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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
evidence shows
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
not who we are
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
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
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
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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You know who the media means by not saying who they mean 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
unarmed teen
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


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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Frits Thaulow, River, 1886

Frits Thaulow 1847–1906 was the foremost Norwegian painter of the late nineteenth century with his appealing blend of realism and impressionism, especially his extraordinarily renderings of light reflecting from running water.

Aspiring practitioners will want to see this auction site for a fascinating set of detail photos of his painting, "Moonlit Canal".


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There came a time in the 1950s when salesmen had more success calling house trailers "mobile homes". It's known in advertising as "warming the product". SJWs seized on this. Former "squatters" of all causes and descriptions became "the homeless", suggesting wandering orphans and abandoned kittens.

Such reflexive compassion doesn't extend to, say, "the garageless" of course, although one would be hard put to justify its exclusion on methodological grounds. Nor are they technically "homeless" once they've erected a shelter with sleeping and living accommodations. They are "houseless", as is an apartment dweller or a retired couple living in an RV.

The homeless are not, by and large, evicted families fallen on hard times or other legitimate candidates for a helping hand. They are the nearly subterranean level of the populace, the level from which one can fall no further: vagrants, the hopelessly incompetent and determinedly criminal, the destitute by preference, the drunks and addicts and so forth.

Their corrosive effect on normalcy is worse than their numbers would suggest. Erielle Davidson at The Federalist tells us about San Francisco:

I recall the first time I rode BART, San Francisco’s subway system, and was nearly knocked over by the sheer stench of the station. I was surprised to learn that exiting the station supplied little to no relief — the urine smell hangs heavy in the more populated areas of the city and is nearly inescapable...

It’s not uncommon to see frequented streets downtown blocked by what people dismally have coined “tent cities,” large enclaves of tents that homeless people have set up with little to no pushback from local authorities.

Media accounts suggest cities in California are being overrun with 'em. It's not just California however, they're occupying public spaces elsewhere, including New York City, and as is usual, by invitation of the authorities. This is from Emmett Hare at City Journal:

New York has experienced such a visible increase in homelessness that the de Blasio administration finally had to acknowledge last summer what everyone knew to be true, after years of denial: permanent encampments exist across the city, with clusters of carts and lean-tos in various lots and around off-ramps in the outer boroughs and people camped out in discarded office chairs with piles of blankets and boxes in the blocks around Penn Station.

Seattle has a new employee tax to end "the crisis of homelessness and housing insecurity in our city". Notice how their crisis is everyone else's crisis, somehow. And notice the mission creep: "housing insecurity", although consistency commends "homeful insecurity".

My Northwest reports:

... “Tax burdens should not be increased slightly," Lisa Daugaard , a member of Seattle’s Progressive Revenue Task Force on Housing and Homelessness told a council finance committee Wednesday.

“We have to go big or go home,” she said. “We must make a discernible impact on the situation and the number of people living in public and experiencing homelessness. Proposals that fumble around and don’t achieve that mark should not be supported.”

So, on authority of a "Progressive Revenue Task Force", the solution to homelessness turns out to be other people's money. Who coulda guessed? Yes, Seattle will "grant" said money in the form of "initiatives", meaning handouts. Grip-and-grin photos will announce the Task Forces's selfless heroism and certainty of success. Businesses and constructive citizens will enthusiastically agree. "We applaud Seattle for bravely supporting the homeless," they'll say, as they leave the city at the posted speed limit.

More vagrants, oops, homeless will move to Seattle. Because free stuff. The funds—they always say "funds"—will quickly be insufficient for the wave of new, um, clients. Gripe-and-groan photos of camps bigger and more squalid than before will announce a new "crisis". Another Progressive Revenue Task Force will be formed.

Meanwhile, unintended but foreseeable consequences are making themselves known, to wit:

Seattle Times - Infectious-disease outbreaks in Seattle homeless people concern health officials ... hepatitis A, a potentially fatal disease

No city in the western world should be like this. If we take our major cities as evidence, a consensus emerges favoring these third world standards, perhaps as a companion to their third world arrogance and studied incivility. Hillary Clinton lost a rigged election in just this way.

Cities produce little that is useful and consume most of what is. They're reservations for the mildly but progressively insane, each day a little more freakish, a little more perverted. They measure success not by who has the most but by who wastes the most. They're wholly dependent on the despised normals outside their precincts for everything that sustains life, and certain of delivery by way of imagined entitlement. The jungles of Mexico are full of such places.

Cities are fragile, populated with hostages debilitated by fear, without useful resiliance or independent resourcefulness. Cities would be uninhabitable within days of a power failure . As it is, they're paralyzed by persistent but otherwise insignificant attacks . Such cities are beyond fixing, yet by weight of numbers they force the Deplorables to comply with their bizarre delusions. It becomes clearer by the day what this means.


The quote for this week is from James Lilek at the Minneapolis Star:

Before the Volstead Act, Minneapolis had 400 bars. During Prohibition: 800 bars.


After being rotated into place with temporary mobile supports on Saturday, March 10th, the new Florida International University pedestrian bridge in Sweetwater Florida collapsed catastrophically onto the eight-lane highway below on Thursday, the 15th of March . It was intended to support mere foot traffic. It couldn't even support itself. In less than a week it became a sidewalk.

Here are excerpts from an article posted in the FIU News on the day before it came down:

... Leonor Flores '98 is a project executive and one of 63 FIU alumni who work for MCM, the construction firm building the FIU-Sweetwater University City Bridge, which will further connect FIU and its northerly neighbor, the City of Sweetwater. She was excited to share her work with her family, especially Michelle, who is interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in school.

Michelle said she might want to follow in her parents' footsteps and go to FIU when the time comes, and that it was fascinating to see her mom's work in action. “I'm interested in the architecture and the design of the bridge, and the math portion of it,” she said.

Said Leonor: “It's very important for me as a woman and an engineer to be able to promote that to my daughter, because I think women have a different perspective. We're able to put in an artistic touch and we're able to build, too.”

And there's a serviceable distillation of the "root cause", as SJWs like to put it. Flores stood up "as a woman and an engineer" and gushed sunshine and rainbows over her part in this project. Then it came crashing down, "different perspective, artistic touch" and all. Well informed praise served a purpose, critical analysis did not. Will she now stand up—like a man—and accept some blame? Hah, of course not, no one's responsible for anything anymore.

A lead engineer reported cracking to the Florida Department of Transportation two days before it collapsed. It was discussed by the Design Build Team the morning of the 15th, but dismissed, "... from a safety perspective we don't see that there's any issue there". Hours later it lay in a heap. Flores is a project executive of that team. Cracks are as ominous as it gets for a bridge. Would you board an airliner with a cracked wing? A ship with a cracked hull?

There's no mystery in building a 174-foot truss bridge, which this was. Properly designed, they're economical, light, relatively easy to construct and capable of supporting huge loads. Ten thousand ton freight trains cross them every day.

Flores's design team opted for a "faster, cheaper and safer method of bridge-building". She means it was pre-fabbed in sections off-site, so it's safer for the construction crew. Cheaper it ain't, and it's only faster to put in place, not to build. We know all this because it's an accepted if uncommon way to put up a bridge.

Which leaves two key questions: What happened on the fifth day, and in what way was the design "unusual"? One thing stands out, this bridge came in at five and a half tons per foot. Seems excessive.

Fire up your time machine, go back to 1918 and contract with, say, the Seaboard railway for an attractive, classic truss bridge with amenities for pedestrians and clearance for motor traffic below. Traffic would be disrupted, but it would go up on budget, on schedule, with little fuss and less risk, and still be in service today, a hundred years later. Is there a problem with that?


A flashback at Climate Depot, where in 2000 the UK Independent warned:

According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

You noticed the UK being in a snow emergency from what they call "the beast from the east", haven't you? And they've decommissioned so many coal-fired power plants they're rationing natural gas to keep the lights on? How's that saying go? Oh yes, "you can ignore reality but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality".


Every once in a while I happen upon a recording of some favorite music that rivals my go-to archived version. So it is with this one, a neo-Baroque confection by Remo Giazotto entitled Adagio in G Minor, attributed on thin evidence to Tommy "Big Hair" Albinoni, a contemporary of better known "Tony the Teacher" Vivaldi. If yer not into this stuff you'll probably recognize it anyway, it's alternate title is "Background Music For Movies With Ambitions of Grandeur".

It's performed by an outfit called the Copernicus Chamber Orchestra, very good, at YouTube, 8m 26s, here . I like the pace, doesn't drag like most I've heard.


The disappearance of Blankenship Indiana is solved thanks to several knowledgeable readers. Here's one answer:

"Blankenship is now within the perimeter of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane IN.  There are still a few old buildings left, but not much, and they may well be gone by now.  Look on a map south east of Bloomington, due north of Loogootee. NSWC Crane Division was originally Naval Ammunition Depot Crane IN and was one of a series of inland ammunition depots started up in the late 30's as WWII loomed. 

The land was mostly held by the state for back taxes, heavily eroded farms and little else.  The state planned on establishing it as a park.  The Navy took it off their hands in 1938 or 39.  Displaced quite a few families".

and finally,

It's the 20th, the first day of Spring. At last. The sun, when it's out, is high enough in the sky to warm things up now. Midday shadows are shorter, sunup and sundown are more than a long coffee break apart and cold snaps have a temporary feel to 'em. Maple syrup time.

The ol' woodpile is a little less than half gone. I ran into a patch of mostly ash a few weeks back. Ash burns easily but the heat content is only so-so, it peaks and drops quickly, and the ashes are fluffy and build up fast. Now I'm into a vein of mainly red oak, a good mix of split and limbwood. The ashes are gritty and compact, the heat content is outstanding, the curve is long. Meaning I don't have to feed or clean out the stove as often. Easy living.

Well gang, it's time to eat yer peas, there's much to ponder. But be of good cheer, no matter how outrageous, no matter how ridiculous this week's inventory of weird doings, it will be topped by next week's excesses. So gird thy loins—they're in the freezer—time for yer ol' Woodpile Report, right after this old ad.


1956. Dairy Queen magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Soft serve" ice cream, where air is introduced into near-frozen but still liquid ice cream, is a necessarily point-of-sale process first offered in 1938 at an ice cream store in Illinois. It was a runaway hit.

The Dairy Queen franchise system grew from that first store in 1940. Today there are about 6,400 Dairy Queens in twenty-five countries ranging from bare-bones ice cream stands to restaurants with a full menu.



Remus's notebook


Bioprepper - 24 Lost Gardening Tips from 100 Years Ago

Washington Examiner - Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps ... until a crisis strikes, they are being used for prepper training and vacations.

NY Post - Nearly every NYPD cop hates Mayor de Blasio ... 96 percent of the 6,000 cops polled have unfavorable opinions of Hizzoner, with 88 percent holding “very unfavorable” opinions of him

Global Guerillas - When All Gun Owners are Shunned ... using weaponized social networks

NJcom - HS students' suspension over gun range photo ignites uproar, potential lawsuit ... New Jersey students could be suspended for up to a year if they are "reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose on or off school grounds"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The outcome of any lawsuit matters not at all, the process is the punishment, the point is made

Truth About Guns - NRA Supports States Enacting ‘Extreme Risk Protection Orders’ ... will remove firearms when a person threatens violence to themselves or others

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If a person is too dangerous to have a gun, that person is dangerous enough to arrest or commit. Taking people's guns on the say-so of a jilted lover or crazy neighbor isn't a slippery slope, it's a cliff.

I've often thought the NRA should move from Fairfax, one of the richest cities in the country—median family income is deep into six figures—and a leftist suburb of Washington DC. When the NRA endorses yet another cockamamie law like this, I have to wonder who's influencing who.

Remember, the phrase "common sense gun law" so beloved of anti-gun activists was first deployed by the NRA to help promote the Gun Control Act of 1968. This odious phrase has been thrown in our faces for fifty years now.

Campus Reform - University of Minnesota hosting prof to lecture on ‘the violence of whiteness’ ... how whiteness is an “existential threat” to the United States

Newstarget - College campuses across America have become sewers of deranged “social justice” indoctrination that utterly lack any basis in law, reason or rationality. Colleges have descended into what are essentially domestic terrorism training camps for Antifa activists who quite literally plan to carry out a violent, Stalinesque purge of this nation.

Zero Hedge - It's Just Starting: Moody's Warns A Deluge Of Retail Bankruptcies Is Coming ... Sears, Neiman Marcus, Claire's, BI-LO and more

Daily Mail - Deputy who hid outside Stoneman Douglas High as shooter murdered 17 is seen enjoying $60,000 a year pension he got by resigning before he could be investigated

True Pundit - FBI Insiders Blow Whistle on Massive Las Vegas Cover Up; Agents Told Not to Investigate Key Evidence Including ISIS Terror Link to Mandalay Bay Massacre

art-remus-ident-04.jpg True Pundit claims Paddock was connected to an Antifa-ISIS alliance and FBI field agents were warned off pursuing such leads by DC. Maybe. With few and conflicting "facts" , and with the FBI having revealed itself as unworthy of our former trust, all and any explanations have the same standing.

National Sentinel - Pro-gun social worker fired for having a concealed carry permit (but no gun) ... she was escorted out of the building by three police officers for allegedly being a “safety threat to the building.”

IJR - Student suspended for NOT participating in gun control march

Daily Mail - Sixty Chicago students trash Walmart after being allowed out of school to take part in nationwide gun protest ... Simeon Career Academy was the Neal F. Simeon Vocational High School until 1998

Daily Mail - School custodian 'stole $180 from students' book bags after they walked out of class to protest gun violence' ... Aisha Evans at Richland Northeast High School in South Carolina

ZME Science - Ancient humans thrived during a supervolcano eruption ... 74,000 years ago in Indonesia

Seeker - Photosynthesis May Have Begun a Billion Years Earlier Than Previously Thought ... dates to around 3.8 billion years ago

"... when Cardona first plugged in his data and considered a more static rate of evolution, the data analysis tool showed that the photosystems emerged before Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago. The initial finding would seem to indicate that photosystems originated on another planet or celestial body".

Mathematics Educators - What's a replacement for “married couples” in combinatorics problems?

"Can anyone suggest a good replacement for the concept of couples in these sorts of math problems that better reflects the societal norms of the latest generation of students?"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg See? They're sabotaging STEM. Told ya. And here's one reason why:

PJ Media - Women Now Leaving STEM Fields to Pursue ‘Social Justice’ Degrees ... one-third left engineering by their junior year

Organic Prepper - How to Survive When Prepping Just Isn’t Enough ... newbie preppers are feeling frantic

DC Clothesline - California to start recycling sewer water into tap water… and yes, it’s full of insane chemicals ... they claim toilet-to-tap water is safe, but governments are lying, warns scientist

A couple of goodies from Vintage News

The buff WWII-era feminist icon Rosie the Riveter was actually a tiny telegraph operator who’d never been near a factory

The artist behind the iconic Uncle Sam wants YOU poster was more interested in pretty women than politics ... and this is remarkable why?

Breitbart - California Appoints Illegal Alien to State Office ... "everything is dedicated to Oaxaca, Mexico!! to that land that I miss so much"

Inside Higher Ed - Students Say Diversity Is More Important Than Free Speech ... 61 percent of men favored free speech, 64 percent of women believe that diversity is more important

Free Beacon - Air Force: GPS Satellites Vulnerable to Attack ... U.S. unprepared for Chinese, Russian space warfare attacks


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Civil war, Town Hall, Kurt Schlichter - It’s obvious that the central tenet of the Democrat Party platform is now hatred and contempt for Normal Americans. Taking their cue from the elites in Europe and Canada who are stripping dissenters of their free speech rights and religious freedoms, the leftist elite is moving to solidify its hold on power here. These aspiring fascists are especially eager to disarm Normal Americans – doing so would be an object lesson in who’s the boss, as well as solving that frustrating problem of the Normals having the ability to resist. Civil war is unlikely, but never underestimate Democrat stupidity and hatred. Democrats, who think history began when Obama was elected, don't understand the dangerous game they are playing.

Town Hall, Kurt Schlichter, 2015 - Hillary’s Hipster Army Prepares For The Second Civil War ... satire


Ghost guns, Washington Examiner - A gun-technology pioneer says he's seeing a “huge explosion” in sales of a machine that allows people to make their own untraceable AR-15-style rifles in response to the national debate on gun control. Wilson said he believes a “very conservative” estimate would be that 25,000 to 30,000 AR-15s are in circulation because of his machine, the first generation of which was introduced in 2014. It’s always been legal to manufacture guns, Wilson says, and the machine simply makes it possible without specialized knowledge. Californians make up about a third of Ghost Gunner buyers. He said do-it-yourself gun milling seems to grow in relation to efforts to restrict guns.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's a miniature multi-axis NC machine with latent capability beyond what's stated in the article. It's growing popularity is significant because ghost guns are significant. It's also significant the estimated ammunition in civilian hands exceeds the estimated number of civilian firearms by maybe a couple thousand to one. In other words, there's a steady rise in the inventory of ammo and a small but accelerating buildout of garage-scale arms manufacturing. The people will not be disarmed. There's always a way.

Oleg Volk Blog - The impossibility of surrender ... gunowners cannot afford to give up anything at all, both sides know it


Selco, Organic Prepper - First people ran riot on stores and looked for valuables like gold, money, TVs, stereos, cars…then as they realized the situation, they looked for weapons, fuel, then candles, batteries, and food, then they’d dig up some gardens for few potatoes. I ate spoiled and expired food, food with worms, grass that was boiled in water, leaves from trees. You cannot really ration yourself. We ate a lot of very low quality food, and yes we were always more or less hungry. You need to be prepared very well for SHTF with your stash of food or your small garden. You should minimize the need to go out and scavenge.


South Africa, Burning Platform - When Nelson Mandela assumed the Presidency there was promise of freedom for all and a new day. It was then time to put the songs of hope and freedom into effect and most everyone decent was on board. And for a while it all worked. Demands, never far from view, grew louder for the government to strip the Whites of their land and wealth. The honeymoon is now over. Calls are fever pitch for the removal of all whites from that land. Plans are now in place by some to even setup internment camps as a Final Solution to deal with the problem of the White People that are planned to be displaced. It will be Zimbabwe 2.0 and the next Rwanda all rolled into one.


1938. Caruthersville Missouri


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Caruthersville is a pleasant town of 5,800 on the Mississippi River in the southeastern corner of Missouri, down from about 6,500 in 1938. Caruthersville is an agricultural town set in the rich soil of the river flood plain. But, like all farm towns, it suffered badly from the economic disaster of the 'thirties and some were unable to pay even the lowest of rents.



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Boys, American Thinker - Our public schools don't announce social engineering; they simply do it, especially with regard to altering how children view themselves. Public schools suppress boys and uplift girls in many furtive ways. This manipulation has been hugely successful: 57% of college students are female; 43% are male. More women stay in college and earn advanced degree. Boys are not patient. If there is a skill or a task, boys want to do well quickly. Fair enough. But what if the curriculum is inherently stupid and impossible to master? Boys at some point will declare, I can't do this. I don't want to do this. I'm walking away.


Women, PJ Media - When we valued men as providers, workers, soldiers and leaders, our nation thrived. Now that we fear them as deviants, criminals, and lifelong dependents, we are failing. Contrary to popular belief, women aren’t rising to take their place, women are filling in, doing the things men no longer do because we have to keep going. And women aren’t happy about it. Fifty-seven percent of working mothers would rather be at home with their children. Young girls are being diagnosed with anxiety and depression in record numbers because of role conflict "when the roles you play are at odds with one another.” Pop culture tells us to replace what worked with what doesn’t.


Men, American Greatness - The rhetoric about “white male privilege” has become more strident. There are mandatory classes on diversity. Workshops on “toxic masculinity” tell men they aren’t OK. Men are even attacked for the way they sit on a chair or a subway seat. Many teachers make it a policy to call on boys last in class and to give girls extra attention. On most campuses when it comes to charges of rape, there is a presumption of guilt. Fraternities have been banished on many campuses. It is the new Jim Crow; intended to marginalize certain people and keep them out of school, the workplace, and now public places.


Cruz, Ann Coulter - We know that Broward County Public Schools knew about Cruz's felonies. We know that his behavior wasn't reported because it would negatively impact the record of a student of color. The school district bragged about the policy. One of the consequences of not reporting his crimes was that he could get a gun. What matters isn't the safety of teachers and students. Nor is it whether anyone is learning anything. All that matters is that no one ever writes down the bad behavior of black and brown students. A kid expelled from high school is twice as likely to end up in prison! Yeah, because he's a thug. He's a thug when he's in high school and he's a thug a few years later, when he's an adult.

Fox News - Some officials wanted Stoneman Douglas suspect Nikolas Cruz committed in 2016, documents show ... in addition to not arresting Cruz for various felonies

Real Clear Investigations - Broward County's Reverse Jail-to-School Pipeline ... funneling back into regular classrooms thousands of other potentially dangerous students released from local jails

Sun Sentinel - School officials worried about Nikolas Cruz and guns 18 months before mass shooting ... banned him from practicing shooting skills with the JROTC

Bearing Arms - Broward County Sheriff’s Office Violated Own Policy By Not Entering School ... kids in a school are stuck inside a kill box


1938. La Forge Missouri


art-remus-ident-04.jpg La Forge is a tiny settlement in the southeast corner of Missouri near New Madrid. It's had no post office since 1928. La Forge was the site of an FSA project during the 1930s called the Southeast Missouri Farms, of which only traces remain.


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Info control, WND - America’s universities employ speech codes that would make North Korea blush. Little children are being indoctrinated from the earliest age in government schools that this nation’s heroic founders were no more than racist, misogynist, imperialist oppressors of the poor and downtrodden. Now, the “Digital Content Cartel,” that sees the world much like those other powerful cultural institutions, is in near total, hammerlock control of the means of distribution of news and information on the internet because they control more than 90 percent of the advertising revenue, search engine power and technical infrastructure that is necessary to reach massive audiences effectively.


Experts, Taki's Magazine - It seems to stand to reason that mass education would have produced a more curious and educated citizenry. Still, that is not what has happened. Who can blame us for our distrust of “experts”? If the problem is “privilege” deriving, in some sense, from “the legacy of slavery,” then one wonders why this “privilege,” rather than IQ, or talent, or work ethic, or beauty, or height, or whatever, is not also a social evil, for do not these engender all sorts of advantages? If your premise is that human differences (or “diversity”) are intrinsically wrong, then the only solution is to make everyone quite literally the same, an impossibility save for life lived in test tubes.


Academia, American Thinker - If you are sick and tired of professors indoctrinating students in politicized classes that teach nothing of any use in real life, and hate the idea that tenure immunizes them from accountability, the next decade or so is going to provide some relief. The reckoning is coming, as shocked professors at a University of Wisconsin campus just discovered. Enrollment in politicized humanities and social sciences departments has fallen. The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point announced its plan to cut 13 majors. The real barbarians are those who drove academia into self-absorbed obsessions of the left, making it irrelevant to the needs of students, while overloading their schools with administrative dead weight.


War, Front Page - For half a century, we and the Soviet Union imposed peace on most of the rest of the world. This extended period of peace is called a “cold war,” but peace it was, and the Russians told half the world what to do, while it was up to us to manage the other half. This long period convinced a lot of people that peace was normal, an opinion that did not immediately change when the Soviet Empire imploded late last century. The world reverted to normal, and there is now a global war. A fighting war, not a “cold” war. There are stories of fighting in Syria and Yemen. But most people fail to see that these battlefields are part of a global war, in which we are very much involved. As the target.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Maybe yes. Maybe no. Reads like a neocon manifesto. I get that ol' deja vu feeling.

Zero Hedge - Russia Claims US Deploys Warships For Imminent Attack On Syria, Trains Militants For False Flag Attack ... "militants have already received 20 containers of chlorine to stage the incident"


1945. Yokosuka Japan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg . The photo was taken in September 1945 by US occupation forces at the Yokosuka Shipyard, just north of Tokyo Bay. Over two hundred of these two-man Kairyu submarines were built, each carrying two torpedoes and a large explosive charge for suicide missions. The intent was to defend Tokyo from a US invasion fleet. None saw any action.

The rear section of this sub has not yet been attached. Clearly visible are the two torpedo tubes. The Kairyu class went about twenty tons, fifty-six feet long, with a range of about 450 miles.

The Yokosuka Shipyard was one of the targets hit by the famous Doolittle Raid in 1942. It's been home port for the US Seventh Fleet since 1945.


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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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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.
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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
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