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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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Arthur Hacker, In Jeopardy, 1902

Arthur Hacker was a classicist of the Victorian era.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the spirit of "last call", top off your preps. Now. The chaos, violence and unraveling of all things financial is accelerating . The Wave of 2016 put the ruling class in emergency "take no prisoners" mode . They've taken off the mask and are determined to pull the roof down if they don't get their way .

No one should be surprised. We've been under kommie kontrol longer than their beloved Soviet Union was, yet DC's credibility and legitimacy are suddenly as much in question as was the former Politboro.

A good practice is to read Alinsky's Rules for Radicals. Consider especially these two:

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself

They intend to be, or appear to be, one step ahead of your ability to react. Look for the news media to mislead and misinform with a torrent of "breaking news". Look for invented crisis, false flag ops, hysterical rumors and bogus outrages. Look for censorship and violence against alternative news sources . Don't get wrapped around the axle about specifics. You're not a player. Watch trends, not details.

So far it's been psyops and low-voltage street conflict. Beware. All sides are locked and loaded so when restraint gives way it could be a free fall. How far and how fast things devolve can't be known but what is known is there's no bottom. Opportunists and predators are sniffing the wind. Prepare to support and defend your family, yourself and your community. Get serious. The classic question applies: if you're not preparing for the worst, what are you preparing for? Stay away from crowds.


Here's some double-distilled survival advice from Aesop at his Raconteur Report website:

Get along with the people you can.
Make communities amidst those you will.
Resist those who would kill or enslave you.
Track down and kill the ones who just won't leave you alone.

Items one and two should have been happening with you long since; three and four's time is dawning. Words have turned to punching have turned to stabbing and running over and shooting, already. That won't stay one-sided, nor is the other side entirely unaware of that.

Adam, at Pushing Rubber Downhill, has a few words for those too high-minded to fully engage SJWs:

Cuckservatives have been trotting out the “not stoop to their level” line for decades now and the end result has been an almost complete victory for the left in the culture wars...

Everyone wave around their arms in the air and repeat it with me – we’re stooping to their level! No, we’re not. You don’t become your enemy by using their own tactics against them. What you do is you beat them. And defeating people is a rough, cruel and brutal process.


Who are the Democratic Socialists? Steve Peoples at the Associated Press explains:

The group’s constitution describes its members as socialists who “reject an economic order based on private profit” and “share a vision of a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.” Members during public meetings often refer to each other "comrades."

Socialism is a nineteenth century relic most closely allied with feminism, the only "ism" their consitution cites. Socialism is prettiest in pink. Under our current socialist regime the citizen's part is to be nice, do nice things and make nice things and share nice things fairly and nicely. Competition is selfish because everyone can't be a winner.

Picture a school marm in a rural one-room schoolhouse and you're close to the socialist's idyllic niceness. See the children being orderly, quiet, agreeable, attentive and nice. It works, as long as someone else provides the school and all the school supplies, coal for the stove, her salary, the water well, roof repairs, lamp oil and all the other annoying distractions to universal niceness those not-nice hateful people grudgingly provide under threat of a Sheriff's sale.

As for socialist "men", there are memorable descriptions we need not repeat here. As a rule, the more memorable the description, the more accurate it is. But, no need. To see one is to understand all.


Z Man offers an explanation for the bizarre antics of the Left:

The Left has not generated a serious insight about modern society in over a generation. Their last big public policy idea was ObamaCare. Otherwise, it has been a series of bizarre gestures toward increasingly narrow fringe groups. They are the dog that caught the car. The Left has a free hand to do what they please in America and they have no idea what to do.


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

The past, our own included, is another country, and if one were to write a continuous record of one’s life, it would require almost as much research as writing the biography of someone else.


Reader HN declares 'Mostly Bullshit' on this article linked to in last week's Woodpile Report:

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

and offers this analysis:

Some of Eric's claims;

- passive RFID tags acquire data after they've been installed in a tire, including location data
- passive RFID tags can store acquired data

Data acquisition and storage takes energy. RFID tags don't have any energy storage capability. Of course, proving the non-existence of a passive RFID chip that could acquire data is impossible. BUT; internet search of for such a capability turns the need for expensive external equipment to modify the information stored on high-end RFID tags .

Therefore I assess Eric's article as just enough truth (presence of an RFID tag) to support an incredible infrastructure of fevered speculation.

It seems to me most likely that the RFID tags in tires are of the 'write once, read many' variety mentioned at the link above. Similar to a serial number that could be imprinted in the rubber as the tire is molded, but easier to scan at the warehouse and tire center.
Eric's call for the RFID tags to be disabled upon sale to the consumer is equivalent to demanding that any serial number the tire manufacture might have molded into the rubber on the sidewall be ground off upon sale.

Ludicrous. Totally ignores the manufacturer's interest in being to track an unexpected rash of tire failures back to time, place, processes, material used to make the failed tires. That's 'quality control 101'.

and finally,

It's been that kind of year. Last week our neighbor down the road said she'd baked chocolate chip cookies and would be walking some over. Carrying aromatic food at night with all the bears around lately seemed a bit risky, so the missus insisted she drive, even though it's a short walk. A bit later she said she wouldn't be over after all. There was a bear between her front door and her car.

It's wise to be cautious of course, but standing firm and demanding "get out of here" has not yet failed to send 'em away. That's my method, a display of macho fearlessness backed up with a large caliber carbine and a ready escape.

This year, aside from a late Spring, has been great growing weather, a rolling sequence of sunny days and rain. My test plots of taters have grown like they're being pushed up from underneath. At present we have cherries, blackberries and currents in abundance.

Over many years the missus, a Master Gardener, has developed three main flower gardens. The Cottage Garden surrounds our patio and has its own walkways and arbors. The flowers mature and bloom in sequence all year, a pleasing place to be, especially of a Summer's morn. Her wildflower garden on the north end of the lot has examples of local varieties and a small frog pond with a single loud resident.

Toward the woodline is her butterfly garden, featuring nine varieties of milkweed she's collected locally. The prize is Monarchs natch, in fact it's a registered Monarch Waystation. She also maintains three bluebird houses, part of a monitored local system.

There are days I take my morning coffee on the patio amongst blooming flowers, wandering gaggles of butterflies and the occasional hummingbird. I take all of this as evidence the proper definition of a complete human being is one man and one woman. Said differently, the higher forms of wealth are unquantifiable.

Next up is trimming branches that have encroached on one leg of my shortwave antenna. My equipment was set up for me by a knowledgeable and exacting enthusiast, good stuff if not state of the art. As-is it's a listening post only but with "plug in" capabiltity for transmitting. A couple of tests by a licensed ham showed it to be more than satisfactory, as much a function of altitude as anything else, doubtless.

Change subject. People who monitor terrorist chatter say there may be something big afoot for September. This may or may not be part of President Trump's all-caps public threat to Iran.

Enough chitchat, let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report. Yeah, it's a bit attenuated, I have to do sit-down stuff at scheduled intervals.


1945. Swan soap ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Never an A-List star, Joan Davis was a life-long entertainer best known for her I Married Joan television series in the 1950s. Swan soap was marketed by Lever Brothers in 1941 as a direct competitor to Ivory. It's no longer marketed.



Remus's notebook


Fox News - California's Supreme Court thinks the people of my state are irrelevant – We can't even vote on a breakup ... state Supreme Court ordered that a proposition asking voters if they want to break the most populous state in the nation into three states must be removed from the November ballot

Off Grid News - Why Almost Everyone Is Wrong About Cooking With Lard ... millions of Americans bought into the lipid hypothesis myth

Breitbart - The High Cost of Catering to SJWs on Campus: Dwindling Enrollment and Finances ... a list of universities with short summaries

art-remus-ident-04.jpg 'Tis but a gentle nudge, my friends. It's not as though we don't know what to do, what worked for centuries, and it's not as if there's a shortage of well qualified students. What are we to think when college kids can't place the Revolutionary War in the right century or find Spain on a map?

Not much of any consequence will happen until classically educated men retake the universities, dismantle the "studies" departments and chase the activists and pervs out into moving traffic, reinstate competitive entrance exams and standards of behavior, dress, and so forth.

No sane, viable society has more than twelve percent of its youth in college. Figuring two percent as clever fakes that will drop out, it leaves ten percent to return the huge investment society has made in them.

Zero Hedge - Twitter Caught Censoring Conservative Journalists With Site-Wide Shadowbans ... "accounts that are having the maximum negative impact on the conversation"

All Outdoor - Trump Nominee Judge Affirmed Despite Anti-Gun Past ... 23 Republican Senators voted for him

Voice of Europe - German “refugees welcome” activist murdered after hitching ride with Moroccan truck driver ... had worked with an NGO on the Greek island of Lesbos, where she helped these so-called refugees

Reuters - Majority of Americans think social media platforms censor political views: Pew survey ... seven out of ten

Popular Mechanics - Russian Combat Drone Reportedly Set to Fly This Year ... a twenty ton “day one” advanced strike aircraft to handle difficult, dangerous missions at the outset of conflict

Science News - An ancient swimming revolution in the oceans may have never happened ... fossil analysis suggests the rise of creatures that could swim was gradual, not sudden

American Greatness - Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small ... The Trump-Putin meeting

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In which author Angelo Codevilla says, "Though I voted for Trump, I’ve never been a fan of his and I am not one now. But, having taught diplomacy for many years, I would choose the Trump-Putin press conference as an exemplar of how these things should be done. Both spoke with the frankness and specificity of serious business. This performance rates an A+. Both presidents started with the basic truth. "

YouTube - Making a Rifled Barrel without Machine Tools. Video 17m 31s ... the button rifling process

Sacramento Bee - Non-citizens legally register to vote in San Francisco school elections ... Chicago and some Maryland cities also allow non-citizen residents to vote in school board elections

Cosmos - Neanderthals used flint and pyrite to spark fires, Experiments with replica flints produced marks matching those on Neanderthal tools. ... also collected manganese dioxide to lower the combustion temperature of woody tinder

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Perhaps we have it wrong about who taught who, back when Neanderthals and "modern man" coexisted

Phys Org - Metal too 'gummy' to cut? Draw on it with a Sharpie or glue stick, science says ... nickel, aluminum, stainless steels or copper

USA Today - NFL Player Arrests ... a database updated weekly since 2000

National Review - The Ninth Circuit Protects Gun Rights and Stops Confiscation ... most progressive federal circuit offers up a legal surprise

All Outdoors - Preppers: Why a Bolt Action 22 is Better Than The Ruger 10/22 ... three reasons for preppers to pick a bolt action 22

NRA - Anti-gun Propaganda Infiltrates History Channel’s Navy SEAL Drama “Six” ... women as too incompetent to safely own and use a firearm

Fox News - Illinois Army pilot returns home, surprises his dog. Video, 1m 52s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This one will moisten yer eyes. Don't care who you are.

We Are The Mighty - 6 surprising targets of Chinese espionage

What To Expect From FEMA After A Disaster (Spoiler: It’s Not Good) ... one of the worst places to be when you have nowhere to go is a FEMA camp

Vintage News - The oldest bottle of wine in the world remains unopened since the 4th Century ... found in the grave of a Roman nobleman

Daily Mail - Gunman walks out of LA Trader Joe's in handcuffs and surrounded by hostages at the end of a terrifying siege which left one person DEAD and started 'after he shot his grandmother and girlfriend'

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As usual, the description of the perp lied by omission.

Study Finds - Doctors Give Patients 11 Seconds To Explain Reason For Visit Before Interrupting ... "far from achieving patient-centered care"

Breitbart - Seattle Ordinance: Gun Owners Must Place Firearms in ‘Locked Container’ Inside Their Homes ... "can help make our communities safer places to live"

Breitbart - Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Gun Confiscation Bill ... 13th state to empower police to confiscate guns

City Journal - A Question for Democrats ... how will they deal with anti-Semitism in their party?

XKCD - Digital Resource Lifespan ... how quickly they disappear

Smithsonian - How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I’s Only Attack on American Soil ... a century ago, a German U-boat fired at five vessels and a Massachusetts beach before slinking back out to sea


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Deplorables, American Greatness - The mini-industry of deplorable/deportable sloganeering has made its way into more elite circles. With just three words, the phrase “deport the deplorables” sends two popular messages: one, get rid of undesirable American citizens who voted for Donald Trump and who were properly written off in 2016 as deplorables by Hillary Clinton. And, two, foreign nationals who crash our borders are innately superior people to citizens of the working- and middle-classes who voted for Trump. What is behind this fantasy of deporting the deplorables and welcoming in the deportable—other than displaying a cheap contempt for those who elected Trump?


Weed garden, Z Man - Our political culture is not just a garden overrun with weeds. The weeds took over a long time ago and now there is nothing but weeds. It produces no men of merit. Take a look at the conspirators involved in the sedition scandal. Former CIA Director John Brennan, who helped form the conspiracy, is a former communist. He supported the Communist Party candidate in the 1976 election and it was not an act of protest. He was an actual communist. Today he is an unhinged fanatic who goes on social media demanding a military coup against the President. Again, this man was the head of the CIA under Obama. The CIA. How is this even possible?

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Z Man reader "Martelevision" comments:

"No one voted for the ruling order that’s been in place for the last several decades. In fact, every time there was a referendum on the worst aspects of our current clown world, the People responded with a resounding no.

You can certainly criticize the people of the modern West for being too complacent in the face of slow-burning tyranny, but we have used every lawful means available to try to make our voices heard. It hasn’t been enough, because our elites do not act lawfully or in good faith."


Failing, Of Two Minds - Our institutions are failing, and the cause is insider plundering and collusion, aided and abetted by a decline in transparency and accountability and the institutionalization of incompetence. Healthcare; the Big Pharma cartel; the military-industrial complex; banking; student loans; the governance-lobbying cartels; the war-on-drugs gulag, the FBI and so on in an endless profusion of insiders whose self-serving plunder and gross incompetence rarely generates consequences. Organizations within the failing institutions are loathe to surrender their gravy trains, so they resist any change, even those which might have saved the institution from its inevitable collapse.


Seven skills, Survivalist Blog - There are many skills we never needed to learn because of the technology and other services that were so prevalent. But when those services and technology disappear, many people will be lost, unprepared to survive in a world without conveniences. A bug out strategy that includes leaving home and surviving by hiding and living in the woods simply isn’t a realistic plan, but there are certain hunter-gatherer skills you should practice to ensure you’re ready to handle just about any event.


WWIII, Club Orlov - France and Germany—the countries that make up the core of the Western Imperium—are balking at US demands for increased defense spending, realizing that this is a waste of money pure and simple. Russia’s new defensive and offensive weapons systems have made most Western armaments obsolete and will preclude Western forces from operating in areas where these new weapons are deployed. The West is not only losing, but it is also being invaded—by mobs of migrants. Give it a few more decades, and at this rate the West will be no more, its slow-breeding population replaced by the much more fecund newcomers. They will come to resemble the more crowded parts of the third world.


1939. Main Street, Frankfort Illinois


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Originally a farming town, Frankfort is now a suburb of Chicago. The population was about 580 in 1939, it's about 19,000 today.


The railroad crossing in the photo above appears in this photo as well, in the far distance. This photo is taken from the other side of the street. Notice also the good folks of Frankfort seem obsessed with antique cars.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


NY Times, Spectator - Readers participate in the sacred through gestures and incantations. When you hear, “I read it in the Times,” announced with religious elation, it’s best to say nothing.The Times is a harsh goddess. When good dogs stray into the Forbidden Zone, they get the voltage from the invisible fence. They get conditioned, and they stop crossing lines no one can see, including themselves. After they figure out cause-and-effect, they simply don’t go near the Forbidden Zone. Pretty soon they cease to wonder why Times culture critics are puffing dreck art and worthless music. They don’t ask if that ultra-hot black transgender artist is fourth-rate, or if trannies might be mentally ill.


Rogue star, Daily Mail - A close shave with a rogue star careering through our solar system billions of years ago could provide an explanation for the warped orbits of several mysterious objects beyond Neptune. The stellar flyby scattered thousands of small icy worlds in our star system into strange positions and orbit, and could help to explain some unusual features of the solar system, including the unusual trajectories of dwarf planets. It also provides an explanation for the mysterious 'Planet X', which some believe resides in our system, past the dwarf-planet Pluto. The object is believed to be ten times the size of Earth.


Neighbors, Taki's Magazine - The left has seen to it that any cell-phone video of a neighborhood dispute with a black person will go viral, as long as the “aggressor” is white. Which leads to an uncomfortable question: Why would any white person want a black neighbor? Why would you want to live next door to someone who essentially has immunity from the rules, who cannot be criticized or asked to abide by the codes of conduct everyone’s supposed to follow? So congrats, leftists. You’re doing David Duke’s work for him. Whites have never been terribly keen on having black neighbors, but now you’ve made that choice seem practical rather than racist.


Selco, Organic Prepper - People usually think about bugging out like it is gonna happened just like they imagined it or planned it, while in reality, it may be completely different. Caches on your bug-out route should help you to resolve that change of plans. Not to mention that your bug-out trip may start out with you not at your home, or without all your bug out bags for another reason. One basic rule is: never cache something that you can not afford to lose. Another rule is the cache cannot be traced to me, so no, I am not caching my important papers there. Choose items that will cover your basic needs for a particular amount of time and put it in survival cache.


1942. "Somewhere in Britain"


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "German and Hungarian women work on the manufacture of Sten guns at an ordnance factory, somewhere in Britain".

The Sten gun was the sort of bare bones submachine gun one would expect from a half-prepared country at the brink of invasion: crude, easy to make and simple to use. Great Britain was such a country in 1942.

Made from forty-seven parts, only two of which were machined, some 2 million Sten Mk IIs alone—the most common type—were churned out during the war, at the rate of 20,000 per week from one factory at peak production. Final delivery was made about 1950.

The Sten fired the 9mm pistol round from a 32 round magazine at 550 rpm. It was effective to about 100 yards, but it worked best at close-in fighting, especially at night.



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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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