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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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William Harnett, Table Top With Pitcher, Pipe and New York Herald, 1888

Harnett's family fled the Irish potato famine shortly after he was born and settled in Philadelphia. Harnett became a citizen in 1868, worked as an engraver while taking art classes at night and went on to become the foremost trompe-l'œil—"fool they eye"—painter of his time.

His best known work is After The Hunt, 1885, a nearly life size painting of astonishing realism, is said to be a love letter to his outdoor life. He died in New York City in 1892 at age forty-four.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Not often reported is the free fall of New York City into third world squalor. This excerpt is from Ray Domanico and Rafael Mangual's essay, Front Row at the Madhouse, at City Journal. Mr. Mangual is walking to the subway station, hurrying past vomit, feces, litter and trash when he notes:

I watched a seemingly homeless man, naked from the waist down, stumble toward what looked to be a breakfast cart. Typical stuff, these days. But as I got closer to the subway steps, I saw that he was reaching for a pile of newspapers. He wasn’t intrigued by the cover story. Somewhere in the vicinity was a pile of diarrhea on the ground; the rest of it was packed between the man’s buttocks. The sight sent me into a frantic jog down the subway steps, dry-heaving behind my leather gloves.

I haven't been in New York City in many years. It would be too harsh to say it was a Potemkin Village, it was more like an aging bimbo straining to meet expectations. Apparently the effort became too dear, entropy has been given free range.

An aside. Notice Mr. Mangual's throwaway phrase, "seemingly homeless man". Equally accurate, if fatally less cloying, would be "houseless man" or "apartmentless man" or even "limosuineless man". Why homeless? Paul Fussell notes "home" began to replace "house" in the 1960s when "house trailer" salesmen warmed the product with the phrase "mobile home". To be without a house is unfortunate, to be without a home, Dickensian. Hence, homeless.

Just as there has never been a documentary on black holes without the phrase, "nothing can escape, not even light", so the word "homeless" will be deployed, even if wholly speculative or irrelevant, in essays featuring what were formerly understood to be vagrants and bag ladies, bottom-of-the-range vibrants, drunks and dopers, feeble minded thugs, serial parolees and others who've earned their place 'at large'.

Had he left it at "I watched a man, naked from the waist down" he'd have said what needs saying. Gratuitously adding "seemingly homeless man" is a nod of mousey submission to his watchful masters.

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Roger Kimball at American Greatness points out one reason Republican congressmen have earned their reputation as panicky and unreliable when the going gets tough:

There is, Steyn noted, a “strange need of the right to virtue-signal to their detractors—as in the stampede of congressional Republicans to distance themselves from their colleague Steve King over an infelicitous interview with The New York Times.” Just so. And here is the kicker: “Democrats never do this; Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam declare that the Jews are pushing defective marijuana on black men in order to turn them gay—which would appear to be a prima facie slur on at least four Democrat constituencies: blacks, gays, Jews and potheads. Yet Clinton, Obama et al speak not a word against Calypso Louie.”

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Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe notes WWII was won with "good enough and plenty of it", not with eleventh hour gizmos. Some excerpts:

The planes that fought the deciding battles were the planes that represented the lion's share of the production after the contestants had converted their economies to wartime production...

We fight, and win or lose, our battles with the equipment that has been deployed in quantity...

We may lust for ARs and monometal projectiles but the battle in the trenches will be decided with 10/22s, Marlin 795 semi-autos and bulk packed .22LR ammo and Mossberg 500 pump shotguns.

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"Economy of words" gems

From Pat Buchanan at Buchanan

What is taking place in the West today might be described as a struggle between the capital and the country it rules.

People who see the policies they have voted for rejected again and again, by the very elites they defeated, will inevitably turn to other means to preserve what they have.

From James Lileks at Lileks

Trump has made everyone rip off their shirts and show the tattoo over their hearts.

From Robert Gore at Straight Line Logic

The mainstream media has degenerated irreparably. Here’s a reliable rule of thumb: if it’s important it’s not covered; if it’s covered it’s not important.

From Steve Sailer at Taki's Magazine

The only way the Democratic Party can hold together is by constantly ginning up excuses for Fringe Americans to hate Core Americans even more than they hate each other.

From CDR Salamander

The Future is Never Wrong

From Don Surber, about the Covington student at DC

Never mind all the murders in Washington. Never mind the robberies. Never mind trade talks with Red China. A kid in a MAGA cap smiled. Off with his head!

From reader Dean Jonathan Swift, comment at Z Blog

School de-segregation has been an absolute disaster for the country and a nightmare for White families, exactly as planned.

From CH at Chateau Heartiste, about HuffPo layoffs

There is not enough misfortune that could befall lying, malevolent media propagandists which would satisfy my bloodlust.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

In general, high mountains equate to free tribes.

From John Q. Publius at Anatomically Correct Banana

If diversity simply correlates to less whites, as it of course does, and diversity is a source of incredible strength—indeed, our greatest strength—then explain Detroit, Michigan to me. Lagos? Port-au-Prince?

From Brett Stevens at Amerika:

Western society lost any sense of purpose long ago. Instead, it chose to simply facilitate what individuals want through a system called individualism which arose during the Enlightenment.

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Bishop John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington, a Franciscan and pro-LGBT activist leader of Central and Eastern Kentucky, wrote a scathing condemnation of the Covington students in his publication, Millennial, on Thursday, the 24th of January. An excerpt:

... it astonishes me that any students participating in a pro-life activity on behalf of their school and their Catholic faith could be wearing apparel sporting the slogans of a president who denigrates the lives of immigrants, refugees and people from countries that he describes with indecent words and haphazardly endangers with life-threatening policies.

It's becoming clear why the Covington School administration apologized, immediately and without reservation, to the extremists who confronted and harassed their students. At first I was puzzled at their eagerness to join this rabid, unfounded smear. Then I recalled some teaching of the Church is nearly indistinguishable from extreme leftist cant, with a sharp emphasis on anti-white rhetoric. Having no expertise on their internal matters I've tended to discount it. There's more.

This is a Tweet from Dawn Finley, Ph.D, who teaches English at a Catholic boys high school. Quoted at Gateway Pundit:

They think they're adult enough to participate in a pro-life march, they're adult enough to suffer the public consequences of being racist, hateful piles of smug privileged garbage.

Wow. And she seemed so nice.

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This is just some stuff I find interesting. The observable universe is 13.8 billion years old and has a diameter of 93 billion light years. Inflation of space itself for those 13.8 billion years, and all that's embedded in it, gives the estimated size of the universe as 150,000,000,000,000,000,000,000—150 sextillion—light years. This rate of expansion means light from events more than 16 billion light-years away will never reach Earth.

Dark Flow Theory, presently disputed, says observable galactic clusters are moving preferentially toward a patch of sky we identify as between Centaurus and Vela, at a net rate of 600 to 1,000 km/s.

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The USS Phoenix, a light cruiser mounting fifteen 6-inch guns, survived the attack on Pearl Harbor untouched and went on to participate in many major battles. Long after World War II she went down in combat after being hit with two torpedoes from HMS Conqueror, a British submarine. Warfare is full of strange twists, read this one at History Net .

and finally,

About last week's article about doing up .22LR rounds in Mason jars with oxygen absorbers. First, it was successful in that all the lids popped. Second, somehow I gave the impression I was going to apply Vaseline to the sealing surface of the lids. Nay, a thousand times nay. The Vaseline wipe is the final step, done after the jars are sealed, applied to the outside of the jar lid and the retainer ring to retard rusting. Yes, I understand Vaseline and primers don't mix, nor do Vaseline and ammo can gaskets.

The rest of my .22LR ammo is where it should be, in their original boxes, stored in ammo cans. This summer I took a few rounds of centerfire stuff I reloaded in the 1970s to the range. Been in plastic cases stored in ammo cans all this while. They performed as well as the day I put 'em by. Bang. Thwack.

For those who prefer public, turnkey solutions for their everyday ammo caching needs, several readers mentioned this "survivor ammo can", twenty-one bux the copy, at Amazon.

Reader MC suggest a wide mouth 16 oz Lexan Nalgene water bottle with packets made from bulk silica. SHTF Blog claims each one will hold 425 rounds of .22LR, weigh up at about three and a quarter pounds, and can be emptied in four seconds. More info at the link. Be aware there are some dead links and Nalgene apparently doesn't offer bottles in Lexan anymore.

Change subject. From what I know of some urban schools, the "school to prison pipeline" has much to recommend it.

Well gang, we'd be shirking our responsibilities if we sat here chitchatting much longer while the world goes to hell in a replica Shaker basket by Longaberger. Therefore, I propose we move on to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, betimes. Motion seconded and carried. But first, an ad from the past.

 

1940. Daisy Red Ryder Carbine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The definitive Red Ryder BB Gun was the plain model shown in the lower left hand corner of this ad. A 650 shot adult version with the Red Ryder motif, the Model 1938, is available at $70. A private equity firm has owned the former Daisy Manufacturing Company since 2016 and it's now part of their Gamo Outdoor operation.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Spectator - Vegans are winning the war on meat ... once regarded as a harmless but inconvenient hobby

Daily Mail - Michael Jackson 'gave young boys jewelry in exchange for sex acts and staged a full mock wedding before ditching them for younger victims' ... abused from approximately the age of 7 until they were 14

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is news only outside of Hollywood

Daily Mail - Yellow vest protestors block Parisian streets with burning barricades as demonstrators face-off with riot police and violence erupts in France for the 11th week running ... getting more violent

Breitbart - Kentucky Bishop Blasts School Boys Who Wore MAGA Hats to Pro-Life March ... takes the students to task for daring to wear a cap supporting U.S. president Donald Trump, who is guilty of “racist acts and a politics of hate”

Watts Up With That? - French Doctors on Yellow Vest Carbon Tax Protestors: “Alarming” Number of Injuries ... serious injuries suffered by Yellow Vest activists at the hands of police

American Partisan - Covington Gives a Glimpse of Civil War Two ... at some as-yet unknown breaking point, the Left’s unstoppable DemSoc political wave will collide with the immovable object of armed Right-wing resistance

An excerpt: "Dunning-Kruger Democrats and their reinforcements might not enjoy living around evil and oppressive white devils very much today, but they are going to enjoy life without electricity, food, and clean drinking water even less. They will discover that it’s much easier to turn Minneapolis into Mogadishu than the reverse".

Liberty's Choice - They Want War. Do We? ... they think they'll win because we haven't yet fought back

Breitbart - Inside the Inaugural Blexit Rally: ‘The Black and Latino Community Will Save America’ ... Hundreds came out wearing MAGA hats and waving homemade “build the wall” signs

Voice of Europe - After loosening gun laws, Italy now strengthens its self-defense laws ... will be approved by the end of February

Red Pill Jew - GOPe's playing the old game ... playing by the old rules that assume an honorable foe

Telegraph UK - Melania Trump, An Apology ... as a mark of our regret we have agreed to pay Mrs Trump substantial damages as well as her legal costs

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Justice for all, at a price.

Ancient Origins - A Scottish Stone Circle Believed To Be 6000 Years Old Was Actually Built In The 1990s ... from the era of the Spice Girls rather than the Bronze Age

Science Daily - Mystery orbits in outermost reaches of solar system not caused by 'Planet Nine' ... can be explained by the combined gravitational force of small objects orbiting beyond Neptune

Phys Org - Physicists use supercomputers and AI to create the most accurate model yet of black hole mergers ... simulations took 20,000 hours of computing time to create the final model

Intercept - Beyond BuzzFeed: The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump-Russia Story ... CNN and the Washington Post cover themselves with dishonor

Gateway Pundit - Mexican Cartels Paid Off Mexican President with $100 Million – Former Democrat Claims Democrat Party Being Paid Millions by Cartels As Well!

An excerpt: "The Democrats aggressively block the President’s desire to protect Americans and build a border wall on the southern border with Mexico ... in spite of significant evidence that it is needed indicate there is an unknown reason for their defiance".

Washington Examiner - Nancy Pelosi is trying to federalize California's bad election laws ... automatic voter registration and relaxed voter roll maintenance standards

Patrick Buchanan - Democrats’ America: The Heart of Darkness ... does there not come a time when the pandering has to stop?

Appalachian Magazine - Mountain Tradition: Shape Note Singing ... shapes added to note heads in written music to help singers find pitches within major and minor scales

Daily Timewaster - When Whiskers has had enough of Fido's foolishness ... short gif video

Yahoo - The sheriffs resisting Washington's new gun laws: 'I'm not going to enforce that' ... unconstitutional on several grounds

 

circa 1955. M1 Carbine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg About $562 in today's bux.

 

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Bad press, National Review - Our national press is a national joke. Vain, languid, excitable, morbid, duplicitous, cheap, insular, mawkish, and possessed of a chronic self-obsession, it rambles around the United States in neon pants, demanding congratulation for its travails. I find it hard to believe that even the least prestigious among those institutions teaches that the correct way to respond to explosive, unsourced reports that just happen to match your political priors is to shout “Boom” or “Bombshell” or “Big if true” without so much as a cursory investigation into the details. Selective political interest combined with the catastrophic historical illiteracy leads almost everybody on cable news and the opinion pages to deem every moment of national irritation unprecedented, to cast all political fights as novel crises.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Journalism was formerly an honorable if somewhat gritty occupation, it's now a holding pen for perpetual adolescents who might otherwise adopt a life of inept petty crime. From here on out "yellow journalism" will be understood to mean "journalism".

 

Spring breakup, James Kunstler - The complex collapse of American life proceeds as the public and its leaders fail to comprehend the forces in play. What the Federal Reserve actually accomplished with its ten years of extend-and-pretend policy was not an economic “recovery,” but a degenerative disease of the social contract. There will be a reckoning in the financial markets. Something ominous is rumbling over in bonds. The bond market represents the supreme untruth of the age: that debts can be racked up forever and never paid back. Financial crack-up and RussiaGate reversal will leave both major parties gasping in the mud as the tide goes out. And just in time for the Yellow Vest movement to cross the ocean and bring out the street mobs to slug it out on the National Mall.

 

Journalists, Amerika - When future generations teach the extinction of moderates and libertarians they’ll explain how journalists little by little started being paid celebrity salaries, infiltrated by the CIA, were descendants of insiders or wealthy ambitious types, and started being sold to the billionaires with an agenda. The phrase “the fake news media is the enemy of the people” is an understatement. They are an enemy to all of humanity and all life on this Earth. They are the lowest, slimiest, most disgusting level of human life, even worse than the politicians and billionaires that buy them. Their mere existence has subverted what it means to be a human being, and they are collectively complicit for every foul perversion and altruistic evil that plagues our modern world.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Francis Porretto writes of the news media's ambush of Covington students, at Liberty's Torch. An excerpt:

The media, those never to be adequately damned bastards who claim to be “purveyors of facts,” are the reason for virtually all of America’s political strife. It was they who shaped the attitudes of the combatants. It was they who stoked the fires of political hostility. It was they who deliberately, with unconcealable malice aforethought, have taken ordinary Americans of traditional political preferences, and have portrayed them as monsters of illimitable evil. And all the while they’ve postured as being above it all, just innocent servants of the public’s “right to know.”

... That event has made the stakes clear. There's no way to disguise the facts of that matter, and no way for the media to evade the odium for them. They cannot claim it was an honest mistake.

 

Jew hatred, American Greatness - The comfort, safety, and equality of American Jews are not acceptable to leftists. According to the doctrine of intersectionality, minority groups are united in grievances against Western Civilization and whiteness. The Left began with blacklisting and boycotting conservatives. Now American Jews are in the crosshairs, no matter how liberal their politics. Why do American leftists have such a problem with Jews? The short explanation is the identity politics by which Obama and his thousands of trained activists have redefined the Democrat Party. You’ve got to fit into a favored grievance group, and no matter how left-wing they are, Jews are white. Equally bad, Jewish success strips the grievance crowd of their main argument.

 

1939. Tulelake California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Tulelake is a village of about 990 in northern California less than three miles south of the Oregon state line. In 1939 the population was about 750.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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Masculinity, Alt-Market - There is nothing special about The Atlantic's analysis of men; it regurgitates all the feminist fallacies, but in a way that might appear "rational" to the unschooled. Social justice warriors have so immersed themselves in cultist zealotry they have lost sight of the real world and concrete evidence. They may not even understand that the lies they promote are actually repelling the public. Only in the past 30 years or so has biological manhood suddenly been treated as if it is unnatural. If masculinity was actually celebrated again this might not only help men, but also women who have been wrongly infantilized by the feminist movement for decades. This would be a potential cure that could eventually reverse the damage their ideology has done.

 

The wall, Ann Coulter - You know those caravans marching north toward our border? They're not giving speeches about how they're coming north. They're not tweeting about how they're coming north. They're not giving Oval Office addresses about how they're coming north. They're coming north. When Obama wanted something done, he did it. After spending two years saying he didn't have constitutional authority to amnesty Dreamers, he issued an executive order amnestying Dreamers. By contrast, Mr. President, you do have constitutional authority to defend the nation's borders. The only edifice you have built is constructed of tweets, press conferences and speeches. Ironically, Obama was a man of action. The New York real estate tycoon is just a man of words.

 

SETI, Daily Galaxy - NASA researcher Silvano Colombano challenged the set of assumptions that currently guide SETI research and made recommendations for a new, more “aggressive” approach. The core ideas: over spans of thousands of years civilizations could probably make interstellar journeys, even if the radio medium continues to be used the packing of information inside it would be so much greater that we would not be able to recognize any “structure”, life “as we know it” was at least a common starting point but evolution that may well produce forms of intelligence that are far superior to ours and no longer based on carbon, and in the very large amount of “noise” in UFO reporting there may be “signals”

 

Dalrymple, Taki's Magazine - When I was growing up, no one had heard of the concept of wellness, that is to say of being better than not merely suffering from no illnesses. Nowadays, however, people make their health, or super-health, the focus of their lives, and in doing so turn themselves into an object of self-worship. While of course the account of their regime is just that, and not a description of the totality of their lives, it is difficult to believe that they have much time or mental energy left over to interest themselves deeply in anything else.

 

1943. Tunisia

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A wrecked Panzer Mk IV in Tunisia, a small North African country on the Mediterranean, was administered by Vichy France. Tunisia was occupied by Germany when the Allies invaded in November 1942 as part of Operation Torch. In May of 1943 German and Italian forces surrendered in numbers comparable to Stalingrad, roughly a quarter million.

 

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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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29 Jan 2019