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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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Pieter de Hooch, Interior With Figures, 1664

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pieter de Hooch's patrons were ever-more upscale as his reputation grew. This painting is as much a display of wealth and status as it is a family portrait. For our part, thanks to de Hooch and his contemporaries, we see 17th Century interiors almost as if an architectural magazine had run a series of photo essays. Fascinating. Next.

"Solve food first" I said a while back. Look at Venezuela should you think otherwise. Gardening, which means actual food like potatoes and beans, not salad stuff and garnishes, is a good start. Every garden is different—the soil, the climate, the water cycle. Learn by doing, there is no other way. Start your own berry patches too. Livestock is another, laying hens being preferred by a wide margin and for good reason. Again, doing these things for a couple of seasons gets you where you need to be. Medium and long-term food storage is another—home canning garden produce, meat, butter, cheese spread, juice and so forth, and making pemmican and jerky at home with a dehydrator.

At the end of the day you'll have the food, the equipment and the experience. Do what needs doing, do it well and leave it at that. Functional competence is your goal, not becoming a world-class master gardener or a food processing expert. Supplement your own makings with a deep larder of commercially canned and freeze-dried foods. Then, when supermarkets are being stripped by panicked mobs, well, no problem. No problem at all. Have a bite to eat and get back to your reloading bench. Stay informed but don't get too caught up in the "hows and whys". If you get wrapped around the axle about these things then you become something else, a partisan, and that's a whole different life. The survivalist will go quiet, go grey, and stay away from crowds.

Speaking of freeze-dried food, here's some information about the benchmark supplier, Oregon Freeze Dry . OCD was founded in Albany, Oregon in 1964, NASA and the US military being its principle customers. In the early 1970s President Ellis Byers marketed the “Mountain House” line aimed at outdoorsmen and preppers, named after a restaurant he owned in Oregon. OFD was acquired by 7-Up in 1978 and promptly re-sold to Phillip Morris, then sold to a local Oregon company in 1986. They've since added a line called "Easy Meal" aimed at institutions. Click here for a photo of a commercial freeze drying unit. Click here for a step-by-step illustrated description of the freeze drying process. Next item.

Here's what was known as of Monday about ISIS shooter Omar Mateen, the latest Hero of Islam, the Orlando mass murderer, documented here before it gets lost in obfuscations and exculpatory blather from The DC Protectorate and their news media toadies.

More details are emerging:

Omar Mateen was employed by the US subsidiary of G4S plc ... Judicial Watch noted that it had filed a number of public records requests to get more information involving the arrangement between G4S and the government, specifically the transport of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to other parts of the country ... the Hill reported that Mateen's employment, and gun licenses, were untouched even though the FBI confirmed it had interviewed the 29-year-old three times before the shooting took place early Sunday morning ... The agent at Sunday afternoon's press briefing also confirmed reports that the shooter called 911 before the massacre, and said his remarks had general connections to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group .

Obama called it "an act of terror and an act of hate," but seemed not to know who did it or which side he was on, but his first idea was to disarm—us. Huh? And Bernie and Hillary immediately joined in, me too, me too. Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly declared the states can choose to withdraw the constitutional right to bear arms—they can?, and some should, and all but called for Congress to outlaw "assault weapons". Again. Confidence in tevee news has dropped ten percent in the last decade , to 21 per cent, its lowest level ever. They have no clue as to why. This is why.

Muhammad Musri, senior imam and president of the Islamic Society of Central Florida echoed Obama's Islam-free "blame honkies first" preachy-puke:

"We hope this would be the last of the mass shootings that our country has been going through. Um, I think as a nation we need to look at this issue of mass shootings because we just had one too many today, and I think we should do something about it to stop the mass shootings that are happening all the time."

Well now, ain't that a hoot. A tag-team pivot to gun control? That's what you got? Pathetic. Seems like Islam is the one with a violence problem. Perhaps Barack and Muhammad are open to an alternative on how to "stop the mass shootings that are happening all the time." We'll call it, oh I don't know ... how about Moslem Control? Common sense restrictions on Moslems—buy-backs, Moslem-free zones, that sort of thing. Yes, there are those who insist we have no Moslems at all, but we won't take away all your Moslems, we respect the First Amendment. Trust us.

Apparently we still have a shortage of homicidal parasites. Hostile minorities, Moslem Brotherhooders in high places, deep-left nominally Christian churches and other committed anti-American activists are importing and funding "refugee" primitives and extremists from the Middle East and Africa by the tens of thousands, and more are streaming in through Mexico with open and blatant assistance from DHS. Why not just spit in our faces and be done with it?

These attacks are always a big surprise, every one of 'em, so how is the surveillance state keeping us safe if they can't find hay in a haystack? Either they can't or they won't. Which? Let's take a guess. Omar Mateen bragged openly of ties to terrorist outfits, took two trips to Saudi Arabia, talked with an ISIS recruiter, and made specific threats, which he carried out, yet he got a pass—after doing everything but put a rotating red light on his head. The FBI director says he doesn't see "anything in reviewing our work that I think our agents should've done differently." Et tu, Brute? So he's saying the FBI knew what Omar was, but he was beyond the law? It's almost as if DC intends us to be a conquered nation, but without the war. Nah. Unpossible. Next item please.

Congratulations to Gerard Van der Luen, his American Digest is now 13 years old. "I've been trapped inside this thing for nearly 5,000 days. Which was pretty much as long as The Count of Monte Cristo was imprisoned at Chateau d'If before digging his way out," says Mr. Van der Luen. Next.

The blogger and commenter publicly known as Chasmatic died on Saturday after a long, debilitating illness. "I admit to being afraid, and angry, and sad but I am at peace with God's will for me. If this be my fate, it is God's will, not mine, and I accept it," he said in his last posting at "Spillers of Soup". Rest in peace, my friend. It was an honor to know you.

It's 1948, the famous movie comedian Jerome Horwitz is at home with his his wife Valerie and their daughter Janie. Don't know who he is? Here's a hint: nyuck nyuck, a-woo woo woo, I'm a victim of soycumstance, sointenly.

It's Curly, of the Three Stooges. And now that we're down to Woodpile Report's natural level of exchange, let's see what else is in here.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Sprott Money - Royal Canadian Mint Smashes All Records, Strongest Sales Ever of Silver Maples

SHTF Plan - Lib Media Prepares For War: “A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any”

All Outdoor - Build a Prepper’s Over-The-Counter Medical Bugout Bag

Media Trackers - Here, three years after Lois Lerner's henchmen admitted the IRS is a criminal conspiracy targeting conservative dissent, is their complete enemies list, in .pdf format.

News 9 - You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture. Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards. [Tennessee is the other state that stops out of state cars and takes their cash]

New Sacred, the United Church of Christ Blog - Here are 10 ways you can actively reject your white privilege.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another mainline church reveals itself as cover for the deep left. First it was same-sex marriage, then boycotting Israel, now it's "hate whites". No decent person would have anything to do with this anti-Christian cesspool.

Live Leak - Crazy Slew-Footed Woman Destroys Store Because They Didn't Acccept Her EBT Card. Video. 1m 07s [ SNAP-EBT system down in many states]

Military - The nation's veterans hospitals would be transferred from the Department of Veterans Affairs to a charitable nonprofit corporation under a plan floated Tuesday by a House lawmaker.

CNBC - People are spending less time on social media apps, in some cases substantially less

Popular Science - Your Phone's Vibration Motor Can Spy On What You're Saying. Researchers figure out how to turn it into a microphone

Free Beacon - Record Gun Sales Continue Through May. Thirteen straight months of gun sales records

American Thinker - Another academic hit job on conservatives falls apart

Voluntary Recall: Clif Bar Nuts & Seeds Energy Bars, Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix Energy Bars, and Clif Mojo Mountain Mix Trail Mix Bars [suspected Listeria monocytogenes]

Ready Store - How to Build a Rocket Stove [text and photos]

The first of a wave of Clinton crime documentaries

YouTube - Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party. Trailer. 3m 09s

YouTube - Clinton Cash. Trailer. 1m 28s

Charles Smith - Why Nothing Progresses (Except Dissatisfaction): Institutionalized Powerlessness

Daily Mail - Russia unveils new passenger plane it says will rival Boeing and Airbus

Irish Times - Feck! A history of swearing from the very first F to the 21st C

Reason - Ralph Nader on Trigger Warnings: 'Young Men Now Are Far Too Sensitive Because They've Never Been in a Draft'

Breitbart - Youths in Fairfax County, Virginia, can now be disciplined and even expelled from school for criticizing the intrusive and aggressive transgender ideology.

Weekly Standard - The Diversity Profession.

SHTF Plan - 5 Secret Places Censored on Google Maps: “Military Secrets Blacked Out”

Spectator UK - Why do we indulge the crimes of the Left?

Vintage News - A US satellite started transmitting 46 years after being abandoned in 1967. "Its remarkable to think that electronics built nearly 50 years ago, 12 years before Voyager 1, and long before microprocessors and integrated circuits, is still capable of working in the hostile environs of space."

 

World War III
The run up

 

Washington Times - South China Sea: some defense observers and regional analysts worry that the U.S. effort will prove an exercise in futility in the long term against the full weight of China's growing military and economic prowess.

RT - North Korea reactivates nuclear weapons plant

Daily Mail - Putin deploys troops to Ukrainian border in response to NATO exercises in Poland

Daily Mail - Baltic on war footing: Nato is to send four multi-national battalions to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in a bid to face down Russians

War Is Boring - The British Royal Navy Is Down to 17 Frigates and Destroyers

CNN - Britain's warships are losing power in the Persian Gulf because they cannot cope with the warm waters

Telegraph - Stop Vladimir Putin now or Russia will advance to ‘border with Poland or Germany’ says Nadia Savchenko [Ukraine]

Radio Free Europe - Russia Proposes Mechanism To Avoid Conflict With U.S. Military

Washington Post - This year’s nuclear test and the emphasis on the economy suggest that this policy is still very much the priority. But this doesn’t mean that North Korea is taking its foot off the conventional-weapons pedal.

Zero Hedge - China Orders 1,000 Heavy Transport Aircraft "Based On The Experience Of The United States And Russia"

Fox News - An F-22 Raptor restart for the Air Force may not be so far-fetched

Weekly Standard - Hezbollah has a nasty collection of more than 130,000 rockets, missiles, and mortars aimed at Israel.

 

1940. Lifebuoy soap magazine ad

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Fred On Everything - America is no longer a country, but a riot of hostile races, sexes, and political extremes, of self-serving politicians and extractive corporations of the extremely rich who have no attachment to the US. The mild competition between Republicans and Democrats of the Fifties has given way to hard Right and weird Left who bitterly hate each other. They are irreconcilable. Somebody has to win. There is neither a desire for compromise nor room for it. Those who regard universities as centers for infantilism, inclusiveness and narcissistic political theater cannot live side by side with those who want rigorous schooling for the qualified. It is one or the other.

 

Unz Review - Living as a white guy in America after having grown up elsewhere, I must say, I don’t see much ill-will towards blacks among my fellow whites. There are traces of it, I know; I read the comment threads. The vast majority of white Americans, however, wish no harm to blacks, nor any restriction of their civil rights. I never hear that from people I mix with, and I mix with all sorts. What I do hear is a constant, steady, undercurrent of resentment, expressed in guarded tones for fear of the taboo enforcers — resentment of what you can only call black privilege.

 

Alt-Market - If you think the Federal Reserve’s goal is to maintain or repair the U.S. economy, then you will never understand why they do the things they do or why the economy evolves the way that it does. The Fed’s job is not to protect the U.S. economy. The Fed’s job is to DESTROY the U.S. economy to make way for a truly global system. The goal of internationalists and international bankers is to acquire ever more centralized authority, and thus, ever more centralized power. The U.S. is an appendage to the great vampire squid, an expendable tool that can be sacrificed today to gain greater treasures tomorrow. Nothing more.

 

Baffler - Consider how showbiz creates its own authenticity. Because she knew most antebellum Georgia plantation houses were modest places built by roughneck upstarts, Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell was so dismayed at Hollywood’s glamorized Tara that she privately threatened to found the “Association of Southerners Whose Grandpappies Did Not Live in Houses with White Columns.” Upon seeing the designs for Twelve Oaks—the even grander Wilkes plantation—she “rolled on the floor screaming with laughter.” But David O. Selznick laughed last. If you seek Margaret Mitchell’s inadvertent monument, look around you; why we call them McMansions instead of MitchMansions beats me.

 

All Outdoor - Like most preppers, I’ve been following the ongoing collapse in Venezuela with great interest. People are shooting each other in the streets over food — not ammo, cigarettes, liquor, gold coins, silver coins, or any of the other crap that preppers love to stockpile “for barter when TSHTF”. That’s right, it turns out that good old-fashioned food is the only thing that you can actually eat in a collapse. In a collapse, food is scarce and people are hungry. Nobody is going to trade you a box of .357 or a Gold Eagle for a chicken, because unlike the latter two things chickens are edible, and the edible stuff takes priority.

 

1944. Paris. Liberation.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The story of the Liberation of Paris is a tangled one of claims and counterclaims, of embellished tales and half-forgotten events, of conflicting motives and national pride, wrapped in the warm glow of French romanticism. Any outsider trying to make sense of all this soon understands why they call 'em "partisans". The bare outline is clear, however.

In mid August 1944, with Allied armies closing fast from the west, German occupation forces in Paris began placing explosives at strategic points, including more than 70 bridges. The Allies knew of the order from Berlin to destroy Paris but had no interest in risking a Stalingrad-style seige, choosing instead to take on the substantial combat forces massing outside the city.

Learning of this decision, the Parisian Committee of the Liberation organized the tens of thousands of partisans that infiltrating into the city. When the uprising began it was soon clear to General von Choltitz that major parts of Paris were no longer under his control and destroying the city was no longer possible, although he claimed in his memoires he had willingly defied Hitler's direct order. The facts of his long career argue both ways.

On the 20th of August General von Choltitz agreed to a cease-fire with the Parisian insurgents so he could meet the approaching Allied armies unimpeded, but the battles began again on the 22nd when the Germans opened fire on barricades and strongholds with tanks. About 1,000 Resistance fighters and 3,200 Germans were killed in the fighting. Two days later, on the 24th, an armored division of the Free French Forces entered Paris. General von Choltitz surrendered to the them on the 25th of August. There followed a period of settling scores, all of it summary and much of it bloody, but that's another story. Let's get to the pictures.

 

Paving stones being used to build defendable points in the city. Where else but Paris would you see grunt work done with such a sense of style?

 

A typical street barricade.

 

A strong point and its forward observer.

 

Reserves were kept close to hand.

 

German officers considered surrendering to irregulars humiliating. The partisans made sure they weren't disappointed.

 

 

German sniper fire persisted even after the surrender.

 

Members of the Citizen's Unorganized Reclaimation Corps at work

 

A Resistance outfit. In reality most French partisans were saboteurs, intelligence gatherers and smugglers of downed airmen and such, not fighters. Arms and other combat equipment came from Allied air drops, or was taken from the Germans. This is almost certainly an "after action" photo when the supply of small arms suddenly became all but inexhaustible and everyone got to pose with 'em. Notice the "potato masher" grenade the guy at center-front has stuck in his belt.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Ann Coulter - In defiance of everyday experience, known facts and common sense, we are all required to publicly endorse the left's religious belief that whites are always racist, but women and minorities are incapable of any form of bias. If you say otherwise, well, that's "textbook racism," according to Paul Ryan. You see how confusing this is. On one hand, it's vital that we have more women and Latinos on the courts because white men can't be trusted to be fair. But to suggest that women and Latinos could ever be unfair in the way that white men can, well, that's "racist." The effrontery of this double standard is so blinding, that the only way liberals can bluff their way through it is with indignation. They're betting they can intimidate Republicans -- and boy, are they right!

 

Amerika - This book [The City That Bleeds: Race, History And The Death of Baltimore] depressed me so much that I hid it under a pillow for two days. There are two reasons for this: first, it shows the decline of our country; second, the supposed beneficiaries are not doing so well either. Baltimore, MD is a city which has been handed to African control thanks to the popular vote. African-Americans staff its police, management and media. As a result, it has a pro-African slant; every race acts for itself, and anyone who says otherwise is delusional. African-American violence is intense compared to white activities for which the city was designed. This creates a Hellish environment in which most of the victims are African-American and the murders, shootings, rapes and thefts go on and on. But no one wins except those who depend on the pretense of “equality.”

 

The San Jose assault

Daily Caller - Newly-released statements from undercover San Jose police officers reveal the extent of violence against Donald Trump supporters during the early-June riots in the city.

Daily Caller - A new statement from an undercover police officer in San Jose reveals anti-Donald Trump rioters targeted anybody they saw carrying or wearing an American flag.

 

Club Orolov - The bankers want to preserve their cult’s status, and constantly talk about raising interest rates. But they haven’t yet, because they also know that just a small increase will result in trillions of dollars of losses, triggering widespread business failures and ushering in the Greatest Great Depression Ever. This is not a problem for them to solve; this is a predicament. They will delay and pray, and make pronouncements loaded with keywords designed to please the high-frequency trading algorithms that are in charge of artificially levitating the “free market” with judiciously timed injections of “free money.” But in the end all they can do is act brave, wait for a distraction and then… run for the exits! And your job is to make it to the exits before they do.

 

Christian Mercenary - The Constitution expresses the ideals of individual liberty, the individual rights that should be secured to provide liberty, but it is absolutely incapable of protecting those rights. Those who hold them dear, with or without a constitution, provide the only means of protection. Individual rights must be defended individually and at a huge price to anyone who claims those rights and expects them to be respected. We are past the ability to cajole or to appeal to the courts to defend those rights. The system is corrupt and has been turned against everything that it initially proposed. The scraps of America are being fought over by a conman and a criminal. How can we lose?

 

1939. Taylor, Texas

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Painting a—or possibly the—traffic signal in Taylor, Texas. From goings-on in the background, it appears Taylor was in the midst of a fix up campain. Thirty years later it would be discovered true urban renewal involved widened sidewalks with designer brick borders, spindly tree-ettes every ten yards and shingled awnings. Twenty years after that it was discovered all this was the surest tipoff the place was terminal and everyone had known it all along. But in 1939 these pratfalls were far in the future, plenty of time to admire the spiffed-up traffic signal with the classy Teutonic spike.

 

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Organic Prepper - The US government has recently issued two aslarming warnings to prepare. Does the government know something that we don’t? Is there something big coming down the pipe? Something so big that the government isn’t going to be able to manage the crisis to their own advantage? While the reasons behind these warnings are the backbone of every good prepper’s philosophy, the fact that the government is issuing them is rather worrisome. Maybe they know something is coming. Maybe they’ve organized what’s coming as a way to take greater control. But in the midst of the crisis, it doesn’t actually matter how the crisis got started. You just have to survive it.

 

Alt-Right - As life has become easier, some groups – Whites and Asians for example – can still find plenty of motivation to work ever harder, even to their own demographic detriment, while Blacks, as a group, clearly cannot. With fake government jobs, affirmative action, and welfare replacing the slave owners lash or commanding sneer, their “work ethic” has suffered in terrible ways that has not quite happened with other groups, which is why Blacks fall behind so much, despite all the attempts to help them.

 

Science Daily - Most of the really big plate tectonic activity happens on the plate boundaries, like when India rammed into Asia to create the Himalayas or how the Atlantic opened to split North America from Europe. But there are lots of things we couldn't explain, like seismic activity and mountain-building away from plate boundaries in continent interiors. The research team believes their simulations show that these mantle anomalies are generated through ancient plate tectonic processes, such as the closing of ancient oceans, and can remain hidden at sites away from normal plate boundaries until reactivation generates tectonic folding, breaking, or flowing in plate interiors.

 

Seeker - An international team of scientists announced this week that they've finally sleuthed out the secrets of the world famous Antikythera Mechanism. Discovered in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece in 1901, it appears to be a high-tech relic of an ancient age, a clockwork mechanism used to calculate astronomical events and other celestial happenings. Dated to around 150 BCE, it's been termed the world's oldest mechanical computer. After more than 10 years of intensive study using cutting-edge computer scanning equipment, the research team presented new findings concerning the famous relic.

Live Science - Antikythera Wreck Yields More Treasures of Ancient Greece's '1 Percent'

 

Foreign Policy - The American power grid is more efficient than ever before because electricity plants, transformers, and other key pieces of infrastructure are networked together, allowing for electricity to be redirected in real time from areas with too much to those needing more. The problem is that those gains have also left the overall system open to attack. Power stations and grids run by network-connected computer control systems can be hacked to cause widespread power outages. Desperately looking for new ways of shoring up the U.S. grid’s defenses against digital attack, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing a decidedly counterintuitive approach to cybersecurity: ditching cutting-edge digital technology for old-school analog control mechanisms.

 

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Notate Bene

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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14 June 2016