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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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It's been one of those weeks, unavoidable claims on my time, big chunks-o'-time, one after another. So no Woodpile Report for you until Tuesday, September 3rd.

Pieter Claesz, Still Life With Nautilus Cup

An undated delight from Pieter Claesz, 1597-1660


art-remus-ident-04.jpg As unlikely as it is, and attractive as it may be in some quarters, a Civil War II ranks with bubonic plague as a really bad idea. And like the plague, it's among those things out of my, or your, control. We can avoid the worst of it if we know what the worst is—a good approximation suffices—and prepare for it. It wouldn't be troops in serried ranks and regimental banners, it'd be guerrillas and partisans, criminal gangs, local warlords and government forces off the leash. Said succinctly: crowds.

Cities are crowds with streets. And crowds are targets for other crowds. No one has made a convincing case for urban survival in a contemporary civil war, they're all but designed for swift and enduring collapse; badly led, corrupt, and in thrall to flamboyant incompetence. With cities, as with any crowd, hysteria is the default response to any threat, however implausible, whether real or imagined. Inept decisions with catastrophic consequences would hasten an already speedy slide into the abyss.

If they didn't first collapse from within, cities aren't resilient enough to withstand a civil war. For one, they're fed and supplied from the outside, and the outside may be disinclined to do so. Avenues of delivery are lengthy, exposed and enticing. Demand for essentials would be high everywhere, suppliers would find safer markets. There's no premium high enough for it to be otherwise, as exampled from biblical times to the Siege of Sarajevo.

I've described elsewhere how vulnerable the cities are to disruption of railroad freight service in a civil war. It was intended in part to demonstrate how unaware people are about what allows a city to work. It's understandable, their self image includes dismissive contempt for the infrastructure that supports them. To the benighted it's mere magic, cosmically conferred. I've seen municipal water described as a "human right" for instance, as if self-declared entitlement ended the discussion and guaranteed delivery. In fact, municipal water was a conspicuous vulnerability even in antiquity, long before large scale pumping and complex flow controls.

The grunt work for utilities is largely done by 'deplorables', commonly reviled for an imagined unfitness to participate in public affairs. Electric power, for instance. A blackout typically begins with an unanticipated failure in one part which causes other parts to subsequently fail. Limiting the event and restarting is an exacting process. At each step ruinous damage is routinely avoided with timely action by uncelebrated technicians—'deplorables' as they have it.

Technicians are realists by nature. The better ones would decamp for more viable venues, betimes, their replacements drawn from a lower tier; substitutes adept at little more than going through the motions, trainees needing direct supervision, photogenic tokens of the city's commitment to a higher calling, and the like. Urban breakdowns in extremis generate a momentum of their own. Every node that can fail will fail, every intervention more autopsy than diagnosis.

The takeaway from all this is simple. The obvious plan for urban survival is to be elsewhere. Said differently, stay away from crowds.


Rachael King at Aeon reminds us how "journalism" got its name:

Printed news also started out as, essentially, collections of letters to the editor. Newspapers did not routinely employ full-time reporters until the 19th century. At that point, the older meaning of ‘journalist’—someone who keeps a journal—disappeared, and the word began to refer solely to news-gatherers. Similarly, interviews and in-person reporting did not become common until the 19th century. The earliest papers, in the 17th century, simply cut-and-pasted from letters that printers had received from correspondents around England and continental Europe.


Tom at Defensive Training Group takes issue with The Rundown: “A pistol/rifle hybrid is completely illegal on every level,” Jack Maxey told The Rundown. “It’s clearly illegal in its current configuration.”

The so-called ‘small arms expert,’ as noted in “The Rundown” linked from “The Woodpile Report”, is either an idiot, or has had his interview quotes thoroughly taken out of context through selective editing to increase the sensationalization to make him purposely look like an idiot. If the latter was the goal, the reporter succeeded...

It was used illegally to murder people, but as it’s configured, it’s pretty safe to say that it was built as an AR pistol.


When choosing a viable location the survivalist uses low population density as a non-negotiable factor. Appalachia, the "Redoubt of the East", has always been lightly populated.

This chart uses the last census to show changes by county, losses shown in red and orange. Two demographically attractive regions with a temperate climate are northwest and central Appalachia. Close investigation is warranted, but this is a good place to start.

National Geographic 2015 - American black bears are doing well all over... Scientists believe there are now more black bears in North America than there were when the settlers arrived in the 1600s. Now that our habitat has recovered, middle Appalachia has some of the best bear habitat in the country.


James Dakin at Bison Prepper, the frugal survivalist, has a recommendation:

Forget pinto and lentils. I now recommend The Dreaded Soy. More specifically, soy meal. The oil has been removed in soy meal, and what you essentially have left over is a protein meal that should store for some time ( no oil to go rancid ). Which you can buy at the feed store for about $22 a fifty pound sack. $44 a hundred pounds, almost half the price of any other grocery store bean at its cheapest... With a much needed protein boost. Granted, plant protein. But it is as close as you are going to get at this bargain of a price.


Elie Mystal, executive editor of Above The Law, shared his opinion on how to beat Trump in the upcoming election, at MSNBC

"You don't communicate it to them — you beat them. You beat them. They are not a majority of this country. The majority of white people in this country are not a majority of the country. And all the people who are not fooled by this need to come together, go to the polls, go to the protests, do whatever you have to do. You do not negotiate with these people, you destroy them".

Tiffany Cross, managing editor of The Beat DC, says only "persons of color" can talk about race, others must quietly listen, at MSNBC

"I think a good rule of thumb is, if you are not a person of color and millions of people of color across this country are saying a thing is racist, it’s not your place to say that it isn’t. Once we make that point, we can address it with the president. Nobody tried to convince his base. He won based on hostile views of race".

Wisdom in one breath

From Jim at Jim's Blog

Hating whitey is the KKKrazy glue that holds together the coalition of the fringes.

From Darren Beattie at American Greatness

Every single institution in the United States is either actively malicious toward the American people, or a complete scam—and often both.

From the Z Man

The flow of stories will slow to a trickle and then the whole thing will be forgotten. In time, Epstein's plotters will be partying with the FBI plotters at Lois Lerner's Vineyard mansion.

From Martin Armstrong at Armstrong Economics

The real test will be if Ghislaine Maxwell ends up mysteriously dead now that she has been at least seen in Los Angeles.

From Don Surber's blog

Newspapers are so vital that no one's buying them

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

No task is more profitable than a hopeless task because no matter what you do, the problem remains, and therefore you can demand more money to try to fix it.

From Steve Sailer at Taki's Magazine

American history has been retconned over recent decades by the descendants of Ellis Island immigrants to promote their ancestors as the true founding fathers of the country.

From PA

The reason that the outnumbered communists hadn’t been eliminated in a natural selection process, though, and the reason that they are effective, is because their job is easier. They have entropy on their side. They roll the stone downhill.

From Anonymous, comment at Raconteur Report

For the Right violence is not a rheostat, it's an on-off switch, and they do not want that switch to be thrown.

From CDR Salamander

The dogmatic, rigid, and blinkered—things that are often rewarded in peace—are not what gets the job done in war.


Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn't be allowed to have any weapon. He's nuts!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019


From T.L. Davis Newsletter 13:

People misunderstand the Bill of Rights. They were not designed to guarantee anything, support anything, they were supposed to be used as a gauge of tyranny. Those ten items suggested to a people that a proper government, a benevolent government would refrain from encroaching on those areas of an individual’s life. To the extent that a government cannot restrain itself from imposing on those areas, is the degree to which it is a tyrannical government. Re-read the Bill of Rights and see how free you are.


The Daily Wire reports several Senate Democrats issued a bizarre warning to the court last week. The ominous and unusual warning was delivered as part of a brief filed Monday in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, which dealt with legal limitations on where gun owners could transport their licensed, locked, and unloaded firearms.

The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics. Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.

It's a blatant threat. Will the court cave? Of course they'll cave. But they'll make it look like caving is the brave and honorable thing to do. Neocons will write essays, "The Conservative Case for Caving". We'll be assured the founders would have caved too. There will be speeches and editorials to thank the court for caving and thus preserving its integrity. Somehow.

and finally,

Enough of this chitchat. It's time to board the Woodpile Report's Most Curious and Excellent Beebe Bathosphere, descend into the depths and report by Baudot multiplex telegraphy the peculiarities and behavior of the specimens observed, um, therein. But first, the customary old ad.


1940. Revere Copper and Brass magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Copper/brass radiators were the standard for automotive cooling from the beginning. Known as "70/30 cartridge brass" it's particularly amenable to deep drawing and has a high heat transfer rating.

In the 1970s weight saving became a primary way to meet tightening mileage requirements. This, along with a feared but unrealized copper shortage led to brazed aluminum radiator cores which today account for more than half of the world market.


Remus's notebook


Clarion Project - Philadelphia Shooter Attended Radical Mosque ... militant Islamist network based around the Philadelphia area encourages targeting of law enforcement

Don Surber - Drudge goes all in for Warren ... he goes out of his way to push Fake News against the president

Conservative Review - ‘Red flag’-supporting Ivanka Trump is now putting behind-the-scenes efforts into gun control ... "Congress should enact Red Flag laws/Extreme Risk Protection Orders in every state"

Blaze - Lindsey Graham reaches deal with anti-gun Dem to propose 'red flag' bill ... to propose legislation encouraging more states to adopt "red flag" laws

Daily Mail - Philadelphia cops are pelted and taunted by crowd who cheered for gunman who shot six officers during standoff before surrendering ... taunted and threw things at police as they battled for their lives

Market-Ticker - FBI: Corrupt Top To Bottom ... the FBI knew, factually that their FISA surveillance application was fraudulent from inception

American Partisan - The Left’s America-Hating Murder Pornographer ... turning the tables is merely a fig leaf to excuse the The Hunt’s dripping scorn and hatred for deplorable white conservatives

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is Matt Bracken's analysis of The Hunt and its producer, Jason Blum, not to be missed.

Ammo - Annie Oakley: The Forgotten History of the Most Iconic American Woman Sharpshooter ... I would like to see every woman know how to handle guns as naturally as they know how to handle babies

Popular Mechanics - After a Deadly Collision, the Navy Is Ditching Complex Digital Warship Controls ... destroyer fleet overwhelmingly prefers traditional controls

Guns In The News - South Carolina: Court Rules Cop “Broke No Laws” When He Went To Innocent Family’s Home & Shot Husband Through Window & Lied About It ... video proves cop lied

Shooting Illustrated - How Long Can Your Keep Your Magazines Loaded? ... even when kept fully compressed, a magazine spring will retain its energy long past the operational life of the ammunition

Urban Survival - EMP or Power Outage? How to Tell the Difference ... explosions caused by an EMP don’t just make a lot of noise, they also start a lot of fires

Farm and Dairy - USDA reports show historic unplanted acres ... 17.49 million acres more than reported last year

Ancient Origins - Maya Sacrificial Victims Were Likely Young, Foreign and Skinned Alive ... then tossed into the sink hole

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The more we learn of ancient America, the less credible is the romantic notion of the "noble savage"

Outdoor Life - How to Pick the Right Kind of Fishing Line ... the pros and cons of monofilament, braided and fluorocarbon

Daily Galaxy - “Vanished!” –New Supernova Discovered That Utterly Annihilates ... a runaway production of particle and antiparticle pairs that eventually trigger a catastrophic thermonuclear explosion that annihilates the entire star, including the core

Minds - Open Letter: Dear Attorney Representing Tulsi Gabbard, this is how Google is "accidentally" deactivating user accounts ... spoof accounts generating spam emails

Universe Today - When it Comes to Gamma Radiation, the Moon is Actually Brighter Than the Sun ... produces gamma rays through its interaction with cosmic rays

Urban Survivalist - 10 Vegetables That Even New Gardeners Can’t Mess Up ... many vegetables are surprisingly easy to grow

Backdoor Survival - MRE Comparison: MRE Star Vs Western Frontier Warfighter ... difference between military MREs and ones that are made for the civilian market


First world problems in '48



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


White fright, Z Man - One of the features of current year America is the occurrence of panics, particularly among the managerial elite. The most recent is the White Fright, where the media is hysterically reporting every disturbance as the act of white supremacists. It is a manifestation of a much longer occurring paranoia among the managerial classes, back to the Obama years. All of these possible explanations for the panics we are seeing are rooted in the general sense that society is fragmenting. America is fragile and possibly ready to shatter. The old political order is in decline and the rise of identity politics promises to replace it. These panics are as much about the fear of what comes next as superstition or immediate threats. The White Fright may one day be seen as the turning point in the rise of white identity politics.


Pre-Columbian trade, Ancient Origins - Americans using metal detectors found Roman bronze coins in Maine that dated to the reign of the Emperor Severus Alexander who was murdered in 235 AD. Fourth century coins were found at a sand dune in Beverly, Massachusetts. A Roman coin depicting Septimius Severus, who ruled Rome from 193 to 211 AD was plowed up in Grafton, Massachusetts, and another, dating to 80 AD, was uncovered in Westbrook, Maine. Two more, dating to 72 AD, were dug up at Bethel, Vermont. A Brazilian skin diver found spilled cargo from a vessel that had traveled to Brazil when the Roman Empire was at the height of its power in the third century AD. An archaeological expert located two underwater Roman shipwrecks, as well.

Excerpt: "The evidence points to the Phoenicians and Romans as being in the Americas many centuries before Christopher Columbus. And it certainly appears as though a whole chunk of history has been lost to us. We did not even have a clue that these earlier civilizations were capable of such exploits".


Race war, American Digest - We're seeing the dawning awareness that, unless somebody or something yanks hard on the Left, there will have to be guns and blood and killing before the issue is resolved. Targeted assassinations, death squads, and urban/rural kill zones are what is coming to America if the Left continues to spin the country up. Depend upon it. Given the tireless effort of the Left to spin up blacks to actually take action outside of their “designated riot zones,” it may only be a question of time before the Neverending Riot seeks to extend itself outside the designated areas of permissible riot Disneyland. Once that happens and people begin to understand that their skin has become their uniform the realities of the situation start to become clear.


Symbols, Amerika - We are rejecting symbolism across the board. We are less concerned with the quest for equality and democracy worldwide than in achieving policies that actually work, meaning that they benefit the good and smite the bad while providing a stable social order and opportunity for all who can take advantage of it. We are less concerned with what people say about themselves than who they are, biologically and in moral character, and we are starting to distrust the utilitarian idea that whatever the largest number of people say that they think is the best option is indeed the best option. There is value in being part of successful order and organization.


1939. Muskogee Oklahoma


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A good display of how migrant field hands lived out of their cars. It was not very different from how the working class went on tour before motels became common. The overhead cover may be a tent, set up in inclement weather.


More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Collaborationist “Right”, American Mind - El Paso can also be used to “validate” a core ruling class belief about the malevolence and violence of whites. Now, it’s obvious what the Left would say. They amp up the Narrative: whites are inherently racist and predisposed to violence; they want to go back to an era when they could oppress non-whites with impunity; they’ve always been this way and always will be. Conventional conservatism accepts all of this. They may say they don’t; they may voice certain disagreements around the margins. But they ensure whatever opposition they can bring themselves to voice will be toothless and ineffective. Once they have fulfilled their duties as gracious loser, they shift to their second: enforcement of the new Leftist norm.


Epstein, Sultan Knish - There are investigations in New York City and you can bet they’ll be every bit as thorough and useless. They may find that logs are gone, emails deleted, and that the trail has gone cold. Guards working overtime will be blamed for decisions made at a higher level. Epstein’s death was perfectly timed. His death ends the trial and buries all the remaining grand jury evidence in a file cabinet somewhere in Civic Center. And good luck ever getting to that cabinet. Someone at the federal level had protected Epstein. And someone at the federal level may have decided that he was better off dead. It would have taken a political network with access to career officials in the DOJ to have protected and killed Epstein.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In the long term there is a larger price, as Charles Smith says at Of Two Minds:

Many of us sense an existential crisis is close at hand, and the U.S. is ill-prepared for such a crisis. Possibilities broached by others include a global war, a break-up of the U.S. into regional states, or a civil war of some sort. My bet is on a moral and financial crisis in which the ruling elites and the federal state lose their legitimacy, i.e. the consent of the governed.


Energy, American Thinker - Wind and solar are erratic sources of energy. The output depends on the weather. Solar doesn't work at night. Because they are erratic, there have to be backup plants, generally natural gas plants, that balance the erratic flow of electricity from wind or solar. Because both wind and solar are subjected to periods of near zero output, the backup system has to be able to carry the entire load of the electric grid without the wind or solar. Neither wind nor solar can replace conventional plants. If you hear that a utility is replacing fossil fuel plants with wind or solar, that can't happen. Wind and solar are basically a waste of money.  


Militias history, Ammo - The Minutemen harked back to the earliest traditions of the English countryside militia – ready on a moment’s notice. Fowling pieces were the most common weapon. Uniforms were nonexistent, with hunting gear being the most common form of clothing. The French and Indian War provided the irregular forces with training in proto-guerilla warfare that European troops were not familiar with. The militia was a hugely popular public institution at the end of the Revolutionary War. It was seen as the national defense of a free people, as opposed to a standing army. Most experts, however, did not feel that the militia had much in the way of actual military value in the event of a foreign invasion.


1942. Gasoline rationing


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Rationing began with sugar in May of 1942, and gasoline in the eastern states. By December of 1943 gasoline was rationed nationally, as were most foods and manufactured consumer items. A black Class A window sticker was most common, limiting the holder to three gallons per week. A red Class B was issued to those in essential occupations and business owners, which allowed the holder eight gallons per week. Classes C, T and X had no restrictions. The unstated purpose was to conserve rubber.

This War Department photo was part of a series explaining how "every citizen can get enough gasoline for essential driving". Notice the tax was nearly a third of the price. A national speed limit of 35 mph was also imposed. All gasoline rationing ended in mid-August, 1945 with the surrender of Japan.



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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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