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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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Walter Moras, Alley in Autumn, undated

Walter Moras 1856-1925 was a German landscape painter who specialized in autumn and winter scenes. Although never quite in the first rank, his works were a regular part of major exhibits.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Where you can live peaceably among strangers, there you have civilization. This is true even in war, perhaps especially in war. Except for partisan war. To partisans, civilization exists only to support the fight against their enemies. They prey upon the people as contemptibly as any enemy occupation.

A survivalist defends himself, his family and his community. A survivalist community rightly equips and trains to repel opportunists and marauding gangs. It allies itself with contiguous communities for mutual aid, much like rural fire departments do now. And it rightly surveils outlying territory it does not control. However, when it engages aggressors outside its community, it intends to defeat or drive them away and then withdraw, not expand its territory.

For the partisan, those outside his community aren't entitled to self-determination. They're either allies or enemies, and if enemies, the partisan looks to attack and win, occupy, resupply and expand again. They're worse than mere raiders, they're modern day warlords with a veneer of political shtick, building what amounts to a crime cartel.

In World War II, partisans fought other partisans as much or more than the putative enemy: the Yugoslav Partisans against the royalist Chetniks, the Kuomintang versus the People's Liberation Army, the French Resistance against the collaborationist Vichy Milice. Some betrayed others to the enemy. Some fought themselves, faction against faction.

In a catastrophic societal collapse, and absent the special case of an enemy occupation, partisans intend to win regional or national power. Their prey are likely to be other partisans mainly, but also uncommitted survival communities, civilization and the last battered remnants of sanity.

In the case of an enemy occupation, a serviceable model of armed resistance is the Polish Home Army of 1942-1945 . The survivalist may rightfully ally with his peers to defeat an occupying army and its willing accomplices without hesitation, quarter or remorse. No tactic is too barbaric, no weapon forbidden, no enemy combatant immune from attack in any place, at any time, in any number.

But beware, once liberation is won and legitimate government established, the irregular is rarely given a place commensurate with his service. No peacetime government invites a resistance into its ranks with any enthusiasm, their skills and inclination are too threatening. Typically they're disarmed, shunted aside and watched carefully, or worse. The Polish Home Army is a case in point here also, the Soviets sent them off to the gulag. In today's Poland they're rightly celebrated as patriots. They're also long gone, no coincidence.


This is via Malcolm Pollack over at Motus Mentis, formerly Waka Waka Waka. It's a reader comment from another blog, Rod Dreher at American Conservative, about a movie called Shape Of Water. In turn, the comment is translated from the original Coptic—I jest, read on:

The turmoil we’re witnessing is basically a transfer of power from “regular” people to the freaks. Everything previously deemed inferior, abnormal, marginal, obscene is now not only normalized but embraced, even glorified. In his book The Antichrist, Nietzsche denounced Christianity as a perversion of all good and healthy values. He called for a total revolution in values, to overturn Christian morality and replace it with its opposite. That’s what we’re seeing now, at a very deep level.

This wouldn’t matter that much if our new lords weren’t so full of rancor and determined to get their revenge on those who humiliated them, hence the attacks on the various “privileges” that systematically target the representatives of the old order: patriarchy, masculinity, heterosexuality, “whiteness” and — yes — Christianity. As a member of a minority group, this shouldn’t worry me so much, as many aspects of said “old order” were not worth preserving or friendly to me. But I’m telling you, what is coming threatens to be much worse because it’s revenge, not justice.

More evidence those now attaining adulthood have grown up in a "Post-Western Civilization" America.


The is from Stuff That Irks Me:

The same people who insist that buying a gun at a store, which at a minimum requires a government-issued ID and background check, is too easy will also tell you that requiring an ID to vote is an impossibly high hurdle to expect average people to overcome.


The quote for this week is a famous one, from Jean Cocteau:

Stupidity is always amazing, no matter how often one encounters it.


Time for a sea story from World War II, an account of a remarkable event told by CDR—Commander, for you army pukes, O5—Salamander. A couple of excerpts ...

As the destroyer HMS Glowworm emerged from the squall she came face-to-face with the 14,000 ton German Heavy Cruiser, Admiral Von Hipper armed with eight 8 inch and twelve 4 inch guns ...

After a brief description of the unequal battle in which the Glowworm goes down in a final all-out lunge while heavily damaged and on fire:

You want class? Need 'professionalism' defined? I present to you two men, LCDR Roope and CAPT Heye.

Out of a crew of 149, only 31 survived, the only officer being Lt Robert Ramsey. The prisoners were treated well by the Germans who congratulated them on a good fight, and Captain Heye told the men that their Captain was a brave man.

Later, Heye sent a message through the International Red Cross recommending Lt Cdr Roope for the Victoria Cross, the only time in British history that a VC has been recommended by the enemy.

The action took place in heavy seas off the coast of Norway in early 1941. Hipper was damaged and Glowworm lost. Glowworm was an old-school 'greyhound' destroyer, small, fast, lightly armed with four 120 mm main guns, reliant on speed and her torpedoes to engage capital ships, but as part of a set-piece battle, not a one-on-one. During the battle the Hipper's gunnery was what you'd expect from the Kriegsmarine, all but unerring. The first shells fired hit Glowworm decisively, yet she fought on.

Several photographs were taken by Hipper during the engagement, so astounding was the ferocity and courage of Glowworm. And yes, LCDR Roope was posthumously awarded the VC. What better recommendation could a man have than his counterpart in battle? Captain Heye survived the war, Hipper did not.

A more complete account by U.S. Army Colonel Robert Smith is posted at Warfare History Network, here , short and well written, with photos.

and finally,

Anti-Jew rants are one of the few things the Rabid Right and the Looney Left have in common. As the ol' Z Man says , call 'em as you see 'em, but to me antisemitism seems like a dead short in the mental circuitry. You say your windshield wiper is leaving streaks? Blame you know (((who))). They're like the mega-tedious #nevertrump people, they wake up in the morning giddy about more of the same for another whole day.

As for Israel, look at a map of the middle east. See that itty-bitty speck on the eastern end of the Mediterranean? That's Israel. We have bigger truck stops. I'm supposed to get wound around the axle because Israel exists? Get a grip.

Well gang, let's see what fresh disasters and unconscionable outrages await us in this week's ol' Woodpile Report. But first, yer old time ad.


1943. Admiral radio magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I've included the ad copy full-size, below.




Remus's notebook


Taxicab Depressions - What Happens If Nothing Happens? ... the elites prove once again that they are just too big to jail

Mirror - Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even killed ... many as 1,000 white children, girls as young as 11, kidnapped by Moslem perverts and torturers in Telford since the 1980s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Telford police did nothing for forty years, still don't, no matter how much evidence they're given. They still look the other way, don't even keep records of complaints. Fear of being called "racist", dontcha see. Here's what they do investigate:

Breitbart Jan 2018 - Police hunt down Facebook users who made "offensive" comments about Muslim grooming gangs online ... "we remind people using social media that they should do so responsibly and ensure they do not post anything which could be considered offensive"

Why are the police not accomplices, arrested and charged as such? This is similar to the Parkland school massacre where law enforcement shielded the perp every step of the way because he was a protected minority. A community that won't protect its children, or itself, isn't worth saving.

Gateway Pundit - Conservative Activists Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone Detained in UK for Political Beliefs ... Martin’s talk about free speech is too dangerous to be heard

Ancient Origins - Demystifying the Egyptian Pyramids with Hard Facts ... the when, how, what and where are understood

Burning Platform - Is There a Method to the Socratic Madness? ... we must at least consider the possibility that Q is real and truthful, that Q is Military Intelligence

Z Man - Letter To The Antisemites ... obsessing over Jews all the time seems like a waste of time

Daily Caller - High School Teacher Suspended For Pro-Gun Comments On Parkland Shooting ... spoke out in one of his classes about arming teachers and ramping up school security

The Hill - Parkland deputy told cops to stay away after hearing shots inside building ... "stay at least 500 feet away," Scot Peterson radioed other officers

Fox News - FBI staffers knew warnings about Nikolas Cruz were related but closed the case ... did not share information with state and local authorities

Sun Sentinel - Two Miramar SWAT officers suspended for heading to Parkland massacre ... didn't have permission to respond

"A third SWAT member, Officer Kevin Gonzalez, was accused of being linked to several social media posts that put the city and police in a negative light, and was suspended for violating the department’s social media policy and the code of conduct"

Zero Hedge - Baltimore Mayor Pledges 60 Taxpayer-Funded Buses To Drive Students To D.C. Gun Protest ... she's a Black Lives Matter mayor

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 13 out of 19 Baltimore high schools, not one kid passed minimum proficiency tests, the school system has a deficit so bad teachers are being laid off and the city says they can't heat the schools, yet they're going to take 3,000 school kids to DC so "their voices are heard" at a gun control rally. With lunch and a free t-shirt. Projected bill to taxpayers: $100,000.

Meanwhile, Baltimore ranks just below Juarez for most violent cities in the world . Keeping them company on the list are St Louis, New Orleans and Detroit. These four have something in common, and it isn't the NRA.

The city of Baltimore has an astounding murder rate of 55.48 people per hundred thousand. Last year's murder rate was nearly as high as the year that the riots erupted over the killing of Freddie Gray by city police officers.  There's a murder nearly every day of the year in Baltimore and the police force there is widely considered to be one of the most corrupt – if not the most corrupt – in the nation.

Return of Kings - 11 Lessons In Leadership From Julius Caesar ... soldier, entertainer, seducer, statesman, writer, and more

Don Surber - We already have 12,000 tariffs ... hundreds of agricultural, textile, and manufacturing items are highly protected

Jim's Blog - The ruling underclass ... if the territories of two tribes overlap, one must necessarily rule, one must necessarily be ruled. It is that, or war

Ars Technica - Deadly superbug just got scarier—it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug ... the first time researchers have seen colistin-heteroresistant germs in the US

Todd Starnes - Oakland Coffee House Bans Police Officers ... law and order routinely criminalizes and terrorizes black and brown and poor folks

Mirror - Scientists warn of mysterious and deadly new epidemic called Disease X that could kill millions around the world ... added the unknown future pathogen to a list of deadly threats to mankind

All News Pipeline - Something Incredibly Strange Is Going On In The Gulf Of Mexico As Temperatures Hit 130+ Degrees Repeatedly In One Location ... the Gulf of Mexico is shaped almost like a gigantic volcano, with one side 'blown out' that just happens to align with the Caribbean islands

American Thinker - Gun Confiscation Begins in Illinois ... 18-20 year olds must turn in their guns

Art of Manliness - The Magic of Walking at Night ... With your sight dimmed, other senses are heightened and your mind will often feel rejuvenated and inspired


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Suturing, Art of Manliness - There’s a giant, gaping wound in your friend’s leg. It needs to be closed up to reduce the chance of infection and so the wound can start healing properly. You try a butterfly bandage, but it’s not keeping the wound together. It’s clear your buddy needs stitches, but the nearest doctor is a day’s trip away. Luckily, you have a suturing kit in your first aid supplies, and you know how to sew him up yourself. Suturing is a fancy way of saying stitches. It’s when you use a sterilized needle and thread to sew together a severe wound so that tissue can start healing properly as well as to reduce the chances of infection.


Deeper state, World Socialist Web Site - The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history. If the Democrats capture a majority in the House of Representatives on November 6, as widely predicted, candidates drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus will comprise as many as half of the new Democratic members of Congress. They will hold the balance of power in the lower chamber of Congress. Democratic Party leaders are actively recruiting candidates with a military or intelligence background for competitive seats where there is the best chance of ousting an incumbent Republican or filling a vacancy, frequently clearing the field for a favored “star” recruit.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The truth is the truth, wherever you find it.

Ron Paul Institute - State Department's War on Political Dissent ... propping up NGOs to destroy any individual or organization that does not toe the official line


Boss Hogg, Taki's Magazine - Apparently, criticism of David Hogg has been added to the left’s ever-expanding list of “hate speech.” Seriously, I haven’t seen such a wall of protection around a teenager since that bubble boy from the ’70s. Hogg is a perfect product of his time, the hero his generation deserves. Media-savvy, technologically adept, self-involved, opportunistic, expert at putting on the face the camera demands, blindly convinced of the correctness of “his truth” and dismissive of anyone who disagrees. Hogg can recite talking points like a pro. He’s got the lines, the look, and the furrowed brow down pat, so without doubt he has a bright future in the mainstream media.


Luck, MIT Technology Review - Average IQ is 100, but nobody has an IQ of 1,000 or 10,000. Some people work more hours than average and some work less, but nobody works a billion times more hours than anybody else. And yet when it comes to the rewards for this work, some people do have billions of times more wealth than other people. The wealthiest individuals are typically not the most talented or anywhere near it. “The maximum success never coincides with the maximum talent, and vice-versa,” say the researchers. So if not talent, what other factor causes this skewed wealth distribution? “Our simulation clearly shows that such a factor is just pure luck.”


1938. Blankenship, Indiana


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the fifth photo in my files under this name, the other four were in last week's WPR. It didn't fit with the others, a different store, apparently. Nor can I find "Blankenship Indiana" today, so, a mystery all around. Notice the familiar brand names: Quaker Oats, Campbell Soups, Wheaties, Kool-Aid, Heinz, Shinola.

The sign on the scales says, "$25.00 Given Away Every Sat", equivalent today to about $440.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Collapsed, Organic Prepper - The collapse of Venezuela was deliberately engineered to make the populace bend to the will of a dictatorship. It didn’t happen all at once and most people never saw it coming until it was too late, and they were starving, oppressed, and dying. Even those who were aware of the possible situations, like us, saw our preppings swept out in a few months. The gangs took control of the food supply. Rationing became more and more common. Then a huge black market appeared, and medications and food disappeared suddenly. The military controlled a large corporation in charge of importing food, instead of producing. People want to get out and can't. They need to buy food and can't.


Student barred, Campus Reform - The instructor “opened the floor to women only. Thirty seconds or so passed and still no woman had spoken. So, I decided it was permissible for me to enter the conversation." IUP is now attempting to force Ingle to apologize, stipulating that “Lake will write an apology to the professor which specifically addresses each of the disrespectful behaviors described above. Lake will begin class with an apology to the class for his behavior and then listen in silence as the professor and/or any student who wishes to speak shares how he or she felt during Lake’s disrespectful and disruptive outbursts on 2-28.”


Seizure, Raconteur Report - "... the man refused to comply. Because of the new law, police were then able to return with a warrant and force the man to surrender the firearm" . The term for going to a judge, swearing out an affidavit, and returning to seize the therein-described person or contents is known by the catchy phrase "due process". So much for breathless suggestions from brainless jackholes that "tyranny has landed in America." And now Mr. Unnamed Sketchy Individual has legal standing to go to court, contest the validity of the warrant, and recover his legally-carried property, seized for nothing other than the vague unease of gunfearing wussy lackwits, and a dearth of any nameable criminal acts.


Living broke, PJ Media - The rich are willing to pay through the nose for the privilege of being miserable. Or at least obtaining the de luxe and politically correct version of misery. What robs those voluntarily living in squalor of the real experience of poverty is they have a choice about living broke. The longing of affluent youth for spiritual rebirth through simplicity has ample historical precedent. Eventually the idealists found the rural simplicity and they longed for—in the Gulag. The ultimate beneficiaries of today's youthful idealism are probably going to be real estate developers and landlords who will take the Woke to the cleaners.


1939. Fargo, North Dakota


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A crew member fusses with the cylinder petcock* on Great Northern 2578, an oil-burning 4-8-8-4 configured for fast passenger service, during a stop in Fargo. GN 2578 was the fourth of a batch of fourteen delivered by Baldwin in 1930. A batch of six configured for dual freight and passenger service were delivered in 1929.

For the nerds: 80 inch drivers, 29 inch diameter pistons x 29 inch stroke, engine-tender weight 747,460 lbs, 91 feet long, tractive effort 58,000 lbs.

They were known for slippery startups in heavy freight service, their only vice, and understandable. They weren't built for lugging. The Big Thing in passenger trains in the 'thirties was speed and compressed schedules, hence the gigantic drive wheels, the most distance gained per turn of the wheel. But it meant those drivers would turn whether the locomotive moved or not. Mechanical advantage, factor of adhesion, blah blah.

* opened at startup to allow condensed water to escape so's hydraulic force doesn't blow off the cylinder cap.

Great Northern mounted the air pump, bell and headlight directly on the smokebox giving the class a hulking industrial look, a.k.a. "ho, ho, what we don't need with no steenking streamlining".

In a fit of optimism, Timken roller bearings were installed in 1945, but in the never-ending battle between man and machine, the machine lost. Again. First generation diesels replaced them for passenger service in 1949, the whole class was on the dead line by 1956, scrapped and made into bobby pins and paperclips for a better tomorrow.

For the observer, the working parts of a steam locomotive are in full view, so-called "visible power". The parts that make a diesel-electric locomotive go are behind painted sheet metal. They move, but you can't see how.

It's generally accepted that steam locomotives are the closest man has come to creating life. Fear of wielding such god-like power led directly to the diesel locomotive, as a sort of penance, which is why they look like the box a real locomotive comes in. The economics of it is a mere diversion to cover up the truth. Oops ... too far?


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


Magnetic flip, Space - In recent years, scientists have documented a weird patch of magnetic field below southern Africa at the boundary between the core and the mantle, where the polarity of the field is reversed. That patch may be largely responsible for the decreasing magnetic field. The patch is like an eddy in a stream. As for what causes the eddy, it may be something odd about the mantle right above the core in that location. The mantle under southern Africa is unusual, and possibly both hotter and denser than surrounding mantle. We think that is causing the changes in the flow of the iron in the core as it enters this region. That could mean that southern Africa is the origin for magnetic field reversals.

UC Berkeley - The last magnetic reversal 786,000 years ago actually happened very quickly, in less than 100 years.

Space Weather - "The vernal equinox is less than 10 days away. That means one thing: cracks are opening in Earth's magnetic field. Researchers have long known that during weeks around equinoxes fissures form in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind can pour through the gaps to fuel bright displays of Arctic lights".


Equality, Taki's Magazine - That one person has something that another hasn’t, or more of something than another, is certainly sufficient to inspire resentment, the most poisonous of feelings. And having resolved to conceal his motivation, perhaps including from himself, the envious soul now proceeds to wax indignant about inequality. He is owed something, and the world had better get on that. And yet, although most people claim to believe in equality, if we look closely we will find that they don’t take this belief as seriously as they say. We can also see that few even believe it. “If mankind had wished for what is right,” said William Hazlitt, “they might have had it long ago.” So it is with equality.


Reply to WaPo, Cold Fury - You miserable elitist tapeworms in your exorbitantly-priced urban ratholes, quivering in terror at the nascent American renaissance? You surely can’t be talking about normal Americans, who are in the main living contentedly in quiet, peaceful homes surrounded by loving families; perhaps competitive but by no means viciously so; suspicious not of each other but of YOU and your ilk, their would-be masters, and quite rightly too; comforted and enriched by the Christian faith you deride and mock from the depths of your mindless ignorance—while you yourselves provide a near-comical example of true spiritual shallowness by mindlessly chasing after every fad guru, shaman, mystic, quack, crackpot, or plain charlatan who knows an easy mark when he sees a city full of them.


Equality, Amerika - If a cancer cell were asked, it would support equality. Equality means that they are both guaranteed nutrition at the expense of the body, and they cannot be attacked for doing so because they have guaranteed the same right to everyone else. Before civilization, nature kept humanity in check by removing those who were unable to recognize the basics of reality and how to operate within it. Across the globe, thriving civilizations have suddenly faded away as if everyone instantly became incompetent. Perhaps something like that indeed happens.


1940s. Women's Army Corps recruitment photo


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A publicity photo, no date or location, but too good a photo to stay in my files. It's probably from 1943 when the WACs were put on active duty status in the US Army. 150,000 volunteers served in the WAC during WWII.

Although they served with uncomplaining distinction, it was far short of the hoped-for replacement of a million men for reassignment to front line duty. The WAC was folded into the regular Army in 1978.



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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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