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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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Anders Andersen-Lundby, Sleigh in Snow, 1872

Another gem from the great Danish artist Anders Lundby, 1841-1923.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Eric Lendrum at American Greatness reports "Joker" is "the 9th-highest rated film of all time on IMDb" and says, "you will be on the absolute edge of your seat and gripping the armrests in every other scene, with hardly a moment of relief to be found".

If I'm on the edge of my seat while watching a movie it generally means I'm about to get up for a coffee refill or looking for relief of another kind. I find it odd people can be made to care deeply about a movie character in half an hour when in real life it isn't enough to be properly introduced. Such people are the natural market for pet rocks.

Anyway, after a bit-o'-fussing about the film's critics—mainly excess violence—Mr. Lendrum gets to it:

“Joker” is a very dark and gritty film, and you see that from the very beginning. From the alleyways littered with trash, to the sidewalks lined with shuttered businesses, to the streets infested with potholes and plumes of steam from every manhole in sight, to the public transportation entirely defaced with graffiti, you will be every bit as immersed in the heavy and filthy environment of the city as the characters...

He goes on about the star's performance, formerly unexampled we're informed, then says the movie is all about:

... the most powerful in society going out of their way to pick on the most insignificant members of the population who present the least threat to their power, simply because they can; real life, as it were, isn’t too different.

That's a sweeping claim, and there are more. I haven't seen the movie. I may see it. Sometime. When it's on one of the rerun channels or YouTube. But I'm the guy who also said he'd watch Jaws and ET and a dozen others. Sometime.

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Matt Taibbi via UntitledGate says, "Americans might soon wish they just waited to vote their way out of the Trump era" in this essay, We're In a Permanent Coup. It begins:

I’ve lived through a few coups. They’re insane, random, and terrifying, like watching sports, except your political future depends on the score.

The kickoff begins when a key official decides to buck the executive. From that moment, government becomes a high-speed head-counting exercise. Who’s got the power plant, the airport, the police in the capital? How many department chiefs are answering their phones? Who’s writing tonight’s newscast?

Aside from the knee jerk Rolling Stone political memes, this is one of the more unsettling essays you'll read this week.

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Don Surber comments on Matt Drudge's embrace of the Dark Side:

Matt Drudge's foray into respectability has made him an unreliable—indeed, downright misleading—source of news. But the good news is there are alternatives to the Alternative Left Reality the Drudge Report now calls home.

As a news vulture, I am on a constant search for news when online. Most bloggers are. Terry Ponick of Communities Digital News spoke for many of us in a column in which he enumerated his top sites for news.

I will add my own favorite sites, but first let us look at his list, which I totally agree with.

Mr. Surber then lists his top picks, his reasons why, and concludes:

Matt Drudge may have decided to go to the dark side for fame and fortune, but others have are there willing to fight back and have fun. Ours is not a gloomy and shrill world of climate change and sad, sorry, futile attempts to bring down a great president.

This just in, also from Don Surber:

"Like Matt Drudge, Fox News has gone to the dark side likely in fear of retribution from a future Democrat administration".

I took down my Drudge tab some time ago. My guess: his pool party guests are running the place.

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Bass Pro Shops says I can "earn free gear". Something about Club Points. Does anyone but me think "earn free gear" is the dumbest three word phrase ev-ver?

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Survival Blog has posted an excellent series in four parts entitled, Black Powder for Self-Reliance.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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George Ure at Urban Survival explains collectivism in action. An excerpt:

Asset stripping in a Depression is commonplace. Think Venezuela, for example. This is what dim-witted socialists never bother mentioning to their victim voters. They just as soon ban private cars, for example, on a phony “climate pretext”. Sure, a car is an expensive beast. The thing socialists don’t explain is 10-million people are employed maintaining those cars. And no government program, outside of a dense urban core, will ever give you the instant freedom to travel as you please.

They don’t care about freedom, doesn’t even place in their minds. This is why the climateer’s are coming for your car. Simple example of asset stripping...

Make everyone rely on the government for everything, and strong-arm everyone into “renting their life”. Because that’s how the socialist business model works.

Wisdom in one breath

From Jim Geraghty at National Review

We’re Not Exporting Our Values to China — We’re Importing Theirs

From Don Surber, about Elizabeth Warren

The problem with the pathological liar is not the lie but the pathology.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

If diversity were a guest, you would have to burn the sheets and bleach the towels.

From Bear Grylls, via Survival Life

The line between life and death is determined by what we are willing to do.

From the Z Man

Higher education is a market that strives to be a racket.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper, about DC et al

Stop trying to fix wasn't broken until you broke it, by trying to break it more.

From Fred Reed at Unz Review, about evolution

While the assertion that answers will one day be found cannot be refuted, it is equally consistent with the possibility that there are no answers.

From Socrates, via Art of Manliness

If you talk to any ordinary Spartan, he seems to be stupid, but eventually, like an expert marksman, he shoots in some brief remark that proves you to be only a child.

From Jim Quinn at The Burning Platform, about the 2008 debacle

Only truly devious, deceitful, demented wizards of financial fraud could drive total credit market debt from $54 trillion to $74 trillion as the solution to a debt crisis.

Logic Plague, comment at Zero Hedge

You just push the price per ounce high enough and there is always enough gold.

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Universe Today - Power Grids and Satellites Are More at Risk from Extreme Solar Storms Than We Thought ... an excerpt:

The researchers concluded, logically, that the Carrington Event wasn’t the unique, powerful storm that we think it was.

According to Hayakawa, the implication is clear. “While the 1859 storm was certainly one of the most extreme events, this seems at best comparable to the 1872 storm and 1921 storm in terms of its intensity,” he said. “So, the Carrington event is no longer something unique. This fact may require us to reconsider the occurrence frequency of this kind of ‘worst-case scenario’ of space weather events.”

So, the flagging "grid down" entry regains its place on the Extinction Level Catastrophe Scale. So you don't forget, update your chart before midnight tonight.

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Scientific American reports:

Current gravitational-wave detectors such as U.S.-based LIGO and Europe's Virgo use a sprawling system of mirrors and laser “arms” that stretch for kilometers to measure tiny changes in distance caused by passing gravitational waves. Northwestern's Levitated Sensor Detector would use lasers to suspend a glass bead inside a vacuum chamber, creating an extremely force-sensitive sensor with arms just a meter long.

At this rate they'll be sold in blister packs at the supermarket checkout line in a few years.

and finally,

Did you know the original name for Candy Corn was Chicken Feed? See? If you keep reading Woodpile Report eventually you'll know everything, just like those Renaissance guys. If you're a husband and a dad you're pretty much expected to know everything. My younger son, when he was a toddler, asked me, "are all trees made of wood?" Quick, yes or no? Are you sure there aren't trees in Madagascar that are actually very tall fungi? You wouldn't betray a little kid's trust, would you?

Or my late wife when we were on the commuter plane, "do airplanes have standard or automatic transmissions?" Can you explain gas turbines and reduction gears, betimes? You'd better have succinct and accurate answers to such questions or your guydom takes a hit below the waterline. And that's why centuries of human inquiry have culminated in the Woodpile Report. Remember: Chicken Feed.

Well fellow 'phobes, chit chat is all well and good but the time has come to draw back the curtain and take notes on the human condition. I know, I know, it's icky and malodorous, but in this life you gotta take the worse with the bad. So, on to Yer Ol' Woodpile Report, right after this old ad.

 

1935. LaSalle magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg LaSalle was introduced in 1927 as an intermediate offering between Cadillac, whose platform it shared, and the mid-range offerings of GM. The LaSalle was no mere "junior Caddy", it was the trial vehicle for innovations intended for the next iteration Cadillac and, as such, became a sales leader in its class.

But alas, the marque never developed a cache worthy of the product. The last LaSalle motored off the assembly line in 1940. The $1,225 price in today's bux would be $18,076. Seems cheap but no cupholders or backup tevee.

 

 

Remus's notebook

 

Hard to see how this ends well

American Greatness - Minnesota State Rep Was Among Antifa Mob Harassing Trump Supporters After Rally ... urine, spitting, violence, “Nazi scum off our streets!”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Powerline has more on this. Excerpt:

These leftists are identical to the Nazi Brownshirts of the 1930s. But make no mistake–they represent today’s Democratic Party. A sitting Democratic State Representative, Aisha Gomez, was seen among the fascists, dressed in black like an Antifa hoodlum.

Mike at Cold Fury says,

But if you think this fight can somehow be waged and won within the boundaries of merely “political war,” I fear you may have some more “manning up” to do. It’s quite obvious by now that the Left recognizes no such constraints or restrictions.

But wait, there's more.

Gateway Pundit - Ilhan Omar and Lover Tim Mynett Were Seen at the MN Trump Riots ... made a bonfire with dozens of stolen ‘Make America Great Again’ hats

Breitbart - Cornell Law Prof Encourages Congress to Arrest Trump Allies in NYT Op-Ed ... should consider deploying its sergeant-at-arms to take them into custody and jail them in “makeshift” cells on Capitol Hill

Campus Reform - ‘Make America Great Again’ listed on Calif. college’s 'white supremacy' pyramid ... San Diego City College classified “Euro-centric curriculum” and “claiming reverse racism” as “veiled racism” and “funding schools locally” as “discrimination”

YouTube - Part 1: CNN Insider Blows Whistle on Network President Jeff Zucker’s Personal Vendetta Against POTUS ... Project Veritas. Video, 19m 50s

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Introduction, safely skipped, ends at about the three minute mark

Science Daily - The last mammoths died on a remote island ... 4,000 years ago

Principia Scientific - WWF Apologizes for Doctored Polar Bear Image In Climate Campaign ... used as part of an anti-climate change fundraising campaign aimed at students

Zero Hedge - Central Bank Issues Stunning Warning: "If The Entire System Collapses, Gold Will Be Needed To Start Over" ... central banks are joining the doom parade now

SFGate - PG&E power outage: Roughly 450K Bay Area residents are without power ... customers could be without power for five days

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Two million will be "grid down", they predict. Grid down is PG&E's default in the San Francisco area for "wildfire risk from the hot, dry weather and gusty winds". Note the toxic zoo called San Francisco won't see a blackout, so it's all good. This isn't just third world stuff, this is incompetence-times-corruption to the galactic nth power. Tax evasion, major bucks for lobbying, bankruptcy and bailouts, multi-millions for top execs; it's all there.

For many years PG&E has diverted maintenance money into showy "renewable resources", to reduce "greenhouse gas emissions" dontcha know. And what happens when maintenance is deferred, long term? Do they think they can carry solar electricity in buckets? Add fanatical "diversity and inclusion" and an irredeemable debacle is assured.

Market-Ticker - The PG&E Scam ... rather than trim trees and fix aging poles and attachments—with a full year to do it after last year's fire season—PG&E instead has opted to turn off the power

Kinda makes Teslas and Bitcoin a tad iffy, ayewott? And here's one for the preppers who thought they were safe:

Next Big Future - ... More than 868,000 California homes have solar panels that are interconnected to the state’s power grid, with a total generating capacity of almost 4.8 million kilowatts. Those solar panels connected to the grid will also be shut off if they are in areas where PG&E is cutting off power

Material Matters - Getting 18th Century “Lit”: Argand Lamps ... was the first basic change in oil lamps in thousands of years, about 10 times the light

Cosmos - Seductive light from the dark side ... able to generate electricity at night, when solar cells don’t work, includes a theoretical model for a 20-fold improvement with an output of up to about half a watt per square metre

Babylon Bee - NBA Now Requiring All Players To Stand For Chinese National Anthem ... satire, but barely, or maybe not at all

Vox Popoli - The clearing of the Amazon ... "if .18 square kilometers are being replaced by natural and planted reforestation every minute and .0108 is being cleared, it appears that it is actually growing".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Vox Day uses BBC's own numbers and 4th grade arithmetic to debunk their "disappearing Amazon rainforest" story

Scientist Behind The Navy's "UFO Patents" Has Now Filed One For A Compact Fusion Reactor ... the latest in a series of bizarre Navy patents isn't just for a revolutionary reactor that could power cities, but also potentially a craft

Off Grid Survival - California Officials declare Ham Radio no longer a benefit; Demands Ham radio repeater infrastructure to be removed ... part of a nationwide effort to kill ham radio?

National Interest - The U.S. Air Force Has Begun Prototyping Its F-35 Stealth Fighter Replacement ... to emerge in the 2030s and 2040s

American Digest - The Wrath of the Awakened American ... apologies to Rudyard Kipling

 

Experience the Detroit United Artists Theatre

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Legitocracy, Human Events - Today’s legal system as it actually functions is often indistinguishable from lawlessness. Consider that, between federal, state, city, county, and judge-made law—along with truckloads of regulations and codes by state and federal agencies which carry the full force of law—an American today lives under something like 100 times as much law as his or her great-great-grandfather. The average American thoroughly understands few or none of the laws governing him. The resulting instability destroys the average citizen’s peace, predictability, and trust. He may not be able to articulate the government’s devolution into feuding legitocracy; nevertheless, he senses that he lives in a failed state.

 

Getting ahead, Of Two Minds - The near-infinite creation of new currency devalues past labor by destroying the value of pensions and savings, devalues the value of today's labor and of labor's future earnings. Labor is stripped of value in two ways: the purchasing power of labor's earnings are steadily devalued, and much of the remaining earnings are devoted to servicing debt. Financiers receiving the central banks' free money use it to buy up income-producing assets and leverage speculations that reap enormous capital gains, as assets are never allowed to drop in value because "the Fed has our backs". And "the Fed has our backs" because the system implodes once debt and currency creation stop expanding. Once we understand labor is finite but money is infinite, we understand that labor can never get ahead.

 

Dark Age, PJ Media - Dark Age Greeks tried to make sense of the massive ruins of their forgotten forbearers' monumental palaces that were still standing around. As illiterates, they were curious about occasional clay tablets they plowed up in their fields. Our ancestors were builders and pioneers and mostly fearless. We are regulators, auditors, bureaucrats, adjudicators, censors, critics, plaintiffs, defendants, social media junkies and thin-skinned scolds. As we walk amid the refuse, needles and excrement of the sidewalks of our fetid cities will we ask: "Who were these people who left these strange monuments that we use but can neither emulate nor understand?" In comparison to us, they now seem like gods.

 

CWII time line, David Warren Online - When the next American Civil War starts, I imagine it will look something like Hong Kong: a big melee spreading through all public spaces. But there will be fairly limited casualties, at first, each of which will become the subject of unrestrained media outrage, until the media collapse under physical reprisals. The surveillance state itself will begin to disintegrate and with it any hope of restoring public order. More noticeably, the economy will break down. Because the threat will be domestic and scattered the Army will be effectively neutralized. I don’t expect the death toll to be more than a few hundred thousand, at least from direct conflict as the guns come out. Interruptions of food supply, and the spread of disease, will cost much more.

 

CWII tribes, Front Page Magazine - Trump Derangement Syndrome is a visceral disgust with the sorts of people they imagine would vote for him. And a horror at the idea of sharing a state or country with them. All these conspiracy theories is a convoluted way of getting at the idea that the real problem with our political system is that people outside the lefty cultural bubble can vote. That is why we have both a political civil war, one being waged with subversion, impeachment, arrests, and investigations, whose goal is pure power, and a cultural civil war whose agenda is imposing a moral conformity with the mores, customs, and creed of bicoastal elites, and urban and suburban centers. We aren’t facing a civil war because of the strain on our political system, but on the tribes of our culture.

 

1940. Visalia California

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Originally a gold rush town, Visalia became an agricultural center in California's San Joaquin Valley. The population in 1940 was about 8,900. Today it's 133,800.

The photos are of a migrant farm worker's camp. As migrants camps go, Visalia was first rate.

 

Waiting for the mail at the camp's main office.

 

Making repairs.

 

Buttoning up the truck for the trip back to Oklahoma.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Prosecution, American Thinker - Fast-forward to today's still vocal Obama gang. Why no indictments? Mum's the word. Can anyone hold to the faith in American justice? Those who support the rule of law feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football. A criminal cabal is an extraordinarily complex organization, and a challenge. But, what happens if the full scope of activities is never clear? Does everyone get off? Does complexity confer immunity? Failure to move puts evidence and witnesses at risk of being lost. This point has passed for so many of the coup conspirators that it seems there will be no justice for many of them. At some point, deferral of prosecution is dereliction or abetting. Has it reached that point?

 

Reality, Kunstler - Something’s got to give, and all indications are it will happen where few are looking at the moment: the sideshow of money and banking. Mr. Trump will be propelled into the role he was cast for in 2016: bag-holder for economic collapse. The global slowdown is undermining a vast network of dubious financial obligations ruled by an overgrowth of loans that will never be paid back. The whole world can’t just go into bankruptcy court and apply for a fresh start. The “workout” is brutal and produces epoch-defining trauma. Don’t be surprised if the 2020 election doesn’t even happen. The institutional damage may be too deep. What we’re facing is a vacuum of authority that the USA has never experienced before.

 

Homeless, Raconteur Report - You'll never solve the homelessness problem by subsidizing them, feeding them, and building them shelter. Any do-gooder agency or non-profit, religious or not, is free to do whatever they like in terms of food or shelter: on their own premises. You feed homeless people, who become a blight on society, and the citizens and municipalities can sue for damages. Everything from public health to crime comes out of your wallet. The cost of all this? A literal fraction of what we squander annually mollycoddling illegal aliens, the violent insane, drug addicts, drunks, and various other wastes of skin. The Grapes of Wrath is going to take on a whole new meaning when the vintage comes ripe for bottling. Mark my words.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg An example: 6-year-old boy thrown to ground by homeless man in Queens ... being treated for hemorrhaging to the brain and a contusion to the head

 

Earthquake lights, Nautilus - Time and again across history, people have reported seeing lights just before earthquakes. These lights have been described as luminous, sky-scraping curtains and ankle-high flames, giant spotlights and horizon glows. According to NASA, earthquake lights owe their existence to the electrical currents developed in magmatic rocks as the result of pressure exerted by shifting tectonic plates. When earthquake-generated plasma reaches the Earth’s surface, it can ionize the air and cause bursts of light. Almost all earthquake lights sightings occurred near rift areas rich in magmatic rocks.

 

1943. Kiev Ukraine

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The battle to retake Kiev began in late October 1943 and ended successfully in early November. Over two million Ukrainians were deported to Germany as slave laborers. Kiev was the site of the infamous Babi Yar Massacre. The photo was probably 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.
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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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15 Oct 2019