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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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art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mmm mm. Savor the moment. They'll be at your throat again soon enough.


This says all that needs saying about the news media


Accolade, Edmund Leighton, 1901

Accolade, Edmund Leighton's best known work, depicts the ceremony to confer knighthood.

Edmund Leighton was educated at University College School, before taking a position in an office in the city, but entered the Royal Academy Schools after a course of evening study at South Kensington and Heatherley’s. He commenced exhibiting in 1874 and exhibited the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1920.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'm starting to hate Trump. The last few weeks of putting out Woodpile Report have been a trial and it's all his fault. 'Most every essay I read is a bait 'n switch, no matter where it starts it ends up being about Trump.

Anyone who's been in the military knows a structurally sound essay goes like this: tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em, tell 'em, then tell 'em what you told 'em. Not lately. We've been getting standup comedy: setup, punchline. And the punchline is: Trump. Magnificently crafted setups, same punchline. Trump. Boring half-baked setups, same punchline. Trump. Ever seen a cow magnet? Same principle. Trump is the black ice of essays, the sales tax of discourse.

The best presidents were guys like Tyler or Polk. They just did their presidenting job and let the historians cobble up a "legacy". Ideally, the president would be a time-serving bureaucrat like the Second Assistant Director of Weights and Measures. He'd assure the laws were being faithfully executed, then it's off to lunch and maybe a ribbon-cutting, or perhaps a reception at an embassy where he'd speak briefly. The guests would ask who he was.

Next morning he'd again assure the laws were being faithfully executed. A meeting and a checklist. If he had to go somewhere he'd drive or take the train, no armored car or praetorian guard necessary, no one would know or care who he was. He's just a guy doing his job. And after he left office no one would remember his name. As it should be.


Whadda series. The Cubbies came back from three games down to win over a tough opponent. Top shelf baseball, a near-equal match, as it should be. Meanwhile, the politically correct harangues continue at the No Fun League and it hemorrhages fans at an accelerating rate.

Next item.

Those who call the Clinton Foundation a "criminal enterprise" may be correct in a way they hadn't anticipated. This is from the Daily Caller:

Charles Ortel, an expert in non-profit governance and a determined critic of the Clinton Foundation, argues that “to informed analysts, the Clinton Foundation appears to be a rogue charity that has neither been organized nor operated lawfully from inception in October 1997 to date.”

Ortel claims the foundation “has never been validly authorized to pursue tax-exempt purposes other than as a presidential archive and research facility based in Little Rock, Arkansas.”

More information at Ortel's site, here .

Next item please.

First, full disclosure. My experience with post-collapse Mad Max America is zero, which makes me as qualified as any one else to blather about it. So conjure up Yugoslav War scenarios or whatever venue haunts your mind and let's talk guns.

Last week I talked about rimfire rifles, how .22 shorts and other subsonics are good for quiet small game hunting at short ranges and the .22 WMR is useful for small and medium game out to a hundred yards or more. The .22 LR isn't a quiet, hard-hitting or a long range rimfire. It's a straight down the middle compromise. As always, there are no solutions, only trade-offs. On to some other long guns and my thoughts.

Shotguns. They're more sure than rimfires for small game hunting at short ranges. Deer slugs can be surprisingly accurate out to seventy or eighty yards and their terminal effect is akin to a mortar. With "law enforcement" loads they're good for dispatching threats at porch-to-mailbox ranges and effective for run-and-gun at that range or shorter, but unhandy for engaging armed miscreants room to room.

A pump 12 or 20 with an extended magazine is pretty standard. Alternating double ought and slugs can get you through a troublesome moment. Shotguns aren't first choice for the travelin' man though, they're slow to reload, have a low capacity mags, and ammo is too bulky to carry in quantity. Recoil is also more than small or lightly built people can handle.

Carbines. These are compact rifles, usually semi-automatic, shooting an "intermediate" or pistol cartridge. The classic and still viable example is the M1 Carbine issued to truck drivers, tankers, airborne troops and junior officers. A small market persists for semi-auto "camp guns" that take pistol magazines but today's standards are the civilian AR-15 and AK-47, gussied up to suit. The AR-15 shoots a speedy but light .22 bullet, the AK-47 shoots a slower but heavier .30 bullet.

Both are handy and sufficient at close and medium ranges, ammo is petite and widely available, the magazines capacious and the recoil light, hence their popularity. But both use ammo that instantly became scarce and stayed scarce in the general shortage, and neither is as simple, robust and powerful as a battle rifle.

Battle rifles. These are rifles shooting a "full size cartridge", meaning .30 caliber bullets or thereabouts launched with enough power to reliably hit and put down an opponent at six hundred yards or more. A happy side effect is the power to punch through considerable cover. Up until recent times, combat-proven military surplus battle rifles and ammo were plentiful and cheap, meaning '03 Springfields, Lee Enfields, Mausers and the like. The default today would be a bolt action .308 equipped with a scope.

In a general collapse austerity quickly becomes a virtue. "One round, one bad guy" is an option worth considering. The downside: battle loads weigh up quickly, followup shots are slow and, aside from modern "scout" versions, magazine capacities small. Even so, at medium-long and long ranges, a good rifleman with a battle rifle will defeat a good rifleman with a carbine. A lightly trained and unpracticed carbine user will likely place second at medium ranges as well.

Those are my thoughts on long guns for the incipient Fourth Turning. You'll not be surprised to learn there's much I left out, including The Perfect Gun that does everything superbly well. It's something I keep to myself.

Next item.

The quote of the week comes from Angelo Codevilla at the Claremont Institute:

How are citizens to react to being deemed irredeemable themselves, their opinions and interests unworthy of equal consideration with those of “protected classes,” their citizenship illegitimate, except by withdrawing legitimacy from their rulers?

Next item please.

Don Surber, an old newspaper man himself, has this to say about the print media:

No matter how the votes come out, the press corps is doomed. None of the newspapers in New York City are making money this year. And it is an election year when circulation and advertising peak. It is that way across the print media, which has devolved into charity cases...

The Washington Post exists only because billionaire Sugar Daddy Jeff Bezos needs it to ward of any anti-trust investigation of Amazon by the Feds. Likewise, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim underwrites losses at the New York Times because he knows the advantages of owning the passive press in a banana republic.

One of Surber's readers comments:

A helluva thing for the mainstream media journalists, to know now that their sole career achievement in life has been to serve as the Clintons' bidet ...

Okay gang, 'nuff-o'-that, yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


Remus's notebook

Project Veritas Action - a recap of the DNC and Clinton campaign.

Rigging the Election - Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies. YouTube, 16m 26s

Rigging the Election - Video II: Mass Voter Fraud. YouTube, 16m 31s

Rigging the Election – Video III: Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Was PERSONALLY Involved. YouTube, 14m 51s

Rigging the Election - Video IV: $20K Wire Transfer From Belize Returned. YouTube, 17m 40s

Project Veritas Action - a top Democratic donor is caught on camera disparaging members of the African American community at a fundraiser for North Carolina U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross.

Top Democratic Donor at Ross Fundraiser: Blacks Are “Seriously F***ed in The Head”. YouTube, 7m 23s

Project Veritas Action website with embedded video

John Podesta & Associates

Daily Mail - Wikileaks: Clinton campaign boss John Podesta is being paid $7,000 a month by top Hillary donor

Zero Hedge - DOJ's Peter Kadzik Exposed Colluding With Clinton Campaign ... Kadzik is Podesta's DoJ plant

Daily Caller - DC Attorney: FBI Agents Working To Expose Top DOJ Officials ... agents within the bureau have gone “rogue” and any upper level bureaucrat that gets in their way from investigating Clinton could be exposed

Answering the White Privilege tropes, point by point

Atlantic Centurion - Skinning the Invisible Knapsack, Part 1 of 5

Atlantic Centurion - Skinning the Invisible Knapsack, Part 2 of 5

Comments by Steve Pieczenik, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.

YouTube - CIA/FBI counter-coup underway to prevent Clinton takeover, Video, 4m 09s

YouTube - The Clinton Pedophilia Connection, Video, 2m 43s

Art Of Manliness - How to Spot a Concealed Handgun

Campus Reform - York Tech bans Confederate flag from Confederate history event

Project Chesapeake - Economic Survival Strategy For The Little Guy

InfoWars - NYPD Blows Whistle on New Hillary Emails: Money Laundering, Sex Crimes with Children, Child Exploitation, Pay to Play, Perjury ... “If they don’t cooperate they are going to see long sentences,” a federal law enforcement source said ... Clinton’s “crew” also included several unnamed yet implicated members of Congress

Washington Post - Venezuela is telling hungry city dwellers to grow their own food

Daily Mail - Russia and China in £16bn deal to develop long-range passenger jet to rival Boeing and Airbus

Michigan Capitol Confidential - University of Michigan’s new chief diversity officer will collect $385,000 per year ... The $85 million "diversity plan" is in addition to the $40 million a year the university already spends promoting diversity

Vintage News - Faces of evil: Eerie portraits of female guards of Nazi concentration camps awaiting trial

Daily Caller - DC Attorney: FBI Agents Working To Expose Top DOJ Officials ... agents within the bureau have gone “rogue” and any upper level bureaucrat that gets in their way from investigating Clinton could be exposed

Breitbart - Erik Prince: NYPD Ready to Make Arrests in Anthony Weiner Case ... was so disgusting they gave it to the FBI and said, ‘We’re going to go public with this if you don’t reopen the investigation"

Phys Org - GRAPES-3 indicates a crack in Earth's magnetic shield

Shenandoah - Why ESPN, the NFL, and MSM are Experiencing Ratings Declines ... turning a great product into a wussified politically correct steaming pile

YouTube - Watch a vegetarian eat meat for the first time in twenty-two years. She hadn't eaten meat since the fourth grade. Video, 3m 29s. Language alert.

Cosmos - Drug-resistant TB rife in West Africa, doctors discover ... incidence is far higher than earlier estimates

'Impossible' fuel-free engine that could take humans to Mars in 10 weeks DOES work, claim leaked Nasa papers

NY Post - Woman shoved to her death in front of Times Square train ... Two other women may have been involved, witnesses said [BLM strikes again. Stay away from, um ... crowds. Yeah, that's it. Crowds]



1929. Dodge Roadster magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Roadster" is the pre-war term for "sports car". Cars in this class sold on looks, agility and "pickup". The Dodge Roadster came in two versions, the DA base and the better appointed DB Senior with the more powerful six cylinder engine, 78 hp 241 cubic inches versus 63 hp 208 cubic inches. Both were geared for outstanding low-end torque, both had three-speed non-synchro transmissions. Dodge sold 7,000 Seniors in its two years of production, 1929 and 1930.



World War III
The run up.


Daily Mail - Russia restores abandoned Soviet missile bunkers along Crimean coast

SHTF Plan - Something Big Is Underway On All Fronts: “Within The Next Few Weeks The Future Of The United States Will Be Decided” ... the stage is being set to start WWIII on the slightest provocation

Free Beacon - Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe

Daily Signal - Eastern Europe Arms Itself Against Russian Military Aggression

Unz Review - Making Sense Of The Russian Naval Task Force Off The Coast Of Syria ... This deployment is highly uncharacteristic

War Is Boring - U.S. Marines Might Be Going to Norway to Stay

Zero Hedge - This Is No "New Cold War"; It's Far Worse Than That

Zero Hedge - US 'Military' Hackers "Prepare The Battlefield": Breach Russia's Backbone Ahead Of Possible Election Disruption ... Russia says will take “precautionary measures.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is an act of war by NATO's definition. The Peace Prize prancing psycho is going to get us all killed.

Daily Mail - NATO puts 300,000 troops on 'high alert' in readiness for a confrontation with Russia as fears grow Putin is preparing to attack the West

Telegraph - UK military intelligence issues warning over Russian supertank threat ... Russia already has a fleet of 2,500 tanks with a reserve of 12,500 ... America has 2,338 M1 Abrams main battle tanks


Stuff you may want to think about
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FBI’s Clinton Foundation Investigation, Daily Caller - In February, after FBI agents offered a presentation of evidence, the public integrity prosecutors believed that the case was weak. After that meeting, DOJ officials told investigators to “stand down.” Robert Capers, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told DOJ officials at the national office in Washington D.C. that FBI agents working the case in New York “won’t let it go.” The investigation is picking up steam. “There is an avalanche of new information coming in every day,” one law enforcement source told Fox.

Fox News, Sunday, Nov 6 - FBI's Comey tells Congress email review completed, decision not to prosecute Clinton stands

FBI Director Comey's second letter to Congress

art-remus-ident-04.jpg To quote myself from last week's Woodpile Report :

"It's a barely open bet whether Hillary will be re-exonerated before or after election day",


"... Lynch reports to Obama. It's not credible she'll prosecute any case against Hillary Clinton, she's involved up to her eyeballs for one ... ",

The FBI Director has revealed himself as irretrievably compromised. There is no path back from this one. The honest toilers at the FBI have been betrayed and humiliated twice in quick succession. It appears they've been pushed into irrelevency. Now the FBI is just another beached whale stinking up the place. The Department of Justice went Full Freisler long ago. Steel yourself, the bottom has yet to be plumbed. We're most of the way to being Venezuela. We may not see justice in our lifetime. Stand fast. Stay away from crowds.


How America is run, Guardian - They are the comfortable and well-educated mainstay of our modern Democratic party. They are also the grandees of our national media; the architects of our software; the designers of our streets; the high officials of our banking system; the authors of just about every plan to fix social security or fine-tune the Middle East with precision droning. They are, they think, not a class at all but rather the enlightened ones, the people who must be answered to but who need never explain themselves. Everything blurs into everything else in this world. For them the door revolves. The friends all succeed. They break every boundary.


Manliness as an illness, College Fix - Universities across the nation are taking steps to actively purge male students of what’s been labeled “toxic masculinity.” Examples abound of campuses hosting training sessions, group meetings, lectures and other programs to effectively cleanse what many campus leaders and left-leaning scholars contend is an unhealthy masculinity in young men today. “How has the concept of masculinity contributed to the perpetration of violence in our society?” asks the UNC Men’s Project. Duke University started a similar program this semester for male students. At Gettysburg College in August, male students had to watch a documentary which stated in part that the “three most destructive words” a boy can hear growing up is “be a man.”


European ethnocentrism and liberal principles, Truth Is Justice - Liberals believe that their nation states are associations formed by individuals for the purpose of ensuring their natural right to life, liberty, and happiness. They have an imaginary view of their liberal states as associations created by isolated individuals reaching a covenant, a contract or agreement, amongst themselves in abstraction from any prior community. They have a predilection to whitewash the fact that their liberal states, like all states, were forcibly created by a people with a common language, heritage, racial characteristics, religious traditions, and a sense of territorial acquisition involving the derogation of out-groups.


The Power of Nullification, Rutherford Institute - If you’re to have any hope of remaining free—and I use that word loosely—your best bet remains in your fellow citizens. Your fellow citizens may not know what the Constitution says and they may not know what the laws are, but if you’re lucky, those who serve on a jury will have a conscience that speaks louder than the legalistic tones of the prosecutors and the judges and reminds them that justice and fairness go hand in hand. That’s ultimately what jury nullification is all about: restoring a sense of fairness to our system of justice . It’s the best protection for “we the people” against the oppression and tyranny of the government, and God knows, we can use all the protection we can get. It’s also a powerful way to remind the government—all of those bureaucrats who have appointed themselves judge, jury and jailer over all that we are, have and do—that we’re the ones who set the rules.


1938. Caddo Oklahoma, Main Street


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Caddo is a small town on the southern border of Oklahoma, population about 950 in 1938, about 1,050 today. Then as now, it's a ranching community.



More stuff you may want to think about
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Sting operation, State of the Nation - There is now a whole series of related events that, when looked at retrospectively and objectively, indicate the execution of a massive sting operation which is still very much in progress. It ought to be apparent to any observer that this entire string of scandals was manufactured by those who wished to send a message — LOUD & CLEAR — to the Clinton clan that their time is up. The very same message was delivered to the Bush Crime Family by Donald Trump, whereupon Jeb Bush quickly exited the presidential race. There is no question there is a major group within the intelligence community who are very unhappy with Clinton’s presidential aspirations.


Eastern Europe Arming Up, Daily Signal - Countries across Eastern Europe are militarizing to defend themselves from Russia, underscoring how Kremlin brinkmanship could spark a regional conflict. Poland has doubled its military spending since 2006, reaching $9.2 billion in 2016. Paralleling the rise in defense budgets, the ranks of civilian volunteer militias in the Baltic countries have swelled since Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine in 2014. The legacy of World War II paramilitary units runs deep in the Baltic states and Poland, where citizens fought against both Nazi and Red Army invaders.

Pat Buchanan asks, how are Russian troops deploying inside Russia “provocative,” while U.S. troops on Russia's front porch are not?


Ain't the FBI they fear, Spectator - Carville and Reid don’t fear the FBI for Hillary’s sake. They believe whatever problems the FBI investigations might pose to her can be defused once she’s president. Comey can be gotten rid of, efforts to appoint special prosecutors can be thwarted, Loretta Lynch atop the Justice Department, or friends planted in the right positions, can smother any prosecutions. They believe raw political power trumps the rule of law, and always have believed so. But what they fear is what WikiLeaks can do to the Democratic Party. They fear what the release of candid, thought-to-be private communications between Hillary and Podesta could set loose.


Blind Commitment, Taki's Magazine - What does it mean to commit to treat everyone with respect, and without bias or judgment? Does it mean that one is committed to welcoming necrophiliacs into one’s home, or people like Dennis Nilsen, who liked to watch television with the corpses of the people he had killed sitting next to him? Is there anyone in the world who is without biases, who goes out into the world every day as if it had been remade overnight, as if he had no previous experience to guide him? Signing up to what we do not, and probably cannot, believe undermines our moral and intellectual probity, even if only fractionally. Truth, like humans, can be executed by a thousand cuts.


Dark matter fades, Cosmos - One of the most baffling results in modern physics was the discovery that the universe is tearing itself apart. In the late 1990s, astronomers realised the universe was expanding at an ever accelerating rate. This led to the idea that the universe is dominated by mysterious “dark energy”, making up 68% of the universe. Now, new research says that this idea, which has become a pillar of modern physics, may be built on shaky foundations. An analysis of 740 exploding stars published in the journal Scientific Reports last week concluded the expansion of the universe may be constant after all. If that’s the case, dark energy may not exist. [Also see this at Phys Org]


1938. Circleville, Ohio. Main Street


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The signs across the street read: Seitz Radio, Seitz Washers (illegible), Refrigerators Ranges, Seitz Radios Music—Sieverts Ice Cream, Candies, Sandwiches—..ecca Restaurant Beer, 6% Beer.



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Civil War II – Fourth Turning Part 1, Burning Platform - As we enter the final stretch of this vitriolic, deplorable, venomous, propaganda saturated, deceitful, rigged presidential election spectacle, it becomes painfully obvious this Fourth Turning is careening toward bloodshed, bedlam, confrontation, and civil war. The linear fixated establishment, who fancy themselves intellectually superior to the irredemables, are too blinded by their sociopathic, increasingly audacious subversion of the Constitution, to grasp the level of rage and disillusionment of a white working class that has been screwed over for decades. The disposition of the nation grows dark like the sky before an approaching deadly blizzard. All signs point toward this Fourth Turning being a life or death struggle between the ruling class of sociopathic bankers, corporate elites, and sleazy politicians versus the oppressed and infuriated middle class.


Civil War II – Fourth Turning Part 2 , Burning Platform - The traditional family unit is scorned and ridiculed, despite centuries of proof it is the best method for economic advancement and cultural stability. Bending over backwards to meet the demands of degenerates, freaks, feminazis and psychopaths for new rights is seen as repugnant by average working class Americans. Their perverted agenda doesn’t matter to people trying to raise kids and pay their bills. The pushback will be sudden and violent, when it comes. This Fourth Turning’s primary driving force will be the domestic conflict between the Deep State establishment, the deplorables, and irreconcilable factions within the country. The American welfare/warfare state is crumbling. The ruling elite are desperate. It’s a confidence game, and the game is over.


The half-life of truth, Hedgehog Review - The history of science is punctuated by not one, not two, but three modernities: the first, in the seventeenth century, known as “the Scientific Revolution”; the second, circa 1800, often referred to as “the second Scientific Revolution”; and the third, in the first quarter of the twentieth century, when relativity theory and quantum mechanics not only overturned the achievements of Galileo and Newton but also challenged our deepest intuitions about space, time, and causation. The most unsettling shift in scientific self-understanding—about what science was and where it was going—began in the middle decades of the nineteenth century, reaching its climax circa 1900. It was around that time that scientists began to wonder uneasily about whether scientific progress was compatible with scientific truth. If advances in knowledge were never-ending, could any scientific theory or empirical result count as real knowledge—true forever and always? Or was science, like the monarchies of Europe’s anciens régimes and the boundaries of its states and principalities, doomed to perpetual revision and revolution?


Nationalism explained, Atlantic Centurion - We do not have freedom. We are not allowed to express our views overtly because of political correctness and a hostility promoted at the highest levels of our society towards only the ingroup loyalty and existence of Whites. Any other group’s tribalism is not only tolerated but promoted as a politically correct behavior. The government also favors the enlargement of these groups via mass immigration. Most population growth in the United States since the 1960s has been because of immigration, and most of that immigration has been non-European. Now a minority of births in this country are White and states across the country are being flipped to minority-majority. If you can’t speak out against your own replacement without bringing society down on top of you, do you have freedom? No other freedom matters if you are not free to exist in your own country.


News media clueless brats, Observer - The truth is utterly irrelevant to the Clinton crowd, as are the issues. All that matters is winning — as seen in their rigging of the DNC to ensure Hillary’s nomination — and their continued ability to exploit public office for private gain. It’s even less likely that the media, especially major outlets and Washington political reporters who have all but openly worked on Clinton’s behalf, will rethink their roles. This election has exposed as never before that there is indeed a media elite, bound together by class and geography, that is utterly clueless about its own biases and filters. A vast number of journalists covering the presidential campaign are economically privileged brats that seem blissfully unaware that for most Americans, the economy is in recession and people are terrified.


1922. Laurel Maryland. Another fine mess.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A collision of two freight trains on the Baltimore & Ohio at the Laurel Maryland switch. See this overview photo at Wikipedia. The locomotive's smokebox is stove in, drive rod is bent(!) ... this is gonna cost 'em. Laurel is a town midway between Washington DC and Baltimore. The population in 1922 was about 2,250.



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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.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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8 Nov 2016

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