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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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Carl Spitzweg, Hunter Canyon, 1870

I had never heard of this guy either, how cosmopolitan do you expect a guy outten the hills to be? But the painting is drop-dead gorgeous. Nothing wrong with Teutonic operatics when it's done at this level.

This is from his biography at Ro Gallery:

"Carl Spitzweg was born in 1808 in Unterpfaffenhofen [near Munich]. He was the middle son of the wealthy merchant Simon Spitzweg and his wife Franziska. He completed his studies at the University of Munich and become a pharmacist. His interest in painting came later, while recovering from an illness. He learned by copying the works of Flemish masters. His early works were contributions to satiric magazines.

It wasn't until 1833, when an inheritance made him financially independent, that Spitzweg was able to dedicate all of his time to his art".

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Essays are like grand juries, there's no cross examination or exculpating facts. So it is with the current alarms about bad planting weather and a global famine. Writers like to cite big numbers, but how significant is the loss of, say, a million acres of row crops, for instance? Is it a national calamity or a manageable excursion? How about five million acres?

How many productive acres are lost to weather in an average year? How much of that acreage would have produced an unwanted surplus? Are the numbers reliable or are they as manipulated as the employment numbers? How close are the afflicted farmers to the crop insurance breakpoint? Is DC still paying farmers not to grow food? How much are we giving away as foreign aid?

Then there are the readers of such essays. I'm an unreasoning paranoid about food and I'm not alone in this. Some essays seem calculated to rattle me, or it could be the writer is more paranoid about food than I am. Either way I'm left wanting to take a tin can and go looking for edible roots or some esoteric berry that kept the early trappers alive ... or a "manager's special" at the supermarket, so six months hence I can snicker at articles for the unprepared: "Twelve Surprising Edibles in Your House Right Now—leather upholstery isn't all there is".

There's bad news from elsewhere on the planet. Here are the commonly cited doomer facts about east Asia, from Chriss Street at American Thinker:

• China's food supply is being imperiled as new reports warn that up to 50 percent of China's 440 million pigs are now at risk from African Swine Fever infection.

• The African Swine Fever has jumped the Chinese border to over 52 cities in Vietnam, leading to the culling of more than 2 million pigs.

• The Fall Armyworm has spread to 220,000 acres in Southern China, ruining primarily corn and some sugarcane crops.

Meanwhile, back in the USA, I understand seriously delayed planting can't be made up by even the best of weather, but no, African Swine Fever in China and a bad start to the growing season in midwestern US is not a global food disaster. Yet. The most we can say is the food supply will be smaller. How much smaller can't yet be known but we're getting some good indications. For one instance, the Chicago Tribune reports "less than half the normal amount of corn has been planted in Illinois":

Illinois, the nation’s second-largest producer of corn, is off to the slowest start to a planting season on record, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As of June 2, Illinois farmers have only been able to sow corn seed in 45% of the acreage dedicated to the crop, 53% below the five-year average. Of the seeds that have been laid, only 32% have emerged, a 59% decline compared with the past five years.

In the worst case, next year could be a repeat of—let's call it The Mud Bowl. The reason is simple, cool air can't hold as much water as warm air, so it rains instead of passing over. The undoctored numbers say there's been global cooling for the last couple of decades.

This is showing up in other ways too. The climate site Watts Up With That has posted an article, Glacier National Park Quietly Removes Its ‘Gone by 2020’ Signs. The glacier was growing when they put up the sign and hasn't yet stopped. How inconvenient.

Charles Smith at Of Two Minds sees an up side if food production becomes a long term priority.

Imagine an economy where ambitious people wanted to get into agriculture rather than investment banking. It's a stretch to even imagine this, but if energy suddenly became much more expensive and crop failures globally became the norm due to fungi, plant viruses and pests that can no longer be controlled and adverse weather patterns, this could very rapidly change the price of ag products to the benefit of local producers.

This wonderfulness could happen in a few years but there's no long term without the short term. Expect spot shortages and rising prices. Be aware of interrelations and plan ahead, corn and alfalfa prices will have knock-on effects for dairy and beef for instance. The slaughter of hundreds of millions of pigs in Asia means they'll be importing pork at almost any price from every source in the world. At best it means high prices.

Stay alert, watch for a serious general food scarcity. Develop local sourcing and self-sourcing. Put back a generous stock of long term, high calorie foods. If it all tanks from here, those with an insufficient larder will learn "food first" the hard way, along about January.

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Some curious facts about ginseng from Appalachian Magazine, an excerpt:

In the years that followed, traders traveling the Silk Road would carry this plant into Europe where it became known as ginseng; however, it was not until after European colonists arrived in the New World that the West’s connection to the plant was forever established.

As the colonists crested the Blue Ridge and assumed the title of mountaineers, they were again reintroduced to this plant by the Native Americans, who, like the Chinese, used the plant for a variety of medicinal purposes.

Somehow, in the 1700s, the American variety of ginseng plant found its way to the shores of China and Korea where the local people found the exotic taste and potency of American grown ginseng to far exceed their own.

Wisdom in one breath

From Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish

Lefties love packaging their hateful ravings, paranoid delusions and plans for world domination with moving soliloquies about everyone coming together to make a difference.

From President Trump via The Epoch Times

When somebody has a gun illegally and nobody else has a gun because the laws are that you can’t have a gun, those people are gone. They have no chance.

From Richard Fernandez at PJ Media

One familiar attempt at creating a semi-trustless system is the U.S. constitutional system of checks and balances, which almost assumes that people are scoundrels.

From George Ure at Urban Survival, about illegal aliens

These people will require more “governmenting” – so it’s an excuse to raise taxes, hire govvies, and ESL teachers

From Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine

The aversion to risk even when there isn’t any is a mark of modern society. It is aversion not to risk, but to metarisk, as it were: the risk of a risk.

From Agnes Callard at The Point

Civility encourages us to approach conversation as a kind of potluck. If you bring your arguments to the table, and I bring mine, each of us stands to find something of value on offer.

From Joe at Eaton Rapids Joe

Agriculture is one of the few industries that pays retail for all of their inputs and gets paid wholesale for their products.

From Malcolm at Motus Mentis

Euphemisms have to be replaced every so often with new ones. As long as the underlying attitudes remain, each new term simply acquires the same social baggage the previous one had.

From Daniel Greenfield at Front Page

When leftist judges block conservative proposals for 30 years, that’s progress. When conservative judges block leftist proposals, that’s an intolerable status quo which must be reformed by packing SCOTUS.

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This is a quote from an interview with Bret Weinstein, in an essay by Allen Farrington at Quillette. He's talking about academics "meekly and repeatedly submitting to ideological manipulation and on a number of occasions terrified senior faculty offer transparently insincere professions of faith in the hope of evading the vengeful fury of their mindlessly sloganeering student tormentors".

This isn’t about free speech and this is only tangentially about college campuses. This is about a breakdown in the basic logic of civilization, and it’s spreading. College campuses may be the first dramatic battle but of course, this is going to find its way into the courts; it’s already found its way into the tech sector. It’s going to find its way to the highest level of governance if we aren’t careful, and it actually does jeopardize the ability of civilization to continue to function.

Roger Kimball at Minding The Campus cites the Quillette essay above and reaches a conclusion with growing support:

People used to talk about the ends of the university and how the academic establishment was failing its students. Today, more and more people are talking about the end of the university, the idea being that it is time to think about closing them rather than reforming them...

... the humanities, which at most colleges and universities have devolved into cesspools of identity politics and grievance studies, should be starved of funding and ultimately shut down.

It’s an idea that is getting more and more traction.

Both essays are rather long but they're red meat all the way down.

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James Rawles at Survival Blog warns the next national election will be contested by the left on a "power play" basis:

Back in a March, I warned that we are entering Phase Three of the Internet Censorship War. I’ve now identified the Tech Left’s intended checkmate move in this war: Last week, YouTube announced that they had expanded their definition of “hate speech”. By simply adding the words “immigration status” to their list of prohibited speech, they gave themselves carte blanche to silence, demonetize, and de-platform anyone who advocates having strong borders...

Anyone who opposes the Democrat/socialist agenda is now fair game for censorship. They have now effectively declared war on conservatives and traditionalists. And, since smartphones and social media have become ubiquitous, the tech corporation’s leftist leadership now controls the sociopolitical narrative. Unwittingly, their machinations have also set the stage for a Second Civil War.

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A reader at Western Rifle Shooters cites the history of forced urbanization by revolutionaries and warns of the same in the US. Excerpts:

From the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution, urban areas have been the base of socialist movements, and they can readily be converted into giant prisons. As one officer put it, rather than fish in the sea, insurgents become fish in a barrel...

Attempts to resist socialism from the countryside must have a plan to avoid forced urbanization. If the Stasi or National Guard shows up and orders you to relocate to a “Safe” Zone, what will you do? What forms of prevention will you take? Once you’re on the trains, your chances of escape will drop dramatically.

Said differently: stay away from crowds.

and finally,

If yer in an airport on the way home—almost never on the way out—and the ticket agent looks over yer stuff and smiles and says, "you're all set," please know it's code for "it's all going to go Terribly Wrong, pilgrim". Same with moving a web site to a new, super fast, wonderfully efficient and less costly server. Everything was all set. Then it all went Terribly Wrong.

Well, of course it did.

I'm here to tell you incandescent electric demons emerged from the very walls, muah ha ha haaa, and joyfully altered the laws of server physics, not in my favor. So, for two days the Woodpile Report web site and email was unsubstantiated conjecture. But thanks to my IT guy, it's fixed. He says I'm all set.

In other news, a real woodpile report. My winter's firewood is in hand, enough for an ordinary winter, about a quarter of it stacked and ready from last year. It's all good stuff, mostly oak with some maple and a bit-o'-beech, ready to be stacked. I'll get more. And I have half a cord from last year that didn't get split. Central heating and a contract with a reliable supplier is a wonderful thing, but it warms the cockles of my tiny black heart to look out the window see our winter's heat, come what may.

Enough chitchat. Onward, fellow travelers. Get yer pitchforks and boiled rope and torches close to hand, Yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.

 

1926. Lincoln magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lincoln Motor Company was named for President Lincoln, who founder Henry Leland had voted for in 1864. He sold the company to Ford in 1922 under severe financial pressure. Ironically, Henry Ford had earlier been forced out of his second company by Leland. It was renamed Cadillac. So, payback.

Ford's redesigned and upgraded '26 Lincoln Model L is considered to be "one of the most elegant of chauffeur-driven automobiles of the 1920's".

The ad copy reads:

The low, trim Sport Phaeton, designed by Brunn, includes among its smart touches a tan top with mahogany bows. Wire wheels carried forward. Tonneau cowl and windshield available if desired.

If you didn't know, "phaeton" is twenties-speak for a large touring car. It derives from the name of an open carriage pulled by two horses, which in turn derives from Phaethon, the son of Helios. How's that for "warming the product", as advertisers put it.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Atlas Obscura - World's Largest Beaver Dam ... half-mile long structure shows up on satellite images

College Fix - Alabama governor signs bill banishing ‘free speech zones’ from public colleges ... also protects any speaker who the student organizations or faculty have invited

Gateway Pundit - Hundreds of Illegal Aliens From Ebola-Stricken Congo Dumped in the Streets of San Antonio ... didn’t speak English according to a local reporter

CD Media - Murdered Arkansas Former GOP State Senator Believed She Was Closing In On Child Trafficking Ring In Arkansas State Government ... using child protective services, then selling kids to wealthy individuals

Sovereign Man - Local government seized countless children based on falsified drug test results ... Ozark, Alabama hired a fraudulent paternity test lab

Ann Coulter - The Whole Folk Tale and Nothing But The Folk Tale ... we've abandoned old, hidebound, Anglo-Saxon facts-and-evidence standards

Excerpt: In our new country, nonsense like "objectivity" and "written documentation" are mere tricks, chicanery, hocus-pocus, used against "communities of color" in order "to win victories for white people."

Of Two Minds - Is the Tech Bubble Bursting? ... there is nothing intrinsically profitable about machine learning, robotics or AI

CNN - Air Force allows Sikh airman to wear turban and beard while serving

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's getting to be all exception and no rule

Phys Org - Metal foam stops .50 caliber rounds as well as steel at less than half the weight ... also effective at shielding X-rays, gamma rays and neutron radiation and can handle fire and heat twice as well as the plain metals they are made of

Phys Org - Food freshness sensors could replace 'use-by' dates to cut food waste ... cheap enough supermarkets could use them within three years

Science Alert - Astronomers Have Taken Actual, Direct Images of a Pair of Planets Being Born ... just 370 light-years away

Bloomberg - The Wettest, Wildest Planting Season U.S. Farmers Can Remember ... an unheard-of 6 million acres intended for the grain may simply go unsown this year

Sandra Rose - Target Launches Gay Pride Products for Your Children ... also eliminated all gender references in toys and bedding departments

art-remus-ident-04.jpg But they're totally not grooming, only normalizing, and somehow that's okay.

Homesteading - 5 Ingredient French Homemade Bread Recipe ... in five steps, with photos

Sultan Knish - Socialism Leaves South Africa in the Dark ... rolling blackouts that can last for as long as twelve hours

Art of Manliness - The Complete Guide to Making a DIY First Aid Kit ... recommended by Aesop at Raconteur Report

WND - Court told 'high-capacity' mags around before Colorado existed ... repeating rifles capable of holding 15 or more cartridges were in existence long before Colorado became a state in 1876

Science Daily - Feathers came first, then birds ... feathers could have evolved very early, 250 million years ago at least

Judicial Watch - New Strzok-Page Emails Reveal FBI Gave Special Treatment to Hillary Clinton’s Demands for Email Investigation Information Just Before Election ... also show the FBI failed to document at least four interviews of witnesses in the Clinton email investigation

Natural News - Statins found to cause ALS, a fatal nervous system disorder ... known as Lou Gehrig's Disease

art-remus-ident-04.jpg There will come a day when statins join radium in "what could they have been thinking"

Don Surber - We bailed out GM. It imports cars from Red China ... objects to paying the new tariff

France 24 - Fiat Chrysler withdraws Renault merger proposal, blaming French politics ... French government owns a 15% stake in Renault

Prepper's Will - How To Make Charcoal At Home ... charcoal in its natural form bears little resemblance to the commercial counterpart bagged for sale

American Greatness - How the Left Embraced Globalization ... the same black-clad anarchists who used to smash glass to disrupt the meetings of the WTO, IMF, and World Bank, now take to the streets to silence the anti-globalist Right. What happened?

Legal Insurrection - Jury awards Gibson’s Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College ... "a wholly innocent 5th-generation bakery was falsely accused of being racist and having a history racial profiling after stopping three black Oberlin College students from shoplifting"

Babylon Bee - YouTube To Run All Potentially Offensive Content Past Easily Spooked Possum ... "If the possum can't handle it, it's clearly abusive content that needs to be removed"

Ask a Prepper - Bean and Rice Survival Soup, Easy and Adaptable Recipe ... step by step with photos

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Watchers, Anonymous Conservative - When you ID a target in the revolution, they will have likely already have ID’d you, and picked up on your plan all the way back to when the first little hint of irritation at the government was voiced at a neighborhood barbecue. This is why our “leaders” in the west have so brazenly laid waste to our civilized societies these last few decades. This is why they felt so completely insulated, as men’s daughters were raped and loved one’s were murdered. It is why they would risk bringing in diseases, and crushing economies by draining them to fund the migrants. They know this system is out there protecting them, and because of it, they were untouchable.

 

Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness - If conservative judges were the mirror image of leftist ones, there would be a cadre of them ready to invalidate the next leftist president’s every move, as well as every law and practice of California’s and other blue states’ governments. But there is not such a cohort in waiting. There is no constitutional reason why any president, or governor, should forbear from carrying out a law or an executive decision just because a federal district judge’s opinion is that it violates some standard, the president or governor has his own opinion. The only way out of our political impasse is through it. Judges cannot unite us again as a people. That remains the work of the people and their elected representatives.

 

Food shortage, NEO - The past 12 months have seen the greatest precipitation levels since the US Government began keeping statistics in 1895. Record snowfall followed by abnormally heavy rains are the reason. Corn and soybean crops are well behind the planting growth levels normal this time of the planting season.. For the first time since 2007 Australia is being forced to import wheat, mainly from Canada. China is in the midst of the worst infestation of deadly African Swine Fever across the entire China pig population. As if this were not bad enough, the country is being hit by a plague of Fall Armyworms which could devastate crops such as corn or soybeans across China.

 

Fred Reed, Unz Review - Perhaps it is time to recognize the stupid as an ethnic group. They are the country’s largest voting bloc. They are hugely influential, having agendas, lobbies, and demands. They are the enemies of reason, the sciences, mathematics, schooling, high culture, thought, and recognizable grammar. For example, New York debates eliminating the entrance test for the city’s elite high schools. The problem, see, is that the test selects only the incandescently bright, which of course is why it exists. This offends the stupid. Now it seems that the schools need really dim students, specifically HPOCs–heartwarming people of color–who can’t do the work. The idea is to make the schools Look Like America. Which it would, Which should be avoided at all costs.

 

1939. Prague Oklahoma

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Migrant workers stop for lunch near Prague , a town of 2,385 in central Oklahoma. The population in 1939 was about 1,400. Notice decorum is being observed, no stuffing their faces from paper bags. They may be down but they're not out.

 

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The divide, Z Man - The notion that we are not what of biology dictates is preposterous. When ancestry companies are relying upon cheek swabs to tell people their race, ethnicity and the origin of their people, Angela Saini sounds like a mad woman. This is what the Left appears to be today. A collection of emotionally overwrought primitives. Another aspect to this is the browning of the Left in America. The Left is not only being feminized, it is being tribalized. While in the past, Left and Right existed within Western identity, the Left is defined by its hostility to the core Western man. The new political divide will be between those alien infiltrators and their native collaborators, and the natives, who remain in the core Western tradition and identity.

Daily Caller - Nikki Haley Warns That Politics Is ‘Reaching The Point Of Hate’

 

Going medieval, James Kunstler - Socialism naturally focuses on the two activities that have turned into the worst rackets in America: higher education and health care, a.k.a. “Eds and Meds.” Both are now cruel bloated parodies of what they used to be, turning their customers into debt serfs and bankrupts, apart from their dismal failures of basic mission: to prepare developing minds for reality and to “first do no harm.” America is not going to go socialist, it’s going medieval. To put it simply, the money is not there. Consider instead the vista of a reduced population working in the fields and pastures to bring enough food to keep the human project going.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Kunstler has been taking this direction for a year or so. "Reduced population" is a wink wink. He gets it.

 

Gradual jumps, Quanta - Researchers could spot when a quantum jump was about to appear, “catch” it halfway through, and reverse it, sending the system back to the state in which it started. In this way, what seemed to the quantum pioneers to be unavoidable randomness in the physical world is now shown to be amenable to control. It was said a quantum jump just happen at a random moment — with nothing to say why that particular moment, an effect without a cause, an instance of apparent randomness inserted into the heart of nature. Schrödinger and his close friend Albert Einstein could not accept that chance and unpredictability reigned at the most fundamental level of reality.

 

M4 replacement, Tech Link Center - The Army Research Laboratory is testing and tweaking a new breech and barrel design that doubles the muzzle velocity of standard-issue rifles. The standard bolt and locking lugs mechanism were replaced by a new bolt assembly that twists in and out of the barrel breech like a screw. Tapered wedges of the collet reduce extraction forces by 50%. Tapered-bore guns propel swageable projectiles down a constricted caliber barrel for high muzzle velocity and reduced aerodynamic drag. The combustion chamber pressure was increased from 65 ksi to 100 ksi, almost double the pressure seen in the M4 carbine.

 

1944. Normandy France, D-Day

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Good landings all. The tail sections were removable to allow quick unloading. When reassembled and turned around, they were picked up on the fly by the C-47s that towed them, and returned to Britain.

 

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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.
Traditional

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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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