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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
sow discord
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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George Hicks, Woman As The Comfort of Old Age, 1862

Another genre scene by George Hicks , painted when he was thirty-eight, a relatively early work, more highly finished than his later stuff. It's from a series depicting the elevated place of women in the Victorian Era.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ObamaCare debate is not about who gets a free ride and who pays the bills. We know who gets the free ride. We know who's "privileged" to pay the bills. The debate is about arranging healthcare so those who pay don't get in line ahead of those who don't pay. We were promised repeal but, put simply, ObamaCare II remains just another way to force working people to subsidize non-working-and-never-will-work people. It's also to the benefit of the insurance companies who wrote it, natch.

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World War II original


Antifa cut-'n-paste


Beat 'em again? History says otherwise. The original Antifaschistische Aktion, successor to Germany's outlawed Red Front—symbol: a clenched fist—were the largest part of Dachau's prison population when it opened in 1933. Many others became fervent Nazis and moved steadily up the ranks.


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Last week I said the left is collapsing into homicidal insanity, that they were braying for blood and violence. Here's this week's grab bag:

Fox LA - Trump supporter run down, stabbed after political rally ... a white supporter of Maxine Waters's opponent was in intensive care after being stabbed nine times. Edgar Khodzhasaryan and Arsen Bekverdyan are the perp's names. The victim goes by "white trash" and "cracker", according to his attackers.

"His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to (expletive) kick people off (expletive) health care. I'm glad he got shot. I wish he was (expletive) dead," said Nebraska Democratic Party official Phil Montag about Congressman Steve Scalise . He was fired for getting caught saying it.

Marcella Arguello, a standup comedian and a writer for Bill Nye Saves The World on Netflix, tweeted in the wake of the Congressional baseball shooting that the deaths of “a few old ass conservative white men” were a worthwhile risk if it led to gun control .

"Watching the congressman crying on live tv abt the trauma they experienced. Y is this so funny tho? The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them,” said Nebraska Democratic Black Caucus Chairwoman Chelsey Gentry-Tipton . She refused to step down.

About the college kid abducted and tortured into a coma in North Korea: ‘Spoiled’ Otto Warmbier ‘got exactly what he deserved’ says an anthropology professor at the University of Delaware . Kathy Dettwyler is her name, 62 years old, "Adjunct Associate Professor" which sounds like her duties may include tidying up, fetching coffee and bashing white guys. Update: this malodorous harpy got fired.

Critics of Sharia gathered in Syracuse June 10 to hold a rally against the Islamic legal code ... “We almost have the fascists in on [sic] the run. Syracuse people come down to the federal building to finish them off,” said Syracuse University Prof. Dana Cloud . Dana Cloud is Director of Graduate Studies, her resume includes gender theory, queer theory, women’s studies, gender studies, member of the International Socialist Organization, and she pledges allegiance to "the people of Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan". Apparently this is what passes for credentials at Syracuse University.

Johnny Depp says he intended “no malice” when he asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival in England Thursday, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

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Gerard Van der Leun has reformatted his excellent and indispensible blog, American Digest . If yer wondering who he is, NormBlog bares all . He's the real deal.


Fred Reed's essay, Oncoming Racial Doom: The Clash of Cultures, linked to in last week's Woodpile Report, has generated a lot of comments. If you missed it, here's the link again . It's direct and unblinking, it's what a lot of people are saying when talking among themselves.

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

Tribalism offers us something that is not entrenched in our sick modern individualism. Tribes have an identity, which means a purpose and goal, and they have principles. Each person serves an unequal role in the tribe but so long as they help achieve this cooperative goal, they are accepted and respected as part of the community.

and finally,

A friend and I got to trading "po' boy" stories. Examples: when I was eight we got a refrigerator and a telephone. Conversing with a disembodied voice still seems weird. In the first grade the teacher put up pictures of Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck and the rest. They looked odd to me, I had no idea what they were, never having seen a movie. When I started school I could read decently well. Y'can't start school and be illiterate, it just wasn't done. Starting at age fourteen I always had a paying job. And so forth.

Some of our schoolmates were war orphans, some neighbors were inmates of slave labor camps liberated during the war, one lady survived Ravensbruk. Others were POWs, from both sides. I heard their stories and felt well off and lucky. But this stuff colors a person's outlook in ways good and bad. Hard times, if not outright deprivation, seem always at my elbow. They aren't, but even if they were, it's an old acquaintance if not an old friend.

Sometimes I wonder if most preppers and survivalists have any idea what they're talking about. Aside from the laughably trivial things they worry about, experience tells me they're motivated mainly by fear. A camp site manager told me urban people gather around big fires and stay up late because they're afraid of the woods at night. How odd. It's understandable, they seem to fear everything. Fear is not a sound basis for survival.

Hiking and camping articles by survivalists most often feature pricey accessories they can't do without. Gimme a break. Everything has to be convenient and stylish. They've gotta be comfortable every minute. Some are competent and realistic, but if the SHTF for real and for true, methinks I'm going to be stepping over a lot of bodies with puzzled looks on their faces.

Well gang, enough chitchat. Enough gloom and doom. It's time to get to the really bad stuff, ensconced within yer ol' Woodpile Report, below the old ad.


1942. Lockheed magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Lockheed Hudson light bomber was their Model 14 civilian airliner of 1937 converted to military duty. As an airliner it was a steady seller, 354 in total. Deliveries of the bomber version began in 1939 and ended in 1943 with almost 3,000 made. Both as a passenger plane and a bomber, exports made up most of the totals. It was withdrawn from frontline service in 1944.



Remus's notebook


American Mirror - Maxine Waters bars Trump supporters from town hall meeting ... had tickets but police blocked the doors

EAG News - White middle schoolers forced to stand in front of classmates, apologize for ‘privilege’ ... teacher Tarsha Clarke is black

NY Post - New York Times bloodbath could include reporter jobs ... reporters could soon be “vulnerable” if the ongoing round of voluntary buyouts does not get enough takers

Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch has posted a three part essay exposing the biased and unethical news media


Megaphones Part 2: The Unbalanced Treatment Of Anger

Megaphones Part 3: Future Guilt

Nofilm School - The Science of Silence: Disquieting Uses of Infrasound in Movies ... how filmmakers use these almost inaudible frequencies to quietly unnerve moviegoers

Wired - How Letterpress Printing Came Back from the Dead ... 600 year old tech finds second wind

ZME Science - How 3rd century Chinese saw the Romans ... Romans actually made contact with the Chinese

Amerika - Cucked Southern Baptists Want More Dead Conservatives ... alt-right is the devil's work, but they support building more mosques

Daily Caller - Trump Administration Vows To Investigate Teachers For Using Biologically Accurate Pronouns ... would determine whether a failure to use the pronouns requested by a transgender student creates “a hostile environment.”

SHTFplan - Republican Lawmaker Wants to Make It Legal to Carry a Gun in Washington DC, But Only for Congressmen ... "no way to defend ourselves because of Washington, D.C.’s rather restrictive gun laws"

Vintage News - The last playable Stradivarius Guitar in the world ... Stradivari made it in 1679

Daily Mail - Shocking moment a motorcyclist deliberately rides through a group of protesters staging a die-in against Trump's healthcare bill

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Die-in" means they were lying down on a city thoroughfare. The cyclist crept through them slowly but noisily, revving his engine. He was arrested at gunpoint, which is the only shocking thing about it. But, San Francisco. Exhibitionists and political hobbyists outrank traffic.

Sacramento Bee - Texas, three more states on California’s banned travel list ... Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee

Trinity College

Campus Reform - Prof calls whites 'inhuman assholes,' says 'let them die' ... Trinity College Professor Johnny Eric Williams appeared to endorse the idea that first responders to last week’s congressional shooting should have let the victims die because they are white

Hartford Courant - Trinity Professor Flees Campus After Threats Over Facebook Comments, Issues Public Apology ... says he didn't mean what he meant, besides, free speech

Campus Reform - Lawmakers want Trinity prof ousted for 'reprehensible' remarks

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The page is turning. Perhaps it has turned

YouTube - Children of Darkness, The Mental Illness of Social Justice Warriors ... a voice over from a documentary about mental illness put over the top of libtards doing their thing, and it fits. Video, 4m 23s. Tip-o'-the-fedora to American Digest

War Is Boring - Trump Expands What Obama Started—Banning Russian Rifle Imports ... Treasury Department sanctions maker of Vepr rifles

Reason - The Fleeting Glory of Trump Magazine ... no, not that Trump

art-remus-ident-04.jpg EC and Kurtzman fans will enjoy this recap

Taki's Magazine - Black Clouds Over the Rainbow ... they were all having a gay old time until organized black sodomites showed up

Daily Caller - UCLA Institute: ‘Trumpism Consolidates Power Through White Supremacy’ ... issues pamphlet "Abolitionist Planning for Resistance"

Independent - Great recession fears as bankers warn next global crash could arrive 'with a vengeance' ... next major recession could be brewing in countries like China


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Downturn and demographics, Econimica - It is wrongly assumed that upon every business cycle downturn, accommodative monetary and fiscal policies will ultimately spur greater demand and restart the business cycle once the excess capacity and inventories are drawn down. I contend that the population cycle has been the primary factor in ending each recession and this most macro of cycles is now rolling over. The next recession will morph into an unending downward cycle of partial recoveries, contrary to all contemporary human experience, very likely to run years into decades and perhaps a century or more.


Duh Crash, Zero Hedge - While most asset managers have been growing increasingly skeptical and gloomy in recent weeks, joining the rising chorus of bank analysts including those of Citi, JPM, BofA and Goldman all urging clients to "go to cash", none have dared to commit the cardinal sin of actually predicting when the next crash will take place. On Sunday a prominent hedge fund manager, One River Asset Management's CIO Eric Peters broke with that tradition and dared to "pin a tail on the donkey" of when the next market crash - driven by a collapse in the global credit impulse - will take place. His prediction: Valentine's Day 2018.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is outside the consensus for late summer-early fall. It's the Fed's doing, says Peters, "when the global credit impulse reverses, it’ll be a cascade, an avalanche." Citi said as much last week.

The SP500 put-call ratio is now over 2:1, with a bullet. But ZH reader zebra77a cautions against playing puts on the SPY to make Bigge Bux all the way down. From his comment:

They *never* pay.  The MM will buy the underlying with both fists before they will pay the Put Herd... what they do do is get the MSM to pipe out end-of-the-world articles after article. And people get sucked into thinking their gonna clean up when it's only noose loosening to trap the bears. Then for 'no reason at all' it suddenly rips up trapping all the puts and blowtorches them into oblivion before finishing them off with a nice steak sauce of Theta time decay, where it hovers like Magic Johnson 20 feet from the hoop.


Removing diversity, Amerika - In any nation with open borders and a higher standard of living than the neighbors, a certain proportion of those who flood in will be human detritus that would never make it under a truly Darwinistic set of conditions. Offer a generous welfare state, and the flood can drown you. At that point the prison system becomes a high-pass filter that takes out the worst of the diaspora. You will always get what you tolerate. The cucks won’t ever miss their Public Charges if we stop letting them in to begin with.


The real purpose, Alt-Market - The Russian circus is going nowhere because it was never meant to go anywhere. It is distraction and drama, a soap opera for the ignorant masses. Trump will not be removed from office. If he does end up impeached, the impeachment will fail. The establishment needs Trump as president. So, if the Russian conspiracy narrative is not intended to take Trump down, what is it intended for? This is 4th gen warfare, and the intended target for propaganda is not always the obvious target. The US system is going to move into the next phase of collapse under Trump's watch. Period.


Violence, Ann Coulter - Prominent liberals repeatedly tell us, with deadly seriousness, that Trump and his supporters are: "Hitler," "fascists," "bigots," "haters," "racists," "terrorists," "criminals" and "white supremacists," which is then followed by liberals physically attacking conservatives. To talk about "both sides" being guilty of provocative rhetoric is like talking about "both genders" being guilty of rape. In the past year, there have been at least a hundred physical attacks on Trump supporters or presumed Trump supporters. The mainstream media have ignored them all.


Anger privilege, Sultan Knish - Good anger gets you a gig as a CNN commentator. Bad anger gets you hounded out of your job. Good anger isn’t described as anger at all. Instead it’s linguistically whitewashed as “passionate” or “courageous”. Bad anger however is “worrying” or “dangerous”. Angry left-wing protesters “call out”, angry right-wing protesters “threaten”. Good anger is left-wing. Bad anger is right-wing. The outrage at the left is no longer ideological. There are millions of people whose health care was destroyed by ObamaCare, whose First Amendment rights were taken away, whose land was seized, whose children were turned against them and whose livelihoods were destroyed.


1936. Milwaukee Wisconsin


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a typical photo of urban poverty by the Farm Security Administration of New Deal times. The stated mission of the FSA was "rural rehabilitation" but Roy Stryker's Information Division quickly became a paying hobby for social justice photogs of the day. That said, they produced an irreplaceable archive of photographs—164,000 negatives in all. Incidentally, it was Stryker who punched a hole in negatives that weren't used for prints, diminishing their value forever.


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Islam, American Thinker - Christians believe you don't get to heaven by being "a good person". Indeed, the whole point of Christianity is that no one is good enough. They are saved purely and solely by the grace of God alone through faith. Islam is a religion of works. If you pray towards Mecca five times a day and follow all the other Muslim commandments, you are free to engage in all kinds of barbaric lunacy, from child rape to beheading, all in Allah's name. Not only does Islam tell you what works you must perform, it specifies the punishments you are allowed to mete out to those who don't follow the law.


Tobacco pipe how-to, Art Of Manliness - For many societies throughout history, pipe smoking was a sacred ritual. Many of history’s most famous writers and intellectuals were pipe smoking aficionados. The pipe’s favor with the contemplative set can perhaps be traced to the fact that successful smoking takes a little reflective care. It’s an art that was once common, but now rare. For the modern beginner, therefore, taking up pipe smoking can seem a little intimidating. So below, I walk you through an easy-to-understand guide to everything you need to know when getting started with this ancient practice.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The author is an optimist. It doesn't "seem" intimidating, it is intimidating. What it "seems" is a trial designed to discourage posers. Anyone who becomes a competent pipe smoker in less than a month is a prodigy, and there are no prodigies. By the way, the same studies that condemned cigarettes showed pipe smokers live longer than nonsmokers yet, like "assault rifles", we're demonized by the ignorant-by-choice.


Creative alibis, The Baffler - Greenspan, disgraced though he was, retained some powers to divine the future. With the oracle establishing a key precedent, other influential policy sachems stepped forward to allow that mistakes had been made in the mad rush to remove the guardrails from the American economy. From former treasury secretary Lawrence Summers to former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill, Very Serious People confessed some very serious sins. This chorus of public apology was also striking because nothing close to it ever took hold in the ever-bullish realm of tech-driven social forecasting. Even Richard Florida realized something had gone awry.


Not weird, Aeon - Quantum theory doesn’t actually say that particles can become waves or communicate in spooky ways, nor that classical objects don’t exist. Not only does it not deny the existence of classical objects, it gives a meaningful account of why they do exist. In some important respects, the modern formulation of the theory reveals why common sense looks the way it does. The classical world is simply what quantum mechanics looks like if you are six feet tall. Our world, and our intuition, are quantum all the way up. Why, then, is it still so common to find talk of quantum mechanics defying logic and generally messing with reality?


1935. Washington DC


art-remus-ident-04.jpg DC's slums. The nice cars are a giveaway.


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FBI fib, Federalist - The FBI briefing on the shooting targeting Republicans in Alexandria, a briefing that could not be more bizarre in its content and its conclusions. There’s also this incredible tidbit, which somehow has received little to no attention: “Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign he had worked on as a volunteer, and was in email contact with the two Democratic senators from his home state.” What the FBI is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind. This is how our faith in institutions is degraded: with incident after incident where men in suits stand in front of microphones and make claims we know are not the whole truth.


Final objective, SHTFplan - We see the last stages of a Republic’s collapse into totalitarianism. The almost omnipresent police state, the federalization local and state police departments and Sheriff’s departments, the fusion centers, the data collection facility in Utah, the steadily-hatching CCTV popping up. Before an empire slips completely into tyranny, it enslaves, torments, brutalizes, and kills its citizens. Foreigners come and go, illegally and with a passport: Americans are the ones subjected to the scrutiny when they travel. An empire can’t have its taxpaying, system-supporting subjects going “off” the reservation.


Dogma bubble, Zero Gov - In reality we are only ever in camouflage when we are on the range, hunting or in some Wolverine fantasy in our minds. Even a casual glance at modern insurgencies and irregular warfare, one finds that blending with the human terrain is more effective than the latest camouflage uniform. We should be stressing that we don’t need $200 Crye Precision pants, plate carriers, 24 magazines, a surplus store full of junk on our person, and the commo gear to talk to someone in Europe in order to do our first ever relay of Up Drills on a Sunday afternoon that require one extra magazine at the most.


Sticking it to Stalin, Alternative Right - Stalin believed war with Germany was inevitable, and was hoping to pick the moment, preferably after Germany had been weakened by other conflicts, and intended to fight it on advantageous terms with a great superiority of force. If the Germans had not attacked, the Red Army would have done so within a few years. Operation Barbarossa was many things, including a brutal grasp by the Nazis for living space, but it was also the dislocation of Stalin’s evil plans for World dominance and the damage it inflicted on the Red Army was the main reason that Western Europe remained free to make its own mistakes in the post-war period.


1943. Ann Arbor Michigan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Japanese midget submarine HA-19 washed ashore in 1941 near Pearl Harbor after getting hung up on a reef and attacked by an anti-submarine plane. HA-19 was 78 feet long, six feet wide and had a crew of two. After being disassembled and examined, HA-19 was cosmetically restored and sent on war bond tours in 1942 and 1943.

Ann Arbor is about ten miles west of Detroit, population about 35,000 in 1943. Home to the University of Michigan, it's nickname is The People's Republic of Ann Arbor. Population today is about 121,000 of which 30,000 work for UofM directly or indirectly.


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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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