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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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Gabriel Metsu, The Hunter's Gift, c1660

In this picture a woman is distracted from her sewing by a hunter who presents her a gamebird. A bit odd. "Would you like a delicious bird, m'lady?" But it was over 350 years ago, things were different. It's just a nice, homey scene that warmed the domestic heart.

Actually, not. To understand this painting you have to know the Dutch word "vogelen", meaning "to bird". It was slang in the 17th century, and meant what you think it meant. The expression persists to this day as "giving the bird". Notice the gun is ready to fire. Notice she's kicked off her shoes. Notice the staircase behind them. Notice the statue of cupid on the cupboard pointing to the upstairs. Oh yeah.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Chicago disarmed its law-abiding citizens in 1982 with gun control laws that all but banned firearms from the city. Recently, Mayor Rahm Emanuel dissolved the gang task forces, relocated detective bureaus away from high crime districts ... wink wink, and burdened beat cops with a kilo of ACLU paperwork for every street stop, no matter how minor.

How's it working out? The crime and murder rate, which had been dropping until 1982, immediately turned upward. It's now at third-world levels and still rising. Here's some dispatches from the front.

On May 9th, Chicago logged its 200th homicide of the year .

In 2016, the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 60 percent to over 760, more than New York and Los Angeles combined. There were more than 4,300 shooting victims in the city last year, according to police. The Chicago Police Department's suicide rate stands 60 percent higher than the national average .

Gangs are now more likely to carry a weapon because they know they are less likely to be stopped and searched by police. With more gang members carrying guns, shooting a rival becomes far easier and more likely. This gives rise to new gang wars, and ensures the sustainment of ongoing wars .

Cook County lost more people than any other county in America last year by a very wide margin. Net domestic migration for the Chicago metropolitan area was a staggering -89,000 during 2016. It has been reported that 3,000 millionaires left the city of Chicago in 2015 alone .

The quality of Chicago’s policing has been deteriorating for decades. Back in 1991, 67 percent of murderers were arrested. When Mayor Richard M. Daley finally left office 20 years later, in 2011, the arrest rate was down to 30 percent. This troubling drop only continued after Rahm Emanuel became mayor, hitting a new low of 20 percent in 2016 . [secondcitycop says it's closer to 15%]

With every passing year fewer of us actually give a ha'penny. This isn't the demographic we look to to keep the engine of civilization ticking over. After generations of mandatory lies and ruinous expense, without result, we can assume with confidence they'll live as they wish to live regardless of our interventions. Perhaps a better use of resources would be to rigorously enforce acceptable behavior in public places but take them at their word and stop routinely policing their neighborhoods.

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Drawing on the expertise in social matters a lifetime in engineering can bestow, which is to say none or slightly less, I have my own notions about the ongoing decline of the middle class. I begin with the claim the middle class doesn't know what it actually is, and continue with the claim that I do know. A responsible and sober person would bail about now, but if you trust sausage made by unqualified strangers, read on.

In the Middle Ages there were two classes, the nobility and everyone else. An "everyone else" could improve his lot from, say, wage earner to tradesman to contractor, but these gradations had no class currency outside the "everyone else" realm. In between were the landed gentry, above "everyone else" but without rank. In ancient Rome it was the patricians and the plebs—"everyone else"—with Crassus-like fixers and Cicero-like "new men" as a middle layer.

In our time it's the upper class and everyone else. And in between the two, as always, is a permeable membrane, the middle class, "middle" because it's neither-nor, and "class" because we don't know what else to call people standing with one foot on the dock and the other on the boat. They're not us. They're not upper class. And they could go either way. Which takes some explaining.

In the US it's assumed membership in the upper class is automatically conferred by wealth when in fact membership depends wholly on acceptance. An insolvent member of an upper class family remains upper class in a way the wealthiest proprietor of a check cashing chain, say, can never be. Our sense of these things is not often wrong.

What we call the middle class isn't middle and never was. In the US it's taken to mean somewhere midrange between wealth and destitution. It's a useful flattery. Large numbers of people living on public welfare meet this criteria. Nor is membership in the middle class conferred by occupation or income. No one whose livelihood relies on a job from which he can be fired is middle class, whether he be an assistant technician or an executive of the outfit which employs him. A more accurate term is "working class", although that doesn't quite capture it.

The old concept of "gentleman" describes the real middle class decently well: "a man of culture and means on familiar terms with nobility having access to the king". Or near enough. It was a thin layer "in the middle", meaning interposed between nobility and the society below. Above gentlemen were the lords, the upper middle so to speak, but also without rank. The mission of the middle class hasn't changed from medieval times when it served the nobility by "making it so".

Aspirants know the more exclusive the thing provided, the higher on the scale is the provider. Builders of custom yachts versus suppliers of single origin coffee, say. Yet they also know even the tradesman "by appointment" is still a tradesman and may find himself unemployed or bankrupt merely through caprice or changes in fashion. What's needed is "means". In olden times this meant income property. But means, while necessary, is insufficient.

Today's middle class still derives its standing from anticipating and providing the wants and needs of the upper class at a level above a mere vendor or well placed go-fer. That they may also serve others is often unavoidable, a distasteful necessity for economy of scale or cash flow. We need go no further than the advertising industry to sniff their Mencken-like contempt.

The middle class is a demanding meritocracy that won't suffer pretense to a status not warranted by fact. Appearance, contrary to prevailing opinion, isn't everything. Reliability is closer. It's here we see their obsession with a reputation for performance. Many a celebrated entrepreneur with an envied but precarious venture has had his true status nailed in place when it imploded. Personal scandals are of little moment, but "fake it 'til you make it" is not an option. Further down, the reverse is true.

The ambitious are forever seeking an advantage over others that will get them into the middle class. The principle is as simple as it is ancient. The fewer intermediaries between himself and the upper class, the closer he is to success. The last step is to be the intermediary. Ahead lies a sort of brevet upper class which, with time and careful breeding, can mature into acceptance by the upper class itself, although generational regression is more common. Malia and Sasha are why the betting is against the Obama family.

The anguish of what we call the middle class, i.e., the upper quintile of the working class, is now quite clear. In its downsized, preference-hobbled and automated future, carefully accrued credentials are of lessening value even for maintaining place. The road ahead, once wide and well marked, is pinching to a single crowded lane. They're moving ever slower if they move at all, opportunities to serve their masters firsthand grow ever more remote, and trench warfare is breaking out in the ditches.

A more ominous disruption of the former order can hardly be imagined. Now that it's tumbling into the maw of debt-serfdom, perhaps even into the deep underclass with its own version of unearned income, their much maligned future orientation and stoic determination may be put to a different use. They know where the bodies are buried, they did the burying. They know where the levers of power are, they were the levers of power. They know how to spoof the man, they were the man. And they're not happy.

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Wise Latino Woman and Senator from Nevada Cortez Masto says white men must be driven from the Senate and it oughtta happen pronto. She's quoted at Lifezette:

We should be mandating diversity in our committees, mandating diversity in our hiring practices, mandating diversity throughout the United States Senate. You just have to walk in the room and look at the senators that are there — the 100 senators, right?

You could see the lack of diversity. I want to see diversity at all levels, not just here in the Senate amongst the staff. I think those are important areas for us to focus on that diversity because it’s also succession planning. Those individuals can go on to run for statewide office or a federal office at some point in time.

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Natural News tells us the astounding reason why fast food is popular. Frankly, I was stunned and shocked, so shocked lightning bolts came outta my fingertips. Read at yer peril:

Fast-food consumption rises as income rises from the lowest to middle quintiles. It’s not mostly poor people eating fast food in America. The participants who relied on fast food for their meals were deprived of one thing: time. Fast food eaters were often those who worked longer hours and had less leisure time.


A Connecticut shooting, from Blue Lives Matter:

People are outraged over the latest officer-involved shooting where the ACLU and the media are reporting that the officers shot 16-year-old Jayson Negron “who was driving a car.” What the ACLU fails to mention is that Negron was driving a stolen car, and he was driving it over a police officer at the time he was shot.

The ACLU and Black Lives Matter put it this way:

Police have killed another person in Connecticut, and another community is struggling to receive answers about what happened. How many people have to die or be seriously injured at the hands of law enforcement before Connecticut strengthens its laws to hold police accountable to the communities they are supposed to serve?

Okay gang, enough chit chat. Let's get to the ever more chaotic and astounding goings-on as chronicled here at yer ol' Woodpile Report.


Remus's notebook


Red Ice - A newly discovered email exposes Stephen Colbert and John Podesta working together to push the Clinton Global Initiative as far back as 2013

Heat Street - Marvel Cancels Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Lives Matter Comic Due to Poor Sales

World War II Today - The LRDG experiment with bombing vehicles.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Attention shtf authors, here's a reality check. The British Long Range Desert Group found out in 1942 just how hard it is to attack and destroy supply trucks behind the lines, even on a coastal desert road. At night. With well equipped, well trained men.

Vintage News - The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World existed simultaneously for fewer than 60 years

38 North - Going Under Cover: Enhanced Concealment Effort Noted at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

SFGate - Bay Area flier says United canceled his ticket after he filmed baggage dispute in New Orleans

Pamela Geller - Devout Muslims who shot state trooper to death quoted Quran during killing ... another coverup by the news media

Smithsonian - Found: Pages From One of the First Books Printed in England ... a librarian at the University of Reading discovered the 15th-century text buried in a box

Los Angeles Times - Fight breaks out aboard airplane in Burbank ... why we can't have nice things

Daily Galaxy - First Life on Earth: New Discovery Pushes Back Evidence by 3 Billion Years

Message To Eagle - 10 Surprising Facts About The Neanderthals Who Were Not As Primitive As Previously Thought

Message To Eagle - World’s Fastest Camera Makes The Invisible Visible – Light Stands Almost Still ... 5 trillion images per second

Politico - 'This is how we're going to kill your wife', Police blanket a town hall by GOP Rep. Tom Garrett after a series of 'credible' threats.

Information Liberation - Prof: 'In Order To Be Equal, In Order To Be Liberated, Some White People May Have To Die' ... Texas A&M Prof. Tommy Curry. And yes, he is.

Heat Street - Detroit School to Hold ‘Muslim Girls Only’ Prom

BET - Here's Why Black Harvard Students Are Holding Their Own Graduation Ceremony ... "This is not about segregation."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aside from the part about their heroic struggle with coursework that's too difficult, I have no problem with black-only graduation ceremonies. Diversity all but demands it. We've gone too long without racial progress. It works both ways of course, black-only graduation ceremonies mean white-only graduation ceremonies by default. As for "not being about segregation," no one cares anymore. Frankly.

Here's more. I gotta ask who's educating who when I read these:

Fox News - ... Texas Southern University, a historically black university, announced Friday that Sen. John Cornyn’s Saturday commencement speech was canceled after opposition from students at the school.

College Fix - Black student group at UC Santa Cruz threatens more campus takeovers if additional demands not met

Politico - ... Hundreds of graduating seniors of a historically black university here booed and turned their backs on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as she struggled to deliver her commencement address over the raucous crowd.

College Fix - American University is blocking whites from cafe designated as ‘sanctuary’ for nonwhites ... The activists said they would take over the space as their own “sanctuary” ... a demand the university has agreed to honor

Daily Wire - Global Quackery: Earth Has Not Warmed For Past 19 Years, New Study Finds

National Geographic - Your Dog Knows Exactly What You’re Saying

Art of Manliness - How to Ford a River or Stream

National Interest - Here's Why U.S. Special Forces Want Russian Machine Guns

National Interest - All of the Crazy Ways North Korea Could Strike Back If America Attacks


1927. Hupmobile magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The illustrator is Elwin "Larry" Stults, an Orwell Ohio lad who became a full partner in the Chicago advertising outfit Stevens, Sundblom, and Stults in 1926. This is one of many ads he did for Hupmobile. In the later 1930s he formed his own firm, Larry Stults and Associates, before moving to Florida with his family in 1943 where he gained new recognition in the fine arts . Stults died in 1996 at the age of ninety-six.



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Fragile civilization, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - The point about civilizational collapse is that it's a civilization that's collapsing, not merely your political arrangements. One of the weaknesses of the anti-Trump resistance is their inability to address the factors which brought the current administration into existence. Too many think it's all about one man. Despite Leftist fears their foes were never more than a coalition of amateurs with no particular ideology. So why can't such a stupid, ignorant and incompetent bunch be seen off? That must be what troubles the Resistance. The scariest possibility is they are up against complexity itself, fighting a reality that refuses subordination to a narrative.


Defending whites, Mark Vandermaas - For the first time in my life, I’m actually a little worried about where this anti-white hatred is leading. Media are actually promoting anti-white sentiments. Governments are hiring people to make sure people like me don’t get hired. Schools are indoctrinating ‘white privilege’ racism into children. I used to smirk when I saw claims about ‘white genocide.’ Not anymore. We now have a system that openly, blatantly and increasingly discriminates against whites in the name of ‘diversity,’ ‘tolerance,’ ‘multi-culturalism’ and ‘equity’ in ways that would never be tolerated against any other race. Those who spread the anti-white filth, and those who enabled it in government, schools and media with their fake ‘white privilege’ racism will have blood on their hands when whites get hurt and/or whites defend themselves.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mr. Vandermaas has taken the off-ramp but can't yet see where it goes. He still wants to believe Martin King loves him and can redeem him, and us, so he clings to the notion that whites committed to defending western civilization are supremacists with plans for death camps in their back pocket. This is commonly the deepest and last notion to be shed.


True inflation, Zero Hedge - The estimation of real annual inflation according to Devonshire is roughly 8%, nearly three times higher than the "accepted" rate of 3%. Why does the government under-represent inflation by such a vast order of magnitude? Simple: if you claim a lower CPI than in practice, you don’t adjust wages upwards as appropriate, so you save money. Contrarians suggests the US economy never recovered fully after the dot-com bubble and ’01 recession. Investors should ask themselves what is the true “risk-free” rate of return, if inflation adjusted treasuries lose 7-8% purchasing power annually?


Run on guns, Los Angeles Times - In the six weeks following the 2012 shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., acquisitions of handguns in California alone ticked 53% higher than usual rates. And, in the six weeks following the 2015 shootings in San Bernardino, handgun purchases in the state increased 41% over normal sales volumes. In and around the city of San Bernardino, gun sales there rose by 85% in the six weeks following the rampage by American-born Syed Rizwan Farook and his Pakistani-born wife, Tashfeen Malik. New research offers evidence that in the wake of mass shootings, some citizens conclude that owning a gun will make them safer. People who had never bought a gun before were disproportionately more likely to buy a gun in the aftermath of a mass shooting.


1937. The Rutland Vermont State Fair


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Vermont State Fair dates to 1846 with permanent grounds on South Main Street in Rutland since 1856. Although primarily an agricultural fair, a long list of contractors have supplied midway attractions and rides over the years.

The 1937 fair made $19,906 profit according to the Rutland Herald, enough to hold a gate drawing on two new automobiles. $5,000 was allocated for improvements to the Fair including maintenance, upgrading and new buildings. The photos show the 1937 midway at its best, after sundown.




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Mob law, Taki's Magazine - There is, in my opinion, a direct link between the stunning ignorance, and in some cases deceit, exhibited by leftists in academia and politics regarding hate speech and the First Amendment, and the climate of censorship and violent bullying we see on college campuses whenever someone with right-of-center views dares speak them aloud. Today’s millennial anti-free-speech lynch mobbers, who storm campuses, set things on fire, make death threats, beat people up, and employ all manner of violence and intimidation to censor opinions and silence opponents have been convinced by leftist professors and politicians that “hate speech” is illegal, and therefore, when it’s allowed on campus, it’s the university that’s violating the law.


Strads, Atlantic - The Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari made 1,100 instruments during his illustrious career in the 17th and 18th centuries. And those instruments are still treasured today, selling for millions of dollars. Many believe that they simply produce the best sounds. A new study challenges the supremacy of the Stradivarius. Listeners at Fritz’s concert hall, without knowing beforehand which instrument was which, couldn’t tell the difference between the Strads and the new violins. More than that, they felt that the new violins projected better. And when Fritz repeated the experiment with 82 other listeners at a different venue in New York, they came to the same conclusion.


Feminism, Return Of Kings - There exists one truth which most people sub-consciously accept but which is unmentionable in polite society: namely, that women are entirely dependent on men. All the women in Western society demanding equality, protesting about sexism, and screaming about the patriarchy, are only able to do so because they are tacitly permitted to engage in such behavior by the very men that they rail against. If men decided to forcibly remove all the rights from women, there is little that women could do to stop them. And Western women should not forget this fact. Nor should they forget that their existence in the West is the best that they could ask for, and that to push men too far may lead to a backlash that women might not wish to experience.


The late 5.56, Army Times - Soldiers could get a peek at a new prototype assault rifle that fires a larger round by 2020. Some intermediate calibers being tested include the .260 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor, .264 USA. The new rifle would likely replace the M16/M4 platform. Half of the firefights infantry units in Afghanistan encountered were past 300 meters, and the 5.56 mm round had lessened lethality at longer distances. They also referenced the Russian, Islamic State and al-Qaida advantages with longer-reaching and more lethal weapons, including reports of Russian work on their own 6.5 mm assault rifle.


1939. Harlingen Texas


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows the meal prep tent of a migrant field hand family. Notice she wears a wedding ring. Harlingen is in the Brownsville area of the Rio Grande Valley, about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. In 1939 it was an agricultural town with a population of about 13,000.


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The totalitarian campus, Front Page Magazine - Two types of people are sensitive; the entitled and the endangered. It’s reasonable to be paranoid about subtle social nuances if you live in a totalitarian state where the wrong word or look will be punished. Where someone is always watching for even the most minor acts of political incorrectness. College students are afraid. And they should be. What might be dangerously offensive from a white man is fully legal when coming from a Latino woman or a Muslim man. To defend yourself is to further oppress your accusers by rejecting their pain.


God help the speeder, Spectator - It would be interesting to know how many cars are ever driven faster than 100 MPH. And also how many ever see 130 — even briefly. My bet is maybe one out of ten and then only for a brief moment of furtive lawlessness. Enforcement of speed statutes has become outright vicious. The government isn’t much interested in the Wall Street flim-flam artists who crater whole economies for their personal enrichment and is almost casual in its treatment of rapists, thieves and murderers — probably because they are not paying customers. But god help the “speeder.”


Lost World of the London Coffeehouse, Public Domain Review - The London of the 17th and 18th century was home to an eclectic and thriving coffee drinking scene. Until the mid-seventeenth century, most people in England were either slightly or very drunk all of the time. Drink London’s fetid river water at your own peril; most people wisely favoured watered-down ale or beer (“small beer”). The arrival of coffee, then, triggered a dawn of sobriety that laid the foundations for truly spectacular economic growth in the decades that followed as people thought clearly for the first time. The character of a coffeehouse was influenced by its location within the hotchpotch of villages, cities, squares, and suburbs that comprised eighteenth-century London.


Trade secret, Smithsonian - As World War II staggered to an end, readers of the St. Louis Dispatch may have noticed a photo of a captured Polish commander en route to prison after a failed revolt in 1944. The photo was “supplied by a German agency,” the caption read, and provided in the U.S. by the Associated Press.It turns out it was traded to the AP by the Nazis in return for American photos as part of a top-secret, government-approved arrangement. The AP says that the photos it distributed during the war “provided the public important views.” But though the agency admits it should have refused to employ Nazis and ought to have put up a bigger fight against German manipulation of AP photos, the deal’s very existence raises serious questions about how a not-so-free press influenced public perceptions of the war.


Precision landing, Defense Tech - After eight hours in the cockpit executing airstrikes on ISIS targets, fighter pilots assigned to this carrier are getting a little extra help as they come in for a landing. The Norfolk, Virginia-based George H. W. Bush and the San Diego-based carrier Carl Vinson both deployed in January with air wings equipped with a developmental technology that allows them to better control lift, making landings safer and more precise. How much more precise? So much, pilots attached to the ship told Military.com, that it’s causing their arresting cables to wear unevenly.


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art-remus-ident-04.jpg Possibly a Matilda II being assembled at the Vulcan Foundry, a locomotive builder in Lancashire. The Matilda II was an "infantry tank"—a small tank for close support of infantry—of 25 tons mounting a 40mm main gun, used most extensively in North Africa. It was displaced by the Valentine , a similar but more capable infantry tank built by Vickers-Armstrongs.


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

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16 May 2017