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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
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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Albert Bierstadt, Buffalo Hunt, 1860

Good ol' Albert Bierstadt, "the West imagined as Wagnerian Opera". This is a small painting, a pot boiler as they were called, done for cash flow between major works. That said, it's an appealing work from the hand of a master. Who could not like this painting?

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Zero Hedge is reporting a little something for the doomers. General Electric's bond rating has dropped from AAA to near "junk" over the last fifteen years. GE, formerly a maker of everything from light bulbs to locomotives, was the largest company in the Dow Jones Industrials by market capitalization until 2003.

GE fell out of the index altogether in mid 2018. This, after being a Dow component since it was created in 1907. GE's financials are so dire it's bonds are no longer considered investment grade by money market managers, having been downgraded by Moody's toward "high yield" territory. This usually means they're paying off debt with new debt. The term of art is 'zombie company'.

In a later article , ZH warns of a general credit route and cites Anheuser-Busch as likely to be next. It could be a trend. With the era of cheap debt coming to an end, no one has anything good to say about credit. Formerly easy money is becoming dear and lenders are correspondingly particular. Worse, credit downgrading is adding volatility and illiquidity into an economy already burdened with a stubbornly glacial "velocity of money".

The last time we saw bonds freeze up was 2006. Soon after, with lines of credit constricted to medieval levels, no financial outfit could trust actual or potential counter parties to make good on existing commitments, much less new ones. Said differently, everyone became a credit risk. In 2007 financials tipped into free fall and the larger economy fell with it. The equities markets stair stepped down for all of 2008 and bottomed in 2009 at a low not seen in the previous twenty years. It took until 2013 to reach 2007 levels again.

This sounds dark but there's nothing to worry about. After the debacle of 2008, financial outfits fully embraced prudence and civic responsibility. Systemic defects were put right, effective regulations were strengthened and rigorously enforced, advanced algorithms ensured efficient price discovery and DC's Top Men diligently sought out and prosecuted fraud. Private debt for mortgages, credit cards and student loans remain manageable. All in all, a chastened and wary America is now frugal and circumspect. Those who claim otherwise bear close watching.

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The quote for this week comes from Michael Vlahos at American Conservative:

Today’s Blue elite represents the greatest concentration of wealth and power in the United States. Moreover, such wealth is scattered across a mosaic of pristine, manicured, gated communities physically and socially divorced from the realities of normal American life—glittering bubbles of sovereign privilege. This is the very oligarchy Founders like John Adams so feared.

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BGR says Russia has a reusable nuclear-powered space vehicle in an advanced stage of development:

Russia is going public with a reusable commercial nuclear powered launch vehicle which has been under development for a decade.

Vladimir Koshlakov explained that Elon Musk and SpaceX pose no real threat to the group’s plans. Musk, Koshlakov says, is relying on technology that will soon be antiquated.

Russian researchers say that their nuclear-powered rocket platform will be able to make it to Mars seven months after launch, and that its reusable rocket stages can be put back into service after just 48 hours.

Also see Watts Up With That for more

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Charles Smith at Of Two Minds has a pretty good overview of the coming unpleasantness. A couple of excerpts:

Beneath the superficial red-blue divide they are hawking, a broad-based political rebellion against the Oligarchy and their Ruling Class nomenklatura is gathering momentum.

and,

Much of the wealth is controlled by corporate-state cartels operating rentier skims: prices rise while quality and quantity of goods and services remains the same or decline. This is more akin to extortion than a free-market competitive market.

Like most of Mr. Smith's screeds it reads like union boilerplate from the 1930s, but he describes the approaching calamity with clarity.

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A condensed excerpt from an essay at The Atlantic demonstrating how scientists think past the obvious. The event took place in Europe in WWII:

It was natural to think that the bombers needed more armor where they were taking the most bullets. But mathematician Abraham Wald had a novel, if counterintuitive, prescription. Don’t protect the planes where they were taking the most damage, Wald said. Armor the planes where there were no bullet holes at all.

“You put armor where there are no holes, because the planes that got shot there didn’t return to the home base. They crashed.” The holes didn't show where returning planes were likely to get hit, but only what it was possible for later observers to see.

and finally,

A little chitchat. My woods-cruising pack is designed to sustain me for three days in the field with no other food sources available or stashed. It's not a bugout bag, it assumes a round trip. It also assumes bad weather, a hostile environment and full deployment of such woodcraft as I have, meaning there are more tools and equipment than supplies. The challenge is always to keep it at fifteen per cent of my body weight or less. So it is I added one thing and changed another.

While I'm kinda good at short term weather prediction in a country boy sort of way, reliable forecasts are worth having. I added a tiny NOAA weather radio, ridiculously light and smaller than a deck of cards, powered by three AAA batteries. It's on, or off, or in alert mode. It would never be in alert mode. Duh. It's weather only, no clock, no display, no flashlight, no earphone socket, only a volume control. If the NOAA system goes down in a true catastrophe I'm not out much.

Secondly, chopping wood is noisy. Even in full summer foliage it announces a human presence as surely as gunshots. Unfortunately, even a tarp shelter needs to be framed and "raftered" against snow load in winter. This means woodcutting. So I changed out my little hatchet for a folding saw. The cutting edge of a saw is not readily maintainable like a hatchet, but as I said above, this is a short duration outfit. In a pinch my big knife can stand in for the hatchet. Bottom line, the radio and saw together are better than a one-to-one tradeoff in weight for the hatchet.

I also traded out some first aid supplies, upgrading mainly, but also to emphasize the minor and major stuff, less for the middling stuff. The theory is, minor stuff is all but inevitable and shouldn't go untreated and major stuff needs immediate treatment with the right kit. I'll depend on the overlap to manage the in between. Everything's a tradeoff.

My pack includes a Swiss army surplus "volcano stove", formerly: hobo stove, meaning a can-like chimney with a cutout near the bottom for loading fuel and 3/8 inch—more likely one centimeter—diameter holes around the perimeter, top and bottom, for efficient air supply.

Nested inside is a liter bottle. When assembled, a cup caps the top. It's all aluminum, the whole assembly being about eleven inches tall and four inches in diameter, weighing a measly thirteen ounces, remarkable for an all-in-one mess kit, canteen and stove.

The stove is made from aluminum sheet stock, two stampings, seam welded. It wouldn't stand up for long if run like a jet engine. The design accounts for this by assuming the cup or bottle is in place.

I bought mine many years ago, something less than ten bux as I recall. They may not still be available, last time I saw 'em the price was about forty bux each. At that price there are upscale equivalents available. Personally, I'm comfortable with this 'old school' setup. Simplicity plus performance is unbeatable.

As soon as I tried the first one I ordered more for our bugout preps and a couple in reserve for such need as may arise. A user comment led me to a particular MOLLE pack that happened to fit exactly. I believe it's this one . And "fit exactly" means it was a press fit the first time. Afterwards, just snug.

Both the stove and the cup have fold-out "butterfly" wire handles. When deployed, the stove handle keeper acts as an internal ledge to support the bottle above the fire. It also pivots and snaps over the top to hold the three components together. All is made clear in this video . The page has similar videos listed, at right, which leads to other videos demonstrating modifications various users have made, example: . For my part, if it works I don't fix it.

The most experience woods cruiser I know of dispenses with a stove altogether. He builds a campfire with a dug side channel, seen from above it resembles an old fashioned keyhole. To boil water or cook he drags live coals into the side channel, sized to act as a support for his cookware. Simple and controllable.

But the stove is quicker to set up than a campfire, uses less fuel and reduces the light signature. Once the stove is running, careful fuel management will greatly reduce smoke as well. Takedown is quicker than a campfire and there's less evidence to clean up. As with any small camp stove it's impractical as a heat source in cold weather. When you need a campfire, you need a campfire.

The pack is nominally designed for one day out, one day on site, and one day back. In a Mad Max world this could mean conferring with allies, reconnaissance, a trip to a good fishing place or for other resupply, stuff like that. In merely sketchy times it could mean preparing an alternate bugout site or a routine tour of the extended perimeter. Keeping the weight low allows fast and agile woods cruising when required and additional carrying capacity when it's not.

Change subject. It occurred to me that toppings are some people's actual diet. Onions, peppers, pickles, mushrooms and the like. They heap it on hamburgers, cheese steaks, hot dogs, pizza, almost as if they don't care for the taste of the underlying food. Seems monotonous. Picture them in a restaurant. "I'll have my usual order of toppings with, oh, a hamburger underneath."

Well gang, enough aimless chitchat, there's Important Stuff afoot, you know, stuff we can't do anything about except complain and prepare for the consequences. Some of the salient points are chronicled below in Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first an ad from the past.

 

1938. Nabisco magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The National Biscuit Company chose its name in 1898 when "biscuit" meant something like a cracker or cookie. Nabisco, like General Motors, was a consolidation built with mergers and acquisitions. In turn, Nabisco has become part of even bigger mergers and acquisitions involving Standard Brands, R.J. Reynolds, Kraft, Philip Morris, and finally Mondelez International, a multinational food company based in Illinois.

Nabisco first marketed the graham cracker in 1898, touted by vegetarian Rev. Sylvester Graham and his followers as a health food with the power to cure many of society's ills, alcohol abuse chief among them. Graham flour is unsifted, coarse ground whole wheat, still widely available under that name.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

SOTT - Professor Valentina Zharkova explains and confirms why a "Super" Grand Solar Minimum is upon us ... Includes video. "The last time we had a little ice age only two magnetic fields of the sun went out of phase. This time, all four magnetic fields are going out of phase".

San Diego Union Tribune - Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study ... walked back scientific findings published last month

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Odd how the "errors" always favor global warming. Odd how the "errors" get wide coverage and loads-o'-comment while the correction shows up, if at all, in the archives.

Next Big Future - Orbital Kinetic Bombardment gets close to nuclear on damage and cost ... one hundred hypersonic rods would level a two to three square mile area

Phys Org - Huge crater discovered in Greenland from impact that rocked Northern Hemisphere ... kilometer-wide iron asteroid 12,000 years ago, 19-mile-wide impact crater

Don Surber - The eerie capitulation of South Park ... "I sense something larger at play here"

Forbes - A Worldwide Debt Default Is A Real Possibility ... recent events tell me the reckoning could be closer than I thought just a few months ago

American Greatness - The Progressive Synopticon ... a 40-45 percent minority of Americans is relentlessly lectured, sermonized, demonized, and neutered by a 360- degree ring of prying institutional overseers.

College Fix - Student diversity officials promise impeachment of VP who wrote ‘illegal aliens’ ... "we cannot stand for acts of ignorance on our campus no matter how small"

Modern Survival Blog - Situational Awareness Tips & Drills ... also some good tips in the comments below

Front Page - CIA Keeps Having Disastrous Failures ... how to fix it

Excerpt: "Go back to Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s prescription: shut it down and start a new secret intelligence service. It’s a big country, full of talented people. The analyses can be farmed out to think tanks and research centers, where much of the good work is done anyway. As for operations, much of the work should be done by the military".

Daily Galaxy - “Unexplained” Enormous ‘Phantom’ Galaxy Discovered Hidden at Outskirts of the Milky Way: ‘Is It One of Many?’ ... a third the size of the Milky Way itself

YouTube - Ruger Precision Rifle: New Shooter @ 870 Yds with Target Cam ... she hit seven for seven.
H/t Market-Ticker
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art-remus-ident-04.jpg Back in the 1970s or so, long range shooting enthusiasts were thin on the ground. You'd find .222, .25-06, .22-250, .220 Swift, .257 Roberts, even 7mm Magnums and the like. None are serious contenders now. After sighting in, the field of play wasn't the range, it was literal fields. The target was woodchucks, and only head shots qualified for a high five. Out to a hundred yards or so a scope was considered prissy. "Long range" started at two or three hundred yards and went up to however long the field was.

Factory ammo was unsuitable for such work back then, everyone reloaded. We did it to fine tune our hunting rifles and ourselves. The 'chucks were retrieved by neighborhood kids and went into their family freezer. I find the current popularity of sniper-like shooting curious. But I find any effort that doesn't produce something useful curious.

Captain's Journal - Democrats Introduce Bill Banning 80% Lower Receivers ... would prohibit personal gunsmithing

Nearest exoplanet to earth

Space - Icy 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Spotted Around Nearby Barnard's Star ... red dwarf star is closest star to earth and getting closer

Space - Barnard's Star b: What We Know About Nearby 'Super-Earth' Planet Candidate ... 3.2 times more massive than earth, minus 275 degrees F surface temperature.

Prepper's Will - Masking Cooking Odors in the Wild ... don't attract animal or human predators

New England Historical Society - 1816: The Year Without a Summer ... six inches of snow fell in June and every month of the year had a hard frost

Twitter - Illegal Alien Opens Fire On Arkansas Police During Traffic Stop, video 1m 20s ... news report with details of arrest and charges

Gateway Pundit - All Of Orange County Turns Blue After Democrats Find Thousands of Votes Post Election Day ... Democrat blue wave? More like Democrat election fraud

ABC News - New York City snowstorm response: What happened? ... New York City is paralyzed by six inches of snow

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Follow up: Drivers were trapped on gridlocked, snowy roads for hours. Middle schoolers in New Jersey had to spend the night at school. The upper level of the George Washington Bridge came to a standstill with drivers abandoning their cars. Students were trapped on school buses snarled in traffic for hours with no bathroom or food. “We're going to do a full review,” mayor de Blasio said in an interview.

This is another example of government unable or unwilling to perform its basic duties. As Tucker Carlson put it, "Keeping the roads clear, the fires quenched, the votes counted, these are the core functions of government and they can't do them" . Yet somehow there are always enough resources to ensure illegal aliens aren't inconvenienced and global warming activists are funded.

Even aside from this, since when did six inches of snow merit a state of emergency? What are they running, the world's biggest home for the clueless and lame? Does the mayor really believe dealing with half a foot of snow requires heroism? Has he noticed inland cities at the same general latitude manage snow without all the pratfalls and press conferences? Is NY City really this fragile?

They have no idea how comical this stuff is. No idea.

Front Page - The Top Ten University Leaders Who Are Supporters of Terror ... aiding the Hamas terror campaign to thrive on campus

DC Clothesline - Oregon’s New Red Flag Law: State Confiscates Nearly 50 Gun Owners’ Guns ... goal is simply to get guns out of their hands, but fail to charge them with a crime

World Star Hip Hop - It's Almost Dangerous To Pull Up To Mickey D's ... video, 1m 0s. Witness The Diversity brawling and, um ... other diversions

Skilled Survival - Clay Pot Candle Heater, How To Build One and Do They Work? ... doesn't increase the amount of heat, it makes the heat more useful

Vintage News - Missing Piece of the World’s Oldest Analog Computer Found on Aegean Seabed ... disk contains engravings of Taurus the bull, indicating that it may have had some sort of an astronomical role

American Digest - Bring Out Your Dead ... Paradise California, Dead: 71, but they have only begun the search.

Excerpt: "... there are hundreds of people living back up in those ravines and ridges that would be hard to find before the fire. In those places, the poor are lodged tighter than ticks ... When the fire closed over them they would have had no warning".

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Unbravery, Quillette - The new culture of victimhood combines sensitivity to slight with appeal to authority. Those who embrace it see themselves as fighting oppression, and even minor offenses can be worthy of attention and action. Slights, insults, and sometimes even arguments or evidence might further victimize an oppressed group, and authorities must deal with them. You could call this social justice culture since those who embrace it are pursuing a vision of social justice. But we call it victimhood culture because being recognized as a victim of oppression now confers a kind of moral status, in much the same way that being recognized for bravery did in honor cultures.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Quillette is suspected of being controlled opposition. That said, there are things of value to be found so I shall continue to link to them unless I find such suspicion is justified.

 

White women, Taki's Magazine - It is a statistical fact that black women vote as a bloc in quotients that are far larger than how white women vote, yet not a single one of these “analysts” see this as a problem. No, it is clearly white women who block the gates of progress. White women who wish to join this blinkered rainbow coalition must accept the fact that the minute they find themselves around anyone who is perceived to “enjoy” more oppression than they do, they must zip their lips and allow themselves to be scolded and shamed and lectured and silenced. Progressive white women will always be white and forever unwelcome in the progressive movement. White women may be waking up to this fact.

Spiked - ‘Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What’s wrong with them?’, lamented Moira Donegan in the Guardian, as the results came in. Imagine the outrage if these quotes and headlines were about black women, or gay men, or trans people.

 

Going ghost, Survival Blog - This whole concept of “going ghost” would be daunting for most of us. It is one thing to stop using any credit cards and cease accessing the Internet, but it is quite another to completely vanish. For many, just the stress of being out of contact with family and friends would be substantial. Traveling costs money–lots of money. When away from hearth, home, and garden nearly every aspect of life comes with a price tag attached. Two ways to minimize costs are “the RV lifestyle” and “car camping”. A much more extreme approach would be backpacking and stealthily camping on National Forest or BLM land. Another option might be traveling by regional bus and paying bus fares in cash.

 

Violence, Conservative Treehouse - It cannot be overstated how violent and confrontational the House of Representatives will be as soon as they are sworn in. They will work with an immediate purposeful intention. All political violence will be approved to attain their objectives. The recent behavior of Jim Acosta, and ANTIFA toward Tucker Carlson, is now, and will be going forward, the new normal. There will be extreme political violence. ANTIFA is now the DNC grassroots activist approach. Nothing is out-of-bounds; no level of corrupt behavior will be avoided; everything will happen openly and without any backlash from a compliant media apparatus; the social fabric will be shredded.

 

1938. Omaha Nebraska

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The sign over the doorway to the bar isn't quite readable, it may be, "Country Club Bar". The sign over the bridge reads, "Private Road, Union Stock Yards"

 

Douglas Street. For a look at the 1300 block of Douglas Street today, the Google Earth coordinates are close to 41°15'31.69" N 95°55'57.51" W.

 

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Dictatorship of victims, Chronicles Magazine - Independently of the impeachment sound and fury in Washington, the walls will continue to close in on domestic dissenters with social media a particular target for censorship. The Deep State will penalize any resistance to Antifa violence, while perpetrators will rampage with impunity. We are confronted with a revolutionary situation in which one part of the apparatus of government potentially forms an alternative source of official power. American politics is no longer about governing styles or competing economic interests. It is tribal, defined in terms of affinity for or hostility to the founding American ethnos. This is politics “as the continuation of war by other means.”

 

The Fed, Alt-Market - I predicted that the Federal Reserve, in the face of criticism, would soon pursue a program of interest rate hikes into economic weakness. I argued that this plan would be somewhat similar to what the Fed did in the early 1930’s; an action that prolonged the Great Depression for many more years. So far, my prediction has proven to be correct. The Fed does not care about the U.S. economy, or even the survival of the dollar, as is obvious in their actions. The Fed is merely a puppet entity of larger institutions seeking centralization at a global level, with a global currency system and global economic authority, as they have openly admitted to in their own publications.

 

Reason, Aeon - In holding that the Enlightenment was a movement of reason opposed to the passions, apologists and critics are two sides of the same coin. Their collective error is what makes the cliché of the ‘age of reason’ so powerful. Since the ancient Stoics, philosophy has generally looked on the passions as threats to liberty: the weak are slaves to them; the strong assert their reason and will, and so remain free. The Enlightenment’s contribution was to add science to this picture of reason. However, to say that the Enlightenment was a movement of rationalism against passion, of science against superstition, of progressive politics against conservative tribalism is to be deeply mistaken.

 

CNN, PJ Media - Who is profiteering off the grandstanding of Acosta and others? Why after all these years are these press conferences the same pointless activity? Look no further than the White House Correspondents' Association. They determine who gets to sit in that room and where. Naturally, when the White House usurped their prerogatives and banned Acosta, they were irate, as any trade union would be. Only it's not the working class they are helping, it's those big media conglomerates. What the WHCA is doing is of no value to the American public at large. Consciously or not, they are working to preserve a defunct system that preserves the spoon-feeding of information and opinion to the largely unwitting masses.

 

New fronts, Republic Standard - What we have moved into now is The Identity War, if we overlook certain fronts because the intellectuals think them frivolous, then we set ourselves up for failure. The Globalists used their superiority on the Tech front to deplatform, demonetize, and denying access to their payment processors and markets. The lack of attention to the other fronts was the opening our opposition used. We cannot afford to continue making the same mistakes and leaving ourselves open for defeat. We cannot ignore the other fronts and simply hope for the "message" to change everything on its own, we absolutely must be present in every arena of life in order to get things rolling again.

 

1949. Mid air refueling a B-29.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows the "boom" method, appropriate for quickly transferring large quantities of fuel. The "drogue" method is more versatile and widely used. Both have their place.

An aside. No info with this photo. The extra-tall tail suggests it's not a stock B-29 being refueled. Any experts out there?

The first aerial refueling supported an endurance flight record of 37 hours 15 minutes in June, 1923. Sixteen successful refills were made.

 

 

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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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