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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Edward Moran, Sunset New York Bay, 1872

New York Bay is sometimes called New York Harbor. This is probably Lower New York Bay. As said here before, Edward Moran was the older brother of the now more famous Thomas Moran. Edward studied art in Philadelphia at age sixteen and quickly became a premier marine painter of his day. In 1872 he moved to New York City where he died in 1901 at age 71.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I've been updating my "get me home bag". The emergency stuff in my car is divided up this way: the usual car stuff, the fuel can and fix it supplies, then the sleeping bag and provisions for an extended inconvenience—which has happened, and finally the actual "get me home bag". First, define the problem. My definition is a three day walk home in sketchy circumstances and bad weather, using a fairly high amount of applied bushcraft.

Don't worry, there will be no list of contents, it's all quite humdrum, routine hiking and camping stuff except for the 30mm chain gun with a folding stock and optional cup holders. Off to the side is a "grey man" bag should I need to look more anonymous than I already do.

Why? I'm thinking this place has gone for so long without basic maintenance something important is going to break or fall off. Could take weeks, could take minutes. There will be a warning, there always is. But consider this. Perhaps we've already been warned and it'll be obvious in retrospect. Pompeii, for example, prosperous and pleasant except for the annoying tremors.

Disaster may come from any direction, but the economy has become little other than tremors. Jim Rogers, the commodities billionaire, is typically pessimistic in this interview with MacroVoices, via Zero Hedge:

Get prepared because we're going to have the worst economic problems we've had in your lifetime or my lifetime and when that happens a lot of people are going to disappear.

In 2008 Bear Stearns disappeared, Bear Stearns had been around over 90 years. Lehman Brothers disappeared. Lehman Brothers had been around over 150 years. A long, long time, a long glorious history they’ve been through wars, depression, civil war they've been through everything and yet they disappear.

So the next time around it's going to be worse than anything we've seen and a lot of institutions, people, companies even countries, certainly governments and maybe even countries are going to disappear. I hope you get very worried.

The talk of another civil war strikes me as hyperbole, the kind you hear from people who have to believe they live in the most historic time ev-er. Most likely the history books will say, "it was a time of social and economic troubles". But in the spirit of situational awareness, here's what Robert Arvary at American Thinker says:

Why is the left not satisfied to peacefully oppose us? Why have leftists declared all-out political war? It is because they must. The social left has suddenly and unexpectedly found itself at death's door, the door of permanent and irreversible loss of political power. The left will be permanently discredited, out of power, and cut off from the billions upon billions of dollars they now wallow in at our expense. People kill for that kind of power and money. This is existential warfare. It has just begun. Do not waver.

Could be. To be sure there's an 1860 tenor to the national conversation. In that year South Carolina seceded and Lincoln became president with less than forty per cent of the popular vote. Now the cult occupying what was the Democratic Party is talking secession and—gasp! choke!—state's rights, barring the schoolhouse door, training federal workers in sabotage and, lately, arming for outright combat.

There's no left without a right. Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine notes the incipient rise of a counter to the black bloc:

Believe this—if they were truly under the impression that the “Nazis” were such a looming threat, they wouldn’t be acting nearly this bold. They act without fear, mainly because it’s been generations since anyone gave them a good reason to be afraid.

Enter the new Right Wing Death Squads, which don’t truly exist as anything more than an idea at this point. They are not organized and well-funded like Antifa are, and to my knowledge they are not responsible for any rioting nor even a single sucker punch…yet

The black bloc is modeled on the partisan street fighters of 1920s Europe, can it compete with the surging, nimble, "everywhere and nowhere" alt-right? If there's a response in kind, shall we live in fear of roving hit squads? Shall we form up into warring regions? Not likely, but no one really knows. What I do know is the inviolable rule of survival: stay away from crowds.

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Self defense is moral clarity itself, a fundamental and honorable imperative. Political violence is not, it's an attractive luxury for well fed malcontents. Beware, aggression often poses as preemptive self defense. Notice our serial warettes started in 1947 when the War Department became the Defense Department. No President has asked Congress to declare defense.

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In the notes under Frederic Church's painting in last week's Woodpile Report I wrote, "An enthusiastic subscriber to the theories of geographer Alexander von Humboldt, Church sought subject material in the jungles of Ecuador, the storied sites of the Mideast and Mediterranean, and a scientific expedition into the Arctic". It always nags at me to make passing references to guys like Humboldt.

Humboldt was a life-changing influence not only for Church but for Charles Darwin, Henry Thoreau and John Muir. He was one of those remarkable people who combined science and adventure echoed but not equaled by the likes of Roy Chapman Andrews, the prototype for Hollywood's Indiana Jones.

After I posted yer ol' WPR last week, I came across a review at the Sydney Review of Books, "The Invention of Nature - The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science", by Andrea Wulf. Fascinating, chock full-o'-good stuff. To not know of Humboldt is like not knowing of Benjamin Franklin. Here's a paragraph to give you a sense of the awe in which he was held:

... in the late 1850s he was described as great and gentle, but bent ‘under the weight of years and honors’. It was said that whenever he was recognized in public, there was a silent parting of the crowd to let him pass, with reverent whispers of ‘there goes Humboldt’.

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This guy, Kristol—allegedly one of Bannon's best buds—says working class whites should be replaced by immigrants, which is pretty much what you'd expect from any other elitist in DC.

YouTube video, 1m 07s - In a conversation with Charles Murray, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol explains his solution to the problems of the white working class: replacement.

"Look, to be totally honest, if things are so bad as you say with the white working class, don’t you want to get new Americans in? Basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two, three, four generations of hard work, everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever."

Next item please.

The quote of the week comes from Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe.

The Left can only rule when there is surplus that subsidizes their abstract universe.  Their policies inevitably eat the seed corn.  Surplus declines.  The Left fades.  The pragmatic ascend.  Results matter.  Surplus increases.  Envy is stoked.  The Left ascends.

Next please.

It's well to remember the Republicans are rightly known as The Stupid Party when you read something like this:

Breitbart - The Democrats are now almost exclusively a coastal party, with a couple of lone interior outposts such as Chicago and Minneapolis.

After the elections of 2008 the consensus was for Democrat Party rule for the next forty years. Remember when Apple's share of the market dwindled to near nothing. And the standing joke on opening day of baseball, "the Cubs have started their pennant drive". And the hunting story cliche of the "dead" buck that jumps up and runs off with a rifle still in its rack. Have a care. As Mark Twain put it, "reports of my death are greatly exaggerated".

The DiploMad says:

The Southwest USA does not "belong" to Mexico. Mexico, please note, held California for about 25 years; they had Texas for even less time. Spain held the area for a couple hundred years, and we've had it for some 170 years. So enough with that argument. It is tiresome. The USA has the right to defend its sovereignty and borders. Mexicans have no right of access to the US any more than anybody else does.

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Well that didn't take long. The NFL has gone out of its way to discredit itself. Again. Several members of the New England Patriots loudly spurned the traditional invitation to the White House. From CNN:

Defensive end Chris Long, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont'a Hightower are joining defensive back Devin McCourty and tight end Martellus Bennett, who announced their plans to boycott the visit early this week, citing their opposition to Trump.

Courtesy is one way a man affirms his gravitas. There are accepted ways to decline an invitation. Insulting the host is not one of them. As we say around here, there are men and there are boys grown tall.

Well fellow deplorables, enough blather. Let's get right down to world conquest. "First, you need a navy". Okay, we'll get to that. But as every engineer knows, you can't do anything without doing something else first. And that something is reading yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Daily Caller - Ben Shapiro Counters Transgender Argument at Ferris State University

Daily Caller - Black Lives Matter Leader: White People Are Sub-Human

Daily Mail - Bounty hunters chasing immigrants on horses, a 110-mile razor fence and bans on new mosques: the EU country whose brutal crackdown on Muslim migrants makes Trump look liberal

eBaum's World - Mexican Police Gun Down Cartel Leader "El H2" With Minigun From a Helicopter ... gunned down with 7 of his sicarios. Video, 0m 27s

Ancient Origins - Built to Last: The Craftsmanship that Enabled Roman Roads to Withstand the Passage of Time

CNN - Wikipedia has barred citations of The Daily Mail after editors of the online encyclopedia concluded Wednesday that the British tabloid is "generally unreliable."

DC Clothesline - Trump Uses Obama Executive Order to declare George Soros a National Security Threat

Phys Org - New theory to explain why sun's surface rotates slower than its core

Baltimore Sun - Baltimore police ID man fatally shot by detective, release footage of chase

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The accompanying video is a guilty pleasure

Zero Hedge - Nearly Half Of Early-20s Millennials Still Get A Monthly Housing Allowance From Mom And Dad

Globe and Mail - Man who beheaded passenger on Greyhound bus granted freedom

Amerika - Nigel Farage On Pipe Tobacco

YouTube - Dear White People - Netflix “Black Revenge” Fantasy Series. Video, 3m 20s

Ancient Origins - Archaeologists to Explore Mysterious Underground Structure at the Desert Fortress of Masada

Backwoods Home Magazine will cease publishing its print magazine with the November/December 2017 issue. It will be the conclusion of our 28th year in business. We will continue as a “digital only” magazine on Amazon’s Kindle platform.

Firearm Blog - Summary of Leaked ATF White Paper & Analysis

Highlights of the tantrum

American Thinker - The Blood Libels of the Left ... Black Bloc background info

Wired - Neo-Nazis Face a New Foe Online and IRL: the Far-Left Antifa

Police - Understanding the Black Bloc

Washington Post - ‘Black bloc’ protests return for Trump era, leaving flames, broken windows from D.C. to Berkeley

USA Today - What is a Black Bloc? The tactic that unleashed chaos in Berkeley

RINF - 30 Incidents of Out of Control Liberalism

InfoWars - University Socialist Club Incites Young Kids To ‘Kill Donald Trump’ - Club indoctrinates elementary to middle school children

Campus Reform - 'Leftist Fight Club' trains UCF students to fight Republicans

Campus Reform - Anonymous group plans to dox Berkeley College Republicanss, threaten careers

Mountain Guerilla - Skull-Stomping Sacred Cows: Reality Isn’t Nice. It’s a 2×4 to the Teeth [ Thomas Perez, former secretary of labor said that Democrats should hit Trump “between the eyes with a two-by-four”]

Daily Californian UC Berkeley student newspaper - Violence as self-defense. Five op-eds in favor of the use of violence in protests

Intellihub - UC Berkeley riots organizer has no regrets, plans more violent actions

EAG News - Santa Clara U student government rejects conservative group: ‘Against our humanity’

Campus Reform - California State University professor allegedly assaulted a College Republicans member in broad daylight during a demonstration against President Trump

Diversity Of Tactics - Why the Left-wing Needs a Gun Culture

PJ Media - College Warns Against Recording in Class After Prof's Anti-Trump Rant Goes Viral

Indivisible - A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda [national and local directory with names, addresses]

Survivopedia - How To Make Your Own Aspirin For Survival

Watchdog - Survey: College ‘bias response teams’ threaten free speech ... a student merely has to “feel” they were harmed or targeted in some way

Goodbye America (in a photo) - Judicial impartiality

Daily Wire - Ben Shapiro Debunks Transgenderism And Pro-Abortion Arguments

Slate - Why So Many People Think Eli Whitney, Cotton Gin Inventor, Was Black ... [hint: it's what's taught in the schools]

PJ Media - Rochester NY School District to Hold 'Black Lives Matter' Day

Ars Technica - Most new, high-priced cancer drugs don’t even extend life for 10 weeks ... Patient advocates are urging FDA and drug companies to set the bar higher

Traditional Right - The View From Olympus: His Majesty’s Birthday

 

1936. Mead Cycle Company magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mead Cycles general offices were in Liverpool England. The first ads for the Mead Cycle Company of Chicago appeared in 1902. Both were primarily mail order operations and sold bicycles worldwide. Mead had several lines of bicycles, but their premier line was the Ranger line. They also produced motorcycles from 1911 to 1915 and from 1922 to 1924. Photo, 1909 - 1920, the Mead plant, across the street from the Chicago & North Western railroad station . Photo of a 1936 Mead Ranger in "Ranger Brown", their signature color.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Gravity, Phys Org - Astronomy experiments could soon test an idea developed by Albert Einstein almost exactly a century ago. Tests using advanced technology could resolve a longstanding puzzle over what is driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe. The researchers' calculations show that if gravitational waves are found to travel at the speed of light, this would rule out alternative gravity theories, with no dark energy, in support of Einstein's Cosmological Constant. If however, their speed differs from that of light, then Einstein's theory must be revised. Such an experiment could be carried out by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in the US. Experiments at the facilities planned for this year could resolve the question in time for the 100th anniversary of Einstein's Constant.

 

Strange bedfellows, Front Page - Why are gays no longer the darlings of the left? Part of the reason is the mainstreaming of intersection: if you're a gay white male, yes, you're gay, all right, but you're also the two worst things you can be in the eyes of the left: white and male. Which means that on balance you're more privileged than you are oppressed. Across Europe, gays have been deserting the left in growing numbers for the so-called “far-right” parties that are standing up to Islam – and they're making that move because they've seen enough of Islam to know that it represents a threat to their very lives. With Islam continuing its dread incursion into the U.S., staggeringly popular, flagrantly gay, and passionately pro-Trump Milo Yiannopoulos is out there providing young audiences with desperately needed reality checks about Islam and the left.

 

They hate you, Town Hall - All the leftist sects agree – they have found the revealed truth, and imposing it upon the benighted normals like us is so transcendently important that they are relieved of any moral limitations. You wonder why the left is now justifying violence? Because they think that helps them right now. They are fanatics, and by not surrendering, by not kneeling, and by not obeying, you have committed an unpardonable sin. You have defied the Left, and you must be broken. They will take your job, slander your name, even beat or kill you – whatever it takes to break you and terrify others. The Left won’t say it out loud – at least not yet – but make no mistake. If violence is what it takes for the Left to prevail, then violence we will have. You saw it, and you were meant to. Berkeley was a message about the price of dissent where leftist hold sway. And they seek to hold sway everywhere.

 

Hating on Milo, Harvard Crimson - Universities must not grant figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos a platform to espouse their hateful and unsubstantiated claims. While the incident has been framed as a battle over free speech on UC Berkeley’s liberal campus, it is important to distinguish intellectual diversity from hate speech on college campuses. Yiannopoulos does not deserve to be granted the platform of a university campus to espouse his hateful beliefs. There is strong precedent for believing that Yiannopoulos poses a tangible threat to the safety and well-being of university students. Milo Yiannopoulos and other members of the alt-right have no place on college campuses.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The question is not primarily one of free speech, although it is that, it's whether one person can rightfully tell another what he may hear. Intellectual sclerosis is setting in on campus, student editorials read as if composed from the same collection of copy-pastes. Universities have become places where independent thought and brisk interchange of ideas go to die.

 

Elites protest, Front Page - If you live in the world of Facebook, Lyft, Netflix and Airbnb, crowding into airports and shouting, "No Borders, No Nations, Stop The Deportations" makes sense. You don't live in a country. You live in one of a number of interchangeable megacities or their bedroom communities. Patriotism is a foreign concept. Nations are ideals grounded in real things. Our elites exist in an unreal world filled with unreal things. They have grown so dazzled by the potential of that organization that they ignore what is underneath. The "resistance" is a collection of elites, from actors at award shows to fashion magazines to tech billionaires, decrying a popular revolt against their rule. They are not the resistance. They are dictators in exile.

 

1930. Richmond Virginia. Edgar Allen Poe's mother's house

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Poe's father abandoned the family in 1810, his mother died of tuberculosis in 1811 when Poe was two years old. Poe was taken in by John Allan, a successful Scottish merchant in Richmond, Virginia.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Soft tyranny,American Thinker - Under the Obama regime it didn’t take long for civil servants to realize they could literally get away with murder. Once it became apparent that there would be no consequences, things got really nasty: Fast and Furious, Hillary Clinton’s secret server, the VA scandal, the NSA spying scandal, the Solyndra boondoggle, the EPA Gold King Mine waste water spill, the GSA “conference” where hundreds of federal employees partied for days at taxpayer expense, the NOAA Asset Forfeiture Fund abuses, the EPA private email scandal, and on and on; and in each case the perpetrators faced little or no consequences. There is no elected official in Washington DC capable of bringing Leviathan to heel. How then can We the People accomplish what the most powerful politicians in Washington DC can’t?

 

Hope and change, Guardian - Amid the ongoing protests against President Trump, calls for “resistance” among Democratic politicians and activists, and the overheated rhetoric casting Trump and his supporters as fascists and xenophobes, an outsider might be forgiven for thinking that America has been taken over by a small faction of rightwing nationalists. If the media and political establishment see Trump’s first couple of weeks in office as a whirlwind of chaos and incompetence, his supporters see an outsider taking on a sclerotic system that needs to be dismantled. That’s precisely what many Americans thought they were doing eight years ago, when they put a freshman senator from Illinois in the White House.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Donald Trump proved he could be nominated, proved he could be elected, now let him prove he can do what's right .

 

Urban warfare, SHTF Plan - New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and dozens of enormous cities around the world are all completely vulnerable. Depending upon the political situation, unrest, violence or whatever else could spread across the entire Eastern half of the U.S., and the entire country could face collapse as it has never before known it. It is only a question of timing and circumstance. Preppers should take all this into account. Modern life may make a connection to the city unavoidable prior to the collapse, but being insufficiently away from major urban centers is definitely a liability in times of crisis. Even outlying neighbors can be subject to looting, natural disaster, grid shutdown, riots, and many other situations. Make arrangements to shelter away from the city, and make sure you can get there safely and quickly when something goes down. Do not rely on the services or goods of these cities, and get out while you still can.

 

The Longest Nooooo!, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - "The base is getting ahead of the leaders" is probably Dean's way of warning senior Democrats of the dangers of watching things get away from them. The two biggest perils are the party will split into ever-more radical factions feeding a demand for revenge from an enraged base; and that old-school leaders will be proven impotent in the face of a counter-liberal juggernaut. All over the west, the left is in crisis. It cannot find answers to three urgent problems: the disruptive force of globalization, the rise of populist nationalism, and the decline of traditional work. What if time has passed the Left by? What if its future is the past? The frightening question must be faced. If the cranks cannot save the Left but represent the final degenerate phase of Western socialism then what fills the vacuum?

 

Tweaking Hubble, Daily Galaxy - Astronomers have developed a new technique to discover the faintest galaxies yet seen in the early universe —10 times fainter than any previously seen. These galaxies will help astronomers probe a little-understood, but important period in cosmic history. Their new technique helps probe the time a billion years after the Big Bang, when the early, dark universe was flooded with light from the first galaxies. “We knew ahead of time that for our idea of galaxy-powered reionization to work, there had to be galaxies a hundred times fainter than we could see with Hubble,” he said, “and they had to be really, really common.” This was why the Hubble Frontier Fields program was created.

 

1942. San Francisco. Awaiting evacuation

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, all non-citizens and citizens of Japanese heritage were driven from their homes and taken to internment camps east of the Rocky Mountains. Some were deported to Japan.

Their businesses and and personal assets were sold to help pay the cost. All Japanese-language newspapers were shut down. The plan also called for repatriation to Japan at the conclusion of the war regardless of any volunteer service in the armed forces. The end didn't come until 1949 when their voting rights were restored. All of this was in Canada. The US was not nearly so harsh.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Connecting dots, Free Market Shooter - Shortly after Trump took office, and before Rex Tillerson was even confirmed as Secretary of State, a slew of State Department officials were removed from their positions as part of an effort to “clean house” at the State Department. It appears we know why Tillerson was so quick to purge existing staffers: he just didn’t trust them. It also appears his mistrust was more than justified. While most know about the Yemen raid where al-Qaeda knew we were coming, most do not know about the dismissal of the three Aman brothers, Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan. Though they were initially suspected merely of stealing equipment, a connection with the previously-hacked computers of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz revealed something far more sinister.

 

Losers, Investor's Business Daily - Leaders in the Democratic Party probably should have thought twice before deciding to mount a scorched-earth campaign against President Trump. So far, they've failed to stop any of Trump's picks, or gain public support for their cause. They have, however, succeeded in making themselves look unhinged. Even some prominent Democrats — most notably Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, are worried about the national party's total war. "Not every pitch has to be swung at," Emanuel said. "We don't have the power to swing at everything. So you have to pick what is essential."

 

Conquering the Boy Scouts, Gulag Bound - The BSA is near death, thanks to the most recent decision by the BSA leadership to admit girls who want to be boys. This lunacy is endorsed by the Post, which praises the BSA for adapting “in an era of rapid culture change.” In an editorial, “Welcoming Transgender Boy Scouts,” the Times declares that “The Boy Scouts are recognizing transgender boys for what they genuinely are: boys.” This is nonsense, of course. They are not boys. They are girls. Conservatives who have done their homework will recognize the BSA takeover as the Gramsci strategy of marching through the institutions, named after the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci. If they can conquer the Boy Scouts, there’s not much left. The churches and the religious believers who attend them constitute one possible last line of defense.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg There was a reason it was called the Boy Scouts.

 

Inevitable, Virginia Freemen - Reality is a cruel mistress, and often makes very stunning examples out of those who scorn her. The laughing is beginning to stop on the street, though it continues in the legacy media and among the pundit class in their gated communities. The next evolution will show us how many true believers exist, as many choose to continue to escalate to violent behavior rather than face a crisis of identity. The crisis of identity has been a generation in the making, and inconvenient facts will not reverse a generation raised on political tribalism. Escalation is inevitable because it is the only course left. Unlike peace, war only requires one party to acknowledge the fact. People will die at some point, as a beating gets out of control or a building catches on fire.

 

1941. British War Poster

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Registration for war work, either in industry or auxiliary services, was made mandatory for able women without small children in late 1941. It amounted to conscription. Eighty hour work weeks were common and, if we are to believe this poster, a thing of joy.

 

 

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Notate Bene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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