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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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Ships Lying Near Dordrecht, Paul Clays, 1870

Paul Clays was a Belgian artist and early practitioner of the "true to nature" naturalist style that eventually prevailed in Flemish painting in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Clay's work, highly regarded in his own time, still commands high prices.

This piece was done thirty years before his death in 1900 at the age of eighty-one. Dordrecht is a seaport city of 119,000 in the western Netherlands, first mentioned in a letter in 1120. It's been an island since the flood of 1421. It was in all the papers.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg As noted here and elsewhere, James Rawles of Survival Blog advises we double up on our preparations. He believes [ video] the collapse will likely occur in 2017. Many others concur. When Mr. Rawles draws a time frame around the collapse of America it merits special attention.

While it may be gratifying, Donald Trump's election as President, and the repudiation of the Alt-Left regime in general, in no way reverses the ongoing rush to economic and societal catastrophe.

The coming economic debacle first revealed itself nearly a decade ago and has developed unimpeded and ever more irrationally since. Major international players concede we're now a couple of standard deviations from any chance of orderly extrication. Watch for significant excursions from normal commerce and "emergency corrective actions". When it all lets loose, what you have physically on hand may be all you're going to have for a long while.

The election of 2016 was a shock for the Left. Expect an unrelenting, vicious response . Societal catastrophe may start with dog-whistle calls for "spontaneous" violence , cashing in the divisions they've been rubbing raw for decades. Watch for escalating violence and perhaps guerilla-style sabotage of public utilities and transportation, then blowback violence and worse. There's nothing in this for reasonable people of good will. Stay away from crowds.

Survival supplies and equipment have been offered at discounted prices since the election. Firearms and ammunition are plentiful at competitive prices. But Black Swans seem also in good supply. Consider the next few months, if that, the last of normal times.

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This is from Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, a paragraph from his essay, Bring Back Our Country. File it under Fair Warning.

The Left's three most potent weapons are the entertainment industry, the educational institutions, and the so-called news media. If these can be neutralized, and a sufficiency of alternatives can be provided, the incoming Trump Administration will have a much better chance of carrying through on its agenda. But make no mistake: the Left will defend its bastions with total ferocity, while doing everything it can to delegitimize the alternatives the Internet, talk radio, and low-cost cablecasting have made possible.

It appears the left is shifting emphasis to their news media, on an all-hands-on-deck basis. It imploded so spectacularly, so publicly and so completely that it can be said to have collapsed. It's an overused word, "collapsed", but "discredited" or the like doesn't do it.

At the moment they've no better idea than to circle the wagons and shoot the horses and bystanders. It's embarrassing to watch. But have a care, we can safely bet there are serial strategy meetings going on day and night. Out of destruction comes creation. It's what they're good at. Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine gives us an update on how it's going:

Huddled inside a rainbow-colored yet opaque bubble, it's obvious that they have no idea what just hit them. Many overpaid and demonstrably clueless strategists seem to think that perchance they didn't call people racists, sexists, homophobes, and Islamophobes enough.

Then there's the "fake news" thing. It's just ankle-biting so far, part of their lame "right side of history" meme, the inevitability trope always on speed dial by student lounge Marxists and the JournoList.

Watch for News Media II, same-o same-o except gussied up with some grandiose gimmick. Whatever it's to be, the product will be sprung already sprinting at flank speed; masterful in concept, daring in execution, stupendous, colossal, a cast of thousands. It too will fall on its face. Makeover and sparkles won't save it, the country has gone George Carlin while the news media remains the same tired theme park of campy '60s activism. They will, of course, expect a different result this time.

Next item please.

'Member I told you one of our chickens, an outcast little red rooster, abandoned the flock about five months ago to live in the woods, then showed up after an early snowfall looking as if he was at death's door. This is an update. We got him fattened up and back to his ol' sassy self, then reintroduced him to the flock. Once again the bigger rooster ran him off into the woods, but he showed up again after dark. The little guy is now the only rooster in a small, well maintained flock down the hill.

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The first quote of the week is from Admiral "Bull" Halsey , Commander of the Third Fleet, 1943-1945. Two quotes this week 'cause I couldn't make up my mind which one is the best.

Before we're through with them, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell.

The second quote comes from Marine General "Chesty" Puller at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950.

They're on our right, they're on our left, they're in front of us, they're behind us; they can't get away from us this time.

Marine General "Mad Dog" Mattis is cut from the same cloth. John Galt at Shenandoah has reposted sixteen quotes and a video of our next Secretary of Defense, which he prefaces with a quotable statement of his own, "If I'm an enemy raghead, I'd find the Sweet Baby Jesus and convert before January 20, 2017".

Next please.

The two pieces at the head of my play list right now are Ralph Stanley, Rank Strangers, YouTube, 3m 13s, and Ingrid Fliter, pianist, with the Warsaw Philharmonic, Chopin Piano Concerto n.2, Second Movement, YouTube, 8m 47s.

When I was a lad the question was which musical instrument you'd play, not "if". Music was taken seriously. At family get togethers the grownups would play the old favorites. "Rank Strangers" takes me back to those days. I hear the laughing and conversations in the background, the players deciding on a key and who's going to sing what part of the harmony, the stumbling and starting all over again and then, confidence gained, a passable performance.

If you imagine an "a'pickin' and a'grinnin'" family from this, you skipped right over where I said music was taken seriously. In our house, the record stack could go from, say, Hank Williams to Rimsky-Korsakov, then to Moon Mullican and Mozart. My Mom could be practicing on her violin of an evening—she was a member of the amateur philharmonic in town, or my Dad could be learning a Mozart piece on the piano.

Down the road, my friend's Mom could be singing along with her record player and we kids would be sitting outside the screen door listening, she was that good, but she'd only sing when she was alone, or thought she was. Music, real music, was everywhere. And not an earbud in sight.

Two of my friends who lived in town were fans of chamber music, she played the viola, he the clarinet. They'd invite me to their home practices as a layman critic and audience of one. They also introduced me to old-style Jewish standup. The punch line to one of their jokes was, "... so every December 7th, Bernie Weinstein attacks Lois Weiss."

The linked Chopin performance is from 2000, two years before she toured the US with the Warsaw Philharmonic. I've been cribbing passages from it. This piece is more expressive than bedazzling and you'll not find it done better. Spoiler: it often threatens to, but doesn't, break into a rousing crescendo. Genius.


Can ol' Remus really put together Woodpile Report and bake a batch-o'-bread at the same time? Is it true he can satisfy his appetite to some small degree just by inhaling that wonderful aroma? I'll let you guess why such questions are on my mind just now. Mmm mm.

Next item please

From Black Lives Matter Network:

With Fidel's passing there is one more lesson that stands paramount: when we are rooted in collective vision when we bind ourselves together around quests for infinite freedom of the body and the soul, we will be victorious. As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom. Fidel Vive!

Mm-kay. Perhaps they don't know Fidel and his sidekick Che spoke of blacks in the most demeaning of terms. If they do know and choose to overlook it, El Commandante's contempt is amply validated.

Okay gang, that's it for the this 'n that. This week's Woodpile Report comes in two versions. One is a small lot artisanal printing using a purpose-designed font on hand-layed archival paper, tipped-in illustrations, bound in Spanish leather with those kewl ribs on the spine, deeply imprinted and filled with 18 carat gold, each copy in a presentation slipcase with a personalized note in Carolingian Minuscule engrossed by Remus his own self. The other version is the one both of us are reading.


Remus's notebook


Zero Hedge - Angry Dems Play The Blame Game Over Hillary Loss As the Infighting Escalates

Jesse's Cafe Americain - A Very Concise Explanation of Why The Democrats Lost, And Will Keep Losing

Cracked - 6 Reasons Why A New Civil War Is Possible And Terrifying

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This was posted at the "terrifyingly well-informed"—says Wired—Cracked website a week before the election. It assumes Hillary wins and the Deplorables go all bloodbath. The six reasons cited for a New Civil War are:

The Beginning Looks A Lot Like Where We Are Right Now,

The Violence Could Start With Farms Choking The Cities,

The Revolution Will Plagiarize ISIS's Tactics,

There Will Be Hundreds of Sides,

Decades of Military Spending Will Bite Us In The Ass, and

The Internet Will Make It Even Bloodier.

The article pretty much says Trump diehards won't accept the election results and then they'll go crazy and ruin everything outta meanness and spite because they're homicidal fascists. Here's a sample of how things really worked out:

Daily Caller - Vandals Destroy Trump-Supporting Veteran’s Home

Cracked was "terrifyingly misinformed", perhaps they chose to be, then passed it on to their audience. Cracked is run by honorable people with a mature sense of fair play, assumedly, so in light of developments I expect a retraction and sincere apology. It would dispel my suspicion they're just another pile of clever sphincters satisfied with passing air in the delusion-o-sphere.

Alt-Market - The Real Reasons Why Another American Civil War Is Possible

WND, Pat Buchanan - Fake news and war party lies ... leaders have been misleading Americans into conflicts for decades

Emergency Management - Prepper Movement, While Not Mainstream, no Longer Just for Doomsday Outliers

Washington Post - A school official called for compassion for the Ohio State attacker. People are demanding she be fired.

FaceBook post, OSU page, Photo

Reason - Ohio State Knife Attacker Abdul Artan Was Taking a Class About Microaggressions

Daily Sheeple - Is This The Real Reason for Breitbart’s Untimely Death? #Pizzagate

Watts Up With That? - California Passes a New Climate Law to Regulate Cow Methane

Watts Up With That? - In one picture: why you shouldn’t get your climate information from the @dailykos ... hint: where do penguins live again?

Economic Collapse - Why Are So Many Among The Elite Building Luxury Bunkers In Preparation For An Imminent ‘Apocalypse’?

...the rich usually have deeper connections to reliable information and prediction sources, and most of them have the means to take immediate action.

Shooting Journal - First time Shooting? "This guy shouldn’t hold a gun. He probably shouldn’t even hold a stapler". Includes video, 23 seconds.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The cargo shorts told us all we needed to know.

Daily Galaxy - 6,000 Years Ago the Sahara Desert was Tropical

Goodbye America (in a photo) - Triplecuck

Longreads - Hidebound: The Grisly Invention of Parchment

Art of Manliness - Never Complain; Never Explain

Fox News - Liberals get hysterical over the 'alt-right' but we are living in their 'alt-left' world

Times of Israel - Rare find reveals previously unknown Roman ruler in Judea ... just prior to the Bar Kochba revolt of 132 to 136 AD

Literary Hub - Thoreau Was Actually Funny as Hell

Daily Signal - Widespread Coverage of Liberal Hate Crimes ‘Study’ Shows Media’s Fake News Problem


1940. Magazine ad for General Tire


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The tire and rubber division of General Tire, founded in 1915, became part of Germany's Continental in 1987. The remainder of the company is a division specializing in rubber-based solid rocket fuels since the late 1930s, now part of Aerojet Rocketdyne. This ad is richly risque, common to the era. Count the ways.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Gun control, Fred On Everything - Gun-controllers, unless they are greater fools than seems humanly possible–they may well be–know that criminals are not going to turn their guns in, and there is no way to confiscate them. They also know, unless actually mad, that criminals are overwhelmingly black. A great many people, including me, think that “civil unrest” may be in America’s future as the economy declines, the middle class sinks, and racial hostility deepens. Thus the desire to get an AR or two and a thousand rounds before the government—which much of the country regards as an enemy—can shut down sales and leave them helpless, a la Mexico. In private conversation the question is explicitly racial–though one must never, ever, point out the obvious.


Obama blames Fox news, Fox News, Gutfeld - The division began decades ago, when the left made politics a measure of your morality. If you weren't like them, you were immoral. You were not simply wrong, as the saying goes, you were evil. This began after World War II, when young Americans had the time to turn politics into an all-consuming hobby of emotional activity. You can't win over people you just sentenced to a life of being deplorable. This narrow, highly destructive sensibility exists still, even after Trump's beatdown. Comedians, singers and assorted talking heads continue to crap on Trump voters, reducing them to some braying, mindless, bigoted mob. But the more they do this, the more Trump supporters they create. Their simplistic, single-minded arrogance reveals the debilitating irrelevance they feel when the country no longer listens to their whine.


Wars without winning, War Is Boring - Twenty-first century Americans inured to wars that never end have long since forgotten that bringing such conflicts to a prompt and successful conclusion once defined the very essence of what generals were expected to do. No one expects the general-in-chief in Iraq or Afghanistan to bring things to a successful conclusion. His job is merely to manage the situation until he passes it along to a successor, while duly adding to his collection of personal decorations and perhaps advancing his career. The United States may today have the world’s most powerful and capable military, yet the record shows that it does not have a corps of senior officers who know how to translate that capability into successful outcomes.


1938. Scotts Run, West Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Scotts Run is outside of Morgantown on West Virginia's northern border with Pennsylvania, a coal mining settlement made famous during the Depression by publicity and relief efforts by Eleanor Roosevelt.



More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Earth isn’t a random outlier, Daily Galaxy - In an effort to establish how the Sun and its planets compare to the newfound systems identified by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, a pair of astronomers suggest that our early solar system may have contained as many as four planets orbiting closer to the Sun than Venus, and that a series of cataclysmic collisions left Mercury as the last one standing. “If every star once had a System of Tightly-packed Inner Planets, then it would mean that the modelers have been missing the boat on planetary formation for a long time,” Walsh said. “We have always been trying to build models just to get our four rocky planets." Our solar system seems to have reached the destructive end state.


We can have it too, Amerika - Since the second World War, Leftism has found itself with a guaranteed argument in the Hitler/not-Hitler dichotomy. If the Leftists find a brown victim, they can demand anything they want by calling any opposition “Hitler”. This means that in the hands of government, whites become kulaks and non-whites become deserving comrade peasants. The goal is to destroy the kulaks and give their wealth to the peasants, at which point civilization collapses because we destroyed the more competent people. As a means to implementing this, the Left created the double standard. It is good for the putative victims (non-whites) to express self-interest at the expense of others, but the kulaks must never express any self-interest.


Second state of liquid water, Science Alert - Physicists in the UK looked at a number of specific properties of water, like thermal conductivity, refractive index, conductivity, surface tension, and the dielectric constant - how well an electric field can spread through a substance - and how they responded to fluctuations in temperature between 0 and 100 degrees Celsius. Once the water hit 40 degrees, things started to shift, and properties were changing all the way up to 60 degrees. Each property had a different 'crossover temperature' somewhere within this threshold, and the researchers suggest that this is because the liquid water had switched into a different phase, a fact that could be linked to why H2O has such unusual properties in general.


1939. La Crosse, Wisconsin


art-remus-ident-04.jpg La Crosse is a city of 52,300 on the Mississippi River at the western border of the midsection of Wisconsin. In 1939 the population was about 42,000. At left in this photo we see a cafe and the La Crosse Music Shop, at right is Newburg's, Ora's Shoe Shop, Gamble Stores Auto Supply, and Casino - Heilmans Old Style Lager.



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


Panic in Progressive Park, PJ Media Roger Simon - If you thought Trump Derangement Syndrome was a tad excessive, as they say, you ain't seen nothin' yet. To channel an old Pacino flick, opening now for Oscar season, it's "Panic in Progressive Park." Reason for the panic—the dawning realization, repressed and often unrecognized though it may be, that Donald Trump may even a be a good president, possibly a great one. Then what? Most of the media are at war with Trump and at this moment they are losing, badly. A wise person would change their tactics. But the media is not filled with wise people.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the most amazing election since upstart third party candidate Lincoln won with less than 40% of the popular vote. Now, as then, the news media and their political party are not amused. As Educated Hillbilly puts it, " ... imagine spending eight years weaponizing the federal government then handing it over to Donald Trump".


Time to say goodbye, Burning Platform - Where there is heavy urban population the social and political culture is highly liberal. In the hinterlands where there is no economy to speak of and the government is the primary employer, well, guess who gets the votes? We are beginning to see just how deep those geographical and cultural divisions truly are. Makes you sort of wonder: Why are we fighting it? The purpose of elections has now become a contest to see which political ideology can wield the hammer of state so that it can subjugate one side to the other. It is better for conservatives of all stripes to begin this dialogue from a position of political power because the dialogue right now can be viewed as more honest. The other option is we can keep doing the same thing over and over again and hope for better results. But we all know how that story ends now, don’t we?


Warning bells, Z Man - Any resistance to the status quo will now be classified as anti-democratic. This is, of course, a backdoor way of smearing anyone who questions the wisdom of allowing unaccountable bureaucrats free rein to rearrange the social order, based on theories popular only on the college campus. It is a lot easier to call critics immoral and beyond the pale, than it is to debate them, so there will now be a healthy market for intellectuals, who can demonize the resistance to the status quo... What’s funny about it is that the people who voted for Trump did so as a rejection of the Official Right, as much as a rejection of the Left. The Punch and Judy Show among defenders of the managerial class has lost its audience.


I Got Your Gluten Right Here, Pal, Taki's Magazine - Would you care to take a guess as to what year the phrase “gluten intolerance” first entered the medical literature? That year would be 2010. Okay, let’s do the math on that. For the first 12,010 years of the agricultural society, there is no “gluten intolerance.” Then for six years we have so much of it that grocers start putting “Gluten Free” labels on bottled water. I’m not sure which aboriginal inhabitant of which continent believes that water ever contained gluten, but whoever he is, he’s probably still a hunter-gatherer. Then we find out that “gluten intolerance” has about 30 symptoms—most of them disgusting and gastrointestinal, many of them involving the same symptoms found in any Tums commercial—but “may often be completely asymptomatic.” In other words, even if you don’t have symptoms, you probably suffer from some kind of gluten overload.


1941. December 7. The 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The attack on Pearl Harbor lasted for two hours. The photo is of Wheeler Army Airfield. Seventy-six aircraft destroyed. Twelve fighters got into the air and engaged the enemy. Three and a half years later Japan surrendered unconditionally.

Japan had no real alternative, their armed forces were utterly defeated, their homeland a smoldering ruin, its population defenseless and starving. Yes, from 1789 until 1947—when the War Department was replaced with the Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction Department—America declared and won wars. Won. As in, the enemy surrendered to us. It occurred to exactly no one there'd be any other reason for war. Ever.

City Journal - On a Sunday Morning. Marking 75 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor




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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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