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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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Jan Steen, Dissolute Household, 1662

Jan Steen painted a lot of these homilies, two with this same title. They sold well. They were not, strictly speaking, genre works. Steen had close ties to the theater and staged his stuff from proverbs or literature using family members as models. The result was something just short of outright chaos, but always masterfully done.

Not incidentally, the family business was brewing and tavern-keeping. The guy with the pipe enjoying milady's attention is probably Jan himself.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Food. Finding good water isn't a problem in the hills of Appalachia. Survivalists who fixate on water probably have other regions in mind, the arid southwest or the western high plains. If I lived, say, on the lee side of the Rockies I'd worry more about water than I do. Which is not much.

Here there are springs and weeps everywhere, creeks big and small, lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs, even the occasional swamp. If this isn't enough to keep you hydrated, it rains regularly and generously in summer, and snows in the winter. Water would often be an obstacle to the travelin' man keepin' low and movin' fast in interesting times.

Where survival doesn't turn on a scarcity of water and adequate shelter has been managed, food quickly reveals itself for the priority it is. This is not as obvious as you'd imagine. You'd have to get up early and work hard to avoid food in America. In the last hundred years, only in the "dust bowl" times of the 'thirties did America see anything like a food shortage. Notice there was always bread for the bread lines in the Depression. The lines were from lack of means, not lack of product.

Great Britain came close to a food emergency in the early 'forties when wartime sinkings by U-boats meant already meager rations had to be cut and cut again. Our wartime rationing was, by comparison, leisure class dining. Japan was besieged so effectively it was in the first phase of actual starvation before the war ended. Totally exhausted and dysfunctional post-war Europe wasn't far behind.

As a nation we're unwilling to entertain even a cutback in variety, much less prepare for actual scarcity. But given all the swords hanging over our heads, a time will almost certainly come when "low fat, low calorie, gluten-free" pseudo-food will be the meal of last resort, a time when even foodies will dream of double cheeseburgers and heaps of greasy fries. Calories and nutrients are life, no getting around it.

What it pleases us to call "hunger" is more properly "appetite". Hunger is the personal form of famine, with symptoms a near kin to bleeding out, except slower. It's deprivation so severe there comes a point short of death where viability is irrecoverable even if rescued. True hunger invokes its own form of insanity, a fixation on food to the exclusion of all else. It drives otherwise ordinary persons to commit acts that defy belief. Famine survivors often carry debilitating memories of what they've seen or done.

In war and in tyranny, it should surprise no one food is weaponized. For economy and efficiency it can't be beat. Cut the food supply and all else happens with no further effort.

U.S. Office of War Information, 1943

In Ian Thomson's review of Lizzie Collinham's 2011 book, The Taste of War, we learn this about World War II:

At least 20 million people died of starvation and malnutrition during the conflict, according to Lizzie Collingham: a number almost equal to the 19.5 million military deaths. Dreadfully, Hitler's plan to acquire ‘living space' for German settlers in occupied eastern Europe required the wholesale removal of Slavs and other ‘useless mouths'.


The Nazi so-called Hunger Plan was the work of Hitler's chief agronomist, Herbert Backe, who made possible the mass starvation of Slavs, Jews, gypsies and other ‘asocials' and the diversion of foodstuffs to German civilians and the Wehrmacht.

Peter Lewis's review at Mail Online adds,

The plan was to march east into Russia, seize the granary of the Ukraine and BeloRussia, take its produce to feed the army and much of the nation and give the land to German settlers.

But what about the Russians who lived there? They were to get nothing - not a slice of bread. They were ‘useless eaters'. The people in the cities who relied on the country for its grain and livestock were to starve to death.

When denied food, the body starts to consume itself - first its fat and muscle, then the intestines and last, the vital organs.

There is intense craving for carbohydrates and salt and uncontrollable diarrhoea before a final torpor. Organ failure is the ultimate cause of death. Those who starved in Leningrad were found to have hearts less than a third of the normal weight.

Hunger by intent is the worst of worst cases. Survival school proprietor Selco writes of being trapped in a besieged city during the Bosnian War of 1992-1995. Although his family was fairly large and quite well armed, their descent into privation, squalor and hunger was unstoppable.

Expired food, infested food, raw food, weird food. Over the time you simply want to fill your stomach with something, hunger gets into your pores somehow and you do not mind for some things. Often I would intentionally go into the dark with my bowl, just not to check too much is there anything else inside. I assure you, as the situation deteriorate, you will eat lot of stuff that you would not usually eat.

Arms, ammunition, candles, lighters, antibiotics, gasoline, batteries and food. We fought for these things like animals. In these situations, it all changes. Men become monsters. It was disgusting... Today, I know everything can collapse really fast. I have a stockpile of food, hygiene items, batteries — enough to last me for six months.

Regardless of cause, the classic question has it right: if you're not preparing for the worst, what are you preparing for? In the coming collapse will you rely on availability of food because you "know" it will "always" be there at some price? Or will you rely on government to eagerly rush pallets of attractively packaged food to your door, carefully chosen with respect for your dietary preferences, because you're a good person? Or will you rely on a deep larder and the means to resupply and defend it?

As Selco learned, "everything can collapse really fast". Everything, not some things. Days, not months. All at once, not by degrees, the degrees are behind us. What you have is all you'll have, if you can keep it.

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The quote of the week comes from William Gibson in an interview by Abraham Riesman at Vulture:

What I find far more ominous is how seldom, today, we see the phrase “the 22nd century.” Almost never. Compare this with the frequency with which the 21st century was evoked in popular culture during, say, the 1920s.

and finally,

The black raspberries are ripening nicely. We have two patches, both producing well. The rains came just at the right time, we watered 'em only once, more out of precaution than necessity. They'll go well with the blueberries, plump and juicy. Next up will be elderberries. Mmm mm, elderberry pie, a repast of kings.

Speaking of surgical strikes—doesn't everyone?—it's Tuesday again, time to Release The Kraken, yer ol' Woodpile Report, with a ballistic coefficient calculated to slip neatly through SJW Level 4 Psychic Armor and create the hugest mental wound cavity ev-ver. Watch 'em stagger and drop like empty laundry bags. It's nasty work but someone's gotta do it.


1942. War bond magazine ad by American Locomotive Company


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Locomotive builders were able to build armored vehicles and other heavy military equipment while simultaneously ramping up locomotive production. Not only did they have the equipment and expertise, the Depression left them with unused plant capacity and a large pool of experienced unemployed. American Locomotive was such a huge operation they built impressive stuff like the 155mm Long Tom as if it were a make-work project to keep their sample shop busy.

Alco was not allowed to build its diesel locomotives during the war, fell behind, and was eventually shouldered out of the market in 1969 by GE, their former partner, and GM's Electro-Motive Division. Alco's final design, the Century series, lives on in India, modified and further developed by their Diesel Locomotive Works. Many Alco diesels still toil daily on US regional and tourist lines.


Remus's notebook


National Interest - Why U.S. Stopped Building One of Best Subs Ever Made ... Seawolf has capabilities not even the Virginia class can match

Campus Reform - White students may be excluded from student housing at NC State

InfoWars - Savage: Civil War If Trump Taken Down ... the middle class will have nothing to lose once they are finally aware they’ve been tricked, and that no matter how hard they work they have nothing to gain

Legal Insurrection - MSNBC Podhoretz: If Dems win 10-seat House majority, they “will impeach” Trump

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The left would have us believe the election was invalid, that the presidency is rightfully theirs, stolen by nefarious means and handed to an agent of the "deplorables". They will accept no other explanation. They do not intend to accept the result of the election. Ever. They intend to overturn it—in effect, in fact, or both. They may succeed. We've learned what citizenship is worth, now we're approaching a moment of clarity on the value of the ballot box.

Ann Coulter - Contract With Republicans ... it's not our job to create functioning democracies in primitive rape-based societies around the globe

Defense One - Trump Wanted a Cheaper Air Force One. So the USAF Is Buying a Bankrupt Russian Firm’s Undelivered 747s ... latest model

Breitbart - YouTube Will Censor Non-Rulebreaking Content, Manipulate Search Results, And Work With ADL ... "to speak out against hate speech, xenophobia and extremism"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ADL is creating enemies where there weren't any

Zero Hedge - Violent July Leaves Chicago Murders On Pace To Exceed 2016, The Bloodiest Year In Two Decades ... averaged 13.7 people shot per day ... race of victim/assailant is 2.9% white/other. The other 97.1%? Well, you know.

Z Man - The Anti-Man ... Where white culture ends, black identity begins

DoD Buzz - UK Plans to Buy $1 Billion Worth of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles ... Oshkosh, b'gosh

Ancient Origins - The Deadly 14th Century Hailstorm That Killed Over 1000 Soldiers and 6000 Horses

American Lens - How Government Wrecked the Gas Can ... mandatory malfunction

Kunstler - Just Wait a Little While ... the scale of human activity has exceeded its limits

Daily Galaxy - "Not Alien Signals", Fast Radio Bursts are Pulses from Dark-Matter Stars Captured by Supermassive Black Holes of Early Universe

Daily Galaxy - Sun's Core Rotates 4 Times Faster Than Surface, "A New Window of Solar Physics Begins"

Unz Review - An X-Rated Conversation About LGBTQ & XX in the Military ... another state-driven reformation program

Daily Caller - America’s Preschools Aren’t Gay Enough, Taxpayer-Funded University Of Michigan Sociologist Warns ... it's always been about the kids

Popular Mechanics - Watch 99 Years of American Tanks in One GIF ... from M1917 to M1A2

Skilled Survival - How to Make Pemmican – 50 Plus Year Survival Super Food Recipe

Fox News - North Korea could soon develop a hydrogen bomb ... as soon as six to 18 months ... and their three-stage KN-08 could have the capability to carry a hydrogen bomb over a long range

France 24 - Venezuela's currency crumbles at dizzying speed ... 17,000 to one US dollar ... in a year, the currency has lost 94 percent


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Kaiser Don, Fred On Everything - An attack on North Korea will be called a “surgical strike.” The assumptions will be that American intelligence actually knows where the North’s missiles and nukes are, that North Korea is too stupid to put them deep underground, that the North Korean infantry could not get into Seoul, thirty-five miles away, forcing the US to bomb the South Korean capital into rubble. If the war remained conventional, the outcome might boil down to which population could best survive privation–the Chinese, only a generation or so removed from living hard, or America’s squealing millennials, looking for safe spaces.

Zero Hedge - McMaster: U.S. Preparing For "Preventive War" With North Korea ... Pushed on by Matt Lauer on whether a viable military option exists in the region, Senator Graham responded: "There is a military option to destroy North Korea's program and North Korea itself" ... South Korea's military is preparing a "surgical strike" scenario that could wipe out North Korean command and missile and nuclear facilities


Dark market, Shenandoah - The next market crash will not be televised. The American people will not even be out of bed nor realize that the crash has already happened. Thanks to dark pools, off-market trading operations, and foreign governments providing shields for undocumented exchanges of currency, commodities, and in some case equities, the crash could be 90% complete before trading even begins at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, when most individuals would hope to have a fighting chance to save what is left of their 401K’s or personal portfolios, lucky to get 30 cents on the dollar if not wiped out completely.


They. Have. Nothing. Cold Fury - You whine and cavil about a lack of “bipartisanship” and “cooperation” only when you've lost an election; the rest of the time, you run roughshod over us without the most cursory and insincere nod towards “working together” with your opposition, and condemn us as “Nazis” when we dare to complain. You ram a foolish government-health-care bill down our throats without a single Republican vote, and then try to blame us when it crashes and burns. They lecture, they hector, they harangue. They dismiss, they denigrate. They condescend and insult. They mislead, misdirect, conceal, and lie outright. But the ultimate takeaway is this: THEY FAIL. Always. Each and every time.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Put on yer painters when you read this one, Cold Fury leaves the walls spattered with blood.


Identity, Z Man - To be black in America is to be defined entirely by your relationship to white America. This difference in nature is why Icelanders don’t spend all their time listing their grievances against some group outside their group. Blacks, in contrast, do nothing but complain about whites. They define themselves in relation to whites, mostly in how they are treated by whites. It’s why they insist on being close to whites. Section 8 housing is popular with blacks, because it lets them mix with whites and have a daily validation of who they are as people. If whites suddenly went away, blacks would lose their identity.


1942. England


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Either I've lost the info for this photo through my own inexcusable carelessness, or those pesky Russians stole it in the dead of night. I'm saying it was the Russians. And I want revenge.

This just in! Reader A. L. has provided the original caption: "A housewife puts a pair of old Wellington boots and a rubber hot water bottle out for salvage. Also on the pile to be collected by the salvage van are tins, paper and glass".


More stuff you may want to think about
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Out of Africa, Unz Review - After anthropology was hijacked by Cultural Marxism a preoccupation with tracing everything back to Africa developed. The currently accepted evolutionary paradigm is that a new breed of clever Africans spread out and replaced all the dim-witted archaic human populations in the rest of the world, such as Neanderthals. Data are simply ignored when they do not follow the accepted paradigm. Not only does the archaeology suggest that something special happened in the brains of Europeans 40,000 years ago, but genetic studies also corroborate this idea.


Moon mystery, Quanta - The canonical giant impact hypothesis rests on assumptions that do not match the evidence. If Theia hit Earth and later formed the moon, the moon should be made of Theia-type material. But the moon does not look like Theia — or like Mars, for that matter. Down to its atoms, it looks almost exactly like Earth. If Mars is so obviously different from Earth, Theia — and thus, the moon — ought to be different, too. If they’re the same, that means the moon must have formed from melted bits of Earth. But the moon is not the only Earth-like thing in the solar system.


Part 1, Part 2. The Military Coup Against Donald Trump of 2018, Town Hall

"We need speed and focus. Step one is to decapitate the government by eliminating the current leadership, via capture or … otherwise. Step two, take the the key control nodes before the administration can react. Step three, use the inertia of the military and law enforcement. We get them on our side – whether they know it or not – and keep them moving and following orders so they do not have time to reflect and react against us. But you need to understand and to go into this with your eyes open. If we do this, people will die. Are you ready for that?"


Resisting tranny, Taki's Magazine - Trannies are not content to just go be trannies; they insist that we become accomplices to their fantasy. We have to pretend to see what they see. We have to use pronouns that we know are misapplied. Straight men are now told that it’s “transphobic” to prefer their women penis-free. The tranny agenda is nothing but intrusiveness. Trannies need us to play along or else the entire illusion comes crashing down. Sorry, trannies, but you can’t make your mental health dependent on everyone else seeing you as you see yourself. Too many of us are never gonna play along.


1940. Norwich Connecticut


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Norwich is a river harbor city in the southeastern corner of Connecticut. The population was 23,600 in 1940, today it's 40,500 and solidly diverse. Advertising on the thermometer reads: "Norwich Auto (Painting?) & Body Works, Call 2215, Tires (on sale?) Save (up to?) 40%, Selected Used Cars". The menu is just below readability.


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


Off grid, Organic Prepper - When I saw that an economist for Moody’s and Forbes had written an op-ed calling self-reliant homesteaders “delusional,” I knew I’d be in for some misinformed hilarity. The article , entitled, “Dear Homesteaders, Self-Reliance Is a Delusion” was published a couple of days ago on the Forbes website. You’ll be forewarned that the article won’t be deep in the first paragraph, when the author presents his claim to knowledge about self-reliant living comes from the fact that he is “a big fan of shows about doomsday preppers, homesteaders, survivalists, generally people who live off the grid.”


Complacency, New Republic - The new aspirational class shares more with its predecessors than it wants to admit. As populist surges in the United States and Europe make clear, rising economic inequality has made it more critical than ever to rethink and uproot the status quo. Yet they have no intention whatsoever of letting go of their status. The moral consumerism of buying the heirloom tomato provides a handy cover for the fact that their inconspicuous consumption reinforces their own economic privilege. As a result, members of this elite often come to view their station in life as ethical and deserved.


Single payer, Sultan Knish - Socialized medicine isn’t a system. It’s an ideology. No amount of deaths or statistics can discredit it. It combines the entrenched bureaucracy that rots all government programs from within with the fanatical conviction that it is the road to utopia. It doesn’t matter how many people a progressive program kills. It must be defended on principle. Patients get tightly rationed health care. Doctors and hospitals are squeezed on reimbursements. The system never rations itself. Instead it rations care and becomes a policy vehicle for social engineering.


Nervous breakdown, PJ Media Roger Simon - Can the Deep State co-exist with an awakened populace, even a partially awakened one? Increasingly, beneath all the leaks and counter-leaks, the missing emails and accusations, what we are looking at is a sclerotic system that has become increasingly built on self-preservation and not on the people's will, in fact is largely disinterested in and disconnected from that will. They feel threatened in ways they never expected to be. Hardly anyone working there thought Washington would ever change, nor did they want it to. The gravy train was too good. And Obama, their ally, the Deep Stater par excellence, had lulled them to sleep. They woke up in a rage.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Did someone say "the rule of law"? Hah! Here's their rule of law. The laws they don't ignore, they violate. The laws they don't violate they invent. It's called rule by law, not of law.


The A10 lives, Warrior - Following an announcement from Pentagon leaders that the A-10 will not begin retiring but rather will serve until at least 2022, Air Force and DoD officials are now hoping to keep a close-air-support aircraft for many years beyond the previously projected timeframe. The current approach involves a three-pronged effort; the Air Force may consider simply upgrading the existing fleet of A-10s in a substantial way in order to extend its service life, acquire an off-the-shelf existing aircraft or develop a new close air support platform through a developmental effort.


1941. Cleveland Ohio, White Motor Company


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The half-track made a tentative appearance in World War I. White Motor continued to develop the concept through the 1930s and built over 15,000 during World War II . Autocar and Diamond T built about 12,000 each under license. The Wehrmacht used half-tracks in many more versions, from small one-ton models up to eighteen ton behemoths.

There is no direct descendent of White's M3 Half-Track. Oshkosh's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle L-ATV may be the closest equivalent.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8 Aug 2017