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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, Giant Redwood Trees of California, 1874

Albert Bierstadt, 1830 - 1902

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In a general catastrophe there may come a time when the only option is to run for the hills. Unless you're a high value fugitive no professional trackers will be on your trail, no drones or search teams with high tech gear will be looking for you. This is where "self reliance" takes on its real meaning, no one is going to rescue you either. Distance and time are your only friends.

For the unprepared and inexperienced, being isolated and on the run brings on despair and dread. Added to the practical difficulties, this may be the fatal component. Even for the well equipped and provisioned, even if exceptional at woodscraft and survival skills, forced solitude for weeks or months can lead to carelessness and disaster.

Seemingly endless seclusion requires a different kind of preparation. Given the high stakes of escape and evasion, there has to be a destination worthy of the daily risk. Perhaps it's a safe community where you're known and will be a welcome addition. Perhaps it's a region with better climate and survival opportunities, where acceptance by the locals can be earned. There are those who value solitude, who seek it out. Still others may come to prefer it. For them, continuous improvement of a four-season shelter in an agreeable setting may be the goal.

Whatever your inclination, escape is a matter of "to" as much as "from". A destination gives purpose and direction.

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The discussion by email of my three-day-two-night woods cruising pack has continued with some readers. Details I've mentioned may be of interest to others. I replaced my homemade instant coffee "one cup" packages with instant cocoa. The better brands come in nearly indestructible flat packets and offer eighty to ninety calories each when prepared with only water. Not to be overlooked is a set of skivvies and socks to change into while washing the others. Rolled tight they fit in a small Ziploc bag. I press down on 'em to squeeze out most of the air before sealing the bag.

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Here's a nice fixed blade, drop point knife , stainless, four-inch blade by Gerber. It weighs in at six and a half ounces and provides for a lanyard. I wasn't expecting as much as I got for $22.75. The blade thickness measured 0.129 inches. The back of the blade looks square enough to use with a ferro rod but I haven't tried it yet. It was intended for a utility box but I dunno, seems too nice for that.

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From William Lind at Traditional Right:

The civil rights movement has proven to be a false road for America’s blacks. While it has allowed some blacks to integrate into the middle class, it has left a large residue in urban ghettos where they have essentially been written off. Overrun by crime, drugs, illegitimacy, and welfare dependence, America’s urban black neighborhoods, too many of them, are factories of disorder, something no state can tolerate indefinitely without risking its own legitimacy. In the hands of America’s current black “leaders”, civil rights has come to mean little more than endless demands for more handouts.

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Deagan dinner chimes were used for NBC's G-E-C tones until 1939 when they were replaced with an electronic device. When a major event occurred, a "secret" chime, B-D-G-G, was broadcast to summon key personnel. It was first used for the Hindenberg crash in 1937, then such events as the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the D-Day invasion of 1944.

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Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan , the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America said, “we’re gonna go in there, we’re gonna impeach the motherf-r”. It was said to a reception held by the progressive group MoveOn which, if you'll recall, was organized to stop the impeachment of President Clinton. Rep Tlaib is from an immigrant third world family who grew up in Detroit, largely on welfare. She's the product of public education and outfits with the same names as former universities.

No one should expect statesmanship or acceptable personal standards from such a person as described above, but even for DC this is stunningly low class. I cite this as a stake in the ground. It's the first significant quote from the House's "freshman class", now only days in office. Will this be the new normal or a regrettable low point? Or the peak from which they plumb ever deeper strata of ghetto-speak?

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The Z Man explains why the governing class considers itself "the democracy", charged with helping everyone reach their full potential. But there are obstacles. He concludes with this:

The new class, at least in America, is slowly coming to the conclusion that the reason the new citizens are not reaching their potential is that the old citizens have a mystical power source. The mere presence of legacy Americans, minding their own business, living their lives, is bad for the new citizens. After all, that is the definition of white privilege. There can be only one solution to that problem.

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"Wish I'd said that" gems.

Aidanmaclear at Setting The Record Straight:

Sending every promising son of the West to college, which is really priesthood training in disguise, is one thing. Sending every elite daughter to college is temple prostitution by any other name.

Spiked, headline, article about Big Tech

Anything you’ve ever said will be used against you

Fred Reed at Fred On Everything

Some indications suggest that Chinese universities do not even have safe spaces, so you can imagine how dangerous they are.

Theodore Beale at Vox Day

It won't be long before those who believed they were morally superior for denouncing nationalists as fascists and nazis will be crying for those nationalists to save them, if they are not proclaiming themselves to have been nationalists all along.

Finland President Niinistö via Voice of Europe, on immigration

Instead of exporting our European values, we now have to defend them at home.

Justin Smith at The Point:

Someone who thinks about their place in the world in terms of the structural violence inflicted on them as they move through it is thinking of themselves, among other things, in structural terms.

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From David Kopel at Reason

According to gun ban advocates, "assault weapons" have been claimed to include: air guns and paintball guns; most handguns; all semiautomatic rifles; most shotguns; all slide action shotguns; any semiautomatic the Secretary of Treasury wants to ban; guns listed by name; and guns with certain features, such as adjustable stocks.

and finally,

I've been rereading some of Tainter's stuff. While engrossing, his approach is largely schematic, we'd call it "modeling" today, a back-tested functioning abstraction run forward to reveal future events. Rome and all that. But analogs and algorithms are the poor relative of reality, a poverty of description which generates as many procedural artifacts as it does predictions. And there's no mechanism to differentiate between the two. This self-induced erosion quickly overtakes its initial integrity.

Almost none of the "hinges of history" were foreseen, except retroactively, which implies reliable modeling has to be imported from the future and "front tested" on the present. Which is ridiculous. Until then we have scienced-up conspiracy theories and the certainty that comes with delusion. We've become victims not of conspiracy but of conspiracy theories, or more exactly, their consequences. In colonial times American Indians commented on just this, a cigar was never just a cigar with palefaces.

The philosophical problem is a bit different. Of "who, what, when, where and why", only "why" is unquantifiable. Discover the "why" and a reliable method to predict the future tumbles out. So goes the theory. Alas, there's no reason to believe quantifiable means can transform the unquantifiable into something more useful than low rez attributes. And blah blah.

Change subject. So I'm flipping through YouTube and found videos of the Grumman C-2 Greyhound, a kewl twin engine turbo used for resupplying carriers. An alternate title for these videos came to mind: Navy Experiment! Teenagers Allowed to Run Aircraft Carrier.

Change subject again. I find it interesting, maybe even curious, that a fast growing part of shooting sports is putting a bullet into less than, say, a five-inch circle at six hundred yards. Which is what, six or seven city blocks? And this is entry level stuff. If you asked a true sharpshooter to hit a bad guy at six hundred yards, he'd ask where to hit him. Behind every blade of grass and all that.

Okay fellow Deplorables, it's time to put away the diversions and face the ugly truths, as chronicled in Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first an old ad about the Wonders Of Modern Life.

1939. Air Transport Association magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "great serenity of flight", says the ad copy. If you've flown in a DC3 or near equivalent you'd beg to differ. Knitting needles aren't something you'd want to have in your hands in even mildly iffy weather.

The woman is Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the Franklin Roosevelt era, 1933-1945. Maiden name: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. Yep, cousins. "It is a good thing to keep the name in the family," said Theodore Roosevelt at the wedding. Eleanor was a rather dull person, and by her own admission a reluctant lover. So Franklin had a girlfriend. So did Eleanor.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Fred On Everything - China Overrated by Right-Wing Kooks: These Crazies Are Just Like Hitler ... nothing suggests that China is gaining on the US in science and technology, except the evidence

Ann Coulter - Please, No More 'Border Security' ... instead of a wall the media are demanding that Trump agree to nonspecific "border security"

Vintage News - ‘Scotty’ from Star Trek Took Part in D-Day and was Shot 6 Times ... was a lieutenant with the 14th Field Artillery of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division

Phys Org - Catastrophic galactic collision could send Solar System flying into space ... in eight billion years

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mark your calendar

BuzzFeed News - Nazis Killed 25% Of The Holocaust's Victims In Just Three Months, Study Finds ... roughly equal to the death rate of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed 800,000 Tutsis in two months [Source study ]

Sultan Knish - Government Shuts Down, Nation Descends into Riots, Looting and Cannibalism ... attempts to resettle Syrian ISIS members in a town gymnasium led to the refugees instead being eaten by formerly protected wolves

Tuesday, January 1

The murder

New York Times - Police Searching for Gunman Who Fired Into Car and Killed a 7-Year-Old ... authorities described the gunman as a white man in his 40s. Police sketch here,

Saturday, January 5

The outrage

New York Times - At Rally for Jazmine Barnes, an Outpouring of Grief and a Plea for Answers ... “Do not be afraid to call this what it seems to be: a hate crime,” she told the crowd, “No peace, no justice,” the crowd chanted.

From #JusticeForJazmine, here

"Come on fellow # Resisters, we gotta give a voice to all kids being murdered by white suprematists. The @ realDonaldTrump admin has given those douchbags a green light, and it's not ok. This girl, and many more like her, deserve justice!"

Sunday, January 6

The disappointment

Washington Post - A family felt a black child’s killing was a hate crime. An arrest gave police a ‘new direction.’ ... "We had at least four independent witnesses who believed the shooter in this situation was a white male"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg No. You had four witnesses who wanted to believe the shooter was a white male. So did the news media. Had he been correctly identified as a black male the story would never made it into the Big Time. But cheer up, they may burn Houston down anyway.

Daily Mail has extensive coverage of the perps, with photos and video, here .

NC Renegade - Black Lives Matter Organizer Demands Reparations: “Nothing you have is yours” ... their rhetoric always comes down to 'gibs me dat'

College Fix - Historian: Museums need to ‘reconsider’ European art exhibits because white supremacy

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Notice they don't want to build their own museums

Daily Caller - Black Lawmakers’ Charity Didn’t Give Out A Single Scholarship, Top Pols Hide Financials ... all the money went for parties, limousines and rappers

Wired - Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach ... exhaustive map of the Kingdom of Amazon

Daily Mail - How silver was more precious than gold in 660AD: Lead found in ice from the Alps reveals Europeans ditched gold coins for the metal because it made small transactions easier ... Europe largely abandoned gold coins for silver ones during the 7th Century

Ars Technica - Famed Domesday Book was completed later than historians thought ... between 1098 and 1114

Breitbart - DHS Releases Over 2K Border-Crossing Adults, Children into U.S. ... less than two percent of border-crossing family units are deported

art-remus-ident-04.jpg DHS is using ICE as a conveyor belt for dumping illegal aliens into the homeland.

Neon Nettle - Under Obama, US Became World's Number 1 for Sex Trafficking and Pedophilia ... huge market using unaccompanied alien children from Central America exists mainly because it is funded by the U.S. government Child Protection Services and Foster care system

Off Grid Survival - Roaming mob of ‘urban youth’ terrorize Chicago Attacking Innocent Citizens ... "every year around Christmas we cover these planned attacks". Includes video

Chicago Sun-Times - State law to mandate black history courses at public colleges in Illinois ... we’re going to have an audit on every school district in the state

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If it were real black history they're teaching, they'd burn the schools down

Popular Mechanics - The Biggest Jet Engines in History Are Finally Ready to Power Boeing's Biggest Plane ... engines roughly the size of an entire Boeing 737's fuselage

American Partisan - Practical Carbine Accuracy: Off the Bench and In the Field ... what is the median distance you plan to engage?

Kakistocracy - The Education Before Matriculation ... anti-white preening always has an invoice, and white liberals aren’t excused from payment

An excerpt: "Haitians didn’t massacre right-wing whites in 1804; they massacred all of them. Mugabe didn’t kill or confiscate from right-wing whites; he killed and confiscated all of them. Affirmative action and diversity aren’t programs against Bad Whites, they’re programs against all of them".

War History Online - The Monstrous 18 litre V8 Ford GAA: The Biggest Petrol V8 Ever Built That Powered The Sherman Tank ... designed to live at low rpms to keep sustained powerful output

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Tucker, Gold Goats 'n Guns - This is the next stage of the attack on rural America. First it was destroy their ability to live a stable life, raise children and pass wealth down through the generations. Then it was import the worst people from the rest of the world, zip code targeting immigrants to flip certain states to destroy potential revolt through the ballot box. And now we’re into the vilification stage, the dehumanization stage. This is the foundation our leaders always lay before going to war with someone. Make no mistake, this was policy. This was the point of the long march through the institutions. If we want to avoid this outcome, we need to stop reacting to the words people say and look for the reasons why they are saying them.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The opening monologue of this Tucker Carlson Tonight program is the prompting for this and other online commentary.

YouTube - Tucker Carlson Tonight 1/4/19 - Breaking Fox News Today January 4, 2019 ... video, 42m 06s

 

Wandering elite, Republic Standard - A new aristocracy has emerged, displaying as much arrogance and apathy to the suffering of their fellow countrymen as the nobility of the ancien regime. At least that nobility could be occasionally reined in. The new elite forges forth, social justice overrides any more ancient matters of governance: borders, cohesion, security. The new nobility sniffs at us and suggests we "eat kebab", for our petty concerns do not touch them, their jobs, their colleagues or their children. The sacraments of the religion of modern liberalism are above mere human concerns - especially when such matters come from grubby white people who can't speak properly.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ruling class all but brags of its illegitimacy every day

 

Gun confiscation, Complete Colorado - Progressives believe the end justifies all: Coercing speech with speech codes and forcing cake bakers to create statements against their core religious beliefs; social justice warfare and identity politics; the nanny state banning everything from plastic straws to tobacco products; and forcing private health insurance products at gun-point. Progressives wield intolerance like the weapon it is. But are they kidding us or themselves when they smugly assert their tolerance? Do they believe their “Celebrate Diversity” bumper stickers, blind to the hypocrisy? I find myself thinking about this since at the beginning of January I, my home town of Boulder defined me as a criminal if I do not disarm or move.

 

Magnetic field, Science Alert - An anomaly under Africa is weakening Earth's magnetic field. The South Atlantic Anomaly, stretching from Chile to Zimbabwe, is so weak it's hazardous for Earth's satellites to enter it. The radiation it's letting through could disrupt their electronics. These anomalies have happened in the past. The current weakening in Earth's magnetic field, taking place for the last 160 years or so, is thought to be caused by a vast reservoir of dense rock called the African Large Low Shear Velocity Province, about 1,800 miles below the African continent. It's too early to say whether this behaviour will lead to a full pole reversal.

 

Quantum arms race, MIT Technology Review - China and Russia have stealth aircraft of their own, but America’s are still better. This advantage is now under threat. In November, China unveiled a prototype radar that it claims can detect stealth aircraft in flight. The radar uses quantum physics to help reveal planes’ locations. As well as unstealthing aircraft, they could bolster the security of battlefield communications and affect the ability of submarines to navigate the oceans undetected. The pursuit of these technologies is triggering a new arms race between the US and China, which sees the emerging quantum era as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to gain the edge over its rival in military tech.

 

1939. Coffee County, Alabama

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A first grade classroom. Coffee County, population 51,900, is in southern Alabama.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Analog, Edge - The digital revolution progressed through five stages: the repurposing of war-surplus analog vacuum tube components into the first generation of fully-electronic stored-program computers; the era of large central mainframes; the era of the microprocessor and personal computer; the advent of the Internet; and finally the era of fully-metazoan codes that populate the mobile landscape of today. The next revolution is the assembly of digital components into analog computers, similar to the way analog components were assembled into digital computers in the aftermath of World War II. Nature uses digital coding for the storage, replication, recombination, and error correction of sequences of nucleotides, but relies on analog coding and analog computing for intelligence and control. No programming, no code. To those seeking true intelligence, autonomy, and control among machines, the domain of analog computing, not digital computing, is the place to look.

 

Anti-male schools, Minding The Campus, North American universities have been taken over by women. Men are decreasingly university students, professors, and administrators. The shift from male to female dominance in education, which correlates with the modern feminist movement, is not only demographic but also ideological. Feminists have not only advocated benefitting females but have also actively worked to disadvantage males. Men are deemed unruly, dangerous, and “toxic” by feminists, who feel “unsafe” around males. The loss of interest in education by males in the West is at least in part due to being discouraged and demeaned by feminist teachers and administrators. Designing education to engage both boys and girls is not seen by feminists as desirable.

 

Derbyshire, Unz Review - I pointed out how desperate the wretched of the Earth are to get into white-run countries any way they can. Taking “white-run” to be a “synonym for “white supremacist,” that means that White Supremacy is terrifically popular with nonwhites. We should not let our enemies dictate vocabulary to us. The Whatever Right contains many separatists—who, far from wanting to lord it over nonwhites, just want to get away from them. No, “White Supremacist” really won’t do. I’m not a supremacist of any kind. I don’t want to lord it over any other race or ethny; I just want to be left alone, and not see the country I live in swamped by millions of hard-to-assimilate foreigners. I can’t see what’s wrong with any of that.

 

Semiautos, Reason - A ballot initiative approved by 59 percent of Washington state's voters last November officially targets "semiautomatic assault rifles," but its definition includes not just scary-looking, military-style rifles like the AR-15 but a wide range of firearms commonly used for hunting, target shooting, and competitions. The response from the initiative's supporters is telling. "The gun lobby is trying to thwart the will of nearly 60 percent of Washingtonian voters who supported common-sense gun reform in our state," Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told the Times. But the Second Amendment is supposed to thwart the will of the majority; that is the whole point of constitutional guarantees.

 

1942. Roanoke Virginia

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is from a series of photos by the Office of War Information to promote the scrap drive during World War II. Companion photos appeared in Woodpile Report in March and April of 2016.

The series depicts an "average family" raiding their attic and cellar and taking castoffs to a collection point for processing. The drive was as successful as Victory Gardens and the sale of war bonds, all greatly exceeding expectations.

 

 

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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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