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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
unarmed teen
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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Childe Hassam, Along the Seine, 1887

The first, and perhaps only, painting most people associate with the name Childe Hassam is Rainy Day, Columbus Avenue, Boston, 1885. It, and the work above, are typical of that phase; a wide angle view, large empty spaces, weather effects, and a "snap shot" look.

His family name was Horsham when they arrived from England in the 1600s, which somehow morphed into the Arabic-sounding Hassam, accent on the first syllable, as is all Proper English. Something to remember if you ever want to fake a BBC broadcast. CONductor, PATina. Like that. His first name, after an uncle, is pronounced like it looks, "child".

The crescent he added to his signatures was an homage to poet Celia Thaxter , a student of his. Hassam's works became more impressionist from the 1890s until he died in 1935 at age seventy-five, portly and in ill health, including alcoholism.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Once again the citizenry is being swindled. It's official. Amnesty is on offer. No matter how many conditions are attached, putting amnesty on the table is a faceplant. Immigration law hasn't been enforced since the amnesty of the 1986 and, without enforcement, electing representatives and passing laws mean nothing. Why should anyone believe it's different this time? It's never different this time.

Don Surber is an astute Appalachian whose opinions I generally rate with rare earths and natural pearls, but he goes all Scott Adams about this:

One has to understand President Trump's plan to rid the nation of two bills that were never introduced as legislation, but which the media treats as law. DACA and DREAMers would reward 1.8 million illegal aliens with citizenship—despite their being here illegally. Trump wants to end these Fake Laws, and gave Congress until March to enact legislation, or his administration would enforce the real law.

And here's the Machiavellian calculation according to Bill Mitchell:

If Democrats accept Trump's DACA deal they alienate their far left base by caving on the wall. If they reject the deal, they alienate everyone else by being #AmericaLast. By sweetening a deal Democrat leadership CANNOT accept, he completely marginalizes them for 11/18. Get it?

Good ol' 3D chess, tell me more, it all sounds so clever and exciting. Except liberal judges would strike down all the conditions for amnesty and they know it. They'll get a pass and a tearful apology, just as they did the last time, because immigration law is never the law, it's a suggestion, a humble supplication to the court, meaning those worthies slavering to be stroked at Georgetown cocktail parties for their brave service to humanity.

Enforce the law, problem solved. Therefore it will not be enforced. Enforcement has been, and is, a fraud, top to bottom, side to side, front to back. DC stands with the illegals, not us. Diversity Macht Frei. The expressed will of the people? It is to laugh. We're their untermenschen, irredeemably benighted, our every word evidence of boorish depravity. We're two-legged ignorance that votes. DC heaps contempt on us in relays, 'round the clock. No accusation is too extreme, no insult is off the table, and they invent new ones every day.

Here's what's going to happen, relying on past results—a half century of results. There will be lots of principled posing but they'll get amnesty this time too, down to the last tattooed gangsta. Whatever conditions are imposed will be denounced as shockingly onerous and withdrawn, betimes. There will be candlelight vigils and hug-ins every step of the way, it's their way of saying betrayal is for the best.

The new rules of chain migration don't take full effect for seventeen years or somesuch, but they'll be gamed out of existence as well. The wall will be started, then scaled back, then abandoned to drown by slow degrees in a legal quagmire.

In not many years speaking ill of the amnesty, even privately, will be a career ender if not an actionable offense. Schools will collect money to erect a statue of Juan and Marie. They'll be shown huddled with their adorable kids in heroic defiance. Wreathes will be laid. Streets and schools will be renamed. The fifth of May will be declared a federal holiday by acclaim.

I've seen this movie. The guy playing 2D chess wins by cheating. I'll meet you in the lobby when it's over.


Alizee at Dangerous reveals an opportunity to practice more socially-just science in her article, Campus Lefties to Hold Intersectional Feminist Science Workshop:

Do you feel that Quantum Superposition needs a more feminist-driven observable state? Is evolution and the concept of “survival of the fittest” discriminatory in nature against the fat-acceptance movement? Well, rest assured, because the University of California Santa Cruz is holding a Feminist Science workshop! Science is about to become #woke.

Free Radicals claim that “Justice provides a framework for scientists to think through the hidden assumptions in their methodological approaches, and challenges researchers to think more deeply about the political implications of their work.” Because if there’s one thing scientists don’t do enough of, it’s thinking deeply.

Also see , Feminist Event Encourages Scientists to Only Pursue 'Socially Just' Research, by Tom Knighton at PJ Media:

Science reveals what it reveals. If what it finds makes you uncomfortable, then maybe it's time to take a good, long look at why it makes you uncomfortable.


The quote for this week is from Daniel Greenfield in his essay, Consent Without Choice, at Front Page Magazine:

The true opposite of consent isn't refusal, it's apathy. We don't make that many conscious decisions.


Joe Mama reminds us of the fragility of our food supply in his essay, Economic Inelasticity of food, at Eaton Rapids Joe:

A product or service is considered inelastic if demand does not change, or changes very little, with changes in price. Individual types of food are elastic. Raise the price of burger and people start eating chicken or steak. Lower the price of burger and people will eat more of it. But food in total is not elastic. There is really no substitute for calories.

The destruction of order does not require a 70% reduction in calories. It requires that five percent of the population receive 10% less than they need.


Apparently NASA has been too busy pushing global warming to pay attention to business. This is from Space Weather:

In 2005, a NASA spacecraft named "IMAGE" mysteriously went silent, abruptly ending a successful mission to study Earth's magnetosphere. Thirteen years later, it's back. On Jan. 20, 2018, an amateur astronomer in Canada picked up radio transmissions from IMAGE, alive after all.

The satellite may have been chattering away at Earth for years unheard and unnoticed. Now NASA is working to regain contact and possibly revive a key asset for space weather research and nowcasting.


Raymond Gallucci writes, in his essay, Questioning the Cosmological Doppler Red-Shift, at Principia Scientific:

When speaking of different “colors” of light (using “color” in a loose sense to mean not only visible light, but also the full spectrum from radio waves to gamma rays), reference is most often made to different wavelength. However, in actuality it is the frequency, not the wavelength, that determines “color” – if not, why else would refracted light when passing through water not change “color” since the standard concept of refraction involves a change in wavelength, not frequency.

This led me to speculate that the wavelength of light, not its speed, remains constant and changes in “color” result from changes in speed as manifested by changes in frequency. This paper examines the plausibility of this alternative explanation to examine the alleged “expansion” of the galaxy, explained by mainstream physics as space-time itself accelerating, as the result of variation in light speed due to source or observer motion.

Wow. "Settled science" unsettled, again.

and finally,

Long ago, I knew an elderly farmer with a face so wrinkled he joked, "I have to use a bookmark to shave". He was a master of gentle humor, that fuzzy boundary between sober seriousness and the absurd, not meant for laughs like outright comedy, more to be pleasantly entertaining. George Gobel is a good example.

Anyway, he told of shopping for a used car during the Depression because his car had so many rust holes in it, "I didn't need a radio, it would play tunes while I drove, like a piccolo." The dealer showed him an old but sturdy limousine, the kind with a glass partition between the driver and the passenger compartment. "Well now," he says, "I can see where that'd be pretty handy. It'd keep the heifers from licking the back of my neck whilst I'm driving." I miss that guy.

Mr. van Derleun at American Digest reposted my piece about city folks wandering around the outback, which remound—ain't a word but it should be—me I didn't post which LED flashlight I settled on for traipsing around the woods of a moonless night. Here's the Amazon link . It was mentioned favorably at amateur astronomer sites for reading star charts and such. Tiny thing with a snoot to defeat side spillage, available in colors from infrared to ultraviolet, "moonlight" brightness. Mine's old school red light.

As of 11:30 Monday night the markets are dropping and the VIX is rising, and both are accelerating.

Okay gang, let's consider the merits of Mr. Hupp's automobile, then it's time to take a deep dive into Yer Ol' Woodpile Report.


1927. Hupmobile magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ah yes, the mid and late 1920s. Much like now. The market of choice was high-margin, upscale vehicles, not Joe Everyman's basic transportation. As said here before, Hupmobile decided success lie with the straight 8 engine—"brings motoring to its most luxurious development"—ensconced in custom bodies fitted out with lots-o'-leather and pricey accessories. Late '20s Hupmobiles were highly regarded by destitute migrants driving 'em around not much later.



Remus's notebook


Cosmos - Ancient human artefacts recovered from Norway’s ice ... the place is littered with iron age tools, clothing and weapons

KPRC Houston - Conroe kidnapping leads to deadly FBI shooting of victim, 3 arrests ... bound kidnapping victim killed by FBI agent during raid of NE Houston home

SHTF plan - FBI Releases Docs Claiming RT Founder Beat Himself To Death In His Hotel Room ... you read it right

Zero Hedge - Sweden Hell: Armed Migrant Teens Roaming With Kalashnikovs; Military May Be Deployed ... also finding caches of anti-tank missiles and grenades

City Journal - The Islamization of Oslo ... non-Muslim victims fear going to the cops, they know that they risk retribution

Security and Self Reliance - 4 Knives You Could Buy Instead of a Mora

Ancient Origins - Mythbusting Ancient Rome: Cruel and Unusual Punishment ... most were "written into" the past in late empire times, designed to terrify rather than to be enforced

College Fix - ‘Feminist Science’ event teaches researchers how to do ‘socially just science’ ... event seeks to embed social justice into science for ‘progressive social change’

College Fix - To reduce ‘undue pressure’ on women during math exams, Oxford gives students more time to finish ... girls can’t concentrate with boys around

Campus Reform - Writing course calls inclusive language 'an ethical obligation' ... guidelines to help students "avoid gender bias in writing," such as "mothering" and "fathering"

Next Big Future - Software, improved rifles and sensors could make 1.5+ mile sniper shots less rare ... seven second flight times

Project Chesapeake - Would Rural Areas Be Safer In A SHTF Situation? ... depends on whether you're just passing through or live there

Art Of Manliness - 3 Ways to Access a Locked Car ... string, wedge, and hanger

Cosmos - Hidden in plain sight: massive new family of ocean virus uncovered ... marine biology texts will need to be written, and lab equipment redesigned, following stunning discovery

"Various aspects of laboratory sample preparation and treatment, produced a systematic bias against their detection. "We don't think it's ocean-specific at all.” The viruses may even be prevalent in the human biome, and they may play roles in major biogeochemical cycles".

Popular Science - Mosquitoes learn not to mess with you when you swat them ... can remember defensive individuals for at least a day, and avoid them

Raconteur Report - Why focus on soft tactics? There are some 17 levels of preparation before you get to "sporty". You, and anyone you've ever heard of, are no farther developed than Level 3

Popular Mechanics - All the New Aircraft Carriers That Are Under Construction ... the race for top shelf sea power

Daily Mail - Eerily similar suicides of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz and an internet activist who together created a whistle-blower submission system spark conspiracy theories

Guns - Wyoming welcomes move by Weatherby from California ... 70 to 90 jobs


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Selco, at Organic Prepper - What an “Average Day” Is Really Like When the SHTF. Excerpt: Not to downplay the physical threat, but preppers today usually focus only on the physical threat, on fighting, weapons, and similar, while there is much more to everyday survival. One good example of the effort needed to get something done is trade. In order to do trade, first you would look for information about someone who had some goods, then you’d check and recheck that information, then you’d take into consideration the risk of going there, then you’d make a plan how many of us were going and what we are carrying there, and then you’d go and do that trade. It was a complicated and dangerous process.


Civil war, Sultan Knish - It’s not guns that make a civil war. It’s politics. Guns are how a civil war ends. Politics is how it begins. How do civil wars happen? Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge. That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs the country? When you hate each other but accept the election results, you have a country. When you stop accepting election results, you have a countdown to a civil war. The only consistent thing is that leftist policies are mandatory and opposing them is illegal. Everything else is just a song and dance routine.


FBI, Boston Herald - The “Secret Society,” as the plotters call themselves, is now desperately trying to cover up how they attempted to rig a presidential election on behalf of the most corrupt candidate in American history, Hillary Clinton, using Kremlin-generated disinformation that Hillary Clinton paid millions for to violate the civil rights of American citizens. And now the G-men claim they’ve “lost” the evidence, just like the Deep State “lost” Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails and IRS crook Lois Lerner’s hard drive. It’s time to put the FBI out of business, throw as many of these corrupt G-men into prison as possible, raze the J. Edgar Hoover Office Building in D.C.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let's wait until the evidence is in. But consider how pathetic this all is. The Perfumed Princes of Politics ran a candidate who couldn't win a rigged election even with the Dept. of Justice as her personal legal team and the entirety of the media as her public relations agent. They did yeoman service. But they relied on an investigative outfit that can't keep a secret to run interference and destroy her enemies.

FBI leadership has been adrift in activist mediocrity for a long while. Let's just say it: an attempt at coup d'etat is out of their league. This nonstop pratfall suggests they may have been a willing cutout, i.e., part of a larger conspiracy, the expendable part when the wheels came off. If the evidence is truly damning it amounts to sedition, or what ev-er. There's gotta be indictments and trials, lines of evidence leading elsewhere followed, the bureau chastised and overhauled. Fact is, we need the FBI. Just not this FBI:

Gateway Pundit - Now FBI Says They Can’t Find Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s Text Messages ... discussing an “insurance policy” against a Donald Trump presidency

NY Post - Evidence suggests a massive scandal is brewing at the FBI ... "If true the FBI has betrayed the nation"

Zero Hedge - Anti-Trump FBI Official Identified As Leaker To WSJ, WaPo Reporter ... leaked confidential information to news media

Daily Mail - FBI killed off plan to appoint US attorney as special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's emails ... too big to jail

Zero Hedge - FBI Texts Discuss "Destroying Evidence", Scramble To Find Hard Drives: Report


Amnesty, Ann Coulter - Notwithstanding the media's phony polls showing 98.6 percent of voters wildly enthusiastic about amnesty for "Dreamers", every time the public gets its hands on an actual ballot, it votes for: less immigration, punishing employers who hire illegals, no government services for illegals, no driver's licenses for illegals, no amnesty ever, English-only and Donald Trump. Voters get lip service on "securing the border" at the same time that Republicans are letting Graham negotiate amnesty. The complicit senators hide in their offices and practice looking shocked. It's said so often that it's become a cliche: Elections have consequences. Just this once, couldn't an election have a consequence?


Deer camp, Return of Kings - I remember my first time at deer camp at the age of fifteen. My grandfather asked me if I wanted to go with my uncles, cousins, and him. I enthusiastically accepted and looked forward to it all summer long. I remember laying out all of my hunting gear and preparing the 30-30 Marlin hunting rifle handed down to me by my father. During these countless hours, I learned my first lessons in deer hunting; taking the initiative, setting a goal, and seeing it all the way through. When I arrived at camp, I was delighted to see my family. When we arose in the morning in the cold and dark, I drank my first cup of coffee with a smile.


1934. Battle Creek Michigan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Corn Flakes was invented by John Kellogg and patented in 1896 as a health food for the Battle Creek Sanitarium he operated at the time. It was his brother Will who founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company in 1906. Rice Krispies was added in 1928. Kellogg's competitor in the corn flakes biz was started by a former patient at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, Charles Post.

Shown in the photo is the final inspection station before the product is whisked into the sealing station. Notice the production lines behind this one, apparently idle. Hard times.

It's the thirties, but the boxes are distilled essence of 1920s graphics.


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Stupidity, Amerika - We all have a niche and only one or two get to be the baddest Silverbacks in the Human Jungle. Educated people with no role to play in a society are ultimately a cancer and a profound waste of resources. You could get ten good, functional plumbers for the price of one epistmologically brilliant barista. When the crap hits the fan at 3am nobody is paying $125/hr to call over the barista. 25% of college attendees get personal benefits while only 5% of them do a whole lot of good for society. It is stupidity sent to college because it is perhaps the safest thing to do with it. Park it in a cube for thrity years and remove all the sharp objects and dangerous chemicals.


Media, American Greatness - The unholy alliance between the Compromised Media and the Democratic Party is today inarguable. The two have become largely indistinguishable in both ideology and, often, in personnel. The Democrat-Media octopus aims to seize not only hegemonic control of the culture, but also a permanent electoral majority. Journalists will come to regret the abandonment of their professional principles, and their descent into rank partisanship, a race to the bottom that has ultimately been won by CNN and Jim Acosta. The older journalists sold their birthright for a mess of pottage: a temporary gig in the Clinton or Obama administrations; some face time on TV. The younger ones simply followed their lead.


Good guys, Aeon - In traditional oral versions, Cinderella merely needs to be beautiful to make the story work. In the Three Little Pigs, neither pigs nor wolf deploy tactics that the other side wouldn’t stoop to. It’s just a question of who gets dinner first, not good versus evil. The situation is more complex in epics such as The Iliad, which does have two ‘teams’, as well as characters who wrestle with moral meanings. But the teams don’t represent the clash of two sets of values in the same way that modern good guys and bad guys do, nor are they fighting to protect the world from the other team. Good guys standing up for what they believe in is so omnipresent in our modern stories it's sometimes difficult to see how new it is.


Discrimination, American Thinker - We all discriminate because that is the essence of freedom and conscience. When people worry about "discrimination," what they really mean is the unequal treatment. But when the state extends "protection" to groups who no longer need protection, that creates simmering anger at those who are the notional "discriminators." Targeting businesses is itself a variety of malicious discrimination, so a Satanic group that wants a Christian bakery to produce a cake that celebrates their "values" or a neo-Nazi groups that demand that a Jewish deli cater their celebration of Hitler's birthday are both demanding that those businesses "accept" their lifestyle and values.


1934. Near Norris Dam site, Tennessee


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Norris Dam is on the Clinch River in northeast Tennessee, the first of many dams built by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The nearby town of Norris, near Knoxville with a population 1,642 today, was a "Green Belt" community built for the work force. The Civilian Conservation Corps built recreational areas along the lake shore.

The photo is of residents near the construction site, possibly scheduled for relocation under the Eminent Domain law—the FSA was fond of "before and after" photos. DC sold Norris to the Epstein Group, which sold the houses to the residents, who incorporated Norris in 1949. Epstein sold its remaining holdings in 1953.


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Equivalence, Cosmos - The neutron star explosion confirmed the equivalence principle: gravitational waves and light travelled 130 million years and arrived at virtually the same time. Lots of theories just died a spectacular death. New theories of gravity that break the equivalence principle have been proposed to solve problems like dark matter and dark energy. Some alternatives conjecture that gravity acts differently than we thought. These theories often have light and gravity following different paths through space, to explain differences between what we see and what general relativity predicts without dark matter and dark energy. Now we know that doesn’t work.

Principia Scientific - Does Light Travel with the Velocity of a Moving Source? ... this guy raises a nagging question, and answers it.


Alinsky, Front Page - Known as the godfather of “community organizing” – a term that serves as a euphemism for fomenting public anger, political hatred, and in some cases, violence – Alinsky was a communist fellow-traveler whose monumental importance to the Democrats is underscored by the fact that both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama became devoted disciples of his political creed. Never before have the attacks against any American president been so relentless, so all-encompassing, so carefully orchestrated, and so actively abetted by a compliant media that has truly devolved into nothing more than a gigantic, full-time PR firm for the Democratic Party.


Quantum poetics, New Atlantis - Some physicists, notably Robert Oppenheimer, worried that physics had reached a point of extreme alienation from popular language, and even from the language of other scientific disciplines. Intelligibility to non-physicists was becoming increasingly difficult, in some cases even impossible. It would be wiser to say that the physical world, whatever it is like when expressed in the full complexity of mathematical physics, is unlike what it seems to us, which means that if it matters that we understand human experience as fully as we might, including how we shape our personal, moral, and political lives, then the hope that mathematical physics alone discloses ultimate reality is misguided.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A ridiculously long essay. Set aside a weekend.


Crash, Zero Hedge - The three-month earnings estimate revision ratio which since 1988 has had a 100% hit rate of predicting upcoming bear markets, was just triggered. The only weakness of that particular indicator is that while a bear market always followed, the upcoming bear could arrive as late as two years after the trigger hit. Now another proprietary "guaranteed bear market" indicator created by the Bank of America quants was just triggered. Not only does this particular indicator also have a 100% hit rate once triggered but on 11 out of 11 signals since 2002, the market dropped on average 12% after it was triggered. The market always dumps within the next 3 months once a Sell signal has been trigerred.


1946. Japan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of the Mitsubishi tank factory, builder of half of Japan's tanks during World War II. Japan fielded a respectible number of tanks, but of the infantry support class, lightly armored with small caliber main guns. They were effective when used in China and southeast Asia, but easy meat for US tanks.

The Japanese Navy took priority for steel and manufacturing capacity until late 1944 when their fleet had largely been sent to the bottom. With invasion of the home islands looming, tank building took belated priority, just as their manufacturing capacity was being pulverized by air attacks.

The designs for Japan's new battle tanks were excellent, as you'd expect from Mitsubishi, but the quantities put in inventory were little more than a pilot run.


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Notate Bene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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30 Jan 2018