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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Unconscious Rivals, 1893

Alma-Tadema was born in the Netherlands, as Lourens, but lived most of his adult life in London. Hence, Lawrence. When he became Sir Lawrence no one called him Lourry anymore. His paintings were well-researched classical-academic scenes of opulence and repose. Mostly. A few parties here 'n there, like the artist himself. Hollywood has used his paintings for reference since silent movie days.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Speaking of mile-long lines at Chicago's O'Hare and other airports—we were?—how long before we see a headline, "Terrorists Blow Up TSA Screening Area, Dozens Dead, Hundreds Injured"? Shall we then see pre-screening screening? Shall we be required to show up the day before our flight? Yes, this is a shakedown to restore recent job cuts. It's also the sheerest kind of incompetence , TSA's expertise aside from their daily theatre. Ever gone through a third world airport? You will, without ever leaving the country. Next.

Years ago I was on the platform at the Trenton NJ rail station. Don't ask. An Amtrak train rolled to a stop and in the locomotive—an AEM7 —was a kid, maybe ten years old, sitting at the controls, the engineer standing behind him. Both were members of The Diversity. The kid was still at the controls when it left the station. Since then I've discovered the operating and maintenance personnel of Amtrak and the DC Metro subway—the one shut down because it explodes and burns a lot —are Majority Vibrant, or near enough. Next.

ET, Jaws, and The Matrix are among the many movies I haven't seen. Ever. Seriously. Not out of some cockamamie principle, the storylines just don't interest me. And I've read the first thirty pages of The Lord Of The Rings. Twice. Yawn. Yes beloved reader, you're spending time with a guy who has No Taste Whatever. Next.

You've read it here many times, "stay away from crowds". It's my oft-repeated Most Excellent and Inviolable First Rule, one of the nuts-and-bolts lessons I've drawn from life. Another rule is: "Nomenclature is not knowledge". It is, at best, an index to knowledge. Nomenclature is the folder knowledge comes in. It neither is, nor adds to, the knowledge ... um ... therein. So. Nomenclature is useful but it's not knowledge.

Engineers, doctors, mathematicians and the like can quickly exchange lots-o'-info by compressing it into highly specific nomenclature. But if they get any part of it wrong you'll hear a grinding noise as their credibility slips. When you leave science and engineering, nomenclature morphs into a method to evade or even deny knowledge, i.e., it becomes a tool of persuasion. Example. Did the male-female bifurcation reassemble itself into seventy new categories when we weren't looking? Don't think so Sparky. The nomenclature these "gender" activists use has no counterpart in reality, it's an index to nothing, empty folders. I think of it as cryptozoology expressed in Klingon because, personally, I suspect it started as a student prank and got out of hand.

Or consider the term "African American". Legitimate nomenclature is specific and succinct. "Subdural hematoma", or "Gear ratio" are specific and succinct. "African American" is neither, it says little and means less. Who does it refer to, exactly? Are those we call African Americans still African Americans if they were born in, are citizens of, and live in Spain? If not, what term shall we use? Are all Americans originally from, say, Tunisia or Egypt considered "African Americans", Arabs included? If the intent is to indicate American citizens of African extraction, but only sub-Saharan Africa, not including, say, ethnic Malaysians or Filipinos and so on, certainly not whites, then it's hopelessly unhandy, worse, the user is involuntarily complicit in an evasion of clarity for reasons not his own.

It wasn't always this way. "Negro", French for "black", cut through all this weaving and dodging. It's specific and succinct, as good nomenclature must be. It's efficient, neutral and had a non-replicable patina from long acceptance all around. Alas, or perhaps therefore, it was declared unutterably racist by those who can declare things unutterably racist and make it stick. Hence negro became Negro, which became Afro-American, which became African-American. Two syllables, then six, then seven. See George Carlin for why this is hilarious . To repeat, nomenclature is not knowledge. It's an index to knowledge. The downside is, nomenclature will be misused in ways knowledge can't be and still be knowledge. You see the problem. Next item please.

This copy-paste of the first three paragraphs of a stunning item in the Portland Oregon Tribune is to emphasize it's an actual article from a real news source.

 

Here's what we have. In Portland's public schools, kids will be taught only the theory of man-made global warming. Contrary materials shall be removed. We can safely assume this will be policed, all of which reveals 'man-made global warming' isn't as compelling as they'd have us believe. Think of it. Intentional ignorance, structured and enforced. Mandatory induction into something called "climate justice activism". In an American school system. In the 21st Century. Every bust of Galileo just shed a tear.

The Resolution cited in the article is two pages of cloying drivel that challenges gastric continence. It offers this reason to "get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible":

All Portland Public Schools students should develop confidence and passion when it comes to making a positive difference in society, and come to see themselves as activists and leaders for social and environmental justice—especially through seeing the diversity of people around the world who are fighting the root causes of climate change; and it is vital that students reflect on local impacts of the climate crisis, and recognize how their own communities and lives are implicated.

Get rid of textbooks that "cast doubt"? Recruit kids into the cause? What kind of outfit is this? Wait. We've seen this before. It ended badly. Ah yes, here it is:


1933. Germany. Book burning

 

Next item. Rumors of an impending national election grow louder. It's said one candidate is a cranky, unhinged '30s-style "faculty lounge socialist", another is a rank opportunist, subject of an FBI criminal investigation and wife of a former president, another is a billionaire populist from deepest Manhattan, or plays one on tevee. Doesn't even sound interesting. Oh, and there's a different "inevitable" winner every few weeks. I'll investigate further on a day I wouldn't rather clean up hairballs.

However, it is gratifying to see wide agreement with my long standing, certainly not original, premise that we have a one party two-party system, that the Republican Party's claim to conservatism, of standing for Constitutional small government especially, is belied by enthusiastic growth during their reigns as if they were entitled because it's their turn, and by initiating outfits like the EPA, a Nixon creation, grafting more unasked-for tentacles onto the kraken that is DC.

Notice Republicans have done nothing while the top tier of military leaders are purged and replaced with fashionable and beholden social climbing hacks, often with "issues". And so on. We paid full price for our ticket and all we got was more collectivism. This was radical stuff a decade or so ago. It's orthodoxy today, pretty much. Next. Quote of the day comes from moonbattery.com: With progressive causes, the goal is not the goal. The coercive means of achieving the goal is the goal. What else we got?

My thanks to the folks at Western Rifle Shooter's Association , one of my daily reads, for their notices when Woodpile Report is posted, and to J-Dawg and ytz4mee, et al, for their kind comments at WRSA. Blush. Being an old Navy guy I don't understand some of their articles—is a platoon something like a pontoon?—so I'm working diligently on my 1GW merit badge. Next. To my surprise, Mixture 79 pipe tobacco is still on offer. I ordered a couple pouches to see if it's as wonderful as I remember when it was big league. My daily fare is bulk generic stuff, cheap 'n cheery. I'm due. Next.

Reports of widespread hunger in collapsing Venezuela confirms my opinion: food stands alone as the indispensable preparation for survival. Why? All else can be managed as needed, they're answerable with non-perishable inventory, often with as-found inventory. By "all else" I mean the other two of "cold-wet-hungry". You can be any two of these and survive, but not all three. You may be cold or wet on a given day, but you will be hungry every day. No gaps. Therefore: solve food first. Yes, another of my rules. Talking long-term here. Essay-length clarification to follow, meaning never.

Okay, enough of this blather. Let's get on to other blather. Yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Popular Science - Which Brands Of Hard Drive Are Most Likely To Fail? [most likely: Western Digital, least likely: HGST]

Daily Caller - Black Iowa Student Starts Fight, Loses, Makes Up Hate Crime, Gets Caught

Daily Caller - Department of Justice officials diverted millions of dollars slated for victims of the 2008 housing meltdown to politically favored third parties, including “left-wing radical groups.”

PoliZette - Black students at Dartmouth College tore down a display by the Dartmouth College Republicans honoring police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg No action by Dartmouth. Imagine if the College Republicans took down a Black Lives Matter display. They'd burn the place to the ground and the college staff would serve them beer and pretzels while they did it.

Huffington Post - Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Army Secretary

Breitbart - One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014

Surviving in Venezuela

Daily Mail - [photos] No electricity, no antibiotics, no beds, no soap: A devastating look inside Venezuela's crisis-hit hospitals where 7 babies die a day, bleeding patients lie strewn on the floor, and doctors try to operate without tools

Global Post - 'We want food!': Venezuela crisis deepens

Telegraph - Venezuela: how the socialist paradise turned into debt and hyperinflation hell

Yahoo - Venezuela, where a hamburger is officially $170

Guardian - 'We are like a bomb': food riots show Venezuela crisis has gone beyond politics

Zero Hedge - The Clintons Earned $6.7 Million From Speeches In 2015; $55 Million Since 2013

Washington Post - A federal judge ordered D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show “good reason” to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation's capital.

Patriot Rising - Missouri Lawmakers Pass “Stand Your Ground,” No-permit Concealed Carry

Shooter's Log - Clinton Promises to Attack Gun Owners on Her “Very First Day” in Office

Ars Technica - Model of Earth’s interior explains why Hawaii isn’t someplace else

Discovery - In-Ear Device Translates Languages in Real Time

Science Alert - Physicists just found a link between dark energy and the arrow of time

EAG News - ‘Diversity’ speaker contracts reveal lifestyles of rich and famous ‘social justice warriors’

Fox News - Man claims he has found Nazi nukes in Germany

Federalist - This Man Saved A Girl From Being Stabbed To Death, And Now Target Is Suing Him For It [includes surveillance video]

Politico - Carlson: Glenn Beck 'acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg's manservant' at Facebook meeting

NY Post - Four of the shots that cops fired at a madman waving a knife in Midtown failed to penetrate his jacket — which was not bulletproof. [9mm vs Carhartt]

Telegraph - Elijah Wood: 'Hollywood in the grip of child abuse scandal similar to Jimmy Savile'

Gun Watch - U.S. will reach 400 Million Private Firearms by end of Obama Presidency

 

World War III
The run up

 

Middle East Eye - The military wing of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has been instructed by Iran to suspend operations against Israel and to target Saudi Arabia instead

NBC News - Chinese Intercept U.S. Military Spy Plane Over South China Sea

CNBC - China says it's ready if US ‘stirs up any conflict’ in South China Sea

Guardian - West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander

New Europe - “It’s time to move beyond talk” said US Ambassador to NATO ... the allies now need to deal with Russia as it is today, rather than the partner “we wished to have” during the transition period.

Popular Mechanics - U.S. Crews Fail To Place in NATO Tank Competition

Zero Hedge - China Furious After US Launches Trade War "Nuke" With 522% Duty

U.S. duties include 266% for anti-dumping and 256% to offset what investigators concluded were improper subsidies. The EU launched its own investigation of Chinese steel exports. China announced anti-dumping duties on steel from the European Union, Japan and South Korea.

National Interest - The B-52 'Arsenal Plane': America's Super Bomber Is Set for a Massive Upgrade

War Is Boring - Watch Out, China — U.S. and Indian Militaries Develop Closer Ties

War Is Boring - The Coming War In the South China Sea [Soundcloud]

SHTF Plan - WWIII? A “Hybrid Geo-Financial War” Between NATO and Russia Is Dangerously Escalating

Bloomberg - U.S. to Drop All-Terrain Vehicles Into Poland in Exercise

Defense One - How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia

Fox News - US lifts Vietnam arms embargo in move to counter China

Daily Mail - Iran boasts it is capable of destroying Israel 'in less than eight minutes' two weeks after testing missiles which can reach the state

 

1943. Bell and Howell magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Will Johnny, in the days to come, walk into class with a 4-tube notebook? Will he, by pressing a button, record all that goes on in the classroom ... visually and audibly ... to be seen and heard again during his study hours at home?" Actually, no. Johnny will be an insufferable jerk with the device you so inadequately imagine. You can't see this coming? Really?

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

American Thinker - Dark matter and dark energy combined make up 95 percent of everything. And yet we have no idea what these things are, how they work, or what they mean for the fate of the universe. How is it possible so much of reality remains closed to us even after two thousand years of following the Theseus-like string left by our great scientists? It’s as if we emerge from the labyrinth, having followed the string but into a deeper and blacker chamber. It is, ironically, parallel to what is happening in the realm of archaeology. Recent excavations at a site in southeast Turkey show an astonishing megalithic monument, covered with complex and beautiful symbols. Its builders, whoever they were, started their project as the last Ice Age was coming to a close. And it was apparently, intentionally buried around 8,000 B.C.

 

Right Stuff - To ensure that Carthage never again posed as a threat, legend has it that the remains of the city were sown with salt, a ritual on conquered cities to symbolize a curse on their re-inhabitation. The Romans knew how to end a conflict. This must be the fate of the late Willian F. Buckley’s crowning achievement, the National Review. It must be destroyed without impunity for its habitual transgressions, perpetual failures and the fiends that have infected it. It’s time has come. As the symbol of the Old Right’s impotence and incompetence at halting the Left’s conquest of our nation and its heritage, National Review must be purged out of existence. It must have no voice nor provide guidance.

Radix - The Logic of the Conservative Purges, Rethinking William F. Buckley’s Quest for “Respectability” [Long read]

 

Quanta - [de Broglie–Bohm "Bohemian" vs. Copenhagen] A particle following the laws of Bohmian mechanics would end up taking a trajectory that was so unphysical — even by the warped standards of quantum theory — that they described it as “surreal.” Nearly a quarter-century later, a group of scientists has carried out an experiment in a Toronto laboratory that aims to test this idea. And if their results hold up to scrutiny, the Bohmian view of quantum mechanics — less fuzzy but in some ways more strange than the traditional view — may be poised for a comeback.

 

Z Man - Having a small number of people or corporations controlling the nation’s wealth ends in tyranny. This is the lesson of history. If one man owns everything then you have Africa. If a cabal of men control everything through a bureaucracy you have China. The West figured out that a broad distribution of ownership cultivates human capital and maximizes individual liberty. It’s not perfect, but there is a reason we never speak of the African Renaissance. Conservatism used to focus itself on maintaining and defending the culture and traditions of the country. Allowing a handful of financial buccaneers, who got rich plundering the economy while riding a sea of credit money created by the state, is the antithesis of conservatism. It conserves nothing. Dealing with these extremes is something the Right cannot cede to the Left or you end up like Venezuela.

 

Lew Rockwell - The real factor that drives casualty count is the time before the shooter is opposed – by someone else with a gun. Looking at all the events over the past couple of decades, the killers have an average of nine minutes of completely unopposed time to do whatever they want. Considering that over 70% of school killers end their spree by committing suicide, it’s clear that time is all they seek. Not one killer got their gun through a private sale, universal background checks would not have stopped a single one of the 47 mass shootings since 1998.

 

Storekeepers

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Photos of markets and general stores of the past are endlessly fascinating. These are some of the storekeepers that ran 'em.

 

1937. Winton Minnesota

Winton is in northeast Minnesota, population was around 280 in 1937. About 173 now. Wikipedia says the Post Office closed in 1996 but regular hours are still listed on the town website . Perhaps communication with Winton is too intermittent to be synchronized.

 

1937. Ericsburg Minnesota

Ericsburg is between Ray and International Falls in northeast Minnesota. The Post office closed in 1966. Not much about this place on line.

 

1942. New York City

Yeah lady, the cattle moo in German. Do you want it or not?

 

1943. Questa New Mexico

One adding machine in town and this guy had it. Questa is a town of 1,800 on New Mexico's northern border. Mining and tourist place.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Washington Post - "The New York City Human Rights Law requires employers to use a customer’s preferred name, pronoun and title regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification." What’s more, according to the City, refusal may constitute unlawful gender-based harassment. We should all feel uncomfortable about government regulators forcing people to say things that convey and support the government’s ideology about gender.

 

The Right Stuff - Dear cuckservatives: your limited government, your empire of liberty, and your Constitution were all dependent on having a state intelligent and muscular enough to resist subversion and protect its national character. In the post 1960s era, every principle but identity was intellectually fought for and defended, and so conservatives lost again and again because they refused to recognize the new yet eternal rules. Results matter more than theories. Whatever decision conservative pundits do decide to make, it isn't likely to matter. Their influence was clearly overestimated relative to that of nationalists. Nationalism is rising across the entire West.

 

Zero Gov - With rare exception, K-12 teachers tend to be no more than their analogs in Hollywood who are simply bipedal budgies that parrot much of the nonsense they manage to remember from the substandard and wholly unnecessary education undergraduate degrees that are worse than useless much like the notion of four years being required to become a journalist; “journalists” who simply become state-fellating stenographers for violence brokers and government apologists who put a happy face on totalitarian excess for a living. Job one in the American education system beside instupidation and surgical removal of critical thinking faculties is the absolute supremacy of the feminine mindset and concomitant pursuit of security above all else and absolute risk aversion and mitigation.

 

Sultan Knish - The biggest business on Facebook is high end spam overseen by major journalists and famous brand names. All of this is alienating Facebook users. Active usage is falling sharply. Fewer users are sharing personal content. Personal update sharing fell 15 percent this year and 21 percent for the years before. Facebook doesn’t want to know what you think. It wants to tell you what to think. And it wants to do it while pretending that it was your idea all along.

 

Taki's Magazine - Obama and his cronies don’t give a rat’s ass about what happens to “trans” kids. This is about pushing an agenda. If a few bodies pile up, great—martyrs for the cause. And if you think that encouraging boys to use the girls’ bathroom isn’t going to lead to fights at best or deaths at worst, well, you’ve obviously received a massive head injury that prevents you from recalling what middle school boys are like. By just hinting that receiving federal funds will be contingent upon accepting the belief that you can think yourself into being the opposite sex, Obama, in one fell swoop, won over damn near every scientist in the country.

 

1942. Bomb shelter design by Hugh Ferriss

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hugh Ferriss was an architect and artist known for his dramatic night drawings of proposed skyscrapers. This conte crayon sketch is a late work, better known are his misty-moody renderings from the teens and twenties which could have been, perhaps were, inspiration for the exteriors in the 1927 movie Metropolis. All that aside, this looks like something Albert Speer would have dreamed up.

 

 

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

 

Ancient Origins - The stage has been set for a paradigm shift in how the world will see the real man behind that nexus of fabrication, error and credulity that's long been misidentified as the Italian Columbus. A case can now be made that the birthplace and parentage of Cristobal Colon have been reliably identified. To claim that Colon's father was none other than the young Polish king long believed to have fallen in battle against the Muslims at Varna, Bulgaria, in 1444, sounds even more fantastic than pegging the world's most famous admiral as the unlettered son of an Italian peasant. But this is what a mass of reliable data now clearly points to.

 

Stop Shouting - DHS has admitted to at least 73 airport workers who are on the terrorism watchlist - but has not cancelled their airport security clearance credentials. Speaking off the record, those who work in the aviation industry admit that number in reality is much higher. What is even more troubling that, as you are "date raped" by your friendly TSA screener simply for wanting to board a plane, 297 airports claim they lack the personnel and funding to screen airport employees before they start working in secure and sensitive areas at the airports. This of course does not even begin to plumb the almost limitless reports of DHS allowing, and TSA clearing, illegal aliens with false identities to work at airports in the most secure areas with access to aircraft and equipment.

 

Amerika - Perhaps a guy that controls a star-maker machine like Zuckerface could show a little better discretion on who hits the trending news section. Is it too much to ask for these people to perform some basic due diligence before they virtue signal on behalf of human traffickers? Maybe the Cuck Pilgrimage led by The Right Reverend Beck could take a whiff of the wind that comes out of the butt they are all kissing. Yet Silicon Valley has shown us its true colors. When Google honors a blithering Maoist who once took time out of one of her busy days to tell us of her admiration for Osama Bin Laden, those colors all involve mostly red pigments.

 

American Thinker - The hyper-politicization of the Department of Justice by the left has been used unceasingly as a bludgeon against conservatives, Christians, and constitutionalists in America. While a new Republican administration with an honorable and fair attorney general would be welcome, once the Pandora's box of hyper-politicization has been opened – as it has by Holder and Lynch – there is no real cure at the federal level. The only effective solution is to do what may make many gasp, even many conservatives, and simply abolish the United States Department of Justice, leaving the Office of Attorney General with a Spartan staff to perform those absolutely essential constitutional duties.

 

PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - The issue which dogs Hillary and which no cosmetic distancing from Sanders will solve is that the middle class is losing faith in the platform. The political turmoil threatening to break apart the EU and the American Blue Model is rooted in the fact that both are broke and have no prospect of meeting obligations as manifested in the stagnation of wages in the West and also in the collapse of the "security" safety nets for which the present-day slaves have traded away their freedom. The progressive campaign is essentially predicated on the assumption that a sufficiently resolute government can defy the laws of financial gravity. There is now some doubt on that point.

 

1944. Saipan. B-29 takeoff

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An outstanding photo from a reader's family collection, used with permission. He displays the picture in an honored place, as it should be, it's the plane his grandfather flew.

 

 

1914 - 1918 France. Airplane factory

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg And that's all I know about this photo. One plane has a flexible mount for a machine gun installed, which probably makes them a two-place model.

 

 

 

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427

397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 404
405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412,
413, 414,415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426

 

 


Notate Bene

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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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

 

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

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24 May 2016