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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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Joshua Reynolds, Age of Innocence, 1788

The best known of Reynold's stuff, and rightly so, this gem is simplicity itself, a light triangle against a dark background. It easily meets the classic test for a great painting, nothing could be added or subtracted to improve it. Notice the warm colors of the face are set against their exact opposite, cyan-blue. Notice also the impression of barely interrupted movement, perhaps imparted by the sinuous "S" shape within the triangle.

Two dates are used for this picture, 1785 and 1788, and two subjects are hypothesized, Reynold's great-niece Theophila Gwatkin and Lady Anne Spencer. It's also two pictures in one, it was painted over a deteriorating work called Strawberry Girl of which only the hands remain untouched. Age of Innocence was the title given to an engraving of the painting in 1794 and has been used ever since for the original.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In Chicago, four Members Of The African-American Community kidnapped, beat and tortured a retarded white guy for several hours, live-streaming it on video for the enjoyment of their like-minded and presumably Diverse audience. Chicago Police Department spokesmen dismissed it with, “Kids make stupid mistakes.” It isn't clear whether he meant the victim, the perps, or actual kids. Nor is it clear what part of it was a mistake, other than getting caught.

If you've just returned from the Upper Amazon and haven't seen the reports, here are the particulars:

Daily Mail news story

Vimeo "toilet" video, 1m 38s

YouTube video, 30m 6s

LiveLeak, 27m 39s

Additional Twitter videos,

(1) 2m 15s
(2) 2m 20s
(3) 1m 39s

That this was a kidnapping, a capital offense within the meaning of the law, has been confirmed:

... one of the suspects demanded $300 from the mother of the victim, who is schizophrenic and has attention-deficit disorder. They also said the beating started in a van when the same attacker became angry that the mother had contacted him asking that her son be allowed to come home.

After pro forma condemnation, the media sprinted to the defense of the perps, no surprise. Leading the pack by a half-step was Piers Morgan at Daily Mail who, in a breathless rush, offered this non sequitur:

Yet their behaviour is symptomatic of Chicago’s malaise and descent into escalating, seemingly uncontrollable violence. The city’s young black population has, for decades, suffered from poor education and chronic unemployment. This is not to excuse the violence, but it goes a long way to explaining it. With little hope of a job or escape route to any kind of safe, prosperous life, young blacks in Chicago get sucked into gangs where the only currency is drugs, crime and violence.

Actually this is to excuse the violence. And no, it doesn't explain it. It's what snowflakes tell other snowflakes, the standard whines of Black History classes and student lounge activists, glosses from the Big Book of All Purpose Alibis, without demonstrating the least relevance to these specific Members Of The African-American Community. In other words, it's cosmetics slathered on a ravenous tumor.

Notice Mr. Morgan makes no mention of the Chicago Black Lives Matter chapter, the obvious and proximate source of such animus. The perps were live-streaming video to an audience after all, who else are we to believe they were, Wisconsin dairy farmers?

CBS Radio reported it as if the torturers were white and the victim black:

In the video he is choked and repeatedly called the n-word. His clothes are slashed and he is terrorized with a knife. His alleged captors repeatedly reference Donald Trump. Police are holding four people in connection with the attack.

As has been said in many places, this crime wouldn't be pre-excused had the roles been reversed. Nor would Rahm's politicians in cop costumes dismiss it as a "stupid mistake". The media would treat it like the second coming of the Holocaust. BLM would release the kraken and American cities would ignite, those parts currently under occupation, with news media supplying the air time for spastic activists to make demands and catalogue our failures in faultless sociology speak.

As it is, it's merely a fleeting embarrassment to The Diversity. In not much time the perps will be seen as the "real victims", as Piers Morgan does. Tevee talking heads will nod knowingly as they pass the meme du jour around for stroking—"single parent family" or somesuch—while photos of the perps as adorable fourth graders cross-fade on the screen. Studio audiences will weep in the aisles and beg forgiveness for ever thinking badly of them.

Gradually this outrage will be ratcheted down to "inappropriate but understandable behavior", a misdemeanor. Colleges will rewrite history back to the Bronze Age to prove the white guy had it coming. Saying otherwise will be legally actionable because fascism and global warming. Streets will be named after the Chicago Four and murals will appear on formerly inoffensive blank walls.

Speaking of which, having lived in Philadelphia where murals abound, meaning multi-story cartoons at the aesthetic level of minstrel show ephemera except with improbably noble sentiments, the intended purpose eludes me. Apparently they're to elevate the self-image of The Community enough to dissuade its inmates from offing passers by. Perhaps they also believe a picture of Stepin Fetchit exhorting its youths to learn calculus would be irresistible if sufficiently large.

More realistically, they may be an inducement to apply weather protection that the walls not deteriorate further. By way of evidence, murals commonly face empty lots guarded by chain-link fence, implying the value of the lot exceeds that of the audience. So it is the Dickensian wards of Philadelphia are regularly altered without improvement, an achievement in itself.

Callum Borchers, who "covers the intersection of politics and media"—don't ask—at the Washington Post says:

If you believe discrimination against white people is rampant, that Donald Trump supporters face persecution, that Chicago is a war zone, and the media is dishonest, then your entire worldview is likely to be confirmed by one awful story.

Yes Mr. Borchers, it does. This story and others . Why? 'Cause we're deplorable, pajama boy. Now run along and "cover the intersection", the adults are having a conversation.

By way of relief, Second City Cop says some of what needs saying:

If you remove a mentally handicapped individual from his suburban environs, restrain him in an unknown location, taunt his parents via cell phone messages, record and post what can only be described as sub-human behavior in a 30-minute video, you aren't making a "stupid decision." You are making a concerned and conscious effort to show your disregard for another human being and recording it because you are that confident of avoiding responsibility. Now where could they have gotten that idea?

Next item please.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration there are 27 privately owned MiG-17s in the U.S. - Wikipedia .

Next item.

This is from George Washington University's online news source:

The decision not to require SAT or ACT scores for most students applying for admission at the George Washington University has led to the most diverse freshmen class in the university's history.

Well, duh. Lower standards = more diversity. Specifically, ditching those pesky standards gets you 84% more of The Diversity. Do they not see the irony in this? And do they not notice those who pay GWU's bills are far less diverse than their student body?

Unshockingly, the Princeton Review puts Chateau d'GWU in the top ten for Most Politically Active and Dorms Like Palaces. We can pardonably suspect the attraction for subprime applicants is something other than academic excellence, in fact, this demographic's ability to identify, much less prefer academic excellence may approach the statistical definition of zero.

Assuming a third party is underwriting the costs, again duh, and in keeping with the general theory of equality—putative civic failings are not actually irredeemable, they're quantifiable in terms of cash—the motive of the administration is less ambiguous.

Breaking news GWU. This Just In. Diversity failed. It's over. Keep shaking the box if you must, but nothing good's coming out.

Next.

Glenn Reynolds at USA Today quotes Laci Green , "one of the 30 most influential people on the Internet" according to Time. She bills herself as a pansexual, an atheist "sex educator", was once on tevee to oppose slut-shaming and has a degree in Studies from Berkley. Such august credentials merit close attention to her political opinions. Here are the quotes:

Ms. Green, during the election when she just knew Hillary would be elected:

“Regardless of the outcome, we are clearly a *deeply* divided and broken country. So much work ahead to mend, heal, and restore the U in USA.”

How open-handed. How thoughtful. Please Miss Laci, some crumbs from your table? Yes, we've been bad bad bad. May we crawl through broken glass in repentance and tearful supplication, with, dare we hope, some small prospect of forgiveness?

Here's the same Ms. Green, when Hillary lost:

“We are now under total Republican rule. Textbook fascism. F____ you, white America. F___ you, you racist, misogynist pieces of s___. G'night.”

Apparently Ms. Green is now one of the 30 most unhappy people on the Internet. For some reason, she's no longer interested in mending, healing and restoring the U in USA. Or perhaps she, at age 27, suspects she has less than perfect knowledge about other things as well. Here's one she might consider. A political party needs the approval of both its goals and its tactics. "F____ you, white America. F___ you, you racist, misogynist pieces of s___" is not a winning tactic. Ask Hillary, she'll tell you the same thing.

Next item please.

The quote of the week comes from Bryce McBride at Mises Canada:

Over the last 20 years of the Soviet Union, everyone knew the system wasn’t working, but as no one could imagine any alternative, politicians and citizens were resigned to pretending that it was... One wonders if our own society is experiencing the same phenomenon.

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Before the election, in early August of 2016, The Philadelphia Daily Inquirer printed an opinion by Kathleen Iannello, an associate professor of political science at Gettysburg College:

In the name of balanced, fair, and accurate reporting, the press has treated Trump as if he deserves to be in the presidential arena when - due to bigotry, hate, fearmongering, and a scarcity of leadership skills - he so clearly does not ... What, then, of balance? My approach for the fall semester will be boldly honest: It is a disservice to students to attempt to provide balance when I know that balance is an offense to the truth.

Given her majestic standards, perhaps she hasn't yet told her students who won the election. Hateful facts may be "an offense to the truth", you see. Stuff like this is why academia and rabid raccoons are respected about equally, and for the same reason. "Boldly honest," she says. Pffft. "Self-serving opportunist" is about right. Miss Kathleen, probably a wonderful person, got caught out betting it all on a sure thing. She may even believe the "science" part of political science. A rookie mistake.

Next item.

Thomas DiLorenzo at Lew Rockwell writes this about the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport:

... There is an armed TSA bureaucrat sitting at a desk where you exit the terminal area and go into baggage claim.  He sits about ten paces from the first baggage carousel, where the shootings occurred.  Despite this, the news is reporting that the Fort Lauderdale shooter reloaded twice, and then when he ran out of ammo began walking out of the airport, at which point the cops finally emerged from their “perimeter” and arrested him.

Perhaps the proposed raise in minimum wage will remedy this lack of initiative.

Okay gang, enough blather. I spent the last weeks retrieving a chest from the bottom of a lake in Switzerland, having been reliably informed it contained a wartime stash of Merovingian gold, the personal effects of Ivar the Boneless, and high denomination bearer bonds. Imagine my disappointment when it yielded only a long-dead frog and a mildewed transcript of yer ol' Woodpile Report, which follows.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Got News - GM Sells Mexico-Made Cars To Ohio GM Factory Workers, LIED About It To Trump & Public With MSM Cover

TMZ - Ft. Lauderdale Shooting Video of First Shots Fired

Vintage News - New ruins of Viking village near the Hudson River seriously question where were the borders of the legendary Vinland

Santelli stikes again

Shenandoah - Why Rick Santelli Probably Can Not Wait to get out of NBC Commie World [includes video]

"Rick, please, the American people beg you: When your contract is up, get off that dead end commielib anti-American progressive steaming pile of ratings failure known as CNBC ..."

Zero Hedge - Santelli 'Meets The Press': "You Picked Sides... On Election Night, I've Never Seen You So Unhappy" [includes video]

"We suspect the outspoken truthist will not be invited back".

NBC Philadelphia - a 14-year-old Pennsylvania student is facing charges of cyber harassment of a child and ethnic intimidation for posting a video of a 16-year-old Member Of The African-American Community student eating chicken wings at lunch.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A despicable racist hate crime lynching fo' sure.

Campus Reform - The Black Lives Matter flag will fly for two weeks at Northwestern University while the school hosts student-organized programming on black lives in the United States.

Freemans Perspective - The Ministry of Truth Opens June 21st

Zero Hedge - Massive Network Of ISIS Sleeper Cells Spanning United States Uncovered – Training Camps And All

Strategic Culture - The War Against Alternative Information

College Fix - Male college students to undergo ‘critical self-reflection’ of masculinity

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Billed as six weeks of 'struggle with being vulnerable'—classic Maoist Struggle Sessions—led by something the college calls a "violence prevention specialist", likely a radical feminist or a male-like "ally". The intent is to castrate young men's confidence before it can mature.

Daily Mail - Students demand white philosophers including Plato and Descartes be dropped from university syllabus

The Survivalist Blog - Five Predictions for the Trump Presidency That Should Keep You Awake at Night

Ars Technica - Gemcoin, cryptocurrency that never existed, was a scam all along

Guardian - Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

Washington Examiner - Record 27 million guns bought in 2016 ... they are also getting trained and preparing themselves

Zero Hedge - Global Debt Hits 325% Of World GDP, Rises To Record $217 Trillion

Breitbart - Obama had Defense Secretary Ash Carter award him the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service

Ace Of Spades - Status-Conscious, Achievement-Poor Gentry Liberals Are Frightened By the Diminishment of Their Social Clout that Trump Represents

No Film School - Kodak Brings Ektachrome Film Stock Back from the Dead ... growing popularity of analog photography and a resurgence in shooting film ... will hit stores in the fourth quarter of 2017

Daisy Luther - 3 Weird Things About the Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting

War Is Boring - In Lithuania, Learning How to Block Tanks With Trees Is Back in Fashion

Ars Technica - Chilean officials can’t identify a strange IR signal seen by its Navy [includes ten minute IR-camera video taken from a helicopter]

Daily Galaxy - China Probing Spacetime in Tibet's Himalayas - Constructing What Could Become the World's Top Gravitational-Wave-Telescope Complex

Popular Mechanics - Two stars will crash into each other around the year 2022, creating a super-bright explosion that will for a brief time outshine most other stars in the galaxy.

 

1927. Magazine ad for Post's Bran Flakes

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg You heard your mother, not only will you eat it, you'll like it too. Postum Cereals Company and its holdings became General Foods in 1929, which was acquired by Philip Morris in 1985, which merged it with Kraft Foods into Kraft General Foods, which became Kraft Foods in 1995, which spun off Post Cereals in 2012. So they're back where they started and, yes, Post Bran Flakes is still marketed.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Videotaped evidence, Taki's Magazine - The videotaped evidence of the Chicago kidnapping/torture reveals beyond a whisper of a doubt that the perps were, if not exactly “kids,” extremely stupid. Droolingly stupid. So stupid it seems miraculous that they even knew how to use Facebook for long enough to incriminate themselves. But how dumb was Austin Hillbourn to idolize a black thug who clearly didn’t idolize him? How severely naïve was he to get in the stolen van that night? A little bit of fear would have served Austin Hillbourn well. Perhaps his childlike acceptance of someone who wished him harm was part of his mental condition. But what’s clear is that his attackers had no fear. And that may be part of a much bigger problem—the fact that no one seems afraid of white people anymore.

 

Crime of the hour, Liberty's Torch - How many violent black-against white incidents – some not as heinous, some worse – are there that we don’t hear about, because the press won’t report them because they would “worsen racial tensions?” The reasons no longer matter. The facts are as they are. The races must live apart. There’s no longer any rational dispute about it. We’ve tried it the other way, and this is what we’ve reaped. The peaceful majority are irrelevant. We can wish one another well. We can be sad that “it turned out this way.” What we can’t do is change the facts as they are – or the ravening racial hatred, among blacks toward whites, that has given rise to them.

 

Stirring up trouble, Fred On Everything - Feminists complain–I could stop the sentence there- that men regard women as sex objects. I see. And what, prithee, are we supposed to regard as sex objects? Doorknobs? Porpoises? Doughnuts? The truth is that women want to be regarded as sex objects. Not only as sex objects usually, but certainly as sex objects. Maybe some man, somewhere, lost a girlfriend by regarding her as a sex object. A far surer way to lose her is not to so regard her. Though feminists everywhere will hate it, there are a great many women who actually like sexually assertive actual men, instead of the docile manageables favored by Salon. The saying that “good girls like bad boys” is not without steam.

 

Soros's party, Sultan Knish - Obama’s wins concealed the scale and scope of the disaster. Then the party woke up after Obama to realize that it had lost its old bases in the South and the Rust Belt. The left had hollowed it out and transformed it into a party of coastal urban elites, angry college crybullies and minority coalitions. The Democrats have a solid lock on the West Coast and a narrow corridor of the Northeast, and little else. Leftists used Soros money to focus on their own identity politics obsessions leaving the Dems with little ability to interact with white working class voters. Soros turned over the Democrats to political fanatics least likely to be able to recognize their own errors.

 

1940. Boston's Spring snowstorm

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Valentine's Day Blizzard of 1940 dropped fourteen inches of snow on New England at the rate of three inches an hour. Sixty mile an hour winds piled it into drifts up to ten feet high. Boston hired 17,000 men to shovel out the city. The forecast had been for light rain changing to snow.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Cancel the F-35, National Review - No defense project is more representative of a disastrous status quo than the 20-year-old Joint Strike Fighter program — the F-35. The F-35 program showcases all that is wrong about our military’s vendor-dominated, crony-capitalist procurement system. Unless dealt with decisively, its massive cost and its lack of capability will have a dramatically negative impact on our military’s effectiveness for decades to come. It’s time to face the facts: Because of fatal mistakes made during the conceptual design process well over 20 years ago, the F-35 will forever be crippled by intractable weight and heat issues that ensure that the program will never deliver a reliable, cost-effective fighter.

 

Alt-Right Gets a Wedgie, Taki's Magazine - I don’t quite get it. Israel is the closest thing to “the West” in that fetid sandlot known as the Middle East, and Israelis do exactly the types of things that white nationalists and alt-rightists want to do themselves (build walls to halt immigration, unapologetically racially profile in the name of safety, unashamedly fight to preserve an ethno-state, etc.). Yet rather than admiration from the “white right,” Israel gets hostility. As far as I’m concerned, Israel has a right to keep every damn square inch of land it won. If Palestinians ever decide to wise up and seek a smart approach, good for them. But until then, I feel no desire to give them a hand. And all I can do is shake my head in puzzlement as white nationalists and alt-rightists, who always make such a huge deal about having no desire to rescue Third Worlders from the consequences of their own ignorance, rally to their aid.

 

Alt-right glossary, Irish Times - Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” hints at the movement’s appeal to young white Americans. There’s a growing sense that the US’s best days are in the past. Political correctness is now a dominant force in American culture, particularly on college campuses. The alt-right’s brand of envelope-pushing nationalism is thus the perfect stance for a young rebel with a cause. The alt-right is one part political movement, two parts subculture. This can make it difficult for outsiders to understand. To assist you in comprehending the chatter on Twitter hashtags such as #AltRight and #Frogtwitter, here’s a simple glossary.

 

Snowflake rally, Campus Reform - The Philosophy and Anthropology Departments at Georgetown University will be cosponsoring an event dedicated to organizing against the “racism, bigotry, and oppression” they see in Trump’s presidency. According to the organizers of the event, Trump is not an “isolated tragedy,” but rather an indication of the “racism, structural inequality, and injustice” that has long existed in America. Trumpism opposes, “Muslims, undocumented workers, African Americans, Latinos/as/xs, women, LGBT+, immigrants, those with disabilities, Jews, Native Americans, the economically oppressed, those living in the Third World, and victims of American militarism, among others.”

 

1940. Glendale California airport

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Passengers board an American Airlines (DST ?) for a night flight from Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, Los Angeles's first commercial airport. Moribund after the war, it closed in 1959 to be transformed into the Grand Central Business Park, the runway becoming Grand Central Avenue. Only the main terminal and a couple of hangers survive. The entire former airport became part of Disney's Grand Central Creative Campus in 1997.

 

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Citizen defense, Zero Hedge - On the heels of Czech President Milos Zeman's warnings of a possible "super-Holocaust" carried out by Muslim terrorists, urging citizens to arm themselves, WaPo reports the country's interior ministry is pushing a constitutional change that would let citizens use guns against terrorists if police are delayed or unable to make their way to the scene of an attack. Czech president Milos Zeman had previously proposed that economic migrants should be deported from Europe to “uninhabited Greek islands” or to “empty places” in North Africa.

 

DUI coffee, Eric Peters Autos - An interesting case has a man being prosecuted for “driving under the influence” of caffeine. Schwab, even after he took and passed a Breathalzyer test that measured zero point zero alcohol in his system. So she carted him off to the clink where his blood was drawn. Caffeine was discovered. Smith was charged with driving under the influence of a “drug” just as if he’d been boozing it up – or toking it up. He faces the usual huge lawyer bills, license suspension and general tarring and feathering. It is entirely possible he may be required (assuming a conviction) to attend mandatory “drug abuse” counseling sessions. There is no legal threshold defining the amount of caffeine in one’s system that constitutes “impairment.” Merely to have measurable traces of this “substance” was apparently enough to cuff and stuff Schwab. And may ultimately prove to be sufficient to convict him.

 

Kill the Mabus Legacy, Small Wars Journal - The traditional mission of the US Navy has been to deter potentially hostile navies, or failing to do that, defeat them. Getting the US naval services back to that philosophy is going to be a big job for the new administration. The Mabus priorities have been making the naval services more caring, inclusive, and environmentally protective. Discipline, combat effectiveness, and readiness have been secondary goals at best. Secretary Mabus and people like him have used the Department of the Navy to accomplish non-military “progressive” political objectives at the expense of a real military capabilities.

 

Lügenpresse, Amerika - People who have no other inclination in life make up the bulk of journalists: they had no direction, and/or are unhappy, and want control, so they become journalists. In former times they would have been priests, relishing the power to condemn or approve that was entrusted to them. They are the Lügenpresse: their goal is to sell you lies by telling you only part of the truth, and like any good con man would, play to your sympathies and desires instead of actual truth. They are entertainment and sympathy, not an actual depiction of reality. Smart people instinctively know this, but the knowledge is trickling down, and with that, the Lügenpresse is losing its grip on the collective mind.

 

1920. Submarine base at San Pedro California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Seven World War I era submarines of the H and L classes are shown in this photo from almost a hundred years ago. Nine Holland Class coastal defense submarines were built, from 1911 to 1918, all decommissioned in 1922. The larger Lake Class boats built 1914 to 1917 were the Navy's first long range ocean-going submarines. "Lake" is for Simon Lake, a competitor to Holland. Eleven were completed, all decommissioned by 1923.

The nine boats of the V Class built in the 1930s attempted to find the right combination of speed, range and weapon load. None were well suited to combat but they showed the way to the outstanding submarines that performed so well in World War II. San Pedro is part of the Port of Los Angeles.

 

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

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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