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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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Edward Moran, 1897, Burning of the USS Philadelphia

The event depicted in Edward Moran's painting was still a well known part of American lore in 1897. Lord Nelson, a man not easily impressed, called it "the most bold and daring act of the Age." Not only is the USS Philadelphia a good story, it's another example of history's rhymes. Here's the story.

The USS Philadelphia was a frigate mounting sixteen 32-pounder guns, serious firepower then. Commissioned in 1800, she saw action in the First Barbary War—against Moslem piracy, kidnapping at sea and enslavement—having relieved the USS Constitution in 1803. While on blockade and raiding duty outside Tripoli Harbor, Philadelphia ran aground on an uncharted reef. Unfavorable wind and waves kept it from being refloated before it could fall into the hands of the enemy.

While under fire from shore batteries she had been stripped and holed before capture. The enemy managed to refloat Philadelphia in early 1804 and take it into Tripoli Harbor where she was anchored and used as a gun battery. A US Marine assault party used a captured ketch to approach Philadelphia at night posing as a local fishing boat, overwhelmed the crew and set her on fire. This is the moment Moran captures in the painting.

The First Barbary War was interrupted by the War of 1812. The Second Barbary War ended with victory in 1815, and so also ended piracy and extortion by Barbary Coast states.

President Jefferson had to be aware of an earlier, similar war for the same reason against the same enemy. In 67 BC, after decades of kidnapping and piracy, the North African menace had gotten serious enough to cause food shortages in Rome.

Under pressure from the people, the Senate commissioned Pompey to destroy the pirates, authorized unlimited funds, five hundred ships, one hundred thousand soldiers,and complete freedom of action both on the Mediterranean and up to fifty miles inland. The campaign was expected to take one or two years. Pompey succeeded in forty days.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Imagine a deflation so severe, so catastrophic and long-lasting, with so many banks collapsing that cash all but ceased to circulate. Imagine towns and cities so desperate for physical currency they printed their own . Imagine cash having measurably more buying power with each passing week. Imagine half of all banks closing their doors forever. Imagine surviving banks making a dependable and risk-free real profit from money they didn't lend. This was the Depression, and it lasted for about a decade.

Before the Crash of 1929 there had been pullbacks, in 1923 and again in 1926, significant but short, each lasting a year, each followed by greater expansion than before. Soon everything that wasn't agriculture became a bubble. It's understandable, everything was new—radio, paved highways, movies with sound, refrigerators, air travel and skyscrapers—it was the dawning of a new era with an incandescently bright future.

The forward looking would be the foremost citizens of this new era, which meant buying in. And buy in they did. Mortgages, car loans, time payments—and for 16% of the population, stocks on margin.

If the crash was unimaginable, the follow-on catastrophe was unthinkable. The economy immediately contracted in one memorable spasm. In mere weeks the future went from daydreams of opulent splendor to a search for lost change in the couch cushions. The middle class became the poor, the poor became the destitute. Then it got worse. The gross national product declined by a third. Trust in government and finance crumbled away. Populism ran the table. Regime change was in the air.

Today a dark consensus is forming of a similar debacle, probably in the fourth quarter, possibly sooner. The evidence is compelling: record highs in the stock market supported by inflation* and bubbles and the Plunge Protection Team, a Shiller price-earnings ratio at 29x, negative returns for the bottom 250 of the SP500, accelerating consumer and retail bankruptcies. Major crimes on Wall Street and in DC go uninvestigated, trust in government and finance is in the single digits, unsold new and used cars are constipating the pipeline, real unemployment is far above official numbers, and the middle class is tapped out.

It's a given the stock exchanges will crash. Beneath the financial highway lies an ever-growing sinkhole and one day the market will be overweight enough to crash through. Price discovery will have been served at last. The prudent are thinking past it to second order events, where the demons live.

More photos from the Crash of '29 will appear in upcoming Woodpile Reports.

* Inflation since 1929 is 1,330%. This gives an idea of how severe a runaway deflation could be. Using 1929 as the base, if we squeezed the accumulated inflation out of it, a twenty dollar bill would be worth $286 in purchasing power.

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Gerard Van der Leun offers this opinion in his classic essay, The First Terrorist War, at American Digest.

Peace is the goal of war in civilized countries. To accept a perpetual "war on terror" is to accept a plan for mere "management" rather than a path to victory. And the failure to make a plan for victory is the construction of a plan for defeat.

A government that can't or won't protect the nation appears, and is, illegitimate.

Francis Porretto has some thoughts on how the Western world should respond to Moslem violence in his essay, A Time For Clarity, at Liberty's Torch:

Every Muslim currently residing in a Western nation must be expelled. No further immigration from majority-Muslim nations can be permitted. Every vestige of Islam that remains behind must be eliminated: All mosques must be destroyed; All embassies from Islam-dominated nations must be delegitimized; No further “diplomatic” intercourse between the West and Islam can be permitted.

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Brett Stevens makes this observation in his essay, Diversity Is A Swindle, at Amerika:

A cultural wave has seized our societies which recognizes that diversity is over. We see that it was a scam, and we have abandoned any faith in that fraud, and now want to remove the damage it has caused and go back to the last point where things worked, which was pre-diversity. We are over it.

When we subsidize, encourage and reward tribal warfare no one should be surprised when we get tribal war.

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A comment on the mass murder at Manchester from one of my daily reads.

Sacrificing the children, an excerpt
CDR Salamander

This morning, how many families are in blind shock as they try to identify the seeping mass of scattered flesh in bags who were once their beautiful, happy, precocious teenage girls? How many mothers and fathers are pacing halls of hospitals wondering if their girls will survive? Will they walk again? Will they be able to see, hear - will they ever find a plastic surgeon good enough to make them pretty again?

How many girls too young to drive are standing in the shower in horrified tears, though they were untouched, yet they watch at their feet the dried blood of untold people rehydrate and fill the floor in a swirling soup of blood around the drain? How many with shaking hands do their best to pull the gore of shredded flesh, brains, bone and skin that overnight dried and knotted in their hair?

And for what? This did not happen by accident; this happened as a result of government policy over decades that enabled a huge mass of water for a fetid mass of Islamic terrorism to swim in.

Manchester is at the very heart of the UK, and just down the road, a little over 40 miles, from another of their scenes of child sacrifice, Rotherham. Yes, Rotherham, where those with the charter to serve and protect decided that it was best to look the other way as thousands of young girls were groomed as sex slaves by gangs of South Asian men.

They looked the other way because they were afraid of the Orwellian PC culture that infests their Metropolitan Police and judicial leadership to the point that basic things such as free speech and protecting girls from pedophiles are of secondary importance not being called bad names, and as such – serve the career interests of police leadership and protect their jobs.

We know now, as fully expected, that the 20-something attacker whose name I will not use here, was “known” to authorities.

They did nothing.

Meanwhile,

WND - Minnesota Muslim released despite grenade, bomb materials found ... there is growing concern they may have been planning an attack. Yuh think?

Daily Caller - DC Sniper Gets Life Sentence Overturned ... 10 people dead and another 3 injured

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The quote of the week comes from Joe Briggs at Taki's Magazine:

I would like to apologize in advance for not apologizing when people demand an apology.

And lastly,

Nice day Monday. We have eight different kinds of milkweed in our Monarch butterfly patch now, years of effort in finding 'em and tender loving care. My "guerilla garden" is in, potatoes in one patch outten the woods, carrots in a small trial patch nearer the house. What else? Oh yeah, I see the Army is considering upping the caliber of its main infantry rifle. They're talking .308. Again. Garand had it right eighty-five years ago, methinks, .25 caliber with a detachable magazine. Okay gang, that's it for the chitchat. No, you can't go out and play, this week's Woodpile Report awaits.

 

1942. Ivory Soap magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 1879, Proctor & Gamble bought a soap the J.B. Williams Company had sold since 1840 under the name Ivorine. Renamed "Ivory", it was whipped with air in 1891 to make it float and has been reformulated over the years to make it less caustic and to reduce "soap scum". The slogan  "99 44⁄100% Pure" dates to 1895. P&G has grown so large Ivory Soap and other products sold under the Ivory brand are now less than 1% of their world sales.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Ars Technica - This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning ... there’s a 9 in 10 chance to survive

Ars Technica - Our galaxy produces 9 trillion kilograms of antimatter a second—how?

Town Hall - Fewer Tears, Fewer Lies, And More Righteous Anger ... Manchester

Military - Army Chief: Infantry Needs New 7.62mm Rifle ... 5.56 will not defeat enemy body armor plates

Washington Post - How the Midwest went from the idealized to the derided

Science News - The Zika epidemic began long before anyone noticed ... outbreak arrived in Brazil and invaded Florida several times without detection

YouTube - First Ever Black Graduation at Harvard 2017, video, 2m 34s ... first "blacks only" ceremony

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Miracle on Brattle Street

Daily Caller - California State Senate passed a measure that will lower the sentences for felons who used a gun ... "disparate impact" one assumes

YouTube - For your entertainment, a classroom fight with a difference. Video, 0m 24s.

Two gems from my archives

Daily Mail - Combat rations of 20 armies around the world

Forgotten Weapons - World War One Soldiers’ Loadouts

Ancient Origins - 7.2 million-Year-Old Pre-Human Fossil Suggests Mankind Arose in Europe Not Africa ... several hundred thousand years older than the oldest African hominid

War Is Boring - ‘Graf Zeppelin’ Was Nazi Germany’s Big, Dumb Aircraft Carrier ... the Third Reich decided the flattop wasn't worth it

Daily Mail - Curator and main donor says he's closing Civil War museum because black county commissioner 'demanded he remove all of their Confederate flags'

Daily Mail ... Princeton professor calls Trump 'a racist, sexist meglomaniac' during commencement speech at Hampshire College

art-remus-ident-04.jpg She's an assistant professor in African American studies—wowzer!—and author of 'From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation'. Solid credentials, ayewott? She looks like a longshoreman on a pasta and donut diet. With a buzzcut. Seen through a polarizing filter she has "loser" written all over her.

Campus Reform - Students demand U Chicago fund race-specific housing ... has released a list of nearly 50 demands

Meanwhile, at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington:

College Fix - Students harass white professor for refusing to leave campus on anti-white ‘Day of Absence’

Heat Street - Student Mob Shrieks at Professor Who Objected to Event That Kicks White People Off Campus for a Day

Washington Times - Students berate professor who refused to participate in no-whites ‘Day of Absence’

“Police told me protesters stopped cars yesterday, demanding information about occupants. They believe I was being sought. It appears that the campus has been under the effective control of protesters since 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police are on lockdown, hamstrung by the college administration.”

KING TV - Professor told he's not safe on campus after college protests

YouTube - Protest for the firing of Brett Weinstein, video, 15m 09s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Many of these kids will be Alt-Right in ten years or so. How many depends on how stern a teacher reality is to be. Said differently, when the host dies and these fatted parasites free-fall into reality, some will have an epiphany, the rest will be eaten alive or just crawl off and die.

Collective Evolution - Microsoft Warns Of ‘Orwellian Future’ As WikiLeaks Exposes Participation With Surveillance

Today I Found Out - What Powers Does the Queen of England Actually Have? ... a terrifying amount if she really felt like it

Vintage News - The Secrets of Medieval Castles: Stairs are built in a clockwise fashion for a clever reason

KUSA TV - Denver decriminalizes lying in a public right-of-way, urinating in public and panhandling ... so illegals won't be deported for convictions

Eaton Rapids Joe - How Engineers peel hard-boiled eggs

American Thinker - Bad news for Warmists: North Pole ice cap the same thickness as 1940

WREG TV - 3 people shot at vigil for Memphis teen who was killed by stray bullet last year ... this week's madcap hijinx by the irrepressible Members Of The African-American Community. Only the standouts are newsworthy.

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

News weasels, Fred On Everything, Ask journalists wwhether they were in the military, hitchhiked overnight, baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle. Ask whether they know an engineer. Look at how much they write about each other for each other. Ask how much time they spend comparing ratings. They are fascinated by themselves. Virtually the entire press corps is of one mind and slants the news to the point of verticality. Most don’t know they are doing it. It’s just that they are so obviously…right. It is why the internet, able to specialize, to serve intelligent readers, is now primary.

 

Blackmail, Jon Rappoport's Blog - In the last few days, the campaign to impeach Donald Trump has quieted down. We’ll see what happens; but is this breathing space and pause the result of a stalemate? Do both sides have “control files” on each other? Is the underlying proposition, “I won’t spill your secrets if you won’t spill mine”? The mutually assured destruction pact has more than two sides. Holding together a multi-faceted truce isn’t the easiest job in the world. Blackmail, extortion. It’s not the only game in town, but it’s the big one. It’s the other branch of government.

 

War on frats, Z Man - The war on college fraternities is an example how feminized the Left is today. Every day there is a story about how white bros are in trouble for being white bros doing what bros tend to do. It is a deliberate campaign to criminalize normal, middle-class white guy behavior. There are two lessons to be drawn from the jihad against white men on campus. The Progs sitting down with the campus frats to work out rules, do so with a singular goal and that is the elimination of white males from the college campus. The other thing is Progs enjoy their own hypocrisy. Appeals to administrative consistency are blood in the water for the Progs.

 

Mizzou, National Association of Scholars - The University of Missouri announced plans to lay off roughly one hundred staff members as part of a plan to cope with projected revenue shortfalls. Just last month, the school closed three more residence halls. As the cost of college continues to outpace the rate of inflation, it’s becoming harder to ignore the shabby curriculum and racialized climate of the modern campus. Colleges hoping to avoid Mizzou’s fate should think of ways to increase their value. Parents are increasingly skeptical of the higher ed establishment. What's happening at Mizzou is likely to spread.

 

ESPN, Outkick The Coverage - As ESPN has lost 10,000 cable and satellite subscribers every day in 2017, seen ratings collapse for all original programming, and recently embarked on the firing of 100 employees as part of a desperate cost cutting move to save its business, the network’s sports media defenders have desperately argued that the network’s embrace of far left wing politics has not had any impact on its collapsing viewership. From now on MSESPN is going to lecture you about why Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson of sports, and Colin Kaepernick is the Rosa Parks of football.

 

1929. New York City, Wall Street

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Cleanup on aisle 10. The photo shows the evening of a busy day at the market crash in the era of paper buy/sell orders and ticker tape market quotes.

After posting routine pullbacks after its peak on September 3, the fabled Stock Market Crash of 1929 began on Thursday, October 24 and accelerated through Tuesday, October 29, forever known as Black Tuesday, a disorderly route not seen before or since. Trading volume, mostly "sell at any price" to cover margin calls, set a one-day record that held for nearly forty years.

It was the crash that kept on crashing. Following Black Tuesday there were gains now and again, but the market was in a years-long pattern of "lower highs and lower lows". It drifted steadily downward until settling at its all-time bottom of 41.22 in July of 1932, an 89 per cent loss. This marked the "depth of the Depression". The velocity of money was barely measurable. The highs of 1929 wouldn't be seen again until late 1954.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Chaos In Wall Street - Wildest panic in history staggered Wall Street yesterday as $5,000,000,000 changed hands in record-breaking 12,894,650-share day. Ticker was two hours and six minutes behind actual transactions on frenzied floor of exchange. Thousands of small traders jammed district. Banks held firm", said the New York Daily News for Friday, October 25, 1929.

The showbiz newspaper Variety had the most remembered headline. It appeared the day after Black Tuesday.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Company town, Eric Peters Autos - The car companies have been trying for years to force you to spend money at the dealership by making cars so complicated that almost no one can successfully perform anything more involved than an oil change. The next step was to not use open source code to run the computer that runs the car and then restrict access to this “proprietary” code by making it readable only by one of their diagnostic machines. The third step was to make it illegal to even try to repair the car yourself, unauthorized. You can almost feel the walls closing in – toward a neo-feudal, company town kind of life.

 

Watch time, Art Of Manliness - As a timepiece, my smartphone was essentially an old fashioned pocket watch. When pocket watches came on the scene a few hundred years ago, they quickly catapulted into one of the West’s most powerful social signals. Early watches were expensive, owning one signaled to folks that you had indeed arrived. When pocket watches transformed to wristwatches during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was typically high-born British officers wearing them. Even as mass production drove the price of wristwatches down, quality pieces continued to maintain their status signal cache.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Teammate: Hey Yogi, what time is it? Yogi: You mean right now?

 

Good to be bad, Captain Capitalism - A small 10% of the population is good. Another small 10% of the population is bad. And though both of these minorities are smart, the remaining 80% of society is stupid. This makes the battle between good and bad a lopsided one in favor of the bad. The bad can easily prey upon the stupid. The bad can easily convince the stupid they're good. The bad can more or less have the stupid at their complete disposal. The good on the other hand have to fight with one hand tied behind their back. The good don't lie. The good don't cheat. The good have moral qualms taking advantage of the stupid. The good are not only constantly on the defensive, but outnumbered at times 9 to 1.

 

Mayan science, Ancient Origins - In 1526, the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Montejo arrived on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and found most of the great Maya cities deeply eroded and unoccupied. The remaining Maya they encountered had degenerated into waring groups who practiced blood rituals and human sacrifice. When Friar Diego de Landa discovered texts in use by the surviving people, he burned them, and destroyed libraries, technical manuals and the history of one of the most advanced cultures on our planet. As the excavation team began to reassemble the El Caracol observatory, they encountered a number of advanced design features demonstrating significant research into the cosmos.

 

1929. New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of bankrupt investor Walter Thornton trying to sell his Chrysler Imperial Roadster on October 30th, 1929. $100 was a fair bit of money in 1929, equivalent to $1,430 in 2017 dollars, but a small fraction of the car's value a week before. This is the version of this photo most often seen, see the other one here .

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Importing violence, Don Surber - The middle class is the bedrock of America, and when you want to fundamentally transform a nation into a fascist state, you attack the middle class. And that starts with their values—God, family and community. What Democrats have done to the big cities, they now have figured out how to do to suburbia. Thanks to refugees, Democrats can import gang violence into Long Island. This is the race war Bill Ayers wanted to incite 50 years ago. He's not alone. His name is legion. His name is Faculty. Why do you think we placed Somali refugees not in a warm place closer to the climate of their homeland but in Minnesota?

 

War and chaos, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - From Europe to the Far East history is on the move again. If the bombing in Manchester shows the Wahabi threat is more active than ever, the Iranian missile threat and a possible confrontation with Tehran in Syria show a challenge from that quarter too. States like North Korea and Iran can no longer be stopped from developing a nuclear umbrella under which they can advance their terrorist or conventional armies. In so doing they will free not only themselves to wage war but everyone else. Perhaps the Long Peace has long been sputtering to an end but the world is only now realizing it.

 

Moslem murderers, City Journal - Damn the politicians who have, in many cases, helped make these murders possible but who are quick, this time and every time, to serve up empty declarations of “solidarity”. Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, is a radical socialist who has wrung his hands for years about Islamophobia. Burnham said: “We are grieving today, but we are strong.” No, Mr. Burnham, you are cowards. You are more scared of being called bigots than of children being slaughtered by jihadists.

 

New cammy, Next Big Future - Saab’s Barracuda Mobile Camouflage System provides wheeled-vehicle and combat vehicle platforms with multi-spectral signature management properties that enable the platform to blend in with environmental surroundings. It significantly reduces the probability of detection visually and by sensors such as Infrared and radar. Each system is engineered to fit like a second skin to the vehicle and not interfere with operations, vehicle performance or maintenance. MCS could eliminate field-improvised vehicle camouflage and negate the need to re-paint vehicles

 

1944. Philippines

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpgArmored support for US Army infantry in the Philippines, including an M7 Priest at front and center, an M6 Greyhound approaching the bridge and, in the distance, what looks to be two M18 Hellcat tank destroyers . Although used in the Philippines and Okinawa, the Hellcats are better known for their role in the Battle of the Bulge counterattack.

The M7 Priest mounted a 105 mm howitzer on an M4 Sherman chassis. Despite its clunky appearance and tall stance, it was an effective and reliable weapon. Compare the M7 to its German counterpart, the StuG III and IV , also a retrofit design.

 

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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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