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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
unarmed teen
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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Anna Ancher, Old Man Whittling, 1880

Anna Ancher, daughter of a hotel owner in Skagen, Denmark, showed exceptional talent at an early age and went on to become one of the greatest and most beloved of Denmark's artists.

It's scarcely to be believed Old Man Whittling is the work of a twenty-one year old. Ancher lived until 1935. In 2004, portraits of Anna and her artist husband appeared on the 1000 Kroner bill.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg People from deep metropolitan America see woodlands in a peculiar way. Other than a day trip to some attraction, or a weekend at a cabin on the lake, their experience is commonly at a managed reserve such as a state park or other public accommodation where involvement with the Great Outdoors is bounded and wholly optional.

They'll typically stay in earnestly rustic cabins fitted out with utilities and amenities not materially different from an efficiency apartment, presented in an improbable mix of decors suggesting a mining camp of the old west imagined by a designer of Swiss chalets, or if severely downscale, something resembling the shotgun houses of Louisiana's unfashionable wards.

When hiking the over-designated "wilderness trails" they'll caution each other in grave tones against getting separated and lost, as if an unspeakable fate awaits just off-trail. This, where a minor walk in any direction except up would get them to discount gas, snacks, lottery tickets and a cartoony map commending vendors of crafts and local honey.

Tersely worded signs along scenic routes and jogging trails feature low level bullying concerning the disposition of trash offset with the promise of personal redemption by recycling, or the care to be exercised when building a fire in the meteor-proof facilities provided, all of which reassures them their welfare, perhaps nature itself, is being actively managed by competent and watchful professionals.

This is the woodlands on terms they'll accept, those of a valued guest in a picturesque but alien land. Park managers well know what underlies their expectation of convenience and reassurance. Fear. Places like the Ozarks or Alleghenies are their equivalent of East Saint Louis or Baltimore, menacing by day, potentially lethal by night. It's why they gather 'round in the evening and build Dresden-like campfires and laugh a lot.

It's not possible to overstate the disorienting effect night has on them in the woods. Perhaps it's the first occasion their eyes have had reason to become dark-adjusted, conceivably an unsettling experience. The resolutely unadventurous pack a flashlight of such power there's a felt recoil when switched on, in case they'll need to attract a rescue helicopter from afar or signal a distant township, I assume.

But it's not just the dark they fear. It took me a long while to understand why they talk so much. It's the quiet. Thinking back, the nighttime stillness is often remarked upon by visitors, admiringly, but tentatively so. Their aimless chatter is as if the Great Outdoors had whispered "your move" and they're struggling to excuse themselves gracefully. It's understandable, they live a life of obligatory blather, it's their go-to survival skill.

On the other side, we have the people who live in the hills, often for generations past. They know the woods as a familiar part of their neighborhood. Night holds no fear for them, they rambled and camped at night even as youngsters. They find the urban pilgrim's anxiety puzzling. In a catastrophic collapse, the street mavens who "head for the hills" with intent of armed aggression will be surprised by their own incompetence and fears.

Moving quietly and efficiently through rugged, heavily wooded country is a skill learned over time. There are no prodigies. Even in daytime, lack of woodcraft or foul weather will see the urban intruder make blunder after blunder until he's totally ineffective, perhaps incapacitated, almost certainly lost. Discreet night travel at a useful pace is at another level yet, mastered only with practice and an irrational fondness for the idea.

Some city-dwellers work in occupations providing a basic woodland experience: surveyors, wildlife biologists, gas and oil field workers, and so forth, but they're not likely to be dangerous. They're more likely to have a provisioned bugout location of their own than rely on marauding, or if not, be an asset to an existing survival community.

Street mobs from the inner city could be a significant threat to "flatland" rural areas near the cities for as long as there are working vehicles and passable roads—the infrastructure is held together with patches and promises as it is—and enough fuel for the return trip. Should they venture into the hills, narrow roads winding through steep woodlands present more places suitable for ambush than not.

However, it's their long history of creating enemies with ultimatums and violence, their lack of cohesion and disinclination to plan a step ahead that will work decisively against them. To their cost, the word "minority" has a specific meaning older than the rhetoric that's grown up around it. It's unlikely they'll keep their legions of peripheral supporters when gunfire replaces theatre. Uniforms issued at birth will almost certainly become the ruling default.

More dangerous to hill country are immigrant gangs from Mexico and points south, consisting mainly of untrained thrill-killers but mixed with some experienced enforcers of narco territories, smugglers, veterans of jungle-based cocaine operations and freelance criminals from the interior. Here again, their Einsatzgruppen-like violence will work against them, look for repayment in kind, indiscriminate and without hesitation.

The future takes no notice of our expectations. Gangs in post-apocalyptic America may amount to no more than the highwaymen and horse thieves of our past. And it may prove that "an armed society is a polite society". Don't bet your life on it. Consider the truth in the classic caution, "if you're not preparing for the worst, what are you preparing for?"

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The quote for this week comes from Mike at Cold Fury. He's talking about the nutjobs ordinary people put up with:

They are no longer content with mere forbearance, either, having moved on instead to hurling their sundry pathologies in everybody else’s teeth and haranguing Normals with accusations of a “bigotry” and “oppression” that simply do not exist. That mulish, dull-witted, juvenile lack of perspective will only serve to curtail said forbearance with a quickness, likely to be replaced with something that will suit the freaks one whole hell of a lot less.

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This is a comment by "Mr. Universe" on a news article at Zero Hedge entitled, As Women March, Ohio State Course Reprimands "White Heterosexual Masculinity":

When reading about this esteemed professor,

The course was created and is taught by Jonathan Branfman. Branfman is a doctoral candidate in Ohio State’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I checked his back round a bit and found this,

Although I've been fully out since August 2009, I really needed time to fully accept my own sexuality before I could consider engaging in LGBTQ advocacy. However, as I have read more and more about LGBTQ history and the injustices that still face many LGBTQ Americans today, it became increasingly clear to me that I needed to get involved.

He has been involved alright. How heartwarming it is to see how much he really loves reaching out to the 7-12 year olds.

Commenter "Mr. Universe" is referring to a children's book by Professor Branfman which "aims to erase stigma of LGBTQ education" . Add a bit of justifiable suspicion and another aim emerges. There was a time when Branfman would have been taken aside, roughly, and warned in the firmest of terms to stay away from kids.

Absent such common sense, evidence mounts that preying on the very young has morphed from an occasional outrage into a criminal enterprise. When this carbuncle pops no one wants to be in the same room with it. It would be prudent of today's enablers and apologists, especially those with academic credentials, to ensure their passports are current against a time when whole school districts are convicted and waves of "naming names" confessions sweep the land.

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This report from Breitbart shows how far the"transgender" delusion has gone:

Biological women who legally define themselves as men will not be routinely scanned for breast and cervical cancer, even if they retain these organs and remain at risk, the National Health Service has said. However, at the same time, biological men who regard themselves as women are being invited for cervical smear tests – even though it is impossible for them to have a cervix.

The guidelines, which will put lives at risk and encourage a physically impossible test on non-existent organs, have been introduced to avoid “triggering gender dysphoria” in the transgendered.

You'd think there'd come a time when medical professions would stop and ask what weird chain of events led to their enforced complicity with the destructive delusions of others. You'd think.

and finally

Merlin, the wizard of the King Arthur legend, claimed he didn't foretell the future, he remembered it, meaning he lived backwards through time and watched tomorrow dissemble itself into today. In other words, he was an old guy and old guys say things like that because at times old guys—c'est moi—live through days-long patches of deja vu.

The news often seems to be on its third or forth recycling in my lifetime, like the walking dead except no one's around with the means or the will to put them to final rest. For instance, headline news about "The Middle East Crisis" were little more than retreads when I was a lad and they haven't improved in subsequent iterations. Sometimes, in righteous frustration, I say nuke 'em all, and the whales too.

Anyway, Yer Ol' Woodpile Report awaits, chock full o' the latest outrages and earnest warnings of mankind trembling on the edge of oblivion. Well, could be. Let's take a look. But first, an old ad reminding us of how things usta was.

 

1947. Remington magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Model 521T Junior was marketed from 1947 to 1969. It was an entry-level match rifle, "junior" because the 27 inch barrel was lighter than the 513T, the length of pull was shortened, and while it had a Lyman peep rear, the front sight was a standard blade.

Came with a 6-round detachable magazine and a walnut stock. Remington sold more than 66,000 of 'em. The 500 series has a reputation for fine accuracy to this day.

Here's how our less evolved British cousins see youth rifles:

Daily Mail UK (2014) - Gun girls of America: Innocent faces. Pink rifles. ... a disturbing insight into U.S. gun culture.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Principia Scientific - Shock Study: Atmospheric CO2 Levels Change with Planetary Movements ... climate change drives levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, not the other way around

Coyote Blog - Thoughts on Challenging the Climate Orthodoxy ... more like a cult religion than science

All Outdoors - Queen Cutlery Closes and What it Means ... number of major brands is reduced to two–Case and GEC

Daily Mail - US Navy's new high-speed warship USS Little Rock is frozen on the shores of Montreal and unable to set sail until the spring ... easy duty

NTK Network - California AG: Employers who Cooperate With Federal Immigration Raids Will be Prosecuted ... planning to criminally charge any employer who cooperates with federal immigration officials

art-remus-ident-04.jpg California Attorney General Becerra's family immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico. He's a former chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Once again he reveals where his first allegiance lies.

WND - California to register illegal aliens to vote automatically ... Court orders government to do so for all driver's licenses issued, and there are no inquiries of legal status for a driver's license

Outkick The Coverage - NFL Ratings Plunge As 23 Million Fewer Viewers Watch Divisional Playoffs ... over 16%, even steeper than last week’s 13% playoff decline

Washington Post - NFL asks reporters to specify their race for Super Bowl press passes ... crucial for “sight identification” for law enforcement personnel

Organic Prepper - Selco: Who Survives and Who Dies When the SHTF?

Pogo - Air Force Actively Defies Congressional Mandate to Maintain A-10 Fleet ... wings are rapidly nearing the end of their lifespans

Zero Hedge - Sweden Is Preparing For A "Civil War": PM Wants To Deploy Army In No-Go Zones ... it's made clear "civil war" means war with the criminal Moslem invaders

art-remus-ident-04.jpg All of western Europe is on "who will be first" standby

YouTube - California Homeless Problem, video, 10m 38s ... by a bike rider in Anaheim. Tent encampments, trash and filth, for miles.

American Greatness - Friedrich Hayek’s Enduring Legacy ... what is it about intellectuals that makes them so susceptible to the catnip of socialism?

NPR - You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems ... imagine a city without a sewer system, for starters

Daily Caller - FBI ‘Failed To Preserve’ Five Months Of Text Messages Between Anti-Trump FBI Agents ... between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It was a transparent lie when Hillary Clinton pulled this stunt, and everyone knew it. For us, it would be an additional charge of destroying evidence to obstruct justice, blah blah. For the ruling class, it's an understandable misstep. "Mishandling" was the term. "Carelessness" was the cause.

Nor does anyone believe the NSA erased all the Bush-era surveillance by accident , if they were erased at all. In business this would be grounds for dismissal, at NSA it's grounds for promotion. Bottom line, the pending lawsuits for malfeasance will probably wither for lack of evidence. Coincidence, surely.

But I didn't want to believe the FBI was part of the "nobody goes to jail" conspiracy. Now it's not reasonable to believe otherwise. It appears they've been caught in a lie . The FBI may be many things, but careless isn't one of them.

In my mind the FBI has gone from "a few bad apples" to "a few good apples" . As Imperator Gaius Trump would put it: sad.

Daily Caller - Tech Founder: Middle America Is Too ‘Violent, Stupid And Racist’ For New Jobs ... Melinda Byerley, Timeshare CMO, unveils her business plan

Daily Caller - Every GLAAD-Nominated Marvel Comic Book Has Been Axed ... hamfisted, sociopolitically-charged drivel

Fred On Everything - Mr.Trump on the Apertures: Stark Madness and Inmiscibility ... Haiti is indeed excrementially challenged

YouTube - Identity Summer University 2016, From Covadonga to Calais ... nearly 200 executives of Génération Identitaire attended the annual identity summer university. Video, 1m 26s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yeah, looks like Eurobabble, but take a minute and a half to see how their "alt-right" trains and be surprised. For one, they toss out cranks and those who dress and act like dangerous idiots.

Task & Purpose - 7 Photos Veterans Will Never Get Tired Of Posting On Social Media ... high school snapshots except with guns

Ancient Origins - Has the King Arthur Gene Been Traced? ... geneology with DNA support

Ancient Origins - 6 Discoveries that Show the Pre-Columbian Americas Traded Across the Oceans ... Celtic and Druid inscriptions among 'em

Gateway Pundit - Twitter Accuses Account Created in July 2017 of Spreading Russian Propaganda During the 2016 Election

 

Off topic

How 'bout a little Depression-era humor. This is a cover illustration from the popular magazine, Ballyhoo, published from 1931 through 1939. The caption's pretty small, it reads: "By Gosh, it's Mabel Jones!" See? It wasn't all shacks and skinny kids.

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Censoring the web, Daily Caller - More than 100 nongovernment organizations and government agencies around the world help police YouTube for extremist content, ranging from so-called hate speech to terrorist recruiting videos. All of them have confidentiality agreements barring Google, YouTube’s parent company, from revealing their participation to the public. The overwhelming majority of the content policing on Google and YouTube is carried out by algorithms. The algorithms make for an easy rebuttal against charges of political bias: it’s not us, it’s the algorithm. But algorithms are designed by people.

 

Division, Christian Mercenary - Those who voted for Trump did so more to eliminate Republican candidates that were in clear collusion with the Clinton criminal gang, than out of admiration for the man himself. I no longer care about justification. It's time to start putting some effort into it. No one will ever see our actions as being legitimate. Accepting that is the first step to creating this division in the nation that must take place. We will always be uneducated, poor racists lashing out at progress and the advancement of humanity. The United States of America was an experiment in self-government that has had the end that de Toqueville foresaw. Get ready. Things are about to change.

 

Flynn Effect, Amerika - The Flynn Effect has reversed, and it seems to be reversing IQ gains and going the other direction starting at the top, which means that our theoretically best and brightest are becoming dumber and less insightful. Civilization is in full decline as its highest scorers end up being less capable than those a century ago. The Western quest for equality has ended in a predictable way. Since equality is not natural, nor logical, enforcing it requires penalizing the successful in order to subsidize the unsuccessful. We do this by forcing the intelligent to go through 28 years of education and then working them to death in the absence of meaningful options for starting a family, at which point they start dying out.

 

Drowning in BS, Chronicle of Higher Education - I have had nearly enough bullshit. The manure has piled up so deep in the hallways, classrooms, and administration buildings of American higher education that I am not sure how much longer I can wade through it and retain my sanity and integrity. Many thoughtful people in higher education today are well aware of different piles of BS around them. Fewer seem to recognize the magnitude of the mounds of it that have accumulated and how badly they defile us. Real change will most likely happen long-term and be forced on academe from the outside against its own lumbering inertia.

 

1933. Near Walker's Ford, Tennessee

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Arrivals at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp are issued bedding and blankets. The CCC was in operation from 1933 to 1942, employed 300,000 young men per year, ages 17 through 28, and paid $30 per month, $25 of which was sent home to their families. In today's dollars it's $6,788 per year, food, clothing and shelter provided.

They worked "in forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control, and similar projects". The tents were temporary, soon replaced with barracks. Camps were run by Army reservists but there was no military training.

The CCC was, justly, one of the most popular relief programs of the era. When war came and alumni were drafted they were, as policy, promoted to corporals and sergeants upon completion of basic training.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Immigration, Z Man - There is a strong social incentive for embracing ever more extreme positions on the popular fads of the moment. It’s how we went so quickly from tolerating homosexuals to embracing mentally disturbed men in sundresses. Similarly, it is how miscegenation went from casual outlier to the only acceptable form of mating. When it comes to immigration, the furthest possible extreme is open borders, so the game is to come up with ever more creative ways of justifying it. When looking at it in moral terms, it helps explain why both types of Progressive have gone berserk on the issue of immigration. It’s also why appeals to reason never work with these people.

Judicial Watch - Illegal Aliens Quietly Being Relocated Throughout U.S. on Commercial Flights ... relocates illegal immigrants to unsuspecting communities nationwide

 

Antifa, SHTFplan - Wired Magazine has revealed that a professor at Elon University has devised a so-called “secret weapon”, in support of Antifa, that allows her to keep tabs on at least 400,000 Americans who she believes are members of the alt-right. The data is then provided to not only the hard-left Southern Poverty Law Center but also directly to radical members of the domestic terror group Antifa. The report details the work of Megan Squire, a 45-year-old professor professor of computer science at Elon who have developed the software for the hard-left with the admitted aim at not only getting right-wing patriots fired from their jobs but also possibly killed.

 

Shutdown, Daily Bell - People talk about bipartisanship like it’s a good thing. But the point of Congress was never to get stuff done. The point was the make sure that only important stuff got done. President Calvin Coolidge said, “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.” Bipartisanship got the U.S. $20 trillion in debt. Bipartisanship got wars in the middle east, NSA spying, a trillion dollar per year welfare state, and yearly deficits from $450 billion to $1.4 trillion. If the government actually “shut down” the American people might actually get some relief.

 

Expansion, Science News - Cosmic microwave background data inferred a Hubble constant of 67, substantially less than the 73 or 74 based on actually measuring the expansion. When this discrepancy first showed up a few years ago, many experts believed it was just a mirage that would fade with more precise measurement. But it hasn’t. “This starts to get pretty serious,” Riess said at the astronomy meeting. “In both cases these are very mature measurements. This is not the first time around for either of these projects.” The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that the vacuum energy is just the cosmological constant. “I would say there we have less and less wiggle room.”

 

1942. London, England

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Neighborhood boys plant beans in a garden allocation during the war. The seeds came from America. Working class housing near industrial areas took the worst of the "blitz".

 

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Feminists, American Greatness - Modern feminism for years has institutionalized a fundamental incoherence. Women are the equals of men and should have the same autonomy and agency, particularly over their sexual choices. At the same time, they need protection from men, who are empowered by a persistent “patriarchy” that encodes in women’s psyches a deference to that power. Language must be policed to spare victims from emotional wounds, and behavior must be monitored and adjusted to cater to the delicate sensitivities of the perpetually aggrieved. Feminists today have embraced this childish demand for others to obsess over them and their feelings, and for punishment of those deemed insensitive to their pain.

 

Africa, American Thinker - Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was "a fecalized environment." In plain English: s--- is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. Do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure. African problems are made worse by our aid efforts. They will eventually solve their own country's problems on their terms, not ours. The solution is not to bring Africans here.

 

Timberlake, Lileks - The reason the Old West plays into a masculine ideal has to do with building things out of nothing, establishing order, self-reliance, physical labor, and a certain apartness from the soft decadence of urban life. The idea that there are certain virtues to be found and encouraged in the rustic areas was old hat in Cicero’s time. People in the early 20th century were convinced that the mad pell-mell rush of modern life was stripping away our Vital Essences. A good outing in the clean restorative countryside - a vacation, or just a motorcar jaunt - would help. If you really wanted to take the cure, you went out into the woods and did Manly Things.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg James Lileks takes on Anne Petersen when she womansplains how men really think.

 

Nuclear torpedo, Warrior Maven - Russia’s Status-6 intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo is a real weapon. If the weapon proves to be feasible, the main concern for Washington is that the weapon would be able to bypass American missile defense systems. The problem then would be how to engage it. The Status-6 would not respond like a submarine crew and would just keep going until physically stopped. The U.S. has not deployed good UUV-stopping weapons or technology yet. It should be easier than intercepting a missile.

 

1945. Lippe Germany

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg How it really was—"Junior. Hey. Yeah, you. Do something useful. Take this carbine and stand over there by those guys, yeah, like you're guarding 'em. No, back up a little. That's it. Hold the gun up. Turn a little toward me. There you go, that's good. Hold it. Got it. Wait. One more. Okay, done."

Lippe was a tiny state in northwestern Germany, merged into Lower Saxony after 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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