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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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Regime-speak

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
arguably
arsenal
at some level
at-risk communities
best practices
broader implications
challenge
climate change
collectively
commonsense solutions
comprehensive reform
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
demand action
denier
disenfranchised
disparate impact
disproportionately
diverse backgrounds
divisive
economically disadvantaged
embattled
emerging consensus
empower
enhance
evidence shows
experts agree
extremist
fair share
fiscal stimulus
fully funded
give back
giving voice to
greater diversity
growing support for
gun violence
hater
have issues
high capacity magazine
history shows
impacted by
impactful
in denial
inappropriate
inclusive environment
insensitivity
investing in our future
linked to
making a difference
making bad choices
marginalized
marriage equality
mean spirited
most vulnerable
mounting opposition to
multicultural
non-blaming
nonjudgmental
non-partisan, non-profit
not value neutral
not who we are
nuanced
off our streets
on some level
oppressed minorities
our nation's children
outreach
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poised to
poor and minorities
positive outcome
potentially
progressive
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
stakeholders
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
unpack
value neutral
vibrant community
voicing concern
war on ...
working families

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Hypercorrectness

You know who the media means by not saying who they mean when they say -


at-risk students
gang-related
gangbanger
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

Vanish

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
via securityintelligence.com

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
OBE
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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Carl Spitzweg, Hermit Mending Nets

The painting is undated. A similar painting, Childhood Friends, is dated circa 1855. Spitzweg was a former pharmacist and self-taught Bavarian artist of the German Romanticism School. He died 1885 at age 77.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Food is a weapon. Nations weaponize food against nations, governments use it against dissenters, invaders use it against holdouts. Here are examples from the recent past.

Sherman's 1864 March to the Sea in Georgia was a scorched earth campaign. Horses, mules, cattle and millions of pounds of fodder were confiscated. Farms were stripped and put to the torch. The novel and movie Gone With The Wind was set in this time.

The British naval blockade of Germany from 1914 to 1919 led to widespread starvation. The most reliable account puts the death toll at 424,000. The unpayable war reparations levied on Germany after the war led to more hunger during the Weimar era.

Stalin's confiscation of food and blockade of Ukraine in 1932-1933, for resisting collectivization of farms, resulted in death by starvation of about five million people.

Nazi Germany's "Hunger Plan" of 1941 to divert food to Germany from Soviet countries was to allow only a small remnant of the population to survive, as slave labor. As it was, huge numbers of conquered peoples perished from hunger, including one rarely cited, the Netherlands.

For the first three years of the war World War II, German U-boats successfully attacked shipping bound for Britain. While they didn't manage to close the shipping lanes as completely as did the Royal Navy in the previous war, the losses forced drastic cuts to already severe food rationing

Operation Starvation, begun by the US in the waning days of World War II, used advanced sea mines to all but destroy what remained of Japan's merchant fleet. Some experts claim it could have won the war had it begun earlier.

None of these famines were from natural causes—drought, insect infestation or plant disease and the like. But have a care, weaponized hunger isn't "instead" of natural causes, it's in addition to natural causes. Notice the accelerating ramp up of the price for pork in China due to the epidemic of "pig ebola". They're drawing down reserves at present, when those are gone there is no obvious alternative source for the quantity needed. And the knock-on effects for substitutes is under way, just as their import tariffs take full effect.

The food supply is a target for any number of disasters. Most times it evades a hit altogether, sometimes it's merely wounded, occasionally it takes a ruinous blow. There are no guarantees. Disruptions often can't be foreseen well enough to do much good. Example: poor growing weather in the UK and the desperate demands of a hungry Europe caused food rationing from 1945 to 1948 even more severe than it was in the war years. The successful survivalist will have a secure source of food with sufficient reserves for unforeseen adversities.

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The Z Man makes his case against civic nationalism. Some excerpts.

As Bill Barr slowly and efficiently covers up the seditious plot and other crimes committed by the FBI and DOJ during the Obama years, it is not unreasonable to wonder how far down the scale this moves the political center. Twenty-five years ago, most dissidents would have thought this level of corruption was improbable, if not entirely impossible. The typical normie was still sure the next election would bring reformers, who would chase off the crooks and clean up the system...

One thing we know is that dissident ranks are growing. Even the Left is admitting it. The popularity of dissident sites, podcasts and video shows are at record highs. More important, the general sense within dissident ranks is that reform is impossible...

Whatever you may think of Trump, the result of the last three years is proof that elections don’t matter. This shameless refusal by public officials to apply the law to Washington insiders makes a mockery of the rule of law. Throw in the stunning dishonesty of the mass media and the metastasizing surveillance state and it is impossible for even the most gullible to remain a civic nationalist.

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Glenn Reynolds at PJ Media quotes former Federal Reserve monetary Vice Chair William Dudley:

"There’s even an argument that the election itself falls within the Fed’s purview. After all, Trump’s reelection arguably presents a threat to the U.S. and global economy, to the Fed’s independence and its ability to achieve its employment and inflation objectives. If the goal of monetary policy is to achieve the best long-term economic outcome, then Fed officials should consider how their decisions will affect the political outcome in 2020".

and concludes,

Every single allegedly neutral, nonpartisan, super-professional institution has turned out to be, in fact, a bunch of partisan hacks shilling for the permanent political party.

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Gray Man at American Partisan says plainly what we know from bitter experience, the feel-good Red Flag Laws are nothing more than the first phase of a general confiscation. An excerpt:

Spare me the talking points on the legal limits of RFL at the present time. All they needed to do for now is get the laws into place. Rest assured they will be administratively and bureaucratically tweaked and adjusted so that it gets easier for the boys wearing the Oakleys to kick your door in, and those bureaucratic and administrative tweaks will make it harder and more expensive for you to get your guns back. Assuming that you ever get them back at all.

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Now that it's perpetually open season on white men, the race baiting machine is zeroing in on white women. These excerpts are from Ruby Hamad—Lebanese/Syrian raised in Australia, "journalist" and PhD candidate in "studies"—posted by The Guardian:

White Womanhood acts as a buffer between whites and non-whites. Serving as the virtuous, innocent face of western civilisation, white women have historically kept power firmly in white hands by defending and denying its violence...

By pinning all culpability on white men, white women – whether wittingly or unwittingly – whitewash their role in colonisation and the oppression of women of colour by equating their gender oppression with colonialism...

I don't know what "oppression of women of colour by equating their gender oppression with colonialism" means, if anything. I do know I feel a little dumber just for having read it. I wish socialists had stuck with class war instead of tribal war. They talk like visitors from an alternate universe.

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From Nick Givas at Fox News, about the 2020 national election:

Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin appeared on MSNBC's "AM Joy" Sunday and said that not only does Trump have to lose in 2020, but there must be a purging of "survivors" who still support the commander-in-chief.

"It's not only that Trump has to lose, but that all his enablers have to lose," she said. "We have to collectively, in essence, burn down the Republican Party."

"We have to level them because if there are survivors — if there are people who weather this storm, they will do it again."

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Adam Mills quotes “Makers of History: Hernando Cortez,” by John Abbott, at The Federalist:

At times, in the case of prisoners taken in war, the most horrid tortures were practiced before the bloody rite was terminated. When the gods seemed to frown, in dearth, or pestilence, or famine, large numbers of children were frequently offered in sacrifice. Thus the temples of Mexico were ever clotted with blood.

Still more revolting is the well-authenticated fact that the body of the wretched victim thus sacrificed was often served up as a banquet, and was eaten with every accompaniment of festive rejoicing. It is estimated that from thirty to fifty thousand thus perished every year upon the altars of ancient Mexico.

Turns out the "noble savage" was more savage than noble.

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A reader alerted me to a Natural News posting in 2009 which claims "Fermented Soy is Only Soy Food Fit for Human Consumption". Excerpts:

In their natural form, soybeans contain phytochemicals with toxic effects on the human body. The three major anti-nutrients are phytates, enzyme inhibitors and goitrogens...

Whole soybeans, soy milk, soy chips, soy protein isolates, soy flour and all the other myriad of products made from processed soybeans and advertised as health foods have much higher levels of phytate and are not worth eating...

Unfermented soy has been linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD and ADHD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition, and loss of libido.

Wisdom in one breath

From Eric Peters Autos

If we went back to burning gas without alcohol, gas mileage would go up about 3 percent across the board. What does this say about the government’s interest in MPGs?

From John Meyers at Zero Gov

Mountainous terrain held by riflemen who know what they are about cannot be militarily defeated.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

All the problems stemming from Libertarianism are shared by capitalism. It assumes Surplus Forever.

From Vox Day at Vox Popoli

Who cares what conservatives do, say, or think anymore? They didn't conserve America. They didn't conserve the ladies room. They couldn't even conserve the two human sexes!

From John Wilder at Wilder, Wealthy, and Wise

The erosion of rights we have seen won’t continue in a linear fashion. It will accelerate.

From Staff at Amerika

When one anonymous phone call can cause police to descend on your house, seize your firearms, and shoot you if you resist, then you no longer live in a nation of laws.

From Ben Hunt at Epsilon Theory

There are enormous vested interests spread across multiple avenues of violence and power that will not allow that Mob system of sociopathic oligarchy to collapse on a single point of failure like Epstein’s direct testimony. And so it didn’t.

From Selco at Organic Prepper

There are a lot of sick and perverse people around us. We are simply not seeing them. They are waiting for the SHTF.

From James Capua at Liberty Nation

Now education exists to level, not elevate.

From Science Daily

Measurement is everything. At the quantum level, reality does not exist if you are not looking at it.

From the Z Man, about Trump vs. Warren

It will be the cad versus the nag, largely a fight among white people about how best to go into that dark night.

From the Z Man, about women in men's sports

Only a degenerate wants to see women beat one another to a pulp in a fighting ring. This is not how civilized people treat their women.

From Michael Anton at Claremont Review of Books, about equality

A hectoring, vindictive, resentful, levelling, hypocritical equality that punishes excellence and publicly denies all difference while at the same time elevating and enriching a decadent, incompetent, and corrupt elite.

From SteveF, comment at Daily Pundit, via Cold Fury

If you have one set of laws for the members of the government and another set for everyone else, you are not being governed, you are being ruled.

From Don Surber

Comey got the last laugh. He is above the law. He earned that by keeping the Clintons above the law.

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Washington State University students can't have firearms on campus. Those who wish to hunt have traditionally stored their shotguns and rifles with the police. A new "background check" state law made this impractical, as Campus Reform reports:

According to WSU assistant chief of police, Steven Hansen, the more rigorous background check process makes it difficult for the police force and students to store guns because it would require the police department to initiate a background check every time a student asked to check out their firearm. The new law would also require a mental health check by a state mental health provider each time a student asked to check out their firearm, a process that could take over a week, according to the Daily Evergreen.

WSU students previously stored between 50 and 70 guns with the WSU campus police, a service that will no longer be available.

“We’re disappointed that we can’t provide a valuable service anymore,” Hansen expressed. “Everyone I’ve talked to has also expressed disappointment, but they’ve understood why.”

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We learn from The College Fix the authority relied on by the New York Times for their "1619" campaign is a known fraud:

A Cornell University scholar cited in a recent New York Times piece tying slavery to capitalism was previously found to have inflated statistics, invented facts, and altered quotes, according to fellow academics in his field...

“The problem of quotations differing in a material way from the source and of inaccurate, incomplete, and misleading citations are not limited to these examples, all drawn from one page. A direct and accurate reading of the narratives does not support Baptist’s argument.”

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Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish cites New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s Council report demanding “food justice”:

“The primary responsibility for ensuring the right to food lies with government,” the report insists.

But not just any food. "Fresh, healthy food", including "sustainably grown" wheat rolls, and "antibiotic-free chicken" and "100% beef burgers". And New York City, the most densely populated city in America, will make this happen through “urban agriculture” in which enough healthy food to feed 8.6 million people (including the illegal aliens highlighted in the report) will be grown in New York City...

All this in a city where 27,000 people live per square mile. Or 42 people per acre.

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Semiautomatic rifles were developed and considered for purchase by Congress long before the Second Amendment was added to the Constitution, as Logan Metesh at Ammoland explains in these condensed excerpts:

Belton, an inventor and gunsmith from Philadelphia, claimed to have devised a new form of flintlock musket that was capable of firing as many as sixteen consecutive shots in as little as twenty seconds. He first wrote to Congress about his new invention on April 11, 1777.

Congress ordered 100 examples of his “new improved gun” that were capable of discharging eight rounds with one loading.

On July 19, Congress got word from the Board of War. They dismissed his petition altogether.

Belton invented his gun in 1777. The Bill of Rights wasn’t ratified until 1791. That means our Founding Fathers not only knew about repeating rifles 14 years before the creation of the Second Amendment, but that they thought highly enough of the idea to pursue further development and implementation of such technology.

and finally,

There will be more every-other-week Woodpile Reports from time to time, for the next two to three months. And posting may not be on Tuesday. It's unavoidable. 'Nuff said.

Okay gang, enough of this chitchat. It's time for Yer ol' Woodpile Report. But first, an old ad.

 

1935. Ford V-8 Roadster magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The swept back grille and windshield, the swoopy fenders, the 221 cu in V-8 engine, the longer wheelbase and shorter hood, all so fresh and modern, made the all-new '35 Fords a sales leader. Setting the standard for rakish styling was the two door Roadster , sporty and fast, standard or deluxe, today the rarest of the rare.

 

Remus's notebook

 

Quanta - Fossil DNA Reveals New Twists in Modern Human Origins ... modern humans and more ancient hominins interbred many times

Common Sense Show - A 1992 Bosnian Holocaust Survivor Warns America to Never Give Up Their Guns ... if you forget weapons and ammo, there will be no access to trading for you

WKRG Mobile Alabama - 9 shot, teen arrested in football shooting ... the other mass shooting, the one that didn't make the cut with mainstream media

NBC New York - Teens Attack 67-Year-Old Woman With Her Own Cane in Queens

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Watched the video. Yup. "Teens".

Reason - Don't Panic: Amazon Burning Is Mostly Farms, Not Forests ... routine to burn their fields to control pests and weeds

Atlantic - The Amazon Is Not Earth’s Lungs ... humans could burn every living thing on the planet and still not dent its oxygen supply

Science Magazine - Shock and thaw? Earth’s oldest asteroid impact may have helped lift the planet out of a deep freeze ... 70-kilometer-wide crater in Australia

New York Post - Gold bars with faked logo slipped into global markets, JPMorgan vaults ... 655 forged bars were reported in 2017 and 2018

Ancient Origins - Surprise Discovery Reveals Ancient City of Troy is 5,500 Years Old ... it was believed that the city was 4,900 years old and dated to the Bronze Age

Rumblings in the Pacific

art-remus-ident-04.jpg In addition to the deepening trade war and currency machinations, the makings of a hot war are being ramped up.

The Drive - China's New Amphibious Assault Ship Is A Monster ... the ability to wield serious naval power projection

Diplomat - Japan Approves Plans to Convert Izumo-Class Into F-35-Carrying Aircraft Carriers ... helicopter destroyers JS Izumo and JS Kaga, 105 more F-35s on order

USNI News - Marines Considering Flying U.S. F-35Bs Off of Japan’s Largest Warships ... could be considered a defensive move

CDR Salamander - The Salamander Bill Must Advance ... end the employment of retired officers by military contractors

Discover - The Denisovans: New Finds are Illuminating the Mysterious Ancient Humans ... other Denisovans are likely hiding in fossils found and forgotten years ago

Science Alert - Early Reports Indicate We May Have Detected a Black Hole And Neutron Star Collision ... another win for gravitational wave astronomy

Phys Org - Neanderthal tool-making process may have been simpler than previously thought ... early humans could have easily discovered it by accident

Daily Mail - Next Top Model scout Jean-Luc Brunel flew poor 12-year-old triplets in from France as a birthday present for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse, unsealed documents claim ... thought it was absolutely brilliant how easily money seduced all walks of life

Cleveland - Cleveland cop urinated on 12-year-old girl waiting for school bus while recording on cellphone, prosecutors say ... tried to kidnap her first

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a candidate for the most bizarre story of the year

Modern Survival Blog - The Greatest Depression Is Coming, What It Will Be Like ... the shock is going to be extreme, most people cannot do anything practical

Popular Mechanics - The A-10 Warthog Lives To Fly Again ... new contract will upgrade the entire Warthog fleet

Corey's Digs - Exposing The “Keys” to Disney’s Operations and Agenda ... extensive history with the intelligence community as well as pedophilia

Of Two Minds - Is the U.S. Becoming a Third World Nation? ... status quo protects insiders at the expense of everyone else

Zero Hedge - "I've Never Seen Anything Like This": China Reels As Pork Prices Explode To Record Levels ... "pig ebola" and high tariffs on imports

"I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Xiao Tong, a vendor who has been selling pork for nearly 20 years in Beijing. "Every day the price rises more." Prices are so high that not only retail customers, but businesses can no longer afford to buy pork: she said even her longtime clients, such as local restaurants and construction companies, are trimming purchases.

Armstrong Economics - Australia Wants Two-Year Prison Sentences for Paying More Than $10,000 in Cash ... forcing people to have only bank accounts so they can tax them as they like

Z Man - Medieval Jewish Policy ... in the early centuries following the fall of the Western Roman Empire there was not much in the way of antisemitism

Globe and Mail - Traditional barbershops are back ... number of barbershops has grown by 10 per cent annually since 2013

Excerpt: “The last six years it has exploded,” says Matty Conrad, owner of Victory Barber and Brand. He opened his first shop in Victoria and now operates three others, as well as selling his own line of beard oils and coffee. There is a moose head hanging on the wall of his first barbershop. Old jazz, classic blues and southern rock play on vinyl. The front waiting room looks like a bar from an old saloon.

Next Big Future - China’s Quantum Satellite Security Has Been Broken ... theoretically unbreakable, the actual implementations are not

All Outdoor - NASCAR Goes Anti-Gun, Bans Black Rifle Ads ... "a gradual shift in NASCAR’s position on guns"

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Gillette learned the cost of "wokeness" the hard way, now it's NASCAR's turn

Forbes - Where Is The Center Of The Universe? ... the explosion scenario isn't just unrealistic; it's in defiance of the known laws of physics

Phys Org - Disappearing act: Device vanishes on command after military missions ... self destructs leaving no trace

War History Online - 10 Shermans Go Into Restoration. A Wheatcroft Collection Update ... and a Hetzer, STuG III, a couple of Mercedes and more

Counter-Currents - The Woody Allen Fallacy ... when they are not personally exposed to large numbers of non-whites in a non-white milieu, then having more non-whites in their country is a fine idea

Unz Review - Why Germany Invaded Poland ... an alternative to the official histories

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Just enough facts sprinkled around so it can't be dismissed out of hand

Citizen Free Press - African illegal migrants traveling north attack Mexican military police (raw video) ... demanding free transit to reach the United States

AmmoLand - Police Charged with Murder, Tampering, in Houston No-Knock Raid ... innocent married couple killed, and their dog of course

 

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Stuff you may want to think about
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Fighting back, The Virginian - Normals loved America, its founding, and saw it as a force for good in the world. But gradually the Left began to dominate the culture, capturing the press, entertainment, and academia. Normal people found themselves, their history and their belief in freedom and individual initiative under attack. It's now understood by all "right-thinking" people that white heterosexual males are what’s wrong with the world. We gradually came to realize that all members of the Ruling Class - Democrat and Republican - approved of the assault on Normals. Normals were told that their customs and beliefs were not just wrong but illegal, it's done to show dominance. The larger game is a power play by culture warriors to demonstrate their ability to destroy Normals.

 

Red flag laws, Liberty Nation - Red Flag legislation is designed to take firearms from people who have not committed a crime but are deemed a danger to others. That sure is a gray area. Once removed, it’s no easy task to get your guns back. Storage fees apply, which means you have the joy of paying for your confiscated guns to be taken care of elsewhere. Then there are attorney fees so you can defend yourself in a “due process” hearing. Initial costs could run around $15K. If there is an appeal involved, a person whose guns have been confiscated could be looking at spending up to $100K.

 

Fred Reed, Unz Review - Month after month after month, surprising as sunrise, predictable as the value of pi, come the casualty reports documenting racial disaster. Details change. The substance does not. Gangs of American Africans beat whites into brain damage, often rape and sometimes torture, kill policemen, loot stores, burn our cities. Week after week sullen dark faces glare from mug shots. The stories run briefly in the local press and are disappeared. A country that allows its civilization to be degraded by the already degraded, that exalts in being degraded by people who can’t spell “exalt,” that allows itself to be attacked and beaten by people who merit the name of savages, deserves it. I have no sympathy.

 

Experts, Taki's Magazine - Psychology and psychiatry are inexhaustible labyrinths in which one can find pretty much anything one wants. Much of what passes for science is mere confirmation bias. The replication crisis is a well-known scandal. New disorders spring up like weeds. Personal preferences in politics and other areas can be smuggled in under the guise of official, expert knowledge. “Mental health experts” present themselves as being more knowledgeable about human nature than the rest of us. In this way they try to impose their will on others. Psychiatrists and other “mental health experts” are overwhelmingly liberal and female. They themselves are dangerous, especially for men and conservatives, against whom the group has a profound bias.

 

The Hunt, Taki's Magazine - Back in 1995, I wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times in which I castigated the right for conveniently forgetting its own pro-censorship past. Little good it did. As we saw last week, conservatives can still slip into their pro-censorship smoking jacket with ease. Steven co-produced exactly the type of movie us Abes used to drunkenly pine for: a nondocumentary that would appeal to rightists. That movie is called The Hunt, and it’s a riff on the venerable “Most Dangerous Game” scenario, but with villainous, hate-filled, intolerant leftists kidnapping innocent right-wingers and hunting them for sport. Even a retarded gibbon would have understood from the trailer that the “deplorables” in the film are the ones the audience is supposed to root for.

 

Trans abuse, PJ Media - Michelle Cretella was the first one to label it correctly as child abuse. When a person cannot consent to being harmed in a medical study or a medical setting — when they cannot be aware of the harms — it is an ethical problem. Practitioners of transgender "medicine" make it sound as though you could stop the puberty of a boy and restart it as a girl and become a woman. But that's not possible. What really happens in such a case? You blocked puberty, which is a medical disease, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Then you add fuel to the fire of the disease by giving them the wrong sex hormone. What they're doing is intentionally making everything abnormal.

 

NY Times, Ann Coulter - Even before The New York Times launched its “All Slavery, All the Time” project, no one could accuse that paper of skimping on its race coverage, particularly stories about black males killed by white(ish) police officers. Here’s one you haven’t heard about. I happened upon it by sheer accident. Antwon Rose’s shooting wasn’t even a flood-the-zone, hair-on-fire story. But the Times lied about it, too. This is a newspaper that cannot be trusted on anything touching on race. They’re liars and ideologues, not reporters and editors.

 

1940. Caribou Maine

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This would be the zero-zero reference on the Slum Scale. The photo is of seven urchins in Dickensian poverty even though the Depression had largely ended a year before. The kids, however, look fed well enough. Caribou is on the Aroostook River in the northeast corner of Maine, a town of around 8,000 then and now.

 

More stuff you may want to think about
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Kennedy's book, American Thinker - Twenty-nine year old Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg's new book, "Inconspicuous Consumption" comes out today. That burger you just ate wrecked the Gulf of Mexico. That cheap cashmere sweater you just put on just desertified Mongolia. She's concerned about those Mongolians, see. So no burgers for you, and those cheap cashmere sweaters the proles are getting hold of. The superrich have got to be angry at all the encroachments the proles have made on their lifestyle, taking ski vacations as if they were rich people, eating meat every night the way the Vanderbilts used to do. We know it has reduced their cache in society. Schlossberg's book is a naked attempt to drive the world's ordinary people back to mud huts contentedly eating their gruel as the rich carry on with their yachts lecturing us about global warming.

 

Recession, Of Two Minds - Profoundly shattering recessions feed on themselves in a self-reinforcing dynamic. Since businesses have cut everything to the bone in the past decade, there are no buffers left: layoffs begin immediately, and even those who escape the first round of layoffs find bonuses and overtime have been slashed. Price discovery will once again be possible, as all the central bank-inflated bubbles will deflate and real demand and supply will set the price of assets. The sooner the re-set occurs, the sooner we can dispense with all the cronyist intervention, self-serving manipulation and exploitive distortion that only benefits a few insiders. The global economy is destabilizing, and we're about to discover there is no way to halt a profoundly shattering recession.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Global debt is estimated to be 250 to 300 trillion dollars. To appreciate how big a number it is, GDP for the US was 20.6 trillion dollars in 2018. Default is unavoidable.

 

Free speech, Quillette - A culture of free speech says that I can have a vigorous debate over some issue of the day, but when it’s over we can both go back to our private lives without fearing retribution. I should not have to worry that he will lobby my employer to fire me, or encourage a mob to protest outside my house, or threaten my friends and colleagues with similar treatment unless they disconnect. If retaliation or silencing is the goal, such techniques will ultimately be used not just on “bad” speech, but on “good” speech, as well. When people refrain from speaking because they fear personal retribution the value of their speech is lost—lost in the same way it would be if the government threatened them with punishment.

 

Gun control, Federalist - Gun rights supporters are so unwilling to compromise because we know we are getting nothing in return. The left’s idea of a “compromise” is that gun owners get to keep some of their guns instead of having to give up all of them. But even if that were palatable — and it’s not — we know any deal we agree to now will not be honored in the future. If your idea of a “compromise” is that I surrender some of my rights in order to avoid losing all of them, and you refuse even to honor the “compromises” of the past, don’t act surprised when we gun owners say “no.”

 

1943. Voronezh Russia

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Voronezh is a city near the Don River, used as a staging area for the attack on Stalingrad. German forces were driven out as part of the Soviet Winter Offensive of 1942-1943, although the city was nearly destroyed in the process. Voronezh was an important bridgehead for the upcoming Battle of Kursk. In 1943 it had a population of about 325,000.

The photo looks staged.

 

 

 

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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.
Traditional

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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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