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Where the name came from

What's with the title Woodpile Report? Well, it's this way, from January of 2004 until mid-2007 it was emailed to a subscibers list. In that form it was titled the Woodpile Weather Report. A picture of ol' Remus's woodpile appeared at the top as both a weather report and, by documenting the progression from log pile to chunkwood to a split 'n stacked woodpile, a witness to the seasonal changes. It was the thin thread from which comments hung. As thrilling as all that was, the comments metastasized and took over. But the title remains.

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Regime-speak

You're about to be lied to when they say-

a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
arguably
arsenal
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
public/private partnership
raising awareness
reaching out
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
root cause
sends a message
shared values
social justice
solidarity with
sow discord
speaking truth to power
stakeholders
statistics show
sustainable, sustainability
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
too many
too often
touched by
underserved populations
undocumented immigrant
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
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

Vanish

Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.

Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.

Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.

Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.

Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

Simplification: reducing all data to a single confrontation between ‘Good and Bad', ‘Friend and Foe'.

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

Transfusion: manipulating the consensus values of the target audience for one's own ends.

Unanimity: presenting one's viewpoint as if it were the unanimous opinion of all right-thinking people: drawing the doubting individual into agreement by the appeal of star performers, by social pressure, and by ‘psychological contagion'.

Orchestration: endlessly repeating the same messages in different variations and combinations.”

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally

Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit

Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo

Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course

Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people

Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure

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How to prosecute anybody

Look around for "suspicious" behavior, i.e., behavior on the part of a private citizen that can be made to appear suspicious

Ruthlessly probe every element of the "suspect's" life, using the effectively infinite resources of the State, until enough "suspicious" behavior has been amassed

Assemble a huge list of charges to place before a grand jury

Present the case in such a fashion as to promote the less plausible accusations and obscure the more plausible ones, thus securing a grab-bag indictment

Offer the indicted person a plea bargain that will spare him centuries in prison and complete pauperization at the bargain price of a few years and/or a few thousand dollars.

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

Long pole in the tent
Oh and by the way
And getting blown up/shot could ruin your whole day
Bottom line up front
Zero dark hundred/ zero dark thirty
All of us are smarter than any of us
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt
OBE
Standby to standby
That’s not in your seabag
Hurry up and wait
Too easy
Only easy day was yesterday
You get what you inspect
Needs of the [service]
Ship, shipmate, self
Full spectrum
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Boots on the ground
Lackadaisical attitude
Soup sandwich
Warmy fuzzy
Shut up and color
Stay in your lane
Show me your war face
Just to piggyback on what the CO said
High speed, low drag
Dog and pony show
Shit hot
We got a lot of moving parts here
Break break
Are you tracking?
It would behoove you

 

 

 

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Isaac van Ostade, Barn Interior

As said here last week, Isaac van Ostade was born in 1621 in Haarlem, North Holland where he lived until his death at age twenty-eight. His earliest paintings, of which this is almost certainly one, were influenced by Rembrandt. He's better known for his later works, mostly winter landscapes and genre paintings of rural inns.

Below is a page from van Ostade's sketches.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg When I read articles about bugout bags that include an inventory down to the last flint knapping tool, I skim them on the reasonable notion there may be some goody I've overlooked. Yet, even with noble intention, my eyes glaze over. It's like reading someone else's insurance claim.

A couple of weeks ago in WPR 557 I mentioned my my "three day, two night" woods cruising bag weighs up at sixteen pounds. Every pound detracts from mobility and is to be deeply resented, so it's kitted up for a round trip, not endless doomsday trekking.

I've had inquiries for specifics. Hmm. Why? What works for me, where I am, is unlikely to be optimal for someone else where they are.

How big is it, in liters, I'm asked. I don't know. Not too many, not too few, just enough ... a liter is like a quart, right? What's in it, I'm asked. Um, fire starting and first aid stuff, little kits in ziplocs for this 'n that, food, a tarp, a durable lightweight poncho, lots-o'-cordage, a Steinway concert grand ... the usual. Each item was chosen with great care, or it was on sale.

My standard for survival supplies and equipage is: have enough of good enough. Write that down. You can't go wrong. Be a realist, serve yourself, it's not like you're a curator of an exhibition or will be called before a star chamber to justify your selections.

But these things were asked in good faith so here's a picture of it. Notice the Swiss Army stove-canteen-cup and the mini-bivvy in the side pockets are in drawstring bags. Well of course they are, a moment's thought tells you why.

You can't beat civilian backpacks in the mid and upper price ranges. Army stuff is good, I have some, but unless you have partisan ambitions they're as much about provenance as about fitness for purpose.

Makers of civilian packs rely on customer appeal, performance, reputation, repeat business and referrals. Makers of Army gear have benign indifference for the user, he's not the paying customer. I'm an American, I know my rights, I demand to be coddled.

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Brian Maher at Daily Reckoning explains the inverted yield curve:

A Bloomberg Op-Ed gives the overview: “The U.S. Yield Curve Just Inverted. That’s Huge.” What is the yield curve, precisely? And why is its inversion “huge”?

The yield curve is simply the difference between short- and long-term interest rates. Long-term rates normally run higher than short-term rates. The further out in the future, the greater the uncertainty. So investors demand to be compensated for taking the long view.

When the 10-year yield falls beneath the 2-year yield, the yield curve is said to invert. The short-term bondholder is compensated more than the long-term bondholder. That is, the short-term bondholder is paid more to sacrifice less, and the long-term bondholder paid less to sacrifice more.

Since 1955, an inverted yield curve has accurately forecast all nine U.S. recessions. All nine.

Perhaps Mr. Maher meant to say, "forecast all twenty eight of the nine U.S. recessions".

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Back in March, James Quillian at Fantasy Free Economics described how a stock market crash would play out. An excerpt:

Odds are it will be telegraphed before the U.S. open. If you are a retail customer, the trading platform you are using will not be available for at least most of the day. This won’t be because of too much online traffic. It will be by design to keep retail stock holdings from having a chance to hit the market. Financial sites will operate inefficiently or not at all so as to slow down the flow of information. The averages will be reported just like they are on any other day.

Year-to-date the loss is about nine per cent for the DJI and SP500. My go-to equities charts, FinViz , are getting uglier by the day. But a twenty per cent drop was just another correction for us old school guys so I don't see anything to get crazy about quite yet. Keep an eye, though.

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"Wish I'd said that" gems.

From Roissy at Chateau Heartiste

In the end, what men won’t tolerate will fail to survive.

CDR Salamander at US Naval Institute Blog:

The process and the bureaucracy do not serve the national defense, the national defense serves the process and the bureaucracy.

Kurt Schlichter, quoted at American Greatness

The Elite has decided to declare war on the people who make up the backbone of this country because it just cannot live knowing the Normals are out there living free and uncontrolled.

The Z Man

The people are recoiling at the ugly world created for them by their rulers, so the slow search for new rulers has begun.

From David Collum at Zero Hedge

It seems indisputable that the vast majority of cryptos will find strong technical support at zero.

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Now for a different kind of prepper ingenuity.

Christmas in Great Britain, 1942. A bright vision from a dark time of shortages, danger, death and destruction both on the battlefields and the home front.

With rationing, Christmas dinner became a triumph of ingenuity. Ingredients were hoarded weeks and even months in advance. Tea and sugar rations were increased at Christmas which helped families to create a festive meal.

Turkey was not on the menu in the war years; if you were lucky you might have goose, lamb or pork. A rabbit or maybe a home-raised chicken was also a popular alternative for the main meal, accompanied by plenty of home-grown vegetables. As dried fruit became more difficult to come by, the Christmas pudding and Christmas cake would be bulked out with breadcrumbs and even grated carrot.

As the war progressed, much of the Christmas fare became ‘mock ; for example ‘mock’ goose ( a form of potato casserole) and ‘mock’ cream.

and finally,

Graf & Sons is offering .223/5.56 Federal 55gr and 62gr FMJ ammo by the barrel. 13,889 rounds per barrel , drop shipped from the manufacturer. Now that's what I call prepping. The ammo alone goes around 390 pounds, better have a forklift handy when it arrives.

A reader asked where I got my pipe tobacco seeds. This was my source: Seed Man on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Pipe tobacco is toward the bottom of the page.

An article at Zero Hedge says the Baltimore–Washington DC metropolitan area "has four of the top 10 fastest-growing regions of high earners ... people have gotten so wealthy that more than half of the households earn $200,000 or more". Hard work, self denial and good habits, likely. An inspiration for us all.

Best spear-making video I've found:

Youtube - How To Make a Survival Spear, by Animal Man Survivor, video, 9m 0s

Well fellow travelers, enough aimless chatter. Time to deploy our 15x70 binocs and survey the smoldering wreckage formerly known as the land of the free. It's all here in Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first an ad flogging the classic graduation day gift of days gone by.

 

1938. Parker pen ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Parker Vacuumatic, first marketed in 1932, featured an innovative ink filling system where an internal cartridge was collapsed with a plunger and drew ink when the cartidge regained its shape upon release. The Vacuumatic was replaced in 1941 by the more advanced Parker 51.

Kenneth Roberts wrote Northwest Passage, a best-selling novel published in 1937, second in sales only to Gone With The Wind. Sales were still strong in 1938.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Planet Free Will - French Generals Accuse Macron of “Treason” Over UN Migration Pact ... pact endorses unlimited migration to be treated as a human right and criticism of mass migration to be treated as hate speech

Eastern Michigan University Echo - Alt-right Message Written On Free Speech Wall ... the message “it’s okay to be white" was painted over by members of Student Government and the Silver Linings Fellowship Group

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The article also says, "Student Government encourages students to speak up and shut down inflammatory and hateful messages when they appear on campus." In service to inclusiveness and diversity, doubtless.

The Wrap - Tucker Carlson Dropped by at Least 24 Advertisers Over Immigration Comments ... he said immigrants to the United States made the country “poorer” and “dirtier”

Politicalite - A British man who organised a rally against Muslim rape gangs in Sunderland is facing seven years in jail ... accused of ‘stirring up racial hatred’ by Police

"A local grandmother was also arrested alongside him for “nothing more than filming his speeches” according to a source close to the case."

Urban Survival Site - 13 Urban Survival Tips From The Homeless ... in a major disaster they would actually fare better than the average person

Red State - NY Dem Behind Bill Requiring Gun Buyers Have Internet Background Checks for Mean Posts Tells GOP Staffer to Kill Herself ... also assaulted an official over a traffic ticket

Captains Journal - White House School Safety Report Recommends Gun Confiscation Orders ... "restrict access to firearms to individuals found to be a danger to themselves or others"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the sort of thing armies of occupation impose on defeated countries. Punitive dictates are announced out of nowhere and what was normal yesterday is a felony today.

The mere fact the Education Department believes itself compelled and qualified to endorse gun confiscation says all that needs be said about DC. The place is like a centipede, all the feet must move in rhythm or it rolls over and dies.

Unz Review - A Question: Is Today’s Japan Really A Sincere American Friend? ... despite a bloody history, Japan and China are now cooperating in ways that shut out the United States, Tokyo and Beijing enjoy a special understanding

Voice of Europe - Recently elected Muslim congresswoman, who denounces Islamophobia, mocks US Vice President’s religion ... since it was a Muslim woman mocking a Christian man, the media seems to not care at all

Daily Caller - Antifa Leader Relied on Anonymity to Push Radical, Violent Communist Agenda ... real name is Joseph Alcoff, employed by Americans for Financial Reform

Burning Platform - 10 Year Old Boy Performs at Gay Strip Club ... appears to spend most his time with adult gay men with the full support and encouragement of his parents

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They're stupidly overplaying their hand, making enemies where there were none.

Daily Galaxy - “A 1,000-Year Orbit”, Most Distant Object in the Solar System Detected ... 500 Km in diameter, more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun

DC Clothesline - Judge Napolitano’s Shocking Transformation Into Deep State Cheerleader ... has the judge cashed in?

CNS News - Least-Educated State: California No. 1 in Percentage of Residents 25 and Older Who Never Finished 9th Grade; No. 50 in High School Graduates

Of Two Minds - Why Everything That Needs to Be Fixed Remains Permanently Broken ... making rich people richer doesn't actually fix what's broken, it only makes the problems worse

MD Creekmore - Preppers How Much Food is Enough? ... estimates based on historical events

Survivopedia - How To Cache Your Survival Supplies ... supply caches to get you from your home to your bug out destination

Twitchy - Palestinian ‘child’ arrested at tender age of 15 sentenced to 35 years in an Israeli prison ... mainstream news doesn't mention he stabbed a man to death who was out grocery shopping with his family

Popular Mechanics - The Evolution of the American Tank ... tanks have been the U.S. Army’s armored spearhead for a century

Science Alert - An Amoeba Just Found an Entirely New Way to Solve a Classic Computing Problem ... slime mould amoeba actually solved the problem in a totally different – and arguably more efficient – way than most algorithms

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Terror, Anatomically Correct Banana - Only in our present clown world can a group hijack four commercial airliners, killing thousands of people, and then magically transform into not just an oppressed minority but an exalted one almost overnight. The more of us they rape, maim, and kill, the more ferociously our governments protect them. The response to nineteen Islamic terrorists flying commercial jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was to ramp up Moslem immigration presumably to show the world how very tolerant we are, because we all know when a civilization declares war on another, the rational thing to do is import millions of that civilization’s citizens and install them in positions of power.

 

Pacification, Canada Free Press - What everyone is still calling the “culture war” is no such thing—that war was well over. What we are now, experiencing is a pacification effort. The Left long ago largely purged academia and entertainment. Now big business has joined the phalanx. The cultural revolution continues apace. Statues come down, longstanding religious symbols and celebrations are purged, history is revised, Western heroes are demonized, sexual morality is undermined, nation-rending migration is encouraged and even classic old songs are condemned. From the French revolutionaries to the Stalinists to the Maoists to the Khmer Rouge, the Left has never brooked dissent.

 

Priests and warriors, Jim's Blog - From the time we defeated the Mongol hordes in Hungary in 1241, to our defeat in Afghanistan in 1840, the west was uniformly victorious for six centuries. Since then, since 1841 we have been suffering defeats by ever weaker enemies.. The writing on the wall is that the west is ripe for conquest, like a wealthy elderly widow in a neighborhood that has turned bad. Not so much conquest by a major power like China, but rather a dark age collapse, when ever changing minor actors engage in mobile banditry – closer to the New Year rape festival in Cologne than D Day. Since our current State religion is headed towards suicide and mass murder, we are going to need a replacement, assuming we survive at all..

 

Poverty, Fred Siegel, City Journal - The anti-poverty reforms that emerged out of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society of the 1960s have largely played themselves out. After 40 years in which we’ve quadrupled spending on the social safety net, the poverty rate is virtually unchanged. In roughly the same period, spending on education has more than doubled, also to little effect. What remains is the rhetoric of perpetual racism and the proliferation of government-funded community organizations dedicated to rounding up votes on Election Day. Communities collapsed. Recipients of welfare tend to be inactive, both in the lives of their children and in society generally.

 

1932. Central Park, New York City

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Two views of a so-called squatter's camp, rough shelters built by the unemployed who had been evicted for non-payment of rents or mortgages. The residents of Park Avenue were not amused.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Just us, Town Hall - Let’s stop pretending that America in 2018 has a “justice system.” It’s not a justice system. It’s a set of elite institutions that swing the law like a sledgehammer to crush threats to the ruling class’s monopoly on power. And we are under no moral obligation to pretend it is anything else. This is painful to admit. There are two sets of law in America today, meaning there is no rule of law in America today. Oh, there are statutes, and there are courts, and there are agencies full of people with guns willing to enforce the will of aspiring tyrants, but there is not rule of law. There is only power, theirs and ours. You, and those you elect, are not equal under the law to members of the elite.

 

Skools, City Journal - A federal commission on school safety has repudiated the use of disparate-impact analysis in evaluating whether school discipline is racially biased. School districts, threatened with a loss of federal funding if they didn’t reduce racial disparities in discipline, left disruptive students in the classroom rather than removing them. The results led to a teacher exodus. The Obama administration held that the only possible reason why blacks are disciplined in school more than whites is bias. Never mind that teaching is the most “woke” profession in the country after social work, with education schools frantically indoctrinating their students in white privilege and critical race theory. Disparate impact reflects disparate reality.

 

Fake lies, Medium - I know I’m not the only rural advocate and citizen that is wary about the anthropological gaze on rural America in the wake of the 2016 elections. Suddenly we matter, but only because everyone wants to be the hero pundit that cracks the code of the current rural psyche. There are only two things those writers seem to have concluded or are able to pitch to their editors — we are either backwards, living in the past and have our heads up our asses, or we’re like dumb, endearing animals that just need a little attention in order to keep us from eating the rest of the world alive. With that in mind, I was slightly reassured to hear that Der Spiegel’s journalist, Claas Relotius, had met some of the people that could represent the true complexities of Fergus Falls.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Claas Relotius, CNN's Journalist of the Year, confessed to wholesale lies over much of his career dressed as "in depth news" and is now an outcast, not so much for lying as for being found out. The story at Medium, above, is how and where his downfall happened.

As I've said elsewhere, the decades-long, mean spirited drubbing of Appalachia has been done by walking garbage like Claas Relotius. But even for this guy and his CNN pals it's not right to wish anyone dead, say, from a lingering and painful blood disease. No, it ain't right. But the cure for such journalism isn't more journalism.

Michele Anderson, who researched and wrote this for Medium, says this in defense of Fergus Falls: "I would have willingly poured my heart out to him about the night I watched the elections at Union Pizza, where I saw my colleagues and friends slouched over in tears of dread and sadness when we realized that Trump would be our next president". See? Claas Relotius got us all wrong. Like small towns everywhere, we're on the Right Side of History, we too struggle against the Deplorables.

And, "I would also have made sure he got the story of Fergus Falls residents who proudly attended the women's marches in St. Paul or D.C., and displayed Black Lives Matters signs in our yards or buttons on our jackets, people who mentor immigrants and refugees in the region". Well ain't she just too precious.

Claas Relotius is a serial lier, but Michele Anderson isn't an honest broker. She writes of her motive, "Knowing that Relotius' purpose was likely to focus on a few of our many conservative voters ...". In other words, she shares Relotius's low opinion of small town people and is just as eager to advance the accepted narrative. I see a journalist in the making.

 

Expansion, Science Alert - Why don't black holes just keep expanding and expanding and simply swallow the Universe? Now, one of the world's top physicists has come up with a new explanation. The idea could also unite the two biggest theories in all of physics. Basically it suggests that black holes expand by increasing in complexity inwardly – a feature we just don't see connected while watching from afar. In other words, they expand in, not out. Weirder still, this hypothesis might have a parallel in the expansion of our own Universe, which also seems to be growing in a counterintuitive way, connected to the growth of some kind of complexity.

 

1943. Aliceville, Alabama

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Aliceville, a town of about 2,300 today, is on the western border of Alabama. In 1943 it was home to a Prisoner Of War camp for about 3,500 captured Afrika Korps and other troops. The camp was closed in September 1945.

POWs were transported from eastern seaports by rail. In this photo, they've just debarked from a passenger train of St. Louis and San Francisco Railway—better known as the "Frisco"— barely visible in the far distance.

For more photos, see this video at YouTube, 2m 21s. For a fascinating documentary with interviews and reunions of former inmates, guards and townspeople, see this video at YouTube, 28m 26s.

 

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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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