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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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John Grimshaw, Broomielaw Glasgow, 1886

John Grimshaw of Leeds England, a former railway clerk, became a favorite painter of the Victorian Era. His legacy rests mostly on his painstakingly detailed moonlit nocturnals, typically cityscapes with puddles and mist and gaslight, but Grimshaw was also a master of portraiture and literary scenes. He completed Broomielaw Glasgow at age fifty, seven years before he died of tuberculosis.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the largest seaport in Britain. Broomielaw, a major thoroughfare, follows the River Clyde. The area seen in the picture is now the financial district.

For nineteenth century photographs of this place, contemporary with the painting, here's a link . Fascinating.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rachel Stoltzfoos at Daily Caller points out a typical "double-reverse unthink" at the New York Times. After White House strategist Bannon called them out as "the opposition", Times editor Patrick LaForge tweeted this on Thursday the 26th:

To call journalists the opposition misunderstands our role. We are not here to help anyone win or lose

Land o' Goshen, isn't that just the bestest Times-splaining ev-ver? You can almost smell the ozone and hear the whoosh of his Terrible Swift Sword. But wait. Looks like the "dindu nuffin" pose is a no-go.

They weren't so shy before the election, you know, when Hillary was a sure thing, so here's what Jim Rutenberg had to say on the front page of the Times in August:

If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.

Yes, you would. And you'd put it in writing.

Setting aside the amusing notion there was actually room for the Times to "move closer" to opposition, they need a Continuity Editor to keep their principles consistent from month to month, um, unless their principles are a Living Document. Hmm, you suppose?

Some day there will be an "urban ruins" photo-essay featuring the New York Times building. Children will ask what a "Times" was and why it had a building. The adults will change the subject. Some things can't be explained.

Don Surber has additional thoughts on the press in his article, Media Begins to Notice Its Irrelevance .

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Brett Stevens comments on hijacking the Overton Window, at Amerika:

Conservatives do not succumb directly to the Left; rather, in classic Leftist strategy, they are covertly invaded, divided against themselves, and thus subverted and turned into a vehicle for Leftist ideas.

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Seems to me there's a place among homesteaders and survivalists for a general purpose tracked vehicle in the two to five ton range, spartan and rugged, with a low silhouette, low center of gravity, low ground pressure, fast, quiet, infrared cold, modular for field maintenance, adaptable, reconfigurable and proof against small arms and an EMP. Classics from the past, stripped of their military weaponry, provide time-tested starting points. I've put a list, with links, at the very bottom of the page.

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Kristy Major at the Independent writes in her article, Yes, it is OK to punch a Nazi like Richard Spencer in the face:

In a moment of Fibonacci perfection, a member of the J20 black bloc emerges from the lower left-hand side of a shot of Spencer talking to camera about his Pepe the Frog lapel pin. His right arm arches upward across the frame toward Spencer’s face, and with the full weight of his body behind his clenched fist, he lands the meanest hook onto his victim’s jaw. That landing, in my opinion, was second only to the one on the moon.

Escalation works both ways. Evidently she, or her employer, had one of those moments of clarity, maybe about making themselves fair game, and took it down. The link goes to the web archive.

Zach Schonfeld of Newsweek, channeling his inner Woody Allen, asked ethicist Randy Cohen if punching Mr. Spencer is schadenfreude. Here's his answer:

In the recesses of my heart, do I take any pleasure in this? Well, yes. Would I advocate this as an action or defend the action? Well, no. There are no thought crimes. If in your heart of hearts you're enjoying this, well, you do no one any harm.

Or said differently, "more, please".

Perhaps Msrs. Schonfeld and Cohen should rethink this. It's the left who riot and "occupy" and assault decent people in public places while Ms. Major and Mr. Schonfeld sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. What goes around, comes around. And it's going around.

Gateway Pundit - Leftists Knock Trump Supporter Unconscious at Portland Airport Then Taunt Him

Perhaps Mr. Schonfeld would put his mouth where his money is. Perhaps, in the interest of further exploring the nuances of schadenfreude, he'd take a solid punch in the face from an actual neo-Nazi. Mr. Cohen can watch the video and tell Newsweek if he enjoyed it in his heart of hearts. Seems fair.

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A little quiz for you.

It's deep Doomsday, you're ghosting through the wooded hills of besieged Heartland America. In your pack is live-saving medicine for an adorable little orphan girl—you must get through. You do a "J" to check your six and sure enough, you're being trailed, big dude carrying an AK, expelled from ISIS for excessive badness, lower than Schumer on a subway. You're concealed well, you wait for him to pass. As you draw down your presence percolates into his awareness, he starts to turn, your shot has to count and it has to be now.

Question. What gun do you use? You have three choices: The one you've always coveted, say, a custom .300 Win Mag built around a safari grade Oberndorf action, loaded with 180 grainers in nickel-plated cases for ultra-sure chambering and extraction. Or the one you "know" you should have, say, a semi-auto suppressed bullpup in .300 Blackout loaded with 220 grain subsonic honkers for when "silent but deadly" gets you through the day.

Or the one you actually have. Because you actually have it. Duh. And it does all things 'gun' well enough. You've chosen wisely and trust it like an old friend. And like an old friend, trust comes mostly from doing. It feels warm in your hands on the coldest of days. The bad guy won't stand a chance. Not a chance. Little orphan Mary will get her medicine. And a candy bar. The bad guy had a candy bar.

Next please.

Friday, February 24 at 1:05 p.m., the Yankees play their first Spring Schedule game of 2017, against Philadelphia. But who's counting.

Okay co-conspirators, enough free-form prattle. On the good and sufficient principle "flames are for lookin', coals are for cookin'", let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report where the heat is quite ample.


Remus's notebook


Daily Caller - Federal Judge Who Blocked Part Of Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Obama Appointee And Clinton Donor ... she was recommended for appointment by Charles Schumer

American Digest - Completing the Ghettoization of the Democratic Party

Washington Times - NBC’s Chuck Todd: Media knew how ‘hated’ Hillary was in heartland and we ‘underplayed’ it. ‘We didn’t tell the stories of all Americans,’ ‘Meet the Press’ host admits

... confessed that he and others in the mainstream news media played down just how despised Hillary Clinton was in the heartland due to the fear of appearing “sexist.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Just as a fish doesn't know he's wet, Mr. Todd can't see he's as arrogant and condescending as Hillary's donors. Middle America didn't "hate" Hillary, they repudiated her, and bluntly. Nor were they "angry", they were disgusted. He goes on to deny NBC and the east coast media is trying to undermine Trump's presidency. What a maroon .

Express - Migrants on benefits in Switzerland 'use money to travel back to nations they're fleeing' ... using their welfare benefits to travel back to the danger zones they have previously "fled" to take a holiday

Bison Prepper - More homemade MRE's 2 of 2

Twitter, Andy Swan - The Men's March Against Fascism didn't have nearly as many signs [photo] ... viral, and should be

Free Beacon - EPA Employees ‘Coming to Work in Tears’ Because of Trump Win

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpt: "EPA employees are upset that the new president will take a different approach than the Obama administration... Employees are also scared that the climate change part of the EPA's website will be removed."

Y'gotta love Trump. He tears out the third rail and beats 'em over the head with it.

WND - Obama can't sneak gun grab past Congress

Lifezette - David Brock on the Democrats’ Chopping Block - Liberals eye purge of longtime Clinton allies with a record of losing to conservatives

Zero Hedge - More Fake News: Media Contrived Photos to Diminish Trump’s Inauguration Crowd

Natural Blaze - Biologist Proves Measles Isn’t A Virus, Wins Supreme Court Case Against Doctor

Wired - Sorry, But Speed Reading Won’t Help You Read More

College Fix - Teacher displays Confederate flag during Civil War lesson, is then forced to retire ... “We recognize that regardless of context, to many of our students, families, and staff, the Confederate flag is a racist symbol of hate.”

Zero Hedge - War With US Becoming A "Practical Reality" Chinese Military Warns

Popular Science - China's new microwave weapon can disable missiles and paralyze tanks

Aviationist - MiG-35 Demo is Both Product Debut and Contrast of Russian and Western Doctrine in the F-35 Era ... greatly upgraded aircraft based on the earlier MiG-29 airframe

Gateway Pundit - Democrat Florida Mayor Apologizes for Calling Police Officer a ‘Pig”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We're not allowed to notice she's A Member Of The African-American Community, appointed, not elected. But take it easy on her, she may be unaware Obama is out of office. Let's have no crazy talk about any alleged connection to Black Lives Matter either . It's divisive, it's unfair and It's Not Who We Are.

Alt-Market - How To Defeat The Globalist System ... the methods of 4th Generation warfare are recommended for use by governments against their own populations

Ancient Origins - Vainamoinen: The Finnish Deity and Hero Who Inspired Tolkien to Create Gandalf and Tom Bombadil

Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Bomb-shelter builder stays busy as customers prep for ‘Trumpocalypse’

YouTube - Stronger border, denying welfare, deporting criminal illegals. Bill Clinton's 1995 State of the Union Address. Video, 1m 24s

Scott Adams - The Canadian Option ... Remind me again why Muslim countries are banning Muslim immigrants.

Survival Blog - Food Storage: The Calories Count

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Actual survivors know the difference between having an appetite and being hungry. It's best learned second hand with the hope there's no test later.

Peak Prosperity - When The Rich Become Preppers, It's Time To Worry. The social stigma to prepping is fast disappearing

Shenandoah - One more time, for the Stupid Liberals, here is the US Code Justifying Trump’s Executive Order

Global Guerrillas - Trump's Rollback of the Neoliberal Market State


1918. AT&T magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg World War I, for the US, can rightly be seen as a rehearsal for World War II. The template for the "War Effort" of the forties came from those days—rationing, propaganda, government takeover of 'essential' goods and services, Liberty ships and patriotic advertising. In turn, much of it was borrowed from the British, they had a three year head start and knew what worked and what didn't.


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Civil War II, Real Clear Politics - Just as the Great War came to be known as World War I once there was World War II, the Civil War will become known as the First Civil War when more Americans come to regard the current battle as the Second Civil War. This Second Civil War, fortunately, differs in another critically important way: It has thus far been largely nonviolent. But given increasing left-wing violence , such as riots, the taking over of college presidents' offices and the illegal occupation of state capitols, nonviolence is not guaranteed to be a permanent characteristic of the Second Civil War. There are those on both the left and right who call for American unity. But these calls are either naive or disingenuous. Unity was possible between the right and liberals, but not between the right and the left.


Blind curve, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - The progressives have no clear successor leadership following their spectacular collapse. All it has are the wrecks of political dynasties which perform no other function than obstruct a reboot of the progressive cause. Obama would represent the continuation of failure. Yet the alternatives to Obama are thin on the ground, unless one counts the Clintons, Gores and Pelosis who like so many twisted girders left over from a structural collapse, will linger as hazards to political navigation until time and rust remove them from the weedy bottoms. What Donald Trump has come into possession of is probably a mystery to him as well. His instinct is to circle the wagons around America. Perhaps that is not as silly as progressives think.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The scent is unmistakable, the left has evacuated in their panties. Alt-right has already won. The pinky cupcakes have gotten their first look at the boneyard. More merriment to come.


Hoodwinked humanists, Chronicle of Higher Education - How the physicist Alan Sokal hoodwinked a group of humanists and why, 20 years later, it still matters. Sokal endorsed the notion that scientists had no special claim to scientific knowledge. Just as postmodern theory revealed that so-called facts about the physical world were mere social or political constructs, he wrote, quantum gravity undermined the concept of existence itself, making way for a "liberatory science" and "emancipatory mathematics." A couple of weeks later, in the magazine Lingua Franca, Sokal revealed that he didn’t believe a word of what he’d written. It was all a big joke, but one motivated by a serious intention: to expose the sloppiness, absurd relativism, and intellectual arrogance of "certain precincts of the academic humanities."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg You'd think the story would end there. You'd be wrong. Effeminate anti-science is still probing for bottom and not finding it, to wit:

Sydney Morning Herald - Australia Day Address orator Michelle Simmons horrified at 'feminised' physics curriculum.

Excerpt: "Professor Simmons said it was a "disaster" to try to make physics more appealing to girls by substituting rigorous mathematical problem-solving with qualitative responses."

University staff and student bodies are majority women, something like sixty per cent, and they're using Title IX as a fount of pseudo-law to oust, pussify or otherwise shoulder men aside. Now men's diplomas are validated by stapling their desiccated testicles to the lower right hand corner. It's good to be civilized, but not that civilized. The same in industry. Personnel became Human Resources, their unfailing beachhead, when captured by sociology majors savvy enough to carve out paying careers and still be the parasitical harpies of their dreams.


Milo's shtick, Z Man - The question that faces every man is not “what sort of society do I want for myself and my children?” That’s a lie and it has always been a lie. The question is “What are my choices and how do I achieve my preferred option?” The choice pushed by our betters is a world run by Black Lives Matters and women dressed as vaginas. If the other option is white pride, white nationalism and white supremacy, it is not hard to see how this is going to go. If the identity politics of the alt-right are bad, what’s the other option? If the answer is submission, which has been the case for the last three decades, at least, then the response is not just going to be “no” it is going to be “hell no!” No amount of moral preening is going to work because that is the thing people are rebelling against. What’s left is what is always what’s left and that’s force.


Future photography, Fast Company - Throwing processing power at raw images lets smartphones and cameras do some amazing things—and the best is yet to come. In recent years, we've watched the just-good-enough cameras in smartphones become better-than-good-enough, eating the heart out of what was once a fast-growing market for point-and-shoot digital cameras. While smartphones can't beat the combination of lens, high-count sensors, and other factors that make digital single-lens reflex cameras the pinnacle of the market, they continue to creep up the curve, with computational photography providing some of the tricks.


1936. Jackson Ohio newsboys


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A "paper route", or cold selling on a corner, was a good way for a kid to make serious money. They were little entrepreneurs. They paid for their newspapers at the end of the week, from sales. The difference between their cost and the customer price was their profit. Simple and straightforward, no investment. These kids have done well enough to have their own collection of antique cars.


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Antifa obit, Radix - When the Sydney Morning Herald sought out members of Australian Antifa for an inside look at the movement there, the journalist might have been persuaded by Leftist propaganda to expect to find a young dock-worker or manual laborer. Instead he found dialogue with a young, “gluten intolerant,” activist who had grown up in the wealthy suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, had been sent to an expensive university by his parents, and had developed a love affair with ‘Marxism’ at the behest of guru professors. Our young Anarchist apparently proceeded to explain his moribund political philosophy between sips of rose tea at a fashionable cafe, as he peered over a pair of designer spectacles.


Automation, Fred On Everything - White-collar jobs are very much in danger. Think of all the people sitting in cubicle farms, like letters in a crossword puzzle. Many, I suspect most, do things automatable, and do it far more slowly than a computer might. How long does it take an intelligent program to flash through court records to find those relevant to a particular case? There are programs in the works to intelligently handle customer-service calls, potentially unemplloying all those people in Mumbai who make life into a guessing game. Meanwhile our patriotic businessmen want to bring in millions of prefabricated unemployables to help us be out of work. See? Robots and humans working together. Question: How much unemployment is needed for things to get ugly? When does it boil over?


Line forms on the right, American Conservative - I am very lower middle class. I’ve never owned a new car, and do my own home repairs as much as I can to save money. I cut my own grass, wash my own dishes, buy my clothes from Walmart. I have no clue how I will ever be able to retire. But oh, brother, to hear the media tell it, I am just drowning in unearned power and privilege, and America will be a much brighter, more loving, more peaceful nation when I finally just keel over and die. Trust me: After all that, some of the alt-right stuff feels like a warm, soothing bath. If the Left can’t let go of identity politics, then let me be clear: What comes next is on THEM. A lot of us don’t want to live in a world of tribes, and we never asked for it. But people like those young dudes attracted to white nationalism are going to play the game according to the rules as they find them, and they will play to win. Don’t say you weren’t warned.


ObamaCare, Ann Coulter at Town Hall - Democrats love to get on their high horses about the wonderful things Obamacare has done for the uninsured. They should be asked why they refuse to live under it. After they spend 800 hours changing insurance plans every year, ending up with increasingly expensive and increasingly useless plans—all so that their premiums can pay for the poor—I'll be fascinated to hear about their love for the downtrodden. Same with Republicans who are, once again, being bamboozled by lobbyists, to the detriment of their taxpaying constituents who don't have time or money to fly to Washington and tell them our hard-luck stories. Everyone talks about the enrollment problem as if this is a bug unique to the health insurance industry. What products, do they imagine, don't need lots of customers?


Marginalized killer, WND - A leading black feminist and featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington – who speaks on women’s issues and prison reform – is a convicted murderer and kidnapper who was part of a seven-person gang that abducted, tortured and killed a 62-year-old white man. Donna Hylton was convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree kidnapping on March 12, 1986. She had been an accessory in the gruesome murder of Long Island real-estate broker Thomas Vigliarole, whose body was found locked inside a trunk in a Manhattan apartment in 1985. Vigliarole had died of asphyxiation. He was starved, beaten, raped, burned and tortured. Hylton served 27 years at New York’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for the crime.


1938. Key West, Florida bar


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Key West is an island city, the furthest point south in the US, closer to Cuba than to Miami, an artsy-Caribbean place famous for hosting Ernest Hemingway, birthplace of Stepin Fetchit, beach bums, treasure hunters and wall-to-wall gays. The highest point in Key West soars to a majestic eighteen feet with a vista measured in tens of yards.

Sloppy Joe's is still in business, in the same building —it's on the corner of Duval and Greene—and the building next to it is still there. Sloppy Joe's is a favored hangout for locals and tourists alike, open 365 days a year. Yeah yeah, Hemingway drank there. But he drank everywhere.


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Rescuing tomatoes, Ars Technica - Large-scale modern agriculture has a fair number of detractors, but the ones that ultimately matter most are the consumers. And consumers almost uniformly hate what's happened to the tomato. Over the past few decades, a fruit that once exploded with taste and aroma has become synonymous with bland, textureless mediocrity. But some researchers haven't given up on the tomato. Taking a mix of flavorful heirloom strains and modern agricultural varieties, they've deployed everything from chemical chromatography to consumer taste tests to identify the key genes behind the loss of flavor. And with the new information, we're in a much better place to rescue the tomato.


Embrace winning, Vox Day - The Alt-Right is a conscious, even contemptuous, rejection of cuckservatism. It is not cowardly. It is not terrified. It is not defeatist. It is committed to the truth. It is committed to science. It is committed to the lessons of history. And it is committed to the idea that Western Civilization is a better place to live than any other societal ordering of men, including the various dyscivilizational notions created by utopians from communists to libertarians. That's why, if you have any regard for Western Civilization at all, you should be on board with both the Trump Train and the Alt-Right Revolution. Stop cowering. Stop cucking. Embrace truth and tribe, and start winning.


NorK deal, Traditional Right - If we can accept today’s North Korea as normal Korea, a deal ending the risk of another Korean war is not difficult to envision. South Korea is able to defend itself against conventional attack. The U.S. keeps South Korea under its nuclear umbrella but pulls out its ground and air forces. The U.S. and North Korea establish normal diplomatic relations. Negotiations begin to formally end the Korean War; at present, there is no peace treaty, just an armistice. Korea offers a situation where all parties need a deal.


Phantom Menace, Taki's Magazine - Entertainment-industry leaders have enough difficulty selling the projects from which they earn their living; if they possessed the ability to influence elections at the flip of a switch, if they could control human behavior with that level of assuredness, they’d certainly use that power first and foremost to enrich themselves by never again losing money on another big-budget disaster. Sure, Hollywood was behind Obama 100% in 2008, just as it was against Bush 100% in 2004. Hollywood didn’t matter in that election, and it didn’t matter in 2016, either. In fact, it may never have mattered, so, with apologies to Breitbart, I think he spent a little too much of his tragically brief life acting as though it did.


1944 and 2014. Rue Saint-Pierre, Caen, France


art-remus-ident-04.jpgThese two photos are from a feature at International Business Times, 2014, entitled: D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now: Normandy Beaches in 1944 and 70 Years Later. The pair of photos below are of the same street in Caen, liberated by the British and Canadians in July 1944. Seventy per cent of the city was destroyed, it took fourteen years to rebuild. Photographic evidence suggests Caen also changed from black and white to color during that time. Population today is about 108,000.


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Small tracked vehicles from the past.

TKS - Italy

Marmon-Herrington CTLS - USA

M29 Weasel - USA

Renault UE Chenillette - France


T20 Komsomolets - USSR

Sabre - UK

FV101 Scorpion - UK

FV107 Scimitar - UK

Universal Carrier - UK

Loyd Carrier - UK

Wiesel AWC - Germany

Raupenschlepper Ost - Germany







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Notate Bene

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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31 Jan 2017