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Where the name came from

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

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Regime-speak

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

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

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Hypercorrectness

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


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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics

Vanish

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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini
via securityintelligence.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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

 

 

 

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Gerrit Dou, Sleeping Dog, 1650

"Gerrit Dou is considered the founder of the Dutch school of fijnschilderij, or fine painting. Dou began his apprenticeship with Rembrandt van Rijn in 1628 when he was not quite fifteen years old and Rembrandt was only twenty-one.

His fame rests on the meticulously painted, small genre scenes. His work was considered one of the crowning achievements of Dutch art, and his pictures consistently fetched higher prices than those of Rembrandt.

The time that went into the creation of Dou’s minutely detailed works is legendary. He is said to have spent five days on the underpainting of a single hand in a portrait".

Dou died in 1675 at the age of 62.

Condensed from National Gallery of Art

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'm keeping my "few words" to a few words this week.

Affirmative Action, meaning hiring quotas at the expense of qualified applicants, has been the law since March 1961. More than 58 years. Now it's been elevated to a harshly enforced cult called "diversity". If welfare, equal opportunity and Affirmative Action wasn't enough, neither will be "diversity".

Before NAFTA the U.S. held a trade surplus with Mexico of about $10 million, which was break-even or near enough. Since NAFTA we've constantly run deficits of tens of billions of dollars. What a deal.

It's no surprise the news media doesn't mention the attacks on Ebola medical aid agencies are largely the work of a Ugandan Islamist-jihadi outfit calling itself the Allied Democratic Forces.

The trade war is getting nasty. China is upping the ante by running anti-American movies on tevee. Expect Hollywood to retaliate by running anti-American movies of their own.

Some time ago I gave up splitting my firewood with a Go-Devil in favor of an axe and a heavy hammer. Call it large scale batoning. It's easier on me, but not actually easy, so I got a hydraulic splitter last week. It looks rather conspicuous in my workplace, shiny metal and bright paint.

While inventorying and rearranging our semi-deep larder I ran across six of those four ounce Mason jars we used for our maple syrup run of some years back. There's some settling but it mixes well with a little shaking. Hmm. Here I'd thought we'd given those away. Taste test to follow.

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This excerpt is from an article by Jim Higginbotham at Western Rifle Shooters Association, March 2010:

"I have accumulated confirmed incidents in which people have been shot “center mass” up to 55 times with 9mm JHP ammunition (the subject was hit 106 times, but 55 of those hits were ruled by the coroner to be each lethal in and of themselves) before he went down. During training at the FBI Academy we were told of a case in which agents shot a bank robber 65 times with 9mm, .223 and 00 buckshot – he survived! These are not rare cases. They happen quite often...

Wait wait, these are not rare cases? They happen quite often? Oh please. How is it my neighbor has gotten his deer every year for the past few years with one shot using a .223. Yes, it's legal where he hunts. Last year the bullet smashed the leg bone, destroyed the vitals, and smashed the leg bone on the other side. The deer plowed head down for a few feet and fell sideways deader than dead. This is not a rare case.

Change subject. Slightly.

It seems somewhat peculiar, to me, that long range precision shooting has taken an almost exclusively military turn. It wasn't always this way.

When I was doing a lot of chuck hunting I used a .22-250, then a .25-06. My neighbor up the road used a .222, my neighbor down the road used anything from a .220 Swift to a 7mm Magnum, with a preference for the .257 Roberts.

Four hundred yards fence-to-fence was typical but there were places offering more. None of these fields were level and horizon shots were verboten so we chose our stand with care.

These ranges are unremarkable on a man-size target, but consider, the neighbor kids were often on hand to retrieve the chucks for the freezer so anything other than head shots earned a heartfelt, if unspoken, demerit. In not much time this became the nut.

By mid season they were so fat they waddled and rippled. With my arm at my side, my forearm parallel with the ground, holding a chuck by the tail, its nose commonly touched the ground. But the head is a target no larger than a fist and the shot had to be decently centered.

Naturally we tinkered endlessly with powder loads and bullet types. Sighting in and periodic verification could, and did, take most of an afternoon, a habit I've not broken even now. Alas, over the years most of the farms around me have become mere residences, the fields grown up to tall grass and brush. So too are the kids grown up and gone. Good. They were tough taskmasters.

Wisdom in one breath

From Dion Pierre at The College Fix

Many of Harvard’s black graduates were affirmative action admits. The separate graduation ceremony was, in its way, as much a public confession as a “celebration”.

From Peter Coclanis at Aeon, quoting economist Paul Samuelson

Wall Street indexes predicted nine of the past five recessions.

From Simon Ings at Spectator USA, quoting Einstein

Since the mathematicians pounced on the relativity theory, I no longer understand it myself.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

The economic and financial stresses will exceed the workforce's carrying capacity in the next recession.

From the Z Man

Cobbling together tribes of losers, hiding out in the jungle long after the war has ended, is not the future of the Right.

From James Kunstler at Kunstler blog

Next to us, the old Weimar Republic looks like a Boy Scout camporee.

From Charles Norman at Taki's Magazine, about the media struggle

The resulting confusion is trickling down to Democrat politicians, who aren’t sure how and to whom they’re supposed to submit these days.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Leftist politics are based on denying the failure of Western Civilization and applying palliative care.

From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker, about Iran and Saudi Arabia

I personally do not care if the crazies over there all blow each other to Mars. We have utterly no business shooting anything at anyone until and unless our material, people or territory are attacked.

Andrea Yang at American Mind, about conservative timidity

We play for points; they play for damage.

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The photo is by Michael Smith, a legendary modeler whose work I find captivating. More photos at Daily Mail, and an interview at New York Times.

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James Dakin has posted a series about mobile survival, at Bison Prepper. This is an excerpt from part two.

This is how you survive on almost nothing. It is the extreme frugal budget. You don’t need to buy land and a house because you cache most everything and you rely on primitive shelters built with indigenous materials. On your person is enough to get from cache to cache, shelter to shelter. Even if you only travel five miles a day, you only need food cached every thirty miles and you have a weekly resupply. A simple shelter and food every ten miles and it would be rare you couldn’t be comfortable every single night...

Part one is here . Mr. Dakin talks bedrock survival, not "tips for the traditional homesteader". Desperate times are like gravity, it needs to get the upper hand only once. If you're not thinking like an escapee from a Soviet gulag you're not preparing for the worst. And if you're not prepared for the worst, you won't survive the worst.

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Yossarian at Open Source Intelligence states the case for optimism:

Justice is coming, patriots. And when it comes to prosecuting criminal activity, the Deep-State provides what Military-Intelligence would refer to as a ‘target-rich environment.’ Everything from Uranium One and Hillary Clinton’s e-mails to the falsification of the FISA warrants and sale of missile technology to China, from Joe Biden’s pay-for-play with China and the Ukraine to the attempted overthrow of a legitimately elected President is on the table. The Great Awakening has become a tsunami and the Deep-State is powerless to resist the coming declassifications.

Pardon us while we wait for the raids by armed agents, the perp walks and jump suits. So far, nada. Not so much as a Second Assistant to a Deputy Director.

and finally,

Okay fellow travelers, there's nothing for it. Enough chitchat. Don thy chain mail, thy sabatons and greaves, pull down the visor on thy bascinet, grab thy roundel and sword, for the barbarian horde is nigh. But belay thy noble steed good knight, first there's an old ad, then Onward Woodpile Report!

 

1941. Lincoln Zephyr V-12 magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The majority of Lincolns sold in the '30s were Zephyrs , their lowest priced model. The name comes from the famous diesel-powered streamlined train that set speed and endurance records in that era.

Introduced in 1936 to compete with Cadillac's LaSalle, the Zephyr gradually fell behind in features, options and luxury. The V-12 engine produced 110 horsepower, less than some competing V-8s of the day. After the war, Ford formed the Lincoln-Mercury division to create a stronger distributor network for Lincoln, replacing the Zephyr altogether.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Guns America - Disarm Hate Act Introduced: Would Permanently Revoke 2A Rights for Misdemeanor Hate Crimes ... we have seen what happens when a convicted white supremacist, white nationalist, or neo-Nazi is able to purchase a gun

College Fix - More than 75 universities now host blacks-only graduation ceremonies ... others also offer similar ceremonies for Latino or LGBTQ student populations

Old School Patriot - Statement Regarding the NRA by Allen West ... it is imperative that the NRA cleans its own house

Saker - A French cop on why French cops will never join the Yellow Vests ... ironclad job security, early retirement, guaranteed pensions, chances for overtime pay, elevated social status, media worship

Wired - The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets ... earth lies in a size gap in exoplanet systems

Cosmos - Neanderthals and modern humans parted company earlier than thought ... lineage diverged around 800,000 years ago

American Hunter - Tested: CCI Clean-22 Ammo ... tradeoff for ease of cleaning was accuracy degradation

art-remus-ident-04.jpg For the CCI Mini-Mag it was a 1.16-inch group for "clean ammo" versus 0.69-inch group for standard ammo. This isn't a tradeoff, it's capitulation.

Pat Buchanan - Tariffs: The Taxes That Made America Great ... a foreign manufacturer has no right or claim to equality with our own. He pays no taxes. He performs no civil duties

Organic Prepper - Selco: What Combat Is Really Like ... get good at suffering while still being able to work towards a goal

Washington Times - Here's your collusion: Leaking FBI agents got payouts from media ... FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals

Voice of Europe - German states to ban knives in public places due to drastic surge in attacks

art-remus-ident-04.jpg ... which are due to unvetted not-Germans

Campus Reform - 'Revolutionary Communists' descend on UCLA; advocate 'overthrow of the system' ... called for the formation of “organized fighting forces"

Science Alert - The Ghostly Legacy of Hiroshima Has Finally Been Discovered in Physical Form ... where is the city, where is the material?

Ebola

Guardian - 'Terrifying' Ebola epidemic out of control in DRC, say experts

"An Ebola epidemic in a conflict-riven region of Democratic Republic of Congo is out of control and could become as serious as the outbreak that devastated three countries in west Africa between 2013 and 2016, experts and aid chiefs have warned".

Raconteur Report - I Dun Tole Ya ... We have learned nothing from 2014. Nothing whatsoever.

CT Post - Doctors go undercover to fight Ebola in violent eastern Congo ... armed fighters believed foreign health workers had started Congo's epidemic, eighty-five wounded or killed

Popular Mechanics - The Air Force Resurrects Another B-52 From the Boneyard ... will replace a B-52H that crashed and burned in 2015 in Guam

Daily Mail - Shocking moment a woman, 25, violently shoves a man, 74, off a bus to his death 'after he asked her to stop cursing and yelling at other passengers' ... 'with enough force that he never touched any of the steps'

The NRA kerfuffle

PA Gun Blog - I Will Not Help Ack-Mac Destroy NRA

Captain's Journal - Increasing Foulness In The National Rifle Association: Allen West Drops A Bomb On The NRA Board

No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money

Ack-Mac Letter Regarding LaPierre Expenses

Ack-Mac Letter Regarding Clothing Purchases

Allen West Dissents (Updated)

Florida Bulldog - NRA pays lobbyist Marion Hammer big bucks, but you won’t find that disclosed in Tallahassee

Next Big Future - Why Many Generic Drugs Went up 10-60 Times in Price ... no longer care about drug price fraud

Declination - The Case for Larger Families ... the initial cost is large, but for subsequent children, the infrastructure is present

Zero Hedge - Both Comey And Brennan Voted Communist While Cold War Was Raging ... DC rumor also says Brennan allegedly converted to Islam while in Saudi Arabia

Daily Galaxy - “Unknown Dark Object” Million Times Mass of the Sun Ripped a Hole in the Milky Way ... there are just no stars of that mass

Daily Caller - Trump Drives A Stake Through UN Gun Control Treaty ... would regulate firearms use and possession within our country

Voice of Europe - Milo Yiannopoulos’ triumphal Berlin comeback ... self-proclaimed "world’s most dangerous faggot" gave a rousing 45-minute speech to the adulatory crowd, constantly interrupted by applause

Organic Prepper - WHO’s 2050 Prediction: 10 Million People Could Die from Mutated Superbugs And We’ll Have No Drugs to Fight Them ... number of deaths due to resistant infections quintupled between 2007 and 2015

Backdoor Survival - 6 Cans of Salmon Taste Tested + Instructions For Canning Your Own Fish At Home ... Pink and Sockeye rated

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Us-vs-them, Burning Platform - There has been an unwritten agreement between the parties for decades where the Democrats pretend to be against war and the Republicans pretend to be against welfare. Meanwhile, spending on war and welfare relentlessly grows into the trillions, with no effort whatsoever from either party to even slow the rate of growth, let alone cut spending. The proliferation of the military industrial complex like a poisonous weed has been inexorable, as the corporate arms dealers place their facilities of death in the congressional districts of Democrats and Republicans. In addition, these corporate manufacturers of murder dole out “legal” payoffs to corrupt politicians of both parties in the form of political contributions.

 

Internet, Sultan Knish - The driving force behind the censorship of conservatives isn’t a handful of tech tycoons. It’s elected officials. Senator Kamala Harris offered an example when she declared that she would "hold social media platforms accountable" if they contained "hate" or "misinformation". “Misinformation” is a well-known euphemism among Democrats and the media for conservative political content. This got underway in response to claims by Hillary Clinton and her allies that “fake news” had cost her the election and represented a grave attack on our democracy. The second fact is that the internet is not the work of a handful of aspiring entrepreneurs. The internet was the work of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Department of Defense.

 

Superionic ice, Quanta - The discovery of superionic ice potentially solves the puzzle of what giant icy planets like Uranus and Neptune are made of. They’re now thought to have gaseous, mixed-chemical outer shells, a liquid layer of ionized water below that, a solid layer of superionic ice comprising the bulk of their interiors, and rocky centers. “Superionic ice” is a new phase of water with bizarre properties. It's black and hot. A cube of it would weigh four times as much as a normal one. It might be among the most abundant forms of water in the universe.

 

Tech coup, American Thinker - The role of the Masters of the Universe in the coup d'état is overlooked. As long as they are in control of the internet the coup is alive. With this control, handed to them by the Obama administration; huge financial resources; troves of private information on ordinary citizens, politicians, and officials; and most revenues coming from abroad, their power cannot be overestimated. Almost immediately after Trump's inauguration, MotU and more than a hundred other tech corporations converged in opposition. Such extreme animus toward the elected administration, combined with extensive knowledge about its members and employees intimidated the whole industry.

 

1941. Greensboro Georgia

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Greensboro is an attractive town of 3,400 located on Lake Oconee in the north-central part of the state. In 1941 the population was about 2,500.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

SAT, PJ Media - Via its SAT tests, few organizations have more influence over American lives than The College Board. And it's basically unsupervised. Without oversight, it's become a covert social engineering company. The College Board decided to institute an "adversity score" using 15 variables to quantify the student's socioeconomic challenges—poor neighborhoods, bad schools, etc. It's masked affirmative action. Many applicants will desert the SAT for its competitor the ACT that, hopefully, will not indulge in this extreme social engineering. Many will opt not to take these standardized admissions tests at all. After all, who is education for? Students. Not the institutions themselves and certainly not The College Board's social engineers.

 

Brainwashing kids, Front Page - A recent paper in Nature is titled, “Children can foster climate change concern among their parents” which suggests that the best way to influence adults is by brainwashing their children. What was put into practice was an “educational intervention designed to build climate change concern among parents indirectly through their middle school-aged children in North Carolina, USA.” They used to be your children and grandchildren. Now they’re a “treatment group”. Children don’t choose to advocate for political agendas. Sometimes those decisions are made by a totalitarian machine lubricated by hundreds of thousands in grant money stolen from their parents in order to brainwash their children.

 

Patrol bike, American Partisan - For patrolling your neighborhood a bike fits an ideal mid-point niche between foot and automobile patrol. Here are the numbers: a brisk walking pace is 4 mph. An easy cycling speed is about 12 mph. The relatively fast speed while retaining a small visual signature probably explains the remarkable stealth properties of the patrol bike. I’ve literally passed directly behind the back of a police officer standing outside his patrol car looking the other way, without him noticing me rolling right past him within a few feet. If the economy tanks or gasoline becomes hard to find or too expensive to buy, a bike will beat shoe leather three-to-one in terms of useful range.

 

North Korea, Strategy Page - The latest reports describe increasingly hungry, cold and angry soldiers who are driving civilians away from the vicinity of their bases. That’s because these soldiers are more frequently allowed to leave their bases and steal what they can from local farmers and villagers. As long as no one is killed or crippled there is little effort to halt this foraging. This practice is strictly illegal and was unthinkable a decade ago. Now is it common and officers are warned about keeping weapons and ammunition secure to prevent undisciplined and angry troops from starting an armed insurrection. South Korean military analysts, who have a steady supply of North Korea defectors coming to South Korea, hear details of how most soldiers are getting little military training and have come to see their bases as little more than prison camps.

 

1944. Monte Cassino, Italy

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An M4 Sherman medium tank advances in the fog of Monte Cassino. Notice the unusual tracks. My curiosity led to this explanation at Sherman Minutia:

There was a critical shortage of rubber at the time [November 1942 and January 1943] and Ford was contracted to produce the particular type of "three bar cleat" steel tracks that can be seen on these tanks.

The Battle of Monte Cassino was actually four separate battles conducted from January to late May of 1944, one of the costliest campaigns of the war. The town of Cassino was utterly destroyed, the Allies lost 55,000 soldiers, the Germans lost 20,000 killed and wounded. The mountaintop abbey itself was finally taken by the Polish II Corps, losing 900 soldiers in the effort.

 

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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.
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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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