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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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Ernst Rudolph, Salome and the Tigers

Herod II's daughter, the one who demanded John the Baptist's head. Ernst Rudolph was unknown to me. Repros on the net are almost all undated. He was Austrian, born 1854, died 1932, painter of the Arabesque. This one caught my attention, it looks like it could have been done by Frank Frazetta early in his career.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Western Rifle Shooters Association's "quote of the century" is from Anthony Daniels, an English retired prison doctor and psychiatrist writing as Theodore Dalrymple:

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed.

A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.


Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch comments on the escalating confrontation between AntiFa and the Right. Some excerpts:

The Right now recognizes that the gloves are off – that we can rely neither on civility from them nor on a proper response from law enforcement, at least when they initiate violent hostilities on a college campus. The implications are grave. ...

The climax of our current political upheavals is on the horizon and approaching at speed. We have entered the concluding phase of America’s political deterioration. ...

The Left has other tactics than crowd violence, of course. Some of them are harder to counter. But its use of street thuggery has been countered most effectively. ...

Jim, presumably, at Jim's Blog sees non-obvious value in recent and impending confrontations:

These are skirmishes, not war. War is about seven years off, give or take a few years. A skirmish is a reconnaissance in force. You provoke the enemy into revealing his capabilities and intentions, while trying to conceal your own capabilities and intentions. Our information systems are better than theirs, thus skirmishing is working in our favor. We are gaining useful information about their capabilities and intentions, them not so much.

Next item please

I received many responses to my request for information on what I called "cache gardening", too many to reply to, for which I apologize. Thanks for the ideas and the do's and don'ts.


Bigge Tymme news on Friday was San Francisco's power outage, 95,000 residents were plunged into hellish darkness and mob rule. Oh wait, it happened at 9:15 in the morning and was over by 4 pm, on a sunny day . So they were trapped in traffic, in BART stations, in Starbucks, on park benches or in bed. O the humanity!

With the sorry state of survivalism today we shall soon read, "Surviving The San Francisco Power Outage, How I Met My Gerbil's Psychic Needs". Oh yes. It's coming.

My understanding of survivalism is more like Selco's than most, so in practice and inclination I'm partial to James Dakin's destitute-farmer-of-ancient-Sparta notion, except the peak oil meme. Interesting? Yes. Is peak oil the governing factor for all that happens? Maybe. Maybe not. Whichever, it doesn't matter. Which brings me to why my tolerance for such speculation is not great.

The pre-collapse value of "causes"—the list is long—rest entirely on their predictive power, which for practical purposes approaches zero. Even if one really were spot-on, we can't know which one, if any, so no advantage there. In the real world, relying on any single "underlying" cause is dangerously misleading. Surely you've noticed predictions made solely on economic or social or military or prophecy or historical grounds have routinely embarrassed their makers.

Experts have guaranteed the market would crash in every decade since the '30s. Experts predicted we'd be treading water today, telling our children what "winter" was. Experts predicted Hillary would be President today. And they all had an air-tight case. But this is only half the reason speculative causes are close to worthless.

We do know there's a catastrophic menace ahead, but only when its fury breaks will its form and features be revealed. Fortunately, preps for one are pretty much preps for all. In a collapse, the "cause", however certain and compelling, is an instant curio with no survival value, it's what you argue about around a future campfire when the threat has abated.

Here's an oddity of the language. Of "who, what, when, where and why", only "why" can rarely be answered with irreducible, quantitative simplicity. "Why" always seems to rely on selective correlations of hand-picked facts, and the purpose always seems to be persuasion. Put another way, "why" is most reliably an opinion.

To my one-track linear-thinking mind, "why" is contentious, amorphous and arguable, which is to say, suspect, and it tends to remain that way even for events in the distant past. The survivalist deals with effects, not causes, or he won't survive for long.

From time to time would-be authors send me their survivalist novel for comments. I'd like to think it's flattering. It's not. They're asking me to read 200 pages of plodding prose and be their volunteer editor. "Plodding" because they're how-to essays disguised, badly, as a story. Wow! What a concept. How clever is that?

A quick scan always reveals a contrived dialogue about The Cause Of It All, pages and pages of it, dense with factoids and tedious commentary. Not that the pacing is ever in danger, it's like having your foot nailed to the floor while they lurch from one Power Point to another. Maybe there's a contest going on. Here Lies John Smith—Winning Author—He Told Us So.

What do they expect me to do? Make things right? Shall I topple Illuminati-Goldman-Federal Reserve? Start building 50 ton transformers? I rarely meet a rant I don't like, actually I love 'em, but when the collapse happens I won't much care what caused it and neither will they. It's all I can do to look out for the little guy, and no one's littler than me.

Next item

From The Trace at Facebook, via Joe Huffman, we learn:

The San Bernardino elementary school gunman fired 10 shots before stopping to reload his six-shot revolver revolver midway through, a report noted. This gave a teacher’s aide time to lead pupils out of harm's way. Some experts think restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines, rather than assault weapons bans, may be the best way to limit mass shooting casualties.

Six-shot revolvers that fire ten times and have "high-capacity ammunition magazines". Who knew?


The quote of the week comes from Beau Albrecht at Return Of Kings:

There's something to be said for dying righteously, though I prefer victory.

Next item

PIGazette —Politically Incorrect Gazette—has long been one of my diversions, for a dozen years or near enough. Hambone has a way of pointing out the convoluted absurdities of life that make me stop and wonder, "what is the largest harbor in Sierra Leone?" An extra attraction: PIGazette is even more retro than Woodpile Report, think Dartmouth BASIC on a steam powered reel-to-reel tape player. And links? What we don't need with no steenking links. Poke around it a while, but y'all come back, hear?


Wired takes time out from global warming hype and video game promos to gloat over the downfall of Bill O'Reilly. In this combination victory speech and activist's guide, they tell how it was done:

The most powerful force operating against O’Reilly after the news broke was the laser-focused social media uproar. Far from your standard-issue slacktivism, this particular backlash, singularly focused on convincing advertisers to pull their money from The O’Reilly Factor. Left-leaning groups like Color of Change, SumofUs, and Sleeping Giants directed their millions of combined followers to litter the social media pages of brands like Hulu, Jenny Craig, and Trivago with public pleas and criticism, leading some 60 advertisers to withdraw from the show.

Once again we see the debating tactic of the left: "shut up". Word on the street is, Hannity's next. Fox News will be CNN in a few years .


Vintage News tells us where the idea for Bugs Bunny originated:

Although many of the mannerisms which Bugs Bunny displayed on screen were adapted from Groucho Marx, the directors confessed that the real inspiration and the idea for the rabbit’s nonchalant carrot-chewing character came from a scene in It Happened One Night where Peter Warne, leaned on a fence, is eating carrots rapidly with his mouth full, explaining the rules of hitchhiking to Claudette Colbert’s character.

The scene can be watched here starting at the 1:01:00 mark, in HD, in gorgeous black and white, and a tour de force of double entendre.

Well gang, it's that time again. Yer ol' Woodpile Report has been waiting patiently. Situational awareness will have its due. So, eat yer peas.


Remus's notebook


High noon

Its Going Down - Support the Anti-Nazi Mobilization in Pikeville, KY April 28-29th ... don't wear all black, bring your gun [ page archive]

Men of the West - ANTIFA Plans to Disrupt Events in Pikeville, KY ... escalation expected.

Violent Solutions [reference] a Dark Triad Man outfit

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Info: Pikeville is near the Kentucky-Virginia-West Virginia border, at 37°28′38″N 82°31′48″W. Population is 7,000. 126 Main Street is the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center.

Zero Hedge - ANTIFA Upset For Not Being Able to Punch 'Nazis' Without Consequences ... masked member identified, forensics revealed, panic ensued

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This has been making the rounds. I've chosen the iBankCoin version as reposted at ZH, for their usual valuable comments.

Twitter, Jack Posobiec - List of donors to Antifa's front group BAMN ... the usual suspects

Gateway Pundit - Antifa Supporter Arrested After Physically Assaulting Rebel Media’s Jack Posobiec

Telegraph - Bill Gates: Terrorists could wipe out 30 million people by weaponising a disease like smallpox ... kits to make E.coli resistant to antibiotics are already for sale on the internet

Science News - Otzi the Iceman froze to death ... head knocks, arrow wound not lethal

Another demonstration why the root word of "travel" is "travail", meaning arduous, hardship, suffering.

Daily Mail - American Airlines flight attendant whacks a mother with a stroller while she holds her twin babies

CNN - American Airlines investigates after video shows mom in tears

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The airlines are among the most despised outfits in America, bumping shoulders with the IRS for rock bottom. Kudos to Mr. Fierro , the man who stood up for her.

Daily Caller - Black Students At Absurdly Expensive College: Objective Truth Is ‘White Supremacy’ And A ‘Myth’ ... and free speech is “a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions.”

PJ Media - Boys Punching Girls: Feminism's Big Win ... porngirl bragged she would take "100 nazi scalps", wore weighted gloves, punched a guy in the throat, got decked

New Guard - Berkeley Tries To Cancel Ann Coulter Event; Lecture Will Go On ... if Berkeley wants to have free speech, it can have it

Minding The Campus - City University of New York Union Calls for Faculty to Teach Controversial Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ ... adjust your curriculum and publicly pledge to do so

College Fix - Children should learn queer theory in elementary science class, argues science professor

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They always go after the kids

Ars Technica - 107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud ... up from 25 last year

Daily Caller - Berkeley Sued For Cancelling Ann Coulter’s Speech

Federalist - Today’s Posh Victorian Fainting Couches Are Reserved For College Students ... daily rage and sorrow


1944. Fisher Body magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Let's talk guns. The ad below features the 5"/38, one of the all time greats.

In the 1930s the surface-to-surface 5/51 and the anti-aircraft 5/25 were merged into the 5/38, "five-inch 38"—meaning a five inch bore with a barrel length of 38 calibers—one of those rare compromises that excelled in both roles. In enclosed single and twin mounts it became the standard gun on destroyers built from 1934 through the end of the war. Carriers sported fifty or more such mounts for anti-aircraft duty.

Open pedestal mounts as shown in the ad were more common on armed freighters, including the ubiquitous Liberty ships , mainly for duking it out with subs on the surface or dissuading them from approaching in trail. Nerdy details on this gun below the ad.

The 5/38 was available in right or left hand models, walnut or composite stock. Kidding. As said above, the barrel was 38 calibers long, or 190 inches, which is nearly sixteen feet. It weighed one ton even. One round was comprised of a 28 pound powder cartridge and a 54 pound projectile. A destroyer's magazine typically held 2000 projectiles.

The projectile contained 15.5 pounds of powder, left the barrel at 2,500 feet per second, which generated a force on the warhead of 14,000g and 12,360 rpm. It was the g-force that armed the fuse, natch. Each one put about 38 lbs of shrapnel in the air. The range was 18,000 yards surface-surface, or 37,200 feet in anti-aircraft use. A long reach skyward was comforting when Kamikaze Industries made a business call.

For comparison, the "German 88" (8.8cm Flak 36) launched a 20 lb projectile—less than half the 5/38's 54 lbs—to 26,200 feet, 11,000 feet lower than the 5/38. As a practical matter, 88 Flak guns were aimed nearly vertical and bombers of the day flew at 21,000 to 25,000 feet. Surface-to-surface range for the 88 was 16,250 yds vs. 18,000 yards for the 5/38. Muzzle velocity and rate of fire were about the same. In Navy-speak the 88 would be a 3.5/56.

The 5/38 had fifteen inches of recoil, which prepared the gun for loading the next round, a sort of semi-semi-automatic. A well trained crew, and they were all well trained, could keep up a twenty-two rounds per minute rate of fire for a time—imminent death focuses the mind—but the sustained rate was fifteen rounds per minute. Side note: in a firefight, everything inside a naval gun turret was soon coated with greasy soot, smelled like a smoldering dumpster fire, and in the Pacific was hotter 'n hot. Looked good in the newsreels though.


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2nd civil war, SHTFPlan - Americans have been self-sorting themselves along geographic and political lines for a long time. Liberals are moving to liberal areas, and conservatives are moving to conservative communities. We’re also seeing the same trend emerge online with social media, people choose to follow online voices that they already agree with, slipping into digital bubbles. There was still some common ground on what it means to be an American, now we can’t even agree on that. Once the last shreds of common ground and understanding dissipate, another civil war will be impossible to avoid.


Global warming, Scott Adams' Blog - Climate scientists believe their facts and logic convinced all the smart people to their side already, so now they need a new strategy for the dumb ones. A different version of reality is that citizens who don’t understand history are doomed to believe whatever the experts tell them. Half the country has been persuaded to climate alarmism by fear, not an understanding of the issue. At the same time, those who know the most about both history and science realize that complex climate models are generally not credible, so they are not persuaded by fear.


Demise of Fox News, Z Man - The SJW’s have bagged their biggest trophy to date. Bill O’Reilly was just fired, part of a well orchestrated effort to break Fox News. The screeching harpies knocked out Roger Ailes and now they have taken out the top star, all via the same method – powerskirts claiming to have been done wrong by the knuckle-dragging misogynists running the network. Companies pulling their ads from O’Reilly were not doing it for economic reasons, these companies were pulling their ads in order to curry favor with the Cult. Their management teams are infested with Progs and powerskirts too. Fox News will slowly be converted into a megaphone for the one true faith.


Hillary's new excuse, American Thinker - The chattering geniuses have discovered a new villain to blame for the shattering demise of their heroine, Hillary. White guys did it. The pundits were so busy misreporting the election, they did not listen to what was actually happening in the campaign. Far from forgetting white voters, Hillary and her Klan actively demonized them every day reminding voters how black people are victims of white racists. Will anyone ever forget Bernie Sanders in Seattle as Black Lives Matter leaders stormed his podium, took his microphone, and sent him to corner as they lectured him and his audience on their racism? In the end, Hillary’s constant demonization of white racism was not enough to fire up her black base. Black voters wanted the real thing, a black candidate.


Lessons from the Red Army, National Interest - Between 1918 and 1942, Russia’s army was torn down and rebuilt four times: once at the end of World War I, once at the end of the Russian Civil War, once during the Great Purge, and once during the first six months of Operation Barbarossa. Some of the best recent work on the Red Army has dispelled long-term myths, demonstrating the resilience and innovativeness of the organization in the face of often-horrific political headwinds. We still have a lot to learn from the experience of the Red Army.


1938. Pittsburgh steel mill


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pouring a test mold.


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Southern War Machine, History Net - When Southern batteries opened on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, the young Confederacy’s entire supply of the gunpowder was barely enough for one month of active operations. Jefferson Davis made the most important executive decision of his entire presidency: He selected George Rains, then a major, for the thankless task of overseeing the Confederacy’s construction of the second largest powder mill in the world. Heavy expenditures of gunpowder, together with the steady loss of the niter caves to advancing Union armies, compelled Rains to devise better manufacturing techniques to maximize the quantity and quality of his powder.


Vinyl renaissance, Popular Science - For years, vinyl production has been at or over capacity. But until now, record-making has been stuck in the '80s. Viryl Technologies is building the first new fully automated record pressing machines in over 30 years. Before installing their WarmTones, Hand Drawn farmed out manufacturing and produced a max of around 5,000 records a month; today, they can churn out 3,000 a day and are on track to press 1.8 million by year’s end. The first four WarmTones began spitting out records in October 2016 and plans are to ship at least 10 more this year.


Restoring the West, Vox Popoli - Western civilization is a consequence of three things: The European nations, Christianity, and the Graeco-Roman legacy of philosophy and law. To restore it, anything and everything that stands in the way of those three things has to go. The elite narratives that are designed to subvert and undermine the three pillars of the West must be rejected. These include "civil rights", "civic nationalism", "social justice", "equality", and "Judeo-Christianity", "feminism", and "racism". This is what the Alt-Right ultimately stands for: the survival and restoration of the West. This is why I don't blink or back down when people call me racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic, or anything else.


Wrongthink, Bastion of Liberty - To this point, the violence has been “private:” i.e., conducted by Leftist activists such as “Antifa” and the “Black Bloc.” However, there’s no guarantee that it won’t be “municipalized.” Consider the passivity of the Berkeley police in the recent riot there. Consider the memo that recently came to light and ask: “Just whose side were they on?” The Antifa / Black Bloc forces assumed that, as they were uninhibited about employing violence, the edge would go to them. The Leftists were quickly humiliated. At the next confrontation, they’ll be armed. The “forces of order,” which “stood down” will look the other way.


Arrival Of A True Right-Wing Movement, Return Of Kings - The Berkeley police did nothing. That left the Trump supporters with an option—turn tail and run, or fight. Unlike their conservative predecessors, the young men of a new nationalist movement took the fight back to the antifa. A right-wing movement has formed large enough to take over a city that has been a Leftist stronghold for decades. The polarization between the Left and Right has reached a fever pitch. This is not going to be resolved by a compromise. The Left is making peaceful assembly impossible. We have a right—even an obligation—to defend ourselves.


1938. Shelbyville Indiana


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A hearse makes a pickup, or delivery, at the railroad station in Shelbyville, a small city of 10,000 in the middle of the state about a half hour south of Indianapolis. Today the population is about 20,000.


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Late stage consumerism, Amerika - One meme the Left loves to sling around is “late stage capitalism” because, having won on social welfare and entitlements, the Left has created a vast audience of dependents who want a full ride from cradle-to-grave just for being precious snowflakes. Bureaucracy, democracy, and jobs ensure that life is shaped by control for every minute of every day. People can no longer “just live”. We should however simply counter their “late stage capitalism” meme with “late empire” or “your civilization has collapsed.” Every effect has a cause, and that cause has a cause. Now we are so far down the rabbit-trail that we can no longer see the light. Until we wake up and make an effort to restore civilization, that is.


The inscrutable proton, Science News - Rather than chasing the rarest of the rare, scientists are painstakingly scrutinizing the proton itself with ever-higher precision. In the process, some of these proton enthusiasts have stumbled upon problems in areas of physics that scientists thought they had figured out. Surprisingly, some of the particle’s most basic characteristics are not fully pinned down. The latest measurements of its radius disagree with one another by a wide margin, for example. Like the base of a pyramid, the physics of the proton serves as a foundation for much of what scientists know about the behavior of matter, "until we understand that, we can’t say we understand anything else.”


Group retreats, Survival Blog - The mainstream media has recently featured many articles about multi-millionaires buying swank leased shelter spaces. You need to learn these skills and construct things for yourself, tailor them to your own family’s particular needs, and then maintain them yourself. You need to be the one who is in control of your own family’s retreat. Unless you arrive at that “secure bunker” quite early, then there is a distinct possibility that human nature will kick in and your “guaranteed pre-paid space” will be occupied by someone else. I’ve witnessed several group retreat ventures fall apart. My advice on this is: Beware of any retreat venture where there is “shared” or “common” property.


NK's EMP satellites, American Thinker - The nightmare scenario of an America sent back centuries in time before electricity, refrigeration, and smart phones has grown unnervingly closer with the presence of two North Korean satellites with orbits over a blissfully unaware American populace and an Obama administration that was indifferent to the apocalyptic threat of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.


1945. Philippines.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The US 40th Infantry Division, veterans of the fighting in Luzon, advance toward the Bago River bridge. Suffering a casualty rate of 10:1 and facing annihilation, the surviving Japanese scattered into the mountains and jungles where Filipino guerrillas ruthlessly hunted them down. Although Jap tanks were barely more than armored cars, mines took a significant toll of US tracked vehicles.


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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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25 Apr 2017