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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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Petrus van Schendel, The Love Letter, 1870

When Dutch artist Van Schendel wasn't inventing things for those newfangled steamships and railroads, he was painting portraits and genre night scenes in the Romantic style. Van Schendel was married three times and had fifteen children, how's that for romantic style? The date for this painting is technically "before 1870", the year of his death at age sixty-four.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The New York City press, aware of their stair-stepping down to oblivion if nothing else, has chosen to draw out the embarrassment to themselves and the city by publicly offing itself by degrees.

Joe Briggs at Taki's Magazine, in his memorable essay "I Guess I’m an Angry White Man", cites the New Yorker's mental collapse when Trump was elected:

David Remnick, the very white editor of The New Yorker, also went berserk in print, calling the election a “sickening event” and a “tragedy for the American republic” that was caused by “xenophobia” and “white supremacy,” “a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.” Angry White Men in the swing states rose up like villagers with torches and lynched the rightful heir to the presidency. I could cite a hundred other examples, and they’re all angrier than the angry men they write about.

Tim Kreider at The Week online, New York City's hometown version of the magazine, says this about we Deplorables:

A vote cast for Trump is kind of like a murder; there may be context to consider — a disadvantaged background, extenuating circumstances, understandable motives — but the choice itself is binary and final, irrevocable. There's a case to be made that it's indefensible; that his supporters have forfeited any right to be respected or taken seriously. The conservatives of the heartland have lashed back against the coastal elites' condescending, classist prejudices by defiantly confirming them: that they're pathetically dumb and gullible, uncritical consumers of any disinformation that confirms their biases.

Mr. Kreider is more honest than most. He makes it plain President Trump is a proxy for middle America, which he, and most of the city, holds in unalloyed contempt. In the recent past, this sort of stuff was aimed at Appalachia, a safe stand-in for everything Not New York.

During the election the New York Daily News most openly pandered to the city's bizarre notions of what's good for everyone else. Think of the Daily News as an unsanitized New York Times, what they say to each other when they put their style sheet aside for the day. The Daily News says what New York City thinks while wringing their hands about "a public arena emptied of any civility, universalist ideas or openly competing political visions beyond a zero-sum tribal antagonism of identity groups" , all without a suspicion of irony.

Malicious banter unfailingly becomes their reality. On Inauguration day, the New York Daily News put the city's sneering contempt this way:

Today, our nation is entering a new era with a new President who normalizes bigotry, sexual assault, sexual harassment, xenophobia, dishonesty and so much more.

Insults and mockery, perfected by generations of standups for their improv routines about Appalachia, are coming to include everyone not actually insane or depraved. Appalachians live their whole lives smeared as "pathetically dumb and gullible, uncritical consumers of any disinformation that confirms their biases". Consider us inoculated. We'll leave the light on for you.

Beware, the put-downs aren't always this obvious. For one instance, the Waltons featured John Boy, an aspiring poet/writer who couldn't pull the trigger on a wild turkey but makes good in the "real world" to the bewildered admiration of the touchingly simple humanoids "left behind". The message is clear, Appalachia is a picturesque catch basin for the residue of selection.

The Waltons is just one of many. This sort of elitist preening has a long history. "Condescending" is too casual a word for it. "Fraud", marinated in mental squalor, comes closer. Look for the media to revive the formula, but with their cast of benighted riffraff updated to include everyone west of the Hudson without a cadre address.

Next item please.

The quote of the week comes from Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe,

"Accountability" is the prime marker of adulthood. Absolving humans of the need to be accountable puts them into a state of arrested adolescence.


Here's Obama, in your face, an excerpt from his excuse to free a treasonous tranny, via State of the Nation:

Known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest, Manning came out as transgender after being sentenced, and LGBT rights groups took up her cause and lobbied the president to grant her clemency. She was held at a men's prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and filed a transgender prisoner rights lawsuit, although the military did approve gender-reassignment hormone therapy... “We are all better off knowing that Chelsea Manning will walk out of prison a free woman, dedicated to making the world a better place and fighting for justice for so many.”

One anti-American shemale doing a solid for another.

Next item.

Stefan Kafner summarizes George Soros's Theory of Reflexivity—"a great deal of mumbo and not a little jumbo"—at City Journal:

Those who observe a phenomenon—like economics or politics—become a part of what they’re observing, and thus risk losing their objectivity. Economic arenas—Wall Street, for example—are particularly vulnerable to forces that have little to do with empirical evidence or historical precedent. Knowing this, the cunning witness can make a whacking good profit if he stays above the fray, the tipsters, and the “smart money.”

Chance creates more geniuses than DNA ever did.

Next item please

"Survival" is one of those words, like "victim" or "outer space", routinely used beyond its warrant. It's come to mean anything from an annoying power outage in suburban Pleasantville to a hiking trip with an inconvenient mishap, or escaping into the forests of an enemy occupied country to being trapped in a besieged city during civil war as was Selco, or during an economic collapse as was FerFAL.

We have many untested notions of how to survive a general cataclysm. Some envision a hydroponic-equipped underground house in an isolated mountain valley, or living as Amish except with solar powered air conditioning, or as "running and gunning" freikorps with copious supplies dispersed in stashes. There oughtta be a rule. Here's mine.

"Survival" means living through an involuntary situation of extended duration where death is a likely outcome.

If it's a voluntary situation it's a misadventure. If it's of short duration it's a narrow escape. A lost hunter who overnights in the woods had a bad day. If he's mauled by a bear but lives, he had a close call. It's not survival. Stranded on an Arctic island is survival.

It's survival when you're forced to make daily life-or-death choices, often between bad and worse, forced to discriminate ruthlessly between wants and needs, and to not obsess over the situation or its cause, nor dwell on regret. It's survival when your best days are your future nightmares. Actual survivors don't want to repeat the experience, but if they must, they're more prepared empty handed than are most preppers with all their gear.

A survivalist prepares to outlast unrelenting mortal danger where others will die in big numbers. Likely and otherwise imminent death is what he intends to survive. Anything less is a lifestyle, however admirable or entertaining.

Next please.

Let's see if I understand this. Hillary condemned half the electorate as deplorable. Trump is divisive. Okay. Got it.

Well fellow travelers, enough diarrhea of the cerebral cortex, let's pick up our free mystery package over at the Woodpile Report Emporium of Necessaries and Sundries and take a peek inside.


Remus's notebook


Pacific Standard - Smart, Emotionally Stable People Enjoy Morbid Humor

Philadelphia Inquirer - Philly teachers plan Black Lives Matter week — not all are happy

art-remus-ident-04.jpg For a school district at the bottom of every measure of achievement they seem to have a lot of time on their hands for this sort of stuff

DC Clothesline - Washington D.C. Police stand down as Black Lives Matter protesters attack women, other Trump supporters

Vintage News - The highest paid athlete of all time was a Roman Charioteer; if he had lived today he would have been worth $15 billion

War Is Boring - Praying for Death — Blood Sacrifice and Drug Cartels in Latin America, Cult rituals among criminal groups are more widespread than believed

Taki's Magazine - Intersectional Feminist Catfights Turn Me On

... This is a women's march. We're supposed to be allies in equal pay, marriage, adoption. Why is it now about, ‘White women don't understand black women'?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Well dear heart, I'll say it one more time. Because it's a moment they're not center stage. As in Hollywood, there's no such thing as bad publicity. Other than attention-getters, their alleged grievances are of no matter and never were, how else could they demand equality and preferences—at the same time?!

WSFA 12 News - Ambulance crew shot at while responding to call in Selma ... a gang initiation

Scott Adams' Blog - Could a Climate Science Expert Change Your Opinion?

Mail Online - Pentagon plans for 'doomsday' artillery shell containing an electromagnetic pulse weapon powerful enough to cripple an entire city's electronics

Art Of Manliness - How to Turn 12 Everyday Items Into Improvised Weapons

Medical Press - Drug-resistant 'nightmare bacteria' show worrisome ability to diversify and spread ... spreading more widely—and more stealthily—than previously thought

Paranoia the hard way

Philadelphia Inquirer - 800 turn out in King of Prussia to learn how to confront a Trump administration

Wired - Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump

Captain's Journal - Another SWAT Raid, Another Flash-Bang Thrown At A Baby

Spectator UK - Trump! How did this happen?

YouTube - America Under Siege: Civil War 2017. Trevor Louden video, 22m 36s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Things may get sporty. Prepare. Stay away from crowds.

War Is Boring - Russia Has Another Big Upgrade Coming for the Fearsome T-90 Tank. The T-90S borrows from the Armata

Return Of Kings - Anti-Jewish Owner Of “The Daily Shoah” Podcast Mike Enoch Outed As Having A Jewish Wife ... best guess: The Right Stuff and The Daily Shoah are controlled opposition

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The alt-left press loves to quote Mike Enock. Fun fact: he invented the triple parenthesis. I smell Soros.

Time - Bugs Bunny at 75: Watch the First-Ever ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ Moment

Independent Sentinel - Media Has Decided Obama Had Zero Scandals But We Found a Few

YouTube - Very long lines to get in Trump inauguration. Video, 1m 36s. Tens of thousands missed swearing in


1917. Swift's Premium Bacon magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Bacon, at the apex of any right-thinking food pyramid, was available in two forms in 1917, the whole strip or sliced. Should you choose sliced, it was offered in parchment-wrapped boxes or sealed in glass jars made from recycled windows of select medieval cathederals.

Pre-sliced bread, a more challenging technical problem requiring reformulating the product, came much later. It was first marketed in 1928 by the Chillicothe Baking Company, followed by the Holsum franchise in the same year and finally, in 1930, by Wonder Bread. Fun Fact: from January to March 1943, sliced bread was banned to conserve wax paper for the War Effort. Objections ensued, retraction was almost immediate.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Bogeymen, AltRight - The myth of the ‘right wing extremist’ is ultimately a rather calculated tool, regularly employed with the sole aim of stifling White voices. The myth is built on a foundation of disingenuousness and moral perversion. Ever-amplified, the myth of right wing extremism is regularly and artificially boosted by government and media, while violence arising directly from Leftist terrorists, or indirectly from Leftist pet projects such as mass immigration, prompts only silence, evasion, or logically gymnastic apologia. While affable, and clearly non-violent, figures like Richard Spencer receive continent-wide banning orders, highly volatile groups like Black Lives Matter are indulged with fawning press coverage, and treated with kid gloves by government, academia, and law enforcement.


Fake news wars, Sultan Knish - The media isn’t in the news business, real or fake, but of narratives. It tells stories. BuzzFeed is the future of the media and the media is just a less successful BuzzFeed. In the age of the internet, news is an expensive and unrewarding enterprise. What the media actually does is repackage viral content under its own brand. The Fake News crusade was about locking down the viral business model by keeping conservative competitors locked out. Keeping it going any longer is dangerous. This is exactly the kind of Fake News civil war that the media was carefully trying to avoid.


Credible intel, Traditional Right - The nature of intelligence is such that it is always incomplete, you do not know how incomplete it is. Further, some of it is always wrong, and the user cannot know how much is wrong or what portions are wrong. A thinking opponent tries to deceive you. He sometimes succeeds. He either causes you to miss something entirely, or he fools you into believing something that is not so. His goal can be either making you uncertain, or making you certain but wrong. Then, the agencies are biased toward inflating the threat, because that supports their claim on more resources. A president who is skeptical about intelligence products is probably going to be better anchored in reality than a president who accepts what the intel community hands him.


Virtue without limit, Z Man - You cannot be anti-racist enough. There is no limit so anyone can come along and be more anti-racist than the current most anti-racist guy. If one is not constantly racing to be even more pure, they risk being accused of heresy, which in the modern age means being a racist. This is the natural end of all radicalism. The anti-racists would merrily round up white people and kill them, not for any crimes they committed, but as a form of human sacrifice. That is what the regular executions in Paris became during the Terror. They were purification ceremonies, not punishments for the guilty, but purity was always just one more head in the basket away. It’s the inevitable end of all mass movements when there is no limiting principle.


1938. Peoria, Illinois


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Peoria, home to Caterpillar and Archer Daniels Midland, is a city of about 116,000 in central Illinois. The population in 1938 was about 105,000. The pairing of these two photos is not accidental. SJW's of the '30s were fond of contrasting Middle America with the destitute. The inference was the well being of one came at the expense of the other. The brass ring went to those photogs who could do it in one picture.


Meanwhile, on the wrong side of the tracks, Cinderella has set her wash basin in the sun to dry while daydreaming of free government roofing paper.


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Natural-born citizens, American Thinker - Newspaper and magazine articles steered away from discussing how the son of a Kenyan national could be the next president of the United States. He was born in Hawaii, and that was sufficient. And if anyone challenged the assertion that "natural born citizen" simply meant "citizenship due to place of birth," he was branded a racist and bigot, or worse. We need a law that enunciates that the constitutional phrase "natural born citizen" means what the Founders articulated those three little words to mean: "born of two American parents." A child born of two foreign parents is a "natural born citizen" of their parents' country, per their country's constitution, and, if born in America, is not automatically an American citizen. A "natural born citizen" law has to clearly elucidate that naturalized U.S. citizens are not eligible to become president of the United States of America.


DoJ and Chicago PD, City Journal - It was only yesterday that Chicago law enforcement was the darling of the left-wing academic establishment. DOJ’s investigation began in December 2015, after the release of a video showing the unjustified police shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014. By then, the Black Lives Matter movement was in full gear nationally; anti-cop riots had torn apart Ferguson and Baltimore and would continue to spread mayhem over the next year. The chance that under such circumstances, DOJ wouldn’t continue its own pattern of denouncing police departments for racism based on flimsy evidence was slight. Chicago is the country’s most shocking example of what I have called the Ferguson effect: the phenomenon of police officers in high-crime areas backing off of proactive policing, resulting in the emboldening of criminals.


Wealth gap, Taki's Magazine - There is one sense in which I may by definition increase poverty if I grow richer. Suppose my wealth increases faster than that of most of the people in the society in which I live. The people in that society are poorer, relative to me, than they were before, even if, in absolute terms, they are all richer than they were before. This is not the same as active impoverishment. But since poverty is now usually defined in relative and not absolute terms, poverty can increase even where no one, not a single person, is the poorer. By the same token, a society can grow richer as everyone in it becomes poorer. This is absurd.


Wiki scrubs People's Cube, PJ Media - It's the type of authoritarian overkill renowned satirist Oleg Atbashian has been spoofing at his blog The People's Cube for years. For some nefarious reason, after about nine years of existence, the leftists at Wikipedia have have decided to completely scrub The People's Cube entry from Wikipedia. "Congratulations, comrades. We are now officially a non-site populated by non-persons sharing non-thoughts and making non-jokes," Atbashian wrote in a post at The People's Cube "It makes me feel right at home, back in the Soviet Union, where an invisible hand obstructed any of my efforts to manifest my existence. How liberating. No visibility means no responsibility. Out of sight, out of mind."


New Civics, National Association of Scholars - Because middle schools and high schools no longer can be relied on to provide students basic civic literacy, the subject has migrated to colleges. But colleges have generally failed to recognize a responsibility to cover the basic content of traditional civics, and have instead substituted programs under the name of civics that bypass instruction in American government and history. The New Civics redefines “civic activity” as “progressive activism.” It advertises progressive causes to students and uses student labor and university resources to support progressive “community” organizations. The
New Civics advocates want to make “civic engagement” part of every class, every tenure decision, and every extracurricular activity. [.pdf, 24 pages]


1938. Perry Township, Indiana


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Perry Township is in south-central Indiana, forty miles south-southwest of Indianapolis. Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works became Nehi Corporation in 1928 when their premier product of that name became popular, then Royal Crown Company in 1955 when RC Cola, introduced in the '30s, outsold Nehi. RC Company became a part of Dr Pepper Snapple Group in 2008.


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Ousting Trump, Global Guerillas - Trump's open source insurgency put him in the White House, will another open source insurgency remove him from it before the next election? Could this happen? Yes. The massive, anti-Trump women's march swept every major US city makes it possible. This is a big deal, a plausible promise makes the likelihood of an effort forming to remove Trump from office through aggressive protest, much more likely. It's also a big deal because open source protests are nearly unstoppable.


Planned unrest, Alt-Market - To the children of the new world order everything is subjective, everything is subject to change, everything is debatable, everything said is just another point of view or just another biased “opinion.” In this anti-humanity paradigm nothing is absolute and everything is subject to questioning and ridicule; and all rules, values, traditions and morals are subject to being labeled obsolete at any given moment. For the first time in American history a large mass is “activated” and motivated to act against those holding onto core American values, religious beliefs and cultural values. Let that sink in. In many ways we are already at war. If there was ever a time to stand for the core values of natural law, freedom, truth and accountability it is now.


Corporate lobby paintings, Smart Set - The moment artists were taught to consider themselves superior mutant creative geniuses rather than practitioners of traditional crafts, it was only a matter of time before some would get tired of creative variation within the inherited conventions of their art and start rejecting the basic conventions. To the extent that there was any logic to 20th-century modernism, it was what the critic Robert Hughes called “the shock of the new.” To stand out from rivals competing for the attention of galleries and collectors, modernist painters from the 1900s onward had to do something even more striking and controversial than their immediate predecessors.


Too many worlds, Aeon - The Many Worlds Interpretation interpretation of quantum mechanics is unlikely to be true, or even because, since no one knows how to test it, the idea is perhaps not truly scientific at all. Those are valid criticisms, but the main reason we should hold out is that it is incoherent, both philosophically and logically. There could be no better contender for Wolfgang Pauli’s famous put-down: it is not even wrong. And yet, it attracts both publicity and extraordinarily confident endorsement. Why?


Stealth overrated, War Is Boring - F-35 proponents have greatly exaggerated the threat of radar surface-to-air guided missiles, or SAMs. Since pilots can both out-maneuver and jam SAMs, they rarely manage to hit even non-stealth aircraft. During the Vietnam War, radar-guided missiles achieved less than two kills for every 100 the North Vietnamese fired at American planes. In conflicts since then, kill rates have remained in the one percent to five percent range. During Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait and Iraq, 2,200 coalition planes flew 116,000 sorties. Iraqi troops only claimed 24 planes with missiles — a loss rate of only two in 10,000. By contrast, Baghdad’s forces destroyed 33 percent more planes with anti-aircraft guns, for which stealth provides little or no protection.


1944. The Battleship Wisconsin


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The mighty USS Wisconsin, BB-64, joined the Pacific fleet in 1944, capping her wartime service with bombardments of Japanese industrial facilities and Tokyo itself, but she went back in action during the Korean War and again in 1991 for the Gulf War. She was decommissioned in 1991 with a total of fourteen years combat sevice.

As commission in 1944, the Wisconsin had nine 16 inch guns, twenty 5 inch guns, eighty 40mm and forty-nine 20mm anti-aircraft guns.

Ponder a 125-ton gun with a sixteen-inch rifled bore, a barrel length over sixty-six feet, launching a one and a quarter ton shell at a muzzle velocity of 2,500 feet per second. When used at its maximum range of twenty-four miles, the shell was in flight for one and a half minutes. [ for scale, see this photo of a single 16 inch naval gun used in Panama as coastal defense artillery]

In Navy-speak, a gun is designated by the caliber in inches and the barrel length in calibers. The Wisconsin's guns are 16 x 50, meaning 16 x 50 inches long, or 800 inches. In Army-speak, this makes them carbines. For example, the M1 Garand would be, in Navy-speak, .30 x 80 whereas the M1 Carbine would be .30 x 60. A 16 inch gun at 80 calibers long, a ratio comparable to the Garand, would be over 106 feet long. For no practical gain.

One more thing. Destroyers of the time used 5 inch guns. The standard of 1937 and later was the 5 x 38, meaning a barrel length of about sixteen feet, yielding a muzzle velocity of 2,500 feet per second. The ubiquitous Fletcher Class of WWII had five of 'em. The Wisconsin had twenty of 'em as secondary guns. Their high rate of fire made them nearly ideal for anti-aircraft use, in support of ground troops, or against unarmored ships.

Errata - My source for this photo captioned it the USS Wisconsin. Readers have informed me it's a New Mexico Class battleship, probably the USS New Mexico itself. Another informs me it's the USS Idaho, also a New Mexico Class battleship.


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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.
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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.
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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
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