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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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Etienne Bellecour, Battle of Rueil Malmaison, 1875

The attack at the hamlet of Malmaison was one of a series of battles in 1870 intended to lift the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. The war began when France invaded Prussia to prevent the unification of Germany. When Paris, starving and desperate, fell to the Germans in 1871 they occupied the city for two days, then decamped after France paid a heavy indemnity.

Some weeks after the armistice and the disbanding of the regular army, another condition of the armistice, the all but undefended city fell into the hands of the radical Paris Commune. The city was recaptured three months later by the National Guard.

Berne-Bellecour served in a company of irregulars, won a medal for gallantry, and became a painter of military subjects. He died in 1910 at age 72.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Z Man on art:

Modernism began roughly a century ago with painters of limited skill, abandoning any attempt to imitate or celebrate the world around them and instead make increasingly abstract pictures. By the middle of the 20th, painting meant something closer to what is produced at a daycare center. Sculpture looked like something found in the local dog park and architecture had devolved into brutalism.

"Where vandals and opportunists meet," is my working definition. The Standard Model explaining what they vandalized and why they did it can be found here , at Art Renewal Center. This is another example of hard fought resistance to the collectivist coup d'etat invisible to those not involved. Art is more than an ornament to be attended to at leisure. The Left knows this . Advertisers know this. The Mighty Z Man has picked up on it, and of course he has, he casts a finer net and considers his catch carefully.

Alas, I'm forever disappointed at the prevailing tunnel vision on the chattering Right. In thrall to politics and economics, round and round they go, wearing the hub to an ever brighter sheen. Necessary but insufficient. Old time dive-bomber pilots called it 'target fascination'. It could be fatal. You recognize the type when it's one person fixating on one thing, the Fed, say, and it becomes their undeviating and only ride. So it is with politics and economics on the Right generally.

The weak sister "conservative" publications of old expelled those who talked directly of anything else. Even elsewhere, consider the Right's opposition to unvetted mass migration, say. It's a fundamental threat to nationhood itself, as it's meant to be, but the Right trots out its comfortable shoes, namely, political and economic arguments reminiscent of the 'thirties: "they're taking your jobs," or "they're looting the social safety net," or "they're being imported as replacement voters". True that, but again, target fascination.

The Left seems as overwhelming as the Golden Horde because there is no nexus in an encirclement. Wear an enemy out at one point, even at risk of local defeat, while the attack gains at all the others. Widen your view. Actual opportunity awaits. There are more red pills, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. And if you didn't follow the link , you still don't know what I'm talking about.


I can do no better than to join with others, et al, in an appeal to assist Gerard Van der Leun of American Digest to recover from his devastating loss. He was a resident of Paradise, California, a town now destroyed almost in its entirety by fire . From Aesop at Raconteur Report:

He is now currently a refugee in his 104-year-old mother's apartment, having lost house, home, and all his worldly goods and chattels in one of the CA wildfires near Chico, about 600 miles closer to Oregon than we are here. He got out with his car, a cat, and the clothes on his back, and that's about it.

Today I have to start to replace the basics. The inventory of needful things and obscure objects is long and spotty. As I said above, no briefs have I. Nor spare socks. Nor toothbrush. Nor corkscrew. Nor any one of a thousand trivial things that form the tools of life and the shell of the self. Nor things like the photograph of my one daughter when she was small enough to rest there along my forearm. Losses one shrugs at and losses that make me weep here in the dawn

He is one of the good guys, and in his current situation, I imagine anything you could send to his tip jar would be far more of a boon to him now that whatever it costs you.

Consider what you might be able to do, and help a brother out.

Link to Mr. Van der Leun's tip jar is


James Rickards at Daily Reckoning makes the case that China's Debt Bomb is ready to explode. An excerpt:

China’s leaders have panicked at the slowdown and have started the credit flow again with lower interest rates, higher bank leverage and more debt-financed, government-directed infrastructure spending. Of course, this solution is strictly temporary. All it does is postpone the day of reckoning and make the debt crisis worse when it does arrive.

With every passing day, a Chinese financial collapse draws closer. The rest of the world will not escape the consequences. When the crisis strikes in full force, possibly in 2019, the rest of the world will not be spared.


Seen at WRA


Dmitry Orlov commented on the decline and collapse of overextended countries, especially the US, in an interview with Sam Mitchell at YouTube's Collapse Chronicles. An excerpt from Club Orlov:

I have come to the realization that in these same severely overextended countries social and cultural collapse have largely run their course, and that this is being masked, for the time being, by the fact that financial, commercial and political systems there are still functioning on some level, or at least pretending to function using money injected ex nihilo, severe trade imbalances, forged statistics, gerrymandered electoral systems, etc. But once this all fails, it will suddenly become apparent that there are no time-tested social institutions or a cohesive common culture to fall back on.


I’ve traveled around and have lived in a few different places in the US and in Europe, and it’s absolutely shocking how backward and substandard and really run down the US has become... there is the feeling that it’s a land that time forgot. Dinosaurs roam the United States. The rest of the planet has moved on.


William Briggs explains why he's not allowed to teach mathematics:

The last—and final—time I interviewed for a university professorship, was in a math department. I flew through the interview fine. Until the last question, asked of me by two mathematicians: “Were you ever involved in any diversity initiatives?”

This was like asking a steakhouse owner if he had ever been involved in any vegan initiatives.

Any employment in any western university is, for me, thus impossible... mathematicians at UCLA “have to pledge in writing a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity.”


The quote for this week is from Algis Valiunas at Clermont:

... warlike men grow accustomed to emotion so violent it can easily skid into madness.


James Kunstler comments on the vote fraud taking place in, where else, Broward County, Florida:

What happens to government in The Long Emergency: it becomes impotent and ineffectual, and can no longer be depended on to carry out the simplest tasks. The process goes from the top down. At each step, the public loses faith that government can accomplish anything. The Trust Horizon shrinks away from distant authorities… the DC Swamp, the state capitals, and soon the people don’t believe anything or anyone they can’t reach by throwing a rock. And so we enter a new stage of collapse.

So the runner up quote has to be this one from Josef Stalin, and the ethics code of Brenda Snipes , election supervisor for Florida's Broward County:

Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.


From Business Insider via Task & Purpose:

Fibrotex has built an Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System that can be used to conceal soldier’s positions, vehicles, tanks, and aircraft. The new “camouflage system will mask soldiers, vehicles, and installations from state-of-the-art electro-optical sensors and radars.

Soldiers, vehicles, and other relevant systems can just about disappear in snowy, desert, urban, and woodland environments, according to the camouflage maker.

The new program aims to replace outdated camouflage that protect soldiers in the visible spectrum but not against more advanced, high-end sensors. ULCANS “provides more persistent [infrared], thermal & counter-radar performance,” Fibrotex explained.

While outsiders can’t see through the netting, those on the inside have an excellent view of their surroundings

As often happens, less than a day after I posted this to yer ol' WPR it showed up on every news aggregator on the internet. Oh well, as they say, frustrated is better than second rated.

and finally,

Daniel Greenfield writes, "Morning services at the synagogue these days begin and end with guns, with talk of tactical courses, firing ranges and concealed carry permits. While one faction of American Jews, the noisesome lefty one, shouts about gun control, the quieter, religious one, is choosing self-defense over gun control, and preparing to face another attack" .

So it is, in such steps, civilization is deciding to defend itself and following through.

We've had the first overnight snowfall that stayed on the ground through most of the following day. The last of my firewood is stacked, enough for this year and a good bit left over. The woodstove is cheerily pumping out heat corpuscles like a nuclear reactor. The kitty cats have been taking care of migrant mice looking for free lodging and benefits at Casa de Remus. All is as it should be.

The Wall Street Journal says Hillary Clinton will run again. She's the gift that just keeps giving .

So enough chitchat. Get out yer hazmat suit. Time to chronicle the sordid doings of the outside world. Right after this old ad.


1937. Schlitz magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 1937 Schlitz was on its way to becoming the best-selling brand in America. In 1940 they finally surpassed Budweiser and swapped the lead back and forth until 1957 when Bud pulled ahead for good.

By 1970 Schlitz was falling behind competitors in gaining market share. Management opted to maximize profits with inferior ingredients, less aging and questionable additives. The brand had slipped from second place to third, and kept dropping until 1980 when it went into the red. In 1982 Stroh bought Schlitz, which itself collapsed in 1999 from debt overload.

The Schlitz brand was bought by Pabst, which became part of Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings in 2014. The Schlitz brewery in Milwaukee, famous but defunct for over thirty years, was razed in 2014. Milwaukee is still famous.


Remus's notebook


Business Insider - Finland and Norway are telling airline pilots to be ready to fly without GPS, and some think Russia is up to something ... pilots reported the loss of GPS while flying near the Russian border

Science Daily - Why women receive less CPR from bystanders ... worries about accusations of sexual assault or inappropriate touching

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Everything's a tradeoff

Red State - Men Form Human Shield Around Women to Protect Them From Gunman During California Shooting ... "ready to take a bullet for any single one of us"

Cold Fury - Nobody ever won by losing ... the loss of the House, along with seven governorships, is a serious blow

National Interest - The War in Syria Has Been a Boon for the Russian Military ... deficiencies have been revealed by the Russian military’s experience in Syria

Science Alert - Astronomers Found a Black Hole Rotating So Fast, It Could Be Spinning Space Itself ... spinning close to the speed of light

Information Liberation - Maryland: Cops Shoot Man to Death In His Home For Resisting Gun Confiscation ... new law allows them to seize people's guns without due process

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It begins

Cultural Offering - The Richard Feynman four-step learning method

Forward Observer - What most people get wrong about our ‘civil war’ ... we’re witnessing a high grade culture war, but a low grade domestic conflict

MIT Technology Review - Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought ... with nothing but a smartphone and some clever computation

Survival Blog 2014 - Advice on Caching Containers ... includes sources

Federalist - 9 Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, Indoctrination Up ... Common Core sucked all the energy, money, and motivation right out of desperately needed potential reforms to U.S. public schools for a decade, and for nothing

Philadelphia Inquirer - Why Philly Jews are arming themselves: ‘I’m going to go down fighting’ ... "This shooting in Pittsburgh has turned me into an activist"

BBC News - DR Congo Ebola outbreak 'worst' in country's history ... efforts to relieve the disease have been hampered by attacks on medical workers

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Drastic options are looking more attractive by the day

USA Today - Mom asks little boy to leave public park because she wants girls-only playtime ... "she seems to think her son is entitled to crash this girls-only time. I know I can't legally keep her from a public park, but can I appeal to her better nature?"

Quanta - Mystery Math Whiz and Novelist Advance Permutation Problem ... A new proof from the Australian science fiction writer Greg Egan and a 2011 proof anonymously posted online are now being hailed as significant advances on a puzzle mathematicians have been studying for at least 25 years

Primal Survivor - Complete Guide to Mylar Bags for Food Storage ... only protects food from degradation due to oxygen and light, assuming that you use them correctly

Popular Science - Gravitational waves could solve a cosmological crisis within five years—or shake physics to its core ... we’re closing in on one of the most important numbers in the universe.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I've reposted this information from other sites, but Popular Science distills difficult concepts better than most.

Road and Track - Here's the Difference Between All- and Four-Wheel Drive ... the terms "all-wheel drive" and "four-wheel drive" aren't interchangeable

College Fix - Professor attacked for reporting that liberal administrators outnumber conservative ones ... "It’s time to push back and say look, enough is enough"

American Partisan - How to Use Encrypted USB Memory Sticks ... step by step instructions by an information security professional

Daily Mail - The moment the guns fell silent: Eerie WW1 recording captures exact second the chaos of war stopped ... recorded on the American front near the River Moselle, one minute before and one minute after the Armistice

Daily Mail - Baltimore teacher gets punched in the face by student on her first day back after cancer treatment ... includes video 0m 13s

College Fix - Ohio University considers minorities-only gym

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Future dictionaries will list "inclusion" as a synonym for "purge".

Gizmodo - A Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Dozens of U.S. Sea Mines During the Vietnam War ... magnetic mines

WND - CAIR gets library to remove book critical of al-Qaida ... censored during the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week

WND - Court gives feds' unlimited water rights ... can claim authority to prevent 'existing water uses' says San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

American Thinker - What Truly Caused the Pogrom of 1938 ... the day before Kristallnacht ... the head of the Berlin police noted with satisfaction that practically all firearms from Berlin Jews had already been taken

Popular Mechanics - How to Freeze-Dry Food ... the only real downside is the amount of time it takes

Guardian - Scotland to embed LGBTI teaching across curriculum ... there will be no exemptions or opt-outs to the policy

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is where being "fair minded and tolerant" gets us. When common sense returns, use this as a cautionary lesson for the next few thousand years.

Clarion Project - You Didn’t Hear About This Mob Attack in Minnesota ... attack should be understood as a “dry run” test

AP - Democrats promise congressional action on gun control ... Democrats’ new majority includes dozens of candidates who support gun control


The wounded Brit, France, 1917


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Photos, like music, speak to some and not to others. For me, this photo from World War I says as much about that war as any memoir or history. There are unspoken volumes in their faces alone.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Transgenders, American Thinker - One of the things that is disturbing about this frenzy is the intimidation, the drive for total conformity, the insistence that everyone must adhere to the transgenders’ fantasies, that people must act accordingly, and that they must jettison any feelings of disgust at the idea of sexual self-mutilation. The world must must go along with their fantasies. And persons must address them in the appropriate way and must treat them like they want to be treated or they can be fired or expelled. In California, New York City and Canada, they will be sent to jail. There is transgender propaganda being introduced in schools and the Boy Scouts, and some parents have lost parental rights over their child.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yer ol' Woodpile Report, on behalf of the citizenry, extends our deepest thanks to DC for allowing us to live in their country, and for lifting us from a meaningless life of self-determination, and for showing us the way to personal fulfillment by servicing the vision of our betters.


Genocide, Z Man - We see America’s ruling class flooding the country with foreigners, pitting groups of whites against one another and replacing white culture with garbage culture. The culture war today is about otherizing white males, divorcing them from their past and pitting them against white females, who are encouraged at every turn to support Team Brown. Chuckling into your sleeve about it being an example of “cultural appropriation”, turning the language back on the Left, probably feels comforting, but it is sadly mistaken. It’s not harmless agitation. The current American ruling elite does not simply hate old white America. They are defined by their hatred of white people. It is literally who they are why they exist.


CWII, Survival Blog - Of all of the “worst case” possibilities that we prepare for, near the top of my “most dreaded” list is a second civil war.  In The Northern Ireland Troubles, there were lots of double agents, uncertain allegiances, large scale infiltrations, wiretappings, false flag attacks, internecine fighting, kneecappings, bribed officials, conveniently “missing” police department guns, “missing” explosives, arms smuggling operations, and robberies. All of that was in addition to the expected riots, bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, sniper attacks, and arson attacks of a modern civil war. If a “hot” civil war breaks out in the United States then the initial battle grounds will probably be on city streets.


Diversity, Sultan Knish, Asian students had the lowest Harvard admission rate of any group at 8.1%. White students were admitted at a rate of 11.1% and black students at a rate of 13.2%. Asian applicants had higher SAT average scores than every admitted student group, except white students. If America is suffering from a pandemic of racial inequities in education, how is it that black students are able to get into America’s most elite institution with SAT scores that would get a middle-class white student laughed all the way out the door? America is a fair and just society whose meritocracy has only been compromised by affirmative action. The lawsuit by Students for Fair Admissions reveals what racism in America really looks like.


1937. Johnson Vermont


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The curbside gasoline pumps offer Gulf No-Nox on the left, Good Gulf on the right. The sign over the door reads, "Furniture, Howard. P. Hill, Undertaking". It wouldn't surprise me if there's also a sign, "Ray Bradbury Slept Here".

Johnson is a town of 3,500 in north central Vermont. In '37 the population was about 1,400.



More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Elections, Liberty's Torch - The phrase “The Most Important Election In Our Lifetime” has been applied to every election for the past three decades. Biennial or quadrennial, incumbents in or out, each election has been billed that way. If the attribution is true, then each election was / is more important than the previous one. Apply your skills at mathematical induction. The series does not converge. It zooms off to infinity. Politics is taking over everything. We allow the State to rule on everything: to tax, regulate, and control ever more aspects of human life and activity. Which by its very nature results in each election being more important than the ones that preceded it.


Tucker, Taki's Magazine - America’s social fabric is steadily unraveling, and Tucker Carlson certainly feels threatened now. For on Wednesday night, the Antifa group Smash Racism DC chanted outside and vandalized the man’s D.C. home. Carlson’s wife, Susan, was there alone. Preserving our country and what is of value to us is essentially a matter of will. Do we have the will to take decisive action? That is the question, for, as we’ve seen, our enemies are not rational, so it’s vain to believe argument and debate are the answer here. So far, the Trump administration has largely failed on illegal immigration. As ever these days, the problem has been lack of will. Antifa, I believe, is going to get a lot worse. What we’ve seen so far is probably “just the beginning.”


Spacetime, Daily Galaxy - During the past several years, physicists have begun thinking about spacetime in a radically different way, not as just an empty backdrop but rather treating spacetime as the flow of quantum information from one point to another. Are space and time separated from matter, creating a “container” for motions and events occurring with the participation of particles? Or perhaps they are attributes of matter and could not exist without it. How do we know that along the way to Planck’s length – over a dozen consecutive, ever smaller orders of magnitude – spacetime retains its structure? In fact, we are not even sure if the concept of spacetime is rational at the level of hadrons.


History and geography, Republic Standard - Look at what John Dewey wants us to believe. Everything valued in traditional education for thousands of years is irrelevant. One of the giant steps was the introduction of Social Studies in the early years of the 20th century. History, geography, civics, politics, government, current events were lumped together and studied as one subject. Was this more efficient? Yes, if you’re trying to diminish and eradicate these subjects. What a remarkable coup. The most left-wing of a left-wing profession seized control of history and geography. Once the most important subjects studied in elementary and middle school, history and geography were now kicked to the curb. What explains this almost psychotic fear of time and place?


1945. Okinawa


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I make it as about two tons of Marines. Notice the "alligator teeth" on the tank track to widen its footprint for less pressure on muddy ground. They were effective, but a casualty item. Note the missing section.

Tank-on-tank battles were almost unknown in the Pacific islands war. The Japanese fielded no tanks comparable to the M4 Sherman, relying instead on mines, artillery and IEDs. The spare track mounted to the turret served as additional armor.



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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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