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Where the name came from

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

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

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

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

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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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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
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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Edmund Leighton, God Speed, 1900

Wim Aalast explains Leighton's "God Speed" at The Epoch Times, 2012:

"In the scene, a knight clad in armor and ready to depart to war is leaving his beloved. She ties a red sash around his arm, which he is meant to return. This medieval custom—a superstition if you will—assured both parties that they would be reunited, alive and well. A griffin, symbol of strength and military courage, adorns the banister of the stairs that separate the couple".

Leighton was 47 when he painted God Speed, perhaps the best known of his medieval themed works. He lived until 1922.


art-remus-ident-04.jpgThe orchestrated attempt by the NeverTrumpers to overturn the presidential election and punish errant voters, the de-platforming of the right by violence and intimidation, the criminalizing of dissent, content-based censorship down to the Diamond and Silk level—all this and more isn't enough for some.

They've gone zero-sum. They envision war. A civil war. It gets complicated.

Uber-leftists Peter Leyden and Ruy Teixeira spell it out in, The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War, at Medium:

... there’s no bipartisan way forward. At some point, one side or the other must win — and win big. The side resisting change, usually the one most rooted in the past systems and incumbent interests, must be thoroughly defeated — not just for a political cycle or two, but for a generation or two.

Stomping out the vineyards stuff, ayewott? It's getting some attention outside the blather-o'-sphere, as James Delingpole at Breitbart observes:

Twitter CEO Praises Article Calling For New ‘Civil War’ in Which Republicans Are Destroyed

Kurt Schlichter replies to Jack Dorsey's endorsement in his essay, Liberals Announce Plan to Crush Normal Americans in a New “Civil War”, at Town Hall:

They are correct when they say “at this juncture in our history, there’s no way that a bipartisan path provides the way forward.” Yep, true. They are also correct when they observe that, “America today does exhibit some of the core elements that move a society from what normally is the process of working out political differences toward the slippery slope of civil war.”

Yep, also true, and it ought to scare the hell out of them. If the liberals ever get their wish for a new civil war, my money is on the side with all the guns.

Francis Porretto offers this, in his essay, From The “You Will Be Made To Care” Files, at Liberty's Torch:

Leyden and Teixeira might eventually regret having stated their core position... It’s time we took them at their word. We in the Right must resolve to fight as they do: a outrance. There are no longer any rules. There certainly isn’t a threshold of incivility or cruelty that anyone need respect.

At the end of an essay about gun control, very good by the way, Daniel Greenfield makes this observation about civil war, in his March For Our Lives Isn't a Youth Movement, at Sultan Knish:

After Trump won, the left retreated from controlling us through elected offices to controlling us through unelected offices. Federal judges, the FBI, the media and major corporate monopolies have been pitted against the elected officials who represent the will of the people. This is the civil war we are now in.

Jesse Kelly makes the case for avoiding civil war by breaking up the country in his essay, It’s Time For The United States To Divorce Before Things Get Dangerous, at The Federalist:

The Left is not playing games. They are getting bolder, and they are getting more violent. They have no interest in rational compromises. Like all authoritarian ideologies, they want you to bow down before them or be destroyed for daring to resist.

To which Aesop replies, at Raconteur Report:

I'm not willing to give up one single square foot of ground in these fifty states to those sonsofbitches without shedding blood, and I'll be damned if more of it isn't theirs than mine.

Lyman Stone, also at The Federalist, makes a detailed counter-argument to Kelly in his essay, To Suggest An ‘Amicable Divorce’ For America Is To Talk Civil War:

Every state has Blue America holding some of its territory, and virtually every state has Red America holding some of its territory! How exactly is this territory supposed to be peacefully divided up? Any division would leave huge stranded enclaves of dissidents, dissidents who would suddenly find themselves vastly politically outnumbered, unable to effectively preserve their way of life at all.

Well, maybe. The vote for or against secession in the 1860s was close in many states, but the line was drawn, "stranded enclaves" and all. Not the strongest argument.

If not civil war, is a breakup of states into smaller states too far out to take seriously? It's how Maine and West Virginia came to be, for two. It's already under way in California, reports Mac Slavo at SHTFPlan:

Venture capitalist Tim Draper said backers of what he has dubbed “CAL 3” would submit petitions with more than 600,000 signatures to election officials next week. The initiative needs signatures from 365,880 registered voters – five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 election – to qualify for the ballot ... Breaking the state into three separate states would still require congressional approval. But Draper is hopeful. 

Northern and southern California have wanted to be rid of each other for 160 of its 168 years as a state. Yes, this has been going on since the 1850s. The Pico Act of 1859 split the state on the 36th parallel, was passed by the California legislature and sent to DC for consent, but got caught up in pre-civil war secessionist politics and was put aside.

Later there was the attempt by northern California and southern Oregon to merge into a new State of Jefferson in 1941. It was by all accounts thisclose when we rose as one to defeat The Yellow Peril. Again it was put aside. More recently, the split of 1965 was passed by the Senate but killed by the Assembly, and the split of 1992 was passed by the Assembly but killed by the Senate.

US politics is, and always has been, pre-civil war in tone. But a formal civil war of the 1860s variety is unlikely. For one, states have been franchises of the federal government for too long. An extraterrestrial would see them as something akin to the post-war governments of occupied Japan or Poland. It's understandable, the 1861-1865 civil war was a stern memo that membership in the union is no longer voluntary. In this sense, both the Union and the Confederacy surrendered to DC.

Nor have states had representation, as states, in Congress since the passage of the 17th Amendment in 1912 which provides for the direct election of senators by popular vote rather than by state governments. Unlike the 1860s, a senator's loyalty is to his federal career path. All politics may be local but government is not.

For another, each state's former Constitutional militia is part of the National Guard, legally under the control of governors but thoroughly integrated with the US armed forces. They, and such state-only military units as there are, would be instantly federalized. Militias without a state charter would be treated as terrorist outfits in a civil war.

Which leaves ad hoc irregulars, partisans and several other forms of insurgency. If we're to see military violence on home ground, this is what we'll have. It's "ambush and atrocity" warfare, worse than a classic civil war, it feeds on revenge, goes on longer and ends in a bloodbath by the victor. No side—there are always more than two—would recognize neutral bystanders. There would be no home front, the notion of "safe spaces" would simply not apply.

We can analyze and reason all we want, but we don't get to decide if factions opt for militarized violence on a national scale. There's little we can do except protect our families, ourselves and our community. And if it needs to be said, stay away from crowds. A crowd would come to you soon enough.


Reader and friend of Woodpile Report A.T. informs me yer ol' WPR, recently blocked by the US Cyber Command, is again accessible to readers in the military services. My heartfelt thanks to those who made the effort, unasked, to reverse the ban.


The quote for this week comes from Mike's essay, Lawless Thuggery, at Cold Fury. He's speaking of an enraged Deep State:

They intend and fully expect to undo the American uprising against their Superstate’s absolute authority, the belated rejection by real Americans of tyranny, corruption, and misrule.


Miguel Monjardino discusses the the Peloponnesian War and a student reenactment of Brasidas's night operation, in his essay, In the Footsteps of Brasidas, at City Journal:

Night, students quickly learn, changes everything... "It was so different at night. The grass was tall and wet, there were lots of holes, brambles all over the place, and we fell several times at the start. We talked and explored but had doubts about the right path until the end" ...

Balance, agility, physical coordination, strength, and cooperation were essential on this section of the walk. Things got dark and claustrophobic when we crossed the woods.

Woodpile Report Global Headquarters & Jiffy Screen Door Repair is located in a "dark sky" region. On a moonless night you can't see your hand in front of your face, but by way of compensation, after night vision fully sets in the Milky Way looks like the Hubble photographs. The brighter stars seem to hang not far out of reach, as if they may become tangled in the treetops. Only at sea have I seen its equal.

Go woods cruising without using a flashlight, but carry an ultra-dim "moonlight" flashlight as a backup, with a red filter to preserve your 'night eyes'. At first this seems pointless and disorienting. Senses only lightly used are struggling to emerge in their fullest form. Let them. When they find their natural level and work together it's a different kind of vision, a survival capability no one can buy off the shelf. And be of good cheer, the owls and coyotes know exactly where you are so you're never really lost.


James Lawrence notes the left's embrace of Antifa and the stalled Alt-Right in this essay, Thoughts on the State of the Right, at Affirmative Right:

The original Alt-Right conformed to the 4GW principle of ‘hugging the civilians’, forcing the enemy to infuriate and radicalise ordinary people by attacking them in order to get to the guerrillas. Clinton again fell into this trap, responding to the rise of the Alt-Right by smearing half the American population as ‘deplorables’.

Vox Popoli takes a wider view in his essay, Physiognomy is more than real, at his blog:

So many people fail to understand that when I say the Alt-Right is inevitable, I am not merely engaging in rhetoric. I mean that quite literally and I am speaking in unvarnished dialectic. Just as communism is unviable because it denies economics and feminism is unviable because it denies biology, conservatism is unviable because it denies inequality. All of these unviable political identities have set themselves against science, history, and observable reality. Remember, the red pill is reality.

and finally,

Guilty. I either don't know, or barely know, who's who and what's what in the DC kerfuffle about Russian meddling in the election and how it devolved into the FBI acting as Mizz Stormy's collection agency, or defending her honor, or what ev-ver. Wait. I do know there's a guy named Mueller, oh oh, and one named Comey too. See? Goebbels was right, repetition works.

Palace gossip and "behind the scenes" intrigue holds no interest for me. Yeah yeah, it's critical and crucial and pivotal. They say. Actually, it's not. It's what makes places like Zimbabwe places like Zimbabwe. Worse, it's boring, much like the "he said, she said" stuff in a big stakes divorce trial. After a few days you wish one would have a fatal stroke while testifying, and it wouldn't matter which one.

Change subject. Around here it's said Spring hasn't arrived until the peepers have seen snow three times. Two more to go.

Change subject again. A reminder. When I process the old photos for Woodpile Report, I treat them as historical resources, meaning I bring out the details in the highlights and shadows. This makes 'em look sort of flat, not snappy like yer used to seeing. Making 'em "pop" is easy to do, revealing every last nuance they contain is not, and it's pretty much always one or the other.

Well gang, lots-o'-ground to cover today. Get your popcorn near to hand, the usual suspects are still up to no good. Let's crack open Yer Ol' Woodpile Report and examine the dreary specifics, right after this old ad.


1940. Frigidaire magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Frigidaire. It keeps things cold! It makes ice cubes! It has trays! It has drawers! It has a guy in a double-breasted suit standing by to hand you stuff! Available in your choice of Arctic White.



Remus's notebook


Daily Mail - 'Semi-infinite' trove of rare-Earth metals that can be used to create everything from phones to electric cars is found in Japanese waters ... yttrium, europium, terbium, dysprosium and more

All Outdoor - Incredible Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in Minnesota

Smithsonian - This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization ... recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ever notice how archeology is "upended" about every six weeks?

YouTube, NASA - Tour of the Moon in 4K, high definition video, 4m 56s

YouTube - 1911, A Trip Through New York City ... mint condition movie, speed corrected with added sound, high definition video, 7m 45s

YouTube - Five reasons why a dog may be a burden or get a prepper killed in SHTF, video 8m 35s

Memory Hole Blog - Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Dead at 42 ... “news blackout” of this curious and untimely death

Daily Mail - Outrage after two of six men who gang-raped a 13-year-old girl in an attack that was so violent that she may now be unable to have children are sentenced to probation ... Colorado

Regents Park Police - These items were found during a #weaponSweep near #MackworthHouse #AugustasSt during #OpSceptre. Safely disposed and taken off the streets

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is an actual police photo from a real police department in England. Not satire. Real.

Surviving in Argentina - UK Ban on home deliveries of knives and ownership of “Zombie” knives ... no such thing as “zombie knives”

Gizmodo - The Guy Who Invented Those Annoying Password Rules Now Regrets Wasting Your Time ... a shorter password with wacky characters is much easier to crack than a long string of easy-to-remember words

Gizmodo - The Man Who Invented Pop-up Ads Is Very, Very Sorry ... he intended to separate advertiser's brand from the page's content

Scientific American - Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss ... two years on, the search for our solar system’s missing world is as frenzied as ever—and the putative planet is running out of places to hide

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An excellent overview of the search

Art of Manliness - How to Make the Best Beef Jerky in the World ... no dehydrator needed

Burning Platform The Four Terrible Things That Are Destroying Boys In Our Culture ... disadvantages suffered by men in general and boys in particular

War On The Rocks - China Welcomes Its Newest Armed Force: The Coast Guard ... transferred coast guard recently from civilian to military authority

KKTV, Colorado Springs - Men sentenced to probation for gang-rape of 13-year-old ... two more defendants are still set to be sentenced

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Protected minority" takes on new meaning

Claremont Independence - Scripps College Hosts Segregated Pool Party ... no whites allowed, or as it was said in times past, Colored Only

Washington Post - Facebook’s most popular Black Lives Matter page was a scam run by a white Australian ... largest Facebook page affiliated with the movement brought in at least $100,000 in donations

American Thinker - The End of Peak Oil ... the theory of peak oil was flawed from the beginning

Daily Mail - First known epidemic of drug-resistant typhoid is spreading through Pakistan, infecting at least 850 people over the past two years - as doctors admit: 'We're out of options' ... we could be faced with a return to the pre-antibiotic era

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Overwrought but informative

Babylon Bee - Movement That Demands Forceful Silencing Of All Opposing Viewpoints Unsure Why Nation So Divided ... we will destroy you. But yeah, let's all be united and stuff

Duffelblog - National Guardsman refuses to guard nation ... a student at UC-Berkeley on GI Bill won't deploy to the border

American Greatness - How Do We Say the Things We Cannot Say? ... three forbidden premises


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness - Getting them to leave us alone requires using against them “images and invocations” at least as “violent and brutal” as have used against us. Our purpose cannot be to convince them they are ignoramuses, murderers of babies, cowardly parasitical drones, or self-worshipers who wallow in pornographic fantasies. We ought to show them, rather, that they cannot win this war, because we are not about to deplore ourselves as they deplore us. In short, the Left’s effort to marginalize conservatives is double-edgeded sword: Inevitably, both sides marginalize each other. This truth is the key to understanding the next stage of America’s political war.


Greenfield, Front Page - Political operatives have now seized privileged communications between the President of the United States and his lawyer. Despite fairy tales about a clean process, these communications will be harvested by the counterparts of Peter Strzok, who unlike him are still on the case at the FBI, some of it will appear in the Washington Post and the New York Times, and some will be passed along to other political allies. The DOJ is the bluntest weapon in the D.C. arsenal and for the first time it’s been completely unleashed to undo the results of a presidential election. When control of the DOJ and FBI matters more than elections, then voters will be irrelevant and the Praetorian of D.C. will rule.


Obamacare, The Blaze - When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, its supporters celebrated the legislation, calling it a landmark bill that would make Americans healthier and lower health care costs for families. Eight years later, it’s clear the ACA’s “Obamacare” exchanges have done quite the opposite. Obamacare is so expensive for people to use that millions more Americans are now choosing not to go to the doctor — even when they’re sick or injured. With its high deductibles, health insurance for most lower- and middle-income individuals and families becomes useless, even if they are eligible to receive subsidies that help offset higher health insurance premiums.


Blackout, American Shooting Journal - 300 Blackout vs 556, which caliber is better? We all love the AR platform because its so reliable and as long as you keep it maintain, it can last a life time. The only drawback from this platform is the 5.56 cartridge. Some folks want a little more punch. There have been some cartridges that have come down the pike as an alternative, but the only one that stands out is the .300 AAC Blackout. The .300 AAC Blackout was designed to give the AR platform extra umph in terms of power and penetration on intermediate ranges with reduce recoil while holding the 30 round mag. So here are the numbers.


1937. Iron County, Michigan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A "single shacker" suds his duds. Notice his stove is outside next to him. Iron County is at the bottom of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, current population is about 11,000, down from around 20,500 in 1937.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Seeds, MD Creekmore - If you’re thinking in terms of long-term survival or saving your own seed from year to year, then you need to consider buying and stockpiling Non-Hybrid (Heirloom) vegetable seeds. Non-Hybrid or Open-Pollinated seeds allow the gardener to collect seeds from a crop for future planting. Hybrid seeds do not. Putting back a supply of non-hybrid vegetable seed should be on the to-do-list of every gardener and that applies ten-fold for the “prepper” because we don’t know what will happen, the result or how long the duration. We can only store so much food, and after it’s gone you’ll have to produce your own or starve.


Earthquake, Vice - A large earthquake on the San Andreas Fault could create a devastating threat to humanity, infrastructure, and the economy, with implications that extend nationally and even globally. One of the most likely scenarios is a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on a 200 mile long section of the fault that, in parts, hasn't ruptured since 1680. The largest possible earthquake that can strike throughout most of the San Andreas is an 8.4 magnitude. While the impact depends on a range of unknowable factors, here’s what experts say might happen in the moments, hours, and days immediately after the big one rattles California.


Munchies, Vice - If there was anything my freeze-dried food experiment taught me, it was how far I was from being self-reliant in the more quotidian sense. If freeze-dried meals are becoming increasingly popular in America, then maybe it’s because many of us realize that if something really bad happened, we wouldn’t know the first thing about surviving for a week on the ingredients lying around in our pantry. But as we continue to be bombarded by headlines foreshadowing epic floods, economic collapse, and nuclear escalation, there’s nothing wrong with finding a little peace of mind in a bag of dehydrated Chicken A La King.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Commander Zero comments at Notes From The Bunker, "Always interesting when someone does this sort of thing. They seem to miss that the point of this food isn't to replicate your pre-collapse culinary habits, but rather to keep you alive".

The Vice author chose Wise freeze-dried. I've yet to read a favorable opinion of their stuff.


Humanities Profs, Chronicle of Higher Education - The liquidation of literary authority partakes of a climate in which all expertise has been liquidated. In such a climate, nothing stands against demagoguery. What could? A lifetime ago, literary studies was funded and justified on the presumption of its value as a bulwark against propaganda and political charisma. Our predecessors feared more or less exactly what we now face. The discipline we’ve deconstructed was their answer to it. The central values of liberal arts education as presently conceived — creativity and critical thinking, originality and individuality — are all sail and no ballast.


1933. Esco Tennessee


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another photo of a typical Civilian Conservation Corps camp in its founding days. As said here in Woodpile Report 513 and 515:

The CCC was in operation from 1933 to 1942, employed 300,000 young men per year, ages 17 through 28, and paid $30 per month, $25 of which was sent home to their families. In today's dollars it's $6,788 per year, food, clothing and shelter provided.

They worked "in forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control, and similar projects". The tents were temporary, soon replaced with barracks. Camps were run by Army reservists but there was no military training.

The CCC was, justly, one of the most popular relief programs of the era. When war came and alumni were drafted they were, as policy, promoted to corporals and sergeants upon completion of basic training.


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Cops, Bison Prepper - The police are now oh so much more “edumacated and professional” now. They went to college. And a lot of them suck at being cops. Because a college degree doesn’t make you a cop. You either have an aptitude for the work, or you don’t. You are either aggressive tempered with intelligence and wisdom, or you are not. This is why so many cops are hyper aggressive, because they have no natural intelligent aggressiveness. They only have fear for when their pussy-ness is discovered and challenged, so they over compensate and project the illusion of confidence and competence.


Grunts, Breaking Defense - Finding $2.4 billion for new infantry equipment was just the start for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force. PowerPoint briefings on personal hygiene, guard duty at base gates, shuffling troops from unit to unit and base to base every few years — all these things take away from building tight-knit teams and training them for combat. The goal, in brief, is to purge bad habits left over from the draft era, when conscripts were treated as free labor and infantrymen, in particular, as unskilled grunts. Instead, the military should treat Army and Marine infantry like fighter pilots, as highly skilled professionals.


Black holes, Inside Science - Our universe may exist inside a black hole. This may sound strange, but it could actually be the best explanation of how the universe began, and what we observe today. The idea that our universe is entirely contained within a black hole eliminates the notion of physically impossible singularities in our universe. And it draws upon two central theories in physics. The first is general relativity, the modern theory of gravity. It describes the universe at the largest scales. The second is quantum mechanics, which describes the universe at the smallest scales, such as the level of the atom. Torsion provides a theoretical foundation for a scenario in which the interior of every black hole becomes a new universe.


Artillery, National Interest - The Army’s 2019 military budget reveals an 88 percent increase in spending on artillery systems, and especially their munitions stocks of 155-millimeter artillery shells and GPS-guided 227-millimeter rockets. The reason for this shift? In one word, Russia. Unlike the United States, the Russian military has never counted on having air superiority over the battlefield. In the war in Ukraine Russian self-propelled rocket and howitzer artillery fired from across the border into Ukraine and inflicted hundreds of casualties. Russian surface-to-air missiles also successfully denied airspace to Ukrainian jets and helicopters, so both sides were forced to rely upon artillery to hit targets behind enemy lines.


1940 - 46. Classroom


art-remus-ident-04.jpg No caption on this one. My guess is early 1940s, the war years, a teacher instructing her class how to save used cooking oils and fats and turn them in at the grocer's for ration credits. Notice the range of engagement with the teacher, from polite boredom to beaming adoration.

The wide age group suggests a small school. The clothing isn't typical for a farm town of that era but word may have gotten out an Office of War Information photographer would be there that day.

On the other side, there are no "home front" posters in evidence. A diligent OWI photog would have carried a few with him to make a tie-in. Here endeth my guesswork.


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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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