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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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Asher Durand, Lake Scene in the Mountains, 1874

Asher Durand was one of the original Hudson River School painters who, like his close friend Thomas Cole, argued artistically that nature was a visible manifestation of God. His disposition was largely informed by pastoral romanticism in the Claude Lorrain manner, as was most landscape of his day.

The earliest Hudson River School paintings show little knowledge of geometric composition, also seen in the somewhat clunky proportions of early colonial furniture. Thomas Cole, for instance, used a corner-to-corner "X" for some of his early works. Although Durand's painting above was done decades before Hambidge formalized Dynamic Symmetry, its geometric scaffolding is sophisticated and effective.

Lake Scene in the Mountains was completed when Durand was seventy-eight years old. New Jersey born and raised, he lived to be ninety.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Oil is valuable because it generates food and enables its distribution. All other uses are secondary, mostly conveniences by way of piggybacking. Politics, finance and wars are about food; who gets it, who doesn't get it and who has it taken away. This is our future and always has been our future. It's why man is tribal, and why tribes are not naturally inclusive.

Alas, our long term food supply has not benefited from oil. These are two "pull quotes" from an essay by Erico Tavares at Linkedin, paragraphs 6 and 29, about the coming food emergency:

Modern agriculture has been very successful in delivering calories, basically by converting copious amounts of fossil fuels into food, but rather less so in delivering nutrients. This is because it exhausts top soil and organic matter, critical to produce nutrient-dense foods. As such the health crisis will become worse as a depleted nutrition acts as a catalyst to major diseases...

Tomatoes, for one. A few generations ago they were far more tasty and nutritious than they are now, with twice the key electrolytes and vitamins. Try a tomato from the Amish, not a photo-perfect one from a roadside stand but one from their private stock. You'll still be smiling when you wake up the next morning. Then comes the epiphany, any competent gardener with a modest plot of good ground can eat this well.


Aging farming populations worldwide, quite severe in some cases, will finally put significant pressure on food supplies by mid-decade, if not sooner. And the young, so far, are not replacing them. As a result, record food supplies globally at the start of the decade may turn into food deficits by the end, especially given strong population growth projections.

If you think Big Tech is belligerent tyranny, wait until Big Ag joins with it. "Back to the land" will be more necessity than idealism, as it once was. The yeomen of Jefferson's time didn't live like they did to be picturesque.

James Kunstler describes the economy in such terms in his year end essay:

The economy is really just a function of energy inputs, and these must be inputs that make economic sense — that don't cost more than whatever they return. All our banking and finance arrangements depend on that. If energy inputs decline, or the cost in energy exceeds the value of net energy you get, then debts of every kind can no longer be repaid and the whole system implodes. From there the question is whether collapse is slow or fast. My guess is that it may start slowly and then accelerate rapidly to critical — and the process has already begun.

Stay away from crowds. When scarce oil and malevolent finance bring hard times the coastal megacities will be conspicuous for the useless and depraved sinkholes they are. The productive will not gladly feed these perpetually hostile reservations, no matter how furious the demand by their deranged keepers. Their more delusional patrons will quickly discover EBT cards make mighty thin soup, as Max Bracken warned in 2013, cited at Prepper Journal. Mr. Bracken notes we live in the age of the instantaneous, but ...

Food must be delivered the old-fashioned way: physically. Any disruption in the normal functioning of the EBT system will lead to food riots with a speed that is astonishing ... so-called “transitional” and mixed-ethnic areas will suffer the worst violence. These neighborhoods will become utterly chaotic killing zones, with little or no help coming from the overstretched police.

The class structure of post-collapse America will be simple: those who eat and those who don't.


The Z Man predicts Barr and Durham will faithfully perform their duty to delay the coup investigation indefinitely:

In January, Bill Barr will announce that he is looking to some things about the FBI scandal, but is waiting on yet another inspector general report. In March he will remind everyone he is still looking into the FBI issue. In June rumors will float around about Durham doing something. By fall, the election will require putting all of it aside as that would be seen as an unnecessary distraction. The point being is that nothing will come of the Durham investigation. The whole thing gets broomed.

DC is a self preservation machine. It serves its best and only friend—itself. Start from there and all becomes clear.


Walt Disney Company gained controlling interest, 73%, of National Geographic in 2019. The "joint venture" is called National Geographic Partners. The property was formerly controlled by 21st Century Fox, which Disney acquired in 2017.


About the drop in Chicago murders: "nearly a dozen death investigations are pending re-classification sometime during 2020 when no one pays attention to last year's total", says Second City Cop.


Andrea Widburg at American Thinker points out the latest free ride for illegal aliens:

Starting with the New Year, California is giving illegal aliens between the ages of 19 and 26 full access to Medi-Cal. Before 2020, illegal aliens under 19 were already receiving full benefits under the program, while young adults had only free emergency room care.

How about a free ride back to the homeland they love so much more.

Wisdom in one breath

From Samantha Biggers at Backdoor Survival, about societal collapse

The further you are from the city the fewer people will make it to you. The other side of this is that those that do will be the toughest, luckiest, best trained, and most dangerous.

From Jim at Jim's Blog

The state religion of progressivism is succumbing to madness, rendering it incapable of functioning as the faith of an elite capable of ruling.

From Aesop at Raconteur Report

You've had a respite of some 37 months to get your metaphysical crap together in one bag, and use the time prudently. If you've squandered that lead time, woe unto you.

From Brandon Smith at Alt-Market

If the elites did not trigger a crash under Trump, then this would give the public the impression that conservative ideals and national sovereignty works.

From Jake Novak at CNBC, about the Dems

The “we think you’re stupid and we hate and fear you ... now vote for us” line has never worked because there’s no way it can.

From Joe Mama at Eaton Rapids Joe, about the Soleimani execution

My guess is that Iranian leadership just pitched their cell phones into the sewer and are back to using pencil and paper.

From Ace at Ace Of Spades

Of course we allocate Congressional districts based on illegal immigrant/non-citizen populations because we live in ClownWorld where nothing makes sense.

PA World and Times

The American Empire’s abuses of its own core population go not unnoticed by a growing number of members of said core population.

From dustinwind, comment at Zero Hedge

The founders would view today's America as a nation under authoritarian rule several orders of magnitude worse than the one they revolted against.

From James Kunstler

It’s not working to run the global economy anymore, so we resort to swindles and frauds instead.

From Jim Goad at Taki's Magazine

The group which winds up getting blamed is not necessarily the guiltiest one—it’s the group that lost the power struggle.

and finally,

Kozmik Koncepts of collapse are all well and good, but there comes a time when physical preparations have to be in hand, meaning a secure location with the resources and tools to make it through your maelstrom of preference. Not helpful are Kozmik Koncepts about prepping for survival in downtown Newark, for instance. It's low comedy at best, malicious disinformation at worst. Give me the name of a credible survivalist who would advise moving from, say, the hill country of Tennessee to central Chicago when it all goes sideways. My Inviolable and Most Excellent First Rule of Survival remains: Stay away from crowds.

After a fair test drive of the Bongino Report, I went back to WhatFinger on my startup page.

Okay gang, grab yer hazmat gear and ten foot poles, it's time for Yer ol' Woodpile Report's tour of the catacombs. But first, an ad from those golden days of yesteryear.


1950. Henry J magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The Henry J was a "basic transportation" car by Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, in production from 1950 through 1954. Gas mileage was the pitch, but sales were puny. By 1950 gasoline was cheap and plentiful and cars from the Big Three automakers were larger with more standard features at a not much higher price.



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


Zero Hedge - Baltimore County Homicides Jump 85% To Record High Amid Spillover In City Murder Crisis ... now spilling over in the communities five to ten miles from city limits

Neon Nettle - Obama's Common Core 'Worst Large-Scale Educational Failure in 40 Years' ... students who were already performing poorly declined even further

Prep For That - Kentuckians Refusing Gun Law Compliance, Sparking New Battleground ... six counties have declared themselves as Second Amendment sanctuary counties, at least three dozen more likely to follow

AmmoLand - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Exposed by New Evidence in NRA Complaint ... new documents of coercion from the Cuomo regime

Mexico News Daily - Ciudad Juárez to build mega-cemetery for unidentified, unclaimed bodies ... facilities capable of storing up to 800 bodies prior to burial

KRON - California public schools can’t suspend students for disobeying teachers, new law says ... disproportionately used against students of color

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Wait wait. They're asking us to believe California public schools are largely staffed by racists?

CD Media - New York City Is No Longer Safe And Not Suitable For Business ... the homeless assault people with impunity

Activist Post - The UN Is Hiring English-Speaking Disarmament Officers in New York ... posted the day after Christmas. See United Nations Careers, Job Opening

Law Enforcement Today - New York releasing criminals early and handing out lavish parting gifts on taxpayer dime ... the city is working to purchase drawstring bags so criminals can pack their prizes out more easily

American Thinker - Can the Union Endure? ... we stand near the point of what divorce lawyers term “irreconcilable differences”

Quanta - Famous Fluid Equations Spring a Leak ... researchers have spent centuries looking for a scenario in which the Euler fluid equations fail. Now a mathematician has finally found one

Twitchy - Daily Beast columnist vomits up dumpster fire of an article attempting to rationalize left-wing anti-Semitic violence ... wild feats of intellectual contortion

NY Post - Orthodox Jewish man attacked on Brooklyn street in another anti-Semitic assault ... a group of "teens", wink wink

Excerpt: "The victim is specifically concerned about new bail-reform laws, which prohibit bail from being set on most low-level crimes including misdemeanor assault, as well as changes to discovery laws, which could give the perpetrators access to identifying information about him".

art-remus-ident-04.jpg Front Page reports,

As compared to the white population, anti-Semitic propensities among African Americans as measured in 2016 were more than double that of whites, 23% versus 10% respectively. This survey also found that Hispanic Americans born outside of the U.S. have even higher anti-Semitic propensities (31%) than African Americans.

By "anti-Semitic propensities among African Americans" they mean unhinged, homicidal loathing. Black anti-Jewish screeds and violence confound the progressives, the media and Jews themselves. Their convoluted excuses and blame deflection continue to astonish rational people of good will. Let one example suffice:

Campus Reform - UNH ​Prof: Asking black people to speak out about anti-Semitism makes you a ‘garden variety racist’ ... it is “anti-Black” and “dangerous both to non-Jewish Black people and to Jews” to consider violent attacks against Jews by Black people “equivalent” to “white antisemitism”

Okey dokey Miss Chanda, be sure to get back to us on how it all works out.

Ancient Origins - Science Proves Ancient Elderberry Remedy Beats the Flu ... new research was conducted at the University of Sydney

Inventions News - Clever “Flying-V” plane design is more fuel-efficient than today’s most advanced aircraft ... uses 20 percent less fuel

Breitbart - Gov. Andrew Cuomo Proposes Ban on Purchasing Gun Parts Online ... New York would require serial numbers and sales through FFL for all parts of a gun

art-remus-ident-04.jpg This is the problem with gun laws, they're not "the" law for long. Those parts intended to make the law acceptable become "loopholes" to be stripped away by one dishonorable means or another. Should orderly redress continue to miscarry and constitutional legitimacy be increasingly repudiated, the prudent will be seen as having failed. Watching quietly from the periphery are the patient but imprudent, taking their own counsel.

If this is unsettling, and it is, consider this from Conservative Treehouse:

U.S. House of Representatives Legal Counsel, Douglas Letter, argued in court it would be a possible remedy—for a conflict between branches of government—for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to order an armed “gun battle” between the House and the United States Department of Justice. Yes, this actually happened.

At the same time as national Democrat political candidates are arguing to remove the constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, the highest ranking Democrat in the United States; a person only two succession-steps away from the presidency; is arguing in DC federal court the House could begin an armed conflict against the Dept. of Justice.

City Journal - Unjust Deserts ... cities move to ban dollar stores, blaming them for residents’ poor diets

Daily Caller - Increased Plane Traffic At U.S. Italian And Spanish Bases Points To The U.S. Getting Ready For Military Confrontation ... dozens of American cargo planes

Breitbart - Russian Pranksters: Maxine Waters Fell for Call from ‘Greta Thunberg’ Offering a Taped Trump Confession ... toying with a mouthy moron is so sad

Washington Times - Texas' discovery of 95,000 noncitizens on voter rolls lauded by election integrity hawks ... no state requires proof of citizenship to register to vote

Principia Scientific - 5 scientific myths you probably believe about the Universe ... knowing some physics opens the door for some really large misconceptions

Defense News - US Navy declares new fleet created to confront Russia fully operational ... for operations in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans

History Net - 10 Great POW Escapes ... it’s hard to imagine Churchill as a gun-toting guerrilla fighter and escaped prisoner

IJR - Gov. Northam Takes Step Toward Removing Robert E. Lee Statue From the US Capitol ... each state gets to display two statues in the Capitol, the other statue is of former President George Washington


Swiss Army Alpine stove

This is the first in a series of one entitled, "Preps I Adore For Their Simplicity".

Many years ago I found this classic Borde Vulcan Swiss Army Alpine stove on a milsurp site. When it arrived I checked it out and immediately ordered more. They were priced at around ten bucks back then. One is in my Bugout Bag, another is in my Get Me Home bag, the rest are in reserve.

My woods cruising bag however is equipped with a much smaller stainless gasifier stove, selected with the comforting notion I should never have to use it. Incidentally, the most experienced hiker-camper I know of scoffs at stoves. He places his cup or pot in or near the coals of his campfire and calls it good. But, sez I, he's assuming a campfire and coals. It's like constructing a nuclear reactor to light a cheroot. This thing will run on twigs and boil water in a thrice. Time has value in sketchy times.

The kit is all aluminum, three piece, weighing fourteen ounces, about ten and a half inches tall, three and a half inches wide. I keep mine in a cinch-top bag along with fire starter tabs and sundries. The bottle in this one is stamped JE76, the date of manufacture I assume. It's a little rattley right out of the box, easily defeated with a bit-o'-shimming for the bottle.

Any small pan or pot can be placed on top, but either the kit cup or bottle can be nested into the stove. The fire is, thereby, directed into the axial space between the container and the stove, then exits through the holes around the top perimeter. The bottle rests on the stove handle keeper tab, the cup rests on its stepup diameter, so the bottom of either is held just above the fire.

Two cups of water, which is a few bubbles less than half a liter, will fill the cup to about one thumb width (~1.0 Tw) from the rim. The bottle holds about four cups.

For my bugout bag I've substituted a Thermos bottle for the kit bottle, one I had on hand, very close to the same height and diameter, by chance. The object is to reduce the space taken by two items to the space taken by one item, but it also means I'm restricted to using only the cup to heat water. My default beverage is, fittingly, Swiss Miss chocolate mix, 160 calories per packet, 2.5g of fat, blah blah, about equivalent to a thick slice of home baked bread.

With a boil time of six minutes per cupful, say, and with two cupfuls to fill the Thermos, it comes to about fifteen minutes, fussing time included. When it comes to using it, the contents are already potable and hot, no fire needed. This could be important on a cold day when being trailed by uncommonly athletic zombies. And yes, I'll have to manage potable versus raw water differently than with a heatable bottle. I go back and forth on this, everything's a tradeoff.

The wall thickness of the stove is quite thin, in fact, it's said running the stove continuously without the cup or bottle in place risks melting a hole in the stove. This could be misinformation, or perhaps it runs too hot in barefoot configuration. I see no reason to find out.

The ribs appear larger than would be strictly needed for structural strength. I'm guessing it's to increase the radiant surface. The Swiss probably have it calculated down to the last heat corpuscle, good enough for me. On the plus side, dump the fire and it cools quickly, unlike steel double wall stoves.

This is more a hobo stove than a gasifier or rocket stove, cleverly modified to extract heat efficiently by enveloping the container in fire. It runs as smokey as an open fire, which means it gets sooty and hard to clean, as if the soot bonds with the aluminum rather than merely coating it. Perhaps I should be worried about the heat transfer properties of an Aluminum-Soot alloy, but not just now. The photos are of a reserve stove, still nice 'n pretty.

There are many ways it could be 'improved'. A bottle with a screw cap comes to mind. There's no compelling reason for it so I'll leave well enough alone. Corks may be irredeemably retro to some, but they work. I'm thinking the Swiss used a cork so a distracted landser wouldn't blow up the bottle if he disremembered to remove it. And I'm not above disremembering. So there's that.

A steel mesh fire support is another, to allow air to reach the fire from underneath. Hotter fire and less smoky, it's claimed. Well maybe, but it reduces the combustion area and this stove doesn't allow replenishing fuel from the top. And a three piece unit then becomes a four piece unit, with more maintenance, for dubious gain. The notion strikes me as "fluidized bed envy" to begin with. Pass. It works fine as-is.

This is how it looks set up for use. The fuel loading cutout is at bottom, left. The bare twigs found on the lower bole of evergreens are my fuel of choice, they burn readily and hot even when wet which, somehow, they rarely are.

Okay, I'm done. What's next.


Stuff you may want to think about
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2020s predictions, Club Orlov - A shrinking physical economy obscured by runaway debt remains on a collision course with reality; once the collision takes place, the result will be similar to what happened during the financial collapse of 2007-8, except that the desperate financial manipulations that were then used to arrest it will no longer work at all and the physical economy, which is already languishing, will grind to a halt. With regard to politics, the US has already stopped functioning. The ruling elite has split up into two warring camps which are now treating each other with the same viciousness, malice and disdain they have previously reserved for foreigners. Faced with their own full-spectrum failure, the elites have been forced to scapegoat—anybody but their own beloved selves—and have found ... each other, of course!


Fear, Liberty's Torch - Government will do what it can to get its citizens to fear other governments and to value “their” government as an indispensable defense against the others. A government that seeks additional power over its people will find it useful to get them to fear one another and to look to the government for protection. Governments can exploit the fear of “non-state actors” – terrorists – to get their citizens to accept measures they would never have deemed acceptable in an earlier era. They most certainly should be feared and fought. But beware the politician who demands additional power over you through surveillance, disarmament, increased taxation, or other measures, as a way of “protecting” you against terrorism.


Justice, American Conservative - The whole centralized legal apparatus is crashing down. Eighty percent of people have little or no trust in the government in Washington, while only 24 percent have a great deal or quite a lot of faith in the criminal justice system. Even the experts are concerned as to whether the whole administrative system has become dysfunctional. Experts located far from controversies, using abstract theories and unlimited resources and power, too easily become detached from ordinary life. Expansive readings of statutes, draconian punishments for relatively minor acts, politicized prosecutors and judges, and playing to a confused crowd and voracious media easily become common practice.


Cultural appropriation, City Journal - The progressive concept of “cultural appropriation” seems to clash with another progressive imperative: the need to nurture multicultural appreciation. Multiculturalism has been a prominent cause among progressives for more than a generation, but today, admiration for other cultures apparently comes with a warning sign. Most reasonable people understand that to adopt an artifact or practice doesn’t diminish the culture from which it originates. You can’t steal a culture. Cultural exchange is enriching, not impoverishing, it's the sincerest form of flattery. It’s time for progressives to decide between embracing multiculturalism or policing “cultural appropriation.” They can’t have it both ways.


1938. Tulare County, California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg A typical deep larder of the 'thirties. Tulare County is in central California, home to Sequoia National Park and the San Joaquin Valley. The population was about 100,000 in 1938.


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Meteorite, Discover - A flash of light would have come first, followed by a shockwave and massive earthquake. Only later would the hailstorm of black, glassy debris begun to fall, a rocky rain that would touch 10 percent of the planet's surface. That's the scene that followed a massive asteroid impact 790,000 years ago. The remains it scattered, called tektites, have been found from Asia to Antarctica. For decades, scientists have searched for the elusive resting place of the impactor that coated the Earth with debris. Now, they may have finally found it in the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos, an expanse of flat, shallow rock formed from hardened lava, just thick enough to obscure a hole larger than San Francisco.


Knots, Sci Tech Daily - Mathematicians have long been intrigued by knots, so much so that physical knots have inspired an entire subfield of topology known as knot theory where mathematicians seek to describe a knot in mathematical terms, along with all the ways that it can be twisted or deformed while still retaining its topology, or general geometry. Basically, a knot is stronger if it has more strand crossings, as well as more “twist fluctuations” — changes in the direction of rotation from one strand segment to another. They also found that a knot can be made stronger if it has more “circulations,” a region in a knot where two parallel strands loop against each other in opposite directions, like a circular flow.


Headlights, Eric Peters Autos - A $30,000 new car with $1,500 headlights eventually becomes a $10,000 used car with $1,500 headlights. After another few years, it will be a $3,500 used car with $1,500 headlights. It makes perfect sense to spend $25 on a replacement sealed beam headlight for a $1,500 used car. You throw away the $3,000 car that needs $1,500 headlights. Cars with $1,500 headlights probably couldn’t be sold if the people buying them had to bear the full potential cost of repairing and prematurely replacing them. But because the car insurance business is a loathsome mafia whose “services” one cannot refuse, the escalating cost-to-fix and cost-to-throw away of new cars is distributed to everyone, very much in the manner of health insurance you’re also not allowed to refuse.


Quantum weirdness, TLS - In 1964, the same year he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum mechanics, Richard Feynman could tell a lecture hall: “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Depending on how you want to interpret the results from a litany of physical and mathematical experiments all validating each other, you are left, basically speaking, with only so many possibilities of how you might understand the world.

One. The world does not exist unless you look at it.
Two. Particles are pushed around by an invisible wave. But the particles have no influence on the wave.
Three. Everything that could possibly happen does, in an array of parallel realities.
Four. Everything that could possibly happen has already happened and we only noticed part of it.
Five. Everything influences everything else instantly, as if space does not exist.
Six. The future influences the past.


1945. Bastogne Belgium


art-remus-ident-04.jpg The photo was probably taken just after Patton's Third Army relieved the defenders of Bastogne during the Ardennes Offensive, December 1944 through January 1945. I'm thinking the tanker on the left should exercise better muzzle discipline.


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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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