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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 Millner, Bringing Cattle Down From The Alm, 1856

Karl Millner, 1825-1895, was a German landscape artist with an expansive naturalistic outlook shared with his contemporaries Johann Steffan , Adalbert Waagen , Albert Bierstadt , Augustus Leu and others. Alm is German for Alpine meadow.


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Your own best judgment determines what you do, if anything, to prepare for an epidemic of the Wuhan coronavirus. For myself, each round of information, as unreliable as it may be in its specifics, suggests an notable epidemic is more likely than not.

There are a few things known with certainty. Pneumonia is, as with all flu, the common mode of fatality. 61.5% of patients requiring hospitalization and intense monitoring ended up becoming "non-survivors". Wuhan coronavirus has an incubation period of three to twenty-seven days, i.e., infected but without symptoms. Fourteen days is typical. Fever and cough are common, diarrhea is not. Recovering from Wuhan coronavirus does not confer immunity, it can reinfect and cause further damage, including heart failure.

Only three of the more than 100 public health labs across the country have verified the CDC test for use . It means no one has been tested for this coronavirus in forty-seven states. The kits CDC distributed are flawed and none have yet been replaced. What are the real numbers of coronavirus cases in the US? As we say around here, "you can't find what you're not looking for".

One chilling thought. We may be seeing the first of multiple waves of the Wuhan coronavirus. Victims of the 1918 flu's "second wave" experienced their first symptoms and took their last breath all in the same day.

One other thing, from Centers for Disease Control, via CNBC

The virus is proving to be far more contagious than the flu, having spread from 300 people in mid-January to more than 75,700 as of Thursday morning.

As I've said elsewhere, I'll almost certainly be my own caretaker so I've bulked up my "flu kit". Flu pharmaceuticals are likely to disappear in the panic that accompanies the moment of general recognition. I shall make a checklist of symptoms, the appropriate medicine, the dosage and the interval. Living where I do I'm already in compliance with Remus's Most Excellent and Inviolable Rule One for Survival, namely and to wit:

Stay away from crowds.

It's said aspirin is contraindicated for flu. I find the evidence convincing. It's said Sambucus may initiate or exacerbate a cytokine storm specific to the Wuhan coronavirus . I shall exercise caution until the question is resolved.

An epidemic may be disruptive enough to force the prepper to rely on his back room stash for a long while. Should a massive uncontrolled pandemic occur, a catastrophic breakdown of utilities, services, transportation and industry may follow. This would be the collapse, the black swan. The prepper would become a survivalist, forced to rely on his deep larder and other doomsday preparations. That's another subject, but as I've asked in the past, if you're not preparing for the worst, what are you preparing for?


Elites. You keep using that word. I think you do not know what it means. Who you are calling the elites are merely the upper class. Let's deploy our ten foot pole and see who these people are.

For the upper class wealth means money. They typically aspire to be world class financiers making money by moving money, which aligns best with their only real talent, clever manipulation. For the elites, wealth means long term tangible holdings, the money follows. It's the difference between a seller of traveler's insurance and the absentee owner of a resort.

Marcus Crassus set the rentier uber-model, it remains unaltered to this day. Caesar Augustus, an alert student, was the wealthiest man who ever lived, not by accumulating financial instruments but by holding actual assets. He personally owned Egypt, for one. Augustus's Pax Romana ensured orderly exploitation of these holdings and of the empire generally, which sustained the prosperity of free Roman citizens for two centuries. Legitimacy of the elite, and therefore of government, rests on this arrangement.

The upper class however are the perpetual novus homo; resentful and grasping with some showy pose as cover. Being seen in the right company is important to them. It's why we have the Kennedy Center and PBS and the Met Cloisters. It's why the media uses the term "socialites". The elite are the right company and therefore prefer to remain unseen, especially with their rapacious and dependably rancid lessers, the upper class. When considering the upper class, Pablo Escobar was more gaudy than outlier. People know these things instinctively. No wholly sober person confuses Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey or George Soros or Michael Bloomberg with the elites.

There are smaller evidences. The upper class will drive the latest Mercedes or Prius, the elites a tired Tahoe or a classic Rolls, without differentiating much between them. The upper class buys costly antiques, the elite grow up with them. The upper class drinks notable wine from swanky stemware, the elite drink 'good enough' scotch from whatever is handy. It's the difference between affecting provenance and having provenance.

The upper class will attend an Ivy League school and be awarded degrees without much expectation or evidence of achievement. Later in life they may receive an honorary doctorate or other celebratory confection, but intellectual curiosity is no more common here than it is in the lower reaches. Elites aren't collectors of certificates, if they have a degree at all it will be from a school known more for its climate and ambience than academic rigor, preferably abroad. The intent is to keep the transition from adolescence to adulthood a private matter.

The elites are aware of our existence largely through hearsay, having disengaged from the life of the nation within a century of its founding, driven away by militant factions and other lunatics, the upper class among them. The elite are as disconnected from the class structure as are homeless drunks, and share a similar indifference. But to their credit, while they're neither virtuous nor commendable, it isn't the elites who are peddling woke causes or looting whole industries or buying boltholes in New Zealand. It's their cunning and voracious aspirants, the upper class, which to our everlasting shame is our ruling class.


James Dakin talks sense about knives, at Bison Prepper. Excerpts:

I have never been able to see the validity of expensive knives. You need a metal of a certain composition and the design a certain shape, and ideally coming from the factory ground to the correct angle. How can an individual or specialty boutique produce a superior enough product over robots to justify the price differential?

... You don't buy a knife. You don't buy knives. You buy dozens of knives. You cannot buy dozens of knives if you are hung up on supposed quality of custom knives. After the collapse of the Oil Age and the Industrial Age, you are going to learn first hand how much it sucks to have to trade with craftsmen.

Boutique knives are a symptom of the Richemont Disorder, a craving for the tippy top tier, the bespoke everything, the scarce, the earnestly retro, the one-off. By way of preparing yourself for a talk with a knife cultist, listen to an ETA-based watch owner rhapsodize about the in-house movement he adores, or an audiophile explaining the superiority of vacuum tubes, or the airship entrepreneur making the case for a comeback. You'll soon long for the merely tedious. The My Pillow ad on loop playback, say.


Coca-Cola's wartime promise, “We will see that every man in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for five cents, wherever he is, and whatever it costs the company,” was largely kept. Peter Andreas at History Net provides this detail:

Even some Soviet leaders became Coke drinkers. Among them was Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov, the celebrated marshal who led the Red Army into Berlin at the end of the war. Eisenhower introduced Zhukov to Coca-Cola during their negotiations over the postwar carving-up of Germany, and the Soviet marshal liked it so much that he asked whether a special colorless version—to make it look like vodka—could be made just for him.

With President Harry S. Truman’s blessing, Coca-Cola was happy to comply with the request and sent Zhukov shipments of unlabeled bottles sporting white caps with a red Soviet star.


An oldie but a goody.


Wisdom in one breath

From Gary Barnett at Lew Rockwell

The people have been easily fooled into believing that the state is a god that must exist so that order can be maintained. So why is there no order?

From Fred Reed at Unz Review

Congress can’t buy a box of paper clips without fourteen lawsuits, a floor fight, two environmental impact studies, and a Supreme Court decision on the disparate racial impact of paper clips.

From Steve Sailer at Taki's Magazine, about Ezra Klein

He has the California entrepreneur’s self-assurance that whatever would be in his personal interest must be true.

From Ross Douthat at The New York Times

Take a single one of the great breakthroughs of the industrial age — planes and trains and automobiles, antibiotics and indoor plumbing — and it still looms larger in our everyday existence than all of the contributions of the tech revolution combined.

From Ann Coulter

Our entire public dialogue will soon be nothing but white people calling one another “racist,” as if we’re trapped in an eternal Democratic presidential debate.

From Roscoe Davis at Thread Reader App, about Durham's investigation

This takedown will make the takedown of the five families of NYC look like arresting the girl scouts.

From Helen Andrew at Claremont Review of Books

Once you elevate the elimination of bias as your highest goal, there is no violation of liberty you cannot justify.

From Dan Mowinski at Preppers Will

Nature, if you let it, will prepare your mind for solo survival.

From William Stroock at Warfare History

In 1917, most of the U.S. Army was stationed on the Rio Grande.

From Michael Gladius at Captain's Journal

Well-Regulated in those days meant “trained,” which is why full-time soldiers were called “regulars” and part-time militia were called “irregulars.”

From Jonathan Watson via Fox News, about killing two child molesters in prison

Being a lifer, I’m in a unique position where I sometimes have access to these people and I have so little to lose. And trust me, we get it, these people are every parents’ worst nightmare.

From Charles Smith at Of Two Minds

It's not just marginal borrowers who blow up; marginal lenders also blow up as all the loans they issued to marginal borrowers blow up.

From Dan Grazier at National Interest

The entire production run of 715 A-10s cost less than three B-2 Spirit bombers.


Michael Bloomberg was quoted saying this about working people, in 2016 at Oxford.


“It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that."

Industrial workers:

“Then we had 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal in the lathe, you turn the crank in direction of an arrow, and you can have a job.”

The information economy is different:

"It's built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze. And that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter."

Insulting the working class as primitive idiots and brainless automatons is a novel campaign strategy. It worked for Obama. It worked for Hillary ... oh, wait.

and finally,

No one, man or woman, will vote for a man who lets himself be scolded by a shrill, finger-wagging fishwife. Mr. Bloomberg looked like a cowering schoolboy. Disgusting.

The CDC, Centers for Disease Control, is taking the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic as an opportunity to complain of a recent downsizing. How big is the CDC? 10,900 employees with a budget of $11 Billion . Seems like enough to have reliable coronavirus detection kits for more than three states. Perhaps if the CDC were doubled in size reliable kits would be available in six states.

Sunday morning I refilled the bird feeder out front. They were landing on it as I was hanging it up. I confess to enjoying the moment.

A personal note.

There's no gentle way to say this, so I'll not try. My wife is at the end stage of a terminal condition. As is always the case there's some uncertainty. Weeks are possible, days are probable. Woodpile Report will go dark for a while when it happens.


1947. Ford magazine ad


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Post-war automobiles were a seller's market not seen before or since. The 1947 Ford was a lightly restyled '46, which in turn was a face lifted '42 . All-new 1949 Fords were launched in mid-1948, along with the first F-series trucks.



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


Twitter - Stunning and disturbing. #COVID19 coronavirus compared to other virus outbreaks ... video 0m 40s

Breitbart - Foul Play Suspected as Third Train Derails in a Month After Far-Left Call for Sabotage ... blockades have largely crippled Canada’s rail system

Town Hall - Teachers Union Demands Kids Share Bathroom With Transgender Educators ... a legitimate concern for parents and students in the district

art-remus-ident-04.jpg New depths of perversion are coming closer together. Decent people give way slowly and grudgingly, but they do give way.

Tennessee Star - Massachusetts City Allowing Illegal Aliens to Drive Without A License ... keeps them out of the clutches of the Trump administration

Daily Mail - Ilhan Omar did marry her brother and said she would 'do what she had to do to get him "papers" to keep him in U.S.' ... blatant immigration fraud and DC cares not

Oxford Student - Classics faculty proposes removal of Homer and Virgil from Mods Syllabus ... marketed as a move that will reduce the attainment gaps and thus improve access to the subject

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "... thus improve access to the subject" is a transparent lie.

Kari Lake, Twitter - Donald Trump rally, men carrying a World War II veteran to his seat. Video, 0m 18s

SciTech Daily - New Invention Generates Electricity “Out of Thin Air”, Offers Clean Energy 24/7 ... current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere

Survival Blog - Letter: Elderberry and Wuhan ... elderberry syrup, a prime tool in the arsenal against seasonal flu, might not be helpful against this Wuhan coronavirus. Might even make it worse. It’s probably too soon to tell

Medical Xpress - WWI helmets protect against shock waves just as well as modern designs ... some historical helmets performed better

Vintage Everyday - 24 Bizarre Vintage Photos of Steam Engines After a Boiler Explosion From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries ... now very rare because of the various protections provided

art-remus-ident-04.jpg What people commonly call steam is water vapor. Steam is a clear liquid with phenomenal explosive power. Speaking of steam, check out the PRR T1 5550 Project .

Science Alert - Powerful Radio Signal From Deep Space Appears to Be Repeating in a 16-Day Cycle ... more FRBs could be repeating outside our detection range

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis police no longer to ticket for equipment violations under new policy ... we want police officers to be problem solvers and not gateways into the justice system for poor people of color

art-remus-ident-04.jpg "All MPD employees conducting motor vehicle stops for equipment violations shall issue a Lights ON! Coupon in Lieu of traffic citations, when available and applicable". By 'applicable' they mean The Diversity.

"Sir, I pulled you over because your driver's side headlight is out. But I see you're a poor person of color. Please accept this coupon to have it replaced at the expense of people who maintain their own cars. They're happy to maintain yours too."

Information Liberation - After Purging Popular Right-Wingers, YouTube Starts Funding The Young Turks ... leftists getting paid some "mid six figures" for 16 videos

Smithsonian 2013 - A Potato Battery Can Light Up a Room For Over a Month ... crop-based power system coming out of Israel is significantly cheaper than batteries

Survivopedia - What Survival Foods You Actually Need ... a good overview

Law Enforcement Today - More than half of the candidates vying to be Baltimore mayor have criminal records ... the former mayor is about to do hard time

Heritage Daily - The proto-Earth formed much faster than previously thought ... within a time span of approximately five million years, through the accretion of cosmic dust


1929. The Buck Rogers saga begins



Stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Boomers, Captain Capitalism - They were the generation that coined the phrase “Never trust anybody over 30.” Never in the history of the world had a single generation fought, staved off, and defeated such evil and created such good with such sacrifice. But yet some 19 year old, pot-smoking Boomers knew better and insisted you couldn’t trust, of all people, the World War II Generation. When it came time for the Boomers to take stewardship of the United States they went and completely shat the bed. They inherited the greatest country the world has ever seen and in nearly every capacity destroyed it. Today, well over the age of 30, the Boomers are the ones you should never trust because they are such an absolute, abject failure of a generation.


Codevilla, American Mind - America’s Intelligence agencies are the deep state’s deepest part, and the most immediate threat to representative government. They are also not very good at what they are supposed to be doing. Protecting the Republic from them requires refocusing them on their proper jobs. Today these Agencies show a power grab so big that, unless crushed, puts them on the path trod by the Roman Empire’s Praetorian guard. The Intelligence community is becoming ever more a political force that pursues its own objectives. Having played such a prominent part in the Resistance against President Trump, neither he nor any future president can afford not to force them out of politics while focusing them on their jobs.


Slavery, Paul Craig Roberts - Why did slavery only cast evil over America and not over Greece, Rome, Europe, the Muslim world, and black Africa? What kind of bullshit game are PBS, the New York Times, Identity Politics, Black Studies, school districts, and corporations playing? How is it that slavery is white racism when every race has owned slaves? If Jews are demonized, it is hate speech and anti-semitism. If blacks are demonized, it is hate speech and racism. But when whites are demonized it is OK, but it is not OK for whites to protest their demonization. So, how is there white privilege when whites are the only race whose demonization is encouraged, and, if whites protest, it is regarded as proof that they are unrepentant white supremacists?


Climate change propaganda, Principia Scientific - Everything that is going on with weather and climate is normal and not outside historic records as they constantly claim. They call it the 30-year Normal when it is anything but normal. In 2004 the perpetrators and perpetuators of the Global Warming deception at the University of East Anglia realized the CO2 level continued to rise, but temperatures stopped increasing. The climate deceivers didn’t skip a beat, they changed the issue from global warming to climate change. They know the public is ill-informed about science and use terms that people don’t understand or mislabeling things to make them more menacing.


1940. Consolidated Aircraft, San Diego California


art-remus-ident-04.jpg Lunch break at the airplane factory. Consolidated's San Diego plant was built in 1935 to produce their PBY Catalina. Production of their in-house designed B-24 Liberator began in 1940. Now you know why it looks like a seaplane.

In 1943 Consolidated and Vultee merged to form Convair. McDonnell Douglas, Convair's last owner, closed it in 1996.




More stuff you may want to think about
Synopsis with links


Scouts, Ann Coulter - Headline: Boy Scouts Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the Face of Thousands of Child Abuse Allegations. The Boy Scouts of America have long been on the left’s hate list. Within a decade of its 1910 founding, the BSA began keeping internal files on “ineligible” scouting volunteers, known as “the perversion files.” Scout leaders were not to be alone with boys and, starting in 1988, all adult applicants were subjected to aggressive background screening. The organization promptly removed any scout leaders based on mere suspicion and alerted law enforcement in about a third of the cases. After the Supreme Court’s decision in 2000 holding that the Boy Scouts could not be forced to admit gay scout leaders, Chase Manhattan Bank, Textron Inc. and dozens more United Way chapters withdrew millions of dollars in contributions.


Civil rights, Imprimis - The emergency mechanisms that, in the name of ending segregation, were established under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was widely assumed that the emergency mechanisms would be temporary and narrowly focused. But they soon escaped democratic control altogether, and they have now become the most powerful part of our governing system. The problem is when segregation was stopped these new powers were not suspended or scaled back or reassessed. More and more areas of American life have been withdrawn from voters’ democratic control. Civil rights law has become a second constitution, with powers that can be used to override the Constitution of 1787.


Hunley, Smithsonian - The submarine had hit its target, punching a lethal blow through the boat’s underbelly. Those in Charleston awaiting the return of the Hunley, hoping to celebrate its successful mission, never saw it again. A primary blast injury is a strange and horrifying fluke produced by the bizarre physics of an explosion. It is usually the result of a shock wave. The amount of pressure ricocheting around inside the metal tube, combined with the quick rise time of the wave, would have put each member of the Hunley’s crew at a 95 percent risk of immediate, severe pulmonary trauma. The submarine drifted on the outgoing tide. With no one alive to operate the bilge pumps, eventually, it started to sink.


1943. War poster


art-remus-ident-04.jpg "Grow your own, can your own" was the unofficial slogan of the Victory Garden campaign. By 1944 the volume of home grown fruits and vegetables equalled that grown commercially.


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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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