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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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Sanford Gifford, Kauterskill Clove, 1861

Although not considered one of his chief paintings, Kauterskill Clove was among the first of Gifford's works to bring him fame and fortune.

It looks toward the sun, as was common in his paintings. A solid middle ground serves as foreground, set against a background suffused within a pearlescent atmospheric veil, the whole united with an oval motif. The effect is utterly convincing and nearly hypnotic.

Gifford's Kauterskill Clove is held by The Met Fifth Avenue in New York City.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kauterskill Clove—spelled Kaaterskill today—is a real and for true place in the Catskill mountains. But this isn't it, exactly. An alternative title for this painting is, A Gorge in the Mountains. It's more fitting. Nowhere in the clove is there such a view. There is a lake above the falls but no lake below. And although the clove is a couple thousand feet deep at its deepest, it's narrower and more serpentine until it opens into the Hudson Valley.

Many years ago I toured "ground zero" of the Hudson River School, the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River valley. On my list were the Kaaterskill Clove and its two-tier falls , Thomas Cole's house and studio , Frederic Church's self-designed house "Olana" , chock full-o'-original paintings, the escarpment of the long gone Catskill Mountain House , and museums and galleries holding originals of works I particularly admire. Being a barefoot boy from outten the hills at heart, I stood in disbelieving awe when I saw the actual paintings.

The Catskill Mountains rise gradually if approached from the west, abruptly if approached from the east, which is to say from the Hudson River valley. The river is pretty much at sea level and only nine miles to the east of the upper clove, meaning the Catskills rise from sea level to their advertised height in nearly one step. The falls is at 2,000 feet, nearby North Mountain which overlooks the falls and the Hudson is 3,200 feet. New Yorkers don't like to hear this, but "Catskills" is a local name for what geologists know as the Northeastern Appalachian Mountains.

Kaaterskill Creek, which carved the clove, crosses New York Route 23A, the usual and most convenient place to access the upper clove and falls. The Google Earth coordinates for the falls are 42°11'36.00" N 74°03'48.91" W. The clove is inviting but dangerous. Rock ledges and cliffs seen in the paintings actually exist. Even 'though "improvements"—don't get me started—to the trails have been made since I was there, people still fall with some regularity, sometimes to their death.


Sketch for Kauterskill Clove, 1861
Sanford Gifford

One of his many reference sketches of the clove, his favorite subject by far, featuring one of its attractive recesses. Oddly, he painted the 261 foot double falls at the head of the clove only once, a small work done in 1871 . Only hinted at in this sketch, the falls is impressive video 0m 34s. For comparison, Niagara Falls is 167 feet tall, 13 feet less than the taller of the Kaaterskill falls' two tiers.


Self Portrait, 1853
Sanford Gifford

Sanford Gifford, born in 1823, grew up across the Hudson River from Thomas Cole, the nominal founder of the Hudson River School. It's said Gifford was a pleasant and sociable man, an outdoorsman by preference, popular with his fellow artists and the public alike.

Also see this portrait of Gifford in 1880 by Eastman Johnson.

Gifford served from 1861 through 1863 as a corporal with the New York State National Guard defending DC and Baltimore. During the war he lost two brothers, one while escaping from a Confederate prison camp .

In the grand celestial gallery that is the Hudson River School, Gifford and a few others rate an entire floor. Only rarely do inspiration, drive and technical skill blend in measures so well matched to the task.

As for the clove itself, a tour is a moderately demanding walk of an afternoon. Each turn presents an as-yet unpainted masterpiece, even though artists have mined it relentlessly for going on two centuries.


October in the Catskills, 1880
Sanford Gifford

Gifford reprised his 1861 painting in 1880, the year of his death from an upper respiratory ailment, said to be malaria.



When we're told our stealth aircraft are ineffective, and when we're told unstoppable missiles can take out US carriers at will, consider this. Russia is diverting scarce funds from other weapons systems to develop stealth bombers and fighters equal to ours, and China has embarked on a major carrier-building program to challenge the US Navy. Shall we believe what they say, or what they do?


Charles Smith at Of Two Minds explains how ever-increasing fixed costs: taxes, pension funds, health insurance &c., can turn what would otherwise be a recession into a catastrophic depression:

Here's the difference between a recession and a depression: you can't get blood from a stone, or make an insolvent entity solvent with more debt. Losses will have to taken, and nose-bleed fixed-costs will have to be slashed; reality will eventually have to be dealt with.

But everyone will resist this process because high fixed costs are the gravy train everyone depends on. Slashing fixed costs destroys the income needed to support asset valuations which are the collateral for the stupendous mountains of debt that define the U.S. economy. Once that debt is written down, the entire financial system collapses.


Vox Popoli offers good advice straight from the neighborhoods of middle America of times long gone:

My habits are pretty straightforward. Don't touch women and never initiate contact with them. Don't talk to women outside the friends and family circle except to exchange the customary civilities or to do business with them. Don't express attraction to women. Don't betray any emotion or vulnerabilities to women. Don't permit yourself to be put into situations where you are alone with women. Don't allow your mind to be distracted by a pretty face or a shapely figure. When in doubt, walk away.

There are a few exceptions, of course, but they are women who have proved, over time, that they are individuals who can be trusted, and not merely in the context of male-female relations either.


Respect The Flag, by John McNaughton


Diplomad reminds us the left is very good at ever so subtly altering the meaning of words so that over time those words no longer mean what they meant.

Let me bring up another perfectly good and evocative word now heading for the freak show booth, "survivor." If you sailed on the Titanic, or the Lusitania, or the Hood, or the Yamato, or the Indianapolis, or the Andrea Doria, and made it home, you are a survivor. If you made it through the horrors of the holocaust, you are a survivor. If you were brutally attacked, beaten, and raped, and lived to tell, you are a survivor.

If you had your bottom pinched, or underwent some catcalls, or got groped on a date, or had to put up with a "hostile work environment," "survivor" is not the label for you.

"Sexual assault" has been steadily redefined and watered down so it can be a boorish comment, a leer, or a gesture. To claim that as a "sexual assault" insults those who have suffered and survived real sexual assault.


Natural News comments on the left's subversion of the hard sciences:

STEM is actually discriminating against men these days by trying to dumb down physics programs in order to bring in more women. At the University of Oxford women are now being allowed longer periods of time to take tests than men. And at The University of Melbourne in Australia, “women only” scholarships are now being offered for spots that open up in its STEM program, effectively barring men who are actually qualified from participating.


This is from Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch:

A few brassy persons on the Right have said things to the effect that if a real civil war should erupt, the Right will prevail, because “we have all the guns.” This is foolishness on a potentially catastrophic level. Guns don’t matter nearly as much as the willingness to accept risks to self and loved ones, or the will to fight and win regardless of the cost.

Show me armed insurgency by the Left, a real civil war, and I'll show you the Right's eagerness to fight and win. Rolling over is a defensible conclusion only if we extrapolate from the fiefdoms welded to the big cities. Their inhabitants live well by objective measures, yet they're visibly demoralized, and why not, they've been browbeaten and intimidated every minute of their life. I don't know how they stand it.

You can scoop resignation out of the air with a spoon in those places. No matter how outrageous the imposition, give them a way to submit gracefully and they'll go for it. They're pre-defeated, as if chained to a stake in the ground. If there's another cohort like them I've not seen it.


An excerpt from the book, Through the Maelstrom, by Boris Gorbachevsky, as quoted at World War II Today.

"Boris Gorbachevsky was a Red Army junior officer whose Rifles unit had been on the advance all summer. Now they were pulled out of the line for some recuperation and replenishment. New recruits were brought in to fill the ranks – poorly educated and barely trained. He was shocked:

... Many had never held a rifle in their hands before arriving here and didn’t even know what it was called. You ask one Uzbek fellow:

“Do you understand what a rifle is, and what it’s for?” “I’ve never thought it over, Comrade Officer.” “Well, give it some thought now. When you go into battle, shoot at the fascists. And if they come after you, you simply can’t get by without it. The rifle is your protection. Do you know what a fascist is?” Silence.

I had to carry on such conversations. Many of the new soldiers were uneducated and illiterate. A few, for example, thought islands floated on the sea".


The quote for this week comes from Aesop at Raconteur Report:

I haven't moved an inch from where I was politically in 1980. But what was center-right then is now mutant alien extreme Right in 2018. And, naturally, those to the right of me then are the "even more radical fringe" Right.


Joe Long at American Greatness has identified an overlooked pocket of despicable non-inclusive gender bias:

Superior football performance, then, mandates the inclusion of women on our military academy football teams. Surely this would be at least as beneficial to the performance of a football team as it is to a Ranger battalion! ...

If, on the other hand, the academies insist on keeping their football teams all-male, and advancing weak rationales regarding athletic performance to justify the policy, it’s going to seem to the fans that they just don’t take football seriously enough. Surely their football teams should be given the same advantages which they envision mixed-gender infantry squads will have.

and finally,

The six per cent or so drop thus far in the stock markets has a long way to go to match routine "corrections" of the past. Ten or fifteen per cent was common, one year with another. Part of the concern comes from the raw numbers. In the Dow for instance, ten percent today is around 2,534 points. When the Dow itself was at 2,534, ten per cent was 253 points. A drop of 253 didn't seem so worrisome.

Traders today haven't seen a fifteen or twenty per cent drop in a very long time. For some of them it's never. Such a drop in the past brought talk of a recession, today it brings talk of Armageddon. Such fears are understandable and well founded, malinvestment and mispricing have become the rule rather than the exception, and debt defies description. My point is, a correction is like a dipstick, it doesn't cause anything in and of itself. We have to look elsewhere for the cause and the consequences. It's just here the trouble starts.

The spectrum of financial analysis runs from numerologists hawking hermetic math on one end, cult-like financial religions on the other, with reincarnations of Charles Dickens hectoring us from the center. Worse, building wealth seems no longer an attainable goal, merely outrunning the actual inflation rate is the new standard of success. The citizenry is well and truly cornered when money under the mattress is as much at risk as money in the stock market.

Well gang, the dismemberment of the republic still needs to be chronicled while we contemplate the overdue financial debacle. To that end, Yer Ol' Woodpile Report awaits, on the other side of this old ad.


1937. Chevrolet magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1937 Chevrolet Master and Master Deluxe was touted as "The complete car, completely new" in ads. Retooling had cost $26 million, an astronomical figure by the standards of the time*. Not since 1929 had Chevrolets been altered so completely.

Beneath the hood was a brand new engine. Still featuring overhead valves, it had a shorter stroke and a larger bore than the previous unit. Displacement was increased slightly, to 216.5 cubic inches, and four main bearings were fitted instead of three. Horsepower was rated at 85, same as the Ford V-8. All models now enjoyed the advantage of an improved synchromesh transmission.

* about $465 million in 2018 bux


Remus's notebook


Economic Collapse - We Just Witnessed The Biggest U.S. Bond Crash In Nearly 2 Years, What Does This Mean For The Stock Market? ... when bonds move too quickly that is a sign of panic, and that kind of panic can easily spread to equities

AEI - Women earned majority of doctoral degrees in 2017 for 9th straight year and outnumber men in grad school 137 to 100 ... except engineering &c.

Stuff That Irks Me - Does the new Antifa flag remind you of anything?

CNN - Clinton: 'You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for' ... "if we are fortunate enough to win back the house and or the senate, that's when civility can start again".

Christian Mercenary - Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton Declare War On The Republic ... when politicians no longer fear the electorate, as now, there is no republic at all.

The Lid - Vox.Com With A Side Of Chow Mein ... the site is heavily funded by the communist Chinese government

Raconteur Report - LARPing Isn't Military Training ... the Left is training to go from being targets, to being armed enemy targets. An excerpt:

"Antifa, hiding behind their masks, thinks that mobbing old guys and women, and taking pepper spray makes them tough customers. I don't think, deep down, they really want to try their hand at watching their own guts spill out in their hands, or cradling their dead friends with only half a head left".

Daily Mail - Portland residents' fury at mayor for allowing Antifa activists to take over street, direct traffic, abuse motorists and attack driver ... elderly white guy

Watts Up With That - IPCC and Al Gore “12 years to save the planet” (again) ... climate tipping points have a long history of repetition, moved deadlines and utter failure

Daily Mail - Soldiers and trenches of WWI are revealed exactly as they looked 100 years ago in staggering colourised footage transformed by Lord Of The Rings director ... 'I wanted to reach through the fog of time and pull these men into the modern world'

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This you gotta see. The black and white film was cleaned up and optimized, then time corrected by inserting digitally interpolated frames, and masterfully colorized. It's the real deal, unlike the usual slapdash stuff.

Quillette - The Devolution of Social Science ... modern sociology bounces merrily along from science to anecdote and story-telling, to propaganda, to activism — often within the same paragraph.

Primal Survivor - Best Emergency Food For Survival: Top 5 Brands Reviewed ... Valley, Wise, Augason, Legacy and Mountain House

Atlantic - Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture ... youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either

Toronto Sun - More and more people are saying no to the PC mob ... homeless people our “outdoor neighbours”

National Interest - The Army Has Big Plans for a Light, Fast and Deadly Super Tank. Here's What We Know So Far ... all of the details we could get

Eric Peters Autos - Who Runs Bartertown? ... property taxes are the means of assuring that we never truly own anything by making us pay for the thing in perpetuity

Quanta - Famous Experiment Dooms Alternative to Quantum Weirdness ... oil droplets guided by “pilot waves” have failed to reproduce the results of the quantum double-slit experiment, crushing a century-old dream that there exists a single, concrete reality

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If yer at all familiar with quantum physics there's no need to read the article. The experiment failed. End of story.

Prepper Journal - Lessons from History, Victory Garden Advice That Applies To Everything ... get the most out of everything

Babylon Bee - 'Let The Hate Flow Through You!' Cackles Cloaked Hillary Clinton At Campaign Rally ... Take up weapons against Republicans—use them

All Outdoor - Homemade DIY Waterproofing Without Wax ... for fabric stuff such as hats, light jackets, backpacks, ditty bags

Art of Manliness - 23 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do ... learning how to judge the truly dangerous, from the simply unfamiliar

Zero Hedge - More FBI Corruption Exposed: "Compromised" Asian Staff Recalled After Prostitution Probe ... personnel in some half a dozen cities, including in East and Southeast Asia

Popular Science - Volcano decides eruptions are boring, tries sliding into the sea instead ... the southeastern flank of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, is sliding into the Ionian Sea

Prepper's Will - Prepping Your Pantry For The Long Haul ... most of us won’t fill our pantries with everything needed because we haven’t learned how to do it properly

Status 451 - Days of Rage ... in 1972 we had over nineteen hundred domestic bombings in the United States. h/t Knuckledraggin My Life Away

Task & Purpose - Technician Accidentally Fires Vulcan Cannon And Destroys An F-16 On The Ground In Belgium ... includes photos


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Diversity swarm, City Journal - By the time a homeowner discovers a termite infestation, chances are that the destructive pests have already caused serious structural damage. So it is with “campus diversity officers,” a category of academic bureaucrat that didn’t even exist until fairly recently. Within a short period, diversity apparatchiks have taken root on most college campuses and expanded into sprawling bureaucracies with multimillion-dollar budgets. It’s an article of faith that “diversity,” originally a euphemism for affirmative action, somehow enhances the educational environment, but data supporting the mismatch theory refute this claim. Unless the cycle of promoting and nursing imaginary grievances is ended, diversity bureaucracies will take over our colleges and universities, supplanting altogether the goal of higher education.


Climate, American Greatness - The new IPCC report is another example of what author Marc Morano called, “the ever-receding tipping point.” In his book about the trillion-dollar farce that is the international climate change movement, Morano detailed the shifting goalposts, data manipulation, and dystopian threats that are all part of the strategy deployed by climate activists trying to influence public opinion and policy. “What the media is not telling the public is these climate reports are self-serving reports that have predetermined outcomes,” Morano told me via email. “The U.N. hypes the climate ‘problem’ then puts itself in charge of the ‘solution.’ And the mainstream media goes along with such unmitigated nonsense.”


White, Kakistocracy - While white men screaming “white man!” at other white men as an insult is a stupidity difficult to exceed, his ‘comrades’ certainly weren’t dissuaded from the attempt. In another intersection hijacking, an elderly driver induced antifa’s crusaders to attack his car at not one but two traffic lights. Would you guess this attack was triggered by the driver dragging Tom Robinson by the neck to a lynching tree? Well, it was nearly that bad: he was dragging his own old white body through a green light. And that, Atticus Lenin, is even more raysis. Of course protecting the public is far beneath the dignity of the Portland PD. And so trivialities like domestic terrorists attacking drivers in the middle of the city in broad daylight are simply not something to leave the doughnut shop over.


PC, American Conservative - Race and youth are not indicators of openness to PC. Black Americans are the minority group most accepting of PC, but even then, 75 percent of them think it’s a problem. Progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated—and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year, nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree and are the most racially homogeneous group in the country. It’s not that most people believe there aren’t serious problems in the country, it’s that people are tired of the Progressive Speech Police stalking around like Saudi imams with sticks in hand.


1937. Jennings Maryland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg There are two places in Maryland named Jennings. This one is in Garret County, where West Virginia, southern Pennsylvania and western Maryland meet. Jennings's present population is 113. It was considered to be a ghost lumber town in 1937. From Google Earth, it appears the photo looks north on Bear Hill Road.


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Democracy, Amerika - Democracy is government by, of and for the deformed, immoral, and defective maggot-folk. Now that I’ve shot through all the euphemism rounds, I’ll tell you how I really feel. I don’t really feel any different. Democracy is bound within the constraints of a negative gradient. The worst and the trashiest always win in the end. There is a three step algorithm by which any Democracy anywhere will be conquered by the trash pandas of any society’s dung heap who will then gleefully pour Socrates the hemlock. Demand One-Sided Tolerance, Subvert And Undermine Virtue In All of Its Forms, and Weaponize Scandal And Destroy The Man Any Time You Fear His Argument.


Civility, Spectator - Hillary Clinton said “civility can start again” when the Democrats regain control of the government. She declared, in other words, that the peaceful transfer of power now applies only when her side wins and that she won’t stop stoking unrest until the “deplorables” learn their place. Make no mistake about it, the Democrats' silence equals consent. By refusing to call out this power-hungry harridan, these cowards render themselves complicit in the inevitable bloodshed. She encourages violence against the “deplorable” and “backward” people who couldn’t bring themselves to trust her in 2016. What can we expect if she ever acquires the power to impose her warped worldview on the nation?


How to Live Without Money, Primal Survivor - Money no longer works under hyperinflation. It turns into something you’ll do anything to avoid having: something so worthless you won’t even bend down and scoop it up off the floor while you’re looting. If you want to survive an economic collapse, you’ll need to give up on money completely. There are no examples of barter economies in history. It was the philosopher Adam Smith who claimed that barter economies were what people used before money was invented. It isn’t a bad idea to stockpile barter items in case you run out of crucial items and need to use the black market. However, you are safer avoiding the black market completely.


Turbulence, Ars Technica - The story goes that Werner Heisenberg once said that, if he were allowed to ask God two questions, they would be, “Why quantum mechanics? And why turbulence?” Supposedly, he was pretty sure God would be able to answer the first question. Unfortunately, physicists still don’t agree on how to define turbulence. Turbulent flows exhibit a wide range of interesting behavior in time and space. Most of these have been discovered by measurement, not predicted, and there’s still no satisfying theoretical explanation for them. Why is the turbulence problem so hard? The best answer comes from looking at both the history and current research directed at what Richard Feynman once called “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics.”


1943. Off the coast of Iberia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "View of a convoy in calm seas, seen from the bridge of an Royal Navy escort vessel believed to be anti-aircraft light cruiser HMS Scylla, as it passes the Iberian coast, July 1943. Scylla was part of the escort group for UK-Freetown convoys". Scylla was one of the first ships to be attacked with a radio controlled glider bomb. It missed.


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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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