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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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Abraham Hulk Sr., Dutch Fishing Vessels


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Abraham Hulk Sr. was one of a family of painters. His brother, sons and nephews also rose to fame doing marine paintings. This one is undated, probably 1880s.

From Brandon Smith at Alt-Market:

"I have not been writing much concerning the U.S. election this November, and with good reason — elections are always a distraction from tangible solutions.  They are an anathema to honest debate; a circus of delusions and prefabricated talking points."

Amen, bro. Putting up Woodpile Report without getting drawn into the electioneering is a real trial. Seems most articles, no matter how they start out, veer off into election politics. Someone wrote, Z Man I think, when you get more than a few years behind you, life gets to be the same movie, same script with different actors. But you never get to see the end. It just cross-fades and starts all over again.

In the movie, this time is always different. This time we're at a crossroads, a hinge of history, a time of decision unlike any other. This time it's not just a movie, it's a Major Motion Picture. It's stupendous, it's colossal. No. It isn't. A big meteor punching into Ohio is stupendous and colossal. An EMP that boils every transformer on the grid is stupendous and colossal. It's not even stupendous and colossal if Trump gets JFK'd or Hillary is taken to hospice in a straightjacket.

It's all theatre all the time. We're just an audience with heckling rights. Understanding starts when we notice the endless loop, when we notice all the movie delivers is more movie, when we've had enough, when we say "this is where I came in" and leave the Medici Theatre to the patrons it deserves.

Next item please.

From Instapundit comes this note:

This is not a joke nor even an exaggeration. I just found out that my sister in law's other brother-in-law was arrested in Venezuela at the airport while trying to leave the country. His crime, he was an employee for a company that went out of business. Waiting for more? There isn't any. Maduro has decreed that any business that goes out of business has committed economic treason and its employees are subject to arrest. They had already arrested numerous owners and managers but this is the first time they went after rank and file worker bees.

Next item.

Vacuum packing dry food in Mason jars is going well. This is "topping off" work, belt and suspenders and another belt. After an hour or so every night listening to the growl of our FoodSaver, the end is nigh. The baking mix is done, it's Jiffy All Purpose, "Since 1930". One forty-ounce box, two 'n ahaff pounds, exactly fills two quart jars just shy of the top. The basic recipe is "2 cups mix, 2/3 cups milk". If you add stuff to the basic recipe you get to give it a name. Instant coffee and creamer is done, enough for a year's guzzling.

Salt and sugar is done. Corn meal's done, a few more quarts of oatmeal to do. Walnuts are done, eighteen quarts. One flat of Jolly Rancher candy, the original, is done, enough for handing out with the midrats. We've already put up lots of powdered milk and have more in #10 cans, so no more this round. Gotta draw the line somewhere. Good start on sunflower seeds, one flat done, I'm thinking two flats will be enough.

The baking powder was a problem. It's ultra fine, like confectioner's sugar. No matter how clean the glass rim and the lids, they failed to keep a seal overnight on the first try. The powder would be drawn up when the vacuum was being pulled, get between 'em. Yes, I lightly moistened the lids. Yes, our FoodSaver has a "slow" setting. Still, it took a couple tries for 'em to take. Incidentally, it's surprising how much more space boxes and bags take up compared to the same stuff in Mason jars.

Do we have a master check list of all our preps? Hah! It is to laugh. Of course not. There will be time a-plenty for list making should the need arise. Besides, who is to say what we'll have on hand in total, counting everything including our as-now projected garden produce, unexpected opportunities and so forth. It's reasonable to plan for the catastrophe. It's futile to attempt planning the catastrophe itself. As the people of Pompeii might say, "surprise surprise." Enjoy your spreadsheets, we'll continue to rely on our eyeball inventory and our own notions. If it looks right, it is right. It's not our first rodeo.

Next item.

In the comments section below his article "The Revolt Of The Media", Z Man explains how news articles are coded:

I would assume you guys have the same game we have where you guess the identity based on the lack of description. Here in the US, a “man in a red shirt” will be a black guy. A “Minnesota man” is a foreigner from the former third world. A “white male” with a first and last name is a white guy from the north. A “white male” with a middle name is a southerner or poor white. Of course, “motive is unknown” means the motive is obvious and what you suspect.


For your amusement, from military dot com:

A British tabloid has reportedly mistaken the caliber of a gun for its length. The Daily Star based in London blared in a recent headline, “We just blew 183m pounds on a five-inch gun, but it’s ‘good value for taxpayers.'” What’s more, it followed up with a reference to the ship-based weapon being the size of “a toothbrush.”

Next item.

This is from the New York Daily News, an April 23, 2006 article entitled, "Hillary wants to build a U.S.-Mexico fence first - and she's right."

As for how to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, "A physical structure is obviously important," she said. "A wall in certain areas would be appropriate," as long as it was not a "dumb wall" that could be scaled or tunneled. Advocating "smart fencing," she added, "There is technology that would be in the fence that could spot people coming from 250 or 300 yards away and signal patrol agents who could respond." She also talked of using drones and infrared cameras and, when asked, agreed that Israel's anti-terror wall, which she has seen, might help guide the U.S.

Was she lying then or lying now? The answer is "yes".


Same incident, two versions. The first version is from the alt-media, the second version is from the mainstream media, a day later. They can't both be true.

Get Off The BS - Deceased FBI Agent Found At Trump Tower With Silenced Pistol [Aug 2]

Associated Press via ABC - Retired Cop Arrested Outside Trump Tower in Spat With Agents [Aug 3]

Next item.

Well that didn't take long. Looks like Karl Denninger's Market Ticker is back.

Finally, we've been tending our berry patch with extra care this year, the season has been rather dry. The black raspberries are just now ripening and the bushes are loaded with 'em. The early ones are plump and sweet. Mmm mm! Turning dirt and water into berries, it's magic. But alas and gadzooks, we have competition. Sunday we found some fresh bear scat nearby, with seeds. "Fresh" as in a half hour old at most, probably much less. Details upon request :-) . If it ain't the birds, it's the bears. Okay. Let's open a Giant Economy Jumbo Family Size box of Woodpile Report, grab a handful, munch and commiserate.


Remus's notebook


Daily Caller - The ATF Is Illegally Hoarding American Gun Owners’ Personal Information

Express - 'Socialist experiment' Venezuela in ruins as soldiers delete videos of 12-hour food queues

Washington Post - How foreign governments spy using PowerPoint and Twitter

Survivopedia - Prepper Story: 78-Year-Old Vet Builds $1000 Cave Fortress

Natural Blaze - Japan Halts U.S. White Wheat Purchases Until GMO Test is Created

DC Clothesline - Zika Mosquitoes Same As GM Mosquitoes Released Off The Coast Of Florida

Danger & Play - Who is Hillary’s Handler? Hillary appears to travel with her own Michael Jackson/Elvis style doctor.

Gateway Pundit - Photos=> Hillary’s Handler Carries Diazepam Pen for Patients Who Experience Recurrent Seizures!

Telegraph - Royal palace discovered in area believed to be birthplace of King Arthur

Get Off The BS - Deceased FBI Agent Found At Trump Tower With Silenced Pistol

Youtube - Muslim world reacts to Obama's latest speech. Video, 2m 20s

Nature - Chinese satellite is one giant step for the quantum internet. Craft due to launch in August is first in a wave of planned quantum space experiments.

CNN - Venezuela: Where flour, pasta and milk can cost a month's pay

ABC San Francisco - Warning issued for prison guards, officers about possible attacks from 'Black Guerilla Family'

Rebel - Dr. Tim Ball: How the world was deceived about global warming and climate change

Before It's News - Two Prominent Anti-Clinton Activists Found Dead in Two Days; Mainstream Media Blackout

Heat Street - Federal Agency Says Wearing ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Hat Might Be Racist

Economist - The last big frontier. Answering the call of James Rawles.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg To The Economist's credit, this is straightforward reporting. I was prepared for snarky cheap shots and they didn't happen. Amazing.

Lifezette - The forces of political correctness are now targeting the Gadsden flag, the Revolutionary-era yellow flag emblazoned with a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Dont Tread on Me.”

Military - “Don't Tread on Me” and reverse U.S. flag patches are now authorized, at the discretion of the commander, on NWU Type II and III uniforms, officials said.

Hot Air - Alumni cancel donations over social justice warrior protests

Express - French riot police drag Christians out of church [photo essay]

Reason - Federal Appeals Court Upholds Criminal Charges Against 13 Year Old for Burping in Class

NRA-ILA - Yet Another Record-Setting Month for Firearm Purchases. And 33 percent more in 2016 than the same period in 2015

All Outdoor - Why Such an Emphasis on Smaller and Lighter Guns? The change in demographics of gun ownership.

Convergex via Zero Hedge - "Sell Everything"... But Why: What Has The Smartest Investors So Spooked?

Atlantic Centurion - Gibs + Anarcho Tyranny: The #BlackLivesMatter Platform


1888. Kodak camera magzine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This ad was written by George Eastman himself after becoming exasperated with the professional's inability to get across the simplicity of using the camera. The photos were circular, about two and a half inches in diameter and quite good. Before this camera was offered, photography was about where holography is now, wholly out of reach except for professionals, commercial users and well off amateurs.

The camera sold well despite its high price—about $650 in today's bucks. Its commercial success led directly to the Kodak Brownie in 1901 at a buck apiece, and its successor of 1902, the improved No. 2 Brownie at two dollars each—about $52 in today's currency. Eastman had figured out the real money was in selling film, not cameras. The No. 2, perhaps the most important camera in the history of photography, was produced until 1933.



World War III
The run up.


Utopia - Could Russia be preparing for a preemptive nuclear strike on the US? Part 1.

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Jane's - Vietnamese amphibious force trains 'island recapture'

Japan Times - Chinese Navy holds live-fire drills in East China Sea

Daily Signal - Readiness Challenges Grow for Navy as US Faces ‘Great Power’ Competition at Sea

War On The Rocks - A Guide to Catching Up on China’s Politics and Military

Jamestown Foundation - Russia’s Futuristic Military Plagued by Old Problems

Aviationist - Five U.S. Strategic bombers conduct simultaneous missions around the North Pole and over Alaska

Daily Mail - China's worst nightmare: Impressive video shows the enormous US-led naval fleet which is patrolling the Pacific

Anti Media - Vladimir Putin Just Issued a Chilling Warning to the United States

Washington Post - Russia’s superior new weapons. New Russian firepower systems now outrange ours by a third or more.

National Interest - Russia Hopes Its New Super Combat Vehicle Will Rule the Battlefield. The Kurganets-25

BBC - Chinese fleet sails near Japanese Senkaku islands

Asia Times - Why China will hold its fire in the South China Sea — until September

Bloomberg - Japan Protests to China’s Ambassador as Island Tensions Flare

Reuters - Japan orders military to be ready for North Korea missile launch at any time

Associated Press - Japan picks defense chief who downplays wartime past


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Sultan Knish - At the DNC, Michelle Obama put on her victimhood hat one more time and declared, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” 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. Michelle Obama is a slave-owner lecturing her slaves about slavery. The Obamas have the right to enslave us because they are on “the right side of history”. They can exploit us because they know what is better for us. They can take the work of our hands from us because we didn’t build that, they and all the rest of our government masters did the real building.


Art Of Manliness - Every man should know how to brew a decent cup of coffee. It's an everyday skill that should be passed down from father to son, like shaving or mowing the lawn. It's a manly ritual providing both utility and comfort. Unfortunately, if you asked most men today for a cup of coffee they would either cast a worried “Help me!” glance to their wife or crank up the jet engine on their latest $300 instant coffee contraption, capable of grinding, purifying, and outputting unnatural amounts of brown acidic liquid, tasting something akin to lava, but definitely not coffee.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The author recommends a French press. Most laudable, but second best. I've given various methods a couple year's trial and settled on cold brewing. Brews overnight, or twelve hours minimum. Mine's a Takeya . Nineteen bucks or near enough. Two of 'em, one for drinking while the other's brewing in the refrigerator. Pour a cup 'n heat it in the microwave. Every cup is a fresh cup. Those who don't know why "cafe Americain" is on offer abroad will want to dilute it.

If your idea of "real" coffee is Starbucks, hot brewed from burn-roasted so-so beans, you have a pleasant surprise in store. Even store brand supermarket coffee grounds taste smooth and satisfying when cold brewed. I use dark roast, whatever's on sale. No need to go Full Fanatic and hang around the waterfront for incoming beans to roast and grind yourself. It's coffee, not a calling.

The Takeya blurb says, "The traditional hot brewing process releases undesirable acids and oils, resulting in bitter flavor and acidity that is intolerable to many. With cold brewing, only the naturally delicious coffee flavors are extracted, leaving behind the bitter oils and fatty acids, creating a perfectly balanced, smooth extraction of concentrated coffee." If it's over the top it ain't by much. Here's a field expedient: use a Mason jar as a canister and make a "coffee bag" from a coffee filter. Works at 33°F and above.


Forward Observer - One of the most likely characteristics of SHTF threats is going to be a willingness to survive. That’s likely to be the number one motivation; not to amass wealth or obtain power, but to simply make it to tomorrow. I think we can generally apply the Pareto Principle to this threat: eighty percent of irregular threats will be out for survival while twenty percent will be out to amass wealth or obtain power, or to commit violence for pleasure. Individuals and small bands of two or three, or perhaps as many as five, will comprise of the largest “gangs” I’ll have to face. Your area may be different, especially depending on population density. Knowing this, I can make some judgements about their mobility.


Amerika - The society based on universal security has become a living hell. Jobs are pointless and moronic; people are thoughtless whores; the price of everything goes up as the quality goes down, and now, there is no place left to run to escape the blight caused by the flailing. For many years, the productive people could keep shrugging and writing checks about be fine, if a bit poorer. But now they see the endgame: by trying to save everyone, we will strangle the good and produce more of the bad, and then it is a dark death spiral until the end.


Bio Prepper - Hardtack is a simple survival food. It’s really inexpensive to create, and lasts for years. In fact, there’s still some on display from the Civil War that’s still good. The most basic of recipes call for only two ingredients: all-purpose flour and water. Other recipes call for additional ingredients, but the basic recipe has stood the test of time. We’ll start with that one.


1943. Chicago Union Station. Part 1


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Chicago's Union Station, built in the neoclassic style , as is NY City's Grand Central Station, opened in 1925. "Union" meant several railroads used one station, sharing expenses, pooling maintenenace facilities and cutting down on in-city trackage. In 1943 Union Station was used by the Burlington, the Milwaukee, the Pennsylvania and the GM&O railroads. Wartime traffic reached three hundred trains per day.

An entire concourse was demolished in 1969 but, to the city's credit, the Great Hall was saved and has been brilliantly renovated , an effort which continues to this day, including opening and restoring sections that have been closed for decades and upgrading facilities and amenities. Today's Chicago Union Station is what New York's Pennsylvania Station could have been.

Amtrak and Metra trains originate and terminate at Chicago Union Station, which occupies about 10 city blocks today. Average daily traffic surpasses that of the war years by a large margin, most of it on Metra regional rail. More 1943 Union Station photos next week.











More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


American Thinker - The left loves this sort of homogenization of life guided by the sting of the state and the siren song of corrupted and infiltrated institutions. Convincing all politicians that we need a "leader" to "bring us together" is the left's sneakiest maneuver. This sort of artificial "unity" has all sorts of hidden horrors. The great virtue of federalism, the marketplace of governments, is slapped and battered by federal judges and bigoted federal prosecutors and noxious leftist media so anything in one state not identical to most states is somehow constitutionally flawed and morally suspect. We need to be much more disunited than we are today.


Eric Peters Autos - It only take one “gas hog” to hurt a car company’s “fleet average” MPG number. Hence, fewer and fewer “gas hogs,” except as low-volume luxury/performance models. Which is why Millennials, in their turn, will remember V6s as fondly 20 years from now as Gen Xers lament the dearly departed V8. The new crop of micro-sized and heavily turbocharged fours don’t deliver much better mileage in real-world driving than the non-turbocharged V6s they are replacing. Because the engine is too small for the car, the additional “displacement” provided by turbo boost is often demanded. And a bigger engine – whether in terms of physical displacement or airflow uses more fuel. This is what happens when non-engineer politicians and bureaucrats dictate car design. Rube Goldberg-esque “solutions” to problems that only exist because of the politicians and bureaucrats.


Campus Reform - Outrageous left-wing protests are starting to take their toll on university development funds. Scott MacConnell, a 1960 graduate of Amherst College, once included a large donation to the school in his will, but has recently cut that to a symbolic $5. “As an alumnus of the college, I feel that I have been lied to, patronized, and basically dismissed as an old, white, bigot who is insensitive to the needs and feelings of the current college community,” MacConnell observed in a December letter to the school’s alumni fund. Caving in to protesters’ demands and redirecting funds can quickly catch the attention of alumni donors on the opposite end of the political spectrum, which is not a good thing for development efforts.


Second City Cop - [To understand what this is about, read the news item at WLS Chicago, here ] - Here we go again. The "community" has conducted it's own investigation, based on their vast experience of law breaking, and has declared, "if you don't catch them today, you catch them tomorrow." Even the "community" is saying, "Stay Fetal." Run no plates, chase no dope, stop and question no one. And guess who showed up at HQ to talk to Special Ed? Lamon Reccord, a friend of O'Neal [the dead perp] and a well-known activist. It's over boys and girls. Until there is a wholesale shakeup in the political order, the loud and lawless have won. Let them sort it out.


Ars Technica - Toward the end of last year, the people behind the Large Hadron Collider announced that they might have found signs of a new particle. Their evidence came from an analysis of the first high-energy data obtained after the LHC's two general-purpose detectors underwent an extensive upgrade. While the possible new particle didn't produce a signal that reached statistical significance, it did show up in both detectors, raising the hope that the LHC was finally on to some new physics. This week, those hopes have officially been dashed. Physicists used a conference to release their analysis of the flood of data that came out of this year's run. According to their data, the area of the apparent signal is filled by nothing but statistical noise.


1941. Finland evacuees.

A moment in the Continuation War of 1941–1944


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


National Interest - Every side has utilized demagogy to its ends, destroying the political discussion in the process. The only way to improve the situation, is by returning to a sound public discourse. No adjectives, no borrowed terms from psychology. The gap between the elites and the public is widening. The reason, as briefly shown, is the elitist language of little substance, detached from the people and their concerns. The people in response have revolted with votes of no confidence and support to new leaders who are antiestablishment. The only way to close the gap, to win back support, is to abandon the language of therapy and political correctness, to one of honesty and rational arguments. There can be no other way.


Investment Watch - Both the FBI and the DOJ declined to press charges against Clinton, and other sources revealed the Clinton Foundation is now under scrutiny. “The problem is with the Clinton Foundation as I mentioned, which you should just imagine as a massive spider web of connections and money laundering implicating hundreds of high-level people,” the source said. “The DOJ is most likely looking to save itself,” he continued. “Find everyone involved in the Clinton Foundation, from its donors to its Board of Directors, and imagine they are all implicated.”


American Digest - The extent to which the homeless, the hard-core unemployed, the drunk and the addicted, the whores of all three sexes, and battalions of shabby panhandlers infest San Francisco is something to bring even the most hard-core liberal from elsewhere up short. For decades myriad policies and millions man-years of effort funded with untold millions have only created a free-crap zone. Seeing so many driven so low you have to wonder what happened to, and what is still happening to, the many millions of public funds being compulsively shoved at this problem. Where have the money, the time, and the good intentions all gone?


Z Man - The Internet has brought back something that we thought was dead and that is rentier capitalism. This is the economic practice of monopolizing access to any kind of property, and gaining significant amounts of profit without contribution to society. Cable operators are a good example. In my youth, TV was free. It made it’s money from commercials. Today, you pay the monopolist a fee to get access to TV shows, that still run ads. In fact, they run even more ads than when I was a kid.


Liberty's Torch - The effect of the expanding plague of Islam-powered violence has been to make individual Europeans far more watchful and self-protective, even as their elites, egged on by their social-justice crowd, strains to increase the Muslim fraction among them. Of all the countries of Europe, only Switzerland has adopted the proper public attitude toward Islamic immigration, though from recent news it appears that France’s political class might have come to its senses, as well. Americans, despite the canard that we’re ignorant about matters beyond our shores, have been watching. We’re becoming as distrustful of Muslims as we are of Negroes, and for the same reasons. However, to the Left, this is merely one more phenomenon to be labeled “racism.”


1939. Mound Bayou Mississippi


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the second photo of a series. As said here last week, Mound Bayou is a town of 1,400 in western Mississippi's Delta bottomland, founded in 1887 by former slaves. In 1939 the population was about 800.



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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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9 Aug 2016