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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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Leon Lhermitte, Harvester's Pay, 1882

Best known for his painting "The Gleaners", Lhermitte was a popular and successful painter of French peasant life.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg I can't catch a break. Last week I was without the internet for most of two days and had to scramble to catch up. This week it's the flu. Yeah. I'm mizzable. As I used to say when going to school full time and working a full time night job to pay for it, "if it weren't for collapsing on the street I'd never get any rest." So it was this week. Lots of staggering away from the ol' PC in mid-sentence and collapsing in bed for an hour. But the Woodpile Report must go on.

So, what do we have? Oh yes ...

A working professor has a take on academia worth considering, at American Conservative.

"Anybody under the impression that US universities are places where old-fashioned left-wing class politics has any meaningful presence is out of his mind. ...

Instead, what we have are universities ruled by ambitious power cliques driven by middle-class manners and identity politics — and these people are ruining university life. What would save the universities? Not a crusade to make them less “left” in any historically meaningful sense of the term, but rather to return to older ideals of learning and scholarship".

Colleges are run by the equivalent of spinster aunts with all the class of a cat fight at an antebellum finishing school. Old-time leftists I've known, from Depression-era union organizers to card-carrying communists—mostly "toxic masculinity" double refined—wouldn't put up with today's campus "snowflakes" for a nanosecond. It's been said nature is one big sorting process, if so, perhaps colleges are unwittingly doing normal people a valuable service.


Home canning was an unremarkable part of everyday life until the late 1950s. The drop off became so severe in later years the Ball Corporation sold its canning business in 1993 to Alltrista, renamed the Jarden Corporation in 2002, which itself became a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid in 2016, now Newell Brands. They also own Kerr and FoodSaver.

When these photos were taken the home canning industry was on the verge of a golden age, war and Victory Gardens were only two years away. Let's take a look at some representative "deep larders" of the late Depression years.

Nyssa, Oregon. An agricultural town on the southeastern border of the state. The population in 1939 was about 1,800. What appears to be soil and a corrugated steel roof suggests this was an underground root cellar.


Saline County, Illinois. Located in the south-central part of the state. The population in 1939 was about 38,000. Notice the pressure canner at the very bottom of the photo. This was a full service operation, neat as a pin.


San Luis Valley, Colorado. A cattle and farming area located in the south-central part of the state. It's the headwaters of the Rio Grande and Coors's main supplier of barley. Not much room left on these shelves.


Kersey, Colorado. A tiny town on the north-central border of the state. Population in 1939 was about 275.


Weld County, Colorado. A county on the north-central border of the state. Notice the wire-bail canning jars in this photo and the one above, standard in Europe but less popular in the US. Unlike Mason jars with metal lids, there's no positive indicator an airtight seal has been made.


Kristian Niemietz at Quillette explains why socialists say "this time it will be different", and why it never is, at Quillette. An excerpt:

Regardless of what socialists say they want to build, socialism can only mean a society run by large, hierarchical government bureaucracies. It can only mean a command-and-control economy directed by a distant, technocratic elite. The reason it always turns out that way isn’t because revolutions are “betrayed” by selfish or undisciplined actors, but because no other path is possible. Unfortunately, this is a lesson that every generation needs to learn for itself—which is why each cohort is sneered at by its younger counterparts.


Wisdom in one breath

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

No force can remain indefinitely unbalanced. Among men, every movement of any kind will elicit a counter-movement that will halt it or worse.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, about government pensions

You don’t pay pensions because of the political clout of those already retired, but to motivate and cement loyalty of those still working.

From John Q. Publius at The Anatomically Correct Banana

Even whites’ ancestral homelands in Europe are being decried as “too white.” Is Somalia too black?

From Willa Paskin at Slate, about Rachel Maddow post-Mueller

Turning on her show this week was like discovering a Facebook friend is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

From Paul Roberts at Institute for Political Economy

Why does a government unwilling to defend its borders spend $1,000 billion annually on defense?

From editors at Taki's Magazine

May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the armpits of all ingrate intruders.

From Col. B. Bunny at Liberty's Torch, about universal franchise

The "alien ideological pollution," namely the pollution of sappy liberalism and ultra-left worship of total revolution, make it mandatory that the freak, the foreign, the criminal, and the parasite are considered the crown jewels of earthly existence.

From Michael Hudson at Unz Review

The financial elite is quite aware that they are getting rich by running the economy into the ground, and that this must end at the point where they’ve taken everything and left a debt-ridden shell behind.


Max Eden at City-Journal reports "more than 14,000 academics will gather in Toronto to share their research for the American Education Research Association’s annual conference". Some of the symposiums offered are:

A symposium called “The Interrogation of Whiteness in Progressive Public Schools” promises to explore “the experience of teachers and education leaders who work to undo whiteness in public schools.” A featured paper in that session is “Trust, Community, and Dismantling White Dominance.” Another, “Critical-Race Elementary Schooling: Teacher Change Agents are Undoing Whiteness in Elementary Schools,” celebrates teachers who “actively resist elements of Whiteness.”

“Marking the Invisible: Articulating Whiteness in Social Studies” promises that participants will “call out the strategies deployed by white supremacy and acknowledge the depths by which it is used to control, manipulate, confine, and define identities, communities, citizenships, and historical narratives” in order to “promote justice-oriented teaching and learning.”

Click the link, there are more. This is what the public schools are teaching. They're telling you as plainly as they know how, they hate you and they'll do everything they can to make your kids hate you and themselves. It's not an exaggeration. It's not a wild claim.


Democrats discover they need white male voters to win after all. Oops. From Don Surber:

The Associated Press posted a report , "After 2016 loss, Democrats know they need white male voters." The story quoted Democratic pollster Ronald Lester, who worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. Lester said, "The white male vote is indispensable, it’s a part of any winning coalition." So why did Hillary call us deplorable? Why did Joe Biden call us the dregs of society? Good luck, but no thanks.


Michael Hammond of Gun Owners of America notes "five constitutional problems with virtually every state statute which would be funded by the Senate bills", at Daily Caller:

They allow ex parte orders stripping gun owners of their constitutional rights with insufficient showings of danger;

They fail to provide defendants with a guarantee of counsel prior to stripping them of their constitutional rights;

They fail to allow cross-examination of accusers;

They allow the extinction of constitutional rights by less than a “clear and convincing evidence” standard;

They fail to allow a gun owner to turn over his guns to an FFL.


Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch notes a turning that's putting the ruling class on notice: race hustlers have run out of road.

Racialist demagogues are far more concerned with maintaining their followings and the revenue to their “foundations” than with improving any aspect of race relations. So the crusade to impose unearned guilt on American whites and extract tribute from us through the legal system must continue.

And people ask where the white identity and white nationalist movements get their impetus. ... American whites have had enough. We’re fed up. We’ll have no more of the blame for racial disparities, racial tensions, and contemporary trends toward the resegregation of the races.

and finally,

In last week's WPR I said, Chicago is becoming Detroit faster than Detroit became Detroit. As if to keep me honest, NBC News reports , "Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, will be 1st black woman and 1st openly gay person to hold post", and CBS News reports , "Socialists Surge To Victories In Chicago City Council".

A radical black lesbian mayor and socialist city council is just what Chicago needs to copy Detroit's collapse into squalor and irrelevancy. The lights are winking out all over Chicago, look for it to be the next Diversity Reservation wholly dependent on the outside for support, meaning begging and threatening by turns.

Once again Brazil and Poland come in as my second and third highest readership. I'm curious as to why. I know nothing of either of those two great countries first hand. Just checking the map, the closest I've been to Brazil is Curacao, the closest to Poland is Copenhagen or maybe Malmo. Neither is even a near miss.

Well gang, we can't stand here chitchatting all day. It's time for Important Stuff, as chronicled in Yer ol' Woodpile Report. But hold on, first we have an old ad.


1930. Post's Bran Flakes magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "What he requires is a daily ration of bran—for bran-bulk is nature's own laxative—gentle, normal and effective", says the ad. Constipation sneaks up on a guy, you see, so it's the little lady's duty to move things along lest he become even more grumpy. Besides, Post's Bran Flakes are so delicious he'll thank you without suspecting your real motive.

Postum Cereals company became General Foods Corporation in 1929, which was acquired by Philip Morris in 1983, which merged it with Kraft Foods in 1989, blah blah. Post Foods became part of Post Holdings in 2012, now called Post Consumer Brands.

An aside: A 1959 box of Post Toasties—corn flakes—offered a model "survival rifle" for $1.00 . It's the current Henry AR-7 when first manufactured by Fairchild for the US Air Force.



Remus's notebook

Science Alert - Astronomers Worldwide Are About to Make a Groundbreaking Black Hole Announcement ... on Wednesday the 10th of April. Watch on YouTube at 9:00 am EST

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Said to be the first ever photo of a black hole 's event horizon

NY Times - A Mysterious Infection, Spanning the Globe in a Climate of Secrecy ... a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe

Aeon - I like the way you move: from a walk through a trot to a gallop, on four legs ... video created for animators aiming to perfect their rendering of animal gaits, 1m 45s

Guns - National Guard Ditches Iconic Minute Man, Gun Logo ... “The rebrand makes it clear that the Army National Guard is part of the Army.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg And just like that, what were the country's organized militias are now admitted to be the domestic standing army so feared by the founders.

City Journal - A Brewing Rebellion in the Emerald City ... 53 percent of Seattle voters now support a “zero-tolerance policy” on homeless encampments

Phys Org - Evidence found of Denisovans interbreeding with humans in Southeast Asia more recently than thought ... between 30,000 and 15,000 years ago

Voice of Europe - Muslim leader wants Spanish King to apologise for defeating Islam in 1492 ... after Mexico President Abrader demanded King Felipe VI ask for forgiveness

Smithsonian - Paris’ Hotel Lutetia Is Haunted by History ... the ghosts of Nazis, French resistance fighters and concentration camp survivors still inhabit the grand building on Paris’ famed Left Bank

Bayou Renaissance Man - Ebola: I hate having to say "I told you so!", but ... Congo’s Ebola outbreak is spreading at its fastest rate yet, eight months after it was first detected

Excerpt: It will take less than a dozen full-blown cases of Ebola to overwhelm the average US city's medical system, which is utterly incapable of providing the large-scale isolation care required to treat this disease.

Prepper's Will - The Hidden Poisons In Your Pantry ... potatoes, lima beans, apple seeds, rhubarb leaves and peanuts could all be poisonous under certain conditions

Quanta - Cryptography That Can’t Be Hacked ... with the same level of invincibility as a mathematical proof

Smithsonian - Recently Uncovered Thermopolium Reminds Us That Romans Loved Fast Food as Much as We Do ... snack counters dug up throughout Pompeii were for on-the-go Romans looking for a quick bite

Zelman Partisans - BSTD Bump-Fire Ban Compliance Rate ... 845. Taking the ATF’s low estimate of 280,000 BSTDs sold, they achieved a 0.30% compliance rate

Taki's Magazine - See NYC! Admission Price $11! ... Sometime in early 2020 it will cost $11.52 to enter the city of New York in a car—$25.34 for trucks

Nautilus - The Mystery of Time’s Arrow ... this simple model of the universe shows how one natural law points toward order

Sultan Knish - The Low Standards of Hate in the Sixth-Worst Airport in America ... punishing a popular eatery for donating to the poor isn’t the behavior of flawed people, but of villains

Excerpt: "Two years ago, Chick-fil-A donated money to the Salvation Army, which had a policy of “complying with local ‘relevant employment laws’”, and must now be banned from the sixth-worst airport in America.

According to Councilman Roberto Trevino, San Antonio is a “city full of compassion” and therefore no company that donates money to the Salvation Army’s efforts to help the poor is allowed is the city".

Daily Signal - New York Politician Boots Chick-Fil-A From Buffalo Airport ... "the NFTA is an organization that prides itself on its strong commitment to diversity and inclusion"

Popular Mechanics - Later, Navigator: How Netscape Won and Then Lost the World Wide Web ... “We faced the 800-pound gorilla and it stomped us into the dirt.”

Front Page - Texas Teacher Assigns Anti-Trump Essay as Class Homework ... Trump as “racist,” “insensitive,” and counter to American values

Atlas Obscura - For Sale: A Lone Survivor of Coca-Cola’s Prototype Bottles ... embossed with the date November 15, 1915; the test-proof design was patented the following day

Law Enforcement Today - First, This Marine Was The Victim of Road Rage. Then, He Was The Victim Of Red Flag Laws ... the perp walks


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Civil War II, American Thinker - The people who are eager for a civil war are fools. They don't understand the catastrophe they're begging for. But the people who believe that a civil war is now a real possibility are neither fools nor wild-eyed alarmists. Moreover, the people who believe that, grim though the prospect may be, war might be the lesser of two evils have a daily strengthening case. The Left has shown itself to be dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization itself. In our tolerance and patience, we have given up our civil society, our political representation, and our freedoms one by one. Our maladies won't be fixed by delicate adjustments now — half-heartedly performed by yet another generation of narcissistic government planners and invisible elitist bureaucrats.


Elites, Chronicles Magazine - Among those who set the tone in America today—in the arts and entertainment, the media, the universities, and politics—the stink of rot is unmistakable. These elites not only condone but generate the growing nastiness, crassness, vulgarity, debauchery, and mediocrity of life. Politicians make a difference but only at the margins. Reversing social decline requires the evolution of new elites across a broad range of concerns. The narrow and mercenary attitudes assumed to be characteristic of people in trade and production were thought to make them less than suitable for inclusion in the highest social and political circles, which required breadth of mind and sensibility. Only a reinvigoration of mind, imagination, and moral character will make a difference.


Chicxulub, New Yorker - Within two minutes of slamming into Earth, the asteroid, which was at least six miles wide, had gouged a crater about eighteen miles deep and lofted twenty-five trillion metric tons of debris into the atmosphere. When Earth’s crust rebounded, a peak higher than Mt. Everest briefly rose up. The initial blowout formed a “rooster tail,” a gigantic jet of molten material, which exited the atmosphere, some of it fanning out over North America. Much of the material was several times hotter than the surface of the sun, and it set fire to everything within a thousand miles. Red-hot blobs of glass and blanketed the Western Hemisphere. More than 99.9999 per cent of all living organisms on Earth died.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The author follows an otherwise unknown paleontologist who found direct victims of the first hour after the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs. It's a medium-long read that seems too short. Y'gotta hand it to the New Yorker, when they're not stroking each other with self-serving kozmik troofs and lamenting their pitiable lot in life, they publish some fine essays.


Maddow, American Conservative - Maddow moved beyond the simpleton advocacy journalism of Bush lie peddling journo tools. She was going to save the country. So she created a story out of whole cloth that reinforced her political beliefs and convinced people it was true. And it was all justified because the fate of the republic itself hung in the balance. Any day now, Trump would peel off a rubber mask Scooby Doo-style to reveal that he was Putin all along. And then, after years of being held together by the incantation “just wait for Mueller Time,” one day it all fell apart. Instead of a reflective pause, she is spinning ever-more complex and nonsensical conspiracy tales, talking faster and faster to cover the gaps in logic.


1938. Ambridge Pennsylvania


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ambridge took its name in 1905 from the American Bridge Company, which bought the place outright from a failing sect called the Harmonists. Eastern European immigrants flocked to work in their steel mills and fabrication plants. During WWII, Ambridge was one of the "inland ship yards" producing LSTs. American Bridge ceased operations in 1983 when steel production was outsourced to foreign competitors.

Ambridge is a small town of 6,700 in Beaver County on the western state line near Pittsburgh. The population in 1938 was about 18,000.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Neanderthals, Aeon - We now know there were no Neanderthal endlings, no last lonely survivors. Many researchers now question whether we can even think of them as a different species. There is no cognitive chasm between us, just as there was no reproductive barrier. No matter how large the family becomes, as our first-found relations, the Neanderthals will feel closest: a foil for what we were, are and might yet be. Yet their relatedness to us is hardly the most interesting thing about them. Instead of a cautionary tale of a disreputable cousin, far from some primitive offshoot, Neanderthals should be more accurately understood as another of nature’s experiments in humanity.


Liberals, Taki's Magazine - It’s quite implausible to think that the sole or main explanation for white liberals’ relative lack of in-group bias, and apparent wish to become an ethnic minority, is self-hatred. Like any large human group, white liberals are a varied lot, and the desirability of becoming an ethnic minority, are unlikely to have a single, simple explanation. It is the irrational character of human nature that makes “social justice” so very dangerous. As people are increasingly unconstrained by past traditions and customs, their liberty to pursue their own moral values, and their liberty in general, become greater burdens for the state, and greater threats to liberty itself.


The thinking class, James Kunstler - How might we account for the strange melding of neuroticism and dishonesty that has gripped America’s thinking class since the ascent of Donald Trump as an epically reviled figurehead on our ship of state? It all seems to come down to shame and failure. There is, for instance, the failure of America’s leading economic viziers to arrest the collapse of the middle class. The choice made by the “experts” the past ten years is obvious: pump the financial markets at all costs by using dishonest policy interventions which they are smart enough to know will eventually blow up the banking system. The damage is now so extreme that when the time comes for them to apologize they will lose their freedom and perhaps their heads.


Academia, Town Hall - The college system is a disaster – an expensive disaster that picks our pockets as well as those of the suckers who matriculate – and we should stop tolerating it. According to our betters – the same betters who pulled off this scam and all the myriad other scams that are wrecking our culture – the answer to this outrage is to eliminate standardize testing. That way there will be no objective criteria for college admission at all, and the elite can simply wield its influence, pull a few strings, and voilà – Kaden has his gender studies degree from Yale! Academia is a scam, as well as a campus gulag archipelago of hellholes of leftist oppression, and we need to tear it down and start over.


Dark web, American Greatness - The frightening reality isn’t that YouTube has banned death porn or terrorist training videos, because they should. It’s that the line between what gets trended up and what gets throttled down is a moving, arbitrary, biased target. Secondly, to ignore what the commentators who walk that fine line have to say is to deny the Newtonian reality of social discourse: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. What gets suppressed comes back. The Intellectual Dark Web is the last refuge of free speech and open debate on the policy issues that will define what sort of world we leave to our posterity. The online resources that enable anyone to earn a living producing online content are monopolies. Anyone suggesting otherwise is a useful idiot.


1944. Anzio Italy


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The landings at Anzio in January were intended to flank the German "Winter Line". However, the beach head was quickly contained and a breakout wasn't effected until May.

The LSTs were reluctantly lent from the inventory being hoarded for the D-Day invasion of France. LSTs were always in short supply in both the European and Pacific theatres.


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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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