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Aposiopesisnouna sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed.
Joe’s Comment – In self defense, most times our aposiopesis is a quantum leap to another…..

Joe’s Soapbox

Joe spends an inordinate amount of time on the Internet, doing the three “types of reading” possible.  That is, vicarious reading, technical reading, and instructional reading.  Let’s face it, you read for enjoyment, for data, or to learn.  You don’t read because it makes your eyes happy.
Joe also looks at the pictures…..
While researching some technical information for a particular Ford electrical component on a Ford product dedicated enthusiast website (not Ford sponsored, but built by and comprised of a community of interested private citizens), Joe was pleased though not too surprised, to read an opinion from a contributor that was quite political.  Right there in the land of poor grammar, terrible spelling, and worse syntax.
The Ford subject was original vs after market coil on plug technology: a warning about poor quality after-market parts produced off-shore (specifically China), how the cheap cost is offset by early failure and increased maintenance work.  The resultant penalty is time and money – often resulting in a total cost greater than buying Ford OEM parts initially.  Additional penalties are frequently more time lost, and may be  accompanied by frustration, anger, inconvenience, and safety concerns.  Here is a quote from the long screed documenting the perils of unwise choices based on cost alone.  It becomes political; astutely and coherently political –
But seriously, we need to stop this crap. We cannot accept becoming some country of arts and culture, we need to keep making stuff, good stuff. If our stupid country decides to give up it’s entire manufacturing base, we become very far from self-sustaining and that is a dangerous place to be. We need a government responsible enough to take “protectionist measures” like high tariffs against countries like China that are basically cheating. That’s getting a little off-topic though.”
Joe says there is some truth and relevance in this man’s ranting.  The degree of “Self Sufficiency©” is a key to success in the “health of a Nation” measure.  As is creativity, Practical Intelligence™, trade reality vs “free trade” (a rare beastie unseen outside the proletariat for over a century), and a number of categories describing the unfair distribution of natural resources, human capital, fiscal capital, and sanity (see NORK below in this Rant).  Not to mention Joe’s favorites – IQ and a “level playing field” (no two are the same!)
In a strange juxtaposition of philosophies, this fellow is touching on the sentiment of John Adams –

Joe’s comment is “The Arts” are an integral part of the human psych.  The occupation with or pastime of “Art” has always coexisted with the strife of daily living, with the struggle for survival.  The “best” art is not the idyllic plonking of sated Nirvanic souls exploring the Garden of Eden, but the produce of  sturm und drang reality.
As always, Joe sees and Joe says.  Joe be it (so help me doG).

Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah
The above Hebrew translates as “Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism”.
This year it is late Sunday evening, April 23rd to late Monday evening, April 24th.
In the collective “man’s inhumanity to man” category Oscars, there are too many events in history that qualify for this dark dishonor: Mao’s purge (Chinese Genocide), Stalin’s paranoia (Genocide a la Carte), Pol Pot’s “cleansing” (Cambodian Genocide), Turkey’s “we didn’t do it!” slaughter of the Armenians (Armenian Genocide), and many, many others (a timeline of 20th Century genocides here).
Joe and I list these few not to diminish the attempted genocide of Jews the Nazis were so Teutonically accomplishing, but to make a point: the Holocaust was the only one of these atrocities which happened in a purportedly Judaeo-Christian culture.
The Jewish expression is “Never Again”.
D. D. Eisenhower, when appraised of the reality, forced German citizens to tour the camps near their cities.  He recorded the horror, for he knew the passage of time would allow some to deny that such inhumanity ever occurred.  Watch it if you can:

There were some lights in the darkness of World War II.  Sir Nicholas Winton kept his secret for many years, until his wife found his diary/record of mercy.  The following video is astounding:

Human Smuggling, Canada Style
Faith Goldy of Rebel Media has interviews and video footage of human trafficking into Canada.  The RCMP apparently knows but hasn’t done one damn thing.
Is this at the direction of the Prime Minister’s cabinet?
Here is Ms. Goldy putting the challenge out there: who is going to do something about human trafficking in Canada, and why are the RCMP keeping their mouth shut about what they used to know but don’t anymore?:

Furthermore:

Shocking News
Joe is adamant – there will be no mass produced electric cars until battery science can invent, then battery technology can manufacture, a cheap, easily constructed, safe battery with a favorable power to weight ratio that is cheap, easy, safe, and quick to charge.
This isn’t great intuition on Joe’s part.  The battery that meets all mentioned criteria is not yet here.  Following are two examples of battery discovery which are addressing some of the concerns:
Solid State Battery – John B. Goodenough is the inventor of the Lithium-Ion battery.
At 92 years of age, he is still teaching and researching at the University of Texas.
Guess what?
Dr. Goodenough and his team (including Maria Helena Braga who invented the “glass electrolyte”) have invented a “solid state” battery.  That is a battery that has no liquid or gaseous electrolyte between the anode and cathode.  The Lithium ion battery has a liquid electrolyte which is unpredictable (dendrites).  The glass electrolyte is a cure:

Metallic Sodium Battery – David Brown is CEO of BroadBit Batteries, a metallic sodium technology which is proffered to be cheap, 10 X more powerful than a similarly sized Lithium ion battery, recharges in 5 minutes.
Q:  What else could you want?
A:  Safety:

NORK NORK NORK
Why you say crazy fat man must go?
Why you not like him shoot Japonese?
Why American so angry?

But wait!
Maybe the fat crazy man has a story.
Seems the answer lies rotting in the shifting, unsettled blood-stained sand of Asian history.
According to Michael Malice, the Korean Peninsula was a “spoil of war” following Japan’s loss in the Pacific Theater.  Korea was “Balkanized” to appease then allied powers, until fat boy’s Grandpa came along with fantastic rhetoric and super hero capabilities to save the NORK’s from a fate worse than life (invasion by the the Imperialist lackey Amurikans) or some such hysteria.  Mr. small eyebrows is not without a form of logic to support his semi-coherent flailings.  As explored by Mr. Malice and Stefan Molyneaux in “The Horrible Truth About North Korea”, there is much to be learned, much to understand, and much to say before we nuke the place:

Joe is all for multicultural and diverse society provided it is restricted to food and music, art and architecture, smiling contests, and other non-combative competitions.  After watching the interview above, what else is there to know?  How about some NORK impressions from real, live, defectors, escapees from the “open air prison”?
Here are three videos of Asian Boss talking to some North Korean defectors now living in South Korea about what they left behind, what they appreciate now, and a final video about food!:

Following the self appraisal, what do these same people think of South Korea where they now live?  Same people, subject South Korea:

To hammer home Joe’s opinion, take a few minutes to watch these and other NORKs eat American BBQ:

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman excellence:

From the Mail
A couple of good-uns sent along by friends.
From Ron D. –

From cousin Delsie D. –

 

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Joe’s Comment – Sometimes temptation is too much to resist….  That’s your emotional brain in action!  Here’s the companion thought, the corollary –

Won’t You Be My Queen

Joe doesn’t take his hat off to many folks, although he has great respect and admiration for many people.  Indeed, some of them are still living.
This lovely lady is one of them.  Her honest appraisal of the tradition she was born to and accepted as her duty and fate, won Joe over in the first minute of watching this video.  Joe says if one had to choose religion or the tradition of the monarchy, he wouldn’t agonize over the choice:

Another collection of more candid and informal moments:

How about 8 things you may not know about Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of York.
Here is a pictorial essay of her WWII service.
CNN has done an adequate job of piecing together some history of her incredible 65 year reign: see it here.

She has grace, she has vision, she has endured.
No wonder Joe often refers to her as his mom…..
Happy birthday (21 April, 1926)!
Happy Sapphire Jubilee!
Joe and I say long live the Queen!

NORK NORK
Joe thinks the satellite photos of North Korea speak volumes –
The fearless wannabe doG wannabe world leader actual despot of North Korea seems a shade mentally unstable; a person who has a cunning ability to squeeze concessions and materiel from the West with wild threats, manic proclamations, and delusional behavior.  The recent developments have upped the threat level to “if you blink, I will draw”.
One man who has a lucid comprehension of events in this arena is John Bolton, ex US ambassador to the United Nations.
Until there is an actual “Sheriff to the World” the good old US of A will have to do.  Mr. Bolton makes good points and rational conclusions.
Another “There be Dragons” situation:

Le Pen (Is Mightier Than the Sword)
Joe has been rooting for Marine Le Pen since she kicked her father out of the Front Nationale Party.  She has been featured in this rant several times in the past few years.
The examples of Brexit and the Donald Trump campaign have made a win for Le Pen a possibility.
France being French, the election of a President is not as simple as one vote.  Sunday’s election result (if no one person attains 51% of the ballots) requires a run-off of the two top candidates.
Marine Le Pen garnered 21.4% of the votes for second place.
Emmanuel Macron (En Marche) received 23.75% for first place.
The vote will be held on May 7th for the President.
What has made history is neither of the front runners is main stream.

Joe is cheering for Le Pen.
Macron seems to be more of the same old same old main stream Socialist Frenchman they have been electing since Charles (asshole) de Gaulle constitutionalized the Fifth Republic in 1958.
Macron is expected to win in May.  Don’t count Le Pen out: the future of France is in the offing.  Perhaps there are still enough real French men and women left to re-claim their country.
Joe says Marine Le Pen has bigger balls than most Frenchmen.

Best Political Cartoons of the Week
Every week political insanity gets insanitier and insanitier, berserkier and berserkier.
Q:  How can you compete against someone who would fry their nose to gain a vote?
A:  Sane people don’t bother.
Fortunately for cartoonists, insane “people” are out there everywhere doing their best to make a mark in history.
Some outstanding examples of the cartoonists trade this week –

Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Single Payer Health Scheme
I remember my youthful days of exposure to health professionals.
Mom and Dad would assess the severity of the infirmity, then make a decision.
Of the possible decisions ( do nothing, treat at home, take to hospital, et cetera), one I remember is the doctor coming to our house.  The patient (me and Joe) would be poked and prodded, measured and tested, questioned and observed, before the doctor would make a recommendation for remedy.  The parents would concur or seek other council.  A cheque would be written to cover the invoice for the visit.  Prescriptions if any would be phoned to the pharmacy, who had a delivery boy (before SJW and the LGBTXYZ hold the mayo gang) to bring the medicine to our house.  Simple, direct, minimal paper work, patient focused.
Joe says that was smart – economical, quarantine conscious (keep the sickies away from other patients), convenient (for the patient), and more informative for the doctor, who would see the patient in situ as it were.
In the spirit of “the grass is always greener”, politicians, bureaucrats, Statists, Commie Bastards, and the poor / stupid / stupid and poor / helpless / disabled / incapacitated they have sworn to protect are always looking for that magical “Health Care Solution®” which will cure all that ails.
Usually at someone else’s expense.
Joe and I aren’t saying don’t help those who cannot help themselves.
Joe and I are saying keep government involvement (at any level, in any capacity) to an absolute minimum to ensure any use of tax revenue is prudently spent.
That’s all.
Government run health care is a quagmire of $$$, moral questionability, coercion, bureaucracy, confidentiality, and whatever other “ities” you can imagine.
How did the defense of borders, the policing of society, and the security of the financial system turn into a “cradle to grave” responsibility?
Joe says where have you been?  Lying cheating whoring politicians have been promising these solutions to an uneducated populace for as long as there have been representative governments that are elected.
Prager University explains how much of a problem that is.  The numbers are truly staggering – both in number served, annual operation cost, shear magnitude of infrastructure required.  After serving the employees and the cost of maintaining / operating the infrastructure, there is nothing left for the patients!:

Feminazi vs Feminist
Joe shut his ear flaps to the official Feminist Movement™ years ago.
His rationale is along these lines: the Law of the Land is written for the smallest minority: the Individual.  That includes women.  And men.  And whatever / whoever else is identified as a citizen.  Hence, if you have a grievance, there is a legal avenue to remedy the flaw(s) identified.  If there isn’t, that is the work of the Parliament.
Joe is such a dreamer.
I, on the other hand, struggle to follow the latest illogic from those quarters, contrasted with the absolute cricket-less silence regarding the plight of women in the Islamic world.  Me thinks there is some lipstick on a pig here somewhere.
Conversations with Gayle H. have woken Joe, one ear to the rail, one bleary eye on the horizon.
Joe says perhaps there is a parallel in the “World o’ Women” whereby a worthwhile educational movement for both genders has been hijacked by “radicals” and has been driven pell-mell into a crowded demanding unhinged culture at break-neck speed.
Or it is a lot of shit.
A woman from Australia is changing Joe’s perception.
Here is Janet Albrechtsen speaking our language:

I Side With
Joe and I reiterate again and again……
Donald Trump was not our first choice.  Nor our second.
We have since had occasion to give our collective head a shake.
The website ISideWith.com has a 2017 Political Quiz which Joe and I took (click on the link to take it).  Here is our result –

Joe and I share a political perspective: theoretically, we are Libertarian.  Practically, we are conservative with a reluctant small “c”.  Were we voting in America and registered, we would register as Independent.  One thing President Trump (Old Orange Hair) has done in his short tenure is expose just how corrupt both official parties are.  Joe and I don’t need no stinkin’ Democrats or Republicans.
Our heads dance with the prospect of being an ignorant, sexist, fascist (etc.) after the style of The Donald.
As Canadians, much the same with our 5 party = 2 party system.  We were strong Harper supporters.  Haven’t liked a Liberal, ever.  Much like the American landscape, there be dragons, and the dragons are very much inclined to be self serving.
We strongly recommend a qualification quiz before a person votes.  It ain’t “democratic” but what is?
Hurl your approbation or insults as (you wish) in the “Comments” box.
One caveat: perhaps you should take the quiz (do the long quiz – “more questions”) before you sling mud.  You may surprise yourself.

Thomas Sowell Excellence
Joe is a great fan of Thomas Sowell.
I too order and read books written by Mr. Sowell, watch YouTube videos, read articles on the Internet.
Here is Dr. Sowell discussing the appeasement of public concern to “do something” with “Varieties of Nothing”:

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Joe’s Comment – Reality has a way of deflating argument.

Word o’ the Month
Petrichor: (noun) – a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.
Joe yearns for the fragrant and subtle aroma unique to post-rainfall moments, accompanied by a rainbow (not the gay kind) if the storybook version be an option.
The last month’s olfactory symphony in Vernon, alas, is void of petrichor.  The rain in Spain falls mainly in our city with short periods of respite, and has for weeks.  There is no faint but distinct hint of petrichor: the pervading smell is mud, rotting vegetation, and a hint of the neighbor’s overflowing dry well.  The Spanish can have it, plain or with sprinkles!
Joe and I think there is an investment opportunity at hand.  Bottle and sell “desert air” for folks fed up with the constant “Chinese water torture” drip drip dripping, punctuated by steady downpours and the occasional deluge.  Relentless never ending quantities of liquid hydrogen hydroxide falling from a faceless silver grey sky.  And in the black-dark of night, too.
Trench foot comes to mind.  Now there is an odor unique!
A sniff of hot, dry, cactus flowered air, dangerously low in humidity, would be a welcome opiate any time now.

Compromise & Fidelity
Joe insists that compromise is NOT acceptable under situations outside of music or food or a few other categories of emotional touchy-feely personal preferences: i.e. what color should we paint the fence?  Do you like these pants?  What flowers should be planted in the garden?
What then is the criteria for NOT-ness?
Very simple.  Morality.  Right (vs wrong).  Rights (Natural rights especially) of the individual.  Freedom and Liberty (intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional) of the individual.

Interpersonal relationships have occasion for compromise.  An example: Joe wants beer for supper, I want pizza, Rourke wants chicken.  We will go with all three most often instead of a dinner “compromise” that suits no one.  Joe says he will fix the car and I agree.  Joe will NOT compromise on the detail and quality of the repair.  If I (try to) intercede (i.e. compromise on detail and quality), Joe will walk away from the job.  Period.  No compromise.  He will mutter something like “fix it yourself, *#@*(^%&!
Joe isn’t diplomatic, well rounded, pleasant, or friendly when it comes to “go along to get along”.
In the arena of politics, compromise is a thorny issue.
Kevin Williamson, writing for the National Review, has written an op-ed titled “Is the GOP finally ready to “de-fund the Left”?”
A quote from the article –
“There is a case for bipartisanship, but it is not the one you usually hear. Bipartisanship is desirable not because the best course is likely to be found at the midpoint between two extremes: The man who drinks to excess every day is a drunk, and so is the man who does so every other day. There is no compromise between fidelity and infidelity. When presented with a good idea and a bad one, there is no point in being a little bit stupid for the sake of compromise.”
The entire article can be read here.

The Cost of Greening

Joe thinks giant wind generators and massive solar arrays are ludicrous.  In the words of Joe, “that shit don’t scale”.
They are unsightly, cripplingly costly, unreliable, noisy (in the case of windmills), and deadly dangerous to local bird and bat populations.
Ontario, Kanada, the plaything of Kathleen Wynn, a cruel lesbian moonbat who happens to be the Premier, officially don’t give two shits.
The precise very precious creatures the greenies strive to defend are being slaughtered in wholesale quantities.  Raptor under glass for supper?  How about chocolate coated blue spotted brown freckled Tits, the rarest of rare Kanadian birds?  Talk about batty in the belfry.
For what is the carnage?  What noble goal is this murder perpetrated to attain?  For the highest hydro costs in the kuntry?  Read here.

Run Silent
Joe and I were Carly Fiorina supporters.
When Trump culled her from the herd, we were leaning Ted Cruz.
Just goes to show you…. Joe and I were wrong, wrong, wrong.
One of Trump’s campaign promises was to e-lim-in-ate ISIS (or ISIL as Jug Ears was fond of praising).  Unlike Jug Ears, Trump & Co. aren’t broadcasting the 5 W’s and H.
Jug Ears was concerned for the vermin; he thought they were misdirected acolytes of Allah, the all Wise and Powerful, brothers fighting for the glory of the coming Caliphate.
Trump, once inaugurated, made a proclamation.  A proclamation not broadcast around the world for all to hear.  Not an advance “notice to vacate” because something really nasty might ruin your dream of global domination.  A quote from a Financial Post op-ed written by Kori Shake nails it:
we are going to convey my top generals and give them a simple instruction. They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly and quickly defeating ISIS.” While strictly speaking that deadline has passed without apparent formal approval, the Departments of State and Defense have indeed been prioritizing defeating the Islamic State. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made his first big international event the gathering of the coalition fighting the Islamic State, reinforcing the president’s twin messages that it is the administration’s top national-security priority, and that “the United States will increase our pressure on ISIS and al Qaeda and will work to establish interim zones of stability, through ceasefires, to allow refugees to return home.”
Joe and I are ecstatic.
Especially the pronouncement by Rex Tillerson to create zones of stability allowing refugees to return home.  Sanity, finally.  Haircut Boy, are you listening?
We can hear music, sweet sweet music:

The music Joe hears is the MOAB detonating in Afghanistan, crippling a tunnel network which aids and abets the assholes.
The music Joe hears is 59 Tomahawk missiles impacting on the Shayrat airbase in Syria.
Both events, delivered by tools of destruction, conveyed a message rationally and purposefully structured to give notice to those who act with impunity: our words are the harbinger of action.
Shades of Teddy Roosevelt (speak softly and carry a big stick).
Or, as Joe would say it, “my word is my bond, DFWM!”

Media Moments
Joe and I used to fly.
We flew for fun, for profit (commercial license), and often for business reasons.
There was a joy and pride and satisfaction we felt flying ourselves.
We also flew via commercial airlines.
That used to be a pleasant experience.  No longer possible.
Instead, anxiety and humiliation at the hands of “security staff” accompany a semi-strip, wanding, no humor pat down as foreplay for every commercial flight.
The changes perpetrated on commercial air travel by terrorists / bad actors / assorted criminals have made the old adage “if you have time to spare, travel by air” insufficient to convey the gist of the experience.  It is a cauldron of tensions and pressures Joe and I choose to avoid whenever possible.
This week United Airlines cost themselves an incalculable amount of damage by mishandling an incident variously reported as an over-booking / staff transport / manifest adjustment kerfuffle.  A passenger who refused to be “bumped” off the flight was forcefully removed in what can only be described as a dark Kafkaesque comedic tragedy.  Another layer of civilized behaviour ruptured.
There is a silver lining.  Joe and I have assembled a few of the many comments presented by the brave souls around the world who refuse to be silenced (so far), those who take “freedom of speech” seriously, those who know a farce when they see one.

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