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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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Isaac van Ostade, Interior With Children, 1641

The last van Ostade in my files. I'll get more.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Gun manufacturers and dealers have been de facto part-time government agents since the latter part of the last century but the means of making high quality arms are getting more "democratic and equal". 3D printed gun parts is news only to the donor class and their marching morons, more evidence gun control has always been a fever dream of the exceptionally ungifted and ignorant by choice.

Add to the fascination with 3D printing the cadre of machinists experienced with machine tools, including CNC. It's worth remembering the Sten gun was largely a cottage industry, and the superior Sterling and M3A1 Grease Gun aren't much more difficult to make. Also recall nascent Israel armed itself partly with two and a half million cartridges made in a dingy workshop hidden under a bakery. Drawing and forming cases from coil stock is an exacting process but the technology is widespread and a century and a half old.

Our ruling grandees made a serious mistake attempting to herd the "gun culture" into the catacombs. They've succeeded only in creating a Sherwood Forest flavor to it. With the equipment, expertise and motivation in place, cloning Glock parts with 3D printers won't be the end of it. It didn't have to be this way, it shouldn't be this way, but this is the way it is.

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Jeffrey Tucker at Intellectual Takeout explains why American cars all look alike:

I was at the grocery store and saw another amazing car, this one a tiny sports model with roll bars. It just took my breath away, too great not to elicit a sense of awe.

I asked the owner where he bought it, what model, what make, etc. This car challenged my impression that all new cars look the same. He said that he built it in his garage. He got the kit from Factory Five Racing .

“You have to build your own car in a garage because no maker is able to sell something like that?”

“You got it.”

... You are welcome to read an engineer’s account of what it is like to design an American car. Nothing you think, much less dream, really matters. The regulations drive the whole process. He explains that the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards with hundreds of regulations — really a massive central plan — dictate every detail and have utterly ruined the look and feel of American cars.

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New Yorker columnist Mollie Downes reported the growing anticipation in England in the countdown to the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. An excerpt:

Living on this little island just now uncomfortably resembles living on a vast combination of an aircraft carrier, a floating dock jammed with men, and a warehouse stacked to the ceiling with material labelled “Europe.”

It’s not at all difficult for one to imagine that England’s coastline can actually be seen bulging and trembling like the walls of a Silly Symphony house in which a terrific fight is going on. The fight everybody is waiting for hasn’t started yet, but all over England, from the big cities to the tiniest hamlet, the people, at least in spirit, seem already to have begun it...

The troops look unfailingly cheerful and lighthearted, as though they didn’t know that anything unusual was afoot, and it is obvious that they are in wonderful physical shape. Life is reminiscent of the blitz in other ways, too, for now, as then, people are keyed up to withstand something which they have often imagined but never experienced, and there is the same element of uncertainty about what is coming.

Wisdom in one breath

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

If there aren't indictments, trials, and convictions over what's gone on, I can tell you what I do have faith will happen: there's going to be war. Not a tantrum, or a disturbance, or a riot, or even some low-intensity nonsense.

From Thoughts from Frank and Fern, about uncivil war

If we want to know how this will all turn out, just watch our country's leaders.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

The demotion of children from an economic asset to a luxury good forces them to compete with other luxury goods, and children have been losing that competition for decades now.

From Eric Peters at Eric Peters Autos, about tech oligarchs

They took over means of publishing which they did not create and then succeeded in claiming it as their property while at the same time excusing themselves from any legal liability for what was published by claiming they are merely “platforms” and then began to Thought Police the publishing they deny they are engaged in.

From Jim Quinn at The Burning Platform

Is Trump one of Us or one of Them? I do not know, but I’m preparing for either eventuality.

From Ace at Ace of Spades

I thought the purpose of the federal government was to maintain post roads and collect tariffs from surly foreigners, not to post inspectors in every lavatory to make sure you wiped your butt good enough.

From John Wilder at Wilder, Wealthy and Wise

Should World War II break out again, we are so totally ready to win it.

From Jim at Jim's Blog

Before the British intervened in Afghanistan, the most recent news that most people had of it was records of Alexander’s army passing through two millennia ago.

From Kreator, comment at Zero Hedge, about Oxford's "adversity score"

You can’t fix stupid, no matter how much you lower your criteria.

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An article at Popular Science features this helpful tip:

If you aren’t a fan of stainless steel straws, there’s another reusable eco-friendly option: bamboo. This set of eight straws also comes with a cleaning brush and carrying case.

The ad copy:

"Do you care about the environment? But confused about the changes you can make today? Eliminating single-use plastic straws is a great 1st step. Our Buluh bamboo straws originate in nature and end up in nature, making them truly 100% biodegradable! Not only beautiful, but our straws are also organic, strong and durable, contain NO inks or dyes, are sustainably grown and BPA-free".

Only thirteen bucks for a set of eight. They almost had me with "sustainably grown" but it was the carrying case that won me over. After rigorous testing, I'll write an essay about how a bamboo straw kit is one of the ten critical items people overlook for their bugout bag. That, and a decent unoaked Chardonnay.

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Dov Fischer at American Spectator argues "Jew-hate" is a deepening norm in the Democrat Party. Even so, "a segment of Jewish liberals are so assimilated out of their Judaic heritage and are so bereft of serious Judaic learning, culture, and simple Jewish self-respect that they are tucked away safely in the Democrats’ pocket no matter what." There is, however, a sea change underway.

"In time, even the Jewish liberals will leave the Democrats because they will be kicked out, directly or indirectly. Their boat has sailed without them, and the tide has turned. They are the last of their era... In time those Jews will disappear into a void of history that has seen the family lines of so many before them disappear from the annals of their people. And that is why Orthodox Jews, who overwhelmingly vote Republican conservative, are predicted by every serious demographic survey to become the American Jewish majority in this century".

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Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man comments on Combat Medic's Advice posted at The Truth About Guns:

Military ball ammunition is ... subject to the restrictions of the Hague Convention. Those restrictions limit its terminal effectiveness. Hunting rounds, on the other hand use soft-point and hollow-point bullets, or larger solid projectiles with more effective designs that greatly increase the effectiveness of the round...

When looking at solid bullets, without expanding features, I agree; 9mm and 5.56mm are not optimal, and I would hesitate to trust my life to them unless I had no other choice. However, when modern expanding ammunition is available, they are boosted to a whole new level of performance, and become much more reliable...

... be careful when reading articles such as that cited above.  If they're talking only about military ball ammo, with no more effective projectiles in the mix, they're definitely not addressing the current reality of the situation for civilian or law enforcement defensive shooting.

Point well taken. But there's a problem. 5.56mm hunting ammo is typically sold by the box of twenty at a premium price. For rounds sold at steep discount in quantity—250, or 500, or 1,000 say—full metal jacket is almost always the only option. For this reason, the typical prepper's doomsday stock is all but certain to be ball ammo.

9mm is a different story. Expanding ammo is widely available in quantity at competitive prices. Users understand the 9mm's domain begins and ends not much beyond hand-to-hand combat territory.

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Minnesota Wldman via Don Surber

Maxine: “Get in their face”
Biden: “I'd like to teach him a lesson”
Holder: “Kick ‘em”
Hilary: “Our institutions are in crisis”
DeNiro: “I'd like to punch him in the face”
Brennan: “The President is treasonous”

But yeah, it's Trump who has to tone it down

and finally,

After decades of exploring space the results are finally in. There's nothing there, in any direction, no matter how hard they look.

Things happened faster 160 years ago. Republican candidate Lincoln won the election of 1860 with 40% of the popular vote but with an absolute majority of the combined electoral votes. Turnout was 81%. Two regional Democrats and one independent ran against him. Seven southern states refused to accept the election results, seceded and formed the Confederacy in early 1861. Other states joined and the Civil War started two months later, in April of 1861. Elapsed time from repudiating the election to war was about six months.

Today's Democrats also refuse to accept the election, but more than two years have passed and they're still seceding one city at a time. At this rate Antifa will be in palliative care before the shooting starts.

Brett Stevens over at Amerika recommends the video series, "Occupied". So I watched the first one of eighteen segments on Netflix. Looks like it could be a good one. Could be.

Well gang, enough of this chitchat. Let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1940. Magazine ad for Packard 120

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1940 Packard with its straight-8 power and overdrive was a "second generation" series 120, marketed from 1939 to 1941. The 120 was a step down from their "senior" models, roughly into Buick territory, but with unmistakable Packard vertical styling and "ox-yoke" grille.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Economic Collapse - Crop Catastrophe In The Midwest, Latest USDA Crop Progress Report Indicates That A Nightmare Scenario Is Upon Us ... a whole lot less corn and soybeans this year

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mike "Doomsday" Snyder is over the top, as usual, but he's on to something this time. The makings of an epic food catastrophe, world-wide, are in place. It's still improbable, but improbable is a long step away from impossible. And you can expect a food shortage to be weaponized. Food first. Make it always so.

Not only are staple crops in trouble:

"African swine flu has decimated the pig population in China and sent pork prices soaring... As many as up to 200 million Chinese pigs have reportedly been lost due to the disease. The entire U.S. pork industry does not even produce 200 million pigs in an entire year... And now African Swine Flu has spread to other countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, and so this pandemic could soon become a true global cataclysm".

Also see this:

Zero Hedge - "Pig Ebola" Epidemic Threatens To Unleash Stagflation Across China ... China recently made its biggest-ever weekly purchase of US pork ... the industry is expecting prices to soar in the second half, perhaps more than 60%, surpassing the great food inflation scare of 2011 ... the price of virtually every food product in China is rising at double digits

Of Two Minds - Superbugs and the Ultimate Economic Weapon: Food ... rivals without enough food will surrender power to those with scarce surpluses

Next Big Future - TASS Claims Russia’s T-500 Anti-Missile System Can Shoot Down Hypersonic Missiles ... highly mobile and rapid deployability

Red State - 8-10 Somali Teens Armed With Hammers Attack Bystanders at East Bank Rail Station in MN ... chasing people,” with “several injuries reported,” in Minneapolis

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In recent years tens of thousands of Somali illegals have been dumped in Minneapolis. Somalis are African Sunni Moslems. See the Mogadishu civil war and the ongoing violence for a fuller appreciation. We're doubly enriched by this particular diversity, Ilhan Omar was elected to represent Minneapolis in Congress in 2018. Her family fled Mogadishu and was granted asylum in 1995.

PJ Media - Pollsters Blindsided Again: Australian Labor Party's Surprise Defeat Echoes Hillary, Brexit ... not just wrong but spectacularly wrong

Spiked - Why opinion polls keep getting it wrong ... the more we demonise certain opinions, the less likely people are to express them

Organic Prepper - No, You Can't Use Electric Pressure Cookers for Canning ... incorrect information included in the package of the cookers

Fox News - ICE again seeks detention of Maryland teens accused in murder of 14-year-old girl

"ICE said it had lodged a detainer with the Prince George's County Detention Center in May 2018 after Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar were arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted robbery, among other offenses. However, the agency said both were released "on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE"".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What's mere murder when diversity is at stake?

Reason - Popular Defiance Will Kneecap Gun Laws in New Mexico, As It Has in Other States ... following the lead of their rebellious constituents, local officials say they won't enforce despised rules

Activist Post - Signed as Law: Kansas Removes Barrier to the Use of Gold and Silver as Money ... by removing the sales tax on the exchange of gold and silver

Science Alert - For The First Time, The Geometry of an Electron Has Been Mapped ... aren't shaped like neat little spheres

Neon Nettle - NASA Uses Taxpayer-Funded Website to Push Climate Change on Kids ... official Climate Kids website teaching children about 'climate change'

art-remus-ident-04.jpg NASA's becoming just another rogue "woke" agency.

College Fix - Portland State rejects ‘Conservative Political Thought’ course because it’s not inclusive ... conservative political thought is entirely absent as a serious subject of study

Art of Manliness - How to Choose the Perfect Steak: All Your FAQs Answered ... what’s the difference between “Prime” and “Select” steak, and why would I choose a chuck eye over a rib eye?

Excerpt: "Sirloin Steak. Comes from the sirloin (on the back of the animal near the rump) of cattle. It’s a ho-hum cut of meat — not very flavorful or tender. It tastes like beef, and it’s affordable. That’s pretty much it".

Daily Mail - The MLK tapes: Secret FBI recordings accuse Martin Luther King Jr of watching and laughing as a pastor raped a woman, having 40 extramarital affairs

art-remus-ident-04.jpg For those who don't matter this increases King's stature. They fail to see this for what it is, the Progressive's first public move in kicking them to the curb to please their new best friends pouring across the southern border. The enmity between them is such that it was one or the other. By the time they "get it", if they ever do, it'll be an epiphany, there's little to salvage after sixty years of making enemies where there were none.

Liberty Nation - Begging for Help: NM Gov Changing Her Tune on Immigration ... sent National Guard troops packing in February, needs federal help now

International Man - Comparing the 1930s and Today ... they know what the last depression was like, but they don't know what one is

Real Clear Investigations - Trump-Russia's Turning, and the Knives Are Out ... the leading players in the 2016 election drama are turning on one another

Consortium News - Professional Assange Smearers Finally Realize His Fate Is Tied To Theirs ... Rachel Maddow has aired a segment condemning the new indictment against Julian Assange

"Maddow’s credulous audience would eat live kittens if she told them to, so the way she’s pushing back against a dangerous legal precedent in language they can understand will make a difference in the way American liberals think about Assange’s predicament".

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Blame, Republic Standard - London’s knife crime epidemic is primarily caused by black men murdering each other in gang wars. Have the black men been blamed? No, local charities have blamed poverty caused by white politicians even though white areas at the same poverty level rarely experience such violent crimes. Wherever there is a non-white minority population in the modern world, the governments are too weak to protect their own people, and instead side with the vocal non-white minority, who benefit from ‘hate speech’ legislation, which is designed to protect them from whites complaining about their criminal actions. With populist-nationalist governments coming to power in Europe, there is a sign of things beginning to change.

 

Garage guns, Wired - A new network of 3D-printed gun advocates is growing in America – and this time things are different. This operation is entirely decentralised. There’s no headquarters, no trademarks, and no real leader. The people behind it reckon that this means they can’t be stopped by governments. At least 100 people are actively developing 3D-printed gun technology, and there are thousands taking part in the network. This loose-knit community spans across the whole world. The CAD gun designs are so well-made they’re not just “workable”, but superior

 

Antimatter, Scientific American - Antimatter is matter’s upside-down twin—every matter particle has a matching antimatter version with the opposite charge. Physicists think the cosmos started out with just as much antimatter as matter, but most of the former got wiped out. Now they may be one step closer to knowing why. Physicists found that unstable particles called D0 mesons decayed into more stable particles at a slightly different rate than their antimatter counterparts. Scientists are holding out hope of finding much larger matter-antimatter differences elsewhere.

 

Becoming Rome, Ann Coulter - Back in 1995, the Census Bureau estimated that whites would decline to about 64% of the population by 2020. Today, the Census Bureau projects the nation will be less than 60% white by then. American conservatives' obsession with Europe's snail-like introduction to diversity, while ignoring a demographic tsunami in their own country. The Roman Empire had philosophers, literature, science, great buildings, statues and works of art, advanced communication, plumbing and transportation systems and a universal set of measures, laws and rules. In the blink of an eye, all that was lost. Whatever the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire, one thing is for damn sure: There were not vast bands of powerful Romans prattling about "Roman privilege," demanding that the Huns be given preference over Romans.

 

1942. New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg One of the NBC Radio City studios in Rockefeller Plaza. When the sixty-six floor 30 Rockefeller Center opened in 1933 the official name was the RCA Building. It became home to so many radio studios—NBC had thirty-five—locals called it "radio city" and the name stuck. Its official name today is the Comcast Building.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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The new evil, Paul Roberts IPE - The assault on whiteness is now part of official educational policy. In New York City the head of the education department, Richard Carranza, is conducting a campaign against toxic white supremacy culture. His training program for teachers identifies objectivity, individualism, belief in meritocracy, and Protestant work ethic as manifestations of white supremacy that have to be rooted out of the education system. These white values constitute a deep-rooted bigotry. To get rid of bias, Carranza has fired numerous white education department officials. Carranza intends to liberate people from the inherent insidiousness of white culture and replace fact-based knowledge with emotion-based knowledge.

 

DC dumpster fire, James Kunstler Blog - The bad faith of his antagonists exceeds even Mr. Trump’s defects and vices. The plot they concocted to get rid of him failed. And, yes, it was a plot, even a coup. And they left a paper trail as wide as Interstate-95. Now all that paper is about to fall over the District of Columbia like radioactive ash, turning many current and former denizens of rogue agencies into the walking dead as they embark on the dismal journey between the grand juries and the federal prisons. I’m convinced, personally, that all this melodrama will play out against the background of a cratering global economy, tanking financial markets, and epic disruption of the established international order. Consider laying in some supplies.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The deep state got stupid careless when it looked like Hillary was running unopposed. In neglecting elemental tradecraft they reveal themselves as fatally incompetent. Even so, the dark clouds over DC is the cleansing storm that never happens.

Mr. Kunstler's final remark, predicting an "epic disruption of the established international order," and advising us to "consider laying in some supplies," was unexpected. I don't recall him saying anything like it before now.

 

Mythic age, Amerika - By the time WW1 rolled around, it was clear that the West was in full decline. The previous century brought nothing but revolutions, and those culminated in unstable controlling states who quickly brought about a world war. People had become isolated, power was now in agencies which were both screwing up and based in illusory but popular ideas that guaranteed they would never get it right. We needed to look at what might be not just simply better but eternally good and beautiful. We are leaving behind a morality of “we must make everyone get along and do the right thing” and heading to one of “you will be ranked by your behavior.” Everything is permissible, within reason, but only the good will rise.

 

Words, Minding the Campus - This was a stealth revolution, camouflaged as a quest for civil liberties and civil rights. Its tactics consist of semantic tricks, redefining reality by twisting the meaning of words. Feminists have repeatedly claimed that their goal was “gender equality,” but have lobbied remorselessly for special preferences, benefits, and privileges for women, at the expense of men. “Merit,” “achievement,” and “excellence” are now deemed offensive ideas by feminists and social justice advocates because these ideas interfere with the distribution of benefits and privileges based on gender and race. “Violence” has now been expanded to include the presenting of views that do not support one’s personal views, or that one finds uncomfortable or uncongenial.

 

1942. Chicago Illinois

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A photo from a different era, when the Boy Scouts of America offered fellowship and adventure. The 1942 caption says this scout had arrived early for the meeting.

 

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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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28 May 2019