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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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Willem Kalf, Still Life c.1660

Another Kalf still life: top shelf tableware, expensive incidentals, precious metals set on rich fabric &c., a genre known as "pronkstilleven", roughly translates as "flaunt" still life. No one beats Kalf at this game. I've outlined Kalf's life here before, suffice it to say he was born into a prominent family and improved his lot from there. In the future I'll post a couple of Kalf paintings from his time in France, wholly different stuff.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'll not comment on the first Trump-Clinton debate quite yet. Too close to Woodpile Report posting time. There will be no shortage of analysis and opinion in the interim.


Watch this video at YouTube, Hillary Clinton: ‘'Why aren't I 50 points ahead’ of Trump?'' It's about a minute long. As has been said in many places, never mind the audio, turn the sound off, watch her face and gestures. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Scary, isn't it? Like some crazy person doing a Hillary impression. Every few seconds she flickers in and out of a micro-trance where her face goes blank as if she were confused and disorientated, "where am I ... what was I doing?" Then she picks up where she left off and resumes talking. Her gestures look robotic, like amateur animation, close but not quite right. Macabre but fascinating.

Next item please.

Sipsey Street Irregulars has gone dark. Poof. Just like that.

A couple of days ago, I received some news that ended up shaking me to my very core.  After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to close the doors of the Sipsey Street Irregulars. Effective immediately, this blog not be updated or monitored.  I know this quite sudden, but I know you guys will keep on going just fine without it.

David Codrea at War On Guns supports Matthew's decision and says,

This much I can tell you: Matt's decision was not because he was being pressured or intimidated. And don't buy into the creeping disinformation, posted by people who flat out don't know what they're talking about, for reasons only they can say.


I didn't know Orbitz and Travelocity are owned by Expedia.

Next item.

Some technical analysts believe the Kondratiev and Elliott Wave Theory says the top is in, in fact, that we've overshot the top. The drop will be spectacular but it's not the 1929-like start of another Depression, that's a year out at least, say the numerologists-with-clients, and many traditional analysts agree . However that may be, a significant stochastic—a Lehman-like toes up by Deutsche Bank, most notably—could capsize the world's economies, betimes.

The market itself is just a daily dipstick, a box score, good for knowing everything's awesome or that you're already toast. To see ahead, I refer most often to the VIX .

VIX is the ticker symbol for the Volatility Index, the CBOE's measure of expected volatility in the S&P 500 for the next 30 days, sometimes called the "Fear Index". It's like pre-markets with binoculars because the VIX isn't really scalar, the direction is supplied by the market. The VIX is expressed in per cent so the bigger the number, the more unstable the market. To get a feel for it, in late 2008 it topped out around 70.

Here's my Scale Of Concern based on the VIX.

15 - Green. Nap time.
20 - Yellow, but the bright cheery kind. Alert. And lunch.
30 - International orange. Alarm.
40 - Red, with sirens and flares. Panic.

Next item please.

Got lottsa stuff about the latest madcap highjinx by our irrepressibly high-spirited African American Persons of Color, this time in Charlotte. First up is Daniel Flynn at Spectator, always entertaining:

A black policeman working under a black police chief in a majority-minority city shot Keith Scott. Why blame whitey? Why not blame Zoroastrians or Aborigines or Legionnaires? This Rorschach test of a statement, seeing whites as the culprits in an event primarily involving two African Americans, surely says less about those spoken of than it does the speaker... The vague phrase “social justice” takes on an unsavory, specific meaning when shouted by people breaking windows and looting the Charlotte Hornets team store.

Quite so. Black cop kills gun-totin' black career felon in a pretty much black city so they assault whites and call for a boycott of white businesses. Makes perfect sense, if you believe in white juju.

Brett Stevens at Amerika takes a more comprehensive view:

Let us look at African-Americans and their situation, with compassion. There is no possible solution for African-American angst in America. No matter what we do — trillions in welfare, lawsuits, benefits, affirmative action and draconian civil rights laws — they will always know that this society was founded by people other than them, designed for people other than them, and that African-Americans are only here because they were sold in Africa to slave traders for use as farm labor here. No matter what we do in response to this latest shooting and the resulting riots, nothing can ever be done that will make African-Americans happy, because the condition of their unhappiness is created by diversity.

Well stated, as always. It's a common theme used by black and white disputants alike, stated here in demilitarized form. It's seldom seen complete and free-standing like this, usually it's parted out and ginned up in support of other arguments. Reader comments at news sites confirm it's a premise all sides work from, if unknowingly. Any polemicist, black or white, could tape this to the wall and use it to write scathing indictments without straining their creative capacity overmuch.

The estimable Z Man, a thoughtful essayist of good will, says it this way:

It never ends. That is, of course, something white people used to know ... No man keeps going over to his ex-wife asking for forgiveness. You just accept the fact that there is no making it right and you get on with your life. That’s the reality of race relations. There’s no fixing it so there’s no point in trying.

However accepted the notion may be of a people sadly and irretrievably out of place in a society they neither constructed nor understand , it's always a mistake for public figures to mention it a la carte, to wit:

Daily Mail - U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican whose district includes parts of Charlotte, was asked by the BBC what grievance the protesters have. In the video posted online on Thursday, Pittenger responded: 'The grievance in their mind is - the animus, the anger - they hate white people because white people are successful and they're not' ... The North Carolina Democratic Party released a statement saying Pittenger's remarks were inexcusable and racist.

They're nothing of the kind but Rep. Pittenger panicked thusly:

"My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret. The answer doesn’t reflect who I am ... I apologize to those I offended and hope we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte."

How embarrassing. For the record, here's a more complete quote of what he said to the BBC:

Express - The grievance in their mind, the animus, the anger - they hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not. It is a welfare state, we have spent trillions of dollars on welfare, but we’ve put people in bondage so that they can’t be all that they’re capable of being. America is a country of opportunity and freedom and liberty. It didn’t become that way because of a great government who provided everything for everyone. No, the destiny of America, the freedom to come to this country - where they’re still coming to our shores - is because they can take their work ethic, their hard effort and put up their capital and their risk and build out their lives.

Cuckservative dreck with cupholders, target group tested. Then, with the banner waved and the signals signaled, it was off to wine and repartee, in full confidence a high concept so nobly stated would earn him an honored place above the fray.

Howsomever, the North Carolina Democratic Party knows pajama boys when they see 'em and chose to release the kraken:

At a time when we need calm and understand while we learn more about the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, Congressman Robert Pittenger is fanning the flames of hate with his racist rhetoric.

Compressed nastiness on stilts, delivered with storefront church alliteration and shorter words, also target group tested. So here's what we have. Community organizers put on a movable street party for the 'hood featuring assault, arson and looting with optional Tiananmen Square-like posing for the paparazzi, the congressman counters with a civics scold cribbed from a 1950s educational filmstrip, gets a fist in the face then tearfully apologizes for being insufficiently polite and deferential. You pick the winner.

The cuckservative default is an Imus reprise. Does anyone wonder why the alt-right is surging ?

Now let's zoom to ultra wide. What's going on here is obvious, even to blacks. Whites just plain don't give a damn about their alleged problems any more. Hispanics and Asians never did . It's over. Expect outrage.

Okay, enough of that. How about a bit-o'-humor, oops, humour. The photo and caption are from the Daily Mail except for ... well, you'll see it.


Next item.

Here's a list of YouTube videos featuring army combat rations. There are some good ideas in them. Once you get on these pages, you'll see more to choose from.

Russian Army

German Army

UK Army

Danish Army

Polish Army

French Army

Okay fellow travelers, let's journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead, your next stop, the Woodpile Report Zone.


Remus's notebook


Vox Day - What the Alt Right is [seems everyone has to write one of these]

The Times - “If they bomb EVEN one city in Russia, I swear, in half an hour every muslim will die” Vladimir Putin

College Fix - University of Missouri newspaper fires conservative columnist for trying to ‘spark controversy’ ... the newspaper staff “regret the hurt we know this column caused to people and communities on this campus.”

Vox- How the Mona Lisa became so overrated

Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard - UN fears third leg of the global financial crisis, with epic debt defaults

Washington Post - A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

In Range - AR15: Mud Test. YouTube video, 5m 02s

Washington Times - Why millennials are skeptical of gun control

PJ Media - DOJ Sends Same Unit to Charlotte That Helped Ferguson, Baltimore Rioters Organize

Western Rifle Shooters Association - Another one of those things you can’t start after the lights go out [printing press]

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Russian intelligence outfits are bringing back typewriters and building out their short wave radio structure. Perhaps they know something we don't. Nah. Unpossible.

Modern Survival - 5 Steps To Buy Boots That Fit

Popular Science - Used Coffee Grounds Can Clean Contaminated Water

Fox5 Vegas - Public defender refuses to remove 'Black Lives Matter' pin in courtroom

College Fix - Universities offer segregated back-to-school events

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Several major universities now offer segregated dorms for black students. Seems like only yesterday DC was forcing integration on us and demanding unqualified inclusion in all things while telling us how beneficial diversity was.

What these terms mean is pretty simple. Diversity means fewer whites. Inclusion means excluding some whites. Segregated dorms for black students means excluding all whites. Taken singly or together, the intent is clear. And so are the consequences.

Newsweek - Israel Has Officially Banned Fluoridation of Its Drinking Water

Unz Review, Steve Sailer - Old Lady Yells at Frog; to be Fair, the Frog Started It.

Observer - The FBI Investigation of EmailGate Was a Sham. NSA Analyst: We now have incontrovertible proof the Bureau never had any intention of prosecuting Hillary Clinton

Smithsonian - Canada Is Building a Trail That Measures Almost 15,000 Miles. In 2017, the world’s longest trail will finally be complete

SHTF Plan - WikiLeaks Bombshell: Hillary’s Brain Injury Caused By ‘Near Fatal Plane Crash’

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Maybe she had an "event" and charged the cockpit Flight 93-style

Zero Hedge - Guns Sell Out In Charlotte As Local Police Refuses To Release Shooting Video



1929. Oakland magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The former Oakland Motor Car Company became a division of General Motors in 1909. The Oakland was GM's only step up from price-leader Chevrolet until the Pontiac was created in 1926 to fill the gap. Pontiac typically sold for about a third less than a comparable Oakland. Both were powered by the "All American Six" but Pontiac had a shorter wheelbase and fewer amenities. Said differently, it was a Chevrolet with a six cylinder engine. As the Depression deepened, Pontiac sales outstripped Oakland's by an ever-larger margin, leading to the withdrawal of Oakland in 1931. Oakland's 1929 sales totaled 50,693 cars.



World War III
The run up.


Shenandoah - North Korea Threatens to “sweep Guam from the surface of the earth” for B-1 Fly-bys

War On The Rocks - North Korea’s Bite is About to be as Bad as its Bark

South China Morning Post - The end of stealth? New Chinese radar capable of detecting ‘invisible’ targets 100km away ... breakthrough relies on quantum entanglement

Free Beacon - Inside the Ring: China, Russia Rapidly Building Arms for Space War

Jewish World Review - A hard rain is going to fall

FARS News Agency - 30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia's Caliber Missile Attack in Aleppo

Shenandoah - An Ominous Sign or Just Interesting: Russia Begins Return to Shortwave Radio

War On The Rocks - The Coming of the Russian Jihad: Part I

Daily Mail - Putin moves his most advanced GROWLER anti-aircraft missile system in range of NATO Baltic base

Sky - British ambassador to UN accuses Russia of war crimes in Syria

RT - No-fly zone would ‘require war with Syria and Russia’ – top US general

Daisy Luther - Here’s How CIA Puppet Masters Are Deliberately Picking a World War III Level Fight ... war is upon us and everyone knows but the US

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pieces are falling off this place, something's going to break. Preppers better have all of what they need and most of what they want. In place. Now.

CNN - South Korea, US to simulate attack on nuclear facility

Real Clear Defense - Japan to Increase Activities in South China Sea

Shenandoah - China Taunts Japan Again with 8 Planes Flying by Okinawa Near Disputed Territory

Jane's 360 - Bell unveils V-247 Vigilant unmanned tiltrotor

Wall Street Journal - The Gathering Nuclear Storm ... Lulled to believe nuclear catastrophe died with the Cold War, America is blind to rising dragons.

Next Big Future - Will the US be willing to make the political or military costs needed to counter China's island bases


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Daily Caller - The permanent ruling establishment is staffed almost exclusively by leftists, and those few thought criminals that remain who disagree with Cultural Marxism know to keep their views to themselves. Please tell me, dear conservative friends: What have you conserved? This failure of conservatism to prevent the left’s takeover of the West is what has driven the emergence of the alt-right. This new movement from the right has emerged from the fringes of society. All effective counter-cultural movements do. This is where the deplorables all hang out. It is also where the ideas which are forbidden by the leftist establishment emerge, develop and organise. Right-thinking men and women of the West now have nothing to lose. They see an establishment which is corrupt, degenerate and morally bankrupt. They are not at all interested in conserving it.


Strange Sounds - What would cause a wind pattern that held for at least 60 years to suddenly change? For the first time, scientists have observed a deviation from the typical alternating pattern of easterly and westerly winds in the equatorial stratosphere. The quasi-biennial oscillation was discovered in the early 1960s. Although the timing of each cycle has sometimes varied by a few months, the pattern as a whole has remained uninterrupted—until now.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Stay away from clouds. Kidding. But note the sunspot cycle is tracking lower than the bottom of the predicted range. The maximum was barely a bump. When have monster solar explosions occurred? That's right, during periods of flat calm solar minimums. Maybe it's something like a tied-down safety valve on a boiler.


Scientific American - Documents obtained by Scientific American through Freedom of Information Act requests now paint a disturbing picture of the tactics that are used to control the science press. Documents show that, privately, the FDA denies many reporters access—including ones from major outlets such as Fox News—and even deceives them with half-truths to handicap them in their pursuit of a story. At the same time, the FDA cultivates a coterie of journalists whom it keeps in line with threats. By using close-hold embargoes and other methods, the FDA, like other sources of scientific information, are gaining control of journalists who are supposed to keep an eye on those institutions. The watchdogs are being turned into lapdogs.


Atlantic Centurion - Milo Yiannopoulos is many negative things but stupid is not one of them. He recently gave a speech with the tongue-in-cheek title of “How to Destroy the Alt-Right” to a university audience as part of his speaking tour. His coverage of the Alt-Right however, is certainly spun a certain way to make it more self-serving to his own agenda. But the Alt-Right is not about childless women and pride parades. Our first and foremost principles are really a homeland and a future. Towards the end of the speech, Milo attempts to paint the Alt-Right as a multicultural union against the left, one where White nationalists are just “in there.” The Alt-Right is so exoterically a White identity movement that for large numbers of non-whites to ever identify with it would be the stuff of fanfiction. Let’s examine each group Milo has held up as an example of Alt-Right diversity ...


National Interest - North Korea poses another threat as well: regime collapse. The DPRK is probably the most isolated state in the world, which has allowed the government to keep its population in the dark about the rest of the world. Economic conditions in North Korea remain troubling, especially in terms of ongoing vulnerability for food security. When authoritarian regimes fall, they have a tendency to unwind quickly. Food problems were a key spark for the downfall of many autocratic regimes. The DPRK at some point will most likely collapse. It is difficult to see a managed transition of power to a more open political system with the current set of North Korean actors. This leaves one major option: at some point there will be a coup or spontaneous upheaval.


1936. Bringing in the sheaves


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Summertime, and the living is hard and precarious. It's mid-Depression and foreclosed farmers travel from job to job as field hands to keep the family together.


A migrant camp in the American River area of California, part of the Sacramento watershed. The Sacramento Valley is the northern part of California's agricultural Central Valley.


This photo and the one below: migrant quarters near Corcoran, California, an agricultural town of about 22,000 in Calfornia's Central Valley, near Tulare. Corcoran's biggest employer is a state prison, the current residence of Charles Manson and other notables. In 1936 the population was about 1,900.


Despite Dickensian penury, antique car shows were common.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Front Page Magazine - Keith Lamont Scott was scum. He had been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in two different states and convicted of assault in three states. He had been hit with “assault with intent to kill” charges in the 90s. His record of virtue included “assault on a child under 12” and “assault on a female.” But the truth doesn’t matter. Black Lives Matter rioters are still chanting, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” long after the Michael Brown lie fell apart. They’re holding up signs reading, “It Was a Book.” The lie is backed by some of the biggest media corporations in the country, by $130 million from George Soros and the Ford Foundation, by Barack Hussein Obama and by Hillary Clinton. These are the malign forces destroying Charlotte, as they trashed Baltimore.


American Thinker - What would America look like if all the leftists left our land?  The congestion and corruption that are the real "work" of most leftists would largely disappear, and so the work of the farmers, businessmen, doctors, builders, and miners would become more efficient and inexpensive, and the huge slab of national wealth gobbled by those drones of the left could be consumed by those who actually created the wealth. Leftists secretly sense the pathetic unimportance of their work and the essential irrelevance of their careers in the healthy life of the nation.


William M. Briggs - Why does the Left always win? Easiest answer in the world! They fight. They shoot to kill. They hang traitors. They do not retreat unless faced with overwhelming forces. They say “The hell with the rules.” Instead of fighting, we surrender apologetically when pushed, and as we fade we mouth words about accompanying people on their “spiritual journey” or “My Constitution guarantees free speech.” You might not like the tactics or even the goals of the Alt-right, but, really, after so many decades of systematic withdrawal by the Normie-right—nay, a route, a retreat littered with position papers and think tank budget forecasts—what authority remains to complain?

Amerika - Why Does The Left Always Win?


Heat Street - Reporters seem to view Charlotte as a playing ground to win a Pulitzer Prize, the scene of a new civil rights movement, playing out like a maudlin Hollywood film before their eyes. And they are the people who will set the scene for the history books, even if they aren't quite covering the story. They also describe Charlotte as a dystopic backdrop for violence and revolution. In all these accounts, life is brutal, and daily confrontation is routine. But just a few short years ago, in the same place riots are now ripping through the downtown, the Democrats held their national convention. The Democratic National Committee picked Charlotte, it said, because it was “vibrant and diverse,” and because it was “reaching for tomorrow.” Just two years ago in the New York Times, Charlotte was a functioning, innovative city. Thursday morning, it’s a hellhole of racial disunity. And it’s all in how the New York Times spins it.


Fox News Opinion - Parents did not want to be identified because they feared retribution “from the very liberal school district.” “She compared the Hitler speeches to things that Trump says – stuff like nationalism to making the country stronger,” a parent told me. “”They played a video showing Hitler’s speeches – translated into English.” After the teacher found out she had been recorded, she demanded that students turn over their cell phones, one parent alleged. “She made the kids drop their phones in a basket by the door,” the parent said. “So we just told the kids to either take notes or record her on their laptops.” What’s happening at Cedar Ridge High School is a classic example of how the left is using the public school system against us.


1942. Weslaco Texas


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wartime. Jobs are plentiful, labor is at a premium. Here we see a canning outfit putting up grapefruit in Weslaco Texas, a town of about 6,900 in 1942, located near the Rio Grande in the southern tip of Texas. Weslaco derives its name from the W.E. Stewart Land Company. Today it's a small city of about 40,000 engaged primarily in international trade.





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Right On - Remember when FBI Director James Comey dismissed charges against Clinton because he said that she lacked the “intent” to commit national security crimes? Internet sleuths did his job for him last week and discovered Combetta, an IT toady for Hillary, had left posts on Reddit asking how to strip her name from emails—the emails she was being investigated for deleting—with direct orders from the Hildabeest herself. Ponder the bottomless idiocy of someone asking for information on how to commit a federal crime on a publicly accessible forum. Our enemies aren’t just evil degenerates: they’re stupid, evil degenerates.


Campus Reform - An assistant professor at the University of Houston recently agreed to distribute “emotional first-aid kits” to students, apparently not realizing it was a satirical ploy by James O’Keefe. To help students deal with such burdens, the emotional first-aid kits contain a baby blanket, chocolates, a plush kitten, a bag containing the smell of lavender, ear plugs, a genderless pastel teddy bear, hand written notes, and a pacifier. Only the pacifier gave Schindler any pause, though only out of concern that students might take them the wrong way. Instead, she suggested that the kit just contain a note encouraging students to suck their thumbs. [includes hidden camera video, 6m 42s]


Diplomad 2.0 - Progressives demand that everything be politicized 24/7. There are no safe spaces from politics. The universities pour out a stream of essentially uneducated, self-entitled, joyless cry babies, so stupid that they have mortgaged their future in pursuit of worthless degrees that testify only to their worthless educations. The progressive assault on our traditions and institutions is ceaseless. Not only are major ones such as marriage and the military under assault, but even minor ones such as Boy Scouts and gender-differentiated restrooms. Even the language is being reshaped as thought and expression are censored. There is a desire to do away with traditional "maleness," the kind one saw on the beaches of Normandy, and replace it with some sort of pajama boy who seeks to pee in the ladies restroom.


First Things - All books have blind spots. All eras do. We can look back and spy past prejudices, ridiculous and discredited in hindsight. We see their mistaken premises and faulty logic. We can reject geocentric astronomy, the rooting of disease in the “influenza” of the planets, and the race-based classification of the human and the “subhuman.” We see the futility of phrenology and cringe at doctors who bled their patients to cure fever. We laugh at the “divine right of kings” and wonder why Salem thought it wise to hunt witches. But should we avoid books whose authors accepted what passed for wisdom in their own time? Several reasons support wide reading of old, even flawed, books. Meeting dead assumptions—whether they are disproven or merely discarded—confronts us with the realization that we may have our own unexamined suppositions. Perhaps our own generation’s ideological fads are not so permanent as they seem.


Science Daily - Scientists have precisely dated the world's oldest rock unit at 4.02 billion years old. The findings suggest that early Earth was largely covered with an oceanic crust-like surface. The chemistry of the rock itself looks like rocks that are forming today in modern Iceland, which is transitional between oceanic and continental crust. The presence of continents above water and exposed to the atmosphere has huge implications in atmospheric chemistry and the presence or absence of life.


1942. Portland Maine, "Ocean" class British Victory ships


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo was taken at the Todd-Bath Iron Shipbuilding yard in South Portland, Maine. The occasion was the mass launching of five ships on August 16, 1942: the Ocean Wayfarer, Ocean Stranger, Ocean Traveller, Ocean Seaman, and Ocean Gallant. Sixty of this class were build under contract with the British government from October 1941 to November 1942, thirty in Maine and thirty in California. Some of those that survived the war served various owners until the mid-1980s.

Wartime shortages of steam turbines required these ships be powered with obsolete but reliable triple expansion reciprocating steam engines. They made 11 knots. This British design was the basis for the US "Liberty" ships, of which 2,710 were launched from 18 shipyards during the war. Welding replaced riveting, vastly speeding up construction to an average of forty-two days per ship. The "improved" Liberty ships, meaning they didn't break in half in frigid seas during epic storms when vastly overloaded, were also called "Victory" ships.



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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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