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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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Alexandre Calame, In the Bernese Oberland, 1847

The Bernese Oberland is the mountainous part of the canton of Bern, Switzerland.

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg James Kunstler says , "... if Barr & Durham fail to deliver a bale of indictments, they will be putting a bullet in the head of this republic. There will be no hope of restoring trust in the system ..." There's more.

"What is most perilous for our country now, would be to journey through a second epic crisis of authority in recent times without anybody facing the consequences of crimes they might have committed. The result will be a people turned utterly cynical, with no faith in their institutions or the rule of law, and no way to imagine a restoration of their lost faith within the bounds of law".

The first epic crisis was the finance debacle of 2008,

"... fraudsters and swindlers in that orgy of banking malfeasance were never marched into a courtroom, never had to answer for their depredations, and remained at their desks in the C-suites collecting extravagant bonuses".

The FBI, the Department of Justice, the CIA, the FISA Court, the Department of State, et al, originated and assisted this clunky coup attempt and continue to cover up the misdeeds of their participants. Piles of actionable evidence have been part of the public record for some time now, yet we still await reason to believe the Barr and Durham investigations are being conducted in good faith. Given events thus far an objective observer would bet the other way.

As Mr. Kunstler points out, trust, perhaps legitimacy itself, is slipping away from DC. Consider their serial crimes, not merely unpunished but flouted as insider jokes. Consider the malicious partisanship and sponsored assaults by DC's core agencies, openly applauded in DC as brave and heroic. Consider past and ongoing "legislating from the bench" specifically intended to undo the express will of the people. The emerging message is plain enough now to be unmistakable. Our votes don't count. Because we don't count.

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Karl Denninger at Market Ticker reminds us how violent politics has been:

In 1915 several sticks of dynamite were set off in the Senate Reception Room. The responsible individual later tried to kill JP Morgan and was arrested. In 1954 a bunch of Puerto Ricans opened fire into the House chamber from the upstairs visitor gallery, wounding five. The Weather Underground bombed the Senate in 1971, and another group claiming to be pissed off about US aggression in Lebanon did it again in 1983. Neither bombing resulted in casualties, but both did damage to the building.

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Brian Wang at Next Big Future laments the fall of Boeing

Boeing shifted away from 80 years of engineering culture and focus. One of the most successful engineering cultures of all time gave way to McDonnell’s stock price focus mind-set. Finance executives quadrupled McDonnell’s stock price at the cost of future competitiveness. They merged into Boeing and the executives infected Boeing’s culture.

A business is its "deliverable". In a successful business, the deliverable is inviolable, the revered object of unwavering attention, always uppermost in mind. It's what finance and all else supports. An employee who suggests otherwise, even in a whisper late at night in a distant forest, would be met at work by security, told to clean out his desk, then taunted and heckled by hired clowns all the way to the parking lot.

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Samuel Culper at Forward Observer dispels the rumors and fake news about Virginia in 2020, then offers his thoughts on what to expect. An excerpt:

There very well could be instances where gun rights activists impede or attempt to impede extreme risk protective orders from being carried out. Those instances could lead to bloodshed.

So what’s more likely in the near future is the shooting death of a gun owner at his own home during a red flag search, which could initiate a cascade of political violence.

What’s unlikely in the near future is bands of masked law enforcement and/or soldiers going door to door, doing mass confiscation while your power and cell phone service is down.

The situation is still developing. And politicians know that the groundswell of peaceful pro-gun activism is backed up by something harder. That’s why in the near term they’re most likely to try and erode support for “assault weapons” and legislate them out of existence, as opposed to confiscate everyone’s AR-15s, for now.

Wisdom in one breath

From Spotted Toad at American Mind, about schools

States simply can’t drop the reforms they adopted just a few years ago fast enough. More than a pendulum swing, it has become a panicked rout.

From at American Thinker, about public pensions

You'll work till 80 so they can retire at 50.

From Victor Hanson at American Greatness

“Safe space” is now the politically correct word for racial segregation.

From James Dakin at Bison Prepper

Our elites are as violent and deadly as kings of old, just once removed from the action.

From Commander Zero at Notes From The Bunker

The smart survivalist never stops stockpiling things that can be regulated out of availability on a whim.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds, about the stock market

Everyone knows the price has lost connection with reality, and so every punter and algo is one second away from hitting "sell" and locking in the gains from a manipulated bubble.

From David Collum at Peak Prosperity YouTube

We are so close to a financial crisis now that we may be way, way past the fail-safe.

From Doug Casey at International Man

This is going to be one for the record books. Much different, much longer lasting, and much worse than the unpleasantness of 1929-1946.

From James Kunstler at Kunstler.com

An anxious nausea spreads over the land that Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham are dawdling toward a goal of deflecting justice from the sick institutions behind the three-year coup.

From the Z Man

Since 9/11, the United States has responded to the threat of Islamic terrorism by scouring the earth for Muslims of every sort to import into the country.

From physicist Greg Gbur, quoted at Ars Technica

Cats are cleverer than we think, but less clever than they think.

From Paul Saunders at National Interest

If you “know” your party will prevail regardless, then the political battles that matter are inside one’s own party.

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Settled science from The Guardian, "Now the Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us", February 2004. Excerpt:

A secret report, suppressed by US defense chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents.

'Tis plain, only a fool or a knave would question the experts.

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Jim Satney at Prep For That tells us how Virginia's "assault rifle" law is worse than its opponents thought:

If you own an “assault rifle,” it would be a Class 6 felony. Worse more, the law remains a bit vague on what is or isn’t an “assault rifle.” It also includes all parts associated with the gun, not just the portion which requires the background check. For example, using an AR-15, the lower portion which feeds the rifle requires a background check to purchase. But the upper, the barrel, the stock, etc., do not. If you are pulled over with a barrel or stock, you don’t possess a firearm, at least in most steps. Virginia is changing that law to include “all associated parts.”

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Michael Williamson at The Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse warns of the Virginia gun grabber's Plan B:

Watch for "Compromise." It's standard for the Dems to demand the confiscation of all firearms, and then "Settle" for any number of smaller intrusions—"Assault weapon" bans, "universal" background checks, purchase limits, etc. Don't fall for any rhetoric about how a lesser proposal is "Reasonable." None of it is reasonable, and this is a good opportunity for a peaceful resistance to an outrageous movement.

Bait and switch. When refined it becomes an art form.

and finally,

A suspect has been arrested in the machete attack at New York City's Monsey Synagogue. Initial news reports roundly condemned white supremacy racist Nazis, but alas, the photo shows the perp is a black guy. Expect this one to be memory holed with unseemly haste.

The missus is home, recovering well enough. Thank you for your prayers, kind thoughts and concern.

So, fellow travelers, enough chitchat. Time to turn over today's rock and see what scurries out, as chronicled here at yer ol' Woodpile Report. But first, an ad from days gone by.

 

1941. Savage Arms magazine ad

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Savage Model 1899 was an improved version of their first production rifle, the Savage 1895. More than twenty-five variants followed in the next ninety-eight years.

Like the 95, the 99 featured a rotary magazine allowing pointed bullets, but in more calibers, including the revolutionary .250-3000 in 1915 and the .300 Savage in 1920. When this ad appeared the 99 had most of its ninety-eight years to go, the last 99 came off the production line in 1997.

 

 

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

 

Twitter GrantB911 - Video shows gunman open fire at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas before being shot dead by armed security; the service was being live-streamed on YouTube. No blurring. Video 0m 51s.

Front Page - New York State Blocks ICE and Border Patrol Access to Dept. of Motor Vehicles Database ... law also provides driver's licenses for illegal aliens

Breitbart - New York to Allow Accused Criminals to Inspect Own Crime Scenes, Quickly Obtain Witness Names ... and “non-violent” do not have to post bail

"non-violent crimes include second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, criminally negligent homicide, and aggravated vehicular homicide"

NY Post - Cuomo won’t let all judges officiate weddings because some were appointed by Trump ... "Trump does not embody who we are as New Yorkers"

Breitbart - Tennessee Counties Consider Rebuking Gov. Bill Lee’s Approval of More Refugee Resettlement ... law allows refugees to be resettled without their consent

Captain's Journal - NRA Statement On Second Amendment Sanctuaries ... tepid, frightened, worthless statement

Backdoor Survival - Lifestraw 2019 Version Review and Discussion ... bottom line: get a Sawyer Mini

Daily Caller - Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget In Anticipation Of Jailing Gun Owners ... forcing law-abiding Virginia taxpayers to pay for the diminution of their rights

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Max Velocity spells out his recommended response to Virginia's proposed gun confiscation laws

We mostly don’t want to think about it, but there may come a time, and it may be soon, where we face an armed struggle for our rights. If this happens, it will be absolutely because Richmond tried to enact tyranny and force it down our throats. Don’t be duped by the way they talk about ‘laws’ and having them obeyed.

Any Virginia Citizen knows their Constitution, and knows what is right and what is wrong. Be absolutely clear in your mind that if this comes to violence, it will be the fault of Richmond. This is why I am writing this article – because I don’t think many of you are there yet. You need to get your mindset right. You need to have your kit packed and ready to go, in case Richmond sends armed men against us.

... In our case, we must not fire any shots first, but we must be prepared to act in self-defense should the State act in tyranny and send armed men against us.

Off Grid Survival - Wild Mall Brawls Throughout the Country ... videos of large-scale "teen" mob attacks and "teen" brawls over the Christmas shopping week

Raconteur Report - These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For ...

Excerpt: "Everyone who figures rednecks, hillbillies, and sketchy neighborhood city-folk from the U.S. of 1B Guns and 2Trillion Rounds of Ammo, are going to be easier meat and bigger pushovers than illiterate fourth-grade dropout goatherders with rusted bolt-action rifles, signify by setting yourself on fire".

Money Metals Exchange - The Signs Swirl All Around Us, so Is the Monetary Reset at Hand? ... gold price suppression had become part of a central banking plan to redistribute world gold reserves in anticipation of an international currency reset

City Journal - California’s Real “Train to Nowhere” ... San Jose’s light-rail is style over substance, without paying attention to the nuts and bolts

Daily Bell - Caribbean Pirates had a better system of government ... everyone joined of their own free will and agreed to the rules beforehand

Lapham's Quarterly - Once Upon a Time ... four fairy tales are oldest on record, adapted for as long as 7,000 years. Chart.

Discovery - Betelgeuse Dims Dramatically, Astronomers Scratch Their Heads ... one of the night sky's brightest stars is now the faintest it's been in a century

American Military News - Trump held private, enlisted-only Afghanistan war meetings – ‘No generals or officers, only enlisted guys that have been there’ ... “We don’t fight to win. The morale is terrible. It’s totally corrupt.”

 

1930. A floor of the Western Union main offices in New York City

 

 

Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Coup, Red State - Admiral Mike Rogers, who served as Director of the National Security Agency under President Obama, has been cooperating with U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal inquiry into the origins of the Trump/Russia collusion investigation. Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova is asked if he believes FISC Judge Collyer is doing “enough” in reaction to the IG report. The answer is no. This is too little, too late. This is grandstanding and save your ass kind of stuff by a federal judge. There should have been contempt hearings before the FISA Court already. She didn’t have to wait. She knew everything. Once the FBI’s abuses were revealed to the world, she was forced to respond, “save your ass kind of stuff by a federal judge.”

art-remus-ident-04.jpg So now we're the ones being told "the wheels are coming off, it's the beginning of the end, the walls are closing in". So far this coup has been the grand opera version of Punch and Judy. We in the the audience, fiercely protective of our heckling rights, are becoming aware by degrees we'll be commanded to applaud a happy ending and all will be forgiven.

 

Seattle, City Journal - When I first heard this slogan, I assumed that it was a figure of speech, used to legitimize more expansive criminal-justice reform. But after reading the academic and activist literature, I realized that “abolish the police” is a concrete policy goal. The abolitionists want to dismantle municipal police departments and see “police officers disappearing from the streets.” Socialist city council candidate Shaun Scott argued that the city must “[disinvest] from the police state” and “build towards a world where nobody is criminalized for being poor.” Scott blasted “so-called officers” for their “deep and entrenched institutional ties to racism” that produced an “apparatus of overaggressive and racist policing that has emerged to steer many black and brown bodies back into, in essence, a form of slavery.”

 

Families, American Mind - The Administrative State robs citizens of the power of self-government and lodges it in the hands of experts. Family courts and the administrative apparatus around them will say that they decide issues “in the best interests of the child.” The truth is that “the best interests of the child” is for them to live with both parents in a lifelong union of love and fidelity. Many well-meaning people suppose that “no-fault” divorce means mutual consent divorce. This is not the case. Our divorce regime is a unilateral divorce regime. The State always takes sides with the party who wants the marriage the least. The State incentivizes disloyalty and infidelity between spouses. And when things go wrong, the State empowers itself to clean up the mess. The Deep State could, at any time, enact divorce by mutual consent. Yet, they do not.

 

Crash, Of Two Minds - Central planning is all about creating the illusion of permanence and the illusion of beneficial control. But like Soviet-era planners their actions are not beneficial to all, and so they must labor mightily to create an illusion of permanence and absolute control. Central planning optimizes a disconnect from reality that erodes trust in the market's signals. Now that the Fed has commandeered the "market" as a signaling utility, it no longer reflects the real economy. Anyone looking at the hollowed-out, fragile shell of a Fed-managed "market" realizes a crash that runs away from central planning control is already baked in. The greater the confidence that the central planners are god-like, the closer we are to an "out of the blue" crash that takes the punditry and punters by surprise.

 

1940. Silver Peak, Nevada

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Silver Peak in southwest Nevada began as a small silver mining town in the 1860s but by 1920 it was declared a ghost town. It enjoyed a brief reanimation when strategic minerals were mined during World War II. The former silver mines are the only source of lithium in the country and operations are expanding. Although Silver Peak largely burned down in 1948, a residual population of about 100 remains.

The saloon in the bottom photo appears in the top photo at about the 9 o'clock position.

 

 

More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links

 

Pole drift, Urban Survival - Since 2000 the north magnetic pole has drifted hundreds of miles east and is accelerating. The Earth shifts its magnetosphere from south to north and north to south every 300,000 years. The last magnetic pole shift occurred 780,000 years ago and that’s what has many scientists paying particular attention to the recent acceleration. The south magnetic pole is nowhere close to the geographic South Pole and also exhibiting an accelerated drift. The magnetosphere has actually lost 15% of its force in the last 200 years. That is “significant” and the implications grow more ominous if the trend continues. It could take up to 300 years for the magnetosphere to conclude its shift cycle and return to optimum strength.

 

Earthquakes, Phys Org - Forces pulling on Earth's surface as the planet spins may trigger earthquakes and eruptions at volcanoes. As polar motion fluctuates, forces pulling the planet away from the sun tug at Earth's crust, much like tides due to the gravitational pull from the sun and moon. The tide from polar motion causes the crust to deform over the span of seasons or years. This distortion is strongest at 45 degrees latitude, where the crust moves by about 1 centimeter per year. There were more earthquakes when Earth's rotational pole was furthest from the geographic axis—at the point in Earth's top-like spin when it looks like it is about to fall over.

 

Privileged class, Paul Craig Roberts - The United Church of Christ in Ames, Iowa flew a LGBTQ flag/banner of sexual perversion. A 30 year old Hispanic immigrant took it down and burned it. For this “crime” he was sentenced to 16 years in prison! Almost every day I read that another person has been fired from their job because they tweeted the fact that there are only two genders. A Google senior engineer, a white male, was fired because he posted a tweet or an email that spoke a truth that men and women are good at different things and excel in different areas. What kind of society is the West in which absolutely ridiculous declarations take precedence over all known science and anatomical fact?

 

SJWs, Minding The Campus - It is impossible to overstate how fierce and sweeping the attack on meritocracy is: every mainstream institution is either furiously revising its standards or finds itself in the crosshairs for failing to do so. The ultimate social-justice solution to the skills and behavior gap is to remove the competition entirely. From the moment children enter school, they are berated for their white privilege if they fall outside a favored victim group. Any success that they enjoy is not due to their own efforts, they are told; it is due to the unfair advantages of a system deliberately designed to handicap minorities. Teachers are now advised to ignore white male students since asking or answering questions in class is another mark of male supremacy. The pariahs are getting the message.

 

Ruling class, American Thinker - Bureaucratic agencies become ideal tools for tyrants. A tyrant can point his agencies in a particular direction and unleash them. They immediately glory in their new power. Horrors ensue. Nazi Germany gave us the Holocaust and war. Stalin used betrayal. Friends betrayed friends. Children spied on parents. Sound familiar? Antifa anyone? Black Lives Matter anyone? Greta anyone? Mao lives! In this country Congress has ceded much of its power to unchecked regulatory agencies, allowing them to write their own regulations to prosecute, and persecute, anyone who might stand in an agency’s way.

 

1942. Garfield Utah

 

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Garfield is a county in south-central Utah best known for Bryce Canyon National Park. The photo is of a copper smelting operation. In 1942, copper was at or near the top of the list of strategic metals. Gold and silver are important byproducts of copper smelting.

 

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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
Ayn Rand

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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
Traditional

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If, before undertaking some action, you must obtain the permission of society—you are not free, whether such permission is granted to you or not. Only a slave acts on permission. A permission is not a right.
Ayn Rand

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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Ayn Rand

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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984

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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
Ayn Rand

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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
Kevin Brekke

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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
Ayn Rand

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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
Vaclav Havel

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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken

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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
John Derbyshire

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The hallmark of authoritarian systems is the creation of innumerable, indecipherable laws. Such systems make everyone an un-indicted felon and allow for the exercise of arbitrary government power via selective prosecution.
Ayn Rand

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Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson

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When you are fed, there are many problems. When you are hungry, there is one problem.
NoPension at Zero Hedge

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We have reached the stage where satire is prophecy.
Theodore Dalrymple

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Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Theodore Dalrymple

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31 Dec 2019

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