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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

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


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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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
OBE
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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Al Williamson, Flash Gordon, 1976

If yer an old EC fan, you know Al Williamson's work. If not, this is a good distillation. Williamson was a contemporary of the more famous Frank Frazetta.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Having missed posting yer ol' Woodpile Report for the 10th, this issue, number 537, sort of covers it. Yeah, it's not quite at the standard my beloved readers deserve, and some of the content is a bit dated. As an excuse I offer an unavoidable and unwelcome distraction. The outcome of my travails has been resolved, and optimally so. I'm a satisfied customer. More below.

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Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch on why compromise with the Left is all but impossible:

The Left’s goals and its model of its adversaries make impossible a lasting agreement of any sort with them, even if such an agreement were morally acceptable. Indeed, the more candid ones have said that those of us who can’t be “re-educated” must simply be eliminated – executed. Their goal is absolute an unbounded power in perpetuity: a position that absolutely forbids the toleration of even a single dissident.

They have already sanctioned the use of calumny, harassment, intimidation, vandalism, and personal violence against us. They will not withdraw the use of those tactics as long as they seem to get them closer to what they seek – and therefore, they will take any sort of concession or “compromise” as reinforcement for those tactics.

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From Pedro Gonzalez at American Greatness:

There are no patriots among those who have slandered or misconstrued the history, culture, and principles of this nation in an effort to subvert and destroy all that we call America. There are no patriots on the Left. America belongs to no one but Americans. It does not belong to the foreign masses of the world and it does not belong to the Left who, having rejected the American way, cannot count themselves among its patriots.

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Z Man explains the futility of arguing with a lefty. Here's an excerpt:

The American Left refers to themselves as the “resistance” even though they are in complete control. It seems that the greater the gap between observable reality and the delusion, the more fanatical the believer. That conflict between reality and the delusion releases energy in relation to its contrast.

This is a useful thing to keep in mind when dealing with lefty relations. Your well-intended efforts to break the spell, only serve to make it stronger. It is counter intuitive, but the best thing you can do for a deluded friend or relative is to act disinterested.

Has the nice, clear ring of truth to it, ayewott?

It takes me a while to chose an excerpt from Z Man. His reasoning and expositions are so tightly constructed I feel like I'm pulling out a support member by excerpting it, i.e., committing an act of vandalism.

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The quote for this week is from Jonathan Wilkinson at Amerika

When’s the last ten mile road march you went on, and how much were you carrying? I’m not saying there won’t be Civil War II. I am saying that I and probably most of you as are not even close to being in any sort of shape to survive it by anything other than stupid, blind luck.

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This is from Vintage News:

Stanley Kubrick died in 1999. But a lost interview has just surfaced in which the acclaimed director does indeed talk about the end of 2001.

“I’ve tried to avoid doing this ever since the picture came out. When you just say the ideas they sound foolish, whereas if they’re dramatized one feels it, but I’ll try.

The idea was supposed to be that he is taken in by god-like entities, creatures of pure energy and intelligence with no shape or form. They put him in what I suppose you could describe as a human zoo to study him, and his whole life passes from that point on in that room. And he has no sense of time. It just seems to happen as it does in the film.

They choose this room, which is a very inaccurate replica of French architecture — deliberately so, inaccurate — because one was suggesting that they had some idea of something that he might think was pretty, but wasn’t quite sure. Just as we’re not quite sure what do in zoos with animals to try to give them what we think is their natural environment.

Anyway, when they get finished with him, as happens in so many myths of all cultures in the world, he is transformed into some kind of super being and sent back to Earth, transformed and made into some sort of Superman.

We have to only guess what happens when he goes back. It is the pattern of a great deal of mythology, and that is what we were trying to suggest.”

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Kit Perez, co-author of Basics of Resistance and a counterintelligence-deception analyst, has posted a short essay at American Partisan entitled Regime Speak and Narrative Control Terms , in which she references Woodpile Report's "Regime-speak" in the column at left.

Standard English was something I adopted to get through school. I'm not quite comfortable with it, it's not my natural cadence or lexicon. As with all things, there are keepers and discards, translating "on the run" lets me see smarmy weasel words for the useless dreck they are. What it reminds me of is the standup engineering presentations I'd put on for European audiences, converting to metric units in my head just before the words had to come outta my mouth.

So, is this theory really true? It's gotta be true because, like all my theories, it makes me the hero of my own life story.

It pleases me that an expert saw value in my list, if a bit unsettling to be taken quite that seriously.

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From Off Grid News:

The concept of segmented sleep was first revealed by historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In his research, Ekirch uses hundreds of references in letters and diaries dating as far back as Homer and Virgil and continuing into the 1800s to “first sleep” and “second sleep.”

Most people went to bed about 9 p.m. or even earlier. They then awoke sometime after midnight and stayed up for two to three hours before going back to sleep again until morning. The wakeful period was often used to read, write, or for quiet contemplation.

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Aside from the high-quality photos, meaning they're only moderately compressed, Woodpile Report rates high for efficiency in loading. Lots-o'-100s and 99s. And there's the advantage in being a bare bones, no gimmicks web page made by hand. Check out WPR's rating at GTMetrix, link here .

and finally,

I'll repeat here what I put at the top of Woodpile Report last week:

I'm deeply humbled by your prayers and notes of well wishes. My sincere thanks. Wish I could answer each email. Too many. And I'm too drugged up and spacey to manage it.

My intent was to say no more than necessary to explain missing my weekly post. "Your prayers and notes of well wishes" convince me otherwise. It sounds trite, but I say to you in all sincerity, I was deeply touched. You expected and deserved more. As I said eleswhere, the resolution was optimal and it's still holding. This unhappy excursion appears to be largely over so I shall say no more about it. Let's get on to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1920. Beech-Nut peanut butter magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Marge. There's something wrong with the peanut butter. Jack's gone all lockjaw and his ears are turning grey."

Beech-Nut, originating in 1891 as the Imperial Packing Company to sell Beech-Nut ham, has gone through the usual mergers, acquisitions, spin offs and new owners involving Squibb, Nestle, Nabisco, Ralston Purina, Ralcorp Holdings, Madison Dearborn Partners, and finally, Switzerland's Hero Group.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Ancient Origins - Neopagans in Iceland Will Build the First Temple to Thor and Odin in 1000 Years ... fastest growing belief system in the country

Big League Politics - Hispanic Antifa to White Antifa: ‘Racism is in Your DNA’ ... the man embarrassingly groveled for acceptance among the Hispanic Antifa tribe

Eric Peters Autos - Chipped Tires ... embedded RFID tags collect data on when and where you drive

Popular Mechanics - So Long TNT, There's a New Explosive in Town ... bis-oxadiazole is about 1.5 times the power of TNT and melt-castable

Phys Org - Laser experiments shed light on Earth's core ... nitrogen exists as a liquid metal

Mine Set - 40,000 Sealed Federal Indictments ... it’s probably nothing

Art of Manliness - Latin Words and Phrases Every Man Should Know ... boosting your all-around cultural literacy

Of Two Minds - The USA Is Now a 3rd World Nation ... read the list and try to argue the USA is not a 3rd World nation

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This essay is burning up the wires. Powerful arguments.

Unz Review - The German Soldiers of World War II ... Why They Were the Best, and Why They Still Lost

Patrick Buchanan - The Liberal Stampede to ‘Abolish ICE’ ... always ready to enlist in any new war on cops

Pro-illegal alien violence

NBC - Man Assaulted Secret Service Officer Outside White House After Immigration Rally ... punched an officer in the jaw and the left eye

CBS - Protests Turn Violent As Demonstrators Arrested In Front Of Philadelphia ICE Building ... as activists were taken into custody

NTK - 'Abolish ICE’ Vandals Target Nebraska GOP Office ... smashed a window and spray-painted message

Fox News - Las Vegas cop 'terrified with fear' as gunman murdered dozens, body camera footage shows

"The video footage, captured by the body camera of Las Vegas Officer Elif Varsin, then shows the group standing in the hallway for about two minutes before taking refuge in a stairwell heading up to the 32nd floor for around 15 minutes".

Daily Galaxy - "The Bitcoin Conspiracy", Hidden Communities and a High-Concentration of Wealth Between a Few People

Scientific American - Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Pests in the U.S. ... there’s not a single organized coordinated tick surveillance

Marginalia - (Still) Rethinking the Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices ... they're genuine, but the story of their discovery too conveniently evades annoying legalities

Campus Reform - Internal document boasts that the percentage of white students fell from 63% in 2011 to 55% in 2017, but declares that "there is still much work to do"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Really, really, really long time readers of Woodpile Report remember I used to dwell on how Appalachians are demeaned and taunted without consequence. No insult is out of bounds, in the media or casual conversation. And it's been going on for all of living memory.

Alas, instead of tapering off, it expanded to include all white men. This phase happened quickly, it's pretty much complete. Now white women are feeling the precursors.

Just as with Appalachia, the left's problem with whites is our intractibility. We're not hated per se, we're a menace to navigation. We don't "cling" to our values, we embrace them and live them, despite the constant sliming. They hate it.

Bounding Into Comics - Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Director Comes Out as Pro-Antifa Supporter ... says he, "they’re willing to actually fight people who incite violence and promote hatred"

Smithsonian - What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution? ... they knew how to imbibe and celebrate

Instagram, Donald Trump Jr. - "Had fun getting a bit dirty today... also I got to bust out the coolest belt ever. Taking open carry to a whole new level!" ... photo includes beltbuckle with small .22-caliber pistol

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Donald Jr. and his family spends most weekends at his cabin in the Catskills near tiny Roscoe, New York, where they often take a meal at the Riverside Cafe. He buys his ammo at Big Dog Arms and bait at Catskills Flies. Downtown Roscoe—Stewart Avenue—is one block long.

Spirited hijinks by our vibrant diversity

Daily Mail - Gunman opens fire during vigil and injures five as heartbroken family mourn father-of-two murdered a day earlier ... walked into the crowd and started shooting

Daily Mail - Sickening moment thug walks into a George Webb kitchen and punches a woman chef in the face before armed co-worker pulls a gun on him and forces him out ... Milwaukee

Twitter - Brawl Breaks Out Between Players, Refs at AAU Basketball Game ... Chicago vs. Houston in Atlanta, three players attacking an official while he is laying on the court

Sun Herald - Two employees charged after WWII veteran's death at Mississippi facility ... blunt force trauma

KETV Omaha - Police: Laughing babysitters taunted crying baby with Taser in Snapchat video ... caused the child to scream and sob in uncontrollable fear

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Selco, Organic Prepper - How do you know if the SHTF is actually here? When your freedoms and rights are taken away from you, the S is going to hit the fan soon. It is going to happen gradually, under some new laws that “save lives” or “keep them safe” or similar. Your free access to independent information will be“shrunk”. Independent media will be harder and harder to find. Watch the behavior of people in the know. A friend who worked for the secret police before the war did not have a clue. On the other hand, a friend who, prior to the war, was a smuggler knew something bad was gonna happen. It is not only important to see and recognize signs. It is important to believe that it can actually happen.

 

Revenge, Taki's Magazine - Incapable of the merest self-reflection, the modern left merely ramps up the false premises and baseless moral histrionics. It’s these levels of needless dementia and raging paranoia over a nonexistent threat that are dangerous, especially when these perma-geeks have been working themselves into justifying all sorts of violence against their childhood enemies for years now. The fact that these turd nuggets are so far down the Delusion Hole that they’re willing to start bombing places because they lost an election is a sign we’re dealing with the mentally afflicted. Anyone who wishes that America would merely have the same immigration policies as the rest of the world is a “fascist” and a “white supremacist” and a “Nazi.”

 

Ocasio-Cortez, Amerika - Democrats in are in panic because the diversity is not behaving as it is supposed to. The diversity was supposed to gather behind the Democrat flag, instead, the diversity is voting for itself, and offering more socialism than Democrats dare to. This means that a minority-majority America will look like Detroit or Houston. The essential issues will go ignored, but the trough will always be full of easy government jobs and social benefits, at least until the nation defaults on its currency. The policies of the Left have hit their peak. They worked as a gambit for seizing power, but the bill has come due, and it is clear that the power they seized is not only unstable but waning.

Also worth a read, Amerika - Stunned Moderns Slowly Realize That Groups Are Different

 

Naïvecons, American Greatness - The expulsion meme has become popular among the naïvecons. They are increasingly frank about who they’d like to expel: the more rural you are, the redder your state, the lower your income, the more working class your background, the more you cling to guns and God, the more you vote Republican, the more you deserve the boot. For those on the actual Right, merely arguing that the United States enforce existing laws is to be called a Nazi, heckled in public, and picketed at one’s home. But the pro-illegal immigrant, anti-native-born Left can vent their spleens and prosper. They despise you. They hold you in contempt. They want you kicked out of your own country and replaced by foreigners. They are your enemy.

 

1938. Scots Run, West Virginia

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Gang rule, Z Man - There may be rules, but what matters is who enforces the rules and on whom the rules are to be applied. In this case, the wide ranging criminal organization known as the Democratic Party will never let their people get punished by the Republicans. Those rules about complying with a subpoena from Congress only apply when the gangsters with power can enforce them and they will only enforce them when it suits their interests. This is gang life. This is the gangster state. The people inside these agencies have a primary loyalty to the gang, not to the laws of the country or the alleged institutions charged with promulgating and enforcing the laws. In gang life, you are first loyal to the gang.

 

Heartland, Aeon - Every time you set foot in a Whole Foods store, you are stepping into one of the most carefully designed consumer experiences on the planet. Produce is stacked into black bins in order to accentuate its colour and freshness. Sale items peek out from custom-made crates, distressed to look as though they’ve just fallen off a farmer’s truck. Every detail in the store, from the font on a sign to a countertop’s wood finish, is designed to make you feel like you’re in a country market. These constitute a theatre of pre-industrial community life. This theatre, which forms the backdrop of consumer lifestyles, can be found today inside every Whole Foods, Starbucks and mall in America.

 

Diversity, Hedgehog Review - The point of recasting any advantage as “privilege” is to suggest that all inequality of condition is illegitimate, based on an underlying injustice. But what this injustice consists of is usually not elaborated. If one presses for details, the reasons offered are often tendentious. The term privilege is used not to make a case but to convey a mood. The institutional desideratum—the political antipode to hated “privilege”—is no longer equality, but diversity. This greatly eases the contradiction, shielding the system from democratic pressure. It also protects the self-conception of our meritocrats as agents of historical progress.

 

Bugout, American Partisan - While that bailout bag is nice, if you haven’t realized it was time to go, before it was time to go, you’re chances of success are now diminished at least ten fold. But further, your E&E plan has to include an end goal. Where am I going and who is picking me up? You should have a spot previously agreed upon that’s out of the way, with the only things being carried are a few simple items to ensure you successfully get to where you need to go. But only having a realistic place to go doesn’t do us much good if there’s no one protecting it and we have no way of signaling our arrival without getting shot by the other folks cousin Jeff invited over.

 

Noble savages, Taki's Magazine - Contra modern revisionist images of a Harmonious Red Rainbow that was nonviolent until the White Ghosts arrived, Injuns were slaughtering one another long before a freckled toe set foot on this continent. The so-called “Five Civilized Tribes” of the Southeast routinely conducted murderous raids on one another. And the Lakota, once they acquired guns from the Evil White Man, proceeded to blast neighboring tribes to smithereens. In the 1600s, the Iroquois acquired a reputation for merciless savagery toward other Injuns. Yet when it comes to merciless savagery, all other tribes were pretenders compared to the Comanches.

 

1939. Gone With The Wind

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Filming the field hospital scene for Gone With The Wind.

The scene presents wounded soldiers at the railroad depot in Atlanta. Scarlett has come looking for the doctor to help with Melanie's delivery and is confronted with the magnitude of the war. Filmed on the Selznick backlot, the wounded in the distance were dummies, some manipulated by strings for small movements.

 

Even more stuff you may want to think about
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Deep states, Sultan Knish - The Russian attacks on the formerly formidable NSA were so easy to accomplish because it was no longer countering the Russians. The Russian attacks were very useful because they justified the NSA’s powers, which he was abusing not to go after the Russians, but after American political rivals. And the Russian election hacks played perfectly into his hands by justifying the counterintelligence investigations supposedly aimed at the Russians, but really aimed at domestic political opponents. During Obama’s two terms, the intelligence community was compromised, crippled and transformed to resemble the KGB, with its domestic surveillance and investigation of political opponents.

 

Identity, Tablet - For many, no defense or condemnation of cultural appropriation is required, because such complaints are almost beyond the realm of comprehension in the first place. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to eat Italian food, listen to reggae, or go to Yoga. Without cultural appropriation we would not be able to drink tea or use chopsticks or speak English or apply algebra, or listen to jazz, or write novels. Almost every cultural practice we engage in is the byproduct of centuries of cross-cultural pollination. It is by considering the power dynamics at play that the logic of cultural appropriation starts to become clear.

 

Perplexed, Daily Galaxy - The combined new data from the Gaia and Hubble Space Telescope data are in serious conflict with the Cosmic Microwave Background data," said ESA's Planck mission. The results fuel the mismatch between measurements for the expansion rate of the nearby universe, and those of the distant, primeval universe—before stars and galaxies even existed. Because the Hubble constant is needed to estimate the age of the universe, the long-sought answer is one of the most important numbers in cosmology. This so-called "tension" implies that there could be new physics underlying the foundations of the universe.

 

Bombing Russia, National Interest - On August 23, 1939, Germany and Russia signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. In Allied eyes, the Soviet Union had changed from Germany's nemesis into Germany's ally. So why not strike the Soviet Union and kill two birds with one stone? Thus was born Operation Pike. Flying from Allied bases in Iran and Syria, as well as neutral but anti-Soviet Turkey, more than a hundred British and French bombers would continuously attack Soviet oil fields in the Caucuses in a night strategic bombing campaign. This was more than idle planning. Unmarked British reconnaissance planes flying from Iraqi airfields actually photographed oil installations at Baku and Batumi in March 1940.

 

1943. Over the Atlantic off the west coast of Scotland

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Posed photograph of a No 220 Squadron Fortress radar operator at his set, peering through a light guard at the CRT indicator screen for the ‘tell-tale return from a surfaced U-boat’, Benbecula, May 1943.

 

 

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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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