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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
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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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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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A Mountain Stream, Tyrol, John Singer Sargent, 1914

John Sargent painted this one at age 58. Sargent was an American portrait painter who lived most of his life in Europe working as a "society artist", meaning his portraits were of notables, done in the Grand Manner.

His landscapes were quite different, they were visual records of fleeting effects painted rapidly on the spot, small works, all of which suggests he did them for his own pleasure. Tyrol is an Alpine region in northeastern Italy, recently famous for Otzi the mummified Copper Age "iceman".

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's only natural we fit things into our frame of reference, the notion of normalcy we've built from observation over our lifetimes. When we imagine events outside this framework it takes on the mental dislocation of doing so, and so the revivalist fervor of radical politics.

But one notable observer arrives at some stunning predictions merely by reporting events and the conclusions they support. Writing at American Greatness, Angelo Codevilla says:

The only certainty is the near impossibility of returning to the republican self-government of the previous two centuries. The 2016 election is not reversible, because it was but the first stage of a process that no one can control and the end of which no one can foresee.

and,

Academics, judges, the media, corporate executives, and politicians of all kinds, having arrogated moral legitimacy to their own socio-political identities, pour contempt upon the rest of America. Private as well as public life in our time is subject to their escalating insults, their unending new conditions on what one may or may not say, even on what one must say, to hold a job or otherwise to participate in society.

and,

The 2016 electorate chose Trump and they saw Trump as the vehicle by which to challenge the ruling class. During the first half of 2017, the Republican Party finished discrediting itself as a possible vehicle for that job... In 2020, the Republican presidential nomination will not be worth having.

The era of the two-party one party system is over, he says. As of now we have one foot on the dock and the other in the canoe. Just ahead are political parties that accept and insist on the real will of their constituents.

The Republican Party has effectively left the field already, bitter and puzzled at their rejection by the alt-right and contemplating revenge. The Democratic Party, savaged by the alt-left but blaming the alt-right, is busily looting the place, coats and car keys in hand. And contemplating revenge.

Next item please

John Robb at Global Guerillas, the reigning 4GW guru, offers a framework for understanding how social networking is changing US politics:

The bad boys (similar to a gang or tribe) network grew in support of Donald Trump. It proved innovative and fast enough to circumvent first the Republican party's and then the media's control of the electoral process. It was decisive to his victory.

The mean girls (similar to a social clique or ruling aristocracy) network solidified in response to Trump's unexpected victory. Its cohesion and single mindedness neutered the Trump administration even before he took the oath. It's FAR more effective than the Democratic party and the media at exercising political power.

The parties will either fight this development or embrace it. The party that fights it will be destroyed. The party that embraces it would have the potential to make the changes needed to prevent a wholesale collapse of the republic.

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The quote for this week comes from Paul Craig Roberts:

After 16 years the US “superpower” has been unable to defeat a few thousand lightly armed Taliban, who have no air force, no Panzer divisions, no worldwide intelligence service, and the crazed US government in Washington is courting war with Russia and China and North Korea and Iran.

Next item

No one need wonder why ever-fewer people believe we're governed by "the rule of law". DC is, and has been for years, using criminal malfeasance to give illegal aliens what they demand. Think of this: there's open rebellion because the immigration and citizenship laws will be enforced.

This is what Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told incoming high schoolers at Solorio Academy High School, September 5, 2017:

To all the Dreamers that are here in this room and in the city of Chicago: You are welcome in the city of Chicago. This is your home. And you have nothing to worry about. Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, will be a Trump-free zone.

You have nothing to worry about. And I want you to know this, and I want your families to know this. And rest assured, I want you to come to school … and pursue your dreams. We do not allow federal agents on these grounds and in this building. You are safe and secure here to learn, to grow and to pursue your dreams and we hope that you do so.

Former President Obama got out the crying towel and wrote this on Facebook when the decision was announced:

Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn't threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us.

This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we'd want our own kids to be treated. It's about who we are as a people -- and who we want to be.

Karl Denninger gets it right in his essay, Spare Me The Outrage About DACA, at Market Ticker:

May I remind you that President Obama, when he announced this program, admitted he had no legal authority to do so. Congress could have changed the law over the intervening time, and indeed prior to that time, but did not and has not. All of the DACA folks have a nation, but it's not the United States. They're citizens of some other country, to which they must return.

The law either must be applied evenly or it is meaningless. The administration, for its part, has an obligation to enforce the law, not an option to do so or not, as President Obama asserted.

Ann Coulter reminds us of the last time we had an amnesty:

Ann Coulter - We already tried amnesty once. The 1986 amnesty under Reagan was supposed to be a one-time fix. We'd forgive the estimated 1 million illegal aliens living here and, in exchange, draconian measures would be imposed on any employer ever caught hiring an illegal again — up to a $10,000 fine per illegal and jail time for repeat offenders. We never got the employer sanctions...

And now, once again, politicians are lobbying for the exact same policy that was a complete failure last time. When it comes to immigration, it's always Groundhog Day!

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Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, has this to say about enforcing the immigration laws:

"Here at Planned Parenthood, we firmly believe that every person has the right to live, work, and raise a family freely and without the threat of deportation or separation.”

Except for, well, you know.

Next item

So. We had a total eclipse on the 21st of August, two X-class solar flares on the 6th of September—an X9 and an X2, and an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico on 7th September. And there's an ongoing earthquake swarm in southeastern Idaho and western Yellowstone. Coincidence, or are some or all of these events related in a cause-effect way we don't yet understand?

Next please

The Navy, like all branches of the armed services, have made it a priority to recruit ABSWM—Anyone But Straight White Men—and fast-tracking them into conspicuous positions of responsibility. Under Obama, standards that weren't lowered were deleted, and even the most judicious objections were, and still are, a career ender.

The two destroyers that collided with ponderous freighters in broad daylight and calm seas gave rise to suspicions that unearned "social justice" promotions were involved. Now it's been revealed, "Neither the Fitzgerald nor the McCain were certified for the majority of the mission operation requirements that the Navy periodically evaluates".

Fox News - The majority of ships operating in the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, where two destroyers have been involved in fatal collisions since June, weren’t certified to conduct basic operations at sea related to war-fighting.

Eight of the 11 cruisers and destroyers in the Seventh Fleet, and their crew members, weren’t certified by the U.S. Navy to conduct “mobility seamanship,” or basic steering of the ship.

Shall we also have airline pilots and surgeons with unknown qualifications, without training or licenses, because there are diversity and deviancy quotas to fill? If they can't handle basic seamanship, why should we be confident they won't accidentally push the buttons that start a war? Shall we look surprised at the reason the Navy gives for the rash of fender benders:

Daily Mail - Senior military officials have repeatedly argued that more money is needed to halt an erosion in the military's readiness for combat. 

Next item please

Copenhagen University Statutes, 1479, via Ask The Past:

"We order and decree that teachers and students who are wearers of indecent garments, brawlers, drunks, nighttime ramblers, pimps, thieves, frequenters of taverns and other filthy places, players of dice, scoffers or trespassers of the statutes and commands of the Rector and the University, arrogant abusers of privileges, and especially aggravators of the citizens and committers of other scandalous misdeeds, if they do not desist after fair warning... shall be entirely excluded from the community of the University.”

and finally,

Okay, enough chitchat. Time to eat yer peas, on to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1943. Sonora ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Sonora Radio and Television Corporation of Chicago was a minor player selling electronics under its own name and others, such as Sears. It was often in and out of bankruptcy, then rolled over dead in January 1957.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Daily Mail - Lost secrets of the first Roman legionaries to fight northern barbarians are uncovered at Hadrian's Wall including swords, lances and hair combs ... loads-o'-photos

Atlantic - Has a Mysterious Medieval Code Really Been Solved? The Voynich manuscript "translation"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg More fake news. The Medieval Academy of America says they would have rebutted it in a heartbeat

Sultan Knish - All The Statues Must Go ... holding historical figures accountable for not holding the same civil rights positions that the left adopted 5 minutes ago

Breitbart - Twitter Bans Christian Mom for Calling Out Teen Vogue’s Push of Underage Sodomy ... the fagocracy strikes back

CBS - Dallas Council Votes To Remove Confederate Monuments

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I didn't expect any Texans to show contempt for America, certainly not with this sort of stunt. California, yes. New York, sure. But Texas?!

Front Page Mag - The Vatican Attacks Trump Supporters, White Christian Americans are "dangerous;" Islam is non-violent [long read]

American Thinker - CNN throws in the towel on fake Russian news... has dismantled its vaunted Trump-colluded-with-the-Russians investigative unit

Daily Caller - Chuck Schumer In 2009: ‘Illegal Immigration Is Wrong’ [video] ... "The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration... illegal immigration is wrong," he said.

Today I Found Out - The First Joke ... is from 1900-2300 BC. Includes others up into the Middle Ages

Wired - Hackers Gain Direct Access to US Power Grid Controls ... and are waiting for a strategically useful opportunity

Harvard Crimson - Charles Murray Doesn't Belong Here ... inviting Charles Murray [The Bell Curve] to speak at Harvard legitimizes dehumanization of marginalized people

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Crimson is correct, Mr. Murray doesn't belong there. Students at Harvard enroll fully formed, knowing all worth knowing. All else is mere annoyance, often unpleasant, sometimes hostile and threatening for No Good Reason. Just ask 'em.

Daily Mail - Facial recognition software can now identify people even if their face is covered ... is this the end of Antifa?

Scott Adams' Blog - When to Trust the Experts (Climate and Otherwise)

Daily Caller - Police Report Indicates Wasserman Schultz IT Aide Planted Computer For Investigators To Find

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Biting the hand of an infidel, or a reminder he still has the really good stuff?

Washington Post - ‘We didn’t know it was this bad’: New ACT scores show huge achievement gaps ... despite efforts to improve schools under the banners of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and other national initiatives.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Washington Post gives The Diversity two new labels in this article: "students who face disadvantages" and “underserved learners”. Those oughtta be good for a couple more national initiatives.

You know what "national initiatives" are, it's where they pony up even more goodies for the fundamentally incapable, the needle still doesn't move and they still wonder why. But it's better than investing in the smart and motivated kids, right?

Somewhat off topic, here's an amusing example of affirmative action on campus . It's a five minute video that's been taken down at least once.

Stream - Fewer Than 900 DACA Recipients Are Currently Serving In The Military ... out of 800,000 DACA recipients

War Zone - Rumors Fly That Russia Has Dropped "The Father of All Bombs" in Syria ... blast equivalent to 44 tons of TNT

History Blog - Oldest known gospel commentary in Latin now in English ... written in the fourth century and found in a library in Germany in 2012

American Digest - If you’re not following the Sociopathic Blog for Boys you are dead to me.

Next Big Future - Russia getting 100 new Armata tanks and USA upgrades Abrams again

Z Man - The Provacateur ... the key to victory is to destroy the other side’s moral authority

Campus Reform - Dem Congressman to propose crackdown on campus 'hate speech' ... also calls for withholding federal funds

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Incohesive, Jim's Blog - In retrospect it is apparent that our opponents lost cohesion under President Gay Caffè Latte, and far from regaining cohesion, are continuing to lose cohesion. The most likely scenario is internal and external collapse happening roughly simultaneously, escalating into roughly simultaneous internal and external war. If the Permanent Government dealt with weakness and disunity by temporarily moderating its external position and external demands while it sorted out its internal problems, it would have no problems, but disunity means it cannot rationally address weakness. Instead it responds to its own weakness by escalation. That does not necessarily mean war and collapse next month, but if the trend continues, means war and collapse sooner or later.

 

Doomsday, Bastion of Liberty - We still have about one chance in four of a world-ending disaster, but with so many possible ways the world could end, which should we prepare for? Do they have sufficient commonality that merely stockpiling food, water, clothing, fuel, and weapons would be sufficient? It’s very hard to say. I’ve been thinking about this because of the recent proliferation of “post-apocalypse” novels. Each of them has as its entering motif a “world-ending” catastrophe. The subgenre displays a remarkable consistency about what survivors needed to do to survive: i.e., the stockpiling of the survival basics listed immediately above. But that’s not necessarily the case.

 

College Graduate IQ In Freefall, Professor Confess - One of the weird things about higher education is how the smart people are fleeing it. Consider the most recent decade, where the drop in IQ is 2.9. This is a relatively huge drop compared to the previous decade, about 4 times as much in terms of proportion. We’re losing our best and brightest because they’re smart enough to see quickly that higher education is a dying system that would merely exploit them. Smart people aren’t just leaving graduate school, they’re fleeing college in general. Having a college degree will soon mean that you’re of below average intelligence.

 

Deep state, Straight Line Logic - There are still lessons to be generally recognized from the fall of the Soviet Union. First and foremost: command and control doesn’t work. US commanders and controllers and their media and academic fellow travelers ignore this at their peril. They cling to their cherished vision of American life directed from above, with the infamous Deep State at the apex of the power pyramid, the ultimate string pullers. Recent maneuvers suggest a Deep State so tangled in its own strings that any attempt to free itself will only make the situation worse. The US deep state had to emerge in its effort to topple Trump, an emergence that screams weakness. The ineptitude of the effort made the weakness that much more apparent.

 

1938. Tule Lake California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Migrant pickers in for the potato crop. The sign on the building reads, California Mealfalfa Co. Tule Lake & Dixon Calif.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Roof Koreans, Taki's Magazine - The Roof Korean Option will be unapologetically ethnocentric, obnoxiously patriarchal, and not quite so attentive to the latest fashion trends. The Roof Korean Option will recognize that this life is “nasty, brutish, and short” and there is little time to sit and chat with Rod Dreher about the merits of gay civil unions while getting a $75 haircut when your home is being broken into or your daughter didn’t get into Notre Dame because she checked “white” on the entrance application. When the merde finally hits the fan you will probably find this white boy ensconced on a roof somewhere on Wilshire Boulevard with a bowl of ramen and a Pepsi Throwback, surrounded by heavily armed, cigarette-smoking, early-’90s-aesthetic East Asians.

 

The perfect steak, Art Of Manliness - Fortunately, you don’t need a special sous-vide cooker to use the reverse sear method on a steak, and you can get a similar effect using an ordinary grill or smoker. Meathead Goldwyn in fact claims to be the first to perfect the reverse sear by way of grill or smoker. As someone with an enduring interest in all things BBQ, I decided to follow Meathead’s instruction, and cook up a nice Saturday steak using his method. The result? Fantastic. Here’s the step-by-step process I used to cook a delicious steak, using the Reverse Sear method, along with some of my own tweaks.

 

Rule of law, Town Hall - After two years of lectures about “principles” and “the Rule of law” by the establishment-loving hacks furious that normal Americans rejected them and elected Donald Trump, their performance last week demonstrated that their high-minded dedication to conservatism is all a fraud. It’s not about “principles” or “the Rule of Law.” It’s only about holding on to power – theirs. They can’t hide it anymore and they aren’t even trying. The bipartisan establishment, the meritless meritocracy that rules us, grew more arrogant even as it grew more inept. It doesn't care about “the Rule of Law” or “principles” It's all just another lie.

 

Antifa, Alt-Market - If you want to measure the speed at which our nation is destabilizing under this agenda, it is helpful to watch how quickly government institutions and politicians abandon or turn on the leftists. The faster they do so, the more likely it is that a major crisis event is in the making. In the past week alone, the entire narrative surrounding the mainstream relationship to Antifa has turned sour. Antifa is not going away, it is merely changing into something worse; something more useful to globalists like Soros. If we find ourselves distracted by this new and more violent incarnation, it will be conservatives, not leftists, that will end up becoming the pinnacle threat to our own ideals.

 

1938. Holtville California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Migrant farm hands outside of Holtville, an agricultural town of 6,500 in the southeast corner of the state. The population in 1939 was about 1,770. Notice the long gun on top of the car.

 

 

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

 

Rebuilding quantum theory, Quanta Magazine - Scientists have been using quantum theory for almost a century now, but embarrassingly they still don’t know what it means. Some physicists just shrug and say we have to live with the fact that quantum mechanics is weird. But some researchers want to know why quantum mechanics has the form it does, and they are engaged in an ambitious program to find out. It is called quantum reconstruction, and it amounts to trying to rebuild the theory from scratch based on a few simple principles. John Wheeler once asserted that if we really understood the central point of quantum theory, we would be able to state it in one simple sentence that anyone could understand. [Long read]

Also see: Quanta Magazine - Where Gravity Is Weak and Naked Singularities Are Verboten, Recent calculations tie together two conjectures about gravity, potentially revealing new truths about its elusive quantum nature.

 

Diversity, Amerika - We fear the moment where we must prove ourselves in reality, so we fall back into these human-only activities where all of our choices are “just opinions,” and therefore never wrong. Most people just want to be nice, or inoffensive but with the right motivations, because that way they feel powerful for having used The System toward their own ends. But this replaces reality with human emotion, which is why so many of them would rather die than be proven wrong. The result is that our nations do not feel like home anymore. They are ruled by a mechanical ideology that resembles that of the Soviets. The people who win are those who care the least about the consequences of their actions.

 

Equifax, Ars Technica - The breach Equifax reported Thursday, however, very possibly is the most severe of all for a simple reason: the breath-taking amount of highly sensitive data it handed over to criminals. The 143 million US people Equifax said were potentially affected accounts for roughly 44 percent of the population. The Equifax breach also stands out for the way the company has handled the breach once it was discovered. It took the Atlanta-based company more than five weeks to disclose the data loss. Three Equifax executives were permitted to sell more than $1.8 million worth of stock in the days following the July 29 discovery of the breach.

 

Russia, National Interest - Any responsible U.S. government should want to normalize the relationship with Moscow. The first and most important task for any U.S. administration is to protect the survival and security of the American people. That is why no responsible administration could refuse to pursue a more stable relationship with Russia. It is why every new administration since the end of the Cold War has tried to do just that. No matter how futile these efforts may seem, the United States cannot afford to dismiss diplomacy with Moscow out of hand.

 

1942. Mildenhall England

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Vickers Wellington was a medium bomber of modest capability except for its exceptionally long range. It first flew in 1936 and was built in large numbers but superseded in its primary role after 1942 by four-engine Short Sterlings and Avro Lancasters. However, the always useful and versatile Wellington remained in production as a first-line aircraft in other duties for the duration of the war.

Mildenhall, in Suffolk on the east coast of England, has been an RAF airbase since 1934. After the war it was all but abandoned but found new life in the Cold War hosting the USAF. Closure of the base was announced by the Pentagon in early 2015 but the decision has yet to be implemented.

Looking at the photo, I have no idea what they're loading into the plane.

Update: Readers inform me it's a 4000lb High Capacity Bomb Mark 1, variously known as the "blockbuster" or "cookie".

 

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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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