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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

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


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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

 

 

 

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Anders Andersen-Lundby, Farmer in a Winter Landscape, 1882

Another stunner from the hand of Danish artist Anderson-Lundby.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Jeffrey Epstein's death is being investigated by the FBI, thus I am assured malfeasance will be uncovered, if any, and the guilty party identified and referred for indictment if warranted. I'm fully in accord with the official explanation of events and enthusiastically accept he was conscious and alone when he hanged himself. Attorney General Barr himself said he was appalled. “Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.” That's good enough for me.

I'm confident the investigation into Mr. Epstein's dubious business transactions and alleged sex trafficking of kids will go forward with redoubled effort until the last participant is prosecuted, without regard to his or her standing in DC. It's a sure bet procurer and scheduler Ghislaine Maxwell is sequestered at a remote Army base being questioned by experienced and impartial experts.

There are however some things at odds with the "official or prevailing explanations of events" which give pause even to my childlike and nearly unbounded confidence in the Justice Department. For one, Martin Armstrong posted this on July 25th, 2019 at Armstrong Economics, which was before Jeffrey Epstein's first reported suicide attempt.

Throwing him in MCC [Metropolitan Correctional Center] ensures that (1) there will never be a fair trial, and (2) he must make a deal or (3) he will be killed one way or another. Epstein will hang himself, so they will say, or be killed by a fellow inmate who will take the blame for time off his bid. No high profile case is ever allowed to go to trial where things the government does not want to be revealed could ever become public.

Events have tracked his prediction thus far. Nonetheless, exercise extreme caution, it's probably a dangerous and prosecutable conspiracy theory under the official and prevailing definition of terrorism.

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Paul Craig Roberts hoots down the latest subversion of free speech. Excerpted:

The FBI has published a document that concludes that “conspiracy theories” can motivate believers to commit crimes...

The FBI document says that conspiracy theories “are usually at odds with official or prevailing explanations of events.” Note the use of “official” and “prevailing” ...

In effect, the FBI’s document reduces the First Amendment, that is, free speech, to the right to repeat official and prevailing explanations. Any other speech is a conspiratorial belief that can lead to the commission of a crime.

To be clear, the FBI asks us to believe holding a conspiratorial belief is, by itself, an actionable offense. Because everyone knows something bad will happen, so better to take 'em down hard before they hurt someone.

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From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

I wrote not long ago that the Left is desperate, and that desperate people do desperate things. The unprecedented success of the Trump Administration, the Democrat Party’s realization of the inadequacy of its current “leaders,” and the impending storm of indictments it fears over the “Russian collusion” hoax and what powered it, are raising that desperation to new heights. The probability of a desperation play, a “political Hail Mary” from the Left, is higher than ever.

and,

In any sociopolitical project aimed toward a preconceived end, there’s a “point of no return,” after which the result must be either complete success or devastating failure. There’s no going back to try for some other end. Once past the point of no return, it’s win or die. The Left has taken us past that point.

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Aesop throws down the glove at Raconteur Report. An excerpt:

In short, minions of Leftardia and Stupidia, you have blundered into a minefield, on a pogo stick. Stop what you're doing, tiptoe out, and pray to whatever deity you think appropriate that you get away with your skins.

Because if you insist on pushing your revolution, you're going to get the war of which you cannot grasp, and the results of which you cannot even conjure in your wildest fever-swamp nightmares.

If you believe Aesop is going too far, consider this. CNN former host Reza Aslan, now a professor at the University of California, tweeted:

"The President is a white nationalist terror leader. His supporters—all of them—are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society".

This is a common statement by the left's thought leaders, the core position from which extractions are contrived on websites and on radio and television talk shows. Aesop is saying, "Okay, go for it, but this is what you're getting yourself into". It's a parachute flare so they can plainly see what's arrayed against them.

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David Cole describes the "final solution to the Baltimore question", at Taki's Magazine. The punch line, excerpted:

More and more, I think the only “solution” to a problem like Baltimore is the one I outlined in arguably my grimmest column to date, back in February 2018. Mainstream conservatives will continue to spew their fairy-tale solutions (“Oh boy, Spanky—a scrap metal drive!”) and leftists will continue to spew theirs (“Reparations! More welfare!”).

But in the end, like it or not, we’re heading for the age of the de facto “urban reservation.” The salvageable people will get out, the salvageable surrounding land will be gentrified, and the remaining detritus will be boxed in and forgotten. The fact that most Americans expressed outrage at the recent spate of mass shootings while continuing to ignore gun crimes in black inner cities shows the increasing popularity of “What happens on the reservation is none of my business.”

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The DiploMad calls out "red flag" proposals for what they are:

Oh, yes, we will design a process to "red flag" certain people for certain non-violent behavior, aka speech, and then use it in some as yet unspecified way to prevent them from exercising their second amendment rights. We see floating about various ideas and even pieces of proposed legislation to create some sort of list drawing data from somewhere or other to use to "intervene" in some way to prevent guns from falling into the "wrong hands." Sure thing, buddy...

What do you think will happen with such a process? Whom do you think will control it? How long before conservatives, and others out of political favor get a "red flag"? Shall we have the same kind of people who run Google, YouTube, and Twitter control it? How about the sort who run progressive-controlled city councils? What possibly could go wrong?

and Stu Tarlowe at the American Thinker reminds us:

In the former Soviet Union, to criticize or even to so much as disagree with the government was, in and of itself, proof that a person was "mentally disturbed.

Wisdom in one breath

From Pat Buchanan's Blog

But for the Democratic presidential candidates, the El Paso atrocity was like a loose football in the Super Bowl.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Fairness to us means negative fairness; no one holds you back for who you are. To the Left it means positive fairness, or that you get compensated for who you are.

From Barbarossa, comment at Zero Hedge

Hard times produce geniuses, heroes, and saints. Easy times produce idiots, cowards, and criminals. They both produce lot of corpses.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine

According to the experts, America is a country whose most fearsome enemy is not only the majority of its people—the majority of its people are also the nation’s biggest threat and its ultimate outsiders.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

The state doesn't get to put up a hoop - not any hoop - for anyone to jump through before deciding their constitutional rights will be granted.

From Ace at Ace of Spades, about soi-boys of the Left

They conflate the real strength of masculinity with what they see themselves doing if they had personal power, and that is where they get the idea of 'toxic masculinity.

From Brent Goldfarb and David Kirsch at Aeon

The space between fiction and reality is where economic bubbles take shape.

From Jim at Jim's Blog, about leftist revolutions

Everyone enthusiastically tortures everyone else to death in an unsuccessful effort to be the last to be called out for insufficient leftism and devoured.

From Captain Capitalism, about millennials

Every facet and corner of your life will be infected and infiltrated with leftist politics because that's all the largest American generation has.

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John at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise has posted an update to his series, Civil War Weather Report. Beware, once you start reading it you can't stop and next thing you know yer coffee's cold or yer beer's warm, which ev-ver, and when yer done you'll have a panicky urge to inventory yer preps and there goes yer evening.

It includes a amusing meme playing off Ol' Remus's Most Excellent and Inviolable Rule One for Survival: Stay away from crowds. It was one of those ahah! moments for me, I'd not thought about it quite like that.

In the spirit of adding my two cents: in a civil war the notion of taking out highways around the cities has tactical merit, but cities could be adequately supplied by rail with existing infrastructure except for the "last mile". It doesn't seem obvious because it happens pretty much out of sight, unlike the semis we dodge on the four lanes. If you're looking for tipoffs that the slide toward a hot civil war is accelerating, look at what tacticians have looked at since the civil war of the 1860s. The railroads.

Consider the numbers. One Hicube boxcar has about three times the capacity of a semi-trailer. Even more efficient are double-stack railcars which typically carry fifty-three-foot semi-trailer containers. Notice how comparatively little motive power is on the front of long double-stack trains. A real expert could tell me the numbers with all the "ifs and buts", but as a general rule it's about one locomotive per fifty double-stack railcars, which is a hundred containers. Divide 4000 hp by a hundred and the efficiency jumps out at you. Each loaded semi-trailer container is being started and moved at seventy miles an hour by about one tenth the horsepower of a medium size pickup truck. This is the "why" of it.

The highway equivalent to an ordinary train of a hundred double-stack rail cars is two hundred tractor trailer trucks. Imagine the chaos on the highways if rail traffic were disrupted. Preventing passage of a mere ten such trains into a city means an additional two thousand tractor trailers on the highways. Every day, both ways, and all the support that goes with it including thousands of additional drivers. Bump that up to the real number of trains into the city every day and you see the futility of highways as an alternative to rail.

Now go to your satellite map and look at New York City. Every rail route into the metropolitan region has to cross bridges. Now zoom out a few miles and count the bridges to get to those bridges. Then consider the resources it would take to defend every one of 'em from a Deplorable with thermite and a sparkler. There are ways other than taking down bridges, many other ways. This is the tactical part.

The strategic part asks the question: how does it benefit a hostile force in a civil war to starve the cities? The forces necessary to keep them in the cities rather than ravaging the countryside could more profitably be deployed elsewhere. Garrison duty and static defense are hardly 4GW. Selco's experience says it can be done, but the strategic question remains: what is the benefit?

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Sean Sorrentino at NC Gun Blog says, "Let’s pretend that there is literally nothing else I could do with my AR-15 besides killing people."

When the gun grabbers fall back from “It’s for killing!” to “It’s for killing lots of people really fast!” they’re trying to make the argument that maybe it’s ok for you to kill one person who is trying to murder you, and maybe two, or three at the outside. But not ten!

Why not? Is there some tipping point where the criminals have gathered enough people together who want to kill you that you’re outvoted? If the vote is three to one you’re allowed to fight back, but at ten to one you’re supposed to lay down and die like a good little subject?

and finally,

When hundreds of African illegals can reach Latin America and be bussed to Portland Maine from Texas by Catholic Charities, travel expenses including airfare from Africa reimbursed by DC, it's time to accept reality. The effort to stop illegal immigration failed long ago. Best estimate is 22 million illegal immigrants in the country now.

Survival preps. Here's the result of a shoot-for-group with my all-weather bolt .22 WMR, at 50 yards with 40 grain pointy bullets, low power scope cranked all the way up. Ten shots, 0.75 inches, one ragged hole. This is a post-apocalyptic meat-getter rifle, zeroed for 100 yards. A 0.75 inch group at 50 yards means I could be off 0.75 inches from point of aim at 100 yards.

The .22 WMR is rated at 1875 fps and 312 ft/lbs at the muzzle, and 1366 fps and 166 ft/lbs at 100 yards. In fact, they chronographed in a cluster around 1900 fps at three feet or so from the muzzle, on another occasion. For comparison, the CCI Mini-Mag .22 LR 40 grainer is rated at 1235 fps and 135 ft/lbs at the muzzle, 998 fps and 96 ft/lbs at—note—my 75 yard zero, 70 ft/lbs less than the magnum at 100 yards. The CCI Velocitor ups that to 104 ft/lb at 75 yards.

In ordinary times it makes sense to use the .22 LR with a 75 yard zero before the leaves fall. In these densely wooded hills, even with the leaves gone, a clear lane of 100 yards is a sometimes thing. 65 yards or less will be typical, one day with another.

But in post-apocalyptic times no opportunity can be allowed to pass. With the .22 WMR I'm optimized for bigger small game at distance, rather than for smaller small game nearer in as with the .22 LR. The magnum will do both, the LR won't. The rifles and ammo are the same size, or near enough. There are no solutions, only tradeoffs. Choose.

Change subject. The FBI, like the IRS, has revealed itself as an arm of the Democratic National Committee and the so-called "deep state" it serves. With the unexplained extrajudicial death of Jeffrey Epstein in a federal detention facility, the Department of Justice itself has publicly forfeited its claim on integrity, and therefore, on legitimacy. The DoJ now relies on fear alone, an all but infallible sign of unstable government. This fundamentally changes the relationship between DoJ, its agencies and the citizen. I'm still thinking it through, and you should too.

Okay fellow travelers, time to lean back, take a pull of Chateau d'Swill, don our Revelation waders from Western Auto and survey today's reality on the ground. Right after this old ad.

 

1940. Packard magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ad touts its six-cylinder, 246 cu in engine churning out 100 hp, commanded by a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive.

The One-Ten was a downgrade from Packard's "senior" models—a shorter wheelbase and smaller engine—meant to produce cash flow in a tight economy. In this they were successful, the One-Ten sold briskly and kept Packard solvent. Why buy a Pontiac when you can have a Packard at the same price?

 

Remus's notebook

 

The Dayton massacre looks like an Antifa operation

Gateway Pundit - Far Left Dayton, Ohio Mass Shooter Attended Antifa Rally in May Armed with Likely Same Gun He Used in Saturday’s Massacre ... wore a bandanna covering part of his face and sunglasses

Daily Mail - Dayton shooter Connor Betts described himself as a 'leftist' who hated Trump, wanted Elizabeth Warren for president and was PRO-gun control, his now-suspended social media accounts show ... gunned down nine people, including his sister

The Rundown - Firearms Expert Says Dayton Shooter’s Weapon Was Illegally Modified ... the important question is where or how the shooter obtained the illegally modified short-barreled rifle

American Digest - Memo2File: Exhibit A ... Mass Shooters 2019, photos of every person charged with or arrested for shooting 4+ people in a single incident

American Thinker - After Gilroy: Mass shootings a white thing? Oh, hell, no ... in the two-week run-up to Gilroy, there were 36 other mass shootings from coast to coast — and 34 of those shooters were black, one was white, one Hispanic

Twitter John Richardson - I found out at 7am that my blog No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money had been locked by Google for supposedly violating their terms of service.

Daily Mail - NRA planned to buy a $6 million mansion in Dallas for chief Wayne LaPierre last year, leaked records from the New York Attorney General's office show ... 10,000 sqft French mansion with four bedrooms and nine baths

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Working people have no friends in DC. The NRA spends money like water because, to them, it is water. How many Emergency Fund Appeals was it going to take to buy this mansion?

Raconteur Report - Survival Tools ... The humble zip tie always punches well above its weight

Phys Org - A rocky relationship: A history of Earth's continents breaking up and getting back together ... plate tectonics, as we see it today, developed gradually over the last 2.5 billion years

Daily Galaxy - Milky Way Alert –“Sagittarius A* Our Galaxy’s Black Hole Suddenly Flashing 75-Times Brighter” ... in the space of two hours

Outdoor Life - How to Field Dress and Prepare Game Birds ... should be field dressed soon after it is shot, a simple operation

CDR Salamander - We Need a Material Condition Standdown ... when a ship looks this bad on the outside, things are worse on the inside

Principia Scientific - World Was Much Warmer, Greener 6,000-9,000 Years Ago ... Earth’s sea levels were also multiple meters higher than they are now

College Fix - American University official says it plans to mandate use of preferred pronouns ... violators can be investigated for failure to respect gender identity through its bias reporting system

Survival Life - Survival Food 101: Hardtack ... recipes, instructions and video

Sultan Knish - Medicare For All Destroys Medicare ... you’re going to enjoy a standard of care previously experienced at the VA or in Cuba

Neon Nettle - Norway Mayor Calls for Ban on Machetes Following Brutal Attacks ... because the city doesn't have a jungle

Campus Reform - Petition demands removal of UVA Lewis and Clark Expedition statue ... calling it a “monument to genocide".

Fox News - Adam Kinzinger: 'Serious movement' brewing to overturn entire Second Amendment ... attitudes are turning

Voice of Europe - Italy to fine migrant rescue ships up to €1 million under new law ... skippers will also be arrested and their vessels impounded

Vintage News 2018 - Disney Left Out the Most Gruesome Aspects of the Original Snow White Story ... the Brothers Grimm collected folktales without rewriting them for children

Organic Prepper - Hollywood Is Launching a “Satirical” Movie About “Elites” Hunting and Killing Trump Supporters ... it’s hard to imagine this twisted movie would be without fans willing to do some re-enactments

Gateway Pundit - Maryland Police Shoot and Kill a 61-Year-Old Man While Trying to Serve a “Red Flag” Order ... at 5 in the morning

Daily Mail at YouTube - El Paso eye witness describes 4 men all dressed in black as shooters ... video, 1m 10s

Fox News - Chuck Schumer wants FBI to sign off on body armor sales ... a good number of those intent on mass shootings buy body armor

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Get 'em before they're hot

Science Alert - Physicists Propose a Fascinating New Explanation For Galaxies' Strange Symmetry ... info-entropic geometry of a galaxy means that we don't actually need dark matter after all

Natural News - Los Angeles faces an imminent bubonic plague outbreak due to rampant homelessness ... the disease will spread rapidly once it rears its ugly head

Sons of Liberty - #ClintonBodyCount – Yes, It’s Real & Media Claims Jeffrey Epstein Is Latest Edition ... even CBS Las Vegas posted it

 

Gun Violence Chart

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg From the Babylon Bee. Other findings include:

  • 99% of gun violence will end the moment your political opponents are wiped from existence
  • A large amount of gun violence is prevented every year by vulgar tirades against your political opponents online
  • Tests revealed large traces of blood on the hands of your political opponents

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Emergency state, Rutherford Institute - The government’s proposed response to the latest round of mass shootings—red flag gun laws, precrime surveillance, fusion centers, threat assessments, mental health assessments, involuntary confinement—is just more of the same. These tactics have been employed before. In his remarks on the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump promised to give the FBI “whatever they need” to investigate and disrupt hate crimes and domestic terrorism. Let that sink in a moment. With that promise, flippantly delivered without any apparent thought for the Constitution’s prohibitions on such overreach, the president has given the FBI the green light to violate Americans’ civil liberties in every which way.

Vox Day comments at Vox Popoli: It's almost astonishing to witness how determined the Republican politicians are to commit seppuku by embracing gun control. Gun control is unconstitutional, immoral, unAmerican, and intrinsically dangerous to the citizenry. It's also electoral suicide for Republicans. If we didn't already know many of them are cucks hell-bent on surrendering at any cost, it would be hard to understand why they are so quick to embrace the media's false narrative on the subject.

Washington Examiner - Kamala Harris willing to send cops to people's homes to confiscate banned firearms ... "when I was attorney general [of California], and we put resources into allowing law enforcement to actually knock on the doors of people"

Aesop answers Sen. Harris: Raconteur Report - When the U.S. Goes Flight 93 On Sen. Kneepads

Nate Madden at Conservative Review looks at the "red flag" law and reminds us: Those who have been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution” are already prohibited from purchase guns legally under federal law.

Washington Watcher II comments at Unz Review: Will the president’s catastrophic response be the final straw for Trump’s sorely-tried base? If they can’t count on their champion to defend their Second Amendment and free speech rights, they will stay home.

Z Man says Trump seems more concerned with "the welfare of people who will never vote for him than the people who put him in the White House", and adds, There is no issue more closely tied with white America than guns... If gun ownership and defense of gun rights is implicit whiteness, then gun grabbing is explicit anti-whiteness. Trump’s knee-jerk gun grabbing means he is a lot closer to the anti-whites than he is white America.

NC Scout at American Partisan says: "Once more, a President who was elected by an angry base has turned his back. Once more, that base who peacefully asked for a return to sanity, a return to the rule of law, a return to a nation they recognize, has been shunned. It should be the last time."

Francis Porretto sums it up nicely at Liberty's Torch: "At this point The Left is winning. Despite de jure control of the federal government by the GOP, they’re getting what they want. Present trends continuing, the results of the 2020 elections won’t matter. They’re making inroads against us on all the most important issues of the day, while “our” officials wring their hands and plead with the Left to “compromise.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The specifics of how we are to be silenced have become clear. The specifics of how gun confiscation is to be done have become clear. At least Hillary was up front about it. Trump promised unwavering loyalty to the first and second amendments until, at his first real test, he casually dismissed them both for political convenience and all but denounced his supporters in the doing. And as we've come to expect, the Republican Party eagerly rushed to the other side of the aisle, prostrated themselves and begged their permission to compromise.

Trump merits our support on other grounds thus far, but it's time to quietly step away from him if we're to effectively defend fundamental principles.

 

Equality, Z Man - What is becoming clear today is the rhetoric from the Left is not just a clever way to organize their coalition or esoteric language in the cold civil war. The Left really does hate white people. This is plain when you watch their candidates react to news events. Their favorite chant these days is to claim America is haunted by white supremacist going back to the founding. We have moved from a place where ending slavery in a bloody civil war fixed the defects of the first founding, to a place where making the rhetorical flourishes of the Declaration the religion of the land. The founding cannot be complete until all men are equal, which means as long as whites are seen as doing better than non-whites. The second founding can only be completed when there are no more white people.

In a later post, the Z Man adds:

The left-wing war on white people has gone from an indirect attack on whites, often using euphemisms, to an all-out, open call to get whitey. We now have a congressman demanding white people be registered in a government database...

If you are a white person, these are the worst of times, but life is struggle. Fair or foul, we are destined to live interesting lives and the government will be made aware of us.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The rhetoric of the left's thought leaders suggests there may come a time when they recruit from the narco gangs to exterminate deplorables Dirlewanger style .

 

Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness - For the past half century, America’s political history has been driven by the Democratic Party’s effort to fire up constituencies of resentment in general by denigrating the rest of America. The boundaries between the party and the constituencies’ most radical parts have eroded. Since the ruling class’s condemnations of conservatives as racists, environmental criminals, and would-be terrorists are becoming well-nigh universal, the probability of deadly attacks on conservatives, of intolerable convictions or absolutions, and assassinations, rises to certainty. We know that our ruling class having largely made government into a partisan thing, America has crossed the threshold of revolution.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Even the normally imperturbable Ace at Ace of Spades sees a reckoning ahead:

Sadly, I don't think, for the reasons I stated yesterday, that there can ever be a de-escalation of this rhetoric nor a peaceful resolution to our differences. In order for that to occur, there must be some sort of common ground to build upon. That's supposed to be our nation and heritage, but as the Left considers that every bit as evil as we are, I think you can spot the problem.

The accelerating intensity of leftist rhetoric suggests they're going all-in this time. The dam is creaking and leaking. If it fails it will fail catastrophically. Those who dither will be obliterated. There's no one quite as tolerant and forbearing as a corpse. Stay away from crowds. Prepare. Food first.

 

Nuclear winter, Cosmos - Even a relatively limited nuclear exchange – such as a war between India and Pakistan – could affect regions far removed from the combat. Following a war in which as few as 100 of the smallest nuclear weapons are used in modern cities, urban firestorms would build for hours, producing millions of tonnes of black, sooty smoke. Smoke particles would not only block sunlight, but absorb it, causing it to rise in a self-lofting effect. Such smoke would cause global temperatures to plummet, creating risks of global famine. Even though the amount of smoke produced by the BC fires was 1000 to 10,000 times smaller than what would be produced by a nuclear war, it was enough to validate the nuclear winter study.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wartime studies show an atomic bomb, or conventional fire bombs, would not produce an urban firestorm unless most of the buildings were wood or have timber structural interiors, as did the cities in Japan and a few European cities with large medieval sections such as Dresden. India and Pakistan may have such cities. The RAF attempted to create firestorms in several other German cities but were unsuccessful. The attempts produced a formula to predict susceptibility to a fire storm that would exclude any first world city.

 

Pole reversal, Phys Org - The final reversal was quick by geological standards, less than 4,000 years. But it was preceded by an extended period of instability that included two excursions—temporary, partial reversals—stretching back another 18,000 years, more than twice as long as suggested by recent proposals that all reversals wrap up within 9,000 years. Since humanity began recording the strength of the magnetic field, it has decreased in strength about five percent each century. A weakening field seems to be a precursor to an eventual reversal, although it's far from clear that a reversal is imminent. The current study suggests that society would have generations to adapt to a lengthy period of magnetic instability.

 

1940. Morris Fork, Kentucky

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Morris Fork is an unincorporated community in Breathitt County, a coal mining region in eastern Kentucky. The photo is of the mailman making his deliveries. J. D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, spent much of his childhood in Breathitt County.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Disarm, Town Hall - If you give in on this one—handing over your AR-15 and hanging your head over prejudices you don’t possess—the libs and their newsprint lackeys will just club you with another set of grievances that you can only atone for through further submission. They are always going to hate you, so get any idea out of your head that if you just surrender then this endless tsunami of lies will finally be over. It won’t. The libs’ goal in disarming you is not to stop crime. If it were, the blue cities where they rule would not be urban war zones. Defenseless, silenced and paying for everyone else’s stuff, all while being abused and disrespected—that’s what the left wants for you.

 

Red flag laws, Eaton Rapids Joe - One of the cornerstones of due-process is the right to face and rebut your accuser. That standard served for over two-hundred years and prevented the weaponizing of the legal system. Sure, there is language in the tail-feathers of that section saying the bill does not authorize LEOs to perform warrentless searches or seizures, right after telling them how to do it and cover it with paperwork after-the-fact. If the jurisdiction's political climate is anti-Second Amendment, then any cop who wants a promotion will aggressively, extrajudicially, seize every gun they lay their eyes on. Further, they will aggressively pursue every "tip" activists send them and error on the side of confiscate vs. not-confiscate. It starts with guns. Money is next. Then easy-to-liquidate assets like vehicles.

 

Insane, Kunstler Blog - Pretty soon, America might have to start asking: what exactly is “progressive” about going insane? I think we’re getting close to answering that, and the answer is: nothing. Losing a national election two and half years ago traumatized the base. In the process, the party made the rueful discovery that it was devoid of reality-based political ideas. This prompted the adoption of reality-optional excuses for failure masquerading as political ideas: Russia did it! The Deep State officials who acted out that shadow-play on its behalf, with all its seditious overtones, are about to be frog-marched into the grand juries any week now. The party itself may be included in the clean-up operation. It’s really hard to see how the party survives that.

 

War approaches, Jim's Blog - I am seeing no end of people on Twitter and Facebook calling for white genocide and the destruction of all productive activity and technology, and receiving social approval and state backing for so doing. Whenever calls for genocide and indiscriminate destruction have met social and state backing, actual genocide and indiscriminate destruction followed not very long after. I am seeing crazy lunatic leftists who are totally fine with communism and mass extermination of deplorables getting into trouble for insufficient leftism. If all men are created equal, then it logically follows that the underperformance of official victim groups is caused by heterosexual white males. Anyone who opposes utopia is an evil white supremacist, and therefore killing him is totally justified, indeed a heroic act of superior virtue.

 

Terror, Unz Review - If you enjoyed the original War on Terror, you’re going to love their latest spinoff, The War on White Supremacist Terror. This time the bad guys are all white supremacists. Terrorism isn’t what used to be. Back in the day 1970s there were actual terrorist groups, committing acts of actual terrorism. Now more or less any attention-seeking sociopath with a knock-off AR-15 can be deemed a bona fide “domestic terrorist,” as long as it serves the official narrative. The official narrative of the moment is Democracy versus The Putin-Nazis, also known as The War on Populism. They’ve been doing this relentlessly since Trump won the election, alternating between the Russia hysteria and the fascism hysteria from week to week, day to day, sometimes hour to hour.

 

1944. Halloville France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of a Jagdpanzer 38, commonly called a Hetzer, which was a 75mm anti-tank gun mounted on an obsolete but proven Czech light tank chassis. This was the massed produced version of several experimental variants. Fast, maneuverable and heavily armored, the Hetzer was cheaper and more successful than expected. Some 2,800 were fielded from early 1944 to 1945.

Click for a 23 second video at YouTube to see how small the Hetzer was. Casual observers often confuse it with its big brothers, the Stug III and IV .

The caption for this photo says it was captured. The crew apparently buried it in the mud and then took a hit in the side, just above the track.

 

 

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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.
Traditional

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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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