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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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Albert Bierstadt, Mountain Lake, 1865

Albert Bierstadt, born in Prussia 1830, died in NY City 1902. This is a potboiler, not very large, something artists did for cash flow in between major works and exhibitions. Bierstadt has just attained national prominence when he painted this one.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The deep state and their financiers are both fearful and hopping mad now that their soft coup has failed so publicly. With the appearance of legitimacy no longer in play, look for a kinetic solution kicked off with direct action by their "arms length" recruits and creations: MS13, Moslem enclaves, Black Lives Matter, La Raza, Panthers, Sinaloa, Antifa, et al. The cammie-clad opposition will react in kind, and rightly so, but the real action begins elsewhere.

As Vox Day pointed out , Detroit became "a" manufacturer of automobiles, not "the" manufacturer of automobiles when the Japanese captured the entry-level market. Poof—the spell was broken. No matter how many punitive regulations it piled up, no matter how many awards it gave itself, the carnage continued—from the bottom up. The principle is obvious and simple, no one respects an outfit that can't protect its home turf.

This is what to look for when partisan gang and counter gang violence is breaking news. The curtain has truly gone up when associates of the deep state elite fall victim to seemingly random crimes in numbers. DC considers itself "inside the wire" yet what credibility will this have when their office managers and security chiefs are found dead in the elevator or bumped off while waiting at a traffic light or fall out of a tenth-floor window?

The intent is for the deep state and everyone else to see doom approaching like gangrene. Go-fers know their bosses are up to their mirrored sunglasses in criminal enterprises. Again, no one respects an outfit that can't protect its home turf, including the paid help. Fear spreads fastest among peers. Expect to see a lot of sick time and other absenteeism.

An aside: a good number of mysterious deaths of mid-level operatives in DC during the Clinton and Obama years probably fall into this category. When there's no other explanation that makes sense, keep the "horse head in the bed" notion in mind. Players know the upper levels of the DC police are a warehouse for comically inept, politicized and otherwise unemployable hacks. Recall the DC Sniper debacle and multiply by several levels of magnitude in a serious insurgency.

We actually have to know none of this when the shtf. The priorities of Everyman don't include office politics, no matter how exalted. Our priorities have to meet the demands of hard reality. Consider this bit of wisdom:

A well fed man has many problems, a hungry man has one.

Palace plots and revolutions are for partisans and princes, there's nothing in them for the survivalist except the worst of the collateral damage. Think locally. Stay away from crowds. Top off your preps and keep them near and dear, when the curtain goes up you'll have little else. Know your ground well, walk your far perimeter in good weather and bad. Cache some "get me by" necessities for Plan B. Do all you can while it's still a permissive environment.


James Packard at Daily Reckoning warns of a hard landing in his article, Reality Returns to Wall Street. Excerpts:

What happens when you print $8.3 trillion in money and only get $2.1 trillion of growth? What happened to the extra $6.2 trillion of printed money? The answer is that it went into assets. Stocks, bonds, emerging-market debt and real estate have all been pumped up by central bank money printing...

Bernanke and Yellen did not get a residential real estate bubble. Instead, they got an “everything bubble.” In the fullness of time, this will be viewed as the greatest blunder in the history of central banking.


Eric Peters has a few word about government decrees and electric cars in his essay, California as the Boss of Us:

It was never necessary to decree the erection of gas stations – because there’s money to be made selling gas to people who freely wish to purchase it at market price. The government of California is getting into the “business” of using funds extracted from the people of California, in order to erect state-owned recharging stations to further subsidize state-mandated electric cars.

The Soviet Union didn’t disappear back in 1989. It moved West.


The quote for this week comes from Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic, in his essay, Breaking: Gravity Works:

When governments are bankrupt, their praetorians forage—a nice word for theft and extortion. They'll be competing with hordes of foraging civilians, many of whom will be armed. In such a scenario, one identifiable group has a fighting chance, and it will involve fighting and lots of it.

That, of course, is the group who have either been preparing for such a scenario for years or have the skill set and mental fortitude necessary to adapt to it. Much scorned, this group may get the last laugh, but it will be a grim one.


Here's what some Bigge Tymme financiers and analysts were saying as of Monday. We'll see how it holds up over the coming weeks.

Nothing has happened yet. This is an appetizer. This is just the appetizer for the unwind that is about to come.
Christopher Cole, Artemis Capital Management

We will have more volatility as we are entering a new macroeconomic environment.
Bob Prince, Bridgewater Associates

The ‘buy on the dip’ mentality needs to be thoroughly punished before we find the bottom.
Brian Levine, Goldman Sachs

If you invested say $25 (in the VIX) you would have made some money. I think a high of $146 over time. And in one day they lost everything. It's now at $5 and probably should be lower.
Nassim Taleb

Holding balance sheet risk in an era of rising interest rates and higher market volatility has limited upside but significant downside.
Andrew Lapthorne, SocGen

When the ‘herding’ into ETF’s begins to reverse, it will not be a slow and methodical process but rather a stampede with little regard to price, valuation or fundamental measures.
Lance Roberts, Real Investment Advice

Both oil prices and interest rates have more than doubled from their lows, and it stands to reason that, at a minimum, interest rates will keep climbing. So this may very well be the start of the great financial reckoning.
Simon Black, Sovereign Man

and finally

Aside from the market soiling the bed not much happened this week, and the science sites have been quiescent for a while, so it's slim pickin's all around. It feels like those times history records as "a more innocent time", just before such-and-such changed our lives forever, blah blah. Or perhaps they'll say, "how could they have been so blind, it—whatever "it" is—was right in front of them the whole time, jumping up and down with a rotating red light on top". And it probably is, along with a couple dozen just like it.

Until then, yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


1935. Chevrolet Master DeLux ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Chevrolet's Master series were longer wheel base versions with premium features, produced from 1933 to 1942. The De Luxe was the top of the Master series. The 1935 model was a redesign featuring Turret Top construction, meaning the roof was all steel rather than using a fabric-covered top cutout, and "suicide doors", meaning they were hinged at the rear rather than the front.


Remus's notebook


Reuters - Remington seeks financing to file for bankruptcy ... Remington’s capital structure is unsustainable given its weak operating performance

Daily Caller - Wealthy New Yorkers Fight To Keep Homeless Out Of Their Liberal Neighborhood ... mayor will move 150 homeless men into the former Park Savoy Hotel

Kansas City Star - Man shielding family from gunman complied with cops, witnesses say, but was still shot ... dropped his handgun, raised his hands, an officer with a rifle shot him in the hip, then he was handcuffed

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If the facts are as reported, this stuff HAS TO STOP. Figure out what's going on before shooting.

Free Republic - Somebody Leaked Every Phone Number and Address on Anthony Weiner’s Laptop: 639 Politicians And Media ... for your archives

Popular Mechanics - Airports Keep Renaming Runways for a Peculiar Reason: Magnetism ... the North Pole just won't stay put

Liberty And Lead 2.0 - Kidd Rock ... if you do not understand the importance of .22lr in a bad event

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The article addresses urban usage, mainly, but there's much in it for everyone

YouTube - The Most Disturbing Video on the Islamic Invasion of Europe You'll Ever See, video, 13m 10s

Washington Times - Judge rules California can’t force Christian baker to make same-sex wedding cakes ... but must sell 'em anything on display

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Freedom of association still has a pulse

Front Page - Take the 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration? ... an inconvenient trip down Memory Lane

College Fix - UMich presentation appears to ‘dignify and redeem’ sex between men and boys ... "intergenerational modern pederastic relationships"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This has always been their goal, approached in small steps

History Net - The M14 Rifle ... served as the standard infantry rifle for only seven years

News AU - Dinosaur-killing space rock may have triggered huge sea volcanoes ... volcanic eruptions and earthquakes 100 times bigger than we’ve seen in modern times

YouTube - SpaceX Falcon Heavy Side Boosters Landing Simultaneously at Kennedy Space Center. Video, 1m 47s ... touchdown at the 30 second mark

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This sort of landing was the part of old sci-fi movies I thought was ridiculous as a kid. If they got it wrong by an arms length either way - catastrophe. It's still ridiculous but now it's reality.

Ancient Origins - Criticisms Mount Against Claim of Hominins in the Americas Over 100,000 Years Ago

Don Surber - The rogue FBI may collapse ... go-to-jail stuff

Confront White Womanhood ... face their white privilege and to be accountable for the ways they cause harm

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Black Lives Matter's move to take on white women. Their Mission Statement is here

WFXT - Boston police apologize for honoring white man during Black History Month ... tearful groveling didn't help

American Mirror - MD school district with only 28% reading proficiency dedicates this week to ‘Black Lives Matter’ lessons

Sacramento Bee - High school science fair project questioning African American intelligence sparks outrage ... "we will be reviewing the incident and implementing all measures as appropriate to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students”

Excerpt: Brown said Thursday night she received a call from an African American student at McClatchy who said the incident made her feel “unsafe and uneasy. These kids should not feel that way.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Notice the criticism isn't directed at his argument but rather how it "makes people feel". This is not a valid test of a hypothesis, it's a demonstration of how future college snowflakes and race-baiting activists are made.

McClatchy High is 8.6% black. The principal is black. The "Brown" quoted above is Joyce Brown, "an adviser to the Black Student Union". Does she claim the Black Student Union is an "inclusive environment"? Shall we suppose there's also a White Student Union?

Threatened with "all measures as appropriate", will the author of the paper, an Asian kid, feel "unsafe and uneasy"? Or is it okay this kid should "feel that way" because black lives matter and his doesn't?

On the plus side, it appears they've lost Generation Z. Could it be diversity isn't a strength after all, just a bizarre denial of free association? Perhaps a long look at who benefits would answer the question.

NY Times - Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays

Zero Hedge - $20 Billion Hidden In The Swamp: Feds Redact 255,000 Salaries ... federal payroll disclosures hides one out of every five federal salaries


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Selco, Organic Prepper - Nothing that I saw or read before could have prepared me for the level of violence and blindness to it, for the lives of kids, elders, civilians, and the innocent. Again, we were a modern society one day, and then in few weeks it turned into carnage. In any society, no matter where you are living, there are a great number of people who are waiting for the SHTF to go out and do violent things. Truth is that in a real collapse, a lot of things are kind of blurred and you are not sure who the bad guys are. In real life you might be in a situation to use a weapon while you are tired, dirty, and hungry and while someone is screaming next to you.


The swamp, American Thinker - Why are so many of the people who have risen to the top of our government institutions, those who become the leaders or directors of our alphabet agencies, so imperious, so devious, so malevolent, so lacking in character and so disdainful of the American people? How is it that people of good character no longer want to work for the government or run for elective office? The answer: because it is not just a swamp, it is a toxic, venomous morass of self-serving lowlifes. Consider the people we have come to know a bit about ...


Diversity, College Fix - American University in Washington, D.C., plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on a mandatory full-year course for all freshmen. The first section covers topics such as freedom of expression, “exploring and expressing identities” and “diversity, bias, and privilege.” The second semester will pay particular attention to “race and social identity” issues and make students discuss contentious subjects in a way that “pushes beyond the norm.” Campus survey data and meetings that found “more students of color experience bias, and feel alienated and unsafe, compared to their white peers.” Two classes are titled “Examining Race and Class Privilege” and “Defining Whiteness.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg White adult males are 4% of the world's population, a minority if there ever was one, and 100% of the world's troubles. They say.

Washington Examiner - George Washington University adopts mandatory diversity training after racist social media post ... also mentioned there will be a bias incident reporting system


Slow drip, Anonymous Conservative - My guess is Trump is gaming to destroy the entire Deep State, and to do that he will ultimately let loose with the big reveal that blows everyone’s minds. I just don’t see his personality, or how far things have gone, pointing to a peaceful resolution. I am also not sure at this point he could ever just leave office and return to the business world, without the forces that are out there now hunting him and his family until their dying days. Until the big reveal, we will have the drip, drip, drip of a slow burn that will make everyone take their sides in preparation for what is coming.


1936. Eddystone Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Baldwin Locomotive Works sold its first locomotive in 1832 and went on to produce more than 70,000 before exiting the business. Baldwin was one of the three major makers of steam locomotives. The other two were American Locomotive—"Alco", and Lima. Some railroads, notably Norfolk & Western and the Pennsylvania, built their own.

Baldwin seemed determined to try anything but diesels when it was the clear path to future growth. First came an advanced steam loco partnership with Pennsylvania Railroad, which failed, then steam turbine loco development, which failed.

After World War II their Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton diesels were so far behind EMD and Alco it was said, "what didn't break, fell off. What didn't fall off, caught fire". In fairness, their VO switcher series and RF "sharknose" series had considerable commercial success. BLH ceased locomotive manufacturing in 1956.

Shown in the photo are boilermakers working with the boiler on its side, seen from the front end. They're essentially pressure vessels operating in the 250-300 psi range. In 1936, when this photo was taken, Baldwin had been in bankruptcy for a year and wouldn't emerge until 1938.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Abnormalized, Front Page - Abnormalization depends on a very specific form of bias which assumes that since President Trump is abnormal, everything he does is also abnormal. It’s the social media disease of a progressive media echo chamber which is ignorant of history, but carefully cogent of ideology. Its members, drawn from the exotic diversity of a handful of Ivy League schools and suburban bedroom communities, are vague on any subjects outside their cultural purview. And they’ve been politically trained in those schools to reframe anything and everything as racist, sexist or homophobic at the crack of an ideological whip.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It ain't Trump they despise so much as the Deplorables they believe he represents.


Economists, Aeon - Economists wonder why everyone feels free to join economic debates instead of leaving them to the experts, as they do with physics or medicine. What economists don’t usually admit is they often had an answer to the question before they began their studies. It would be the late 19th century before economics finally found a model for itself. It found it in physics. A funny thing happened on its way to becoming a science: economics seldom tested its premises empirically. Only in recent years has there been serious investigation of its core assumptions and, all too often, they’ve been found wanting.


Gun control, Reason - Five years after the Liberator debut, the technological limitations of homemade firearms have started disappearing. The materials are cheaper and better, the machines are more precise, and the software is more advanced. Groups of hobbyist gun printers started gathering in IRC chats and internet forums, and are working together to make their own gun designs. It's a new reality that hasn't entirely filtered into public debates over gun control. Hobbyist gun printer Darren Booth developed the Shuty AP-9, a semi-automatic, mostly 3D printed, 9mm handgun based on the AR-15 platform. [includes video]


Mediocrity, Guardian - In hierarchies, people “rise to their level of incompetence”. Tech investor Ben Horowitz adds a twist: “The Law of Crappy People”. As soon as someone on a given rung at a company gets as good as the worst person the next rung up, he or she may expect a promotion. Yet, if it’s granted, the firm’s talent levels will gradually slide downhill. No one person need be peculiarly crappy for this to occur; bureaucracies just tend to be crappier than the sum of their parts. Mediocrity is no mere character flaw, but a deep tendency of the universe, to be ceaselessly fought, with no hope of final victory. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.


1936. Paterson, New Jersey


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Scrapping a loom with state-of-the-art precision. The 1936 caption says the scrap metal will be sold to Japan for use in their armaments industry. Well ain't that something special.

The maker's name molded into the frame reads "Crompton & Knowles Loom Works , Providence, R.I.", a manufacturing outfit dating from 1879 headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts. It's been part of Chemtura since 2005.


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


Pilot wave gravity, Science Alert - Currently, the majority of physicists subscribe to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, which states that particles do not have defined locations until they are observed. Pilot wave theory, on the other hand, suggests that particles do have precise positions at all times, but in order for this to be the case, the world must also be strange in other ways – which is why many physicists have dismissed the idea. If we consider pilot wave gravity to be correct, it could finally help unite the two biggest ideas in physics – general relativity and quantum mechanics.


Africa, PA - Even liberals now warn Europeans about the consequences of providing irresponsible humanitarian aid to Africa. Keep in mind that Africans don’t actually “migrate” in the sense of crossing seas on their own. What most of them have been doing since 2015, is floating in NGO-supplied rubber boats off Libya’s coast, then getting picked up by European vessels and transported to their Western European points of destination, where housing and welfare money await. Africa is not pushing them out; the EU is vacuuming them in. Israel shows what can be done, with recently repatriating its illegal infiltrators to Rwanda. And they weren’t even from Rwanda.
Hat tip: American Digest

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Give 'em another rubber boat, a compass marked for due south, and an incentive to start paddling. And have 'em spread the word to any rubber boats going the other way.


Neanderthals, Ars Technica - A collection of broken wooden tools unearthed in southern Italy offers new evidence that Neanderthals used fire to shape wooden tools as early as the Middle Paleocene, about 171,000 years ago. The find sheds important new light on the earliest use of fire, and it reveals how sophisticated Neanderthal technology was. The tools, called digging sticks, are still in use today. If you’re a hunter-gatherer, the digging stick is your version of the Swiss Army knife for foraging: about a meter long, with one end rounded to offer a handle and the other tapered into a blunt almost-point. They’re useful for digging up roots and tubers, hunting burrowing animals, or pounding and grinding herbs.


Navy, City Journal - Defense Secretary James Mattis seems to have embarked on a clean sweep-down of the Navy, a fighting force capable of great things but institutionally underfunded, operationally overextended and—during the Obama administration—fixated on policies that stressed gender integration and other progressive goals at the expense of basic seamanship. Efforts to bend 240 years of naval tradition to contemporary social-justice goals were enormously disruptive to an institution heavily dependent on cultural continuity. Obama's Navy Secretary's insistence that women be integrated into Marine Corps infantry units augurs tragic consequences.


1948. Berlin Germany


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Berlin flak tower is blown up. Berlin had three. Only the "Zoo" tower was completely destroyed, on the third try, using 35 tons of dynamite and months of prepping. That was the Brits. American combat engineers would have kept dumping dynamite into it until it couldn't hold any more, then bang, zoom, to the moon. Anyway, the rubble was crushed and used to pave roads. This doesn't appear to be the Zoo tower. Anyone have a flaktürmeologist on retainer?


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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.
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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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13 Feb 2018