1 1h 04m 10s.

Part 2 1h 13m 04s.

New Observer - Western Europeans Start Migration East

Venezuala

Investment Watch - Venezuela Fall Drifts Into Darker Territory… Hunger, Blackouts, Govt Shutdown… 80% of basic products in short supply

Bloomberg - Lufthansa to Suspend Flights to Venezuela Starting Next Month

Ars Technica - Europe’s staggeringly large telescope project takes a step forward [39 meter main mirror]

Sultan Knish - Obama's Ho Chi Minh Trail

Truth Revolt - Susan Rice: Too Many Whites on National Security Team Putting America at Risk

Market Ticker - Facebook  appears to  confirm  that it does indeed use your microphone, which means  it listens to and uploads the contents of speech and other sound  around you  when you are using the app.

 

World War III
The run up

 

CNN - The U.S. is still using floppy disks to run its nuclear program

Guardian - China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US

Zero Hedge - China Warns The World: America Is The "Greatest Threat To Peace & Stability"

National Interest - The Plan Taiwan Needs to Defend against China

Fox News - South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean ships at disputed boundary

CNN - North Korean missile launch attempt apparently failed

RT - Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

Free Beacon - Obama Admin Considers Permitting Advanced Russian Arms Sales to Iran. White House might not invoke laws triggering new sanctions

Free Beacon - Russia Flight Tests Anti-Satellite Missile. Launch took place as Air Force held space war game

Reuters - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield

Remus says: Putin rarely talks without following up with action

Unz Review - How Russia Is Preparing for WWIII

 

1940. Pontiac magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1940 Pontiac featured full-width bodies for six-passenger seating, extra wide doors—note the rear suicide doors—with concealed hinges and running boards, column-mounted shift and "torpedo" styling. The four-door C-body shown was priced at $876, heater optional—$14,971 in 2016 dollars. Curb weight was 3,600 pounds. The heavy restyling of 1941 persisted until postwar models appeared in 1949.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

American Digest - The monsters from the id that now control the Democrat Party have transformed that party into a mob of undead extras from The Dawn of the Dead. It's an indecent and disgusting spectacle and I suspect there's more than a few million long-time Democrats who are revolted by it. That certainly seems to be creeping into the polls. It has made many compromises over the years and taken in many "causes" each one more dubious and rotten than the last. Strutting and noble and handsome when preening before the cameras and the crowds, but putrid and pestilential when you see it as it is in the dull light of its pustule blossoming "new morning."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg For another essay on this theme, see "America Dismembered" at American Thinker.

 

American Thinker - No party can abuse its voters by showing so much fecklessness and violating so many of its principles as the GOP has done over the past decade, and still expect its members to remain faithful. In this way, the Republican Party has been dead for nearly ten years once it abandoned free-market principles, limited government, and the primacy of the Constitution, just as Democrats ceased to Democrats when they embraced abortion, gay marriage, and gun control. A party is dead once its members cannot define it anymore.

 

Ace of Spades - We tried it polite. We've been falling all ourselves for 30 years to try to convince the increasingly extremist left wing assholes that we're not all the foul things they call us. Our political leaders are here to defend us and keep the increasingly unreasonable and aggressive left off our backs, not to curry favor with these nasty animals, and not to keep in their good graces. We have granted them too many indulgences, in the obviously-lunatic belief that if we just grant them this next indulgence, they'll be appeased and won't come back in two days demanding another one. It's time to stop being reasonable. It's time to start being every bit as unreasonable as they are.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This essay is loaded with four-letter words, which normally disqualifies it for yer ol' Woodpile Report. There should be something of grace in the farce of life. It is however something of an event, Ace hasn't kicked the bowl until now and his thoughts reach into every place worth reaching.

 

Fox News - Two mysterious stone rings found deep inside a French cave were probably built by Neanderthals about 176,500 years ago, proving that the ancient cousins of humans were capable of more complex behavior than previously thought. The Neanderthals who built them must have had a "project" to go so deep into a cave where there was no natural light, said Jaubert. They probably explored underground as a group and cooperated to build the rings, using fire to illuminate the cave.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ancients, even the prehistoric ancients, didn't know less than we do, they knew different things. What has been lost is equal to what has been gained, how can it be otherwise? Or shall we also believe their days were less bright and their rain less wet, their lives less alive and their dead more dead? There never were simpler times. Ancient societies were no less convoluted, nor their protocols any less inviolable.

 

Amerika - The people want 50 Cent, not Beethoven. They want Budweiser, not a pub on every corner with its own blend. They desire cigarettes, not pipes brimming with Empire Virginias pressed, panned and aged to perfection. This means that only fools pursue excellence, because the real model for victory is disguised mediocrity that is cheap to produce and sold at high margin, like Coca-Cola or the Republican party. All of this means that no sane person is going to spend their time on making objects of greatness. Anything that actually reflects us or our unique abilities is ignored, then trodden over as the crowd rushes to the next attraction or should I say, distraction.

 

Depression Era kitchens and their funky stoves
Before brushed stainless and digital displays

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Cast iron kitchen stoves came in various sizes. The big ones were built like locomotives and featured warming compartments and auxiliary water heaters and various schemes for heating the working surfaces with internal ducting. Successful cooking and baking came from learning a particular stove's characteristics and frequent inspection while in progress. The heat was generated on one side of the oven so baking meant finding the right spot, hot enough but not too hot.

Cast iron, by absorbing and re-radiating heat, smooths the rise and fall of the fuel's heat cycle. It's a simple and effective solution, but not the equal of today's controlled, constant temperatures.

 

1941. St. Mary's County, Maryland, on the Potomac River at Chesapeake Bay, a former colonial grant settlement dating from the 1630s. Population now is 933. Tourist and college place. Notice the photographer's stray flash unit at lower left.

 

1936. Jackson, Ohio , is in the south-central part of the state. The population in 1936 was about the same as now, 6,200. You'll see newspaper covered walls in Depression-era pictures of the truly poor.

 

1937. Battle Ground, Indiana, in the west-central part of the state, is named for the Battle of Tippecanoe of 1811 which ended the Indian Wars in the midwest. The population was about 500 in 1937. If this stove isn't top-o'-the-line it's close to it. Nickel plating, isinglass loading door, the works. These stoves were show pieces if kept painted and polished. Few did.

 

1939. Willow Creek, Oregon , in the southeastern corner of the state. Residents now have a Vale address, the post office closed in 1980.

 

1936. Near Marshall, North Carolina in the western part of the state, just north of Asheville. A subsistence shanty in the hills. Seen is the table and, overhead, an auxiliary larder. The caned ladder back chair is similar, but not identical, to the chairs in the Marshall photos further down.

 

The photographer has turned around for this photo. This stove was intended for cooking and heating both. These were also common in city apartments and persisted longest in slums, usually coal or charcoal fired rather than wood. Notice the room beyond.

 

The photographer has gone into the room seen through the doorway in the photo above. Appears to be bread-making going on. The bag reads Mor ... Anchor Salt, Chicago Illinois. "Morton's". In 1919 Morton acquired Bevis Rock Salt Company, run by Longstreth, the guy who invented the pour-spout container, who went on to form Thiokol, which acquired Morton in 1982, then divested itself of it when the space shuttle blew up, blah blah, and that's where over-diversifying a business gets you.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Liberty's Torch - Sanity and civility are both retreating from American society. We’re losing what our forebears achieved and passed on to us, mostly by refusing to defend it against the lunatics and the thugs. Part of our devolution can be attributed to the nice-guy trap. Today’s adult is less likely than ever to defend reality, civility, or common decency, in part because “common decency” has been redefined to include never uttering a sound that might offend or disturb someone else, however deranged he might be. Today’s youngsters are ruthlessly conditioned away from asserting themselves in the face of lunacy and thuggery. Against such feeble defenses, even a weak aggressor can score victory after victory.

 

Pat Buchanan - Since affirmative action for black Americans began in the 1960s, it has been broadened to encompass women, Hispanics, Native Americans the handicapped, indeed, almost 70 percent of the nation. White males, now down to 31 percent of the population, have become the only Americans against whom it is not only permissible, but commendable, to discriminate. When our cultural and political elites celebrate “diversity” and clamor for more, what are they demanding, if not fewer white males in the work force and in the freshman classes at Annapolis and Harvard? “Angry white male” is now an acceptable slur in culture and politics.

 

Taki's Magazine - Ooh, ooh, “racial minorities” suffered in the past. So what? Everyone’s here in the present now, and nobody gets any extra points for ancestral pain. What possible bearing does it have on anything to bring up “historical powerlessness”? Responsible adults who claim to be conservative and who supposedly care about the direction of this country should be telling minorities to grow up and learn to live with dissent, rather than furthering the leftist dogma that “historical powerlessness” is an exclusive nonwhite-only club and an “aren’t I special” badge entitling the wearer to preferential treatment and hushed, deferential awe.

 

Ars Technica - Back in February, researchers at LIGO made the historic discovery of gravitational waves, predicted a century earlier. The waves were generated by a pair of black holes in their final in-spiral before an inevitable collision and merger. The discovery may have been even more historic than we thought. Last week, Physical Review Letters published a paper titled “Did LIGO detect Dark Matter?” It explores the possibility that dark matter could really be black holes, such as the pair seen by LIGO, provided enough are distributed throughout the halos of galaxies. If so, in addition to finally observing the long-sought gravitational waves, we may have simultaneously discovered dark matter.

 

Huffington Post - Until yesterday, for example, I never realized that forcibly shutting down a private speaking event was considered free speech. I was also surprised to learn that assaulting a police officer is now a form of protest. It certainly never occurred to me that making violent threats towards a speaker was a constitutionally protected right. In fact, I was pretty confident all three of these acts were illegal...highly illegal. Yet, yesterday I saw radical protestors do all three of these things, without consequence. DePaul University administrators looked on dispassionately, as if this was an every-day occurrence.  Watching this all unfold, I had to wonder for a moment whether DePaul administrators were defending some bizarre form of free speech I had never heard of.

 

1936. Near Marshall, North Carolina

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Marshall is in western North Carolina, about ten miles north of Asheville, population around 1,150 in 1936. This is a farm house rather than a shanty, says the caption. I count two clocks, two or maybe three beds, two calendars, three chairs, one foot locker, two cats and one wagon.

 

 

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Ancient Origins - A scientific team of archaeologists has discovered fourteen panels with at least 70 engravings of animals dated to the Upper Paleolithic period. The discovery was made in the cave of Atxurra. The images have been dated to 12,500 - 14,500 years ago. That the images are located on high and dangerous ledges has prevented the vast majority of cavers from setting foot in the area. This has made it possible to find important archaeological remains beneath the paintings as well, including a piece of flint and a piece of coal – which were almost certainly used to make the drawings.

 

Breitbart - President Obama spoke at length about the horrors experienced by the populace of HiroshimaHe somehow forgot to mention the evils perpetrated by Imperial Japan or the unspeakable suffering it inflicted upon POWs and civilians who fell into its clutches. Let’s correct that oversight, to help the President understand why moral equivalence is the dim refuge of lazy minds, and equating American troops with the Axis forces they defeated is an outrage.

Patriot Post - The Lessons of Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later

Don Surber - Cowardshima Obama. His appearance at Hiroshima today was an embarrassment

art-remus-ident-04.jpg When speaking about the war, I use the word "Jap"—meaning the Government and the Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan—so I don't use one of the many other words that tempt me. The Japs got off easy. Justice was not served.

 

WND - Just as the “rights” of transgendered people came to supersede the privacy rights and safety of our women and children, the “rights” of people who include sex acts with children among their lifestyle choices will supersede the rights of all American children to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Replete with the innocuous language calculated to assuage our fears and concerns, Nickerson’s video [at Salon] sets the stage for pedophiles to be characterized a “just folks” who genuinely care for the welfare of the children they damage. The power structure of the left, as it has sponsored homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenderites, will similarly come to the aid of pedophiles, summarily decreeing that the rape of children is a normal and harmless sexual expression.

 

Smithsonian - America was too undermanned and ill-equipped to defend its own shoreline. U-boats used the glow of American coastal cities to silhouette merchant ships for torpedo strikes, like ducks in a carnival shooting gallery. On those ships were not military personnel but merchant mariners—civilian volunteers with the U.S. Merchant Marine, hauling vital war cargo for the Allies. Merchant mariners were the supply line that provided virtually everything Allied armies needed in order to survive and fight on foreign battlefields. The seamen had no military standing or government benefits, but they possessed an unusual variety of courage and gave their lives for their country as valiantly as those in the armed forces did.

 

Defense Watch - The US military is dying by a death of a thousand feminized cuts. From lactating female soldiers in the field to women pushing around baby strollers, while donning 101st Airborne/Air Assault combat patches, to an openly gay Secretary of the Army; it all creates an atmosphere of a corporation, rather than a military organization. America has let this happen. Americans voted for Obama and his pack of Marxists, twice. Americans have a limited knowledge of the military, as most don’t serve. Americans have become a nation of egg shell walking, PC, Capri wearing men in Whole Foods Ho Chi Minh sandals.

 

Late 1800s. Ford's Theatre

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ford's Theatre opened in 1863 on NW 10th Street, Washington DC, now a national historic site. The theatre suffered a partial collapse in 1893, was renovated and reopened in 1968 and 2009 . The building was well on it way to dereliction when this photo was taken. The exterior restorations included replacing the cupolas, missing in this photo. The interior is less a restoration than a recreation, at one point only the exterior walls remained , held in place with construction bracing. The three-story building adjacent at right also survives.

 

 

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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
Traditional

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

 

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

 

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

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31 May 2016