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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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Albert Bierstadt, Yosemite Valley Glacier Point Trail, 1873

This is one of Bierstadt's more topographically accurate paintings. The sheer cliff at right is Half Dome. Glacier Point Trail exists in name only today, having been paved and fenced for the convenience and safety of park patrons . Sadly, the unanimous vote to lobotomize those who proposed this idea came too late to save it.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Old hunting magazines and gun ads reveal something odd to the modern eye. No cammies. Guys went hunting in their work clothes, with maybe a vest for ammo and sundries. In cold weather a Woolrich coat was standard.

In the uplands it was turkey hunters who first made cammies the norm. In flyway country it was probably duck hunters. Now we hardly dare go squirrel hunting in anything less than a head-to-toe sniper costume. Amazon offers steering wheel and seat covers in camouflage.

Common cammie patterns are Tiger Stripe, Woodland and Flecktarn. The military calls 'em "disruptive patterns" on the theory they disrupt the human form. Like all salesmanship it's a memorable and dynamic term, if something less than a one-to-one correspondence to reality. The "disruptive" idea goes back to naval Dazzle Paint of World War I. It was supposed to confuse U-boats about what kind of ship it was and how fast it was moving by "disrupting" its contours. Post-war analysis showed it did no such thing.

"Digitized" is the current term of art, often paired with "multi-terrain", perhaps on the theory that more syllables is the same as better camouflage. Next up will be "depth-simulative terrain-adaptive multi-spectral" or somesuch, promising a near approach to invisibility itself, a sort of Ghost Dance made tangible for twenty-first century palefaces.

Civilian hunting patterns have even more variations, RealTree and Mossy Oak being representative. They're very good. Eventually they'll be available for specific GPS coordinates, one set for every day of the year to match the subtle changes in foliage. Future models may also feature assisted respiration and smart scent dispensers and motion-generated climate control. Gimmicks appeal most to those who should probably stay home in the first place. They imagine cammies to be a substitute for woodscraft. I'll take the other side of the bet.

I don't care about any of this. As I've said elsewhere, my standard is "good enough". For instance, my light but tough foul weather poncho happens to be in Flecktarn, it's a good poncho, but not because it "disrupts" better. The poncho itself does all the disrupting I need. If I ever find myself in a herd of spotted frogs I'll be difficult to see. To be fair, it's good enough.

Yes, my woods cruising outfits include top shelf stuff in Mossy Oak. It's excellent for rough weather and the cammie pattern blends well. But one day with another my military surplus Woodland stuff works well enough. Some of it's in NATO equivalent, Brit and Dutch and the like. I choose for utility and durability first. When the used stuff has faded patterns, I don't feel compromised, I think of it as a hedge against government experts.

Notice I'm not addressing the battle-prepped partisans among us. Combat gear is a whole 'nuther specialty. I'm aware my woods getups are "trickle down" from the warrior class, so I thank them for making such good stuff available for cheap. No offense intended, but a true apocalypse has a low enough survival rate without adding optional shootouts. My plan is to stay away from crowds, which includes cities and suburbs. Whatever advantages they may promise, crowds are self-selected targets, and their fate becomes your fate.

An aside. It's a mistake to romanticize survivalism. No real survivor comes out whole. No real survivor wants to do it again. And by "survivor" I'm not talking about a ticket holder who missed the sailing of the Titanic or some publicity hound who got her butt patted.

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The Voice of Europe says reports exposing the Moslem Rape Gangs are still being suppressed by Political Correctness in "the place where Great Britain used to be":

Despite a few reports in Britain’s newspapers, who claim to have ‘broken the story’ on Grooming Gangs, the press is still ignoring Britain’s shameful and preventable epidemic.

Rape Gangs right now, as you read this are still blighting Britain and destroying the lives of thousands of girls across the UK. “Paedophiles don’t retire,” said Shazia Hobbs, and she says that it’s “worse now than ever before.”

UKIPs' Lord Pearson added: “If you touch this case, you immediately become an Islamophobe.”

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From Zero Hedge:

Swedish state broadcaster SVT has outraged viewers after they ran an article claiming that the gruesome ISIS-inspired murder of two Scandinavian girls in Morocco "had nothing to do with Islam," before warning Swedes that sharing a graphic beheading video of the incident could result in up to four years of imprisonment.

Both girls were stabbed multiple times, while one of them was beheaded on video. The culprits can then be seen pledging allegiance to the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Diversity itself is the Stockholm Syndrome writ large. Vlad The Impaler, one of the few true public servants in history, had the answer to Islamic aggression, although Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria is making a credible start .

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In other Diversity news, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports, "Officers investigating hate crime search for loud man who talked of 'dislike of Muslims' on train from York to Leeds". The Post, after involuntarily soiling themselves at such effrontery, treats this as a national emergency. They helpfully add, "Officers are appealing for any witnesses who were on board the train and heard what happened, to get in touch. Or, if the description matches someone you know, to get in touch". Jeez. Preen much?

If caught, the authorities should openly prosecute him for his real crime, being the last true Englishman known to exist in Yorkshire. What fun it would be to watch adults try to explain to their children what a true Englishman was.

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It's probably nothing

Thursday, 27th December:

NPR - FCC Investigates Widespread CenturyLink Outage That Disrupted 911 Service

Friday, 28th December

NBC News - Computer virus hits newspapers coast-to-coast ... part of a cyberattack with foreign origins

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From Anatomically Correct Banana:

The firearm homicide rate in the US seems very high for a developed nation, but that’s until you look under the hood. The firearm homicide rate for white Americans is 1.7 per 100,000, which is identical to the Czech Republic and lower than countries like Canada, France, and Austria.

The firearm homicide rate for Hispanics in the United States is 6.4 per 100,000, or nearly four times that of white Americans. The firearm homicide rate for blacks in the US is 19.8 per 100,000, or eleven-and-a-half times that of whites. This is very obviously not a gun problem, and a black and brown people problem at that.

 

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From Martin Sieff, The Return of Louis XVI: Emmanuel Macron, Roi de L’Ancien Regime, at Strategic Culture:

Louis, like Macron today, was convinced his advanced economic theories were more important than petty human suffering. It took the French Revolution and the loss, first of his crown and then of his own head to teach him otherwise...

The Yellow Vest protestors are not going away. The French people are heartedly sick and tired of the 50- percent real unemployment, wide open immigration borders, slashed welfare programs and breakdown of law and order that Macron and the European Union elite has foisted on them. The Latest French Revolution is not over: it is only beginning.

Macron has ignored the ominous lessons of history. Now he is doomed to repeat them.

The author correctly says President Macron of France has been propped up by the "servile and stupid mainstream media", something we saw here. Our degenerate media managed to embarrass itself and us with eight years of fawning over Obama. The media competed with itself to publicly cherish his every word as revelatory and precious. They expected us to believe his sneering, insulting and sophomoric lectures were in any way useful or relevant.

When seen next to his imbecilic and manly wife he especially looked like what he is, a prancing flower child, a fraud of ill will, a poseur without honor in word or deed, and the best argument against democracy in recent decades.

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President Trump's "Read my lips" moment, an excerpt from his speech to the NRA, April 28, 2017

The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end. You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side.

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U.S. Supreme Court, West Virginia State Bd. of Educ. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials, and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.

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From Mark Lilla's The Once And Future Liberal, quoted by Rod Dreher at the American Conservative:

Electoral politics is a little like fishing. When you fish you get up early in the morning and go to where the fish are — not to where you might wish them to be. You then drop bait into the water. Once the fish realize they are hooked they may resist. Let them; loosen your line. Eventually they will calm down and you can slowly reel them in, careful not to provoke them unnecessarily.

The identity liberals’ approach to fishing is to remain on shore, yelling at the fish about the historical wrongs visited on them by the sea, and the need for aquatic life to renounce its privilege. All in the hope that the fish will collectively confess their sins and swim to shore to be netted.

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There are times in a bugout scenario when a survivalist must travel fast and light on foot. Survivopedia offers some tips in this article, How To Survive Without Your Bugout Bag. The key is caching, different types of caches for specific purposes. Excerpts:

Travel Cache - The purpose of travel cache is to resupply the survivalist along routes home and to retreats, making it possible to survive without a pack and focus on replenishing supplies consumed in travel.

Resupply Cache – Resupply caches are cached in an Area of Operations and can contain food, medical supplies or weapons and ammunition.

Primary Supply Cache – Primary supply caches outfit the survivor with a basic loadout, giving him a fresh start should he make it out of a situation with precious little and the option to not return home should it be compromised.

Also consider adding shelter-building materials such as pole timber cut to length for framing up, perhaps old and worn bricks to quickly make a fireplace or rocket stove, a night's firewood, that sort of thing. Assuming the cache site is well off trail with nothing to make it attractive, these can be lightly scattered under natural cover so if discovered it's not obviously a cache.

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"Wish I'd said that" gems.

Brett Stevens at Amerika

We no longer own our own civilization, nor do we have a culture. Instead we are occupants who are permitted to be here on the condition of obedience.

LetThemEatRand, comment at Zero Hedge

Mueller's on it. He's working around the clock to keep America safe from its elected leadership.

Robert Weissberg at Minding The Campus:

Why shoot the messenger when he can so easily be forced to lie?

Vox Day at Vox Popoli

In academia there is no difference between academia and the real world; in the real world there is.

Fred Reed at Fred On Everything, about DC:

It talks to itself about itself and isn’t particularly aware of the rest of the world.

Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish:

History is rich and rotten with examples of radicals devouring their own clueless enablers.

Bob McManus at City Journal, about “disparate impact” :

Justice in Western culture is supposed to be determined one individual case at a time, not defined by group membership.

The Z Man:

The puzzle is how the mass media has evolved into a weird playground for the stupid children of rich people.

John Derbyshire at Counter-Currents Publishing

We’re close to the point – maybe past it already, it’s hard to keep track – where the federal government can tell you which pronoun to use.

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Eaton Rapids Joe has the best idea I've yet seen for making spears. It's one of those head-slapping "why didn't I think of that?" things. Take a look . I'll wait.

In ancient warfare the spear had one of two important terminal effects. The first and most desirable was to skewer the enemy. The second was to lodge the spear in the enemy's shield, making the shield a liability rather than an asset. Similarly, when hunting large game, if a thrown spear doesn't immediately kill, with every movement of the prey the pole's leverage causes the blade to carve up its innards in a churning action.

And for the completists, a sharpened stick is more properly called a lance. A spear is understood to have an attached blade. The lance is best known from late Medieval times as the weapon a knight tucked under his arm in a charge against infantry. The front lines, knowing they stood almost no chance, commonly broke and ran. Such a charge was made by British cavalry in 1899 during the Second Boer War. It was spectacularly successful, and probably the last of its kind.

My interest in spears, and I shall use that term, is as an improvised weapon. They require only a knife, a length of pole timber and a quarter hour or so. In an empty-hand escape and evasion situation a sharp-edge stone and more time could substitute for the knife. If confronted with, say, a rabid or aggressive animal, a spear is ridiculously inferior to a firearm, but has the distinct advantage of being better than nothing. Thrusting rather than throwing is advisable for the obvious reason.

Change subject. The House of Representatives has fallen into the hands of anti-gun fanatics. It's time to sight in, clean, and prepare a reliable firearm for long term storage and cache it, along with a supply of ammunition and accessories. Think of it as the working man's hedge fund. A top candidate would be something in a common caliber, bought with cash before gun registration was enacted in 1968 and has never changed hands through an FFL dealer.

Also look for DC to again restrict ammo supplies and sales, by subterfuge if not openly. Top off while it's widely available at a reasonable price.

Enough of this chitchat. Premium subscribers will receive their Woodpile Report in CineMax format, along with a prefab popup theatre. The rest of us will have to get along with the internet version. So, fellow travelers, on to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. Right after this old ad.

 

1940. Crisco magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Smucker's, a family-run multi-billion dollar public company founded in 1897, acquired Crisco in 2002 when they merged with Proctor & Gamble. First marketed in 1911, Crisco was a hydrogenated shortening made from cottonseed oil. It was reformulated to a blend of soybean and palm oils in 2012.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Miami Herald - Cops, schools had no duty to protect students during Parkland shooting, judge rules ... liability only works with incarcerated prisoners or others who are involuntarily committed, not schoolchildren “with the ability to take care of themselves”

Raconteur Report - Year End Ebola Update ... the outbreak has blown through every containment ring

American Thinker - Are the Investigations the Cover-Up? ... structured to protect Hillary and the deep state's crimes

Bloomberg - License-to-Kill Policing to Get a Trial Run in Rio de Janeiro ... marksmen will immediately neutralize, slaughter anyone who has a rifle

Zero Hedge - Apple Lost $11 Billion Buying Back Its Own Stock In 2018 ... Apple accounted for 24% of all buyback growth in the first half of 2018

Voice of Europe - Swedish State TV: Virgin Mary cloned herself, and Jesus was transgender ... was Jesus born as a girl? SVT asks

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The depraved never reach bottom because for them, there is no bottom

Youtube - Massive brawl breaks out in Ugandan parliament over presidential age limit, video, 1m 03s ... a classic from 2017

Cosmos - Inside every proton, 10 neutron stars ... the pressure at the centre of the proton is about 10 times the pressure at the heart of a neutron star

Fox News - Anti-Trump Oakland mayor insists she 'did the right thing' in tipping off illegal immigrants about ICE raid ... "over 800 significant public safety threat criminals that we are unable to locate because of that warning"

Kakistocracy - Sermon Saturation ... the modern church offers a message from MSNBC

Christian Mercenary - The Governments Coup Against the People of America ... if you will not fold as the Boy Scouts did, then you have to be crushed, destroyed and silenced

Don Surber - Old movies can save us ... they can instruct us on normal social interaction

College Fix - In wake of transcript fraud scandal, universities silent on admissions processes ... prep school "mined the worst stereotypes of black America to manufacture up-from-hardship tales that it sold to Ivy League schools hungry for diversity"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Diversity is our strength

American Thinker - Google approves app to report incidents of Islamic blasphemy ... blasphemy includes recognition of any other religion besides Islam

TechCrunch - Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps ... offered links to WhatsApp groups for sharing child exploitation imagery

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Zero tolerance" means something different in Silicon Valley. When they're caught in a criminal act it's not a crime, it's a regrettable mishap. Because Zero Tolerance. And they'll get right on it.

Front Page - The PC Chastity Belt, The “Baby It’s Cold Outside” cover-up ... while "other" bands are celebrating murder, rape and mutilation

Evening Standard - Sadiq Khan calls for overhaul of Scotland Yard's gang matrix as 4 in 5 names on it are shown to be black ... as they are on all honest lists

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London and a Moslem.

The article adds, "... local borough police forces have since deleted their informal gang databases". Said differently, Khan will enforce racial quotas rather than rely on facts about criminal guilt. Sounds familiar. To state the obvious, the problem is not the list.

Power Line - Academic Absurdity of the Week: Writing is Racist ... an appeal to make The Diversity exempt from academic canons of excellence and achievement

New York Post - The exodus of New York City’s endangered middle class ... city is losing 100 residents each day

Off Guardian - The Mock Democracy ... the economy and large parts of the social organization of our own life lie outside the democratic sphere

Daily Mail - Women's March leader claims she was kicked out of group for being Jewish as rift becomes so deep that TWO rival protests are to take place on the SAME day next month in New York ...

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is one of the more revealing catfights. Excerpts: "... she was told by fellow leaders Tamika Mallory, a black gun control activist, and Carmen Perez, a Latina criminal justice reform activist, that Jews needed to confront their own role in racism before they kicked her out," and, "Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy".

"White people" has a different meaning for Ms Mallory and Ms Perez than it does for Ms Wruble. They mean she is not a "women of color" and thereby not legitimate as a person. For her part, Ms Wruble prefers not to notice she's predisposed to be an enabler for bitter, grasping dimwits that despise her.

Daily Wire - Watch: Mexican Drug Cartel Ambushes Police In Brutal Gun Fight ... includes video of mountain road ambush, 2m 20s

Los Angeles Times - Another, bigger migrant caravan is set to leave from Honduras next month

Red State - New York Times Wants To Have Credit Card Companies Monitor Sales of Guns and Ammo ... the return of Operation Chokepoint

Daily Galaxy - Quantum Gravity –“Casts Doubt On Fate of Black Holes” ... overcoming its key limitation–the central singularity of black holes

Excerpt: "In Einstein’s theory, space-time is a fabric that can be divided as small as we want. This is essentially the cause of the singularity where the gravitational field becomes infinite. In loop quantum gravity, the fabric of space-time has a tile-like structure, which cannot be divided beyond the smallest tile. My colleagues and I have shown that this is the case inside black holes and therefore there is no singularity”

Organic Prepper - Electronics for Preppers: Simplicity Is Reliability ... simple, not cheap

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An overview written by a guy who escaped Venezuela

Mises - Bipartisan Support is Growing for Gun Confiscation in 2019 ... red flag laws might just be the “come together” moment establishment politicians have been looking for.

Siberian Times - A large hill crashes into the Bureya River caused by 'a meteorite' ... there is no radiation, mountain was a kilometre in size and it just vanished

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

DC, Fred On Everything - Having just returned from two weeks in the curious environs of Washington, DC, I offer a few observations on the national lunacy deposit. Gangrene of what was once an occasionally honest journalism has certainly occurred. The hostility of the media to Trump was absolute. The customary arrogance of the Beltway Bubble runs strong. The city seems isolated from the rest of existence. It talks to itself about itself and isn’t particularly aware of the rest of the world. A disdain for the rest of the country, nonexistent twenty years ago, now flourishes.“Flyover land” is the most common name for the rest of America. Their thinking comes down to, “They’re stupid. They’re ignorant. They’re racist. They’re sexist. They’re fascist.They’re ... evil.”

 

Russia, Unz Review - There is a consensus in Russia among both the political elites and the people that Russia cannot retreat any further. The perception of the western elites is usually a strange mix of dismissing Russia while, at the same time, presenting Russia as the number one enemy on the planet. The resulting policy is one of never-ending hostility mixed with a belief in the invulnerability of the “collective West.” This is precisely the kind of mindset which results in stupid and bloody wars! Russia has already done all she can to avoid a war with the US. The two Tu-160′s in Venezuela were trying to gently wake up the media-zombified US population by showing “evil Putin” has the means to “reach” as far as the US if needed.

Paul Craig Roberts - The Self-Genocide of the West ... Trump’s efforts to get off the war track and onto a peace track are characterized as treason

 

Caravan, American Thinker - The Pueblo Sin Fronteras were offering up the big goody-style free-stuff packages, except that they wanted Uncle Sam, not Hugo's oil money, to pay for them. When that fell through the migrants are not only angry at the Pueblo Sin Fronteras for its false promises of easy entry at the U.S. border, but also angry that the mysteriously funded NGO apparently discouraged them from taking Mexico up on its generous offer of school, jobs, and legal status in Mexico's near-to-home southern states. The Tijuana mayor says he wants them behind bars for their crummy little stunt, which has cost Tijuana a lot of money, and Pueblo Sin Fronteras itself says it no longer wants to sponsor any more caravans.

 

Homeless, City Journal - The evidence suggests that higher rents alone don’t push people onto the streets. 80 percent suffer from drug and alcohol addiction and 30 percent suffer from serious mental illness. Studies suggest that 40 percent to 50 percent of the homeless moved to those cities for their permissive culture and generous services. 63 percent of the street homeless refuse shelter when offered. Nothing is apparently more important to the activists than their public display of compassion—certainly not the growing number of depraved incidents at homeless encampments or involving homeless people. Homelessness might rise or fall, but the leaders of the homeless-industrial complex always get paid.

 

1940. Montrose Colorado

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Handling the mail on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad at Montrose Colorado. This is a companion to the photo below, first posted at Woodpile Report in April, 2016.

 

Passengers alight from the train at Montrose, Colorado in 1940, an agricultural and tourist city at 5,600 ft elevation in the western part of the state. In 1940 the population was 4,764, now about 19,000. The station is the county museum today.

In this photo we see Pullman accommodations on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad's "Mountaineer" serving the Denver-Grand Junction-Montrose route. Montrose was farthest extent of standard gauge tracks on this section. The Rio Grande has been part of the Union Pacific since 1996.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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Dossier, Sultan Knish - The Steele dossier would have been mostly worthless in a conventional legal challenge of the election outcome, but it was used to launch a very different brand of “legal challenge” in which police powers are abused to target the political opposition. Clintonworld, a political network going back decades, had been badly burned by Hillary’s loss to Obama. A second defeat would be catastrophic. The Steele dossier became Plan B. The Steele dossier was a clumsy instrument because no one ever thought that it would be needed and it wasn’t a priority. But then it was needed, and it was too late to fix it, so it had to be put into action as it was, with all its errors and absurd nonsense.

 

Empire, Z Man - In America, only a fool believes the ruling class. This loss in trust will inevitably lead people to look for alternative sources of legitimacy, authority and collective security. Identity politics is just a preview of politics as a winner take all proposition, which will foster a rise of tribal politics. The global rulers of today see themselves as detached from those over whom they rule, they're just resources to be utilized and discarded. Is it possible for a tiny alien elite to maintain control of a continent-wide population entirely dependent on the system for order and stability? Can the culture of the penitentiary scale up in such a way that the inmates still believe they are in charge of the institution?

 

Manners, Taki's Magazine - The so-called elite in the media believe that bad language and adult material once viewed in Times Square by raincoat-wearing weirdos are a valid part of life, that only puritans are bothered about it. The fact that large majorities everywhere are appalled by the filth that appears on our screens is given little weight. When it comes to LGBT, there is more coverage of that group than there is of the majority-straight population. We put up with the horrors of modern life, the brutishness, the hideous buildings, the deleterious effect on civilized life of egalitarianism, and the misuse of language. The best way to resist the brutality of modern life is to remonstrate with those friends who use foul language and to refuse as much as possible to rub elbows with slobs.

 

Venona, Warfare History Network - During 1943, Colonel Clarke picked up signals that a possible Soviet-German peace deal was in the works, and he wanted to find out if the rumor was true. What they discovered was a massive Soviet espionage penetration operation of the highest levels of the American government. Among the names of alleged spies were such notable Roosevelt administration officials as Alger Hiss; Harry Dexter White, the second-highest-level person in the Treasury Department; Lauchlin Currie, one of FDR’s confidants; the atomic espionage ring led by Julius Rosenberg, and at least a dozen people employed at the OSS.

 

1942. England

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "Covenanter" Mk V Cruiser seen here was a fast, light tank weighing 18 tons, mounting a 40mm main gun—the "2 pounder" in British parlance—manufactured by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Company, English Electric and Leyland Motors. It was withdrawn in 1943 when it ceased to be effective against the upgraded Panzer III and Panzer IV.

 

 

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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.
Traditional

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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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