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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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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

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's looking like 1860 in America, or the Fourth Turning, or the fourth canvas of The Course of Empire , or the End Times prophesied in Christian eschatology. To get the flavor of what's ahead, consider this statement from a sitting Governor, quoted from the Independent Sentinel:

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said Republicans might have to fight to win back rights that were lost if Hillary wins. “I want us to be able to fight ideologically, mentally, spiritually, economically, so that we don't have to do it physically,” Bevin said during a speech at the Value Voters Conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. “But that may, in fact, be the case.” Patriots may need to shed blood to “reclaim” the country if Clinton wins ... His comments didn't need clarification. We heard. If Hillary and her leftists think the “deplorables” and their enablers will sit still for her taking our Bill of Rights away, she needs to rethink it.

Pretty wild, ayewott? But wait, there's more. Add the ongoing and ever more obvious collapse of the economy and civil society, and the mainstreaming of survivalism, and the spectacular rise of Black Lives Matter and the Alt Right, et al. Stir in ever-rising gun sales, the spread of infrared and thermal imaging and their countermeasures, and of comms and serious intel, the growing popularity and professionalism of militias, the coast-to-coast stockpiling of ammo and long-term storage foods. This is antebellum stuff.

Add the reenergized movement to carve new states out of existing states—the state of Jefferson from northern California, or the proposed North Colorado, for two. Add the ongoing secessionist movements. Add the states that are emulating the late and unlamented East Germany, with near-total surveillance down to the beat cop level, and pointless harassment, using SWAT raids for formerly routine police procedures, blatant corruption, asset forfeiture and all the rest, which is giving rise to undergrounds not materially different from the early phase of the Maquis in occupied France.

This presidential election is a surface symptom of what lies beneath. The center has been eviscerated, destabilizing the whole system to where failure at one nexus easily releases constraints at others, risking a cascading collapse from what would otherwise be trivial causes. Whatever civil disaster you're prepping for, you'll be right. Stay away from crowds.

Next item.

When considering Hillary Clinton's poor and visibly deteriorating health, it's useful to know how a megalomaniacal sociopath of the past concealed his imminent death from the public, namely President Franklin Roosevelt who, in private, was a lifetime libertine, a momma's boy patrician who held the 'common man' and the poor in contempt, a paleo-racist and a hater of Jews. A progressive, in a word.

Although in the final stage of a debilitating heart disease, he—and the ever-toadying press—presented himself as being in robust good health except for annoying but manageable little problems. He was reelected and died three months later. Duh.

Russel Baker at the New York Times Review of Books describes Franklin Roosevelt's illness in his comments about Joseph Lelyveld's book, "His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt":

... his appearance sometimes left visitors alarmed. In his memoir of interviewing him that year, Turner Catledge, a respected reporter for The New York Times , recalled that at first glimpse of the president he was so “shocked and horrified” that he had an impulse to turn and walk out. He felt he was “seeing something I shouldn't see,” he wrote, describing the president with a “vague, glassy-eyed expression” and mouth “hanging open,” a man who “would lose his train of thought, stop and stare blankly at me.” ...

Interviewed years later, [Cardiologist Howard Bruenn] said Roosevelt was in “God awful” condition at their first meeting [in 1944]. His examination notes described “a diseased heart” that had “become enlarged and shifted away from its normal location in the chest.” The president’s face was “very grey,” indicating a possible oxygen deficiency in the blood. His blood pressure was “a worrisome 186/108.” ...

All the evidence pointed to “an alarming enlargement of the heart, induced by chronic high blood pressure.” Bruenn’s notes said, “heart was enormous.” His diagnosis was “acute congestive heart failure,” specifically “left ventricular heart failure.” Lelyveld observes that this would have been explosive political news in 1944 and may explain why it was kept from the public for twenty-six years.

What Bruenn’s report told the few permitted to see it was quite different from the report Roosevelt gave his news conference shortly after the examination. His problem, the president said, was “a lingering bronchitis.” ... There were some slightly debilitating “residuals” of the flu, he said, and an “ensuing bronchitis” that exercise and sunshine could readily dispose of. The message seemed to be “Good as new in a day or two.”

So it is with Hillary. Just a nagging cough. No, it's allergies. No, it's heat exhaustion. No, it was pneumonia all along, but now everything's okay. And so we watch, and wonder, is she over-medicated or under-medicated today? Will she hack up a lung and do another faceplant? If she dies on live tevee will she be "good as new in a day or two"? If we've learned one thing about her, it's no lie is too big or too small.

Next item please.

First reference to "pop" was in 1812, in a letter written by English poet Robert Southey:

"Called on A. Harrison and found he was at Carlisle, but that we were expected to supper; excused ourselves on the necessity of eating at the inn; supped there upon trout and roast foul, drank some most admirable cyder, and a new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because ‘pop goes the cork’ when it is drawn, and pop you would go off too, if you drank too much of it."

Next item.

There's a video clip of the Black Lives Matter Social Justice Warrior shooting at cops in Philadelphia. This was late Friday night. Worth watching. Having lived in downtown Philadelphia—"Center City" as they like to call it—I have a soft spot in my head for Philly cops. When there's trouble they materialize like spring-loaded popups. Amazing. No cops, then cops, then no trouble. The low lifes they have to deal with are equally amazing, retarded or insane or both, usually Africans interrupted in mid-chimpout, not always.

Instead of toad-hopping around and screaming orders like cops elsewhere they act like the outcome is a foregone conclusion, so, no theatrics or unnecessary unpleasantness please, let's just get this done. Nothing personal. NY City cops tend to be belligerent and arrogant, Philly cops remind me of old-time peace officers. The press likes to call it professionalism, and it is, in the sense there's a certain sameness to it all, and why not, aside from the occasional shooter the perps are tiresomely alike. And the occasional shooter is occasional for a reason, if they take it to the wall the cops are coming back and they aren't. So, a tip o' my sweat-stained fedora to the Philadelphia cops.

Okay gang, enough digression, let's dim the lights, strike up the band and pull up the curtain on yer latest ol' Woodpile Report. Calamities. Outrages. Oh my.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Deutsche Welle - Arsonists increasingly target refugee shelters in Germany. [Relax, it's just a bunch of racist Nazis]

Joel D. Hirst's Blog - As Venezuela Goes ‘Rouge’

Zero Hedge - Ford Announces Plan To Shift All Small-Car Production To Mexico

Breitbart - NPR Station Publishes Anti-Trump Comic for Teachers, Children to Use in Class [and DC wonders why the media is despised]

College Fix - Chancellor apologizes for email prohibiting debate on climate change

Washington Post - In the safe spaces on campus, no Jews allowed

Posted for what it's worth -

Activist Post - Gang Members Implicate U.S. Gov’t in Dumping Crates of Guns in Chicago

BBC - Chicago killings: 'It's like crates of guns got dropped off'

Daily Caller - Here’s How Two Twitter Pranksters Convinced The World That Pepe The Frog Meme Is Just A Front For White Nationalism

Amerika - Step Three On The Way To The Death Camps

Daisy Luther - Is the Big One Coming? FEMA Increases Earthquake Preparedness Activities [Cascadia and New Madrid]

Daily Caller - New York State Attorney General Eric Scheiderman has launched a probe of the Donald J. Trump Foundation to ensure its compliance with state regulations governing charities. Scheiderman is a Democrat who serves on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s leadership council in New York state.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg More evidence the rule of law has become rule by law.

Anti Media - YouTube Has Quietly Begun “Censoring” Journalists Who Criticize Government

Real Clear Politics - The Death of Campus Free Speech — and How to Revive It ... It's getting harder to tell the difference between real news about colleges and the Onion's parodies [a classic from June of this year]

Michigan Capital Confidential - School Superintendent says 13-Star 'Betsy Ross' Flag Injects 'Hostility' and 'Hate' ... "Forest Hills Public Schools released a statement that said the students wouldn't be disciplined for the Betsy Ross flag and “it will be used as a teachable moment.”

Washington Post - In a hungry Venezuela, buying too much food can get you arrested ... the Venezuelan government has arrested or detained at least 9,400 people this year for allegedly breaking laws against hoarding

Motherboard - How Drug Cartels Operate Like Silicon Valley Startups

Financial Resistance - 7 Signs Chicago is a Now a “Third-World” City

Watch a snowflake meltdown.

Heat Street - College Students Attack Man’s ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat As ‘Hate Speech’

YouTube - SJW Attacking Student for Wearing "unsafe" Hat. Video, 2m 25s [the video linked in the article above]

Front Page - David Limbaugh and Extolling the Never-Trumpers. [Cadet neocon strikes at Hillary's “basket of deplorables"]

Tea Party Tribune - Mystery Solved: Metal Clip Exposed in Hillary Collapse

Twitter - When a mysterious piece of metal flies out of her pant leg, is this a broken leg brace? Someone? [includes video]

Popular Photography - Shooting With The 20x24 Polaroid Camera: The End Of An Era. A legendary photographic format will soon cease to exist.

Federalist - I Was A Huge NFL Fan, But Now That It Politicizes Everything I Quit

 

1930. Magazine ad for GM trucks

 

 

World War III
The run up.

 

War Is Boring - South Korea Will Try to Blow Up Kim Jong Un If He Launches Nukes. Seoul has a plan to decapitate the North’s leadership 

Sun - Kim Jong-un ‘has enough uranium for 20 nukes THIS YEAR’

Express - China DEFENDS ally North Korea and blasts 'unhelpful' sanctions after fifth nuclear test

Gatestone Institute - European Leaders Discuss Plan for European Army. "We are going to move towards an EU army much faster than people believe." [and the mandatory draft is making a comeback ]

InfoWars - Prominent Author: France Preparing For “Civil War” Against Muslims

Consortium News - Pushing NATO to Russia’s Southern Flank

Mirror - Nuclear stand-off intensifies as North Korea warns it is ready to launch fresh attack over 'US military provocations'

Popular Mechanics - China's Air Forces Are Venturing Further Into the Pacific Than Ever Before. It's all thanks to better equipped, better trained, and bolder Chinese military.

Sultan Knish - The Two Clinton Nuclear Bombs ... two terror states armed with nuclear weapons, the legacy for two politicians named Clinton who sold out their country

Reform Club - Should the United States continue to participate in NATO?

Zero Hedge - Mother Of All Systemic Threats Is Italy, EU Bail-Ins and World War?

Free Beacon - Japan Wants Joint Training Patrols With U.S. in South China Sea

Washington Post - The Cold War is over. The Cyber War has begun

Jane's 360 - Satellite imagery suggests Pakistan building uranium enrichment facility

National Interest - Is Russia Preparing for a new war in Ukraine?

Sun - Former General slams Britain’s Armed Forces and says country is vulnerable to attack from Putin’s Russia

Shenandoah - Look for Russia to Impose a No-Fly Zone for U.S. Forces over Syria

War On The Rocks - The Looming Air Superiority Train Wreck ... In a 2030 war, the U.S. Air Force now expects to no longer be able to win the air superiority battle

Express - Brussels bureaucrats agree EU army HEADQUARTERS as plans move a step closer ... GERMANY and France have moved another step closer to establishing an EU army

Telegraph - Russia 'to revive the KGB' after Putin wins biggest majority

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Lawfare - Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don't know who is doing this, but it feels like a large a large nation state. China and Russia would be my first guesses.The NSA, which has more surveillance in the Internet backbone than everyone else combined, probably has a better idea, but unless the U.S. decides to make an international incident over this, we won't see any attribution. But this is happening. And people should know.

Popular Mechanics - Is Something Nefarious Probing the Entire Internet for Weakness? Reports indicate someone might be slowly learning to take it all down.

 

Radix Journal - America’s middle class is well into a collapse. Many cities are literally in flames. Universities turn out mentally crippled degenerates. The financial situation is obviously unsustainable, with skyrocketing rates of debt and dependence and a potential crisis looming when automation meets the mass of unskilled immigrant workers. Most importantly, our leaders take as the fundamental premise of all their policies that dispossessing and then replacing the traditional ethnic population of every Western nation will have no ill effects whatsoever and that questioning The Great Replacement is not something that can even be debated. The only two possibilities are that “our” leaders are astonishingly stupid and incompetent or they are deliberately trying to destroy Western Civilization. Either way, it is a question of our survival or theirs. And regardless of what happens in November, the battle will be taken to a new level of intensity. Trump has already done what we needed him to do. So for all the reporters reading this, you do what you must. For we have already won.

 

Fred On Everything - Conspiracy theories hold charm for such as I, who regard them as we might a species of rare insectivorous marsupials who glow in the dark, and for the conspiracy theorists themselves, who seem to derive from their conditions a satisfying sense of esoteric penetration. Yet they become wearisome by constant repetition. Some have. In particular, Nine/Eleven. Here is the First Law of conspiracy theories, that to protect the theory you have to expand it. The press is a good example. Any reporter would slit the throats of his entire newsroom to break that story. Instant Pulitzer, national fame, huge book contracts, a movie, choice of jobs anywhere. The paper that did it would have the story of the century. Yet nobody did it.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 9/11 conspiracy theory is the sort of thing elders in the mountains of Pakistan tell wide-eyed kids around a campfire. "See how devious the infidels are," they'd say, "destroying their own city and blaming it on believers." The evidence 9/11 truthers trot out is of a piece with Gore's "settled science" of anthropogenic global warming, same principle as a Grand Jury presentation, which is to say uncontested piling on. There were anomalies and self-serving coverups certainly, there always are, but the storyline of the 9/11 truthers is tedious bunk. Click here for a classic bit of debunking.

 

Lew Rockwell - Earlier this week, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress took the FBI to task for its failure to be transparent. In the House, it was apparently necessary to serve a subpoena on an FBI agent to obtain what members of Congress want to see; and in the Senate, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee accused the FBI itself of lawbreaking. Here is the back story.

 

Of Two Minds - The mainstream media bet the farm on Hillary Clinton, confident that their dismissal of every skeptical inquiry as a "conspiracy" would guarantee her victory. It now appears they have lost their bet. The mainstream media has failed: it has failed its sacred duty in a democracy to report the facts and let the voters decide what is or isn't important, it has engaged in orchestrated deception and it has attempted to block legitimate inquiries into Hillary's wealth and health with crass, propagandistic attacks and smear campaigns. The MSM bias is so painfully obvious that its remaining credibility has been squandered.

 

1937. Manchester, New Hampshire.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let's check out the shopping in Manchester, a city in southern New Hampshire with a population of about 77,000 in 1937.

 

Cue the theme from Rhapsody in Blue. We'll start in Greater Metropolitan Downtown Manchester where we find the usual outlets: clothing stores and dime stores and department stores and specialty shops. Sales and markdowns and clearances await. Traffic is heavy, the sidewalks crowded. You can almost hear the plucked violins and syncopated car horns. Everyone's feeling cosmopolitan, it's suits 'n ties for the guys, the latest fashions for the ladies.

 

A bit further on we find a bakery. "Better foods ... from our own ... kitchen bakery", reads the sign, a claim backed up by a Certificate of Tested Quality affixed to the display window, should there be doubters. Offerings range from 19¢ to 35¢. The thermometer by the door advertises Bamby, The Better Bread, a big brand in the '30s, a product of the Wielpuetz Bakery headquartered in Cape Girardeau, a river town in southeastern Missouri. When this picture was taken it was newly owned by Tom Fitzgerald & Son. In 1955 it was sold again and renamed Bunny Breads , as it remains.

 

A ways off Main we have Sam's Market, purveyor of foodstuff and beer in bottles—no more carrying it in your hands. The ad on the door suggests we try Cole's Master Loaf. The coin operated dispenser reads Pulver, probably Joy Mint Gum, as below. And they'd have you know the Downie Brothers Circus will be in town on Wednesday the 4th of August. It was a "truck circus", one day and gone . The woman may be Olive Oyle's older sister.

 

Even further off Main, but still within the realm of the United Food Stores empire, we have Stuart's Market, featuring memorable asphalt landscaping and forgettable pointing up of brickwork. Stuart's is a step down, literally, but just like Sam's, a Pulver gum dispenser patiently awaits your arrival. Lafayette ginger ale is available within and boneless sirloin is on offer at 29¢ the pound. And there's your balanced meal. No idea what the thing at right is, combo doghouse and terrarium maybe.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Alternative Hypothesis - Thomas Sowell is great at demolishing liberal narratives. Unfortunately, he has a habit of building equally weak theories of his own in their place. The idea that low levels of education causes Black poverty is easily falsifiable. If you have two cities, one all Black and one all White, the Black city will probably be poorer even if there is no difference between these cities populations in educational attainment. They also love to talk about broken families. Unfortunately for them, this theory is no more sound than the previous one. Race continues to predict a cities poverty rate when holding the single motherhood rate constant. The factor that both liberals and conservatives ignore is genetics.

 

Z Man - The Clintons have come to symbolize everything that has gone wrong in Washington over the last several decades. They are an extreme example of the ethos that has come to dominate American politics. It is a culture where everything is for sale, nothing is ever on the level and no scam is too small. Washington has become something like a rotten police precinct, where morality is inverted. Instead of the criminals fearing detection by the honest, it is the honest who fear the criminals. The IRS investigation has to be reopened so that the truth of that fiasco is laid bare. In all probability, the people in the IRS acted on their own initiative. Lois Lerner is a fanatic. Putting her in a cage for a very long time sends the message to other fanatics that the IRS is no place for their kind. If a Trump presidency merely clears the field for a new generation of reformers, that would be a pleasant result. Cause otherwise what comes next will be much worse.

 

Breitbart - A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe. These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.

 

Straight Line Logic - Proposed bans on cash, or even active discouragement of its use, are the next milestone in governmental larceny. The civil liberties’ implications of the government keeping track of everyone’s money and how it’s spent are of course ominous. However, the main reason the government wants financial assets confined to the banking and financial system is so that it can purloin them. Once bank accounts, brokerage accounts, insurance accounts, pension funds, and other easy-to monitor repositories of financial assets become the only stores of value, the government can partially or wholly nationalize—steal—assets and perhaps the repositories themselves. Economic collapse would wipe out financial system equity whether deposits are forced to stay in the system or not. The government has no equity to wipe out. Forced to stay, deposits will be expropriated by the government for its benefit or the benefit of the financial repositories.

 

Vulture - Our art history is organized teleologically — it's an arrow. Things are always said to be going forward, and progress is measured mainly in formal ways by changes in ideas of space, color, composition, subject matter, and the like. Artists and isms follow one another in a Biblical begatting based on progress toward a goal or a higher stage. This paradigm has been in place for 200 years. But our idea of art history is dead already; it just doesn't know it. Its terms are so specialized and vague they're only useful to those in the know. The idea that art has an overall goal of advancing or perfecting its terms and techniques is made up. Imagined. Idiotic. Except to those benefiting from this intellectual fundamentalism.

 

1936. More shopping.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Shopping outside Manchester New Hampshire. Yes. It happened.

 

New Orleans, Louisiana. Pointedly less Anglophile although the wainscot at left could be construed as insufficiently Baroque. The produce is displayed cornucopia-like, innocent of shrinkwrap or stickers announcing the buyer's superior acumen, presented in full-spectrum daytime solar lighting and natural flo-thru ventilation—'way ahead of their time.

 

Raleigh, North Carolina. Neatness counts for more in Raleigh. No useless clutter like, say, publicly disclosed prices. And there are rules. No hat, no service, for one. By the way, it's Dress Like A Detective Day. Would it kill you to get in the spirit of things?

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Amerika - Where mainstream conservatism slept, the Alt Right rose; unlike mainstream conservatives, the Alt Right do not require “politeness” and “sociability” from themselves because they realize that these hamper truth, which is more complex and less pleasant than the euphemisms and talismans required for social interaction. That is the difference: the mainstream conservatives are dominated by socializing and its requirements, where the Alt Right maintains a feral, atavistic and anti-social outlook that allows it to be truth-driven and not led around by the nose by human concerns, emotions, feelings, desires and pretenses. We will not be bullied anymore. We will speak of the obvious and real. We will mention the unsociable and factual, including logical facts. We will be honest, forthright and clear.

 

Aeon - The consensus is that Einstein can’t have what he wanted – a real world in space and time, without action-at-a-distance. And many theorists, including Bell, conclude that the inequality reveals a deep tension between quantum mechanics and special relativity, the two pillars of 20th-century physics. There’s a simple and elegant solution to the problem – an option that Bell himself missed, apparently, because he confused it for something else. With Bell’s authority behind it, the confusion persists to this day, and the solution goes almost unnoticed. Yet if it works, it explains Bell’s correlations without Schrodinger’s ‘magic’ and it gets our giants back in line. This reconciliation begins with a suggestion first made by a young Parisian graduate student, Olivier Costa de Beauregard, in the late 1940s.

 

PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - Washington is now beset by a bane once exclusively associated with monarchies and authoritarianisms. Washington has a succession problem that has been growing for some time. It has become unaccountably fragile for reasons that are not hard to understand. The thinning bench of the Democratic Party, the replacement of a broad national consensus by a crazy quilt of identical political issues, the weakening of constitutional constraints and the rule of law in favor of cults of personality have all contributed to make the system unpredictable. It is no longer the constitutionally constrained system of former times, but one dependent on the caprice and health of individual human beings. It has become like the USSR America laughed at in its last days.

 

Gatestone Institute - Maduro is doubling down on the failed Chavismo economic and social policies that have contributed to an inflationary crisis not seen since the days of the 1920's Weimar Republic in Germany, when the cost of a loaf of bread was a wheelbarrow full of cash. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the black market is thriving because goods are unavailable at prices fixed by the government. There are reports of ordinary people quitting inadequate-paying jobs to set up black market operations, hoping to be able to make enough to sustain life. A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund "predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year. "Venezuela's crime rate is one of the highest in the world. Called the world's most homicidal nation, Venezuela has more than street crime, thuggery and murder.

 

Dilbert - You probably thought Trump was the bigot in this contest, until Clinton called half of Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables.” That’s the point at which observers started to see a pattern. Trump has been consistently supportive of American citizens of all types – with the exception of the press and his political opponents. The main targets of Trump’s rhetoric are the nations that compete against us. In stark contrast, Clinton turned her hate on American citizens. That’s the real kind of hate. Trump is more about keeping America safe and competing effectively in the world. That is literally the job of president.

 

1945. New York City, Victory in Europe Day

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The original VE Day, the 8th of May, 1945 as celebrated in New York's Times Square. It was also President Truman's 61st birthday. See this photo gallery, Time - Photos of Jubilant V-E Day Celebrations in New York City. Oh yeah, it went on deep into the night. Their were celebrations elsewhere but documentation is scarce.

 

 

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Notate Bene

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.
Traditional

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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.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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