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Where the name came from

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

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

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

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

at-risk students
low-income students
mob and rob
mobbing up
pack of teens
rival gang members
roving group
swarm mob
teen gang
teen mob
teen thugs
troubled youths
unarmed teen
unruly crowd
urban youths
young people
young men
youth violence

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.

Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).

6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

Don't look back; you are never completely alone.

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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




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Johan Zoffany, King George III and Queen Charlotte, 1771

King George III, known to American history as a tyrannical enemy of liberty, reigned from 1760 to 1820. The record shows him a conscientious, if stubborn, constitutional monarch.

George III was a devout and charitable Christian, an unstinting patron of science and art, a student of history and an ardent patriot eager to perform his duties. When Napoleon threatened invasion he made preparations to lead the army from the front. Although his marriage to Charlotte was arranged it was a happy one, he was a steadfast family man and never took a mistress. They had fifteen children.

The putative issue of the American Revolution was taxation without representation, it's legitimacy questioned even in Parliament, but he insisted on the right of an elected Parliament to levy taxes. In truth, the colonists were but lightly taxed, at about two per cent the rate of a comparable citizen living in the United Kingdom, and a small part of the cost to defend against French invasion.

Two years after the 1783 Treaty of Paris ended the war, he met with US envoy John Adams and said, "I was the last to consent to the separation; but the separation having been made and having become inevitable, I have always said, as I say now, that I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power."

In 1810, blind, nearly deaf, and falling into debilitating mental illness, he accepted a regency to replace him. He died in 1820 at age 81, England's longest reigning king at the time. Queen Victoria, the last of the House of Hanover and the longest reigning monarch until Elizabeth II, was one of his grandchildren.

In the end, George III was a 17th century king living in the 18th century. To him, America was a theatre of war in their centuries-old contest with France. He chose to not understand men who wished to be free of ancient embroilments and make use of the opportunities the new continent offered, demanding instead uncritical fealty from a people he managed as if field hands on a private estate.

His words to John Adams proved false, not a decade passed in the 19th century without a serious confrontation with England, including another war. Only when Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet made its world tour in the first decade of the 20th century did we become their Best Friend Forever.

Somewhat overlooked today, Johan Zoffany was a prominent and inventive painter of portraits with notable patronage from the royal houses of England and Austria.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Warren Meyer makes the case against high speed rail, at Coyote Blog:

The US rail system is optimized for freight, vs. European and Japanese systems that are optimized for passengers. It is hard to do both well with the same network. The US situation is actually better, much better, for energy conservation.

The average Amtrak passenger car apparently weighs about 65 tons (my guess is a high speed rail car weighs more). The capacity of a coach is 70-80 passengers, which at an average adult weight of 140 pounds yields a maximum passenger weight per car of 5.6 tons. This means that just 8% of the fuel in a passenger train is being used to move people, the rest goes into moving the train itself.

Now consider a freight train. The typical car weight 25-30 tons empty and can carry between 70 and 120 tons of cargo. This means that 70-80% of the fuel in a freight train is being used to move the cargo.

People who insist we have a national high speed rail network are a lot like anti-gun people, they misunderstand what little they know. Paying passengers largely abandoned passenger rail service sixty years ago, and it was unprofitable before then, outside the dedicated tracks serving the densely populated DC-Boston corridor with its twelve million passengers a year riding about 2,200 trains a day. Most "high speed rail" elsewhere amounts to glorified trolleys running from a city to suburban towns.

We have a rail network configured for freight trains topping out at seventy miles an hour, so a high speed passenger system would have to be built from the ground up, including bridges, tunnels and separation from roads and highways. When contemplating this, remember, major destinations in Europe are only a few hundred miles apart. A straight line about 1,500 miles long gets you from London to Moscow. In the US it only gets you from Boston to mid-Kansas.

We made our choice when government built the interstate highway system and municipal airports while the railroads financed themselves, paid taxes and adhered to punitive regulations and labor laws, all with government mandated rate schedules. DC came to its senses at the last minute and realized the railroads were indispensable, collapsing and irreplaceable. The almost supernatural efficiency of steel wheels on steel rails saved them.

I've driven long distances and camped out by the tracks to witness the biggest free show on earth. I've ridden European high speed rail too. It's impressive, classy and rightly envied. Passengers get a serene, rock steady ride while the scenery goes by like it's coming out of a fire hose, as does the money to pay for it. And by the way, the "eminent domain" to get the necessary straightaways is all but incontestable in Europe, we'd employ every attorney in the country for decades before a mile of track was laid.


"Economy of words" gems

From Kimberley Strassel at the Wall Street Journal, quoted by Patrick Buchanan, about the Green New Deal

If a bunch of GOPers plotted to forge a fake Democratic bill showing how bonkers the party is, they could not have done a better job. It is beautiful.

From Robert McCain at The Other McCain

A normal teenager doesn’t give a damn about politics.

From Murray Klippenstein at Quillette

Today, we are being told to promote “equality, diversity and inclusion.” But once this line has been crossed, the content doesn’t matter.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

You can tell that democracy is a dead man walking because, when taxed less, Americans complained that their refunds were smaller.

From Mark Bauerlein at American Greatness, about "white privilege"

It is not designed to communicate facts. It means to stymie and stigmatize opposition.

From MN Gordon at Acting Man

One of the more enticing things about financial markets is not that they’re predictable. Or that they’re not predictable. It’s that they’re almost predictable… or at least they seem they should be.

From Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine

Contemplation of catastrophe to come is a good way to stave off boredom. It has all the advantages and interest of catastrophe without the inconveniences.

From Taylor Day at American Thinker

The demand for racism has far outpaced the supply, so radicals like Smollett now use homemade alternatives.

From Zero HP Lovecraft via Chateau Heartiste

Toxic femininity already has a name in polite society: they call it feminism.

From Cap Allon at Electroverse, about the Super Grand Solar Minimum perhaps underway now

Forget the arguments, debates and attempts to win over AGW alarmists and just prepare.

From Ben Hunt at Epsilon Theory

We’re all passengers in the backseat of the State-driven car, and we all suspect that our drivers might be high-functioning lunatics, and we’re all terrified about what they might do next.


Washington Rep. Matt Shea, quoted at Survival Blog:

Number one, we need to get in shape, number two we need to shoot, number three, we need to learn self-defense, and number four, we need to study small-unit tactics… If you do not have 5,000 rounds of .223, 5,000 rounds of .22 and 1,000 rounds of handgun ammo, as a minimum, you’re wrong. We need to train our families how to shoot as well. We need to get food. We need to have a year’s supply of food, two years supply of seeds, we need to have a year’s supply of sundry items. That’s what it means to be an American. We prepare for the worst but hope for the best.


Just scanning Mexico News Daily. Here's a couple of headlines:

More bodies in hidden graves in Colima; count is up to 69 ... 50 more bodies had been found in another 38 hidden graves on an adjacent plot

Armed clashes, roadblocks in Michoacán; students take cover in 45-minute gunfight ... Police were on a routine patrol when armed civilians opened fire

and finally,

The essay about 4GW at Ammo, linked below, was posted just as I was starting my article about insurgents, as differentiated from militias and partisan fighters. To review: militias and partisans are reactive, insurgents are proactive. A militia defends their community from invaders. Partisans look to liberate their country from enemy occupation, then restore or install a regime. Insurgents create a parallel regime and attempt to overthrow an established government by force. They all rely on perceived legitimacy.

Anyway, I used the time to process more photos, it's why this issue looks like a story board for an old movie. And to bake bread. Mine is from frozen bread dough, I'm not a fanatic. Five loaves. Two for the freezer, one at the ready, and one each for the neighbors. They get the prettiest ones, natch.

There are some food compromises I won't willingly make. Bread is one of 'em. Bakery bread was first reformulated for mass production, then again for compatibility with high speed slicers. The deliverable is an unfortunate bread-like substance that morphs from a slightly moist foam to a slimy goo when you eat it. The tip off for inevitable disappointment is the claim of old-fashioned down home goodness. Fortified with vitamins A thru Z, natch. That it needs sales talk and "fortifying" suggests all is not as it should be.

Butter, for another. Butter substitutes are for cities besieged in war, as was Paris, the begetter of oleomargarine to their everlasting shame, or for the resolutely indigent easily persuaded by price and promises, or unknowing victims of dietary experiments. Nor do I brew coffee with heat. Hot water is more efficient at releasing acids than flavor, speed is its only positive quality. After not much time it's entirely undrinkable, revealing its ersatz nature. If we're careless in these small things there may come a day when a meat substitute made entirely of vegetables ... oh wait.

And I put some medium-grade .22LR ammo in a couple of 16 ounce Nalgene bottles, at the suggestion of a reader. Turns out they hold four hundred rounds, nice 'n snug. I added oxygen absorbents and desiccant packs. I'll let 'em set for a while then check to see if they're airtight. Hmm. Just looking at an ammo site, I see Federal is packaging .22LR in a bottle of 450. Yes, in a bottle.

Well gang, much as I like to chitchat, it's time for Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, yep, gritty reality is crouching to strike, just below this old ad.


1950. Hart Schaffner & Marx magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Look like a native in the famous Pan American suit, but relax lady, those aren't real bugs, just clever stitching by foreign seamstresses with colorful names.



Remus's notebook


Washington Pundit - Planned Parenthood Kept Babies Alive in order to Harvest Brain & Heart ... "gave me the scissors and told me that I had to cut down the middle of the face"

Electroverse - The “Great Arctic Outbreak of February 1899”, Polar Vortex and Low Solar Activity to Blame ... comparably weak cycles to the one we’ve just experienced

Raconteur Report - Feb 2019 Ebola Update: Cheery Thoughts ... things now are worse than two months ago, not better

Officer - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Second Amendment ... this case has the potential to topple an assortment of local and state gun laws

National Geographic - An earthquake lasted 50 days, but no one felt it ... northwestern Turkey, in 2016, a slow slip event can't be detected with seismometer

Universe Today - Thanks to Gaia, We Now Know Exactly When We’ll be Colliding with Andromeda ... rather than taking place in about 3.75 billion years, it’ll be in about 4.5 billion years

Survival Blog - S.42: How a Freedom Becomes a Felony ... would criminalize the American tradition of private party sales, trades, and gifts of firearms

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An excerpt: "... the pending bills are an unconstitutional expansion of congressional power specified in the Commerce Clause of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Therein, congress is granted oversight of inter state commerce. But the sale of firearms between two private parties living in the confines of the same state is clearly intra state commerce. ( Not interstate!)  This simply is not within federal jurisdiction ... Thus, passing this law, congress would certainly be exceeding their authority".

Rutherford Institute - I’m Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine’s Day, and Neither Should You ... you should be outraged at what has been done to our country

Ars Technica - Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now lost to us ... it roved a staggering 45.16 kilometers across the Red Planet since January 25, 2004

Zero Hedge - $3 Trillion In New Liabilities Are About To Blindside Corporate Balance Sheets ... leased assets can no longer be a footnote

Appalachian Magazine - The “Little Ice Age” During Early Colonial America ... in 1780, New York Harbor froze, allowing people to walk from Manhattan Island to Staten Island

Jim's Blog - Technological decline ... if all our existing isotopic enrichment plants have ceased to work, should we really believe that our existing nuclear weapons will work?

Universe Today - Another Enormous Crater Found Under the Ice in Greenland ... 22 miles wide

Grabie News - Montage: Watch the Media Uncritically Accept Another Outlandish ‘Hate Crime’ ... ‘This is America in 2019’

art-remus-ident-04.jpg More evidence the demand for manure spreaders is not being met, new customers are buying used regardless of known defects and numerous recalls.

Jim "the Snark" Goad at Taki's Magazine puts it this way:

"... everyone knows that feral white rednecks roam “ritzy” Chicago neighborhoods that are predominately black and gay in the middle of a polar-vortex night with nooses and bleach in hand and are such huge fans of TV shows about gay black singers that they were immediately able to recognize Smollett, a star of Fox TV’s Empire ... "

They knew it was a crock but wished it to be true. Good enough.

YouTube - Dean Martin Celebrity Roast, Sammy Davis Jr ... from 1975, how it was when people respected each other enough to make real jokes, video (h/t Paul Craig Roberts)

Popular Mechanics - LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory Getting $30 Million Upgrade ... will expand its range sevenfold

War Zone - India Reportedly Looks To Buy Unfinished Soviet-Era MiG-29s To Stave Off Fighter Shortage ... after three decades in storage

Atlas Obscura - America’s Pistachio Industry Came From a Single Seed ... a “plant explorer” helped establish the crop in California


1939. Birney Montana


art-remus-ident-04.jpg We've seen Greater Metropolitan Downtown Birney before, it's cattle country, population 108, in southeastern Montana. Seen here is the Birney saloon featuring Pabst Blue Ribbon. But, don't they all.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


4GW, Ammo - We have tens of thousands of Americans armed to the teeth with combat experience, deep family ties to both the police and the military, extensive knowledge of the local geography, and, in many cases, survivalist training. They enjoy broad support among those who own a lot of guns and grow a lot of food. Could the Hillbilly Viet Cong take down the USG? Maybe, maybe not. But it’s difficult to imagine that the USG could take them down. We live in an age of a technologically levelled playing field. While the USG has nuclear weapons, a pound of C4 strapped to a cheap and readily available drone is going to break a lot of dishes. This sort of guerilla insurgency has a name: It’s called fourth-generational warfare (4GW), and you might be surprised to learn that you already live in this world.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An overiew of 4GW with good comments and clear examples. It's a keeper. One nit: militias aren't generally partisans, much less insurgents. And if they were, the term "Hillbilly Viet Cong" could hardly help any claim to legitimacy. Even the CPUSA was careful to drape themselves in patriotic tropes.


Futures, James Kunstler - The West especially will not know what hit it as it emergently self-reorganizes back into something that resembles the old-time feudalism. We have a new kind of mass squalor in America: a great many people who have nothing to do, no means of support, and the flimsiest notions of purpose in life. The socialists have no answers for them. Most of the beliefs and attitudes of the present day will be overturned with the demise of the industrial orgy, like the idea that humanity follows an unerring arc of progress, that men and women are interchangeable and can do exactly the same work, that society should not be hierarchical, that technology will rescue us, and that we can organize some political work-arounds to avoid the pain of universal contraction.


Gaslighting, The Federalist - “I really don’t like their policy of taking away your car, of taking away your airplane rights, of let’s hop a train to California, of you’re not allowed to own cows anymore,” Trump said. Washington Post's Philip Rucker let his 340,000 followers on Twitter know that this was “false” and that “no one” had proposed any such thing. It was proposed. This might be inconvenient, but it’s also indisputable. Simply because a politician pulls a proposal that’s been dragged across the entire internet and beaten senseless does not mean its existence has been expunged from the record. Ocasio-Cortez never really walked back her proposal. There was no “kerfuffle.” There was no “erroneous information.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The links below are to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's original proposal in publications of record, her House blog post and her House Resolution draft, both posted at "". Ocasio-Cortez may deny them but the internet never forgets. For your archives.

Wayback Machine - Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Blog Post, Green New Deal FAQ, February 5, 2019

Draft, H. Res, Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.


Diversity, Pat Buchanan - Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, only the second black ever to win statewide office, has been charged by two women with rape. If Fairfax is forced out black leaders warn all hell is going to bust loose. The Democratic Party of Virginia was already convulsed over all the monuments, statues, schools, parks, highways and streets that bear the names of slave owners. Asian-Americans are now in conflict with blacks and Hispanics over admission policies at universities. Antifa desecrates the flag, liberals praise NFL players who “take a knee” during the national anthem. Militant migrants march under Mexican flags to protest border security policies. The “republic” has been by “our democracy.” We are no longer “one nation … indivisible” We have almost ceased talking to one another.


1943. Cicero Illinois

art-remus-ident-04.jpg World War II was the last stand for big steam locomotives. Some of the finest examples ever built came from this era. Diesel prime movers went to submarines—fleet subs typically used four each—small naval craft and army power generators, except for those allocated to western railroads where reliable water was a perpetual problem. A mainline steam locomotive evaporates about four gallons a second.

Steam locomotives were dramatic and understandable in a way diesels can never be. What makes it go—the cylinders, the valve gear and drive rods—are outside, visible for all to see.

This is a Chicago Burlington and Quincy locomotive. The CB&Q is now the "B" in today's BNSF, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.


1942. Chicago Illinois

art-remus-ident-04.jpg King of the world. A Chicago & North Western engineer eases a heavy wartime freight out of the Chicago yards with practiced expertise at the throttle. Steam locomotives, like horses, were believed to have a personality that had to be worked with. Engineers made fine adjustments listening to what their mounts were "telling them". It's said, only half in jest, they're the closest man has come to creating life. The C&NW is now part of Union Pacific.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Coming Apart, Unz Review - There was great economic uncertainty during the 1930s that did not result in large increases in crime and non-martial births. Rather, the recent economic changes were accompanied by the Left’s assault on the traditional family, the influence of the Black lifestyle, and the extension of the social safety net that facilitated that lifestyle. These factors have all combined to increase social dysfunction. The new upper class no longer identifies with the historical American nation. They are no longer connected to the White working class by culture or ethnicity. They are estranged from a class they no longer relate to or care about. They embrace not a common culture, but a global multi-culture.


New feudalists, City Journal - Tech-dominated metros, though ostensible bastions of progressive values, increasingly resemble a “caste” system—“feudalism with better marketing.” Many working- and middle-class people have been reduced to joining the swelling “precariat” of temporary workers, while some have even slipped into the ranks of the homeless. The oligarchs are now reaping what they sowed from allying themselves with the progressive Left. They have been eager followers of the Left’s party line, but that line now has moved toward economic policies that stress egalitarian solutions. Rather than win new allies, the tech titans have wound up bolstering the very groups that want to eliminate them.


Tucker, American Conservative - Bill Kristol lost his job at The Weekly Standard after more than 20 years, forced out by owners who were panicked about declining readership. He seemed to spend most of his time on Twitter ranting about Trump. Before long he was ranting about the people who elected Trump. Kristol made the case for why immigrants are more impressive than native-born Americans. “Basically if you are in free society, a capitalist society, after two, three, four generations of hard work, everyone becomes kind of decadent, lazy, spoiled, whatever.” Most Americans, Kristol said, “grew up as spoiled kids and so forth,” and later tweeted that he would “take in a heartbeat a group of newly naturalized American citizens over the spoiled native-born know-nothings” who supported Trump.


Coup, American Greatness - This has been a full scale insurrection that has violated the boundaries of law, normalcy, and civility in an unprecedented way. Both Democrats and Republicans have been complicit. Influential public officials have aided the stratagem. One of the main culprits just revealed bragged how a handful of corrupt bureaucrats plotted unlawfully to remove the president from the Oval Office. It’s the kind of treachery that is supposed to animate banana republics or Soviet-style regimes—not our country. The media have defiled their industry to a degree that will be unrecoverable. Who will pay the price for unleashing this ordeal on the American public?


1944. Anzio Italy


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "US Army and captured German medics attend to a wounded German soldier, 6 February 1944". How the western front differed from the eastern front.


1942. War information photo


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Advice for the home front, in this case, recycle material because you're not getting any more.


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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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