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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Barend Koekkoek, Winter Landscape, 1856

Barend Koekkoek was the premier landscapist of his time and founder of Dutch landscape romanticism, meaning traditional realism but in idealized light with a diffuse atmosphere. Beloved to this day, his works are considered a legitimate extension of the Golden Age of Dutch painting.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Planning for Escape and Evasion

Although technically a vagabond, a man the locals called "Leatherman" lived a life approximating Escape and Evasion a century and a half ago. He traveled a circuit some 180 miles on a side, from Connecticut to the Hudson River and back again, with such regularity his reappearances were dependably foreseen by townspeople. In time he became an Odin The Wanderer-like legend.

Modern day Escape and Evasion derives from the US military's Code of Conduct, which requires captured military personnel to "make every effort to escape". Escape and Evasion training is based on standard survival woodcraft with emphasis on covert techniques appropriate for hostile territory. The survivalist in a catastrophe is more likely to be escaping detection than capture, but the methods apply.

Leatherman was in no danger of capture as far as we know, nor was he in hostile territory, but for thirty years or more he used the basic practices of Escape and Evasion, including regular movement between proven sites in a large, remote area familiar to him.

If we assume, and it's reasonable to assume, a collapse of civil society to the extent such skills become necessary, the prudent survivalist will prepare not just a bugout destination but also prepare for worst case Escape and Evasion. The "escape" part could mean retreating from hostiles who overrun his main bugout site or otherwise prevent him from occupying it.

Some will practice Escape and Evasion as a prepared means to reach a safer destination. Catastrophes in the past suggest it will more commonly be used to avoid a present and mortal threat that may persist for weeks or months, which is what we'll consider here.

The first requirement is a home territory, preferably not much more than a day's hike from the survivalist's bugout site. Wooded and watered hill country offering sites for covert camps are close to ideal. Five miles on a side is probably too small, twenty miles on a side is not too large.

While a contour map has its uses, it's no substitute for the familiarity that comes with methodical woods-cruising in good weather and bad, even at night. The survivalist must "own" his territory, every ridge and swale, every spring and rock and run, every tree and bush. It's a crucial advantage for evasion if discovered and pursued. With time familiarity approaches the supernatural, sensing when something's not right, tipping off a presence not yet obvious.

The usual attributes of covert camps are to be observed, but no one site will be ideal. Each should offer something unique. Perhaps it's a hotspot for game or fish, or well suited to particularly bad weather, or it includes a free flowing spring and rich forage in season, or is exceptionally secluded. Think of them as a network of resorts, a few miles apart, each having a special asset in addition to their standard features.

Leatherman resupplied about every five weeks in towns along his route, something like long-distance hikers do on the Appalachian Trail. This is not an option in a catastrophic survival situation, obviously. Nor is raiding in any form. In a time of extreme scarcity, theft announces the presence of a lurker and demands attention.

Prepositioned caches provide the necessary independence from outside supply. They also allow escape as-is and afterward permit traveling light between sites. Provisions for ninety days may be a good first approximation, six or seven caches with two week's rations at each, say. As elsewhere, this is for one person. Should the nature of the calamity warrant and become apparent sufficiently in advance, perishables could be doubled or tripled. Ramping up is easier done than starting from nothing.

A plan for providing each site with caches might include: one cache for arrival with emergency and immediate use items on top, another with food only, a third one with standard survival supplies: firemaking, ammunition, batteries, cordage, medical, water purification and so forth. Caches should be well away from the shelter site and, if practical, a standard distance in the same direction from each site. Precut pole timber for shelter framing could also be stashed in such a way as not to attract notice.

An aside: one item to consider carrying is a weather radio. Tiny, battery-powered units are available for about twenty dollars. Assuming the reporting service is maintained it's a resource worth having.

Migration at intervals from one camp to another, in addition to serving situational awareness, levels out the depletion of supplies. Also think about one centrally located cache for seldom needed items. These might be bulk cordage, spares and repair items, specialty tools and equipment, clothing—especially seasonal clothing—perhaps a few books and other comfort items. But beware of over-reliance on equipage rather than improvisation and woodcraft.

Covert camping is a study in itself: choosing and improving sites, camouflage and stealth fires, quick shelter construction and takedown, noise abatement, unattended fishing, night travel, area surveillance methods, anti-tracker techniques and on and on.

A survivalist is not a partisan guerrilla looking to engage an enemy. While it's wise to have a retrievable battle rifle should that day come, it makes sense in the interim to carry a light game rifle in a small caliber, backed up with a heavier caliber sidearm for defense.

A survivalist handles armed confrontation by evasion, meaning "be somewhere else". If surprised, he will break contact and disappear, easier to do with confidence when every tree and trail is familiar for miles in any direction. If there's no option but to take down a relentless bad guy he will make it an unfair contest.

Stripped of its conventions and models, survival means emerging from a catastrophe alive and functioning, with preparations for not being materially worse off than going in. All else is preference.

Few of us wish to live as a fugitive. But most of us want to live. The tradeoff, once made, would soon be intolerable for some, miserable but bearable for others, an adventure for still others.

For those who imagine going "off grid" is roughing it, decoupling from society altogether, even amidst murderous chaos, will be inconceivable. Said differently, these are life's self-selected victims.

Emergencies eventually moderate, whatever "eventually" may mean. When and how to reengage may be perilous call. But should the emergency outlast the survivalist's self sufficiency, or devolve further, the next step may be to migrate to a different region or affiliate with others to construct a viable community for the duration. Even then, survival as a latter day Leatherman is Plan B.

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The ol' Z Man nails it again. This is from his essay, The Death of Hollywood:

I've argued on and off for a while now that we are at the end of a great cultural cycle. The old culture that was born and flourished in the 20 century is dead. We still have the structures and institutions from that era, but they are husks of themselves. There is no cultural energy to animate them and give them vibrancy. The collapse of Hollywood may be a sign of it. Movies and TV are artifacts of the last century. Like zombies, these institutions shuffle along, searching for brains, but they are finally collapsing into dust.

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The quote for this week comes from Vox Day:

Time has already run out on conservatives. They had 37 years, the Presidency, the House, the Senate, nine Supreme Court nominations, and two economic booms with which to fight the cultural war. And they did absolutely nothing... The Alt-Right acts. The Alt-Right fights. The Alt-Right does not surrender. Because of that, the Alt-Right will be the only Right that survives to defeat the Left.

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Sovereign Man tells us how automated index funds are leading to a buy-sell market rather than a trading market and warns of an automated, self-reinforcing cascade in a downturn. Key data:

37% of the S&P 500 stocks are now passively managed index funds, meaning computerized trading.
Vanguard has $3 trillion in index funds and owns 6.8% of the S&P 500.
BlackRock has $4.3 trillion in index funds.

James Rawles at Survival Blog has a warning for preppers:

The P/E ratio of the Dow Jones stocks now stands above 31 to 1. There have only been two times since the early 1880s that U.S. stocks have been so grossly overbought: Just before 1929 stock market crash and just before the 2000 “dot.com” bubble implosion. Consider this an earnest stock market crash warning.

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The quote for this week comes from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke via Breitbart:

Today’s veterans spend their entire careers at war.

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James Lewis sums up the plight of Our Betters in his essay, Lib Ruling Class Goes Daffy Duck, at American Thinker:

Nothing the left has tried since the Soviet Union crumbled has gone as badly as today's "progressive" nervous breakdown. Even in Europe, ordinary people are finally waking up to the tyranny of an unelected ruling class. Planetary disaster-mongers are beginning to hunker down as actual facts keep coming in. Ravening sharks are said to tear each other apart when their prey escapes. What do Democrat lawyers do?

and finally,

There are no solutions, only tradeoffs, sayeth the sage. In all things, we trade some of this for some of that. Finding the optimum balance is what makes experience valuable, your own or that of others. Avoiding the balance is how "survivalists" end up with knives of every length, profile and material, guns in every caliber and configuration, cammies in every pattern and fabric on offer, and so forth

My solution is to "bookend". One knife is a foot-long with a quarter-inch thick blade for rough work and as a "forever weapon", the other is a small one for fine work, with a finger grip handle, really effective jimping and a generous choil. One set of cammies are for warm weather, the other for cold weather, okay okay, and a snow pullover. I've found bookending to be widely applicable.

In the 1930s a design philosophy took hold summarized as "form follows function", meaning the configuration of an item should be imposed not by aesthetics or expectations but by its purpose, i.e., work backwards from its use to its form. This is a pretty good way to chose your survival supplies. Understand what purpose an item is to answer. Then look at the tradeoffs, i.e., weight, price, durability, bulk and so forth.

Escape and Evasion is survival down at the "hard pan" level, not the comfortable redoubt of fantasy: a solar-powered cabin with a year's supply of food and movies, dental hygiene for the dog, and neighbors who will bait their hook. They're the kind that drive around puddles in their SUV. Being comfortable, untroubled and entertained seems to be their goal. They're not prepared to survive an apocalypse, they're prepared to live a little less stylishly than they live now. One writer calls them "yuppie scum". A fit of diplomacy, perhaps.

Change subject. I enjoy the emails I get from my beloved readers, I learn a lot of amazing things, their comments are fascinating, but alas, in order to get Woodpile Report out, and all the other stuff done, I didn't open my email for a couple of days. Desperation. It's going to be standard practice. Gotta do it. No choice. I'll get to 'em, jes not right away.

Anyway, enough chitchat, now it's time to pay the piper. Yes, time to peek over the parapet at the outrages du jour, the palace intrigues and the disinformation that shoots like a fire hose from every orifice of the media. On then, to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1940. Lincoln Zephyr magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lincoln-Zephyr was a very successful line of mid-price, mid-size Lincoln luxury cars from 1936 until 1942. After the war, Ford restarted production of their prewar models, as did all manufacturers, with some minor cosmetic changes, but the pre-war Zephyr name was dropped.

The 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr shown in the ad was powered by 292 cubic inch flat-head V-12, with a three-speed manual transmission. This engine was produced until the all-new 1949 models, powered by a 337 cubic inch V8 engine.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Patriot Post - Irony Alert: MLB Anthem Kneeler Arrested ... this is why nobody takes athletes’ social activism seriously

Daily Caller - Disney Channel To Introduce Gay Storyline On Children’s Sitcom ... the average viewer is 10 years old

Alt-Right Exposed - Richard Spencer’s Alt-Right and the Alt-Left Have Same Views ... exposed as a deep state plant

Vintage News - People used magic to get out of Roman toilets alive and other revelations about daily life in ancient world

Taki's Magazine - The Casting Crib ... can a wave of pedophilia accusations against entertainment execs be that far behind?

Max Planck Institute For Radio Astronomy - The Far Side of the Milky Way, Mapping Spiral Structure for an Improved Picture of our Home Galaxy... within the next 10 years, we should have a fairly complete picture

American Digest - In the Details: The Discovery of Classical Beauty ... my friend’s favorite memory was of the obscure painting whose details opened up the world of art to his understanding

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Although you'd never know it from the commercial art news, a major movement of our time is toward classic realism. Contemporary masters are producing works that rival those of the golden age. For more info, and a comprehensive gallery of old and new masters, here's a source: Art Renewal Center .

Watts Up With That? - We should have seen it coming ... Global Warming Thought Police Want Climate Skeptics In ‘Jail’

Reason - The Fragile Generation, Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed... prepare your child for the path, not the path for your child

College Fix - Columbia Black student activists demand defunding of College Republicans: They ‘oppose our humanity’ ... but they still have to pay student fees

Stuff Nobody Cares About - 6 Ways Television Is Helping To Make Baseball Unwatchable ... baseball broadcasts have become one big video game

Spectator - No Crying in Baseball — But Lots of PC

Fox News - George Washington's Church Says Plaque Honoring First President Must Come Down ... plaques make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Z Man reveals why it's ordinary people who "feel unwelcome" at this church. Hint: because they are.

National Interest - Why the Battle of Kursk Might Just Be the Most Misunderstood World War II Battle

Phys Org - Russian scientists find flaws in popular theories of gravity ... a step toward a new theory of gravity that fulfills the requirements of modern physics

Zero Hedge - Grade-Rigging Scandal Escalates: Baltimore Schools CEO Issue Memo In Response To Investigations ... one school in Baltimore has the highest graduation rate in the area with zero students proficient in math

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Inner city" Baltimore schools get $17,000 per student, not tied to achievement in any way, attendance is enough and even that's faked. What did anyone think would happen?

Breitbart - NFL Ratings Continue to Crater As New Numbers Reveal Massive Two-Year Decline ... off 18.7 percent from 2015

College Fix - Yale ‘decolonizes’ English dept. after complaints studying white authors ‘actively harms’ students, English majors no longer required to take class focused on Chaucer, Shakespeare

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Inclusion" means exclude the white guys. Always.

Quanta - Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes ... "one of these ideas that after someone tells you, it’s obvious"

Vox Popoli - The death cult in comics ... why Marvel and DC Comics are are committing financial suicide and taking their dealers down with them

CBS - Rash Of ‘Knockout’ Attacks Has Some New Yorkers Worried ... police have not yet released a description of the suspects. [No need]

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Anti-togetherness, Fred On Everything - We have elevated almost to the status of religion the idea that people are indistinguishable, or should be, and must be forced into association. This is said to be the natural or at least desirable state of humanity, even though it clearly is not what we really want. We have the silly spectacle of universities struggling to recruit diversity which, once recruited, struggles to segregate itself. Much of today’s anger would diminish if we allowed people to live in neighborhoods of their own kind, and study in schools of their own kind, and be policed by their own kind, and to establish clubs as they like. We could call this something like, oh, say, “freedom.”

 

Racist math, American Thinker - A math education professor at the University of Illinois argued in a newly published book that algebraic and geometry skills perpetuate “unearned privilege” among whites. Euro-bias or white privilege does not seem to have prevented East Asians from excelling at math. Math is difficult, it requires concentration, focus, and the ability to reason. It is hard work that not everyone is prepared to make the sacrifices for. Some of those non-western peoples chose to adapt to the available intellectual bounty and throw themselves into the realm of science, engineering, entrepreneurship, and achievement, with Japan as the prototype. Race had nothing to do with their success.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Have I or have I not repeatedly told you STEM was next for hollowing out? In a few years universities will be teaching remedial arithmetic up to the graduate level. Maff degrees for all. But wait, there's more. Math is how white guys oppress wymyn, as The Independent Sentinel discovered:

Feminist Professor at the University of California-Davis, Sara Giordano, writing for the Catalyst, titled a recent article, Those who can’t, teach critical science literacy as a queer science of failure.

... about which Francis Porretto comments, at Liberty's Torch:

Perhaps it's cruel of me, but I get a huge kick out of the pretensions of feminist "scholars" who write things such as that. They're probably aware that the problem lies within them – i.e., that they don't have the intellectual capacity to comprehend the sciences or the willpower to work at them until they do.

 

Stalin, New Yorker - The more tyrannical Stalin became, the more people had cause to doubt him, and the more likely it became that they would abandon him. Stalin had to keep the killing going because otherwise he would never be secure. The Terror, which had started in early 1937, ended in the fall of 1938, with the removal of the head of the N.K.V.D., Nikolai Yezhov. He was blamed for “excesses,” and eventually executed. Some of the people who’d been arrested were now released. The interrogators beat Yezhov’s underlings into confessing that he had ordered them to beat confessions out of others.

 

Twain, Paris Review - By the age of fifty, Mark Twain had achieved something he had dreamed of and worked for his entire life: he was rich. If there was gentility in Mark Twain’s background, it was of the shabby kind, at least by the time he came along. The tantalizing prospect of great wealth bedeviled Mark Twain for much of his life. It spurred him on as few other things did. Only in retrospect does the appearance of Twain’s first writings seem like a historic occasion. Twain’s passion wasn’t to work in a print shop, pilot riverboats, write for newspapers, or even—as he would do in his twenties—prospect for gold and silver out West. Twain’s goal was to make money and then make even more money.

 

1938. Aliquippa Pennsylvania

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aliquippa is an Ohio River town of about 9,000 on the western border of Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. When this photo was taken in 1938 the population was about 27,000. It was the home of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company until it closed in the 1980s. The town takes its name from the Seneca Queen Aliquippa, a station name assigned by the P&LE railroad.

S.W.O.C. was the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a 1930s outfit that infiltrated company unions. It became part of the newly formed United Steel Workers of America in 1942.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

New timeline, Daily Mail - Digital experts working for The New York Times analyzed 30 videos from the murderous rampage on October 1 to piece together a chronology of events. Stephen Paddock began firing at the Route 91 Harvest festival concertgoers at 10.05pm, starting out with single shots. Mandalay Bay security guard Campos was shot a minute later - at 10.06pm - and not before the massacre began, as police had said earlier. The firing continues in a series of 12 bursts from 10.05pm until 10.15pm. At 10.22pm, the firing stops and cops are outside Paddock's hotel room. At 11.20pm - they break into his suite and find him dead on the floor. They estimate Paddock fired about 900 rounds during the massacre.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Is this the real and for true timeline, at last? Shirley, you jest. The timeline is never the timeline. Which leads us to wonder, did Kate escape from the car before it went over the cliff? Did Lance make it out of the cave before the bomb exploded? Will Kevin name the second shooter at the Tropicana? See Hotel Of Horror, Chapter Four, at this theatre next week.

A little arithmetic. 900 rounds in 12 bursts—their count—is 75 rounds per burst. Now that's what I call high-capacity magazines. Except maybe it wasn't 900 rounds into the crowd, 200 of them went through the door and down the hallway, they say. 700 rounds in 12 bursts is 58.3 rounds per burst. Not only doesn't it add up, it doesn't divide up either.

Here's the official story thus far as summed up by Aesop at Raconteur Report:

Only 24 days after recovering it, investigators have discovered that Stephen Paddock's laptop computer had its hard drive removed.

So, c'mon now. He meticulously planned the shooting, removed his hard drive well in advance, but hadn't barricaded his doors with furniture, and stopped shooting at thousands of helpless targets hundreds of yards away, despite having hundreds to thousands of unfired rounds remaining, because an unarmed security guard showed up, who he unaccountably missed with 200 rounds despite a range to target measured in inches.

And after becoming bored with unleashing biblical levels of carnage, he stopped shooting, well before any police arrived, and quietly ate his pistol. Sh'yeah, that's totally how this went down.

Not mentioned in the timeline is this puzzling item, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Investigators suspect Paddock removed the hard drive from the laptop after he opened fire from his high-rise suite at Mandalay Bay into a crowd at a country music festival... The hard drive hasn’t been found, according to the official...

Hasn't been found?! Wait wait. Paddock stopped shooting, removed the hard drive, shot himself ... annnd it's gone. Huh? Anyone look under the couch cushions?

 

Globalization, Sultan Knish - The migrants were supposed to supplement the German workforce. Syrians would build the Mercedes coupes of tomorrow, Pakistanis would put together Siemens ultrasound devices and Somalis would produce Bayer’s pharmaceuticals. There would be no need for Germany to continue exploring the Japanese model of smarter automation to replace a falling population. Globalization would provide. But the migrants weren’t coming to Germany to work. And they aren’t working. The “refugees” came for Germany’s generous welfare programs. And they’ve wrecked enough of the country that Merkel wants to pay them to leave.

 

Rolling Stone, Taki's Magazine - Hearing that Rolling Stone was being sold was like hearing that the Famous Famiglia pizza chain was being sold, because, basically, Rolling Stone is to rock & roll what airport pizza is to pizza. Not only will I not miss Rolling Stone, I will celebrate its passing. Rolling Stone lied. It had its own concept of the story of rock & roll, and that notion was a pale chalk outline around the actual, useful, ecstatic reality. No single force in our American rock and pop culture did more to hurt the life force of American rock & roll than Rolling Stone. That’s because it gave a woefully misleading picture of the culture, while claiming, essentially, to be the voice of the culture.

 

Diversity, Front Page - Only one racial group in America is subject to a system of codes, regulations and laws discriminating against members of its race when it comes to employment and education. Affirmative action is racial discrimination as a hard objective fact. Racial preferences reward and punish people based on their race. Diversity is a mandate on campuses and in corporations across the country. And it’s the very definition of racism. The elites champion an unceasing battle against ‘whiteness’, yet ridicule the idea that white people might feel discriminated against. They legalize discrimination against white people, yet alternate between dismissing and justifying its existence. And then they act shocked that they lost the white vote.

 

1942. Near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo was taken deep in Pittsburgh Coal Company's Montour Mine 4. In 1942 coal heated factories and homes. Coal powered electric generating plants and locomotives. And it's the carbon in carbon steel. The largest part of civilization rested on coal.

Montour Mine 4, a producer of high quality bituminous coal, is in Washington County, southwest of Pittsburgh.

 

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Tower amid the ruins, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - The psalmist tries to understand reality in contrast to the progressive who decides what virtue is to be and re-evaluates the past accordingly. They are two points of view and ways of thinking, with Marxism winning the argument in the academy, the media and entertainment through most of the 20th century. But in the 21st century, first slowly but with gathering speed the Internet has collapsed the Narrative and laid bare the corruption of Hollywood, politics and the media. For the first time in a century, the assumption progressives are a uniquely moral people pursuing a virtuous enterprise is impossible to sustain.

 

Unity, Z Man - The fetish for unity is a Progressive thing. When public opinion is running hard against some Progressive cause the public is described as “divided over the issue.” A suitable bad guy is found and scorn is heaped on him by the media for his divisiveness. When opinion is slightly in favor of the Progressives, then we hear that the public is nearly unanimous in their support. This is followed by calls of unity, which means the opposition should surrender. We have run out of plausible bogeymen with which to scare the public. As a result, America is returning to its nature. The pleas for unity are, in effect, demands to maintain the status quo.

 

Non-nuclear subs, National Interest - As America tries to build up a 355-ship navy, it needs to consider acquiring conventionally powered attack submarines to complement its nuclear-powered ones. This would be no small change. The U.S. Navy commissioned its last diesel-electric submarine in the 1950s, and it hasn’t operated one since 1990. Still, the idea of building diesel-electric submarines has gained some steam in recent years. Japan’s Soryus only have to surface every two weeks. And, while they wouldn’t have the same endurance of nuclear-powered subs, America could buy at least five Soryus for each Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine. Even if each conventional sub isn’t as capable as its nuclear counterpart, there is strength in numbers, especially when the numbers are overwhelmingly lopsided.

 

Korea, East Asia Forum - North Korea is no longer pursuing nuclear capability; it is a nuclear-armed state. It has maybe 60 nuclear bombs already, ICBMs to put US mainland cities within range and the technology to miniaturise nuclear warheads for increased range. Premeditated military strikes by either side are unlikely triggers to a nuclear exchange. Instead, the fuse of an unwanted nuclear war could be lit by a fatal miscalculation. China has concluded that North Korea is here to stay as the world’s ninth nuclear-armed state. Beijing’s strategy is to absorb US pressure to rein in Pyongyang by appearing to be trying hard to coerce it into denuclearisation, without really taking any meaningful steps to do so.

 

1944. Florence, Italy

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg La Resistenza was a partisan umbrella group of about a quarter-million members operating behind enemy lines from 1943 to 1945. As is usual, their weapons came from soldiers who escaped capture, those taken from the enemy, and air drops by the Allies. They also made off with new submachine guns stolen in quantity straight from the Beretta production lines.

Most fighting was classic guerrilla warfare in the rugged mountains of the interior. La Resistenza is said to have tied up six or seven German divisions, including two divisions that surrendered to them in 1945 and led to the collapse of the Occupation in northwest Italy. They also smuggled escaped POWs into Switzerland or across Allied lines, and supported Italian Jews evading deportation to the camps.

The photo is of a partisan fighter in Florence, in the Tuscany region north of Rome. Before evacuating Florence the Germans held public executions of captured partisans. La Resistenza suffered about 50,000 killed or missing.

 

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

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