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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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John Smith, Trout Stream, 1870

A landscape from the hand of a master. Not a misstep anywhere. Alas, I can find no information about the artist or the painting, but the slump headwall at upper left, the shape of the hills and the rock formations suggests it's the Catskills. I'd like to find more from this guy.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg When the offense of driving while intoxicated first came into being, it was an additional charge should the driver have an accident, one that effectively settled culpability. So it was with the notion of "hate crime". Should a person commit an actual crime against another, some motives could constitute an additional charge. It too effectively established guilt regardless of other facts. Then, just as driving while intoxicated became a free standing offense, so too are "hate crimes" becoming punishable in themselves.

"Hate speech is violence" is the enabling theory, all but irresistible to the woke grandees. It creates a crime of violence without the inconvenience of an actual crime, actual violence or even a plausible victim, and it settles culpability, all in one motion. In what are now extreme cases, hate speech means failure to condemn criticism of the approved narrative, or failure to support voguish cant with sufficient zeal. It's a sweet deal for those making the call.

A reasonable person would believe this is far as it can be carried. He would be wrong. This is from Reuters:

In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges...

"It is a strong signal in terms of regulation," said Sonia Cisse, a counsel at law firm Linklaters, adding that it was a world first. "Hate speech is no longer considered part of freedom of speech, it's now on the same level as terrorism."

France's parliament, where Macron's ruling party has a comfortable majority, is debating legislation that would give the new regulator the power to fine tech companies up to 4% of their global revenue if they don't do enough to remove hateful content from their network.

And there you have it. Hate speech is no longer mere violence, it's "on the same level as terrorism". Turn in "users suspected of hate speech"—suspected!—or explain your malfeasance, if not complicity, to Judge Soy Bean.

This sort of fever blister is typical of the miseducated and time-rich. Look for this glittery phantasma to energize the fungal colonies on the coasts to new levels of righteous hysteria.


This is a quote from Vladimir Putin in an interview with the Financial Times, via The Daily Mail:

Liberals cannot simply dictate anything to anyone just like they have been attempting to do over the recent decades. This liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done. That migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected.

Every crime must have its punishment. The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population.

My favorite Putin quote is from the summary at the Moscow Times, about being President of ultra-diverse Russia: “You try to rule a country with such a population. This is not Luxembourg, with all due respect to that wonderful country.” But, back to the topic at hand.

The Dalai Lama also expressed his thoughts on migrants in an interview with the BBC, quotes below, via The Daily Mail:

A limited number is OK. But the whole of Europe will eventually become Muslim country - impossible. Or African country, also impossible. Europe is for Europeans. They themselves, I think are better in their own land. Better to keep Europe for Europeans...

Each country has its own culture, language, way of life, and it is better for people to live in their own country. That is my view.

He recommended Europe help refugees get skills before returning them to their homeland, almost as if Europe was duty-bound to do so. No. Europe's duty is to protect and benefit Europeans.


Mark Pulliam at City Journal says, of law schools, "The current model of high and rising tuition, mounting student debt loads, poor skills training, uneven and uncertain job placement, and an increasingly politicized professoriate thus perpetuates itself," and makes the case for running law schools on a trade school basis. A summary:

The open secret is that elite law schools don’t see their mission as teaching the nuts and bolts of regular legal work. Tenured faculty leave the real training to the lesser caste of clinical instructors and adjuncts, postgraduation cram courses, and on-the-job training by law firms.

Professors at the nation’s leading law schools enjoy a light teaching load, allowing plenty of time for conducting research and writing scholarly articles for student-edited law reviews, largely irrelevant to the needs of legal consumers like clients and practitioners.

Law schools should function as trade schools, and focus more on practical training. The Ivory Tower ethos so common in academia often loses sight of the essential mission of legal education.

Wisdom in one breath

From John Wilder at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise

Speech you don’t agree with is violence. I’m triggered! Violence you agree with is free speech. Punch a fascist!

From John Derbyshire at Unz Review

When the whites are driven out, as in Detroit or Zimbabwe, or killed off, as in Haiti, the blacks end up with, well, Detroit, Zimbabwe and Haiti.

From Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine

Pedants delight in error, not in truth, and fall upon it like scavengers on a carcass.

From Dan Crenshaw via The Burning Platform

When you say #cancelstudentdebt, you’re saying a minority of people who had the advantage of obtaining a degree should have their debt paid off by hardworking taxpayers, 2/3 of whom don’t have degrees themselves, or already paid their own student debt off. This is immoral.

From S.A. at Survival Blog

If a deadly flu pandemic hits, the world will collapse immediately. Not in weeks, not in days, but in minutes.

From Richard Feynman, quoted by K. Cole at Quanta Magazine

What is this mind of ours: what are these atoms with consciousness? Last week’s potatoes!

From Eric Zuesse at Common Dreams, 2014

The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.

From Guy Benson at Town Hall

Americans who rarely or never follow the news are surprisingly good at estimating the views of people with whom they disagree.

From Christopher DeGroot at The Agonist

No informed person, knowledgeable about the history of human institutions, could believe that safe spaces, microaggressions, bias response teams and the like ever would have arisen in any male-only or male-dominated context.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

Diversity just fails. Foreign groups have a binary choice; they can either conquer, or be conquered.

From David Goldman at PJ Media

A wave of competitors is headed our way such as we have never seen. If we focus on equality rather than excellence, we will be overwhelmed

From Col. B. Bunny at Liberty's Torch

The option of returning invaders found drifting in the Mediterranean Sea to the shores of N. Africa is just assumed not to exist.

From Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe

Bernie is an a angry old man who was welded into a time capsule in 1968 and decanted for comic relief.

From Thea Lenarduzzi at The Times Literary Supplement

Many of the gestures used by chimps are the same as those used by twelve- to twenty-four-month-old humans.

From Richard Fernandez at PJ Media

After the War in Iraq proved too inconvenient, politicians have sought ways to invisibly fight it at the edges, with people we don't want to talk about using solutions we'd rather not discuss.

From PA

Men are expendable, women are perishable. A boy must earn his value, a girl must preserve hers


The humble origin of today's Delta Airlines, 1929, the first year of operations.


This is a new reason I place no confidence in, and have no respect for, psychology. It's from Chadwick Moore at Spectator USA:

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who has displayed schizophrenic symptoms in a leaked video, said he’d been searching for years for a demented, unethical psychologist who’d toss standards and reputation aside to remotely diagnosis the president as being mad. The teleprompter reader who hears voices isn’t great at doing basic research and sending emails. But Bandy X. Lee managed to find 27 of them in short order.

Since then, the rebels of the mental health industry have confirmed their lack of principles by forming Duty to Warn, an organization which is going to save us all by spreading the word about President Trump’s mental health crisis...

This is a dog-whistle in communist circles for invoking the 25th Amendment, on removing an incapacitated sitting president.

I had long held psychology to be a sort of Victorian-era parlor game, harmless except for those who make it central to their life, but not actually contemptible like, say, sociology. Until lately.


Kim Hirsch at Victory Girls has done the hard work and gets the facts about "the El Salvadoran father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande"" and "the awful photo", um, thereof. Ms Hirsch's article describes the events in detail, here's an excerpt.

As usual, however, there’s more to this story than the Democrats and the media want you to know. It turns out that Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, the father, and his wife Tania were not asylum seekers. They weren’t even unemployed. Oscar had a job in a Papa Johns pizza shop, and Tania actually quit her job in a Chinese restaurant to take care of their daughter Valeria.

Now this young couple wasn’t rich, to be sure; in fact they were living on $10 per day and residing with Tania’s mother. But on the other hand, their government wasn’t persecuting them on account of their “race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion,” as the US Refugee Act defines asylum. In fact, Tania’s mother said they weren’t experiencing any violence.

We have a high regard for the truth, and Ms Hirsch has served truth well, but keep one of Z Man's insights in mind: conservatives have become fact checkers for the left's initiatives.


The notion of the alpha male wolf as a belligerent loner is based on discredited studies of zoo-confined animals from long ago, says Bret at Art of Manliness. Recent, more rigorous observations suggest quite the else. An excerpt:

After observing gray wolves in Yellowstone for more than twenty years, wolf researcher Richard McIntyre has rarely seen an alpha male wolf act aggressively towards his own pack. Instead, an alpha dad sticks around until his pups are fully matured. He hunts alone or with his mate and children to provide food for the family (and sometimes waits for them to get their fill before he digs in himself), roughhouses with his pups (and gets a kick out of letting them win), and even goes out of his way to tend to the runts of his pack.

This isn’t to say male alpha wolves are all cuddles and kisses. They’re of course fierce predators, and can take down large prey like moose and bison. And when his family is threatened by outside enemies and competitors, the alpha male will fiercely defend it — sometimes sacrificing his own life to save his mate and pups.

and finally,

I've been roundly denounced as a Baby Boomer by a commenter at another site. Fact is, I was starting school when the first Baby Boomers were born. When the last were born, I had done my hitch in the service and was at a school that proudly aspired to tertiary rank. Baby Boomers are the 1946-1964 generation. I'm a member of the Silent Generation, 1928-1945. Silent Generation? I call horsehockey.

Back in the day we were known as War Babies, the ones who met our fathers when they came back from the war. They were nice guys but kinda quiet.

Nice guys but kinda quiet

Large scale freeze drying is about eighty years old. Vacuum-microwave drying is likely to replace much of it commercially in the near future, with some impressive advantages . Look for new products.

French scientists have, apparently, created metallic hydrogen , after decades of failed attempts by labs throughout the world. I'm not surprised. It was my pleasure to work with French engineers, they took second place to none.

Further, the French were pleasant and helpful wherever I went, with the exception of the SNCF . I can't speak for Paris, it was just a place I took meals before continuing on to de Gaulle, namely, the Hippopotamus. They served a passable facsimile of American food, desperately welcome after a steady fare of the near-inedible with worse sauce. Sorry mes amies, but facts is facts.

Well gang, enough name dropping and chitchat, it's time to get into ye olde diving bell and plumb the murky depths, so let's get to the Woodpile Report, right after this old ad.


1925. Lucky Strike magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lucky Strike started as a brand of chewing tobacco during the gold rush and went on to be the top-selling cigarette of the 1930s and '40s. The green background on the package was changed to white during the war. Lucky Strike was a product of the American Tobacco Company for almost all of its existence.

Then ... well, ownership of the brand is the usual convoluted story. The short version is it's owned by British American Tobacco, except nonfilter Lucky Strikes in the United States, which is R. J. Reynolds.


Remus's notebook


If this is "as represented", it's a startling advance in applied technology. If not, it'll keep the Chinese occupied for a while.

The Drive - Docs Show Navy Got 'UFO' Patent Granted By Warning Of Similar Chinese Tech Advances ... U.S. and China are actively developing radical new craft that seem eerily similar to UFOs reported by Navy pilots

Excerpt: " ... a letter addressed to the examiner claiming that the U.S. needs the patent as the Chinese are already “investing significantly” in these aerospace technologies that sound eerily similar to the UFOs reported by Navy pilots in now well-known encounters. This raises the question, are the Chinese developing or even already flying craft leveraging similar advanced technology and is the Navy now scrambling to catch up?

The bizarre saga of the U.S. Navy and its sudden willingness to admit that its personnel regularly encounter unidentified objects in the skies keeps getting stranger. Why the sudden shift in policy? What is the motivation for disclosing these encounters to the public? ...

Clearly, the narrative is being carefully controlled by the Department of Defense and the Navy".

Daily Mail - U.S. Navy has been granted a patent on theoretical aircraft resembling recently-reported UFOs that could bend the laws of physics to fly through water, air, and space ... descriptions are similar to recent UFO sightings by the U.S. Navy

All Outdoor - Hickok45 Cuts Ties with NRA, No more NRA sponsorship for the popular gun channel ... they will continue as NRA members, like most of us they don’t really know what’s happening inside the NRA structure right now, but they want viewers to know they’re not oblivious to or ignoring the situation. Video of announcement included.

Real Clear Investigations - How NYC Gets Its Homeless to Make Tracks: Free Rent Anywhere ... since 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has used a program called Special One-Time Assistance to relocate nearly 10,000 homeless people to over 300 cities. The program directly pays landlords a year of rent upfront, free to the beneficiary

Washington Post - California to require background checks for ammo purchases ... will also pay a $1 processing fee each time they pick up bullets or shotgun shells


Breitbart - Google Insider to Project Veritas: Company Will ‘Never’ Let Somebody Like Trump Come to Power Again ... admits the company has undergone a “shift towards censorship”

Breitbart - Google Censors Video Exposing Google ... showing a senior employee at the company appearing to admit that the company plans to interfere in the next presidential election to stop Donald Trump

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Project Veritas video is posted at their site, here .

Reclaim The Net - Reddit suspends Project Veritas after the release of Google whistleblower report ... big tech censorship

Project Veritas - New Google Document Leaked Describing Shapiro, Prager, as ‘nazis using the dogwhistles’ ... memo also suggests that content should be disabled from the “suggestion feature”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Google wants to monopolize the dark side

Vintage News - Outrage as University Strips Name of Lillian Gish from Campus Theater ... announced hours before welcoming Black Lives Matter speaker, because she appeared in the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation

WND - U.S. school lets Muslims interrupt classes to 'convert' students ... faces grilling from legal team

Reason 2018 - When Governments Restrict Guns, People Make Their Own By the Millions ... sophisticated firearms are becoming ever-easier to manufacture in basic workshops

Prepper's Will - How to Build an Unregistered Survival Rifle with Hand Tools ... doing it legally, step by step

Gateway Pundit - Dead Cop T-Shirts Are Being Sold Online Mocking the Execution of St. Louis Police Officer Mike Langsdorf ... captioned "Better one of theirs than one of ours"

Urban Survival - Marksmanship Tips: How To Shoot Like A Pro ... shooting principles taught to the Army and Marines

Vintage News - “James, Brother of Jesus” Ossuary Adds Fuel to Historical Jesus Debate ... patina deposited on the inscription had been found to be authentic

Prepping Guide - Tripwire Alarm: Why You Need One and How to Make It ... warning you when danger is near

Popular Mechanics - World War II Bomb Explodes 75 Years Later, Creates Massive Crater in German Field ... 500 pound bomb spontaneously exploded in the night. Photos of crater

Popular Mechanics - Taking a Closer Look at Japan's Futuristic Attack Submarine ... fleet of non-nuclear submarines can operate for weeks without surfacing

Ars Technica - Declining monarch-butterfly populations may be hard to restore ... butterflies from commercial providers won't migrate

Stuff you may want to worry about

Ars Technica - A deadly, drug-resistant fungus has swept the globe—here’s how it spreads ... 30-60% fatality rate

"Patients infected with a deadly, drug-resistant fungus are dripping with the dangerous germ, which pours into their surroundings where it lies in wait for weeks to find a new victim".

Wired - The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick ... in a town just outside New York City

" ... harbors an array of bacterial and viral diseases that infect humans, including a potentially deadly hemorrhagic fever. It’s even more feared for the way it attacks livestock. This tick reproduces asexually, laying thousands of eggs at a time and producing waves of offspring that extract so much blood that grown cattle grow weak and calves die".

Daily Star [demands enable cookies] - Britain faces invasion of Asian Hornets that kill humans with one sting ... and just one of the foreign menaces can eat up to 50 bees a day

Warzone - Navy's Newest Littoral Combat Ship Damaged After Smacking Into A Moored Ship In Canada ... a full damage assessment is underway

Task & Purpose - This is a real slide from an Air Force brief on the real threat of incels ... an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny

Grayzone - NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication ... suppressing reporting that top officials don’t want made public

BattleSwarm Blog - More NRA Troubles: Wayne LaPierre And The Iron Law of Bureaucracy ... scorched earth infighting

Popular Mechanics - The Century-Long Evolution of the U.S. Army Helmet ... from a steel pot to a ballistic wonder

Town Hall - ICE Moves To Deport Driver Who Killed 5 Marine Veterans After Government Incompetence Failed To Revoke License ... narcotics arrests and two DWI's

Of Two Minds - Following in Rome's Footsteps: Moral Decay, Rising Inequality ... virtue was gradually replaced by greed and pursuit of self-interest

Neanderthals revealed as the first European settlers

Ancient Origins - DNA Study Suggests Early Neanderthals Had Europe As Their Homebase ... but their populations repeatedly moved to the east and back again

Cosmos - Neanderthal groups more closely related than we thought ... a single population of Neanderthals in Europe gave rise to all later European Neanderthals

Hot Air - Judge reduces Oberlin damages to $25 million ... exceeded caps on punitive damages, Oberlin insinuates judgement is racist

End of The American Dream - Crops Devastated As More Ferocious Storms Pound The Midwest ... “it’s hard to get your head around just how bad it is”

Zero Hedge - The Golden Asteroid Worth $700 Quintillion ... enough gold and other precious metals to net every single person on the planet close to a trillion dollars

art-remus-ident-04.jpg And a trillion dollars in gold will buy one egg

CBC - 'Kevlar in the classroom': Teachers turn to protective gear as violence escalates ... diversity is Canada's strength too

Phys Org - New property of light discovered ... structured angular momentum, when they strike a flat surface, they appear as doughnut-shaped


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Famine, Watts Up With That? - What is happening in the Corn Belt is a mini version of the transition from the Medieval Warm Period to the Little Ice Age. The population of Europe exploded in benign conditions of the Medieval Warm Period from 1000 AD to 1300 AD, reaching population levels that weren’t matched again until the 19th century. The breakover from the Medieval Warm Period to the Little Ice Age in Europe had sustained periods of bad weather characterised by severe winters and rainy and cold summers. The Great Famine of 1315 – 1317 started with bad weather in the spring of 1315. The Modern Warm Period ended in 2006. Current solar activity is back to levels of the Little Ice Age.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Correlation is not causation. However, you can't have causation without correlation so it's worth thinking about. In the spirit of piling on, the French Revolution of 1789 came about during a near-famine from a series of bad harvests. Bread was so scarce King Louis ordered bakers to substitute cake when they ran out of bread, at the same price.

Say all you want about high principles—the Declaration of the Rights of Man, et al—the 4GW guys have this one right. Hungry people will take down the elite out of pent up rage and desperation. Then they'll turn on each other, betimes. It's only here this pig gets its political lipstick, by upper class true believers and their train of degenerate opportunists.


Student loans, Investopedia - The United States alone has approximately $1.52 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, 44 million borrowers. Unlike mortgages, student loans are not collateralized, meaning investors get nothing in the case of default. Sallie Mae or SLM Corp. is the main private lender for student loans. Sallie Mae makes loans that aren’t backed by the government and packages the loans into securities, which are sold in tranches to investors. The Federal Family Education Loan Program, which ended in 2010, was a government-sponsored platform that subsidized and reinsured the loans.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg How are $1.52 trillion in securities going to be "forgiven" without taking the bond market down with it? The owners of these securities are mutual fund investors, including retirement funds. The minute they're "forgiven" is the minute they become radioactive excrement. This is what buying votes with other people's money really means.

All debt is paid by someone, only the "who" is in question. In this case it would be the lenders, or more correctly, their bag holders. A trillion and a half of asset stripping will have consequences consistent with its magnitude.


Student loan discipline, Minding the Campus - Under the current system, colleges aren’t yet in the game because they are not a direct party to the loan. Once a college has admitted a student, they have no say in whether or how much a student borrows. If “we can’t screen borrowers, then holding us accountable is merely punitive.” If we are essentially asking colleges to be co-signers for their students’ loans, then they should be treated as such, including giving them veto power over any loan, as well as the power to reduce how much students can borrow. But it is essentially trying to partially paper over problems inherent with government lending. An even better approach would allow a market-based system to truly unleash market discipline.


College admissions, Taki's Magazine - Georgetown University reveals that if the student bodies of the 200 most selective American colleges were enrolled solely on objective SAT or ACT aptitude test scores, their student bodies would increase from 66 percent white under the current subjective system to 75 percent white. Ironically, this study was supposed to prove that affluent white people have unfair advantages in college admissions. Instead, their numbers turned out backwards from their desired results, boys would do better than under the present arrangement, increasing from 50 percent of the current student body to 54 percent. Under a less subjective system of college admissions, the big winners would be the Current Year’s designated losers: white boys.


1939. Fifth Avenue, New York City


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Where the elite made an entrance. Then, as now, the wealthy had upscale automobiles but it wouldn't do to be seen in the latest model. If m'lady has a '39, she'll keep it in the garage until the '42s are in the showroom. The principle is easy to understand. "Old money" demonstrates their refined taste largely by way of provenance, it's the nouveau riche and lower orders who imagine new cars announce a status worth having, however exclusive the marque.


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Russia, American Thinker, essay review - The author identified several types of empires that existed in Russian history: the state of Ivan the Third; the Empire of Peter the Great; Soviet Union of Lenin; and Russian Federation of Vladimir Putin. In the era of Ivan the Third, the country freed itself from the Mongol-Tatar yoke; meantime, Moscow strengthened as a political center around which the fragmented principalities merged. Since then, an absolute majority of Russian sovereigns (except for the Soviet period) considered themselves defenders of the Byzantine heritage and the Orthodox peoples. It is wrong to assume that Vladimir Putin bent Russia to his will. On the contrary, Russia has subsumed him to itself.


Activism, Z Man - A group calling itself Patriot Prayer holds street events in Portland Oregon, where they are pummeled by well-organized Antifa gangs, supported by the police and the mayor. The internet was full of right wingers, mostly the goofy civic nationalist types, demanding sympathy for what happened. It was an effort to turn failure into noble suffering. It's just failure theater that makes the Left look good and the Right look like losers. If your efforts encourage the other side, they are always bad for your side. Activism that makes your side stronger, outside the sight of the enemy is the best, as it leaves them unprepared. The sorts of street theater we saw in Portland should be avoided. Assume they are staged by the Left to serve their ends.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Define "win". Then win. Remember your audience, win dramatically, be seen to have won.

Winning confers an aura of inevitability. Losing incurs a suspicion of illegitimacy. No one's protesting statues of Union generals.


Solar panels, Physics Today - About half of the solar panels collecting energy today are made of boron-doped silicon, and they have a flaw. After their first few hours in the Sun, the panels’ sub-20% energy efficiency falls by an additional 2 percentage points due to light-induced degradation. The efficiency drop amounts to losses of tens of gigawatts and millions of dollars annually, and despite 40 years of work, researchers don’t agree on how it happens. The University of Manchester, UK, recently adapted existing instruments and methods and found the culprit.


Einstein, Quanta Magazine - What is arguably the most revolutionary part of Einstein’s legacy rarely gets attention. It has none of the splash of gravitational waves, the pull of black holes or even the charm of quarks. But lurking just behind the curtain of all these exotic phenomena is a deceptively simple idea that pulls the levers, shows how the pieces fit together, and lights the path ahead. The idea is this: Some changes don’t change anything. The most fundamental aspects of nature stay the same even as they seemingly shape-shift in unexpected ways, changes that don’t really change anything, differences that don’t make a difference, variations that leave deep relationships invariant.


Carriers, National Interest - The Navy is unable to afford the maintenance on the ships it has now, to say nothing of the costs associated with constructing their replacements and preparing for every dimension of conflict. Retired Marine Corps colonel Dr. TX Hammes' solution is to phase out America’s carriers and replace them with a large fleet of small, inexpensive missile-armed merchant ships. $5 billion would be enough to create forty missile merchant ships supplied with between 1600-2000 missiles, requiring only 1600 sailors to crew them. Hammes also argued that his proposal would increase the Navy’s capacity to rapidly mobilize in the event of a crisis. If container ships are used en masse, commercial sailors could be added as members of the Navy Reserve.


1941. England


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Prime Minister Churchill takes a Covenanter tank for a spin. The Covenanter was too deficient and trouble prone to leave the British Isles. Even after much redesign and corrective work, with its feeble 40mm main gun and thin armor it was declared obsolete in 1943. 1,771 Covenanters were built, all of them assigned to home defense and training duties.


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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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