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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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Frederic Church, Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860

The subtext of this painting was the looming Civil War.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This issue is "Remus's Notebook" writ large, well ... it's writ while waiting for return calls or recovering from the Medicaid star chamber du jour. Everyone thinks they're the hero of their own life story until Kafka takes over the script, then they're just a perplexed extra in someone else's movie. Enough complaining, here's what I have.


Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge comments on the stock market's "historic liquidation"

The Sunday futures fiasco started off on the back foot, with virtually every risk asset that is not nailed down puking with a force unseen since the financial crisis. It has only gotten worse since.

... even if the Fed vows to buy not only stocks but also oil, at this point what it is really buying is just time: time for those who still own financial assets to sell as much as they can before the Fed loses all control, having already lost credibility, culminating in the biggest crash in history


The COVID-19 epidemic has prompted a surge in ammunition sales.'s increase varied among calibers and brands. Calibers that saw the largest increase include:

40 cal (S&W) ammo: 410%
223 ammo: 194%
7.62x39 ammo: 114%
9mm ammo: 101%
12 gauge shotgun shells: 95%
5.56x45 ammo: 69%
380 ACP (Auto) ammo: 43%
45 Auto (ACP) ammo: 35%
308 Winchester ammo: 32%
22 Long Rifle (LR) ammo: 29%


Guns - NICS Gun Sales Climb for February, Up 63% Just in Virginia ... 17% nationally


SGA Ammo has posted a notice, "Due to extremely high order volume orders placed at this time are expected to ship out on Tuesday the 10th, Wednesday the 11th or Thursday the 12th".


An excerpt from Jim's Blog, about Global Warming

The climategate files, most of which I myself read, are the internal emails of the climate conspiracy. It is obvious from their internal emails that the official climate scientists do not know and do not care whether the world is warming or cooling, whether humans are causing it or not, and whether it would be bad or good.

Their objective is to indict humans in general, whites and western civilization in particular, and anglos specifically, for crimes against Gaia.


A gem embedded in a grievance about the hierarchy of literary genres, by Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

One of the worst contemporary intellectual shortcomings, itself a pandemic of sorts, is the inability to distinguish one’s opinions from the universe of verifiable facts. I say inability to be kind, even though in many cases – perhaps even a majority – it’s more a matter of unwillingness. The serious person, who expects to base significant decisions on his thinking, must learn to do so early in life.


Scientific American - Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S. ... getting ready for the possibility of major disruptions is not only smart; it’s also our civic duty

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Preppers are now being called "hoarders" by our urban betters who had more important things to do until it was too late. The people raiding the big city supermarkets aren't preppers. Preppers are, um, ... what's the word? Oh yes, "prepared". Preparing means methodically building a deep larder in times of plenty. Check your Old Testament for details.

As always, they blame everyone but their precious selves and expect someone else take care of them.

Here's George Ure's take:

We’re not the ones who are causing shortages of anything. It’s the mental midgets and digital deadbeats who have been face-down in social media slop – buried in political bullshit and being led around by their clickmasters – instead of learning to look at life realistically, assessing options for an uncertain future and then pre-planning, accordingly, that are to blame.

And while I'm thinking of it, toilet paper and bottled water?! Seriously?


Amazing stuff from Johanna Miller at Physics Today

Carrying a nearly full cup of coffee without spilling it is easy for people, even though the sloshing coffee moves too fast for us to react to it in real time. Not even a supercomputer can model its dynamics quickly and accurately enough.


Not only is your brain smart enough to predict the future, but so are your eyes. It takes a good 50–100 ms—a significant fraction of our 200–250 ms reaction time—just for an optical signal to register on the retina and reach the brain. Our eyes do something extremely clever: They pull together all the information they have about an object’s trajectory, figure out where it’s going to be 50–100 ms in the future, and send that information to the brain as the visual signal.


1960. Chevrolet magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The tail fins of the fifties have been bent over and blended with the side sculpting. It was whispered they'd lift the rear end at four-lane speeds.




Update: Corona fear and loathing

Natural News - Pandemic projection model shows 2.16 million deaths in USA by July 4th if nothing done to halt nearly all domestic travel

Yahoo - As the coronavirus spreads, one study predicts that even the best-case scenario is 15 million dead and a $2.4 trillion hit to global GDP

Yoder's canned meats are "no longer available online" as of late Friday

Summit News - Former Supermarket Boss Warns of Potential Coronavirus “Food Riots,” Army Patrols ... UK grocery stores may have to take drastic measures

Ars Technica - eBay bans sale of masks and hand sanitizer over gouging concerns

Fox News - Major universities close classrooms amid coronavirus outbreak

Zero Hedge - "It's Like Scenes From A Mad Max Movie" - Americans Continue Epic Run On Costco

Zero Hedge - All Hospital Beds In The US Will Be Filled With Patients 'By About May 8th' Due To Coronavirus: Analysis

Fox News - New York declares state of emergency as Cuomo announces 21 new coronavirus cases

New York Post - Coronavirus in NY: 105 coronavirus cases in New York, 16 more than Saturday

New York Post - Amtrak cancels Acela service between NYC, Washington due to coronavirus

Prep For That - UK Government ‘Looking at Isolating Families’ Due To Coronavirus ... meaning a national lockdown

If you're looking for the mother lode, see Pandemic News.

If the action doesn't get you, the reaction will. No one can know the severity and consequences of this epidemic until it's over. The present reaction may be needlessly excessive, pathetically inadequate or wise and prudent. We can't know now what will be self-evident in hindsight. We do know we're being misled, kept in the dark and lied to by lunatics with credentials. We just don't know which ones are the lunatics.

Influenza usually comes in waves, the second typically being a more deadly mutation of the first. The current estimate is an astounding 3.8% mortality rate. In Italy it's 5%. If it holds, wave one coronavirus is proving more deadly than the 1918 flu. Worse, recovery from the first wave may provide no immunity from the second. And where one cohort may be hit in the first wave, the following wave may hit a different cohort.

As bad as this is by itself, it's also accelerating the ongoing slide into penury and chaos. Many foreseeable "worst cases" make this epidemic look like a quaint inconvenience, like stubbing your toe on the way to the gallows. Committed long term preppers will draw their lessons and prepare for a fundamental reset, perhaps an era of outright survivalism. Or everything may right itself by August and we'll all feel a little silly. There are other directions this could go, of course. The verdict of history will be known soon enough.


The Z Man looks at the ruling class, the inner party and sees the final act in all its madness

What we are seeing, I think, is a madness spreading across the ruling class that is closely following the final feminization of it. If Elizabeth Warren had not lost her marbles on the campaign trail, the party would not be in the position to back a dementia patient for the nomination. Just let that sink in for a moment. The inner party is prepared to install a dementia patient in the White House as their best option. That is prima facie evidence that the political class has descended into madness.


You'll nod in agreement to this gem from Daniel Greenfield at Front Page, Turkey Proves Refugees are a Weapon, So Treat Them Like One

America lost every war in the last three generations because we were willing to die, but not to kill. The Europeans are neither willing to die nor kill. And so, the continent is being overrun by those who are.

and this, from Rick Moran. Charles Martell rides again.

PJ Media - Greek Troops Open Fire on Refugees While Vigilantes Attack Aid Workers and the Media


James Dakin talks of the epidemic of stupidity. An excerpt:

When a country is run by engineers, things get built to solve problems. When a country is run by lawyers, laws get passed to solve problems. And when bankers are in charge of countries, more loans are issued to solve problems. Yet, sound finances are necessary to run a country. And indebtedness is not a sound financial state. Put lawyers appointed by bankers in charge, and nothing good happens. Oh, at first it does. A sound system can take a lot of abuse before breaking. You are drawing down the capital built up.


From Eric at Eric Peter Autos, an excerpt from The Nonconsent of the Governed

The fiction of representative government – and of consent – would be more believable if it were more local. If people in rural areas were in fact represented by the people who lived in those areas – and no one else. This goes just the same for those who live in urban areas.

They, too, have every right to be represented by those who represent their interests – freely consented to. If the people of Richmond and Northern Virginia consent to being disarmed, it is their right to disarm themselves.

But they have no right to bully people whom they manifestly do not represent solely by dint of their concentrated numbers. And their effrontery in asserting that the bullied have “consented” to this is a species of lunacy once found only in asylums for the criminally insane.


1941. Cincinnati Ohio


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Making parts for 37mm anti-tank rounds. This was a common caliber in Europe at the beginning of the war, but by 1943 it was ineffective against anything but pre war tanks and lightly armored vehicles. When reconfigured with high explosive it even proved too feeble for infantry support. It was, however, sufficient against all Japanese armor in the Pacific war.


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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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