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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
troubled youths
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 Aivazovsky, Passing the Rock of Gibraltar, c. 1873

Paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky have been posted here before. Most of his works are seascapes, all are late era Romanticist. Successful and highly regarded in his own lifetime, he died in his native Crimea at age 82 in 1900.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Y'gotta hand it to the Dems. Just as the Kavanaugh confirmation was headed for a vote, they hijacked the proceedings and made their dog-'n-pig show not only the Most Important news story, but the only important news story.

I shall let Aesop at Raconteur Report sum up the general disgust for the Kavanaugh inquisition, excerpting from his essay, The Democrat Party Is A Terrorist Organization, And An Enemy Of The Republic:

They have deliberately, consciously, repeatedly, and conspiratorially acted with nothing else but pure and undisguised malice aforethought, with reckless disregard for truth, honor, or respect for the institutions they are sworn to protect and serve, and with the vilest contempt for the people they were elected to represent. In short, they have moved from mere petty partisan bickering to full-throated lawlessness and indecency.

Aesop's description is, as always, spot on. Alas, his notion of visiting righteous retribution upon these vile miscreants, a fate both earned and viscerally satisfying, is not realistic. Yes, we have the power to throw the bums out but it's a latent power with a perpetually bright future.

For one, the entire electorate has been "marginalized". Did DC request our approval for endless wars, unrestricted immigration, affirmative action, same sex marriage, bank bailouts, ObamaCare? Or did DC request approval from itself? Call it what it is, Government by Announcement.

Even if a day of reckoning arrives it's unlikely to be one of our choosing. Like everything else of actual importance, it will burst on us like a sudden downpour, unbidden and unexpected. The list of survivors will be lengthy if not all inclusive. Specifics of how it all went down will be uncovered and argued generations later, to the interest of no one save antiquarians.

I see myself and my fellow peasants shivering in the dark 'n cold looking into the palace through a side window to watch dukes and barons in splendorific comfort nibble at pastry and sip exotic Choco Lat from the New World. They strut. They pose. They make grand statements with clever asides and sweeping gestures. It's all quite thrilling.

Some of my fellow Deplorables root for the guy in fashionable attire for his fiery manner, others prefer the stately greybeard for his measured words and gentle wit. From time to time we applaud or mutter dissent, then chatter among ourselves. But the hour grows late, the nightly chores not yet done. Our civic duty fulfilled, we drift away as we arrived. Unnoticed.

Aesop also commented on the tormentors of Judge Kavanaugh in his essay, Squadron Property And Cultural Rubicons, at Raconteur Report. Excerpts:

They have decided that only now, lacking anything else to try to stop the president from executing the duties of his office and filling a Supreme Court vacancy, this is the time to go all-in on gutting eight centuries of jurisprudence in place since Magna Carta, and doing it overnight.

When you try to do the same thing to half of society, expecting it'll stop anywhere short of heads on pikes is a pipe dream... This effort is nothing less than the permanent Othering of the entire species of soy-free meat-eating conservative males.

This is the Left finally working themselves up to the frenzy of a Kristallnacht.

And there's only one answer to that sort of cultural jihad: Challenge accepted.

Again Aesop gets it right. The late 1960s with its murders and bombings and arson, the golden age of the New Left as they styled themselves, has come and gone. Full on engagement is not a viable option in the late 20-teens. Too many trained and eager trigger fingers out there.

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Laura Wood at Thinking Housewife cautions against believing Judge Kavanaugh is much more than another swamp critter. An excerpt:

Brett Kavanaugh is not your friend. He is not your savior, any more than the vulgar and lying demagogue, Donald Trump, is your friend or savior. Kavanaugh is just one more lackey for an entirely creepy establishment.

Chuck Baldwin writes: “A Republican-dominated Supreme Court gave us Roe v Wade, homosexual marriage and Obamacare. In fact, Republican appointments have dominated the SC for the last 45 years. All of this talk about Republican presidents appointing pro-life, constitutionalist, originalist justices is just so much hot air.

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The quote for this week is from James Dakin at Bison Prepper:

Look around you. Who is hired based on ability any more? I can’t think of one industry that isn’t all about profitable incompetence. Things are relatively okay right now, what with our financial system still surviving, and the extra energy from the fracking oil. And that won’t last. Use the last days of employment to emergency invest in relocation.

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Steve Sailer notes, in his essay "Delusion on Campus" at Taki's Magazine:

Berkeley budgets $20 million per year for 150 full-time staffers in its diversity nook, the Division of Equity and Inclusion. At UCLA, Jerry Kang, the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and a leading advocate of the pseudoscience of implicit bias, was paid $444,234 in 2016.

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Abigail Marone at Campus Reform reports:

Georgetown University Distinguished Associate Professor Christine Fair tweeted that white Republican senators in the Brett Kavanaugh hearing deserve to die.

“Look at thus [sic] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist's arrogated entitlement,” Fair tweeted on Thursday.

Referencing a video of "Lindsey Graham's tirade," Fair, who is a victim of sexual assault, added, “all of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps."

"Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes," she concluded the tweet.

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Debra Heine at PJ Media reports on planning by the hard left to ratchet up the incipient civil war. Excerpts:

Communist agitators took to Twitter this week to brainstorm strategies for a violent armed insurrection against their perceived enemies...

“Dr. Bones," the co-host of the far-left podcast The Guillotine, ... went on to suggest that fellow travelers organize "hidden cells" and focus on ambushes and assassinations to bleed "right-leaning forces" dry. He said that during the day comrades should pretend to be into "helping everybody" and never talk about their "nighttime activities."

Survivalists and partisans take note. You may be preparing for the last civil war, the one with front lines and orderly combat units and martial law.

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Econ 101. George Ure at Urban Survival explains how earnings per share can go up when company earnings go down:

Let’s say we have a company with $1-million in earnings and 1-million shares.

Obviously this company is reporting $1 per share of earnings.

Now, let’s say earnings go down…so the top number is $900,000 of earnings, but thanks to the magic of buy-backs, there are only 450,000 shares trading. See what happened?

Earnings doubled even though the company performance went down. I laugh my self to sleep at night running numbers like this.

And why do they want earnings per share to go up? So insiders can cash out the shares they personally own before the place tanks.

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Takimag alerts us to the vegan terrorist movement:

In France, where everything is more annoying, radical vegans are on a violent campaign to terrorize the country’s butcher shops into shutting down. This year alone, an estimated 17 butcher shops in France have had their windows smashed by groups of mentally ill meatophobes who are likely driven insane by a lack of Vitamin B-12. The only sane solution for vegan terrorism is to feed all vegans to lions.

and finally,

In last week's Woodpile Report I mentioned, "There came a time when we asked the hard-pressed Royal Navy for help". I left it at that because it was already too wordy and full of digressions. But the Brits and Australians and New Zealanders, et al, get short shrift in American histories of the war in the Pacific, so I'll finish up the thought here.

Help did come from the Royal Navy, in a major way, including a first rate and exceptionally battle worthy carrier, as recounted at Warfare History Network:

The first of the armored carriers to operate in the Pacific was Victorious. Upon completion of repairs and refitting in Norfolk, Victorious was loaned to the U.S. Navy, which was still short of carriers in the spring of 1943, and sent to Pearl Harbor to join U.S. Task Force 14, which was led by the USS Saratoga... The British carrier operated with the U.S. Navy in the Southwest Pacific until late 1943, then she returned to England for duty with the Home Fleet.

The flight deck on US carriers was wood planking. British carriers used inches-thick steel. The joke at the time went like this: when a US carrier is hit with a bomb it means major damage for many decks down. When a British carrier is hit with a bomb it's, "sweepers, man your brooms". Not far from the truth.

Anyway, a full account is available on line, here . Victorious rejoined the US fleet in the Pacific in 1945 together with three other British carriers. She provided air support for the assault on Okinawa and afterward pounded Japanese shipping and mainland air bases.

Change subject. Apparently the last of our over-familiar bears has wandered off in search of better prospects. The coyotes persist however. A few yips here, a couple of howls there, jes' now and again, as usual. But not long after sundown on Saturday a "bunch of them", to use the local term of art, set up an impressive a cappella some distance to the west of us. The second movement featured an especially stirring allegro.

For my part, every last Neanderthal DNA fragment came to full alert. Oh yeah. We're not so far from our ancient ancestors as we'd prefer to believe. It wasn't my cerebral cortex reacting.

My apologies to readers in western states, they're probably having a good chuckle over this.

What else? Oh yes. Being a Philly cheesesteak devotee of the King Pat's persuasion, I was asked how much Cheez Whiz to slather on the bun. Ah, the charm of innocence. The question is not how much to use but how much the bun will hold and still close up enough to eat. I suggested a mason's margin trowel.

Okay fellow travelers, I have five loaves rising so 'nuff blather. It's time to resume our duties as sanity's Graves Registration. But first an old ad.

 

1937. Packard magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Although the Super Eight and the Twelve remained Packard's flagship models, the downscale '37 Packard Six sold a tidy 65,400 units in a buyer's market. Cash flow, dontcha know. Sure they compromised the exclusivity of the marque, but times were tough and there's no long term without the short term.

Four door models listed at around $900 the copy, about $15,500 in 2018 bux. They featured a 115 inch wheelbase and an inline L-head six cylinder engine churning out a respectable 100 horsepower.

The caption informs us Newport is the setting, as if we'd accept anything less. Sniff sniff. Notice the body language of the presumed yacht's master and the yacht's master's master. Then notice the sight line between milady and the deck hand, it's the only diagonal in the picture and it's literally underlined. Something's going on here for everyone.

As always with these old car ads, the product is shown larger than scale. Coupled with the severely complimentary color scheme, it dominates the page. Packard's corner office was doubtlessly pleased.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Vox Popoli - The ACLU sells out ... never trust a principled liberal. They will always betray their loftily-expressed principles

Recommended by Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, and rightly so

Conservative Treehouse - Kavanaugh, Cold Anger and The Reckoning

Popular Science - Inside the facility where Kodak brings film back to life ... Ektachrome is back

Organic Prepper - A “Perfect Storm” Is Surrounding One of the Worst Ebola Outbreaks in History in the DRC Right Now ... unsafe burials that can’t be responded to and symptomatic people that can’t be accessed

Organic Prepper - When the NY Post Starts Talking About Economic Collapse, You’d Better Pay Attention ... there won’t be any help from the central banks, there won’t be anything left to lend

Pat Cascio has posted a thoughtful essay about bugging out, at Survival Blog

It’s Time To Leave- Part 1

It’s Time To Leave- Part 2

Daily Bell - How You’re Being Chemically Castrated By These Everyday Products ... cities are the perfect laboratories. The best at producing weak people

Eaton Rapids Joe - Amish Pickup Trucks ... horse drawn natch, article includes parts source

Minding The Campus - Race and Gender Studies Kick Shakespeare Out of Class ... dumb down curricula, treat students as consumers, foment a sense of perpetual oppression

Daily Mail - Baltimore tops list of major cities with the highest homicide rate followed by Detroit, Memphis and Chicago

National Interest - The Maritime History of a War Weary Naval Fleet ... how the U.S. Navy can regain its competitive footing vis-à-vis near-peer opponents

Ancient Origins - Kidd Mine Ontario: The World's Oldest Pool of Water ... 2 billion years old

Nature - Discovery of Galileo’s long-lost letter shows he edited his heretical ideas to fool the Inquisition ... thought to be hopelessly lost the letter was in the Royal Society library

Christian Mercenary - This Is Our Home ... with a political system too corrupt to defend the people and the land

Market-Ticker - An Impending Shooting Civil War

"There are many who, I'm sure, will say I'm over-reading this.  Nope.  You're wrong.  I have studied history for decades, from times long gone to far more-recent examples, and this is an  unbroken  pattern."

Don Surber - Volume of lies sank Judge Roy Moore ... the sheer volume of claims was enough to defeat him and hand Marxist Democrats a Senate seat

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This was the trial run, the "proof of concept" for the Kavanaugh takedown

Ars Technica - World War II bombings weakened upper atmosphere at edge of space ... temporary loss of ionization in the ionosphere around the time of the air raids

Daily Galaxy - Moore’s Law: Life is Older than Earth Itself, “A Process that Began Billions of Years Before the Formation of Our Solar System”

KIRO Seattle - Why was a 15-year-old gang member with a gun denied booking? ... um, sanctuary city? Just a guess.

"Burien police officers stopped a car filled with known gang members and visible firearms. One of the passengers, who was caught with a gun, was a drunk 15-year-old. This teenager also had a prior conviction for possession of a firearm, and a pending one for possession of a firearm on school grounds at Highline High School, which he attends... When officers took him in, booking was denied, and the 15-year-old was released".

Stars and Stripes - WWII code breaker buried in Nebraska with UK military honors ... the Union Jack was draped over Jean Briggs Watters' casket during her burial.

Breitbart - Telegraph: Poland Is First Post-Soviet Bloc Nation to Become a ‘Developed Market’ ... recognised as a “developed market” by the London-based FTSE Russell index

DC Dirty Laundry - North Carolina Woman Facing Possible Charges for Rescuing Animals During Hurricane Without a Permit ... "running an illegal animal shelter"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Update: all charges dropped.

Federalist - No, Elizabeth Warren, Anti-Gun States Do Not Have The Fewest Gun Deaths ... leaders should not misleadingly simplify the most complex issues, conflate statistics, and scare the public for political gain

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Cholesterol, Reason - A comprehensive new study on cholesterol, based on results from more than a million patients, could help upend decades of government advice about diet, nutrition, health, prevention, and medication. According to the study, statins are pointless for most people. No evidence exists to prove that having high levels of bad cholesterol causes heart disease, leading physicians have claimed. Heart attack patients were shown to have lower than normal cholesterol levels of LDL-C, and older people with higher levels of bad cholesterol tend to live longer than those with lower levels. There's a growing consensus among nutrition scientists that cholesterol in food has little effect on the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's been widely accepted for many decades the cholesterol scare was based on junk science and outright fraud, as are the federal government's Dietary Guidelines. The mere fact the guidelines are revised every few years, sometimes drastically, is a blindingly obvious tip off they're at least unreliable, probably bogus and maybe worse.

When I say "or worse", consider this Town Hall report:

Dr. Brian Wansink recently resigned from his position as Columbia University professor, eating behavior researcher and director of the Cornell “food lab.” A faculty investigation found that he had misreported research data, failed to preserve data and results properly, and employed dubious statistical techniques...

His papers were published in peer-reviewed journals and used widely in designing eating and dieting programs.

Mark Twain wasn't far wrong when he said, "every profession is a conspiracy against the common man". Your most reliable nutritionist is yourself.

 

Dollar, Club Orlov - The US as a whole is a bankrupt country that can only sustain itself by taking on debt at an ever-accelerating rate. There are no pretenses at all that it will ever be repaid; the only ways forward are through devaluation or default. Even just rolling the debt over will become impossible if interest rates return to their historical average. The US federal budget deficit is zooming toward a trillion dollars a year. There are close to 100 million long-term unemployed; inflation is running wild; the country is full of insolvent municipalities and states. Wealth inequality is reaching levels at which countries tend to explode politically. The collapse of the US dollar system is not going to be a money-making opportunity. The choice is between losing something and losing everything.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Events leading to the collapse of the dollar system are taking on the appearance of a cascade.

Zero Hedge - Europe Unveils "Special Purpose Vehicle" To Bypass SWIFT, Jeopardizing Dollar's Reserve Status ... Iran, EU, U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China. In fact, everyone but the US

Zero Hedge - Ugly 7 Year Auction Draws Huge Tail As Bid To Cover Slides ... after two ugly auction to start the week, with both the 2Y and 5Y sales tailing badly, today's 7Y was even worse

CBS News - Executives are selling off their company's stock at a record pace ... highest August and September in a decade

"Insiders have been committing lots of money for stock buybacks, and they're not doing buybacks because they think stocks are cheap. They're doing to it to pump up the stock so they can sell it"

 

Little Ice Age, Survival Blog - There is now a legitimate concern that because there have been several very weak solar cycles in succession, that we could tip over into another Grand Solar Minimum. This potentially developing GSM could be something similar to the Maunder Minimum that lasted from 1645 to 1715. In northern Europe, the Maunder Minimum was famous for decades of brutal winters in the deepest part of what is commonly called The Little Ice Age. Stock up! Food storage makes doubly-good sense: Both as a means to feed your family in the midst of famine, and as a hedge on future food price inflation. Be prepared for extended power outages.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see this, from 2009, "CIA: Ice age threatens to cause major migrations and mass starvations", here . Somewhere I have a book with a summary of this study. It's from 1974, well done, straightforward, and it doesn't rely on a long chain of dubious modeling or outright fraud as does the man-caused global warming theory.

It says earth has been in a cyclical Ice Age for many millions of years, past reglaciations were preceded by and brought about by a rise in global temperature, and we're approximately at the end of the average interglacial period. As I recall, imminent reglaciation, "imminent" in the geological sense, is also the position of Russian climatology.

Reglaciation relies on warm, moist air circulating into the northernmost latitudes, cooling and dropping as snow in the way of a conveyor belt. Once begun, the process of turning the oceans into snow is so efficient ocean levels drop by a couple of meters, perhaps more, in the first decade.

Meanwhile, the enormous piles of snow are compressing into ice from its own weight, which starts to flow. Reglaciation has begun. Lingering snow on regions adjacent to the Arctic adds to the albedo, earth's land temperatures begin to fall precipitously, making the ocean air even warmer than the land, i.e., increased Delta-T Air. The process becomes self sustaining and accelerates. This is the threat of reglaciation from a Grand Solar Minimum as I understand it.

 

Philosophy and math, The goal of philosophy is to understand the world and our place in it, and to determine the methods that are appropriate to that task. Physics, or natural philosophy, was part of that project. Just tell us a really good story about abstract objects, and the secrets of the Universe will be unlocked. This siren song has held the philosophy of mathematics in thrall, leaving it to drift into the rocky shores. But the philosophy of mathematics has served us well in the past, and can do so again. We should pin our hopes on the next generation of philosophers, some of whom have begun to find their way back to the questions that really matter.

 

1936. Cincinnati Ohio

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Intercity bus lines were strong competitors to rail and air until the late 1950s when the interstate and plentiful automobiles provided the same service as did buses, but with more flexibility.

 

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Crisis, Z Man - America is one serious crisis away from collapse. The financial crisis of 2008 was so terrifying to the elites, because they sense the fragility of their position. They were able to contain it by pushing the costs off into the future, but you can only charge off the costs of a crisis so many times. At some point, the elites must act. The political elite of America struggle to do the basics of government now. How will they manage a genuine crisis? They won’t because they can’t. They will look around for the strong man to arrive and take over the task from them. That’s what we are seeing with the Kavanaugh hearings. Serious men would never have allowed a handful of deranged matrons, suffering from the typical middle aged female hysteria, to disrupt this process.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As said here before, we gained our independence from England because she came to believe we were ungovernable. And we were ungovernable, or close enough. Given the course of human events, we're entitled to be ungovernable again until such men arise among us as understand true social justice and the full meaning of liberty.

 

Working class, Unz Review - Now, OK, I know you’re probably asking, “how can the international working classes possibly be the enemy of the Left?” They are racists. They are misogynists. Xenophobic transphobes. They do not think the way we want them to. Some of them actually still believe in God. They are white supremacists. Anti-Semites. Gun-toting, Confederate-flag-flying rednecks. Their minds are so twisted they can’t understand how the replacement of their so-called “cultures” with an ubiquitous, smiley-faced, gender-neutral, non-oppressive, corporate-friendly, Disney simulation of culture are actually wonderfully progressive steps forward on the road to a more peaceful, less offensive world.

 

Quantum atmospheres, Quanta - A quantum atmosphere is a thin zone of influence around a material. Its nature depends on the quantum properties of the material itself. Those properties can be extraordinary. Certain materials act like their own universes with their own physical laws. Some materials harbor objects that act as magnetic monopoles—point-like magnets with a north pole but no south pole. Physicists have also detected so-called quasiparticles with fractional electric charge and quasiparticles that act as their own antimatter. Materials can break fundamental symmetries such as the time-reversal symmetry that most laws of physics obey. Or phenomena may be different when looked at in the mirror, a violation of parity symmetry.

 

Trump at the UN, Taki's Magazine - I don’t much care for Mr. Donald Trump as a person. He strikes me as vain, vulgar, blustering, boastful, shameless, and fundamentally uninteresting. When I read in my morning newspaper that the General Assembly of the United Nations had greeted Mr. Trump’s speech with derisive laughter, my esteem for him rose somewhat. I decided to watch the recording of the speech for myself. What my newspaper did not tell me was that, apart from this moment of hilarity, Mr. Trump’s speech was listened to with decent respect and drew applause at its end. For the newspaper, the delegates to the General Assembly were the world, thus bearing out Trump’s animadversions on the dangers of world government.

 

1945. War Bond poster

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A classic by James Flagg, the same guy who did the illustration for the "Uncle Sam Wants You" poster of 1917. Flagg used his own face for both.

The 7th War Loan drive began days after the defeat of Germany and ended June 30th. In terms of receipts it was the most successful of the eight bond drives.

For readers too young to know, "Jap" was not an insult. Polite society and the press used it in place of the more common "sneaky yellow bastards" and similar. The technically correct "Members of the Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan and the Support Structure Thereof" is a bit wordy for a poster, so, "Jap".

 

 

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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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