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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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Cornelis de Man, A Man Weighing Gold, 1670

This painting is as much as exercise in perspective as a pleasant genre piece. Cover the seated woman with your hand and compare the kneeling man with the man in the foreground. They look like they're in different counties.

We're used to the "wide angle" effect. It must have been startling to the viewer three hundred and fifty years ago. Extreme perspective coupled with photo-realism is about as close to 3D as a seventeenth century image could get. Anyway, it's an outstanding painting, brilliantly done.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg George Ure at Urban Survival says a "correction" in equities to 2009 levels would take us to the brink of a 1929-style debacle on a world scale. An excerpt:

We likely have a ton of beliefs about the solidity and robustness of the global interconnected economies with hyper-complex derivatives overhanging, that are just waiting to fail when put to a “real, uncontrolled stress test in real time.”

And should any one of those assumptions fail, it won’t be like a single bank going down. Nor would be a region going bust. It will be replaying 1929 where the whole world implodes.

The Crash of '29 took three years to play out. The low point was reached on July 8, 1932 when the Dow closed at 41.22. The market didn't recover to 1929 levels until the 1950s.

Consider this: if the market falls by half, what has to happen for it to recover? Answer: it has to double. And there's the problem. In a time of nearly universal insolvency and well warranted pessimism, the market has to double just to break even.

Now consider this. By 1932 the stock market had lost not half, but 89% of its value. There's your benchmark for recovery. It had to double more than three times to recover. If you think this would affect only the top 1% or 10%, think again. Where is the money in your 401k for instance, do you think it's in a cabinet somewhere with your name on it?

An aside: we've been told the stories of ruined financiers jumping to their deaths in '29 are just that, stories. Nope, really happened.


Space Weather reports:

Could northern summer 2019 go down in history as "the summer without sunspots"? From June 21st until Sept 22nd, the sun was blank more than 89% of the time.

During the entire season only 6 tiny sunspots briefly appeared, often fading so quickly that readers would complain to, "you've labeled a sunspot that doesn't exist!" (No, it just disappeared.) Not a single significant solar flare was detected during this period of extreme quiet.

This is a sign that Solar Minimum is underway and probably near its deepest point.

The last Solar Maximum was 'way down too . Keep in mind, the Carrington Event of 1859 occurred at Solar Minimum .

"It's quiet out there, Tonto."

"Mm kemosabe, maybe too quiet."


The Z Man posted a reassuring note. Now I know I'm not the only one:

Speaking of Drudge, what in the world happened to that site? I deleted the book mark back in the 2016 campaign, as I got sick of the anti-Trump stuff he ran every day, but my goodness, that site is garbage now.

His site has always been run by rent boys he picks up in South Beach, but he used to exercise some judgement over them. Maybe his lifestyle has finally caught up with him. Whatever the reason, his site is unreadable at this point. It's a hysterical version of the New York Times.

Wisdom in one breath

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Leftism got everything it wanted from its outbreaks in the 1900s, 1930s, 1960s, and 1990s, and now we are seeing all those problems fail, make society a dysfunctional wasteland, and spend us into insoluble debt.

From Kevin Muir at The Macro Tourist, about macroeconomics

Our job is not to decide what should be, but calculate what is.

From Ann Coulter

I’ll give the Democrats this: They’ve gotten so good at trying to remove Trump from office that, instead of three years, their insane accusations blow up in their faces within a week.

From Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, via Voice of Europe

Mandatory settlement quotas we cannot accept, but would accept deportation quotas with pleasure.

From Christopher DeGroot at Taki's Magazine

Conservative intellectuals tend to be a genteel and cowardly bunch. If they don’t blame black misbehavior on external forces in the manner of the left, then they ignore it altogether.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine, about adding insects to the world's diet

I don’t mind learning about different cultures. If I have to learn how to say, “No, I’m not eating that goddamned insect” in every language spoken at the United Nations, I will do it.

From New Neo at Legal Insurrection, about the collectivists

They all feel deeply betrayed, not so much by Trump as by the American people who chose him and repudiated them.

From Theodore Dalrymple at City Journal

The purpose of a referendum anywhere in Europe is to provide legitimation for a decision that has already been taken.

From M. Gordon at Economic Prism

The Fed has fabricated a financial system that’s reliant on extreme central bank intervention to remain solvent.

From Vox Day at Vox Popoli

It is our honor to stand up for that which is rather than that which someone feels it should be.

From Conrad Black at National Post

The U.S. criminal justice system, because of the corruption of the plea bargain system that facilitates the prosecutors’ extortion of perjured inculpatory evidence with impunity, is just an immense kangaroo court.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

Dogmas collapse first in the minds of believers.

From Eric Peters at Eric Peters Autos

Ethanol is a product without a natural market, which is why the corn lobby had an artificial one created for it .


James Dakin at Bison Prepper looks at Red Flag laws as part of a general coup. An excerpt:

But remember what I said about the elites assassination program. Am I being hyperbolic, stating that Red Flag laws will lead to killing off gun owners? I don't think so. All it takes is for the program to pick up speed, more and more guns being taken, before someone starts fighting back, treating a Red Flag raid the same as if it were a raid after a general complete gun ban.

This would follow once it became general knowledge that it was nearly impossible to overturn a court decision, that the guns were gone for good and that no one got their rights restored.


An excerpt from a don't-miss essay by Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch:

Women in civilized societies don’t behave the way the harridans of today behave. But then, ours is a society that tells women who elect to be homemakers and mothers that they’re “wasting their lives.”

It encourages children to experiment with homosexuality. It encourages them to believe that they were “born the wrong sex” and permits their mothers to convince them of it, especially if they have penises.

Indeed, ours is a society in which it’s legal, de facto at least, to kill fully-born infants. Any who dare to decry these things openly are condemned as “bigoted” and “intolerant.”

If those don’t disqualify us for “civilized” status, I can’t imagine what would do it.

and finally,

I'm upping my estimate of the probability of Civil War II to the lowest double digits, partly from closely argued denials at sites I've learned to trust as reliably duplicitous, partly from shrewd, perhaps even unintentional, observations at sites normally trading only in hysteria. It amounts to saying there's something moving around in the shadows.

Posting Woodpile Report is getting to be like those movie serials of the 'forties and 'fifties. They'd end with, say, the hero going over a cliff in a burning truck full of gunpowder. How can he possibly get out of this one? See the next episode ...

Fact is, it's a lot of fun, so once again Yer Ol' Woodpile Report is posted. Let's get to it.


1941. Chrysler magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ad features the Chrysler Windsor and asks, "Why shift gears? With Chrysler's Fluid Drive and Vacamatic transmission, you never have to shift gears in normal driving".

As in all car ads of the era, the people were depicted about twenty per cent smaller to make the car appear larger than it actually was.



Remus's notebook


Epoch Times - NYC Bans Calling Someone an ‘Illegal Alien,’ Threatening to Call ICE ‘When Motivated by Discrimination’ ... could be fined up to $250,000

Crusader Rabbit - The Left are Neolithic Pagan Sociopaths ... their goal is to destroy civilization and you along with it; the closing arguments

American Thinker - Violence against the Citizenry Is the Left's Intent ... their hatred is so great that they are willing to kill vast numbers if necessary to depose President Trump and even themselves die in the process

Associated Press - Trump warns of treason, civil war; GOP congressman outraged ... Trump tweeted a comment from the Rev. Robert Jeffress

“If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, it will cause a civil war-like fracture in this nation from which our country will never heal”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sounds about right to me

For your archives

White House - Telephone Conversation with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine, July 25, 2019. Excerpt:

"The other thing, There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Eiden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it ... It sounds horrible to me."

US Senate - Letter from Senators Menendez, Durbin and Leahy to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, May 4, 2018. Excerpt:

"2. Did any individual from the Trump Administration, or anyone acting on its behalf, encourage Ukrainian government or law enforcement officials not to cooperate with the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller?"

American Greatness - Big Conservatism and the Moment of Decision ... politics-as-conversation or politics-as-war

Excerpt: ... since real fights are war, and nothing less than life-or-death is at stake in war, those who would become combatants must be willing to either “go big” or “go home.” That Big Conservatism essentially does nothing more than wax indignant over the Left’s “double standards,” i.e. the enemy’s partiality to—imagine this?—itself ...

Scientific American - New Studies Warn of Cataclysmic Solar Superstorms ... the New York Railroad Storm could have surpassed the intensity of the Carrington Event of 1859

Toronto Sun - Feds scrapped 100 years of data on climate change ... in many cases the observed temperatures scrapped were higher in the past than today

American Spectator - Scoldilocks, Or the Story of Greta Thunberg ... a pair of Scandinavian leftists pimp out their Asperger’s-suffering daughter to push global warming

C4ISRnet - Stealthy no more? A German radar vendor says it tracked the F-35 jet in 2018 from a pony farm ... one of an emerging generation of sensors and processors

Passive radar equipment reads any type of signal present in airspace, including radio or television broadcasts as well as from mobile phone stations. Pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are being tracked.

Popular Mechanics - The B-52 Will Fly and Fight for 100 Years ... will outlast both the B-1B Lancer and B-2A Spirit bombers

Universe Today - Just How Feasible is a Warp Drive? ... naturally occurring gravity waves detected by LIGO verify the basis of the Alcubierre Metric

Voice of Europe - Why the populist right shouldn’t be surprised by the Greta Thunberg spectacle ... these are the same people who seek to erase our national identities, cancel our identities as men and women, and expunge our identities as fathers and mothers

Science News - NASA’s new black hole visualizations showcase how gravity warps light ... images from computer simulations highlight the ‘photon ring’ and more

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Fascinating 3D animation, don't miss it. Bottom line: a black hole is its own gravitational lens.

Live Journal - what happens to a BMD when the parachute doesn't open ... used to be eight feet tall. Emphasis on used to be

American Rifleman 2015 - How Scope Adjustments Work ... good illustrations

Politics Elections - Politifact Confirmed: Florida’s Red Flag Laws are Used to Take Guns About Five Times a Day ... we are told that ‘Red Flag’ laws would not be used this frequently

American Partisan - Democratization of Small Arms Production ... 30% of all guns seized now in CA are homemade

Backdoor Survival - The Field Box Review: Plano Vs Sheffield ... Sheffield is bigger, more robust, better seal, stack more securely, costs more

DC Clothesline - DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan Declares White Nationalists are the New Terror Threat ... Homeland Security says homeland is the real threat

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This tells you all you need to know about the intent of the Patriot Act

Campus Reform - Antifa sets up recruitment shop at University of Florida ... invited students to attend an event connecting them with other far-left groups

Science Alert - Astronomers Have Found Another 21 Stars Dimming as Erratically as Tabby's Star ... and a further six that seem even more extreme

Prep For That - Genetically Modified ‘Zika’ Mosquitoes Now ‘Stronger’ And ‘Harder To Control’ ... hybrid mosquitoes, a mix between the native and genetically modified mosquitoes, that weren’t sterile at all

Cosmos - Earliest life found in ancient Aussie rocks ... their findings, combined with earlier work on the Pilbara stromatolites that suggested life may have begun on land rather than in the ocean

Nuts & Volts 2004 - The Colossus of Radio ... Crosley’s 1936 “WLW Model Super-Power Radio Receiver”, 25 tubes, three speakers

Excerpt: "The project involved four basic segments: a variable radio frequency or pre-selecting amplifier, an intermediate frequency amplifier, a pre-audio amplifier, and the power supply. Richards designed a separate chassis for each segment. Three audio channels handled low-, medium-, and high-frequency ranges, assisted by a triple-tuned transformer".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photos alone are worth a look. Astounding.

Philadelphia Inquirer - Temple Contemporary resurrects the silent bell of the great Stetson fire of 1980 ... Stetson short history here , photos of 1979 demolition here


October 2, 1865



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


The alternative, Z Man - The ideologies and moralities of the past age are not relevant to the technological age and they are impotent and impractical for the demographic age. The reactionary and violent multiculturalism on the Left is, in part, a response to this looming reality. Whether one chooses to call what comes next an alternative Right or something else, it must be a genuine alternative. The main reason conventional conservatism failed in its opposition to the Left is that it was not an alternative to liberalism. It was a slightly different implementation of it. What replaces conservatism cannot start from the same error, but must be a radical departure from both Left and Right.


The coup begins, Gold Goats 'n Guns - The not-so-subtle message is, “We own you. We are in control and always will be.” Your champions will be harassed until they are completely neutered and bereft of any ability to implement the changes you want. Democratic referenda are ignored. Bitcoin mysteriously has its network attacked. Unpopular parliaments ignore the people and remain in power. Centuries of tradition and convention thrown out the window to serve the next big thing. They are daring us to strike back here so then they can be justified in going on full lockdown and cancel future elections. They have to do this. Their financial markets are in the early stages of collapse. You will be presented with nothing but Hobson's Choices from here forward.


Show trials, Front Page Magazine - The purpose of Random Treason Accusation #17 has always been justifying the use of surveillance, espionage and secret evidence against the political opposition. The radicals don’t want to win elections. They want to destroy them. Elections are a humiliating process that force lefties to lie to voters, hide their agendas, and appeal to the people they despise to be allowed to rule them. Impeachment is not just meant to be a trial of President Trump, but of the voters who chose him. It's meant to take the power further out of the hands of the voters and concentrate them with the right sorts of people. Its real purpose is for an ugly totalitarian movement to live out its fantasy of casting aside the vestiges of democracy


Green, Watts Up With That - What Green New Dealers are talking about has nothing to do with stopping dangerous manmade climate change or with real sustainability, resource conservation or environmental protection. It has everything to do with increasingly socialist, largely taxpayer-financed activists, politicians, regulators and crony capitalists controlling people’s lives; dictating our energy use, economic growth, job opportunities and living standards; and getting richer, more powerful and more privileged in the process. Meanwhile poor, minority and working class families pay the price. And destitute families in hungry, impoverished, electricity-deprived nations pay the highest price. China, India, Indonesia and Africa are not about to stop using fossil fuels to reach their goals.


NYC schools, Federalist - Last week, The Atlantic’s George Packer published a wordy essay about his family’s experiences moving their kids into and out of various private and public schools in New York City. On Friday, Andrew Sullivan plucked bits of the essay out to rail against. These men probably feel super-moderate and revolutionary to notice there’s something off about boys kicking in the doors of the girls’ toilet stalls in transgender bathrooms. Simultaneously, however, they adhere to the very ideology that leads to transing the bathrooms. Packer’s extremely long essay contains many other gems of leftist cognitive dissonance, some funny, some enraging, and some heartbreaking. Here’s a non-exclusive list.


1937. Washington DC


art-remus-ident-04.jpg When baby carriages were rolling cribs rather than car seats with wheels.

Notice the prices are in cents except for the face powder, which reads "ONE DOLLAR". It's in small type as if to say, "Can you believe it?!" Today's equivalent would be $17.82.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Madness, The Z Man - Racism is well on its way to becoming a form of magic. The racist mind is now one that perceives things that are not real, like sub-Saharan Africans having dark skin. The epicanthic fold not only cannot exist, noticing it suggests the person seeing it is possessed by the demon of racism. There really is no other way to interpret the emerging definition of racism, they must introduce some supernatural element. In the fullness of time, anti-racism, and the whole basket of bads that come along with it, will be viewed as a madness that took possession of the ruling classes. The need to see all people as equal, a requirement of democracy, has led the ruling elites of the West down a dark journey into a madness. The denial of physical reality can only be tolerated for so long.


Illusion of Control, Straight Line Logic - Insurgents have repeatedly battled US forces to a standoff or worse. Two major powers have weapons that can stymie or destroy significant parts of America’s conventional offensive capabilities, that can be used offensively with devastating effect, and for which the US has no defensive countermeasures. This set of facts is plainly incompatible with the control the US establishment believes it can and should exercise around the world. Russia and China appear to have no such hegemonic aspirations, concentrating their efforts in their own backyards and letting the US waste its blood and treasure on imperialistic adventures.


Usurpations, American Digest - Whenever a group of people seek to arrogate the power of the people to themselves, evil ensues. It is not merely that power corrupts but that some people are compelled to corrupt democratically distributed power. If the age of kings was the age of rule by one monarch, the current age drifts towards the rule of many smaller kings acting in unison. Usurpations of powers previously reserved to the American people come in sizes large and small; from taxation disguised as “fees”, to legislative legerdemain in which bills of economic attainder will be “deemed” passed without a reading and, inside the cancerous towers of bureaucrats, a vote, to meddlesome intrusions into trout fishing in America. There is little in American life that has not of late had some appointed and malign Faction assigned to it.


History, Ancient Origins - The history of ancient civilizations, from prehistoric times to around 1700 AD has been removed from a newly proposed curriculum for Swedish state primary schools. However, there is room for modern history and social sciences. While the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the expansion of the Vikings are important episodes in human history, they will be removed altogether from the curriculum in favor of immigration, the environment, climate, “ norm-challenging,” critical theory, “ democratic values,” and gender roles. Teaching a postmodernist view of society and dropping what can be called the classical philosophical tradition the teachers aim to create a “new focus” on western colonialism, nationalism, and the slave trade.


1942. World War II poster


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There was a time before "low carb, low fat, low calorie, low sodium and gluten free". People ate, um ... food. They liked it, in fact, they couldn't get enough of it.


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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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1 Oct 2019