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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
disparate impact
diverse backgrounds
economically disadvantaged
emerging consensus
evidence shows
experts agree
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
in denial
inclusive environment
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
troubled youths
unarmed teen
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you




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Notice. I'm taking a week off. Because I can. That's right, no Woodpile Report for you next week. Next posting will be the 12th of March.

John Singer Sargent, Gassed, 1919

John Sargent was an American "society portrait artist" who was born, lived and worked in Europe. Unlike most successful artists, Sargent did all the grunt work himself, from priming his own canvasses to the final varnishing. In the latter years of his career he tired of portraiture and turned to landscapes and other subjects, of which Gassed is one. Sargent died in 1925 at the age of 69.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There has been a noticeable lull in theoretical physics for a long while now. Quantum physics today, for example, amounts to experiments and commentary on a theory formulated in the 1920s, a resounding theoretical and technological success but getting long in the tooth. Physicists have been mining it like the Comstock Lode for almost a century, with diminishing returns.

Consider how little is really new. Television, the "modern marvel" that came of age in mid-twentieth century, depended crucially on the cathode ray tube, a device from the closing years of the eighteen hundreds, just another piece of lab equipment used by Victorian era nuclear researchers. Television was a parallel development of the electronic oscilloscope, first examples of which date to 1897.

A NASA engineer estimated that all the technology needed to launch a satellite was in place by the 1920s. The Hubble telescope's central feature is a reflecting telescope invented in the mid-1600s. Einstein's theory of special relativity was published in 1905, general relativity came ten years later. The LIGO gravity wave detector is built around a Michelson interferometer, invented in 1887. Electromagnetic particle accelerators were well developed in the 1920s, a concept still in use. The circular cyclotron was invented in 1930 , it's the basis of the CERN Large Hadron Collider. And on and on.

Science has gone quiescent, and technology is getting drowsy. Consider. The first jet aircraft flew in 1939. Both the F-86 and MiG-15 of Korean War fame first flew in 1947. The Boeing 707 entered service in 1958, sixty one years ago, and it's the dominant pattern for jet airliners to this day.

Semiautomatic rifles were marketed to civilians in 1903. Mexico issued standard 7x57 semi auto rifles to the infantry in 1910. France issued the 8x50 RSC , another successful semi auto, in 1917. The AR-15 goes back to 1956. The .45 ACP round goes back to 1910, the 9x19 mm to 1902. The first electronic infrared detector-display was invented in 1929 for the British air defense system.

Electronic analog computers were in use in 1939, some aboard US submarines. By 1941 they were programmable. The first digital electronic programmable computer was delivered to Bletchley Park in early 1944. The first transistor appeared in 1947. The marriage was as inevitable as in a 1940s two-hanky movie.

Oldsmobile began selling automobiles in 1897. Electric cars, also first mass marketed in the US in 1897 , were common until the electric starter replaced hand cranking for gasoline powered cars in 1912 and decisively captured the women's market. GE built its first diesel-electric locomotives in 1918. By the 1930s "diesels" were in general use as yard switchers, were replacing steam in passenger service and in main line heavy freight service beginning in 1939 .

Telephones were in common use by the 1890s . Radio, in its "wireless telegraphy" form, was patented in 1896. AM radio was first demonstrated in 1906, by the 1920s it was a commercial success. Hollywood first screened color and sound-on-film movies commercially in the early 1920s. The first color television was demonstrated in 1928, the first all electronic color television in 1940. Even the current gee-whiz technological darling, the laser, was first demonstrated in 1960.

We've been cannibalizing the past for six or seven decades, combining this 'n that, or developing existing stuff to the nth degree and calling it good. Where are the real breakthroughs today? In physics we're reduced to reading of parallel universes and wormholes and hidden dimensions and "the universe as hologram" on the basis of little more evidence than a competent science fiction writer could conjure from public sources. String theory, the serial Lazarus of theoretical physics, has produced little more than string theorists.

You'll notice physics began atrophying right about the time it became Big Science with grants and other government support. But, whole 'nuther rant. You'll have to excuse me. All this is my way of complaining about how difficult it is to find science articles worthy of posting for my treasured and beloved Woodpile Report readers.


"Economy of words" gems

From Rep. Eric Swalwell D-CA, about Jussie Smollett, when he was still hoping the story was true

I hope that this was not something that was Mr. Smollett did to himself, or created.

From the Z Man, about the media before Jussie Smollett's arrest

This Smollett thing was like a stage that suddenly popped up in the public square, allowing them to climb aboard and perform.

From J. Sefton at Ace of Spades, about the media after Jussie Smollett's arrest

It's so silent, the friggin' crickets are starting to stare at each other.

From Elise Ehrhard at American Thinker

Every religion has its food rituals. The left is no exception.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

There are reasons for environmental policies, and almost every one involves somebody making money off of it.

From Jeff Snyder at the Washington Times, 1994

But to ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless.

From Ann Coulter about the funding bill Trump signed

Gen. Custer struck a similar "deal" at Little Bighorn.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report, about Ann Coulter

It isn't like anybody knew that the president signs spending bills, he doesn't pass them.

From Malcom Pollack at Motus Mentis

The holy war is on, and it’s here. It’s within our own borders. And we, friends, are the Other.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine

Positions of authority should not be allotted to incompetent boobs merely because you pity their ancestors.

From Paul Craig Roberts

There has clearly been a revolution in America. An aristocracy has overthrown the people.

From Chris Martenson at PeakProsperity

Individuals are brilliant and inspiring, but groups are stubborn and slow.


Jim Treacher roasts the fake news media at PJ Media

It's the same thing that happened with Nathan Phillips vs. MAGA Hat Kid, which was one month ago today. In the space of four short weeks, most of the current Dem contenders have loudly and proudly fallen for two huge hoaxes intended to demonize Trump supporters. They assumed the worst about their opponents, they were wrong, and they have not apologized. Somebody might ask them why they keep doing that, if we had a press that was interested in the truth. We don't.


James Kunstler opines on the Mueller report

... prepare to be disappointed by Mr. Mueller’s report and microwave a giant tub of popcorn for an extravaganza of sequels and re-boots. Beware of what you wish for. If the baton is passed to House committee chairs Jerrold Nadler, Maxine Waters, and Elijah Cummings, then in Act Two of the show, the country will be treated to something like the Spanish Inquisition as performed by Moe, Larry, and Curly.


Josh Wayner has posted an unsettling report at The Truth About Guns.

I was tipped off yesterday morning about something of note to gun owners. I was told that Oregon-based Benchmade Knives was destroying firearms for the Oregon City, Oregon Police Department.

Benchmark responded to his request for clarification with an admission they were destroying guns at the request of the police but insisted they supported the Second Amendment, as if they could do both. Mr. Wayner investigated further and re-posted an Open Secrets report revealing Benchmade contributed to Democrat candidates exclusively in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Kurt Schrader has a decent record on guns. He voted yes on national reciprocity in 2017. The other major recipients of Benchmade's contributions, however, are more troubling. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), is unquestionably anti-gun. He, along with Mark Udall, sponsored the federal universal background check bill  in the Senate . Ron Wyden (D-OR) isn't any better on the Second Amendment. He's supported UBCs and magazine capacity limits , as well as allowing lawsuits against firearm makers when guns that had been sold legally are later used in crimes.

In update on the 22nd of February, Mr. Wayner adds,

I requested an explanation of the political donations from the PR team at Benchmade. I was sent an audio clip from the Lars Larson Show where a spokesman from Benchmade talked with the host about the incident and the donations were brought up. The spokesman expressed his support for 2A rights, but did not offer a clear explanation of why the donations were made to the opposition. He stated that Oregon politicians that support manufacturing were and are Democrats, but this does not explain the out of state donations to radical left wing politicians.

Worth watching—and I don't like videos or podcasts, they come across as a slow walked Story Hour for the benighted—is this summary and comments by John Patton at The Fight For Gun Rights:

YouTube - Is Benchmade Anti-Gun? The Fight ... people feel betrayed by a brand they trusted. Video 8m 06s

Update. Bill Buppert at ZeroGov posted his comments on the revelations by Truth About Guns. Some excerpts:

Benchmade out of Oregon yelled “hold my beer” and tried to practice some extreme of backwards customer service...

We know that the geniuses at ... Leatherman have been worshiping at the disarmament altar for awhile. Leatherman, Gerber, CRKT, Kershaw/ZT, and Benchmade are all produced near the Portland area ... Sort of like the other C-Suite vermin at the aforementioned companies spitting in the faces of their own clientele like Dick’s and Field and Stream.

Benchmade may consider hiring whatever damage control outfit Gillette is using.


One of my notions says the ancients knew as much as we do, but about different things. There is overlap however. This is from Ancient Origins:

Archaeologists studying a group of five unique stone tablets dating to the first millennium in Babylonia and Assyria have announced that they reveal a hitherto unknown level of astronomical understanding...

The ancient stargazers were so intrigued by the mechanics of the heavens—and the possibility of being able to make predictions from what they saw in the night sky—that, from the 8th century to the 1st century BC, they observed very closely on a daily basis the movements of the stars to determine what exactly was happening in the sky, and documented these observations on clay tablets.

and finally,

If I were attacked by a bear, I'd want one of those four-barrel antiaircraft guns on Jap warships in WWII, the ones with a guy standing off to the side pointing his sword at the incoming planes. I've often wondered, what could he possibly be yelling? Same kind of footage on our side shows Navy gunners blasting away with the facial expression you'd see on a construction worker breaking up concrete with an air hammer. We didn't have a billet for "guy with a sword".

One German ground pounder said, after the war, American GIs didn't fight happy, didn't fight mad, they just fought. Maybe tending to business without all the personal drama is the winning formula in war.

Okay guys 'n gals, 'nuff chitchat, the dismal, misty, vermin infested swamp of pseudo-reality lies just ahead, as itemized in Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, right after this old ad.


1940. La Salle magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1940 La Salle was the end for Cadillac's little brother. The problem was, La Salle outsold Cadillac two-to-one, so for 1941 GM introduced an entry level Caddy named the Series 61. It boosted the Cadillac division's sales enormously. La Salle was where Cadillac customer-tested new ideas, the most accepted found their way into the next model Caddy.

The Series 61 was, of course, the '41 La Salle with a Cadillac nameplate. Why not, it was on the shelf, ready to roll.


Remus's notebook


News Punch - Kamala Harris’ Grandmother Exposed as Plantation Slave Owner ... that makes her a true Democrat

Voice of Europe - Swedish pensioner fined for stating that Somalis are lazy ... he quoted statistics, got fined 700 Euros

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hate crimes are a public declaration of who's more equal than who

Washington Examiner - Gallup: Liberals outnumber conservatives in only 6 states, down from 9 ... includes map

Sun - War For Hire ... wars fought by private armies battling on behalf of the super-rich

Phys Org - Physicists calculate proton's pressure distribution for first time ... high-pressure core pushes out, while the surrounding region pushes inward, highest pressure is 10 times the pressure inside a neutron star

Miami Herald - Federal prosecutors broke law in Jeffrey Epstein case, judge rules ... when they concealed a plea agreement from more than 30 underage victims

Don Surber - FBI let billionaire rape girls ... Jeff Epstein walked despite his raping 30 young girls

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Which says to me the FBI, et al, is hiding something even bigger than the collapsing coup and Epstein knew enough to get a pass

Zero Hedge - FBI Scrambling To Hire Special Agents As Public Opinion Erodes ... of new applicants this year 47% were minorities and 26% were women

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The FBI, alas, earns its reputation every day as an ethically corrupt political secret police. Mass hiring of activists and self-selected victims confirms fence-sitter's suspicions that the FBI won't police itself but will continue to torment Deplorables "by all means necessary". We actually need what the FBI purports to be, but rather than reverse its self-mutilation, it's choosing the means of collapse from within.

Pro Publica - Cook County [Chicago] Takes Steps to Erase Its Regional Gang Database ... pass a law banning the database and requiring it to be destroyed

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpt: “The terms ‘gang association’ or ‘gang membership’ have become a form of criminalizing mostly young people of color... The passage of the ordinance will be a major step forward for Cook County. We will serve as a national model.”

"People of color" have gone from rewriting history to rewriting the present.

NASA - Daily Mars weather report ... current and latest three sols (Martian days) of weather direct from Mars rover at the equator

Guardian - Universities should be punished for giving black students lower grades ... the government should judge university teaching on how it promotes equality and diversity

Voice of Europe - Gay & trans sex education to be taught to 5 year-olds in UK and opting out is illegal ... despite an official petition against the move

Campus Reform - Conservative recruiter suffers blow to the face at Berkeley ... "You racist little inbred bitch," punched multiple times. Includes video. UPDATE: UC-Berkeley Police said Friday they have identified the suspect in this incident but that his name has not yet been released.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Berkeley promises an investigation. I feel better.

Moonbattery - Hate Hoax List ... comprehensive, latest on top

Drop Box - 2019-02-19 Sandmann vs. Washington Post, Complaint ... the first of fifty-four defendants, filed in Kentucky

Voice of Europe - Poland rejects EU army, wants US & NATO help instead ... Poland and the US are “continuing discussions” regarding further US deployments on Polish soil

Sultan Knish - America's Newest Muslim Martyr is a Monster ... Domineque Hakim raped and murdered a 15 year old after murdering a 13-year-old boy and his older brother

Organic Prepper - Selco: Moving Around (with Purpose) When the SHTF ... it is just gonna become more complicated

History Net - Book Review: Why the Germans Lose at War ... they win battles, but lose long wars to stubborn opponents

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In his diary of the Gallic Wars, Julius Caesar said Germans didn't think of war as a campaign with long term goals, they thought of a giant attack that routed the enemy. If the attack failed the coalition broke up and they went back to their tribal homelands. If the attack succeeded they looted the place, got drunk and violated the locals for a while. Then the coalition broke up and went back to their tribal homelands.

Ask a Prepper - Sealed Foods that Last Forever ... with aluminized Mylar bags, plastic buckets and an oxygen absorber

The Western Journal - Media Hysteria: Climate Change ‘Heat Records’ Are a Huge Data Manipulation ... among the most egregious manipulations of data in the absurd global warming debate

Excerpt. "The strongest heat wave ever recorded occurred in July 1936, generating high temperatures in half of America’s states. In 1935, fossil fuel emissions were 96 percent lower than today. America’s coldest year occurred in 1899, when temperatures dropped below 0 F in all 48 states".

Dinosaur Database - rotating paleo earth globe ... choose your epoch

City Journal - Disarming Law Enforcement in Portland, city’s progressive leadership sees police as a greater threat than escalating disorder ... Portland’s attitude toward law enforcement has become so negative neighboring Washington County will no longer offer coordination or support to the Portland Police Bureau

Daily Galaxy - “Spacetime Uncertainty”, LIGO Going Quantum ... will embed the Heisenberg uncertainty principle to improve ability to detect ripples in spacetime

Amazon - Collapsible shield against airborne IR detectors. Instantly opens to 33 inch diameter, weighs 8.8 oz., fourteen bux. Cleverly marketed for a different use.

Air Force Times - Air Force chief defends F-35A against critics, boasting kills at Red Flag ... "exceeding our expectations", even novice pilots were quickly “killing” fourth generation aircraft

The Watchers - Very powerful explosions of light detected in Earth's atmosphere, possibly a new physical phenomenon ... no storms and no clouds underneath them

USA Today - With women in combat roles, a federal court rules the male-only draft unconstitutional ... in 2015, the Pentagon lifted all restrictions for women in military service


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Nonsense, Z Man - The ideological state no longer has to sell a credible narrative. They just have to allow the fake news to flood the zone so that the public assumes everything is fake, even the people criticizing the ideologues in charge. In a zero trust society, the value of subversion falls to zero, but the value of the institutions grows geometrically. That’s not to say the people in charge sorted this in advance. That would be a conspiracy theory of its own. No, these things may simply evolve. In the late stages of the Soviet Union, dark humor about the near total lack of trust in Russian society was common. It’s probably not an accident that some of those jokes are making a comeback in modern America.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The coup against the Trump presidency is collapsing into an incoherent, fetid heap. Victor Hanson describes DC's and the news media's limitless malfeasance, and J. Dyer demonstrates how this astonishing attempt had foreign accomplices.

Victor Hanson, American Greatness - The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed. So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed. There are many elements to the first occasion in which U.S. government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president.

J. Dyer, Liberty Unyielding - The “counterintelligence” aspect of the whole anti-Trump Russiagate drama has also been misdirected from the beginning. That appears to have been deliberate. But if we merely walk the deliberate, Russia-focused misdirection back we’ll miss the counterintelligence effort we really do need. Up to now, we have not had a satisfactory answer to why it was so very, very important to an array of actors around the globe to conspire against a Trump presidency from 2015 to this day.

Russiagate fraud, American Thinker - Where is the reckoning for this? Treasonous activities have so far led to the perpetrators being fired, but not much else. This is not a proper reckoning. They write books, make media appearances to promote their books, appear on cable news shows, and flaunt their defiance on social media. None are behind bars or being prosecuted. Some say there is panic in DC and that pain is coming, but where is the evidence of that? Are Huber and Horowitz cleaning up the corruption or just rearranging the furniture? The reckoning and punishment must be so severe that no one dares try this again. Criminal prosecution where warranted and public humiliation.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the legal sense, the Clintons have committed no crime until they're indicted and found guilty. And just who is going to go for an indictment? The successful candidate will be of the highest ethical standards, and of advanced age with a terminal disease.


PC Marines, The Agonist - Liberal ideology holds the American military in a vice grip, squeezing the very lifeblood of warlike virtue from its veins. Nowhere is this spiritual corrosion more evident than in the integration of women into our armed forces. Winning wars be damned. Basic School instructors liked to say that in the Marine Corps “there is only one standard, the Marine Corps standard.” This is a lie. There are two standards: one for men and one for women. The Marine Corps, like the rest of the American military, no longer places winning wars and defending the nation at the top of its priorities. By forcing women into a male domain, the Left eviscerates the culture of war so necessary to success in battle.


1939. Dead Ox Flats, Oregon


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pictured is a dug home in Dead Ox Flats across the Snake River from Weiser, Idaho. The woman lived alone. Whatever Dead Ox Flats was in 1939 it's just a memory now. Weiser is a town of 5,500.

Drying corn.


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Shape-shifting, New Yorker - It’s strange there are multiple valid ways of describing so many physical phenomena. But an even stranger fact is when there are competing descriptions, one often turns out to be more true than the others, because it extends to a deeper or more general description of reality. Of the three ways of describing objects’ motion, for instance, the approach that turns out to be more true is the underdog: the principle of least action. In everyday reality, it’s strange to imagine that objects move by “choosing” the easiest path. Of the various classical laws of motion—all workable, all useful—only the principle of least action also extends to the quantum world.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpt. " ... the ultimate goal of physics is figuring out the mathematical question from which all the answers flow... It’s as though physics has been turned inside out. It now appears that the answers already surround us. It’s the question we don’t know".


Amazon HQ2, American Greatness - Bezos announced he was pulling out of the sweetheart deal given to him by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to win half the Amazon “HQ2” jackpot for Long Island City. The Amazon giveaway was a bad economic deal for New York’s taxpayers, and a bad political deal for the conservatives who did support it. Amazon, which paid nothing in federal taxes last year, would have similarly manipulated the New York system—getting its base liability down to zero before applying the “credits” The extortion is no longer just economic. Bezos and crew made the repeal of “anti-LGBT” laws a factor in the HQ2 selection.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the "other side" of the argument. For me, it's a falling out between strangers. Puzzling, from beginning to end.


No knock, Eric Peters Autos - One of the reasons America has become a far-from-free place is because people can be violently assaulted by armed government thugs. This Goines person scribbled the necessary lies. Tacticooled, body-armored “heroes” descended on the home and the startled couple fought back. This resulted in two dead victims, Tuttle and Nicholas, plus five merely wounded murderous AGWs, including Goines. Goines is being criminally prosecuted for the “untruths or lies” he peddled to obtain the warrant. But he is not facing murder charges. As any mere “citizen” would, if they stormed an innocent person’s home and shot two people to death.

Herschel Smith at Captain's Journal - "(Chief) Art Acevedo conducts a wrong-home raid, get's his people shot, and then goes in front of the cameras to pimp gun control".

Free Thought Project - "The couple killed by police this week in Houston had been married for over 20 years, had no criminal record, and the husband was an honorably discharged veteran.

Something Art Acevedo did not say is that the officers who entered the home were in plain clothes—not uniforms. What’s more, upon entering the house, they immediately began shooting as one officer killed the couple’s dog. That’s when Tuttle came out of the back room with his .357 handgun and opened fire... Nicholas-Tuttle was also a big time supporter of police ..."


Katyn, New Criterion - To put it briefly, the truth about Katyn could not be told because it would expose the most protected taboo of the war—that the democratic West, in order to liberate the world from one criminal, allied itself with another. As the twentieth century was coming to its end it seemed to be the time for the world finally to get over the unfinished business of World War II and face the new future. Or was it? In 2004, under Putin, the investigation by the military prosecutor was secretly stopped and 116 out of 183 volumes of the documents collected by the investigators were locked up as a state secret.


1942. War information photo


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Advice for the home front, a photo series about how to be a good citizen in wartime. In this case, buy bonds.


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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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