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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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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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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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Cornelis Springer, View of the Delftse Vaart and Saint Laurens Church, 1840


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This guy's paintings are amazing, they're like a viewport in a time machine. As said here last week, Cornelis was from a family of contractors and architects and was taught precision drawing by his brother Hendrick. Even by Dutch standards his work was exceptional. His paintings were in such high demand he had a two-year waiting list. I have a few more of his stuff to post.

The anti-gun news media, but I repeat myself, says record-breaking gun sales are misleading, that the number of gun owners is at an all time low. "Apparently they're all being bought by four families in Idaho," as someone said. Eric Raymond at Armed And Dangerous observed:

... the number of gun owners with a justified fear that “surveys” are a data-gathering tool for confiscations is also at a record high, and therefore that the number lying to nosy strangers about having no guns is at a record high.

Seems right to me. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail gets it closer to right

Almost HALF of U.S. households have at least one gun, new poll reveals - with a sharp increase in domestic weapon ownership over the last two years

Real number is probably closer to three out of four.

Next item.

John Derbyshire at VDare has some comments on this year's wave of BLM riots:

Fifty years—two entire human generations—and still they riot. Fifty years of fretting and fussing, of nagging and shaming, of affirmative action and contracting set-asides; fifty years of jobs programs, food programs, billion-dollar overhauls of school systems. Fifty years of pushing role models, black doctors and detectives in movies and TV, black athletes as culture heroes, black actors playing God. Fifty years of Martin Luther King Days, Black History Months, and Kwanzaas. Fifty years of black mayors, black police chiefs, black Attorneys General, a black President. And still they riot.

Because riots work, Derb. They keep the gravy train fueled. No one actually believed all those programs and giveaways were the "right thing to do," nor do they believe it now. Not them, not us. They were, and are, payoffs, the price of peace. As Derb points out, it hasn't worked and it won't work. We've gotten a negative return on half a century of expensive subservience, yet if our attention drifts from their self-inflicted troubles for one waking moment—riots. We're being had.

Riots—arson, assault, looting—aren't demonstrations, they're not a legitimate part of "the marketplace of ideas", even when they're federally funded and sanctioned by municipalities. If Black Lives Matter believes otherwise, especially if they're dumb enough to take it outside their own 'hood, they invite a return to former times when invasive violence was answered in kind, to general applause from the citizenry. Martin King advised the hot heads among his followers to think about the real meaning of the word "minority". As Francis Porretto puts it:

In social systems as in mechanical systems, action will always be met by reaction. The rise of racial animosity among blacks toward whites has evoked an equal but opposite feeling among whites toward blacks. As American whites are six to seven times as numerous as American blacks, this is not a lever that favors black aspirations, regardless of their nature.

Things aren't likely to remain as they are, nor is there any obvious way for it to get better, partly because there's no honest conversation. After decades of lavish appeasement, BLM and the like, their federal sponsors and the media have come to believe it's their right and duty to set bounds on what we can say. You'll notice they're surprised and disappointed we talk among ourselves without their supervision, it's possible we may take our own side.

There's nothing in any of this for sincere people of good will. The opportunity for live and let live has come and gone. Stay away from crowds.

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Recall my two part photo extravaganza of New York's Pennsylvania Station in 1942. Catesby Leigh over at City Journal has posted an article, Penn Station Reborn, which details plans for a new Pennsylvania Station. It'll be awesomely yuuuge. Meanwhile, back in reality, she describes the present facility:

The public now experiences a sense of disjointedness and disorientation on Penn Station’s two subterranean levels that is hardly attributable to a lack of directional signage. Ticket lobbies, concourses, and waiting areas are undistinguished and jammed with people at rush hour. Commuters are subjected to low-ceilinged, claustrophobic circulation routes resembling basement corridors in a Kafkaesque hospital. Amtrak’s oval entrance lobby, glass-encased waiting room, and amorphous concourse, with its dull, grayish palette and dreary lighting, are remarkable only for their dinginess.

A bit over the top, except for how confusing the place is. When we lived in Philadelphia we used NY Penn Station frequently enough to figure it out, but for first timers it's like being dropped bodily into a video game.


The Battle of the Somme began on July 1, 1916 and continued until the 18th of November. 20,000 British soldiers, 1,500 French soldiers and 12,000 German soldiers were killed on the first day. At battle's end, more than 400,000 British soldiers were dead. France and Germany also both suffered around 250,000 losses each. The numbers are disputed, natch. The Allies gained 6 miles, which comes to about 108,000 dead per mile. On to Berlin! Participants in the epic battle included:

Otto Frank – Anne Frank's father, drafted into the German Army in 1915, served on the Western Front for the rest of the war, earned promotion to lieutenant.

Adolf Hitler - the future German dictator was wounded by shrapnel from a close artillery hit and hospitalized again in 1918 with mustard gas.

JRR Tolkien – the author of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was an officer in the 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Contracted Trench Fever, declared unfit for further service.

Harold Macmillan – the Conservative Prime Minister from 1957 to 1963 was an officer in the Grenadier Guards. Wounded twice.

Source - UK Express

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Y'gotta shake yer head in disbelief when y'read about guys like Australian pilot Clive Caldwell, Ace of the Desert Air War—22 victories, who was jumped by two Messerschmitt 109s in Libya on an August day in 1941:

Caldwell’s P-40 “Tomahawk” of 250 Squadron was riddled with more than 100 rounds of 7.9 mm slugs, plus five 20 mm cannon strikes which punctured a tyre and rendered the flaps inoperative. In the first attack Caldwell suffered bullet wounds to the back, left shoulder, and leg. In the next pass one shot slammed through the canopy, causing splinters which wounded him with perspex in the face and shrapnel in the neck. Two cannon shells also punched their way through the rear fuselage just behind him and the starboard wing was badly damaged. Despite damage to both himself and the aircraft, Caldwell, feeling, as he remembers, “quite hostile” turned on his attackers and sent down one of the Bf 109s in flames. The pilot of the second Messerschmitt, the renowned Leutnant Schroer, shocked by this turn of events, evidently made off in some haste.

Then his plane caught fire, but he made it back to base. So, a Curtiss P-40? Meh. Low cost, easy to maintain but majestically mediocre in every respect, pretty much helpless at higher altitudes, pokey at lower altitudes, best suited for close air support because bombs, and so forth. But, a P-40 flown by a brassed off Aussie? Top shelf. Outright air superiority.


Quote of the day comes from the ol' Z Man:

The news media has collapsed under an avalanche of nonsense they created. No one believes anything they see reported. Government has approval rates in the teens. We are well into becoming a low-trust society that can only be held together by force.

and in support of Z's thesis of a collapsed news media, see these articles:

American Mirror - Huffington Post bans writer over articles on Hillary’s health

Then the writer realized being banned by Huffington Post may not be the worst of it:

Zero Hedge - "I've honestly never seen anything like this.  This is happening in the United States in 2016.  It's frankly chilling.  I'm a little scared.   I'm doing this video also to say, I'm not suicidal right now; I am not a particularly clumsy person; I don't own a car at the moment.  So if I'm to slip in the shower over the next couple of days or something silly like that you have to really employ probability and statistics here because I'm not a clumsy person, right, and I'm also not a depressed person right now.  I'm a person who is spooked out though."

Elsewhere, this happened:

Activist Post - After the website DCLeaks posted a cache of Soros documents, its website was yanked offline. Its Twitter account was also suspended.

And something bizarre:

CNN - In an attempt to stem the rising crime in Chicago, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new gun control law last week.


Borden's corporate history reads like shop talk in the quantum physics lounge, suffice to say here the company that once owned Elmer's Glue and Wise and many more came apart as spinoffs and divestitures, and pretty much ceased to exist in 2005. All I wanted to know was who owns Borden's Eagle Brand, a condensed milk product that found national success as Union army rations during the Civil War. Turns out Smuckers owns the Eagle Brand, um, brand. Hmm, what else does Smuckers own? Folgers Coffee and ... but that inquiry quickly led to the quantum physics lounge again. Ho ho, what we don't need with no steenking bepuzzlement.

Okay, enough prattle. Put on yer outrage-colored glasses, gird thy loins and thy strip steaks, reconstitute a glass of freeze-dried spring water and we'll consider the affronts du jour, as chronicled herein:


Remus's notebook


Daily Mail - FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to the 'suicide' of White House counsel Vince Foster have vanished from the National Archives

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It would be a farfetched explanation that didn't involve the Clintons and treachery.

Seattle Times - Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin

Washington Post - A fortress against fear. In the rural Pacific Northwest, prepping for the day it hits the fan [American Redoubt]

Express - Europe faces ‘spectacular’ threat as evil ISIS dishes out passports to would-be attackers

PanAm Post - Venezuela Bans Lines Outside of Bakeries that Spread “Anxiety”

College Fix - Public university hosts blacks-only student retreat – to promote inclusion

Daily Wire - The State University of New York Now Offers 'Stop White People' Training

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They're less particular who they get their money from

Campus Reform - University of Washington Prof hosts workshop on ‘how racism shapes white identity’

Zero Hedge - University of Chicago Tells Millennials to Suck It Up, "We Do Not Condone 'Safe Spaces'"

Zero Hedge - “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before" - The Housing Markets In The Hamptons, Aspen And Miami Are All Crashing

All Outdoor - Why “One Gun” or “Three Guns” for TSHTF Is a Bad Idea

Ancient Origins - 50,000-Year-Old Needle Found in Siberian Cave And It Was Not Made by Homo Sapiens - Layers of the cave's flooring show that it has been occupied by humans for 282,000 years.

Daily Mail - The sponge that can BOIL water using nothing but sunlight

Bloomberg - Venezuela Confirms Plan to Purge State Workers Who Signed Recall. Party leader said opponents to be removed in 48 hours

Long Beach Post - Police Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed that detaining photographers for taking pictures "with no apparent esthetic value" is within Long Beach Police Department policy.

Popular Mechanics - 176 Years and Counting, How Long Can the World's Most Durable Battery Last? The sooner it runs out, the sooner we can find out exactly what is inside it.

Scientific American - Astronomers find an exoplanet that could be habitable—and it's as close to us as it could possibly be.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Methinks we're getting ahead of ourselves. What's known is: it's roughly earth-size and in the "goldilocks zone". So far, so good. But what's also known is stellar flares are ten times more violent than our sun's blasting the planet with x-rays and ultraviolet radiation, and extreme tides on the planet probably mean tidal heating and tidal lock. What's not known is the composition of the planet and its atmosphere, if any. This "earth-like" planet may be the 21st century version of canals on Mars.

Wood Trekker - Why I No Longer Buy Under Armour Products

Art Of Manliness - The Men’s Dress Shoe Hierarchy

Breitbart - Hillary Clinton Calls 31 Million Breitbart Readers ‘Racist’ Klansmen

Zero Hedge - Germans "Lose Faith In Banks", Rush To Buy Safes

Alternative Hypothesis - Re: Why Do Black People Commit More Crime?

Sun - Inside the UK’s largest purpose-built WW2 bomb shelter where thousands of Brits sought refuge from Nazi attacks [photo essay]

Daily Mail - Claims secretive Nasa lab to publish paper on 'warp drive' that could take humans to Mars in 10 weeks

Dealbreaker - CEO Who Jacked Up The Price Of EpiPens 500% Has Long History Of Being Total Nightmare: Lying About Having An MBA Edition


1937. Nash magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg From an article at Hemmings Magazine about a restoring a 1937 Nash LaFayette 400:

"It took Bob nearly two years to get his project car in road-worthy condition, and he has had it on the road since July 2003, racking up roughly 2,000 miles a year and driving whenever the weather is pleasant, regardless of season. "It doesn't have power steering, but you'd swear it does; it drives like a baby carriage. The hydraulic brakes stop very well. It has Gabriel lever shocks, and I've never touched them or checked to see if they're topped up with oil, but the car rides smoothly," he says. With her ample low-end torque and manual transmission, this "grand old lady" will pick up her skirts and run with modern traffic."



World War III
The run up.


Zero Hedge - "In Preparation For Crisis" Germany Considers Bringing Back Military Service

Mirror - North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile off coast of South

Daisy Luther - A Disturbing Series of Events: Governments Around the World Seem to Be Preparing for War

DC Clothesline - Czech Government Tells Citizens to ‘Prepare for the Worst’ ... the Czech government is telling its citizens to “be prepared for the worst case possible scenario”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg And recall this item from last week: Reuters - Germany to tell people to stockpile food and water in case of attacks. "... prepare appropriately for a development that could threaten our existence and cannot be categorically ruled out in the future."

U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Nitze Harassed by Iranian Patrol Boats. YouTube video, 1m 07s

National Interest - Why Japan and South Korea Should Fear North Korea's Underwater Nuclear Weapons

Janes - Germany to update its civil defence plans [preview of premium content]

Russia's A-10 Warthog: Why the Su-25 Frogfoot Is a Flying Tank ... while the U.S. Air Force wants to retire the A-10 starting in 2022, the Su-25 is undergoing extensive upgrades to keep with the times.

Breaking Defense - Air Force Hasn’t Done Homework On A-10 Retirement: GAO

Stars and Stripes - Navy likely to face further Iranian provocations in Persian Gulf

Chicago Tribune - Japan's military begins training for new overseas missions

Janes - USAF F-15s to help protect Bulgarian airspace [preview of premium content]

AFP via Yahoo - Russia launches large snap military drills

SHTF Plan - DHS Prepares For Nuke Attack With Massive Order For Radiation Detectors: ‘To Ensure Nuclear Devices Aren’t Secretly Being Transported In Public Areas’

Below The Turret Ring - First footage of the [Iran] Karrar main battle tank

Living Prepared - The EMP Threat to Canada and the USA

Nikkei Asian Review - Majority of Japanese want harder line against China

Japan News - Urgent measures needed to counter growing N. Korean SLBM threat


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Fred On everything - I can think of no way to solve the country’s racial disaster. Can you? Ritual chantings about racism, discrimination, white privilege, institutional racism, and so on are neither a program nor a solution. Neither is documenting the intense racism of blacks, interracial-rape ratios, crime, and low scores on promotional examinations. There seems to be no solution. The underlying problem that will not go away is that blacks as a race have not shown themselves able to function in a modern society. Degrees and exceptions yes, but the central fact remains. One is not supposed to say this, and would that it were not true, but it is. Attribute causation as you wish. The condition remains. It has proved impervious to every conceivable social program.


Front Page Magazine - There are a great many graduates with useless degrees whose only career paths run through social justice activism. And activism does not pay well. Take the tactics up a notch and you won’t have to punch the clock for pennies at some storefront educational non-profit, but you can get cash from George Soros. The ugly hateful tactics of Black Lives Matter paid off. Follow the money and you’ll see broken lives but also heaps and heaps of dirty cash. And that is what it’s about. How many police officers have to die so a grad student in gender studies doesn’t have to get a real job? How many towns and cities have to be burned so Soros can relive his World War II glory days?


Amerika - The Alternative Right lives up to its name: the mainstream Right has become corrupted in the same way every other institution in the collapsing Western Civilization has. Once politics takes over, an inevitable drift to the Left commences because equality rewards the lowest common denominator. As a result, conservatism and Right-wing politics have come to mean the exact opposite of their original meaning, and the Alternative Right is zeroing the compass on true north yet again. Although it combines many views, the essential philosophy of the Alternative Right is Nationalism, the recognition that a nation cannot be forced into existence, but rather arises from a genetically-related group who, since they share traits and abilities, form a cohesive unit which does not require constant control through force.


Anti Media - The food lines seen throughout Venezuela are reminiscent of the Great Depression. Thousands fill the sidewalks and wait for hours to get their hands on basic staples. The Venezuelan healthcare system, once a symbol of socialism’s success, has been crippled by vast medical supply shortages. Even simple illnesses are going untreated, leading to dangerous complications. The inflation rate is now the highest in the world and is expected to hit 1,600% by next year. Maduro’s emergency decree promises severe punishments for those who refuse to work in the fields without pay. The symptoms plaguing their economy are past the point of no return.


Atlantic Centurion - New York is one of the most diverse and progressive places in the world. They love romanticizing it in fiction, visiting it, going to school there, moving there and drying out their ovaries, and treating the pallette of humanity assembled there like a theme-park-meets-food-court. Wouldn’t it be swell if the whole country could be like this place? Wouldn’t it be grand if everyone were made a stranger in a strange land? *Rubs hands. What if the New York way of life so admired by the left was transposed across the entire United States? What sort of country would this desired New America be?


1940. February snowstorm in Chillicothe, Ohio.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Shovels, work parties and pickup trucks were state of the art in 1940 snow removal. Chillicothe is a town on the Scioto River in south central Ohio, population 20,000 in 1940, about 21,700 today.









More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Survival Sullivan - If you have been waiting for a public announcement or news headline to let you know that an economic collapse has begun, you are in for the surprise of your life. If history in other countries and in Detroit, Michigan is any indication, there won’t be an announcement. An economic collapse tends to sneak up on a city, region, or country gradually over time. In some cases, the arrival of an economic collapse is so gradual that most people living in it aren’t even aware of it at first. Things just get gradually worse, often so gradually that people and families adjust as best they can until one day they actually realize that it’s not just their home or their neighborhood that has been hit so hard financially, it’s everyone. By that time, it’s often too late to take preventative action.


Liberty Blitzkrieg - Never in a million years did I think Hillary herself would so publicly enter the Media Wars. The speech itself was pretty bizarre. I believe it will ultimately backfire by providing free publicity and fame to many of those she intended to demonize. Precisely because she is so polarizing, Clinton can only make an opposing movement far stronger by engaging in direct attacks on them. The moment she calls out a group as her enemy, many people on the sidelines will suddenly say, well maybe they’re not so bad. If these sites are so fringe, why obsess over them to such an extent? It’s because alternative media is now driving the news cycle and this is extraordinarily dangerous to status quo influence and power.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Suddenly, as in less than a week, the alt-right is front and center. Just as suddenly, everyone with a byline and an expense account is an expert. Seems like only yesterday they were excoriating the alt-right as the internet's red light district. Oh wait, it was only yesterday. That said, the media are surprisingly less dismissive than expected, although the SPLC's verbal vomit is routinely featured near the top. Escape hatch, likely. And they miss the international alt-right completely. But, not bad as a first approximation by committed enemies. Here's a sampling:

Washington Post - What’s the alt-right? A primer

Guardian - ‘A sense that white identity is under attack’: making sense of the alt-right

PBS - Why the ‘alt-right’ is coming out of online chat rooms to support Trump.

Fox News - The rise of the alt-right movement. Video, 2m 36s

Air Talk - Everything you need to know about the alt-right movement. Audio, 22m 28s

ABC News - Explaining the 'Alt-Right' Movement That's Emerging as a Force in the 2016 Race

Brett Stevens has more in these excerpts from several sources at Alternative-Right. Origin and history of the Pepe Frog meme is at Know Your Meme. Atlantic Centurion's "Seven Principles" here , and what's not Alt-Right here . That's it, all I got, yer on yer own.


Right Stuff - Clinton’s campaign speech in Reno, NV, did exactly what it had been foretold to do. She attacked Trump, the Alt-Right, and nationalism. Literally. One of the most powerful people in the world spoke for a half hour about an internet movement of White nationalist blogs and Twitter trolls. The Archbishop of the Catlady Ascendancy herself addressed the White heresy known as the Alt-Right. In the flesh. Are we winning the meme war or what?


Taki's Magazine - Outright racism by Latinos against blacks gets little coverage in the liberal press and no outrage from SJWs, and black “civil rights leaders” are scared to confront it with the same merciless, take-no-prisoners attitude they reserve for every perceived “microaggression” from whites. Mexican neighborhoods, while still not the best places to go jogging at 1 a.m., are generally safer and more productive than black neighborhoods. Again, I'm not celebrating that fact. But it is a fact. As formerly all-black neighborhoods like Compton and Watts have become majority Latino, the crime rate has gone down excepting the increase in crime that comes from localized battles between black and Mexican gangs. That problem will dissipate once one group achieves its desired hegemony, and given the choice, most white Angelenos will root for the Mexicans.


Taki's Magazine - During Thursday’s speech in Reno, Hillary wove an elaborate ideological beaded necklace linking Trump to Bannon to Breitbart to the Alt-Right and, by association, to Hitler and Simon Legree and, naturally, to Satan himself. It needs to be stressed that “Alt-Right” has no fixed meaning. Its self-identified members often spend more time engaged in ideological-purity pissing contests with one another than they do banding together to fight Cultural Marxism. It’s quite a big tent, but if there’s one thing that all of them—and me—agree on, it’s that Cultural Marxism is a toxic and destructive form of collective insanity that not only needs to be smashed and left bleeding in the streets. And in that sense, the Alt-Right is all right with me.


1939. Siler City, North Carolina


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Siler City , now a suburb of Greensboro in central North Carolina, was a town of about 2,000 in 1939.




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Smithsonian - Welcome to what we might call “art in the age of digital reproduction.” This idea is riffing on Walter Benjamin’s famous essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” in which he argued that authentic artworks have a certain, indefinable “aura” about them that makes them great. Reproductions—whether produced mechanically, as they were in 1936 when Benjamin was writing, or digitally as they are today—are missing this. We might even risk calling this the missing “soul” of the work—a key component that art lovers find lacking when they see a digital copy of a work.


Right On - Here is what I foresee. These prognostications could turn out to be correct, at least approximately so. Let us suggest three scenarios, a first ‘soft’ one, a second ‘hard’, and a third ‘very hard’. Let us start with the probable assumption that the great crisis that issues from the convergence of the lines of catastrophe will take place between 2010 and 2020. These dates seem near, but we are currently experiencing a considerable acceleration of historical events and modifications.


New Observer - Lincoln made his views known on the repatriation of blacks as early as 1862, at the height of the Civil War. During a meeting with a black group called the “Deputation of Free Negroes” who had come to plead for full emancipation, Lincoln told the Africans that their best option was to return to Africa and start a free black colony there. Lincoln’s efforts to proceed with this policy of removing all blacks from America was only interrupted by his assassination.


City Journal - On the morning of this past June 6, I turned on my computer expecting to see some small remembrance of D-Day on Google's landing page. I say “small” because on Memorial Day, Google saw fit to commemorate our war dead with a miniature American flag. But there wasn't even that on D-Day; there was nothing. Though I was taken aback, I shouldn't have been. Two weeks earlier, Google had celebrated the career of West Coast Japanese-American activist Yuri Kochiyama, who had been interned along with her family during World War II. She went on to celebrate the likes of Malcolm X and Osama bin Laden, declaring in the wake of 9/11 that the U.S. government was the biggest terrorist in the world.


Heat Street - Hollywood has a very long history of getting basic, important things completely wrong when it comes to that conflict, and often totally unnecessarily. Of course, by definition, Hollywood movies fictionalize the truth but taking egregious historical liberties with a conflict of such significance as WWII matters more than standard cinematic deviations from reality. Overall, black-and-white movies were more accurate than recent ones, as there were more people alive in those days to rebuke producers and studios if they weren’t, and they also hired veterans as consultants. People of that caliber got small things right as well as big ones, because people cared in those days.


1945. Alsace, France. April.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg World War II ended about a month after this picture was taken. One look at these guys tells you everything you need to know. Surrendering to the British or the Americans was top priority for German troops, the alternative was to be killed or captured by the Soviets. In the last days of the war, volunteers held back Soviet troops so their comrades could escape to the Western Front, fire a shot or two for appearance's sake, and surrender.

Alsace is on the west bank of the Rhine, Germany is on the east side. France annexed Alsace, part of it after the Thirty Years War and the rest after the Franco-Dutch War, then lost it to Germany after the Franco-Prussian War, regained it after World War I, lost it to Germany again in World War II, and regained it after the defeat of the Third Reich.



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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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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
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