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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 who the media means by not saying who they mean 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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Frans Hals, Laughing Cavalier, 1624



art-remus-ident-04.jpg The title "Laughing Cavalier" is a Victorian Era invention, he's neither laughing nor a cavalier. Research has determined he was a wealthy cloth merchant named Tieleman Roosterman—and if yer going to have an odd name, "Roosterman" is the one to have. The inscription in the upper right hand corner, "Aetatis suae 26, Anno 1624", means the sitter was 26 years old when painted in 1624. "Cavalier" changed hands at curio prices until it was recognized in the mid-1800s as a key piece from the Golden Age of Dutch painting. Okay, what do we have going on this week?

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FBI Director James Comey held a news conference Tuesday morning, after Woodpile Report had been posted, during which Director Comey declined to recommend prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "First responder" Michael Walsh of PJ Media offered these comments:

The Day the Rule of Law Died

PJ Media, Michael Walsh - And so once again the leading crime family in America skates, thumbing its nose at the rule of law as an earnest but politically clueless FBI director stands before the nation to repeat the well-worn Clinton mantra of "insufficient evidence," and to attribute to Hillary another shopworn cliche that the Clintons habitually use in their defense: sloppiness...

In other words, it was a judgment call by James Comey. After laying out clear proof that Mrs. Clinton violated both the letter and the spirit of the law, he essentially punted by saying this is not the kind of case a reasonable prosecutor would make. Of course it isn't -- not if that prosecutor wants to both keep his job and stay above ground...

Hence the setup campaign we all just witnessed. The "accidental" meeting on a Phoenix tarmac last week between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton -- an outrageous moral violation of the legal system. Lynch's bold words that she would "accept" the FBI's recommendations. The FBI's sudden "invitation" on Saturday to Mrs. Clinton to "voluntarily" submit to examination. Hillary and Obama, all smiles, out campaigning together this very day. The events of the past week would give any rational person sufficient grounds to believe that the fix was in, and has been all along.

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Brexit Fatigue has struck here at Woodpile Report. Articles about Brexit come in two flavors, predictions and "how we got here". Predictions are a mule name Brexit burdened with retread screeds. The "how we got here" articles start with the Battle of Hastings and rehash every moldering grievance since then. Wake me when something actually happens.


Attorney General Loretta "Odd Job" Lynch met with as-yet unindicted Bill Clinton for about a half hour at the Phoenix airport. Lynch and Clinton claim it was an ‘unplanned encounter'. Right. All meet-'n-greets warrant an FBI Cone Of Silence dontcha know. Small talk, says she. Urgent small talk, apparently. Half an hour of urgent small talk. Daniel Greenfield has some thoughts on this:

When you have the FBI running around warning, no photos and no cell phones, those are specific instructions. That means that they had orders to prevent any evidence of the chat from coming forward and those orders would have come from Lynch.

Every fix has its awkward moment. This one blew up in their faces when a local reporter got wind of the meeting and put it on the air. Lynch says she dindu nuffin but she's sorry she did. Comedy gold.

“I certainly wouldn't do it again, because I think it has cast this shadow over what it should not, over what it will not touch,” she said, almost as if hindsight were a rare and admired skill.

Z Man sees it this way:

My guess is Lynch was flattered to be invited to meet with her old boss and foolishly took the meeting. Clinton knows she is not terribly bright so he played on her vanity and used her to remind Team Obama of their exposure.

Makes sense. John Keiler takes the opposite view:

It is likely that the popular narrative that the Attorney General was ambushed is false. In all likelihood, General Lynch had an important agenda that needed to be communicated immediately to Team Hillary.

Also makes sense. But James Kunstler wins the Over The Top Cup with this:

Bill does not want Hillary to win because he doesn’t want to live in the White House again. For sure he does not want to live with The Flying Reptile, but he especially doesn’t want to be on display in that fishbowl where folks pretty much can see what you’re up to 24/7.

Lynch is B-Team. She's the patsy either way, now irretrievably compromised. Bill not so much. Hillary not at all. Yes, Bill is under investigation, but this isn't a Bill thing, he's not the nominee. It isn't even a Bill and Hillary thing. It's a "Hillary—oh, and Bill too" thing.

Whatever was said on the plane, there's almost no chance we'll see a Hillary indictment, not on the email debacle, not on the Clinton Foundation. There's certainly no way we'll see a Hillary trial. Not in two lifetimes. The discovery phase alone would bring down this and several other governments. We'd see state funerals every other day before a trial is allowed to happen.

Next item please.

Raccoons been getting at the chicken feed cans at night, and we suspect stealing eggs by day, so I've been sitting in the dark the last few nights watching barely lit bait. Comfy warm air, fireflies blinking, inner monologue spooling along nicely, inky black sky with twinkling stars, nice 'n quiet. There's one. Blam! Reminded me of when I was a lad at sea in combat blackout conditions. No one told me there'd be a night firing exercise. I was standing maybe thirty feet away from a twin 3-inch gun mount . Suh-prahz, suh-prahz.

We were getting nearly a dozen eggs a day from our little flock, then a quick decline. One hen got hit by a car. Some are molting, there are feathers all over the floor of the coop. And we had just given two hens to a neighbor—we had too many by two, she had too few by two—when a hen came up missing. A couple days later we found a bunch of feathers outten the woods behind the house. Last time one of our hens was killed in view of the others, couple years ago by a dog from down the hollow, the rest all but stopped laying for quite a while. But in the last few days production has recovered to where we'll put the sign back up out by the road.

We're finishing up this season's vacuum packing. One flat of Mason jars is Jolly Rancher hard candy, the self-selected standard for troops in Afghanistan and environs. And some salt, sugar, cocoa mix, other dry stuff. Our FoodSaver machine has a "slow" setting so we've had no problem with powdery stuff getting vacuumed into the works.


Those Bearcat-style armored vehicles with UN markings seen on flatbeds rolling through Virginia? DC says they're UN stuff. WND says the UN denies ownership, Alpineco says they didn't make 'em, and BAE Systems denies knowing anything about 'em. Daily Caller says Alpine—meaning Alpineco of Herndon Virginia, presumably—made 'em at their Danville plant, confirmed UN ownership, and said they're on their way to a seaport. So everything's okay.


Oleg Volk asks , "should California conservatives and libertarians move? I think, yes. The state is beyond electoral salvation, and moving out would deprive California government of tax revenues and would, after the next Census, reduce the electoral weight of the state relative to others. Further, continued exposure to CA laws would increase the probability of being charged and convicted of some crime with lifetime prohibition on voting, gun ownership and other civil rights. The same applies to non-leftist residents of New Jersey and New York." Let's think about this for a minute.

There's a theory held by some in West Virginia that an effort to depopulate the state has been going on since the FDR era, thus the decades of aggressive attacks on its independent "borderlands" character, the promotion of insults and smears, the economic destabilization—most recently by using the EPA to destroy the coal industry , all calculated to prompt population outflow.

They say, with considerable merit, West Virginia has been treated shabbily compared to Virginia, the former heart of the Confederacy, from which they seceded to gain statehood in 1863. One goal of depopulation is to transform prime areas of West Virginia into an parkland for regime loyalists, with garrisoned retreats for the top dogs. That's the theory.

Extract the underlying concept of induced outmigration and entertain this thought: is it possible the ruling classes of California, New Jersey and New York, perhaps others, are intent on driving traditional Americans out of "their" states? They seem to compete for the most blatant flouting of law, the most offensive transgression of inalienable rights or the most novel assault on sanity itself , all targeting the same part of the citizenry.

Is it also possible there exists a coordinated effort, each state's initiative being a pathfinder for the others? Could the outflow of businesses and traditional Americans be their measure of success, after all, when "money" is created from nothing it's a 'no cost option' is it not? Every day it gets a little less crazy to think this way. Sigh.

Next item.

This was posted at Freedom Outpost on Monday the 27th of June, about the mass killing at the Pulse gay nightclub. The FBI investigative transcript is included, as is the Fox News video 4m 13s, but here's the main idea of it:

Judge Andrew Napolitano told FOX News that an FBI transcript indicated that no one died until 05:13am Sunday morning when the police SWAT teams entered the building... this makes one question why the 911 call transcripts are being redacted and why the people are not being told the truth across the media about what really took place.

Additional information provided by WFAA News is consistent with Judge Napolitano's statement::

Monday, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other law enforcement officers offered new details about the shooting, including the possibility that some victims may have been killed by officers trying to save them... Dozens of bullet holes dotted the exterior concrete wall, evidence of the shootout that included dozens of rounds fired by officers.

If these reports are substantially correct the conclusion is dark indeed. But it doesn't end here. A coverup has been announced. Yes dear heart, the terms and conditions of coverups are now announced by the press, to wit:

Orlando Sentinel - The FBI has asked law enforcement agencies who responded to Pulse nightclub to withhold records from the public... The letter requests that agencies deny inquiries and directs departments to "immediately notify the FBI of any requests your agency received" so "the FBI can seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels, as necessary."

In case you're among the dozen or so who didn't know it, there are appropriate channels to prevent disclosure of public information—the news media.

Well, that was fun. If you haven't noticed, it's not the corruption, it isn't even the lies, it's the in-your-face arrogance of the ruling class that's brassing people off. It's almost too easy to do Woodpile Report, quote them and link the source, done and done. They've wandered so far into the tall grass they have no idea. No idea. So, let's get to it, here's yer brand new ol' Woodpile Report.


Remus's notebook


American Mirror - PA lawmaker: Ban Confederate flag from Gettysburg battle reenactment... Last summer, the Gettysburg National Military Park bookstore stopped selling “items with the Confederate flag” upon the request of the National Park Service.

Free Beacon - June 2016 saw the most FBI gun background checks of any June since the current system went into effect ... 14th month in a row to see a new background check record

Survival Blog - Coping With California’s Six New Gun and Magazine Ban Laws

Daily Courier - Prescott mobile shooting gallery rejected from Phoenix event due to gun ‘climate’

DC Clothesline - Disbarment Charges Filed Against Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby

Seeker - Totally Bonkers Laser Bazooka Made from Scrap. 200-watt homemade beam weapon instantly ignites wood and plastic

Independent - Japan's top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country's Muslims.

Contra Corner - Revenge Of The Rubes——Why The Days Of The Financial Elite’s Rule Are Numbered

Newser - 'Game Changer': Giant Helium Field Found. A 'globally significant' find that could boost world supply of precious gas

Coyote Blog - Amazon's Shipping Estimates Are Becoming Fraudulent

Shenandoah - America’s Beloved USMC Goes 100% PC with Gender Neutral Terminology

Sons of Liberty - Obama’s Muslim Homeland Security Adviser Demands National Gun Registry

Zero Hedge - Defending your liberty with a rifle.

Judicial Watch - Law Enforcement Sources: Gun Used in Paris Terrorist Attacks Came from Phoenix

Law Newz - Judge Gets Journalist Indicted For Literally Doing His Job and Seeking Public Records

SHTF Plan - This U.N. Official Accidentally Crushed His Own Throat Right Before He Was Set To Testify Against Hillary Clinton

Federal safety regulators warned owners of more than 300,000 Hondas and Acuras to immediately stop driving their cars until their Takata airbags are replaced.

Phys Org - Possible evidence of human ability to detect Earth's magnetic field found

YouTube - June 29: Coalition strikes Da’esh fighters fleeing in a convoy near Habbaniyah, Iraq. Video 1m 05s

CNBC - 'The end is coming,' says Ron Paul. Includes video 5m 37s

Ancient Origins - Expert in Chinese Petroglyphs Supports Theory Ancient Chinese Made It to America

Cracked - Here's Why Credit Cards Are Different For Rich People

Daily Caller - TSA Agents Beat and Jail Disabled Teen With Brain Cancer. [She confuses easily and didn't immediately comply]

Military Factory - Index to pages, World War 2 Weapons, 1939-1945

Roll Call - House Plans Vote on Guns Next Week. Ryan said it was common sense that suspects on terror watch lists should not be able to buy guns.


World War III
The run up


Defense News - Russia ordered its military on Saturday to draw up measures to increase the safety of the airspace over the Baltic Sea, after a string of incidents and near-misses that has ratcheted up tensions between NATO and Moscow.

RT - US destroyer gets dangerously close to Russian patrol boat in Mediterranean – Moscow

War Is Boring - China's New Submarine Might Match America's ‘Los Angeles' Class

Next Big Future - China wants to be a Maritime Superpower with a big and modern Navy, coast guard and merchant fleets

ABC News - A Russian ship again made a close approach to a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea in an encounter that American officials are labeling "unprofessional."

National Interest - The U.S. and Japan May Literally Start a War over Rocks in the South China Sea

Wall Street Journal - China to Hold Military Exercises in South China Sea, Raising Tensions

Sun - Vladimir Putin to send Russia’s largest warship to Syria to destroy ISIS once and for all

Washington Post - Near Russia’s border with the Baltics, soldiers on both sides are practicing for war

Jamestown Foundation - The Black Sea Region: NATO’s Exposed Sector on the Eastern Flank (Part One)


1949. Plymouth magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Plymouth was one of the "low price three", the other two being Ford and Chevrolet. At this distance in time, the '49 Plymouth is generally thought to have been the better of the three. It's faint praise, none of 'em were all that good.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Armed and Dangerous - The Washington Post is running a story alleging that surveys show gun ownership in the U.S,. is at a 40-year low. I won’t link to it. This is at the same time gun sales are at record highs. The WaPo’s explanation, is, basically, that all these guns are being bought by the same fourteen survivalists in Idaho. Mine is that the number of gun owners with a justified fear that “surveys” are a data-gathering tool for confiscations is also at a record high, and therefore that the number lying to nosy strangers about having no guns is at a record high. I think there’s a way to discriminate between these cases on the evidence.


Rutherford Institute - With every new law enacted by federal and state legislatures, every new ruling handed down by government courts, and every new military weapon, invasive tactic and egregious protocol employed by government agents, “we the people”—the prisoners of the American police state—are being pushed that much further into a corner, our backs against the prison wall. This concept of a carceral state in which we possess no rights except for that which the government grants on an as-needed basis is the only way I can begin to comprehend, let alone articulate, the irrational, surreal, topsy-turvy, through-the-looking-glass state of affairs that is being imposed upon us in America today.


Boston Globe - Brexit is part of a deep trend in the United States and Europe: a rejection by roughly half of the population of globalization as currently implemented. Almost every country in Europe now has a rising populist, anti-immigrant party, while the United States has Donald Trump. Yes, there are differences in the various movements, parties, and personalities, but the similarities are also unmistakable.


American Thinker - We see the killer thugs of the Washington Post and New York Times hiring a decorative conservative like George Will for "balance." Balance, my foot. George Will is protective coloration for the WaPo's inner mafia. The WaPo doesn't play by any rules except its own. You may not see the glint of the daggers they all carry into the fight, but come election time, every honest conservative gets the shaft. The convenient back-scratching game between the GOP-e and Marxist-e has been exposed, and no sane American will ever believe them again. They are the enemy.


Z Man - In a land of no borders, there can be no social contract. What would be the point? If anyone can wander in and get the benefits of the contract, without first consenting to the terms of the contract and gaining the agreement of the counter party, what value can there be in citizenship? Citizenship becomes a suckers deal, just as it was in the Roman Empire when citizenship simply meant you paid taxes and had to provide men to the military. In the world of open borders, citizenship is all obligation and no benefit.


Aeon - In earlier films, Bond (meaning Sean Connery) was conspicuously served by human servants. That’s what Moneypenny and ‘Q’ were. To British viewers, it was obvious that Commander Bond outranked them, socially and professionally. They toiled behind the scenes so he could show up in some glittering locale, encumbered at most by an attaché case and concealed weapon, hands free to adjust his tie, hoist a martini glass, grope the girl. Now he has his hands full with his bloody phone. After all, if you have to carry its dead weight around, maybe you are your device’s servant. The powerful would never hold anything useful. No, they have people to do that for them.


Pan Am's Clippers of the 1930s and '40s
Overseas flights as your grandparents knew them


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pan American Airways inaugurated commercial flights across the Pacific in late 1935 with a flight from Alemeda California to Manila, with stops at Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam. The plane was a Martin M-130 flying boat named "The China Clipper", the first of three put in service. Today's eyes see it as small, slow and low-flying but in 1935 it made a splash as a giant of the skies with Olympian abilities.

In 1939, Pan Am began service with the first Boeing 314 , the "Honolulu Clipper", a much bigger and somewhat faster airplane. The "sleeper" passenger load was thirty-six, twice that of the Martin. Pan Am took delivery of eight more Boeing 314s.

The top cut-away is the Martin M-130, the Boeing 314 drawing's below it. Notice the crew member performing maintenance from inside the nacelle just behind the outboard engine. There's the "wow" factor. "Hey Ed, look. This plane's so big they can fix the engine in flight." Wow.


This is the original China Clipper, a Martin M-130. It crashed into the sea in a nose-down attitude while landing in 1945 at Trinidad on a flight from Miami to the Belgian Congo. The other two had crashed earlier, one in 1938, the other in 1943.


The Dixie Clipper, a Boeing 314. It's a clean design compared to the Martin, no struts to brace the wings and sponsons. Predictably, the entire fleet was pressed into military service in World War II—designated the C-98—along with the crews. Only one of Pan Am's 314s crashed with loss of life, the rest survived the war and reentered civilian use. None were in commercial service after 1950 and none survived past 1951, all scrapped or otherwise written off. Direct airport-to-airport flights with Douglas DC-7C and Lockheed Constellation airliners ended the long distance, island-hopping seaplane era.


This, and the photos below, are Boeing 314 publicity shots. Now this is a flight deck. Get up, walk around, look out the windows. Today's "flight decks" are more like something they wear. Seen here are the pilot, co-pilot, navigator, radioman and flight engineer, part of the crew of eleven, stewards included. Pilots were the pick-o'-the-litter with thousands of hours of experience in other seaplanes.


Pan Am Clippers were more flying yachts than flying boats. Passengers paid luxury fares and expected a comparable level of service. The tab for the San Francisco to Hong Kong flight was listed at $760 in 1939, or $13,165 in 2016 dollars, which was about a quarter of the annual income from a well-paying job at the time. There was no passenger seating as we've come to know it—rows of seats with an aisle. This is one of the lounges. Notice the generous headroom in all of these photos.


Whiling away the time at 160 mph or so. San Francisco to Honolulu was scheduled at nineteen hours, plenty of time for a board game or a few hands of whist. Four radial engines, each churning out 1,600 horsepower, probably had playing cards shuffling themselves. The models may be veterans of contemporary car ads, "skootch all the way over and lean against the window" to suggest more roominess than there actually was.


Meals, a high point of any trip, were prepared in a small galley by chefs of international reputation, said to be poached from four-star hotels.


No seat-back trays here. Meals were five or six courses with service to match.


Sleeping accommodations were adequate if not luxurious. Thirty-six seats converted into beds, a method taken directly from railroad sleeping cars.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Amerika - This sniveling scribe of Cuckservatism leaving the GOP is a positive sign for the GOP. George Will going away is like having a case of colon cancer go into remission. George Will supporting Gary Johnson is essentially what Gary Johnson deserves for being Gary Johnson. Trump should take pride in having George Will show his campaign the well-rounded pair of heels bought off and paid for by The Washington Post. Again Trump has flushed an enemy of Conservative America out into the open. George Will’s will to pettiness is revealed before all in its repulsive, Cuckservative glory.


Alt-Market - I would remind readers that it was actually "pro-EU" globalist puppet David Cameron himself that presented the prospect of a referendum to exit the EU. Cameron does what he is told like every other elitist owned politician. Globalist financiers like George Soros jumped into the markets and bet in favor of stocks going negative, indicating prior knowledge. The Federal Reserve’s Janet Yellen used the Brexit as the primary reason for the latest rate hike delay. EU officials only continue to strengthen my predictions by calling for an EU superstate in response to the Brexit; in other words, a completely centralized Europe. I do not believe the Brexit alone is enough to cause the kind of economic crisis the elites are seeking. There needs to be a one-two punch combo here, and the second punch has not arrived yet.


Rural Pioneers - The reset will come. It has to because the system is so complex and convoluted that it takes teams of specialists to decipher the laws today. The lobbyists adding more laws into the stacks outstrip those deciphering teams. Uniform enforcement is impossible, making selective enforcement the only option. And that opens the door to an enforcement selection process, within the legal system, being very actively, well … traded. I think our best outcome might be had by actively ignoring ridiculous laws and edicts. We have been doing that unconsciously all our lives, self evident by the amount of rules that have been written, of which we know nothing about. Maybe it's time for some conscious and planned irrelevancy?

Also see “They” are Not Coming to Take Our Guns


Hendon Publishing [2005] - The majority of the documented [police] sniper shootings were done with .308 Win caliber weapons. Where the ammunition is listed, the overwhelming choice has been the 168 grain MatchKing bullet, also known as the HollowPoint Boat Tail. Contrary to common beliefs, just half of the persons shot were struck in the head. Of all these shots, 80% were fatal. The average police sniper distance was 51 yards. Of all the sniper shots, 95% took place between zero and 100 yards. The rest were equally divided between the 100 to 150 yard bracket and the 150 to 250 yard bracket.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The civilian transition from battle rifles to carbines happened quickly. For most of the last half of the twentieth century the country was awash with Garands and '03 Springfields, Lee Enfields and Mausers. Bringing up the rear were the M1 carbine and the oddballs, the Ag-m/42 via Hakim say. The M16 came as a surprise, a dainty-looking carbine shooting what was then purely a varmint round. It seemed the kind of gun we'd pass out to "our little friends" in guerilla outfits, or for pulling guard duty in Omaha. Bottom line, I remain unconvinced the AR platform is, long term, the best choice for interesting times.


Sultan Knish, about Venezuela - Teachers sell passing grades to students in exchange for milk and flour. Lines at government stores are endless and an entire economy has been built on buying and trades spots on food lines. Fingerprint scanners are used to enforce milk rations. And a heavy military police and military presence is required to stop mobs of starving people from grabbing the food as soon as it arrives. While the socialists route food through the United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s CLAP committees to their own supporters, ordinary Venezuelans are hunting pigeons, and even dogs and cats in the capital. And that is why the media has minimized its coverage of a horrific crisis. The people chanting that they want food are not rebelling against unfeeling corporations, but a government whose economic policies many on the left had viewed as a model.


1937. Finlay Texas business district


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Finlay, in the south west corner of Texas, had a population of 100 sometime around 1940, say unofficial records. It's now a ghost town. But there was a time when it supported a coffee shop, a post office and a grocery store, as shown below.




Even more stuff you may want to think about
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National Interest - By the 1980s NATO was prepared to use nuclear weapons, but would seek to win the war conventionally. This is in stark contrast to the Warsaw Pact, which saw their use as inevitable and planned to use them from the outset. NATO’s assumption that the war would gradually escalate to nuclear weapons would have been fatal against an adversary that planned to use them on Day One. While the World War III scenario in Europe was always unlikely, it was also the most dangerous. We now know that, instead of an escalation to nuclear war being a possibility, it was virtually guaranteed.


Ars Technica - Theoreticians have been furiously speculating about what we might learn from our gravitational wave observatories. Now that we have a couple of observed black hole collisions under our belt, it is time to consider what we might study. There's some speculation that, depending on the sort of physics at play, the event horizon of a black hole might be studied through gravitational waves. Even for the events detected so far, we cannot conclusively state from the gravitational wave signature that the objects involved had event horizons. On the other hand, the signals observed so far do contain strong evidence for light rings—the name given to the destabilization of trajectories—which is itself quite interesting.


Motherboard - Releasing nearly as much energy as a nuclear bomb, it was the largest rocket explosion in history. It must have been horribly demoralizing for Soviet space officials, who had pinned all their Moon landing hopes on the N1, to see the vehicle literally blow up in their faces mere weeks before the United States celebrated the Eagle’s landing. “Today...I saw without exaggeration the end of the world, and not in a nightmare but while fully awake and standing right next to it,” said eyewitness Lieutenant Colonel Semen Komarovsky. [includes videos]


American Thinker - When America was created, government was not there to tell men what to do, or how to live their lives, or to take by force what each man has earned by his own efforts to give to another. Initiation of force was banned from human relationships. The only proper use of force was in retaliation against those who had initiated force or fraud against another. Force was only used as a means of defending rights through three branches of government: the police, the military and the courts. And that’s it. The purpose of government was to only do that one thing and nothing else. It was to protect individual rights.


PJ Media, Richard Fernandez, on AI - The actual bedrock of reality may not only be stranger than the Narrative supposes, but stranger than it can suppose.  Roger Penrose thinks a "master algorithm" capable of true consciousness  cannot exist  in our classical corporal bodies.  Starting from the idea that  "Godel-unprovable results are provable by human mathematicians. He takes this disparity to mean that human mathematicians are not describable as formal proof systems, and are therefore running a non-computable algorithm." This noncomputable algorithm could reside in the boundary between the quantum and classical worlds.


1918. World War I


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Royal Air Force dates to April 1918 when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service were combined into what was then the largest air force in the world. During World War II the RAF peaked at 1,100,000 members.



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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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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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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.
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