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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 who the media means by not saying who they mean 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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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

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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Cornelis Springer, View of the Stall Everspijp and the Grote Kerk Enkhuizen, 1866

Another outstanding city view by Springer. Enkhuizen was one of the harbor-towns of the Dutch East India Company. It received city rights—self governance, levy taxes, trade privileges—in 1355. [Translation:] The Zuiderzee or St Pancras Church is a two-aisled, late Gothic hall church in Enkhuizen. The construction of the church, dedicated to the martyr Pancratius, must have started around 1423. The church was largely completed in 1458. Photo of the Great Church of Enkhuizen today. Well, that was fun. What deserves our attention this week?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hillary's health drama is moving so fast the script is being taken directly from rewrite to the on-air talent. Here's the latest from Hillary's Plunge Protection Team, via the DC Steno Corps:

Washington Post, 26 April - The conservative media’s obsession with Hillary Clinton’s coughing

Washington Post, 6 Sep - Can we just stop talking about Hillary Clinton’s health now?

Washington Post, 11 Sep - Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign

Washington Post, 11 Sep - Clinton diagnosed with pneumonia before falling ill at 9/11 memorial service

NY Post - Clinton team avoided ER to conceal details of her medical treatment.

Before "falling ill"?! The woman collapsed and was dragged right out of her shoes and dumped in a van. Pneumonia? That's it? Her collapse on Sunday was diagnosed the Friday before? What is that, examination by clairvoyance? Smells like 'limited hangout'. A pneumonia patient who collapses on the street is taken to her daughter's place to avoid the ER, cleaned up, revived with stimulants and drugs and trotted out for a photo op? And we're to believe this is normal?

Had she dropped dead the press would have propped up her corpse and told us what she was saying, or would be saying if she wasn't, you know, dead. She herself is not indispensable. The Hillary Show is an ensemble, you see. Think Grand Hotel. Think MASH.

Francis Porretto over at Liberty's Torch sums it up this way:

The descent of our political class into total venality doesn’t have much further to go. Nor can it be corrected through the electoral process. As H. L. Mencken has told us, we’d only be replacing one set of rascals with another. But the media, whose power is tightly tied to an involute web of political alliances, will not allow any discussion of that. “The News” must remain a choice between Good and Evil, even if ordinary Americans can’t see the difference between the candidates.

Anyway, here's the keeper, a collector's item.

 

 

Next item please.

Zack Linly said, in an article at the Washington Post entitled "It’s Time to Stop Talking About Racism With White People",

Black people, it is long past time for us to start practicing self-care. And if that means completely disengaging with white America altogether, then so be it.

Would that it were so. Now that we've tested the alternative, a general reset seems an attractive option. Resegregation is becoming a "thing" among blacks lately, all very high-minded of course, except the part about how it would be financed. Zack Linly describes himself as "a poet, performer, freelance writer, community organizer and activist living in Atlanta". There's your answer.

Somehow I don't believe his prospective recruits will contribute much more than running their mouths either, but notice Black Lives Matter now has a budget of $133 million, none of it from bake sales. Mr. Linly's notion of complete disengagement may be good for much more. It's a brilliant business model, wide appeal on all sides, relatively untilled ground, high "wow" factor.

But beware. Disengagement from white America has a track record and it ain't good. Detroit for one, a self-selected reservation entirely supported from the outside by the unwilling. Forty years now. On a bigger scale, any country in sub-Saharan Africa.

Whitey hasn't kept blacks down. Whitey props 'em up and begs them to succeed. They don't. Perhaps they can't. There's a typification making the rounds that goes, "Give whites a pile of bricks and they'll make a city, give blacks a city and they'll make a pile of bricks". I'd be happy if it were otherwise. The evidence says it's not.

In all of the "civil rights era" I have next-to-never heard an argument that was rational and coherent rather than clever and evasive. This example should be familiar: "You can't judge a whole people by the action of a few. I work with a black guy, he's okay in my book." Well, okay. Works one way but not the other. Got it.

At bottom, "disengagement" is another clever gimmick, the latest in a long series of 'em. Keep an eye on this one, it has "next big thing" written all over it, with enough exploitable peaks and slippery slopes to waste another generation.

Next.

KMOV in Saint Louis reports Ferguson activist Darren Seals was found shot to death in a burning car. I'm betting the shooter was less delusional than the shootee, which is to say he was a thugga but didn't pretend otherwise. The details of how they got crosswise should be interesting.

Next item please.

Roger Simon at Diary Of A Mad Voter says what I've been thinking:

If were I an FBI agent, I would despise James Comey. He has humiliated the FBI and all its employees. The institution will never be the same, at least not for decades to come. The FBI is no longer an instrument of justice. It is the reverse. It is an obfuscater of justice and an enabler of the rich and powerful.

For a long while I believed interrogating Hillary was part of a larger investigation, probably into the Clinton Foundation, and the recommendation to not indict would bespeak fidelity, bravery and integrity of the highest order. Somehow. Nope. Just another grimy betrayal.

Hillary didn't have to actually do anything at the State Department to corrupt it. Merely walking onto the premises was enough. Corrupt does as corrupt is. Then Director Comey pontificated about how many spoonfuls of sewage is enough to turn a barrel of wine into a barrel of sewage. The answer is one, and always has been. FBI Director Comey said she came up a few short, thereby revealing his own standards.

Next, please.

Crusader Rabbit says Obamacare is about due for Phase II,

The true purpose of Obamacare was not to provide insurance to the uninsured at low cost, it wasn't even to bend the cost curve down. It's sole purpose is to collapse the system. Remember “never let a good crisis go to waste” and how much better is it if you can create that crisis and profit from it in the meantime?

Next item.

Here's some stuff for yer archives, Hillary's "bitter clinger" tirade:

To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric ... He's taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party. His disregard for the values that make our country great is profoundly dangerous.

This makes me wonder what solution she has in mind for the half of Trump supporters she's identified as radical fringe "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it". Half of Trump supporters would be a quarter of the voting age population, or near enough. Terms like "unpardonable" and "unforgivable" and "profoundly dangerous" sound ominous. Look for them to be repeated on network talk shows and dramas. Prudence suggests having a viable Plan B, perhaps in deepest flyover country, affordable, with agreeable neighbors and a "good enough" climate.

That's it for the prattle, let's treat ourselves to a Woodpile Report, a mint flavored one with a chewey nougat center.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Market-Ticker- Hillary is done. Hillary lost the election today, and it was lost irretrievably

New Observer - The streets of Paris, September 2016. The reality of the African invasion suppressed by the controlled media. Video, 3m 07s

Scientific Research - The Ugly Side of Statins. Systemic Appraisal of the Contemporary Un-Known Unknowns. [making the rounds]

Cosmos - A Mercury-sized planetary embryo that slammed into Earth around 4.4 billion years ago delivered virtually all of the planet's carbon, new research suggests.

Free Beacon - Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton turned away a high-ranking Chinese defector who sought political asylum after the communist police chief sought refuge in a U.S. consulate in southwestern China four years ago.

Fox News Latino - Starved Venezuela appoints 18 military czars to handle food distribution

Real Clear Life - Investors Revive Classic Italian Hat Brand Borsalino [the Patek Phillipe of fedoras]

Natural News - Chaos will erupt across America in less than 100 days, no matter who wins the election ... the only thing holding back a mass revolt right now is the looming election.

International Man - Doug Casey on the Recent Corruptions of the English Language

DC Clothesline - Is the Clock Running out Before the United States Devolves into an Armed Revolt?

Second Amendment Foundation - The Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that individuals convicted of certain non-serious misdemeanor crimes do not lose their fundamental rights under the Second Amendment

Express - Hillary Clinton has 'ONE year to LIVE' US Presidential candidate in shock new health claim

Atlantic Centurion - Trump the World-Destroyer: More Hysteria from the New York Times Commentariat

Cited within:

NY Times Op Ed - Our country is in a fight for its life. We need to see things as they really are. Trump is a megalomaniac who very well could cause the extinction of humanity.

New Yorker - He traffics in conspiracy theories that he cannot possibly believe and in grotesque promises that he cannot possibly fulfill. When found out, he changes the subject — or lies larger.

Washington Post - California bans painting of Civil War battle from County Fair art show, because painting includes Confederate battle flag

Ars Technica - New drug clears malaria from mice in a single dose. Hasn't been tested in humans yet, but it looks very promising.

 

1929. Chevrolet magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Chevrolet AE Series introduced in 1931 was a longer, heavier car than the AD Series, with a more robust engine—an improved "Stovebolt Six" 194 cubic inch six-cylinder engine producing a respectable 50 hp, a more durable clutch and the more efficient worm-and-sector steering. It was also somewhat cheaper to produce. The bread-and-butter Coach model was priced at $595. Chevrolet production slipped as the Depression worsened but far less than its main competitor, Ford, which shrank by about two-thirds.

 

 

World War III
The run up.

 

Sun - WW3 Warning, Planet closer to catastrophic World War III than at any time for sixty years, experts warn ... several flashpoints across the globe which are today the most likely triggers for such a war

Strategic Culture - The Disturbing Signs of Global Conflict Continue To Gather Pace ... all 16 U.S. Intelligence Agencies have begun to prepare for World War III

Jane's 360 - 'Second-phase' engine for Sukhoi T-50 nears completion

Next Big Future - China's Type 001a carrier has nearly finished construction and should launch from drydock in early 2017

Telegraph - The Russian Defence Ministry was holding major military drills in the south of the country, involving 12,500 troops, fighter jets, anti-aircraft missiles and other weaponry.

Daily Mail [photo-essay] - An ominous display of military might: Russia flexes its muscles at the world by releasing footage of drills involving 12,500 troops, fighter jets and anti-aircraft missiles

Sun - A Russian warship has been spotted skirting around the British coast as experts say the world is closer to World War III than at any other point in decades.

Real Clear Defense - Anti-Missile Arms Race Heating Up

BBC - North Korea is suspected of carrying out its fifth nuclear test, after an "artificial" magnitude 5.3 earthquake was detected close to its test site.

Daisy Luther - US Will Not Rule Out Military Action Against North Korea After Nuke Test

Los Angeles Times - North Korea's 'higher-level' nuclear test explosion sets the region on edge

Foreign Policy - The Kremlin Really Believes That Hillary Wants to Start a War With Russia

War Is Boring - Kalashnikov Reveals a Replacement for Its Famed Sniper Rifle

National Interest - Why America and China Today Are Like Pre–World War I Europe

Express - 'Negative consequences' Putin sends CHILLING warning to North Korea after nuclear test

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

US Defense Watch - Under the Obama Administration, for over seven years, the military’s senior leaders, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and three and four star generals and admirals in worldwide command positions have rolled over on every single foreign policy debacle and social engineering directive emanating from the White House, the Pentagon and the State Department. Where were the generals and admirals as the grand and glorious traditions of the US military were flushed down the toilet by the President? Not one single senior military leader has resigned in protest over Obama’s policies, or for that matter, not one single active duty senior military leader has voiced an opinion against Obama’s horrible national security decisions and destructive social engineering.

 

New Criterion - Conservatives of all persuasions increasingly believe that ours has become a government not of and by the people but only for the people: government by edict from above. The much criticized “inflexibility” of the political Right was a direct response to its perception of inflexibility and autocratic hubris on the political Left. By late 2015 the perception that America’s governing elites were no longer heeding the will of the people extended far beyond the Tea Party Right. The strident ethno-nationalism emanating from the “alt-right” represents a “return of the repressed” with which there can be no rapprochement.

 

National Interest - Democracies contain an essential flaw. By spreading power out widely, they remove any incentive for individual voters to use their power wisely. In a major election or referendum, individual voters have no greater chance of making a difference than they do of winning Powerball. They have no incentive to be well informed. They might as well indulge their worst prejudices. The right to vote is not like other liberal rights. A right of free speech gives a citizen power over herself; the right to vote gives her power over others. When it comes to political information, some people know a lot, most people know nothing and many people know less than nothing.

 

American Spectator - The defining characteristics of banana republics are a matter of history. First, the law is not enforced against a chosen class in a banana republic, usually the allies of the autocrat in charge. Second, foreign policy is always performed in the autocrat’s interests and often in disregard of the nation’s actual interests. This describes how America functions in the era of President Obama.

 

Smallest Minority - Back in 2006 when I wrote The Other Side, I identified the base belief of our opposition: ...one blatant truth remains: There are too many guns. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what every single one of us who believes in the right to arms must never forget: The Other Side believes this. Absolutely. Without question. It is their single article of faith. And it is why we cannot trust them when they assure us that they "don't want to take our guns away," because if the "one blatant truth" is that there are "too many guns," then the only answer is to reduce the number of guns. This is simple logic.

 

1936.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg 1936 was a bit more than half way through the Great Depression. Unemployment was still high, farmers bankrupted by drought traveled to find seasonal work, urban families eked out a living on relief and chance opportunites, teenage boys hit the road to take pressure off their folks. Here are a few photos of ordinary people in those calamitous times. Comments at the top of the photos include the original captions.

 

Near Tulare, California. A drought refugee family from McAlester, Oklahoma. Arrived in California October 1936 to join the cotton harvest. Tulare is an agricultural town of about 60,000 in Calfornia's Central Valley.

 

Porterville, California. 1936 drought refugees from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season. Porterville is near Tulare.

 

Lynchburg, Virginia

 

Manchester, New Hampshire. The public park.

 

Hancock, New Hampshire. Auction

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Bloomberg - Hanjin is one of the world’s biggest shipping lines and filed for bankruptcy protection last week in Seoul. 85 Hanjin ships have been effectively marooned offshore as ports in the U.S., Asia and Europe have turned the company’s ships away. The worry is that Hanjin ships won’t be able to pay port fees or their contents might be seized by creditors. The company, meanwhile, has started providing food, water and daily necessities to crews on six Hanjin ships anchored at ports. About 70 container movers and 15 bulk ships are stranded at 50 ports in 26 countries. The global shipping industry has been operating at a loss since the end of 2015, and it’s set to lose about $5 billion this year.

Wall Street Journal - Hanjin Shipping’s Troubles Leave $14 Billion in Cargo Stranded at Sea

 

Taki's Magazine - Leftist intellectuals tend to see politics as more like a chess game. You don’t win all in one move. It takes time, and the ability to visualize the board as it will look several moves ahead. Steps, stages, and patience. The left gets it; the right still struggles with the concept. In fact, the right doesn’t even comprehend how it’s being outplayed. The very fact that so many on the right still rant about a coming “mass gun grab” starkly displays how little the right actually understands the left’s modus operandi. European-style gun control will never come all at once in a cataclysmic “disarmageddon.” It’ll be accomplished in steps and stages, and with patience.

 

New Yorker, 2012 - If there was a single unifying argument that defined Obamaism from his earliest days in politics to his Presidential campaign, it was the idea of post-partisanship. He was proposing himself as a transformative figure, the man who would spring the lock. In an essay published in The Atlantic, Andrew Sullivan, a self-proclaimed conservative, reflected on Obama’s heady appeal: “Unlike any of the other candidates, he could take America—finally—past the debilitating, self-perpetuating family quarrel of the Baby Boom generation that has long engulfed all of us.”

 

Straight Line Logic - The bizarre becomes commonplace, but the populace grows sated with each new manifestation, always more “transgressive” than the previous one, in progressively shorter spans of time. Anything and everything goes. Only one standard remains that rouses virtually everyone—rich and poor, powerful and powerless—to righteous indignation: the more pervasive the corrupt derangement, the less acceptable it is to talk about it. In our own time, the obvious conclusion that the warfare and welfare states are morally and fiscally bankrupt, doomed to collapse, remains confined to the fringe.

 

Rutherford Institute - What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. The citizenry’s unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security has resulted in a society where the nation is being locked down into a militarized, mechanized, hypersensitive, legalistic, self-righteous, goose-stepping antithesis of every principle upon which this nation was founded. Here’s an A-to-Z primer to spell out exactly what government tyranny means post 9/11.

 

1937. Holtville, California. Migrant camp family

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Unemployed family from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, camped on a river bottom at a migrant's camp near Holtville in southeast California. Holtville, a town of about 6,000 today, calls itself the "Carrot capital of the world".

This is real poverty, living from no paycheck to no paycheck, destitute and "making do". These are things I think of when I see "oppressed minorities living in poverty" get up from in front of their big screen tevee and drive a newish SUV to shop with their EBT card, or when career academics flog "white privilege" to kids at a time when their need for honest truth is the greatest, or when the Clintons and other career criminals in DC idolize homicidal parasites and bizarre degenerates while trashing the productive people who pay the bills and suffer the crimes. It's gone past the bright line of insanity. There is a price. It's unknowable. It will be paid.

 

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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SCOTUS Blog - In sum, the Second Amendment vision pervading federal courts today allows banning any weapon, regardless of its function or popularity, if doing so makes people feel better; the prohibition on bearing arms by anyone unless the local police think it’s a good idea, and in just about any location subject to description by the English language; levying taxes and fees on firearms in any amount, if the money collected is put to a wholesome purpose; and the “heightened scrutiny” of any law implicating “fundamental” Second Amendment rights by deferring to the legislature’s view of what’s constitutional. If the gun prohibitionists get their way, add to this list the final farce of a ban on the acquisition and manufacture of the arms whose possession might be protected.

 

War Is Boring - The tactical manuals that the U.S. Air Force’s Fighter Weapons School issued in the late 1980s were already well-informed about even the latest Soviet equipment. Tolkachev provided much of the most useful intelligence. He was, in the 1970s and ’80s, an electronics engineer at the Soviet Union’s Scientific Research Institute of Radar. Motivated by the persecution of his wife’s parents under Joseph Stalin and disappointed in the communist government, Tolkachev established ties to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in Moscow and, beginning in 1979, began transferring huge volumes of highly classified and extremely sensitive data about the most important avionics, radars and weapons installed in Soviet-made combat aircraft.

 

American Thinker - Far more dangerous than lies are the media blackouts. This is third-world stuff I never thought I'd see in this country. Media blackouts are how dictators come to power, how tyrants defeat the people, and how despots keep control. The national media has erected a wall of silence between Obama and Hillary and the American people. It's a complete blackout, where mainstream media refuses to report anything that might damage Obama or hurt Hillary's chances of winning this election. So no, you're not imagining it. And yes, the once free press is interfering in our election by shielding Hillary from scandals. Those scandals are conspicuous by their absence in the media. And yes, the polls are being manipulated. And yes, there is widespread voter fraud. Trust your perceptions; follow your instincts. You're not wrong.

 

Right On - Make no mistake: tactically, Hillary’s speech attacking the alternative Right was a massive failure. It’s clear that the reason it was delayed for nearly two hours was because her handlers realized that giving publicity to her enemies was a bad idea, so they rewrote the speech at the last minute. Proving once again that they’re the cheapest whores in the brothel, many cuckservatives gushed about how much they enjoyed the Potemkin patriotism of the Democratic National Convention last month. Hillary’s not stupid. She’s playing cuckservatives like ukuleles. Like a battered wife, cuckservatives have become so inured to abuse from the Left that they actively crave it. They’ll never be a force on the American political stage ever again.

 

Z Man - Being new and fun is the energy that is making the alt-right work right now. The bigger issue is the fact that Buckley Conservatism has nothing to offer. An ideology that leads men to stand aside while thugs from the Left assault the institutions of society is not much use to people, who would like to preserve their culture. The threats from the geezers about purging the alt-right from Official Conservatism™ are met with roars of laughter and funny memes on twitter. Official Conservatism™ is dying off now. It was a long attempt to build a fence around the free range of thinking, to set borders and apply rules within it. It is why the Buckleyites look increasing like the Progressives they claim to oppose.

 

1945. Tinian. "Fat Man", the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Fat Man, the first of 120 Mark III nuclear bombs, is seen here about to be loaded on a Boeing B-29 and dropped on Nagasaki. It used fourteen pounds of Plutonium compressed by a focussed implosion to yield the equivalent of 21,000 tons of TNT. The Mark IIIs were superseded in 1949 by a more efficient and reliable "GI-proof" design.

Little Boy, the first nuclear bomb used in the war, was a "gun type" device using 140 pounds of uranium to yield the equivalent of 15,000 tons of TNT. Little Boy was a simple but inefficient design, only about two pounds of uranium actually underwent fission. It was withdrawn from inventory in 1951.

 

 

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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.
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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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

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

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