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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 After action report. This is where I disagree with Trump. He asks us to put ill will behind us and work together for the good of the country. He says we're all in this together. No, we're not. Sure they're our fellow Americans, but so are Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson. We're all in this together in the sense we coexist with termites. Here's part of Trump's victory speech:

Now, it's time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say, it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.


For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you. For your guidance and your help, so that we can work together and unify our great country.

The leftists aren't merely wrong, they're dishonest and malevolent. They still hold us, our values and our heritage in contempt. They still mean to destroy the reputations and careers of dissenters. They still adore illegal aliens, jihadists, dindu thugs and the perverts du jour. They still insult and demean us and teach our kids to despise America, us and themselves. They still mean to trash what remains of the Constitution.

The internet is full of their abuse and threats of bloodshed. The violence in the streets backs it up. What do they offer by way of reconciliation? Where is the middle ground in Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's address:

Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try. If Trump wants to roll back the tide of hate he unleashed, he has a tremendous amount of work to do and he must begin immediately.

Winners don't demand a truce, losers do. For guidance in this, see Patton, Puller, Nimitz, et al. Winners dictate terms and keep pummeling 'em until they're accepted. Concessions in return for nothing is what put the "cuck" in cuckservative. Trump needn't reassure those who oppose him, he needs to reassure his supporters by keeping his promises. Pay attention to what he does, not what he says. Keep in mind, much of what he'll say will be calculated blather however alarming it seems.

The beltway progressives are paralyzed with fear, confused and riven with self reproach, reeling in shock. They doubt their abilities, each other and their leadership. Are we to believe there will be a better time? Consider the old military maxim: "if you find yourself in a fair fight, someone didn't do their job". Stomp on 'em and keep stomping on 'em until they give you good reason to stop. Or ... or was it all talk?

For the first time in eighty-eight years Republicans will control the White House, the Senate and the House. Will Trump press his overwhelming advantage quickly and decisively or will he devote himself to "healing"? The difference is what separates a movement from a detonation. We've had enough weepy, unwarranted magnanimity. He didn't promise us the Peaceable Kingdom. His book is entitled The Art Of The Deal. Will he remember some things are not his to trade away? Or will he, like Reagan, make concessions relying on promises they'll repudiate later?

The news media. Jeff Jarvis at the City University of New York says , “I fear that journalism is irredeemably broken, a failure. My profession failed to inform the public about the fascist they are electing.” This is how journalists see journalism, corrupt but not corrupt enough. You knew this was coming too, the well-worn 'white backlash against Obama' thing. Jamelle Bouie, a Person Of Colour Womyn and writer for Slate says , “I didn't quite understand how much white people hated us, or could at least live with that hate. Now I do.” Actually, she understands no such thing.

The news media's post-election chorus of endlessly expressed inexpressible shock reveals journalism as it actually is. One needn't wonder why the press made an embarrassing spectacle of itself. Once again they constructed an alternate reality on an underfit foundation and praised it in gushing detail while dismissing doubters as hopeless rubes . Once again they repeated and enlarged talking points handed them by the designated winners, or supplied them outright when a need went unfulfilled.

Once again news media celebrities populated the talk shows and nodded and agreed and traded memorable zingers. When on tevee they represented themselves as experts and insiders, elsewhere they claimed to be unbiased seekers of fact. They used ordinary people as props for whatever story they wish to sell, but when the occasion called for thoughtful insights they interviewed each other.

Once again their polls were jiggered to comply with the canonical narrative. They say no one could have seen this coming. We say you can't find what you're not looking for. Nor did they underestimate this or mis-analyze that. They agreed on a result, adjusted the input to suit, then scienced it up with numbers and jazzy charts. In other words, the polls were an exercise in goal seeking .

The news media, a public intelligence gathering operation at heart, is wholly and openly in service to the progressive cause and, as such, misled their paymasters as well as their customers. A classic error of totalitarian regimes is coming to believe their own propaganda. Possible but unlikely in this case. Not even their beloved USSR fell into that trap. More likely they substituted their paradigm for reality, as comically clunky a misrepresentation as it was. Trump won because he wouldn't believe the unbelievable. His supporters never had.

Once again the press has earned the contempt of the people, they value their own opinions more than the canned hectoring of the fawning, too clever, self-congratulatory cretins who occupy former newsrooms. When the election results were in, busloads of their most reliable customers took to the streets knowing it would be portrayed as uncontainable righteous outrage. It's okay, keep it up, there will be a backlash to the backlash too. Shall the press again be surprised we talk among ourselves? Deeper and deeper.

The bottom line. It's difficult to suppress a belly laugh when formerly smug-o-matic liberals are screeching incoherently like they've just been pushed out a window. Their pivotal mistake was driving the nice, polite Tea Party into the catacombs already occupied by the grizzly Right. It's here the alt-right was fully formed and became an open source insurgency. The left is correct in saying the alt-right enabled candidate Trump, only the degree is in question. Francis Marion at The Burning Platform puts it this way , "By pushing, badgering, harassing, marginalizing and insulting us on a regular basis you created something new. And it crushed you at the ballot box... we, the deplorables, are coming for you."

The election was a cart de visite, a proof of concept. The unknown unknowns will be their real epiphany. Kellyanne Conway warned them against allowing their tantrums to morph into significant, long term unpleasantness. Sound advice. Even after putting together a world class pratfall they don't understand how an uneventful transition would lend them some appearance of competence. Displays of mewling tragedy, aside from being comic, commends the stronger horse.

The Overton window has lurched from under them. They're out of their depth. And embarrassed. Worse, until now a predatory competitor existed only in their imagination. Their tools don't fit. Were they smart rather than deviously clever they'd notice the periscopes in every direction. They don't and they won't. Stay away from crowds.

Next item please.

The quote of the week comes from Andrew Bunting, admissions director at George Mason University, in a post-election Facebook rant about conservative organizations:

If you agree with them then that is your opinion. Just know that to the rest of us, you are a piece of worthless trash.

Next please.

We may never know who won the popular vote says Greg Phillips of the VoteFraud.org organization:

Virtually all of the votes cast by 3 million illegal immigrants are likely to have been for Hillary Clinton... Vote fraud using ballots cast in the name of dead people and illegal alien voters was a huge concern before the election. On the morning of the election there were 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls.


Woodpile Report country, a pitiable nest of uneducated, uninformed and irredeemably deplorable white working class riffraff. Also known as home. Mid-afternoon, Sunday the sixth of November was a gorgeous day to walk my north log roads, take a good look around before winter sets in. Snow, please understand, is an orphic term that translates to Familiar Of Beelzebub. Anyway, I have two log roads out this way, the one in these photos and one that goes up this same hill another way.

Both were easy climbs in times past, but rogue tectonic forces steepened them by degrees as I slept. What once was an unremarkable chore with the ol' tractor is now a harrowing adventure I leave to others. You know, immortal younger guys who don't yet fully appreciate the consequences of bumbling a shift when pointed severely down with a load of firewood shoving from behind.

Below. In this first photo we've nearly gained the top. The deadfall at bottom center is where I stopped to sit a while. The road ahead is a dead end, the main road is at right, curving out of the picture and continuing to the top of the hill. The dead-ender is typical of what passes for a shooting lane in these hills. You'll not find rifles suited for Camp Perry carried here in deer season.

Above. This is a south-facing slope natch, looking like a Hudson River School painting. Down below it's about to be transformed by shadow into Wyeth-like Hansel and Gretel country.

Deep night offers another aspect. We have what astronomers call "dark sky", water-clear and inky black, strewn thick with stars hanging low and bright. The rustling of leaves and thumps of falling acorns contrast more distinctly with perfect silence. Owls trade insults from hill to hill. And only long experience can correctly connect footfalls with their makers, a proficiency worth having. Campground caretakers say their urban customers fear woodlands at night. Odd, but perhaps useful to know.


Below. We're still at the spot in the photo above, this is the view directly across the log road. It's a place deer favor for lying up in daytime. I put up a pair on the way. Noisy, crashing, snorting. "Hey hey hey, keep the noise down, cantcha? I'm tryin' to have a reverie here," said me. No-class savages.

It's a nice mix of oak, maple, ash, cherry and beech with enough hemlock to hold a resident bird population. Meaning ruffed grouse, nature's gemlike refraction of all things Autumn. And they're delicious. It was a tradition, now lost, to present a grouse and an elderberry pie to my Dad at the first of hunting season.


Below. This last photo is from the same spot, but we've turned to look from whence we came. When the leaves are gone the view toward the sun is captivating, ranks of hills grading into ever more atmospheric effect, blending with the sky at last.

Down below at right is Woodpile Report HQ, like a marble in a bowl, hard by the "big" creek in the far interstice. It's not a hollow, the upper end of the actual hollow is straight ahead in this photo, perhaps three quarters of a mile distant and continuing far beyond. If yer a fan of left and right turns with no tangents, it's the place for you.

This is a bench. The grade rapidly steepens to the right and ends at the "little" creek a couple hundred yards distant which, incidentally, is spring fed. This hill is kind of fun if you lose your footing. When you hear a splash and yer all wet, you've reached bottom. In the winter yer an eight foot snowball. No country for old men. Oh wait.

So, there's some Woodpile Report country, where it's 1880 aside from a patchy but persistent contaminant of improvements. Here you'll find oddments such as Spencerian script, unschooled naturalists and other autodidacts, practitioners of the dulcimer and Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. Speaking of which, let's pull the string and look inside.


Remus's notebook


Post-election violence and Soros's Purple Revolution rent-a-mobs.

NY Post - Anti-Trump protesters take to the streets across America.

CNN - Anti-Trump protesters march for 3rd night; Portland police call it a 'riot' ... "extensive criminal and dangerous behavior"

Daily Mail - Protester is shot [by black man] during anti-Donald Trump demonstration in Portland. Includes video during the shooting itself and many photos

LA Times - Trump win sparks student walkouts and protests across the U.S.: 'I expected better'

Gateway Pundit - Anti-Trump Protesters Were Bussed in to Austin

Fox News - Trump protests intensify, as doubts swirl about spontaneity

and the dindu beatdowns

InfoWars - Black Mob Viciously Beats White Trump Voter [includes two videos]

Zero Hedge - [white] Chicago Man Beaten By Angry Black Mob For Voting Trump Speaks Out

Express - Horrific moment [white] teenage girl is attacked [by blacks] at school after posting support for Trump online

Daily Caller - [black] Student Charged With Battery After Punching [white] Boy Holding Trump Sign ... “When I see that white boy again, I'm going to punch him in his face,” the student declared

Thought Prison - The fundamental nature of Political Correctness [freetext excerpts of most of his book]

Market Ticker - Should You Let Bygones Be Bygones?

YouTube - Butt-Hurt Crying Hillary Voters Compilation. Video, 2m 41s. The definitive compilation.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is why no one talks with them. Or listens to them. Or respects them.

Australian Network News - Australia Joins High-Budget Alien Hunt ... Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales joins Breakthrough Listen

Universe Today - Princeton Team Directly Observes Planets Around Nearby Stars [includes photo]

Radix - We the Vanguard Now

How the news media beclowns itself:

Man shot on Morrison Bridge during Portland anti-Trump protest

The Oregonian - Police described the shooter as being 5-foot-8 and in his late teens. He has a thin build and was wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans.

Here's their source:

Portland Police Bureau - The suspect is described as an African American male, late teens, 5'8" tall, thin build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Poynter - New York Times publisher: We will cover President Trump fairly

art-remus-ident-04.jpg NY Times Editor Sulzberger also threatened a renewed assault on the nation's deplorables, "We will look within and beyond Washington to explore the roots of the anger that has roiled red and blue America. If many Americans no longer seem to understand each other, let’s make it our job to interpret and explain." Get that? Even more interpreting and explaining. How are they going to manage it, the audience isn't big enough for two NPRs. Smaller typeface? Meanwhile, people who want their reporting uninterpreted and unexplained look elsewhere.

It was NY Times columnist Jim Rutenberg who announced Trump was too “abnormal and potentially dangerous a candidate” for unbiased, balanced reporting. Editor Dean Baquet gushed his agreement, saying it was their duty as Americans to destroy Trump. There's no way back from that. "We promise not to lie to you any more" isn't a compelling argument. There isn't enough lipstick in the world for this pig. They write it for themselves, they can read it themselves.

Credible reports say the NY Times is bleeding subscribers faster than before. Pfft. It's a Carlos Slim charity to begin with.

Daily Mail - Was the Hillary hiking in the woods photo staged? Woman in the picture first met Clinton at a fundraiser her family hosted for ex-candidate

Today I Found Out - Despite the many rumors and myths of Captain William Kidd’s missing treasure, it was actually found on Long Island in 1699 before Captain Kidd even died. The English tracked it down while Kidd rotted in jail and used it as evidence against him.

The Hill - Seething liberals vow revolution in Democratic Party.

Heat Street - Scions Snubbed: These Poor Rich Kids Won’t Get Jobs in a Hillary Clinton Administration

Seeker - Plants Have a Way of Seeing Underground ... roots act like a fiber-optic network

Blue Lives Matter - Another class act by new President-Elect Donald Trump. This time he’s feeding the officers who are forced to babysit protesters.

Prepare yourself if this is even close to true:

Canada Free Press - Obama wants protection. He wants guarantees from Trump that he will be shielded from something Trump already knows

State of the Nation - Pizzagate: The Scandal That Will Take Down the Clintons, the Democratic Party and the U.S. Federal Government

DC Clothesline - Australian 60 Minutes exposed the Worldwide Satanic Pedophile Network


1946. Beechcraft Bonanza magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The first of 7,000 Bonanzas, so far, appeared as 1947 models. Still built today is the Model 36, significantly longer but minus the signature V-tail. The rap on the Bonanza is it's too easy to fly, its integrated controls almost car-like, overconfidence is often blamed for crashes.

The most infamous crash, now known as "The Day the Music Died", killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper shortly after takeoff on a stormy 1959 night. The Bonanza has been a top selling plane in its class for almost 70 years, always an up to date, safe aircraft for the businessman and professional.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Losers enabling losers, Slate - Every power-hungry young Democrat fresh out of law school, every rising lawmaker, every old friend of the Clintons wanted a piece of the action. This was their ride up the power chain. The whole edifice was hollow, built atop the same unearned sense of inevitability that surrounded Clinton in 2008, and it collapsed, just as it collapsed in 2008, only a little later in the calendar. The voters of the party got taken for a ride by the people who controlled it, the ones who promised they had everything figured out and sneeringly dismissed anyone who suggested otherwise. They promised that Hillary Clinton had a lock on the Electoral College. These people didn’t know what they were talking about, and too many of us in the media thought they did.


Piers Morgan, Daily Mail - Love him or hate him, he was constantly speaking about things that Americans really worry about. He also positioned himself against the corrupt, self-interested, lobby group infested political system that these same Americans feel strongly has enriched itself at their expense. Hillary Clinton perfectly personified that system; a career politician who has repeatedly fleeced her positions of power to make millions of dollars for herself and her husband, and who carried with her a permanent smug sense of entitlement to be America’s first female president. I was struck by the sheer scale of cocky complacency which enveloped the Clinton camp in the past few weeks as Election Day approached. It smacked of precisely the same ‘there’s no way we can possibly lose to these ‘ignorant, racist, sexist Neanderthals’ establishment mentality that provoked Britain into Brexit in June.


Full of ... um, sadness, New Yorker Magazine - The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety.


1936. American River area, California. Migrant child.



More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


The Forgotten Man, City Journal - Residents of rural and exurban America are unable to escape the gravitational pull of Washington, New York, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood. It's on their televisions. It's in their newspapers. It's at their local movie theater. There is no comparable transmission belt that conveys the mores of the Midwest, the South, or the Interior West to the coastal domiciles of American elites, whose working definition of their own cosmopolitanism often relies on which airports they've passed through in red states. Over the past eight years, the residents of those parts of the nation—the ones not overflowing with shared workspaces, corporate diversity officers, and mixologists—came to a dismaying conclusion: elite America didn't just disagree with them; it resented their existence.


Revenge of the Yahoos, Taki's Magazine - A majority of young whites voted for Trump. And despite the media’s ceaseless attempts to portray all Trump voters as uneducated—I’m still waiting for any mainstream outlet to use the term “non-college-educated black voters”—he was favored by a majority of educated whites. Rural whites have been the most openly despised and mocked racial, economic, and geographic group in America since at least the 1960s. But negative stereotypes of American “white trash” extend back centuries further. And nearly every culture on earth seems to have some sort of pejorative to describe ignorant, stupid, knuckle-dragging country folk. Now the joke is on the media. A large segment of America grew tired and angry about being aggressively shat upon for generations not only by government policy, but by a media-academia complex that views them as subhuman and by presidential candidates who dismiss them as “bitter clingers” and “deplorables.”


#WithHer press corps, CBS News - Journalists increasingly don’t even believe in the possibility of reasoned disagreement, and as such ascribe cynical motives to those who think about things a different way. We see this in the ongoing veneration of “facts,” the ones peddled by explainer websites and data journalists who believe themselves to be curiously post-ideological. That the explainers and data journalists so frequently get things hilariously wrong never invites the soul-searching you’d think it would. Instead, it all just somehow leads us to more smugness, more meanness, more certainty from the reporters and pundits. Faced with defeat, we retreat further into our bubble, assumptions left unchecked. No, it’s the voters who are wrong.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Gosh, Mr. Rahn, we'll always treasure your understanding. But, sorry, we coughed up the news media like fever phlegm long ago. We're not about to swallow it again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.


Gravity demoted, Phys Org - A new theory of gravity might explain the curious motions of stars in galaxies. Emergent gravity, as the new theory is called, predicts the exact same deviation of motions that is usually explained by invoking dark matter. Prof. Erik Verlinde published a new research paper today in which he expands his groundbreaking views on the nature of gravity. In 2010, he surprised the world with a completely new theory of gravity. According to Verlinde, gravity is not a fundamental force of nature, but an emergent phenomenon. In the same way that temperature arises from the movement of microscopic particles, gravity emerges from the changes of fundamental bits of information, stored in the very structure of spacetime. Extending his previous work and work done by others, Verlinde now shows how to understand the curious behaviour of stars in galaxies without adding the puzzling dark matter.


1938. Cordele Georgia.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Norman Rockwell scene in the heart of the deep South, Cordele, a town of about 11,000 in central Georgia. In 1938 the population was about 7,500. Cordele is still a railroady place, hosting fabled Heart of Georgia Railroad's Cordele Intermodal Services, giants CSX and Norfolk Southern, and NS's wholly owned Georgia Central Railroad.



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Rain on the horizon, Virginia Freeman - Half the country was willing to elect a professional grifter at best and a felon at worst. A sizable number of them hate you on a visceral level and see you as the number one problem with the world. A generation of people who have grown up seeing the government as an economic vending machine are seething right now and we are foolish to think Newton’s Third Law is not applicable in politics. We didn’t poke the Leviathan, we kicked it squarely in the nuts and it’s insanity not to expect a more virulent, vile and violent version of statism to take root and begin planning for the future. Use this gift wisely and don’t fall back into complacency.


Gambling with the tipping point, Market Ticker - Urban centers consume roughly 90% of the energy and food in this country yet they comprise 5-10% of the land mass. What if the people who peacefully conceded the result of two elections over the last eight years despite vehemently opposing the outcome decide that if the "blue" folks can riot, loot, beat people who vote the "wrong way" and similar they will not accept any further election result that doesn't go their way, and instead of rioting or burning things they will simply shut off the flow of food and energy to said "blue" areas? After all, you don't value them at all—you consider them subhuman, racist, xenophobic, deplorable and irredeemable—all at once. If you keep it up, that at some point, given that you're utterly reliant on those you're abusing for the basics of life—the loaf of bread, the gallon of gasoline, the electricity that powers your lights—they decide they've had enough. That day your supply of cellophane-wrapped meat and plastic bag full of bread disappears.


Why we fight, American Thinker - Calling for vindictive retaliation against political opponents, whites, the wealthy, religious, those who hold other beliefs, cops, or an ordered society in general, all after getting everything you’ve wanted and more for eight years, helpfully affirms for normal citizens that these folks are largely what’s wrong. No matter what they get, it is never enough, because it never will be. In case you didn’t know who would rule society in a Clinton presidency, the radicals are rioting over the opportunity they lost. They fully intended to conquer us. Some have openly said that there will be bloodshed now, which they seem to desire as their own overt racism and bigotry, superimposed upon their enemies, is laid bare. What target of “progressive” hatred, being finally backed into a corner and forced to defend the right to think differently, and live free of the tyranny of frothing mental patients, would vote for that?


Trigger warning, Natural News - Ask any anthropologist or naturalist about the survival of any species in the real world of natural competition, a process by which the weaker, more fragile and less adaptive members of any species are killed off or denied reproductive partners. This weeds them out of the gene pool of the species, resulting in a stronger, more adaptive and more successful species that can survive a challenging, competitive world. Generation snowflake losers will very likely be eliminated from the human gene pool by Mother Nature herself at the next natural selection event; a global debt collapse, international war, a grid down terror attack on the power infrastructure, a massive coordinated cyber attack on the banking infrastructure, a domestic civil war, a deadly viral pandemic, a collapse of the global food supply, and so on. Only those who are competitive and adaptive are the most likely to survive and reproduce. Those who are weak, pathetic and stupid will find themselves obsolete and extinct.


1938 Pontiac interior.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg If you've never driven a car of this era, several things stand out. The steering wheel is enormous, to provide enough leverage for non-power steering. The dash is painted metal, there are no seat belts and no a/c, the transmission is manual, and you look through a divided windshield and see the entire hood.

The all but silent Pontiac straight-eight engine provides an even hundred horsepower for good 'get up and go', the six comes in at an adequate eighty-five hp. Once underway the solid body-on-frame construction and boulevard suspension give it a bus-like feeling, smooth and unstoppable, but with more dip and wallow in turns than today's driver would expect. Photo here .



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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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16 Nov 2016