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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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Anders Andersen- Lundby, Forest in Winter, 1882

Anders Andersen-Lundby, 1841-1923, first exhibited in his native Copenhagen in 1864 at the age of twenty-three. Twelve years later he moved to Munich Germany where he continued to paint winter scenes almost exclusively, and lived the rest of his life.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke had this to say within hours of the mass murder in El Paso, Texas. Via Breitbart:

"We’ve had a rise in hate crimes every single one of the last three years during an administration where you have a president who’s called Mexican rapists and criminals. Though Mexicans commit crimes at far lower rates than those born in this country, he has tried to make us afraid of them to some real effect and consequence.

Attempting to ban all Muslims from this one the day he signed the executive order, the mosque in Victoria, TX was burned to the ground. Those chants that we heard in Greenville, NC — ‘Send her back,’ talking about our fellow American citizens, duly elected to represent their constituents in the Congress, who happen to be women of color.

He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country. And it does not just offend our sensibilities, it fundamentally changes the character of this country, and it leads to violence. And again, there are still details that we are waiting on, but I’m just following the lead that I’ve heard from the El Paso Police Department where they say there are strong indications that this shooter wrote that manifesto and this was inspired by his hatred of people here in this community."

This differs not at all from Antifa rhetoric who, perhaps coincidentally, will swarm El Paso the first of September to confront Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What good fortune for Antifa otherwise hostile ground has been softened up by a tragic event no one could have seen coming.

Although several victims insisted there was more than one shooter, law enforcement claims the sole shooter is a twenty-one year old white guy named Patrick Crusius who wrote a self-incriminating, unsigned "manifesto", excerpt here:

My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration, and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. This is not the case. I know that the media will probably call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric. The media is infamous for fake news. Their reaction to this attack will likely just confirm that.

Karl Denninger has a few words about the El Paso shootup. An excerpt:

Go look in Mexico; there is exactly one legal gun store in the entire country and it takes months to get paperwork processed to buy one. Possession of even one firearm or one round of ammunition is good for a five year prison sentence there.

That does exactly zippo to prevent all those who want to murder from acquiring and using them in Juarez.

Since it is proved that just a few miles south the most-restrictive gun laws imaginable do exactly nothing to prevent hundreds of murders every year in that city alone no, I will not consent to any further infringement of the 2nd Amendment.

Aaaand it begins. Gateway Pundit discovered Crusius's MyLife profile has been changed from Standard Issue Democrat to a Republican conspiracy theorist and Trump campaign worker. Guess which version you'll see in the news media. Cloudfare has taken down 8chan. Trump has called for strengthened "red flag" laws . Are we to believe "red flag" laws are intended for, say, Chicago's west side?

Dave Gomez, a former FBI supervisor, had this to say, at SF Gate:

I think in many ways the FBI is hamstrung in trying to investigate the white supremacist movement like the old FBI would. There's some reluctance among agents to bring forth an investigation that targets what the president perceives as his base. It's a no-win situation for the FBI agent or supervisor.

I don't think there's any faith by the FBI right now that the Justice Department is an independent law enforcement organization. I think the FBI is up to the challenge of investigating white nationalism and white supremacy as a domestic terrorism threat, they just have to be allowed to do it.

So, white supremacists, the old KKK, are "what the president perceives as his base" according to this FBI guy.

I check the Chicago Tribune a few times during the week. Here's a news item, from this Sunday: "7 shot in Lawndale’s Douglas Park". It's pretty much a short recitation of the facts with a bit of obligatory hand-wringing, done and done. No description of the victims from birth-to-this-morning, no dramatic manhunt, no helicopters overhead, no manifesto or high-falutin kozmik philosophizing.

Lest anyone think this shootup is unusual, this is also from the Chicago Tribune, on Saturday: "2 dead, at least 10 shot in pre-dawn city violence". Chicago's closure rate says chances are nine out of ten it will go unsolved. In news from elsewhere, "Detroit police: 7 shot, 1 killed, 1 robbed at gunpoint", and "13 Shot, 6 Killed in Baltimore since Friday", and all the others. Make of this what you will, I drew my conclusion a long time ago.


Aesop at Raconteur Report has updated his Ebola report. After noting the slower-than-last-time spread, he cautions:

The only thing keeping Ebola in Africa, as always so far, is poverty. If this gets into populations with somewhat more means of livelihood than $15.38/week, it goes everywhere, at the speed of 767s.

And given that medical personnel comprise 5% of the cases of this outbreak, it's worth noting that the do-gooder aid workers are required to have round trip passage in hand before they can go there. Which was how the US got 8 of its 10 cases in 2014.


Vox Day comments at Vox Popoli on a posting by Ron Unz. Excerpt:

Here is my prediction: Pizzagate will, sooner or later, be largely confirmed to be true, most likely sans a few of the more lurid and cartoonish elements, and, as with the Epstein case, will turn out to be more sinister and of larger scale than even the conspiracy theorists initially believed...

The fact that the oft-repeated claim that Pizzagate has been "debunked" without any of the so-called debunkings being at all logically coherent, let alone conclusive, is sufficient to indicate that there are specific truths being hidden underneath the denials.




Wisdom in one breath

From Commander Zero, comment at Raconteur Report

Give a man a fire, he's warm for a day;
Set a man on fire, and he's warm the rest of his life.

From Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone, about the Democrat debates

The top Democrats’ best arguments for office are that they are not each other.

From the Z Man, about the Democrat debates

Real authority is slowly being shifted from the political class to the emerging power centers like Silicon Valley. The over-class sees what we see and is acting accordingly.

From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker, about California

To deny the Constitution's authority over who can and cannot run for President is to deny statehood. I'm perfectly ok with this but it has consequences.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

The day “indefinite detention without charges” passed into law was the day our entire ruling class lost legitimacy.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

If someone can't deal with the reality that they are the sex they are, no matter how, or how well, they try to camouflage it, they have the problem; I do not.

From Samuel Loncar at Los Angeles Review of Books

We do not need Stalins or Maos to rewrite the maps of the mind and the earth: we need only stay connected to all the powers invested in our own confusion, who prey on our fears and desires, and stay comfortable in our easy dismissal of anything that seems wrong.

From Victor Hanson at City journal

Does a Cornel West or Chris Rock go to Appalachia or Bakersfield to lecture the white mechanic on why he has it made because of his white skin?

From a reader at NY Post, about obnoxious ESPN broadcasts

I am right now trying to watch ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. I have given my belt and shoe laces to my wife.

From The Saker

Then there was 9/11, which gave the Neocons the “right” to threaten, attack, bomb, kill, maim, kidnap, assassinate, torture, blackmail and otherwise mistreat any person, group or nation on the planet simply because “we are the indispensable nation” and “you either are with the terrorists or with us“.

From James Quillian at Fantasy Free Economics

Economic policy is driven by political power. The politically powerful came up with a way to pay themselves the most possible in the shortest period of time, for as long as it lasts.

From C. Swanson at Daily Timewaster

Yes you do need the 2nd, but your right to keep and bear arms comes from nature - a natural right which cannot be legally removed by any government.

From Richard Fernandez at PJ Media

What no one wants to remember is that Russian collusion, if it happened at all, happened under Obama.


Martin Armstrong at Armstrong Economics has posted a warning based on his Economic Confidence Model. The takeaways:

... the next 8.6-year wave in the Economic Confidence Model appears to be one of inflation. This should be a cost-push version, meaning not demand but shortages.

The next two solar cycles will be the risk of violent weather and global cooling.


Matt Bracken at American Partisan offers advice for when the ongoing civil collapse goes hot. An excerpt:

When the incidence of home invasions, carjackings and “express kidnappings” skyrockets, some of your neighbors will discover a sudden interest in acquiring firearms, just when firearms may not be available through normal channels. These unarmed neighbors may then ask if you have any extra firearms to lend to them.

Which one of your carefully considered collection of guns will you hand over to arm your defenseless neighbor? Your high-end “concealed carry” pistol, which fits your hand like a glove? Your wife’s? Your pump-action shotgun? Your AR-15 Sport Utility Rifle? The fact is, you will be loath to give away any of them, not even to a neighbor in need. You have acquired each of them for a carefully thought-out reason! But your neighbor is still defenseless.

That is why I encourage you to buy a few extra firearms in anticipation of this future need.

and finally,

In a catastrophic collapse, if I could have only one meat-getter rimfire rifle, it would not be a .22 LR, it would be a .22 WMR, or ".22 magnum" as it's better known. The LR is preferable out to seventy yards or so, less damage to edible game. But the "one rimfire" requirement also has to include "larger" small game at ranges up to a hundred yards when the leaves are off the trees.

Well gang, enough chitchat, time for Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, after this old ad.


1937. Oldsmobile magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The '37 Olds was positioned above Pontiac but below Buick. It featured an early version of an automatic transmission. The clutch was still needed to start out, but it shifted automatically once in motion. Fully automatic transmissions wouldn't appear until 1940.

The 1937 Oldsmobile featured two new engines, the 257 cu in straight eight and the 238 cu in straight six. While the six was shared with Chevrolet and GMC trucks, the eight powered Oldsmobiles until the introduction of the Rocket V8 in 1949.


Remus's notebook


Zero Hedge - Dayton Shooter Was A Pro-Satan Leftist Who Supported Warren, Sanders, Antifa And Communism ... by Monday morning, Twitter had suspended the account

Yahoo News - FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat ... specifically mentions QAnon and Pizzagate, ‘white nationalist’ may be added, FBI report lists a number of arrests including some that haven't been publicized

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Ace at Ace of Spades says, "Federal law enforcement seems to spend a lot of energy not prosecuting actual criminal activity, and also spinning out new reasons to criminalize non-criminal activity".

Zero Hedge - Justice Department Declines To Prosecute Former FBI Director Comey After IG Investigation ... under laws governing the handling of classified information

art-remus-ident-04.jpg DC no longer feels the need for even the appearance of legality.

Washington Examiner - Democrats just purged white party staffers, and it's a bigger deal than anyone wants to admit ... although roughly half the committee’s full-time staff were nonwhite, this was not enough

All Outdoor - Colorado Now Has the Worst Red Flag Law Around ... just about anyone can get anybody's guns taken away and even if it is dismissed it will show up on background checks

art-remus-ident-04.jpg President Trump 2018: "Take the guns first, go through due process second."

American Digest - ThisLife’s ExWife and Satan’s Spawn: Marianne Williamson ... leading the pity-party of the century. Includes video.

Zero Hedge - Rwanda Shuts Border With DRC After Ebola Deaths Hit Border City ... has killed more than 1,800 people and sickened over 2,600

Zero Hedge - Quants Warn Of "Lehman-Like" Market Crash Conditions In September ... what may soon be the biggest crash in capital markets history

Popular Mechanics - Ten Years Later, Russia Finally Begins Production of the Su-57 Stealth Fighter ... the big question is how the Su-57 magically got cheaper

All News Pipeline - This Could Turn Into A Bloodbath: Antifa To Converge On Texas Town ... Antifa is leading a 'Border Resistance' militancy training tour that will converge on a 10-day siege in El Paso, Texas

Activist Post - NY Fire Commissioners Call for New 9/11 Investigation, Citing “Overwhelming Evidence of Explosives” ... FBI can be shown to have had, or been aware of pre-placed explosives to destroy World Trade Center

Survivopedia - What You Didn’t Know About Starting A Fire ... methods that are sure and consistent in the worst weather

Page Six - A-listers flock to Google summit in private jets, mega yachts to talk climate change ... 114 flights from Los Angeles to Palermo where Google foots the bill for everything at the opulent Verdura Resort

BBC - Drug-resistant superbug spreading in Europe's hospitals ... causes pneumonia and meningitis

Aeon - How To See The First Movies ... viewed in their original form on large screens and prior to decades of degradation they were vivid and realistic. Includes video.

Unz Review - And Then They Came for the Craft Beer Industry ... it’s almost as if white people are more interested in diverse things, like local craft beers, while The Diverse tend to prefer homogeneous mass market beers

Daily Mail - Playboy gets 'woke': Millennial editors relaunch the infamous men's magazine with a new inclusive tilt ... under the editorial leadership of a gay man and two women who are all under the age of 32

"Inclusivity: Transgender model and advocate Geena Rocero appears in the new issue along with Tarana Burke , the activist who founded the #MeToo movement"

WKRC Cincinnati - Shots fired suspect, 'I don't like white people in my hood' ... accused of firing shots at four people

Voice of Europe - Salvini refuses to let own coastguard ship carrying migrants dock in Italy ... will only be allowed to dock if the EU agrees to relocate them first

Universe Today - The Moon is Older Than Scientists Thought

Excerpt: Their research is based on chemical analyses of Apollo lunar samples and it shows that the Moon formed only 50 million years after the Solar System, rather than 150 million years. This ages the Moon by 100 million years.

NY Post - John Dillinger’s family exhuming his grave to prove corpse is wrong guy ... the FBI may have killed the wrong person when they gunned down Dillinger in 1934

Discovery - These 4 Ancient Apocalypses Changed the Course of Civilization ... four of the most devastating natural events in recorded human history, and the societies that they wiped off the map

Metro - Man ‘who pushed boy, 8, under train’ was used in campaign to promote integration ... faces one charge of murder and two of attempted murder

Space - This 3D Map of the Milky Way Is the Best View Yet of Our Galaxy's Warped, Twisted Shape ... it's not flat like we thought

Gillette crashes and burns

Red State - Gillette’s “Woke” Ad that Insulted Men Cost P&G Billions ... P&G reported a net loss of about $5.24 billion, or $2.12 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, due to an $8 billion non-cash writedown of Gillette.

Excerpt: Gillette’s commercial that blanketed the male gender with the accusation of “toxic masculinity” while using feminist buzzwords and clips of hard-left news organizations was one of the most hated commercials of the past decade.

Quartzy May 2019 - The exec behind *that* Gillette ad says brands have a responsibility to challenge toxic masculinity ... her name is Carolyn Tastad, Group President of P&G North America, "her role includes shaping the marketing direction these brands take"

Urban Survival - How To Make An Easy Portable Can Stove ... how to with photos. Includes video

Prep For That - Google Begins Taking Over Local News Markets With Project Compass ... Youngstown will become the first city, expects to select two more in the coming months


1950s Ohio


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A grand opening of a classic Sohio gas station in the mid-1950s.

Sohio was the original component of John Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company. British Petroleum gained control of Sohio in 1978 and expanded into five other states. All stations were rebranded BP by the early 1990s. BP merged with Amoco, the former Standard Oil Company of Indiana, in 1998.


Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


War Machine, Z Man - America is a nation being invaded by primitive barbarians and struggling to keep the cities from collapsing. Political systems and government institutions are the tools evolved by society to address its challenges. As we run short of people capable of operating these tools, they will either be abandoned on stripped down, so they can be operated by a population no longer able to run a complex society. As the leadership becomes more vibrant and diverse, the ability of the war machine to function as it was designed will decline. The combination of the barbarian invasions and the decline in native intelligence will slowly reduce the military to an expensive jobs program that no one dares put in the field.


Congress, Fred Reed at Unz Review - So why pay attention to Congress? It works on the principle of the Coca-Cola machine: You choose your law, put in your money, pull the handle, and– voila!–out comes a tax break. You want an overpriced contract for something unnecessary? Repeat the process. In high school we are told that the federal government consists of three parts, the executive, the Supreme Court, and Congress. It does not. Rather it consists of five departments, the Presidency, the corporations, AIPAC, Wall Street, and the media. Do you see Congress in that list? True, there is amusement value in the more prominent congressistas—AOC, Maxine Waters. These make the legislature seem an overpriced playpen for retarded marsupials.


Time, Aeon - In our Universe, time seems to go from past to future, not in reverse. But what if time doesn’t even have a direction? We should take thermal processes themselves to define the direction of time; but this doesn’t mean that ‘really’ the Universe runs in a preferred time direction. The second law describes pretty much all the ordinary irreversible processes in our everyday lives. Though there is something very important about these widespread irreversible processes that makes the world look very different towards the future than it does towards the past, we should not mistake this for a deeper property of time. It would ultimately be misguided to ask why we live in a world where entropy increases rather than one where it decreases.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Natalie Wolchover at Quanta Magazine writes of "The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow, A new look at a ubiquitous phenomenon has uncovered unexpected fractal behavior that could give us clues about the early universe and the arrow of time". It too addresses the direction of time.


Admissions, Minding the Campus - The jaded claim that having a “diverse” student body promotes learning and racial understanding relies on Justice O'Connor's opinion, but Justice O’Connor admitted that the Court actually did not have a sound basis for declaring that there are educational benefits. The University of Michigan argued that it had research to prove that more diversity means better learning on campus, but that research was shown to be worthless. There is evidence that “diversity” for its own sake has negative educational outcomes rather than the positive ones, it's an issue where merely having good intentions is all that matters. America would be much better off if its education leaders had stuck to education and resisted the temptation to play at social engineering.


1941. Yakima Washington


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Workmen, presumably seasonal field hands, take lunch at a diner near Yakima, a town of 28,000 in 1941 in south-central Washington. Yakima Valley was and is a major agricultural area in the state.


More stuff you may want to think about
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Neighbors, Bison Prepper - People are voting with their feet. This is as it should be. A Gott Damn chimp has better sense than to venture into territory held by the enemy, and you as an intelligent human can't even emulate your retarded ancestor? You deserve to be sentenced to death by Judge Darwin. Yes, I'm sorry, you had to listen to Chicken Little for fifty years, warning about leaving the city. Get out of Blue areas. Get out of the soon to be contested border regions between red and blue. Gold and silver will not save you behind enemy lines. Nor will a pallet of ammunition. You must beat feet now. Better two years early than two minutes late. How much more warning do you think you'll get?


Refueling, Ars Technica - It has long been rumored within aerospace circles that funding for NASA's efforts to develop so-called propellant depots, and the capability to store and transfer cryogenic rocket fuels in orbit, was curbed due to the threat it posed to the Space Launch System rocket and its prime contractor, Boeing. If smaller, cheaper rockets could launch rocket fuel and stash it in low-Earth orbit for staged missions to the Moon or beyond, why should NASA spend $2 billion a year annually to develop the SLS rocket? Why not just use that money to buy commercial launches and build an exploration program around existing capabilities? It would likely be quicker and cheaper.


UFO, The Drive - The inventor of the Navy's most bizarre patent, the science fiction-sounding hybrid aerospace/underwater craft, describes that craft as leveraging the same room temperature superconductor technology and high energy electromagnetic fields to enable its unbelievable speed and maneuverability. If those two technologies are already operable as the Navy claims, could this mean the hybrid craft may also already operable or close to operable? It could be related to other developments such as Navy pilots reporting strange objects in U.S. airspace during training exercises. Maybe those advances happened many years ago and only now is the Pentagon willing to slowly disclose them.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a well researched, well documented summery of the Navy's claimed "breakthrough" technologies, patented as "already operable". Caution, long read.


1917 or 1918.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg KO the Kaiser, Buy a Liberty Bond. The illustration takes some explaining for modern eyes. In the foreground is a battle damaged German U-boat sinking by the stern. The crew is surrendering to a "four stacker" destroyer, its four inch gun trained on the sub should the scurrilous Huns resort to trickery. In the background is the U-boat's target, a passenger ship carrying nuns, orphans and puppies.

The four Liberty Bond drives raised about thirty billion dollars.


A detail of the illustration. One crew member lies dead or wounded over the deck gun while others hasten to surrender. In the background, a Wickes Class destroyer is lowering a small boat to take the crew prisoner. Why the destroyer is orange and blue is a mystery lost to time.


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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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6 Aug 2019