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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
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
stakeholders
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
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

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


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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
via securityintelligence.com

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
OBE
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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Isaac van Ostade, Rustic Interior

Isaac van Ostade was born in 1621 in Haarlem, North Holland where he lived until his death at age twenty-eight. His earliest paintings, of which this is almost certainly one, were influenced by Rembrandt. He's better known for his later works, mostly winter landscapes and genre paintings of rural inns.

All we have from van Ostade is "early works", about four hundred in all, he having died young, yet their breadth and scope, by modern standards is little less than astounding. He was a figure painter by inclination rather than a scenic artist where figures are mere staffage, commonly for scale and indifferently done, and went on to master atmospherics and other advanced effects.

Van Ostade was not then, nor is he now, a painter of the first rank. His career suggests he was an "earnest seeker", applying the methods available and inventing those which were not. His stuff has been praised and condemned by turns in the intervening centuries, yet his paintings remain a fact while commentary became first a curiosity and finally a province of antiquarians. The worth of each having been thus revealed, we can confidently judge van Ostade on his own terms.

There's one more van Ostade in the ol' Woodpile Report hopper, from the same phase of his career. It's another beaut, I think you'll like it.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Identity politics, the nice term for tribalism, is becoming the only game played for high stakes in DC, so we're seeing Team White forced to get off the bench and onto the field.

Team White has one genuine, all but unbeatable advantage: the opposing teams vary from deluded to deranged. The greybeards, stuck in a perpetual 1968, dismiss Team White as "white supremacy" and shadow box with the long-dead Bull Conner. The middle agers, touchingly flummoxed and heartbreakingly insecure, group-chant slogans about "hate" then decamp through the gift shop. Their youth, infantilized and certain they're oppressed by sane white males, romanticize themselves as Mau Mau or La Résistance and pose for the highlight reel. Where reality is uncontested, showing up wins by default.

As Napoleon put it, never interrupt an enemy when he's making a grave error.

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From the Z Man's essay on the trial of James Fields, the person who drove his car into a crowd of left-wing rioters in Charlottesville:

There is no civil way forward and that means thinking different. The people who rule over us, whether you wish to use archaic terms like Marxist or socialist, or you like neologisms like cosmopolitan globalists, they do not see themselves as bound by the letter of the law, because they see themselves as the spirit of the law.

Whatever comes next next is not going to happen within the old system. It is too corrupt and too compromised. That’s the great lesson of the last year. In a lawless age, one has to let go of the law in order to avoid the law... If the current slide into darkness is to be arrested, it will happen because what comes out of the shadows is strong enough to stop it.

From PA World and Times:

The illegal alien who killed the beautiful White woman Kate Steinle went free. James Fields was convicted of premeditated murder over a fat SJW’s unrelated death of a heart attack.

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"Wish I'd said that" gems.

Brett Stevens at Amerika:

Winners seek to find some area where they can get ahead. For minorities, this means minority spaces.

John Q. Publius at Anatomically Correct Banana:

Modern conservatism is just a way to lose more slowly

Doug “Uncola” Lynn at Toll On Line:

Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.

Z Man:

The cemeteries are full of indispensable rich people.

Theodore Beale, "Vox Day", at Vox Popoli:

Any sufficiently advanced intelligence is indistinguishable from insanity.

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Carly Cassella at Science Alert says "We Still Have a Huge TV Scientist Stereotype Problem".

Of all the STEM professionals portrayed in film and television, male scientists once again outnumbered female scientists by nearly two-to-one.

Well that sounds bad. But wait. Down the page a bit we find this:

Women are noticeably missing in the scientific arena, holding less than a quarter of all STEM jobs in the US, according to a 2015 study.

Looks like Ms Cassella is the one with the problem. Using her own numbers, women STEM professionals are overrepresented on tevee.

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From Jim Willie at Golden Jackass, an excerpt:

There are many analysts who call the current situation the Everything Bond Bubble... The global financial crisis is upon us, having entered an intermediate level of debt saturation, of bond issuance deep abuse, of market rigging corruption, of banking system insolvency at acute levels, and of economic rot setting in. The outcome of the unfolding crisis will be three to five times more magnificent that what was witnessed in 2008 and 2009.

His site is aimed at buyers of gold, you know the kind, "say honey, as long as you're running errands, stop by and pick up a dozen one-kilo gold bars in case the economy of the entire western world collapses after the dealers close up shop for the day". But they're not alone. Here's more:

Investment Watch - Leveraged Loan Issuance Volume Collapsed, Delinquencies Are Skyrocketing, Buybacks Topped For The Cycle And The Largest Bidder Is About To Go Dark ... there is a big economic structure change coming

Zero Hedge - Wheels Come Off The Leveraged Loan Market: Banks Unable To Offload Loans Amid Record Outflows ... US Loan Funds just saw a record $2.5 billion outflow in the past week

The key word is "leveraged", on its way to being a curse.

Zero Hedge - The Bond Market Has Frozen: For The First Month Since 2008, Not A Single Junk Bond Prices

"... the junk bond freeze and loan indigestion has remained confined to lower-rated issuers. However, that may change too, and should the "Ice-9" spread to the high-grade sector, where the bulk of issuance is to fund buybacks and M&A, that's when the real pain begins"

Notice the Dow and SP500 have been posting lower highs and lower lows since the first week in October. It says to me the strong hands are cashing out.

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Taki Theodoracopulos, the "Taki" in Taki's Magazine, warns of a purposeful category error:

After brilliantly dissecting the errors of modernism for over 100 years, the Vatican lost its nerve and cravenly embraced the enemy. In practice, that is. For the Church retains a doctrinal tradition that is fundamentally anti-modern. While it does not reject technological progress, it absolutely dismisses moral progress. Mind you, there is moral teaching and immoral practice, and the vile New York Times equates the two when attacking the Church.

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For your archives.

President Obama, June 15, 2009, via NY Times:

“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

YouTube - 36 Times Obama Said You Could Keep Your Health Care Plan, video, 2m 52s

President Obama, Nov 7, 2013, via NBC News:

“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me. We’ve got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them and that we’re going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this.”

One of the implicit objectives of Obamacare was to gouge the citizenry to pay for illegal aliens' free medical care.

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Samuel Culper examines the emerging civil conflict at Forward Observer:

We’re definitely seeing the development of economic warfare, a sign of escalation in the culture war. This is economic dislocation, especially by the Left, through online publishing of personal information (“doxxing”), coordinated campaigns to have members of opposing groups fired from their jobs, and campaigns to have individuals and organizations de-platformed from social media and other online services like PayPal, Patreon, and crowdfunding websites.

These primarily non-violent tactics will continue to be the case, however, now that economists and financial analysts are starting to talk about a recession, we should seriously consider how these groups will respond to worsening economic conditions in the next few years... Any society with high numbers of unemployed youths who feel economic and financial despair, and who can rationalize an enemy responsible for their lack of success, runs the risk of internal conflict.

Germany may be leading the way according to this article

Ludinfo24 - German biker gangs are standing up for their country’s women by beating the hell out of the muslim ‘refugees’ in the midst who keep assaulting them ... photo

and finally,

Two comments at Lileks that will get you to thinking:

We are now as far away from the start of WWII as WWII was from the Civil War,

Here's the arithmetic. The Civil War ended in 1865, WWII started in 1939, which is 74 years. WWII ended in 1945, which is 73 years ago. Near enough. Using the WWII start date of 1939 it comes to 79 years ago. Using 1941, the US entry into the war, it's 77 years. Here's another one:

"Star Wars" is now an older movie than "The Wizard of Oz" was when "Star Wars" came out.

Here's the arithmetic. Wizard of Oz was released in 1939, Star Wars in 1977, a span of 38 years. 1977 was 41 years ago.

Change subject. Does anyone else find it odd that part of Virginia is west of West Virginia ? What's the area called? Westernest Virginia? Westerner Virginia?

Change subject again. Pipe smokers are endlessly experimenting, myself included. Years ago I raised and cured a small tobacco plot, successfully. And I've vacuum-packed tobacco in Mason jars, enough to see me through a couple of civilizational collapses and a war besides. Nine years later I sampled some, still moist and tasty.

Lately I've been trying my own flavoring, first with concentrated cherry juice. The aroma is called the "room note", and it gets more ludicrous from there. Wine lingo's got nothing on pipe tobacco. Anyway, the object is to bring my thirty-cents-per-silo pipe tobacco smell, um aroma ... room note, up to Captain Black standard. An hour's soaking in a pint Mason jar didn't work. At all. So I have some soaking for a few days. Then I'll dry it out on the woodstove.

Well gang, enough of this chitchat. There are serious matters to tend to. We know they're serious because there's nothing we can do about 'em except heckle from the cheap seats. It's all in Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, after this word from someone's sponsor seventy-seven years ago.

 

1941. Pan American Coffee Bureau magazine ad

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Don Surber - Weekly Standard gone, Trump still standing ... magazine served as a Judas Goat that led conservative sheep to slaughter

Wired - Confirmed! Scientists Did See Gravitational Waves (Probably) ... there are no unexplained correlations in LIGO’s noise say independent analyses

Captain's Journal - Federal Law Enforcement Purchases Of Firearms, Ammunition And Tactical Equipment ... for 20 federal law enforcement agencies

Page Six - Super Bowl struggling to find acts to join Maroon 5 at halftime ... nobody wants to be associated with it

Gateway Pundit - Empty Seats Galore: Thousands of Empty Seats Plague NFL in Week 15 of Season ... we don’t want to watch spoiled millionaire SJWs protesting the American flag and disrespecting our Veterans

Universe Today - Actual Image of a White Dwarf Feeding on Material from a Larger Red Giant, 650 Light Years from Earth ... Very Large Telescope yields better image than the Hubble Space Telescope

Reason - The EPA Wants to Get Out of Puddles and Ditches. Environmental Activists Are Outraged ... a welcome new federal approach under the Clean Water Act

San Diego Union-Tribune - Migrant groups march to U.S. consulate in Tijuana demanding reparations ... either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home

Raconteur Report - Ebola 2018 Update: Lying With Statistics ... Congolese incompetence and international apathy is spreading the current DRCongo Ebola outbreak at 2-3 times the speed it would progress if people just walked around doing nothing.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aesop adds, in a later post, Ebola is a near-perfect biological weapon:

If they simply infected people and sent them here while freshly infected and asymptomatic, with orders to burn their papers, hide their identities, and circulate until unable, a dozen such not-so-smart bombs who subsequently founded outbreak clusters solely at malls and amusement parks would completely overwhelm any ability to deal with the disease short of bringing all of American society to a grinding halt for months.

But all news is not bad news:

Medical Xpress - Faster test for Ebola shows promising results in field trials ... detects Ebola, malaria, and Lassa in 30 minutes

Federalist - Top 10 Reasons You Should Own An AR-15 ... Second to the muskets used in our revolutionary and civil wars, the AR-15 may be the most important firearm in American political history

Phys Org - New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years ... origin was about 250 million years ago, long before the origin of birds

Washington Post - After a petition called Gandhi ‘racist,’ his statue was removed from the University of Ghana ... their sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness

Wall Street Journal - Boy Scouts of America Considers Bankruptcy Filing Amid Sex-Abuse Lawsuits ... dwindling membership and escalating legal costs. Alternate link:

art-remus-ident-04.jpg First the BSA admitted self-declared gays, even as Scout Leaders, then admitted young girls. Who could be surprised at the outcome? Once again the SJWs fixed what wasn't broken.

George Neumayr at American Spectator has some good comments. Excerpts:

As president of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates had endorsed the adoption of the LGBT agenda, urging the organization to succumb to the demands of its critics. He cast adherence to Christian principles, not their betrayal, as the real threat to the organization’s future. Tillerson, who served as president of the Boy Scouts a couple of years before Gates, laid the groundwork for this capitulation. He said that embracing the new PC morality would allow the Boy Scouts to “serve more youth.” ... What did it profit the Boy Scouts to gain the PC world and lose its soul? Judges may have to put a figure on it.

Daily News - Furor over Nazi symbols in 'Sound of Music' play at NYC's elite 'Fame' performing arts high school ... props verboten in production of Third Reich-set classic

Intellectual Takeout - California’s Background Check Law Had No Impact on Gun Deaths, Johns Hopkins Study Finds ... the findings have received almost no media attention

Front Page - Populist Revolt Against Climate Change ... Yellow Jackets may take on UN Migration Pact next

Breitbart - NJ State Police Refuse to Rule Out House-to-House Enforcement of High Capacity Magazine Ban ... a felony to possess a magazine holding more than 10 rounds

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We should expect no less from any State Police, they answer to governors. For those who believe the military would decline to carry out gun confiscation nation wide, watch this video at YouTube, Hurricane Katrina Door to Door Firearms Confiscation, 2m 6s.

The National Guard troops said they "felt bad about doing it", but they did it. They knowingly became part of the danger. They betrayed the people's trust and revealed what they'll do in the future. Thank you for your service, it's a valuable "ground truth".

More: NRA: The Untold Story of Gun Confiscation After Katrina, 7m 48s

Eagle - Students of color continue to lead calls for more identity-based spaces on campus ... American University carries out its diversity and inclusion strategy by creating more spaces for students of color only

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Deeper and deeper.

Ancient Origins - Have Scientists Really Discovered A New 3.67 Million-Year-Old Species of Upright Hominid? ... an adult female that is at least 90 percent complete

Voice of Europe - Sweden: Father arrested for beating burglar, who took his 7-year-old son hostage with a gun ... locked up and detained, suspected of aggravated assault

Virginian-Pilot - Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use student's preferred pronoun ... teacher penalized for something he did not say

Fox News - Venezuelans regret gun ban, 'a declaration of war against an unarmed population' ... 28,000 people were murdered in 2015 compared to 6,500 in 2001, the year before Chavez came to power

CBS News - Half of America hasn't recovered from the recession ... between 2007 and 2016, the U.S. added 3.7 million net new jobs, but more than 90 percent of those were created in the richest 20 percent of ZIP codes

Ammo - Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement ... long read, definitive information

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Empire, American Greatness - Vladimir Putin lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical disaster of the twentieth century.” Putin was wrong. It was the collapse of the British Empire that proved disastrous for the world—and particularly for U.S. foreign policy. The United States usually could defer to British preferences on world affairs, avoiding entanglements in the various tribal and ethno-religious animosities that have come to define U.S. foreign policy. The British Empire constituted what American leaders viewed as the United States’ “outer defense” perimeter. The Americans had no experience or patience for resolving conflicts there and have become endlessly mired in increasingly bloody wars abroad.

 

Identity, Republic Standard - Whites and especially White men are expected to carry the burdens of building a new and “progressive” order, at the same time as we are derided and shamed for representing the old order. We are not your mules, beasts of burden for you to exploit even as you complain about our stubbornness. Whites are the only group whose replacement in their own lands is something to celebrate. Can you imagine any other group being described as too abundant and therefore not diverse enough, or being denied a sense of racial pride, or taking all of this denigration from anybody and not standing up for themselves? You cannot assimilate us to the standard leftist narratives on race.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pat Buchanan comments on illegal aliens' part in identity politics:

Western elites have welcomed foreign workers and left borders unsecured against mass migration... A consequence and related cause is the rise of tribalism, or ethno-nationalism, the search for identity and community with one’s own. Loyalties to family, tribe, neighborhood, culture and country appear paramount, rising above intellectual and political alignments.

Ebola, Raconteur Report - Ramping up vaccine production is mainly a question of time, resource allocation, and facilities available. It's a months-long process, and you may be too late to succeed, because you won't have enough until six months after everyone in the affected area is dead. So far, the vaccine is still experimental. Ebola, with no precautions, in the wild, doubles every 21 days, on average. Ebola in the US, with full infectious disease precautions and hazmat gear, doubled in 21 days. Then we put all infectees into Level IV hazmat isolation. That, and the fact that Duncan was the only contagious person to slip out of W. Africa and into the US, is the only reason the disease didn't go all Black Death on us. Pure, dumb luck.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Raconteur Report reader 'Goose' comments: "I read today that there are a limited number of shots available and it takes ONE YEAR to prepare a new batch." True? I don't know. Anyone know?

Meanwhile, on Friday the 14th:

Ars Technica - Ebola outbreak reaches city of 1 million residents ... risk of the outbreak spreading further geographically is “very high”

 

Supernova, University of Kansas - About 2.6 million years ago, an oddly bright light arrived in the prehistoric sky and lingered there for weeks or months. It was a supernova some 150 light years away from Earth. Recent papers revealing ancient seabed deposits of iron-60 isotopes provided the "slam-dunk" evidence of the timing and distance of supernovae. Iron-60 is radioactive, if it was formed with the Earth it would be long gone by now. A supernova 2.6 million years ago may be related to a marine megafaunal extinction at the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary where 36 percent of the genera were estimated to become extinct.

 

1941. Carroll County, Georgia

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A farm family in rural Georgia. Carroll County, named for Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is on the northwest border of the state. This farmhouse is electrified, notice the pull cord hanging at center and the radio plugged into a wall socket.

 

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Inbreeding, Intellectual Takeout - About 40 percent of the population marries a cousin in Egypt, while the percentage in Jordan is 32 percent. Rates are thought to be even higher in tribal countries such as Iraq and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait. A 2005 BBC survey found that 55 percent of Britain’s huge Pakistani population was married to a first cousin. In many parts of the Islamic world, it’s considered unusual if not offensive to marry someone outside of one’s family or tribe. The pressure to marry a family member can be intense. Western thought leaders are hesitant to broach the subject, perhaps out of fear they’ll be mocked as xenophobic or portrayed as an Islamophobe.

 

Yellow vests, Gold Goats 'n Guns - I didn’t give the Yellow Vest protests much thought at first. It’s safe to say this is real and there is real fear brewing among the political elite of Europe. This can no longer be stage-managed. It’s jumped borders. No matter how many times rags like The Guardian, Der Spiegel and Politico call these people ‘far-right’ or ‘alt-right’ and link them to Nazism it doesn’t stop them because the protestors don’t see themselves that way, because they aren’t. Brexit, Trump, Salvini, Orban and France are not flukes. We’ve become used to France being the epicenter of nearly all the bad ideas coming out of Europe for decades. But, that may be changing rapidly for the better.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Elitist "eco-fascists" are driving the people into penury. There is a detonation point, and it always comes as a surprise.

Robert Wheeler at Organic Prepper reports the spreading revolt against the globalist agenda:

Organic Prepper - French Yellow Vest Protests Spread Through Europe To Belgium And The Netherlands ... yet another eco-fascist “gas tax” seems to have been the final straw

James Pinkerton at Intellectual Takeout puts it this way:

On the one hand, in their marble palaces, the heads of state are precisely calculating their fiscal flows, while on the other hand, down in the streets, the populists, left out of the calculations, are angrily throwing rocks. It’s hard to see how this situation can remain stable.

Nomi Prins at Tom Dispatch comments on the international revolt:

People from Washington to Paris, London to Beijing, increasingly grasp that their economic circumstances are not getting better and are not likely to in any presently imaginable future, given those now in power.

 

Venezuela, Front Page - “Together, anything is possible”, looms over a frightened starving population from billboards decorated with socialist icons. It’s possible to starve to death, to sit in the dark because there’s no power, to be unable to go to work because there’s no fuel, to be killed in food riots by government thugs, to have your savings wiped out, or to die of a treatable illness because there’s no medicine. Seven years ago, Senator Bernie Sanders wrote an editorial, claiming that the, “American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who's the banana republic now?” he asked.

 

SWAT, Ammo - The 1033 Program of 1997 allowed law enforcement agencies to get military hardware. Training with military units is also increasingly common. The number of SWAT teams in cities of 50,000 or more doubled between the mid-80s and late-90s, at which point 89 percent of all cities of this size had a SWAT team. Only 7% of all raids were done for situations SWAT was invented for – namely barricades or hostage situations. As the military’s tools for surveillance become more powerful, this too will trickle down to the local police. Militarized police are the antithesis of community policing, which leverages good community relations to prevent and solve crimes.

 

1943. Hans Liska, Salvo of the Nebelwerfer rocket battery

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Hans Liska, 1907-1983, obtained worldwide recognition for his pencil sketches, published by Ullstein Verlag for many years. His sketch book on the Second World War remains to be a coveted collector’s item.

Always drawing, he experienced firsthand important historical events including World War II, the Olympic Games, the royal funeral in London and Windsor and car races in the USA. With a pen and a pencil, he was able to capture what the camera angles couldn’t contain".

More of Hans Liska's wartime sketches here .

 

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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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