Sunday Rant – 2819


Joe’s Comment – Is there, of necessity, a paradox when pursuing pure scientific research,  when following the trail of data and experiment to a meaningful, useful conclusion?
Or, less scientifically, experiments in the cultural and social arena?
I feel I’ve been in similar predicaments more than once in my short 70 year life.
Sometimes we’ve been on the receiving end as the guinea pig, the dirt person, the unconscious actor.
We will receive!
Sometimes on the experimenting end, the objective (snort!) researcher pursuing truth, the activator.
We will kick off!
One truth is the lab rat comes up short for choices, for liberty.
Is the paradox thus: if you’re not the rat, you’re the scientist.
doG help us all…..


Guinness Goodness
Joe says this is the other kind of Guiness, about limits and records.
This video is about a Texas longhorn steer named Poncho Via, who has a horn tip-to-tip measure over 10 feet:


John Chapman – Double Medal of Honor Recipient
There are not many people who have received the Medal of Honor.
Orders of magnitude fewer who have received two.
Even fewer, men who have received two in less than 24 hours.
To make it even more unique, more special, this is the only video recorded proof of anyone ever earning the Medal of Honor:


Ahead of Their Time
Joe and I were stumbling around the Internet and found this little treasure from Monty Python’s movie The Life of Brian:

What a lark.  As one of the commenters states, “This used to be funny before it became the Democrat platform”.


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Joe’s Comment – Funnier if it weren’t true.  Spent 20 minutes today looking for a tape measure that was under some gloves on the bench beside me.  While looking elsewhere, and trying to remember when last I saw it, I found a roofing square that I thought was gone forever so I replaced it months ago.  Now I have two.  Finally moved the gloves and found the tape measure.  Then I couldn’t remember why I needed it.


Oh! Canada
July 1st, Canada Day, has come and gone.
The weather was fantastic – the torrential downpour waited until long after dark (Joe and I were sound asleep).
Joe and I flew the Canadian Red Ensign (our flag from 1921 to 1957) and the BC flag all de doo dah day.
An aside on the Canadian Red Ensign, specifically the symbols in the Arms emblem.

Top left is the Arm of England (three gold lions), top right the Arm of Scotland (one rearing red lion), bottom left is the Arm of Ireland (a lyre with the silhouette of a woman as part of the lyre frame), bottom right the Arm of France (three fleur-de-lys), and bottom is three green maple leaves, representing a new nation of “many peoples”.  The maple leaves became red in 1957.
Many peoples in the park (Polson Park), lots and lots of kids.
We broke regimen: drank one beer to commemorate.
Being Canadian is a privilege, and we know it.


What of the American celebration, the 4th of July?
Here’s Nial Ferguson (Oxford trained historian) with his impressions of recently becoming an American citizen.
Joe and I agree: we would gladly adopt the American “hokum”, as Nial fondly jests:

In appreciation and recognition, we flew the Canadian Red Ensign along side the Stars and Stripes.
What a privilege to be born in the West.


Blue Collar Logic
Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic gives his analysis of the first two Democrat debates.
Joe and I couldn’t even try to watch.
At our age, yelling loud and long at the TV, running out of curse words to describe such idiocy, we could have a stroke…..
Here’s a blue collar man telling what he saw:

Since viewing the above video, we have seen many video clips of portions of the “debate” and we couldn’t agree more with Mr. Morrison.
Another MSM (main stream media) puerile panicky palpitation (that there is alliteration!) that has received way more attention than it deserves (Joe says it deserved exactly no attention other than to inform “those nice young men in their clean white coats” mentioned in the song by Napoleon XIV, “They’re Coming to Take me Away”) that one (or more) of theirs has escaped the asylum:

The childish outburst from AOC (as Andrew Klavan refers to her “Occasional Cortex”) insisting that the illegal aliens at the border are drinking from toilets is beyond the pale.
So physically attractive.  So vacuous.  So misdirected.
So it goes…..
These are incendiary statements with no political function other than to inflame the already swollen distended overburdened reality of bad law played out in real life.  The catastrophe at the southern U.S. border needs solutions, not accusations.
Joe says this child-woman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is either not playing with a full deck or is being manipulated, or both: Joe’s opinion is yes.
Once again, Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic addresses the hysteria with facts, data, and a stern admonition to the pretty young Latino congresswoman disassembling from an emotional short circuit:

Once more, from Blue Collar Logic, about Donald J. Trump’s salute to American Military on the 4th of July:


Nick Di Paolo
Joe and I have been fans for years.
He is crass.
He is rude, vulgar, and direct.
He swears.
Joe and I have been fans for years (echo).
His podcast on Canada Day (July 1st) had a segment where he lets the listener know what his true feelings are about Antifa, the Media, and the Democrat Party:


Internet Treasures
Matt Ridley

Joe and I stumbled into this video from Reason TV in March of 2013 of a presentation by Matt Ridley about how fossil fuels contribute to CO2 in the atmosphere thereby greening the earth!
As he says in the video, this is an unwelcome fact for the environmentalist movement:

Niall Ferguson
Another intellectual blast from the (recent) past:


Joe’s Garage
Diet or Die
Dr. Zoë Harcombe is an addition to our pathfinder list of diet sanity speakers.
This short presentation from the “Boulder Carnivore Conference 2019” reinforces what Joe and I discovered with the “carnivore diet” we adopted – fiber is not essential to good diet regime.
We are now close to 60 pounds of weight loss since July 23rd, 2018 when we decided maybe Dr. Louis Boucher (our G.P.) was giving good advice to lose weight and be healthier.  Update: today is Sunday; officially 60 pounds weight loss on the scale this a.m. in just under one year (July 23rd 2018).
The only argument we had was what diet to follow.
Dr. Harcombe presents data and facts to bolster understanding of good nutrition, and lines of argument to promote your dietary agenda:

In her presentation (above) Dr Harcombe mentioned Mikhaila Peterson and Dr. Shawn Baker.
Here is Mikhaila from the same convention.
Her story is one of lifelong immune system trauma and a personal pilgrimage of experimentation and research (in progress) to determine the best possible personal diet for a healthy productive life:

Next, Dr. Shawn Baker from the same conference, discussing a “human appropriate diet”.  Here is evidence based nutrition, a la Shawn Baker:

Another presentation by Dr. Georgia Ede, again from the Boulder Carnivore Convention 2019.
She discusses the effect of meat on the brain.
After watching her presentation, if the data is accurate, Joe and I believe a vegan diet dictated to children is a form of abuse:

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Joe’s Comment – A good theory is a thing of beauty!
Something about the above theory smacks of Yogi Berra.
As the great man once said, “If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer you”.
I’ll need luck figuring out what smarter might be…..


Conrad Black
A Canadian twofer.
Joe and I enjoyed this conversation between Mark Steyn and Conrad Black.
Mr. Black’s new book, “The Canadian Manifesto”, is on our buy list.
Wit, humor, incredible insight, century spanning perspective, fact vs fiction.
Past, present, future, and many many what ifs.
Fantastic personalities, great banter, excellent interview.
An eclectic walk through the life of Canada and it’s place in the world (real or imagined or speculative):


Home Depot
Neil Cavuto (Fox Business Network) has a short discussion with Bernie Marcus and Ken Langone, the co-founders of Home Depot.
America is an amazing frame of mind:


Subconscious Mind
Joe and I often wonder where we have disconnected our cerebellum from our cerebrum and can’t re-connect or reverse decipher a sequence of thoughts and actions to ascertain what the hell happened.
Specifically, to be conscious of what we’ve done, exactly.
For instance, this week we purchased two “paint pens” for marking various surfaces with a semi-permanent paint mark.  When we got home, we purposely put the pens in two different locations, scheming against our self (due to previous performance) to ensure we can always find one of them when we need one.
Net result?
We can’t find either one.
When we broadened the search, we found one, but from an earlier purchase.
One that we couldn’t find, so we went out and bought two new pens.
To this day, Sunday, the two new pens are missing.
The following video from TopThink waxes breathlessly about the astounding abilities of the human mind.
Joe and I watched, learned, are amazed.
But….. we still can’t find those two new pens:

Plenty more brain food at TopThink.


Bad Google, Bad!
Joe and I have been using Google for almost as long as it has been available.
It truly was (and is) an incredible program for search and find.
Apparently, too good a program to not interfere.
For those who cannot resist the urge to control masses of people in what they see, what they hear, Google is a subtle and nefarious tool.
Project Veritas has an alarming interview with a Google employee “blowing the whistle” on the political misuse of the platform.
Ironically, but not incomprehensible, the video can’t be viewed on YoubeTube, which is owned by Google.
Go figure.
The tools are available and are being used to create a modern version of George Orwell’s “1984”.  It is happening.  It is inevitable.  It is ALMOST invisible.
Can’t post the video.
You can view it here:
Joe and I are frightened.
Very frightened.
We no longer use Google as our primary search engine.
Currently, we are using DuckDuckGo.
We are also in the process of moving our primary email to Proton.
Much like the assholes who pretend for a living suddenly thinking they know how to govern the masses (we’re talking Hollywood Movie Stars™ here), the brilliant minds who create incredible software are also letting power corrupt their innocuousness.
They simply have no right to manipulate you.
Seems to be a by-product of human nature, of human existence.
Can’t leave well enough alone.
What can a powerless mook, a simple citizen, a dirt person do?
Joe and I are all ears (except for the other bits)….
Why, exercise your (still available) choice by refusing to ignore the bad because the good part of the bad is so easy and comfortable and familiar.
Tell all.  That was good advice given to a young Joe by Ms. E. Thrasher (English teacher, grade 7) way back in the mid ’60’s.  It is excellent advice today in the year of our Lord 2019.  If you are not telling the truth by telling all, the truth will out and you can change your story, your action(s), your life.
Find alternatives to the bad guys to provide the good stuff.
DuckDuckGo is a search engine that we prefer.
A list of the “top 10 Search Engines“.
The bad guys are relying on your inherently lazy ass to complain but do nothing.
Joe says if you could measure whining versus action, it would be a million to one ratio.
I’m not an optimist like Joe: the real ratio must be billions to one.
“Somebody should do something” is a cop-out.
YOU SHOULD DO SOMETHING is the correct, logical, moral, virtuous, and ethical response.
Otherwise, how do you sleep at night (see the “Subconscious Mind” video above)?
So, get doing something.


Joe’s Garage
Private Border Wall Update

Joe and I were very impressed with the American grass roots border wall funding and construction on private property.
Here is an update featuring Steve Bannon of the wall built in El Paso:

A video from Fisher Industries, the construction firm that built the wall:

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