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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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Gerrit Dou, Girl with a Basket of Fruit at a Window, 1657

What appears to be a scene of innocent domesticity may mask a more salacious truth. The maid looks suggestively, out at the viewer, offering the fruits of her basket. She draws back the curtain revealing a genteel couple making music together. The empty perch and birdcage in the background allude to a loss of virtue, while the dead fowl acts as a double entendre – the Dutch word vogel (bird) being a slang term for ‘copulation’.

Gerrit Dou (1613-1675) favoured this type of moralising theme. The distorted reflection in the glass hanging from the perch may be a self-portrait.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Political civility is collapsing faster than I'd predicted. The slow boil is over. Things are starting to go hot. This is from Fox News:

White House Press Secretary Sanders was thrown out of a Virginia restaurant on Friday because she works for President Trump—the latest Trump official to be hounded out of a restaurant because of their political affiliation.

It was the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington. The owner is Stephanie Wilkinson.

Wilkinson said several of their employees were gay and knew Sanders had defended President Donald Trump’s statements about banning transgender people from the military.

So, revenge for the gay wedding cake decision.

Sanders’ ejection comes just days after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was drummed out of a Mexican restaurant by left-wing activists ...

On Friday, a group of protesters gathered outside of her Virginia townhouse, blasting out audio of crying children and chanting “no justice, no sleep.”

One of the self-declared Socialists who swarmed the restaurant in DC to drive out DHS Secretary Nielsen is a paralegal at the Justice Department. "No one who has ever made their living terrorizing immigrants deserves peace," she said. But on the job she's totally legit, right?

Rod Dreher at The American Conservative sums up the corrosive side effects:

Conservative people see this, and they imagine themselves being thrown out of a restaurant, either by the owner or by left-wing protesters, because they are conservative. They see themselves being driven out of the public square by the left — which all the while congratulates itself on its superior morality — and it makes them furious. For the woke left, even trying to eat out with your spouse and your friends at a restaurant is now political, and must be punished.

Direct assault on Trump's staff by street-level activists is a new tactic. It demonstrates their civil war-like rejection of "loyal opposition" and a not very subtly inferred capacity for mob violence.

Once again the left has the momentum, once again they've deployed Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals to good effect:

A good tactic is one your people enjoy,
Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period,
Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

California Congresswoman and Protected Asset Maxine Waters is always a reliable indicator of the tactic du jour. It's to be unhinged confrontations at street level . This is from her harangue to the loyal cadre:

"If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere."

There's no path back from confrontation. It's a show of force. It says there will be no compromise, no dialogue, no backing down. Surrender or else. When intimidation doesn't work, and it won't, the "or else" is the only way forward.

Prepare. Stay away from crowds. Be alert.

Next

Having lost the initiative, conservatives have reverted to their default "it ain't fair" complaint. No no, Nanette. As Vox Popoli advises, always punch back. Meanwhile, the alt-right has gone from an "all fronts attack" to student lounge mode, would-be leaders arguing for expelling this or that person for violating some canon they invented for the occasion. Pepe wept.

Who is the leader of Black Lives Matter? Who is the leader of Antifa? Give me names. You can't. The left is non-stop action, their leaders rise by merit—more daring than the rest—then stumble and fade, and others take their place. There's the answer the alt-right is looking for. The horse comes first, not the jockey.

Next

The Southern Poverty Law Center has been successfully sued for libel . Now PJ Media is reporting forty-seven groups are considering a defamation lawsuit against the SPLC and is warning editors and CEOs they will be complicit if they continue to use the SPLC "hate list".

They claim the SPLC "amounts to little more than a leftist instrument of political warfare against those with whom it disagrees, fully deserves the infamy it has lately earned".

Published statements by SPLC former spokesman Mark Potok support their case:

2007 - Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate groups, I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, completely destroy them.

2008 - You are able to destroy these groups sometimes by the things you publish. It's not so much that they will bring down the police or the federal agents on their head, it's that you can sometimes so mortally embarrass these groups that they will be destroyed.

We see this political struggle. We're not trying to change anybody's mind. We're trying to wreck the groups. We're trying to destroy them. Not to send them to prison unfairly or to take their free speech rights away, but as a political matter to destroy them.

Next

The quote for this week is from the Z Man:

The immigrant now has a superior place in the moral order. The state is now in service to foreigners.

Next

Grace Panetta at Business Insider, reporting on the G7 Summit, about a priceless comment from President Trump to Chancellor Merkel:

"At that point, he stood up, he put his hand in his pocket — his suit jacket pocket — and he took two Starburst candies out, threw them on the table, and said to Merkel: 'Here, Angela. Don't say I never give you anything.'"

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Something for survivalists with tricked out long range rifles to ponder, from CDRSalamander at the US Naval Institute:

Prior to WWI, it was all about long range accuracy, as if every battle would be fought by who could take out who at 1,000 meters. The result were very long barreled rifles such as the Gewehr 98 and cartridges designed to kill a horse a kilometer distant. Great if everything was fought in a world of wheat fields with no trees, trenches, terrain, buildings, cities, or movement, sure.

Long range shooting is tons-o'-fun. Been there. First with the .25-06, then the .22-250, hand loading with premium components, astronomy-grade scope, one ragged hole in a target half a county away, blah blah. But for the survivalist it makes no sense.

Let's get real. The survivalist has to carry his rifle everywhere, along with everything else he needs. A carbine or light sporter with meat ammo serves his purpose better than a bull barrel getup weighing up like a cinder block. Notice I said survivalist, not a designated sniper in a combat situation.

A survivalist who offers himself as a target at many hundreds of yards has bigger problems than snipers. He's chosen ground making him easy prey for even a so-so shooter. In the wooded hills, clear lines of sight are going to max out at something like two hundred yards in winter, less than half that in summer. Western mountain dweller's heads would explode from claustrophobia around here. For a reasonably experienced survivalist, a handy rifle capable of an honest 2 MOA topped with a low to medium power scope is entirely adequate.

If it ever comes down to extended shootouts with bad guys, a genuine battle rifle is needed, one that will withstand outright abuse, thirty caliber or thereabouts to reliably knock down a determined opponent even if he's behind what would otherwise be good cover. Exhibitionists prancing around ankle-deep in brass can be calmed down even more economically.

Next

Aesop at Raconteur Report offers a well considered proposal:

Let's do one more thing: announce that henceforth, anyone ever deported for entering the US illegally will be banned for life from ever visiting the US on a visa, or ever emigrating here legally, and refused any amnesty for cause, even if it's someday offered to those already here. Caught once, banned for life. Caught here a second time: Fly Air Trebuchet home.

and finally,

I'm reading Kurt Schlichter's Indian Country. "Violent, imaginative, full of mordant humor and dark, gritty details," says one review. "...a thought-provoking action thriller set against the backdrop of a shattered America," and "...paced action... will leave you wanting more," and "...a riveting, page-turner...", say others. Bloggers whose opinion I respect raved about it. I bought it with eager anticipation.

Indian Country is 433 pages long. I'm on page 95. There are 338 pages left to redeem what is, so far, unrelieved tedium. Sorry. I had so wanted to like this book, but with each page the prospect dims. Mr. Schlichter's life is one well lived, his accomplishments many and admirable. This isn't one of them.

Change subject. We've been having small-time vandalism here at Woodpile Report Global Headquarters and Jiffy Screen Door Repair. Initially we chalked it up to the outsized raccoons we see at night—our place is close to a creek. Time to get out the ol' .25-20 and a coal shovel, I'm thinking. Then, just about sundown, our neighbor caught sight of the real miscreant behind their place. All became clear. A black bear. So, here we go again.

There was a long spell where we had to shoo 'em away just to get from the house to the driveway. I'd go out to the kitchen at night to pour a cuppa coffee and one would be looking in the window. That sort of thing. They're not giant bears like in the old Winchester ads, just run-of-the-mill bears, kind of goofy and curious and easily run off. But what is it, thirty feet in one second from a standing start? What if we run into one with a grudge? It wears on you after a while.

Well gang, enough chitchat, time to rise and face the raging blizzard, don your qutngug and mukluks, do yer bounden duty. Yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits. Right after this old ad.

 

1939. RCA magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Cunningham-RCA relationship was one of the murkiest business transactions of the last century. More is suspected than is known.

Elmer Cunningham was a major manufacturer of AudioTron radio vacuum tubes in America when RCA was formed in 1919. RCA immediately sued Cunningham on the grounds the patent he held from Lee deForest was null and void, claiming deForest had previously signed all rights to AT&T, one of RCA's founders.

In an out of court agreement, Cunningham was allowed to sell RCA-supplied tubes under his brand until the deForest patent expired in 1925. The E.T. Cunningham Company became part of RCA in 1931. There's more, but I'll end it here.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain’s Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in “Financially Ruinous” Targeting ... McCain's office recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Once again a so-called 'conspiracy theory' is proven right. If McCain lied about this, what else has he lied about? Are the more extreme accusations against him true after all?

Also see American Thinker - IRS Tea Party persecutor Lois Lerner had help all along: John McCain. Lerner, despite her documented and admitted malfeasance, was

"... allowed to retire comfortably at her Beltway suburbs mansion with a six-figure pension.  That was the price she paid for persecuting dissidents, in exactly the same way crummy, sleazy, slimy third-world dictatorships do".

DC Clothesline - California: SB320 Seeks to Make Public Universities Provide On-Campus Abortions ... because no young woman should have to miss her next class just to kill her unborn baby

Campus Reform - Michigan State University employees forced to pay for mandatory diversity workshop ... seventy-five bucks to be told white people are evil

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What happens if white people believe what they're being told and decide to be the worst they can be? What, exactly, would be the down side?

Next Big Future - Venezuelan economy heading to complete collapse in months and probably a military coup ... oil workers and thieves are stripping the oil company of vital equipment, vehicles, pumps and copper wiring

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Inflation in running so fast in Venezuela a typical oil rig worker's pay for the entire month of May would buy one chicken.

The Army Took Over the Spigots, Forcing Thirsty Venezuelans to Pay ... also took total control of all public and private water trucks, make them give away the goods at favored addresses

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Coming soon to a California near you

Los Angeles Times - 'Freedom city'? Going beyond 'sanctuary,' Austin, Texas, vows to curtail arrests ... directs police to avoid arrests for misdemeanors that city data shows frequently end in arrests of black and Latino residents, an “important first step”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Avoiding" drug and theft arrests is a foreseeable extensions of Affirmative Action. We don't have the option of avoiding their crimes however.

Free Thought Project - Bureau of Land Management Agents Open Fire on Innocent Couple, Shoot Woman Because ATV Drove Near Restricted Area

Free Beacon - Report: Nearly 400 Million Civilian-Owned Guns in America
Civilians own 100 times as many guns as the military, 400 times as many as police

YouTube - Trump Listens to Obama-Clinton on Immigration, video, 2m 28s

The Other McCain - Tip: Pentagon Covering Up Fact That Female Officers Nearly Sank Navy Ship ... incompetent and weren’t speaking to each other

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The article's about the USS Fitzgerald letting itself stray into the path of a merchant ship resulting in a "radar-assisted collision". Turns out the women officers on the bridge were unqualified, indifferent to their duty, in a snit and not talking to each other. Who could have seen this coming?

The pampering didn't stop with assigning them to the bridge. For directly causing a collision where seven crew members were killed, "... Lt. j.g. Sarah Coppock received a punitive letter and will forfeit half a month’s pay for three months as part of her sentence, according to a Navy statement."

A career-ending sentence with hard time was clearly in order. I'm here to tell you things were different before the Clinton-Obama era. As Elmer Keith would say, "Hell, I was there." A moment's inattention to the smallest detail was treated like homicidal negligence.

Campus Reform - Profs deride ‘weight loss’ as a ‘Western value’ ... "athletic performance," "weight loss," and even "longevity" are merely "Western values"

Hopkins World - Police officers reveal the truth about crime & “justice” in the UK ... "I asked serving members of the British Police what it is like to be a police officer in the U.K. today. Their truths will make you weep."

Popular Mechanics - Bourbon Vs. Bourbon: Did Whiskey Really Taste Better in the 1800s? ... If you ship whiskey on a river, does it taste better? We wanted to know, so we ran an experiment

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Amazingly enough, the answer is yes, and by a wide margin.

Principia Scientific - Global Temps Continue Century-Record Plunge, Despite Rising Emissions

Hackaday - Fatalities vs False Positives: The Lessons from the Tesla and Uber Crashes ... weighing the everyday driving experience against the incredibly infrequent but much more horrific outcomes of the false negatives

Daily Mail - Video, Philadelphia teen hurls a Jack Daniels bottle at a moving van, shattering the window and hitting a 10-year-old boy in the head ... why we can't have nice things

Ars Technica - Europe advances copyright law that could filter the Internet ... would require online platforms to pay publishers a fee if they link to their news content

Cosmos - After 99 years, Einstein’s general relativity confirmed at galactic scale ... measurements of warping spacetime bolster case for dark matter, dark energy

Guns - New Jersey could hike fees for buying guns by as much as 25-fold

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Handgun purchase permits, required by law to buy a firearm in the Garden State, would jump from $2 to $50. The mandatory firearms identification cards needed to own a gun or buy ammunition would increase from $5 to $100. Handgun carry permits, already notoriously hard to obtain in the state, would balloon from $50 to $400 — which would make them the highest in the country.

Gun dealers would also be hit by the change, with the cost of retail gun dealer licenses rising 10-fold, from $50 to $500; and manufacturer licenses leaping from $150 to $1,500".

Defence Blog - Combat tests in Syria brought to light deficiencies of Russian unmanned mini-tank ... not able to perform the assigned tasks in the classical types of combat operations

Universe Today - New Model Predicts That We’re Probably the Only Advanced Civilization in the Observable Universe ... instead of focusing on what values the Drake Equation might have, they looked at what the largest and smallest values they could have based on current knowledge

Daily Mail - Last U-boat captain dies: Submariner who brought WWII to the shores of Manhattan as he sank ships leaving harbor passes away aged 105 ... returned home from captivity in November 1946

Alternative Right - Richard Spencer is Death ... rich parents, a trust fund, and snobbishness hatred of the Right

Social Matter - Advertising Is Downstream Of Power And Progressivism ... they bring their progressivism and apply it to every situation for a thirty second ad spot

Intergalactic Source of Truth - The “new” threat ... the solution to problems caused by liberalism are illiberal solutions

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Collapse, Club Orlov - Certain events that occurred during the Soviet collapse can serve as useful signposts in the American one, allowing us to formulate better guesses about the timing of events that can suddenly turn a gradual collapse into a precipitous one and avoid being similarly blindsided. This is not an academic question: those who gauge it accurately may be able to get the hell out ahead of time, while the lights are mostly still on, while not everybody is walking around in a drug-induced mental haze, and while mass shootings and other types of mayhem are still considered newsworthy. This hindsight makes it possible for us to spot certain markers that showed up then and are showing up now.

 

Fear, American Greatness - Americans now have solid, documentary reason to fear the FBI has become a kind of FSB or KGB, working in the service of the party of government. If you worked on Trump’s campaign even peripherally and without pay, shop at Walmart, or are among the 63 million smelly voters who voted for Donald Trump then you better make sure you never come to the attention of this bunch or that you learn every federal law on the books and never, ever make a mistake or cross an ethical line. Perhaps you will awaken to a door breaking down at the crack of dawn with armed agents, or to the news that agents have looted the offices of your attorney to find something, anything against you.

 

FBI, Bastion of Liberty - Now we can see that the FBI has been corrupted. The upper reaches appear to be beyond salvage. No one can say how deeply into the rank and file the rot has penetrated. Moreover, the IG's report, which lays out a minutely circumstantial case for that corruption, concludes by dismissing its own findings. Though thick with evidence of political corruption, its conclusion maintains that the corruption had no effect of importance. The incredulity among Americans who respect facts and can perform straightforward inferences has pinned every meter in the country. If we leave aside matters of reputation, what consequences are likely?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Meanwhile, Daily Mail reports Sally Moyer, 44 , is 'FBI Agent 5' on the Hillary Clinton email investigation who texted 'f**k Trump' to her FBI colleague lover, called President Trump's voters 'retarded', vowed to quit 'on the spot' if he won the election, and added that Hillary Clinton 'better win ... otherwise i'm gonna be walking around with both of my guns'.

It appears the FBI, like the IRS, was or is fully committed to a coup d'etat. The notion of conscientious and hard-working field agents is no longer a given, they had eight years to fill their ranks with fellow activists and used their time well. It used to be the FBI recruited the best of the best. This stuff reads like they trolled the student lounge at Berkeley for Antifa freaks.

 

Invasion, Pat Buchanan - In Germany, a political crisis is percolating. The Bavarian-based CSU, longtime coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU, is now talking divorce if Merkel does not toughen German policy. Merkel has never fully recovered from the nationalist backlash against the million migrants she allowed in from Syria's civil war. Among the reasons Bavarians are pulling away from Berlin is that, being in the south of Germany, Bavaria is a primary point of entry. Virtually every one of the populist parties of Europe, especially of the right, have arisen to contest or to seize power by riding the issue of mass migration from Africa and the Middle East.

 

1938. Washington DC

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Bureau of Engraving and Printing in DC dates from 1862 when a shortage of money, um, of coins required printed paper currency for Civil War expenditures. The B.E.P. prints paper currency to this day, at a cost of about ten cents per note.

Postage stamp production started in 1894 with the six cent Garfield stamp. The US Postal Service has printed all stamps in-house since 2011.

 

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Richard Fernandez, PJ Media - Leftists branding officials fascists is not new, but officials answering back is. The novelty and force of the Italian riposte was such that Macron signaled a willingness to yield ground. The French president endorsed the establishment of overseas holding camps for refugees, a measure which many European leftists have traditionally denounced as capitalistically heartless. By prioritizing the preservation of the European bureaucracy even at the sacrifice of the shibboleth of refugee policy one can clearly perceive concept drift as manifested by the EU. Stung by Brexit and riven by disputes over refugees, the great enterprise is now teetering on the knife edge of either continental victory or possible retreat.

 

Starbucks, Amerika - The choice is obvious: you can either go to a big crass prole-food festival in what amounts to a portable Detroit, or pay another 50% to go to a quiet, middle-class, woman-friendly, and clean sort of place and go about their lives without constant panhandling, crime, public bodily functions, and dysfunctional behavior. They do not care if homeless people get thrown out of Starbucks; heck, they want that to happen! Customers fled the Starbucks locations which are most likely to become enriched with homelessness and diversity, which people hate no matter what racial groups are involved. Now Starbucks finds itself closing three times as many locations because of customer white flight.

 

Dalrymple, City Journal - The migrants in the latest spat were rescued by the boat of a non-governmental organization dedicated to saving them from floundering in the Mediterranean. In a way, this is typical of modern philanthropy: you do good by making others pay for it, by imposing financial burdens or obligations upon them that they have not chosen. Of course, to rescue drowning people is humanitarian: the question that the present Italian government asks is whether the supply of rescue creates the demand for it. The fracture that the migrant problem exposes is not only between countries, but within them. We are seeing this dynamic play out now, throughout the West.

 

Refugees, Ann Coulter - They granted Beatrice Munyenyezi asylum and citizenship, allowing her and her kids to live off the U.S. taxpayers for 10 years before federal prosecutors noticed, Hey! Munyenyezi wasn't a victim of the Rwandan genocide; she was a perpetrator! Munyenyezi had personally sentenced thousands of Rwandan women and children to death. And now the poor murderess has been separated from her children! Our country is being victimized by a network of con-artist foreigners and America-hating left-wingers passing out fake papers, fake stories and fake scripts to Third-Worlders, who lie about seeking "asylum" to get in on the American gravy train and wreck our country. The crisis on the border today is no ordinary asylum fraud. It's a political stunt by a left-wing organization.

 

1938. Railway post office

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Railway post office operations were a cash cow for the railroads from the mid-nineteenth century until the 1970s when it became a victim of automation and "hub" distribution systems. What would otherwise have been a money-losing passenger service was often put in the black by RPO revenue.

The RPO car was normally at the head of a passenger train consist, although there were some trains that were RPO cars from end to end. Notice the mail sorters are armed.

 

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Border hissy-fit, Cold Fury - The Left is making a serious miscalculation here: they’re relying on the same kind of polling data that told them Hillary!™ was absolutely certain to win the 2016 election by an overwhelming margin. They’re also blithely ignoring the fact that re-establishing our national borders and vigorous enforcement against violation of them by the hordes coming here illegally was one of the principle reasons Trump was elected in the first place. Most if not all of the imagery Leftymedia is busily shoveling down our gullets to inspire shock and shame is actually from Obama’s reign of error. In truth, they hope to use this as a cudgel to bludgeon Trump and the rest of us into submission at long, long last.

 

Art forgery, Guardian -Thirty years ago, the highest auction price for a painting was $10.4m, paid by the J Paul Getty Museum for Andrea Mantegna’s Adoration of the Magi in 1985. In contrast, while the $450m paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in 2017 counts as an outlier, abstract expressionists and impressionists frequently come, in auctions or private deals, with nine-figure price tags. In lockstep, the incentive to be a proficient forger has soared; a single, expertly executed old master knockoff can finance a long, comfortable retirement. The technologies available to abet the aspiring forger have also improved, so inevitably, Martin became an arbiter of authenticity.

 

Left coast, City Journal - Seattle officials are looking to roll out a “safe injection van,” a legal venue at which addicts could shoot up illegal drugs unhindered and “safely.” Lee Riley, an expert on infectious disease, observes that some of San Francisco’s streets are dirtier than Third World slums. Portland, Oregon, has continued to experience rapid urban decay in recent years, and the consequences for businesses and residents have been dramatic. Employees reported repeated criminal offenses, “daily defecation” in the store’s front lobby, and fears of physical violence. One female employee ran into moving traffic to escape a transient individual, screaming that he was going to kill her.

 

Wine, Inside Science - In the last 20 years a pushback has roiled the wine industry as the concept of natural, or raw, wine gains devotees. The whole industry is showing signs of rebellion. The goal is to produce wine less like modern megaproducers and more like the ancient Asian farmer. When making raw or natural wine, the natural chemistry of the winemaking process is unaltered from the vineyard to the bottle. The grapes are farmed organically. Yeast comes from the ambient air at the winery. 40 percent of upscale restaurants in London now have at least one natural wine on its wine list.

 

1945. Luzon

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Luzon is the northernmost and main island of the Philippines. Captured by the Japanese in 1942, it was recaptured in early 1945. Japanese casualties ran a dismal 20 to 1. Guerrilla outfits were especially active, and effective, in the Philippines, often led by Americans who had evaded capture in 1942.

The photo is an M7 "Priest" mobile artillery unit, which mounted a 105mm Howitzer on an M3, and later an M4, tank chassis. Compare to its German contemporary, the StuG IV .

Notice anything unusual about the GI in the foreground? He's holding his carbine as a left-handed shooter would, yet his stock-mounted magazine pouches are on the side a right-handed shooter would use.

 

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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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