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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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Frank Benson, The Sisters, 1899

Frank Benson, born to a prominent Salem, Massachusetts family in 1862, was an enthusiastic outdoorsman in his youth who became one of the most famous American masters of his time. The Sisters—his daughters Elizabeth and Sylvia—is probably his best known painting.

His works look deceptively candid, as they're meant to, but students of Jay Hambidge will recognize the careful geometric scaffolding. Benson was influenced by Vermeer in his early years.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I like Brett Stevens. Meaning, I like his ideas and opinions. Been reading him for many years. But there's a problem. Here's what you gotta have to follow his thinking: a pad of paper, a flow-chart template, and the 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica for "trust but verify", because he's gotta trace everything back to Geoffry of Monmouth and Suetonius.

One of the most dreaded transitions in any essay is, "but first we have to understand ...". No. Actually, we don't. As Richard Feynman said, your theory is probably sound if you can explain it to your dear old Mom in a couple of sentences of plain words. Said differently, unless you're the Notre-Dame Cathedral, external props are not a good look. But this is just nitpicking by a guy in the cheap seats.

Mr. Stevens is an old-fashioned nationalist and defender of western civilization. His stuff is anthracite in a world of bituminous, undiluted with memes and texting abbreviations, unencumbered with Jew-baiting asides and the snarky phrases du jour. In short, if he weren't an original and engaging writer he'd be a well qualified teacher of civics during the Coolidge administration. And that, my friends, is high praise.

Here's a specimen from his blog "Amerika" for your consideration. He's talking of the country's slide into identity politics:

Revolutionary thought has an Achilles Heel: it is essentially a bribe that promises no loss of status for being unrealistic or crass, offers power to be seized from a hierarchy, and beckons with the thought that instead of spending our energy and money on building civilization — which must be done on a regular basis to stave off entropy — we can spend it directly on citizens.

This bribe holds the attention of the crowd as long as the economy is in good shape. And so we come down to the cause of it all: the proliferation of people who both do not understand what is needed to have civilization and are stunted enough in self-actualization to be individualists.

Do I agree with everything he says? Har har har, nyuck nyuck. As I was telling Samuel Adams, seems like just the other day, "Sam, half the stuff you write is overanimated parenchyma, but kudos for the tea party."

Mr. Stevens offers a version of reality with the BS hosed off. Rare enough. Then guys like me reach for our hatchets to trim the undergrowth and hack off the gnarly branches. If there's anything credible left we note it, salute and move on. With him, I do a lot of noting and saluting.


And now I devolve into mere blather, safely skipped.

When I was a lad it was required of all able bodied men to go kill Jerrys and Japs, at government expense, one at a time for the common folk, in batches if you showed an aptitude for heavy machinery. We stood shoulder to shoulder with the USSR fighting to free the world of tyranny. It was simple and majestically pure, like life itself at that age.

Then, in my first years at school there were air raid drills with Silent Hill-style sirens wailing because the Reds were going to attack us, and our brave allies too—Germany and Japan. We didn't know what "world domination" might be, exactly, but the USSR was guilty and it was badder than bad.

Were these the same Russians as our former allies, those brave folks who fought the forces of evil to a standstill and harvested fields of grain in their off hours? What happened? They seemed so nice.

Meanwhile, Germany and Japan, having lost the war, had achieved victimhood, which meant ... but no, that was unthinkable.

The unintended lesson was: Things change. A lot. And fast. How today, for instance, do you fully endorse Equal Opportunity, once a non-negotiable principle of racial justice, now outright hate speech. So here's a thought: don't get too attached to the normalcy of the day, in not much time you'll be holding it by the stinky end.


An excerpt from Michael Owens's essay on guns and crime, via van Derleun at American Digest :

We don’t really have a single America with a moderately high rate of gun deaths. Instead, we have two Americas, one of which has very high rates of gun ownership but very low murder rates, very comparable to the rest of the First World democracies such as those in western & northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Korea. The other America has much lower rates of gun ownership but much, much higher murder rates, akin to violent third world countries.


Taki Theodoracopulos explains Europe at Taki's Magazine:

The rule is that Brits hate Germans, all Europeans loathe the French, and nobody takes Italians seriously. Greeks and Portuguese are tolerated by the powers-that-be in Brussels, and Germans are respected as long as they pick up the checks. A tiny rat of a man who is drunk quite a lot of the time, Jean-Claude Juncker, runs the E.U. and tells elected governments what to do. This little accountant could not manage to match incomings and outgoings for a hot dog stand in Central Park, yet he's the biggest shot in the shoddiest dictatorship in Europe, that of the E.U.

And finally,

Been a busy week, family stuff, in a good way. And preparing for the coming winter. The trees may be mostly bare by this coming weekend, lots-o'-wind and cold between now and then. So let's curl up with a nice warm Woodpile Report, the chocolate flavored one with a marshmallow on top.


1947. Willys-Overland magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg With the ongoing world war drawing ever closer, the US Army requested bids and prototypes in 1940 for a "general purpose" vehicle to replace the horse and motorcycle.

The winning prototypes were made by American Bantam Car Co. of Butler Pennsylvania, which actually surpassed the specifications, but the company was far too small to produce the quantities needed. The wartime Jeep we know took on its definitive MB form with Willies-Overland who, with subcontractor Ford, produced about 600,000 during the war.

At war's end, Willies-Overland first offered the Jeep as an all-purpose farm vehicle, unsuccessfully, but the Civilian Jeep "CJ" caught on in the niche 4x4 market as-was, even though it competed with huge numbers of war surplus Jeeps. Realizing its spartan practicality and GI mystique held no appeal to women or urban men, the taming process began in 1946 with the station wagon shown in the ad below. A pickup followed in 1947.

Although sales were always steady, Jeep was passed from maker to maker, "leaving a trail of dead companies in its wake". Kaiser bought Willies-Overland in 1953, which became Kaiser-Jeep in 1963, which was sold to AMC in 1969—who transformed the Jeep into the first SUV in 1984 with the XJ model and killed off the CJ—which was bought by Chrysler in 1987, and is now Fiat-Chrysler, which is looking none too stable itself.



Remus's notebook


The Hill - FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow ... Russian nuclear officials routed millions of dollars to former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation

Breitbart - Roger Goodell Just Surrendered the NFL to the Anthem Protesters ... Spineless, doesn’t go far enough to describe Goodell here

College Fix - Evergreen banned criticism of Black Lives Matter through its bias response team

Next Big Future - Israel converts artillery into a precision guided weapons ... add-on fuze guides shell to a pre-defined coordinate

Alt-Right Exposed - Richard Spencer Confirmed as Deep State Plant ... kept database and photos of Alt-Right members at Charlottesville

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The case against Spencer.

Ars Technica - Scientists investigate why crows are so playful ... experiments reveal a complex link between crow play and tool use

Cosmos - New evidence for the mysterious Planet Nine ... Kooky orbits on the outskirts of the solar system point to the existence of a large undiscovered planet

Seeker - Dog Facial Expressions Are Directed at Humans ... dogs are more expressive when people are looking at them

Washington Examiner - ATF signals it won't issue new 'bump stocks' regulation after Las Vegas ... prefers new legislation

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Pagun Blog reader Grey Mouser makes a good point in the comments section:

If we were to define arms as man portable weapons, accessories for those weapons, and ammunitions and items necessary for their storage, maintenance, or use, we could push in new directions. It would need to be defined carefully, but it should pretty much include anything designed, past or present, that could be used for personal infantry combat against any foe, man or beast. Or robots.

Fox News - Democratic Socialists at Iowa State University call for 'shooting' Trump ... it's an officially registered student organization “consistent with the mission and culture of the university”

SHTF Plan - UC Santa Cruz Liberals Declare Mainstream Republicans Nazis And A Threat To Their Safety For Simply Existing ... everybody be aware of this violent racist activity happening everyday on this campus

Washington Examiner - National anthem singer takes a knee while performing at Brooklyn Nets game ... we will not be silenced #blacklivesmatter

Peak Prosperity - Are You Infuriated Yet? ... Chris Martenson goes full Denninger, "simmering anger of the populace is going to start boiling over"

SHTF Plan - “Next Dam To Break: Corey Feldman Can’t Name Names Over Fears For His Safety, Still Working On Plan To Expose Widespread Hollywood Pedophilia ... network in Hollywood is about to crumble

Warrior - Navy Builds New Ship for Future Amphibious Assaults - 2024 ... a new America-Class Amphibious Assault ship

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Send in the Marines" to fight desert wars never made much sense to me. They're amphibious shock troops, naval infantry, not latter-day desert rats. Back to basics, please.

Investor's Business Daily - Global Warming hypocrites, their carbon footprint is ok but yours must be eliminated

Daily Mail - Penn State teaching assistant under fire for saying she won't call on white male students in class ... "the white nationalists and Nazis were very upset"

Fox45 - Project Baltimore:Text Message Instructs City Teachers to Change Grades ... Calverton Elementary/Middle , "There were students on my roster all year that I had never met, had never seen. On paper they passed my class and passed onto the next year"

Market-Ticker - Was Marc Faber Blackballed For Speaking The Truth? ... Dr. Doom lynched by PC hit squad

College Fix - Protesters shut down UCLA event on ‘civil discourse’ and ‘hate speech’ ... no Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA

College Fix - White, male student under fire for defending diversity of thought: ‘punchable, drag him, expel him’ ... forced diversity, casual hatred for straight white men


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Lucy's older sister, Ancient Origins - Archaeologists have made a discovery so sensational that they have waited 1 year to announce it as they had to be sure they had the dating correct. A set of teeth belonging to an early hominin species has been found in Germany that dates back 9.7 million years. The teeth are believed to belong to a species that is most similar to the famous ‘Lucy’, one of the first known relatives of humans, only known before to have existed in Africa some 4 million years later. Could this finding be another nail in the coffin for the out-of-Africa theory of human origins? It was only one month ago that scientists made the surprising announcement of 5.7 million-year-old hominin footprints on the island of Crete in Greece.


Keep it running, Brushbeater - What you very rarely hear is discussions about keeping your weapon running, long term. I guess that’s not ninja-enough. Believe it or not, it has little to do with weapon selection itself, it’s a question of logistics. Each of the common platforms have nuances, big and small, that need attention to keep your weapon from being deadlined. It’s not really about whatever your particular preference may be, or even what weapon is better for this or that, it’s about what the group can acquire, standardize upon, proficiently employ, and keep running long-term. Here’s a few guidelines to follow in order to keep your weapon running, post unpleasant-ness.


Overload, CDR Salamander - Often in peace, when things are not where they need to be nothing bad happens. Why should it? They system is not under stress. Likewise, when things are going real well, nothing really bad happens either. It is hard to find something that you can put your hands on to get a tactile feel of what is going on. The USS Monterey, a guided-missile cruiser, just gave us one of those moments. We should take a moment to see why the world's largest Navy continues to show the signs—from retention to collisions at sea—of an organization under stress from overuse. How did we get there?


Here kitty, Cosmos- A jawbone that was found in a trawler net in the North Sea in 2000 and identified by shape two years later as belonging to a sabre-toothed cat. The fossil was dated to 28,000 years before present. Doubts lingered about the identification of the genus – mainly because other Homotherium fossils were much, much older, suggesting that the big cats vanished perhaps 300,000 years ago. The University of Potsdam has confirmed the identification and the date of the jawbone, establishing that the extinction of sabre-toothed cats, at least in Europe, was much more recent than previously thought.


1939. New York City


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the photo, a street activist hawks Father Caughlin's paper, Social Justice, in downtown New York. His National Union for Social Justice argued for "work and income guarantees, nationalizing necessary industry, wealth redistribution through taxation of the wealthy, federal protection of workers' unions, and decreasing property rights". Initially a strong supporter of President Franklin Roosevelt, Caughlin later savaged him as a tool of capitalist oppression.

Although the first codified "social justice" theory under that name was published by Jesuit Taparelli in the 1840s, and was widely influential thereafter, the church specifically disavowed Father Caughlin's organization when he became less theological and more political in his teachings.

Famous for his Streicher-like antisemitism of earlier years, Caughlin publicly reversed himself when the excesses of Nazi Germany became known. After being forced off the air in 1940, Social Justice ended publication in 1942 after being threatened with loss of second-class mailing privileges, primarily for his opposition to the war.


More stuff you may want to think about
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MGM Vegas, Sons of Liberty - The indelible image of sin city Las Vegas and the money it generates is much more important than getting the truth to improve security. Make no mistake that MGM is getting preferential treatment. Whatever happens in Vegas truly stays in Vegas, including a massacre. Mandalay Bay was never shut down for a single second despite being a crime scene and MGM never issued any statement to families and people staying at the casino post shooting. This is callous and connotes a cover up. The Mandalay Bay/MGM enabled Paddock to carry out this mass shooting by facilitating his plan. They catered to him at every whim and by failing to enter his room or if they did, failed to report unusual behavior.


Civil rights, Unz Review - The Civil Rights movement sought—usually successfully– fairly specific objectives. Their agenda was directed by a few well-established organizations that provided a degree of reasonableness, even sanity to their demands. This focus has largely vanished, there is an impromptu, attention deficit disorder quality to today’s demands. Barely anything, perhaps nothing, in the old agenda works as intended. Into this vacuum flows a circus of racial entrepreneurs ever willing to profit from race-related incidents. The openness of American politics makes it crackpot friendly, a condition reinforced by a novelty obsessed mass media and the material rewards awaiting the next Al Sharpton.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Black Lives Matter has been extraordinarily successful with its simple and compelling platform of, "what do we want-dead cops-when do we want them-now". Results from last year have just been posted. The FBI reports forty-one felonious murders of police officers and over fifty thousand assaults in 2016, a 61% increase year over year . The largest category is "ambushes". With increased support coming from their innovative "Take A Knee" campaign, Black Lives Matter and its useful idiots may beat last year's numbers.


Last spasm, American Thinker - The influence and networks of the left are falling in on themselves out of sheer unworthiness to exist. They appear to be collapsing the way a building does when it undergoes demolition – one floor cascading onto another until nothing remains. There is not a single socialist policy, from social security to affirmative action to ObamaCare, that is not nearing collapse. That’s why the left is going for the gun, the club, the homemade flamethrower. Because there’s nothing else left. But taken all together, the new wave of left-wing terrorists can’t threaten the U.S. in any meaningful sense. A handful of crackpots with guns and a gaggle of teens in ninja costumes makes for a pretty sorry People’s Army.


Ammo control, Zero Gov - Political parties are disease vectors. They are hybrid cocktails of the Milgram experiment and the Stockholm Syndrome. As evil and morally depraved as the Democrats are, at least they have the chutzpah to be rather open about their Stalinist tendencies. The GOP is evil but puts on a face that is wholly the opposite of what it practices in actual lording over large swaths of helots on the tax plantation. Burn this into your mind: There is not one politician in America who is opposed or in favor of limiting gun ownership of government employees and those with special privileges granted by the ruling class to arm themselves. They are opposed to the private ownership of firearms. That is the goal.


1942. Utah, Bingham Canyon


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Steam power moves ore from the Kennecott Copper Mine, southwest of Salt Lake City in north-central Utah. During World War II it supplied thirty per cent of the copper used by the Allies. Opened in 1906 and still in operation, at two and a half miles wide and over a half mile deep it's the biggest man-made hole in the world. The company claims there's as much ore left in the ground as has been mined so far.

The ore was taken by rail to the smelter in Garfield by the Bingham and Garfield Railway until replaced in 1948 by an electric rail line. Notice the overhead catenary already installed.

Almost all the rail lines are gone now, along with its fleet of 1,000 freight cars, replaced recently with conveyors and a slurry pipeline seventeen miles long. As a byproduct of copper mining, it produces about a third of a million troy ounces of gold and three million troy ounces of silver per year. See this photo for a wider view, also from 1942.


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Freedom of speech, Spectator UK - The young casually assume not only that they’re the cutting-edge, trend-setting arbiters of the acceptable now, but that they always will be. The students running campuses like re-education camps aren’t afraid of being muzzled, because they imagine they will always be the ones doing the muzzling — the ones dictating what words we can use, what books we can read, what practices we can embrace. These millennials don’t fear censorship because they plan on doing all the censoring. The problem is a failure of imagination. Today’s moral avant-garde can’t envision falling victim to their own constraints.


Rotten fruit, Of Two Minds - One camp is confident that the wily Clintons and their army of enablers will finally be brought to long-evaded justice for their various perfections of corruption and collusion: pay to play, and so on. Clinton supporters are equally confident that there is no "smoking gun". I submit that the investigations launched with an implicit intent of bringing down selected targets may well end up destroying people and institutions that weren't in the crosshairs. The entire status quo is corrupt: the fraud, pay-to-play, lies and collusion are institutionalized and system-wide, and once some investigation drills a hole in the dam of secrecy and collusion, the hole may quickly widen as the fetid gush of hidden truths pours out.


Pushback, Front Page - The shocking repudiation of Hillary Clinton was the first sign that perhaps the hubristic left had overreached. The left overreached yet again. They pitched a fit and called it “resistance,” as though comfortably preaching to the media, university, and entertainment choirs was like fighting Nazis in occupied France. Does the Harvey Weinstein scandal portend at last the end of the leftist “fundamental transformation” of America? We shouldn’t start celebrating. The lefts’ demolition of the American social and political order has reached deep into our schools, popular culture, and political policies. These Millennials are going to be around for a long time.


1942. "Somewhere in England"


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Men of No. 4 Commando after returning from a raid on the French coast near Boulogne, 22 April 1942. This was a storied group of 500 special forces engaged in some of the most hair-raising operations of the war, from 1940 through 1946.


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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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24 Oct 2017