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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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Alma Tadema, In The Peristylum, 1866

Lawrence Alma-Tadema was already a successful artist when he fled his native Antwerp for England at the onset of the Franco-Prussian war. He went on to become one of the wealthiest and most famous painters of the nineteenth century. Alma-Tadema was knighted in 1899, died in 1912 at age seventy-six.

As with so much art of the era, his work was smothered under the various "movement" stuff of the twentieth century, but returned to prominence in the 1960s. "In The Peristylum" is a fairly modest painting from his middle years. His major works are large Neoclassicist vistas set in Classical antiquity, so well researched they're used as reference material for movies depicting that era.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg My 2003 MS Outlook Email didn't survive the Windows 10 auto update. So okay, use Windows Mail. Got help from someone competent. But it wouldn't recognize my Woodpile Report account after all day trying. So we ditched it for Mozilla Thunderbird. It took all the next day to configure. I was on the 'phone for two days straight. It's still a bit squirrely and I gotta "import" my email address book by hand. I'm only partway there.

Falling behind on Woodpile Report by a day, yeah, I can cover it. Often do. Two days, maybe. Done that too. Three days, ain't gonna happen. Look at it this way, I'm serving peace on earth and good will toward men by laying off the polemics for once.


Via Trains Magazine on line: Several people are dead after a southbound Amtrak Cascades train derailed on an overpass above Interstate 5 near Olympia. The derailment involved train No. 501, a Seattle to Portland Cascades run that was inaugurated Monday with the opening of the new Point Defiance Bypass. The derailment occurred on the new bypass between Lakewood and Olympia.

News account and photo at the Seattle Times.

It may not have been an accident. This is from the Associated Press :

A U.S. official says a train derailment outside of Seattle has killed at least six people and the death count is expected to rise. The official who was briefed on the investigation also says preliminary signs indicate the Amtrak train may have struck something on the track before going off the track.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The high-speed train was making its first run on newly constructed tracks when it derailed before 8 a.m. Monday. The official said because the tracks were new it was unlikely to be a maintenance issue.

This squares with witness statements. It also squares with instructions sent to American Moslems in August for derailing passenger trains. This is from PJ Media's report:

The Arabian Peninsula's English-language Inspire magazine names Amtrak's D.C. to Boston Acela Express and several other specific passenger rail lines in the United States as prime targets for their new focus on train derailment operations that the group says has been more than a year in the planning stages...

The Inspire issue details, in photos, the specific types of derailments that jihadists can aim for, including a train coming off the tracks and striking a mountain to "attain the desired result," striking man-made structures including buildings and bridges, and falling from elevated tracks.

"Dual operations" are also emphasized, in which a train carrying hazardous materials can derail in a populated area -- "an issue that makes the different security agencies sleepless."

Antifa has also threatened derailments at their site, It’s Going Down. This is from PJ Media:

An article dated to April 20 details how anarchists “poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks” to stop fracking equipment from being transported. “We want revenge,” the manifesto continues.

At Gateway Pundit we learn of another leftist outfit with big ambitions:

The anarchist website Puget Sound Anarchists posted a claim on November 30 by an anonymous anarchist of train sabotage near Medford, Oregon. The article was titled, “Rail sabotage near Medford Oregon in solidarity with the Olympia train blockade”.

If the derailment was sabotage, it was well thought out and executed. The location has all the attributes of a "node", a curve and a bridge over a major east-west highway for which there is no alternative route of less than an hour's additional travel time. Too many coincidences.

Note. This is not a "high speed" line in the sense most people use the term. 80 mph passenger trains are allowed when in-cab signaling, crossing signal lead time and track superelevation are in place. It's known as Class 4 Track, pretty much standard for main line freight and passenger rail. Passenger train locomotives are normally geared for 80 mph, freight locomotives at 60 mph.

UPDATE. "Federal officials confirmed that the train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit," says Daily Mail this Tuesday morning. Track speed on the curve is 30 mph. If true, this explains everything except the excessive speed.


Jason Guriel has some advice for would-be writers, at The Walrus:

The call to “read widely” is a failure to make judgments. It disperses our attention across an ever-increasing black hole of mostly undeserving books...

If you want to become a writer, here’s my advice: bury yourself in an enthusiasm until it becomes oppressive, then tunnel your way clear of it. Repeat.


The quote for this week comes from Ronald Dworkin at American Affairs Journal:

I find that maybe randomness is not merely the noise but the dominant factor. And those reasons we assign to historical events are often just ex post rationalizations. As rising generations are taught the rationalizations, they conclude that things always happen for a reason.


1894. Eldorado Music Hall poster


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a supplement to the Courrier Francais of December 23, 1894. The Courrier Francais was an illustrated weekly for the "smart set", featuring daring prints and wry humor. The poster is by Jules Cheret, an illustrator so popular that Parisian 'liberated women' were called Cherettes. Cheret died in 1932 at ninety-six. The Eldorado was a Paris music hall featuring comic opera, pantomimes, novelty numbers and dance routines.



Remus's notebook


Military Factory - North Korean Ballistic Missile Program Primer

Principia Scientific - Juno Probe Reveals Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Extends 200 Miles Deep ... today it's just a third as large as it was in the 1970s

Breitbart - Now the Deep State Has a Name–the Federal Bureau of Investigation ... G-men have gone rogue

Daily Caller - Iowa's Wartburg College Rejects Conservative Chapter Because It Doesn’t ‘Conform’ To School Values ... idea of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government too dangerous for Wartburg

Campus Reform - Two Profs say classroom 'civility' promotes 'white racial power' ... University of Northern Iowa professors blast the prevalence of "whiteness-informed civility"

College Fix - University of Minnesota memo: wrapped gifts, Santa, Christmas trees ‘not appropriate’ ... and the colors red & green, blue & white/silver are verboten. [But yellow is still okay]

College Fix - Progressive infighting: Racist fliers at Temple U. target black Hillary Clinton supporters ... "Hey you stupid N— s, Bernie would have won if it wasn’t for you. Seriously, f— you all. This is all your fault."

Temple News - TUPD investigating offensive posters hung around campus ... disgusting, hateful and has no place on our campus

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Food fight in the big tent. Get yer popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show.

Vox Popoli - "Equality" means the girls must win ... why no man should ever be chivalrous in competition with women [don't skip the comments]

WND - Judge rejects demand that baker make 'gay' wedding cake ... 'sharp blow' to 'escalating persecution'

CNC News - NFL to Host Workshop to Train College Athletes to Be Social Justice Activists

The National Football League announced it will host an “Advocacy in Sport Workshop” at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, to educate athletes on how to “develop and implement effective advocacy platforms that positively impact society.”

Aeon - The minds of plants ... from the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Interesting? Yes. Convincing? No.

American Thinker - Strzok-Page texts reveal deep bias: Clinton 'just has to win' ... [for your archives]

History Net - Why Hitler Declared War on the United States ... Pearl Harbor merely gave him the excuse he had long been seeking

Fierce Pharma - Egg-based production faulted as experts predict flu vaccine might be just 10% effective this season ... flu viruses propagated in eggs mutate

Universe Today - Meteors Explode from the Inside When They Reach the Atmosphere ... Earth’s atmosphere is actually a better shield against meteors than we gave it credit for

National Interest - Expert: EMP Weapons Are a "Loony Idea" ... our nuclear weapons and command and control are designed to operate in a nuclear war environment, not just some puny EMP blast.

Intellihub - Surgeon who exposed Clinton Foundation corruption in Haiti found dead in apartment with stab wound to the chest ... found dead on the bathroom floor by his 11-year-old daughter

CBS Chicago - Commissioner Suggests U.N. Send Troops To Fight ‘Quiet Genocide’ Of Gun Violence In Chicago ... Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin wants international help with “horrific levels of shootings”

Second City Cop: Boykin obviously has no idea of the federal laws and Constitutional hurdles that would have to be overcome to have any sort of foreign forces operating within US borders, armed or unarmed. Not to mention Rules of Engagement and other such concerns. Add in the constant headlines of corruption, rape and sex trafficking that follow the UN everywhere and you have a recipe for disaster upon the disaster that already is the south and west sides.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A call for citizen volunteers would attract lines a mile long.

Information Liberation - Leftists Share Their Hot Takes On The Alabama Senate Special Election ... what the election was really about

Cosmos - Shredding plasma sheets could solve solar flare puzzle ... new theory may explain how stars release powerful, unstable bursts of energy

Space Weather - The Sun is dimming ... trending downward since the 1970s

Synopsis - NASA satellites are tracking a decline in total solar irradiance. The sun's output has dropped nearly 0.1% compared to the Solar Maximum of 2012-2014. Summed over the globe, a 0.1% variation in this quantity exceeds all of our planet's other energy sources combined.

Fred On Everything - Firing the Pre-Pubertal Arquebus: A Sociological Treatise

Free Market Shooter - The AP Fakes News: A Liberal Judge Blocked Military Trans Ban, Not The Pentagon ... used a click-bait headline

Jamestown Foundation - Russia Seeks to Build Alternative Internet ... giving Russian political authorities greater control over what they refer to as “digital sovereignty.”

Task and Purpose - The Sergeant Major Of The Army Really Likes ‘Pinks And Greens’ ... cedible rumors of a return to the stylish Army uniform of the World War II era . "Pinks and greens" means khaki and olive drab.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Q, Burning Platform - This Q character set up a message board called “Calm before the storm” originally on 4chan but Q moved the board to 8chan. Q appears to be parsing his words very carefully and cleverly. In effect he is “dropping breadcrumbs” and attempting to get people to follow the trail. Q is encouraging people to research publicly available info that can be found on the internet so no secrets are being dropped as that would be illegal. Q has stated that the vast majority are not going to be able to handle the truth and may even end up in the hospital because the exposed knowledge is so out there. If it is true the ramifications are a doomers wet dream fantasy.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Long read, but a necessary one. Jim Quinn is one of the indispensables. There are a few others. Read the comments as well.

An aside. Biblical scholars suspect there existed a body of source material Matthew and Luke used, known as the Quelle Document, or more commonly, the Q Document, "quelle" being the German for "source". If this was the author's inspiration for using Q as an identifier at 8chan, it reveals more than a casual familiarity with biblical research. Just a thought.


Freedom to speak, Taki's Magazine - City Councils and Governors and City Managers and Mayors, faced with an upcoming Alt-Right demonstration, will almost always try to deny the permit, then force the organizers into an undesirable location, then put a time limit on them, then pass specific ordinances designed to harass them, then shut down the event on the pretext of public safety. All of this occurs without the speaker ever being heard. This is not what the case law requires. This won’t stop until there are consequences for punishing the “willing listener.” This won’t stop until taking away a man’s right to speak becomes a crime.


Freedom of speech, Campus Reform - The University of Illinois system released a new set of guiding principles Friday that explicitly prohibit students from exercising a “heckler’s veto” to prevent free speech on campus. Although the new guiding principles have been under development since July, their release comes near the end of a contentious semester during which students temporarily shut down the Homecoming parade, a woman aggressively disrupted a College Republicans meeting, and a university employee was arrested for assaulting two conservative students.


Out of Africa revised, Seeker - The emerging new model shows there were multiple dispersals of modern humans out of Africa, beginning at least 120,000 years ago. Once the individuals originating from Africa were in Europe and Asia, they encountered the Neanderthals, Denisovans, and possibly other hominid groups that were already in these areas. New research is also revising the history of Neanderthals, whose expansion across multiple regions was much greater than previously believed. Neanderthals were not a 'European' population like people thought until about 10 years ago.


1938. Charleston, West Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg 1938 saw a recession within the depression, tough times got tougher, again. A river's the cheapest building site there is and Charleston offered the Elk and Kanawha. This houseboat looks more than eight years old, but it may have been built from recycled materials.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Whiteness, Amerika - I’ve recently seen a lot of sperging from the left in relation to the idea of whiteness. I expect this from the left. They hate white people because they know whites don’t support them and their policies. That’s why they bring in non-whites to America and Europe. It’s the only way they can really implement their policies. In the United States, Democrats haven’t won the white male vote since Lyndon B. Johnson, in 1964. As whites began to push back, and not only change the culture and shift the Overton Window, albeit slightly, the pop culture left began pushing an explicitly anti-white narrative.


NFL, Of Two Minds - We shouldn't pin the decline of pro football's popularity solely on player protests. Viewership has been sliding for years across the entire demographic spectrum, and the youth demographic is evaporating like mist in a scorching summer day. In other words, pro football is an interest of the older generations that isn't shared by the younger generations. But the NFL's troubles run even deeper than demographics: its fan base is being pressured financially while the cost of attending a game keeps rising. The NFL has reached the point of over-saturation, who has time or interest for Thursday morning football, Friday afternoon football, etc.?

Fox News - Rap mogul wants to buy NFL team, would immediately sign kneeling QB

iBankCoin - NFL Attendance Continues To Plummet As Empty Seat Epidemic Enters Week 15

Daily Caller - Over Half Of The NFL Players Still Protesting The National Anthem Are On The Same Team

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Social justice activists aren't causing the decline of pro football. They're a symptom. Like all vermin, they detect weakness, infest it, then feast on it all the way to the grave. To rightly despise vermin, first despise what attracts them.


Identity, Z Man - Whites are the only definable group that does not engage in identity politics. There is a tendency for many on the Dissident Right to think that identity politics is an inevitability. Rhodesia and South Africa had white ruling classes. In both cases, whites were just as enthusiastic about fighting one another as in maintaining their position. Rhodesia is no more and South Africa is well on its way toward a white genocide. Whites refuse to embrace their identity. This is the lesson of Europe. The Mongols and Muslims both found that Europeans were not very good at uniting for a common purpose.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Z Man has posted a ... recorded radio show? podcast? I don't know what they're called ... entitled, The Winter of Our Discontent. Now, I'm the guy who avoids the telephone because talking and listening to disembodied voices seems creepy. Think of radio as the inverse of silent movies. Either way, a major amputation is involved.

Anyway, I listened to a full hour of Z Man talking. Yep. Sat there with a cuppa coffee and listened. For an hour. Because it was the Z Man. But I still don't get it—the "why" of podcasts I mean. This isn't on Z Man, if I have to say it. This is on me.

That said, today is another double dip day, => TWO Z Mans TWO <=


River’s Edge, Z Man - The image that kept coming to mind while reading this book is of a group of explorers trying to find their way out of a valley. They keep ending up at the edge of a river. Instead of wading over to the other side, they wander around, sure that there must be some other way out. In this case, the river is culture. The authors stop at culture, never wondering what is beyond it, they will come to water’s edge, but they never look across it, much less contemplate crossing it. On the other side, the biological realism side, the people wait patiently for the others to cross over, shouting words of encouragement to them.


Campus lawsuits, Free Beacon - Two student clubs filed federal lawsuits this week against their respective universities, both alleging violations of First Amendment rights. Business Leaders in Christ charged the University of Iowa with illegally deregistering it last month, after the student group refused administrators' direction to revise its religious mission statement. Elsewhere, the conservative student club Turning Point USA filed a suit charging that Arkansas State University has severely limiting freedom of expression policies by setting up "speech zones".


1938. Erwin, West Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Erwin is a "populated place" near the Cheat River on Route 50 southeast of Morgantown. Shown is a steam-powered saw mill marked "Morrison". There's still a logging operation near this site, see 39°17'32.85" N 79°38'05.33" W at Google Earth. I can't match up the curve of the highway with the waterway to identify where the mill is, or was, but a lot can change in eighty years.

An aside. Sawing logs with a whipsaw was done by a man above who pulled the saw up, and a man in a pit below who pulled the saw down, called the "pit man". In water-powered mills the mechanical replacement for the man in the pit was called the pitman arm, a term now used in engineering for any application of reciprocating motion using this mechanism.

Another aside: Water-powered mills, including sawmills for lumber and marble, were used throughout the Roman empire by at least the second century AD. For example, the Janiculum complex in Rome, the Hierapolis mill and especially the Barbegal industrial site in southern France. Video here .


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


Diversity, Washington Post - The representation of African Americans, Latinos, Asians and others in lower-, mid- and senior-level management positions in the financial sector increased from 17 percent to 21 percent in the period. Before diversity advocates cheer, they should read on. While overall diversity increased, the percentage of black managers dropped from 6.5 percent to 6.3 percent. While “diversity” is widely touted these days, that is not enough. The report points out that inclusion is key. That means power in top-level, decision-making positions.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The solution is obvious. Pick 'em at random and put 'em in charge. Then we'd have diversity, affirmative action, equal opportunity, quotas, enrichment and inclusion all going for us at the same time. Will they produce results? Ho ho, what we don't need with no steenking job performance. "Results" starts with R, and R stands for Racism. It's not who we are.


The Blob, Live Science - A project that helped image the layers of rock below the continent with unprecedented clarity has helped reveal a small, unusual feature that seems to be a relatively new "blob" of hot, rising rock below part of the U.S. Northeast. It doesn’t have the deep roots down into the mantle seen at hotspots such as those that lie below Yellowstone or the Hawaiian Islands. The blob's small size and hot temperature also suggest it is a relatively young feature — on the scale of tens of millions of years old — because it likely would've cooled off if it were younger, he said. There are also no surface features that could be connected to it, as it sits well below the bottom edge of the tectonic plate.


#MeToo, Front Page - The accusations range from rape to harsh words. The evidence is hearsay. The target is shamed, fired from every job he ever held and purged from polite society. Some are guilty. Some might be innocent. But we’ll never know because there’s no investigation. Just like in every totalitarian leftist state, the accusation is enough. And then it’s on to the next one. And don’t ask any questions. Only bad people ask questions. Only bad people want proof. Only bad people don’t instantly believe an accusation. They don’t just want to punish. They want to terrorize as a tool of social improvement.


States to avoid, CTD Shooter's Log - Just because it is the holidays, does not mean we can let our guard down. In fact, traveling to areas you are not as familiar with, crowded shopping malls, or on significant holidays all raise the threat from the everyday criminal as well as the lone wolf attacker. As a result, sadly, we need to be more vigilant and ready to take responsibility for our own safety. However, crossing state lines could land you an invite for Christmas dinner in the pokey. Here’s a list of the top five states to avoid while carrying with firearms, along with a handful of (dis)honorable mentions.


U boatless, National Interest - Germany does not currently have a single submarine in operational condition. Since the end of the Cold War, the Deutsche Marine ceased maintaining a comprehensive supply of spare parts as a cost-cutting measure, instead procuring parts on demand or looting them from nonoperational boats. This has resulted in enormous delays and accumulated backlog. The Deutsche Marine would not be able to deploy its full submarine force even if all six were in operational condition, there are only three trained crews available.


1944. Normandy, France


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A captured and repurposed gun installation, probably on the coast looking seaward. GI heaven.


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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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19 Dec 2017