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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

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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Paulus Moreelse, Girl at a Mirror, 1632

Never heard of him but it's a great genre piece. The daubs in the lacework and reflected hands are typical of Jan Vermeer, which is surprising, this was painted the year Vermeer was born. Moreelse was thirty-five when Rembrandt was born, which makes him a founding master of the Dutch Golden Age.

Moreelse was primarily a portrait painter but he was also an architect, not at all uncommon. In our time artists see themselves as mystics visually "expressing" some profound inner sight, in all the centuries before they were well rounded, accomplished professionals.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In mid-June of last year, left-wing activist James Hodgkinson shot and wounded four Congressmen at baseball practice, including House majority whip Scalise who was in imminent risk of death. Aside from the cable news networks who said they "brought it on themselves," there was condemnation on all sides.

In the year that's passed, the sentiment and inclination of Hodgkinson has been reconsidered and tacitly embraced by the Left. They've adopted the Antifa idea that opposing Progressives equals White Supremacist Nazi Racism and, to quote them, "it's okay to punch a Nazi".

Having seen the ongoing assaults on prominent Republicans in public places and at their homes, directly and specifically encouraged by the Democratic Party leadership, who believes they would condemn Hodgkinson-like assassinations today? Once loosed, such violence would expand beyond the ability of law enforcement to contain it.

Francis Porretto put it succinctly: "The storm clouds have breasted the horizon and they're moving our way fast". We've been here before, the reign of terror in the 1970s with thousands of bombings, targeted criminal assaults, serial urban arson on a large scale and many unpunished murders.

How serious is the threat? About twenty per cent of the population identifies as Progressive. Not more than twenty per cent of those are committed radicals. Quick arithmetic says about a million strong. Of these, only some will actually participate in violent acts. If history rhymes, they'll go down to the plantation, spin up the idle hands and set them on the townsfolk.

Trust fund activists are the darlings of the media so, as in the '70s, they'll be portrayed as leading a huge populist movement. As always, behind the smoke and mirrors will be more smoke and mirrors. It's a mistake to underestimate them however.

Arm yourself, they will. This advice comes from a reliable source:

Luke 22:36 - But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.

If you're in a city it's useful to know street mobs are deeply impressed by actual opposition. Said differently, they're cowards. During the 1992 Rodney King riot in Los Angeles, determined Korean-Americans successfully defended their businesses with not much gunfire .

The goal isn't "knock 'em down dead at eight hundred yards" like in the movies, the goal is to convince the mob they're making a mistake. Putting one on the ground, writhing in pain with a blown kneecap, say, is the kind of publicity you just can't buy.

A centerfire battle rifle is best, but a typical city block only runs a hundred and some yards, give or take a Starbucks. If all you have is a bunny gun nearly everything is in range. Even a shotgun with serious meat-getter loads covers a lot of it. In most cities the Left is in a position to shut down vendors of ammunition, get as much as you can when you can. And forget "grocery shopping", lay in supplies, there's no good reason to get flash-mobbed on a milk run.

Decide what you will absolutely-for-sure defend. Ally with capable, trustworthy and like-minded neighbors for mutual defense and let it go at that. But don't go looking for trouble. Again, if you're in a city, stay away from crowds, they're trouble by intent. What happens to the crowd happens to you. It's not as if you'll be consulted before it all goes bad. There's never a good reason to forfeit your own good judgment.

The Left is always preparing for their long-standing fantasy of murderous insurrection. What would we see if they decided the time is right to go for it? We'd see what we are seeing. Be alert. If the game is on, cities will get untenable. You may have to leave. This is something other than "unrest" with its roving mobs of opportunists, it's a catastrophic collapse of civil order by design.

John Zmirak at PJ Media - "When one political faction decides that losing an election is the same as enduring Nazi occupation, and every means of sabotage and persecution is legitimate… well, that’s how you end up in a state of civil war".

It's your call, no one will ring a bell and make an announcement. If you're told anything you'll be told to "remain calm and carry on, order is being restored". People want to believe it so they will believe it, and there's your opportunity. First out is best out.

Cities are supported entirely from the outside: food, fuel, electricity, water—everything. All will stutter maddeningly, then wink out to nothing. Officialdom wants to keep you from the only reasonable reaction: panic, so events will always be a step or two ahead of your awareness.

Have a "stop loss" decision point and don't second guess it, the window will close fast. The surest way to survive a catastrophe is to be elsewhere. This is why you, and the one percenters, have a Beta Plan, meaning a remote, defendable, four-season bugout destination with supplies stacked high and deep.


Thales at Declination says Leftists have no idea of the risks they are taking:

At some point Leftist derangement will exceed the Rightist’s reluctance to resort to violence. And when that Rubicon is crossed, there is no going back. Leftists are quicker to violence, but Rightists are far better at it. The consequences of this will be grave...

The Rubicon is somewhere, and that across its shore lies Civil War, or something approximating that. And so, in this, we are generally wiser than our Leftist counterparts, who haven’t a clue about the hornet’s nest they’ve been poking.

Daniel Greenfield at Front Page says the Left knows what they're doing:

Some conservative commentators are saying that the left hasn't thought this through. Sure they have. The grad student working on some bottom rung of the D.C. career ladder before getting bombed and joining some anarchist protest may not have thought it out, but the guys and girls pushing the buttons have.

What they want is to wreck America, go full Weimar, move to street violence, and then, by persuasion or force, impose their own system to deal with the emergency. What better way to trash most of the forms of government, the Constitution, checks and balances, than by burning everything down.


This bit of wisdom comes from iSteve commenter Wilkey, cited by Steve Sailer at Unz Review:

The one little minor teeny weeny tiny little flaw in the Democrats’ plan to use minorities to turn America blue is that before minorities come to comprise a majority of America they will first come to comprise a majority of the Democratic Party. That means that a whole lot of white Democrats will be out of jobs.

For much of the political class politics is just about where you can find work, and which party gives you the best shot at climbing the ladder into elective office. Setting aside my personal political beliefs and looking at it just from a rational perspective, if I were a few years younger and just graduating from college right now and wanted to aim for elective office there is no way in hell, as a straight white man, I would want to attach myself to the Democratic Party...

Scherer and Weigel at the Washington Post agree:

Washington Post - The Worst Thing to Be in Many Democratic Primaries? A White Male Candidate ... policy was not the dividing line in the Crowley-Cortez race


A Survival Blog series, Getting Home Long Distance in the Event of An EMP/Solar Flare

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


The quote for this week is from Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine:

For the first time in history, we have reached a stage of absurdity in which a reductio ad absurdum is no longer viable as a rhetorical maneuver, for there is nothing so absurd that everyone recognizes it as such.


George Ure at Urban Survival has noticed how news sites manipulate their subscribers:

When you go surfing any “news” site – be sure to log out of all services and scrub your computer. When you log back in, you’ll see what the overall campaign is pushing. On many “news” sites, if you are logged in, you will be spoon-fed normalcy bias stories so you won’t question the Globalist-Lefty-Direct-Democracy spew. That, however IS the agenda in play.

For a different view of the world, log in after you’ve visited a bunch of lefty websites. You may see different content.


The Capital Gazette, the Maryland newspaper where an unhinged man with a grudge killed five employees, ran a Sunday editorial thanking the public for their support and reporting crank death threats. Recalling Trump's comment about the "fake news media" they took the opportunity to politicize the shooting. The message makeover took mere days, the victims are now martyrs who fell in the People's Struggle Against Trump. From the Daily Mail:

'We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people. No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do,' the column said.

Any question why people hold the news media in contempt?


From one of my favorite reads, Second City Cop:

Amid all the chaos in Maryland following the shooting of some reporters, a few thoughts come to mind:

This guy had a personal beef with the paper, losing a defamation suit against them back in 2012. That doesn't seem like the fault of the current White House occupant;

All this whining about portraying the press as the enemy. Hasn't the media been painting everyone with a Confederate flag as a racist, Trump supporters as nazis and anyone who believes in border security as some sort of racist nazi?

Where was this outrage when a Bernie Sanders supporter was targeting Republican members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game? Or when "protestors" shut down the Trump rally here and elsewhere? Or when right leaning speakers were shut down on campuses across the nation?

Which "comedian" was just on TV the other night wishing that someone had shot Justice Kennedy instead of President Kennedy? Some conservative wacko? Oh right, it wasn't.

Which organizations have been pushing the completely dis-proven "#blm" narrative that has directly cost a large number of officers their jobs and their lives?

How about the national coverage of TWO mass shootings in Chicago Monday to go with the total of 32 people having extra holes in their bodies that day? Oh wait, there wasn't any because "black" something something something.

Seems like selective outrage.


We've all heard of Diversity Directors at universities, their six-figure salaries and big staffs, their thought police and mandatory perversion and deranged robo-mobs and nonstop hate whitey. It is with deep disgust I learned the Navy has ... gasp ... an Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Here's their web page . No wonder they have a retention problem. No wonder some junior officers drive ships like bumper cars at a county fair.


From City Journal:

On February 27, 2010, an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale struck near the city of Concepción, in Chile. While the epicenter was not at the heart of the city, this quake was 100 times bigger than the one that leveled Port-au-Prince. It was so massive that it shortened the length of the day by 1.26 microseconds and moved the earth on its axis by eight centimeters. When it was over, the entire city of Concepción had been moved three yards to the west.

and finally,

I've finished reading Kurt Schlichter's Indian Country. Mr. Schlichter is a man whose heart and mind is in the right place, I often link to his essays here at Woodpile Report. Alas, my tolerance for fiction books only rises to 'feeble' at long intervals. I don't often meet my one-a-year intent. This year I did my duty, I set aside the books I've been eagerly anticipating—Sea Power by Admiral James Stavridis, and Lost Victories by Erich von Manstein—and read Indian Country. As I told you last week,

I'm on page 95. There are 338 pages left to redeem what is, so far, unrelieved tedium. Sorry. I had so wanted to like this book, but with each page the prospect dims. Mr. Schlichter's life is one well lived, his accomplishments many and admirable. This isn't one of them.

Mr. Schlichter started warming to his story half way in. Alas, he stepped up the pace of lampoon in parallel until both were worn to a squeaky nubbin. I wondered which was the vehicle for which, the satire or the story. Then came the breakthrough, the last part of Indian Country outpaced the standup enough to get on with it. Now I'm a believer, Mr. Schlichter could write a novel if he put his considerable talents to it.

Well gang, the chitchat has come to an end, so run off the wimmen and chillens, break out yer hazmat suits and stand back, yer ol' Woodpile Report is approaching like a runaway train with toxic tank cars end to end, an' lawdy lawdy, dead man's curve is jes' ahead, she'll never make it. But first, an endearing old ad.


1947. Coca-Cola magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg After a hard day in the saddle it's time to have a Coke, gas up and hit the open road. Every generation thinks it invented this stuff.


Remus's notebook


American Digest - Q The Plan To Save The World ... Information? Misinformation? Disinformation? I have no way of knowing, nor do you

YouTube - Q The Plan To Save The World, video, 13m 08s

BitChute - Q The Plan To Save The World, video, 13m 08s

YouTube - The Left in 2018: Unhinged, video, 1m 07s

Campus Reform - MIT hiring admin to expand ‘affirmative action’ efforts ... prioritize women and minority candidates

College Fix - Women-only tech scholarships, ‘Man Tax’ violate California discrimination laws: lawsuit ... female scholarship applicants also get a “STEM industry mentor”

Reason - Civilians Around the World Become Better Armed ... worldwide, there are about 857 million firearms in civilian hands—up 32 percent from the last Small Arms Survey estimates in 2006

Organic Prepper - Selco: The Myth of the Perfect EDC and Bug Out Bag ... have three levels of equipment on you

Twitter, Charlie Kirk - Did you know Maxine Waters doesn't even live in her congressional district, Maxine Waters lives in a 7 million dollar home, Maxine Waters employs her daughter for $100K year via her campaign, Maxine Waters district is one of the poorest in America.

MSN - It Costs Seven Cents to Make a Nickel, So the U.S. Mint Had a Computer Simulate Cheaper Coins ... melt value 40% less

art-remus-ident-04.jpg James Rawles at Survival Blog saw this coming a while ago and advised his readers to stock up on nickels. Timing is always a guessing game, but better too early than too late. If you haven't been stacking nickels, the window's not yet closed.

Town Hall - Dear America, The Left Has Declared War On You ... you have no right to think, opine, govern, or act in any way that creates dissonance with their core beliefs

College Fix - Professor demands Title IX investigation after Northeastern prof calls for hatred of men ... called out publically for the universal hatred of all men

Washington Post, Sociology Professor Suzanna Walters, Why can’t we hate men? - "So men, if you really are #WithUs and would like us to not hate you for all the millennia of woe you have produced and benefited from, start with this: Lean out so we can actually just stand up without being beaten down. Pledge to vote for feminist women only. Don’t run for office. Don’t be in charge of anything. Step away from the power. We got this. And please know that your crocodile tears won’t be wiped away by us anymore. We have every right to hate you. You have done us wrong. #BecausePatriarchy. It is long past time to play hard for Team Feminism. And win".

College Fix - ‘Hate has no place here’: University responds to prof’s call to hate men ... defends her call for hatred as a “controversial idea.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Every society has its untouchables. It's a rule. The question is always and only "who's put in the box by who".

Washington Examiner - Poll: 59% fear violence from Trump haters, 31% predict civil war ... a second civil war sometime in the next five years

Wired - NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Plagued by Delays, Rising Costs ... and endless screwups

Cosmos - Hiding in plain heat: thermal camouflage moves one step nearer ... thin, light and flexible the film

Daily Mail - Scientists photograph the moment a new planet is born using the most powerful telescope ever built ... 1.8 billion miles from the central star, about the same as between Uranus and the Sun

Popular Science - A realistic guide to the current crop of tech rumors ... catch up on all the technology gossip without all the hype

American Digest - Whenever You See a Trump Poll, Add 12 ... current polls say “Adding 12” just doesn’t really do it

Zero Hedge - In San Francisco, Families Making $117,000 Qualify For Low-Income Housing ... median house price is $960,000 in Bayview, one of the more troubled neighborhoods

Taki's Magazine - One California Is Enough ... I had no idea it had gotten this bad in an American state—people with different points of view forced to live in close proximity

Fox News - Chicago bar bans 'MAGA' hats, face tattoos ... “strictly enforced”

Why we can't have nice things

Daily Mail - Shocking moment four teenagers coax a man out of his car, punch him and leave him unconscious on the ground

Fox News - Nearly naked passenger jumped off plane onto tarmac at Atlanta airport

Daily Mail - Armed home invaders torture seven-year-old boy by holding him down in bathtub of scalding hot water to force him to tell them where the valuables are in terrifying Texas break-in

YouTube - Angry customer's rampage inside nail salon caught, video, 0m 52s

Fox News - Idaho apartment stabbing suspect attacked child's birthday party seeking 'vengeance' after being asked to leave ... stabbed nine people, including six children between 3 and 12 years old


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Violence, Town Hall - When people tell you they want to hurt you, you should believe them. And we Normals are starting to listen to what liberals say. There’s really nowhere else for the liberals to go but towards embracing widespread violence. The logic of their twisted mindset is such that Normals are not merely wrong and not merely evil, but that normal Americans and those who represent them are the evilest evildoers in evil history. It makes reasoned debate impossible. So, since they’ve taken reasoned debate off the table, there are not a lot of options left for resolving political and cultural differences. There are lies, intimidation, and violence. That’s about it. And the first two have stopped working.


Media, Grabien - Republicans, and Trump voters specifically, are described on air as racist, Nazis, and undeserving of common courtesy. "All" Trump supporters are racist, CNN contributor Michaela Angela Davis, recently said: "Tens of millions of people voted for him after he showed his cards for years." MSNBC guest Michael Moore said, "Anybody who enables, anybody who votes for and supports a racist is a racist. You are culpable, white America, I’m sorry." Rob Reiner said, "those people who are supporting" America's immigration policy are "racist — PERIOD!" CNN's Symone Sanders endorsed the Red Hen's actions and said people "calling for civility need to check their privilege."


Just the beginning, Splinter News - These people, who are pushing America merrily down the road to fascism and white nationalism, are delusional if they do not think that the backlash is going to get much worse. The U.S. had thousands of domestic bombings per year in the early 1970s. This is what happens when citizens decide en masse that their political system is corrupt, racist, and unresponsive. The people out of power have only just begun to flex their dissatisfaction. The day will come, sooner that you all think, when Trump administration officials will look back fondly on the time when all they had to worry about was getting hollered at at a Mexican restaurant.

Vice - The Protesters Who Shut Down an ICE Facility Are Just Getting Started ... inspiration for like-minded people across the nation to take action

WND - Up next: 1970s-style bombings, warns progressive


List, Burning Platform - It is time for all Americans to start identifying, tracking, and monitoring leftist organizations and individuals, with special attention being paid to those who are known to have actively attacked American citizens, those working to bring foreigners illegally into the country, and those who openly espouse “socialist” or Communist political platforms. It is high time that we stopped looking at these people as merely stupid, ignorant or misguided “fellow citizens. They are nothing of the sort. This is the end of their treasonous dream and they know it. Stand by for much more rabble-rousing and rough stuff from them.


1938. Jere, West Virginia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Sunday social in Jere, a tiny settlement near Morganstown, just south of the Pennsylvania state line. It was a hard luck coal mining town in 1938.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Hate, Front Page - The placement of a “burnt and decapitated animal” at the home of a DHS official is not a random event. It was the result of careful targeting. Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson cased the Alexandria baseball field for weeks, took photos and watched the practice sessions before unleashing the 62 shots that wounded four and nearly killed Steve Scalise. Scott Pelley of CBS said the attack was “foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted.” That compassionate analysis came a year before MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch proclaimed that even Trump voters are Nazis, so by implication, any violent action against them is predictable and to some degree self-inflicted.


Soft target, American Greatness - Stop the jokes about social justice snowflakes living in their parents’ basement. They are not the losers you imagine. They are actively recruited by powerful nonprofits and corporations into diversity jobs required by our federal government. In academia, they become the all-powerful diversity bureaucrats, before whom college presidents quake. These very adult and effective social justice warriors can earn over a quarter of a million dollars and hire huge staffs. Corporate human resource departments hire them to ensure conformity with government regs, originally to fight racial discrimination, now interpreted as requiring progressive discrimination.


Legible ashes, Smithsonian - “We’ve proven it,” Seales said in triumph as he displayed the legible image to the Oxford audience. It is, Seales hopes, the last piece of the puzzle he needs to read the ink inside a Herculaneum scroll. He estimates that at least 500 Herculaneum scrolls haven’t been opened. Moreover, excavations at Herculaneum in the 1990s revealed two unexplored layers of the villa, which some scholars believe may contain hundreds or even thousands more scrolls. He wouldn’t be surprised to find more Latin literature, or a once-unimaginable treasure of lost poems by Sappho, the revered seventh-century B.C. poet known today only through the briefest of fragments.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Don't tell me. It means rewriting history, right? Universities should have a History Rewriting Department. Kidding. This is a long but fascinating read.


Cut the crap, Intergalactic Source of Truth - We twist our hanky like old ladies over perfectly humane treatment of children unfortunate enough to have criminal parents or fake trafficking “parents” as their putative protectors. We continue to treat the loss of tens of thousands of factories and millions of jobs to foreigners who hate us and laugh in our face as mere nothings or slight inconveniences. Our MSM are liars and radicals to a man. And, worst of all, with free elections still available to us to stand politics on their head, we time and again hand power (back) to gutless swine. Cut the crap is a war cry of no elegance but keeping this thought in mind will be a useful thing to do when considering the immediate future.


1938. Washington DC waterfront


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wait, DC has a waterfront? Yep. A river runs through it. The Potomac. The upper end in West Virginia around Harpers Ferry is picturesque, the DC end not so much. Fishermen in the photo are after bass, muskellunge, pike, and walleye.


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Qanon, Amerika - Mueller is going to attempt to set the stage for an impeachment vote, and the media will throw everything they have at the public to get them to consider. If this fails, they will use all of the media weapons at their disposal to grow a public uprising to try to force Trump out of power while rogue intelligence agents will try to sabotage any investigations that may deter this. It’s possible that Q is just a conspiracy theory, and it’s also possible that Qanon postings are an MI counter op that was planned since before Trump took the Oval Office. But to assume either may underestimate its purpose and its potential. Q may instead be a sign of the empire to come, and a powerful weapon in crafting its long-overdue reign.


Cold snap, Science News - About 12,800 years ago, something strange happened. Earth was abruptly plunged back into a deep chill. Temperatures in parts of the Northern Hemisphere plunged to as much as 8 degrees Celsius colder than today. The cold snap lasted only about 1,200 years. Then, just as abruptly, Earth began to warm again. But many of the giant mammals were dying out. And the Clovis people had apparently vanished. Geologists call this blip of frigid conditions the Younger Dryas, and its cause is a mystery. But for more than a decade, one group of researchers has stirred up controversy by suggesting a comet hit or exploded over the Laurentide Ice Sheet that once covered much of North America


Stalled physics, Aeon - Half a century after the ‘fix’ was first proposed, the Higgs boson officially entered the subatomic bestiary, the last bit of the Standard Model to be experimentally verified. This time, though, none of the more exotic particles and interactions that theorists hoped to see has been forthcoming. It looks like the centuries-long quest for top-down unification has stalled, and particle physics might have a full-blown crisis on its hands. An even bigger and uglier problem was lurking in the background of the Standard Model: why is the Higgs boson so light? In experiments it weighed in at 125 times the mass of a proton. But calculations using the theory implied that it should be much bigger – roughly ten million billion times bigger, in fact.


Unscientific science, Weekly Standard - What can be said after a long series of clinical trial failures suggests that neuroscientists have been chasing the wrong theory for Alzheimer’s disease for 25 years with nothing to show for it but high-prestige publications? When hundreds of published breast-cancer studies turn out to be based on contaminated samples, when thousands of brain-imaging studies turn out to be statistically flawed, when economic theory continues to build on assumptions about human behavior that are known to be wrong, it becomes rather difficult to understand how one can separate self-correction from bad science from nonscience from delusion from corruption.


Art, Spectator UK - Art is a global business in an increasingly globalised world, and blue chip art, sold by blue chip dealers and auction houses, has become a prime currency in the one common culture that extends from Brooklyn to Basel to Beijing: money, and the social prestige that follows upon it. There’s not a ton else that we all share when you spread the boundaries that wide, and this is reflected in the art market. The things that generate high bids generate lust and envy, and the counter-bids soar higher. It was ever thus, but not to the degree we’re seeing now. Sales based on taste, or some desire for spiritual edification, are losing out to sales based on financial speculation or raw status competition.


1945. Manila, Philippines


art-remus-ident-04.jpg An M7 Priest. About 4,300 were made from 1942 through 1945.

Reader JD informs me, "The German equivalent to the M7 Priest was not the StuG IV - it was the Sd. Kfz. 124 Wespe". Sheesh. He's right, of course. The Wespe mounted a 105mm field piece on a Panzer II chassis. It was almost as ungainly as the M7 Priest, but equally successful, which is to say very successful.

Germans being Germans, they made an even bigger version, the Hummel, mounting a 150mm on a hybrid Panzer III-Panzer IV chassis.



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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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