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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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Charles Ulrich, The Village Printing Shop, 1884

Charles Ulrich was the Norman Rockwell of his time, churning out paintings of the working class in their day-to-day settings. Although a native New Yorker, he spent most of his working life in Germany and environs. Ulrich died of pneumonia in 1908 at the age of fifty, successful and much beloved.

The painting above, The Village Printing Shop, was a shop in Haarlem, the Netherlands.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Some clarification for those who have commented on last week's essay about food as a weapon in a civil war. Some terms are unfamiliar to some readers.

The phrase "deep larder" means very long term storage food. Decades, not years. One example is whole wheat, in Mylar bags, with oxygen and moisture absorbers, sealed in airtight five gallon buckets. Freeze dried food is a deep larder's high end. Also long lasting is dehydrated food vacuum packed in Mason jars or Foodsaver-style plastic pouches.

Your shelves of commercially canned and home canned food are intermediate storage foods—a few years. The food in your cupboard, refrigerator and freezer is short term food. Some a few months, some a few weeks.

In the military, "iron rations" is ready-to-eat food to sustain troops away from a field kitchen. They're currently called MREs, formerly known as C Rations and K Rations. Iron rations are a temporary expedient—a few days. MREs are not intended for long term storage. For the survivalist, iron rations is an emergency cache of food accessible when the main stash isn't. Bugout backpacks are typically stocked with iron rations, either ready-to-eat or quickly prepared.

"Supplies" means ammunition, medicine and medical items, water filters, batteries, repair kits and spare parts, shoes and boots, clothing for all seasons and the like. Supplies are casualty items, in time they're either used up or worn out. "Equipment" is different from supplies. A canteen is equipment, water is supplies. Good quality equipment with routine maintenance, hand tools for example, will outlast the user.

A partisan may use survivalist techniques, but a survivalist is a combatant when self defense is the only alternative. Militants would have you believe you're so extra special you'll be stalked by DC's death squads while tending your secret potato patch. Unless you're out sabotaging bridges or ambushing convoys they aren't going to hunt you down with drones or trackers. They'll have better uses for their time and resources than chasing you around in the hills. It's the desperados you'll have to worry about.

Prudence and a sense of proportion will see the survivalist through. He's of no interest to the warring parties if he stays away from them and their stuff. And if he blunders into them, he'll escape rather than shoot it out. Chances are they'll make a big show of running him off and let it go at that. In their mind they've done their duty, why turn it into a confrontation? If they pursue him, then it's decision time.


Aside from weaponizing food shortages in a civil war, consider this from the Economic Collapse blog:

Global Authorities Brace For Worldwide Protein Shortage After "Quarter Of Earth's Pigs Wiped Out" ... up to 70 percent of China’s pigs could eventually end up dead

China is importing huge amounts of pork and soy, running up prices world wide. In Asia people are turning to beef and poultry, and those prices are rising. In the US, the grain crop is down about 10% and there's a record shortfall of corn and soy beans. So far it's a matter of price increases for scarce commodities, their substitutes and those products which use them.

Be aware numbers vary, both official numbers and commodity futures estimates. Karl Setzer at The Country Today cites different numbers worth considering:

Updated numbers on Chinese hog losses vary considerably from previous totals. According to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, Chinese hog losses in the first nine months of 2019 from African Swine Fever totaled 28.5% of production. This is a considerable difference from the country’s Ag Ministry claim that 41% of hogs have been lost. This lower number would answer the question as to why China has been importing less pork that expected.

Next year's growing season will be better, the same or worse. Which one of these are you prepared for? And how much are you willing to bet African Swine Fever—it's similar to Ebola—won't show up here? It's already spread to the Philippines, South Korea and Viet Nam. Outbreaks have been contained, so far, in Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and wild boars in the Czech Republic.


Simon Black at Sovereign Man tells us how quickly Chile went from "a quiet, stable, peaceful country" to civil war-like chaos:

It can happen faster than anyone realizes.

... This past Friday [18th of October] was a particularly beautiful day. By lunchtime, people were out in the parks enjoying the weather. It was calm, peaceful, and joyful.

Within a matter of hours the city had turned into a war zone. Hours.

One of my team members told me on the phone yesterday, “If you had said on Friday afternoon that Santiago would be in chaos by nightfall, I would have laughed. And then it happened” ...

Innocent people have died. And almost everyone else has had their lives heavily disrupted.

They can’t get to work. Schools are closed. Grocery store lines are crazy. There’s a curfew. Tanks are in the streets.

Pat Buchanan comments on Chile's near-instant chaos and wonders if democracy is a dying species:

Chile is the most stable and prosperous country in Latin America.

Yet when its capital, Santiago, recently raised subway fares by 5%, thousands poured into the streets. Rioting, looting, arson followed. The Metro system was utterly trashed. Police were assaulted. People died. The rioting spread to six other cities. Troops were called out.

... Chile is the most stable and wealthy country in South America. Catalonia is the most prosperous part of Spain. Paris is hardly a hellhole of repression. And Hong Kong is the freest city of China.

If the beneficiaries of freedoms and democratic rights come to regard them as insufficient to produce the political, economic and social results they demand, what does that portend for democracy’s future?

As a partial answer to Mr. Buchanan, democracies don't die, they kill. We're a republic. Republics die.

The lesson in all this isn't the lunacy of the left, it's how quickly civilized societies can devolve into chaos, and how unchecked chaos can just as quickly devolve into civil war.


Dave Workman at Conservative Firing line reports the anti-gun taxes now in effect in Chicago and Seattle is under consideration by Tacoma.

Under the Tacoma proposal, a tax of $25 would be assessed for every firearm sold within the city, plus 5 cents for each centerfire round of ammunition and 2 cents for every rimfire.

Guns 'n ammo are being nudged into the "sin tax" category. It's a safe bet these taxes will also be ratcheted up to the highest levels they can get away with. As with all abolitionists, their object is total elimination, so we can walk shoulder to shoulder into that golden dawn of untainted brotherhood ... under their benevolent leadership. Now, about that pickled herring. Is that really who we are?

Wisdom in one breath

From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker

There is only winning or losing when it comes to war and if you're not willing to do whatever you must in order to actually win then there is only losing.

From Metallicman

We have gotten so accustomed to this new “normal” that we forget how obscene it is. Functional governments do not act like this.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

The good news is, hyperinflation never lasts very long. It can't.

From Chris Fassnacht, UC Davis, at Phys Org

Therein lies the crisis in cosmology. While the Hubble Constant is constant everywhere in space at a given time, it is not constant in time.

From Ace at Ace of Spades

America will have to fight wars in the future but they must be limited in ambition and duration. No more of Bush-like vague "we stay until we stabilize the situation and promote democracy" non-exit strategies.

From Jim at Jim's Blog

The Democrats are on a path where they either fail, or proceed to civil war. Likely they will accept failing this time.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, about principles

Watch outputs, not inputs.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

As the social fabric unravels, extremes quickly become normalized: another giant homeless encampment springs up and our ability to consider this extraordinarily troubling dissipates in a haze of normalization.

From Brett Stevens at Amerika

We are still living out the consequences of the failure of Rome and Athens.

From James Lileks at the Minneapolis Star Tribune

I think that the only time you should use the term “stakeholder” is when you’re hunting vampires and divvying up the chores.

From the Z Man

Voting makes little difference in a democracy, because the people in charge simply ignore the results of the elections.

From LetThemEatRand, comment at Zero Hedge

Maddow and other MSM pundits are so deeply gaslighting us, that they say with a straight face that you are a conspiracy theorist if you do not believe their conspiracy theories.

From Fred Reed at Unz Review

After so much penicillin, my breath alone would have stopped the Black Death.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine

People who have an adversarial relationship with reality can’t seem to rest until they’ve made everyone as crazy as they are.

From Garrick Davis at Human Events

A whopping 47% of our high school students had an A average in 2016. The harder you look at our meritocracy, the less merit you find.


It's probably nothing

2018, Rasmussen Reports - Thirty-one percent of Likely U.S. Voters say it’s likely that the United States will experience a second civil war sometime in the next five years ...

2019, Georgetown University poll, via the Washington Examiner - ... 67% believing that the nation is nearing civil war


NC Scout at American Partisan asks:

So the next question on everyone’s mind should be if they can’t remove him through a corrupt political system, which so far they’ve been unable to do, what is the next move? If they’re willing to publicly undermine and expose their own judicial system and the levels of corruption present removing any legitimacy to them, what else will they do? And what’s the plan after that?

Ace at Ace of Spades says:

Our super-elite totally-meritocratic Ruling Class has given us one last gift as they go: a possibly violent civil war and a class war we avoided for 300 years. And no, I don't think we're voting our way out of this.


Quantitative Easing means the Fed dumps money into the banks to 'ease' illiquidity and prevent the system from freezing in place, a sort of artificial "velocity of money". The money appears by creating a debt secured by the full faith and credit of productive people at a future time.

Repo means banks come up short of the minimum cash they have to keep on hand and have to borrow some from the Fed on a short term basis.

All this isn't exactly spot on but it's good enough for now.

Silly me. With the current QE that isn't QE but just serial repos, I suspected the Fed of papering over something big. Namely, stealthy bank bailouts to keep the herd from spooking. Now I was getting brassed off. At least the 2009 debacle was televised. And at least they took the trouble to lie and say the bailouts were shovel-ready civic projects. It's a little thing, but it added a much appreciated touch of concern to an otherwise unseemly fraud. I like getting schmoozed by the ruling class, it makes me feel important.

Then I checked the list of Primary Dealers, Lehman wasn't there. Prudent outfits have everything under control, among them rock-solid Deutsche Bank, four times bigger than Lehman ever was. So we can relax. It's just your routine repos for real and for true, except now the offerings are being extended and on the way to doubling. I am untroubled and happy to learn they have their Top Men working on this very complex problem.

A timeline from Brad Huston:

Fed Temporary Repos:

9/17: We're doing repos today and tomorrow.
9/19: We're extending repos until 10/10. $75B overnight, $30B term
10/4: We're extending repos until 11/4
10/11:We're extending repos until Jan 2020
10/23:We're expanding overnight repo offering to $120B, $45B term


From the American Rifleman, November 2019 issue, page 20:

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Sept. 3rd unanimously passed a resolution designating the National Rifle Association of America a "domestic terror organization."

According to the resolution, "the National Rifle Association musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to ... incite gun owners to acts of violence." The resolution also contended that "the National Rifle Association through its advocacy has armed those individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism."

Howzatt for a lunge at the Virtue Signaling Sweepstakes?


Thoughts about food from Frank and Fern:

Some countries have oil. Some have water. Some have the type of land and soil that will grow food, some don't. If any one thing goes wrong, one spoke of the wheel breaks, all systems fail. No water, no food. No oil, no fertilizer, no commercial farming apparatus, no food. No transportation, food rots in the field. No workers, no food.

Food can and will be used against you as a means of enforcing your compliance to any and all demands. Moral, immoral, just and unjust. Be ready. Provide for yourself and those you love. Otherwise.......

Without food, you, and everyone you love, are dead.

and finally,

My estimate of the probability of a Civil War II has advanced to the low double digits, as said here before. It didn't make my list a few years ago, then it appeared at the bottom more or less as an overlooked curiosity. Now it's above some others. An eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, for one.

The detonation of formerly laid back Chile in a single afternoon gave me pause, turns out civil war can be like a bridge riddled with fracture cracks, everything's normal until it suddenly isn't. I was thinking they rang a bell or made an announcement about an upcoming civil war. Then I could follow the odds makers to guide my preps.

Speaking of bridges, the long out of print, unofficially suppressed and seldom seen how-to novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey, is still available at Amazon and elsewhere . Whatzit mean when such a book has currency over a couple of generations?

Okay fellow travelers, don yer Grey Man outfits and grab yer GoPro, it's time to take the tour with Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. But first, an old ad.


1936. Beech-Nut magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Beech-Nut was started in 1891 as a seller of packaged ham. In 1900 they patented the vacuum jar and expanded their product line to include everything from pork and beans to ketchup, but most famously, baby food. After the usual mergers and acquisitions, Beech-Nut is now owned by the Swiss-based company Hero.



Remus's notebook


American Greatness, Angelo Codevilla - Bureaucratic Rule: By What Right? ... Pretense of excellence, not excellence itself, is the ground on which the U.S. ruling class bases its claim to legitimacy

American Thinker - High cholesterol associated with longer life ... coming on top of the news that eggs are good for you, and so is butter, while the trans fats in margarine make it unhealthy this suggests that nutrition experts cannot be trusted

Voice of Europe - Angela Merkel: “Multiculturalism in Germany has utterly failed” ... said that allowing hundreds of thousands of people from different cultural backgrounds to live alongside Germans without properly integrating into the society was a mistake

art-remus-ident-04.jpg I'll believe she's sincere when the roundups and deportations begin. Until then she's just another lying Marxist.

Citizen Free Press - Obama At Soros Fundraiser With Eric Holder ... at the home of Alex Soros, son of George Soros, in New York City. October 22, 2019.

Ancient Origins - Neanderthal Alchemists Enhanced Weapons 70,000 Years-Ago ... a "super glue" made from birch bark

Daily Mail - Man, 23, is charged after shoving a woman headfirst into a subway train in Brooklyn as cops reveal suspect has 18 previous arrests ... includes video

Telegraph - Police to 'predict' hate crimes through Twitter for the first time ... will be used to prevent violence offline

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Said differently, it will be used to prevent dissent online by arresting them on mere speculation

Daily Caller - Massachusetts Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban Youth Football ... penalties of up to $5,000 for “any school, league or other entity” that allows children 7th grade and below to play

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Parents concerned with the potential downside of youth football shouldn't let their kids play the game, but this does not give them license to outlaw it for others.

Bayou Renaissance Man - A serious warning about firearms security ... Google and Facebook and possibly others are using optical character recognition to index the serial numbers of firearms in photographs posted or stored on their services

Technology Review - Military artificial intelligence can be easily and dangerously fooled ... "the ambition to build the smartest, and deadliest, weapons is understandable, but as the Tesla hack shows, an enemy that knows how an AI algorithm works could render it useless or even turn it against its owners"

Elite Readers - Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World's Most Nutritious Foods ... up there with chia seeds, almonds, and beet greens

Quanta - A Power Law Keeps the Brain’s Perceptions Balanced ... that patterns of neural activity are as detailed as they can possibly be without becoming fractal

WND - University dumps prof who revealed polar bears actually thriving ... university did not deny her dismissal was linked to her polar bear scholarship

Life Site - Jury rules against dad trying to save his 7-year-old from gender ‘transition’ ... father will also be forced to take a class on transgenderism

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The toddler's mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, a pediatrician, won the case. Rebekka Ouer at Dallas Rainbow Therapy, a gay children's therapy center, will be handling the process. Chemical castration is first, it results in permanent infertility, inability to ever naturally engage in sexual relations, and a decreased life span.

YouTube - James at 3 years old ... when the father first suspected that his ex-wife was dressing his son as a girl. Video 1m 26s

This is from the Daily Wire:

I had the presence of mind, thank goodness, to pull out my iPhone and videotape me asking him about that. And that was literally the first time that I really understood what was happening to my son,” Younger said, adding, “That was the first time I noticed. He was just past his third birthday” ...

The Texas father also claimed that his ex-wife “was putting my son into time-outs and she would lock him in his room and say that monsters only eat boys.”

The nonstop assault on boys and men continues to plumb the depths. If this depraved verdict reflects general sentiment we should rethink whether this sort of society is worth defending, or if it should be allowed to drown in its own cesspool.

Update: Texas Governor Abbott announced a review of the case. No more updates, things are moving fast and this isn't a news site per se.

News Busters - ‘Start Your Day With Maximum Gay:’ Kellogg’s Launches LGBT Cereal ... and is donating $50,000 to GLAAD - Qantas staff told to avoid ‘gender inappropriate’ terms like ‘wife’ and ‘husband’

An excerpt: Staff are forbidden from using the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ along with ‘mum’ and ‘dad’ for fear of causing offence to non-heterosexuals and single parents. They have been told to adopt the terms ‘partner’, ‘spouse’ and ‘parents’ to avoid discriminating against LGBTI families. The words ‘guys’, ‘love’, ‘honey’ and ‘darling’ also should be avoided. Why? Because ‘language can make groups of people invisible’

Universe Today - How Long is a Day on Venus? Astronomers Make Their Best Measurement Yet ... uncertainty means a spacecraft could miss its target by 13 miles

News With Views - Third World Countries Develop New Export Item ... remittances from their citizens in the U.S.

Art of Manliness - Two Methods for Homemade Invisible Ink (One of Which Works) ... lemon juice is obvious and impractical

Phys Org - Evidence that mercury from volcanoes contributed to end-Triassic mass extinction ... release of mercury from volcanic eruptions played a large role in four of the five mass extinctions over the past 600 million years

Medical Xpress - Babies understand counting years earlier than believed ... realize that it's about quantity

Sydney Morning Herald - 'You could not make this up': journalist barred from Australian free speech conference ... works for the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle


Enjoy Venezuela's vibrant night life



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Codevilla tapes, Tablet - Freed from the laws of gravity, the elite turns from the hard work of correct strategizing and wise policymaking to the much less time-consuming and much more pleasant work of perpetuating its own privileges forever, in the course of which endeavor the ruling elite is revealed to be a bunch of idiots and perverts who spend their time prancing around half naked while setting the territories they rule on fire. The few remaining decent and competent people flee this revolting spectacle, while the elite compounds its mistakes in an orgy of failure. The empire then collapses. In the hopes of confirming or disproving my theory, I recently traveled out to a vineyard in Plymouth, Northern California where I found Angelo Codevilla. What follows is an edited record of our conversation.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is a medium to medium-long interview. Which means you can read it twice. Angelo Codevilla always offers double-distilled insight, rich like baklava, chew carefully.


CWII, Ace of Spades - NeverTrump is pretty sure that the left is quite sensible, really, when you get past their bluster, rather like that misunderstood fellow in Berlin, Mr. Hitler. As the Veteran said of the Humungous, "The left are reasonable men. They can be bargained with." The Humungous is not reasonable and cannot be bargained with. Confrontation, not accommodation. That's what they urge in every theater of conflict except in America, where they call only for civility and negotiating terms of surrender with the left which will guarantee them at least 100 highly paid contributor gigs in the leftwing media to pretend to represent the "conservative" position. They're willing to fight for Americanism in all theaters of war except the war in the homeland, the only war that ever matters or will ever matter.


Immigration, Ann Coulter - The left’s enthusiasm for Third World immigrants isn’t only because they vote 8-2 for the Democrats. It’s that Latin American peasants seem uniquely amenable to idiotic socialist schemes. Twenty years ago, 60 percent of Venezuelans had regular access to safe drinking water. Today, only 30 percent do. How did this happen? Answer: Poor Venezuelans voted for it. Within a year of Chavez taking office, the economy had shrunk by 7.2 percent and unemployment was at 20 percent. A decade later there were constant blackouts, food shortages and appalling infant mortality rates. When student radicals tried to organize blue-collar workers in the '60s, they ended up getting their heads smashed by building trades guys. That’s why the Democrats are dying to fling open our southern border.


Patriot Act, Ammo - The entire passage of the Patriot Act, from start to finish, took place behind closed doors. There were no committee reports or hearings for opponents to testify, nor did anyone bother to read the bill. There is no defined enemy, no defined terms of victory.Not only is the government collecting obscene amounts of private and personal information about you, they’re also storing it indefinitely with no plans to stop. Why does an Act ostensibly passed to fight terrorism so drastically expand the government’s power to investigate virtually everyone else? There is no surer hallmark of a police state than an all-powerful domestic surveillance agency with no transparency or oversight.


1937. Near Birmingham Alabama


art-remus-ident-04.jpg In 1937, Birmingham was known as the "Pittsburgh of the South", home to steel mills, railroad equipment manufacturing and other heavy industry. And only Atlanta could claim equal importance as a southern transportation center. During the Depression, Birmingham industries were especially hard hit just as foreclosed farmers and other rural unemployed flooded into the city looking for work.

The photo is of a "squatter camp", one of many, this one populated mainly by migrants from Indiana.



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Literacy, College Fix - “We are all implicated in white supremacy,” Asao Inoue said during his presentation, co-hosted by Ball State’s English department. “Your school can be racist and produce racist outcomes,” Inoue said. “Even with expressed values and commitments to anti-racism and social justice.” Inoue states that “grading is a great way to protect the white property of literacy in schools and maintain the white supremacist status quo without ever being white supremacist or mentioning race.” Inoue argued that writing teachers should “calculate course grades by labor completed and dispense almost completely with judgments of quality when producing course grades.”


GW Stalinists, City Journal - The Left’s fixation on climate change is cloaked in scientism, deploying computer models to create the illusion of certainty. Ever more convinced of their role as planetary saviors, radical greens are increasingly intolerant of dissent or any questioning of their policy agenda. Though cast by the media as heroic outsiders, greens have historically clustered in elite academic, nonprofit, media, and corporate sectors. Once respectable and mainstream, the climate movement now resembles something inspired by religious fervor. Being proved wrong has failed to get greens to rethink their doomsday assumptions. The fundamentalist green approach now being adopted represents a political dead-end that requires authoritarian means.


Younger Dryas, Phys Org - A controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to Earth almost 13,000 years ago caused the extinction of many large animals and a probable population decline in early humans is gaining traction. We thought it was a North American event, and then there was evidence in Europe and elsewhere that it was a Northern Hemisphere event. Now with the research in Chile and South Africa, it looks like it was probably a global event. A team of researchers found unusually high concentrations of platinum and iridium in outwash sediments from a recently discovered crater in Greenland that could have been the impact point. The event may have actually included multiple impacts and airbursts over the entire globe.


Maps, Smithsonian - The secret mission to seize Nazi map data was made up of 19 carefully selected individuals. The Aachen seizure was the first in a series of successes that promised not only to hasten the end of the war but also to shape the world order for decades to come. Their mission was conducted in secret, and the technical material they seized circulated only among military intelligence experts and academics. But it was a vast scientific treasure. The operation was executed by an unlikely band of academics, refugees, clerks and soldiers, all led by Hough, an Ivy League-trained engineer with a passion for geodesy.


1944. Wolfheze Holland


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wolfheze, a small town about 6 miles northwest of Arnhem, was a British landing zone for Operation Market Garden in September of 1944. The battle ended in eight days with heavy casualties and failure to capture the main objective, the Arnhem bridge over the Rhine river.


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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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