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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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Willem Heda, Still Life, 1635

Willem Heda, 1594-1682, was the inventor and master of the "breakfast still life" featuring fabric, food, glass and metal taken to a very high level of realism. This painting from 1635 was done at the height of his powers. No works dated later than the mid-1660s are known to exist.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg We waited two years for this? Inspector General Horowitz’s coverup—a clumsy "limited hangout" with a rehash of info previously made public—is consistent with my darkest suspicions. DC has long acted unconstitutionally and, thereby, illegitimately. And DC has long been corrupt beyond Crassus's fever dreams.

Bad enough. Now DC is revealing itself as a criminal enterprise. It's aware of itself as such, and not particularly bothered that we know it. And why would they, they're convinced they have us surrounded and enough of us believe it.

Several analysts have looked at the Horowitz report and drawn their conclusions. Here are comments from websites big 'n small.

Joseph Klein at Front Page Mag says:

In analyzing the highly anticipated OIG report’s conclusions, it is clear that either Mr. Horowitz himself decided to pull his punches or that the final version, which had been reviewed by upper echelons in both the FBI and Justice Department before its public release, emerged in a disappointingly watered-down form...

The long-awaited inspector general report on the FBI’s and Justice Department’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation is as disappointing as the rigged outcome of the e-mail investigation itself

Brandon Weichert at American Greatness says:

Upper leadership of those bureaucracies assumed life would continue as usual once their preferred candidate won the presidency. But Hillary Clinton lost. Now institutions that had been corrupted with partisanship found they could not continue to operate in the vacuum of accountability as they had under President Obama. The inspector general’s report is maybe best understood less as an exercise in truth finding and more a matter of managing public perceptions.

Conrad Black at American Greatness says:

Somebody serious, meaning no one now in sight in the Justice Department, is going to have to come to grips with the role of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in all this. The country needs the truth... The old Washington sleaze factory is talking to itself. We are between the lightning and the thunder and the country cannot tolerate this level of sanctimonious, institutionalized corruption any longer.

An editorial at Investor's Business Daily says:

At several junctures, decisions made during the investigation were colored by the fact that the FBI had already decided they wouldn't pursue any legal action against Clinton...

From Obama on down, no one ever wanted or intended to do what should have been done: Prosecute Clinton for gross negligence in her handling of highly classified material. The entire investigation was just for show.

John Galt says:

This is the ultimate CYA for Hillary Clinton, an excuse for Comey, and McCabe being sold down the river as the “fall guy” while numerous other former Obama officials escape implication or insinuations of guilt.

Yeah, you will make more money betting on growing your own crickets over thinking that anything damning would come out about Lynch, Comey, or Obama in this report.

George Ure at Urban Survival says:

When an operating room is infected you scrub ‘er down. Or, do you train and indoctrinate festering bacteria to death? Clorox and permanganate…that’s what’s required. OIG report is 3-grade softball…political oatmeal carefully scripted to be non-offensive and keep the swamp creatures in play...

What should he have done? Laid it out – no redactions, no softening, gone harder and deeper. This is cancer we’re talking, not a common cold. Let everyone sue – after the fact – and sort it all out in open court. While that’s the American Way, it’s not the Way of the Swamp.

Former I.G. investigator Ed Timperlake says, at American Thinker:

How could such a pack of "not faithful," bravery not known, and total "lack of integrity" incredibly self-absorbed individuals who saw themselves as above the Constitution rise to the top of such an august institution? Something is seriously wrong with the internal culture of the FBI and DOJ that would allow such people...

It is time to now be cruelly focused and take no prisoners with those "POS," because they played such nasty games in betraying their oath of office and took full advantage of our trust and confidence.

Mike at Cold Fury puts it this way:

The IG report was a whitewash, which is the only result one could expect when a Mordor on the Potomac bureaucracy as profoundly and irretrievably corrupt as the FBI/DOJ is allowed to “investigate” itself...

It’s either going to fizzle out eventually with a shrug and a “meh,” followed by a very loud silence, or it’s going to lead to an upheaval so violent—yes, perhaps literally—that it will shake the very foundations of our metastasized , malignant cancer of a national government.

Don Surber says:

This calls for a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization prosecution because these boys and girls turned a federal agency into their private protection racket. We know this was going on for years because there is a casual, business-as-usual air to the way they conducted their crimes...

In fact, many, many people must be tried for their crimes and shown no mercy at sentencing so that the message is clear: the FBI is not above the law

You'll find James Kunstler's scathing opinion in "Stuff you may want to think about", below.

On the FBI's credit side, it's claimed "whistle blower" agents informed Congress of the Weiner laptop and of the spies within the Trump campaign, some have volunteered to be subpoenaed so they can testify at length, and there are stories of "rebellions" from within the ranks that forced Comey's second statement about Hillary Clinton's crimes.

Said differently, except for some holdouts, arguably deluded and certainly betrayed, the FBI is a rogue agency acting as if it's above the law. Which for the FBI is pretty much the same as being above the law. Who's going to stop 'em, the Justice Department?

Alex Pappas at Fox News claims:

"... more bombshells could be looming from the same team of investigators," and, "U.S. Attorney John Huber is investigating claims of FBI and DOJ misconduct related to these actions, noting that Huber would be “conducting his work from outside the Washington D.C. area and “in cooperation” with Horowitz."

Fat chance. These are "internal investigations". Inspector General Horowitz is a fixer and U.S. Attorney Huber is an Obama crony. We've been had. And we'll be had again. None of 'em will pay for their crimes. No one important in DC pays for their crimes. It's a rule. Look for promotions, early retirements with full benefits, book deals and television contracts.


Our quote for this week comes from Sten Morten at Return Of Kings:

Our media, academia, and politics have become so full of these pestilent falsehoods that one is hard-pressed to name a significant, positive contribution to the Western canon from recent years.


Found online, A quote from Joe Sobran, National Review, April, 1997:

Western man towers over the rest of the world in ways so large as to be almost inexpressible. It's Western exploration, science, and conquest that have revealed the world to itself. Other races feel like subjects of Western power long after colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have disappeared.

The charge of racism puzzles whites who feel not hostility, but only baffled good will, because they don't grasp what it really means: humiliation. The white man presents an image of superiority even when he isn't conscious of it. And, superiority excites envy. Destroying white civilization is the inmost desire of the league of designated victims we call minorities.


Samuel Culper asks, What Role Will Militias Play in the “Coming Unpleasantness”?, at Forward Observer. An excerpt:

The militia exists to provide security and defend the People. That fact goes all the way back to at least the beginning of the 17th Century at Jamestown. I really don’t consider the militia to be a ‘warfighting’ organization, although they may end up fighting in wars. The principle purpose is simply to provide security and defend the People. In that case, militia training must also be realistic and requirements-based.


How tough were the tabloid street photographers of the '30s and '40s? Ascher Fellig , known as "Weegee"—a corruption of "Ouija"—was a good example. He had a police radio and darkroom in his car, and wasn't above doing a little rearranging before the cops arrived. The cartoon is from Comics Journal .




Question: has there ever been an aircraft carrier under sail?

Answer: yes. Really. Read on.

It's 1944. The carrier USS Intrepid has been hit in the stern by a Japanese torpedo plane during operations against Truk in the Pacific. The huge ship runs in a circle. Barely adequate directional control has been restored by running one engine on full power while idling the other and she heads back to Pearl for repairs.

This works for a couple of days until the winds come up and directional control is lost again. And then ... let's go to the official report:

The possibility of rigging canvas on the forward radio masts was investigated but it was decided that the structure was of insufficient strength and rigging in any case extremely difficult.

A jury sail was then rigged between the forecastle deck and the underside of the flight deck. A sail of approximately 3000 square feet was improvised using cargo nets and such canvas as could be found around the ship. The wind continued throughout the passage to Pearl at velocities from 20 to 30 knots. The tendency of the wind to weathercock the ship was found to be a maximum when the wind was about 45° on either bow.

With No. 1 shaft locked, the planes forward and the sail rigged, it was found that the ship could be adequately controlled with the engines. At low wind, velocities a speed as low as 18 knots could be made good.


1949. Western Electric ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ad stresses the incredible and "most complex mechanism imaginable" that was the telephone system of 1949. But all little Susie needs to know is how stupefyingly amazing it is to talk with grandma when she isn't even in the room.


Remus's notebook


Free Beacon - Harvard Hospital Taking Down Portraits of White Men ... "It is one more positive step toward co-creating a caring and inclusive environment"

Ancient Origins - The Original Swiss Army Knife ... a Roman soldier's multi-tool from the third century AD

US Naval Institute - 7 Basic Dogfighting Moves ... high speed, dangerous, and skillfully executed moves which can determine life or death in the air

Armed and Dangerous - The critical fraction ... of American gun owners that would have to be hard-core enough to resist confiscation with lethal violence

Don Surber - Why they let the FBI "get away" with ignoring subpoenas ... DoJ is laying traps and watching the suckers fall into them. You will see Senators and House Reps doing perp walks

YouTube, Reason - The Inevitable Death of Gun Control: Cody Wilson and the Future of Untraceable Homemade Firearms. Video, 8m 35s

Red Ice, YouTube - Why Interracial Relationships Are Pushed On White Women ... do you know of evidence that the other recognized races are being encouraged to dilute themselves through intermarriage? Video, 11m 26s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Francis Porretto comments on this video at Liberty's Torch

Stuff Nobody Cares About - New York City Etiquette In 1899 ... extremely formal and somewhat strange rules

Daily Mail - Famed Stanford prison experiment that 'showed how we are all naturally inclined to abuse power' was based on lies and fakery, shocking expose claims ... scientists calling for the experiment to be wiped from textbooks

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lies and fakery for grants and fame? I got this one, don't tell me. Psychology! What do I win?

Hyperallergic - Artists Support Themselves Through Freelance Work and Don’t Find Galleries Especially Helpful, New Study Says ... study based on more than 1,000 practicing visual artists

Atlas Obscura - One of the World’s Largest Steam Locomotives Is About to Make a Triumphant Return ... one of Union Pacific's mammoth "Big Boys" with two sets of eight driving wheels

City Journal - America the Horrible? ... Progressives say that the United States is racist and misogynist, but they still want everyone in the world to come here

Todd Starnes - VA Hospital Replaces Military Flags with Gay Pride Flag ... “We are flying the flag that represents and honors these veterans as a display of solidarity"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The VA didn't get the word, Obama's out.

Chicago Tribune - University of Chicago to stop requiring ACT and SAT scores for prospective undergraduates ... "have long wanted to increase diversity on campus"

Smithsonian - Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New Jurassic World So Much Better ... Fallen Kingdom has not evolved alongside 21st century research

Next Big Future - On track to commercial extraction of uranium from seawater ... four billion tons of uranium in seawater, about 500 times known to exist in land-based ores

Global QE is ending, it's "risk on" and the "flight to safety" is underway:

Peak Prosperity - A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall ... rising interest rates increases the cost of servicing unprecendented levels of debt

Zero Hedge - "The Probability Of A Recession Is Rising": According To Goldman, This Is As Good As It Gets ... growth in Europe and the rest of the world has been slowing fast and Chinese data was "shockingly weak"

Traditional Right - The Big One ... the state finds itself borrowing money to pay the interest on money it borrowed earlier, which makes lenders nervous and rates rise

Zero Hedge - "The Global Bond Curve Just Inverted": Why JPM Thinks A Market Crash May Be Imminent ... bond investors no longer require extra premium for holding longer-dated bonds

Phys Org - A new experiment to understand dark matter ... using a pulsar falling in the gravitational field of the Milky Way

Seeker - Observations of Neutron Star Collision Appear to Show the Creation of a Black Hole ... gravitational waves detected from merger of neutron stars suggested black hole was formed, new analysis confirms it

Task & Purpose - The Military Bought Thousands Of Boots Labeled ‘Made In The USA.’ They Were From China ... Wellco Enterprises removed "Made in China" tags

MSN - Tourists shocked by what they see on San Francisco streets ... "I've never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs"


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


IG, James Kunstler - The FBI brass must have needed hazmat suits to scrub DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on agency misconduct around the 2016 elections. The result of their mighty exertions is something like 500 pages of pasteurized tofu. I will be surprised if a new scandal does not erupt over exactly how the scrubbing went down, and I wouldn’t count out the possibility of the original unscrubbed report emerging from deep inside the FBI itself. The report managed to whitewash or evade altogether the most troubling angles of the FBI’s role around this garbage barge of institutional roguery. The USA really can’t take a whole lot more institutional failure without irreparable political damage.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The irreparable damage has been done. The FBI knowingly and cynically betrayed the people's trust and the Department of Justice covered for them. There's no path back from this. Memo To DC: contempt works both ways.


10 miles of the White House, Ann Coulter - Like many schools up and down the East Coast, MS-13 has turned Wirt Middle School into a battleground. There have been near-daily gang fights, rampant drug dealing, one reported rape, gang signs on the walls, one shooting and teachers afraid to be alone with their students. In addition to the free school lunches, transportation, housing and health care to pay for all this wonderful diversity, immigrants are also massively ratcheting up law enforcement costs. The reason for this transformation of our country, our culture and our politics is to flood the market with low-wage workers and Democratic voters. Those are losing arguments, so the beneficiaries claim that anyone who doesn't want to supply the rich with cheap labor must hate Hispanics.


Elephant in the Room, Raconteur Report - It won’t be a war by even competing zip codes, or a neighborhood-to-neighborhood conflict. It will be fought house-to-house, and door-to-door in the same apartment building. I can prepare to survive a mere hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or flood. Because when it’s over, the event isn’t going to come circling back to my place to get even. But that’s not true when the neighborhood socialists decide I did too well, and they deserve some of my stuff to augment their lack of preparation, or to assuage their hatred for my wisdom and material comfort. They want me to share in their misery, and may well be prepared to go as far as to kill me outright.


Facts, Liberty's Torch - You’ll seldom encounter a PhD in the hard sciences with an IQ below 130. Leftist agitators frustrated by such facts will do what they did to weaken the armed forces: they’ll demand that the standards be softened to increase “minority” participation, as has been the case in college admissions standards. And they’ll raise hell over any indication that some “minority” is “under-represented” in some institution they’ve chosen to attack. Such tactics tend to get the Left what it wants. It has significant support from various government agencies with extra-Constitutional powers. The media and educational establishments are enlisted in its cause, as well.


1938. Omaha Nebraska



More stuff you may want to think about
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Alternate history, Smithsonian - Explorers of the American continents sent back reports of the great achievements of unknown civilizations like the Inca and the Aztec. Novelists took the question a step further, creating undiscovered worlds on parts of the map that had yet to be filled in. Jules Verne imagined dinosaurs and enormous humans living underground in Journey to the Center of the Earth, while H. Rider Haggard created a lost civilization in King Solomon’s Mines. The fantastic genre flourished from the 1870s to the 1930s but after that too much of the world was known for such speculation to seem plausible. Yet there remained a solution. It is no coincidence that the decline of the Lost Kingdoms, Lost Races novel coincides with the rise of Alternate History.


Universe sim, Quanta - In the early 2000s, a small community of coder-cosmologists set out to simulate the 14-billion-year history of the universe on a supercomputer. The simulations failed spectacularly. But recently, the scientists seem to have begun to master the science and art of cosmos creation. With the leap in mock-universe verisimilitude, researchers are now using their simulations as laboratories. We are in an exciting place where we can actually use these models to make completely new predictions.


Crash, The Baffler - Consider that Goldman “has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression,” as Rolling Stone memorably put it in 2009. Consider that it used government bailout money to hand bonuses of at least $1 million each to 953 employees after the 2008 crash and that it paid just $14 million in taxes that year. Just like before the 2008 crash, personal debt is at an all-time high and some borrowers are defaulting at an increased rate. When it all comes crashing down, you know which group will get a bailout. For everyone else, another crash will compound the misery caused by the last one.


Power, Declination - Good-natured people are too gullible. We think it is possible that they aren’t what they seem to be. And that indecision, that hesitation, is likewise another tool in the SJW arsenal. For a casino to make money, it does not need to win every round. The house merely needs a small advantage that, over time, adds up to complete and total victory. 51/49 odds played out over a long enough time results in the casino making wealth beyond the dreams of avarice. For SJWs, their subversion does not need to avoid triggering resistance in everybody. They merely need a slight advantage, played out over decades. It’s the Fabian approach to tyranny. It’s always about power. Always. All else is a lie


Prison reform, Z Man - As has been pointed out for decades, eliminate black crime and America is suddenly as docile as any other Western nation. That brings us back to the politics of prison reform, as everyone knows the stats on black crime. Since addressing the realities of the black population in America is forbidden , we maintain a massive human warehousing system. People serving life terms should be housed on remote islands where they can live out their lives, without causing harm to other prisoners and prison guards. It is the alternative to the enthusiastic use of the death penalty. There’s simply no point in pretending that a man can come out after 30 years in a gladiator academy and be a normal person in society.


1937. Washington DC



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Hillary's FBI, Spectator - Clinton was going to win the election and become the next president. All of the pols, polls, and pundits agreed on this point. Consequently, there was no way that the FBI and DOJ were going to do a serious investigation of Clinton. Such a course would incur her wrath and needlessly put jobs, careers, and agency budgets at risk once she took the oath of office. Faced with the inevitability of a Clinton presidency, the FBI and DOJ went into self-preservation mode by going through the motions of doing an investigation and publicly exonerating her. But it was all a vaudeville act staged to help Hillary put one over on the rubes who comprise the great unwashed voting public. By their actions, the FBI and DOJ contrived to lend their credibility to Clinton’s candidacy.


Free speech, Taki's Magazine - The good news is that the intelligentsia don’t have the numbers they think they have—yet. Their self-righteousness is turning people off. I’ve seen and heard of plenty of journos evading and obfuscating who they voted for in 2016 or what they think of the current direction of the Democratic Party. If they’re a straight white male, ask him how long he thinks someone with his background will be allowed to speak, or even exist, in the Democratic Party. Don’t they know they’re not really wanted there? At the very least, they’re the past and not the future of the party. If they don’t leave on their own, they will be forced out soon enough.


Gaza, Taki's Magazine - When you fight, you risk losing. They took their shot, and they failed. For seventy years now, the Palestinians have wanted a “do-over” of the war the Arabs launched in 1948. “Oops…we didn’t know this would go so badly for us. Could we maybe pretend the whole thing never happened?” Gazans are the Hillary Clinton of Arabs. When you lose a war, saying, “Jeez, I live so darn close to the territory I lost…can I have it back?” doesn’t cut it. Let’s say the Israeli forces opened the gates and stood by and let all of the “marchers” march in. What would happen? Tens of thousands of Palestinians march into Israel in order to “return.” What do they do next, once they’re in?


Invading Europe, Vox Popoli - The summer of 1942 was very likely Stalin’s plan, and even then, there was a struggle to be ready. The Red Army in June 1941 would barely have reached the other side of Poland against the Wehrmacht in 1941 before it ran out of steam. It would have then been promptly encircled by the many-times-more combat ready Wehrmacht and annihilated. The German OKH knew the Soviets were preparing to attack at some point, but would not be anywhere near ready by June 1941. They actually accurately estimated the Red Army’s readiness. With these factors and many others I have not included, they laid their plans, and ultimately came much closer to defeating the USSR than most people realise.


1944. Vaucelles France


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Canadian tankers. Vaucelles is a tiny village about four miles inland from the Normandy coast, just west of Bayeux.


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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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19 Jun 2018