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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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Henriette Browne, A Girl Writing, 1870

French genre painter Sophie de Bouteiller chose her grandmother's name, Henriette Browne, as a pseudonym. In those times it was prudent for society women to keep their profession separate from their social standing.

Browne was a success from her first exhibition at the Exposition Universelle in 1855. Her works sold at high prices to influential patrons until the end of her active career in 1880. She died in 1901 at age 72.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg New York State Assembly member Jo Anne Simon , 52nd Assembly District, which is Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn, has proposed Bill A-01724 which reads, in part:

" ... the sale of ammunition for assault weapons, as defined by subdivision twenty-two of section 265.00 of this title, shall be limited to two times the capacity of an authorized weapon over a one hundred twenty day period".

This is a growing direction for gun control activists. Limit the magazine capacity, then limit purchases of ammo keyed to the limits of the magazine capacity. If you're sure you have more than enough ammo, you may not have enough.

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Here's a photo of the Virginia Beach shooter . It was available on line by 6 pm the day of the shooting. No news media posted it. If I found it so quickly the news media certainly could. And probably did. We all know the formula. A white guy with an AR-15 is important information. A black guy with a .45 is not. And no mention the shooter had quit or been fired that day. Lying by omission also puts the "fake" in "fake news".

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From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker, about the Virginia Beach shooter

He didn't just pass a check with NICS he went even further, submitted fingerprints, submitted evidence from his local chief of police or sheriff and paid a $200 transfer tax stamp fee and waited months, typically six months or more, for BATFE to check everything out, including him personally.

This will wind up being one of those incidents that gets memory-holed fast because it is proof that there is literally no set of background checks, no set of "qualifications" and no "extraordinary list" of people who are good enough.

Wisdom in one breath

From Thales at Declination, about the Left

It must openly rewrite our very own language to disguise its nature as futile nonsense.

From Paul Craig Roberts

The Western world is collapsing so rapidly that I am afraid that I am going to outlive it.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

Everyone laughs at the ark-builders. Until it starts to rain.

From the Z Man, about NY Times editorial

They are part of the endless revival meeting that is modern American Progressivism. These posts are sermons, not agit-prop.

From Joe Bob Briggs at Taki's Magazine, about vegan meat

They want you to think it’s meat. The vegetarians want to consume it as a meat. You don’t need to go to those lengths, though, because we already have a food group that satisfies that need. It’s called, uh, meat.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

As a society, we are ill-prepared for the end of "politics is the solution"

From Bryce Sharper at American Partisan

We are entering an agonistic age where the old rules are being thrown-out in favor of none.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Everyone self-justifies, lying poorly to you and perfectly to themselves.

From JMSmith, comment at Assistant Village Idiot, about historical figures

Our history teaches us to be proud because we are better than our ancestors. Their history taught them to be proud because they were descended from those ancestors.

From BJ Campbell at Medium, about preppers

The point of disaster planning for a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or wildfire, is not to be “not-screwed.” It’s to be notably less screwed.

From John Whitehead at The Rutherford Institute

There is no such thing as a driverless car. Someone or something will be driving, but it won’t be you.

From Martin McPhillips at Thread reader

Brennan likely didn't advance up the back stairs at CIA in spite of his Communist provenance, but because of it.

From Don Surber

Police solve only 17% of murders in Chicago. That is a license to kill.

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Karl Ushanka talks of Mueller, the NRA, and the betrayal of trust in this guest post at Captain Capitalism. Excerpt:

Betrayal is as old as man, but the pace and severity seems to be accelerating. It hasn’t touched you or me yet, but someday soon we will be told to “be patient, as we restore your account balance,” or “the FBI will not allow this to happen again,” or “we’ve made some mistakes in the past but we (the same people) will do better going forward.” Ya, thanks. But as part of enjoying the decline I’ve decided to sit here with my cigar and my poker face, and remove part of my life from a system that looks more fragile and more corrupt than ever before.

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Hans Bader at Minding The Campus comments on the "vast armies of college bureaucrats and administrators" needed to enforce diversity:

The University of California at San Diego, for example, is creating a new full-time “vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion.” This position would augment UC San Diego’s already massive diversity apparatus, which includes the Chancellor’s Diversity Office, the associate vice chancellor for faculty equity, the assistant vice chancellor for diversity, the faculty equity advisors, the graduate diversity coordinators, the staff diversity liaison, the undergraduate student diversity liaison, the graduate student diversity liaison, the chief diversity officer, the director of development for diversity initiatives, the Office of Academic Diversity and Equal Opportunity, the Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues, the Committee on the Status of Women, the Campus Council on Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Diversity Council, and the directors of the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, and the Women’s Center.

If diversity is our strength, if diversity's rewards and benefits are so compelling, if diversity is ardently desired by all, why so many enforcers?

and finally,

Spring, the first full flush of jade green, the urgent timetables of birds and beasts, and for the two-legged ones as well. The winter's list of gotta-do and should-do presents its invoice, payable net thirty days. And so I've been working outside like a nineteenth century coolie on the Union Pacific, which chews up time otherwise used to compile Woodpile Report. Day laborers mining bat guano caves don't know how easy they have it compared to me.

But enough whining, let's get to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, right after this old ad.

 

1950. American Airlines magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The postwar airline industry was anxious to expand its customer base beyond businessmen and the affluent. The Rockwell-esque ad below was one of a series emphasizing family travel by air and has become an industry classic. As we know, the effort to make airlines widely accessible was successful, air travel now has all the civility of a prison induction bus.

The plane is a Convair 240 , a 40 passenger, twin engine, pressurized airliner designed to replace the venerable DC3 in regional service. American Airlines bought 75 of the 1,181 sold. NC 94201 was built in 1948.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Chicago Tribune - Most violent weekend in Chicago this year: At least 52 shot, 10 fatally ... eclipsed that of the three-day Memorial Day weekend when at least 43 people were shot, seven of them fatally

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Is the nation in shock and mourning? Thought not. But mayor Lightfoot and her wife are stunned. Second City Cop offers an explanation: poverty must have increased in the past week.

Scientific American - The Mighty Milky Way ... we live in a galaxy that is far bigger, brighter and more massive than most other galaxies in the universe

American Conservative - The Race War The Left Wants ... it’s normal to allow persons of color to speak in anti-white terms, completely inured to how immoral, offensive, and dangerous this sounds to people outside their bubbles

American Thinker - Funny how no one wants to look into that report that Omar married her brother ... while still informally married to the man she calls her husband and father of her three children, Ahmed Hirsi

Modern Survival - Why ‘the Left’ is Not Prepping – Especially given their Fear of Trump ... ‘the mindset of the left’ is generally that of dependence

Patrick Buchanan - Is the Liberal Hour Ending in the West? ... they are “these populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists in love with their own countries”

"The first Brexit, after all, was in 1776, when the 13 colonies of North America severed all ties to the British crown and set out alone on the path to independence. It did not turn out all that badly".

Jonathan Wilkinson comments, at Amerika:

Pat Buchanan brilliantly gets something 50% right... The left supports Liberalism until it stops winning... the Left has decided its bust-out time.

New York Post - Teachers allegedly told to favor black students in ‘racial equity’ training ... "those who do not see the value in this work are the ones who must look inward harder"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Look inward harder" is the last thing they should want

Economic Collapse - American Soil Is Being Globalized: Nearly 30 Million Acres Of US Farmland Now Owned By Foreigners ... how much Chinese ownership of our farmland would we be comfortable with?

American Partisan - Canmunition: The Ammo Cache Answer? ... tests are underway

Alt-Market - Globalists Only Need One More Major Event To Finish Sabotaging The Economy ... QE was meant to inflate an even larger bubble than before, one that would encompass every aspect of the economy including the dollar

Siam News - Surprises of the Faraday Cage ... more than you wanted to know

Smithsonian - Lonnie G. Bunch III to Become the Smithsonian’s 14th Secretary ... will be the first African-American to hold the position, is the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Popular Mechanics - Notre Dame Will Probably Look Exactly Like It Used To ... chances for a new design have gone from slim to forget-about-it

Voice of Europe - Notre Dame is structurally unsafe and “could collapse completely” if winds in Paris reach 55mph, engineers warn ... vault damage has weakened the walls

Next Big Future - Fully 3D Printed Rocket Engine in Just 3 Parts and Full Printed Rocket in 60 Days ... test flight in 2020

New Yorker 2017 - Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich ... some of the wealthiest people in America, in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond, are getting ready for the crackup of civilization

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An oldie but a goodie, worth a re-read

SHTF Plan - Nothing Pays In Venezuela Anymore, Including Crime: There’s Nothing Left To Steal ... and bullets have become too expensive for even the most violent

NY Times - Swiss Vote to Tighten Gun Laws to Align With E.U. Rules ... transforming a basic Swiss right to own a weapon into a privilege

Paul Craig Roberts - Western Supremacy Is On Its Way Out ... if a country decided to self-destruct, it would do precisely what the US and Europe have done

Spectator USA - When populism fails ... if Trump continues to ignore the forces that elected him, he will unleash great cynicism

Ebola

Raconteur Report - June Ebola Update ... it continues to be a slow roll-out compared to 2014, but is notably picking up steam

US Customs and Border Protection - Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Large Group in Del Rio ... from Africa, including nationals from Angola, Cameroon and Congo

Daily Mail - The first large group of 116 migrants from Africa are caught on video wading across the Rio Grande to illegally enter the U.S.

Ars Technica - The world’s largest airplane may be grounded after a single flight ... may really be the second coming of the Spruce Goose aircraft

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

This is a don't-miss two part essay about the toxic fungus that is public eduation

Public Schools Part 1, Tennessee Star - It is impossible to discuss, or even understand, the failures of our school system without understanding its origins. The motivations were not pure; they were never to educate. That is directly from the mouths of the reformers themselves. The objective was to nationalize the youth in a particular mold. From Luther to Fichte, the idea to use the coercive power of the state to force kids into schools and indoctrinate them was clear and it spread throughout the United States. Attempts to reform this system amount to an incredible waste of time and resources; discussions of reform are a waste of breath. The system is rotten at its foundation and must be abolished completely.

Public Schools Part 2, Tennessee Star - Why, in 2019, after all the money spent and all the reforms that have been instituted, are we still seeing such horrific results in our schools? The answer is much simpler than it has been made out to be: The system is broken. There is no remedy to fix this system. It is fundamentally flawed. So if reform will not work, what are we to do? Again, the answer is simple: unschool. Charters and virtual schools are soft variants of the current system. There are many methods for accomplishing the goal of unschooling. Some systems are already in place, such as homeschooling.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The first step is to end public financing of schools and universities. If they can't keep 'em open with bake sales and fund drives the support wasn't there to begin with. There's one reason never mentioned for Mississippi's "grossly underfunded" public schools and wretched "education ranking", there are private schools on every other street corner not counted in the statistics.

 

Wealth, Of Two Minds - "Money" is wealth only if it can purchase what's actually valuable. As the world slides into an era of scarcities, what will matter more than "money" are the essentials of survival: fresh water, energy, soil and the output of those three, food. The ability to secure these resources will separate nations that fail and those that survive. In a world of abundance, it's assumed every essential resource can be bought on the open market. Surpluses are placed on the market and anyone with "money" can buy the surplus. Things work differently in scarcity: "money" buys zip, zero, nada because nobody with what's scarce can afford to give it away for "money" which can no longer secure what's scarce.

 

Dissolution, Burning Platform - The United States has entered it’s terminal phase and most of it’s citizens are as blithely unaware of this reality as they were of the impending dissolution of the Soviet system in the late 1980’s. On the surface each one projects it’s hegemony and influence through a combination of propaganda and threats. Any system predicated upon falsehoods cannot survive the exposure of those lies when reality comes knocking. Whatever triggers our own dissolution is yet to be revealed, but it is coming and when it does there will be a reckoning not unlike the one experienced by the Supreme Soviet that saw it’s entire premise swept away.

 

DNA, Quanta - Ancient bones were strewn about on the floor of the cave, but those held only mild interest for the team. Instead, they gathered buckets of sediment, on the hunt for ancient DNA. Ancient DNA, like that extracted from the mummified remains of Copper Age humans and frozen mammoths, used to be a precious find — obtained only through the careful sequencing of nicely preserved fossils and bones. Finding the stuff was not easy and usually required a lengthy trek to the Arctic, a large research budget and a fair amount of luck. But now, scientists are finding it everywhere.

 

1939. Pettis County, Missouri

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An auction, typically held by a bank to pay down debt after foreclosure. Pettis County is in west-central Missouri. The population in 1939 was about 33,500.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Populism, Z Man - The failure of popular causes, like immigration controls, will push many more people into the cynicism compartment. The result will be an America where consent begins to fade and is replaced by coercion. White people will continue to follow the rules, not because they respect those rules, but because they fear reprisals from the state. The authority of the ruling class will no longer be based in their legitimacy to rule, but their control of the monopoly of violence. When Trump’s agenda fails, as it sure will, white cynicism toward the system will grow. It will reach a point where the ruling class can only maintain order through coercion. They will live in fear of crisis, as the people will have no reason to sacrifice and no trust in the system to see them through the difficult times.

 

Sun cycle, Daily Galaxy - It is not unusual for the magnetic activity of a star like the sun to undergo cyclic oscillation. And yet past models have been unable to adequately explain the very regular cycle of the sun. A research team has now demonstrated that the planetary tidal forces on the sun act like an outer clock, and are the decisive factor behind its steady rhythm. Tidal forces are strongest when there is maximum Venus-Earth-Jupiter alignment; a constellation that occurs every 11.07 years. In the hot plasma of the sun, instability perturbs the flux and the magnetic field, itself reacting very sensitively to tiny forces. The magnitude of activity cycles could also be changed, as was once the case with the Maunder Minimum.

 

Humanities, Minding The Campus - Undergraduates choose English because they love the material and are inspired by the teachers. English thrives only when its subject matter is treated affirmatively, and teachers have some charisma. How many students want to listen to identitarian teachers stand at the podium and complain about racism and sexism for 15 weeks? They are a joyless, half-learned lot, aiming their passions at presumed oppressors instead of fulfilling their professional duty to pass the beauty and sublimity of the West along to the next generation. The humanities won’t recover as long as these people are in charge.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This essay by Mark Bauerlein is a response to a tedious soporific published at Chronicles of Higher Education . Academics have been approaching Peak Incantation for some time now, the Chronicles essay suggests they've reached it at last.

 

Diversity, Paul Craig Roberts - So how does diversity and multiculturalism work to produce a livable society when education and entertainment teach that white people are racists? Any answering back by whites to accusations is considered to be proof that they are racists. Diversity has become such a value that the great universities have decided to destroy themselves in order to promote diversity. Oxford University, the most famous university in the world, has decided to lower its standards in order to promote diversity. Over the course of the next four years Oxford is going to reject 25% of the qualified applicants in order to make room for unqualified applicants.

 

Broken military, Raconteur Report - If you have any legal-historical evidence that women, gays, and the other 57 genders can do that better than the military prior to their deliberate inclusion, or even as good, on the whole, bring it out. The military's fundamental purpose isn't and never should have been to "look like America". It was, and always should be, to make America's enemies look like blobs of festering chum. Anything that doesn't advance or improve that mission has to go, and that means 98% of the chicks and the queens should be gone, forever, and good riddance. The derelict officer corps and careerist NCOs will fudge any rules, and lower any standard, knowing full well that those rules and standards were written in the blood of earlier generations. The bill is going to come due, sooner or later.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The excerpt only gives the flavor of Aesop's essay. It's a must-read.

 

D-Day

As firsthand witnesses dwindle, the Normandy invasion has become a pivotal event outlasting its time to become the Gettysburg of the twentieth century, equally rich with consequences and subtexts and what-ifs. "The Longest Day," a phrase lifted from Erwin Rommel ironically, is observed by the French with almost sacred solemnity. No activities are allowed on the invasion beaches on June 6th; no ceremonies, no celebrations, no reenactments. It's a day of unbroken silence where the water meets the shore, perhaps the best form of remembrance.

 

1944. England

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg American GIs aboard an LCT bound for the beach at Normandy, seventy-five years ago.

 

1944. Normandy France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg American casualties being evacuated by the Coast Guard from the beach at Normandy. There were fewer casualties overall than had been "worst case" calculations, but more casualties than had been "probable" at the five mile long Omaha Beach sector.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Some technical notes for fellow completists. "LCT-8" appears in the lower right-hand corner of the top photo. Both the US and Britain had LCTs, Landing Craft Tank. Odds are this is an American one. Some American LCTs were supplied to the British under the Lend-Lease agreement, then transferred back for the Normandy invasion. Later American versions were redesignated as LSM, Landing Ship Medium.

The British version was built in batches, beginning with the LCT Mark 1 in 1940 and ending with the LCT Mark 8 in 1944. LCTs and LSMs are sometimes confused with LSTs. The LST is much bigger with a typical internal capacity of 18 medium tanks plus two dozen vehicles on the upper deck, along with their personnel and supplies. In American nomenclature the rule is: C for "craft" and S for "ship", i.e., "craft" are not ocean going and are typically carried aboard ships.

All this is history. LSMs and LSTs and APAs and LCVP "Higgins boats" and LCMs are keeping celestial company with battlewagons and torpedo planes, comfy in their wingback chairs, warmed by the fireplace, swapping lies about the old days.

 

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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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