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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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Edward Moran, Ship at Sea at Sunset


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Edward Moran was the older brother of the now more famous Thomas Moran. Edward studied art in Philadelphia at age sixteen and quickly became a premier marine painter of the day. In 1872 he moved to New York City where he died in 1901 at age 71. Maybe he shoulda stayed in Philadelphia.

Next item please.

You've seen it. A celebrity stares solemnly into the camera and declares Donald Trump unqualified to be president. Hold on. What do they mean, "unqualified"? If they mean "ineligible", as they'd apparently have us believe, they've either been grievously misinformed or they're attempting to foist some devious parsing on us.

Article II of the Constitution requires he be a natural born citizen, thirty-five years old, resident in the United States for at least fourteen years. Mr. Trump meets these qualifications handily, unlike the unvetted former foreign student elected to the Presidency, you remember, the one who was immediately removed from office when his Social Security number came from a state he never lived in and his birth certificate was discovered to be a third-rate forgery . Oh wait.

But there's more. The Twenty-Second Amendment says Mr. Trump is not qualified, i.e., is ineligible, if he was elected to the presidency previously for two terms. Nope, he's clean. Article I says he can't be president if he was convicted in impeachment. Nope. The Fourteenth Amendment disqualifies him if he took an oath to support the Constitution then supported the Confederacy during the unpleasantness of 1861 - 1865. Nope, but they're still checking.

So they mean to say "unfit". Not unfit in the sense he's a drooling psycho with advanced leprosy, but in the sense his notions of governance are not their notions of governance. They'll be disappointed to learn there's no requirement he defer to their notions. We have elections to decide such things. Let's check. Yep. Everything looks to be in order.

Next item.

News item from CNN:

The USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official. Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That small boat came up alongside and the Chinese crew took one of the drones.

United States Naval Ships are non-commissioned support vessels belonging to the US Navy. The USNS Bowditch is an oceanographic survey ship operated by the Military Sealift Command. Bottom line, members of the Chinese Navy stole an underwater drone from a US Navy ship. As they watched.

The Commander In Chief will be apologizing to China any day now, assuming they didn't take the thing with his permission. Shall we find out some day there was a Benghazi-like "stand down" order?

There was a day when the Navy went into harm's way prepared for the probable and improbable alike. There was a day when the Navy could and would defend the nation against all comers. Now it appears they aren't prepared to, or aren't allowed to, defend themselves much less us.

As if "transgender sensitivity indoctrination" and the mere existence of the USS Harvey Milk aren't insult enough to the Navy and the nation's good name, the scupper trouts in DC and their pet pervs ... but I digress. All the armed services will get a top-to-bottom fumigation and thorough sandblasting in due time.

Next item please.

The quote of the week comes from Doug Casey at Casey Daily Dispatch:

A depression is a period of time when distortions and misallocations of capital are liquidated.

This is a three credit hour course in market economics compressed into one sentence. He goes on to say, "A time when bubbles caused by monetary expansion are popped. A time when unsound businesses fail."


This warning comes from James Rawles at Survival Blog:

I predict that there will be a directly proportional relationship between the rapidity with which President-elect Trump implements his planned reduction of government policies and the rapidity of the Federal Reserve banking cartel's interest rate hikes. The harder that Trump pushes, the harder that The Powers That Be will push back.

In the end I believe that they are willing to collapse the credit market, crash the stock markets and collapse the value of the U.S. Dollar on the Forex rather than see Trump make any substantive change. Be ready for the events that will follow January 20th, 2017. There could be some Deep Drama, rather quickly. So go ahead and hedge into tangibles and keep your powder dry.

The election was interesting, we all escaped with our lives, but oddly enough, our problems didn't go away while we were looking elsewhere.


My good and talented friend Joe Mama has resumed his excellent Eaton Rapids Joe Blog after a lengthy haitus. Check it out, here . Joe was kind enough to put me on the list for his email version which attenuated my withdrawal symptoms greatly. Confession: I kept the bookmark, hoping he'd cave.

Next item

The Associated Press news service, as policy, does not specify the race of a perp unless he's white. When there is no description at all we're supposed to believe none is available, which has become something of a wink-wink in itself. Recently the AP used an inventive dodge, "police did not release a detailed description". How precious. Now even their coverups have a coverup.

Here are the particulars.

"Boy, 3, out shopping with grandma dies in road rage shooting" says this Associated Press news report from Little Rock, Arkansas. It continues, "Police said they were looking for an older black Chevrolet Impala. Police did not release a detailed description of the man who was driving it." The last sentence seemed devious even for the AP, so I checked a source known for being more straightforward and complete, the UK's online Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail report was , "Arkansas boy, 3, is shot dead in sickening road-rage attack 'because his grandma wasn't driving fast enough'", by Associated Press and James Wilkinson for dailymail.com. Here are the key sentences: "The other driver honked his horn, and King-Macon honked back, the police report said. 'A black male then exited [the Impala] and fired one shot', the report said."

Now we know the police report included a cursory description at the least. Notice the Daily Mail's account was based on the AP story but was much more informative, including photos of principals and something of a description of the perp. CNN, ABC, Fox16-local and NBC also used the AP story but included, or added, a description in their on-line reports. Some used the policeese "B/M", ABC said, "a tall black man".

Fox News US online also used the AP story but took the coverup even further, "no description of the suspected shooter has been released," which is a lie. Or if you prefer, fake news. Even Huffington Post included the "tall black man" description. Nor did the Fox News Report on television that night include anything specific about the shooter.

Bottom line, the AP release for the US was the least honest, the US online tevee news sites except Fox were marginally better, the AP release in the UK as augmented by Daily Mail staff was the most honest and informative. People distrust, if not despise, the mainstream media in the US for many reasons. This is one of them.

Next item please:

What happened to journalism? Why does it suddenly need Special Snowflake Status with its very own Superspecial Safe Space to protect them from "fake news"? Kay Hymowitz at City Journal explains,

"In recent decades, journalism has become an enclave of the college-educated, inhabited by the sons and daughters of lawyers and professors who can afford to help them during their many years on campus, in graduate school, and working at internships and low-paying entry jobs in New York, Washington, and other luxury cities. By the outset of the 2000s, a majority of fledgling educated journalists were women—or, more specifically, relatively well-off, Title IX-empowered women thoroughly indoctrinated in the history of white-male wrongdoing".

Next item.

This is a real and for true woodpile report. A few days back I shoveled my way to the woodpile. The snow is 'way deeper than knee-high, and I'm a tall guy. We had some freezing drizzle overnight so the wood exposed to it was welded en bloc with ice and had to be hammered loose.

Over the years I've used a sled, then a wagon, and now a two-wheeled, purpose-built carrier to take the wood from the pile to the in-house wood bin. The bin holds about a quarter face cord—twenty-one inch nominal—which is two trips with the carrier stacked as high as it'll hold, or near enough.

This isn't complaining, I enjoy every minute of it, okay okay, except maybe a minute or two here 'n there. There's something kozmik about living in a house built from logs from your own woods also being heated from the same woods. Which may be an affront to Odin or a violation of some kosher bylaw. Sue me.

In late spring we pull serious maintenance on the stove and clean out the chimney liner, and every year the firewood is a bit different, so getting the draft setting just right takes a while. Naturally I err on the side of generosity, then dial it back. The other night when the outside temperature was in the single digits, the thermometer in the hallway read eighty-five degrees. Oops. By the end of winter I'll get it spot on for any given weather, first try, then lose the touch again over the summer.

The stuff I'm burning first is overdue, it's three years off the stump, mostly limb wood, some overnighters, some cleanup ends 'n pieces. "Even crooked wood makes straight ashes," as we say 'round here. Just eyeballing it, if the rest of winter is about average, I'm saying we'll have enough firewood left for next year and not much less than half of what we'll need for the year after that.

Tangibles are what you can count on. Contracts with suppliers aren't the equal of looking out the window and seeing your winter's heat.

Well gang, enough aimless chatter. A Merry Christmas to one and all, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews—the lot. Memories. When I was a working engineer we had a supplier populated mainly by Eastern Europeans, the ones with long names and no vowels. They made one big Christmas buffet table by pushing the cafeteria tables end-to-end, even so, there was more food than would fit so there were folding tables along the wall just for the baked stuff and deserts. Enough food to keep Budapest well fed for a month. Visitors were obliged to sample something from each section or be marked down as, say, anti-Romanian forever. Good times. Where was I? Oh yes.

Sadly, by way of restoring the cosmic balance, Christmas is followed by dreary and tedious "year in review" stuff on the ol' tevee, meaning recycled news footage with dramatic voice-over. But let yer hearts be full of cheer—after we get to yer ol' Woodpile Report and ponder urgent dispatches from the trenches.


Remus's notebook


Central Maine - Skowhegan-area propane dealer won’t deliver to Trump voters

InfoGalactic - List of businesses that refuse to work with Donald Trump

BWOG Columbia Student News - Fake Book With Connections To “Dark Enlightenment” Movement Found On Stack 12 [Not satire. Apparently]

Facebook's outsourced fact checkers

Daily Caller - Snopes, Which Will Be Fact-Checking For Facebook, Employs Leftists Almost Exclusively

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The background of these activist snowflake "fact checkers" is a must read. This attempt to suppress so-called Fake News is nothing other than a criminal, self-serving conspiracy to discredit anything other than the approved version of events using the "global warming" template: dissent will be ridiculed, defunded and delegitimized by authorities on retainer. It too will fail and, as always, they'll be the last to know why.

Zero Hedge - George Soros Is Funding Facebook's "Third-Party Fact Checking" Organization Targeting "Fake News"

Poynter Institute: "... the organization is funded by the who's who of leftist billionaires including George Soros' Open Society Foundations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar's Omidyar Network".

Daily Mail - Clinton mega donor George Soros leads line-up of liberal billionaires who are funding Facebook's fake news fact checker

The Hill - Who will check Facebook's 'fact checkers?' [Caution, includes auto-start video]

DC Clothesline - George Soros and Bill Gates Exposed as the Force Behind Facebook’s New ‘Fake News’ Detector

Popular Mechanics - The Only Ship Left in America's Fleet That Actually Sunk an Enemy Ship Is 200 Years Old ... hasn't seen much action since

Ars Technica - AMD’s Zen CPU is now called Ryzen, and it might actually challenge Intel

Fox News - ISIS is manufacturing arms on industrial scale

Campus Reform - UC-Denver offers course on 'Problematizing Whiteness' ... how whites are complicit in a system of race

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They insist all other races are just a "social construct", or is it the other way around? Can't ever keep this one straight, and neither can they.

Campus Reform - Eastern Michigan University to require ‘black studies’ course in all majors ... 'explore' issues of bias and privilege

Daily Caller - DC Public Schools Spokeswoman Wants To ‘Get Rid Of’ All White Men

Strategic Culture - Russia to Renew Production of Tu-160 Strategic Bombers ... also upgrading existing fleet

Curious coincidences

Citizens Audit - David Brock’s Media Matters Has Hidden $1,052,500 From The IRS Since 2010

Daily Mail, 2012 - Media Matters founder accuses gay ex-lover of blackmailing him for $850K after breakup

Camp Rehoboth Community Center, 2002 - Camp Shots ... includes photo of David Brock and James Alefantis

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Brock's Media Matters is the originator and central director of the "fake news" offensive

Youtube - Bodycam shows black suspect shooting two white Georgia police Officers. 4m 06s. [Shooting is at the 0m 30s mark]

Heat Street - Amid Russia Row, New Conspiracy Theories Swirl Over Murder of DNC’s Seth Rich

Excerpt: Conspiracy theorists now posit that the allegations against Russia are a “smokescreen” designed to distract from an investigation into Rich’s death, one that might turn up evidence that Rich was leaking DNC documents to Wikileaks on behalf of a powerful Bernie Sanders donor.

Natural Blaze - More Doctors Confessing To Intentionally Diagnosing Healthy People With Cancer To Make Money

Message to Eagle - Satellite Images Reveal 10,500-Year-Old Lost City Hidden Beneath The Forest Of Oklahoma

Inverse - New Hampshire: Future Volcano Hot Spot? ... volcano in a few million years, mark your calendar

Popular Science - Iran revealed an anti-drone rifle

Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Intellectual yet idiot

Art of Manliness - How to treat hypothermia

Fox News - Looting leaves stores in ruins in Venezuela's Ciudad Bolivar ... 80 percent of stores that sell food in the city were ransacked

Smithsonian Magazine - After Nearly 500 Years in Business, the Company that Cast the Liberty Bell Is Ceasing All Operations

Variety - ‘Rogue One’: What Peter Cushing’s Digital Resurrection Means for the Industry


1933. Western Super-X .22 cartridges, magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Western Cartridge story, up to 1933 - Franklin Olin, a blasting powder manufacturer, formed Western Cartridge Company in 1898. In turn, Western formed the Union Cap and Chemical Company at East Alton, Illinois in 1900 to manufacture primers, blasting caps, and .22 and .32 caliber rimfire cartridges.

UCC's headstamp included a Maltese cross trademark, changed to an X at the time of World War I. Western Cartridge Company acquired the Winchester Repeating Arms Company when it went into receivership in 1931.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


The school disaster, Fred On Everything - It does seem reasonable that the population not actually moronic should be able read menus and street signs. It also seems possible. But beyond fifth grade? The failure to learn is not, or not uniquely, a problem of intelligence. Obviously the actually stupid will not learn anything. But neither do the intelligent. Bright kids learn to read by reading, by going to the library and coming back with ten books, by reading voraciously. You don’t teach them to read. You get out of their way. In fact, you don’t teach them much of anything. They do it. So what is the point of school? Far better would be perhaps junior high followed by vocational training in a field of interest to the student.


War on hate, Unz Review - If one’s reality derived entirely from the mainstream mass media, one would conclude since Trump arrived on the political scene America is awash in the modern-day plagues of Biblical proportions :the hatreds of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and, no doubt, a few others to be named later. Further add how mere disagreement over policy is now classified as “hate,” as in opposition to same sex marriages is “hate.” As our economic prosperity permits the funding of seemingly endless grievance groups jockeying for political power, the leveling of accusation will become a common tactic. Why not given that sky-is-falling rhetoric is cheap and is easily manufactured given the total lack of standards regarding “hate”?


Why Amerika Still Works, Amerika - No matter how stupid, corrupt, inept and uncaring the big shots and the high-flyers become, these guys just fill up the lunch bucket and drive on in to work. They keep the machine working no matter how hard our “betters” try to crash it by design. They are the ones that still separate the USA from Venezuela or Brazil. Nobody tells them thanks or assumes that they are sexy. People make fun of these guys. In part, because they know they are soft targets. They stand there like Atlas, hold up the world and never shrug. One day these quiet, unsung Americans will stop driving in to work to eat more dog feces. What then? Will it be SHTF time?


Fall of Collectivism, Butler Shaffer at Lew Rockwell - Excerpt: Having long burdened the rest of humanity with the smug arrogance that their understanding and values are “objectively true” – an assumption that provides their elitist-egos the comfort associated with compelling others to live as the “philosopher-kings” dictate – collectivists must now confront the reality opening up before them. Principles and other values that collectivists once pretended to embrace in order to persuade others to support their policies are now being jettisoned in a desperate effort to shore up the crumbling foundations of their base of absolute power. “Free speech” and a “free press” – so useful to them in acquiring political influence – have been watered down in “speech codes” and proposals for “gatekeepers” to regulate what persons and what content can get on the Internet.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This essay defies a fair synopsis. I chose the paragraph above nearly at random, out of desperation. Yes. It's all this good.


Sanctuary Cities Crackdown, Front Page Magazine - [Chicago Mayor] Emanuel is a strident, in-your-face supporter of the sanctuary city movement that gave illegal aliens permission to rob, rape, and murder Americans. Cheered on by the Left, sanctuary cities hinder immigration enforcement and shield illegal aliens from federal officials as a matter of policy. These sanctuary cities really ought to be called traitor cities because they are in open rebellion against the United States. The federal government needs to start arresting local officials like Emanuel for blocking the enforcement of federal immigration law. Those who enable the lawlessness of sanctuary cities deserve to be behind bars.


1938. Omaha Nebraska


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Some everyday scenes in downtown Omaha, population about 220,000 in 1938, twice that now.


Omaha's former trolleys are now represented with bus-based recreations named Ollie, Polly, LuLu, Guacamollie, Pumpkin, Porkchop, Buttercup, and Trolley Brown. Sure to please tourists, children and anyone else who prefers their nostalgia served with air conditioning and a cushy boulevard ride. Actual trolleys had windows that opened and suspensions like a Tonka toy.



More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Election deniers, Of Two Minds - Why has the nation turned away from the Democratic Party? Perhaps one reason is that the Democratic Party has become everything it once was against. In years past, the Democratic Party presented itself as the party of "the working people" against the business interests of banks and corporations. The current version of the Democratic Party has embraced big banks, financiers, billionaires and corporations, cozying up to Big Money for hundreds of millions in campaign contributions and Super-PAC funding. As for supporting "the working people", Hillary's comment about "deplorables" summed up the unspoken view of the Democratic Party elites.


Future of the white man, West Coast Reactionaries - We don’t have a voice. The National Party was locked out of elections in France. Same with the Swedish Democrats and Sweden. Twitter and Facebook and other avenues of mass discussion will seek to censor us soon enough. European nations enforce hate speech laws. Everywhere you turn the enemies of white people rule supreme in our own nations. Conventional politics cannot fix it – for even if the system allowed it, most people are still not ready to make that radical commitment yet. Will they ever? What is the future of the white man in such grim circumstances? This can go a few ways.


Dying for Hillary, The Virginia Freeman's Society - A lot of people in the media and political apparatchik are advocating for an electoral college revolt. The people you just told to go pound sand on average purchase enough firearms in three months to outfit the Russian and Chinese frontline troops. The people who work 50-60 hours a week to feed, heat, and transport the nation. To really make sure we all got the point, it has been made abundantly clear that there is a desire to strip us of any voice online and silence those who do not conform to the appropriate level of ‘tolerance.’ Do not resort to leaving the bounds of lawful governance in the vain hope of salvaging political setbacks. Because should you do so, it frees any and all obligations I posses to the government and becomes a nation of occupation.


Pizzagate, Taki's Magazine - What the left has done to conservatives, especially in the internet age, is Pizzagate exactly. Everything we do, everything we say, is interpreted in the worst possible way in order to paint us as vile creatures with malicious intent. With Pizzagate, some high-profile leftists are finally getting a taste of what that’s like. Hurts, don’ it? Leftists have the expectation that they should be able to collect “edgy” art that sexualizes children without being accused of pedophilia. I’m sorry that a few “naughty” pictures and paintings have been misinterpreted by an unreasonable gaggle of nutty activists. I hope no one else attempts any violent acts in the poor beleaguered pizza parlor (you know, like the guy who shot up Freddie’s Fashion Mart and murdered seven people because “civil rights” icon Al Sharpton claimed the place was a secret hotbed of racism).

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The McMartin case cautions in one direction, Rotherham and the Savile case caution in the other. "Citizen journalists" are well advised to await evidence and developments, if any. Unless you have FBI-level investigators on staff and a bolt hole in Bolivia, patience and a well tuned BS-detector are the way to go.


Stolen valor, Daily Caller - 24 years ago, 1,200 prominent African Americans and Jewish Americans attended a screening at Manhattan’s Apollo Theater of the notorious PBS film “Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II,” which falsely claimed black GIs liberated Buchenwald and Dachau in the spring of 1945. “Liberators” was directed by the late Williams Miles and Nina Rosenblum, and narrated by Denzel Washington, who recently, with unadulterated hypocrisy, complained about fake news while lecturing journalists about their duty “to tell the truth.” But the unscrupulous propagation by leading Democrats of the Big Lie of the African-American liberators neither began in 1988 nor ended in 1993.


1940. Eufaula Oklahoma


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The American Cromwell, Don Surber - All those fake conservatives in Washington should be ashamed. They totally misjudged the man. A publicity hound would not take on this task. But a CEO workaholic about to turn his empire over to his children after 40 years at the plow would leap at the opportunity to build one last skyscraper -- the biggest and tallest of all. President Trump relishes the opportunity. President Trump is no super genius playing seventh dimensional chess underwater in space. He is a well-trained CEO who can run a dozen companies at once. Ambition, discipline, and hard work are his closest tools.


Imperial Capital, Z Man - Reducing the size of government is like saying we will reduce the size of Los Angeles or Manhattan. This sort of thing can only happen if the city falls on hard times or is sacked by invaders. It took decades to blight Detroit and they worked really hard at it. Their people are low-IQ morons. The Federal government is stocked with smart and clever people who know how to keep the party going. Any and all attempts to reduce the flow of cash into the city will be thwarted. They left the provinces to make their fortune in the capital and they did. They simply have no idea what is going on in the countryside. It is why they are horrified by the Trump election. Donald Trump is their black swan.


Groupthink together, PJ Media Richard Fernandez - The constitution defined functions which were shared and a common interface. But sufficient freedom was left to the elements to ensure they were viable, they did not need the network to survive. To make a system robust you have to design freedom into it. Groupthink periodically sweeps through history driving people mad, making killers and idiots. The 20th century was punctuated with such events and one should have learned that "stronger together" ideologies can have their own self-destruct code where last line sets the created objects to nothing. The reason freedom, and to a certain extent chaos are valuable is they prevent the plaque of groupthink from forming. They are jam-resistant. Hillary had twice Trumps money and couldn't find the coconut on Coconut Island. She lived by the Narrative and fell by it.


Affirmative Action, Alternative Hypothesis - It is clear that the elite universities in the United States are discriminating against whites in an extreme manner. 50 years later, having made precisely zero progress beyond the direct results of affirmative action quotas, that would be lost the moment those quotas were removed, they must find new explanations, and they must justify de facto racial quotes longer, and more, and against poor whites as well. Genes explain it easily, but genes cannot enter into it because only racists think that way. Like a schizophrenic with mad delusions, these people keep trying to find the connections, keep imagining “white privilege” everywhere to explain why the poorest people in the country, whites from appalachia, keep outperfoming their precious, coddled and pumped up rich blacks from the prep schools and tutors.


Quantum gravity echo, Daily Galaxy - In 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories made the first direct detection of gravitational waves created by two black holes that were spinning rapidly around each other before colliding and merging to form a larger black hole . The discovery was announced as proof that Einstein’s theory of general relativity was valid. But three physicists recently announced that the discovery may have achieved the opposite: invalidate General Relativity and instead signal proof that the first signs of quantum gravity may have been found. The team says they have spotted signs in the data of a quantum-gravity effect known simply as an echo.


1942. Chrysler tank factory during changeover


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant in Warren, Michigan, during the changeover from the M3 to the M4 Sherman. The first production M3, a stop-gap design, rolled out of the arsenal in July, 1941. The last of 3,350 M3's came off the production line in August 1942 concurrent with he first M4s starting in July, 1942. At war's end the plant had built a total of 25,336 tanks. Info source .



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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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