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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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William Harnett, Materials for a Leisure Hour, 1879

Good ol' Bill Harnett. In his day this stuff was tertiary-level art, little better than paintings on black velvet or of dogs playing cards of later times. Mid-level hoteliers and barkeeps bought them to decorate their properties.

As his exceptional skill at trompe-l'œil became recognized, his patrons and prices migrated upward. He'd be astonished at what his works bring in today's market. But Bill. A pipe with metal fittings? Ewww.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Herewith I state my standby excuse for reacting to emergencies with all the deliberation and nuance of a runaway garbage truck. As olde tymme readers know, I served on an amphibious attack ship, old school, like those seen in newsreels of D Day or the war in the Pacific. You know, Marines climbing over the side, down nets and into Higgens boats.

A regular part of daily, and nightly, life was, "Blat Blat Blat! General Quarters. General Quarters. All hands man your battle stations. General quarters. Blat! Blat! Blat!" A person resembling me launched out of his rack, put on his sailor getup, ran to his battle station, slapped a helmet on his head and awaited further developments.

Magically that person morphed into me, who then wondered, "Where am I and how did I get here?" And why was I saying, "Mounts three and four, manned and ready"? Oh yes, because the keepers of clipboards and stopwatches must be appeased or nameless bad things would ensue.

My battle station was Gun Control—the shame—so I wore a "turtle helmet", a term borrowed from the otherwise unrelated British Mk III. It's proper name was "Talker's Helmet MKII" . It had Marconi-era earphones and a Bakelite microphone the size of a cat food can. Why we wore helmets at all baffled me. Since when does an enemy at sea fire anti-personnel rounds? Incoming would be the size of a refrigerator. I'm figuring lawyers were involved.

We sported the noble twin 3"/50 , forty five rounds per minute or near enough. It was the smallest caliber the proximity fuse of the time could fit into, or so I was told. But small is a relative term. The rounds had four pounds—28,000 grains, reloaders take note—of propellant. That'll wake you up. Blam blam blam.

The ratio of bore-to-barrel length—fifty calibers long—made 'em carbines by civilian measure, so the flash was impressive at night. In truth they were holdovers, pretty much useless. U-boats in trail and swarms of kamikazes were already a generation in the past, those scurrilous commies were flying jets.

Anyway, the point is, those of us who were in the military where things get instantly urgent and noisy have a residual reaction to any emergency unexplainable to others. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. More sea stories upon request, operators are standing by.


Vox Day says the counterattack against the Deep State, ongoing sub rosa for more than two years now, is more comprehensive and successful than commonly believed. Here's his argument in condensed excerpts:

... this missive fits the observable evidence considerably better than virtually every other interpretation of current events over the last few months that I've seen. It answers the two primary doubts that Q skeptics have.

Why isn't anything substantive seen to be happening?

Why isn't the President acting more openly?

The answer is straightforward. The control of the media over people's perceptions of what the truth is absolutely has to be broken before news of this magnitude can go public. And now we're seeing the God-Emperor forcing the media to expose themselves and declare themselves openly.

The media is doing what they are told. Trump lets them live in jail, if plan works. Otherwise their sentence is death. Military tribunals already held. They are working hard for Trump. To save their own lives, and their kids. Jail better than hanging to most. Others have already chosen hanging. Explains suicide weekend option.

In exchange, they destroy the media for us. On purpose and on schedule. On time and under budget. Trump style. They are forced to corner themselves. They are forced to turn on themselves. I think we are ahead of schedule.

In support of Vox Day's thesis, in addition to Q, consider the investigation no one is talking about. The latest report I could find is four months old.

The Hill, April 2018 - Mystery surrounds Sessions appointee to FBI investigation ... the Justice Department has declined to comment on his budget or what Sessions meant when he said that Huber is working “in cooperation” with Inspector General Michael Horowitz

In ordinary times the smallest detail would be front page news. But all I hear is crickets. Is this the shock for which they're quietly preparing the nation?

Natural News, via DC Dirty Laundry claims it's about to break into the open:

DC Dirty Laundry - Barack Obama and John Brennan may be facing imminent criminal indictments ... Remember all those sealed indictments? They’re about to start being unsealed, according to some

Another bit of related news not widely reported:

Spero News, Aug 14 - Journalist probing child-trafficking allegations against Bill Clinton found dead ... victim preferred to speak to the FBI and other federal agencies first to determine whether a criminal case could be filed against Clinton before publicizing the allegations

As the well known proverb has it, "kill a chicken to scare the monkey".


This drill is an old chestnut among some shooters but I hadn't heard it before. Goes like this. Get yer gear and yer sighted-in serious gun, go to the range, set yer target, get in position, aim and fire one shot. You're done. Don't touch that dial, nudging zero is a whole different exercise. This is a "know thyself" thing. Mark yer target and go home.

Do this over time, every weekend or every other day, or what ev-ver, no matter the weather: rain and misty, cold and windy, or warm and still. Whether yer rested or groggy. The idea is, a follow up shot may matter, or not, but the first shot will always matter. And you won't get to pick the weather.


The quote for last week is from NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo:

We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.

The leisure class states their values frankly. Then they double up, "clarify" or backpeddle from there.


The quote for this week is from James Dakin at Bison Prepper:

Men might be competitive, but that is just to establish credentials. Otherwise they are cooperative. That is their nature, not treating everyone like vanquished enemies. The trick is to just cooperate with equals.

I defy anyone to make a credible counterargument .



"So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T."
Al Sharpton


Remember. They hate you

Hillary Clinton - “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables: racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic. Some of those folks are irredeemable, but they are not America.”

Obama - “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

And finally

My first days of my recovery are proceeding optimally. Howsomever, I can't drive yet—won't drive actually, it would be irresponsible—and going to the reservation for pipe tobacco is off the list of Critical Errands.

Not to worry, I've put back an impressive amount of vacuum packed pipe tobacco against the day of total victory by the Tobacco Control Nazis. I chose the oldest one and opened it. Shazam! Fresh and moist as the day I packed it in February 2009. Here's a benchmark: a quart Mason jar will hold eight ounces, but y'gotta work at it. The European-style jar is my humidor.

Official Woodpile Report foto 2009

Well gang, enough chitchat, time to take a bite from the sandwich of reality. Let's get to this issue of yer ol' Woodpile Report. We'll ease into it with an old ad.


1937. New Departure magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg New Departure patented the coaster brake in 1907, then expanded into manufacturing ball bearings. In 1916 the company was acquired by William Durant and run by Alfred Sloan as part of United Motors.

United Motors was then purchased by General Motors in 1918. New Departure continued to make bearings for the next fifty years.

As always, and I can't help myself, chasing down details yielded some non-obvious connections. In this case it's Marlin Firearms. Here's more:

MRC page 4 - Prior to World War I, Albert F. Rockwell, one of two brothers who founded New Departure Company, formed the Rockwell-Drake Corporation to manufacture ball bearings in Plainville, Connecticut. During the war, Rockwell combined Rockwell-Drake Corporation with several other corporations including the Standard Roller Bearing Company of Philadelphia.

After World War I, some of the manufacturing units were liquidated and the company was reorganized as Standard Steel and Bearing, Inc., Division of Marlin Rockwell Corporation.

In World War I Marlin became one of the largest machine gun producers in the world for the US and its Allies, building the M1895 Colt–Browning machine gun and a later variant called the "Marlin gun" optimized for aircraft use. In 1917 Marlin Rockwell bought out the Hopkins & Allen Arms Company to promote an expanded line of firearms and restore the image of the Marlin company as makers of "sporting arms".

The crucial part is less than clear. Marlin Rockwell just "appears" in the narrative without explanation. But, there you have it, fellow completists.

Marlin Firearms became part of Remington in 2007, which is owned by The Freedom Group. Marlin Rockwell merged with TRW in 1964.


Remus's notebook


Homestead Survival Guide - Off Grid Coffee Roasting and Brewing ... when stored properly green coffee beans will last up to 20 years

Daily Mail - Man detained by ICE while driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth is wanted for murder in Mexico ... arrest prompted outrage

Daily Mail - Pictured: Suspect 'arrested for pushing a woman onto subway tracks' whose daughter, 27, was then struck by a train trying to save her

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Guess

New Observer - India Strips 4 Million of Citizenship, Will Deport Them to “Protect Ethnic Assam” People ... mainly “refugees” from Bangladesh who entered the country in 1971

US Defense Watch - An Open Letter to Admiral William McRaven ... Brennan tried to rig a Presidential election and then lied to Congress about that spying

WND - Who are the white nationalists? ... multiculturalism has come home to roost, and white nationalists are its newest advocates

Amerika - It Is Time To Abandon Social Media ... we can build useful things, and do so in a way that is invisible to the Left

Excerpt: Conservatives should fight back by removing themselves from these sites. We want to be able to speak freely, instead of having to fit within narrow confines defined by the opposition. We want the hivemind to be blind to anything but its own view. We also want these sites to fail.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg One example of a gimmick-free, self published website: Drudge Report

Ancient Origins - Three Babylonian Recipes From 1600 BC You Can Make At Home Today ... the oldest cookbook ever found was engraved by a master chef

The Tiny Life - Complete Solar Oven Guide ... tested and compared

YouTube - DIY - $10 Mora Knife / Survival Kit Hack - You Need to "Bushcraft-Ready" Your Blade ... video, 5m 18s

Science Alert - There Is Not Enough Land on Earth to Support The Diet Recommended by Authorities ... 38 percent of the land on Earth is used for food production

YouTube - The Best Handgun Caliber - A Real World Study ... 10-year stopping power study of real-world gun fights, video, 11m33s

Pluralist - Millennial Couple Bikes Near ISIS Territory to Prove ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed ... vegetarians who worked in the Georgetown University admissions office

Prospect Heights Patch - Calling 911 On Black People May Be Hate Crime Under Proposed Law ... designates racially-motivated 911 calls as hate crimes

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another anti-white law

Next Big Future - Evidence in several Gamma Ray Bursts of events where time appears to repeat backwards ... GRBs are brightest explosions known in the universe

College Fix - White male professors to be given female minority scholar mentors in anti-bias effort ... to teach the older teachers about their bias

Reason - Judge Threatens Censorship After Newspaper Reveals Bureaucratic Errors in Parkland Lead-Up ... she threatened to exercise prior restraint on the newspaper

Amerika - My Favorite 9-11 Theory Comes Out With Italian Bridge Collapse ... corrupt construction not up to standards they met “on paper”

College Fix - Public university forbids students from throwing snowballs ... Delaware State University

Uffizi - The Uffizi Gallery’s Treasures Online in 3D ... classic sculpture and artifacts

Daily Caller - Maryland College Scraps Math And Physics Majors To Cut Costs ... seven Texas universities also scrapped their physics programs from 2010 to 2018

DC Dirty Laundry - Mozilla / Firefox goes all in for evil … pushes corporate news collusion to silence independent media

Excerpt: Mozilla has joined the dark side. They’re jumping in bed with pure evil, pushing an “Information Trust Initiative” that would block independent media sources at the browser level while favoring corporate media giants like CNN.

Backdoor Survival - How to Grow Potatoes in a Bucket ... root vegetables are important to those of us who are concerned about the disruption of food supplies

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Mine are doing great. Yukons have the lead so far.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Demise, Fred On Everything - America is no longer a country. It is a set of special interests occupying the same place: Corporations, races, ethnicities, faiths, ideologies, foreign agents pretending to be Americans, all at each other’s throats. Blacks, fourteen percent of the country, are congenitally furious at whites. They neither assimilate nor want to. Hispanics, seventeen percent of the population, have a much higher likelihood of assimilating. The levers of governance are no longer accessible to the populace. Americans have no influence over what their children are taught, where Christmas carols can be sung, over war and peace, whether they can legally choose their neighbors, who they must hire. None of it is preventable. We careen toward whatever epochal demise awaits us.


Selco, Organic Prepper - When collapse happens, basically you have two options when it comes to precious metals. Either to give them up for food or ammo, water filters, antibiotics or whatever, at very low rates or to wait for some kind of system to return and then use precious metals at good exchange rates. In a real collapse stuff that can get you through that collapse is usually not precious metals. It is stuff that has immediate use and value. There are some early stages of SHTF when money is already not good, but immediately valuable things—food, ammo, meds—have not yet jumped in as a priorities. At that time, precious metals can work for bribing, paying for small things, solving problems etc.


Purge, Front Page - Suddenly Facebook wasn’t just a good way to reach constituents or look at your cousin’s cat pictures. It was how Trump won. It was why Brexit happened. It was why people opposed Muslim migration. It was evil. And then it was no longer a question of whether the internet would be censored, but on what terms. The media wanted special privileges. Google and Facebook baked in media fact checkers to oversee its results. But that wasn’t enough. Fact checking brought in clicks, but the media wanted a whole lot more. And Big Tech wasn’t about to give it all away either. It met the media’s virtue signaling with its own virtue signaling by deplatforming the sites and individuals that it associated with the right. That was how the purge began.


Gun ban, James Bovard - In addition to such state actions, there is a growing clamor on Capitol Hill to impose a nationwide ban on AR-15s and other semi-automatic firearms. If that happens, most gun owners are unlikely to surrender their prized possessions. As a result, millions of Americans could technically become felons overnight for refusing to obey what they consider an unjust law. The deep state’s surveillance and investigative powers make it far easier to target firearm-ban scofflaws than in earlier times. Anti-gun sentiment will seek to legitimize any surveillance or enforcement efforts carried out by federal agencies. Gun owners may face much wider assaults on their rights and privacy than have previously occurred.


1937. Yuma Arizona


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Dude! Papiere, bitte.

Yuma is in the southwest corner of Arizona. Last gas until California.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Dinosaur extinction, Atlantic - After her 1988 paper on foram she analyzed foram populations pre- and post-Chicxulub at nearly 300 sites around the world. Keller saw “no evidence of a sudden mass killing.” Instead, she found more proof that the Earth’s fauna grew progressively more distressed starting 300,000 years before the extinction. Chicxulub did not appear to Keller to have been particularly deadly. Samples west of the crater revealed healthy populations of forams even after the asteroid struck. Keller found the asteroid’s timing suspect, too. Keller concluded that the asteroid had hit 200,000 years before the extinction—far too early to have caused it.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This will get you to rethinking the asteroid impact theory but be warned, the essay is a too-long read and annoyingly chatty.


Sound, Phys Org - Most theories depict sound waves as more of a collective event than as physical things. They are seen as the movement of molecules bumping against each other like balls on a pool table—the energy of one ball knocking the next, and so on—any motion in one direction is offset by motion in the opposite direction. In such a model, sound has no mass, and thus cannot be impacted by gravity. Physicists have come up with a word to describe the behavior of sound waves at a very small scale—the phonon. But no one has suggested that they actually are particles, which means they should not have mass. In this new effort, the researchers suggest the phonon could have negative mass, and because of that, could also have negative gravity.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Another take on it: Next Big Future - Researchers calculate that sound has negative mass and negative gravity


Revenge, Taki's Magazine - Recent history has taught us that the democratic ideal of equal opportunity and thus fair outcomes is sure to be a very difficult business, so we must adjust our expectations accordingly. There shall be no “enlightenment now.” Rather, the weak and resentful will try to compensate for their own inadequacies through all manner of manipulation. This is bad news for whites, and for the patriarchy in particular. No people, after all, has accomplished more historically than white men. And for that they must now be punished

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see Aesop's essay at Raconteur Report. An excerpt:

Facts are stubborn things, especially when they reveal the utter bankruptcy of most of the world in regards to science, math, or absolute discovery. This is also why only one cultural tradition has universities and laboratories, and most others' pinnacles have stone altars for cutting people's hearts out, and/or sacrificing virgins to the volcano gods. When they didn't just eat you.


Tesla, Eric Peters Autos - Elon can’t sell his cars – so he is suing to make people buy them. Or at least, suing to compel the government to keep on paying people to buy them – if that distinction amounts to any meaningful difference. Elon has admitted openly that he can’t do “business” without these subsidies: “Clean energy vehicles aren’t attractive enough to compete without some form of taxpayer-backed subsidy.” The subsidies are not “taxpayer-backed,” they are government enforced transfer payments, the funds mulcted from unwilling taxpayers. He has singlehandedly perverted the market for electric cars by building them to be high-performance and luxurious, which has made them low-volume indulgences for the virtue-signaling affluent.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also see, Tesla's Single Point of Failure, at Institutional Risk Analyst. An excerpt:

"A $10,000 car? Yes, a plain old Festiva, with an inexpensive industrial electric motor, high power, off the shelf, low cost, wet batteries sufficient to move the car 60 miles between charges; which is 2x the distance the average American drives per day. It would also have an air cooled bio-fuel (or gas) engine to run the AC and provide electric heat as well as charge the batteries if needed".


1940s. Wartime poster


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "A spy? Nein nein, chust a fashion forward tourist vanting to take der selfy mit airplanes und ships. Maybe we haff coffee and talk of convoys und troop movements, yes?"

The uniform is a mess. A sergeant's collar tabs with officer's epaulettes, and a party member's eagle. Best guess: double agent.


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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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21 Aug 2018