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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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Willem Van De Velde, Italianate Harbour Scene At Leghorn, 1656

The full title is "Italianate Harbour Scene with the Monument of Ferdinand I de Medici at Leghorn by Willem Van De Velde, The Elder". It isn't actually Leghorn, it's Livorno, today a city of 160,000 on the west coast of Italy, north of Rome. In 1656 it was a minor costal fortress, replanned in 1677 as an Ideal Town, which quickly became a major seaport. Leghorn is its traditional name in English. "Italianate" means "in the style of Claude Lorrain", the leading landscapist in Italy. The monument still stands.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The woods here are an up-and-down proposition, mostly manageable grades, although they'll have you begging for mercy without prudent pacing. Midweek was lowery, low forties and dropping, light but steady rain, breezy by spells, the ground soggy or sloppy-muddy, the footing treacherous. Perfect for woods cruising.

I had two purposes, first, a thorough walking tour to see what winter wrought, second, to try out the Spring and Fall getup I've assembled over the winter, to wit: brownish Mossy Oak pattern pullover pants and a hooded jacket, rainproof so they claim. They were. And Mossy Oak thin gloves and ballcap with a set of "moonlight" mini-LEDs clipped onto the underside of the bill. Wellingtons, waterproof and lightly lined. Old school. Feet stayed dry and warm. Check.

I toted a rifle in .22 WMR, crank-action, topped with a low power scope. Sighted for ahunnerd yards with 40 grainers. Good for feeling dangerous. It carries well muzzle down. And a big ol' Schrade knife with a quarter-inch thick fixed blade sharpened to where its shadow alone will cut paper. My trusty Sunto wrist compass, natch. Around here compasses are like small town newspapers, people read 'em to make sure they got the facts right. North stayed just where it should be the whole time, a few degrees off the pointer. Check.

I do my woods cruising "ghosting style"—a dozen steps, stop, repeat—without a backpack, so a tertiary purpose was to identify what else I should be carrying for foul weather. Most obvious was goggles, anti-fogging, that fit over my glasses. Were the wind and rain stronger than they were, vision would have been a problem. So, into the jacket pocket they went.

Next was compact binoculars, the ones only a little bigger than the palm of your hand, useless when the woods are leafed out but of real value in Spring and Fall. I shall get one. Should I get caught out longer than intended I now have a couple of 400 calorie energy bars stowed. Orange flavor, mmm mm. And more fire-starter stuff. Done and done. All in all, nothing very serious. It's a good outfit for Spring and Fall bad weather. Come summer it's back to tried 'n true woodland pattern, as is right and proper for mortal man. Leviticus, I think.

The late Chasmatic used to kid me about liking rotten weather, to which I'd answer with the late Mrs. Remus's comeback, "there is no bad weather, only badly dressed people". Tom Clancey remarked that field agents particularly liked dark and rain. I'm thinking it's the sverker or pesky redskin in me, or some as-yet undiagnosed mental deficiency. Some of my fondest memories are of being at sea, crashing through storm-driven waves. I'm going with "mental deficiency". Nice summer days are for sittin' outside with friends telling lies about the old days. Anyway ...

As for the woods, winter was unkind but not markedly so. One tree broke off about a yard up the bole and lays across my log road. It's a blind spur that's always been more trouble than it's worth, a bear hangout too, I could tell you stories. A long time ago a tulip poplar, a.k.a. canoewood tree, came down on it. A tip-out, neatly done. Big tree, worthless to me. I'd have to go in from both sides with my twenty-inch bar then find an extension for my peavey, so I declined and let it lay. A valid excuse is almost as satisfying as a job well done.

The root disc was maybe seven or eight feet high. The crater-like hole it left in the ground is an oddly persistent kettle pond. A couple small blowdowns by the creek are hung up in a larger tree, interlaced like velcro, they'll all come down together or not at all.

Along about July I'll check the springs, see how they're running. It's been a while since I measured the flow on the "big" one. It runs strong enough to make a permanent feeder creek to the creek itself. If I remember right, it's something more than a pint a minute. In mid-summer the water is cold enough to form condensation on the sides of a Mason jar. It's optically clear and, set overnight, shows no speck of sediment.

What else? Oh yes. Many years ago we started out with a half dozen chickens and a little henhouse with a fenced-in run maybe twenty feet on a side. The idea was to have stock and a support system on hand, then expand if needed. So we expanded, natch, to a couple dozen hens and a big over-built henhouse with all the extras, and a chain link fence around the run, blah blah. Then we cut back to around sixteen and called it good.

This winter, after regularly shoveling snow to get to the henhouse, and after schlepping fifty pound bags of feed like pack mules, we repented. Couple weeks ago we downsized to a few banty hens and a rooster, and one unadoptable Ameraucana—she has a cross-bill needing regular trimming or she'll starve. Everything's in place for a large herd should the need arise. And we have lots-o'-experience. Which is what we started out to do. Duh.

Frog's eggs, pond scum and a pair of wood ducks now decorate the pond. In the bogs and swales, skunk cabbage is blooming, marsh marigolds are up. Bumper crop of tree frogs this year. Weather's turned warm, just in time, the Phoebes are back in their nest over my window. That's about it.

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North Korea's about to test an ICBM, a US carrier battle group heads toward North Korea, China moves 150,000 troops to the Yalu, Russia warns Trump they'll respond to any further military action on Syria. Got preps? It'll be too late when you see a bright flash and your window curtains catch fire.

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Nigel Farge, Paul Nuttall of Ukip, Paul Watson of InfoWars, Milo Yiannopoulos and columnists Katie Hopkins and Ann Coulter are savaging President Trump for taking out a Syrian airfield, as itemized in this article by Helena Horton at the Telegraph.

The Z Man sums up his dismay in his essay, "Donald Herbert Walker Trump". Two excerpts here:

The alt-right and even many seasoned geezers like me took a body blow when Trump abandoned everything he said over the last two years and embraced the idiocy of yet another war in the Middle East.

and,

If Trump is enjoying the praise from his adoption of the “invade the world” position, imagine what happens when he accepts the “invite the world” half.

What's next? It's difficult for me to even suggest this. He could shed all decency and degenerate into a ... gasp! choke! ... Boston Red Sox fan . Until then, or metric equivalent, he continues to get the benefit of my doubts. As engineers like to say: never get in the way of a working man. Trump is a first step, let him take it.

Yes, it was a mistake to get involved in the Middle East's 5,000-year-old mega-war to begin with. We've known it since watching the Greatte Powers do pratfalls a century and more ago. We have no dog in this fight. What possible return on our investment could there be?

This incident is just that, one incident, and far from the worst. Get a grip. In the Middle East every step is a misstep. It can't be any other way. Personally, it wouldn't bother me overmuch if the whole place went code red and everyone with a trigger pulled same. Let the purists sob quietly in a corner, I care about America and western civilization, all else is either under suspicion or entertainment.

Anyway, some sources say the chemical attack was a false flag . No one's gonna fool them after the moon landing hoax. Roger Simon says Syria, China, Iran and Russia have been set back on their heels . Must have been the novelty of explosions during a war. Russia and Iran say they'll strike back next time . Channeling Obama are they? As for a "wider war", Scott Adams at Dilbert Blog has some thoughts worth considering:

On the risk side of the equation, we have the possibility of getting into war with Russia. I'd put those odds at roughly zero in this case because obviously the U.S. warned Russia about the attack. That means we knew their reaction before we attacked. And it was a measured response of the type Putin probably respects. I expect Russia to complain a lot but continue to partner with the U.S. against ISIS.

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Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch says what needs saying. A short excerpt:

I can’t and won’t tolerate the abuse of the Jews. They need defenders more than any other identifiable category of Mankind; just look at what the Muslim Middle East has been doing to them. Yet they ask nothing but to be left alone.

Well said. Those TSA patdowns and concrete barriers and bomb sniffing dogs and militarized police? Are they because some Jewish guy may suddenly leap from behind his deli counter and go kill-crazy at the Delta check-in? No. Muslims will, and they make sure you know they will. How 'bout the ongoing slave trade, beheading nonbelievers, stoning rape victims? That too would be, um, Muslims. Then why the 1930s-style anti-Jewish diatribes? Because Muslims. And Father Caughlin and Dr. Goebbels antiquarians.

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The quote of the week comes from Texas Arcane over at Vault-Co:

Only meritocracies are successful civilizations. No meritocracy, no civilization.

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China has had an ambitious aircraft carrier program under way for a few years. Now they're ramping up nuclear ballistic missile submarine production bigge tymme, says Next Big Future:

Western production lines for the most part can only build one submarine at a time, and only the US is capable of building two submarines simultaneously, but China is now capable of building four submarines at one time. China currently has about three submarine production lines and can build 5 to 6 submarines at one time. This would mean in three years China could be building ten to twelve submarines at one time.

Warrior has an excellent overview of China's rapidly increasing war fighting capabilities.

Here's a reminder of our former capability, from National Park Service:

In the five years after 1940, American shipyards launched 4,600 ships. San Francisco Bay Area shipbuilders produced almost 45 percent of all the cargo shipping tonnage and 20 percent of warship tonnage built in the entire country during World War II. The war lasted 1,365 days. In that span of time Bay Area shipyards built 1,400 vessels—a ship a day, on average.

Carriers, freighters, destroyers—anything, in any quantity desired, when and where you need it to win a war. Memory says we finished WWII with around a hundred carriers, in all sizes. For comparison, the carrier USS Gerald Ford is undergoing sea trials this month. The keel was laid in November 2009. Eight years. One carrier.

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Here's the best political cartoon so far this year, from the The American Spectator . The concept has been used before , so points off for unoriginality, and it's not quite a classic, but it's the winner so far.

 

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How's this for following Venezuela's example. From the Associated Press:

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was hailed as a hero for stepping in with a state subsidy to prevent a price hike to 50 cents for the popular cups of white and chocolate milk at the New York State Fair's beloved Milk Bar. Dairy Exhibits, which has kept the 7-ounce cups of milk at 25 cents since 1983, has long said it can't pay its bills at that price. With the state refusing a milk price hike or larger subsidy, Raiti said his organization is severing ties with the state and selling off the dairy building's equipment.

Well gang, 'nuff chitchat, time to get out yer ten-foot poles, yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Brushbeater - A conversation with a Swede ... sabotage, a common terrorism that goes unnoticed

PJ Media - Whites Banned From 'Black Lives Matter' Event in Philadelphia ... but the movement isn't racist

Daily Caller - IRS Took Millions Straight From Bank Accounts Of Americans Who Weren’t Charged With Crimes

Amerika - Western Civilization Has Doomed Itself By Choosing Affirmative Action ... what we tolerate increases

Vintage News - 12th century Saltford Manor is believed to be the oldest inhabited private house in England ... three floors, five bedrooms, utility room, three reception rooms, dining room

The coming Troubles

Zero Gov - T.E. Lawrence and the Coming American Civil War

Sultan Knish - The New Civil War

WND - 'Sick of fancy white people,' woman goes on bloody rampage

Crisis Magazine - Why No Civility Is Possible Today

Daily Mail - The eight-year-old sharp shooter with a better aim than you ... she's also a straight-A student, karate champ and cheerleader

Wired - Militants Are Using Drones as Projectiles ... in Yemen , using GPS to crash UAVs into Patriot missile ground radar sets

Washington Examiner - Democrats protest after schools sent material that questions climate change ... "public school classrooms are no place for anti-science propaganda"

Accuracy in Media - Another Dan Rather Scandal ... photo of himself as a Marine, except he wasn't

Daily Mail - Why didn't Putin's Growlers intercept Trump's Tomahawks? Russian leader's missile protection system failed to prevent attack on Syrian airfield

Daily Mail - Marvel removes 'secret, coded anti-Christian and anti-Jewish messages inserted into X-Men Gold comic by Muslim artist' after fans spot them

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Trial balloon? Designated patsy?

Daily Mail - United scandal as new video shows bleeding 69-year-old victim mumbling 'kill me' after he was body-slammed and hauled off overbooked flight

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The airlines have been a quasi-government outfit for a long time. They manage to combine the worst aspects of business with the worst aspects of government, which is why passengers are treated like self-loading cargo and airports are run like prisoner induction centers.

Daily Caller - Idaho’s $4.3 Million Solar Road Generates Enough Power To Run ONE Microwave ... when it doesn't catch fire

War Is Boring - Latin America Again Dominates the World’s 50 Deadliest Cities ... four of the top ten are in Venezuela. Number one is Caracas, second is Acapulco Mexico.

Independent Journal Review - This Map Shows Which Animal Is Most Likely to Kill You in Each State

Eric Peters Autos - Taxing (and Antiquing) Them Off the Road ... how dare you own an old car

Army Times - Army general says foreign tanks are increasingly competitive with the M1 Abrams

Motherboard - Listen to the Eerie Warbles of the Oldest Sound Recording in History (1860) ... 10 seconds of woman singing "Au Clair de la Lune"

 

1942. Cutler-Hammer magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ad features an M3 Lee medium tank, a stopgap to get something like a tank in the field as soon as possible. It had a First World War-style sponson for the main gun, riveted construction, a very tall stance and poor performance off road. But it could handily defeat the Mk IV Panzer, and did. As M4 Shermans became available in numbers, the M3 was withdrawn and converted into mobile artillery and tank retrievers. Cutler-Hammer became part of Eaton Corp. in 1978.

 

Stuff you may want to think about

 

Anger rising, Fred On Everything - Authoritarian solutions are ugly, but appeal when there are no others. They work, quickly. Often they lead to a society that no one would want to live in. In the short run, they are effective and satisfying. We live in the short run. The authoritarian impulse arises when legitimate government can’t or won’t maintain order. Which is beginning to look like now. In America we have attacks by Muslim terrorists while, until recently, the government did everything it can to import more Muslims. Blacks engage in open insurgency of low but increasing intensity. Under Obama, a black federal government supported them. If conditions grow uglier, as it appears they must, it will be chaos or a man on a horse.

 

BLM mob shuts down speech, College Fix - A throng of angry protesters converged at Claremont McKenna College on Thursday and effectively shut down a pro-police speech as they surrounded the building, forcing the speaker, Heather Mac Donald, to give the talk via livestream to a near-empty room as they yelled “F*ck the police” and “Black Lives Matter” and banged on windows. Thirty minutes into the speech, police officers told her to cut it short, and she was given a four-officer escort through a side door. Protesters called it “Shut Down Anti-Black Fascist Heather Mac Donald” and suggesting she pushes “fascist ideologies and blatant anti-Blackness and white supremacy. … Together, we can hold CMC accountable and prevent Mac Donald from spewing her racist, anti-Black, capitalist, imperialist, fascist agenda.”

YouTube - BLM protests Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna. Video, 2m 37s

Claremont Independent - Claremont Students Plan to Protest ‘Anti-Black Fascist’ Heather Mac Donald

Claremont Independent - Protesters Shut Down BLM Critic, Threaten Student Journalists

Claremont Independent - CMC President Promises To Punish Policy Violators in Wake of Protest

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Affirmative action admittances and charity scholarships for Members Of The African-American Community are heartwarming in theory, and make touching brochure photos, but at some point y'gotta ask, who's bringing who to whose level? The boorish Black Lives Matter hysterics at Claremont College suggest the answer.

If college students are the Best and the Brightest, what can diversity—i.e., not the best, not the brightest—actually add? Doesn't such diversity, by definition, lower the level of exchange? Facts on the ground say it does. Preventing others from hearing a speaker is not argument, nor are slogans shouted in unison dialogue. But it is diverse.

If "the rich tapestry of diversity" is as indispensable as claimed, there's no need to hire recruit The Diversity, a couple of unescorted nights in The African-American Community would teach students all they need to know.

Meanwhile, back in California:

College Fix - ‘War on Cops’ author Heather Mac Donald shouted down at UCLA by hysterical Black Lives Matter protest ... "You have no right to speak!"

Daily Caller - Professor: ‘Trump Must Hang,’ Republicans Should Be Executed For Each Immigrant Deported ... California State University ... "You Fascist Trump-voting white trash scum can wallow in your filthy hell-holes of flyover states"

 

Heather Mac Donald, City Journal - Professors in all but the hardest of hard sciences increasingly indoctrinate students in the belief that to be a non-Asian minority or a female in America today is to be the target of nonstop oppression, even, uproariously, if you are among the privileged few to attend a fantastically well-endowed, resource-rich American college. We are cultivating students who lack all understanding of the principles of the American Founding. The great accomplishment of the European enlightenment was to require all forms of authority to justify themselves through rational argument, rather than through coercion or an unadorned appeal to tradition. The resort to brute force in the face of disagreement is particularly disturbing in a university, which should provide a model of civil discourse.

 

No free speech for you, Campus Reform - University of California-Los Angeles Communications Professor Keith Fink’s “Communication Studies M172: Free Speech in the Workplace” course is in such high demand that some students were sitting in the aisles. Many of the students are already enrolled, but others are stuck on a waitlist. There are, however, several larger classrooms currently sitting unused during the 5:00-7:50 p.m. Wednesday timeslot that Fink’s course occupies.

 

1936. Drought refugees in California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg During the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, 15% of Oklahoma's population relocated to California. Along with refugees from other stricken southern plains states, all called "Okies", about half a million had migrated to the Central Valley region of California by the early 1940s. They were unwelcome and ridiculed, competed with Mexicans for the lowest paying seasonal agricultural work and lived in tents and shanties. With the ramp up in defense industry jobs they left in such numbers as to create a critical shortage of farm hands.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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Ann Coulter scheduled at UC Berkeley

Washington Examiner - Ann Coulter is headed to the University of California, Berkeley next month. Young America's Foundation announced on Tuesday afternoon that the author is slated to speak on campus April 27. Coulter, a longtime fixture of the campus lecture circuit, will test the notoriously liberal university's tolerance for opposing viewpoints. Coulter outlined her expectations for the event, quipping, "I hear they're nice people at Berkeley and expect a pleasant event and stimulating exchange of ideas."

Campus Reform - Ann Coulter plans to brave the “anti-fascists” who trashed campus earlier this year to deliver a talk on illegal immigration at the University of California, Berkeley. The Berkeley College Republicans chapter is hosting the event, describing it as a chance for the school to redeem its reputation as the "Home of the Free Speech Movement."

 

Entitlement mentality, Libery Zone - Need is not a claim check. It’s not a claim check to my work. It’s not a claim check to the fruits of my efforts. It’s not a claim check to my sympathies. No one is entitled to anything produced by another person without that person’s willingness to give it. You deny a job to an applicant with superior skills, because said applicant happens to be white/cis/male/*insert privilege here*, and you’ve just screwed a superior applicant and your company. You take earnings away from one family to feed/clothe/educate another – even though may be a noble goal – and that’s that much less that family has to spend on their own food, on their own sick kids, on their ailing parents, on their leaking roof, or their car repairs.

 

Becoming antifragile, Art of Manliness - Fragile people and systems seek to eliminate variability, noise, and tension. It's a loser’s game. The resilient doesn’t get better or worse. It's a “sissy” move because you’re essentially settling for the status quo. The antifragile don’t make efficiency the primary goal. Nature is filled with “inefficient” redundancies. Since one in a pair of organs can become disabled through disease or trauma, it pays to have a spare. The survivalist who has built-in redundancies will not only survive a disaster but thrive in it. When volatility and chaos increase, it’s the man with the most options who is the most antifragile.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A working definition of "wealthy" is: "the capability to exercise options"

 

Bug-out hideaway, Of Two Minds - The first problem with the remote cabin in the woods bug-out hideaway is that "remote" and "secret" are two different things. If humans are settled anywhere nearby, nothing is remote or secret. There’s a whole other set of problems with the bug-out hideaway: the owner is typically as dependent on the fragile supply chain as any urban dweller. He is dead in the water without abundant cheap fossil fuels, functioning supply chains for industrial-manufactured parts, constant delivery of cheap food calories, and money from the state or some financial institution. As for growing one’s own food: it’s remarkably difficult to raise tons of calorie-dense food on a small plot of land.

 

1936. New York City, 139th Street

 

 

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Reverse Model T, Eric Peters Autos - Teslas and electric cars generally are indulgences.There is no economic case to be made for them – at least, as currently constituted. Whether electric or not, spending $35,000 to get from A to B when one could spend half that sum to get there just the same is about something other than getting from A to B. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get from A to B swaddled in heated leather seats, sexy bodywork and blistering speed. But why should those things be subsidized? What happens when Elon runs out of rich people? Cars will become what they were before the appearance of the Model T: Indulgences of the affluent.

 

Dutch oven, Preparedness Advice - A Dutch oven can be used to boil water, make a stew, bake bread, and cook virtually anything that can be fitted inside. And if you were forced to evacuate an area, a camp and/or Dutch oven is compact and light enough to be easily transported. Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s the basic, bare-bones list of Dutch oven survival kit necessities, proven over the years.

 

Former Libertarian, Truth Is Justice - I am a former libertarian. Libertarians were fiddling while Rome burned. I was living in Los Angeles, where any illusions I harbored about equality and diversity were quickly dispelled. Living alone, surrounded by foreigners strip-mining our economy, rent-seeking off our government, turning our cities into slums, degrading our political culture, and dissolving our national identity was a severely alienating experience and made me realize just how much I took white society and culture for granted. Libertarianism is the Marxism of the Right. The free market is a means which we should use to make our lives better, not an end in and of itself. [Long read]

 

The white masses, Taki's Magazine - African-American culture is spectacularly successful at producing sports and entertainment celebrities, but depressingly dysfunctional at uplifting the black masses and making them competitive. Ever fewer typical black Americans are up to the minimum demands of analytical jobs. The future increasingly belongs to the small number of individuals who can, Obama-like, scrape together some biological claim to blackness without being weighed down by African-American cultural traits. There are no respectable organizations looking out for the welfare of the 200 million or so Americans afflicted with “general whiteness.” The New World has been retconned by billionaires as deserving to be crowded, poorly paid, and class-ridden.

 

1944. USS Menges battles a U Boat, loses, then wins

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sea battles are generally binary, no second place, but when there is, it's quite a story. In April 1944 the USS Menges, a destroyer escort, was on convoy duty off the coast of Algeria chasing down a radar contact. U-371, realizing she'd been detected, fired an acoustic torpedo from her stern tube and immediately dived. It all but tore off the after third of Menges, killing 31 and wounding 25. Heroic derring-do saved the ship from sinking, a story in itself.

Menges was taken in tow to Bougie Algeria for temporary repairs—which is when the photo below was taken—then towed to Brooklyn Navy Yard and refurbished by mating it with the stern of another DE whose forward two thirds had been gutted in a losing battle with torpedo bombers. The "new" Menges served for the rest of the war, earning two battle stars. She was decommissioned in January 1947.

Meanwhile, back at Algiers, things were going badly for U-371 .

After wrecking Menges, U-371 attempted to surface but fell victim to a new anti-submarine strategy called "swamp". American, French and British destroyers immediately converged on the site and kept her submerged for twenty-seven hours with nonstop creeping attacks.

Stuck on the bottom, severely damaged and barely controllable, running critically low on power and air, U-371 was forced to surface into the teeth of her foes. Ever defiant, U-371 launched one last torpedo while under fire, which struck the French destroyer F.F. Senagalese causing light damage. Then the crew bailed as U-371 sank—it wasn't scuttled.

 

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

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