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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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Thomas Cole, Aqueduct Near Rome, 1832

Thomas Cole was sixteen, working as an engraver, when his family emigrated from Liverpool England to Philadelphia in 1817. In 1825 he sold his first two paintings and quickly became, in later opinion, the founder of the Hudson River School of Romantic landscape.

In 1826 he and his new bride moved from Philadelphia to a farm house on the Hudson in tiny Catskill, New York to be nearer to his woodland haunts. Contemporaries said he despised cities. Cole's reputation, sales and commissions rose steadily until his death in 1848. The painting above was done during the last year of his European tour.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Survival .22 Rimfire

As I've said elsewhere, the .22WMR is my rimfire of choice, over the .22LR, for small to medium game as a survival rifle. When traveling light and fast with either one, a box of fifty rounds in a jacket pocket is hardly noticeable, and for weight and size, the rifles are all but interchangeable. But the magnum has a decisive advantage. The .22WMR bullet is faster and more powerful at a hundred yards than the .22LR is at the muzzle, making it better suited to medium game and conferring an additional twenty five yards of useful range.

There's a compelling case to be made for the .22LR however. The round is of proven effectiveness within its considerable capabilities and is readily available in a wide variety of bullet weights, styles and velocities. Some are not materially louder than a .22 caliber air rifle, all are quieter than the .22 magnum.

Aesthetic-wise, bare bones rimfire rifles bespeak familiarity with old trucks and other displeasing emblems of unfashionable society, which is to say, they're stainless steel in a plastic stock. Its utilitarian appearance employs the "form follows function" principle of industrial design. This is the default configuration for a survival rifle, durable and reliable in all weather, even with neglect if not downright abuse.

Those who schlepp bull barrel .22s with research grade boutique scopes and competition-style adjustable stocks don't live in densely wooded hills with treacherous going and long spells of wretched weather, or they believe game must be hit only in the left ventricle. Conversely, those who rely on wire frame break-open single shots are probably lowering the odds they'll eat that day. Single shots are a miserable thing to reload, especially in cold weather. That said, I would happily stash one in an escape and evasion cache.

2 minutes of arc—technically 2.094 inches at a hundred yards but commonly taken to mean two inches—or less is "good enough" accuracy. Mine will print a one inch group at 75 yards, which is unexceptional. Non shooters take this to mean even with a perfect hold I could miss by an inch. No. It doesn't. It means the bullet could hit a half inch from the point of aim, in any direction, in the worst case. Low priced sporting rifles will typically do 2 minutes of arc, and commonly better, if the shooter finds the ammo it likes. Don't overdo it. The shooter with more than one .22 who insists on the indisputable tippy top, last-bleeding-decimal-point best ammo for each rifle has to build parallel stashes to comply with the One True Way. So let's get real.

If the bogey is 2 minute accuracy or better, there's no good reason to wring out every round made by every manufacturer. Try appropriate examples of widely available, competitively priced rounds. The winning candidate will meet or beat the accuracy bogey and have no offsetting sins such as squibs or unreliable ignition or a high number of fliers. One afternoon and you're done. Choose one and back up the truck.

An aside: how much ammo, using the principle of "good enough and plenty of it"? Figure a post-apocalyptic average of five shots per day for a year as 1,825 rounds, or about 3.7 bricks of 500. $100 or so will buy a year's supply and then some. For optimists it's a two year's supply. For pessimists, six months. Decide.

A survival .22 LR must cycle subsonics from the magazine. This pares the list of candidate rifles severely. Semiautos are limited to full power LR ammo so only lever or bolt actions qualify. Neither should the survivalist's .22LR rifle close off any ammo option. .22 shorts should also cycle from the magazine, not as hand-fed single shots. There was a time when this was standard. Today only those with tubular magazines can feed both .22 shorts and .22LR. If you're willing to settle for subsonics with the cartridge length of a .22LR it's a non-issue. You have closed off an option however, and you never know ...

Tubular magazines aren't the handicap they're made out to be. On the upside, there's no detachable magazine to drop unnoticed in the weeds. A typical .22LR magazine is a sheet metal stamping. Most "failures to feed" are from bent or dinged feed lips. They're inherently delicate, soon enough they won't be reliable enough to be useful. Two, or many more, is none eventually. Tubular magazines typically hold sixteen or more LR rounds, or twenty-some shorts. Top off at leisure, we're not talking a load out for battle, it's a food-getter no matter how "tactical" it's tricked out.

When considering the wider question of "fit for purpose", top end super-powerful .22LR rounds only "kind of" approach the magnum in terms of velocity and hitting power. For your reference, .22 magnum 40 grain ammo comes in at 1,900 fps and 30 grainers at 2,200 fps. In Long Rifle, 40 grain ammo is available at 1,400+ fps, about 75% that of the magnum. But the hitting power in ft/lbs is around half. The 32 grainers clock at 1,600+ fps, again about 75% that of the magnum with ft/lbs just over half. Downside, they're almost as loud as the magnum without the hitting power.

On the other hand, the magnum has no entry in the subsonics, whereas .22LR subsonics can be had in versions up to 60 grain bullets. The .22 short, typically 30 grains or so, is famously quiet yet zip along at 1,000 fps. For me, long familiarity lends them a preference, perhaps unearned with more recent offerings.

Being the prudent sort, I standardized on boring ol' 40 grain bullets in both LR and WMR. They're what the rifles are designed to shoot and they perform well. My LR 40 grainers are in the lower reaches of the "high velocity" category, standard now. As for subsonics, I haven't decided, but I notice my stash of .22 shorts is rather large. Howsomever, I'm impressed by personal experience with the effect of the 60 grain bullet in a .22 short case, and the 45 grainer is appealing. Some are quieter than others. They're all intended for short range. Further study is indicated, come good weather.

All this "messing around in small boats" to choose between subsonics could be avoided with a simple answer to a simple problem. A single value, foot pounds, fails to describe its real world effectiveness satisfactorily. It leads us to believe a small bullet traveling fast will have the same terminal effect on game as a bigger bullet traveling slower. Many an exposition about wound cavity and penetration says otherwise but they leave us with only anecdotal evidence rather than a means of putting a number to it. I've noodled around with two variables, ft/lbs and bullet weight, but haven't come up with anything useful. Time for some reckoning by serious reckoners.

To continue. For those who aren't iron sight enthusiasts, as I was back when my eyeballs still had some tread left on 'em, you'll want a scope. And unless you're determined to join the high rez imaging race as a supporting patron, precision mechanicals are more important than leading edge clarity. For example, does three clicks up actually move the reticle precisely as indicated, or is it something less or something more and, oh by the way, a click's worth of sideways drift? If the mechanicals are sketchy you'll see the sorry result with enviable resolution in fabulously nuanced color.

After the mechanicals comes the reticle, a matter of personal preference. Okay, that was a dodge. Truth is, my preferred reticle is the one to which all others aspire. Then comes optical imaging. For practical purposes, the center third is what counts, the rest is entertainment. As always, "good enough" is a reasonable guide. You'll know it when you see it.

Let's talk parallax, all the best people do. .22 rimfire scopes bring the reticle and image to the same plane at 50 yards. This is critical in places where game unfailingly presents itself at 50 yards, because should a critter violate industry standards, parallax comes into play. Same for a center fire scope focused at a hundred yards. Both exhibit parallax at twenty-five and seventy-five yards. I know the "yes, but". Parallax is not symmetrically distributed, therefore blah blah. I remain unmoved.

Parallax can be defeated in one of three ways. The first way requires the scope and the target to be set at optical infinity, half a county away will do for the target. The second way is a "sniper's" focusable objective, which requires game willing to be patient while you figure the range and dial it in. The third way requires competent use of the scope, meaning ordinary care to center the eye with the exit pupil. Take the third way unless you're a competition shooter with heartbeat training by Himalayan monks.

The classic scope for a .22LR rifle is a fixed four power, low enough magnification for quick target acquisition, high enough magnification to allow precision bullet placement.. Compared to a variable they're more compact, mechanically simpler, the lenses are optimized for a single magnification, and they're brighter because there are fewer optical elements. The downside is they're slow movers, many are compromised to meet attractive pricing, forfeiting some of the advantages.

Variables offer optical wonderfulness nearly equal to fixed power scopes of not long ago. For a survival .22LR an airtight case can be made for any zoom range not involving a number greater than nine. My experience says a 2 to 5 range, or near enough, is about right. But the 3 to 9 is the default for hunting rifles in nearly all calibers. It offers a genuine low power and a sometimes useful high power. No maker can omit a 3 to 9 without its business acumen falling under suspicion, and it has to be as good or better than the competition, so it's become the closest thing to optimum value.

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Someone recently said scientists are like teenagers, they need grownups to support them. Here's an example of what they're spending their allowance on, from The Daily Galaxy.

Unidentified point-like very high energy gamma ray sources in the Milky Way may actually be starships of hyper-advanced alien civilizations who are actively exploring interstellar space, proposes Louis Crane in Searching for Extraterrestrial Civilizations Using Gamma Ray Telescopes.

The article includes an "artist’s impression of a black hole starship"—they meant "artist's concept" of course—something formerly seen only in illustrations for Depression era "ScientiFiction" magazines.


The pace of automotive progress, then and now

1930 and 1940 models. Ten years apart. 1940 model—better everything


2009 and 2019 models. Ten years apart. 2019 model—better entertainment system



Wisdom in one breath

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

A baby isn't your body. So from now on, no abortion unless the baby consents to it as well.

From Mike Hendrix at Liberty's choice, on us Deplorables

But that's only because you caged urban rats absolutely refuse to do the one and only thing we really, really want from you: leave us alone.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds, about stocks, mortgages, housing and bonds

If the only buyer is the money-printing central bank, that's pretty good evidence that your economy and markets are in free-fall.

From PGR88, reader comment at Zero Hedge

Academia is where totally useless, parasite ideologues and idiots go to hide from reality.

From Chris at Capitalist Exploits

Hope is a pretty shoddy strategy.

From Richard Cohen at The Washington Post, about the Democrat Party, via Liberty Nation

In fact, it’s veering so far to the left it could lose an election in 1950s Bulgaria.

From Ace at Ace of Spades

The only thing more militant than a vegan is an ex-smoker.

From Roissy at Chateau Heartiste

Your greatest loyalty should be to your family and your folk, not to the needs of a stranger. It is more heartless to abandon those who place faith in you than it is to neglect the needs of an outsider.

From Raul Meijer at Automatic Earth

The long twentieth century that began in 1914 is at the end of its cycle.

From Diana Soriano at The College Fix

Were these experiences kind of annoying because I just want to get my degree and not feel like I was sitting in on my professors’ therapy sessions? Yes.

From James Quinn at The Burning Platform

Liberals like Hillary and AOC mouth platitudes about a village raising a child, when West Philly proves how well a village does in raising the bastard children of those who take no responsibility for the children they have produced.

From Bill Buppert at ZeroGov

Every political solution in the history of this country has made you less free and not more free.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

That is what the Lizard Brain does. It collects all data your conscious mind skims over or ignores or forgets, then tabulates the danger you are in.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

It’s her task to probe the pro-freedom forces for weakness by advancing radical proposals. How conservatives and Republicans respond to her probes is what her masters most want to know.

From Col. B. Bunny at Liberty's Torch

Whatever flowery and delusional notions wash through the palaces and drawing rooms of our national aristocracy, the urban footings of the nation are inexorably crumbling away.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine, about "hate speech"

Let the doublespeak seep into your neurons for a moment: If your ideas and opinions make tiny minorities feel intimidated and excluded, we will intimidate and exclude you.

From Herschel Smith at Captain's Journal, about gun control

Compromise is for men who have no principles.

From Vox at Vox Popoli, about war with Iran

When defeat is disastrous and victory arguably even worse, the wise move is to not go to war at all.


Matthew Walther takes National Review-style "blue-blazered frat boys" to the woodshed, at The Week. Excerpts:

"Generic white #NeverTrump conservative" is already the most overrepresented type in American media. There are approximately 200 of these people in the United States, and every single one of them has a column in a major newspaper and a book about why Drumpf is the logical and polar opposite of certain ideals supposedly embodied in whatever Tocqueville quotes their research assistants have just pulled up for them...

The rise of NeverTrump publications that will be read by nobody reinforces the long-standing view that conservative media is a form of welfare. Here are people who are not clever enough to be academics, not disciplined enough to practice law or any other useful profession, with no particular skills except writing things that no one agrees with who have still ended up rich.


Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch fingers the real purpose of the National Popular Vote Compact:

Texas has discovered nearly 100,000 persons registered to vote there who are not American citizens. California has discovered nearly 450,000. I don’t have figures for other states, but those alone should give one pause—and remember that those are the unlawfully registered voters that have been discovered, not necessarily an accurate measure of the problem. Given that the national popular vote is typically decided by a slender margin—seldom more than two or three million—how could an honest man aware of the magnitude of illegal voting sit still for the National Popular Vote Compact?


The chart is from the Center for Research on Extremism, University of Oslo, June 2017.

The Democratic Party can't categorically condemn anti-Jewish rhetoric without losing the Congressional Black Caucus, the Women's March et al, and their constituents. Islamic activist Rep. Ilhan Omar has backed the party into a corner. She's cleverly called them out, reject it or double down. Further deflection will rightly be taken as cowardice by all sides.

Source: pdf. Hat tip: Ace of Spades


Angelo Codevilla at American Mind, 2018, comments on the effect of the trillion dollar bailouts during the 2008 financial crisis.

This forced the recognition that there exists a remarkably uniform, bipartisan, Progressive ruling class; that it includes, most of the bureaucracies of federal and state governments, the judiciary, the educational establishment, the media, as well as major corporate officials; that it had separated itself socially, morally, and politically from the rest of society, whose commanding heights it monopolized; above all that it has contempt for the rest of America, and that ordinary Americans have no means of persuading this class of anything, because they don’t count.

... The books they read pretend to argue scientifically that the rest of Americans are racist, sexist, maybe fascists, but above all stupid. For them, Americans are harmful to themselves and to the world, and have no right to self-rule.

In you believe with all yer little black heart that Trump is committed to giving us Deplorables an even break, you haven't been following his recent drift favoring your replacements:

Breitbart - Trump Abandons ‘America First’ Reforms: ‘We Need’ More Immigration to Grow Business Profits ... We want a lot of people coming in. And we need it

Consider how the ruling class is already capitalizing on his backtracking:

Washington Times - House votes in favor of illegal immigrant voting ... would cancel the vote of its own citizens

Neon Nettle - House Democrats Overwhelmingly Reject Motion to Condemn Illegal Immigrant Voting ... they were against illegal immigrants voting in elections six months ago, but are suddenly in favor of it now

Compare this to his "three core principles of Donald J. Trump’s immigration plan" of 2016, here . It bleeds red, white and blue.


Winston Churchill's note to his captors upon escaping from a POW camp in December 1899 during the Boer War.

"I have the honour to inform you that as I do not consider that your Government have any right to detain me as a military prisoner, I have decided to escape from your custody. Regretting that I am unable to bid you a more ceremonious or a personal farewell, I have the honour to be, Sir, your most obedient servant, Winston Churchill".


What follows is a story from many hundreds of issues ago when I'd spin out tales, reposted here 'cause it captures the imaginary world ol' Remus inhabited. I say "story", but nothing happens, then almost nothing happens, then nothing happens again. The intent is amusement, nothing more, 'cause it's easier on both of us.


Miss Alde Long, the schoolmarm, and ol' Remus were passin' a summer's Sunday afternoon on his porch. The purpose of any worthwhile Sunday afternoon is to give the appearance of movement whilst evading any but the most trivial accomplishment, something along the lines of a Rube Goldberg machine but without the unseemly utility.

"So then they tell me the Giant Economy Family Size is the smallest one they make," says ol' Remus.

"Seems as 'though everythin' is ranged against the little folks," says Miss Alde, "try as you will to cut back on expenses."

"An y'can't buy Grade B milk, nor eggs neither, jes' only Grade A. I'm saying they keep the good stuff for themselves," and then he went on about when the menfolk held off an invasion from Mars of an October night back in '38, "... an' sure 'nough they saw an alien machine down the hollow, fifty feet high it was, an' walkin' on four legs. It'd already put many a good citizen underfoot ... ," an' then how his own Pappy had run right up an' made the decisive shot with his .257 Roberts.

That'd explain the bulletholes in the water tower, Miss Alde thought to herself.

Remus whapped his pipe against the palm of his hand. "It was all over the radio, even so, they tried to pass it off as a hoax," says Remus with a wink and a grin, underhanding the dottle into the weeds. Then they got to talkin' about old friends; Marty Palls and the Krumm brothers, Bob and Chuck, Bob bein' in France.

Miss Alde heard it first, a sound that welled up from everywhere and nowhere, quiet as an old memory but more insistent, swelling in volume, rising in timbre until it burst over the ridge like an attack dog — an ol' DC-6 in transport guise, four mighty engines with flashing propellers announcing the return of visible power, then, whooshing over the house in an operatic display of soaring heft that would embarrass a contemporary machine, it vanished like a flick of a finger, leaving a resonant drone that faded at last into wafting, discordant quiescence.

Miss Alde turned to ol' Remus. "Geologic survey plane, mineral mapping most likely, low an' slow. When those double Wasps are runnin' right they sound like there's a loose dime jinglin' in every cylinder," she said, recalling how she worked her way through Princeton as a night-shift pilot on the northeast corridor shuttle. She'd pick it up in Newark an' take it on down to DC, then back to Newark.

"Me an' ol' George Haiduk. Doc we called him, on account he was seldom seen without his medical textbooks, my co-pilot, big guy from outten Mormon country who got nervous crossin' high bridges, said he'd burn 'em all if he could find the courage and enough thermite. It's not so unusual you know, some of yer best fliers won't get on a ladder."

"Ol' George was a talented pilot but always in a rush," she continued, "hard banks an' such, musta been the war, he didn't have much time for passenger-friendly glide slopes, wanted to put 'er down in a hurry. He was steady an' dependable, an' worth the trouble. I was jes' coachin' him on bein' more of a chauffer an' less of a jockey. Y'can't be a kamikaze I'd tell him, the customer wants some assurance of a return trip."

Ol' Remus fired up his pipe, glancing at her through his eyebrows, Celtic style. A fugitive devilishness was peek-a-booing around her aristocratic features.

"I'd been at Magdalene not long before, the New Building, inna room next door to ol' C. S. Lewis's," she continued, "an' got used to a more measured pace." She discreetly cleared her throat and took a sip of tea. "It wasn't all so very proper 'though, we built a 2 MeV isochronous accelerator in the basement, strictly unauthorized you know. We got the money from KGB bribes an' then fed 'em bogus data."

She went on about the laggards in her third-grade statistical analysis class, how there was always a few couldn't seem to master quadratic equations good enough to survive the lightning round, an' the fifth grade metalworking class project, a CNC triax machining center powered by an eighth-scale replica of a '76-pattern Corliss engine.

An' how she's been readin' about the big-time city schools an' their wonderful advances in education and doesn't want the local kids to fall behind so, for instance, she's havin' her fourth-graders memorize Julius Agricola's memoirs, interlinear of course, they're jes' kids after all.

Then a little repast, a boucherie plate with sweet potatoes twice-baked Cajun style, slathered with creole butter, followed with homemade pecan candy. Remus could see Miss Alde had an appetite so he spun out a story about Pappy's mule, name of Milton Burro, so she could 'tend to chowin' down without feelin' she hadda hold up her end, then he bussed the table for zank duty an' set out the iced tea.

"Seems I rode a DC-6 on AeroQuito down Peru," says Remus with a chuckle, "they'd cancel the flight if there weren't enough passengers, an' they don't count the chickens and livestock. If they were jes' one or two passengers shy we'd all ante up and be on our way. An' the runway was fitted so tight to the hogback there wasn't room to taxi, so the passengers hadda turn it around armstrong style, hah!, an' they used pantyhose as a fuel filter when gassing 'er up, that I remember on account it flew off into the tank an' he hadda fish it out with a bent coathanger."

Miss Alde had seen things like this and much more. Before she was hired they had her crank down the landing gear by hand jes' to make sure she could do it. And good thing, she did it for real more than once.

"An' y'know, there something to be said for that," she said, "they jes' get on with it and go where they're goin'. We treat air travel like it was a secret NASA project, you know, searches an' intimidation an' federal agents an' regimentation. The value of airline travel is in the travel, not the airline. We got it all backwards."

"Not to mention their duplicity," Remus said with a grin, "airline is a surveyor's term." He didn't mention how he came to be in Peru and Miss Alde didn't ask. And so it went until, as the poet—Humboldt?—said, or near enough, twilight trailed her golden robe across the darkling sky, an' Miss Alde took her leave.

and finally,

The pestilence grows. Groomers now feel secure enough to expand into enforcement. This scarcely to be believed photo is workplace and living room safe, which is a sad comment in itself. The old joke was, "how long before they make it mandatory?" Methinks we're getting close.

Change subject again. Today the big discussion at the Pentagon is how to expand the Navy to 350 or maybe 400 ships. Consider this: when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor, and facing swarms of U-boats in the Atlantic, the Navy had 790 ships and 380,000 personnel. This was wholly inadequate for anything more than a fighting retreat, much less "taking the fight to the enemy". The Navy was little more than a seagoing guerrilla outfit. Then,

By 1945 America ruled the seas, the Navy having risin from the ashes of Pearl Harbor to achieve victory in a two-ocean war and grown to encompass 3,405,525 men and women and 6,768 ships.
US Navy: A Complete History, page 388

Well gang, enough of this chitchat. Time to gird thy loins and reconnoiter the mounting pestilence. Don yer hazmat gear, deploy yer ten foot pole and bravely, if reluctantly, survey the rot in all its malodorous splendor, as chronicled in Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. Wait wait, a moment's respite, here's an ad from days of yore.


1938. Frigidaire magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Guardian Frigerator Company marketed the first electric self-contained refrigerator in 1918. General Motors bought the company in 1919 and renamed it Frigidaire, which was acquired by White Consolidated Industries in 1979, which was acquired by Electrolux, a Swedish company, in 1986. Frigidaire appliances have been repositioned as an upscale brand.

In 1938 having a refrigerator at all was upscale. Ice boxes were still the standard, and late models met the modest expectations of the day well enough.

It was common for a single company to provide its customers with coal in the winter and ice in the summer to even out cash flow, the classic problem for small business. In post-war America, ice boxes and coal heating declined in parallel while refrigerator sales and supermarket openings rose in parallel.



Remus's notebook


American Thinker - So much for all that romanticization of ancient cultures, Peru finds evidence of huge child massacres ... ritual mass killing of more than 140 children, three adults, 200 young llamas

De Moines Register - The Iowa Supreme Court struck down the state's Medicaid ban on transgender surgeries ... "historic day for civil rights"

All Outdoor - Benchmade Attempts Damage Control on Gun Talk Radio, No more cutting up guns for cops, they say ... the lobbying group hired by Benchmade is ultra-liberal, one of their biggest clients is Planned Parenthood

Wall Street Journal - Rural Sheriffs Defy New Gun Measures ... won’t enforce background checks, other gun-control proposals

Breitbart - ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’: 21 of New Mexico’s 33 Counties Refuse to Enforce Gun Control ... Sheriff’s Association also made clear it plans to sue the state if the new gun controls are enacted

Firearms News - Global Ordnance Begins Sale of CanMunition - Ammo in a Can ... 9mm and .223/5.56mm, identical size to 12oz beverage cans, filled with inert nitrogen

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Buckets, plastic bottles, resealable plastic boxes and now cans. Ammo packaging is finally getting useful.

CDR Salamander - The Argentine-Chinese Fish Wars of 20XX ... a Chinese fishing ship in restricted waters sent to the bottom by the Argentine Coast Guard. Includes video.

Reason - Waco Biker Massacre Prosecutions Continue to Fall Apart as Last Set of Original Indictments Dismissed ... nine people killed and 18 wounded in the melee

Excerpt: "A team of special prosecutors eventually assigned to the case declared that the initial mass arrests seemed, in the words of one of them, Brian Roberts, "simply a shoot-first-ask-questions-later mentality"

Daily Galaxy - “Electrifying!” –‘We Will Image Planet Nine Within the Next Decade’ ... the more they examine the orbital dynamics of the solar system, the stronger the evidence supporting it seems

Real Clear Politics - California's Rendezvous With Reality ... entitlements, unwieldy pension costs, money wasted on high-speed rail, inadequate water storage and delivery, and lax immigration policies

Burning Platform - Tesla Goes Up in Smoke Three Times ... EVs double-down on the danger of roasting their owners to death – or blinding/choking them to death

Strategy Page - Russia: Full Time Faking It ... now foreign nations are saying it too; Russia is weak and getting weaker both economically and militarily

art-remus-ident-04.jpg ... said Goebbels in '41.

Urban Survival - How To Make A Survival Fishing Kit That Will Last ... create a kit that has a nearly indefinite shelf-life

Raconteur Report - What They Want, Versus Will Get ... it will be ARs and Glocks and such, until all obvious targets have either changed shape, caught fire, or bled out

American Digest - On Infanticide In a Time of Demons ... one in 30 aborted fetuses lives

CBS News - NYPD: MS-13 Planning To Target Off-Duty Cops At Their Homes ... in order to gain street credibility

Modern Survival - Black Berkey Water Filter Red Dye Food Coloring Test, Does it Work or Not? ... yes, but must be artificial using reds FD&C 40 and/or 3

Ancient Origins - 11 Mysterious Human Species That Most People Don’t Know Existed ... the homo genus was once rife with different species

Appalachian Magazine - 6 Tips for Anyone Who May Be Moving to Appalachia ... a year or two into their residency they exclaim, “This is the oddest, most difficult place to understand I’ve ever lived…”

Kickass Facts, 2015 - Longest straight line in the ocean without touching land (22,229 miles) ... called “Cooke Passage” because it was discovered by a person named David Cooke

Fred On Everything - Conspiracy Theories: Among the Illuminati ... they live in a world of Disembodied Uniform Malignancies

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In America, Moslems shifted blame for 9-11 from themselves to their ancient enemy. There's your real conspiracy. In their homelands they proudly own it. It's a two-fer.

Ann Coulter - How a Democratic Pedophile Became a 'Trump Scandal' ... Epstein's been to Trump's club, until Trump barred him for propositioning the underage daughter of a member

Gateway Pundit - Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke endorsed radical Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday as the “most important person in Congress” ... Pelosi rewrites condemnation of Omar to omit Omar’s name, aim it at Trump supporters

Ars Technica - Sorry Amazon: Philadelphia bans cashless stores ... follows only Massachusetts, which banned cashless stores in 1978

College Fix - New study claims Dr. Seuss and his books are racist ... problematic because he did not sufficiently represent people of color

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If he had, he'd be a "racist" because he did. But he didn't. So, still racist.

Conde Nast Traveler - Site Where Caesar Was Killed to Open to Tourists in 2021 ... fashion house Bulgari pledged €985,000 towards the project

Phys Org - Breakthrough could enable cheaper infrared cameras ... method is simple, faster and offers excellent performance


1908. Times Square, New York City


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Times Square was still popularly known in 1908 as Longacre Square, the name of record until the New York Times put up a new building in 1904, moved in and arm-twisted the city to change the name. Long vacated by the Times, the building is now known as One Times Square, the place where the ball drops on New Year's Eve.

The building at center manages to present itself with neither grace nor grandeur in an era known for both. The awning at lower left announces, "Rothschild's Clever Clothes". I'm assuming it wasn't a museum. The original of this photo is quite large. I counted two automobiles.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Climate, City-Journal - Isolated voices criticize the alarm over global warming, considering it a pseudoscientific thesis, the true aim of which is to thwart economic modernization and free-market growth and to extend the power of states over individual choices. Almost half of the warming observed in the twentieth century came about in the first half, before carbon-dioxide emissions became large. Theoretical models can’t account for the climate suddenly cooling between 1950 and 1970. Sea level is rising, but this has been happening since the 1860s. The rhetoric of the alarmists has moved from “global warming” to “climate change,” which can mean anything.


Propaganda, Z Man - Propaganda does not have to convince everyone or even a majority of everyone. It just has to work on that third that are ready and willing to believe. That group will be enthusiastic enough to convince the third that tends to follow the strong horse. The third prone to skepticism is then outnumbered and less inclined to speak up. The best propaganda is struck by the believers in the private realm and circulated by honest people, who have their desire for truth perverted into a vehicle for spreading falsehoods. Systems like communism and liberal democracy require greater amounts of propaganda in order to survive. It’s why we live in a sea of fake news and nonsense studies about human behavior, written by morons.

A quote from Selco, at Organic Prepper - "When I look back, it is very easy to see that we were fooled by most of the media and pushed in actions that were not smart, but in that time it was invisible to us".


Civil War II. Three essays for your consideration. The first is an excellent summary of the other two, with added comments. The excerpts are very brief, more for flavor than content.


Motus Mentis, On Civil War - Cultural and political opinions that were shared, without controversy, by almost every American just a few years ago — opinions still held by half of the nation’s people — are now “right-wing extremism”, and their public expression is to be suppressed as “hate speech”. Saying a thing that once was obvious to everyone can now cost you your reputation, your livelihood, and in many parts of the West today, your freedom.


Richard Fernandez, PJ Media, What Would a Hybrid Civil War Look Like? - Victory is now attained by jailing opponents, silencing or financially sanctioning them, punitive prosecution, deplatforming, and universal surveillance. If a civil war were actually underway it would take the form of hybrid warfare and look much like what can already be observed today. It would explain why, in an era obsessed with safe spaces and tolerance, there is little of either left; why no one is safe from offense, nothing is private; why everything is increasingly criminalized.


Sarah Hoyt, PJ Media, We Are Dancing on a Powder Keg - They don’t realize how much they’re scaring most of this country. They don’t understand how much we fear and loathe the faces they’ve revealed for decades, and particularly since Hillary lost: the praise of socialism, their reluctance to condemn even Venezuela, their crazy desire for not having borders and being open to invasion, their general hatred of America and hatred of all Americans.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Other than historians, who is enthralled with the posturing and local events leading to the outbreak of Civil War in 1861? We may be in a similar time, when the all-consuming details of antebellum rancor were overwhelmed by the catastrophe itself.

Should there be a Civil War II the cause will be unknown, even in retrospect. The wary and prudent aren't chasing down every rabbit hole, they're looking to improve their preparations. It's enough to know all that's bending may suddenly break. Stay away from crowds.

Commentary also of interest:

Washington Post - In America, talk turns to something not spoken of for 150 years: Civil war ... 2019 is going to be the most vitriolic year in American politics since the Civil War

Raconteur Report - And The Drum Beats On ... Stock your larders. Sharpen your weapons. Fortify your walls. And gather your friends

Market-Ticker - Discussion: American Citizen Red Lines ... there is nothing illegal about putting "Red Lines" down in front of our government. "If this, then that" are not threats legally, in the Supreme Court's opinion


Crime, Fantasy Free Economics - Experience shows that the poor do not have the wherewithal to petition government. The poor have not actually tried to take anything from the rich nor presented no threat to any moneyed interests in the United States. They have proven to be a constituency worth buying by providing a few benefits to them over the years. But, no money has ever been voted out of anyone else’s pockets based on any actions by the poor. Organized crime, by financing campaigns and running its own candidates has taken over government. Why would they not? Who is to stop them? What do they do to keep the keep the public on their side? They buy all of the media outlets and make sure citizens only hear what they want them to hear.


Background checks, Ammo - Prior to 1968, guns were available in local retail stores as well as mail-order catalogs, and as long as you hadn’t been convicted of a felony and you had the funds, there weren’t any questions asked. Things are different now. Depending on where in America you are and what type of gun you want to buy, there’s a good chance you’ll need to pass a NICS-mandated background check to complete your purchase. Since background checks are such a requirement and give the state an ever-growing list of private citizens who own guns, it’s important for gun owners to understand how the current system works and how it came to be.


1942. Colmar Manor, Maryland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1942 caption for this photo tells a story revealing of the times.

"Salvage. Requisitioning auto graveyards. Tons of scrap at the auto graveyard of the Lenox Motor Company, Colmar Manor, Maryland were withheld from the war effort. Donovan, the owner, refused to sell at established junk prices. The material has since been requisitioned by the U.S. government".

I smell fake news. Maybe he wasn't actually "withholding scrap from the war effort". The name Lenox Motor Company suggests he was "withholding" reusable parts that could have kept a fair number of cars in service while no new ones were produced for the duration. The identifiable wrecks in the photo look like late models for 1942. As for the notion of "tons", the total weight of the cars in the photo meet that description.

Just as the Civil Defense Department never had to exercise its standby power—the forced evacuation of populations—so too it appears scrap drives were voluntary until they weren't.

Colmar Manor is near Washington DC. It was incorporated in 1927 under the name "Colmar", being a mashup of Columbia and Maryland. The population in 1942 was the same as it is today, about 1,470.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Middle class, Straight Line Logic - The notion that our rulers are insane has slipped loose from the alternative media where it was once confined. Take away middle class dreams and you may well be taking away the last thing that keeps them paying their taxes, observing the law, supporting the troops and police, in short, everything that “keeps them in line.” For America’s ruling class failing policies, looming insolvency, rising awareness via the alternative media, their own hypocrisy and corruption, political polarization, and a well-armed populace are a stairway to hell. What happens when the disaffected, many who will have nothing to lose, try to reclaim their lives and liberty and upend the political order that has roadblocked their pursuit of happiness?


Cities, Hardscrabble Farmer - City residents witness beatdowns, assaults, meltdowns in public places, destruction of businesses, flash mobs and every other form of delinquency but only rarely do these occur in rural settings. They turn on their lights without knowing where the source of that energy comes from, they turn on their tap for their water unaware of it’s origins. They are as dependent as babies on the material resources of the places they make fun of, incapable of feeding themselves or of cleaning up their own mess. They make more waste, use more resources, produce fewer necessities, consume more luxuries, have greater disparities between the economic classes, fewer intact families, experience far more crime and pay a higher price to adjudicate it.


Dinosaurs, Science Daily - A new analysis has shown that dinosaurs were likely not in decline before the meteorite. In the western half there was a steady supply of sediment from the newly forming Rocky Mountains, which created perfect conditions for fossilising dinosaurs once they died. The eastern half of the continent was instead characterised by conditions far less suitable for fossilisation. This means that far more dinosaur fossils are found in the western half, and it is this fossil record that is often used to suggest dinosaurs were in decline for the few million years before the asteroid strike. Habitats that could support a range of dinosaur groups were actually more widespread at the end of the Cretaceous, but that these were in areas less likely to preserve fossils.


Renewable energy, Quillette - You can make solar panels cheaper and wind turbines bigger, but you can’t make the sun shine more regularly or the wind blow more reliably. In order to produce significant amounts of electricity from weak energy flows, you have spread them over enormous areas. In other words, the trouble with renewables isn’t fundamentally technical—it’s natural. Dealing with energy sources that are inherently unreliable, and require large amounts of land, comes at a high economic cost.We have been suffering from an appeal-to-nature fallacy no different from the one that leads us to buy products at the supermarket labeled “all natural.”


1944. Times Square, New York City


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Watching the news on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. Schools closed, churches opened, the nation came to a halt. Nearly everyone had someone in harm's way. Notice the traffic light, red or green, no amber.


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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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