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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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Adriaen van Ostade, Peasants in an Interior, 1661

Lower class life 350 years ago, give or take a weekend. Adriaen van Ostade, a leading artist of the Golden Age of Dutch painting, was a pupil of Frans Hals. Like Hals, his subjects are shown at ease in natural poses, except mostly rustics in cottage and tavern scenes. He was 51 when he painted the picture above.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's time for us to have a talk. The one about the birds and the bees. I'm going to tell you the facts so you don't get confused or misled by people who are not your friends. Okay, here goes.

It's this way. People are biologically male or female. Male or female are people's sex, not their gender. People don't have genders. Words have genders. Word genders are masculine or feminine nouns and pronouns. "She" and "he" are genders. "His" and "her" are genders. That's because language is a "social construct". A person's sex is not a "social construct".

Some people want you to conflate gender with sex. They want you to believe saying so makes it so. Such people are demented and have evil intent. Other people actually believe saying so makes it so, for reasons you won't understand yet. Stay away from them. Especially them.

There. I'm glad we had this little talk.

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Gerard Van der Leun at American Digest has a modest proposal:

People holding United stock need to short it. People holding United tickets or reservations need to return and cancel them. People about to board a United airplane need to turn around and walk away. People on a United Flight with the door still open need to deplane now. If there was ever a boycott that all sides of the American argument can agree on, this is it. United Airlines needs to auger nose first into the ground at max speed. It's a criminal operation and never to be trusted again.

United merely let the mask slip. If ever there was a conspiracy against the common man, it's the airlines, a subsidized cartel with fare structures rivaling the tax code, with police powers down to the cabin crew level and the arrogance that goes with it. If you've heard aircrew talk among themselves you know they hold "the flying public" in deep and abiding contempt. However polite the airline's public demeanor, contempt is its carrier wave.

Some passengers deserve contempt, and a public caning, as anyone who flies knows, but they're the exception. While not a model citizen, Dr. Dao was not among them. He bought and paid for transit, as advertised, complied with all requirements, passed through TSA's security process and was sitting quietly when confronted by two, then three airport police officers. They were not responding to a crime, nor was the flight overbooked, they were acting at United's request to enforce a change convenient for them.

Dr. Dao didn't sneak aboard. He wasn't a stowaway to be ejected as if trespassing. Yet it's United's position that, once told to leave, he had no right of refusal, certainly no right to resist. How dare he get all huffy about "being cheated", did he not read the thousands of pages of policy he agreed to? Did he not review Homeland Security's four foot high stack of regulations? Again, a conspiracy against the common man applied with deep and abiding contempt.

CEO Oscar Munoz initially claimed the passenger was "disruptive and belligerent" while being threatened, dragged from the plane and then apparently beaten—reportedly incurring a concussion, two missing teeth and a broken nose. How dare a mere customer defy the mighty airlines. Mr. Munoz is paid a reported million dollars per week. Air travel becomes more unpleasant, inconvenient and risky with each passing year. May be a connection.

Update: Survival Blog's Hugh Latimer has commented ably, fairly and extensively on this incident, here , with good reader responses below.

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The quote of the week comes from Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish:

The slavery of the present is a more subtle thing. It grips the mind more tightly than the body. It still remembers that men enslave themselves best. It knows also that true power comes from making all complicit in its crimes so that they are also complicit in their own degradation.


Ah Spring. Warm rainy days, cold sunny days, cold rainy days, warm sunny days. This was warm sunny day. These hills are laced with no-name creeks and dotted with springs.

This photo looks upstream at a picturesque run down a ways from Woodpile Report Global Headquarters & Jiffy Screen Door Repair. With the Spring rains it's about a third wider than in midsummer. Notice the trees. You could walk all day and never get out of 'em. The hills rise steeply on all sides. Add full foliage. A person could get lost.

Next item please

The state of open dialogue at Wellesley College is explained in this student newspaper editorial:

"Wellesley students are generally correct in their attempts to differentiate what is viable discourse from what is just hate speech. Wellesley is certainly not a place for racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia or any other type of discriminatory speech. Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech".


"If people are given the resources to learn and either continue to speak hate speech or refuse to adapt their beliefs, then hostility may be warranted. If people continue to support racist politicians or pay for speakers that prop up speech that will lead to the harm of others, then it is critical to take the appropriate measures to hold them accountable for their actions".

This screed reads like a complaint from the vending machine committee. Have they no sense of tradition? Who rallies the rabble with "Take appropriate measures to hold them accountable! Hostility may be warranted!" And no, rhetoric doesn't "undermine the existence of others", no one really winks out of existence by hearing the forbidden words du jour, they probably just ducked into the hallway or something. Must have been a Twilight Zone marathon the night before, my guess.

Bumper-sticker pastiche is bad enough, but then comes a faceplant. To wit: shutting down rhetoric "is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech". Bahda boom. Unintended humor is what comes from trying to mix kozmik righteousness with exhorting the masses—and doing your nails at the same time. What? C'mon. This thing all but drips estrogen. Seriously. Checkbox phrases, deniable calls to tentative action. Eew. Embarassing. They gotta get those campus Marxists of the '60s out of retirement. Torpedo los! Machine gun the survivors. Now that's entertainment.


From Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe we learn:

New, inexpensive, saliva-based ancestry kits are re-writing the genealogy of America. According to industry spokesmen, 65% of samples are primarily Arabica, 25% are Danish and the remaining 10% is Virginian, bright, flue-cured tobacco.


Goodbye, America (in a photo):

When UNICEF adoption isn’t a strong enough virtue signal



Some miscreant commenting at another site accused me of being a baby boomer. This shall not pass. Nay and double nay. In response I shall light my pipe with a wooden match, strike a bemused but wounded Ben Kenobi-like pose, push my half-glasses down my nose and look over the top for extra-added gravitas, and inform said miscreant in calm but firm tones: "Hah! Shows how much you know, dummy. Yeah, that's right, I said dummy. Care to guess what the cohort before the baby boomers was? Don't know, do you. 'Cause you're a dummy. Dummy dummy dummy."

Then, having demonstrated my command of carefully reasoned discourse, I shall be magnanimous and restore his composure with a cup of tea, Pu'er not Darjeeling, prepared from a wodui-style brick fermented by a master under my supervision, and divert the conversation to more pleasant grounds with a brief and cheery monologue on Chopin's Second Piano Concerto. Or a coke and Pinetop Perkins. We have our ways son, and they're not the ways of baby boomers. Jeez. What else? Oh yeah.

My woods cruising has identified some sites for a type of gardening that's interested me for some time, it has no name I know of, call it Cache Gardening. The idea is to plant patches of root crops in among similar plants, maybe check on 'em from time to time, otherwise just leave 'em be. Early trappers used to plant such gardens on the way in, then harvest 'em on the way out.

Today the classic way is to plant inconspicuous patches along and close to roads but I have something else in mind, something like bugout caches except they'd be proven sites and in that sense a resource, readily expandable and as discreet as you'd imagine them to be. A network of such sites adds another option to whatever resources are already in place.

Some root crops are self-regenerative. It's said carrots, for instance, can be regrown from a couple inches of the tops. The rest you eat. We'll see. Potatoes are their own seeds as well, replant some eye slices, eat the rest, and a potato patch can be expanded from one season to the next if warranted. My experimental plot not far from the house, chosen as much for convenience as suitability, yielded potatoes with no attention whatever. Small but good. Now I'm thinking a variation on a seed bomb. I'd like to hear from readers with a working knowledge of this, here.

Well gang, this time the premium edition of Yer Ol' Woodpile Report is laser etched in the grooves of a rare 78 rpm record, the only Sousa march in 3/4 time and a Roman beat. For the rest of us, the good times start now.


Remus's notebook


YouTube - Russia moves its equipment to North Korean border. Video, 1m 11s

Defender - Explosion Lake City Army Ammunition Plant Leaves One Dead

Viking VPN - How To Guide: Hardening Mozilla Firefox For Privacy & Security ... step by step with screenshots

CDR Salamander - Russian Navy in the Med? Everyone Just Take a Powder ... deflating hyperbole for the beltway

Daily Mail - Venetian artist Canaletto's works are confirmed as true masterpieces ... infrared technology shows no camera obscura used

Free Market Shooter - Commercial Satellite Imagery Shows Russia Lied In Its Cruise Missile Assessment ... high-resolution photos (included with article) show target hits were accurate and that the Tomahawks have been used effectively against quality targets

Berkeley brouhaha

DC Clothesline - Antifa Chased Down In The Streets At Battle of Berkeley III ... lots of video

Daily Caller - The Left’s Embrace Of Political Violence Backfires In Berkeley

Gateway Pundit - Trump Supporters Fight Back, Beat Antifa Thugs, Then Chase Them Down the Street in Berkeley (includes video 4m 18s)

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If Antifa can't win in Berkeley, they can't win anywhere. Now we know. They can't win anywhere. It was a bloody rout.

Breitbart UK - ‘Ban Cars to Stop Terror’ Says Sweden’s Best-Selling Newspaper After Stockholm Attack

... adding, "cars are driven largely by men so by giving a lot of space to cars; we’re giving a lot of space to men at the expense of women"

Jamestown Foundation - Russia’s Tu-160 Strategic Bomber Faces Development Problems ... expertise, equipment and documentation lost

National Interest - Russia’s Tu-160M2 Blackjack Supersonic Bomber: A Cruise Missile Carrier?... the PAK-DA stealth bomber is a pipe dream, the real plan is Tu-160 modernization

New Scientist - We dream more than we thought – and forget most of it

Propaganda News - Google decrees that liberal delusions are now “facts”, only liberal fact-checkers are allowed to determine “facts”

Natural Living Ideas - 13 Foods You Can Buy Once & Regrow Forever

Gray Wolf Survival - Why you shouldn’t bury shipping containers for bunkers

TaxProfBlog - 91% Of Taxpayers Whose Bank Accounts Were Seized By The IRS Had Acquired The Cash Legally

Spectator - The FAA Makes Air Travel Terrible ... United Airlines' outrages are the least of it

Real Climate Science - The Trouble With Satellites... satellite temperatures are infinitely better than the fake surface temperatures produced by NASA and NOAA

Fox News - New kinds of bullets are lethal underwater ... cavitation

Armed and Dangerous - Four modes of creole formation ... English as a creole thrice refined

College Fix - University of Missouri enrollment plunge continues: Three more dorms shutting down next year ... this is on top of four other dorms

Natural News - 4 Must-have communication devices for a grid down situation

Ars Technica - Mimicking an impact on Earth’s early atmosphere yields all 4 RNA bases

Popular Mechanics - Check Out This 1860s Steam-Powered Motorcycle ... fully restored, operating Roper steam velocipede. Article and video.

Shadow Brokers

Intercept - Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World ... the key to the backdoor got into the wild

Motherboard - We Can Calm Down: Microsoft Already Patched Most of the Shadow Brokers Exploits ... a fully up to date copy of Windows 10 will not be vulnerable

Modern Survival - Preparations And Survival For Nuclear War


1955. Union Carbide magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg When it was formed in 1917, Union Carbide was best known for it's carbide gas—acetylene—for home lighting. Over the years it grew in several directions, including ethylene glycol automotive antifreeze, rocket fuel and motors, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Union Carbide owned Eveready, Energizer, Glad, Simonize, Prestone and other well known products before divesting them to become part of Dow Chemical in 2001.


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Blaming whitey, Fred On Everything - If you are a white student in college, you doubtless hear daily that white people are evil, the principal cause of everything wrong with the world. If you believe this, you are being gamed. The important thing is understanding that intellectual advance comes from some groups and not others. This may not seem fair, and you are not supposed to notice it, much less talk about it. Yet it is obvious. It is chiefly in the United States that those who can’t, haven’t, and aren’t likely to, constantly attack those who can and have. Note that while they rail and fume and grouse, they depend utterly on a world created by the people about whom they rail and grouse.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The African game is to be western civilization's shadow, to have its shape without its substance, to move as it moves and be inescapable. Noticing this is inadmissible.

As always, the Z Man nails it:

The main reason Buckley Conservatism no longer has a constituency outside the ruling class is they have accepted all the premises of the Progressives. They are convinced that all humans are just amorphous blobs that can be shaped at will. Differences in outcome, therefore, must be due to society. That rules out the right answer and leaves them in the same carnival of magical thinking as the Progressives.


White Guilt ain't working, American Conservative - There are lots of useful items on the 2016 American National Election Studies, but the questions specifically focused on white guilt were both interesting and novel. Only a minority of white Americans admit to feeling any kind of guilt about race. No matter how the question was framed, a substantial majority of whites stated that they felt literally no racial guilt and a significant number of whites deny the concept of white privilege entirely. This was even true of young whites that supported Bernie Sanders. There is a powerful, coordinated effort to shame and demoralize whites. It does not appear to be working.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Perhaps stuff like this has something to do with it:

Daily Mail - A disturbing video of a weekend mob assault in Detroit has police searching for suspects. The video, shot on Saturday night in Detroit's Greektown neighborhood, shows dozens of individuals brutally attacking several others, one of whom appears gravely injured.

And we're writing off Sweden because why?


The revolt against deference, Spiked - In recent decades it has been suggested that the era of deference is over. We are told that people are far too critical to defer to the superior wisdom of others. In this context, the idea of deference has acquired negative connotations, and is often identified with uncritical thinking. However, in practice, deference is still demanded by elites. But it is demanded in the form of calls to respect the authority of the expert, because he speaks the truth. So, in almost every domain of human experience, the expert is presented as the producer not just of facts, but also of the truth. Those who fail to defer to experts risk being denounced as irrational, superstitious or just plain stupid.


Diversity oaths, Minding The Campus - Universities are slowly imposing declarations of support for the ideology of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” onto faculty hiring and promotion decisions. Acceptance of American pluralism is a core American value. But “diversity, equity, and inclusion” are always defined on campus in rigidly left-wing terms: an emphasis on group identities. At the heart of the crisis in higher education is a slow departure from the university as a pluralistic site of research and teaching excellence. Diversity statements are the final, fatal blow that will institutionalize ideological discrimination.

Minding The Campus - Shouting Down Speakers—a Regular, Organized Campus Business ... training, org charts, attorneys


Deny white men the vote, Huffington Post - If white men no longer had the vote, the progressive cause would be strengthened. It would not be necessary to deny white men indefinitely – the denial of the vote to white men for 20 years would go some way to seeing a decline in the influence of reactionary and neo-liberal ideology in the world. This would also strike a blow against toxic white masculinity, one that is long needed. At the same time, a denial of the franchise to white men, could see a redistribution of global assets to their rightful owners. The violence of white male wealth and income inequality will be a thing of the past.


1939. The railyard at Elkins, West Virginia

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A heavy engine with small drivers, it's a lugger not a sprinter, as you'd expect for a coal hauling line. Western Maryland Railway's Elkins Yard, named for investor Stephen Elkins, served both the WM and the Chessie System into the 1980s. The Western Maryland Railway became part of Chessie System in 1983. Elkins is a town of about 7,200. The population in 1939 was about 8,000.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Six illusions of war, War On The Rocks - As this wartime generation continues to ascend to the most senior ranks of the U.S. military, they will have two major responsibilities: to provide military advice to policymakers and to make strategic choices about weapons and force structure that will determine how the United States will fight its future wars. However, their view of the future may be deeply affected by their past experiences in ways that they may not even be aware of. We believe that there are at least six illusions drawn from the recent wars: Warfare is Land-Centric, There Will Be Adequate Time to Adapt, American Technology Rules, U.S. Supplies Runneth Over, There Will Be Plenty of High Tech Munitions, and The United States Will Never Need a Draft.


MOAB, Liberty's Torch - The Left’s carping about the bomb being somehow “inhumane” left me briefly chuckling. How could a bomb be “humane?” Its purpose is to kill and destroy. This particular bomb was ideally suited to its target: a complex of caves and tunnels embedded in the Afghan mountains. The overpressure its nine tons of RDX explosive generated in that confined space would kill everyone in those caves more or less instantaneously. If you want an essentially painless way of dispatching a group of enemies who’ve concentrated underground, I can’t think of a better one. Few persons appreciate how difficult it is to build a chemical explosive that large and have it go off as a single event. The problem lies in combustion front speed versus shockwave speed ...


Terrorist "resistance", Front Page - The official position, from the Senate to the streets, is “Resistance.” The “moderates” believe in working from within the system to transform the country into a leftist tyranny. The “radicals” believe that the system is so bad that it cannot even be employed for progressive ends. Their goal is to set off a chain of confrontations that make it impossible to maintain civil society and polarize the backlash and chaos into consolidating the left for total war. This is Cloward-Piven institutional sabotage on a whole other scale. The Democrats have become a terrorist party. The left is now exactly where it wanted to be. And a civil war has begun.


Trump is goal oriented, Z Man - Most of our politicians are quite stupid. What passes for ideology in American politics is really just a laundry list of policies aimed at buying votes from interest groups. That’s why they sound like robots. They stick to the script, even in the face of a public revolt, because that’s the safe and easy way to do it. That’s not Trump. He is not married to any policy. Trump is practical about these things. If it does not work, he tosses it aside and moves onto to the next thing. No one should have imagined Trump as their white knight. At best, Trump flips over the tables and creates enough chaos to give those outside official Washington a chance to join the fight.


1939. Baltimore Maryland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg 628 East Baltimore Street. Something for everyone. Uniforms, cigars, toys, suits, stationery—the list jes' goes on and on. If they ain't got it, you don't need it.


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


If Kim Jong-Un Launched A Nuclear Strike, Daily Caller - Dozens upon dozens of missiles take flight. For years, the world had heard warnings, but most doubted the day would ever come. Most missiles fall before allied defenses, but one finds its mark — it’s the one that matters most. In a flash, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people perish. Here’s what happens if the North pulls the trigger.


Bunker boom, Zero Hedge - For the rich and famous among us, the endgame has been relatively clear for a long time: according to the surge in ultra luxury "bunkers for billionaires" being built, the way all this ends is nothing short of a whole lot of mushroom clouds around the globe. “If I took 30 people and I worked 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, I still wouldn’t be caught up right now,” said Clyde Scott. “They don’t really call me and ask me about the price or colors, they say how fast can they get it.” While all of his clients are kept confidential, Scott said everyone from star athletes, Forbes 500 CEOs and maybe even an unsuspecting next door neighbor is investing underground without anyone noticing.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg To those who grew up during the cold war, all this is quite familiar. In fact, it gets to where we don't predict the future, we remember it. Imagine North Korea being where Cuba is. Things got so out of hand during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, beaches in Florida were cleared and anti-aircraft units set up for business. Sorry to tell you this, history really does rhyme. Also see this bunker outfit .


The Soviet Union Thought Itself to Death, National Interest - The greatest geopolitical catastrophe in history, as Vladimir Putin has called it, brought about the most significant shift in great-power relations that was not the product of the use of force. It was instead the result of a Soviet inventory of Communist ideas. The Soviet intelligentsia took stock of its ideology and history in war and peace and, after a tortured and complex power struggle and debate, concluded that the whole experience of Communism had been a tragic mistake, “seventy years on a path to nowhere.” Communism was defeated by a sudden and sharp disillusionment with the Soviet past.


Crocodile thing, Smithsonian - We still know next to nothing about the earliest dinosaurs that arose over 235 million years ago—and who exactly they evolved from. That may be about to change, thanks to a new analysis of an enigmatic creature from the ancient rock of Tanzania. This crocodile-like beast plays a starring role in the origin story of the terrible lizards. This 10-foot-long reptile walked on all fours, and its curved, serrated teeth hint that Teleocrater used its long neck to strike at protomammals and other small prey of its time. But the most impressive thing is its pedigree. Teleocrater was a very early predecessor of Mesozoic superstars like dinosaurs and the flying pterosaurs. The evolutionary arrangement goes like this ...


1944. Normandy France


art-remus-ident-04.jpg An M4 Sherman drives off an LST onto the beach at Normandy.

When the first US tanks were delivered to the British in North Africa they shook their heads in disbelief at the way Yanks did things. They were gassed up, had their full compliment of ammunition, spare parts and small arms aboard, ready to drive straight into battle.


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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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18 Apr 2017