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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
troubled youths
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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Asher Durand, Mountain Stream, 1848

This is a mid-career work by Asher Durand, completed just a year before his best known work, Kindred Spirits. Durand, a former engraver, shared the belief of most Hudson River School painters that nature was a gift from God and must be transcribed accurately and to best advantage by the artist.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Tom Ricks says, at Task & Purpose:

The next time we have a big war, I think the Navy will be our armed service that is caught the most flat-footed... there is not a single person wearing a Navy uniform that has experienced a full-on attack by an enemy fleet.

Nor does any other existing Navy have experience with a full-on attack by an enemy fleet, but the point is well taken. The last time the US Navy faced an enemy fleet was 75 years ago in the Pacific. We were taken to the woodshed for a sound thrashing. Then we won.

There's no mystery why we were kicked around like a rag doll in the first year of the war. The Japanese Navy outclassed us in every respect except anti-aircraft gunnery. They had better ships and more of 'em, better planes piloted by seasoned veterans, superb ship handling, better torpedoes—ours ran deeper than intended, had shorter range and faulty firing pins—and battle tactics tested and tempered in combat.

On our side of the ledger, we had broken their naval code. The Navy used this inside information to conduct guerilla war on the high seas. Even so, these hit-and-run ambushes rarely came out better than break even and often worse. They counted as victories in the headlines simply because we landed some punches. Yet our precariously small fleet was being whittled ever smaller with each engagement. There came a time when we asked the hard-pressed Royal Navy for help.

Eventually we won the war in the Pacific because, like a Broadway play, it came in three acts. By mid-1943 we were roughly equal, and by mid-1944 to war's end the US Navy was the class act of the world's navies, in all respects, as demonstrated in the gigantic Battle of Leyte Gulf. This was the largest sea battle of all time. The Japanese fleet suffered near-total destruction. What little was left was mostly damaged, many beyond repair and some sank days later while making their getaway. The survivors went into hiding.

Consider this. In December of 1941 when the war started both the US and Japan had six first line aircraft carriers actually deployed. During the war the Japanese added six fleet carriers, four light carriers and seven escort carriers. Although they were of somewhat less quality than their American counterparts, good enough is the gold standard in war.

After the initial engagements of that war there was a brief time when we had only one battle ready carrier at sea in the Pacific. But by war's end we had deployed 105 aircraft carriers—seventeen fleet carriers, eleven light carriers and seventy-seven escort carriers.

I recall reading of one Task Group—only part of a Task Force—having fifty-five aircraft carriers of various types assigned to it. Think of it. One Task Group had nine times our entire carrier fleet at the start of the war. In the Battle of Leyte Gulf mentioned above, the US Navy brought thirty-four carriers to the engagement, losing three small ones.

The Japanese deployed four carriers, total, only one of which was a fleet carrier. Despite fighting with valor, they lost them all, along with twenty-one other warships. It was, plainly, a rout.

The Japanese Navy had no carriers at war's end, none, it had in fact ceased to be an effective fighting force long before the war ended, meaning it couldn't defend itself, much less Japan. In 1945 our battleships were standing off the coast of Japan virtually unopposed, reducing industrial areas by direct gunfire.

The Japanese could have done the same to our west coast cities as a follow up to their attack on Pearl Harbor, but they were convinced we would withdraw from the Pacific before the week was out. Why risk it.

The 'lesson learned' is simple. At the end of the war we had the Navy we wished we had, and could have had, at the beginning. The next big war at sea will be decided in far less than a year, and on an as-is basis. Who will take who to the woodshed?


The quote for this week comes from the Z Man:

Ours is a parasitic system that is designed to drain the blood from the American middle-class. The patches and remedies to keep it going are just that, quick fixes to keep the blood flowing. Eventually, the host will die and the bankers will move on.


Daniel Greenfield comments on the downfall of comedy:

The old role of the comedian as a court jester, shocking and amusing for its own sake, was replaced by the new role of the comedian as an anchorman, delivering the same talking points with more jokes.

And the new political comedy has no room for going off message...

Audiences don’t go to comedy shows to have their sensitivities catered to. But in the unfunny tyranny of the left, everything is sensitive and nothing is funny. The ethos of the campus, its safe spaces and trigger warnings, its monotonous recitations of political agendas and endless outrage machine with its Twitter social justice guillotines, is everywhere now and pervades every single thing.


There's a compelling case to be made that the coming financial debacle will rip through the bond market first. And Treasury Bonds are the tent pole of that market. The instrument of destruction will be the long suppressed rise in interest rates DC must pay to offload its unpayable debt to P.T. Barnum's former customers.

The evil day may have arrived. Here are some excerpts from a lengthy analysis entitled The Gathering Storm In The Treasury Market, at well-regarded Global Macro Monitor:

The Treasury borrowed close to $1 trillion from the public in the first eight months of 2018, more than a trillion dollar swing from the same period last year...

The government was financed in January to September 2017, primarily by the Treasury reducing its cash balances at the Fed and “other means of financing,” such as deferring payments to federal retirement accounts, and a game of three-card monte by shifting funds around...

Countries caught running large deficits are now having their Wile E. Coyote moment.

The train has left the station. Interest rates are on the move.

And finally

Ever notice, in all the years you've been reading Woodpile Report, I don't use parenthetical expressions? They're of a piece with popups on the internet. I know, it's just me, but I consider the avoidable use of parenthesis an annoying imposition on the reader. It's like enjoying a bowl of onion soup and the waiter comes along and drops a live salamander into it, "no extra charge". Well thank you very little.

The lower reaches imagine parenthetical expressions to be quite clever. No, they aren't. They reveal laziness, if not weak mindedness. Okay okay, yes, weak mindedness. But not outright depravity like ritual cannibalism or being a Red Sox fan. So it's got that going for it.

When I'm condensing part of an essay for a copy-paste synopsis, stuff within parenthesis is the first to go. They announce, "here's a digression of small value interrupting and detracting from the presentation like an irksome bystander". Zap. Gone. So for me they add value in a twisted way.

There are some uses of parenthesis I allow myself. If I'm unsure of a date or the spelling of a name, as: 1927(?), von Rudenstoeffer (sp?). It's really a tickler for me to look it up. And if I want to inform the reader of an abbreviation, it'll be: Woodpile Report (WPR), but lately I'll just use it after stating the full form once. Parenthesis belong in equations, not essays. Enough of this, what else we got?

Oh yes, corrections by sharp eyed readers. In last week's WPR I posted a picture of CNN's Anderson Cooper standing in flood waters, and not incidentally also in a three foot ditch. Turns out the photo was from 2008. And in the war poster at bottom I said the sailors handling depth charges were in dress blues. Nope. During the war plain blues was a work uniform. I still can't quite wrap my head around the idea, but facts are facts.

Sigh. On to the unavoidable brouhaha du jour. I find the transparently bogus accusations by Christine Ford, the grandstanding by her defenders and the overly indulgent defenders of Kavanaugh to be insufferably tedious. Sane adults would dismiss her allegations betimes and demand she stop stinking up the place on several grounds, lack of credibility chief among them. But nooooo. Everyone's gotta take sides and have a food fight. Dump her off drunk in the vibrant part of DC, she'll have something real to complain about and an epiphany at the same time.

Okay fellow martyrs, we've chitchatted long enough. Time to put on our big boy pants and bravely wade into the world our moms warned us about, namely and to wit: poseurs, opportunists and professional liars. But have a care, I merely inventory the affronts and provocations, it's up to you to discover how to make a sane adjustment to an insane world. To that end, into the wood chipper we go, face first. Right after this old ad.


1936. Fashion Park magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lookin' sharp in the neighborhood.

During the Depression it was mostly "fake it 'cause yer not going to make it". Second hand clothing stores did a brisk business. Those who could afford new threads weighed value in minute detail. Only those vendors who offered real quality at an irresistible price survived.

One of them was Fashion Park, "a Rochester, New York manufacturer of men's tailored suits and apparel from the 1910s into the 1960s".

Further thoughts. In our time, credibly presenting one's self in a suit-'n-tie is thought to be something of a mystery cult. It isn't, so relying on the say-so of the seller is not an acceptable substitute for knowledge of the fundamentals. They're quick to tell you how wonderful you look, after all, they have a suit to sell. Dude! If you take a salesman's assurances as fact, it's fair to wonder what else you're so gullible about.

Perhaps of value to some readers is The Art of Manliness's guide for how a suit should fit, here . Add their guide to ties and you have it all, here . And yes, I have reservations on some teensy details but it's sound advice overall. Look around in their archives, there's more to find.

The principle is simple. As Ben Franklin put it, "Dress for others, eat for yourself." Especially your tie. An unfortunate tie instantly and irretrievably sabotages the finest getup, whereas a well chosen classic confers a killer top note.

Last thing. Unless she's a first rate seamstress, don't take the missus with you when shopping for a suit. In this case feminine judgment is, um ... let us say, contraindicated. Yeah, that's it. Contraindicated.


Remus's notebook


Kavanaugh accuser

Gateway Pundit - Christine Blasey Ford Published Eight studies about “Abortion Pill” and Works for Company that Produces It ... is director of biostatistics at Corcept

Cult of 1st Amendment - Why Christine Blasey Ford's High School Yearbooks Were Scrubbed: Faculty Approved Racism, Binge Drinking and Promiscuity

Politico - Woman denies attending party where alleged Kavanaugh assault occurred ... was one of the unnamed people Ford remembered attending the high school party. Excerpts:

"Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford."

"One week ago, Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others. Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any knowledge of the incident or even having attended such a party.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Who is surprised the disloyal opposition has pulled a last minute j'accuse? Who is surprised it would be a George Soros Justice Senior Fellow ? Who is surprised her story crumbles at the first touch?

With Ms. Ford's credibility circling the bowl, another "me too" has popped up, one Deborah Ramirez, with yet another lurid tale. Ms. Ramirez claims, one night during a drinking party when she and Mr. Kavanaugh were at Yale, he—wait, how many times do we have to watch this movie? And how many more accusers do they have in training?

Prepper's Will - What To Know About Gun Sanctuaries ... some counties in Illinois have established ‘gun sanctuary’ ordinances throughout the state modeled after sanctuary cities for illegal aliens

Effingham Daily News - Gun 'sanctuaries' spreading across Illinois ... counties will not enforce egregious state gun laws

Medical Xpress - The brain predicts words before they are pronounced ... prediction is one of the main neuro-cognitive mechanisms of the brain

DC Dirty Laundry - One-world-government Walter Cronkite: ‘I’m glad to sit at the right hand of Satan’ ... "we Americans are going to have to yield up some of our sovereignty"

Organic Prepper - Selco: What Really Happens When the SHTF Is Over Is Not What Most People Expect ... we lost a lot of “ourselves” in that SHTF, so we changed

Sun - ‘Cholesterol Con’ ‘No evidence’ high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol cause heart disease, doctors claim ... statins don't have any benefit


Ancient Origins - Investigating the Invisible Color that Ancient People Couldn’t See ... evidence for people not seeing blue dates all the way back to the 1800s

Science Alert - There's Evidence Humans Didn't Actually See Blue Until Modern Times ...the first society to have a word for the colour blue was the Egyptians

History Net - Learning from the Best: Escape Artists of World War I ... escape and evasion tips

National Interest - Here's 1 Way to Replace Navy Aircraft Carriers ... drones on container ships

Smithsonian - Freddie Oversteegen, Teenage Resistance Fighter Who Assassinated Nazis, Has Died at 92

"... she became part of an unassuming trio of young women who risked their lives sabotaging railways, assisting Jewish victims of Nazi persecution and using their charms to ensnare Nazi collaborators"

Warfare History - The Second Pearl Harbor ... May 21, 1944

Science Alert - Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them ... corn is 1,000 times larger than it was 9,000 years ago

Reason - Philadelphia Will Dismantle Its Asset Forfeiture Program and Pay $3 Million to Victims ... legal settlement guarantees reforms to what was once one of America's most egregious asset forfeiture programs

Daily Mail - Mysterious FBI shutdown of Sunspot Solar Observatory for 11 days was due to investigation into its night janitor downloading child porn

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Here's the official story. The FBI used Black Hawk helicopters, evacuated residents in the area for "security reasons", closed the post office, and shut down the observatory for eleven days to nab a janitor on a child porn rap. Sounds totally legit.

The Hill - One in five US prison inmates is a 'criminal alien' ... more than 730,000 criminal aliens in U.S. or state prisons

Daily Galaxy - “Tip of the Iceberg” –Previously Unknown Spiral Structures Discovered in the Milky Way

"These substructures allow us to conclude that the disk of our galaxy suffered an important gravitational disturbance about 300 and 900 million years ago... They developed a hypothesis that the disturbance was caused by the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy passing near the Milky Way disk"

Modern Survival - Food Price Inflation Hidden in Packaging

"after you open the can and use the cover to squish out the liquid, there’s barely any meat in there compared to the visual of the can itself. So I scooped out and measured the weight of the meat with my digital scale. No, it wasn’t 6.5 ounces, it was actually 1.7 ounces"

Organic Prepper - The Truth About That Expiration Date on Your Vitamins and Medications ... military-requested study found hundreds of drugs were safe and usable even 10-20 years after the expiration date

Eric Peters Autos - No More Chrysler 300, and Guess What’s Replacing it ... the 300 still sells well, much better than the electric Turducken that is slated to replace it

Republic Standard - I Am Not Your Mule: 4 Reasons for the White Identity Movement ... white men are expected to carry the burdens of building a new and “progressive” order, at the same time as we are derided and shamed for representing the old order

YouTube - Marines Run From Barracks To Carry Elderly From Burning Building ... Daily Caller video, 2m 12s

Jim's Blog - Collapse of Building Seven ... Building seven was rated to survive three hours of uncontrolled fire, it instead survived seven hours

Popular Science - Freezer bags are the secret to eating well on your next camping trip ... easy preparation, no dishwashing after


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Civil War II, Return of Kings - The coming U.S. Civil War will not have the same outcome as the U.S. Civil War in the 19th Century. As society breaks down, other parts of our economy and civilization break down. Businesses will cease to operate. General services will become unavailable, and confidence in government is destroyed. The U.S. will eventually divide into multiple factions, some will seek to impose a new government upon others. As confidence in the U.S. Federal Government declines and justice declines because of the deep state, mainstream media, and progressivism, people, already divided against each other, will form tribes. You are probably already seeing these tribes form.

Chicago Tribune - Are we on the verge of civil war? ... the present path eventually ends in something like a hate-filled Iraq, Rwanda or the Balkans

Raconteur Report - Es Kommt ... Either the lunacy will stop, or the country will rend itself

"That’s going to be Stalingrad, not Waterloo. Hue, not Gettysburg. House to house, door to door, room to room, war to the knife, knife to the hilt, and then hand-to-hand"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The notion of a Civil War II is improbable but not farfetched. The Democratic Party, their unelected supporters within government and the news media refuse to accept the result of the 2016 election, going so far as to declare themselves "the resistance", as if losing made the election illegitimate and the country is now "occupied". Given the coordinated subversion and sabotage it's safe to say the orderly transfer of power has failed for the first time since the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

After their shock in losing what amounted to a rigged election, the Democratic Party lurched toward the Bolshevist model of seizing power by insurrection on a wide front.

NC Scout at American Partisan advises caution about underestimating AntiFa, their armed wing. An excerpt:

Falling into the normalcy bias of Leftists simply resorting to shouting folks down and minor clashes is a trap—they are armed, they have a combat experienced cadre behind the scenes, and they have financial power structures behind them. These are not the sunshine leftists of the boomer generation. All of the dog and pony show of ad campaigns, political stunts and campus demonstrations will lead to violence—its only a matter of time. AntiFa is serious about what they’re doing. Are you?

The German Communist Party organized Antifaschistische Aktion in 1932, known now in America as AntiFa. Those old newsreels of street fighting in Berlin and elsewhere are mainly of the National Socialist paramilitary "Brownshirts" versus AntiFa. When you hear of the early concentration camps populated by political prisoners, it's largely AntiFa they're talking about.

They trot out this provenance at every opportunity. It's why any opposition is automatically "fascist" and "Nazi". As NC Scout notes, they aren't campus activists of the snowflake persuasion. They're gearing up for a civil war, again.


College Collapse, Z Man - Attending an elite university is the big flashing neon sign on a person’s resume, which is why entrance is super-competitive. It’s also why it is not difficult to graduate from one of these colleges. The graduation rates at these colleges are near 100%, even for athletes. In America, much of college is just an extension of high school. Look at the requirements of college fifty years ago and compare them to now. Then there are the frivolous things like gender studies or communication arts. Pretty much everything in the core curriculum of a modern college should be tackled in high school. The rest should be discarded.


Goldilocks universe, Aeon - Welcome to the ‘anthropic principle’, a kind of Goldilocks phenomenon or ‘intelligent design’ for the whole Universe. It’s easy to describe, but difficult to categorise: it might be a scientific question, a philosophical concept, a religious argument—or some combination. The anthropic principle holds that if such phenomena as the gravitational constant, the exact electric charge on the proton, the mass of electrons and neutrons, and a number of other deep characteristics of the Universe differed at all, human life would be impossible. According to its proponents, the Universe is fine-tuned for human life. This raises more than a few questions.


Double take, Quanta - Researchers are still trying to understand exactly why computer vision systems get tripped up so easily, but they have a good guess. It has to do with an ability humans have that AI lacks: the ability to understand when a scene is confusing and thus go back for a second glance. The human visual system says, ‘I don’t have right answer yet, so I have to go backwards to see where I might have made an error.’ If neural networks are to have license to do a double take, they’ll need a sophisticated understanding of when to draw on this new capacity to look twice and when to plow ahead in a feed-forward way. Human brains switch between these different processes seamlessly.


1936. Sioux City, Iowa


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of the Homeless Men's Bureau dormitory for unattached men, at Sioux City, Iowa. The men earned their keep with kitchen and maintenance work. Most were unemployed and actually looking for a job. Average age was 52.


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Privacy, Paul Craig Roberts - My Generation is the last one to have known privacy and to have lived out most of our lives in freedom. I remember when driving licenses did not have photos and most certainly not fingerprints. A driving license was issued on proof of birth date alone. Prior to the appearance of automobiles IDs did not exist in democratic nations. You were who you said you were. The intrusive questions that accost us every day, even when doing something simple as reporting a telephone or Internet connection being out or inquiring about a credit card charge, were impermissible. According to reports, soon our stoves, refrigerators, and microwave ovens will be reporting on us. The new cars already do.


Burgers, Town Hall - Millennial elitist dorks are all about screwing up burgers. “Gourmet” burgers, they call them. But they are a sad simulacrum of true burgers, and a crime against nature. The menus of those precious gastropubs that spring up in the gentrified blue coastal urban centers are loaded with “specialty burgers” with cutesy names and inane combinations of ingredients. It’s sad. Unable to create anything of value, these goateed hipster monsters can only pervert and deform that which is pure and beautiful. A burger is simple goodness. And, as they do with everything else, liberals screw them up.


Legacy media, Liberty's Torch - Monopolies and cartels of information dissemination are infinitely more dangerous than monopolies in other sorts of commerce. When such institutions preen themselves about their “ethics,” a smart American puts one hand on his wallet and the other on his gun. Especially when its agenda becomes impossible to conceal. We are fortunate to live in a time when a news oligopoly, at least, is no longer sustainable. But there are other protected bastions of information dissemination at work. There’s one in your neighborhood. It gets a hefty share of your tax payments and over a thousand hours per year to indoctrinate your minor children, and it makes full use of both. Isn’t it about time we put an end to this crap?


FYE, City Journal - The First-Year Experience has spread to 90 percent of American colleges. You may have come to study computer science or literature or biochemistry, but first you’ll have to learn about social justice, environmental sustainability, gender pronouns, and microaggressions. You may have been planning to succeed by hard work, but first you’ll have to acknowledge your privilege or discover your victimhood. If you arrived at college hoping to broaden your intellectual horizons, you’ll quickly be instructed which ideas are off-limits.


Russia, Pat Buchanan - Bolshevism may be dead, but Russian nationalism, awakened by NATO’s quick march to Russia’s ancient frontiers, is alive and well. Russia appears to have given up on the West and accepted that its hopes for better times with President Donald Trump are not to be. We are committed to containing the two other greatest powers, Russia and China. We are tied down militarily in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, with the War Party beating the drums for another and larger war — with Iran. In looking at America’s global commitments, greatly expanded since our Cold War victory, one word come to mind: unsustainable.


1940s. British war poster


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The caption below the illustration reads, "The R.A.F.'s intensive bombing of Germany's war industries continues". Shown is the legendary Avro Lancaster heavy bomber. Of the 7,377 built only two examples are airworthy today, one in Britain and one in Canada.


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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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