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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
sow discord
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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George Hicks, Happy Mother, 1886

George Hicks was from a wealthy family, trained as a doctor but took up painting instead. He was a first rate genre painter and, late in his career, a portraitist. Hicks was successful, married, had eight kids, lived a good life. He died in 1914 at age 90.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "What you think, you do. What you do, you are." People reveal themselves by what they do. We can backtrack from what they do to what they think. Isakhan and Zarandona at Ancient Origins recount what ISIS does:

The rapid and terrifying advance of the Islamic State has proved fatal for much invaluable heritage.

They toppled priceless statues at the Mosul Museum in northern Iraq. They used sledgehammers and power tools to deface giant winged-bull statues at Nineveh on the outskirts of Mosul. At Nimrud, IS detonated explosives, turning the site into a giant, brown, mushroom cloud. They used assault rifles and pickaxes to destroy invaluable carvings at Hatra; and at Palmyra in Syria they blew up the 2,000-year-old temples dedicated to the pagan gods Baal Shamin and Bel.

It’s difficult to interpret the unprecedented scale of this heritage destruction. The global media and politicians have tended to frame these events as random casualties of wanton terror or as moments of unrestrained barbarism... the heritage destruction undertaken by the IS are not only very carefully planned and executed, but also couched within a broader religious, historical and political framework that seeks to justify their violent iconoclasm.

The rhetoric is noise, a tribal chant to keep its members in thrall and intimidate the neighbors. The prize is territory, always territory. It's what they do. Territory endures. Territory can be protected and expanded. No matter how remote in time, prior eras are an affront in being, and so the reminders are torn down and the territory is immunized. We're speaking here of New Orleans , of course.

We could also speak of Yale and Harvard , or Evergreen State . We could also speak of territorial demands elsewhere, of late theatrically misrepresented as defensive self-segregation. We could speak of whole cities overwhelmed in this way, one nibble at a time until they sensed a tipping point. Then, with cataclysmic swarming, the enfeebled territory was subsumed in its entirety, cleansed of the "other", stripped of its assets and occupied as if in perpetuity.

Unsurprisingly, such occupied territories are unable to maintain themselves. Worse, they're peopled by unproductive but insatiable consumers with expensive expectations, free to persist precisely because they're supported from the outside by the unwilling. Yet the tribal muse must be served and the nibbling continues. Territory matters. It's what they do and what they are.

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A quote from Abraham Lincoln's Speech on the Dred Scott Decision, June 26, 1857 in which he states his view of the Declaration of Independence's phrase "all men are created equal."

I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness, in what respects they did consider all men created equal—equal in "certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This they said, and this meant.

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William Howarth has some thoughts on Thoreau in this essay at American Scholar,

The path to Walden is, increasingly, neglected and overgrown. I constantly meet undergraduates who have never hiked alone, held an after-school job, or lived off schedule. They don’t know the source of milk or the direction of north. They really don’t like to unplug. In seminars, they look up from Walden in cautious wonder: “Can you even say this?” Thoreau worries them; he smells of resistance and of virtue. He is powerfully, compulsively original. He will not settle.

Thoreau (thor-oh) was a working man accepted at Harvard on what we'd call a "diversity" slot today, thanks to his French last name. He graduated into the Panic of 1837, a seven year depression complete with business and bank failures, high unemployment and ruinous deflation. For those who don't know, he ran a boarding house, the family pencil factory and graphite mine, taught school, tutored, and lectured on the side.

Keeping a journal and building a "writer's retreat" was common in literary circles at the time, he made no pretense otherwise, it was only slightly off-grid in the 1840s. "Walden" is a pastiche of his journal entries, a near-miraculous ensemble greater than its parts, a book that engages the reader even if opened and begun at a random page.

As Howarth rightly says, the ideal time to encounter Thoreau, and Ayn Rand, is late adolescence, though less for the dreary progressivist motives Howarth suggests than as a first real taste of the red pill. It was my displeasure to read Kathryn Schulz's hatchet job, "Pond Scum" at the New Yorker last year . That such a screed is thought necessary tells us what we need to know of Thoreau's place in seeing us through the coming travails.

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This li'l gem is from Hambo, the designated spox for PIGazette—the Politically Incorrect Gazette. Yes, ol' Remus relies on a porcine pontificator for Matters of Greatte Moment:

Cultural appropriation is a red herring. They're really targeting those oft maligned American classics, the melting pot, aka, assimilation.

and finally,

It's a great year for us Yankee fans, but it isn't enough to just beat the Red Sox. It isn't even enough to humiliate them with lopsided scores. It's enough to jump up 'n down on their necks, salt the ground on which they stood and sell their children into slavery.

I'll accuse anyone of treason or cannibalism on not much evidence, but to accuse a fellow citizen of being a Red Sox fan, even if confessed without duress, takes more than mere evidence, it takes irrefutable proof, such is the irredeemable, deeply compromising nature of the defect. On the other hand, my alternate channel for a Yankees game is ... wait for it ... a Red Sox game. I'm so ashamed.

Been a wet year. The lawn gets mowed not at my convenience but in between rain storms. And so does verifying zero on my rifles. Every Spring I take 'em out, inspect and clean 'em thoroughly, and check zero. The rimfires can be done on my backyard range—you should pardon the expression, it's a picnic table and two distant sawhorses equipped with wire fencing for clipping on targets—the others require a trip to the shooting range and bench shooting equipment. It's a pleasant and reassuring chore.

Rifles for long range shooting are something like big telephotos for cameras, more useful in contemplation than in practice. In my chuck-hunting phase I'd have to go down amongst the flatlanders to find suitable ground for my varminters. While the technical aspects are engaging, my practical side prevailed and I now prefer shooting big hunks of lead at ranges commonly found in these hills. An ethical shot at anything smaller than a water buffalo seldom materializes at much more than seventy-five yards.

Usta be shooting into a thumbprint at two hundred yards was just a good start. Now a well placed and decently tight group at a hundred yards is my default. "Good enough and plenty of it" is the gold standard in war, and so it is for me. The varminters were, accordingly, the first to be offloaded to the kids. The fancy shotguns went next. Got 'em on deals I couldn't refuse, but when it came time to actually use one I most always reached for my trusty Mossberg.

Well, fellow deplorables, enough chitchat. It's our duty as responsible adults to continually reconfigure our estimate of the future in light of fresh disasters, as posted here in yer ol' Woodpile Report. But first yer old ad, to ease the transition.

 

1925. Ford Model T magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What can be said of the Model T that hasn't already been said? Well, you could say it cured catarrh and ugly blackheads, but that would be wrong.

In 1925 the Model T had been in production for seventeen years and had another two years ahead before it was replaced by the vastly superior Model A. The 1925 Model T was a different car from the original however, changes were made at intervals until the last iteration was a nearly a styling preview of the Model A.

Two forward speeds plus reverse harnessed the surging power of its mighty four cylinder, 20 hp engine. Fifteen million Ts were made, the last one in May of 1927.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Town Hall - Donald Trump Has Done An Amazing Job At His Most Important Job ... not being Hillary Clinton

Popular Mechanics - Three Rifles That Could Replace the Army's M4A1 Carbine ... or not

Next Big Future - Earth’s middle mantle could have as much water as in all the Oceans ... calls into question theories that suggest water arrived on Earth from comets

Daily Mail - Scientists discover evidence in the Falklands of the asteroid which caused extinction on Earth 250 million years ago ... The Great Dying wiped out 96 per cent of life on Earth

NY Post - Joe Biden’s niece dodges jail after $100K credit card scam

art-remus-ident-04.jpg She walks on a major felony? Of course she did. And who believes she'll keep her end of the deal? In her defense, we're assured she's "a very complicated girl who has a lot of feelings and a lot of issues." Oh ... okay. That explains everything. Hugs from all the little people.

Liberty's Torch - The Great Global Warming Swindle, video, 1h 15m 56s ... "a complete refutation of all the claims of the global warming / climate change drum-beaters. If you haven’t yet viewed it, I strongly urge you to do so."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hide the wimmenfolk and chillens, the bears done got loose and they're running free. But remember, it's not who's selling, it's who's buying: funds which have to "buy the dips" by charter, the PPT by policy, &c. This is how market insanity outlasts the prudent. There will, however, come a time when genteel technical management fails and a disorderly rout takes it all down.

Zero Hedge - Jim Rogers Warns Next Crisis Will Be "Biggest In My Lifetime" ... billionaire says the next crash will the "the biggest in my lifetime."

Zero Hedge - "It's A Perfect Storm": List Of Retailers In Danger Of Bankruptcy Hits Record 22 ... Sears, K-Mart, Bon-Ton, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, Eddie Bauer, Nine West

NY Post - Cumulus Media is on the brink of a total collapse

Great Recession Blog - Summer Storm Keeps Building as Second Dip of Great Recession Approaches ... construction takes another big drop, financial stocks have collapsed, auto inventory highest since 2007, retail apocalypse, jobs market has tanked

Zero Hedge - Morgan Stanley Warns Of "Unprecedented Buyer's Strike" In Autos; Slashes Car Sales Forecast ... cut 11.3 million units out of their 4-year forecast

Reuters - Tech stocks tumble, taking down Nasdaq as big names sink ... Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft

Daily Reckoning - The Bubble That Could Break the World ... take away the easy credit and liquidity goes with it

Market Watch - Bull market in stocks will top out in 2018 ... extended decline that could last two years

Peak Prosperity - Why The Markets Are Overdue For A Gigantic Bust ... when global debt pile starts getting defaulted on

Acting Man - The Three Headed Debt Monster That’s Going to Ravage the Economy ... non-recoverable student loans, auto loans, and credit card debt

McHenry Times - Budget breakdown lands Illinois one step from junk bond rating ... no state has ever received a near-junk bond status before

Truth Is Justice - There’s a budget impasse between the Republican Governor and Democrat legislators that prompted Moody’s and S&P to downgrade them to essentially junk bond status. It’s important to keep in mind this infighting is not to restore fiscal sobriety. It’s to pass a budget that enables the state to continue servicing its debt so that it can borrow more money.

Zero Hedge - UBS Has Some Very Bad News For The Global Economy ... deceleration in global credit growth is now approaching that during the global financial crisis

Heat Street - Bat-Wielding Mob of Left-Wing Students Are ‘Community Policing’ Evergreen College ... people hit, won't report

Daily Galaxy - Milky Way Exists in the Largest Known Void in the Universe "Measuring Roughly 1 Billion Light Years"

War Is Boring - The 1950s-Era Stratofortress Can Keep Flying for Another 50 Years, the lumbering B-52s just need new engines ... jet engine technology has advanced a very long way since the 1950s vintage TF-33

Flight Global - P&W still pushing upgrade of B-52's original TF33 engine

SHTF plan - North Korea Is No Laughing Matter: “Chances Are Highly Probable That A War Is About To Begin” ... "chances are" is superfluous

Daily Galaxy - “6EQUJ5" Found! Source of the Infamous "WOW" Signal That Might Have Changed the Course of Human History

... comet 266/P Christensen emitted a radio signal at 1420.25 MHz hydrogen line. All radio emissions detected were within 1° of the known celestial coordinates of the comet as it transited the neighborhood of the “Wow!” Signal.

Jim's Blog - The true cost of renewable energy ... intermittent and unpredictable and needing continual backup, um, therefore

Grand Minima preparedness

Watts Up With That - Solar Update June 2017–the sun is slumping and headed even lower ... Solar cycle 24 has seen very low solar activity thus far, likely the lowest in 100 years.

Bread and Butter Science - Solar “Grand Minima” Threat Analysis, .pdf

and,

Bread and Butter Science - Solar “Grand Minima” Preparedness Plan, i.e., Little Ice Age Preparedness Plan, .pdf

Art of Manliness - How to Track a Human ... primer on combat tracking

Free Beacon - D.C. Spending $20,000 to Paint LGBTQ Murals on Storm Drains, Artists receiving $775 each for designs ... to raise awareness of storm drains and promote LGBTQ

Ars Technica - Resurrecting extinct species comes with legal issues, De-extincted species could fall under endangered species rules or GMOs regulations ... and they're patentable

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Precursor of ruin, Fred On Everything - In, say, 1950, to an appreciable though imperfect extent America resembled a confederacy. Different regions of the America had little contact with each other, and almost no influence over one another. The federal government was small and remote. Tyranny comes easily when those seeking it need only corrupt a single Congress, appoint a single Supreme Court. In a confederation of largely self-governing states, those hungry to domineer would have to suborn fifty congresses. It could not be done. Then came the vast empire, the phenomenal increase in the power and reach of the federal government, which really means the Northeast Corridor.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg There are those who know things were better, and those who remember when things were better. The former are sincere and alarmed but can be swayed.

 

Islamic Insurgency, Sultan Knish - France deployed 10,000 soldiers to patrol cities after the Paris attacks. Soldiers patrolling Paris are awarded a medal for Protection of the Territory. Half of the French soldiers deployed in a military role are patrolling the streets of Paris and other cities. Belgium and Italy also deployed troops in Brussels and Rome in 2015. This is not counterterrorism. It’s a war. If things go on as they are, the great cities of the West crumble into a maze of insurgency and counterinsurgency operations with thousands of soldiers on the street securing safe green zones and venturing for raids into no go zones.

 

Left captures Breitbart, Amerika - Breitbart has fired Katie McHugh for stating the truth about diversity, namely that if there were not Other groups here we would not suffer their conflicts. This provoked widespread outrage among the Right, who are currently looking for an honest news source. Breitbart has succumbed to the tendency by conservatives to attempt to “prove” they are non-racist by accusing others of racism. Conservatives who gain power and influence in the system have a nasty history of choosing to shift Leftist so that as individuals they can accelerate their own careers instead of widening the pool by moving that Overton window.

Comment by J.j. Cintia: These failed races haven’t come here for a “Better Life”. That’s cuck Bush League Crapola. They came here to loot. Their diseased mudhole homelands are cold testament to how “brilliant” and “Capable” they are at creating profits and making stable societies.

 

Days of rage, Status 451 - The Left and Right don’t just want different things. They also have different abilities, goals, resources, and senses of propriety. Meaning contemporary political violence from the Left and from the Right will look very different. The Left is a lot more organized & prepared for violence than the Right is, and has the advantage of a mainstream more supportive of it. The biggest impact the Right can make at this stage of conflict is to destroy, damage, or neutralize Lefty Institutions. But Lefty Institutions are massive cultural power centers. Universities, Media, Bureaucracies, Organizations/Foundations, Cities. The Right is not big enough or organized enough to really destroy Lefty Institutions.

 

Coup, Sultan Knish - These aren’t investigations. They’re a coup by the losing side that refuses to admit it lost a presidential election. The coup isn’t just aimed at President Trump, it’s aimed at America, at democracy and at any policy to the right of free entitlements and no freedoms. The left hates anyone to the right, wants absolute power and will do anything to destroy its enemies. The leftist faction lecturing Republicans about decency, national security and the rule of laws punches political opponents in the face, creates back channels to Islamic terrorists in Iran, smuggles billions to fund their terror, and sends the IRS after political opponents. Is their moral authority worth anything?

 

1939. Tulelake California main street

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Tulelake is a northern California town of about 990 today, about 770 in 1939, near Tule Lake. In addition to the permanent farming community, Tulelake has been the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp from the mid-'30s to 1942, a German-Italian war prisoner camp and an internment camp for Japanese Americans during the war. The POW camp is now a Fish and Wildlife Service facility. At right in the photo is the former Marcha Theatre.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Evergreen, Minding The Campus - College authorities—a term of irony—are desperate for the approval of the children. The Evergreen president’s message to his students—after they had assaulted one of his professors on grounds of an imagined ideological slight—was a masterpiece of the sniveling and craven. University presidents in the twenty-first century have perfected this form of self-abasement. It is one of their tools of survival. As Bavarian professors were told by their new minister of culture: ‘From now on, it will not be your job to determine whether something is true, but whether it is in the spirit of National Socialist Revolution.’

Minding The Campus - Student Grievance: Righting Imaginary Wrongs ... Abject apologies are extracted, careers are ended, resignations forced. Verbal disagreement is not to be tolerated. Nothing but capitulation will do. No doubt the thrill of power so easily achieved is hard to resist... if the elders around them can't get beyond abject apologies and groveling, the adult world doesn't look very enticing.

Jonathan Haidt at Heterodox Academy offers this advice for professors at American colleges :

1) Never object to a diversity policy publicly.

2) Do not assume that being politically progressive will protect you. Your intentions don't matter.

3) If a mob comes for you, there is a good chance that the president of your university will side with the mob

4) If a mob comes for you, assume that many members of the mob believe that violence against you is morally justifiable.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Evergreen is a 1960s "alternative" college using experimental "progressive" methods rather than traditional curriculum. Critics at the time said it was doomed to failure , but even they couldn't know how spectacularly it would fail. It's like an explosion in a waste treatment plant, the stuff has gotten over everything.

And something for your mental archive: in 1972, before "special handling", the entire black student body at Temple University Law School failed. They burned down the law library. Such behavior was a novelty at the time.

 

Middle class, SHTF Plan - Walmart and Amazon know the terrible truth about our economy and our standard of living. The middle class is dying. It makes more sense for big companies to cater to the rich and the poor, because there aren’t as many people in the middle class as there used to be. It’s more profitable to make a few bucks off each poor person, because their are millions of poor people, and it’s more profitable to make millions of dollars off of a handful of rich people. But people in the middle? Sure, they have some disposable income, but they’re a dying breed.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg No mystery here. The FSA has far more disposable income than working people with the same nominal income. They go where the money is, it's demographics in action.

 

Cold civil war, Claremont Institute, Angelo Codevilla - Now that identity politics have replaced the politics of persuasion and blended into the art of war, statesmen should try to preserve what peace remains through mutual forbearance toward jurisdictions that ignore or act contrary to federal laws, regulations, or court orders. America’s founders had learned from the history of empires that keeping diverse peoples under the same roof requires interfering as little as possible with their views of themselves and of the good. Time to relearn federalism.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wow. You don't read Codevilla, you savor it. How'd I miss this one? Thanks to Maggie's Farm for linking to it. Good thing one of us is awake.

 

Compulsory school, Spectator - An Arizona state legislator did the unthinkable: He proposed returning power to the people by repealing compulsory school attendance laws. Compulsory education requirements have effectively reversed the role government has in Americans’ lives, from having citizens tell the state what to do to having the state telling citizens what they must do. Repealing compulsory education won’t result in chaos. Children won’t just sit at home “ignorant and hungry.” Parents will actually be forced to take an active interest in what, where, and how their children learn rather than simply send them off to government prisons where they achieve less academically the longer they’re enrolled.

 

Fake news, Jim's Blog - For well over a thousand years many kingdoms, nations, peoples, cultures, religions, tribes, and armed religions, have sought to coexist with Islam. None have succeeded. We will not be the first. In the end, we have to convert, or pogrom them, or they will pogrom us. Expelling Muslims is supposedly unthinkably wicked, but Muslims are always expelling each other, usually for obvious and excellent reasons, and no one blinks an eye. When whites were expelled from Detroit, by bands of black thugs led by community organizers closely affiliated with the Democratic party, did anyone care?

 

1939. Meloland California, migrants

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pulling and tying carrots for 60¢ a day, about ten-fifty in todays currency. Meloland is in Imperial County, southern California, close to the border with Mexico.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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AI investing, Seeker - AI stock pickers didn't just beat the market. They annihilated it. One model devised by the researchers returned 73 percent annually from 1992 to 2015 after accounting for transaction costs. That's compared to a real market return of 9 percent annually. In 2008, when the global financial meltdown cost many investors their shirts, one of the researchers' AI systems notched a breathtaking 681 percent return in the study. "'In the latter years of the study, profitability fell and even dipped into the negative at times. We assume that this decline was driven by the rising influence of artificial intelligence in modern trading."

 

Islam & Brits, Burning Platform - This brings us to the current mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the platitude-puss Pakistani with links to Hamas, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. When he’s not scurrying along the baseboards he’s raring up on his two hind legs and sporting the most punchable, weapons-grade constipation face this side of the Atlantic. Within an hour of the latest cultural enrichment, Khan is on hand with fair-minded and reassuring statements. Americans, have gone us one better with DRAW•AIM•SHOOT as the only viable response. We respect this, of course, because we love your guns.

 

Hit Me, YouTube - The Ballad of #Moldylocks (Just Hit Me) featuring Lana Lacious, video 3m 22s. The subject of this music video is 19-year-old pornographic actress Louise Rosealma—real name Emily Rose Nauert—the ANTIFA girl who claimed she was going to to ‘bring back 100 Nazi scalps’ from a Berkeley Pro-Trump rally and was decked when she was about to hit another man from behind with a wine bottle. More info here .

 

Entropy, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - There is disorder—entropy—lose in the system which requires an infusion of external energy that is unavailable. The existing resources simply can't cope. Most of our prosperity still from the "fossil fuels revolution" of the industrial revolution. The promised efficiencies of the Greens have not materialized. Without it the world remains in trapped in a world of rising entropy. The future will belong to something. Thorium, fusion—something. Until the Revolution the world will have to cope with a rising level of disorder with only modest increments of additional energy at its disposal.

 

Consensus, Raconteur Report, Michael Crichton - I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. there's no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus.

 

1944. Saint-Sever-Calvados, France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg M8 armored cars of C Company, 82nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Armord Division on the main street of Saint-Sever-Calvados in Normandy France, while the town is under German artillery fire, August 3 1944.

 

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Notate Bene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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