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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


Missed yet not missing


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Bertha Wegmann, Artist's Sister, 1882

This is an example of late nineteenth century academic art at its best. Only a true master can create the elusive sense of presence from mere pigment, mastery of materials and technique by itself is insufficient. And furthermore ... hey, where'd everybody go?

Bertha Wegmann was a Danish portrait and genre painter whose works are held by major museums throughout Europe. She held a chair at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, received the Thorvaldsen Medal in 1883 for this painting of her sister, and earned the prestigious royal Ingenio et Arti medal in 1892. Wegmann died in 1926 at age 79 while at work in her studio.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg CH at Chateau Heartiste notes a growing consequence for trashing whitey:

"In elitist circles, it’s not polite anymore to call people “stupid redneck,” “dumb wop,” or drunken mick.” So the rich folks have found a way to trash working class Americans by declaring whiteness an illness.

However, what this has done instead is brought all the rednecks, wops, micks, and others together against them. This is a fuse they should not have lit...

The pathologization of Whiteness is an EliteWhite workaround to continue to slur FreeWhites as the scope of socially acceptable slurs has narrowed, but the anti-Whiteness campaign has also been accelerated by the huge and growing surge of POCs for whom the urge to slur is more than a status signal to peers; it’s a bloodthirsty howl from their ids.

Elitist Whites have no idea the hunger and strength of the beast they uncaged".

The first wrong step was tolerance, a close cousin to self delusion. Tolerance is rightly extended to children and pets, not to those who would bring low civilization itself. Reality is a merciless arena, being marginalized and powerless was the charitable option.

We've allowed whites to be treated as a noxious contaminant in an otherwise pristine population. No insult, no slur, no lie is forbidden. And no matter how outrageously abusive the slander, it can be done publicly with impunity.

There was a day when I said this only about us Appalachians. There came a day when the assault had expanded to include all white men. Now it's all white people, past and present, and every construct and symbol of our existence. But they should have a care. There's a rock ahead of their showboat, just under the suface, as Heartiste has pointed out.

Elitist whites have seen street theatre and random violence by adolescents and impulsive underachievers. They haven't seen calm, calculated and implacable countermoves by the capable and determined. Now that engine is ticking over. Remember who turned the key.


On Tuesday, April 30, E&E News reported a 'cyber event' disrupted U.S. grid networks:

A "cyber event" interrupted grid operations in parts of the western United States last month, according to a cryptic report posted by the Department of Energy.

The March 5 incident lasted from 9 a.m. until nearly 7 p.m. but didn't lead to a power outage, based on a brief summary of the electric disturbance report filed by the victim utility ...

According to E&E News, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council all declined further comment.

It's probably nothing. DC has their Top Men working on this, so we can expect a full accounting soon.

Wisdom in one breath

From the Z Man

Conservatives have always fallen into this trap. While the Left is performing yet another morality tale, the Right is busy editing the script for accuracy.

From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker, about civilian military arms

No registration, no serial numbers, no tracking anything, period. Shall not be infringed. Period.

From Martin McPhillips at Thread reader, about Clintons, et al

Whatever protects those psychopaths creates rock solid fear in DC. And everyone who knows what really happens in that disgusting city knows it.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Remember, both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany had only one party to vote for. Like California.

From Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man, about Ebola

By the time he or she shows visible symptoms and is diagnosed with Ebola, they might have been smuggled all the way into a major US city. If that happens ... hell's coming to breakfast.

From CDR Salamander

When no hill is worth dying on, eventually your enemy has all the high ground and you are surrounded.

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

When you begin believing in imaginary things, you eventually cease to be real.


Ann Coulter, 2016.


This is the sort of thing that drives snowflakes and thuggas crazy.

YouTube - More mods for my Mossberg 702 Plinkster, video, 4m 8s.


Reposted by Don Surber

Venezuela 2012: Citizens lose their right to own firearms, millions of guns turned into the government

Venezuela 2016: Citizens are starving and line up for hours in breadlines

Venezuela 2019: Citizens are fired upon by their government and denied humanitarian aid
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11)

Also from Don Surber. Obama's FBI was part of an operation more corrupt than we knew

A corrupted FBI served many well. Democrats used it to shake down billions from corporations who Chuck Schumer's lawyer, Preet Bharara, sued and settled as the U.S. attorney for Wall Street. The money went to tax-exempt groups Democrats control in a money laundering operation that would give drug dealers pause.


Last week I mentioned the value of reading several translations of ancient texts. This example comes from Mariana Alessandri at Aeon. The difference in meanings of a single word is wide.

Marcus Aurelius, in his Meditations, advised himself to be εὔνους, literally ‘good-minded’. This was translated into English as ‘good-natured’ by Francis Hutcheson and James Moore in 1742 in Scotland, and then as ‘benevolence’ by the British translator George Long in 1862, before returning to ‘good-natured’ in 1916 under the influence of another British translator, C R Haines. In 2003, Gregory Hays, from Indianapolis, translated εὔνους as ‘cheerfulness’.


Paul Roberts at the Institute for Political Economy reminds us:

It appears to be the case that the majority of white immigrants into the American British colonies between the years 1630 and the American Revolution in 1776 were slaves or indentured slaves who often remained slaves beyond their term. In other words, depending on the death rates of white slaves, most white Americans today are descendants of former slaves.

Jordan and Walsh report that two-thirds of white immigrants from the British Isles were slaves for life or for a contracted period. It is an American myth that the colonies were settled by free men and women. “The truth could not be more different,” write Jordan and Walsh. “The freedoms of modern American society evolved only gradually from enforced labor and penal servitude.”

and finally,

Me an' the missus had the pleasure of hosting a days-long visit by family from Deepest Appalachia, including my almost new great granddaughter. This occasioned a general get together by local kin, which about doubled the population of this hill. I'm still walking around in a glow. It was difficult to shift by turns into Condition Orange to do Yer ol' Woodpile Report.

Well gang, enough chitchat, let's get to it, right after this old ad.


1933. Buick magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The '33 Buick was a handsome but expensive automobile, best exampled by their Model 57 Sedan. From Hemmings Daily, April 2012:

"In the midst of the Great Depression, Buick had somehow managed to fall from third in the industry to a lackluster eighth. Although the automobile industry as a whole suffered, it's been theorized that the Flint automaker's decline was attributed to their designs of the early 1930s. Yet Buick's higher price structure certainly had a lasting effect, especially when the B-O-P dealer network could sell more affordable Pontiacs at a faster rate". More .


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Telegraph UK - ‘Nothing short of terrifying’: Ebola death toll hits 1,000 as lethal virus spreads ... the epidemic has rapidly escalated, with several grim milestones reached this week.

Raconteur Report - Ebola 2019 Update ... Ain't no one who can handle as many as 12 cases at once in all of North America, short of concertina wire barricades, full medieval quarantines, and martial law.

American Thinker - Ignorance, Fear, and LGBTQ ... activists' domination of our culture has come a long way from the days when they claimed they only wanted tolerance

Prepper Journal - DIY MRE Alternatives ... nowhere near as expensive as MREs but with shorter shelf lives

Wired - The Grid Might Survive an Electromagnetic Pulse Just Fine ... "this is not someone's opinion", study took three years to complete

Cosmos - Earth hit by 17 meteors a day ... the vast majority fall unnoticed, in uninhabited areas, at random throughout the year

"In terms of dino-killers we’ve only found a tiny fraction. Most are in these giant orbits where we aren’t going to find them on a 20-year or 50-year time frame."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Imprecise word usage has no place in science journals. Earth hit by 17 "meteorites" a day, is what the author meant.

Science Alert - Scientists Have Finally Achieved Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication ... transferring a black and white bitmap image from one location to another without sending any physical particles.

Telegraph UK - Polio vaccine worker shot dead is third killed in Pakistan this week ... officials have temporarily suspended the anti-polio drive following the incident

Vox Popoli - Perversion in the public schools ... Planned Parenthood will provide the sex curriculum as part of the Minnesota House Education Omnibus Bill

Daily Caller - FBI Investigating Antifa For Plotting To Buy Guns From Cartel For ‘Armed Rebellion’ ... plot to buy guns from a Mexican cartel to “disrupt security operations” at the U.S.-Mexico border

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Keep telling yourself the hard left are snowflakes afraid of guns

American Conservative - What Does Your Toilet Paper Have to Do With Inflation? ... manufacturers have been engaging in "shrinkflation," leaving consumers paying more for less

KTTH Seattle - Rantz: King County won’t charge criminals assaulting cops while resisting arrest ... "deeply troubling to law enforcement officers"

Law Enforcement Today - Deputies Are No Longer Responding to Calls in Portland ... Sheriff Craig Roberts cites overwhelming ‘anti-police’ attitudes in the city of Portland

The Portland Police Association posted this:

“The reason the Police Bureau is experiencing catastrophic staffing shortages, drastically declining recruiting success, and the inability to retain officers is due to one core issue: the intense anti-police sentiment in our City that City Council seems to share”.

Columnist Lewis adds "companies like Intel and Nike drew lot's of families from California up to the city. Those families stayed, thus leading to a big change in culture."

Beans, Bullets, Bandages and You - Guerrilla Planting ... a lot of it fails, but not all, since you’ve got so little invested, it’s still a net win

Real Survivalists - How to Prepare Survival Food ... fish, fur, feather. With videos.

Prepper's Will - Establishing If The Meat Is Edible When Butchering Domestic Or Wild Animals ... not a mere luxury which might be handled lightly

Breitbart - Pentagon Approves $7.4M for Troops to Feed, Care for Border Crossers ... will also include busing and transporting border crossers

American Greatness - The Real ‘Bombshells’ Are About to Hit Their Targets ... the targets of IG Horowitz's probe and their media pals now are spinning hard

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Yeah. Right. There will be no reckoning that matters.

NBC Richmond - Judges rules Confederate statues are war monuments ... protected under state law

Campus Reform - Prof asks whether students should learn 'dead white man' Thoreau at ‘Whiteness of Walden’ event ... movement must acknowledge the “whiteness” of Thoreau’s ideas and legacy

Campus Reform - Founding Fathers under attack: Students demand Thomas Jefferson statue removal ... the statue represents a legacy of racism and bigotry on college campuses

College Fix - High school may erase mural of George Washington: ‘traumatizes students’ ... glorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny

Ancient Origins - Discovery of 16,000-year-old Footprint That Could Change the History of the Americas ... previously it had been believed the first inhabitants arrived 10,000 years ago

Zero Hedge - Luxury Home Sales Crash Last Quarter, Biggest YoY Decline Since 2010 ... the cycle is turning, as they flood real estate markets across the country

Outdoor Life - The .410 Shotgun: Everything You Need to Know About Hunting and Shooting with this Sub-Gauge ... not ideal for beginning wingshooters, but it does have other qualities

Daily Galaxy - Weird Signal From The Sun –“Reveals Startling Mysteries” ... we just kept finding surprising things

Quanta Magazine - With a Simple Twist, a ‘Magic’ Material Is Now the Big Thing in Physics ... a new type of superconductivity with the mere twist of a carbon sheet

Appalachian Magazine - Lady’s Slipper, Moccasin Flower: Appalachia’s Vanishing Flower ... may live up to 50 years, taking up to 16 years to flower for the first time

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We have 'em in our woods. Ain't telling where. Ginseng too.

Youtube - Panfilov's 28 Men (English subtitles) HD, Russian war movie, 2018 ... twenty-eight soldiers that stopped the advance on Moscow of a column of fifty-four Nazi tanks of the 11th Panzer Division for several days. Video, 1 hr 45m

Captain's Journal - FOIA Response From The ATF: No Bumpstocks Used In Any Crime To Date ... So the Vegas shooting was a lie?


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Europe, American Greatness - It does not require a geriatric to recall the piping days when it was commonplace to hear someone announce the coming supremacy of a united Europe. This was a fantasy wedged between the imminent economic surpassing of America by Japan, and then by China. But the decline of Europe, not its rise, is now the threat. Europe has abdicated. It has no coherence, no leadership, no influence. The United States has cut America loose from the nonsense of the Paris climate and Iran nuclear agreements, popular with the Europeans, and is making direct arrangements with the other major powers—China, Japan, India, and even possibly Russia. We are back to the 1930s in some respects.


Suicidal elite, Quillette - Over the past half century, as was the case in pre-revolutionary France, the elite’s worldview has become increasingly detached from traditional morality. But, while the ruling classes of the industrial era continued to pay lip service to the primacy of the family, many in today’s upper classes have embraced an agenda that has little use for traditional values on anything from sex roles to cultural norms. Increasingly, this is no longer a question of mere tolerance, but an aggressive challenge to the tradition familial culture that once laid the foundation for successful societies. Whether the next revolution comes from the Right or the Left, our elites, like their eighteenth century counterparts, could belatedly awaken to find themselves faced with an existential threat.


Warren's tribe, Amerika - It used to be a different Amerika before the US Military fought the Vietnam War. College became “the ticket out, man”. Universities thus got flooded with people that would never have set a foot on their campuses before. “The ticket out, man” was now “the ticket in.” It has all become a racket. Like all good rackets it eventually collapses under the weight of all of its own malarkey. People see through the scam and start gaming the whole process. Allow this to continue, and the whole scheme crashes down like it did on Bernie Madoff. It’s here where Elizabeth Warren steps in. Senator Warren is hijacking the racket to use as a zombie voter army this primary season.


Moon, Science Daily - Many theorists believe a Mars-sized object slammed into the early Earth, and material dislodged from that collision formed the basis of the moon. When this idea was tested in computer simulations, it turned out that the moon would be made primarily from the impacting object. Yet the opposite is true; we know rocks brought back from Apollo missions that the moon consists mainly of material from Earth. A new study offers an explanation. The key is that the early, proto-Earth was covered by a sea of hot magma, while the impacting object was likely made of solid material.


1939. Grundy County, Iowa


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Second grade arithmetic in an unnamed rural Iowa school. Grundy County is in central Iowa, population about 13,500 in 1939, about a thousand less today.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Red flag, American Thinker - If you live in a state that has enacted a ‘red flag’ law, an individual can file an affidavit detailing reasons they believe you represent an extreme risk to yourself or society. Whether or not the accuser’s affidavit is based in truth is irrelevant. The simple act of an affidavit filed against you, without you being notified, means a judge will determine whether or not to issue an extreme risk protection order. Once issued, law enforcement will then seize your firearms. When a person has committed no crime nor is in the process of committing a crime yet their personal property is confiscated without due process, this is the classic definition of unreasonable seizure.


Political culture, Amerika - The kings emerged from within each culture and served as part of it since they were an extension of its natural sorting process. When they were overthrown we selected a government outside of society, elected to rule, manage, administrate, and transform it. We had chosen a replacement for culture. Things which had previously been accomplished in informal hierarchies and behavior patterns now had to have bureaucracies and agencies. Political culture replaced organic culture. At that point, their native traditions rank only up there with hobbies and other voluntary, optional activities. Shortly after that, these traditions, customs, and culture itself are discarded.


Car glut, Eric Peters Autos - It could be the canary in the coal mine, just before he opens his beak. More than 4.2 million new cars are stacked up unsold as of this month – which is an alarming half-million more cars than were stacked up guess when? In the early spring of 2007 – just before the bird chirped. Not long after, he hit the floor. Once again, people have abruptly stopped buying new cars. The question is – why? The answer’s pretty obvious, then and now. People can’t afford to buy them. If new cars became more affordable – which they would if the market were permitted to operate – it wouldn’t be necessary to hide their cost.

Zero Hedge - April US Auto Sales Crash 6.1%, Worst Slide In 8 Years ... average price of a new car in April came in at $36,720

Zero Hedge - German Car Registrations Fall 1.1% As Global Auto Recession Continues


Freedom and Liberty, Ammo - To be free is to take ownership of what goes on between your ears, to be autonomous in thoughts first and actions second. Your freedom to act a certain way can be taken away from you but your attitude about your circumstances cannot. "Liberty" is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority, a political construct that allows people to enjoy freedoms such as property rights, free speech, freedom of association, etc. Along with these rights come responsiblities, you must bear the consequences of your actions. We need to recover their original meaning so that there is foundational clarity in political discussions.


c. 1948. Berlin Germany


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo is of the former Berlin airport in the Tempelhof borough in the south-central part of the city during the airlift of June 1948 to May 1949. The planes are C-47 Skytrains capable of carrying three and a half tons. These were soon replaced by four-engine transports, mainly the C-54 Skymaster with a payload of ten tons. At the height of the airlift, planes landed at the rate of two per minute.

Tempelhof airport was opened in October of 1923 and closed in October 2008. It's now a public park.


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Notate Bene

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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7 May 2019