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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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Konstantin Kryzhitsky, Evening in Ukraine, 1901

Another painting by a Godless Red Bolshevik Commie. Oh wait.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg My PC and I have had a protracted "master-servant" discussion over the years. You'll not be surprised it won. Again. I am now running Windows 10. Unasked. Thursday morning Microsoft decided to install Windows 10, and it did . While not as dramatic as being impressed into the British Navy in days of sail, it's something like being kidnapped. Windows 7 was entirely satisfactory, in fact, XP was entirely satisfactory. There was no compelling need on my part for any of its successors, yet "migration", as they call it, was forced on me. So the question of "master-servant" is again resolved, and not in my favor. Some smart fellow will make his fortune selling operating system downgrades.

One the plus side, my MS Office remains as-was, as does Dreamweaver—the Woodpile Report mill—and Photoshop. All these things are a dozen years old, and like old pickups, they do everything that needs doing and nothing that doesn't. Firefox survived, except it looks different. Not better. Different. MS Explorer has become something called Edge. I only used Explorer to verify WPR displays correctly so, a horse apiece. Next item, please.

One of my favorite sites is All World Wars. Long reads. Some are really long reads, among them Sniping In France, by Major Hesketh-Prichard, written not long after World War I, recounting his founding of the British sniper corps. It's written in the everyday prose of the day, entertaining by itself, with tales and asides sufficient to draw me into reading the whole thing. Twice. Most of the essay concerns itself with the practical aspects of sniping of course, but he develops sub-themes worth considering in the spirit of popping yer head outside the bubble of accepted orthodoxy.

The standard today is a two man team, a spotter and a shooter. The spotter mainly assists the shooter in making adjustments for a particular shot. It takes no genius to see automation doing these technical chores in the near future. In the Major's time, the spotter was known as the "scout", with a different range of responsibilities, different enough that a scout's duties sometimes didn't include a shooter. He had some opinions on who made a good scout and who didn't, drawn from the best kind of experience. Here's a couple of tidbits:

In training glassmen, one wonderfully soon realized how impossible it was to teach any man to use his telescope skilfully who had not been accustomed to it from early youth. Every soldier can, of course, be taught which end to look through, and how to focus, and such details, but these men who began late in life never got the same value from their glasses as did the gillies and the stalkers, and from the point of view of accuracy they were in no way comparable. The truth, that to use a stalking telescope well needs just as much time, practice, and natural gift as first-class shooting.


A modern scout must know a great many things—so many that it is almost impossible to detail them all, and for this reason a scout's work changes with the conditions under which he is working... His training was exceedingly difficult, and unless he had a natural aptitude, no amount of teaching was of any real practical value.

On to the next item.

The collapse of western civilization is the dramatic event of our time, but just as the stock market never crashes in free-fall from an all-time high, so too is the collapse stair-stepping down to its Minsky Moment, punctuated with blips of optimism. A parallel perception accompanies this stealthy downward drift, one of recognition and anticipation by the observant—among them preparationalists and survivalists—whose sensibility slowly seeps into the population at large and augments such awareness as it finds. When recognition and anticipation become general, any event confirming the accumulated fear stresses the system to failure, a panic if you will.

A general outline of the catastrophe can be made by tracing existing fractures, their depth and length and how they intersect. This is the meat 'n potatoes of doom bloggers and sellers of precious metals, often the same person, but it's not the collapse itself, no matter how violent and astonishing. The collapse will take decades, perhaps more, to work out all its forms and details until, exhausted and inert, it finally comes to a standstill. This is the bottom we can not imagine. Many alive today will not see that bottom.

There's no long term without the short term, so think of the coming panic as the "knot in the bow tie". Nothing very fragile will make it through, and much of what we loathe and fear is fragile, but so is most of what we need. When streets are spattered with blood, when commerce freezes and founders, when government agencies are arresting each other, when the currency is iffy and hunger is at every elbow, when looters are stripping anything of value and mobs roam unopposed, how many will show up to keep the power plants or hospitals running?

The coming crackup will be nonlinear, an epic panic played on the grandest stage, a storied thunderclap echoing through the ages, the stuff of legend. But the collapse itself will be a long, bewildered era of local and personal tragedies, anonymous, dreary and unremarked, an implacable descent lazily plumbing depths not seen for a thousand years, until gently bumping bottom for a long, torpid rest. Those who imagine a collapse to be a time of adventure and opportunity will have time and reason to rethink the notion. Stay away from crowds.

Next item.

Check out this first sentence from a Daily Mail article: " About 1,000 right-wing extremists have rallied outside Berlin's main train station, protesting against Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees." Typical leftist tactic. The loyal opposition are "extremists" and "right wing" for daring to express their dissent. And they're not really protesting the unasked-for occupation of their country by inassimilable, freeloading homicidal alien fanatics, oh no, it's a "far-right rally" protesting a "welcoming stance" for "refugees." In other words, patriots trying to defend their families and homeland are actually neo-Nazis slavering to relive the past. People despise the news media for good reason.

Remember all the talk about how the internet was going to connect people directly, free of the corrupt news and info monopoly that decided, with "guidance" from DC, what we should and shouldn't know? Bad news Bunky, it all went terribly wrong. Here's how it's really working out, to the surprise of approximately no one:

Gizmodo - That same curator said the Black Lives Matter movement was also injected into Facebook's trending news module. “Facebook got a lot of pressure about not having a trending topic for Black Lives Matter,” the individual said. “They realized it was a problem, and they boosted it in the ordering. They gave it preference over other topics. When we injected it, everyone started saying, ‘Yeah, now I'm seeing it as number one'.” This particular injection is especially noteworthy because the #BlackLivesMatter movement originated on Facebook, and the ensuing media coverage of the movement often noted its powerful social media presence.

Next. Among the many things terminated for the duration of World War II was sliced bread, the slicing machines were taken for their scrap metal value. The list of things I didn't know gets longer every day.

Next. A reader says:

"there's news in the wind that someone is considering introducing a .25 cal. straight case cartridge like the .22 Hornet opened to .25. My guess is it'd be around the same power level as the 25-20 which duplicates 22 mag performance in 25 cal."

There seems to be a move to "adequate" rounds rather than all-out magnum this or that, knockdown power, flat shooting, &c. For example, the .30-30 Winchester took down deer reliably for half a century, but suddenly anything less than a .300 Magnum bordered on criminal. Huh? What changed? The .30-30 is the same, the deer are the same. Now the .30-30 is wonderful again. Huh? What changed? Is it because the 7.62 x 39, a ballistic clone, became so popular? And the adoration being lavished on the .22 rim fire is thisclose to embarrassing. Now it's a super round. No. It isn't.

Here's my take on .22 caliber rifles as constrained by my actual, proven capabilities. Off the bench I've shot MOA and sub-MOA 5-shot groups at 50 yards using my .22 LR bolt action equipped with a quality red dot. Bulk ammo. And yes, I had the targets notarized and framed. Kidding. But such accuracy is required for sneaky varmints or game intended for the table. Results in the field should rest entirely on the shooter, meaning me. Proven accuracy is a confidence builder when yer contorted around some deadfall, one knee in cold mud, holding back a sneeze—and finally get a clear shot.

My crank .22 is also equipped with Olympic-style micrometer-adjust rear peep and globe front sights, and it's sighted in with 'em, and I love 'em, but with my eyes they're no longer adequate in anything other than very good lighting. And how often does that happen in early season? So, the red dot. Once sight lines lengthen, meaning when the leaves are off the trees mainly, it makes sense to take advantage of more opportunities by changing to the .22 WMR. Pointed FMJ, natch. Anyway, here's what I consider the limits of fer-sure gimmees:

.22 LR with red dot - to 65 yards
.22 WMR with 4x scope - to 100 yards. Maybe 115. No, 100.

I see a rising per cent of misses for every yard beyond these. Okay, fun's over, time to agonize about this week's impending extinction-level disasters, so cue the Gregorian chants, it's on to yer ol' Woodpile Report.


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PanAm Post - Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons as Food Runs Out

Messenger - First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

FEE - Federal Bureaucrats Are Paid 78% More than Private Sector Workers

Daily Mail - Giant chunks of the Earth's mantle are falling off and causing quakes across the southeastern US - and more are coming, warn researchers.

Campus Reform - The Blinn College Board of Trustees agreed to settle a lawsuit Wednesday filed by a student who was told she would need “special permission” to display a gun rights sign in the school’s designated free speech zone.

Vocativ - Soldiers of Odin has now established U.S. chapters in at least 42 states since February.

Ars Technica - Worlds that could support life are found practically in the Sun’s backyard.

Cosmos - DNA study builds picture of Ice Age Europeans

Watts Up With That? - USGS appears to be removing its websites claiming all glaciers will be melted from Glacier National Park by 2030

Blaze - Social Security Administration Formally Proposes What NRA Has Called the ‘Largest Gun Grab in American History’

Free Beacon - April Marks 12th Straight Month of Record Gun Sales

Front Page - Mickey Fearn, the National Park Service Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance claimed black people don’t visit national parks because they associate them with slaves being lynched by their masters.


World War III
The run up

Reuters Russia will reinforce its western and southern flanks with three new divisions by the year-end, officials said on Wednesday, threatening retaliation to NATO's plans to boost its military presence in eastern members Poland and the Baltic States.

Fox News - A senior Revolutionary Guard commander threatened to shut down the entrance to the Persian Gulf, where one-third of the world's oil exports passes each day

Paul Roberts - That Russia and China permit Washington to operate in their media, in their universities, in their financial systems, and in “do-good” NGOs that infiltrate every aspect of their societies demonstrates that both governments have no interest in their survival as independent states. They are too scared of being called “authoritarian” by the Western presstitute media to protect their own independence. My prediction is that Russia and China will soon be confronted with an unwelcome decision: accept American hegemony or go to war.

CNN - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country would not use a nuclear weapon unless its sovereignty is encroached by "invasive hostile forces with nuclear weapons,"

War Is Boring - The Pentagon’s Arctic Thermo-Camouflage Is Obsolete, Modern sensors can see right through it.

NY Times - A U.S. Admiral’s Bluntness Rattles China, and Washington

Radio Free Europe - Russia Slams Upcoming U.S.-Georgian Military Drills

UPI - North Korea troops at border maintaining 'readiness', Seoul military says

National Interest - Japan's East China Sea Military Buildup Continues

Newsweek - Trump Says U.S. Should Shoot Russian Planes If Diplomacy Fails

Mirror - 'Brexit' could trigger World War Three, warns David Cameron

Army Times - Army shrinks to smallest level since before World War II


1890s. Grove's Chill Tonic ad

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Edwin Grove was a struggling distributor of medicines in Paris Tennessee who became convinced a fortune was to be made if "chill tonic", meaning quinine, could be made tasteless. After much experimenting, his Paris Medicine Company marketed Tasteless Chill Tonic in 1878, a mixture of quinine, lemon flavor and sweetner that succeeded in masking quinine's bitter taste.

When this ad appeared in 1890, Grove's Chill Tonic was standard issue for British soldiers being sent to malarial country and outselling Coca-Cola, making millionaires of Grove and his investors, including many of his neighbors who had complained of the smell during its development. What's with the "Makes children and adults fat as pigs" thing? The ad tells you right up front, because it's tasteless.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


There they go again. This is the how they've played the game from the beginning.

February 2, 2016

CNN - A rally was held Monday evening at the State University of New York in Albany after three black female students were attacked by a group of white men and women during a confrontation on a bus over the weekend, officials said.... "I am deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident," said Jones. "There is no place in the UAlbany community for violence, no place for racial intolerance and no place for gender violence."

May 3, 2016

CNN - Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim. A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney's Office said.


NPR - A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. On the CDC's official list, that would rank just behind heart disease and cancer, which each took about 600,000 lives in 2014, and in front of respiratory disease, which caused about 150,000 deaths. Collecting better cause-of-death data is a good idea, said Thomas, who agreed that medical errors are underreported.


Z Man - All you have to do is spend a little time with grad students at an elite university to understand why Mao sent these people off the rice paddies. They manage to combine wrongheadedness with smug condescension to the point where you want to smash them in the face. I suspect a corollary here is that you can understand the French Revolution by spending a few minutes following American politics. People do not go from happy to bloody revolt overnight. It’s a process and the early stages are warnings, at least they should be viewed as warnings.


Straight Line Logic - The likes of Theodore Roosevelt claimed that peace and prosperity were enervating; imperial domination was the key to ruddy good health. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and a host of other worthies argued that America couldn’t survive without a central bank, elastic money, and an income tax, although without them it had thrived for decades. Woodrow Wilson said that jumping into a European war was just what America needed, and threw those who disputed his diagnosis into jail. Liberty was always the disease; government was always the cure.


Amerika - I don't buy into those “the old days were paradise” people. It was a harder time. People had a lot less. But they had a lot more time, and because it was a harder time, idiots were kicked to the curb a lot more frequently. People did not wait in lines and fill out paperwork as much, and there were not so many laws and lawsuits that you could not speak your mind or do what needed to be done. If you did the right things, like have some form of career and live morally, you would do just fine. Life was good and relaxing once you got on top of it.


Daily Caller - Officials at taxpayer-funded Virginia Tech have disinvited Jason Riley from speaking on campus because they fear “protests from the looney left.” Preventing conservatives from expressing their viewpoints on taxpayer-funded campuses has been all the rage in recent months. In March, for example, officials at the State University of New York at New Paltz curtly canceled a planned campus debate between a notable left-wing media critic and a notable right-wing media critic because the right-wing media critic, Cliff Kincaid, has right-wing views.


1941. Sheridan Wyoming.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sheridan is a city of 18,000 in north central Wyoming. Looks like there will be a parade. I'm guessing there'll be a lot of horses and turquois and fringe. Click for a photo of downtown Sheridan today. The streetlights have survived intact, and most of the buildings look like carryovers, well-maintained, without the "updating" of the 1960s and '70s that vandalized facades elsewhere. Well done.


Notice the classy brickwork, upper right in this photo, and in the bottom photo.


The photographer continued to walk in the same direction. This is the next block.


The other side of the street. The Stockman was a pool and billiards place.



World War I bond drive poster

The only threat to our freedom in World War I was from DC. Germany had more pressing problems.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Defense Watch - A nation that drafts women and sends them to war is in its death throes. A nation that drafts women and sends them to war has lost its moral compass. What kind of nation subjects mothers, daughters, wives and sisters to a military draft where they could be placed in a direct ground combat unit? It is a nation that is spiritually bankrupt; spent, doomed and with military and civilian leaders who are either uninformed, desperate, cowards or all three. The supporters that want to draft women are feminists and left wing loonies who will be conveniently out of danger when the women they sent to war are shot, shredded and blown up.


New Yorker - When the war ended, hardly anyone seemed to know about Riese, but clues were everywhere—collapsed cave entrances, railroad tracks leading to abandoned worksites in the mountains, and ventilation shafts built into the forest floor. Tomasz Jurek recalls hearing, as a boy, about a network of train tunnels that existed belowground. It stood to reason that, if Herbert Klose was looking for somewhere to hide his treasure chests, or perhaps even an entire train, the tunnels of Riese would be a natural place to stash them.


Eric Peters Autos - The straight dope is that Tesla could not build a single car without the government’s help. Even with massive subsidies at the manufacturing level and then again at the retail level – each Tesla still “sells” at a loss of several thousand dollars per car. The typical Tesla “buyer”has an annual income in excess of $250,000. Why are taxpayers – the majority of them not earning $250k annually – being taxed to support the “purchase” of electric exotic cars by extremely affluent people?


Baltimore Sun - Millions of dollars later, Maryland has officially decided that its 15-year effort to store and catalog the "fingerprints" of thousands of handguns was a failure. Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold here and send the spent bullet casing to authorities. The idea was to build a database of "ballistic fingerprints" to help solve future crimes. But the system never solved a single case. Now the hundreds of thousands of accumulated casings could be sold for scrap.


Fred On Everything - If I could, I would speak to BLM as follows: I cannot determine what you want. There seems to be a great deal of anger but little clarity. Discussion usually wanders off into demands for justice, but without specifics. Since I am looking for practical recommendations, let us begin by acknowledging the circumstances we face. If you will say what concrete and specific things you want, we can discuss your desires rationally and perhaps come to a resolution. My take is that the quickest and easiest means of limiting friction is simply to separate white cops and black people, and black cops and white people, but this, if you agree that it is a good idea, cannot happen unless groups like BLM ask for it.


1938. Camden, New Jersey.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Camden, a city of 77,000 across the river from Philadelphia, gives corruption a bad name. Its official institutions have been indistinguishable from a criminal cartel. Mayors are routinely convicted, as was the state senator, as was a substantial part of the police force, in fact, it was disbanded in 2013, it's duties assumed by the state. Unemployment is several times the regional average, crime is effectively unchecked.

Camden's been one of the top ten most dangerous cities in the United States since 1998, often one of the top five. Civic leaders pin their hopes for a turnaround on the city's Rich Tapestry of Diversity™. The photo below was taken before urban decay disfigured Camden's charm and appeal.



Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Phys Org - The question of why space is three-dimensional and not some other number of dimensions has puzzled philosophers and scientists since ancient Greece. Space-time overall is four-dimensional where time is the fourth dimension. It's well-known that the time dimension is related to the second law of thermodynamics: time has one direction (forward) because entropy never decreases in a closed system such as the universe. As the universe began cooling from the moment after the big bang, the Helmholtz density reached its first maximum value at a very high temperature corresponding to when the universe was just a fraction of a second old, and when the number of spatial dimensions was approximately three. The key idea is that 3D space was "frozen in" at this point when the Helmholtz density reached its first maximum value, prohibiting 3D space from transitioning to other dimensions.


Space - In a vacuum, all bodies would fall at the same speed, an idea that underpins Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. The concept, called the equivalence principle, has been well tested on Earth, but scientists wonder if it breaks down when measurements are precise enough. Putting the principle under a proverbial microscope is the goal of a French-backed space experiment called, appropriately, Microscope. The 668-pound satellite flew as a secondary payload aboard a Soyuz rocket which launched last week from Europe's Kourou, French Guiana, spaceport.


Front Page - The calamitous breakdown of the black family is a comparatively recent phenomenon, coinciding precisely with the rise of the welfare state. During the nine decades between the Emancipation Proclamation and the 1950s, the black family remained a strong, stable institution. Its cataclysmic destruction was subsequently set in motion by such policies as the anti-marriage incentives that were built into the welfare system. As Walter E. Williams puts it: “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn't do, what Jim Crow couldn't do, what the harshest racism couldn't do. And that is to destroy the black family.”


Liberty GB - Urban Britain is rapidly changing, not just becoming more multicultural, but increasingly Islamic - and London isn't even the worst example. The Muslim community makes up 26.9% of Birmingham, 28.4% of Blackburn, 24.6% of Luton and 15.8% of Manchester. It is now perfectly clear to me that London is a lost city. With over 40% of the Muslim population living in the capital city, their overall population doubling every ten years, and the native population of London rapidly decreasing, it could be just a matter of years before London is transformed beyond all recognition. The same will continue to happen to the rest of our cities. It will also happen to America.


Science - Scientists have long assumed that Earth’s ancient atmosphere had a stronger greenhouse than today’s. That’s because the sun put out 20% less heat than it does today, and even with elevated levels of greenhouse gases, Earth would have struggled to keep global temperatures above freezing. A thicker atmosphere would have helped to compensate. But in recent research, this expected thickness hasn’t been found: A 2012 study of fossilized raindrops, for example, found that Earth’s early atmosphere was as little as half as thick as it is today.


1945. USS Hornet - another day at the office

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Mark 12 quad Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft mount aboard the carrier Hornet answers the Japanese response to the ongoing air attack on Tokyo in February of 1945. Chrysler reverse-engineered the Bofors, designed a production process and produced 60,000 of them for the Army and the Navy, filling the contract before the end of 1943 at half the projected cost.

The Bofors was replaced with the Mark 17 3"/50 after the war, a more capable round, and big enough to accept a proximity fuze. By the way, the "50" refers to the length of the barrel in calibers, i.e., 3" x 50 = 150", or 12.5 feet. Which makes it a carbine. Run the numbers, for the .223 it'd be an 11" barrel.

A neighbor served on such a gun mount. During one of many kamikaze attacks a fellow crew member was shoveling out empty cases—they kept a coal shovel at their mount—then calmly said, "sure is a hot one today," and jumped overboard, never to be seen again. Odd thing, combat.

The Hornet in the photo below, CV-12, replaced the original Hornet, CV-8, which was comissioned two months before Pearl Harbor, launched the Doolittle Raid, fought in the Battle of Midway, and was sunk in October 1942 during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.

Hornet CV-12, pictured below, was commissioned in November of 1943. After meritorious service in WWII and afterward, she's remembered by most for recovering the first moon landing astronauts in July 1969.



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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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10 May 2016