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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
evidence shows
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
research tells us
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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Jan van Borselen, Landscape, c1870

Jan van Borselen was a famous and successful Dutch landscape painter of the nineteenth century. As was common with others of the "Hague School", he painted small studies on the spot as references for his large studio works.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg President Trump did not reassure his base when, after meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer, he said,"We're not looking at citizenship. We're not looking at amnesty. We're looking at allowing people to stay here. We're working with everybody, Republican, we're working with Democrat."

"Allowing people to stay here" is not what the law intends or provides. The 1986 amnesty requires, among much else, employers to be fined $10,000 for each new illegal alien found on their payroll. Never happens, in fact, activists point to their illegal employment as evidence they'll be productive citizens, rather than as evidence the sanctions of a new law won't be enforced either.

The primary duty of the Presidency is to faithfully execute the law, i.e., to administer the will of the people as codified by their representatives. Failure to do so is more than dereliction of duty, it's barefaced obstruction. If Trump acts on notions of benevolence rather than his constitutional obligation the people will see it as more evidence of DC's contempt for the rule of law.

Trump: They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own - brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security

Trump: Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!.....

Although the President has adopted the slogans of the amnesty activists, word for word, Don Surber has a different take on all this. He contends the "amnesty deal" is a lie floated by Pelosi-Schumer to gain political advantage:

No, Trump did not cave ... People who railed against President Trump for "caving" made two mistakes, they believed Pelosi and Schumer, and they believed the media.

We shall see. A permanent residency status allowing them to live and work in the US indefinitely seems not terribly different from amnesty, especially when the law requires they be apprehended and removed from the country, betimes. However, we deplorables don't do nuances well. As for withholding the right to vote , it's not a serious argument. C'mon. Haven't you heard? Voting in US elections is a universal human right, maybe even a bovine and avian right.

The redoubtable Z Man takes the hard line:

The sole reason for Schumer to exist in Washington is to guide troublesome Republicans through the process of committing political suicide. In the case of Trump, that means going for amnesty, abandoning the wall and supporting candidates who hate him. It is not enough that Trump fink on his voters. He must humiliate himself in front of them as well.

We've come to expect being snookered on the small stuff and betrayed to our face on the big stuff. Nothing yet convincingly argues such cynicism is unwarranted this time. But again, we shall see.

To continue:

The Hill - Trump tells lawmakers to move quickly on DACA without linking it to border wall ... the president, Cuellar said, wants to move “when people are not expecting it.”

Daily Caller - Ann Coulter: ‘Who Doesn’t Want Trump Impeached?’ ... she may cut short her book tour

Ace of Spades:

Evidently, the word has gone out that President Trump has made a deal with the Democrats to put a law on the books officially granting citizenship to the 800,000 illegal aliens covered under the ex-president's unconstitutional executive order known as DACA.

Justice and the law have never been quite the same thing, but only recently have they become competitors. DC takes it further, justice has come to mean the blatantly guilty among them are, after a bit of arm waving, not charged or are exonerated, while the citizenry lives pre-charged and pre-convicted, to wit: Chappaquiddick and the Clinton Foundation for them, versus Kelo and Asset Forfeiture for us.

There's an aggregating belief DC, and those groups they promote, have come to act safely and preferably outside the law without pretense of legitimacy other than dubious notions of kozmik justice which, unsurprisingly, consistently benefit themselves at everyone else's expense.

We're told the Trump-Schumer-Pelosi meeting was a negotiation that was a discussion and not a negotiation, which resulted in an agreement that didn't agree to anything. Or something. Meanwhile we still have an ongoing government-assisted Third World invasion. Shall we continue to believe "this time it's different" on no evidence whatever? Shall we be "Old World wise" and watch what he does rather than what he says?

Daily Caller - Is the wall already under construction? Absolutely not: it seems to be in an interminable holding pattern.

4GW guy John Robb at Global Guerrillas says Trump is being double-reversed gaslighted:

By controlling Trump's information flow with social media/networks, the generals smashed the insurgency's OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act). Deprived of this connection, Trump is now weathervaning to cater to the needs of the establishment.

I put this theory in the low-yield category.

As if to demonstrate how DC dazzles the folks with alternating fantasies, Scott Adams of Dilbert fame explains, with admiration, how a "big, beautiful eight foot wall" can be, like Schrodinger's cat, both "wall" and "not wall" simultaneously:

Both sides agree on spending for border improvements, some of which will undoubtedly be wall-ish sometime in the next few years. We citizens get to pick which version of reality we like best: wall or no wall. The ambiguity supports both views. And it is intentional.

In his defense, President Trump did two yuuuge things: he left Hillary Clinton face down two fingers short of the finish line, and of more lasting moment, he bumped the Overton Window bigly. He deserves ample time to play out his "DACA ± Wall" string, and yes, we'll let Trump be Trump, almost as if we could do otherwise.

But. If he fails to discharge his sworn duty as Executive it will be widely seen for what it is, another demonstration of contempt for the rule of law, another betrayal of the will of the people, another reason to stay home next election day. And why would that be?

The indispensable asset of any regime is legitimacy. Even questioning it is a punishable offense in many parts of the world. First World governance is not possible without legitimacy, real or perceived. It's why the universal strategy of insurgents is to delegitimize the regime.

DC is unique, it's delegitimizing itself. With constant bait-and-switch they're close to discrediting elections as a viable avenue of redress, which is stunningly unwise no matter how cleverly done. There may come a time when not playing is the only way to win.

Next item please

The quote for this week comes from Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish:

There’s no political future for the Clintons. Bill is an erratic and faded figure. Chelsea will never evolve beyond a failed internet troll. And Hillary is tethered to them and to her own political disasters. Nothing awaits her except the inevitable ravages of mortality.

Next item

In parallel to the Clinton's long string of curiously convenient but dubious suicides and unsolved murders, Seth Rich among others, Fox's heavyweights are being taken out by scandals, one after another: Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes and now Eric Bolling. Add to these the death of Andrew Breitbart at age 43 in 2012, reportedly just before he was about to break "something big". Chance and the actuary tables have eyes and they look only one direction. Just sayin'.

Next please

Jim Quinn at the Burning Platform warns us the stock market and inflation will go vertical just before it all comes apart:

Ignore that silly Shiller PE ratio far surpassing 1929 and 2007 levels. Ignore every historically accurate valuation method showing the stock market 70% to 129% overvalued... true annual inflation rate isn’t 1.9%. It exceeds 5% and has exceeded 5% since 2000.

and finally,

Well gang, enough chitchat. Time for Yer Ol' Woodpile Report.


1922. Pepsodent magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Pepsodent formula used pepsin, a digestive agent, to rid teeth of food deposits, and sodium lauryl sulphate, touted as "Irium", a penetrating detergent. The brand became a steady best seller after its introduction in 1915, largely by tracking the rise of radio with advertising.

In the 1950s Pepsodent lagged its competitors in adding fluoride, sales fell off the edge of the world and did not recover. In the US it's now a low-price brand sold in discount stores with about 1% of the market.



Remus's notebook


RINF - The Left Calls Out the Left ... activist denounces colleagues

Slate - When Is That Breakthrough Technology Coming? It’s always “five to 10 years away ... many examples

All Outdoor - Lessons Learned: Flashlights During a Disaster ... battery life not mega-lumens

RT - 'I was just doing my job': Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77

SHTF Plan - San Diego Begins Bleaching Streets To Contain Outbreak Of Hepatitis A ... another benefit of the rich tapestry of diversity

USNI Blog - Tomahawk’s Growing Operational Relevance ... 1,000 lb warhead with a 1,000 mile range

Science News - The sun’s strongest flare in 11 years might help explain a solar paradox, Physicists will test why the biggest flashes tend to occur as a solar cycle ebbs

Campus Reform - Princeton holds 'F%*# Free Speech' event for Constitution Day ... professor Carolyn Rouse argued that “the academy has never promoted free speech as a central value”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Prof. Carolyn Rouse is a Member Of The African-American Community, chair of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Program in African Studies, and is building a high school in a fishing village at the western edge of Accra, Ghana. The title, including the f-word, was hers.

College Fix - Brown University will offer segregated student dinners for black, Muslim students

art-remus-ident-04.jpg All-black dorms, all-black graduation ceremonies, &c. We were "had". The whole "civil rights" thing of the 1960s-1970s was one big scam. Equal opportunity. Yeah, right. Diversity. Sure, three generations later we know where that goes.

CNBC - Equifax used the word 'admin' for the login and password of a database

Fox News - Harvard makes convicted spy Chelsea Manning a 'fellow,' igniting firestorm ... traitor in drag pardoned by Obama finds a home

The Hill - Harvard withdraws Chelsea Manning's visiting professor position ... while saying we're stupid, but many

Today I Found Out 2010 - What Started World War I ... no one thought the others would do what they did until they did it

American Mirror - Sanders 1987: ‘Astronomical’ cost of universal healthcare would ‘bankrupt the nation’

National Herald - Fossil Footprints of Early Human Ancestor Stolen from Crete ... ten of the forty 6-million-year-old footprints cut away and removed

American Thinker - Hollywood does Stalin ... the bad news is The Death Of Stalin is a comedy

National Interest - India's Navy Just Built a Second Nuclear Missile Submarine ... and it's a ballistic missile sub

Minding The Campus - The Revolution Turns on Its Base ... students at Reed admit they are afraid to share their feelings with other students for fear of being targeted by their professors

Truth Revolt - Angry SJWs Take Over Western Civ Class Because Course is ‘Eurocentric’ ... what other kind of "-centric" did they think it would be?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What a great students at Reed. They go in debt to show how much smarter than the professors they are.

Men Of The West - The Lazy Man’s Raised Beds ... two words: cinder blocks

Phys Org - Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth's surface ... at least 2370° C


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Dreamers, Kakistocracy - The truth is the left wants a perpetual pipeline of sweet dreamers. Each more innocent than the last. Those yesterday brought those today who will bring those tomorrow. And always their innocence is matched only by our obligation. Your innocence and their obligations being items far beyond acceptable discussion. Mexicans on this side of the Rio Grande are endowed by their creator with the inalienable right to produce “Americans” from their womb. Each one being more American than those supremacists who merely paid for the maternity ward. These squatters and colonists will find their political home on the left who will appeal for their affections with increasingly lurid commitments to white disembowelment.


The cliff, Z Man - As America edges closer to majority-minority status, the non-whites feel free to make their anti-white rage public, which is putting the lie to everything whites have been told over the last half century. It turns out that the prophesies were not true. There is no fixing the race problem and that realization by whites now leaves us with a much bigger race problem. Now the only only public racists are non-whites, mostly blacks and foreigners. The Progs not only lack an answer to this, but they are actively encouraging it. The result is America is about to drive off a racial cliff. The deranged antics of ungrateful non-whites convince white people that there is no fixing race relation.


Return to feudalism, Conversation - In the feudal system of medieval Europe, the king owned almost everything, and everyone else’s property rights depended on their relationship with the king. Peasants lived on land granted by the king to a local lord, and workers didn’t always even own the tools they used for farming or other trades like carpentry and blacksmithing. The expansion of the internet of things seems to be bringing us back to something like that old feudal model. In this 21st-century version, companies are using intellectual property law – intended to protect ideas – to control physical objects consumers think they own.


Teacher shortage myth, City Journal - Since 1970 “the number of teachers has grown six times faster than the number of students. Enrollment grew about 8 percent from 1970 to 2010, but the teaching workforce grew 50 percent. Our teaching force is still growing proportionate to the student population. In fact, we now have over 3.8 million public school teachers in the U.S., an increase of 13 percent in the last four years. Other education employees—administrators, aides, counselors, social workers— rose more than seven times the increase in students. Despite all this new staff, student academic achievement has stagnated—or even declined—over the past several decades.


Mission creep, City Journal - The American Public Health Association has become an advocate of progressive causes: nationalized health care, income redistribution, a higher minimum wage, government-provided day care for children, gun control, and new taxes on and regulations of cigarettes, soda, and food. Now that the World Health Organization has redefined its mission to be “physical, mental and social well-being,” the field has boomed with new jobs for assorted activists. The Centers for Disease Control, founded in the 1940s to deal with malaria, now includes “epidemics” of obesity, hypertension, binge drinking, physical inactivity, mental illness, domestic violence, suicide, and handgun fatalities.


1942. Sheridan Montana


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sheridan is a town of about 780 in southwestern Montana, up from about 600 in 1942 when these photographs were made. It's the "Heart of Ruby Valley", they'll have you know. The top photo is of Main Street, Rte 287, where these handsome buildings still stand, nearly as they were in '42 . Movie location scouts, take notice.



More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Free speech, The Nation - Right-wing speaking events—including the “Free Speech Week” scheduled for late September at Berkeley, featuring the odious trifecta of Yiannopoulos, Coulter, and Steve Bannon—are part of an increasingly coordinated nationwide effort among far-right groups to recruit on college campuses. Using free speech as a wedge to silence dissent and discredit opposition, they intend to radicalize white youth by waging psychological warfare on academic leftists, social-justice organizations, and minorities. We must prioritize the safety of students and amplify the voices of the vulnerable—not promote narratives that serve racist ideologies.

Daily Californian - UC Berkeley faculty members call for boycott of classes during ‘Free Speech Week’ ... "This is a clear threat to public higher education. People are coming to humiliate others and incite violence. The boycott is a refusal to allow this to happen on our campus."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Shut down Berkeley? No no no! Please. We're begging you. Anything but that. But seriously, these things matter far less than they believe. Time teaches priorities and, by extension, proportion. Check back with 'em ten years from now, see what their priorities are. "Amplifying the voices of the vulnerable" ain't going to be among 'em. Guaranteed.


Affirmative Action Hoax, Truth Is Justice - The idea was that affirmative action would only be a temporary measure and would gradually disappear as blacks and Hispanics ‘caught up,’ so to speak, with their white counterparts. Of course nothing of the sort has taken place. Aside from its blatant unfairness towards whites (whites from the poorest, most hardscrabble conditions have equal or higher test scores than blacks from the most affluent backgrounds), affirmative action has effects opposite to what has been advertised. Standardized tests have consistently shown real-world predictive power, both for the success of the people who score well and the lack of success for those who score poorly.


AC DC, Cosmos - AC distribution of electricity has reigned supreme for more than 100 years. But a quiet insurrection is taking place in our midst. Our computers, machines, LEDs and electric cars all run on DC. And at the extremes of high power engineers have discovered that the losses from a million-volt transmission line are lower if it carries DC current rather than AC current. New DC transformers, lighter and smaller than traditional ones, make it easier to integrate wind and solar electricity into the grid, and they reduce the likelihood of failures cascading from one electricity generation region to another.


Timescape cosmology, Motherboard - Observations of distant supernovae indicated to astronomers that space is receding from itself, that there is some fundamental-seeming driver―commonly referred to as dark energy―that makes empty spaces want to become bigger and emptier. According to a paper published by the Royal Astronomical Society, we might just be wrong about all of this. The accelerating expansion may just be a sort of illusion driven by an incorrect assumption about the nature of the distribution of mass across the universe. The researchers' alternative has a name: the timescape scenario.


1938. Omaha Nebraska


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Omaha is in east Nebraska, on the Missouri River. The sidewalk sign reads, "No Parking Here".


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


Wonder weapons, Unz Review - Striking innovations in drone warfare are likely to be overshadowed by stunning aerospace advances in the stratosphere and exosphere. Within a decade, the Pentagon apparently hopes to patrol the entire planet ceaselessly via a triple-canopy aerospace shield that would reach from sky to space and be secured by an armada of drones with lethal missiles and Argus-eyed sensors, monitored through an electronic matrix and controlled by robotic systems. By the mid-2020s the Pentagon’s triple-canopy shield should be able to atomize a single “terrorist” with a missile strike or, with equal ease, blind an entire army by knocking out all of its ground communications, avionics, and naval navigation.


Amnesty, Ann Coulter - Congress could pass a law granting amnesty to any 7-foot-tall, left-handed, red-headed illegal aliens from Lichtenstein—and hundreds of left-wing outfits would instantly set to work, demanding amnesty for witch doctors, cannibals, pederasts, terrorists and the rest of the multicultural universe that makes America so vibrant. On the other side of the application process would be government immigration bureaucrats who either used to work at La Raza, or hope to in the future. No matter how the law is written, as long as anyone is eligible for amnesty, everybody's getting amnesty.


Gibberish, Aeon - While all disciplines attract the occasional eccentric, it seems that two fields exert a particularly strong pull: historiography and linguistics. Two reasons spring to mind. One is that the history and language of one’s own group are tied up closely with its identity. The prestige that comes with a noble past and an ancient pedigree is an irresistible lure. The second reason is linguistics and historiography provide fertile ground for bizarre theories. The fantasists and dilettantes trawl through source after source in the hope of pulling aboard what seem to be relations and other connections.


Nork's missiles, National Interest - The breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the East Asian dictatorship without a patron that dispensed weapons on easy credit terms, and the lack of modern gear is telling. Certain weapons, however, stand in stark contrast to the rest of North Korea’s aging weapons collection. Where did these mystery weapons come from? North Korea has shown itself to be a canny state that can get what it wants, whether by pressing its citizens to the maximum or by utilizing a carefully cultivated network of overseas contacts to surreptitiously import banned weapons—all with the goal, of course, of ensuring the regime’s survival.


1943. San Quentin California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The notorious state prison in San Quentin, near San Francisco, opened in 1852 and is still in business. During the war blood drives were held everywhere, no reasonably healthy person was exempt.


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Notate Bene

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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19 Sep 2017