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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, Forest Road, 1871

Shishkin is one of those guys like Shakespeare or Homer or Pythagoras, scholars in future times will argue his body of work couldn't have been done by one man.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg From time to time I run across an idea that rises above insight into the hallowed realm of discovery. No need to bring a lot of background to it, no need to explain it. It needs no external support or defense, and many formerly puzzling things trace back to it. Here's the quote, found embedded in an otherwise unremarkable essay:

After hearing this story, that if a belief in witchcraft is nearly pan-African then perhaps some of it came to the New World. Prominent and not so prominent talkers from the American Black population come out with similar theories of vague and invisible forces that are oppressing people, like “institutional racism” and “white privilege.”
Henry Harpending (1944–2016), West Hunter blog

Is this unalloyed brilliance or what? Think about it. Harpending makes the stunning observation that black magic—meaning unseen evil invoked by ritual to inflict pain and misery, its power irresistable and unconfined by distance or time—has been accepted as fact in the west. Witch doctor stuff. As Conrad noted long ago, it's a given among the primitives of Africa. Now, perhaps by osmosis, it's an unquestioned, and unquestionable, staple of the "social justice" canon .

Next. Western Rifle Shooters posted an article entitled Real Life Resistance, about life and fate in a World War II Polish partisan outfit, sourced from first-hand accounts. Most of what people "know" of such things comes from movies, wartime propaganda, romanticized documentaries, or worse. Be sure to read the lively exchanges in the comments below the article.

Imagine reading something like "Survivalist's Guide To Caring For Your Dog's Gums" to a hunted and hungry partisan in the forests of 1943 Poland. The look on his face would say all that needed saying. Hint: he'd eat the dog before someone else did. A survivalist trains for whatever it will take to live another day. He knows all he really owns is what he's able to carry while running for his life.

The yuppie prepper dreams of a Little House On The Prairie Except With Solar Power, ringed with an automated Maginot Line. Until then he has a standing invitation from an uncle six states away, so his SUV is smartly equipped with a bag of heritage seeds, an AAA-approved first aid kit, an inflatable jacuzzi and never less than a half tank of gas. There are going to be some epiphanies in the prepper ranks. Next.

You've heard me talk about "greenhouse fitness" guys, how they often buckle doing actual work. There are "greenhouse intellectuals" too, lightly principled professors who fold and grovel at the first chill breeze from the left. Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog puts his dismay this way:

It is amazing to me that universities have become the least viable place in the US to raise and discuss controversial issues in the light of day.

Mr. Meyer is like most people who work for a living, They assumed on-campus discussion concerns itself with honest pros and cons. Wrong. Discussion means pitting the incontestably correct way to think against the almost-but-not-quite-correct way to think. All else is malevolent, hateful ignorance. The teaching staff is cautioned to stay current and choose wisely.

They understand their continued employment depends on mastering correctness in all its microscopic nuance. They're solemnly warned against contrary opinion—gasp! choke! It violates their customer's expectation of a "safe learning environment" and may even "trigger" a psychic crisis. The winnowing is about over, the clever but spineless rule. What else we got?

Scientific American, continuously published since 1845 and once a respected periodical of international standing, has been hollowed out over the last several years by activist pandering that would embarrass an apprentice lobbyist. Sadly, the time has come to put SciAm on suicide watch. Apparently not a hoax or a light hearted parody, the latest issue disfigures itself with an article which, even by its own vanishing standards, is pimping of the rankest kind. It's about the north pole's wanderings:

Although it can drift as much as 10 meters across a century, sometimes returning to near its origin, it has recently taken a sharp turn to the east. Climate change is the likely culprit, yet scientists are debating how much melting ice or changing rain patterns affect the pole’s wanderlust.

They're debating no such thing. Not while sober and in the presence of adults. But wait. There's more.

The data do not indicate whether the recent climate changes are man-made, but Chen personally believes the drastic shift in the pole has to be the result of human activities.

"... has to be"? Turn in your participation trophy SciAm, you're disqualified. Okay, as said in earlier issues, Woodpile Report takes a hiatus next week. Going to the New River area of West Virginia for a few days. See you next time on Tuesday the 26th. So here we go, time to pull the handy zip-strip and see what tumbles out of Yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

Remus's notebook

CBS Sacramento - An anti-abortion activist who made undercover videos at Planned Parenthood clinics said in a social media posting that California Department of Justice agents raided his home Tuesday.

Breitbart - Police in Berlin have raided ten apartments because residents may have posted “anti-migrant” views online.

Daily Caller - German Cops: We Were Ordered To Remove The Word ‘Rape' From Migrant Criminal Report

Daily Beast - Intel Analysts: We Were Forced Out for Telling the Truth About Obama’s ISIS War

Fred On Everything - Clearly I do not understand evolutionary psychology. This, I suspect, can equally be said of evolutionary psychologists.

Zero Hedge - Millionaires Are Fleeing Chicago In Record Numbers

Daily Mail - Sanders: 'Yes' I'd apologize for slavery and I'd make reparations by investing in low-income communities

Smithsonian - When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzle. [Did dazzle really work? Probably not]

CEI - The Competitive Enterprise Institute today denounced a subpoena from Attorney General Claude E. Walker of the U.S. Virgin Islands that attempts to unearth a decade of the organization's materials and work on climate change policy.

Reason - It is probably no accident that Walker worked for eight years as an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Physics World - Gravitational-wave background noise created by merging back holes could be 10 times louder than had been expected.

Ars Technica - TV maker Panasonic says it has developed the world’s best weather model. The company says it has beaten the GFS for awhile, and now equals the ECMWF

Free Beacon - DHS and the FBI began a nationwide program warning of the dangers faced by U.S. utilities from damaging cyber attacks

Global Guerrillas - The Superbowl of Protest will be in Cleveland this Year

Express UK - ‘Your vote means NOTHING’ Brussels insists land grab plot WILL go ahead despite Dutch 'no'

Daily Caller - All Charges Dropped On Teens Involved In Brutal DC Metro Assault

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Facial recognition technology can pick out a person from orbit, yet when "teens"—wink wink—are involved they can't be identified from video twelve feet away. How odd.

WND - A “medical waste” company that disposes of the bodies of unborn babies wants its critics silenced, and is going into court on Monday to demand such an order from a judge.

Ars Technica - The search for exoplanets goes cold as Kepler enters emergency mode

CS Monitor - One billionaire moves south — and New Jersey's budget falls apart

Right On - Unlike Leftist media outlets like CNN and MSNBC, who sincerely believe the nonsense they spew, Rupert Murdoch established Fox News out of a cynical desire to tap the wallets of Right-wing Americans.

 

World War III
The run up

CNN - South Korea believes its neighbor to the north may be able to mount a nuclear warhead onto a medium-range missile.

Fox News - North Korea says it has successfully conducted an engine test of a new intercontinental ballistic rocket it claims will strengthen its ability to stage nuclear strikes on the United States.

Washington Post - North Korea has developed a large-caliber multiple launch rocket system and could use it to strike South Korea as soon as this year, the South's defense minister said Wednesday.

Brush Beater - North Korea is jamming South Korean GPS signals, continuing their pattern of belligerence as of late.

Forward Observer - Putin Announces Establishment of the Russian National Guard

Aviationist - The exercise is going to involve more than 25,000 soldiers: 12,000 troops will be provided by Poland and 10,000 troops will be deployed from the USA.

National Interest - Get Ready, Russia, China and Iran: America's New Submarine Killer is Here

Zero Hedge - Iran Releases Video Showing Arrival Of First Russian S-300 Missile System

Wikipedia: S-300 (missile)

 

1927. Cadillac magazine ad

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Cars made specifically for the upper-upper class were, oddly enough, common back then in a way they aren't now. Nor are the ads. The last wheeze was in the 1960s when couples in evening dress caressed plebeian offerings set amidst fountains and Ionic columns, a comic marketing misfire strangled by the "beach at sunrise" era.

The 1927 Cadillac is a gorgeous car , dashing yet stately, yes, but today its bare specifications read like those for an indigenous pickup from some unfortunate venue with a name ending in "istan". An 85 hp cast iron V8, manual transmission with three speeds forward and one reverse, and so on.

The base model was intended to be mercilessly upgraded from a huge list of options, most of which was premium coachwork. GM sold about 8,600. The version shown went for the equivalent of $75,000 or near enough.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

American Digest - Once upon a time, the Republican party had some nice ideals and was clearly the more American of the two parties. Now their worst and dimmest are spending all their time, coast to coast, exposing themselves as a bunch of cheap, cheating, lying and power-crazed demagogues willing to roll out any rationalization, break any rule, and run any political scam in order to maintain their daily dwindling "power." Very much like... well... like Democrats, only not as clever about it.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Republican Party's self-evisceration defies understanding unless we accept the notion that, in politics, all consequences are intended. Assume they are. Now we have a line of inquiry: who benefits from rousing the silent majority from their torpor, then betraying them in a public and humiliating way, and in doing so, revealing the Republican Party for the craven fraud it is?

While you're pondering, remember this: political parties aren't government entities, they're private enterprises, self-legalized conspiracies more nearly, with the declared goal of taking control of government at all levels. It's an ambitious goal and, increasingly, voters are becoming an encumbrance. I'll leave it there for now.

Denver Post - The caucuses already limit participation to a narrow slice of the electorate. But the fact that the Republican leadership then took matters a step further and deprived even that narrow slice of voters a voice in one of the most competitive, consequential political nominations in memory - and perhaps in history - is mindboggling.

 

Front Page - Disparate impact is the monster lurking in the cellar of civil rights. Once you reject the idea that black communities and individuals bear any responsibility for their actions, any disparate impact can only be due to racism. Poverty, broken families, higher crime rates and school discipline rates are purely the products of racial bias. Disparate impact is the perfect Swiss Army Knife of the totalitarian left because it can be applied to anything. Define a persecuted class, whether it’s drug dealers or alcoholics, then reverse cause and effect, and even the most common sense courses of action become forms of discrimination to be controlled.

 

PSU Vanguard - Portland State Students supporting Donald Trump for U.S. President attempted to host its first planning meeting tonight. Instead, Trump supporters found themselves in the midst of protestors holding banners from various groups representing students of color and movements like 15 Now and Disarm PSU. The meeting escalated after about 40 minutes to shouting, interruptions, name-calling and threats. Threats came mostly from some of the students protesting against the Trump organizers. Protestors took over the attempted meeting using the mic check method–mostly instigated by PSU Student Union organizers. Youtube video, 5m 21s

 

Sniper's Hide - So you think the 22 Long Rifle round is whimpy! Well, it's time to give this tiny 22 LR bullet the resepct it has earned and deserves. It's not my caliber of choice when choosing a battle rifle but it can be used for defense, hunting and survival. I actually became impressed with what could be achieved with the 22LR in short and medium distances and wondered about the actual lethality of the round, so I decided to do some research in that area. Now I consider proven that within 300 yards it can be accurate and extremely lethal!

Youtube, .22LR Lethality - 300 Yard Ballistics Test. 14m 30s

 

Z Man - The alt-right, in all of its manifestations, is not growing in number and confidence because they made a pact with the devil. There is nothing supernatural at work here. It’s not a coherent intellectual movement, but simply a refuge from the endless assault on ordinary people, who see their traditions, their customs, their ancestors and their progeny being ground up in the meat grinder of technocratic managerialism. When people who have been loyal to conservative causes and conservative politicians their whole life find themselves being called racists and bigots by those people they supported, they start to feel like they have been conned.

 

1943. Washington Court House, Ohio

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's a town in south central Ohio, about thirty miles from Columbus, with a population of 9,400 in 1940. Draconian wartime rationing of gas and tires, and the scarcity of other mainentance items, made even small trips a matter of serious planning. Think Cuba but without the palm trees. It was a bonanza for short-haul outfits that went where the railroads didn't or didn't on a frequent schedule.

The Greyhound system was made up of regional operations called "lines", such as Pennsylvania Greyhound seen here, which merged with Capitol Greyhound in 1954 and blah blah, a big fish eats small fish which ate smaller fish thing. Eventually there were only two lines, east and west.

In later years Greyhound bought Trailways, became Greyhound-Dial Corporation, then Dial Corporation, now the Viad Corporation—V is an upside-down lambda, get it?—which doesn't much acknowledge their former Greyhound unit. Viad's bus operation is reverting to shorter and ever more infrequent runs, the Greyhound story in reverse. Vanishing America, see it while you can.

Washington Court House's bus terminal was typical for its day. Let's step back in time to watch the folks departing for a trip to Columbus, home town of James Thurber and 306,000 lesser known souls.

 

Much to the amusement of out-of-towners, Heinrich "Heini" Hausenpfieffer immediately brushed his teeth after every meal. Say, is it jes' me, or does anyone else wonder why Coca-Cola thinks it necessary to post instructions on how to use their product?

 

For the harried clerk nothing beats a counter with a built-in urinal.

 

Before the Baby Boom there were the War Babies. Lotta "only childs" in that cohort.

 

Hmm, thought Mr. Gimp, I thought Columbus would be bigger than this.

 

And we're ready to go. Truck type buses, used for the shorter hauls and especially popular with the smaller lines, were manufactured into the early 1940s. To modern eyes it looks like a regular bus that rear-ended a dump truck, but c'mon, these things had real character. No glassy "pedestrian shelter on wheels" like now, it had a hunkered down glowery look not seen today outside of drag racing.

Notice the Steampunk headlights, the crank-start access hole through the radiator, the louvered hood, the driver's-side-only windshield wiper and the classy, albeit dented, front cowling. Oh, the Pennsylvania Railroad logo on the door? Pennsylvania Greyhound was jointly owned from 1936 to 1954, a common arrangement.

Quiz. For 1,000 points and a chance to buy a new car at full retail, how come it's okay to park a bus in the middle of the street? And why would they do it? It made sense to someone, but, well, these are the little things that get lost in time.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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American Thinker - It was recently reported in the WSJ that Obama used the NSA to spy on Congress during the deliberations related to the Iran nuclear deal. It was reported on at one time, but this story has now disappeared completely from media coverage. Consider the implications. Add to that not one, but several major scandals that by themselves would likely have sparked impeachment hearings under any previous president. This is clearly the result of a mass media that is as controlled, literally, as what we saw in the Cold War-era Soviet Union – except that in the old USSR, people knew the media was peddling nonsense.

 

VDare - The President and his Social Justice Warrior appointees just see a lot of unhappy minority people behind bars and that’s enough to proclaim a four-alarm race emergency. Obama commuted the sentences of sixty-one federal inmates. As in previous mass commutations, black males make up a freakishly high share of the total. The cowardice of the MSM in covering the President on this issue is striking, even by their disgraceful standards. They can read the numbers as well as I can.

 

Government Slaves - A group of state attorneys general have announced that they will be targeting any companies that challenge the catastrophic climate change religion. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “The bottom line is simple: Climate change is real.” He went on to say that if companies are committing fraud by “lying” about the dangers of climate change, they will “pursue them to the fullest extent of the law,” and that climate change dissenters are committing “fraud” and are not protected by the First Amendment.

 

Investment Watch - How will farmers maintain the nation’s food supply when all fertilizer, their farm equipment and all of their vehicles are under the control of one power-hungry President? The criminal elite always seem to be one step ahead. Jade Helm 16, with the assistance of foreign troops is training not only to arrest dissidents, subjugate rogue American military units who will not be on board with the increasing level of tyranny, they are also preparing to weaponize food as a means of political control in the face of the new American populism.

 

PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - Clinton's strongest selling point may be that she's perceived as a liar where Bernie is perceived as sincere. Sanders may actually be dumb enough to believe the party's talking points; Clinton is thought smart enough to know better. Nobody can find an easy exit because the political class is trapped by a dogma of their own making. Everyone must participate in a ridiculous charade where the things that will work are strictly forbidden. In seeking to become the masters the Western political elite has become the slave of ideas they can't even name. Yet however hard it plunders, the Western left going down and the only question is how much else goes down with it.

 

1940. Dubuque Iowa

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Dubuque is on the eastern border of the state, fronting on the Mississippi River. It had a population of 43,900 in 1940. This isn't Main Street but it could stand in for one elsewhere. Visible are a barber shop, a cafe, a pool hall and a bar, the very spine of small town America. Notice the bar occupies a former bank, and not just any bank but a national bank, meaning it was legally bound to redeem federal silver certificates in specie. Sigh.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Ancient Origins - Why do ice ages occur? This is one of the great unknowns of modern science. Many suggestions have been made, from interstellar dust blocking sunlight to the weight of the ice sheets depressing the lithosphere and warming the ice. And yet all of these theories share one thing in common: they stretch credulity. But a new theory by independent researcher Ralph Ellis may have unlocked this perennial conundrum of paleoclimatology. And considering the myriad implications that flow from this theory, its mechanism is nevertheless very simple to understand.

 

International Man, Doug Casey - Everybody who invests in this depression thinking that it will turn out like the last one will be very unhappy with the results. So much for the differences. The crucial, obvious, and most important similarity, however, is that most people's standard of living will fall dramatically. The Greater Depression has started. Most people don't know it because they can neither confront the thought nor understand the differences between this one and the last. As a climax approaches, many of the things that you've built your life around in the past are going to change and change radically.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Casey's blather at the end about new opportunities is gratuitous, it's the business he's in, he's talking his book. I don't believe it and I suspect he doesn't either. That said, the "slow and controlled" part of the collapse is about over. The cloud of blue smoke you're smelling is the brakes burning out. The wild ride ahead will be terrifying and the sudden stop even worse.

 

American Thinker - Thanks to Washington’s money and political pressure, thousands of poor blacks will now be re-located from Baltimore’s slums to upgraded housing in the surrounding, nearly all-white suburbs. The unspeakable harsh truth is that these newly relocated inner-city residents will bring their pathologies with them and after a few years the areas surrounding the freshly built homes and Section 8 apartments will resemble dilapidated crime-ridden Baltimore. Helping poor African Americans find decent housing is just the polite cover story. At least some government officials in the Obama administration want to punish suburban whites and given that Uncle Sam will foot the bills, inflicting this damage is irresistible.

 

Cosmos - The gravitational push-pull of the Moon on iron deep inside Earth keeps it hot and molten. And a liquid core is needed to generate a magnetic field, which forms a protective shield against blasts of particles from the Sun. Denis Andrault and colleagues propose the Earth's heated interior should have dropped by about 3,000 ºC over the past four billion years or so, but has instead remained almost constant – all because of the Moon.

 

Washington Post - Racial prejudice could play a significant role in white Americans' opposition to gun control, according to new research from political scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For a certain subset of white gun-rights supporters, particularly those who are inclined to hold certain prejudicial beliefs, messages about individualism and liberty and rights are understood in a very specific way. "I am showing my white nationalist pride in a sort of generic way through gun ownership," Filindra posits. "I can’t say that some people are better and some are worse in terms of racial groups. But I can show it symbolically."

 

1941-1942. Detroit Michigan

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An M3 Lee/Grant (hereafter: Grant) medium tank assembly line. Early in the war the US hadn't yet the capability to cast large turrets so the Grant was an interim design with a 75mm main gun in an archaic WWI-type hull sponson and a 37mm gun in a small top turret. It was, in effect, a combination light tank and mobile artillery.

In British hands in the North African Theatre, the Grant was surprisingly effective for a temporary workaround. It outgunned the Panzers and shrugged off the standard anti-tank weapons the Germans had. Shortcomings revealed in action were rectified in the follow-on M4 Sherman. By 1943, as Shermans became available, Grants were being converted in large numbers to other roles, notably as tank retrievers and the M7 105mm Self Propelled Gun.

 

 

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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.
Traditional

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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

 

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

 

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

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