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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 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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Edward T. Compton, The Alps, 1906

Edward Compton was a London-born mountain climber of many notable ascents, including many firsts, who made major climbs into his seventies. He was known for his "brilliant mountaineering skill on ice and rock, his truly admirable perseverance, his inexhaustible patience in bearing hardships".

Compton was a first rate, largely self-taught artist and illustrator who worked in oils, watercolor, and pen and ink. He painted The Alps, above, at age 57. He died in 1921.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Piper Harron, a temporary assistant professor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa—I'd never heard of it either—has some thoughts on how universities can improve society. This is from her essay posted at the American Mathematical Society website:

What can universities do? Stop hiring white cis (sic) men until the problem goes away. If you think this is a bad or un-serious idea, your sexism/racism/transphobia is showing.

If you are on a hiring committee, and you are looking at applicants and you see a stellar white male applicant, think long and hard about whether your department needs another white man. ... When you hire a non-marginalized person, you are not just supporting this one applicant whom you like, you are rewarding a person who has been rewarded his whole life. You are justifying the system that makes his application look so good. You are not innocent.

It's like a '30s Goebbels rant about not hiring Jews for the physics department. Our competitors in this world are laughing their butts off .

If you believe Piper Harron's rant is a one-off, you'd be wrong. Campus Reform reports:

"Teach for America and EdX are partnering to provide a training course for middle-school math teachers on how to incorporate social justice into their curricula... To remedy math's contribution to oppression, teachers are thus encouraged to think of ways that math can be used to advocate for marginalized populations."

And if it doesn't work, there's always Nigeria. In related news, this is the talent pool Mizz Hannon would have universities draw from:

"6 Baltimore schools, no students proficient in state tests... At Frederick Douglass, 185 students took the state math test last year and 89 percent fell into the lowest level. Just one student approached expectations."

But wait, there's more

As is obvious to all, mandatory "equal opportunity" quickly became mandatory "equal outcome", with quotas, set-asides and preferences to enforce it. Unearned advancement at the expense of everyone else was the stated purpose of affirmative action from the beginning. But not even this is enough.

Their final solution is being suggested openly at some colleges now, albeit lightly oiled with academic blather and the barest minimum of deniability. The College Fix reports, "a Texas A&M University professor suggested in class that “white people dying” is a time-tested way to eradicate racism from American society". Tommy Curry is his name, "black self-defense" is his game. Here's how he put it:

“It requires us to destroy the way that society is formulated now. I don’t think you’ll like how we can change it. White people dying or the people in power dying has generally worked.”

If “white people dying” sounds maybe-kinda ambiguous—actuarial tables, march of time, all that—be aware he looks to the movie Django Unchained for inspiration. Elsewhere he said, “look, in order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people may have to die.” He calls it "part of a scholarly analysis". Texas A&M agrees. Free speech, they say. Move along, nothing to see here. Let's try his words with one teensy change: “... some black people may have to die.” Chances are this wouldn't sound quite as scholarly to Texas A&M.

He's also on record as saying he turns on the news just to see white people get beaten, and it's a civic duty to encourage the oppressed to kill white people. His supporters offer explanations and denials and accusations. Well of course they do.

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In 2015 and 2016, when the administration at the University of Missouri cravenly caved to the insane demands of black "student" mobs and their groupies, infamous harpy Melissa Clicks prominent among them, it brought about an instant implosion of such reputation as it had.

University President Wolfe and Chancellor Loftin groveled and whimpered in tearful supplication, and all but put on a minstrel show in solidarity, but Black Lives Matter demanded their resignations and got them, proving they and not the board controls MU. But there was a price this time.

Enrollment has dropped 35 per cent, college sporting events are thinly attended, donations are drying up and bequests are being withdrawn, several dorms have been mothballed, off-campus rentals are going vacant, and small businesses catering to students are going broke.

Heat Street published a time-line of how it happened,

Heat Street - Mizzou Misery: Exclusive Emails Reveal The Brutal Backlash

and why,

Heat Street - As Mizzou Enrollment Plummets, Landlords Offer $1,000 Gift Cards, Big Rent Reductions to Lure Students

In other but related news, the AP reports,

"Obasi Shaw is the first student in Harvard's history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the English Department. The album has earned the equivalent of an A-minus grade, good enough to guarantee that Shaw will graduate with honors next week."

Just in case you thought "participation trophies" were an elementary school thing.

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As always, the Z Man gets the long view bang on. This is from his must-read essay, Financialization:

Just a generation ago, a college diploma had real value that exceeded the purchase price. The financialization of college has not only decreased the initial value of the diploma, it has stripped away much of its long term value through the student loan rackets. The only people benefiting from college today are the people running the colleges and the money men financing it. The school makes millions staging mock combat with retarded black men and your kid gets saddled with the debt.

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There is a real and determined effort to destroy western civilization. "Destroy" means tear it down, rip it to shreds, bury it so deep even the memory of its destruction is gone. Call it the Taliban Compulsion—feral dogs attacking everything not-dog, most recently in New Orleans where statues of historic figures are being pulled down by extremists.

It was a long time before I understood why the pathetic trash called "modern art" was so exalted. The full dimension of what was going on, that it was part of a larger crime, revealed itself to me by degrees. Fred Ross of the Art Renewal Center put it this way:

For over 90 years, there has been a concerted and relentless effort to disparage, denigrate and obliterate the reputations, names, and brilliance of the academic artistic masters of the late 19th Century. Fueled by a cooperative press, the ruling powers have held the global art establishment in an iron grip. Equally, there was a successful effort to remove from our institutions of higher learning all the methods, techniques and knowledge of how to train skilled artists.

Five centuries of critical data was nearly thrown into the trash. It is incredible how close Modernist theory, backed by an enormous network of powerful and influential art dealers, came to acquiring complete control over thousands of museums, university art departments and journalistic art criticism.

Now traditional painting is resurgent even though it was beaten and starved for generations. Long-neglected works are setting records at auction and talented contemporary masters are finding success, i.e., well patronized shows and beaucoup bucks on a "get 'em while you can" basis. Aside from simple enjoyment, this is why there's a classic painting at the top of every Woodpile Report.

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The quote of the week comes from Jeff Greenfield at Front Page Magazine:

The left rules as a shadow government of judges and reporters, bureaucrats and activists. Its tactics range from riots in the streets to subversion in government agencies. Today there are two Americas. One has free speech and the other doesn’t. One has elections and the other doesn’t. In one America, the people elect their leaders. In the other they are appointed for life.

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George Ure at Urban Survival sees chaos followed by global war:

Since values are expensive to teach, and since the decisions will be made by elites anyway, let’s go ahead and trash all forms of leadership so that when global war comes the country will be in civil war anyway. It’s what the anarchists and rad left was working toward and still is, so far as I can tell. People who should be prepping are wasting their time, and potentially their lives, by buying in as partisans rather than independently sizing up the core survival issues.

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From Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog we learn:

The minimum wage of a laborer who places and picks up orange cones around a Federal highway project in California is set at $43.97 an hour (and yes, the wage rules are that detailed). This is set by the Davis-Bacon Act.

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Rep. Maxine Waters had this to say about impeachment in 1998:

"The rule of law has been violated in denying the president notice of charges, by the abuse of power in the collecting of so-called “evidence” and the denial of the presumption of innocence... I am greatly disappointed in the raw, unmasked, unbridled hatred and meanness that drives this impeachment coups d’etat, this unapologetic disregard for the voice of the people."

Rep. Waters, perhaps the most brilliant thinker of California's 29th District, thinks it's okay Obama had 1.7 billion dollars in cash loaded on a military transport and sent to Iran. An outright criminal act.

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Reader D.L.J. comments at Of Two Minds writes:

If a Federal Reserve Note is a liability of the central bank, then what is the asset? The only possible answer is the nations productivity. So, in essence, an agent of the government, the central bank, most of which are privately owned, owns the entire productive output of free and democratic nation-states...

The individual’s liberty is nonexistent if he does not own his labor. A people should consider carefully the viability of borrowing, at interest, to consume their own production. The asset of our labor cannot simultaneously be a liability we owe to ourselves at interest.

Okay gang, enough chitchat, I've a train to catch at Victoria Station in Manchester ... oops, strike that. Seems there's been a spot of bother. Ah those irrepressible muzzies and their madcap hijinx. Oh sure, mass death of innocents is annoying, but other people's lives are a small price to pay for the wonders of diversity. No sense in getting all wrapped 'round the axle, it's nothing that can't be fixed with mops and buckets. What to do. Let's stroll over to the comic book rack and get the latest Tales From The Woodpile. And a Zero candy bar. And a Dr. Pepper. Life is good.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Daily Mail - The 'megadonut' formed when planets collide: Astronomers reveal new type of planetary object called synestia

AOL - FBI releases 9/11 investigation photos from Pentagon ... 26 photos

Fred On Everything - The China-US Arms Race: If One Arm is Right, the Other Will Be Left, No?

Toronto Sun - P.C. Yale dean slams ‘white trash’ on Yelp

Truth Revolt - University of Missouri's Further Fall From Grace: Landlords Near Campus Offer Gift Cards, Slashed Rent to Draw Students, Layoffs and funding cuts to follow

Bomb Throwers - James Simpson: I am fed up! ... with fanatical ravings coming from the Lords of the Press, the Democrat Party, and a rogues' gallery of brain-dead Republicans

art-remus-ident-04.jpgFrancis Porretto at Liberty's Torch reminds us:

Remember what the Left did to Sarah Palin after the 2008 election? Their mud-flinging made it impossible for her to function as Alaska’s governor. She was literally harassed into resigning her office. Yet Alaska recovered from the episode, largely because of the stability and good sense of its legislators and Alaskans generally. That’s not in the cards should the Left succeed in its comparable campaign against President Trump.

Mr. Simpson is getting outraged just as the "resistance" intends. The purpose of throwing stink bombs at Trump is to have Republicans demand he "make it stop", which he can't do of course. Mr. Simpson should know, and probably does know, only the left gets to have elections. Anything else is illegitimate so nothing is off the table. This can't end well. Plan accordingly.

North Korea missile test

Jane's 360 - North Korea fires ballistic missile that reaches 2,000 km altitude

Korea Times - N. Korea says missile can fly to US mainland with 'heavy nuclear warhead'

National Interest - What's Different About North Korea's Latest Missile Launch (And Why Washington Should Worry)

National Interest - Why America Shouldn't Buy North Korea's Empty Threats ... Firing short- and medium-range rockets into the Sea of Japan is hardly evidence Pyongyang can strike the Western Hemisphere

Sun - Satellite photos show North Korea’s nuclear missiles are more powerful than world feared and can hit US

Daily Mail - Trump would have just 10 minutes to decide what to do if North Korea fired a nuclear missile at the US mainland

Alex Jones Exposed - family chart. Alleges InfoWars is a CIA operation to manage the opposition.

Coyote Blog - Oops, There Goes A Feminist Talking Point ... childless female city-dwellers with college degrees are out-earning their male counterparts by 8 cents on the dollar

Return Of Kings - History Is Full Of Climate Change Myths That Were Used To Control Human Behavior ... the gods decide to wipe us out because we’ve degraded and destroyed paradise

State Of The Nation - The Inside Story on James B. Comey, the Ultimate Inside Man

DOJ officials lock-down and seize all of Comey’s files, docs, computers and “tapes” ... are taken to Sessions at DOJ

Daily Mail - 'Wolf of Wall Street' is living the high life again despite owing $100 million to his scam victims ... 22 months in prison

NY Post - Yale dean loves diversity except for ‘white trash’ ... says she didn't mean what she meant

Unz Review - Making Sense of the “Super Fuse” Scare

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a detailed but easy-to-read explanation well worth your time

Business Insider - Western Space Agencies Are Tracking What Could Be A Russian Satellite Killer

Political Insider - CIA Whistleblower: Trump Has Been Wiretapped ‘For Years’

USNI - China: Long Game in a Short Time ... dominance at sea

From Zero Hedge

The Perfect Storm Hits Used-Car Values: The Foundation Of The Auto Industry Is Faltering

We Now Know "Who Hit The Brakes" As Loan Creation Crashes To Six Year Low ... would-be buyers are tapped out

and,

Seth Rich Plot Thickens: "DC Insider" Speaks Of "Complete Panic" At Highest Levels Of DNC

WWL-TV New Orleans - Removed Davis, Beauregard monuments found in maintenance yard next to trash

The Awl - Do As Poor Richard Says, Not As He Does, From whom, how, and why Benjamin Franklin plagiarized his famous proverbs

IWB - NYC, San Francisco Public Libraries Host Monthly ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for Kids ‘Who wants to be a drag queen when they grow up?’

 

1927. Hupmobile magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the 1920s, eight-cylinder engines were still reserved for upscale cars.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Evading reality, Jonathan Wilkinson at Amerika - Modern Amerikan educrats are now proponents of the worst theories of how to educate people. Social Justice Warriors never want you to learn anything that doesn’t support their dogma. As the SJW grows more dogmatic, that resembles actual ground truth less and less frequently. SJWs always double down. They will always have to exclude more and more factual information. Reality evades them. They evade reality. They cannot educate anyone.

 

Last refuge, Taki's Magazine - Jogging, jogging paths, cycling, bike lanes, not running over cyclists, hiking, the ethical treatment of animals, food appreciation, veganism, health food, herbal tea, nutritional guidelines, vitamins for health, solar power, legalized weed. All racist, because they’re the product of white culture and “privilege.” This is a dangerous strategy for the left to pursue, associating racist with good in the minds of young whites. I’ve recently seen five of my young white liberal friends pushed rightward after being verbally abused online or in person for being white. There’s a reason that 90% of the stories that go viral on social media deal with race or other “identity” issues.

 

We are the hunted, Sultan Knish - The left loved Ledell Lee as it loves all its monsters. The ACLU and Innocence Project filing tenderly dwells on Lee’s victimhood. Despite his time in special education, he managed to conduct a rape and murder spree for three years. The pro-crime lobby would have us believe that Ledell Lee is smart enough to rape and kill, but too stupid to die. We are the hunted. The monsters that the left shields, protects and promotes are hunting us on the streets and in our homes. When they are caught, the left frees them. When they are sentenced, the left fights for them. It builds sanctuary cities to protect them and ties the hands of the police who fight them.

 

T Rex, Today I Found Out - A T-Rex’s binocular range was 55 degrees, which is wider than even hawks. The T-Rex may well have had visual clarity up to 13 times better than a modern human. For reference, an eagle has about 3.6 times the visual clarity of a person. A T-Rex’s vision allowed an object to remain relatively clear up to six kilometers away. For humans, it’s only about 1.6 kilometers for the same clarity. The T-Rex also had a great sense of smell and good hearing. They may have had a sense of smell about equivalent to modern vultures, which are able to smell dead things from as far away as a couple kilometers. But most scientists today thinking they had only a max speed of about 17-25 mph.

 

Inflationary theory, Phys Org - Inflationary theory argues that the universe was born out of an unstable, energetic vacuum-like state then expanded dramatically, spinning off entire galaxies produced by quantum fluctuations. This theory was proposed in 1980 by Alan Guth, improved and extended by Andrei Linde. During the last 35 years, many predictions of inflationary theory have been verified by theorists and confirmed by cosmological observations. Gradually, this theory became a generally accepted description of the origin of the universe. So imagine Linde's surprise when a professor of physics at Princeton, and his colleagues, declared its demise.

 

1937. Omaha Illinois

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A "farmer's sawmill", probably built by the Belsaw Company. The circular saw design was largely superseded in the late twentieth century with the traveling-head band saw. The thin cut yields more product per log and doesn't require moving the log to make the cut. Omaha is in southeastern Illinois, a town of about 400 in 1937, about 250 today.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Invaders, Ancient Origins - Maybe you pictured Viking raiders numbering in the dozens or hundreds, making a beachhead in the middle of the night to do lightning-fast strikes onto English soil, taking riches and women and then stealing away back to Scandinavia. While that was true of many Vikings, archaeologists have uncovered evidence of a huge army encampment on English soil in Lincolnshire in the 9th century that was established to conquer England. The camp, set up for the winter of 872 to 873, was home to thousands of Vikings. This was a huge base, larger than most contemporary towns.

 

What's killing whites, Return Of Kings - Whites have already wandered too far down the primrose path of social engineering hell to make a painless escape or to vote their way to change. What brought about the ongoing decline and possible genocide of the white race? Feminism is literally attempting to turn them into bad copies of men, Materialism killed white culture, you have to create problems to create profit, and you have to pass endless laws to create new businesses, Liberalism made white people hate themselves, their culture, and their very existence.

 

Tolerance, Liberty's Torch - “Civil rights” laws, which purport to forbid “discrimination” undercuts a basic human right – the right to choose one’s own associates. First the flacks had to persuade us that “discrimination” is bad. Then they had to persuade us that what’s bad “should be” illegal. From there it was a single step to legislation that forbids it. Each of those three steps was and is irrational in the extreme. Over time, the reasons they have for disliking one another, if they’re grounded in reality, will advance rather than recede. But no exercise of logic or demonstration from history will persuade someone who wants to believe that legislation is omnipotent. Consider the insistence of the warmistas that we really need a law against bad weather.

 

University’s core mission, City Journal - Students would scorn free speech less if colleges honored their mission to transmit knowledge. The most urgent task of any college is the transmission of knowledge, pure and simple. American students arrive at college knowing almost nothing about history, literature, art, or philosophy. Before you can challenge a received narrative about the past, you should be expert in its established contours. The past is filled with accomplishments that are not “narratives” or not “false” in the sense intended by the phrase “false narratives.” While defenders of the open university rightly fight for free speech, they should not lose sight of the knowledge that is the university’s core mission to transmit.

Also see this essay by Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, Correcting The Histories

Totalitarianism demands, in fact, the continuous alteration of the past, and in the long run probably demands a disbelief in the very existence of objective truth.
George Orwell

 

Fragmenting, Of Two Minds - The nation is fragmenting for reasons that have nothing to do with who's president, or indeed, which party is the majority in Congress, who sits on the Supreme Court, or any other facet of governance. The nation is fracturing and fragmenting because the Status Quo is failing the majority of the citizenry. Policy tweaks provide an illusion of reform that serves the need of those at the top to obscure the systemic injustices and unsustainability of the extractive, exploitive, predatory, parasitic system that's enriching them. When centralized systems fail to deliver what was promised they fragment into smaller "tribes" and find fewer reasons to cooperate in centralized systems.

 

1941. Utica New York, truck stop

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's an October day near Utica New York in 1941. A Ford semi tractor with New York commercial plates, fog light, fender-mounted turn signals, an access hole in the grille for crank-start, iffy tire tread and a canvas-covered trailer marked "Schamber" fuels up at a truck stop. On tap are diesel, Esso Extra, Atlantic Ethyl and Coca-Cola.

Parked at right is a Trailmobile semi trailer, manufactured in Berkeley California back then. Manac, a Canadian outfit, purchased Trailmobile in 2009. Utica is in central New York State on the Mohawk River and Erie Canal, a city of 100,500 in 1941, about 61,000 today.

 

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

 

Judges rule, WND - Americans have already lost their right to self-government. The biggest crisis we have is judicial supremacy, the notion that the unelected branch of government, which has lifetime appointments, there’s nothing you can do, very closed, archaic profession, that they are the sole and final arbiter of every social and political issue. That in itself is a coup King George never thought of. That’s nuts. When it comes to the most important social issues, the American people have virtually no input whatsoever. Even their elected officials have seemingly no power. Congress has the power, right now, to simply strip the courts of jurisdiction over major societal issues, including marriage, religious liberty and immigration.

 

Slow-motion coup d ’etat, Federalist - It’s nearly incontrovertible that a slow-motion coup d’etat is now taking place. The institutions of the republic are crippled, the levers of power having been seized not by the elected but by the unelected bureaucratic state — from ideologues at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the partisans and paranoid who inhabit our intelligence community. In all of this, the media has abandoned their role as watchdogs with a healthy dose of skepticism and become the propaganda arm of the unelected administrative state, complicit in and even cheering on the actions that have superseded the will of the people. We may already be past the point of no return.

 

The Soviet way, Taki's Magazine - In what sense, then, are we being sovietized? I came to the conclusion when I traveled in what was then the Eastern Bloc that the ubiquitous propaganda was not intended to persuade, much less to inform, but to humiliate; for citizens had not merely to avoid contradicting it in public, but actually to agree with it in public. Therefore, from the point of view of the ruling power, the less true and more outrageously false the propaganda was, the better. For to force people to assent to propositions that are outrageously false, on pain of losing their livelihoods or worse, was to crush them morally and psychologically, and thus make them docile, easily manipulated, and complicit in their own enslavement. Increasingly in our daily lives we find ourselves in analogous situations.

 

China's Model T subs, National Interest - How can China implant doubt in U.S. allies’ minds if the PLA still holds a weaker hand? Simple: it can execute its longstanding strategy of anti-access and area denial—a strategy premised on persuading U.S. leaders that they cannot win a Pacific war at a cost they’re willing to pay. China, consequently, doesn’t need to command sea or sky to prevail in a trial of arms—let alone to deter in peacetime. Long-term strategic competition involves competing on the cheap while goading competitors into competing at exorbitant cost. “Good enough” constitutes the standard of excellence for military hardware.

 

1944. Normandy France

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpgExact location unknown, but the sign on the wrecked German truck reads "Avranches", a town south of the D-Day landing area with a population of about 7,200 in 1944. So, it's probably a town near Avranches. Notice the truck is equipped with optional camo with chickenwire support, snazzy slitted headlight covers and an SS license plate for first dibs on petrol.

In the lead are two M8 Greyhounds, a lightly armored 6x6 scout vehicle built by Ford, powered by a 6-cylinder engine so quiet M8s were called "ghosts" by the Germans. The M8 carried a 37mm main gun, a .30 caliber machine gun, and M1 carbines all 'round. The M20 variant mounted a .50 caliber machine gun on an upper gun ring rather than the gun turret. A total of 12,300 M8s and M20s were built.

 

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Postscript

The scope of the war and the many ways in which it dominated American life is almost impossible for anyone who wasn’t alive at the time to imagine. Blackouts, air raid drills, rationing and scrap drives defined daily life from coast to coast. Women entered the workforce to replace the men who left to fight. Kids practiced identifying enemy aircraft, planted victory gardens, and donated their comic books to paper drives that they organized themselves. No family was left untouched by the fighting; every heart skipped a beat at the sight of a Western Union uniform.

When General Eisenhower told the servicemen who land at Normandy that “the eyes of the world are upon you,” he wasn’t kidding. As news of the invasion reached home the country literally shut down. Banks, schools, and shops all closed as Americans went looking for the nearest radio. Movies, songs, radio shows, and comic books all focused on winning the war.




 

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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