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Where the name came from

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

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

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

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

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
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


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, Morning in a Pine Forest, 1889

This is easily the best known of Shishkin's paintings, beloved by his countrymen and the world.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's encouraging to see the collapse of the collaborator class, namely, the Republican Party, where honest opinion was not merely unacceptable but a sure sign of some deeper defect. Integrity, perhaps. They warned us if we didn't support them the other party would win. We did, but whether they won or didn't, it was the same track, different pace. Odd, that. In time we came to understand them as just another DC club, just as obedient, just as annoyed by the peasants and just as dismissive. Just in the nicest possible way.

The liberals have a rule, "no enemies to the left", meaning when they can't speak well of the hard left they won't speak of it at all. The Republican "conservative movement" has fallen all over itself to disown its equivalent, largely with acerbic purges by the likes of those at the National Review, sometimes career-ending, always about fringe issues or outright trivia. Over these many years that's a lot of bath water and a lot of babies.

The Republican Party has conducted itself as a reliable franchise of its alleged opposition, betraying the trust and support of a generation. Events have confirmed those they expelled for being "too right" had the better claim to legitimacy, and in doing so, it has unwittingly run a bulletproof selection process for their own replacement. It's gotten to where credibility and rejection by the Republican Party are pretty much the same thing. Cuckservatism is what some call it, in a fit of politeness. Next item please.

Let's look at White Privilege, the activist plague ship now on sea trials, sailing as yet untroubled through the placid remains of analytical rigor. Stripped of its cloying, nasty-sweet marketing jargon, the particulars of White Privilege track the otherwise inchoate whines of their pet client, the overfed, limitlessly entitled and perpetually offended Struggling Single Parent Woman of Colour in the 'Hood.

You've seen 'em. When they stand it's like watching creation itself. From a formless puddley heap, lumps of varying heft and shapes emerge and align toward verticality. When up and walking they tip rhythmically from side to side, their flipper-arms rowing in cadence as if pantomiming penguins. It's not an affliction, nor is it forced on them in any way, or a consequence of limited options, or carelessness, no, it's a high-value, even erotic 'look' in their universe, intentionally acquired, maintained and displayed to full effect.

They're easily as offensive in demeanor as their presentment forewarns; unvaryingly aggressive, crude, shrill, self-obsessed and incurious, with all the class and grace their costumes announce from the farthest limit of visibility. When encountered in public it's like being stalked by construction equipment with a grudge. This is the role model of White Privilege, the shining apex to which all humanity most rightly aspires. Just ask 'em.

They'll proudly tell you, with more than ample cursing and posing, they're full time consumers, it's what they do, they need to be fed, housed and otherwise provided for by unwilling but captive strangers, as simple justice demands. It's a Human Right you see.

No other people resist being judged by the content of their character quite so belligerently. And it's just here the symbiosis came into being. Dazzled by their combative inanity, savvy activists saw opportunity in blaming their doltish sloth on those compelled to all but adopt them and their feral broods. But even this wasn't enough.

White Privilege is an all-purpose magic force field. It says ordinary decency and work ethics, and any degree of personal success are disgustingly offensive. Because white. Instead, we're expected to fervently and publicly reject our former selves, take our life's lessons from their fever rants, demonstrate our everlasting devotion with perpetual servitude and self-laceration on demand, and by way of repentance for existing contemporaneously, service their insatiable cravings until they agree it's "fully funded". Or until fleeing to Mogadishu becomes more attractive.

For White Privilege careerists—expect brassy women who'd be more comfortable in leather, and vinegary men who in former times would have been rainmakers or sellers of potions—it's a sweet setup: professional talkers who despise the industrious and conscientious, shilling for in-your-face hostile grifters, the tabs for both parties picked up by the object of their scorn by way of federal money-plumbing. As Bogart said about Wilmer: the cheaper the crook the gaudier the patter, and it don't come no gaudier than White Privilege.

But why this and why now? A while back there was a serious uprising against professional voters and their enablers, so widespread and so well founded it was embarrassingly indefensible even by DC. Yes, it all came thisclose to hitting the fan.

They panicked. It was blindingly clear they'd lost control of their own narrative. The groundwork they'd laid in the '30s had become boring and irrelevant, worse, the '60s attempt at renewal was spectacularly discredited by the violence and insanity of its practitioners. Backtracking was too painful to even contemplate.

It was time to put down a new root system, one which would support the larger effort to come, which they did. Out with the clunky, antique economic blather of their Marxist grandparents, in with exhuming old grudges and inventing new ones, in with mobilizing their freeloader thugs on campus, in with mandatory perversion and the outrage of the week, in with nonstop demographic slander which, as White Privilege, criminalizes the middle America they hate so deeply.

You do understand, if we decline to cheerfully roll over for White Privilege it's direct evidence we were crypto Darth Vaders all along, can'tcha? There's the new game. Enjoy. Okay, enuffa this. What else?

My too-short tour of southeastern West Virginia included the town of Hinton, a busy little place, renewal much in evidence. Like most towns, it fronts a river and is much longer than it is wide, with streets stair-stepping up the hillside from water's edge. If you don't like places like Hinton, well son, jes' ain't no hope for you. I'll spare you the slide show, here's a representative picture.

2016. Hinton West Virginia A town of 2,600 in Summers County. It's a brilliant morning on Thursday the 14th of April, at the corner of Temple Street and 3rd Avenue, the fringe of the business section, renovation in progress. This building was replicated in larger form in another town up the road. Must have been an architectural staple back in the day. One much like it was a major set in the movie "The Sting."

The notable architecture of eastern Appalachia strikes me as a mashup of olde tymme Boston and Chicago—also see the Hagerstown pics below—Boston for the homey parts, Chicago for the commercial parts, but, ain't my specialty, so I stand ready to stand corrected.

Nikon D5100, dummy setting, kit lens

So what else we got? Some people are just now finding out a primary candidate can win a state's popular vote by a huge margin yet all, or nearly all the delegates go to the opponent. Well howdy folks and welcome aboard. I've been ranting for years about elections for national office being rigged. Not that it was ever breaking news. And yes, I like to get an early start on my complaining.

Some time back, during a national election, a local news outfit in a big city shadowed buses full of voters-for-hire going from polling place to polling place. Snacks provided on board. All day and into the night they voted and voted and voted, until closing time. How many precincts have we seen where the outcome was decided by five or ten votes? Election officials said they'd look into it. I'm sure they did. Given who's choosing our leadership, and how it's done, shall we be surprised at what we get? Next.

Phoebes have returned to their nesting place over my window as they have for years. From time to time the male will busy himself attacking his reflection, then it's back to less stressful work. They're flycatchers so in a prolonged cold spell they'll starve on the nest. There's no feeding 'em, I've tried. In a good year like this they pick moths off the side of the house in the early morning before it gets light enough or warm enough for 'em to escape. For a bird it's coffee and Danish, a great way to start the day. Okay, put on your leather apron and grab your smithy tongs, yer red hot ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


Remus's notebook

RECALL: Takata Airbags, Everything You Need to Know Including Full List of Affected Vehicles

Western Journalism - Obama administration is breaking protocol by naming a U.S. warship after a left-wing politician and liberal activist.

Breitbart - Alleged Brussels Terrorist Was Star of Documentary About Successful Integration of Immigrants

Science Alert - After 36 years, the Wright brothers' 'flying machine' patent has finally been rediscovered

Ars Technica - People can judge relationships from short bursts of laughter. Pairs of friends laugh differently from pairs of strangers.

Science Alert - Mysterious repeating radio signals have been detected coming from outside our galaxy. Unlike any signal we've heard before.

Daily Caller - Professional Educator: Grades, Showing Up On Time Are A Form Of White Supremacy

WND - Black activist guilty of tweeting anti-black 'threats'

WND - Hoaxes and all, black victimization campaign marches on

Heat Street - In a effort to promote “greater inclusion and representation” on campus, some students at Cornell University have proposed student government elections based entirely on race.

Pamela Geller - Watch: Muslim Migrant Mobs Riot under Paris Metro

Cosmos - Dinosaurs overall were going extinct long before the meteorite impact.

Popular Mechanics - The C-130 Just Never Dies. Lockheed Martin is building a new civilian version

Talking Points Memo - Tennessee Lawmakers Move To Defund University's Diversity Office

Chicago Tribune - The number of people shot in Chicago so far this year has already passed 1,000, a pace not seen since the 1990s.

1910-2000 demographics, animated .gif, slow loading,

Daily Mail - Cosa Nostra 'declares war' on refugees as mayor says Sicily capital feels more like Istanbul or Beirut than Europe

New Zeal - The accused pedophile behind the ‘bathroom bills’


World War III
The run up

Fox News - Budget cuts leaving Marine Corps aircraft grounded

Western Journalism - What Obama Has Done To The US Marines Is Beyond Belief

Popular Mechanics - Marines Had To Scrounge for F/A-18 Parts at a Museum

Weapons Man - If he loses three jets because Mabus diverted O&M funds into social engineering, well, crickets then, and how do you like your  fierce  new tranny cans?

CNN - Russia is deploying its ballistic missiles and attack submarines in numbers, range and aggression not seen in two decades

Fox News - Russia's ambassador to NATO accused the U.S. Wednesday of trying to intimidate Moscow by sailing a Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea, and vowed Russia would respond to future incidents with "all necessary measures."

Russian Jets Buzzing American Ships May Be Met by Force, General Says

Washington Free Beacon - Russia Tests Hypersonic Glide Vehicle on Missile

National Interest - Why Xi is Purging the Chinese Military

BBC - China's President Xi Jinping has taken on a new military title, in his latest move to exert greater control over the armed forces. Mr Xi is now commander in chief of the military's Joint Operations Command Centre.

Mirror - The People's Republic reportedly fired a nuke called the Dongfeng-41, which has the longest range of any missile in the world. It can carry up to 10 warheads over a distance of roughly 7,450 miles in just half an hour before hitting several targets at once.

Fox News - North Korea may have restarted tunneling at key nuclear site

Reuters - China's Defense Ministry on Friday denied reports that Chinese troops were massing on the North Korean border, ahead of a possible fifth North Korean nuclear test, saying its deployments there were normal.

CNN - North Korea launches missile from submarine, South Korea says

Aviationist - Several Israeli media outlets said that Russian forces in Syria have fired at least twice on Israeli military aircraft in the last weeks.


Zero Hedge, Ron Paul - Yellen’s secret meeting at the White House followed an emergency secret Federal Reserve Board meeting. The Fed then held another secret meeting to discuss bank reform. Thus the real reason for all these secret meetings could be a panic that the Fed’s eight year explosion of money creation has not just failed to revive the economy, but is about to cause another major market meltdown. The no-win situation the Fed finds itself in is a sign that we are reaching the inevitable collapse of the fiat currency system. Unless immediate steps are taken to manage the transition, this collapse could usher in an economic catastrophe dwarfing the Great Depression.


1941. Chrysler magazine ad

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1941 Chrysler was the all-new 1940 model but a bit wider and lower, with a little more glass. Chrysler, like their competition, saw the war coming and prepared for the postwar market by equipping and tooling for advanced place holder models on an accelerated basis, tweaking and getting what production experience they could, then banking it all and converting to wartime manufacturing.

All production of civilian cars stopped in January 1942, the month after the attack on Pearl Harbor. When it resumed after the war, lightly freshened pre-war Chryslers reemerged as 1946 models, which schlepped on with minor changes until all-new designs hit the showroom floors in 1949.

"Fluid Drive" was Chrysler's claim to a technological edge. In reality it was a hydraulic clutch, a form of "hill holder", used for decades in other applications when they adopted it in 1939. It was a dubious half-measure, gone for good in 1954, replaced by true automatic transmissions.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

Federal Observer - Your #rhodesmustfall campaign, we understand, originates in South Africa and was initiated by a black activist who told one of his lecturers “whites have to be killed” ... Please explain what it is that makes your attention grabbing campaign to remove a listed statue from an Oxford college more urgent, more deserving than the desire of probably at least 20,000 of those 22,000 students to enjoy their time here unencumbered by the irritation of spoilt, ungrateful little tossers on scholarships they clearly don't merit using racial politics and cheap guilt-tripping to ruin the life and fabric of our beloved university.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The excerpt above is from the administration's answer to "demands" by the British equivalent of Black Lives Matter. Read the whole thing, it's a response that should make our spineless "universities" squirm in abject shame. Should. The cowardly farces at Yale and University of Missouri come first to mind, outfits that instantly and needlessly became much diminished institutions.

It's reported the U of M has seen a 25 percent drop in enrollments and a $32 million funding deficit. "Drop in enrollments" includes students packing their bags and fleeing the campus for good. Reports of serious physical assaults at U of M, buried at the time, are surfacing too. The usual suspects. Debra Heine has a good rundown at PJ Media .

There's been a little pushback at Ohio State worth noting. In the accompanying video the administration spokesman was oh-so-nice and patiently deferential, as if coaxing puppies out of a kennel. It reads tougher than it was. Anyway, here it is:

PJ Media - A student sit-in at Ohio State University was shut down last week when a senior administrator informed the participants that they would be arrested and expelled if they didn’t retreat from their “occupied space” in the area outside of President Michael V. Drake's second-floor office. The final group of about 25 occupiers left at about 12:30 a.m.

But then:

Campus Reform - Ohio University students demand police investigation after peers mock safe-spaces

How 'bout we run 'em through boot camp, then have 'em do an amphibious assault on defended territory? With all the suffering they're going through it'd be a welcome diversion, right?


Baffler - The most important distinction between what’s good for public safety and what’s good for national security resides in the concept of the criminal predicate. This means, simply, that an agent of the government must have some reasonable cause to believe you are involved with a crime before launching an investigation into your life. Police action that bypasses criminal predicates focuses on threats to people and communities that threaten power—regardless of whether those threats to power are fully legal and legitimate.


DigiDay - Marketing is also no longer marketing. It’s “engagement.” The reason for this change is because all brand marketing from now on must “engage” — or at least “invite” — the lowly consumer into their BS worlds, into the exciting and ongoing “evolution” of their brand. Even consumers are no longer consumers. They’re now “brand advocates” who may become “brand activists,” some of whom rise to “brand ambassadors” who sometimes even become “decision influencers.”


Pro Libertate - Prohibition enforcement officers, a “corps of undistinguished scoundrels with badges,” propagated misery without redemptive purpose, leaving in their wake a population disenthralled from the notion of unqualified submission to those who embodied “authority.” This would change, regrettably, with the compound crises of the Depression and World War II, and the prohibitionist impulse would re-emerge as the War on Drugs.


Amerika - Our greatest fear is not that it will all end in fire and horror, but that nothing will ever change, and that we will continue our slow descent into third world conditions, kill off all that remains of Western culture and genetics, slowly becoming a perpetual Mexico or Brazil. For those who can see clearly, it’s apparent we’re already basically there. The protests at Trump rallies reveal the tension between keeping things the way they are to the benefit of the parasite, and the knowledge that the West not only doesn't want the Other in its midst, but that we'd be better off without them.


1937. Hagerstown, Maryland

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hagerstown is a small city in western Maryland's Cumberland Valley, with a population of about 31,000 in 1937. In 1862 the Battle of Antietam—23,000 total casualties in one day—took place thirteen miles to the south, in Sharpsburg. Hagerstown was home to Fairchild Aircraft from 1931 to 1984, best known for its Flying Boxcar and A-10 Warthog.

But let's look around the place as it was on a sunny autumn day in 1937. We'll start on the main street, then wander elsewhere.


Cigars, candy, drugs, film, toothpaste, soda, and the grand old men at their accustomed posts, every town had 'em, standing ready with opinions, chit chat, jokes, advice, politics, gossip, weather forecasts, philosophy, or certain knowledge of where the bodies were buried. The man on the right has just asked, "jeez Marv, with the price of everything else up so high, how can they still sell liquor so cheap?"


It was his best side.


The sign reads "First CVAL Game", meaning Cumberland Valley, likely. High School then was the equal of a good prep school now. The street sign isn't quite legible even on the big version, it may be "E Washington St". Notice the trolley tracks and catenary.


Everyone didn't really know everyone else, but any two of 'em did. And all of their children and all of their names. I'm guessing the destination marker reads "Loop" and had since the bus was delivered in the Hoover administration. Notice the wooden door framing.


The man is Johannes Gensfleisch, former blacksmith and printer, then noted entrepreneur who hit on the idea of aging cheese in safety deposit boxes. He also worked out a futuristic molecular bomb. So close. The rear door on the car at left was known as a "suicide door". Why? Imagine yourself opening it, stepping half out, and having the door clipped by a passing car.


Woodmen of the World was originally a fraternal benefit outfit, then a non-profit insurance company. A midwest thing. It's been WoodmenLife since 2015, but still with "chapters." Notice, at left, the Georgian-style "stack" chimneys and the window shutters. Chances are they were original and functional in 1937.


Down at the depot. Western Maryland's train from Baltimore arrives at Hagerstown, with a handsome Pacific on the point. I ran this photo in Woodpile Report 419, but it's part of this series so I've included it here.


The Mom at left is strutting her stuff, looking stylish and knows it. Junior however looks like the fall guy in a Norman Rockwell painting. The old time steel heavyweights had a sound all their own at speed, half heard, half felt, and not at all unpleasant. The REA car looks like a converted commuter coach but whaddia expect on the Hagerstown run, Wagons Lits?


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


First Things - There’s an ­unspoken rule in the pharmaceutical industry that half of all academic biomedical research will ultimately prove false, and in 2011 a group of researchers at Bayer decided to test it. Looking at sixty-seven recent drug discovery projects based on preclinical cancer biology research, they found that in more than 75 percent of cases the published data did not match up with their in-house attempts to replicate. At the same time as an ever more bloated scientific bureaucracy churns out masses of research results, the majority of which are likely outright false, scientists themselves are lauded as heroes and science is upheld as the only legitimate basis for policy-making.


Front Page - Big Green is booming business. But it can’t succeed on its own. Without public policy based on the hoax that the planet is going to be destroyed unless Big Green gets more green cash, the scam collapses. If you are going to falsely claim that 99.99% of scientists agree with you, the best way to ensure that is by criminalizing scientific dissent. The agenda was blatantly on parade right from the start at a press conference of attorney generals under the banner of “AG’s United for Clean Power”. This is an industry group of attorney generals vowing to shut down one industry on behalf of another. This is how abusively corrupt Big Green has become.

Washington Times - Democratic AGs, climate change groups colluded on prosecuting dissenters, emails show


Z Man - Obsequious rump-swabs, like Dan McLaughlin from National Review, were immediately seen out on the street, in tears, thanking Obama for this critical change. There are more important women than Tubman, who is a trivial figure in American history. The only reason we know about her at all is that Progressive fanatics plucked her out of obscurity to be a heroine of their cause. Most of the Harriet Tubman mythology is exactly that. She was illiterate and left no written records nor anything in the way of proof to substantiate her claims.


Ancient Origins - Around 360 BC Plato introduced an incredible story, a tale of an enigmatic island civilization which has since captivated the imagination of every generation that followed. This was the story of Atlantis, thought to be one of the most advanced societies of the ancient world, an idyllic island paradise of skillful navigators capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean to conquer and explore! So, in light of this latest discovery, having a site that finally matches Plato's description of Atlantis, is it possible to accept that Plato's story was based on a real setting and a prehistoric civilization known to ancient Greeks?


NY Times via Archive - The Republicans of 2016 rely for their votes on the Southern white and Northern white working-class constituencies that were once the mainstays of the other party. At the same time, the success of the Democrats in winning the popular vote for the presidency in every election since 1992 except 2004 has convinced most Democratic strategists that they don’t need socially conservative, economically liberal Reagan or Wallace Democrats any more. It is likely that the future of the Democrats will be Clintonism — Hillary Clintonism, that is, a slightly more progressive version of neoliberalism freed of the strategic concessions to white working-class voters associated with Bill Clintonism.


1944. London England

art-remus-ident-04.jpgIn the chaos of war two people an ocean apart, a GI from America and an English girl, found true, enduring and indestructable love. Or near enough.


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USA Watchdog - When China merges with the SWIFT system, I believe there is a very strong possibility that China will back their currency with gold. They have been doing it with a view to dislodging the dollar or greatly diminishing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. I think U.S. bankers and regulators have caught wind of this and are aware it is coming. I also believe this is the reason for all the secret meetings they have been having. The adjustment in global reserve accounts could create a tsunami of dollars coming back to America in a very, very short period of time. That could trigger something approaching a hyperinflationary event or, at least, stagflation and super inflationary pressure.


Daily Galaxy - If neutrinos and antineutrinos are discovered to be the same particle, this would be the first known case of matter that is simultaneously antimatter. Additionally, it would generate an asymmetry that would serve to explain why there is no antimatter in the universe. Majorana neutrinos would have allowed for the creation of more matter than antimatter in the first moments after the Big Bang. After that, all antimatter would have been annihilated along with the majority of matter, releasing energy and leaving behind only the "excess" matter which can be observed in the universe today.


Pro Libertate - (About Gavin Grimm) While it is unwise to reinforce the delusions of an emotionally troubled adolescent girl – and criminal to use plundered wealth to that purpose – nobody has the right to punish her for them, or to compel her to abandon them. On the same principle, neither she nor any of the ideologically deranged adults who are cheerfully exploiting her has the right to compel others to participate in her fantasy, which is the purpose of her lawsuit. Mere material accommodation is insufficient; every thought must be taken captive in the service of “gender justice,” or whatever label is currently affixed to the bottle containing this bilge.


The Federalist - Abortion clinics and the businesses that purchase aborted baby parts likely conspired to violate federal laws against fetal human organ trafficking, expert witnesses at a House hearing testified yesterday. Evidence of a widespread market for unborn baby parts — down to the tongue, scalp, eyes — was introduced. Invoices regarding the sale and transfer of fetal organs were presented at the hearing. One customer paid $22,610 for 38 fetal brains. Another paid $3,340 for a fetal brain, $595 for a “baby skull matched to upper and lower limbs,” and $890 for “upper and lower limbs with hands and feet.”


National Interest - We are entering an age of what I call comparative anarchy, that is, a much higher level of anarchy compared to that of the Cold War and post–Cold War periods. Remember that globalization is not necessarily associated with growth or stability, but only with vast economic and cultural linkages. These can amplify geopolitical disorder in the event of an economic slowdown. That’s what we are seeing now.


1944. France

art-remus-ident-04.jpg GIs take time out from a busy war to display a batch of captured Germans. Before the photog arrived they were all having coffee and passing around a pack of Camels. Betcha.


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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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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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