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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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Auguste Toulmouche, Sweet Doing Nothing, 1877


art-remus-ident-04.jpg One of "Toulmouche's delicious dolls", nicknamed 'Sweet' I presume. Toulmouche was a favorite portrait painter of Parisian high society in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Okay, let's see what we have this week.

Long-time readers know two of my rules, "Stay away from crowds" and "Solve food first". I mention 'em in the ol' Woodpile Report from time to time. There are more. Here's one I learned from dealing with suppliers, "Be suspicious of any outfit that gives itself awards". And another that's been passed down in my family, "Beware the man who takes the weather personally". There are others. When I say "passed down" I mean deftly interjected into conversation by elders in exactly the right context, exactly when they'd have lasting effect. Over time they take on their non-trivial meaning and, over time, each generation understands how to prepare the next. Here's another. Think what this might mean: "A man with a watch always knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure". It's a koan, hillbilly style.

Next item please.

Tim Harford makes an interesting argument:

Undergraduate degrees have no value to society: they enable employers to pay higher wages to smarter workers, but lower wages to everyone else — and in order to enjoy these higher wages, smart people must waste time and money going to the trouble of acquiring a degree. Everyone might be better off if the whole business was abandoned.

Next item.

If you doubt the University of Colorado is where the Age of Enlightenment goes to die, where enstupiding is revered and enforced, see this:

The point of departure for this course [Humanities 3990] is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring. We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the ‘other side’ of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course. Opening up a debate that 98% of climate scientists unequivocally agree to be a non-debate would detract from the central concerns of environment and health addressed in this course.

Hunderd 'n one per cent partisan, ayewott? Sointely. The Stalinist tone is hard to miss, it bespeaks a bit of panic. And why would that be, sparky? Could it be the massive, and it is massive, migration from the moribund 1990s-style conservative outfits toward the ultra partisan alt-right? The inflow of defectors is well considered by Argent at West Coast Reactionaries.

The fallout of Hillary Clinton‘s speech last week has triggered a massive influx of fresh blood into the Alt-Right, in particular, and the dissident Right in general. I have seen dozens of new channels and podcasts spring up, and many of us who were already established have seen massive jumps in our subscriber-bases and viewcounts.

This is an era of partisan warfare except without the shooting, which means it's scams and false flags all around. For one, Daily Stormer is sometimes cited as a likely honey pot, both for its over-the-top content and its alleged neocon 'carrier wave'. The newly converted need to be wary, alt-right is in its white hot accretion phase, easy to get burned.

Next item.

A correction to last week's WPR, thanks to reader RN. The info with the old photos of Siler City North Carolina is seriously wrong. Siler City is now a town of about 8,400 and a long way from Greensboro. Wikipedia—yeah, I know—says, "In recent years, Siler City has become a suburb of Greensboro", which is what I put in the caption, but a little further down it says Siler City is 32 miles from Greensboro. How odd. Can't be both and sure enough, it isn't.


Jonathan Wilkinson makes a point worth pondering:

SHTF events are obvious threats that intelligent people can recognize and head off at the pass. More insidious threats such gradual decrease in humanity's IQ, the growing world economic deficit, and the steady decline of beauty and aesthetic pleasure in the town you live in are not all up in your grill like a bad Rap video on World Star Hip-Hop. They don't gross us out. They don't particularly scare anyone. Then you wake up and notice things just don't work that well anymore.

Maintenance gets short shrift when it isn't quantified, i.e., roofs get attention only when they leak. Scheduled maintenance is an in-between step, neither ignored or quantified. Automobiles are examples. We can look to industry for quantified maintenance, sensors on production equipment for example, closely monitored, continuously correlated with tool wear and product quality, casualty items are identified and replaced with more robust solutions, and so forth. Quantification allows improvements to radiate back through the system, all the way to future product designs and the equipment to make them.

Jonathan Wilkinson gets it right. Maintenance of Western civilization has been neglected so long its enemies point to its sorry state as evidence of some fundamental fault. It's nothing of the kind. The Veteran's Administration is a good example. A sweeping and noble vision at the kickoff in 1930, it was allowed to drift into ruin, one embarrassing scandal followed by another. Its mandate isn't being met but you can bet all the reports are complete and certified and properly filed. Certified is not the same as qualified or even competent, however. Federal officials are "certified" by oath of office as supporters and defenders of the Constitution. How's that working out?

So it is with the civilization itself, fixated on personalities and minutia—"rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic"—but without direction, stumbling into pratfalls then drawing the wrong lessons. That Western civilization exists at all is proof we know how to do it, but maintenance to ensure "fitness for purpose" is missing.

Next, please.

Vox Day has a few words to say about multiculturalist miseducation:

Even the dumbest, most maleducated and historically ignorant American, who blithely accepts the idea that George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin believed their posterity to consist of Bantu tribesmen, cannibals from Papua New Guinea, and Chinamen in founding "a nation of immigrants", will tend to raise his eyebrows in befuddlement at new and outlandish claims about "Britain is a nation of immigrants", "the Judeo-Christian identity of the Swedish nation" and "all nations are nations of immigrants".

Next item

Whilst reading of other things I saw a reference to Russia's "Satan 2" ICBM which could "destroy a whole country the size of France". Whoa! Turns out it'll replace their existing R-36 Voyevoda "Satan" to become their standard silo-launched ICBM. It's being tested now, deployment starting in 2020. The "Satan" moniker is Nato's designation, the thing is called RS-28 Sarmat by the Russians. National Interest says the payload weighs ten tons and could carry 15 warheads:

... the Sarmat is being designed specifically to overcome ballistic missile defenses using a combination of decoys, a host of countermeasures and sheer speed. It might also be equipped with maneuvering warheads—which would make it much more difficult to intercept.

Russia has a robust, and accelerating, bomb shelter building program. One of 'em in the Ural Mountains is 400 square miles. Underground. Where are our shelters? Anyone?

Okay, enuff o dat. Let's walk the ol' Woodpile Report trapline and see what we've caught this time.


Remus's notebook


Return Of Kings - 38 Pictures That Show The Decline Of America Since The 1950s

Ars Technica - Building a new Tor that can resist next-generation state surveillance.

ESA - First stars formed even later than previously thought.

Space - 'Alien' Signal Had Earthly Cause, Russian Scientists Say ... may have been caused by a Russian military satellite

JoshuaPundit - The Real Story On Why An NFL Quarterback Refused To Stand For The National Anthem ... future wife is Black Lives Matter activist, and a Moslem

On The Road to Berlin, 2015, YouTube, 1h 22m 18s, HD, Russian with English subtitles. Based on the war diaries of K. Simonov.

Free Thought Project - Major Bank Official: Banks Are “Preparing for an Economic Nuclear Winter”

All Outdoor - The Democrats Will Never Confiscate Your Guns. Instead, You’ll Hand them Over.

Daily Mail - The equation that could transform physics: Researchers say ER=EPR could show how quantum mechanics fits into the theory of general relativity

Politico - Bill Clinton aides used tax dollars to subsidize foundation, private email support. Program for ex-presidents paid salaries and benefits to Clinton aides

Eureka Alert- Reconstructing the 6th century plague from a victim ... wiped out up to an estimated 50 million

Collectors Weekly - The Polyamorous Christian Socialist Utopia That Made Silverware for Proper Americans

Radix - I Was Never Red-Pilled: The Case Against the Metaphor

Reason - FBI’s Comey Proposes an ‘Adult Conversation’ About Giving the FBI Whatever They Want

Daily Mail - German apartment block where Robert Capa captured iconic WWII 'the last man to die' photograph is saved from demolition

Cosmos - RIP E.T. – alien life on most exoplanets dies young

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If interstellar "seeding" of life is a fact, and there's evidence supporting the notion, the argument given here may be moot.

American Mirror - Vermont DMV pays $40,000 to illegal alien Abdel Rababa after reporting him to the feds

Zero Hedge - How Hillary's "personal" emails came to be deleted per the recent FBI disclosures.

DC Clothesline - Judge Rules Government Can Ban Vegetable Gardens Because They’re ‘Ugly’

Inside Science - Black Hole Cores May Not Be Infinitely Dense

Los Angeles Times - Crowds surge into the streets to demand recall of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro ... a forceful repudiation of the leftist politics that are falling out of favor across Latin America

Reuters - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that "the debate over climate phenomenon is over scientifically and environmentally."

Daily Caller - Clinton Foundation Board Member Appeared Naked in Playboy, Has Online Ph.D.

Zero Hedge - MSNBC Cuts Live Coverage As Hillary Has "One Of The Worst Coughing Fits Ever" [watch the video, scary stuff]


1929. Essex Challenger magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Essex , a product of Hudson Motor Car Company, was third in sales behind Ford and Chevrolet. It was powered by an L-head six-cylinder engine displacing 161.4 cubic inches rated at 55 horsepower. The new 1932 Essex was badged Essex-Terraplane, and as Terraplane in 1934. The Terraplane was successful and sold in large numbers through the mid-late 'thirties in the US and UK.



World War III
The run up.


Independent - North Korea soldiers 'given nuclear backpacks' as tensions rise over US-South Korean military exercises ... able to “spray radioactive material” on the enemy

RT - Japan wants British weaponry for South China Sea standoff

War Is Boring - Syria and Iraq Are Incubators for Remote-Controlled Guns. Teleoperated weapons will likely proliferate widely

Express - A North Korean defector has warned the West that Kim Jong-un could launch a devastating nuclear attack as they bolster their submarine fleet

SHTF Plan - Green Beret Warns: “World Governments Are Preparing For Disaster And War” ... initiated with EMP over US

National Interest - Russia's TOS-1: Moscow's Most Powerful Weapon of War (That Isn't Nuclear) - These things have the power to wreak incredible devastation.

Korea Times - China could have provided North Korea with the submarine-launched ballistic missile that the regime in Pyongyang successfully test-fired last week, a U.S. expert claimed Thursday.

Foreign Policy - Last Remaining U.S. Maker of Cluster Bombs Stops Production

Small Wars - Military Review - September-October 2016 [downloadable]

CNN - North Korea fires three ballistic missiles


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Evolutionistx - Whenever someone says, “American schools are failing,” what they really mean is “American blacks and Hispanics score worse than Europeans.” Ghetto districts with falling-apart schools get that way because they have incompetent ghetto administrators who take the money for themselves instead of investing it in school maintenance. Giving them more money does not suddenly make them realize that stealing from little kids is immoral; it just means they steal more money. Well-off parents buy outrageously expensive houses in all-white districts in order to send their kids to schools with other whites and Asians.

Also see:

Future Primaeval - Housing costs are largely driven by zero-sum competition for good school districts and safe neighborhoods, which were in much greater supply in 1960. Part of the reason people are buying more house than they used to is that they’re using laws that indirectly discriminate against people you’d rather not have as neighbors, since the most effective ways to discriminate against bad neighbors have become infeasible.


Zero Hedge - Why is the DHS preparing to take control of the US election? What do you do when you're the dictatorial leader of an oppressive government regime looking to maintain power while simultaneously preserving the facade of free and open elections? Well, if you're the Obama administration then you look for avenues to nationalize state-run election infrastructure. But you can't just seize control of infrastructure that has been successfully run at the state level for a couple hundred years...that kind of stuff only happens in Venezuela and we're better than that. No, you need a catalyst for this kind of blatant power grab. "Coincidentally", a catalyst just like the FBI's warning a couple of days ago about "foreign hackers [read Putin] penetrating state election systems."


Rutherford Institute - [DHS has offered to help “secure” the nation's elections] I’m not falling for the government’s scare tactics about Russian hackers. I’m not losing a night’s sleep over the thought that this election might by any more rigged than it already is. And I’m not holding my breath in the hopes that the winner of this year’s particular popularity contest will save us from government surveillance, weaponized drones, militarized police, endless wars, SWAT team raids, red light cameras, asset forfeiture schemes, overcriminalization, profit-driven private prisons, graft and corruption, or any of the other evils that masquerade as official government business these days.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg There's an "end game" scent in the air. It appears DC is going to strip the states of their Constitutional power to conduct elections. In doing so, DC is asking us to believe they themselves won't be hacked, again. And for comic relief, it appears DC wants us to believe it is neutral and incorruptable.


Z Man - The alt-right will probably be crushed, but these things don't go away. They go underground and regroup. They learn from the defeat and come back better and more prepared to take the fight to the enemy. What comes next is always worse than what the ruling class imagined the first time. In retrospect, they always wish they had taken the first offer and loosened their grip every so slightly. Whether of not the Cloud People recognize what is on offer is hard to know, but the way to bet is they invest everything they have in crushing their opposition.


Barnhardt - Huma Abedin is the daughter of two of the highest-ranking officials in the Muslim Brotherhood. Huma and her sister have both worked intimately and for YEARS on the Musloid Brotherhood’s propaganda rag, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, which was founded by her father, and then taken over by her mother when he died. These people are Musloid Brotherhood royalty. Second: Hillary Clinton is a lesbian. Third: Hillary Clinton’s lesbian concubine is, by all accounts, Huma Abedin. They basically live together, and have for years, even sleeping together when on the road. She is Musloid Brotherhood royalty, and married and bred with the single most repellant Jew alive today , and then promptly dumped her prop child in the lap of a man she knew to be a psychopathic sex pervert.

Liberty's Torch - Show Marriages. Politics is rife with them.


1942. Near Twin Falls Idaho


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In March 1942 President Roosevelt ordered the complete evacuation of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast as a security measure. The Minidoka Relocation Center, 15 miles north of Twin Falls was in operation from August 10, 1942 to October 28, 1945. The farmland grew to about 740 acres in 1944, and the camp was able to provide food for some of the other camps as well. The last family left Camp Minidoka in October 1945. Farmhouses and irrigated fields now occupy much of the former site








More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Manhattan Contrarian - So what is the reason given to phase out the use of cash? It's that the government money laundering laws, introduced in 1970 and tightened multiple times since, just haven't succeeded like they were supposed to in wiping out all crime involving money. Now we learn that it wasn't the "laundering" of the money that was allowing crime to flourish, but the very existence of money in the form of cash. The professional criminals involved in big-time financial crime will find a substitute for cash. The big-time crooks have the need and the time to find the substitute. You do not. So the government gains absolutely nothing against the big-time crooks, but gets the ability to track and trace everything the regular people do.


Military - Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die. On the other side of the mountain, another survivor peered through binoculars as the handcuffed men of neighboring villages were shot and then buried by a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as the extremists filled one grave after another with his friends and relatives. The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group's territory shrinks.


Reuters - Venezuela's socialist economy is suffering triple-digit inflation, severe shortages and a third year of recession, but gangs like this have found strength and profit in the chaos. They are teaming up with former rivals and buying heavier weapons to control ever-larger territory in the capital and beyond. Unlike a growing array of other armed groups in Venezuela the street gangs are largely apolitical. Gangs often call the shots in Venezuela's slums, not police. He says the National Guard, a unit of the army used for internal security, also works with them. "We buy automatic weapons from them, tactical vests, whatever we need. And they warn us when they are going to send some cops."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Events in Venezuela are of more than academic interest. Accounts like this are useful for anticipating the course of our own ongoing collapse.


Chicago Tribune - Some call it "gun violence," a definition greatly appreciated by Democratic politicians like those at City Hall. They can point to guns and take that voter anger over homicide numbers and channel it into a safe space. But there are plenty of guns in the suburbs, and suburbanites aren't slaughtering each other. "One big difference is that now, on the street, there is no fear. Even in the '90s, with all the killing, the gangs feared the police. When we'd show up, they'd run. But now? Now they don't run. Now, there is no fear."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Includes a must-see video. Watch and know what's coming next.


Alternative Right - In time and with cohesion, it's conceivable that the Alt-Right could account for 30%-40% of the American vote – easily outnumbering any other group, thus holding absolute power in a racially polarized America. In a democracy, albeit a republic, that's political power. Blacks attempt to gain power by whining, blocking intersections and burning down their neighborhoods. Whites patiently manipulate the system, wait for the right opportunity, and take power when it's ripe for the taking. White Supremacy isn't just an epithet, it's a phenomenon!


1942. War poster.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rationing in the US began in January 1942. At this distance in time most people don't know rationing was more than food and gas. Military requirements came before all else. Materials were allocated by the government, and entire industries were converted to military production, automobiles, refrigerators, washing machines among them.

Many manufacturers became "one customer" businesses—the government. Civilian clothing, shoes especially, became as scarce as everything else. Other than having jobs and income, working people didn't live much better, if any better, than they did during the Depression.



Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Motherboard - The mass of the Higgs boson looks really contrived. By extending the Standard Model, there's hope for resolving this unnaturalness, but physicists like Hossenfelder think that chasing after "natural" explanations is part of the problem. "That the LHC hasn’t seen evidence for new physics is to me a clear signal that we’ve been doing something wrong, that our experience from constructing the standard model is no longer a promising direction to continue. We’ve maneuvered ourselves into a dead end by relying on aesthetic guidance to decide which experiments are the most promising."


Acculterated - The government’s expanded role in overseeing eating habits began during World War I, when it sought to get Americans to scale back their food consumption in order to send extra food to the troops. The Food Administration deployed squadrons of newly created “home economists,” armed with the latest dietary “science.” The government food experts’ presence expanded dramatically during the Depression. Americans, reeling from the economic disaster, with many families worried about feeding themselves, found themselves inundated with pamphlets generated by the newly formed USDA Bureau of Home Economics. And what about the science the experts relied on? Look closely at the government’s food advice to Americans over the years, and you’ll see a lot of contradictions.


Daily Caller - What Freaked Out the Normies? When you actually meet the people who live behind the internet masks, you’ll often find professionals, ranking government bureaucrats, lawyers, technologists, and more. That shouldn’t be that surprising: more Americans are out of the labor force than at any other time in modern history. These are the ‘normies’ who have become weird. Why has white identity politics suddenly emerged as a nationally important issue? Most educated Americans of non-color receive years of racial, sexual, and identity politics propaganda. They then get more steaming bowlfuls of it when they get a real job or if they turn on the TV. The right has lost influence over the influential: the educated class that controls the US. That is what conservatives should worry about: being annihilated.


Forward - The alt-right is the most aggressively offensive political movement in existence, and it often targets the Jewish community. So why would I be there? I enjoy the nasty talk in the alt-right. I enjoy spending rhetorical time with people who might otherwise hate me. The alt-right has energy, it has vitality, it’s something NEW and creative, it’s honest and forthright. It’s also the only viable political movement that is explicitly fighting for that nebulous concept of “Western Civilization.” Western Civilization is a good thing for Jews. Sharia Law, Political Islam, identity politics, and the collapse of reason generally are bad things for Jews. I don’t care if someone standing up to the left doesn’t talk like my mother.


Traditional Right - Earlier generations of conservatives, especially in the South, understood that agriculture is a culture, a way of life. They realized that way of life was good for children and families, far better in many ways than city life. We want to open that option up to many more people. How? By making the family farm viable again. Our nation, if it wants to eat, needs a new generation of farmers. The next conservatism would create programs to help young people learn farming and acquire farmland. The Amish could help teach them. A country of lots of small farmers, many following sustainable agriculture and organic practices, would enable Americans to keep eating when disasters from genetic engineering wipe out monoculture farms, as they will.


1942. Solomon Islands, Pacific. The USS Wasp is lost.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The USS Wasp CV-7, a Yorktown class attack carrier commissioned in 1940, was launching and recovering aircraft off Makira in the Solomon Islands when it was hit at 2:45 on the 15th of September 1942 by three Type 95 torpedoes fired by the Japanese submarine I-19.

Hit in the fuel storage and ammunition magazine area, the fires and explosions all but destroyed the ship. Wasp was abandoned and then sunk by torpedoes from the USS Lansdowne that night. Casualties were 193 dead, 366 wounded. I-19 escaped depth charging undamaged.



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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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