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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, c. 1767

As said here last week, 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 .


art-remus-ident-04.jpg More about topping off our back room supply of commercial canned food. Recall it's intended to be provisions for two, for six to eight weeks, without getting into our freezer or deep larder. You know how it is. Go to the kitchen cupboard for this or that, it's gone, take it from the back room fully intending to replace it. Then one day you look at the shelves and notice the "six to eight weeks" would be more like five weeks of austerity. Doesn't happen in the winter when my food anxiety metastasizes into clinical paranoia. So, it's restocking time, which is always rethinking time as well.

Hormel Roast Beef Hash is 350 calories per cup, 190 calories from fat. A 14 ounce can is about two cups, so, 50 calories per ounce. I tried some from the local dollar store, the "best by" date was three years out. It was yummy. Armour Corned Beef Hash is about the same. The missus prefers the Hormel—they invented the commercial canned meat industry, incidentally—so I'll get more. We already have a nice pile of Dinty Moore and Hormel Beef Stew. Mmm mm.

Corned Beef, the dollar store's brand, product of Brazil, is 120 calories per two ounces, or 60 calories per ounce, 35 calories from fat. One can is 12 ounces so we're looking at 720 calories per can. "Best by" date was four years out. Kind of pricey. I'll get a few more and let it go at that. We're about right on the canned ham, chicken, tuna, beef, sardines, Bush's Beans, potted meat and Spam. Need some canned salmon too, nary a one left. We're starting to run out of shelf space so I have to plan a bit closer. And that's a good thing.


My centerfire and .22 mag rifles are nicely zeroed and I have the data I need. So I've been wringing out my lever action .22 off a bench with sand bags. More funner than anything. Turning money into noise, as they say. Over the years I've been building toward having a high quality LR and WMR rifle, and a "sidekick" for each. The lever action is my sidekick LR, the final piece of the puzzle. Got a compact low power scope on 'er with see-through mounts for the iron sights.

There's nothing special about where the Velocitor hit, it's not been sighted in since I changed the scope, except for left-right. The intent was to discover the vertical points of impact for these two subsonic rounds relative to the Velocitor. What can I say, I didn't have much to do that afternoon. These are the results of one five shot group each, at 50 yards, in the order shot.

CCI Velocitor, 40 grain, 1435 fps: 1.12 high
The number: 0.00, the point of reference

CCI Short, 29 grain, 1080 fps: 0.38 high
The number: Velocitor minus 0.74

Aguila Sniper Subsonic, 60 grain, 950 fps: 0.50 low
CCI Short minus 0.88
The number: Velocitor minus 1.62

My superduper bolt .22 is sighted in for the CCI Mini-Mag, a 75 yard "point of aim-point of impact". Which puts it 1.13 high at 50. But recent trials and results suggests the Velocitor at 100 yards may be a better standard for the bolt. For the Velocitor the nominal is 0.90 high at 50 yards for a 75 yard zero. The gain is about 21 ft/lbs over the Mini-Mag. And a flatter trajectory, natch, but with .22 LR "flat" is a word with no counterpart in reality. On a calm day a two inch group at a hundred yards is realistic. Beyond a hundred yards or so the trajectory approximates free fall, straight down. We're soon talking holdover in feet, not inches.

I chose the Short with its lightweight bullet as an extreme case experiment. They fed without failure. One sounded especially sharp, and sure enough, it was a high flyer. Other than that, it printed a tight little group. Slow moving 29 grain bullets are iffy, but I knew a guy who used nothing else to pop rabbits for his stewpot. He'd go out around sunset and take one or two while the rest kept on feeding.

Anyway, the Aguila, another extreme case, was not a tight group. I make it 1.50 inches and, oddly, off to the right by 0.75 inches. It's barely a credible 50 yard round, my opinion, but at something less they'll hit about where I aim, take down a full grown raccoon and do it with spectacular finality. They're quiet as a whisper. So, there's that.

Methodology - Measurements were made with a laboratory grade wooden ruler that used to have a metal edge insert. It's graduated at 625/10000 inch, one line to another. I rounded off by eye to the nearest line. The data was then used for advanced analysis involving addition and subtraction.

Update: My semi-formal 10 shot final sighting-in group with Velocitors measured 0.75 tall by 1.00 wide, hitting at 0.90 higher than point of aim. Poifek. 10 shots because 5 shot groups have lied to me in the past. The oval shape of the group is typical for me. Yes, there was a light breeze, right to left, but the group was nicely centered, so c'est moi.

Update: Sighted in my superduper deluxe bolt action for Velocitors, same size final group, 0.75 x 1.00, a nice round pawprint 0.90 high at 50 yards. The best 5 shot group was 0.50 x 0.68, but alas, an inch higher than point of aim. Some day I'll get out my chainsaw and extend my shooting range to 75 yards. Um, nah.

Next up, subsonics in LR length. My guess is they'll be point of aim-point of impact at 50 yards, or near enough. Then I'll choose one and back up the truck.


Lawrence Person at BattleSwarm Blog summarizes the NRA's troubles this way:

The more we find out about how the NRA has been run, the worse it seems. The crisis started out looking like a case of lax management, but the deeper you dig the more it looks like a case of systematic looting. The more I read about the NRA, the more convinced I am that the current leadership has to go.

Mr. Person cites a lengthy account at Ammoland:

The ongoing account of gross mismanagement reported here may have already evolved by the time you read this report. What follows will enrage you and all we can say is Wayne LaPierre and the current Executives need to go, even if members need to storm the NRA offices.

As details of the debacle become public, the NRA appears at best to be incompetent, at worst, criminal.


John Q. Publius at the Anatomically Correct Banana posts a plain fact the NRA won't whisper to each other, much tell less us. It doesn't matter any more, the word's gotten down to us Deplorables while they impress each other by analyzing some court ruling from Edison's day.

The United States does not have a gun problem. The firearm homicide rate in the US seems very high for a developed nation, but that’s until you look under the hood. The firearm homicide rate for white Americans is 1.7 per 100,000, which is identical to the Czech Republic and lower than countries like Canada, France, and Austria, which, to be fair, have their own issues with “diversity.”

The firearm homicide rate for Hispanics in the United States is 6.4 per 100,000, or nearly four times that of white Americans. The firearm homicide rate for blacks in the US is 19.8 per 100,000, or eleven-and-a-half times that of whites.

Wisdom in one breath

From Prof. John Read at Psychiatry Research, quoted at Study Finds

Perhaps it is time we stopped pretending that medical-sounding labels contribute anything to our understanding of the complex causes of human distress or of what kind of help we need when distressed.

From Dmitry Orlov at Club Orlov, about Gypsies

To be marginalized by a collapse-bound society can be a blessing in disguise.

From Vox Day, about Facebook policy

It's only a matter of time before those media seedings, which are actually the informational equivalent of artillery spotting, lead to high-severity violence and fatalities on both sides. There will be war.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, about civil war

We don't need to run out of resources to get in trouble, we just have to run out of enough.

From John Q. Publius at Anatomically Correct Banana

Minorities are treated by the Left as though they have no agency and yet we are expected to acknowledge them as full equals under the auspices of “Democracy”.

From Ben Hunt at Epsilon Theory

Libra was designed to co-opt Bitcoin. Libra was designed to allow government oversight over your economic transactions.

From Joe Biden, 1975, quoted by John Rosenberg at City Journal

It is one thing to say that you cannot keep a black man from using this bathroom, and something quite different to say that one out of every five people who use this bathroom must be black.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Everyone cool has already left, and now Facebook is merely accumulating fudds, mental health cases on disability, bored retirees, clueless trend-chasers five years too late, and other human aggregate.

From Nick Meyer at Alt-Market

Jeffrey M. Smith left two bags of corn, one GMO and one non-GMO, in a work room. The mice broke into both bags, but quickly stopped eating after taking a few bites of the GMO corn.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

If you can't dwell and discuss reality as it is, here, now, you have a psychosis, not a solution.

From Paul Craig Roberts

America is exceptional in its dissolution. As for being indispensable, nothing is more dispensable than the Western world. Twenty years from this date, there will be no “Western World”.

From Cody Delistraty at the Paris Review

Is beauty, therefore, the most useful trait one might have? From the amount of money people spend on skin care, makeup, haircuts, clothes, and the like, it seems that we may have already subconsciously accepted this as a truth.

From Glenn Reynolds at InstaPundit

Liberalism is the belief everyone else should be in treatment for your disorder.

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

There have been enough bailouts. It's time to stop bailing and fix the boat.

From Tom Luongo at Gold, Goats and Guns, about Epstein

Notice how no one in D.C. is out in front of the cameras, clutching their pearls about how horrible it all is. That silence you don’t hear is fear.

From Ann Coulter, about the Epstein case

I have to assume the SDNY will take a dive, too, and will be showered with awards for doing so.

From Ace at Ace of Spades, about CNN's ratings

It's not time to panic. March was the time to panic. Now is the time for hanging yourself in the garage.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine

Segregating the sexes in sports is not unfair to women—if anything, it’s exceedingly kind.

From Richard Fernandez at PJ Media

In an identity society, nothing is virtuous except your own tribe.

From Eric Peters Autos

A 1985 Yugo is functionally and economically superior to any new electric car.


President Trump, in a tweet "referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her allies in what’s become known as “the squad.” The others are Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Only Omar, from Somalia, is foreign-born".

So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

art-remus-ident-04.jpg American citizens and Americans aren't necessarily the same thing. Those who identify as "women of colour" are never the same thing, and will eagerly tell you so. In detail.

Omar responded to Trump, "You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda."

How like a woman of colour. Trump stirs the pot, she falls into it. It's almost too easy.


Democratic Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson has a novel idea:

Those people who are online, making fun of members of congress are a disgrace. We’re gonna shut them down and work with whomever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted. You cannot intimidate members of congress, frighten members of congress. It’s against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.

and finally,

Rifling buttons went from scarce to readily available, from many sources, in the space of a year or so. Just sayin'.

Vista Outdoors is selling Savage Arms and Stevens. Who's on the list of their holdings, here , may surprise you.

Well gang, enuff chitchat. Time to fire up the hazmat truck and take a tour, boarding now here at Yer ol' Woodpile Report. We'll get rolling right after this olde ad.


1925. Ford magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Model T had two more years of production ahead before it was replaced with the Model A. 1925 was the year the T was offered at its lowest price, $260 for the basic model, about $3,800 in today's bux. It still had wooden wheels but with optional pneumatic tires.


Remus's notebook


Forward Observer - Breaking Down “Civil War 2”, Part Four ... soft power, insurgency and Balkanization. 32m 23s

Prepper's Will 2015 - How To Develop Night Vision For Survival ... simple ways to improve your night vision

CDR Salamander - What Use is a Frigate? ... behold what reality lay-bare in the last week

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Britain's magnificent Type 23 Duke Class frigates are demonstrating how useless our LCS really are. The Royal Navy's Type 26 frigates will be even better. We got nothin' for many times the price.

Ars Technica - Alternative theory of gravity makes a nearly testable prediction ... simulation done with a "chameleon" theory of gravity

NY Post - Stunning footage shows giant manta ray ask snorkeler for help ... had large fishing hooks lodged close to her right eye. Yes, he removed them.

L’affaire Epstein

Washington Examiner - Bill Clinton claims he 'knows nothing' about Jeffrey Epstein's alleged child sex crimes ... says he took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein's airplane

Fox News 2016 - Flight logs show Bill Clinton flew on sex offender's jet much more than previously known ... flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express”

Law & Crime - Guess Whose Daughter Is Reportedly a Prosecutor in Jeffrey Epstein Case ... Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI Director James Comey

NY Post - NYPD let convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein skip judge-ordered check-ins ... never once checked in with city cops in the eight-plus years since a Manhattan judge ordered him to do so every 90 days

Front Page - The Democrat Who Let Jeffrey Epstein Get Away ... former State Attorney Krischer, a co-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, gave Epstein a pass

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's a big club and we ain't in it

Zero Hedge - Jeffrey Epstein's Wikipedia Page Stealth-Edited To Remove Ties To Democrats ... also deleted: "Flight records show Bill Clinton flew on Epstein's plane 26 times"

Daily Mail - Inside Jeffrey Epstein's 'Lolita Express' ... Boeing 727 airliner believed to be the site of some of the alleged sexual abuse to underage girls

American Thinker - The question that must be asked: Was Epstein running 'honey traps' and blackmailing the power elite? ... the people who know have no incentive to talk

Summit News - Ann Coulter Thinks Epstein Had a “State Sponsor” & Was Running a “Blackmailing” Operation ... "Something much bigger is behind this"

KABC interview, source of Summit News article, YouTube, 13m 14s. Money quote is at the 10m 10s mark.

Liberty Blitzkrieg - The Jeffrey Epstein Rabbit Hole Goes a Lot Deeper Than You Think ... Jeffrey Epstein’s real job was to obtain blackmail on some of the world’s most wealthy and powerful players

Daily Beast - Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight ... Acosta explained “was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone”

Liberty Blitzkrieg - Alex Acosta Reportedly Claimed Jeffrey Epstein ‘Belonged to Intelligence’ ... he may have been untouchable because he was systematically collecting this information on behalf of an intelligence agency

Automatic Earth - ... Epstein could have opted to stay in France, or fly to his Virgin Islands estate. Or anywhere really. But he chose to fly to Teterboro to be arrested. Why? Why is this playing out when it is, as in today? Who ordered this? Was it Trump?

Mike Cernovich - A John or Jane Doe has tried filing an anonymous motion to keep the Epstein records sealed ... in New York City

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The inescapable Michael Snyder at Economic Collapse Blog says:

"It won’t just be Jeffrey Epstein that will be on trial in the months ahead. As this scandal unfolds, the entire U.S. legal system will be on trial, and if justice does not prevail many Americans will lose faith in the system for good".

and Brandon Smith at Alt-Market warns,

Are we really to believe they knew nothing about what was going on? That they visited his island and never saw any wrongdoing? Why didn't they come forward immediately? Why did they wait until Epstein was already being prosecuted before they publicly admonished him? Is it because they were involved in the same activities? And if so, why have they not been prosecuted as well?

My point is, people should lower their expectations that justice will be served or that the "dominoes will fall" in the Epstein case.

The day it becomes evident Trump can't be tied to Epstein's crimes is the day all is forgiven or forgotten

Philadelphia's diversity news

Daily Mail - Gang of teenage girls film themselves randomly attacking female strangers on street in center of Philadelphia ... it is unclear what motivated the attacks

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The video makes the motive clear enough.

CBS Philadelphia - Group Of Almost 60 Teens Terrorize Businesses, Attack Man On South Street, Police Say ... no arrests were made.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Teens", wink wink.

NBC Philadelphia - Man Beaten to Death After Stealing Car With Kids Inside, Police Say ... beaten to death by father and angry mob, had a long criminal history

Ask a Prepper - What Is the Best Canned Meat? ... offer huge benefits through fat and protein, true expiration date is about 5 years past the date on each can

American Hunter - How Accurate Are Today’s Rifles? ... better rifles with better triggers and better factory ammo routinely produce sub-inch average groups at 100 yards

Breitbart - Ilhan Omar Admits Fabricating Story About an ‘Injustice’ to High School Students ... Omar’s story echoed the plot of “Les Miserables”

Information Liberation - Texas Court Orders Father to Raise His Son As A Transsexual ... ex-wife allegedly decided their son is a transgender girl and is preparing him for "chemical castration at age 8"

Fox News - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts preemptively declines White House invitation ... would follow in the footsteps of Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who declined an invitation to the White House

Baffler - Market Values, why are wealthy collectors getting fed up with abstract art ... what had once been a response to power was now in power itself

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A long essay, all but unreadable to those uninterested in the malodorous settling pond known as the art market. Stoyan Sgourev at Smart Set makes a relevant comment, "about the same proportion of top collectors nowadays (40%) have an investor profile, as was the case in early 17th century Amsterdam".

Smithsonian - When 6-Year-Olds Chose Jury Candidates ... before computers randomly issued jury summons, some state laws required that children do the picking

Wired - New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits ... silicon has dominated solar cell technology not because it’s the best material for the job, but because scientists know so much about it

Liberty Nation - CA Parents Horrified: The New Sex Ed ... schoolkids getting abortions and pornographic sex ed

Excerpt: If I were to show that material to a child, I would be brought up on charges. But somehow our public schools are allowed to teach this to junior high and high school kids.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Public school staffs have access to schoolgirls, officially authorized porn and a hotline to "no questions asked" abortion clinics where parents will not be informed. Guess what kind of people are attracted to setup like this.

Epoch Times - Nearly Three Dozen Disney World Employees Arrested in Child Sex Investigations ... a total of 32 have been convicted

KIRO-TV Seattle - Vashon Island man sent manifesto before he was killed at (ICE) detention center ... "doing what i can to help defend my precious and wondrous people is an experience too rich to describe. i am antifa."

Activist Post - Top Assange Defense Account Deleted By Twitter ... there's no meaningful separation of corporate power and state power

The Hill - CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries ... Congressional Black Caucus says Ocasio-Cortez progressives have turned on African American lawmakers

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Blacks are figuring out they're no longer the left's new best friends, and why should they be, they vote left no matter how cheaply they're bought. A handout and a slogan—good for another year.

Universe Today - NASA has Figured Out How to Extend the Lives of the Voyagers Even Longer ... in space for 42 years and still operating, 11 billion miles from the Sun




art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo was taken on the set of Lois Weber's The Dumb Girl of Portici, first released by Universal in 1916, featuring internationally famous ballerina Anna Pavlova. The film has been restored and was re-released in 2017 with a new musical score. Note the camera emblazoned with director Phillip Smalley's creds. For dance fans this is a 'must see', for the rest of us, not so much.

Some comments from Milestone Films

The Dumb Girl of Portici is a previously unseen film long overdue for recognition as one of Weber’s finest creations and a landmark in women’s cinema.

Fenella, a wordless fisher-girl living during the Spanish occupation of Naples in the mid-17th century, is seduced and abandoned by a Spanish nobleman. As a result of this betrayal and the oppression of their people, Fenella’s brother foments a revolution. The opera’s premiere in Belgium did in fact inflame a revolt and the story goes that the opera’s performance is still banned in that country.

Film trailer: The Dumb Girl of Portici, 1m 54s, at YouTube


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Economics 102, Raconteur Report - Alcohol was legalized when Prohibition was repealed in 1933. So tell the class in what year moonshining stopped in the U.S. That would be never. It's never stopped. Why will "Legalize and tax" work with drugs, when it hasn't worked for alcohol once in 86 years? Tobacco has never been illegal. Why are people smuggling untaxed cigarettes in 24/7/365? Shouldn't "Legalization and taxation" have stopped all that? If not, why not? How do you go after that criminal conduct, plus do it for drugs, without continuing the exact same War On Drugs you say you want to end, because it's stupid and wasteful? It will never work because it can never work, and never has.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kuppy at Adventures in Capitalism agrees:

The boom is rapidly collapsing. Let’s face it, cannabis is a commodity product, it is priced based on supply and demand. With a lag, you can build endless production facilities and produce unlimited quantities of cannabis. It’s called “weed” for a reason.

... When pricing inevitably collapses, the operating losses will astound people. Even worse, the legal sector is fighting against a black market that has dramatically cheaper product. Besides, most consumers are not branded consumers—yet.


Progressives, Metallicman - Historically, there are predictable elements when there is conflict between a traditional society and a progressive socialist movement that has the reigns of power. We know what happens. It is a predictable and well understood process. It is well documented. These elements can be unsavory and distasteful. Here we discuss some important points that other articles of this SHTF theme all leave out. You will not know you are in danger until it is too late.

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art-remus-ident-04.jpg Metallicman reminds us how civil wars driven by fear and hatred are murderous, literally beyond belief, and as Selco has warned, how modern massacres are designed to overtake an entire people before they understand what's happening.


Nemesis, James Howard Kunstler - Where are Clintons, these dog days of summer? Fate is turning in more than one uncomfortable way for the once-charmed couple of Boomerdom. There is, of course, the freshly re-issued Jeffrey Epstein underage sex scandal, come ‘round again with a vengeance this time because there are fewer Clinton partisans left in the Department of Justice where the matter has festered for decades. Mr. Trump had enough of the two-year-plus persecution he endured from the Clinton-inspired Mueller investigation into the Clinton-propagated Russia Collusion flim-flam. And having patiently survived this audacious, seditious effrontery, is now out to squash the Clintons like a pair of palmetto bugs.


Antifa and Andy Ngo, Quillette - Among relatively mainstream progressive voices, the incident was understandably problematic. Bluntly put: a masked mob publicly beat and robbed a gay, Asian journalist who offered no resistance. That should not be an easy image to digest from any respectable point of view, much less from any recognizably liberal or progressive system of values. It is also difficult to square with the professed purpose and aims of the antifascist movement, a cause which in recent years has enjoyed no small measure of sympathy and support among the left-leaning commentariat. If antifascism can be vague—even deliberately so—about what it is against, it is murkier still about what it's for .


1941. Milwaukee Wisconsin


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Current Wisconsin law specifically prohibits firecrackers, wheels, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, aerial salutes, and bombs. Pretty much everything seen on display in this photo.

I have big news. Fireworks laws are routinely ignored outside the cities. There was an impressive aerial display within a mile of me every night from the 4th through Sunday, with the biggest on Saturday night. More could be heard in the far distance. Like every year.


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War On Nature, Z Man - Progressives are eager to argue that nature is a social construct. Their fight is not with an alternative ideology or with a specific group that stands in their way. Their fight is with nature and anyone who accepts biological reality. It’s why nationalism has become the bogeyman of all radicals everywhere. The nation is the largest natural organizational unit possible, therefore it is the fullest expression of everything the radical fears about the world and himself. Buckley conservatives fully embrace Progressive morality, but seek to point it toward other ends. Nowhere in conservative arguments against open borders will you ever find the basic argument that a nation has the right to decide who enters their lands.


Epstein, Of Two Minds - I have long held that there is a camp within the Deep State that grasps the end-game of Neocon globalism, and is busy assembling a competing nation-centric strategy. The faction within the Deep State that no longer accepts traditional fictions is gaining ground, they accept the systemic corruption of self-serving elites and those who have finally awakened to the mortal danger to the nation. Enter the sordid case of Jeffrey Epstein, suddenly unearthed after a decade of corporate-media/elitist suppression. The anti-Neocon camp within the Deep State observed the test case of Harvey Weinstein and saw an opportunity to apply what it learned. Even die-hard Neocons are starting to awaken to the danger to their power posed by the moral collapse of the ruling elites.


Solar, Phys Org - The most efficient way to turn heat into electricity now is to use turbines, and steam or some other liquid to drive them. They can give you nearly 50% conversion efficiency. Nothing else gets us close to that. Rice University scientists aim to simplify the task with a compact system that has no moving parts. Aligned nanotube films are conduits that absorb waste heat and turn it into narrow-bandwidth photons. Thermal photons can strike from any direction, but can only leave via one. Instead of going from heat directly to electricity, we go from heat to light to electricity. Adding the emitters to standard solar cells could boost their efficiency from 22% to 80% efficiency.


Denisovans, Ancient Origins - The Denisovans have been something of a mystery ever since they were first discovered in 2010 as an extinct sister group to the Neanderthals. The latest discovery comes from an analysis of a 160,000-year-old archaic human molar fossil that was discovered decades ago in China, the first morphological evidence of interbreeding between archaic humans and Homo sapiens in Asia. A previous study concluded that Denisovans were inhabiting the Tibetan Plateau well before Homo sapiens migrated to the region. Another recent study shows that their genes live on in populations in “the Philippines and New Guinea to China and Tibet” where people “have inherited 3% to 5% of their DNA from Denisovans.”


Spam, Appalachian Magazine - With the Great Depression drawing near a decade mark Hormel entered the market by selling a revolutionary idea: Canned meat. First were hams, followed by chicken. The vacuumed sealed meat would preserve for great lengths of time, allowing widespread distribution at considerably lower prices. Still, pork shoulders were a hard sale for the company, as customers simply did not like it. Rather than allow these shoulders to go to waste, Hormel began mixing these remnants with ground ham, using potato starch as a binder. Sugar, water and salt were added for flavor and instantly, the company’s most iconic product was created: Spam.


1942. New Haven, Connecticut


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is one of those "before" pictures illustrating the conversion from peacetime to wartime manufacturing. We're looking at the Gilbert Company retooling to make flare casings, one of which can be seen in the shadows.


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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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