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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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John Sargent, The Sitwell Family, 1900

Left to right are Edith, Sir George, Lady Ida, Sacheverell and Osbert.

Sir George was a bizarre person. He let his new wife spend three months in prison rather than pay her debts, had his cows painted in a Chinese willow pattern, and conceived his children only after extensive deliberations. His wife, the former Ida Denison, was of the Plantagenet line, which was her main appeal for Sir George. Sangreal as sang real, perhaps.

John Sargent, an American expatriate in England and a renown virtuoso to this day, was forty-four when he painted the Sitwell family. He averaged about fourteen portraits per year, each adding to his considerable fame and fortune. Although Sargent used some techniques of the Impressionists, particularly in his later watercolors, he remained a "society artist" in the grand manner.

At about the time this painting was completed, he began to decline portraiture commissions, and the elegant life it supported, for travel and less formal outdoor painting, until his death in 1925.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Congressional leftists are exploring the nuts 'n bolts of arresting and confining those insufficiently cooperative with the coup d'etat. And how many times have I said DC is well and truly imploding when they start arresting each other?

We're reenacting Sulla's Social War. Lists of the proscribed are being circulated, the walls have networked eyes and ears, and neighbors are exhorted to turn each other in. After years of hanging out in academia and the lower courts, the ghost of Roland Freisler now hears every appeal.

The elites saw this coming, consolidated their winnings and quietly decamped to more inaccessible redoubts. Bereft of expert supervision, the next tier down is looting the public weal with clumsy abandon. The tier below, even less sophisticated, will strip the fixtures and wiring from government buildings. Officialdom will demand we applaud their righteous resourcefulness. Because equality.

An up-and-coming poet says it nicely:

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."


Antifa activists assaulted an old lady on the street to exhibit their High Principles. This is what the phrase "well educated" has come to mean. The less well educated believe "what you do, you are".

Between the brainy and the benighted are the clever. Guess which one they beguile most easily.


Hans Bader at Liberty Unyielding has the best write up I've seen of New York City's newly enacted criminal sanctions for using the term "illegal alien". Some excerpts:

The Commission states, “It is illegal for a person’s employer, coworkers, or housing provider such as landlords to use derogatory or offensive terms to intimidate, humiliate, or degrade people, including by using the term ‘illegal alien,’ where its use is intended to demean, humiliate, or offend another person.” It also cites tenants as an example of people whose speech is restricted.

The fine is $250,000, which is less than for filming a snuff movie in Times Square. Note "illegal alien" is the the correct legal term . “Undocumented immigrant” is a cloying euphemism of no standing whatever.

The city also is trying to forbid most if not all reporting of illegal aliens to the federal government. The Commission forbids such reports if the person making the report is “motivated” by the illegal alien’s “immigration status.” But what other motive could a reporting party legitimately have? The whole reason to report an illegal alien to the federal government is precisely because of their immigration status...

The Commission apparently believes it can punish virtually all such reports, because such reports are, by their very nature, made with a discriminatory motive as defined under the city’s ordinance, which treats “immigration status” as a protected characteristic. This belief is wrong.


Minding The Campus asks, Is Yale More Dangerous than Detroit? Yes, it is, says the latest report from Yale's Top Cop, a steely veteran of the mean streets named, um, Stephanie :

As always—if accepted at face value—the data in the report, penned by Deputy Provost for Health Affairs & Academic Integrity Stephanie Spangler, indicates an extraordinarily dangerous campus, beset (at least for female undergraduates) with a much higher violent crime rate than any of the nation's most dangerous cities. And, as always, the specifics within the Spangler Report suggest instead a campus motivated by a frenzy to report, with few cases even brought for adjudication in Yale's notoriously one-sided adjudication system, the University-Wide Committee.

Call out the riot squad and let Gaea sort 'em out.

Wisdom in one breath

From Pat Buchanan, about impeachment

This is what the deep state does to outsiders Middle America sends to Washington to challenge or dispossess it.

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

Only Nazi war criminals in Argentina have sadder and more pathetic reunions than Hillary minions.

From Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic

When the violence comes—and it will come—the military and militarized police forces will face domestic insurgents who are better armed, trained, supplied, coordinated, and technologically proficient than the foreign insurgents the military has heretofore been unable to defeat.

From Taki at Taki's Magazine, about white Americans

We are now on the same level with Afrikaners in the closing days of apartheid in South Africa.

From the Z Man

You cannot purify white people through the healing magic of diversity if they are not actually part of diversity.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

All the usual “good people” assure us that violent revolution is not on the table. This means, simply, that it is.

From Jonathan Wilkinson at Amerika

Star Wars is just another victim of cancel culture. It has been told to conform or die.

From Martin Armstrong at Armstrong Economics

Make no mistake, climate change is a must-win battlefield for authoritarians and fellow travellers.

From Russian President Vladimir Putin via the New York Post

I’m sure that Greta is a kind and very sincere girl. But adults must do everything not to bring teenagers and children into some extreme situations.

From Tom Luongo at Gold Goats 'n Guns, about meatless diets

Don’t you ever wonder why they have to sell us on tofu but bacon sells itself?

From James Lileks at The Bleat, about silver certificate currency

The paper money’s promise was a social contract that could be revised or revoked by the government as it pleased, at the exact moment it became possible and expedient, and benefited the government.

From Herschel Smith at Captain's Journal

The constitution clearly stipulates not that we may posses firearms of our own choosing, but rather that the government may not interfere with our choices.

From Fred Reed, 2005, at Unz Review, about reparations

Is there any reason to believe that blacks now in this country would be materially better off if slavery hadn’t occurred? That if they had arrived as free citizens they wouldn’t be exactly where they are today?

From Raymond Ibrahim at Front Page Magazine

Few things are as reliably consistent as Muslim behavior, particularly the sort we are regularly assured has “nothing to do with Islam”.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report, about the F-35

We squandered the shot at a sufficient navy and army to buy craptastic p.o.s. airplanes that still can't do the job they were nominally designed for twenty-seven years ago.

From Curtis Yarvin, a.k.a. Mencius Moldbug, at American Mind

To be neutral is to be as useless as possible to all sides of all conflicts.


This is an excerpt from the Seattle Public Schools K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework:

Power and oppression, as defined by ethnic studies, are the ways in which individuals and groups define mathematical knowledge so as to see “Western” mathematics as the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence. This definition of ​legitimacy is then used to disenfranchise​ people and communities of color. This ​erases the historical contributions​ of people and communities of color.

Elsewhere we are informed "Mathematical theory and application is​ rooted in the ancient histories of people and empires of color​", therefore the Seattle schools will "identify the inherent inequities of the standardized testing system used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color".

Or, to quote their source, "maff is hard."

Were the residents of Seattle more adequately concerned with their well being they would arrest the staff for fraud and use the former school buildings for a legitimate purpose. A medical waste disposal, say.

A tip o' the Remus fedora to The American Conservative.


Angelo Codevilla has posted a short essay at American Greatness entitled Dysfunctional Education. His remedy is as unavoidable as it is precise:

Because the educational establishment has prospered while ruining the country, convincing them to change their ways is impossible. The only way for Americans to avoid being pulled down in a vortex of self-indulgent ignorance is to cut loose from that establishment: to stop funding it, and to create another, honest one. This, if at all possible, will require far more of us than weathering the latest impeachment gambit.

and finally,

Bird season is finally here, meaning the majestic Ruffed Grouse, distilled essence of nature, refracting its every aspect in hue and manner, the woodland's ineffable center to which all else appends. And they're delicious.

The internationally acclaimed and universally respected Woodpile Report Poll announces 100% of its respondent, Remus Marsilvia, answered, "I don't care if they find alien pond scum on some other planet, man. I know where you can get pond scum for, like, free". When asked about the impeachment of President Trump, 100% of him answered, "If they convict it'll be like when the Germans dropped the A-bomb on Pearl Harbor and caused the fall of the Roman Empire."

And there you have it, the deliverable of public education.

Well gang, enough of this chit chat. Time to don our steel toed shoes, safety glasses, hard hat and other industrial haute couture, deploy our first-responder-grade fifty gallon drum of misting air freshener and get down amongst 'em. Yes, sadly, we gotta approach the malevolency near enough to plunge a digital dipstick into its evil innards, as chronicled in Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first, this old ad.


1927. Stutz Motor Company magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "safety" part referred to hydraulic brakes on all four wheels, windows with shatterproof glass, a hill-holding "Noback" transmission, and a low center of gravity.

The ad features safety but Stutz mainly traded on its well earned reputation for opulence and speed, amply provided by their 95 horsepower "Vertical 8" 298 cu in engine, advanced for its time, featuring an overhead cam and two spark plugs for each cylinder.

Sales of luxury automobiles and high end sports cars were already slowing in 1927 and all but vanished after the Crash of 1929. Stutz declared bankruptcy in 1937 and was liquidated in 1939.


Remus's notebook


The Drive - No, Passive Radar Isn't Going To Make Stealth Technology Obsolete Anytime Soon ... stealth isn't just about hiding from radar

Based Poland at Twitter - This video is currently going viral in Europe. It shows a man executing a citizen's arrest on a man from Afghanistan who had earlier punched a 60 year old man and threatened to stab other passengers on a London train. 0m 15s.

New York Times - Eat Less Red Meat, Scientists Said. Now Some Believe That Was Bad Advice ... the advice, a bedrock of almost all dietary guidelines, is not backed by good scientific evidence

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The food commissars reveal their untrustworthiness once again

Conservative Review - How can incarceration rates be racist if they reflect the actual crime rates? ... if anything, black criminals are underrepresented in the prison population relative to their share of violent crime

Wired - All I Ever Wanted Was a One-Trick Pony ... I used to have a device exactly like this—a flip phone that could last a week on a single charge

Spiked - Now the military-industrial complex is going woke ... weapons manufacturers are embracing feminism

"Four of America’s leading arms manufacturers – Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and the defence arm of Boeing – are now run by women".

Daily Mail - Chicago gangster is found guilty of executing rival's nine-year-old son by luring him into an alley, shooting him in the head and then laughing about it ... was hit three times, including once in the head and once in the back

art-remus-ident-04.jpg More madcap hijinks by the irrepressible Diversity

Breitbart - Calif. Police Chief Cancels Event to Honor Fallen Officer Because Republicans Were Invited ... "this is not Trump country, we don’t want Republicans here"

Appalachian Magazine - The Time Georgia & North Carolina Went to War With Each Other ... and the dispute is still unresolved

New York Post - Dems looking to arrest White House officials who ignore subpoenas ... "is it the DC police that goes and gets them? We don’t know. Where do we hold them?"

Liberty Nation - The Long Slow Death of AP’s Credibility ... lurid verbiage and pulp-novel-style rhetoric

Ask a Prepper - The 24 Highest Calorie Vegetables for Your Survival Garden ... we’re talking about getting enough calories here, not about getting enough vitamins and anti-oxidants

Graywolf Survival - 10 Tips to Add to your Weather Forecasting Knowledge After SHTF ... observe and know what it means

AP - Zimbabwe’s capital runs dry as taps cut off for 2M people ... at the city’s main water supply, plastic bottles, vehicle tires and algae floated in the shallow water which was green and emitted a choking, foul smell

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Zimbabwe, the former Rhodesia, was modern, prosperous and a net exporter of food. In the end, Africa won. Basic services have collapsed, tyranny and privation are their new rulers, apparently by preference.

Science Alert - Earth's Magnetic Poles Could Flip More Frequently Than We Previously Thought ... the flip-flopping of Earth's magnetic field has varied in frequency over the past 20 million years

Science Alert - Faster-Than-Light Speeds Could Be Why Gamma-Ray Bursts Seem to Go Backwards in Time ... such speeding waves within the relativistic jets that produce gamma-ray bursts could actually be possible

Phys Org - UK particle accelerator to reveal secrets of 2,000-year-old papyrus ... carbonised in the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago

Popular Mechanics - The 50 Biggest Things ... we like big things and we cannot lie

Campus Reform - Federal court holds university employees 'personally liable' in First Amendment lawsuit ... Christian group required leaders adhere to the Christian faith, was deregistered

Washington Examiner - Child rape suspects released after New York and New Jersey jails refuse to hold them for ICE ... restraining and sexually assaulting a child younger than 16, and sexual assault of a victim 13-15 years-old, criminal restraint

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The court boasts of protecting criminal aliens rather than the citizenry.

WTOP - Fairfax Co. officer suspended after holding driver to be detained by ICE ... such administrative warrants “represent civil violations of immigration law.”

Next Big Future - Over 50 Candidate Black Hole and Neutron Star Collision Gravity Wave Detections ... pausing this month to perform upgrades, all three detectors will resume operations on November 1st

Federalist - Why The Left Moved From Loving Thomas Jefferson To Hating Him ... first they came for the Confederates, then for everyone else, Founders included

Principia Scientific - Global Cooling expected to last from 2020-2055 ... similar to the Maunder Minimum 1645–1715, Wolf minimum 1200, Oort minimum 1010–1050, Homer minimum 800–900 BC

Principia Scientific - Solar Minimum Is Underway, And It’s A Deep One ... sunspot counts suggest it is one of the deepest minima of the past century

Breitbart - Global Warming: Britain Braces for ‘Coldest Winter in 30 Years’ ... with snow event after snow event, will rival the bitter winter of 1963, believed to have been the coldest in 200 years


Visit historic Baltimore



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Diversity, Z Man - When Progressives talk about diversity, they mean blacks. We can put the upper bound on diversity as 20%. Any more than that and white crime victimization and awareness of it begins to soar. This sets off white flight. Baltimore is a great example. Once its black population crossed the 25% level, it began a rapid decline into chaos. As Rhodesia, Baltimore and now South Africa show, there is some minimum number of whites required to keep the lights on, so everyone can enjoy the wonderfulness of diversity. In the case of Rhodesia, the number fell below the minimum and it became Zimbabwe. In Baltimore, they have hovered along the critical number for decades. South Africa staggers on, but they too are approaching the inflection point.


Plate Tectonics, Ars Technica - Plate Tectonics emerged when geologists realized that plates moving on Earth’s surface at fingernail-growth speeds side-swipe each other at some places and converge at others. When they converge, one plate plunges down into Earth’s mantle under the other plate, but what happened to it deeper in the mantle remained a mystery. Plates that plunge down from the surface and into the mantle don’t just assimilate into a formless blur, they have a long and eventful afterlife in the mantle. One slab sinking below the Mantle Transition Zone can create a mantle undertow that squeezes up mountains on an entirely different plate, 660 kilometers above it. This new level of tectonics now makes sense of other geological puzzles.


Planet Nine, Daily Galaxy - Physicists are proposing that the long-sought for Planet Nine, an elusive dark body in the outer reaches of our solar system, may actually be a primordial black hole, theoretical remnants of the Big Bang, which could account for the odd orbits observed in the distant solar system. These primordial black holes can be much lighter; for example, an Earth mass, or in fact, even lighter. Lensing events enable scientists to estimate that the enigmatic objects are about one half to 20 times as massive as Earth. This is about the same mass scale expected for Planet Nine.


Food subsidies, Ammo - After the bloated defense budget, one of the biggest forms of unseen welfare in the United States is farm subsidies. This accounts for $20 billion annually, with 39 percent of all farms receiving some kind of subsidy. Compare this to the oil industry, which gets a comparatively paltry $4.6 billion. The public image of farm subsidies is that they’re helping to keep mom-and-pop farms afloat, however, the lion’s share of farm subsidies go to Big Aggie. What’s more, farm subsidies are playing a key role in driving America’s obesity epidemic, incentivizing the production of unhealthy foods, most notably extreme amounts of corn.


1939. Greensboro Georgia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Greensboro, in north-central Georgia, was a town of about 2,400 in 1939. Greensboro relied on the cotton plantation system until the weevil ended production in the early 1920s. Manufacturing revived the economy during and after World War II but, like most manufacturing towns, it's declined markedly. Greensboro today is an attractive town of about 3,400.

The building in the photo below appears to be the same one seen at center left in this contemporary photo.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Sunspots, Nautilus - The observation of sunspots predates modern astronomy by at least three millennia. So why are there periods of dark spottiness followed by periods when the sun is clear? The truth is that we still don’t know for sure. Even with 315 years of sunspot data, the inner workings of the sunspot cycle have yet to be illuminated in full. Solar radiation is known to change the chemistry of the upper atmosphere, and sunspots are known to modulate the intensity of different wavelengths bombarding our planet. By linking the sunspot number to variations in the solar spectrum, climatologists will soon be able to deduce the spectral signature of the sun during the 18th-century grand minimum.


Ghost cities, Of Two Minds - All those pricey urban meccas could become crime-ridden ghost towns. How could such a reversal occur? Everyone who lives outside protected enclaves will reach a point where the "urban lifestyle" is no longer worth the sacrifices and costs. Once enough of the top 10% leave, the food/beverage service industry implodes. Service employees are renters, paying sky-high rents that unemployment can't cover. Vacant apartments pile up. As the exodus gathers momentum, all the reasons people clung so rabidly to urban meccas decay. Local government jacks up fees, tickets, permits and taxes, accelerating the exodus. That's how pricey urban meccas turn into ghost towns inhabited by those who can't leave and those living on public services.


Academia, American Mind - Having turned the academy into a left-oriented think tank would pose a considerable danger in and of itself, but this particular issue has evolved. Certain sectors of the academy, most notably the “theoretical humanities” along with much passing under the guise of the social sciences, have in a sense returned the academy to its roots by making it into a reinvented seminary to a new deity that calls itself Social Justice. In simplest expression, this means that there are certain ideas that are accepted as capital-T Truths that must be attended to, not questioned, administrated from, and taught as a matter of moral instruction.


Bartering, Backdoor Survival - You should try to prepare yourself and your family to avoid barter for as long as possible. Bartering will become more dangerous as the situation unfolds and a sense of profound desperation enters the psyche of the majority of the population. Law enforcement and the system will not be around to make sure that you get justice and even if they are operating at a small level, they won’t care about theft and bartering issues. You are on your own. Here's a list of the pitfalls of bartering during SHTF.


1943. Red Army recon trooper


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is almost certainly from the Battle of Kursk, July-August 1943. The trooper is armed with a PPSh-41 equipped with a 71 round drum magazine. Binoculars, cammies and a generous supply of grenades complete his kitting out.


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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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