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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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Konigssee, Frederic Church, 1868

An oil sketch by Frederic Church, a renown master of the Hudson River School. The Konigssee is not a fjord, it's a rather small lake in southern Bavaria. See this recent photo entitled "View from Malerwinke", taken from nearly the same place.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Las Vegas massacre reveals, once again, the purulent carbuncle calling itself journalism. Manhattan attorney Lauri Regan commented at American Thinker about CBS vice president Geftman-Gold's statement, "I'm actually not even sympathetic because country music fans often are republican gun toters":

With the rise of antifa and violence becoming the norm in shutting down free speech on campuses and elsewhere, it was only time before violence would be condoned by these self-righteous elitists who lack humility and decency for their fellow Americans. It used to be Muslims across the globe cheering successful terror attacks.

Gold's attitude, namely, "they got what they deserved", is generally held in her circle. Had she said it in the CBS cafeteria, and perhaps she did, there would have been uncritical agreement. Once said, those at her table would build on it with witty contempt. She got hammered only because she didn't understand what civil discourse is outside the news media.

My shameful comments do not reflect the beliefs of my former employer, colleagues, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my actual beliefs.

So she said, after being hammered and fired. We're to believe she's sincere now, but wasn't then. How like an attorney. We're also to believe she and her "employer, colleagues, family, and friends" are in mourning for those who were, until killed or maimed, despicable Republican gun toters who stupidly opposed all that is good and decent. How like an elitist Columbia snowflake.

They've revealed their true thoughts before. When a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up Republican congressmen at baseball practice this June, Scott Pelley at CBS News said the shooting was "self-inflicted" . It was spiking the ball in the end zone, plain and simple.

Not to be outdone, CNN ran a screed entitled, How America Has Silently Accepted the Rage of White Men, which says white guys just naturally do these things, always have, always will. It concludes,

But because this culture is embraced by the race and party that controls the government, it continues to be celebrated and defended in the spirit of love of country.

Don't look for an apology from CNN or its author, Muslim Girl Magazine editor Naaz Modan, a "student at Georgetown University studying government and journalism" and Huffington Post contributor.

Speaking of Huffington Post, here's an excerpt from an essay entitled, Trump Supporters Deserve To Die More Than I Do, posted in April of this year. The linked site is an archive, HuffPost took it down recently:

If a bunch of these hypocrites who chanted “lock her up” overdose on Oxy and decimate their Podunk towns, honestly, the human species will be better off without them. It’s practically Darwinian... These are the people who deserve to have their towns annihilated.

It's easy to believe the media see a cosmic hand in the Las Vegas massacre. They saw it differently from decent people, they saw Deplorables self-assemble and self-compact like fish in a barrel to be mowed down in righteous retribution by a white wacko. Aesop, Poe or Serling couldn't have scripted it better for them.

As their ISIS-like template would have it, whoever the agent and whatever the details, celestial justice will deliver what their opponents deserve. After all, no less an authority than CNN's Senior White House Correspondent said, "a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters" . Ergo, they were on "the wrong side of history". So it's thumbs up all around. But discreetly.

Next item

Posted at nra.org: NRA's Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox Issue Joint Statement. Here's the key part:

"The National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law. The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations".

So. Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox will go to DC, sell out the membership, get nothing in return, explain what a good deal it was, and ask for more money to fight gun control. Just as they did with the Gun Control Act of 1968. And, having helped write and pass the Act, spent years clawing back some of its most onerous provisions and consequences.

Now the NRA is looking to help promote "gunstock control" even knowing gun control laws are written over-broadly and enforced even more broadly. All laws, including the proposed "gunstock control" law, make criminals where there weren't any. And that's all they do. They don't prevent crime, they create it. More laws, more criminals. It can't be any other way. To gun control activists, gun owners are criminals, and there aren't yet enough laws to prosecute them all.

The whole purpose of the second amendment is to keep our right of self defense off the table. How is it different with bump stocks? It isn't. It's more infringement, plain and simple. It gets filed with the rest of the gun control laws, because that's what it is. Bump stocks are pointless novelties to most, but it doesn't matter, if a citizen wants one that's his decision to make. Not DC's. Certainly not the NRA's, if you're entrusted and funded to defend a principle, you defend it, and all that flows from it. Not just the popular parts. Not just the parts easiest to defend.

The NRA is apparently unaware they're throwing in, as a sweetener, the credibility they've earned since 1968. Neither their members or the gun control lobby will respect them for this. The NRA is supposed to stand against mindless stampedes, not join them. They should know the gun control crowd goes berserk when it smells blood. Watch their "bump fire act" run to a thousand pages. And even this won't be the end of it. It never is.

Next please

Daniel Greenfield explains where gun control originates, at Sultan Knish:

Gun control isn't a policy. It's a moral panic. Like prohibition, it's a xenophobic reaction to a different culture that shares the same country with them. Guns have come to embody a rural conservative culture in the minds of urban leftists the way that alcohol once embodied foreign immigrants to prohibition activists and the way that drugs represented urban decadence to rural America.

It's why the “common sense solution” talk quickly gives way to broad denunciations of a “national gun culture”, of “white privilege”, of rural folk “clinging to their bibles and guns”, of American militarism and toxic masculinity, and of all the things for which guns are merely a symbol to the leftists who hate them.


Karl "hang 'em high" Denninger has this to say about Las Vegas, at Market-Ticker:

We're learning more but there's much being withheld, intentionally so. If you've been paying attention to the "press conferences" you've detected that the LEOs out there are quite-intentionally not telling us more than they are talking about and they're worried about something too. We'll eventually find out what the "something" is, and I bet we won't like it one bit.

"Eventually" may mean the facts will be sequestered for fifty years—while DC and the media concoct and circulate plausible but conflicting theories—to be made available, heavily redacted, two generations from now when the event has become so tiresome for so long it's of interest mainly to antiquarians.

Ann Coulter has also noticed information is being constricted and the press seems incurious, as she says in her blog:

Within hours of the first indictments in the Duke lacrosse case—later, all thrown out—the media was bristling with information about the players' parents, the homes they grew up in, the ritziness of their neighborhoods, and the tuition at their Catholic high schools.


What happened to Paddock's airplanes? Here's one of 'em. The current owner, according to the FlightAware data , is in Roanoke Virginia. The data references a company with a mission statement that includes, "... helping address the future challenges for the nation's defense and intelligence communities", claiming particular skill in "inter-agency intelligence coordination".

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Disobedient Media asks, What Was Going On With MGM Resorts In September?

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, the board of MGM Resorts International decided to approve a $1 billion share repurchase program. At a market cap of $17.7 billion today, the program represented a significant portion of its current market cap. By the end of the week, MGM's CEO, James Murren, had coolly divested himself of 80% of the shares he owned in his company. The divestment came just days before the ex-dividend date on September 8th, 2017.

Mandalay Bay is owned by MGM Resorts International


This just in. The Las Vegas official account has been changed Bigge Tymme.

Los Angeles Times - Las Vegas gunman shot security guard a full six minutes before opening fire on concertgoers, police reveal

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Odds are the security guard dies in a freak accident

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We know, or should know by now, what The Diversity really means by "a conversation", but it's good to hear 'em say it from time to time.

Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama: The root of all problems are "All white man".

Or it may be moronic shrews with all the grace and style of a tow truck.

Next please

The quote for this week comes from Second City Cop:

If you make enemies of your police, you better make friends with the criminals.


From the Tacuinum Sanitatis, 1612

In October, Arme your body soundly with pleasant wines or spiced drinks against the ensuing Winter. Arme your minde with study, for now this temperate time invites thee to read without impediments either of violent colde or violent heat.

and finally

The Brits may send their brand new carrier to waters off Korea to join the US task force already there. It's so new it hasn't completed its shakedown cruise. Having been on a shakedown cruise I can tell you, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. They're stress tests, designed to reveal defects. Combat is no place to find out what those things are. Full equipage and flight training for operational deployment was scheduled to be completed in 2020. It hints at a seriously compressed schedule. Worrisome.

President Trump's phrases, "calm before the storm," and "sorry, only one thing works," are also worrisome. I had anticipated whatever "it" is would happen before Monday. But no. Stay alert. Things could get out of hand and catastrophically so. And with that, here's yer brand new ol' Woodpile Report.


1945. Western Electric magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Western Electric had a long history. For most of its existence it was the electrical engineering and manufacturing arm of ATT&T, mainly supplying its Bell System companies. In 1996, after 127 years of doing business under that name, it became Lucent Technologies and thereafter underwent several iterations. The last fragment standing become part of Nokia in 2016.

Shown in the ad is Western Electric's model 202 telephone, introduced in 1930 and produced through 1937. The 202 was the 102 of 1927 with upgraded circuitry to defeat acoustic feedback, but identical in appearance. In turn, the 102 dial-base was nearly the same base used for its predecessor "candlestick" model.

The ad says it plainly, when production of new telephones was curtailed for World War II, the 202 stayed in service beyond its intended life span and held up well. In fact, the 202 was routinely refurbished and reissued into the 1950s.

In 1951 the "Imperial" version was offered to commemorate the company's 75th anniversary. It was a 202 gussied up with an ivory color handset and nickel or brass plated base . A fully restored, standard black 202 runs about three hundred bux today.



Remus's notebook


Zero Hedge - NRA Caves On "Bump Fire Stocks," Says They Should Be "Subject To Additional Regulations"

Coyote Blog - Craigslist Has Become A Total Sewer of Scammers

Amerika - Another Myth Dies: American Indians Were Not Given Smallpox-Infected Blankets ... it's been known since the beginning Indians looted them from settlers and hospital patients they killed during a cholera epidemic

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine explains the Columbus "genocide":

The average lifespan for Native Americans before Columbus committed “genocide” against them was around 35. It is now more than double that. When Columbus arrived in the New World, the total number of indigenous Injuns in what is now North America was less than two million. There currently are 5.2 million self-identified “Native Americans” in the USA alone and another two million or so in Canada.

So they’re living more than twice as long and there are more than twice as many of them. That doesn’t sound like genocide to me. That sounds like an upgrade into the first-class section

War Is Boring - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Russia’s Huge Tank Force ... Russia still prefers to improve existing designs

Ars Technica - White House wants to end Social Security numbers as a national ID ... examining the use of a “modern cryptographic identifier.”

Geller Report - YouTube and Facebook remove video of Las Vegas attacker at anti-Trump protest ... article includes video, Paddock and Danley

Birch Gold - 3 Uncommon Signs that an Economic Collapse Could Happen Soon ... resurgence of synthetic CDOs, lenders loosening mortgage standards, the “skyscraper index”

Don Surber - Weinstein was a warning to Hillary ... the people who peddled this to the Times aren't in the story. But Clinton is. The Times prominently displayed a picture of her and Weinstein at a fund-raiser

EAG News - Elementary teacher takes knee during morning Pledge of Allegiance

The Trace - Amid Talk of Banning Bump Stocks for Guns, Retailers Are Selling Out of the Devices

Free Beacon - Donors of Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Group Revealed ... Kellog, Ford foundations and Soros in for millions

Breitbart - Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) is taking a stand for gun control by calling for a ban on bump stocks following Stephen Paddock’s use of the devices in the Las Vegas attack.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The race is on, which Republican congressmen can be first from their state to fold and whimper.

MSN - I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise ... she's still anti-gun but went where the facts took her

Fox News - Black Lives Matter shouts down ACLU: 'You protect Hitler, too!' ... William & Mary College issued a statement saying silencing others was “not acceptable in our community”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yeah. Right.

Willow Haven Outdoor - 6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know & Why

Zero Hedge - NFL Players Join Soros To Fund Leftist Advocacy Groups ... while we subsidize their stadiums

Daily Mail - Black hockey player becomes the first NHL star to join national anthem protest ... antifa communist salute

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Why we can't have nice things.

WND - D.C. raises white flag in fight over 2nd Amendment ... refuses to appeal pro-gun ruling, hoping to limit damage from judges' opinion

Today I Found Out - How To Make a Proper Cup of Tea According to Famed English Author George Orwell ... comprised of “eleven outstanding points,” in order

Breitbart - California Hepatitis A Outbreak on Verge of Statewide Epidemic ... California has about 21 percent of America’s homeless

Breitbart - Through Week 4, the NFL Shows Massive Viewer Loss Among All Key Demos ... losing viewers of all races and ages

Science - How big is the proton? ... 0.8335 femtometer. Accepted measurement of 7 years ago was off by 3.3 SD. No small thing, well actually it is, but you know what I mean


Stuff you may want to think about
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Control, Spectator - That is the utopia to which gun-control liberals hope to lead America. They clamor for a tragedy-proof America in which “nothing bad ever happens to anyone,” except the massive loss of their freedom. The gun control lobby’s “solution” to crime is the granting of more and more power to a state that treats everyone like a criminal. Conspicuously absent from all the sanctimonious lectures on gun control this week was any grappling with America’s cultural meltdown, which is the most comprehensible explanation for a spike in mass shootings even as laws and restrictions multiply. The loudest voices for gun control come from the degenerate cultural forces most responsible for that meltdown.


Journalism, Free Beacon - Journalists reacted to Trump's election with a combination of panic, fear, disgust, fascination, exhilaration. Who has time for dispassionate analysis, for methodical research and reporting when nothing less than the future of the country is at stake? Especially when the depletion of veteran editors, the relative youth and inexperience of political and congressional reporters, and the proliferation of social media, with its hot takes and quips, its groupthink and instant gratification, makes the transition from inquiry to indignation all too easy. The content is intended not for the public but for other media. The CNN anchors aren't talking to you. They are talking to one another. The conversations are self-referential, self-sustaining, self-validating.


NASA, Principia Scientific - Global warming alarmists are hyperventilating over President Trump’s “climate change denier” pick to head NASA. Hopefully, he will end the agency’s politically corrupt and embarrassing role in perpetuating history’s arguably most costly fraud, a tiny politically-protected group of climate model theorists called the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. They have a long history of “tuning” global temperature data and abbreviating recorded timelines to make the past colder in order to have recent temperatures appear remarkably warmer. It is tragic to see NASA publicly identified with and misrepresented by a junk science-premised climate alarm propaganda machine.


Esteem, Taki's Magazine - The horrible actions of the world’s tyrants, in many instances, amount to this statement: “I am a man whom you will esteem.” Prisons and graves all over the world are filled with men who, in response to not receiving the esteem they craved, decided to punish others. And yet, without this inner monstrousness, this will to affirm the self at any cost, art and science and civilization itself would not be the splendors that they are. Old masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer were able to reveal so much through their representations not only because of their exquisite craftsmanship; they were also seers, they divined essences.


1939. Ralls Texas


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A day laborer pulls maintenance on an Allis Chalmers tractor. Allis Chalmers collaborated with Firestone in 1932 to introduce pneumatic tires rather than the steel cleated wheels standard at the time, greatly increasing both traction and fuel economy.

The farm equipment business of Allis Chalmers ended in 1985, the company effectively dissolved in 1998. Briggs & Stratton began selling lawn tractors under the Allis Chalmers brand in 2008, only some of which are in the familiar orange paint.

Ralls is an agricultural town of 1,900 in the southern part of the Texas panhandle. A beached aircraft carrier can be seen on the far horizon, an experiment in repurposing gone terribly wrong.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Rights, Town Hall - We really don’t need to have a conversation about our rights to keep and bear arms. They’re rights. There’s nothing to talk about.The left, including its pet media, thinks that our rights were merely iterated, and that the left can take an eraser to the parchment and – voila! – no more pesky rights for you flyover people. Nah. I think we’ll keep ‘em. I, for one, am not super inclined to give up my ability to defend myself in response to demands by people who eagerly tell me they want me enslaved or dead. Literally dead. We know that us having rights is inconvenient, but that’s too damn bad. Because we aren’t asking you for our rights. We’re telling you we aren’t giving them up.


Pointless debate, PJ Media - This debate is over. It's been over for a very long time. Gun laws have been getting less strict, not more, as people wise up to the reality that bad guys will always have guns. No mass shooting attack is going to cause the pro-Second Amendment side to waver. As a nation, we are at an impasse. This debate is over. You want to take away our guns and we won't let you. We are not the problem and we know it. The gun-control lobby needs to ask themselves a very important question: Are they willing to die for their cause? Arguing the merits of the Second Amendment is a pointless exercise. All you need to know is we will not allow you to take it away.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Blaming the Las Vegas massacre on gun owners is like blaming 9-11 on frequent fliers.


Violence, Chronicle of Higher Education - An undercurrent in these concerns over activism is the threat of escalation, of peaceful demonstrations veering into violence and property destruction. Authorities want students to confront issues of racism and imperialism using civil methods and "proper" forms of communication. Some black students become frustrated when they observe administrators, hoping not to offend donors and critics, moving lackadaisically on issues of racial bias. These student agitators have concluded that if they do not feel welcome, no one else will either — and that their humanity and safety are no longer up for civil debate.


Escape, Return of Kings - The social malaise of cultural Marxism affects numerous areas of life. It’s especially so when backed by law and other influential forces. No compromise will satisfy them. They received reasonable accommodations long ago, but kept moving the goalposts. Whenever society gives in, then it’s always something else. Whites have been told that in-group preferences are evil, and they must not have pride or solidarity. However, everyone else has been told exactly the opposite, and that Whites have caused all their problems. Rather than retreating from the world, we must engage it. Escaping to the suburbs didn’t help over the long haul, and escaping to the hills won’t either.


1938. New York City

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The night skyline.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Bull Moose, Today I Found Out - On October 14, 1912, nothing seemed out of the ordinary in the moments before Teddy Roosevelt was to give a simple campaign speech. The former President of the United States was running for a near unprecedented third term, this time as the Progressive Party candidate. However, when Roosevelt stepped onto the stage with a sort of wobble, his friend Henry Cochems felt obligated to tell the audience what had happened – Roosevelt had been shot only moments before. Most people were stunned, while others couldn’t believe it – one person even reportedly yelled “Fake!” Chuckling, Roosevelt opened his coat to reveal a bloodied and bullet-pierced shirt.


LIGO, Ars Technica - Gravitational waves are changes in the fabric of space caused by the acceleration of an object. All objects produce them, but only the most massive can make a wave that can possibly be detected. Their existence was a consequence of Einstein's theory of relativity, although they weren't an obvious outcome of his equations when he first proposed them in 1915. By 1998, the facilities were built, and the instruments were installed in 2002, but saw nothing. Several years of upgrades led to Advanced LIGO, which was ready for operation in 2015. Within three weeks, it spotted its first gravitational wave event.


Nomads, Part I, Survival Blog - There have always been individuals and small groups who prefer (or are forced) to minimize their interactions with “society” and not be tied to any specific location. These have traditionally been called wanderers, travelers, gypsies, nomads, et cetera. The pressures of modern society and the desire of governments to exercise an ever-increasing degree of control over people’s lives has made such an existence extremely difficult. However, in a post-TEOTWAWKI world, those factors would all but disappear, making such a lifestyle much more possible and potentially necessary for some people. This article is meant as a thought exercise in exploring a wandering lifestyle in such a scenario.

Part 2 , Survival Blog


Anne Frank, Smithsonian - A retired FBI agent has launched an investigation into the enduring historical mystery, hoping to find out once and for all who betrayed Anne Frank. Pankoke and his team are compiling a huge database of documents that may contain information relevant to the Frank case. Her father, Otto Frank, survived, and spent the rest of his life trying to discover who had betrayed his family. Over the years, some 30 different suspects have been suggested as the possible culprit, from the wife of a warehouse employee, to the sister of Otto Frank’s typist, to Anton Ahlers, a business associate of Otto Frank who was active in the Dutch Nazi party.


Korea, National Interest - The clearest path to North Korean victory in war depends on a quick defeat of South Korean forces, providing the United States and Japan with a fait accompli that Pyongyang will expect Beijing to back. The North Korean attack would likely involve a classic 20th century combined arms assault, using artillery to disrupt RoK defenses. North Korea would likely reserve a large proportion of its land-attack cruise missiles and short-range ballistic missiles for attacks on South Korean air bases. North Korea would hope that the prospect of war against China (and perhaps Russia) would deter the United States from pursuing the liberation of South Korea.


1939. Poland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg On the 1st of September 1939, Germany invaded Poland from the north, south and west with 60 divisions, six of them armored. Opposing them were Poland's 39 divisions, only 70% of which were fully mobilized. Two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany.

By prior agreement, the Red Army invaded from the east with 33 divisions on the 17th of September. Communist partisans within Poland betrayed their country and joined the Soviet attack. Britain and France did not declare war on the USSR.

The photo commemorates the linkup of the German Army and the Red Army. The surrender came on the 6th of October, after which Poland was partitioned between Germany and the Soviet Union.

In an address to his deputies a week before the invasion, Hitler made his intentions clear:

"The object of the war is to physically destroy the enemy. That is why I have prepared, for the moment only in the East, my Death's Head formations with orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the living space we need."



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Notate Bene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10 Oct 2017