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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 some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
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
evidence shows
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
not who we are
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
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
unpack
value neutral
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
troubled youths
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

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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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
OBE
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

 

 

 

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Pieter Claesz, 1597-1660, Vanitas Still Life

The guttering candle, the empty goblet, the watch, the bones; it all says tempus fugit. Known as "vanitas" paintings, they invoked the transience of life and were at the peak of their popularity during Pieter Claesz's career.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A long while ago I took a side trip to a city known for its exquisite legacy architecture. Behind a particularly attractive building there was park-like grounds with benches, one of which was occupied by an older gentleman. We said our hellos, then he commented on my Leica M2, so we got to talking of the resolution and contrast of Zeiss versus Leitz, the merits of uncoated lenses, and other arcane stuff. We broke no new ground, it was merely a pleasant talk with a knowledgeable counterpart.

Alas. There came a time when he understood I was not merely from out of town but, in his mind, from "nowhere". His demeanor changed. He didn't visibly frost over like a special effect, but there was a subtle distancing edging toward imminent dismissal. I had transformed myself into a specimen.

In later years it has been my pleasure to speak with fellow travelers "trapped behind the lines" in big cities. Yet for all their comradery and commiseration, they eventually announce themselves as urban Ubermensch in some way. If I really were the cynic I am by reputation, I'd say it was malicious. I prefer to believe it a conversational plinth so tempting its deployment is nearly involuntary.

In extreme form, urban people live like colonists running a profitable trading post by way of royal charter. While their trade is attractive, they themselves are not. They assume their standards to be universal by celestial warrant, much as did the arrogant collectivists from DC that infested Appalachia in the 1930s. Although it was they who were intruders, it was we who were outside the consensus.

It's far worse now. Urban America feels duty bound to misunderstand and misrepresent the rest of the country in support of their cultural template. Where the sidewalks end the "other" begins, so no insult is too outrageous, no lie too preposterous. It's almost understandable, moderation may signal weakness to the circling cullers of the herd.

They've been so successful in excluding the working class from their cities the populist upwelling shocks and confuses them. For instance, the outsider readily sees they conflate the manipulation of wealth with wealth itself. Surely investment banking and advertising are higher callings than oil drilling and farming. And oil drillers and farmers don't have a degree in finance and advertising, therefore and ipso facto and duh, higher calling. So there. Wealth itself? A mere demesne to support and serve their betters.

Such self-congratulation reminds me of old joke."It's said the human mind is the highest achievement of nature, but look what's telling us that." C'mon, these are people who name routine storms as if they'd battled vengeful gods. Okay, enough of this. What else we got?

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Using off the shelf components for a battle-ready sniper rifle goes way back. Here's what could be put together eighty years ago.

1925: .270 Winchester, 90 grainer, 3,600 fps, 2,600 ft-lb. It's the .30-06 necked down of course. Heavier bullet weights also go over 3,000 fps. Other worthy cartridges come to mind, but this one's a classic, renown for its "inherent" accuracy, especially popular in the western states where wary game is often a speck on a mountainside.

1936: Winchester Model 70 bolt action rifle, Shooting Time's "bolt action rifle of the century". An optional version came with a one-piece scope mount. Used as a military sniper rifle up through Viet Nam.

1938: Lyman Alaskan All Weather scope, 2 1/2 x 18, ten and a half inches long, eight ounces, five inch eye relief, 40 ft. field of view at 100 yards. Higher magnification scopes were available, but the Alaskan was preferred for its small size, light weight and durability. World War II sniper scopes M73B1, M81 and M82 were all variants of the Layman Alaskan.

None of these would be my first choice today. Eighty years of accumulated improvements in cartridges, rifles and scopes are now an embarrassment of riches. What hasn't changed in eighty years is the range at which the terminal effect could be, and was, accomplished.

Gotta tell you a funny story. An automotive supplier where I worked had a large sample shop where one-off stuff was made by amazing craftsmen using machine tools you'd not see anywhere else. I wanted an aperture sight altered for one of my rifles so I quietly asked the manager if he could, maybe, pretty please get 'er done. He replied, "tell me what it is, we may have one in stock." Ah, the old days.

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What others need a half hour's read to say, James Kunstler does in two paragraphs

The national chain retail model has fallen apart, along with new car sales. Something is up in this foundering land, despite all the heraldic trumpet blasts on cable news about the “booming economy.”

What’s up is the international implosion of the bad debt, and the fading illusion that it doesn’t matter. It has any number of ways to express itself, from store closings, to dissolving pensions, to stock market instability, to divorce, homelessness, and war. It’s what you get from a hyper-financialized economy that doesn’t really produce wealth but only steals it from somewhere else.

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"Wish I'd said that" gems.

Jonathan Wilkinson at Amerika, about the atrophy of science

The decline is obviously visible when the spokesmanship passes from Albert Einstein to Carl Sagan to Neil deGrasse Tyson.

James Rawles at Survival Blog

If someone ascribes “evil” to inanimate objects, then that is voodoo.

James Dakin at Bison Prepper

The power of the empire is always the strongest right before it implodes. That is exactly when you do not want to be targeted by it.

Seth Barron at City Journal

It's hard to escape the conclusion that critics oppose a wall not because it wouldn't work but because it would.

Vox Day

There is never causation without correlation.

Christopher DeGroot at Taki's Magazine

Despite our age of expert ignorance, the truth endures.

Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine

Architects once built to the glory of God, but now they build to the glory of themselves.

CCRider at Burning Platform, why he doesn't vote

We’re sick and tired of the game and we no longer wish to participate in our own destruction. We’ve shrugged.

Porter at Kakistocracy Blog

Pregnant Guatemalans are how the left invests in America.

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Diana Johnstone at Unz Review, about the Yellow Vests movement

It is now completely clear that the self-styled “Antifascists” are the watch dogs of the status quo. In their tireless search for “fascists”, the Antifa attack anything that moves. In effect, they protect stagnation. And curiously enough, Antifa violence is tolerated by the same State and the same police who insult, attack and arrest more peaceful demonstrators. In short, the Antifa are the storm troopers of the current system.

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Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker

"Green" energy is more expensive and environmentally disruptive. It's not a little more expensive either; it's a lot more expensive, with few exceptions. The biggest reason is that most "green" sources are intermittent, that is, you can't rely on them. Solar and wind are the two most-obvious examples.

Intermittent energy sources must be fully backed up with non-intermittent ones or you get blackouts. You must pay for the infrastructure of said backup source and to man them so that when the intermittent event occurs you don't have to shut down electrical service. The cost of this backup must be paid for whether it is in use or not and yet the green proponents never include that backup in their cost comparisons.

and finally,

Flu. We've all been there. Oh, I was the stalwart yeoman about it all, worked on Woodpile Report a while, collapsed like a clubbed seal, then rallied for a 'nuther while. I turned in early and got up late, wondering where I was and how I got there. Daily chores got done by formula: Remember, Act, Think. I call it my RAT Loop. It kept me from stalling without a clue, mid-chore. For a short while I had a mild chill and ran a metallurgical-grade fire in the woodstove, just shy of glowing red and rattling the handles.

Now I'm back, at least to where I'm not actually debilitated. In fact, I'm feeling most of okay. But I still have this strange urge to hit a fan. So this week's WPR gets posted at less than it's intended RMS 4 surface finish.

That's all I've got for now. On to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. Hey, who drank my coffee ... oh, that's right, never mind. I need a nap.

 

1940. Chesterfield magazine ad

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Free Beacon - Feds Spending $18,000 for LGBT Pride Film Festival in Mumbai ... State Department seeks to promote 'an appreciation of diversity'

Quanta - New Studies Rescue Gravitational-Wave Signal From the Noise ... independent papers vanquish lingering doubts about LIGO’s historic discovery

Washington Times - 'Gun-toting hippies' greet Boulder 'assault weapons' ban with mass noncompliance ... “assault weapons” ban is meeting with stiff resistance, they may be Democrats but they love their firearms

YouTube - We Believe: The Best Men Can Be, Gillette, video, 1m 48s ... watch Gillette insult its customers. Comments below the video say it all. Example: Disney: Let's see how fast we can destroy the Star Wars Franchise with forced Diversity and virtue signalling. Gillette: Hold my razor.?

CNBC - BP just discovered a billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico ... south of New Orleans

The Drive - U.S. Navy Destroyer Fired Off Advanced Hyper Velocity Projectiles During 2018 Exercise ... offer a relatively low-cost and low-risk capability boost, range close to 50 miles

Capt. Shawn Huey at U.S. Naval Institute Blog ... we took the exceptionally reliable 5″/62 gun with the newly developed projectile for the rail gun now in development

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Said differently, it's a 127mm caliber gun with a barrel 62 calibers long, which is 25.8 feet.

Trace its lineage and you come to the dual purpose 5"/38 of WWII. It was the main armament on destroyers, and anti-aircraft armament on everything from aircraft carriers and battleships on down. Even WWI battleships were retrofitted with 'em. Fun fact: 15.5 pounds of gunpowder accelerated its 55 pound shell to 14,000g in the barrel. Which means the shell "weighed" 385 tons for a really brief time.

Science Daily - TESS discovers its third new planet, with longest orbit yet ... a dense, gaseous world, three times the size of Earth

The decrepit European ruling class is losing its grip and getting dangerously unstable

Voice of Europe - Democracy? France announces new measures to curb yellow vest protests ... protesting open borders, Global Warming taxes and other excesses of ruling progressives

Daily Mail - French police should be allowed to use live bullets and ‘shoot-to-kill’ tactics on Yellow Vest protesters, the country’s former education minister says ... protests have been ongoing since 17 November

Bitcoinist - Yellow Vests in France Planning a Bank Run to Collapse the Euro ... has the potential to paralyze the country

Voice of Europe - Sweden invests big in sentencing people who criticise migration: Convictions increase tenfold ... Online Hate Speech Monitor results in almost 150 convictions

Voice of Europe - Alternative for Germany leader blames media smear campaign for ‘assassination attempt’ on state chairman ... beaten near to death by three masked thugs, Green left-wing MP tweeted the AfD were in fact “Nazis”

Neon Nettle - British Yellow Vest Shut Down By Facebook, PayPal after Challenging EU Official ... "we will not tolerate hate speech on Facebook which creates an environment of intimidation"

US News - Yellow Vest Protesters Destroy 60 Percent of France’s Speed Cameras ... speed cameras are only a way for the country to take money from poor

Voice of Europe - Protesters attempted to storm City Hall as Yellow Vest protests entered 9th week in France ... protests in Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg, and other French cities

Campus Reform - Rutgers students earn credit for learning 'resistance' ... political action strategies such as "grassroots organizing," “identity-based organizing,” social media tactics

American Partisan - The SPR: AR Guerrilla Sniper Rifle ... a lightweight sniping platform is a lethal threat for an occupying force

Next Big Future - A Missile Container Navy Would be Six Times More Cost Effective ... 15-20 merchant ships for the cost of one destroyer, 450-600 missiles versus 90 per destroyer

Breitbart - House Democrats Introduce Bill Criminalizing Private Gun Sales ... joined by three House Republicans

Sen. Dianne Feinstein - Senators Introduce Assault Weapons Ban ... "they have no purpose for self-defense or hunting"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Top off. Now. Guns, ammo, mags. Scarcity and high prices are coming whether this—and much legislation like it—passes or not.

London Times - Finer points of murder ... would-be assassins consistently overestimate the lethality of their chosen tools, believing it easier to kill a man than it really is

Nature - Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why ... magnetic pole is moving 55km a year

Alt-Market - The Crash Of The “Everything Bubble” Started In 2018 - Here’s What Comes Next In 2019 ... we are not only talking about stock markets

Excerpts: "... the crash of the “everything bubble” has been deliberately initiated by central bankers. The worst is yet to come in 2019... The year of 2018 was the beginning of the next phase of engineered crisis, 2019 will see the crash hit the mainstream consciousness not to mention the doorsteps and wallets of the general public".

Loadout Room - Watch: This is what full-color night vision looks like ... same level of detail and clarity during nighttime operations as during the day

Concord Monitor - Despite ban, N.H. lawmakers say they will continue to carry guns in the State House ... Democratic Speaker said that the office was ready to enforce the new rule

Hollywood Reporter - LA's Battle for Venice Beach: Homeless Surge Puts Hollywood's Progressive Ideals to the Test ... mail theft, break-ins, hypodermic needles and human waste on sidewalks, harassment, physical assaults

Survivopedia - 8+ Places To Avoid Like The Plague When SHTF ... because crowds

Airports, harbors, transportation nodes, urban areas, military bases, causeways, tunnels, bridges, hospitals, prisons, FEMA camps, malls, gun and hardware stores

Off Grid Survival - Republican Marco Rubio is Pushing a Major Gun Confiscation Bill Through Congress ... and the NRA supports it

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Where are we, Romania in 1950? Have we Deplorables no friends?

Science Daily - 3D printing 100 times faster with light ... rather than building up plastic filaments layer by layer

Primal Survivor - Best Prepper Foods You Can Find in the Supermarket ... but most have a big drawback - their packaging

 

1900. Moving pictures ad

 

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Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Psychology’s War on Men, Taki's Magazine - The American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for Psychological Practice for Boys and Men is a remarkable and frightening document. Predictable, cliché silliness betrays the underlying purpose of these guidelines: advancing a left-wing-feminist ideology. Science this document manifestly is not. It is quite telling that, while the psychological experts do not classify transgenderism as a disorder or mental illness, they do pathologize traditional men. “Many boys and men do not receive the help they need.” Who says they need help? Why, the experts do! Fathers must now take especial care to protect their sons from the excessive influence of women and feminized men, particularly in educational contexts and in the helping professions.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Would it be wrong to suggest these experts need an old school "attitude adjustment"? Think about it. Who's crazy, real men or those who bite men's ankles for a living?

 

Collapse, Zero Hedge - In mid-October in 2008, the global financial system was grinding to a halt. Politicians and central bankers provided capital and extraordinary guarantees to keep the important financial institutions standing and credit flowing. Now many of these measures are already in play and when the next crisis hits, the solvency of governments and central banks will also be in question. There is very little authorities can do to stem the panic. Following the likely collapse of global trade, the world economy would also collapse. The global financial system has become rigged with leverage, moral hazard and regulatory failures to a point where a “purge” has become all-but-impossible to avoid. This is the end. Something ‘biblical’ is approaching.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Political collapse is already a fact. Politics is now little more than DC's internal affairs, medieval to the point of arresting and murdering each other. Economic collapse is happening in parallel, but it's less interesting and harder to recognize.

 

Anti-racism, Z Man - The new challenges of the majority-minority empire require a new kind of anti-racism and a new kind of racism for it to oppose. “Third wave anti-racism” is a demand is that whites exhaust themselves so that non-whites can enjoy first world comfort, without actually having to maintain it themselves. The central tenet is that whites, just by being white, are a burden on non-whites. Every white person is born guilty, therefore whites are now condemned to keep non-whites in comfortable modern lifestyles. To understand the social justice movement, one must first replace the word “justice” with the word “vengeance.” It’s not about settling the books or making anyone whole. It is about establishing a new hierarchy in which whites are the infidels of the new multicultural empire.

 

The right, American Mind - Many of the most prominent conservative institutions have been captured by a combination of careerists, opportunists, and temporizers. They hollowed out what had been a vibrant intellectual movement that reinvigorated American politics in the late 20th century. Had they been allowed to complete their takeover, they would have succeeded in reducing American conservatism to an irritable mental gesture. Today however, there is a renaissance on the Right. Ignore the moribund incumbents and watch the innovators who are building new institutions dedicated to a restoration of American constitutionalism built upon a broad consensus supporting historic American principles.

 

Lies, Of Two Minds - Complicity is always the easy option. Politicos know this, and their job is to grease the skids of complicity and silence with Savior State benefits and harshly punish whistleblowers. The Gulag Archipelago lives on in every modern state, cloaked with modern-day technologies and the well-worn tools of suppression. Communist states still prefer re-education camps, while so-called democracies use intimidation, limitations on free speech, de-platforming, shadow censorship and the ever-popular charges of treason and "fake-news" to suppress dissent and skeptical inquiry. In the Kingdom of Lies, everything is spun, massaged, interpreted and fed to the media. But the spin is getting painfully obvious, and the interpretations blatantly self-serving.

 

1937. Elkhart Kansas

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Dust storm approaching. Elkhart is a town of about 2,000 in the southwest corner of Kansas. In 1937 the population was about 1,000. Here's a view of main street today from nearly the same location.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Global warming, American Thinker - In the eighties, we cleaned up our air, the threatened the ice age did not occur, and thousands of people discovered that they could make a career out of disaster prophecy. Thus, it was time for a new catastrophe: “Global Warming”. It appealed to the press’s appetite for calamity and became an instant hit. In the nineties, environmentalists switched their emphasis to “Climate Change” This was a marketing move. “Climate Change” was disaster gold. It couldn’t be disproved. Which is exactly why it’s not science. It’s pseudo-science, there must be something within the theory itself that can be disproved. “Climate Change” is a scam.

 

Extraction, Kakistocracy - The progs or, increasingly, the People of Color progs are steadily replacing the movement’s original tumors. Led by representatives like Ocasio-Cortez and California’s Rohit Khanna, this bloc is premised on pure extraction. They have a vast social justice spending agenda and little appetite to moderate it according to the fiscal health of a hated people’s heirloom. Thus unburdened by sentiment they are free to satisfy native inclinations to transfer enormous gobs of white wealth to people with names like Ocasio and Rohit. Military invasion is really pretty pointless when you can just elect right over the legacy population’s feeble objections.

 

Portland, Sultan Knish - It was a big year in Portland where the murder rate rose 18.6%. That was the perfect time for Portland’s progressive politburo to spend over $1 million on unarmed cops armed only with pepper spray. Portlanders are increasingly taking matters and guns into their hands. Its property crime rates easily outpace Boston and Denver, and put it on a par with dangerous cities like Atlanta. Its homeless blight has put Portland on the same path as San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. But Mayor Wheeler emphasized Portland was working on a more “inclusive” and diverse” police force, even as he admitted that the city was caught in a crime wave.

 

Lip service, Liberty's Choice - Why did Charles Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama express support for a border wall they now stridently oppose? At the time of their pro-border-wall statements, popular anger over the illegal tide was rising. It was no longer possible for any politician to remain unexpressed on the subject. However, then as now, they regarded the migrants swarming up from Central and South America as future Democrat voters. Carefully chosen words would buy them time to complete their demographic project. There would be no attempt to act on them, of course. Once Hillary Clinton was in the White House, they could focus on their true agenda. But Donald Trump is in the White House, and the Internet is forever.

 

1943. Central Italy

 

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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.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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

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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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15 Jan 2019