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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
evidence shows
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
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


Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you




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John Grimshaw, At the Park Gate, 1878

John Grimshaw was, and is, the acknowledged master of nightscapes. He's also known for his conventional landscapes, imagined scenes from antiquity and the occasional interior. Grimshaw died in 1893 at age 57.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Thousands—the number keeps changing—of Hondurans, et al, have marched into Mexico intending to enter the US as refugees with their national flags at the fore. Mexico attempted to stop them by handing out 45-day visitor permits and providing police protection. Material assistance is coming from locals, the International Red Cross and other NGOs. Cash handouts have been recorded on video. The Spoor of Soros hangs heavy in the air.

Compared to the tens of millions of illegal squatters already here, a few thousand more is trivial. But this march looks too much like the invasion it's always been. Perhaps we're to believe it was mere chance several thousand people decided, on the same day, to walk from Central America to the US border. Or we could believe the 'caravan' was created and coached to influence the mid-term elections.

It's a gamble. Those who organized and support this invasion army have created a very visible clog in an otherwise permeable membrane. If they get the optics they're trying for, real action to control the border may rise to the top of the list. Hah! I can't believe I said that.

For the record, on Wednesday the 17th, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said,

For those attempting to illegally enter as part of any ‘caravan’, please know we will enforce our border security laws and that the United States will use every available measure to prevent your illegal entry

Yeah right. We're entertained, are we not? How shall they parse this? What "available measure" shall we believe Ms Nielsen is considering other than more of the same spineless capitulation and weasel words and promises? Lethal force? Batons and tear gas? Fat chance. As always, it'll be resettlement with all expenses paid and apologies for any inconvenience.

When DC fails to turn them back it will make an irrefutable fact obvious to all: DC won't protect the border, hasn't protected the border, and never will protect the border, which is criminal dereliction if not purposeful betrayal*. This is not a victimless crime. Decades of mass infiltration have created another set of refugees, namely, displaced legal residents of the, formerly our, southwestern states. Because that's what invasions do.

The media is already sentimentalizing this 'caravan'—the word they're looking for is 'army'—as pitiable victims whose hope for a better life is about to be crushed by heartless guys in uniform. But that's the whole point, Sparky. Car thieves just want a better life too.

Enough theatre. DC should either step up and do the job or step aside for those who will. A five thousand-strong column of self-supplied volunteers could be assembled in an afternoon and as many more as is needed thereafter. Swear them in, slink away and be amazed.

As for the "refugees", they're mostly military age men , fit and well fed. They found their way here, they can find their way back. The families they left behind need them. We don't.

I'll end this with a thought from Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch:

Americans legally within the borders of the United States possess a right to life that the police cannot arbitrarily override. That’s not the case for persons attempting to invade our country against our laws and the laws of civilized nations generally.

* US Constitution, Article 4, Section 4


Hah! You thought ol' Remus was a white dude. Au contraire, mes amis. Elizabeth Warren ran the numbers so I did too. Turns out I'm 12.5% Indian. Said differently, one of every eight drops of my blood wants to burn them nesters out ... oh wait, wrong movie ... wants to attack a wagon train for No Good Reason At All. I jest because someone has to. It's a thankless job, people take this stuff way too seriously. Where was I? Oh yes.

The national average for whites is 0.18%. Hah! Got 'em beat seventy times over. Even better, I know the relevant specifics, with certainty. And a great deal more with somewhat less certainty. Elizabeth Warren claims she's between 0.156% and 0.098%. Pffft. One-tenth of one per cent is background noise with a promotion. She just may be the whitest woman in Massachusetts. The Cherokee Nation rightly told her to buzz off and sin no more. Now, about that Bronze Star she says she won at Bunker Hill...


From City Journal:

Grade inflation is not just a problem at elite institutions, but across many colleges. In 1969, only 7 percent of grades awarded were above A-; in 2013, that figure was 41 percent.


From Taki's Magazine:

I spoke last week with an historian friend who lives in North Carolina about the left’s increasing violence. He mentioned he knows some biker types who are getting sick of that violence and ready, indeed itching, to fight back.

There are perhaps more of these American roughs around than people realize. I don’t see many here in Philly, but I know there is a fair amount of them in the counties surrounding the city, as I’ve observed them throughout my life. Most of these persons are not, I think, the types to protest and make a big show of things, but their frustration and anger are quite serious, and not to be taken lightly.


Here's something for writers of photo captions.

An "artist's impression" is a rendering of a non-recurring event of short duration he personally witnesses. In their most common form they're quickly done while, or nearly while, the event transpires, although they may be worked up to a more finished form later. Impressionism took its name from this notion. Courtroom artists are an example.

An "artist's concept" is a rendering of an entity or event he has not seen and is unrecorded elsewhere but which is likely to share the appearance of similar phenomena or can be estimated with sufficient accuracy. Depictions of the surface of exoplanets or drawings of suspects made from a crime victim's description are examples.

The terms are not interchangeable, so cut it out, cantcha?!

Oh, one other thing. When you hear the phrase "it changed his life" you know what the next word will be. Pause, there's always a pause, then, "forever". Listen, if something changes your life at all, it changes it forever. Cut the drama.

There. I feel better.


The quote for this week comes from school teacher Paul Lockhart, via Aeon:

At no time are students let in on the secret that mathematics, like any literature, is created by human beings for their own amusement. A piece of mathematics is like a poem, and we can ask if it satisfies our aesthetic criteria: is this argument sound? Does it make sense? Is it simple and elegant? Does it get me closer to the heart of the matter?

Which squares with my notion that science is no more "true" than any other folklore, merely more valuable for its astonishing predictive powers. Which ain't nothing, mind you.


Vox Day comments on a video of an elderly man harassed and thrown to the ground by a Person Of Colour in England:

I feel absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for old people who are mistreated by immigrants and their descendants, whether it is on the streets or in the nursing homes. Pity the young instead, who never supported the invasion nor had any opportunity to resist the invasion. Besides, old people being beaten up is good for the economy.

Hmm. Not as much daylight between him and Antifa as I thought. There's truth in the warning "beware the man who acts on principle".


From Jim's Blog:

The left is not the largest coalition. The left is whatever coalition is largest.

... right now, it is a coalition of single women against males, husbands, marriage, and children, nonwhites and Jews against whites, and the underclass, Human Resources employees, accountants, and government employees against capitalists and against private sector employees who produce physical things, sexual deviants against straights, and non Christians against Christians.


Gerard VanderLeun, an essayist with few equals, makes plain how women triumph over men in this exposition at American Digest entitled The List:

Men might have a plan for making a rocket-propelled street luge, but they have none at all when it comes to human activities that stretch across decades — unless it involves such trifles as national defense or energy policy. Men seem to see items like this as actually important, but women know that what is really important is the command and control of male behavior. Hence, “Your Permanent Conduct Record” aka “The List.”


Francis Porretto offers a succinct and telling insight at Liberty's Torch:

For many years, I’ve argued that Islam is popular in prisons because it gives men already inclined toward violence and predation a religious rationale for what they already want to do. Today, it seems that “progressivism” ... is popular among the mentally ill because it gives them a political rationale for being and acting crazy.

and finally

Hugh Latimer at Survival Blog mentioned this video, "337 lbs of Potatoes! NO digging, NO watering, and NO work!", from the Back To Reality blog. It's at YouTube, 8m 38s. It parallels our experiment this year but they did it on a larger scale. We dug a divet and covered 'em over like you're "supposed to". They didn't. Imagine our embarrassment. But after covering them with straw and giving them an initial soaking we did no watering, gave 'em no attention, and the yield was great. This is a method you have to try.

Okay gang, 'nuff chitchat. Time to suit up. Full frontal reality awaits us in this issue of Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. Flak jacket? Check. High impact goggles? Check. Ten foot pole? Check. But first an old ad from back when style was in style.


1949. Stetson magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sales of men's dress hats began their decline in the 'fifties never to recover. Easily the largest hat maker, Stetson closed its twenty-five building, nine-acre Philadelphia factory in 1971 where Stetson typically employed 5,000 employees to make derbys, bowlers, top hats, boaters and the latest fashions for men and women.

Stetson is a going business , highly diversified but still a purveyor of quality hats. The original “Boss of the Plains” western hat of 1865 remains in their catalogue , priced at $145 and available in several colors, all of which are medium brown.


Remus's notebook


Judicial Watch - 100 ISIS Terrorists Caught in Guatemala as Central American Caravan Heads to U.S. ... Guatemala a major smuggling corridor for foreigners from African and Asian countries

Raconteur Report - Vegas Shooting: Still Fishy As Hell

" ... over a year after the shooting by person or persons still unknown to the public killed and wounded more people than any firearms attack on American soil since the Civil War, and the BS and unanswered questions remain piled higher than the roof of the Mandalay Bay Resort".

Campus Reform - University of Chicago pres. slams 'privileging of feelings' ... and that the world should be organized around this

Newsweek - Hungary’s Leader Orban Bans Gender Studies in All Universities Because It’s ‘Not a Science’ ... another piece of legislation is titled "Stop Soros"

Hot Air - Definitely not a mob: Multiple reports of left-wing partisans attacking GOP candidates, staffers ... punching and shoving

Survival Life - A USGI Sea Bag: The Ideal Vehicle Go Bag For You ... cheap and durable

Cosmos - History's most successful mathematical prediction ... theory and experiment now agree to about one part per trillion

Daily Galaxy - The Milky Way’s Central Supermassive Black Hole is a Mirage –“It Doesn’t Exist”

Physicist George Chapline told Nature that “it’s a near certainty that black holes don’t exist” and introduced an alternative model he dubbed “dark energy stars.” Chapline sees a future that might just offer an alternate explanation of what happened during the Big Bang.

But hold on,

Universe Today - Here’s What the First Images from the Event Horizon Might Look Like ... Super-Massive Black Hole Sagittarius A at the center of our galaxy

New York Times - What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult? ... Twitter has barred hundreds of right-wing accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Times is trying to get ahead of the curve. How touching. Here's some reading from more reputable sources:

Breitbart - What Is the ‘NPC’ Meme? Liberals Rage at Cartoons Mocking Their Scripted Thoughts

Eaton Rapids Joe - Non Playable Characters ... not a new thing

Red State - The Meme the Gaming Community Created to Label SJW’s Is Pretty Brilliant

Kakistocracy - This Update Corrects Improper Autonomous Behavior

Art of Manliness - 9 Things to Pay Top Dollar For ... ultimately save money and live a simpler life

Backdoor Survival - Best Multi Tools for the Equipped Prepper ... not the ones with the most gadgets

Stuff Nobody Cares About - Avoiding One Food, For One Reason

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Agreed. Good to know I'm not alone. They're big insects that live underwater. 'Course, I didn't actually see one served up on a plate until I was into my twenties. "No one not actually starving should eat such a thing," I thought. Still do.

Investor's Business Daily - U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults, A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud ... nothing really hinges on it except the integrity of our elections

Christian Mercenary - Only the vote remains as a legal stance against an oppressive government... the absolute requirement of the people to demand the legitimacy of that one last thread in the face of vote fraud by illegal aliens, the dead and multiple votes is essential.

CDR Salamander - The Dark and Costly Underside of Unmanned Systems ... you have to look at the overall costs. They Germans have, and are throwing in the towel

Eaton Rapids Joe - Reading the body language of a crowd ... study how players are arrayed away from the line of conflict

Your News Wire - Goldman Sachs: Curing Cancer is Not a ‘Sustainable Business Model’ ... long-term treatments garner far more revenue than “one-shot cures”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The wake up call was the successful polio vaccine. They'll not let that happen again.

Unz Review - The US Military’s Vision for State Censorship ... the private sector must do the dirty work of the government

Chateau Heartiste - Globohomo’s Next Target: “Sexual Racism” ... My body, my choice? Not anymore. Your racist body, our corrective choice

Thinking Housewife - This Is Our World by Steve Cutts. Video 2m 29s

From IOTW Report

Fun With Left Wing Science

With 0.09765625% Indian DNA
you're an Indian.

With 100% X Chromosomes
you're not a woman

Armstrong Economics - Will Elections ever be Valid Any More? ... Trump will be the last democratically elected president

Judicial Watch - Federal Judge ‘Shocked’ Clinton Aide Granted Immunity by Justice Department ... he was “dumbfounded”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "I'm shocked. Shocked to find there's lying going on in here," said the judge, in his best Captain Renault voice .

Science Alert - For The First Time, We Have Confirmation That Earth's Core Is Actually Solid ... about three quarters the size of our Moon, made of iron and nickel, and roughly as hot as the Sun's surface


Telegraph - Newly found inscription at Pompeii rewrites the history of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius ... it didn’t happen in August but in October

Armstrong Economics - New Discovery Proves History Books Were Wrong! ... details, with arm-waving

art-remus-ident-04.jpg With so much "rewriting history" going on, it's a wonder they have time to write history at all

Ars Technica - New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life ... 3.7 billion-year-old fossils or just messed-up bedrock?

Cosmos - Ancient history: deciphering the Roman red dust ... Greek and Roman writers record the use of a substance called miltos as a decoration, a medicine and a handy way to repair a boat. Now scientists have worked out why


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Angelo Codevilla, The American Mind - The Democratic Party and the millions it represents having refused to accept 2016’s results; having used their positions of power in government and society to prevent the winners from exercising the powers earned by election; declaring in vehement words and violent deeds the illegitimacy, morbidity, even criminality, of persons and ideas contrary to themselves. Because a majority of Americans no longer regard each other as worthy of equal consideration, the public and private practices that once had made our Republic are now beyond reasonable hope of restoration. When networks within government and those who occupy society’s commanding heights play them against persons trying to unseat them, they constitute cold civil war against the voters, even coups d’etat.

Also see this, from 2017: Claremont Institute - The Cold Civil War, by Angelo Codevilla


Vision, American Digest - What now stands in the place one occupied by classical liberalism is a kind of perverted one-world idealism in which “the world as it is” is constantly measured against “the world as it should be.” Now that my “not-so-great” generation has its hands on the wheels of commerce and power in the United States, it is time that this vision that dare not speak its name, compiled from those rotted roots, seeks to act out the dreams of its youth as the policies of a generation entering its dotage. Their vision cannot be named, but it can be worked for on a daily basis. And it is. We currently still believe that votes can stop it. We shall see. But should votes not stop it or votes be rendered as dubious as those in the third world, it will go, as it always goes, to guns.


Mind the gap, American Greatness - Since November 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president, the American Left has been engaged in one long crackup—a juvenile tantrum of epic proportions. Leftists are not so much reacting to the gleeful rejection of their crackpot policies as they are to their own realization that their policies were, in fact, lunacy. Men are not women. Inaction is not action. History does not unfold in an “arc” that bends toward their definition of justice. When the gap between what the Left believes to be true and what actually is true become unbridgeable then they cannot help but tumble into the pit. What's happening right now is the counterrevolution of nature


Progressive agony, National Review - Dozens of the careerists and progressive appointees at the Washington FBI, DOJ, CIA, and National Security Council took all sorts of risks to insure a Clinton blowout on the premise that their unethical and often illegal behavior would soon be rewarded by the Clintons. Hillary’s defeat almost immediately prompted a psychological meltdown. Progressives soon woke up to the reality that without power they were unable to stop Trump, and so they embraced any desperate means necessary to trap the ogre. The effort proved as frenzied as it was impotent. How could it be that a picture-perfect system that had empowered Barack Obama now gave the country Donald Trump? If the system does not deliver the correct results to progressives every time, then change the damned system to ensure that it does!


1937. Manchester, New Hampshire


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Manchester is a city of about 109,000 fifty miles northwest of Boston. In 1937 the population was 77,000. The Lake Avenue Confectionery Company—"candy, soda, cigars, wholesale and retail"—has disappeared, as has the Manchester Meat Market, Miller's Barber Shop and the Red Arrow Lunch.

Lake Avenue remains, but it's bereft of shops on a model common since medieval times: a family business on the ground floor with their residence above. They linger now mainly in older suburbs and small towns. Perhaps they represent a fading kind of confidence and optimism.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Power, Of Two Minds - The absolute confidence that China's political structure is permanent and forever is reminiscent of the absolute confidence in the 1980s that the USSR's political structure was permanent and forever. But the social contract that undergirds the Communist Party's absolute power in China is fast-eroding. Power is persuading people to cooperate, force is making them obey. Power is people choosing of their own accord to comply. Power is highly leveraged; a relatively small police/military and judiciary is all that's needed. Force, in contrast, doesn't scale: it's enormously costly in capital and labor to monitor an entire populace and impose control and obedience.


Variety foods, Prepper Journal - Like the early settlers and military packs, many of us have limited space and weight in our primary storage and in our bags. Like many of those settlers, most preppers are further limited by financial constraints. Maybe that’s what makes it easy to scoff off some of the “add variety” suggestions. Or, maybe we don’t look at fort-bound soldiers’ supplies and the Civil War ration goals. Maybe we overlook what we consider luxuries but almost all of them considered must-have staples. Maybe we forget that worldwide, the men who spearheaded the expansion of military rations were also veterans of pretty lean, hungry times.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see this encyclopedic resource: K Ration - Original K Rations.


Debt, Acting Man - Monetary policy over the last three decades and over the last decade in particular, has placed the economy in the unfavorable position where more and more digital monetary credits are needed each month just to stand still. After nearly a decade of ZIRP, from December 2008 to December 2015, the structure of the economy was distorted to the point where a zero bound federal funds rate actually became restrictive. The Fed’s incremental increases to the federal funds rate since then are now draining liquidity from the financial system at an accelerating rate. A dangerous situation is unfolding. Debt based stimulus is both sustaining and killing the economy at the same time. This is a ridiculous situation.


Civil war, American Conservative - It is difficult to imagine a real scenario where state governments bloated on federal money issue mini-declarations of independence. It is not at all difficult to imagine small IRA-style groups carrying out acts of domestic terrorism. It doesn’t matter that we’ve persevered through more divisive times. The news cycle moves too fast for reflection, and partisan spin on both sides downplays the significance of violence. Though we may not be on the cusp of any large-scale violence, reduction of the nation to a marketplace governed by complacency is a mistake. Part of what makes us combustible is that civil strife is more entertaining than economic life.


1942. Washington DC


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Speed limits were lowered nation-wide to save gas for the War Effort. No one noticed. Except for the two guys and a supervisor it took to change a sign in DC, that is.


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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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