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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 some level
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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Carel Fabritius, Goldfinch, 1654

Although Carel Fabritius was a student of Rembrandt, he was an experimenter and developed a quite different style. Fabritius's ideas about color theory and optical imaging are known to have influenced his contemporaries, Vermeer among them.

Fabritius died at age 32 in the famous Delft gunpowder explosion of 1654 , the same year he completed "The Goldfinch". It's the best known of the dozen or so of his works that survive. No word if the bird survived.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The DiploMad 2.0 talks of Progressives and voting:

They reject any talk of fraud and refuse to allow any meaningful investigations into the fraud that is so clearly going on. To ask that the voting system be protected and be a valid conduit for American citizens' views, gets you labelled a racist and a vote-suppressor. The progs roundly reject calls for voter id, and even where it does exist, they issue drivers' licenses and other official ids to non-citizens anyhow. But even that is not enough. The expansion of early and absentee voting has opened even more avenues for prog fraud.


A lesson from history, by Laramie Hirsch at Men of the West, in an excerpt from his essay, Since Antiquity, Whites Cut Themselves Off At The Knees:

It was Emperor Valens who allowed desperate Ostrogoth women, children, the elderly, and 200,000 fighting men across the Danube River into Roman territory. The bloodthirsty, savage Huns were at their backs, and if they had caught up to the Ostrogoths, the Huns would slaughter them all.

The result of allowing in these poor refugees was that they turned against Rome, conquering the empire 38 years after being allowed to cross the Danube. “They’re just immigrants” one might argue. But these migrants managed to displace the Romans forever.


The quote for this week is from Brett Stevens at Amerika:

Once we decided during the Civil War to make ourselves into an ideological state, we created a society which is like a black hole, sucking in all light and motivating all of us to make as much cash as possible in order to escape.


What it was like for ordinary Germans to live in Nazi Germany. An excerpt from George J. Wittenstein, M.D., "Memories of the White Rose", 1979.

"The government—or rather, the party—controlled everything: the news media, arms, police, the armed forces, the judiciary system, communications, travel, all levels of education from kindergarten to universities, all cultural and religious institutions".


The indispensable Z Man comments on Gavin McInnes disassociating himself from own creation, the Proud Boys:

Let's not kid ourselves about the Proud Boys. It was never intended to be anything but a fan club for McInnes. He got the idea from hanging out with alt-right people in the run-up to the presidential election. He saw that guys like Mike Enoch and Richard Spencer had built an audience around a personal brand, so McInnes created what he thought was a mom-safe version for himself. Proud Boys is alt-right-lite.


A description of the Chicxulub Impact sixty six million years ago that created a 20-mile deep, 110-mile hole, from Daily Galaxy:

The asteroid itself was so large that, even at the moment of impact, the top of it might have still towered more than a mile above the cruising altitude of a 747. In its nearly instantaneous descent, it compressed the air below it so violently that it briefly became several times hotter than the surface of the sun. The pressure of the atmosphere in front of the asteroid started excavating the crater before it even got there ... it might have generated the equivalent of a magnitude 9 or larger earthquake everywhere on Earth.


My response to popups which demand I change my PC settings, or else:

Looks like you're using a reader blocker. Please review my privacy policy and change your settings to whitelist browsers configured to disallow cookies and intrusive ads.

I'll take the "or else". Happy now?

and finally,

In the early 1960s, Dutch astronomer Piet van de Kamp announced he and his team had discovered Barnard's star had at least one planet. He based this on years-long recording of minute perturbations, i.e., regular spacial deviations due to the gravitational effect of an orbiting body. Not only was his conclusion dismissed, his method was as well.

Mr. van de Kamp conducted a seminar at the school I attended, also in the early 1960s, quite the coup for a small campus of no renown whatever. I thought it rather exciting to learn exoplanets could be detected by measuring a star's wobble, and equally disappointed to later learn it was demonstrably impossible. Such were my thoughts when I read of the recent discovery of a planet around Barnard's star . Piet van de Kamp died at age 93 in 1995. Someone should chisel "I Told You So" on his headstone.

Change subject. It appears there's a large number of aviation experts among Woodpile Report's readers. In last week's WPR I described an airplane in the 1949 photo of mid air refueling as a B-29, except with curious differences. As of Wednesday the replies numbered into the mid-twenties and they're still coming in. All have informed me the airplane was in fact a B-50. More evidence I have the bestest readers in the whole wide world. Except one. You know who you are. Kidding.

Also in last week's WPR I posted a 1938 photo of a bar in Omaha and said the sign isn't quite readable, it may be "Country Club Bar". A reader informs me the sign reads, "Goetz Country Club Beer". Here's a sign similar to the one in the photo .

Now I had to know more about Country Club beer, and this is what I found. M.K. Goetz Brewery was founded in 1859 in St. Joseph Missouri. In 1961 Pearl Brewing purchased Goetz Brewing. In 1976 Pearl closed the St. Joseph brewery and shifted production to Texas. Pearl was bought by General Brewing in 1977, which also acquired Blue Ribbon Intermediate Holdings in 1985, which now "brews" Country Club except Pabst outsources all their brewing, blah blah.

Country Club beer is now a small regional product in the midwest. Country Club malt liquor is a whole nuther story, apparently. Beware, tracing these things always runs into contradictory, or incomplete, or out of date, or ambiguous, or just plain wrong information.

Okay gang, enough of this chitchat. Time to ponder A Most Excellent Puzzle: if chaos is sufficiently documented, is it still chaos? Best answer is "kind of no". The opposite of chaos is cosmos, in the Greek way of reckoning, one existing by virtue of the other, yin-yang as they style it in the east. Put in contemporary terms of the time-space continuum, the more time you have, the less space you have and vice versa. Think black hole. Which leads to another puzzle: if either space or time were infinite, could the other exist? Can we say, "time exists, therefore the universe is not infinite"? See how much blather I spare you, week after week?

Now that we've settled nothing, in the western tradition of "more research is indicated", it's time to paddle to the far shore and see what the Greater Society is up to. Right after this old ad.


1930s. Waldorf Scott Tissue magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 1890, the Scott Paper Company marketed the first toilet paper sold in rolls rather than sheets, although unlike today, they were not perforated for tearoff. Scott used Waldorf as a brand name to avoid being publically associated with what was then an unmentionable product.

The ad below is in response to Northern Paper's 1935 ad campaign boasting their product was "splinter-free."

Scott's near-monopoly on the toilet paper trade came to an end when major competitors entered the market in the 1950s. In response, Scott made a series of blunders including unprofitable acquisitions and an ill advised expansion of manufacturing facilities in 1990.

In 1994 "Chainsaw" Al Dunlap was hired to downsize Scott and offload unprofitable acquisitions. The leaner and meaner Scott was then absorbed by rival Kimberly-Clark in 1995. As intended, say some industry insiders.


Remus's notebook


Gun control

Fox News Detroit - Detroit City Council passes 'Bullet Bill' resolution ... limits ammunition amounts, requires a mental health check, additional county taxes

CBS New York - Proposed law would let State search gun owner's social media and internet history ... give up all login information, including passwords, for any social media sites, search history on Google/Yahoo/Bing

Watts Up With That? - The 1970s Global Cooling Consensus was not a Myth ... overwhelming scientific consensus in the 1970s that the Earth was headinginto a period of significant cooling

Zero Hedge - Warning: Contagion is Now Spreading to Corporate Bonds ... all risk assets adjusted to fake levels, expect full-scale debt defaults

Financial Post - Another report reluctantly admits that 'green' energy is a disastrous flop ... the more “variable” wind and solar are introduced into any electricity system, the more they make it both more expensive and less reliable

NBC News - In rare rebuke, Chief Justice Roberts slams Trump for comment about 'Obama judge' ... the country does not have "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges," the leader of the federal judiciary said

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If anyone needed evidence Chief Justice Roberts has "gone native", this is it. The Ninth Circuit is thisclose to putting a picture of Roland Freisler on the piano. Circling the wagons confirms Supreme Court membership in globalist groupthink.

The Z Man comments on the increasingly rogue court in his essay, Kritocracy Then Chaos. An excerpt:

The system is riddled with judges who belong to a bizarre political cult. They are members of a legal sub-cult that does not accept the rule of law. Instead, they think the law and the enforcement of the law should always be in support of their cult’s radical agenda. As such, they no longer abide by the law as written and refuse to obey the authority that issues the law.

And Breitbart reminds us they remained silent when Obama dragged them over live coals. It's different when it's their guy.

In 2010, President Obama used his first State of the Union address to denounce the Court’s January 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case, which struck down restrictions on corporate political speech under the First Amendment.

With six of the nine justices sitting silently in the House of Representatives, Obama told the nation their ruling “will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”

Campus Reform - Syracuse U: Mandatory diversity course 'didn't hit the mark' ... before she could introduce herself, she was met with hostility

Zero Hedge - These Banks Now Have A $41 Billion Problem With GE ... money they will never see again

Modern Survival Blog - What If My Water Filter Freezes, Will It Be Damaged? ... short answer: yes

Of Two Minds - The Politics of Debt-Serfs and Tax Donkeys: Our Only Choice Is the Least Bad Option ... excerpt:

"... there is no avenue left for advocacy, grievances or redress in a system dominated by global corporations and self-serving political insiders.The castle on the hill doesn't exist; it is diffused all over the planet, and well protected by state minions who listen only to neofeudal corporate interests. The problem for well-meaning politicos is the system cannot be reformed or repaired".

Bloomberg - Hyped Miracle Material Graphene Is Realizing Its Promise as ‘Pixie Dust’ ... a customer in the Gobi Desert wrapped the jacket around his camel; once it warmed up, “he put the jacket back on and was warm for the night

Next Big Future - Winter is Coming, Super Grand Solar Minimum ... an excerpt:

A Super Grand Solar Minimum would have four magnetic fields out of phase. There was about 40-60 years of cold weather 350 years ago. This was a Maunder Minimum of lower solar activity. The historical cold weather had two magnetic fields out of phase. Zharkova is predicting a cooling effect that is 2.5 to 4 times larger than the Maunder minimum.

Voice of Europe - 11-year-old girl gang raped in Sweden, Perpetrators walk free and laugh in her face ... mother informed the investigation has been closed

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Affirmative Action taken to its logical end

Electroverse - European Winter Forecast to be the Coldest in Years ... as the Grand Solar Minimum continues its intensification

Daily Mail - Jewish man is called a 'Nazi' while resisting arrest after passengers tell police he went on 'anti-Semitic tirade' during flight from DC to Atlanta for Thanksgiving ... was wearing a prayer shawl when taken down by cops

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Is this the new "swatting"?

Off Grid Survival - Survival Tarp Shelters: Why A Tarp is one of the Best Things you Can Carry ... having the ability to quickly set up a shelter

Science Alert - One of NASA's Mars Exploration Tools Has a Glitch That Created The Illusion of Water ... few–if any–of the perchlorate detections reported in the literature over the past few years are now legit

Universe Today - Astronomers Detect Water in the Atmosphere of a Planet 179 Light-Years Away ... using direct imaged observations included in the article

The Coming Bankruptcy of the American Empire ... better to bring the troops home on our terms than wait for a debt crisis to do it for us

Excerpt: Will the average American choose his social safety net or continued funding for far-flung bases in Stuttgart, Okinawa, and Djibouti? Even the most militaristic congressperson will know which way to vote, lest they find a mob waiting outside their D.C. castles.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg James Rawles foresaw this. In his novel, no decision was made and the troops were stranded. Probably a more realistic scenario than an orderly stand down.

Breitbart - ESPN Loses 2 Million Subscribers This Year ... insults half its audience, browbeats the other half, wonders why they're leaving

Front Page - The New Crooked Congressional Black Caucus ... in the last decade, every single House Democrat sent to prison for financial crimes was a Congressional Black Caucus member.

Zero Hedge - Credit "Death Spiral" Begins As Loan ETF Sees Massive Outflows, Liquidates Quality Paper ... Fed, BIS and IMF all warning that the next crisis will begin in the leverage loan sector

Jim's Blog - “Hail Fellow ComicsGate Fan” ... the leadership of ComicsGate hates the fans

Gateway Pundit - Honduran Migrant Says 20,000 Will March Through Vehicle Lanes at Border ... planning to enter the United States illegally en masse


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This essay defies synopsis within anything like "fair use". It's by Larry Correia entitled, The 2nd Amendment is Obsolete, Says Congressman Who Wants To Nuke Omaha.

Guns, Monster Hunter Nation - For most people on the left political violence is a knob, and they can turn the heat up and down, with things like protests, and riots, all the way up to destruction of property, and sometimes murder. But for the vast majority of folks on the right, it’s an off and on switch. While you’re drone striking Omaha Nebraska you really think that the people who live where all the food is grown, the electricity is generated, and all the freeways and rail lines run through, that some of them aren’t going to take it personal? Let’s talk about those people you think are going to be unfeeling automatons who will have no problem killing their friends and neighbors on your behalf. They are us.


Machiavelli, Aeon - Niccolò Machiavelli has a bad reputation. Ever since the 16th century, when manuscript copies of his great work The Prince began to circulate in Europe, his family name has been used to describe a particularly nasty form of politics: calculating, cutthroat and self-interested. There are, to be sure, reasons for this. However, Machiavelli did not invent ‘Machiavellian politics’. Nor was his advocacy of force and fraud to acquire and maintain rule the cause of individual leaders using them. What then did Machiavelli do? What did he want to achieve?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Long read, but full of "ahah!" moments


Selco, Organic Prepper - SHTF is not about you peacefully working in your vegetable garden while the world goes to hell around you outside the bubble. The darkness can reach you wherever you are. I asked Selco why people needed to know about the horrors he faced. He replied, "So you won’t be shocked and so you can shorten adapting period while you are shocked". I asked him what the event was that opened his eyes to the fact that he was stuck in Hell on Earth. "When I saw people killing for fun. Killing without reason. Killing with no concerns about punishment or the law". It’s really not a stretch of the imagination to predict that our nation could be headed to a very dark place.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Some skills necessary to survive what's coming can barely be mentioned, much less discussed. Conrad understood the heart of darkness, yet even he wavered when presented with opportunities to present specifics. Selco declines as well. Rather than plain truth, we're shown the box it comes in.

When we need to be warned a rather routine video is "graphic" and "some viewers may find it disturbing", no one should wonder why we prefer confected homilies such as "that's not who we are". Events reveal who we are, not our preferences.

Foreigners see our beloved United States for what it largely is, a decrepit, corrupt third world country run by "strong men" in the tradition of the Americas generally. Our partisans and enclaves are long past the point of accommodation. And like any other failing republic, we're not only well into a catastrophe but hurrying it along.

Staying away from crowds already takes significant planning and effort. It will take much more effort when the word "survival" reclaims its original meaning. Darwin will have his due, preparations or not. Like precious metals, preps will be useful only for those who survive to deploy them. Tomorrow is the survivalist's long term. It's a hard practice requiring hard people.


Extinction, Phys Org - There is a steady, long-term decline of megaherbivore diversity beginning around 4.6 million years ago. This extinction process kicks in over a million years before the very earliest evidence for human ancestors making tools or butchering animal carcasses and well before the appearance of any hominin species realistically capable of hunting them, like Homo erectus. Some scientist suggest that competition with increasingly carnivorous species of Homo led to the demise of numerous carnivores over the last few million years. We know there are also major extinctions among African carnivores at this time and that some of them, like saber-tooth cats, may have specialized on very large prey, perhaps juvenile elephants.


1938. Vincentown, New Jersey


art-remus-ident-04.jpg It was picking and packing time at the Emmor Roberts Orchards where they grew and sold "Jersey Jerry" brand apples. Vincentown is a city of about 25,000 in central New Jersey.




More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Collapse, Of Two Minds - There are two basic drivers of systemic erosion. The first is the gradual decline in the system's ability to adapt to changing circumstances. Life's core asset is the ability to evolve and adapt, and organisms, species and systems which fail to adapt fast enough and effectively enough to rapid change disappear. Adaptability requires flexibility, buffers and redundancies that are costly to maintain. These costs have been ruthlessly eliminated from complex systems. The second dynamic is the gradual rigging of the system to reward insiders, at the expense of its purported purpose and output. This dynamic is the direct consequence of the structure of our dominant systems, which are virtually all centralized hierarchies.


CJ Roberts, Spectator - Chief Justice Roberts watches as justice now is converted to mockery by Left “Progressives” who lost the Presidency in 2016. Every time the President of the United States seeks to exercise his Constitutionally granted executive authority, the Democrats and their Left allies race to West Coast federal courthouses in search of a judge, who rapidly enjoins the President’s action with a sweeping nationwide order extending far beyond the judge’s local jurisdiction. The system makes a mockery of the courts, as Chief Justice Roberts now desperately realizes. It creates a cynicism towards the rule of law by manipulating and leveraging judges into pawns of Democrat “Progressives.”


American’t, American Thinker - Truly great disasters come like a thief in the night. How many see that the United States is at what some call a tipping point, what others may call a Fourth Turning? Whatever you call it, the American republic is in its last days. The so-called Left, ever violent since its French Revolution birth and as power hungry as ever. This isn’t your grandfather’s Democrat Party. Voters this time empowered closet-communist, sexual devolutionary, rabble-rousing, low-I.Q., no virtue, ignorant freaks who often encourage political violence by their Antifa-Brownshirt useful idiots. So it’s not your great-grandfather’s America, either.


Stagnation, Nautilus - Nothing is moving in the foundations of physics. One experiment after the other is returning null results: No new particles, no new dimensions, no new symmetries. Sure, there are some anomalies in the data here and there, and maybe one of them will turn out to be real news. But experimentalists are just poking in the dark. They have no clue where new physics may be to find. And their colleagues in theory development are of no help. Even if the LHC finds something new in the data that is yet to come, we already know that the theorists’ guesses did not work out. Not. A. Single. One. How much more evidence do they need that their methods are not working?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Said differently, you can't find what you're not looking for.


Gender, American Greatness - Millennials, those poor saps, have been so gender-whipped as to have been rendered essentially genderless—I mean sexless. Magazines that promoted the “sexual revolution” are now wondering why Americans aren’t having more gender—I mean sex. What do we gain by turning women into men and men into women? If the end result of “feminism” was in fact a biological male, then what good was feminism? If males can now transform themselves into the objects of their desire, are they women in sex or only “gender”? By hijacking the Civil Rights movement, grammar, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and anything else that comes to hand, the Left has managed to beat common sense and history into temporary submission. Is this the world you want to live in?


1917. Ypres France


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the huge stalemate that was World War I, farm vehicles with caterpillar tracks made by Holt seemed to answer the need for a mobile force. By adding armor and weapons it could both conquer and hold ground. When such tanks were first deployed by the British during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 they had some success, much of it from "shock and awe". The limitations of these early tanks soon became apparent.

They were almost as dangerous to their crews as they were to the enemy, mainly from heat, asphyxiation and fire. They were also slow, unreliable, underpowered and easily trapped in shell craters, as in the photo below. The enclosed rhomboid concept quickly proved to be a dead end, superseded by the now classic Renault FT design with a revolving turret which first appeared in 1917 and soldiered on into the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Ypres, pronounced "ee-pray", is a city in West Flanders, Belgium, from which the many months long Third Battle of Ypres—there were five—takes its name. British tanks participated in numbers even though Flanders was a sea of mud known to be unsuitable for the tanks of the day. The objective of the Allies was to take Passchendaele, which the Canadians did in the closing days of 1917.



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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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