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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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Hubert Robert, Architectural Caprice, 1768

As said here in Woodpile Report 527, Hubert Robert was a prolific and popular French painter of landscapes and imaginary ruins—a subset of landscape called capriccio—and an occasional architect and designer of gardens.

Robert was thirty-five when he painted Architectural Caprice, above. He lived to 1808.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Then came the Big Moment. After culling, rethinking, substituting and optimizing my woods cruising pack, I put it on the scales. 'Member I said it should go ten to fifteen percent of my body weight? Hah! Came in at sixteen pounds, all up. Good for three days of shameless luxury in places a rabid racoon wouldn't willingly go. Add my little carbine and ammo, it comes to not much over twenty pounds.

Okay, tell the purists to leave the room, I have something to tell you. Yes, I have energy bars and freeze-dried food in there, so, I'm compliant with the syllabus. But there's also some canned food. Shhhh. Yeah yeah, canned meat. One can of premium sardines, 240 calories and lots-o'-good fish protein, calcium, and oil. Wonderful stuff, if too pricey for my everyday use. And one of those teensy cans of potted meat, also 240 calories. And here's the best part, 200 of 'em are from fat. Mmm mm, fat.

I'm told a man of my years ought not be traipsing around the hills in weather that would give pause to a feral dog. Truth is, I pick my days with more care than I used to. Think about it, though. In a real calamity there'd not be a choice, and who needs a well thought out pack and periodic practice more than a high mileage guy? And it's not like I'm training for partisan raids, this is a mission-oriented, round trip proposition. Doing what needs done will be derring do enough.

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Joe Schaeffer at Liberty Nation cites evidence immigrants are a burden on US workers. An excerpt:

Another day, another revelation as the great fleecing of the U.S. taxpayer continues unabated. A Center for Immigration Studies review of U.S. Census Bureau data reveals a stunning 63% of households in the U.S. headed by non-citizens are on some form of welfare. That’s just shy of two out of every three proving to be a burden to the American people. So much for the lie that massive immigration enriches our nation... welfare use rises among non-citizens the longer they are in our country.

Welfare for illegal aliens has "insane" written all over it. Welfare is the real "better life" they're looking for. A lot of 'em have two fake IDs, one for their job, the other for the welfare office, free health care, &c. Some working citizens who pay for this make less than the illegals, and without all the freebies. The "invasion" is over. Welcome to the occupation.

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"Wish I'd said that" gems.

John Q. Publius at Anatomically Correct Banana:

Despite the fact that access to whites is apparently a human right, the simple truth is that they need us, but we emphatically do not need them.

Robert Berkeley at Amerika:

Intentionally creating a large cohort of men without families, jobs, and hope for a better future, all the while giving them a clear idea of who the enemy is because you can’t stop gloating about it, is not a smart move.

Richard Fernandez as Wretchard the Cat at Twitter:

Nobody really predicts anything. Pearl Harbor, Hitler's invasion of Russia, the fall of the USSR, 9/11, 2008, Brexit or Hillary's loss.

George Ure at Urban Survival:

Gardening works, but only if you have some land, fencing, and have seeds, water, and time to look after it all. Did I mention trustworthy neighbors?

Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine

We live in an increasingly open, and therefore increasingly untruthful, world.

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Olivia Beavers at The Hill reports:

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), who stepped outside of the ongoing closed-door interview with former FBI Director James Comey, told reporters Friday that he plans to end the probe come January.

"Yes, because it is a waste of time to start with," Nadler said in response to a question about whether he would end the probe... "The entire purpose of this investigation is to be a diversion of the real investigation, which is Mueller. There is no evidence of bias at the FBI and this other nonsense they are talking about," he continued.

In case you wondered why Comey, Obama, Hillary, Susan Rice, et al, are unconcerned about being called to account for their malfeasance and crimes.

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James Quillian explains the deep state in his essay, The Deep State Exposed, at Fantasy Free Economics. An excerpt:

Remember when Supreme Court John Roberts came out with his bizarre and unexpected reason why The Affordable Care Act should be deemed as constitutional? Remember when James Comey of the FBI did such crazy and unpredictable things with respect to the Clinton investigation? Clearly people like this are subject to external pressure. Think of all of the convenient deaths that have taken place in Washington DC.

The American people are neither aware of what is going on nor or they suspicious. Just remember that the Deep State is the highest possible level of organized crime.

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Fraser Myers at Spiked notices who is conspicuously missing in the "yellow vests" popular uprising in France:

As soon as the first protests emerged, Macron’s ministers immediately tried to discredit the gilets jaunes as having links to neo-fascists. Many on the left initially bought into this establishment line... One Libération correspondent tweeted that the yellow-vests were simply a ‘movement of hicks’, who were mostly ‘far right’.

The left is elitist everywhere. They don't even pretend to speak for the people any more. They speak for illegal alien invaders, smarmy perverts, race hustlers, radical feminists and hysterical pseudo scientists. They're the hobbyist wing of the ruling class, neither smart enough nor courageous enough to be useful. In Victorian times, high society sent their defective progeny to Europe to "study". Upon attaining majority and their trust fund they would reliably self destruct. The form has changed, the practice has not.

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Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono said, in answer to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick's question, "What is the thing the Democrats need to be saying about why the courts matter?":

I wish I had the answer to that because one of the things that we, Democrats, have a really hard time is connecting to people’s hearts. But we have a really hard time doing that and one of the reasons it was told to me at one of our retreats was that we Democrats know so much, that is true. And we have kind of have to tell everyone how smart we are and so we have a tendency to be very left brain. That is not how people make decisions.

The question says the same thing as the answer: we're not smart enough to know we should just shut up and let our betters run the country. Said differently, bring back the feudal lords. Recall, this is the same Hirono who commanded men to "shut up" during the Kavanaugh smear campaign:

"Of course it helps that there are women on that committee. ... But really, guess who's perpetuating all of these kinds of actions? It's the men in this country. And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change."

and finally,

Reader RP alerted me to an article about ancient spears at Ars Technica which claims fire hardening "can make wood slightly harder, but it becomes so much more brittle and weak that there's little overall improvement of the weapon". Their research makes the reasonable claim the sharpening process "can be speeded up from 2 hours to 45 minutes by alternately charring the tip and removing the carbonized layer with the notch". I find their experiments convincing.

Well gang, time to take notice of what passes for reality. Yer Ol' Woodpile is chock full of prominent examples, right after this old ad.

 

1938. Hellmann's magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hellmann's Blue Ribbon mayonnaise was first marketed in 1913 by Richard Hellmann in New York City. The business quickly expanded across the eastern US and into Canada.

Competitor Postum Foods bought Hellmann's in 1927 but kept their Best Food brand mayonnaise west of the Rocky Mountains where it had a bigger market share. Both are made in the same plant, the recipes are said to be nearly identical. Best Foods is now owned by Unilever.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Free Beacon - NJ Doesn’t Say How It Will Enforce Magazine Confiscation After Court Upholds Law, State won't answer questions on how it will deal with owners of magazines holding more than 10 rounds ... up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines

Houston Chronicle - USGS: Permian's Wolfcamp is largest potential oil and gas resource ever assessed ... 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

AmmoLand - Cowardice at Parkland Shooting: “Security” Recognized Shooter, Rifle Case ... Andrew Medina watched the Parkland killer get onto campus with a rifle bag and he fled. Never stopped him or called a code red

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Add to this the voting fraud and Broward County appears to be run by the criminally negligent, top to bottom

The Hill - Feds received whistleblower evidence in 2017 alleging Clinton Foundation wrongdoing ... “knows where all the bodies are buried”

Blue Lives Matter - Newly-Elected DA Vows To Stop Prosecuting Resisting Arrest And 15 Other Crimes ... "trying to address the trap of a criminal conviction that ensnares so many young people in Boston, especially young men of color"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg DA Rachel Rollins, the "first woman of color to hold the position in the state" will decline to prosecute:

resisting arrest, shoplifting, trespass, threats, larceny under $250, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, underage drinking, wanton or malicious destruction of property, drug possession even in cases where the suspect is a drug dealer.

In effect, Ms Rollins argues Affirmative Action must include "crime without consequence" for People Of Color. Logic is on her side.

WBUR Boston - Boston’s Future Marijuana Retailers Should Be Less White, More 'Equitable,' City Says ... priority is to be given to people of color who were arrested for drug crimes

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Notice how "more equitable" always means "less white". Notice how "more inclusive" always means "less white". And notice who won the War on Drugs.

Primal Survivor - 20 Prefab Tiny House Ideas For Going Off Grid ... many are off-grid capable

Prepper Website - 10 Survival Rules When Society Collapses: Lessons from Venezuela ... excerpt:

As we lifted the shades to see outside in the dark, the moon was bright enough to watch those fifty or more people descend on the elderly woman’s house. In less than five minutes, every window had been broken, every door had been kicked in and the house entirely ransacked. We watched a person in front of the house cut the still living cat in half and share it with another hooded person who ran off with it.

Gateway Pundit - Orange County Releases Official Vote Count and the Numbers Don’t Add Up, One Precinct Has 120% Turnout ... Other numbers don't add up in Orange County either

Front Page Mag - Crock the Vote, Grand theft election in California ... won't allow any independent group to investigate the possibility of voter fraud

Town Hall - New York’s Anti-Gun Fervor Reaches A New Height ... requires access to their social media history along with their use of internet search engines for the previous three years

YouTube - The madness of Vermeer, Secret Lives of the Artists ... BBC documentary recapping new information about the life of Johannes Vermeer. Part 1 of 4. Video, 15m 0s. Parts 2 through 4 play automatically.

American Thinker - Who is QAnon? ... an excerpt:

the Q phenomenon has gotten the traction it has because of the animus that many in government have toward the American people, the Constitution, the rule of law, and even basic decency. That the Clintons have gotten away with all their obvious criminality is a prime case in point.

Daily Wire - Fearing False Accusations, Men Are Asking Women To Create 'Consent Videos' Before Sex. Feminists Are Not Happy ... thanks to the excesses of the #MeToo movement

Twitchy - Um, blacks are attacking Jews because they see Judaism as ‘a form of almost hyper-whiteness’? ... still sounds like anti-Semitism to us

Federalist - Why The Right Should Start Taking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Seriously
... underestimating and villainizing a candidate is how the left treated then-candidate Trump

Breitbart - House Democrats Plan Push to Criminalize Private Gun Sales ... will criminalize a grandfather for passing his goose gun to his grandson without government permission

American Partisan - Honey: The Powerful Medicine in Your Kitchen ... quieting a cough, healing wounds, treatment for burns

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'm told local honey works best, but I consider the source.

American Partisan - Kitchen Medicine: Granulated Sugar ... using sugar to treat a wound

Ars Technica - Inflation theories must dig deeper to avoid collision with data ... primordial gravitational waves remain hidden

Ars Technica - Edge dies a death of a thousand cuts as Microsoft switches to Chromium ... unnecessary coupling between browser and operating system made compatibility too hard, will still be named Edge and should retain the current look and feel

Voice of Europe - ‘It is time to bring out our inner Vikings’, Swedes start protesting against mass migration in front of Parliament

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The French "yellow jacket" movement has already spread to Belgium and the Netherlands. Here's a prediction. False leaders will emerge, they'll discredit themselves or be discredited, the movement will fracture and dissipate. Works every time.

College Fix - Student cooperative stays silent on no-whites-allowed student housing ... UC Berkeley says housing ‘not meant’ for white students

Electroverse - Britain’s Oldest Coal Plants Fired-Up as Cold Weather Sets in ... warned that the lights would “100%” go out unless an extra 2GW of power capacity was found

SF Gate - Paranoid Facebook employees reportedly buying burner phones 'to talk s--t about the company' ... there's "a growing sense of paranoia"

Nautilus - Maybe Dark Matter Is All Just a Big Mistake ... Mystery one: what is dark matter. Mystery two: how to unify physics. Are they the same mystery?

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Surprise collapse, PJ Media - One of the biggest mysteries in history is the late Bronze Age Collapse. There's no good explanation for why an early globalized civilization should suddenly disappear at around 1177 BC. The empires never saw danger coming. What hit them seemed to come so unexpectedly they never even had a chance to take evasive action. One suspects that even as the late Bronze Age was crumbling its politicians continued to behave like it was business as usual out of long habit. As Bertolt Brecht noted "and even in Atlantis of the legend the night the seas rushed in, the drowning men still bellowed for their slaves." Neither the revolution nor the Big Collapse will be televised, since if it ever comes it will probably be a complete surprise.

 

Rigged elections, American Greatness - Internal controls are often so poor, or even nonexistent on election integrity, that it is nearly impossible to know if voter fraud has even occurred. In every critical area—voter identification, voter registration, duplicate voting, absentee ballots, ineligible voting, ballot custody, ballot destruction, counterfeit ballots, voting machine tampering—gaping holes exist that invite systemic fraud. But so what? How relevant is voter fraud, if the entire system is already rigged to favor one party over the other? Come to California to see what’s going to roll out across America in time to guarantee a progressive landslide in 2020.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy

 

Swalwell, Town Hall - Swalwell is the MSNBC stalwart who recently wrote an op-ed advocating that the government confiscate the guns that make people like him wet themselves and imprison those of us who decline to surrender them. Some people are going to fight rather than cave in, so what’s the number of bodies you would be willing to pile up to win? How many corpses would Eric Swalwell accept? What means of destructions are still on the table to use against fellow Americans who refuse to allow you to strip them of their Second Amendment rights because you Bay Area liberals want to show those hicks in Jesusland who’s boss? Is shooting them okay? Shelling them? Bombing them, just not with nukes?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If it came down to confiscation, it's not just guys with guns Swalwell and the Bay Area would have to worry about. Swalwell and his Bay Area liberals have no idea what gun confiscation, however it's disguised, could set in motion. Sitting at home in the dark, cold and hungry would give 'em plenty of time to rethink their position. There are those who know which trivial errors and small delays could do it. Probably nice people, real professionals and an asset to their community.

 

EMP, Survivopedia - As a survival problem, an EMP attack isn’t just a long-term survival situation, but basically a permanent one. The 18 months that this latest report mentions to get the grid up and running again, doesn’t seem to take into account the fact that 90% of our population will probably be dead, before it can be restored. Unless extraordinary measures are taken to ensure the survival of the people needed to repair the grid, it simply won’t be possible. I have no doubt that the grid will eventually be restored, especially to the larger population centers. But those population centers will also see the highest death rates. Most of the survivors will probably be in rural communities, especially farming communities.

 

1938. Millville, New Jersey

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Washing dishes. The clapboard and window suggests this is an add-on room. Millville is a town of 28,000 in southern New Jersey. In 1938 the population was about 14,750.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Hollywood, Raconteur Report - Tell me about the Hollywood that produced It’s A Wonderful Life, Sahara, Twelve O’clock High, Ben Hur, and 30K-40K other films, some of which are the high points of the entire quintessential American art form; then compare and contrast that with the Hollywood that makes any four examples of the current shite you’d care to name, and see if you can spot what changed between Hollywood 1915-1990ish, versus Hollywood from 1990-present. What changed is who pays for films to be made. Around 1990, give or take. When you lost the checkbook, you lost the industry’s attention. This is what happens when you abdicate fighting culture wars.

 

Global warming, American Thinker - The man-caused global warming or climate change panic may well be the best hobgoblin ever conceived. It has half the world clamoring to be led to safety without a shred of physical evidence. Every single statement issued to support these fearmongering claims has no basis in physical measurements or observations. Their predictions for the past 20 years have all been wrong. We do not know all the variables but we are quite sure they are likely in the hundreds. We know how very few work. If we could know all the variables affecting climate and plugged them into the world’s largest computer, it would take 40 years to reach a conclusive answer.

 

Galaxies, Daily Galaxy - The Hubble Deep Field images, captured in the mid 1990s, revealed untold numbers of faint galaxies. It was estimated that the observable Universe contains between 100 to 200 billion galaxies. This figure is at least ten times too low. Some 90% of the galaxies in the observable Universe are actually too faint and too far away to be seen yet. It appears there were 10 more galaxies per unit volume when the Universe was only a few billion years old compared with today. Most of these galaxies were relatively small and faint. In principle, every point in the sky contains part of a galaxy. However, most of these galaxies are invisible to the human eye and even to modern telescopes.

 

Academic cowards, Aero - A majority of working scientists, at least outside of the social sciences, are keenly aware of the ways in which Social Justice can corrupt science, its conflict with the core values of science and science education, and its potential costs and implications. Nevertheless, it appears that they are letting it happen. Why would they do this? There’s no real mystery in this question. Most of the scientists who see the writing on the wall and wish they could do something about it will eagerly tell you precisely why they don’t speak and act against the creeping woke hegemony they know will eventually corrupt their disciplines, possibly for generations. They’re afraid. They’re afraid they’ll be fired.

 

1944. Italy, Savio River

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A British Achilles tank destroyer crosses the Savio River. The Achilles was a modified M10 Wolverine, which was a modified M4 Sherman. The Brits replaced the M10's American M7 main gun with their own, more powerful three-inch gun, the Quick Firing 17-pounder. 1,100 M10s were converted from early 1944 until the end of the war.

The Savio River is in northeast Italy. It flows 78 miles eastward from the central mountains to the Adriatic Sea.

 

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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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