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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
challenge
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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Ivan Shishkin, Meadow at Forest Edge, 1887

Ivan Shishkin was prolific painter of woodlands, beloved by the Russian people to this day. His exacting but poetic naturalism has been called a "one man school of art". Shishkin died in 1898 at age 66 while working in his Saint Petersburg studio.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A few years ago I wrote a guest article entitled "Frankly my dear" for Francis Porretto's indispensable Liberty's Torch. As long-time readers are aware, I knew the segregated South first hand and spoke against it when it was neither popular nor completely safe. Alas, in the years that followed I learned a hard lesson, to wit: there's nothing quite like being played and betrayed to see things as they really are. Although this essay continues to have some small level of currency, some readers may not have seen it, so I'll repost it here.

Frankly my dear

With all the recent troubles we're again being invited to an honest and open conversation about race, or said differently, the browbeatings will be resumed. Try this for honest and open: many of us, probably most of us, are tired of your whining, your so-called grievances, your violence and crime, your insults and threats, your witless blather and pornographic demeanor—all of it.

You're not quite 13% of the population yet everything has to be about you, all day, every day. With you, facts aren't facts, everything's a kozmik krisis, and abusive confrontations are your go-to.

Here's the thing: some of us despise you, although fewer than you believe, but most of us plain don't care about you or your doings. There was a time when we did care, but you betrayed our good will and played us for fools. We laugh about it now, but we actually believed you wanted equal opportunity and mutual respect and to live in harmony—all that stuff. Ain't it a hoot? Imagine our embarrassment.

We talk among ourselves just like you do. It's true, we have "frank and open discussions" when you're not around. Why? Partly because it's exhausting to tippy-toe around you. Partly because you think it's your celestial right to tell us what we can say. And partly because you're alarmingly aggressive or painfully dim-witted by turns. We never know which "you" will pop out of the box, or when. But mainly because you've revealed yourself as grasping opportunists without honor or principle. There's your deal-breaker. There's more.

During the recent riots you expected us to believe heisting snack food then torching the place was "standing up for justice". When we didn't buy it, you told us the looting and arson wasn't done by the rioters after all, no, all the bad stuff was done by rioters from out of town. Apparently you think it makes a difference to us. And if we don't fall for that one, you tell us you're the real victims, you're the ones "hit hardest" because the neighborhoods you looted and burned are, um, looted and burned.

We've never stood in your way but we don't really care if you have good neighborhoods or not. The evidence says you don't care either, unless we build and maintain them for you, what your enablers call "investments in urban communities". They don't mention the return on our past "investments". Our former neighborhoods weren't improved by your arrival. Your contempt for ordinary civility tells us no level of "investment" would make a difference.

Listen up. It's simple. Just like our neighborhoods are our responsibility, so are your neighborhoods your responsibility, not ours. Your clownish leaders will tell you otherwise but they've always been your responsibility and they always will be your responsibility. Accept it or don't, you're the ones who live in them. There's more.

Your air conditioned, smart phone equipped, EBT-financed "poverty" doesn't wash to begin with, yet you'd have us believe poverty causes crime. There's no payday for assault and rape and random killing. Police say 20% of your criminal violence is related to dope-dealing, okay, business disputes of a sort, but it says the rest of it is largely pro bono. We also notice you have a working knowledge of jury nullification and take pride in not "snitching", typical gang behavior.

We say "what you think, you do. What you do, you are." We know what you think—we hear it every waking minute. We know what you do. How could we not know what you are? Just so it gets said, crime causes poverty. It drives away productive people, their businesses and the opportunities you said you wanted. More bad news: you're free to accuse them of anything you wish but they're not coming back.

Schools haven't been educating our kids for a long time. They're too busy conjuring up new ways to teach yours, in fact, we're beginning to think yours are the only ones who matter. There's always some new scheme claiming dazzling success which, in the end, amounts to handing out the answers with the tests, or taking the annoying hard stuff out of the coursework, or entering unearned grades by hand.

Whatever they're doing they're doing it wrong. Your kids are telling us, in every way they know how, they have neither the interest nor the inclination for academics. Perhaps we should listen. If what they want is "out" it's worth considering and probably worth encouraging.

You tell us the schools have "failed to meet their needs." And what are their needs, pray tell? Higher standards and tougher tests? Stricter rules and a dress code? Or some alternate universe where credit is earned for putting teachers in the ER, or for a string of abortions before the tenth grade? If you'd tell us what their needs are we'd at least know what needs we're failing to meet. Until then we'll mark it down for what it is, another lame excuse. They're supposed to be schools, not day care or orphanages or theme parks.

You pester us with the "civil rights movement" of fifty years ago as though it happened last week, with tedious 1960s footage and cloying voice-overs, in an endless loop, like Groundhog Day, decade after decade. It's understandable, you haven't met any real resistance since those days. Breaking news: none of it matters any more, it all devolved into just another swindle, an extortion racket, "pay up or we'll make a stink—and the bad optics are on you".

Schools now teach something called White Privilege, which claims no overt act is necessary for us to be racist, in fact, absence of such acts is said to be direct evidence. It's the "original sin" concept in a different wrapper, meaning our putative racism is bone deep and can't be discharged by good works. Even so, they say we must atone in perpetuity for being white. They suggest we devote our lives in selfless service to you. No. Sorry. Whatever white privilege there may be, it isn't enough. In fact, being subjected to White Privilege prattle is worth a couple of privileges.

Speaking of privilege, 60% of your college grads—and 20% of all of you—are employed by government. The intent is to create an artificial middle class of course, hence the trivial positions with imaginative titles and weighty salaries. In the lower reaches it's the quota hires, typically unqualified. It's a great offer. You pretend you're doing something useful and we pretend to believe you.

The rest of your grads are largely diversity directors, window dressing, teachers of dubious "studies" and improbable "histories", and similar warehousing schemes for the otherwise unemployable. It's as good as it's ever going to get, except for those on the skinny end of the bell curve—for whom we have genuine, i.e., earned respect. You'd be a fool to leave it on the table, for as long as it lasts.

So here's the deal. If you want to know what we really think of you, the answer is we don't, unless you're making yourself unavoidable or we're cleaning up your latest mess. We can safely rely on you to make astonishingly irresponsible choices and blame us for the consequences. And you'll demand we make good on them for you.

We won't take a chance on your sincerity ever again. Take it somewhere else, you have no credibility left with us. You're a net liability, predictable to the point of surety. So we attend to our own lives and our own problems. It's as it should be. We recommend it. As for you, frankly my dear, we don't give a damn.

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Speaking of censorship—we were?—Michael Ledeen at Front Page Mag reminds us of how far the Left will go to silence dissent:

Did you know that the Democratic Party is on record against the First Amendment? Officially, publicly, and, in the United States Senate, unanimously. They tried to rewrite it in 2014, and introduced a Constitutional Amendment that would have enabled federal and state governments to prohibit various kinds of political spending, broadcasting or publishing.

This remarkable measure, which flew in the face of the Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, had no chance of being approved by the requisite majorities in Congress and the states. It was, therefore, a purely political maneuver, laying down a marker for voters and opinion-makers. Still, the numbers are astonishing: 49 Senators voted for it, and not one—not a single one—voted to preserve the First Amendment.

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Who is Lindsay Ellis? This is from the PBS website for her show, It's Lit!

It’s Lit! is a series of smart, funny video essays from PBS Digital Studios about our favorite books and why we love to read. Hosted by Lindsay Ellis, the series delves into topics like the evolution of YA, how science fiction mirrors our own anxieties, and why the book is sometimes just a _bit_ better than the movie.

How touching. How wholesome. But here's what she does when not molding young minds on tevee at taxpayer expense:

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How's this for a sea story. The HMS Safari , a British S-Class submarine commissioned in 1942, "attacked two and sunk one unidentified German transports which were unloading equipment on a North African beach, one torpedo that missed its mark continued up the beach and destroyed a tank".

Can you imagine the German "after action" report? Can you imagine the sub's crew members ever again buying their own pints?

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The quote for this week comes from Vox Day:

Everyone believed that the Soviet Union was as powerful as it had ever been at the very moment that it collapsed. None of the experts saw it coming. Do you think the experts see the collapse of the United States coming?

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Aesop at Raconteur Report explains why the official Case Fatality Rate for the Ebola outbreak in the Republic of Congo is misstated:

The death rate isn't the number dead now vs. the number infected now. Ebola isn't a lightning bolt. In 2014, Duncan, with first-world ICU care, took 10 days to die. He'd been sick several days before that. In Africa, a week, or two, or more between obvious infection, and death, is not uncommon.

So if you're going to be honest, look at how many cases they had 21 days ago (that time span being the rough average of 5-42 days between contraction and appearance of Ebola) and how many dead people they have now. 21 days ago, there were 76 cases. Today, there are 72 dead.
That's a CFR of 95%.

So unless they're going to publish survivor numbers, this thing is doing what you'd expect it to do in Africa: it's killing 95% of the people who catch it.

and finally,

As I've said elsewhere, my PC did a Hindenburg and needed replacement and recovery and rebuilding—gak!—so this issue of Woodpile Report is a mashup of last week's incomplete, unposted issue and this week's stuff. Usually I post a pre-release version for a long-time friend of WPR and professional proof reader, but no time for that so it goes out as-is. Given the rush job, I'm expecting a two pager from him. And yes, I'll deserve it.

Change subject. Recovery is going well, normalcy is within sight. My worst day is better than my best day was a short while ago. Which is another way of saying your prayers worked. My thanks to one and all. Now I gotta gain back weight, twenty pounds minimum. I look like a bag of tent poles. In a market ruled by no fat—low calorie—reduced this 'n that, it's tough enough for people like me as it is. There will come a time ... but that's for another day.

Okay gang, time to deploy our ten foot poles and engage with the world out there. On to yer ol' Woodpile Report, after this old ad to ease the transition.

 

1948. Belmont Radio and Television ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Belmont Radio Corp.was a small outfit in Chicago. In the 'forties, there was one standard schematic and vendors shared the same television-specific components from the same manufacturers, because low volume and an unproven market, natch.

The model at top features a ten-inch screen, the table model below had a seven-inch screen. Just a few years later the standard was a seventeen or twenty-one inch screen, always measured diagonally 'cause the picture tube was round in the earliest days, masked off for the 4:3 ratio rectangular image.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Reason - Most Nutrition Research Is Bunk ... reflect almost exclusively the nutrition researchers' cumulative biases

Organic Prepper, Selco - No List of Supplies to Hoard Can Prepare You for the Fluidity of the Situation When the SHTF

Survival Blog - Preventing the Statists’ Planned Coup de Maître ... a warning from Mr. Rawles himself

Capital & Main - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Received $25,000 From Weinstein Lawyer’s Firm as He Suspended Probe ... 10% of the $245,000 Boies and his firm have donated to Cuomo's campaigns since 2009

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's probably nothing /sarc/

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - 31 people charged with sexual abuse of five girls in the Huddersfield area ... names given are Moslem, victims were between 12 and 18 years

The Local - Czech PM calls for no illegal migrants in Europe ahead of visit to Italy ... Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban maintains the same hard line

Men of the West - Where to Live XV: the Bugout boat ... it makes no sense to plan to live in your boat in SHTF. Here are a few reasons why

The Army Needs To Replace the M4 Carbine. What Would Make the Ultimate Rifle? ... a new M4 upper in 6.5 Grendel, natch

Popular Science - Small Animals See The World In Slow Motion ... even young children are able to see significantly faster than adults

Popular Science - Cook meals in coffee makers, dishwashers, and other unexpected appliances ... you don't need a full kitchen to make dinner

Popular Science - How to decode the secret language of birds ... learn how birds can be your warning system

Principia Scientific - Climate Skeptics, Scientists & the ‘QAnon’ Phenomenon ... it now appears that in October 2017 the US military began an open internet war in the guise of ‘Q’ (and QAnon) against the Deep State

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Keep a few grains of salt near to hand

Cosmos - A step closer to a theory of quantum gravity ... a new approach to resolving different predictions from relativity and quantum physics

Phys Org - Long-sought decay of Higgs boson observed ... observed by CERN decaying to fundamental particles known as bottom quarks

NPR - The School Shootings That Weren't ... more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened

Ancient Origins - Ten of the Oldest Everyday Items Ever Found

Daily Caller - Trudeau Government To Study Total Handgun And Assault Weapons Ban ... "to make sure that we are ensuring our citizens, our communities are safe into the future"

The American Dream - Even President Trump Is Aware Of The Civil Unrest That Is Brewing, And He Just Warned That Violence Is Coming If Republicans Lose In November

"... they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups—these are violent people".

College Fix - Confederate monument to be reinstalled on campus, UNC board of governors member says ... a shrieking mob tore it down from its pedestal and vandalized it

Freedom Outpost - 2 Sources: Chinese-Owned Company Hacked Hillary's Email Server, Received Duplicates Of Most Of Her Emails ... ICIG warned FBI official Peter Strzok and three others "repeatedly" about this, but they failed to act

U.S. Supreme Court, Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425 (1886) - An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.

Aeon - Right on track ... if there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train

Next Big Future - China building $145 million superconducting computer that is up to 1000 times more energy efficient ... will not be a quantum computer

Quanta Magazine - The New Science of Seeing Around Corners ... computer vision researchers have uncovered a world of visual signals hiding in our midst

Quillette - Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole ... STEM SJWs shadowban a mathematical treatise

4 Years From Now a New Star Was Predicted to Appear in Our Sky. But There Was a Typo ... binary star is going to go kaboom; but not in 2022

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Extremes, Of Two Minds - A peculiar faith in pushing extremes to new heights has taken hold in official circles over the past decade: when past extremes push the system to the breaking point and everything starts unraveling, the trendy solution in official circles is to double-down, pushing even greater extremes. If this fails, then the solution is to double-down again. Systems made to appear stable by brute-force application of extremes will never be stable. Stability arises from all the features erased by brute-force application of extremes. Extremes beget extremes. Extremes of financialization lead to extremes of wealth which lead to extremes of class disparity which lead to extremes of political polarization which lead to destabilization and collapse.

 

Original sin, Z Man - Eventually, the Left would run out of ways to address the immutable racial differences. That means they would run out of possible explanations, leaving them with just one conclusion. That is, racism is what defines white people, so the only way to achieve social equality is to get rid of white people entirely. This is why the media is full of over-the-top anti-white rhetoric. The Left is now entirely defined by a visceral hatred of white people. This leaves conventional conservatism with nowhere to run. When the Left howls about white privilege, the white guys of Conservative Inc. have no response, since they can’t get away from the fact that most of them are white.

 

Polls, American Thinker - The FBI and DOJ did their best to interfere with the 2016 election and prevent the inevitable outcome. They then tried – and lied – to drive Trump from office, efforts that continue to this day. The media are carrying the narrative on a daily basis for the left. Endless nonsensical news stories and panel discussions proliferate. Then there are the opinion polls, a staple of any election cycle. Are the polls reflecting public opinion, or are they another tool of the media and their patrons in the Democratic Party to affect the outcome of an election? Expect the media to paint Republican midterm prospects as bleak, hoping to depress GOP voters into a "why bother voting?" mood before Election Day.

 

China's Clinton, American Thinker - The FBI and DOJ were well aware of the server hack in July 2015 but did nothing about it. What if this wasn't actually a hack? Instead, what if Mrs. Clinton allowed the Chinese to access her server, knowing full well that she was giving a foreign adversary full access to communications at the highest levels of the U.S. government? Why would she do that? Given the Clintons' pattern of behavior, one must assume they were being paid for giving the Chinese access. Mrs. Clinton would be paid not directly, but instead through her money laundromat, the Clinton Foundation. The intelligence agencies did nothing about it. Because the boss wanted it that way, the big guy in the Oval Office.

 

1936. Dickens Iowa

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A basement in Dickens Iowa, a town of about 180 in northwest Iowa. Population in 1937 was around 350. During the Depression, canning chicken started with chickens, not a trip to the supermarket.

Notice the coal bin and shovel at left, and the furnace at right. The plumbing suggests steam heat. If you've wondered why natural gas replaced coal for home heating practically overnight, you've never tended one of these things. It's an art you can never really master.

 

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Mass extinction, Cosmos - With the exception of the asteroid-induced Cretaceous–Paleogene event 66 million years ago, mass extinctions tend not to have clearly delineated start-points. Now mathematicians and biologists have joined forces in an attempt to identify the factors and forces that combine to tip broadly stable ecosystems into chaos. Mass extinctions occur when deviations from stable initial conditions produce significant alterations to biodiversity and the consequent collapse of food webs, resulting in widespread species loss. “Our research shows that a healthy ecosystem will not necessarily remain healthy, even in the absence of any significant environmental change.”

 

Productivity, Of Two Minds - Productivity in the U.S. has been declining since the early 2000s. This trend mystifies economists. Public institutions and corporate cartels lack any mechanisms to enforce transparency and accountability; there is no competitive pressure on the DMV or courts, and essentially zero competitive pressure on monopolies such as Facebook and Google and cartels such as the big healthcare insurers. If we look at the economy as a whole, we find it is dominated by monopolies and cartels, public and private. No wonder overall productivity is declining: there are no feedback loops or mechanisms to enforce transparency, accountability or pressures to improve efficiency and productivity gains on these neofeudal, extortionist structures.

 

Engineering, The James Martin Center - A phalanx of social justice warriors, ideologues, egalitarians, and opportunistic careerists has ensconced itself in America’s college and universities. The destruction they have caused in the humanities and social sciences has now reached to engineering. Instead of calculating engine horsepower or microchip power/size ratios or aerodynamic lift and drag, the engineering educationists focus on group representation, hurt feelings, and “microaggressions” in the profession. Purdue's purpose not to be how best to train new engineers but to let everyone know how bad engineers have been, and how the “struggle” continues to level all distinctions and differences in society.

 

Pushback, Return of Kings - During the mid-1960s, the great Cultural Revolution began. 1980s conservatives started holding the line tolerably well, though couldn’t press forward. However, since the 1990s, they’ve been sliding backward, especially in the culture war. Why is this happening? Not pushing back means repeatedly losing ground. Mainstream nice guys must never diverge too far from Current Year liberalism. As fashions change, they must adopt former liberal positions. Holding firm on their principles makes them “extremists”. Those who are serious about preserving their civilization will need stronger remedies than the mainstream.

 

1942. Judy Canova and war poster

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Judy Canova had one of those faces you don't forget, almost cute but with a perpetual "What? Me worry?" expression. She began as a singer in vaudeville in an over-the-top hillbilly act, a role she reprised throughout her life. She went on to a successful career in radio, Broadway, movies and television. Canova died in 1983 at age 69.

 

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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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