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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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Joshua Reynolds, Age of Innocence, 1788

Joshua Reynolds was "one of the most influential British artists of the 18th century, he specialised in portraits and promoted what he called the “grand style”, centred around idealisation of the imperfect.

One of Reynolds' early jobs was working as a portrait painter in Plymouth Dock. He later embarked on a lengthy voyage around the Mediterranean on a Royal Navy ship, calling at Lisbon, Cádiz and Menorca before returning overland to England via Italy and France. Reynolds then knuckled down to become one of the London elite's favourite portrait painters.

Reynolds' fascination with imperfection may have had something to do with his rather unprepossessing appearance. He was about 5ft 6in with a florid complexion, a dented nose, skin scarred by smallpox and an upper lip disfigured by falling from a horse when young".
From The Telegraph UK


art-remus-ident-04.jpg With tens of millions of illegal aliens already in the country the need for "the wall" is long past. What's needed now are arrests, deportations, and prosecution of their employers as required by law. Mass self-deportation would follow, as it did in the Eisenhower administration.

It won't happen.


1943, a warning from the Office of the Provost Marshal General


Cold observation says there has been no intention to enforce the law or defend our borders for a long time. And there isn't now. Nor is there an intention to fix the nation's infrastructure or the economy or to reform education. All of these things, and more, are run as tax farms put up for periodic auction. No one gives up a lucrative racket voluntarily. Nothing will change. Nothing will get better.

We've been reduced to a rabble of renters and supplicants in the process, forced to comply with the bizarre, the perverse and the absurd. So, no. The border will remain open, third world opportunists will continue to pour in, bringing the third world with them.

The Army has demonstrated it won't defend itself much less the border. The brass says they heroically "de-escalated the situation" by allowing Mexican troops to disarm them on US soil. If they think we're so enstupidated as to believe this they should also understand such contempt goes both ways. Again, as if more evidence is needed, nothing will get better. Prepare.


Daniel Greenfield sums up Bernie Sanders in one paragraph, at Sultan Knish:

In the early days of his campaign, Bernie’s fans touted him as the sort of ordinary guy who flies coach and gets scrunched in there with the rest of us. Then the money began pouring in and Bernie chartered a Delta 767 and took a jaunt to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis with the mostly empty plane serving a menu of lobster sliders, crab salad, red lentil soup, herb crusted lamb loin, chocolate ganache, fine cheeses and white wine. As the old Soviet anecdote went, Bernie was finally living under communism.


Wisdom in one breath

From James Kunstler at Kunstler blog

Internal problems of the USA point in the direction of states and whole regions stealthily seceding from a federal system that can’t run itself competently at scale anymore.

From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker

The so-called "sexual revolution" intentionally destroyed all of the social constructs that had been put together over thousands of years of human history.

From Porter at Kakistocracy

The first indictment of a war criminal is losing the war.

From Joe Fricks USMC via American Digest

Drill Instructor Frick’s Rules For Un-armed Combat. 1: Never be unarmed.

From Matt Bracken at Western Rifle Shooters Association

The perfection of the just-in-time delivery system meant that, like the finest Swiss watch, it had to work perfectly or it would not work at all.

From Stephen Harding at History Net, about covert operations

When in doubt, trust in long-existing clichés, because they exist for a reason.

From Charles Yor at Survival Sullivan, about conflict avoidance

If it looks wrong and feels wrong, get the hell out of there. Don’t rationalize, don’t question. Act.

From Arnold Ahlert at Patriot Post

If college is the “answer”, Americans are asking the wrong questions.

From William Lind at Traditional Right

The new class has three main characteristics: it can’t make things work, it uses its wealth and power to exempt itself from the consequences of things not working, and it cares about only one thing, namely remaining the new class.

From Vox Day

Immigration. That's the real reason for the increase in measles everywhere, along with the increase in a whole host of other diseases for which there is no vaccination.


James Kunstler says,

In this universe of paradox, inequity, ironies, and fake-outs one strange actuality stands above the rest these days: that the much-reviled President Trump was on the right side of RussiaGate, and the enormous mob of America’s Thinking Class was on the wrong side — and by such a shocking margin of error that they remain in a horrified fugue of outrage and reprisal, apparently unaware that consequences await.

What a crock. They're not "unaware that consequences await". They're aware that no consequences await. Exactly who in the worthless flea circus calling itself the Justice Department is willing and capable of doing what needs doing? The FBI? Hello—they're on the list of suspects. Are we to believe they'll arrest themselves?

Sorry pal, dog piles are dog piles, end to end and all the way through. "Consequences await". Pfft. At best some Assistant Vice Deputy will be lightly penalized. If the heat is turned up, someone on the farthest fringe of the upper level may be temporarily inconvenienced. The upper level itself will not be troubled, assuming it notices.


Z Man writes of a general pattern of history in his essay, "Contempt of the People". Excerpts:

"... we are now seeing similar displays of power that were seen in the old Soviet Union. The banning of books, the suppression of speech, the use of internal exile to intimidate dissidents, these are all features of the Soviet system now present in modern America...

The illusion of democracy has disguised the deep contempt the ruling elite has for the people, but that contempt is becoming more obvious. At some point, they will simply stop pretending".

When "they" simply stop pretending, "we" will simply stop pretending.

and finally,

A few words from ol' Remus, 2007. Lightly edited. Yes dear heart, Woodpile Report used to be even more aimless than it is now.

"I had intended to write about our local industries like the Big Millimeter Pipeline, or the Isothermic Victuals Company, "Meals frozen so fast they're still hot". Or the short history of our three-lane superhighway. Instead, I shall intimate to our non-blaming friends the nature of local discourse.

Disagreements may appear heated to outsiders but they're actually a choreograph of good natured repartee and standardized body slams. It's never about winning you understand, it's about holding your own. There is no winning. Nobody's ever won and nobody expects to. Nor wants to. Small-town talk is all about showing up and planting yer flag.

That's the real reason outsiders don't make friends easily in small towns. They think arguments are something to win. Some arguments been goin' on since Silent Cal ran the place. They're not debates, they're traditions. With rules. Folks know what your arguments are, it's up to you to freshen 'em up with new twists. It shows you'll not only stick to yer guns, you'll find new ways to deploy 'em.

Afterward they'll all retire to Ma's for mugs-o'-coffee with sugar served straight up, none of those pretty-boy paper packets fulla loose sugar you gotta pinch an' shake like you were some foreigner putting on airs with a precious little ritual, or showin' how delicate your sensibilities are 'cause your sugar's gotta be individually wrapped.

Needless to say there's none of those sugar substitutes 'cause only the truly devious would use 'em and next thing you know it'd devolve down to almond-flavored decaffeinated coffee or somesuch unAmerican abomination that foreign spies and cannibals and maybe even liberals are said to be fond of.

I take a cup of tea now and again. Cheap black tea, not that orange pekoe and pekoe stuff, and in teabags with an honest staple, not those origami things. I use two at a time, gives me all the flow-through I need.

Ma's doesn't use those hokey squeeze bottles fulla ketchup either. It ain't toothpaste after all. You'll get it out of a bottle or you won't get it at all. Ma says if you let your standards slip on the little things soon enough you'll find yourself completely compromised. One measure of a man is his mastery of reluctant ketchup bottles, squeeze bottles tell you something about the folks what use 'em and it ain't good.

Anyway, after the midday repast they climb onto their 9Ns and Jubilees and Farmalls and Olivers and Allis-Chalmers an' Internationals and such and motor on home in style".

Okay, back to 2019. What else we got? Oh yes.

Democrat Anton Cermak, a white married man, was elected Mayor of Chicago in 1931. Democrat Lori Lightfoot, a black lesbian woman, was elected Mayor of Chicago in 2019. In the eighty-eight years between there were eleven mayors and acting mayors, all Democrats. Said differently, Chicago residents in their late eighties have lived in a Democrat-run city all their lives. They literally have never known any better.

"Whatcha readin', Remus?" Well, I'm most of the way through The Complete History of World War II, Armed Services Memorial Edition, Francis Miller, published in 1945, hardcover, 937 pages, with contributions from the biggies of the day. Heavy on the background of events. There's a fervor to it that's lacking in books written at a further distance in time. Also kewl, the word "Jap" is the default throughout, jes like when I was a kid.

Next up is The Scriptures , "a literal translation of the Bible in English. This translation differs significantly from most common English translations in that it has restored the original book order of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Tanakh, and restored the Name of the Most High throughout. Published by the Institute for Scripture Research". The past can't be experienced directly, duh, it's known only through its refractions, the more valuable being the the words of participants and witnesses, secondarily the words of contemporary hearsay. So, as with Homer or Cato, et alia, there's much to learn from different translations.

Reliable sources "in the business" say there's a mini-run on bulk .22 rimfire ammo of late. Vendors at local gun shows are being cleaned out the morning of the first day. May be a blip, or a regional thing. Or a rerun of the years-long drought.

Okay fellow travelers, enough aimless rumination. Time for Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, right after this word from mid-century last.


1950. Electrolux magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Electrolux AB of Sweden, best known for its vacuum cleaners then and now, dates to 1919. Since then it's become a manufacturer of appliances second only to Whirlpool. Electrolux brands include Frigidaire, Gibson, Philco, Tappan and White-Westinghouse.


Remus's notebook


RT - German far-right training for civil war & collapse of state, intel warns ... paper calls for increased surveillance of so-called “preppers”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The best training for civil war is how to stay out of it, to wit: stay away from crowds.

Universe Today - As Expected, the Newly Upgraded LIGO is Finding a Black Hole Merger Every Week ... public alerts at this link

The Drive - What The Hell Is Going On With UFOs And The Department Of Defense? ... rabbit hole of information and disinformation

Daily Mail - Boy, 5, who was thrown from third-story balcony at Mall of America reveals he is 'alert and conscious' ... zero evidence of brain damage, no spinal chord injury, no nerve damage, no internal injuries that were life-threatening

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The kid was chosen at random for death by a 24 year old Member Of The African-American Community with a criminal record who is "pursuing a psychology degree at Minneapolis Community and Technical College and expects to graduate in 2022".

Organic Prepper - Travel Diary: Meeting Selco ... polite, an old-school gentleman

Conservative Treehouse - NSA Recommends Dropping Phone Surveillance Program ... burdens of keeping it outweigh its intelligence benefits

Ammo - Democide: Understanding the State’s Monopoly on Violence and the Second Amendment ... governments are the leading non-natural cause of death in the 20th century

Sultan Knish - Escape From New York 2021 ... they’re getting out before the walls go up around Manhattan and the bridges are mined

About the NRA

Ammoland - ‘When the Levee Breaks’, NRA’s Untenable Position ... violations of state law loom as likely

Wall Street Journal - New York Attorney General Probes NRA as Oliver North Exits as President ... looking into financial and disclosure problems

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This may rival the investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Oh wait.

Captain's Journal - Can The National Rifle Association Be Saved? ... in almost every case where retreat was possible, the NRA has led the way

All Outdoors - Navy Veteran Imprisoned, Fined for Digging Ponds for Firefighting ... still on parole when he died at age 80

Aeon - Seeing the quantum ... the human eye is a surprisingly good photon detector, can it spy the line between the quantum and classical worlds?

American Rifleman - CZ-USA Announces Arkansas Headquarters, Production Facilities ... 73 acres at the Port of Little Rock

The carrot and the stick

American Spectator - Meatless Meats and Other Market Miracles

Zero Hedge - New York's "Green New Deal" To Phase Out Red Meat By 50%

American Thinker - The walls are closing in on Obama ... Judicial Watch and Conservative Tree House are piling up evidence using the Freedom of Information Act

Daily Mail - Massachusetts judge cries as she leaves court after being charged with helping an undocumented immigrant evade ICE ... she faces charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding

Chicago Tribune - Kim Foxx subpoenaed to appear at hearing on appointment of special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Call it her "muh homey" principle of jurisprudence. Or jury nullification without the jury. Or the OJ trial without the trial.

Voice of Europe - “Political correctness gone mad”: Lord Admiral slams maritime museum for gender-neutral ships ... have been referred to as ‘she’ for centuries

Survivopedia - How To Heal Wounds With Sugar ... physicians bringing back this ancient technique

Wall Street Journal - NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Says He Is Being Extorted, Pressured to Resign ... Oliver North forming a crisis committee to examine financial matters inside the organization

Associated Press - Oliver North says he won’t serve 2nd term as NRA president ... finances are a clear crisis and it needs to be dealt with

Gateway Pundit Trump Announces Withdrawal From U.N. Small Arms Treaty, Signs Doc in Front of NRA, Tosses Pen Into Crowd ... we will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms

Shooter's Log - The SHTF Gun ... Forget the police. They will be as scared as you are

Wired - Intel stockpiling 10nm chips, warns that 14nm shortages will continue ... the end of this capacity limit does seem to be in sight

Minding the Campus - The War Against White People ... skating on the edge of inciting violence against whites

Daily Wire - New Jersey Removes Mississippi State Flag From Park Due To Confederate Emblem

Sandra Cunningham , a State Senator and a moron in need of a straight jacket, asked Governor Murphy to remove the flag due to the emblem.

“The Confederate flag symbolizes an era of hate, violence, and division. I thank Governor Murphy for his commitment to tolerance and equality and for the decision to remove this hateful symbol from Liberty State Park. Hate has no home in New Jersey.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ever notice "tolerance, equality and inclusion" means banning something or ejecting someone?

Task & Purpose - Trump wants more armed US troops at the border. The Pentagon might send cooks and lawyers instead ... duties would be transporting detainees and hand out snacks and refreshments


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Opting out, Of Two Minds - The general public and government officials are clueless about the ever-increasing burdens being heaped on small-business employers and entrepreneurs. The number of small businesses that will shut down in the coming recession will astound governments counting on higher revenues from the Tax Donkeys.The number of highly productive and highly paid workers who quit or retire early will be equally astounding to Corporate America. When the Productive Class has been pushed hard enough, they will opt out, and the corporations and governments that have counted on their servitude will find that all of their systems no longer function well, if at all.


Textbook, Todd Starnes - Many Advanced Placement students will be using an American History textbook that depicts President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as racists. “Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not very hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters. Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history,” the textbook reads. “They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.”


Confession, Intellectual Takeout - According to Dickens, the French Revolution degenerated into a death cult, with the guillotine replacing the Cross as the instrument of mankind’s salvation. Revolutionaries seek to create an earthly paradise by killing everyone who stands in their way. Execution thus becomes the sacrament by which the community is purified. Marxism is more rigorous and unforgiving than any religion in its call for total commitment to the cause, a standard of which all people must necessarily fall short. If I failed to live up to the revolutionary ideal and believed that I could best hasten the arrival of heaven on earth by allowing myself to become a victim of sacred state violence, the temptation would certainly be strong.


Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone - It’s shocking to see national media voices after the release of Robert Mueller’s report patting each other on the back, congratulating themselves for a three-year faceplant they must know will haunt the whole business for a long time. The report shows the whole episode was a joke. The Trump-Russia conspiracy tale made a ton of money. Media companies earned boffo ratings while the Mueller probe still carried the drama of a potential spectacular ending. News audiences were betrayed, and sooner or later, even the most virulently Trump-despising demographics will realize it and tune us out.


1941. Astoria Oregon


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A tuna packing plant. See this photo of a tuna packing plant today, seventy-eight years later.



More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Liberty, Paul Roberts at IPE - Washington’s success in weaponizing government against the people has spread throughout the empire and down into the state governments of the United States. When we add to this the mass spying on citizens made possible by the digital revolution, we have as the result the death of liberty. To speak of the “Western democracies” is to mouth a falsehood. There are exactly zero Western governments that can be held accountable by the people. There can be no accountable government without a free press. There is no economic freedom or freedom of association when businesses are punished for having business relationships with organizations that are targets of government oppression. The “war on terror” was a disguise for an attack on the US Constitution. Elections cannot stop it.


Traffic jams, Nautilus - Traffic jams are not the fault of individual drivers, but result instead from the behavior of all drivers on the road. It works like this. Envision a uniform traffic flow: All vehicles are evenly distributed along the highway, and all drive with the same velocity. This ideal traffic flow could persist forever. However, in reality, the flow is constantly exposed to small perturbations: imperfections on the asphalt, tiny hiccups of the engines, half-seconds of driver inattention, and so on. The big question is whether these small perturbations decay, or are amplified. If they decay, there are no jams. But if they are amplified, the uniform flow becomes unstable, with small perturbations growing into backwards-traveling waves called “jamitons.”


Storing ammo, Ammo - Many shooters take the time to maintain their firearms, but they assume their ammunition stockpile will last forever. How your ammo is stored determines its longevity. Think of your ammunition as insurance, a safeguard in case of emergency. Just like any insurance, your hoard of ammo comes with a disclaimer – that if not properly maintained, it could be rendered useless after a certain amount of time. If you are one of the many shooters who took advantage of the 2008 collapse as a time to stockpile ammunition, then your trove of ammo is nearing a decade in age. That means if you have been caring for it incorrectly for the past 10 years, it could fail you when the time comes to use it.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Stored correctly your ammo will outlast you. I recently test-fired a few hand loads I put up forty years earlier. Nice little group, right where it should be.


Maken Engelond Gret Ayeyn, Lapham's Quarterly - It was in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries that high-volume international trading seriously resumed, with trade in wool one of its major drivers. In those centuries, the Port of London alone handled almost a thousand arriving and departing trading vessels a year, and numerous other English ports were claiming a role. Half this activity was devoted to wool, and it generated immense wealth for the realm, conferring fortunes on a small and monopolistic group of men. These successful profiteers were not the sheepherders and shearers of the provinces, nor the merchant sailors who braved the seas, but the entrepreneurial middlemen who collected revenues on exported wool.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A long read but a page-turner.


1941. Cleveland Ohio


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is part of a series. Here we see a half-track in the paint booth at White Motor Company. White delivered about 15,400 half-tracks by war's end, about a third of the total supplied to the War Department by White, Autocar and Diamond T.

White Motor Company began as a division of White Sewing Machine Company in 1901 to market an improved steam-powered automobile. It was a success, selling more than the better known Stanley Steamer, but White saw steam had no future and turned to gasoline powered models in 1911.

In 1941, when this photo was taken, White Motor Company was a major manufacturer of automobiles, trucks, buses, and tractors. After the usual mergers and acquisitions and missteps, the company went defunct in 1980. White Sewing Machine Company became White Consolidated Industries in 1964, which became part of Electrolux in 1986.


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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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