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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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Frederic Church, Syrian Landscape, 1873

Not much to say about this one, it's a pseudo-souvenir for someone who was never there. Typical of the day.

The photo below, from November 1938, is of the famous 10th Street Studios Building in Greenwich Village completed in 1858 and almost immediately occupied by LaFarge, Church, Kensett, Homer, Casilear, Gifford, McEntee and other famous artists. It was an atelier on the European model, literally the Hudson River school. Syrian Landscape, above, was almost certainly completed there from Church's field sketches, as were Cotopaxi, Heart of the Andes, and others.

The building, at 51 West 10th Street, was razed and replaced with an apartment building in 1955. The three-story Georgian next to it is still there, visibly gentrified. The street is more leafy and upscale than it was in 1938 but the cars are nowhere near as classy.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In a general collapse the strength of small towns, burgs and villages rests on things numbers can't capture: the often surprising expertise and foresight of the townsfolk, the network of favors and commitments, the diligent patching of small disputes and tensions, or their avoidance, the unexpected satisfactions given and received, the expressions not heard elsewhere, the local names for plants and places, the legends and odd superstitions not known an hour away, the kids trying to live up to, or live down, the family reputation, the unlikely resources hibernating in repurposed buildings, the non-obvious ways to get from one place to another. None of this stuff shows up in ledgers, maps or even photographs.

Except for lampoons and caricature, you'll not read much of this or see it in the media. Writers from rural towns seem anxious to renounce their roots, or darken and twist them as a plot device, or use them triple-strength as a confected counterpoint, all accepted uncritically, they're "experts" you see.

In "The Waltons" rural small town life was an endearing dead end the capable speedily escaped, to the applause of the benighted 'left behind'. "Mayberry RFD" was so overdrawn even the halt and the lame would make a run for it, betimes. In "To Kill a Mockingbird" it was a sinkhole of violence and casual ill will except for one fearless and principled man, a trial lawyer, meant ironically one hopes.

No one need wonder why coasties and their inland colonies prefer anywhere but "flyover country", no one would wish to live in these places, not as they're represented.


America's communities seem to run in vertical stripes. Appalachians can go a long ways north or south and feel "at home", but not east or west. Or consider living in San Francisco and traveling south to Los Angeles, no profound change. Go east the same distance and you're in central Nevada, or near enough. Magna mutatio. Or from New York City to DC except more or less west and you're in Pennsylvania somewhere shy of Altoona. A New Yorker doesn't feel "at home" somewhere shy of Altoona. And vice versa. People sense a boundary to feeling "at home", it's like a cross-fade in a movie.

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Texas Arcane is in the business of building underground shelters. He has some comments on this Daily Mail story:

An increasing number of people are spending millions on 'doomsday bunkers' to survive a catastrophic event. Many of the bunkers are built to house thousands of people and to potentially withstand nuclear explosions.

Ol' Tex is not impressed.

Survival is not something you should outsource... the guy you are paying money to might just decide to keep your cash and take your place... The stranger you task with your safety also has to survive and it may be a decision made in a setting where money isn't a priority at all anymore. They've already got your money.

Turnkey lodgings in high-end bunker operations with services and amenities are immensely appealing to those with mega-money. They appear to offer a continuation of the natural order in an extinction-level event. At the least they're a commodity-like alternative to its unpleasantness and inconvenience. The upper classes are used to having the lower realm anticipate their needs and wants, then politely compete to please them. They see themselves as indispensible although, as a class, they long ago abandoned the mores and obligations of a genuine elite.

In any protracted catastrophe some bunkermates will do the arithmetic and expel the others. Even so, supplies eventually run out or a system fails and it's necessary to decamp. But winners of one zero sum game may be that much less fit to compete in another. A depleted world populated with actual survivors, hardened by scarcity and horror, would deal sternly with inept intruders expecting unearned entitlement. Bottom line: four-star bunker communities are an iffy Plan A. There is no Plan B.

Also see SHTF Plan - There Will Be Those Who Perish In the Next Crisis, And Those “Who Survive In Underground Luxury”


The quote of the week comes from Brett Stevens at Amerika:

"People are aware at a gut level that their society is crashing and dying".

He adds: all of us born after 1968 have inherited a vast disaster which we alternately try to save and escape.

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This is from an article at War On The Rocks about the high-low mix of combat planes in the Air Force, a concept mating the capability of a few "high end" military aircraft with many "low end" military aircraft. Surprisingly, the "revolutionary" F-117 stealth bat-shaped attack plane, famous for the "shock and awe" of the first Iraq War, was a cobble job wrapped in a stealthy shell.

The F-117 achieved initial operational capability in March 1982, an astonishing six years after the first sketch was made and exactly on time as specified in 1978. How was this possible?

The F-117 used a modified F-16 flight control system and cockpit controls, F-18 engines and heads-up displays, the C-130’s environmental control system, brakes from the F-15, F-111 flight control actuators, a B-52 inertial navigation system, and cockpit navigation/communication gear sourced almost entirely from other aircraft programs. It was retired in 2008, after 26 years of service, a worthy return on investment.

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Readers of George Ure are familiar with the case for Dow 30,000, followed by a step down 1929-like crash in the third or fourth quarter of this year. He calls for a notable dip this spring leading into the final rise. Yeah yeah, everyone's got a theory. Mr. Ure developed his prediction long ago and "shows his work" by tracking it against interim developments, with persuasive results. Now there's a parallel outlook from a second source I read daily and consider carefully. This is from John Galt at Shenandoah entitled, The TrumpCare Stock Market Crash of 2017:

Sometime this autumn, probably between late August and mid-October, the Stupid Party (Republicans) will fail to pass some sort of income tax reform, be it corporate or individual (or combined), and that will be the final straw that breaks the markets back with dramatic swings and eventually a 30% plus move to the downside.

It’s not locked in stone but a retrenchment back to the Dow 15,000-16,000 level would not be a shocker; if Trump acts foolishly after the crash look for a 15-25% move to quickly become a 30-50% decline during the autumn pushing the fragile mess of an economy Obama left from some semblance of growth into a recession if not worse.

Sadly by 2018, comparisons to Herbert Hoover will be unavoidable.

The emphasis on tax reform is unwarranted, my opinion, there is no final straw that could be withheld to avoid a crash. Market's been going up mainly because smart money is selling to dumb money. Howsomever, his story takes the Dow to 10,000 worst case, which is in the same zip code Mr. Ure cites, and in the same timeframe. I shall be less coy than either of these gentlemen. I'll tell you exactly what will happen this fall, with guaranteed hard numbers and exact dates. Look for it about this time next year.

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Jim Kunstlers says:

Trump's adversaries — who go well beyond Congress into the Deep State — might be getting enough leverage to dump Trump. Either they will maneuver him and his people into some kind of perjury rap, or they will tie up the government in such a web of investigative procedural rigmarole that all the country lawyers who ever snapped their galluses will never be able to unravel it.

By the way, "galluses" are suspenders. I looked it up.

Okay gang, enough chit chat. Let's turn on the ol' tevee, go to the Woodpile Report Channel and see what life-threatening disasters are transpiring even as we speak.


Remus's notebook


American Thinker - Was Watergate a black op too? ... Woodward and Bernstein fronted for former spooks Bradlee and Felt

Nature - Dinosaur family tree poised for colossal shake-up ... 'Textbook-changing' analysis of dinosaur bones upends long-accepted relationships among major groups

Diplomat - China Is Building a 100,000 Strong Marine Corps

Ann Coulter - We Have Now Hit Full-on Crazy ... almost every immigration case is a con

Eaton Rapids Joe - The Pregnant "Yet" ... we are on the brink of a very ugly divorce

Don Surber - CNN has the big scoop: ICE is targeting 'sanctuary cities' with raids. Well, that is where the illegal aliens are.

Australian Geographic - Scientists are preparing to launch a search for the long-lost Tasmanian tiger in Far North Queensland based on detailed descriptions of two plausible sightings

Wolf Street - Is this the Sound of the Bottom Falling Out of the Auto Industry?

Popular Mechanics - Is Russia's Defense Budget Crashing? Not So Fast ... it's not as bad as previously reported

Breitbart - Starbucks CEO Ducks Question About Hiring Refugees Instead of Americans

Daily Caller - Jobs And Confidence Return To West Virginia Coal Country

California Legislative Information - AB-1104 The California Political Cyberfraud Abatement Act.

18320.5. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willingly make, publish or circulate on an Internet Web site, or cause to be made, published, or circulated in any writing posted on an Internet Web site, a false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote on either of the following:
(a) Any issue submitted to voters at an election.
(b) Any candidate for election to public office.

Jane's 350 - Japanese navy commissions second Izumo-class helicopter carrier ... the Kaga sails again

Daily Mail - The 'Big One' will be deadlier than thought: A massive earthquake could plunge large parts of California into the sea instantly

History Blog - Colossal statue not Ramesses II ... they found an inscription, it's Pharaoh Psamtek I

Science News - Ancient Romans may have been cozier with Huns than they let on ... Roman settlers swapped menus with them

Heat Street - Ex-Terrorist Who Led ‘Women’s March’ Will be Deported ... lied about murder convictions on her application for citizenship


1929. Buick magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This was an ad in Better Housekeeping aimed at the woman driver. Buick performance "harmonizes perfectly with the gypsy mood of spring", says the ad. Really? What kind of car-buying conversations went on in '29? "Honey," says she, "I've been thinking, I want to make for the open country, swiftly and smartly, as soon as the gypsy mood of spring kicks in." He suggests a new Buick might be just the thing, it harmonizes more satisfactorily than competing makes. It's settled. He'll pick up the newest and most modern one tomorrow.



Dysfunctional democracy, Of Two Minds - If the citizenry changes the elected representation but the financial Aristocracy and the Deep State remain in charge, then the democracy is nothing but a PR facade for an oppressive oligarchy. If the erosion of civil liberties and rising inequality characterize the state of the nation, democracy is both dysfunctional and illiberal. A state that strips away the civil liberties of its citizens via civil forfeiture, a war-on-drugs Gulag and unlimited surveillance may be a democracy in name, but it is at heart an oppressive oligarchy. The divide between the haves and the have-nots is also widening between the few with political power and the teeming serfs with effectively zero political power. When the system is rigged, "democracy" is just another public-relations screen to mask the unsavory reality of oligarchy.


Florida SWAT, WND - There was no warrant and no reason to suspect the apartment resident in Lake County, Florida, of a crime. But police officers who said they were investigating a speeding motorcyclist, to which the man had no links, pounded on the door at 1:30 in the morning. When Andrew Scott, 26, answered the door, carrying a weapon for defense because of the vigorous knocking at an unlikely hour, an officer shot and killed him. A lawsuit brought by Scott’s parents and girlfriend was rejected because of the immunity approved by the court for the officer who killed him.


Flashpoints, Alt-Market - You can buy slaves or purchase the means to make demands of people at gunpoint, but you cannot put a price on fealty or adoration. This is what establishment elites ultimately want – voluntary servitude from the populace. They want us to beg for their leadership rather than begrudgingly accept it under threat. You cannot influence people to volunteer for servitude and submission unless they are sufficiently terrified of the alternative. They set the stage for multiple flashpoints around the world and wait to see which of them works and which of them fails. One successfully executed flashpoint has the ability to give birth to dozens of new flashpoints. Some flashpoints are more dangerous than others. Here are just a few of the events I consider the most volatile right now.


Expectations, Alt-Right - The Left in the West is no longer economically Socialist. It is globo-homo-corporatist. They offer nothing but more immigration to undercut wages, encourage more homoseks for the betas that aren’t getting any, and shill for their corporate masters. The Bernie phenomenon wasn’t a fluke, even elements of the Left are starting to wake up to the bait and switch. The goal is to set the stage for mass discontent and revolution More and more young white men feel that they have nothing to lose. All they need is an outlet for their frustration. All we need to do is tap into some of that discontent. The Demoralization is reaching a boiling point. We live in revolutionary times.


Venezuela, Surviving in Argentina - Venezuela is a mess. Caracas is the murder capital of the world. That people end up starving to death in a large, oil-rich country packed full of fertile land in a tropical climate speaks volumes of the disaster caused by dictators Chavez and Maduro. With such outstanding natural resources the people of Venezuela shouldn’t be starving, they should be thriving beyond their wildest dreams. What I always go back to as a common denominator for social disaster is the same: It’s corruption. They can claim to be left or right, liberal or conservative, but if they are corrupt they will only bring misery to the people. As for survival, Argentina, Venezuela, Ex Soviet Union, all countries that go down and experience a socioeconomic collapse have numerous similarities and most of the tactics and strategies to get by are the same. But when a country falls as bad as Venezuela they reach rock bottom and the only viable strategy is to leave as soon as you can. [includes video]


1937. Walker County Alabama, coal mine.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Walker County is in north west Alabama. Pictured is the Bankhead mine working the Warrior Coal Field, the southernmost large-scale coal-producing area in North America.


More stuff you may want to think about
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London's bridge, Kakistocracy Blog - Londoners suffered another alt-right worldview validation event yesterday in the now familiar form of a Koranic Karmageddon. Five people are confirmed dead. Some 40 others were horrifically injured, though still insufficiently dead to have been completely exonerated of their white privilege. The muslim assailant was apparently well known to authorities as both a conventional criminal and aspiring jihadi. Neither condition seen by authorities as remotely viable reasons to escort him back to his ancestral homeland. If a God sits in heaven, righteousness surely compels him to overweight liberals among those mangled beneath bus wheels. I know each must have perished smiling beatifically at their noble sacrifice. So corpses become trivialities buried by candlelight vigil, the actual purpose of which being to prevent a real tragedy…like an England of English.


Safe place, Bison Prepper - You do NOT want to be in a high population urban area now, let alone as the collapse gets worse. Big cities are dysfunctional as they are Oil Age one-off experiments. It isn’t that the rural dweller can grow all that much more food, but more the fact informal small governance is practical and much more efficient out there. The majority of smaller towns took a dump decades ago. Try finding a non-city that has any economic base to speak of. There are no faceless unknowns to surprise you upon joining the race to rule once federal monies dry up and leave your community to both starve and freeze. Should you hunker down and ride it out? Does it make sense compared to immigrating to a collapsed area?


Gold, Quanta Magazine - For decades, the prevailing account has been that supernova explosions make gold, along with dozens of other heavy elements on the bottom few rows of the periodic table. But as computer models of supernovas have improved, they suggest that most of these explosions do just about as well at making gold as history’s alchemists. Perhaps a new kind of event — one that has traditionally been difficult, if not impossible, to study — is responsible. In the past few years, a debate has erupted. Many astronomers now believe that the space-quaking merger of two neutron stars can forge the universe’s supply of heavy elements. Others hold that even if garden-variety supernovas can’t do the trick, more exotic examples might still be able to.


Censorship war, DC Clothesline - “White women should be hunted and killed then we won’t get white babies who think the(y) own the world,” the user posted. When the post was reported by another user for “hate speech,” Facebook responded with the message, “We reviewed the comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards.” Meanwhile, posts by Christians that simply state bible passages in discussions about homosexuality are being removed, while pages devoted to showing grisly mock images of President Trump being assassinated are not taken down. Flags for so-called fake news which cite Snopes – a far-left partisan outfit – as an independent fact checker, are already appearing when users attempt to post links to certain stories.



Right to repair, Popular Mechanics - A flourishing black market of John Deere parts exists online, connecting farmers in rural America with counterparts in Eastern Europe to buy unlocked firmware crucial to tractors. If you're surprised by the idea of Nebraska farmers working together with Ukrainian suppliers to defeat a tractor company, well, welcome to the bizarre fight over "right to repair." Those who use the black market claim they are driven to it by restrictive licensing agreement by Deere, one of the largest tractor companies in the world. Those restrictions would bar the tractors' users from fixing its hardware or software themselves, but such rules are currently being challenged by so-called "right to repair" legislation working its way various states at the moment, including farming-heavy Nebraska.


1937. Winter Haven Florida, migrants from Tennessee


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A family with eight kids. The corrugated sheet metal shelter is probably the pantry and food preparation place. There is a tent facing it, visible in the bottom photo. Winter Haven is a city of 38,000 in central Florida. The population in 1937 was about 6,500.



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Pakistan's nukes, National Interest - Exactly when Pakistan had completed its first nuclear device is murky. Former president Benazir Bhutto, Zulfikar Bhutto’s daughter, claimed that her father told her the first device was ready by 1977. Today Pakistan is estimated to have an arsenal of 110 to 130 nuclear bombs. Unlike neighboring India and China, Pakistan does not have a “no first use” doctrine. Pakistan currently has a nuclear “triad” of nuclear delivery systems based on land, in the air and at sea. Pakistan is clearly developing a robust nuclear capability that can not only deter but fight a nuclear war.


Jihad, PJ Media - No one ever said that a single act of Mohammedan violence could shut down a great city; what shuts down a great city is its takeover by Islam. Has any city ever had its quality of life, art and culture improve by a Muslim conquest? The point of the recent attack was not to "shut down" London but to remind the native English that it's only a matter of time before their city falls, as Baghdad, Cairo and others have fallen before it. To think that people who strap toddlers with suicide bombs will be deterred by floral arrangements is the height of folly. It also bespeaks an utter loss of faith in one's own culture, brought on by the cultural-Marxist dechristianizing of the West—an atheist/agnostic vacuum into which is rushing anti-civilizational monsters from the satanic Id, armed with swords. Pushback is sorely needed, and in fact it's coming.

Right Stuff - When you can butcher the Franks in their capital cities and your kind receive net sympathy from them, they are not your enemies. They are a conquered people and you are being unnecessarily cruel by slaughtering them. Your own religion tasks you to treat your slaves better than this.


Slowing of science, Al Fin Next Level - Academic “scientists” are required to pledge allegiance to groupthink dogmas and political correctness — things which should not be a part of a professional “scientists'” portfolio. Modern educational systems have become an integral part of decadent mainstream culture, drawn to the celebrity mainstream. Such a “status culture” leads its adherents to cut corners in the quest for celebrity status. Universities have lowered their standards for accepting students and for granting degrees. Many science graduates should never have been admitted to begin with. For students of low aptitude and poor disposition, there are areas of “science” which are highly politicised, which welcome them with open arms. Areas dealing with “climate,” “the environment,” “sustainability,” and the like are representative of these dumbed-down areas of pseudoscientific “science.”


Scablands, National Geographic - In the middle of eastern Washington, in a desert that gets less than eight inches of rain a year, stands what was once the largest waterfall in the world. Today there is not so much as a trickle running over the cataract’s lip. The only possible explanation for the all the region’s features was a massive flood, perhaps the largest in the Earth’s history—“a debacle which swept the Columbia Plateau,” ripping soil and rock from the landscape, carving canyons and cataracts in a matter of days. “All other hypotheses meet fatal objections,” Harley Bretz wrote in a 1923 paper. Bretz’s hypothesis was not just “wholly inadequate,” in the words of one critic, but “preposterous” and “incompetent.”


Soros and Hillary again, Disobedient Media - The report from regulatory agency Frontex suggests that NGOs sponsoring ships in the fleet are now acting as veritable accomplices to people smugglers due to their service which, in effect, provides a reliable shuttle service for migrants from North Africa to Italy. Multiple ships operating in the fleet mentioned by Frontex are sponsored by NGO groups with financial ties to organizations run by George Soros and donors to Hillary Clinton. Reports have also emerged citing a study by counter-extremism group Quilliam which states that ISIS now controls the human trafficking scene in North Africa and is actively recruiting from the migrant population.


1944. Anzio


art-remus-ident-04.jpg An LST disgorges a classic M4 Sherman on the beach at Anzio on Italy's west coast about thirty-five miles south of Rome. Part of Operation Shingle, designed to overcome the deadlock at Kesselring's Winter Line, the Battle of Anzio was a series of missed opportunities, tepid leadership and inconclusive fighting. That said, the battles within The Battle were as fierce and hard fought as any battles on any front.

See this essay at History Net for a brief account of how General Truscott turned the Anzio operation around and avoided outright defeat.

The seakeeping of an LST, having a soft chine, i.e., a nearly flat bottom, was nothing short of miserable. I've watched 'em paralleling the peaks and troughs of rollers, they made headway but slid sideways doing it. Question. If you captain a ship where running it aground is success, what constitutes failure?


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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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