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Where the name came from

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

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

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

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

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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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




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Johann Carmiencke, Hudson River at Cold Spring, 1861

A biography of Johann Carmienck—born Hamburg, Germany 1810, died Brooklyn, NY 1867—from the Smithsonian American Art Museum:

"Johann Hermann Carmiencke’s parents died when he was only eight years old, but one of his teachers spotted his talent and organized a sponsor to pay for his education. Carmiencke studied with a landscape painter in Dresden, then attended the Academy of Art in Copenhagen, where his very first painting was bought by a museum. He was court painter to the king of Denmark during the 1840s and traveled to Sweden, Germany, and Italy to study and sketch the landscape.

He found living in Denmark difficult after the 1848 German-Danish War, however, and decided to immigrate to America with his family. He settled in New York and created paintings inspired by the landscape along the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains".

The painting is a topographically accurate view of the Hudson at Cold Spring and West Point, the deepest part of the river. Cold Spring was a popular resort for nineteenth century artists, celebrities and other notables, although the West Point Foundry, makers of artillery and other large iron products until 1911, was its main employer.

Cold Spring is a little over an hour by train north from Grand Central Station. In 1861 the population was about 2,800 in 1861. Today it's about 2,000.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Vox at Vox Popoli, one of my daily reads, commented on the video, Civil War 2 in America, Who Would Win? In-Depth Analysis, mentioned in last week's Woodpile Report. As always his readers added valuable comments, two of which are quoted here.

This Reddit analysis strikes me more as revolution porn than a revelation of actual government wargaming analysis, but nevertheless, it appears to be generally correct with regards to the essentials. It would certainly make for an interesting wargame design challenge. And it also is in harmony with what we know of the Clinton adminstration's study of the various militia groups and the government's inability to suppress them. As a general rule, there is very, very little that governments can do about 4GW insurrections; a government that lacks the ability to suppress illegal organizations such as MS-13 and the Gulf Cartel isn't going to be able to do much about ideological rebels either.

Comment 128.

You don't trained army snipers to take out transformers. A drunk with a .22 could take out your standard transformer. And those aren't stockpiled somewhere. They will run out fast. As for the big stuff? Have a friend working with a utility marking company? The unnoticed idiots with spray paint cans throwing flags in the dirt. They have keys to every utility. They have access to all but the most vital of facilities. And they have laptop access to detailed plans of where every heavy mainline in the entire nation. Want to know where the heavy gas mains are for a city? Your buddy knows. And he has to keys to some access point.

Comment 140.

The people the military shoots at tonight will go to work tomorrow morning to repair the military's equipment, make their MREs and ammunition, transport their fuel and so on. The people the military shot at will sugar their gas, crap in their MRE pouchs, leave the jesus nut loose on their helicopters, double charge their 5.56, put short fuses in their grenades. The military wives will be getting spit on in the grocery store, their children will be getting beaten up on the playground.


John Richardson at Only Guns And Money comments on the NRA brouhaha:

This whole affair is so Byzantine. It reminds more of a Soviet-style purge where ministers and members of the Politburo are being purged after the head of the KGB whispers in the ear of the aging General Secretary that they are plotting against him. Insert Wayne LaPierre into the role of the aging General Secretary and William Brewer into the role of KGB head and there you have it.


Jacob Sullum at Reason reports, "A federal judge in San Diego blocked enforcement of California's ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, deeming it inconsistent with the Second Amendment right to keep arms for self-defense. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez concluded":

"California's law prohibiting acquisition and possession of magazines able to hold any more than 10 rounds places a severe restriction on the core right of self-defense of the home such that it amounts to a destruction of the right and is unconstitutional under any level of scrutiny.

Millions of ammunition magazines able to hold more than 10 rounds are in common use by law-abiding responsible citizens for lawful uses like self-defense. This is enough to decide that a magazine able to hold more than 10 rounds passes the Heller test and is protected by the Second Amendment.

It also fails the strict scrutiny test because the statute is not narrowly tailored—it is not tailored at all. Even under the more forgiving test of intermediate scrutiny, the statute fails because it is not a reasonable fit.

From the perspective of a victim trying to defend her home and family, the time required to re-load a pistol after the tenth shot might be called a 'lethal pause,' as it typically takes a victim much longer to re-load (if they can do it at all) than a perpetrator planning an attack. In other words, the re-loading 'pause' the State seeks in hopes of stopping a mass shooter also tends to create an even more dangerous time for every victim who must try to defend herself with a small-capacity magazine.

Constitutional rights stand through time holding fast through the ebb and flow of current controversy. Bad political ideas cannot be stopped by criminalizing bad political speech. Crime waves cannot be broken with warrantless searches and unreasonable seizures. Neither can the government response to a few mad men with guns and ammunition be a law that turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals. Yet this is the effect of California's large-capacity magazine law".

Wisdom in one breath

From David Cole at Taki's Magazine

The mainstream media pushes for the deplatforming of “racists” not because it wants racism banished, but because it wants a monopoly on it.

From Peter Grant at Bayou Renaissance Man

All handgun rounds are deficient in energy, not to mention the nebulous concept known as 'stopping power', when compared to almost any centerfire rifle or shotgun round.

From the Z Man

The reason the ruling elites helplessly lash out at the gnats whirling about them is they are built for an age that is fading into the past. Their weapons are crude and destructive, but ultimately ineffective at halting the march into the abyss.

From Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise

We don’t remember the things that were problems before agriculture, probably because we were having such a good time not living in cities that we didn’t bother to develop a written language to gripe about our problems. What’s to gripe about?

From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker

What happens if the Red areas of the nation decide, even in small percentages, say, 10% of them, which is roughly 10 million adults, that they'll never be able to again win federal office control by voting?

From Ellysa Chenery at Backdoor Survival

You never want to be motivated by desperation—prepping is all about avoiding that.

From Michael Brooks at Nautilus

The spirit of the Inquisition has never been fully extinguished; wherever the powerful are threatened by progress, they will suppress debate. Science has not escaped this phenomenon.

From James Holmes at National Interest

History has now debunked the notion that history is bunk.

From Karin McQuillan at American Greatness

“Trump Derangement Syndrome” and the Russian collusion frame-up are two faces of the same coin: Democrats now reject the orderly succession of power through duly constituted elections.

From James Kunstler, about New York's new Sex Harassment Law

If the regulations are stringent, any sentient CEO will hear the cloven hoofbeats of personal injury lawyers pounding down the hall of the C-Suite behind every moderately attractive female job-seeker.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Are the Ebola Immigrants on purpose? Why else would Africans be shipped up here at Elite expense?

From Ammo, about Appalachia

Due to the extensive military experience in this area, many of the foot soldiers of an anti-government rebellion centered in Appalachia would not only just be trained, but also battle-tested.

From Albert Einstein via Al Fin Next Level

The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

Is there a case for the Chinese immigrant running a corner store, a Cuban immigrant driving a taxi or a Russian immigrant moving furniture having to pay reparations to Glover and Ta-Nehisi Coates?

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

The rights of Roman citizenship granted to every resident of the late Empire were only matched in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot comments on the announced enforcement of deportation orders in several major cities, via Twitter, June 21, 2019:

"We are all aware of the threat from President Trump regarding raids by ICE, and in response, Chicago has taken concrete steps to support our immigrant communities.

I have directed – and Superintendent Johnson has confirmed – that CPD has terminated ICE's access to CPD's databases related to federal immigration enforcement activities.

I have also personally spoken with ICE leadership in Chicago and voiced my strong objection to any such raids. Further, I reiterated that CPD will not cooperate with or facilitate any ICE enforcement actions.

Chicago will always be a welcoming city and a champion for the rights of our immigrant and refugee communities, and I encourage any resident in need of legal aid to contact the National Immigrant Justice Center (@NIJC). More info here:"

So, Chicago's first black lesbian mayor and reputed moron publicly announced the city's intention to obstruct Federal law on behalf of criminal fugitives. Lightfoot joined California Governor Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and other lawless Democrats who have said they will resist the "ICE raids". After DHS head McAleenan leaked details of the operation to the Washington Post—a disgusting act of treachery and aiding and abetting fugitives—President Trump announced Saturday the deportations will be delayed for two weeks.

Half of America would cheer enforcing deportation, and half of the other half would cheer it privately.



Pelosi on Saturday pushed for Trump to halt the actions that would impact at least 2,000 migrant families. She called the planned raids "heartless" and a "brutal action which will tear families apart and inject terror into our communities."

They're not migrant families. They're illegal alien families with a deportation order against them. Deport 'em. Take pictures and videos of them being arrested and thrown out, distribute them throughout Mexico and Central America.


The backlash begins. Some excerpts from Cairns News, North Queensland.

Japan has always refused Muslims to live permanent in their country and cannot own any real estate or any type of business, and have banned any worship of Islam.

Record number of Muslims deported from Norway as a way of fighting crime. Since these Muslim criminals have been deported, crime has dropped by a staggering 72%.

A Chinese court sends 22 Muslim Imams to jail for 16 to 20 years for spreading Islam hatred, and have executed eighteen Jihadists.

The Polish Defence League issues a warning to Muslims. 16 States Have All Introduced Legislation to Ban Shariah Law.

Dutch MP’s called for removal of all mosques in the Netherlands. One Member of the Dutch Parliament said: “We want to clean Netherlands of Islam”.


James Lileks "gets" the way I feel about web sites lately.

To give you the best possible experience, this site sticks as many ads and popups and social media crap as possible on the page, making it impossible to read the piece, and if you do succeed in getting interested, allow this huge ad that lurks behind the copy to completely detail your attention... it's like reading a book that has spring-mounted fingers that jump out and give you wet willy.

Popups and blackouts and slide-overs and autoplay videos in the corner—gack. There are times when I exit rather than search for the hidden click-offs. There are sites so out of control I don't go them anymore. Behind every popup—Free Book!—there's another popup—Subscribe!—and the last popup demands I turn off a filter. Cookies or something. I'm outta there.

Stop. Just stop. Just because you can be obnoxious doesn't mean you have to be. Why not go into the robo-call business and be done with it?

The current favorite is, "We notice you're using an ad blocker". Why yes I am, and I had so hoped you wouldn't mind how I configure my PC. Then they tell me to whitelist them or else. Next they'll demand I log in ... oh, wait. So, zap! Gone. There are times when I'm shopping that I go elsewhere because there's the same popup on every page, usually offering to email me every day with sales pitches. How 'bout I let you pull out my fingernails instead?

For those times I need to read and link to something blocked, a news item say, there's always Outline .

and finally,

A year ago I bought a solar rechargeable flashlight. Brand name is Hybridlight. Kudos for the one button low/high/off. 160 lumens on high but the low setting is bright enough. It mystifies me why some preppers have flashlights so powerful they come with a recoil pad. What am I missing, mountain goat hunting at night?

It really does hold a charge for a year, which is the one feature that attracted me to it. It has two USB sockets, regular and micro. And it's small, about six inches, and light. They say it's waterproof and floats, I don't doubt it. All in all, it's "as advertised", mine is anyway. But the battery is not replaceable. Drat! Amazon number is B00QAZU19O.

I'm topping off my stock of shotgun shells. What's going on? Ordinary Winchester and Remington field loads—2 3/4 inchers in fives and sixes for 12 and 20 gauge—are being pushed off the shelves by what were specialty loads. With prices to match. Does everything have to be boutique? Does everything have to be Super Magnum Ultra? Today's plain vanilla field loads are so good there's no real need for anything else, not for actual hunters anyway. Yeah, for turkey I step it up to fours in 3-inchers, but that's about it. Now I'm in a hurry to restock.

Well fellow deplorables, that's enough chitchat for now. Time to see what our betters have been up to, in this week's Woodpile Report.


1943. Mack Truck magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mack sold 35,000 military trucks during World War II, all of them reconfigured but otherwise standard commercial models exported as foreign aid or under the Lend-Lease program. Mack, founded in 1900, became a subsidiary of Renault in 1987, which became a subsidiary of AB Volvo in 2001.


Remus's notebook


Gateway Pundit - Harvard’s Former Dean of the Faculty Condemns Removing Portraits of White Doctors for ‘Diversity’ ... he noted that these aren’t Confederate generals or people who should cause offense

Project Veritas - Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam ... Google’s goal to have a “single point of truth”

Defend Europa - UN President launches his brand new plan to silence dissident opinions, labelled as ‘Hate Speech’ ... criticizing diversity and the failure of multiculturalism is hate speech

Atlas Obscura - Why a Computer History Museum Owns a Legendary Teapot ... it’s both a tool and a meme

Campus Reform - University of California Santa Cruz folds, will remove ‘deeply painful’ bell from campus ... mission bells are “viewed by many populations as a symbol of racism and dehumanization of their ancestors.”

YouTube - Why Is Bill Gates Building So Many Doomsday Bunkers ... mainly global plague. Video, 19m 13s

Sons of Liberty - Las Vegas Shooting Survivor & “Avid Hunter” FBI Report: Likely “.50 Caliber Rifle” Used – Witnessed “Large Holes” “Blown Through” Victims’ Bodies ... witnessed large holes being blown through the victims

Scientific American - Scientific Research Shouldn’t Sit behind a Paywall ... the public pays taxes to support research; they should be able to access the results

National Interest - A War Begins? How Iran Shot Down a U.S. RQ-4N Surveillance Drone ... several U.S. drones have been shot down in the Middle East without these incidents leading to talk of war

The point is not that the United States is above using drones to violate Iranian airspace—but rather that it would not use such an indiscrete and vulnerable platform as the RQ-4N to do so.

Daily Galaxy - Secret of Dark Matter –“Enormous Beacon and Planet-Sized Particles” ... the axion wavelength must be as long as the black hole is wide

Chicago Tribune - Judge orders special prosecutor be appointed to look into Jussie Smollett controversy ... about activist State’s Attorney Kim Foxx's non-prosecution prosecution

Fox News - Surge of Haitians arrested at southern border ... more than 180 people from Haiti have been arrested in the past week

Twitchy - ‘Gay reparations’? Elizabeth Warren’s list of comprehensive ‘plans’ just got much longer ... more votes to buy with other people's money

Principia Scientific - Ice Melting In Greenland? It’s Summer! ... and normal

Five Gallon Ideas - How Much Food Fits in a 5 Gallon Bucket? ... maximum weights of dry goods

Organic Prepper - 3 Facts That Confirm Bugging Out of Venezuela Was the Right Decision ... includes shortages, beggars and thieves

Prep School Daily - The Ins and Outs of Oxygen Absorbers ... how to use them

RT - Salmonella Strain Resistant to ‘Last Resort’ Antibiotics Uncovered in US ... may have been spreading across the country for some five years

Metro UK - Madeleine McCann detectives ‘close to a breakthrough’ ... mystery tip-off to detectives examining the 12-year-long case


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


FBI, PJ Media - These days only a total dimwit would unquestioningly trust the supposed "world's greatest law enforcement agency." The FBI is under a dark cloud. The litany of personages who have recently left or been expelled from the FBI is long and getting longer. As is well known, it's under investigation for its practices during and before the Mueller probe, supervised by AG William Barr. Durham is also investigating the CIA and, it appears, the State Department. Someone is going to leak the truth eventually and then everyone, at least everyone willing to look, is going to see it. It may be that the New York Times and the Washington Post will do their best to obfuscate and spin, but they can only hold the fort for so long. Already the Times seems engaged in CYA.


Managerial elites, Of Two Minds - The sole output of America's managerial elite is self-serving hubris. The Deep State can't be fired, nor does it ever stand for election. As systems become more complex, the need for a professional class to manage the overwhelming complexity grows. "Stakeholders" multiply in endless profusion, dooming every project to a glacial process that increases the sums paid to manage the glacial process and pushes the final cost to the moon. The managerial elite always has one answer for every problem: give us more money. The system is broken, and the managerial elite will keep it broken because it serves their interests to keep it broken.


SJWs, Alt-Market - I would place the left's transformation close to 20 years ago as college campuses shifted completely away from a focus on practical skill sets and STEM fields over to hackneyed social sciences. This was the moment that the conspiracy to completely radicalize the left was truly implemented. Their “social justice” religion relies on rehashing and reigniting old social conflicts. SJWs act as if America had never come to terms with slavery, racism, women's rights, sexual orientation, etc., as if all of these problems were boiling in the background waiting for the social justice warriors to finally solve them. While there will always be some conflict related to these issues, there is no need for the existence of “social justice” today. They are rebels without a legitimate cause, and so they create causes out of thin air.


Masters, Liberty's Torch - Longevity in power has produced in the Deep State the attitude characteristic of masters: the conviction that they alone are entitled to rule, and that no one may legitimately stand against them. That’s how the Deep State came to be the implacable enemy we face today. The progressive ideology, inculcated in the bureaucracies from their inception by the presidents who oversaw their creation, causes the Deep State to be aligned with the Democrat Party. That ideology promotes unopposable power in the State. This is a condition the Democrats approve. They hope to use it to maintain their party’s grip on high office.


1937. Black River Falls, Wisconsin


art-remus-ident-04.jpgHard times in rural Wisconsin. Black River Falls is a town of 3,500 in the west central part of the state. The population in 1937 was about 2,250.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Social media, Taki's Magazine - The social media that were originally going to set opinion free and give voice to everyone will end by stifling expression and creating fear. Denunciation combines the delights of self-righteousness with those of revenge, sadism, and the contemplation of the discomfort or worse of other people. It requires no courage and is within the capacity of all. The day cannot be far off, one imagines, when people will viscerally understand the danger to themselves of saying certain things on social media and will censor themselves automatically. If this continues long enough, certain things will not only become unsayable but unthinkable, for habit eventually is transformed into character. This is the whole point of political correctness.


Long road, Z Man - The danger of disconnecting from conventional politics, whether in the formal sense, as in elections, or the informal sense, as in meta-politics, is self-ghettoization. This has always been the problem with white identity politics in America. It has existed as a sub-culture that is out of tune with the rest of white America. On the one hand, engaging in conventional politics runs the risk of expending energy on pointless and discouraging ventures that could possibly corrupt the movement and the dissidents. On the other hand, not participating runs the risk of becoming a weird sub-culture that has no impact on the culture war. Instead, it becomes a reason to do nothing. Either road appears to be a dead end.


Ebola, Eaton Rapids Joe - With IVs and what we consider to be low-tech intervention, the number of 20% survival rate is bandied about. Who is going to stick the IV if the medical personnel are dead or wisely decided to stay home? Who is going to wash bedding, change dressings, feed, toilet and clean the patient? Michigan currently has about nine-million residents. Most of them live in low-trust areas. A reasonable low-water mark for Michigan's post-Ebola population is 60,000 people. That is a 0.7% survival rate. I would not expect any meaningful difference for any part of the US east of a line from Fargo, South Dakota to Houston, Texas or for the states of California, Oregon, Washington or Hawaii.


The cosmos, Nautilus - Our ancestors in deep prehistoric times had a human connection with the cosmos that is probably deeper, more abiding, and more deeply felt than we have today. They had an integrated relationship with the cosmos. Now we’re at a greater loss. We’re trying to figure out how Earth fits into a cosmos that appears to have no limit. At the very least, it’s operating on physical laws beyond ordinary human experience; they don’t make intuitive sense and have to be examined mathematically. So maybe now we’re the ones with a far less integrated sense of our relationship to the cosmos.


Cars, Eric Peters Autos - It's important to dial back the cost of new cars because people do not have unlimited funds to buy them, no matter how “efficient” they are. Hybrids and electric cars being economic Exhibits A and B. They are the only vehicles currently on the market which meet the fatwas emitted by the Obama-era unelected but de facto law-making regulators. All the Orange Man is trying to do is maintain the previously imposed fatwa intact through 2026. This means that cars made between now and then will not have to average almost 50 MPG no matter how much it costs car buyers. Instead, they will only be forced to average 30-something, no matter what it costs car buyers.


1919. Germany


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Location unknown. Between 1918 and 1923 mass strikes and street brawls by German communists led to open warfare. Tens of thousands volunteered for the Red Army to battle regular army troops and the Freikorps.

Initial success came in November 1918 when the Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany declared the revolutionary Bavaria Soviet Republic a "free state" and began arresting and executing counterrevolutionaries. 30,000 well armed Freikorps counterattacked in May 1919 and defeated the communists. This may be a photo of that counterattack.

The communist organization Antifaschistische Aktion, "Antifa", was formed in 1932 when it became clear the tide was running against them. In 1933, communists became the first inmates of Dachau concentration camp in Bavaria, built by the newly formed Third Reich especially for political prisoners. In later years Dachau was enlarged and became an extermination camp.

Like a drug-resistant pathogen, Antifa reemerged after the war in various guises.


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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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