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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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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

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Jean Beraud, La Patisserie Gloppe au Champs Elyssées, 1889
6, Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8e arrondissement, Paris

A pastry shop in 1889 Paris, painted when Beraud blended salon and impressionist styles, which was most of the time, albeit with a life-long shift towards the latter. I rate Jean Beraud's stuff as a solid "okay" with an occasional lunge at "pretty good". Beraud lived until 1935.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg From the Chicago Sun-Times news item, "Homeland Security to compile database of journalists and ‘media influencers’":

The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.”

The plan calls for the ability to track 290,000 news sources including online, print, broadcast and social media. Also, it would have the ability to track media coverage in over 100 languages, along with the “ability to create unlimited data tracking, statistical breakdown, and graphical analyses on ad-hoc basis.”

Karl Denninger notes the five-day deadline for completion at his blog, Market-Ticker, and draws this conclusion:

In other words the option to stop this through peaceful political activity has already expired, the weapon has already been built, tested and is in use right now, almost-certainly by multiple parties without any disclosure or political debate. The scope of work laid forth constitutes tens if not hundreds of man-years of effort at minimum; it is not a trivial undertaking...

It is 100% certain that all of the existing "social media" platforms know about this and have already executed whatever "agreements" were necessary with the government for this weapon to be built, tested and be able to operate. Every single one of those firms and every employee therein with knowledge of this, which have to number in the hundreds if not thousands, have remained silent during its development. What leverage (threats) was used to keep all of said people quiet?

The Daily Bell comments:

The DHS will chill free speech since journalists and media outlets now know they will be closely watched for mentioning the Department of Homeland Security.

The DHS will spread pro-DHS propaganda through social media influencers and friendly news sources.

This absolutely goes contrary to the First Amendment, to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Media will be profiled and monitored based on their coverage of the Department of Homeland security. Journalists now know that if they criticize the DHS, they will come under the scrutiny.


Richard Fernandez at PJ Media reminds us:

It's a sobering matter of record that neither Pearl Harbor, Barbarossa, the Korean War, the collapse of the USSR, 9/11, the great financial meltdown, Brexit and Hillary's loss were anticipated by those it most concerned.


On the left, the cover of a 1956 Civil Defense publication. On the right, a 1940 chart of Civil Defense specialties prior to its activation in 1941. By 1942 it was already much changed .

Civil Defense, never fully implemented, was largely defunct by the mid-1990s. Its mandates were later absorbed into DHS and other agencies, generally under the term Emergency Preparedness. Fully equipped underground shelters for the elite of DC, sited far from future rubble fields, are still generously funded and well appointed however, with elaborate safeguards to keep the commoners at bay. Given time, DC turns everything on its head.


Nasim Agdham, a PETA activist and militant vegan who speaks Farsi and wears a hajib in her videos, was stopped by police earlier on the day she shot up YouTube. They were specifically warned she had a grudge and may be on the way there. But she seemed nice .

Daily Mail - Cops found YouTube shooter asleep in her car hours before rampage, after her worried father alerted police that she was missing and angry and was heading for the site's HQ

Miami Herald - Just hours before she shot and wounded three people at YouTube headquarters, Nasim Aghdam calmly told police who found her sleeping in her car that she was having family problems and had left her home... "It was a very normal conversation. There was nothing in her behavior that suggested anything unusual," said Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel.


Here's a bizarre news item from upstate New York as reported by the Democrat & Chronicle:

The victim was identified Mouhib's seven-year-old son, Abraham E. Cardenas... Investigators said that Mouhib used a large-bladed kitchen knife to stab the victim in the upper left area of the back and in his neck, causing the victim's head to become severed from his body...

According to state records, Mouhib is licensed as a nurse practitioner who specializes in mental health.   A spokesperson for Rochester Regional Health confirmed that she worked for them from January 2016 to January 2017.

She's a "mental health professional", please notice, which is consistent with my opinion of psychology as "a cult in orbit around insanity", sharing many of its attributes and populated by a similar demographic. Psychologists claim people can be talked out of insanity. To quote the great mid-twentieth century philosopher Yosemite Sam: that there's crazy talk.


The quote for this week comes from Brett Stevens at Amerika:

History has moved on because Leftism failed. It promised an end to racial guilt and enmity and delivered more of the same. You cannot fail worse, really, than making the problem you claim to cure even more virulent.


The invasion, capture and occupation of California by Mexico has been a century in the making according to Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish. After calling for military force to expel the invaders and secure the southern border, he explains:

Our cities are being overwhelmed, our borders are unreal lines on a map and the terror is coming home. Every day we are losing more of our country. The San Diego Plan envisioned the invasion and capture of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado. Over a century later, it’s becoming a reality...

This revolutionary manifesto called for a revolt against the United States to begin on February 20, 1915 and establishment of an independent Mexican American republic on lands seized from Mexico by the United States in 1848.

The document Greenfield cites, The Plan de San Diego, was Mexico's plan to conquer the border states. Among the provisions:

On February 20, 1915, at 2:00 there would occur an uprising against the United States government to proclaim the liberty of blacks from the "Yankee tyranny" that had held them in "iniquitous slavery since remote times" and to proclaim the independence of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and California, "of which States the Republic of Mexico was robbed in a most perfidious manner by North American imperialism."

It is strictly forbidden to hold prisoners, either special prisoners (civilians) or soldiers; and the only time that should be spent in dealing with them is that which is absolutely necessary to demand funds (loans) of them; and whether these demands be successful or not, they shall be shot immediately without any pretext.

Every North American over sixteen years of age shall be put to death; and only the aged men, the women, and the children shall be respected; and on no account shall the traitors to our race be spared of respected.

The astonishing loss of California to Mexico will be a template for war colleges to study far into the future. It makes 4GW look clunky. California fell not merely uncontested but eagerly. Mexico invaded what was, in effect, unoccupied territory save for those throwing flowers like schoolgirls in thrall. Notice also the deployment of identity politics to mask overt aggression with righteousness.


Hugh Latimer at Survival Blog informs us:

California gun owners are getting pressure again. A firearm parts bill (A.B. 2382) is being introduced in California. The bill refers to the parts as “Precursor Parts” like barrels, ammunition, feeding devices, speed loaders, molded or shaped polymer frames, unfinished receivers, metallic castings, metallic forgings and much, much more. If you live in California and are not fleeing the state, you need to contact your legislatures and urge them to reject this assault on your second amendment rights.

Oleg Volk has this to say about such legislation:

Oleg Volk - Takings not only require banning of trade in a progressively wider list of close substitutes, but also the suppression of knowledge of manufacturing. Since modern weapons may be manufactured with the 1890s technology base, they require a rollback of the society at large that far or a very pervasive and intrusive police state keeping all modern and primitive production under constant surveillance, along with motivating informants.

and finally,

In the early days of Woodpile Report I wrote of Appalachians as the last people in America who could be insulted without consequence. Now, little more than a decade later, all white men are demeaned for being white men, masculinity itself is condemned as toxic, and race hate disguised as "white privilege" is taught in elementary schools. And please notice, now that feminization of everything from conversation to airliner interiors is a done deal, white women are beginning to be targeted specifically. "Inclusion" grows ever more exclusive. Diogenes's evil doppelganger lives.

I'd like to say I told you so. I didn't. I didn't even imagine it was possible. As I usta tell the kids: in this life you gotta be willing to be surprised.

Mmm mm! Just took bread out of the oven. Four loaves. Makes the house smell like a bakery. You could satisfy yer appetite merely by breathing fast. Well gang, enough chit chat. Let's get to the civil disasters and outrages du jour, it's time for Yer Ol' Woodpile Report.


1926. Kellogg's Pep magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wheat bran flakes were the next logical step from corn flakes. Both General Mills and Kellogg put them on the market in the early 1920s and the rivalry continued until the late 1970s when Pep conceded defeat.



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Big League Politics - Ancestry.Com: ‘Schumer’ Name Means ‘Good-For-Nothing’

Task and Purpose - What’s With All These People Suddenly Trying To Breach Security At US Military Bases?

Daily Wire - Black Gun Owner's Epic Rant Against The Government Goes Viral ... "When are you all gonna start standing up for the majority? ... I'm the majority!" video, 4m 18s

All Outdoor - March 2018 Gun Sales Highest In a Year and a Half ... up an estimated 434,000 over February

From Smithsonian Magazine:

Meet Icarus, The Most Distant Star Yet Detected ... blue supergiant lies 9 billion light-years away

Behold Hubble’s Best Image of a Distant Galaxy Yet ... roughly 13.3 billion light years away, formed just 500 million years after the universe began

Daily Mail - Pensioner, 78, arrested on suspicion of murder after 'stabbing armed burglar, 38, to death in struggle in his kitchen' when two intruders woke him as he slept next to his wife ... the other one got away

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They knowingly allow Moslem gangs to kidnap their preteen daughters and force them into sex slavery. Now an elderly man is arrested for defending his life in his own home. In the end, what was their "finest hour" for?

Vintage News - Nightingale floors: the Japanese flooring system used for alerting castle lords to nighttime attacks by ninja assassins

Town Hall - They Take the Second Amendment First and the First Amendment Second ... they want not only for us to be disarmed, but to be silenced

American Greatness - The Limits of American Patience ... it will simply shrug and get on with the downsizing, as in “stuff happens”

College Fix - Catholic university tells students how to recognize ‘your whiteness’ ... encouraged white students to feel bad about themselves

WREG Memphis - Rev. Jesse Jackson calls for Kroger boycott in Memphis ... company recently closed two locations in majority-black areas in Memphis

art-remus-ident-04.jpg " ... citing millions of dollars in losses over the past several years". Kroger isn't a charity to keep shoplifters well supplied.

Reason - California's Legal Weed Is So Heavily Taxed and Regulated That the Black Market Might Survive ... "The situation in the market is pretty dire," one major cannabis seller told us. Video, 10m 57s

History Today - Ancient Greek epics as mute texts ... but now their songs can be heard again

Cosmos - Multiple black holes punctuate the middle of the Milky Way ... astronomers find at least a dozen

Seeker - MIT Aims to Harness Fusion Power Within 15 years ... producing cheap, carbon-free, and nearly unlimited energy through the process that powers the sun

The Conversation - Resisting technology, Appalachian style ... privacy and self-reliance are involved in how people in that region view and use technology

Campus Reform - Sociology conference obsesses over hatred of Trump ... program features numerous crude drawings of President Trump, depicting him as a diaper-wearing infant enamored with nuclear weapons and the Ku Klux Klan

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Irony alert: "The Southern Sociological Society aims to promote “the development of sociology as a profession” and “the maintenance of high academic professional and ethical standards.”" They'd better aim again.

Sponsors of the conference include Mississippi State University, Winthrop University—a small school founded in 1886 to train young women to teach in public schools and still 71% female—and the University of Memphis.

Vintage News - WWI Flechettes ... the troop piercing arrows dropped from planes onto German trenches

Daily Wire - London's Mayor Declares Intense New 'Knife Control' Policies To Stop Epidemic Of Stabbings ... police will now stop and frisk people believed to be carrying knives

Mayor of London - "No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg ... unless Mayor Sadiq Aman Khan's protected class needs them while running their pedophile sex slave rings, in which case, never mind.

Field & Stream - The Total Outdoorsman's Guide to Knives ... how to wield, sharpen, maintain, and survive by the outdoorsman's ultimate tool

Firearms Blog - Norwegians to lose their semi-automatic hunting rifles. Scrap or Export ... includes Ruger Mini-14

Gateway Pundit - FBI Notifies Judicial Watch It Needs At Least Three Years To Turn Over Strzok-Page Communications ... a year's wait for each year's records requested


Stuff you may want to think about
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Education, Taki's Magazine - At the secondary level, boys should be taught by men. Student gender segregation also is desirable. And it would be silly to perceive “sexism” or “misogyny” here. We have seen the consequences of an education system dominated by women: boys put on drugs because they are boys and made to feel guilty about themselves for the same reason. It would be far better for a boy to have no education at all than to undergo a feminized one. The present system is the way to destroy a country; it is emphatically not a path to excellence. Excellence, both of mind and character, was the purpose of education as it was classically conceived.


Perdition, Straight Line Logic - If you think of a society as a living organism, freedom allows every sensory, perceptual, and cognitive cell to operate. Information flows across the cellular network, enabling the organism to best adapt to and improve its environment. When the state and its leaders exercise control, the organism is essentially shutting off its own cells. The rulers become the only cognitive agents, doing most of the thinking, and only approved narratives can be communicated across the network. In totalitarian regimes, individuals even learn to “not perceive” anything that contradicts those narratives. Most people in such societies become dumbstruck children; it’s the safest course.


Falsification, Aeon - Falsifiability doesn’t work as a blanket restriction in science for the simple reason that there are no genuinely falsifiable scientific theories. I can come up with a theory that makes a prediction that looks falsifiable, but when the data tell me it’s wrong, I can conjure some fresh ideas to plug the hole and save the theory. Some of the most interesting scientific work gets done when scientists develop bizarre theories in the face of something new or unexplained. Madcap ideas must find a way of relating to the world – but demanding falsifiability or observability, without any sort of subtlety, will hold science back. It’s impossible to develop successful new theories under such rigid restrictions.


Family, Return of Kings - The Cultural Marxists know that in order to destroy America they have to annihilate the concept of a strong father figure and they have to make obsolete the icon of a loving mother, of a home life and childhood that is wholesome. To all you young players out there, I’m not ignorant to what the game has become. I will encourage you however to have a dream. There’s a pretty girl out there who has an education, can cook, does not leave her clothes all over the floor like you do, has a loving relationship with her father (who’s respect you must earn, sorry!), respects you and can be your best friend, lover, companion, wife and who will be a good mother to your children. You will someday grow old, don’t do it alone.


Guns, Town Hall - Look at the current move by the anti-gun people to limit guns.They call a restriction of certain long guns “common sense” legislation. These people have destroyed the use of the words “common sense” for all of us just like they destroyed the word “liberal.” In both cases, the use of the words was driven into oblivion by using them in an Orwellian manner. I don’t trust the government and this country was established on that bedrock principle. I don’t trust the people who are lying to us about what their true intentions are about gun control just like they lied to us about government-run health care. They want all guns in the control of government-controlled apparatchiks.


1937. Chaneysville Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A derelict store. In 1900 Chaneysville was a growing village near Bedford in south-central Pennsylvania with two churches, two stores, two grist mills, two blacksmith shops, two wagon maker shops, a saw mill, one school house, a shoemaker shop, a hall, a doctor's office, a hotel and twenty dwellings. Today it's a tiny unincorporated community near the intersection of routes 2013 and 2002.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Tyrants, Z Man - Social media companies hire petty tyrants, sadists and mentally disturbed spinsters, give them a job reading the internet, looking for “hate speech”. These are people who relish the task, because it is the only time anyone notices them. Our public space is turning into a daycare center run by sadistic schoolmarms. The people in charge of social media firms truly think they can regulate what the world has to say about things. There’s no way to stifle dissent. The only thing that comes from efforts to do so is a violent response. But, the petty tyrants will only learn that lesson when the next Persian vegan shows up at their door.


Self governance, Burning Platform - The Constitution is no magical document and the natural rights of men are not subject to the whims of government. The very concept of natural rights is under assault from below by ignorant, and gullible masses whose twins gods of safety and comfort dictate their politics, and from above by elitist grifters, political sociopaths and various other control freaks that populate the governments and bureaucracies that litter this land. Bereft of natural law and the rights that flow from it, civil society devolves into a Hobbesian swamp of violence, entitlement, and authoritarian control. I suggest that we are seeing this descent into tyranny in real time.


Diversity, Amerika - People that hold victimization to be part and parcel to their identity cannot stand people who succeed despite whatever the professional victim is using as an excuse. And how else do these professional victims cling to their delusions? They get affirmed in them by a toxic class of people who deliberately talk them into aiming low. These “friends” are not friends. Black, Hispanic, immigrant, transsexual, single white women or whatever group of people you are attempting to coax into self-sabotage can be induced to destroy themselves by following the great diversity experiment in low standards.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If you haven't seen the video included with this essay, "White Left: China's new internet insult", you have a treat in store. Baizuo!


Woods, Social Matter - Europe in particular is full of country defined by its old-growth forests. These woods and copses were refuge for bandits and heretics, the homes of great monstrous creatures and the ancient cults of murdered gods—places that inspired tremendous fear and trepidation among the people for both the physical and spiritual threats they posed to communities. With fear, however, was also a sense of trust if a certain balance was maintained between the forest and the people living near it. It has all gone by the way now; we live in the age of Gifford Pinchot and Walden Pond—the neutered, grey wilderness that is either a weekend retreat or a plunderable resource.


1938. Atlanta Georgia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Originally a railroad town, Atlanta is a city of 472,500 in mid-Georgia. Now, as then, it's a transportation hub, but also with the world's busiest airport. In 1938 the population was 300,000. The photo is of domestic help on their way to the exclusive Springdale area, says the original caption.

Note the front entrance is at the front, they'll have you know.


Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Terrible person, Taki's Magazine - Please let me do penance, or probation, or social-media jail, or whatever form of public horsewhipping is necessary to transform me from a self-righteous privileged Neanderthal to a craven apologetic humiliated loser crawling around on my knees trying to convince people that I Get It Now, I was wrong, I’ll go to rehab, that wasn’t the real me, I’m donating my salary to homeless drunk Eskimos in Juneau. I hate me. Everything I do is an offense against helpless underrepresented demographic groups that will now assert their moral superiority and kill me. I hope someone invites me to be the commencement speaker at Bard College next year just so I can be disinvited and humiliated.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The problem with "white privilege" is there isn't enough of it.


NRA, PJ Media - When you point out that their arguments against the NRA are proceeding from false premises, they stare at you blankly because they aren't quite sure what a premise is or why one should proceed from it. Why painstakingly connect dots when you can just nonsensically fling words all over an argument to channel the rage inside? The hive mind is kept intact not only by the constant fear of being ostracized, but by the fact that they are rarely, if ever, exposed in person to people who don't think exactly as they do. The introduction of facts into a debate is deemed "bullying" by them, you can just imagine how quickly that slope would get slippery if they get free rein in criminalizing words.


Objective truth, American Thinker - Lysenko believed plants and seeds could be acclimated to extreme elements, whereupon the offspring would be resistant. His ideas became the official dogma of Russian botany. Russian scientists who disagreed were ostracized, imprisoned, or executed. The Russian people suffered many crop failures and other privations for this. This pairing of false science with government control is known as Lysenkoism. Today, Lysenkoism is alive and well in climate science. Just as with Lysenko's false botany, governments have embraced climate alarmism. Skeptics have been ostracized but not yet fined or imprisoned.


The Derb, Unz Review - So here’s this caravan of OTMs coming up through Mexico to our southern border. They don’t actually aim to break any laws. What they aim to do is take advantage of our terminally stupid laws on asylum—laws that the U.S. Congress could fix in a one-hour session. The caravan story is a warning of a whole lot more people from outhouse countries trying to get into the stable, prosperous, free nations that they see on their TV. Five or ten or fifteen years from now, we can foresee great movements of people—tens and hundreds and millions of people, by land and sea and air. It will be interesting to see whether our current, compulsory hypocrisies about race will hold up under the onslaught.


1942. Stalingrad USSR


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Battle of Stalingrad pitted the German 6th Army and the rest of Army Group B against the Red Army's Stalingrad Front from August 1942 to February 1943. The battle claimed 1,750,000 military casualties total for both sides, with losses of thousands of tanks, aircraft and guns. Encircled, without supplies, ammunition, winter clothing or adequate food, the Germans surrendered.

Although it may or may not have been "the turning point of the war", the defeat at Stalingrad was seen by all sides as good evidence the end of the Third Reich was near to hand.

Only about 5,000 German POWs returned of the ~91,000 who surrendered. Already starving , they were worked to death in forced labor, beaten and abused, or died from exposure and untreated diseases. Soviet POWs were treated no less badly by the Germans.

Stalingrad was renamed Volgograd in 1961.

The photo, one of the best known from the eastern front, captures the ferocity of urban warfare. There's a colorized version that isn't half bad, but colorized photos are falsification. Worse, they only rarely improve on the original black and white.

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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.
Theodore Dalrymple

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