Sunday Rant – 2620

PN:

Joe’s Comment – The above words are a wonderful metaphor for being able, being prepared, being ready, and being open to opportunity.  Or is it an analogy?  Perhaps both.  I try to be confident as outlined.
However, most days, when I am suddenly confronted by reality, it tends to discombobulate me much like the lady in this gif loses her shit-
More preparation, more ability, more readiness, more planning needed.
I wish…..
If I only knew reality when I see it!

 

COVID-19 Fun
Joe and I are dreamers, thinkers, planners, and doers, in that order.
Unfortunately for us, the first three catagories (DTP) most frequently take up so much of our time that we don’t get doin’ before the day is done.
Continue ad infinitum, daily.
There are other folks who actually short circuit the first three steps and get right to doing.
We stumbled into this fantastic COVID-19 “social isolation” response from the Crabtree family – they commissioned Octavia Chic to build a back-yard pub for them!
Bravo to the Crabtree family for having the vision for the project, and enough $$$ to commission such a delight for their own enjoyment.
Double kudos to Amy at Octavia Chic for the absolutely fabulous attention to detail, excellence in finishing, and overall perfect execution.
Best of all, the cab ride home is very cheap…..
A masterpiece!

 

General Flynn Redux
Joe and I had to sit down (as usual) when listening to “Viva Frie”, our Montreal based legal eagle.
Why sit down?
‘Cause he talks as fast as Ben Shapiro!
We have to concentrate so hard on his words that we get dizzy and lose our balance.
He is our go-to when we try to make sense of legalese.
The decision of the “Executive” (in terms of the court system) frees Flynn and spanks the judge, the amicus, and the dissenting executive judge’s opinion.
All in all, an exoneration of a man falsely accused.
How will he recover his treasure, time, and reputation?
Joe reckons he will sue and be rewarded handsomely.
So handsomely that the time and reputation loss, irreplaceable and irreparable, will be somewhat cushioned.
Joe and I say this IS a triumph of law as law, not a political hijacking of the law to disable and discredit a political rival:

 

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Thank doG
Joe and I thank doG that we DIDN’T have any $$$ when we were young.
We would have done something strange, for sure.
Something like go off in the bush and build our own dwelling, Grok with the trees and dirt and streams, and generally avoid being part of the current culture:

Ancestral Diet
In the continuing pursuit of determining what, exactly, is the best food stuff for ourselves, Joe and I have taken a detour to ancient Egypt.
As a yute (youth a la “My Cousin Vinny“), we thought highly of the pyramids, the hieroglyphs, the Nile River and the “cradle of civilization” stories.
And (of course!) Cleopatra, as depicted by Elizabeth Taylor (pant, pant).
We have now had our faulty perspective re-imaged.
In the following video, Dr. Michael Eades reveals the ancient Egyptians had a diet based on vegetable matter; grains, fruits, and the like.  Not much animal product.
How healthy were they?
Joe says it’s damn scary how healthy they were – rotten teeth, diseased hearts, and obesity all in.
One of the graphs in the video says it all to Joe and I: when comparing the relative incidence of cardiovascular illness by age, it seems that those in the 40 – 49 year age were the worst group because there weren’t too many folks left to be considered in the 50 year plus age group.
To be clear, not many Egyptians lived much past 50 years.
Joe and I are already 21 years past 50.  We’ve outlived most ancient Egyptians, we’ve got our own teeth (except for one gold bridge covering a dentist’s mistake), we take no drugs, we are clear headed – we know who we are for the most part.
And, we are approaching our 2 year celebration of carnivore eating.
No carbs, no sugars, no fruit.  No sick…..
There might be something in this after all.
Here is “Paleopathology and the Origins of the Low-carb Diet”:

Cheery Folks
Joe and I have a tendency to concentrate on threatening news.
It is a natural, healthy response – fight or flight reflex.
Which is better in our mind than a “re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic” response – an ineffective “do something!” reflex or an ostrich reflex (head in the sand until the threat dissipates).
There are other folks that seem to be focused on their passions, folks who create serotonin by the bucket full doing what they love to do, despite the real or perceived threats from the “outside world”.
Joe and I admire these folks, and in our very humble way seek to emulate.
The following examples of such folks features Sarah Jeffery, a professional recorder player, Lucy Horsch, a professional recorder player, and two violin players, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen.
Brett and Eddy are Australian classical music lovers and players.  They established a YoubeTube channel, TwoSetViolin (above link), and have millions of subscribers, hundreds of millions of views (559M and counting).
Feeling frisky and risky, they released a video critique, comparing the violin (their expertise) to the recorder (definitely NOT their bag):

Sarah couldn’t let this go unchallenged.  She is a professional recorder player from the UK, with her own YoubeTube channel, Sarah Jeffery / Team Recorder.
Although her subscribers and views are orders of magnitude fewer than those of Brett and Eddy, her passion and expertise shines through in her response:

Sarah wasn’t the only recorder player who rebuked our Australian pranksters.
She did such a good job of demonstrating her instrument in a positive way.
Same same with Lucie Horsch.
Lucie created a YoubeTube channel, Lucie Horsch, specifically to respond to Brett and Eddy.
Lucie is a world renowned recorderist from the Netherlands, her bio page here.
A short example of her playing Vivaldi in concert.
Her response is lighthearted, humorous, and demonstrates her virtuosity with the recorder:

Here are Brett and Eddy with their response:

Joe and Dave’s take-away –
What precious humans.
We believe that these are demonstrations of freedom.
In a political sense, we believe this freedom is encouraged and nurtured by the culture of West.
Correct us if we are misinformed.
I don’t see this “Anne Frank” brilliance being set free in North Korea.
John Adams, Founding Father and 2nd President once wrote “I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”
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PN:

Joe’s Comment – I am simpatico with Calvin.  The events unfolding convince me that the lunatics are definitely trying to grasp the controls and run the world.
My chagrin overwhelms me: were I young again who knows what I’d do?
Not being young, my response is more like this –
I think I’m not alone in this sentiment, although I’ll pass on the coffee, bourbon and cigars.
I’d much rather have a rib eye steak, rare, a cup of tea with heavy cream, and a shot of Dark Horse rye whiskey.
So far, so good in Vernon BC – the activists haven’t noticed our slice of Heaven.
Order vs Chaos, playing in a city near you soon?

 

Quick Dick McDick
Joe and I are pro Canadian commerce.
We live in Canada.
Ergo, we try to shop in Canada.
Additionally, we are boycotting Chinese manufactured items as much as possible.
Our fearless and retarded industry and political leaders have sold the farm for filthy lucre.
This rant is officially pro-Canada goods and services.
Joe says this ain’t rocket science, and all y’all should do the same in whatever country you call your own:

 

Vera Lynn
Joe and I were sad to learn Ms. Vera Lynn has died.
She was 103 years of age.
The voice of Britain during the Blitz.
If there was a “theme song” for the Blitz, it was Vera Lynn singing “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square”:

If you haven’t heard her sing “We’ll Meet Again” here’s your chance:

From the New York Times article (which we cannot view),  Peter at Bayou Resistance Man extracted a few quotes and expressed his condolences in memorandum.
Joe and I remember this music from our youth.
Always brings tears.
Perhaps we too will meet, again.
R.I.P.

 

An Observation of Current Culture
Joe and I have been abusing our poor little pea brain with questions that are seemingly unanswerable.
Why unanswerable?
The facts around us suggest that were there an answer it would already be implemented successfully.
Questions such as what are the “rights” of the poor, the mentally deficient, the physically unable?
If there are “rights” for these and other identifiable disadvantaged groups, who or what is responsible to guarantee these “rights” are realized?
Are “freedom” and “liberty” a theory, a principle, a law?
Or are they an ideology of myth, of vision, of belief?
Perhaps they are all of these and none…..
The Comanche Indians are known to have settled “no solution” conflicts between individuals by binding their left arms together, arming them with knives, then accepting the survivor if indeed there be one.
Is this the “no solution” solution being sought in many cities across the West?
Here are our thoughts on the dilemma, framed by two quotes –

All successful civilizations must heed the above sentiments.
A stable and long lived civilization should be a product of extrapolating the best practices and processes of the past and modifying and / or improving as necessary to meet present requirements.
To do otherwise is to deny that the past has created the present.
Burning the world to the ground is NOT AN OPTION.
It has been tried and found lacking…..
Joe and I consider the current civil unrest around the world as the death throes of the last dragons of tyranny, the ogres of oppression – the last bastions where subjugating individual freedom and property rights and wealth creation to the state is still in practice.
It is a “hail Mary” pass using the young, ignorant of history and emotionally inflamed, as it’s operands.  Joe says it shouldn’t be news to all y’all that these are not the intellectual cream of the crop.  You might even call them mentally challenged.  Or idiots.
This is not ancient methodology – even the young caught up in this maelstrom are old enough have been alive when similar misguided endeavors were defeated.
Unfortunately, studying history is probably NOT on their “top 10” list of pastimes.
A refresher on basic philosophy regarding cultural interaction from Jordan Peterson:

More commentary from Stefan Molyneux, who Joe and I go to frequently for his perspective and excellent research.  He calls this “Life in Tofudishu!  The Latest News from CHAZ!”.  Mr. Molyneux does not fear the elephant herd in the room.  Indeed, he talks about each and every one of them right to their faces:

 

Blue Collar Logic
Joe and I were flabbergasted to learn contributions to BLM (Black Lives Matter) are funneled in part by the Democrat Party!!!
NOT!
It is not flabbergasting in the least.
HL Mencken has never been more appropriate.

Here’s Jason Siler of Blue Collar Logic to do some ‘splainin’:

 

Candace Owens
Joe and I are fans.
Her video re: the martyring of George Floyd (embedded in Sunday Rant – 2320) went viral.  The “Black Community” objected.  That is, the “Black Community” of the progressive Left / BLM / Democrat Plantation Inc. / celebrity mindless shills.
In this video Candace doubles down:

Joe and I say this about this and that…..
Stereotypes are not pulled out of the air (or out of the closest “racist” ass).
There is no escaping the “problem” of general intelligence / IQ.
There is no escaping the “tragedy” of human nature.
There is no escaping the impossibility of “equality”.
Joe and I know “black people” (WTFDTM?) only by books we read, videos we watch, and news we hear, “fake” and otherwise (how can you tell?).
We saw a black man and white woman shopping at the Superstore last year.
It took all our conscious control to stop ourselves from rushing over to them and prostrating ourselves at his feet begging forgiveness for the horrible transgressions that we had committed, albeit unknowingly, because of our mortal sin of being white.
If you believe any tiny portion of the last sentence, give your head a shake.
Maybe shake it once more.
Let us, us being Joe and I and the 35 other various and sundry “personalities” that make up ourself, be perfectly clear – or a reasonable facsimile of clear when we say the following – we judge people on their kindness and sociability first, their “goodness”, their actions, their intentions (stated and acted) and their “Weltanschauung.
Yes, we said it, we judge people!
And if we are anything, we are IQ-ists.
That is, we are prejudiced against low IQ people.
Can’t help it.
Don’t want to be one.
Avoid them whenever we can.
Tend to treat dummies as a minority class.
To top it off, we think we are so damn smart that every time we find out we are not so damn smart it hurts!
Go figure.
Skin color?
Not important.

 

TimeGhost History
Here is the third part of the “History of Pandemics” produced by TGH.
The first two parts were in Sunday Rant – 2420.
It will not surprise anyone that it has taken many lives and many centuries to get the limited knowledge we have about disease and illness.
Joe says it is going to be many more lives and many more centuries before it is a fait accompli:

 

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Early Earth
A TED talk questioning the theory of life auto-generating in the sea over 3 billion years ago.
That’s a lot of R&D to get to the human bean being.
This young confident slender (and svelt too, says Joe) woman, Tara Djokic, does a grand job of presenting her case up until she links CO2 with global warming as causal.
It ain’t causal.
It may be confluence.
It may be correlation.
Either or no, interesting theory of how maybe possibly a chance or not, how we humans got here:

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PN:

Joe has no comment.
It has rained every day or/and night for three weeks.
Melancholy reigns.
Gyro toppled.
Goals fading.
Desire waning.
Focus blurring.
Reflection looming.
Glooming.
Alice time…..

 

Quick Dick McDick
A Canadian treasure:

 

Musical Marvels
Joe and I appreciate the resonant cavity as musical instrument AND physical phenomenon.
What a delight to find some music that is also a physics lesson.
And a bottle of beer too (Joe fantasizes that bottle on the pipe is a beer with a ceramic/swivel lid – like Grolsch?).
Super plus with this video, the saxophonist is syncopated with this technically closed (at great distance) but audibly open-sounding resonating pipe:
NOTE: For some reason, this video disappeared from YoubeTube.  Joe cannot find it anywhere else, although it must be somewhere in the near infinite data warehouse virtual world – much like a memory inside yer own noggin.
The video was captioned in German.  There was a man playing a duet with himself: a large pipe line project (stretching off in the distance and over the hill) open pipe was his “time delay”.  He would play a few notes or a phrase, wait, and the pipe would reflect/echo his music.  He then went on to create some very jazzy music.  addn’l note: Joe and I are out of our depth regarding jazz.  We have no other musical category descriptor that matches.
ANOTHER NOTE:  We found it again!  On a website called “Geekology“, which is full of interesting and weird and wonderful and some bizzare, too.  We’ll leave the above NOTE, ’cause the Internet has most of the aspects and characteristics of Alice’s Wonderland.
Enjoy (until it disappears again):

What to do with a windy bluff?
Make it sing and ring:

A percussive opus by Blue Man Group titled “Drumbone” – almost 11 MILLION views – tunable resonant cavities:

One of Joe’s favorites – Annette Strean (Venus Hum) with Blue Man Group in an orgy of percussion:

 

Jericho Green
Mr. Green hits it on the head in this rant.
Last weekend, Chicago may have set a record.
85 people shot, 24 deaths, one weekend.
Guess how many victims were black?
Guess how many white cops shot them?
Guess how loud and long the BLM movement (sounds a bit like a bowel movement with a lisp) protested about Chicago?
Your guess is exactly as good as mine:

 

Not Jericho Green
This is the first “social media” this man has recorded.
Joe says the message is coming in 5 x 5.
That’s radio-talk for A-OK:

Whoops!
Our bad.
We forgot to say this is a black man…..

 

Blue Collar Logic
Dave Morrison is a white man.
He has an opinion about the latest hysteria from the “progressive left” – in quotes because it is platinum double talk that makes the George Orwell 1984 hit parade.
Progress is a wonderful word that promises improvement.
The idiots who have commandeered this word are nothing of the sort.
Joe says the old adage that “half the population is below average in intelligence” is very frightening (although statistically correct always) if the average dips below 100.
Here’s Mr. Morrison with comments about the absolutely insane events which are making a low-life black man into a political martyr.
All to what end?
Orange man bad?
Truly evil people have been part of the political elite in America for decades and decades.
DJ Trump & Co. have been at the helm for less than 4 years.
Joe says the guillotine is waiting impatiently to slake its thirst on the blood of evil ones:

 

Sage Advice
Chris Rock from The Chris Rock Show in the year 2000, “How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked by the Police:

 

Pandemic History
Joe and I have the same fatal mindset of many humans: we think that the history of existence began with our birth and (heaven forbid) ends with our demise.
It is a tragedy (in terms of history) that humans only live 4 score +/- years, for 80+/- years is but a mote in the eye (ouch!) of time.
So, humans being ingenious, devised a written language (OK, thousands of written languages), spoke but didn’t record thousands more (same link).
This way, history can be documented.
Documented history can be useful.
Useful as in valuable for risk management.
Risk management to prolong and/or assist the propagation of the species.
That’s the theory.
Alas, most humans know little history.
Alas, history written as political ideology, not as factual data rich record, can be confused with the Real Thing© (thank you, Coca-Cola™).
Or nefariously, used as propaganda.
Along comes 2020.
The boogeyman takes the form of a virus.
Various political apparati apparatuses crank up their propaganda machines.
Never let a serious crisis catastrophe emergency disaster calamity debacle cataclysm tsunami pandemic go to waste (paraphrasing Rahm Emanuel).
What does history tell us about humans vs pandemic?
Well Sparky, let’s check out the Internet!
Wait!  What’s this?
We found a terrific history channel to help us calculizate an opinion, to broaden our perspective, to infect us with data.
Indy Neidell and Spartacus Olsson of TimeGhost History come to the (historical) rescue with a brief three part history of pandemics among humans (part three is pending).
Which begs the question: do the dead and dying really give a shit about what killed or is killing them?
Joe don’t know, but the videos are very informative.
Here is part one “Pandemics Economically Worse than War”:

Here is part two “Black Death Mystery Solved – Not Bubonic Plague”:

Part three is not yet released.  Stay tuned, or click TimeGhost History link some time soon.  In the future.  Not now.  Maybe next week.
Don’t ask us ’cause we don’t know.
Jimmy crack corn…..

 

Joe’s Garage

Vitamin D3
In our on-going search for the perfect fuel to optimize performance of the meat robot we are, in our earnest desire to know fact from fiction, in our determination to make the Grim Reaper work extra long and extra hard to take us from this mortal coil, Joe and I continue to watch hours and hours of nutrition and care of the human body videos with the hope of gleaning some grains of truth.
About what our body actually needs and how it works.
We admit we aren’t the most logical individuals in the firmament (or here on earth for that matter).
But we know the difference between causality and confluence and correlation.
Listen to Dr. Ken Berry and Ivor Cummins discuss the importance of vitamin D3 in the human body, how much research has (and has NOT) been done on the subject, and their speculation regarding current events.
Then think your thinks about causality, confluence, and correlation.
Joe says this is important information.
I say make sure to be outside in the sunlight WITHOUT SUNBLOCK as much as you can.
And take a supplement in the winter:

IAF
The website that never stops being interesting (as F*+k) caught our interest again this week.
Some of the highlights –

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