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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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Caspar Netscher, Boy Blowing Bubbles, 1670

Caspar Netscher had a tough childhood. He lost his father at age two, lost his two older brothers to starvation during a siege, lived in penury and poorhouses with his mother and was given up for adoption, all before age fifteen. He went on to become a prominent Dutch Master, specializing in portrait painting and genre pictures, of which Boy Blowing Bubbles is one.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Shutdown

For nonessential federal employees the shutdown is a vacation with deferred payment, yet we're expected to weep in solidarity because they're being inconvenienced. Welcome to the real world. We Deplorables work without pay for the equivalent of several months of every year to fund DC's parasitic bloat. And we have to show up every day.

No one in DC cares when they export or destroy whole industries and we lose our jobs and our homes. But when their personal cash flow is temporarily interrupted we're to believe it's a national tragedy. Some do worthwhile work. But let's face it, many are otherwise unemployable leeches. Others are doing the country a service by staying home. Still others are employed by departments that should be abolished outright.

Their sense of entitled well being is understandable. DC hasn't known hard times in anyone's lifetime. Example: in the years following the credit crash of 2008 the free-for-nothing money spigot gushed all over DC and their coastal cronies but never quite made it anywhere else. They're still trying to explain why that's the way it should be if banks suddenly don't trust each other. Huh?

DC is hardly less an aristocracy than was the Kremlin. The Soviet Union fell because the ruling class, the "vanguard of the people's revolution", somehow ended up with the limousines and country houses while the people stood in lines for bread and cheese. People notice these things. Even we "deplorable and irredeemable" notice these things. One day DC may get the enema it really needs.

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For survival in the long term it's food first, natch. Then a couple of rifles and a sidearm, perhaps a shotgun as well. The firearms will last a lifetime with routine care and maintenance. But ammo, once expended, is gone. The solution suggests itself.

Like everyone else, except for that guy in eastern Missouri, one of my core firearms is a .22LR. At present I'm putting a supply of ammunition into very long term storage. My first thought was Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, stored in an M2A1 ammo can. Alas, my confidence in Mylar bags is high but not this high, they're fragile and prone to tiny, undetectable leaks. "Almost certainly okay" isn't good enough. As the irregulars like to put it, ammo is mission critical.

My second thought was to vacuum pack them in Mason jars. Around here solutions must involve Mason jars. It's a rule. But a quick, hard vacuum may dislodge the bullets from the case, or perhaps merely compromise the crimp. I don't know this would happen, only that it's been reported. .22LR bullets have a small step at the bottom called the "heel" which is assembled to the case mouth with a light crimp. This is a legacy method, overthought, inherently weak, and used nowhere else.

Yet the fact remains, a vacuum prevents oxidation of the cases and bullets, and seals the lid. Mason jars with oxygen absorbers seems to be the answer. They prevent oxidation and pull a slow, low vacuum, enough to seal the jar. "Slow" means forty-eight hours, and "low vacuum" means the oxygen that is 21% of the air will be absorbed, leaving the 79% which is inert nitrogen. Other than keeping the lid tightly sealed, the low—1/5 by volume—vacuum itself is of no particular value.

At present I'm filling most of the jars with standard velocity, copper washed 40 grainers. But not all. In keeping with Heinlein's warning that specialization is for insects, one jar is subsonics for added discretion and another is Aguila 60 grainers, also subsonic, for added terminal effect at short to medium range. What they do to raccoon-size critters has to be seen to be believed.

Here's my procedure.

I fill a jar, then cut off the end flap of the box and put it inside, slipped in along the side so it can be read after closing. I dropped in a 100cc oxygen absorber and closed 'em. This is my source for oxygen absorbers. Before storing the jars I'll lightly coat the lid and ring retainer with Vaseline. Comments from informed readers are invited .

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The Z Man describes the post-citizen world:

An orderly debate about what is best for the citizens of a country is impossible because the people in the ruling elite of the West define themselves in opposition to the notion of citizenship. That’s what it means to be a post-nationalist Progressive.

The whole point of it is to oppose those antiquated notions of citizenship. Those are exclusive and the new global person is open. Worse yet, citizenship is hierarchical, placing the interests of some over the interests of others.

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"Wish I'd said that" gems.

Gatto, comment at Zero hedge, about Gillette's "toxic masculinity" ad

Imagine the liberals head exploding all over the place if there was an ad urging Muslims not to be terrorists, or blacks not to be criminals, or refugees not to rape white women! Yet, mostly, white men are fair game!

Matthew Paterson at American Mind

How can we speak of a national government operating for the sake of the common good of its citizens when many elite leaders refuse to support any meaningful understanding of citizenship, and often actively oppose it?

Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

Any of the Founders, if brought back to life to review what’s become of the Republic they created, would leap back into his grave with a plaintive demand that we not disturb his repose again.

James Dakin at Bison Prepper

You didn’t get it, about food. You confused calories with tasty treats. You were an idiot and are going to pay the price.

Unknown

A man with many things has many problems. A man without food has only one problem.

Stilton Jarlsberg at Stilton's Place, about Trump cancelling Pelosi's flight

What his move lacks in class, it more than makes up for in style points.

CH at Chateau Heartiste, about the wall

Socialist policies can be revisited and reversed at a later date. Demographic displacement is forever.

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Comment by reader "Lost My Shorts" at Zero Hedge about article "New US Intelligence Study: China "Already Leads The World” In Key Weapons Technologies"

When the Chinese design and build weapons, they design and build weapons. The Americans, meanwhile, are too busy reducing the number of white men on the design team, and monitoring everyone to make sure they use the right pronouns, and me-tooing the men who weren't pushed out for some other reason, and making sure enough women and racial, aboriginal, marginalized, cultural and sexual minorities are present in every phase of the project, and retrofitting the restrooms to be gender neutral, and making sure the project plan is culturally sensitive and not heteronormative. It's amazing anything flies anymore. Diversity is our strength.

Hear hear and pass the beer.

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From Eaton Rapids Joe

William Devane is inescapable.

He is the spokesperson for Rosland Capital, a seller of precious metals and his ads carpet bomb Fox News, among others.

William's dad, Joseph was FDR's chauffeur. FDR is the guy who made it illegal for Americans to hold gold.

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From Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times

Imagine not just opposing President Trump’s wall but also opposing the nation’s cruel and expensive immigration and border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace. Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you’d be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to Maine.

There’s a witheringly obvious moral, economic, strategic and cultural case for open borders, and we have a political opportunity to push it. As Democrats jockey for the presidency, there’s room for a brave politician to oppose President Trump’s racist immigration rhetoric not just by fighting his wall and calling for the abolishment of I.C.E. but also by making a proactive and affirmative case for the vast expansion of immigration.

Farhad Manjoo is an Indian from South Africa, a Cornell graduate, a moron, and probably an anti-colonialist without realizing the irony. He and his family emigrated to southern California when he was eight years old. Mr. Manjoo came to the New York Times in 2018 by way of a staff position at Salon where he earned the coveted award for Best Argument Against Further Immigration.

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Those who condemn the US for using atomic bombs against Japan ignore this bit of history, as told by David Barrett at Warfare History Network

The Japanese had two atomic bomb programs of their own during the war; both the Army and Navy each had projects. In fact, Prime Minister Tojo took a personal interest in the Japanese bomb project, believing that “the atomic bomb would spell the difference between life and death in this war.”

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Here's a quiz for you. Who said these things? Some guy Louis Farrakhan keeps in the attic because he's too wacko to run around unsupervised? Ah, but no. Read on.

Killing some white people isn’t genocide; it’s killing some white people

We had to kill some white people to get out of slavery. Maybe if we’d killed more during the 20th century we still wouldn’t talk about racialized voter disenfranchisement and housing, education, and employment discrimination. This should not be controversial.

Fighting white people is a skill.

You have to get used to fighting White people. It takes practice.

Blacks kill Blacks because they have never been trained to kill Whites.

Answer: University of Georgia philosophy Teaching Assistant Irami Osei-Frimpon , a Member Of The African-American Community, summa cum laude with oak leaf cluster. Replace "white" with "black" and the staffer would be instantly fired and disavowed, the place would be burned to the ground and the university prez would crawl through broken glass in tearful supplication. Frimpon is still employed and lionized for his bravery.

and finally,

I've just read One Second After, in the trade paperback format, first published in 2009. The author, William Forstchen, has a deep background in military history, and has written many history based novels and some tech stuff. One Second After was followed by One Year After and The Final Day. Taken together they're called the "John Matherson Series", the lead character's name. Not yet released is One Fortnight After Sidereal Midnight Of The Final Day.

One Second After checks all the boxes. The author writes what he knows and develops his characters at the outset. The main actor is at the center of events and we're privy to his serial agonies. The supporting characters say and do what supporting characters say and do. The story unfolds in steps, each foreshadowing the next, staying in its lane to the end. One Second After is like a small town newspaper, readers know exactly what happened, they just want to be sure the paper got the facts right. All in all, a six sigma example of doomster writing.

Change subject. There's a theory about earthquakes I find appealing. When the sun radiates less heat, as it's doing now, the earth's crust cools a bit in response, which exacerbates existing crustal tension and compression. It's direct and simple. And I like simple. There's more to it, plausible but complex, apparently in answer to questions no one asked.

Well gang, much as I'd like to chitchat, there are Momentous Things afoot that demand our attention every waking moment. Reliable sources tell me we're "at a crossroads", i.e., probabilities as yet unresolved are, somehow, news. Like those Republic serials of the '30s and '40s we gotta watch this week's chapter just to keep up. It's all here at Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, right after this old ad.

 

1940. Dobbs magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Don your bespoke suit from Savile Row and Canali tie, your Burberry coat and Allen Edmonds Cordovans, strap on your Calatrava and top it all off with a hat by Dobbs. Now you're properly attired to take your '37 Bentley for a spin.

The advertised prices in today's bux are about $135 and $180. Dobbs hats originated in 1908 and have been on the market ever since .

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

College Fix - Mothers in shock as daughters come home from college with mustaches, breasts removed ... college officials celebrate students who choose to transition as brave warriors

Goodbye, America (in a photo) - Amazog ... in case you doubted the decay

Taki's Magazine - Gillette’s Castration Razor ... this “new era of masculinity” seems decidedly anti-masculine to me

Survivopedia - Why Salt And Sugar Are Your Best Survival Allies ... in a survival scenario, you may require extra salt

American Conservative - How to Talk to Someone Who Wants to Put You in a Gulag ... conservatives’ continued existence in the public square is an ongoing act of violence

Ammo - How the Modern Prison-Industrial Complex Puts So Many Americans in Jail ... highest number of prisoners and the highest per capita incarceration rate in the modern world, 19 percent of all federal inmates are housed in privately owned and operated prisons

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Everything's a business model

PJ Media - SJWs Outraged White Actress Will Play African Queen Cleopatra ... she was descended from the Greek general Ptolemy

City Journal - Shutdown Flimflam ... is it a national emergency if reporters are begging readers for stories?

Planet Free Will - Furloughed Federal Employees are Still Paid More Than You ... those with only a high school education earned 34 percent more, benefits were 93 percent higher than in the private sector

Washington Post - How ‘politically correct’ went from compliment to insult

Excerpt: The phrase began to circulate in American communist circles in the 1930s and ’40s, at first as a straightforward term meaning “the proper language to use, or the proper position, for a member of the U.S. Communist Party to take on a particular issue.”

Phys Org - Saturn hasn't always had rings ... originated less than 100 million years ago and perhaps as recently as 10 million years ago. The rocky core of the planet must be between 15 and 18 times the mass of Earth, similar to earlier estimates.

AP - Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide beginning in elementary school ... would be country’s first to make climate change instruction a matter of statute

art-remus-ident-04.jpg As always, indoctrination

Intellectual Takeout Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today ... give our students challenging material to dissect, process, and study

American Digest - No More Bums in America: Noted in Passing on the Streets ... we have almost completely cleaned up the streets of our cities

Los Angeles Times - Immigrant Acquitted in Kate Steinle’s Shooting Death Wants Gun Conviction Overturned ... he didn’t know a gun was in his hands.

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Wilson Times - State Civil War sites ditching Confederate gear ... state officials say there was no marching order to yank Confederate battle flags from gift shop shelves at North Carolina’s Civil War battlefields, but they don’t deny reports of a gradual phase-out

Ann Coulter - White Supremacists Ate My Homework ... eventually people get tired of the left's fixation on "white people"

The Drive - Russia Just Imported More World War II Era T-34 Tanks Than They Will Buy New T-14s This Year ... a couple dozen T-34/85s from Laos for movies, reenactments and displays

Time - The FBI Is in Crisis. It's Worse Than You Think ... DC's Stasi

Gateway Pundit - 35 Times the FBI “Deviated from Standard Practice” or Committed Crimes in Effort to Exonerate Hilary and Indict Trump ... current members of the FBI are embarrassed to even turn on their TV

American Greatness - Walls Are Closing in on the FBI—and Its Media Accomplices ... the real scandal looks like it will finally get the attention it deserves

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yeah, right. Attention is about all it will get. More painting the pimple.

Babylon Bee - Are You Suffering From Toxic Masculinity? Know The Warning Signs ... the latest disease to plague the nation

Spectator - To Hell With Gillette ... now it’ll be wanting us to shave our legs too

The Onion - Woman Didn’t Know Progress On Toxic Masculinity Would Turn Boyfriend Into Such A Weepy Little Pansy ... humor in a jugular vein

New Yorker - Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua ... "if someone else has a better explanation, they should write a paper about it"

Zero Hedge - California Expected $1 Billion In Tax From Sale Of Recreational Marijuana; This Is What Actually Happened ... ridiculously high taxes, insane regulations, and a readily available alternative. Result, no sale.

Time - Asteroids Are Slamming Into Earth Twice as Much as Before, Scientists Say ... 2.6 times more than the previous 700 million years

Ancient Origins - New Insights Into what Neolithic People Ate in Southeastern Europe ... Europeans of 8,000 years ago ate very well

American Conservative - William Barr’s Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers ... was top cop during the federal siege and killing of Randy Weaver's wife and son

Daily Wire - Democrat State Senator Announces Using 'He/She' Pronouns Will Be Banned During Hearings ... California knows no bounds when it comes to radical LGBT activism

 

1864. Remington New Army and Navy ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the famous Remington Model 1858 percussion cap, single action, black powder revolver, available in .31, the "Navy" .36 and the "Army" .44 caliber. Shown in the ad is the "new" version of 1863, same as the original with minor tweaks. All were discontinued in 1875 after a production run of nearly a quarter million. Near-exact replicas are currently offered and enjoy steady sales.

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Custodial state, Fred On Everything - The public can still be told that genetics is racism. This won’t last. The growing panic surfaced in the recent stripping of honors from James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA helix. His sin? He said that the measured gap in intelligence between blacks and whites is genetic. For this he was silenced. The hostility to genetics springs entirely from the fear that Mr. Watson will be proved right–that it will show blacks to be less intelligent than whites. Here the evidence is overwhelming, and there is no counterevidence. Has it not been obvious for a very long time, that blacks cannot function in a technological society? A few, yes. Most, no. This is the case worldwide.

 

Unreadiness, Navy Times - A scathing internal Navy probe into the 2017 collision that drowned seven sailors on the guided-missile destroyer Fitzgerald details a far longer list of problems plaguing the vessel, its crew and superior commands than the service has publicly admitted. Their report documents the routine, almost casual, violations of standing orders on a Fitz bridge that often lacked skippers and executive officers, even during potentially dangerous voyages at night through busy waterways. Some radar controls didn’t work and he soon discovered crew members who didn’t know how to use them anyway.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What Navy Times describes are the effects, not the cause. They deployed their standard issue ten foot poles when it came down to the reason. Need a refresher? Here's a good source: Grouchy Old Cripple - Military Readiness. It's far worse than the public knows. But you can bet our adversaries know.

 

Gun control, Survival Blog - The Democrat Party majority in the House is launching a raft of new civilian disarmament legislation. Although there is still a Republican majority in the Senate, some of these bills may be passed into law. The Senate has re-introduced a bill to encourage states to pass red-flag laws that would make it easier for courts to disarm “dangerous people.” President DJT has promised to sign such legislation. Senator Feinstein has introduced a ban on many semi-autos and magazines holding more than 10 cartridges. I am particularly concerned about requiring a phoned-in FBI National Instant Check System background check for all sales of post-1898 guns. I assume that it will become a felony to privately sell a modern gun outside the process.

 

Global warming, American Thinker - Chuck Todd opened last year's final Meet the Press show, which focused its entire hour on climate change, with a pompous, long-winded speech blaming human activity for a disastrously overheating Planet Earth. The NBC News host made news himself by declaring that "climate deniers" aren't welcome to the discussion because "the science is settled." It was an awful show, even by NBC standards – a Sunday news and discussion program that not only deliberately invited only one point of view to the table, but proudly proclaimed as much in its opening statement. And yet, even in the absence of opposition opinion, Todd somehow seemed to lose the debate.

 

1938. South Charleston, West Virginia

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg South Charleston is a small city of about 12,500 on the Kanawha River west of Charleston. In 1938 the population was about 10,000. Few places were poorer than West Virginia during the Depression. The photo was probably taken on a Monday, the traditional day for washing clothes. Notice the two-basin wringer. Top shelf.

 

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New ancestor, Popular Mechanics - Using artificial intelligence, a number of European evolutionary biologists now believe that humans have an ancient ancestor whose identity is unknown to modern science. The ancestor, based out of Asia, would have been a hybrid of Neanderthals and Denisovans, a subspecies of archaic humans. The Denisovans are less well-known than Neanderthals, but the two were separate groups who split off from their common ancestor around 744,000 years ago. While a Neanderthal–Denisovan ancestor seems like a large assumption for an algorithm to make, evidence is growing in its favor.

 

Showdown, Z Man - To normal men, what those boys did is inspiring. [Referenced news item here ]. It shows that there is still some life left in our people. That old degenerate with the tom-tom thought he could just show up and force the white kids to submit. Instead, they stared the old crook down, refusing to play the role of conquered men. The smirks and MAGA hats are a great touch, but the mere act of rebellion among young people is the inspiring part. It says all the anti-white rhetoric and the endless assault on white men is having the opposite of the intended effect. To the conquered men, the house negroes of Conservative Inc., this is frightening, so their first instinct is to run to their masters and condemn the insouciance of these boys.

On the basis of no evidence their Diocese rushed to join the Twitter Storm Of Hate and dumped abuse and threats on their heads.

We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

Translation: apparently their own students are unworthy of "the dignity and respect of the human person" but a bizarre, aggressive crank is. Once again Church leaders have revealed themselves to be unprincipled, cowering cucks. And once again spineless conservatives eagerly rolled over in hopes of a pat on the belly.

Then, thanks to a video of the whole event, the truth emerged. Turns out it was a carefully planned hoax, a clunky psyop to manufacture fake red meat for the fake news media. To wit:

Reason - The Media Wildly Mischaracterized That Video of Covington Catholic Students Confronting a Native American Veteran ... journalists who uncritically accepted Nathan Phillips' story got this completely wrong

American Greatness - MAGA Men Unashamed ... spirited manliness is the most potent threat the modern Left faces

Breitbart - Critics Push Back Against Media Reports Covington Catholic High School Students Racist Toward Native American Drummer ... “White people, go back to Europe, where you came from. This is not your land.”

American Conservative - The Catholic Bonfire At The Stake ... tell the whole story, not just the part that is useful to a left-wing narrative

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The tom-tom is irrelevant. Acting like a jerk while beating on a tom-tom means he's a jerk—and he's beating on a tom-tom. This particular "Native American elder" is a self-avowed Marxist activist with a long history of unprovoked confrontations and vile harassment. It's about time he came up against young men who stand their ground and won't be intimidated by his crap. The sound you hear is the worm turning.

 

Wartime economy, Quillian - There are a number of reasons why the economy took off following WWII. The big reason of course is that after Roosevelt died business investment began increasing in a normal way. Today is different. Business is doing the opposite of investing in plant and equipment. With corporate buybacks, executives have learned that the short cut to windfall profits is to enhance the value of the companies stock. What we will get from all of the government economic initiatives is an economic collapse. In a war time economy, government control is called off and things normalize and move forward. In today’s economy, the command portion is growing by leaps and bounds. There is not a good future to look forward to.

 

Suspending disbelief, Spectator - The increasingly radical left is increasingly out of touch with America’s majority. Trapped by its ideological imperatives on one side, it sees America on the other. Unwilling to allow itself to cross this ideological divide and unable to bring America over, it must find a bridge — a suspension of disbelief. Because the left’s agenda is inherently unacceptable, the first goal is to make it seem as though it were. It must make the agenda seem what it is not. Today’s border security debate is a case in point. The left’s first suspension of disbelief must therefore be to make the unpalatable palatable. The left must therefore switch the debate from being one about stopping illegal immigration to pretending it is a broader one about immigration itself.

 

Uniparty, Anatomically Correct Banana - The Left is comprised of the extremely wealthy, and the brain-washed whites and throngs of sub-90 IQ dependents and hyper-consumers that are tabbed to ultimately replace them. Actual concern for labor vanished, and the modern Left has become medievalist with its notions of original sin, and its support for feudalist or plantation economics. Both “sides” have enabled the burden of Left-wing vote-buying to fall on the loathed white middle- and working-class as they are harried, harassed, accosted, and abused from above and below. It is abundantly clear that our governments no longer operate with the consent of the governed, but instead are illegitimate occupation governments.

 

1943. USS Yorktown CV-10

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Built as the USS Bon Homme Richard, this carrier was commissioned in 1943 as Yorktown after its namesake was lost in the Battle of Midway. She was one of twenty-four Essex Class carriers, none of which were lost to enemy action.

The Essex Class carried 36 fighters, 36 dive bombers and 18 torpedo bombers. Shown in the photo are Grumman F6F Hellcats in their first year of deployment. More than a match for the legendary Japanese Zero, over 12,000 were built without significant modification.

The youngest of the guys in this photo would be in their nineties now.

 

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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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