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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, Town in Moonlight, 1882

Another great painting from the Danish master.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I've been gradually shifting my diet to what first worlders call "poverty food". Simple white bread from frozen dough, commercial tinned corned beef hash, Spam and the like. Next up is baking with rye-based recipes. This is the first one I'll try:

1/2 cups of rye flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp water

Mix, roll out and bake at 350 F for twenty minutes.

Simple. If it works out, I'll scale it up and vacuum pack a batch, maybe a dozen quart Mason jars. It's mostly carbs, a bit-o'-protein and a hint-o'-fat, something to spread our home canned butter on come the apocalypse. Call it hardtack for Norsemen.

I suspect the olive oil can and should be deleted. Please notice the recipe for hardtack has no olive oil:

2.5 cups flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt

Add the water gradually, roll out and bake at 375 F for thirty minutes.

In other late-breaking news, we've about nibbled away and given away our stash of vacuum packed jerky, time to make a new and improved batch. Easy to do with ultra lean hamburger and our grease gun-like gizmo. Thin slicing and dehydrating the backstrap of a mountain goat has too high an adventure content for me.

I visualize the result, work backwards from there and eliminate as much botheration as is feasible. Then I make up stories about two days on a windswept outcropping in the Rockies filling my big game credentials.


The headline of the day comes from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Penn campus looks for path forward after suicide by administrator in charge of counseling ... oversaw programs for students designed to help prevent such acts

Pretty much confirms my opinion of psychology.


In his essay, Brought To You By The Letter R, the Z Man speaks the truth about DC, definitively and unambiguously, as he does in all else. It's also linked to below under "Stuff you may want to think about". I took my own recommendation and thought about it.

My first thought was: stay away from crowds. It's a man's duty and natural right to defend his life and the lives of his family. In this he may legitimately ally with his neighbors on an ad hoc basis. But we leave the realm of natural rights when we form a crowd for direct action on principle.

For instance, gun control laws have largely turned an enumerated right into an enumerated crime. There's a case being made for popular intervention if DC's yearning for outright gun confiscation and selective depopulation become policy. This relies on a lesser, more malleable claim to legitimacy: "justice", an outer shell interfacing with both natural rights and mere opportunism. Said differently, justice has a wide gradient not found in natural rights.

In other things the list of offenses piled up by DC is long and growing. We're lied to, robbed, demeaned in vile terms, involuntarily indentured by its agencies, betrayed with contrived emergencies, confronted with official force and all but openly sanctioned street violence, prohibited from free association, prohibited from talking among ourselves, surveilled like criminals, and other contemptible violations of our civil rights and privacy and persons.

The high courts ensure we have government by law, not of law and the most punitive interpretation of such law is that which is acted upon, and acted upon selectively. So it is we're expected to not only accept subjugation but accept it with good grace as law abiding citizens. At present we're commanded to believe the premise "to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" was meant to include every grasping preliterate on the planet.

All of this is a consequence of living in a crowd created and maintained with soaring rhetoric while low ends are most consistently pursued. Were we really worse off under the House of Hanover?

Consider the foundations of the central government, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, one a list of grievances with a florid announcement of righteous resistance, the other a classic manifesto, i.e., tracts of political principle and its plumbing. They neither contain nor claim a higher aspiration. Evil has as free a hand as the good. Shall we now be surprised they've grown in parallel? Shall we send a delegation to alert Mencken of this unforeseen emergency?

We've known conclusively since the Civil War of the 1860s the United States is not a voluntary association. With the states as captive subdivisions, "state's rights" became a phrase with no corresponding reality. This was memorialized a century ago with the end of state governments' constitutional oversight of the central government they created.

Their voice in Congress, the Senate, was replaced with a compact version of the House of Representatives. Are we to believe, say, Hillary Clinton faithfully and exclusively spoke for Albany as a senator from New York? Or was she, like all senators, a Gauleiter-like conduit from DC to the states, reversing the former arrangement?

There's not a man alive today who lived in "these" united states as versus "the" united states. The republic as such has been dead for as long as it was alive. Now it's late in the game. Lady Liberty has been bound, gagged and thrown down the cellar steps while DC acts out its bizarre alternate reality.

At present they're running moronic star chambers and arresting each other, oblivious to the epic collapse and disassembly that's been underway for some time, and ever more obviously so. Which leads to my final thought about R: what's the hurry?

Wisdom in one breath

From Jonathan Wilkinson at Amerika

The pervasive, confining Orwell State is Bin Ladin’s malediction to Amerika. You can’t remember 9/10 because OBL shot it dead the very next morning.

From Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic

Every government bent on total control tries to suppress or eliminate competing loyalties, especially loyalties that go back centuries.

Fred Reed at Unz Review, on The Diversity

If I were not the soul of charity, I would ask why people too stupid or lazy to learn English, or anything else, are in university the first place.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Like other adversarial systems, diversity causes each group to be constantly fighting with all others, which prevents the development of a firm cultural consensus, something Leftists fear because they figure that they will be on the wrong side of it.

From Ann Coulter

By “many experts,” the Times means “raving lunatics we keep on speed-dial for when we need a quote we agree with.”

From Mike at Cold Fury

Since the supergeniuses in charge of herding us into abiding by whatever their current idea of “healthy” food is seem prone to turning on a dime and completely reversing course with their fearmongering guidelines every twenty years or so, I intend to eat precisely whatever the hell I want.

From Pat Frank at Watt's Up With That

Climate modeling has become a kind of subjectivist narrative, in the manner of the critical theory pseudo-scholarship that has so disfigured the academic Humanities and Sociology Departments.


Red Flag laws. An excerpt from, "That 5 AM Bump In The Dark", posted by JC Dodge at American Partisan:

"Imagine its 5am, the sun is just coming up.You awaken to the sound of your front gate opening. You start to get out of bed to check what’s going on and you hear what sounds like someone taking a sledge hammer to your front door. You reach for the handgun you keep in your bedside table and move to your bedroom door. You open the door a crack and as you do your front door bursts open.

You see the barrel of a gun come through the entryway. You instinctively raise your firearm and pull the trigger. Your wife is screaming behind you, your child’s bedroom door across the hall is opening and you see two more men coming through the doorway. The only thing you can hear is the ringing in your ears caused by the lack of hearing protection.

You keep shooting as masked men force their way into your home. 3 shots, 5 shots, 10 shots, your gun runs dry. The men start shooting. The wall around you is peppered with shots. You feel a punch to the chest, looking down you see a growing red splotch. You fall to the ground just in time to see your child step into the hallway and start to run towards you. Your eyes close, never knowing if they made it to safety.

The men coming thru the door were police officers sent by the court to serve a Gun Violence Protective Order".

and finally,

Normally I respond to emails but with my time crunch being what it is, it's come down to responding to them or posting WPR on schedule. Be assured I read 'em all.

All my stuff that needs waterproofing for the winter and spring made quite a pile, so I looked for an alternative to the little spray cans. After little searching I found a supplier of waterproofing for boat covers and the like. Amazon's item number is B01FIHL83C. The smallest size is 22 ounces. Does 80 square feet. Comes in a trigger-pump spray bottle identical to a Windex dispenser. My first trial was a lined Danish cammy coat, faded and heavy, one of my favorites. I hung it outside, misted it, let it dry for the recommended six hours, then threw water on it. It beaded up and ran right off.

Next up was a little day pack, not much larger than a book bag. I was a bit more stingy this time. After it was dry I put it under the kitchen faucet. Again, the water beaded and ran off. It's oily, smelly stuff to work with, but you'd never know the item had been treated after it's dry.

Okay fellow travelers, enough idle chatter, time to close the hatches, rev up, move out and engage with what passes for reality, as chronicled in Yer ol' Woodpile Report. But first an old ad.


1936. Kool magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kool cigarettes and Willie the penguin date to 1933. Willie was discontinued in the early 1960s, and in 2003 the venerable package design was changed to all blue. Kool, once a major brand, is now a niche player owned by ITG Brands.


Remus's notebook


Wall Street Journal - Saudi Oil Attack: This Is the Big One ... the technological sophistication and audacity of Saturday’s attack will linger over the energy market

Zero Hedge - DOJ Accuses JPMorgan's Precious Metals Trading Desk Of Being A Criminal Enterprise ... another true conspiracy theory

American Rifleman - U.S. Army Selects True Velocity Composite-Cased Ammunition ... 6.8 mm for the U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The upgrade from .22 caliber to .26 caliber is long overdue. Recall the M1 Garand was designed, tested and recommended for adoption in 1932 chambering a 7mm—.27 caliber—cartridge with a ten round detachable magazine. General MacArthur's veto in favor of the .30-06, an internal magazine and an eight round clip kept the US from having a state-of-the-art infantry rifle eighty-seven years ago.

Aesop at Raconteur Report disagrees:

Most changes since 1945 have been keeping up with the Joneses/STANAG problems, or raw envy. And the result of that has been mixed, at best. Even our obsolescent stuff from 80 years ago is and would continue to be quite deadly and adequate, which proves the point that a new rifle is a genuinely stupid idea.

Personally, I believe the M14 was everything the M1 should have been. Developed and reconfigured over the fifty-five years since the M16 was adopted, it could be an unexcelled infantry weapon. But I'm the guy who flies a 48-star flag.

Caseless ammunition remains to be proven in combat, long term, but the handwriting is on the wall. Consider the possibilities if the process is within the capabilities of present day handloaders.

American Thinker: No Matter Who Wins in 2020, There Will Be Blood ... the right will never accept socialism, while the left will accept nothing less

Federalist - DOJ Lawsuit Demands Names Of All People Who Use This App For Their Gun ...the manufacturer has refused to do so

Nautilus - Physicists Finally Nail the Proton’s Size, and Hope Dies ... appears to have eliminated an anomaly that had captivated physicists for nearly a decade

CFACT - Poles seize Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior, arrest captain ... attempted to block a ship carrying coal from unloading. Includes video

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Please do watch the video, the narration is in French but no translation is needed. My admiration of Poland just bumped up another notch.

National Review - New Jersey Will Refuse to Do Business with Banks, Retailers that Resist Stricter Gun-Control Measures ... will apply to out-of-state companies

Bayou Renaissance Man - Arguing from authority - by making up the authority ... named sources never said what they're alleged to have said

Atlas Obscura - When the Pianos Went to War ... Steinway's Victory Verticals were tougher than your average upright

Conservative Treehouse - Filmmaker Joel Gilbert Set To Reveal The Hoax Behind Rachel Jeantel (Witness #8) ... Trayvon Martin’s family created a completely false narrative

College Fix - Whites need not apply: Campus sci-tech symposium to only feature scholars of color ... application also provides an equal employment opportunity statement

CRTX News - There are 22 Islamic Jihad Training Camps in America ... includes map

Literary Hub - The Communist Plot to Assassinate George Orwell

They went through every single one of Orwell’s cigarette papers looking for hidden messages, yet for some reason, perhaps a perverse sense of decency, they failed to search the bed in which Eileen had concealed their passports and checkbooks. “The Spanish secret police had some of the spirit of the Gestapo, but not much of its competence,” he wrote.

Wall Street Journal - Take Two Aspirin and Call Me by My Pronouns ... ‘woke’ medical schools focus on social justice rather than treating illness

Guns in the News - NJ “High-Capacity” Magazine Ban Took Effect 9 Months Ago, Not A Single Magazine Has Been Turned In ... well done New Jersey gun owners

Live Science - There's a Lost Continent Hiding Beneath Europe ... Greater Adria extended from what is now the Alps to Iran

Minding The Campus - Columbia Adds Multiculturalism to Core Curriculum ... Western Civilization coursework has been utterly routed

Organic Prepper - Selco: You Know the SHTF Has Started When People Begin Losing Their Guns ... after months of media bombardment your own neighbor will look at you like you are terrorist

Popular Mechanics - Why Your Brewer's Favorite Beer Is a Lager ... it’s trickier and takes longer to make, despite its cheap beer reputation

Ars Technica - Trampoline mirror may push laser pulse through fabric of the Universe ... If the laser intensity hits 10^29W/ cm^2 the light will rip virtual electrons out of the vacuum


Wall Painting, Pompeii, pre-79 AD, artist unknown



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


R, The Z Man - Most readers of normie conservative sites are unaware of the fact lots of the content is really just product placement. This may seem like another good reason to burn Washington to the ground, put the inhabitants to the sword and salt the earth afterwards, but that is a foregone conclusion at this late stage. It is another example of how the political system is corrupt beyond any reasonable hope of reform. Washington is a closed system ruled by a uniparty of permanent residents. It’s the Borg. When parts die off or are expelled as waste, new people are absorbed and assimilated into the system. Washington now exists solely to perpetuate itself. To reform it is to kill it, which is no longer reform, but another word that begins with the letter R.


Fred Reed, Unz Review - In times of extended peace the officer corps decays. All second-tour officers are politicians, especially above the level of lieutenant colonel. You don’t get promoted by suggesting the the senior ranks are lying for political reasons, as by insisting that the Afghan war is being won. Peacetime encourages careerists who advance by not making waves. Such Pattons of PowerPoint invariably have to be weeded out, at a high cost in lives, in a big war. “Defense Intellectuals,” usually stupid enough that they ought to live in trees, chatter about escalation dominance and the intimidation factor and airtight missile defense. They are nuts.


Survival food, Survivopedia - One of the common things I’ve heard is to stockpile the foods that your family likes to eat, a foolish idea. Most of us eat a lot of fresh and frozen food. Frozen food is probably the single biggest waste for survival. Any sweet or salty food that can be used as a snack food qualifies as junk food. Breakfast cereals don’t store well for a prolonged period of time, they're also bulky, like most junk food. Ground coffee has a limited shelf-life, you’re much better off stockpiling whole beans. Wheat flour and some other grains are best bought in a whole grain form and ground when you need it. If all you’re buying is packaged survival food, most of the time they aren’t really meals, but just servings.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a pretty good general overview.


Rare recipes, Atlas Obscura - Iron Shepherds’, Medieval Meals: Cook & Eat in the 12th Century, features some of the oldest written recipes in the Western world. The non-profit, volunteer group showcases how commoners lived, and ate, in their home county of Cumbria, in the North of England, while the country became embroiled in a bloody civil war shortly after the Norman Conquest. Their region was home to cultures ranging from the invading Flemish and Frenchmen to Celts and even Norse Vikings. Their thoroughly researched cookbook is a rare snapshot of the resilience of peasant kitchens during a transformative moment in England’s history.


1936. New York City, 38th Street at 7th Avenue


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The signs read: Watch & Jewelry Repairing at Reasonable Prices, Lofts For Rent, Princess Buttons Buckles Made In Store While You Wait, Beef Steak 15¢, A. Schulte Cigars Soda Luncheon.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Many Worlds, Aeon - One of the most radical and important ideas in the history of physics came from an unknown graduate student who wrote only one paper, got into arguments with physicists across the Atlantic as well as his own advisor, and left academia after graduating without even applying for a job as a professor. Hugh Everett’s insight was as simple as it was brilliant: accept the Schrödinger equation. Both of those parts of the final superposition are actually there. But they can’t interact with each other; what happens in one branch has no effect on what happens in the other. They should be thought of as separate, equally real worlds. This is the secret to Everettian quantum mechanics.


Drones, American Partisan - The recent attacks against Saudi oil facilities by approximately ten unspecified drones has me thinking about their growing potential in future near-peer, asymmetrical, or civil war scenarios. By leveraging its effect via ultra-precise placement, a cheap drone with a small grenade can do as much or more damage as a long-range cruise missile. A small drone can be flown under an ordnance depot warehouse roof to alight exactly upon the most vulnerable spot. In the recent Saudi attack, a swarm of drones launched from an unknown distance have crippled that nation’s ability to export petroleum products. In a civil war scenario with Balkanized groups mixed across the battle space, it will always be possible for an enemy guerrilla team to get within drone-launching range.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see this article, The Black Swan Is a Drone, at Of Two Minds. An excerpt:

"Whatever authentication protocol that could be required of drones in the future—an ID beacon or equivalent—can be spoofed. For example: bring down an authenticated drone using nets, etc., swap out the guidance and payload, and away it goes. Or steal authentication beacons from suppliers, or hack an authenticated drone in flight, land it, swap out the payload—the list of spoofing workaround options is extensive".


NRA, The Federalist - In San Francisco, where vagrants reportedly cover the sidewalks with feces, urine, and needles, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution labeling NRA a “terrorist organization”. Left-wing columnist Michael Tomasky wrote that the gun laws Democrats are now pushing can be imposed if “The NRA Can Be Beaten.” Anyone who thinks that the NRA is all that stands in the way of disarming the people of the United States has another think coming. One needn’t a crystal ball to conclude that might not bode well for state laws that impose unreasonable restrictions on carrying arms for protection or that ban firearms and magazines.


Fake meat, Intellectual Takeout - When I first heard about the development of artificial meat, I knew there was something sinister about the idea, even though I couldn't articulate exactly what it was. And the more I think about it, the more sinister it seems. They call it "cultured beef," cultured in the sense of the cultures grown in a Petri dish. And the assault on real beef is far from the end of it. The article goes on to talk dreamily about "grapeless wine" and "molecular whiskey." Pretty soon they will have pointed their evil scientific death ray at everything, and we will all be trapped in a completely artificial world. It will look real, but will be completely fake.


1944. Poland, Auschwitz-II-Birkenau


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This infamous photograph is of arrivals from Hungary at the main camp's selection grounds. Those being directed to our right were immediately gassed and incinerated. The large influx required running the camp's killing facilities at its highest recorded rate, approaching 12,000 per day for about two months. The normal rate was about 8,000 per day.

At the end of the war in 1945 until 1956 the Soviet NKVD used part of the Auschwitz complex as a concentration camp for political prisoners from their newly acquired territories.



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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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