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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
evidence shows
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
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
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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Auguste Toulmouche, The Admitting Glance, 1868

Another of "Toulmouche's delicious dolls".


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There was a war in the mid-1600s you've never heard of, ending in the near-extermination of the Erie by the Iroquois and others. Captives were sold into slavery and thus disbursed from the Cherokees in the Carolinas to the Senecas in Canada. All that remains of the Erie are place names—a lake, a city, a canal and so forth—and fugitive traces for linguists and historians to puzzle out. This is common. This is the way of the world. We're all made from fragments of such disasters.

History whispers its horrors plainly if we properly understand it. There are no victories without defeat, and defeat goes deeper than victory. Julius Caesar sometimes commented on this in his dispatches from the Gallic Wars. Our own time has had Mao, Pol Pot, Himmler, Beria and a long list of others who, unlike Caesar, were not warrior-builders so much as agents of annihilation, our darkest fear.

The signature event of survivalists is bugging out on Doomsday Morn, the harrowing dash to their fortified bolt hole as society collapses in a fiery heap behind them. For preppers it's the remote homestead with gardens and solar panels, a comfy redoubt to weather the storm with grace and style. Either may be part of a militia, bands of brothers training to defend their own in Mad Max times. All are responding to a partial, almost optimistic understanding of the coming disaster.

DC has plainly stated, in public documents, they will requisition food, transportation, equipment, supplies and involuntarily servitude of any kind, in any amount, to whatever extent that pleases them in a "national emergency". Their control of the cities would rest on food distribution and essential services, then as now, and the rest of America would be stripped to make it happen. This is, plainly said, calculated annihilation, held as not only necessary but just.

DC considers their power base—the urban west and east coasts and a few colonies in between—to be the real America, supported unwillingly but rightly by deplorables living elsewhere who would otherwise act solely from pathologies born of willful ignorance and native ill will. In other times and places "deplorables" were the "untermensch" or the "masses", always seen as a dangerous, undifferentiated hive, uneducable but trainable, to be cowed and dazzled by turns, and in extremis better mourned than saved.

Compliance with DC's quotas would become law enforcement's number one priority. It would fall to the military to deal with organized resistance, which history suggests is a near-certainty. Calories and survival are nearly the same thing. The European undergrounds of World War II grew into effective forces only when workers and foodstuffs were transferred to Germany. Propaganda had no effect, it was seen for what it was: kidnapping, slave labor and looting. And so it would be here.

DC needn't target survivalists and prepper communities directly, they'd feel the follow-on effects. Towns and villages forced to ante up their quota to support the cities wouldn't endure famine when known stores of food and supplies were retrievable. Those preppers who didn't voluntarily hand over their deep larders "for the common good" would find armed committees at their door. Nor should they expect equitable treatment, they'd be condemned as unconscionable hoarders, feasting while toddlers with empty stomachs cry the night away.

In a catastrophic collapse none of this causative chain would be uppermost in anyone's mind. We necessarily deal with effects, not causes, because we live in the short term or not at all. There may be countervailing long-term events we can't envision from this side of the chasm. It would, however, be foolish to count on them. Before recovery can begin the collapse must first find its "rest state", as water finds its own level, likely a long and ugly see-saw process, deadly in its details.

Survival strategies as we know them today are all good enough, going in. And "good enough" is the gold standard. But should the disaster continue unrelieved, classic survival communities with valuable assets and permanent facilities would tempt the fate of the Erie. It's not for nothing disciplines associated with "Escape & Evasion" are the default basis for survival, meaning bushcraft, stealth, anti-tracking and the like, perhaps exampled by loosely allied groups of a dozen or so each, cycling with the seasons between proven but minimally developed sites, the twenty-first century's redux of Depression Era migrants.

The ifs, ands, and buts of retro-survival on a large scale are fascinating but outside this essay's scope, and my intent, so I'll end this with Rule One: stay away from crowds. Like the speed of light, it's not just a good idea, it's the law.

Next item please

The Simpson case.

O.J. Simpson was sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison after being convicted of robbery and kidnapping in 2008. He was paroled on July 20, 2017. In 1994, despite conclusive evidence of his guilt, Simpson was acquitted by a largely African-American jury for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown, a blonde white woman of low repute, and her friend Ron Goldman, a waiter. No honest student of the case seriously questions Simpson's guilt. Said plainly, he got away with double murder to the delight of his peers.

A compelling case can be made the trial was decided by "jury nullification", meaning facts counted for much less than did race and celebrity. At its least the Simpson case demonstrated successful prosecution now rests more on demographics than on merit. For Members Of The African-American Community's jury pool, facts presented at trial are routinely discounted in favor of stories invented by otherwise uninvolved bystanders and publicized to the point of endorsement by the mainstream media.

Justice and the legal system have never been quite the same thing. Since the Simpson trial they've become competitors.


The quote for this week comes from Francis Porretto's essay, Christian Ethics in Practice, at Liberty's Torch:

A community of a few hundred souls is plausible; a community of several thousand strains credulity. How can anyone know that many persons well enough to trust in their benevolence? The concatenative assemblage of community – Smith trusts Jones, and Jones trusts Davis, so Smith, reposing faith in Jones’s judgment, trusts Davis – becomes tenuous and weak after three links. When we add significant differences in language and customs, it becomes effectively impossible.

Next item

It's the .22 I don't quite remember buying, but most people don't remember the old truss bridge that used to be there, so, a horse apiece. It's the .22 I haven't handed down because it's not yet good enough to hand down. It's the one always at the ready, leaning in a corner while its betters repose in splendor awaiting the call to adventure from WDM Bell.

The stock is walnut, but what the old Herter's catalogue would call Utility Grade, "some bird pecks and maybe a knot or two". No fleur de lis checkering or rosewood endcap with white spacers, no gracefully intersecting compound curves, nope, it's blocky-plain for ease of manufacturing, fitting for what would be called a "trade gun" in frontier days, you know, the ones in the movies smuggled in crates marked "Farming Implements" to renegade Indians by a guy with a too-neat moustache. But it's okay, old cheap guns have a certain look to 'em that radiates a warm provenance all by itself.

Squatting like a fugitive under the red dot is a peep sight. Not an Olympic Grade peep sight with micrometer adjustments like something from an optometrist's examining office, nor a replica of old battle rifle sights, just a small basic peep set like a wart at the shooter's end of the scope mount strip. There was a time when peeps announced serious marksmanship, or pretensions thereto, and shooters changed out inserts with apertures optimized for the day's task. Woods cruising, big hole. Sunny day at the range, small hole. This one has a medium hole, and of course it does.

The red dot is okay, well, it was okay until one eye saw a tiny cloverleaf of three overlapping dots. I'm one of those guys who shoots right or left handed, doesn't matter, so it annoys me to favor one eye over the other. Ordered a scope and took off the red dot. I'd never sighted in the peep, so out to the picnic table that sets forty-eight yards from my target stand, and will until there's a compelling reason to move it two yards. Five quick shots to see if it's on the paper using standard 40 grainers from back when they were perpetually on sale, loose in boxes of five hundred.

When I'm sighting in it's with a scenario in mind. This one was, "hmm, can't remember, with iron sights, if it shoots left, say, do I bump the rear sight left or right?" But from time to time life serves up a reality that surpasses mere scenarios. There, perfectly centered on the bulls eye, was a little cluster I could cover with my thumb, smaller by half than my typical red dot group. My standard .22 ammo is also 40 grain, but hotter, so I'm figuring they'll shoot a little higher and a little tighter, which are good things. I didn't try 'em, having beat a thunderstorm by a minute or three as it was. Hey, everything can't be perfect. I'd already used up perfect.

And finally,

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1931. Ford Model A magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg No, I'm not going through the history of the Model A again. But notice the pitch for the optional "polished plate safety glass" all around. It was the Depression. No "additional cost" was slight, and approximately no one was interested in paying for safety features. Perhaps it was prominently marked so people would know they went for the upgrade and were, therefore, a half-step above ordinary cheapskates.



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National Interest - China's Strategy in Asia Is Simple: Kick America Out

Washington Free Beacon - Minnesota Schools Adopt Transgender Toolkit for Kindergartners ... students can use the restroom of their choice

Asset Forfeiture is back

Liberty Blitzkrieg - Jeff Sessions Moves to Make it Easier for Government to Steal Property of Innocent American Citizens

Zero Hedge - The Feds Just Expanded Civil Asset Forfeiture 'Laws' Nationwide

Reason - Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Asset Forfeiture

Daily Mail - Venezuela will 'turn into a bloodbath' warns Organization of American States chief as anti-government protestor is burned alive ... lots-o'-photos

Defend Europa - Anti-White Fever Grips English University ... when their walls are bare and their textbooks devoid of the remotest intellectual stimuli, will they finally realise that the white man is not so bad after all

Daily Caller - Teens Who Taunted, Filmed Drowning Man Will Not Be Charged For His Death ... "teens", wink-wink

Shenandoah - August 1, 2017 Starts the Most Dangerous 90 Days in American History

Washington Post - Bumped from an overbooked flight, this unaccompanied minor was left alone at the gate

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We've entered what will become known as the Age of the Airline Barons.

Daily Wire - USA Today Complains About Lack of 'Women' and 'No Lead Actors of Color' in Movie 'Dunkirk' ... journalism is dead, and it was a suicide

Campus Reform - Science conferences need 'diversity programming,' prof says ... "interventions" to combat "gender inequity"

Cosmos - Could Tyrannosaurus rex run? Probably not ... Improved computer modelling suggests that the leg bones of a T. rex would have snapped under the pressure of a sprint

Ace Of Spades - It's Much Worse Than We Feared ... under Lynch and Holder violent felonies were reclassified as misdemeanors and no bail

Business Insider - A mystery trader made a massive bet that the stock market will go crazy by October ... flies in the face of one of the market's most crowded trades: shorting volatility

Truth Revolt - Barnes & Noble Gets Political, Won’t Stock Milo’s ‘Dangerous’ Book ... bloated, facially pierced, blue-haired feminist monstrosities crying into their Ben & Jerry's

Stuff Nobody Cares About - Old New York In Photos #78, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street c. 1903, Crowded Street On A Cold Sunny Day

Ask A Prepper - 24 Prepping Items I Don’t Spend Money On


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Suicide cult, Z Man - The Shakers are an example of what happens when a religion cannot imagine a limit to virtue. The Shakers, though, had the decency to mind their own business and not try to inflict themselves on the rest of the world. In the long run, they were a slow-motion suicide cult, but they were willing to let nature take its course. The modern nature cults not only want to rush their demise, they want to take the rest of us with them. This is the problem that has haunted the Left in America. There’s no concept of good enough.


Damond murder, Front Page - Mayor Hodges wasn’t excited because Mohamed Noor had the skills necessary to become a fine police officer. He was a rebuke to “Islamophobes” and proof that what they say is false. This was not a jihad attack. He is just a trigger-happy, panicky, reckless individual who held his job not because he was fit for it, but because of what he symbolized. Hodges is reassuring Muslims and warning against “Islamophobia,” as if a non-Muslim police officer had shot an unarmed Muslim woman. Hodges is only reinforcing the idea that Muslims are a victimized, persecuted community that needs special consideration, such that an incompetent Muslim police officer had to be hired. This just ensures there will be more Justine Damonds.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune - ... “It's certainly reasonable to assume that any police officer would be concerned about a possible ambush under these circumstances,” [attorney] Bruno said. “It was only a few weeks ago when a female NYPD cop and mother of twins was executed in her car in a very similar scenario.”

Daily Mail - The partner of a Minneapolis cop who shot dead bride-to-be Justine Damond was 'stunned' when the officer opened fire through a squad car door, sources say.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let's see if I have this right. A third-world and apparently unhinged Moslem—but I repeat myself—working an affirmative action police gig shoots a white woman dead for no reason anyone can explain, and the remedy is to put him on paid vacation, make his excuses ex nihilo, warn decent people against righteous backlash and fire the white police chief. Tell me this makes sense. Tell me again how diversity makes Minneapolis, or anywhere else in this country, a better place. Quietly and surely, middle America is being deeply radicalized by this stuff.


First world voodoo, Taki's Magazine - In Sweden, it was recently announced that the police will no longer report the race of wanted criminals, because providing detailed and accurate descriptions of fugitive rapists and murderers, many of whom are “people of color,” might lead to people having racist thoughts. Anti-racism, as it’s practiced by modern leftists, is a massive faith-based superstition. And as anyone who’s ever tried to argue with the superstitious knows, you can’t talk sense to someone in the fevered throes of irrationality.


Light bulbs, Vintage News - In 1924 companies such as Osram, Philips, and General Electric formed the Phoebus Cartel to control the manufacture and sale of light bulbs. Before 1924 the lifetime of a standard light bulb was around 2000 hours. When the cartel was formed the life expectancy of the product was reduced to half of what it used to be. Soviet light bulbs lasted twice as long as the usual Western light bulbs. Chinese light bulbs last for around 5000 hours and some light bulbs made in Britain after World War II are still working today.


1939. Muskogee Oklahoma second hand store


art-remus-ident-04.jpg That time Louis discovered brick doesn't work for windows.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Language control, Return Of Kings - The left seeks to control a person’s language to manipulate and steer that person’s thoughts. Language-control is a way of gaining power over people, a power that makes people fight the left on its own rhetorical terrain. Their terms are designed to elicit a positive emotional reaction from true believers while simultaneously seeking to shame those at which those terms are aimed. In light of the left’s drive to create more and more ‘-phobia’ terms, here is a prediction of which presently obscure ‘-phobias’ we will see pushed into the mainstream by the left in the coming years.


Ghost species, Daily Galaxy - Scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. The forebears of modern humans in Asia and Europe interbred with other early hominin species, including Neanderthals and Denisovans. The new research is among more recent genetic analyses indicating that ancient Africans also had trysts with other early hominins as recently as 150,000 years ago, after the two species' evolutionary path diverged from each other some 1.5 to 2 million years ago.


Dunkirk, New Yorker - “Dunkirk” is about what we do—how we suffer and retort—when things happen to us, and when the happening grows far beyond our control. There is plenty of agency here, much of it valiant, not least in Farrier’s dogfights, but the focus is on the inflicted; aside from a few shadowy forms in the closing minutes, no Germans are visible at all. Look at the British who hide in the belly of a beached fishing boat, which unseen enemy troops are using for target practice. Look at the evacuees on the Mole, turning their backs as a bomb bursts nearby and being caught in the gust of spray; we don’t actually witness the explosion, any more than they do.

Smithsonian Air & Space - Dogfighting Over “Dunkirk”, Christopher Nolan’s new World War II epic contains some of the most thrilling aerial engagements ever staged.

No Film School - BTS with Nolan and 'Dunkirk': How They Shot 70mm and IMAX

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Watched it. The whole thing. Underwhelming.


Standards, Amerika - Standards kill parasites. Standards make people actually put some skin in the game and commit before they get gimmedats. When a good or service comes at a price, the ones too lazy or too dysfunctional to pay are excluded from depleting it. Defend the normal, healthy and sane and you get more of it. Compassion means rewarding those who contribute to a community and banishing those who do not. Is it any reason why they are so frequently condemned as “Racist,” “Classist,” or just plain “Evil”? Standards threaten the Left, which wants to destroy the normal, healthy and sane so that the insanity will be accepted as normal.


1939. Tulelake California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Migrant workers did more than field work. Here we see 'em bagging potatoes. In other places they worked sorting and crating citrus and other produce, or in processing and canning factories.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Ancient Map Depicts Antarctica Without Ice, Ancient Origins - Piri Reis would not tolerate the slightest error in his drawings - he created his famous map in 1513 using older source maps; including charts captured from Christopher Columbus. After making an analysis of it, I requested the Officer check both the latitude and longitude and the projection. When they asked why, I said, 'There is something in this map that no one is going to believe coming from me, and I don't know whether they will believe it coming from you.' That was the fact that Columbus had with him a map that showed accurately the Palmer Peninsula in the Antarctic continent. These maps go back 5,000 years and even earlier. But they contain data that go back many thousands of years previous to that.


Mexico, Insight Crime - Self-defense groups across Mexico have surged over the last decade, and new ones continue to emerge. In July, a new 200-strong community police force emerged in Guerrero. A lack of a consistent public policy regarding how to deal with these vigilante movements has seen the federal government at times embrace them, at other times condemn them or throw their members in jail. Many of them are accused of acting as the armed wing or accepting financing from criminal gangs. An absence of control around weapons—all of which are illegal in civilian hands in Mexico—has allowed these groups to arm up.


Strip Mining the World, Straight line Logic - The government is a strip mining operation, plundering the dwindling residual value of a once wealthy America. Forget ostensible justifications, policy is crafted to allow those who control the government to maximize their take and put the costs on their victims, leaving devastation in their wake. Recognizing realty and doing something about it are hallmarks of mental toughness, once considered a virtue. Now, in various tangible and virtual sanctuaries against facts and logic, the demand is made for reality to conform to the delusions of those who refuse to confront it. In the safe space between their ears, the only danger is someone warning of danger.


Empire collapse, Anti Media via Zero Hedge - The U.S. military establishment has concluded that the U.S.-led international global order established after World War II is “fraying” and may even be “collapsing” as the U.S. continues to lose its position of “primacy” in world affairs. The Pentagon faces the “inevitable elimination of secrecy and operational security”, leading to the “generalized disintegration of traditional authority structures, fueled, and/or accelerated by hyperconnectivity and the obvious decay and potential failure of the post-Cold War status quo. The U.S. knows it is on the brink of collapse but refuses to go down peacefully.


1942. Plant guards


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Original caption: "Female guards, placed on duty at the Naval Ordnance Plant, operated by the Hudson Motor Car Company in Detroit, Michigan, learn how to sight guns on August 7, 1942".

"In the front row, the girls sight 38 caliber police pistols; those in the back row with 30-30 rifles. At present the girls are unarmed, serving only as escorts for persons entering the plant, but are using weapons on the target range in preparation".


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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.
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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.
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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
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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.
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Ayn Rand

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