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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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Consolation, Auguste Toulmouche 1867


art-remus-ident-04.jpg During the design engineering part of my career I used a little book called Ingenious Mechanisms, or near enough, a collection of simple but brilliant mechanical devices dating from the mid-Industrial Revolution through the 1930s, roughly. It solved many a design problem that initially looked as if a complex solution were needed.

As I'm so fond of saying, a seasoned engineer adores simplicity. In military operations, complexity goes by the name "stupid" because, as a general rule, opportunities for failure increase as the square of complexity. Said differently, hammers fail less often than washing machines. Worse, complexity creates paths for non-obvious chains of failure, which may cause catastrophic failure of the entire entity. In times past it was summarized in the "for want of a nail" story.

Bear with me, there's a point to this. As we know, YouTube can be a time sink but I stumble on something kewl often enough to keep me coming back. This four minute video is such a discovery, Mechanical Principles (1930) by Ralph Steiner. It's a forerunner to a whole class of YouTube videos, far more slick than this one, but relying on complexity to bedazzle. The clip is clunky and hard to see in places, but it visually demonstrates elegant, near-irreducible mechanical solutions.

It's also evidence for a theory of mine: eras of scarcity produce more real inventiveness than do eras of plenty. Resources are allotted more rationally, for one, and those resources are expected to produce useful results. In an era of plenty, much of what passes for invention is more properly called high-level development, often to serve convenience, i.e., the need is invented.

Even aside from failure, there's increased initial and maintenance cost, and of replacement cost. Consider the automobile of today, its climate control, anti-pollution systems, power steering and windows and seats, &c., its safety devices such as seat belts and air bags, the entertainment system, engine control electronics, automatic transmission, rear view video, and so forth. The cost and complexity of these add-ons rival, some say exceed, that of the underlying vehicle.

Some devices seen in this clip would, today, be augmented or perhaps replaced by electronically controlled actuators, coupled to input and output sensors, and so forth. The resulting system may be more exact and versatile but if the purpose has already been adequately served, it's over-engineering by definition.

In an era of scarcity, inventions must meet a need, often a pressing need, while consuming a minimum of resources. Compare the bow as Genghis Kahn or a medieval European archer knew it to a modern compound bow. Compare the Sten or PPSh to the Thompson. Recall what brought them about. The question here isn't which is better, it's which one most directly and economically answers the need. Such minimalist thinking and invention may be critical to survival in the era of scarcity to come .

Next item please.

The inflation rate in Venezuela, a self-inflicted Cuba, is now somewhere between 400% and 1500%, depending on who's measuring it.

Food shortages, electricity blackouts, and scarce medical supplies have created a humanitarian disaster in Venezuela. However, with each passing month the situation deteriorates, and the crisis appears to be entering a dangerous new phase...

Venezuelans are starting to flee in large numbers, heading to Colombia, or Brazil, or even setting sail on small boats to seek food, shelter and work on some Caribbean islands. This could yet turn into a major refugee crisis. Venezuela is dangerously short on medical supplies, and the conditions in the country's hospitals are some of the worst in the world outside of Syria.


A bit-o'-foreboding from Ace of Spades:

Things are getting a little RINO-ey. I'm hearing complaints about the Bush/Romney crew taking the bulk of the slots in the "insurgent" administration. And I don't just mean the big ones. I mean the positions where important decisions are going to be made but not so important the president or VP will be looking much at the choice. I'm all for making a truce but not for giving the government back over to the incompetent, unresponsive establishment.

Seconded by Christian Mercenary:

Middle America will not be able to withstand another betrayal.

and Paul Roberts:

If Trump fails, the only solution is for the American people to become more radical.

Next item please.

Our quote of the week is the anti-Federalist position, in one sentence, excerpted from “Centinel”, Number 1, October 5, 1787, via Jesse James at the Virginia Freemen:

It would not be difficult to prove, that any thing short of despotism, could not bind so great a country under one government; and that whatever plan you might, at the first setting out, establish, it would issue in a despotism.


A sage comment by reader Samuel Adams below the indispensable Z Man's essay, The Cult of Anti-Racism:

I'm just old enough to remember when the goals of the Left were tangible. One could understand if you were winning or losing. Now the agenda consists solely of Things That Cannot Be Measured. “Unconscious bias”, “privilege” and the like allow for a never ending and ever expansive agenda into every aspect of citizens' lives.

Next item.

The Ohio State attack, billed as an "active shooter" emergency, where witnesses heard "six or seven shots" turns out to be nothing of the kind. The perp ran down students with a car then attacked others with a butcher knife. Here's the particulars on the perp:

... the suspect's name is Abdul Artan, an 18-year-old student at the university. He was a Somali refugee who left his homeland with his family in 2007, lived in Pakistan and then came to the United States in 2014 as a legal permanent resident

Remember, citizen, our strength comes from the rich tapestry of diversity. These rare incidents of "going ISIS" or "going BLM" in no way detract from the net contribution diversity has made to the nation. Few people know, for instance, the skyscrapers of New York City are made from cotton.



Remus's notebook


Fox News - Denver Sheriff's Department fined $10K for hiring only US citizens

American Digest - The famous clip of Clinton, "why aren't I fifty points ahead," in extra large format, 'one click away to keep it from scaring small children and the horses'. YouTube, 0m 58s.

College Fix - Catholic college officials tried to stop students from throwing America-themed party

English Russia - Homemade firearms seized during the North Caucasus operations [photos]

Heatstreet - Reddit Admins Shut Down ‘Pizzagate’ Subreddit

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If there's anything to 'Pizzagate' no one believes the mainstream media would find it, or even look for it. And it's a stretch to think Reddit cares so much about a pizzaria guy they will risk the company's credibility to defend him. This thing will either die of exhaustion or someone will find the right string and pull it.

Daily Mail - Reddit CEO accused of stifling free speech by Trump supporters after he admitted to editing negative posts about himself

Space - Huge Underground Ice Deposit on Mars Is Bigger Than New Mexico

Polizette - Frantic Media Becoming ‘Unglued’ Over Trump

SHTF Plan - James Wesley Rawles: “Double Up On Your Prepping,” They Can’t Hold Back Collapse Much Longer

Something Wicked Comes - Budget Bushcraft, The $10 Stealth Stove ... video, 2m 45s

Bloomberg - Venezuela’s Currency Just Had the Biggest Monthly Collapse Ever ... shops weigh money, it takes too long to count

American Shooting Journal - Captured ISIS Homebrew .50 Cal Rifle ... the ammo cost more than the gun

Next Web - Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

Harper's - Marine Le Pen in the age of Trump

Aeon - Has dogma derailed the scientific search for dark matter?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In this short article, Astrophysicist Pavel Kroupa of the Stellar Populations and Dynamics research group in Bonn recaps Milgrom's Modified Newtonian Dynamics—the alternative hypothesis to dark matter as supported by computer simulations and, possibly, data to be extracted from ongoing gravitational wave studies. I recall an incident where a small variation from the Hubble Constant was needed in astromechanical calculations for spacecraft traveling within the solar system, earth-Jupiter perhaps it was. Anyway, Mr. Kroupa is making an ever more compelling argument. It's a "fund me" article in part. He says dark matter is looking more like dogma every day yet it has cornered funding. The comments, in which Mr. Kroupa participates, are worth reading as well. Yeah, there are some dopey ones too.

Daily Caller - Justice Department Suing Two Towns For Refusing To Build Mosques ... a lawyer representing the mosque was in contact with DOJ investigators well before the planning board reached any decision

American Mirror - [Black] CNN commentator: We don’t need white people running Dem party now [she has a good point, cut out the middle man]

Twitter, @HillaryClinton, 24 Oct 2016 - Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. That’s a direct threat to our democracy.

Ancient Origins - Pre-Columbian Murals and Norse Sagas Suggest Vikings Met the Aztecs, and the Outcome Was Not Pretty

Burning Platform - 30 Blocks of Black Friday ... the more murals of black people doing great things per square mile, the more likely you are to be assaulted, robbed or shot.

Twitter, @johanknorberg - When I die, I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like Fidel Castro, not screaming in terror, like his victims.

Daily Mail - $125million bed-hopping hypocrite: He claimed he lived on $25 a month. But Fidel Castro had 20 luxury homes, a private island, an 88ft yacht - and mistresses galore

DC Clothesline - Italy’s Minister Of Interior: Surrender Your Homes To Migrants Or Face Jail

Pat Buchanan - Populist-nationalist tide rolls on ... one week from today, the front pages of the Western press could be splashing the newest crisis of the EU.

Daily Mail - Was Einstein wrong about the speed of light? New theory could completely change our view of the universe


1933. Dealer ad for Willys 77


art-remus-ident-04.jpg As said here last week, 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.



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Synopsis with links


Ignore them at their peril, Daily Mail - Sixty million people who voted for Trump because they believe it is the right thing for America. Sixty million people living outside the metropolitan bubble, the confluence of apathetic power, waiting to be told their voice isn’t worth listening to, either. Funds are being raised for a recount in the key states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, where the losing team hopes to reverse the outcome, giving Clinton the win. $3.8 million was banked in just 4 hours. This team is fronted by the walking irrelevance, Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She says: ‘We are not doing this because we expect the result to be overturned. We are doing this because the American people deserve to have confidence in the voting system.’ The American people did have confidence in the voting system. That’s why over 100 million of them bothered to stand in line to have their voice heard.


Why she is not President, Fred On Everything - The privileged worked hard for Trump. Every time they described his people as uneducated white males, implicit dregs, they drove votes to Donald. And they so described the working class unceasingly. It made him President. The privileged denigrated all whites unlike themselves. Then Hillary made her “deplorables” speech, confirming her contempt for half of America. And why not not sneer at them? Why did Hillary need their votes? Did not Rachel Maddow love her? Black Lives Matter also did yeoman work for the Donald. As they and snowflake Brown Shirts and excited millennials blocked highways and beat Trump’s supporters and shut down rallies, and vandalized cars, and of course looted, they presumably thought they were working against the Trump Monster. Not a chance.


Lynch mob finds scapegoat, Taki's Magazine - The Dems were pantsed by a vulgar, obnoxious, politically inexperienced reality-show pussygrabber. They lost the thing they were “sure” to win. So somebody’s gotta swing. The only question is, who? So, bottom line, someone’s gotta pay now. Facebook is filled with weepy leftists looking for somebody or something to retaliate against, and as much as they may want, first and foremost, to hit back at Trump himself, the Big Man has made it quite clear—pretty much from the start of election season—that he is unmoved by the tears of his adversaries. So, who is the devil du jour? Who’s to blame for the fact that the expected win unexpectedly failed to materialize? Well, the mainstream media has found the culprit, and it is ... fake news sites!

Washington Post - Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Their source: Is It Propaganda Or Not? - An Initial Set of Sites That Reliably Echo Russian Propaganda

Gateway Pundit - UPDATE: WaPo’s HIT PIECE on Russia Influencing Election FALLS APART! Its Shady Website Source Admits to Lying

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Spoiler Alert: the mainstream media has already lost, they're the 'shadowy fringe element' now. Their "fake news" is piled so high it's collapsing in on itself. "Hands up, don't shoot" and totally serious speculation on how big the Hillary landslide would be, for two. This last election exposed them for the "talking point stenographers" they are, not only fake but maliciously so. They still have an audience, bitter clinger identity activists chief among them . The rest of us talk among ourselves. By ignoring or trashing the real conversation they've "awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve".

The Intercept - Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group

Liberty Blitzkrieg - Liberty Blitzkrieg Included on Washington Post Highlighted Hit List of “Russian Propaganda” Websites

... for a website run by a relatively unknown person to have made it onto this slanderous list, is not only a great honor, but a testament to the impact one person can have in an environment dominated by a transparently fake and desperate mainstream media.

Zero Hedge - Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton "Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools"

... we remain fascinated by the so called "liberal left's" relentless charges that Trump will unleash a massive censorship assault on the "free press" when the "free press" itself is doing everything in its power to squash dissenting voices.


#PizzaGate, Poseidon Awoke - Control is shifting away from those who control finance and into the hands of those who control information. This is excellent news for the right, because the right thrives on truth, while the left thrives on lies. The internet treats censorship as damage and routes around it. The researchers have been compiling information on the pedophile ring and a few very strange things have happened. This is the smoke that leads me to think there is fire: the attempts by the system to censor and create alternative narratives. I think that FakeNews, Inc. has totally lost control of the narrative. The status quo is already attempting to frame this as baseless 'fake news' and online bullying of a totally normal pizza shop. Our job should be to terrorize the Left with the parts of this that we can corroborate and to put pressure on the system to bring investigation and prosecution.


1936. Oklahoma migrants in California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg An Oklahoma farm family, perhaps dispossessed by the "Dust Bowl" drought, looks for seasonal work in California. The bread wrapper reads Betsy Ross, White Sliced.



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Choosing a survival knife, Art of Manliness - When it comes to your survival knife, less is typically more–despite what you may see on TV. Hang the cool movie prop knife on a wall and embrace the simplicity of a skillfully designed survival knife. Function trumps styling–always. Your first priority is performance and that will depend on a variety of time-tested key features. A survival knife is not a magic wand nor does it have inherent magical saving powers. The true value is in the skill of the one who wields it. Skill only comes from practice and repetition. You don’t buy a survival knife to decorate your man cave–it is a tool that’s meant to be used. Since the beginning of mankind, the cutting blade helped to shape how our ancestors hunted, fought, built, and survived. From cavemen with sharp rocks to a soldier in modern warfare, there will never be a relationship quite like that between a man and his blade. Choose yours wisely.


Cognitive Dissonance, Scott Adam's Blog - As Trump continues to demonstrate that he was never the incompetent monster his critics believed him to be, the critics will face an identity crisis. They either have to accept that they understand almost nothing about how the world works – because they got everything wrong about Trump – or they need to double-down on their current hallucination. Most of his critics will double-down. That’s how normal brains work. And that brings us to our current situation. As Trump continues to defy all predictions from his critics, the critics need to maintain their self-images as the smart ones who saw this new Hitler coming. And that means you will see hallucinations like you have never seen. It will be epic.


Identity politics, Heatstreet - Are the modern liberal Left the worst losers in all of political history? There seem to be scant other conclusions to draw at the end of a week that has seen the largest outpouring of sanctimonious rage against the great uneducated, racist, white Western world since, well, Brexit in June. Nightly, hourly, by the minute, via endless MSM and social media outpourings, and six consecutive nights of #NotMyPresident placards, the liberal elite has persisted in shamefully labelling anybody who disagrees with them as racist, sexist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, whatever. Yet the ruling liberal elites of Europe and the USA seem oblivious to a new world order: if they and their supportive media call ordinary people racist, xenophobic or sexist for long enough, they will grow to hate you, then vote against you.


The Big Pretend, PJ Media Richard Fernandez - Perhaps the liberal project does not want to know what ails them because they fear what they will find, and many already probably suspect what it is. The Leftist impulse is founded on the conviction they have a special position in the "arc of justice", a privileged vantage in the moral universe, a place in the vanguard of history. To suddenly admit they don't, to admit that they are no better than anyone else and possibly a good deal worse is not an easily correctable fault. The reason the liberal project will never perform an autopsy on itself is because that would reveal there's no there there. It's the pretend that counts. The big secret the Left never wants to face is there's no "arc of history" they control.


1906. Memphis Tennessee waterfront


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In this photo we see the cargo deck of the Belle of the Bends, at right, and the Belle of Calhoun being loaded. Passenger cabins and accommodations were on the second deck.

The Bell of the Bends was a sidewheel packet, built at Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1898, for the Vicksburg & Greenville Packet Company, running that trade for many years. At 451 gross tons, with 27 staterooms and 60 berths, she could carry 119 passengers including 30 in deck and steerage. She sank in September 1909 at Peeler's Landing 40 miles above Vicksburg and was raised. In 1910, she sank again in a rainstorm 20 miles below Lake Providence and was raised again. She was converted into an excursion boat and renamed Liberty.

The Belle of Calhoun was built at St. Louis in 1895. On May 27, 1896, she was badly damaged in a tornado at St. Louis, sinking up to her cabin. She was raised and repaired. In October, 1914, she sank four miles above Alton, Illinois, with 4,700 barrels of apples on board. Her bow was on shore and her stern was in twenty-feet of water. Around 800 barrels were lost, and she was raised and repaired. In October, 1929, she sank again about three miles above Hannibal, Missouri, and was raised yet again. Obviously, she was not destined to sink. In the winter of 1930-31, she burned in Alton Slough. [This the best known photo, click for another photo of these two riverboats together, but at Vicksburg, 1908 or 1909]


Detail of above photo.


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Baltic States resistance, National Interest - In a rare and courageous step, the government of Lithuania recently issued a guide on how its citizens can resist a potential Russian invasion and occupation – by force of arms if need be. Given the disparity of conventional military forces between Russia and the three Baltic states, as well as Russia’s geographic advantage in the region, this is a measure that makes eminent sense. Lithuania hopes to deter aggression by making it clear to a potential attacker that even if an invasion should initially succeed the fight would be far from over, and thus loss of territory will not mean loss of the war. But preparing for resistance is not the only defensive measure Lithuania is taking to maintain the peace. Resistance is a key element of the “Total Defense” strategy which all three Baltic states have been pursuing to varying degrees in recent years.


Confessions of a Progressive gun nut, John Stokes - The private ownership of weapons of war is an issue that pits each side against its own hopes for the future. The anti-gun crowd finds itself arguing for the unassailable tactical superiority of the present neoliberal order, and the pro-gun crowd finds itself making the awful case that horrific deaths in the present are necessary to prevent a dystopian future that it fervently hopes will never come to pass. These rhetorical contortions from both sides of this debate are painful, both to execute and to watch. There is a strain of old-school leftist that still fantasizes about the revolutionary potential of smallfolk and small arms, while many on the right are bone-weary of America’s costly, endless wars and wish they could live in a world where swords are safely beaten into ploughshares. Thus we find ourselves at an impasse.


The Real War on Science, City Journal - I’ve read the Left’s indictments, including Chris Mooney’s bestseller, The Republican War on Science. Where are the casualties? Where are the scientists who lost their jobs or their funding? What vital research has been corrupted or suppressed? What scientific debate has been silenced? That’s the ultimate casualty in the Left’s war: scientists’ reputations. Bad research can be exposed and discarded, but bad reputations endure. Social scientists are already regarded in Washington as an arm of the Democratic Party, so their research is dismissed as partisan even when it’s not. The physical sciences still enjoy bipartisan support, but that’s being eroded by the green politicking, and climate scientists’ standing will plummet if the proclaimed consensus turns out to be wrong.


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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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29 Nov 2016