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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 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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The Young Scholar
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John Peele (Peterborough England 1822—London 1897) was a famous British portrait and genre painter.

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art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Ferguson Missouri spectacle

Remus has a few words for you about the North Saint Louis dustup. Let's start with some empty calories from DC:

President Barack Obama called the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager a tragedy and called on Tuesday for thoughtful response after two nights of violent protests, looting, arrests and tear gas in a St. Louis suburb. He promised a full investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the case, which has provoked outrage in the largely African-American town of Ferguson.
Carey Gillam at reuters.com

Isn't that just too precious. Lets look at the "largely African-American town of Ferguson":

Ferguson is about 10 miles north of downtown St. Louis... About two-thirds of residents are now black. Fewer than half of the approximately 9,100 homes are owner-occupied, and about a quarter of residents live below the federal poverty level. Several North County school districts—including the Normandy system from which Brown recently graduated—have lost state accreditation because of declining test scores and other academic shortcomings.
Alan Zagier at sunherald.com

The "unarmed teen", Michael Brown, was a six-foot four, 292 pound 18-year-old gangsta art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif who was wanted, along with an accomplice art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif, for a strong arm convenience store robbery committed minutes before his attempted apprehension and death. Video and stills of that assault and robbery have been released:

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The convenience store video reveals Michael Brown entering the store followed by Johnson. Brown hands a box of Swisher Sweets to Johnson. Brown took several boxes of cigars and turned to leave the store. “Brown grabbed the clerk and “forcefully pushed him back into a display rack.”
Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com

There is no dashcam video of the subsequent shooting, perhaps the Ferguson police blew their budget on armored vehicles and tactical gear and a helicopter, but the first reports looked bad:

Controversial shooting... You mean the apparent fact that the kid was shot in the back? It is alleged that the deceased assaulted the cop and attempted to grab his gun. However, it appears that the suspect was shot multiple times outside of the vehicle and he was unarmed and leaving—that is, after the confrontation in the vehicle... Shooting unarmed people that are not actively attacking you tends to be a pretty good way to rile up the population. After all the ordinary citizen who does that sort of thing is usually staring down a Murder or Manslaughter charge, but when the cops do it the worst thing that usually happens is that they get paid leave off for a while.
Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org

As always, these early reports may have been more rumor than fact. They were, after all, based on the story told by his accomplice, repeated elsewhere and embellished in the social media. Whether the "suspect" was shot in the back or not will be known soon enough.

Update, August 18th: Michael Brown... was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury... Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
Dr. Michael Baden, autopsy, via mobile.nytimes.com

Baden's autopsy found that Brown was shot at least six times—twice in the head—and that all of the bullets struck him in the front, the New York Times reported late Sunday. The bullets did not appear to have been fired from close range because no gunpowder was found on Brown's body, the newspaper reported. Dorian Johnson, a friend who was with Brown and ran from the scene during the shooting, has said through an attorney that Brown was shot in the back.
Brown, Thibodeaux and Markon at washingtonpost.com

A Ferguson police officer tells it this way:

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off. Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.
"Josie", Ferguson PD, to Dana Loesch, via Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Note: this version is apparently supported by a witness, see this article, The “JJ Witness Video” – Eye Witness Audio of Mike Brown Shooting States: “Brown Doubled Back Toward Police”, at The Last Refuge

Update, August 19th. Michael Brown has now been inducted into the pantheon of Tawana Brawley, Crystal Mangum and Trayvon Martin.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the District Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Multiple witnesses in riot-torn Ferguson, Mo., said that the unarmed black teen killed by a white cop attacked the officer in his patrol car before the teen was shot.

Boiling away beneath this incident is another problem, the militarized police. We no longer speak of peace officers or police departments. They've come to be known as law enforcement officers and police forces, by their own preference and usage. Given their tactics, equipment and behavior, the police closely resemble the standing army we've rightly feared—one of the few things liberals and conservatives agree on. Notice they call us "civilians". Police chose this path knowing, or perhaps because, it creates a clear cut "us and them" relationship with the populace, most visible in their routinely botched and often fatal "no knock" home invasions. The excuses are rarely convincing, as in all things, you are what you do, not what you say.

That sort of conduct by armed agents of the State is characteristic of war zones: places where no rights are recognized, where the preponderance of force is the one and only standard of ownership, where "you're either one of us or the enemy."
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com

But Ferguson is no different from anywhere else. This has been creeping up on all of us for generations. The police—from the French word meaning "people", ironically—were something akin to a paid Neighborhood Watch until the mid-1800s. When police adopted military ranks and uniforms following the Civil War, it was widely predicted they would become an army of occupation. Unless we believe the militarized police of one city is to protect them from the militarized police of another, an army of occupation is what they appear to be. One putative reason for all their gee whiz army stuff—to quell large scale riots and looting—has yet to be demonstrated.

They also confirm multiple businesses vandalized and looted. But the shocker happened when county Police told Fox 2 News that its officers were at the Ferguson Market earlier when looters showed up, but were ordered to “Stand down” by Missouri State Highway Patrol incident commanders at the scene and basically withdrew and allowed the looters to have their way with the store.
Joe Lamie at KTVI fox2now.com

There are no official reports of arrests being made.  As looting occurred, police dressed in riot gear mainly stood and watched, apparently under orders not to engage.

Looters ran out of shops with boxes stacked in their arms up to their chins. Behind them lay overturned shelves, spilled goods and wrecked displays. All the while, police stayed back by their armored vehicles and observed but did not stop them... Jay Kanzler, lawyer for Ferguson Market and Liquor, said police did nothing to stop the looting in town. "Don't know why the ... police didn't do anything. They were told to stand down and I don't know why," Kanzler said.
Brumfield, Hanna and Prokupecz at cnn.com


The Ferguson Market and Liquor store. Police observed from the protection of armored vehicles, drawing full pay, and made no attempt to stop them.

There was a time when rioters and looters were shot on sight with every weapon that came to hand, including artillery in the nineteenth century. The Ferguson and State police were content to observe them from behind armor and bulletproof glass, even when the mob used gasoline bombs. The law-abiding citizen may rightly ask, what are all the military vehicles and weaponry for? Shall they next be serving pot and donuts to rioters? How are the police not accomplices if they disregard their sworn duty and announce it in advance? Are they not effectively protecting the looters?

The law-abiding citizen also notices SWAT teams weren't deployed to take out the looters torching downtown businesses. Yet they'll do bomb-throwing midnight raids, guns blazing, often for what was once routine process-serving, even when toddlers and other innocents are known to be in the house. Their nonperformance in Ferguson suggests police protect themselves first and the citizenry maybe. But all of this is a separate issue. Whatever else the police may be blamed for, the Ferguson riot isn't among them.

Next, cue the celestial chorus for a kumbaya from high atop Mount Olympus:

We have been very, very neglectful of the St. Louis community, as in communities all over America, when you look at the urban core. There is an obvious disconnect where we have allowed a subculture to grow and fester within our neighborhoods. And so we have learned that we cannot shut people out. We cannot disregard people’s need to be welcomed into society because it means that the individuals are now angry, and they have the right to be angry. So–so, and we in some way have to thank them for giving us a wake-up call. And now that we have the wake-up call, we must mobilize and go into our neighborhoods and offer them a sense of hope and a sense of purpose.
James Clark, community activist, at MSNBC, via Susan Jones at cnsnews.com

This shuck'n jive doesn't work anymore. Ferguson was once a middle class suburb of Saint Louis, now, along with all of North Saint Louis, it's being subsumed by East Saint Louis, itself a pest-hole rivaling Port au Prince. Maybe even Detroit. "Community"? Looters, dopers, moronic thuggers, arsonists, activists and other criminal psychopaths do not a community make. Real communities don't go from rumors to looting to burning the place down in a matter of hours. Real communities certainly aren't on international travel lists of places to avoid. Notice who and what this "community" admires, and how uncritically they believe each other's lies and rumors. Notice who their martyrs are and who their spokesmen are. Being "very, very neglectful" of this 'community' is unwarranted forbearance.

What about the" Rights of Property Owners" to be safe in their Homes & Businesses? What about my property values declining because of burned out, boarded up shops because of these unemployed Rioters? What about the Children, who's schools were closed today for the Chaos?
RJ Chesnut Jr., comment at thehill.com

There seems no reason to treat Ferguson as if it were an actual neighborhood rather than what it's become, namely, just another place where civilization goes to die. The current residents have amply demonstrated their "sense of hope and sense of purpose." There's compelling evidence outsiders won't impose another. As with any natural sinkhole, wishing it were some other way is futile.

Ferguson's fate seems decided. Businesses which escaped the looting and arson will also be abandoned, never to return. The remaining law-abiding, productive citizens will flee with them. The tax base will collapse. Schools will teach it's all someone else's fault. Guess who. City government will fall into the hands of activists—i.e., looters with big mouths, their sessions featured on YouTube for their comedy value. Mere corruption will be a fond memory. DC will point to the lack of jobs and green grocers as proof of oppression. When the streetlights go out because the copper wiring has disappeared, Ferguson will have finally been looted out of existence. About then the adjacent town will have its Michael Brown moment, and so it is these rampages resemble victory celebrations.

This next news article suggests Mr. Clark is right when he says "we have a wake-up call," but he should also know tolerance for this stuff is running a couple quarts low:

Gun sales are up across St. Louis since the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent nights of violence. Sales have quadrupled at ‘Metro Shooting’ in Bridgeton according to owner Steven King. He says sales have mainly been to men, but not all... Nearly all of his sales at the Bridgeton store have been to people in North County. He has a store in Belleville and says, in contrast, sales have been normal there.

Metro Shooting's customers know this sort of violence is never far away. Ramping up the hate keeps the hustlers in business—their audience doesn't do concepts, much less analysis, so politics has to come with compelling visuals and a payoff. Their Martyr Selection Committee blundered with Trayvon Martin, too many unwelcome surprises so, as the Trayvon Martin yarn unravels, the Michael Brown saga takes its place. But Alinsky-style "personalization of issues" is a tricky business, and the curve steepens as people catch on. As with any tale told too often, disbelief is setting in early on this one.



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The ideal bugout bag would weigh exactly nothing, less if it could be managed. Therefore, actual bugout bags are a compromise, but a quantifiable compromise. They should weigh about one tenth your body weight, half again that if you're really fit. Y'gotta be honest with yourself. And so it is we favor vacuum-packed freeze-dried food in mylar packaging that serves as its own rehydration container. In fact, combination everythings are favored. For instance, a machete with a sawback serves as knife, ax and wood saw, the downside being that it's an unhandy knife, a second-rate ax and a barely adequate woodsaw. Think flying cars, same principle. Yet we imagine acute embarrassment at being caught without, say, the right tool for those quirky vending machine fasteners.

We agonize over each item. How to start a fire, for instance. It had better work in the rain natch, but can we use it with only one benumbed hand if we've just pulled ourself out from under the ice, does it have a shelf-life, and on and on. How much is another thing. Is fifty feet of paracord enough? A hundred? How about if we wrap every handle with paracord and use braided paracord as keepers and keep our pants up with a braided paracord belt? Each cubic inch of one thing is that much less for something else. Then there's first aid. Do we put up a kit suitable for routine cuts and punctures, maybe also a square of moleskin and some naproxin sodium, or do we outfit ourselves with a mini-EMT kit and teach ourselves heart bypass surgery?

Then there's the bag itself. One marketing maxim says you'll never go broke selling Americans things to get organized. It's as if we were constantly training for submarine duty. Nowhere else in the world will you find customers for shoe compartments that slip under the bed. So we see bugout bags with a maze of internal dividers and zippered pockets, but those weigh up all by themselves, especially if individually lined for waterproofing. And worse, compartments pre-allocate the space available for individual components. If they were offered on a bespoke, pre-tested basis this would almost make sense, otherwise no.

Is a bugout bag ever done? Well, there will come a day when it is, perforce, but until then they have a perpetual bright future. When Remus says bugout bag, he doesn't mean those bags you throw into your vehicle when a Gosh Darn Unpleasantness befalls you, stuff that will sustain you and yours for an extended stay away from home. Those are provisions for an involuntary camping trip in a moderately sketchy environment. It has scented wet wipes for milady, compact little games for the kids and comfy sleeping bags all 'round. Provisions are carefully chosen for variety and eye appeal, the first aid kit is heavy on bug bite lotions and the tent gets rave reviews for amenities and style.

No, he means the more interesting bugout bag. The real bugout bag. The one you have for bugging out the back door when the howling mob is crashing through the front door. This bugout bag lives within a universe of stories familiar to all who nurse a doomsday dialogue, you know, the one with the "I told you so" motif wrapped around a Robinson Crusoe adventure, except with deciduous trees and centerfire cartridges. The story where Ye Olde Rule of Games applies: this game is no game. Background music by Wagner.

This is the bag we lavish our attention on. It's an alpha male thing, a behind-enemy-lines thing, a new moon and Marine crawl thing. Everything's camouflaged or stainless steel or mindful of infrared. The Selous Scouts would have killed for our kit, the CIA would rewrite their manuals if they only knew. This is the bugout bag we're talking about here. Skivvies and socks were special order. Even the straps have straps. The carabiners are in matte no-glare, maybe even Woodland. We have a picture of it with the contents laid out, inventory style. The picture is a month old and therefore out of date. Aside: no photo of a bugout bag has ever been published without this caveat. Late at night we wonder if there's room for a thermos-size cold fusion generator. If we had a thermos-size cold fusion generator. That bag.

Premium bags marketed to long distance hikers are, unfortunately, offered in color schemes that make circus advertising look sedate, as if they should be topped off with a rotating light and a kazoo. And they assume the user will require personal hydration plumbing just short of intravenous, so valuable real estate is devoted to that, um, need. For the record, Remus favors rollups and ziplocks in a bag finished in one of the mossy oak patterns. He adores simplicity so his hydration system is a canteen. That's it. No instructions required, no moving parts, no bite-valves. Just fill and take a gravity-assisted pull as needed. Tested and approved by generations of hikers and GIs.

Bugout bags can't help but express the druthers of their owners, their assumptions about the prevailing environment-to-be, their expected obstacles and threats. Some will emphasize shelter, others arms or food or tools. Some will have NASA-grade communications gear, others won't have so much as a transister radio. It's a form of calculated poverty, of studied minimalism, of wide-ranging means rather than deep resources, of figuring where to be more outfitted and less outfitted, a balance of durables and consumables based on anticipated prospects and menaces, a reflection of our weaknesses and our strengths—and our fears.




A bugout bag infers its purpose, namely: to sustain decampment, perhaps to pre-positioned supplies, or maybe to a place offering resources for long term habitability, or to an established enclave or a prearranged meeting place. Bugout bags are for an interim, that dodgy space and time between where you are and where you're going. In anticipation it's the stuff of adventure, man in the arena, outsmarting and evading danger where it can't be overcome. In actual fact it would likely be a rerun of the timeless refugee experience, one of deprivation and anxiety, if not desperation and terror. So it is we calculate our real bugout bag with care and cheerful optimism. It's our edge, our ace in the hole, our hand up to ourselves.


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1955 magazine ad for Stetson

Before the 1960s, a man without a hat was like a man without shoes.





1942. Rita Hayworth public service photo

The actress pitches in for the war effort.







art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Compulsory kumbaya

Let us ignore mere totalitarian fascism on the march. To this we are inured. Let us focus instead on the disastrous failure of racial policy. For over half a century we have had many Fergusons, mini-Fergusons, mega-Fergusons (Los Angles, among many others), and the Knockout Game ( micro-Fergusons). We will have more, and worse. Racial hostility is not subsiding. The races are not assimilating. If they were going to, they would have. The danger is that one of the serial Fergusons could go parallel. The country could blow, says Fred Reed in this article, Burn, Ferguson, Burn, at Fred On Everything.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Official theft

RICO is the seizure of good and assets obtained as a result of ACCUSED criminal activity. At the inception of RICO in 1990, there were only three named federal criminal acts subject to RICO confiscation of assets and they were treason, piracy, and counterfeiting. Today, there are literally thousands of federal laws and regulations related to RICO. Even when an individual is not charged or found innocent, their confiscated assets are still the property of the law enforcement agency, says Dave Hodges in this article, The Public Theft of Private Assets Always Precedes An Economic Collapse and That Time Is Upon Us, at Freedom Outpost.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The Middle East's new Thirty Years War

This new Thirty Years War has its origins in a demographic peak and an economic trough. There are nearly 30 million young men aged 15 to 24 in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran, a bulge generation produced by pre-modern fertility rates that prevailed a generation ago. The way to win such a war is by attrition, that is, by feeding into the meat-grinder a quarter to a third of the enemy's available manpower, says Spengler in this article, Caliphate puts men to the meat-grinder, at Asia Times.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The public be damned!

A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a "non-significant, near-zero level." The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process, says Allan Lichtman in this article, Who rules America?, at The Hill.

Remus says - This article concludes by urging a better turnout for national elections. Apparently the author didn't read his own article. Think of DC as a walking malevolency. First the left foot advances, then the right, but the direction remains the same. Consider what would happen if one or the other foot failed to advance as expected, namely, a faceplant.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Dealing with fundamentally dishonest

The modern young leftist is a weak, wretched, psychotic creature, at once nasty and cowardly. Notice how these bespectacled, bearded nerdlings didn't have one shred of bravado until they had the full weight of the government, media, and academia on their side. They are the sort of cowards who were terrified to make a peep until it was absolutely risk-free, says Jim Goad in this article, How To Deal With The Brainwashed, at Taki's Magazine.



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Randy Credico, a Democratic primary candidate in the New York State Governor’s race who is challenging corrupt New York Governor Cuomo, is under arrest for videotaping police despite the New York Police Department’s own statement that “taking photographs, videotapes or tape recordings” is not cause for arrest or detention so long as the activity does not jeopardize the safety of officers or others, says Brandon Turbeville in this article, NY State Candidate for Governor Arrested For Filming Police, at Activist Post.



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Suppose you're a cop. Your job rubs your nose in the reality behind crime statistics. What you're going to see on the streets every day is that random black male youths are roughly 20 times more likely to be dangerous to you – and to other civilians – than anyone who isn't a random black male youth. Any cop who treated members of a group with a factor 20 greater threat level than population baseline “equally” would be crazy. He wouldn't be doing his job; he'd be jeopardizing the civil peace by inaction, says Esr in this article, Demilitarize the police – and stop flinging false racism charges, at Armed and Dangerous.



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In May 2001, we received information that a very huge terrorist attack will happen in the USA. How? The source of the information was inside the lair of Al-Qaeda. And we verified it, that there were preparations for the attack. I talked to the President (Mubarak) and I told him that I have information that a huge terrorist attack will happen in the USA, and I asked him if we should tell them [the Americans]. He said “OK.” We contacted the CIA and FBI and told them about the information, they said “Thanks,” says former Interior Minister Habib El-Adly, in this article, Ex Interior Minister: U.S. Knew About 9/11 Warning, Staged Egypt Revolution, by Brandon Turbeville at DC Clothesline.



Recommended reads

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Why It’s So Hard to Catch Your Own Typos, by Nick Stockton, at Wired.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Most Common Rifle In America Not Protected By The Second Amendment, by John Richardson at No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun money up in smoke as pro-gun sheriff wins in Wisconsin, by Cheryl Chumley at the Washington Times.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Build the Ultimate School Bug Out Kit for your Kids, by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif New connector can replace all current USB plugs, by Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif This Puny French Vehicle Was the First Great Tank, by Jordan Golson at Wired.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Utah Cops Arrest Man for Recording Mom’s Traffic Stop; Handcuff and Neglect Mom during Diabetic Shock, video, 1m 06s, at Live Leak.

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A bit-o'-entertainment by ol' Remus in December 2008.








Mob Destroys Ebola Center In Liberia - They stormed the front gate and pushed into the holding center. They stole the few gloves someone had donated this morning, and the chlorine sprayers used to disinfect the bodies of those who die here, all the while hollering that Ebola is a hoax... Kargbo said the staff at the clinic have no protective gear. They were already afraid about treating possible Ebola patients, and the riot means more infections as escaped sick patients infect their families, and as looters sleep on mattresses where the Ebola-infected have died.
Jina Moore at buzzfeed.com


Ebola - These people infected are literally DISSOLVING from the inside. Just to show you what you don’t understand, put some poop, mix it with some blood, put them in a bucket outside in temperatures over 90 degrees, let it sit for about 5 hours, and go smell of it for at least a few minutes. The odor is so overpowering you have no idea. Now imagine you have to be around that, and that the smell brings with it an infectious agent that will kill you in the same way.
Dr. R., comment at urbansurvival.com


But he's properly outraged - The University of California-Berkeley pays former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich $240,000 a year to teach one class about the scourge of income inequality and attend Occupy Wall Street rallies. He also makes up to $100,000 per speech.
Andrew Stiles at freebeacon.com


Released criminals - More than 600 convicted criminals, including felons, were among thousands of illegal immigrants freed under the Obama administration in advance of 2013 budget cuts mandated under sequestration. That’s according to a new report today from the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security... The report provides a scathing portrayal of budget mismanagement and flawed processes at the highest levels inside the nation’s immigration enforcement agency.
Sharyl Attkisson at dailysignal.com


Devolution - In four decades we covered the distance that had taken Rome three centuries. As late as the mid-1960s America was still the greatest nation on earth, the most productive, the freest, the top superpower, a place of safe homes, dutiful children in good schools, strong families a hot lunch for orphans. By the 1990s the place had the stench of a third-world country. The cities were ravaged by punks, beggars and bums; as in third century Rome, law applied only to the law-abiding. Schools had become daytime holding pens for illiterate young savages.
Thomas Hobbes, Victoria: Preface at traditionalright.com


Things to come - In the DHS-version of martial law, the local police are no longer used or even allowed to exist. They're dismissed and their equipment is appropriated by federal authorities. The primary aim of martial law is not to assist overwhelmed local law enforcement, but rather to remove ineffective local law enforcement and remove local police that are unwilling or unable to enforce federal laws.
Paveway IV, comment 5106764 at zerohedge.com


Sherlock - We tend not to think of Holmes as carrying on into the WWI era, but he actually went beyond it, with the final collection, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, coming out in 1927. Which is to say, the year Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs. I am betting you know someone living now who was living then. Nuts, right? That notion of a casebook has always been so apt to me. What is humanity and observed humanity but a casebook for the willing learner.
Colin Fleming at thesmartset.com


National Endowment for the Arts - Among the films featured at taxpayer-subsidized film festivals were “Wawd Ahp,” a short film in which a rapper decapitates himself, then has sex with his own severed head in a bathtub; and “Eczemus,” which uses stop-motion animation to portray a man urinating a stream of blood while pummeling a baby bird to death and watching his dog defecate.
Drew Johnson at washingtontimes.com


Dead at 93 - We were fighting an enemy that had a reputation for never surrendering, never accepting defeat. It’s really hard to talk about morality and war in the same sentence. Where was the morality in the bombing of Coventry, or the bombing of Dresden, or the Bataan Death March, or the Rape of Nanking, or the bombing of Pearl Harbor? I believe that when you’re in a war, a nation must have the courage to do what it must to win the war with a minimum loss of lives.
Cpt. Theodore Van Kirk, Enola Gay crew, via nytimes.com


Professional voters may get their own lottery - Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls... "If they truly think there are no good candidates, we're not going to force them" to choose one, he said. "What the studies have shown is, if you get people to the voting booths and they're being incentivized to be there ... over time they will vote for someone."
David Zahniser at latimes.com


Menu speak - Fancy restaurants, not surprisingly, use fancier—and longer—words than cheaper restaurants do (think accompaniments and decaffeinated coffee, not sides and decaf). Jurafsky writes that “every increase of one letter in the average length of words describing a dish is associated with an increase of 69 cents in the price of that dish.” Very expensive restaurants “mention the origins of the food more than 15 times as often as inexpensive restaurants.”
Jen Doll at theatlantic.com


Who was the better general? - Grant recognized the new reality of warfare: that the firepower commanded by each side was making a battle of maneuver, like Chancellorsville, impossible. Lee didn’t think much of Grant as a general, saying that McClellan was the superior foe. On the other hand, Lee beat McClellan. He didn’t beat Grant.
David Ward at smithsonianmag.com


Islam - We need to stop putting our heads in the sand or we're going to have them lopped off. Great swaths of Western civilization in Europe, including England and France, are already far down the road to willful subjugation. The barbarians are also making good “progress” here in Obama's USA. They've already established beachheads in the White House and other American institutions. Yet the little pushback that exists is relegated to the margins and all but ignored or shouted down by the treacherous MSM, whose job once was to act as our early warning system.
Comment, emailed, from reader JF


Hermetics - Remus's muse is Fibonacci, he even uses dynamic symmetry to butter his toast. He practices the Golden Mean—do unto phyllotaxis &c.—as taught by Hambidge and revealed by Parrish the Annointed One. His lucky number derives from a root five rectangle, which is—, um, carry the three, um, divided by four.. got it! It's 1.618. Here's how he remembers it: one plus seventy-nine one-hundred-twenty-eighths. Or near enough. Mnemonics is magic.
Ol' Remus at woodpilereport.com

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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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