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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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Rembrandt van Rijn, Head of Old Man, 1630


"Rembrandt says things for which there are no words in any language." — Vincent van Gogh


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of sighting in an M1 Garand at the factory. You didn't think they took 'em to the range did you?

Y'gotta love '40s technology. All industrial optical equipment looked like this. Granite base, heavy castings and weldments, anti-backlash lead screws, optical trains mounted in eighth-inch thick steel enclosures painted grey or green, usually in leathery crinkle paint, reticles drawn in black ink on ground glass fastened in place with screw-down bezels, and a riveted-on identity plate announcing ownership in stern legaleese.

And ho ho, what we don't need with no steenking ergonomics. Didn't y' hear, there's a war on. You'll use it and like it.


From Taki's Magazine:

Chinese authorities in the nation’s Xinjiang region have rounded up countless Muslims and sent them to communist indoctrination camps... According to concentration-camp ex-con Omar Bekali as he reportedly choked back tears:

The psychological pressure is enormous, when you have to criticize yourself, denounce your thinking—your own ethnic group. I still think about it every night, until the sun rises. I can’t sleep. The thoughts are with me all the time.

Hmm, where else on Earth these days are you forced to criticize yourself and your ethnic group while denouncing your own thinking? We’re drawing blanks right now, but we’re sure it’ll come to us.


Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the accused Sante Fe High School shooter, was apparently unaware of school policy about firearms. Had it been prominently posted the tragedy may have been avoided.

Sante Fe I.S.D.
Substitute Teacher Handbook 2017-2018
Possession of Firearms and Weapons Policies

Employees, visitors, and students, including those with a license to carry a handgun, are prohibited from bringing firearms, illegal knives, or other weapons onto school premises or any grounds or building where a school-sponsored activity takes place.


Karl Denninger has a few words about the Texas school shooting, at Market-Ticker:

If you have children then you have voluntarily taken upon yourself the responsibility for the safety of others, specifically, those children. You choose where they go and who they go with. You choose the school. You choose the Principal, the teachers, the staff members and whatever security measures are there.

If you are sending your children to an unsafe place without the presence of armed resistance, whether that constitutes you personally or someone else in your stead you are an unfit parent as you are intentionally and knowingly putting those who you willfully accepted responsibility for in danger.

If your school is full of part-time felons, including bullies who think assault and worse is part and parcel of "going to school" that is in fact worse than a prison yard in that at least in the prison yard the other crooks need to make their shivs out of stolen plastic cutlery.


James Lilek comments on an exhibition of French nineteenth century paintings:

The entire exhibit left me unimpressed. What struck me later, after comparing the French 19th century work and paintings from America in the same period, was how wan French art feels. Not necessarily the colors, but the general mood - it’s either busy, as with some Parisian streetscapes, or it’s just a bit depleted. It feels as if it’s presaging some sort of spiritual exhaustion, or dissolution of something it can’t quite identify.

Again, I like the French work. It just seems as though the entire civilization had iron-poor blood at the fin de siecle.


The Institute for Family Studies has crunched the birth rate numbers from the Center for Disease Control and the result is surprising. Racial and ethnic minorities have seen a greater decline than whites. By state, only North Dakota has seen an overall increase.

It's not like the "institute" has an agenda or anything. They say, "Any serious pro-natal policy in America worth its salt would primarily result in birth gains among minority mothers, not white ones". Well ain't that just too bad, but facts are facts.

Charles Lehman goes into this in detail in his article, America Facing a Baby Bust, New Data Confirm, Birth rate hits lowest level in recorded history, at Free Beacon.



Brett & Kate McKay explain Taleb's concept of "antifragile" at Art of Manliness:

As Taleb notes: “Redundancy is ambiguous because it seems like a waste if nothing unusual happens. Except that something unusual happens — usually.”

Nature is filled with “inefficient” redundancies. Animals have two lungs, two kidneys, and two testicles, when one of each would work just fine. Since one in a pair of organs can become disabled through disease or trauma, it pays to have a spare.

and finally,

Our trial potato patches are showing leaves and growing fast: Red, Russet and Gold. The Gold are lagging the others a bit. The winner gets its very own full size patch next year.

There was a disturbance in the Force late last week, a work of malevolence that took down yer ol' Woodpile Report. Initial reports from my crack tech team, and his dog, say it emanated from the archive folder, which is now a smoldering crater. No back issues until rejiggering the site is complete. Polishing and lubricating all those electrons takes time, so until they're all neatened up and arranged just so, let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report, as-is.


1940. Kraft magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kraft Old English is still around. It's now sold in jars as a cheese spread. You're not likely to find it in stores, devotees get theirs online. It's expensive, but it's based on true cheddar, unlike its main competitors Cheez Whiz and Velveeta.



Remus's notebook


Reuters - Dutch art dealer discovers first 'new' Rembrandt in 44 years ... unknown painting that had gone unnoticed for four centuries

PhysOrg - First measurement of subatomic particle's mechanical property reveals distribution of pressure inside proton ... 10 times greater than the pressure in the heart of a neutron star

We Are The Mighty - The Air Force just switched to the Army OCP uniform

Reddit - Oliver North Supported The Assault Weapons Ban ... 1994: 'anyone who wants to possess such a weapon should join the Marine Corps'

BBC - Tesco refuses to sell Liam Whelan, 16, teaspoons pack ... more silliness from the land of "knifemen"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The extreme culling of England's best men in the two World Wars led to the toxic feminization of the place

Sun Sentinel - Parkland school cop Scot Peterson gets $8,702 a month in pension ... "no charges or other circumstances that would justify withholding Peterson’s pension"

BBC - Congo Ebola outbreak spreads to Mbandaka city ... about 29,000 people were infected in 2014-2016 pandemic, average death rate was 45%

Vintage News - In 1940 two twin-engine airplanes collided mid-air–interlocked, they flew for five miles and landed safely ... "she was pretty heavy on the controls"

American Enterprise Institute - More on my efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and end gender discrimination in Michigan ... 91 full-time diversity administrators - boys, not girls, need deficiencies addressed

Just in from the 'hood

Daily Mail - Man being beaten and robbed on a Bronx street while passerbys watch and do nothing to help ... video

Daily Mail - Girl, 16, and her best friend, 14, are beaten so badly by five students at their Atlanta high school that they needed hospital treatment ... video

Daily Mail - Fight erupts after 43-year-old woman brings gun to a high school ... video

Reason - Assault Weapons,' Explained ... how a scary name for an arbitrary group of firearms distorts the gun control debate

Spectator - Take Down the Gaza Criminals ... criminal leaders of Hamas must be indicted, arrested, brought to justice

American Partisan - Who Was QAnon? And Why Should You Care?

Don Surber - How Obama became the first communist president ... smart people are easy to fool. Just stroke their egos and tell them how smart they are

BioPrepper - DIY Projects: 15 Ideas For Using Cinder Blocks

Organic Prepper - Selco: What You Must Know About SHTF Medicine

Burning Platform - 30 Blocks of Slavery ... take a tour of Philadelphia with Jim Quinn

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Long read, lots-o'-pictures, the man says it like it is

Fox News - US Army gets even deadlier with futuristic new night vision goggles ... also can deliver advantages during the day

Ice Age Now - We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling ... NASA data show that global temperatures dropped sharply over the past two years

Return of Kings - British Army Instructor Faces Court Martial For Making A Female Recruit Cry ... says one reader in the comments: "he is actually fairly supportive of her in a mean sargeanty kind of way"

Breitbart - CNN Suffers Viewership Collapse of Nearly 30 Percent ... and still dropping

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Taylor Lewis comments at Taki's Magazine:

CNN president Jeff Zucker shrewdly exploited Trump’s rollicking campaign for ratings, and continues to do so. Hence a buxom adult-film star is the network’s No. 1 attraction. To lose Trump would be to lose the last remaining lifeline the network has.

Science News - First 3-D map of a gas cloud in space shows it’s flat like a pancake ... could explain why the structure is missing stars

Eaton Rapids Joe - Defensive handguns, .22LR and Firing pins ... unreliable ignition can be partially addressed by having double firing pins

YouTube - How to survive a knife attack, video 0m 17s


Stuff you may want to think about
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Rock fight, Z Man - Trump is not of the Old Right or New Right, and neither are his supporters. He's not a guy committed to winning them over with theory or looking for a way to join the club. Trump is looking to bust up the club and make his own. There’s a lesson here. A culture war is a zero sum game. The ground you gain can only come at the expense of the people in charge and there can never be peace. Complex political theories and carefully elucidated principles have no place in a culture war, or even a political war. It’s a rock fight and that means you have to use whatever is handy to take out the other guy. After you win and secure his turf, then you take a break and maybe use the off-time to think about theory. Principles are for the victory party.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also read Z Man's essay, The Snowglobe:

"The managerial class has achieved class consciousness. If you are working at the New York Times, the American Enterprise Institute or a government agency, you see the people in these roles as your colleagues... What passes for creativity is simply neologism filled recitations of the one true faith. If Jordan Peterson is your idea of a radical thinker, you're living in an intellectual waste land".


Useful guide, Sultan Knish - The following is intended to serve as a useful guide to various activists, protesters and other completely non-violent folk who happen to be packing knives, guns, rocks and grenades. You will encounter various law enforcement and military personnel. This is how not to get shot by them. First of all it's important to remember that if you attack an armed man in a uniform, he will very probably shoot you. When you pick up a knife or a rock or a gun, you are not facing the politicians or the generals who answer to them. You are facing men who bear you no particular ill will, but do want to get home to their families that night or that month or that week. And if you do anything that risks interfering with that, they will shoot you.


Cult, Front Page - The religion of racism that began as a unitary effort to bring together different races has instead become a cult that uses its beliefs to divide us with white people as perpetual sinners and black people as unstained saints. When civil rights shifted from punishing mandatory segregation to punishing the lack of integration, it ceased to be a movement pursuing freedom and instead became a totalitarian movement. It was no longer the absence of black people, but the presence of white people that was racist. The left likes to believe that it’s a positive movement, defined by its utopian aspirations, not its brutal tactics. But it is a movement built on fear and hate.


Guns, Reason - A lawsuit challenges a decision by Alameda to enact a zoning law so onerous it effectively bans gun stores. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit sided with Alameda in 2017, saying that "no historical authority suggests that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to sell a firearm." If a city enacted zoning laws that effectively outlawed abortion clinics, and a federal appeals court had permitted it, the Supreme Court would have stepped in a heartbeat later. The Second Amendment has been effectively repealed inside California. I suspect that California's millions of gun owners are beginning to wonder: If federal judges routinely ignore the law, why can't I?


1939. Medford Oregon


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Medford is a city on the southern border of the state. The population in 1939 was about 11,250. Today it's about 82,000.

See the kid's "high water" pants? Here's the drill all us po' folks knew.

You buy new jeans that are too long by a couple inches or so, make cuffs and tack 'em. When the kid grows you let the cuffs out, patch the holes, and let out the waist if need be. Oughtta get him through the year or near enough. Next year, same thing all over again.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Code Red, American Thinker - The Democratic/media complex is about to get worse than it has before. For a decade, they protected Obama and the radical left. They thought they had made a firewall where they would keep power forever. The IG report is the next big explosion. Yes. It. Is. Notice how many times it has been delayed coming out. Apparently they kept finding new, and treacherous goings-on in the bureaucracies they had to track down. The more they looked, the more they uncovered. I am thinking that all of them are going to start jumping ship like the rats they are, beginning with the IG report. They have no clue what is about to hit them.


Confiscation, Survival Blog - The current mass media-driven “debate” on firearms (actually more like paternalistic lecturing or chiding) seems to be leading toward greater restrictions by Congress. The collectivist gun grabbers have the dream of ignoring the Second Amendment and somehow magically removing all detachable magazine semi-auto rifles from civilian hands. But it is just that: a dream. If they think that they can disarm us, then they are thoroughly deluded. I’ll explain why, with some simple mathematics. I believe that once it was started, the whole affray would be settled within just a few weeks or months. American gun owners clearly have the numbers on their side.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg James Rawles looks at the backlash should confiscation of semi-auto rifles be attempted, and he backs it up with numbers. This is a "must read" for those who would trash the Second Amendment.

Here's something more for them to ponder, from Harry Summers Jr.'s book, On Strategy:

“You know you never defeated us on the battlefield,” said the American colonel. The North Vietnamese colonel pondered this remark a moment. “That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.”


Teachers, City Journal - For the 2016–2017 school year, the average salary of full-time public school teachers was $58,950. That figure excludes benefits such as health insurance, paid leave, and pensions, which, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, make up an average of 33 percent of total compensation for public school teachers. When benefits get added in, teachers' average annual compensation jumps to $87,854. Between 1950 and 2015, the number of teachers increased about 2.5 times faster than the number of students, and hiring of other education employees—administrators, teacher aides, counselors, social workers—rose more than seven times faster than the increase in students.


Missile defense, American Greatness - When the president wisely chose to look askance at the Iranian nuclear deal he served notice the United States would no longer stand idly by and watch as the Iranians embarked full steam on a campaign to gain and deploy nuclear weapons delivered by ballistic missiles. We would not be the Brits and French in 1936 as the Wehrmacht blithely waltzed into the Rhineland. German generals later testifying that they had orders to withdraw in the face of the slightest allied response which, of course, did not come. When the Soviets built the Berlin Wall the Russians had orders to cease and desist at the look-see of one American tank turret. That American tank turret never appeared.


1939. Butte Montana

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Butte is a former copper mining boom town covering 716 square miles in southwestern Montana. It's peak population of 41,600 was in 1920. In 1939 it was about 37,000 and today it's about 33,850 . Butte has the largest per capita Irish population of any city in the US.



Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Supernova, Astrobiology - Two-and-a-half million years ago the Earth was changing dramatically. The Pliocene, which was a hot and balmy epoch, was ending and the Pleistocene, an era of repeated glaciation known as the Ice Age, was beginning. Natural variations in Earth’s orbit and wobble likely accounted for the change in climate, but the simultaneous event of a supernova could provide insight on the diversification of life during this epoch. This supernova is thought to have occurred between 163 and 326 light years away from Earth.


Expansion, Scientific American - What began as a debate over astronomical measurements is on the verge of becoming a full-blown crisis in how we understand the cosmos. Two data sets—one from the newborn universe nearly 14 billion years ago, the other from stars as we see them today—are yielding contradictory answers to a deceptively simple question: How fast is the universe expanding? It hints that somewhere, somehow, our understanding of the laws of nature may be fundamentally flawed—with potentially profound implications for physics.


Activism, Social Matter - My dear right-wing activists: you will not be allowed to succeed. Your emotions will not be allowed to boil over; they will be kept cool with riot police and water cannons at any cost. The notion that activism is the path to power is not just wrong, it is fully backwards. It confuses cause and effect. Arab migrants in Germany are allowed to grope women and steal iPhones from the locals. They do not do it in spite of the police and government, they do it thanks to the police and government. German right-wingers are not allowed to publicly demonstrate they exist. I recommend passivism. Right-wing activism is only a challenge to the system in theory. In reality, it is the system’s lifeblood.


Goddard, Smithsonian Air & Space - Americans are justifiably proud of Robert H. Goddard, the Massachusetts professor who built and flew the world’s first liquid-fuel rocket in 1926. Goddard’s 1930s rockets were no match for the German army’s accomplishments. Goddard and the German team both worked in Top Secret, completely independent of each other. So it’s more than a stretch to say that Goddard’s work led to the NASA Moon landings. After the war, U.S. rocket technology evolved from Germany’s work on the V-2, not from the New England professor’s experiments. As brilliant as Goddard’s achievements were, his rocketry had no real impact, during the war or afterward, on his field.


1943. Pearl Harbor submarine base


art-remus-ident-04.jpg By 1943 the US submarine service was in full stride. Gato-class fleet submarines and the follow on Balao-class were being deployed in numbers with excellent results. By the end of the war US subs had sunk more tonnage than had the U-boats, more than half the total of all Japanese ships sent to the bottom.

The view in the photo looks west from the submarine base in the southeast corner of Pearl Harbor. Map .


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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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22 May 2018