Sunday Rant – 1119

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Joe’s Comment – Damn if it ain’t true!  From a colossal 5’11” as a high school doofus, the enormity of Joe is now 5’9½”.  There is probably an equivalent drop in IQ, testosterone, eyesight, hearing, and endurance, too.
I reckon it peculiar (and symetrical) that when an infant joins the world, it is measured in parts of an inch, parts of a pound (or Metric if you wish), and ages in days and months.
So true when you get old, older, oldest, too.
Life is a parabolic trajectory.
Pretty funny if you want the facts.
My life may be wearing me down, but it has never been as interesting or valuable.
I go to bed with a smile and wake with a grin.
Ready for the challenge of the day.
For what else is there?
Katharine Hepburn summed it aptly –

 

Pretty Lady Woman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka Occasional-Cortex, O’Crazio-Kotex, Nieman-Marxist, She-Guevara, Occasional-Kotex) won a seat in the US Congress by winning an election in the New York 14th House District.
She is a good looking Puerto Rican comely female –
Her good looks, youth, and energy are offset by a less than stellar resumè.
Listen to her speak; there is contradiction.
Much like the Munificent Mulatto (aka Barry Soetoro, Barack Hussein Obama, Obummer, Gaybama, Jug Ears, Maobama, more here) the on-script performance of speeches and interviews from notes or teleprompter is well formulated and delivered with passion and conviction.
However, the off-script ad hoc improvised speech is jumbled, confusing, disconnected, or downright loony.
Joe says this does not compute.
How did this pretty bartender sweep the election, then go on to rattle the cage of the entire Democrat Party?
Here’s a few facts about her head of staff – a known fascist bastard lover – Saikat Chakrabarti –
How would a pretty bartender know such a man?
Mr Regan has a theory.
The theory is believable because it is based on the words of the players.
This is a multi-pronged attempt to take over the Democrat Party.
The big fat liar heading “The Young Turks” website, Cenk Uygur, played a role in promoting “The Justice Democrats”, who advertised the role of Congress person as a casting call.  They received 10,000+ applications.
They chose She Guevara:

Joe and I may be country bumpkins.
We for sure, no foolin’, are dirt people.
No contest from us.
And don’t we wish we were born yesterday!  (That would make us 1 day old.)
But…..
To think this isn’t politics as usual is naive beyond our usual starry-eyed Kumbaya gee ain’t life grand optimism.
With all the power of this platform, of our towering influence, our razor-honed intellect, Joe and I pondered a proper well measured comment on this travesty.
Our considered position is to change the title of this segment to reflect on a movie starring Kevin Costner and Julia Roberts – in short, this is a story about a beautiful woman who is a prostitute-for-hire.
C’est dommage.
C’est la guerre.
C’est la vie.
C’est la pomme de terre.
That’s all the trope we got.
The Q is, is it enough?

 

Colonization (for the Nation)
Joe and I were alive when Sally Struthers (actress) aired commercials on TV supporting charity for impoverished African countries.
Joe and I recollect Sally (and her ilk) begging for charitable donations for various African countries or cultures all the time we were growing up.  Example:

The above ad dates from the mid ’70’s.
At the time, the population of Ethiopia was just over 33 million souls.
The population in 2018 is estimated at 107 million souls.
Amazing gains for an impoverished area.
This is “r” reproductive strategy.
The GDP per capita was calculated at $549.80 USD for 2017.
The earliest record we found on line was $190.00 USD for 1980.
This is the third poorest country in the world.
Snap quiz: who colonized Ethiopia?
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, BONG!
Time’s up!
Trick question.
Ethiopia was not colonized during the “Scramble for Africa“.
A PDF document of development aid to Africa (2017) here.  A graph from the document –
As the graph shows, the United States alone contributed over 28 billion USD from 2013 – 2015 to various African countries.  Also, Canada made the top 10 donators, placing 6th.  More information at the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
On the other side of the equation are countries (in and out of Africa) colonized by European nations.
There is an argument that colonization for many countries (especially in Africa) was a net benefit for the indigenous peoples.
The Case for Colonialism“, written by Bruce Gilley, was first published in a 2017 edition of Third World Quarterly magazine.
You might want to read the entire article before it is lost forever.
The on line publisher, Taylor & Francis, received death threats and withdrew the publication.
If you can’t find it at the link above, contact us via Droveria.  We have a PDF copy.
Here is the abstract from Mr. Gilley’s article –
This paper is an important read.
The cost to the Western world is immense.
Whether or not the recipient countries are benefiting is another matter.
Some argue that development aid encourages malfeasance and corruption, thereby retarding development – antithetical to the goal.
Joe asks what in the world is wrong with Africa?
I say low IQ.
Low enough to inhibit development and progress.
Corruption runs rampant.
Joe suspects an inverse relation with IQ and virtue.
Enter the conversation between Jared Taylor and Stefan Molyneux:

Joe listened and read carefully.
Perhaps low IQ Africa (and any other low IQ societies) would be better off with the modern version of colonial guidance.
The Chinese are already doing so in a most nefarious way – by insinuating their government via economic development into the host country.  The net result is the host country cannot repay the Chinaman, who gradually takes over the country’s infrastructure.
Time for Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden” poem to be posted (again) – Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the White Man’s burden-
Have done with childish days-
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers! (An analysis here.)

 

Prager U
Another gem from Prager U.
This is professor Sean McDowell explaining why sex matters:

 

 

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Sunday Rant – 1019

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Joe’s Comment – I just passed the three score and ten milestone.  H.L. Mencken makes more sense every new day.

 

SNC – Lavalin
Joe doesn’t like Quebec as a political force.
Not hard to parse; he holds no animus against the fine Canadians populating that province.  The unfine Canadians populating that province (and all the other provinces) is special category, reserved for another day’s ranteroo.
In logical terms, how could Joe generalize?
In our life, we have only known a handful or two of Quebecois: hardly a sample size large enough to condemn or praise a population of 8.3 million people.
Gotta avoid that “group identity” logical fallacy.
Joe’s wrath (maybe just anger) is directed at the Liberal Party of Canada.
Much like the Democrat Party of the USA, the LPC barters in identity politics.
Holding the rest of the country hostage to preserve / conserve / husband / protect Quebec identity, to suppress social and cultural pressures from the rest of the country, is not wise.
Who made the Canadian government curators for culture?
Joe and I vote as theoretical libertarians: minimal government, free speech, private property, rule of law (as required).  IOW (in other words) LUTFA!  (leave us the f@*k alone).
Didn’t our fine specimen of leadership (Chief Rainbow Socks) state that Canada has no core identity?  If you can stomach listening, here is CRS (ref: above line) telling all:

Needless to say Joe couldn’t stomach the entire smug intellectually vapid speech without a few pauses to punch a hole in the drywall.  What a maroon.
Turdope.  Not Joe…..
Drywall filler is cheap.
Joe and I come from a paternal family line that settled in Newfoundland in the 1700’s.  Our maternal family line homesteaded in Saskatchewan near the end of the 1900’s.  We could argue we were half here before there was a Canada.  We could also argue we and millions of others knew damn well who we were until this pantywaist begged to differ.
Joe says it is peculiar that “change” is a mantra of the progressive / left until the change is not in their interest.
Back to the subject at hand; political stick handling vs the business of government.
Stefan Molyneaux does his usual thorough analysis of WTF is up:

Joe and I expound once again: government has no business in business.
If la belle province can’t,  get out of the way of those provinces that can.
Or change.
What a novel idea…..
As for Chief Rainbow Socks, Earl of Taint has an eloquent way of expressing his thoughts about our esteemed leader –

 

Jordan Peterson
This is a Q & A from New Zealand.
A mixed representation on the panel; a trans person, JBP, a flaming feminist, a Marxist, a couple of politicians.
Our bias betrays us.
The trans and JBP spoke well and true.
The rest barely suppressed their tyrannical inclinations.
You may decide for your own self, ’cause it’s 2019 (paraphrasing our fearless leader, Chief Rainbow Socks):

 

John Stossel
An amazing Libertarian with a public platform.
His work goes back 30 years.
This is an interview with three left / progressive academics who created false and ludicrous papers, submitted them to “esteemed” publishers, and were accepted for publication.
Their point was the publishers were not scientists but were ideologically and/or politically motivated.
Much mayhem ensued and is still ensuing:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman delivers.
The subject is the Green New Deal:

 

Invasion of Europe
Joe and I have often wondered how millions of “migrants”, mostly young men in the 19 to 35 year bracket, managed to leave their home countries, travel across Africa, then pay for passage on rickety ships across the Mediterranean to mainland Europe.
Joe and I are “privileged white males” and we can’t afford such a trip.
This video from Vertigo Politix suggests a rationale.
Makes more sense than what we were thinking:

Joe and I both listened with interest.  Mulling works with wine and thought, too.
We then went to the hive of Vertigo Politix to get a “vibe” for their weltanschauung.
You know, are they screaming lunatics or identity politic mouthpieces, or keen minds who manifest probing questions?
Or all or none of the above?
The YoubeTube nest of VP has many interesting videos.
We liked the following critique of Jordan Peterson’s work:

If you’ve read this rant you know Joe and I have great respect for Jordan B. Peterson.  We believe his objective as stated: to help people become the best they can; for people to take their place in the world by being productive.
However, outside the excellent interpretive pronouncements using psychology to interpret the world, we feel he leans left – when he leans.
Our view of Left and Right differs.
We see Hitler and his cronies as Left, not Right.
The evidence presented by Dinesh d’Souza in his book “The Big Lie” is historical fact: the Nazi party copied Democratic positions and platforms.  There was much mutual admiration.  Ethel sings:

Yes, we wandered mightily.
The point we started to make is Vertigo Politix makes us think.
They aren’t any more lunatic than Joe and I.
And, politics is a dirty game, whose victims are “dirt people” like Joe and me.
Further, the progressive / leftist / Marxist adherents never wonder what will happen to them if they are successful.
Who coined the phrase “useful idiots“?
We don’t know who it was.
Joe suspects it WASN’T Mary Poppins.

 

Solar Flares – Please Come Back!
Humanity has a vested interest in solar flare activity.
There are a number of critical influences solar flaring bequeaths the blue planet.
Protection from cosmic rays is an important benefit.
There is a website SpaceWeather.com that has actual data about what’s up, doc, in space.  Here’s a snapshot of the solar flare activity this year to date (March 5th) –

At the Stanford Solar Center there is a tab titled “About the Sun”.  If you select it (left click for the PC crowd.  Who knows for the Apple doppelgangers) you will see this graphic menu –

Lots of information about what is known and for how long about Mr. Sun.
Joe and I are inclined to believe the science of Professor Valentina Zhakarov, her presentation here.  This was also embedded in Sunday Rant – 4818.
The video below is an interview with Lee Wheelbarger.  His analysis of the data presented by Professor Zhakarov is in very convincing lay terminology and a variety of practical examples:

Joe helped me get a bottom line understanding of the entire mosh pit of the solar system.
Sun spots / solar flares fend off cosmic particular invasion of the earth atmosphere.  Lack of this defense (lack of solar flare armor) allows cosmic particles to invade the atmosphere and create lots of cloud cover.
Additional cloud cover depresses the surface temperature.
Combined with the vagaries of the earth’s solar orbit, temperatures on the surface of the earth will plummet.
Voila!
Hello Ice Age.

 

Prager U
This vignette features Andy Puzder giving a clear and precise explanation of the differences between capitalism and socialism.
Joe and I love Prager U.  Short.  To the point.  No frills or BS:

 

Joe’s Garage

Robotic / AI Transport
Finally!
A use for robotic / AI driving.
Some smart wag has designed a robotic valet for parking vehicles.
Joe thinks this is closer to the maximum capability of AI.
All it has to “remember” is:
– where the wheels are
– how to identify the front or rear from the sides
– be husky enough and energy robust enough to work a “shift”
Seems simple enough.
This idea is not far from what already exists in “automated” warehousing.
If there was such a mechanized valet at the Kelowna airport (for instance) Joe would love to see the valet park our F350 with a ton or so of cargo in the box.
Nora (that’s her name) is a big girl.
In her stocking feet (fluids and fuel) she tips the scales at close to 4 tons.  With a ton in the box (she is rated to carry 4,300 pounds) that would be 5 tons.  She can pull a trailer up to a combined truck/trailer weight (GCWR) of 23,500 pounds.
That’s 11¾ tons.
Her wheel base is 172.4 inches (14 feet 4.4 inches).  For the Imperial measure challenged, that’s 4.389 metres.
For comparison, a Mini Cooper is only 3.87 metres overall length.
Joe says watch this video and tell us what you think the capacity might be:

Like all theoretical constructs, all is peachy until the real world intrudes.
Everyone doesn’t drive a beaner car.
All vehicles are not the same length, width, height, weight.
Or color…..
Joe, you a RACIST!!!
Anyway, interesting idea.  Expensive to build and develop.  Limited use.
No wonder they ask for feedback at the end of the video.
Joe says they have a sneaky suspicion it won’t have a huge market.

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Sunday Rant – 0919

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Joe’s Comment – Every once in a while a compliment is appropriate.
Leo Cullum never fails to amuse.

Corrupt Politics
Joe and I argued about this title.
Joe says the use of the word “corrupt” is redundant.
I says almost always.
But…..
Every once in a long while, like a blue moon, or an epoch, perhaps a generation, along comes someone that CAN walk and chew gum and know what the fudge is going on who isn’t a coward and tells it like it is!
Joe says nice theory.  How about an example.
I says here’s our new knight in shining armor, Jim Jordan, kicking the crap out of Ellijah Cummings the moron presently chairing the House Oversight Committee:

Joe watched and listened.  And laughed his ass off.
We decided to leave the word “corrupt” in the title, but put a strike through the word.
Very political of us.
As for Ellijah Cummings, his very existence proves that human nature is NOT “basically good”.
That has never been a fact.
Lots more interesting stuff you won’t see on Main Stream Media® at John Ward’s channel.

 

Being a Cop
Joe and I freaked when we watched this video.
The highway patrol woman stops a beaner in a car.
Beaner is a deprecatory ethnic slur.
In this case it means a baaaaad Messican (hat tip to Tommy Lee Jones).
While the officer is questioning him, trying to ascertain what in particular he is up to, the man pulls a revolver at point blank and fires at her.
She has presence of mind above and beyond.
His shots miss her.
Simultaneously she moves out of harms way and calls in the details.
Next she begins discharging her firearm into the car.
She empties her magazine – Joe counted 15 rounds.
Net result is one very dead bad man.
Jesus H. Christ.
One cool head.
What a way to make a living:

 

Colin Quinn
Joe and I think Mr. Quinn is the ultimate comedian.
His long story short is a tour de force of history from a comedic perspective.
Fast paced, interwoven, brilliantly creative, hysterically stereotypical and sarcastic observations delivered at break-neck speed.
Fasten your seat belt:

 

T-Shirts
Joe and I have a short list of t-shirts that we intend to make someday.
They are messages meant to amuse in some cases.
Others are messages meant to startle, to cause deep reflection.
One such is a t-shirt that says “I Survived Birth”.
An obscenity of our modern life is the wanton destruction of the most defenseless.  The unborn.
While stumbling around the Internet we found an article at American Digest titled “On Infanticide In a Time of Demons“.
A stated fact is that “one in thirty aborted fetuses lives”.
In light darkness of the latest laws in New York and Virginia, this seems proof positive of a time of demons.
Another fact from Candace Owens (CPAC speech 2019) is in New York City, more black babies are aborted than the number of black babies born.  Black women in America represent 6% of the population, but they have 40% of the abortions.
These are unholy times.

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