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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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Mortimer Smith, Man in Winter, 1886

Talk about unknown artists. He was unknown even in his own time.

"Mortimer Smith would become well-known as a Detroit architect and artist by the end of the nineteenth century. Smith founded a successful architectural firm by the name of Smith, Hynchman and Grylls".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What do you get when you take a military bolt-action rifle using a full power cartridge and cut the barrel length from twenty-nine inches to twenty-four inches? You get a carbine, specifically the 1935 Mauser Karabiner 98k. Yes, officially a carbine, even though it has the same barrel length and overall heft as the not-a-carbine '03 Springfield and M1 Garand.

Similarly, the M4 Carbine of 1993 is a shortened M16, from a twenty-inch barrel to a 16.4 inch barrel. So there's the military definition: a carbine is a standard battle rifle which is shorter version of the former standard battle rifle.

The term "carbine" goes back further than this however, to when the almost comically long firearms of the black powder era were cut short enough for mounted troops to handle. In time it came to mean a light-'n-handy rifle suitable for truckers, artillery men and tankers using ammunition intermediate in power between a pistol and a full-on battle rifle. The classic example is the M1 Carbine versus the M1 Garand .

For the survivalist, the term "carbine" is coming to mean something rather more specific. Drawing on customized rifles, often a lever action, originally used by Alaskan hunting guides for dangerous game, a survivalist carbine now infers a short-action, extra-robust bolt action rifle chambering a full power round—.308 is the default—with a barrel length of sixteen inches or not much more. It must be said the muzzle blast from such a setup is memorable, hence the various attenuation devices.

Unlike gadget-laden, high volume of fire semi-autos, reliability in adverse conditions is the goal and austere simplicity is the means. Although fully capable of longer range shooting, they're configured for a quick and decisive short-to-medium range first shot with superior knockdown power. Consider: the bullet is three times the weight of the AR15's. Precision aperture sights are mandatory, but they're commonly topped with a low power, long eye relief scope mounted forward of the action to allow shooting "both eyes open".

The Mossberg Scout Rifle , Ruger Scout Rifle , and Savage 11 Scout Rifle are three examples currently on offer. An aside: detachable magazines are a notorious weak link. Even with careful use they eventually become unreliable, which seems out of keeping with the concept. Jeff Cooper used the Remington 600 of 1964-1968 as the basis for his famous "Scout Rifles". The 600, and later variants, can still be found on the used market.

These are "if you could only have one gun" post-apocalyptic survivalist firearms. They're not for suppressive fire or partisan raids or shooting up supply convoys Wolverine-style. On the other hand, a carbine-equipped survivalist blundering into a firefight is armed as well as most infantrymen of the world wars.

If social order capsizes long term—into what Robert Kaplan called "pre-modern formlessness"—there will eventually be two kinds of riflemen, those with ammunition and those without ammunition. A survivalist carbine, with its bulky cartridge and low rate of fire, presupposes this particular scarcity and assures economical ammunition usage. It's an alternative to the AR/AK platforms worth considering.

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The quote for this week comes from C.S. Lewis. He speaks of evil:

It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.

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Vox Popoli has some comments worth noting.

First, about the revelations about Les Moonves, chairman and C.E.O. of CBS Corporation:

"Whether Moonves is an attempted distraction or a prelude is irrelevant. The evil old Protector can't protect the depraved Producer any longer, so it's just a matter of time before the first big crack in the dam of information about the Hollywood pedos appears. Both CBS and Viacom are going down hard. Nor will they be the only organizations to do so".

Second, about identity politics and the escalating power struggle:

There will be war. War is inevitable, and it will probably take place on a global scale. There has never been any movement of people of human history even one-tenth as large as the post-1965 invasion of the United States that has not either a) led to war, or b) been imposed by lethal force as the result of war. I believe the die is already cast, as do more than a few military historians of my acquaintance.

Next

Breitbart reports an unsurprising trend in Mexico, given their insanely corrupt and wholly ineffective law enforcement. Excerpts:

Mexican authorities are looking into the lynching of four suspected burglars in the coastal state of Tabasco. Three victims were allegedly beaten and hanged, while the fourth was dragged from a moving vehicle by neighbors.

Security conditions continue to spiral out of control in Mexico, while while most of the crimes go unpunished. The ongoing trend has led to an increase in cases of spontaneous lynching and mob rule. In 2018, Tabasco saw 60 cases of attempted lynchings thus far.

Lynchings expose the criminal justice crisis in the country and spread as the populace grows tired of criminal activity and organized crime.

and finally,

We've had a great growing season thus far. The cornfields are standing tall, always a prime indicator, and my taters are fist-size and plentiful. As said elsewhere, I'm testing three varieties with a "plant 'em and forget 'em" method. Why potatoes?

“As well as providing starch, an essential component of the diet, potatoes are rich in vitamin C, high in potassium and an excellent source of fiber. In fact, potatoes alone supply every vital nutrient except calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D. The easily-grown plant has the ability to provide more nutritious food faster on less land than any other food crop, and in almost any habitat.”

Update. While the resolution of my underlying malady was optimal, the side effects are not minor and it's looking like they may not be temporary. 'Procedures' ahead. More as I know it.

Well gang, enough chitchat. Let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1940. Quaker Oats magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Quaker Oats was founded in 1901 and expanded into many other businesses, one of the more interesting being the Q.O. Ordnance company, a major maker of artillery shells. After acquiring many more businesses, Quaker was bought by Pepsico in 2001 mainly for their Gatorade division.

 

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

All Outdoor - Remington Awarded Contract to Supply U.S. Army with Carbines

"In March of 2018, Remington filed for bankruptcy protection. Two months later, in May 2018, Remington exited bankruptcy protection. In July of 2018 and Remington has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army".

Ancient Origins - Use of fire by Peking Man goes back 600,000 years, Chinese scientists say ... fireplaces enclosed by a circle of rocks and burned rocks, soil and bones

Return of Kings - Don’t Believe The Historical Revisionism That Hollywood Inserts Into World War II Movies ... don’t let some irritating things called “historical facts” spoil the fun

Native Land - Map, historic and present-day Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages that stretch across the United States, Canada, and beyond

Minding The Campus - A Tide Flowing Toward Free Speech on Campus ... outbreaks of common sense on other free speech issues

Watts Up With That - National Geographic admits they were wrong about “starving polar bear” video ... they knew that he was sick or injured, but presented it as an effect of climate change

art-remus-ident-04.jpg How touching. National Geographic believes it has credibility to protect.

Organic Prepper - Selco: What to Do If Unwanted People Show Up at Your Door When the SHTF ... if you do not want this person to show up, it is probably best to solve that now

National Interest - Russia Testing New Tank That Lands From the Sky ... armor is only proof against weapons up to .50-inch caliber heavy machine guns

Popular Science - Nikon is officially working on a full-frame mirrorless camera with a new lens mount ... not clear what configuration Nikon will use for adapting old lenses

Firearms Blog - Russian Citizens Are Now Allowed to Reload Rifle Ammunition ... will be a huge demand for reloading presses, dies, bullet, cases and other reloading stuff

Zero Hedge - Why It Might Be A Good Time To Revisit Ray Dalio's 1937 Analog ... correlation between the S&P 500 over the past four years is 94%

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Others are seeing the same thing. This is from George Ure at Urban Survival:

"I have been writing for almost 20-years now about the “fad-like nature” of electronica. It’s no different that CB Radio or the Hula-Hoops... When a bubble runs low of growth – the holy elixir of Tulips – the end can be sudden and brutal. Notwithstanding, even such brutal ends can take months and even years to unwind. Remember, the Great Depression took almost an entire 11-year Juglar Cycle to unwind".

Charles Smith at Of Two Minds offers a similar idea:

"Those of us who saw the 2008-09 Global Financial Meltdown as the inevitable flowering of systemic instability have been marginalized by an epic 10-year boom, much like the Roaring Twenties seemed to "prove" all was not just well, it was terrific".

Zero Hedge - JPMorgan: QE Might Have Devastating Consequences After All ... a list of the key negative consequences arising from QE, from JPMorgan

Don Surber - Facebook fiasco shows the wisdom of free speech ... a drop of more than $125 billion in the company's value ... the price of censorship

Market Watch - Facebook pays for all its mistakes at once, and it is a big bill ... Facebook fatigue and user backlash

Natural News - Google deliberately slows YouTube videos on non-chrome browsers to make them appear defective ... loading at just one-fifth of the speed it does on Chrome in all non-Chrome browsers

CNBC - Facebook's $100 billion-plus rout is the biggest loss in stock market history

TMIN - Drought Conditions In The Southwest Are So Bad That They Are Already Being Compared To The Dust Bowl Of The 1930s ... some Oklahoma farmers may be forced to abandon their wheat fields

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As I posted this, we were getting another good rain.

Skilled Survival - Ammo Storage: How To Avoid Common Amateur Mistakes ... ammo is arguably the most important item you can stockpile

Z Man - The High Cost Of Cheap Labor ... cheap foreign labor drove out domestic labor from entry level tech jobs

Daily Beast - Heiress Behind NXIVM Sex Cult Unmasked in Court: ‘Let Her Watch Netflix’ ... Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's only one part of the Hollywood-DC criminal degeneracy underground. And not the worst part.

Spectator - America’s Next Civil War Will Be Worse Than Our Last ... of that we can be sure

Rerturn of Kings - Christian Doctor Fired In UK For Saying There Are Only Two Genders, Ending His 26-Year Career ... refused to use transgender pronouns

Eaton Rapids Joe - A few miscellaneous note on walking ... a 72 hour bag will get you home but that may be optimistic if "home" is more than 45 miles away

Next Big Future - Underground lake of liquid water detected on Mars – liquid water could be in layer a mile deep all over Mars ... could be laden with salty, saturated sediments

RT - 700+ migrants storm Spanish exclave of Ceuta, some use homemade ‘flamethrowers’ ... “sub-Saharans” attempted to storm the border fence

YouTube - video, 1m 56s ... watch and understand

Colonel Bunny says:

It’s a rare Western government that can be seen to be looking out for the interests of its citizens. African males crawl over barbed wire fences to get into Spain but authorities do not forthwith show them to the nearest exit at gunpoint. No. They not only do nothing to prevent their entry but treat every foot on Spanish soil as the signal for all manner of legal and economic rights to descend upon these primitives.

Market-Ticker - The Utter Stupidity of 'Straw Bans'

YouTube - Ruger 10/22 Accuracy Gains by Torquing one Screw?! Video, 5m 06s.

Campus Reform - Only 2% of sociology profs identify as conservative ... 83 percent described their political beliefs as either "liberal" or "radical."

Fox News - VA whistleblowers say Denver office did no work for a year ... combined salaries totaled more than $1.2 million

CNN - Justice Department: Use 'illegal aliens,' not 'undocumented' ... the word 'undocumented' is not based in US code

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Paradigm shifts, Traditional Right - The Establishment either believes in cultural Marxism (most democrats) or is too cowardly to challenge it (most Republicans). Heartland voters are fed up with it, its advocates, and its sacred “victims” groups. In a political battle between the coastal elites and their clients on the one hand and the heartland on the other, the heartland will win. Look at the percentage of whites among people who actually vote in all the swing states. The collapse of white acquiescence in cultural Marxism, both here and in Europe, may be the biggest paradigm shift of them all. Faced with irrelevance, the Establishment howls, froths at the mouth and chews the carpet.

 

Peasants, Amerika - When people are burning the Amerikan flag as a standard convocation ritual, it really isn’t too far-fetched to compare Maxine Waters’ constituents to the Iranians dutifully echoing the ritual “Death to America!” chants. They see the American flag as a representation of the Western Europeans who founded America. Let us be first to offer the olive branch and say they are correct. Western Europeans created this nation over the objections and intransigence of other groups. Our only problem is that now, drugged by democracy and egalitarianism, we refuse to admit that every group acts in its own interests, and that should and must include ourselves.

 

Winning, Market-Ticker - It's a shibboleth that when you engage in a trade war nobody wins. The problem is that it's not working that way. Do not believe for a second that trade wars cannot be "won." They can be and they are being, right now. The EU is screaming because they know good and damn well that the claims of "everyone loses" was and is a lie. The EU auto manufacturers know that they either have to drop their tariffs and restrictions on American cars or lose a good part of their export market here in the US. The Chinese want to steal all our intellectual property and sell our corporations slave labor, and call this 'free trade'. Its theft and fraud, and anything that threatens their gravy train is thus "bad" from their point of view.

 

Constitutional carry, Ace Of Spades - Hawaii sharply limits who can carry concealed -- basically, only people who have jobs in security and law enforcement can carry concealed. The Ninth Circuit—not the whole Ninth Circuit—rules that people have the right to carry firearms , and if the right to carry concealed is restricted by a state, that must mean that the other method of carrying, open carry, is absolute. The court rules that the "right to keep and bear arms" is actually two rights: to "keep" arms is about storing arms on physical property, but to bear arms is to carry arms on one's person. And it rules that Hawaii may not leave citizens with no way of exercising this latter right.

 

Orwell, Aeon - What’s most striking about the telescreen’s ubiquity is how right and how wrong Orwell was about our technological present. Screens are not just a part of life today: they are our lives. We interact digitally so often and in such depth that it’s hard for many of us to imagine (or remember) what life used to be like. He couldn’t have known how eager we’d be to shrink down our telescreens and carry them with us everywhere we go, or how readily we’d sign over the data we produce to companies that fuel our need to connect. The big step is when convenience becomes compulsory: when we can’t file our taxes, complete the census or contest a claim without a telescreen.

 

1939. Tenstrike Minnesota

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Customers at an auction consider a windup victrola.

Tenstrike is a town of about 200 in north central Minnesota near Gull Lake, down from its population of 239 in 1939. Founded as a trading post and lumbering town, today it's mainly a lakeside resort community.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Masculinity, Campus Reform - “Male Melancholia: Crisis Masculinity” is a four credit course that will teach students about how masculinity is depicted in the media, and how those depictions reflect the recent “fall” of men and masculinity. The description claims that while men were previously bolstered by “normative structures and hideouts like war, marriage, and economic provider,” they have lost those niches because “post-war masculinity has failed to interrogate and reimagine itself alongside other social justice movements. “This has resulted in screen portrayals of male backlash, breakdown, absence, gaslighting, inertia, and depression—both serious and comic.”

Proud Boy Magazine - Proud Boys: Who Are They? ... official tenets of pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world

 

Prices, Zero Hedge - A few weeks ago, SocGen asked what is arguably the most important question relating to the global trade wars: are tariffs inflationary or deflationary? While there were various nuances, its conclusion was simple: "Inflationary short term, disinflationary medium term." It appears that the "short-term" part has now arrived, because after several rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs and retaliations between the US and China, American consumers are about to be hit with sharply higher prices as tariffs on industrial metals put pressure on U.S. manufacturers. Moreover, tariffs on additional imported products from China have added even more costs for producers, which are now being aggressively passed through to the consumer.

 

Missing sibling, Daily Galaxy - It was shocking to realize that the Milky Way had a large sibling, and we never knew about it. This galaxy, called M32p, which was shredded by the Andromeda galaxy, was at least 20 times larger than any galaxy which merged with the Milky Way over the course of its lifetime. M32p would have been massive, making it the third largest galaxy in the Local Group after the Andromeda and the Milky Way galaxies. This work might also solve a long-standing mystery: the formation of Andromeda's enigmatic M32 satellite galaxy, the scientists say. They suggest that the compact and dense M32 is the surviving center of the Milky Way's long-lost sibling, like the indestructible pit of a plum.

 

Grey man, Survival Cache - Going Grey means disappearing into the background noise of whatever environment you are Greying into. In a city you should attract no more attention than a phone pole, or a stairway, or street sign even if that means standing out just like a phone pole or stairway or street sign does. Going Grey also means providing others with just enough information for them to create their own narrative for you. People are exceptionally good at creating explanations or inferences for what they see. To Go Grey, you must behave so predictably as to become the yardstick from which inconsistent behavior is measured. And, of course, you have to look the part.

 

Insanity, James Kunstler - The news, day and night, reveals a nation unable to think, unable to discern reality from fantasy, avid to dissemble and lie about absolutely everything, eager to support any racketeering operation designed to fleece its own citizens, and utterly ignoring the genuine problems that can drive us into a new dark age. Nobody can say where all this is tending, but if we do not stumble into some version of World War Three before Christmas, I foresee a drawn-out, bloody house-cleaning in American leadership that will make the French Revolution look like a simple civic colonic.

 

1944. Saipan

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg After taking Saipan in July 1944, Navy Seabees bulldozed wrecked aircraft into a pile to clear the airfield. Saipan became home base for the 21st Bomber Command's B-29s.

 

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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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