Sunday Rant – 0724

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Joe’s Comment – It has been a busy week, but all I can think about is how much longer will the nights dip below zero?
It seems the older I get, the more the weather either delights me or pisses me off.
Why, I remember younger days when my daily activities were not at the mercy of a fickle system comprised of air currents capriciously flirting with the sun and terrain.
Now the idea of something less than a Maggie Muggins perfect day grinds my gears.
Most of the noise and commotion in The World® falls on my deaf ears during this month.  I’ve got something more important on my mind –

Creeping Globalism

Irish Madness
Joe and I don’t know whether to be elated or manically depressed.
Elated because the Irish people are getting the same hysterical bullshit from their political elite as we do here in Canada, or manically depressed because the Irish people are getting the same hysterical bullshit from  their political elite as we do here in Canada.
You can see the conundrum.
Also, although we are not fans of Russell Brand, the first 7:15 minutes (to the first Brand commercial) of his commentary on the Irish interview is hilarious!  He clearly shows that the politicians are blissfully unaware of their hubris and their ignorance.  After the commercial, Mr. Brand is more serious, but makes good and obvious observations on the dangers of infringing on free speech.
Joe says it is a global game of one-up man ship.  Like those “hold my beer” memes.  If only politicians would focus on the job they were sent to parliament or congress to do.
In our perfect world, you would never hear a politician speak.  The decrepit machinery of government would function acceptably.  The voice of We The People would rue the day, the month, the year.  All time…..
Now that is a fantasy worth fantasizing!:

Elon Musk and Bobby Kennedy Jr.
This is an important interview.
Elon Musk has S.T.E.M. in his blood (science, technology, engineering, math).
Bobby Kennedy Jr. might learn something.
Both the Democrats and the Republicans are worried that Mr. Kennedy will “split the vote” with his run for president.  The Dems have already begun “law-fare” to prohibit his efforts.  An interesting conversation:

Health (extended version)

Dr. Chris Palmer and Jordan Peterson
The following two videos about Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhala finding health through diet are complements of Kent Carnivore.
In this segment from a longer interview between Dr. Peterson and Dr. Chris Palmer, the discussion broadens to cover not only physical health but mental health.  Good job by Kent Carnivore in producing a short from a longer interview:

Mikhala Peterson Progress
Ms. Peterson has been on a “Lion Diet” since 2017.
Thanks again to Kent Carnivore for producing this short video of highlights from Mikhala’s podcasts and presentations.
The woman isn’t suggesting this diet will cure all.  She IS saying that for her personal health issues, the best results in her wellness to date have been gained via her self-defined “Lion Diet”.
Joe and I think it is very simple.  It is your body.  Experimenting on yourself by being selective about what you eat isn’t rocket science, but it might be life giving or even life saving.  If you can improve your physical and mental health by diet, why in heaven wouldn’t you?
Joe and I believe you must eat to be who you want to be.
As Mikhala says, “Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels”.
Amen, sister, amen:

Mental Illness and Diet
Another important discussion.
The adage Joe and I are coining, that you eat what you want to be, seems apt and adequate.
Although  carbohydrates can and do provide energy, i.e., “calories”, this source of nutrition is inadequate for optimum development and performance.
Dr. Peterson has been eating carnivore for 5+ years.
Dr. Chris Palmer has been treating mentally challenged patients with low carb high fat animal sourced food to great effect.
What is not to love?  An informative discussion well worth the time:

The Truth About Meat
Ivor Cummins is such an optimist.
He thinks that if you present people with facts backed up by real-life data and experimentation, those people will understand and change their ways!
Joe and I think Ivor is the “bees knees”.
We have the same Mary Poppins attitude.
For most folks who discuss nutrition with us, our reply is as follows – everyone has a unique body: prove or disprove the “theory” by experimenting on yourself.
If you go full out and reduce your carbohydrate / fiber intake to zero (or an approximation), you will see if it kills you, has no affect/effect, or it improves your experience.  That business of putting your theory where your mouth is will garner one thing: does it work for you?
Whether it works for anyone else is a moot point.  Wouldn’t you agree?:

 

Fiber and Saturated Fat
Dr. Paul Mason and Dr. Anthony Chaffee have an interesting approach to nutrition – they actually use science!  And they both “practice eating what they preach”.  That is, they put their theories where their mouth is, carefully monitor the experience, study any existing actual scientific evidence, THEN share their findings with discussion and presentation with others.  Seems like a valid approach to me and Joe:

Joe’s Garage

Optimus Gen 2
The advance of the autonomous robot seems to be the objective of the Tesla corporation.  An update to previous postings about the advance of the mindless:

Excavator Excellence
There are operators.
And there are OPERATORS!!!
The following is a Ub2b “short” that shows an excavator operator performing his duties without a wasted moment, in a most fluid and flowing performance.
The dismantling of a complete vehicle is icing on the cake:

2500 HP Coyote
Remember last rant (Sunday Rant – 0624) there was a segment about F150 Ford street racers using a Coyote 5.0L engine?
Well, the following video is a breakdown of a Coyote engine that produces 2500 hp that had a “tick” noise on the driver side.
The problem turned out to be minor – easily remedied.
This engine had run 50 races and about 1000 street miles.
It makes power from 6,000 to 9,500 rpm.
Good grief!  Dogs must howl……
All the components looked good (excepting the cam cap that broke).
This is phenomenal.  The engine is basically a stock block with stock heads.  Many of the competitors are using stock cams and stock cranks.
Joe’s mouth was hanging open for the entire video.  Every time we pick a Ford engine as an example of good design, something better comes along.
A great video for gearheads:

272 Successful Landings
The following video of a SpaceX first stage lifting off, separating from the second stage, then returning to Earth and landing on LZ-2 was the 272nd such event.
This is amazing!
The data gathered every single launch improves the process and procedure.
Bravo!
Joe gets tears in his eyes every single time:

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Mr. Shakey Graves is the introduction for my comments tonight.  A bit edgy.  A bit angry.  A bit confrontational  Precisely my current mood.
From the lyrics, a ominous bit of what might come to be –
And try to forget all your enemies and debts
They’ll just chase you round and give you sour dreams
Try to forget all them enemies and debts
They’ll just chase you round and give you sour dreams
Oh, so it seems
So it seems
Yeah, so struggle all you like
Yeah, put up the good fight
They say someday everybody dies alone
Yeah, struggle all you like
Put up the good fight
They say someday everybody dies alone
But hey
Who knows
Yeah, hey who knows
Yeah, hey who really knows

Joe’s Comment – Just what are you doing in my name?
I am a citizen of a country that is acting against my will and against my conscience.
Canada, the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand – the bulk of countries considered The West© – what are you doing?  And who(m) gave you the authority or the permission to do so?
You sons o’ bitches!
As a citizen of Canada, I want some answers, and I want them NOW!
If you haven’t watched Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladmir Putin you had better do so.  The man Putin may be many unsavory things but insane he is not.
That applies to Tucker Carlson too.  Sane and cogent.
Can you say the same for Joe Biden?
No, you cannot.  He is incontinent, in mind, in body, and in soul.
How about Justin Trudeau?
Not a semblance.  Anyone who believes the planet comes before people is a twit.
Have you watched any of the congressional hearings, senate hearings, or inquiries in the last 10 years?
The sons o’ bitches are all liars, are all treasonous!
How could so many people be so devious, so selfish, so deaf to We the People?
It begs the question: has there ever been a government which did the will of the people?  Evidence points to no sir…..
Here is the Tucker Carlson interview of Vladmir Putin:

Canadiana

The Coutts Four
Two of the four Canadian citizens still in solitary confinement without bail or trial since the trucker’s convoy of ’21 have plead guilty to lesser firearms charges and will be released.  723 days in remand without any justice.
As the two old gentlemen on the park bench say, “fancy grapefruit, fancy that!”
Chris Lysak and Jerry Morin plead to lesser charges (they were “charged” with conspiring to murder an RCMP officer.  Or more than one.  WTFK?  The “charges” were never defended in a court of law, only the public court of Herr Turdeau’s paid-for media.  But we digress…..
Two men remain in remand – Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick.
This incident was the basis of the Turdeau “Emergency Measures Act”.
Joe and I abhor the idea of political prisoners.
Hell, on most days, rain or shine, we abhor politics, politicians, government, bureaucracy, and bullies.  Not necessarily in that order, but you get the drift.
As for Viva Frei, when he was in Canada we accused him of clutching pearls, wringing hands, and speaking mumbo-jumbo legalize to ensure no one could level any way shape or form of charge against him running his mouth.  His podcast with Robert Barnes we watched, but seldom Viva alone.
This might change for us.  Viva Frei is now in Florida.  He seems to have found his testicles.  The following rant about the Coutts Four is worthy, IONSHO.
Joe says Viva’s anger – even rage – is justified.  There will be hell to pay!
Wait a minute.  This is Canada.  Get the broom.  We’ll sweep this sordid mess under the carpet.  Just one more politically motivated atrocity in the cold and frozen land of polite people:

An article with more meat about the legal ramifications for the Turdeau government, the judicial system, and the RCMP manipulating the law for political purposes is in order.  Here’s an article from Troy Media, contributed by Ray McGinnis, February 8th 2024.  A few quotes from the oped –
“…..Although Lysak and Chris Carbert were classmates during elementary school, the Coutts Four – Tony Olienick, Carbert, Lysak, and Morin – had never crossed paths prior to Feb. 9, 2022. None of them had previous criminal records.”
So much for conspiracy.
“…..The Crown dropping conspiracy to commit murder of police officer charges is significant. The Rouleau Report pointed to the arrests in Coutts as key to its justification of the Trudeau government’s invocation of the Emergencies Act on Feb. 14, 2022. Now that these charges are dropped, it appears the Crown and the RCMP never had evidence to convict the accused of conspiracy to commit murder.
Instead, they subjected them to gruelling custody in remand centres, hoping to break them. The choice to withhold bail for almost two years was politically driven. They were considered too risky for bail one day, only to be released the next after suddenly deemed harmless to the public.
Initially, Lysak and Morin had declined offers to admit guilt. But after two years, the strain of the whole ordeal led them to agree to a coerced confession to the new charges in order to survive.”
Here we have the crux of the situation.
Men held without bail for years, denied trial, denied hearing.
As in the good old U.S. of A., if you go to trial, especially in cases like this that are blatant “lawfare“, there are two mandatory requirements:
1.  You must have unlimited resources – lots of $$$ and access to legal “superheroes” (remember OJ Simpson the wife murderer?)
2.  No matter how much item 1 you have, you must be on the correct political side of the equation, otherwise you are doomed (remember Lord Conrad Black and the kangaroo court in Chicago that jailed him in Florida)
The two men released after “copping a plea”, Chris Lysak and Jerry Morin, were without their families and relying on (initially) public defenders to represent them.  Chris is an electrician and Jerry is a lineman.  Both well paying jobs, but no treasure of the Sierra Madres to fund a legal team up against the Canadian Government Legal Eagles©.
What boils our beer is that the RCMP, the thugs who enforce and coerce at the behest of their Masters, were complicit and willing political tools.
How can we say that?
Did anyone, anywhere, hear a peep from any officer of any rank questioning the veracity of the very serious charges being laid against two working men who joined a protest?
As John Pinette (RIP) was wont to say, nay nay.
Indeed, if you read the McGinnis article, the female RCMP officer drinking with the boys in a bar might have some information to impart.
Joe and I have no faith that there is anyone in Canada with the moxie, the influence, the raw power to bring the real criminals to justice.
What if anything will happen is that it was all done to “keep the peace” or to promote the “common good”.
Joe and I are reluctant to use profanity, and this time we won’t (the force is strong to do so….)
Joe and I went to court for “uttering a threat” in the past.  The crown declined to press charges: we have a letter from the authorities stating that we are a free citizen without a criminal record.
However, the underlying threat is that if another “incident” occurs, all that was forgiven and forgotten will suddenly be remembered and reviewed.
We cannot fathom spending two years in custody.
We cannot imagine how dark, how medieval our attitude would be.
We do know that there are at least 37 lunatics in our head, some of them very unsavory.
Our best wishes and deep condolences to all four Coutts men.
We pray their lives will return to a new normal they can tolerate.
They were scapegoats for the Turdeau halfwits, used to promote a sketchy unconstitutional and evil agenda.  May the culpable all go to Hell.
I, DJ Drover, do solemnly swear, that if I can help defeat this evil in the land, I will give all my being to do so.  I speak for Joe, and all the idiots and lunatics in my head.  So help me, doG.

Americanna

Precognition or Prescience?
Way back when, in the ’90s, some comedians thought it would be a hoot to make a movie where the American president is a downright moron.
Leslie Nelson (RIP) does a great job of predicting the Biden:

Israelianna

News from the Front
It is not a difficult choice for Joe and me.
On one side, an ancient culture of music and art and literature and discovery and tradition and heritage and family and worship:  22% of Nobel Prize winners have been Jewish.
On the opposing side, a culture of hatred: the Hamas Charter doesn’t extol the virtues of “We the Palestinian People”, or define their rights and privileges – it is a vituperation of the Jewish people.
The billions of dollars in aid sent to Gaza has resulted in zero uplifting of the people.  Surely they must be low IQ people to be so blinded by hate they literally sacrifice their lives for an ideology of evil.
When you watch the following video, you will see what the aid funds became.
Joe and I have been watching and reading, trying to find a reliable source of information about the conflict.  The Israel Guys just might be who we choose:

The Culture

Conrad Black on Donald Trump
Lord Black has written an op-ed with the title as follows:
Conrad Black: At This Precarious Point in US History, Trump Is Part of the Solution
When you read the entire article, the man is making valid points.
The link is to an article in Epoch Times, and might be paywall restricted.
Nevertheless, the article talks about unusual times in America’s past, and how a leader or leaders emerged, not from the established hierarchy of leadership, but from unexpected or unusual sources.
The adage is that change occurs at the edges; i.e., the conventional and traditional and established methodology practiced by the ensconced no longer benefits We The People but instead “in statu quo” is pursued, to maintain power and control.
The change, for better or worse, comes not from within.
Read the article if possible.
Donald Trump may be the metaphoric “Shane” required in America this election cycle.

WEF
No, this is not a fanboy gush and fawn about the World Economic Forum and how it will “Save the World!”
This is a short address by Heritage President Kevin Rogers, who gives the WEF both barrels at short range.
He has thrown down the gauntlet.
A man to be admired!:

 

Health

mRNA Vaccines
A news release from Epoch News dated February 3rd, 2024, written by Naveen Athrappully has the following headline:
“mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Caused More Deaths Than Saved: Study”
This article is behind a paywall.  Here is a link.  Give it a try…..
From the article (if the link fails):
….The peer-reviewed study, published in the Cureus journal on Jan. 24, analyzed reports from the initial phase 3 trials of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. These trials led to the shots being approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States. The study also looked into several other research and reviews of the trials. It found that the vaccines had “dramatically lower” efficacy rates than the vaccine companies claimed.
Moreover, based on “conservative assumptions, the estimated harms of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines greatly outweigh the rewards: for every life saved, there were nearly 14 times more deaths caused by the modified mRNA injections.”
“Given the well-documented SAEs (serious adverse events) and unacceptable harm-to-reward ratio, we urge governments to endorse and enforce a global moratorium on these modified mRNA products until all relevant questions pertaining to causality, residual DNA, and aberrant protein production are answered.”
The authors also recommended an “immediate removal” of the COVID-19 vaccines from the childhood immunization schedule. They pointed out that children were at very low risk from the infection.”
Note:  The Epoch Times article has been updated by the author – link here.
I have been telling anyone who will listen since the start of the fiasco called COVID that seasonal bronchial affliction is best combated with a pristine immune system.
That means PHD (proper human diet).  That also means you don’t get away with anything!  The human body can adapt to less than ideal nutrition and the human body can adopt change to establish a “new normal”.  But if you are chronically deficient in things like vitamin D3, iron, iodine, omega 3 fats…. indeed, the nine essential amino acids….. you are damaging your “keep alive” systems.  Some more than others – that magnificent code book, DNA, called out the plays as you were being built – all folks are NOT created equal.  You were built out of the resources available.
Joe has been saying since the dawn of COVID hysteria that when so-called “scientists” start looking under doG’s skirt, what they discover might not be what they were looking for.
Meanwhile, here in British Columbia, Canada, the government is still insisting that they know what is best – take a vaccine, take another, and don’t forget your kids!
Joe and I will lay it out for anyone smirking and lurking – nobody gets away with anything.  In the long run, your health is what you eat.  Every molecule in your body came to you via your mouth.  OK, at one time you were hooked up to the Mother ship via umbilical cord and dependent on yer mama.  And yes, if you are inclined to inject or inhale things into your body, you are bypassing your stomach.  Are all you pedantic weenies satisfied?
You are the product of what you ate/consumed.
Ergo, if you are satisfied, continue to eat what you are.
A word to the wise –
It behooves you to eat what you want to be.
The human body is the most advanced machinery in the known universe, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved, or augmented.
Around this time in our rant, some sage says they know someone who drinks like a fish, smokes like a chimney, eats junk food all de doo-dah day, injects toxic and worse junk into their veins, yet is in perfect fettle and is older than Methuselah.  Somehow this is proof that it doesn’t matter what you put in your pie hole.
All that Joe and I (and the other wackjobs in our head) can say is since we’ve changed our diet to high fat, protein, and no or little carbs, things have been better, health wise.
Our motto, adopted from Yossarian the Assyrian (Catch-22), is – we will live forever, or die in the attempt.
Wouldn’t it be loverly to be healthy and happy up until that moment the Grim Reaper swings his scythe and puts you to an end?  A long arduous painful demise is not an alternative Joe and I relish.
We’re sure if Spock were alive, he’d say “Eat meat, and prosper!”

Dr. Ken Berry and Dr. Georgia Ede
It wasn’t too many rants ago we featured Dr. Berry and Dr. Ede discussing the implications of diet and mental health (Sunday Rant – 4722).
Since that time, Dr. Ede has published a book titled “Change Your Diet, Change Your Mind”.
This interview reinforces the basic concept that what you eat dictates who you are, including your mental state.  The good doctors discuss the contents of the book, especially parts pertinent to the well-being of the individual that might be linked to nutrition.  Joe and I will add this book to our health library:

Dr. Shawn Baker and Dr. Georgia Ede
While we’re on the subject, here’s more of the same, only different.  Joe and I thought we had included this excellent discussion in a previous rant, but nay-nay.
We have progressed toward the goal of intermittent fasting and only meat to break the fast.  Our brain is clear, our body peaceful.  Better sleep.  More productive.  What’s not to love?:

Are Vegans the Devolution of Man?
The following video from Kent Carnivore pokes a little fun at the vegan and vegetarian community.
In true fashion, the plant only crowd don’t have much of a belly laugh at their own antics.
Perhaps they will never be able to see that in order to live, some other living thing must die.  Pretty straight forward even if a tad cold – the living eat the living.
The pretty but delusional young lady dressed as a Jersey (rather small udders – probably shunned from the herd) doesn’t do too well up against a school boy:

Joe’s Garage

El Gringo
There is a truck that has become a legend in “street racing”, named “El Gringo”.
The original Gringo was a Chevrolet pick-up with a 596 cu. in. Chev engine, now known as El Gringo 1.0.  It was awesome – 1200 hp to move it down the road.  El Gringo 1.0 became a legend.  Randy Seals, owner of Seals Hot Rod Shop is the builder and owner.
Mr. Seals made a lot of money and a lot of reputation driving El Gringo 1.0.
But, that wasn’t enough.
El Gringo 2.0 is an F150 Ford with a 5.0L Coyote engine.  Mr. Seals says that the original two runs in Gringo 2.0 were the fastest runs he has ever experienced.
The following is a Ub2b short, where he explains some of the advantages of using an F150 platform for El Gringo 2.0 (segment from the video below):

The following interview of Mr. Seals is pedantic and mostly a view of the culture of street racing, especially in Texas.  From 56:00 to 1:10:00, the subject of why Mr. Seals chose an F150 with Coyote 5.0L engine for his El Gringo 2.0 build.
Spoiler – the rest of the interview is mostly as indicated above.  Joe and I found the information regarding $$$ betting and street racing sanctioned by the local authorities of interest.  We cannot fathom this being done in Oh! Canada!:

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Sunday Rant – 0524

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Joe’s Comment – This might be the first year in decades where my personal “cabin fever” and “winter madness” pales in comparison to that of The World®.
The situation in Texas is approaching an impasse.  I am in favor of Governor Greg Abbott and the people of Texas.  The US federal government is out of its mind.
The Canadian economy continues to spiral downward.  One of the most gifted nations in the world, with unparalleled natural resources, natural beauty, and a relatively small population, is fiscally choking.  This is the precipitation of bent and twisted politics, of uncontrolled abuse of position and power.
The mess in the Middle East continues.
The mess in the Ukraine is stalemated.
Ground Hog Day came and went.
Here in Vernon we didn’t see the damn sun at all!
Without meaning to pun, that’s a ray of sunshine – 2024 will have an early Spring.
The local Wholesale Club (a subsidiary of Loblaws / Superstore) has empty shelves, especially in the meat department.
My diet, “carnivore”, is one of high fat, protein, and little / no carbohydrates.
The strip loins and rib eyes that I buy there have increased in cost mercilessly – a AAA graded whole rib eye is easily over $200.00 CAD (about 10 – 12 pounds).
Today’s shopping trip was mostly vegetable and fruit with hamburger and sausage – just under $200.00 CAD.
The Feds seem intent on doubling the cost of food in the name of “saving the planet”, or “climate”, or just destroying family farming.
I filled the car at the pump today – the price was down from last month and I felt elated to save a few pennies on the liter.  Then I remembered the price only a year ago – it was about sixty cents cheaper then!
Old guys on a fixed income without lifetime savings to insulate self from fiscal tragedy are feeling the pinch.
Meanwhile, there is no white hat good guy on the horizon.
All the dependable and solid institutions of my youth that seemed trustworthy are long gone.
Every man for himself, I reckon.
Memories come hard and stark in the grey of Winter.
A song from Tom Russell, appropriate and timely:

And I fly away,
beyond these walls,
up above the clouds where the rain don’t fall,
on a poor man’s dream.”

 

Economics

Adam Smith
The “father of economics” laid the groundwork in the 18th century for generations of sharp pencil wheeler dealers and entrepreneurial adventurers .
His opus, titled “The Wealth of Nations”, is comprised of parts I, II, III, IV, and V.
Joe and I have a copy somewhere.
Unfortunately for me and Joe, it is written in the English language of the day.  That is, odd and strange spelling, cumbersome phrasing, and unfamiliar structure.  Our grasp of English is OK but not spectacular.  When reading this older script, Joe is flummoxed, and I stumble.  Often, a quick re-read is necessary to garner an elusive meaning.
All that aside, Mr. Mark Skousen does a good job of distilling the essence into a few key phrases, all the while giving a history of Mr. Smith.
Nicely done!:

 

Argentina
The new President of Argentina, Javier Milei, has begun transforming his country by bringing a capitalist agenda as THE agenda.  He has been widely supported by “We The People” of Argentina.
How successful will he be in rescuing what remains of the Argentine economy from the jaws of socialism (or worse – the Chinese Communist Party)?
The following video features a happy John Stossel, a died-in-the-wool Libertarian, celebrating President Milei.  Like Mr. Stossel, Joe and I also wish the new president success.  Perhaps an Argentinian turn-around will inspire the citizens of Canada to pay attention:

 

Humor

 

Health

A Story
This young man, “Kent Carnivore“, has created two short “documentary” stories telling the story of mankind’s trek from tree dwelling primates to today’s magnificent specimen.  Joe and I enjoyed both of them for their brevity and high-level broad-brushing of the subject.  That is to say, they are not exhaustive detailed histories of the evolution of Man.  More of an imaginative overview:

And the second episode continues the theme.  Joe and I ARE carnivores….:

 

Joe’s Garage

International IDI
In 1983, Ford F250 and F350 pick-ups could be ordered with a diesel engine.
It was not an industry first (GM in 1978) but it was an industry changer.
The engine was an International 6.9L IDI (Indirect Injection) that, by 1986, produced 170 horse power and 315 foot-pounds torque without a turbo charger.  For its time it was respectable performance.  The consensus today is the 6.9L and it’s bigger brother the 7.3L IDI were reliable and gave good fuel economy.
No one claims high power as an attribute.
Enter Hypermax.
The following video is the result of much research by “Higho Stable Garage”.
It features a 6.9L IDI, heavily modified by Hypermax, a diesel tuning specialist business.  The legend is that the output was in the 1200 hp range with 1800 ft.lb. torque.  It was outlawed in local truck pulling circles.  The owner drag raced the truck under the name “DaDiesel”.  Low and sub 10 second runs were reported:

Heave Ho!
The biggest, heaviest, longest, est-est ship ever conceived and built is the subject of the following video by Historsea.  The ship’s last name was Knock Nevis.
It was dismantled for scrap after an approximate 30 year existence.
Joe and I are ambivalent about shipping via sea.  What knocked our socks off (metaphorically) was the sheer immensity of the project.
Displacing 650,000+ tons is one big fat lady!  Joe is flabbergasted by the logistics and engineering involved:

Space X – 2024
The launch and return of a Falcon first stage in the video below is the 10th mission Space X has completed this year.
Joe and I are old enough to remember space launches were few and far between, extremely expensive, and a spectacular display of man’s ingenuity in action.
Elon Musk has made it almost humdrum.
If our math is accurate, there has been a launch approx. every 3 days in January.
No longer are they few, they are an order of magnitude less expensive (still too rich for our bank account).  The one constant is every single launch is – still spectacular!
This video tracks the first stage from ignition to separation to dry land touchdown.  Joe and I get teary eyed.  “Tom Corbet, Space Cadet” memories are flooding our mind.  Them was the days, boys!:

Fibonacci Sequence Turbines
The “Golden Ratio” (1.618..) is an observable phenomenon of the world around us, of Nature©.
The Fibonacci sequence is created by adding two numbers in a sequence to produce the next number: i.e., 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55…..etc. Or mathematically: Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2.
So far, so good.  When you draw a Fibonacci tile pattern, the squares have a side length equal to the associated Fibonacci number, like this –
Starting at the “0” point, and sketching a curve through the diametric corners of the tile squares, you create the Fibonacci spiral –
What is the point?
The Fibonacci series approximates the Golden Ratio, and the Fibonacci spiral approximates the Golden Spiral.
The following video (although author Ziroth seems to have misspelled Fibonacci) is an investigation into the development of turbines which have blades described by the Fibonacci sequence.  Joe and I like this stuff a lot.  Each medium (air, water, electromagnetic fields) has an optimal “harmony”, where efficiencies are maximized.  There is much more to be discovered about the world around us:

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