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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
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


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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Claude Monet, Frost, 1885

Here's the thing about Monet that puts him into the genius-artist category. He intends to re-present fleeting phases of nature as his eye and mind perceive them, rather than transcribe them as do photographs or paintings of precision and high finish. What he wished to record arises from the work as 'more than the sum of its parts'. As wonderful as all that is, it ain't enough. He has to succeed. He succeeded.

This doesn't make it "better" than photography or finished paintings, except as it may agree with the viewer's preference. It makes it different. His method necessarily entails "unhurried speed", as bird hunters like to put it, and so it is the product initially presents itself as what it would otherwise be, a field sketch, partly rescued by its "en plein air" origins but redeemed entirely by the artist-to-beholder rapport.

This is also what makes it different from computer processed photographs intending to mimic the "look" of a Monet. The starting point for the process is not the natural phenomena itself but a derivative, namely: a photograph. Instead of getting closer to the perception generated by eye and mind, it's yet another step removed, a sort of Google Translate except for photos, and with the same clunky result. Okay, I'm going to go ahead and say it, it's cornball vandalism.

Nor does using the formal technique—it's rules and materials and notions of composition and color—make an otherwise routine painting something other than what it is, an homage at best. We may rightly admire mastery of the formalities without confusing it with the genuine article. This, incidentally, is the perpetual dilemma of art schools.

Anyway, Frost isn't the most famous or highly regarded Monet, but a reminder his good stuff wasn't all lily ponds and flower gardens.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Is DC's self-styled "Resistance" taking things to the next level? Is a shadow war under way? Is nothing, literally nothing, off the table? Let's abandon our sense of proportion and go full cynic.

On June 14, 2017 there was a near assassination of Republican Congressmen at baseball practice, which succeeded in wounding four. The shooter, a left-wing activist, was killed at the scene. On January 31, 2018 a large truck was placed in the path of an Amtrak train carrying three hundred Republican Congressmen, their staffs and families to a meeting. It may be interesting to know who else was aboard. Curiously, the actual Resistance in Europe during World War II mainly targeted the railroads.

The rule in counterinsurgency is: "once is misfortune, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action". That's two. So. Coincidence. But there's an understandable suspicion the FBI's secret assistance to DC's self-proclaimed "Resistance" may mean there was more than dirty tricks going on. What else did they do for the Clinton crime cartel?

Nothing less than a bureau-wide enema with perp walks and criminal prosecution will dispel the uglier notions. Not resignations with full retirement bennies and tell-all book deals. Prison, like anyone else. Start at the seventh floor and work in both directions.

Don Surber reports there is another "Resistance", this one inside the FBI:

I am proud of the FBI. As this case against the misuse of the FBI and the intelligence community develops, I realize that without good, honest agents in the FBI, we would have never known, because Hillary would be president. The system is working. Or shall I say, dedicated and patriotic Americans are?

... After Trump's election, Obama and company foolishly tried to use the deep state to bring Trump down. Instead, they should be sweating things out. You see, the good guys in the FBI are not letting this die.

As satisfying as it is when they do their job, have we come to where it's heroic when the system works—at all? Shall we also give medals to the cops who put up the "crime scene" tape? Doing the right thing after Trump won wasn't heroic. What did they risk except being left behind on the wrong side of the salt cellar? Why should we not believe there was a lot of pivoting and butt-covering going on when it became clear they'd be seen as accomplices rather than Hillary's Heroic Helpers?

Remember, the FBI is the secret police . Palace politics is far more serious to them than outrages at our level. We get what we get because we don't have Bigge Tymme DC committees or "honest, dedicated and patriotic" agents waving the bloody shirt for us. We get thrown into the gears and it's on to the next one. No one should wonder why the dictatorial left covets the FBI, they intend it to be their Stasi.

Let's also remember the secret FISA court accepted paid political opposition research and a news article as sufficient grounds to surveill the Trump campaign for, in effect, Hillary Clinton. Three times. No due diligence, just okey-doke and off to lunch. I'm guessing the FSB doesn't get oversight approval 99.97% of the time.

As for the news media, Pat Buchanan sums up their part in his essay, A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic, at buchanan.org:

... they were exploited and used by the “deep state,” that they let their detestation of Trump so blind them to reality that they made fools of themselves, and that they credited with high nobility a major conspiracy to overthrow an elected president of the United States.

Axios - The Nunes memo, complete, in .pdf format


Ace of Spades notices something about illegal aliens we're not supposed to notice:

I keep hearing about the plight of illegals, and how they have no home whatsoever to return to. But then, I also hear they have fifty cousins back home they need to use "family reunification" to bring to America.


Our go-to flashlight is kept in the cupboard, it's one of those Maglites that can shrivel weeds at a hunnerd yards. Handy it isn't, you could hammer nails with it. It takes D cells, the only thing in the house that does. Seemed like at good idea at the time. But now the on-off switch, um, doesn't always. Replacement time.

So I got a solar powered flashlight last week, 160 lumens, more than enough for anything short of search and rescue at sea. The first click gets you the "low" setting, not specified but about half as bright. Click it again, full power. Click it again, goes off. Simple. They rate a full charge good for 25 hours on low beam, 7 hours on high. And they claim it's waterproof to one meter. The solar panel is built right in. It can also be recharged through the USB port, or conversely, used to recharge a 'phone.

So far it works as advertised. I see it as an everyday flashlight for the time being. In a survival situation, charge it during the day with the solar cell and it's ready for nighttime duty. Thirty bucks. Here's the Amazon link , stripped of trackers and identifiers, as are all links at Yer ol' WPR.


The quote for this week comes from Lee Sandlins' essay, Losing The War:

The approaching war didn't seem like a political or economic event; it was more like a collective anxiety attack. Throughout the 30s people around the world came to share an unshakable dread about the future, a conviction that countless grave international crises were escalating out of control, a panicked sense that everything was coming unhinged and that they could do nothing to stop it.


In the early 1950s Senator Joe McCarthy exposed Soviet agents embedded in DC up to the decision-making level. He was vilified in the press as a witch-hunter, yet when records became available after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, which proved him right in nearly every particular. McCarthy had been working from intelligence intercepts, something he couldn't reveal at the time. It was a witch hunt in the sense he was catching witches.

David Solway mentions this in his essay, A Brief History of the Fake News Media, at American Thinker:

McCarthy may have been guilty of exaggerations and errors, but as the Venona transcripts have verified, he was right overall. He may have manifested as vindictive, yet he was remorseless in his campaign to isolate Communist sympathizers in government circles who worked to subvert the country. This, of course, made him anathema to a treasonous press and a political establishment that had much to hide, whether their complicity or their negligence.


Survival Blog contributor Rector cautions against relying excessively on the Second Amendment in his essay, Preparing for the Inevitable American Gun Ban.

This is an excerpt from Part I:

Despite the plain language of the 2nd Amendment, including “shall not be infringed”, we are buried in Federal gun laws and have been since the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1934. The years that followed have seen the passage of the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, The Gun Control Act of 1968, the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1986, the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, among others.

We now accept as part of “shall not be infringed” a mountain of non-statutory Federal regulations via the BATFE and other agencies of the Federal government. No other “constitutional right” is subject to so narrow an interpretation as the 2nd Amendment. By what future mechanism would this trend be reversed? What future Congress will repeal these laws?

Part II

Part III

and finally,

When I was in the market, at the penny ante level mind you, a year without a substantial correction was remarkable. Not only are there investors who've not seen such routine corrections, there are brokers who've not seen one. Monday's drop was something over 4%. For the last five days it's -7% or -8%. In years past it would get people's attention but that's about it. What did they expect with the Schiller P/E above 30?

A classic 1929-style crash starts with a deep, fast decline. Then comes a recovery of about half the decline, which draws in "buy the dip" investors, fresh meat for the monster ahead. It's a quick gulp of fresh air before the real crash begins, the Big One, stair-stepping down for a couple of years until it bottoms at a small fraction of the peak, exhausted and depleted. While this probably isn't the Big One, it could be the initial fracture, or it could be something like the -21% quick correction of 1987.

Will the Big One happen this year? My guess is yes. It'll rival the Fall of Rome, the Destruction of Carthage, the Black Plague and Al Gore combined. When this huge bubble of insolvent malfeasance ruptures it will be an unstoppable, bloody carnage smashing everything in its path and the birds overhead.

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


1899. Fiat ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The ad dates from 1899 when the first Fiat—Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino—production model, the Fiat 4 HP , was offered. Ten years later, Fiat was the largest automotive company in Italy.

For most of its century-plus history, Fiat was the largest automobile manufacturer in Europe, and for over twenty years third in the world after General Motors and Ford. In 2014 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles became the new owner of the Fiat Group.


Remus's notebook


Free Thought - Cops Raid Licensed Chef’s Home, Steal His Cooking Equipment—for Feeding the Homeless ... dozen Decatur, Illinois cops raided his home and shut down his business

College Fix - Fraud at Georgetown? Traditional marriage group’s donations rerouted to pro-LGBT groups ... “fostering hatred and intolerance” by promoting traditional marriage

Fox News - Herschel Walker: Players Received 'Hush Money' From NFL to Stand for Anthem ... $100 million to social justice organizations favored by players

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Now you know where the NFL player's "social justice organizations" get their money—shakedowns

Simons Foundation - New Universe Simulation Reveals High-Resolution Details About Cosmological Structures ... the most advanced universe model of its kind

Smithsonian - What the First Radio Commercial Jingle Sounded Like ... for Wheaties, in 1926. Video, 2m 07s

News from Israel

New Observer - Israeli Minister Kara: “Africans are an unsanitary nuisance”.

Yahoo News - Israel to shut migrant centre and deport Africans

Reuters News Trust - Israel will pay African migrants to leave, to jail if they don’t accept.

Yahoo News - Israeli who seized top Nazi figure lauds German nationalists ... former Mossad agent who led the operation to capture Adolf Eichmann

National Interest - North Korea’s Secret Weapon: Underground Air Bases ...a former South Korean general claims there are at least eighty-four other tunnels—some reaching as far as downtown Seoul

Georgia State University - Astronomers Create First Detailed Images of Surface of Giant Star ... about 530 light-years away and 350 times larger than our sun

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'm amazed at this. I took two semesters of astronomy, but so long ago the textbook was written by Copernicus. So I gotta be willing to be surprised.

Sultan Knish - From Farrakhan With Love ... the relationship with Obama was one of the dirtiest secrets of the previous administration

Guardian - Gallery removes naked nymphs painting to 'prompt conversation' ... Victorian Era painting is unsuitable and offensive to feminists

Sun UK - Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to flip sparking chaos and mass blackouts ... scientists have spotted an "anomaly" beneath South Africa which could indicate this rare natural phenomenon is about to hit Earth

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The geological record shows the poles flipping every 200 to 300 thousand years. Since the extinction of the dinosaurs they've flipped something like 260 times. They last flipped about 760 thousand years ago. I prefer to take this as good evidence they'll never flip again.

Phys Org - Speed of light drops to zero at 'exceptional points' ... can also be released and accelerated back up to normal speed

YouTube - Mary Pickford in 100% American, 1918 ... a spendthrift repents and buys War Bonds. Video, 14m 24s

Amerika - 120db Campaign Sweeps Europe In Response To Third World Rape Gangs ... it begins

Minding The Campus - The New Campus Anti-Americanism ... higher education has crafted a new form of anti-Americanism ... it is unstable and likely to collapse

Next Big Future - Exoplanets discovered 3.8 Billion Light Years Away using Quasar microlensing ... first time anyone has discovered planets outside our galaxy

Next Big Future - Measuring space telescope distortion to one-tenth the size of a hydrogen atom will enable earth sized exoplanet analysis

Washington Free Beacon - New York Faces Problems with SAFE Act Gun Owner Database as Deadline to Recertify Passes ... as high as 50 percent noncompliance for recertifying pistol permits


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


China, Amerika - America was happier before it became the guardian of the world, and Europe was glad to relinquish colonialism because of the high cost. China finds itself in the grip of a desire to be recognized for excellence in a natural hierarchy, despite the negative externalities that are generated. It has many internal instabilities and lacks the time to fix those, so instead it will become increasingly repressive, which will backfire the same way it did for the Soviets. Once the Obama fog lifted, it became clear that China was moving aggressively against the West. For Russia, the winning move is for both China and the US/EU to fall.


un-Americans, Z Man - Our cultural and political leaders go out of their to sneer at us, they are competing with one another to prove just how much they hate Americans. Of course, they mean white Americans. The ruling class may not have liked the people over whom they ruled, but they were duty bound to look out for them and keep their opinions to themselves. What’s happening in modern America is the ruling class is rejecting their duty to their fellow citizen, because they have contempt for the very notion that we are their fellow citizens. There really is no example from history where the ruling class revolted and declared war on its subjects. That’s where we are today in America.


SJW school, Weekly Standard - For decades, the public schools of Edina, Minnesota, were the gold standard among the state’s school districts. Edina is an upscale suburb of Minneapolis, but virtually overnight, its reputation has changed. The shift began in 2013, when Edina school leaders adopted a sweeping initiative that reordered the district’s mission from academic excellence for all students to “racial equity.” Math scores for black students in 11th grade at Edina Senior High dropped from 31 percent proficiency in 2014 to 14.6 percent in 2017. In reading, scores for black students in 10th grade at Edina Senior High dropped from 51.7 percent proficiency in 2014 to 40 percent in 2017.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Excerpt: A course description of an 11th-grade U.S. Literature and Composition course puts it this way: “By the end of the year, you will have learned how to apply marxist, feminist, post-colonial and psychoanalytical lenses to literature.”

Also see commentary on this Weekly Standard report at Hot Air .


FBI and DoJ, National Review - The current players probably broke laws and committed ethical violations not just because they were assured there would be no consequences but also because they thought they’d be rewarded for their laxity. They at the time considered wise investments that would earn rewards with an ascendant President Hillary Clinton. If the clear front-runner Hillary Clinton had won the election, we’d now have no scandals. What Peter Strzok in August 2016 termed an “insurance policy” was not just to beat but to destroy and humiliate Donald Trump — and by extension all the distasteful deplorables and irredeemables he supposedly had galvanized.


1936 and 1937. Camden, New Jersey


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The top photo is from 1937, RCA's assembly line for their five-tube superheterodyne radio . The design was called the "All American Five" , or AA5, because it was manufactured by hundreds of American and Canadian manufacturers from the 1930s until transistors replaced tube-type radios altogether in the early 1970s.

Vacuum tubes such as krytrons, TWTs, big power tubes and a few others are yet to be replaced with solid state components. Vacuum nanoelectronics and vacuum-channel transistors are "cutting edge" developments. Everything old is new again.

Among the many variations of the AA5 was the "Farm" radio, configured to run on the 32 volt DC generated by most windmills, and a 6V DC battery operated version.

The bottom photo is from 1936, an RCA calibration technician at work.



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DACA, American Greatness - Trump’s proposal will give a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million people and allow them to sponsor their spouses and children for green cards. The prohibition on chain migration will not be retroactive and there’s no guarantee that the next administration could not simply reinstate it—we may trade amnesty for nothing. Funding for border security is temporary, and could easily be ended once Trump leaves office. Amnesty will create an enormous incentive for people to enter America illegally. The Democratic Party depends almost wholly upon immigrant voters to survive. Amnesty puts illegals before citizens, we spend over $135 billion on welfare for illegal aliens annually.


Weird science, Aeon - Up to today, most experiments have tested entanglement over spatial gaps. The assumption is that the ‘nonlocal’ part of quantum nonlocality refers to the entanglement of properties across space. But what if entanglement also occurs across time? Is there such a thing as temporal nonlocality? The answer, as it turns out, is yes. Just when you thought quantum mechanics couldn’t get any weirder, Eli Megidish and his collaborators were the first to show entanglement between photons whose lifespans did not overlap at all. How does one describe an entity whose constituent parts are not even coexistent?


Sleepy sickness, Vintage News - Just after the end of World War I, a bizarre disease known as the sleepy sickness, or lethargic encephalitis, devastated millions of people across the world and left doctors puzzled for decades afterward. According to some sources, around 1 million of those affected by the disturbing illness died, while many others were transformed into living statues and spent the rest of their lives trapped inside their bodies and locked in institutions, speechless and motionless. Some of the finest scientific minds of the past 100 years have tried to provide the answers to what exactly caused the horrifying disease, or how to treat it, but the sleepy virus remains one of the biggest medical mysteries of history.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lethargic encephalitis broke out concurrent with the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 75 million or so, but it lasted into the mid 1920s. The early symptoms were nearly the same as the flu so misdiagnosis was common. Attempts to link the two are inconclusive and the literature is mostly skeptical. With this year's flu epidemic being bad and getting worse, sleepy sickness is something to keep in mind. Or, I hear northern Saskatchewan is nice this time of year.


Tobacco - Taki's Magazine - The chief pile driver used by governments to punch down on smokers is, of course, taxation. Governments pad their buttocks with hundreds of millions of revenue from an activity that they claim to decry. It matters not that this is the ultimate regressive tax, given that no self-respecting gentleman ever buys cigarettes in a high-tax jurisdiction. The modern left has become notably well versed at defending its ideologies with fact-proof moral grandstanding that tramples mere human life. In their hierarchy of irritations, the sheer disobedience of someone lighting a cigarette is a far greater affront than some noble Levantine freedom fighter drawing an automatic weapon on a Western street.


1933. Esco Tennessee


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another photo of a typical Civilian Conservation Corps camp in its founding days. As said here in Woodpile Report 513:

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.


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His Majesty’s Birthday, traditionalRIGHT - This is an excerpt from a short, imaginative tale by William Lind, author of the 4GW novel, Victoria :

Nordholz is the great base of German naval aviation. Located close to the North Sea (and Britain), its heart is an astounding, vast hanger that holds two Zeppelins and revolves. To see something that big move is quite astonishing. The purpose is to enable the navy to launch airships regardless of the direction of the wind. Getting a Zeppelin out of its shed in a crosswind is not something anyone tries a second time. 

After greeting His Majesty on the railway platform and offering my best felicitations on his coming birthday, I asked where we were off to the next day by Zeppelin. I expected a raid on London. We and the Brits still bomb each other in heaven, but the bombs contain food rather than explosives. Still, a six-hundred pounder filled with with Teewurst makes an impression on Whitewall.

“We are going to Hell,” the Kaiser answered.


SJWs, Alt-Market - Social Justice is also rooted in the notion that self-indulgence and gluttony on every level should be celebrated as healthy and “progressive.” Sexuality is a purely recreational affair without consequence or responsibility. All intellectual opponents are treated as monstrous criminals rather than merely informed adversaries with a different point of view. When masculinity is repressed in a society and matriarchy is entrenched, such systems are historically doomed to failure and collapse. The assertion that masculinity is evil within men is often followed by the assertion that masculine displays by women are empowering and good. In this way, true femininity is also under attack.


Higher ed, PJ Media - It is time to candidly acknowledge the truth. Between teacher and student in the university today falls the shadow of disaffection. Both the authority of the teacher and the respect of the student are in utter disarray—except, of course, in those all-too-frequent cases where the professor is a leftist proselytizer conducting a re-education camp. Administration has betrayed its original purpose of efficiently running a university and supporting faculty, instead multiplying its sinecures and intervening in parietal issues where it has neither business nor expertise. To put it bluntly, the university has become, variously, a playpen for wimps and a training ground for thugs.


WWIII, Strategic Culture - During the first Cold War between the US and the USSR, there was a general sense that a World War III was, in a word, unthinkable. Not anymore. The primary purpose of Russiagate was always to ensure Trump could not reach out to Moscow, as seems to be his sincere desire. Hostility toward Russia is not a means to an end – it is the end. Just as in 1914, when Durnovo referred to “presence of abundant combustible material in Europe,” there is any number of global flashpoints. if the worst happens, and the lamps go out again – maybe this time forever – Americans will not again be immune from the consequences as we were in the wars of the 20th century.


1944. England


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Prime Minister Winston Churchill shoulders an M1 carbine at a show-and-tell of American small arms.. Behind him is General Eisenhower. Should you believe Churchill is merely posing for the camera, au contraire, he was a combat veteran, quite familiar with guns.

As a reporter for the Daily Mail and Morning Post, he escaped a Boer POW camp and hopped a freight train to safety. Said he, "there's nothing more exhilarating than being shot at—with no result." In 1900 he was Lieutenant Churchill in the battle to take Pretoria and among the first to enter the city.

In World War I he was Lieutenant-Colonel Churchill, commanding the 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers and spent more than his share of time in No Man's Land. Churchill was the only Allied leader to also be a veteran of the Great 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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6 Feb 2018