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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
unarmed teen
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Alfred Stevens, Japanese Mask, 1877

I've outlined Alfred Stevens's career a few times. He was a successful painter of elegant Victorian women.

Traditional Japanese masks are used in the theatre, dance, religious rituals, and festivals representing folk tales. The one in the painting appears to be an Oni mask representing a fearsome demon that kids could scare away by throwing beans. Yes, beans.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg There may yet be a "smoking gun" in the Florida bridge debacle, defective materials or somesuch, but the more we learn, the more it appears to be simple incompetence. And the incompetence appears to be the involvement of unqualified but diverse managers at the decision-making level.

It's said the real purpose of the project was to distribute "Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery" funds to coalitions favored by the Obama administration. The bridge itself was to be a gussied up showpiece for diversity in the workplace, but otherwise a no-brainer. Fussy adherence to the "masculine culture of academic rigor" meant reinforcing "gender, race, and class hierarchies in engineering", therefore didn't matter.

What mattered was placing Diversities in conspicuous, high-paying positions, the kind that hold news conferences with snappy artist's conceptions and laser pointers and say "disadvantaged" a lot. Which means decision-making without the chops to make them.

Robust design has redundancies and safety margins to compensate for substandard components or faulty workmanship, or plain bad luck. Decision-makers know and abide by those standards, they're the load-bearing walls of the project. Said differently, an airliner may be well fitted to its purpose, but it can't survive a pilot who does aerobatics and flies it into the ground.

There's an old saying, "engineering projects are never really done, they're abandoned in a usable condition". An overstatement of course, it means chaos neatly organized is chaos nonetheless. But a project isn't a morality play, nor does the process have to be graceful and charming, only results count. Project managers are as relieved as anyone when the final snapshot of such chaos, frozen as-is in the final minute, conforms to requirements in all its particulars.

Engineering project management is known as "the meat grinder" for its uncompromising nature. You have one task, you get one chance. It's a pass-fail proposition. The Mafia was more lenient. There are no excuses. There is no forgiveness or understanding. There is no negotiable fuzziness. This is why The Diversity is generally uninterested in such work, and women even less so.

Those who do pose as project managers unfailingly become innocent bystanders when It All Goes Wrong, as if "best effort" and good intent exempted them from responsibility. Absolution is given before the dust settles, also unfailingly, and the search for an alternative guilty party begins. Nothing serious should ever be attempted with this arrangement. When it is, someone will have a pedestrian bridge in Florida to sell.

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More on Munilla Construction Management and the fatal collapse of the pedestrian foot bridge at Miami's Florida International University. It appears the project was a federally-funded showcase for diversity in the workplace.

Construction Dive - MCM is an ISO 9001:2008 company and is certified as a minority-owned firm with the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council.

Politico - FIU and the main firms involved with the bridge collapse, MCM, are as politically connected as they get in Florida.

Sandra Rose - The lead engineer on the foot bridge project is a female, Leonor Flores, who is a graduate of FIU. MCM hailed Flores and her all-women design team in celebratory social media posts on Twitter.com in the hours before the deadly collapse. But critics say simple mathematics would have prevented the disaster in Miami.

Reason - The pedestrian bridge ... was funded with $11.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery program. The TIGER program has come under repeated fire for awarding money based on politics rather than merit.

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The quote for this week is from reader Mark D in a comment at Raconteur Report:

Like so many things, Leftists have changed the meaning of the word "compromise". It used to mean "You get something you want, I get something I want, it's a win-win." Now it means "I get some of what I want, you get to keep what I didn't take, but I'll be back for it later."

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In March of 1943, British war correspondent Alan Moorehead visited the US troops on the eve of battle in North Africa. His comments are quoted here from WWII Today:

In the drizzling rain little groups of infantrymen were drawn up to receive their last instructions. They were hardly more than boys, most of them, wonderfully tall and proportioned and looking very forbidding under their Nazi-like helmets...

Most of the American stuff was first-class, and even as good or better than the German. Their mess tins, water bottles, rubber-soled boots, woollen underclothes, shirts and windbreakers were all superior to the British equivalents and their uniforms in general were made of finer stuff.

The Garand rifle and the officers’ carbine were already regarded by many veterans as the best small arms on the front. As for their heavier equipment, it is doubtful if any army ever went to war so well supplied...

By European army standards the American rations were lavish to the point of extravagance – vast quantities of tinned meats, fruits and vegetables. In any American mess you could be sure of getting an excellent hot meat and vegetable stew, a plate of fruit, white bread and a cup of coffee.

Things like cigarettes, chewing-gum and toothpaste were handed out in a way that made the British soldiers gape. The Doughboy was always generous in sharing out his good things. As a British war correspondent I personally was given immediate hospitality wherever I went, and such things as maps and plans were discussed with me without hesitation.

In war, food is a strategy, logistics its tactic. Julius Caesar won many campaigns against the Gallic tribes, and particularly the Germanic tribes, because he could feed his army and they couldn't. And so it's been down through history.

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Why people believe there is a Deep State that can't be voted out of power:

Lifezette - "Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) praised the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill approved Thursday by the House of Representatives — lauding Democrats’ ability to “accomplish more in the minority” than when they controlled the White House and Congress".

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According to Daisy Luther at Organic Prepper, the budget bill just signed by President Trump bans Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances, allows government agencies, not just the courts, to determine if someone is mentally incompetent to buy or possess a gun, funnels $50 million dollars into strict anti-gun organization STOP School Violence Act, forbids the use of federal money for arming and training school staff, and allows the CDC to advocate or promote gun control.

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Uber-bear James Kunstler sees economic and political disaster on our doorstep, in his article, The Unspooling, at kunstler.com. An excerpt:

There is plenty of dysfunction in plain sight to suggest that the financial markets can't bear the strain of unreality anymore. Between the burgeoning trade wars and the adoption in congress this week of a fiscally suicidal spending bill, you'd want to put your fingers in your ears to not be deafened by the roar of markets tumbling. A 40 to 75 percent drop in the equity markets will leave a lot of one-percent big fish gasping on the beach as the tide rolls out.

But the minnows and anchovies will suffer too, as regular economic activity declines in response to tumbling markets. And then the Federal Reserve will ride to the rescue with QE-4, which will very sharply drive the dollar toward worthlessness. The result: a nation with a sucking chest wound, whirling around the drain en route to political pandemonium.

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So I'm reading an article at Survival Blog entitled, A Few Hard-Learned Lessons- Part 1, by Grey Woman, where she says:

Wood Stove Fact #1: They are very heavy. There are so heavy that you will not be able to move one by yourself, no matter how strong you may think you are. It’s not going to happen, ever.

I was reminded of how my ~600 pound wood stove got up onto its brick base fifteen inches above the floor. There were three of us. Two of us came up with a couple of good ideas. The third of us, strong like Schwarzenegger's big brother, listened politely, then said, "or I could just lift it up and put it in place." Which he did.

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An excerpt from The Children’s Crusade Against Guns by Robert Weissberg at the Unz Review:

The Third World child soldier is a familiar image—a young boy (usually aged 14 or younger), dressed in ill-fitting fatigues, frequently smoking a cigarette and totting an AK-47. These soldiers are widely condemned and banned by international treaty, and for obvious reasons. Do these youngsters really grasp what they are fighting for? Are they sufficiently mature to make quick life or death choices during combat?

Most of all, their recruitment obviously exploits gullible youngsters, an exploitation comparable to child prostitution or using children to run drugs or shoplift since authorities are reluctant to punish the very young. Put in legal terms, by virtue of their youth they are unable to give informed consent to their military enlistment.

Let me suggest that comparable element exist in the recent media-soaked mobilization of youngsters to score points against “the gun interests,” particularly the NRA to protest the shooting at Parkland, Florida.

and finally,

It's been perversely fascinating to see the change from outlawing guns on a onsey-twosey basis—full autos, sawed offs—to systematic repression—mail order ban, the 1968 act—and back again—semi-auto rifles, high cap magazines. It's like watching an old time blues act. On one side they're chanting the baseline, on the other side the solo singer's doing catchy riffs "call and response" style. Back and forth, back and forth. Bait and switch. Second Amendment defenders have nothing like it.

Whatever else it may be, blues is whining set to music, in fact, performers are anxious you should believe them to be pathetic, friendless losers. Fans set great store on such "authenticity", which says much about them, unintentionally. As said above, the act has worked for one lifetime that I know of, mine, and it looks like it'll work forever, or near enough, if the tempo and backbeat can be maintained.

Change subject. It's said a mild Scottish accent is most attractive to western ears—a Scottish lass told me so, but I have a different candidate, namely, English as spoken by General Lee in Turner's Civil War films. It shares a membrane with Shakespeare, frames even trivial thoughts in biblical terms, yet is often astonishing in its directness. Some of Lee's contemporaries, those who dared expressed an opinion, said he spoke like an old lady, which may or may not have been a compliment, impossible to say at this remove. I suspect not.

So enough with the kozmik troofs, it's time to suit up and deploy the ten foot poles. We gotta face the realities of the week. Let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report, right after this commercial message from the past.

 

1948. Ford truck magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The F-Series begins. Ford's postwar pickups came in four flavors starting with the basic, and best-selling, F-1 half-ton with a 226 cu in 6-cylinder 95 hp engine, one piece windshield and a 6 1/2 foot bed. Options included chrome trim, foot-plunger windshield washer, passenger side wiper and sun visor, and passenger side taillight. The "loaded" version is shown in the ad.

The f-2 was a 3/4 ton, the f-3 was a heavier built 3/4-ton, and the f-4 was a 1-ton. The series ran from 1948 to 1952.

The ubiquitous F-150 was introduced in 1975 for the sixth generation F-Series. It was a model in between the reigning F-100 and F-250, configured to escape emission controls. Ford's currently in the thirteenth generation of the F-Series.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Breitbart - It Begins: Florida Resident’s Firearms, Ammunition Confiscated Under Gun Control Law

SHTFPlan - Yes, Gun Confiscation Just Happened In Florida, And It Will Happen Nationwide

Zero Hedge - 25 Year Sentence for Driving Drunk Versus Probation for Prison Guard Who Raped Inmate

Telford, England

Free Market Shooter - In Stunning Precedent, U.K. Drops Cases Against 20 Telford Groomers; Convicts Man For “Hate Speech” From A YouTube Video

Mirror - 'Worst ever' sex gang case cop claims his bosses thought stopping Telford child abusers was 'too much trouble' ... court orders against more than 20 suspects were abandoned

National Interest - We Now Know How Russia's New Avangard Hypersonic Boost-Glide Weapon Will Launch ... will be mounted on heavy RS-28 Sarmat missiles as well

CNBC - China and Russia are 'aggressively pursuing' hypersonic weapons, and the US can't defend against them, top nuclear commander says ... capable of reaching targets at 20 times the speed of sound

Universe Today - Astronomers Figure Out How to use Gravitational Lensing to Measure the Mass of White Dwarfs ... 18,000 lensing events that have been detected to date

Natural News - When Obama and Facebook teamed up in 2012 that was “technological genius,” but when Trump does the same thing, it’s a “scandal”

National Sentinel - EPA’s Pruitt: Agency will no long use junk ‘secret science’ to push climate change hoax ... EPA regulators must make their data available for public scrutiny

American Greatness - Poof! Making Documents Vanish is the Democrats’ Way ... Hillary Clinton was not the only official who made documents disappear

The Hill - Metro area populations surge as rural America shrinks ... three of the four fastest-shrinking counties last year were in West Virginia or Kentucky

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's getting easier to stay away from crowds

WND - Bizarre twist in Seth Rich murder probe ... Washington-based attorney and lobbyist on the hunt for slain DNC staffer Seth Rich’s killer was shot at and run over by former U.S. Marine he hired to help

Washington Examiner - White House national security team fingered in Trump’s Putin call leak ... why national security adviser McMaster was replaced by Bolton

Art of Manliness - How to Fall Asleep in 2 Minutes or Less ... it's a skill, and like all skills, you shouldn’t expect to have it work the first few times you try

Campus Reform - Taylor University conservative paper pressured into suspending publication ... students reacted with "fear" and "anger"

Motherboard - Congress Enacts Garbage Surveillance Legislation By Attaching it to Must-Pass Budget Bill ... the CLOUD Act is highly unpopular, but it passed, because Congress is dysfunctional

National Interest - Why Russia's 'New' Tu-160M2 Could Be NATO's Worst Nightmare ... new engines, avionics and weapons

Final Prepper - How to Catch Fish in a Survival Situation ... the kind of fishing done in order to save yourself and your loved ones from starvation.

CBS - LA Considers Ambitious Proposal To Provide Housing For Every Homeless Person ... problem solved

Campus Reform - University Turns Frat into ‘Safe Space for Black Students’ ... for black students only, bold step in standing up to white, male supremacy

Eaton Rapids Joe - How many people protesting guns??? ... a more defensible estimate

Z Man - Answering My Critics ... why he's not interested in becoming an anti-Semite

Raconteur Report - Turning Over The Compost Heap, We Find ... Paddock was a patsy, not a psychopath. Nothing else fits all available evidence

Front Page - Minnquisition ... Leftist educrats intimidate parents and indoctrinate students in “white privilege” orthodoxy

Cosmos - Mediterranean megaflood confirmed ... a flood of Biblical proportions in pre-Biblical times

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Engineering, Campus Reform - Professors at the Purdue School of Engineering Education say engineering schools are dominated by “masculine norms” and a “masculine culture” that hurts women in the field. These norms include not only the “desire to win” and “emotional regulation,” but also “dominance over others,” the “need to be high performing,” and “hegemonic masculinity.” Masculinity ultimately justifies the subordination of women and other marginalized ways of being a man. Academic rigor can “reinforce gender, race, and class hierarchies in engineering, and maintain invisibility of queer, disabled, low-income, and other marginalized engineering students.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg My my, you don't say. Bad as all that, is it? A desire to win, a need to be high performing ... disgusting. It's heartening to know Purdue has nothing to learn from such masculine norms.

 

Schools, Liberty's Torch - The “gun violence protests” were mandatory de facto. A cosmetic alternative of “opting out” was offered to students who disagreed, but those students, in every case that I know of, were herded into special rooms for the duration of the “protest.” In a stroke, they were ostracized, marginalized, and denied the learning opportunities their parents had paid for. The “public” schools must be destroyed. They must be ripped from the fabric of our communities. Their employees must be fired with prejudice: i.e., they must be excluded from any position in which they could repeat their crimes. Their physical facilities must be sold to private parties.

 

March, Sultan Knish - March for Our Lives is funded by Hollywood celebs, it’s led by a Hollywood producer and its finances are routed through an obscure tax firm in the Valley. Its treasurer and secretary are Washington D.C. pros. And a top funder of gun control agendas is also one of its directors. We know who supports the NRA. You can see NRA stickers on car windows even in the bluest cities in the country. But who really supports the anti-gun political network? You’ll need to spend hours sorting through paperwork, following the trail, comparing addresses and researching names, to even get a hint. That’s what an illegitimate lobby thwarting the will of the people really looks like.

Z Man, excerpt - "Most Americans know the people behind the weekend’s orchestrated proselytizing are crazy. Parading children out to lecture the adults is creepy and weird. The last ten years has been an endless freak show of degeneracy and depravity. Yet, the public goes along with it. Those who speak out against it are hurled into the void, and the so-called conservatives mutter about hypocrisy, but otherwise, the radical orgy of depravity staggers on undeterred. The nut-job army serves its purpose".

 

Urban-rural, City Journal - City and country are not coequals by any demographic, political, or cultural measure. The urban is growing and ascendant; the rural shrinks and becomes increasingly culturally irrelevant. The cursus honorum of the elite that runs the country in politics, finance, journalism, and academia is urban to the core. Like bored Hellenistic court poets who romanticized shepherds’ lives in never-visited Arcadia, Silicon Valley techies like to wear heavy-duty hiking boots and flannel and drive four-wheel-drive SUVs with mud tires. Rural folks didn’t romanticize the city, they saw it as a necessary evil. Yet urbanites idealized the farm and pasture—from a safe distance.

 

1938. Blankenship Indiana

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This photo escaped the series posted in Woodpile Report 519, but not the eagle eye of a reader. And it's a goody. Notice the practical shoes.

 

1904. Baltimore Maryland

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Baltimore's seen tougher times. More than 1,500 buildings covering 140 acres were destroyed by the Great Baltimore Fire. It burned for thirty hours in early February, 1904. Five deaths were recorded, all attributed indirectly to the fire. The San Francisco Earthquake And Fire would surpass it just two years later.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Obama's Facebook, New York Times 2013 - Grisolano told me that the campaign literally knew every single wavering voter in the country that it needed to persuade to vote for Obama, by name, address, race, sex and income. What’s more, he hinted, the campaign had figured out how to get its television advertisements in front of them with a previously inconceivable level of knowledge and accuracy. They started with a list that grew to a million people who had signed into the campaign Web site through Facebook. When people opted to do so, they were met with a prompt asking to grant the campaign permission to scan their Facebook friends lists, their photos and other personal information.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It was clever and exciting when Obama did it

 

Reversing Darwin, Amerika - Ancient societies that succeeded found themselves eliminated when their own population bloomed, with the lower quality producing far more offspring as is the norm, and foreigners arrived to take advantage of the wealth boom. Staggering under the weight of too many different needs, and divided by internal conflict, they collapsed. We can see a lesson for this that can be taken into the future. Any society which thrives too much will then choke itself on the human excess produced. A society that stays somewhat disorganized and difficult will not follow that path.

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Stellar invader, Daily Galaxy - About 70,000 years ago, at a time when modern humans were beginning to leave Africa and the Neanderthals still thrived, a small, reddish star approached our solar system entering the Oort Cloud and gravitationally disturbed comets and asteroids. The object is Scholz's star, a binary system formed by a small red dwarf with about 9 percent of the mass of the sun, around which a much less bright and smaller brown dwarf orbits. It is likely that human ancestors saw its faint reddish light during prehistorical nights. It approached less than a light-year from the sun. Today, it is almost 20 light-years away.

 

Selco, Organic Prepper, excerpt - A lot of people with chronic illnesses died. The majority of them did not have a stash of medication needed for their condition, and add to that fact that overall life quality went down very sharply and very deeply. People getting sick simply because people were almost always exhausted. The most common illnesses were gastrointestinal illnesses connected with bad food, bad water, and low hygiene. A small cut could kill you. When real SHTF happens nobody is going to arrive, and you’ll have to take care of everything. Learn skills no matter what system says about who can practice those skills. You are preparing for a time when system is gone so it makes sense.

 

1937. Aledo Illinois

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aledo is a picturesque town of 3,500 on the northwest border of Illinois. Population in 1937 was about 2,400.

 

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Democracy, Daily Bell - Democracy is the camel’s nose under the tent. It may seem like you are participating in the political system, but you still can’t opt out. Yet once people exercise their “right” to vote, the control is out of their hands. I did my part, they can say, the rest is out of my hands. And that is another form of abandoning personal responsibility. You become the victim of a society out of your control, rather than the sole arbiter of your circumstances. Inevitably, this leads to tyranny as more and more things slip out of your control. We can blame the politicians or the voters, after all, aren’t we all just victims in this system?

 

Canning, Vintage News - A confectioner and chef in Paris named Nicolas Appert presented bottled fruits and vegetables at the 1806 Paris food expo. Judges were not impressed. He won no awards. The French Navy agreed to test a variety of his products, including a wide range of meat, vegetables, fruit, and milk. Appert at last formally submitted his invention to the French government in 1810, which agreed to award him the 12,000 francs, as long as he made his process public. Later that year Appert published The Art of Preserving Animal and Vegetable Substances , the first cookbook of its kind on modern food preservation. In the world of culinary art, he is known as “the father of canning.”

 

Bridge, Taki's Magazine - Because of the left’s “diversity or die” crusade, Florida International University and Munilla Construction Management felt the need to present the bridge as the product of “diversity.” They couldn’t just say, “Hey, look at this cool bridge we built.” They had to add, “And diversity dunnit.” Because that’s all that matters. Not the quality of the work, but the gender and color of the workers. And if the rubble of Diversity Bridge is to hold any significance at all, let it be this: Let’s dial back the “diversity in STEM” fanaticism just a tad. Let’s get back to focusing on the quality of the work, and not whether our engineering classrooms and construction companies resemble a 1970s Coke commercial.

 

Plumbing, Return of Kings - Civilizations that had the best plumbing also tended to be the most prosperous. When Rome fell, much of the progress it made in plumbing went with it, and the disastrous effects played out for centuries to come. The US steamed forward in the 19th and 20th centuries to become the unrivaled innovator in plumbing as the modern kitchen and bathroom went from luxuries once reserved for the well-off to something enjoyed by virtually everyone. America’s pipes are disintegrating alongside its moral values and sense of identity, and the solution will be to replace them with untested, potentially toxic plastics, just like a once-great culture is being replaced with something equally second-rate and superficial.

 

1943. Medenine Tunisia

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Scots Guards examine a knocked out Panzer IV, Germany's standard medium tank, continuously up-armored and up-gunned, the only tank to serve from the first day of World War II to the last. At 25 tons, with a high-velocity 75mm main gun, it was roughly comparable to the Soviet T-34 except for its Maybach 300 hp engine and primitive, overloaded suspension. The T-34 sported a 500 hp diesel engine and Christie suspension.

About 8,500 were produced. Seventeen Syrian Panzer IVs saw action in the 1967 Six Day War, their last known appearance in combat.

 

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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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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
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