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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
not who we are
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
value neutral
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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Claude Monet, Water Lilies - The Clouds, 1903

One of two hundred and fifty lily pond paintings in the Impressionist manner done by Monet at his home in Giverny. Impressionism in its original form was outdoor painting using quick, short strokes to capture fleeting weather and lighting effects. The first practitioners were commonly students of then-emerging scientific color theory. Since then it's been most often used as a "look" without much fidelity to the original intent.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is from the Free Thought Project, about the timeline change in the Las Vegas shooting:

According to the first official timeline, Campos was shot in the leg while checking on an alarm. According to the original police-reported timeline, Paddock never fired on the crowd below again after shooting Campos.

But now, we are being told that is not what happened and we should believe their new story which is completely different. To be clear, this information was simple to find out as all they had to do was ask Campos who was only shot in the leg before he began shooting.

Did they ask Campos? If not, why not? If yes, did he change his story? In case you missed it, the timeline changed again late Friday when the Sheriff said Paddock didn't shoot the hotel security guard at 9:59 after all, it was 10:05 .

The closer we look at the facts, the less factual they become—exactly when Paddock checked in, who called who and when, stuff like that. And if we don't like the official facts, Mandalay's management has a different set . Facts don't change, hence the name, but stories do, and usually for a reason.

Jesus Campos acts like a man with something to hide. Oddly, he turns out not to be licensed to work security in Nevada , and he was unarmed, almost as if his citizenship status isn't all it should be. Then, minutes before a scheduled tevee interview, his union rep said Campos disappeared . Do the investigators know where he is?

"Right now I'm just concerned where my member is, and what his condition is. It's highly unusual," said the union rep . Officials told David Hickey, the union prez, Campos checked into "a clinic" shortly after standing up the press, but not why or which one. There's an odd timeline all by itself.

Meanwhile, over at Paddock's house, someone broke in after the police searched it and boarded it up. Hmm. Seems risky, especially if the place was under surveillance. If this were a detective novel we'd suspect there was something in there important enough to retrieve.

The SWAT team covered themselves with something other than glory. So far the investigation doesn't inspire confidence. Every time we think we know something, we don't. The news media, strangely incurious, is less interested in finding answers than pushing more gun control. The vacuum's being filled with cockamamie theories that mostly defy physics and common sense. The only thing in short supply here is facts that stay facts.

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This is an excerpt from comment 30 by Rashadjin at Vox Popoli, about Vox Day's new book, SJWs Always Double Down:

SJWs should be characterized as the Flood from Halo - a parasitic monster that's sole reason for existence is to turn all life into itself. The finer point here is the little, swarming flesh blobs that make up most of the SJW horde are only running simple pathological scripts that they are generally ignorant of and unable to comprehend. Functional, directed SJW intelligence only shows up in the later stages of convergence when the level of infection can support it. In either case, the solution is the same: Burn it with fire, to the last spore.


The Daily Mail has a story of exhausted firefighters in northern California being relieved by teams from all over the country. And Canada and Australia. It's always the same when this kind of disaster gets too big to handle, Canadians and Australians step up to work shoulder to shoulder with their American cousins.

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Mike at Cold Fury comments on NFL players kneeling for BLM:

The NFL badly needs to be taught that if they choose to take a knee in support of a dishonest cause, allowing their entertainment business to be infiltrated and overcome by hard Left politics, they're gonna find it mighty hard to climb back to their feet again. To repeat: I abandoned 'em a long time ago; I haven't missed them at all, and I am never coming back.


Johannes Gutenberg—whose actual name was Johannes Gensfleisch, "goose meat" in English—invented the movable type printing press for a practical business reason. His famous Bible, which bankrupted him incidentally, came a few years later later. According to Paul McNeil at the Irish Times:

Since the 11th century, indulgences had been awarded by the church for the remission of sins. This involved costly, labour-intensive procedures where monastic scribes would write thousands of identical documents by hand. Gutenberg’s decisive contribution to printing – and to the direction of Western culture – was devised to solve this commercial problem.

The invention of type in the form of single letters cast on individual bodies allowed the reproduction of uniform documents in huge quantities, rapidly, adaptably, accurately and, above all, cheaply.


Hollywood's in chaos. While others chase down the salacious details and marvel at the virtue-signaling performances, Z Man zooms to wide angle and all becomes clear:

An axiom of modern life is that the arrival of social justice warriors is a sign that a business or industry has entered a death spiral... The smart-money men, interested only in making money, have left the scene, leaving the people with other agendas to take over...

That’s what is happening with Hollywood. The girls are taking over, which means they will be producing content that no one watches, as they burn through the assets of the movies business infrastructure.


Another wide angle view comes from Robert Tracinski at The Federalist, this time of the left in general. He sees today's liberals as the sorcerer's apprentice, unable to control its creation:

The moderate left has spent the past few years running interference for Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and some of us have been warning them that the far left hates the liberals, too. They're now finding that out up close and personal... Hence the new regime now being established on college campuses, where professors with unimpeachable “liberal” credentials now find themselves harassed and shouted down by angry mobs.

and finally,

Three times this year we've forgotten to close the hatch on the chicken coop in the evening. Two of those times we've lost a hen to raccoons. Last week was one of those times. When we checked the surveillance video, three raccoons showed up about an hour after sundown. The hen they got was the one with the cross-beak, so no more trimming it every couple of weeks.

A neighbor down the road saw a mama bear with three medium size cubs. Taken together with the one we've watch grow up over the last couple years, that's four we know of. He's the one I mentioned a while back, we were outten front of the house when he crossed the road. He stopped, looked at us, then as if to say, "oh, it's only you," continued on his way. You can bet he's seen us a lot more than we've seen him.

Sunday I did a bit-o'-woods cruising to field test my New! Improved! day trip gear. No backpack, only belt pouches. It would see me through a forced overnighter, barely. Two hours of slogging steep hills and deep gullies dense with hardwoods was a partial trial. Temperature was really too warm for my getup, but I learned some of what I wanted to know. What I need is a cold, breezy, dark and rainy day. Better yet, week. My kind of woods cruising weather.

Maybe it's because my life's story begins in early October. On comes the title of this episode, 2017, blah blah, with an establishing shot of green trees, then to yellow, then to brown. A cold wet wind comes up and blows away the camouflage to reveal the world as it really is, what you'd see in July with the right kind of x-ray. In summer, the eastern woodlands is a jungle with smaller leaves. October is the Little Bang, my horizontal range of vision goes from a hundred feet to a hundred yards.

This year the trees are about a week behind for color change, maybe halfway to peak just now. Aside from a wet spring it's been a great growing season, so the colors are muted, not the hot neon beloved of the chamber of commerce. I go by the maple that's in the far corner of the yard, if it's first colors are bright, so too will be everything else. This year it's no better than medium. It's a hardy line tree, well situated, a sort of dip stick. There have been a couple of years it's shone in laser-pure yellow-red as if lit from within, so bright it dazzled the eye.

Space Weather says, "The sun is sliding into a deep Solar Minimum that continues to defy some expectations. For much of the past week, the sun was absolutely blank, no sunspots, and solar activity was deemed "very low." Nevertheless, space weather was stormy. From Oct. 11th through 15th, not a single day went by without a geomagnetic storm. Bright auroras were sighted not only around the poles, but also in a number of US states".

At solar minimum a sunspot of any size may grow rapidly and explode with a major coronal mass ejection. This solar minimum is coming in well below the bottom band of the estimated range. Think of a fifty-five gallon drum full of boiling naphtha, over a cheery fire, with the lid clamped on tight. Everything's quiet until suddenly it isn't. So keep an eye.

Well gang, enough chitchat. This week the mainstream media featured showbiz degeneracy reminiscent of Weimar-era Germany, with a sidebar of depravity—parents and schools trotting out kids in drag like trick ponies—and more madcap hijinx from The Diversity, putting their thumb in everyone else's eyes while gleefully exhibiting every stereotype that allegedly offends them. And oh yeah, a paragraph or two below the fold about impending collapse and war and other distractions. Get yer popcorn, settle back, it's time to witness the general dissolution as chronicled in yer ol' Woodpile Report.


1931. General Electric refrigerator magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg GE's "monitor top" refrigerator, so called for its resemblance to the turret on a Monitor class warship of the Civil War, was introduced in 1927 and immediately became a best seller. The so-called turret is the compressor, which radiates a lot of heat. Modeled after contemporary ice boxes except in steel, it used comparatively safe Freon, a patented chlorofluorocarbon, as a cooling medium rather than the toxic or flammable gasses used at the time.

In 1931, the year this ad ran, the Depression was settling in. Notice the classic sales appeal for hard times, 'you can't afford to be without it'.

GE's appliance division was purchased by China's Haier Group in 2016, a long-time anonymous manufacturer for major brands, with production facilities throughout the US.



Remus's notebook


Market-Ticker - Heros and Zeros: Vegas ... up-armored and up-armed cops sat in the stairway while the gunman shot into the crowd

All Outdoor - Why The AR-15 Cannot Be Banned ... viable production capacity is a matter of national security

Return Of Kings - England Is Dangerously Overpopulated And No One Is Talking About It ... over 50% of UK's food comes from other countries

Seeker - The Mystery of the Universe's Missing ‘Normal’ Matter Has Begun to Unravel ... previously undetected matter found as gas filaments between galaxies

Science News - We’re more Neandertal than we thought ... about 1.8 to 2.6%, linked to sunburn and being a night owl

21st century warfare

Captain's Journal - National Review On Bump Stocks And Fourth Generation Warfare ... what the second amendment really is

Aeon - The battlefield is dead ... war is becoming more like hunting

NBC News - Boy Scouts Will Admit Girls, Allow Them to Earn Eagle Scout Rank ... will Girl Scout merit badges transfer one-for-one?

CNBC - CBS earnings to disappoint due to weak NFL ratings ... NFL hasn't "looked like America" for a very long time

Front Page - Getting Them Young, Minnesota is Ground Zero in the Left’s efforts to brainwash young people

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This truly surpasses belief. When you read this—and it's a short article so please read it—keep in mind they're talking about elementary school kids. Not college kids.

Daily Mail - Market trader, 56, is banned from town centre after selling Knights Templar coffee mugs that are 'offensive' to Muslims

Don Surber - Journalism test ... journalists deny a liberal bias. This is a simple test for them to prove it

Navy Times - Surveys reveal disastrous morale on cruiser Shiloh ... Navy has learned nothing from prior toxic commands

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Apparently the 7th Fleet has fallen into the hands of incompetent posers. Two preventable collisions at sea, fleet duty without the required training and qualifications, and now a latter day Captain Bligh.

Armed and Dangerous - Bumpstocks: NRA loses the plot ... This appeasement? This unilateral surrender? This is wrong. It’s a betrayal and a blunder.

Global News - Canada Revenue Agency plans to tax employee discounts ... "look, if I have to do all this paperwork, it doesn’t make sense to give the discount"

Joris Laarman Lab - MX3D, a first-of-its-kind printing process that uses robot arms and advanced welding machines to print large-scale objects in mid-air. Bridges, for instance.

Natural News - Vegan food truck shuts down after celebrating deaths of “fifty nine meat eaters” in Las Vegas massacre ... she's also a former professor at Marywood University in Scranton

Deadline ... As of last week, the 2017-2018 NFL season is down almost 8% in viewers from the same Week 5 point in the 2016-2017 season.

Daily Caller - FBI ‘Finds’ New Documents About Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting ... Judicial Watch scores again

Real Climate Science - Imagine If This Happened Now ... twenty-five states set their all-time record maximum temperature during the 1930’s

Daily Mail - Scientists to make mysterious 'extreme event' gravitational wave announcement on Monday

Guardian - ... Monday’s announcement confirms research from 2013 that shows that a significant fraction of the gold and other heavy elements could come from the collision of two super-dense celestial objects known as neutron stars.

City Journal - Standing on the Shoulders of Diversocrats ... the mania to achieve racial and gender equity in the hard sciences and tech


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Scouts, Fox News - We all knew that it was only a matter of time before the BSA compromised itself into oblivion. That day has now arrived. The Boy Scouts of America unanimously approved to welcome girls into its Cub Scout program and a Scouting program for older girls. What now separates the Boy Scouts from any other youth organization? The BSA has now effectively rendered obsolete both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. I have to wonder why any parent would want their young teenage girls camping in the woods with young teenage boys? This is what the Left does best: target and destroy everything good in America.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aesop at Raconteur Report has written an excellent essay on the decline, fall and no-future of the BSA. Here's a key quote:

First is was the atheists pushing back against reverence, then it was the gay Scouts and NAMBLA would-be scoutmasters pounding out any notion of a scout being "morally straight"... now we can add feminism to the list of afflictions. Because a large swath of bitter, ugly, misandrists is perpetually offended at the idea of boys being boys, and growing up to become men.


Paddock, Ann Coulter - Reputedly serious news organizations are claiming that Stephen Paddock made a living playing video poker. That's like claiming someone made a living smoking crack. So why are the media insistent that Paddock was getting rich by playing video poker? The most likely explanation is that the reporters and investigators are incompetent nitwits. But the changing facts from law enforcement and preposterous lies from the press aren't doing a lot to tamp down alternative theories of the crime. Losing a percent or two on millions of dollars doesn't make sense as an investment strategy, but it does make sense as a money laundering operation.

Ace, at Ace of Spades says, It continues to be sad to watch the FBI become nothing but an organization of politicized Barney Fifes.

Pamela Geller tells us, at American Thinker, Why We Cannot Trust the FBI


Predators, Of Two Minds - Hollywood Oligarch Harvey Weinstein perfectly captures the true nature of our status quo: a rotten-to-the-core, predatory, exploitive oligarchy of dirty secrets and dirty lies protected by an army of self-serving sycophants, servile toadies on the make and well-paid legal mercenaries. The real reason Mr. Weinstein has been fired is his loss of the golden touch in generating movie-magic loot for the oh-so-liberal and politically correct Hollywood gang that was pleased to protect Mr. Weinstein when he was busy enriching them. If you want to understand why the status quo is unraveling, start by examining the feudal structure of our society, politics and economy, and the endemic corruption, predation and exploitation of the privileged oligarchs at the top.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg DC is in shock. First they lose a rigged election, then the G string falls off their cash cow. The DNC recognizes this for what it is, and rolling up Hollywood is just the opening move. The smart ones calculated the blast radius and decamped, betimes.


Heresy in academia, Amerika - Perhaps the Good Professor had just had enough. Enough of the farce, the Leftist propaganda, the ridiculous, intellectually stifling bias that has turned the modern academy into an absolute joke. He submitted “The case for colonialism” to The Third World Quarterly and then stood back to admire the positively masterful tornado of turds. He’s done an awesome job of ripping the lid off of Lefty Academic hell and letting us all stare at the Boschescape and all that crawled around thereupon. Again, they disagree with anyone’s right to disagree. All the while, they talk about loving Free Speech while arguing in favor of censorship.


1942. Chicago


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Locomotives line up for coal at the Illinois Central Railroad tower in Chicago. The I.C. had been in business for 86 years when this photo was taken, beginning operations in 1856 with a line from northwest Illinois to the southern tip of the state.

After growing its route and acquiring other lines, the IC merged with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1972 to reach the Gulf of Mexico. It all became part of the Canadian National Railway in 1998.

3618, in the foreground, was an unglamorous 2-10-2 built by Lima in 1921. With their ten small driving wheels and large pistons, this class of locomotive were luggers. In 1940 the 3618 was refitted with the boiler from 1644, a 2-8-2 built by Baldwin in 1911. 3618 was scrapped in 1957.


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Puerto Rico, Kakistocracy - Like most Caribbean idleocracies, Puerto Ricans are loath to earn their own living when someone else is offering. This is certainly an insufficient excuse to not enjoy first world living standards. After all, these are Americans we’re talking about. Think of them as family—that despises you. The island has accumulated a ludicrous $70 billion dollar debt for which its apologists have found many culprits—few of whom, strangely, are Puerto Ricans. Once a portion of this financial burden is inevitably forgiven, and added to ongoing Hurricane relief aid, we’ll have more zeros on our philanthropy for these people. And more hostility and demands as a result of the effort. It’s all quite gratifying.


No tomorrows, Z Man - Our virtuous rulers don’t think past tomorrow. it’s all about grace today. This is particularly true with regards to migration. Nationalists like to cook up complex theories as to why our rulers are wedded to the idea of mass immigration. Some say it is cheap labor. Other say it is cheap votes. Still others see it as spite. All of those things are true, but the real motivation is virtue. Instead of a public ceremony where they sacrifice a bull or consecrate a church, inviting in the poor and downtrodden is the big public act of virtue. The consequences are down the road. The grace is today. It's not just vanity. We are the first people to have no conception of an afterlife.


Whiteness, College Fix - An expensive private St. Louis kindergarten-through-grade 8 school is making sure its students are aware of race from the moment their enrolled until they time the graduate. The “Witnessing Whiteness” program actually starts the racial consciousness in pre-kindergarten, part of the “school’s approach to addressing race at every educational level.” Teachers and staff participate in discussions to get them to “rethink” how they view race. The approach is based on the book by Shelly Tochluk, “invit[ing] readers to consider what it means to be white, describes and critiques strategies used to avoid race issues, and identifies the detrimental effect of avoiding race on cross-race collaborations.”


Dread, Legal Insurrection - I don’t know if there are any uncorrupted institutions left that matter. The education system, from public grade school through public and private higher ed, is gone. The frontal assault on free speech on campuses is the result. If you think this is just a Humanities and Social Sciences problem, stay tuned. In 3-5 years, if we’re still here, we’ll be writing about how the social justice warriors have corrupted the STEM fields. It’s happening now, it’s just not in the headlines yet. Even language as a means of communication is corrupted, with terminology manipulated and coerced to achieve political ends. The press could stand as a bulwark against this slide, but it too is corrupted.


1939. West Virginia

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Maidsville mine at shift change. Maidsville is just south of the Pennsylvania state line, north of Morgantown. The mine opened in 1915. Its replacement, the larger and more modern Humphrey No. 7 Mine, opened in 1956 and closed in 2002. Notice the shrouded overhead power line for the electric tractor.


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The fall, PJ Media Richard Fernandez - The Left spent decades replacing traditional myths and social sanctions with their own structures only to see these fall to ruin. Some social commentators have noted a mood of disillusionment. "Millennials report depression in higher numbers than any previous generation", up to one in five. People appear to be tuning out of politicized "comedy", sports and entertainment, exhausted by the public frenzy. It's a direct consequence of the fall of the Narrative. In our strange new world of upheaval, privacy and freedom may prove the most crucial quantity of all. The Narrative died from lack of it.


Survival knife, Art Of Manliness - One of your most important survival tools is a quality knife. For thousands of years, man has depended on a cutting tool of some kind to help meet basic survival needs: food, water, fire, and shelter. Now, in our modern society, we casually refer to this blade as the “survival knife.” It has certainly earned that name. However, not all survival knives are created equal. When it comes to your survival knife, less is typically more. Hang the cool movie prop knife on a wall and embrace the simplicity of a skillfully designed survival knife. Function trumps styling–always. Your first priority is performance and that will depend on a variety of time-tested key features.


Diversity, National Association of Scholars - A student’s ancestry or skin color bestows no special insights or knowledge. There is no “black perspective” on chemistry or “Hispanic perspective” on statistics. Even in courses that pertain to the social sciences, few undergraduates know enough about the subject matter to contribute new viewpoints in class. Diversity advocates rarely speak to audiences that will question their core beliefs. "Anyone who challenges their claims will spark immediate reproach from them. If I were to single out two cohorts whose members disproportionately enhanced diverse exchanges in my classrooms, they would be military veterans and strong Christians."


West Point, Daily Caller - Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Heffington issued an open letter to West Point graduates earlier this week blasting the superintendent, commandant, and dean of the military academy for contributing to a “culture of permissiveness.” Heffington states he has personally taught cadets who are “borderline illiterate” and refers to as West Point’s “nonexistent” academic standards. He blasts increasing politicization of the curriculum. “An entire semester of military history was deleted from the curriculum,” but that there is an ever-growing focus on race, as well as “the narrative that America is founded solely on a history of racial oppression.”


1943. Gela Sicily


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo shows the SS Robert Rowan, a standard Liberty ship loaded with thousands of tons of ammunition, exploding after being hit at Gela, Italy by a German JU88 bomber during Operation Husky in early July, 1943. The paint was barely dry on Rowan when it went down, it had been launched only three months earlier.

In addition to 400 crewmen, the ship also carried troops of the US 7th Army. The order to abandon ship was given as soon as fires broke out from the bombing. Nearby ships raced to the scene, rescued every last man, then backed off as quickly as they came. When the fires reached the ammunition the Rowan was torn in half. Some parts protruded above the shallow water and burned for days.


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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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17 Oct 2017