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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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Karl Spitzweg, School Children in Mountainous Landscape, 1865

Carl Spitzweg began to teach himself to paint during his apprenticeship as a chemist and astonishingly went on to become one of the most significant German artists of the 19th century. This was thanks not only to his exceptional talent in capturing natural phenomena such as varying light conditions, times of the day and seasons, but also his empathetic, and often humorous, observations of human kind.

There was almost no other German artist of this era so well able to combine man and nature, figures in landscapes, to such a compact and harmonious whole as Spitzweg. His works brought joy to many collectors even during his lifetime. This piece, which has been kept in family ownership for almost 100 years and which Wichmann dates to 1865, is a charming and characteristic example.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A proposed bill in the Virginia State Senate proposes to prosecute "paramilitary activity", meaning any assembly for training or practicing with a firearm, other lethal device or technique with intent of enabling "civil disorder". An "assembly" is specified as two or more persons. Intent is not defined so we can assume it means the accused must produce "proof of innocence" or stand convicted.

The lightly informed citizen relies on law as written and assumes similar good faith by law enforcement and prosecutors. But the law is never the law, the law is what prosecutors say it is. Law enforcement doesn't enforce the law, it enforces what prosecutors say is the law. This is the only law that matters. In time, the law drifts towards the prosecutor's version, which is invariably the most arbitrary and punitive version.

Consider this. Driving without wearing a seatbelt was, at the beginning, an additional charge when an actionable law was violated. No one was stopped and cited only for not wearing a seatbelt. Now it's an offense in itself. Hate crimes were also additional charges appended only to an actionable offense. They were, in fact, considered only at sentencing for a real crime. They now stand on their own. For an extreme example, saying "illegal alien" in New York City is a hate crime with a quarter-million dollar fine.

This bill is a plug-and-play for distribution to other states with sockets designed to fit seamlessly with the Patriot Act at a future date. The intent is to prevent the armed citizen from associating with his peers by threatening him and his organizations with prosecution as terrorists.

There's much more on this below.


When talk turns to a Civil War II, it's said Americans are the best armed people in the world, with hundreds of millions of guns and trillions of cartridges. Hold on, not so fast. Think this through. Take away the rimfire rifles, the small bore shotguns, the collectibles chambering obsolete or oddball cartridges, the rusted shut .30-30s leaning in the corners of barns, the gentlewomen's purse guns in anemic calibers, the single shot rifles, the nonfunctional wall hangers and fixer uppers and all you have is enough combat-worthy firearms and ammo stashes to supply the world's armies not "many times over" but only a few times over.

This deficit is being overcome, however. Please note:

Breitbart - 2019 Black Friday Firearm Background Checks Rank 2nd Highest in History ... a total of 202,465 for the day, rising monthly volumes are approaching the one-year record of 27.5 million in 2016


Vox Day summarizes his case against "multiculturalism"

There is no reason for people of different genetics, religions, and cultures to live together in a single society or state. None whatsoever. The very concept of "a multicultural society" is intrinsically self-contradictory to the point of being oxymoronic.

The whole point of the nation-state is to permit the different nations to live in peace according to their own distinct and particular preferences. That was the idea behind the several and sovereign American States being "laboratories of democracy". And to the contrary, all that "multiculturalism" and "open borders" and "mass immigration" guarantees is a never-ending struggle of all against all, as each different tribe, religion, and culture seeks to impose its preferences on all the others.


Colin Calloway recounts George Washington's long and cordial relationship with America's Indian tribes, at American Heritage:

In his first term in office, Washington dined, often more than once, with Mohawks, Senecas, Oneidas, Cherokees, Chickasaws, and Creeks. In some cases, they came to Philadelphia because he had personally invited them. In later years, Washington occasionally hosted Indian dinner guests at Mount Vernon, and he continued to dine with Indian delegates to the very end of his presidency: in the last week of November 1796, he dined with four groups of Indians on four different days.


A brief excerpt from Curtis Yarvin's overlong essay, The Clear Pill, Part 2 of 5: A Theory of Pervasive Error, at American Mind:

We end (for now) with a paradox on a long horizon. Consider this cycle:

The intellectual command economy rules. Public opinion is directed by a dogmatic bureaucracy, rife with pervasive error, systematically incapable of changing its mind.

An unofficial free market for truth evolves. This market cannot be poisoned by power, because it has no power. It develops a higher-quality product than the official narrative.

A new epistemic elite arises. The old intellectual bureaucracy, smart enough to sense its own inferiority, hands power to the new truth market. A new golden age begins.

Dogmatic bureaucracy returns. Slowly and inevitably poisoned by power, the once-vibrant civil society slowly ossifies into a dogmatic bureaucracy, evolving more and more pretty lies until pervasive error is again the norm.

Western civilization has been repeating this story over and over for roughly the last half-millennium. At each step in the cycle, there is no clear way to prevent the next.

Wisdom in one breath

From Daniel Greenfield at Front Page

Andrew Yang, the candidate of Silicon Valley bigwigs who believe that all of the country’s problems can be solved by replacing people with machines and forcing what’s left of the middle class to write welfare checks to everyone else.

From Anatoly Karlin at Unz Review

The Great War broke the spirit of the victors at least as strongly as that of the defeated.

From PA World and Times

A ruling class is never seen by the ruled as legitimate unless it looks and sounds like the people it governs.

From Daniel Lattier at Intellectual Takeout

Most Western academics today are using their intellectual capital to answer questions that nobody’s asking on pages that nobody’s reading.

From Don Surber

All awards are garbage that eventually are taken over by liberals. Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, National Review's WFB Jr. Prize...

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Just as a silver mine will close with ore still left inside, because the remaining amount won't pay the heavy machinery, workers and financiers, so too will the oil stop flowing, with plenty left in the ground.

From Col. B. Bunny at Liberty's Torch

This "investigation" into the treason of the Deep State is proving to be the equivalent of a 25-month pregnancy, and counting.

From Jim Quinn at The Burning Platform

Since human nature never changes, with a certain percentage of the population driven by greed, a psychotic thirst for power, craving for control over the masses, and unwillingness to govern while keeping the interests of future generations under consideration, I guess it’s just the level of intensity that matters.

From Neil Levy at Aeon

Ironically, accusing others of virtue signaling might itself constitute virtue signaling– just signaling to a different audience.

From Francis Porretto at Liberty's Torch, about transgenders

No matter who you are, what you are, or how you present yourself to others, nobody owes you anything.

From Dmitry Orlov at Club Orlov

People will prefer theories that confidently predict global warming and associated calamities rather than those that predict more of the same or don’t predict anything in particular.

From physicist Chris Fuchsat at Discover, about the Many Worlds interpretation

Its main shortcoming is simply this: The interpretation is completely contentless.

From Jim's Blog

The factories have come back and are continuing to return. Instead of the great centralization, we now have the great decentralization, with white males moving back into flyover country.

From Stuff Nobody Cares About

A Federal expert said that each Confederate who was shot required 240 pounds of powder and 800 pounds of lead.

From Adam Mill at American Greatness

The CIA should not be sponsoring the impeachment of a duly-elected president.


65 years ago, from Space dot com:

On November 30, 1954, an Alabama woman received an out-of-this-world surprise. Ann Elizabeth Hodges was napping on her couch when a 10-pound meteorite crashed through the ceiling and hit her side. Hodges had a nasty bruise, but was otherwise unharmed. To this day, she is the only person in recorded history to have been struck by a meteorite.

and finally,

Woodpile Report Global Headquarters has been upgraded with a new monitor. Yes. My gaslight illuminated, belt-driven Magic Lantern brand with its handspan-and-a-half screen has been retired, replaced with a gigantic twenty-four incher. It's nice 'n bright and I don't have to keep adjusting a wick to keep the display from flickering. In the grand scheme of monitors it's designed and priced for the lower reaches of consumerdom, which is me, pretty much. But alas, now I see Woodpile Report is jammed over on the left hand side of the screen. Gotta fix that, get it centered.

Another wood stove milepost, I emptied the ash bucket for the first time this year. As does any proper ash bucket, it has a double bottom and a detent so the bale stays upright. I had my doubts how it would hold up long term, the sheet metal seemed rather thin for the purpose. That was thirty-plus years ago. I'm still suspicious.

Well fellow travelers, it's time to close the airlocks, open the armored visors, pressurize the water cannon, engage the six-wheel drive and survey the current state of consensus society. But first this old ad.


1943. American Locomotive Company ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Alco was a locomotive builder in Schenectady, New York. Recently restored Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 was an Alco product, one of twenty-five delivered from 1941 to 1944.

During the war, Alco was a manufacturer of "tanks, gun carriages, Army and Navy ordnance, steam and diesel locomotives". Once the second largest builder of locomotives in the US, Alco ceased operations in 1969. GE, Alco's former partner, took its place and eventually became the largest.

I recall a story told by a wartime inspector who visited Alco's production line for, I believe, the 155 Long Tom, large towed field artillery with a crew of fifteen. He was directed to what was, for Alco, a small shop nearly lost in their huge Schenectady complex. It was a "side job" for them, but as expected, production was on schedule and on budget. About 1,900 were produced by war's end.

The ad reads, in part:

"... if she's young and healthy and strong, a Gauleiter with an eye for beauty may decide she is a perfect specimen for one of the experimental camps. A high honor for your daughter".

How touchingly innocent compared with what was really happening.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Remus's notebook


Guns America Digest - ‘They’ve Awoken a Giant’: 20+ Virginia Counties Become 2A Sanctuaries Overnight ... Michael Bloomberg flipped the state legislature from red to blue earlier this month

art-remus-ident-04.jpg A reader at Survival Blog offers a cautionary note. An excerpt:

The resolutions being adopted have no force of law or regulation. The Supervisors in Virginia counties have no authority over local sheriffs, and they have no sway over the State Police, National Guard, Federal law enforcement, or anyone else who might be tasked with gun confiscation.

Axiom Report - Michael Bloomberg: “Higher taxes should have a higher impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves...” Bloomberg says when leftists raise taxes on the poor, it’s good because then the poor will live longer because they can’t afford as many things that “kill them” ... video, 2m 10s

Excerpt: "Some people say, well, taxes are regressive. But in this case, yes they are. That's the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don't have a lot of money. And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying 'oh we don't want to tax the poor.' Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that's why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don't want to do."

Breitbart - Rap Sheet: 117 Acts of Violence and Harassment Against Conservatives on Campus ... perpetrated by students or school faculty. Includes list with links.

CBS News - "It's one of the worst things I've ever seen": Texas woman killed by feral hogs outside home ... bled to death in her front yard

Principia Scientific - Inside The Climate Change Money Machine ... the best-financed lobby in our history

Club Orlov - Avoiding the Coming Ice Age ... climate scientists may want to diversify

Huffington Post - Bloomberg’s Presidential Bid Comes Amid A Golden Age For Super-Rich Politicians ... during this past decade, billionaires and centi-millionaires won governorships in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia

Town Hall - Cowardice and Capitulation: The Shocking Things Chick-fil-A Funds ... the cowardice that the company has shown in the face of LGBT activism

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Not cowardice, it's becoming apparent Chick-fil-A has been a con for a long time.

Big League Politics - Chick-fil-A’s Charity Director Donated to the Presidential Campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ... contributions also going toward an alleged pedo front

Metrolinx News - Time in a box, Union Station prepares to retire a vast interlocking system that’s guided every train in and out of Toronto for almost 90 years ... complex 1920s technology could have lasted a century more

Rutherford Institute - 13-Year-Old Student Handcuffed, Arrested, Charged With Felony & Criminally Prosecuted for Pointing Imaginary ‘Finger Gun’ at Classmates ... was punished more harshly than students who brought actual guns to school

Campus Reform - Prof asks teachers to combat ‘whiteness’ in art education as form of ‘reparation’ ... Virginia Commonwealth University prof says art teachers can practice “reparation” through their recognition of “whiteness” in the arts as “violence”

Organic Prepper - Rise of the Superbugs: Bacteria Are Outsmarting Humans. Will They Eventually Kill Us All? ... why all of these recalls and outbreaks?

Quanta - Top Dark Matter Candidate Loses Ground to Tiniest Competitor ... “weakly interacting massive particle” look less likely every day, the axion is the best dark matter candidate that we have

WND - Strzok's wife, not FBI, outed his Lisa Page affair ... wife was able to get to his phone, get the calls to Lisa Page, confronted her, and went to the FBI

Eric Peters Autos - Electric Cars Cost More Than Too Much ... EVs will only “succeed” when there is no longer an alternative to them

New York Post - Photo of 18-year-old Billy the Kid, real name Henry McCarty, alias William Bonney, playing cards with Richard Brewer, Fred Waite and Henry Brown ... at the time, Billy was wanted for murdering a blacksmith in Arizona

Live Leak - 'Someone help me': 16-year-old completely perplexed when asked to open tin of beans ... had to be showed by my father in law. Video, 0m 52s.

Zero Hedge - Will The Epstein Story Ever be Fully Told? ... Americans might soon learn what objective is more important to Justice Department officials: Protecting the rich and powerful from the consequences of their behavior, or confirming that a system of justice grounded in trust can still be trusted

Zero Hedge - Schwab Abandons High-Tax San Francisco For New $100 Million Mega-HQ In Dallas ... city streets free of needles and feces and tent cities, and no rolling blackouts


1838. Lieutenant Robert E. Lee, U.S. Army, age 31



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


CWII, Captain's Journal - Virginia Senate Bill No. 64: Declaring Tactical Training Illegal. This is a remarkable development. One refreshing thing is that the masks have all come off now. With control of the Senate, House and Governor’s mansion, the controllers want you to know where they stand and are willing to say so out loud and in the clearest possible terms. Leaving aside the issue of whether one could ever demonstrate intent behind either the delivery or receiving of tactical training, what they really intend is to render illegal any training that involves CQB, small unit fire and maneuver tactics, or any combination of training in long range precision shooting, discrete communications, or battle tactics, techniques and procedures. [CQB is Close Quarters Combat. Yeah, I had to look it up. I wish people wouldn't do that].

Excerpt: "A person is guilty of unlawful paramilitary activity, punishable as a Class 5 felony if he ... Assembles with one or more persons for the purpose of training with, practicing with, or being instructed in the use of any firearm, explosive, or incendiary device or technique capable of causing injury or death to persons, intending to employ such training for use in, or in furtherance of, a civil disorder ..."

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Meanwhile, "Antifa" has had 501(c)(3) status since 2017 , meaning contributors can deduct donations to an armed communist terror outfit from their income tax. By decree of the IRS, Antifa is a non-profit, non-political organization.

For your reference, this is the resume of Virginia State Senator L. Louise Lucas, first elected in 1991. She's the "Patron" of the bill.

Vox Day has posted an excerpt of this bill with his comment, "The imperial state not only wants you fat, sickly, and disarmed, but tactically ignorant as well. At this rate, it won't be long before they ban wargames, of both board and computer varieties. Still think they're not afraid of you? Notice that sections 2 and 3 are based on "intent", as if they can possibly know why one individual is training, drilling, or parading with another individual."

Natural News notes, "The phrase “technique capable of causing injury or death to persons” covers all forms of martial arts and self-defense training ... Under the proposed law, all forms of self-defense training — including hand-to-hand martial arts training — would be considered “paramilitary activity,” even if the training consists of private classes involving just one instructor and one student".

Max Velocity, founder of the paramilitry training outfit Max Velocity Tactical, has posted his opinion. An excerpt: "It is certainly a dilemma as to what will happen if Virginia passes ‘laws’ that are anti-2A, and thus anti-Constitutional, and thus in effect ‘no law’ – but still a clear and present threat to the freedom of Virginians who will become instant felons. That is more of a threat than this anti-paramilitary law, which already exists anyway in a slightly less virulent form. It is more of a worry that as the anti-paramilitary law passes, you are already a felon due to the rest of the sweeping anti-2A laws that are proposed".


Criminalizing training, Marcus Wynne - That state law would criminalize tactical training in VA — and if passed, would likely be snapped up as a model elsewhere. Maybe even at the Federal level. What it does is make unnamed bureaucrats responsible for determining the trainer’s intent in providing the training, and the intent of the people receiving training. If such a law anywhere in the US establishes that providing tactical training in good faith after due diligence will make instructors liable for a felony after the fact based on the subsequent actions of students, who at the time of training were legally cleared — you could conceivably go to jail for teaching your kids to shoot, for teaching a neighbor, for helping a stranger on a public gun range, let alone providing formal training for money to civilians


Electronic warfare, NBC News - Russia’s most successful deployment of ground-based electronic warfare is in its conflict with Ukraine. An 2017 Army study detailed its capabilities in shutting down Ukrainian FM radio and cellular networks. Jammers brought down over 100 Ukrainian drones, while signals intelligence was used to target deadly artillery strikes. Russian systems emitted signals that caused artillery and missiles to prematurely detonate or veer off course. What Russia is doing to Ukraine it can replicate against the United States. The U.S. has become dependent on electronic communications without taking adequate steps to protect them from sabotage.


Angelo Codevilla, American Greatness - Not only had CIA never recruited even one high-level Soviet agent, but for a decade, Aldrich Ames, CIA’s own chief of counterintelligence for the Soviet Union/Russia worked for the KGB. The FBI used to be different. Unlike the CIA’s faux aristos, the first generations of FBI agents were cops first. In due course, FBI officials became standard bureaucrats. They replaced the distinctions by which they had operated with the classic bureaucratic imperative: look out for yourselves by making sure not to displease the powerful. The current inspector general’s general reprimand of FBI malfeasance results from a disease that goes beyond politics, a disease that has sapped the moral and professional character of a class of people for at least a half-century.


1938. Monmouth County, New Jersey


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A potato picker's dinner. Notice the classic gallon wine jug with a thumb ring for hoisting it with the elbow to drink directly from it, although this was rarely done outside of hobo encampments or skid row. In times gone by these could be found on the floor near the kitchen table of any old world family of Mediterranean extraction. The wine itself was of no notable provenance, merely the common stuff of the Levant or Italy or Greece, tasty and satisfying, enjoyed at supper without ceremony or comment.

In 1938, New Jersey was truly "the garden state" with a reputation for some of the finest produce in the world. Nearby New York City was their biggest customer then as now. Over time the patchwork of truck and dairy family farms gave way to the factory farming we see today, producing standard five-miles-an-hour tomatoes and the like.

Monmouth is the northernmost "Jersey shore" county, considered part of the New York City metro area. The population in 1938 was about 155,000. It's now about 620,000 but down from its 2010 high. Although the county is relatively prosperous, a recent poll suggests the outflow will continue.


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Asset forfeiture, Dollar Collapse - States and cities now partially fund themselves by arresting people, taking their stuff and then failing to return said stuff after deciding not to prosecute. Or prosecuting, fining and jailing someone, and still keeping their car, house, cash or whatever in addition to the legally mandated punishment. These thieves had the gall to argue that this practice was both legal and just. But the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it’s neither of those things because the Bill of Rights applies to the states as well as the federal government. Expect a tidal wave of lawsuits that end up costing rapacious police departments, mayors and governors more than the theft is worth.

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This Dollar Collapse article includes an analysis from the Wall Street Journal.


China, Of Two Minds - Beneath the hoopla of a trade deal with China is the cold reality that the divorce has already happened and any trade deal just signs the decree. The divorce of China and the U.S. was mutual; each had used up whatever benefits the marriage had offered, and each is looking forward to no longer being dependent on the other. Corporate America's supply chains are already leaving China for lower cost, friendlier countries, and for its part China has already made its intentions to escape the grip of the U.S. dollar abundantly clear. China has clearly stated its plan to move up the value chain globally and rely more on its domestic consumers to fuel growth rather than exports, which have been weakening for some time.


Health care, Quillian - Lifespans of Americans began declining in 2014 and continue declining today. The Affordable Care Act is on the books for the purpose of enriching the parties which hired the lobbyists to make sure the bill was passed. The same parties with massive political power will also write the provisions of any Medicare for all bill. As long as American’s believe that this type of bill is passed for their benefit, nothing will change. American’s believe that having health insurance constitutes having healthcare. No one is getting genuine health insurance. What they are getting is life management and herding.


Global warming, Liberty Nation - Recently, the European Institute for Climate and Energy held its annual conference in Germany, with more than 200 attendees. This year, however, the organization met in hiding from the Open Anti-Capitalist Climate Protest, affiliated with the communist domestic terror group Antifa. The protestors’ goal has been to shut down climate debate through harassment, intimidation, disruption, and violence. Americans are familiar with the violent tendencies of Antifa, but its German counterpart is even more radical and echoes the brownshirt terror of the 1920s-30s. Nowadays, everyone who disagrees with the radical left is branded as racist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and transphobic. Even climate scientists skeptical of catastrophic global warming are given the same treatment.


1942. Stalingrad, Russia


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Military historians write of strategies and logistics, of weapons and leaders, and necessarily so, but it's ever the same with any army in any war, the decision rests on thousands of small actions by thousands of nobody specials. So it is with these guys on the retail side of war. Ahead could be a minefield covered by a patient machine gunner, or a hasty withdrawal by a panicked enemy.

This small attack was the only important action of the war, on this day, for these guys. There will be fear and valor and excesses on both sides, soon forgotten. Tomorrow will be the same.



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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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