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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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Maxfield Parrish, Reveries, 1913

In the first part of his career, Parrish's illustrations were of medieval fantasies, Arabic themes, fairy tales, classic mythology, Mother Goose and children's poems. In 1910, when he was forty years old, his income was two and a quarter million dollars, in today's terms. Reveries is typical of his late phase illustrations, Art Nouveau-ish, like Mucha except 3D.

In the early 1920s he turned from illustration to full-on painting. One of the first was his 1922 work, Daybreak, the most popular print of the twentieth century, said to be in one of every four homes in America. I have a 1923 print for reference and I gotta tell you, the on-line versions are little better than vandalism. The link takes you to the best one I could find and it drops 'most every color but blue.

In the mid 1930s Parrish abandoned his artisan-bread-and-butter commercial work and turned to his real love, pure landscape. He was active almost until his death in 1966 at age 95. My opinion, his best work, but 'best' in terms of the genre's personal appeal rather than quality.

Some years ago I attended a Parrish exhibit in Philadelphia. It's a cliche, but even art books of the highest standards don't adequately convey a large part of their elegance. I've haunted galleries and museums my whole life but I was surprised by their jewel-like appearance.

Incidentally, Parrish's hobby room was a machine shop, big stuff like you'd find in industry. A vertical mill, big lathe, that kind of thing. He said he was really a mechanic who liked to paint. A guy you could get to like.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This removes all doubt where the "hate speech is not protected" movement is going. California has eviscerated the second amendment, now the first amendment is going down fast. The bad news is, this is just a symptom, one of many. These people are serious about criminalizing our existence and are going from success to success.

Reason - California Prosecuting Man for Insulting Posts on Islamic Center's Facebook Page ... would equally criminalize insulting posts on a NRA page, or on a pro-Trump organization's page, or on a Communist Party page

There's an ugly, unavoidable reckoning building. The cynic in me says however remote you are, or self-sufficient you are, however well-appointed your hidey-hole, however much ammo you have, however deep your deep larder, however much training and comms and meds you have, it probably ain't enough for what's coming.


Rep. Sheila Lee is a particularly unpleasant and perpetually aggrieved harpy known for her jaw-dropping ignorance—"homicide is the leading cause of murder"—who imagines recycled rhetoric from the 1970s makes her a champion of the oppressed. What it really makes her is a museum piece yet to be stuffed and displayed as a cautionary tale of regrettable missteps in our national history.

She once told a staffer, "You don’t understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen." They do, but even away from the fawning, servile opportunists in DC she can't help but reveal herself for the abusive moron she is. So Lee was in the news. Again. And that's never good.

United Airlines gave Rep. Lee a first class seat reserved by a school teacher and "human rights activist" named Jean-Marie Simon. Yes, Poe-like comeuppance. Ms. Simon was bumped to economy and bribed to not make a fuss. But she made a fuss. When all this was reported in the media, Rep. Lee informed us it was she who was the victim. Well of course she was, she's never not the victim. To wit:

Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice. 

This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people. But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry. 

I understand the airline is working to address the passenger's concerns. I am glad of that. But as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation. 

I hope one day, we will accept our collective diversity.


As an African American woman I'm a deserving beneficiary of Cosmic Justice in whatever form it appears, so her whining proves she's a white supremacist bigot. This worthless nobody should shut her racist mouth about being evicted for my convenience, she's lucky United didn't go full David Dao on her. You may adore me now.

Rep. Lee stands out even among those determined to be curiosities rather than curious, those dull of mind and slow of wit, quick with tongue and temper, and on their better days merely tiresome exhibitionists. In her defense, she faithfully represents her constituents.

I gotta wonder how Lee gets through a day on the hill. Do they pretend her canned shuck 'n jive, "collective diversity" for one, means something profound, or anything at all? Do they give her little treats and prizes so she won't annoy the grownups? Or do they stand in embarrassment, staring at their shoes for lack of any possible response to the incomprehensible?

And Sheila Sheila Sheila, if the half-glasses aren't believable on Schumer they're certainly not going to work for you. Actually, stop trying, nothing's going to help.

As for United Airlines, they keep finding new ways to treat customers like something they scraped off their boots. And when they get caught sphincter-kissing DC they should have the grace to own up to it. Do the right thing for once and shock the nation.


From the excellent 1942 British photo-essay, The life of an ATS ‘Ack Ack’ Girl, at Word War II Today:

"From 1941 all unmarried women between 20 and 30 years old were called up to join one of the auxiliary services. Later this conscription was extended to some married women. They were not intended to serve in the front line of battle – but for much of the war the front line was indistinguishable from the home front, especially with regard to Anti Aircraft gunnery".

They were regularly strafed and killed in batches.


Aristotle warned of immigration in his treatise, Politics, of 350 BC. This is from Book 5, Chapter 3:

Another cause of revolution is difference of races which do not at once acquire a common spirit; for a state is not the growth of a day, any more than it grows out of a multitude brought together by accident. Hence the reception of strangers in colonies, either at the time of their foundation or afterwards, has generally produced revolution.
[h/t orthosphere.wordpress.com]


The quote for this week comes from Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch:

Journalists dislike getting straight answers almost as much as politicians dislike giving them. They cannot be “reinterpreted.”

An aside: The most pathetic, self-selected losers are those who answer questions not asked. Meaning, the journalist makes a contentious statement then stops talking and looks at the interviewee. The correct response is an awkward silence, purposely so, followed by a request for a question. It exposes the setup for what it is and puts the burden for clarity where it belongs, on the journalist.


6.5 mm has become a popular rifle caliber of late. Ol' Remus keeps up with all the trendy trends, so I've had one for a while. A long while. The case length is a tiny 1.33 inches but it shoots a 75 grainer at most of 2,000 fps with just a pinch-o'-powder. It's a .25-20 Winchester, first marketed in 1895, which makes it only six years older than the 9x19mm Parabellum. The .25-20 is a necked down .32-20 of 1882, which was also ... no, that way lies madness.

Speaking of the 9x19mm, Ruger introduced a 10/22-like carbine in 9 mil, comes standard as a breakdown. They don't quite say it, but it looks like it uses the 10/22 trigger group. One reviewer measured a four pound break, as-is. Anyway, lots-o'-well thought out features and, it must be said, probably not something ol' Bill would have authorized for the "civilian" market.

It replaces the Ruger Police Carbine of 1996-2006, hence the name Ruger PC Carbine—which makes it the Police Carbine Carbine. It's looking like it will be their next 10/22. The aftermarket is burning the midnight oil as we speak. Alas, two range tests had FTE issues with CCI econo-fodder. I'll consider getting one after the first recall and design changes.



ABC News - Philadelphia police unveil cars with bulletproof windows ... officer safety


CBS Philly - City Council Approves Bill That Could Force Businesses To Remove Bulletproof Glass ... insults blacks

and finally,

With single digit temperatures night and day, this is the time of year when the wood stove takes its place as the guarantor of a cozy winter. Wood heat corpuscles are the best kind because they're from an on-hand physical source rather than a contract or a promise. Joy, thy name is woodpile. Cleaning out the ashes, different name.

Well gang, 2017 is done and done. An amazing year, but in a century or so it won't even rate a mention in the footnotes of history. May 2018 be the same. But now it's time to step away from your reloading bench, time to put aside your stacking and turn off your vacuum packer. Yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


1949. Cadillac magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The '49 Caddy was a lightly refreshed '48 Caddy except with a new-for-'49 high compression V8 engine, an overhead valve design churning out 160 hp from 331 cubic inches of displacement. Power windows were standard but an automatic transmission—Hyda-Matic Drive, no less—was optional. The B Pillar is gone but a one-piece windshield would have to wait until the 1950 restyling.

The ad copy assures potential buyers of their rarified taste and general superiority, so ipso facto and shazam, only a Cadillac can answer their elevated automotive needs, it continues, a proposition only the pathetically envious would contest.

Typical for the era, the grille weighed up like a piano and the fenders could be drilled and tapped. The fashion-forward tail light bumps would metastasize into outright aeronautics in the years to come .

Shown is the Coup deVille, French for "town carriage" and GM-eese for "shorter wheel base".


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Popular Mechanics - When Kodak Accidentally Discovered A-Bomb Testing ... in 1945 something weird was happening to Kodak's film

Baltimore Sun - Baltimore has now had 343 homicides in 2017, sets record for killings per capita ... city baffled why

Aviationist - Impressive Chinese Maritime Patrol Flying Boat Makes First Flight ... four-engine turboprop can land and take off in heavy seas

Daily Mail - Horrific New Year's Day assault on a female police officer in Paris was filmed by her attackers as they kicked her around like a rag doll ... escapees from Detroit or Baltimore perhaps

Conservative students’ ‘Deplorable Radio’ show remains banned from university airwaves ... used the word “tranny” during a live broadcast, police called to evict them

YouTube - Silicon Valley's Doomsday: Prepping For An Economic Apocalypse ... those who are creating the future are prepping for the consequences. Video. 17m 15s.
(h/t Survival Blog)

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is, in its way, commendable. But it appears most of 'em are preparing to live a week in splendor, or a few weeks in comfort, but making little or no preparation for a long term catastrophe, meaning actual survival skills not involving Hepa filters or clever furniture.

Many seem to lack stamina, perhaps not physically, but mentally. They believe when things get tough they're entitled to a better option. The ability to exercise options is a good definition of wealth. For the survivalist it may be a fatally bad expectation.

I've also noticed they won't believe what their eyes see. Everything has to fit their mental movie, no matter how blatantly contrary it is. It's fascinating to watch. It's a genuine skill, but not a survival skill.

I've long believed growing up rural and poor confers a survival advantage not replicable with training or gadgets. Coping with hard work, stress and scarcity aren't learned on weekends at a hobby retreat.

But, I wish 'em well. Y'gotta start somewhere.

Daily Signal - 1 of Every 5 Government Employees Has a 6-Figure Salary ... plus platinum-class benefits and an attitude

USA Today - Store closings: 17 retailers on the 2018 death watch ... the usual suspects

The Hill - The more we learn about Amtrak derailment the stranger it gets

NBC News - America’s rifle: Why so many people love the AR-15 ... nearly an advertisement, with the obligatory admonitions

Daily Mail - Chicago's age of the Assault Rifle: Rival gangs turning to military weapons to settle disputes ... 140 people have been shot by rifles in the past 18 months

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As always, full of elementary errors and purple prose

Wired - This Pill Promises to Extend Life for a Nickel a Pop ... cheap, generic, demonstrably safe and effective. They say.

All Outdoor - Watch: How To Avoid Garand Thumb, Hickok45 gives a lesson ... includes video, 2m 55s

Intellihub - ‘Exqisite human leather’ products, wallets, belts, shoes, being sold online ... requires secret payment arrangements to be made

Return of Kings - 38 Pictures That Show The Decline Of America Since The 1950s

Alpha Game - Explaining the "strong female leadership" in The Last Jedi ... do please read the comments

Vox Popoli - The five stages of corporate convergence ... from "infiltrated" to "fully converged"

Phys Org - Support for right to deny service to same-sex couples is fueled not only by religion ... no contract involving coercion is valid, and refusal to enter a contract leaves both parties as they were, hence, no damages

iBankCoin - Facebook Dumps ‘Fake News’ Patrol After Spectacular Backfire ... clueless alt-left site made the good stuff more popular

Unz Review - 10 Ways Life in Russia Is Better Than in America ... everything's cheap and the food's better

Campus Reform - Prof urges 'abolition of white democracy' during lecture ... "No voting is going to help. No writing your congressperson. We need to smash white supremacy."


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War, City Journal - Americans learned several misleading lessons from World War II. The first and greatest error was overestimating the effectiveness of military force. World War II created a new understanding of how wars are fought and won. But wars since then have not fit this paradigm, and many of our subsequent military mistakes came as a result of misapplying World War II’s lessons. Governing became understood as a matter of trained professionals applying management methods to public policy. It inspired the ambitious welfare-state policies of the postwar era, especially Johnson’s War on Poverty. We can't fight and win a “war” on poverty, or drugs, or cancer, because these things are nothing like war.


Green Berets, US Defense Watch - The army’s leaders, which consist mainly of social justice warriors, flaming liberals and back-stabbing ticket-punching, perfumed princes, have consistently demonstrated that they possess neither the warrior ethos nor the moral courage to challenge the social engineering insanity invading the lean green machine. One or several training personnel wrote a scathing letter, indicting senior Green Beret officers and enlisted men for essentially erasing any physical standards in order to successfully pass females through the program, while placating feminists in the Pentagon. Below are several passages ...


Fed tax, American Greatness - Federal taxes, whatever they were to be, had a simple requirement from the Constitution. They had to be the same for everyone, regardless of state of residency. But if one lives in a state with high income and property taxes, such as California, New York, or Illinois, under the old tax code you would be entitled to write off large sums of money from your federal tax bill that people in more reasonably taxed states were unable to deduct. Voters in blue states actually have to start paying for their expensive schemes themselves.


Populism, Amerika - Conservatives have for too long functioned as janitors. The Left does crazy stuff for awhile; conservatives rush in and try to fix everything before the Left takes over again, and this just keeps the Leftist system afloat. Conservatives start to regard themselves as having this role, and then the role shapes them. Trump is not a Republican; he respects what works and sees everything else as a parasite. He gestures with his right hand in a way that attacks the strongest points of the Left. They react, but at the same time, his left hand is quietly undoing whatever power enables them to have strength at all.


1940. Genoa Nevada


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Genoa, population 939, is on the western border of Nevada near Lake Tahoe and Carson City. It's the oldest town in Nevada, predating statehood, claiming the first newspaper, hotel and court. Genoa has kept its authentic Old West appearance and has been used in John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies. Photos of same location in the '50s and now .


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Global cooling, WND - Solar scientists are now increasingly forecasting a period of very low activity that will commence in the next few years, by around 2020 to 2025. The result? Cooling, even Little Ice Age conditions. In 1895, the panic was over an imminent ice age. Later, in the late 1920s, when the earth’s surface warmed less than half a degree, the media jumped on a new threat – global warming, which continued into the late 1950s. Then in 1975, the New York Times’ headline blared, “A Major Cooling Widely Considered to Be Inevitable.” Then in 1981 it was back to global warming.

Principia Scientific - Seven New Papers Forecast Global Cooling & Mini Ice Age ... the pile of scientific papers grows higher

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Earth has been in an "ice age"—the Pliocene-Quaternary—for 2.6 million years now. The last general glaciation ended 13,300 years ago, give or take a cold weekend. At present we're in an inter-glacial warm period. There have been many. It's cyclical, you see, like the predictions.

Geological records show the change from a short term variation, what the popular press likes to call a Little Ice Age, into a true glaciation period can begin with blinding speed, perhaps as little as a dozen years. At the beginning of the last one, sea level dropped something like thirty feet in about that time. At Glacial Maxiumum it had dropped around four hundred feet.


NASA, Sultan Knish - Obama had reimagined NASA as an “Earth Improvement Agency” that would push Global Warming and Muslim self-esteem. NASA’s iconic shuttles were turned into museum pieces. Children could peer at them through glass walls as the artifacts of another culture that actually did great things. President Trump is rebuilding NASA as an agency of human space exploration while discarding the post-modernist angst about human industrial progress that powers pseudoscientific myths about ‘Global Warming’. Ideologues who don’t believe in America, also don’t believe in Americans traveling to other worlds.


Prediction, PJ Media, Sarah Hoyt - It has become obvious that any man can be accused of harassment at any time by anyone. So, I predict that instead of giving HR more power, this will give companies pause before hiring women, which will lead to a lot of decent and qualified women being left unemployed. Companies that can’t avoid hiring women will either hire women to “make-believe” positions, in which they interact only or primarily with other women, or they will allow a lot more work-at-home.The long-term result of this will be the dismantling of the daycare and child-warehousing practice which has led to a lot of the left’s ascendency in education.


Choke point, Front Page - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously observed that socialism works until you run out of other people’s money. The left's identity politics is running out of other people. Every scam has a choke point. That’s where the bait turns out to be the hook. The choke point is when the small minority expands to include you. And then it’s no longer a few billionaires. It’s the upper middle class. And then it’s the entire middle class. It’s all white people. It’s all men. And then it’s everyone. And that’s the scam. When they have worked through the most obvious targets of that resentment and greed, they will turn on anyone who can be resented or envied. And that's everyone.


Bloodbath, Raconteurrport - Importing the Third World to the West is merely a way to bootstrap draconian bloodbath wars between the current civilized populations, and the non-native invasive species. Trying to extrapolate a future trend without including the inevitable response to the current machinations is akin to suggesting that one could increase the zebra population of the veldt without the lions, leopards, and cheetahs paying the newcomers any mind or taking any action. The increase of The Diversity and the impending financial collapse of the Nanny State should long ago have suggested to anyone with the wits the two most obvious conclusions: Things are going to get sporty. You don't have enough ammo.


1940. DuBois Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg DuBois is a town of about 7,500 in central Pennsylvania near ... um, near the rest of central Pennsylvania. Peak population was in 1920, around 13,700. John DuBois was the founder, hence the name, but coincidentally a direct translation of "du bois" from the French is "of wood" and it was a lumber town originally. It was also a coal mining town for a while, now it's a college and light manufacturing town. And a lumber town.


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Swatting hoax, Market-Ticker - Cops in Wichita showed up at the house and shot an unarmed man who came to answer the door. The police claim that he "moved a hand toward the area of his waistband" as justification for shooting him. So what if he did? He was on his own property, in his own home. He had no knowledge of the "Swatting" phone call and thus no reason to expect the police to show up. He had done nothing illegal. It has now been reported he was unarmed. If he had been that changes nothing.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As always, Denninger takes it past the edge, but the "Simon Says" routine looks like it's sometimes a calculated excuse to shoot. This guy opened his door, stepped out, had several cops shouting at him at the same time, moved wrong and was killed. The choice can't be "resist and die" or "comply imperfectly and die". See the body-cam video at The Wichita Star to decide for yourself.


NY City crime, National Review - New York City’s formerly high-crime neighborhoods have experienced a stunning degree of gentrification over the last 15 years, thanks to the proactive-policing-induced conquest of crime. It is that gentrification which is now helping fuel the ongoing crime drop. Urban hipsters are flocking to areas that once were the purview of drug dealers and pimps, trailing in their wake legitimate commerce and street life, which further attracts law-abiding activity and residents in a virtuous cycle of increasing public safety. The degree of demographic change is startling.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If this were written by anyone but Heather Mac Donald it wouldn't have been published. Even so, she has to dance around the truth, namely: the number of African American People Of Colour went down so crime went down. Not much of a word count.

Unz Review - Is It Racist to Notice That on Average Blacks Shoot People More? ... If New York City had been all white in 2014 there would have been 32 murder arrests instead of 374


Neutron stars, Principia Scientific - Electric Universe Theory offers serious objections to the current concept of pulsars as almost unbelievably dense, very small diameter, possibly incredibly rapidly rotating, collapsed star cores with densities comparable to an atomic nucleus, composed entirely of neutronium. The observed varying periodicity of the Vela pulsar implies that these unbelievably rapidly rotating stars must instantaneously vary their rotation rates by possibly thousands of rpm. There also would have to be some phenomenon to so align the narrow beams such that they would be at least 108 times more likely to intersect the earth’s line of sight. This stretches any amount of credulity.


Jap carriers, National Interest - Reuters reported Japan is actively considering refitting its massive Izumo-class helicopter destroyers to carry American stealth fighters. Specifically, the Izumo-class destroyers—of which Japan has two ships—would be able to carry the F-35B, which has a vertical take-off and landing capability. Other newspapers have since confirmed the report, citing their own sources within the Japanese government. When the first ship was unveiled in 2013, many observers called it an “aircraft carrier in disguise.” It is not difficult to see why. The ships are actually larger than Spain and Italy’s short take-off and vertical landing aircraft carriers.


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art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Panzer V, the famous Panther Tank, still smolders from a knockout hit in northeastern France. The Panther was cheap, fast, maneuverable, well armored and mounted a high-velocity 75mm main gun with better penetrating power under 2,500 meters than the Tiger's 88mm gun. The early builds were not, however, reliable, and the weak final drive was never corrected. About 6,000 were built during the war.



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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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