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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-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
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
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
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
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
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
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
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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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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Cornelis Springer, View of Enkhuizen, c 1872

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Enkhuizen is a seaport in north Holland, or more properly a harbor town, as is Amsterdam. Today it has a population of about 18,000. Cornelis was from a family of contractors and architects and was taught precision drawing by his brother Hendrick. Even by Dutch standards his work was exceptional. His paintings were in such high demand he had a two-year waiting list.

The Quote of the Day comes from Brett Stevens over at Amerika:

Civilizations fail because they succeed. When they get wealthy and powerful, they start trying to make themselves “safe” and in doing so, breed a bumper crop of idiots. These idiots form an Idiot Defense League which demands democracy, and at that point the deal is sealed: the society will go down and die in the pocket, going to bed as an empire and waking up as a third-world slum.

The term "pocket" comes from the article's title: “The Pocket”: The Time Between A Lie And The Revelation Of Truth Is the Reign of Liberalism.

Next item.

You've heard me complain how trying it is to do Woodpile Report when many of the best bloggers are consumed with Donald Trump. Here's Bob Briggs, writing at Taki's Magazine, on the near unavoidable, super-saturation of all things Trumpy:

One problem in trying to find all the Trump material is that Trump target-shooting bleeds over into almost everything written about in the Times. Articles on Brexit are full of Trump references. You can’t discuss Vladimir Putin without mentioning Trump. Suicidal terrorists in Orlando, Dallas, and Baton Rouge prompt musings about Trumpism. If the government of North Carolina starts to argue about who’s allowed to go into which restroom, it just might be Donald Trump’s fault.

Next.

The Hillary campaign has launched a smear campaign against Breitbart, almost as if we needed more evidence the left fears the alternative right, and I mean "fear" as in Sunday afternoon canoeists seeing an edge-of-the-world waterfall ahead. Can there be any higher compliment than, "they make Fox News look like a Democratic Party pamphlet?" This quote is from Daily Caller and Breitbart, merged, 'cause one has quotes the other doesn't.

"Never heard of Breitbart News?” a fundraising email from Clinton’s Deputy Communications Director Christina Reynolds writes. “It’s a fringe website where there’s no opinion too ugly, too divisive, or too outright crazy to be worth breathless promotion. Breitbart is something different. They make Fox News look like a Democratic Party pamphlet. They’re a different breed altogether—not just conservative but radical, bigoted, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic conspiracy peddlers who never have been and never should be anywhere near the levers of power in this country. It goes without saying that we have to beat these people. But I want to beat them so decisively that their kind never rises again."

Let's look at her bill of particulars. "Bigoted" means a preference for your own people. Yes, blacks, latinos and whites pretty much prefer their own people. Look around. You'll find no real evidence to the contrary. Sometimes bigotry is said to include intolerance. Okay. Blacks are aggressively intolerant of others and go confrontational by default. Latinos are intolerant at times but they have to work at it. Whites are tolerant past the point of self-sacrifice, affirmative action and paying for generational welfare, for two. As for anti-Moslem, yes, true, but perhaps not anti-Moslem enough.

The "anti-Semitic" part is a bit curious. Ms. Reynolds means anti-Jewish of course. "Semitic" is her cowardly way of not saying what she means—"Semitic" being a large class of language and peoples. How odd she should say this about Breitbart. It was founded by, and is largely staffed by Jews, as they point out in their response to Ms. Reynolds. Yes, some of the alt-right uses medieval rhetoric reminiscent of Streicher's Der Sturmer, or tedious "scholarly" stuff. But notice the left's unconditional adoration of Islam and all things Palestinian, their accusatory term "Islamophobic", their anti-Jewish militancy on campus and elsewhere. They both get my dreaded Maximum Eye Roll on this count.

Next item

This is from Maggie's Farm. Some things are so obvious y'don't even think about it until someone who does think about it, um, thinks about it. Then it's, "duh, why didn't I think of it?"

Self-driving cars aren't a problem to be solved, because there's no problem there. Why do Millennials want to sit in a booster seat clutching a ziploc bag of Cheerios and a Gameboy until they're ready for a nursing home? Drive your own damn car. It's not that hard if you're not texting.

Let's open a bottle of Woodpile Report '16.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Hillary Clinton's malady, other than being Hillary Clinton.

Daily Mail - Tired Hillary Clinton is no stand up candidate - she always has a stool!

Heat Street - Photos of Hillary Clinton Propped Up on Pillows

InfoWars - A Secret Service source has told Infowars that Hillary Clinton has major neurological health problems and that a big announcement regarding her medical situation is coming soon.

Planet Free Will - Dr. Drew Pinsky says he is “gravely concerned” about Hillary Clinton’s health. “gravely concerned, not just about her health but her health care”

Fact Check - Fake medical records for Clinton are circulating on some conservative websites, purporting to show that she suffers from seizures and dementia.

Taki's Magazine - Is Hillary Clinton a Brain-Damaged Invalid?

RINF Alt-news - CNN editing turns interview with Milwaukee victim’s sister on its head, sparks anger online

Daily Caller - CNN Anchor Grovels To Audience After Allowing Deceptive Report About Milwaukee Violence To Air

Atavisionary - A particularly heinous crime, and how you can avoid a similar fate. Money quote: "White privilege is not unearned. It is bought and paid for through the cost of maintaining the normative commons."

College Fix - Princeton HR department: Don’t use word ‘man’

"Instead of using “man,” employees are told to use words such as human beings, individuals or people. Instead of “man and wife” use spouses or partners. Switch out “man made” with artificial, handmade or manufactured. Don’t use the verb “to man,” as in to work something, instead use to operate or to staff. Throw out workmanlike and replace it with skillful."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Francis Poretto has much to say about dopey meddling by feminized HR departments in his essay, Feminizations And Productivity, at Liberty's Torch.

Fox News - Student facing 50 day suspension for saying 'All Lives Matter'

Washington Times - Black Lives Matter cashes in with $100 million from liberal foundations

EAG News - Mom sues school after 6-year-old daughter is handcuffed for ‘stealing piece of candy’

Alternative Right - Planet of the Rapes: Moral Safaris in Africa

Daily Mail - Why those warnings to 'keep hydrated' are HOGWASH! ... all of the studies were funded by giant water companies

New York Post - American journalism is collapsing before our eyes

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Old news, but welcome. Here's an excerpt:

The Times now is so out of the closet as a Clinton shill that it is giving itself permission to violate any semblance of evenhandedness in its news pages as well as its opinion pages. A recent article by its media reporter, Jim Rutenberg, whom I know and like, began this way: “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?”

Armstrong Economics - Defense Department Missing $6.5 Trillion up from $2.3 Trillion in 2001

Reuters - Venezuela crushes 2,000 guns in public, plans registry of bullets

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Late stage socialism.

Off Grid Survival - Baofeng UV 5RV2+ Review: Why Baofeng Radios are a Bad Choice for Preppers

Motherboard - The NSA Data Leakers Might Be Faking Their Awful English To Deceive Us

Ars Technica - Cisco confirms NSA-linked zeroday [malware] targeted its firewalls for years

Science Alert - Scientists just found an advanced form of malware that's been hiding for at least 5 years

Inside Science - An undergraduate college student may have found a way to warn people up to 30 minutes in advance that a tornado is on the way.

Two apparent shakeups in physics

Phys Org - If confirmed by further experiments, this discovery of a possible fifth force would completely change our understanding of the universe

Next Big Future - UCLA physicists discover ‘apparent departure from the laws of thermodynamics’

Liberty's Torch - Learning. The “education establishment” is in full revolt against education.

Real Science - Climate experts say that July 2016 was the hottest month ever.  In the United States, it was one of the least hot months ever.

Daily Mail - Earlier this year, experts predicted that dark matter may be made of black holes formed during the first second of our universe's existence. Known as primordial black holes, they could be hitting out own planet every 1,000 years.

Vintage News - One of the strangest ghost ship stories ever: It sailed the seas, unmanned for 38 years!

 

1936. Ritz Crackers magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ritz Crackers was introduced only two years earlier in Philadelphia and Baltimore. The name meant to suggest an affordable luxury by invoking Manhattan's famous Ritz-Carlton Hotel, at only 19¢ per box. A runaway success in its test market, Ritz was distributed nationally in 1935, then internationally. By 1937 Ritz was the best-selling cracker in the world.

Ritz is a "butter cracker" rather than a soda cracker, i.e., it's made with more shortening and no yeast. The holes are an ancient technique, called "docking", to keep the cracker flat while baking so it will be equally crisp edge to edge.

 

World War III
The run up.

 

Traditional Right - The View From Olympus: Watch Korea ... they will not do the obvious and try to nuke South Korea. They will aim at Japan.

Free Beacon - The Pentagon has identified eight staging areas in Russia where large numbers of military forces appear to be preparing for incursions into Ukraine

Daily Mail - Fears of fresh Ukraine invasion after Putin places 40,000 troops along with armoured vehicles on Russia's border with the country

Zero Hedge - Following "Deadliest Month" In A Year, Ukraine President Warns Of "Full-Scale Russian Invasion"

AntiMedia - US Nuclear Weapons At Risk of Seizure in Turkey

EurActiv - US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania. Stationing tactical US nuclear weapons close to Russia’s borders is likely to infuriate Russia and lead to an escalation.

Sputnik News - North Korea Threatens to Destroy US Military Bases in Asia-Pacific Region

SHTF Plan - Expecting War? Russia Conducts “Armored Train Drills For First Time In 15 Years”

Aljazeera - Iran forms 'Liberation Army' to deploy abroad. Fighters to be drawn from local population where Iran is involved in conflict

Reuters - Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks. "... prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Do they know something they're keeping to themselves?

Local - Govt advice to stockpile food criticized as 'scaremongering'

Breitbart - Germany’s Insurgent Party Leader: Islamist Attacks Require Germans Arm Themselves In Self-Defence

Next Big Future - Poland working with BAE systems should have full prototype of the PL-01 tank this year. Includes videos. [would rival Russian T-14 Armata]

Unz Review, Saker - Russian Military Options in Syria and the Ukraine [this is your go-to summary]

Daily Mail - 'We will defend ourselves if we feel threatened': Top commander warns Russia that US will fight back after attack near American forces operating in Syria

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Fred On Everything - Unrest breeds surprises. Maybe Louis XVI thought, “It can never happen here.” Today the African population of America is openly insurgent, the middle class sinks, jobs continue leaving under the stewardship of the rich, the government either will not or cannot enforce its laws, the borders are open, half of the country seethes in fury at the other half, and the sale of guns is at record heights. In this best of all possible worlds the wealthy buy homes for $100 million and sleep secure in their beds, knowing that only half of the country would love to hang them from lamp posts. Fly-over land doesn’t really matter anyway. Unless of course it does.

 

Liberty Blitzkreig - The media is intentionally spinning poll results at best, and completely fabricating them at worst. While that’s bad enough, election polling is in near crisis. In the late 1970s, we considered an 80 percent response rate acceptable, by 2014 the response rate had fallen to 8 percent. We are less sure how to conduct good survey research now than we were four years ago, and much less than eight years ago. Don't look for too much help in what the polling aggregation sites may be offering. They, too, have been falling further off the track of late.

 

Z Man - The people occupying positions in the media have been divorced from the rest of us for so long, they are truly revolted by us. All of the scary campfire stores they used to tell one another about how the people in flyover country are just a bunch of racist mouthbreathers has become their reality. They really think they are under assault. It used to be that the beautiful people were nice to our face, but they privately looked down on the hoi polloi. In many cases, they felt sorry for the normals. For better or worse, many of their social projects were well intended, even if they ended in disaster. That’s not the case today. It’s as if they have used the rise of Trump as an excuse to open up about how they really feel about traditional America.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Flyover country is getting their first hint of what's to come with Kevin Williamson's essay about how poor whites should die. Appalachians have known all their lives "how they really feel about traditional America".

 

Armstrong Economics - There is the greatest conspiracy of all time. The corrupt politicians have completely corrupted mainstream media. They even organized the overthrow at Fox News because that was the only station they could not take over. Everything from CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and countless newspapers are all out for a coronation of Hillary at the complete expense of the free press. We may never again be able to trust anything they say or print. When the rule of law collapses as we have seen with Hillary, and the press becomes the pawn of the establishment, all that is left is the monetary system collapse. Game over. Turn out the lights.

 

Taki's Magazine - Despite the fact that the term “social justice” has zero inherent meaning, it is not only fools that are fooled by it. It chaps my freckled hide to hear otherwise intelligent people wax on and on and frickin’ ON about “social justice” with roughly the same intellectual precision as if they were yabbering about ghosts or astrology. I suspect that they beat and burned and smashed and slashed due to some half-baked notion that all of their problems were due to “injustice” rather than, oh, the statistically high possibility that they never met their fathers. Pretending that you’ve been victimized by “injustice” must be a soothing balm for the wounded souls of congenital losers.

 

Winston Churchill. And his guns.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Churchill once opined, "Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result." And shot at without result he was, as a war correspondent and as a junior officer in the Anglo–Sudan War and Second Boer War. Perhaps his grunt experience is why he, like his German counterpart, involved himself closely with the use and development of infantry arms.

Here's a tidbit of useless knowledge. When the Sten's barrel was covered with a wet rag or cloth, the sound it produced when firing was shockingly similar to that of a heavy machinegun. Soldiers would often make use of this fact to scare German troops into thinking they were far better armed than they actually were.

The Prime Minister trys his hand with a STEN 9mm submachinegun in 1941. Except for the barrel and the bolt, the STEN was made from stampings, tube stock and a repurposed bed spring. Early examples were notoriously unreliable, even unpredictable, and it's all-metal construction was a real drawback in freezing weather. But by the end of the war the STEN had evolved into a competent weapon.

 

Churchill shoulders an '03 Springfield fitted with a scope. General Eisenhower is at left in this photo.

 

Churchill tries another Yank rifle, the M1 Carbine. For comparison, the .30 (7.62mm) Carbine with standard 110 grain bullet is 1990 fps, 967 ft/lb. The 9mm STEN with standard 115 grain bullet is 1300 fps, 420 ft/lb.

 

Churchill famously posed "Chicago gangster style" with a Thompson in 1940 to hearten the dispirited troops after the Dunkirk evacuation. Here he's seen with a "Tommy gun" as a guest of his American cousins.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Foreign Policy - Best-known for a lecture entitled “The Geographical Pivot of History,” which he delivered to the Royal Geographical Society in 1904, Mackinder argued that Russia, not Germany, was Britain’s main strategic opponent. This he illustrated with a colorful theory that came to be known as “geopolitics.” The timing of his prediction, prior to two world wars against Germany, subsequently did not do his theory any favors. However, Mackinder was finally vindicated in the last year of his life by the start of the Cold War, the epitome of his teachings.

 

War Is Boring - On July 3, 2016, Islamic State carried out its deadliest attack ever when it employed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device — a VBIED — against crowds of people along a busy street in Karrada, Iraq. The attack claimed the lives of 324 innocent civilians, many of them children. More than 200 additional civilians were injured in the attack. On July 28, the BBC released an article summarizing some key characteristics of the Karrada explosion, which set it apart from other IED attacks carried out by ISIS thus far. It seems the militants deployed a new kind of bomb.

 

Organic Prepper - Suburbia isn’t the safe haven many believe it to be. And guess who is covering up the threat? That’s right. The mainstream news. Take a long hard look at the threats you face during civil unrest, and develop one. Wherever you live, whatever your situation, you need to plan as though 911 does not exist. Whether riots are occurring in the streets or not, in the seconds during which the lives of your family hang in the balance, you are completely on your own. Following is a plan for dealing with an episode of civil unrest. It could be coming to a suburban location near you.

 

New Atlantis - Science, pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble. Stoked by fifty years of growing public investments, scientists are more productive than ever, pouring out millions of articles in thousands of journals covering an ever-expanding array of fields and phenomena. But much of this supposed knowledge is turning out to be contestable, unreliable, unusable, or flat-out wrong. The number of retracted scientific publications rose tenfold during the first decade of this century, and although that number still remains in the mere hundreds. Poor quality, unreliable, useless, or invalid science may in fact be the norm in some fields. Advancing according to its own logic, much of science has lost sight of the better world it is supposed to help create.

 

All World Wars - In his treatment of deliberation and planning, the importance of rapidity in taking the field, clearness of conception, and depth of design, Sun Tzu On The Art of War stands beyond the reach of carping criticism. My contemporaries, however, have failed to grasp the full meaning of his instructions, and while putting into practice the smaller details in which his work abounds, they have overlooked its essential purport. That is the motive which has led me to outline a rough explanation of the whole.

 

 

1936. Crabtree, North Carolina. Washday

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's washday in the farm country of Crabtree, an unincorporated community about 20 miles west of Asheville.

 

 

 

 

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Politico - In sad irony, the Tea Party was hijacked by those who mirrored its critique of government: bloated, inefficient and looking out only for themselves. Any postmortem should start with the fact that there were always two Tea Parties. First were people who believe in constitutional conservatism. These folks sense the country they will leave their children and grandchildren is a shell of what they inherited. And they have little confidence the Republican Party can muster the courage or will to fix it. Second were lawyers and consultants who read 2009’s political winds and saw a chance to get rich. I worked for one of these consultants, Dan Backer, who has served as treasurer for dozens of PACs, many now defunct, through his law and consulting firm.

 

New Observer - There has been no looting or violence in the massive floods which hit southeast Louisiana this week—underlining the fact that the majority of those hit were white, unlike the 2005 Hurricane Katrina floods. In 2005, thousands of National Guard and federal troops had to be mobilized and sent to Louisiana in order to maintain law and order. Famously, TV crews even filmed black police in New Orleans taking part in the looting. So many arrests were made that a temporary jail, constructed of chain link cages, had to be built in the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, the city’s main train station. The contrast between this chaos and the most recent floods could not be greater—or more telling.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Now we know why Obama isn't the least bit interested in cutting his vacation short to visit the floodlands. It's only white folks [ photos]

 

Stream - A new regulation from the Obama administration allows individuals to use whatever bathroom they decide is consistent with their gender identity when visiting or working at properties managed by the General Services Administration, an expansive federal list that includes post offices, courthouses, research laboratories, and administrative offices that house agencies like the Social Security Administration. A bulletin circulated to government agency heads explains that the regulation dictates access to “restroom facilities and related areas,” like locker rooms and showers.

 

Atlas Obscura - On Independence Day, 1940, over in Flushing Meadows Park, the glittering science fiction landscape drawing thousands of visitors a day was suddenly torn apart when a bomb went off at the World’s Fair. The bomb was later estimated to be the equivalent of around 12 sticks of dynamite. The blast carved a hole in the ground five feet wide and three feet deep, immediately killing Detectives Lynch and Socha. The case of the exploding bomb at the World’s Fair remains one of the New York Police Department’s most poignant open files. The $26,000 reward is still there.

 

National Interest - American primacy, as we know it, is dead. Those who seek its restoration by doubling down in their support of “democrats” in trouble spots around the world are chasing a mirage, as are those who promise to make America great again by . . . whatever. America was great. It remains great. But it will never have the authority or power that it enjoyed following the Second World War, and Washington would be wise to husband the power it does have. To borrow a formula from Hans Morgenthau, America’s policymakers must learn to distinguish, first, between what is essential in foreign affairs and what is desirable, and, second, between what is desirable and what is possible.

 

1939. Mound Bayou Mississippi hearse

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the fourth photo of a series. As said here last week, Mound Bayou is a town of 1,400 in western Mississippi's Delta bottomland, founded in 1887 by former slaves. In 1939 the population was about 800.

 

 

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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.
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