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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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Norman Rockwell, Homecoming Marine, 1945

The Marine is Duane Parks, awarded the Silver Star and displaying the Guadalcanal Battle Blaze. The two boys are Rockwell's sons Peter, at left, and Jerry. The others are Rockwell's friends and neighbors in Arlington, Vermont, all posed in Benedict's Garage. Parks lived in a nearby town.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The slaughter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, said to be a conservative and traditional outfit, should give pause to those who make ridiculous en bloc accusations against Jewish Americans. It won't, but it should.

Their rants sound like a retarded jihadist braying medieval hokum, about as profound as explosive diarrhea but without its charm. They're free to speak, we're free to ignore them. It's a waste of a valuable commodity—time. No one's above criticism, including the Jewish community, but thoughtful people of good will know the threat to western civilization comes from elsewhere.

More on this when the facts become clear. As of now, the official account looks stitched together from hand selected factoids.


From a Chateau Heartiste commentary on Angelo Codevilla's essay, Our Revolution’s Logic, at American Mind. An excerpt:

The Left has become intolerant from decades of cultural power. Uncompromising. If they win now, and again in 2020, they will crush dissent. If they lose, they will refuse conciliation. Either way, war in some form is coming to America. Once the anti-Left loses faith in their own restraint, the battlefield will finally erupt.

Unless one side or the other sends death squads into my neighborhood, I shall observe my Most Excellent and Inviolable Rule One For Survival: stay away from crowds.


Most Americans are opposed to illegal entry into the country. Those who relied on public statements by the leadership of the Democratic Party were lied to.

Fox News - President Trump used his predecessor's own words against him when he quoted President Obama's forceful 2005 opposition to illegal immigration, but he could have cherry-picked an old quote from any number of top Democrats on the controversial subject. Excerpts:

Barack Obama, 2005

“We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States. But those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law.”

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants into this country.”

Charles Schumer, 2009

“The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration. We will only pass comprehensive reform when we recognize this fundamental concept.”

“First, illegal immigration is wrong, and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.”

Nancy Pelosi, 2008

“Do we have a commitment to secure the border? Yes. What are the options that we have available to us, let's make sure they work. Because we do need to address the issue of immigration and the challenge we have of undocumented people in our country. We certainly do not want any more coming in.”

Dianne Feinstein, 1993

“It's a competition for space. Whether the space is a job, the space is a home, a place in a classroom, it becomes a competition for space. This is a country that's based on immigration. And we all know that.”

“And yet, at times you become so overtaxed you have to concentrate on saying, 'The people who should be here are those who come legally at this time.’ And we've got to, for the time being, enforce our borders.”

Bill Clinton, 1995

“All Americans, not only in the States most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country.”

“The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”


Porter at Twitter, via WRA:

The modern social framework is that whites have responsibilities while non-whites have entitlements.

Every migrant thus represents a new marginal burden. One more person you must praise and provide for as they insult and demand.

Opposition shouldn't be a surprise.


Samuel Culper at Forward Observer comments on the "developing relationship between the Democratic Party and militant left wing groups"

Revolutionary and insurgent sentiment on the Left is growing, and we’re seeing it via sporadic political violence as major Democratic voices can be perceived to give a wink and a nod. In many of today’s insurgent movements, politicians are able to officially reject political violence while maintaining its benefits, carried out by the militant wing...

What we’re seeing today with regard to the Democratic Party and Leftist militant organizations at times reminds me of the relationships often found during insurgencies.


Why they believe the stuff they believe.


The quote for this week comes from Aesop at Raconteur Report:

You want civilization, you've got to burn an awful lot of nonsense down. Almost nothing dominant currently is anything you want. And nobody alive now has much experience with the way things oughta be, because they never were, for your entire life.


Victor Hanson muses on the contradictions of the "caravan" approaching the southern border through Mexico in his essay at American Greatness. This excerpt stands out even from such rich pickings as Mr. Hanson provides:

Is the United States a saintly or sinful place? Weirdly, and by the very same people seeking its succor, it is often deemed a cruel and awful place—and especially a cruel and awful place because it does not open its borders to the world to enjoy its cruelty and awfulness.


Trader/analyst Gregory Mannarino explains why this market is coo coo in an interview with Greg Hunter at USA Watchdog. Some excerpts:

This is an environment of extreme fakery. I believe they are going to keep this going until they can’t do it anymore. If you are looking for the real issue, you don’t want to look at the stock market. You want to look at the bond market first.

There is no global recovery. We reflated a debt bubble around the world. You can’t borrow your way into prosperity anywhere. Everything is being propped up on the back of the debt bubble, which is a financial Frankenstein.

We are going to have a correction to fair value.

If you took every single bubble that we’ve had in the past and put them all on top of each other, we are still not reaching the magnitude of this one. This is going to be it, and we are going to watch a systematic destruction of the middle class. We are going back to a two-tier society.

and finally,

Spice at Beans Bullets Bandages And You prepared Wise freeze-dried Teriyaki Chicken and Rice for a taste test. His verdict:

Taste was just poor. There was some nice ginger in there, but it was otherwise very bland. It was weirdly sweet, and one could taste some chicken, and yes, teriyaki…but those are listed in order of obviousness.

I'm not here to pile on. Survivalists and preppers whose opinions I value have consistently panned Wise. My go-to is Mountain House, with secondary sources when they offer deals on stuff no one's likely to screw up, meaning instant potatoes and such. If someone has a good experience with Wise I'd like to hear it.

Change subject. Graham Summers at Phoenix Capital Research offers this bit of insight:

As I repeatedly have warned throughout 2018, the Fed is far more concerned about bonds, than stocks. When stocks collapse, investors lose money. When bonds collapse, entire countries go broke. With that in mind, once the US bond market began to collapse, pushing yields above their long-term trendline, it became apparent that the Fed would “sacrifice stocks to save bonds.”

This is pretty much the way I have it figured. Bonds are the beating heart of DC. But alas, foreign central banks have been net sellers of US bonds for the last three years, which means it's a buyer's market, which means the Fed has lost control of interest rates. In the non-DC world bonds are poaching equities, which means illiquidity is gaining ground in an economy already notable for its low velocity of money. And so forth.

An uptick is likely after earnings week when buybacks come off the verboten list. It'll be just another squiggle in a market that for all of 2018 has been the sort of stuttering side-slip that sets off klaxons in the minds of the prudent. Bulls are betting this rock will continue to roll uphill on its own. Bears say the smart money has already sold out to the "buy the dip" dumb money.

The right hand side of this chart is ugly and scary. But it's not a correction. YTD is a measely -1.12%. An old timey routine correction would be in the neighborhood of 5,000 points today. Half again as much earns it a name. For those who've not seen a correction it'll be the indisputable end of the world. Repentence will make Wall Street look like a tent revival.

Well, okay, but how low could it go? On July 8, 1932 the DJIA closed at 42.22, down nearly ninety percent from its all time high in 1929. But things were different then. In the late 1920s the Fed was tightening, interest rates were rising and the market was clearly a bubble propped up by unwarranted ... oh wait.



Change subject. Reader JS informs me the Red Arrow Diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, seen in the old photo in last week's WPR, is still in business. It's now on Lowell Street. Even has a web site, here . I have the bestest readers in the whole world.

Okay gang, 'nuff chitchat. Time to cinch up and ride. But first, an old ad.


1950. United Aircraft magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg United Aircraft and Transport Corporation was broken into United Airlines and United Aircraft by court order in 1934. United Aircraft was comprised of Pratt & Whitney, Chance Vought, and Sikorsky. Boeing Aircraft absorbed the rest.

It was Pratt & Whitney's outstanding J57 jet engine that advanced United Aircraft's success in the 1950s. The business continues today, renamed United Technologies Corporation in 1975.


Remus's notebook


Twitchy - Former bomb disposal officer weighs in on CNN’s ‘bomb’: ‘That thing is just silly looking’ ... this appears to be for "media affect" vs "dramatic outcome"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Karl Denninger notes, "There is no plausible explanation for how it came to be in CNN's "incoming mail" given that the stamps on the alleged "piece of mail" are not canceled".

Don Surber says, "The media's history of falling for hoaxes complicates the situation. Liberals have succeeded in destroying America's ability to trust its media. Calling a suspicious package a bomb did little to reassure us that the media is run by competent people".

Courthouse News - Judge Bolsters Orders on Fast and Furious Investigation

A federal judge tore into the government Monday for trying to vacate court orders that denied privilege over records on the botched gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious.

Gallup - Majority in U.S. Now Oppose Ban on Assault Rifles ... 57% to 40%

Daily Bell - 3 Steps to Get the Government Out of Your Life ... peace is a racket

DC Clothesline - California Gov. Jerry Brown May Pardon Foreign Murderer To Stop His Deportation ... Brown has already pardoned a number of violent criminals

WND - Border Caravan? Call it the George Soros Express .. billionaire's deep pockets linked to 3 of 4 groups behind 'refugee' invasion coalition

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The CARAvan is the work of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services, American Immigration Lawyers Association – thus the acronym CARA. Other support groups are funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.

Zero Hedge - As 'Caravan' Crosses Mexico, Trump's 'Temporary' Tent City For Migrant Kids Balloons In Size

"Tornillo Texas' tent city was designed to temporarily house 450 children under the supervision of Health and Human Services in June, when Trump's zero-tolerance policy separated over 2,500 migrant children from their parents. 

Now, the temporary shelter has 3,800 beds for UACs between ages 13 and 17, 1,400 of those beds are on special reverse status".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is more evidence DC won't protect the border from the thousands on their way here through Mexico. Some ask why we need the army if they're not allowed to perform their most basic duty. A better question is, if DC shirks its Constitutional obligation, why do we need DC.

Want more? Reuters is reporting, "A White House official said on Thursday that “a wide range of administrative, legal and legislative options” were being considered regarding the migrants".

I feel better knowing DC has their Top Men working on it.

Ancient Origins - At Least Five Dead Sea Scroll Fragments at the Museum of the Bible Are Fake ... DC museum paid millions

True Prepper - Easy Survival Bread: Timeless, Cheap, and Nonperishable ... also called hardtack, pilot bread, and army bread

YouTube - Titanic II, Technical Specifications Update ... video 8m 10s

Warfare History - Greek Fire: The Mysterious Weapon of the Byzantine Empire ... “wet fire” that could be concentrated, controlled, and directed at will with all the destructive force of a modern flamethrower

Restaurant Business - Chick-fil-A has displaced Starbucks as teens’ favored chain ... “They’re just pushing everybody out”

AP - Polish schools cancel LGBT tolerance day under govt pressure

"Several schools in Poland have canceled activities promoting tolerance for gays and lesbians following government pressure and threats in some places...

The education minister of Poland’s conservative government, Anna Zalewska, had warned ahead of time that any principals who allowed such events to take place could face negative consequences. She also asked parents to report any such activities to authorities".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Notice the weasel word "tolerance" in the headline. They started with tolerance and moved to "acceptance" a long time ago. What they're doing in the schools now is outright recruitment. Once again Poland has shown the way, namely, pushback.

American Conservative - Notes On Angelo Codevilla’s Revolution ... there is a bipartisan establishment that is above all loyal to itself

Planet Free Will - Civility? New York Times Publishes Trump Assassination Short Story ... How It Ends by Zoë Sharp

Captain's Journal - The Remington Rifle Settlement Is Final ... Model 700 trigger

Breitbart - Pope Francis Compares Populists to Hitler, Born of ‘Hate’ ... migrants must be welcomed with an open heart and open doors

YouTube - Pemmican Part 2, Let's Prepare It ... video, 5m 42s. Instructions start at the 2m 35s mark.

YouTube - Suet, 18th Century Cooking ... video, 10m 51s. preparing and using suet starts at the 0m 45s mark

Part 1, Pemmican, history and description ... video, 3m 31s

Primal Survivor - How to Make Pemmican: Easy Instructions + 5 Recipes ... includes How to Render Fat into Tallow

Guns - Battle Born Munitions sues Dicks for $5 million over ammo deal turned sour ... refused to pay them or take delivery of the ammo

Science Daily - Gravitational waves could soon accurately measure universe's expansion ... with 200 readings accuracy narrows to 1 percent

Lifezette - Meet One of the Caravan’s Main Organizers, Pueblo Sin Fronteras ... extension of Chicago-based nonprofit community operation

Zero Hedge - Polish Purge: Foreign Ministry Fires All Soviet-Era Moscow Academy Graduates ... were chosen for political reliability first

Urban Survival Site - 18 Tips For Bug Out Vehicles ... a four-wheel drive vehicle and plenty of gas is just the start

Phys Org - Earth's dust cloud satellites confirmed ... only 400,000 kilometres from Earth

Fox News - Defaming Muhammad does not fall under purview of free speech, European court rules ... "European Court of Human Rights" ruled

Shad Olson Show - Cesar Sayoc: ‘MAGA Bomber’ Facebook Betrays Democrat Trump Infiltrator, Anti-GOP Posts ... multiple social media posts hating Republicans and GOP

NRA - 31 Different .22 LR Loads ... loads, velocities and group size

The Hill - Civil rights groups call for tech companies to crack down on hate speech ... white supremacists and other extremist groups have organized and grown in numbers on their platforms

Town Hall - 'The Biggest Defeat in Our Nation’s History'—The Cuban Missile Crisis ... Kennedy pulled defeat out of the jaws of victory, then gave the Soviets squatters rights in our backyard

Excerpt - In fact Khrushchev prepared to yank the missiles before any “bullying” by Kennedy. “What!” Khrushchev gasped on Oct. 28th 1962, as recalled by his son Sergei. “Is he (Fidel Castro) proposing that we start a nuclear war? “But that is insane!...Remove them (our missiles) as soon as possible! Before it’s too late. Before something terrible happens!”


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Welcoming committee, Spectator - Military doctors, engineers, and lawyers are not going to turn back the human wave. It is clear that the Pentagon today is simply going through the motions. It is as uncomfortable about physically protecting the U.S.-Mexico border as the Democratic Party is. Without a direct, inviolate command from the president explicitly ordering the Pentagon to take decisive actions to physically turn back the caravan, the Department of Defense will hide behind process until the caravan has arrived, and there is no choice but to take the human mass in. If one looks at what this “caravan” is — an invasion — then following the “letter of the law” would be to turn the human wave away without taking anyone in.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg DC will not defend the border. The "caravan" need only get here and they're as good as in. The deep state wills it and so it shall be. It's becoming clear to all that elections have no consequences in those things the ruling class holds dear. If they want the Army to administer the startpoint of invasion to make it more convenient and successful, that's what the Army shall do.

Edward Erler at American Mind restates what was once accepted and obvious:

No nation is sovereign if it cannot control its borders and have full authority to determine who can become citizens. More than a century ago, the Supreme Court announced what was considered the commonsense understanding of the matter when it remarked that “it is an accepted maxim of international sovereignty, and essential to self-preservation, to forbid the entrance of foreigners within its dominions, or to admit them only in such cases and upon such conditions as it may see fit to prescribe.”


Sayoc, American Thinker - Something still doesn’t pass the smell test. In a moment of time where merely wearing a “MAGA” hat can get you fired, beat up, or merely harangued out of your favorite eatery, we are asked to believe that Cesar Altieri Sayoc was allowed to drive around safely in a van abundantly and meticulously adorned with pro-Trump stickers. The van was never overturned or torched wherever he parked or drove it. No tires were ever slashed, no windows were ever smashed in with a baseball bat. It was never even keyed. And there it was in pristine condition, undamaged and ready for its close-up before a media avid to blame President Trump for Sayoc's actions.


Proud Boys, Unz Review - Respectable conservatives prefer standing on imaginary moral high ground rather than fight for their own supposed interests. But turning the other cheek to Antifa and denouncing anyone who dares to punch back will not quell Leftist violence. It rewards it, and only makes conservatives look like cowards. Unfortunately for the Proud Boys, Conservatism, Inc. condemnation is the least of their concerns. The media paints them as Neo-Nazi thugs although they boast more racial diversity than HuffPost and have repeatedly disavowed white nationalism. The “Hate Group” label has stuck as usual, making anyone affiliated with the Proud Boys subject to employment termination.


Fake news, American Greatness - There was wall to wall coverage of a dozen packages sent to prominent Democrats containing devices that look like a particularly inept third grader’s approximation of a bomb. Not even the recipients thought they were in danger. The folks at CNN took the time to unwrap theirs and lay it out on the counter in the office kitchen, photograph it, and send some indignant tweets about it, before going outside and telling each other how brave they were. In the meantime though there has been a rash of political violence. Against Republicans. Then there are the physical attacks on people. In fact, all these attacks on Republicans—including the commander-in-chief—got little more than a passing mention.


1937. Garrett County, Maryland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg As noted for the photo of Jennings, Maryland in Woodpile Report 549, Garret County is where West Virginia, southern Pennsylvania and western Maryland meet.

The stove is branded "New Torch Light" and almost certainly did duty as both cook stove and heating stove.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Balkanization, American Partisan - Yugoslavia had an extremely diverse country racially, ethnically and religiously. The geographic location and the early economic prosperity attracted a lot of people from all sorts of backgrounds. After a while, the government began to show heavy favor toward certain ethnicities at the expense of others. Criminal behavior by members of certain ethnic or racial groups were largely ignored by the media and law enforcement apparatus. Forced proximity, with advantages, disadvantages and blame doled out to certain peoples, with a lack of opportunity to separate peacefully will always result in strife and eventual violence. We are Yugoslavia circa 1980’s. My advice? Stay out of Sarajevo.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The breakup of Yugoslavia was a bloodsoaked madhouse. The "Selco" essays come from this place and time. The former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is now Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia.


Derbyshire, Unz Review - Antifa have had the streets pretty much to themselves up to now, courtesy of cowardly political leaders. Actions generate reactions, though. It wouldn’t be terrifically surprising to see more groups like the Proud Boys coming up, ready and willing to fight. New York law enforcement is now hunting down and jailing the Proud Boys, while doing nothing whatever about Antifa. But you can only push people so far before they push back. Suppose these street fights escalate to a major breakdown of public order, serious enough to need the attention of the military. Will the military stand neutral? If not, if they take a side, which side will they take? I have a news story here for your consideration, a story from across the Pond, from the old country.


Free speech, City Journal - Forty-four percent of surveyed students told the Brookings Institution that they do not believe that the First Amendment protects free speech, compared with the 39 percent who believe that it does. A full 20 percent of respondents maintained it acceptable to inflict physical harm on those deemed to have made “offensive and hurtful statements.” Supporters of the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts were no less confident in the axioms of their political culture and likewise felt no need to learn anything from what they regarded as palpable error. We have now arrived at the point where the debate itself is deemed insufferable, in something akin to the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s Red Queen: sentence first, verdict afterward.


Cloud People, Z Man - In the feudal age or even at the peak of the industrial age the people in the castles and mansions generally believed the same things as the regular people, at least spiritually. They also felt a duty to maintain order, not just in their own interests but in the interests of the populace. They may not have liked the peasants, but they did not hate them. In this age, the ruling class believes things that no normal person accepts. The tranny stuff is the obvious example. That will never be accepted by normal people. That’s why it is hard to be optimistic about a good end to a course correction. How do you reform a ruling class whose identity is based on its hatred of the people over whom it rules?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg James Dakin at Bison Prepper has a few words for us on the same subject. An excerpt:

The nation state has an implicit contract. Pay your taxes and obey the laws even if no cop is watching, and we will do our best to protect you. When they fail to protect you, that is probabilities and strategic issues, as long as they tried. Now they don’t even try, and go beyond even that and actively try to harm you for their own power and profit. You have no moral obligation to uphold your side of the bargain, since they abandoned theirs.


Many Worlds, Quanta - The problems with the Many Worlds Interpretation are overwhelming — not because they show it must be wrong, but because they render it incoherent. It simply cannot be articulated meaningfully. If all outcomes occur with 100-percent probability, where does that leave the probabilistic character of quantum mechanics? And how can mutually exclusive outcomes all have 100-percent probability? Properly conceived, it is saying that there are neither facts nor a you who observes them. The MWI is an exuberant attempt to rescue the “yes/no” by admitting both of them at once. But in the end, if you say everything is true, you have said nothing.


1946. USDA Basic Seven Foods


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the slick 1946 version of the classic 1943 poster, "U.S. Needs Us Strong, Eat The Basic Seven Every Day" seen here in an August 2012 edition of Woodpile Report. The information is identical.

In 1946 the US and Great Britain were still shipping food to Europe in quantity to stave off widespread hunger, hence the "Don't Waste Food" notice at the bottom right.

During World War I it was the Basic Five. The notion derived in part from W. Atwater's work during the first "healthy mind in a healthy body" movement of the late 1800s. A history of the Basic Seven is at CreativePro, here , with good old time graphics for your viewing pleasure.


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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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30 Oct 2018