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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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Johannes Hulk, Barges Unloading in a Canal in Amsterdam, 1880


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Johannes Hulk was a painter, draftsman, partner in a commercial photography studio called Hulk & Vlaander, and owner of a painting and drawing supplies store named The Rembrandt. He died in 1911 at age 82.

2,500 shootings in Chicago so far this year, says the New Observer.

Black and Hispanic gang warfare and criminality in Chicago have resulted in 137 murders during the months of June and July, setting a new record for that city which is well on its way to becoming a second Detroit.

The total number of homicides in Chicago is now at least 389—compared to the total of 400 for all of last year.

Noting nearly 100 people were shot in Chicago in less than a week, the Chicago Tribune says,

"the city has not seen this level of gun violence since the 1990s."

The Trib means "black violence" of course. DNAinfo quotes a Chicago resident Person of Colour as saying,

"It's clear the police don't give a f--- about us. They don't care. We call them, and they just ride right past us."

Do tell.

New Observer adds,

"three Chicago black gangs located on the West Side had an “operational meeting” last week to plan assassinations of white police officers,"


"the Four Corner Hustlers are also supplying the other two gangs with automatic weapons, which all three factions have agreed to use against the police."

No mystery where this is going. A sober assessment says there's only one way it can go, so if you think things are crazy bloody now, wait until Chicago goes Full Detroit. And it will. Remember who the mayor is, Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former White House Chief of Staff.

Chicago is 33% African American and 32% white non-Hispanic. Chicago was 92% white in 1940. Since then, the population of Chicago has dropped by 676,000. The parallels to Detroit are many and obvious.

Next item.

Meanwhile, about 75 miles north of Chicago, there was considerable unpleasantness in Milwaukee after a black cop shot an armed black suspect . Pozwald Spengler over at Right Stuff has some thoughts about policing in his "Space to Destroy" essay:

Policing is an investment. Because inner city policing is fueled by majority white tax dollars––56 percent of blacks pay no income tax––staffed disproportionately by white people, and designed to uphold old, white law, it can be said to be a white investment facilitating something like the benevolent white control of black America, albeit assisted by black collaboration... This grotesque project of white paternalism has been relatively successful at saving black America from itself.

We have an opportunity to withdrawal police from high crime areas. The safety of law enforcement can no longer be reasonably guaranteed in the inner cities, and much of black America wants police out.

They may want the police out, but back up a bit and notice what's happening. Black Lives Matter regularly gets invited to the White House, Obama tells us cop-killings and riots express legitimate grievances, Lynch's DoJ declares police guilty of racism, then mandates the police be more "diverse" and responsive to the community. And "the community" doesn't mean what you think it means.

Milwaukee is 63% non-white. The doctrine of diversity says 63% non-white is 63% "diverse". 100% "diverse" would, obviously, put Milwaukee in full compliance. The gratuitous assaults on whites at public venues make sense when it's understood that expanding and defending territory is, and always has been, the goal of tribal peoples. "No go" sections of American cities, now tribal territory and defended as such, are all former public venues. And there's "the community" of which they speak. Don't overthink these things.

Anyway, on Sunday, the Associated Press reported:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has activated the state's National Guard to help law enforcement in Milwaukee if violence there persists... His announcement says the Guard will be in position to help "upon request."

and the rioting continues

Daily Mail - A second night of violence erupts in Milwaukee: One person is shot and a cop is wounded as crowd clashes with police after officer shot armed man

Sylville Smith's sister Sherelle encourages "protesters" to burn the suburbs

Lest you think the city is ruled by old white guys, here's a photo of Milwaukee's Common Council.

Next item please.

This is Hillary Clinton strategist Bob Beckel talking about WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange:

"I mean, a dead man can’t leak stuff. The guy’s a traitor, a treasonist, and … and he has broken every law in the United States. The guy ought to be — and I’m not for the death penalty — so, if I’m not for the death penalty, there’s only one way to do it, illegally shoot the son of a bitch."

Surprise. There's been another mysterious death following those of DNC data director Seth Rich, UN head John Ashe, and Shawn Lucas, the guy who served the DNC lawsuit, and Clinton researcher Victor Thorn. Now we have this "suicide by train". Ain't it the darndest thing?

Ham & High - Renowned lawyer who represented Julian Assange died after being struck by train in West Hampstead.

Next item.

Z Man says,

The reason tyranny eventually collapses is it devolves into a recursive use of resources in order to maintain itself. Once the law becomes arbitrary, the violations of the law, and the willingness to flout the law, increase exponentially. The only thing everyone knows is that voluntary compliance has no benefit. This requires an exponential growth of authority to maintain order. Eventually, the cost of order exceeds the resources available to the authority and collapse ensues.


Via email from George Mellinger, a.k.a. Stogramov:

So the Dems had to pay actors to fill up seats at their convention & now we learn they paid Khan?

Khan was paid $25,000 by the Clinton campaign to speak at the DNC, the speech was not written by Mr. Khan, but by two campaign staffers, the copy of the US Constitution that Mr. Khan held up was bought only two HOURS before his speech by a female staffer, to be used solely as a prop and Khan returned the book after speaking.

5 Gold Star families turned down the opportunity to speak before Khan was contacted by the Clinton campaign. All five families were paid $5,000 and signed a non disclosure. Khan's immigration law firm is in debt $1.7M and owes back taxes of upward $850,000 plus penalties.

CNN paid Khan over $100,000 to tell his “story” and repeated interviews across networks. Khan was given a bonus of $175k by the DNC for his effort in the media. The IRS has since put Khan's tax file on a “hold” status.


Comment at Zero Hedge:

As a 8th grader I mowed yards and saved my $. My dad dropped me off at the pawn shop in Bel Air MD. while he ran some errands and I went in a bought the Mossberg bolt action .22 that I'd been saving for.($23.00) I walked out with the rifle in one hand and the receipt in the other and nobody said anything except thanks. Perfectly normal in 1969.

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Remus's notebook


Danger and Play - Hillary Clinton Has Parkinson’s Disease, Physician Confirms ... It has almost certainly been treated with levodopa. Some of her symptoms may be related to this drug treatment... HRC's instability and frequent cough suggest that her PD is advanced... cognitive problems can develop. In time, they become full-blown dementia.

Jihad Watch - California: Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar!” through a bullhorn terrorize church during worship service

Daily Caller - Milwaukee Rioters Hunt Down, Attack Whites

Information Liberation - Swedes Urged to Hand Over Their Houses to Migrants. Swedish government is already kicking native Swedes who are on welfare out of their own homes to move in migrants instead.

Express - Grooming of young girls by gangs of predominantly Kashmiri men is still occurring on an “industrial scale” in Rotherham because authorities are failing to tackle an organised child sex crime racket. [... girls who have come forward recently have been told they are being racist]

Zero Hedge - George Soros Hacked, Over 2,500 Internal Docs Released Online

Daily Caller - Public College Offers Blacks-Only Classes, Claims It’s Totally Okay

White House Dossier - Is the Iran Ransom Payment an Impeachable Offense?

Zero Hedge - Bureau of Labor Statistics Just "Revised" Away Obama's "Fastest" Wage Growth Since The Crisis

Clash Daily - Watch: Black Lives Matter Idiot, Standing In Middle Of The Road, Gets Plowed!

Quanta - New Measurement Deepens Proton Puzzle

College Fix - an 80-year-old historic painting of Native Americans canoeing in a river alongside French trappers has been deemed to have a possible “harmful effect” on [University of Wisconsin] students.

Science Alert - There's an unidentified object in a strange orbit past Neptune, and no one can explain it

CNN - Macy's is closing another 100 stores. Walmart announced plans in January to shut down 269 stores.

Vulture - An Encyclopedia of Every Literary Plot, Ever

SHTF Plan - DEA Scans Travel Data To Seize Cash; Vague Profile That Could Be Anyone: “Good Agents Chase Cash”

Historical Firearms - In the summer of 1940 the RAF settled on the quick conversion of commercial trucks into armoured fighting vehicles.

Ars Technica - Time to scrap the idea that humans arrived in the Americas by land bridge. The first Americans were maritime peoples.

Chicago Tribune - Nearly 100 people shot in Chicago in less than a week

Science Daily - Mars gullies likely not formed by liquid water

Of Two Minds - The mainstream became mainstream because it worked, now the mainstream has failed.

Foreign Policy - There Are No Successful Black Nations

Ancient Origins - How the Vikings Started the Worldwide Distribution of Gaited Horses

World War II Today - 1941, Food rationing concentrates the mind in Britain

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Click the link if only to see a photo of "The wartime allowance for one person for one week", and be amazed.

Zero Hedge - Justice Department Prevented FBI Probe Of Clinton Foundation; Reporters Slam State Department Stonewalling

Daily Caller - Joint FBI-US Attorney Probe Of Clinton Foundation Is Underway

Zero Hedge - FBI Mutiny? Feds Said To Launch Clinton Foundation Corruption Probe Despite DoJ Objections

SHTF Plan - Obama’s Operation Choke Point: “Unbridled Abuse Of Executive Power Operating Completely Outside Of The Rule Of Law”

Armstrong Economics - Germany raids healthcare funds to support refugee crisis

Youtube - I thought you should know. Video, embed, 2m 54s

Daily Mail - Feral pigs hunted and blown up with Tannerite. Includes video 0m 35s

Do they know something we don't?

Atlantic - A Major Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest Looks Even Likelier

WDRB - USGS increases earthquake risk along New Madrid Fault


1940. Cliquot Club magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Clicquot (pronounced klee-ko) was founded in 1881 by Henry Millis in Millis Massachusetts, a small town near Boston. The company's first product was bottled "sparkling cider", named after Veuve Clicquot, the French champagne. Cider was soon dropped in favor of ginger ale, which became its signature product. When Cliquot ran into financial difficulties, Horace A. Kimball bought it in 1901 and put his son, H. Earle, in charge. He ran the company until his death in 1952, expanding Cliquot into a world presence.

Kimball's death coincided with the postwar Coke-Pepsi surge, sales declined steadily, and the company was sold to Cott Beverage in 1969, now part of Canada Dry. Cliquot operations shut down in 1980. Veuve Clicquot champagne continues however, as fans of Casablanca and the James Bond movies know.



World War III
The run up.


Wall Street Journal - The Fog of Forever War. In a world where a weapon can be a roadside bomb or a computer virus, confusion reigns. Do the laws of war or peacetime apply?

Cipher - The Military Escalation. Japan recently released its 2016 Defense White Paper which focuses in large part on China.

Reuters - Here’s how a U.S.-China war could play out

Mirror - Fears grow Russia is using the Ukraine battlefield to rehearse for war with the West

Reuters - Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into disputed South China Sea

Express - Turkey threatens to quit NATO in move which could see super-force with Russia

Gatestone - Turkey: Headless Military, Confused Foreign Policy ... top commanders who were purged had made up 44% of the entire command structure.

Rand Corp - War with China. Thing Through the Unthinkable. 116 pages, .pdf

National Interest - How China is Setting the Stage for War with Japan in the East China Sea

Shanendoah - Some Disturbing Pieces of Intel Possibly Relating to Upcoming Russian-Ukraine War

Washington Times - Furious China sees U.S. missile defense plan for South Korea as direct threat

Aviationist - Three B-2s and “several” B-1s have deployed to Guam to deter China and North Korea

Reuters - Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot

Diplomat - Top US Naval Officer in Asia Calls for Military Transparency in China Visit

National Interest - Is Beijing Preparing to Wage a ‘People’s War’ in the South China Sea? China’s leaders might have to — or risk a backlash at home

Free Beacon - Russia Building New Underground Nuclear Command Posts. U.S. intelligence detects dozens of hardened bunkers for leaders

RT - Russian military’s invisible ‘cloak’ to hide weapons & hardware from enemy radar

Sputnik - Russia's Hypersonic 7680 MPH Nuclear Glider Armed With ICBMs Almost Ready


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Fred On Everything - A martial principle of great wisdom says that military stupidity comes in three grades: Ordinarily stupid; really, really, really stupid; and fighting Russia. Think Charles XII at Poltava, Napoleon after Borodino, Adolf and Kursk. Hillary and her elite ventriloquists threaten just that.  Note the anti-Russian hysteria coming from her and her remoras. The US has not faced a real enemy in a long time. In that time the armed forces have been feminized and social-justice warriorified, with countless officials having been appointed by Obama for reasons of race and sex. Training has been watered down to benefit girl soldiers, physical standards lowered, and the ranks of general officers filled with perfumed political princes.


Amerika - Under impact-based theories, anti-diversity thought exists wherever diversity is not working. You can see how circular this reasoning is. If diversity is not working, it is because Anti-Diversity Satan has made it fail. And, even better, he has done so deliberately, because he is cruel. This allowed the transformation of all who were not pro-diversity into Klansmen and concentration camp guards in the eyes of the public. At this point, it is clear that diversity has ended the United States. In order to subsidize the vast underclass, it has converted itself into a Soviet-style system of redistribution which has taxed its middle class out of existence, and created enough social problems that most places in most cities above 100,000 are dangerous.


WND - “I believe that we are reaching the final frontier of judicial tyranny,” Horowitz warned. “For years they’ve been codifying special privileges for protected classes, flipping unalienable rights on its head for protected classes of Americans. They’re now copying and pasting those rights to foreign nationals. When we have this erroneous notion and we give in to the premise that the courts are not just a coequal branch to engage in judicial review, but they are above, they are the sole and final arbiter of every single important question of our time, we’ve lost our system of governance. It doesn’t matter; it doesn’t matter who wins the elections."


Atlantic - A barely suppressed contempt has characterized much of the commentary about white woe, on both the left and the right. The barely veiled implication, whichever version you consider, is that the people undergoing these travails deserve relatively little sympathy—that they maybe, kinda had this reckoning coming. Either they are layabouts drenched in self-pity or they are sad cases consumed with racial status anxiety and animus toward the nonwhites passing them on the ladder. Both interpretations are, in their own ways, strikingly ungenerous toward a huge number of fellow Americans. They are also unsatisfying as explanations for what is happening out there.


Traditional Right - The reason why the radical Left uses terms like “racism” to isolate wrong-thinkers is because they know that when people are isolated, when they don’t believe anyone else around them believes as they do, they will often conform to what they perceive to be the dominant belief around them. There are a lot of people who are simply getting sick and tired of the whole “racism, etc.” racket. The key to breaking the power of the SJWs consists in continuing to red-pill those who are red-pillable at the demotic level, while building and/or strengthening our own alternative support sources–churches, mannerbunden, citizen militias, and the like.


1943. Chicago Union Station. Part 2


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This finishes up our look at New York Pennsylvania Station and Chicago Union Station during World War II. Please notice all four parts are posted in consecutive issues of Woodpile Report for the convenience of those who download 'em into their personal archives. Get 'em while you can, they won't be up forever.










More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Pat Buchanan - Instructions are going out to Republican leaders that either they dump Trump, or they will cease to be seen as morally fit partners in power. It testifies to the character of Republican elites that some are seeking ways to carry out these instructions. But what is a repudiated establishment doing issuing orders to anyone? Why is it not Middle America issuing the demands, rather than the other way around? Specifically, the Republican electorate should tell its discredited and rejected ruling class: If we cannot get rid of you at the ballot box, then tell us how, peacefully and democratically, we can be rid of you?


Intergalactic Source of Truth - It's been perpetual war, Republican fiscal idiocy, Keynesian/monetary lunacy, and servile Republicans stretching to the horizon. It's a period that might in future histories be known as The Long American Demolition Derby, Mud Wrestling, and Foreigner-Worshiping Extravaganza. Immigration spiraled up into the clouds; Islam became as hard to understand as quantum mechanics; Muslims and ultra-leftists were inserted into federal agencies with abandon; rule by decree became the new normal; inexplicable, unconstitutional, and fatuous foreign military adventures multiplied; and Republicans cowered under their desks, immobilized by a Harry Reid raised eyebrow.


US News - That the Ukrainian military must rely on 33-year-old Soviet-era rifle rounds says a lot about how these forces fight. In many ways, they themselves are also products of a prior era that has found a new purpose in battle. The 25-year Ukrainian army veteran was also quick to point out how much he and his comrades were able to teach the Americans, who haven't focused on tank warfare following 15 years of counterinsurgency fights in the Middle East. Balkovnic also boasts his army is the only one that has fought the Russians on the ground in decades, and he's offered insights to his American counterparts on the kind of fighting he's experienced.


Aeon - Who, I wondered, could possibly need someone who knows the ins and outs of attempts to unify the forces and unravel the quantum behaviour of space-time? I thought of all the theories of everything in my inbox. And I put up a note on my blog offering physics consultation, including help with theory development: ‘Talk to a physicist. Call me on Skype. $50 per 20 minutes.’ In the second week I got two enquiries and, a little nervous, I took on my first customer. Then came a second. A third. And they kept coming.


Right On - We are entering a century where pacifist ideology has never been stronger, but where war, in all its different forms, will never be so widespread. The overpopulated planet will burn with conflagrations and every kind of conflict is going to increase in number and mingle with one another in the most complete anarchy. We cannot put the current planetary civilisation back together again. Our children are going to live through a fantastic reshuffling and dealing of the cards. Unheard-of violence awaits them. The Twenty-first will be a century of fire and blood, the end of a cycle.


1941. Finland evacuees arrive in Vilppul.

A moment in the Continuation War of 1941–1944


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


Wall Street Journal - The challenge of integrating different cultures, negotiating daily tensions, dealing with crime and extremism and fearfulness on the street—that was put on those with comparatively little, whom I’ve called the unprotected. They were left to struggle, not gradually and over the years but suddenly and in an air of ongoing crisis that shows no signs of ending. The powerful show no particular sign of worrying about any of this. When the working and middle class pushed back in shocked indignation, the people on top called them “xenophobic,” “narrow-minded,” “racist.” The detached, who made the decisions and bore none of the costs, got to be called “humanist,” “compassionate,” and “hero of human rights.”


Survivalist Blog - One of the most underrated and over marketed essential components of a bugout, survival, bush crafters kit are the knife. There are now machine shops producing show stopping advanced design knives, however, are any of these modern art pieces really worth the money you pay for them? And do they have a purpose outside of looking pretty when you post an Instagram of your never used daily carry? Time for the basic reviews of three manufacturers I recommend to people wanting to start their kits on the cheap, or even for experienced individuals looking at expanding their tool chest.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excellent article, to which I'll add Schrade fixed blade knives. Their SCHF9 is in my "get me home" pack, the SCHF51 is my "woods carry" knife. Both have quarter-inch—.236 in. by my measurement, which is 6mm—thick carbon steel blades. Prices have gone up since I got 'em. My folding knife is a Kershaw 1556T1, got a deal I couldn't refuse. My pocket knife is a Rough Rider RR784 congress, proudly made by Chinese child labor, fifteen bucks or so. None of 'em come with bragging rights but, my opinion, three hundred dollar knives are like having a Maserati pickup truck. My go-to knife info source is kniferating.com.


Collectors Weekly - Most places we thinking of as “family-dining establishments” started out as “singles bars,” which later became known as “fern bars,” thanks their abundant use of house plants. Stillman adorned his bar with bentwood chairs, shiny brass rails, framed photos, and Tiffany-style stained-glass lamps. Renamed Thank God It’s Friday!, Stillman’s bar—which also sold casual party food and female-friendly fruity cocktails—opened its doors in March 1965. Outside of the singles scene, new family restaurants opened as walk-in fantasy worlds that offered a spit-shine-clean version of the late 1800s and early 1900s in America. Going to Friday’s—or Old Spaghetti Factory or Cracker Barrel—was more of an event than hitting a drive-thru but more fun than a formal steak dinner.


Quanta - Teams at CERN have been working feverishly for the past three months analyzing a glut of data from a machine that is finally running at full throttle after being upgraded to nearly double its previous operating energy. It now collides protons with 13 trillion electron volts of energy providing enough raw material to beget gargantuan elementary particles, should any exist. So far, none have materialized. Theorists are increasingly bracing themselves for their “nightmare scenario,” in which the Large Hydron Collider offers no path at all toward a more complete theory of nature.


American Thinker - Patriotic and resolute until the very end, Sipsey Street Irregulars' Mike Vanderboegh died on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the age of 64. Vanderboegh, the ex-communist, was a brilliant writer, a pit bull patriot, a Second Amendment champion, and a founder of the Three Percenters, a group of gun owners "who will not disarm and who will not compromise" their constitutional right to bear arms. The Southern Poverty Law Center kept a close eye on Vanderboegh's activities, often mentioning him in their Hatewatch articles and Intelligence Report. His love of country spurred him not only to expose the corrupt government officials behind the deadly Fast and Furious operation, but to never stop holding all enemies of our way of life accountable.


1939. Mound Bayou Mississippi cafe


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the third 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

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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