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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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Alexandre Calame, Torrent des Alpes, 1851



art-remus-ident-04.jpg The gathering storm, so long denied, is now so strong as to be uncontainable. The quarter from which it will break is in doubt, that it will break is not. We'll discover who the real preppers are after the first hard blasts roll across the land. In war this is known as "first contact with the enemy", the violent unraveling of faulty imagining that exposes the viable core, if any.

When gentlemanly prepping doesn't cut it, and it won't for long, we'll find out if they can up their game to become survivalists. My estimate: each step will eliminate more than half, meaning fewer than one out of four self-proclaimed preppers will continue to master the maelstrom as competent survivalists. Then it comes down to how many survivalists will actually survive. I'm guessing most.

Why most? The hard lessons will have been learned. Scarcity of resources is one thing, scarcity of will and skill another. The first is challenging, the second, fatal. Events don't select survivors, they select themselves.

Those who believe prepping is tinfoil hat stuff have revealed they plan to fail. And fail they will. It's here the casualty list will be longest.


It's not just Virginia. The North Carolina state government is also considering a bill to register "assault weapons", a very broad term including shotguns and handguns. This is an excerpt revealing what the term "registration" means:


... b) Requirement. –Except as otherwise provided in subsection (e) of this section, a person in this State who owns and possesses an assault weapon shall register the assault weapon with the sheriff of the county in which the person resides no later than five days after the date the person obtained the assault weapon and annually thereafter so long as the person owns and possesses the assault weapon.

(c) Required Information. – A person registering an assault weapon as required under subsection (b) of this section shall complete and submit a form to the sheriff that provides all of the following information:

(1) The name and current address of the person registering the assault weapon.
(2) The name of the manufacturer and importer of the assault weapon.
(3) The model of the assault weapon.
(4) The name and address of the individual or entity from which the person registering the assault weapon obtained the assault weapon.

(d) Additional Requirements.–Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, upon receiving a completed form in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, the sheriff shall (i) fingerprint and photograph the person registering the assault weapon and (ii) determine the criminal and background history of the person registering the assault weapon ...

Read (c) (4) again. The applicant must provide "The name and address of the individual or entity from which the person registering the assault weapon obtained the assault weapon". The intent is made clear by this alone.


This is from Pastor Chuck Baldwin, quoted at Survival Blog

‘Red flag’ gun confiscation laws violate every principle of liberty upon which our country was founded. There is no due process associated with “red flag” laws. A judge’s order to seize the firearms from an American citizen who has not been accused of a crime, charged with a crime, convicted of a crime—or who never even threatened to commit a crime—based on the accusation of a single individual is anything but due process.

Our accuser could be a disgruntled employee, a bitter ex-spouse or relative, a vengeful neighbor, an anti-gun liberal or even an anti-gun policeman. By definition, “red flag” laws use mere suspicion of what one “might” do as justification to seize a person’s firearms. Tactics such as these have been used in virtually every despotic regime of history.


Brandon Smith at Alt-Market says "the avalanche has started, and it appears that the Fed has no intention of stopping it". An excerpt:

To put the current repo purchases in perspective, the audit of the initial TARP bailout in 2008 indicates that the Fed pumped out over $16 trillion in liquidity, much of it in repo purchases. The repo purchases going on the past couple of months are nothing by comparison, and are nowhere near enough to stop the dollar liquidity crisis. The claim that the Fed is "ignorant" of this situation is absurd; the Fed knows, it just doesn't care.

The Everything Bubble is imploding in the background while the events listed above provide distraction. If the central banks really intend to kick the can on the crash, then they will have to inject tens of trillions of dollars into the global system in the next few months. If they do not, then we should expect crash effects to hit the wider public even more than they already are, and this will occur in 2020.

All of which brings the word "unstoppable" to mind, even if the Fed wanted to, which they don't.

Wisdom in one breath

From roo_ster, comment at Z Man

Whatever comes, we simply must get ourselves a better ruling class.

AZRobet, comment at Knuckledraggin My Life Away

Show me a law abiding criminal and I’ll show you a gun control law that works.

From NC Scout at American Partisan

We don’t have any control over the coming storms- but what we do control is our own abilities and what we bring to the table.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds, about federal debt

Borrowing more money to avoid dealing with soaring costs doesn't solve the problem, it adds another problem.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Hunter gathers gained ten calories for every one expended. Modern agriculture loses ten calories for ever one delivered.

From Brett Stevens at Periscope

In twenty-five years, we went from arguing that it must be legal to burn the American flag to punishing someone who burns an LGBTP flag with fifteen years in prison.

From David Cole at Taki's Magazine, about California

We haven't just defiled paradise; we've turned it into a Taco Bell restroom.

From Vox Day at Vox Popoli

Now we know how and why Google and Amazon and Facebook got so big, so fast. They were the corporate arm of the surveillance state.

From Mark Steyn Online, about a mosque at Ground Zero

Our eagerness to build a mosque on the burial pit of victims of Islamic terror attacks is exactly the spirit of openness that prompted Osama to give us such a big burial pit to build it on in the first place.

From Eric Peters at Eric Peters Automobiles

That is why the car has got to go. Not because of “the environment.” But because of the freedom the thing enables.


For your archives.

The Washington Post celebrated impeachment with a party, says Rachael Bade, Congressional Reporter.


But wait. There's more.

I’m deleting a tweeting tonight that is being misinterpreted by some as an endorsement of some kind. To be absolutely clear, we at the Post are merely glad we are getting a break for the holidays after a long 3 months. I will retweet the group photo w/ a better caption !

"Merry Impeachmas" is harder to misinterpret than Ms Bade suggests. And her 'explanation' imagines we believe she and the Post retain some residual integrity. Once again the news media has no clue why they're so deeply despised.


Just a reminder how deranged the left has been about Trump. This is from Robert Zubrin's essay, Trump: The Kremlin’s Candidate, at the National Review, April 2016.

Donald Trump has denounced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as being “obsolete,” and has called for sharply reducing U.S. commitments to the alliance that has been the bulwark of American security since World War II.

While Trump’s apologists have attempted to explain these remarks as a mere “bargaining position” to try to get Europeans to increase their military expenditures, the Donald’s announcement of the appointment of Carter Page as one of his principal advisers argues for a far more straightforward and alarming interpretation of his statements.

Carter Page is an out-and-out Putinite.


Dmitry Orlov at Club Orlov explains why the ongoing "not QE" will be accelerated to fantastic levels, and why US Treasury bonds are no longer the world's "money good":

Over the course of 2020, $4.665 trillion of USTs will mature and will need to be rolled over into new USTs. This is an all-time record, and this is on top of new debt that will have to be issued in order for the US government to be able to stay open.

Over the past year the US budget deficit has amounted to $1.022 trillion, which is a 15.8% increase over the previous year. If this trend continues, the new deficit will be around $1.183 trillion. In order to keep the wheels of finance from grinding to a halt, over 2020 the Fed will have to monetize, or print, close to $6 trillion.

Mr. Orlov's numbers are not widely taken as dependable, but his predictions of general trends have been uncannily accurate. Aside from USTs, something like eighty per cent of US currency is held overseas, mostly in hundred dollar bills. Imagine US currency becoming generally unacceptable in trade outside the US. Imagine all that folding money flooding back, i.e., for every bill there were suddenly four more. Is a fear of instant inflation part of the rush to go cashless?

A word to "stackers". My definition of money is simple: that which governments accept in payment of taxes is money. Everything else is barter. Stack silver and gold for the long term, currency for the short term.


From reader and long time friend of Woodpile Report DK:

Some things in this old world should get positive attention. Ms. Nga and a small handful of volunteers have been helping disabled kids in Vietnam since the mid-90's. As a Vietnam vet, I returned in 1998 to sort some things out. I discovered Ms. Nga's center in the port city of Quy Nhon. Now we are almost into 2020 and Nga has been selflessly working on behalf of disabled kids for over 25 years. Having seen her work up close and on several visits, I can say that she is one of the most dedicated and inspiring people I've ever met. This short video gives a quick overview of her and her work.

Much more could be said, but take a look at the video and spread the word.

and finally,

Why Woodpile Report is posted early: the missus was taken to a hospital far away, in a (gasp! choke!) big city, so lots-o'-driving yesterday. She went by helicopter. She had never been in a flying machine before yesterday, Sunday. Hours 'n hours of driving today, and for days to come.

Some long time ago I broke the glass on my Weston Master light meter, the venerable Model 715 from the 1940s. No matter, my Nikon FM2n had an excellent light meter built into the camera. But now I have a digital Nikon camera that accepts my beloved Nikkor lenses, all Ai, all prime lenses. Ho ho, what we don't need with no steenking zooms. Alas, no in-camera metering with the Ai series however.

So I'm bidding on a Weston Master V model 748 at eBay, made in the 1970s. Yes, I have the usual kit zoom lens, and it's satisfactory, but I'm looking forward to reengaging my long experience with manual settings + mental nudging, and employing my treasured glass.

Some time ago I gave my Seiko 5 to a person surprised to learn there were wristwatches without batteries. I was once something of a watch collector so I have an interesting inventory to draw upon, but eventually I replaced it with another Seiko 5. It's an admirable product.

The "5" means five functions: hour, minute, second, day and date. Memory says the movement was first marketed in the early 1960s, patterned after the plain vanilla ETA with an added day/date complication. Mine is equipped with the Seiko Caliber 7S26C, a six beats per second, 21 jewel automatic with a 40 hour reserve, um, they say.

The caliber designation has no "J", meaning it's made in Malaysia rather than Japan, and is so described on the back. "J" movement Seikos cost a bit more and are reputed to be slightly higher quality. Some experts dispute it. In any event, "J" movement Seikos are getting thin on the ground. I had mine three-position adjusted by a watchmaker. Now, some years later, it still only gains a few seconds per day, perhaps a minute in two or three weeks. Watches priced in four figures will do no better.

The current model number for my Seiko 5 is SNK793, about a hundred dollars, stainless, 37mm case size, which is about right for most people, with luminescent hands and markers. It's also rated at 30 m hydrostatically, although if I'm ever 30 meters underwater the last of my worries would be the correct time. Joking.

As in everything else, ol' Remus has rules about watches. Tactical watches should be semi-disposable with duplicates or equivalents ready to hand. They should have bold markers and Arabic numerals at every marker, with no complications unless you're a pilot or charged with timing competitions. Otherwise it's just exhibitionist clutter.

Mine's a Timex Expedition, stainless, quartz, marked WR100M. I believe they call it the Scout now. Timex quartz movements are of higher quality than one has a right to expect at the price, which means longer battery life.

Everyday watches need no numerals but if they do they should be at every marker. The second hand is an indication the watch is actually running, otherwise useless, one day with another. But I have yet to have one removed. Clocks in the home should have Roman Numerals. No exceptions.

Well gang, speaking of time, it's time for Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first, time for an old ad.


1958. Winchester magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ad features Winchester's Model 61 pump and Model 77 semiauto .22 rimfire rifles.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Remus's notebook

Washington Examiner - Uprising: 90% of Virginia counties become gun ‘sanctuaries,' expanding movement to nine states ... 86 of Virginia’s 95 counties, as well as 15 towns and cities

Paul Craig Roberts - Neoliberal Economics Destroyed the Economy and the Middle Class ... credit-driven debt grows faster than the income that services it, and this impoverishes the 90%

Unz Review - The (Real) Revolution in Military Affairs: An Interview with Andrei Martyanov ... a long but fascinating read

Gateway Pundit - Notorious Black Street Gang “Bloods” Threatens Muslim Community Patrol in Brooklyn – Issues Dire Warning After Explosive Confrontation ... "This is not over. It's just begun."

The Hill - Congress reaches deal to fund gun violence research for first time in decades ... $12.5 million each for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Gun control is about to become a national health emergency. Forever.

Law Enforcement Today - Virginia Governor to force people to register firearms. And that's how he'll know what to confiscate

Law Enforcement Today - National Guardsman: "We will not comply" if ordered by Virginia governor to arrest police, confiscate guns ... mobilization requires enacting martial law

Wideners - World’s Most Powerful Rifles You Can Buy ... bring your wallet

New Republic - Science Fiction’s Wonderful Mistakes ... the great novels of the 1960s remain enjoyable because they got everything wrong

American Greatness - Pro-Trump Women Verbally Harassed, Navy SEAL Assaulted by Unhinged Dems in Swanky DC Hotel ... private event was interrupted by hostile wedding participants who taunted the women, calling them “MAGA Sluts,” “Trump c*nts,” “Nazis,” “fascists” and “bigots”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Breitbart has a report on this incident:

Attendees of a “high-profile Democrat wedding” stalked, harassed, and physically assaulted guests of an event hosted by Women for America First at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, on Saturday ... Women for America First event’s guests were derided as “c*nts,” “MAGA trash,” and Nazis” by the wedding’s attendees

Twitter Deborah Kan - here’s a pic of a man taking a poo in aisle 10 of a Safeway market Sunday morning in San Francisco ... new laws consider it a lifestyle

Washington Post - The Afghanistan Papers, at war with the truth ... one unidentified contractor was expected to dole out $3 million daily for projects in a single Afghan district roughly the size of a U.S. county

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is "long form" expose documenting how the Bush, Obama, and Trump Administrations have spent two trillion dollars on the promise to make Afghanistan into Switzerland. Both the Soviet Union and the US lied about their military and political debacles. The Soviet Union took their lumps until it became an embarrassing farce and collapsed in a heap. They left after ten years. The US has been there for eighteen years, with no progress and no strategy. This essay is an expose of the ongoing fraud.

Also read Ron Paul's "Afghanistan War, The Crime of the Century".

What we learned in the “Pentagon Papers” of our time, is that hundreds of US Administration officials – including three US Presidents – knowingly lied to the American people about the Afghanistan war for years. This wasn’t just a matter of omitting some unflattering facts. This was about bald-faced lying about a war they knew was a disaster from almost day one.

NYPD Twitter - More madcap hi jinx from The Diversity. Video, 0m 20s

For your remote viewing pleasure, pages full of hi-def live cameras, at HD On Tap. Heavy on conservation outfits and chamber of commerce promo views.

Backwoods Home 2009 - Bury a gun and ammo for 15 years ... and be assured everything still works when you dig it up by a guy who did it

TMZ - Jeffrey Epstein Suicide Attempt Video Missing After Ex-Cellmate Request ... video of his first reported "suicide attempt"

American Digest - Long Read of the Day: The Preposterous Success Story of America’s Pillow King ... the tale of Mike Lindell begins in a crack house

American Greatness - The Toxic Swamp Gas Polluting the American Right ... Conservatism Inc. is an ecosystem of mostly worthless and ineffective think tanks and conservative organizations that are part and parcel of the swamp

BBC - Perth city centre 'It's okay to be white' stickers condemned ... "It's sickening and disgusting to know that people think like this."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's usually better than just okay, but always okay

Activist Post - Police Destroy Shelters for Homeless Vets in Freezing Winnipeg Without Warning ... warming huts were built by students at Stonewall Collegiate

Principia Scientific - Scientists Watch as Magnetic North Pole Pushes Toward Russia ... Earth’s magnetic field continuing to weaken, about 5 percent every 100 years

Wall Street on Parade - New York Fed Plans to Throw $2.93 Trillion at Wall Street’s Trading Houses Over Next Month ... the Fed’s bailout of Wall Street during the financial crisis amounted to a staggering $29 trillion

Natural News - Virginia Gov. plans to use road blocks and UN troops to seize guns, Dave Hodges interviews Mike Adams ... to provoke shooting conflicts as a justification to invoke martial law


1943. Victory Garden Do's and Dont's




Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Repo, Z Man - Something very big is happening and no one seems to know why, but the Fed is responding to it with $500 billion in new money. “Repo” is slang for repurchase agreement, a short-term funding mechanism where one party needing cash, sells an asset to a party for cash, with an agreement to repurchase the asset at an agreed upon price, in effect as a short-term, collateral-backed, interest-bearing loan. The world of investment banks is reliant on the repo market. There has to be enough cash available in the system for these transactions to occur or borrowing rates go up, which means the cost of doing business goes up. Taken to the extreme, no cash available means the credit markets lock up. Yes, the financial system is built on the logic of the pawnshop.


Trust, Z Man - In America, trust was always the force that kept local community together, while tradition kept regional identity together. Self-segregation smoothed over the rough spots. With the elimination of free association and the importation of millions of foreigners, social trust is rapidly breaking down and being replaced with state force. For now, trouble makers are sent to diversity training, rather than a labor camp. Even the Scandinavian model of soft authoritarianism, run by mentally disturbed women, is unlikely to hold the country together in a crisis, as the women are crisis actors, not crisis managers. Social trust will be replaced with fear of ostracism, the force of the corporate state and the convenience of weekend drone delivery. These are the forces that will hold together the post-national custodial state.


Seattle, City Journal - The executive director of King County’s homelessness program, Kira Zylstra, used taxpayer funds to hire a transgender stripper to perform during the conference’s “cultural presentation” hour. The stripper “danced topless in a sheer bodysuit, gave lap dances and kissed attendees.” The audience—representatives from the region’s taxpayer-funded nonprofits and government agencies—clapped, cheered, and handed [it] dollar bills. In Seattle municipal employees increasingly seeing their work as part of a broader agenda of radical social change. The agitator behind the “math is racist” curriculum won recognition as Teacher of the Year. Progressives have controlled Seattle for a generation, yet they pretend to be outsiders fighting forces of “institutional oppression” and “structural racism.”


Recovering America, American Mind - Republicans have controlled the presidency for 32 out of the last 52 years, appointed 15 of the last 19 Supreme Court justices, and controlled much of Congress for the last 25 years as well. For a party to be so remarkably successful politically while losing on practically every issue requires a deep rethinking of where things have gone wrong. The American Right is in retreat and what is considered “conservative” today would have been considered radical just a decade or two ago. The first real step toward victory requires us to acknowledge that America is today a culturally conquered territory.


1942. Chicago Illinois


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Chicago & North Western roundhouse. C&NW is now part of Union Pacific.


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Codevilla, American Greatness - William Webster, the only person ever to have headed both FBI and CIA, claims both agencies acted to protect “the rule of law,” and that they should continue to do so. None would suggest that Webster or our reigning security-crats intend they mean to grant to others the presumption of immunity from “second-guess[ing] discretionary judgments;” nor the right to surveil and investigate political enemies and then to spread results and innuendo so as to defeat or drive them from office. In short, Webster’s “rule of law” amounts to the assertion that he and people like himself are the law. Hence, to criticize them is to criticize the rule of law.


Firearms, Newsweek - Just under 423 million firearms were produced or imported for civilian ownership in the United States from 1986 to 2018. It does not include firearms that were produced before the time span studied, although it also does not account for any weapons that may have been removed from circulation post-production. The National Shooting Sports Foundation found that over 17.7 million modern sporting rifles—such as the AR-15—were produced or imported overall from 1990 to 2017. Despite calls to ban sales of so-called assault weapons, these kinds of firearms are prevalent in American civilian society and elsewhere, over half of all rifles produced in the United States.


California, City Journal - The Golden State is becoming a semi-feudal kingdom, with the nation’s widest gap between middle and upper incomes and its highest poverty rate. Roughly half of America’s homeless live in Los Angeles or San Francisco, which now has the highest property crime rate among major cities. California, despite the tech boom, ranks 42nd in fiscal health among the states. This didn’t have to happen. Californians need less bombast and progressive pretense from their leaders and more attention to policies that could counteract the economic and demographic tides threatening the state.


Self-draining swamp, Amerika - The Trump White House Staff noticed an interesting factoid about the US Federal Government’s Bureau of Land Management. The Bureau manages federally owned land on behalf of the USG. It is headquartered in DC. The vast majority of the land actually under management is located west of The Mississippi River. The Bad Orange Man decided to move the managers of the land closer to the actual land. Nobody desires moving from a cushy enclave like Old Town Alexandria to Grand Junction. So we have a clash between country and personal desires. What would happen if 85% of the BLM lifers decided to call it a life? Trump can turn the FedGov into a self-draining swamp.


1941. Chicago Illinois


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Located in Chicago's Loop area. The theatre is still there but books only live plays, special events and concerts. The release date of Meet John Doe was May 3, 1941.


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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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