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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, After The Ball, 1873

Painters of the Victorian Era targeted the wealthy, those with mansions requiring large, epic art. Such patrons were inclined to dramatically lit grand vistas and heroic moments from history, or classical themes with the maximum nudity good taste would bear. There was a lucrative secondary market, however. Their wives. This is such a painting.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg On the 3rd of January, Delta flew the last 747 in US passenger service to the boneyard in Arizona. First one entered service a half-century ago. Not my favorite airplane. I was conditioned to what was "normal" in the early DC-9 and Boeing 727 and 737 era.

The 747's takeoff roll differed substantially from normal, as if they had decided to drive to the destination. "Cut it out, cantcha?! What are you trying to do, wrinkle it?" On the one occasion I measured it, it came to fifty-nine seconds. Rotation was sedate, like a DC-6, then it was gain altitude-level out-climb at leisure.

Boeing hedged its bets by configuring the 747 for an easy makeover to freight service. It looked the part. But there's a limit to where size is reassuring. It seemed too big for anything but smiling skies. On one trip, as we made landfall over Newfoundland in winter, we hit some memorable turbulence. The flexing end-to-end was plainly visible, not a simple bending, it came in long ripples. Not for nothing are "travail" and "travel" etymological kin.

A lot of my flying was by commuter—the plane that took you to your plane—a small twin-engine turboprop. All of it bounced in the same direction at the same time, an admirable quality. The distance across a 747 passenger cabin, about twenty feet, is not greatly less than the length of a commuter plane's cabin. This contrast presented an obvious fact: airliners as big as an IMAX theatre had no particular upside for me personally.

Lifting thirty tons of people six miles high and propelling them to most of the speed of sound seems more a stunt than aviation, the sort of megalomania favored by olde tymme empires to impress the shopkeepers and wow attendees of world fairs. Airliners should carry, at most, a third or so of the 747's passenger load, as God intended. Look it up. Leviticus, I think.

The 747 began as a back office project, a sort of "what if" to guard the corporate flanks from surprise predation by competitors. Boeing's main effort at the time was a supersonic airliner, the Future Of Aviation, or more precisely, one of many. When the bean counters determined otherwise, the backup project was pushed to the fore.

It was widely believed the 747 would be Boeing's L1011, a white elephant that would pull down the company, but the window of opportunity had been widening all this time and the 747 was a drop-in fit. Suddenly, an airline without 747s was hardly an airline at all.

Fifty years is a pretty good run. Future generations may see them as successors to Pan Am's classic China Clipper seaplanes of the 1930s, but quietly wonder why otherwise sober people voluntarily boarded such contraptions. They'll be assured people were giddy with excitement about sitting with four hundred strangers for ten hours or so.

They'll chuckle at future documentaries featuring beaten up hand-me-down 747s on dirt runways hacked out of hardscrabble jungle country. The passengers will be in "colorful native dress", carrying cardboard boxes and caged chickens. Children will be running alongside as they take off in a billowing cloud of dust. There's the real future of all aviation.

One day the last flying example will be tracked down, ferrying mining equipment to the interior of Suriname perhaps, forlorn with faded paint, oil streaks, patchings, and a plastic Saint Christopher glued to the pilot's console. Meanwhile, in the first world, whole sections of the airport are being peeled away and flung to their destination at close to the speed of light.


Less than kozmik but a nanogram more than trivial, here a few oddments that will come to mind in your idle moments until the end of your natural life. Because, sadly, decreasing my mental clutter requires increasing yours.

Light roast coffee has significantly more caffeine than dark roast coffee.

Beware the man who takes the weather personally.

Until nuclear-power submarines, the Navy had submersibles, not submarines.

Pop quiz. After a fender-bender in Nevada, the two drivers discover they're from the same town in Georgia, have the same birthday and their wives have the same first name. What are the odds? Answer: one out of one. Duh.

How To Write Good: don't put things negatively.

When bad weather reaches New York City it's a national emergency.

I felt sorry for myself because I didn't have a pair of shoes, until I met a man who didn't have two pairs of shoes.

Moats prevented tunneling.


The quote for this week comes from Theodore Dalrymple. He's talking about Jack Kerouac’s book, On the Road:

It appeals to the mass self-absorption that seems to have overtaken the Western world, for Kerouac was capable of traveling thousands of miles without taking the slightest interest in anything around him.


It has been brought to my attention the .25-20 is not 6.5mm but rather 6.6mm. Well, okay. .258 inches is 6.553mm, so, a half-point awarded. Nomenclature's an index to knowledge, not knowledge itself. Examples abound. The .223 is .224, actually. The 6.5mm Grendle, Creedmore, et al, are 6.706 mm. The .38 Special is .357, and so on. What's next, demand we call two-by-fours "1½ × 3½"? Shall we also stop calling children "kids"? Demand the UK rename the pound sterling?


Howard Husock at City Journal reports:

A Denver coffee shop—ink! Coffee—is in trouble for posting a joke on a sidewalk sign, “happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.” Since then, the store has been targeted by demonstrations, a boycott, and the local NAACP’s demand that the store be shut down...

A city councilman has called for ink! to “have each staff member go through cultural competency training by a member of our community; I am asking them to invest in our community through local organizations and low performing elementary schools, and lastly to consider hiring our local ex-offenders.”

You'd think everyone in Denver has to answer to them. Oh, wait. The coffee shop owner caved when Black Lives Matter showed up.“I recognize now that we had a blind spot to other legitimate interpretations,” he sobbed,

“In hindsight, our campaign was callous, naive and uninformed to the true character of the neighborhood and to those who have long called it home. We assure those within the local community and throughout Denver that the literal contents of the sign do not represent the values we hold as an agency or as individuals.”

Sigh. Another way of saying he doesn't hold any values at all.

and finally,

The US Air Force routinely intercepts Russian planes in international air space at the perimeter of NATO and EU countries. Wait a minute. What are we defending? The invasion of western Europe by Moslems and Africans is approaching irreversibility, worse, European leadership and the media class capitulated unasked, supports the invaders and assists them by subjugating the citizenry on their behalf . Does this not make us an accomplice?

Here's a forbidden thought. Stand down, withdraw and let western Europe sort out who their master will be—the Imams, Africans, Putin or themselves. Force the citizenry to make a decision in full knowledge of the consequences.

Dealing with reality is a condition of adulthood. We soon learn our choices in life are only rarely between good or bad, our real choices are commonly between bad or worse.

"Worse" is the default of inaction. The collapse of New York City's JFK airport during the storm demonstrates how dysfunctional and decrepit the place really is. Despite plenty of warning, it appears their only effective plan was to let it fail and walk away. Why should we not believe this is their plan for the city as well? The doomer novelists have it right after all. Eventually a failure at some not very critical node will cascade into violent urban collapse.

Well gang, enough chitchat. It's time for Yer ol' Woodpile Report. Premium subscribers are getting an Archival Kit to bring their copies to pH neutral. The rest of us have to read fast before they crumble before our eyes.


1941. Kraft Cocoa Mix magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kraft—originally J.L. Kraft and Bros. Company—has the convoluted corporate history you'd expect from a hundred and eight year old outfit. Originally a seller of routine dairy products, it hit the big time with its patented pasteurized processed cheese in 1916 and became the Kraft Cheese Company. During World War II, Kraft shipped four million pounds of the stuff to Britain every week. It needed no refrigeration. Now it's owned by Kraft Heinz.

But enough reminiscing. The ad features a girl of smiling good cheer steadying a pot of boiling water with her forearm, and liking it. "Make it in a cup"—lots better than making it in your hand.



Remus's notebook


Fox News - Sessions calls for probe of Bundy case after mistrial, video, 5m 17s

AZ Central - Cliven Bundy walks free as federal judge dismisses Bundy Ranch standoff case ... judge criticized both the prosecution and the FBI for not providing evidence to the defense as required

Fox News - Charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, three others are dismissed ... cited "flagrant prosecutorial misconduct" in her decision to dismiss all charges

Market-Ticker - Jail. Now. ... Not only must Bundy and his sons (and the third man) be fully compensated for all of their economic losses, including their attorneys fees, the prosecutor and everyone involved in it under his direction must be imprisoned for the full term of years sought by them against Bundy

DC Clothesline - The CDC Is Warning Americans to Prepare for Nuclear War ... Daisy Luther

Science - Glassy debris points to relatively recent asteroid impact in southeast Asia ... kilometer-size, about 800,000 years ago, but no crater found so far

PC World - Intel CPU kernel bug FAQ: Fix for massive security flaw could slow down PCs and Macs ... "back door" has been open for a decade or more

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's merely a coincidence that Intel, AMD and the others have the same "flaw". Or do they?

Reuters - Israel offers to pay African migrants to leave, threatens jail ... "We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out."

Daily Mail - Photo , Earth and the moon from three million miles away

Taki's Magazine - The Left-Wing Cannibal Holocaust ... the left is eating itself alive at a record pace

Reason - Communist Dissonance, How an ACLU founder became an apologist for Soviet tyranny ... "When that power of the working class is once achieved, as it has been only in the Soviet Union, I am for maintaining it by any means whatever."

Art Of Manliness - The 4 F's of Fighting ... find 'em, fix 'em, fight 'em, finish 'em. Army combat training from 1952.

Black Pigeon Speaks - Baltimore Residents Blaming Murder Increase on Lack of Police After BLM Protesters Demanded Pullback ... despite carrying “disarm the police” signs and wearing T-shirts promising to kill cops. A clear case of "gibs me dat, an dat too"

Black Pigeon Speaks - "White Left" : China's New Internet Insult ... video, YouTube, 11m 58s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yeah, I know. I don't like talky videos either. It's like listening to the slow kid read aloud in class. However, this one repays your time or I wouldn't link to it. It's a quirky example of how the hard right is more successful than they know.

College Fix - Student protester hit by car as she blocked freeway sues UC San Diego ... she was in a student demonstration on an eight-lane freeway, nobody coulda seen it coming

Sovereign Man - The day I found out it was all rigged ... when the software failed and the banks lost money from their own mistakes, the exchanges gave them a do-over

Fox News - Illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle sentenced to time served

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What, no apology from the court for the inconvenience?

SHTFplan - The Deep State’s Plan ‘C’: Murder Donald Trump ... and Plan A has already failed

Smithsonian - The Top Ten Most Important Ancient Documents Lost to History ... includes “Chronicles”, a detailed early Iron Age history and putative source material for the Old Testament's history-oriented books

Front page - Feds Get “Minimum Wage” of $100K ... 10 federal holidays off, 13 sick days, and 20 vacation days, and those with three years of service receive more than eight weeks paid vacation.

Two from Selco:

Organic Prepper - Selco: How to Stay Warm During a Long-Term SHTF Situation

SHTF School - SHTF Christmas, What was It Like?

Popular Mechanics - How Militaries Around the World Camouflage Soldiers' Face ... styles of America, South Korea and England

Don Surber - Arabs don't care about Jerusalem ... Arabs and Israel are working together, albeit secretly

Ancient Origins - New Study Answers the Question - Did Medieval People Reach Old Age? ... most common age of death was about 70

USA Today - Kroger to close 2 Memphis grocery stores that have lost millions since 2014 ... theft . BLM outraged. Includes video.

College Fix - At Notre Dame, students lobby for removal of Columbus murals, call them ‘version of a Confederate monument’ ... campus Indians go full BLM

Asia Times - The aircraft carrier: The weapon that refuses to go under ... everyone's planning them, building them or building more of them. China intends to reorganize their Navy around Carrier Strike Groups

National Interest - Russia Has a Plan to Dominate the Arctic ... the US has one heavy icebreaker, barely able to sail


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


The wall, Raconteur Report - 2,000 miles of border wall is vastly less complex than, say Interstate 5, which runs from Irvine, CA all the way to Hongkouver in Canuckistan. Bitch at it we might, but TPTB seem to have figured it out before Freddy was out of short pants, and it only represents somewhere around ten or fifty times the cubic footage of material involved in making The Great Wall Of China, so I don't think the border wall is going to strain anyone's noggin or back to accomplish. He swoons to note that it could be $7-20B, plus maintenance. Last I looked, illegals cost us $116B/yr. So even taking Fred's nightmare projections of napkin math, the wall will pay for itself by March 21st of the first year it's up.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a response to Fred Reed's essay, The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else. Sometimes Mr. Reed's "check engine" light comes on without him noticing it.


Syria's reactor, National Interest - Mossad was convinced that the sole purpose of the Syrian nuclear program was the development of nuclear weapons. Photographs showed that the reactor, built by the North Koreans, was only a few months away from operational readiness. Once it was operating, an air strike would prove difficult because of the nuclear fallout. Israel had to move fast. After the strike, Israel kept silent. Everything went according to plan. Assad could save his face by denying the existence of a nuclear program and was thus able to eschew a counter strike. Completing the mission, Israel assassinated the power broker of Syria’s nuclear program and contact person for the North Koreans.


Dislocation, Eaton Rapids Joe - People and organizations bound by a rule-set responded to the rules imposed upon them by developing their own internal rule sets. Entire fields of study were developed to avoid the problems associated with the original rule sets. Consider accounting and all of the gymnastics corporations perform to minimize tax burden. Then the ruling organizations responded by creating more rules and laws. If not subjected to the furnace of war, famine, pestilence or other annealing events the aging society will fracture and a new rule set will be tried. Simple rule sets are best. Occam's razor should be applied vigorously. Too many rules beget more rules. More rules destroy our flexibility.


Officer safety, Slaughterhouse - If my concern was "you going home safe," then I'd just hunker down and die. Because I wouldn't want that poor responder to endanger himself. Except that's what I pay taxes for, and that's what you signed up for. I don't want to hear some drunk and confused guy squirming on the ground playing "Simon Says" terrified you so much you had to blow him away . I don't want to hear that some random guy 35 yards away who you had no actual information on "may have reached toward his waist band". You've probably not been a good cop for a long time. And I still don't care if you go home safe. I care that everyone you purport to "serve and protect" goes home safe.


1940. Lewistown Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lewistown is a town of about 8,200 on the Juniata River in central Pennsylvania. In 1940 the population was about 13,000.


More stuff you may want to think about
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OODA, Art Of Manliness - John Boyd is described by some as the greatest military strategist in history that no one knows. His most significant contribution came from a series of briefings he gave: the OODA Loop—Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. It’s not “groundbreaking” in the sense of revealing insight never before conceived; rather, its power is in the way it makes explicit a method for dealing with uncertainty, and a strategy for winning head-to-head contests and competitions.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Good introductory essay. Long read.


HR, Bastion of Liberty - The terrible perversities that have emerged from the cancerous growth of HR departments are plain for any business-oriented person to see. Their malign influence on workers’ morale and the tensions among them have been documented innumerable times. And it should go without saying that an HR department is not a profit center but a pure cost: it produces nothing the company can sell to its customers. Why are they so malevolently powerful? They want power, they have an agenda, and they’re unabashed about driving for what they want. Unless corporate management is willing to defy HR, there is little defense.

Related: Vox Day: The costs of convergence


Baltimore, Dangerous - Years of campaigning by Black Lives Matter activists prompted the city’s politicians to withdraw police presence from black neighborhoods—a move that has led to record-high murder rates. Following the riots, city officials scaled back police presence on the Baltimore’s black neighborhoods in response to complaints from Black Lives Matter leaders and residents. Activists demanded that police be banned from entering certain neighborhoods and buildings, which they designated as “safe spaces” from police. Now Black residents in the city’s most crime-ridden areas are blaming the lack of police presence on spiraling crime.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Someone very brave should tell them who's to blame for spiraling crime, and it ain't the cops.


UFOs and Tesla, Jon Rappoport's Blog - Is Tesla and his breakthrough science the hidden element in UFO research? Is he being buried under a welter of cover stories? In any event, cover stories are being floated in great numbers. Nikola Tesla and other outlier scientists were researching anti-gravity in the 20th century. Upon his death, Tesla’s research papers were stolen by the government and never released. If secrecy was the goal, extensive cover stories would have been developed and pushed—to this day. And what better way to disseminate those stories than through government insiders, who feed information to UFO spokespeople?


Cookies, American Digest - Anything that can be purchased in a supermarket is not fit to be called a cookie, much less a chocolate chip cookie, no matter how thick the BS on the package may be. Especially any with the word “artisan” on the package which must be incinerated in situ. Do not consume boutique chocolate chip cookies. Pass by these scented and seductive venues of the Fifth Horseman. Instead, know that small batch, by hand, and home-made chocolate chip cookies are the only chocolate chip cookies that may even begin to aspire to the realm of the Sacred and the Holy.


1940. Pittsburgh Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pennsylvania has been described as: Philadelphia in the east and Pittsburgh in the west, with Arkansas in between. Of the two, Pittsburgh was the working man's town. The population peaked at 676,800 in 1950. It's now 303,600.

Like everywhere else during the Depression, wages were low in the steel industry. During the war, when production was ramped to maxiumum and workers were scarce, the War Labor Board kept wages low. About half the city had always been an industrial slum. After the war ended and production fell, nothing had changed in any important way. Then it got worse.

In one of the great turnarounds, Pittsburgh is now consistently rated near the top of the nation's most livable cities.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Invasion, Vox Day - Immigration is invasion. It always has been. And if you're dumb enough to believe otherwise, well, don't cry when you lose your territory and your ability to rule yourself, because it is absolutely and inevitably going to happen. And, to be blunt, you deserve to lose it, because you refused to defend it. America is endangered and the USA is in its death throes because Americans were stupid enough to swallow their own bullshit when it was fed to them in a poisoned variant. The astonishing idiocy of Americans, who believed that invading foreigners would genuinely sacrifice the interests of themselves, their families, and their peoples in order to become imitation Americans will be marveled at by future historians.


Big stars, Phys Org - The Initial Mass Function predicts that most stellar mass is in low-mass stars and that less than 1% of all stars are born with masses in excess of ten times that of the Sun. An international team of astronomers has revealed an 'astonishing' overabundance of massive stars in a neighbouring galaxy. There might be 70% more supernovae, a tripling of the chemical yields and towards four times the ionising radiation from massive star populations. Also, the formation rate of black holes might be increased by 180%. How universal are the findings, and what are the consequences of this for the evolution of our cosmos and the occurrence of supernovae and gravitational wave events?


News media, Front Page - These days the media needs Trump more than ever. Its old purpose, reporting the news, is as dead as the telegraph. President Trump makes their jobs, raises and bonuses possible. He’s the reason why media outlets have started expanding their investigative resources. The media could stop any time. But it’s too greedy to stop. Trump has hooked the media on himself. President Trump beat the media by using its worst impulses against it. And he’s taunting the media with the truth about its motivations and exposing the lie that it tells itself. He’s reminding media elites that behind their posturing, they will hypocritically betray their leftist ideals and win him another election.


Lawfare, Sultan Knish - Despite the posturing, blue staters aren’t serious about seceding. Nor have they become newfound converts to the rights of states to go their own way when they disagree with D.C. New York and California’s #resistance apparatchiks aren’t rejecting the authority of Federal judges. They’re turning to them and relying on them. Instead they’re rejecting the authority of elected Federal officials. Their secession isn’t Federal, it’s democratic. They want a strong central government. They just aren’t willing to allow the American people to decide who gets to run it. That’s what the civil war is about. If its legal gambit fails, the left will default fully to mass protests, street violence and terrorism.

Campus Reform - Court orders Antifa activist to pay $11k for frivolous claims ... abused the justice system by "filing baseless and vexatious lawsuits" designed to intimidate her political opponents


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art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photos are of Federal employees on a guided tour of France, economy class but all expenses paid, with exclusive emergency services and a modest stipend, a sort of Rhodes Scholarship for the working class, featuring total immersion and spartan accommodations, with the promise of lively adventures at every turn. It was an offer that couldn't be refused.


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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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9 Jan 2018