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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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Frederic Church, Sunrise in the Tropics, 1872

Frederic Church was the only student of Thomas Cole, generally accepted as the founder of the Hudson River School. An enthusiastic subscriber to the theories of geographer Alexander von Humboldt, Church sought subject material in the jungles of Ecuador, the storied sites of the Mideast and Mediterranean, and a scientific expedition into the Arctic.

Church remained a consummate master of the American style of landscape painting while also rendering nature in exacting and authentic detail, the equal of a botantist or a geologist or a meteorologist illustrating his scientific journals.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kristallnacht
A little rhyme of history

Kristallnacht 1938
Crystal Night was two days and nights of terror informally endorsed by Hitler, publicized by Goebbels, enabled by Gauleiters, carried out by paramilitary and civilians, and unopposed by law enforcement. They were, in this sense, spontaneous.

Milo Yiannopoulos, the not altogether wholesome but courageous Breitbart editor and political entrepreneur who styles himself as "Dangerous Faggot", accepted an invitation from the Berkeley College Republicans to speak at the University of California at Berkeley on the evening of Wednesday, February 1st. This was to be the final venue of his book promotion. Here's how it played out.

Dozens of UC Berkeley faculty signed a letter to Chancellor Dirks on January 3rd demanding Milo Yiannopoulos be prevented from speaking anywhere other than a reconvening of the Nuremberg Trials. They declared Mr. Yiannopoulos a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, bigoted, cowardly, un-American, intolerant, transphobic, ignorant, misogynist, climate denying, bullying, prejudiced pond scum and probable cannibal.

Associate chancellor Nils Gilman replied with the official position of the administration saying, in effect, a publicly funded university is powerless to prevent even a thoroughly deplorable knuckle-dragging nationalist white supremacist disgusting Nazi literally Hitler from speaking, followed by a further exchange of verbose preening.

Robert Cohen, an alumnus writing in the student newspaper Daily Californian on January 17th cautioned:

Free Speech Movement veterans and historians comment on Milo Yiannopoulos free speech controversy

[Excerpt]

His campus events are one long publicity stunt designed to present himself as a kind of hip, far right, youth folk hero — sort of Hitler Youth with cool sunglasses. “Look at me, I’m so rad, the PC police won’t let me speak on campus.” That’s his whole shtick in a nutshell, along with bigotry. Banning him just plays into his hands politically, which is one reason why we were glad to see the UC administration refuse to adopt such a ban...

The staff at the Daily Californian was having none of it however. Their editorial on January 17th scoffed at extending the protection of free speech and civil rights to the Berkeley College Republicans, reasoning thusly:

Berkeley College Republicans must not normalize hate speech

[Excerpts]

Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor for the far-right news website Breitbart, is a repulsive agitator, and inviting him to speak at UC Berkeley normalizes his brand of alt-right hate speech. While the First Amendment protects him, he intentionally baits marginalized voices so that he can bully them and exploit the angry backlash in front of his fans.

In inviting him, BCR demonstrates it is not a club dedicated to the preservation of free speech and open dialogue on campus. This is a club hiding behind the right of free speech as an excuse to legitimize — and even laugh at — hate speech and shirk responsibility for any resulting damage.

And thus it simmered until the 26th of January, when UC Berkeley Chancellor Dirks issued his statement:

UC Berkeley, Berkeley News - Chancellor’s message on campus appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos.

Public Affairs, UC Berkeley | January 26, 2017

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent the following message this afternoon to the campus community.

To the campus community:

[Excerpts]

Mr. Yiannopoulos is not the first of his ilk to speak at Berkeley and he will not be the last. In our view, Mr. Yiannopoulos is a troll and provocateur who uses odious behavior in part to “entertain,” but also to deflect any serious engagement with ideas. He has been widely and rightly condemned for engaging in hate speech directed at a wide range of groups and individuals, as well as for disparaging and ridiculing individual audience members, particularly members of the LGBTQ community...

Mr. Yiannopoulos’s opinions and behavior can elicit strong reactions and his attacks can be extremely hurtful and disturbing... we stand ready to provide resources and support to our community members who may be adversely affected by his words and actions on the stage.

We have also clearly communicated to the BCR [Berkeley College Republicans] that we regard Yiannopoulos’s act as at odds with the values of this campus. We have emphasized to them that with their autonomy and independence comes a moral responsibility for the consequences of their words, actions, events and invitations – and those of their guest. We have made sure they are aware of how Yiannopoulos has conducted himself at prior events at other universities, and we have explained that his rhetoric is likely to be deeply upsetting and perceived as threatening by some of their fellow students and members of our campus community. Our student groups enjoy the right to invite whomever they wish to speak on campus, but we urge them to consider whether exercising that right in a manner that might unleash harmful attacks on fellow students and other members of the community is consistent with their own and with our community’s values...

Nothing we have done to plan for this event should be mistaken as an endorsement of Yiannopoulos’s views or tactics. Indeed, we are saddened that anyone would use degrading stunts or verbal assaults on marginalized members of our society to promote a political platform...

I would quote my colleague, UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman, who recently wrote, “Universities support free speech and condemn censorship for two reasons — to ensure that positive, helpful, illuminating messages can circulate widely, and to expose hateful or dangerous ideas that, if never engaged or rebutted, would gain traction in the darker corners of our society. Hate speech is like mold: Its enemies are bright light and fresh air.” This admonition may be more important in our current political moment than ever...

Nicholas Dirks
Chancellor

It's worth noting Chancellor Dirk announced his resignation in 2016 after a corruption investigation found egregious misuse of university funds . He also used funds for a bizarre escape hatch in his office for quick escape from protestors. Mr. Dirk remains at his post while UC Berkeley seeks a replacement.

On January 31st, the day before Mr. Yiannopoulos's speech, the Berkeley Against Trump Coalition published their mission statement, to wit: "kick Yiannopoulous and his hateful bile off our campus". From the student newspaper Daily Californian:

Berkeley students should organize protest against Milo Yiannopoulos

[Excerpts]

The Berkeley Against Trump coalition, previously known as the Berkeley J20 coalition, invites all solidarity-minded students and other members of the campus community to protest with us against far-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos on Feb. 1. We will gather at 5 p.m at Sproul and show our unwillingness to allow our campus to be used to spread Yiannopoulous’s vile bigotry ...

The university administration’s refusal to cancel Yiannopoulos’s event is irrelevant — the campus belongs to the students, staff and faculty who run it, and in our numbers we will demonstrate exactly how we will run it...

The far-right is getting organized against us — we must get organized against them. The first step is coming out en masse to kick Yiannopoulous and his hateful bile off our campus.

On the same day, perhaps coincidentally, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, Hillary Clinton's running mate, specifically endorsed "street activism" on MSNBC:

What we’ve got to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box, and now there’s the momentum to be able to do this. And we’re not afraid of the popular outcry, we’re energized by it and that’s going to help us do our job and do it better.

When Mr. Yiannopoulos arrived at about 6 p.m., an on-campus riot with BLM-grade criminal assaults was in progress. The UCPD, having effectively stood down, cancelled the event for 'safety reasons'. It's alleged there was a substantial presence of faculty among the perps, perhaps a factor in the hands-off policy.

UC Berkeley, Berkeley News - Milo Yiannopoulos event canceled after violence erupts

Gateway Pundit - Violent Leftists Chase and Beat Man Unconscious at Berkeley Riots [includes video]

SFGate - UC Berkeley cancels Milo Yiannopoulos event amid violent protest

Aside from a couple of arrests the police did not interfere, nor is there evidence of an investigation into criminal violations despite overt planning on social media, open action on the streets and the advanced state of facial recognition technology. This may change, there are rumors of FBI involvement.

Shortly after the event was called off, Mr. Yiannopoulos said:

I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building. My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled. I'll let you know more when the facts become clear. One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.

Having achieved their stated goal—shutting down the event—the mob then surged into the city of Berkeley and went Full Ferguson, again without serious inconvenience by law enforcement. It appears there was another, unstated goal. Those who committed acts of violence and property destruction were promptly called "outsiders" on the basis of no public evidence whatever. Such speedy certainty suggests insider knowledge, perhaps prior knowledge.

Actual "outsiders" in student mobs, meaning "no affiliation to the campus", are rare. They ask us to imagine a sudden and sizable influx of random opportunists where there was no evident gain. "Outsiders" are more often the most inside of insiders, on call for criminal thug work . On call by who? Perhaps by those who can offer credible assurance of noninterference by law enforcement.

At 5 p.m. on the 1st of February, just as the riot was getting into motion on campus, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin announced his moral duty to protect the mob from the citizenry:

Using speech to silence marginalized communities and promote bigotry is unacceptable. Hate speech isn't welcome in our community.

His police took the hint. They remember Baltimore.

Then, three hours later:

Violence and destruction is not the answer.

Actually, violence and destruction are the answer, if we rely on results.

After a day's reflection the mayor added:

I consider much of what Mr. Yiannopoulos says to be hateful. But I regret and apologize for the white national label.

Non sequitur much?

Newsweek reveled in it. This is from Alexander Nazaryan's article, Milo Yiannopoulos Gets Schooled at Berkeley, posted in the small hours of the morning after the riot:

He appeared to have miscalculated the ferocity of the resistance he’d face. Berkeley was to be the last stop on the Dangerous Faggot tour, in which Yiannopoulos, an editor at the white-nationalist website Breitbart, goes through all the far-right complaints and nostrums one might find at a Trump rally, only delivered in a British accent. Protesters made sure that didn’t happen at Berkeley.

On Thursday the 2nd of February, the day after the riot, Chancellor Dirks said he was shocked to learn pesky "outsiders" had disrupted a respectful Jeffersonian exercise in peaceful dissent and sullied the university's reputation for open inquiry and inclusiveness. Again from the student newspaper Daily Californian, and without evident irony:

“The violence last night was an attack on the fundamental values of the university, which stands for and helps to maintain and nurture open inquiry and an inclusive civil society, the bedrock of a genuinely democratic nation,” said Chancellor Nicholas Dirks in a campuswide email statement Thursday.

Comments from readers reveal they're puzzled by his claim UC Berkeley has values, fundamental or otherwise, and remain unmoved.

Were Mr. Dirks sincere he would re-invite Mr. Yiannopoulos to speak and provide credible protection from "outsiders" rather than be satisfied with tsk tsking the outcome. As it is, UC Berkeley has it both ways. Mr. Yiannopoulos has been prevented from speaking, and the university can strike a righteous pose about unforeseeable acts of malicious strangers. Sweet. But bogus. As John Sexton at Hot Air points out:

The “peaceful” protesters and the black bloc have a symbiotic relationship. The black bloc benefits by having a large mass of protesters from which to launch their attacks and then quickly retreat to anonymity. For them the mass of protesters is a shield. Meanwhile, the “peaceful” protesters benefit because marching and chanting doesn’t have the same immediate impact as breaking windows and beating people in the street.

Oathkeepers has infiltrated organizations like The Berkeley Against Trump Coalition and has this to say about the "outsiders" they deploy:

The anarchists are by far the most dangerous of these groups. They are organized like militias. They actively train and practice their operations. They have discipline and zero tolerance for weakness. They have a number of former military personnel providing expertise to enhance security, logistics and martial arts capabilities. The majority are physical fit, military age males. They are primarily white with few minority members. Their leadership tends to be either former military, a proven leader from the occupy movement or a highly educated alpha-male.

Naweed Tahmas of the Berkeley College Republicans, who helped organize the event, said this in an interview with The College Fix:

Some have claimed the protest was orchestrated not by students, but by outside left-wing organizers. Tahmas disagrees. “It was a combination of both [students and protesters],” he said. “To suggest students played no role in the protests in preposterous. There is footage of even the so-called ‘non-violent’ protesters cheering the violent actions of the other protesters. There were meetings on campus organizing the protests that alluded to the planned use of violent tactics.”

In summary, there was no chance Mr. Yiannopoulos's audience would hear him speak. Prior restraint having been denied under protest, contemporal restraint was deployed. The who and how of "kicking Yiannopoulous and his hateful bile off our campus" was the subtext of the fine-sounding written exchanges within UC Berkeley. Violence came to be assumed. The rest was pre-justification and wink-wink permission for the presupposed outcome. To reiterate:

Our student groups enjoy the right to invite whomever they wish to speak on campus, but we urge them to consider whether exercising that right in a manner that might unleash harmful attacks on fellow students and other members of the community is consistent with their own and with our community’s values ...

"Harmful attacks on fellow students and other members of the community" is exactly what happened. The Berkeley College Republicans can't say they weren't warned, if cryptically.

Next item.

Official tolerance for political violence has become routine in recent years. Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch observes:

We speak of the police as the forces of order. Sometimes they’re not, particularly when they confer de facto protection on thugs for any reason. De facto protection is what the leftist rioters have been getting: the police have stood by – sometimes under orders from civilian authorities – and decent citizens have been inhibited from action. Consequently, the rioters have run riot. Brutalizations and destruction of property have been widespread. Is it just too obvious to say that this will not end well? ... There must be a response, and the sooner the better.

Should law enforcement continue to absent themselves from incidents of mass violence we may be approaching a time when, as Mr. Porretto puts it, badgeless citizens will take matters into their own hands. Stay away from crowds .

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Scott Adams says, at his Dilbert blog:

I’m ending my support of UC Berkeley, where I got my MBA years ago. I have been a big supporter lately, with both my time and money, but that ends today. I wish them well, but I wouldn’t feel safe or welcome on the campus. A Berkeley professor made that clear to me recently. He seems smart, so I’ll take his word for it.

Next item please.

This is from Fort Walton Beach Florida:

NWF Daily News - Laureano was injured after she stood next to the track so Bateman could take a picture of her with an oncoming train in the background. The train, however, struck Laureano as it passed and dragged her several feet before she fell off to the side onto some rocks.

18 year old college freshman, critical condition, yadda yadda. Those of us afflicted with life-long Railfan Disorder are a bit paranoid about tracks and trains, some of what we imagine could happen, we've seen happen, or know someone who has. Ten thousand tons at seventy miles per hour, say, has proportional and not always benign consequences.

Next.

The quote of the week comes from Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic:

A tidal wave of trouble approaches. It will swamp the cowards and may overwhelm the courageous.

Next please

From Phys Org: The optimal foraging strategy? Search the current foraging ground for a time that equals the time it would take to pull up stakes and move to a new territory.

From Popular Science: Life on Earth exploded, but meteorites didn’t start the party. Lindskog and his team found convincing evidence that the space rocks started falling long after life began to flourish on Earth, around 470 million years ago.

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Kathy Shaidle writes:

Mary Tyler Moore was a lifelong Republican (except for a lapse campaigning for Carter)—a Fox News fan and “libertarian centrist.” An ancestral connection led her to help fund the renovation of Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters. Yet, I didn’t see any of these facts mentioned in the postmortem valentines. In fact, Moore told PBS in 2013 that she’d been a reluctant symbol of women’s liberation and “did not believe in Steinem’s view that women owe it to themselves to have a career.”

Confession time. I watched the Super Bowl. In fact, I've watched every Super Bowl. In recent years I watch out of a sense of duty, being the last one standing of a long tradition. Once a year is a small enough commitment. But this was a memorable game, brilliantly played by both teams. I found myself second-guessing plays, head-slapping, and offering loud words of incalculable wisdom to what is, let us remember, an electronic device. Yes, the game was that good, a comeback win from a 28-3 deficit at halftime. Unpossible.

Football is said to be a game of industry, baseball a game of farmers. Perhaps so. The two games couldn't be less alike. In football the offense has the ball and the defense tries to take it away. In baseball, the defense has the ball and the offense is forbidden to touch it. Except with a bat. In baseball the defense plays the other team's offense one man at a time. Say what?! In football separate teams of different guys play offense or defense, not both, while in baseball the same guys play offense and defense ... um, except American League pitchers. And so on.

Imagine yourself on the Trans-Siberian Railroad trying to explain American football and baseball to even the most curious locals. The trip takes days but not enough days. If you've grown up with them they seem transparently simple, unless something happens that's never happened before. Which happens. Then a whole 'nuther team takes the field, referees or umpires. Depending.

Okay gang, the premium version of this week's Woodpile Report will be delivered in custom pottery sealed with pitch, with handy instructions for translating it from the Aramaic. For we commoners it will be delivered as the usual stream of electronic signals, some assembly required. Let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report before some goat herder discovers it and peddles it to a shady dealer in antiquities.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Breitbart - Ex-Obama Official Suggests ‘Military Coup’ Against Trump

Express - Poland's Crackdown: Migrant bill tightened for 'quick deportation' of illegals ... will prioritise the deportation of illegal immigrants.

American Thinker - Illegal Aliens Really Do Vote – a Lot

State of the Nation - Why Obama’s First Stay After White House Was With Married Gay Couple In Palm Springs CA ... he really is gay

The Hill - NRA set to go on offense

SHTF Plan - “We Need To Start Killing People… We Need To Start Killing The White House” – Seattle Social Justice Warrior Caught On Tape

InfoWars - A video commentary published by the London Guardian makes the argument that violence against “racists” should be tolerated in order to stop Donald Trump ... “reasoned debate” is no longer sufficient when confronting “racists and misogynists”

The Nation

Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc ... punching a Nazi is protected free speech

Why It’s Not OK to Punch a Neo-Nazi in the Face ... although they meant well

Don Surber - Democrats, you now own any future violence

Daily Mail - Faces of Nazi guards at Auschwitz revealed as Poland publishes details of 10,000

Ancient Origins - Priceless Ancient Seed Bank Saved from Destruction in Syria ... researchers managed to safely transfer the seeds from the center to Lebanon and Turkey

Smart News - Co-Defendant in €100 Million Art Heist Claims He Threw Five Masterpieces in the Trash ... [poetic justice]

Daily Pennsylvanian - 'Privilege' does not exist to White Penn professors — and they keep 'trying it'. White Penn professors inhibit black students with their privilege, by James Fisher

College Fix - Conservative professor rebukes higher ed: ‘Whorehouses and mental wards would be much cheaper’

Jon Rappoport - Reporters tell me the truth off the record: the fake news business

New York Post - Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotic ... The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism

Daily Mail - Teachers have been banned from punishing students at school where mass brawls and dozens of arrests are now a part of every day life [includes video]

YouTube - Roll The Tape. 2016. Schumer, Warren, et al, say SCOTUS up or down vote is the Senate's job, stop playing politics. Video, 1m 37s.

MRCTV - Gun Sales Soared 60% During Obama's Presidency ... more than 50.6 million (nearly one-third) were processed in the last two years alone

Daily Galaxy - Milky Way is Embedded in a Huge Halo of Stars "That Travel Together Like Flocks of Birds"

SHTF Plan - Left Ready to Kill, Clash With Renewed Right: “First Phase Of Kinetic Civil War”

Survival Blog - How to Plan and Plant a Hidden Garden

Conservative Post - 6 Top Republicans on George Soros’ Payroll

 

1940. Hudson magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hudson Motor Company, which took its name from its biggest investor, was a phenomenally successful startup in 1909 and saw continued growth until the the Depression. The 1940 Hudson featured an advanced front suspension and center-point steering, among other substantial improvements, yet sales were down from the year before and 1940 became another money-losing year. War production, including the Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, restored Hudson to solvency.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
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Obama: Jihadophile, American Thinker - Jihadist infiltration in the U.S. government started as early as the late '60s and early '70s, when the newly rich OPEC regimes began a jihad-driven campaign of infiltration, immigration, subversion, blackmail, and simple bribery of big politicians and media in Europe and the U.S. Jihad successfully deprived Europe and the US of our normal, rational caution about war theologies that hate us. Scratch a hysterical snowflake on any campus, and you find a jihadophile. Ask any Democrat politician, and you get a passionate defense of jihad's God-given right to infiltrate and sabotage our national security. Obama is a jihadophile. He has made that clear in a thousand different ways during his eight years, enough time to plant agents and suborn U.S. government personnel.

 

The Spencer punch, Jon Upsal's Garden - That's what we're coming to. A situation on the streets where one side who just lost an election feels morally justified in outright violence against the winning side, because the winning side is inherently morally inferior and cannot be "permitted" to exercise its agenda. They're already psychologically inclined towards authoritarianism and psychoticism. Now they're moving on from autistic "I didn't get my way" screeching to physically lashing out at their enemies. Moving on from "just" assassinating police officers to assaulting ordinary people. But soon their targets start punching back.

 

Getting to be serious, Liberty's Torch - The Left is doing what Lenin counseled: “Probe with the bayonet. If you meet steel, withdraw; if you meet flesh, continue.” Leftist disruptors have steadily escalated their tactics deeper toward outright violence, without evoking a matched reaction from either the forces of order or the common citizenry. Our passivity has persuaded their strategists that there will be no such reaction. Their next step should be obvious.

 

Pop-up protests, Wired - Donna Maier was shellshocked by the news of President Trump’s refugee ban. On Sunday morning, she dashed off a quick tweet wondering if anything was happening in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. Before long, people she’d never met were inviting her to meet them—and hundreds of others—at Boise Airport. But if it’s that easy to join an activist movement, does it become just as easy for the powers that be to ignore it? In an age of perpetual pop-up protests, do activists run the risk of outrage fatigue? Protests around individual issues will come and go. But over the last few weeks people have organized marches around women’s issues, native people, and refugees. (Scientists are next.) That variety could keep the movement fresh.

 

1938. Rocky Mount, North Carolina main street

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rocky Mount is a city of 56,000 in east central North Carolina. In 1938 the population was about half that number. The tracks and the main street look about the same today. Kay Kyser and Thelonious Monk were from Rocky Mount.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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Climate Gate 2, Daily Mail - A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015. The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers. But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.

 

Resurrecting Hillary, Front Page - The Clintons are not just two greedy politicians. They’re a brand and an industry. The huge sums of money they raised went to subsidize a whole network of loyalists. And then there were the many friends who had gotten jobs based on the strength of their connections to Clintonworld. Meanwhile David Brock, the most malicious figure in Clintonworld, has put together a blueprint calling for the impeachment of Trump. If Hillary were to make a very unlikely third try at the White House that would be about the only way to build a narrative in which she has anything resembling a chance. If Democrats insist on believing that Trump only won because of FBI Director Comey and the Russians, they will be just as unready to face him in the next election as they were in this one. And the real Hillary legacy may be that she will have handed Trump not just one election, but two.

 

Administrative law, City Journal - The loss of one right after another has become so commonplace that it often goes unnoticed. It is obvious enough to someone fined by an agency that he does not get the sort of justice that he could expect from a court. What is less well understood is that administrative adjudication systematically evades the Constitution’s procedural rights. No right was more insistently protected by the Constitution than trial by jury. Even when judges recognize the circumvention and their role in enabling it, they tell themselves that they are bound by precedent—as if they may depart from the Constitution to shred rights but not depart from precedent to restore them.

 

Analog's return, New York Review of Books - Since 2006, vinyl sales have grown more than 20 percent a year—there were twelve million LPs sold in the US in 2015. Record stores have opened up across the continent and around the world—Berlin alone has more than a hundred. One analog exception might prove the digital rule, but Sax has a dozen. At Design Week in Milan, for instance, he notices something interesting: every person he meets is carrying the latest-model iPhone, but also a black Moleskine notebook. Once he starts looking, he finds them everywhere upscale types gather. It is at least possible that digital technology is reaching a high-water mark and might before long begin to recede to a more manageable level.

 

1937. Mount Wilson California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Astronomers believed our Milky Way Galaxy was the universe until 1923 when Edwin Hubble discovered two variable stars in the Andromeda "nebula" useful for precise distance measurements. At 900,000 light years away it could not be part of our galaxy, it too was a galaxy.

A few years later Hubble discovered the farther a galaxy was from us, the faster it was receding from us, which suggests the universe is expanding. Hubble resisted this interpretation but Einstein immediately saw it was predicted by his theory of relativity, minus the fudge factor he'd entered by hand. The rate at which the universe is expanding is known as the Hubble Constant. But not known until very recently, the rate is accelerating.

The photo shows Hubble using the 2.5 meter—200 inch—Hooker Telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory , the one he used for his discoveries and the world's largest until 1948. The orbiting Hubble Telescope named in his honor is, at 2.4 meters, the same size, give or take an o-ring.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Rain water, Prepper Project - Harvesting rain water should be a priority for any serious prepper or gardener. If the city water or your well shut down for a week, would you be able to survive or would your house become unlivable? Stockpiling guns, gold and food is a good idea – but having a way to hold on to water is of paramount importance. Fortunately – in most climates – God gives us a ready supply from above if we can just figure out how to capture it. I’ve been harvesting rainwater on a budget for years and have figured out what works and what doesn’t. Today I’ll share my top 7 mistakes to avoid when harvesting rain water.

 

Normalizing Degeneracy, Taki's Magazine - Earlier this week we learned that Micah Rhodes, one of the heads of Portland’s Resistance movement, is a pedophile. He’s now facing four counts of second-degree sexual abuse. Rhodes isn’t an unusual case with the far left. It’s looking like the guy who punched alleged Nazi Richard Spencer in the face may be an S&M cuckold who lets people defecate on him. It was only a couple of weeks ago that we learned a major figure in the #DisruptJ20 movement was renowned pedophile Luke Kuhn. Back in May, we learned about Black Lives Matter’s Charles Wade was a pimp who was caught trafficking a 17-year-old girl. Feminist activist Donna Hylton kidnapped a gay man and sodomized him to death over several days back in the ’80s. She gave a rousing speech at the Women’s March that was met with uproarious applause. We don’t suspect that former congressman Anthony Weiner is facing child-porn charges. We know it to be true. One of Obama’s top donors, Terry Bean, was charged with raping a young teenage boy.

Daily Caller - NAACP Chapter Led By Embezzler Is Overseen By Convicted Murderer

 

"Social Justice" University, Gatestone Institute - Universities used to be fonts of knowledge, charged with disseminating the known and seeking new knowledge. But progressives have brought great progress to the university: progressives know all the answers, and that the problem is not to understand the world, but to change it. Many have established "equity and inclusiveness" committees to oversee "just practice," to disseminate "correct" views through literature, posters, and re-education workshops, in some cases mandatory. They also sanction faculty members who express unacceptable views. Schools of education ensure that their graduates will be inculcating their school pupils in the principles of "social justice," and in identifying the deplorable "multiphobes" in their families and communities.

 

Fukushima, DC Clothesline - Radiation inside one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility has reached an “unimaginable” level according to experts. Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history. If this disaster was just limited to Japan, the entire northern hemisphere would not be at risk. But that is not the case. Most of the nuclear contamination from Fukushima ended up in the Pacific Ocean, and from there it was literally taken around the rest of the planet.

 

1932. USS Colorado at New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Colorado, built to the best practices of the day in 1923, served in every war thereafter until she was decommissioned in 1959. During World War II the Colorado was used as seaborne artillery against so many islands she probably fired more 16 inch shells than any other battleship. Such duty is especially hazardous, she was hit by land based artillery twenty-two times at Tinian alone. During her service she suffered 94 killed, 338 wounded and 6 missing in action.

Y'gotta admit, classic lines and a sweet profile. When processing this photo I noticed what appears to be a sidewheel paddle boat at the shoreline. Yeah yeah, really, see the detail below. The other little picture is of the Colorado's 16 inch guns in action. More fun to watch as outgoing than as incoming, doubtless.

 

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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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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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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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