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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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Cottage at Pinner, Helen Allingham, c1890

Helen Allingham 1848–1926 was an English watercolor painter, illustrator and portrait artist of considerable fame in her own time, and still rising in ours. Her cottage series is the most reproduced. Pinner is an upscale and still picturesque area in northwest Greater London Borough, not far from Charing Cross.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg About the massacre in Las Vegas, Karl Denninger says, at Market-Ticker:

The process to obtain a legal machine gun is materially more stringent than the process to become a police officer. What we don't know at this point, of course, is whether said machine gun was legally purchased. It is quite likely that it was not—that it was either illegally converted (in which case all the background checks are worthless) or it was illegally sourced and acquired (in which case all the background checks are also worthless.)

... For the moment there are no conclusions that can reasonably be reached but that hasn't and won't stop those who wish to both pick your pocket and focus ever-more intrusive measures on people who have done exactly nothing wrong from exploiting this event for their own purposes.

The best defense against mass murder is to be somewhere else. To repeat Ol' Remus's Most Excellent Rule One:

Stay away from crowds.

It used to be that murder was blamed on the murderer. But Remus is a Deplorable without much capacity for nuance. Let's turn to the ruling class for deeply nuanced comments from our Non-Deplorable betters:

Media and showbiz had this to say:

Hayley Geftman-Gold, CBS vice president and senior counsel:

I’m actually not even sympathetic because country music fans often are Republican gun toters.

[She was fired, perhaps for saying out loud what others at CBS kept to themselves. But, it's telling she felt safe to say what she did.]

Jeff Zeleny, CNN reporter

Something else I think to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters.

[It's not clear why he dropped this into his report, there's no context to explain what he meant. It's just a bizarre non sequitur but, being CNN, a suspicious one]

Lady Gaga:

Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the hands of those who have power to legislate. #GunControl act quickly.

Michael Black

The NRA is a terrorist organization. There's no other way to say it.

Mia Farrow

Are we really ok with monsters & the mentally ill buying machine guns?

Politicians had this to say:

Hillary Clinton

The crowd fled at the sound of gunshots. Imagine the deaths if the shooter had a silencer, which the NRA wants to make easier to get. Our grief isn't enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.

Senator Chris Murphy, Connecticut:

To my colleagues: your cowardice to act cannot be whitewashed by thoughts and prayers. None of this ends unless we do something to stop it.

Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania:

How many more parents need to bury their children before Congress acknowledges the need to take action to reduce gun violence? #StopTheHate

Do any of them know if Paddock committed suicide before or after the mass shooting? The question's not original with me, I see it being asked here 'n there. As of now we "know" he was a wealthy guy with no known criminal record, no apparent motive, no mental health issues, no political or religious activism. Something ain't right. Maybe we'll know more by next Tuesday.

Next please

Over the years I've developed something I call "unwriting", used originally for the "Synopsis with links" in yer ol' WPR. What it comes down to is deleting unnecessary clauses, parenthetical phrases—which I rank with maggots, sentences that merely repeat the thought, and tangents that don't add value or clarify the main point. This has nothing to do with style because "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" about style.

Howsomever, while writing my own stuff, I noticed I've been "unwriting" so long it happens before my fingers hit the keys. Maybe I've gone too far. Belay that. I've gone too far. I shall make amends, starting now.

Last week I mentioned survivalists who are "... the lone wolves, nomads who step away from notions of colony altogether. They're the hunter-gatherer-fishermen, the escape and evasion specialists ..." and said it was bedrock survivalism, but no completely sane person can be a full time lone wolf indefinitely, blah blah. And left it at that.

A lone wolf survivalist 'candidate' must, at minimum, be able to hike many miles into the hills, in nasty weather, make a covert camp and spend a few days out there, undetected, with practiced ease and in acceptable comfort. Which means a light backpack with carefully chosen items. It's a matter of knowing your limitations and druthers well enough to concede the tradeoff of schlepping stuff around. With practice your skills accumulate and your pack lightens.

As for evasion, there's a lot written about it, but if you're not a warrior-partisan in a combat environment you're not going to be tracked by Selous Scouts. At most it'll be some guy who finds lost hikers who leave obvious sign and a trail of candy wrappers, but more likely someone with local knowledge, observant but with no real tracking ability.

Evasion still matters however, so it's a good discipline to practice. Whatever his expertise, anyone on your trail wants to know the same things. They are, in descending order: where you're going, your route, your methods, your abilities, and details of your habits. Deal with the little stuff and the big stuff takes care of itself. Tracking is hard, frustrating work. People are lazy and excuses are easy to come by. There's your ace in the hole.

Nomad survivalists aren't warriors. Their strategy for armed conflict is to not be there. Their firearm will emphasize versatility and ammo conservation. Expect anything from a single shot rimfire on up. The rest of their gear is equally mission specific. No two will be alike but typically they'll have at least two knives, a big "forever weapon" for rough work and a small one for finer work. Shelter and sleeping gear are similarly basic, relying in part on natural materials.

What it comes down to is this. The lone wolf survivalist has, by experience, mastered the skills and acquired the right tools to strike out in any weather, day or night, to a destination of his choosing, undetected in a watchful and hostile environment, and in sufficient comfort to continue until achieving his destination. This is baseline survivalism.

Next item please

Last week I asked readers for their recommended "moonlight" flashlights, and included a list of desirable features. There were many responses, thanks for that. One light stood out. Features look good, buyer's reviews are positive. It's on my list. One reader suggested a quick way to MacGyver my spare Fenix E01. Other readers had some non-obvious tips for woods cruising at night, you know, the slap-yer-forehead and "why didn't I think of that" kind of tips. As I've said here before, my readers are the bestest ever whatever was.

Next please

Francis Porretto explains why "hate speech" is such a useful tool, in his essay, Embracing the Faith", at Liberty's Torch:

That some utterance constitutes “hate speech” is, of course, an opinion: the opinion of some hearer who hates what he's heard. He's the one doing the hating; it's an interior experience that he might not share with anyone. Therefore, given an agreeable hearer, nothing is hate speech, whereas given an adversarial hearer, everything is!


The quote for this week comes from Hambo at the PIGazette:

Notice that the Founding Fathers don't cite 'free speech'. They use the unambiguous term 'freedom of speech', a term which does not give the eager censors any wiggle room.

Next item

Z Man exposes the media as a narrative-driven membrane, in his essay, The Media Wall:

The media used to inform the ruling class on trends among the Dirt People. Instructions from the rulers flowed through the press to the Dirt People. The responses flowed back up through the media to the Cloud People. Now, the media is a wall between the two. The people in the media face in toward their masters, rather than looking out over the wall at the rest of us. For those involved in dissident politics, this is useful as it makes it more difficult for the people in charge to respond to the threat.


From Alex Thomas at the Daily Sheeple:

... members of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may have purposefully allowed their star quarterback to get sacked multiple times after he refused to kneel during the National Anthem... “He wants to stand alone, he can stand alone on the field,” one of the teams offensive lineman said, according to the shows source. Keep in mind, the offensive line are literally the guys whose job it is to protect the quarterback, in this case the star player who didn’t kneel.

There's only one team Members Of The African American Community are on, and it ain't the Raiders or any other NFL team.

Next item

It's not often I recommend books to my beloved readers, but this is one of those times. Some time ago I ordered two biographies of Julius Caesar, one of which was, Caesar: Life of a Colossus, by Adrian Goldsworthy. A few months later I reread it, which confirmed my high opinion.

So I ordered three more titles by Goldsworthy, emptying my book budget for the year. They are:

Augustus: First Emperor of Rome,
Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World
How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower.

and finally,

This week's Premium Edition will arrive laser-etched on the inside wall of a nanotube eight miles long. Don't be alarmed, it's neatly coiled inside a drop of natural amber from Sotheby's corporate reserve. But wait, there's more. If the serial number is twenty-five or below, ask for Mr. Clarke at the White Hart and use the secret code "WPR" for a complimentary mulled ale. For those of us in the cheap seats, here's the electronic version of Yer Ol' Woodpile Report.


1948. New York Central magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 1948 the NY Central was the bluest of the blue chip eastern railroads, known throughout the country by its assets, the 20th Century Limited, Grand Central Station and a New York to Chicago schedule of under 16 hours on its famous "water level route". So called because it paralleled the Hudson River, the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes shoreline.

The Central completely reequipped its passenger trains following the war, as touted in the ad below, but ridership steadily declined due to the postwar automobile boom, four-lane highways and rising competition from airlines. Worse, its bread and butter freight business was strangled by punitive regulations, trucks and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

In 1968 the NY Central and its biggest competitor, the also ailing Pennsylvania Railroad, merged to form the Penn Central, perhaps the most ill-conceived and mismanaged enterprise in the history of enterprise. It lasted two years. Most of the former NY Central flagship route is now part of CSX, a brilliantly managed and profitable railroad.


Remus's notebook


Return Of Kings - 5 Old But Awesome Weapons That Have Not Been Made Obsolete ... excellent choices but, but, no .50 caliber Ma Deuce?

Washington Examiner - NFL ticket sales plummet 17.9% ... viewers continue to abandon their NFL Sunday habits

NBA Coach: ‘White People Especially’ Need To Be Made ‘Uncomfortable’

art-remus-ident-04.jpg So, what does he recommend? Insults? Intimidation? Threats? Violence? Step right up and tell us, coach. But be aware, you're late to the party.

Campus Reform - Members of the Black Student Union storm University of Vermont president's office with list of demands ... We demand that the University takes the responsibility to make sure our groups obtain more funding.

Daily Caller - Black Students Demand Cornell University Evict Students From Frat House And Turn It Over To Them ... also want mandatory identity coursework

USA Today - NFL Player Arrest Database

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They don't call it the National Felon League for nothing. Arrests in this database include domestic violence, murder and manslaughter, assault and battery, drugs, sexual assault, &c. 33 reported arrests so far this year, which is only the ten percent or so they didn't keep out of the news.

Bromides about The African-American Community tell us poverty causes crime, common sense tells us it's the other way around. Their nests look conspicuously shat in, but let's take 'em at their word.

ESPN pays the NFL $2 billion a year for television rights. To pay for it, cable and satellite customers ante up $9 a month whether they want it or not. The NFL's stadiums cost taxpayers hundreds of millions each, 20 of 'em since 1997.

The teams pay no property tax, no sales tax. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, makes $44 million. 68% of NFL players are Members Of The African-American Community. The minimum starting salary for a player is $465,000.

This deal is as sweet as they come, yet it produces millionaire criminals. It's a mystery.

City Journal - Bench the NFL, The league enjoys an antitrust exemption from Washington that should have been revoked years ago

Gun Free Zone - Fixing the Federal Fix in Jerry Cans

Next Big Future - 40 years too late- Bill Gates says ctrl-alt-delete should have been one button

News Australia - Radioactive find reveals the race to stop Hitler developing nuclear weapons may have been closer than we thought ... for once it doesn't sound crazy

Gravity wave detection

National Science Foundation - LIGO and Virgo observatories jointly detect black hole collision ... about three solar masses were converted into gravitational-wave energy during the coalescence

Smithsonian - Scientists Detect Fourth Gravitational Wave, Homing in on an Ancient Black Hole Collision ... ripples are less than the width of an atom

Air & Space - The First Drone Strike—in 1944 ... had a TV camera mounted in its nose

Fox News - Report Cards Appear to Show Grade-Changing at Another Baltimore City School ... passing grades, it's a miracle

Fox News - 'Concealed carry' ruling could help put gun issue on Supreme Court agenda ... DC's requirement to show a "good reason" again

Daily Mail - Killer, 36, who punched his female lawyer in the face in court is seeking $1 million in compensation for breaking his hand as he was wrestled to the floor by cops ... racist police brutality in New Jersey

American Thinker - Blacks, Crime, and the Bended Knee... blacks committed half of all homicides in the United States despite comprising only 13 percent of the population

American Thinker - NFL: The National Felons League Crime Spree

Daily Caller - NJ Elementary School Calls Cops On Third-Grader For Saying ‘Brownie’ ... asking for dessert gets him referred to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency

Daily Caller - Schumer: Trump Said ‘We Won’t Do The Wall’ During Negotiations ... and everyone knows Schumer wouldn't lie

Conservative Republican News - Who’s rigging guns to kill the owner?

Next Big Future - Universe cannot be simulated by using any algorithm or computer imaginable by certain physicists ... complexity of the simulation increased exponentially with the number of particles being simulated


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Ruling class, Social Matter, The new compact and organization that American governance created during FDR’s reign is long in the tooth. It originated with the ascendancy of Harvard-trained communists, massive centralization of power and media, and rule by academics. There was a political formula and an agreed to ruling minority. This ruling class has dominated for decades but is experiencing problems. Their drift and mood is shaped by those who lose habit of dealing with people of the lower classes and commanding them directly, which enables a frivolousness culture that is wholly abstract and conventional, to supplant a vivid sense of realities and a sound and accurate knowledge of human nature.


Indians, Amerika - Columbus called the inhabitants of these places “Indians” because he correctly noted two aspects of their physiognomy: they were at least predominantly Asian in descent, and they were brown and not “yellow,” which by the calculus of human races meant that they were ethnically something like Indians. As it turns out, they were a different type of Asian entirely and lacked the paternal European line that runs through India, ones who had arrived over ten thousand years earlier. Amerinds are Siberian immigrants, and in addition to making local species extinct, they likely absorbed other tribes and created a new culture out of this racially-mixed group.


No bailout, Market Ticker - Yes, we must help Puerto Rico to the extent we can, and we are. However, those who lent the island money must remain fully exposed to the risk of loss; that's why there's an interest payment on borrowed money and especially over the last few years it's why their debt had traded at a high discount—the risk of non-payment. Now that risk must become realized. No bailouts for the Wall Street folks who bought that garbage paper. It is the only check and balance on them doing it again. If your government is squandering basic infrastructure maintenance and repairs so as to hand out cash to various people and favored groups, pretending the bill will never come due.


Blackball, Z Blog - Peak professional football was probably a dozen years ago. It was around then that white mothers, started turning against youth football. They did not want their little baby being run over by black kids. That’s why the concussion hysteria gained traction. It’s a ready made excuse for pulling the white kids out of football, that lets white women pretend it is not racism driving their decision. Those kneeling black players are a stark reminder to white women that the sport of football is for violent black men, not nice suburban white boys. Youth participation in football is collapsing and this will only serve to accelerate it. The NFL has now made football anti-white and un-American.


1938. New York City


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A thoroughly modern wonder of the age, The New York Telephone Company's international switchboard. NY Telephone was a subsidiary of AT&T until its breakup in 1984, then part of NYNEX, then Bell Atlantic and now Verizon. Notice Station 119, "ship-to-shore".


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


OODA, Art Of Manliness - Nation-states around the world and even terrorist organizations use the OODA Loop as part of their military strategy. It has also been adopted by businesses to help them thrive in a volatile and highly competitive economy. The OODA Loop is an oft-cited, but typically misunderstood idea. If you’ve heard of it, it was most likely presented in a fairly superficial way – as a 4-step decision-making process where the individual or group who makes it through all the stages the quickest, wins. That’s one element of the OODA Loop, but there’s much more to it than that. Once you move past the simplified, Cliff Notes version of the OODA Loop, you find that it’s actually pretty heady stuff.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg OODA is often understood and taught as a checklist, which is to say, a dogma, the very thing it's designed to replace. Acting on such an understanding may get the practitioner into trouble it won't get him out of. OODA is a strategy for tactics, not a tactic itself. It can be fairly described as Darwin reapplied, prompted by and derived from high speed air combat.

That said, minds fully the equal of Boyd's may find more fitting paths for themselves. Legendary military commanders before Boyd's time certainly did. There's a good deal of personal patching and backfilling in anyone's method. The deficits he assumes in himself and others may not be your deficits. There's much in OODA that's valuable. Which things is your call.

As a cautionary tale, prior to World War II the Japanese brass studied and promoted Sun Tzu's Art of War. But when actually committed to battle and the war itself, they relied instead on unsupported delusions and willful misunderstanding. Even Mao Tse Tung noticed this. Five will get you ten the same thing will happen with today's OODA and 4GW gurus when the chips are down.


Marvel, John Wright - There may be those of you who think I am kidding about the state of Marvel comics, and the concerted, coordinated effort the Left is making there, as with the Hugos, to blot out everything we love in the Pop culture, and replace it with politically correct doublethink and dullness, virtue signaling and depravity. Below is a page from the last book of GENERATIONS, where the gimmick is to time travel the diversity-hire cosplay versions of the characters back into the past to meet the original, real heroes in their prime. Here they are, gathered together.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The comic book industry's creative phase was ended by the Comics Code in 1954. Even before the code, kids traded one EC for two or three Marvels. Marvel comics, a Disney outfit now, make no real money and aren't expected to, they've become Marvel Cinematic speculative screenplays. No new Hal Foster, Wallace Wood, Will Eisner, Walt Kelly, Alex Raymond or Al Williamson at Marvel, just gimmicky superheroes copy-pasted from templates and gussied up with the worst diversity has to offer.


Tech wreck, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - A nation might be vanquished by a small group of domestic evildoers ruthlessly using weapons of mass destruction against their own country. The attack, when it comes, will be anonymous, its perpetrators refraining from presenting an obvious target and too small in number to find. The effect of millions of people dying from an unknown threat will be devastating. The calls to rein in science and impose limits to knowledge in the aftermath of the first atomic bombs would pale in comparison to the backlash from Judgment Day. The constitutional order, even civilization itself could break down, a condition its instigators would intentionally exploit.


Hotels, The Smart Set - What is important nowadays when you check in? First of all, get along well with the receptionist, whatever it takes, because this person has the power to decide whether you are welcome or not. It’s a good sign if he calls you by your name and even pronounces it correctly without you having to model it. If you don’t (pretend to) respect him, you may find him to be your worst enemy. If you have visited a hotel often enough and are acquainted with one of the employees, he or she may reveal aspects of the inner workings that you are usually shielded from — the lower down, the higher the chance you will find out what you want to know.


1938. New York City

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Times Square. Seen in countless tourist photos and classic movies, it was the center of gravity for New York City. Named for the New York Times building, it was already in decline in the 1930s. From here it would slide into the sleazy, crime-ridden embarrassment seen in Midnight Cowboy. The turnaround came in the 1990s.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Free speech, Front Page, The media coup had monopolized speech by monopolizing infrastructure. If you had enough licenses, printing presses and broadcasting facilities, you didn’t have to forcibly silence anyone. The internet broke that model. Control was quickly reasserted. The left still had the advertising industry connections and the networks to dominate messaging. Its entertainment side was expert at commodifying cool. And that’s why the second phase of the culture war is underway. The internet has made it impossible to proceed with the culture war without destroying free speech. It's about creating a safe space in which your views are the only ones that can be heard.


Identity politics, American Thinker - For some time now, Democrats have played the identity politics game, revving up grievances, real or imagined, of different ethnic groups with the only commonality a dismissive prejudice against middle-class white men. This divisive disunity strategy served them well for a while, but no longer. With nothing else to replace it, it’s between Scylla and Charybdis—risk losing the base and seek broader appeal or crash into obscurity. They continue to choose poorly. With such a cynical, divisive and mendacious strategy, is it any surprise that the DNC coffers are running low? Donors and supporters are abandoning the party in droves.



Timescape, Cosmos - The accelerating expansion of the universe due to “dark energy” may not be real, it might simply be an artefact caused by the physical structure of the cosmos. The findings claims the fit of Type Ia supernovae to a model universe with no dark energy appears to be slightly better than the fit using the standard dark energy model. On the cosmic scales of an expanding universe, gravity appears to be weaker than expected so scientists invented “dark energy”, a sort of anti-gravitational force. Timescape cosmology has no dark energy. Instead, it includes variations in the effects of gravity caused by the lumpiness in the structure in the universe and uses a different equation for average expansion.


Korea, National Interest

Why War with North Korea Is Inevitable

The reasons why deterrence is destined for failure and war on the peninsula is increasingly inevitable.

Why Its Time to Prepare for the Worst with North

Decades of diplomatic efforts have failed to de-nuclearize and pacify Kim Jong Un’s regime while parallel efforts to deter small-scale conventional and large-scale cyber-attacks have also failed.


1939. Finland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Winter War of 1939-1940 lasted three and a half months, pitting the Soviet Union's enormous military against Finland's small and under equipped army. As always, the convoluted politics and motives that led to war are in dispute to the present day.

The USSR invaded Finland in late November, losing 340,000 men to Finland's 70,000, along with thousands of tanks and hundreds of aircraft, presenting an appearance of incompetence that probably encouraged Germany to invade.

Although the Fins were forced to yield some territory to the USSR to gain peace, the country was neither defeated nor occupied. Finland's resolute defense and resourcefulness in the face of the Soviet goliath has become the stuff of legend.

The grenade launcher below is one example, made from a forked branch, a rubber inner tube and nerves of steel.


A couple of political cartoons of the day.


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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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3 Oct 2017