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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
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
stakeholders
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
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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
via securityintelligence.com

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
OBE
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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Caspar Netscher, Woman Feeding a Parrot, 1666

Caspar Netscher was a renowned portrait painter from the Dutch Golden Age. He was also a genre painter, creating and depicting scenes from everyday life. There are no definite details of his early life, although it is said his mother fled war torn Poland with her three children and only Caspar survived the journey to Holland.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Food is a weapon.

As in all war, food would be weaponized in a Civil War II. We don't have to go back to antiquity for examples, more recent events provide a long list, some of which are:

United States

Sherman's "scorched earth" campaign began on November 15th [1864] when he cut the last telegraph wire that linked him to his superiors in the North. He left Atlanta in flames and pointed his army south. No word would be heard from him for the next five weeks. Unbeknownst to his enemy, Sherman's objective was the port of Savannah. His army of 65,000 cut a broad swath as it lumbered towards its destination. Plantations were burned, crops destroyed and stores of food pillaged.

Germany

The War Orders given by the Admiralty on 26 August 1914 were clear enough. All food consigned to Germany through neutral ports was to be captured and all food consigned to Rotterdam was to be presumed consigned to Germany. The British were determined on the starvation policy, whether or not it was lawful.

The average daily diet of 1,000 calories was insufficient to maintain a good standard of health, resulting by 1917 in widespread disorders caused by malnutrition such as scurvy, tuberculosis, and dysentery. In December 1918, the National Health Office in Berlin calculated that 763,000 persons had died as a result of the blockade by that time.

Ukraine

By the fall of 1932 it became apparent that Ukraine’s grain harvest was going to miss Soviet planners’ target by 60 percent. Stalin then ordered what little they had be confiscated as punishment for not meeting quotas. The Ukrainian famine by one estimate claimed the lives of 3.9 million people, about 13 percent of the population. In June of 1933, at the height of the Holodomor, 28,000 men, women and children in Ukraine were dying of starvation each day.

Great Britain

Britain imported 70% of its food; this required 20 million tons of shipping a year. Knowing this would lead the Axis powers into hoping to starve the British population into submission, by cutting off those food supply lines. By the end of 1940, 728,000 tons of food making its way to Britain had been lost, sunk by German submarine activity.

Netherlands

In September 1944, trains in the Netherlands ground to a halt. Dutch railway workers were hoping that a strike could stop the transport of Nazi troops, helping the advancing Allied forces. But the Allied campaign failed, and the Nazis punished the Netherlands by blocking food supplies, plunging much of the country into famine. By the time the Netherlands was liberated in May 1945, more than 20,000 people had died of starvation.

Japan

The problem was not just harvests and the cutting off imports, transportation problems developed. Fuel shortages made it increasingly difficult getting food from the countryside into the cities. Food Shortages had begun to appear in some parts of the country even before Pearl Harbor. By 1944 theft of produce still in the fields led police to speak of a new class of "vegetable thieves" and the new crime of "field vandalizing". The average calorie intake per person had by late 1945 declined to far less than deemed necessary even for an individual engaged in light work.

Berlin

Stalin's blockade of Berlin from June 1948 through May 1949 was an attempt to starve West Berlin's two million inhabitants into accepting Soviet rule. The city quickly devolved into near-famine. A largely American airlift rescued it and kept it alive.


Posters from World Wars I and II

The US has historically used food as part of carrot-and-stick diplomacy, or said differently, bribes. During the Second World War, Great Britain and the Soviet Union relied crucially on American food, assuring a measure of their dependency in power negotiations. Germany, and particularly Japan, were nearly US territories after the war, both would have starved without prompt delivery of American food in quantity.

Wars are generally about food. Ancient Rome imported its food and fought epic wars to develop new sources and keep the ones it had. Medieval fiefdoms were agricultural enterprises, raiding their neighbors was common. The westward expansion of America in the nineteenth century was about food and the means to move it, as was Japan's expanding empire in the early twentieth century. Germany explicitly cited food production to justify its aggression in the east. Their rants about fighting Bolshevism was pep rally stuff, Nazism itself was excessively patriotic Marxism.

History and cold calculation suggest food would be a weapon in a Civil War II, one of many, but of prime importance long term. Civil wars have long gestations, go kinetic suddenly and get complicated in a hurry. We have no firm knowledge what would set it off, who would be actively involved or how it would end. But the outlines are repeated well enough to guide our preparations.

The ruling class already treats middle America as this century's Untermensch. Nothing is off the table in a civil war. Seizing the nation's food would be an obvious move. Expect them to deploy troops to secure big ag and the necessary transportation facilities, destroy anyone who got in their way and terrorize potential troublemakers. But there's a limit to even the deep state's resources. Prudent survivalists in the far hills wouldn't warrant their attention, they'd be more likely to trade shots with desperados than find themselves in a firefight with regular forces.

Food is the indispensable survival prep. At minimum this means a secure long-term stash of high calorie food sufficient to outlast the initial violence and privation without relying on resupply. Call it a year, maybe two.

Preppers are kidding themselves about large, elaborate enclaves. Such communities with their gardens, livestock, solar powered utilities, weapons, comms, storehouses, workshops, tools and supplies would be fatally attractive. Training with light infantry tactics and weapons is understandable, but repelling serial attacks by gangs and other armed opportunists would include attrition, i.e., the worker bees would win battles but eventually too few would remain to run the place. And when it became unviable, so would they.

Such redoubts have their place when the meltdown eases, but in the initial phases, less is more.

Well placed and practiced survivalists could get by on a onesey-twosey basis. Two may survive where one wouldn't. Three or four may be better, assuming an adequate reserve of food and supplies. With more than four the liabilities are likely to outweigh the advantages. It assumes the deepest of deep larders, extensive supplies and harmonious wisdom in all things. Unless each make an irreplaceable contribution of critical value it's probably too big a footprint for this phase. Loosely allying with similar small groups for mutual benefit may be the better choice. Five or more is a crowd, a danger to itself.

Famine is a given in contemporary civil war. Those embedded in interior cities have no chance, so, next item. The ruling class would continue to work against middle America's existence. As said above, they'd confiscate local stores of food on a continuing basis, seize major food producing areas intact and grab the needed transportation facilities. Make no mistake, their hirelings would be granted license for absolute ruthlessness. Free fire zones and minefields are not off the table. Skilled labor, if otherwise unwilling, would be arrested and compelled to work.

Feeding their base would guarantee the loyalty of supporters, inflict mass death on the deplorables by 'no cost' neglect and keep armed confrontation largely confined to flyover country. But note, as said here before, this is a precarious solution. The coastal megacities are fed from the outside by vulnerable arteries passing through what would be hostile territory. In the end, feeding them would stutter and fail. Even now they're cauldrons of seething hatred, barely repressed, often organized. With real scarcity and hardship they'd fall on each other and tear the place apart.

Privation, disease, hunger, murderous chaos and high intensity combat would likely peak in the second year. This is the knothole which would separate the survivalists from dabblers and hopeful idealists. In the years that follow, when the maelstrom had largely exhausted itself and the situation clarified, those who made good use of their resources could be largely self supporting, coalescing into tribes, forming families with neighbors and partying like it was 1319.

Be a survivor. The who and what of a civil war would matter only occasionally. Food would matter every hour of every week. Stack food high, wide and deep where it's secure from looters and confiscation. Backup your stash with an "iron rations" fallback stash. Stack seeds, garden tools, fishing and hunting gear to be prepared for self-resupply opportunities. Calories are life.

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Most folks who have never been to Iraq think of the Kurds as some noble, non-islamic ally. Well, they’re a bit better than the typical islamic, but not a hell of a lot, says Flight Er Doc at Investment Watch, when reposting an article by Tom Kratman entitled, Our Gallant Allies, the Kurds (and other fairy tales). An excerpt:

It might be better for the United States, before pinning too much hope and faith on the Kurds, to understand that they’re military imbeciles with an unearned and undeserved reputation, that their culture is barbaric, they their one talent seems to be propagandizing and manipulating liberal Western opinion, which is eager to be manipulated, anyway, that any kids who die usually do so because of their own neglect of those kids, that they have no sense of gratitude for any help you give them, that they treat women like donkeys, and that they place zero value on the lives of those who try to help them.

Wisdom in one breath

From John Meyers at ZeroGov

Rural Appalachia has one of the most effective Undergrounds in existence and it doesn’t even know it.

From Eric Peters at Eric Peters Autos, about in-car displays

Americans have become like seagulls pecking at a piece of tinfoil on the beach. Anything that glints or blinks grabs their attention.

From uno, comment at Zero Hedge

CNN was CIA TV from the start.

From Jennifer Rader at Prep School Daily

The only food that must be dated is baby formula.

From Kurt Schlichter at Town Hall

Can you name something – anything – major in the last two decades that our best and brightest have not screwed up? I’ll wait.

From John Wilder at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise

So, you’re telling me that when Congress is out of money it can just write itself a check and deposit it?

From Harmeet Dhillon, San Francisco attorney, about PG&E via American Greatness

If I wanted the power shut off for days by bloated, corrupt utilities enabled by bloated, corrupt one-party politicians, I would have stayed in India.

From Egon von Greyerz at Gold Switzerland

The world is heading for an economic disaster of a magnitude that is much greater than the 1930s depression. There is really nothing to compare with in history.

From the staff at Taki's Magazine, about Madison Wisconsin

They also mentioned something about the shooting of unarmed black people but failed to note that 93% of cases, it’s another black person shooting them.

From Nassim Taleb, quoted at Cultural Offering

You know you have influence when people start noticing your absence more than the presence of others.

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From Wayne Dupree:

Attorney and Trump supporter Ron Coleman thinks he has the answer as to what has happened to Matt Drudge.

“He recently signed on with a Google affiliated company, which purchased Matt Drudge’s father’s website, RefDesk, as part of the deal. Frankly, I’m concerned this is the sole reason Drudge went mainstream and to the left: to satisfy his new advertising agency... The agency is called Granite Cubed”

Now, we’re learning from Gateway Pundit that Drudge has lost 200 million pageviews and 20% of Drudge readers have bailed.

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Sundance describes "cold anger" at the Conservative Treehouse, extracted from his essay at The Last Refuge:

There’s a level of anger far deeper and more consequential than expressed rage or visible behavior, it’s called Cold Anger.

Cold Anger does not need to go to violence. For those who carry it, no conversation is needed when we meet. You cannot poll or measure it; specifically, because most who carry it avoid discussion. And that decision has nothing whatsoever to do with any form of correctness.

Cold Anger absorbs betrayal silently, often prudently.

Cold Anger is not hatred, it is far more purposeful.

Cold Anger takes notice of the liars, even from a great distance – seemingly invisible to the mob. Cold Anger will still hold open the door for the riot goer. Mannerly.

Cold Anger evidenced is more severe because it is more strategic, and more purposeful.

Cold Anger does not gloat; it absorbs consistent vilification and ridicule as fuel. This sensibility does not want to exist, it is forced to exist in otherwise unwilling hosts – we also refuse to be destabilized by it.

Cold Anger is not driven to act in spite of itself; it drives a reckoning.

Cold Anger perceives deception the way the long-term battered absorb a blow in the hours prior to the pre-planned exit; with purpose.

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James Rawles at Survival Blog comments on California's fifteen new gun control bills.

The new “loosey-goosey” Red Flag is so concerning that I now recommend my readers who live in California accelerate their plans to relocate. Relocate soon, before you are targeted by a busybody neighbor and then tried by the New Star Chamber, in absentia! Face it, folks: California is a lost cause.

The Democrats now solidly hold the State Assembly, the State Senate, and the Governor’s Mansion, with no end in sight. They have an entrenched Democrat constituency. Not content with just honoring the memory of Cesar Chavez, California is now on the path to going Full Hugo Chavez.

This is the same state that now requires background checks for ammo sales, and that will soon mandate that only licensed dealers can sell gun parts. They also just instituted putting illegal aliens on State Boards. California is now a state ruled by rabid collectivists. This is nothing short of a descent into socialist insanity. Vote with your feet. Flee!

A note to fleeing Californians: there are thousands of uninhabited islands in the Caribbean. Just sayin'.

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George Ure at Urban Survival talks about Continuous Escape Plans. An excerpt:

Faced with a chance to move, be first. Nothing is worse than being in line for, well, anything. To avoid the rush, see threats before anyone else and take decisive action. If that means packing up and heading out of town based on knowledge of a specific threat, don’t waste valuable time reconsidering. Start moving.

You can always turn back if information changes. In the meantime, in the event of an actual emergency, being first out means lots of benefits. Stores will still have food, there won’t be lines at the gas station, water is still available.

and finally,

Did I or did I not tell you Chapman is not a closer? A closer doesn't allow two on and a homer for a walk-off loss. Mariano Rivera was a closer. Chapman is not a closer.

Okay gang, stand with yer ten foot poles at the ready, it's time for Yer Ol' Woodpile Report to survey the goings on, right after this old ad.

 

1948. Kalamazoo gas range magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg To get all meta about it, the urtext was established in the Depression era: mom is the family purchasing agent. It's still the norm, but not quite so in-your-face as it once was.

I'm usually pretty good at tracing corporate histories, this one eludes me. Kalamazoo home appliances seems to have merged with the woodwork when the postwar seller's market wound down.

 

 

Remus's notebook

Caldron Pool - UK Police urge public to report ‘hateful’ white people, even if they haven’t committed a crime ... so police can prevent them in the future

The Drive - The Army Wants To Verify To The Stars Academy's Fantastic UFO Mystery Material Claims ... items were related to the Roswell UFO crash

Excerpt: "If the claims associated with these assets can be validated and substantiated, then we can initiate work to transition them from being a technology to commercial and military capabilities. As noted in our October 2017 TTSA kickoff webcast, technologies that would allow us to engineer the spacetime metric would bring capabilities that would fundamentally alter civilization, with revolutionary changes to transportation, communication, and computation".

Zero Hedge - In "Obscene" Move, Oil Tanker Rates Explode To Record Levels Amid Flurry Of Geopolitical Risks ... from $25,000 a day to $350,000, in one week

Economic Collapse - Due To The Weather, Midwest Farmers Fear Widespread Crop Failures And A “Record-Low” Harvest In 2019 ... next two weeks are absolutely critical

Raconteur Report - This Penny Is Going To Drop For You. Get Busy ... you're going to have to vote from the rooftops

Ars Technica - Bringing in the big gun: Army paves way for “strategic cannon” ... test of artillery prototype with range of over 1,000 miles by 2023

Voice of Europe - UK: University’s student union bans white people from attending ‘anti-racism’ conference ... sessions are only open to black and minority ethnic students

Voice of Europe - France: Firefighters clash violently with police during Paris protests ... with riot police using batons, tear gas and water cannons

Truth About Guns - The ATF’s Definition of an AR-15 Lower as a ‘Firearm’ Is In Serious Trouble ... an AR has a split receiver, neither component meets the definition of a frame or receiver

Universe Today - NASA Engineer Has A Great Idea for a High-Speed Spacedrive. Too Bad it Violates the Laws of Physics ... reactionless drives violate Newton’s third law

Science Alert - Mathematicians Have Discovered an Entirely New Way to Multiply Large Numbers

multiplying two numbers together with a billion digits each by the process of long multiplication would take a computer months to calculate. Using the Schönhage-Strassen algorithm, it would take under 30 seconds

CPRC - Where does Mexico really get its guns? ... cartels buy in bulk from South America and east Asia. 1% of Mexicans are licensed to own guns.

WND - School backs down on trans plan after parents freak out en masse ... fiery meeting pitched superintendent against 'most of the town'

Appalachian Magazine - America’s Forgotten “Hobo Nickels” ... an unusual form of art

Appalachian Magazine - October 1908: The Month the Ohio River Began Drying ... includes photo of the river at Wheeling as a non-navigable trickle

Campus Reform - Schools celebrate 'International Pronoun Day' with 'ze' buttons, advice on pronoun 'privilege' ... it's important to let your student know that you are their ally

art-remus-ident-04.jpg No. It's important to let them know you aren't obligated to support their delusion.

UPI - Last year's extreme snowfall ruined breeding season for Arctic plants, animals ... scientists have previously observed breeding failure across one or two species, but never across an entire ecosystem

Daily Mail - Inside a Russian tank factory: photographs show the construction and testing of the 45-ton T-72 ... third generation has a number of upgrades

City Journal - Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers Series by Cicero, Seneca, et al ... showing us the way to inner freedom

The Drive - Cartel "Narco Tanks," Heavy Weapons On Full Display During Battle Over El Chapo's Son ... Mexican security forces outgunned

College Fix - Public university tells professors not to grade based on merit ... “the practices of grading writing maintained white language supremacy”

Neon Nettle - UK's First Chick-fil-A Shut Down After LGBTQ Protests ... complained about the restaurant chain’s donations to Christian charities the Salvation Army, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

 

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Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness - Retired Admiral William McRaven devoted the bulk of a New York Times op-ed to appropriating for himself the moral and hence political authority of generations of soldiers and sailors. McRaven concludes, “it is time for a new person in the Oval Office...” At the very least, McRaven called for impeachment ahead of an election, or perhaps for a coup, and pretended to do so on the military’s behalf. McRaven really does speak for a substantial percentage of senior military officers. If we ask why we should have confidence in them, we realize that these people have lost every war they have waged since 1945. Now, as part of the ruling class, they join in claiming a right to rule us deplorables regardless of elections. This ex-draftee is inclined to salute them with the middle finger.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see Our Republic Is Under Attack from the Admirals and Generals, by Adam Selene, at American Greatness.

 

America's Dark Age, PJ Media - 82 years ago, our ancestors took just two years to design the entire Bay Bridge and award the contracts. Our generation required five years just to plan to replace a single section. Hollywood once gave us blockbuster epics, brilliant Westerns, great film noirs, and classic comedies. Now it endlessly turns out comic-book superhero films or pathetic remakes of prior classics. In terms of learning, does anyone believe that a college graduate in 2020 will know half the information of a 1950 graduate? Our ancestors were builders and pioneers and mostly fearless. We are regulators, auditors, bureaucrats, adjudicators, censors, critics, plaintiffs, defendants, social media junkies and thin-skinned scolds. A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle and gripe.

 

Academia's Dark Age, Z Man - It’s tempting to dismiss the madness we see in academia as trivial or temporary, but this deliberate effort to plunge the intellectual space into darkness has been going on for generations. Somewhere in the last century people in the West began to lose the ability to control their institutions, meaning the knowledge of how they work and why they were created or how they must be maintained in order to properly function. In theory, the people running the society of tomorrow are now being trained on the colleges of today. Yet, they are being taught things that are laughably false by people who are often suffering from mental illness. In other cases, they are taught by people who hate them and hate the West. The dark age is not the result of a natural process or an accident of history, but the goal of the people who rule over us.

 

1939. Troy Alabama

 

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Words, Spiked - Those who control language determine what is considered to be true. Consider the word ‘controversial’. Campus culture warriors have turned this into a negative word. Why? Because the outcome of a serious debate cannot be controlled in advance by censorious moral entrepreneurs. Fundamentally, the goal of verbal purification is to develop conventions about what can and what cannot be said and thought. In the current climate, where there is little cultural support for the robust exchange of competing views, many people self-censor and allow the language police to intimidate them. That is a dangerous development; people who self-censor may soon forget the beliefs and sentiments that they held in the first place.

 

Neanderthals, Ancient Origins - The Greek island of Naxos was populated with Neanderthals and early humans 200,000 years ago, which is tens of thousands of years earlier than currently held. Evidence is presented of a prehistoric quarry where homo sapiens, Neanderthals, and earlier humans all crafted local flint stone into tools for hunting. The Aegean Sea and Mediterranean islands were thought to have been settled only 9,000 years ago because seafaring vessels didn’t exist before this time. This new study raises the possibility that Neanderthals may also have fashioned crude seafaring boats and support a 2012 study that presented evidence of early Neanderthal seafaring activity in the southern Ionian Islands, in the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Neutrinos, Nautilus - The neutrino is the only known particle whose mass remains a mystery. Until about two decades ago, neutrinos were presumed to be massless. That changed when in a discovery that neutrinos also have three possible mass states—thus, neutrinos have mass. So many neutrinos were born during the Big Bang that their gravity influenced how all the matter in the universe clumped together into stars and galaxies. The point at which neutrinos began to slow down depends on their mass. Heavier neutrinos would have decelerated sooner and helped make the universe clumpier. Recent cosmological data from the Planck satellite suggests that the sum of the three neutrino mass states can’t be greater than 0.12 eV, and the lightest mass must be less than 0.086 eV.

 

1945. Near Wallerode Belgium

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The daily commute near the end of the war. All-wheel drive, mud 'n snow tires, with chains, and no cheerfully turned out rest stops. Notice the Jeep nearest the camera has no spare tire. Forget occasional artillery fire, that's living dangerously.

 

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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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