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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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John Grimshaw, English House in Moonlight, 1883

Damp and chilly moonlit townscapes set in fog and puddles, warm gas lit windows and figures in silhouette, presented with precision and harmonious hues, are the biggest part of Grimshaw's works.

Even when depicting the era's grungy waterfront and commercial streets in unsparing detail his poetic lighting and atmospheric effects elevated them convincingly and made "Grimmy" a favorite artist of the time. His life, from 1836 to 1893, overlapped the Victorian Era almost exactly.

Artists specializing in nocturnals have appeared since, but rarely rise much above the level of pop art or greeting card illustration. Moonlit scenes remain one of the most daunting challenges an artist can consider, to miss a little is to miss altogether.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal alien with a long string of felony convictions and multiple deportations, was acquitted in the killing of Kate Steinle with a stolen handgun at a public venue. This is the endpoint of Diversity, this is our future, where even criminally depraved parasites walk from homicide with their victim status intact.

Brett Stevens offers an explanation in his essay, Diversity Never Works, Kate Steinle Edition, at Amerika:

The O.J. Simpson verdict told us this two decades ago: every ethnic group works toward its own interest. These interests do not overlap. Courts, media, and government itself will be used as tools to achieve this end ... San Francisco represents our future. A detroited city will only benefit those with the money to escape government entirely.

San Francisco claims the term "sanctuary city" is a fiction, but it's clear it means the Kate Steinles of that city have no right to live should a protected minority decide otherwise. Diversity also means the perp and the legal system can spit on her grave. And they did, to wit:

"From Day 1 this case was used as a means to foment hate, to foment division and to foment a program of mass deportation. It was used to catapult a presidency along that philosophy of hate of others," defense attorney Francisco Ugarte said after the verdict. "I believe today is a day of vindication for the rest of immigrants."

Heather Mac Donald notices California sees this court victory as a vindication of unlimited sanctuary for criminal aliens, even sanctuary from consequences should they kill a passerby on a whim. They treat the violent killing of an innocent like an understandable traffic violation. In her City Journal essay, San Francisco's Shame, she says:

The advocates are defending the sanctuary policies that had set in motion the 2015 killing in San Francisco; they have also doubled down on their opposition to any deportation of illegal aliens, criminal or otherwise. If ever there were a clarifying moment regarding what is at stake in the battle for the immigration rule of law, this is it...

The illegal-alien lobby ... denied that San Francisco’s sanctuary policy had anything to do with the killing. California even strengthened its status as an immigration scofflaw after the Steinle homicide.

Notice also the rule of law has once again been revealed as a quaint inconvenience easily circumvented by the clever on behalf of the victimhood du jour. They call it rule of law, but it's rule by law. Once again decent people have been dismissed like dupes and rubes, swindled by sellers of magic beans.


The latest twist in the Russian influence investigation has the top FBI agent exchanging anti-Trump emails with an FBI lawyer during the Clinton investigation—during the Clinton investigation!—while they carried on an extramarital affair. Memo: Fidelity, bravery and integrity were never officially revoked. Reinstate or abandon the farce.


Vox Day has more about immigration:

Every generation has a faction arguing that relaxing the rules can't possibly do any harm. The Founders were no exception; the fact that they were naive about immigration and failed to adequately protect their posterity from themselves does not change the fact that their original vision for the United States in no way approximated anything even remotely close to what we see today.

... The Founding Fathers didn't intend a single British ethnostate, but rather, a number of distinct British ethnostates as well as a few mixed white ethnostates. If you recall, they were rather favorably influenced by the historical Greek city-states. This is exactly why citizens of the USA should be praying for a reasonably peaceful breakup and non-violent ethnic cleansing instead of desperately trying to preserve the unsalvageable.

Doug Casey at Casey Research says much the same thing in an essay forecasting the breakup of the United States:

I think it was a mistake for the U.S. to have come together with the Constitution of 1789. The Articles of Confederation should have stayed in existence, with a few modifications. The Constitutional Convention of 1789 was actually a coup. A successful, non-violent coup. Most people didn’t really care because the government was such a trivial factor in their lives in those days.

Mr. Casey makes a strong point. The Unpleasantness of the 1860s demonstrated the Union had ceased to be voluntary. Perhaps as a result, rights preexisting the Constitution and outside its domain, recognized and protected as such by the Constitution, have been legal-weaseled into actionable offenses. This malfeasance alone separates DC from legitimacy.

There's much else. As the old wisdom has it, rich districts with poor politicians become poor districts with rich politicians. The details don't actually matter, which is why we get to vote on them.

Rome also became a criminal caricature of the republic it once was. In the end the empire's desiccated husk couldn't protect itself from the barbarians and the citizenry had long ceased to care.


I believe a prepper should "plan for the worst first" and build upwards from there. A while ago I talked about preparing for one flavor of the worst, namely, Escape and Evasion. In it's truest form E&E is the "empty-hand" school of survival, such as jumping off the truck as-is into the brush, or escaping out the back door when the criminal hordes are breaking in the front.

The classic Escape and Evasion "debris shelter" deep in the woods is an appealing concept. YouTube videos would have us believe they're quick to make, require no tools or supplies, and they're warm and comfy. Make a simple frame from branches and cover with leaves. Done and done. Kick back, ponder man's place in the universe, and sleep the sleep of the innocent.

If you've ever made one you know better. Even on a dry, calm, sunny day you'll have a few hours in making even a rough version. In foul weather you can double the time. If it's raining you'll soon discover they're not waterproof, they're water resistant at best. In many real world circumstances it takes experience to make a debris shelter that will repay the effort.

One simple prep changes everything: a tarp. This can be a real tarp, nicely edged and equipped with metal reinforcing grommets every few inches, or in an emergency, a mylar space blanket or even a large trash bag slit and opened into a single sheet. Even the flimsy trash bag greatly simplifies and speeds up construction by providing an effective barrier from rain and wind if sandwiched between the frame and the debris.

A real tarp can be used by itself in moderate weather with no frame other than, say, a length of cord tied to two well-spaced trees. Or better, it can be draped over a framework and debris piled against it for solidity and insulation against the worst of bad weather. With this you've solved the problem well enough to start a more substantial shelter which, once built, needs only maintenance and invites improvement.

Here's where even the lightly prepared have a huge advantage in making a longer term shelter. For one, should you have ample cordage the work will go quicker and be of a higher order. For another, a folding saw makes for quiet work in a covert situation. I've found hacking wood to length with a hatchet or equivalent makes an unmistakable noise that carries a long distance, a serious concern when only the discreet survive.


The quote for this week is from Richard Fernandez:

The sexual revolution begun in the 1960s has reached the Reign of Terror stage.


John Derbyshire, "The Derb" as he's come to be known, notices polite hypocrisies have been swept away in favor of open warfare in his essay, The Mask Is Off—Ruling Class Decides It’s OK to Hate White Anglo Gentiles, at The Unze Review:

It’s fine for blacks to insult whites, for women to insult men, for city slickers to insult flyover hicks, for Jews to insult gentiles. The converses are not okay, in fact worse than not-okay. For a white to drop the mask of politeness and openly insult blacks—or even, as I found out, to just state true facts about them without malice—is considered an outrage.

... These petty resentments and animosities have always been present under the surface, of course. I’m just saying that now, where they are in line with the CultMarx narrative, they can be openly and freely expressed, and used to whip up pogroms against the offender groups.


The message has little to do with White Privilege or justice. The real message is from Social Justice Warriors to sincere, believing Christians: "this base are belong to us". The Z Man has much to say about this in his essay , The Church of Cuck.



This won't make much sense to most readers, it's intended for those who don't need the background explained. No one else cares, nor should they. Anyway, a couple of years ago TCJ ran a long column, "The Woes of Working for Hef" that goes into detail about Kurtzman's galley slave days. The things I didn't know. Anyway, just a heads up for ye olde EC fans and Squa Tront readers that it's still available on line.

Somewhat related is an essay by Vox Day entitled, How the Left Laid Waste to Comics and Sci-Fi Publishing, at Dangerous.


A couple of famous hillbillies. Franklin Delano Roosevelt married his cousin Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. Wernher von Braun married his cousin Maria Luise von Quistorp.


The Remington brand is suffering a collapse of confidence, and sales are reflecting it. Remington endeared itself by moving major operations from gun-hating New York, but now even its flagship model 700 rifles and 870 shotguns are being derided for indifferent quality. Blame is being laid at the feet of Cerberus, natch, almost as if it mattered to the consumer.

But that's just Remington, we still have Ruger. Their quality is unquestioned. Their products are reliable. Their products are state of the art. Wait ... state of the art? Let's take a look. Here's what it took to make a veteran 10-22 state of the art. Not connoisseur one-off state of the art, just ordinary run of the mill state of the art.

A decent trigger. The stock trigger felt like the safety was on until it went off. The drop-in Ruger BX replacement solved the problem nicely.

A beefed up aftermarket ejector. The standard ejector may have worked well enough forever, but it didn't inspire confidence.

Sling swivel studs. Duh. Even if the user opts for something boutique, a single-point sling say, they oughtta be there for the rest of us.

A back bolt buffer. It's a replacement polymer dowel to keep the bolt from slamming metal-on-metal. This is the same defect that bedeviled the otherwise excellent Marlin Camp Carbine.

The 10-22 should be equipped with these things right out of the box. Buying them retail a piece at a time adds up fast. If Ruger were to make them standard they could install them at their manufacturing cost, or their supplier's price at worst, either way the total price to the customer would be far less.

Ruger's been making the 10-22 since 1964. It's a good bet the major capital equipment and toolsets were fully amortized during the Ford administration. Leaving these things for the customer to source and install doesn't cut it. Sometimes upping your game and staying in the game is the same thing.


General Hyten recently claimed the decision to use nuclear weapons is his to make, not the President's. He didn't make a hypothetical legal argument, he flat out stated he would refuse a launch order as a sort of Co-Commander In Chief and gave his reasons why. This is from Marjorie Cohn at Huffington Post:

On Nov. 19, Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, declared he would refuse to follow an illegal presidential order to launch a nuclear attack. For those in the military, there is a legal duty to obey a lawful order but also a legal duty to disobey an unlawful order.

An order to use nuclear weapons ― except possibly in an extreme circumstance of self-defense when the survival of the nation is at stake ― would be an unlawful order. Gen. Hyten said he would offer legal and strategic advice, but he would not violate the laws of war simply on the president’s say-so.

HuffPost verifies contributor Marjorie Cohn has sufficiently leftist credentials to deflect criticism from that quarter. She's a professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

and finally,

See? Toldja Yer Ol' Woodpile Report would be back. With all the extra time I've refilled the Olde Photo and Art Ancien bin, it was getting to be touch 'n go. Which means more time to splatter bilious outrage all over the walls. Oddly, old ads, once rare and elusive, are plentiful on the 'net. I'm actually getting choosey. Good World War II photos, on the other hand, are getting hard to find. Some have no information, some are defaced with a website logo, some look like a third-generation xerox, blah blah.

A reader asked if the NRA was so corrupt he should quit. I told him it was his decision to make, not mine, but I've quit three times.

Well gang, drop your rocks and grab your Glocks, it's time to go spelunking in 21st Century America. Wait, there's a signpost up ahead. Your next stop, the Woodpile Report Zone. This stop for Woodpile Report Zone. Check your seats for articles left behind. Mind the gap when stepping onto the platform.


1948. Westinghouse magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Westinghouse Electric Corporation grew out of the original Westinghouse of 1886 whose most notable early product was steam turbine power generators. Westinghouse entered the radio industry in 1921 when it acquired KDKA and WBZ and, in 1926, founded NBC with partners GE and RCA. And they sold radios. With Radiola. Maybe even Aeriola. Don't ask.

All radio operations became part of a new division, the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, in 1945 which lasted until 1997 when it became the CBS Corporation, subsequently sold to Viacom in 1999. So, as it turned out, you couldn't actually be sure.



Remus's notebook


Reuters - Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites ... several sites competing for THAAD anti-missile installations

Daily Mail - Doomsday prepper in his 80s spent 30 years illegally building a secret two-mile system of bunkers and cabins ... on state and federal land . Other than that, nice work.

DC Clothesline - Hillary Clinton: ‘If that f-ing bastard Trump wins, we all hang from nooses’

Paul Craig Roberts - Can’t You See War On The Horizon? ... having convinced Russia that she is being set up for attack, Russia is preparing for war

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Warfare, page one, rule one: Never attack Russia.

Daily Star - China unveils 19,030mph hypersonic scattergun nuke to strike ‘anywhere in world’ ... deploying early 2018, each carries 10 nuclear warheads

Strategy Page - Message Received Fifty Years Late ... return to World War II style Class A uniforms

Ice Age Now ... chart. There have been only two periods in the past 600 million years when it has been colder

Smithsonian Smart News - Mars’ Streaks of Flowing Water May Actually Be Sand ... the streaks are limited to steep slopes, nothing less than 27 degrees

BBC - Plague reached Europe by Stone Age ... coincides with the arrival of "steppe ancestry" peoples

Holy Cats… things are moving exponentially fast now…

Conservative Treehouse - Macron and Trump Agree on Coalition Plan To Counter Iran and Hezbollah, Saudi Grand Mufti Forbids Killing Jews ... Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the Gulf States confronting Iran and Hezbollah

American Thinker - Trump: The End of Jihad? ... meetings with the Middle East, China, Russia, Vietnam yielding new alignments

Campus Reform - Columbia Dems apologize for condemning disruptive protests ... "To the people we failed and disappointed: We are sorry."

National Interest - The Real Story of How Russia or China Could Defeat America in an Air War ... they take out our air refuling tankers

National Review - ‘Simplicate and Add Lightness!’ — Designing the F-45 Mustang II ... need large numbers of a reliable, lightweight fighter

No Tricks Zone - Signs Show Planet Entering A New Dalton Minimum…Solar Cycle 24 Continues To Be Weakest In 200 Years! ... only solar cycles nos. 5 and 6 (1798…1823 during the Dalton Minimum) were weaker

Amerika - At Some Point, We Will Have To Admit That The “Homeless” Are Parasites

Daily Mail - Mexican man convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing two Oregon women grins in court and tells their families he'll 'see you in Hell' - as it emerges he'd already been deported twenty times before ... Oregon was America's first sanctuary state

Unz Review - Roy Moore, the Pervnado Witch Hunts, and the Need to Bomb Liberal Arts Colleges from the Air and Sow the Ground with Salt

For those who follow identity politics:

Fox News - Texas student newspaper blasted over anti-white 'Your DNA is an abomination' column.

College Fix - Cal State University event highlights 14 ways ‘whiteness’ oppresses society ... a forum by Professor Dreama Moon, which tells you all you need to know

Fox News - California students' suspensions for 'liking' racist posts are justified, judge rules ... "could constitute threats of violence". Oh. Okay. That makes all the difference.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Disaster, Fred On Everything - Baltimore has passed three hundred murders for the year. The figure is so astonishing that one almost begins to see it as like a batting average: Can they make it to four hundred? Are we doing better than last year? You will probably have assumed hat the killers were Chinese math majors from Johns Hopkins. Right? In response to its Bizarro world chaos, the black government of Ballmer tears down Confederate statues. Yes. These cause crime. The correlation is undeniable: Japan has no Confederate statues, and no crime. See?


Self interest, Amerika - Every group wants to rule the world. Only then is it safe from other groups, and can establish its own standards, customs, and purpose. This means that while other groups do not intend it, they are enemies of Western Europeans. Those of Western European descent are starting to emerge from the fog of the ideological era. Humanity has spent the past two centuries in a stupor, chasing a symbolic goal that evaporates as soon as they get close as it self-destructs, but then they redouble their efforts. The bodies pile up, and each year we are weaker and less competent.


Gravity waves, Five Thirty Eight - It’s hard to overstate the enormous leap forward that astronomy took on Aug. 17, 2017. On that day, astronomers bore witness to the titanic collision of two neutron stars. In the collision’s wake, astronomers answered multiple major questions that have dominated their field for a generation. They solved the origin of gamma-ray bursts. They glimpsed the forging of heavy metals, like gold and platinum. They measured the rate at which the expansion of the universe is accelerating. They caught light at the same time as gravitational waves, confirmation that waves move at the speed of light. And there was more, and there is much more yet to come from this discovery.


Consent, Beacon - Political legitimacy, it would appear, presents a multitude of difficulties when we move from the realm of theoretical abstraction to that of practical realization. No one in his right mind would voluntarily consent to be treated as governments actually treat their subjects. Nevertheless, very few of us in this country at present are actively engaged in armed rebellion against our rulers. And it is precisely this absence of outright violent revolt that, strange to say, some commentators take as evidence of our consent to the outrageous manner in which the government treats us. Grudging, prudential acquiescence, however, is not the same thing as consent, especially when the people acquiesce, as I do, only in simmering, indignant resignation.


1937. Funkley Minnesota


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Funkley is an incorporated town in north central Minnesota, the smallest one in the state. In 1937 it had a population of around 30, down from 60 in 1930. The population today is 5. Yep, as in "five". Which is the same as Tavistock, New Jersey, a breakaway of upscale Haddonfield. There are a few others.

Funkley is on Route 71 at the eastern border of Beltrami County. They claim.

There are smaller incorporated places, Monowi Nebraska for one. No, that's the population. One. Elsie Eiler by name. She's the mayor, pays taxes to herself. And talk about nepotism, she granted herself a liquor license and runs Monowi's tavern.


The Greater Metropolitan Downtown Funkley Business District in 1937. The vertical sticks are for a radio antenna, common practice in the 'thirties.


More stuff you may want to think about
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What's coming, Peak Prosperity -I hate to break it to you, but chances are you're just not prepared for what's coming. Not even close. It used to take a generation or longer to forget the painful lessons of a bubble. But now, we have the same generation repeating the same mistakes three times in less than 20 years. Go figure. The bubbles have yet to burst. We’re just seeing the water at the shore’s edge beginning to retreat, wondering how large the wave will be when it arrives. This is the system that Washington DC is working so hard to sustain. It’s flat out unfair and punitive. Debtors are provided relief while savers are punished.


Cruising, American Digest - The sane reaction to a cruise, once one has trapped oneself on board and has perceived exactly what sort of fresh and renewing hell one is in, would be to wait until midnight and throw yourself off the ship in the hopes that the props would convert you to chum before the sharks found you. But since you are obviously so insane as to actually get on the cruise ship in the first place, this blissful option is closed to you. After a few days of hiding from Muzak in my ironically named “Stateroom,” I began to believe that life imprisonment in such a room, even if were a bit larger, would be a finer and more just torture than a bit of nod and wink before the big sleep at the end of a needle or rope.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another masterpiece. One caveat, Mr. Van der Leun should choose his cruises with more care. On mine we got to shoot big guns at things and play exciting games for days and days without even having to sleep. Think seagoing Airsoft except with live ammo. We laughed and laughed. The food was, um ... sensible. No frilly extras but everything was free, they even let us pitch in with the chores.


2A, Survival Blog - The Second Amendment was second for a reason; because the writers thought it was of utmost importance. This was shown time and again in state conventions and constitutions with similar language. The attempts at gun control in other countries have been a failure. Most notably, our neighbor to the north, Canada, has experienced the negative consequences of strict gun control laws as their crime rates have soared while crime rates in the U.S. have continued to decline with the adoption of “right to carry laws” in most states. Canada’s overall crime rate is now 50% higher than the crime rate in the United States.


Complexity, Aeon - My hunch is there’s a limit to what we can understand. Efforts to understand very complex systems, such as our own brains, might well be the first to hit such limits. Perhaps complex aggregates of atoms, whether brains or electronic machines, can never know all there is to know about themselves. And we might encounter another barrier if we try to follow Weinberg’s arrows further down: if this leads to the kind of multi-dimensional geometry that string theorists envisage. Physicists might never understand the bedrock nature of space and time because the mathematics is just too hard.


Power, American Greatness - What, then, are our powerful rulers’ claims of zero tolerance for sexual harassment or sexual commerce about? First, they do not involve the ruling class giving up any of their privileges, never mind what are effectively their harems. They are confessions—not of their own sins, but of the sins of others and not their current friends. They implicitly validate their own behavior by signaling their own virtue vis à vis others. Penalties for breaches of any item of political correctness are and will remain what they have been in the past, without exception: thinly veiled excuses to harm whoever stands in the way of the ruling class’s members.


1937. Minneapolis Minnesota


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Holiness was a fundamentalist evangelical movement within the Methodist Church that grew from the "Second Great Awakening" of the nineteenth century. It led to the founding of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Church of the Nazarene, among others. There is an on again, off again attempt at uniting these breakaways. The nuances dividing them would baffle a pearl grader.

The Holiness Mission still values its long tradition of evangelizing at camp meetings and storefront churches. Meanwhile, "social justice" Methodism has informed such notables as Hillary Clinton.


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Excavations have revealed evidence which suggest Pegwell Bay in Kent as most likely landing spot for Caesar's invasion of 54 BC, as suspected. Both accounts are worth a read.

Guardian - Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain was launched from the sandy shores of Pegwell Bay on the most easterly tip of Kent, according to fresh evidence unearthed by archaeologists. Further excavations uncovered bones that appear to have been damaged in fights and iron weapons, including a Roman pilum or javelin. The archaeologists believe the site included a Roman fort and served to protect Caesar’s ships from attackers coming from the north.

Smithsonian - Archaeologists discovered the remains of a very large Roman encampment near Ebbsfleet, a village on the Isle of Thanet in the southeastern county of Kent. The camp is about half a mile inland, but it’s believed in Caesar’s day it would have been a wide, flat site nearby the beach. The 50 acre area would have been large enough to accommodate the 800 ships and five legions consisting of an estimated 20,000 soldiers at minimum and 2,000 horses who landed on the island in 54 B.C.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Julius Caesar's dispatches from the Gallic Wars were closely followed in Rome, but nothing electrified the populace like his first expedition to Britain, a fabled land on the edge of the known world. That his invasion was pretty much a disaster was overlooked in all the excitement. The Channel alone nearly undid him, the ferocious North Atlantic repeatedly tore apart his fleet built to Mediterranean standards.


NFL, Front Page - The dying National Football League is funneling close to $100 million to leftist charities like those founded by admitted communist Van Jones. NFL Commissar Roger Goodell is affirming for the umpteenth time that it is in the business of virtue-signaling and indoctrination, not football. In addition, the NFL is embracing Black Lives Matter and Antifa as partners in the Left’s fundamental transformation of America. The Players Coalition is likely to mirror the giving pattern of the cesspool known as the NFL Players Association , a reliable underwriter of far-left causes and an AFL-CIO affiliate. NFLPA funds the so-called Resistance to President Trump.

ESPN - NFL agrees to commit $89M over seven years to social justice causes ... but not end protests during the national anthem in exchange

Gateway Pundit - NFL to Cut Breast Cancer, Military Charity Funds to Pay for Proposed Social Justice Activism ... gibsmedat


Shadows, Z Man - Official Conservatism™ has been reduced to a soulless list of agenda items, based on the same assumptions about the human condition as Progressivism. Conservatives now agree with Progressives on base assumptions about the human condition and human organization. Humans are infinitely malleable and human society has no organic, natural form. As a result, both Left and Right now share a moral code, which is a Progressive moral code. This has reduced conservatism to an assistant’s role, where its primary job is to police the Right and purge those who threaten the moral order. The shadow of the Dissident Right is growing, because ideas do matter and we’re the ones with the ideas now.


Bergdahl, by Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady at WND - I have heard a leader at the highest level say in one breath that the military must reflect our society, and in another that it is unique. He was half right. The military is unique, and for that reason must never reflect our society. A civilian can leave his job, per Bergdahl, or not show up for work, and there are no serious consequences. Not so in the military. The majority of civilians cannot meet military standards. Should we change those standards to be more like society? Obama had no clue about readiness or ethos. He walked softly and carried a big carrot; he softened the leadership of our military.


1945. Luxembourg


art-remus-ident-04.jpg An M36 tank destroyer gets its winter paint. Notice the patient attention to detail. The man clearly had a future in the trades after the war.

Tank-on-tank battles are often won by which sees the other first. Camouflage may help evade the Mark I Eyeball just long enough to allow a first hit.

The M36 was a modified M4 Sherman chassis equipped with a 90mm main gun mounted in a purpose-built turret. Over 2,300 were built. German armed forces had been persuaded to leave in September of 1944, which explains why the turret is in the transport position, facing to the rear.

Luxembourg is a tiny country—35 miles wide and 51 miles wide—bordered by France, Belgium and Germany. The largest city and capital is also named Luxembourg, with a population today of 75,000.


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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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