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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
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
stakeholders
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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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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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Frederic Church, Morning in the Tropics, 1858

Church, a grand master of Hudson River School landscape, traveled South America, the Middle East and the Arctic in search of adventure and subject material.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A reminder. News and opinion I link to under "Stuff you may want to think about" are just that. Some BS is listed because it's something better than run-of-the-mill BS. Call it Significant BS. In times past I've linked to stuff from Huffington Post and other peddlers of egregious toxin, and probably will again. Being informed means knowing both sides, or all the sides, of a given issue. More rarely, they'll make some really smart points. I figure you'll see more with a wide angle lens.

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About the Amtrak derailment in Washington State.

The "Northeast Corridor", a 450 mile passenger-only railroad from Boston to DC, was completed in 1917 and largely electrified in 1938. Improvements were made in the 1970s to allow 125 mph track speed and again in the 1990s for Acela's 150 mph trains. The few other passenger-only railways are single-city commuter lines connecting a metro area with its suburban communities. For the rest of the country the old model reigns, freight and passenger service on the same railroad.

Class One freight railroads are maintained to a very high standard, meaning quality of rail and ties, drainage, signaling and so forth, but its serpentine routes were laid down in the nineteenth century when forty miles per hour was the prevailing track speed, then upgraded piecemeal into the mid-twentieth century to achieve the current 80 mph standard.

Straightening curves was necessary for passenger trains at speed, but only a "nice to have" for freight trains. Compromises were made. This is the railway system "frozen in place" when passenger trains became unprofitable in the 1950s. Unfortunately, it means government passenger trains and the track-owner's freight trains travel at very different speeds on the same road. Such a condition on the four-lanes would shut 'em down the first day it was tried.

The derailment of Amtrak's train 501 near Tacoma happened on a curve rated for 30 mph. Straightening the curve was estimated at $412 million. As for the accident itself, the "who, what, when, and where" of it are known. The "why" of it, like all "whys", is unquantifiable and infinitely regressive. Kids discover this at an early age. If the facts are as presented, the engineer didn't slow for the curve. There's the answer.

Slowdowns for exceptional curves are a normal part of railroading however, so no one should be surprised. When the worst curve is eliminated, the next worst curve becomes the worst curve, so it's a hard sell when the alternative is that engineers should do their job. Shall we also insist city intersections be curved so bus drivers don't have to slow down to make a turn? Or shall we insist passenger rails have no curves, just strike a line between destinations and let 'em cut through neighborhoods and farms and cross meandering rivers a dozen times? Everything's a tradeoff.

This summary of the facts is from Mary Kekatos at the Daily Mail:

The train was recorded traveling at 78 mph - more than double the posted speed limit - when it derailed off an overpass onto Interstate 5 on Monday near DuPont, killing three people and injuring dozens more.

The review comes as The Wall Street Journal reports that the tight curve the train was traveling on was a known risk and that an $11 billion Washington state government plan called for it to be removed.

However, it was preserved to keep costs down, according to documents and state officials.

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Angela Watercutter at Wired reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi and reveals the obvious, the Star Wars franchise is now an overt political tool:

Jedi have always been leery of politics and politicians, and George Lucas himself has said that George W. Bush is Darth Vader and Dick Cheney is Emperor Palpatine.

But writer-director Rian Johnson’s movie seems to be turning those covert ideas into overt messages—first by portraying a universe with a more inclusive cast of characters, and then by making them actually talk about what it means to “resist” (aka be in the Resistance) and how to achieve those goals.

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Brandon Smith looks at the future, at Alt-Market:

Economic independence, localization and individual production will be crushed under the weight of the crypto-psyop, just as sound money was crushed under the weight of the central banking fiat psyop.

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The quote for this week comes from The DiploMad:

Modern democracy has turned into a battle between the voters and the taxpayers. The two groups increasingly do not overlap.

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Cognitive Dissonance ponders BitCoin, at Two Ice Floes:

Since Bitcoin and blockchain has not to date been significantly impeded, one must surmise it is serving the purpose of the Empire to exist. I strongly suspect Bitcoin and its ilk is not what they appear to be. The easiest and most effective way to dull the rebel mind is to shower it with wealth and power. The catch is you must become one with the Empire to enjoy it.

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Call it the worst of all possibilities, the nucleus of darkest despair. Tim Mulgan writes, in his essay The Ethics of ET, at Aeon:

The discovery of life elsewhere would teach us that, while the Universe does have a purpose, human beings are irrelevant to that purpose.

and finally,

Our winter bird feeders are up and well patronized. The missus makes cakes of lard and oats and peanut butter and such, presented in rubber-clad steel cages, along with a full compliment of bird food seeds in clever plastic dispensers. For all of that, spillage on the snow below seems an equally attractive choice. She made one feeder from a chunk of firewood, featuring large holes stuffed with nutritious goodies, hung vertically for use by birds who prefer to dine that way. Something for everyone.

Well gang, the longest night of the year is well behind us, Christmas is behind us, only the tedious "year in review" stuff stands between us and the new year, one last recycling of file footage compiled by media interns working the holidays, a sort of twenty-first century version of ceremonial book burnings. Then we can righteously drop 2017 down the memory hole in favor of That Which Hasn't Happened Yet But Has a Name, to wit: 2018.

There remains the here and now however, duly chronicled by yer ol' Woodpile Report. First up, as always, a look at how things usta was.

 

1947. Coca-Cola magazine ad

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

DEBKA File - Trump administration to snap ties with Palestinians, no peace plan, no more monetary aid

SHTF Plan - “Extreme Pro-Hillary Clinton Bias”: Congressman Reveals FBI Operation To Help Clinton Get Out Of The Email Scandal With An “HQ Special” ... standard procedures may not have been followed

NY Post - NFL’s average TV viewership 9 percent below last season’s total for the same period ... viewership of all NFL telecasts this year has dropped by 130 million

Zero Hedge - Baltimore Ravens President Begs Fans To Return ... even season ticket holders aren't showing up

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Ravens has the fans it deserves. Maybe they should check to see if premium ticket holders have left town altogether.

As for the city, it's a replay of Detroit. Try to make sense of this illiterate banner which pledges solidarity with their usual half-understood farces.

Detroit is the model. Rioting and arson without consequence? Check. Cops get notices from the mayor excusing them from annoying the rioters? Check. Career parasites worshipped? Check. Raid city maintenance funds and complain about the consequences? Check. Blame whitey? Check. Detroit. Bet on it. "Wild Joe" Conrad would.

Don Surber - Is North Korea collapsing? ... border guard walks, not runs, into South Korea

American Digest - One Moment in Time: The Winter Solstice Seen from Newgrange ... built 1,000 years before Stonehenge

Vintage News - Via Egnatia – The ancient Roman road that connected Rome with Constantinople ... part of ancient Rome's 250,000 mile highway network

Fox News - Case against Cliven Bundy, Nevada rancher involved in 2014 armed standoff, declared a mistrial ... prosecutors failed to turn over all evidence to defense attorneys

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wait ... does this mean the feds are getting off scot free?

BioPrepper - Red Cross War Cake recipe: WWI Survival Food ... lasts anywhere from decades up to a lifetime without refrigeration

Next Big Future - US crude oil production could be more than Saudi Arabia in January ... includes 6.41 million barrels per day of shale oil

American Thinker - What Might Civil War Be Like? ... look to the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s

The odd couple

NY Post - Eric Schmidt stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet ... deep state Google CEO

Business Insider - Papa John's controversial CEO steps down after facing backlash for his criticism of NFL anthem protests

art-remus-ident-04.jpg To know who's in charge, know who you can't criticize.

Android Authority - How you can be tracked even with your GPS turned off

USA Watchdog - Missing $21 Trillion Means Federal Government Is Lawless ... Inspector General disabled links to the source data

City Journal - Orwell is Alive at the Department of Health and Human Services ... even neutral terms constitute mini-arguments

College Fix - After student hangs Kate Steinle posters, university’s bias response office launches probe ... "She had dreams too" described as “displays of hate.”

American Thinker - Black, female ex-Charlie Rose staffer suggests racism because he didn't harass her ... "the women Charlie preyed upon were white, an environment that all but erased me"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg You have to be a special kind of stupid to even understand this special kind of stupid

Ars Technica - Hunting for the reason why the Western US has so darn many odd volcanoes ... might all be related

Daily Mail - Whipped, butchered and beheaded in their thousands: Mosul morgue workers had a front row view of the unspeakable brutality of ISIS

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A little known fact: events in Arabia are scripted using Edgar Allen Poe's stories as a template. However the narrative begins and however the particulars develop, they end with Moselms massacring Moslems to satisfy the zero-sum motif.

Chron - Woman accuses United of giving her seat to Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee ... Rep. Lee got the first class seat she reserved and paid for

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yes, it's United Airlines. Again. United sets the standard for abusing its customers. Here's more from the past few years, same article:

Shirley Yamauchi was told by United Airlines employees in Houston to give up her son's seat to another passenger on a flight bound for Boston. Yamuchi, of Kapolei, Hawaii said she paid $969 for the flight. The child was forced to sit on his mother's lap.

United Airlines said the company was reviewing an incident where a Houston employee allegedly attempted to "wrestle" a violin from a passenger. The tug of war broke out when classical musician Yennifer Correia was boarding a flight from Houston to St. Louis and a United Airlines supervisor told Correia she could not carry a violin with her.

Musician Dave Carroll's guitar was broken while being transported by United Airlines. After Carroll was not reimbursed by the airline, he released a song called, "United Breaks Guitars," which went viral and ended up costing the company $180 million in stock.

Severe thunderstorms caused multiple United Airline planes to sit on the tarmac for more than three hours, surpassing the limit put in place by The U. S. Department of Transportation. Worst of all, some of the grounded planes did not have functioning bathrooms.

United Airlines stopped two teenage girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings.

United Airlines attendant reportedly refused to let a mom sit her 3-year-old quadriplegic daughter with cerebral palsy on her lap for safety reasons. The airline later issued an apology to the mother who said she was humiliated by the incident.

United Airlines apologized after they failed to aid a disabled man out of his seat into a wheel chair. The man, who had to use the bathroom, crawled through the aisle as attendants watched.

Task and Purpose - This 79-Year-Old Veteran Lived In The NJ Woods For A Decade. Now, He’s Come Home ... "it took us about a year to get him to even tell us his name and show us his military ID"

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Bitcoin, Kakistocracy - Bitcoin has fallen by over 80% three previous times. If its inherent utility is as an alternative currency, then it will remain unsuitable for that purpose so long as holders don’t know whether their current balance will purchase a Porsche or a pineapple. Did you know the IRS has ruled that every bitcoin transaction represents a taxable event? Not just investment entry and exit. Everything. This would be like having to record and report a dollar cost and sales basis every time you bought a hamburger. With failure to do so exposing you to criminal evasion charges. This alone represents the type of intractable friction that destroys a currency use case.

 

UFOs, Activist Post, Jon Rappoport - If what the Pentagon is handing over to the mainstream press is legitimate and true Disclosure, it is most certainly a limited hangout on what they really know. And they will to continue to release more info, to see how the public responds, at every step. If someone wants us to look at the truth, they disclose all the data so independent analyses can be performed. What are the odds that this will happen? When has this ever happened? Decades of work, on many fronts, aimed at deadening, overloading, distracting, and shortening public awareness has been an overall success. The most astounding information barely causes a ripple.

 

Privilege, Z Man - Modern society is riddled with special privileges. We even have a term in the law, protected class, which is the name for groups that have special rights. The trouble is those special set-asides and carve-outs only make sense if there is the evil white man lurking around every corner. The stunning lack of evil white men has forced these people to create a mystery version, one that only exists in the imagination of the offender, after they are properly coached in the Privileged Identity Exploration Model. It is rather stunning just how similar the social justice warriors are to the Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution.

 

Hysteria, Return of Kings - The powers that be tell young women that men commenting on their smile constitutes a form of verbal sexual assault, while women who publicly call for the mass genocide of male babies are considered level-headed freedom fighters for gender equality. Throughout human history, all concentrated power grabs have been cloaked under the disguise of some phony moralism and shameless scapegoating of a much villified “other.” Today, feminism is being used as an excuse for hyper-liberals to cajole, connive and outright defraud men of their wealth, property and basic ability to economically sustain themselves and their families.

 

1940. Phoenix Arizona

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lerner Shops is approaching its one hundredth anniversary. Founded as a manufacturer and purveyor of women's apparel in New York City, there are now over 550 locations throughout the country. Limited Brands bought Lerner in 1985. It became New York & Company in 1995, and in 2002 an independent company again under that name.

Phoenix is a city of 1,615,000 in central Arizona's Sonoran Desert, the fifth-largest city in the United States. In 1940 the population was 65,400. Two words: Air. Conditioning.

Relying on the stance of the two vehicles at the intersection, there's one heckuva crown in the road, or some repaving is going on, or one of 'em has a tire in a pothole. Less likely, it's the first funny car race ev-ver.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Teacher flight, American Thinker - The primary incentive for flight had to do with the caliber of students I was required to instruct. The quality had deteriorated so dramatically over the years that the classroom struck me as a barn full of ruminants and the curriculum as a stack of winter ensilage. These faculties have become a holding pen for incompetents, now known as "snowflakes." For a variety of reasons these students are in desperate need of "safe spaces," where they can hide from the real world and shirk the demands of mental maturity. They are taught not to think independently, evaluate competing doctrines, or master the tools of cognitive proficiency, but to feel good about themselves.

 

Abyss, Casey Research - I don’t know if I can put my finger on exactly when we’re going to go over the edge, but if I was going to guess I would think the real catalyst is going to be the next 9/11-type event. And I don’t doubt it’s going to happen. How are we any different than the Germans in the 1930s? This was one of the most civilized, best educated countries in Europe and they fell into the abyss. There’s a joke I like to tell. Let me ask you this: Which is the gravest danger? Is it the ignorance, or is it the apathy of the average American today? Stumped? Here’s the answer: I don’t know and I don’t care.

 

Civil war, Raconteur Report - I doubt we’ll see anything like a civil war, as such. What we’re liable to get is things working less, or not at all, especially in areas where the margin between functional everyday life and disasterpiece theater is thinner than others. There will be shortages. Areas that can’t be served by the central government, federal or state, will degrade. Areas with lesser reliance on Big Brother will fare much better. Things will become rougher, simpler, meaner, and more focused on your choices and day-to-day existence. Invest what you have to in order to get to the other side of bad times, and invest what you can spare to stave those bad times off for as long as possible.

 

Solar system's formation, Popular Mechanics - The new theory suggests that the sun formed within the walls of a dense bubble of material surrounding one of the hottest-burning stars in the galaxy, a Wolf-Rayet star. Wolf-Rayet stars are rare and diverse stars full of heavy elements. Their surfaces burn at temperatures ranging from 50,000 to 360,000°F, making them hotter and brighter than almost all other stars. A bubble with a thin dense shell of heavy material forms around the raging star, inflated by stellar winds. The sun could have formed within the walls of this immense cosmic bubble, where the high densities cause rapid star formation.

 

1940. Caribou Maine

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Caribou is a town of about 7,750 in the northeast corner of Maine. The population was slightly larger in 1940, at around 8,200. Caribou is renown for its lack of palm trees and brightly colored parrots.

Either Mar-Lee Beauty Shops evolved into an injection molded packaging company or it was a local outfit that disappeared without leaving a digital footprint.

 

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

 

Vegas, Natural News - Recall the mass shooting at that Texas Baptist church in Sutherland Springs in early November. Within an hour we knew the shooter and within a few days, we knew why he attacked. We knew all that stuff within days, not a year. Rouse said reports from other agencies investigating the Paddock shooting will be released at various times in the upcoming months. However, he said his agency’s report is “focusing a large part on the why”. But that doesn’t explain why it’ll take a year to release. We’re supposed to believe they still don’t know why Paddock attacked?

 

Mars, Universe Today - An international team of scientists are proposing that Mars actually formed in what is today the Asteroid Belt and migrated closer to the Sun over time. Bulk elemental and isotopic studies performed on Martian meteorites have noted key differences in composition between Mars and Earth. This suggests that Mars formed outside of the terrestrial feeding zone during primary accretion. In simulations, Jupiter’s gravitational pull pushed Mars into its current orbit.

 

Russia, National Interest - Technology, in effect, made Russia America’s insufferable but inescapable Siamese twin. However demonic, however destructive, however devious, however deserving of being strangled Russia is, the brute fact is that we cannot kill this bastard without committing suicide. Did Obama’s policy of “demonizing Putin” induce better or, alternatively, worse behavior? Did Washington decrease or increase the level of risk? President Trump has an opportunity to make Americans safer by reversing these Obama initiatives and regrounding relations with Russia on the foundation of Cold War fundamentals.

 

Obama's Hezbollah, PJ Media, Richard Fernandez - The Obama administration's decision to let Iranian proxy Hezbollah build a criminal empire in the Americas in exchange for a coveted nuclear deal provides a glimpse into the strategic thinking of the former president. A recent Politico article laid out the bare bones of the transaction. By canceling the Cassandra operation, Iran was allowed to form a Western Hemisphere criminal network unimpeded in exchange for time. Obama's deal was vulnerable to time, its costs were front-loaded while its benefits were deferred into far misty reaches. And the first of time's betrayals was the non-election of a president Hillary Clinton.

 

1942. Hartford Connecticut

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A view of the Hamilton Standard plant's manufacturing floor in wartime. Hamilton Standard was formed by several aircraft and aircraft engine manufacturers in 1929 based on the former Standard Steel Propeller company of 1918.

It became a division of United Aircraft Corporation in 1934, merged with Sundstrand in 1999, which merged with Goodrich to become UTC Aerospace Systems in 2012. Hamilton Standard's major innovation, the variable pitch propeller, came in the early 1930s.

Hamilton Standard is not the oldest propeller manufacturer, Hartzell dates from 1917 and is still in the same business. During World War II Hartzell made props under contract with Hamilton Standard.

 

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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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