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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 Sloan, McSorley's Bar, 1912

John Sloan was considered an Ashcan School artist. The term "Ashcan School" is whimsical, it refers to the subject matter not to any particular style. It means painters of "life as it is" rather than as a romanticist would see it, in much the same mode as street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

John Sloan was a Philadelphia boy who became the head of the family at age seventeen, worked days and went to art school nights. By 1914 he was teaching in New York and organizing exhibitions, but only occasionally finding buyers for his own stuff. The painting above, McSorley's Bar, is his best known work. But hold on, the rest of his story isn't quite so compelling.

His first wife was a mentally ill, alcoholic prostitute he met in a brothel. After her death in 1943, his second wife was a former student forty years younger than he. Sloan was a tireless Marxist recruiter and steadfast supporter of the Soviet Union. He died in 1951 at age eighty in New Hampshire along the Connecticut River in Hanover, an upscale lodging for limousine liberals then and now. Median family income in Hanover today is $129,000. Ain't it always the way?


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The well turned out prepper won't skimp on necessities. His gear for attending the collapse of western civilization would be uncompromising, at minimum a Wimbledon trenchcoat by Burberry, St James Oxfords by Church and a Tourbillon Chronometer by Glashütte. Kidding. Let's look at the much maligned eastern redoubt.

The survivalist in Appalachian hill country walks an area very different from, say, western mountain country or the mid-country flatlands. With its steep hills and dense hardwood forests, it offers two shooting ranges, a hundred yards and commonly much less, and several miles. There's not much in between, and what there is has been paved or settled.

This is not the natural home of flat shooting magnums and sniper grade scopes, in fact, the determinedly frugal native could get by with a .22 rimfire-over-.410 combo with molded-on sights. But let us not dwell on the Deplorable class's lower reaches, let's consider what a more typical survivalist may think prudent to have at his bugout bunker in the hills.

By way of service to Hollywood tropes, let's assume he has a gussied up AR or AK and a dozen thirty round magazines for those daily firefights with the hordes of partisan marauders who will doubtless think it worthwhile to trek for miles in the forlorn hills of po' folk country in hopes of finding a box of saltines. Nevermind it's far more likely a desperado would step out from behind a tree and shoot him in the back. No dramatic combat there, but real life isn't character development with a thrilling climax that changes the protagonist and resolves plot elements. Yes, he has a "platform" rifle. Maybe for hog hunting.

First up is a bolt action scout rifle, a handy traveling companion for quick deployment in sketchy territory. It's also for big game at distance and dangerous game. It would be well under forty inches long, likely chambered for .308, in ten round magazines at maximum—tall magazines are unhandy generally and make shooting from a prone position dangerously awkward—topped with medium aperture iron sights and a low power variable scope. His ammo would be 150 grain soft point sighted for zero at 200 yards.

If confronted when traveling, our prudent survivalist would cover his retreat, not shoot it out to win the high ground or for area denial or to deliver justice to miscreants. Well placed shots may disable or drive off his opponent, but the surest way to win a shootout is to not be there. Retreat is what puts the "survival" in "survivalist". He'll concern himself with Righteous Universal Justice when day to day survival becomes probable rather than exceptional.

Next up is a Pistol Cartridge Carbine for close-in defense against bad guys invading his bugout location, where retreat is not an option, in semi-auto, with "high capacity" pistol magazines and ghost ring iron sights. It would be zeroed in anticipation of moving targets at ranges from arm's length to the far side of his garden. His PCC is always close to hand when he's at his bugout bunker. Ideally it would use the same magazines as his sidearm. 9mm is the default cartridge, plentiful and affordable.

Why a semi-auto? A bolt action is too slow between shots for close run-and-gun work, and a lever action, while quicker, is too slow to reload. Even a PCC doesn't completely answer the need, but only tracked armor mounting a Bofors twin forty completely answers the need.

Our survivalist uses a pump shotgun for food hunting, with three inch shell capacity, 12 gauge or 20 gauge. He also keeps it bedside loaded with buckshot. His standard rounds are 6 shot for small game, 4's for turkey-size game. He carries slugs should an unexpected opportunity, or threat, present itself while hunting bunnies. He may well favor a 20 gauge. With three inchers it gives up not much to a 12 and smaller ammo means more ammo in any given space.

A .22 Long Rifle is our survivalist's "forever gun", bolt action or semi-auto, chosen for reliability and accuracy, with aperture irons and a low power scope. If a bolt action, he chooses a 24 inch barrel, or near enough. .22LR ammo is optimized for a 24 inch barrel, it extracts all the power the rounds will generate and typically offers best accuracy. If it's a semi-auto the default is an 18 inch barrel, but an autoloader could be pressed into credible defense duty as a last resort.

He uses 40 grain 1235 or 1435 fps ammo sighted in for a seventy-five yard zero in permissive environments, and 40 grain 1070 fps "standard velocity" subsonics sighted in at a fifty yard zero for impermissive environments. He chooses his ammo after personally proving it at the range and stores it in quantity, hermetically sealed, for the long term.

So there you are. One man's preferences, subject to change. Others differ, perhaps by familiarity and experience, perhaps even by happenstance. For instance, his PCC may be a Marlin Camp Carbine, handed down, or an M1 Carbine he got in trade, or a great deal on an ex-police Ruger PC9 trunk gun from the original run some years back. Or he may be in somewhat different country with a different mix of opportunities and prefer a .22 WMR to the .22 LR. Such variations are to be sought out as warranted.


Thursday was dreary, overcast and dark, with light rain that dialed up to medium from time to time. And chilly. My kind of weather for woods cruising. Draws me out like a magnet. I took my crank .22 mag, my "all weather" grab 'n go for when I've nothing specific in mind, and visited some favored places. The leaves are mostly off the trees now, save the beech, so I paid close attention to lines of sight and estimated the maximum range for a decent shot. If anything, I'm being generous when I say seventy-five yards. Yeah yeah, there are many, but sixty yards is a realistic expectation, one place with another.

And I got to thinking. There's probably a name for anxiety occasioned by being in open country. Landscape paintings of woodland interiors are sometimes belittled as claustrophobic, so it would be the opposite. When I gain a hilltop and can see many miles away, it comforts me to know how much is between me and the far horizon. When I was at sea I felt like an ant on a dinner plate. Motoring through flatlands begets a similar feeling, a sort of dystopian mental background music, sotto voce but insistent.

When I'm on a road I prefer the kind where the foliage meets overhead. The four lanes just won't do, too much involuntary association. My fellow travelers see it as a competitive affair if not an outright hatefest on wheels. Here at home we're more considerate. Other drivers aren't "others" in the four lane sense, they're our neighbors. Good road manners is an extension of cordiality in the commons. And as I'm so fond of saying, rural people are accommodating partly because no one can quite remember who owes who a favor.


A reader emailed me with some thoughts on relocating from suburbia to a western state as a full on prepper. The expression "big sky country" summarizes how I feel about it. Also, the growing season is typically short, land is often poor, water is often scarce, winters are ridiculously severe, DC owns much if not most of the land and makes a dangerous and unstable neighbor, western traditions aren't my traditions, &c.. Not to mention working on a farm as a lad cured me of horseback riding. I could tell you stories.

Got me to thinking about preppers too, how everything is a major project to be planned like D-Day. As a lad we'd go out squirrel hunting, clean 'em, cook 'em and eat 'em. Fishing, same thing. We might decide along about sundown to camp out overnight. Hill people's childhoods are when they learn Plan B first hand. As adults they have it in their back trail, not as notions. Prepper sites make this same stuff into a magnum opus on survival, then punch it up for the box seats with Cicero-like meditation on the fate of nations. Maybe it's just me, I find it amusing.

I'm losing sight of shore. What else we got?


Remember the scene in Gone With The Wind when Scarlett O'Hara is down and out, shakes her fist at the sky and says, "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again"? That's the way we talked during the ammo shortage. Now wholesalers are going out of business for lack of sales. Take this as a warning from Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe:

We live in a golden time. It won't last forever. I am scratching my head trying to anticipate what I might need if/when the liberals wrestle the three branches of government away. If that happens, then we will be looking at a multi-generational drought for firearms and ammo.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
To-morrow will be dying.


George Ure at Urban Survival reminds us:

The Depression Mindset is being locked in right now. As I’ve explained before, in a recession, people continue to spend, but they do so expecting what? Higher Prices in the future.

In a Depression, this mindset changes. Consumers slow their spending, and when they do, it’s often with a throttle on purchases because they expect what? Lower Prices in the future.

... we are at the end of a massive expansion that has grown out of the Housing Bubble Collapse. And despite the horrendous damage there were only a scattered “wrist slaps” by government. Because, understand, government is complicit.

Wisdom in one breath

From Robert Tracinski at The Bulwark

Somebody asserts it, a few more people jump on the bandwagon because it seems edgy and brave and gives them a sense of power, then everybody else accepts it because they’re afraid they will look sexist if they defend him.

Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic

More resources and energy are required to maintain an empire than the resources and energy that the empire can extract from it.

From Don Surber

To Donald Trump, the Washington press corps is a backwaters operation.

From Bookworm at The Bookworm

Across the world, as weary, beaten-down people look at a ruling class that sees them as despicable, dirty deplorables, these ordinary people, these normals, need to rise up and say, “It’s time for them to go.”

From John Wilder at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise, about WWI

There was simply no reason for Europe to descend into that madness other than things were going well and the people were rich and bored.

From Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine

We should not pull down brutalist buildings, because modern architects are always capable of erecting something worse.

From MN Gordon at Acting Man

After the dot com bubble and bust, the housing bubble and bust, the great financial crisis, zero interest rate policy, negative interest rate policy, quantitative easing, operation twist, quantitative tightening, reserve management, and many other failures, the Fed’s standing is clear to everyone.

From Joy Behar at The View, via Fox News

If you're going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected, then take the guns away. Don’t tell them ahead of time.


Sen. Schumer has a plan, as revealed by Eric Peters

First, bribe people into electric cars; then make it impossible for them to get out of them by leaving no alternative to them – the supply of affordable ICE [internal combustion engine] cars having been eliminated. Schumer wants to “rapidly phase out gas-powered vehicles” within the next ten years; to destroy 63 million of them over the next ten years.

Once that has been achieved, the bribes used to get people into the EVs will go the way of the nothing-down/no-interest home loan. With similar and entirely predictable results.


An excerpt from a short story by Brett Stevens at Amerika:

It was at that point that Dave formulated his life philosophy, which basically stated two things:

Life is a struggle for sanity. Almost everyone and everything is either insane or unrealistic, but good things only come from mental stability that also can see the world accurately, including noticing how boring and extraneous most classwork was. Very few people seemed to reach this state, and they spent their time cleaning up after the rest, which made them hateful.

Civilization is a struggle against idiots. The great civilizations beat down the idiots and enthroned sanity and intelligence, which made them able to do great things. Failing places like his hometown gave things to idiots, cleaned up after them, and “educated” them, and got idiotic outcomes as a result.


James Dakin at Bison Prepper explains law enforcement:

There is no social cohesion. The laws don't make sense, nor are they meant to. The police by definition must be as dysfunctional as the law has become. There is no more professionalism, as the job is impossible. The police were always a tribe of us against them, but the Them were always real criminals. Now everyone is a criminal against the bureaucracy. Criminality loses its distinction, as does the enemy of the police.

Before, with a unified culture, compliance was enforced by the citizenry. Only the violent or crazy needed the police response. Now, compliance is impossible with no unified culture.

and finally,

The next issue of Woodpile Report, number 603, which would normally be posted on the 12th, is likely to be late. Issue 604 will likely be postponed from the 19th until the 26th. The 'crunch time' I mentioned some weeks ago has arrived.

hedgeless_horseman over at Zero Hedge wrote an essay on keeping chickens, which reminded me of the years we had a couple dozen of 'em. Our chickens were truly free range. They'd mostly stay on the lawn, but they'd also disappear into the woods or go down by the creek or across the road.

One rainy night I took the flashlight out to make sure there weren't any late comers stranded outside after I closed the coop. Sure enough, there was a hen and the rooster side by side, huddled against the coop. The rooster was holding his wing over the hen like an umbrella. I always liked that rooster, he took his duties seriously.

The cats and the chickens ignored each other but when we had chicks and let 'em out for the first time we watched to make sure our equally free range cats didn't take 'em for toys. One cat did take an interest in the chicks but she was the motherly type. If she thought one had wandered too far from the others she'd nudge it back like a sheep dog.

Q said it would take 93 days to rebuild his platform sufficiently hardened for "what's coming". Then went dark. Now Q is back on line. He missed 93 days by six minutes. For those who follow Q and find his first message perplexing, "rig for red" is Navy talk meaning "prepare for General Quarters".

Well gang, time to take our freshly baked, gluten rich Ol' Woodpile Report outta the oven. It's got a buttered split top with a sprinkle of Old World seeds to remind us of our roots and those of a couple other people too. Mmm, good times. 160 calories to the slice, so let's break out the bread knife and tuck in.


1948. Pabst Blue Ribbon magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg You know James Flagg's work, you just don't know you know his work. He's the one who did the 1917 wartime poster "Uncle Sam Wants You". Probably his best known WWII poster is "Jap...You're Next!" of 1945.

PBR has been PBR since 1882. It was called 'Select' from 1844 until then. Left for dead in 2001, Pabst's new owner has made PBR a sales leader once again.


Remus's notebook


Hartford Courant - Police, FBI investigating ‘hate-filled flyers’ found on Western Connecticut State University campus ... university officials immediately reported the flyers to Danbury and state police and referred the messages to the FBI office in New Haven, all of whom were investigating

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "It's okay to be white" was posted on campus.

Excerpt: Clark slammed the incident as despicable, utterly unacceptable and disgusting and promised the school would punish whoever is found responsible, including expulsion if students were involved and even criminal or civil actions in court.

KFOR Oklahoma City - ‘It’s okay to be white’ flyers posted around OCU ... "exclusion and hate will not be tolerated here"

Zero Hedge - Freight Railroad Traffic Plunged 8% At The End Of October ... and YTD 43 week period is 3.2% lower than 2018

New York Post - Nearly 900 city inmates may be freed even before bail-reform law takes effect ... inmates will also be given free baseball tickets, movie passes and gift cards courtesy of NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Offenses include criminally negligent homicide, aggravated assault on a child under 11 and selling drugs on or near school grounds. Don't be alarmed, neither the governor nor the mayor are in any danger.

DW - Russia: Victims of Stalin-era purges unearthed in Siberia ... skulls, arms, legs, ribcages. More than 10 sacks of them in his garden

Washington Examiner - Texas gun control activist shoots her three children dead ... murder-suicide after divorce

PJ Media - Andrew Cuomo: 'We Didn't Have Hurricanes' Before Climate Change ... or tornadoes either

Coyote Blog - Illustrating the Corruption in Climate Science ... odds that this is just sloppiness or incompetence rather than outright obfuscation are low

The Drive - The Truth Is The Military Has Been Researching "Anti-Gravity" For Nearly 70 Years ... since the 1950s, from what we can tell, it never stopped

Cultural Offering - Yet another reason to love Bach ... he pulled a knife on who?!

KBTX Dallas - 2 dead, 12 injured in shooting at college party in Texas ... four in critical condition

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The reason you didn't see coverage in the Big Time news media with hysterical anti-gun speeches is simple. That it happened at a Texas A&M “Twerk or Tweet” Halloween party off-campus is an unavoidable clue. Turns out not one white person was involved. Worse, the shooter is a guy named Gonzales, so it's a Diversity-on-Diversity mass shooting. Imagine their disappointment.

Next Big Future - Ford Carrier is a Failure With Huge Radar, Elevator, Launch and Landing Problems ... deployment date is now 2024 which is 6 years after the original plan

Survival Blog - A Lament for California ... James Rawles remembers how it was

Of Two Minds - The Political Parties and the Media Have Abandoned the Working "Middle Class" ... the bottom 80%, well, who cares about them as long as they're politically passive and make their loan payments

Ancient Origins - Moss Reveals New Route For Otzi‘s Death Walk ... Ötzi had “not” ascended adjacent valleys in modern South Tyrol , Italy, but he climbed from the south, northwards up Schnalstal

Raconteur Report - So, What's The Ebola Outbreak Gotten Up To? ... vaccination has slowed the growth rate to a crawl

Phys Org - Ancient gas cloud shows that the first stars must have formed very quickly ... only 850 million years after the Big Bang

Fox News - Fall back, daylight saving time, You need to cease and desist ... established in wartime for very specific purposes, it is now an outdated tool

Daily Caller - Activists Want To Abolish Your Kid’s Honors Classes, Cite ‘White Toxicity’ And ‘Supremacist’ Values Of High Achievement ... local school systems across the country are proposing radical changes

Atlas Obscura - How an Ancient Himalayan Forest Wound Up at the Bottom of the Indian Ocean ... in a matter of weeks

American Greatness - TPUSA Officers at KSU Quit En Masse, Saying Group No Longer Reflects Their Conservative Values ... “culture of censorship” where certain topics are considered “off-limits and those who dare broach them are quickly blacklisted”

Universe Today - NASA is Now Considering a Pluto Orbiter Mission ... “Our mission concept is to send a single spacecraft to orbit Pluto for two Earth years before breaking away to visit at least one Kuiper Belt Object and one other KBO dwarf planet”

Principia Scientific - Giant Arctic Craters Likely Caused By Climate-Altering Supervolcanoes ... as is Hudson Bay, says the author, a retired professional Geologist


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Kunstler interview, via Zero Hedge - "What seems to be resolving is some movement to some sort of a crack up of the banking system. We’ve got too many obligations we cannot meet and too many debts that will never be repaid, and we are running out of our ability to borrow more. We're just generating frauds and swindles. Our way of life is false and is going to fail. [Then, about the coup...] There is probably going to be a lot of legal actions brought against the people who started this coup against him, and that’s going to be extremely disturbing to the Left. We may not have a 2020 election. In some way or another, the country may be so disorderly that we can’t hold an election. It’s more of a kind of mental disorder between the parties, but it could turn into a lot of kinetic disorder on the ground and a lot of institutional failure.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This country was at least as divided in 1860 but the national election was held as scheduled. So, there's that. Alas, when the Democrats lost they declared the election illegitimate. The Unpleasantness soon followed. So there's that, too. Which brings up a question I hardly dare ask.

How much does history rhyme, and how much do we impose rhymes on it? For instance, those who say history has a "wrong side" do a lot of imposing. In fact, most advocates who use the past as an "appeal to authority" deploy more rhyme than history.


Time, Quanta Magazine - One curious pattern cosmologists have known about for decades is that space is filled with correlated pairs of objects: pairs of hot spots seen in telescopes’ maps of the early universe; pairs of galaxies or of galaxy clusters or superclusters in the universe today; pairs found at all distances apart. The simplest explanation traces them to pairs of quantum particles that fluctuated into existence as space exponentially expanded at the start of the Big Bang. Rare quantum fluctuations involving three, four or even more particles should also have occurred during the birth of the universe. Yet theorists have found it challenging even to calculate what the signals would look like — until recently.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This essay is rich stuff, well explained. It's a long read I found too short. An excerpt:

This suggests that the temporal version of the cosmological origin story may be an illusion. Time can be seen as an “emergent” dimension, a kind of hologram springing from the universe’s spatial correlations, which themselves seem to come from basic symmetries.


Facts, Z Man - When terms like “multiculturalism” had not escaped the academy, it was assumed that science and math were immune from the politicization that was ongoing in fields like history. After all, history is about storytelling, while math is about getting the right answer. Surely the right answer fields would not succumb to the growing lunacy on the Left, with regards to race, sex and ethnicity. Yet the Left has declared a fatwa against math. It is tempting to assume that the truth will eventually triumph, but that has never been the way to bet, at least in the cultural realm. Belief is powerful magic that can easily overcome the most stubborn facts and the most stubborn people holding them. The barking at the moon fanatics now in control of the West will let the world burn before abandoning their faith.


Magic, PJ Media - Immigrants can be forgiven for thinking, as they wander in their misery through the technological wonders of California, why the magi have simply not waved their wands and created the same level of comfort for them. In a world of magic, what's one more spell, because that's all it takes, right? It must be because—and the politicians never tire of telling them—the wizards are selfish and holding back. In such a world the solution to every problem is redistribution. Political parties ceaselessly put up magical people as candidates whose powers derive from certain associative properties. Nobody runs anymore on the strength of competence but because they are gay, lesbian, disabled, a person of color, or imbued with some other property.


1941. Huntingdon Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The USDA's Federal Surplus Commodities Corporation of 1937 started as the Federal Surplus Relief Corporation in 1933 to distribute food to the impoverished rather than have it go to waste unsold. It was abolished in 1942 but revived after World War II. It then morphed into both the Food Stamp program of the 1960s and distribution to food banks.

In turn, Food Stamps became the Electronic Benefit Transfer, EBT, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, with cash benefits, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF, also with cash benefits. The "cash benefits" part is especially notable for its routine and very public corruption. Who coulda knowed?


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Big Bang, Eureka Alert - The origin of the universe started with the Big Bang, but how the supernova explosion ignited has long been a mystery, until now. In a new paper appearing today in Science Magazine, researchers detailed the mechanisms that could cause the explosion, which is key for the models that scientists use to understand the origin of the universe. "We defined the critical criteria where we can drive a flame to self-generate its own turbulence, spontaneously accelerate, and transition into detonation. We're using the turbulence to enhance the mixing of the reactions to the point where it transitions into this violent reaction and essentially leads to supernovas, which is exploding stars in simple terms. We're taking a simplified flame to where it's reacting at five times the speed of sound."


CWII, Market Watch - Last month, President Donald Trump, facing the threat of impeachment, quoted Pastor Robert Jeffress in a tweet saying “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.” A new poll suggest he might be right. According to the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service survey, the average American voter believes the U.S. is two-thirds of the way toward the “edge of a civil war.” The poll asked voters to rate the division in the country from zero to 100, with 100 being defined as the “edge of civil war.”


2A, Reason - The "militia" mentioned in the Second Amendment "comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense." In other words, the militia was not limited to a government-supervised fighting force; it consisted of all able-bodied men. The decision is an example of how both clauses of the Second Amendment can be meaningful, using the prefatory clause to help settle a question raised by the operative clause without reducing it to a nullity. What arms do the people have the right to keep and bear? The type used in an organized militia. When the Second Amendment was written, the idea that Americans had an individual right, and in some cases an obligation, to possess arms for defense of both themselves and the state was widely understood.


1941. Washington DC


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Summer uniforms suggests this photo was taken some months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.


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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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