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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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Anders Andersen-Lundby, Wooded Winter Landscape, c.1882

Another great painting from the Danish master.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I watched "Tomorrow When The War Began" on YouTube. It's ridiculous. I'm talking laughing out loud ridiculous. Someone put an infantilized chick flick into a Red Dawn stuff sack and called it good. How bad was it? It was so bad I found myself wishing the bad guys would finish off the insufferable creeps, betimes. But no. It lurched from one three-hanky vignette to another, separated by run-and-gun stuff cribbed from video game outtakes. It ended with a lampoon of itself, namely and to wit, a "quarter stick of dynamite and pint of gasoline" Big Explosion with high fives and backslapping. In its defense, the final fade to black was immeasurably satisfying, if overdue.

Milutin Milankovic's climate cycles hypothesis of the 1920s is enjoying another revival. It says a lot about websites that trot it out as an astonishing new discovery that explains everything. In physics, no theory explains everything, or more exactly, a perfectly robust physics would have no hierarchy, no equation would be senior to any other. Oops. Lost sight of shore for a moment.

We all expect news of mass shootings with inconvenient backstories milked of what propaganda value they may have, dutifully sprinkled over existing screeds, then abandoned. What puzzles me is the rapid fade of the Epstein debacle. It's a fabulously rich mine capable of supporting a platoon of investigative reporters for a decade, yet the story has been thrown over the wall intact to the conspiracists, albeit peppered with bruises from ten foot poles.


Karl Denninger opines on gun control, at Market Ticker

We allegedly have a 2nd Amendment which states The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. There are literally thousands of gun laws on the books that prevent keeping and bearing of certain arms in certain places by certain persons, criminalizing mere possession of certain common firearms. Every one of those laws is flatly unconstitutional and yet the government not only won't remove them it keeps adding to them.

The latest are "Red Flag" laws—one of which the government just used to steal guns from a man who said if Antifa attacked him he would resist using deadly force. Resisting someone trying to kill you is a basic, pre-political right. The FBI just took all of his guns—not for a threat of initiating violence but for stating in public that he would defend himself if attacked. He was not charged with a crime because he didn't commit one, I note.


Check your ammo. Twice as much may not be enough. According to the Daily Mail, Walmart is caving, again, they'll stop selling ammunition for "military-style" rifles. CEO Doug McMillon made the announcement in a memo to employees. An excerpt:

After selling through our current inventory commitments, we will discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber that, while commonly used in some hunting rifles, can also be used in large capacity clips on military-style weapons. We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand.

This was quite obviously written by someone not familiar with guns. "Large capacity clips" is one tip off. They get this stuff from each other. As for hoping their customers will understand, yes, they will.

Note the trend at Walmart, from CNBC:

Walmart in the 1990s stopped selling handguns in the U.S. with the exception of Alaska. In 2015, it stopped selling semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15 rifle. Following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, Walmart stopped selling firearms and ammunition to people under the age of 21.

Aesop at Raconteur Report says it all,

Only world-class fools piss off the people who buy their product and fill their coffers, to court favor from folks who'll never do either.


Christopher Rufo at City Journal describes the damage "woke" city planners are doing, in his essay, The Rise of the New Left Urbanists. An excerpt:

The question for the activists is not just how much new housing gets built but who builds it and who will live in it. That is, new developments must also tick off the boxes of identity politics. In cities like San Francisco, some activists have taken the hardline position of opposing all private housing construction, regardless of how it might reduce the cost of housing for middle-class residents.

In an essay in the San Francisco Examiner, public-housing activists Andrew Szeto and Toshio Meronek called advocates for more private-market housing part of a “libertarian, anti-poor campaign to turn longtime sites of progressive organizing into rich-people-only zones” and compared them with alt-right white nationalists.

Lefty Urbanist's proposals for public housing sound like they came from some eastern Europe planning committee in the 1950s.


Joe at Eaton Rapids Joe explains Permaculture. An excerpt:

Industrial agriculture is about simple systems. Few inputs. Few outputs.

Permaculture and Sustainable Agriculture is about nurturing ecosystems. It attends to flows and connections between systems.

Questions that should always bubbling up are "How can I use the waste and byproducts of one element of my system as the inputs for another part?" .and. "Is there a system already in place that already does that, one that only needs me to validate and protect it?" and "Is there a way I can make that system more productive by substituting one or two parts like replacing a hawthorn tree with a pear tree?"

Permaculture is Sustainable because it focuses on working with the flow rather than steamrollering it with fossil fuel based inputs.

Wisdom in one breath

From Peter Schiff at Seeking Alpha

If your debt is growing faster than your economy, then you’re not getting richer. You’re getting poorer.

From Paul Craig Roberts

White people are considered legitimate targets of hate speech and hate crimes. Those who demonize white people are not considered to have committed a punishable offense.

From Jim's Blog, about the climate scam

The “International Community” is the state department, and the greenies are largely NGOs, which are also the state department.

From US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, via Jurist

If a ban on semi-automatic guns and large-capacity magazines reduces the perceived risk from a mass shooting, and makes the public feel safer as a result, that’s a substantial benefit.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Some places you really, honestly need to move from. You did not want to be in Rome for the invasions, sacking, fires and famine, disease and depopulation.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

An increasing fraction of the country is entering fight-or-flight mode.

From The Z Man

The entirety of Progressive thought can be symbolized by the toppling over of statues on the college campus.

From Kurt Schlichter at Town Hall

Our elite is garbage, and everything it says is a lie and a scam.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

Either we root out every last source of rot by investigating, indicting and jailing every wrong-doer and everyone who conspired to protect the guilty in the Epstein case, or America will have sealed its final fall.

From Vox Day at Vox Popoli

The reason SJWs have been so successful since the 1990s is that for more than two decades, they simply did not meet with any serious or organized resistance.

From Ann Coulter

It’s preposterous to believe that we can start putting asterisks on the Second Amendment and hope that it will survive.

and finally,

For those of you who haven't followed Woodpile Report since its founding in the Marovingian dynasty, a recap. I became a widower, suddenly, retired from my job in Philadelphia and returned to live alone in the ancestral home in the hills of Appalachia, then almost immediately had a heart attack. But hey, everyone has these little setbacks.

I lived alone for five years, during which I arranged necessary chores to consume about two hours a day, not counting cooking. With all that free time I started Woodpile Report about fifteen years ago in which I retold the unlikely but true goings-on of this area, past and present, in story form, along with news items and commentary. And so it went.

Fact is, the missus is facing a Setback of the First Kind. The details would be of no interest to you, and shouldn't be, just be aware it consumes large chunks of our time. So Woodpile Report will be ... um, "irregular" for a spell. Personally, I blame it all on the Boston Red Sox, but I'll not further sully the decorous tone of this recitation, even though the facts are irrefutable.

Okay gang, time to put away my dip pen and ink stone, close the grey suede cover on my journal of kozmik triumphs and heartrending regrets, pour myself a cup of weapons grade coffee, and turn to the disorders of the day as gathered by the catch basin entitled Woodpile Report. But hol' on, first an old ad.


1946. Dow Pharmaceutical ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg What happened to Dow Pharmaceuticals after 1946 is virtually untraceable so I gave up. For example, an article in 2009 says, "Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences Becomes Wholly Owned Subsidiary as Acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International is Completed". Dupont Pharmaceutical Solutions, which may or may not be the same outfit, is apparently an ongoing business now called Pharma Solutions Dupont-Corning, claims "experience from DuPont, FMC and Dow".

Anyway, the ad has a nice Norman Rockwell vibe to it.

One colorful tidbit: the Dow bromine plant at Kure Beach North Carolina was allegedly fired on by a German U-boat in June, 1943. They missed. U-boat deck gun crews were notoriously poor shots.

Remus's notebook


Natural News - Bill Gates’ latest depopulation scheme? Pollute the skies, collapse the ecosystem and starve everybody to death ... got the idea when Mount Pinatubo exploded

Daily Mail - 'People are shooting each other for food and water': Bahamas Hurricane Dorian death toll will be 'staggering' with thousands still missing as bodies pile up and militias are formed to stop looting ... There's no food, no water. There are bodies in the water. People are going to start getting sick

Popular Mechanics - How To Make Your Own Charcoal ... 55-gallon drum and a dream

Amerika - How The Right Can Learn From The “Yellow Vests” Protests ... years of street gang activity, crime, smuggling and shadow government laid out the foundational for a continental congress that later looks so civilized in oil paintings

Popular Mechanics - This Destroyer Concept Is a Tank Battalion’s Worst Nightmare ... a single tank destroyer could knock a Russian tank battalion out of action, no other country has a weapon such as the proposed Polish tank destroyer

Physics Today - When dense crowds act like soft solids ... density waves and their associated deadly pressures can emerge without notice and propagate across a crowd

Excerpt: " .. when the density reaches the level found at rock concerts, parades, and pilgrimages, people start to bump and press against each other. The physical properties of the crowd are no longer fluid-like but instead are closer to soft solids and granular materials".

Mexico News Daily - Entire police forces are still being arrested in Mexico ... arrested for protecting drug traffickers

NY Post - Former top FEMA official busted for taking bribes after Hurricane Maria ... were romantically involved and documented how they traveled together and often stayed in the same room

Medical Xpress - Genetic study shows deep Norwegian lineage in people of northern Scotland ... were where marauding Vikings had been based

KQED - San Francisco Officials Designate NRA a Domestic Terrorist Organization ... inciting acts of violence and spreading "misinformation and propaganda"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg J. Sefton at Ace Of Spades advises against taking this lightly

Mad as this sounds, there is a method to it. It lays down a marker for the future attempted confiscation of any and all weapons in the hands of private citizens who happen to be associated with or members of the NRA. I say "attempted" since this is a dangerous provocation of an already abused, beleaguered and tolerant citizenry that I think for me crosses a line. Seriously, is the mayor now going to order the police to arrest actual NRA members that live within the city limits?

Appalachian Magazine - A Violent Game: How College Football Was Born ... by 1872, several schools were fielding intercollegiate teams, including Yale

CDR Salamander - 6.8mm on the Way: Eventually, Everyone Goes Salamander ... everything a military has must support one thing; the infantryman

Daily Mail - Female NYPD sergeant, 37, who recently partied with the commissioner, is arrested for shoplifting $360 of designer clothing from a Macy's ... earns $107,898-a-year policing the New York City Housing Authority in the Bronx

art-remus-ident-04.jpg To understand the implied corruption you have to see the photo of her with the NYPD Commissioner. Daily Mail reports she showed up at court carrying a $1,000 Louis Vuitton handbag .

Police Mag - Crowd Attacks NYPD Officers Outside Apartment Fire ... attacked by residents as they tried to clear the area for firefighters

AmmoLand - PA Man Has 39 Firearms Seized. NBC Call It A “Massive Arsenal” ... but only 2,000 rounds of ammo

FBI - Bigfoot Part 01 of 01 ... 22 pages

American Greatness - Squad Dems Raise Money to Help Activists Arrested in Boston, Including Antifa Goons Who Assaulted Cops ... Boston urged Bostonians to “turn our backs on hatred”

PJ Media - Department of Energy Rolls Back Obama-Era Lightbulb Rules ... mandated LED light bulbs

Unz Review - French Identitarians to be Fined and Jailed for Opposing Illegal Immigration ... "exercised an activity in conditions such as to create a confusion in public opinion concerning a governmental function"

Bloomberg - Putin Says He Offered to Sell Trump Russia’s Newest Missiles ... Russia ready to share hypersonic missiles

Widener's - Survival & Backpacking Water Filter Tests ... exhaustive lab tests of popular types and brands

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a thorough, first rate effort with some eye-opening results

Breitbart - Major League Soccer Team Bans Betsy Ross Flag, Calls it a ‘Symbol for Hate Groups’ ... stadium personnel demanded that they hide their early version of the Stars and Stripes

Voice of Europe - German citizens are arming themselves with firearms ... 85 percent increase in just under two years

Hot Air - With more homeless riding San Francisco trains, crime is up and ridership is down ... passed out, or sleeping on trains, or sometimes going to the bathroom on a seat

Guns In The News - Semi-automatic AA-12 Shotgun Reclassified As A Machine Gun Due To Markings? ... it seems like the ATF is changing long-accepted definitions to enact new pseudo laws

Washington Times - 'Grand Opportunity Party': Female, minority candidates helping GOP shed 'old, white' image ... will better reflect the makeup of our country

American Partisan - Dear Mr. Security Agent: When It Comes To Gun Confiscation ... understand the dire consequences of participating in gun confiscation raids

Forbes - Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App ... not just the names but their telephone numbers and IP addresses too

Science News - The longest Dead Sea Scroll sports a salt finish that the others lack ... may help explain why the Temple Scroll is remarkably bright

Organic Prepper - Selco: Are You Truly Adaptable Enough to Leave Everything Behind to Survive? ... they may fail to recognize the moment when they need to leave everything and run


See Haiti, Jewel of the Caribbean



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


The New Right, Amerika - Having declared war on the Western “White” peoples, the globalist hostile elite must now do or die. The New Right would be well advised to exploit the strategic predicament of the hostile elite. The hostile elite’s now irrevocable commitment to mass-immigration and ethnic replacement is increasingly limiting its options: hence its increasingly desperate politics and its increasingly absurd journalism. The New Right should re-consider its strategy. With the enemy in undisputed occupation of vital positions of Western institutional power and with the hand-over of large sections of the Western homeland to immigrant colonists, a defensive posture no longer suffices: what has been lost will stay lost, unless it is reconquered.


Who won, Pat Buchanan - Why did Britain turn a German-Polish war into a world war that would surely bankrupt her and bring down her empire, while she could not achieve her declared war goal — a liberated and independent Poland? Because Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had insanely given the Poles a blank check: If Germany uses force to retrieve Danzig, and you resist, we will fight at your side. Britain’s war guarantee guaranteed the war. When Stalin’s army invaded Poland two weeks after Hitler, Britain did not declare war on the Soviet Union. The two wars between 1914 and 1945 may be seen as the Great Civil War of Western Civilization that culminated in the loss of all the Western empires and the ultimate conquest of the West by the liberated peoples of their former colonies.


Omar, Power Line - Of all the scandals in which Ilhan Omar is enmeshed, one might think the Daily Mail’s revelation this past July of her affair with political consultant Tim Mynett would be the least of them. The scandal has pushed the incredible panoply of scandals into the background: the identity fraud, the marriage fraud, the immigration fraud, the tax fraud. Hirsi is telling friends that he will not go to jail for Omar, Omar did indeed marry her brother, Omar is threatening Hirsi he would be in trouble along with her if the truth were to come out, in fact they are living apart and have been divorced under Islamic law. One wonders how long she can keep the lid on.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Vox Day says,

I guarantee that the good people of the Minnesota DFL party are wondering how on Earth they found themselves in this extraordinarily embarrassing position. And it all traces back to their desperate need to be extra nice to the poor little dark people in order to prove how totally not-racist they are.

Francis Porretto says,

There’s been a lot of talk about a two-tiered justice system in this country: the powerful skate on even the most serious offenses, while the little guy suffers the full weight of the law... What underlines the scurrility is the likely success of the attempt by Omar to evade scrutiny for crimes that would get an ordinary immigrant deported. She’ll receive all the protective cover her Democrat colleagues can contrive.


Trust, Ann Coulter - Since the 1980s, nearly every time Americans have been allowed to vote on illegal immigration, they’ve opposed it—denying government services to illegal aliens, denying bail to illegal aliens, imposing English language requirements, allowing police to request documentation from suspected illegal aliens and on and on and on. All of these democratically achieved results were met with rage, insults, prejudice—and often a court overturning the vote. It’s not the underlying issue in any of these examples that’s the problem—it’s the flouting of the democratic process. I’m not saying: We trusted you and got a bad result. I am saying: We trusted you, but you abandoned the Constitution and the law to get the result that you could not win honestly.


1938. West Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Notary Public". "Signs". Hey, it's a living.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


China, PJ Media - The competition between the United States and China for the leadership of the 21st century is basically a contest between social and economic systems. The Western elites must either raise their game or fall behind. Shaming editorials, denunciation on talk shows or academic brainwashing are helpless against 1.4 billion politically incorrect competitors who can only be bested by superior excellence. If the West can rebuild its system of monetary and civilizational accounting then it can regain its vitality. Alternatively, China, with the memory of poverty and humiliation still vivid in living memory, may pay greater homage to the facts. If Western civilization fails, this epitaph will be chiseled on its tombstone: "We thought the facts didn't matter."


Gravity, Cosmos - The surprising idea of comparing gravity and electromagnetism – two entirely different kinds of phenomena – began with the intriguing mathematical analogy between the equations of Newtonian gravity and Coulomb’s law of electrostatics. Both sets of equations have exactly the same inverse-square form. It turns out that the mathematics of weak fields includes quantities satisfying equations that look remarkably similar to Maxwell’s. The “gravito-electric” part can be readily identified with the everyday Newtonian downward force that keeps us anchored to the earth. The “gravito-magnetic” part, however, is something entirely unfamiliar – a new force apparently due to the rotation of the earth or any large mass.


Buybacks, Federalist - “Mandatory gun buybacks” can be more accurately described as “the first American gun confiscation effort since Lexington and Concord”. Democrats want to turn millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight for refusing to adhere to a law that retroactively transforms the exercise of a constitutional right into a crime. No one has explained how the procedure will unfurl. What will the penalty be for ignoring the “buybacks”? Fines? Prison terms? Maybe Democrats will propose “paying back” family members and neighbors who snitch on gun owners? How else will they figure out who owns these AR-15s?


Titanic, Scientific American - The Titanic was deemed “unsinkable”. Even in the worst of crashes, the team designed her to stay afloat for two to three days. Yet on April 14, 1912, the Titanic met her match when the ship grazed an iceberg that ruptured her lining. Completely engulfed by the sea in just three hours, the sinking of the unsinkable left the world in shock. After some fragments of the hull were recovered, the ship’s fatal flaws, which were completely unheard of to the naval architects of her time, were brought to light. Known as the ductile to brittle transition, this phase change essentially made the Titanic’s hull shatter like china upon impact, allowing water to gush in at an inconceivable rate.


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art-remus-ident-04.jpg From Quarto Knows: The United States supplied 4,102 M4 Sherman medium tanks to the Soviet Red Army through Lend-Lease during World War II. Virtually all of these were the diesel-powered M4A2 variant. Their numbers were divided evenly between those armed with the original short-barreled 75mm gun and the high-velocity 76mm gun version, which began to arrive in the Soviet Union in the early autumn of 1944.

By the end of the war, the Red Army had actually designated some units, including the 1st, 2nd, and 9th Guards Mechanized Corps, to be equipped exclusively with the M4A2, although the vaunted T-34 and upgunned T-34/85 medium tanks were in adequate supply in 1944 to 1945.

Duc Quyen at Quora notes: the first Soviet unit to enter Berlin was the 1st Mechanized Corps, part of the 2nd Guards Tank Army, Zhukov’s 1st Byelorussian Front. As it turns out, the 1st Mechanized Corps was completely equipped with Shermans. So in essence, American tanks reached Berlin before Soviet tanks!

More info on Red Army Shermans at The Sherman Tank Site, here .



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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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