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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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Charles Curran, A Spray of Goldenrod, 1916

Attractive, well dressed women at their leisure was a common theme for Curran, a Kentucky boy, born in 1861, who worked his way up in the art world to become a successful painter with an international reputation. This bright impressionist painting is not one of his best known, but it's a fair representative of his work. Curran died in 1942.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg North Korea's armed-up threats and other scary events have generated a wave of new preppers . It's bunkers and MREs now but that phase doesn't last. Only the mega-rich can buy their way out of a prolonged extinction-level event. It involves high speed yachts, wholly owned islands, a staff running into the dozens and so forth. Time to review some basics.

Mainstream survivalism today is an updated version of Kains's depression-era book, Five Acres and Independence. Long-term survivalism is still small scale farming in a more or less viable society of greatly reduced circumstances, typically from a grid down event, military attack or economic collapse. It assumes urban chaos, a long term food emergency shading toward famine, wandering gaggles of pitiable but desperate refugees and outright marauders.

The default model of self-suffiency survivalism is a Kains-like retreat, or more commonly, a community reminiscent of Old Order Amish except very remote and with robust defenses as espoused by Jeff Cooper, Mel Tappen and their successors. This is the base model, Mother Earth with AR-15s, orchards and cisterns, and hardy breeds of chickens.

Off the peak of the mainstream bell curve are the warriors, partisans practicing combat and woodscraft by turns. Defense of home and country is the motive but base camps and small unit tactics, with its acronyms and stylized slang, are their community. It's the Red Dawn school of survivalism. Like all warriors they hold enemy conscripts to be targets and sources of supply, dangerous mainly for their numbers, heavy weapons and potential air support. It would be among the hardest of hard lives.

At the far, far corner of the bell curve are the lone wolves, nomads who step away from notions of colony altogether. They're the hunter-gatherer-fishermen, the escape and evasion specialists, devotees of stone age bushcraft except with stainless steel and antibiotics. When pressed they travel by night and lay up by day. Social networking centers around trading and the extended family, the sort of "now and again" tribalism seen with fur trappers of the nineteenth century. This is the bedrock survivalism adored by makers of videos featuring debris shelters and covert trot lines and the like.

Survivalism itself is none of these absolutely, modes of survival are dendritic by necessity, the practitioner becomes specifically one or another as circumstance demands. Examples: Grey Man techniques are ordinarily thought of as an urban craft but it's also a warrior skill should events require it. The hard case nomad may also be the go-to expert at planting untended stealth gardens at intervals, similar to the "pea soup" plots of our early French explorers and traders. Adaptability is a skill in itself. Survivalism is where dealing with reality, and only with reality, matters moment to moment. As the saying goes, specialization is for insects.

The media have their own take on these things, with emphasis on the parts they find most repelling. Basic provisions for the common defense are cast as rogue militias, or Freikorps ginning up to assault the oppressed, or presented as low comedy, guys running around the woods like kids playing war. Interspersed with bucolic vignettes will be, by way of shocking contrast, hunting scenes featuring the spilled blood of nature's innocents or doing out meat animals, with overmuch attention to kids handling knives or maybe even—gasp! choke!—guns, clear insults to common decency, sez they.

As if in compensation for their gratuitous alarmism, they provide a steady supply of pratfalls. Hundred year old crank Mausers become "assault rifles". The little .223/5.56 round is described, breathlessly, as "enormously powerful", and somehow moreso when kept in "high capacity" magazines. A scoped .243 of modest specifications becomes a sniper rifle capable of picking off a miscreant in the next county. More than two or three guns and a few boxes of ammo are, wait for it, an "arsenal". The normy media has its own style sheet and it doesn't welcome boring facts, they have ad space to sell.


The quote for this week comes from Richard Fernandez at PJ Media, in his essay, Ideology Unbound:

This insidious process of begging the question is typical of totalitarian propaganda which made abundant use of expressions like "undeniably", "unquestionably" or as "everyone knows" or their more modern equivalents like "as all decent people agree ...", "the science is settled" or "this is not who we are" to assume what must otherwise be proved. But it nevertheless compels obedience like a herd driving itself along.

This is one of Mr. Fernandez's best, and that's saying a lot. Worth a read and a reread.

Next item please

Enter the words "American inventors" at Google , then hit "Images". Wow. Who knew?


Ace Of Spades comments on the media's nervous breakdown:

They're destroying themselves, and sabotaging their own propaganda operations, because they're just too crazy to think or care about such things any longer. And I gotta tell you: I love it. Destroying the media is a thing to be dearly wished for, but watching them destroy themselves is tons better.

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The wave of fist salutes, mass kneel downs and absences during the national anthem is having a seriously bad effect on pro football's bottom line . The NFL claims they're surprised and disappointed about the decline of attendance and viewers. Unlikely. One report says they're "praying for a turnaround" . Ain't going to turn around because they don't want a turnaround.

Black Power demonstrations during the national anthem are an in-your-face taunt, another middle finger salute from Only Black Lives Matter. The specifics aren't important. It's not about issues. It's about The Diversity's contempt for anyone not them. Yet they expect us to cheer them in doing for sports what they did for Ferguson and Detroit.

They also expect us to believe this is high-minded Age of Enlightenment stuff, not lame political posturing and race-baiting imported from the worst years of the '60s. Their minimum goal is to push back the limits of our tolerance a little further. And anyone who calls them out for it is "divisive", as if fan solidarity with their witless tantrums is a given. Sorry. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

The players call themselves athletes. No. They're entertainers, or were until they became self-absorbed exhibitionists. They've made their choice, the NFL has endorsed it and doubled down, even though it's obvious that insulting the paying customers is a losing business model. The sniveling and groveling by ESPN's Chowder and Marching Sycophants Society isn't helping either. Because it can't. We've seen this movie before. It's like autumn, no happy ending. Pass.

and finally,

The last two weeks are compelling evidence the very fabric of the universe is tilted a per cent or two against Yer Ol' Woodpile Report.

Last week we were without power for most of the day and all of the night. This week my mouse and keyboard winked out right in the middle of a righteously righteous, chewy caramel center, extra ranty rant. So the PC was still running but unreachable, like it was encased in amber on a faraway planet. Turns out it was the USB sockets. So, another day anahaff gone fixing it. What'll go next? The leather drive belt? The boiler water injector?

Now I gotta get used to a new keyboard. It's weird. Press a key and *bam*, it works. No more pressing certain keys a certain way. Yeah, I know, First World problems. Here's what I usta tell my kids when they complained:

When I was your age we didn't have fancy CPUs, we had strips of paper with rows of holes punched in 'em, and we were thankful to have 'em. Seven bits and a parity check. That's it. No color monitors either, in fact, the whole world was in black and white and I have the pictures to prove it.

No wonder they never call. Well anyway, enough chitchat, it's time to set down to a freshly baked Woodpile Report. Nutrition Facts per single serving are printed on the back of your screen. Oh yeah. I was there. Check your security video.


c. 1955. Pez poster ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg PEZ is an abbreviation of pfefferminz, the German word for peppermint. The candy was first marketed in Austria in 1927, packaged in small tins until the now-familiar dispenser was introduced in the early '50s. They were such a hit collectible PEZ dispensers bring big bux and are routinely faked. The poster features the Teutonic "PEZ Girl", a long running advertising theme.


Remus's notebook


Ars Technica - CCleaner malware outbreak is much worse than it first appeared ... code contains a "fileless" third stage that's injected into computer memory without ever being written to disk

City Journal - Undone, by Choice ... A new book chronicles America’s struggling transients but reveals, more often than not, that their predicaments were largely self-created

Zero Hedge - Blowback? - Mizzou Enrollment Tumbles To Lowest Since 2008 ... continuing fallout from race-baiting chimpouts of 2015

Graybeard Outdoors - Be skeptical of Ken Burns’ documentary: The Vietnam War

The American Council on Science and Health sounds the alarm on Tylenol

Is Tylenol 'By Far the Most Dangerous Drug Ever Made?' ... permanent liver damage from chronic use

Tylenol Isn't So Safe, But At Least It Works, Right? ... surprisingly ineffective

Art Of Manliness - How to Keep Your Course in the Wilderness ... from an Army field manual published in 1957

art-remus-ident-04.jpg There seems to be an arms race with flashlights, who can make an aircraft landing light the size of a pencil stub. They'll come with a recoil pad. What I'd like for nighttime woods-cruising is a one-cell AAA flashlight like my Fenix E01 except with better shielding against detection from the sides, in the "moonlight" lumens range, IPX-8 waterproof, a momentary button option, and preferably with some way to add a red filter. With dark-adjusted eyes all that's needed is a low glow. I'm about at the point of McGivering an E01. Suggestions welcome .

Aeon - Strange continuity, why our brains don't explode at film cuts

Cosmos - Rocks, not bacteria, triggered Earth’s oxidation ... changes in the planet’s crust paved the way for an oxygen atmosphere

History Blog - Reindeer hunters find Viking sword in Norway ... dates to 850-950 A.D

Zero Hedge - How Did Toys "R" Us Implode So Fast? The CEO Explains ... debt, mainly. Bankruptcy came slowly, then all at once.

This space reserved for the next "absolutely for sure" cause of the Permian–Triassic extinction event ... been running 'em in WPR for over a decade. They're late.

Bomb Throwers - Mainstream political polls commit fraud, use up to 58 percent more Democrats than Republicans ... more voters support conservative ideas and policies than claimed

From Popular Mechanics, two aircraft in test phase, both designed to carry rockets up to altitude and drop them, the rockets ignite and carry satellites into orbit.

Stratolaunch, a one-off megaplane

Virgin Orbit, a modified Boeing 747

Gizmodo - Thunderstorm Turns Into a Nuclear Reactor and Blasts Radiation Everywhere ... lightning-produced antimatter is involved

Reuters - Russia unveils monument to designer of iconic AK-47 rifle ... "I created a weapon for the defense of my fatherland"

Captain's Journal - ... the U.S. ought to erect monuments to John Moses Browning and Eugene Stoner. But we won’t. We aren’t Russia. Russia has fighters. We have PowerPoint presentations on workforce diversity and workplace harassment.

ARC - Appalachian Counties by State .. you just might be a hillbilly

NY Post - The NFL is praying for a ratings turnaround ... nine of the 13 NFL windows in the season-to-date posted viewership declines

SFGate - A’s Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel for anthem ... rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell, who earlier in the day profanely bashed President Trump on Instagram, became the first major-league player to kneel during the national anthem on Saturday

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Management's response: "The Oakland A's pride ourselves on being inclusive. We respect and support all our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression".

Now we know who they respect. And who they don't.

World War II Today - Japanese treatment of attempted escapees

Speisa - Germans are now a Minority in Frankfurt ... joins London, Amsterdam, Malmo, Geneva and Brussels where the ethnic population has been outnumbered.

Cosmos - A cool red star blows a bubble ... the carbon star U Antliae is surrounded by a shell of ejected matter. Hi-rez photo.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Dereliction of duty, US Defense Watch - In the last few years, the list of politically correct and socially engineered lunacy in the military seems like something out of a science fiction movie. The demise of the US military started the day the Gulf War ended. The war was seen by the public as a video game, where the enemy just laid down their arms and surrendered en masse. War was now clean and bloodless. Sergeant Stryker was no longer needed to storm the ash laden hills of Iwo Jima. Suzie Q could kill the enemy at stand-off ranges by merely pushing buttons. And so the feminist fantasies, the PC madness and the social engineering insanity commenced.


Realism, Z Man - Three generations ago  our rulers decided that the reason blacks were so far behind whites was culture. Now that three generations of social engineering have disproved that argument, we’re left with biology and magic. Our betters, unwilling to accept the reality on the ground are now arguing that the real cause of the racial gap is magic. They don’t call it magic, but that’s what they mean when they chant phrases like “white privilege” and “unconscious bias.” People will not tolerate a ruling class that is populated by madmen denying reality. It’s why, despite the lack of sane leaders and a coherent strategy, the alt-right thrives. They're right about the reality of race.


The wall, Ann Coulter - As of Wednesday this week, Trump will have been in office 243 days without having begun the wall. Imagine if Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had hit 243 days ago and all we'd gotten from the president were assurances that FEMA would be coming any day now—just as soon as he got the go-ahead from Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan! We hoped we wouldn't have to spell it out. We thought Trump understood this was an emergency. If he did understand, then 243 days ago, he would have sent the Navy Seabees and Army Corps of Engineers to start building the wall. The job of our military is to protect America's borders—not Ukraine's borders, not Jordan's borders.


Gravity, Phys Org - Using data from the first-ever gravitational waves detected last year, along with a theoretical analysis, physicists have shown that gravitational waves may oscillate between two different forms called "g" and "f"-type gravitational waves. The oscillating gravitational waves arise in a modified theory of gravity called bimetric gravity, or "bigravity," and the physicists show that the oscillations may be detectable in future experiments. The work may help answer the question of what "the other 95%" of the universe is made of, by suggesting that the answer may lie in modifications to gravity rather than new particles.


1940. Detroit Michigan


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Not known if this is "the" Detroit Yacht Club on its own island off of Belle Isle in the Detroit River. If so, it's still in business. Whatever these classic boats were worth in 1940, they'd be worth many times that today.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Other vs us, PJ Media Richard Fernandez - Three strange incidents occurred in recent weeks. Nancy Pelosi was "shouted down by immigration activists for trying to strike Dreamers deal with Trump." Hillary Clinton's book received disappointing reviews from the left, and former FBI director James Comey was heckled at Howard University. “Go home Comey, you’re not our homey.” The audience was turning on its performers. All were signs the once reliable Blue Model is misfiring. "Divide and conquer" couldn't live in the same town as "we are the world" forever. Sooner or later the global project had to square off against identity politics and it looks like the hyphens are winning.

Also see Return of Kings - Tranny Activists And Feminists Are Starting To Attack Each Other


TV exodus, Variety - There’s more evidence of a growing subscriber exodus threatening to hit the traditional pay-TV ecosystem. In 2016, the industry dropped about a net 2 million subscribers and an acceleration of pay-TV losses to more than 5 million annually does not seem impossible. The biggest problem for traditional pay television remains consumer perception that cable and satellite TV is too pricey and a bad value overall. 78% cited cost as the biggest factor. The irony is that moving to a virtual pay-TV service may not actually save consumers money once consumers calculate what they would actually pay month-to-month.


Reality bites, Amerika - Affirmative Action is worse than officially sanctioned state-sponsored “racism.” It is also corrupt, inefficient and stupid. You cannot undo the stupid with another layer of stupid. Affirmative Action is nothing except a fraud and a lie. Grifters and Card-Sharps use it to steal money, status and honor based on drummed-up racial guilt trips. It can never work because no administrative state in world history has ever been able to change human nature. From Nebuchadnezzer on forward, every attempt at anything resembling an affirmative action program has failed.


Show biz, Front Page - The numbers don't lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It's no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-American antics. Hollywood's revenue plunged nearly 16 percent over last year, the steepest decline in modern times. MTV's 10th annual awards show was the least-watched one in its history, the fourth year in a row that the network has seen a decline in the crown jewel of its annual calendar. Al Gore's man-made disaster scraped up less than $3.5 million in domestic receipts. The football field is now a minefield of social justice causes. Viewership at the start of the 2017 regular season was down 13 percent.

Also see Bastion of Liberty - The Left cannot provide entertainment of the sort consumers enjoy. Leftists’ political obsessions prevent it.


1938. North Platte Nebraska


art-remus-ident-04.jpg North Platte, in western Nebraska, had a population of about 12,500 in 1940. It's a little under twice that today. Night life was uncomplicated in 1938: a couple drinks, a cigar and a well turned out lady. Satisfaction itself.

North Platte was a railroad town then, and it still is today. Union Pacific's huge Bailey Yard—at two miles wide and eight miles long it's the largest in the world—is located inside the city limits.

North Platte was originally known as Hell On Wheels, renamed when the property was "platted", meaning when rights of way, roads and other legal boundaries ware added to the official map.


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


Neanderthals, Ancient Origins - The fossil remains of a Neanderthal child's skeleton are being studied to establish whether there are differences between the growth of Neanderthals and that of sapiens. Neanderthals had a greater cranial capacity than today's humans. Neanderthal adults had an intracranial volume of 1,520 cubic centimetres, while that of modern adult man is 1,195 cubic centimetres. That of the Neanderthal child in the study had reached 1,330 cubic centimetres at the time of his death, in other words, 87.5% of the total reached at eight years of age. At that age, the development of a modern-day child's cranial capacity has already been fully completed.


Affirmative action, American Thinker - Make no mistake: affirmative action is on the defensive now. The hysteria in response to advocacy of bourgeois values is a tell, as is Maxine Waters unintentionally revealing the nagging price affirmative action takes on the psyches of its purported beneficiaries, the entirely natural response to receiving preference in a competition. And when it is combined with admission to a campus where the “beneficiary” is unable to compete with students scoring hundreds of points higher on SATs it often results in blaming “racism” for all of one’s problems. Affirmative action was an experiment, one that has failed on the basis of 50 years of experience.


Spuds, Popular Science - In times of famine, fasting, or strange double-dog-dares, there are a couple of foods a human could survive on ... at least for awhile. The potato is one good example. Technically, the traditional white potato contains all the essential amino acids you need to build proteins, repair cells, and fight diseases. And eating just five of them a day would get you there. However, if you sustained on white potatoes alone, you would eventually run into vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That's where sweet potatoes come in.


Korea, National Interest - This analysis recommends war. It is shocking to put to print. However, with North Korea’s inexorable advance towards developing a nuclear-tipped ICBM, we enter the realm of bad choices. On balance, war on the peninsula is the least bad alternative. There are some months left for a brilliant diplomatic breakthrough that turns North Korea from the brink – these avenues must be energetically and exhaustively pursued. This analysis is presented on the fair assumption that such initiatives will fail. When having to choose between a mutual deterrence relationship with North Korea and war on the peninsula, then the latter is the only viable option.


1943. Libya


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A B-24 Liberator bomber operating out of Libya in North Africa. This is likely Wheelus on the Tripoli coast, built by Italy in 1923, used by the Luftwaffe in the North African Campaign, captured by the British in 1943, used by the USAAF 12th Air Force to stage raids during the war and by the USAF thereafter until it was closed and handed off in 1970 to Libya to become the Mitiga International Airport. See Scarlett? Yer dad was right. Only the land endures.


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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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