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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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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
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
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
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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You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -

at-risk students
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


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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John Peele, The Young Scholar, 1871

This is a Victorian genre piece of the first water, intended to enrich and inspire, from an era with goals matching their abilities and the will to achieve them.

John Peele was a versatile and successful English painter of portraits and genre subjects, of which Young Scholar is a typical example. Peele relocated to New York but returned to London in 1851 after six years of mediocre success. He painted Young Scholar at age 49. Peele died twenty-six years later.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg War. There's been a bumper crop of well thought out, well documented predictions of catastrophic war, much of it retreaded 1950s-style doomsday scenarios. Life in the '50s was bright but bounded by dark fatalism, death row except with good food, nice cars and rock & roll. But no prospect of a reprieve.

There were regular air raid siren and radio tests, year after year. Bomb shelter outfits did brisk business. There was a strong sense of inevitability to it, a "when" not "if", so much so kids strained to look for the dreaded red star on passing aircraft. It's part of why boomers are like they are. Would it all end today or after summer vacation? In the times that followed it was good for a chuckle but once again history rhymes. Once again there are predictions of extinction-level war. Once again bomb shelter outfits are doing brisk business.

As with all predictions, including those of full spectrum war, it's good to repeat the obvious: by definition the future doesn't yet exist and is for that reason unknowable. Said another way, the future has no attributes and thus defies measurement of any kind. Predictions are an exercise in present probability. While it's legitimate and necessary to make such estimates, it's a mistake to assume they're anything else.

The proximate cause, progress and outcome of a future war is a serial prediction, each step derived from and reliant on the one before, inheriting and amplifying its errors. The more complex the prediction the longer the chain of assumptions and the less wiggle room for as-yet undiscovered, perhaps decisive realities, and therefore a dubious candidate for success. Complex predictions are an evolved facility of less demonstrated survival value for the individual than, say, experience or common sense, as anyone with a drawer full of corporate three-year plans knows.

Any quest for certainty about the future comes to resemble something akin to astrology. The future isn't "something out there" we are approaching, something we can analyze and backwards test. We can make informed approximations and prepare according to our level of confidence, relying on our versatility and resourcefulness to make whole its shortcomings. That's about it.

In engineering terms, risk equals probability times severity. When considering a general nuclear exchange, severity is so large a constant even a small probability yields a large risk. When probability rises even slightly the resultant number jumps massively, reinforcing the notion of reliability. But no matter how large the number, probability is always probability, never inevitability. The intent and only competence of risk calculation is to instill discipline in gambling. Its stand-alone predictive value for the event itself approaches zero, it's merely probability reprocessed. Its value as click-bait is another matter.

That said, oversaid actually, I shall put my notions on the table. We're apparently in the WWIII pre-season, complete with exhibition warettes to sharpen up and intimidate the enemy. By one theory, WWI, WWII, the Cold War and the Middle East dustups are a continuum from 1914 through today. Alliances shift back and forth, the intensity varies, but major war and world war have been one and the same for over a century. Worse, all major wars are now two-front wars, potentially or in fact.

The general object in war is to defeat the enemy and occupy their territory. Expeditions rise to the level of war only when sovereignty itself is at stake. Defeating an enemy isn't enough. Air operations can, theoretically, defeat an enemy, even deny territory, but they can't occupy territory. Guerilla outfits can occupy territory but can't defeat the enemy. The partisans of WWII were supported by, and coordinated with, the national armies of the Allies. Yet they were commonly destroyed by regular forces where warranted.

Armored ground forces with air support can both defeat the enemy and occupy conquered territory. It's here we find the indispensable core of modern armed forces. It's why America has 19 carriers, 6,000 main battle tanks and 41,000 armored fighting vehicles. It's why China is building a blue water navy. Wars are won by standing where the enemy stood, be it a hill or the Reichstag. Which brings us to a crucial question.

Would an enemy attack and defeat America militarily, if it could, without the means to occupy America? Unlikely. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor suggests the capability for one all but requires the capability for the other. Pearl Harbor was a successful blunder, a drive-by shooting that revealed Japan's lack of capacity for even the appearance of victory over America. In turn, this was the fundamental fallacy of Viet Nam. Only the enemy can confer victory.

Occupation of a defeated America would take a form other than garrisoning huge numbers of troops and running the place as a prison camp, the standard motif of doomer movies and novels. The likeliest would be a Vichy-type puppet government that took care to mimic our current structure and outward forms. Just as in France, they'd have little trouble finding reliable, unprincipled opportunists already in place and eager to serve.

Without the prospect of occupation we're to imagine asymmetric near-annihilation as the full extent of the enemy's strategy. While possible, it's unconvincing. The downside is too great without an offsetting upside, and the shelf life for anything other than real victory is not long. It's also true that imposed occupations, including the "absentee landlord" kind, are all but unsustainable in the long term, but that's for another time.

Recall my notion that predictions can't include as-yet undiscovered, perhaps decisive realities—T-34 tanks in huge numbers for one, the atom bomb for another. This is different from miscalculation. Military men put it this way: we don't know what we don't know. No strategist will ever say, or can ever say, "then there will be a surprise attack that changes everything". The fog of war isn't remarkable, moments of clarity are. History is written from those moments, which is why it's impossible to read history without wondering at least once, "how could they have been so stupid?"

If there's to be war, don't be stupid. Be willing to be surprised. Prepare as if the worst will happen and seek you out personally. As always, stay away from crowds. They attract ordnance, and even that isn't their worst feature.

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Looks like the "Two Koreas" cobble-up of 1945 is becoming dangerously unstable again. What is the probability of a shoot-out? Estimates by retired military men I've seen range from 30% to 60%. Some dot-mil enthusiasts claim a post-war arrangement is already in place, the shock and awe is on countdown, and the grace period for a general's coup in North Korea is running out.

China would have occupation duty—the whole peninsula, perhaps. Russia would defer to China as long as they keep an eye on the prevailing winds. Japan's been assigned support duties for the US but when the rubble stops bouncing they get to reconfigure their Self Defense Force on a "we told you so" basis.


For an informed and credible scenario of how a renewal of the Korean War could unfold, see "The View From Olympus: Korea" by William Lind at Traditional Right. Keep in mind that Mr. Lind, like the rest of us, lacks the one qualification to speak with unanswerable authority, he's not actually seen a renewal of the Korean War. The case for imminent war is neatly summed up in this warning by Anonymous at the New York Post.


The quote of the week is from Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine. He's writing about government as a patron of the arts:

There is art so bad that it is not worth the effort of giving it a rank. But this is the first time in history, I suspect, that, thanks to government subsidy, artists have to aspire neither to excellence nor to popularity.

Here's an unrelated but fitting news item at the Detroit Free Press, "Graffiti artist dies after fall through roof at arts complex". Tellingly enough, the 'arts complex' doubles as a recycling center. A friend of the late artist said, unironically, "he was always pushing the boundaries". Yes. Yes he was.

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This is a comment about ... um, kinetic politics by Stealth Spaniel at Western Rifle Shooters:

In some ways, The Festivities are going to be a relief.

Right now, we have war and rumors of war. We have the Left playing at war. But when the true battlefield comes, I think that our side is the victor. Who else has sent their sons, husbands, and other male relatives to perish in this endless cycle of kill or be killed?

The Left has kept their sons intact: to study, to advance in corporations or academia, and to breed legions more offspring. Our side has seen whole family trees eviscerated from the public square. Silent and mute from any conversation of hope, liberty, or patriotism, they lay in rows, perpetual spectators to any behavior. However, our family trees are towering oaks, full of acorns waiting to burst forth.

The Left thinks that by destroying our heritage; its symbols, its banter, its soul of a distinguished and rightful nation, that they will win the fight. The fight started while they were congratulating themselves on being the victors. We are prepared with hardened hearts, and watchful eyes. The clock is still ticking, but we know that the hour comes.

Jaw-dropping awesome writing, King James-worthy, rich as baklava.

As for taking politics to the streets, the common wisdom goes like this: Progressives teach their children not to fight, we teach our children how to fight. Pick the winner.


This is the Z Man writing about why DC conservatives wasted so much of our lives:

I kept thinking about the weirdness of the people who populate the upper reaches of the conservative think tank rackets. They obviously make enormous amounts of money doing very little, which is not the world of most Americans. They don’t keep regular hours at work, coming and going as they see fit. They live in communities that are set apart from the rest of America. They have little interaction with normal people. ...

The lack of want changes a man. Struggle, fear and the sleepless nights are the crucible of resourcefulness and creativity. The result is not just resourcefulness, but caution and prudence. It is the instinctive understanding of risk that comes from failure, what economists call moral hazard, that is at the heart of prudence. Pamper a man long enough and he loses this.

The ol' Z Man has a way of saying things so they stay said.

Well gang, buckle up, yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits, and it's going to be a bumpy ride.


Remus's notebook


Heat Street - "... New data shows freshman enrollment at the behemoth University of Missouri is just 4,009—down 35 percent since to Fall 2015. This is the second year in a row that Mizzou has seen its freshman class decline, a drop directly linked to the raucous Fall 2015 protests."

YouTube - Stephen Colbert on CBS's Late Show, speaking to President Trump. ... "the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c--k holster." Video, 12m 25s, start at 11m 30s mark.

Huffington Post - "... Insulting Trump is nothing new for Colbert. He does it nightly, and his ratings have improved “bigly” because of it. The problem is he insulted the queer community with that particular comment."

Next Big Future - China improves J-31 stealth fighter with better engines, stealth and sensors ... supercruise and carrier-ready

Wicked Local, Boston - "... on April 14, Cohasset police executed a search warrant at his home where they seized 98 rifles, handguns and shotguns".

"Police said many of the guns were improperly stored and strewn about his home. Although Stoddard was properly licensed, state law requires firearms to be secured in a locked cabinet or with a trigger lock. His gun license has since been revoked".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Obviously a terrorist for real and for true. 97 guns, well sure, okay. But 98?!

EconomicCollapse - Why There Will Never Be A Political Solution To America’s Problems ... yeah, it's Mike Snyder, but a good screed anyway

Breitbart - ‘White Devils’: Muhammad Ali’s Racist Mosque Speeches Revealed

Lifezette - FBI: Media, Black Lives Matter Behind Spike in Anti-Cop Violence ... Leaked law-enforcement document warns of rising hostility toward police across the country

ESO - Zoomable image of the Small Magellanic Cloud ... the biggest infrared image ever taken

Today I Found Out - The Ford Model K . We’ve all heard of the Ford Model T—but we rarely hear about the earlier automobiles in the whole “model-letter” scheme. So here you go ...

Points Guy - Could the Next TSA Hassle Be… Paper Products? ... from books to Post-It Notes, every page scanned separately

Schneider on Security - Who is Publishing NSA and CIA Secrets, and Why?

Skilled Survival - How To Build An Underground Survival Bunker From Scratch

Right Scoop - FBI found email that Lynch would do everything she could to protect Hillary from criminal charges. [Lynch was every bit the affirmative action toady she appeared to be]

Atlantic - Trayvon Martin Will Receive a Posthumous College Degree ... from Florida Memorial University, a black college

art-remus-ident-04.jpg ... employment prospects not improved

Truth Revolt - Judge Rules in Favor of School Forcing Conservative Prof to Apologize for Political Views ... guilty of defending a student's view of traditional marriage

Daily Caller - Two Days After Winning Leadership Award, Illegal Immigrant Student Suggests Celebrating Cinco De Mayo By ‘Beating The S*** Out Of White People’

Eaton Rapids Joe - Why filberts? ... run the calorie numbers

NY Post - Medical studies are almost always bogus ... thousands of papers published in credible scientific journals were actually studying the wrong cancer.


1928. Hupmobile magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Hupp Motor Company was a success from its beginning in 1909 until the latter part of the 1920s when it abandoned its medium-price models to focus on large luxury cars. Sales sagged. Then, from 1929 to 1933 the bottom fell out of the economy—the real economy, and by 1937 Hupp was broke. After the usual joint ventures and a doomed attempt to reintroduce the Cord, it went belly up in 1940. The ad catches Hupmobile at its peak.


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Venezuela fake news, Investor's Business Daily - Chavez nationalized the oil industry, agricultural operations, transportation, power generation, telecommunications, steel production, banks. Today Venezuela is the third least free economy in the world, ahead of only Cuba and North Korea. Venezuela went from being on the wealthiest countries in South America — one rich in natural resources — to a country where people are literally fighting for scraps of food. Last year, Venezuela's economy shrank 18%. The unemployment rate is 25% and climbing. Inflation could reach 2,068% next year. Riots have become routine. This is what socialism produces. Always and everywhere. It is as close to an iron law of economics as there can be. Yet reporters continue to obfuscate, if not totally ignore, this economic reality when they try to explain to readers what is going on down there.

Zero Hedge - The Inflection Point: Venezuela's Military Begins To Defect, March With Protesters


SAT Saturday, Starving The Monkeys - Think about the future implications of a world in which for every young man graduating with a college degree, there are four or five women. And all of them fully infected with cultural poz, having received regular inoculations of such over a four- or five-year period. Applications are no longer reflecting raw talent, but instead a social agenda. The more these things are used as weapons against the innocent and otherwise worthy, the less social aversion they can apply. One day a college degree may simply be seen as the mark of a sucker. As young men are denied opportunity via college, and those degrees devalued as above, they will discover or be mentored to discover alternate paths. These paths, by their very nature, will then be immune to the thought-control mechanisms embedded into every corporate job. Once men have carved their own paths, independent of the corporate model, they will have evolved past the HR mechanisms that have been so finely tuned to destroy them.


The Diversity, College Fix - At Reed College, a mandatory freshman literature course focused on the works of great thinkers underpinning Western Civilization has come under fire from campus activists, who allege the mandate is systemically racist because the class only assigns the works of white authors and therefore perpetuates white privilege and racism. The target is Humanities 110, “Greece and the Ancient Mediterranean,” an introduction to the works of Aristotle, Plato, Epictetus and Ovid. Reedies Against Racism began an almost daily protest against Humanities 110 last fall and continued through the spring semester. When it comes to Humanities 110, they declare it should be “reformed to represent the voices of people of color.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg So it's come down to the classic thinkers versus "the voices of the people of color". We hear little other than "the voices of the people of color", yet we're to believe their witless harangues are something so essential and rare they must be imposed on the teachings of antiquity. They ask us to imagine a sort of parity, but it's blatant displacement of the useful by the useless, like fitting a cowbell to a Swiss watch. I suggest moving reports of academia's goings-on to the obituary section.


Civil war, Truth Revolt - Left-wing thugs engage in violence and threats of violence with utter impunity. It's beginning to dawn on many Americans that mayors, police chiefs and college presidents have no interest in stopping this violence. The left can now shut down places and events just by threatening violence. If college presidents, mayors and police chiefs won't stop left-wing mobs, other Americans will. Then the left-wing media—the mainstream media—will enter hysteria mode with reports that "right-wing fascists" are violently attacking America.

Liberty's Torch - The Right has maintained civility and public decorum in the face of steadily increasing harassment and violence. “Don’t sink to their level” has been the maxim, and most on the Right have abided by it. But the indications are that conservatives’ forbearance is about to come to an end, if it hasn’t already.


1936. Kern County, California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A migrant from Oklahoma in Kern County for work in the cotton fields. Kern County's population in 1936 was about 110,000. It's now about 885,000. The county includes Bakersfield, produces about 10% of all US oil, and is one of the fastest-growing regions of the country.


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The village witch, Quanta Magazine - According to the second law, energy becomes ever more disordered and less useful as it spreads to colder bodies from hotter ones and the universe rushes toward a state of uniform temperature known as “heat death,” after which no more work can be done. The idea that energy has two forms, useless heat and useful work made sense for steam engines. In the new way, there is a whole spectrum in between — energy about which we have partial information. The second law of thermodynamics is replaced, on quantum scales, by a panoply of second “laws” — constraints on how the probability distributions defining the physical states of particles evolve.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The second law of thermodynamics is known as The Village Witch because it can't be ignored, avoided or questioned. Any theory must conform to be to be taken seriously. At all. The author describes the first intimations the law may not be omnipotent. Fascinating stuff for those of us who really oughtta get a life.


Gravitational wave detectors improved, Ars Technica - Only the most energetic and closest events are going to get the attention of advanced LIGO and advanced VIRGO. As a result, researchers are asking themselves if clever signal processing can be used to extract more information from the instruments that are coming online now. Researchers have been investigating how to combine the signals from different black hole mergers to overcome the noise from their instruments and reveal hidden details that are common to all black hole mergers. Advanced LIGO has about a 28-percent chance of detecting the first overtone of the ring down from a black hole merger in one year of observational data. But, by adding mergers together, that chance increases to about 97 percent.


Air Force blues, War On The Rocks - The Air Force’s fighter/attack fleet is now reduced to a list of undesirable superlatives. We have the smallest fleet since we became a separate service. Our average fleet age is the oldest that it has ever been. Our readiness is at the lowest levels in our history. We are in the middle of the longest period of continuous warfare since the founding of the United States. The average cost per flying hour is the highest that it has ever been. The industrial base supporting the development of combat aircraft is the narrowest since the 1920s. None of these trends are poised to reverse.

War Is Boring - China and Pakistan’s Twin-Seat Budget Fighter Is Impressive ... bargain basement JF-17 can compete with F-16


Not winning, Ann Coulter - If this is the budget deal we get when Republicans control the House, the Senate and the presidency, there's no point in ever voting for a Republican again. Not only is there no funding for a wall, but the bill actually prohibits money from being spent on a wall. We can never win this time. Instead, Republicans' idea is always to surrender this time, in hopes that their gentlemanliness will be rewarded by their mortal enemies next time. We knew Washington Republicans were useless. That's why we elected such a comically improbable president as Donald J. Trump. What set Trump apart was his promise that we would finally win. Remember?


1940. Berrien County, Michigan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Berrien County is the southwestern corner of Michigan, bordering on Indiana, with a population of 89,000 in 1940, today about 155,000. Migrant workers picked fruit, cherries, strawberries and did seasonal work in packing plants. Many, perhaps most, were bankrupt farmers or displaced sharecroppers, hard workers with a wide range of competences, drastically underemployed in such work. They were eagerly recruited by expanding and newly created defense industries when war came, a little more than a year after this photo was taken.


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European revolution, Truth Justice - [This is a long essay about Europe from 1000 AD to today. "First Worldism means not mere “white nationalism”, but also the mentality of the New European," says the author, "which is to say free speech, private property, and consistent law free from clannish sentimentalism, and the genetic foundation needed to sustain those things over time." As a sample of the treats within, this excerpt is about "the market" in medieval Europe:]

"To sell manufactured goods, you had to be licensed, and while the gilds didn’t always have legal monopolies, it was kind of irrelevant. Lets say you wanted to start a shoe-making business; well, first you would have to set up your practice with all of those costs, and all of your manufacturing techniques would have to be the same as the current gild in order to be a licensed seller at a particular market.

And then, after all of that, you would have access to one of the 800 markets in England, each of which served about 10,000 people.

If one wished to sell at a different market, they may have to pay a toll or tariff. The market was an institution, with its own market court, prison and could even carry out executions".


WWIII, News With Views - The world is now witnessing the final stage of pre-war preparations. The communists have always planned to use North Korea as a trip wire for war with the West. Military experts believe that war could begin on the Korean peninsula before summer. Russia and China have also begun full scale mobilizations, and experts in Europe are now warning that a world war could come as soon as fall. The belief that the US remains the world’s lone superpower is seriously misplaced as the balance of military power has shifted dramatically over the last fifteen years. Russian defensive capabilities can likely stop a US ICBM attack, while the US is defenseless against a similar Russian strike. World War III is coming and the US is likely to suffer catastrophic losses.

National Interest - ‘Super-Fuzed’ Warheads on U.S. Navy Subs Risk Sparking an Accidental Nuclear War

"The super-fuze makes warheads so precise and lethal that fewer are needed to destroy hardened targets — such as Russian ICBM silos. This new kill capability frees up hundreds of warheads for alternative targets and completely reshuffles the calculations involved in a full-scale attack".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "News With Views" article was featured at Survival Blog by editor James Rawles.

The Russians are also deploying upgraded capabilities. Their Satan 2 ICBM can deliver ten to twenty-four independently targeted warheads and probably has Fractional Orbit Capability, which means the missile can go into low earth orbit south-to-north, then deploy to strike its targets from the direction opposite from what our early warning systems are oriented. Other options for the Satan 2 include hypersonic glide vehicles and countermeasures for anti-missile systems.


Guerrilla Tactics from the Winter War, Art of Manliness - At the conflict’s end, 70,000 Finnish fighters had been killed or wounded, while 350,000 Soviets walked away maimed, or not at all. How was this smaller force capable of inflicting such heavy damage in the absence of ample resources? They kept their resistance effort lean and mean and squeezed every last possibility out of the resources they did have. They substituted speed for size. They turned seeming liabilities into assets. They embraced the timeless strategy of the successful guerrilla warrior. By digging in instead of selling out; by making much out of little, turning obstacles into advantages, thinking outside the box, and playing to their strengths, the Finns harnessed the timeless and perennially surprising power of the guerilla warrior.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Finland fielded a regular army common for its time. Their resourcefulness and tactics were extraordinary, but it's a stretch to call it "guerrilla warfare".


The last land battle in Britain, Spitfire Site - The Battle of the Graveney Marsh is officially the last land battle in England fought against a foreign foe. It occurred in September 1940 between a downed German aircrew and the 1st London Irish Rifles. In the best British tradition, the battle started with much confusion and shooting, and ended when the captured crew was taken back to the Sportsman and invited for a pint of beer and cigarettes. Air crewman Ruhlandt’s foot injury was attended to and souvenirs were exchanged between the sides.


1945. Lammersdorf Germany


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lammersdorf is a tiny medieval Rhineland town with, oddly enough, ongoing low-level volcanic activity. The town became an American army assembly area during the battle of the Hurtgen Forest, a particularly ferocious and costly fight. As that battle ended in December 1944, the "Battle of the Bulge" began.

Here we see POWs marching to the rear. Notice the one in the middle. Even though a "walking wounded" he keeps step with his comrades. Pride. Go to yer linke, yer linke, yer linke rechte linke.


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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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9 May 2017