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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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Petrus van Schendel, Market by Candlelight, 1865

Van Schendel was a Belgian artist of Dutch origin, a painter of portraits and genre pictures, most notably nocturnes in the Romanticist style. He was also an inventor and father of fifteen children. Van Schendel was born in 1806 and lived until age 64.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The dark and dangerous times following a catastrophic collapse are often imagined as violence without direction or purpose, save momentary advantage and survival. For most it serves well as a working assumption when norms, violated more than observed, cease to be norms. But like anything else, chaos comes in grades and flavors. There is survival value in knowing what they've been in the past.

Roaming refugees. These are the locusts that swarm after a collapse, able to strip a community by weight of numbers. Typically hungry, desperate, leaderless and abandoned by leadership material, they're drifters and opportunists. Small communities are overrun and looted in the manner of a flash mob. Bug-in preppers are the bon bons of preference for the more capable among them. Well sited survival communities are unlikely to be in the path of roaming refugees.

Gangs. Existing gangs are specialists dependent on a functioning urban environment. Once the cities and suburbs are stripped, "street smarts" are useless and they become parasites without a host. Surviving famine and scarcity takes a different set of skills, and the learning curve is steep. Ethnocentric gangs are most likely to remain intact, but most likely to attack each other. Pointlessly aggressive and impatient by nature, they're a more dangerous subset of roaming refugees. The more ambitious gangs are marauders in the making. A survival community should overestimate their capabilities.

Marauders. In war, marauders are bands of military adventurers that strike at unexpected targets from an unexpected direction in unexpected ways. Unlike commandos deployed against high value targets, the marauder has a general mandate best described as "extreme cost effectiveness". Seasoned marauders are inventive, patient, and have an almost otherworldly ability to sniff out opportunity. The safer a survival community believes itself to be, the more vulnerable it is to marauders.

Partisans. At the outset these will be existing militia, typically modelled as light infantry except without recourse to heavy weapons support, self-armed and trained primarily as skirmishers. Their first task is likely to be defending their home community from roaming refugees and gangs. As the emergency devolves other partisans will arise, some as patriotic resistance outfits, some as mercenaries for war lords with territorial ambitions, some warranting response in kind and some qualifying as candidates for an alliance. Partisans see a survival community as a source of supplies and recruits, either theirs or their enemy's.

Government and quasi-government. Drastic downsizing will pressure fiefdoms with overlapping authority to battle for supremacy. Even within government no one will be sure who is king and who is not king. Subjugating and exploiting the productive territories that sustain them will be government's only real job. The classic morphing of government will accelerate—every bureaucracy wants to be a police force, every police force wants to be an army. Martial law is a given, there will be no civil liberties. A survival community careless enough to draw their attention will have some hard times ahead.


The .22 LR or .22 WMR in a bolt action rifle is the survivalist's indispensable firearm apart from his battle rifle . A bolt action rifle is not only simple and reliable, it can readily be used as a single shot if the ammo feed system fails . The variety of ammunition is where the .22 LR shines, from light high speed bullets to well proven and versatile standard ammo, to quiet subsonics up to 45 or even 60 grainers.

The .22 WMR has one big advantage, it launches the same weight bullet as the .22 LR significantly faster, which means greater range, less wind drift, and more hitting power. With solid bullets, excessive meat destruction of small game is not an issue. You're more likely to put down turkey-size game with the magnum. With good shot placement, even bigger game can be reliably brought down.

Either one is appropriate for the survivalist, but they both have one key shortcoming. Rimfire ammo is not reloadable, so whichever one you choose, find out what ammo it particularly likes and stock up. In the thousands. Spend the money and do it in one go if you can, all from one batch. Then store it well and leave it be. Have a separate stash of similar ammo for every day use.


The quote for this week comes via Ace at Ace of Spades:

My daughter is looking for a summer job. She’s a millennial so she’s hoping to find part-time work as a CEO.
— brian kiley (@kileynoodles)


Cleve Blakemore's Vault-Co site has been shut down and key postings wiped from internet archives. Links to articles denouncing him as a crank survive, strangely. Yes, by most standards he was eccentric, he knew that and billed himself as "Texas Arcane". But no one gets memory-holed for eccentricity.

Long-time readers found his stuff fascinating. Among other things, he believed the ruling class knows what's about to happen and are quietly making their preparations. His investigations into those preps were original and unsettling. It's not just the uber-rich buying condos in repurposed missile silos or making reservations at Greenbrier-like places just because it's the thing to do. He says, and for what it's worth Q says, it's massively bigger than we allow ourselves to imagine.

Here's his final word:

After 7 million hits and being hand-deleted by Google and the Wayback archive as well, it has been "suggested" to me that I remove this blog. I am complying. Sorry I cannot continue. I am sure regulars knew something was wrong. I am keeping the domain name but was "asked" to take this specific blog down for good. I did not want to be "asked" twice so I am complying with this "request." I discovered tonight that I had already been placed on a "special" list by higher-ups at Google and do not want to advance to "another" list. I was told that this course of action was the peaceful resolution.

Sorry again, I cannot talk about this and I am certain many people can figure out what has happened. I was informed that this would not escalate after I complied so I am ending Vault-Co after 17 years online. I cannot elaborate for reasons that should be obvious. I am just a single unaffiliated blogger who started this blog for free and has never advertised on it after 17 years. Apparently I warranted "special" handling. Thanks to all regular readers.


Hollywood Reporter says , "Disney and Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story is struggling in its debut at the Memorial Day box office, where it's coming in well behind expectations ...", and, "the news is grim overseas ...". Do tell.

The original Star Wars movie was a great piece of work, innovative for its time, glorious for the eye to behold, a tale of good versus evil unburdened by gravitas or plot twists, a confection that proved Hollywood could still make slam-bam entertainment. Okay okay, the characters were too cutesy or too dastardly by half, and yes, the battle scenes cued off old newsreels. Part of it's charm.

Let's do it again, said Hollywood, and Star Wars became a series. And like all series there came a time when it was either jump the shark or go home. They should have gone home.

Four words did it in. Imagine a war movie where Audie Murphy corners Hitler in the Wolf's Lair. Bad enough, but we go along. It's just a movie. Then, in mid-shootout, der Fuehrer says, "Ich bin dein Vater." Then Murphy rips off his mask to reveal himself as the Real Franklin Roosevelt. The leg braces are just a cover! Gasp. And there you go. There's the trouble with jumping the shark, if anything is possible, if nothing is off the table, then there is no story. Ask the Superman writers, they've had this problem for eighty years.

and finally,

Well gang, it's that time again, time to eat yer peas, time to admit life ain't all beer nor skittles and face the ugly truth jes' as if we was all growed up, as chronicled here in yer ol' Woodpile Report. But first, an ad from times gone bye bye.


1937. General Electric magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The GE dishwasher came in a stand-alone cabinet, while the Disposall waste food disposal product was "a unit ready to install quickly and easily in your present sink".

The first modern dishwashers appeared in the mid-1920s, aimed at the upscale buyer. Mass market penetration improved only slightly even in the postwar boom starting in the 1950s until the front-loading, under-counter appliance we know finally became common in the 1970s.



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Real Climate Science - Plummeting May 24 Temperatures In The US ... declining since the 19th century with recent years being among the coolest on record

Stream - Britain’s Tommy Robinson Imprisoned in Quickie, Secret Trial, Faces Death in Prison; President Trump Should Offer Asylum ... arrested for ‘breaching the peace’ while livestreaming report on the trial of a Muslim gang indicted for enslaving white children for sex with the ruling elite

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Sharia law is one predictable disaster when a country is disarmed and immigration of ninth century savages is encouraged. In Dickens's time there'd be a shortage of rope, lamp posts and exit visas. In our time the "justice system" imprisons and silences those who expose their disgusting crimes. Demonstrations aren't enough. It's time to purge this tumor, by force, from western civilization.

YouTube - Orwellian Police arrest Tommy Robinson for journalism 25.5.2018, video, 3m 39s

Breitbart UK, post redacted by UK authorities

Gateway Pundit - UK Protesters Flood the Streets to Demand the Release of Imprisoned Journalist Tommy Robinson
(videos )

Gateway Pundit - German MP Offers Tommy Robinson Asylum: ‘He’s a Political Prisoner’ ... MP Petr Bystron, AfD

Update. The mainstream press is picking up the story. I'll leave it here.

Evening Standard UK - Hundreds of far-right protesters descend on Whitehall after Tommy Robinson arrested for 'breaching the peace'

Fox News - Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson reportedly jailed after filming outside child grooming trial

Reason #1776 for the original #brexit . Don't let America follow in those footsteps. https://t.co/6QLejT61i4 — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 27, 2018

Zero Hedge - Inside The "New" Starbucks: Blood-Spattered Walls, Workers Pricked By Needles And More ... Starbucks is turning their stores into homeless shelters

Mark's Daily Apple - How to Buy (and Appreciate) Eggs

A few items from Truth About Knives

Hoplophobic Outrage of the Day: 12 year old suspended from school for turning in a knife that wasn’t even his

Another Honor Student Expelled over “Zero-Tolerance” Idiocy ... forgot she had her Grandfather’s pocketknife in her backpack

California Appeals Court: School Knife Ban Extends To Roads Near Schools? ... fishing knife was in parked car on a public road near the school

Reason - Firefighter Earned $300K in Overtime by Working More Hours Than Actually Exist ... paid for more than 9,200 hours of work, but there are only 8,760 hours in a year

KVVU-TV Las Vegas - Teens caught on cell phone video jumping valley mother ... group of 'teens' have been terrorizing their community

College Fix - This student was kicked out of office for defending gun rights. Next came vandalism and stalking ... demoted from president to vice president, academic excellence award withdrawn

Fox News - Will Starbucks become America's largest chain of homeless shelters? ... Starbucks may soon find its customers don’t really enjoy sharing their space with transients

Bloomberg - Trump Signs Orders Cracking Down on Federal Workers' Unions

"One of the three orders signed on Friday limits the amount of official time federal employees can spend on union duties to no more than 25 percent. It also requires the federal government to start charging union members rent for using space in federal buildings, to stop paying employees for the cost of lobbying the federal government, and to more aggressively negotiate union contracts".

Next Big Future - Performance simulation of a next generation space based gravity detector starting in 2034 ... theoretical predictions of what astrophysical phenomena LIGO would observe

CBC - Why the Art Gallery of Ontario removed 'Indian' from the name of this Emily Carr painting ... maybe when an artist names their own work, that name should stand

Fresno Bee - ‘Reparations Happy Hour:’ Each minority attendee gets $10 from white Portland donors

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An organizer says, "The idea of reparations is: How do we recognize pain, harm and injustice, and provide an outlet for healing?" Apparently ten bucks will do it. Who knew they could be bought off so cheaply? Clawback time.

Quanta - To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect ... artificial intelligence today is merely a souped-up version of what machines could already do a generation ago

Science Daily - Birds from different species recognize each other and cooperate ... form long-term partnerships that help them forage and defend their shared space as a group

American Partisan - Practical AR Enhancements That Work

Survival Blog - The Next Kristallnacht ... It started with mockery, the next step was public assaults by Antifa

Campus Reform - Evergreen State College announced that the school has already cut 24 faculty lines and eliminated 19 vacant staff positions, and warned that up to 20 additional staff members could seen be laid off. The staffing cuts come shortly after the college revealed that it would be cutting $5.9 million from the budget in anticipation of a shortfall in applications of up to 20 percent.

Don Surber - We already have background checks, Nancy ... for five decades as the Gun Control act of 1968 will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October

DC Clothesline - New FBI Files Show Feds Gave Billionaire Pedophile Epstein Freedom in Exchange for ‘Information’

art-remus-ident-04.jpg DC is more corrupt than ordinary people can imagine

YouTube - Every Wilhelm Scream in Star Wars, video, 0m 33s

Men Of The West - The Problems With Greater Appalachia ... the number of “nations” will continue to grow

Daily Galaxy - "It's Massive!", Our Milky Way Galaxy May Be Twice as Big as Previously Thought ... 170,000 to 200,000 light years, vs. 100,000

War Is Boring - One of the World’s Oldest Military Ships Is Sailing Down a River in Brazil ... ‘Parnaiba’ is still going after more than 80 years


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Robinson, Gatestone Institute - For years I thought that Britain's long tradition of open debate and individual liberty would enable it to stand up more firmly to the encroachments of Islam than other Western European countries. But I was wrong. It is Britain that is falling fastest to Islam. It is Britain that is most firmly betraying its own history and values. Now, Tommy Robinson has been arrested – not for the first time. Robinson was tried and sentenced to thirteen months in prison. To send him to a British prison, where a very high percentage of inmates are likely to be Muslim, is to condemn him to a life of brutal harassment and, very possibly, a violent death. Tommy Robinson is a living rebuke to the cowardice of the British media, police, social workers who knew what was going on in flats in Rotherham, Newcastle, and elsewhere, but stayed silent.


Diversity, Taki's Magazine - Academic administrators are personally invested in the diversity racket. They are generously compensated, in some cases in the form of several hundred thousand dollars a year, for pressuring scholars to lower standards so that more women and minorities can be “equally represented.” In other words, because some are too weak to face reality itself, and because bureaucratic frauds have much to gain through self-righteous charlatanry, the rest of us are to be unknowingly subjected to doctors, engineers, and others who are by no means sure to be competent. Not that any of this matters to the diversity crowd. That they are motivated by status envy is evident from the fact that nobody cares about “racial parity” and “gender parity” when it comes to blue-collar jobs.


Next recession, Of Two Minds - What's not visible in all the cheery statistics is how many enterprises and households are barely keeping their heads above water. The number of cafes, restaurants and other small businesses with high fixed costs that will close as soon as sales falter is monumental. Add up soaring healthcare premiums, increases in minimum wages, higher taxes and junk fees and rising rents, and you have a steadily expanding burden that is absolutely toxic to small businesses. The first things to go are marginal employees, overtime, bonuses, benefits, etc., to save the company from insolvency. Defaults won't notch higher by 2%; they're going to explode higher by 20% and accelerate from there.


Crash, International Man - The $20 trillion debt that the US government has created is far beyond anything the world has ever seen and, in fact, it exceeds the total of all other countries combined. The unfunded liabilities of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc., bring the total real debt to over one hundred trillion—an amount so large that not even the interest can be repaid. The present economic condition is riper for a crash than ever before in history. In 1929, it was triggered by the central bank raising the interest rate, assuring that those who were up to their chins in debt were now underwater, as the cost of borrowed money had just risen. The crash and its subsequent damage are invariably equal to the level of indebtedness. As the present level so far exceeds what existed in 1929, we can presume that the crash itself will be far more devastating.


America 2.0, American Greatness - Legislation that routinely violates the Constitution should come as no surprise. The Progressives have made it clear from the beginning that they reject the Constitution and the Founders’ vision. But what are we to make of government bureaucrats imposing the crazy rule about boys in girls’ bathrooms? After all, it is one thing for the people in government to be able to operate free of the Constitution’s constraints on their power, but to be free of the constraints of common sense and common decency is unfettered power on a whole new level. Isn’t it clear that the purpose of the bathroom mandate is to show us that we now have rulers—and to rub our noses in it?


1937. Mobile Alabama


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mobile, founded in 1702, is a seaport city of about 195,000 on the Mobile River at the Gulf of Mexico. In 1937 the population was about 75,000. In addition to being a port facility, Mobile was and is a shipbuilding town. During the war they turned out Liberty ships, tankers, destroyers and minesweepers in large numbers. And they offloaded a lot of bananas to refrigerated rail cars.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Depopulation, Gold Switzerland - After over 100 years of major growth in GDP, technological innovations, industrialism, food production, health care etc, there are still 2.5 billion below the poverty line. A major reason is the fact that world population has exploded in the last 175 years. In the 1850s global population was 1 billion and today we are at 7.5 billion. A graph of a major sample, like world population, that is a spike straight up, will at some point turn into a spike straight down. This means that world population will come down dramatically due to poverty, disease, war or a combination of all three factors. Thus, a major decline in world population is likely in the next few decades to maybe half or 3 billion. This sounds dramatic and terrifying but similar reductions have happened throughout history.


War, from Casey Research

Doug Casey on the Future of War - The era of B-52 mass-bombing raids and mass attacks by tanks are over. That's all history. I understand that there are roughly 70,000 personnel that are special ops in one form or another. And that number will continue growing.

Doug Casey on the Future of War, Part 2 - I’ll wager the future of warfare is going to be decapitating enemy leadership cadres. And it would be much more precise and useful than a nuke. That's the way it's going to evolve because conventional warfare is too expensive, too destructive, and highly ineffective.


Scouts, American Thinker - LGBTQ activists claimed that homosexuals did not intend to change the Scouts. They simply wanted to be included. All who sounded the alarm that allowing promoters of homosexuality into the Christian-based organization would change the Boy Scouts were branded paranoid haters. Meanwhile, LGBTQ activists have forced the Boy Scouts to change the original Scout Oath. LGBTQ activists have intimidated the Scouts into removing "morally straight" from the Scout Oath and to drop "boy" from its name and admit girls in 2019. When will someone have the courage to tell these people no?


Roman Legions, Return of Kings - They lived like athletes. The first thing a legionary had to know was not how to fight, but how to endure. Legionaries had to walk with an individual load weighing between 75 and 100 lbs. Once a week, legionaries had to undergo an 18 miles long testing walk across the country carrying all their equipment. Legionaries were first and foremost incredible walkers. They acquired an intimate knowledge of their country by treading on it most of the time. Hiking 15 miles a day was not uncommon. When legionaries reached their goal, if they didn’t have to fight anyone, they still had to build their camp with trenches and wood fences.


1939. Fairfield Montana


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Fairfield is a town of about 750 in the northwest quarter of the state and serves as the commercial center for the local irrigation-based agricultural community.


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Selco, Organic Prepper - I think it is much better to be out of the urban area when SHTF. When SHTF they still had resources around them in huge quantity and knowledge of how to use that resources. I did have a very short period (several days) of surviving during SHTF in a wilderness setting and it was hell for me. Either you have to be a real master of wilderness survival or you need to have really serious preparations prior to the event together with a network of good people. You may have a cabin for example with a really good stash of everything but sooner or later you will you will eventually come down to the-wilderness-your skills equation. You need both. Resources and trusted people away from urban area.


US rail, Coyote Blog - The average Amtrak passenger car weighs about 65 tons. The capacity of a coach is 70-80 passengers, which at an average adult weight of 140 pounds yields a maximum passenger weight per car of 5.6 tons. This means that just 8% of the fuel in a passenger train is being used to move people, the rest goes into moving the train itself. Now consider a freight train. The typical car weight 25-30 tons empty and can carry between 70 and 120 tons of cargo. This means that 70-80% of the fuel in a freight train is being used to move the cargo. This is why the supposedly-green folks' denigrating of US rail is so crazy to me. The US rails system makes at least as much sense as the European system.


Water, Aeon - The abundance and ubiquity of liquid water in the outer solar system completely upended scientists’ expectations. It’s almost certain that countless planets around other stars must have oceans too, not to mention retinues of wet moons. Many worlds might actually have too much water for life to arise – or to thrive if it did get started. Water worlds, it turns out, might be one of the worst places to look. ‘If we’re thinking about the requirements for life, the water part of that equation has been pretty much filled in for our solar system,’ says Glein, ‘and presumably across the Universe.’

Next Big Future - Robert Zubrin says we can find alien life with planets with free oxygen


Quiet sun, Universe Today - As of May 8th, the Earthward face of the Sun had been spotless for 73 out of 128 days thus far for 2018, or more than 57% of the time. What’s is store for Cycle #25? If the current trend continues, with spotless days more the rule than the exception, we could be in for a deep profound solar minimum through the 2018 to 2020 season, the likes of which would be unprecedented in modern astronomy. A similar dearth of sunspots was documented during the 1645-1715 period referred to as the Maunder Minimum. During this time, crops failed and the Thames River in London froze, making “frost fairs” along its frozen shores possible.


Dark Forest, Smart Set - Dark Forest Theory starts with a seemingly obvious axiom: every civilization will do whatever it must to survive. The second axiom is that civilizations strive to grow in population and spread out among the stars, which promotes survival. The third axiom is that the universe doesn’t offer unlimited opportunities for expansion. Thus, civilizations are locked in constant competition. The universe is a dark forest. Neither trust nor the desire for cooperation exists in the dark forest, as no race knows if it’s the hunter or the hunted at any given moment; everyone is both. Dark Forest Theory raises the possibility that alien life is too intelligent to be detected, either because it’s hiding and/or because it’s plotting another race’s destruction.


1943. Gresford Wales


art-remus-ident-04.jpg With the threat of a German invasion at hand, the Home Guard quickly became a credible, well led military force. Some were trained as geurilla fighters and sappers, others manned anti-aircraft guns, most were a standard infantry reserve.

Sergeant Bill Davies, a colliery fireman from Gresford in North Wales, and the leader of a platoon of the colliery’s Home Guard unit, bids goodbye to his wife as he leaves home to travel by bicycle to evening parade, 15 April 1943. Sgt Davies served in 13th Battalion the Royal Welch Fusiliers during the First World War.


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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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