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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

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


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
troubled youths
unarmed teen
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
OBE
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

 

 

 

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Elisabeth Le Brun, Self and Daughter Julie, detail, 1789

Full painting here .

Elisabeth Le Brun was a French portrait painter of renown whose clients included the nobility of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Marie Antoinette alone commissioned thirty portraits. Le Brun fled France during the revolution and worked in Italy, Austria, Russia and Germany. She died in 1842 at age 86, wealthy and famous.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg American Partisan has posted a review of thirteen 4GW books, a sort of self-study using lessons learned by guerilla fighters in enemy occupied countries. There are many worthwhile takeaways, from both winning and losing campaigns. 4GW has always been nasty stuff, often repulsive, by intent. Much of what's said of it by would-be partisan fighters is to talk themselves off the Robin Hood ledge by a nod to its medieval realities.

I'm interested in understanding what both sides are up to, the how and why, to better avoid even accidental entanglement. Why? Guerilla outfits have a near perfect record of serial betrayal from within, of losing battles and being cut to pieces, or of winning battles and being cut to pieces later along with the whole zip code they operate in, of getting sidetracked with back and forth revenge atrocities, of internal power struggles that sap strength and resources, or of devolving into just another criminal gang.

If they do depose the occupiers, the new government understandably sees them as a danger to the state and persecutes the principles for whatever crime most offends the citizenry. A decade later they'll make mostly fake documentaries about their heroic struggle on behalf of the regime and trot out the better behaved survivors for drinks and speeches. In other words, the payoff for partisans is survival. The payoff for survivalists is also survival, without all the noise and drama.

Militias are different from partisans. Militias act to defend their community from an enemy incursion. Their motive is plainly stated in the movie Red Dawn: "We live here". There's no legitimate counter argument. Partisan guerillas define "here" as the whole country and concern themselves with conquering territory. By definition they're the military arms of political parties, and there's no natural limit to the ambition of either.

Insurgencies are a whole 'nuther catagory, for another time.

Anyway, two things stood out in American Partisan's critiques. First, it confirms cities are death traps for would-be urban guerilla fighters. Here's a quote in support of the Monkey Wrench Gang's thermite-at-night approach:

"Generally, urban operations are a bad idea and Lind’s Victoria says that siege is the way to take a city which has been true forever".

Siege, as in Stalingrad and Leningrad. As in Slovenia, Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia—the world of Selco Begovic. As in blow the bridges, cut the power lines, wreck the railroads, shut off the water and shoot the place up from outside. No need to go house to house kicking in doors and clearing neighborhoods, the inmates will do it for you. Here diversity actually is a strength, combined with scarcity the cities will defeat themselves. Wait 'em out, then walk in with sandwiches and smokes, the place is yours.

Second, it confirms piling up steampunk carbines is not decisive in the long run. As always, the boring stuff is make or break.

"Ammunition, he writes, is the scarcest supply".

You'll have enough ammo if you use it as if every round were your next to the last. Sometimes I come close to believing the anti-gun crowd is doing militias and prospective partisan fighters a favor by restricting magazine capacity. Relying on their field maneuver videos, "area denial" seems to be the default tactic. But the top end outfits don't publish their best videos, so we can't really know.

In field operations the point man needs a compact, rapid fire carbine with large capacity magazines and quick targeting gizmos, granted. But after contact, I'd put my money on the guy with a Mauser and a grudge, or the calm soul who sneaks around and shoots 'em in the back, not the guy knee deep in brass turning ammo into noise and divots.

It's a good list with thoughtful comments. Check it out at American Partisan and draw your own conclusions.

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Download this jpeg for your archives. The suppression of irrefutable facts has already begun, to wit:

Kayleigh McEnany, Twitter - I have been warned by @instagram and cannot operate my account because I posted an image of Elizabeth Warren’s Bar of Texas registration form via @washingtonpost. I’m warned that I am “harassing,” “bullying,” and “blackmailing” her.

Elizabeth Warren, now Senator, identified herself to the Texas Bar as "American Indian", in her own hand above her signature. Published by the Washington Post, undisputed by her office.

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"Economy of words" gems

From Vox Popoli

As a general rule, if your plan involves "waking people up with the truth", it's going to fail.

From Larry Littlefield at Saying the Unsaid in New York

Isn’t it amazing, when you think about it, how little the political class relies on public services?

From the Z Man

The thing is though, the truth is true, even if bad people believe it.

From Bryce Sharper at American Partisan

The United States is united by economic activity and government coercion and little else.

From Daniel Flynn at American Spectator, about Elizabeth Warren

She lies about her lies.

From Fred Reed at Fred On Everything

Today’s administration would seem unwholesome in a New York bus station at three in the morning.

From Stephen Cakouros at Taki's Magazine, about "fourth trimester abortion"

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has legalized Murder One.

From Martin Armstrong at Armstrong Economics

This is why revolution unfolds. Neither side is allowed to exist.

From El Borak at Men Of The West

When liberals promote “fewer bad outcomes,” they are not promoting the good behavior which would naturally result in that.

From Eric Peters at Eric Peters Autos, about government mandated gas mileage vehicles

You will never see a motorcade of armored Priuses.

From Jim Wrinn at Trains Magazine, about rebuilding the Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotive

When you get to the last box of parts that you have no idea where they belong, you know you are done.

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Excerpts from In Defense Of ‘Don’t Punch Right’, at Chateau Heartiste

‘Don’t Punch Right’ doesn’t mean you lovingly embrace beady-eyed social rejects with swastika tattoos and defend them at all costs from attack. It means you do what the Left does with their sanpaku-eyed social rejects with neckbeards and post-op vaginas: you don’t join your enemies to attack them. Instead, like the Left, you change the subject, mildly defend them on abstract principles of “giving a voice to all”, or mildly rebuke them for the minor sin of “letting their justified anger get the better of them”. If all else fails, you ignore them or pretend you don’t know what’s going on and dodge any questions about them...

The Left only has to fight one enemy: straight White men missing the grovel gene.

The Right has to fight Leftist freaks, massive institutional power, the bureaucracy, and, most critically, an Enemy Media.

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Robert Gore announces he's dialing back posting at Straight Line Logic

I’m not closing Straight Line Logic down, but I’m scaling it way back. Once in a while I’ll put up an article when I think I’ve got something interesting to say, but with nowhere near the frequency I have been. And once in a while I’ll put up other writers’ articles that I feel have singular merit. However, there will be days, perhaps weeks, when I put up nothing at all.

and finally,

Sometimes things go "big grin" right. We had a break in the weather Thursday so on a whim I stepped out my side door totin' my everyday .22 rifle topped with a 1.5x to 4.5x scope, loaded with five rounds of "nothing special" 40 grainers. My target was a paper plate with a blackened 3/4 inch circle, clipped to my target stand around sixty-five yards away, or not much more. My bench rest is covered for the winter, the lawn was soggy, so I just sorta squatted down where I was. Result: a nice 1.03 inch "pawprint" group about 3/4 inch high, perfectly centered left to right. Then I called everyone I knew and slipped it into the conversation.

When the Republicans fumbled the House away I got serious about bringing my rifle ammo up to where it should be, stored how I want it. Rimfire was last on the list 'cause I was somewhat over-supplied, wink wink. Now it's shotgun ammo, topping off my hunting rounds in 12 and 20 gauge. The standard "game load" stuff today is equal to the premium stuff of decades ago so I see no compelling reason, for instance, to go to the three inch or "high base' shells for squirrels, bunnies, grouse and so forth.

I standardized on the 2 3/4 inch rounds in 6s for day to day hunting, stacked wide and deep. Boring ol' standard stuff is standard for a reason. Except for turkey. We got a thing, and it ain't good. They owe me. For turkey it's 12 gauge tungsten-plated depleted uranium 4s in high-yield torpex magnums with reusable booster.

Change subject. After much research and real world testing, I'm now posting the Woodpile Report Comprehensive Guide to Survival Food:

Best Survival Food - Food you have.
Worst Survival Food - Food you don't have.

Next up, best and worst survival knives.

Change subject again. The missus canned the last of our berries, a few pint jars of jam made from odds 'n ends raspberries and blueberries hiding out in the freezer. Mmm mm. The whole house smelled edible.

Change subject yet again. Blackface. Once again we have a double standard, one for whites, one for blacks. Hey, lighten up ... oops.

By my count, the Boomers starting their Long March takeover on February 7, 1964 . For the record, I'm not a Boomer. I was finishing up elementary school when they showed up. Well gang, we have to attend to our bounden duty, much as I'd like to chitchat and tell lies about the old days. So, on to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, after this brief reprieve.

 

1940s. Remington Model 31 magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's a typical wartime ad. In this one, a GI dreams of having a Remington Model 31 pump shotgun and all the shells he wants. Remington says those days are coming, but for now we're working twenty-four hours a day and all night too so our armed forces have what they need to assure victory.

The Model 31 appeared in, wait for it - 1931, featuring side eject, superseding the Model 17. In 1950 the Model 31 was replaced with the Model 870, a redesign to lower the manufacturing cost. The 870 has been off patent for years. The Mossberg 500 is pretty much a copy of the Remington 31.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Free Beacon - Smith & Wesson Spurns ‘Smart Guns’ Despite Pressure from Investors ... Adrian Dominican Sisters said its goal is to achieve social justice

Slate - A New Project Will Have Black College Students Look for Racist Imagery in Politicians’ Yearbooks ... will pay the student researchers $25 an hour

Pro Publica - Years of Warnings, Then Death and Disaster ... how the Navy failed its sailors

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This level of deterioration suggests sabotage. The next time we're challenged at sea, we lose. A long read.

Daily Time Waster - She had the proverbial lion by the ear, and could neither hang on nor let go ... believed she was breaking up a "dog fight"

Vintage News - The Ancient Story of Merlin the Wizard Becomes Richer After Exciting New Discovery ... chance discovery of 13th century manuscripts may shed new light on the history of the Arthurian legend

History Net - The Resurrectionist ... "They Shall Not Grow Old", high-tech restoration brought stunning realism to century-old footage of World War I

Science Alert - We Just Discovered The Milky Way Isn't Actually a Flat Disc After All ... unlike Andromeda, the galactic plane looks a bit more like an elongated S

Beans, Bullets, Bandages & You - Thoughts On Spam & Taste Tests ... one 12oz can is 1080 calories

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Belittle or joke about Spam at your peril. In World War II, Spam kept the home front alive and the Allied armies in the field. It's precooked so it can be eaten right out of the can in an emergency. Spam has about twice the calories per ounce as the little tins of canned ham on my shelf. And one 12 ounce can supplies about a third of the one teaspoon of salt needed per day. There are those who recoil in horror at this amount, and they may be right, but it's widely accepted and sodium is a critical electrolyte so I'll go with it.

Hormel markets several variations, perhaps more appealing to some than the classic, but beware, the calorie count may be lower and that's a deal breaker. I look at boutique Spam with suspicion. No thanks. I've never been successfully accused of being a connoisseur so my stash is the original version, I can gussy it up myself. As for long term storage, unless the can explodes or scurries away when I pull the tab I consider it okay for a few years past the date stamp. Call it six or so.

While I'm on the subject of food, consider this:

DC Dirty Laundry - Why Are We Seeing So Many Bare Shelves at Grocery Stores Across the Country?

An excerpt:

"... the trend of increasingly bare shelves has been incredibly disturbing. This made me curious as to what others have been experiencing. As a member of various online prepping communities, I see a lot of conversations and concerns, but one thing that has stood out to me is the amazing number of people chiming in to report sparse or bare shelves ...".

Another excerpt:

“I’ve worked all over in the store. Things have been weird the last two years here. We are carrying much more prep related items. Freeze dried food, 20lb bags of rice and flour, 25lb bags of sugar, bulk displays of peanut butter and canned chicken, big displays of canning jars, lids and five-gallon pails. The store never carried these items five years ago. We even remodeled the store to accommodate these large bags etc."

Victoria Taft - Docs Reveal Portland School Administrators Planned & Paid for ‘Student’ Anti-Gun Protest ... political pressure on students

Ammo - The 16th Amendment: How the U.S. Federal Income Tax Became D.C.'s Favorite Political Weapon ... to incentivize certain activities and to punish others

Electroverse - Rapid Freezing of Great Lakes, Erie at 90% Ice Coverage ... near zero percent in mid-January to over 90 percent by the start of February

Excerpt - "There is no gradual decent into a Grand Solar Minimum, when things gets rolling, they roll quick and they roll hard. Don't get caught out. Be prepared".

Watts Up With That? - Evidence for a new fundamental constant of the sun ... entire corona is vibrating in response to sound waves from inside the Sun

Science Alert - A Rare Asteroid Has Been Spotted Orbiting The Sun Closer Than Venus ... current estimates put it at up to 1 mile across

WCBD Charleston - Boy Scouts of America allows two all-girl troops to form in Central Alabama

Excerpt: "The point of the Boy Scouts is to teach boys how to become men," says Langford. "Honorable, integrity driven men. And unfortunately, that’s a part of society that is eroding and it’s just drifting over into an organization that used to be great."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Inclusive" always means "fewer white males". I've yet to see an exception.

Voice of Europe - Migrants banned from Finnish schools and daycare centers after multiple child rape cases ... most of the rape victims are girls under the age of 15

Phys Org - Research suggests life thrived on Earth 3.5 billion years ago ... but microbes don't fossilize well

Of Two Minds - Telltale Signs of Recession ... dead giveaways in the on-the-ground economy we observe with our own eyes

Welcome Back America - 2016 presidential election results among high school students, white males only ... map

Dickinson College Dickinsonian - Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk? ... maybe try listening from now on

art-remus-ident-04.jpg My first thought was spot on

Student Life, Washington University - It’s OK that conservatives don’t feel welcome ... dismissing unproductive conservative ideas can open up our opportunities for meaningful discussion

College Fix - Georgetown students may pay reparations for slavery with new student fee ... to promote racial justice

Los Angeles Times - Garcetti orders LAPD to scale back vehicle stops amid concerns over black drivers being targeted ... will help to build trust

The Drive Warzone - USAF Mini-Documentary Takes You Behind The Scenes Of Its Top Secret Cold War MiG Squadron ... secret base near Tonopah, Nevada

Fred On Everything - Pussy John Bolton and His Codpiece Mustache: Examining the Freak Show ... these people are not right in the head

Daily Wire - Mandatory Train Travel And Regulated Cow Farts: The 'Green New Deal' Is Even Crazier Than You Thought ... some exciting highlights from the extensive plan

 

1939. Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Chapel Hill is the original and still premier campus of the University of North Carolina. Former home of Silent Sam, a monument to UNC students who fought in the Civil War, pulled down by a mob one night in 2018 in a shining act of courage by their moral superiors. Opponents protesting the toppling in the days following were arrested, having revealed themselves as punchable white supremacist Nazi scum toxic males.

The burning issue in 1939 was shirt collars. Tuck 'em in or not?

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Tactics, Anatomically Correct Banana - The “elites” don’t fear the Dissident Right so much as they fear collective action not just against them, but for us. These are weak people who must maintain the status quo to have any kind of status. Social tyranny is worse than anything the state may impose due to its intrusiveness and pervasiveness. Civil Rights has actually revealed itself to be a cult, one giant Jonestown. The system is illegitimate. It must only exist for the benefit of its people—the nation. The number of dissidents in our movement is growing exponentially. We simply do not have enough serious people to start setting tangible, achievable goals and regard ourselves as a movement unified in purpose.

 

Mystery booms, End Of The American Dream - For weeks, Americans all over the country have been rattled by extremely loud booming sounds that seem to have no explanation, and they are often accompanied by “mysterious flashes of light”. These strange booms are shaking homes and rattling windows, and some witnesses say that they sound like cannons being fired. And even though the “mystery booms” and accompanying flashes of light have been captured on camera all across the nation, so far the authorities do not have a reasonable explanation for why they are happening. The frequency of these “mystery booms” appears to have gathered pace.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's said this phenomenon was widely reported concurrent with the New Madrid quake.

 

Feynman, Nautilus - Feynman walked up to the table where I had set up an experiment to demonstrate the idea. He pointed to it and demanded, “Show me again!” I flipped the switch to start the demonstration and Feynman stood motionless. With his own eyes, he was witnessing a clear violation of one of the most well-known principles in science. It was something so basic that he had described it in the Feynman Lectures. In fact, the principles had been taught to every young scientist for nearly 200 years. But now, here I was, standing in front of Richard Feynman explaining that these long-standing rules were wrong.

 

EVs, Market-Ticker - AAA points out, "cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used". You cannot charge lithium batteries below 32F. As a result electric cars attempt to prevent that from happening so you can recharge them. In the case of the Tesla there's a second heater in the battery that draws power from the battery when it goes under 32F so you will be able to charge it. This only works if power is available, and if it's cold enough and you're not plugged in you'll find all your power is gone even if you're not driving! If you only have 110V power available the battery heater will consume more power than the outlet can supply, even if plugged in you will eventually wind up with a dead battery.

 

1939. Berkeley California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Students pass an antique car show on their way to an address by General Smedley Butler, USMC who retired in 1931 after thirty-four years in the Corps as the most decorated Marine at the time. Butler is best known for allegedly thwarting a military coup in 1933, and for his 1935 book, War Is a Racket.

In retirement, Butler voted Socialist and lectured against American involvement in World War II as the spokesman for the American League Against War and Fascism, an outfit organized in 1933 by the Communist Party USA. The pacifist movement came to an end on December 7th, 1941.

 

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Media, Sultan Knish - Journalism is deader than disco. The shambling monster still squealing about the First Amendment while pressuring social media companies to censor its conservative opposition. The media doesn’t report the news. It reposts tweets, recycles news stories from a handful of wire services and largely relies on outside interests to do its actual reporting for it. Sometimes that means outside hit pieces covertly embedded, other times it’s more openly financed. Like many welfare recipients, the media has made its case with a combination of truculence and victimhood. Its papers and magazines never go out of business because the public isn’t interested. They’re always “murdered” or “sacrificed” to corporate greed.

 

Hate, American Greatness - Attacks on public figures based on things they did over thirty years ago are not being pursued to enact overdue justice. They are being done to virtue signal, to score political points or achieve political objectives, to create “teachable moments” to demonize a segment of the population, to galvanize a political base. But they accomplish very little in terms of Making America Great Again. What the Left is doing is attempting to rewrite history at the same time that they intimidate millions of conscientious Americans to feel guilt and shame. America’s brilliant evolution to become the most prosperous, inclusive, creative, tolerant society on earth is overshadowed by epic stories of shame.

 

Moral idiocy, Front Page - Infanticide, once a practice of savage and barbaric cultures like cannibalism, incest, and human sacrifice, has now been legalized by the culture that boasts of its moral progress and superiority. But this legislation is not just a return to ancient brutality, but a species of moral idiocy much worse than the savagery of the past. The ancients never stooped to our ghastly crimes, like the charnel-house butchery of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, or the peddling of baby organs by government-subsidized Planned Parenthood abortion mills. To what god are we, who fancy ourselves morally superior and products of reason and science, legalizing the sacrifice of a baby able to live outside the womb at 22 weeks?

 

Empire, New Criterion - You won’t find a Russian who denigrates Peter or Catherine the Great, any more than a Greek who despises the Athens of Pericles. That the British and then the American hegemonies have held global sway since the Industrial Revolution is regarded to be the source of profound, permanent, and self-evident guilt. Ever since the 1960s the academy, the Left-liberal intelligentsia, and the political establishments across the English-speaking worlds have been united in this central mantra: Imperialism equals Evil. America has found an empire but has yet to find a role. Imperialism is thus an idea whose time has come again.

 

1944. Chateaudun, France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Chateaudun is a small city of about 13,000 today, about 8,000 in 1944, in the northwest quadrant of France. It would be of no particular importance during the war if not for the major air base nearby used by the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, and later to intercept British and US bombers.

The Chateaudun base was attacked throughout the war until finally captured by Allied forces in late August, presumably when this photo of an FFI fighter was taken.

 

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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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