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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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Gabriel Metsu, Man Writing Letter, 1665


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Gabriel Metsu and his contemporaries—Gerard Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Johannes Vermeer, et al—were each other's teachers, students, competitors and confidants. They had no idea they would be revered Dutch Masters in the future, or that their otherwise approachable works would be made artificially distant by centuries of academic overburden. They were just trying to make a living in a tough business and get a little fun out of life. This one is off-the-shelf Vermeer in concept but, typical of Metsu, the subject is more laid back. Between you 'n me, some of Vermeer's stuff is a bit too stately. Metsu died at age 38.

This week I've been vacuum-packing even more dry foods in Mason jars. There must be room in this place for one more five-foot stack of flats. Um, somewhere. Next up is more oatmeal, cornmeal and shelled nuts. And as backup for my backups, I got a bunch-o'-Ramen noodle soup, slit the packages and ran 'em through the FoodSaver. They're cheap and take up little room. Add water, 190 calories. Not a gourmet treat, but they're calories.

Calories are everything when prepping for a food deficient future. When it all hits the fan, those who think they need an interesting variety of food are in for an epiphany. Food isn't entertainment. They'll not only eat much the same thing day after day, they'd crawl over broken glass to do it. Choosiness will be a barely credible memory. Today's over-hydrated generation with their no fat, gluten-free, low calorie diets will have their teachable moment, as will those who demand a balanced diet at every meal. Calories first, nutritional nuances second. And sometimes there is no second, to wit:

Pan Am Post - Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger. The population’s desperation has begun to show, with looting and robberies for food increasing all the time. Six Venezuelan military officials were arrested for stealing goats to ease their hunger.

Activist Post - Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. Many began to suspect the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”

Only a fool would believe they could prepare "just in time". Remember how the ammo shortage started. First, prices began to rise as inventory fell. "It's only a blip. Things will soon get back to normal, they always have." Then there were empty shelves here 'n there. No big deal, if one outlet didn't have it, another one did. Until they didn't. When the ugly truth was obvious to all, panic buying began and the bottom of the bucket fell out. The cause of the ammo scarcity doesn't matter. What matters is foolishly depending on normalcy. It's okay to expect normalcy, not okay to rely on it.

"Shocking, instant, and dramatic" can't be discounted either. The list is long. Another New Madrid earthquake could take down bridges over the Mississippi—it's surprising how few there are—and hundreds of others. Or maybe another Carrington event or a nuclear EMP by a rogue regime will take down the grid, perhaps for years. Not to be overlooked is war itself [see "World War III, The run up" below]. Or a sudden, catastrophic economic failure could freeze everything in place for the forseeable future, a repeat of the 1930s. Or it could be something we don't even have a name for.

Solve food and the specifics matter much less. The prudent will stock a deep larder using home canning, dehydrating, vacuum dry packing, salting, smoking and a goodly supply of commercial long term storage foods. Regional events elsewhere suggest survival will be a more intense version of life itself, a marathon of hard work and routine, with occasional run-ins with dangerous people. As the well known and obvious truth has it, "there's no long term without the short term". Those who make it through the first year okay, and who use that year well, have the best shot at surviving the storm altogether.

Next item please.

There's considerable overlap of preparationalism and survivalism. A pure survivalist is a nomadic, resourceful minimalist 'living off the land', most dramatically in hostile territory. There are good uses for this expertise, escape and evasion for one, but in the main they're "cammies, camp 'n carbine" people, old west mountain men as opposed to frontier settlers. They're mostly adventurers of the Hugh Glass variety but some band together in modern day Freikorps, closer to partisans than survivalists. Best case, real survivalists add a bit of color and a viable alternative to what will otherwise be a dreary slog through unenviable times. Worst case, they'll devolve into guerilla raiders.

At the other extreme are the "Mount Olympus" preppers, affluent groups with remote, upscale compounds outfitted to continue their present life style without the annoying inconveniences a civilizational collapse is bound to incur. They're well staffed and elaborately equipped, often underground, with high-tech comms and power generation, huge stores of food, fuel and supplies, good medical facilities, their security entrusted to a cadre of ex-military and a "nine" in every nightstand. It's essentially an all-in bet their capsule will outlast the unpleasantness. There's no Plan B, it would mean settling for second best, so it ain't happenin'.

In between are the prepper-survivalists who live in, or move to, unfashionably distant rural venues and live a robust, largely self-sufficient life. Some are children of hippies who've Learned Their Lesson, others live as "armed Amish" or as they imagine their great grandparents lived, except with solar power and antibiotics, still others have always lived this way, often with a run of destitution in their history that fuels a seriously prudent outlook and provides a ready store of cautionary tales. Common to them all is a "borderlands mentality", meaning self reliance and cellular-level distrust of secular authority. It's with these misfits the odds makers should place their bets.

Out of the running are urban people. They have no real chance. Cities are densely inhabited reservations supplied from the outside, run by committees of niche experts at the behest of clueless blowhards. Commerce consists largely of distributing, selling, stealing, replacing and disposing of stuff they neither built nor grew. The rest talk or peddle palliatives for a living. Networking is everyone's second profession, few are employed on merit alone. What it pleases them to call "street smarts"—mental equipage for an alternative reality—is about the extent of their survival know-how.

The aware among them are convinced they'll see the approaching calamity before everyone else and hie themselves to their uncle's place on the lake while civilization collapses in their rear view mirror. No one will hassle them on the way because they're good people. And they know a guy. They imagine it'll be like camping. When they get to the village they'll load up on food and supplies. After the authorities make everything okay again they'll return home tanned, fit and refreshed, with lots of stories to tell. Their friends will marvel at their shrewd resourcefulness and seek their guidance in other matters. As said above, they have no real chance.


Two dead, sixteen wounded in a Florida "teen night" shooting , says the headline, and I'm thinking it's a terrorist attack. Nope. "Teen" was the tip off, photos confirmed it. Apparently a bit-o'-Chicago visited Florida. Had it actually happened in Chicago it would have been reported between the weather and sports, perhaps with a running count for the year. In Florida it rates a headline. Note the club had armed security inside and out. At a "teen night". That's a special kind of normal too.


Karl Denninger's Market-Ticker home page is blank. I miss it. Yes, his "live forever diet" was tedious going, it's a life's detour not unusual for guys his age, but his take-no-prisoners commentary was fun to read. Crude similes, yes, and bespeckled with legal jargon for no reason I could see, but he meant well.

Okay gang, 'nuff blather, let's crack the Official Woodpile Report Compendium, turn to page July 26, and read of the folly and tyranny entered therein.


Remus's notebook


Red Flag News - Veterans are now receiving letters prohibiting the purchase, possession, receipt, or transport of a firearm/ammunition

Real Science - Global Warming Expedition Stopped In Its Tracks By Arctic Sea Ice. Current Arctic temperatures are actually below normal.

Cosmos - What shape is a photon? Physicists created a hologram of a single light particle.

Seeker - NASA's Kepler space telescope has spotted four possibly rocky alien planets orbiting the same star, and two of these newfound worlds might be capable of supporting life.

KWCH Kansas City Kansas - Two arrested in shooting death of KCK police officer. [Jamaal Lewis and Daqon Sipple, involved in a drive-by shooting minutes before.]

Two that need some explaining

WSVN Miami - Video shows moments before North Miami Police shot unarmed black man [lying on his back, arms up]

CNN - The officer had been aiming for the patient beside Kinsey, whom he thought posed a danger. [He aimed at one guy, shot three times and hit the other guy once]

FOX Oklahoma - Police kill family dog at child's birthday party [wrong address and there was a fence between the dog and the officer]

10TV Columbus Ohio - Gunman targeted officers in overnight shooting

National Review - Shotgun Maker Mossberg Moving Operations Out of Connecticut

Guns and Ammo - The states shedding gun companies are making it undesirable for people to do business in general. Generally speaking, they're overtaxed and overregulated. Take Connecticut. It's rated one of the worst states in which to do business or retire.

Zero Hedge - WSJ Reporter's "Shocking" Discovery: DHS Can Confiscate Any Device Along The Border Without Suspicion

YouTube - Seventy Years of Los Angeles, Then and Now. The New Yorker. A split-screen tour of what the same streets in downtown L.A. looked like in the nineteen-forties and today. Video, 4m 05s

Campus Reform - School founded by black Civil War veterans eliminates history programs

Goodbye, America (in a photo) - We Waz Quainz

Daily Mail, Munich - Witnesses said that the gunman [Ali Sonboly] screamed 'I'm German' and 'Allahu Akbar' before shooting at children.

Imgur - Photo of the first "Walk-Dont Walk" sign. Washington DC, January, 1939. It was a neon sign. After a 76 year run, they're being phased out with animated stick-figure signs.

The Local, Germany - Calls for compulsory school Islam classes after axe attack

DC Clothesline - French Military Was Present, Outnumbered Attackers at Paris Massacre — Forced to Stand Down

Phys Org - University of Adelaide physicists have discovered that the timing of electronic orders on the stock market can be mathematically described in the same way as the lifetime of a light bulb.


1940. La Salle magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg La Salle was billed as a medium-price car built on a Cadillac platform. The ad says everything's Cadillac but the body, which it was, with the La Salle perhaps a bit more stylish . The model was downgraded during the Depression to keep the luxury division going. When the economy recovered in the late '30s, La Salle was no longer perceived as an upscale car although it was, in all important respects, a Cadillac, just as the ad below says it was. 1940 was its last year.



World War III
The run up.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Nato-Russia thing may be a case of dueling psyops, an orchestrated distraction, a string of poor decisions, sabre rattling for effect—or something we'll look back on as "how could they not see the war coming?" It may be we're not paranoid enough. There are some ominous things going on and, if you'll recall, the Franco-Prussian War and World War I started in late July, World War II started in September. Keep an eye. Watch Poland especially, they've been equipping citizen militias like crazy and integrating their regular forces with Germany's. If all this isn't scary enough, recently released Warsaw Pact documents reveal their opening move was nuclear strikes on European targets. Jes sayin'.


Strategic Culture - Germany Preparing for War Against Russia

Newsweek - In Europe and Russia, There’s Talk of War.

SHTF Plan - They Know What Comes Next: Russian Citizens Are “Stocking Up On Essentials In Case Of War”

Fox - Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month.

Aviationist - Eight A-10 tankbusters have deployed to Slovakia “to demonstrate U.S. deterrence efforts against Russia”

Daily Mail - Nato must prepare for 'overnight Russian invasion of Poland' and the US must ship more missiles to the region, say experts

Foreign Policy in Focus - We May Be at a Greater Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe Than During the Cold War

Daily Bell - Is CIA Secretly backing Erdogan to Marry Islam to Russia and Create a Wider War?

National Interest - Look Out, Asia: China's Peaceful Rise is Over

Japan Times - U.S. Navy chief vows continued patrols in South China Sea

IBT - India moving 100 tanks near China border

ABC News - Iran's FM Extolls Country's Ability to Restore Nuke Program

Reuters - North Korea fires three ballistic missiles in new show of force

Military - North Korea said Wednesday it test-fired ballistic rockets as part of a simulated pre-emptive attack on ports and airfields in South Korea, in a likely reference to the three missile launches that Seoul says the North carried out a day earlier.

Telegraph - North Korea building secret ballistic missile submarine base

Sputnik- France to Send Aircraft Carrier to Aid Coalition Fight Against Daesh


Stuff you may want to think about
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Straight Line Logic - The objective of governments is to get themselves to the part of the ship that’s highest out of the water—the bridge—and cram everyone else below decks, submerged. The ship will sink, but governments and their cronies will let the other passengers drown before they breathe their last. The real purpose—the only one that matters—of governments and central banks’ machinations since the financial crisis has been to finance governments. The cynical aren’t cynical enough. The quackeries will continue because they are the only way governments carrying unsustainable loads of debt and unfunded liabilities can be financed.


Alternative Right - Rust is what happens to metal that no longer serves a purpose. It is the perfect metaphor for what has happened to the high-functioning White working class in these states, a population that enabled America to become dominant in the World, but which, in doing this, also enabled the globalism that has destroyed their jobs, lives, and communities. Rust is also a slow and silent agent of destruction, undermining structures that may look impressive, but which become progressively weaker and more fragile until they suddenly break. In this guise, rust is also a perfect metaphor for the arrogance, complacency and comeuppance of the globalist Left.


Liberty's Torch - The Deep State, the militarization of state and local police forces and large parts of the federal bureaucracy, and the rise of a political class that believes itself entitled to power has rigged the game such that it cannot be defeated by any nonviolent means; have put an end to that aspect of the American creed. Freedom as our grandfathers spoke of it is dead. For practical purposes, every assertion of a right can be nullified by an assertion of “compelling government interest.” For any “right to vote” fans in the audience, that’s been reduced to a farce by vote fraud, voter intimidation, and the casting of ballots by millions of illegal aliens. But do go ahead if it makes you happy. Just remember that I’ve said it: We’re not voting our way out of this.


Return of Kings - It takes from 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy, exposed to the ideology of the enemy. In other words, Marxist-Leninist ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged, or counter-balanced by the basic values of Americanism. The process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To rid society of these people, you need another twenty or fifteen years to educate a new generation of patriotically-minded and common sense people.


Traditional Right - France and other Western countries will suffer many more massacres like that in Nice. At some point, enraged Frenchmen, Swedes, Belgians, and others will overthrow the cultural Marxists, take their countries back, and expel the Moors, at least those not hanging from lampposts. Don’t be surprised if it happens first in France. It’s been a while since French mobs took to the streets crying, “A la lanterne!,” but I doubt they’ve forgotten how.


1942. New York Pennsylvania Station. Part 1


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hey bud, haven't you heard, there's a war on. Let's go to New York Pennsylvania Station and look around. Lots to see. Lieutenants in line behind privates, much dutiful resignation and macho nonchalance, moms and dads and young wives with toddlers seeing dad off to war, other well dressed civilians and kids on their best behavior, and many more Norman Rockwell moments.

Then there was the majestic station itself , pride of the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad, rival to Grand Central Station, razed in 1963 and replaced by a wholly underground Penn Station consisting of the main concourse reduced to a single storey and remodeled in "bank branch office" decor, with the new Madison Square Garden and Penn Plaza above.

Across the street is the Hotel Pennsylvania , also built by the Pennsylvania Railroad, nearly as legendary as the station, and the default hotel for big bands in the 1930s and '40s. The hotel's telephone number was PEnnsylvania 6-5000, now said as 736-5000, the longest continuous use telephone number in the city, 97 years if I've figured right.










More stuff you may want to think about
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DC Clothesline - The French are stocking up on guns and preparing for civil war. Internal Security Chief Calvar made it clear that if France is continually struck by Islam inspired terrorist attacks, there will be war between the migrant population and the native French population, which is becoming increasingly nationalistic. What’s in store for France in the months and years ahead, is going to pale comparison to the violence that’s been seen in that country over the past year. If the government doesn’t put a stop to these attacks, the French people will pick up the slack, and it’s going to get ugly in no time at all.


American Thinker - Cheating by American Democrats has now reached levels never seen before in a major democracy. Basically what seems to have happened to electoral integrity is akin to the fate of the legendary frog in water slowly brought to a boil with conservatives only marginally aware that a a lot of small battles are being lost and the Democrats relentlessly pursuing four closely linked, long term, and deeply dishonorable, national policies.


Sovereign Man - Banking is such a bizarre industry when you think about it. Regular, everyday people like you and I fork over our hard-earned savings to banks. They take our money and do some of the most insane things with it, whether loaning it to jobless, homeless people, or buying the negative-yielding debts of bankrupt governments. You and I would never do anything so foolish with our own funds. And even when their decisions blow up and they go to the taxpayer with hat in hand for a bailout, they prove that they have memories like goldfish. Today, banks are up to the same tricks as they were 10 years ago, except they’ve taken things to a whole new level. And Deutsche Bank is leading the charge.


New Scientist - If a massive ninth planet exists in our solar system, it might explain why the planets are out of line with the sun. The eight major planets still circle the sun in the original plane of their birth. The sun rotates on its own axis, but surprisingly, that spin is tilted: the axis lies at an angle of 6 degrees relative to a line perpendicular to the plane of the planets. Two teams of astronomers have just announced a new explanation: a hypothetical massive planet in the outer solar system could be interfering with all the other planets’ orbits.


Art of Manliness - Modern writers, and by modern I mean beginning in the 17th century, often pepper their work with Latin words and phrases without offering a translation because they reasonably expect the reader to be familiar with it. This is true of great books from even just a few decades ago . Not having a rudimentary knowledge of Latin will cause you to miss out on fully understanding what the writer meant to convey. We’ve put together a list of Latin words and phrases to help pique your interest in learning this classical language. We’ve included some of the most common Latin words and phrases that you still see today, which are helpful to know in boosting your all-around cultural literacy.


1938. Vincennes Indiana storefronts.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Vincennes is a town of 18,000 or so, founded by French fur traders in 1732 on the Wabash River in what's now southwestern Indiana. This is Market Street at the intersection with First Street. The building marked 19-BEY-02 still stands although the windows are blinded and the decorations on its top are removed. Check it out in this photo , at left.

The building on the corner is somewhat downscale from the Bey and Page businesses. Reading from top to bottom we have "Jansen's Place, Hot Chilli, Hot Fish, Bottle Beer Whiskey, Jansen Beer & Lunch, Jumbo Cola". If that don't get 'em, I don't know Indiana.



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Casey Research - U.S. founders modeled the country on Rome, all the way down to the architecture of government buildings, the use of the eagle as the national bird, the use of Latin mottos, and the unfortunate use of the fasces—the axe surrounded by rods—as a symbol of state power. Publius, the pseudonymous author of The Federalist Papers, took his name from one of Rome’s first consuls. As it was in Rome, military prowess is at the center of the national identity of the U.S. When you adopt a model in earnest, you grow to resemble it. Let me start by saying that I’m not sure the collapse of Rome wasn’t a good thing.


Journal of Optics [Scientific paper with diagrams and illustrations] - It is possible, using only 17th century materials and technology, to project one's own image onto a markable surface within the subject's reach. The authors argue this technique was employed by Rembrandt van Rijn in his celebrated series of self-portraits. Employing any of the self-portrait projection schemes illustrated in this paper, the eyes of the artist never look directly out of the projected image, but always to very slightly one side, unlike the reflection seen in a single flat mirror. This is due to the artist looking at the projection surface and not into the mirror. This is a feature that is evident in a number of Rembrandt's early self-portrait etchings. On a larger scale, this off-centre eye focus can be corrected by the artist.


Ancient Origins - Archaeologists in Texas have found a set of 16,700-year-old tools which are among the oldest discovered in the West. Until now, it was believed that the culture that represented the continent’s first inhabitants was the Clovis culture. However, the discovery of the ancient tools now challenges that theory, providing evidence that human occupation precedes the arrival of the Clovis people by thousands of years. In the 1990s, at the same excavation site near Austin, archeologists unearthed tapered-oval spear heads dating back 13,000 years. Those times, they believed, belonged to the oldest widespread culture of the continent. However, the most recent discovery proves that the pre-Clovis inhabitants came to North America at least three millennia earlier.


Alt-Market - You may not think crisis would be all that useful in pushing the globalist agenda forward until you find your family threatened, your children at risk or your parents in dire need. Fear of losing those we love can open the door to great collective evils, even more so than the fear of harm to ourselves. Chaos is NOT the end game, it is only a tool by which the elites gain psychological leverage over the masses. Maybe you thought 2016 was already getting weird, but this ugly party is just beginning. Rest assured, there is more shock and awe to come in 2016. Now is the time to prepare if you have not done so already.


City-Journal - That small government of limited powers that the Founders designed, hedged with checks and balances, hasn’t operated for a century. All its parts still have their old names and appear to be carrying out their old functions. But in fact, a new kind of government has grown up inside the old structure, like those parasites hatched in another organism that grow by eating up their host from within, until the adult creature bursts out of the host’s carcass. As the Founders often cautioned, a self-governing republic doesn’t have a governing class. Part of America’s current predicament is that it now has such a class, and the American people are very angry about it.


1936. Lancaster Pennsylvania. Squatter colony


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A typical shanty town. Shanties were constructed from "found" materials. This one's about middling quality. Notice the rain collection system.



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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.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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26 July 2016