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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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Philip De Loutherbourg, Shipwreck, 1767

Philip de Loutherbourg, 1740–1812, was an English marine painter and dabbler in the theatre and the occult. Those who know de Loutherbourg, at all, know him for his famous painting of the iron works at Coalbrookdale .

My opinion: this painting is more ambitious than successful. There's a more satisfactory de Loutherbourg painting with the same title. I'll get to it.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg John Wilder offers some thoughts on Civil War II at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise. Excerpts:

We’re still at CivCon 6 – People actively avoid being near those of opposing ideology. Might move from communities or states just because of ideology.

Why wouldn’t the government take MS-13 and arm them and turn them loose to “make examples” of small towns, one after another? If they were losing, they would certainly do that.

The Left can be resupplied via air and ship. “Emergency” supplies would head into coastal cities and sustain them forever, though Denver would fall soon enough.

Eaton Rapids Joe, a careful and methodical thinker, is skeptical about resupplying coastal cities by sea and air:

How many ships exist world-wide that can access ports that are not maintained and not intermodal. Not much tonnage, I should think.

Air shipping. Great for high value products like roses and salmon. Not so great for wheat. I want to see the numbers. Could enough food be air shipped to support Chicago? How about Pittsburgh or Atlanta or Charlotte?

Just to contribute some data: in April, 1949 during the Berlin Airlift, 234,476 tons were brought into the city. More than previously brought by rail. But, it took the effort of all the allies, less the Soviet Union, to supply half a city, i.e., West Berlin, at subsistence level. More data: a C-47 carried three tons, a C-54 carried ten.

Joe is right. Loading and off-loading ships like they did in the nineteenth century won't cut it. And I doubt air freight capacity is sufficient to supply a large city, much less an entire coast, even if not harassed. The exception would be DC. It certainly couldn't be taken Battle of Berlin style. In addition to first dibs on everything, including military air transport, it's likely to have provisions and supplies in place now for a significant per cent of the city to hold out for years.

Joe also takes a look at the east coast rail system, here , and notes, "There are a few stretches were there is little redundant connectivity. Those regions are often where the terrain is challenging and it is expensive to build and maintain rail lines. In a word, many bridges".

Railroads are the one transportation mode that could function satisfactorily if thrown back to the nineteenth century. Successfully halting rail traffic, or even seriously impeding it, is more difficult than commonly believed. Watch a cleanup after a big time derailment. Watch prefab track sections, including turnouts, laid in a matter of hours. But note, the Northeast Corridor is electrified. So many variables.

Small bridges can be readily repared or replaced, but major bridges over major waterways are a conspicuous knot in the bowtie. Go to a satellite map and count the number of railroad bridges over the Hudson into New York. Or over the Mississippi. Not all that many. They're high value at high risk, which is why they'd be seriously defended by all available means. Think seamless surveillance by armed drones and the like. This isn't 1944. There'll be no climbing the underworks at night with a bundle of C4 tucked under your arm.

One interesting note, Philadelphia abandoned their oil refinery last week after a key part of it exploded and much of it went up in flames. Reports say it was too antiquated to justify repair. This was a key east coast resource. Importing crude allows flexibility that importing finished distillates doesn't.

Sam Culper at Forward Observer has posted a three-part video series entitled Breaking Down Civil War 2. Links are posted at his site , or go directly to the videos here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Each one is about 25 minutes long. Set aside some time, they're worth watching.

James Dakin at Bison Prepper says only life-threatening deprivation would start Civil War II. Excerpts.

No insurgency will ever have a change of succeeding here until people actually start starving...

People are programmed to hate change. They will almost always stick with the devil they know. After all, your wonderful rebellion to return to limited government also means folks won't have the welfare safety net, nor will they get subsidized gasoline or have a job anymore once you killed all the corporate welfare. Just saying, for the Militia Porn Star wanna-be's out there. People are selfish like that, risking their life for your political fantasies.

Good observations and a reasonable argument. "People who hate change and don't want to risk their life for political fantasies" won't make the decision, however. Civil war is by definition an unraveling and realignment, it forces itself on the unwilling, by intent. No one gets to be a tourist. Neither can the politics of it be dismissed.

Legitimacy is the indispensible precondition of government. Neither force nor bribery can long stand in its place. Legitimacy is created by consent and endures by consent. Should DC lose its claim to legitimacy entirely, perhaps by resorting to feudal-like predation for ever-scarcer resources, after a financial debacle, say, or perhaps with a brazen lunge at absolute power, or if seen as an unlawful liability for whatever reason, some regions or combination of regions are likely to resist.

No one can know what happens next but the events of the 1850s through 1865 may be instructive. For now, look for the lines to harden, enmity to deepen and low level violence to continue. To Mr. Dakin's point, defend yourself and your community if it comes to that, but don't risk your life for political fantasies. The Utopians are goading each other into a lather lately. I have to ask, what's their hurry? Will disaster not come soon enough? Be prudent. The die-off will go well enough without you. Survive. Attend to your preparations. Stay away from crowds.


Ann Coulter recounts the facts about the improbable Jefferson-Hemings paternity rumors:

What the DNA tests showed was that Hemings’ firstborn son, Tom—the Tom whose alleged paternity was the basis for Callender’s accusation—was not related to any Jefferson male.

Foster’s study did establish that Hemings’ last-born son, Eston, was the son of some Jefferson male, but could not possibly say whether that was Thomas Jefferson or any of the other 25 adult male Jeffersons living in Virginia at the time, eight of them at or near Monticello.

For Eston to be Jefferson’s son, we have to believe that five years after being falsely accused of fathering a child with Hemings, Jefferson decided, What the heck? I may be president of the United States, but I should prove Callender’s slander true by fathering a child with my slave!

Ms. Coulter notes Thomas's younger brother Randolph, an unmarried widower, spent a lot of time with Hemings, which Thomas did not.


Good news. Joe Mama has posted his outstanding Seven Cows series as a stand-alone feature at Eaton Rapids Joe. The premise: how a small town copes with an Ebola epidemic, what works, what doesn't work. Here's his synopsis:

The Seven Cows series is a primer for recognizing and preparing for a pandemic. The story follows several different characters who are called to respond as the nature of the crisis changes through time. Those characters include Rick and Kate Salazar, a machinist, a nurse, a laborer, a former college football player and a young bow-hunter.

Sub-themes include "markets" as the nucleus that communities crystallize around and the fact that violence cannot be avoided.

The strong point of the story is its readability. It is suitable for sharing with people who never considered the possibility of a crisis that can destroy society. The story even has two Hillary Clinton supporters who are treated with respect and compassion.

Wisdom in one breath

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

From this moment until something resembling public order is restored, all news is war news.

From Doug Detterman, via James Thompson at Unz Review

Teachers account for from 1% to 7% of total variance at every level of education. For students, intelligence accounts for much of the 90% of variance associated with learning gains.

From the Z Man

Creating artificial versions of something we don’t understand is unlikely. What we are calling AI today is just the result of technological progress in more mundane areas like disk capacity and bandwidth.

From Alex Parker at Red State

If someone’s willing to break the murder law, them obeying the gun law is a joke.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

An average citizen here in 1800 would go years, decades even, without seeing one single minion of the federal government, anywhere, not only his entire day, but for his entire life.

From Commander Zero at Notes From the Bunker

The big End Of The World will happen sooner or later, but not before a boatload of smaller, personal End Of The World happens to you.

From James Kunstler, about debt-based Modern Monetary Theory

It will be the biggest wreck in history, and it will bring all the operations of advanced societies to a stop, including raw materials supply lines, manufacturing, global trade, and industrial-scale Agri-Biz.

From Joseph Bottum at Free Beacon

If something too unlikely happens in a novel, the willing suspension of disbelief is shattered and readers are kicked out of the story. But we can't be kicked out of reality, and actual events are allowed to be as implausible as they like.

From the editors, at Taki's Magazine

We now inhabit a world that demonizes Thomas Jefferson and elevates Frederica Wilson. Is there any way out of this mess that doesn’t involve a spaceship?

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

When you turn history into metaphor, all you’re really doing is manufacturing propaganda.


Johanna Miller explains what science writers are up against, at Physics Today

For scientists, writing clearly about science is challenging for many reasons—so much of the subject matter, for example, just doesn’t mesh very well either with intuition or with the English language. For science writers, those challenges are compounded, because we’re writing for readers who lack a common field-specific knowledge and vocabulary. We need to construct more of the conceptual framework from scratch, and we have fewer tools with which to do it.

And writing a wholly adequate synopsis of a science article is not possible, as I demonstrate at Woodpile Report.


Julian Assange saw what was coming and wrote about it in 2012. This excerpt is via Yossarian at Open Source Intelligence.

Those who know what is going on work in the global surveillance industry and have no incentives to speak out. Left to its own trajectory, within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia, from which escape for all but the most skilled individuals will be impossible. In fact, we may already be there.

and finally,

On the advice of one of the prepper sites, I tried the local dollar store's Spam clone. Not only is it cheaper, it tastes a bit more meaty. Quite satisfying, I shall get more. The downside: 170 calories per 56 grams versus Spam's 180, which pencils out to about minus 6%, or 3 calories per gram versus 3.2. Said differently: trivial.

When stocking our back room, and our cupboard for that matter, I look at country of origin first, then calories per serving, "best by" date and price. The "best by" date has to be two years out, minimum. An Asian origin disqualifies most foods, especially seafood, blah blah—and other rules I'd ignore if I were skulking around burned out buildings post-collapse, looking for crumbs, which I'm not. So I optimize.

Our back room inventory assumes stand-alone provisions for two, for six to eight weeks, without getting into our freezer or deep larder. This doesn't count as prepping around here. It falls under the old fashioned term, "laying in supplies", which is what hill people do rather than "stop at the supermarket for some groceries".

We had the honor of hosting a Luna Moth for a couple of days. Female. Medium large. The hummingbirds have settled in. They'll hover about three feet away, verify it's us, then ignore us as they go about their hummingbird business. Which, incidentally, includes our arbor covered with lush honeysuckle.

Mad magazine is ceasing publication. Yawn. The original Mad ended with number 23, the last comic book. They were genius, unalloyed, then killed by congress and Dr. Wertham , et al. The original Mad magazine ended with number 28, the last issue from the "tiny but hyperactive" mind of Harvey Kurtzman. What has been calling itself Mad magazine since then is, um, not. And never was. Now it's what it deserves to be. Gone.

One of my prize possessions is an original ink drawing of Melvin Mole from Mad number 2, signed as he preferred it, Will Elder. It's framed and hangs on the wall by my desk. Eat your heart out, fellow EC fans.

Well gang, enough prattle. We gotta eat our peas. Time for Yer ol' Woodpile Report, right after this old ad.


1929. Baby Ruth magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg New in 1921, it became the best selling 5¢ candy bar by the late 1920s. The name had nothing to do with Babe Ruth they claimed, but rather Grover Cleveland's daughter. Sure it did.

Baby Ruth was a product of the independent Curtiss Candy Company for sixty years. Nabisco bought Curtiss in 1981, sold it to Nestle, which was bought by Ferrero in 2018.


Remus's notebook


Daily Mail - Jeffrey Epstein is charged over alleged underage sex trafficking: Billionaire pedophile is arrested on the tarmac after jetting in from France as FBI agents break down the door of his NYC home ... along with new allegations of sexual abuse by 'numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister and other world leaders.'

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's likely Epstein will go room temperature before he ever enters a courtroom. Get his client list and videos, betimes, to find out who's being blackmailed. Start with this:

Zero Hedge - Jeffrey Epstein Has Been Arrested For Sex Trafficking of Minors ... had a team of traffickers who procured girls as young as 12

Clinton chose to continue his association with Epstein even after the lurid trial, according to the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, “everyone within his inner circles knew was a pedophile."

Zero Hedge 2016 - "Bill Clinton Was Here": The Elite One-Percent’s 'Orgy Island' Exposed ... flight records indicate that ol’ Billy-boy would frequent the island paradise around the 2002 and 2005 era

Gateway Pundit - He Called It! Trump Predicted “A Lot of Problems” for Bill Clinton with Epstein’s Famous Orgy Island

Trump, to Hannity: "Nice guy. Got a lot of problems coming up in my opinion with the famous island with Jeffrey Epstein. Lot of problems".

Zero Hedge - Lawmakers Target Pentagon Pedophiles With Bipartisan Child Porn Bill ... DOD's network ranked 19th out of almost 3,000 nationwide networks

MIT Technology Review - London police’s face recognition system gets it wrong 81% of the time ... University of Essex found that of 42 matches, only eight were confirmed to be correct

American Mirror - 35,000 more Africans on way to US via South America ... the word is out on US sanctuary cities

KSWB San Diego - Family brawls at Disneyland as children watch ... why we can't have nice things. Includes hilarious video, 4m 23s

NY Post - Chinese dissidents are being executed for their organs, former hospital worker says ... artificial heart and lung keeps every organ fresh enough to be harvested

Associated Press - Charlottesville scraps Jefferson’s birthday as holiday ... instead will observe a day recognizing the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans

Nautilus - The Paleo-Bell River: North America's Vanished Amazon ... North America's modern rivers came from an extensive system larger than today's Amazon

Federalist - Antifa Is Mostly Made Up Of Privileged White Dudes ... trying to impose a style of anarchy that is steeped in and almost unique to whiteness

Farm and Dairy - USDA report flawed, tanks corn rally ... no one believes them, “I hope someone gets fired over this report. It should never have been released.”

Mexico News Daily - Specialists not optimistic as homicides reach an average 94 per day, 17,000 victims in the first six months of the year ... last month was the most violent on record with more than 3,000 victims

Stuff you may want to worry about

NY Post - These toxic caterpillars are terrorizing Europe ... tiny toxic hairs get captured and spread by wind — and cause severe allergic reactions and skin irritations, nests are deemed too dangerous to touch

History Net - The Largest Muzzle-Loading Artillery Piece in English History ... firing a single shell cost as much as the combined daily pay of 2,400 infantrymen

WPRI-TV Providence RI - Scholars say Philistine genes help solve biblical mystery ... connects the Philistines to populations in southern Europe during the Bronze Age

Club Orlov - The Death of the Liberal Idea ... no longer serves the needs of the majority of the peoples

Excerpt: "In some Western countries children as young as three are subjected to “gender reassignment” that follows a sequence of indoctrination, chemical castration and physical castration, even against the wishes of their parents, resulting in a sterile individual".

Quanta Magazine - The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement ... there’s another way to formulate quantum mechanics so that it can speak about single events happening in individual quantum systems

Science Alert - Neutron Star Smash-Up Just Provided a New Measure of a Fundamental Cosmic Feature ... reveals Hubble Constant at 70.3 kilometres per second per megaparsec

art-remus-ident-04.jpg To figure the rate of expansion in more common terms: one parsec is 3.261563777 light-years. A megaparsec is one million parsec. If you'd prefer it in Gunter's chain or cubits, yer on yer own.

College Fix - Math teacher loses job after defending Western Civilization ... even though she made her comments outside the classroom

Organic Prepper - Selco: The 5 Things That Will Surprise You Most When the SHTF ... there is nothing very static and sure when SHTF

Prepper Journal - Modern Minuteman Wilderness Skills ... a yes-no-maybe answer to the question of what survivalist skills apply to preparing for a minuteman role

Ask a Prepper - The Only 4 Knots That You’re Going To Actually Use In A Survival Situation ... master those and you can cope with almost any situation

Gun Politics New York - First SAFE Act conviction dismissed ... upstate judge dismisses NY City prosecution charges out of hand

GOPUSA - Vox op-ed says it’s time to ‘arm the left,’ challenge ‘threat’ of ‘right-wing extremism’ ... as a counterweight to the “continuing threat” of “right-wing extremism”

Excerpt: “Right-wingers have held an unearned monopoly on gun culture for too long. I’m of the firm opinion that it’s time to not only arm the left but challenge the narrative that all leftists are anti-gun”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Vox isn't leading here, he's following. The left has been arming itself for a few years now.

Popular Mechanics - The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients ... Phoenix Air flew about 40 people who had, or who had been exposed to, Ebola

Eric Peters Autos - Lido Has Shuffled ... Lee Iacocca just died. And with him, an era. The era of the car guy executive

SHTF Plan - Big Pharma Hikes Drug Price 879% And That’s Just One Of 3,400 So Far This Year ... average price increase per drug was 10.5%

Reason - Relying on the Same Illogic That Trump Used to Ban Bump Stocks, a New Lawsuit Argues That Customizable Rifles Are Illegal ... compatible with bump stocks

KOB-TV - Walmart plans to cease gun sales at New Mexico stores ... not equipped to conduct checks for private sales, will continue to sell ammunition

Philadelphia Tribune - Ebony, Jet fire remainder of staff, may close its doors for good ... haven’t received their final paychecks


1944. Rome Italy


art-remus-ident-04.jpg As the Allies drew closer, partisan activity increased. And so did anti-partisan warfare. The penalty for capture was immediate execution, often along with the men and older boys in the nearest village. For aiding the partisans, the penalty was arrest and transfer to a concentration camp. I'm guessing this photo was taken after the liberation of Rome, a sort of memento.


Stuff you may want to think about
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Political violence, The Federalist - In the past year, nearly a dozen members of the Trump administration and conservative lawmakers have been chased out of restaurants and pelted with milkshakes, not for causing civil disruption, but simply for being in public. Any journalist critical of policies now considered by the left to be nothing short of moral imperatives would also be unwelcome in the public square and therefore a complicit “fascist.” The new left has no intention of negotiating their terms. In addition to laying out the way they feel every man, woman, and child should think, the party of “decency” and “tolerance” has become totally intolerant of dissenting thought. Those who challenge their ideas are often branded as racists, misogynists, and even Nazis.


Ads, Of Two Minds - Newspapers and periodicals publish advertisements, radio/TV networks and stations air adverts, movie theaters run trailers/ads, billboards occupy our mental space while driving and websites and apps post adverts. No visual space has been left unmonetized: shopping carts display adverts, the plastic dividers between customers' groceries in the checkout display adverts, even the floors of stores display adverts. Many forms of communication have been rendered essentially unusable by monetization. Many people no longer look at their email since it has been taken over by spam, and many of those with landline phones no longer answer their phones due to the constant robo-calls. So here's my question: what's left for Big Tech to monetize?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Websites are going the way of email


Patriotism, Z Man - For dissidents, patriotism is increasingly impossible. On the one hand, there is the absurd version that celebrates multiculturalism and the end of the nation state. On the hand there is the synthetic version that papers over reality with nostalgia. Patriotism is no longer the roar of people in their prime, but instead it is the sad songs of an age that has passed. For the dissident, the patriotic displays are a good reminder of what they have taken from us, but also a reminder of why we are dissidents. The fight is not to restore the world to where it was, but to restore the world to its natural mooring. Identity politics is about building communities based in biology, not the rantings of fanatics.


Scandal, Z Man - When Jeff Sessions recused himself, it allowed Rod Rosenstein and Bob Mueller to build a firewall around the FBI spying case. The whole point of the Mueller investigation was to bottle all of this up and run out the clock. When Trump fired Sessions and brought in Barr, the game was up. Mueller was sidelined and Rosenstein resigned. The broad contours of the case are known. Elements within the DOJ and FBI setup an espionage operation on the Trump campaign. What is unknown at this stage is who authorized the operation and just how wide ranging was this conspiracy. This could turn out to be the issue that rips the Democrat party to shreds over the next year.


1937. Williams County, North Dakota


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rural grade school toddlers doing schoolwork at a level found today in advanced placement at urban high schools. Notice the teacher's "practical shoes", a big seller during the Depression.

Williams County is in northwestern North Dakota. In 1937 the population was about 17,500 and dropping. Today it's about 35,500 and growing fast, doubling between 2010 and 2018.


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Fake truth, Front Page - The psychology, sociology, economics and political science hybrid in its public guise uses the methodologies and quantification of science to give a spurious authority to its unscientific and politicized conclusions about human nature and behavior, while at the same time relying on ancient myths, cultural memes, and modern political programs. This incoherence is the essence of false knowledge. Truth is democracy’s immune system. It is the biggest scandal of our times that the disease eating away at our social-political order that protects our rights and freedom has been incubated and spread by what once was the bastion of our collective search for truth––our universities and colleges.


Antifa, Liberty's Torch - Anyone aware of what’s been happening in Portland and other Antifa-infested locales should also be aware that those faggots don’t act up in places that respect the right to keep and bear arms. If you live in a locale where Antifa has made an appearance, or will plausibly make one in the foreseeable future, arm yourself before going out. Even in ratholes like Portland, you can carry a weapon that can’t be outlawed. Allow yourself no illusions: we are at war. Ultimately, we cannot end this pestilence without going on offense: hunting down the allegiants of Antifa and exterminating them to the last “man.” It must happen. It will happen. The only question is what it will take to get the cleansing started.

Also from Liberty's Torch, about the left's campaign against free speech:

You cannot counter a conviction or an ideology if you suppress the expression of it. The sense of exclusion and oppression will help it to flourish. It will grow in the darkness, and you will lose all knowledge of its extent or its virulence. You will also lose any skill you might have at arguing against it. And one day, when it’s grown muscles and become confident, it will roar out of the shadows and take you by the throat.


Working class, Paul Craig Roberts - Americans desperately need a real leftwing. All we have is a fake leftwing. Today’s leftists are into hate, not the hate of the capitalist exploiter, who most likely has bought them off, but the hate of white people, especially straight white males. The American left is into Identity Politics and Antifa. Identity Politics damns the working class as the “Trump deplorables.” The working class is a victimizer. The official victim groups are “racial minorities,” females, homosexuals and lesbians, and the “transgendered.” The working class is under attack for being “white supremacists.” This is the way to shut them up.


Radicals, Daily Bell - Remember when radicals would tar, feather, and pour boiling hot tea down tax collectors’ throats? Or commit civil disobedience on a massive scale by throwing thousands of pounds of tea into Boston Harbor because of a couple of cents worth of taxes. These are the guys who warned us against a standing army and shot British soldiers rather than surrender their arms. They will gladly cite the unjust laws that needed to be broken in the run-up to the Revolutionary War. But instead of calling for more freedom today, conservatives spout off about just obeying the law. Too bad there are now so many laws that you can’t go through a day without breaking at least one. And at that point, the government can arrest anyone at any time for anything—that’s the definition of tyranny.


1950. Lockland Ohio


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows the assembly line for the General Electric J47 axial-flow turbojet. The first series run was made in in 1947. This engine powered the legendary F-86, the B-47 and other classic military planes. Three feet in diameter and twelve feet long, it developed nearly 6,000 ft/lbs of thrust. Production ceased in 1956 after 30,000 units were delivered.


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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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