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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
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
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

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


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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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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George Hicks, Young Companions, 1878

Another magnificent genre painting by George Hicks. As said here last week, "George Hicks was from a wealthy family, trained as a doctor but took up painting instead. He was a first rate genre painter and, late in his career, a portraitist. Hicks was successful, married, had eight kids, lived a good life. He died in 1914 at age 90."

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The left is collapsing into homicidal insanity. Their snarky-clever pundits, their street thugs , their wartime-style "resistance"—all braying for blood and violence. They want you gone and prefer you dead. Take them seriously. Black Lives Matter and the Alexandria ballpark shootings have put ambush-murder firmly on the table. Expect more. Look to your own safety. Stay away from crowds. Don't be anywhere near this. Keep Plan B close to hand. First out is best out. Be ready to roll.

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Normally I put stuff before the reader to fail or succeed on merit, but these essays brass me off. It's like two Viennese theologians arguing over vine spacing while the Ottoman armies are at the gates.

Jacobite - Political Violence is a Game the Right Can’t Win

Brett Stevens offers his comments on this article in Why The Right Always Loses, at Amerika. See "2. It is Not Enough to be Correct"

As for the substance of their arguments, were this 1770 I'd expect them to collaborate on an essay, "Why Independence From England Will Fail". It would be bulletproof. Guys, the really dangerous one at a fight club isn't the building inspector. Don't flatter yourself.

Notions arrived at by over-intellectualization inherit the fragility of their origin, meaning Mr. Hines and Mr. Stevens are being insufferably academic about all this. Perhaps they're auditioning for the "fusty bow tie" slot, mercifully vacant of late.

For a refresher about the core issue, re-read Wrath of the Awakened Saxon, by Rudyard Kipling, here .

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Federal Reserve "money ex nihilo" has increased to 16% annualized, from February to May . So far the only thing it's stimulating is the stock market, in fact, it may be the only thing holding it up. At the same time, the Fed is looking to dump "too big to fail" trash.

Yeah yeah, they're competing with themselves, but a cynic would say they're making room for the coming round of rescues. Too harsh? The Shiller PE ratio for the S&P 500 has just passed 30 . Credible estimates say the market will continue to over-rev until late summer. Then the timing chain breaks and it's 1929-o'-Rama. Worth keeping an eye.

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Some notes from the Alexandria ballpark shooting.

A short while before the shooting, Huffington Post's Jason Fuller wrote, "impeachment is no longer enough ... we as a nation must deliver the ultimate punishment under the law to all involved in its current destruction." Oops. The article was pulled, the link takes you to the archive.

CNN's initial report used the opportunity to push more gun control, "Some gun control advocates pushed for tighter regulations after the Giffords shooting—but to no effect". The hard left doesn't want this shooting politicized, the perp is their guy, but then they go straight to gun politics. Does the left hand know what the lefter hand is doing?

Mike Cernovich - Archives of Alexandria shooter’s pro-Maddow, Democrat Facebook ... Facebook deleted his page. Here is what they are covering up.

Jesse Benn at Huffington Post topped 'em all by criticizing the shooter for being ineffective, "For violent resistance to work it'd need to be organized". Looks organized to me.

The New York Times as much as called it payback with this feeble editorial, "In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs". It's been heavily edited since first posted.

And it appears we have a "new normal", Heat Street - NJ Democratic Strategist Launches #HuntRepublicans and #HuntRepublicanCongressmen.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a January 2011 email, after Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot and wounded said:

“This horrendous act of violence is not some kind of strange aberration for this area where, it appears, threats and acts of violence are part of the political climate. Nobody can honestly express surprise that such a tragedy finally occurred... As the elder statesman of Arizona politics McCain needs to stand up and denounce the increasingly violent rhetoric coming from the right-wing and exert his influence to create a civil political environment in his state.”

The Alexandria ballpark perp was infatuated with Sen. Sanders. He claimed to have been a campaign worker. But common sense says we can't hold the good senator responsible for the politics of division and his supporter's violent actions. Or ... or can we?

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The quote of the week comes from Taki's Magazine:

We would love to cut a deal with the noble indigenous peoples across the Earth—you can have your Navajo panties and aboriginal dot paintings and every last freaking burrito on the planet so long as you give us back our computers and cell phones and cars and indoor plumbing and electricity and air conditioners. Deal?

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Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish says in his essay, The Climate Confederacy:

A civil war is underway. In the last election the territorial majority of Americans rejected the rule of a minority of wealthy and powerful urban enclaves. Outside of their bicoastal bases, the political power of the Democrat faction has been shattered. And so it has retreated into subversion and secessionism.

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Just a reminder. It appears leftist militants are still planning coordinated nationwide riots on July 2nd and 3rd, called "Impeachment Marches". Thousands of street 'activists' will be using flash-mob and other methods taught at Summer Resistance Camp, generously funded by the The Democratic National Committee. Expect Black Lives Matter and armed Antifa red brigades to use demonstrators as a screen for serious assaults.

Their leaders have refused to rule out property destruction and violence against unwelcome bystanders. Persons of non-color who are unlucky, elderly or merely slow moving are at particular risk. The central theme is, "Trump must go by any means necessary", starting with shutting down entire cities. As happened in Baltimore and Berkeley, city officials—co-conspirators, to say it plainly—may order police to retreat or even to stand down, then when things quiet down, send 'em out to arrest the victims. As always, observe Ol' Remus's Most Excellent and Inviolable Rule One For Survival: stay away from crowds.

What else? Oh yes, the USS Fitzgerald. Daily Mail has their usual excellent reporting, here . Karl Denninger has a good write up about the collision, here . My definition of "heightened awareness" is the time I was on the bridge of a ship—560 foot, 17,000 tons—entering a constricted bay in dense fog, with ships of comparable size also underway. It's not like you can pull over and figure it out, y'gotta maintain steerage just to stay in the channel. Besides, none of 'em, including ours, had any brakes. An oversight, doubtless.

Whatever decision the captains made, ours and theirs, it was irrevocable and the consequences came about five minutes later. The next time I encountered the captain my salute was extra crisp and held just a bit longer. Being a barefoot boy from outten the hills, I didn't even know such a thing was possible.

Got to talking with one of my correspondents about school. I like to say I graduated third highest in my class, which I did, but my entire graduating class had one homeroom with seats left over. After the bell it became a classroom. Anyway, during hunting season we'd get off the bus some distance from home and hunt bunnies and squirrels, say the last mile or so. It was the year we were no longer allowed to keep our rifles and shotguns in our lockers, we had to put 'em in the room next to the principal's office. It struck us as mildly cockamamie and majorly prissy. Such was my introduction to the slippery slope.

Speaking of English—we were?—if there were a Geneva Convention for discourse, English would be outlawed. Properly deployed it confers an almost unfair advantage. It's the light infantry of debate. Ever notice instructions printed in several languages, how English is the shortest by a good margin? Ever listen to a simultaneous translation of a movie? Long after the English speaker has finished the translator just keeps dieseling on. Yeah, it's a polyglot tongue, and even the rules need rules, but that's why kids come equipped with parents.

It was a rouser of a weekend. High winds, trees and parts of trees in the roads, torrential rain, Wagnerian lightning and thunder, two tornadoes south of us, one even closer to the west, electricity was out for a while, telephone and internet out until Monday morning. Cell phone? It's a good counterargument to progress. All I gotta do to enjoy Space Age Communications is walk a quarter mile and hold the phone just so. No "disparate impact" discount though.

Those with Premium Woodpile Report Subscriptions received their edition by drone earlier today, in fine Chancery Hand by select calligraphers, illustrated with series-numbered photographs tipped in at Sotheby's. Be sure to save the pH neutral, archival slipcase, it's ideal for storing brass you pick up at the range. For the rest of us it's the default electronic version, but be of good cheer, the stupidity herein assaults the senses with undiminished ferocity.

 

1927. Hupmobile magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Received and accepted members of the smart set, just returned from a poetry reading at madam's tea garden, enjoy a small repast while admiring their straight-eight Mobile d'Hup. The green pigment is culled from the wings of butterflies found only on one remote island in the Caribbean, or so the dealer told them.

 

Remus's notebook

 

PhysOrg - No Universe without Big Bang ... the "no-boundary proposal" does not imply a large universe like the one we live in, but rather tiny curved universes that would collapse immediately

Daily Galaxy - Mystery of Our Sun's Destructive Birth Twin, Nemesis --"A Giant Molecular Cloud Filled with Infant Stars Points to Its Existence"

Illinois death watch

Mish Talk - Unable to Pay Bills, Illinois Sends “Dear Contractor” Letter Telling Firms to Halt Road Work on July 1 ... Illinois is not in danger of becoming a failed state, it is a failed state

Chicago Sun Times - Powerball, Mega Millions to drop Illinois due to state’s budget crisis

Dollar Collapse - ... the real impact will be felt when everyone with money at risk starts asking who’s next – and finding a long list of likely suspects... If the failed states are bailed out by the still-solvent, what does that do to the latters’ balance sheets?

DC Clothesline - Swedish women have sex with ‘refugees’ in the name of giving them comfort ... the ultimate cuck

Vintage News - Inventions made during World War I we still use today

Telegraph - Don't call students 'genius' because word is associated with men, Cambridge lecturers told ... "We’re rewriting our first two years of our History degree ..."

Chateau Heartiste - The Inevitable War ... lethal Diversity™ skirmishes are taking place all over America

Daily Mail - Giant condor flies in to thank the man who nursed him back to health after he fell from his mother's nest as a baby.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The video of the pair coming together for a heartfelt embrace will give you a lump in yer throat—don't care who you are.

Daily Caller - Here Are Five Fake Stories CNN Pushed

Front Page - Loretta Lynch, Portrait Of Corruption ... New revelations surrounding Lynch’s effort to sink email probe

Blacklisted News - The Next Financial Crisis Has Already Arrived In Europe, And People Are Starting To Freak Out

Alt-Market - Peak Economic Delusion Signals Coming Crisis ... the average analystis just as ignorant of the fiscal situation as most people.

Campus Reform - Evergreen prez now 'immensely disappointed' by protests ... Board of Trustees issued a separate statement condemning their “unacceptable behavior”

College Fix - Evergreen State College vows to create social justice warriors in teaching program ... including mathematics, physics, science, biology, history and earth and space science

Atlantic - Southern Baptists Embrace Gender-Inclusive Language in the Bible ... integrity less important than political correctness

Charlotte Observer - Weekend of shootings at Myrtle Beach leaves some tourists saying they won’t be back. Includes video

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Why we can't have nice things

The Conversation - What went wrong with the F-35, Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter? ... one aircraft for widely different missions across different branches of the military. What could go wrong?

Liberty's Torch - "The following Mark Steyn video was recorded six hours before James Hodgkinson’s attack on the Republican Congressmen at the softball field." Video, 19m 57s.

Next Big Future - Australia makes solar paint that absorbs water and splits it to generate hydrogen

Popular Mechanics - The U.S. Navy Is Considering Un-Retiring a Bunch of Old Frigates ... retired too soon, may live to sail again

Firearm Blog - .20 Nosler, a New Cartridge that is Not Yet Announced? ... Pacific Tool & Gauge already offers chamber reamers for it

Bloomberg - The $31 Billion Hole in GE’s Balance Sheet That Keeps Growing ... pension shortfall is the biggest among S&P 500 companies

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Racial doom, Fred On Everything - What made me give up all interest in the problems of blacks was the assaults by blacks and their fellow travelers on Confederate monuments. Why should the least productive, most criminal, most dependent of the population rewrite history that in any event they don’t know? Decades of unrelenting propaganda have trained us that blacks bear no responsibility for anything. Nobody, black or white, liberal or conservative, expects blacks ever to do anything for themselves. Dependence on whites is the backbone of black culture. Political correctness ensures that we cannot even talk about the problem.

 

The shootings, Liberty's Torch - The usual moral inhibitions that restrain people from committing violence against others obviously failed to operate on Hodgkinson. Why? Because of the Democrats’ vicious denunciations. They’ve characterized the Republicans as Satan’s minions, unworthy of consideration as human beings, and therefore without any right to life, peace, or privacy. That freed Hodgkinson to try to take their lives. If there is any conscience left in such despicable figures as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they’ll don sackcloth and ashes and make a public confesssion of their guilt for this horror. However, it’s far more likely that they’ll use the incident to blather about “the need for more gun control.”

 

The resistance goes live-fire, Ann Coulter - The explosion of violence against conservatives across the country is being intentionally ginned up by Democrats, reporters, TV hosts, late-night comedians and celebrities, who compete with one another to come up with the most vile epithets for Trump and his supporters. They go right up to the line, trying not to cross it. The media are orchestrating a bloodless coup, but they're perfectly content to have their low-IQ shock troops pursue a bloody coup. Imagine if Trump lost and then announced that he'd joined the "Resistance."

iBankCoin - Ann Coulter Explodes: The Left is ‘Trying to Incite Violence Against Trump and His Supporters’. Includes video.

 

Creating Oswald, City Journal - We don’t have to look too hard to find extremist rhetoric from influential people whose appeals for violence are only partially veiled. Every policy difference, no matter how trivial, has been cast as a matter of life and death. In the last few weeks, the violent rhetoric crossed a fever line. Following the shooting, liberal Twitter erupted in cynical snark. The media, academia, and politics can pretend that their calls for radical action were meant metaphorically or in a nonviolent sense. But they are the ones who opened this box of fear, panic, and rage.

 

1939. Meloland California, migrant field hands

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A view from the same series as last week's photo , captioned: "Pulling and tying carrots for 60¢ a day, about ten-fifty in today's currency. Meloland is in Imperial County, southern California, close to the border with Mexico."

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Rulers, Eric Peters Autos - Why are politicians increasingly despised by reasonable people? Could it have anything to do with the fact that they will not leave people alone? That all they do is decree how we will be allowed to live, what we must do and what we may not do? Most of these things being precisely none of their business to so order? Instead of protecting our rights, politicians spend their time gutting them, turning them into conditional privileges to be further conditioned or rescinded at their pleasure. There is no line over which these professional disposers of other people’s lives and property and liberties will not step. They have become a ruling caste, as entitled and arrogant as their feudal analogs.

 

ISIS burns library, New Yorker - The library at the University of Mosul, among the finest in the Middle East, once had a million books, historic maps, and old manuscripts. There’s a famous saying in the Middle East: “Books are written in Egypt, printed in Lebanon, and read in Iraq.” For centuries, private home libraries were considered a sign of class. After the University of Mosul was founded, in 1967, sixty of the city’s largest private libraries donated their historic collections to the new campus library. The only sign of what it had been was an occasional scrap of paper from a book, its edges burned brown, on the ground.

 

Three Rs, Unz Review - If one compiled a list of massive cultural engineering projects, America’s effort to close race-related academic achievement gaps would be the most ambitious. Every single one involves expanded government spending to hire experts to invent new curriculums, design coercive integration plans, concoct tests to assure accountability, and otherwise facilitate myriad top-down solutions. Happily, an alternative exists that has historically proven itself. It is simple: pressure laggards to shape up and punish those who disrupt the learning of classmates. Return to an earlier era when students themselves were held responsible for learning their lessons.

 

Stuck, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - Too many institutions in the West remain decades after their birth, frozen in the moment of their creation. NASA, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the university system and the United Nations rule us from the past. Public life has become a museum of memes from which nothing can escape without a mummy hand dragging the fugitive back into the darkened interior. Our modern institutions will never self-disband; that's the problem. They have become historical projects, ends in themselves, destined to fulfill some idealized future that was new in 1917.

 

2013 and 1944. Saint-Sever-Calvados, France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Reader and friend of Woodpile Report 'W' writes, "Ah, Saint Sever!  The Bar du Bocage is lovely, although they close early so as not to disturb the neighbors after bedtime," and attached a link to Google Maps with this view from June, 2013 of the Rue de la Foret, Saint-Sever-Calvados.

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1944

Sixty-nine years earlier a now-unknown Army Signal Corps photog took the photo above, posted in last week's Woodpile Report , which was captioned:

"M8 armored cars of C Company, 82nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Armord Division on the main street of Saint-Sever-Calvados in Normandy France, while the town is under German artillery fire, August 3 1944".

Saint-Sever is where they came up against the II SS Panzer Corps for the first time. The engagement was ... spirited. There is a dramatic and engaging account of a typical action posted at Warfare History Network: A Sherman vs. Panther Tank Duel At St. Sever.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Dead end, Z Man - We have a whole industry built around race hustling. The dysfunctional black under-class is the source of income for thousands of people with an interest in never solving it. The Exploding Mohamed is looking like a problem for which the Cloud People have no way to ignore. If BMW’s exploded at this rate, Britain would ban the importation of BMW’s and demand the manufacturer recall those in the country. The typical person in the managerial elite has never had to face the hard decisions. Theirs has been a life without accountability. If you have spent your life in the dream world of the academy and the government campus, you can be forgiven for not wanting to question the underlying orthodoxy.

 

Rap sheet, Pat Buchanan - The 1960s and early 1970s were marked by the seemingly endless violence of the hard left, beginning with the Communist Oswald, who had tried to shoot Gen. Edwin Walker in Dallas before killing JFK. The campus violence and urban riots of the decade, from Harlem to Watts to Newark and Detroit, to Washington, D.C., and 100 cities after Dr. King’s death, were not the work of the Goldwater right. Those were the days of the Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society, Weatherman and the Symbionese Liberation Army. It was America’s radical left shooting cops and burning down ROTC buildings. As for James Hodgkinson, he was a Trump-hating left-wing terrorist.

 

Dark matter, Quanta Magazine - If dark matter forms a superfluid at the galactic scale, it could give rise to a new force that would account for the observations that don’t fit the cold dark matter model. Superfluids don’t exist in the everyday world — it’s too warm for the necessary quantum effects to hold sway. Recently, more physicists have warmed to the possibility of superfluid phases forming naturally in the extreme conditions of space. Superfluids may exist inside neutron stars, and some researchers have speculated that space-time itself may be a superfluid. So why shouldn’t dark matter have a superfluid phase, too?

 

Losing carriers, US Naval Institute - Carriers are vulnerable. Any enemy wants to sink carriers because they are such a threat to begin with. They are also big, and because they are maximized to take the most aircraft and ordnance as far as possible, they are also fairly fragile. What is a carrier’s expected survivability when the seas are contested by peer to near-peer adversaries over an extended period of time? The last time that was seen was WWII. Of the 21 CV, by the end of their first year of war, 11 were sunk. That is 52%. It is only a problem if you don’t expect, plan, and adjust accordingly before war starts.

 

1945. Philippines medevac

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of the interior of a medevac-equipped C46 Curtis Commando taking wounded from the Philippines. More capable than the DC3-based C47, about 3,140 were built for the US armed forces, some seeing further duty in Korea and Viet Nam.

 

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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.
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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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