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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 who the media means by not saying who they mean 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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Frans Snyders, Still Life, c. 1613

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A fine example of "game, glass and grapes" still life painting, this one by Frans Snyders. The porcelain is known as Kraak, a Wan-li era Chinese export of middling quality that flooded Europe in the early 1600s, not least because it made excellent ballast, being heavy and impervious to water, and could be sold at voyage's end. Cobblestone for the streets of colonial America came available in much the same way, as off-loaded ballast.

Snyders was successful and prominent in his own time, Dean of the Flemish painter's guild, and a close friend of Rubens. His personal collection included first rate works now held by major museums.

Last week I went on and on about vacuum packing dry stuff in Mason jars, "dry" meaning 5% water or less. One thing I'm hitting hard is walnuts. I get 'em in bulk at an Amish store. Here's some specifications.

For your reference, an ordinary paperclip weighs about one gram.

Walnuts yield about 654 calories (kcal) per 100 g

Carbohydrates 14%
Fat 65%
Protein 15%
Water 4.1%

Compare to sunflower seeds at about 584 calories per 100 g

Carbohydrates 20%
Fat 52%
Protein 21%
Water 4.7%

This surprised me. Had I been obliged to choose one over the other before checkin' 'em out, sunflower seeds would have been my choice. They have more carbohydrates, which is an "available immediately" energy source, and more protein. But they're 11% lower in calories, and calories rule. Either one is an good choice, and sunflower seeds pack more densely, so the solution is to have 'em both, but I'm going heavier on the walnuts. Did I mention calories?

Next item please.

The first issue of Scientific American appeared in 1845, advertising itself as a "journal of mechanical and other improvements", where we discover how wonderful the new railroad passenger cars are, comfortable even while "flying at the rate of 30 or 40 miles per hour", the steam ship Great Britain, a "mammoth of the ocean" with a keel of 290 feet and "engines capable of working 1,000 horsepowers," of electroplating, "the incomprehensible art which has been in use about three years," and Morse's telegraph, "the wonder of the age, which has for several months been in operation between Washington and Baltimore."

In 1845 science and engineering was dominated by Europe. Most published journals were translations from French or German. SciAm's mission was to document and promote American advances when the perception was that nothing important could come out of America, that it was an agrarian country barely able to supply itself with nails. It's tone was unmistakably defensive. By the time SciAm reformatted itself in 1948 it was the grandee of popular science publications, the oracle from the country of big science, America enlightening the world. Easy duty.

Maybe too easy. Time passed, standards fell. And fell. Today it's well on the way to being Huffington Post with numbers. Rarely do I see SciAm articles reposted elsewhere, or even referenced. Rarely do I check it out online. It seems only to discover new lows in science journalism. Some articles read as if peer-reviewed by the student lounge at Berkely between tokes. Here's a couple recent articles:

Donald Trump's Real Ambition. Trump is driven by one thing and one thing only: the search for glory.

" ... he trades his real self for an idealized self that endows him with “unlimited powers and with exalted faculties; he becomes a hero, a genius, a supreme lover, a saint, a god.""

A hatchet job wrapped in psychoblather. Here's another, laden with kudos for clear-eyed Hillary Clinton and her fact-driven party, while alarmed at Trump, the voodoo-driven scaremonger bumpkin and his fact-adverse cheerleaders:

Trump versus Clinton: Worlds Apart on Science. Presidential candidates begin to make clear their stark differences on climate change, energy production and stem cell research

"Trump, who has long denied mainstream climate science, also said that his administration will focus on "real environmental challenges, not phony ones"."

Junk science, junk magazine. Symmetry is served.

Going down a level or two, just this side of click-bait sensationalism, we get this from Popular Science:

The other option is a psychotic babyman waging war on intellectualism and desperately in need of a nap. The man who can be baited into a beef at the slightest provocation had to fire up the Tweetstorm machine. If Clinton believes in science, it's hard to say what exactly Trump believes in.

Further into the screed we come to the nub of it, "She’s promised to raise funding for research agencies". All becomes clear. Science. Money. The Al Gore formula.

Next item please.

Steve Sailer says, at Taki's Magazine:

The main practical reason for why Democrats support gun control laws is in the hope of disarming black criminals. But white Democrats can’t come out and say that they want help from their fellow whites in keeping blacks under control. So they constantly lecture the rest of us that the true danger is those vicious rural straight white men with their hunting rifles.

Not so fast. Historically, disarming blacks was done rather straightforward, to wit:

New York Times, 1906, Atlanta - In the effort to restore order the military authorities have begun to raid the negro settlements and disarm the negroes. This policy was inaugurated this morning and will continue until every negro in Atlanta and the suburbs is disarmed.

Disarming blacks with gun laws was common for a long time after Reconstruction but I find it dubious disarming blacks is the "main practical reason" today. "Straight white men" is the new definition of evil on two legs, and their real target. All others are collateral damage, and future candidates for selective mitigation.

Next.

The Democratic National Committee shouldered Bernie Sanders aside with dirty tricks and betrayed him and his followers by rigging the outcome, then Bernie Sanders kissed their boots, sold out his supporters and went home. And they're okay with that. How odd.

The DNC is what it appears to be, a top-down outfit, and those who control it are Hillary team mates. They make no secret of any of this. But no political party can destroy internal dissent with treachery and claim democratic legitimacy at the same time. Do they not know insurgencies are created in just this way?

Mac Slavo over at the indispensable web site SHTF Plan has some thoughts about this:

What Wikileaks exposed with Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC, and what the emails have revealed about Hillary and the Clinton Foundation are surely only the tip of the iceberg. The stories of the delegates who were silenced or kicked out of the convention, and many other deceitful acts to destroy dissent and keep up appearances suggest some of the rest of the story

Next.

Jack Davis died . He was the last. All the rest, gone. Gaines, Kurtzman, Elder, Wood, Feldstein, Frazetta, Williamson, Orlando, et al.

Next.

During the Korean War, Russian pilots were flying MiGs against us. Here's who knew: the Russian pilots, the American pilots, the governments of North Korea, South Korea, Russia, China, and the United States. Here's who didn't know: the citizens of the US.

There was an agreement, or more correctly a conspiracy of convenience, by the warring parties to keep this information to themselves. Had an investigative journalist discovered good evidence Russian pilots were engaging our planes directly, and published that information, he would have been exposed to draconian sanctions as if he had revealed a state secret. But, secret from who?

This is what comes to mind when talk turns to Hillary Clinton's deleted emails. Here's who knows: Hillary Clinton, those who sent them to her, those who received them from her, those who were copied, those who may have hacked the servers, and those who know of the events and conversations described in them. Once again, the ordinary citizen is left to wonder what's going on inside the palace walls.

Is this of any real importance? One answer is cited at American Thinker:

Perhaps the substance of the emails is damning.  If the emails still exist, what would be the most damaging scenario for Hillary, for the country? ... If Hillary is elected, the secret emails might become a huge bargaining chip, and one that could be used to ill effect on our country.  Theoretically, Hillary as president could be blackmailed by the holder of these emails.  The price might not be in money terms but in policy adjustments.  The potential consequences are limited only by one's imagination.

The substance of the emails can't be anything other than damning. We can safely dispense with any notions of prosecuting her so, again, please notice the bargaining value of these emails rests on keeping them a secret from the citizenry.

There is another scenario. Suppose the NSA has the emails and are waiting an opportune moment to assist Hillary's self-destruction with well-placed leaks. There is some evidence for this from a reliable whistleblower, William Binney, formerly of the NSA:

Zero Hedge - Asked point blank if he believed the NSA has copies of “all” of Clinton’s emails, including the deleted correspondence, Binney confirmed. “Yes,” he responded. “That would be my point. They have them all and the FBI can get them right there.” Binney then went on to speculate about something even more shocking: that the hack of the DNC could have been coordinated by someone inside the U.S. intelligence community angry over Clinton’s compromise of national security data with her email use.

Time to stop, I'm getting beyond sight of shore. Let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Daily Mail - Harrowing pictures show the brutal truth of the Philippines' war on drugs that's seen 300 killed in just one month

Survival Blog - Madame Clinton’s Coming War on the Blogosphere, And Your Countermeasures

FT - Venezuela’s armed forces tighten grip as food crisis grows

CNN Money - Venezuela's new decree: Forced farm work for citizens

Seeker - What is life really like in Venezuela? Video, 3m 12s

True Activist - Starving Venezuelans Break Into Zoo And Eat Equally Starving Animals

Fox News Latino - Pedigree dogs, cats go homeless in Venezuela. Since the beginning of the year, more and more house pets are seen wandering the streets because owners cannot afford them. Video 2m 0s

Futurism - New Movie Screen Allows a Glasses-Free 3D Movie Experience

Ars Technica - Photographer sues Getty Images for selling photos she donated to public

American Thinker - The Coming Election Fraud

Daily Caller - Yale Forms Special Committee For Renaming Offensive Things

Space Weather - The body of China's experimental Long March 7 rocket re-entered Earth's atmosphere on Wednesday night, July 27th, around 9:38 p.m. Pacific Time, creating a bright fireball over the western USA. The glowing trail was spotted in Utah, Nevada and much of California.

Watts Up With That - Incredibly close lightning strike recorded on slo-mo video. [Remus sez - 30 seconds. Fascinating]

YouTube - 22lr rim thickness gauge videos.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The best kind of sorting gauge has no moving parts, is preferably one piece, is one step "yes/no" binary, requires no interpretation and no training, and is durable. Some of these gauges are more clever than efficient.

Vintage News - The Saddle Ridge Hoard – is the largest known discovery of buried gold coins that has ever been recovered in the US.

Hobby Detecting - Bolshoy Tyuters abandoned island – full of WW2 relics by Wehrmacht

Modern Rifleman - New International Traffic in Arms Regulation Guidance to Squeeze Small Gunsmiths

Sharp as a Marble - They can’t ban guns, so they’ll just make them so legally dangerous to look at that many people will find another hobby that’s not as regulated. Eventually, the culture dies.

Motherboard - Confessions of a Former Apocalypse Survival Guide Writer

SHTF Plan - Martial Law Exercise? Feds Going Door-To-Door In Florida Asking For Urine Samples Amid Zika Outbreak

Shenandoah - Wikileaks, Hillary, and Russia: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

Siberian Times - 'Initial stage' reached on dream of cloning woolly mammoth.

SHTF Plan - Outbreak: Russian Bio Warfare Troops Rushed To Arctic: “Dangerous Infection”

Daily Caller - A student government leader at the University of Houston was suspended for 50 days and ordered to attend a diversity seminar after she went on Facebook and opined “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like AllLivesMatter.”

CDR Salamander - Want a Constitutional Crisis? It's Just a Touch Screen Away

Smithsonian - Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

 

1940. Ford magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1940 Fords , styled by Eugene Gregorie and widely considered the most graceful mass-produced cars of the era, were the last update-and-refresh of the 1937 design. Incidentally, the "sharknose" styling motif leaked into, of all things, steam locomotive design by the PRR, and into diesel locomotive design by Baldwin. It's a conspiracy I tell ya.

 

 

World War III
The run up.

 

AP - N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

Reuters - Russia beefs up military on southwestern flank as NATO approaches

War Is Boring - Forget Stealth Bombers, Here’s What Russia Has in Mind Instead. The Kremlin is much more likely to improve existing planes

Amerika - The South Sea: A Conflict That Could Explode In Our Faces

Stars and Stripes - Analysts recommend 2nd US aircraft carrier for Far East

National Interest - Russia’s Answer to the AEGIS Missile Defense System Is in Big Trouble

Sputnik - Underwater Battle: NATO Not Ready for Russian Sub Threat, Report Reveals

Ready Nutrition - Seven Places Where WW3 Could Start at Any Time

Natural News - Federal government suddenly urges Americans to prepare for catastrophic events

Air Force Times - B-1 bombers will deploy to Guam for first time in a decade

National Interest - Is Russia About to Make Tanks (As We Know Them) Obsolete?

Washington Times - Defending against the growing missile threat. Congress has a duty to bolster the U.S. air defense system

Reuters - Japan to upgrade Patriot batteries for Olympics as North Korean missile threat grows

Sputnik - ‘Not Our Friends’: Erdogan Stokes Anti-US, Anti-NATO Fervor in Turkey

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

International Man - Almost everything government does, certainly relative to the economy, creates distortions and misallocations of capital. Their actions are almost purely destructive of society. Cops have been transformed from peace officers into law enforcement officers. Frontline cops on the beat used to use common sense in keeping the peace; that was their job. But that’s becoming less and less the case; they’re now, instead, mostly charged with enforcing a myriad of arbitrary laws. Despite Bill’s charm, the Clintons are essentially criminal personalities. Probably the most objectionable thing I find about Hillary is her reckless promotion of war. I mean, it’s almost like these people want to start some version of World War III. And they may succeed. It’s really very scary.

 

SHTF Plan - A general and an admiral have stated their belief in the miniaturization capabilities of North Korea regarding nuclear warheads. The foremost expert on the EMP has provided prima facie evidence before the Senate and numerous commissions attesting to those capabilities. Each day North Korea ramps up its tests and its threats. Russia and China publicly whisper their disapproval of such actions and words while taking no steps to actually stop them. The next world war will be initiated by a first strike utilizing an EMP weapon.

 

Alt-Market - You have to prove your merit if you want to thrive. Under globalism, none of this behavior is really necessary or rewarded. In the jungle, there are no pacifists. They are all dead, or they have converted to a self defense mindset. Pacifists therefore need a collectivist herd to blend into so that they can hide, or so that the guy next to them can be eaten while they make their escape. You cannot act in the jungle if you are restricted by bureaucracy and collectivist niceties. And if you cannot act freely in the jungle then you will die in the jungle. In the jungle, in a free world, people would immediately question why these middlemen posing as authority figures and financiers should exist at all.

 

Scott Adams Blog - Unlike most campaign rhetoric of the past, the attacks against Trump are designed to generate action, not words. Normal campaigns ask for little more than your vote. But this time, Clinton’s side – mostly surrogates and supporters – have defined their opponent as a Nazi-like dictator who will destroy the country, if not the entire world. In that situation, action is morally justified. And that action could include riots and violence against authority. How much violence against authority would it take for President Obama to declare martial law and stay in power? Less than you think. Television coverage will make every act of violence seem a hundred times worse than it is.

CNN - Bloomberg slammed Trump's business record and called the Republican nominee a "dangerous demagogue" who must be stopped.

 

American Thinker - Good old gentlemanly conservatism that I have adhered to since my introduction to Hayek and Mises 40 years ago is dead. The fatal flaw was that the conservative movement couldn’t transform itself from a debating club into a militant movement to take the fight to the liberals. The universities and the media are the Cathedral, the Democratic Party is the Inner Party that gets to rule when in power and the Republican Party is the Outer Party that gets to govern when in office. The Outer Party is never going to take the fight to the Inner Party.

 

1942. New York Pennsylvania Station. Part 2

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Here's the second, and last, batch of photos of New York Pennsylvania Station in the early days of World War II.

Apparently the photographer spent the day there. Clocks are visible in two pictures, one in last week's Woodpile Report reads 9:40, one in a photo below reads 4:15.

Next Woodpile Report it's Chicago's Union Station in 1943, Part 1. Collect the whole set and trade them for valuable prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Reason - Flying is the worst. With each commercial flight, Americans get groped, jostled, cramped, and corralled like cattle. But the Transportation Security Administration isn't the only government agency that needlessly adds to our jet-setting woes. If not for Federal Aviation Administration meddling in supersonic flight innovation, we could zip around the world in a fraction of the time. The FAA has an opportunity to open the gates to major innovation by making one small policy change: Remove the outright ban on supersonic travel. Instead, designate a minimum noise level that entrepreneurs must target to be airworthy.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The speed of aircraft isn't the time-waster, the airport is.

 

NZ Herald - Dr Jarrod Gilbert: Why climate denial should be a criminal offence. There is no greater crime being perpetuated on future generations than that committed by those who deny climate change. The scientific consensus is so overwhelming that to argue against it is to perpetuate a dangerous fraud. Denial has become a yardstick by which intelligence can be tested. The term climate sceptic is now interchangeable with the term mindless fool. It ought be seen as a crime.

 

Traditional Right - The de-militarizing of our armed forces begins, he argues, with the way we now raise children, especially boys. No longer do they “go out and play”, get into fights, get into difficulties they have to find their own ways out of. “How will these infantilized soldiers and Marines do against fighters who, as kids, had to figure out everything on their own?” History’s verdict is simple: such societies will be defeated, destroyed, and replaced by cultures that still have a grip on reality. De-militarization must now go to the head of the military reform agenda, because societies that cannot fight cannot win.

Patriot Post - A Tale of Two Ships

 

Return of Kings - When we think of war, we usually think of two or more countries battling it out in classical fashion. Good examples of this are the Battle of Waterloo where the French Army under Napoleon was defeated by allied Anglo and Prussian forces or the Allied fight against the Axis powers during World War II. While this idea of war will continue to be relevant, a new form of warfare has emerged. The simple definition of this new form of warfare, named 4GW, is that a conflict involves at least one non-state actor. 4GW is a return to the ancient way of warfare, except 4GW makes full use of modern technology.

 

Spectator UK - For years, from America to Europe to Australia, on a whole range of social issues from the environment to gay marriage to multiculturalism, diversity and gender, mainstream conservatism has far too eagerly conceded territory to the progressive opposition in order to demonstrate its caring, fluffy side. Clearly something had to give and just recently it has. The alt-right are, if you like, the vigilantes of conservatism. The regular authorities didn’t do their job to protect the conservative community from the marauding gangs of social justice warriors strutting round the neighbourhood enforcing their oppressive rules. So the alt-right stepped in instead. And are now preparing to claim the spoils.

 

1943. World War II bond drive ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is one of the few propaganda pieces that acknowledged and stated reality, as far as was known in '43. The illustration's off, it's an American boxcar, and the helmet's badly drawn, but all in all, a keeper.

 

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Fred On Everything - magine that you,were required to don a cop’s uniform and spend three months walking a foot beat with a real cop in, say, Newark or Chicago or Detroit, downtown. How would this affect your mind? Greatly. You would find yourself in an utterly black neighborhood, probably for the first time in your life. You would not be nearly as comfortable as your multicultural self would like to be. People will hate you. It will be shock to your system because it runs against everything NPR has told you to think. As a momentary cop, you have to deal with what is there, not what you think ought to be there.

 

Zero Hedge - While we agree that the relentless aging of the US workforce will have dire implications for the future of the US productivity, as well as economic growth, it is clear that the study never got to the fundamental culprit, which is the Fed itself. Because the glaringly obvious tangent is that old workers are stuck in what now seem to be "lifetime" jobs, with no hope of retirement, for one overarching reason: the interest income generated by savings is zero. This means that as an entire generation of workers has found out the hard way it will never have the planned cash flow from savings parked in the bank; it is therefore doomed to work until death.

 

Atlantic Centurion - The pope, who is visiting Poland this week, also spoke out against Poland’s xenoskeptic attitude towards migrants and refugees, whose presence there would make Poland less Catholic as a country and less safe. How the pope can tell Poland to do what Germany did after last week, after last year, is beyond me. I don’t think we’ve ever had a pope tell countries that their national policy should be to make themselves less Catholic each year for the sake of warm fuzzy feelings. What is this? Does anyone believe this man other than the non-faithful? What religion does he represent? Trad Catholics, Sedevacantists, Deus Vult Christians, etc. are the new pagans.You’re an embarrassment to the state and society, a security concern, and an obstruction to the implementation of a new order.

 

History Today - Increasing quantities of Chinese documents older than 30 years have become available for consultation to professional historians. Take, for instance, the Great Leap Forward from 1958 to 1962, the true dimensions of what happened are only now coming to light thanks to the meticulous reports the party itself compiled during the famine. What comes out of this massive and detailed dossier is a tale of horror in which Mao emerges as one of the greatest mass murderers in history, responsible for the deaths of at least 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. It is not merely the extent of the catastrophe that dwarfs earlier estimates, but also the manner in which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction.

 

Front Page Magazine - Michelle’s house continues to be built and maintained by slaves. Her lavish lifestyle of endless vacations, parties and public appearances is funded by millions and millions of slaves. It is unjust that a working family ought to work its fingers to the bone so that Michelle Obama can enjoy yet another sightseeing tour. It is unjust that a class of parasites claiming to be public servants can draw unlimited amounts of money on the credit of people trying to make ends meet. Nineteenth century slavery ceased to be an issue in the nineteenth century. Twenty-first century slavery is the issue that we must tackle today. Scarlett O’Hara’s slaves have been freed. It’s time to let Michelle’s slaves go free.

 

1939. Mound Bayou Mississippi

 

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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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