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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-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
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
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
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
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
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know what the media's saying by not saying it 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
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


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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Asher Durand, View Toward the Hudson Valley, 1851

Durand, like his good friend Thomas Cole, was a Thoreau-like naturalist and aspiring transcendentalist. Must be something in the water. Although some of his stuff is brilliant—and this isn't one of 'em, pleasant as it is—he isn't generally regarded as of the first rank. Later in his career he showed us he was capable of more than recapitulating Claude Lorrain motifs. Example.


Remus's notebook for 1 December 2015

We live in a world where questionably solvent, highly illiquid banks are backed by under capitalized insurance funds like the FDIC, which in turn are backed by insolvent governments and borderline insolvent central banks. This is hardly a risk-free proposition.
Simon Black at sovereignman.com

Paris massacre - The progressives, ably represented by Kerry, ex-ally of the Viet Cong, are searching for an explanation as to why their third world brothers would randomly kill throngs of progressives.

ID checks are ludicrous. If anyone's papers are in order, it's the terrorist's.
Lt. Col. Mathieu, movie character, The Battle of Algiers

Around the world, governments have decided on our behalf that we do not have the option to secure our own bodies from violence and, in turn, generate the situations that lead to these events. The victims of Paris were never allowed the option to protect their lives, nor were they fortunate to have armed defenders present or trained combatants to stop the attack before it reached them. People need the opportunity to secure their own safety since, as the past twelve years has shown, the State will fail them.
Justin Murray at mises.org

We must face the fact: the national institutions of the West are now fiercely protective of Muslims and hostile to the native ancestral populations.
John Derbyshire via bastionofliberty.blogspot.com

What Americans always fail to understand is that Europeans are, by and large, far more ruthless than they are. They, and not the Europeans or the Russians, were the party responsible for preventing the Serbians from ethnically cleansing the Muslims out of Bosnia and Herzogovina.
Vox Day at voxday.blogspot.com

All throughout the West this attack on Western people is deliberate. People intend the natural consequences of their acts and Western leaders have, besides official intelligence reports, access to online videos that show the invading hordes in brilliant Technicolor high-def.
Col. B. Bunny at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com

$15 million lawsuit - Ahmed the Clockmaker was "damaged" by receiving truckloads of goodies from tech corporations, offers of scholarships from colleges, guest shots on scads of televisions shows, and an invitation to the White House, as well as being named "Young Muslim of the Year" and getting the opportunity for his family to visit the United Nations and trash talk our country.
Stilton Jarlsberg at hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com

Remus says - Lesson learned. If you see something, say nothing. They'll get you either way.

On an average day in America, at least 100 Americans have their homes raided by SWAT teams, which are increasingly used to deal with routine police matters: angry dogs, domestic disputes, search warrants, etc.
John Whitehead at rutherford.org

The "Smart Money" on Wall Street shows all of the restraint of drunks pillaging the bar on the Titanic.  World War III may be spooling up and the traders are trying to squeeze the last molecule of profit out of the deal. Keep your powder dry and stay away from crowds.
Joe Mama at eatonrapidsjoe.blogspot.com

Activists at Smith College barred reporters from covering a sit-in Wednesday that drew 300 to 500 students. Smith organizers said journalists were welcome to cover the event if they agreed to explicitly state they supported the movement in their articles. Stacey Schmeidel, Smith College director of media relations, said the college supports the activists' ban on media.
Laura Newberry at masslive.com

Remus says - There may come a time when a college degree in anything other than engineering and the hardest of the hard sciences will be resume poison and a career killer.

Rahm's hush money - McDonald was the teen who was shot by the Chicago officer 16 times, some while he was apparently incapacitated on the ground. His family, namely his mother and sister were paid $5 million in a settlement from the city. But they were not taking care of him, the city effectively was. He was removed from his home at age 5 and grew up in foster homes ... mother’s boyfriend abused him and he had to be removed from the home. And you wonder how he became a druggie and ended up high on PCP? Sure makes me happy his mother got $5 million dollars.

Remus says - They call Rahm "twinkle toes" in Chicago.

TV - In real life, a black woman hit a white man with her car. He got stuck halfway through the windshield, severely wounded. She didn't stop, didn't take him to the hospital – but instead drove straight home and hid the car in her garage. She went in there several times to look at him as he was dying... she had sex with her boyfriend in the garage, seemingly as a celebration of making a white man die a painful death. In the show, they made it a white man who hit a black woman with his car and hid the car in the garage.
Arbiter, comment at heartiste.wordpress.com

Remus says - This is common, producers admit it from time to time. The maker of "Cops" once said he put aside black felonies for dull white misdemeanors just to get some white 'face time' on his show.

Poland plans to increase the size of its army by 50 per cent to help “guarantee the integrity” of the nation’s borders. Under the plan the Polish army would grow from its current strength of 100,000 to 150,000 as the country continues to expand the capabilities of its armed forces. Antoni Macierewicz, the country’s new defence minister, has said he wants to rebuild the Polish armed forces “as fast as I can”.
Matthew Day at telegraph.co.uk

Remus says - Poland is one of Germany's biggest customers for military stuff, and they're close partners in training and joint exercises. What a difference three quarters of a century and a strong Russia makes.

The university's essence has been reversed. No longer a haven of philosophical detachment and open discussion, it is now the foremost exemplar of the mob mentality. No longer the one place in our excessively practical modernity where the theoretical life might get a fair shake, it is now the primary residence of fanatical activism.
Daren Jonescu at americanthinker.com

The libs have struck up the chorus of “ Don't start surveillance of Muslims ” which is all well and good. Except that at some point, what masquerades as a religion reveals itself as a criminal terror gang and those we do get to track. The only issue is where is the threshold. I'm guessing that one terrorist attack in America, if not multiple attacks would do it.
George Ure at urbansurvival.com

A great many of us think that the job of a U.S. Congressman ought to be to put himself in the shoes of the citizens who elected him, giving their needs and wishes greater priority than the desires of someone in a foreign country. According to the Gallup polling organization, sixty percent of Americans oppose the President’s plan to take in 10,000 so-called Syrian so-called refugees, versus 37 percent who approve. That’s very nearly two to one. On the matter of these so-called Syrian so-called refugees, you might say "that’s who we are".
John Derbyshire at vdare.com

Remus says - The will of the people and federal policy are approaching a fully inverse relationship.

Freedom to collect our own rainwater is currently under attack. State laws have been set up in several U.S. States including Oregon, Utah, California, Florida, Colorado and Washington that prohibit the collection, or “diversion” of rainwater, including water that is falling on your own property and is to be used for your own private use or as an environmental conservation technique.
Phillip Schneider at wakingtimes.com


1928. Life magazine

The magazine that wouldn't die, but did

Life was founded in 1883 as a smart literary and humor magazine with the motto, "Where there's Life, there's hope." It's runaway success spawned so many competitors—the New Yorker for one, in 1925—that by the 1928 issue shown below, circulation was in notable decline. The Depression nearly killed it, but Time Inc. bought it in 1936 and changed the format to one of big photographs with captions, a format which came to be known as "photojournalism". Once again Life was a runaway success, and once again it went into decline. It ceased publication in 2000, was revived in 2004 and ceased publication yet again in 2007.



The Jihadists Down The Road

DHS knows of dozens of terrorist camps with a history of attacks on the US. Why are they off the target list? They're here, in America, protected by DC. You got it, jihadist recruitment and terrorist training camps in the US get a pass. Sweet deal for them.

Counter Jihad Report, 2015 - There are now numerous Muslims of America compounds across the United States. New York’s “Islamburg”, located in the town of Hancock, is the largest operation and serves as the headquarters. MOA trains men, and women, to become jihadists poised to attack Americans when Gilani gives the order. Toward this end, MOA maintains a stockpile of illegal weapons. Compounds are completely insular, with their own stores, mosques, and graveyards, as well as guard posts to intercept visitors.

American News, 2015 - Islamberg is just one of 35 Muslim compounds in America today, but is by far the most famous. All of the compounds are associated with Muslims of American, and organization that recruits followers at mosques and prisons. Evidence points to the fact that many of these convicted criminals are now supporting the religious movement.

WND, 2012 - A radical jihadist group responsible for nearly 50 attacks on American soil is operating 35 terrorist training camps across the nation. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, known in the U.S. as “Muslims of America,” has purchased or leased hundreds of acres of property – from New York to California – in which the leader, Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, boasts of conducting “the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare.” The organization operates communes of primarily black, American-born Muslims throughout the U.S

MassCops, 2009 - There are at least 35 “Muslims of America” compounds in the U.S. alone, along with at least 3,000 members, many of which have criminal backgrounds. Al-Fuqra members also own security companies, which likely gives them access to weapons. The compounds here are now mainly used for recruiting followers.


Nearly one third of the domestic ISIS cases in the past 18 months involved people who planned to carry out attacks against Americans on U.S. soil. In other words, one third of those interdicted calculated that the best way to serve the new Islamic State and its Caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, is to wage jihad here on the soil of the infidel. Domestic support for ISIS may reach well into the thousands. With Syrian refugees starting to arrive in the United States, these numbers may further increase.

An aside: a Live Leak video, presented without comment.


1935. Selma, Alabama

Yearning to be free.


Breitbart - A German professor has confirmed what skeptics from Britain to the US have long suspected: that NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies has largely invented “global warming” by tampering with the raw temperature data records.


Mina - Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen, an emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT, derided what he termed climate “catastrophism.” Lindzen also challenged the oft-repeated UN IPCC claim that most of warming over past 50 years was due to mankind. “The UN IPCC wisely avoided making the claim that 51% of a small change in temperature constitutes a problem. They left this to the politicians and anyone who took the bait,” he said.


The issue which has energized me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey’s ban on assault weapons.
Governor Chris Christie, at The Star-Ledger 1993 via breitbart.com

Remus says - Governor Christie denied endorsing the ban or saying this. Either he was lying then or lying now, or he lies all the time.


Survival Blog - This time we need to be ready for “forced reinvestment” of our 401(k)s and IRAs into U.S. bonds, and perhaps even a Cyprus-style bank “bail in” of our personal banking deposits. If that happens, cash will be king. Get some cash out, now. Any significant moves in interest rates will cause chaos in the derivatives markets, which for the past three years have become fine-tuned to react only to microscopic changes in interest rates. When the big swings in interest rates occur–and they will– then look for the U.S. taxpayer to once again become the lender of last resort.


Cheap wheat 1 of 3, at Bison Prepper - Throughout the years the number one comment, problem or complaint about the Redneck Irregular Deluxe Survival Plan was that there was never any feed stores near the reader and hence they could not stock as much cheap wheat as was needed. Today, we revisit one solution and present a new one.

Cheap wheat 2 of 3

Cheap wheat 3 of 3


Interview with author Mary Beard at The Smart Set - If you were to say to somebody, “Did you know that so much Roman literature survived that you could not possibly get through it all intelligently in a lifetime?” they would be amazed. If you were to try to summarize to people what the range of Roman literature surviving was, you would go from everything from science fiction, basically, to pornography, to history, to legal discussions and legal theorizing, philosophy, medical writing, fortune-telling, joke books.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg As 2015 sputters to a close, let's mark the passing of the first era of planetary exploration as documented by Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Heinlein and others; and as illustrated by Wally Wood, Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, Frank Frazetta and others. We're well into the second era, exciting but quantified and coldly digitized, where the first was heroic and analog. Where we once piloted spaceships with vernier controls and banks of dials, we now eavesdrop on our remote robotic vehicles. Where we once found alien kingdoms and high adventure, we now hope to find water and pond scum. It's a good trade, but a trade nonetheless.



1945. Members of the Danish Resistance in Odense.

This may be a postwar photo with some of the same guys seen in the previously posted photo from 1943. Classy looking outfit with some fine weaponry. Oddly, the guy on the left, the one demonstrating unsafe gun handling, is wearing what looks like a parade-ready stahlhelm. The Danish Resistance committed devastating acts of sabatoge, assassinated heinous collaborators, gathered intelligence for the Allies, smuggled downed Allied aviators and rescued all but 500 of Denmark's Jews. 850 Resistance members were lost to all causes. I have one more of these, looks like a different group, more ragtag.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Chicago Sun Times, last Wednesday - "Malcolm X. London had been accused of punching a Chicago Police officer in the face during protests tied to the deadly shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. “You are free to go,” Judge Peggy Chiampas told London. London’s supporters cheered as they snaked their way through the hallways to give the good news to the larger crowd waiting outside the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. The officer suffered blue and purple bruising around the right eye, the report said."

This comes at a price. "It's time to stop policing. Chicago doesn't want you to be the police," says the widely respected web site Second City Cop. "All you young kids, stop. Just stop. Respond to your calls, write a report, return to service. You don't need to worry about the system destroying you."

Chicago is one-third Struggling Subsaharan African-Americans, and one-third Vile Racist White Oppressors. Chicago's murder rate is not particularly high as cities go, 16th in the country it's claimed, but in what's called the "black community" the rate compares with Mogadishu, perhaps even Detroit. And rising. The effect of the court revealing its common ground with Li'l Malcom rather than with the officer he assaulted is no mystery, not even to the judge. And note the term "officer" means "officer of the court", so they kicked one of their own to the curb to please the thug and his groupies.

Until now the Chicago police did those things only savvy beat cops know how to do and only they were willing to do, even though it meant going out on a limb. Now the court has disowned them, and publically insulted them in the doing, so the force will almost certainly "go Baltimore" in the months ahead. And so will Chicago. Stay away from crowds.


College Fix - Since Duke’s new “tolerance” criterion remains appears to be wholly arbitrary, any junior professors who want to stay employed need to stay current on the latest microaggressions and zip their lips. [article includes a short video clip of Valerie Ashby delivering a startling ultimatum]

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the words of Valerie Ashby—a Person of Colour and dean of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, "at every point of a chance where we have an opportunity to make a decision about whether or not you are Duke, we will evaluate the entirety of the person. And so you can't be a great scholar and be intolerant. You have to go."

What does "at every point of a chance" even mean? And who knew chance had points? Val, one principle of effective speaking is simplicity. Example: "I want to take this opportunity to thank you" is said better as: "thank you." Easy enough. But you've defeated me with "where we have an opportunity to make a decision about whether or not you are..." There's enough verbal flak there to take down a B-52. Something's hiding in there. Sure enough, embedded in the Nacht und Nebel rhetoric is "you have to go". Low class trash talk. At last, the real Val. A true Southern lady would have said, "you just won't do", the threat understood but unsaid. Coming from an official Evaluator of the Entirety of Persons, weigher of hearts and surveyor of souls, the meaning is clear: the Court of Star Chamber is now in session at Duke, the Honorable Valerie Ashby, True and Received Diversity Sadist, presiding.

Here are Miss Valerie's credentials for her new Inquisitor gig, excerpted from Duke Today:

Ashby also has a passion for increasing diversity in higher education and creating and expanding pathways for underrepresented minority students to access educational opportunities that allow them to reach their full potential. She is a national consultant and adviser to National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health diversity programs, and has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students in varying disciplines. Since 2014, she has served as faculty director for the Initiative for Minority Excellence at the UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School. Link.

All doubt is answered, she's qualified on grounds of passion and pathways and stuff. We're impressed too by the prestigious 'foundations' and 'institutes', especially the ones that give themselves prestigious awards or trade them for valuable prizes. Being a national consultant to a national foundation doesn't seem quite right though, redundant at best, cloying at worst. But hold on, "varying" disciplines? Seems a contradiction in terms. Surely the author meant "various" disciplines. Or meant "varying" but not "disciplines". Or didn't mean anything at all.


Taki's Magazine - The most liberal institutions in America, colleges, are presently self-destructing during the Black Autumn. They are paying the price for encouraging their lowest-IQ denizens, football players and other blacks admitted under affirmative-action standards, to act out in tantrums of racial animus against white liberal administrators. But why would blacks self-discipline themselves when they are rewarded for infantile outbursts?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We're approaching Peak College Inflation. College inflation started when normal schools declared they were teacher's colleges, and colleges declared themselves universities after putting up buildings with grand names and staffing them with the otherwise unemployable—each other's graduates mainly, a business model kicked off in the misty past by the GI Bill which intimated for the first time there was real money—oops, "funding"—and respected careers in such quackery. This sweet deal attracted a swarm of leftist ticks, and so we have the self-financing indoctrination scams of today.

No one thinks it odd there are unremarkable states with more "colleges" and "universities" and "institutes" than some European countries. No one thinks it odd their graduates can't tell you when the Spanish-American War was fought to the nearest century, or the value of pi to one decimal place. No one thinks it odd being white on campus is, of itself, hate, or when possessing the necessary member to commit rape is conflated with the open container law. No one thinks it odd credits are earned "studying" pop stars or porn, or for field trips at tourist venues, or for padding thinly attended civil disobedience for some cause du jour.

You'll not be surprised to learn recruitment for these outfits had to become competitive eventually. Blatant bottom-feeding is now the rule, vacuuming up the lightest of the lightly instructed from the (formerly, our) public schools. The convoluted redefinition of merit and achievement needed to vet these customers is the sort of entertainment we used to get from satire, the main qualification being they're not deceased or currently confined at a penal institution, a selection process not materially different from random abduction. Yet we're told to stand in awe of their comic tautologies and to applaud their periodic outbreaks of political slapstick. Only perfessers can manage this without having first incurred a subdural hematoma. And, being the product of such places themselves, they do.


Last Refuge - Now you have ISIS actually being defeated – and a genuine risk where the world would see that Russia was so easily able to defeat ISIS in weeks/months – where the U.S. action in the past two years would be displayed for what it was, a ruse. The hypothesis is: President Obama wants to allow ISIS to exist, he essentially supports the expression of their views on Islam; however, he faces a problem where he must hide his intent because his viewpoint is antithetical to the rest of the world.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Obama plays for the other team. He did before he was elected and he has ever since, in every meaning of the phrase, politically and personally. This is not common knowledge, not quite, not yet, but close. When this walking pile is of no further use to his masters, when his cadre scurries back to the dark places from whence it came, then the truth will out. It'll be an epic national enema, one malodorous chunk after another. Have your hazmat suit handy.


WND - The everyday Joe of fly-over America, the Congress, the church and even the president of the United States are no match for the grand powers of the Republic of New York... the Republic has gotten all it wants from him: the presidency and eight free-wheeling years of leftist cultural tranformation. That means his days are numbered, and the end will not be pretty.
Kent Bailey at wnd.com


Schneider on Security - I am very worried that the Obama administration has already secretly told the NSA to increase its surveillance inside the US. And I am worried that there will be new legislation legitimizing that surveillance and granting other invasive powers to law enforcement. As Goldsmith says, these powers will be accompanied by novel systems of review and transparency. But I have no faith that those systems will be effective in limiting abuse any more than they have been over the last couple of decades.


1934. December. Movie theatre ads for New York City

"Bijou" means "small and elegant." It's a French word used mainly to describe jewelry. Did you know that? I didn't know that. And the original Roxy Theatre, the one in NY City, was named for its developer, one Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel. I know what you're thinking, but no, he was born in Minnesota and his middle name was Lionel so, go figure. And you thought there was nothing to learn from old movie ads.



Delusion of Progress - We seem to forget that the automatic transmission was invented in 1904, power brakes in 1927, and electric windows in 1940.  Automobile air conditioning was introduced in 1933. Disk brakes have been around since before 1902.
George Ure at urbansurvival.com


It's Tactical - The homeless who live on the street are survivors. They have acquired skills and strategies to stay alive in hostile environments. They can be a very valuable resource and we can learn from their successes and their failures. After many conversations with those living on the streets and quite a bit of observation time, I've come up with a list of lessons that are useful when evading danger and surviving in a Darwinian world. Here are 10 of my favorites.


Ancient Origins - The Vikings are famous for their great feasting halls, in which an image of a rowdy bunch of beer-drinking men gnawing on meaty bones comes to mind.  But what did they really consume besides beer and mead in their dining rooms? It turns out they had a rich and varied diet of both domestic and wild animals, grains and fruits, fish, fowl and other menu items they could grow, hunt or gather from nature. Vikings apparently ate better than their medieval counterparts in Britain.


Contrary to popular perception, in the ancient navies, crews were composed not of galley slaves but of free men. In the Athenian case in particular, service in the ships was the integral part of the military service provided by the lower classes. In the few emergency cases where slaves were used to crew ships, these were deliberately set free.


Breitbart Tech has found that a number of the new “White Student Unions” are indeed the product of students on campus who are afraid to speak out publicly. But these students aren’t white supremacists, or even white nationalists. In some cases, they are not even white. One of the anonymous student group founders we spoke to, who did not wish to be identified, was of South Asian descent. Another founder was Mexican-American. They are concerned by what they see as unchecked hostility towards their fellow white students.


An entire politically-correct bureaucracy exists to inculcate a leftist view of reality and to mobilize student activists to enforce it. The PC bureaucracy needs incidents and victims, and the pampered students need the same thing. Both need crises to perpetuate their power.
Abraham Miller at theblaze.com


Alternative Right - The Left wants us to be fragile. They want us to be weak, male feminists, nice guys serving as doormats, rednecks who turn "patriot" for paying taxes or dying in Neocon wars, coward careerists rallying to SJWs when they bully their daily victim, or even cucks apologizing for being on the "Right." Cucks are admitted inside the System, just like eunuchs in the King's court: they owe their social status and regular income to the System, and have accepted dependence and cowardice as conditions for their wage.


The fundamental constants of nature—such as the speed of light, Planck's constant, and Newton's gravitational constant—are thought to be constant in time, as their name suggests... The new limits on the dark matter interaction strength allow for the possibility that an oscillating, low-mass dark matter field coupled to standard model particles causes variations in the fundamental constants.
Lisa Zyga at phys.org

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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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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


Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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