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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
not who we are
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
value neutral
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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Alfred Stevens, Parisienne Japonaise, 1871

Another Stevens gem, as promised


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I don't talk much about knives. Say anything about knives and partisan hobbyists take it as proof I'm too retarded to be driving on public roads. They're like metallurgy cultists proselytizing the benighted, or third worlders who arrange marriages on a competitive basis. I'm thinking they have bench made toenail clippers at a C-note each. Bizarre. But readers ask. Fair enough.

I've had my EDC pocket knives for decades, a "Swiss army" and a congress, but my Kershaw folder is practically new, only had it a few years. They're all stainless. Confession: I can't shake the notion folders are unserious. 'Way down deep I don't believe knives should have moving parts. There's something majestic about simplicity. But, tradeoff.

My small fixed blade, configured for fine work, is also stainless. It has a three and a quarter inch long blade, quite wide and 5/32 (4mm) thick, with a sharp-cornered spine. Jimping, choil, full tang, all that good stuff. Made in Argentina. It doubles as my neck-knife. I carry it in a homemade Kydex sheath, handle-down so it can be drawn with one hand. The sheath hangs from braided paracord, natch, and has a snazzy ferro rod pocket. Klassy, no? It takes very little to keep me entertained.

I'm not a fan of stainless for full-size, fixed blade knives. My two full size fixed blade knives are Schrades, each about a foot long and weighing a pound or so, with 1095 steel—means a nominal 0.95% carbon content—quarter-inch (6mm) thick blades. No blade steel is perfect, and 1095 is imperfect in the ways I prefer. For one, little chips are easily healed.

I sharpen my big fixed blades the same way I sharpen a chain saw, take time out as I go to touch 'em up, methodically, same way every time. No need to make a hobby out of sharpening. I apply a film of grease when putting 'em away, done and done. Small knives need more attention, they have to be truly sharp and stainless sharpens begrudgingly, but they're not for heavy work so sharpening needs doing at longer intervals. Works for me.

Change subject. Iron sights. Rifles usta come standard with iron sights, commonly a notch rear and a blade front. The big names had the best ones, fine-thread lead screws and machined ramps and dovetail slides with scales on 'em. The rest had stampings and spring steel with die-cut steps. It was an ominous tell, anything better may be pointless.

A variety of upgrades was available in the aftermarket. At the top were "peep sights", exquisitely machined with micrometer adjustments and aperture inserts. A "peep rear and globe front" was called an Olympic-style setup. Maybe it still is. A rifle equipped with such an advanced scientific instrument sent a message to us barefoot boys outten the hills, if we missed it wasn't the rifle. It was us. No pressure.

Iron sights today are either stand-ins for the real thing—"ghost rings" come to mind—or missing altogether. Lately I've proven to my satisfaction that a good iron sight setup will print the same as with a scope at anything inside a hundred yards. Which, by extension, means reliably hitting a target, say, six feet tall and two feet wide at four to five hundred yards, center of mass or near enough. Marksman qualification for GIs back in the day. We chuck-hunters had higher standards, perforce.

Then, with my peep-sight dialed in and locked down, I mounted the scope.

Change subject again. The ol' Z Man has a couple of posts about meeting fellow alt-right guys, entitled Mencken Club Diary Part I and Part II . Envy on my part. I'm still a good walker with relentless stamina, but for me actual travel has reverted to its original meaning and root word: travail.

As always, Z Man's spot on about the Konservative Kapos of Olde, the righteousness of snapping a middle-finger salute at the merest spoor of collegiality with 'em, and the belated celebrity of worthies they banished from the Circle Of Light. Payback time. It's said berserkers originally used "viking" as a verb. Now there's a tradition worth revisiting.


Via email, from Dan Friedman, in reference to news "Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes", and "Lebanese PM Resigns and Flees to Saudi Arabia":

War is on the way to Israel and her neighborhood. Bet the farm on that. The only thing uncertain is how hard Israel will push for complete victory at the end. In the past, without exception, she's acted as if she was the one who lost. Frankly, I don't think she'll make that mistake again... here's my litmus test for which to judge Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. An early indicator. If he doesn't treat a conflict with Hezbollah & Co. as a conflict with their sponsor Iran, then he is not a serious wartime commander and this will all end inconclusively again. Just another prelude to a bigger bloodier conflict a few years hence.


Zero Hedge - Saudis Call Missile Attack "Blatant Act Of Aggression" By Iran, "Could Be Considered Act Of War"

Zero Hedge - Israel Begins "Largest-Ever Aerial Military Drill", As Saudis Consider Missile Strike "Act Of War"

Zero Hedge - Second Saudi Prince Confirmed Killed During Crackdown


Daniel Greenfield explains ISIS, at Sultan Knish:

The Islamic terrorist who goes on a stabbing spree in London or a shooting spree in Orlando is no more a “lone wolf” than an Uber driver who picks up a passenger is just some random eccentric. They’re parts of a distributed network that is deliberately decentralized to better fulfill its central purpose... The attacks were once yearly. Now they are monthly. Soon they will become daily.


Popular Mechanics tells us "Where Area Codes Came From, And Why They Don't Make Sense". You gotta go back to the 1940s:

You might have noticed something quirky about America's area codes: Their distribution doesn't seem to make any sense. ZIP codes start small in the Northeast and get bigger as they move toward the West Coast. But area codes appear to be randomly distributed.

The reason is that nobody mandated that the numbers make any sense. The only real stipulation in deciding area codes was that those too close to each other should be far apart to avoid misdialing and confusion. Otherwise, there weren't too many rules.


James Dakin, about YouTube's robo-censor, at Bison Prepper:

What did YouTube just do? It just basically told all amateur content creators to hump off. They just homogenized all content. They just did a Hollywood, compressing several decades of moving towards mediocrity into mere months. They signed their death warrant in exchange for a bit longer being paid to exist. It screwed all its customers and suppliers. Granted, most videos are drek and unworthy of being watched. But that choice should be up to us the viewers rather than the company.


The quote for this week is from Col. Schlichter, in an interview at WIBC:

We have a Navy that can't sail its ships; we have a United States Army Military Academy that is graduating people who are openly communist and anti-American. And now a man who betrays his country, who deserts his men in the face of the enemy, who gets men killed and wounded, gets no jail time! Our military is more broken than I ever feared possible. I'm stunned and disgusted.


An excerpt from a comment by Gene Ralno at Daily Progress:

It’s now known that the United Kingdom, where private gun ownership is even more restrictive than in Australia, has the highest rate for all violent crime of any EU country. The UK’s violent crime rate of 2,034 per 100,000 population is worse than the US and even South Africa.

After the UK handgun bans in 1997 the violent crime rate rose by 69 percent, robberies by 45 percent and murders by 54 percent. Before the ban, armed robberies had fallen by 50 percent from 1993 to 1997, but after the ban, the armed robbery rate returned almost to its 1993 level.

After pistols were banned following the 1997 Dunblane shooting, the use of pistols in crime increased by 40 percent. Contrary to US gun control propaganda, an International Crime Victimization Survey in 2000 found the violent crime rate in England and Wales to be twice the US rate.

and finally,

Friday, the 2nd of March, 2018 is the first Spring training exhibition game, Yankees versus Braves. Until then it's the dark days of winter, skeletal trees, lowery skies and hungry phantoms, a time of despair and musings on the futility of life. Summer's a cruel taunt, Arbeit macht frei. Poe rules and the Crypt Keeper backs him up.

And then ... and then Sabathia's on the mound, Gardner steals second standing up, Sanchez tags the runner at home plate, the Baby Bombers are putting up crooked numbers. Ahhh. Rich as baklava. Yeah, too bad about those who say "sportsball" with a sneer.

Lots-o'-rain. No big storms, just rain on top of rain. The creek by the side of the house is running strong and has for days. No matter what we think is important, nature gets her way like we weren't even here. In the end, we're just busy bystanders. With an appetite.

When I lived in downtown Philadelphia I'd get peanut butter at the Reading Market. Actually, it was a place that sold nuts. They'd make the peanuts into peanut butter upon request. Pour the peanuts in the top, peanut butter came out the bottom. It was magic, or maybe a grinder.

Now I get it in five pound tubs at an Amish store, and they get it from an outfit in Penbrook Pennsylvania, i.e., east Harrisburg. List of ingredients: peanuts. Once again simplicity triumphs.

Last time I scored big, they had just unloaded it, wasn't even on the shelves yet, creamy smooth all the way to the bottom. No stirring required. Or so I thought. The bottom inch or so was like clay. Lesson: never assume. But you knew that.

And that, my friends, is the extent of my troubles for today. Your troubles are just beginning however, it's time to lower yer goggles to the combat position and face Yer ol' Woodpile Report head on.


1931. De Vaux-Hall Motors 6-75 magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg De Vaux-Hall Motors was a venture by Norman de vaux, a former Durant executive, and partner Elbert Hall, a renown engine designer. Production of the 6-75, which was based largely on the defunct 1930 Durant, began in Grand Rapids in early April, but by the end of the 1931 model year it had manufactured only 4,135 cars. De Vaux-Hall filed for bankruptcy in February 1932.

Its assets were bought by Continental Motors Corporation which, in turn, ceased production of its own cars in 1934. Continental's aircraft engine division is still in business. After the usual acquisitions and changes of ownership, it was bought by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China in 2011.



Remus's notebook


Texas church shooting

Daily Mail - Texas shooter targeted the church where his second wife's family worshipped, before shooting himself in the head after fleeing ... they were not at the church at the time of the shooting

Breitbart - Witness: Good Guy with Gun ‘Took Cover Behind a Car,’ Shot, and Ended Texas Church Attack

Daily Mail - How heroic locals exchanged gunfire with Texas shooter, ran him off the road as he tried to flee and shot him dead

art-remus-ident-04.jpg CBS News says , "Kelley [the shooter] was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of assault on his spouse and assault on their child... He received a bad conduct discharge and confinement for 12 months". Which means it's illegal for him to own firearms, therefore he had no guns ... oh, wait.

Daily Mail says Kelly was a militant atheist who "talked 'about how people who believe in God were stupid'"

The Hill - Dems renew calls for gun control in wake of Texas church shooting

Wall Street Journal - Is Roger Goodell Deliberately Pushing the NFL Leftward? ... what if the problem is effective leadership?

Politico - Rand Paul suffered 5 fractured ribs ... including three displaced fractures, lung contusions

Ace of Spades - I've Seen The Future of Fake News and It's Terrifying ... real time video and voice manipulation

New 'Black Death' Found: Deadly virus worse than plague and with no cure breaks out ... Uganda ... similar to Ebola ... among the most virulent pathogens known

Daily Mail - Deadly airborne plague in Madagascar is now at 'crisis' point and the 'worst outbreak in 50 years' as cases rocket by almost 40% in just 5 days

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Africa, the backed-up drainpipe of planet earth

Gateway Pundit - Donna Brazile ‘Haunted’ By Seth Rich Murder — Feared Snipers Would Kill Her Next ... may be a person of interest in relation to Rich’s murder ... tried to put an end to the Seth Rich investigations

Science News - Hot, rocky exoplanets are the scorched cores of former gas giants ... close to their stars, where stellar winds may have blown ancient atmospheres away

Lileks - [Food rationing and shortages are "doomer porn" today. But there was a time you took what you could get, which was never very much. People didn't raise Victory Gardens entirely out of patriotism. Here's a 30 second radio ad for a vitamin and mineral supplement, from 1942.]

Ancient Origins - Hidden Chamber Found? Cosmic Ray Tech Reveals Large Void in Great Pyramid ... and it's a big one

MRC TV - Music Festival Apologizes For Volunteer’s ‘Overt Racism’ After She Refuses to Move to the Back Because She’s White

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Groveling and tearful apology to follow

Crazy Days And Nights - Today's Blind Items - The Island ... the island they all thought they had carefully extricated themselves from is back ["they" includes Hillary]

Vox Popoli - And this is why I avoid Hollywood ... the whole place is like a citywide Satanic cult

CDR Salamander - The Fitzgerald and McCain’s Memo - The Problem is Us ... latent failures found their opportunity

Time - Two U.S Warships Had Deadly Crashes This Year. Here's What the Navy Says Went Wrong ... not adhering to well-established navigational protocols, and a failure to carry out basic watch practices

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Less sensitivity training and more seamanship, please.

Sun UK - Madagascar plague outbreak set to last another six months as health officials warn Black Death pandemic could explode ... oncoming rainy season could see the pandemic explode

PJ Media - Thousands of BLM Activists Attended a Protest Organized by Russians on Facebook ... " Join us in the streets! ... unite to stop hate from ruling the land"

Preparedness Advice - Sugardine, a Great Homemade Antiseptic ... one part 10% povidone iodine to two parts white sugar

Return of Kings - 5 Ways That The Modern “Rape” Hysteria Resembles Stalin’s Great Terror ... show me the man and I'll find you the rape

WTVR-TV - Richmond’s long and vexing history as a murder city

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpt: The black-on-black violent crime problem was stark and bluntly reported: "Why were there 11 times as many homicides committed by Negroes in Richmond last year than by white persons?" asked the first line of a newspaper report in February of 1941.

DC Clothesline - City University of New York Prof: ‘The White-Nuclear Family Is One Of The Most Powerful Forces Supporting White Supremacy’

Survival Cache - 7 Things You Should Consider Before Choosing Your Survival Knife

Raconteur Report - Don't (Get Caught) Do(ing) Bad Things ... with examples

Organic Prepper - 12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

YouTube - Apprehension Engine ... making a horror movie? You're going to need one. Video, 3m 50s.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Cities, New Republic - Life in cities was probably worse than foraging or herding. City dwellers were vulnerable to epidemics. Their diets were less varied than those of people on the outside. Unless they were in the small ruling class, they had less leisure, because they had to produce food not just for their own survival, but also to support their rulers. Outside the walls a fortunate savage or barbarian might be a hunter in the morning, a herder or fisherman in the afternoon, and a bard singing tales around the fire in the evening. To enter the city meant joining the world’s first proletariat. The states of antiquity are a kind of usurpation of a longer and quite possibly richer human practice of mobility and freedom.


Vegas, Free Market Shooter - Plainly, things aren’t adding up with the Vegas shooting. Paddock was in an area with extremely heavy surveillance, yet no stills or video of him have been released to the public. No potential motive has been released. Really, no answers to any of the questions that arose in result of the story not adding up have been addressed… instead, the Vegas massacre has vanished from cable news channels and the public mind. In just the span of a month, 4 survivors of the Vegas shooting have died. Here we are, a month later – with exactly what we had immediately in the aftermath of the shooting: nothing. No answers, no coverage, no questions… nothing.

Activist Post - Video of NYC Terrorist Instantly Released—Still No Video of Vegas Shooter Despite 1000s of Cameras

Code Name Insight - Las Vegas Shooting Conspiracy? ... each incarnation of the timeline makes less and less sense

iBankCoin - Final Destination: Two More Vegas Survivors Die Weirdly ... two other survivors of the Vegas massacre who notably said they saw multiple shooters have died weirdly

Fox News - Las Vegas shooting: Paddock's girlfriend may be hiding something, sheriff suggests

Your Newswire - Lawyer For Las Vegas Music Festival And Jason Aldean, Found Dead ... the latest in a very long line of suspicious deaths


1918 flu, Smithsonian - Each day the disease accelerated. Each day newspapers assured readers that influenza posed no danger. People knew this was not the same old thing. People could believe nothing they were being told, so they feared everything. With the truth buried, morale collapsed. Society itself began to disintegrate. People starved to death not from lack of food but because the well were panic stricken and would not go near the sick. The head of the Army’s communicable disease division feared: “If the epidemic continues its mathematical rate of acceleration, civilization could easily disappear from the face of the earth within a matter of a few more weeks.”


Blobitecture, Current Affairs - Douglas Adams had this to say about airports: “Airports are ugly. Some are very ugly. Some attain a degree of ugliness that can only be the result of special effort.” Sadly, this truth is not applicable merely to airports: it can also be said of most contemporary architecture. “Blobitecture”, we regret to say, is a real school of contemporary architecture. You may think the ensuing blob-structure looks like a tentacled turd, or a crumpled kleenex, but that’s because you don’t have an architect’s trained eye. Brutalism looks like the headquarters of some kind of post-apocalyptic totalitarian dictatorship. How did contemporary architecture wind up like this? And how can it be fixed?


1938. Plain City, Ohio


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Plain City is a small town of 4,350 in central Ohio. In 1938 the population was about 1,350. We've visited Plain City many times here at yer ol' Woodpile Report.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Matt Forney, Amerika - The whitest cities and countries in the U.S. and western Europe are degenerate fleshpits right now. Seattle, one of the whitest major cities in the U.S., elected a homosexual mayor who was forced to resign after he was caught molesting children. Portland, Oregon, is full of bluehairs, feminists, homeless junkies. Iceland, which has no Jewish or non-white population to speak of, is the chlamydia capital of the world, is aborting babies in record numbers, has a culture revolving around having casual sex while blackout drunk, and elected a radical lesbian as prime minister. The alt-right has done nothing to address these spiritual problems and is arguably making them worse.


Gentlemen, Art Of Manliness - A gentleman has the ability — the power, cleverness, confidence, and even the desire — to ride roughshod over your interests, muscle you aside, and manipulate you but, he has instead voluntarily chosen to restrain himself to follow a more moral course. He’s a coiled spring, and his self-control showcases one of the timeless markers of manhood: will. As anthropologist Paul Friedrich puts it: “The highest praise that one can give a man is that he is capable of doing harm but chooses not to.” Gents of the “m’lady” persuasion, however, get the equation backwards. They try to be a gentleman before becoming a man. The real power behind manners and decorum lies in restraint.


Poster by Garth Volbeck at Gab, via Western Rifle Shooters Association

WND - 'It's OK to be white' stickers spark police probes ... threatens the "welcoming and safe environment for all people"


Losers, Taki's Magazine - A year later, they’re still crying. And screaming. They haven’t stopped for a second. Through their myriad poo-flingin’ diaper tantrums such as election recounts, begging electors to switch their votes, impeachment threats, the Russia deflection, and now the Nazi Scare, they’ve proved congenitally incapable of realizing this sort of behavior is exactly why they lost in the first place. And they keep organizing and networking and workshopping and fellowshipping so that they can gather together in public to cry even more, because if crying for 365 days didn’t work, surely the 366th day will finally do the trick.


Fake news, Front Page - NPR outsourced its coverage of the Iran Deal to Ploughshares and the Iran Lobby in exchange for $100K. The media ‘rents’ space to outside interests. It rewrites their stories in the house style and runs them. The media is trying to cash in on the institutional legacy of old names, but their real business is serving as a clearinghouse for narratives operating out of major urban power centers. They know next to nothing about much of the country. And they don’t care. If you want to give Iran a blank check to develop its nukes, touch off a panic over the environment or make anthem protests into a trend, you go to the media.


1939. Herrin Illinois


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A family on Relief—the Depression era term for welfare—living in a shanty built in the town dump. In 2012 Woodpile Report took you on a tour of 1939 Herrin, then a town of about 9,500. The population today is about 13,000 . Herrin is in the southern tip of the state.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Civilization, Amerika - Freedom in the short term is a sort of reward for achieving a well ordered society. “We’ve done well, streets are clean. Everyone is well behaved. I guess we can do what we want now.” Then generations later the charlatans will say “this is what created civilization” but really, this is what came of it and then ended it. The point of civilization is to achieve something for the organic whole and to maintain a harmony with the natural order. We rewarded our ancestors by granting freedoms to our lessers, who granted freedoms to their lessers and so on. We took the long and painful struggle of implementing intricate design in our civilization, and we turned it upside down.


Skills vs. Technology, Eaton Rapids Joe - This is a very old argument. Or, in my opinion, non-argument. Technology does not compete with skill. Technology multiplies skill. Anything times zero is still zero. Skills can stand alone. Let's do a mental exercise. Suppose two forces were to enter forty acres of urban territory. Neither force had ever set foot on the parcel ...


Military transgender order, Daily Signal - Liberals didn’t mind when Barack Obama forced his radical social policies on our military, but they certainly don’t want President Donald Trump rescinding them. So where do they turn? Unelected judges. That’s what happened Monday, thanks to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who made the sweeping decision to keep the White House’s military transgender order from taking effect. The courts have moved beyond legislating on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage to openly usurping the constitutional authority of the executive branch.


Big gun, small tank, National Interest - Unlike recoilless guns, which lose velocity relative to conventional guns, Rarefaction Wave Gun—RAVEN—guns retain the same velocity and power as a conventional gun while reducing recoil forces, around 75 percent, with the way that it vents, allowing for cannons of the same power factor to be mounted on light vehicles. Barrel heating was reduced by 41 percent. RAVEN could provide America’s next generation of light vehicles the firepower they need to overmatch any current and future threat. While the technology is not yet mature, it is based squarely on concepts already understood and developed.


1942. New Haven, Connecticut


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Assembling flare casings. Not much information for this one. I'm assuming these are casings for air-dropped parachute flares, the Giant Economy Size for illuminating large areas.


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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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