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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, Winter Landscape, 1878

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's happening. Your legally owned gun will be confiscated by the police if, in someone's opinion, you may commit a crime or be a danger to others. The claim is made, presented to a judge, and the judge authorizes the confiscation. You've committed no crime. There is no due process. As of this writing, no judge has declined a request for confiscation.

Fox News - More than 450 people in Florida ordered to give up guns under new law

It's plain where this is going. It's time to prepare for ever-widening "red flag" gun seizures aimed at political dissenters and preppers. Check reliable sources on how to prepare and hermetically seal firearms in a robust waterproof container, along with ammunition and other supplies.

Establish some plausible reason for the rifle to come up missing. Perhaps you "sold" it in a private deal. Go alone, at night, hide or bury it. Make no map or notes. Tell no one. Repeat until sleep comes easily. You may also want to bury one or more at your remote bugout location. For each one buried, acquire a PoS to take its place in your gun cabinet ready to surrender.

Do it right. Pay for hardware with cash. Choose a good location. Use desiccants in the correct amount. If you bury it, weight or retain the container so it doesn't rise out of the ground over time like a bubble. Lay crosswires a couple inches underground to aid in finding it's exact location. If using PVC pipe, bury it vertically and install top handles to make it easier to pull it out of the ground. Do a walk-by check at long intervals. And so forth.

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From Big League Politics:

A recently-uncovered court document from the divorce proceedings of a prominent Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) figure alleges horrific conduct on behalf of one of the most influential lawyers in America...

According to court testimony, among other perverted sexual behavior, Dees attempted to molest his 18-year-old step-daughter with a sex toy. Holly Buck was Maureene Dees’ daughter from a previous marriage.

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Rep Maxine Waters drew applause and hallelujahs when she spoke to the United Teachers Los Angeles:

"You’ve got to show them if they don’t do what’s right, you’re going to make sure that they understand because you’re coming at them. You’re coming at them in ways they didn’t understand. And as George McKenna said, ‘I’m not going to tell you what to do, you know what to do!’ You know what to do! You know what to do!”

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From Space dot com

The research also settles an old debate among astronomers about which galaxy, our Milky Way or Andromeda, is more massive. The detailed study of the dwarf galaxies allowed the researchers to weigh our own galaxy more precisely than ever before. We are almost exactly twice as massive as Andromeda. Andromeda is still believed to be bigger and have many more stars than the Milky Way—possibly because it swallowed up a bunch of smaller galaxies—but it has slightly less dark matter.

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The quote for this week comes from Jim's Blog, a small site notable for original thinking, select readers and it's quiet influence:

After World War II the American Empire got the upper hand over the British Empire, with the disastrous result that Harvard got the upper hand over the Royal Society, replacing the scientific method by peer review, by the the theological method of consensus building. It ceases to be high status to win arguments by finding evidence and presenting evidence, and instead becomes high status to win arguments by having one’s argument incorporated into the state religion. Science died then, hence Global Warming and all the rest, and by 1972, the death of science began to afflict one technological field after another. Hence the reproducibility crisis.

And finally,

Sunday afternoon I was sitting outside with a cold one, looked up, and a bald eagle was doing lazy circles overhead, maybe twice treetop level. In ancient Rome it would mean I'd be the next emperor. Standards have fallen since then.

Bear story. Yep, gonna be one of those years. Yeah, I know, when you live in the hills, in the woods, what do you expect, flamingos? Monday, after posting Woodpile Report, then fixing the spelling errors and munged links I missed, I went out to the kitchen and, passing the front door, saw a black bear on the front walkway tearing into the trash can we keep the winter's bird feed in. The top was held on with two heavy bungee cords. Keeps the raccoons out but he got into it, betimes.

The next morning he was back, but scampered off at the first sight of us. How odd. At night we can shout, clap our hands and ... nothing. So, there's a useful observation, they own the night.

He couldn't reach far enough into the can to get it all, so we double chained the top. Late Wednesday night he was back. He rolled and beat that trash can 'way out of shape, once rolling it against the front door, and pried the top back enough to drag out the remaining birdseed. And while he's doing all this our cat calmly walks by him. They look at each other like, "Oh, it's you," and both of 'em carried on. As before, he returned midmorning and rolled the can out by our firewood dump but trotted away soon as he saw us.

Ursus Horribulus Doofus, Thursday morning. Photo by the missus, telephoto through windows of double doors.

I'm saying he went maybe 175 pounds. This missus says closer to 200. Which says it's a female or a newly independent male. Early one winter a few years back a bear crossed our side yard, huge thing. A hunter got it some days later, a male, it went 650 pounds. Around here a truly exceptional black bear goes upwards of 800 pounds.

Okay gang, 'nuff chitchat. Time for yer ol' Woodpile Report.

 

1956. Pan American magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg At the time of this ad, Pan American flew the Douglas DC7, Lockheed Constellation and Boeing 377 Stratocruiser in transatlantic service. The "porthole" windows say the ad depicts a Stratocruiser interior. Flight time, New York to London, was about eleven hours. Pan Am filed for bankruptcy in 1991.

The Stratocruiser was the B-29 reconfigured for civilian airlines. First put in revenue service in 1949, they were withdrawn in 1961 in favor of jet airliners.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Breitbart - Protect Your Privacy on Amazon by Changing These Settings ... users are unaware that they have a public Amazon profile

Infrared cammy

Forbes - Precious Invisibility: Scientists Use Gold To Make Thermal Camouflage ... adaptive thermal camouflage can reconfigure its thermal appearance in a few seconds

Ars Technica - Salt-infused graphene creates an infrared cloaking device ... infrared emissions that are controlled by salt infusion make good camouflage

College Fix - College ditches racial preferences, nobody notices for two years ... giving preference to “first-generation college” applicants rather than to nonwhite students

Fox News - Painting, "Trump Team Crossing the Swamp"

Don Surber - North Korea making peace with Japan ... Rocket Man wants a McDonald's

SHTFPlan - Nazi Gun Control: 450 Floridians Ordered To Give Up Their Guns ... even though there are no charges filed

Stuff That Irks Me - The State has too many Breadwinners ... why The Diversity can afford huge families and you can't

Popular Mechanics - Israel Prefers Old F-15s to F-35s ... needs long-range aircraft that can carry a lot of fuel and weapons

Your News Wire - Police Bust Massive Pedophile Ring At Children’s Hospital ... children have been raped and tortured at the hospital since the 1960’s

History Net - Germany’s Sea Eagle ... In late 1916 a German naval adventurer slipped the British blockade aboard a three-masted windjammer to raid like the pirates of old

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Take a few minutes, it's a good read

Guardian - Rare medieval bible returned to shelf at Canterbury Cathedral ... 13th century bible survived intact when the library of Canterbury Cathedral was broken up

Campus Reform - University of Georgia Dean attacked on Twitter for having GOP friend ... issued an apology to those he had "offended" with a tweet congratulating a childhood friend on becoming the state’s Republican candidate for governor

Thermidor - 3D Printing and The Bugman ... CNN’s very stale narrative

Federalist - Let’s Debunk The Misleading Panic Over 3-D Guns ... Americans have been building their own three-dimensional guns since before the revolution, they certainly don’t need a 3-D printer

Town Hall - The NRA's Future Rests In The Hands of One Court Case. Here's Why.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Complain about the NRA all you want, and there's plenty to complain about, but the NRA deserves our support nonetheless.

National Review - The Origins of Our Second Civil War ... what has caused the United States to split apart so rapidly?

Twitter, Scott Adams - Today I had the honor of meeting your favorite president. I already feel sorry for whoever runs against him in 2020.

Modern Survival Blog - Emergency Food Kits – The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Natural News - Billions of dollars in food wasted annually thanks to “use by” date on food labels ... date labels were influential even when it came to foods like cereal

Charlotte Observer - Hundreds of NC teachers are flunking math exams. It may not be their fault

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The first sentence says, "Almost 2,400 North Carolina elementary school teachers have failed ..." So, thousands, not hundreds. The article goes on to say, "The problem may lie with the exams rather than the educators." Yeah. Right. College degreed "educators" who can't do high school math. No problem.

Daily Mail - Woman, 25, 'rammed a man's Jeep with her car and labeled him a 'racist' after spotting a Trump bumper sticker on the trunk' ... Hyannis, Massachusetts. 'Nuff said.

YouTube - "Death of a Nation" Trailer, HD, In Theaters August 3. Video, 2m 7s.

Dinesh D'Souza - Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. They smeared him. They went to war to defeat him. In the end, they assassinated him.

Ancient Origins - So Now We Know What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like ... piecing it together

Men of the West - Where to Live XIII – Green Living in Tan Country ... where income is already low, it has less room to fall

Front Page - Trump Confronts Russia With the Fleet Obama ‘Sank’ ... the Second Fleet is back

Armstrong Economics - The German Government Pays for 3 Week Vacation for Refugees to Go Home ... including airfare back to the very countries they are fleeing because it is unsafe

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Jeong, Market-Ticker - The NY Times just announced that they have hired Sarah Jeong for their "editorial board." This person has a very material history of posting blatantly and outrageously racist tweets. We are not talking about one or two instances or someone on a one-off basis "drunk posting"; this is a person with a pattern of said behavior, in public, over a material period of time. Now we find out if this is a newspaper or if it's a propaganda joint that literally hates whites, especially old white people, and thus has forfeited any claim to be a "newspaper." The NY Times has hours to make up its mind and do so publicly.

 

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Here's your answer from the NY Times:

Fox News - The Times issued a statement on Thursday declaring that it had reviewed her social media history during the hiring process and was standing by the decision to bring her aboard.

“We hired Sarah Jeong because of the exceptional work she has done … her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online harassment. For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers,” The Times said in a statement. “She regrets it, and The Times does not condone it.”

Notice the victim card. "The white devil made me do it". Note the Times's warning to be more subtle.

The NY Times has made its choice and confirmed they're standing by it. By defending her lunatic left bias they now own their "fake news" status. There is no path back from this. Here's the whole statement from the NY Times:

Twitter - [Link takes you to the full statement]. Short version: middle finger.

President Trump called the 'fake news' media an "enemy of the people". It seemed excessive to me. It's a phrase outta Stalin's purges in the 1930s. But the people do have enemies and the NY Times has acted like one of 'em for a long time. By endorsing Sarah Jeong—and accepting mega-millions from George Soros—the Times has openly embraced being an "enemy of the people". Who are we to say otherwise?

Spectator and Zero Hedge have mined the archives to get a clear picture of who Sarah Jeong is, how she got that way,and why the NY Times finds her so irresistible:

Spectator - It Wasn’t Just a Few Tweets

"F*ck The Police": NYT's Newest Hire Also Hates Cops And Men... And The New York Times

and this from Thomas Lifson at American Thinker:

Six things that the New York Times probably didn’t think about when hiring and defending Sarah Jeong ... the next white guy laid off will have a pretty good “hostile environment” claim, for one

 

News media, American Greatness - The White House beat has become an entry-level reporting job, who sass the objects of their coverage, mock them, call them liars, and generally act out in public. When the public gives the reporters a taste of their own crude hostility, the media freaks out and, of course, blames Trump, falsely claiming that a little civilian pushback against a group of people who openly despise them is somehow a direct threat to the First Amendment and might even get some reporters killed. The press is increasingly aware that the public loathes them for their partisanship and dishonesty, and yet wear it as a badge of honor and proof of virtue even as they beg for protection from the monsters they’ve created.

 

San Fran, Front Page - Here are a few things that are effectively legal in San Francisco: drugs, public defecation and shoplifting. And here are some of the things that are banned or will be banned in the City by the Bay. Straws. Fur coats. Bottled water. Eating at work. Vaping liquids. Upholstered furniture. Plastic bags. Pet stores. Electric scooters. Coffee cups and packing peanuts. Tropical fish. The McDonald’s Happy Meal. None of this would be possible without the tech industry that the city is trying to alienate. And if North Korea with a tech industry loses the dot com firms that feed its tax base, it’ll just be North Korea.

 

Empty Radicalism, City Journal - For young, ambitious artists of the early twentieth century, doing good work wasn’t enough; one also had to be a rebel. Since a wider public now admired art that had once been considered radical, new radicalisms had to be invented. While it initially inspired some color and excitement, the trashing of artistic conventions over the last 100-plus years has left a wasteland. Reclaiming and embracing Western culture, including not only its canvases but also its classical music and literature, can develop the eye, mind, and temperament needed to render our present reality into something arresting—and new.

 

1939. Wisconsin

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Not much information with this one. One room schoolhouses were typical in rural America through the 1940s. This one looks well equipped.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Selco, Organic Prepper - It is easy to say “connect with like-minded people” or “have trusted people when the SHTF”, but it gets harder and harder to achieve that. Let’s keep it simple and use three words here: time, trust and skills. Usually, it will be a combination of these three words. Get know people with whom you want to connect so you can trust them, and if those people have skills that can be used in hard times. The preppers movement has in its core a distrust of people around us, and while it is common sense not to trust everybody around you it somehow very often turns into a parody of common sense. Don’t be afraid to network. Be aware of OPSEC. But it does not have to go into paranoia.

 

Owning libs, Town Hall - There are few things you can do without first buying someone dinner or opening up a bottle that provide the pure, unadulterated pleasure of breaking the will of some puffed-up liberal nimrod on social media with a clever, cutting, caustic takedown. They make it easy by being pompous, and their wits have grown flabby and weak from being cloistered in the safe spaces of the media and academia where they never, ever have to face someone who thinks they and their ridiculous dogma are full of it. Owning the libs is a rejection of their dominance and an assertion of our own. It is a way of not only saying, “We will not submit,” but of demonstrating that refusal to others.

 

Multiverses, Scientific American - The problem with string theory, according to some physicists, is that it makes too many universes. It predicts not one but some 10^500 versions of spacetime, each with their own laws of physics. But with so many universes, how can the theory explain why ours has the features it does? Now some theorists suggest most—if not all—of those universes are actually forbidden. To some, eliminating so many possible universes is not a drawback but a major step forward for string theory, offering new hope of making testable predictions.

 

AR15 quality, Survivalist Blog - Some may even be cheaply made by another manufacturer and then branded for the seller. You must know exactly what you are paying for in a rifle, and this guide will help you be an informed purchaser. There are consistent, standard practices and materials that go into making high quality rifles that we will discuss below. It is not necessarily simple, or easy, but they are understood. The majority of manufacturers turning out good AR’s adhere to or exceed most of these standards. This guide is written with the focus being on defensive- or duty-grade rifles. This means a gun that you can expect to function reliably under harsh inclement conditions and a heavy firing schedule.

 

1944. Anzio Italy

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The need for an LST-type ship, pictured below, was brought front and center by the Dunkirk evacuation. They were given such high priority that work on an aircraft carrier was halted and the facilities changed over to LST production. Well over half were built by "cornfield shipyards", meaning new single-purpose shipyards well away from the coasts, or by converting facilities like bridge builders and the like.

Although construction began in 1942 and accelerated drastically, the demand always exceeded supply, exacerbated by constant but urgent changes in design. Regional commands went to considerable lengths to redirect LSTs to their theatre. Anzio was a classic example. Their LSTs were, ahem, "borrowed" from stocks painstakingly accumulated for the Normandy invasion only a few months away.

Eventually the design stabilized and by war's end construction time fell from four months to two. 1,051 were built.

I've seen LSTs in convoy with us. They're rated at 18 knots as I recall, but even in moderate seas they slid sideways down swells leaving a zigzag wake, so the net forward motion was considerably less. And why not, they're flat-bottomed, or near enough, with less than a four foot draft at front and seven feet at rear.

Above the waterline they're a triumph of naval architecture, versatile and supremely fit-for-purpose. At and below the waterline they're a sort of anti-naval architecture with all the seakeeping of a washtub. The officers and men that met this challenge and made 'em work are beyond praise.

 

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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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7 Aug 2018