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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

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


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
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

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
OBE
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

 

 

 

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Rembrandt, Jewish Bride, 1641
also: The Girl in the Picture Frame
also: The Girl in a Hat

 

Rembrandt is, and always has been, an artist revered by other artists whatever his standing may be elsewhere. Great artists stand with their peers through the centuries in a pantheon of near immortals. Rembrandt stands alone. He has no peers.

Notice the illusion of her hands resting on the picture frame, which is actually part of the painting. In later times this sort of thing was known as trompe-l'oeil, meaning "fool the eye". It became a subset of still life painting.

This is the earlier, and lesser known, of two paintings entitled "Jewish Bride", a name given by galleries in the 19th century.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Most wars since 1945 have been civil wars, as opposed to wars between nation-states. The Korean and Viet Nam wars for instance, north against south, as was our own civil war of the 1860s. Currently we see civil wars in Syria and Ukraine, and many more in Africa and South America. The 1982 dustup in the Falklands between the UK and Argentina had a distinctly retro feel to it.

Even casual observers have noticed divisions in America have become so irreconcilable peaceful solutions are explicitly off the table, which has come to include elections. Antifa and Black Lives Matter, for two. Military norms and tactics now inform partisans and separatists in US politics. Most alarmingly, the Democratic Party leadership has come to see itself not as a political alliance but as our rightful rulers.

Consider this essay, Modern Civil War Without Guns — So Far!, at Monty Pelerin's World. Some excerpts:

It is only a matter of time before current conditions turn violent or parts of the country attempt to secede. The divisions are so pronounced that it is difficult to see how they are solved within the current political framework and consistent with our Constitution.

What do sure odds of the Democrats rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win. It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections. That’s a civil war.

Whether it’s Federal or State, Executive, Legislative or Judiciary, the left moves power around to run the country. If it controls an institution, then that institution is suddenly the supreme power in the land. This is what I call a moving dictatorship.

The left considers the elected administration to be "illegitimate", therefore any means to topple it are legitimate. The plumbing of government itself is becoming unstable, cities and states are in open defiance of federal law, while DC dismisses Constitutional constraints with open contempt. We're devolving into lawlessness formerly known only south of our border.

Those who say we're on a path to a new civil war have plenty of material to work with.

We're seeing the militarization of police forces into a standing army, strategic intelligence services redirected to domestic spying, school children expelled for finger-pointing, and security at airports and elsewhere modeled on prison induction centers.

We're also seeing an escalation in the self-arming of America and extralegal efforts to stop it, the rise of well equipped and well trained militias, survivalists taking the direction of woodland resistance outfits, and garage gun-making as the bathtub gin of our time.

Civil wars don't "begin", except as historians mark beginnings, they come into being by slow degrees until the day arrives when one side or the other believes "fortune favors the bold" and strikes, or imagined grievances escalate uncontrollably . We're not so far from it, but we haven't been more than a step-and-a-half from civil war for most of our history.

Yet, of our 229 years as a nation, 225 of them have been "not civil war". This doesn't mean we're immune, nor does it mean we're due. It means we have a 98% preference for "not civil war". Those are very good odds, better than the house odds at Vegas by a very wide margin. But the roulette wheel neither knows nor cares about any of this. Expect to be surprised. Stay away from crowds. Prepare.

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The quote for this week comes from Joe Briggs at Taki's Magazine:

So who is the Tesla designed for? Apparently it’s designed for wealthy sociology professors who like to hit the indie theaters on the weekend and binge-watch seasons of Doctor Who with their vegetarian wives.

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Canon has announced they will discontinue the 35mm EOS-1v, the last of their film cameras. The photo below is of their first, the Hansa Canon of 1936. Notice the popup viewfinder. The lens is a 50mm Nikkor, from the now-famous Nikon, which went on to become Canon's main rival. Nikon's model I, a Zeiss Ikon Contax copy, appeared in 1948 but the fully professional model S wasn't marketed until 1951.

Canon 35mm cameras—by then the Canon II series—were discovered by photojournalists covering the Korean War. They were fully the equal of the Leica it copied—in fact the shutter was more reliable—with lenses that often outperformed the Leitz equivalents, all at a much lower price.


Hansa Canon of 1936

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The strengthening and weakening and wandering of earth's magnetic poles is well known. Not so well known are the same changes in our north star, Polaris A.

In January 2006, NASA released images , from the Hubble telescope, that showed the three members of the Polaris ternary system. [It's a triple star system, Polaris A and two companions]

Polaris is 2.5 times brighter today than when Ptolemy observed it, changing from third to second magnitude.

Gemma Frisius, writing in 1547, referred to it as stella illa quae polaris dicitur—"that star which is called 'polar'"—placing it 3° 7' from the celestial pole. [It's now at 0.75°]

The celestial pole was close to Thuban [now 26° from Polaris] around 2750 BC, and during classical antiquity it was closer to Kochab [now 16° from Polaris].

In antiquity, Polaris was not yet the closest naked-eye star to the celestial pole, and the entire constellation of Ursa Minor was used for navigation rather than any single star.

But wait. There's more.

Polaris is actually still drawing closer to the pole and on March 24, 2100, it will be as close to it as it ever will come, just 27.15 arc-minutes or slightly less than the moon's apparent diameter.

Around the year A.D. 14,000, Earth's axis will point reasonably close to the star Vega, one of the brightest stars in the sky; perhaps our future descendants will confer the title of North Star on it.

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In case you thought the CIA and FBI were fact-driven professionals, please notice the new careers of some notable former members, as reported by Sundance at The Conservative Treehouse:

Former CIA Director John Brennan now working for NBC; former DNI James Clapper now working for CNN; former FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker now working for Lawfare blog; former FBI Supervisory Special Agent Josh Campbell now working for CNN; former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes now working for MSNBC…. the list goes on.

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The outrage continues. Some excerpts from Zero Hedge on Sunday:

"Thousands of Tommy Robinson supporters and free speech advocates around the world took to the streets for a second week of protests against the imprisonment of the UK journalist and political activist. Robinson was arrested on May 25 outside Leeds Crown Court for reporting on a pedophile grooming trial. After a brief court proceeding in which he did not have access to his lawyer, Robinson was handed a 13-month prison sentence for violating the terms of a suspended sentence on a similar offense".

"Robinson's prior offense is what gave Judge Geoffrey Marson QC justification to lock him away within hours of his arrest. Disturbingly, Marson also ordered an Orwellian media blackout - which resulted in several publications deleting their articles from the web covering Robinson's arrest".

This is the face of evil, Judge Geoffrey Marson, eager protector of Islam's pedophile rape gangs in England, for reasons not yet clear. But I know what you're thinking. The wig and flouncey collar. Asymmetrical face. The tut-tut pose. Yeah.

and finally,

There's a herky-jerkiness about the Great Russia Scandal, like a movie pieced together from clips on the cutting room floor. The backstory is ponderous and revealed chiefly by flashbacks to other ponderous backstories. The cast is made up entirely of supporting actors who have to have their lines beaten out of them. Hanging over this farce is the threat of mutual assured indictments, um, somehow. I don't get it. And I'm proud of it.

Premium subscribers will receive this issue of Woodpile Report at night, via drone, a big triangular affair with a pulsing light at each corner and ducted noise-cancelling mufflers for near-silent operation, just to get the neighbors talking. Make up any story you want. The rest of us get the cheap electronic version. The curtain goes up right after this olde tymme ad.

 

1930. Franklin magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Franklin was an innovative and handsome automobile, with a long history of success in the marketplace. The 1930 model introduced a repurposed air-cooled airplane engine as the prime mover. The ad copy stresses the absence of a troublesome radiator, water pump, and all the hoses and belts associated with them.

As the Depression deepened Franklin went ever further into debt and finally toppled into receivership in 1934.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Los Angeles Times - Stockton's young mayor has bold turnaround plan: Basic income and stipends for potential shooters ... up to $1,000 per month for not shooting people

Campus Reform - Prof calls for ‘toxic masculinity’ training in kindergarten ... to teach boys and young men to recognize, reject, and challenge simplified, toxic masculinity is essential for creating cultural change

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The University of Wisconsin project she cites "was disbanded after facing intense scrutiny. While it was still active, it vowed to help “men-identified students” make masculinity a “choice” and educate men on "social justice allyship"."

"Men-identified students"? Who talks like that? Is she a "professor-identified" alien from a galaxy far, far away?

Meanwhile, Campus Reform says a "University of Washington professor who trains aspiring K-12 teachers is publishing a book that advocates for “Marxist and socialist ideas” in education".

Front Page - Why the Left Loves and Hates Science ... it’s not real science, it’s an infallibility cult, every crackpot leftist theory from Marxism to Global Warming is cloaked in an inevitable something

American Greatness - We Are Going to Lose the Second Amendment ... the Left wins over the people first, emotionally and dispositionally

Survival Blog - Terms of Temerity: Why The Left Loathes The Words We Use ... “How dare you use that word?”

Los Angeles Times - A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again ... "We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Times notes, "Members are largely lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer; about half are white. Its leaders are mostly women, many of whom work in nonprofits, social work and education".

Raconteur Report - Basic Training, Camouflage, Concealment, and Cover ... If you can be seen, you can be shot. If you can be shot, you can be killed.

American Thinker - Does Gun Control Lead to Genocide? ... let's look at the record

CDR Salamander - Three Days of the FREMM ... Italy's Alpino is on our Top-5 list for FFG-(X) replacement

Two from Principia Scientific

3 New Papers: Permian Mass Extinction Link With Global Cooling, Not Warming - The Permian mass extinction event occurred during a period of global cooling, expansive ice sheet growth, relatively low CO2 levels, and a marine-habitat-destroying sea level drop of 100 meters.

Helical Solenoid Model of the Electron - The asymmetrical behavior of the neutron’s magnetic field over short and long distances leads us to suggest that the previously identified strong and weak nuclear forces are actually manifestations of this huge magnetic field at very short distances.

Free Beacon - American Medical Association President Cheers Group’s Jump into Gun Control Advocacy ... calls for 'comprehensive and far-reaching' solutions to gun violence

Liberty Hangout - Twitter Bans Gun Rights Activist for 12 Hours, But Welcomes Death Threats Against Her ... the threats are of concern to law enforcement

Reuters - U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple ... not even close, 7-2

History Net - A Surprising Encounter at Rapido ... brutal fighting near Italy’s Rapido River led to tremendous American casualties—and an unexpected gesture by the enemy

Columbia Bugle at Twitter - Ben Rhodes reacting to Hillary Clinton's defeat ... former White House staff member in stupified shock, video, 1m 06s

National Interest - Could Japan Have Won World War II by NOT Attacking Pearl Harbor? ... short answer: probably yes

DC Clothesline - As Disney/ABC Fires Roseanne for Racism, They Have No Problem Hiring Convicted Pedophiles ... abusers working for Disney continue to be outed

American Mirror - ICE raid on ‘sanctuary’ Chicago nets 156 illegals: Sex traffickers, rapists, drunk drivers, drug dealers, thieves

Ready Nutrition - 7 Ways To Stay Alive in a Post-Collapse Society ... After the SHTF the rules are off, and it is back to the Law of Club and Fang

Survivalist Blog - Shooter’s Remorse: Definitely Don’t Buy These Guns ... the kind you’ll quietly sell and deny ever owning

Ancient Origins - Wootz Steel: The Mysterious Metal that Was Used in Deadly Damascus Blades ... imported as ingots by ancient Rome and China

Eric Peters Autos - What Killed Chrysler? ... they are not right for the times and it would take too much money to make them right

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Diversity, Fred On Everything - “Affirmative action” means hiring people because they can’t do the job well. Near-synonyms are “diversity,” meaning groups that cannot do the job well, and “inclusiveness,” which means seeking people who you know cannot do the job well. For some time the sciences seemed less susceptible to the prevailing enstupidation because mathematics would present an impenetrable barrier to the the insufficiently bright. This, astonishingly, is changing. The sciences are being dumbed down to–are you surprised?–spare the feelings of included affirmative diversity. The purpose of studying astrophysics should not be to make social-justice warriors feel good about themselves.

The Conversation - White men’s voices still dominate public science. Here’s how to change this ... "scientists can be powerful influencers and role models"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Can't cut it on merit? Can't cut it even with an unearned pass? Become a professional attention-seeker and bash the ones who can cut it.

College Fix - Many universities host special commencement celebrations for black grads only ... "through unyielding determination have successfully completed a degree"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Who's unyielding determination?

 

Free association, Z Man - Once you dispense with freedom of association, you abandon equality before the law. It also means ever splintering minorities are incentivized to demand special privileges from the state, by forcing the court to choose between groups. This explains the fracturing of American public life and the increasing anti-white hostility we see in our popular culture. Once you abandon equality before the law, people rationally seek group identity in order to press for privileges. Once free association and equality before the law are abandoned, the interests opposed to their return grow, making a peaceful transition back to the lawful state impossible.

 

Hate speech, Kakistocracy - I’ve noticed is that whoever employs the most soldiers, tanks, police, and prosecutors consistently has the least deep-rooted erroneous beliefs. See, if I have one belief and you have another, and I have federal marshals and you do not, then my beliefs tend to be less erroneous. I can’t pinpoint the source of this odd correlation, though am convinced of its strength. Why people on the pointy end of bayonets are so much more susceptible to believing erroneously is something liberal social scientists should examine. America and the West as a whole are abundantly stocked with bolsheviks, and as leftists have continually taught societies throughout the world for generations, only labor camps and lifelong imprisonment offer redemption for opinions gone awry.

 

Extremism, Front Page - The social consensus is gone. Instead the left manufactured its own social consensus on values and used the entertainment industry and the educational system to indoctrinate each generation anew, a movement that is trying to make elections in America as irrelevant as they already are in California. When there is no one to challenge their right to rule, governments go mad. North Korea’s insane Marxist madhouse is a typical example. The Democrats have been set free to indulge in the extremes of madness with none of the political consequences. The media won’t hold them accountable and, if they have their way, the voters won’t be allowed to either.

 

1937. Manchester, New Hampshire

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A walk on the mild side, to see and be seen, perchance to display the logo on a courtesy bag from an upscale vendor. Some things haven't changed in eighty-one years.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

ET, Cosmos - Some of the intelligent lifeforms must have developed interstellar travel – because humans are working on it, and humans can’t be anything special. Fermi's Paradox asks, where is everybody? Russian physicist Alexander Berezin says, "I argue that the Paradox has a trivial solution. What if the first life that reaches interstellar travel capability necessarily eradicates all competition to fuel its own expansion? We are the first to arrive at the stage. We are the paradox resolution made manifest. It is us, our species, who will spread through the universe. Avoiding this fate is impossible, because it will require the existence of forces far stronger than the free will of individuals."

 

Rules, PJ Media - We have entered a new battlespace between left and right. No longer do we have gentle disagreements about public policy. Instead, the Left has sought to criminalize many disagreements, has weaponized the law to attack their foes – both personally and substantively – and is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a multi-front war to transform the remaining institutions that they have not already transformed. They seek to silence their opposition. The scholarly voice is no longer an effective rebuttal – one reason why President Trump was elected. The American public, who believe in the Constitution, who believe in the Rule of Law, saw it under attack from so many places.

 

America’s cause, Pat Buchanan - After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. Meanwhile, sacred vestments from the Sistine Chapel were being transported by the Vatican to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to adorn half-clad models in a sexy show billed as “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” What is going on? A scholarly study sums it up: “The statistical trends in religion show two separate Europes: the West is undergoing a process of secularization while the post-socialist East, de-secularization.”

 

Resistance, American Greatness - I knew you would take the loss hard since all of you were super jacked-up to elect the first woman president. But I did not imagine you would become totally deranged, attacking anyone who voted for Trump or supported his presidency as a racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic Nazi-sympathizer. The attacks against us Trump voters were so personal and so vicious that I did not think it could be sustained. I thought maybe you would regain your sanity. But each time I believe you’ve hit bottom, you come up with a new baseline. You chose to support this insurgency with your eyes wide open. Now, I shall sit back and enjoy your pain.

 

1937. New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Probably Sixth Avenue. 1937 saw a fallback toward the worst of the Depression. It's when the word "recession" was first used. No one was fooled.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Coming storm, Director Blue - According to the NBC insider who witnessed the scene, Clinton “proceeded to pick up a full glass of water and threw it at the face of her assistant and the screaming started.” She then lost her temper and began shouting at her staff. “You f —ing idiots, you were supposed to have this thing set up for me and you’ve screwed it up! If that f—ing bastard wins we all hang from nooses! Lauer’s finished…and if I lose it’s all on you ass—-s for screwing this up.” Fast forward to 2018, and the scene now makes perfect sense. A long and tawdry web composed of lies, obstruction, and leaking has slowly been unraveled.

 

Speed, The Conversation - Whether it’s in the grocery store or in the airport, procedures are implemented, for better or for worse, with one goal in mind: speed. Noticeable acceleration began more than two centuries ago, during the Industrial Revolution. But this acceleration has itself accelerated. Guided by neither logical objectives nor agreed-upon rationale and encountering little resistance, acceleration seems to have begotten more acceleration, for the sake of acceleration. This acceleration eerily mimics the criteria of a totalitarian power: 1) it exerts pressure on the wills and actions of subjects; 2) it is inescapable; 3) it is all-pervasive; and 4) it is hard or almost impossible to criticize and fight.

 

Scouts, City Journal - With the Court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of the Scouts’ right to exclusionary membership making lawsuits fruitless, activists decided on public relations warfare, pressure on corporate backers, and accusations of bigotry or sexism. These efforts have proved remarkably effective. The traditional BSA's focus on making boys into better, more responsible men was somehow unfair to girls. Only one point of view qualifies as “inclusion,” even if marching in gay pride parades and distributing condoms to children (which the BSA now intends to do) excludes others who refuse to promote behavior that they oppose. The activists had to destroy the Boy Scouts in order to save them.

Spectator - "The Boy Scouts have been emasculated, neutered. The organization that prided itself on courage stands impotent, fearful in the face of feminists and LGBTQ militants. They’ve cowered to the forces of “diversity” and “tolerance.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They just wanted gays to be "accepted". Remember? Now they've captured the whole outfit, except for 425,000 Mormons, about 20% of their membership, who have taken the honorable path and chosen to leave. Activists have destroyed the Boy Scouts of America, as intended.

But Lawrence Auster's dictum still applies: any organization not specifically and resolutely right wing drifts to the left. To wit:

NewsMax - Mormons Grapple With Race Decades After Ban on Black Leaders ... LDS is "launching a new formal alliance with the NAACP"

 

China's snipers, National Interest - While the U.S. Army is concerned about next-generation Russian precision rifles, China has also been making significant advances in the field. In the 1980s, the Chinese used practically the same equipment as the Soviet Union. Nowadays, they use fairly different sets of equipment. The diverging development of Chinese precision rifles from the same base is an interesting parable of small-arms development driven by doctrine. While Russia still continues to use the SVD as the primary “sniper” rifle, China developed a replacement in the Type 88 in the 1990s and a myriad of others for precision shooting. But they are not up to the standard or accuracy of western rifles, with stated accuracy being 2.9cm at 100m, or more than 1 MOA.

 

1945. Wakayama Japan

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A resident watches the American occupation force come ashore following Japan's surrender in September, 1945. Wakayama is a coastal prefecture south of Osaka on Honshu, the main island of Japan.

 

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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.
Traditional

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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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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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5 Jun 2018