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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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Salomon Verveer, City Scene

No title or date with this one. It's almost certainly the Jewish Quarter of the Hague, painted around 1862. Like most of Verveer's stuff, it's Romanticist in appeal and photo-realist in design, a winning combination.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Every seasoned engineer adores simplicity. Where there is no failure mode, there is no failure. Complexity is, in itself, even while just sitting there being agreeable, an enemy in waiting.

Simplicity and versatility are nearly the same thing. Consider the knife, for instance. Consider cordage. Simple and versatile. As Heinlein said, specialization is for insects. When something is made complex, tradeoffs must be made, which forecloses or reduces options. Follow this far enough and the item becomes so specialized it's useless for anything other than one narrow purpose.

Simplicity improves nearly anything. A spear, perhaps cut from a straight sapling, sharpened and fire hardened, appears to be a single-use tool, but it's also a walking stick, a test probe for iffy ground, a cudgel, an aid in crossing fast-running water and more. The GPS system may go down, or your receiver may, but a compass is always reliable. Simple recipes using few ingredients, the best use of your resources and storage space, can be used as-is or altered with additives of opportunity.

Your battle rifle deserves the simplicity treatment. It can be optimized for only one thing and that thing should be gunfights at medium range. Fit it with a low power, wide field scope that can survive the jackhammer test, backed up by iron sights you've zeroed-in and practiced using. Put together a rifle for precision work at long range if you must, don't compromise your battle rifle, it should be simple, absolutely reliable, and never need batteries.

In "ordinary" times, the mail and not much imagination is a simple, secure enough option for sensitive communication. A greeting card with a personal note, say. In times of chaos, an AM-FM radio, a scanner and a short wave receiver are good for gathering valuable information. For local two-way communication in a catastrophic collapse, ordinary citizen's band or FRS/GMRS radios suffice. Exotic stuff gets exotic attention. Consult your neighborhood radio enthusiast for details. But beware, radio transmissions are an irretrievable breach of security, however you do it.

Simplicity counts most for the man on the move in sketchy times. Your flashlight should be simple, rugged and small. Retina-blasting high lumens are seldom necessary, "moonlight" mode is most useful in deep survival. Fixed power, compact binoculars do what binoculars are meant to do, add-on features are for clubhouse cachet. The fishing gear in your pack should be simple and basic—assume you can cut a fishing pole if needed—with quadruple backed up everything. Braided line ages better than monofilament, and small hooks can catch big fish but big hooks can't catch small fish. Think it through.

Simple means less maintenance. Your stuff should give more service than it gets. Simple is more versatile, a tarp versus a tent for instance. And simple means fewer things to go wrong.

Next item.

I've been looking at the Big Picture of Europe in the last century, noodling with the arithmetic.

In World War I, the Great War of 1914—1918, there were more than 11,000,000 European military casualties. "Casualties" means deaths. "European" means the United Kingdom less India, the Entente Powers which includes the US but less Japan, and the Central Powers less the Ottoman Empire. Civilian casualties totaled 747,000.

In World War II, 1939—1945, there were 20,550,000 European military casualties and 20,776,000 European civilian casualties."European" as above, also less Japan and China.

Totals for both wars comes to 31,550,000 military and 21,523,000 civilian casualties, which is more than 53,000,000 million European casualties over a span of thirty-one years.

It matters who won the two world wars of course, but Europe itself was defeated. No one dares to even think "make Germany great again" or "UK UK UK" or "France first". Europe remains defeated in mind and spirit. Does anyone imagine the ancient tribes of Europe—the Remii, Belgii, Sigrambi, Ubii, Usipetes, Ambivariti, Helvetii, Tencteri, et al—would invite hundreds of thousands of foreigners to occupy their lands, then house them and feed them even as they raped and plundered the place.

If Europeans ever again conduct war at anything like this scale, it had better be something other than killing each other's young, fit men and their families.

Next item

From Island Conservation, an outfit that protects island ecosystems from all but certain destruction by introducing non-native species:

All native species—not only those on islands and mountaintops—lack a co-evolutionary history with species from elsewhere. This is why non-native species are far more likely to cause ecological damage than native ones (up to 40 times more likely in comprehensive reviews of data). Further, the relatively new science of invasion biology is not yet adept at predicting which non-natives will cause problems, and many non-natives that ultimately become invasive do so only after long time lags and in unpredictable ways.

From Alexander Hamilton, The Examination Number VIII, 1802, on the subject of immigration:

The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency. The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass; it has served very much to divide the community and to distract our councils, by promoting in different classes different predilections in favor of particular foreign nations, and antipathies against others. It has been often likely to compromise the interests of our own country in favor of another.

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The quote of the week comes from a comment by "Enkidu" at the Washington Times, in defense of the individual right to keep and bear arms rather than being restricted to militias:

The first militia act of 1792 was not ratified until three years after ratification of the Second Amendment, how could the Second Amendment be ratified to protect a right that was not yet a reality?


Debbie McKee is the Executive Vice President of McKee Foods, the eighty year old, still family run company that makes baked treats. Oh yes, you know her. In the late 1950s the packaging director of McKee Foods needed a marketing gimmick to juice sales. He noticed the picture of his granddaughter on his desk and the Little Debbie brand was born. Same Debbie. Read the full story here .

You may ask, what are the odds she'd grow up to be the Executive VP? And I'd give you my standard answer, one out of one. Obviously. Are and were. Extract the generalized form, then use it in conversation when you need to give the deserving a time-tested verbal foot stomp.

Okay fellow untouchables, enough aimless blather, we've gotta leave some of our soul to be corroded by outrages to come, otherwise why bother? Let's get to things so profound they're causing random high tides, planetary perturbations and odd bird behavior in small towns across America, as reported here in yer ol' Woodpile Report.


Remus's notebook


WND - Merkel's secret migrant deal with Turkey, German leader agreed to take up to 250,000 Syrians each year ... in addition to 3 billion euros

Lawfare - The Revolt of the Judges: What Happens When the Judiciary Doesn’t Trust the President’s Oath

Vencore Weather - The longest stretch of a blank sun since 2010

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's been two weeks without any sunspots, and the record says a quiet sun is a dangerous sun. Solar ejections are less frequent but far more violent during long periods of quiescence. That's not the worst of it.

We've been in a cyclical Ice Age for 2.6 million years. Those who claim we're at the start of a Maunder Minimum-like event, or even a new glacial period, look to have a stronger hand than the global warming side. Those who study glacial periods say they start precipitously; weeks or months, not years or decades. But no need to stay up nights watching for it, you'll know if it happens.

War Is Boring - The SKS Is the Cockroach of Weapons ... You just can’t kill Sergei Simonov’s old, reliable, semi-automatic carbine

Virginia Freeman's Society - The Coming Retribution ... voters responsible for the political black swan that was Trump will be taught a lesson

The Conversation - The daily life of a Neanderthal revealed from the gunk in their teeth ... includes aspirin and Penicillium

Return Of Kings - An Introduction To Rifle And Pistol Ammunition ... for those new to shooting

Arts Professional - Time for changes, The concert-going experience is the same as it was over a century ago – it’s time to make some changes


Washington Post - Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has ‘failed’; Pyongyang warns of war ... made a clear break Thursday with diplomatic efforts

Reuters - U.S. policy of 'strategic patience' with North Korea over: Tillerson ... All options are on the table

Daily Mail - Map and military data for North Korea, South Korea, US, Japan and China

Reuters ... Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill

Daily Mail - North Korea conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine

Daily Star - North Korea issues shock war warning: ‘If a single bullet is fired, we will nuke the US’ ... pledged to launch a nuclear strike on the US if a “single bullet is fired” as US forces flood the Korean Peninsula

Urban Survival - North Korea Ready to Pop ... We look for the Trump administration to toss a preemptive attack on all kinds of NK militaria. All at once – massively – and it will be seen as a kind of “Shock & Awe II”.

Daily Mail - What happens if New York gets nuked? Scientists simulate 20 million people in massive computer system to see how state would respond to a nuclear attack

YouTube - "Vocal fry" speaking with Faith Salie. Video, 2m 16s

Don Surber - Goodbye, Appalachian Regional Commission ... after 50-plus years, the area still lags behind the rest of the nation ... includes map

Yale News - Administrators weigh changing “freshman” ... to "first year" ... a “positive symbolic move” that made sense in the dark times presented by the Trump administration

Diversity is our strength

Daily Mail - Multiple sclerosis sufferer, 37, [white] who was viciously beaten with his own cane and then robbed after offering to pay for his attackers' [blacks] meal because they were short of cash ... includes video

Daily Mail - McDonald's employee [black] goes crazy and beats up customer [black] he claims 'disrespected' him ... includes video

YouTube - If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans. Video, 3m 03s

New Scientist - Cooling to absolute zero mathematically outlawed after a century

Zero Hedge - 'Anonymous' Joins Hacker Crusade To Steal Millions From Global Central Banks

Excerpt - "... we suspect the world's bureaucratic central banks may be ill-equipped for a battle against an army of anonymous, international hackers fed up with their destructive policies aimed at continously inflating assets bubbles which serve only to help the rich get richer while enslaving the masses."

Next Big Future - Russia cuts military budget 25% from $65 billion to $48 billion ... military spending will fall from fourth in the world to eighth

Popular Mechanics - The Ancient JPEG Is Getting an Upgrade Because replacing it would be impossible ... 35% smaller files

Firearms Blog - Remington Laysoff Senior Directors And Management


1927. Packard magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg When this ad ran in 1927, Packard was the leader of the prestige automobile market. The Depression of the 1930s upended the market however, and luxury cars found few buyers. When sales dropped below 7,000 in 1934, Packard introduced the lower priced 120 series for 1935 and dropped its famous V12 engine in 1939. The 120 fatally diminished the exclusivity of the brand but it sold well.

After the war a series of missteps brought the company into financial distress. In 1954 Packard bought Studebaker in a doomed attempt to save the grand marque. Aside from some gussied up Studebakers rebadged as Packards, the last one came off the assembly line in 1956. The abandoned Packard plant is one of Detroit's best known ruins.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist, American Thinker - Leftists freely label poor whites as "redneck," "white trash," "trailer trash," and "hillbilly." At the same time that leftists toss around these racist and classist slurs, they are so sanctimonious they forbid anyone to pronounce the N word when reading Mark Twain aloud. President Bill Clinton's advisor James Carville succinctly summed up leftist contempt for poor whites in his memorable quote, "Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find." A blue-collar white kid, who feels lost and friendless on a university campus, has to leave immediately after class so he can get to his fulltime job at MacDonald's, must accept that he is a recipient of "white privilege" – if he wants to get good grades in mandatory classes on racism.


Obama’s third term, Sultan Knish - Obama Anonymous weaponizing unelected government officials to wage war on an elected government was a coup in layers. The first layer partnered congressional Democrats with OA personnel to retain control of as much of the government as possible. They did it by blocking Trump’s nominees with endless hearings and protests. The second layer partnered congressional Democrats with the deeper layer of Obama operatives embedded in law enforcement and intelligence agencies, continuing the Obama investigations of Trump to force out Trump people who threatened their control over national security, law enforcement and intelligence. Obama Inc. has become a state within a state.


White profs unwelcome, College Fix - White professors, especially “senior white males”, are under fire at Virginia Commonwealth University as an impediment to diversity and inclusion. The majority of employees are upset that not enough white male professors attend campus diversity trainings, not enough professors infuse social justice into their curricula, and not enough professors of color, especially female ones, teach at the school. Scholars further complained that there is not enough diversity among their colleagues, commenting that “in order to increase and improve perspectives, VCU needs to hire more faculty that aren’t white males.” Of those surveyed, 60 percent reported being female and at least 26 percent reported not being white.


FBI coup, True Pundit - Mere days before Gen. Michael Flynn was sacked as national security advisor, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe gathered more than a dozen of his top FBI disciples to plot how to ruin Flynn’s aspiring political career and manufacture evidence to derail President Donald Trump, according to FBI sources. McCabe and their rogue FBI Sanhedrin face a new dilemma: Colleagues who have blown the whistle on the partisan agency, specifically how personal and political philosophies commandeered the bureau’s powerful reach and resources to tamper with law-abiding White House personnel, including the president. That’s called public corruption, a crime the FBI is tasked with investigating. Just like it “investigated” $700,000 in donations from the Clinton family to the wife of the FBI’s deputy director who, during the exact time frame was tasked with overseeing the investigation of Hillary Clinton. She ultimately was never charged with any crime and McCabe received a FBI promotion.


1937. Fort Pierce Florida citrus packing plant


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Citrus packing plants hadn't changed much from this one until ... wait, they still haven't changed much. In '37 it was dimensional lumber,a conveyor system, windows, corrugated sheet metal—yer good to go.

The Fort Pierce plant in this series of photos is packing grapefruit for Indian River. Yes, the Indian River Fruit Company is still in business . Let's take a look at "seasonal workers" doing work Americans wouldn't do. Oh wait, again.

Fort Pierce is a city of 43,000 about fifty miles north of West Palm Beach on Florida's east coast. In 1937 the population was about 6,000.











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Conflict-mongering, Return Of Kings - Marxist “progress” has been used to kill millions of innocent people, just like globalist or cultural Marxist “progress” serves to destroy white homelands. As long as people are entrapped into positive words masquerading and fostering grim realities, Leftism retains its grip over their minds. From fake smiles and cute façades to seemingly innocuous buzzwords such as “you go girl”, “sex positivity” or “self-acceptance”—which sounds better than complacency—the culture conflict-mongerers managed to push their disruptions and degeneration into normality. Here are some pseudo-positive concepts or buzzwords that are actual ploys for sinister projects.


Is Europe Lost?, Z Man - The French ruling class is showing signs of decay. You see that with the candidates they have offered up in this election. It is a rogue’s gallery of careerist hacks with the personality of government clerks. Scandal is also a problem with some of them. Then there is the fact Le Pen is getting close to 30% of the vote. Events keep conspiring to reward her positions, with regards to immigration. The fact is, Europeans are starting to notice the numbers. They also notice that the people in charge have no answer. They are left with trying to convince people that this is the new normal. Even so, it is hard to get away from the math of it. Europe is old and barren, while the swarthy invaders are young and fruitful. A majority population, increasingly worried about the foreign minority population, ruled by a governing class paralyzed and unable to respond, is a recipe for a very bad result. Europe will quickly reach a point where they have to abandon social democracy in order to survive.


Gravity theories, Ars Technica - The accelerating expansion of the Universe has consequences. At some length scale, gravity has to push, not pull. Reality has a nasty habit of slapping people who try to modify general relativity. Yet, a modification has to be made. Consider an electron orbiting a nucleus, the outermost electrons don't feel the full force of the nucleus because there are lots of electrons in between that partially shield them from the central charges. The trick is to apply similar reasoning to gravity. Any theory of gravity for the Universe should either predict that the amplitude of long-period gravitational waves is small enough that they can be neglected, or it should have a screening mechanism that is not disrupted by gravitational waves.

Daily Galaxy - "Andromeda Once Flew Past Our Milky Way Galaxy At Close Range", New Discovery Upends Einstein's Theory of Gravity


Anarcho-tyranny, Liberty's Torch - The great majority of judges in pre-Industrial Revolution England were not government employees, neither elected nor appointed nor hired. They commanded deference from popular respect for their wisdom and diligence. Even though American judges are government employees, the essence of the English common-law judicial system – that the court have no enforcement arm of its own – was largely preserved by the Founding Fathers. The courts’ authority is essentially one of popular consensus concerning the probity and wisdom of the courts: i.e., that the courts are assessing the laws faithfully rather than whimsically or capriciously. But by innumerable capricious judgments: both failures to uphold the black-letter law and usurpations of jurisdiction that in no way belong to them, the courts have destroyed that consensus. Where, then, do we stand?


1936. New Brunswick, New Jersey


art-remus-ident-04.jpg New Brunswick is a "corporate headquarters and medical facilities" city of 57,000 in west central New Jersey. In 1936 the population was about 33,500. This photo is such a perfect time capsule it looks like a movie set or a modeler's diorama.


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Climate Change, Scott Adams' Blog - You probably know that actor Leonardo DiCaprio is a climate activist, and he is trying to persuade the world that climate change is both real and serious. Someone asked me on Twitter what it would take for DiCaprio to persuade a person like me. I’ll take a swing at that. When the majority of scientists are on one side, what matters most is the flow rate from one side to the other, not the raw numbers. I need to know which direction the scientists are moving. Are more climate scientists moving toward climate skepticism or away from it? Give me that data and I’ll have something useful. Leonardo DiCaprio would have a tough time persuading me that climate science is both real and serious. But it isn’t his fault, because science has packaged climate science to look like a hoax, and sent him out to sell it.


Crop Corps, History Net - With sons drafted and hired hands lured by high-paying jobs in defense factories, American farmers were having trouble getting their crops planted, cultivated, harvested, and transported to market. By 1942 more than 2 million men left farm work; at war’s end that number had risen to 6 million. In 1942 some crops withered in fields with no one to pick them—this just as the nation’s food needs were peaking. The U.S. tapped every resource it could to help, workers from Mexico, Jamaica, Barbados, and the Bahamas, offered German and Italian POWs a chance to earn spending money, and furloughed Japanese Americans from internment camps—all to labor on farms. But the most important answer to the farm labor shortage was the creation of USDA’s Crop Corps—an undertaking that enlisted city-dwelling women and teenagers to help out in the fields.


USA breakup, Price of Liberty - It is not a matter of “if” the formerly united States of America will break up into two, three, five, a dozen, or even fifty or more independent states, but when. Just as has been the case for nations and empires since the creation of the world, the USA will crack up, split up, and either have parts taken over by other countries, or form “new countries” from the pieces. Nothing human lasts forever. The Break-up will take place when the right attitude exists among enough of the people. When will “America” collapse? When the FedGov does enough different things to damage its people, itself, so that enough Americans change their attitude and say “enough is enough.” Not even “active” rebellion then. People will simply refuse to continue playing the game.


CIA-media nexus, Jon Rappoport - When Trump goes after mainstream news, he’s also going after its shadow brother, the CIA; and vice versa. This is no accident. You can’t put a heavy dent in one without putting a heavy dent in the other. The press is trying to protect its shadow brother, the CIA; and the reason a war between a president and the CIA hasn’t broken out since JFK and the Bay of Pigs is, simply, no president has dared to challenge the CIA openly. The best of these little “journalists” are leeches and adoring cowards. The worst of them are psychologically and spiritually mongrelized sociopaths, for whom sadism is the only way of life. Like their CIA brothers, they believe (or did believe until recently) that no one could remove their entitlements.


1942. Lancaster crew returns from a night bombing mission


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Avro Lancaster was Britan's workhorse heavy bomber of World War II. The first of 7,377 built entered service with the RAF in early 1942, powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlin V-12 engines of 1,285 hp each. This engine was also built under license in the US by Packard, notably for the P51 Mustang. A bomb load of 14,000 lbs was standard but modified Lancs carried the 22,000 lb Grand Slam "earthquake" bomb. See this fly-by video , 7m 49s, for thrills-'n-chills action.

The civil version, the Avro Lancastrian , carried five crew, freight and nine passengers. Ninety-one were built from 1943 to 1945.

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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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