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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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Pieter de Hooch, Woman Peeling Apples 1663

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The alternate title is "Teaching a Child to Walk". Well, maybe. This exact setting appears in his "Woman Nursing" of five years earlier. De Hooch and and his better known contemporary, Jan Vermeer, specialized in domestic vignettes, especially interiors, lit with near-photographic accuracy. Vermeer, whose day job was an art dealer, is said to be a follower of de Hooch. What ev-ver. Probably more accurate to say they were colleagues in the Delft School. Anyway, De Hooch's stuff is a delight to the eye. Next item please.

This quote from Theodore Dalrymple is popping up more frequently, as it deserves:

"In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not 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 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."

In industry we had a put-down, the nuclear option, because it went straight to a man's character, namely: "he wouldn't say shit if he had a mouth full." Such a man can't be trusted. And we didn't. No need for crudity, nor unwarranted niceness. Call 'em as you see 'em, crimethink or not.

No one ever accused us of over-thinking things, 'tis true, but olde tymme opinions from the factory floor have held up better than those of their detractors. If you roll your eyes at participation trophies and "no child left behind", if niggling microaggressions make you want to commit macroagression, if you've had it up to your eyebrows with parasite-arsonists and their cheerleaders, if you see no difference between Gott Mit Uns and The Right Side of History, then pull up a chair and set a spell. Next item.

Just thought I'd mention this again: Senator Joe McCarthy was right. The Venona Project supported his charges then, and history has vindicated him since. Incidentally, it was the The Daily Worker, the Communist Party of America's newspaper, that coined the term "McCarthyism", not political cartoonist Herbert Block, although he put it in the mainstream and took the "credit". After all the righteous outrage and censures, after all the defamation and personal attacks, the fact remains: Senator Joe McCarthy was right. He followed the facts wherever they led. Signing on to the "McCarthyism" smear was the coward's way to avoid doing the right thing. It's how cuckservatism began. Next.

Reader AM comments on the stove photos in last week's WPR: "I believe the first picture is of a ‘Comstock' stove (we have one and use it to this day).  They are still in business (I know because I called attempting to obtain a part for our unit) but sadly only make commercial equipment." Reader PG comments: "I believe the table in the room at the end of stove room is for salting meats for storage. There are some crocks on the floor for the same purpose." Makes perfect sense, or said differently, duh, why didn't I see that? Next.

News item:

AP - The European Union reached an agreement Tuesday with some of the world's biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on ways to combat the spread of hate speech online... The firms themselves say there's no conflict between their mission statements to promote the freedom of expression and clamping down on hate speech.

Everything will be okay, they're just kicking out the bad actors. This is the good news we've been waiting for, success in Europe will provide a much needed template for the US. I see government agencies and their partners—La Raza, Black Lives Matter, the Council on American–Islamic Relations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Clinton Foundation—determining what is and isn't hate speech. We're in safe hands. They're responsible outfits with common sense and high standards. Let's join with them and stamp out hate speech. Because it's not who we are. Say, do you feel a chill in the air, kinda cool and damp, like a newly-dug grave? Next.

"I don’t think they need that big flag on the back of the truck. That’s not America to me. Those are a bunch of terrorists. So, I’m going to ask you to take the flag off that truck" said Coventry, Rhode Island Fire District Chairman Fred Gralinski at a board meeting . He's talking about firemen who put an American flag on their fire truck. It's getting ever more obvious who the real extremists are. Next.

Thugs displaying foreign flags, Latinos mostly—or whatever illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America are calling themselves this week—attacked US citizens in their own country with the mayor's help by way of a police stand-down, and wink-winks from the White House and the press. The assault was led by paid agitators, meaning MALDEF, PSL, La Raza and the rest of the usual suspects. This wasn't just a violent assault on people they hate—people who think immigration should be lawful, mainly—this was also a recruiting event for the upcoming national convention. They've proven anything goes. They've proven "the right to peaceably assemble" is history from here forward, replaced with third world intimidation and violence. La Raza, the cartels, et al, have worked hard to integrate the Southwest with Mexico, and prospects look good.

It's being suggested the San Jose police were part of "a deliberate ambush carried out by a conspiracy". There's no evidence of this but neither is it inconceivable such evidence will surface. No one's surprised to learn Chief Eddie Garcia is affiliated with the extremist racial group La Raza . They had one legitimate duty. They didn't do it. The facts before us say the San Jose Police acted with cowardice and dishonor. There were 300 street thugs and 250 cops, claim the news media, so it was "each one take one", or near enough. But look at the statement from the San Jose Police: "... physical force under the circumstances would further insight [sic] the crowd and produce more violent behavior ". Now they're mind readers and fortune tellers too? Or are their desiccated testicles stapled to their annual review? Had it been nonwhites being assaulted they'd have gone Rambo soon enough.

What lesson shall we take from this? Shall we believe the police will Protect and Serve anyone other than themselves, their pensions and their bosses in the future? Shall we still believe the rule of law prevails? Shall we imagine the instigators and enablers of this violence will be prosecuted or will we merely see misdemeanors and fines for the street perps, except those that assaulted cops of course? Or shall we believe we've been made fools of and accept the new reality? Well, enough of this, there's a new Woodpile Report to poke around in.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Federalist - AR-15 Inventor Says HBO Grossly Distorted His Views On Guns

Daily Caller - The 11 Most Absurd Discoveries From The New Yorker’s Oberlin College Expose

Youtube - Muslim savages turn Paris into war zone, again. France. May 31, 2016. 6m 43s

Fox News - A group of protesters attacked Donald Trump supporters who were leaving the candidate's rally in San Jose on Thursday night... The mayor, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, criticized Trump for coming to cities and igniting problems that local police departments had to deal with. "At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign," Liccardo said.

Daily Mail - Photos and videos

YouTube - San Jose Trump Rally Violence. 1m 45s

Conservative Tree House - What the [Reuters] article doesn’t mention is that the protesting groups were 100% organized political astroturf. Notice the sign above, and see the caption “PSL“? “PSL” stands for “Party for Socialism and Liberation“. Here’s a copy of their organizing flyer prior to last night’s protest rally:

CNN - Protesters waved Mexican flags and one could be seen burning an American flag ... Some held signs that read, "We need socialism" and "A vote for Trump is a vote for fascism."

CNN - "It is very important for us to remind ourselves of who we are and what is best about American democracy and not slip into some of the bad habits that currently manifest themselves in the other party," President Barack Obama... "He created an environment in which it seemed to be acceptable for someone running for president to be inciting violence, to be encouraging his supporters, now we're seeing people who are against him responding in kind," Clinton said.

Don Surber - So last night in the Bay Area where everyone is so tolerant of anything that is abnormal, but nothing that is normal, rioters battled police and Trump supporters. The press called these gangs of thugs "protesters," as if there were a cause other than an attempt to intimidate people from openly supporting the Republican nominee.

Breitbart - One man held a sign declaring “This is Mexico! You are not welcome on Native/Mexican Soil” ... Another demonstrator, holding a handmade “America was never great” sign and a communist T-shirt ... Another demonstrator arrived waving a “Feel the Bern” flag to show his support for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Vox - We at Vox do not take institutional positions on most questions, and we encourage our writers to debate and disagree. But direct encouragement of riots crosses a line between expressing a contrary opinion and directly encouraging dangerous, illegal activity. In this case, Emmett’s tweets violated Vox’s standards and Emmett has been suspended as a consequence.

Biz Pac - San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia joined the mayor in saying violence “will not be tolerated,” even though he fretted in a statement that protecting Trump supporters — see enforcing the law — would further “incite” the mob.

NY Post - Husband facing assault charges for beating would-be rapist to death with tire iron. [Explanation: It's New York City and the rapist was a Hero of The Diversity.]

Seeker - World's Longest Rail Tunnel Opens. The Gotthard Base Tunnel runs 35 miles beneath the Swiss Alps.

EAG - ‘White privilege’ blamed for Cincinnati gorilla’s death ["For the record, the child who was saved from the gorilla was black". Photo: ]

US Patent and Trademark Office - Patent 6,469 May 22, 1849, Manner of Bouying Vessels

Daily Mail - V-2 rockets strewn in woodland, towns flooded and sunken ships: Haunting pictures by British soldier reveal the trail of destruction in Nazi Germany after the war.

Reason - Yale Students Tell English Profs to Stop Teaching English: Too Many White Male Poets

Jon Rappoport's Blog - There is no convincing evidence the Zika virus causes the birth defect called microcephaly.

World War II Today - June 2, 1941. Massacre of civilians at Kondomari, Crete

New Observer - Invader Center Burns in Upper Austria [photos]

SHTF Plan - Coming Destruction? Alan Greenspan Warns “Venezuela Under Martial Law and America Is Next”

Joel D. Hirst's Blog - Venezuela’s Discovery of Hunger

Daily Caller - One of Michelle Obama's guests at the 2015 State of the Union address was invited because he overcame major obstacles to attend college, but he actually flunked out of school after just two semesters.

College Fix - University lets rape accuser bring experienced lawyer, won’t let accused bring one

Atlantic - The False Promise of DNA Testing. The forensic technique is becoming ever more common—and ever less reliable.

Judicial Watch - DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing Vanloads of Illegal Aliens Away from Border

Activist Post - The New York Times’ Vision for America: Limitless Federal Power and the End of State Sovereignty

Cosmos - Universe is expanding faster than physics can explain

Phys Org - Meta-lens works in the visible spectrum, sees smaller than a wavelength of light. One layer of lithography and you have a high performance lens, with everything where you need it to be.

 

World War III
The run up

 

Aviationist - Polish F-16s to get new air-to-surface weapons

National Interest - Russia Is Set to Build 12 New Monster Warships Armed with 200 Missiles Each

American Thinker - President Ronald Reagan's 600-ship Navy is a distant memory as we return to the Jimmy Carter era of ships that can't sail and planes that can't fly for want of spare parts.

Saker - We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to.

Daily Mail - Is America's railgun doomed? 'Superweapon' that can shoot projectiles at six times the speed of sound could be abandoned for cheaper alternatives

Zero Hedge - For The First Time Since The Iraq War, US Launches Airstrikes From The Mediterranean

Aviationist - One day after the U.S. Navy launched the first strikes from the Mediterranean a Russian Tu-142 [Bear], an aircraft developed for reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare, was spotted over Aleppo, Syria.

Defense Update - T-72, Battle-Tank Fit For Urban Combat. Part of this modernization is to equip the T-72 to be more effective and less vulnerable to close-in threats, such as obstacles, mines, IEDs and RPGs

National Interest - Inside the US Army's Lethal New M1A2 SEP v.3 Abrams Main Battle Tank

War On The Rocks - Tomorrow Never Comes: Neglecting the Nuclear Force

Defense News - Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Fired From Drone, a First

Janes - Raytheon pushes Patriot to Germany in anticipation of MEADS failing TLVS milestones

Independent - NATO allies launch largest military exercise since end of Cold War in clear message to Russia. Exercises includes night-time helicopter assault and the dropping of US paratroopers to build a temporary bridge over Poland's Vistula river

Ars Technica - North Korea ballistic missile explodes on launch fourth straight time

 

1949. Chevrolet magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ugly. The front is passably okay but everything aft of the B pillar is out 'n out vandalism of industrial materials, like someone sat on the clay model and they went ahead and made it that way . My opinion.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Fred On Everything - College, once a passage into adulthood, became a way of avoiding it. Immaturity and narcissism flourished well into the students' twenties. This was perhaps because they had never had the experience of having to do things, such as work in a gas station or manage a paper route.  They confused universities with their parents and worked to outrage them. With the righteousness of the still-pubescent, they demanded justice for everything and, having no experience of rational argument, or of thought of any kind, called for the abolition of anything that didn't suit them. To their delight, they discovered that administrations would cave.

Campus Reform - To the dismay of several alumni, Dartmouth College has determined that Black Lives Matter protesters who occupied the school library last year did not commit any conduct violations.

 

Chicago Tribune - 15-year-old Fabien Lavinder was the 66th and final homicide last month, the deadliest May in Chicago since 1995 when 75 were recorded, according to Police Department records. He was among nearly 400 people shot last month. The month's toll was fueled by a Memorial Day weekend that saw six killed and 63 wounded, and a Mother's Day weekend when more than 50 people were shot, eight fatally, in the most violent weekend since September. That brought the total number of people shot in Chicago so far this year to more than 1,500. At least 250 of them died.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They'd all be junior executives or in top prep schools if it weren't for White Privilege and guns and single moms and the cycle of poverty and the legacy of slavery. Not. Let's be honest here. Aside from the "talented tenth", Chicago and Detroit and East St. Louis is how they are at their best. And by 'at their best' I mean clothed, housed, policed and fed only because others see to it. We all wish it were some other way. It isn't.

 

Pat Buchanan - What are the peoples of Europe recoiling from and rebelling against? Answer: The beau ideal of progressives — societies and nations that are multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual. Across Europe, the tribalists are rejecting, in a word, diversity. And what are they seeking? God-and-country, blood-and-soil people, they want to live with their own kinfolk, their own kind. They do not believe in economics uber alles. And if democracy will not deliver the kind of country and society they wish to live in, then democracy must be trumped by direct action, by secession.

 

Breitbart - Mr. French’s blame-the-victim approach is notable for two reasons. First, it presents a novel view of human sociology in which people can lose their cultural pride, their means of economic survival, their sense of identity, their self-worth, and even suffer direct discrimination with no corresponding fallout. Second, it underscores one of the unique aspects of professional Republicanism. While professional Democrats advocate for the use of government power on behalf of their base, professional Republicans like Mr. French seem to argue that their own base deserves what’s coming and, as penance, should be left defenseless.

Information Liberation - The best candidate Kristol could drum up is a random cuck NRO writer who says white working class communities "deserve to die" and have no one to blame for their struggles but themselves.

 

Daily Caller - Western Europe presently exists in a state of anarcho-tyranny. The governments of Europe can’t prevent Islamic terror or migrant rapes, but it can arrest any citizen who worries about these awful acts on Facebook. The power of the state is increased at the cost of its citizens’ liberty — with no security in return. It’s sad our tech companies would agree to let the EU to perpetuate this madness and allow bureaucrats to set the perimeters for free speech.

Patriot Post - EU Elites Join American Social Media to Define Hate Speech

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If the internet is the "information superhighway," social media is the off ramp into a holding pen. As it was designed to be.

 

1943. Tunisia, the El Aouina Airport at Tunis

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Tunis, a port city on the Mediterranean, was the last stand of the Afrika Corps, taken in May 1943 by British, American, French, Polish and Greek forces as the last phase of Operation Torch in North Africa. The photos are of the El Aouina Airport when it was US Twelfth Air Force headquarts for the Italian Campaign. The troops in the photos are with the French Corps. The wrecks were likely towed or bulldozed away from the operations area.

 

 

During Operation Torch the airport at Tunis was used by the Afrika Korps for resupply and reinforcement from depots in Sicily, as well as for air attacks on Allied forces and shipping. The planes in the photo below are JU-52s, a three-engine transport nicknamed "Iron Annie", the direct equivalent of our C-47. During the last phases of the Tunisia campaign 150 landings a day were being handled, three times the normal rate. Unrelenting air attacks by the Allies shot down huge numbers of JU-52s and destroyed many on the ground in Tunis and Sicily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Z Man - Libertarians imagine that legalizing drugs will lead to young black males throwing down their guns and heading off to community college. Legalize drugs and they will find something else to fill the void in their lives. Murder and mayhem in the ghetto is about the most basic of human attributes – status. Again, the white romantics get it all wrong. The “community” is not hostile to the cops because of race. They are hostile because they are hostile to everyone. The ghetto is not a community. It’s just a bunch of people who live in close quarters. All of the sentimental explanations for the ghetto are to avoid the reality of the situation. More important, they allow good whites to avoid facing up to doing what has proven to work.

 

Liberty's Torch - The bureaucracies aren’t arms of Congress; they’re parts of the executive branch, that portion of the federal government that enforces federal law. The federal government’s original mission was to supervise the U.S.’s external relations. Once the seeds of bureaucratic rule were planted, the task of those who sought unbounded power was to keep them well fed and watered. That required occasions for action. With every supposed necessity to which they were applied, the bureaucracies grew in extra-Constitutional power. The justifications offered by the courts became ever thinner After a century of citizen passivity, Americans of today are so accustomed to being ruled by unelected bureaucrats that the bureaucrats are convinced that they can get away with anything – and given the relative mildness of the reactions to their recent overreaches, more likely than not they’re correct.

 

Popular Science - In a recent study researchers found that one of the iron daggers in King Tut's tomb was fashioned from a meteorite. During the Bronze Age, iron was definitely rare, its value was greater than that of gold, and it was primarily used for the production of ornamental, ritual, and ceremonial objects. During the 13th century BC, hieroglyphs that refer to iron undergo a shift. Instead of just referring to iron as 'iron', writers refer to 'iron from the sky' indicating that Egyptians and other people around the Mediterranean knew perfectly well where these valuable metal-rich rocks were coming from.

 

Sons Of Liberty - [about Venezuela] We are watching an entire nation collapse right in front of our eyes. As you read this article, there are severe shortages of just about anything you can imagine in Venezuela. That includes food, toilet paper, medicine, electricity and even Coca-Cola. Venezuela has not been hit by a war, a major natural disaster, a terror attack, an EMP burst or any other type of significant “black swan” event. When debt spirals out of control, currency manipulation goes too far and government interference reaches ridiculous extremes, this is what can happen to an economy. The following are 8 lessons that we can learn from the epic economic meltdown in Venezuela.

 

Market Ticker - There are more than 50,000 blatantly unconstitutional gun laws and regulations on the books across the 50 states today. Virtually every single one of them other than those that deal solely with constraints on firearms ownership while under felony indictment, imprisonment or post-incarceration supervision is flatly unconstitutional. That's not my opinion, it's fact, as there is no ambiguity in the Second Amendment just as there is none in the First when it comes to your right of free speech. Nothing in the First Amendment protects you from the consequences of misusing your right to speak freely. Likewise, nothing in the Second Amendment protects you from brandishing, assaulting or shooting someone unlawfully with a firearm. But just as the First Amendment absolutely prohibits declaratory actions that criminalize speech before said misuse occurs so does the Second Amendment absolutely prohibit declaratory actions that criminalize the keeping and bearing of arms before a firearm is misused.

 

1937. Washington DC tire shop

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Used tires. Back in the days when tires were constructed of fabric and natural rubber, tires were kept inflated with inner tubes. Synthetic rubber made reliable tubeless tires feasible.

 

 

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New York Review of Books [The Born Soldier] - During my own war, I had the privilege of living in close prox­imity to born warriors. The Marine Corps has a lot of them. It is too often assumed that if someone is at home in war and likes to fight, then that makes him somehow cruel or lacking in compas­sion or even sociopathic. The born warriors I lived with wept when their friends died, were often frightened, struggled with issues of when to kill and when not to kill, missed their girlfriends, and appreciated the song of a bird or a beautiful jungle stream just like the rest of us. They, however, experienced war not as something to endure but as something meaningful to them, something they wanted to engage in more than anything else.

 

National Association of Scholars - The attempt to marginalize, discredit, and silence the views of faculty members who dissent from the current campus orthodoxies never stops. It happens on big public issues that everyone cares about and on small matters that could hardly muster a quorum on a rainy afternoon. Faculty members, no matter their private views, know that the price of open dissent is very high. It doesn't really matter whether a faculty member has tenure. There are plenty of levers besides the threat of job loss. Course assignments. Teaching loads. Promotions. Salary increases. Sabbatical leaves. Petty harassment. Departmental ostracism.

 

American Thinker - The left has pushed us farther and farther away from science and toward scientism. When our attorney general seriously ponders criminal prosecution against scientists who challenge the prevailing orthodoxy of man-made global warming, when universities drive out scientists who question global warming, when the state rewrites historic temperature data so that the revised data conforms to global warming, when the "proof" of global warming consists of what a certain percentages of scientists support, then scientism as supplanted science. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, we are sliding into a new Dark Age. That is precisely what the left wants.

 

Alt-Market - I am mostly supportive of the idea of women in the military, as long as they meet the same standards required of men, and that those standards are not artificially lowered in order to accommodate women who would otherwise fail. In our increasingly collectivized society, merit is not even a factor anymore. Victim status groups are given special treatment everywhere, regardless of their lack of qualifications or performance. Everywhere we look, standards are being erased in the name of political correctness and "fairness". It might be possible to argue that catering to the lowest common denominator in the civilian world will not result in outright death and carnage, but no one can argue that catering to the lowest common denominator in terms of military performance will result in anything but death and carnage.

 

Amerika - This is the dawn of a new Dark Age. All aspects of each tribe will be fully radicalized. On the white Right, it will be total patriarchy, extreme nationalism, vigilant social hierarchy and strong values/philosophy — including religion, but even stronger than that bond. Right now, our faux elites have lost control of the narrative. It is the normal outcome of Leftist revolt. Paradoxical belief systems like Leftism always go this way because their instability requires greater extremes of power to administer, which causes internal murderfests and totalitarian regime status. As diversity fails from its internal paradox, it has made group identity more important, so that there can never be another single standard, least of all liberalism, which became what it hated by imitating its methods without the inner guiding purpose that made them legitimate. Now only warfare remains.

 

1941. Leadville, Colorado.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Leadville, a pleasant town of 2,600 in central Colorado, was a prosperous mining town following the discovery of gold, silver, and lead in the 1870s. Leadville was a textbook "lawless town" in its early days, a reputation it draws upon today to attract trouists and outdoorsmen. "Molly" Brown was among the town's more famous residents. The storefronts in the photo below were likely chosen as a holdover from the place's colorful past.

 

 

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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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7 June 2016