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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
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
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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Palazzo Venice, Frederico del Campo, 1890

Frederico del Campo, 1837-1923, was a vedutisti, meaning a painter of views, "vedute" in Italian. Canaletto , 1697-1768, is the best known and possibly the earliest practitioner. Del Campo was from Peru. Not much is known of his life, nor exactly when and where he died, even 'though he was the leading vedutisi of his time.

The style is rigorously academic, the hub from which all arty "isms" radiate, with varying degrees of success, usually less. We're in the hands of a true master when he stands behind his work rather than in front of it.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Talk of "understanding why" a 19-year-old shot his former schoolmates is just fog and blather. Who cares? All we have to "understand" is who did it, Nikolas Cruz by name. A century ago he would have gone to trial within weeks, and if convicted, publicly executed soon thereafter with hymn singing and refreshments all around. As long as justice was served, anyone was free to peddle their tea time theories.

Those with a weak grip on reality wallow in ghoulish speculation as a sort of group therapy. Gossamer notions like "toxic masculinity" are the juju of our day. By the time the world outside notices their nicely varnished delusion du jour, it's already been superseded by some other sorry fad.

Even after thousands of years no one has the answer to outrages like this. Certainly not gun control laws. People have figured out gun control isn't about crime, it's about power. States banning AR-15 style rifles have a compliance rate of five to eight percent, by their own estimate. The inventory is increasing actually, arms manufacturing is going underground, guns are becoming the bathtub gin of the 21st century. Add these to the three hundred million already out there, and an estimated one trillion rounds of ammunition.

Primordial Slack - A stray dog bit me. I demanded that all my neighbors’ dogs should have their teeth pulled.

We don't know why he did it, but we know how he did it. Deputies were sent to Cruz’s home thirty-some times in the six years prior for domestic violence calls without ever charging him, which allowed him to pass the background check. The school expelled him as too dangerous to be on campus but hushed up the specifics, and the FBI "couldn't identify" him from a threat posted on his account under his real name and didn't even pass what information they had to its Miami field office. The agencies charged and trusted to intercept the Cruz's among us were incompetent, indifferent, or both.

Since the 1930s, gun control activists have gotten the laws they promised would end gun crimes forever. They may be impressed with the results, gun owners aren't and never were. They're not at all impressed with having their life depend on someone else's promises and schemes. Which is one reason they're gun owners.

Aside: Anti-gun fanatics would have us believe the AR-15 came on the market a few months ago. Colt first sold the AR-15 Sporter in the civilian market in 1964. At 54 years old, the AR-15 predates most gun control activists. About 30 million have been sold since.

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Im glad she died. I feel bad for the others. That’s what he gets!
— Shady Jacob Facts (@ShadyJacobFact) February 15, 2018

Trump did this. The NRA did this. Republicans did this.
— Jay Z(amora) (@Jay_MCMLXXXIX) February 16, 2018

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Michael Peck at National Interest says military aircraft are "expended like so much ammunition in a massive war of attrition", in his article, Revealed: How the Air Force Almost Brought Back the P-51 Mustang

America lost almost forty-four thousand Army Air Force aircraft overseas during the Second World War, plus another fourteen thousand in training accidents in the United States... Even Operation Rolling Thunder in Vietnam cost more than nine hundred aircraft.

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The quote of the week comes from a comment by Chateau Heartiste reader "williamk", in this article, Why The Left Can’t Tolerate Anonymity:

Anything anonymous inevitably turns Right Wing, because the only point of being Left Wing is for status, and you can’t win status anonymously.

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Joe Scarborough, of MSNBC's "Morning Joe”, had this to say in 1994:

The NRA must elect & support candidates who will view the gun rights issue as a constitutional battle. The founding fathers did not give us the 2nd Amendment to protect our rights to shoot ducks. Our constitutional right to bear arms is so we may protect our family in the manner we choose. No compromise!

I believe that gun sales by private citizens who are not engaged in an ongoing firearm business should not be subject to federal background check requirements, whether the sales take place at a gun show or elsewhere, as is the present practice. If elected, I would oppose further legislation.

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Simon Black at Sovereign Man asks an obvious question in his essay, This may be the beginning of the Great Financial Reckoning:

Not only does the US owe, by far, the greatest amount of debt ever accumulated by a single nation in human history, but $25 trillion is larger than the debts of every other nation in the world combined.

The Treasury Department expects to borrow nearly $1 trillion this fiscal year. How is it remotely possible that the federal government can burn through $1 trillion? Everything is supposedly totally awesome in the United States. The economy is strong, unemployment is low, tax revenue is at record levels.

It’s not like they had to fight a major two front war, save the financial system from an epic crisis, or battle a severe economic depression. It’s just been business as usual. Nothing really out of the ordinary. And yet they’re still losing trillions of dollars. This is pretty scary when you think about it. What’s going to happen to the US federal deficit when there actually IS a financial crisis or major recession?

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Aesop has posted a not-to-be-missed rebuttal to the anti-gun fanatics, Great Ideas File, at Raconteur Report. Some excerpts:

They've had it up to the neck with being falsely blamed for every bat-shit crazy Democrat wingnut and the misbegotten foreign jihadis you've imported, covered for, and inflicted on the population, and the blameless absolutely law-abiding gun owners and their innocent tools, by the hundreds of millions, getting tagged for what those jackholes have done - while you dithered. And when they swing back, it's not going to be a wimpy slapfight. You're going to see a civil uprising ...

You wouldn't listen at the soap box, you discarded the announcements from the jury box, you've tried to upend the ballot box, and now you want to use the power of the state to use the cartridge box, and you're undercapitalized in a game you were "all in" on.

and finally,

Friday, the 23rd of February, at 1:05 pm is the first televised Yankees spring training game. Cynics who deride this as mere 'sportsball' take note: archeologists have discovered that sunrise at Stonehenge on that date aligns perfectly with home plate at Yankee Stadium. There's more.

Semiotician Umberto Eco ran the "se tu non lasci amore" passsage in Handel's Messiah through a rigorous numerological analysis and it yielded the exact date and time for this first exhibition game. Coincidence or a kosmik revelation?

Further, the Chronicle Project has discovered that after the republic is restored, tickets for games will be conditional on suit 'n tie for men—summer weight okay but no double knit—and a tasteful dress and hat for women. So, better days ahead.

Until then, yer ol' Platinum Member Premium Subscriber Edition of Woodpile Report awaits.

 

1946. Oldsmobile magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1946 Oldsmobile was the 1942 with minor changes, an automatic choke for one, and wasn't replaced until the all-new models of 1948. The optional Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was first offered for the 1940 Oldsmobile, and famously proven in the M5 and M24 light tanks. Old-timers say you had to be careful not to park over dry leaves or they'd catch fire. It was replaced with a new design in 1955.

Shown is the 2-door convertible, which featured optional leather upholstery. The biggest of the '46 Oldsmobiles weighed up at an even two tons.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

DC Clothesline - Hero Citizen Stops Mass Shooting in a Church, Cops Show Up and Shoot Him ... in stable condition and remains hospitalized

Zero Hedge - Facebook VP: "The Majority Of Russian Ad Spend Happened After The Election" ... altering the average American's perception of reality in order to confuse and divide the US

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They're getting an excellent return on their investment

Gateway Pundit - School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg’s Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Normally I don't repost these things, but the video of him rehearsing says I shouldn't be so quick to dismiss this one.

LA Times - Immigrant rights activists block Homeland Security van from accessing Metropolitan Detention Center ... no arrests by LA Police

Russia Insider - Crimean Bridge Builders Unearth Greek Archaeological Find of The Century ... the largest archaeological dig in the history of Russia

Principia Scientific - Climatologist Dr Tim Ball Wins Epic Libel Court Battle ... critic of alarmist junk climate science wins, media silent

Principia Scientific - Electromagnetic Gravity? Examination of the Electric Universe Theory ... an electromagnetically-induced distortion to create an atomic dipole appears at least plausible

All Outdoor - Army Drops Hand Grenade and Land Nav. Competency From Basic Training ... too many never learned how to throw

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What the instructors really said was too many guys "throw like girls". This verifies my suspicions about why the M-16 was adopted, and why the AR-15 became everyone's new best friend. No thanks. Carbines have their place, but a robust, hard hitting, old school battle rifle will more often be decisive in the unpleasantness to come.

Speaking of "old school", it's an attitude that's hard to put into words, except by exaggeration. To wit:

Mad 10, 1954

Task & Purpose - The Army Is Making Good On Its Pledge To Bring Back The Carl Gustaf — With A Major Vengeance ... super bazooka

National Post - Delaware students can now choose their own race. This should end well

Art of Manliness - How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shelter ... requires space blankets and clear plastic wrapping

Raconteur Report - Fantasy, Meet Reality ... Aesop reviews the "Black Panther" movie.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Black self esteem has truly entered a crisis phase. The Wakanda legend was created as an over-the-top origin myth in a 1960s comic book. In turn, they took the name 'Wakanda' from an Edgar Rice Burroughs's 1915 screenplay, The Man-Eater, later published as a novel.

As Jamie Broadnax at Huffington Post touchingly puts it, "What makes Afrofuturism significantly different from standard science fiction is that it’s steeped in ancient African traditions and black identity". Um, what?! Ancient African traditions? Earth to Jamie: it's not real, the movie was made from a comic book, remember?

An entire race is getting trolled and they lap it up. I'm down to the last atom of my last crumb of optimism.

Smithsonian - Exhibition to Reveal da Vinci’s Invisible Drawings ... using ultraviolet and infrared

Coyote Blog - Sex and Gender on the AZ Driver's License ... offers "non-binary" ... a driver's license is for identification purposes, it is not a Facebook profile page

YouTube - Train Driver's View. Live cab-mounted cameras on passenger trains, high-def, 24 hours a day. European.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mesmerizing. Reminds me of a story. While looking out the window at the tracks, I asked my Swedish colleague, "All I've seen are short little freight trains. Is this a branch line?" He chuckled and replied, "no, those are our freight trains. But I know why you ask. I've seen your freight trains."

Check Your Fact - Have There Been 18 School Shootings In 2018? ... no, it's just a lie they tell to scare children and the retarded

College Fix - Evergreen State College predicts nearly 20 percent drop in student enrollment ... it is a crisis

Daily Caller - AP Admits It Got Duped By White Nationalist ... claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Selco, SHTF School - Trade is gonna be a matter of carefully planning. It starts with information about who has something that you need, then checking that information, and rechecking, and then sending information to him that you want to trade, then setting the terms about the place and number of people where you’re gonna do the trade. Usually, there was a rumor or information about who was safe to trade with. There was information about people who like to scam other people during the trade. If you did a good and fair trade with a man you could “save him“ as a safe trader for future trade. Everything else is matter of trust and skills.

 

Selco, Organic Prepper - In my case the S. did hit the fan. For some period of time I was repeating something like “This can happen only in some country in Africa, not here. Somebody going to stop this.” It can happen, and actually, it would be very bad because fall [of US] is going to be bigger. I have seen many people killed, a lot of women and children too, civilians. A huge number of people suffered, were hungry and cold and were terrified through that period. But I can count on one hand the dead or hungry politicians in that time. Things were good for them through that period. A lot of them are still powerful in the same or different parties, and are still talking about “their people” or “causes” or “fear from others”.

War Is Boring - Think the Bosnia Conflict Was a Civil War? Think again ... a new type of conflict in the globalized post-Cold War era

 

Wiley, North Carolina Museum of Art - New Acquisition by Kehinde Wiley. "Wiley translates this image of a courageous, powerful woman into a contemporary version that resonates with fury and righteousness".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It also resonates with Moslem beheadings of nonbelievers. This is one of two paintings in which Wiley depicts "courageous, powerful" black women decapitating white women. The title, Judith and Holofernesis, as dishonest as the rest of it . In case it needs to be said, General Holofernes, the historical beheadee, was not a white woman. On the plus side, "courageous" black women is a departure from his usual homoerotic stuff .

President Obama chose Kehinde Wiley to paint his official portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Well of course he did.


Judith and Holofernes, by Kehinde Wiley, 2012

Lee Rosenbaum at CultureGrrl, after slobbering reverent kisses all over the Obamas, gets to the unfortunate truth. The portraits aren't good. At all.

As Michelle’s inordinately voluminous dress detracts and distracts from the human element, so do Barack’s improbably lush surroundings draw the viewer’s attention to the artist’s virtuosity and away from the painting’s subject. The President’s look of consternation may owe something to his being somewhat ridiculously perched on an antique chair, incongruously surrounded by all that verdure.

While both of these portraits can be appreciated as fine works on their own terms, a recognizable visage and a solid sense of character count in portrayals of a First Couple for our national museum. Some art critics have praised the portraits for their modernity and audacity in departing from time-worn conventions. But while they may be interesting and provocative, they don’t completely fulfill their essential role as accurate, insightful records of important historical figures.

It's just Obama's way of giving the finger to what was a classy portrait gallery by hanging a picture that looks like the label on a crate of oranges.

 

Chaos, Fred On Everything - Countries are happiest when they have one national culture, or at least one dominant culture to which all must perforce conform. We see this in countries like Japan and Korea, homogeneous societies which, because homogeneous, have no race riots or religious wars. It was largely true in, for example, Sweden and France until they began admitting immigrants from incompatible cultures. Until roughly the Sixties, America was homogeneous enough. Then came the racial integration of blacks and whites, cultures with virtually nothing in common. It worked as well as was widely expected.

 

1937. Paterson, New Jersey

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Shacks on Molly Jan Brook outside Paterson built by unemployed, mostly aged, textile workers.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Black Panther, Z Man - You cannot fault blacks for celebrating this fictionalized black homeland where they are at the top of the heap. The promotion of this fantasy, however, makes the essential point of the Dissident Right. Humans naturally want to reign supreme in their own domains, surrounded by people that are like them. But reality does not yield to wishful thinking. Black Panther and the Progressive celebration of it rips the mask off the Left. What they think of you is now clear, the future of white people lies in Afrofuturism. The more the other side tells us what they dream of when they sleep, the more white people wake up to the demographic reality that is facing them.

 

Christian Adams, PJ Media - The millennial generation might be surprised to learn that theirs is the first without guns in school. Just 30 years ago, high school kids rode the bus with rifles and shot their guns at high school rifle ranges. There was a time in America, before the Snowflakes, when any adult on the block could reprimand a neighborhood kid who was out of line without fear. Even thirty years ago, the culture still had invisible restraints developed over centuries. Those restraints, those leveling commonalities, were the target of a half-century of attack by the freewheeling counterculture that has now become the dominant replacement culture. It’s time to ask what changed.

 

Diversity, Financial Post - Dalhousie University is looking for a new dean of students but says it is interested only in someone who is “racially visible.” What they surely mean is “non-white.” If the cause is so just, the need so compelling and the case for it so clear, why is the language so mealy-mouthed? Why not just say “This job is only open to people who are not white”? Why hide behind an indirect, euphemistic, invented categorization? Why race-based hiring is a bad idea should not need explaining. Dalhousie will not get its best possible dean of students. It will get its best possible dean of students who is not white. There is also the harm done to qualified white people, who in the name of inclusion are now to face exclusion.

 

Ammo storage, Prepper's Gab - You’ve got food, supplies, a bugout bag, the perfect weapons, and a great plan. Chances are high that you’ve also begun stockpiling ammunition. Having a million rounds of ammo is great, but without proper storage those potential projectiles will be nothing more than a heap of brass–or worse, an accident waiting to happen. Over time, heat, moisture, and corrosion can wreak havoc on an ammunition supply. Cartridges can weaken and break, primers can lose their zing, and bullets can even corrode and lose mass, making them a safety hazard to fire. Avoid all these potential risks by using these 9 tips for storing your ammunition ...

 

1936. Lancaster Pennsylvania

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of the assembly room of the thirteen acre Hamilton Watch Company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Hamilton supplied and maintained the majority of precision watches to the railroads in addition to making marine chronometers and consumer timepieces. Although they developed the first digital watch, the Pulsar, Hamilton closed its American operations in 1969 and moved all manufacturing to it's Buren plant in Switzerland. After the usual acquisition and merger furball, it's now part of the Swatch group of Switzerland.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Italy, Daily Mail - Troubled blonde 18-year-old went missing here, only to resurface in a pair of suitcases left in a ditch. No sooner was an illegal immigrant arrested for her killing than a local neo-fascist took it upon himself to drive around town in broad daylight shooting anyone who looked vaguely foreign. A fortnight tomorrow, Italians will go to the polls in an election that was ill-tempered enough before the horror show in Macerata. Italy seems likely to join the EU’s anti-Brussels nationalist awkward squad of Poland, Austria, Hungary and others. There will be no ‘Quitaly’ just yet — but Brussels is viewed with utter contempt.

 

NASA, Next Big Future - US government's Space Launch System will now be an embarrassing poster child for government waste and corruption. It is has been obvious for decades that the US government has corrupt and broken spending. Space Launch System is costing over $2 billion per year and will not have its first launch until 2019 if the new schedule was kept. The initial system would only be able to launch 70 tons. It would not be able to launch 130 tons until 2029 if development schedule was kept. $11 billion has already been spent and after seven years there will be no launch for another two years. SpaceX will fly for $90 million per launch versus the planned $1 billion for Space Launch System.

 

Bibliomancy, Berfrois - The mainstream accepted definitions of “meaning” departs from the magical in favor of the observable, the empirical, and the measurable. Science, it should be said, is not just a different form of magic where the terminology has been altered, palm reading replaced with MRI machines and tea leaves with spectroscopy. No, the very model of what constitutes meaning is fundamentally different as well, because for Charles I and the prince, Falkland and Abraham Cowley, they understood meaning very differently from our current accepted norms. For them, anomalies and strange phenomenon were to be read as harbingers of future events, as one might identify foreshadowing in a novel written with planning and intention. Nothing was divorced from a wider, if nebulous, meaning.

 

Codevilla, American Greatness - What do we do when deterrence fails and the other side actually uses nukes or clearly means to use them? We are still building nukes to be scarecrows, advertised as scarecrows. Because they are not meant to be used, they don’t deter anybody. The current U.S missile defense budget comes to $12.9 billion. But tiny, semi-starved North Korea has well-nigh built the capacity to overwhelm it. Because this year’s nearly $2 billion increase goes into the very programs that have made this possible, it cannot change our vulnerability. It behooves all Americans no longer to pretend that the military and intelligence services are anything other than the bureaucracies they are—to stop reflexively giving them money, and to demand that they actually serve their intended purpose.

 

1942. Stalingrad USSR

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of a Junkers JU-52 in service as an air ambulance during the Battle of Stalingrad. This version carried twelve litter patients. The iconic tri-motor, known to the troops as "Iron Annie", first flew in 1931. The last of 4,845 left the plant in 1952. The engines were small even by the standards of the day, giving it a glacial rate of climb to 10,000 feet of seventeen minutes. The original photo is in color.

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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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