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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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Anthony Van Dyck, Bearded Man, circa 1632

Van Dyck was a follower of fellow Flemish painter Peter Rubens and in time became equally as famous and successful. Bearded Man is a small oil sketch done about the time he became the official painter—paynter, as they put it then—of England's King Charles I . Van Dyck died in 1641 at age 42.

Personally, I prefer Van Dyck's oil sketches to his finished stuff, although even there the staffage and backgrounds show similar flair. This one could be mistaken for a work by Franz Hals.


About American Digest blogger Gerard Vanderleun:

American Digest, Thursday Nov. 8, 2018 - Not close to Paradise, Ca now but it has turned the morning sky orange and filled the air with a wisp of smoke. No evacuation orders here yet but that may happen at any time. Getting my bug-out bag ready just in case. More later. And I am outta here.

USA Today, Friday Nov. 9, 2018 - Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said a couple of thousand structures were destroyed in the town about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. “Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed, it’s that kind of devastation,” he said.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg What's happened to survival websites? It's not just the offensive popups, the finger-wagging about cookies, or the blackout if yer running an ad blocker. It's the content. What kind of survivalist writes about dental floss for dogs? After all, you don't eat the teeth. Nor will solar powered sprinklers be uppermost in your mind when the Death Squads For Democracy are hunting you in the hills.

"Keep it simple, stupid" used to be the common wisdom. Survivalism was mainly what you carried between your ears, not in your pack. It came from hard experience, not from Amazon. Survivalism was understood to be an in extremis proposition where death was the probable outcome even for the skilled and prepared. Now it's country living with endearing retro practices from grandma's day, a sort of Better Homes and Gardens for Inconvenient Times.

The Nearing's adventure is the unalloyed endpoint of preparationalism, a worthy goal no one can legitimately gainsay. Such an attitude could see entire communities of like minded people through hard times. It puts things in their proper order. But back-to-the-land homesteading is more Thoreau than survivalism. Such preppers presuppose the Great Depression's mannerly destitution rather than a Bosnia redux and thus own the same chancy assumptions as their neighbors.

Lesser bad assumptions have also trickled unchallenged into preparationalism. For instance, even the federal health hucksters have dropped the notion that diet influences, in any significant way, a person's cholesterol level. And other than a few outliers, there is no negative link of any consequence between cholesterol and heart health. A decades-long study in England has concluded that statins are not only useless for any other than a small subset of the population, but actually contraindicated. Yet allegedly knowledgeable preppers offhandedly repeat baseless bromides to condemn the healthiest and most necessary of foods, fats namely.

I knew a bad end was assured the first time I saw food labeled "low calorie". A people who intentionally degrade food has lost sight of shore. But wait, there's more. Another assumption preparationalists choose to own concerns gluten. One, maybe two percent of the population is gluten intolerant, yet the supermarket shelves are full of pricey product that announce themselves as gluten free. Incredibly, another useful component of food is now officially a dangerous contaminant.

These are merely the more recent examples of self-destructive nonsense. The more egregious are too well known to flog here, "no salt sodium free" for one and overhydration for another. Push it all into a pile and you have today's wisdom. If nutritionists actually knew all there is to know about food, they'd have to wrap it up and find another career. Yet they keep making new "discoveries", and at ever shorter intervals, which means the half-life of their received truths is also shorter. They'd have us believe last year's approved diet will kill us this year before we can push away from the table.

Sometimes I despair of the nonsense otherwise sane people can believe until I remember, they'll be my competitors when the SHTF. And no, survivalists are not a brotherly band, nor can they be. Relying on survivors I have known, of slave labor camps for one, survivalists are not selfless patrons looking to pitch in for the common good. The root word "survive" is the tip off. Preppers believe themselves to be goal oriented cooperatives, and they will be until the way ahead narrows and darkens and hard choices become no choices at all. Then they become survivalists.

Mere hard times come to an end, and survivalism begins, when the word "hungry" reclaims its original meaning. Hunger is an experience that never leaves you, and in that sense it's a gift. It's the survivalist's all-purpose knife for any Gordian Knot. It's the supreme teacher, and it appears when the student is least ready. Hunger doesn't value your preferences, nor does it arrive dressed in gingham with recipes to make shrimp creole more tastey. But be assured, you'll recognize it when you see it.


James Kunstler muses on the upcoming elections and the Democratic Party strategy:

The party could not have issued a clearer message than “white men not welcome here.” Very well, then, they’ll vote somewhere else for somebody else. And if it happens that the Dems don’t prevail, and don’t manage to get their hands on the machinery of congress — then what?

For one thing, a lot of people get indicted, especially former top officers from various glades of the Intel swamp. It shouldn’t be a surprise, given the numbers of them already called before grand juries and fingered by inspectors general. But it may be shocking how high up the indictments go, and how serious the charges may be: sedition… treason…?


John Mauldin at Mauldin Economics rings the big bad bell on bonds:

European and Japanese investors can no longer buy US Treasury debt at a positive rate of return  unless they want to take currency risk, which most do not. This is a new development...

Treasury auction data shows it is getting harder to attract buyers. According to Bloomberg, last month's two-year note auction matched the lowest bid-to-cover ratio for that maturity since December 2008.

Stripped of all the financial razzle dazzle, bonds are a debt instrument, a species of promissory note, an IOU with conditions of repayment.

The lower the creditworthiness of the borrower , the higher the interest rate must be to attract buyers. Interest paid on US debt will pass Medicaid in 2019 and Defense in 2023 . The money to pay the debt interest comes from the taxpayers. They get nothing in return. It isn't even as if the underlying debt is retired. Bonds are our hole in the Titanic, the band plays on as the ocean pours in.


The quote for this week comes from Michael Hudson, via Unz Review:

Mr. Bernanke goes hand-in-hand with people like Paul Krugman in saying that debt doesn’t matter, because we owe it to ourselves. But, of course, who are the “ourselves”? The debt is owed by the 99% to the 1%, and debt does matter if you’re the 1%. That’s why you’re growing and the 99% isn’t. The 1% holds the 99% in deepening debt.


From Eaton Rapids Joe:

There is no system that a competent engineer cannot make more complicated, a great engineer cannot make simpler or a politician (or marketing weenie) make impossible.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Seasoned engineers adore simplicity. As do physicists and mathematicians. The goal of the complicated stuff is simplicity.

and the hits jes keep on coming:

Insoluble problems often share the characteristic that the person who has the authority to solve the problem refuses to acknowledge the cause of the problem.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Y'gotta see the video included with this. Really, all becomes clear. 1m 41s.


Jim Quinn muses on the decade that has passed since the Great Financial Meltdown, at Burning Platform:

We again stand on the precipice of another crisis created by the Fed, Wall Street, and your benevolent government...

When the selling starts, computers don't think. Their algorithms will automatically sell and flash crashes will abound. Once fear replaces greed, the wave of computer selling will overwhelm those trying to actively manage their portfolios. Then the record level of margin debt will result in margin calls and a further wave of selling.

The inevitable financial collapse will produce a conflagration not anticipated by a population plagued by a terminal case of normalcy bias. This is what keeps me up at night.


Ben & Jerry founders, and weaponizers of ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, attempt to further impoverish the national discourse with their latest nuts-and-fruits ego stroking:

Alongside all those nutty chunks, this pint packs a powerful message under its lid: together, we can build a more just and equitable tomorrow. We can peacefully resist the Trump administration’s regressive and discriminatory policies and build a future that values inclusivity, equality, and justice for people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, refugees, and immigrants. Pecan Resist supports four organizations that are working on the front lines of the peaceful resistance, building a world that supports their values. Get to know them, then find Pecan Resist here!

Inclusivity. Mm hmm. Did you notice who wasn't included? And who, exactly, is doing all this subjugation and oppression? They're not mentioned by name either. Same ones? It's probably nothing. Just an oversight.


What purports to be a full list of Antifa members as of August 2017, at 8ch, here . Legit? I have no idea.

and finally,

Last week I said, "Survivalists and preppers whose opinions I value have consistently panned Wise". Add another data point. David Blackard at Blue Collar Prepping taste-tested Wise Apple Cinnamon Cereal and Noodle Soup. After noting its tastelessness and face-scrinching saltiness, he came to this conclusion:

As with most things, the more money you spend (to a point), the better off you are in quality. The Master Chief and I both think Mountain House is better tasting, but at a higher price point that neither one of us can afford at the moment.

Buy what you can afford and upgrade when you can. Nothing is perfect, but in an emergency the calories you have now are better than the ones still on a store shelf.

Wise Foods gets my recommendation for emergency food, even with the minor flavor/salt issue.

Change subject. I forgot to mention this year's success at installing a new gasket in our woodstove door. Last year, if you'll recall, I made the mistake I always make, too much glue in the gasket well. It took two days to dry instead of six hours. But it held up with only a minor issue at season's end. This year the tradition continues, too much glue. Brain burp, like when you shut the door on a rental car just as you remember the one and only key you have is still in the ignition.

James Comma Rawles over at Survival Blog mentioned collectable watches some days back. My everyday watch is a plain ol' Seiko 5 autowinder. A hunner bux or so. I left it with the watch guy to have it adjusted to a fare thee well. He was delighted that someone would actually do this. Took about two weeks, minimal charge. This was a few years ago and it still matches the timekeeping of the best mechanicals in my collection. For reliable, durable, battery-free utility I recommend it.

Well gang, been fun chitchatting, but now we gotta put on our big boy pants and face reality. Yeah yeah, I know, you'd rather stir road kill with your, um ... finger. Can't be helped. The only way around is through, so Yer Ol' Woodpile Report awaits, below this week's old ad.


1937. Nucoa magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Nucoa traces back to Loder's & Nucoline's margarine, a product marketed to vegetarians in the late 1890s. In truth, margarine was a cheap ersatz butter invented in 1869 for the French armed forces and the poor. If you didn't know, "margarine" and "shortening" refer to pretty much the same thing except margarine wants to be butter and shortening wants to be lard.

After tracing Nucoa's ownership through Unilever, GFA Brands, Boulder Specialty Brands, Smart Balance, Pinnacle Foods and ending with Conagra, it appears Nucoa margarine is now styled Smart Balance Buttery Spread. It appears their original customer base has reproduced itself but demands up to date marketing.

Click here to see a Nucoa tevee commercial from 1952. It'll have you believe Nucoa is so miraculous you'll be healthier just from watching it.


Remus's notebook


Daily Mail - Second migrant caravan storms into Mexico: 'Violent' group from Central America carrying bombs and guns defies a huge police presence to cross the border from Guatemala ... loads-o'-photos and videos

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mexican cops, instead of responding in kind, stood and took it until the barriers were taken down, then they withdrew

Daily Caller - Mexican State Reportedly Providing Charter Buses To Drive Migrant Caravan Closer To US Border ... video

Spiked - Marxists against wokeness ... for an antidote to today’s identitarian leftism, look to old-school radicals like CLR James

Next Big Future - 25% of world murders are in Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and Columbia ... with just 8% of the world’s population, Latin America accounts for roughly a third of global murders

November 1, 2016

CNN Business - Key model predicts big election win for Clinton ... Clinton is expected to get 332 electoral votes, while Trump is predicted to get just 206, according to the Moody's Analytics model

Sultan Knish - A Brief History of Leftist Political Violence in 1 Year ... this is what destroying a country looks like

Warfare History Network - Locating Enemies on the Western Front ... Flash-spotting, sound ranging, “overhearing,” and other innovative techniques

Popular Mechanics - Russia’s Hard-Luck Carrier Damaged in Shipyard Accident ... the drydock sank and the Admiral Kuznetsov now has a hole in it

Washington Examiner - CNN's Don Lemon: "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Leading Progressives are more honest, they delete the word "men". But Mr. Lemon has, um ... issues .

Stilton's Place - Skinny Dips ... CNN's Don Lemon declared that when it comes to terrorism, absolutely no group of people should be demonized. Except White men.

Taki's Magazine - Stale Bagel ... in the dark New York City still looks good. The mystery and magnetism linger until dawn, and then you slowly see the lines and the harshness

YouTube - Donald Trump is Done, "The Beginning of The End" ... video, 3m 12s. Unintended slapstick from CNN & MSNBC

Breitbart - From CNN to the DNC, All the Media and Democrat Connections to Louis Farrakhan ... working overtime to normalize a virulent anti-Semitic hate preacher

MIT Review - Deepfake-busting apps can spot even a single pixel out of place ... two startups are using algorithms to track when images are edited—from the moment they’re taken

NY Post - Harvard’s gatekeeper reveals SAT cutoff scores based on race ... has given mostly African-American and Hispanic students an advantage

Auburn Reporter, obituary - Mario ‘the visionary’ leaves his legacy ... Segale, 85, died Saturday morning, Oct. 27.

"Unexpected fame attached itself to Segale when Nintendo named its video-game character for him. The story goes that Segale, who rented a warehouse to the company in the early 1980s, burst into the company’s office one day, demanding overdue rent".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Superintendent Mario Segale became Super Mario, so the story goes

YouTube - Former CIA Chief Explains How Spies Use Disguise

Intergalactic Source of Truth - The successful destruction of America ... Joe McCarthy was right

Big Think - Why endurance running is humanity's surprising hidden talent .. we used to simply chase animals down until they collapsed and died

Red Pill Jew - This election, #JEXIT should happen too ... wake up, American Jews, from the Left's bamboozle

City Journal - “Without Any Weighing of Factors” ... California governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1391, which bars prosecution of those as young as 14 as adults, whatever the gravity of their crimes

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We're getting close to the endpoint of Affirmative Action.

Nautilus - 12 Mind-Bending Perceptual Illusions ... our illusions seem to be getting better over time

Warfare History - Joseph Stalin’s Paranoid Purge ... “This is worse than when artillery fires on its own troops,” commented General Konstantin Rokossovsky. More Soviet generals and colonels were killed by Stalin than were to fall in World War II

Ammoland - Self Defense in Texas: 22LR Single Shot Beats AR15 & .40 Cal ... deceased fired 15 shots from an AR15 type rifle and 12 shots from a .40 caliber pistol

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aside from the lesson that "spray and pray" is a poor tactic, I've long thought we're missing something not captured by bullet dynamics and placement.

Science Daily - Astronomers discover the giant that shaped the early days of our Milky Way ... merger of a Milky Way-like galaxy and a smaller disky galaxy

Reuters - Czech PM says he dislikes U.N. migration pact, wants to pull out ... Austria, Hungary, Poland and now the Czech Republic have had their "this ain't right" moment

American Greatness - Logical Argument: The Culture War’s ‘Maginot Line’ ... Fortunately, the American Right has been learning faster than the French Army of 1940 did

Art of Manliness - How to Make the Best Beef Jerky in the World ... learning to preserve meat was useful. But learning to flavor meat was an art

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Step by step instructions, no dehydrator needed


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Dalrymple, Taki's Magazine - When I was a boy, and prophecies of doom still caused people to climb to the top of mountains where presumably the end of the world would make itself felt rather later than elsewhere, bankers were rather respectable, dull persons who acted like the financial guilty conscience of their customers instead of being the financial drug-pushers they are now, encouraging us all to indebt ourselves up to the hilt. At low interest rates, banks lend extensively rather than intensively. They are like slash-and-burn farmers in thinly populated savannas rather than horticulturalists who expect a valuable crop year after year from the same parcel of land. Eventually, however, the slash-and-burn farmer runs out of new land to clear.


War, Fred On Everything - Nothing short of genius can account for losing so consistently given the enormous resources available to American forces. The United States cannot fight a sizable land war. Iran can. Russia can. The American military means air power and little else. The Army hasn’t fought a serious war since 1973, the fleet since 1945. In long periods of inaction, things deteriorate. Crucial supplies cease to exist, spare parts aren’t there, the logistics train quietly becomes inoperable. Money goes instead to pricey weapons of little practical use. America is no longer a country of tough rural kids. Social engineering has rotted the ranks. The military has suffered years of feminization, SJW appeasement, affirmative action, lowered physical standards, and LGBTQ insertion.

Saker - The Pentagon Realised What It Has Done – the Chinese Put the US Army on Its Knees ... quietly buying up key suppliers

Reuters - The cold military logic behind Trump's trade war ... seeking to break supply chain dependence on China


Border defense, American Greatness - Much of the literature about “fourth-generation warfare” recognizes that nation-states and their authority are under threat, diminished by global and transnational forces—powerful multinational corporations, mass migration, and international religious movements. This destruction of state authority is not completely apparent within our borders, but it appears dramatically so elsewhere. Who runs Mexico, for example? Unavoidable and extant fourth-generation conflict is already here, most dramatically in the immigration caravan. A new type of invasion is manifest, and it calls for a new type of military, one at home on the border.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Gil Barndollar at National Interest reminds us, "Honduras, where this caravan originated, is one of the most violent countries on earth. Tegucigalpa has a murder rate that is twenty times the size of London’s murder rate. Neighboring El Salvador is even worse. In 2015 it became the most violent country on earth not at war".

Many, perhaps most, of central American countries would need major upgrades to qualify as sh*tholes. Welcome to the neighborhood.


New era, CDR Salamander - If you value Western values of tolerance and progress, how do you expect them to grow and expand abroad when you cannot support them at home? In their absence, something will fill the void. What will it be? I think too much is in flux, too many assumptions false to really know – but whatever it is, it is forming right in front of us. Some aspects and characteristics of our new era are revealing themselves bit by bit. Here are three items in the mix ...


Routing hijack, IT News - Researchers have mapped out a series of internet traffic hijacks and redirections that they say are part of large espionage and intellectual property theft effort by China. China Telecom is able to divert the traffic by announcing bogus routes via the Border Gateway Protocol that governs data flows between Autonomous Systems, the large networks operated by telcos, internet providers and corporations. After the traffic was copied by China Telecom for encyption breaking and analysis, it was delivered to the intended networks with only small delays.


1937. Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yes, there was a time when deer hunting didn't involve trail cams, scoped rifles or seasonably patterned cammies. However, it did involve antique automobiles.

Huntingdon County, pop. 45,400, is just south of the geographical center of the state. As the saying goes, Pennsylvania is "Philadelphia in the east, Pittsburgh in the west, and Arkansas in between".


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Caravan, Spectator - Thousands are marching brazenly on our country. They really believe that an Obama-weakened-and-castrated America will bow to their onslaught. Let it be clear: If we let them in then there will be another Caravan after it. And three months later it will be another Caravan. And then another. If the Democrats succeed in eviscerating our southern border they can overcome a century of their losing the support of Americans who once trusted them. The mob’s hordes predictably are encouraged by their successfully defiant experience at Mexico’s southern border, now convinced that they simply cannot be stopped if they defiantly just surge forward anyway. There may well be blood.


Fanaticism, Z Man - The America Left has, in fits and starts, become increasingly radical and increasingly untethered from reality. All that matters to them is the next step on the path. Whoever is the most pious, the furthest along on the journey, is the standard until someone else can prove to be pious, further along the path. The more outraged and exited one is about the heretic, the more pious they are. The further one is away from the heretic, emotionally and spiritually, the further along they are on their journey to paradise. Thus the endless piety contests. The West is afflicted with increasingly deranged true believers, determined to extend their quest for self-abnegation to the whole of society in order to bring about the end times.


1/137, Big Think - The brilliant physicist Richard Feynman called it "one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man". That magic number, called the fine structure constant, is a fundamental constant, with a value which nearly equals 1/137. It's regarded as the best example of a pure number, one that doesn't need units. It actually combines three of nature's fundamental constants - the speed of light, the electric charge carried by one electron, and the Planck's constant. The constant figures in other situations, making physicists wonder why nature insists on this number.


Milky Way’s black hole, Quanta - For the first time, scientists have spotted something wobbling around the black hole at the core of our galaxy, perhaps blobs of plasma, spinning not far from the innermost orbit allowed by the laws of physics. Above the surface of our sun, a briar patch of magnetic fields snag together, spurting out flares of heated plasma when the fields snap into new shapes. Something similar could happen in the gas right around a black hole. In this case, though, the modulation in brightness would come not from the blob itself but from the blob’s orbit. As it whipped around in the thrall of a giant black hole, the warped space-time predicted by general relativity would focus the hot spot’s light into a beam.


1943. Copenhagen Denmark


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Copenhagen was occupied from April 1940 until a few days before Germany surrendered in May 1945. 30,000 troops surrendered to the British.

The Danish language is more closely related to Norwegian than to Swedish, although all three are mutually intelligible to a large degree.


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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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