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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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Albert Bierstadt, Merced River, Yosemite, 1866

Bierstadt was technically proficient, a master of theatrical lighting and a popular success who specialized in huge canvasses scaled to the grand manors of his patrons. This is not one of them. It's about three feet by four feet, scaled for, say, a vestibule or a summer house at the lake.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's time to give partisan war some weight in your preps, the left's tantrum is turning into militant insurgency. We can't know where this is going or who's loyal to who, but it's plain DC is getting dangerously unstable. It may be closed-loop hysteria, or it may be that everything of consequence is happening backstage. Everyone knows something, no one knows everything, and everyone has a theory. This is isn't politics, this is treachery, government by scam, third world stuff.

Diplomad puts it this way:

There is no concern for the potentially dire consequences here or abroad of their actions. All that matters to today's progressives is that they, and they alone, hold all the power in the massive progressive state they have built. Elections, the law, the future of the nation, and even logic be damned.

Loretta Lynch, Obama's Attorney General, is calling for blood and death on streets. In her words, via WND:

It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference. They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.

YouTube, 0m 51s. Lynch's speech only

Let's not shy away from what's going on here. This goes right up to the line. She's talking to the fringe against the hated whites who rejected the Hillary coalition—that's who they mean by "fascists". Ms. Lynch's audience hears her clearly: "we’ve marched, we’ve shed blood and yes, some of us have killed. We've done this before. We can do this again".

Yes they can do it again, but in the 1960s and '70s they had a green light from DC and there was no alternative news media. Violent activism was novel and fascinating. We knew better decades later, in Baltimore and Ferguson. It was made clear from the beginning the rioters were acting with permission. "We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that", the mayor told us, which revealed there was a perimeter and everyone knew where it was. As long as the mob respected it, normies declined applying Rule 556.

Now they mistake restraint for acceptance, and acceptance for consent. They will act on that mistake. Ms. Lynch, et al, would be wise to step quietly away. She says they won't.

Bill Buppert at Zero Gov has this advice:

Use your time wisely to prepare for the continuing Endarkenment because there is no stopping it. Consider this a pause to gather your family, increase your preps, continue training, refine your armory and get ready for the path ahead which will demand not only your life but will determine just how free your children may be.

This is about the only "news you can use" in all of this. The rest of it is situational awareness, best seen from a distance. Bear down on your preps, buckle up and stay away from crowds.

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Here's video of the Berkeley March4Trump being attacked . It's behind the membership wall at YouTube so the link goes to a posting at Grim's Hall website. 0m 41s. There are more photos and videos at Daily Mail and at Town Hall .

For a useful log of threats and violence against Trump supporters since early 2016, see this site . Each entry links to the source.

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Liz Crokin at Town Hall says, "I’ve been closely following the pedophile arrests since Trump took office. There have been a staggering 1,500-plus arrests in one short month; compare that to less than 400 sex trafficking-related arrests in 2014 according to the FBI."

Ms. Crokin asks, could it be "the reason the shadow government is working so hard to take down Trump is because there are people at the top tied to child sex trafficking? Are they afraid Sessions will drop the hammer on them? Furthermore, could it be that Putin and Trump see eye-to-eye on taking down the pedophile elite circles that have plagued the world so, in effect, their alliance makes them a bigger threat to the guilty involved powers that be?"

For details, read her two essays posted at Town Hall:

Why the MSM Is Ignoring Trump's Sex Trafficking Busts

Trump, Sex Trafficking & How It Ties To Russia

Meanwhile, the Rotherham England Moslem child kidnapping and sex slave story just gets worse:

Daily Mail - Police 'took part in Rotherham child sex abuse and ignored pleas from victims' it is claimed as the IPCC watchdog says it is probing 194 complaints over the scandal.
(h/t Crusader Rabbit)

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Quote of the week comes from Brianna Wu in Massachusetts, a Democratic Party candidate for congress. Via the Daily Wire :

2/ The Moon is probably the most tactically valuable military ground for earth. Rocks dropped from there have power of 100 nuclear bombs

I'll confess to being unaware of this settled science, all this time I thought it would have the power of only a couple of nuclear bombs.

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Spoiler alert. What follows is blather, safely skipped.

Among the many famous movies I've not seen are:

Rogue One, American Sniper, Avengers, Hunger Games (any), Avatar, Schrek (any), Finding Nemo, Spider Man (any), Harry Potter (any), How Grinch Stole Christmas, The Matrix, Independence Day, Toy Story (any), Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Home Alone (any), Rain Man, 3 Men and a Baby, Ghostbusters, Grease, Rocky (any), Jaws, Exorcist, ET

Why? They just don't interest me. Why would I possibly care about a giant shark munching on the unwary or some guy who mind-melds with a computer or yet another tired yarn about an invasion from space? I'd rather watch a rousing documentary about the influence of Sumerian cuneiform on Mesopotamian hoe-handle production 46-36 BC.

Other stuff I skip over are survival tevee programs about how to find water in the desert—look for wet spots, well okay—or how to survive in the Amazon jungle equipped with only a bicycle seat and five hundred yards of paracord. Tell you what. If I ever travel a couple thousand miles to the nearest desert and try to cross it without water, I deserve to die. And chances are I'll not ever be in the Amazon jungle even accidentally, certainly not on purpose, so all the tips about which snakes can kill you at a glance and which tree nuts can be pureed to make lamp oil hold no value for me.

Around here we pass on useful tips. How to identify Tulip Poplar for absolute sure in the wintertime, where not to be while chuck hunting, how to touch up chain saw teeth with a hand-held round file, identifying rare critters, like the Fisher, and sounds heard only occasionally, like the Vixen Scream, and so forth. As for finding water, the problem in Appalachian hill country is how to cross it or avoid it—hint: when your dowser goes up, camp there.

By the time a kid is in his teens he's a walking Foxfire magazine, without knowing it. It's fully the equal of urban "street smarts" in terms of value for its setting. I've hosted people from cities who have never, literally never, been outside their urban confines, i.e., they're "cosmopolitan". Their assumptions and anxieties are often touchingly hilarious but, you know, courtesy precludes being dismissive.

They're exceptionally good walkers on level ground, with admirable stamina, but they're dangerously inept in wooded hills and have a dogged preference for doing everything the hard way. While refreshingly enthusiastic about some things they commonly look without seeing, have little sense of direction—being landmark navigators suddenly without landmarks, grossly over or underestimate distance and have an annoying tendency to walk in aimless loops.

They see it all as a Disney production, or a sort of walk-in painting, so unless a need arises, and one day with another no need arises, I take care not to mention rabid raccoons, poison ivy, underground hornet nests, bears, ticks and other unsettling notions.

There is an up side. When they see, perhaps for the first time, an inky black sky full of stars, when they hear real silence or the tinkly murmur of a little creek, when we step into the back yard and shoot wiley coffee cans—"can we really do this?"—when they listen to owls trading insults at night, when they savor fresh eggs from hens wandering at will, when they come in of a chilly evening and bask in woodstove heat corpuscles, I take pleasure in their pleasure.

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The US Code uses the term "illegal alien" to designate a non-citizen who has entered or remained in the country unlawfully. Nowhere do U.S. immigration laws use the terms "illegal immigrant" or "undocumented immigrant". Rather than use accurate legal terminology, the media uses cloying feel-good fluff invented by the Associated Press at the "suggestion" of La Raza. Just one example of how the mainstream news media earns the contempt of honest people. Hans von Spakovsky clarifies all this at Heritage.

That's it for the blather. This week's premium edition of Woodpile Report is made from molecules assembled from atoms hand-picked by pearl graders from Bahrain, which molecules are then polished to a 4 RMS finish, varnished and mounted on a custom glass montage by Tiffany's. It's the perfect gift for that special someone. For the rest of us it's a facsimile displayable on a PC monitor, but the full effect is lost.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Investment Watch - Target Teetering On The Brink Of Financial Collapse ... boycott is working

Don Surber - Obama wire-tapped Trump Tower ... FISA court gave Obama authority to wiretap the tower in October under the guise of national security

Zero Hedge - Obama Slams "False" Trump Accusation, Says "Never Ordered" Wiretapping ... carefully-worded statement

Zero Hedge -Obama Advisor Rhodes Is Wrong: The President Can Order A Wiretap, And Why Trump May Have The Last Laugh

Junk science - Science magazine an advocacy platform for activists against Trump ... Scientific American is junk science-fueled activism

Science News - Earth’s mantle may be hotter than thought ... would make the mantle runnier than earlier research suggested, could help explain the details of how tectonic plates glide on top of the mantle.

Declination - Food, Virtue Signalling, and Narcissistic Supply ... food snobbery has been a thing for a very long time

Vault-Co - Bill Nye Gets Plenty Of Rope

Next Big Future - Plans for a new US super tank with an electrothermal chemical gun

Excerpt - "Through the application of electrothermal-chemical technology the XM-291 has been able to achieve muzzle energy outputs that equate that to a low-level 140 mm gun, while achieving muzzle velocities greater than those of the larger 140 mm gun. Although the XM-291 does not mean that ETC technology is viable it does offer an example that it is possible."

International Man - Food Crisis—The Greatest Threat to Social Stability

Heat Street - Illinois State University Rolls Out Training Program for Microaggression Witnesses

Acculturated - The Latest Front in the Culture Wars? Historical Correctness

Spectator - Time to Take Down Stalin’s Pulitzer Prize! ... the NY Times ran the biggest fake news story of the 20th century

EAG News - Conservative student group wins free speech battle against university ... entire campus is now a free speech zone

Ars Technica - Amazon S3 problem caused by command line mistake during maintenance ... black swan revealed restart hadn't been tested for years

Vermont college shouts down and attacks Bell Curve author. Because 'who said what' and 'who did what' will get diluted and distorted, here are some first reports for your archive:

Before ...

VTDigger, Feb 27 - Middlebury president to join audience for divisive speaker

After ...

Independent - Middlebury College professor injured by protesters as she escorted controversial speaker

Burlington Free Press - Middlebury students shout down author

Vermont Seven Days - Middlebury Students Shut Down Lecture by Charles Murray

Vermont Seven Days - 'Mob' Attacks Middlebury Prof and Controversial Speaker Charles Murray ... students and "outside agitators" wore masks

Daily Caller - Leftist Students Physically Assault Conservative Scholar, Professor Over Speech

Zero Hedge - Middlebury Professor Assaulted, Injured While Escorting Conservative Speaker

Daily Mail - College professor is attacked and injured by 'seriously scary' student mob as she escorts controversial 'white supremacist' guest speaker off campus

Student news

Middlebury Campus - Show Murray What We Stand For ... attend the lecture and resist as a collective ... we do not tolerate white supremacy at Middlebury ... be there on Thursday prepared and ready to fight

Middlebury Campus - Student Protests Prevent Charles Murray From Delivering Lecture

Middlebury Campus - Charles Murray at Middlebury: Unacceptable and Unethical, Say Over 450 Alumni

Official statement

Middlebury News - March 3, 2017: Letter from President Patton Concerning Last Night's Events

Commentary

City Journal - Middlebury Shouts Down Charles Murray ... Here’s why they’ll live to regret it.

Excerpt - "In the 1970s, the Arab-launched oil crisis forced school officials to choose between shutting off the electricity to the library or to the school's private ski lift. After a student referendum, the library went dark".

Fox News - Charles Murray: 'Into the middle of a mob' — What happened when I tried to speak at Middlebury

Popular Mechanics - The U.S. Army Is About to More Than Double the Range of Its Howitzers ... keeping up with the Russians

Firearm Blog - Colt Lays Off Custom Shop Director, Other Employees, Company Rumored Gutted

 

1951. Lucky Strike magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lucky Strike is one of America's oldest brand names, dating from the gold rush days of the 1870s. Advertising itself as "the real burley" cigarette, it claimed toasting the tobacco instead of sun-drying it locked in the flavor. Among the top-selling brands for decades, Lucky Strike is now a near knitch product.

 

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Insurgency, Jim Sinclair's Mineset - True Americans put up with huge transgressions over the past eight years. Like it or not, we were led by a Muslim president, probably not a natural born citizen and of questionable sexuality but we did not riot, we did not destroy our neighbors businesses. No, we voted, because that is the “civilized” thing to do. Joe six pack will not stand idly by when he is finally told “your vote does not matter”. Mr. six pack was fooled for many years when his “choices” were not really a choice, a vote for either one was a vote for “the machine”. Mr. six pack got wise to this and decided throw a monkey wrench into the machine. Joe can be told, and can accept many things. What he will not accept is “your vote does not count”! They need to be very careful in how and how far they push as Joe six pack has his limits.

Dick Morris - Dems Laying Basis For Coup D’Etat By Hitting Sessions

 

Silent coup, Breitbart - Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration. The Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media. Levin called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama administration and demanded that it be investigated.

Law Newz - Trump Asks If It’s Legal for Obama to Wiretap Him… Here’s the Answer

 

Sabotaging America, Reason - If you think you’re going crazy from nonstop news coverage of unruly behavior and disruptive protests across the country since Donald Trump was elected president, rest assured there are veiled reasons for the current madness. The ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome,’ is no temporarily insane reaction, but rather “a calculated plan to wreck the presidency, whatever the cost to the country” by residual players within the Obama intelligence community—including the CIA and the NSA. No one dares utter the word "sedition." Unbeknownst to most Americans, Barack Obama is the first ex-president in 228 years of U.S. history to structure and lead a political organization Organizing for Action (OFA, a shadow government, for the explicit purpose of sabotaging his successor. Every Marxist knows that socialist transformation first requires collapse of the old order.

 

Power of the states, Jon Rappoport's Blog - The Civil War over the issue of slavery convinced a majority of Americans that states’ power was a bad thing—and it had to be remedied when high moral principles and intolerable suffering were at stake. This premise was, however, expanded to include almost any issue on which the federal government wanted to assert its supremacy. Which is where we are now. We should care about the self-sufficiency, power, imagination, and visions of many individuals. We should support the work that springs from those wells of deep energy. The Constitution, in its own way, was an attempt to establish a platform from which those qualities could emerge. It limited the force that could be applied from the highest controls of government.

 

Globalism, Taki's Magazine - Those who’ve lived most of their lives with a sad and simple choice between working and starving can feel the disdain that the sneering global elites have not only for them personally, but for their culture and their humanity and their very existence. Whatever jobs these wealth-crazed control freaks couldn’t pack into wooden crates and send overseas, they are more than happy to undercut wages here by importing “migrants” both legal and illegal who have nothing in common with you culturally and are trained to deride you as an evolutionary throwback if you dare to complain that the elites are laughing in your face as they pull the rug out from under you.

 

1939. New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The prototype, and only, Douglas DC-4E flies over Manhattan in 1939. It performed poorly in every respect except reliability. The whole project was abandoned after a few test flights and the plane sold to Japan in late 1939, who promptly used it as the basis for their four-engine G5N Shinzan bomber, which was also unsatifactory and abandoned.

The successful Douglas DC-4 of 1942 was a "clean sheet" design nearly unrelated to the DC-4E.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Lugenpresse, Amerika - The American people for the most part stayed where they were; the press swung left; now it accuses Americans of “moving away” into an insular world of their own, when in fact that was what the lugenpresse did. People are realizing — slowly — that the Left are essentially organized crime. Their goal is to use altruism to paralyze the brains of the population with happy silly notions while the Left then steal everything they can from behind the scenes. The end result will be much like Venezuela or Cuba, a third world wasteland ruled by extremely wealthy “men of the people.”

 

Free speech, Alt-Market - Zealotry requires a religious-like idolization of a particular idea or philosophy; it requires unverified faith and an unwavering devotion. Once people become zealots, they cannot be reasoned with, they cannot be debated, they cannot be dissuaded. They are, for all intents and purposes, automatons with only one mission — to spread their beliefs by any means necessary. They do not care about being right, they only care about “winning.” They are righteous, and thus, the ends will always justify the means. Conservatives must be allowed free speech in public places, and leftists must be allowed to protest in public places as long as that protest is peaceful. Once an individual or group uses force to silence speech, they have given up the moral high ground.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The author, Brandon Smith, goes on to say assaults on free speech at public gatherings could be stopped by forming a neutral, independent armed organization empowered to physically intervene when force occurs.

 

The alt-right threat, Unz Review - Government has relentlessly tried to force diversity on its people but the response has been gated communities, restrictive zoning, high property taxes and similar ploys to maintain racial/ethnic homogeneity. Countless white Americans escape imposed diversity and enjoy vacations in resort towns that resemble America circa 1950, though few tourists may openly admit the lure of being totally surrounded by fellow whites. Now for the awkward question: why are millions of white Americans, including nearly all political poobahs, pundits and the mass media talking heads, so averse to Alt-Right white nationalism when they themselves prefer small scale white ethno states? Into this Omerta comes the Alt-Right willing to speak the unspeakable.

 

Noneducation, Front Page - Washington, D.C., spent $29,409 per pupil. Detroit schools spent $12,801 per pupil. The average black high-school graduate has the academic achievement level of a white seventh- or eighth-grader. As such, it stands as unambiguous evidence that high schools confer diplomas attesting that students can read, write and compute at a 12th-grade level when in fact they cannot. That means they have received fraudulent high-school diplomas. There are many factors that affect education that educators cannot control. But they have total control over the issuance of a diploma.

 

1945. Detroit.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The day gas rationing ended. Four Pumps—No Waiting. Notice the choice between "Red" and "Ethyl" at a 1¢ difference in price. 17¢ in 2017 dollars is $2.29. "Ethyl" means Tetraethyl lead, an additive which boosts octane and reduces engine knocking. Ethyl was sold at gas stations from 1923 to 1996.

 

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Astronomers deploy AI, Wired - Autodidactic machines can identify, classify, and—apparently—clean up their data better and faster than any humans. And soon, machine learning will be a standard digital tool astronomers can pull out. Neural networks need not limit themselves to new astronomical observations, though. Scientists have been dragging digital data from the sky for decades, and they can improve those old observations by plugging them into new pipelines. Computers are better and faster at some parts of astronomy than astronomers are. And they will continue to change science, freeing up scientists’ time and wetware for more interesting problems than whether a signal is spurious or a galaxy is elliptical.

 

Tracked, Eaton Rapids Joe - I spent much of today with the Michigan Search and Rescue teams. They train every three weeks and needed volunteers who could sit quietly in the woods for five hours. We were spaced about 400 yards apart. For the novice dogs we were placed in easy-to-find places. For the more experienced dogs we were shuffled up and placed into more difficult places, that is, farther from the trail. The first team with an experienced dog told me that I was too visible. A hundred yards to the west was a tiny pot-hole swale. Exactly the kind of place a deer would bed down in, good enough for me.

 

Trump's speech, PJ Media, Roger simon - The Democratic Party members watching that speech looked like a party of the living dead. They didn't know how to react. They didn't know who they were. The Democrats—the silly ladies dressed in white and all the others—bet the house that Trump would make a fool of himself and Donald cut the legs out from under them. And when you bet the house and lose, you go home bankrupt. And without a home to go to. He cut the Democrats' legs out in the worst way, exposing them for the empty party they are with nothing going for them but identity politics. I strongly suspect the Democratic Party, at least as we know it, is dying. All those crazy protests at town halls and the mass demonstrations of women racing around in vagina hats are the death throes of a movement with nothing to say.

 

London of British literature, Atlas Obscura - Researchers worked to map literary London. Using historic maps and census records, Steiner created a series of images showing the growing urban density in real-world 1682 London, when it was a small city huddled along the banks of the Thames, to 1896 London, when its population was heading toward 6.5 million people. On top of those maps of urban growth, the team layered the places mentioned in their texts, to show how literary London developed alongside real-world London. Literary London, they found, changed hardly at all: even as real-world London grew, literature stayed put in the historic center of the city and in the wealthy West End.

 

1945. Durkheim Germany

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows a US Army column threading its way through the wreckage of a German column on a road near Durkeim in the last months of the war. Durkheim, more correctly Bad—"bath"—Durkeim, meaning it's a spa resort with mineral springs, is a city of 18,500 near the Rhine. The railroad marshaling yards and surrounding area in Durkheim itself were destroyed by Allied bombers in connection to an unresolved international disagreement according to some historians.

 

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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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

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