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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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Albert Bierstadt, Mount Corcoran, 1877

Bierstadt's title for this painting was Mountain Lake until the Corcoran Gallery of Art bought Church's Niagara for a stunning sum. Mount Corcoran exists then and now only as a name added to a map, by hand, by a government clerk, just in time for Bierstadt to display this painting to William Corcoran as if documenting a notable landmark. Even then the art market was a competitive place and Bierstadt was one of its big winners.

The piece is a pastiche of course, typical of Bierstadt; Gothic broodiness, Wagnerian grandeur and Teutonic spikiness, dramatic textures and improbable planes, rather than the mellow Italianate coziness and Claudian warmth favored by home grown Hudson River School artists. It's a large work, five feet tall by eight feet long, limiting prospective buyers to those with wall space to hang it.

But, so what? It's a great picture. There's not an off-gridder alive who wouldn't like to truthfully say, "and this is my swimming hole." Bierstadt was a genuine adventurer. He tagged along with expeditions across the American west in the 1850s and '60s making sketches and oil studies, much as Church did in South America. His fellow travelers found his fishing technique remarkable, bare hands, quickly throwing enough on land for a meal. No reclusive introvert, he.

Small pictures he painted for himself and friends show he purposely deployed his Dusseldorf-derived style for these epic landscapes. His patrons, old money mainly, preferred it. But Bierstadt was quite capable of matching or besting his voguish successors on their own turf.

By the time of his death in 1902 at age 72, his stuff had fallen out of favor, to the point of ridicule by the, ahem, art authorities. We all know what came next and dominated the twentieth century, thanks to them.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The hand wringing of the SJWs about the moon landings being a "white male adventure" don't quite capture the whole story. Wernher von Braun, the de facto head of NASA at the time, had a career guaranteed to send 'em straight to the fainting couch. No secrets here, we all knew this from the mainstream media sixty years ago.

Von Braun, nominally a reserve SS Private in 1934, became a member of the Nazi Party in 1937, a Lieutenant in the Allgemeine SS—police, security and intelligence—in 1940, and a Major in 1943, his final promotion. Slave laborers at the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp where some V-2 missiles were built claim he was indifferent to the brutal treatment of inmates by the Totenkopf SS. Nor was he just another junior SS officer, Heinrich Himmler had conversations with von Braun about his career on more than one occasion.

On the other hand, toward the end of the war he was arrested and imprisoned for possible treason, then released just as mysteriously. Dangerous times. During the collapse of the Third Reich his security detail was ordered to shoot him and his top scientists rather than have them fall into Allied hands. They did some fast talking, evaded their handlers and eagerly surrendered to the US. German scientists working in America, Einstein among them, were stunned at the employment of Nazi rocketeers and protested bitterly. Others were captured by the Russians, with no such complaints.

Von Braun did what you'd expect of an ambitious genius with social position and a compliant moral compass, in that time and place. Success was hardly the word, in wartime Germany he had a budget bigger than our Manhattan Project. His role in the early US missile and space program amounted to a demotion by comparison, funding was minimally adequate and undependable. Such was his career—Nazi missile program, first US satellite, NASA Saturn rocket, Disney spokesman, Fairchild VP.

The moon landings were like every other historic achievement, a product of the good, the bad and the ugly, done with the whats and whos actually on hand, not as wished for. As it is with everything else, there are those who talk and those who do. Yes, the moon landings were about white guys getting together to do something, which is another way to say it was about getting it done.

Daniel Greenfield picks up the story from here, at Sultan Knish. Excerpts:

As the New York Times notes, its space program was less diverse than that of the USSR, which never did make it to the moon, but excelled at sending dogs to die in space.,,

In those long lost days, we did great things. The bureaucrats took their cut and the contractors chiseled and the lobbyists lobbied and the whole great vulture pack of government swarmed and screeched and still somehow, with a billion monkeys on our back, we moved forward, because we still had great goals...

There are no more moon landings, no more dams or tallest buildings in the world. The massive towering edifice of our own government is now our moon landing ...


The day after I finished this entry, Daily Mail posted a lengthy article about Operation Paperclip, covering the same ground and more. At its core it's an anti-American screed, but factual nonetheless, aside from some clever conflation of von Braun with his truly murderous cohorts.


David Atkins, a regional director of the California Democrat Party, had this to say about rural white Americans, as quoted at The Federalist Papers:

"You know who is not grateful enough? Rural white Americans. They are heavily subsidized, drowning in federal largesse, blessed with political affirmative action & overrepresentation, have all their bills paid by cities and blue states, but they whine and yell constantly.

People who watch the constant grating whinefest that is Fox News have a lot of gall telling anyone to love it or leave it.

The Fox News cult hates the values of the vast majority of Americans who aren’t rural white evangelicals and want nothing to do with them.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m all about reaching out & showing rural white America that it’s the plutocrats that are hurting them, not people of color. Rural white America really is hurting.

But i’ll be damned if the bigoted entitled stupidity doesn’t constantly try one’s patience.

... At a certain point, you have to hold people accountable, statistically speaking, for the voting choices they make. You have to take them at their word, and when they tell you who they are, believe them."

Who is this expert on white bigoted rural American's entitled stupidity? This is from The American Prospect:

David Atkins is a writer and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a research and consulting firm specializing in politics and consumer technology.

Robert McCain notes:

Atkins himself is white, but he lives in Santa Barbara, an affluent seaside enclave of privilege where the media home value is over $900,000 and only 1.4% of the population is black. It’s very easy for people who live in such circumstances to imagine that they are morally superior...


Frieda Powers at Business & Politics reminds us James Comey is still at large, still justifying his part in the attempted coup d'état

James Comey thinks it’s time President Donald Trump’s “mob” of supporters be sent “back to their dark corner.” The former FBI director took aim on Twitter at any American who supports the president as part of a problem that stands in stark contrast to other Americans who are “fundamentally decent people.”


Warren Meyer at Coyote Blog explains why slavery was a net loss from the beginning. An excerpt.

It was simply not a good use of scarce labor resources to grow low margin crops on huge plantations requiring scores or hundreds of laborers.  Slave-owners circumvented this pricing signal by finding workers they could force to work for free.  Force was used to apply high-value labor to lower-value tasks.  This does not create prosperity, it destroys it.

Whereas $1000 invested in the North likely improved worker productivity, $1000 invested in the South destroyed it. The North poured capital into future prosperity. The South poured it into supporting a dead-end feudal plantation economy.

As a result the south was impoverished for a century, really until northern companies began investing in the South after WWII. If slavery really made for so much of an abundance of opportunities, then why did very few immigrants in the 19th century go to the South? They went to the industrial northeast.


Matt Vespa at Town Hall cautions us about the upcoming election

Over a second presidential loss, there is no telling what liberal America will resort to ensure that the GOP will never win again. Remember, Democrats think they’re entitled to win every election. We already have far-left whackos attacking ICE facilities and attacking journalists. This could be very entertaining, but, as always, one where we must all remain vigilant David Wasserman broke down the numbers.

Trump could win barely 47 percent of the vote, lose by 5 million votes, but still win re-election, thanks to the Electoral College math.

Lincoln won in 1860 with an absolute majority of electoral votes but only 39.8% of the popular vote. His presidency was declared illegitimate by the Democrats, seven states immediately seceded and formed the Confederacy, and the Civil War began a few weeks after Lincoln's inauguration. The parallels to our time are remarkable.

Wisdom in one breath

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch

Apparently all four of my Bibles are misprinted – Jesus didn’t say “love thy neighbor as thyself,” but rather “Subcontract thy love of neighbor to the State”.

From former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, quoted at Voice of Europe

It is time to get deep down and dirty and examine the central charge made by everyone from Winston Churchill to the Pope, namely that the real problem with the Islamic world is Islam.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

The Left is building up a huge pool of highly talented people who have been destroyed by this system, and they now have nothing to lose and are ready to kill. Soon we hit critical mass.

From the Z Man

Rants against identity politics are only aimed at white audiences, because white identity is what they fear.

From Ace at Ace of Spades

Whenever the left declares that something is now beyond debate and an absolute prerequisite for acceptance as a tolerated member of the Kept Right, the Kept Right kicks up a slight bit of sulkiness at first, but in six months to two years, they are zealously urging the deplatforming of anyone who ignores the Time-Tested Conservative Principles.

From Uncola at The Burning Platform

In any scenario, perilous times will be upon us. This is because neither side will accept the results of the next election.

From Theodore Dalrymple at Taki's Magazine

It is not a question of money, because the architects would build nothing better whatever the budgets they were given.

From Taki Theodoracopulos at Taki's Magazine, about D-Day

Try to imagine these phone zombies, selfie addicts, and me-me-me gamers of today being ordered to attack or defend those beaches.


Those shortened URLs? You can't know where they're taking you, unless you run 'em through Unshorten.It! .


Col. B. Bunny asks "what's not to love" at Liberty's Torch:

We elected an immigration hardliner, supposedly, but the reality is a massive jump in illegal immigration. What am I missing here? The wall, such as it is, inches along the border, the vaunted troops on the border are nothing more than a light infantry nursemaid auxiliary, e-Verify is as dead as the investigation into Hillary's destruction of the 180,999 emails relating to Chelsea's wedding (a/k/a "official correspondence") on her powder room server, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 is still in force notwithstanding two years of Republican control of the legislative branch and the White House.

and finally,

Aesop at Raconteur Report has posted this link to all his writings about Ebola, by date, in descending order.

Vox Day opines on an insider's prediction of a "near-term collapse of DC Comics", and that "Marvel will linger, but not for very much longer" . Related from RT, Natalie Portman is the new Thor, and the new 007 is a black woman. And I hear Oprah Winfrey will be the next Rocky Balboa.

Woodpile Report, like kudzu, was growing to fill the space available. Now I'm applying some self discipline, cutting it back to its old self. And with that, let's get to yer ol' Woodpile Report. But first, an old ad.


1945. Pontiac magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The 1946 Pontiac was the 1942 Pontiac with a light restyling, which was somewhat futile, the "Torpedo" look was attractive but dated even for the '42. It would soldier on until the all-new '49 hit the showroom floor in '48.

The 90 hp six or 103 hp eight moved its ton-and-three-quarters adequately if not memorably. The amenities rated no higher than "not a Chevy", mostly inherited from the entry level Cadillac Sixty.

At war's end the newest cars on the road were four years old. It was the grandest seller's market of all time.


Remus's notebook


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Notice to readers. Website ads aren't merely annoying, they're now the main conduit for malware. Unless something changes they'll pull down the whole internet, and until site managers own up to their part of the problem and clean house, ad and cookie blockers are the user's only real defense.

From Wired: "Though adware isn't necessarily an immediate threat to users, even when it's on their devices, it opens the door for attackers to add other malicious functionality in the future that could endanger users' data or accounts. And adware can also come bundled with other types of malware, portending worse attacks to come".

For sites demanding you enable cookies or ads, copy-paste the URL to Outline .

Globe and Mail - Lyme-infected ticks are so common in parts of Canada, testing no longer done ... they assume if you get bitten by a tick, you should be treated for Lyme disease

Front Page - Jihadi Stabs Three Canadian Soldiers, Canadian Court Sends Him to College ... at most colleges and universities today, Ayanle Hassan Ali will find himself among friends

Cosmos - What shape are photons? Quantum holography sheds light ... physicists created a hologram of a single light particle, it's shaped like a Maltese cross, as Schrödinger predicted

Ancient Origins - Vikings Didn’t Just Pop into Canada for a Visit, They Stayed for Centuries ... from about 910 AD until the late 1100s or early 1200s

Scientific American - Ancient Mongolian Nests Show Dinosaurs Protected Their Eggs ... fossils provide the first clear example of group nesting activities in dinosaurs

American Conservative - Saudi Arabia Controls North America’s Largest Oil Refinery ... 100 percent stake in the Port Arthur refinery in Texas, 600,000 barrels of oil per day

Phys Org - Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings ... had cut down 97 percent of the original forests

Stuff Nobody Cares About - Over The Last 20 Years Ebay Has Lost Its Original Customers ... nearly every single aspect of eBay was better than it is today

Anonymous Conservative - Flashback, BBC reporter amasses massive file showing BBC is pedophiles from top to bottom, approaches bosses, they do nothing, and she is shot dead on her front stoop, in a crime that was never solved.

Ars Technica - WHO declares Ebola outbreak an international emergency ... spread of Ebola to Goma, a DRC city of nearly 2 million

American Thinker - Racism curling in on itself: 32% of Democrats think it's racist to disagree with anyone who's black ... presupposes they can't take political give-and-take the way whites can

CNN - Destructive pest could spread to all of China's grain production in 12 months ... armyworm destroying staples such as rice, soybeans and corn

American Thinker - Making America Venezuela: The Left is coming for your toilet paper ... it's the new plastic straw of the green lobby, and they're out to put a stop to it

Voice of Europe - Rotherham, UK: Muslim child rapists get half a million pounds in legal aid, victims get nothing ... some girls were just 11 years old when they were raped, tied up and tortured and passed between abusers

Universe Today - Asteroid 2006 QV89 Now Has a 0% Chance of Hitting Earth in September ... down from a 1 in 7,000 chance


1920. Paramount Pictures trade magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Paramount Pictures succeeded in the twenties by signing top stars, then obligating exhibitors to year long contracts rather than on a film by film basis. By the 1930s, Paramount had built the "studio system", turning out movies on a schedule to supply a nationwide chain of theatres it owned outright.

The ad is from earlier days, aimed at independent exhibitors.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Aspirations, Z Man - Whites no longer feel their desires have merit. If whites want something, they must first find a non-white to bless it. When that fails, then it is an appeal to the Holy Spreadsheet. This is the mentality of a conquered people. This is the slave trying to convince the master to allow him a little room for himself. This is the outlook of people who no longer have a self that has aspirations, desires and a future. Instead it is the attitude of a people who see themselves at the mercy of others. To say, “This is who we are and this is how we live, because it is the way we want it” is outside the shared reality of white people. Fundamentally, this is the heart of the fight. All the stuff about demographics, race realism, ethnography and so forth are window dressing.


Demons, American Thinker - There exists in this country a cultivated mindset that conservatives are all things evil. We have gradually devolved into fictional characters, invented by the left, and animated by whatever awful thoughts, beliefs, and imaginary actions the anti-American hate cult can conjure up. Their distrust and loathing is out of all proportion to anything they’ve actually ever seen. Whites, Christians, Jews, males, law enforcement, the military, capitalists, conservatives and patriots, all have been assigned their hatred and evil by the mind-readers of the left. We have been declared the problem, so our suppression is not only the solution, but is “social” justice. They’re telling us what they’re going to do.


Dark energy, Daily Galaxy - A growing mystery about the universe, known as the ‘Hubble Tension, is that it appears to be expanding much faster now than predicted. New research is the first to provide a possible explanation—that the early universe received an infusion of dark energy soon after the Big Bang giving it a boost—which better matches all observations. This ‘tension’ may actually be revealing a new feature of the universe. It also makes predictions which can be tested so that more measurements should tell us if it is correct. If the new exotic matter takes the form of a cosmological constant, agreement can be achieved between Cosmic Microwave Background measurements and theoretical expectations in the standard model using supernovae. In fact, the data seem to fit together slightly better with the early dark energy theory.


Teasing, Art of Manliness - Allowing someone to tease you was like opening your house to a guest; if the teaser accepted your hospitality as a gift, then you, the person teased, were the richer for it. Richer, because teasing temporarily separates the teased from the group, but this slight separation is followed by behaviors on the part of the group which reincorporate him back. The message is: “We’re aware of your flaws, but don’t mind. We recognize your foibles, but like you anyway. You may have fallen short, but you’re still one of us.” Healthy teasing then, makes one feel both more known, and more accepted. The teased experience the liberation of having one’s shameful weaknesses seen, yet indulged.


Scopes, Law & Liberty - Almost all of the “conventional wisdom” concerning the Scopes trial is false. Contrary to the impression created by Inherit the Wind and other popular accounts, the trial was not a fundamentalist inquisition, but an ill-conceived publicity stunt by Dayton businessmen who were trying to attract tourists to the small town. To generate a test case challenging the statute, the American Civil Liberties Union had offered to defend any teacher charged with violating the Butler Act, gratis. Dayton businessmen recruited Scopes to agree to serve as the defendant, even though he was unsure he had actually taught evolution. Nonetheless, Scopes volunteered to be charged. The trial was staged. Celebrity lawyers were solicited to participate. The Baltimore Sun paid part of the defense’s expenses because it knew that the spectacle would sell newspapers, and it did. A lot of them.


1941. Vail Colorado


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Independence Day parade of '41. Vail was a town of a few hundred until the mid-1960s when the first ski resort was opened. From there the town grew dramatically, first as a winter sports destination, then as a year 'round retreat. The population today is about 5,500 .



More stuff you may want to think about
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Semantic drift, Harper's - I’ve thrown in my lot with the pedants. Yes, language is a living tree, eternally sprouting new shoots as other branches wither . . . blah, blah, blah. But a poorly cultivated plant can readily gnarl from lush foliage to unsightly sticks. The internet has turbo­charged lexical fads and grammatical decay. Rather than infuse English with a new vitality, this degeneration spreads the blight of sheer ignorance. So this month we address a set of developments in the prevailing conventions of the English language whose only commonality is that they drive me crazy. Most schools today downplay grammar and punctuation if they teach these subjects at all. The neglect shows.


Dems, James Kunstler - The main “ask” these days is to allow Mexicans and Central Americans to cross the border as they please and receive a menu of benefits provided gratis by the US government, and thus from US taxpayers. The arguments for that from Wokesterdom range from bad faith to completely insane, yet they are now being retailed at the highest level of presidential election politics. Every candidate in the first Democratic “debate” raised a hand in favor of providing free medical care to illegal border-jumpers. I wonder how that sits with the Americans who now pay $12,000 a year for health insurance with a $5,000 deductible.


Electric vehicles, Eric Peters Autos - The car industry is gearing up to build cars which two-third of the market is not financially capable of buying. Why are they doing it? Because it is the only way to “achieve compliance.” Perhaps EVs will be Obamaphoned. In addition to mandating them, the government will give people vouchers for them – in addition to the existing subsidies. Realistically it’s the only way these specialty cars can ever become mass market cars. But perhaps that has never been the object of this exercise. Perhaps it has been to make all cars specialty cars. In order to reduce the number of cars. In order to to limit their possession to special people.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Charles Smith at Of Two Minds notes:

The tech "solution" to 500 million internal combustion engine vehicles is to toss those 500 million vehicles in the landfill and then go mine the immense amounts of metals, minerals and hydrocarbons needed to built 500 million all-electric vehicles.

Then, in a generation, repeat the process, as "more efficient" vehicles are developed.


Send them back, Amerika - Daily life has changed so much that it is unrecognizable. Our cities are third world dystopian wastescapes. Almost everyone in power seems insane and incompetent. We tried equality, and we ended up destroying civilization. We need to send them back. Diversity does not work. They need to go back home and apply what they have learned here. For some, reparations-with-repatriation are only fair. But they need to go, and soon. We either fix this, or we face a series of bad options like civil war, balkanization, or partition. They will be chanting “Send Them Back” no matter how Trump disavows it. He has unleashed more than even he thought he was.


1945. Hamburg Germany


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Hamburg is an ancient city of about 1,900,000 on the Jutland Peninsula, a seaport via the Elbe River. The city was relentlessly pounded from the air during World War II, including a Dresden-style firestorm in July 1943. Hamburg capitulated to the British in early May, 1945 after two weeks of fierce urban warfare.

The M4 Sherman Firefly shown in the photo was a British modification mounting a 76mm high speed main gun—the legendary quick firing 17 pounder—that could take out the German Panther and Tiger tanks. Over 2,000 were built. The nickname "Firefly" comes from the brilliant muzzle flash.


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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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23 Jul 2019