Sunday Rant – 2824

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Joe’s Comment – Summer has finally arrived.  In true Okanagan fashion, lots of heat, lots of sun, and lots of people whining about too hot.
That is not me.
I’m staying very busy, soaking up sunlight, grinning like a fool.
I don’t know any mad dogs, but I’m definitely in the Englishman category, from Noël Coward‘s poem, Mad Dogs and Englishmen –
VERSE 1
In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire
To tear their clothes off and perspire.
It’s one of those rules that the greatest fools obey,
Because the sun is much too sultry
And one must avoid its ultry-violet ray.
 Papalaka papalaka papalaka boo,
 Papalaka papalaka papalaka boo,
 Digariga digariga digariga doo,
 Digariga digariga digariga doo.
The natives grieve when the white men leave their huts,
Because they’re obviously definitely nuts!
REFRAIN 1
Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.
The Japanese don’t care to,
The Chinese wouldn’t dare to,
Hindoos and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one.
But Englishmen detest a siesta.
In the Philippines
There are lovely screens
To protect you from the glare.
In the Malay States
There are hats like plates
Which the Britishers won’t wear.
At twelve noon
The natives swoon
And no further work is done.
But mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.
VERSE 2
It’s such a surprise for the Eastern eyes to see
That though the English are effete,
They’re quite impervious to heat.
When the white man rides every native hides in glee,
Because the simple creatures hope he
Will impale his solar topee on a tree.
 Bolyboly bolyboly bolyboly baa,
 Bolyboly bolyboly bolyboly baa,
 Habaninny habaninny habaninny haa,
 Habaninny habaninny habaninny haa.
It seems such a shame when the English claim the earth
That they give rise to such hilarity and mirth.
REFRAIN 2
Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.
The toughest Burmese bandit
Can never understand it.
In Rangoon the heat of noon
Is just what the natives shun.
They put their Scotch or Rye down
And lie down
In a jungle town
Where the sun beats down.
To the rage of man and beast,
The English garb
Of the English sahib
Merely gets a bit more creased.
In Bangkok
At twelve o’clock
They foam at the mouth and run.
But mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.
REFRAIN 3
Mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.
The smallest Malay rabbit
Deplores this stupid habit.
In Hong Kong
They strike a gong
And fire off a noonday gun
To reprimand each inmate
Who’s in late.
In the mangrove swamps
Where the python romps
There is peace from twelve till two.
Even caribous
Lie around and snooze,
For there’s nothing else to do.
In Bengal
To move at all
Is seldom, if ever, done.
But mad dogs and Englishmen
Go out in the midday sun.
Who knows?  Someday soon I will do exactly what I want every minute of the day.  Meanwhile, as long as it is sunny and hot, Jimmy crack corn…..
Breaking news this weekend is an assassination attempt on Donald Trump.
Some folks in the cultural sphere have predicted that might be the only way to stop his march toward a second term as President.
The man is for real.
He doesn’t need the paycheck.
He doesn’t need the aggravation of constant “lawfare”, of threats to his liberty, the pugnacious media and political opponents.
So why does he hang in there?
I’ll leave that with you who read to ponder the answer.
Meanwhile, my life is good.
This weather is a great reason to live in Vernon BC.

Canadiana

Trudeau Short
Yes, this is a parody.
But it rings true, accurate, and necessary to say.
So here it is:

Americana

Victor Davis Hanson
Our historian of merit.
Joe and I find Dr. Hanson to be clear minded, and capable of expressing his fears for the changing demographic in the US of A.
This is a story of betrayal.  Joe says it borders on treason:

 

The Culture

Tommy Robinson
Jordan Peterson and Tammy Peterson interview Tommy Robinson.
Last week in Sunday Rant – 2724, we posted a brief “teaser” for this interview.
Here is the entire conversation.
Mr. Robinson has been through the wringer, but persists like the champion he is, and will be.  This interview came at the persistence of Tammy Peterson who has been watching Mr. Robinson for over a decade.
Both Jordan and Tammy learn things (as did Joe and I) that were astounding.
What happened to the country who gave the world “English Common Law”, and “The Magna Carta”, and the Empire that spanned the globe?
The evil that has been waged against Tommy Robinson is deep and dark – permeating the bureaucracies, the judicial system, and the political farce that rules the United Kingdom.  He has lost his financial security, his wife, and it has altered his relationship with his children and other family and friends.
We consider him to be a modern hero, fighting for his culture:

Neil Oliver
The wee Scot brings news of impending disaster that will lead to a rebirth of The West.
Joe and I appreciate the perspective.
We follow his logic.  Our confidence in John Q. Citizen is NOT yet equal to Mr. Oliver’s belief.  Call us cynical.  Call us realistic.  Call us 75 years old and cranky:

Joe’s Garage

Standard Pin Numbers – Automotive
Joe and I have wondered for many years how a standard relay, aka Bosch relay, came to have the pin numbering it has.  Here is a four pin relay with “standard” pin designation –
Here is a five pin relay –
What’s up with that weird number scheme for the connection pins?
We no longer have to wonder.  The pin identification is based on DIN 72552.
DIN is Deutsches Institut für Normung – a German standardization organization.
Just imagine how German this “standard” is – every pin / connector in an automotive environment has a number associated with it.  Joe and I like standardization.  There are still many holdouts who do not follow an ISO type process for ensuring measurable standards.  This is a Quality issue.
Even if the numbers make you crazy…..

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Joe’s Comment – Lots of driving this week.  Two vehicle “time outs”.  Ordering parts and wrenching.  The only good part about it is the weather was fantastic!
Nothing compares to a hot sunny day, working on a machine, with tunes you picked playing on the music box.
One starter motor, one alternator.  Two different vehicles.  My fleet is limping.
This week the worst drivers we saw were, collectively, driving jacked up Dodge trucks, BMW’s, Mercedes’, and most of them sporting Alberta plates.
The World is a constant mess heading to a disaster without slowing down.
And I’m just grinning.
Two broke down vehicles.  Asshole drivers.  Constant bad news from all sources.
Yet I’m in mud pecker heaven, working and sweating in the hot sun.
There is something wrong with me that feels so right!

Canadiana

July 1st, Canada Day
Joe and I didn’t celebrate the addition of another year in the history of Canada.
We didn’t have the heart for it.
As the layers of deception and misdirection are peeled away, and our eyes see more clearly, we are assessing the validity of  “nation” and “patriotism” as foundational concepts in our life.
Especially in relation to what our very own self has become.
Here is a 10 minute “history of Canada”.
After the verbal pummeling our fearless leader, Chief Rainbow Socks, laid upon Joe and I, calling us “fringe” people, a small minority, we are unsure of our loyalty or our alliance.
After careful analysis, we have concluded Castro’s bastard is correct.
Joe and I are outliers.
There is no “true” north strong and free.  There are only people, in tribes.
When bounty diminishes, tribes will war.  It is so, but Joe and I persist in believing it needn’t be.  Joe and I (and the other 35 lunatics in our noggin) are one mighty but small tribe:

And another brief summary.  It takes 20 minutes to cover the same information, albeit with more detail but the same salient points.  Unlike the United States of America, Canada was established as a reaction of the British Empire to American pressures, combined with “tribal” concerns from coast to coast by the high and powerful.  No great “vision” in our humble assessment – more a grave concern by certain influential and dominant entities that to become part of the United States would deprive them of their position(s), perhaps more.  In the spirit of “even a blind squirrel sometimes finds a nut”,  Turdeau was correct on another of his word vomit moments when he said that Canada hasn’t a “core identity” (“There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada,” Trudeau said, concluding that he sees Canada as “the first post-national state.”)
That’s not what we experienced growing up, not what we felt in our heart, not what we believed in or strove toward.
All those years Joe and I were confident in our Canadianism – now gone, never to be regained?
A few caustic remarks from a vacant headed substitute drama teacher and all is lost!
Give your head a shake.
We are a wounded animal.
WE ARE CANADIAN!
Do NOT corner us:

Americana

Donald Trump – Afghanistan
A Ub2b short that tells all (thank you, Ms. E. Thrasher!).
This is what a strong leader looks like.
Some folks might not recognize that, seeing the “Orange Man” and all.  It is a phenomenon known as “TDS“, aka Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Joe says it is a form of cognitive dysphoria.
We happen to have access to the Internet.  A terrific (if not infallible) research tool.  There is video and documentation about Donald Trump that predates his entry into politics.  He is consistent.  He is successful.  This video is certified by Joe and me to be an accurate portrayal.  So sorry, TDS victims.  DJT is a strong leader:

Viva Frei
The recent Supreme Court ruling about Donald Trump’s New York trial has caused the Democrats and progressive left to lose their already fragile minds.
This is one of the best brief but complete analyses of what the decision says, what it means, and a few choice comments about politicizing the legal and judicial systems.  Contrary to their belief, the Left does NOT have a monopoly on what is just, what is right, and who(m) should decide:

July 4th
In former years, Joe and I would fly the “Stars and Stripes” on Independence Day.
We did not this year.
America is in serious decline in our humble (yet lovingly arrogant) opinion.
The most inspiring foundation documents, the incredible intelligence and foresight of the Founding Fathers, and a check and balance distribution of power notwithstanding, Evil has permeated the depth and breadth of the government – it is wobbling nearer and nearer to a doG-less tyrannical one party dictatorship.
Lots of bad in the world has the fingerprints of the American alphabet bureaucracies (CIA for sure) writ large.  Joe and I suspect that the close of the Second World War in 1945 was the birth of some dark and evil forces cloaked in the garment of government bureaucracy, operating out of sight, clandestinely, and without the approval or knowledge of We The People.
There are plenty of examples to trot out and display, but we will just mention the absolute cluster fuck in the Ukraine.  We will include the following video from Jesse Kelly that is over two years old.  Jesse understands that “people people” are essential in dealing with other nations, other cultures, other forces at odds because of conflicting objectives.  This makes sense:

Although the above video is dated, every single concept is still 100% valid and active.
What has changed?
Joe and I believe that the American government is tone deaf.  Their inability to comprehend the facts and events around the world is leading the world closer to conflict as each day passes.  What works for the Democrats in America does NOT work on the global stage.  Russia and Russians are not the enemy.
The enemy is within.
Harken back to the time of the American Revolution, and the birth of a Nation:

Health

Dr. Thomas Seyfried
This doctor has been promoting his theory and message for over a decade.
“Cancer is a metabolic disorder, not a genetic inheritance!” he shouts.
He backs it up with data and results.
The medical authorities, the giant pharma machines, the government bureaucracies, the financial institutions – no interest.
Their only response is to create an “outlier” of Dr. Seyfried.
Now Joe and I aren’t rocket scientists – there is ample evidence and proof of that.
Our little pea brain, although little and pea, does function.
And what our tiny thinker thinks, is an experiment or twelve designed to test Dr. Seyfried’s theories, his processes, and the results he claims would be in order.
There are many mysteries in the modern world.  This is just one more:

Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Touted as the worlds funniest veterinarian, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald is pretty damn funny.  Fast paced, upbeat, clean.  Joe and I enjoyed every one liner and joke:

Joe’s Garage

Doug Bernauer
SpaceX is an amazing company.
Some of it’s ex employees are on track to change the world.
One such person is Mr. Doug Bernauer.
He is using his talent to design a small nuclear reactor that is portable enough to use as a stand alone energy source.  No small feat.
Funny thing, he says the engineering isn’t the hardest piece of the project.
The government regulatory body(s) and vendor / distributor / material sourcing contracts are the largest hurdle.
Joe says nuclear is fabulous at producing heat.  Now if there were some technology that had an electrical / magnetic output instead of heat as a product of “reaction”, that would be the peach.  Maybe in our spare time…..:

Battery Progress
Sandy Monroe considers this new battery technology to be the game changer the EV industry has been waiting for…… Joe says since the 1880s!
I don’t think so, but it is a step in the correct direction.

“Barn Find”
A barn find is a vehicle that has for whatever reason, been unused and stored.
In this episode from AMMO NYC, a 1978 Ford F250 is featured.  This truck has 139 miles on the odometer.  WTF?  After a thorough cleaning, voila!  A mint factory correct and complete truck that looks showroom fresh.  Some people’s kids…..
The new owners are the Firehouse Garage gang.  They collect and protect low mileage old vehicles.  Joe says he’s envious of the collection.  Did we mention that Fords are their passion?:

F150 Street Racers
The following video features an F150 (with massaged Coyote engine) handing a ass wuppin’ to a Lamborghini.
From the research Joe and I have done, outside of an electric Tesla roadster, the F150 4X4 is the machine of choice.
You don’t have to believe your lying eyes – until the next top dog gets out on the street, the base line standard is a Ford:

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Joe’s Comments – Summer has stalled.  The famous Okanagan Valley bake-a-thon hasn’t begun this year.  I am vocal in my disappointment – I still remember February, and need weeks of 30°+C to drive the winter memories away.  The most common admonishment I hear (when I whine about weather) is “we need the rain”.  My rebuttal is that plants need water.  Technically.  Rain is just one way to deliver water.
That’s when I get those side glance looks……
No matter.
My comment this week has an unplanned theme, a serendipitous aspect.  Maybe worthy of the term synchronicity…..
It all started when my faithful Craftsman riding mower could not respond to the call of duty early in the spring.
Never much gave it a thought.  Clean filters, good oil, fresh fuel, and sharp blades has been the mantra for the past 14 or so years.  How was I to know that when I turned off the engine in November of 2023, that would be the last time it ran?
The trustworthy Briggs and Stratton 16.5hp single seized tight enough to prohibit starting.  Which begs the question….. what to do when a relationship is no longer faithful or trustworthy?
The duty: as Joe Biden says, you know the drill – mow the grass, kill the weeds, pick up the cuttings, water the flowers.  Be a good citizen!
It is obvious that someone must do something, da?  My question is who(m)?
(Yesterday (Thursday) I took inventory.  There are 12 riding mowers in various states of ill and dis repair in my collection.  That is another story.)
Next event in my nature epiphany was watching a video interview of Lierre Keith, which prompted the purchase and reading of two books – “Buffalo for the Broken Heart” by Dan O’Brien, and “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith.
Ever conscious of the tale of “The Preacher and the Flood” (aka “The Parable of the Drowning Man“), I’m vigilant about looking for a sign…..
For some reason, I can’t get to doing what I think I should be doing, but don’t really feel more than a twinge of guilt for not doing.
Are you with me?
Here’s what has happened so far –
The grass continues to grow unabated, uninhibited, and because of the cool rainy cloudy spring, vigorously.  It is now, depending on how tall you are, between hip and chest high.
I’ve been at this address since January 23rd, 2005.  Not once in the 19 (count them!) previous springs did the grass grow so long without being mown.
What I see is a sign, a revelation, a message.
There are plants native to my property that I have met for the first time.  They are blossoming and going to seed.  Outside of my conscious focus.  This is what happened on Monday, for the first time since I’ve lived here –
I am getting old.  Some accuse me of being old forever.  So be it.
I would rather see this deer in my yard, eating WEEDS!!! than have acres of lawn.
Notice this young buck has good taste – he’s bedding down in front of a weathered 1965 Mercury 4X4 pick-up truck, sporting a 352 cu. in. solid lifter engine and a four speed transmission.
That buck is a connoisseur.
I hope he returns with his tribe.  My bounty is his bounty…..

The Photos – Amy Hanfstingl
On Monday, my lovely neighbors, Gina and Amy, came over at my request.
Amy is the daughter of Alex and Gina.  They are a family of artists, entrepreneurs, business owners, designers, and much more.  They are great neighbors.  Amy takes fabulous photos.
I asked if Amy would please photograph the plants and flowers that I was seeing, some for the first time, others familiar but unknown to me.  What lurks in the tall grass…..
My plan?  To know what grows naturally in my yard.
Amy documented whatever flowers and plants there were on the property.
She also took pictures of everything else, much to my delight.
Here is the current Droveria collection, weeds, flowers, tall grass, and steel.
That isn’t the end of the tall grass saga.
Later in the day, Amy spotted the young buck in the above pictures, gamboling around like he might move in.  She took a large number of candid deer pics.
Here is the collection of Young Buck photos.
Amy’s on-line collection of her art and photos is found here.
Thank you for the collection, Amy!
You are a very talented woman.

Canadiana

Quick Dick McDick
Canada’s agrarian ambassador is critical of the Turdeau government again.
The usually chatty Quick Dick goes beyond and above with factual evidence of the “Rape of the People” perpetrated by the federal government.
Canada has become a superlative example of how to punish success.
Joe and I couldn’t agree more.
In our little pea brain the incentive for young people to go boldly forth and prosper has diminished to the vanishing point.
We are no longer Canadians, Joe and I.  We have thrown in the towel.
Yet we see strangers from other lands on our streets who are excited to be free of their country of origin.  They find opportunity in Canada!
Something very large, very dark, and very dangerous has crept into the halls of governance around the world.
To clowns like Joe and I (and the 37 lunatics in our head), we are pissed off to no end, and like a cloud of angry hornets, we are furiously seeking the cause of our misery, in order to attack and decimate the source.
It has dawned on us that a quick look in the mirror might help.  Opting out of the political process for most of a lifetime has delivered its reward.
If only there were a way to change the future…..:

Americana

Steve Sailer
Tucker Carlson interviews Steve Sailer.  Mr. Sailer is controversial because he speaks candidly about race.  To prove a point, two diverse descriptions of the man’s work – here, here.  For the record, Joe and I appreciate his work, we do not even know the definition of “far right”, and we use Wikipedia references with a healthy skepticism if the subject is outside the “S.T.E.M.” field.
Our first inclusion of a Steve Sailer article in our Sunday Rant was long ago – Sunday Rant – 5113, over 10 years ago.  (We tried the link for Mr. Sailer in that long ago rant – it worked!)
Joe and I appreciate his data focused derivation of trends in society.
He and Jared Taylor spoke (and still speak) truth, no matter how painful or uncomfortable that truth may seem.  Similar to The Bell Curve authors observations – the data tells a story.  We’d all be better off to listen:

The Presidential “Debate”
Lordy, what a Cluster Fuck!
No audience.
Muted mics.
Modulators from the progressive lefty clubhouse.
An old orange man showed up.
An older “dead man walking” opposed him.
Senior abuse is everywhere!  Two seniors in the “debate”, Joe and I another senior witnessing the horror.  What a travesty!
The most powerful nation on the face of the planet with a population of 340+ million people, and this is your choice of leader?
The West, represented as America, is chronically ill…..
Joe and I watched several critiques of the so-called debate.
Of all those we watched, this pair, Rita Panahi and Paul Murray, from Australian television Sky News, were the most fun.  They were laughing so hard at points that Joe and I had to join in – too hilarious!
Joe says that the Democrat brass wanted this debate as an excuse to retire the old demented criminal.  But that leaves second in line – Kamala Harris – everyone’s favorite brunt of rude jokes.  Interesting times a’ comin’!:

Tucker Carlson’s observations (from Australia) are accompanied by guffaws and laughter too:

The Culture

Tucker Carlson Down Under
Julian Assange is Australian.
He was released this week after 12 years of confinement.
His crime?
Telling an embarrassing story about government hanky-panky.
You can call it “whistle-blowing”.
That’s the spirit, Big Government!
Punish The Messenger while the crime and criminal are business as usual.
Joe and I have been living in a world of self delusion all our conscious life.
The funny thing is, outside of us, who the hell shall we apologize to, and what can we do to atone ourselves, to make amends, to make things “right”?
The answer of course is it doesn’t matter.
Being a mud pecker has some benefits and perks.
Being a mud pecker is a bitch if you think the wrong thinks.
The fucking concept of “voting” to change the corruption is a childish fantasy.
Joe and I are not saints – far from it.  We are also not maniacal psychotic sociopaths, which is a plus.
Our question is, how crooked is enough?
When you see the crime, just who in the world can you tell?
Another example of the necessity of the American 1st and 2nd Amendments:

To Joe and I, as much as we try to concentrate, as much as we support peace and love, as much as we detest violence and hate, when the “spokesmen” stand up on two legs to defend their actions or deny what we saw, it sounds a lot like these two delightful twins:

The tragedy is governments and tyrants and “deep state” actors ain’t cute…..
What this world needs is more excellence, less pretense.
People ARE awesome.  It ain’t a crime:

Elliott Tanner
Once in a while a very special person comes to life.
Such is the case with Elliott Tanner, who by the time he’s 18 years old, will be a PhD in physics.
About the time Joe and I thought about girls as women.  And not much else.
He completed the high school curriculum when he was 8.
There isn’t a mention of his IQ.
From the video, we suspect he isn’t an idiot savant.
We believe this young man will fit Elon Musk’s team requirements.
No mention if Elliott has siblings, either.
Could it be that occasionally the Universe sends special people to the rest of humanity as a gift?
Kudos to Elliott’s parents, who had the moxie to recognize his special nature, and to nurture his uniqueness.  Joe and I think all would agree this world can benefit from more smart and less dumb.  Go, Elliott, go!:

A few more delightful young people.  If only the adults were so filled with promise!  These Ub2b shorts are addictive –

Health

Nina Tiecholz
Our hero!  Or heroine, your choice.
Ms. Tiecholz wrote the incredible reference book “The Big Fat Surprise“.
She has not been resting on her laurels.
She is the founder of “The Nutrition Coalition“.
Her relentless pursuit of nutritional fact, supported with data, is on-going.
Thanks to Judy Cho, “Nutrition with Judy” for conducting this interview:

 

Joe’s Garage

Nicole Johnson’s Detour
Joe is so jealous!
A highly modified de Tomaso Pantera is the ride in this video.
The ’60s and ’70s produced some amazing performance cars for the street.
The Pantera, with all its idiosyncrasies and problems, was in the same league as the GT40, the Cobra, and many exotics.  Big American V-8 engines!  Need we say more?
Nicole Johnson fan boys, that’s me and Joe:

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