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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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Breton Children Reading, Emile Vernon, 1913

Emile Vernon (1872-1919) was a French portrait painter who trained under William Bouguereau, the Anointed One of today's art revival and rightly so. Most of Vernon's stuff is unremarkable, much of it is regrettable, but occasionally he'd produce a gem like this, maybe just to prove he could.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hot cocoa mix was on sale this week, not only at a lower price but a two-for-one deal. As it happens, I've been updating my Get-Me-Home bag and my Woods-Cruising day pack for the upcoming winter.

For that bracing hot cup in the morning I've always stowed instant coffee and some tea bags. But hmm, hot chocolate at bucks off was worth a look.

The highest quality on offer was Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation, eight 1.25 ounce packets per box, with a 'best by' date one year out. The packets are small and light, and appear to be quite durable. 150 calories per packet, 30 calories from fat—the best kind. For comparison, the Tang powder I carry is 90 calories per 24 grams, the recommended amount for an 8 ounce solution.

Calories are indispensable, vitamins and minerals are a secondary consideration, and my 84 gram "energy bars" provide them in substantial amounts, along with 400 calories, 160 from fat.

Oatmeal has long been my standard fare for traveling light and fast. I mix it with powdered milk, a bit-o'-sugar, and vacuum pack it flat in plastic to take up minimum room. Looks like a lab specimen. "This was the contents of the victim's stomach, inspector. Vegetable matter, oats actually, common enough, but not above the tree line where the body was found."

But there's a problem. I replace my oatmeal mix every season, it doesn't keep all that well. So I bit the bullet and availed myself of a commercial freeze dried equivalent. Besides, the picture in their ad implied I'll be young and athletic thereby, in company with an attractive lady, and my venues sunny and picturesque. Another way my oatmeal mix came up short.

My rabbit fur ushanka is a light grey, or said differently, rabbit fur color. It's acceptably good winter cammy. What I didn't have was a first rate winter cammy shell. Waterproof was non-negotiable. For one, a morning's light snow may be an afternoon's cold, misty rain, and back again by evening. You may guess how I know this, with near-perfect assurance of success.

As it happened, a local sports store had a very good brand on sale for a ha'penny less than Amazon. Ka-ching. By "very good" I mean it fits well over my regular stuff, soft and quiet, folds small, it's quick to put on and take off. By "regular stuff" I mean the usual dog's breakfast of military surplus: US, Brit, Scandinavian and former Warsaw Pact, all in woodland pattern or near enough except for the excellent rain poncho, it came only in flecktarn. Cammy shirts, pants, jackets and coats; each military seems to make one of 'em better than any of the others.

When I get all decked out in this getup I think back to when I was a kid. The adults in the neighborhood went hunting in the same clothes they wore to work. But we're ever so much smarter now. Right? Wolverines! Anyway, still on my list are light or white gaiters and balaclava. Woods cruising in winter is not to be done casually. Not in these hills. Too much is just enough.

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The Anti-Defamation League, a participant in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program, has declined to list the Antifa terrorist outfit Redneck Revolt as an extremist group, says Far Left Watch:

The far left militia group, Redneck Revolt, is a self described “above ground militant formation” founded in June of 2016 that claims to have 30+ vetted branches nationwide. Since their inception, Redneck Revolt has been very busy recruiting at gun shows and community events, advocating for class war, contributing to the far left anarchist website It’s Going Down , and conducting armed anti-Trump demonstrations.

But what’s most alarming are the resources they provide on their website. They promote several PDFs that endorse “armed struggle” and even offer a 36 page “Mini-Manual Of The Urban Guerrilla” which pictures left-wing militants using RPGs and outlines tactics for guerrilla warfare including sections on “sabotage”, “kidnapping”, “executions”, “armed propaganda”, and “terrorism”.

So the ADL joins the ACLU and a large part of the faculty at Dartmouth and elsewhere in tacitly endorsing a self-proclaimed anarcho-communist outfit and its "direct action" terrorists, openly, while sniffing with contempt for the uneducable deplorables who, somehow, can see what's in front of their eyes. Even the FBI and DHS, professionals trained to not notice such things, label them as terrorists . Apparently there's an unstated premise in play at ADL, the sort of thing liberals like to call "nuanced" when it benefits them in some otherwise undefendable way.


One of the least remarked skills that has helped man survive through the millennia is throwing with accuracy. Even now, a man alone, bereft of all else, instinctively knows to pick up something to wing edible prey or discourage a threat.

Doing it well is nearly a male imperative. Doing it exceptionally well is a mark of the alpha male. Who among us doesn't admire the man who can throw a knife or a hatchet and have it stick the target unerringly? Or dependably down a rising bird with a bolas?

Throwing for effect is not a trivial accomplishment. Distance must be estimated with considerable precision, the trajectory envisioned, the necessary acceleration applied with margin for only a tiny left-right error.

Warfare consists largely of throwing things at the enemy. Stones at first, then the spear, arrow, bolt, bullet, grenade, warhead. Perhaps this is at least partly why poison gas is held in contempt. It's targets are no more dead, but it's unmanly.

In sports it's the quarterback throwing to the receiver, or more often, to where the receiver will be when the ball comes down. A basketball player's throw is considered first rate only if it catches "nothing but net". A baseball pitcher throws twenty yards with fine accuracy to the catcher's glove, the outfielder even further to the infielder.

Major league pitchers routinely throw their fastball over 100 miles per hour. The average is 92. The fastest recorded woman's fastball is 69 miles per hour. Lauren Boden in 2013. Just sayin'.

It would be interesting to know if the typical anti-gun activist can throw anything well, or ever has at all.

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According to Vintage News, among the oldest companies in the world offering food, drink, and shelter are:

The Bingley Arms is Britain’s oldest pub, dating back to 953 AD, a time when Vikings were conquering different parts of England, and Alfred the Great and his descendants were fighting back.

The Stiftskeller St.Peter is regarded as the oldest inn and restaurant in Central Europe, a status earned by its mention in the scriptures of the scholar Alcuin in 803 AD.


The quote of the week comes from Severian's essay, Where's My Soma, at Rotten Chestnuts. He's talking about colleges and college towns:

Their goal is to extinguish their personalities, along with anything that might remind them that life has a meaning that can only be found by living it — that is, by making choices and living with the consequences.

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Cynicalskeptic doesn't know what the "one big thing" is but he knows it's bad and it's closing in, as he says in this comment at Zero Hedge:

SOMETHING is coming that's going to be a world of hurt for most of the planet. TPTB were already looting at a furious rate - making NO plans to fix any of the fundamental problems we're facing. It's been kicking the can down the road - why worry when you'll never have to deal with the consequences? Great pains were taken to make sure the masses could be controlled - Patriot Act et al 'The War on Terror' is a war on pretty much everyone on the planet.

Meanwhile the rich are building underground luxury shelters and 'continuity of government' will be insured by filling a couple hundred shelters with 'the chosen.' Too bad not many will be left to govern - but that seems to be the plan. Why has China built all those empty cities way inland near Mongolia? Why does Russia have Civil Defense shelters that hold 5 million around Moscow? Why? What is coming? What are the plans for us?

Maybe he doesn't make the best case but "something" is coming. All will be revealed in hindsight. Don't wait until then. As cynicalskeptic says, the prudent already have their affairs in order. Making it through the first few weeks of the coming "something" is only the first hurdle. For the successful, be it few or many, it then becomes a matter of dealing with the new reality in the long term. I hope to see you on the other side.


I read that most silent movie fans are men. Why am I not surprised?

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In a recent Woodpile Report I posted a couple of pictures of Minneapolis Minnesota—ya for sure you betcha—in 1939, with the caption, "the former commercial center of the city, a gateway because it was at the foot of the bridge over the Mississippi. The district was demolished for urban renewal in the 1950s." By the late 1950s the place needed demolishing, the "gateway" was skid row's skid row

By happy coincidence, I came across a Twin Cities PBS video of the place in the years just before it was torn down, entitled, Down On Skid Row. Give it a look, it's movies made and narrated by a guy who owned a bar and flophouse there. Fascinating tales of camaraderie, violence and vagrants-by-choice.

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Tom Mullen at the Foundation for Economic Education has this to say about the Civil War:

... it also had permanent, negative effects on the American republic. It destroyed the view of the United States as a voluntary union. It set precedents for expansion of executive power which would be cited again and again by future presidents seeking new ones. And it forever associated limiting federal power and secession with slavery and racism.

And finally,

Premium subscribers will receive a nice little perk with this week's issue, precise maps to the Pegleg Mine, Captain Kidd's buried treasure and the Lost Dutchman's gold mine. Also included are a list of interesting sights along the way, directions to area restaurants and their Forbe's Travel Guide rating, and contact information for bonded contractors who will recover, load and transport your loot. The rest of us will have to make do with the bare bones version of Yer ol' Woodpile Report, to wit:


1929. Flexible Flyer magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Samuel Allen made his patented sleds during the winter season to keep his farm equipment factory running. Sales took off when he marketed them through department store toy departments in the 'teens. The S.L. Allen factory at 5th Street and Glenwood Avenue in Philadelphia closed in 1968, it's now a fire-ravaged but salvageable ruin .

Ownership of the brand changed hands several times until Paricon of Maine , formerly a competitor named Paris Manufacturing Co., bought it in 2005. The sleds are made in China.




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Nikkei Asian Review - Japan prepping for evacuation of tens of thousands in South Korea ... it's looking like August of 1914

Knuckledraggin My Life Away - A Word To The Wise ... you’ve got no idea what road you are starting down

Ars Technica - The next big Windows 10 update will be out on October 17

YouTube - Anti-Jihadist Training Camp: VICE Reports ... a French entrepreneur offers military and survival training in what he calls “anti-jihadist training” in Poland. Video, 16m 36s.

Next Big Future - China’s Navy in the 2020s will have a lot of modern subs, carriers and sea bases ... including two Mobile Offshore Bases, two-miles long

My Northwest - After unhinged protests, Evergreen College layoffs coming ... prospective students vote with their feet

Daily Mail - 'Just like you cannot wear a swastika, you cannot wear Make America Great Again': Georgia teacher is slammed for kicking two students out of class for wearing Trump slogan shirts

art-remus-ident-04.jpg She's a math teacher. The hollowing out, dumbing down and radicalization of STEM courses is underway.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, Stephen Bannon Are Invited to Speak at UC-Berkeley ... September 24 to 27

Campus Reform - Berkeley students plot to 'shut down' conservative speakers ... we can defend ourselves!

Fox News - Dartmouth faculty supports professor's comments justifying Antifa violence ... prof is the author of "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook"

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Z Man - Devil's Dictionary

Z Man - More Devil's Dictionary

Antonius Aquinas - Christopher Columbus and the Falsification of History ... smearing the great European men of the past to ridicule their descendants’ pride

KTLA-TV - Indigenous Peoples Day to Replace Columbus Day After Los Angeles City Council Vote

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's legit only if they honor human sacrifices, tribal warfare and raiding parties, cannibalism, torture and slavery. They didn't call indigenous people 'savages' for nothing.

Daily NK - North Korean military officials encourage soldiers to steal ... soldiers tired of relentless hunger are frequently deserting the army to steal food. Even military officers are encouraging the practice

Higher education's insane response to a discarded banana peel

DMonline - Ole Miss Greek life retreat ends abruptly with bias concerns ... we didn’t feel welcome; we didn’t feel safe. If we didn’t feel wanted or safe at the camp, our best option was to leave.

to clarify,

Washington Times - University of Mississippi event cut short over discarded banana peel

Chicago City Wire - Election board lists more general election votes than voters in Chicago ... more than 14,000 votes were cast in Chicago during the 2016 general election than there were voters to cast them

Daily Mail - Court rules that descendants of black slaves owned by members of Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship ... as many as 25,000 could receive tribal health care and housing

Scientific American - Don't Fall for Babylonian Trigonometry Hype ... separating fact from speculation in math history

Science News - Tabby’s star is probably just dusty, and still not an alien megastructure

Science News - Minuscule jitters may hint at quantum collapse mechanism ... data match prediction for wave function theory

Cosmos - Lifting the veil from Neanderthal technology ... "modern man" may have learned more than he taught


Seeker - Contrary to decades of dietary advice, fat may not be the enemy as new evidence suggests replacing fats with carbs is the real killer

Popular Science - Even more evidence that we’re eating all wrong, Forget fat, it’s carbs that might stick it to your ticker

Popular Mechanics - A Million Years From Now, Another Star Will Visit Our Solar System ... the last time was only 70,000 years ago

News.com.au - Footprint find on Crete may push back date humans began to walk upright ... was a human-like creature walking the Earth 5.7 million years ago


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Same old, TrueblueNZ - Leftists have for a long time believed that the reason socialism fails is that counter-revolutionaries can always escape it. They are fully focused on ensuring that this time, there will be nowhere to run. Socialism today has achieved their objectives in a majority of Western countries. Trump’s victory and ensuing events have woken the sleeping giant. Now, we see the beginning of the left’s counter offensive. This reversal must be repaired, and quickly before the counter-revolution gains momentum. Hence we see right across the West, but more intensely in the US and Australia, the rise of the violent left wing street thug. The neo-Bolshevik.


Antifa, Daily Caller - Public school teachers are behind a leading far-left militant group that is part of the Antifa network that federal officials say is committing “domestic terrorist violence.” By Any Means Necessary, which has played a key role in riots in Berkeley, Sacramento and elsewhere, has dozens of public school teachers among its members, including among its most prominent leaders. By Any Means Necessary was founded by the Revolutionary Workers League, an openly Marxist organization, in 1995.

Daily Caller - Documents Tie Berkeley Riot Organizers To Pro-Pedophilia Group ... Antifa affiliate By Any Means Necessary is in bed with NAMBLA


Identity politics, Waka Waka Waka - Consider: a generation of identitarian politics across the West has deliberately cultivated tribal resentments among non-whites. For decades white people have been blamed in media and academia for all the world’s ills. In colleges and universities, white applicants are disfavored for admission, while curricula feature pugnacious courses on eliminating “whiteness”. Is it any wonder, then, that in this toxic climate, many white people are developing a sense of identitarianism themselves? This is not “supremacy”; it is nothing more than a perfectly natural sense of unity and belonging, in an explicitly and increasingly hostile environment.


Media, Unz Review - The recent events in Charlottesville cannot be understood without recognizing that white people generally sense, consciously or not, that they are on the defensive. When those who offer calm, rational defenses of white people’s interests are banned by the main media, as they generally are today, most of those willing to take up that defense will be extremists and kooks. The media insist that because of their opinions the marchers deserved any violence that came to them. Their march may have been legal, but that’s a technicality. Their thoughts were wrong and evil, and that is what is important.


Global cooling, Watts Up With That? - During the first period of the Pleistocene interglacials, there was a 41,000-year glacial/interglacial cycle but during the last million years there was only a warmer period once every 100,000 years. The 100 kyr problem is solved because there is no 100 kyr cycle, just a 41 kyr cycle that skips one or two beats. The question remains: And what causes the skipping of one or two beats? It is the ever lower deep ocean temperature that makes it more difficult to come out of that ever more dominating glacial state. The past four glacial cycles are increasing in duration from 89 kyrs to 119 kyrs.


1942. Wartime car pooling at Martin aircraft


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Car pooling, as seen here, was an answer to rationed gasoline at first. But with no new cars, parts or tires being manufactured the civilian stock of automobiles deteriorated alarmingly. Long before the war ended, many had been taken off the road for reasons other than gas rationing.

The Glenn L. Martin Company was headquartered in Middle River, Maryland, northeast of Baltimore, but built their major plant in Omaha, Nebraska to build Boeing B-29s and their own B-26 Marauders.

The company was founded in 1912 to build trainers for the military. Former employees include Donald Douglas and Lawrence Bell. Glenn Martin taught William Boeing how to fly and sold him his first airplane. After the usual mergers and acquisitions, the company became Lockheed Martin in 1995. The F-35 Lightning II is a Lockheed Martin product.


At first glance it looks like there's an extra foot on the ground. The car's a Chevy. You could drill and tap those fenders.


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G**gle, Ars Technica - A growing number of liberal thinkers believes that the concentration of corporate power was a major problem in the American economy. And few companies exemplify that concentration more than Google. That's the real significance of this week's decision by the New America Foundation, a think tank that's heavily funded by Google, to fire the head of its Open Markets project. For the last eight years, the Open Markets team has been methodically building the intellectual case for more aggressive enforcement of antitrust laws. The longer-term trajectory here could be ominous. Populism on the left and right could lead to a future where Google faces hostility from policymakers across parties.


Unequal, Philadelphia Inquirer - All cultures are not equal. Or at least they are not equal in preparing people to be productive in an advanced economy. The culture of the Plains Indians was designed for nomadic hunters, but is not suited to a First World, 21st-century environment. Nor are the single-parent, antisocial habits, prevalent among some working-class whites; the anti-“acting white” rap culture of inner-city blacks; the anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants. These cultural orientations are not only incompatible with what an advanced free-market economy and a viable democracy require, they are also destructive of a sense of solidarity and reciprocity among Americans.


Crisis, PJ Media Richard Fernandez - Crisis changes optics and alters priorities. It's always dangerous to assume arrangements will remain unchanged when things fall apart. Thus if a Second American Civil War ever actually breaks out it will probably be nothing like what the coalitions that brought it there imagined. One of the reasons a crisis produces surprises is because previously hidden information emerges. A status quo that relies on shaming, censorship and doxing to maintain information dominance can find itself caught off balance by revealed information. It was rarely the crisis itself that caused regimes to fall; it was what was revealed by them.


STEM, National Association of Scholars - Gender disparities in STEM classrooms aren’t the only thing keeping SJWs “a-woke” at night. According to Rebecca Hill, STEM is also too white. In “STEM has a Diversity Problem,” she blames racial disparities on textbooks with too many pictures of white scientists. And in “Why Black Students Struggle in STEM Subjects,” Ebony O. McGee says black students underperform in math and science classes because their energy is spent performing whiteness. The answer to the problem, she says, is to “minimize the fragility factors affecting” black students. Such are the wonders of critical race theory.


1940. Roxboro North Carolina


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Roxboro is on the northern border of the state, about midway east and west, part of the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area. Population in 1940 was 4,600. Population is now 8,350 .



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Broke, Of Two Minds - If wages are stagnant, how can households spend more money? The conventional answer is: we'll blow asset bubbles in stocks, bonds and housing, and households can spend this newfound wealth. Nice theory, but only the top slice of American households own enough of these assets to matter. Wages/salaries are no longer an adequate means to distribute income or paid work. Our system is broken at the deepest levels. Clinging to this broken model and filling the widening gap between the super-wealthy and everyone else with more debt will doom the system. The point is the present system cannot endure. Borrowing trillions of dollars to paper over this failure won't work for much longer.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Here's a radical idea: sound money and balanced budgets. Sooner or later these will bring themselves into being, perforce.


Ark, Haaretz - The holy ark was likely kept in Jerusalem for much less time than the Bible tells us. Archaeological evidence shows strong cultic activity at Kiriath Jearim in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C.E., well after King David was supposed to have carried off the ark, but before King Josiah brought the area under Jerusalem's control. It would mean that the Ark of the Covenant was in fact housed in Jerusalem only in the final decades before the Babylonian invasion. For most of its life, it would have been at Kiriath Jearim and its previous home, Shiloh – today in the northern West Bank. In fact, for most of its existence, the ark may have been associated with religious practices that would seem completely alien to Jews today.


Violence, Ann Coulter - Approximately every other year since forever, liberal hooligans have been rampaging through the streets, beating people up, setting off bombs, killing cops, smashing store windows, assassinating politicians and burning down neighborhoods. Conservatives, mostly families, have generally avoided even the mildest forms of political protest, and, when they finally are driven to petition the government over their grievances, they pick up after themselves — at tea parties, townhalls, Trump rallies and so on. Result: The entire media are constantly on Red Alert for the threat of Right-Wing Violence.


First mission, History Net - The first American B-17 raid on occupied Europe 75 years ago gave U.S. commanders the confidence to ramp up their daylight bombing campaign. Early in the afternoon on August 17, 1942, the Wright Cyclone engines of a dozen Boeing B-17E heavy bombers coughed to life at Polebrook Airfield in Northamptonshire, England. Ground crews made final checks on the big Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Eighth Air Force’s VIII Bomber Command. In the briefing hut, tension mounted among the young pilots, navigators, bombardiers and gunners. This was it, finally.


1943. USS O'Bannon DD450 in the Pacific


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The destroyer USS O'Bannon had an amazing career. One of the first Fletcher class DDs to be launched, in February 1942, she saw action in World War II, the Korean War and the Viet Nam War. When O'Bannon was decommissioned in 1970 it was as the Navy's most decorated destroyer of WWII.

At the end of the war in the Pacific, O'Bannon and two other distinguished destroyers took the place of honor alongside the battleship USS Missouri when she entered Tokyo Bay to accept Japan's surrender.

Here we see her sailing into harm's way early in the war, her five inch guns capped against the waves crashing against her bow.


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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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5 Sep 2017