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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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Ivan Shishkin, Winter Forest

Let's talk about Ivan Shishkin, Isaak Levitan and the Peredvizhniki Society. Nah, let's not. Let's look at the painting and understand why Shishkin, Russia's beloved "poet of the woods", is acclaimed internationally as one of the finest landscape artists of all time.

This is a small work, barely more than an oil study, but unmistakably Shishkin. It's undated. I'm sayin' February 22, 1881, at 4:36 pm.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg An update on changing my standard .22 LR from CCI Mini-Mag to CCI Velocitors. The reason: 21 ft/lbs more energy at 75 yards, 117 versus 96. For a meat-getter rifle it's significant, in fact, at 75 yards Velocitors generate about 60 per cent the energy of the .22 WMR.

Why 75 yards? If sighted in for 100 yards the midrange arc becomes extreme, making it too easy to overshoot at lesser, more common, ranges. Much past 75 yards it's time to reach for the .22 magnum. With the 40 grainer the magnum's arc is only 1.0 inch high at 50 yards for a 100 yard zero. In rimfire land that's flat shooting.

As you'll recall, or even if you don't, I sighted in my .22 bolt and lever rifle for Velocitors, 40 grainers, at 75 yards point of aim-point of impact. At 50 yards the point of impact is 0.9 inches high, just like the book calls for. Now the question was, where will 40 grain Mini-Mags and subsonic Standard Velocity hit.

A ten shot group with my bolt action at 50 yards with the Mini-Mags hit about half an inch high. Kewl. The book says 1.3 inches high at 50 yards equates to a 75 yard point of aim-point of impact. Which means my zero is now something less than 75 yards. Pfft. A nothingburger. It's a 65 yard round to begin with. Aim a little high at 75 if the occasion calls for it. So I have Velocitor and Mini-Mag capability in my bolt rifle. Next up was the LR-length subsonic.

In my bolt rifle a ten shot group at 50 yards with the subsonic Standard Velocity hit point of aim-point of impact up and down, exactly what I was hoping for. Using them at more than 50 yards makes little sense, as it is they have less energy at 50 yards than the Mini-Mags do at 100. But Standard Velocity are quiet, no "crack" at all. So it's all good, right?

But, bad news. The group is shifted to the left by most of an inch, verified by an additional five shot group. Yes, it was a still day. The groups aren't bad, an inch and a quarter or so. Were they centered left to right it would be poifek.

Standard Velocity in my lever action grouped 1.12 inches low when sighted in for Velocitors at 75 yards, and centered nicely left to right. This is from two ten shot groups. Group size for both was about 1.38 inch. I think a serious "shoot for group" would bring that down by an eighth or quarter inch, maybe more. Incidentally, I have the same scope on both rifles, a very low power zoom.

My lever action .22 LR centers CCI .22 Shorts nicely at 50 yards when sighted in for Velocitors at 75 yards. But, and there's always a but, three or four will shoot nearly into the same hole, then there's a flyer, maybe two, a couple of inches, sometimes much more. And the 29 grain bullets only churn out an anemic 58 ft/lbs at 50 yards so it's not a good choice to begin with. The Standard Velocity are about as quiet and yield 85 ft/lbs at 50 yards, about 30 per cent more than the shorts.

Bottom line: with the lever gun I have Velocitor, Mini-Mag and Standard Velocity subsonic capability in one rifle, which was the whole point of the exercise. The Standard Velocity hits lower than I'd like at 50 yards, but it's acceptable. The Shorts, with one out of four or five being flyers, are too erratic to be depended on and have no obvious advantage over the Standard Velocity. The lever action is now my designated "survival mode" small game .22 LR rifle. The tubular magazine holds fifteen rounds.

The bolt shoots Velocitors and Mini-Mags to the same place as the lever but with somewhat smaller groups. The Standard Velocity go wide left and it won't feed shorts at all. The bolt action is now my designated "normalcy bias" small game .22 LR rifle. I've yet to shoot for group, per se. With target ammo and a high power scope it's said to be a MOA rifle. Even with ordinary ammo, a low power scope and informal shooting I've seen not much bigger than 1.5 MOA. The detachable magazine holds seven rounds.

Now it's time to wring out my twenty gauge.


Judging from lifelong big city people I've known, real uptowners, those who plan to head for the hills in an extinction-level catastrophe will have, ahem, problems. Many have not been outside their own or other cities, ever, not even to a full service campground. Not only do they lack a bare minimum of woodland skills, they may not know there are woodland skills.

Their estimates of range are off by multiples of the true distance. In their defense they are good walkers, but after a few hundred yards they'll tell you with conviction they've walked a full mile. They fear woodlands, especially after dark. And rather than anticipate the weather they fear the weather, with cause. A couple of days alone in cold rain or snow would kill the fittest of them outright.

Their gun handling is alarming. And they may not even recognize game as such. They don't know where or how to find it, or how to bring it down, or how to recognize diseased game. They've never field dressed game, nor do they know how to further process it safely and efficiently. It's understandable. The learning curve is impossibly steep if attempted all at once.

For rural kids the curve is a gentle grade, smoothed by time and by experienced adults and older kids. Although the bag may often be empty at first, there are no unsuccessful hunts. By growing into it they develop a sort of melding with nature's flirtations and deceptions until it becomes a process of participation, with gentle nudges both given and taken.

For the involuntary novice it's a desperate and puzzling experience. Although reward without effort seems natural enough to them, effort without reward is unthinkable. Only chance would be in play, the last resource of the incompetent.


George Ure at Urban Survival, always a good read, comments on "progress":

Popular Mechanics reported in 1905 that a Post Office was testing an electric delivery vehicle. Here was are 114-years later and what? Post Offices are still testing electric vehicle ideas. See how stupid the notion of “progress” has become? Similarly, percentage wise, we have just as many poor as we did when the “Great Society” socialist rise began.


Here's a survival hack I'd not seen before, from Wayne Sanders at Survival Life:

With a piece of cloth and two containers, you can rid dirty water of dirt and debris. Fill one container with the dirty water and place it just a little bit higher than the empty container. Twist the piece of cloth like a wick then place one end in the container with the dirty water and the other end in the empty container. Over time the now filtered water will pass through the cloth and fill the empty container while the debris and dirt will be left in the other. Boiling the filtered water is still necessary to free it from contaminants and only then would it be safe to drink.


Trump tweeted that Baltimore is a "rat infested mess". Democrats assumed this was an attack on them, blacks disagreed, they assumed it was an attack on them and deployed the racist thingy. Okay, sort it out and get back to us. For the record, Orkin rates Baltimore as ninth on the rat infestation scale.

Here's a quote from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, 2018:

What the hell? We should just take all this sh*t down. ... Whoa, you can smell the rats. Whew, Jesus. Oh, my God, you can smell the dead animals.


These are collected quotes from Mayor Pete Buttigieg, said to his supporters, via Charlie Spiering at Breitbart:

White Nationalist violence has killed more people on American soil than any other source of terrorism. We got to name that, confront that and say that is not us. It could be the lurking issue that ends this country in the future if we don’t wrangle it down in our time.

He [Trump] is failing to protect us from the clear and present dangers that white nationalism poses. I think the moment you come on board with a project like the Trump campaign or the Trump-Pence administration, you are at best complicit in the process that has given cover for the flourishing and the resurgence of white nationalism in our midst.

We need to acknowledge this threat too and redirect appropriate resources to combat right-wing extremism and violent white nationalism. You can see it in the simple fact that someone convicted of the same crime is more likely to face the death penalty if they are black. Not to mention the very ugly history of the way that judicial and extra-judicial killings have been used to enforce white supremacy through American history.

and these are quotes from Rep. Ilhan Omar, said in an interview with al Jazeera, via Jay Greenberg at Neon Nettle.

I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country. And so, if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe — Americans safe inside of this country — we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.

Yes, they really do despise white men. In fact, Rep. Omar says everyone should be more fearful of white men. Rep. Omar's proposal deserves our full support.


Jeff Minick at Intellectual Takeout describes the imperialist policies of the Chinese Communists, their current oppressive government, and their plans for the future. An excerpt:

The Party’s thugs have physically assaulted journalists in the US for publishing anti-CCP content, they have kidnapped and tortured booksellers in Hong Kong, and they have attempted to murder independent journalists in Australia. They locked British businessman Peter Humphrey into an iron chair inside a steel cage and drugged him in order to elicit a confession.

Wisdom in one breath

From Pat Buchanan

How does 13 seconds of “Send her back!” compare with the chant of the mob that shut down midtown Manhattan in December 2014: “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”

From Ace at Ace of Spades

Twitter is where 50 year olds pretend to be 15 year olds by imitating the speech patterns of other 50 year olds pretending to be 15 year olds.

From Commander Zero at Notes From The Bunker

The next idiot that has to get hauled out of the woods horizontally because he blindly trusted his GPS, or worse, his cellphone, will not be the last.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, about the Mueller implosion

The Left is desperate. Desperate people do desperate things. They stake it all on long odds.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

While we have First World wages, invest in the items for an easier transition to Third World living. Not investments in keeping your First World lifestyle.

From Jon Henschen, quoting Price's Law, at Intellectual Takeout

50% of the work is done by the square root of the total number of people who participate in the work.

From Boyd Cathey at The Unz Review

Unlike most European nations which possess an organic history and common heritage, the United States has traveled too far down the road of unbridgeable division for a rooted nationalism to be successful.

From The Z Man

No one alive in modern America has ever lived in a time when people were puzzled about the nature of crime, with regards to race.


Ian Corbin reveals a strange secret gospel he recently discovered, ivy league students don’t believe a word they’re saying. Some excerpts from his essay, Losing The Class, at American Mind:

If you were to ask them about their views on shareholder capitalism, transgender bathrooms, hormone therapy for children, religious pluralism, or any other heavy-freighted question, nine times out of ten the only—and I mean the only—consideration on their minds will be to quickly scan their memories for the correct position on this matter...

Our students are playing the game like good little Party members, but they don’t believe the doctrine. They don’t believe what they are compelled to say.

and finally,

A shooter opened fire in a crowd killing three and injuring several more. That was in Chicago over the weekend. Or any weekend. Or any weekend in any of several similar cities. The headline news is of a comparable shooting in northern California, news because it's not Baltimore or Chicago or Detroit.

It was another one of those Gun Free Zones with pat downs at the entrance to guarantee safety. Who could have known the shooter, named Santino Legan, would come in another way? The cops put him down in less than a minute.

While this and the daily urban shootups are tragic for those involved, neither have any particular claim on my attention. And all the kozmik troofs have been drawn and overdrawn.

Change subject. Better late than never. I waterproofed my winter hats and stored 'em away in a perforated plastic bag. The serious hats; light and heavy watch caps, the billed cap with pull down flaps, the cammy medium ushanka and the arctic duty ushanka with puffy rabbit fur. Two coats each, air dried for a couple hours in the sun in between. Water beads and runs right off 'em. Took most of two spray cans to do 'em. Few things are worse than a wet hat in cold weather.

Chapman is not a closer. Don't care what his record is. A closer doesn't give away runs or walk the bases loaded. Ever. A closer has to inspire despair. A closer has the batter beaten before his first pitch. When Mariano Rivera took the mound the batter's mind was on his dinner date. Rivera was a closer.

Well gang, it's been a boring week for news, frankly, jes' i-dotting and t-crossing stuff that's been going on for a long while. But like the good citizens we are, we're attentive lest we miss a call to pile on. Enough chitchat, let's get to Yer ol' Woodpile Report, after this old ad.


1940. Pan American Airways magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A side note. Before the Midway Atoll became a hotly contested military base in World War II it was developed by Pan American as a refueling stop for planes bound for east Asia. Midway is, of course, the farthest west of the Hawaiian Islands, about half way between North America and Asia, hence the name. Today it's a national wildlife refuge.

In 1935, Pan American Airways’ Clipper operations came to Midway. This large flying boat island-hopped from San Francisco to China, providing the fastest and most luxurious route to the Orient, and bringing tourists to Midway until 1941. Only the super rich could afford a Clipper trip, which in the 1930s was over three times the annual salary of the average American.


Remus's notebook


Market Ticker - Oh Bullcrap Crapolitano ... Karl Denninger bulldozes Judge Napolitano's Fox News opinion piece, "Trump has unleashed a torrent of hatred"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Judge Napolitano has been turned.

Ars Technica - Satellites play chase to measure gravity, achieve picometer accuracy ... measures changes that are like the diameter of a single proton

SHTFplan - EEE Virus: Mosquitoes Carrying Deadly Virus Found In NY & MA ... a brain infection called encephalitis, 30 percent die, there is no vaccine or drug

Washington Free Beacon - Dem Gov’s $1 Billion Gift to Party Deputy ... Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo awarded a no-bid billion-dollar contract to a gaming company represented by the treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association which Raimondo chairs

Red Pill Jew - photo

Popular Mechanics - Here's How the X-37B Spaceplane 'Disappears' ... winged spacecraft can alter its orbit to confound adversaries

College Fix - Public university provides exclusive housing for women, black, LGBT students ... "celebrating and exploring diversity rather than just having diversity"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg We can't know the rules because there are no rules

Newsweek - Pentagon May Have Released Weaponized Ticks That Helped Spread of Lyme Disease: Investigation Ordered ... but government says Lyme disease was in America in pre-Columbian times

YouTube - Crooked judge sentenced, chaos ensues. Video, 2m 31s

Big League Politics - Economist Reveals that John Maynard Keynes was a Pedophile ... wasted most his adult life engaging in sexual relationships with children, including traveling around the Mediterranean to visit children’s brothels

art-remus-ident-04.jpg and no surprise, he was also wealthy, openly gay, a collector of modern art and an advocate for eugenics. And I never say "collector of modern art" without hard evidence.

Principia Scientific - Plate Tectonics May Have Driven ‘Cambrian Explosion’ ... the model predicts a marked rise in oxygen levels

Live Leak - DC Tourist Savagely Beaten, Stomped, Spit on by Gang of 'Youths' at Hilton Hotel ... appear to have laid a trap. Includes video.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What happens in the hood won't stay in the hood.

Fox News - California couple hurt in 'very brutal' attack by group of teenagers outside their home ... also vandalized the victim's vehicle

Front Page - Defund Lutherans for Open Borders Now! ... $64.7 million in government subsidies, 96.2% of its budget

YouTube - Kalinka Flashmob in Kaliningrad, Russia ... what a minimally diverse culture looks like. Video, 4m 07s

Tactical Life - IRS Security Guard Pulls Gun on Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy ... because deputy had a gun

Vintage News - Modern American works Longer with less Vacation than Medieval Peasants ... the peasant enjoyed anywhere from eight weeks to half the year off

Unz Review - Diversity Is Strength! It’s Also Not Equal Justice Under Law ... Illegal alien scofflaws enjoy the favor and protection of the most powerful people in the land

New York Magazine - Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling? ... a close study of his circle - social, professional, transactional - reveals a damning portrait of elite New York

art-remus-ident-04.jpg If a trial was going to happen it would have happened years ago. Epstein and everyone connected with this case in the Justice Department and the Southern District of New York will meet a tragic end before the Deep State lets this go to trial. They know it and the guilty know it. You can bet hired professionals are destroying hard drives and other records full time to avoid any appearance of doing their duty.

Time - Legroom on Planes Has Been Shrinking for Years. It's About to Get Much, Much Worse ... to stuff more people into jets flying the most popular routes

Breitbart - ‘This Is War’: ‘Borat’ Director Encourages Left to Arm Selves Against ‘Maga People’ ... also wrote for Seinfeld

Knuckledraggin My Life Away - John Brown Gun Club ... a photo

Art of Manliness - How to Measure Remaining Sunlight With Your Hands ... the only equipment you need is your hands


1941. Ramsey, New Jersey


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Erie Railroad 4-6-2 Heavy Pacific No. 2943 hustles a long passenger train on the high iron in northeastern New Jersey. The Elesco feedwater heater gives this classic locomotive a glowering, hunkered down look. I didn't find info on 2943 specifically, my data ends with 2940, but like the rest of the series, it's probably a Baldwin, probably a K5-A and probably built in 1923.

In the far distance is a commuter train with less impressive motive power.

How 'bout some locomotive trivia, scarecrow?

One of the disadvantages of steam power is "dynamic augment". Stay with me, it's easier to understand than to describe. When the drive rod is pushing on the drive wheels, it's also pushing the drive wheels down. When it's pulling on the drive wheels, i.e., going over the top, it's also lifting the drive wheels. So the drive wheels are hammering the rails, meaning more track maintenance. It's especially tough on bridges.

The effect is countered to some extent by those crescent moon-shaped counterweights on the drive wheels—in this photo they're at bottom—but they can be optimized for only one speed, usually forty miles an hour. Alas, they also produce unwanted power surges alternating forward and back which, because the drive rods are offset ninety degrees one side to the other, introduces a rhythmic twisting force on the frame.

Photo: CRP&A


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Fred Reed, Unz Review - All of the same political retards favor open borders. This is what got Trump elected in the first place, so they are going to do it again. They seem to be in a race to see who can be least electable. They all look to be winners. Curiously, the press rabble in Washington pride themselves as being on the Left. Howzat again? The Left used to be the party of the working man, the party supporting unionization, often at risk of bodily harm. They were against wars. Working men got killed in them for the benefit of the arms industry. Today’s alleged Left is the party of white coastal upper middle classes against the working class, whom they name deplorables. Then, having elected Trump again, they will wonder at length how he got elected.


Conquered, Taki's Magazine - Thirty years ago, I looked at defeated peoples as curiosities to be studied. I never thought one day I'd join their ranks. Reflect for a moment on how healthy Cali was in the ’90s. Now look at your own state. Are you confident it can never go ass-up like mine? Don’t be. Yes, it’s too late to fight for Cali. But if you live in an unconquered state, fight for it. Fight against demographic change from outside the U.S. and from within. And if there’s a home for sale on your block, and you see a car with Cali plates drive up to the open house, don’t immediately get hostile; it might be one of our “good” expats. Just calmly approach the new arrivals and ask them how many genders there are. Based on the response, invite them in for pie ... or get a rope and find a tree.


Default, Amerika - This is how democracy ends: it spends itself into oblivion, collapses the society, and a few rich industry leaders, union organizers, and politicians board planes for Switzerland with suitcases full of cash. The voters who have slept through the last $22tn of debt, will sleep through this one too, right up until the point where their debit cards stop working. Every bureaucrat does the same thing; they are the one universal quantum of humanity. They will demand more taxes, waste them mostly on their own salaries, and create a dystopia in their passing. Might as well run up those credit cards, stop paying taxes, and get some land in the country. The next economy will not involve banks or governments at all.


Progressives, American Greatness - The 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, established the progressive income tax. It provides the financing for the gargantuan central government which has replaced the federal government of limited powers America once had. The 17th Amendment, also ratified in 1913, provided for the direct election of senators. Senators had been chosen by the legislatures of the states. The change diminished the power of the states, and led to the concentration of political and economic power inside the Beltway we have today. The creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 gave the central government control over finance and the economy. Thus the basics of the modern progressive state were all put in place within a single year.


Quantum Darwinism, Quanta - The definite properties of objects that we associate with classical physics are selected from a menu of quantum possibilities in a process loosely analogous to natural selection in evolution: The properties that survive are in some sense the “fittest.” As in natural selection, the survivors are those that make the most copies of themselves. This means that many independent observers can make measurements of a quantum system and agree on the outcome — a hallmark of classical behavior. Three research groups have looked for the telltale signature of the natural selection process by which information about a quantum system gets repeatedly imprinted on various controlled environments. So far, the theory checks out.


1939. Muskogee Oklahoma


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Photos of life as tenant farmers in the waning days of the Depression. Sis washes the dishes, mom feeds the chickens and dad goes to town for supplies.



Dad has never been stopped for speeding.


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Anti-library, Sultan Knish - The library becomes the anti-library, dedicated to limiting knowledge and eliminating the past. The fewer books there are, the easier it is to make sure that they are the right ones. Classic literature is full of dead white men and there are only so many books that the alliance of oppressed minorities of the moment can be expected to produce that people will want to read. The destruction of literacy is not an accidental malfunction of the educational system. Illiteracy is the intended outcome. That’s the anti-library future of the library, a community organizing hub that occasionally happens to have a few books tucked away somewhere.


Fear, City Journal - A now-viral cellphone video shows two male police officers in Brooklyn being doused with buckets of water last Saturday, after approaching a group on the street. Even after the officers had turned and walked away, perpetrators kept dumping water on them, while onlookers pointed and laughed. "What parents have done for decades who have children of color, especially young men of color,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014, “is train them to be very careful when they have an encounter with a police officer.” This characterization doesn’t square with the behavior shown in the 14 examples linked to in this article. Watch these videos and ask yourself: “Is this what fear looks like?”

New York Post - 3 suspects busted for water-bucket attacks already back on the streets


Us vs them, Pat Buchanan - Trump supporters know what the media think of them. Trump’s true believers do not believe them, trust them, like them or respect them. And the feeling is obviously mutual. Trump’s 40-45 percent of the nation is not only being constantly castigated and demonized by the establishment media but it is also being told that it will be demographically swamped by migrants pouring into the country. And most of the Democratic candidates have admitted that, if elected, the border wall will never be built, breaking into the country will cease to be a crime, ICE will be abolished, sanctuary cities will be expanded, illegal immigrants will be eligible for free health care and, for millions of people hiding here illegally, amnesty and a path to citizenship will be granted.


Elites, Z Man - In a business, bankruptcy is when the current arrangements are no longer sustainable. That requires terminating current management, either to be replaced with better people, who will bring the firm back to solvency or so the firm can be dissolved. In a nation, revolution is similar, in that current elites need to be eliminated so a new set of elites can retool the country and bring it back to health. The current elites are rotten to the core. They are irredeemable. There’s no talking them out of their corruption or appealing to their humanity, at least not until they are on the gallows. These are people who now define themselves in opposition to that which makes nations possible and makes a people possible.


1944. Pacific Theatre


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A Grumman F6F Hellcat revs for takeoff on the deck of the USS Bunker Hill, one of twenty-four Essex Class fast fleet carriers built in World War II. The Hellcat was the nearly indestructible F4F Wildcat with a more powerful engine. It proved to be more than a match for the Zero and shot them down in droves. The one in this photo carries a 150 gallon drop tank to extend its range.


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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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