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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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Vigil, John Pettie, 1884

John Pettie was a Scotsman, master of every phase of oil painting. Pettie found success early in his career and became a full member of the Royal Academy in 1874. He was 45 when he did Vigil, above.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Where did all the kitchen table Democrats go—the Democrats as they were understood by past generations. You remember, they fought for the common man, championed the working family, gave unto Caesar but overturned the counting tables.

These were the Depression-era Democrats who assisted destitute families who migrated from harvest to harvest and lived in tents. The Democrats who sponsored mega-projects to employ the jobless and who sided with unions to give wage earners leverage against exploitation. Then, during the world war, they protected us with rationing and price caps and home visit nurses, and after the war, they sponsored government-backed loans to finance homes for returning GIs. It's a great story.

These were the Democrats who advertised themselves as the party of the little guy, from mill worker to cab driver to store clerk. They fought the "special interests". We didn't know what "special interests" were but we knew it wasn't us. We were the homey demographic where Mom was wise and resourceful and wore sensible shoes, where Dad always found time to mentor the kids so they would grow up right and become the best Democratic voters ever.

How did Everyman, the struggling and perpetually wronged object of their doting attention, become a deplorable xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynist drooling lunatic, unfit to look through the window at all that is good and decent? How did "f--k whiteness" become a thing with them? Is the party determined to make enemies of every last white working class person in America? Are white folks now one of their despised "special interests" and a "plague to the planet" ?

What must former John Q. Public do to exonerate himself in the eyes of the party? Would murdering a few cops suffice? How about punching out some elderly Trump supporters? Loot and burn a CVS or two?

How bad is it, really, down at ground level? Daisy Luther went dumpster-diving in their safe spaces and found this spittle-flecked caricature, and others, as cited in her essay, "How Some of the Anti-Trump Protesters Feel About the Rest of America ":

Most of the greasy handed, uneducated, backwoods, “Blue Collar”, toothless heathens that populate this nation and unfortunately the voter pool preferred to sit in their shit stained skivvies in the privacy of their double wide manufactured home and spew their hate on the internet. Not once could these people understand what it meant to mobilized by passion for humanity and equality for all.

These are things not easily walked back. The party owns the anti-white working class thing. Strategic thinkers on the right couldn't be more pleased. In politics, as one door closes, another opens. Watch for seller's regret in coming years.

The party's machine in academia was not slow to condemn the "anti-climate, racist, sexist, or xenophobic" either. For one, the University of New Hampshire Women's Studies Program quickly volunteered material assistance to an anti-deplorables street demonstration by the UNH College Democrats, something that bills itself as "an organization that encourages students to take an interest in the political process":

To all of you who stopped in to the office last week, we were so glad to see you and hear from you! WS wants to make sure you know about this march that is happening tomorrow. We have students who are interested in other forms of protest/activism. If you are interested in planning or participating something, lets get you connected! Also-If you want to make signs but need supplies, feel free to stop in to Huddleston 203 for paper/markers etc.

It's plain the covenants of state funding that prohibit partisan political advocacy have no force in New Hampshire.

But wait, there's more. They've conflated diversion with diversity. Not to be outdone by the NFL's ongoing in-your-face mockery of their fans, here's some feces-flinging by NBA coaches, quoted at Specter:

Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy says, of president-elect Trump: "I don’t think anybody can deny this guy is openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic. We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus, and I have problems with thinking this is where we are as a country."

and, more generally,

Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs says: "I’m just sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor and tone and all of the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic. I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone."

Perhaps he does, but an improv of contempt for his customers won't make the accountants happy. Embedded in this list of academic blather is the intended nuclear strike, namely: racist. Long term, the NBA will discover it unwise to put their public face in the hands of partisan activists. Basketball, like football, has become a business of "our blacks can beat your blacks", fair enough, everyone benefits. But there's no obvious benefit from endorsing the offensive bombast of their employee's political coaches.

Whatever else may be said of the old Democratic party, credit was always due them for hard nose calculations. Squandering the good will and material support of middle class working America would have been unthinkable. Simple arithmetic says putative gains elsewhere—the poor by choice, the proudly perverted, the inassimilable, the suggestible and the merely stupid—can't compensate for such an unforced amputation. The election results verified it.

Predictably enough, after demanding normies demonstrate their Civic Responsibility by embracing an election result thought to be a certainty, then losing in an epic pratfall, they're sponsoring riots, shutting down major highways, and committing serial vandalism and assault in public places. Their strategists wave it off as "recapturing the narrative" but fantasize about overturning the election "by any means necessary", including assassination and armed insurrection .

The party specifies the target of this blood frenzy in the starkest of terms: middle America, particularly white middle America. A resurrected JFK himself wouldn't be safe from them. So. Where did all the kitchen table Democrats go we still wonder, as the unhinged slander and threats blow inland, and as the assaults increase daily . But paralleling that increase, so does fear and loathing for the former working man's party.

A line has been crossed. What happens from here can't be known. It can, however, be imagined with a high degree of confidence.

Next item please.

Our chickens run free, in the woods and down by the creek, so the headcount comes up short about once a year. It happened mid-summer, a small red rooster didn't return. He was the outsider, every flock has one, so we weren't surprised something got him. This week the weather went from autumn to winter in one day and there, in the side yard, late afternoon, the little rooster appeared. Or rather the bedraggled remnants of him appeared.

We couldn't catch him that day, he escaped into the woods, roosting somewhere in freezing gales and snow until he appeared again two days later. The missus caught him this time, checked him for injuries, and put him in a spare enclosure, windowed, deep with straw, along with an all-you-can-eat buffet and an evening's repast of rich, warm gruel to see him through the night. We'll figure what to do with him after he bulks up. Talk about a tough life, talk about survival, y'gotta admire the little guy.

Next item.

This an excerpted comment from George Ure's Urban Survival. It's been in my que for a long time, a good place to use it never presented itself, but it's too good to keep archived any longer.

Men have almost no reproductive rights. Children have almost no reproductive rights. Thus the entire future of the society is in the hands of mainly young women being economically, socially, hormonally and emotional whipsawed by a civilization that is driven by nonhuman values.

The consequences are a catastrophe.

Young men I know ... conclude family formation, or even close heterosexual relations are fools’ games. Both parties have the initial choice to mate or not. At age 21, there is not a lot of rational reflection about that ”choice”. Especially with the birth control options available, and the fudging about real world failure rates the kids are still unaware of at that age. Like 9% annual failure rate for the pill. Far worse for barrier methods. Would you drive a car that had a 9% or greater chance of an injury accident EVERY year? Of course not, but having sex is not a rational decision, most times.

Then if there’s a baby, the young man has no actual choices left, as a practical matter. ALL the choices thereafter are those of the mommy. Kill baby or not kill the baby. Put baby up for adoption, or keep baby. Stay with Daddy or dump Daddy. Marriage optional, cuz Daddy pays either way. If baby is both born alive and disabled, Mommy decides whether to adopt baby out or keep baby.

If she goes on welfare, Daddy must not live with his family, ever. Mommy decides. If she keeps baby, Daddy is on the hook for caring for baby for Daddy’s life, plus Daddy’s estate owes everything, potentially to past and future care of baby.

This makes Daddy a very poor marriage prospect for other women. Reduced income, alternate weekends and one night a week blown, plus emotional and financial ongoing costs of children not even in the home, who likely resent Step-Mommy. Mommy, on the other hand, can marry or hook up again, with a nearly guaranteed support check. And if she likes, the new man can be called and treated like Daddy. Even if Daddy dies, Social Security steps in and pays, and health insurance? Daddy. College? Probably Daddy...

What does Daddy get? Diddlysquat, mainly, plus emotional and financial Hell. Where do we sign up for this great deal? ...

The whole thing sucks.

Young men know it, and many if not most grew up watching it. And they don’t see the percentages in stepping up and acting like mature men, working themselves sick for their family, in a system that treats them as slaves and suckers, with no authority, no power and no respect. And no family except Disney-dadding it for a few weekends and a weekly date night for Mommy.

Enough of these downers. Let's get to the burning questions. Will little Audrey escape from the runaway truck full of dynamite before it goes over the cliff? Is Hillary really and for true a Reptile People or just another alien from outer space? Can Clotaire II reunite the Merovingian realm? The answers to these questions and more in yer ol' Woodpile Report.


Remus's notebook


AP/Daily Mail - San Francisco teachers union offers an ‘Anti-Racist, Anti-Sexist, Anti-Islamophobic & Anti-Homophobic’ Trump Lesson Plan

CNN - Schools on the front lines heal their wounds post-election

CNN - Why I walked out with my students

News Busters - Film Director & Writer Paul Schrader Calls for Violence to Protest Against Trump

The purge

Daily Caller - Twitter Initiates Mass Purge Of Prominent Alt-Right Accounts Following Trump Victory. [Includes Richard Spencer Radix Journal, NPI America, Washington Summit Publishers, Ricky Vaughn]

Zero Hedge - Google Will Punish "Fake News" Websites By Halting Ads

Zero Hedge Targeted On Liberal Professor's List of "Fake News" Sources

NY Magazine - Google and Facebook Take Stand: Won’t Allow Ads on Fake-News Sites

YouTube - Infowars Announces Fake News Analysis Center. Video, 6m 50s

Air & Space - Meet “Doc,” One of Only Two Flying B-29s in the World

Ann Coulter - Literally Shaking.

... In the modern Democratic Party out-of-work coal miners are constantly denounced for their "privilege" by half-black girls at Yale—who wouldn't have gotten in without the black half—and who will be paid a quarter-million dollars as the "diversity coordinator" at some Fortune 500 corporation.

Real Climate Science - Record Global Cooling Over The Last Eight Months

Business Insider - The largest oil deposit ever found in America was just discovered in Texas ... south of Lubbock

Sovereign Man - War on Cash intensifies: Citibank to stop accepting cash at some branches [in Australia]

Atlas Obscura - Why Justin Timberlake Sings 'May' Instead of 'Me'

The case for 'do unto others'

Breitbart - 10 Violent Actions Against Trump Supporters

Daily Caller - Here’s A List Of Completely Substantiated (And Underreported) Attacks On Trump Supporters

Detroit News - Michigan electors cite threats over Trump vote

Next Big Future - Boeing and Saab are making a fighter that beats the best Russian SU-35 and would be ten times cheaper to operate than the F-35

InfoWars - Twitter User Replaces Word ‘White’ With ‘Black,’ Gets Banned

Screenshot at Federalist Papers

Gatestone Institute - European Union Orders British Press NOT to Report when Terrorists are Muslims ... would become the only source of information about themselves

Cosmos - Dino-killing asteroid flipped a patch of Earth's crust inside out

Ron Paul Liberty Report - The Real Fake News List ... the inbred Clinton collaborators

Officer - Video Shows Police Sniper Kill Hostage Taker ... kill shot is at the 8 second mark


1929. Willys Knight magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Willys-Overland of Toledo Ohio was a successful maker of high price cars until the Disappointment Of 1929. In 1933, while in receivership, the Willys 77 was released , the cheapest and most fuel efficient car on the market. The 77 endured until 1942 when all civilian automobile manufacturing ended.

Willys found new success for another bare bones vehicle however, the famous Jeep of World War II. Their purpose-built Go Devil engine helped win the contract; light, simple to maintain, powerful and robust enough to survive neglect and outright abuse. After the war Willys again entered the civilian car market but disappeared in 1963 after a series of mergers and buyouts.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Why Hillary Clinton lost, State of the Nation - Only because of the sheer depth and breadth of the myriad Clinton Crime Family endeavors, and especially their many entanglements with the U.S. Federal Government, did it take so much ammo to finally take Hillary down. What follows are the top eight reasons why Hillary Clinton was set up to lose the U.S. presidential election of 2016... The ruling elites know that the Second American Revolution is here. And, that they are all on the hook for decades of betrayal. Hence, their only way out is to re-direct the growing revolutionary fervor into a manufactured civil war. The Clinton clan is leading that charge, just as Trump is leading the defense of the American Republic.


Don't go wobbly, Front Page Magazine - Democrats have repeatedly proven that bipartisanship to them means that Republicans roll over for whatever Democrats want. If not, Republicans are tarred as obstructionists, racists, or whatever other epithet du jour. Now Republicans––in control of Congress and the presidency, and poised to transform the Supreme Court––are supposed to be magnanimous, forget that history, and play nice. In other words, revert to their usual role of the political battered wife, cringingly accepting an abusive double standard. And all those angry, fed up, neglected, scorned, and smeared voters who made it all possible? Is Trump just supposed to forget all the promises he made them?


What Will Happen Next, Alt-market - Most of the events you see in the political world are engineered events designed to elicit a specific psychological response from you and the people around you. You are not a human being to these people; you are either an asset to be molded or an obstacle to be disposed of. This is how our world works. Period. And until we fully understand this and accept it, things will never change. So, to be clear, if you understand the minds of globalists and understand what they want, you can understand the basic direction of the future. Trump supporters will probably ignore the greater issue — that Trump is the candidate the elites wanted all along.


The worst is yet to come, Rutherford Institute - Presidents are just puppets on a string, made to dance to the tune of the powers-that-be. And the powers-that-be want war. They want totalitarianism. They want a gullible, distracted, easily led populace that can be manipulated, maneuvered and made to fear whatever phantom menace the government chooses to make the bogeyman of the month. War will continue. Surveillance will continue. Drone killings will continue. Police shootings will continue. Highway robbery meted out by government officials will continue. Corrupt government will continue. Profit-driven prisons will continue. Censorship and persecution of anyone who criticizes the government will continue. The militarization of the police will continue. The government’s efforts to label dissidents as extremists and terrorists will continue.


1952. Los Angeles California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Watching a nuclear bomb test on teevee as part of the day's shopping. It was the seventeenth test at Yucca Flats Nevada, telecast live [ video] coast-to-coast by KTLA on May 1st. Far more interesting was the Ivy Mike test in November of 1952, a super-secret Teller-Ulam shot .



More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Allies, Real And Imagined, Liberty's Torch - Despite the energy and resources the Left is pouring into these efforts, I expect that this time around, the emergence of a new, harder to intimidate “silent majority” of Americans who really are fed up with the Left’s accusations and demands. It’s hard to persuade an opponent that he’s outnumbered when he has hard evidence that he outnumbers you. The identities of these allies of the Left are also far clearer than in previous decades. The ugliness of many Left-aligned public figures’ statements and behavior cannot be concealed. To expect that open condemnations of white Americans and women and minorities who voted for Trump will alter those persons’ political opinions is counterintuitive, to say the least.


Gun guide for liberals, Monster Hunter Nation - Take those nasty guns! Guns are scary and bad. Don’t you stupid rednecks know what’s good for you? The people should live at the whim of the state! But now that the shoe is on the other foot, and somebody you distrust and fear is in charge for a change, the government having all sorts of unchecked power seems like a really bad idea, huh? I don’t care how marginalized you think you are. Get armed. Get trained. Be prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones. That’s part of being a responsible adult. And quit trying to disarm the rest of us.


Diesel desperation, Eric Peters Autos - VW, and now Cummins, have been caught diddling with their engines’ software controls to “cheat” the EPA’s emissions tests. We have reached a regulatory bottleneck, a point of engineering or economic can’t-go-there. The EPA is basically demanding zero-emissions internal combustion, which is not possible without eliminating combustion. You may have noticed that modern diesel engines are not spectacularly fuel-efficient. Freight hauling got more expensive and so did our groceries and everything else. Caterpillar is now selling off-road, emissions-exempt engines only.


Lobbyists ready to retool, Buzz Feed - Lobbying has always been a bit of smoke and mirrors industry. People with personal relationships with lawmakers and their aides sign contracts with interests seeking to influence the powerful. The lobbyists, leaning on those relationships, trot out top staff or if you’re good, an actual former lawmaker, for meetings with CEOs visiting Washington. “He’s got to fill out the entire executive branch, so the lack of access will change” as veteran congressional staffers, lobbyists and communicators take positions. The levers of government will start working again, which could mean big pay days for K Street in the future.


1931. Montmarte Paris


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Montmarte is a hill in northern Paris, the "Right Bank" section of the city, where many of the artists famous today lived in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The steps lead to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica which dominates the hill, built only seventeen years before this photo was taken. Montmarte translates to Mount of Martyr, now taken to mean Saint Denis, but meaning Mount of Mars into Merovingian times. The photo is by Brassai, a member of the Hungarian coterie of inter-war era street photographers patronized by French high society. Reliable sources in the art world claim Paris is now without essence, it having been captured by this outfit.

Stuff like this annoys me. Yes, excellent photograph. But architects, civil engineers, craftsmen, tradesmen and laborers design and build something over a period of years, then some guy takes a picture of it and he's an artist with mystic insight.



Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Unexplained coincidence, Quanta Magazine - Over the last decade physicists and mathematicians have been exploring a surprising correspondence that has the potential to breathe new life into the venerable Feynman diagram and generate far-reaching insights in both fields. It has to do with the strange fact that the values calculated from Feynman diagrams seem to exactly match some of the most important numbers that crop up in a branch of mathematics known as algebraic geometry. These values are called “periods of motives,” and there’s no obvious reason why the same numbers should appear in both settings. Physics has called to their attention a special class of numbers that they’d like to understand: Is there a hidden structure to these periods that occur in physics? What special properties might this class of numbers have? For physicists, the reward of that kind of mathematical understanding would be a new degree of foresight when it comes to anticipating how events will play out in the messy quantum world.


Vacuum tube comeback, Science Alert - Scientists from UC San Diego have gone back to the vacuum tube idea - and this time they've made them at tiny sizes and with far more efficient technology. While transistors remain one of the most important inventions of the 20th century - and much smaller and more energy-efficient than the original vacuum tubes - scientists are now struggling to make them any tinier or more powerful than they already are. What's more, electron flow through transistor semiconductor materials like silicon is slowed as electrons collide with atoms, and semiconductors also have what's called a band gap - where a boost of external energy is needed to get electrons moving. The main advantage new nanoscale vacuum tubes have over semiconductor-based transistors is that they carry currents through air, rather than a solid material, and could be be much faster as a result.


Trump killed the doomer industry, John Galt - Since the risks of World War III are now diminished with President Trump in office, why should I buy long term food storage, radiation detection equipment, or night vision. If you were putting off taking your child to a theme park in Florida or your family on a nice vacation because you had planned on spending $4,000 dollars on food, arms, and survival gear but now your job seems safe and your family needs a break from 8 years of doom and depression, what would you do if the Trump election gave you the economic “all clear?” The obvious, with family and fun first, and take a break from the fear of the New World Order or a Bilderberg bogeyman snatching your children to enslave them forever. It’s almost is if the election of Donald Trump was designed by the New World Order to eliminate all of the suppliers and voices of the resistance.


Affirmative Action, Amerika - Affirmative Action has taken on a life of its own. It is obviously discriminatory against the majority, but indirectly so, because by creating legal liability, it forces companies to act on their own initiative instead of ordering that directly by government command. Its effects have been ruinous, raising costs and marginalizing majority citizens, all while reducing the quality of our institutions across the board by hiring for political reasons instead of practical ones. Although it is now enshrined in multiple federal, state and local laws, Affirmative Action has a weak part of its armor: its interpretation. If a president were to write an executive order changing how discrimination is inferred, and clarifying that discrimination only occurs on the level of the individual candidate, “disparate impact” and Affirmative Action would both fall.


1940s. Home Guard rules the waves


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The UK's Home Guard of 1940 to 1944 was formed initially to absorb the alarming number of unauthorized militias that sprung up following the German invasion and occupation of France. When volunteers were shunted into observation duties and quasi-police functions, militias once again formed up. In the end, Churchill ensured the Home Guard was organized, trained and equipped as a proper defense corps.

The British 1937 Firearms Act had removed guns from civilian hands that would have prevented diverting production capacity needed by regular forces, or the need to appeal for small arms elsewhere. Notice the unsafe gun handling by ... hey! Lee! Lee Marvin, is that you?



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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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