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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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Herbert Draper, Golden Rays

This little genre painting is undated. I'd put it at 1900 to 1905, based on my qualifications as an art expert, which are none, and I have the lack of credentials to prove it.

Draper was an old school Victorian classicist. For those who don't know what a "classicist" is, it's an academic painter of scenes from history or mythology, usually with lot's-o-naked but classy women . It wasn't a vocation for the fainthearted, the boundaries of acceptability collapsed at a touch, along with your career. When this mode of painting went out of favor he turned to portraiture.

As with many academic artists ritually despised by purveyors of "modern art", Draper's works are experiencing a deserved revival. He died at his home on Abbey Road in London in 1920 at the age of 56.

One of Draper's studies for Golden Rays


art-remus-ident-04.jpg If you want to strike terror into ol' Remus's little black heart, two words will do it. Food and Shortage. Or any variation thereof. I saw food rationing and shortages as a toddler. Yes, in the mind of a child things loom larger than reality warrants, but the reality was there nonetheless.

The reality of a mom's worried search of sparsely stocked store shelves for something she could buy with ration stamps and the tiny income of a wartime draftee's wife. Of witnessing a sharp struggle between two good women over the last bag of sugar on the shelf. Of hurried trips to town on rumor of a fresh supply of some staple or another. Things like that.

Food is primarily calories and calories are the item of first necessity. No survivalist would choose lean meat for the long term. Fat is calories plus nearly every other nutrition necessary for life. There will come a day when butchers are prosecuted on credible suspicion of trimming fat from meat. They'll share a cell with peddlers of low carb, low fat, low calorie, low sodium "food". The first time I saw such a label I stared in disbelief. Are we now to prefer less food in our food?

My mistrust of the food supply is a running joke in the family. If food is not physically in my possession it's a mere probability. Probabilities are not food. It's the difference between deer tracks and venison. I'll take the food and let others dine on probability.

So it was when I read this from Michael Snyder at the Economic Collapse Blog. Yeah yeah, that Michael Snyder. "Ten Sure Signs of Utter Collapse Before Noon Tomorrow". Yeah, that guy. But still ...

We have never seen catastrophic flooding like this, and the NOAA is now telling us that there will be more major flooding for at least two more months...

Of all the natural disasters that we have seen in recent years, this is the biggest, and U.S. food production is going to be dramatically affected because many farmers will not be able to grow crops at all in 2019...

The amount of food that has just been lost is absolutely staggering. Due to the trade war, farmers were storing more wheat, corn and soybeans than ever before, and now the floodwaters have destroyed much of what had been stored.

The same information has been reported at Wired , worth a read even though it occasionally locks shields with global warming.

So. We've been warned.


Something to ponder, a poem by Erasmus Darwin, 1731–1802. I know, when it comes to poetry you'd rather listen to a drunk read the safety stickers on a stepladder. Me too. But this one's got a surprise in it.

To the Stars

Roll on, ye stars! exult in youthful prime,
Mark with bright curves the printless steps of time;
Near and more near your beamy cars approach,
And lessening orbs on lessening orbs encroach;
Flowers of the sky! ye, too, to age must yield.
Frail as your silken sisters of the field!
Star after star from heaven's high arch shall rush,
Suns sink on suns, and systems systems crush,
Headlong, extinct, to one dark centre fall,
And death, and night, and chaos mingle all!

Till o'er the wreck, emerging from the storm,
Immortal nature lifts her changeful form,
Mounts from her funeral pyre on wings of flame,
And soars and shines, another and the same!

It took the work of Karl Schwarzschild, then Arthur Eddington, then Georges Lemaître and finally Robert Oppenheimer in 1939 to arrive at the modern description of a supermassive black hole. Somehow, a century and a half earlier, Erasmus Darwin already knew. Perhaps there's a parallel body of scientific knowledge occasionally revealed in semiotics, something like the purported "underground river" in Christianity. Or it was a lucky guess.

By the way, Erasmus Darwin's older son Charles was evolution theorist Charles Darwin's uncle.


What is hate speech? Legally. According to the Supreme Court. Joe Briggs cites the controlling case, Brandenburg v. Ohio in 1969, which states hate speech must meet three conditions: Intent, imminence and likelihood.

You have to intentionally be inciting people to commit crimes of violence. Those crimes have to be specific and imminent. “Let’s go down the street and hang this guy” would be specific and imminent. “I’d like to string that guy up” would not be. And there has to be a strong likelihood that once the threat is made, the crimes will actually be committed. If any of these three things is lacking, the speech is protected. It can be hateful as all get-out, but it’s still protected.

Eaton Rapids Joe posted a Detroit News story, "(Attorney General Dana) Nessel, civil rights unit to increase prosecution of hate crimes". His excerpts:

Michigan’s attorney general and Department of Civil Rights on Friday laid out plans to increase the documentation and prosecution of hate crimes and incidents while citing a reported uptick in extremist and hate groups in the state.

Nessel’s new unit will fight against hate crimes and review any groups identified in the SPLC list, her spokeswoman Kelly Rossman-McKinney said.

Arbulu’s plans for a database would document hate and bias incidents that don’t rise to the level of a crime. The database would then be used to identify areas where awareness and education programs are most needed, he said.

Arbulu said he hopes to have the database operating within two or three months. The department piloted such a plan for a few months after President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

Wait wait, "... incidents that don’t rise to the level of a crime"? She's compiling a database of people who are doing things that are not illegal but warrant "education programs"? Are they to write forced confessions and wear them around their necks while being berated and beaten by Right Thinking People?

Apparently prosecuting actual crime is no longer the first order of business in Michigan. Apparently Attorney General Nessel has sufficient on-the-job discretion to indulge in moronic scams and bill the public for it. What brought this on?

Her bio says, "Nessel lives in southeast Michigan with her wife, Alanna Maguire, and her twin sons, Alex and Zach" . Get that? She lives with her wife. This is the problem with tolerance, it begets rabies-level intolerance from its beneficiaries. Every. Time.

Are we to suppose she agrees that equality and diversity demand the city's gang bangers give her the "awareness and education program" they think she needs? Thought not.


Wisdom in one breath

From Patrick Buchanan

The murder rate was highest in 2018 in St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans and Kansas City. In how many of these cities are Klansmen and neo-Nazis regularly hauled in for violent crimes?

From the Z Man

Maybe it is just the death rattle of empire, where practical politics is nothing but frightening choices, so the political language descends into a weird competition to reach some absurd limit.

From Ron Unz at Unz Review

My beloved Harvard alma mater had transformed itself into one of the world’s largest hedge-funds with a vestigial school attached for tax-exempt purposes.

From Kyle Eschenroeder at Art Of Manliness

Action appears to reveal paths. On closer inspection, though, it is the path.

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish, about Climate Change

Twelve years. Twenty-five years. Six years. It doesn't really matter. The numbers create a sense of urgency in the latte section before the next art class.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

Today’s “elite” has little in common with the elite of a century past. A good working definition of the new “elite” would be “those who matter to those who think they matter.”

From David Harsanyi at The Federalist

Every gun from the musket, to the rifle, to the revolver, to the semi-automatic handgun was once used as, or developed into, a “weapon of war.” In the end, every gun is designed to kill, otherwise it would be worthless.

From Valerie Sobel at Front Page, about American Jews

When you’re no longer at the dinner table, you’re on the menu. And you’re certainly no longer at the dinner table with the Democratic Party, Islam is.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

When the political process can no longer fix what's broken, politics has failed.


The media had a good run, but the con failed and the coup failed with it, so it looks like we're done hearing them quote each other about treason, bombshells, jail time, walls closing in and wheels coming off. They got pretty comical toward the end with their ever-tightening spiral of hysterical delusions, the operatic rending of garments and gnashing of teeth. Then it all imploded.

There will be no reckoning. There will be an autopsy and an exchange of awards, then it's on to Plan C, the next tent in the media carnival. It's what they do.

Now is a good time to revisit Jim Rutenberg's August 2016 editorial at the New York Times wherein he bares his inner struggle about reporting the upcoming election. Shall he discard professional integrity and personal honor to defeat Trump? How like a boy. To ask is to reveal absence of both.

The first paragraphs:

If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?

Because if you believe all of those things, you have to throw out the textbook American journalism has been using for the better part of the past half-century, if not longer, and approach it in a way you’ve never approached anything in your career. If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional. That’s uncomfortable and uncharted territory for every mainstream, nonopinion journalist I’ve ever known, and by normal standards, untenable.

But the question that everyone is grappling with is: Do normal standards apply? And if they don’t, what should take their place?

Now we know what took their place. Membership in the cult. They put their standards in service of known reprobates and burned journalism to the ground for the privilege.


As we've come to expect of the Z Man, he takes a machete to wordy kudzu and presents gun control for what it is.

Gun control has become entirely feminized. In the 1970’s, gun control polices were about limiting crime. No one said it, but it was really about making it hard for blacks to get guns. It was a debate around facts about guns and crime. Today, gun grabbing is nothing more than an hysterical reaction by women to what they see on the news.


Christopher DeGroot posted an otherwise by-the-numbers essay amounting to ankle biting, but finished with a fireworks display, at Taki's Magazine. An excerpt:

Free speech is indispensable to government and the life of the mind alike, yet with respect to preserving this special value, we should not have unrealistic hopes about the utility of argument and debate with our enemies. When people don’t share our values and interests, they typically distort them to suit their own ends. Therefore, winning the culture war will be determined primarily by strategy, manipulation, and, perhaps, sheer force.

White men in particular should take that difficult truth to heart. The reason is that all moral systems and all political systems require some concept of an enemy, and owing in no small part to their enviable accomplishments, white men have become the scapegoats of the decaying West.

and finally,

Who knew? Stainless screw-on lids for Mason jars are available from Amazon. I bought their item number B07F674MKJ. Was it the best choice? I don't know, they work, but y'gotta accept that stainless on glass will be a gritty proposition. They're not suitable for canning, but they're airtight and okay for use with oxygen absorbers and desiccants. I haven't yet tried 'em for vacuum packing.

I tested a Nalgene 16 ounce bottle, a snap-top and a cam-type "childproof" pill bottle to see if they were waterproof. Setup: a bowl and a cast iron fry pan. Method: filled bowl with water, put the bottles in the water, weighted 'em down underwater with the fry pan, left overnight. Result: Nalgene bottle is waterproof, both pill bottles had about a half-millimeter of water in the bottom.

Reader JG informed me there are .22WMR subsonics, namely, Winchester Super X 45 Grain , and Speer Gold Dot 40 Grain . Now I gotta find 'em from a sales outlet.

Well me buckos, 'nuff palaver, time to saddle up and head for town. Pack yer duster, the place is full of flying debris, much of it toxic. But first let's pause for an ad from yesteryear.


1940. Marlboro magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Marlboro was launched by Philip Morris in 1924 as a luxury brand. In the 1930s it was advertised as a women's cigarette by virtue of its filter, unusual for the times. By 1940 when this ad was printed, Marlboro was a failing brand with a tiny market share.

After the war, when filtered cigarettes were seen as safer, Marlboro did a major repositioning, targeting the men's market with clean, stark packaging and macho ads bordering on lampoonery. Sales went parabolic. Marlboro has been the world's best selling brand since 1972.



Remus's notebook


Outland Tek - Receiver IF/LO Hunting ... don't think that just because you're not transmitting no one can tell who, or on what frequency you are monitoring

Silicon Graybeard - "Receiver Hunting" And Similar Stories ... locating receivers by searching for their spurious radio emissions

American Partisan - Essential Skills: Knowing the Impact of Magnetic Declination on Compass Accuracy ... if you don’t account for the local declination, you stand a great chance of not reaching your objective

Guns - Dems Debut National Ammo Control Bill in Congress ... to close what bill’s supporters term the “ammo loophole” would make mandatory background checks the nationwide norm for ammunition sales

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If DC doesn't pass this bill, many states will. Back up the truck while there's still time.

NBC Portland Maine - 'It's okay to be white': Police investigate racially charged signs found near Bates College in Lewiston ... "We condemn any attempt to incite hatred and bigotry based on race, as contrary to Bates' most deeply held values."

Freedom Outpost - Here's 3 Ways The State Already Commits Backdoor Gun Confiscation ... red flag laws, war on drugs, banning guns piecemeal

Popular Mechanics - French Island Might Be Sitting On Top of Gigantic Underwater Magma Shift ... the largest offshore volcanic event in recorded history happened last November

Ars Technica - Don’t believe the hype: We may never know the identity of Jack the Ripper ... the analysis doesn't hold up under closer scrutiny

Zero Hedge - After Blocking Zero Hedge And Others, NZ Telcos Demand Big-Tech Censorship Surge To "Protect Consumers" ... also New Zealand Herald stealth editing a March 15 article to remove mention of a "well known Muslim local"

Zero Hedge - After Multiple Reports About New Zealanders Turning In Guns, Guess How Many Actually Did It? ... thirty-seven, out of 1.2 million. And gun sales are way up.

Seattle Times - How Boeing, FAA certified the suspect 737 MAX flight control system ... FAA’s delegation of airplane certification has gone too far

Warfare History - WWII’s Forgotten “Missing” ... we pay homage to the dead, not the missing

Ancient Origins - Marine Archaeologists Find ‘First of its Kind’ Egyptian Shipwreck That Finally Vindicates Herodotus ... The "father of history" got it right

Reason, Volokh Conspiracy - Florida Bill Would Make It a Crime for Minors to Post Pictures of Guns on Social Media ... any firearm that is possessed or used by a minor in violation of this section shall be promptly seized by a law enforcement officer and disposed of

WND - Use wrong pronoun, get investigated by police ... I ‘misgendered’ and this potentially constitutions a criminal offense

Watts Up With That? - Polar Bear Numbers May Have Quadrupled ... researcher says attempts to silence her have failed

Cosmos - Quantum tunnelling is instantaneous, researchers find ... offers a tantalising possibility of zeptosecond lasers

Cosmos - Using Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument to see magnetic fields ... includes animated 3D depiction of the magnetic field of a star 130 light-years from Earth

National Geographic - 11 Rivers Forced Underground ... from London to Vienna, Hartford to New York, these rivers were buried by developers

Scientific American - ‘Oumuamua, Our First Interstellar Visitor, May Have Been a Comet After All ... new research flags jets of water vapor as the source of the mysterious object’s anomalous motions

Scientific American - "Medieval" Diseases Flare as Unsanitary Living Conditions Proliferate ... typhus, shigellosis, Bartonella quintana, hepatitis A

Universe Today - LIGO Just Got a Big Upgrade, Will Begin Searching for Gravitational Waves Again on April 1st ... increased sensitivity will allow for “almost daily” detections

Prepper's Will - Making Trail Foods For Wilderness Exploring ... jerky, pemmican, Russian black bread, super soup

College Fix - ‘American Political Thought’ course at CU Denver removes all white men from curriculum ... repackaged social justice class

Guns In The News - Maryland Gun Owners To Gun Grabbing Legislators: We Won’t Comply! ... have occupied ALL the seats in day-long hearings on gun bills




art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the future people will have telephones with television, flying cars and as much lemonade as they want.



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


SPLC, The New Yorker - The Southern Poverty Law Center views civil-rights work mainly as a marketing tool for bilking gullible Northern liberals. “Whether you’re selling cakes or causes, it’s all the same.” Donald Trump’s Presidency opened up a gusher of donations, the center took in a hundred and thirty-two million dollars in 2017, pushing the center’s endowment past four hundred and fifty million dollars. The firing of Dees has flushed up all the uncomfortable questions again. Were we complicit, by taking our paychecks and staying silent, in ripping off donors on behalf of an organization that never lived up to the values it espoused?

Washington Examiner - The Southern Poverty Law Center is a ‘scam’ ... the Southern Poverty Law Center’s problems go well beyond the fact it’s a vicious, left-wing attack dog with no care whatsoever for the reputational and personal harm it causes

Montgomery Advertiser - Southern Poverty Law Center fires co-founder Morris Dees ... Dees' biography scrubbed from the SPLC's website

Los Angeles Times - Southern Poverty Law Center chief Richard Cohen announces resignation amid internal upheaval ... resignation comes the same day as a resignation by the organization’s legal director, Rhonda Brownstein

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This has "hostile takeover" written all over it. The SPLC is a well honed scam with a huge pile of money in offshore accounts, and a glittering reputation among the incurious and opportunists alike. Their replacements will be from the Clinton-Obama syndicate, in fact, fixer Tina Tchen is already on site.

With reliable leadership in place, the Department of Justice—politically corrupt to the point of illegitimacy—will give it cover as an in-house but off-books agency. Look for a recast SPLC more muscular and aggressive than before.


Censorship, Tom Luongo - The ISPs and the platforms want to get together and police the content, giving it the veneer of private party self-control, rather than heavy-handed government censorship. That’s nonsense. All of these companies owe their existence either to direct government investment or government-granted franchise monopolies. It’s about protecting governments from the people finding out the inconvenient truth that they aren’t in control of anything anymore. The good news is that people are too clever by half. This push for massive censorship is proof positive that we are winning. The same thing is happening in Europe. Euroskeptics are rising. The rejection of globalism is everywhere.


UnWise, American Partisan - Wise Food Company emergency food comes in buckets already sealed for long-term storage. Wise, however, had been beset by problems for several years. Research indicates that oxygen levels should be below 3 percent. United States Military specifications go even further, requiring oxygen levels to be below 2 percent. At the bottom of the list was Wise Company’s survival food . Worse, Wise Company’s long-term and emergency food kits provide less than half the daily calories necessary for an average adult to survive. Some kits have as little as 453 calories per day.

Natural News - Wise food company accused of setting up preppers for mass starvation by lying about daily food intake – lawsuit ... the lawsuit, which was filed in 2017, has now reached a settlement

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I've never seen a recommendation for Wise survival food, or even a wholly favorable report. Conversely, I've never seen an unfavorable report for Mountain House. I have, however, seen articles comparing home freeze dried foods to Mountain House with the home version being better.


Entropy defied, Quanta - One of the first quantum simulators has produced a puzzling phenomenon: a row of atoms that repeatedly pops back into place. The behavior seemed unlikely to the point of being impossible, since the available quantum system can exist in so many possible states that it would be extremely hard for them to come back and find where they came from. Yet that’s exactly what was observed. The system seems to be imbued with some special physics that allows it to retrace its path. It leaves bread crumbs and goes back to where it came from. Soon enough, however, Papić and colleagues realized this behavior was reminiscent of a phenomenon discovered roughly 30 years ago.


1939. Alpine, Texas


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Some fascinating interior views of a diner in Greater Metropolitan Downtown Alpine in the last days of the Depression. What's on the menu: coffee 5¢, hamburger 10¢, fried ham 20¢, Swiss cheese 15¢, T bone steak 50¢, soups 10¢, tomato juice illegible. Also on offer, aspirin at 5¢ and Kellogg's Pep and Rice Krispies in individual serving boxes. Keep in mind, 10¢ in 1939 would be $1.82 today.

Alpine is a small city of about 6,000 in southwest Texas, known locally as Big Bend country. The city is at 4,500 feet elevation and surrounded by mile-high mountains, perhaps the inspiration for the name. In 1939 the population was about 3,800. See this photo for a view of Alpine today .


What's going on with the fan? I have no idea, I just restore these photos, what's in them is what's in them.


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Mueller report, Don Surber - Audiences will take care of Matthews and Rachel Maddow. You cannot string people along for two years without a payoff. News is entertainment any more, and losing is not very entertaining. But the deep state must pay. The president must not take this personal, but understand that this is business. He is rid of the Mueller nonsense, which is a relief but it cannot end there. The scoundrels who wanted to invalidate the votes in 30 states are a threat to America and the Constitution because if they walk without penalty, we encourage the next coup only it will be one with more stealth by more competent people. The president they bring down will not know what hit him.


Choke point, Z Man - The real enemy of the West is not our increasingly bizarre political class, probably a symptom tied to the growing oligarchical power of the tech and finance giants. Lacking real power, the politic class is then free to indulge in bizarre behavior. The new oligarchs are subverting the political class by providing them with a lifestyle they believe they deserve and protecting them from competition. It’s why 2016 was so horrifying to them. They were sure their “soft” methods had worked to rig all elections as a choice between their two preferred choices. The results of 2016 refuted that, so they have gone to the use of “hard” power with naked censorship and de-platforming.


Rules, PJ Media - The news cycle is unnaturally shrill, as if the status quo itself is screaming. The news cycle has become one continuous rant. Speech has never been more dangerous. Nobody's talking about a "rules-based international system" anymore because changing the rules is Plan B. The spate of proposals to change the rules—lower the voting age, abolish the Electoral College, expand the Supreme Court, and spend trillions on a Green New Deal—should come as no surprise. Although they come at a destabilizing price, it is one the ideologues are willing to pay. True believers are convinced they know how the story ends just as surely as they knew how the present would.


Campus despots, Kunstler.Com - It has been an amazement to behold the appalling, hypocritical suppression of the first amendment on campuses across the nation, with their ignoble speech codes, asinine safe spaces, sinister kangaroo courts, and racist anti-whiteness crusades. Most wondrous of all has been the failure of college presidents, deans, trustees, and faculty chairs to assert their authority and do the right thing. Their craven passivity is a symptom of the epic institutional collapse of higher education, which first made itself into an industry like any other moneygrubbing business, and then became a titanic racketeering operation. And now it is all coming to grief. In the years ahead, you will see colleges go out of business at a shocking rate and the contagion will spread to the giant state systems around the country.


1941. Canton Ohio


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Half-track carriers M2 and M3 were made in large numbers during WWII. Originally intended as an artillery tractor and ammunition carrier they were soon made in dozens of variations for as many purposes. The photo is of the Diebold Safe & Lock Company—Diebold Inc. in 1943—plant in Canton Ohio where they manufactured the M2 Scout car model. Diebold has been Diebold Nixdorf since they acquired their German competitor in 2016.



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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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