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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

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


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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

 

 

 

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Caspar Netscher, Woman Playing The Guitar, 1669

Caspar Netscher, 1639-1684, was a Dutch portrait and genre painter. This painting of an elegantly dressed young lady with a guitar is one of several similar works. I've summarized Netscher's harrowing childhood in an earlier Woodpile Report.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg For railfans it's an improbable, delicious bonbon. For decades we argued and theorized. Now it's reality. A Union Pacific "Big Boy", the largest operating steam engine in the world, is back in service. Only the mighty UP could have done it.

Big Boys featured sixteen driving wheels in two sets of eight. The front set of drivers pivots as though it were a separate engine under the same boiler. Another of UP's operating steam locomotives, 844 with eight driving wheels, was a standard mainline engine in its day. Call it "half a Big Boy".

A hard working Big Boy circa 1950. This is what they really looked like.

 

Twenty-five Big Boys were built by Alco of Schenectady NY between 1941 and 1944. Big Boy 4014 was acquired from a California museum by UP in 2013 and restored to running condition video. Seven others also escaped the scrapper's torch and are currently on display. On Saturday, May 4th, 4014 made its first trial run in preparation for the May 9th Golden Spike ceremony at Ogden, Utah . It drew a crowd:

Wyoming News - Thousands come from across the country for the Big Boy ... people crowded every viewpoint they could find to watch the 4014 make its new maiden voyage out of Cheyenne after almost 60 years of retirement. Big Boy is the world's largest steam locomotive.

The Promontory golden spike ceremony of 1869 signaled the completion of the transcontinental railroad. But alas, Promontory was a part of the route destined to be replaced with a more economically sound and less circuitous one, so the ceremony is held at Ogden. Wikipedia describes the fate of Promontory itself:

When the Great Depression led to a dramatic fall in revenues from railroad traffic, the Southern Pacific decided to abandon the line when it failed to meet its operating costs. On September 8, 1942, an "unspiking" ceremony was held to commemorate the lifting of the last rail over Promontory Summit; the old steel rails were used for the war effort in World War II.

For the railfans among us, this longish video is a good documentary of Big Boy's tentative baby steps, the first in many decades—yeah, I know, get a life, it's a yawner for those unimpressed by industrial machinery. But for railfans Lucius Beebe put it best, "steam locomotives are the closest man has come to creating life." Happily, all went well, save a few cosmetic steam and lube leaks. This is to be expected when all the working parts are on the outside rather than behind painted sheet metal. The UP "steam team" did its usual sterling job.

YouTube - Worlds largest steam locomotive is back! Big Boy 4014 hits the main line ... "This locomotive underwent a frame up rebuild and is now better than new. Since this was a break-in run the locomotive is not working very much at all. Just a bit of throttle to keep the pistons lubricated". Video, 34m 35s.

Below is a frame-grab from the video.

For those who'd rather see Big Boy at track speed in bright daylight, see this video, "Big Boy 4014 UP 844 Double header Rawlins to Rock Springs, Wyoming" , 15m 35s. There are many more videos much like it posted.

Big Boy 4014 on May 4th. Right off the showroom floor with that "new locomotive smell"..

 

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Mike Adams at Natural News makes some astonishing claims. Excerpts:

I’ve seen a lot of pistol shootings, much more than US police would ever see, and much more than experienced by most medics deploying solely with US personnel. And yet, I have zero, not one single experience, where a single gunshot wound from a 9X19 NATO round killed someone prior to them being able to return fire or flee. This includes people shot in the chest, back, back of the head (one hit behind the left ear) the neck and the face. None...

Unfortunately, the same goes for the 5.56 NATO round. I have yet to witness a single shot quick kill with this round... On the flip side, having a patient who was shot by a 7.62X51 NATO or larger round was a rarity. Dead people aren’t patients, they are a supply issue.

Wisdom in one breath

From George Washington, letter to Jabez Brown, via Founders Online

Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice.

From Bjørn Ekeberg at Scientific American

In order to maintain a mathematically unified theory valid for the entire universe, we must accept that 95 percent of our cosmos is furnished by completely unknown elements and forces for which we have no empirical evidence whatsoever.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report, about gun confiscation

If ever foolishly started, over in about an hour, due to lack of interest by the survivors.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

Nothing of value can ever be free of cost. That’s why men must be free: so each of us can decide on his own value and priority scales and negotiate with others to mutual benefit.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, about FEMA when SHTF

The gov will show up for your food before it starts giving you any of “theirs”.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika, about the Left

For them, life is doomed because it did not make them God, and so we might as well all perish because that is better than having to be subject to the rules of reality.

From Borepatch

I did not expect the future to be so weird.

From Jim's Blog

The state religion of progressivism cannot provide for the orderly transfer of power, so we are inevitably moving towards disorderly transfer of power.

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The SPLC's night riders have run another victim to ground. James "Roissy" Weidmann's gritty manosphere site, the long-running Chateau Heartiste, has been taken down by WordPress. Here's the notice as posted Friday, May 10th

heartiste.wordpress.com is no longer available.

This blog has been archived or suspended in accordance with our Terms of Service.

For more information and to contact us please read this support document.

WordPress.com

The decision has been made, people can't be allowed to talk among themselves. Some are noticing things we're forbidden to notice.

These are not nudges. This is slash and burn. It may mean the hard-left globalists have lost control, and their minds, or it may mean they believe it's time to make a final push. Either way, they're going to make things sporty.

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Samuel Culper has posted an update on his “Second American Civil War” essay at Forward Observer. Some excerpts:

We could have just two to three years before we see routine, sustained political violence. For as long as I’ve been writing about Low Intensity Conflict, I’ve warned of the effects of the next recession and financial crisis on the political and cultural climate...

History proves that it’s entirely possible to have two or more competing groups at war with each other without dragging every last man, woman, and child into the conflict...

What concerns me—and, again, I don’t see any of this as imminent, but I do believe it’s coming over the next few years — is what I see as a convergence of a ‘perfect storm’ scenario with radicalized social bases, a dim economic outlook and loss of hope, political leaders who give a green light or at least tacit approval to political violence, and a belief that violence is the preferable solution. These prerequisites for organized political violence are developing.

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man sums up the dilemma. An excerpt:

I'm not one to fantasize about civil war, or armed rebellion, or whatever. I've seen them in real life, in more than one African nation, and they're the very last thing I want to see in these United States! I think most people who've experienced them will say the same.

Nevertheless, some worry that we may see some sort of major civil unrest in our cities.  With Antifa, Black Lives Matter, urban gangs, and other elements in the news, that's certainly not impossible.  If it looks likely, my preferred response will be to get the hell out of the way before things happen ... but that may not be feasible.

Cam Brown reflects on the "ever dwindling European demographic majority" at American Thinker. Excerpts:

The question looming then is, what is next? Will it be the glorious Brave New World of harmonious multiculturalism or an uneasy balkanization that trends ever more to tribalism and violence? Based on existing evidence and studies, I believe that it will be closer to the latter...

Although I truly hope we do not see anything like a Yugoslavia or Rwanda scenario, we must be realistic and be prepared for any eventuality, especially when there have been strong historical, anecdotal examples, as well as academic studies that suggest we are headed for at least some turbulence once the Boomers are gone.

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A reworked 19th century cartoon as posted in Woodpile Report, July 2009.

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John Richardson at Only Guns And Money continues his comments on the crisis at the National Rifle Association. These are his closing paragraphs from "Don't Shoot the Messenger, Part 2".

One way or another the NRA will get its house in order. It can be done either by the Board of Directors or it will be done for them by the State of New York, the Internal Revenue Service, and other outside agencies. Far better that the changes come from within than from without. It can be controlled and managed to make the organization stronger, bigger, and more diverse.

My fear is that new officers of the NRA—Carolyn Meadows, Charles Cotton, and Willes Lee—and much of the Board are such stalwart Wayne LaPierre supporters that they will go along with the status quo to the NRA's detriment. Ignoring it is not going to make it go away and will only make matters worse. That, however, is the most probable outcome as things stand now.

On May 11th, Mark Maremont at The Wall Street Journal posted a summary of leaked Wayne LaPierre expense documents. Excerpts:

They included a trip to Italy and Budapest in 2014, where the listed expenses included $6,500 for lodging at the Four Seasons hotel; $2,400 for a stay at the luxury Castadiva Resort on Italy’s Lake Como; $17,550 for “Air Charter” between Budapest and the Italian city of Brescia; and nearly $18,300 for a car and driver in both countries.

There was also a charge of $1,096 for “Frankfurt Airport Assistance.”

The letter also listed air transportation charges of almost $40,000 from Washington to the Bahamas on Dec. 17, 2012, and $29,000 from the Bahamas to Dallas on Jan. 3, 2013.

Executive expense accounts always look bad to those unfamiliar with the realities of business travel, but this isn't just bad optics, this is getting into Clinton Foundation territory. The NRA really is funded by small donations, twenty-five or fifty bucks and you get a free tote bag. Spending like this makes it difficult to credit their nonstop, end-of-the-world, "brother, can you spare a dime" appeals. It reminds me of the SPLC: send more money or the Third Reich will take over at nine tomorrow morning.

NRA fund raising betrays itself as overwrought when, for one, Mr. LaPierre hires a private jet for a brief meet-and-greet tour of a gun show. Members rightly feel like cash cows when these extravagances are revealed. That said, I keep renewing my membership. It's come down to "our" powdered princes against "their" powdered princes.

After reading the WSJ article referenced above, Peter Grant offers a solution at Bayou Renaissance Man:

... the NRA board appears to have been subverted from its main task of guiding and shepherding the organization.  Instead, it's circling the wagons and protecting Mr. LaPierre, as well as taking sides in the dispute between him and Oliver North...

I have a simple solution. Let the NRA fire every single person involved in this whole imbroglio, from the highest to the lowest. That includes any and every board member who's tried to protect or defend such ridiculous, unjustifiable expenditure. We need new blood at the head of the organization, people who won't protect vested interests or financial shenanigans. The NRA is supposed to protect and defend Second Amendment rights, and popularize and promote the shooting sports. Let it get back to its roots, and forget about politics in a wider field, or spending money on anything except its core mission.

For a summary of the NRA's troubles:

BattleSwarm Blog - Turmoil In The NRA ... the NRA has to be on solid organizational and financial footing, and right now it does not appear to be on either

and finally,

The week before last we had three days in a row without rain. Time for the yearly duty, take the mower out of stowage and give the lawn its emergency haircut. I sat down, hit the choke, turned the key. Shafts of dazzling golden light came from above, a celestial choir sang Hallelujah. Started on the first try. Got 'er done. Next day it rained and 2,114 dandelions popped up. Yes, I counted. Next day it rained. Next day it rained. Next day it rained. Maybe I should plant rice instead.

A friend over on the next hill uses tire chains this time of year. Another got his stuck so bad he had to get his real tractor to pull it out. Mowing's always a challenge in these hills. Everyone's yard has places where they have to lean 'way out regatta-style to keep from tipping over. And I have a twenty foot drop-off on one side. But, it's gotta be mowed so the grass doesn't obscure the target stand.

Well gang, time to add another dismal chapter to the doomsday book. We'll get to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report right after this old ad.

 

1940. Mercury 8 magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We have it on no less authority than the ad writer that the '40 Mercury was the pinnacle of automotive excellence. It offered a "finger-tip" gearshift mounted on the column, more comfy seats and twenty—count 'em, twenty—other improvements, including controlled ventilation, a 95 hp V-8 engine, 12 inch hydraulic drum brakes, a wide and roomy body, all in a choice of snazzy interior lines and colors.

First introduced in 1939, the Mercury 8 was offered in several 2-door and 4-door configurations. Its body shell, while reflecting the general Ford styling, was unique, something that would change with the 1941 model .

 

Remus's notebook

 

Daily Mail - Amazon's D-Day bestseller 'is a hoax': Historians claim 'Through German Eyes' book is a fabrication because no soldiers named in it can be traced and its author is nowhere to be seen

"Neither Holger Eckhertz [author] nor anyone with his surname is listed in telephone directories in Germany or Britain - fuelling suspicions the book is a hoax. The companies he names as his publisher and translation service, DTZ History Publications and Sprech Media, are not listed in Companies House or Germany's equivalent ... there is also no record of the book, of any publication written by anyone named Eckhertz"

Prime Patriot - Shocker! The GoFundMe Campaign to Build the Wall Is a Bust ... no updates, no response to requests for comment

Breitbart - University of Georgia: TA Who Said ‘White People Might Have to Die’ Did Not Violate Code of Conduct ... "fighting white people is a skill"

Phys Org - Researchers document the oldest known trees in eastern North America ... stand of bald cypress trees in North Carolina, including one at least 2,624 years old

Information Liberation - Check Out How This Volvo Ad Was Run in America vs Poland

Spectator - Sacramento’s Biggest Gasbags ... California’s leaders supported higher gas taxes and regulations and now demand an investigation into high gas prices

Organic Prepper - New York Wants to Force All Gun Owners to Buy a Million Dollar Liability Policy ... Obamacare for guns

Gun Blog - Trudeau Has ‘Secret Plan’ on ‘Sweeping Gun Ban,’ MP Clement Says ... a “full ban” on handguns and many rifles and shotguns by Cabinet order

Ammo - The History of Gun Control and Crime in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK ... Australia had low crime rates well before the passage of the 1996 NFA

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A valuable resource for your archives

Town Hall - Be A Rooftop Korean ... in the LA riots, law enforcement was massively outnumbered, "our citizens were on their own"

Drive/Warzone - USAF Fighter Pilots Are Now Flying With These Converted M4 Rifles In Their Survival Kits ... break in half and have other special features so they can fit inside the survival kit underneath a pilot's ejection seats

Breitbart - Television Crew Attacked While Filming Report on Emerging Migrant No-Go Zone ... reporting refusal of bus drivers to stop at the ‘rapidly deteriorating’ Gare du Nord location, violence and diseases such as tuberculosis, scabies and malaria

Cosmos - Wrinkles in the fabric of spacetime ... intense gravitational waves permanently alter the properties of particles in their wake

Daily Galaxy - “The Whisper” –LIGO and Virgo Detects Signal of 1st Neutron Star Black Hole Collision ... more discoveries come just weeks after LIGO and Virgo turned back on

Next Big Future - Hypersonic Missiles Are Not True Military Game Changers ... just take away the relatively small chance for a near-term defense breakthrough to succeed in defense some of the time

Captain's Journal - Based On The Testimony Of One Witness ... what a "red flag law" arrest looks like. Comment at YouTube: " I don't understand why they took his guns and took him to the hospital over hearsay, especially when no one else in the house had any idea anything was going on"

The Hill - Baltimore TV anchor ousted after question about African American female mayors ... "We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row, two resigned"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg After being fired she posted the usual groveling, sphincter-kissing, self-flagellating apology. Apparently she now believes Baltimore's mayoral tag-team incompetence and serial criminal corruption is mere coincidence.

Outdoor Life - The Ultimate High-Speed Precision Reloading Setup ... will crank out piles of match-winning rifle ammunition, but it doesn't come cheap

Modern Survival - Gamma Seal Lids, Are They Worth It? ... convenient for accessing contents from time to time

Gateway Pundit - “It’s Pornography” Parents Outraged as California Targets Kindergartners With Transgender Propaganda ... transgender propaganda to 5-year-olds didn’t go over so well

Liberty Unyielding - Teachers unions, ACLU oppose bill that would criminalize sex between teachers and students ... teachers having sex with students is too commonplace

Amerika - What Crushed Daily Life In The West? ... our mass culture is garbage

Ancient Origins - Archaeological site in Mexico reveals sacrifice and cannibalization of Spanish conquistadors ... rushed to hide the evidence in reservoirs

"Acolhuas peoples captured a caravan of 550 conquistadors and their allies in 1520, kept them in captivity, and ate them over a period of nine months".

Blaze - Kentucky policy allowed social workers to take kids using judges' pre-signed signatures on blank documents ... judges are required to affirm several findings before approving the order; not just agree or disagree

Vintage News - Scholars Believe That ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is a 5000 Year Old Tale ... several thousand years before the classics of Greek and Roman antiquity

Diversity news

DW - Germany: Migrants attack police probing death at refugee center ... officers unable to retrieve body

CBS News - 5 injured after teens "ambush" group in Philadelphia shooting ... kids no more than 10th grade

College Fix - University of Michigan pours almost $7 million per year into diversity payroll, benefits ... 17 diversity employees make over $100,000 per year

College Fix - This public university will spend nearly $3 million on diversity this year alone ... $1.9 million for salaries and staff at University of Iowa

 

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Academia, Quillette - At Evergreen, gangs of thugs prowled the campus with baseball bats in search of thought criminals. These radical ideologies are empowering, but not in an inspiring way, it corrupts and attracts the easily corrupted. A similar corrupting process seems to have occurred in academia, which has ballooned into an administrative morass, the primary purpose of which is to accrue rent-seeking profit. Normally such organisations would simply collapse under the weight of their own bureaucratic inefficiency, but academia will never be allowed to collapse because education is a right. And what kind of monster could possibly be against education? We need to stop wringing our hands over how to save academia and acknowledge that its disease is terminal.

 

Collapse, Fantasy Free Economics - The economy of the United States is highly unstable. There is no way out of a collapse. What can be done? With respect to avoiding a collapse, absolutely nothing can be done. Who bears the burden of the collapse is a different issue. That will be you and others just like you. What about you who live in Europe, Asia, the Mid East and Russia? You will be impoverished as a result. Economies in each country are failing for the same reason as is the economy of the United States. In every country in the world today, government is used as a tool to rig markets and enrich those with political power. The harm to you is not malicious. It is incidental but it is harm none the less.

 

Radical society, NC Renegade - We are on the verge of some very nasty measures to be used against us. One is the ability to sequester our finances, because once it goes digital, there is no way to keep those funds from the keystrokes of our enemies. They can hold these finances hostage to force action on gun control. If you do not voluntarily turn your guns in, they will freeze your bank accounts and fine you the contents. The same goes for retirement funds and other sources of revenue, they will be placed on hold to determine if you have cooperated with every political objective of the government, that is now and will be forever controlled by leftists. I can think of nothing that can be done peacefully that will have any impact at all.

 

Travel, Eric Peters Autos - America became very much like East Germany in that Americans were no longer free to travel. Now, the courts ruled, Americans could be subjected to random stops by arbitrary authority and required by law to produce their “papers,” suffer their vehicle and its interior to be at least visually inspected by a government goon looking for an excuse to inspect it more thoroughly, have intrusive questions asked and so on. Americans were at a stroke placed in exactly the same position as a prison inmate. Both must have permission to travel and produce evidence of their having obtained this permission upon demand.

 

Climate, Natural News - Climate science is rife with statistical manipulation, data tampering and other integrity issues—and that’s before politics get involved. While climate change alarmists claim that the science on global warming is “settled,” the fact of the matter is that this so-called consensus has been based entirely on fraudulent data and bogus prediction “models.” Mass censorship of climate change skepticism is coming down the pike. Meanwhile, the propaganda machine is running at top-speed. CO2 is hardly poisonous. It is essential for life on our planet and levels as high as 5000 ppm are considered safe on our submarines and on the space station. Current atmospheric levels are around 400 ppm.

 

1939. Minneapolis Minnesota

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Klass and déclassé mingle in the heartland. Billboards are routinely condemned as a blight akin to vandalism but there's little chance they'll go away, they've always been an effective form of advertising. There are about 365,000 in the US at any one time.

The Hollywood Sign is the biggest billboard in the country at 45 feet tall and 352 feet long. Put up in 1923 as "Hollywoodland", it originally advertised a real estate development. California designated it a Historic-Cultural Monument in 1973. Well of course they would.

 

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Plague, Atlantic/Pocket - The trio of Ebola patients in 2014 produced 3,700 pounds of contaminated linens, gloves, and other waste among them, all of which demanded careful handling. Treating them cost more than $1 million. That kind of care quickly reaches its limits as an epidemic spreads. In June 2015, the Samsung Medical Center, in Seoul—one of the most advanced medical centers in the world—was forced to suspend most of its services after a single man with mers arrived in its overcrowded emergency room. American hospitals wouldn’t fare much better. America’s stockpiles would quickly be depleted in a serious epidemic. In response to just 10 cases of Ebola in 2014, the U.S. spent $1.1 billion on domestic preparations, including $119 million on screening and quarantine.

 

Latin America, Front Page - Venezuela’s spectacular collapse may be dominating the news cycle now, but a Latin American country usually implodes in a spectacular fashion every few years. America is not going to Americanize the countries south of the border. Instead America is being remade along a more Latin American model with radical politics, gang violence and a loss of civic confidence. Latin America is collapsing. But, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it’s always collapsing. Its people have learned to live like that. If we don’t secure our borders, we’ll have to learn to live that way too.

 

Unraveling, Of Two Minds - There are two basic pathways to systemic collapse: external shocks or internal decay. The two are not mutually exclusive, of course; it can be argued that the most common path is internal decay weakens the empire/state and an external shock pushes the rotted structure off the cliff. The elites know the public would resist their leadership if the truth were widely known, so the ruling elites devote tremendous resources to massaging the news to distract the public from reality and reflect positively on their self-serving leadership. Since the weaknesses of the empire are being hidden, they cannot be addressed, and so rot that could have been fixed early becomes widespread and fatal.

 

Endless wars, Pat Buchanan - The Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro was established decades ago by his mentor, Hugo Chavez. When did that regime become so grave a threat that the U.S. should consider an invasion to remove it? During the uprising in Caracas, Bolton cited the Monroe Doctrine of 1823. But according to President James Monroe, and Mike Pompeo’s predecessor John Quincy Adams, who wrote the message to Congress, under the Doctrine, while European powers were to keep their hands off our hemisphere we would reciprocate and stay out of Europe’s quarrels and wars.

 

1944. Waddington England

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Lancaster of the Royal Australian Air Force takes on its bomb load. Powered by four Rolls Royce Merlin engines, the legendary Lancaster was the heavy bomber most used by the British against Germany.

RAF Waddington, located in Lincolnshire in coastal east-central England, is still an active air force station.

 

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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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