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Where the name came from

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

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

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

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

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

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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals

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

Never go outside the experience of your people.

Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.

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

Ridicule is man's most potent weapon

A good tactic is one your people enjoy.

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

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

The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.

Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

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

The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.

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

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How To Create A Socialist State
by Saul Alinsky

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum

Assume nothing.

Never go against your gut.

Everyone is potentially under opposition control.

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

Go with the flow, blend in.

Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.

Lull them into a sense of complacency.

Don't harass the opposition.

Pick the time and place for action.

Keep your options open.

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Rules of Disinformation
via Proparanoid

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Become incredulous and indignant

Create rumor mongers

Use a straw man

Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule

Hit and Run

Question motives

Invoke authority

Play Dumb

Associate opponent charges with old news

Establish and rely upon fall-back positions

Enigmas have no solution

Alice in Wonderland Logic

Demand complete solutions

Fit the facts to alternate conclusions

Vanish evidence and witnesses

Change the subject

Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad

Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs

False evidence

Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor

Manufacture a new truth

Create bigger distractions

Silence critics


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

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The Five Stages of Collapse
Dmitry Orlov

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

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

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

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

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

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The Five Rules of Propaganda
Norman Davies

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

Disfiguration: discrediting the opposition by crude smears and parodies.

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

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

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

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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Robert Cialdini

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to prosecute anybody

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

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

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

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

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

Francis Porretto

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Overused Military Sayings
Task & Purpose

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




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Carl Spitzweg, Alpine High Valley, c. 1871

Another gorgeous painting from the hand of Herr Spitzweg. The woman is John Galt's housemaid.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The stunning incompetence of government never gets old. Next time you hear of industrial espionage by the Chinese, think of this tidbit from RT:

After a Chinese company was found manufacturing circuit boards for the F-35 jet, the UK Ministry of Defense insisted there is nothing to worry about ... Exception PCB, a Chinese-owned company based in Gloucestershire, England, manufactures the circuit boards that control the engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter...


Bob Rodgers at Prepper's Will answers the question, Can You Store Loaded Magazines? The Final Verdict! Based on years of testing he concludes:

Magazines are already designed to be safely stored for long periods of time. Even storing a magazine loaded for 5 years or more will cause just a small amount of permanent spring deformation. This process is called “creep”. Based on simple testing, this creeping deformation will probably not cause your magazines to work unreliably.

Wisdom in one breath

From Charles Norman at Taki's Magazine

The world ends not for lack of babies but because we run out of true grown-ups.

From Wild Bill at The Prepper Journal, about what the founders would find

Unbelievable in the diseases that have been conquered, mystified as to why they have been permitted to again fester and spread in the name of political correctness and globalism.

From former Intel CEO Andy Grove, via Of Two Minds

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Democracy simply doesn’t work because it is a feminized form of governance, one based on emotionalism.

From Guillaume Durocher at Unz Review

Freedom is a man’s honor-bound determination to prefer death to slavery, to live gloriously and well, according to his nature, rather than submit. Collectively, freedom is a coalition of such men.

From Addison Del Mastro at American Conservative, about Naples

There are bustling outdoor farmers’ markets, the kind that Americans view as lifestyle adornments for the affluent, and that the rest of the world sees as grocery shopping.

From Esoterictrad, about leaders

We live in a collapsing decadent Empire that is in denial about where it is heading. Limelight leeches are no help, they are destructive to the truth.

From Peter Grant at Bayou Renaissance Man, quoting Evan Horowitz

It’d be nice to pin down the precise reason IQ scores are dropping before we’re too stupid to figure it out.

From Irwin Shapiro of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, quoted at Ancient Origins

Looking at all the anomalies and unanswered questions about the Moon, the best explanation for the Moon is observational error. It doesn’t exist.


Viv Forbes at Principia Scientific cites evidence "the war on hydro-carbon fuels will have no measurable effect on global temperatures".

Al Gore did a great job to dramatise the recurring cycles of glaciation and carbon dioxide in his widely acclaimed work of science fiction. But he missed two “inconvenient truths”.

First, the ice cores show that in the glacial spring-time the temperature rose before the CO2 levels rose. Therefore the rising CO2 cannot be a cause of the warming – it is a result of CO2 being expelled from the warming oceans.

Second, at the top of every summer-time in the glacial cycle, the high levels of CO2 in the atmosphere were totally unable to prevent the cooling into the next cycle of ice. CO2 levels fell later as the cooling oceans absorbed more CO2.


Excerpts from a news item:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said officers went to his home at about 7pm to look for Webber who had outstanding felony warrants. Officers said they saw Webber get into a vehicle and that he then proceed to ram task force vehicles several times before exiting with a weapon. Marshals then opened fire on Webber. He died at the scene, according to officers...

In the hours after his death, friends flooded Webber's Facebook page with messages of love, grief, disbelief and outrage at the authorities responsible for his death...

Shocking photos show armed police facing off with an angry crowd as the streets descended into chaos following the fatal shooting with hundreds of riot-gear clad officers called in to quell the unrest.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An unwarranted killing by racist cops, or Darwin at work, or more evidence stereotypes aren't based on nothing? More in Remus's Notebook, below.


Aesop at Raconteur Report cites his evidence for infectious carriers going undetected in the latest Ebola outbreak:

Here you go:

"In addition, around 50% of confirmed cases do not present fever symptoms which hinders their detection in health facilities and increase the risk of exposure for health workers." - WHO 10/26/2018 Outbreak Summary, p.3 (bottom of page) {emphasis mine -A.}

The UN's best and brightest medical experts admitted 9 months ago, publicly, and in their own house bulletin, that fever doesn't appear in 50% of people with actual Ebola, in this outbreak...

Now bear in mind that the one and only tool they use to screen people at airports and Ports Of Entry is...fever.

and finally,

The basic formula for risk evaluation is: risk = severity x probability. For Ebola, the severity is off the charts and the probability keeps rising. The news media remain silent. I hammer away at it so my beloved and treasured readers will have as much good information as is available.

I'm thinking of taking a week off. Every winter Woodpile Report grows to fill the time available, which is considerable, then comes spring and summer and my non-optional chores expand into the same time. You'll see a notice sometime this week, at center top, if I do. 'Nuff chitchat, break out yer ten foot pole, Yer ol' Woodpile Report awaits.


1933. Hennessy magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg This ad was released just after the repeal of Prohibition. The copy captures the mood of the industry and the nation:

"So we can be ourselves once more! No need ever again to hide fiery bitterness with queer concoctions ... to apologize while filling a glass ... to force undesired draughts upon unhappy guests. We can toast fair ladies with Hennessy once again, not because drinking is smart, but because Hennessy still is, as it has been since 1765, the most delicate, the richest, the most joyous product of the vintner's art ... the brandy which has been aging at Cognac all these years within the happy staves of oaks ... whose fragrant, full-bodied purity fits so many happy moments".

After merging with Louis Vuitton in 1987, Hennessy became the "H" in LVMH.



Remus's notebook



Ars Technica - Massive Ebola outbreak spreads across Democratic Republic of the Congo border, infected 5-year-old in Uganda ... authorities are scrambling to keep the deadly virus from spreading further

Al Jazeera - One in four DR Congo Ebola cases could be going undetected ... 1,000 cases in March. It then took less than three more months to surpass 2,000, signalling a tripling in the rate of infection

Daily Mail - Ebola outbreak kills its second victim in Uganda as health chiefs fear three more have the killer virus after it spread from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Excerpt:

"While returning to Uganda, the group including several other children was stopped at a Congo's Kasindi border post. Congo's health ministry said the boy was reportedly vomiting blood and a dozen of his family members were suspected to have Ebola.

They were planned to be transferred to an Ebola treatment unit in Beni, in Congo. But six family members slipped away and crossed into Uganda through a market at Mpondwe, bypassing the official border post".

Mazatlan Post - Wave of undocumented Africans arrive in Mexico ... 11,900 African migrants, mostly from the Congo, fleeing wars and poverty and heading to the United States

Conservative Review - 550 African migrants were just caught in Texas. DHS head says they aren’t being screened for Ebola ... hundreds of these African migrants were seen dropped off at bus stations in San Antonio

art-remus-ident-04.jpg One of my correspondents asks: "Who paid for the DRC illegal immigrants to get from Africa to San Antonio? Why is Catholic Charities helping move these possible disease vectors around the US?"

NBC News - New Ebola cases in Uganda raise fears of further spread ... Uganda announced two more cases of Ebola on Wednesday ... the Ugandan cases show the epidemic is entering a "truly frightening" phase and could kill many more people

Zero Hedge - WHO Expected To Declare Ebola Outbreak "International Emergency" As It Jumps Borders ... it wouldn’t take long for things to devolve into absolute chaos

Raconteur Report - Told You So ... this is going to run hog wild, and there's not a damned thing we can do to stop it

Raconteur Report - Do The Math, 2019 version ... the takeaway in one excerpt:

GTFO of the Hot Zone ASAP, and don't play there, or you're all going to die. The training is only to reduce panic, not save any lives, and keep people from running, screaming, for the hills. The issued gear is a joke, and will be criminally ineffective, and anyone who tries this on the cheap, which is how every hospital in 50 states and 7 territories rolls, is going to infect and kill staff and the public, in about a month.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Do I really have to say it again? Sigh ... okay. Stay away from crowds.

Raconteur Report - Where The Problem Is ... Ebola's always going to find the weak links in any chain of infection. In the West in general, the weak links are the chain itself.

Organic Prepper - 5 Alarming Reasons Americans Need to Pay Attention to Ebola Right Now ... we dodged the bullet last time Ebola cast its shadow here. Will we get that lucky again?

Of Two Minds - The Self-Destructive Trajectory of Overly Successful Empires ... with no credible external threat, insiders are free to devote their energies and resources to destroying political rivals

Organic Prepper - You May Be Surprised What Survival Products Worked and What Didn’t ... during a survival course in Croatia

National Interest - U.S. Air Force F-35s, F-15s and F-16s Might Soon Have Laser Weapons ... for within-visual-range dogfights, lasers not easily out-maneuvered, intercepted or decoyed

Ace of Spades - "You all know about Drag Queen Story Hour, right? It's when drag queens go to local public libraries and do a 'story hour' for young children" ... link to one of the photos .

Tea Party - Maryland County Officials Replace POW/MIA Flag At Veteran’s Park With Rainbow LGBTQ Pride Flag

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Montgomery County borders on Washington DC. The county is also one of the richest in America.

Phys Org - The sun may have a dual personality, simulations suggest ... on rare occasions, the sun's internal dynamics may jolt out of their normal routines and switch to an alternate state

Cosmos - Study raises concern for sun ‘superflare’ ... stars like the sun are capable of producing superflares every few thousand years, one hundred times larger than the Carrington Event

US Naval Institute 1988 - The Tanker War ... 451 ships attacked, 1981 through 1988

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The media is going crazy over a couple of oil tankers hit in the Strait of Hormuz with who-knows-what by who-knows-who, and warnings the strait could be shut down and risk of a "wider conflict"? Please excuse us old timers, we've seen all this before. Put this into your calculations: if an average 56 tankers hit per year didn't shut down oil deliveries, why all the doomsday talk now?

Legal Insurrection - Oberlin College hit with maximum punitive damages in Gibson’s Bakery case ... added to $11 million compensatory damages, brings total to $33 million

KPIX - San Francisco Police Officers Sue City, Claiming Bias Against Whites In Promotions ... city uses an “an obscure and biased promotional process”

YouTube - Civil War 2 in America, Who Would Win? In-Depth Analysis ... a video recommended by James Rawles at Survival Blog and rightly so

art-remus-ident-04.jpg It's an overview, fifty-two minutes long, a message to the sorcerer's apprentices on the left: "be careful what you wish for", the Gadsden flag writ large.

These are my thoughts.

Such schematic-like dialectic is not to be entirely relied upon, there are too many glosses and unknowns. I rely as much on history as on analytical speculation. Past and recent civil wars tell me they're about random horror, killing fields and escalating atrocities, desperation and betrayal, hunger and deprivation, unchecked disease, roaming gangs of homicidal opportunists, and madmen acting without constraint. The certainty implied by spreadsheets will be boiled away in the first ten minutes.

At present the case for civil war relies on the left successfully denying legal redress to the right, mainly through rigged elections, de facto censorship and an activist judiciary imposing rule by law. Government becomes entirely illegitimate and hostile, requiring a "when in the course of human events" solution.

It's a solid argument but it requires conservatives to initiate aggression against the 'legally constituted government'. It's unlikely, the right's natural posture is defense, but it can't be discounted out of hand, a lot of things were unlikely until they happened. And there's always the dreaded Black Swan, the name we give unknown unknowns, which could draw in the formerly hesitant or undecided.

The author presents this video as a warning to the left to avoid precipitating a civil war because they'd surely lose. It's a compelling argument. But he's asking us to believe leftists can be convinced by facts and reasoned hypothesis. Since when have demonstrably long odds deterred the left when they see grapes of wrath that need trampling out? Progressives will dismiss it as right wing preening.

Theorists liken civil war to forest fires, renewal disguised as disaster, but unlike forests, no country fully recovers from a civil war. The prudent will prepare to outlast it. Unlikely doesn't mean inconceivable.

Breitbart - Death Spiral Continues as CNN Loses One-Third of Primetime Audience ... stands completely alone with this massive audience implosion

Phys Org - New evidence shows crash with Antlia 2 gave the Milky Way the ripples in its outer disc ... Antlia 2 dwarf galaxy was discovered by the European Space Agency's Gaia mission

Real Clear Science - Lessons From the Great Antioxidant Lie ... one researcher admitted that the lack of effectiveness of antioxidants is the greatest disappointment of their career

Reason - Asset Forfeiture Funding Has Little Impact on Solving Crimes, Says New Study ... police are more interested in the revenue it generates

Principia-Scientific - Why Climate Models Can’t Predict The Future (And Never Have) ... if we could know all the variables affecting climate and plugged them into the world’s largest computer, it would take 40 years for the computer to reach an answer

History Hit - Trojan War: Is the Myth of the Fall of Troy Actually True? ... the evidence says 'probably'

Daily Caller - Man Killed By Police, Causing Riots In Memphis, Was Wanted For Shooting Of Mississippi Man ... Webber’s death ignited anti-police riots across Memphis

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Also from Daily Caller, "Brandon Webber was many things: a father, a student, a friend, a brother and a brother to many. All of those things were brought to an abrupt end when he was killed by US Marshalls, June 12th, 2019,” Black Lives Matter Memphis said.

So, now The Diversity openly honors a homicidal psychopath who shot a guy five times—he survived—to steal his car. When tracked down and cornered, he rammed cop cars trying to escape, then got out "armed" to confront police. By "armed" I'm guessing they don't mean a garrote. So The Diversity in Memphis went all Ferguson . It's what they do.

Second City Cop puts it this way:

Just so we have this straight:

  • named offender in a Mississippi shooting flees to Tennessee
  • makes a video saying how he's not going down without a fight
  • is tracked down by US Marshals - not Memphis PD
  • rams numerous law enforcement vehicles
  • exits car with a gun
  • is sent to meet his maker - Satan we're assuming
And the Memphis "community" decides to riot ... injuring two dozen officers?

Not enough? Upon learning of a planned vigil for Webber, Memphis "provided grief counselors to multiple schools in the area to assist students and staff ". The Diversity reveal themselves most plainly by who they honor.

Daily Caller - ‘The Left Has Won The Culture Wars. Now They’re Just Driving Around Shooting Survivors’ ... increasing power of social media giants to control the spread of information

Washington Examiner - African migrants pass through San Antonio and swiftly fan out across the country ... “If it’s been 24-48 hours and they can’t buy the bus ticket, then we’ll buy it,” says Catholic Charities

Reason - Stop Treating Government With Respect ... it's become nothing but a weapon fought over by people who want to smash each other—and you

Popular Mechanics - Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train ... in railroad lore, one steam engine stands above the rest as the ultimate expression of American Industrial art and science

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rookie mistake. Big Boy is a locomotive. Trains are what locomotives pull.

Art of Manliness - The Best First Knife for a Kid ... the safest, most useful knife is one with a fixed blade in a belt sheath

Town Hall - Vermont Minors Need Parental Permission To Get An Ibuprofen From The School Nurse, But Not An Abortion ... describes abortion without limits as an inalienable right

Modern Survival - The Things You Can Seal With A Food Saver Vacuum Sealer ... beyond just sealing food


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Understanding the Left, Z Man - The Left operates like a highly coordinated religious cult. They are tuned to react to one another. It is a self-contained, self-validating shared reality for the adherents. It’s why so few people break from it. More important, its immune system has evolved highly complex defenses against the way in which the Right prefers to debate. Those appeals to facts and reason are quickly turned into fuel to energize the believers into huddling closer in common defense. It’s how the Left maintains its power. It has turned the enemy’s best weapons into fuel. It is why engaging with the Left is a tactical error. Instead of playing the role carved out for them by the Left, the successful dissidents will seem formless and inexplicable. The people in charge will never see them coming.


Pot, City Journal - Though advocates claim that one of the benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana is that the black market will disappear and thus end the destructive war on drugs, the opposite is happening. States that have legalized pot have some of the most thriving black markets, creating new headaches for law enforcement and prompting some legalization advocates to call for a a new war on drugs. Legal-pot states are attracting international criminal cartels. Mexican drug gangs have set up growing operations rather than smuggle it from Mexico, undercutting the price of legal weed, which must account for the cost of a license, taxes on sales, and the financial burdens of complying with state health regulations.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg They could have just legalized pot and let it go at that.


Victor Hanson, Real Clear Politics - The middle classes are revolting against Western managerial elites—professional politicians, entrenched bureaucrats, condescending academics, corporate phonies and propagandistic journalists. The wealthy had the means and influence not to be bothered by higher taxes and fees or to avoid them altogether. Not so much the middle classes. Elites never suffered the firsthand consequences of their own ideological fiats. The middle classes became nauseated by the constant elite trashing of their culture, history and traditions, including the tearing down of statues, the Trotskyizing of past heroes, the renaming of public buildings and streets, and empty whining about "white privilege."


Oberlin, James Howard Kunstler - An Ohio jury laid an additional $33-million for punitive damages on top of $11-million in compensatory damages already awarded against Oberlin College for running a “social justice” campaign to ruin the business. The Oberlin case is of a piece with the widespread dishonest, despotic, and sadistic behavior syndrome that has roiled college campuses all over the country, and infected every corner of national life, including the giant social media companies, the corporate HR departments, the entire Democratic Party, virtually all show business, and the US Military. Wokesterism employs the same tactics used by Mao Zedong’s Red Guard. Until now, they have all skated neatly from scrutiny, with the help of an amazingly incurious news media.


c. 1942. Roadhouse


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The location and precise date are unrecorded.

What a great picture! You can imagine Bruce Willis or Humphrey Bogart sauntering through the door, except this isn't a still from a 'period piece' movie, it's the real thing.

Tech details follow, safely skipped.

This one was all but unrecoverable with its kludged up shadows, washed out midtones and bald highlights. The flare from the globe lamp was extreme and all but wiped out the top third of the frame. But it was too good a photograph to give up. I've left it low contrast, i.e., on the soft side, to reveal as much shadow and highlight detail as there is.

The photographer was really pushing it in '42 with the slow film speed of the day. The lenses of the time also worked against "available light" pictures. Being uncoated, the light loss from each air-to-glass surface approached ten per cent. For a typical four element lens this meant giving up most of a stop. Flare is the accumulated reflections that reach the film.

Relying on the blurred figure at the door, arriving or leaving, I'm thinking a half second exposure. The depth of field suggests f/5.6 but I'd believe f/4. Good job, whoever you were.


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Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness - The Democratic Party decided never again to concede legitimacy to any serious opponents’ victory. #TheResistance began as an attempt by Clinton and her staffers to explain why their unexpected electoral defeat had to be illegitimate. It burgeoned quickly into rejection of rule by voters, ordinary Americans have no right to stand in their way. The ruling class, unwilling to loosen its grip on America, will appeal to “the rule of law,” use its control of the bureaucracy to cut funds, its control of the media to intimidate, and might even send some federal agents to give substance to that intimidation. They might point guns. But knowing what they are up against, they dare not shoot.


17th Amendment, The Federalist - Many of us do not know that senators were originally chosen by the state legislatures. In 1913, around the beginning of the Progressive Era, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution tossed aside this critical feature of the Framers’ design, replacing it with the direct election of senators we have today. Because the state governments no longer have a powerful standing body representing their interests within the federal government, the power of the federal government has rapidly grown at the expense of the states. State governments increasingly are relegated to functioning as administrative units of today’s gargantuan central government.


Glacier Park, Sultan Knish - Throughout the Obama era, visitors to Glacier National Park were frequently harangued with false claims that the glaciers would all be gone in a decade. These warnings decorated dioramas and trash cans even as the hysterical propaganda become more ridiculous with every passing year. The snow lay heavy on Logan Pass, when I arrived in July 2017. Visitors stomped through thick snow to reach the Hidden Lake Overlook. Next year, there was a 30-year snow record at Glacier. Snow removal crews in late April were struggling with drifts of between 10 to 20 feet. The 2020 date was used in the park signage that is now being taken down in time for 2020.


Camouflaging Field Equipment, Prepper's Will - Flat black or brown spray paint can be applied to metal fittings of any type of web gear. Replace the snaps with a short length of black or green paracord. Some manufacturers have developed rubber coatings for optical equipment. These coatings also reduce most of the visible glare from an optical housing. When in strong sunlight, use optics from a shaded area. This eliminates the sun glare. Cloth electrician’s tape can be applied to rifle barrels to cut glare from highly polished blued steel. Strips of burlap can be loosely wound or tied to any area of the weapon as long as they don’t interfere with moving parts. Fiberglass and Kevlar stocks are easier to paint and thus camouflage.


1944. Cassino Italy


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Battle of Monte Cassino raged from mid-January to mid-May of 1944. The two prisoners of war in front are Luftwaffe troops fighting with Kesselring's Tenth Army. The guard is a Tommy of General Alexander's battle-hardened Eighth Army. Although the Allies won the battle and took the field, our losses were greater, 55,000 to their 20,000.


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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.

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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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