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Where the name came from

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

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

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

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

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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Summer Afternoon
Asher Durand 1865

Asher Durand (Maplewood, New Jersey 1796—1886) has been profiled here many times. More than one Durand painting is titled Summer Afternoon. A small study, which appears to be for this landscape, is posted art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif at The Athenaeum.

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art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg art-remus-ident-04.jpg The coming unpleasantness

The guilty are sneaking away unpunished, nobody's fixing anything, there's an orderly-so-far devaluation of the dollar going on, the Treasury has fallen into the hands of counterfeiters and the election process has gone third-world. The home folks are broke, or nearly so, and unemployed, or about to be. Suddenly they understand DC isn't on their side and now they're debating whether DC is run by the criminally insane or the merely criminal. Oh yeah, this will end well.

According to a new study by the Russell Sage Foundation, the inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36% decline... it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com

Now the people who warned of 2008 are saying the market is running out of Greater Fools. They say few retail investors are in equities that don't have to be—meaning the funds, the 401ks and IRAs, the insurance companies, the compulsive gamblers. And those that don't hate the market fear the market. They say it's a gas leak looking for detonation. They say the event will arrive before the warning does.

There are usually no warnings that trouble is coming because everyone at the top of the financial food chain are highly incentivized to keep quiet about problems... Just about every CEO from every major bank spent much of 2008 claiming that all was well... As former banker Jean-Claude Juncker put it, "When it becomes serious, you have to lie."
Phoenix Capital Research at zerohedge.com

In early 2008 I noted a fairly serious decrease in online "revenue per impression" in the advertising space. This was not reflected in so-called "official" reports from various online ad firms, but I saw it quite-clearly across data I had available to me. What followed, of course, was quite clear in the markets. I am seeing the same pattern develop now.
Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org

Due diligence and fundamentals count for nothing because the arithmetic makes no sense, successful investing amounts to insider information and front running the Fed. The oscillations are wild and coming closer together. But still it goes up. One day it won't. The crash will be 2008 on afterburner because no one trusts anybody, no one honors anything, no one believes anything. The flash-crash will look stately by comparison. It'll be like being pushed out of a tree in the dark—pain and terror every inch of the way.

Another horrific stock market crash is coming, and the next bust will be “unlike any other” we have seen. We have never had this before. It’s going to be very painful for investors.
Jeremy Grantham, GMO, via moneynews.com

Warren Buffett's "best single measure of where valuations stand," comparing the market value of US companies to the gross national product before inflation, is flashing near record bubble red. Still we are sure, you'll be able to exit before everyone else when this ends.
Tyler Durden and Bloomberg at zerohedge.com

The most reliable valuation measures have never been higher except in the advance to the 2000 peak (and for some measures the 1929 and 2007 peaks), but they have started to treat these prior pre-crash peaks as objectives to be attained... Make no mistake—this is an equity bubble, and a highly advanced one. On the most historically reliable measures, it is easily beyond 1972 and 1987, beyond 1929 and 2007, and is now within about 15% of the 2000 extreme.
John Hussman at hussmanfunds.com

We have no right to be surprised by a severe and imminent stock market crash.
Mark Spitznagel via moneynews.com

The market isn't the economy, true enough, but a couple dozen trillion dollars isn't exactly budget-dust. The citizenry would see a yawning crater where their 401ks and IRAs used to be. They'd notice when their checking account is gone but their debt isn't, and when the ATM doesn't recognize their account number, or when their bank is an empty storefront and their car loan has been sold to Vinnie, or when their insurance company doesn't answer the phone. As always, people don't go nuclear until reality invites itself into their living room and defecates on the carpet. That's when things get interesting—when people notice, when they have to face what was formerly unthinkable and their only fallback is what good people they are.

Those who drove the financial bus off a cliff know the controls still work fine—the brakes and accelerator and steering wheel, all of 'em, but when the rubber isn't on the road the effect just ain't the same. But all that "driving" stuff keeps the passengers from panicking. We've seen the grandest larceny in all history. Now, after we've been cleaned out, we know the wacko conspiracy guys were right. In fact we're worse than cleaned out, the place has been turned into a debtor's prison from sea to shining sea.

Some would have us believe things are turning around—the market's up and the trend is your friend. Trend? Trend?! The market made gains after the Crash of 1929 too, genuine record recoveries. "Prosperity is just around the corner" referred to those 1930-1931 upticks, not to the unstoppable plunge that followed. As they say, it's not the fall, it's the sudden stop. The fall itself can be surprisingly profitable. But what a fall it was. By July of 1932 the Dow had dropped from its high of 367 down to 41. Ten years later, in April of 1942, it touched 100 or so, and that was after foreign panic-money poured in from a Europe at war. The highs of 1929 weren't seen again until the 1950s. That's a trend.

There's always been fraud, but sometime in the recent past the market buckled in a fundamental way and the fraud poured in. Proven reforms painfully enacted over decades were swept away. Fundamentals no longer counted. Creative finance counted. Bubbles and deceit counted. It became a criminal enterprise top to bottom. Accounting firms and regulatory agencies went over to the dark side en masse. As Mark Twain said, every profession is a conspiracy against the common man. Finally the retail investor did something sensible—he ran for his life.

The players left are those who have to stay; the funds, the retirement accounts, the insurance companies, et al, and HFT piranhas are eating them alive at millions of tiny nibbles a second. What used to be an investor's clearing house has become a betting parlor on the Federal Reserve's next move. The market goes up on tiny volume and bad news, and way up on very bad news and nearly no volume. They know dark horizons light up the printing presses. Meanwhile, the banks don't know what they own, or don't know what it's worth, but they do know they're insolvent and so does everybody else. So DC gives money to the banks and then pays the banks to lend it back to them. It's IOUs paid with IOUs and they can't write 'em fast enough.

The bottoming is not completely done. In fact, it has barely even gotten underway yet. We keep propping up losers. The result is we still need to see a repudiation of debt at a massive scale and until that happens, the Long Wave bottom won’t be here. We’re just dancing on the front end of real economic collapse.
George Ure at urbansurvival.com

What to do. The demand for collateral will be ferocious when the debacle starts. Treat debt like any other roadside bomb. Staying current isn't enough. Any collaterized debt is too much debt. You can't know which exit is the last exit. The grace period with the trillion-dollar price tag is ending and it's ending badly. This disaster has been bought off for decades. When it happens it'll go down fast. Exactly how and when can be sorta-kinda foreseen but not actually known. A cascade can start from anywhere. But this much can be said: the collateral chaos will hit the system like a weapons-grade laxative. Everything that's been contained, covered up and denied will come spewing out looking for daddy. It'll take weeks, not months to come apart. Maybe days.

Get as independent as you can while you can. There are parts of this game where the only winning move is to not play. Doesn't mean you have to go all Rambo and head off to some mountain valley, although that's one way. But it does mean putting stuff by so you can get by. "Stuff" means food stored long-term and the wherewithal to get or grow more, uninterruptible for-sure potable water, an off-the-grid heating system, meds and medical supplies, clothing for hard times and hard work and being out in life-threatening weather because you have to be, the means to defend hearth and hoard, batteries and a way to recharge them, cash and real money—meaning gold and silver—all the things you already know but haven't done. Knowing isn't doing, doing is doing.

FDR's bailout of the Federal government also went so far as to also issue Executive Order 6814 "Requiring the delivery of all silver to the United States for coinage." And what was that worth at the time? In terms of present dollars, that works out to about $22.77 per ounce. Given that silver is trading below current dollar equivalents of the Depression confiscation prices and gold is still trading at 3.44-times Depression confiscation prices, my personal bias may be inferred.
George Ure at peoplenomics.com

Plan B. If you're in a city, have a viable destination and two or three tried and proven ways to get there. Practice and take notes. Again, only doing is doing. Plan as if your life depends on it. Take a hike, go the hard way through the hills and woods, you'll discover how long an unpaved mile can be. Make a squirrel dinner, yes they're cute, but there may come a day when only one of you is going to live. Besides, they're yummy. Mankind acquired these tastes over geological epochs, you've not lost them, merely misplaced them.

Everything seems obvious and predictable in retrospect. This stuff is pretty obvious and predictable now. And there are always better reasons to not do something than to do it. You know most people won't get serious until after it was absolutely necessary. Too late. They'll fail, mostly. Worse, they'll needlessly fail at the easy part of the learning curve. Prepared is prepared, you are or you aren't. Do what you can. And as always, stay away from crowds.


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1944 magazine ad for Nestle chocolate

Swiss food company Nestle, the world’s most profitable corporation, was formed in 1905. Nestle is comprised of 8,000 brands. Some are easily identified—Nestea and Nescafe for instance, others not, such as Gerber, Cheerios and Perrier. Nestle is also active in cosmetics, pharmaceutical and insurance.







art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The multi-billion dollar boondoggle

Call it what you will—taxes, penalties, fees, fines, regulations, tariffs, tickets, permits, surcharges, tolls, asset forfeitures, foreclosures, etc.—but the only word that truly describes the constant bilking of the American taxpayer by the government and its corporate partners is theft. What Americans don’t seem to comprehend is that if the government can arbitrarily take away your property, without your having much say about it, you have no true rights. You’re nothing more than a serf or a slave, says John Whitehead in this article, The Stealing of America by the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress, at The Rutherford Institute.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg More United States

The revolutionary concept of America in the first place was this idea of “self-governance,” something we do not posses an iota of in this day and age. As was noted recently in an academic paper published by Princeton and Northwestern, these United States have mutated into nothing short of an oligarchy. In fact, the study demonstrated that the will of the people has essentially zero impact on legislation whatsoever, says Michael Krieger in this article, The Ambitious Plan to Break California into 6 States – A Model for the Future?, at Liberty Blitzkrieg.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Second anniversary of the solar superstorm

If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news. Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn't mention it. The "impactor" was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces," says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado in this article, Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012, by Tony Phillips at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Also see Why Has the Sun Gone So Quiet? by Ian O'Neill at Discovery News

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Also see Are we ready yet for potentially disastrous impacts of space weather?, by Steve Tracton at The Washington Post.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The other Wars of 1812

A Canadian historian remarked that the War of 1812 is “an episode in history that makes everybody happy, because everybody interprets it differently...the English are happiest of all, because they don’t even know it happened.” The truth is, the British were never happy. In fact, their feelings ranged from disbelief and betrayal at the beginning of the war to outright fury and resentment at the end, says Amanda Foreman in this article, The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do, at The Smithsonian.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg It's time to rethink warfare

Dramatic improvements in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, biology, and nano-materials are changing the cost/effectiveness calculation in favor of the “many and simple” against the “few and complex.” We are putting ourselves on the wrong side of a self-imposed cost curve. Today’s inexpensive drone systems mean states and even non-state actors can afford large numbers of lethal air, sea, and ground drones. Within the decade, U.S. forces should expect to be attacked by these weapons on every combat deployment, says T. Hammes in this article, The Future Of Warfare: Small, Many, Smart vs. Few/Exquisite?, at Fortuna's Corner.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg How we got it wrong on fats

Milk, cheese, butter, cream—in fact all saturated fats—are bad for you. Or so I believed ever since my days as a medical student nearly 30 years ago. During that time I assured friends and family that saturated fat would clog their arteries as surely as lard down a drain. So, too, would it make them pile on the pounds. Recently, however, I have been forced to do a U-turn. It is time to apologise for all that useless advice I've been dishing out about fat, says Dr. Michael Mosley in this article, I was wrong - we should be feasting on FAT, at the Daily Mail.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The French Resistance

There were many brave and selfless people involved. 8,000 of them were killed in action, 25,000 were shot after capture and 27,000 died in German death camps. And it can be said that their struggle was truly brave and heroic. In military terms though they were little more than nuisance value having managed by the end of the war to only kill around 2,000 Germans—less than 4% of their own losses. But the main thing was that they were on the winning side, says GM in this article, Triumphs Of Marketing – The French Resistance, at Cafe Spike.
(H/t Oleg Volk. See Volk's "Resistance fighter" photo art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif here]

Remus says - The primary mission of the Resistance was not to kill Germans but to sabotage their military transportation, disrupt their communications, provide intelligence to the Allies and rescue prisoners. That said, this article should disabuse anyone who has romantic ideas about armed resistance in an occupied country.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Maryland welcomes illegals, except in Maryland

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley publicly criticized Obama’s plans to start deporting the illegal unaccompanied kids back to their home countries. He said that America should do the humanitarian thing and allow the kids to remain and integrate into the United States. Then off camera, O’Malley called and spoke to Cecilia Munoz, the White House Domestic Policy Adviser, telling her privately, ‘please don’t send these kids to Western Maryland,’” says Dave Jolly in this article, Maryland Governor Wants Illegal Kids to Remain in US, but NOT in His State, at Last Resistance.



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Shadowy figures in the Bible

The canonical Bible is filled with mysterious characters, many of whom drop in for a cameo, do their thing, and then slide out, never to be heard from again. Some are merely extras, but some have a contextual presence that begs further examination. And some are, well, just weird, says Brent Sanders in this article, 10 Shadowy Biblical Characters No One Can Explain, at ListVerse



art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Michigan dumps co-op milk and eggs

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development stopped her brother, who was making the deliveries, and seized all of the products in a licensing dispute. She was forced to dump all the milk costing about $3,600 by her estimates, break the 1,200 eggs and dispose of the other dairy products. Though Samuelson said she felt the co-op was legally operating before, she said she didn’t want to fight it with the state because “we wouldn’t get anywhere,”reports Liz Klimas in this article, ‘It’s Ridiculous’: Why the State Ordered Co-Op to Dump 248 Gallons of Raw Milk and Toss 1,200 Organic Eggs, at The Blaze.

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High speed internet is a human right - A California nonprofit says that a Comcast Internet service program for poor people is too difficult to sign up for... Comcast had to create the $10-per-month Internet Essentials program in order to secure approval of its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011.... Many low-income residents do not have Social Security Numbers and are required to travel long distances to verify their identities... CETF also wrote that Comcast has violated program rules by conducting credit checks.
Jon Brodkin at arstechnica.com


Hillary and the Secret Service - Because she is so nasty to agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment.
Ronald Kessler, former Secret Service, via Richard Johnson at pagesix.com


Hillary and pot

I didn’t do it when I was young, I’m not going to start now.
Hillary Clinton, to Christiane Amanpour, CNN via Ian Tuttle at nationalreview.com

I think she’s acknowledged it, and if she hasn’t acknowledged it everybody else will tell you: She was an enthusiastic pot user.
"Law-school classmate", quoted by Daniel Halper via Ian Tuttle at nationalreview.com


NSA spying on Germany - I think they are looking for details on assisting Russia on dumping the dollar. I think they are looking for details for a secret movement for Germany to get away from the dollar and join the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.) This is exactly what I think they are going to do.
Jim Willie at usawatchdog.com


Physics as biology - Over time a few small planes have "evolved" into an array of different sizes, each filling a particular niche, while the largest ones have tended to get larger. The similarities mean that although evolution is too slow to observe in action in animals, the evolution of the "human-and-machine species" of the airplane can be witnessed in the span of a human lifetime. And it can be used to predict how both airplanes and animals will evolve in the future.
Brian Owens at insidescience.org


IRS email backup - I haven’t talked to anybody about this. I haven’t asked anybody about it. Nobody has any information about what was on those tapes or whether they were relevant. We have stopped asking people about it.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, via Patrick Howley at dailycaller.com


DHS no-rules watchlist rules expanded - The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist... It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.”
Scahill and Devereaux at firstlook.org


DHS Blacklist - Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future. On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.
Hina Shamsi, ACLU, via Scahill and Devereaux at firstlook.org


Obama LA fundraiser - The international concerns didn’t dampen donor enthusiasm, with about 450 people attending at ticket levels ranging from $1,000 per person up to $32,400 per person, the latter including dinner with the president, according to a DNC official. Millions were expected to be raised from Obama’s series of fundraising events over the last few days.
Ted Johnson at variety.com


Mass deaths from lack of free contraceptives - Sandra Fluke was the first to expire. Before her death at New York Presbyterian, she hoarsely whispered: "I wanted only to continue having sex the same number of times I did in law school, while studying for the Law Boards - just 25-30 times a month. Was it too much to ask that my $8,000 a summer contraceptive Jones be taken care of by that lousy school I was slaving away at?" Carefully pulling the covers over Fluke's flushed and deranged face, her physician confided, "She hardly had a chance, once the Court removed her health choice. There was nothing medical science could do."
Marion Dreyfus at thepeoplescube.com


Top cop decides what Boston needs - I don't agree with that. Having long guns—rifles and shotguns—especially here in the city of Boston. I think we should have, as the local authority, some say in the matter. And the federal government doesn't really allow us to have the discretion that we want in these particular cases. For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun. Nobody needs a rifle.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, on WGBH, via blacklistednews.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif SWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong Home - WFTV, Florida


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Time-lapse video - Wyoming storm clouds by Nicolaus Wegner, at National Geographic. 2m 59s


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Photos of Gaza tunnels - at Cryptome (H/t GM)


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Islamic Terrorist Funeral Gets A Surprise Ending - Vimeo video, 1m 52s


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Highway-Robbing Highway Patrolmen, a video from The Daily Show. 5m 30s


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Oldest Known Melody - A hymn written 3,400 years ago, YouTube, 5m 45s


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Bushcraft USA Trademarks the Word “Bushcraft” - at Wood Trekker


Chasing money out of money markets - "The SEC's rule will require prime money market funds to move from a stable $1 per share net asset value, to a floating NAV. It also will let fund boards lower redemption "gates" and fees in times of market stress." And therein lies the rub, because the very presence of the "gate" effect will be enough to send money market investors rushing out and into other asset classes.
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com


Federal offense - The only federal charge ever made against Dillinger was that he drove a stolen car across a state line (the sheriff's car he stole when making his escape from the jail at Crown Point, Indiana and driving it into Illinois), and it was upon that charge alone that Hoover made Dillinger Public Enemy Number One—simply because he was getting more publicity in 1934 than was Hoover and his FBI.
Jay Nash at rogerebert.com


Liberal logic - If we make guns illegal, then nobody will get shot anymore. That's how we stopped everybody from doing drugs.
Seen at elevenbravotwenty.blogspot.com


Gossip - In a tribal society, women are the real brains behind group cohesion... Gossip is the daily intelligence gathering for the tribe. Those members whose behavior is of an unacceptable nature are talked about. And usually if the gossip itself is unable to change that behavior ... then it turns to a group consensus on how to punish that behavior.
James Dakin at bisonprepper.blogspot.com


Middle class - Democracy, and its twin of market capitalism, alone can instantaneously create lethal armies out of civilians, equip them with horrific engines of war, imbue them with a near-messianic zeal within a set time and place to exterminate what they understand as evil, have them follow to their deaths the most ruthless of men, and then melt anonymously back into the culture that produced them. It is democracies, which in the right circumstances, can be imbued with the soul of battle, and thus turn the horror of killing to a higher purpose of saving lives and freeing the enslaved.
Victor Hanson, quoted by Bill Browncoat at smallestminority.blogspot.com


NY Times calls for end of Prohibition - The New York Times’ editorial board on Saturday called on the federal government to legalize marijuana. Citing alcohol prohibition, social costs and states’ movements, the board argued “after a great deal of discussion” that “the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization.”
Craig Howie at politico.com


Inflation cult - The Keynesian Cargo Cult has absolute faith in the notion that consumers faced with inflation will buy more today rather than pay more next year... When prices rise faster than incomes, people can't afford to buy as much. So consumption necessarily declines as prices go up and purchasing power goes down. There is nothing mysterious about this, but the Keynesian Cargo Cult is unmoved by mere fact and common sense.
Charles Smith at oftwominds.com


Defending the Constitution - Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience sake.
President Obama, Inaugural Address


The border

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The real illegal alien flood is on its way - It's about to get worse. Entire villages are emptying out and coming from Central America through Mexico to the United States. They'll be hitting in the next couple weeks. What you are seeing right now is the tip of the iceberg.
Dennis Lynch, documentary filmmaker, via Fred Elbel at cairco.org

About deploying the Texas Guard - What we're hopeful is that Governor Perry will not just take these kinds of steps that are generating the kind of headlines I suspect he intended, but will actually take the kinds of steps that will be constructive to solving the problem over the long term.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest via Rebecca Kaplan at cbsnews.com

Congressman speaks at La Raza - We need to raise our voices, make ourselves citizens, sign up to vote and punish those who speak ill and criminalize children who come to our border.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez via Tony Lee at breitbart.com

Illegal aliens as baby Moses - If you send them back, many of them will, no doubt, be separated from their parents, who are already in the United States, and might face death and violence on their return. What do we do? First, we treat children like children, as if they were our own. We protect them and put politics aside. No government should be in the business of deporting children. This is America.
Jorge Ramos at fusion.net

Illegal aliens as "refugee" baby Jesus - I reference the conference of bishops statement in which they say baby Jesus was a refugee from violence. Let us not turn away these children and send them back into a burning building... so we have to do this in a way that honors our values but also protects our border and does so in a way that the American people understand more clearly.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on MSNBC "Morning Joe" via Pam Key at breitbart.com

SEIU holds "Death to GOP" chant - At a rally on Tuesday in downtown Denver led by the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, Latino leaders and community groups held a mock funeral procession in which they declared, “Death to the Colorado GOP for killing immigration reform.” Joining the demonstration was state Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver.
Peter Marcus at coloradostatesman.com

Coyotes as loan sharks - How do they afford $7,000? They can't. So then how do they get across? They pay the drug lords $3,000 and the drug lords say, ‘Don't worry about it. You know what? You just get over and then we'll work it out.' Now, what does that mean? I mean, it is Al Capone stuff. You owe us a favor, and so I'm going to call on you and you're going to do these things or I'll kill your whole family.
Glenn Beck at glennbeck.com

Self-imported crime - The purpose of adding more resources on the ground is not to address the women and children, it’s to address the growing reality that a lot of people coming across the border are here for criminal purposes. They’re killing, they’re raping, they’re robbing, they’re doing all kinds of harsh criminal activity.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott via houston.cbslocal.com

Not just Central America any more - People of interest from Somalia, the horn of Africa, and other terror-prone nations were actually taking the same passageways into the U.S. as Central Americans and Mexicans, and that they roughly spend $7,500 to get from Somalia to Central America and then into the U.S.
Brandon Darby, interview with Mike Church at mikechurch.com/transcripts

“Very significant” executive action due - In 2012, Obama signed a memo authorizing deferred action on the deportation of certain children of illegal immigrants—the so-called “DREAMers.” ... Immigrant groups want the president to use his “prosecutorial discretion” to extend temporary protection from deportation to the millions of illegal migrants who would have qualified for a “path to citizenship” under the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, which has gone nowhere in the House.
Francine Kiefer at csmonitor.com

Decree - The recent meeting “was really the first time we had heard from the administration that they are looking at” expanding a program to provide temporary relief from deportations and work authorization for undocumented immigrants, says Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
Alex Altman at time.com

Amnesty by immunity - Illegal immigrants in the interior of the U.S. have already, as a practical matter, been immune from enforcement under this Administration. DACA applies to individuals up to 30 years of age and provides actual amnesty papers, photo ID, and work permits to illegal immigrants—who can then take any job in America. The President’s planned executive orders would expand this permitting program to another 5–6 million illegal immigrants. This would effectively end immigration enforcement in America.
Sen. Jeff Sessions via Michael Warren at weeklystandard.com/blogs

Above the law - Obama is prepared to provide millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. work authorization via executive orders, plunging America into third world status awash in so-called refugees... Obama’s La Raza connected goons are giddy over the prospect... If Obama succeeds, the free America we have always known will no longer exist. He has three years to do even more damage and trust me, he will. We have elected a stone-cold Marxist and he is permanently solidifying control for the Marxists in the US in perpetuum.
Terresa Hamilton at noisyroom.net

La Raza triumphant - Appearing on Morning Joe on Friday, Gutierrez said he will meet with White House officials later in the day “to negotiate additional terms and avenues the president can use” through executive action. “I think we can get 3 or 4, maybe even 5 million people,” he said.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, on MSNBC Morning Joe, via Andrew Johnson at nationalreview.com

La Raza's new best friend - I think we ought to say to these children, ‘Welcome to America. You’re going to go to school and get a job and become Americans. We have 3,141 counties in this country. That’d be 20 per county. The idea that we can’t assimilate these 8-year-old criminals with their teddy bears is preposterous.
George Will, at Fox New Sunday, via Brendan Bordelon at dailycaller.com

The new terrorists - One of the unappreciated aspects challenges of the breakdown on the US southern border is that “ICE isn't screening for infectious diseases, instead relying on self-reporting. Immigrants are not detained for further health screening, ‘unless they tell us they're sick,' according to the ICE agent.” The bad news is that antibiotic-resistant TB is probably getting through.  The good news is it isn't ebola.
Richard Fernandez at pjmedia.com/richardfernandez


African horror disease spreads

Sierra Leone has had 427 confirmed cases of Ebola and 144 deaths, according to figures released Wednesday by the health ministry... Ebola typically kills 90% of those infected, but the death rate in this outbreak has dropped to roughly 60% thanks to early treatment... Once the virus takes hold, many die in an average of 10 days as the blood fails to clot and hemorrhaging occurs.
Kellerman and Smith at cnn.com

Two U.S. citizens are now reported to be infected with the deadly and incurable Ebola virus in West Africa. The first American reported to have contracted the disease is an American doctor working with Ebola patients in Liberia, who tested positive for the deadly virus, North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse issued said in a news release on Saturday. The second person who reportedly tested positive for Ebola is a woman employed by an aid organization in Liberia who is a married mother of two.

Remus says - This is a fast-moving story, every report is worse than the last. These two reports are snapshots. Two types of Ebola are being reported. Medical workers on the scene say this outbreak is out of control.


The Mexican fifth column - The U.S. Constitution, in Article 4, Section 4, still mandates that the executive branch—President Barack Obama—must protect the states against invasion. Instead of protecting the states from invasion, our rogue president and his gangster henchmen are now intentionally and with forethought laying open our national borders, and are encouraging and assisting the invaders. How is this not treason?
Matthew Bracken at co-ironwill.blogspot.com


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif DHS swindles exposed - Large non-profit and “faith based” corporations getting massive grants from DHS and HHS are exposed in detail by Sundance in this article, One Media Outlet Catching On To Massive Governmental Non-Profits Housing The Unaccompanied Alien Minors – “Southwest Key” Under Review, at The Last Refuge.
(H/t: JS)


Cottage industry after SHTF - I would advise beginning to collect durable fabrics now: sturdy denims, warm woolens, and firmly woven cottons for warm weather. Ebay has a pretty good selection. If you look patiently, you will be able to find fabric in bulk at good prices. Sturdy cotton sheets are also a fabric source; get them on sale. The idea of buying strong card stock for patterns is excellent.
JW from NY, comment at survivalblog.com


Interventionists - They don’t yearn for just control, but seek a complete transformation of other peoples and cultures so that a uniform attitude is adopted by the world’s populace. Much of the propagating is done under the guise of human rights. With everyone kowtowing to the same lies of democratic celebration, liberty is dissolved... history, if it has a lesson, teaches us that no group of men can conquer the world. It’s simply too big, too vast, and too complex.
James Miller at mises.ca


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif DHS unhinged - It's just outrageous that a border patrol agent would point a gun at a boy scout just for taking a picture. It just doesn't make sense, but anyway that incident happened.
Sen. Charles Grassley, via kcci.com/news


Old school - Just like New Math screwed up a whole bunch of kids, so too, New Economics pretends that fundamentals like supply, demand, and government solvency don't matter. Over time the Old School is likely to show again how it "got to be old." By being mercilessly right.
George Ure at peoplenomics.com


Are Teachers Underpaid? Let’s Find Out - If teachers believe they aren't making what they're worth, and they may well be right about that, let's free them from union constraints and let them find out what the job market has to offer. Until then we can't really know. Because a bachelor's degree isn't a dispensation from the vagaries of economic reality. And teaching isn't the first step towards sainthood. Regardless of what you've heard.
David Harsanyi at thefederalist.com


Appalachia gets Beretta

During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State.

While we had originally planned to use the [Gallatin] Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility.
Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp at beretta.com

We worked with Beretta on this issue, but it’s clear they never planned on staying in Maryland which is disappointing. At the end of the day, we understand why a gun manufacturer would oppose common sense gun safety measures.
Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown via Seth Johnson at wnd.com

Remus says - The unprecedented relocation of arms manufacturers and the transfer of surplus military stuff to hillbilly and redneck territory continues. One is fortuitous. Two is a coincidence. This many means DC is riddled with good ol' boy moles.


art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Philadelphia Legal Smackdown - Philadelphia loses big on concealed carry restrictions, details in this article at Pagun Blog's Shall Not Be Questioned.


Obama's people - Muslims are a fundamental part of the American family. In fact, the success of American Muslims and our determination to guard against any encroachments on their civil liberties is the ultimate rebuke to those who say that we’re at war with Islam.
President Obama, 2013, via hrw.org


Whorfianism art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif - It’s a short step from this fascination with the complexity of other languages to the notion that it invests their speakers with an understanding of the world that is more nuanced than the one possessed by, say, speakers of Standard English. In George Orwell’s great invention of Newspeak in Nineteen Eighty-Four, striking a word from the language makes literally unthinkable the idea it expresses. That’s Whorfianism on a totalitarian scale.
Oliver Kamm at thetimes.co.uk


Executive orders and unelected regulators - Where the law is subject to some other authority and has none of its own, the collapse of the state is not far off.


The new DC3 - The 737 series is the best-selling jet airliner in the history of aviation. The 737 has been continuously manufactured by Boeing since 1967 with 8,104 aircraft delivered and 3,931 orders yet to be fulfilled as of June 2014. There are 1,250 Boeing 737s airborne at any given time on average.


Rice -Vacuum-pack rice with the ol' FoodSaver. Regular rice, not the instant stuff. Rule of thumb: five pounds of rice fills six one-pint Mason jars. Each one-pint Mason jar makes four generous servings, or near enough. Good for five year's storage at the veriest pessimisticest minimum. Put away some gravy concentrate with it.
Ol' Remus at woodpilereport.com

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1937. Northome Minnesota, unloading supplies.

Northome is a hamlet of 200 in north-central Minnesota, formerly a booming logging community. Northome is 40 miles from Bemidji, a town of 14,400.



1937. A store in a Minnesota logging "bust town."


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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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