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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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Charles Leickert. Winter Scene, 1892

Leikert was a Belgian painter of Dutch winter scenes notable for their emphasis on skies at dawn and dusk. He died in 1907 at age 91.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Is 1,000 rounds for your battle rifle enough for a Mad Max collapse? Let's do some fifth grade arithmetic. Twenty rounds a week is 1,040 rounds a year. Or say a hundred rounds a month, which is 1,200 rounds a year. About the same. Figure three years and it comes to 3,120 to 3,600 rounds. Call it 3,000 rounds. So, 1,000 rounds seems low. If it's too much you end up with a surplus and bragging rights. If it's not enough you end up dead. Or you may end up dead with a surplus.

Look at it another way, a Mad Max collapse with extra Mad. One firefight a month using 160 rounds each, which is 8 twenty-round magazines, comes to 1,920 rounds per year. Let's be optimistic and assume you can survive thirty six gun battles—thirty five sure, but thirty six? Figuring three years it totals 5,760 rounds.

If the premises are reasonable, and who knows if they are, a stash of 3,000 to 6,000 rounds would be about right. More than you have? Cheer up, it's a near certainty something other than gunfire will get you anyway.

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William Deresiewicz says, at American Scholar:

Roughly 60 percent of working-class Americans are white. Almost two-thirds of white Americans are poor or working-class. Altogether, lower-income whites make up about 40 percent of the country, yet they are almost entirely absent on elite college campuses, where they amount, at most, to a few percent and constitute, by a wide margin, the single most underrepresented group.

If it took an electoral catastrophe to remind this elite of the existence of the white working class, the fact should come as no surprise. They’ve never met them, so they neither know nor care about them.

About the only two good paragraphs in the essay, a doggy treat distraction concocted from a quarter pound of "I read this somewhere", but extra delicious with a chewy center.


Cold Fury gets to the hard truth of why ObamaCare won't be repealed, stomped flat, wrapped around a block of thermite and dropped into an active volcano:

The Republican establishment never really was opposed to Obamacare, nor to any of a thousand other contra-Constitutional Democrat Socialist depredations. They never intended or desired to stop any of it. All they ever really wanted was their turn at the wheel.

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From time to time I'm called simple minded. I take it as a compliment and thank my accuser for noticing. Few things are as complicated as they're made out to be. Examples: before ObamaCare there was no ObamaCare. Duh. It made things worse. Repeal it and make things better instantly.

Nullify and denounce every federal, state and municipal gun control act, law and regulation ever passed, including the commerce clause stuff. The Constitution prohibits government from interfering, in any way, with our right to keep and bear arms. So stop doing it.

And illegal aliens. They have to go. It's the law. Don't like it? Change the law. Until then it's the will of the people, duly enacted. Either enforce it or stop saying 'representative democracy' and 'rule of law'. => Insert "it's not that simple" and pictures of baby seals here <=.

And why is it a routine winter snowstorm can cross the whole country unremarked until it reaches the east coast, then it becomes a blizzard emergency with a name and 'round-the-clock national breaking news?


Ronbo at Freedom Fighter's Journal says, in this comment at Crusader Rabbit responding to an opinion I expressed in Woodpile Report:

The pot is boiling and recent events in Washington D.C. are almost a mirror image of what happened there in the spring of 1861, when pro-Confederate elements inside the federal government attempted to sabotage the new Lincoln Administration.

And do we not have in the person of Barack Obama a new rebel president of a rival republic? Do we not see secession being seriously discussed in Leftist dominated California? Do we not hear millions of Leftist say, “Trump is not my president.”

I predict soon they will say, “The United States of America is not my country.”

What will happen next? If history is a teacher the guns of opposing sides will begin a dialogue.

Mr. Barbour is a retired Army NCO with combat experience of the kind that can get you killed, when it comes to war and the politics of war he knows his stuff. His premise is sound , his conclusion compelling and widely shared .

Mr. Barbour noted my reluctance to call the coming debacle a civil war. Fair enough, but I have my reason. The oft-cited parallels appear to, and perhaps are meant to, conjure up "the" civil war except without the cavalry and Parrott twenty pounders. Alas, there have been more substantial changes in the hundred and fifty years since The Unpleasantness.

The civil war of the 1860s was geographically defined, its manifestos canonical, the armies Napoleonic, the front was bounded and orderly, gallantry and honor were valued if not always practiced. All in all, a classy affair as wars go. Contemporary civil wars are multi-cornered murderous brawls between partisan militias. Added to this are armed opportunists and the outright deranged. Front lines appear and disappear like summer squalls, alliances shift by the day, high-minded principles devolve into homicidal savagery while everyday life drifts into destitution and universal hunger.

"Everywhere and nowhere" is an expression often used by partisans. Such unrelenting fear, added to general deprivation, can topple the mental stability of a whole populace. The slave labor camps of the last century depended on reducing their inmates to just this sort of haggard, fearful zombies. When partisan wars end, almost always by exhaustion, such a people are poor makings for the future republic.

You'll recall Lee was urged to transform the Confederate army into a guerilla outfit and continue the war rather than surrender to Grant at Appomattox. He declined. The war had its raiders and marauders and the march to the sea, he knew such warfare and was repelled by it.

In today's USA there are too many players for some guy in the hills—me, to pick one at random—to keep track of, much less figure out who's allied with who, all the hows and whys, and so forth. It suffices to be situationally aware at the local level, ready to repel invaders and prepared enough to outlast the calamity.

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Snowfall so far, from Rutgers Global Snow Lab. Notice there are two bars per year with summer separating 'em, so the single 2017 entry catches only the first half of the season.


The quote of the week comes from Masha Gessen at the New York Review of Books:

Totalitarian rule is truly possible only in countries that are large enough to be able to afford depopulation. The Soviet Union proved itself to be just such a country on at least three occasions in the twentieth century—teaching its citizens in the process that their lives are worthless.

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George Dent, Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve writes at the National Association of Scholars :

In 2010 a study found that among new newly hired law professors liberals outnumbered conservatives by seven to one, and that in constitutional law and other politically sensitive fields the ratio was eleven to one. The report drew so much fury that it was withdrawn from the internet and one author dissociated himself from it, but there is no reason to doubt its accuracy, and no reason to believe that the situation has improved.

Well gang, the bad news is, the bad news is the good news. The good news is, the bad news is even worse. So. It's bad news all the way down. Let's get started, yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits, and that ain't good.


Remus's notebook


DC Clothesline - Harvard Smears Virtually Every Site That Isn’t Hard-Left

Free Beacon - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Received Over $500K in Taxpayer-Funded Gov’t Grants ... Seven foundation leaders paid themselves six-figure salaries

PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - Long Knives ... the very tragedy the electoral process is intended to prevent is happening before our eyes

Daily Caller - Sam Houston State University in Texas Honors Program Pays Students To Take ‘White Privilege’ And BLM Courses

Taki's Magazine - Women’s Strike a Huge Bust ... everything operated smoothly, efficiently, and perhaps even a smidge more peacefully

Zero Hedge - Counter-Coup Spookmaster Dr. Steve Pieczenik Discusses Destruction Of CIA And Game Changing Implications Of #Vault7

Fox29 San Antonio Texas - Nearby homes evacuated after 75 rounds of ammunition found underneath house ... just last week the bomb squad was called to the same address for some old shotgun shells

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Got three or four boxes of ammo dating to 1970s? If so, and if you live in San Antonio, expect the bomb squad. Ammo that's not farm fresh could go off spontaneously and take down the whole neighborhood, says the "not fake news" media.

Daily Mail - Welcome to Pleistocene Park: Russians scientists reveal plan to restore part of Arctic Siberia to its Ice Age condition complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths ... 50 square miles

Cosmos - Neanderthals used Aspirin's ancestor

Popular Mechanics - The Moscow Drift ... Russia's tank force is largely staffed by teenagers drafted to serve their country for 12-month terms. The T-80UD has a manual transmission. Maybe you can see where this is going. Video, 0m 26s. Or go to YouTube for the video and several more like it.

Politico - Sessions open to using outside counsel to investigate DOJ under Holder, Lynch

Backwoods Home - Layoffs at Remington and Colt

Airman - An Original Rosie the Riveter ... Elinor Otto was laid off in 2014 at the age of 95 from Boeing and she was not happy about it

Joel Hirst - Sorry, You’re Not a #Resistance

Free Inquiry on Campus - A Statement of Principles by a Collection of Middlebury College Professors

Two from College Fix

Free speech resolution withdrawn at Bucknell, where professor called Milo organizers ‘fascists’

University presidents nationwide refuse to sign ‘Intellectual Freedom Commitment’

College Fix - New York State to ditch new teacher literacy exam because too many minorities fail it ... six out of ten

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Pace University's Leslie Soodak, a professor of education who served on the task force investigating state teacher exams, said, "Having a white workforce really doesn't match our student body anymore."" Got it. Literate whites, out. Illiterate non-whites, in. Perhaps she should consult with Captain Obvious before saying anything more.

Pace's web site says, "Pace University School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher."

Huh. Now I'm confused. The revised teacher exams certify the standards being met are lower, which makes teachers highly qualified unless they're white. Mm-kay.

Guns - The .30 M1 Carbine May Be The Best Home-Defense Tool You Never Thought Of

War Is Boring - ‘Super-Fuzed’ Warheads on U.S. Navy Subs Risk Sparking an Accidental Nuclear War ... New U.S. nukes are so precise, Russia could fear a first strike

CNN - Massive oil discovery in Alaska is biggest onshore find in 30 years

Science Daily - Traces of platinum at US archaeological sites suggest an asteroid or comet might have caused disappearance of Clovis people

Observer - Why Experts Are Buzzing Over the Discovery of This 3,000-Year-Old Egyptian Statue ... Archaeologists are saying the statue of Ramses II is "one of the most important" recent discoveries in Egypt

PJ Media, Michael Walsh - Holland: the Canary in the European Coal Mine ... the kerfuffle between the Netherlands and Turkey


1919. Goodrich tire magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another convoluted corporate history. The tire manufacturing part of BF Goodrich became a partner in Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company, which was acquired by the Michelin Group in 1990, where the Silvertown brand lives on. The parent company, Goodrich Corporation, an aerospace manufacturer, became part of United Technologies in 2012. Goodrich and Hamilton Sundstrand were then merged to create UTC Aerospace Systems.

Incidentally, it was the high cost of reequipping to make radials that drove US tire manufacturers into the arms of European companies. Firestone proved, in the most spectacular way possible, that radials couldn't be made on bias-ply tire equipment.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


The real resistance, Word Around The Net - The resistance is not to one policy group or another per se, but rather to the arrogance, dismissive attitude, condescension, and contempt they feel from their government. Americans are increasingly fed up with the crap they're being handed almost daily and want real change. Those guys on the street with signs and chants and slogans? The ones breaking things and beating people and rioting? The angry and hysterical voices on TV? They aren't the resistance. They're who the resistance is against. There are three boxes of resistance to tyranny and abuse of power. The ballot box, the jury box, and the ammo box. Keep refusing to listen and people move on to the next box. We don't want that last one opened up.


Roman Art of War, Art of Manliness - While Epitoma Rei Militaris is lesser known today than other works on the art of war, it’s still a worthy volume packed with advice that, like all martial strategies, can be applied to challenges and competitions beyond the battlefield — literally and metaphorically, on a personal as well as societal level. The late Roman empire had plenty of problems, but fixing them would be irrelevant if the empire were conquered by invaders. No civilization is possible if it is not undergirded with a strong defense and inhabited by men who have maintained their martial prowess. Or as Theodore Roosevelt put it, “Unless we keep the barbarian virtues, gaining the civilized ones will be of little avail.”


The coming war, Amerika - Affirmative Action was yet another weapon in the war to establish a certain group of Brahmins as cultural hegemons in The United States. It helped finish wrecking what opposition to progressivism still remained standing after Reconstruction and The New Deal. Once the outcaste Whites were cucked, then the outcaste Whites could be ruled. So what happens when the masses uncuck? Just as the original Civil War was predominantly white on white; so shall this one be as well. African Americans may get collatorally damaged; but this is White on White – in house and in family. An old score, perhaps dating to 1867 is getting settled.


Murray and Middlebury, Z Man - I’ve never met Charles Murray or been in the audience for one of his lectures. I’ve seen him on television a few times and he seems like a nice person, but for all I know he could be a monster. I do know he was cravenly dishonest about the last election. Like the rest of the NeverTrump loons, he refused to acknowledge that the election was a choice between two options, not a choice between Trump and the model of perfection. The incident is a good reminder of Official Right’s worthlessness. The boys and girls of Conservative Inc have always worked to position themselves at the edge of what the Left considers the respectable Right. Twenty years ago, the Bell Curve was right at the edge. Now, the Left considers it heresy and Murray knows it. It’s why he invested so much effort into advertising his opposition to Trump. It’s part of the long apology for his past heresy.


c. 1944. Bill Mauldin's Willie and Joe at Stars and Stripes


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This has been in my collection for a long while. Mauldin was 22 years old when this cartoon appeared. He died in 2003.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Change education, Front Page - We need to get beneath the telegenic food-fight and transient click-bait, and start dynamiting the foundations of the deep state. And that means going after higher education, the one institution that more than any other shapes the young and indoctrinates them with progressive ideology. Ideological prejudices disguised as scholarship have infected curricula from grade school to university, and from there sickened the whole culture. And they replicate themselves through the education industry’s monopoly on training, hiring, and tenuring of teachers. Changing the laws that empower bureaucratic ideologues to indoctrinate our children is the necessary first step to dismantling deep-state tyranny.


Infective correctness, Taki's Magazine - Political correctness must be forever expanding in order to survive at all. In order to extend its soft totalitarian hold over the population, political correctness must discover new injustices to set right by a mixture of censorship, language reform, and legal privileges for minorities. One of the strange things about the politically correct is that they never seem to become bored with their own thoughts. And this leads to a dilemma for those who oppose political correctness, for to be constantly arguing against bores is to become a bore oneself. On the other hand, not to argue against them is to let them win by default. To argue against rubbish is to immerse oneself in rubbish; not to argue against rubbish is to allow it to triumph.


Bluexit, Amerika - Anyone with experience in this world knows that most people are disasters caused by their own poor decision-making. As a result, groups always demand free stuff and the right to be included everywhere. The next attempt by the functional people is to try to escape the dysfunctional masses by creating separate states. In this way, they think, they will be safe from the insanity and free to pursue their own path. As the Confederacy found out, however, this merely incenses the mob, which then attacks en masse. A better way for this to happen is to encourage the dysfunctional mob to break away and then to isolate them economically, politically and culturally.


P-T mass extinction was due to an ice age, Watts Up With That - The Earth has known several mass extinctions over the course of its history. One of the most important happened at the Permian-Triassic boundary 250 million years ago. Over 95% of marine species disappeared and, up until now, scientists have linked this extinction to a significant rise in Earth temperatures. But researchers from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, working alongside the University of Zurich, discovered that this extinction took place during a short ice age which preceded the global climate warming.


1937. Frederick Maryland.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The historical marker reads, "George Washington stopped Thursday, June 30, 1791 in a building on this site known as Col. Henry Brothers Tavern". Frederick is a city of about 70,000 in north central Maryland. In 1937 the population was about 15,000.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Hungary, not Sweden, AltRight - Last month, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London polled ten thousand Europeans in ten countries and found that the majority agreed with the statement, ‘All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped.’ The mainstream media can only hope to muster the support of around a fifth of Western populations; the majority would rather agree with Hungary. Hungary’s Prime Minister says, ‘We shall not take anyone in in Hungary, we do not need immigration in Hungary.’ With its razor wire fencing and laws allowing for the physical removal of migrants as they enter, Hungary’s government seems to be the polar opposite of Sweden in many ways. Not least of all in terms of how they are admired by Europeans at large.

Express - Hungary is building up an army of up to 3,000 border guards trained in judo and firearms to keep out migrants


ACLU launches 'resistance' training, Zero Hedge - The American Civil Liberties Union staged a nationwide training event Saturday to make sure people are aware of their rights as protesters and urge organized, public resistance by those opposed to policies of President Donald Trump. It appears the ACLU has decided the already-divided nation needs help in becoming more divided. Organizers said the event at a sports arena on the University of Miami campus was livestreamed to locations in all 50 states. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said 200,000 people had signed up to attend one of an estimated 2,000 local events.

Excerpt: The Deplorables have already considered what is coming. They are as prepared as they can be. Years of decline have enabled many to build their survival skills, to make due with less, to build real communities where one man can trust another, to discover what is truly important and what can and should be salvaged from this society. Outside of that demographic, however, people are stark naked. They are vulnerable in ways they simply cannot imagine. They are unprepared and unskilled for what will matter most.


Ryancare, Jim's Blog - Ryancare requires that insurance cover people with pre-existing conditions. That is not insurance, that is a handout. If the government is going to give people handouts, should be done openly through government funded hospitals and the like. If you rope private enterprise into giving handouts, you wind up giving them monopolies so that they can fund these handouts, and they wind up abusing these monopolies. Ryancare is Republicans doing their jobs as tax collectors for the welfare state, where Democrats create unfunded entitlements, and Republicans proceed to make white middle class males pay for them.

Breitbart - Sarah Palin on Paul Ryan’s ‘RINO-Care’: ‘Socialized Medicine’; President Trump Will ‘Step In and Fix It’


Jap armor, History Net - When people think of the Japanese military in World War II, they often picture fearsome Zero fighters or soldiers battling to the death—not tanks and armored cars wreaking havoc on unsuspecting enemies. That impression tends to be reserved for the Germans. Japan’s World War II armored force was never an important component of the Imperial war machine and its performance throughout the war was mediocre at best. But why? Japan was among the first world powers to experiment with armored vehicles. It even put into practice combined-arms warfare years before the Germans did. Then, through a mix of officer corps infighting, strong personalities, and shifting battlefield priorities, Japan squandered all that accomplishment.


1945. Berlin


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Of the Soviet tanks known to have participated in the Battle of Berlin, these look to be IS-2 heavies . They came with a 122mm main gun as standard equipment, the most powerful of the war. For comparison, the King Tiger mounted an 88mm main gun. Sixty-two IS-2s were lost in the Battle of Berlin, mostly to Panzerfausts.


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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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14 Mar 2017