Sunday, November 16, 2014


John Alexander 1895
As said here in September, John Alexander (Allegheny Pennsylvania 1856—New York City 1915) was an internationally renown painter of the Art Nouveau school, a short-lived phase—1890 to 1910—between academic art and the various schools of "Modern Art" that followed. Being as how this is the last artwork Remus will present for your consideration, here are a few thoughts lest you think he's unconditionally bedazzled by the stuff he selects.
Frans Hals art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif, a Dutch portrait painter in the 1600s, whose works were said by his critics—they were few—to reveal more of himself than his subject. In our time this seems unlikely, his visible, broken brush strokes conjure up a lifelike presence the more finished works of his day do not. With Hals it was a matter of virtuosity, or more simply, he knew when to stop painting. With Alexander, and many others, it's a Cargo Cult thing—the notion that bold brush strokes create virtuosity. He even emphasizes them with theatrical chiaroscuro. To get all philosophical about it, Althea demonstrates the difference between brilliant and clever. The brilliant closely reflects the mind of a master, the clever closely reflects the desire of an audience. In 1895, this is what the audience wanted. That said, Althea is an appealing period piece that merits a place on anyone's wall.
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art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg art-remus-ident-04.jpg Legitimacy
There is considerable opinion that DC is acting outside its Constitutional warrant and is therefore substantially illegitimate, that this condition has obtained for some time, and that DC's fraudulence has expanded under successive administrations, without regard to party or public posture, and this all but acknowledged illegitimacy is now its core enabling feature. Further, many parts of the federal government are perceived to be indistinguishable from a criminal enterprise which openly conspires with, benefits, and benefits from, other criminal enterprises at the expense of the citizenry. The notion of its illegitimacy and criminality, while not universal, is widely accepted without comment in conversation, unrefuted by events, or by the character and resume of DC's governing establishment and agents in their employ.
Such allegiance as DC has among the populace is found chiefly in the entitlement class, both individuals and organizations, which amounts to a pre-modern obligation of fealty by a vassal to a lord, which is neither worthy nor characteristic of a free people. Loyalty to the nation in the abstract by the citizenry remains nearly indestructible, but loyalty to DC, where it can be found, is largely episodic, driven be necessity and generally not reciprocated, often pointedly not. The people have come to believe they shall be prevented from, or punished for, securing their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness and so they commonly avoid interaction with DC and its agencies believing, with cause, any such engagement may reset the terms of their submission to their greater disadvantage. In times past this was true only for those who appeared on wanted posters. Such widespread disengagement partly explains DC's invasive domestic surveillance, the stand-by status of troops on home soil, and the federalization of state and local police agencies.
Loss of legitimacy is the only condition necessary for a government to fall. And illegitimacy doesn't bring itself into being. Although deployed largely through the so-called "deep" or "permanent" government, illegitimate governance has become conspicuous enough to warrant explanation, the most prominent being the 'living document' theory of the Constitution but, as we move further into the suburbs of calamity, artful pretexts have been largely abandoned in favor of indifference. Consider this carefully: illegitimate governance—exercising power outside its charter—is understood as such by the populace and conceded by DC. Constitutional constraints calculated to prevent this; the judiciary, elected representation, the protected news media, inalienable rights, enumerated powers and various avenues of redress have failed or are failing because constitutional constraints cannot work in an unconstitutional regime.
The nation will endure corruption, even criminality, but not illegitimacy. In opposing our two-party one party system art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif, much of what's dismissed as dissent is in fact resistance to illegitimacy, and to the extent resistance is contested, to that extent resistance will strengthen. For their part, DC knows the same Constitution that protects the people from them protects them from the people, and so the threat of force, or actual force, is substituted for lawfulness. This condition is the wobbly pivot on which all else turns. Much of our national anxiety traces to this instability. It's the difference between rule of law and rule by law. Until they're exposed and resolved, unconstitutional but official notions have the unlimited power of legal tyranny. And such notions don't resolve themselves.
Has not despotism and mass destruction plagued every civilization that preceded ours? Is it not, in fact, still commonplace throughout the globe? By what suspension of reality, by what denial of the observable and the probable, by what art, device or magic are we sheltered few immune from catastrophe?
David Codrea at

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg art-remus-ident-04.jpg Calories
In these times of excess, calories are something many avoid. But in the times ahead, getting enough calories will once again be a common concern of ordinary people. In times ahead, phrases like "fat free" and "zero calories" will vanish, as will the "food-like substances" they describe. Nor will we say "hungry" when we mean "appetite." Our "life style" will be defined by how we get, or provide, enough calories. And the food faddists will compete for them like everyone else, with no quibbling about their backstory.
Calories aren't a convenience that can be deferred. Nor are there substitutes or clever workarounds. Those who have known real, ongoing scarcity can only warn those who haven't: nothing monopolizes the mind like a want of calories. All other preparations depend on getting enough. Calories are life.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Ridin' into the sunset
Hello. Me again. Stepping out from behind my Remus persona. The day has arrived, this is the last "real" Woodpile Report. Next week I'll post a "farewell" Woodpile Report. It's something short of fascinating but you may find something in it. I've answered about a hundred emails, which is flattering, then I had to stop because nothing else was getting done. I have read them all however, and to those who I haven't answered, thank you for your thoughts, they don't go unconsidered just because we haven't talked them over.
So if you'll excuse me, it's time to take ol' Remus down to the depot and see that he and his considerable baggage get on the 4:10 out of town. I've stuffed him full of ribs and chianti, told him how incomparably wonderful he is, and he likes big, loud machines, so chances are he'll go in good cheer. If not, there's always zip ties. Much as I like the old guy, it'll be good to have the place to myself again.
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1948 magazine ad for Westinghouse radio-phonograph
Featuring an AM-FM radio, an automatic record changer, and speakers with magnets powerful enough to permanently freeze your Bulova self-winder in mid-tick.


art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Not the droolings of the deranged after all
You know something is going on when the cautious Boston Globe publishes not one, but two, pieces dealing with the “double government.” The astonishing headline was: Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change. The sub-headline wasn’t much tamer: The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon. Everyone has his or her own comfort level with uncomfortable material. Some may need a credentialed professor or two to start the conversation, and a major newspaper to weigh in favorably, before they dare open their minds, says Russ Baker in this article, The “Double Government” Secret Gets Out, at Who What Why.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Cover up
After eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore. Fleischmann is the central witness in one of the biggest cases of white-collar crime in American history, possessing secrets that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 billion to keep the public from hearing. Back in 2006, as a deal manager at the gigantic bank, Fleischmann first witnessed, then tried to stop, what she describes as "massive criminal securities fraud" in the bank's mortgage operations, begins Matt Taibbi in this article, The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare, at Rolling Stone.
Remus says - Holder's in this up to his shifty eyeballs. Don't be misled, his "my people" meme is a carefully constructed and well maintained misdirection, a lightning rod. If the bloodied streets of Detroit or Chicago tell us anything, it's blacks don't much care about other blacks as such. Solidarity is a fiction, imagined and scripted by their handlers decades ago and since then as unchanging as a trained seals act. Tedious, but with benefits. As a consequence, Holder's alleged critics haven't even started to plumb his, and his department's, corruption. Holder knows they can't find what they're not looking for. It's all, and always, about power and wealth. All else is cant.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The other stupid party
West Virginians arguably know more than anyone the need for workplace safety and a clean environment, but the Left's obsession with eradicating coal has convinced the state's voters that do-gooders in Washington will never let them live their lives or make a living. Obama’s popularity in the state did not benefit from his own multiple anti-coal comments, nor from his environmental policies, nor from his senior EPA officials’ careless talk of wiping West Virginia towns off the map and “crucifying” their major employers to make a statement, says this editorial, Obama Democrats have left coal country, at the Washington Examiner.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Patsies
In 1995, I watched with shock as black students and others celebrated the verdict in the Simpson case, because a black man literally got away with murdering two whites, and the light came on that all my assumptions and benefits-of-the-doubt might be misplaced. It is becoming clear that in minimizing racism, and in eradicating it from our lives, whites may have been acting largely alone. Some are asking whether, by accepting the wisdom of Dr. King for a generation, they’ve been duped into a lack of awareness of how many have not. Hearing ourselves slandered every day, we are forced to reconsider our assumptions accordingly, says Jeffrey Brown in this article, Race and Reaction, at American Thinker.
Remus says - Martin King asked us to judge people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. We did just that, in good faith, with good will, for a couple of generations. The result is what he knew it would be, not what he or we wished it would be. Today, those who don't believe things are worse believe they're much worse. What now shall be the basis of judgement?

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg More cannibals please
I once worshiped at the shrine of cultural Mammon. Yes, I admit it. I pondered thousands of years of European history, of literature and philosophy and science, of mathematics and medicine, of politics—and thought them good. Bias is bias. Let us admit that a sub-basement of unreason underlies the cultural haughtiness of the Far Right. I now know this. For example, reprobates, Republicans, conservatives, and Klansmen have regarded the indigenes of Papua-New Guinea as stone-age primitives. No evidence existed for this slander, except that the natives were primitives and lived in the Stone Age, says Fred Reed in this article, The Cultural Equality of Man, A Right-Winger Recants, at Fred On Everything.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg How to serve a warrant today
SWAT is a legitimate concept, and is needed in cases of barricaded persons, hostage situations, etc. But most agencies, even big ones, go for months and sometimes years without experiencing such events. The toys gathered dust. Officials and concerned taxpayers asked, “What do you NEED this stuff for?” No need? CREATE a need!, says Harry Thomas in this article, How to serve a warrant: 1972 versus today, at Police State USA.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Wishing inflation away with magic numbers
If the new TV costs 5 times more than the old one, how can we massage the price of the old TV to make it look like the price fell? By using the dark arts of econometrics, my son! Setting aside for a second the apparent insanity of this logic for your average consumer, who experiences price rises on a near continuous basis, let’s examine in detail one of the gauges economists use for measuring prices: the Consumer Price Index, says this article, Manipulating the Consumer Price Index: Hedonic Quality Adjustments, at Price Illusion.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg The Universe may be running out of time
What if the time part of the the space-time continuum equation was literally running out? Perhaps evidence suggests that time is slowly disappearing from our universe, and will one day vanish completely—a radical theory may explain a cosmological mystery that has puzzled scientists for years. The appearance of acceleration is caused by time itself gradually slowing down, like a clock with a run-down battery, says this article, "Time is Slowly Disappearing from Our Universe" (Or, is It Timeless?), at The Daily Galaxy.

art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg Black holes are eternally collapsing objects
The so-called Black Holes cannot be true black black holes even within the context of classical General relativity and The Big Bang solution is illusory and actual universe must be fundamentally different from the big bang model. Consequently Dark Energy is an illusion caused by the departure of the complex universe from the simple big bang model, says Indian astrophysicist Abhas Mitra in this article, Black Holes are Actually "Eternally Collapsing Objects" - Indian Physicist Refutes Hawking, at The Daily Galaxy.

But wait, there's more
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Life after an Economic Collapse: The same only Worse Part I, by Fernando Aguirre at Surviving in Argentina
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif The Sherman Was America’s Best Worst Tank, by Kyle Mizokami at War Is Boring
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Fury over Fury? Scott Ott, Bill Whittle and Stephen Green discuss the recent film Fury, and the Hollywood treatment of Americans at war, at The Smallest Minority.
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Wisconsin police deploy armored vehicle over dog poop dispute, SWAT team executes dog, at Live Leak. 0m 44s.
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Woodville officer shoots, wounds dog at traffic stop, by Alexandra Mester at The Toledo Blade.
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Reefer Madness, 1936, HQ full movie, 1h 5m 40s, YouTube
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif German and Polish Armies Agree to Closer Cooperation, and art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Germany Is Building a European Army Before Your Eyes, by Richard Palmer at The Trumpet
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Teacher admits he helped write Common Core to end white privilege, YouTube, 1m 26s
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Shooting Steel Cased Ammo In Your AR-15, by CTD Blogger at The Shooter's Log
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Apathy. Not. - Looking back, Kitty Genovese’s murder seems reflective of two big 1960s changes, just not the ones we were supposed to notice. First, I had never heard until very recently that the murderer, Winston Moseley, was black... Second, Moseley was a serial killer avant la lettre, a sex maniac who confessed to murdering two other women for thrills.
Steve Sailer at

One man rule - On immigration, the president has managed to unite much of the country ... against him—who says he’s divisive? Nevertheless, Obama made clear again this week that he intends to push ahead with massive amnesty by executive order. Further infuriating the public with his cynicism, he has strategically but quite openly delayed his directive until after the election, as if to say, “The rubes are too stupid to grasp what I’m doing even when I make no secret of it!”
Andrew McCarthy at

Obama's amnesty, or, overthrowing the government by farce - When you have the President saying you can come in unlawfully without consequence, basically the President is saying to the world: don’t respect our laws. That’s what I worry about: if you don’t protect the framework of democracy, then you risk losing democracy itself.
Sheriff Tom Hodgson, Bristol County, Massachusetts via Matthew Boyle at

Revelation withheld until after the election - A majority of migrants—252,600, or about 53 percent—caught on the border in 2014 were not Mexican. In contrast, a decade ago, Mexicans accounted for 93 percent of apprehensions, according to government statistics.
Andrew Becker at

The Almost Libertarian - I wouldn't make people my property unless I got a really good deal.
Cathartes Aura, comment 5426084 at

Just a thought - The main driving principle you are all born with is to learn and grow in your own way. If this is the innate, driving principle of humanity, before any opinions are formed or any understanding or creed is taken up, why do you live in a society that stifles and rejects this prime directive of humanity, lulling you into inaction and destroying individualism on the glorious road to collectivism. Why is that? Mistake or design?
medium giraffe, comment 5420143 at

Warning from one who should know - The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it's already begun.
Mikhail Gorbachev, via Frank Jordans at

1980s war plan - The Soviets planned to send a fleet of 100 bombers armed with anti-ship missiles against a US aircraft-carrier battle group, fully expecting to lose half of them to enemy action.
Sam Roggeveen at

The future of America - Miles Sisk [Associated Students of University of Oregon] demanding that bloggers who made animated GIF's critical of student government be thrown into concentration camps, or something. How are people like this going to actually survive in the real world? They are going to leave college and just sort of explode, like deep sea creatures brought up to the surface.
Warren Meyer at

History - The world is a museum of Marxist failures and Europe will be no different.
Texas Arcane at

Bare minimum - With about $800 you can buy a new modern bolt action, a spam can or two of commie carbine ammo—the steel case thirty cent a round in 762x39 or 223—a good Corona grinder and Katadyn water filter element and a year’s supply of wheat in buckets.
James Dakin at

How it was and how it is - The inheritors earned their “gentlemen’s Cs” while the aspiring class busted for As. After all, who needs good grades to simply engage in traditional charity work—like feeding the poor or supporting their churches? But now many of the rich feel compelled to “make a difference.” No longer satisfied to suck gin and tonics at the country club, they want to find fulfillment, and impress their friends with their cleverness and social worth.
Joel Kotkin at

Handy pocket guide to Islam - A radical Muslim wants to behead you. A moderate Muslim wants a radical Muslim to behead you.
Richard Swier at

Iraq war field mod - In addition to the Abrams' already heavy armament, some crews were also issued M136 AT4 shoulder-fired anti-tank weapons under the assumption that they might have to engage heavy armor in tight urban areas where the main gun could not be brought to bear.

art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif Clear photo of planets forming around distant star - The images capture a disk of material orbiting the young star HL Tauri in exquisite detail, showing gaps in the disk that are likely to be created by the formation of larger, potentially planet-sized bodies... HL Tauri is an extremely young star, one that has yet to initiate stable nuclear fusion, instead being powered largely by the energy released as it contracts under the pull of gravity.
John Timmer at

The stupids - You are either voting for a guy who honestly wants to murder you or the guy who wants to help him, but would like to be on good terms with you until the right moment.
thezman at

Memory hole - Liberals, for example, are crowing about recently passed marijuana laws, decriminalizing possession of weed. They forget that the Old Right was never in favor of drug laws and it was the Left that was behind Prohibition and the early war on drugs. But, weed is now a liberal fad so it's OK. Contrast that with their never ending war on tobacco.
thezman at

Japanese Navy in WWII - They could conceive of few ways to employ subs beyond supporting the battle fleet. Rather than inflict mayhem on U.S. logistics--much as the German Navy did in the Atlantic, and much as the U.S. Navy did against Japanese sea lanes in the Western Pacific—the IJN allowed transports, tankers, and other vital but unsexy shipping to pass to and fro unmolested. Vast quantities of American war materiel traversed the broad Pacific—letting American forces surmount the tyranny of distance. Inaction added up to a colossal missed opportunity for Imperial Japan.
James Holmes at

Government picks a winner - GM was a gift to the unions from the corruptocrats. The regulatory abc's were likely told to turn a blind eye to any "roadblocks" to GM's performance once they were bailed out... This is what having a weaponized IRS and NSA is good for. The NSA can pry into GM competitors and find flaws and/or advantages and then pass that info on to the bureau that has the most power to punish and reward.
Bumbu Sauce, comment 5431070 at

Voting - As I was walking in I spotted a school bus unloading a bunch of Aztecs and Mayans. An old white woman was handing them instructions and speaking to them in bad Spanish... Bussing in illegal aliens in a district with 99% Democrat electorate is going the extra mile... The pointlessness of it was overwhelming. The nitwit in front of me and the Mayans behind would surely cancel my vote many times over. I walked out without voting.
thezman at

About the first Black senator elected by South Carolina - Speaking with the Washington Post, Clyburn explained, “If you call progress electing a person with the pigmentation that he has, who votes against the interest and aspirations of 95 percent of the Black people in South Carolina, then I guess that’s progress.” Scott also notoriously refused an invitation to join the Congressional Black Caucus, saying, “My campaign was never about race.” I’m not cheering the GOP presenting Black faces to policies that contribute to Black denigration. Not now, not ever.
Michael Arceneaux at

Kumbaya - What Republicans are hearing now is the siren song of a Beltway elite that just got its clock cleaned, an elite that revels in Republican defeats, but is ever at hand to give guidance and counsel to Republicans when they win. And that counsel is always the same: Time to put the acrimony behind us. Time to reach out and take the extended hand of the defeated. Time come together to end gridlock and move forward. And invariably this means move in the same old direction, if a bit more slowly.
Patrick Buchanan at

Texas hospital nearly empty after treating African Ebola patient - Texas Presbyterian, a near-900 bed facility, is essentially empty; as of 2 weeks ago, the inpatient census was in the single digits; that hospital that has been sacrificed on the altar of Ebola. It almost certainly will go bankrupt; this is before the inevitable lawsuits alleging inadequate care for a noncitizen of this country. Best believe that hospital CEOs and CFOs are watching this quite closely.
Doc Grouch at

Washington 'background check' barely passes - What this vote implies is that even under ideal circumstances with a massive campaign spending advantage and picking a liberal state where they thought that they would do well, slightly less than 60 percent of the voters supported the initiative.

Why the housing bubble nearly destroyed the world economy - Almost every other developed economy had more expensive housing markets, but none of them panicked world markets. The real reason, one you may not know, is that there were side bets in place that paid off more than $100 for every dollar of subprime bonds that defaulted. Since nobody knew which banks were the casinos that took those side bets, nobody could trust any bank that operated on the world stage.
Howard Hill, via George Ure at

Justice for Mike Brown - The Ferguson protest movement held a meeting tonight at St. Mark Family Church on Glen Owen Drive. The protesters took time out from their meeting to beat a college student. Then they chased him down the street screaming. Finally the man was rescued at the local Walgreens.
Jim Hoft at
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1939. Clarksdale, Mississippi

1939. Delta, Mississippi
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