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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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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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Ivan Shishkin, Dark Wood, 1876

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another great canvas from the Russian master. Shishkin seems animated by something paralleling the transcendentalism of the Hudson River School, a deep respect for nature in its most ordinary aspects. Wherever one looks in a Shishkin painting there's more to see, and it always rings true. More to come.

Let's talk doomsday guns. You'll not be shocked to learn my opinions are resolutely and firmly based on not much experience, even less technical expertise and wholly unsupported conjecture. As Groucho would put it, if you don't like my opinions, I have others.

Guns can only be as good as the cartridge they shoot, so let's start there. The .223/5.56 of AR fame is a middling good tradeoff of cartridge size, case capacity and terminal effect. My opinion: it's an okay short to medium-range cartridge but there's little to recommend it other than the rifles it fits. It's not particularly flat shooting, and as with all light bullets, it's drifts a lot in not much wind, runs out of oomph quickly and is ineffective against even modest cover.

Yes, when .223/5.56 ammo is available it's cheap and plentiful, but it also means it's the first to get scarce in a shortage. In a Mad Max vs. Zombies scenario there's likely to be a glut of ARs dying of starvation following orgies of suppressive fire, or described more correctly, filling the air with lead to no good purpose. Ammo may be more valuable than the rifles that shoot it.

If I find myself in a shootout it will be because I was inexcusably careless, not because I decided to take up the life of a partisan. A close-in dustup is an even more egregious failure to stay away from crowds. First place always goes to Not Being There, but a 12 gage loaded with full house double-ought seems an efficient way to redeem such a blunder, with an assist from a sidearm. And a flamethrower.

The AR is a brilliant concept but compromised both by the .223/5.56 and the .308 round, each for different reasons. Something in the neighborhood of .25 caliber with a bullet weight in the range of 85 to 100 grains would bring out all the platform has to offer. The AR-15 could be a wonderweapon instead of a beauty queen stuck with a cheap date. This isn't original with me, the same thing was argued about the M1 Garand, by Garand his own self.

If it comes to an era of collapse into violent disarray, a good quality bolt action in .308 is my survival rifle of preference, equipped with a rifleman's sling and first-rate iron sights topped with a compact scope of modest power. No showpieces please. Simple, reliable and lovable. In stainless with a plastic stock it's as impervious to weather and general corruption as can be managed. The .308 will take down anything I'll encounter, four legs or two.

Notice I said survival rifle. It's not my intention or desire to live like an battlefield infantryman, getting involved in one firefight after another, but should lethal force be required against an armed opponent, front line soldiers did just fine with crank action Mausers or Springfields or Lee Enfields or Mosin Nagants. The idea is to avoid being drawn into, or stumbling into, situations where an opponent with a semi-auto has any advantage.

.308 rounds take up much more space than an equal count of .223/5.56 so my everyday carry would be less, but it's a long range cartridge, meaning many hundreds of yards, even for merely competent shooters. In a full-on homicidal collapse it will reliably take out marauders at distances that all but defeat .223/5.56 return fire from the likelier shooters. And cover for a 165 grain bullet is a whole different proposition than for a .223/5.56.

ARs are now so popular most owners are fad-'n-fashion urban people, not riflemen, certainly not hunters, usually not even casual shooters. Think of "spray and pray" trigger-pullers who had their rifle bore-sighted by the sales clerk and haven't sighted it in since, much less used it in regular practice. Should they decide to augment their resources with those of a decent marksman, imagine their disappointment when they take a solid hit while knee deep in brass.

Basic shooting positions taught to 1918 doughboys look like advanced combat training to 'em because, in their experience, a shootout is something police and unfashionable miscreants do on a standup basis in a burger place or on the street outside, fully accessorized with freeze-frames and a voice-over delivering the official homily du jour. Exchanging lead while lying in the mud 'n weeds is outside their discomfort zone to even consider. For these guys it had better be a calm, comfortable day with their opponents tied to stakes reasonably nearby.

These are also the guys who look at something a city block away and say, "Man! That's gotta be five hundred yards at least." No it isn't. In central Manhattan a block runs 85 by 300 yards. In Philadelphia they run 125 by 150. The cool headed rifleman will resolve such confusion for them. Just my opinions. And, last note, it's my experience urban/suburban people are somewhat afraid of the woods. At night they're terrified of it. Something to ponder. Next.

Mike Vanderboegh, founder of the Three Percenters, recipient of unintended praise from the SPLC by way of spittle-flecked condemnation, and fearless blogger at Sipsey Street Irregulars, hasn't posted since the 24th of March. Those who know of his precarious health and dire prognosis are standing by in unwelcome anticipation of bad news.

Let's get to Yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

Remus's notebook

Morning Consult - In a national survey taken from March 24 to March 26, 50 percent of voters polled support a temporary ban on all Muslims traveling to the United States.

New York Post - As New York moves to decriminalize low-level offenses, arguing enforcement is “rigged against communities of color,” other large cities are coming under pressure from the Justice Department to do the same thing.

LA Times - States expand probes into whether Exxon Mobil hid climate change risks [Note who the "reporter" works for]

Yahoo - PHOTOS: What’s left of the airport terminal in Brussels after bombing

Discovery - Flyby Comet Was WAY Bigger Than Thought

Market-Ticker - The Nixon White House used "drugs"  as a means of breaking up associations that were taking place for  political purposes.

YouTube - Why Do People In Old Movies Talk Weird? Video 2m 53s

Baffler - How to Shoot a Suspect in the Back, Reasonably

Daily Caller - Detroit Teacher: $1 Million In Bribes Is Only ‘A Little Bit Unethical'

Global Research - World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As if this were something new. The news media are corrupt beyond the wildest suspicions of their worst critics and have been since long before the birth of anyone now living. Consider:

Guardian - The Associated Press news agency entered a formal cooperation with the Hitler regime in the 1930s, supplying American newspapers with material directly produced and selected by the Nazi propaganda ministry, archive material unearthed by a German historian has revealed.

New Yorker - The Bernie Bro Code

IBTimes UK - The large outflow of millionaires from France is notable – France is being heavily impacted by rising religious tensions between Christians and Muslims, especially in urban areas.

Daily Caller - Wounded Warrior Project Paralyzed By Absent CEO And Power Struggles ... the original founder of WWP, retired Marine John Melia, has returned to the scene.

WND - Marquette University, which bills itself as a Catholic institution, is moving to fire a professor who defended a student's right to oppose same-sex marriage.

Chicago Tribune - Chicago off to deadliest start in nearly two decades

art-remus-ident-04.jpg 85% fewer street stops, 32% drop in arrests, homicides up 71%. Yet they say, "crime experts and the ACLU have contended that no empirical evidence exists that would suggest the low police activity has led to a rise in violence." The empirical evidence won't be available for years, it's blame shifting by time shifting. Genius.

Second City Cop - Wait - stops are down 90% and shootings are up 80%? But there is no such thing as an "ACLU effect"? Pardon our laughter, but really?

RT - Man films his own shooting in Chicago. Video 1m 55s

Burning Platform - The rise of “Check Your Privilege” is the signal of the awareness era heaving it’s last breath.

NY Post - The drive to put Western civ back in the college curriculum

PJ Media, J Christian - Sea World and Ringling Brothers Cave to Animal Rights Radicals

Zero Hedge - The Rebellion Will Not Go Away

Free Beacon - March Sees Record Gun Sales. Latest figures indicate eleven straight record-setting months.

Washington Times, about Hawii - State lawmakers moved forward Wednesday with a bill to force gun owners to immediately surrender firearms after undergoing an emergency hospitalization for mental health issues.

Organic Prepper - HUD Wants to Make Living in a Tiny House or RV Illegal

Physcis World - New radio antenna avoids unwanted signals

Popular Science - This Hydrogen-Powered Drone Could Be On Sale By The End Of The Year. More power, less weight, so long batteries

War Is Boring - The Pentagon Has Two Choices for Light-Attack Planes. An expert in counter-insurgency aircraft explains the options. [Exceptionally thorough article]

MRCTV - The White House website has censored a video of French Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots of terrorism.”

Free Beacon - Feds to Fine Schools for Not Following Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules

Zero Hedge - "Unprecedented Leak" Exposes The Criminal Financial Dealings Of Some Of The World's Wealthiest People

Remus says - Selective leaks

 

World War III
The run up

National Interest - Saving the South China Sea Without Starting World War III

Popular Science - The South China Sea Arsenal: These Are The Chinese Weapons Deployed On Disputed Islands. Long range missiles and gatling cannons

Yonhap - Park warns of stronger sanctions against N. Korea over possible provocation

NK News - North Korea has referred to the “Arduous March” in an article published by the Rodong Sinmun on Monday, in a possible warning of worsening conditions that may be facing the country.

DEBKA File - Russian nuclear-capable Iskander missiles deployed in Syria

UPI - Russia to skip nuclear summit over 'lack of cooperation'

Sovereign Man - This is how World War III starts—it will be financial

Global Guerrillas - The Return of Great Power War

Ars Technica - Two more healthcare networks caught up in outbreak of hospital ransomware

Aviationist - U.S. Air National Guard F-15s deploying to Iceland and the Netherlands “to deter further Russian aggression”

Fox News - Britain Prime Minister David Cameron warned Western leaders Friday the Islamic State plans to use drones to spray nuclear material over Western cities.

9 News - The US Airforce could soon have the capability of blanketing a city in darkness if tests of experimental missile technology prove successful. The electromagnetic pulse (EMP) missiles will effectively deactivate any electronic device within range, without the destructive consequences.

Defense One - How Bad Would A Radiological Terror Attack Be?

 

1946. GE magazine ad

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The "bulbsnatcher" theme was a long-running ad campaign by GE. Sales of light bulbs in 1946 was about 5 per person per year.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
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Investor's Business Daily - “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer. The world has to “change, or be changed” because an “economic system” — meaning free-market capitalism — has caused environmental “wreckage.” This is how the global warming alarmist community thinks. It wants to frighten, intimidate and then assume command. It needs a “crisis” to take advantage of, a hobgoblin to menace the people, so that they will beg for protection from the imaginary threat. The alarmists’ “better world” is one in which they rule a global welfare state. They’ve admitted this themselves.

 

Breitbart - A specter is haunting the dinner parties, fundraisers and think-tanks of the Establishment: the specter of the “alternative right.” Young, creative and eager to commit secular heresies, they have become public enemy number one to beltway conservatives — more hated, even, than Democrats or loopy progressives. The amount of column inches generated by the alt-right is a testament to their cultural punch. But so far, no one has really been able to explain the movement’s appeal and reach. We’ve spent the past month tracking down the elusive, often anonymous members of the alt-right, and working out exactly what they stand for.

 

PJ Media,Richard Fernandez - The technological revolution is going to pose increasingly serious challenges to nearly every Western social democratic society.  People are either going to be really angry when they discover there's no patronage or angrier still when they discover they have to provide the "basic income" for everybody else. Only one thing is relatively certain: the solution to these problems won't be found in the ideologies of the early 20th century.

 

Rutherford Institute - The FBI was established in 1908 as a small task force assigned to deal with specific domestic crimes. Initially quite limited in its abilities to investigate so-called domestic crimes, the FBI has been transformed into a mammoth federal policing and surveillance agency. Unfortunately, whatever minimal restrictions kept the FBI’s surveillance activities within the bounds of the law all but disappeared in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. The USA Patriot Act gave the FBI and other intelligence agencies carte blanche authority in investigating Americans suspected of being anti-government.

Today I Found Out - It took a minute for FBI mole hunters to realize it, but they had been on the trail of the wrong man, an employee of the wrong intelligence agency, for more than three years. With his time in the Air Force and the CIA, Kelley had served his country with honor and distinction for 38 years; yet all he had to show for it was a 70-page FBI report to the Department of Justice recommending that he be tried for espionage and executed.

 

Mises Daily - Market forces want to drive prices down, while central banks attempt to prop them up. So what to do when central banks aren’t getting their way? No one should be surprised that the governments of Japan, Europe, and the United States might resort to price controls to try to achieve what monetary policy could not. Anyone who claims to stand for free markets, free trade, and limited government but who attempts to defend the existence or importance of the Federal Reserve or central banking is a liar. Either you support free markets and freedom of pricing or you support central bank price-fixing and creeping socialism.

 

1940. London

art-remus-ident-04.jpg 1940, the Blitz is on, and daylight reveals how much less fashionable an unfashionable part of town became overnight. We see a direct hit at center—the building looks less blown up than flattened, perhaps by a parachute mine—with a dolls-house view into the building next door. The street's been cleared of rubble so the wreckage is perhaps a couple days old.

 

 

1940. Coventry

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Coventry was all but destroyed in the famous November carpet bombing and firestorm. Although it was a picturesque Medieval city, it was also home to munitions and military manufacturing. The city was largely rebuilt after the war but it bears little resemblance to its former self. The population in 1940 was about 200,000. Today it's about 337,500. Coventry is near Birmingham in the West Midlands.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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Sultan Knish - Politicians and experts claim that ISIS is insane. It’s not insane. It’s evil. Its goals are clear and comprehensible. The objectives of the Islamic State are easy to intuitively grasp. Our leaders and experts are the ones who are out of their minds. They may or may not be evil, but they are utterly insane. Unlike our leaders, Islamic terrorists don’t confuse victory and defeat. They aren’t afraid that they’ll win. They don’t derive their Islamic legitimacy from John Kerry or a State Department Twitter account.

 

Taki's Magazine - If you still believe big business is, as novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand famously described it, “America’s Persecuted Minority,” then you must be on the same amphetamines she was taking. Conservatives have a nasty habit of being sympathetic to corporations, viewing them as a bulwark against government overreach. The reality is far different. If you’re a religious traditionalist in 21st-century America, big business hates your guts. The goings-on in Georgia are yet another sign that the heads of major U.S. companies have thrown their chips in with elite liberals.

 

USA Today - Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, suggested that even innocent students should be booted from campus if they were accused of sexual assault. According to Polis: "If there are 10 people who have been accused, and under a reasonable likelihood standard maybe one or two did it, it seems better to get rid of all 10 people." If any other minority were being treated this way — and, on college campuses, men are very much a minority these days — we would not hesitate to call that treatment discrimination, and to assume that it was rooted in prejudice and bigotry.

 

Bloomberg - The pattern has also worsened in recent decades. Among those over 65, only 7 percent hid their politics before tenure, compared to 46 percent of those under 45. Most of those interviewed expressed what the authors call a “Madisonian” political philosophy: “It is a political vision that values the discovery of common ground over ideological purity, learned elites over charismatic leaders, and reasoned appeals over passionate exhortations.” If institutions of higher learning refuse to make a place for scholars who share this vision, they will not only stifle inquiry. They will also deprive themselves of vital allies when the inevitable backlash comes to pull them down.

 

Daily Caller - New York’s Democratic attorney general made a chilling suggestion at an event he co-hosted this week: harsher penalties beyond fines for groups allegedly misleading the public on global warming. “Financial damages alone may be insufficient,” Eric Schneiderman said. “The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit fraud.” Schneiderman was joined by more than a dozen attorneys general from Democratic states, some of whom promised to join New York in investigating ExxonMobil for allegedly misleading the public about global warming.

 

1940. Montrose, Colorado

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ah the 'forties, when style was in style. Passengers alight from the train at Montrose, Colorado in 1940, an agricultural and tourist city at 5,600 ft elevation in the western part of the state. In 1940 the population was 4,764, it's about 19,000 today. The station is the county museum today.

In this photo we see Pullman accomodations on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad's "Mountaineer" serving the Denver-Grand Junction-Montrose route (map ) . Montrose was farthest extent of standard gage tracks on this section. The Rio Grande has been part of the Union Pacific since 1996.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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US Defense Watch - Under Dempsey, crippling rules of engagement in Afghanistan continued, which make our soldiers and Marines pop up targets of opportunity. Under Dempsey, military personnel were subjected to hours and hours of sensitivity training, doing physical training wearing pregnancy simulators, lactation and breastfeeding memos distributed to combat commands, a war in the ranks against Christianity, a purge of hundreds of general officers and admirals and my personal favorite…the ordering of US Army ROTC male cadets to parade around college campuses in red high heels, in order to feel sympathy for rape victims.

 

Liberty's Torch - The Left’s war on freedom of speech has become too obvious for anyone to deny. The Left doesn’t trouble to deny it. Instead its spokespeople proclaim themselves against “hate speech,” the working definition of which appears to be “whatever the Left doesn’t want expressed.” That “freedom for the thought we hate” has been extended even to Nazis, Communists, and outspoken proponents of shari’a doesn’t trouble them at all. Intolerance of conservative and libertarian sentiments is now the norm, socially and institutionally if not yet legislatively. I have no doubt that there are busy little beavers working on the latter course.

WND - The influential chairman of a committee that oversees the Justice Department is calling out U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the department's support for, and reliance upon, a far-left group that targets non-violent groups and conservative organizations and accuses them of hate crimes.

 

Liberty Blitzkrieg - By appointing Covington and Burling attorney Eric Holder to head up the DOJ, Obama was building a moat around the TBTF banks to ensure they would never be brought to justice. As I've highlighted previously, many of the largest Wall Street banks are clients of Covington and Burling, and acute observers doubted Holder would prosecute these firms since he was likely to spin right back through the revolving door after shielding the mega-banks from prosecution. This is in fact exactly what he did.

 

Phys Org - Whitemire and Matese's theory is that as Planet X orbits the sun, its tilted orbit slowly rotates and Planet X passes through the Kuiper belt of comets every 27 million years, knocking comets into the inner solar system. In 1985, a look at the paleontological record supported the idea of regular comet showers dating back 250 million years. Newer research shows evidence of such events dating as far back as 500 million years. They believed it would be between one and five times the mass of Earth, and about 100 times more distant from the sun, much smaller numbers than Caltech's estimates.

 

Science Daily - On 1 September 1859, astronomers observed how one of the dark spots on the surface of the Sun suddenly lit up and shone brilliantly over the solar surface. On the morning of September 2, the first particles from, what we now know was an enormous eruption on the Sun, reached Earth. The 1859 solar storm is also known as the "Carrington Event." The new study shows that the Sun, statistically speaking, should experience a small superflare every millennium. This is in agreement with idea that the event in AD 775 and a similar event in AD 993 were indeed caused by small superflares on the Sun.

 

1944. Paris France

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Onlookers at the Liberation parade stand on M3 Stuarts of the Free French Forces. The flag features the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of Free France during the occupation. From the mid-1800s on, much or all of Lorraine—a district in eastern France—fell into German hands with some regularity. The Cross of Lorraine is an ancient heraldic symbol originating in Medieval Hungary. It's been Nabisco's trademark since 1898, seen daily by millions on their Oreo cookies.

 

 

Yet more stuff you may want to think about
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This is news of a tantalizing discovery 300 miles from the only known settlement of Vikings in North America. Links are in order, from most comprehensive to least.

National Geographic - Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World. Guided by ancient Norse sagas and modern satellite images, searchers discover what may be North America's second Viking site.

Washington Post - An ancient site spotted from space could rewrite the history of Vikings in North America. The new archaeological find, announced Thursday, offers tantalizing evidence of a Viking presence 300 miles from the only place in Canada they’d ever been seen before.

Ancient Origins - Evidence for Vikings in Canada Grows with Surprising Find of Ironworking Site in Newfoundland. Experts are “cautiously optimistic” that a hearth where people worked iron about 1,000 years ago in Newfoundland, Northeast Canada, was the site of a Viking settlement.

 

Daily Caller, quoting Huma Abedin about meeting Hillary Clinton in 1996 - You know these things that happen in your life that just stick? That she walked by and she shook my hand and our eyes connected and I just remember having this moment where I thought ‘wow, this is amazing. It just inspired me. You know, it’s just sort of…because people look different on TV. And I just thought ‘wow'. And I had such a fangirl moment and I was hooked. I still remember the look on her face. And it’s funny, and she would probably be so annoyed that I say this, but I remember thinking ‘Oh my God, she’s so beautiful and she’s so little!'

 

The Walrus - Perhaps somewhere deep down, they know their degrees are worthless. But anyone who challenges them will likely be hauled before an appeal board and asked to explain how she has the temerity to tell students their papers are hastily compiled and undigested piles of drivel unacceptable as university-level work. The customer is always right. One university vice-president I know promises on her website that she will provide “one-stop shops” and “exceptional customer service” to all. Do not let the stupidity of this statement fool you into believing it is in any way benign. We no longer have “students”—only “customers.”

 

Taki's Magazine - Is it merely an accident that Brussels is simultaneously the capital of the European Union and Ground Zero for Islamic terror cells in Europe? And is it just an odd coincidence that almost without exception, modern progressives embrace the most egregiously sexist, patriarchal, and homophobic religion on Earth? No, because what unites the unelected EU bureaucrats who encourage open immigration and the deluded Marxists who welcome “migrants” with suicidally open arms is an unwavering moral conviction that everything innately European is evil to the core and needs to be exterminated.

 

Scientific American - In January 2015, geochronologist Blair Schoene of Princeton University and colleagues measured dates for the Deccan eruptions that showed they were at precisely the right time and duration to have triggered the end-Cretaceous extinction, in a pattern remarkably similar to that observed for the end-Permian and end-Triassic. But the eruptions also appeared to coincide with the date for the Chicxulub impact. So there’s now a 3-way coincidence between the Impact, the Deccan Traps eruptions, and the mass extinction. But there’s a wrinkle. For some years now the date of the extinction has been assumed to be the same as the date for the impact.

 

 

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5 Apr 2016