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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

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
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, Antonie Coopal, 1635

An early work. Rembrandt was twenty-nine years old when he painted Antonie Coopal, only four years into his portrait practice in Amsterdam. Coopal was also twenty-nine.

Antonie Coopal's brother Francois was married to Rembrandt’s wife's sister. This painting was looted in 1938 from a Viennese collection on Hitler's instructions.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The smartest thing a student can do is not write a paper on the War of 1812. It made no sense. But it began, somehow, so the British invaded almost unopposed, burned Washington DC, then scurried off to bombard Baltimore into submission, but failed. The US Grand Strategy was to invade Canada but got kicked out like unruly bar patrons hustled to the curb by a mildly annoyed bouncer. No battle streamers for you.

Then the Brits, not knowing peace had been declared, mounted a huge invasion of New Orleans, who also didn't know peace had been declared. The idea was to take control of the Mississippi River, for some reason. Think about it. In 1812 the United States occupied a strip of coastal land maybe a hundred miles deep. Beyond that was the frontier and trading posts. Way on the far side of the frontier was the Mississippi River. And dragons.

New Orleans was protected mainly by an ad hoc gaggle of home town militias and pirates, who promptly defeated the redcoats in a historic slaughter with trivial losses to themselves. Then everyone went home and wrote patriotic songs and everything went back to the way it was. As I said, made no sense.

But in my readings I kept running across the unlikely string of victories by the US Navy, a tiny outfit consisting of a few frigates and some ill-conceived river gunboats. Frigates? Ships today take the area of a Midwestern county to make a right turn. What were these quick little frigates of which they spoke, exactly? Here is what I found .

Fast and agile, frigates protected merchant shipping from sea raiders in peace, raided enemy commerce in war, or acted singly or as scouting ships with the main battle fleet. A frigate had a single covered gun deck typically mounting around three dozen heavy "long guns" augmented with some lighter and some heavier specialty guns on weather decks above. They could operate independently for six months fully provisioned. Wind was the nuclear power of its day.

The star performer of the War of 1812 was the 44-gun frigate USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world still afloat. She's one of the original six "super frigates" that comprised the US Navy's entire battle fleet when she first went to sea in 1797. The British Navy considered them a serious challenge even for a ship of the line.

The world's oldest commissioned naval ship is the 104-gun HMS Victory, an all out battleship and Lord Nelson's flagship, commissioned in 1778. But she's unseaworthy and kept in dry dock as a museum ship.

Constitution took on many British warships in the War of 1812 and defeated them all, in fact she never lost a battle and no enemy ever boarded her. She remained on active sea duty until 1855, including one trip around the world. She was later rescued from the breakers by public acclaim and since then has been restored at intervals.

Constitution last sailed the open sea in 1997, her 200th anniversary, but she makes at least one short "turnaround" cruise each year, returning to dock the opposite way to ensure even weathering. Her most recent restoration was completed in 2017. In addition to keeping her sound and seaworthy, each restoration has brought her closer to exact 1812 specifications.

Her guns, however, are replicas capable only of making noise and smoke to bedazzle the tourists. According to enemy accounts, when Constitution fired a broadside with her original 24-pounders—roughly six inch bore—her appearance suggested the whole ship had exploded. At close range the concussion alone put men out of action.

The forward pennants spell out her Navy identification: NAPJ.

Frigates were in the "just right" category, big enough to be a serious warship without the ponderous heft and heavy expense of a battleship, small enough to be maneuverable without being undergunned, and fast enough to intercept an adversary to advantage, or escape when outgunned or outnumbered. They were built in large numbers by every major navy.

In the terms of later times they would fall somewhere between a destroyer and a cruiser, approximating the advantages of each. For the adventurous they were a plum assignment, almost continually at sea and often in action. In the navies of the sea powers, frigates were where prospective captains of major ships either made their bones or ended their career.

Constitution was an exceptional frigate, brilliantly captained and ably crewed, a masterpiece of design innovation, bigger than her contemporaries yet somehow faster and more agile and, because her siding was laid up like plywood, all but immune to enemy cannoneers. She had an almost supernatural reputation with the British admiralty and deck hands alike.

As Constitution racked up victory after victory, a shocked London cursed her endlessly, not least for overturning the British Navy's aura of invincibility. Editorials demanded to know how mere colonials could build and deploy such a wicked vessel.

Near the end of the war, two British frigates, all but purpose-built to take her on, ended as bloody wrecks at the hands of Constitution. The legend grew. And then, in 1815, the war ended. Other than as a sorry list of blunders and confusion and unrestrained oo-rah, no one is quite sure what it was all about, then or now.

The Oliver Perry class guided missile frigate (FFG) was the last ship the US Navy called frigates, more as homage than as strict nomenclature. They were, fittingly enough, exceptionally difficult to sink . Some of the seventy-one built remain active in foreign navies. And thus endeth frigatery.


The Global Warming scam is fading fast, says Berkeley prof Steven Hayward in the The Wall Street Journal, via Zero Hedge. An excerpt:

A good indicator of why climate change as an issue is over can be found early in the text of the Paris Agreement. The “nonbinding” pact declares that climate action must include concern for “gender equality, empowerment of women, and intergenerational equity” as well as “the importance for some of the concept of ‘climate justice.’ ”

Another is Sarah Myhre’s address at the most recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in which she proclaimed that climate change cannot fully be addressed without also grappling with the misogyny and social injustice that have perpetuated the problem for decades.

The descent of climate change into the abyss of social-justice identity politics represents the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality.

Here's the thing. Science isn't true in the philosophical sense, it's merely useful. It predicts things—or more precisely, some things—better than folk tales or mysticism. For example, if mythology were more useful in finding oil than is geology, it would fall out of favor. The consequences of a theory is the purpose of the theory. From this comes understanding. It's how science works and what it's for.

Have a kewl theory? Okay, make a prediction that can be tested, in the lab or by observation in the real world. Global Warming predicted water up to the second floor in downtown Hartford right about now, for one. Um, nope. Live by the prediction, die by the prediction. That's science.

Consensus proves consensus, nothing more. Influenza got its name from a consensus blaming malevolent astrologic influences. No one should be surprised Global Warming morphed into mandatory dogma centering on doomsday and salvation, nor at the demands for funding and favor, nor the sharp elbows to ascend to its priesthood. That's business.


ABC reports , "In place of the swimsuit portion of the competition, Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to the organization".

So, radio show then?

Stilton Jarlsberg offers this insight:

The Miss America event is at least keeping the talent competition, so we can still judge - oops, honor! - women who can twirl batons, play "Lady of Spain" on the accordion, solve a Rubik's cube, read self-written poems celebrating abortion, or devour a 72-ounce steak in under 5 minutes without using her hands.


The quote for this week comes from John Derbyshire at Unz Review:

The really amazing thing about the modern world is that nations that never had racial diversity, that were never cursed with this dreadful blight, voluntarily imported it. Ancient established nations, their people united by common ancestry, religion, and culture, threw it all away and embraced the follies and horrors of multiculturalism. The poster child for this mass collective folly is Britain.


In rural America, good relations with your neighbors amounts to this: you've both lost track of which one owes the other a favor.


Herschel Smith expanded on reader Georgiaboy61's comments at his blog, Captain's Journal. An excerpt:

Alcohol prohibition and the war on drugs will fade into insignificance in comparison to the massive underground economy sure to be created in the wake of any national ban on the ownership of firearms. Such a ban would surely create the largest and most-profitable black market in history.

And bear in mind that such a vast underworld enterprise will likely not restrict itself to the sales of deer rifles and five-shot revolvers; it will deal in the latest military-grade hardware – including fully-automatic weapons. After all, if the mere fact of owning a firearm is already a crime, there is no additional harm done going “all in” and getting the mil-spec hardware.


1937. Ritz Crackers magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Introduced in 1934 as "a bite of the good life", Ritz was a runaway success from the get-go. The name "Ritz", the slogan, and the box design was done by a commercial artist named Sydney Stern. When he accepted the job he was given one weekend to complete the assignment.

He also redesigned their Barnum's Animal Crackers box—the string was his idea—and the Shredded Wheat box.



Remus's notebook


Zero Hedge - Watch As Chaos Erupts At Tommy Robinson Protest; Police Chased Down Street As 1000s Rage ... it's not going away this time

Daily Mail - Austria's right-wing government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 40 foreign-funded imams ... promises to prevent another influx and clamp down on benefits

Reason - California Wins Battle in Ongoing War Against ‘Assault Weapons’ ... regulations also reclassify certain shotguns as assault weapons

American Greatness - No, White Communities Aren’t Less Safe than Diverse Ones ... LA Times abuses the trust of readers by careful word choice and reader ignorance

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The news media never disappoints in living down to its reputation, namely: lazy, sleazy liars.

Seeker - The Gravity From Small Objects, Not Planet Nine, Explains Weird Orbits ... gravitational pull of thousands of small space rocks, rather than a massive, unseen planet, could be creating the odd orbits of objects in the Kuiper Belt

Twitter/Jacquie - Do you find this strange? The ABC executive that cancelled Roseanne is the same person who cancelled Last Man Standing and is married to Susan Rice

Guns - Bill in Congress would require all gun owners to be licensed, sales tracked ... based in part on the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card

Daily Galaxy "Deep Freeze!" --Early Earth Froze Over in a Geological 'Blink of an Eye' ... evidence snowball Earth took place in mere thousands of years

Federalist - Melinda Gates Bashes ‘White Guys,’ Says She’ll Discriminate Against Them ... she preferences women and non-whites over men and white people

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Are we to believe she earned her husband's immense wealth and, therefore, we should respect her opinions? Or shall we believe she's an overprivileged blowhard making a fool of herself?

Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise - The Coming Civil War (United States), Cool Maps, and Uncomfortable Truths ... the two sides have never spoken the same language

Z Man - A Honkey In Newark ... The first thing you notice about the ghetto is the sound. It’s loud.

Step one was on Thursday. Step two was on Friday.

Examiner - Justice Department secretly seized phone and email records of New York Times reporter ... Jim Wolfe's girlfriend for three years, a 22 year old Monica Lewinsky clone. There were two others.

Examiner - Former Senate Intelligence Committee director of security indicted, arrested for lying to FBI about leaks to reporters ... Jim Wolfe, a pudgy 57 year old with access to secrets, coin of the realm in DC.

Vintage News - This “astronaut” carving on an old Spanish cathedral isn’t what people think it is ... Ancient Aliens says it's a helmet-wearing astronaut. It is. But.

Return of Kings - Female Police Officers In Belgium Are Easily Disarmed And Murdered By Islamic Fanatic ... aged 53 and 45, killed without much trouble by a fit young man

Art of Manliness - So You Want to Buy a Classic Car ... most classic cars don’t actually turn out to be a good investment

Vox Popoli - Mailvox: the day she figured it out ... "everyone, male and female, would benefit greatly from being physically beaten down at least once in their lives before their 18th birthday"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Until I read this it hadn't occurred to me it was possible to be 18 years old without having been beaten up. Every few years I was the new kid in the neighborhood, and in school. By age 18 I'd been punched in the face so many times the inside of my nose was mostly scar tissue.

"Winning" a fight didn't mean you weren't beaten up too. Mostly it was "last man barely standing" wins. Besides, there was no winning in the long run. Each time you won it meant a bigger and meaner kid took you on.

It's just the way it was. Fair or unfair didn't enter into it. Everyone found their level, at which they were both winner and loser. Like everyone else.

Task & Purpose - Old School: Army Recruits Will Again Test On Iron Sights During Basic Training ... training soldiers to fight in a technologically degraded environment

College Fix - College student who invented gang rape sentenced to a year in prison, University didn’t wait for evidence before punishing football players ... she wanted sympathy from a “potential boyfriend”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg How about making her a "registered sex offender"?

More from College Fix, the Melissa Click Effect at the University of Missouri

Missouri chaos continues: Mizzou lays off 30 in wake of $49 million shortfall

Mizzou has lost a third of freshmen in two years – even after enrollment jump this fall

War Is Boring - The Great Mexican Train Robberies ... a 476-percent increase in creating train wrecks to loot them

Gun Free Zone - NICS checks for May 2018 up from last year ... biggest May since the beginning of NICS

Twitter/MLBcathederals - On D-Day June 6th, 1944 a 19 year-old Navy gunner named Yogi Berra ran messages between Omaha Beach and Utah Beach

Daily Mail - Spain says it will take in the 629 migrants left stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta refused to let rescue ship dock at their ports

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Italian interior minister Salvini says rescue is a duty, transforming Italy into refugee camp isn't. It's a start. Sending the SOS Mediterranee to the bottom is a good next step.

Air & Space Smithsonian - Fingerprints of Martian Life ... evidence of organic compounds on Mars, and methane concentrations follow strong seasonal variations

Daily Mail - Newly elected Georgia county official, 26, takes oath of office using Malcolm X's autobiography instead of the Bible ... University of Georgia doctoral student, gave communist salute at swearing in

Guardian - Russian museum discovers secret order to destroy Gulag data ... ministers ordered erasure of prisoner files in 2014

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's just Russia being Russia

Daily Mail - Gay Maryland gubernatorial candidate kisses his husband in ad first aired on Fox News ... stood up to Trump's agenda by defending Planned Parenthood and supporting an assault weapons ban

American Digest - The Guys’ Rules ... We always hear the “rules” from the female side. Now here are the “rules” from the male side


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Rebel regime, Amerika In Exile - One group wants the city life with a status constructed out of opinions, and the other wants a contemplative and normal life where achievement is more important than emotion. The two realize they are not just opposites, but that they cannot occupy the same nation and have each group get what it wants. At that moment of realization, the Left begins self-destructing. They are not the rebels; they are the Regime. They are not here to bring us Utopia, but to deliver us into a failed state. They are not sympathetic voices, but vicious manipulators who will stop at nothing to achieve total dominance. And now they admit that they do not believe we can coexist with them.


FBI, American Greatness - It’s a perfect circle of jerks—a bunch of Beltway lawyers in charge of the nation’s cop shop, but who have never grilled a suspect or traded shots with the goombahs: desk jockeys well versed in Beltway Borgia backstabbing, but otherwise completely useless in any real investigative function. But that’s what happens when you have career liars-for-hire running the investigative agencies instead of, you know, real investigators. Back in the early days of the Bureau, the FBI would take law-enforcement pros and make them get law degrees; now it hires lawyers and gives them a badge and a gun.


Legitimacy, Borepatch - Is justice being meted out in Her Majesty's Scepter'd Isle? For those who haven't been paying much attention, there have been dozens of arrests, perhaps hundreds, of adult men who have gang raped under age girls. This has occurred in many locales throughout the land. It has been doing on not for years, but for decades. The number of victims is not reported, but is certainly in the tens of thousands. In each case, the State knew what was happening. The deal was that blood feud would be replaced by the State using its monopoly of force to ensure justice. What happens when a big enough portion of the population thinks that the deal has been broken? How big does that group need to be?


Marvel, Spectator - Iron Man is now a 15-year-old black girl who might be a sociopath; the Incredible Hulk is a 19-year-old Asian hipster guy; Thor is a woman who is dying of cancer; and Captain America is a full-on Nazi — to show readers how evil Donald Trump is — while his duties as a good person have been handed over to Falcon, who is much more to be admired, obviously, because he is black. No, really, this is not a joke designed to satirise the leftist, identity politics lunacy which has afflicted so much of the US entertainment industry. This is what has actually happened to the superheroes of those two iconic imprints Marvel and DC Comics.


1937. Newport News, Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Two customers and a cat wait for Big John. And wait. Why, they wonder, are all the light bulbs missing? Big John works in mysterious ways. In a mere two steps Big John's Place morphs into Busy Bee Lunch. It's a miracle, I tell ya. So they wait.

Newport News was small farms and a fishing village until the late nineteenth century when the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway constructed a waterfront facility for loading West Virginia coal onto coastal ships. The place quickly grew, becoming a major harbor and shipbuilding town in the doing. The population in 1937 was about 36,000. Today Newport News is a diverse and vibrant city of about 184,000. The name? No one knows.

In segregated Virginia, "curb service" meant orders by blacks would be filled but they could not legally be seated. A willing seller and a willing buyer always find a way.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Commuted by Trump, Federalist - Alice Johnson wasn’t caught exchanging a wad of cash for some marijuana on a street corner, or smoking crack in a back alley, and then found her hopes and dreams quashed by a draconian state bent on putting all minor dealers and junkies in prison. These weren’t crimes committed out of financial desperation. Over a period of four years, Johnson helped manage regional operations of the Cali mafia’s drug business. It wasn’t a side gig she did a couple of times to put food on the table. Nor did she commit it in her youth and naivety. She was 41 years old when she was convicted. This “nonviolent first-time offender” malarkey should be seen as the grossly irresponsible spin it is. Alice Johnson acted like a career criminal, so she was sentenced like one.


Civilization, Minding The Campus - Western literature, art, music, and architecture are disregarded on feminist and racial grounds. In this moment of identity as the highest value, the great works of Western culture are dismissed because they are the work of “dead white men.” That the awesome accomplishments of Western scientists, philosophers, writers, and artists are dismissed on sex and racial grounds is more a commentary on those criticizing than on Western culture. These anti-Western judgments based on sex and race are deeply illiberal. The treatment of human beings as members of categories, rather than complex individuals, is inhumane and a common cause of atrocities. This is very backward thinking.


Republicans, Buchanan - Historians will look back in amazement at how America’s free trade zealots gave away the greatest manufacturing base the world had ever seen. Between 1997 and 2017, the EU ran up, at America’s expense, trade surpluses in goods in excess of $2 trillion, while we also picked up the bill for Europe’s defense. Between 1992 and 2016, China was allowed to run $4 trillion in trade surpluses at our expense, converting herself into the world’s first manufacturing power and denuding America of tens of thousands of factories and millions of manufacturing jobs. It is hard to see why or how Republicans are ever again going to be the Bush-Boehner party that preceded the rise of Trump.


Neutrinos, Scientific American - Neutrinos come in three known varieties, or flavors—electron neutrinos, muon neutrinos and tau neutrinos—and, most bizarrely, can transform from one flavor to another. Many physicists have been betting on neutrinos to open the door to the next frontier in physics. Some were oscillating into a fourth flavor—a “sterile neutrino”—and then turning into electron neutrinos. This new flavor would be called “sterile” because the particles would not feel any of the forces of nature, save for gravity, which would effectively block off communication with the rest of the particle world. Even so, they would still have mass, potentially making them an attractive explanation for the mysterious “dark matter”.


1937. New York City, 6th Avenue


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STEM, Campus Reform - Four professors from Otterbein University argue in a recent academic journal article that "grading practices" may be at least partly responsible for the lack of women in STEM fields. Based on surveys of 828 STEM students, the professors conclude that female students believe they work harder than their male classmates for similar grades, indicating that "women's higher perceived effort levels are not rewarded."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg But wait, there's more. See if you can spot the trend.

Campus Reform - Profs: 'white male privilege' to blame for STEM gender gap

Campus Reform - Course claims ‘objectivity’ is a ‘white mythology’

Campus Reform - Feminist course questions if science can be ‘objective’


Gravity, Phys Org - Cosmic voids are spaces millions of light years across that contain fewer and more sparsely distributed galaxies than the average. Found between voids are galaxy clusters, the largest known structures formed in the universe. Gravity controls how quickly voids and galaxy clusters grow, as well as their density. As far as we know, gravity works according to Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, but the theory has not yet been precision-tested at very great distances and in sparse areas. Researchers have calculated how small deviations from Einstein's theory of relativity at large distances might affect the number, size and density of cosmic voids and galaxy clusters.


Language, Quillette - People who are part of the “Rebel Alliance” develop a way of speaking designed to circumvent the possibility of debate or even the introduction of evidence. They employ what Thomas Sowell called “pre-emptive rhetoric”, a set of words and phrases that assert the correctness of the argument before anything else has even been said. Such pre-emptive strikes become what Scott Adams has called, “linguistic kill shots” which he defines as “a nickname or short set of words so persuasive that it can end an argument or create a specific outcome.” If you are ever in a situation in which you face the rhetorical kill shot, get them to explain what they mean in plain English.


D-Day, Coyote Blog - The Russians defeated Germany. I don't think the western allies would ever have had the stomach to inflict the kind of casualties on Germany that were ultimately necessary to defeat her without Russian help. To me, this is the great irony of WWII, that it was not ultimately a victory for democracy. Only totalitarian Russia could defeat totalitarian Germany. However, D-Day did have an important effect—it kept Western Europe out of Soviet hands. I would argue in retrospect that from mid-1944 on we were competing with Russia to see how Europe would get divided up after the war. D-Day allowed the western allies to overrun most of Western Europe and keep it out of Soviet hands.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Reputable military analysts say Russia's front line forces and supply depots were positioned for invasion, not defense, which is why they were overrun so quickly. Further, they claim much Soviet motorized equipment was configured for urban warfare, i.e., road wheels instead of tracks and so forth.


1944. Normandy France, D-Day


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Not much information with this one. Looks like a mix of US and British trucks as deck stowage, with an LCM tied alongside for offloading. LSTs were in short supply even as late as mid-1944. Perhaps it's why they tried those cockamamie floating tanks.



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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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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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