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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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The next Woodpile Report will be posted December 5th --- I'm taking a week off.

Maxfield Parrish, Jason and the Talking Oak, 1910

Already a world-renowned illustrator of posters and children's books at the turn of the century, Maxfield Parrish became an equally famous magazine illustrator and painter of murals and landscapes. Parrish was 95 when he died in 1966.

Jason and the Golden Fleece was one of an eight-part series of Greek Mythology published 1908-1910 in Collier's Magazine for which Parrish was commissioned. The painting depicts the familiar Greek myth, Jason and the Golden Fleece, a classic "quest" tale. Jason is instructed to build a ship, the Argo ...

He went to a place called Dodona to ask the advice of Jupiter; for at Dodona there was a wonderful talking oak which told men the advice and commands of Jupiter. As soon as Jason came near the oak the leaves began to rustle, and a voice from within the tree said, "Build a fifty-oared ship. Take as companions the greatest heroes of Greece. Cut a branch from the talking oak and make it a part of the prow of the vessel."

Claire Stevens talks about classic literature, at Amerika:

The modern novel hates the classic novel. We might see these modern stories as parables of “dysfunction as virtue” in which characters, instead of undergoing internal change, re-configure their external selves—sort of like interior decorating, but for the public personality, much as hipsters excel at—and then rationalize their inner confusion, immorality and decay as a sign of “depth” or tolerance.

Almost all of these stories resemble rambling narratives of the fears and neuroses of the protagonist, then suddenly reach a point where it becomes clear that despite all of the exterior change in the life of that protagonist, nothing inner will change. The books then bash out a few homilies and repeat some trendy notions from self-help books, pop science and politics, and end.

Right on. But perhaps overstated by a half tad. For instance, if we are to judge by this standard, Odysseus comes off looking pathetic. The Odyssey reveals him to be more or less incompetent. He undergoes no "internal change". He escapes from blunders and self-inflicted dilemmas mainly through cheating and magic potions and lying and trickery. When all else fails he relies on deus ex machina. And all the while the blame for his troubles falls on everyone but him.

Then when he gets home to Ithaca, after taking his pleasure where he could, he muses on the innate duplicity of women, including his long-suffering but faithful Penelope. It's a great tale, one of my favorites, but it's not about character development, not his at any rate. Unless the likes of Dickens are meant by "classic novel", methinks the real value of the classics lay elsewhere. As full disclosure, I have exactly no qualifications for saying any of this. Ain't the internet wonderful?


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Can My Children Be Friends With White People?, is an essay published by the New York Times on November 11th, 2017, written by Ekow Yankah , Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, co-chair of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, and commentator on criminal law issues on television and radio.

In this essay, Mr. Yankhah claims whites, by electing Donald Trump, have revealed themselves to be irretrievably racist. Couched in the sort of righteous despair we'd hear from a persecuted Apostle, he denies the future possibility of trust or even good will.

Fatherly prudence demands he also instruct his kids in the devious ways of the white devil. As he puts it, "I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal".

This is a retread of "the talk", a well-worn polemical device . John Derbyshire's classic reply of 2012, The Talk: Nonblack Version , a calm and considered dose of reality, was met with gasps of disbelief and instant condemnation, confirming we must say these things in private. But they are said.

Mr. Yanah is sounding the alarm. Diversity itself has failed if the black elite think it prudent to bail, says he. He wrote this as a bonbon for his patrons of course, in the form of an open letter addressed to those eternal supplicants for absolution that make up most of New York Times's readership. But let's play along. An excerpt:

I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped. I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.

... For many weary minorities, the ridiculous thing was thinking friendship was possible in the first place. It hurts only if you believed friendship could bridge the racial gorge.

The surface intent of the essay was to prod readers into doubling down on unseating and repudiating President Trump before his deplorables hold slave auctions on the White House lawn . There's your bonbon. Less erudite members of The Diversity are also "all race all the time" but announce their displeasure in direct terms, meaning threats, obscenities and insults. Curiously, Trump goes largely unmentioned at this level, in fact, the sound on a televised protest is altogether superfluous. The visuals convey all that needs knowing.

Where the professor is "forced" to withdraw collegiality, they're "forced" to withdraw civility. Nowhere do they calculate the future cost of endless confrontation when the page of history turns once again and, suddenly, there's but one rule book. Lower yet in the 'community', beatdowns, swarmings and homicide do their talking . In a needful future this will cease to be a concern, the solution is as elemental as the problem.

If we take Mr. Yankah as typical at the professional level, then "for many weary whites, the ridiculous thing was thinking friendship was possible in the first place". If blacks deal with whites as the whites of their imagination and close off any other basis, as he recommends, as he teaches his kids, then we're left with no option other than to accept minimally cordial contention as the upper limit of effective exchange. Perhaps it always was.

On the up side, we've come to know what was gained by fifty years of appeasement and bribery and compulsory delusions . The accumulated burdens beggar belief, the benefits were always in the future and the future never came. I suspect most of us are past the point of fatigue and would accept Mr. Yankah's premise as-is. It has the virtue of honesty.


James Kunstler talks about the grope-of-the-day accusations in DC:

Seems to me this storm could roar and roil on until ninety-plus percent of the men in America are exposed as sex monsters and expelled from every workplace in the land. And then America can feel good about itself again.


Don Surber reminds us why DC politicians and their urban supporters think the people shouldn't have guns:

From ZDNet:

Washington D.C. has more than 68 police staff for every 10,000 residents, giving it the highest police-to-population ratio of any city in NerdWallet's study. The city has 4,332 police staff — the most of any city in the study — and 1,600 fire staff, the fourth-highest behind Memphis, Baltimore and Boston.

That's the city itself. Add Capitol Police and Secret Service, and you have phalanxes of security protecting senators and vice presidents, and ex-vice presidents as well. Out in rural America, we are often 20 miles from the nearest law enforcement officer.


Military historian Nicholas Moran has posted a presentation at YouTube, "Myths of American Armor", given at TankFest Northwest in 2015. It's 46 minutes of fascinating material, largely Sherman vs. Panzer. Here's the link: . As always, the first few minutes are introductions and terms and so forth.


The quote of the week comes from the Kakistocracy blog:

From an evolutionary perspective it is not the most intelligent who survive, but the least deluded.


From a news item, Giant airship comes loose in UK, at the Guardian:

The roads around the airfield were closed amid concerns that aviation fuel and helium could escape from the airship. However, police said they believed the helium would soon dissipate.

Fortunately there was no nitrogen aboard.


From time to time it helps to rack your mental lens back to wide angle. This is from the Z Man:

The current arrangements in America no longer serve anyone other than the relatively small number of people who live like royalty in the Imperial Capital and its satellite cities.

At some point, the cost of maintaining unity among increasingly hostile tribes outweighs the benefit. The increasingly shrill demands for unity and obedience, along with the corresponding fissures opening up in public life, suggest we’re following a familiar path that leads to a break down.

and finally,

A bit-o'-blather, safely skipped.

The old saying is, "everyone dies in a foreign country". Not yet being dead I can't verify this absolutely, but it seems about right. It puzzled me as a youth, why high-mileage people felt this way. I understand now they felt like curiosities from another land, a benighted place, and not quite nice. Adam MacLeod cites one reason why this is:

One of the falsehoods that has been stuffed into your brain and pounded into place is that moral knowledge progresses inevitably, such that later generations are morally and intellectually superior to earlier generations, and that the older the source the more morally suspect that source is.

The sense of living in "foreign country" is coming earlier in people's lives. What was illegal and unthinkable becomes normal, and what was common becomes unspeakable or criminal. One such whiplash formerly sufficed for a lifetime, now they come at closer intervals. It makes things unnecessarily complex, with no return for effort expended. Like a leaf fallen on the water, circling endlessly in some back eddy, motion is taken as improvement. And those who know better are in Big Trouble.

Well gang, this week's Woodpile Report is, as always, absolutely free. But wait, there's more. Now it comes with a double your money back guarantee. Who says you can't get no satisfaction? Y'gotta read it fast 'though, before midnight tonight, say, because there are fresh disasters waiting.


1948. Kaiser-Frazer magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kaiser-Frazer marketed cars new from the ground up in 1947 while Chrysler, Ford and GM sold lightly updated 1942 models during retooling after the war. When the Big Three put their all-new 1949 models on showroom floors, K-F sales dropped. Who coulda knowed? Then the usual corporate do-si-do began.

In 1951 Frazer left the corporation. It became Kaiser Motors in 1952 and Kaiser-Willys in 1953, which brought the profitable Jeep CJ series in house. The Willow Run facility was bought by GM the same year.

1955 saw their last passenger car. In 1963 it became Kaiser Jeep Corporation, which was sold to American Motors in 1970.

But for a couple of years Kaiser-Frazer had the new car market nearly to themselves, to wit:



Remus's notebook


Popular Science - No, there has not been a successful human head transplant ... and the whole story is extremely fishy

Cosmos - New finding: nuke blast crippled Chernobyl ... generated temperatures hot enough to melt through a two-metre-thick plate beneath the core

NY Times - Six Years After Fukushima, Robots Finally Find Reactors’ Melted Uranium Fuel ... under the reactor floor

Atlantic - An Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Our Cosmic Neighborhood ... temperate world orbiting a star 11 light-years away

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hey, I have a great idea. Let's spend eighty billion bux to see if there's pond scum on it.

Eaton Rapids Joe - Quarterstaff ... an overlooked, simple weapon of great power. Includes video on basic info. For techniques see this video by the same guy.

Ancient Origins - Rewriting Our Origins: Skull Found in China Promotes a Wider Perspective on Human Evolution ... human ancestors were living in Eurasia 200,000 years ago

Daily Mail - Neanderthals survived for 3,000 years longer than first thought

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Life expectancy has gone way down since then

Smithsonian - The United States Is Not Ready for Another Flu Pandemic ... there is only so much scale-up that can be done

Principia Scientific - In 1770, a huge solar storm turned the skies of Asia red for two weeks ... the Carrington Event lasted two nights, the geomagnetic storm in East Asia lasted nine

Raconteur Report - According To The Prophecy ... about top US nuclear commander's intention to refuse launch if ordered by Trump

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Raconteur takes a wire brush to this over-promoted airplane driver who thinks orders are suggestions

Next Big Future - Russia’s upgraded Tu-160M2 [Nato reporting: Blackjack] strategic bomber prototype first flight in Feb, 2018 ... B-1B style but much larger and much faster

New Boston Post - Harvard Sticks It To Puritans, History, Conservatives in Quest for 'Diversity' ... Harvard was founded by the Puritans in the 17th century

Daily Caller - People Are Mad The Bible Museum Represents ‘Only A Judeo-Christian Perspective’

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Attendance is not mandatory. Duh.

News24 - Rhodesians must 'come back and rebuild Zimbabwe', war vets say ... let's do it all over again

Cato Institute - If the Law Is This Complicated, Why Shouldn’t Ignorance Be an Excuse? ... the government cannot even count all of the criminal laws it has enacted

True Europe - A Europe We Can Believe In ... "The Paris Statement", 36 theses of conservative manifest

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Identity politics has now truly begun. The left has sown the wind.

Popular Mechanics - How a Wild Rocket Misfire Created Cape Canaveral ... the errant missile flew over El Paso, Texas and continued south into Mexico

Art of Manliness - The Lesson General Grant Learned About Fear During the Civil War ... "I would have given anything then to have been back in Illinois"

Drive - Airliners And F-15s Involved In Bizarre Encounter With Mystery Aircraft Over Oregon

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is no UFO story. Airline pilots said it was a white plane but no one got close enough to see what kind. It had high performance, no transponder, it evaded F-15s, and it was in the commercial air lanes.

Motherboard - Researchers Hack Car Infotainment System and Find Sensitive User Data Inside ... contacts, call logs, text messages and other information from paired phones was stored unencrypted

Bio Prepper - 9 Tips To Smoking Meat Any Homesteader Should Know ... first tip: get a really big lighter

Modern Survival - 21 Things For Pandemic Survival

YouTube - What Computer Games Get "Wrong" about War. Video, 9m 37s

Time - Papa John’s Apologizes for Blaming Poor Pizza Sales on NFL Protests ... "we support the players’ movement"

Daily Caller - "Papa John’s capitulation sends a clear message that corporations can only express opinions that align with the progressive orthodoxy. Any statement that goes against it, regardless of whether it is a factual assertion about lost profits, will lead to an inquisition from leftist activists and journalists".

Urban Survival - Coping: With the Return of Real Typewriters

Zero Hedge - Attendance At Baltimore City Schools Crashes To 13 Year Low Just As Juvenile Crime Spikes ... Norwegian kids on the rampage again?

Free Beacon - Gabby Giffords’s Gun Control Group Releases Report Warning of Muzzleloaders, Other Firearms ... muzzleloader delivers a particularly lethal .50 caliber round

NBC Atlanta - Hidden camera tells true story of how veteran died after calling for help, gasping for air ... video shows black nurses laughing at his suffering and fear


My contribution to the meme machine


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Narrowing dark matter, Phys Org - It has been believed for decades that axion particles might make up at least some of 'dark matter'. Physicists had been gradually narrowing the range of possible masses of the axion through telescope-based experiments. The research published today wipes out a whole swathe of potential masses. Particle theorists attempting to explain the nature of dark matter will have to go back to the drawing board as they revise, constrain and tune their models. The data were collected for another purpose – to look at why the universe is dominated by matter and not antimatter – when it was realised that the measurements could be used to search for the presence of axions too.


Vegas, Activist Post - The media gatekeepers of information decide what stories stay in the glare of the public spotlight, and which ones are allowed to fade from the headlines. One would reasonably expect the most deadly mass shooting in recent American history to maintain a strong presence in the headlines — especially given the lack of answers surrounding the case. Yet one and a half months later and there are still few answers – even to the most basic of questions. It’s clear that this story is being censored by legacy media in an effort to keep the American public in the dark about the exact details surrounding the most-deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history.


Gun control, Reason - Connecticut's recent "assault weapons" registration law achieved an underwhelming 15 percent compliance rate, and New York's similar requirement resulted in 5 percent compliance. Contrary to widely-accepted national myths, public gun ownership is commonplace in most European states. Public officials readily admit that unlicensed owners and unregistered guns greatly outnumber legal ones. In the United States "a pervasive culture of non-cooperation with public authorities" is exactly what we should expect in response to any future successes gun controllers might achieve legislation-wise. That will leave supporters of gun controls increasingly disarmed relative to their opponents.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The French estimate the Resistance turned in twenty per cent of their weapons after the war, and it wasn't all the good stuff.


American Pravda, Unz Review - The puppet master behind President Boris Yeltsin had planned to transform Russia into a fake two-party state—one social-democratic and one neoconservative—in which heated public battles would be fought on divisive, symbolic issues, while behind the scenes both parties would actually be controlled by the same ruling elites. With the citizenry thus permanently divided and popular dissatisfaction safely channeled into meaningless dead-ends, Russia’s rulers could maintain unlimited wealth and power for themselves, with little threat to their reign. Perhaps we can guess where Berezovsky got his idea for such a clever political scheme.


1940. Eufaula Oklahoma


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Eufaula is an attractive resort town of about 3,000 in east central Oklahoma. The Eufaula tribe makes up about 18% of the population. The photo is of the back side of a main street, never a priority for visual appeal. The town was quite attractive even then, as seen in an earlier Woodpile Report photo.

Notice the horses and wagon in the parking lot behind the figures inching their way across the mud. Hamburger connoisseurs perhaps, available for 5¢ at the quaint "poverty chic" specialty shop left of center, a quirky treasure locals kept to themselves. Or not.

The mud is a bit ironic. During the 'thirties Oklahoma was ground zero for the Dust Bowl. Experts grimly announced the end of agriculture in the entire region, the land ruined forever by overplowing and so on.

Regular rains returned in the 'forties and the same land was featured in wartime propaganda as the world's breadbasket, which it was. No one ever said "oops", then or now.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Terminal decline, Automatic Earth - Prior to 2009, debt was able to support a rising standard of living. Less than a decade later, it can’t even maintain the status quo. That’s what you call a breaking point. To put that in numbers, there’s a current shortfall of $18,176 between the standard of living and real disposable incomes. In other words, no matter how much people are borrowing, their standard of living is in decline. Where does that consumer confidence level come from? Is that the media? Is it that people think things cannot possibly get worse? Americans don’t choose to not save, they have nothing left to save. And that will have its own nasty consequences down the road.


Inflation, Economic Prism - By hardwiring consumers with the expectation of higher prices, policy makers could compel a relentless consumer demand. This desire to harness and control the inflation phenomenon has infected practically every government economist’s brain since the early 1970s. Over the decades they’ve somehow come to a consensus that 2 percent price inflation is the idyllic rate for provoking economic nirvana. The Fed even tinkers with its federal funds rate for the purpose of targeting this magic 2 percent rate of price inflation. When Uncle Sam confiscates your life-savings, you’re being robbed of your life.


Diversity, Taki's Magazine - Pilsen is a predominantly Mexican neighborhood in Chicago’s Lower West Side. The protesters are “demanding that non-Mexican owners here and across the street get out of Pilsen.” Viva la Raza! There’s your identity politics, leftists. This is the logical conclusion of the race-centered worldview that the left encourages nonwhites to embrace. These “progressive” geniuses thought they could unleash that beast on whites alone. They thought they could feed it, nurture it, grow it big and fat, and still control it. How’s that workin’ out?


College, Taki's Magazine - American colleges are no longer institutions of higher learning. It would be more apt to refer to them as state-sanctioned seminaries for the secular religion of Cultural Marxism. Instead of strolling out of college with nimbler minds, students now stumble out into the real world with their brains scrubbed clean of the ability to hatch a single independent thought. When they enter the university system, a full fifth of them think that it’s morally acceptable to use violence to prevent someone with whom you disagree from even opening their mouths on campus. So let the colleges die. Let the teachers learn what it’s really like to earn a living.


Campus censors, Chronicle of Higher Education - We should be aware that a wrongly chosen or unqualified speaker may stir up controversy and "stifle productive debate", says a campus letter circulated by a group of Wellesley College. "Productive" is a term from the business world, a fractious workplace may be riven by internal complaints and suffer diminished profits. If they care about education as the first of their concerns, they should aspire to be not just as free as the First Amendment permits, but the widest-open of all environments for political and cultural debate. Though a vein of anti-intellectualism may be part of the national character, Americans like to think of universities as places where good minds are at liberty.


1937. Plum Bayou, Arkansas


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Plum Bayou was a Pre-Columbian settlement in east central Arkansas, but used here as the name of a "planned community"—known elsewhere as a commune—built by the Depression-era Resettlement Administration. It still exists as the central part of tiny Wright, Arkansas. The Ferda Plantation store and Post Office was near Plum Bayou.


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7 trends, Return of Kings - Dissenters foresee violent persecutions, financial crisis, engineered poverty, a slippery slope of degeneracy, and the collapse of the cities. Those into dissenting futurology tend to secede from the System, either inwardly or by actively preparing for what will happen. I know at least several self-appointed futurologists who overtly blame us while preparing themselves a nice hideaway on the countryside. The Deep State could starve millions of people if it decided to cut supply routes. As time passes, it becomes clear how unbalanced the present situation is. Things will get worse. It doesn’t matter how exactly they will turn so. What matters is that you get prepared.


Next big war, Front Page - The real war is the one that the Saudis and the Iranians have been maneuvering toward for years, including everything from Iran’s nuke deal, the fighting in Yemen, the Syrian Civil War, the Iraqi suppression of Kurdish independence, the rise of ISIS, and the Qatari embargo. The death toll from the buildup to the Sunni-Shiite regional war is approaching a million. And the war hasn’t even begun yet. All the individual conflicts, the sore points and simmering tensions will flare up around the same time. Iran will invest more of its forces into these conflicts. The Saudis and Egyptians will hit harder. Israel will clash with Hezbollah. There will be riots, massacres and terrorist attacks across the region. And eventually the actual powers will collide.


Youth, PJ Media - For better or worse modern "helicopter parents" now frown on tree climbing, unsupervised river swims or risky activity. Perhaps as a consequence, since around 2000, teens have become considerably less likely to drive, have an after-school job and date. An increasing percentage of young people live at home. Nobody sees it as something we created or linked it with the dubious achievements of the progressive movement: the war on youth. Look at the numbers. Today's young people are the survivors of a long and murderous campaign of abortion and birth control which have decimated their ranks. No machine gun could have been so murderous.


The Only Underwater Submarine Battle Ever, National Interest - ... Running submerged on batteries, Launders slipped the Venturer behind the German submarine and began tailing it. He was waiting for U-864 to surface before launching his torpedoes, but thanks to its snorkel, U-864 could operate underwater for extended periods of time. The German submarine began zigzagging side to side, likely having detected the British sub. After three hours of pursuit, the Venturer was running short on battery and would soon have to surface itself. Launders decided he would simply have to attack U-864 while it remained submerged.


1943. Wilhelmsburg (?) Germany. Flack tower


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A flak tower under construction. This appears to be a Bauart Generation 2 Gun Tower, equipped with four twin 128mm Flak guns and many smaller guns. It matches up with a photo of this one in Wilhelmsburg . The famous Zoo Tower was a Generation 1.

G-Towers were accompanied by a smaller L-Tower used for command, armed with forty 20mm guns.


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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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