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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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Willem Roelofs, The Rainbow, 1875

A masterpiece by Dutch painter Willem Roelofs, 1822-1897. His life's work, aside from being a world class entomologist, was to advance the Dutch Revival art movement, later formalized as the Hague School.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg 1929. Silent movies and hot jazz, flappers and bathtub gin, fast cars and dare devil aviators, and a near-parabolic stock market at dizzying heights. Shoeshine boys gave stock tips to grocery clerks who bought on margin. Everyone but the halt and lame made money. Well, except for the farmers. Commodity prices in the '20s were often at or below the cost of production. But you know. Rubes. In the places that counted, cities dontcha know, the future shone bright and steady.

One dark day the bottom of the bucket fell through, everyone was suddenly foreclosed and evicted, destitute and skinny, and not dressed very well at all. The Nouveau Broke spent the next decade doing Depression Era stuff like living in shacks by the river or taking up the migrant worker trade in old cars made worse by unsightly dust and grime.

So goes the Hollywood version. Reality was worse.

The market peaked in early September 1929, capping a tenfold gain in nine years. But it was stuttering and oddly reluctant to go higher. Word came of trouble in other places, particularly the London market. Important people said the US market was overpriced by a standard deviation or six. Main Street had bet the rent money and was getting anxious. In October, the weak hands and Nervous Nellies bolted for the door en masse and everyone else followed, perforce. The cascade began.

What became known as "The Crash of 1929" is shown in red on the chart, a catastrophic fifty per cent drop from the September high. But the crash had just begun. A series of declines and partial retracements went on for years, ending in mid-1932 with an 89% loss from the '29 peak. It should be known as "The Crash of 1929 Through 1932".

It's easy to get market arithmetic wrong. If the market drops 50% then goes back up 50%, only half the drop has been regained. Said differently, a 50% drop requires a 100% rise to break even. There were six partial recoveries from 1929 to 1932. Fortunes were made by savvy opportunists who understood the stair-step nature of the debacle and played it like day traders. This drew in camp followers who, convinced they were buying at the absolute bottom, generally sold into the next decline at a loss.

The crash ended as it began, with a drop of about fifty per cent. Almost no one except buyers noticed, the prices were so small, the prior destruction so vast. Once again market arithmetic is misleading. For shareholders, the loss of half the value of their investment was the same in 1932 as it was in 1929.

Although they cause misfortune, market crashes aren't a misfortune in themselves, they're the wringing out of mispricing and malfeasance. The market eventually acts as intended, to discover the present value of stocks through open bidding. The principle is simple, a stock is worth what a buyer will pay, all else is blather. Nor are there truly innocent victims of a crash, people choose to buy stocks rather than, say, bonds or beer or nothing at all.

The crash itself didn't define the Depression, deflation did. Imagine the dollar buying more as time went on, as not only a store of value but a store of increasing value. Employers cut wages, partly for self-preservation but also because prices fell, lower wages would buy what the higher wages did before, or near enough. This had consequences. The "velocity of money" slowed—money changed hands less often—and as money became literally scarce, commerce slowed. By 1933 the economy of Main Street was so near to paralysis many cities issued their own currency .

A market crash may start like a canoe full of nuns and puppies going over a waterfall, but it takes time to completely play out, partly because it responds to the fluctuations of a contracting economy, partly because it tracks the passing of debt from hand to hand. Debt doesn't disappear when defaulted or even forgiven, all debt is eventually paid by someone, by the borrower or the lender, or by a third party. When the third party is DC, it offloads debt from its favored clients onto everyone else. And it's here we find the bad news: like the '29 crash, the next crash and its follow on depression will linger until debts are settled. You should live so long.

An epic crash is no more predictable than it is preventable. Oddsmakers are now saying late March, others say next year, or when the chart forms a classic head-and-shoulders, or Dow 30,000. Maybe. Watch the bond market, it's the likeliest proximate cause.

A market crash is America's boogeyman. Once released into the wild the long-warranted economic implosion follows. The fall into general poverty will be unstoppable, opening the deepest cracks in society. Most cities and many states, already insolvent, will collapse outright, overwhelmed by unpayable debt, unable to maintain essential services much less bribes for urban peace. History says three years from start to bottom. Stay away from crowds.


Z Man summarizes his view of organizations in this essay, Rule By Sociopath:

The arrival of women in positions of authority is the death knell of the organization. It means the smart money has moved onto greener pastures, leaving the enterprise to the vultures, who will pick over the corpse for the bits they like.

Feminists will get their stuff, homosexuals will make their demands, minorities will air their grievances. In time, the organization collapses under the weight of its own absurdity. That’s what’s happening in the West. It’s a scramble to strip the carcass of civilization.


The quote for this week is from Chris Rock , as cited in Esquire from his Netflix special, Tamborine:

I want to live in a world with real equality. I want to live in a world where an equal amount of white kids are shot every month. I want to see white mothers on TV crying.

Apparently we're past the phase of "no one says it". Something unspeakably dark is slipping the leash.


An actual headline at Daily Mail:

Hiker, 36, who went missing for SIX days in Yosemite is found alive and well thanks to his tent and supply of food and water


Sundance explains how and why Broward County's school policing policy was constructed around covering up criminal behavior to "to safeguard their prized district-wide statistics", in this article at The Last Refuge:

The Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) didn't "miss warning signs" or make "mistakes" in not writing up reports. The Sheriff's office did exactly what their internal policies , procedures and official training required them to do, they intentionally ignored the signs , and intentionally didn't generate documents...

Broward County school law enforcement are given political instructions, and carrying out political objectives. They are not given law-enforcement instructions.

The school officers are the primary foot soldiers carrying out county political policy. Physical security of school students is not their role, they don’t have time for that. The Broward County SRO is in place to protect the school system “policy” and ensure students are not arrested for criminal conduct.

Relying on these reports, Cruz got a pass every step of the way including the last one .

Broward County Sheriff Israel, an anti-gun activist and prominent Hillary Clinton supporter , has recently been accused of corruption. Robby Soave at Reason Magazine reports:

Two years ago, the Sun Sentinel reported that Israel was rewarding top political supporters by giving them and their family members cushy jobs doing public relations and community outreach for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. One such position, outreach manager, paid out a salary of $78,489. The person who got that job was the husband of Israel's campaign manager...

Asked about the allegations, Israel responded, "What have I done differently than Don Shula or Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Gandhi?" He also said, "Lions don't care about the opinions of sheep."


Bill Kilgore writes of Broward County Sheriff deputy Scot Peterson in his essay, Cowards and Losers, at American Greatness:

It is true that some men are hopeless cowards, and they deserve our pity. But we cannot raise our boys to believe that courage is a force outside of our control that either possesses you or it does not.

Instead we need to raise our boys to be men—men who understand that manliness is courage. Manliness is sacrifice. This is not a trait for heroes or Navy SEALs only; it must be a common trait in common men. We have to habituate men to pain and struggle; we must show them the higher reward for lower costs; we must habituate them to the idea that in that time of crisis they must be courageous.

... As unpleasant as it is, we must shame Scot Peterson, so our boys learn that there are things worse than dying. The shame of cowardice must be worse than death. Peterson didn't have to succeed. We don't know that he would have. But what might have made him try—the spirit that might have made him charge through the door and do his duty—was the spirit that said “I'll not be known as a coward.”

Mr. Kilgore apparently wrote this before more of Peterson's fellow deputies revealed themselves as cowards. Peterson ran away. The three others arrived during the shootings and protected themselves. Even if they were instructed to stand down, and there's no evidence they were, no man could comply with such an order. In uniform or not.

Further developments and comments below.

and finally,

Monday I was running errands, stopped at the village gun store to chat and look around. It looked like he'd gone out of business. Guns and ammo displays empty to the bare walls. At the "big" gun store a half hour away, guns and ammo were still going fast, the formerly reliable stacks of bulk ammo were gone in half a day. A friend with tables at a gun show this weekend says a huge crowd stripped the place like locusts. He came back empty. My my my, how quickly "too late" can arrive.

Let's get on with Yer Ol' Woodpile Report.


1940. Saturday Evening Post cover for January 20th


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There was a time when we both honored our past and held our future in common. Why this should be reviled puzzles us of a certain age.



Remus's notebook


More about the Florida shooting

NY Post - Florida sheriff refuses to resign during heated CNN interview ... "I exercised my due diligence. I’ve given amazing leadership to this agency.”

Tampa Bay Times - I’m no coward, says deputy who didn’t go inside Parkland school during massacre ... Peterson says he "believed those gunshots were originating from outside of the buildings on the school campus"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg How odd. Perhaps he didn't notice the kids running out of the building or the windows being shot out. The Coral Springs police knew where the shots were coming from as soon as they arrived. And that is where they went.

Front Page 2015 - CAIR’s ‘Deputy Hamas’ Teaches Radical Mosque to Use Guns ... will the next San Bernardino be in Florida?

"Nezar Hamze is a leader in the Hamas-related Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is also a Deputy Sheriff in the Broward Sheriff’s Office, in Broward County, Florida. This background has given him the opportunity to exploit his position in law enforcement to assist his Islamist friends in their desire for weapons training."

YouTube - Sheriff Israel and deputies at Darul Uloom Institute in Florida. Deputy Nezar Hamze addresses audience in Arabic. Video, 10m 21s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This was posted over two years ago. Hamze may not still be on the force.

Wall Street Journal - A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI she was concerned he would “get into a school and just shoot the place up,” according to a transcript of her call with a bureau tip line operator more than a month before the massacre.

Naples Daily News - Florida school shooting: Sheriff got 18 calls about Nikolas Cruz's violence, threats, guns ... concerns that he "planned to shoot up the school" and other threats and acts of violence before he was accused of killing 17 people at a high school

Washington Times - Grassley: FBI didn’t contact Google during probe on Florida shooter ... about threat posted on YouTube

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The FBI claimed it was "unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment". Now we know why, because they didn't ask. You can bet their attorneys are working up an excuse so noble it'll bring tears to your eyes.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If published reports are true, the the Coral Springs police acted like men and deserve high praise from their community. The FBI revealed themselves as unworthy of our remaining respect, Sheriff Israel stands confirmed as a corrupt political poseur and some of his deputies are now exposed as cowards in cop costumes. Eric Holder Awards all around.

There are consequences. The chain of events leading to this massacre is so bizarre there's a plausible appearance, however unlikely, of it's having been unduly accommodated, perhaps even managed. The immediate and well prepared pivot to targeting political enemies adds to the suspicion, as do reports that vary from the accepted storyline and incidental details like this:

Chicago Tribune - "In the classroom where Mackenzie Hill had been hiding, police broke through the door. As the officers were guiding students out, they noticed something odd: One of the students had put on a bulletproof vest. The student said he'd been given the vest by his father, a police officer".

With the Las Vegas shooting remaining opaque and suspicious, and facts about the Parkland shooting leaking out at a grudging pace, each revelation worse than the one before, it's understandable people are asking questions they wouldn't otherwise ask and entertaining competing narratives.

CNN - When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff's deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN.

The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's a relief to know the deputies made it home safely. We understand it's not their job to inconvenience killers, and few things are as annoying as listening to school kids being murdered, so, our hearts go out to them. And hats off to Sheriff Israel for bravely deflecting blame to the NRA and anyone else except the one who did the shooting.

And a big "thank you" to the FBI for not getting distracted from their bare-knuckles investigations to discredit those who "weren't for her". We understand there's just so much manpower to go around. As for those who say the deputies were told to stand down, that there's just crazy talk. With only a four-to-one advantage the odds were hopelessly against them, as we've seen.

WPLG Miami/Dade 2014 - [Broward County] Sheriff-tied political committee accepts money from convicted felon ... crime ring was known as "The Corporation" or the "Cuban Mafia" and was allegedly involved in cocaine trafficking, arson, gambling and murder

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hmm. Doesn't seem to be any bottom to this.

WPLG Miami/Dade 2016 - Sheriff Scott Israel accused of misusing office for political campaign ... employees routinely attend political events while on clock

iBankCoin - Shooting Survivor: CNN Gave “Scripted” Question After Refusing To Air His ... so he decided not to go

True Pundit - ‘Concerned’ Mom & Creator of National School Walkout Protest for Gun Control Was Top CNN News Producer for Almost 20 Years ... Fake News Senior Producer

Chateau Heartiste - Was David Hogg, Parkland High Shooting “Survivor”, Caught Lying On Tape? ... something ain't right

Raconteur Report - Milk That Cow For All the Blood It's Got ... Aesop on Sen. Rubio's pathetic performance at CNN's anti-gun hatefest

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What is it with these kids who step over bodies to get their faces in front of cameras, deliver a no-prisoners political rant, then check how many "likes" they got?

News other than the Florida shooting,

Teaparty - Gun Confiscation Center Opens In Seattle ... Anyone can request that guns be taken away from a person that a judge deems to be a threat to others… there’s a new unit that will remove those guns.

Gateway Pundit - Australian Labor Party Sent Operatives to Work Against Trump During 2016 Campaign, When Will They Be Indicted? ... operatives funded by Aussie taxpayers assisted Bernie Sanders campaign

Ars Technica - NASA spends $1 billion for a launch tower that leans, may only be used once ... budgeted at $54 million

Breitbart - Three African Men Arrested for Cannibalism in Paris Suburb ... the other white meat

Taki's Magazine - The Problem With White Guys These Days ... they think there’s something wrong with being white guys

Dangerous - A student complaint over a “racially insensitive menu” for a Black History Month meal at New York University has led to firings and an apology from the food service company ... food is now political

Illinois News - New Chicago ID card created for undocumented immigrants will be accepted for voter registration ... State Board of Elections "not expecting more voter fraud"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Registering illegal aliens to vote is voter fraud

Breitbart - NOAA Caught Adjusting Big Freeze out of Existence ... below normal temps adjusted upward to support global warming claim

Ancient Origins - Primeval Navigation Suggests Language Began 1.5 Million Years Earlier Than Thought ... pushing the origins of language deep into pre-history

ABC, Jan 2014 - Australians own as many guns as in 1996 ... Australians have restocked over the past 10 years, importing more than 1 million firearms

Guns Magazine - Precision Peeps ... much of my peep-sighted rifle testing is done at 300 yards

Student Faces Expulsion After Saying a Math Symbol Looks Like a Gun ... any student accused of talking about guns will be investigated by the school board, the sheriff's department, and the district attorney's office

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The whole place has gone nuts. It's way past time for some 'toxic masculinity' in the schools.

Ancient Origins - Five Surprising Things DNA has Revealed About our Ancestors ... our ancestors evolved surprisingly quickly

Fox News - 17 killed in Mozambique garbage dump collapse ... may be more bodies buried in the 50 foot-high garbage pile

Architectural Digest - How Architects Can Tell Where Famous Movie Buildings Are Actually Located ... locations of 12 famous buildings in movies. Video, 12m 04s

Eaton Rapids Joe - Storing parts to minimize corrosion

Crime Research 2015 - Comparing Death Rates from Mass Public Shootings and Mass Public Violence in the US and Europe ... US not in the top ten


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Boys, J Ishiro Finney - As an aging Gen Xer watching this tragedy unfold, I can’t help but look back at my youth and realize we were the dry run for this “crisis of masculinity” as the media likes to call it. I was taught male behavior was bad behavior. That I was broken and needed to be fixed. Drugs, therapy, mass socialization were required to save me from my most innate instincts—the need compete, the drive to create, the urge to protect, the desire for female affection. Boys, we don’t need you to be like women, the world has plenty of women, already. What the world needs now more than ever is for you to be men. For you to grow-up, to grow strong, and do what men do.


Gun control, Sultan Knish - Gun control isn’t a policy. It’s a moral panic. Like prohibition, it’s a xenophobic reaction to a different culture that shares the same country with them. Guns have come to embody a rural conservative culture in the minds of urban leftists. It’s why the “common sense solution” talk quickly gives way to broad denunciations of a “national gun culture”, of “white privilege”, of rural folk “clinging to their bibles and guns”, of American militarism and toxic masculinity, and of all the things for which guns are merely a symbol to the leftists who hate them. It isn’t guns that the left wants to ban. It’s people. It was never really about banning guns. It was always about the culture war.


Gun rights, Alt Market - Though the media often attempts to twist the gun rights debate into a web of complexity, gun rights is in fact a rather simple issue — either you believe that people have an inherent right to self defense, or you don’t. All other arguments are a peripheral distraction. The inborn right to self defense and the ability of the people to maintain individual liberties in the face of tyranny supersedes all other arguments on gun rights. Gun control advocates are not in the business of saving lives; they are in the business of exploiting death. They want something entirely different from what they claim they want. They are not interested in life, they are interested in control.


ET, Centauri Dreams - The laws of nature that led to the development of life and intelligence on Earth must be the same as those prevailing elsewhere in the universe. Hence, they are out there. The question is: how many? The Drake equation is wrong. The equation assumes that life, intelligence, and civilization can only evolve in a given solar system once. This is manifestly untrue. Stars evolve on time scales of billions of years, species over millions of years, and civilizations take mere thousands of years. Using average lifespan technological civilization at 50,000 years then there are probably 5 million technological civilizations active in the galaxy right now and the nearest civilization is probably about 185 light years away.


1936. Portland, Oregon


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A shantytown along the Willamette River. The vertical sticks are for radio antennas.



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School kids, Fred On Everything - School was where you learned algebra and geography, or at least learned at them. Boys were allowed to be boys. Neither sex was denigrated. Doing so would have occurred to nobody. Then came a prejudice against boys, powerful today. All of this affected society in its entirety, but especially white boys. They are constantly told that being white is shameful, that any masculine interest is pathological, that they are rapists in waiting. They are subjected to torturous boredom and inactivity, and drugged when they respond poorly. They go to schools that do not like them and that stack the deck against them.


Risk, Of Two Minds - There is nothing natural about the stability of the past 9 years. The bullish trends in risk assets are artificial constructs of central bank/state policies. As these policies are reduced or lose their effectiveness, the era of artificial stability is coming to a close. Market participants have become accustomed to an implicit entitlement: that investors / speculators will earn consistently positive returns on their capital, as central banks and governments have both the power and the mandate to "save" participants from losses and generate phantom wealth. This entitlement is ending, as the central banks'/states' power to maintain a permanent bull market in stocks and bonds is eroding.


Enemies, Reason - The strategy that gun controllers finally settled on was to shift the culture to make firearms ownership socially unacceptable. Then, legal changes would be possible. While anti-gun messages were a big hit with some media platforms, they were immediately countered by vigorous counter-efforts. That was something that never happened during the battles over tobacco. The seams are beyond frayed and where members of opposing political factions "despise each other, and to a degree that political scientists and pollsters say has gotten significantly worse over the last 50 years." A line appears to have been crossed in the minds of many Americans, and what were opponents are now enemies.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The article looks to a future where there is no political resolution. Draconian gun laws and attempted confiscation leads to partisan resistance.


Diversity, Amerika - Business treats affirmative action like any other regulatory expense. They budget for it and pass the cost along to consumers, thankful that it hits their smaller competitors — who cannot distribute the cost among millions of units sold — more than the large firms. For business, diversity imposes cost without returning actual value, and so they treat it as a loss from the start. Every firm of more than fifty employees has to go through this song and dance, and they all pass the cost on to consumers and to job seekers. Like the Soviets, our society will find that it cannot and could never bear this expense. The costs were hidden and the pitfalls deferred, but they have caught up to us.


1937. Scotts Run, West Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A coal miner and his family. Scotts Run is north of Morgantown at the border of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The town has been in a steady decline since 1923.


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Sheriffs, News21 - Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standing for the people of Wicomico County. “State police and highway patrol get their orders from the governor,” the Maryland sheriff said. “I get my orders from the citizens in this county.” With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking the meaning of their age-old role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level by protesting such restrictions. Some are refusing to enforce the laws altogether. Sheriffs in states like New York, Colorado and Maryland argue that some gun control laws defy the Second Amendment and threaten rural culture, for which gun ownership is often an integral component.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rural sheriffs are different from urban county sheriffs.


Rights, Paul Craig Roberts - In the ACLU’s Identity Politics, white people, especially white heterosexual males, have no rights. They are not protected by quotas, political correctness, or hate speech prohibitions. No one has to worry about offending a white by destroying statures of white males or church plaques commemorating George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Try destroying a stature of Martin Luther King. A white person can be called every name in the book, and is. White DNA is said to be an abomination. Anyone who said black DNA or homosexual DNA was an abomination would face hate crime charges.


Andromeda, Message To Eagle - The Andromeda Galaxy, is similar in size to the Milky Way, according to study by astronomers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia. It had been thought that Andromeda was two to three times the size of the Milky Way, and that our own galaxy would ultimately be engulfed by our bigger neighbor. With Andromeda no longer considered the Milky Way’s big brother, new simulations are needed to find out what will happen when the two galaxies eventually collide.


Endurance, PJ Media, The fundamental problem with militant liberalism was that it grew so virulent during the Obama years that it began to kill off the host before it could find new ones to feast on. It expanded rapidly, but it expanded too aggressively for its own good. California, Detroit, Baltimore and the educational institutions are often cited as examples of this self-defeatism. It should not have escaped liberal strategists that a cleanup crew of conservative pundits, speakers, activists follow in their wake; raking in support and donations from the very people they've antagonized. The current political fires will rage until it runs out of money and anger to burn.


1943. Los Angeles, California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Army-Navy Club on zoot suit patrol. The Zoot Suit Riot of '43 allegedly started when four Pachucos in their flamboyant zoot suits hassled a sailor and his girl. Los Angeles was full of servicemen, word got around. Pachucos were typically beaten, stripped and left on the street.


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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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