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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
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
stakeholders
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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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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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Pieter de Hooch, Card Players in a Sunlit Room, 1658

Easily among the finest genre paintings of the era, Cardplayers alone would put de Hooch in the front rank of the Dutch masters.

It's modern in concept, akin to the "street photographers" of the 1930s, yet academic in execution, painterly rather than using flecks and dabs as Vermeer did to transcribe optical perfection.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg War. This is war, so the demonstrator's banners say. It is, of course, a lunge at the megadramatic, a one-word double underline all caps string of exclamation points and a bag of chips. Victory is assured, their thinking goes, by jumping first to the final option. We've seen it before, but figuratively, as the War On Poverty and the War On Drugs.

They just say "war". By which they mean civil war.

Aesop at Raconteur Report wrote a classic response in his essay, Reasonable Questions File:

No, Snowflakes, this isn't war. If it were war, you'd have been dead in wholesale lots, and the Right would have been grinning from ear to ear from their sniper perches hundreds of yards away, and would have laughed out loud as designated mop-up teams waded in and shot your wounded in the face. That's how WAR is played. You could look it up.

On the other hand, gear and training won't save you from the novice who steps out from behind a dumpster and shoots you in the back while you're taking an after-action whiz. That's war too.

Kurt Schlichter at Town Hall gives us his reason to believe 'there will be blood'. He writes:

"... in light of the absolute rejection by the left of any legitimacy of the grievances, the interests, or the right to participate in governing this country of the tens of millions of red Americans, it's reasonable to wonder how this can end peacefully."

and he continues:

"Are the wounds to our body politic so deep they can’t be healed? I recently polled people on Twitter about what they thought of the chances of serious violence in the coming four years, and the results from 6,159 people are alarming. “Stop being a nut” got 10%; I was hoping it would get about 95%. “We’ll wise up” and find a way out of this crisis, got 13%. But “50/50 leftists may try violence” got a stunning 41%, while “It’s coming. Gear up” got a terrifying 36%. So, 77% of the respondents fear serious violence during Trump’s first term.

So. Both sides claim higher karat grievances, and both claim the other has a dagger close to hand.

Author Matt Bracken posted a nine minute video from 2016 at Western Rifle Shooters, "Former Red Team Planner For The Federal Government Talks About Civil War Scenarios". While useful for its informed insights on how factions would likely act, and especially for citing specific and non-obvious cautions, war scenarios have a way of becoming history's comic relief. In days past, the troops were always going to be home for Christmas.

Even if a predictive scenario were constructed from perfect knowledge it wouldn't survive the first shot. Civil war overpowers its creators and becomes a directionless, uncontrollable maelstrom that ends more by exhaustion than by victory. Civil war doesn't merely attract homicidal madmen, it creates them, and they go on to create more until there are more berserkers than partisans. It's war with no front lines, no cause, no truth that marches on. It rages like a rabid force of nature until, its energy spent, it goes to ground to await the next sorcerer's apprentice.

Once again we're contracting into hostile regions, talking of secession and state's rights, arming up and hunkering down . Jessica Mendoza at the Christian Science Monitor writes:

A key consequence—and driving factor—of apocalyptic rhetoric is political polarization. Pew found that 27 percent of Democrats saw the Republican Party as “a threat to the nation’s well-being.” Thirty-six percent of Republicans said the same of the Democratic Party. Such mistrust has paved the way for more extreme partisanship.

A threat to the nation’s well-being is different from a threat to the nation. Rust is a threat to the nation's well being. Those who would set civil war in motion are a threat to the nation, and often announce themselves as such. Black Bloc, for one. Scott Broom at WUSA describes the black bloc this way:

Anarchists operate their own media channels and social media accounts and make no secret of their activities. The modern history of the Black Bloc extends to clashes with police during a 1999 World Trade Organization summit in Seattle. The Black Bloc is active throughout Europe, North America and South America.

Black Bloc, a.k.a. Antifa, sees itself as a Resistance outfit, regenerated Maquis and Che Gueveras. At Guerrilla News they explain how to sabotage railways, boast of an attack on an electrical substation and of burning a school in Manado. Black Bloc describes itself this way:

We spread anti-police propaganda, we collect and exploit information about them, we clandestinely sabotage their infrastructure, we figure out ways to solve our own problems and keep ourselves and our neighbors safe without them, and in rare cases throughout history we’ve even murdered some of the bastards! ...

There is no point in going to a liberal protest march with very few other anarchists and proceeding to vandalize ATMs and fight the cops. It’s much better when it’s 300 or more of us chasing off the riot police and helping each other loot and burn the property of the ruling class.

There has been far less "chasing off the riot police" of late. Black Bloc has comrades able and willing to arrange their absence.

Keith Preston at Alternative-Right blogspot observes:

The antifa occasionally engage in physical assaults, but only when they greatly outnumber their intended victims, and with the most defenseless people often being the target. I have personally witnessed the antifa attacking both women and elderly people. When the antifa have targeted more formidable enemies, their limited capabilities as street fighters have been quickly revealed.

Unlike in years past, citizen militias are still growing rapidly even after the election of a Republican President and Congress . One Black Bloc offshoot, the Redneck Revolt, sees themselves as guerrilla fighters urgently ramping up for armed combat with the goose-stepping fascists:

We must respond to the increased response by right wing paramilitary formations to street level demonstrations by organizations like Black Lives Matter. In Phoenix, Oregon, Missouri, and other locales, there were immediately reports of demonstrations having sizeable armed reactionary elements standing against them. We have to prepare for the armed right wing to have a renewed and sizable response to our demonstrations and protests. YouTube interview 2m 12s.

And let us not forget the Black Panther Party and its successor the New BPP. Like any classic guerilla outfit, it advertises itself as a parallel government-in-being with laudable intent, a sort of super NGO with attitude, but not long after its founding the Black Panthers stated their goal more directly:

The only way to make this racist U.S. government administer justice to the people it is oppressing, is ... by taking up arms against this government, killing the officials, until the reactionary forces ... are dead, and those that are left turn their weapons on their superiors ... thereby passing revolutionary judgment against the number one enemy of all mankind, the racist U.S. government.

Black Lives Matters, founded by committed Marxist-Leninists, is a near-parallel to the Black Panther Party except with a deeper commitment to the murder of police officers,"What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now", and closer ties to the White Privilege cadre. Their "non-negotiable demands" borrow heavily from the BPP, namely, the subjugation of everyone else and money for nothing. The names of these outfits don't matter much, black activism hasn't changed materially in anyone's lifetime.

Of all our possible futures, civil war is clearly an outlier. But so was the first one. North and South misunderstood each other on purpose, and both sides went to war with a caricature of their own making. The North was spun up by a peak in evangelical fervor that welded itself to the anti-slavery cause, the South was spun up by perpetual second class status in DC and, not incidentally, a disastrous drought. For all of that, the politics of it were solvable until the last spark of good will and common sense sputtered and winked out.

All this is something that can safely be set aside for now, but keep an eye, there are a lot of moving pieces in play and the trend is in the wrong direction.

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About the Oscars. Here's something a CPM told me: be wary of any outfit that gives itself awards.

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Can things get more weird? The alt-right is arguing whether Milo Yiannopoulos is an opportunist shill , or if he pushed "gay privilege" too far, or if he's another blameless scalp on the left's belt .

My take: when you knowingly take a loose cannon aboard and he shoots into the rigging, surprise isn't wholly credible. Surprise presupposes ignorance, and who didn't know he has a walk-in closet full of skeletons? He made a classic error when dealing with the left, he revealed himself too fully where it was unnecessary and unwarranted. Nor did he understand the anxiety of his sponsors, so when the optics shifted he was shouldered aside, betimes.

As always, Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch offers clear thinking on the Milo Matter, here and here . An excerpt:

What he did that was gravely damaging, both to his public stature and to conservatism generally, was to tread along the edges of one of the West’s firmest taboos. Yes, he was induced to do so by questions from his listeners. That doesn’t make his unguarded response wise. If anything, one who purports to speak for a set of ideas should be aware of the tactics used by foes to elicit self-damaging remarks. He should have sensed the danger at once.

David Horowitz at Front Page favors circling the wagons ...

Barney Frank had a prostitution ring operating out of his house ... Democrats never broke ranks and protected him. Conservatives can be counted on to fold every time. Milo is indisputably the most effective conservative on campus battling the anti-American identity-obsessed, racist Left ... That conservatives would abandon him tells you everything you need to know why the Left dominates the national culture and thus the political culture.

... but State of the Nation says he's part of a stealthy British Invasion to tear apart the social fabric:

Milo Yiannopoulos was an extremely dangerous Trojan horse within the Alt Right movement. Even though he did not even consider himself a member of the Alt Right movement, he clearly functioned as one. There are many on the Right who are quite relieved, and happy, but especially relieved about Milo’s downfall. He was setting a very bad example for the younger generations. The blatant lifestyle which he was so proud of is his personal business, but he made it everyone’s business.

Liz Crokin at Town Hall offers a different take:

Milo has personally taken down and exposed pedophiles in his columns over the years. However, the mainstream media and the left ignored this information and demonized Milo. The irony of all this is that the left and MSM have been the biggest proponents of pedophilia. Salon has published articles attempting to normalize pedophilia; however, to maintain their faux outrage over Milo, they deleted them.

The Milo Yiannopoulos debacle jes don't add up. It seems connected to things we don't know, in ways we don't understand. If so, when this carbuncle bursts it's going to get all over everything. Perhaps the guilty are sacrificing expendables to stay safe one more day. For my part, I've thought about it all I'm going to think about it until there's some clarification.

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The quote of the week comes from the ol' Z Man, talking about the decline in women's sports:

Our competitive sports are designed by men for men. It could simply be that the long war against femininity is coming to a bad end for the culture warriors. The girls would rather watch other girls be catty with one another in a TV drama than watch sweaty lesbians fight over a ball.

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Wow. Daytime temperatures into the fifties. The missus and I took advantage of the thaw. We let the wood stove go out, then cleaned the ashes out to bare metal. We only think we're doing a good job of keeping ahead of it while it's burning, a nearly full ash can says otherwise. Ashes are a heat insulator so it's important to get the sides clean. Then I took the ashes out to where the chickens take a dust bath. A birdy luxury for 'em.

With the snow gone it's easy to pull the wood carrier without having to lean into it like a coolie, so the inside bin is topped off and then some. Nearly effortless. And we cleaned out the chicken coop and put down fresh straw. A thaw is a pretty good argument against the self-directed life, every year we change our chores on its schedule, not ours.

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So, what's the real reason the Oroville dam wasn't maintained? Why were warnings by the civil engineers dismissed? The answer: neglect was based on scientifically factual true consensus reality, as David Cole at Taki's Magazine explains:

What the press conveniently leaves out of its coverage is the underlining theory behind the dam inaction: climate-change apocalyptics had convinced the Silly Putty-brained California powers-that-be that rain was never returning to the state...

If you Google “California,” “drought,” and “will last” or “may last,” you’ll see endless links to left-certified “scientific” snake-handlers who claimed, right up until a few months ago, that the drought may last hundreds of years, or thousands of years, or “forever.”

Yet here we are in February 2017, with the drought completely over in Northern Cal and close to being over in the South.

Canto the Second

Okay mes amies, it's time to kick off our Grafton Golosh brogues, decant the Chianti Riserva, set out the cheese 'n crackers, light up a Cohiba Esplendidos and discuss Kupka's Orphist works. It'll be fun. Then we'll wallow in the very latest outrages in yer ol' Woodpile Report, chuckle at the untermenschen outside the gates and wonder whatever shall become of them.

 

Remus's notebook

 

SHTF Plan - Citizen Militia Experiences Explosive Growth Following the Last Election

"The level of violence I see coming from these protests is alarming, I think that creates more of a need for people like us to be there. We have a duty to protect, our freedom, our liberty, our constitutional Republic. That responsibility can't be deferred to you know Congress."

Arizona Capitol Times - Arizona Senate votes to seize assets of those who plan, participate in protests that turn violent

Daily Mail - 'Trump was right!' Inside the Stockholm suburbs where cars are torched, drugs sold openly and fire engines must be bulletproof

Daily Wire - School Band Won't Use Music From White Composers

College Fix - UMich students demand no-whites-allowed space to plot ‘social justice’ activism ... also building a $10 million center for blacks only

NY Post - Outrage over food cart serving free food only for ‘black people’

Raconteur Report - Reasonable Questions File ... if they seek to win by force what they couldn't win by reason or peacefully voting into power, they will be the de facto Redcoats

Daily Wire - Islamophobic Saudi Arabia Deports 40,000 Muslim Pakistanis, Citing Terrorism Concerns

From the "we tried to warn you" folder

UPI - Venezuela: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid crisis

Natural News - Starving: 75% of Venezuelan’s lost at least 19 pounds due to malnutrition

NPR 2015 - The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela

Reason - With Sales Depressed by Soda Tax, Philly Grocers Look to Cut Jobs as Mayor Blames 'Greedy' Soda Industry

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They passed on the new tax to the consumer rather than sell their product at a loss. This ain't Venezuela quite yet.

Chicago Tribune - Some Chicago gangs turning to rifles for added firepower

National Geographic - What You Don’t Know About the Vikings ... Yes, they were brutal. They also had women leaders, coveted luxury, and encountered more than 50 cultures from Afghanistan to Canada

Atlantic - The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism ... Tucker Carlson’s latest reinvention

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Weak tea, safely skipped

Daily Caller - The 12 Dumbest Ever‘Bias Incidents’ On America’s College Campuses ... someone uttered the phrase “on the other hand”, an unidentified student charged that these commonly-used words are “ableist.”

Popular Mechanics - China's New Stealth Fighter Isn't Great, But It May Not Need To Be ... much cheaper than American fighters

Jane's 360 - China building third aircraft carrier

Daily Caller - Leaked Audio Reveals Anti-Trump Forces Manufacturing Hostile Town Hall

Scientific American - Fact or Fiction?: NASA Spent Millions to Develop a Pen that Would Write in Space, whereas the Soviet Cosmonauts Used a Pencil

 

1942. Robinson Protected Metal magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Says this ad, "No spot on the good earth is immune today. If and when enemy bombers attack your plant, what happens will depend largely upon the stuff of which your roofs and sidewalls have been built. ... The walls and roof of your buildings are 77% complete when RPM arrives on the job site. And we get it there quick". It's a stretch, but such was the fear and anxiety in the first months of the war .

From a 1938 ad we learn, "The annealed steel core of R.P.M. is enclosed under heat and pressure in a thick envelope of specially refined asphalte, which, in turn, is encased and bonded under pressure with a coat of heavy asbestos felt. The third and final treatment is the application of the tough waterproof sealing coat, which protects the sheet from mechanical abrasion and damage in fixing". The company dates from 1906 and is known today as Robertson Building Systems.

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Russia, Fred On Everything - Russia is an economically challenged nation of 145 million, less than half of Europe’s population and much less than half of America’s. Its economy is a small fraction of the combined economies of Europe and America. It is not on a war footing. It is not moving forces into position for an invasion. It is not mobilizing. To satellite photography, to NSA these things would be as obvious as leprosy on a prom queen. The Establishment would be screaming to high heaven if there were the slightest trace of preparation for war. The whole business is manufactured.

 

Nine Causes of Scientific Decline in American Academia, American Thinker - People frequently write about academic political bias but rarely about the degradation of academic scientific capacities. Nevertheless, the signs of this degradation are everywhere. In hindsight, over the period from the late 1980s to 2016, many factors had contributed to the downfall of the academic integrity and scientific capacity.

Excerpt - "Successful graduates in economically demanded fields have found jobs outside academia, while unemployable “studies” majors stayed in the system."

 

Exterminating angel, Lew Rockwell - Even an increase of just 1% in the cost of servicing debt – if applied to the world’s debt load – would cost more than $2 trillion a year in interest. Everyone who had to borrow would suddenly find themselves unable to continue living in the style in which they’d become accustomed. Ordinary households would be in trouble, too. Mortgage rates would go up. House prices would fall. Credit markets would “seize up,” making it difficult to refinance old loans. They would have to cut back, laying off workers and canceling expansion projects or go broke. Your stocks could easily drop to half of today’s prices and stay there. Your pension might have to be trimmed. Even the government, if forced to pay more to service its debt, would have to reduce spending.

 

Race and violent crime, Real Clear Policy - Critics point to a 40 percent jobless rate for black men in central cities. To reduce killings, they claim, joblessness must be reduced. But the facts show otherwise. The data suggest that violent crime rates in American cities primarily reflects a subculture embraced by a small core of black men and has little to do with employment opportunities. Many criminologists will claim that neighborhood structural differences explain virtually all crime differences between white and black communities. However, at each poverty concentration level, the violent crime rate is substantially higher in black than in white census tracts. Moreover, there are many Hispanic census tracts with high poverty concentration levels but relatively low rates of violent crime.

 

1938. Tulare California, US Route 99

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Well now, you see, there's sposta be an engine in here. Those holes right there? They're for the mounting bolts. You know, to bolt the engine to the car. But there's no engine. You can try to get 'er running but my guess is you oughtta look around for the engine. 'Bout yay wide, yay long. And heavy. Not the sort of thing you'd misplace unknowing. You think on it, I gotta be on my way.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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Megalithic Culture in Massachusetts, Ancient Origins - It makes complete sense that a Celtic altar was built on the hill at Heath, when the hill itself is so similar to native Celtic hills in places like Kinnitty, Ireland. The rolling hills beyond are of the same height and scale. It becomes impossible to ignore the Celtic aspects of New England, and how attractive a place like Heath must have been to a megalithic culture. The megaliths, the landscapes, the enduring similarity and beauty of both Irish and New England ancient sites continues to compel us towards understanding what this similarity means. Is it one Celtic megalithic culture producing stone-works in several different places? It certainly looks that way. There is an incredible megalithic culture within the forests and mountains of northeastern America just waiting to be understood.

 

Bootstrapping, Quanta Magazine - In the 1960s, physicist Geoffrey Chew espoused a radical vision of the universe, and with it, a new way of doing physics. Theorists of the era were struggling to find order in an unruly zoo of newfound particles. They wanted to know which ones were the fundamental building blocks of nature and which were composites. But Chew argued against such a distinction. “Nature is as it is because this is the only possible nature consistent with itself.” The bootstrap languished for decades at the bottom of the physics toolkit. But recently the field has been re-energized as physicists have discovered novel bootstrap techniques that appear to solve many problems.

 

Ice Age ice, Popular Science - Between 2.6 and 1 million years ago, glaciations followed a simple pattern, rising and falling in a cycle about every 41,000 years—or roughly the same time that the axis of the Earth tilted toward and away from the sun. Then, around 1 million years ago, glaciations got longer, with cycles lasting for about 100,000 years. The incoming solar radiation hadn’t changed, but something else had. Tzedakis accounts for the change by using the length of the glaciation as a variable. While his paper and formula don’t go into why the length of glaciations changes, he points out that larger ice sheets are less stable than their smaller counterparts.

 

Advice, Z Man - The big lesson from the Reagan Revolution is that optimism is easily used as a weapon against the optimistic. All the “Morning in America” bullshit in the 80’s fooled a lot of people into thinking the fight was over and the results were a foregone conclusion. It will never be morning in America. The alt-right will never amount to anything unless it maintains a clear eyed view of its own position. It was a failure to grasp the reality of our age that allowed a legion of hustlers to rush in and turn the conservative movement into Conservative Inc. The demolition of twitter is a great example of how to destroy an organization by turning its rules into a weapon. Twitter is now now the dying brand of vinegar drinking prudes. That’s the lesson. If you cannot own it, destroy it.

 

1938. A nightclub in Williamson County, Illinois

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Membership is closed, unless you're Bruce Willis and drive up in a natty roadster at night, in which case there will be a closeup of the headlights being doused. Foreshadowing. If you're not Bruce Willis, you know you're lost and they know you're lost. No one comes here on purpose.

Williamson County is in the southern tip of the state.

 

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Savages of Stockholm, Sultan Knish - It's safe to say the car burners don't have future plans that involve saving up for a car or taking out a loan for a car or finding work. Cars are things that they steal, either the usual way or by defrauding social services. They might get a car by dealing drugs, but those cars are disposable. One day they'll have to burn them anyway. If you come from a pre-industrial culture things fall into the category of that which you and your family own and that which they do not. Anything in the latter category may be stolen or vandalized because it has no value. After the riots die down and the fires are put out, there will be more talk about integrating them, but what are they being integrated into; a culture that doesn't resist when their cars are torched?

 

Landscape art, West Coast Reactionaries - The landscape was all but lost in the collective mind of the art world until recently. As of recent years, there has been growing interest in authentic pieces of representation and landscape art that truly connects us to nature. That is why, through examining Martin Heidegger’s work on the origins of art, combined with contemporary criticism of artistic modernism, and by placing the landscape within the truth of art itself, we shall see how the truth and beauty of the landscape genre is being reformulated and reformed as an artistic style of antimodernist insurgency, as an art form which serves our inner need for authentic expression towards the natural world.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Landscape painting seems to have been indigenous only above the latitude of the Mediterranean and in Asia, and not at all below the equator or in the Americas. Related: Art history & the brain, New Criterion ... repeated, intense visual experience has more effect on an artist than conscious thought.

 

Federalism, Traditional Right - We continue to see not just the hard Left but the whole Establishment howl with hatred, loathing, and contempt directed toward President Trump and those who elected him. Our political system is not able to create a situation where these two hostile cultures can live together. That means we are headed toward large-scale 4GW on our own soil and probably a failure of the American state. The authors and ratifiers of our Constitution never imagined that life would be the same in all states. Had they been told the government they were creating would use all its power to force life to become the same in every state, they would have been appalled. That earlier federalism can be revived.

 

Underground, Vault-Co - I had been looking at the elevated concrete deck and stairs over a story high for weeks outside of CostCo. I had walked the perimeter a few times and looked at this colossal building from every angle. I have a lot of experience with underground structures. I get hunches about what I am looking at, even when the builders have gone to great lengths (as I would) to conceal their handiwork. For example, trying to disguise an air intake as a large bench and tree planter. Ordinary people don't see these things. A guy like me might as well have a large flashing sign with an arrow reading THIS WAY TO THE SUBTERRENE.

 

1945. The Red Army occupies Poland

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 10th Tank Corps, 5th Guards Tank Army, 2nd Belorussian Front occupy the city of Mlynary, formerly Muhlhausen, in January 1945. German civilians, mostly women and children, fled west with what they could carry, leaving behind piles of excess belongings.

 

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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.
Traditional

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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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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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