Sunday Rant – 2021

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Joe’s Comment – Life has taught me that my little pea brain isn’t as spectacular as I wish it were.  I have a long history of doing it wrong before I get it right.  That is A-OK in matters of finance or materials or the inanimate world of stuff that surrounds a North American sovereign man (not gender challenged here boss!).  That is called learning from your mistakes.
However, I do regret botching relationships with other people, with kindred souls, even with the very few I hold in contempt with extreme animosity.
Not very Christian of me.
My reality is that all the weak and evil and low-life characters hiding in my head constantly clamor for a share of the spoils.  This strains my relationship with myself.
The struggle for self control is at constant odds with the struggle to attain goals.
Despite it all, I am a happy mud pecker.  ‘Nuff said.

 

COVID Smarts
The latest from that angel of medicine, Dolores Cahill, 15th of May 2021, from the Freedom Rally in London UK (World Freedom Alliance).
She puts the globalists on notice that the top 10 in each country will be facing legal charges for suppressing information, banning or prohibiting known prophylactics and therapies, and marginalizing expert but divergent testimony.
There are Guardians, there are Angels, and the Globalists best re-calibrate:

From the HighWire, an actual scientist who explains what the vaccine does and why it is the wrong weapon for this war.  (hat tip to Brian S.)
Geert Vanden Bossche talks about how the immune system works.  There are “non specific antibodies” and “specific antibodies”.  The vaccine will cause our bodies to produce a specific antibody that will be ineffective against mutated versions of the virus.
But, that is not the real danger.
The real danger is the vaccine will compromise our natural immune response.   At the population level and the individual level, both levels, the vaccine will make people virus shedders, it will make each of us a production factory for the virus and it’s variants.
Further, on an individual level, you will lose the most precious part of your immune system – your innate immune antibodies.  The antibodies created as a result of the vaccine will out compete your natural system.  The problem is the vaccine antibodies are specific antibodies.  Our innate immune antibodies are non specific – they seek and destroy with the aid of our “NKT” cells (natural killer T cells).  Ergo, our immune systems will be neutralized, commandeered by the vaccine instruction set.
If you have any comprehension of the basic biology discussed here, this information should stop you in your vaccine loving tracks.
For the record, Joe and I weren’t the best or brightest in Biology 101, but it was fun cutting creatures open and staring
DVM Bossche insists that the science is as good as it gets in the year of our Lord 2021.  You read that right.  Mr. Bossche is a veterinarian.
Some folks discount his theory because he is not a human specific doctor.
Joe says it doesn’t matter where the truth comes from, but our culture does favor the man (or woman or other) with the most medals on their breast chest.
The open letter to the W.H.O. Dr. Bossche wrote can be found here.
Joe and I think it takes big balls to warn the world in the face of current cultural “norms” (we’ve accepted that phrasing, but it often refers to aberrational behavior).
We also think that humans are a big deal: we certainly like being one.
It would be a shame if the Progressive thinkers of the world rush to save us all, only to doom humanity by doing the wrong thing while doing good in the name of us all.
Come to think of it, wasn’t that sort of thinking part of “Mein Kampf“?
It takes special people to think they have a final solution.
Our advice is to read and watch and listen and research, and most importantly, THINK!
Thinking is hard work (George Bush II comes to mind as we write).
If enough people think hard, there is a good chance truth will emerge:

If you are unsure about the vaccine solution to a non problem, but feel pressure from the main stream (media, government, “health authorities”, “friends and family”) to participate in the largest guinea pig ensemble ever imagined, watch the following.
Yes, it is biased.
Joe and I are biased, too.
Because research.
A graphic from the video –

This summary of some of what is known is a broad overview.
You might want to watch and listen carefully, take notes, then do some research of your own:

 

 

The Land Down Under
Great Scott!
We have never seen so disgusting a sight as the plague happening in the land of our dreams.
Joe and I cannot process what we are seeing in this video:

We hate mice.
We hate the smell of their little furry bodies.
We hate the stench of their piss.
We hate the sight of their turds and urine stains.
We don’t care that mouses are a food source for snakes and owls and other fanged hunters.
Joe is breaking out in hives.
Disney can have the little bastards.
How in the wide wide world of sports can you kill off so many mices?
We will officially have nightmares about this…..

 

Tucker Carlson
Joe and I have watched Mr. Carlson for two decades.
We first saw him as half of the “Crossfire” show on CNN in 2001 – we were attracted to his passion and logical analysis.
We also like that he has Libertarian leanings.
He is on Fox News.
His perspective is not always conservative, but always family oriented; i.e. what is good for you and your family.
The following video excerpt is from his daily show “Tucker Carlson Tonight”.
Joe thinks his time at Fox is growing short.
We both enjoyed this uniquely Tucker string of critiques, especially of Tony Fauci.
We chose BitChute because there is a good chance the video will be available for a while (not like Ub2b):

Another from Tucker where he absolutely roasts the Woke Progressive Lefty operatives trying to limit your choice, your freedom, your right to make informed decisions.
Joe and I think Mr. Carlson is the only voice in the main stream cable crowd who hits a raw nerve of the retarded left every single show.
Chosen from Rumble, because Ub2b sucks the big one:

 

 

Anticipatory Compliance
Bill Whittle explains the meaning of the above term in relation to what is currently happening in Western culture.
The pot is coming to a boil:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman has spruced up the production of his show.
The content remains consistent.
This is a good thing:

 

Rex Murphy (RexTV)
Our favorite historian Victor Davis Hanson has a conversation with Canada’s own Rex Murphy.
Two people Joe and I listen carefully to whenever they speak or write:

 

Joe’s Garage

Desalination – Solar Dome
The technology of desalination is a subset of the processes required to separate dissolved substances from solution.
Typical desalination plants consume large quantities of energy, typically fossil fuels or electricity.
The following video is a discussion of how to make industrial quantities of fresh water from sea water by using sunshine, unicorns, lollypops, and no fuel.
Joe says it’s a wonderful concept, but we’re still waiting for a flying car:

Space X Milestones
Private / commercial milestones in space continue to be established by non governmental entities.
Nice to see.
Joe and I are vicariously living again our youthful fantasy of being Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.  Up until puberty screwed us up, that was our big dream:

A short video of SN15 launching and LANDING!!!
This is big time stuff:

The evolution (progression) of starship (SN–) development and testing:

Graphene
A modern “miracle” material.
10 X stronger than steel, it is the strongest material on Earth.
Conductive.
Works at one molecule thick!
What is the holdup?
Well, like all miraculous materials, a bit of wizardry is required to produce commercial quantities at a price that makes it economically feasible.
This video is from May 2020, produced by Undecided with Matt Ferrell:

From last year, here is a quick overview of how graphene is produced, and what the drawbacks are to mass production.
The introduction of graphene in commercial products will begin the next technological age, the Graphene Age.
Here is an update from “The Limiting Factor” from July 2020:

 

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Sunday Rant – 1921

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Joe’s Comment
– Epicurus reminds me how fleeting life is.  Marcus Cicero warns that there is a grave danger in exchanging your liberty and your freedom to “pursue happiness” for security and entertainment.  Charles Schulz beats me over the head with reality (if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…..)

 

Fuck the Calgary Police Force
This is obscene.
The thugs take down a preacher, Artur Pawlowski.
Why?
Because he has the balls to defy the illegal COVID mandates and keep his church open (original video in Sunday Rant – 1421).
Look at these assholes.
What Joe and I have been saying is happening.
There are good cops.  They will refuse to participate.  They will be suspended or fired.
There are bad cops.  They will get tents in their pants and sugar-plum fairies will dance in their heads.  Innocent people will get hurt or killed.
Shit is getting real.
I can’t believe this is happening in Calgary Alberta Canada.
doG save us all.
Here it is on Ub2b, but will probably be taken down (the above link is OK):

 

 

Our Problem with the Progressive Left
Joe and I would like to go on record stating we are not all those things we have become.
The amount we have changed is minuscule compared to what the current “Woke” culture accuses us of now being (but never were).
Kind of like Joe’s theory of “retroactive abortion”.
Leave us do some ‘splainin’.
Mostly, we have no preconceived critique of people we haven’t met yet.
We do know lots and lots of stereotypical monikers about groups of people we haven’t met – we used a moniker last rant (coonass – refers to Cajun – some say it is derogatory, to others a cultural badge of merit).  We have met individuals from different groups, identified by culture or race or port of origin, or  not from our neighborhood or city or province.
We know the trope (3b), we often know an example word or phrase or descriptor (usually disparaging or demeaning), but…. Ayn Rand you dummies! (ref. below)
Joe refers to us as “Mud Peckers”, but I don’t take offense (it’s kinda a badge of low class close to the earth honor).
Some examples, current and past: groupie, WOP, cheese head, nerd, Paki, cracker, et cetera.  Notice we stayed away from the “third rail (2)” words (like the “N” word, or the “F” word (femminist).  We’re brave but not stupid…..
More examples from Canada –
–  people from Alberta can’t drive, especially in B.C.
–  Canadians hate Americans.
–  the Frogs invaded B.C. in the ’70’s.
As our French Canadian compatriots (and non patriotic brothers and sisters under the umbrella of “Canadian”) would say (or not), “c’est dommage, c’est tragique”.
We all know that stereotypes don’t grow on trees, especially those concerned with human behavior, ticks and twitches.  Stereotypes are a precipitate of observation over a long time (or short time) of a large (or not so large) sample population.
The Progressive Left is hell bent on dividing everyone into groups – ever increasing numbers of groups.  As the number of groups approaches infinity, each group (by logical extension) has fewer members.
Until we get to Ayn Rand’s observation –
The daft PL’s don’t see the box canyon of their logic.
They see a box of crayons…… and bitch about color or gender or appropriation.
With typical Progressive Left loudly proclaimed and purported big hearted infinite largess (which is actually mean, bitter, and tyrannical intent), the Left cannot see the forest for the trees.   If you prefer a biblical reference, try this, this, this (doG bless the Internet).
Their filter only isolates proof of ideology, irregardless of relevance, impact, degree, or any other cross-set metric you might choose.
Joe offers an example of this faulty thinking:
Q.  Name a 20th century person who was a national leader, who painted, wrote books, and was a decorated war hero?
A.  Folks like me say give me more data, for there are plenty who meet the given criteria.  For example, Winston Churchill and Adolph Hitler share these descriptors.  Most would agree: two wildly polar individuals in their foundational beliefs.
This is the methodology the PL use to ruin the lives of people like Mike Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Jordan Peterson, Gad Sadd, and, conversely, canonize criminals like Hilary Clinton, Joe and Hunter Biden, or the latest in a long line of despicable black criminals, George Floyd –
Another example from Joe’s extensive list:
Q.  Which is true……  1 + 1 = 2  or  1 + 1 = 10 ?
A.  Folks like me say give me more data, for there are criteria which both statements satisfy.  For instance, 1 + 1 (in base 10) = 2   (i.e.  110+110=210), and
1 + 1 = 10 (in base 2) = 10   (i.e.  12+12=102).
This attention to detail, attention to understanding, this attention to what exactly is the question…… this attention is missing or skewed in our lovely passionate caring PL emotional hysteria.  Not saying they don’t have good intentions.
Joe hasn’t seen any.
The latest nasty “law” decisions in the U.S. of A. discard the relevant, misappropriate the impact, and ignore the degree to which these “legal judgements” alter the community at large.
All to pacify a number of raving lunatics who are consumed with hatred, who will never be mollified or appeased.
Canada is tying it’s own economic intestines in a knot.
Further, Canada has completely revealed a level of incompetence, even criminal intent with the so called “COVID pandemic” response.  Almost a “Final Solution” approach.  All that is missing is a working definition of “Jew” in Canadian terms.
Europe is devolving.  The history of the formation of the European Union is traceable to Winston Churchill (among countless others) when he proposed a “United States of Europe” in 1946.  With good intent: prevent future war in Europe.  Since it’s formation, it has been an experiment in Balkanization – how much is too much, how little is too little.  Joe figures the apogee was reached in the ’80’s but no one admits it is devolving into tyranny.
Australia is bipolar.  Turn in your guns!  Free speech is a cornerstone.  Everyone get a vaccination!  China must be confronted.  Not a poster child for “United We Stand“.
You need to see what Bill Gates, messiah and Progressive Lefty, has done in the last two decades in India and Africa and the Philippines and Afghanistan.  In the name of vaccines, he has indirectly killed and maimed thousands of children and women.  He wants this for you and your family members.
Auchtung!  Spitfire!
We are quickly devolving from live and let live to a cheesy James Bond
Time for Lemming Man™ (a former identity) to fix things good.
We never did this, but here’s an unreasonable facsimile:

 

Why We Like Memes
Joe and I peruse the Internet for many hours every day.
We waste some time.
Joe says not as much as you’d think, ’cause it’s research.
We feed Audrey II, if Audrey II is our thirst for knowledge.
We love memes.
We love quotes.
We love meme-quotes.
Here’s one we absolutely love because it is so strong yet so ambiguous, so multi-faceted yet so direct, so pointed yet so poly-directional.  Are these statistics indicative of cause-effect relationship or coincident, or some mish-mash of complexity?
Joe is the practical member of our team – the doer.
Joe saw the above meme and said right on!  That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
I’m the dreamer, the thinker, the planner, the researcher.
Joe says I’m the lazy ass who procrastinates while procrastinating…..
I did some research.
Chicago is a city in the state of Illinois.  We have been there.  Via air travel and surface transport.  Like all big cities, excellent, good, average, scary, criminal, hell hole – all modifiers that apply (and many more) when describing people and things and events you find there.  However, some statistics popped to me, and here’s what I saw.  All stats from World Population Review.

Maine doesn’t have a large black population.  It is well below the national average at 1.38%.
Chicago has a large black population, 29.62%, double+ the national average, but Illinois as a state has 14.20%, just above the national average (12%).
OK, what are the state stats for Illinois?
We looked at a “murder rate by state” webpage.
Illinois has 7.8 murders per 100,000 population.
We also looked at a “murder rate by city” webpage.
Chicago looks bad in the meme, but in reality it is ranked 28th, at 18.26 per 100,000 population for murder.  Number 1, leading the national charts, is St. Louis, Missouri, 64.54 murders per 100,000 population.
Yes, I realize the meme says shootings.  Hold your horses……
Note from me – these stats are percentiles, i.e., the total number of murders may be lower in a city with a smaller population yet have a large percentile figure.
The cities with the smallest murder statistics are more homogeneous – i.e., they have a large population of whites.  Conversely, the cities with the largest murder rates (with a few exceptions) are white minority cities.
Our conclusion?
Without beating the meme to death (another murder!), it is a misleading meme.  A Progressive Lefty would “fact check” and throw it out.
We say it has value in the argument for conceal carry or (heaven forbid!) open carry.  There is also a reciprocity between states – an agreement that your carry license is valid although you are NOT a resident.
It also raises questions about the fantasy of “diversity”.  And poverty.  And IQ.  And whatever else you can drum up or fantasize.
Joe says it reminds him of our expression about planning: “Planning is priceless, but the plan may be worthless”.  I.e., the ability to formulate a plan is a risk management bonus.
So it goes with memes – “Meme-ing is priceless, but the meme may be worthless”.
We say if it makes you think it’s worth all the bad grammar and spelling and inappropriate images.

 

Wake up PL’s!
Somehow, somewhen, somewhat, you Progressive Lefties wrest the power of government.
Unfortunately for us mud peckers on the front lines of existence, you are stark raving bonkers.
Isn’t it time to tamp down the fires of hysteria, put away the mirror, and start behaving like a rational human?
In the words of Zeno of Citium, over 2,000 years ago –
Zeno was mighty intense (check out the link).
Joe and I can only reiterate with equal intensity: we are slave to no one.
Coercion is NOT a viable option; no good will comes from forcing or inhibiting behavior in the name of “common good”.
History?
It is no wonder the PL purposely endeavor to erase, change, obliterate, and obfuscate reality, for reality flies in the face of all they believe.
Joe and I haven’t got the words right, yet.
It is an ongoing challenge and we will not quit.

 

Quick Dick McDick
The number one ambassador for the lovely province of Saskatchewan:

One more Quick Dick to acknowledge the best among us – mothers.
Happy Mother’s Day to one and all, with a Saskatchewan farmer’s touch.
QDM states the obvious – without Mothers, none of us would be here!
Joe says that is the best super power in the universe:

 

Nina Teicholz
This fine lady speaks truth to meat.
We have included her work in previous rants.
The presentation is an update with new data as we go further along in 2021:

 

Dr. Judy Mikovitz
Joe and I have watched Dr. Mikovitz talk about the SARS – COVID for over a year.
She has been outspoken about the nature of this viral mutation, and has warned everyone about the danger of the so-called “COVID Vaccine”.
She insists it is NOT a vaccine, but a biological genetic experiment.
She was warning about death and life changing or threatening side effects for all this time.
This conversation between Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Judy Mikovitz was posted to BitChute on May 1st, 2021.
This will never be available on Ub2b, or through Faceplant or Twits or most of the “social media” – those tools of tyranny.
Joe and I can do some numbers, and we are constantly trying to improve our grasp of the English language.
We read most of de doo dah day.
Some label us as “conspiracy fruitcakes”.
Joe says go ahead, get the “vaccine”, but don’t come near us after you do.
Listen to these subject matter experts (both shunned and expelled by the established medical community) and form your own conclusion:

 

More on COVID and Reset
Another source of COVID information is called “NoJabForMe” (thanks Roberto).
The format is dialog with links to support statements made in the prose.
A video Joe and I hadn’t seen before startled us.  It is titled “The New Normal”, and tries to analyze WTF is going on in global politics.
Warning – there are some scenes of senior abuse by the very people who are charged with their care and protection.  Check out 37:31.  The abuse of the older woman is bad, but the response from the Muslim mayor of London would be worthy of a trial and hanging in WWII.
This video was released in January of 2021.
Joe and I are outraged.  We were screaming at the monitor screen.  These fucked up globalists are a danger to free people everywhere.
Joe and I are of the “useless class” (from the video) and we are damn proud of it.
Just what in the world do these people imagine being alive means?
This is the scariest video we have seen to date, because there seems to be data supporting just how far along the trail these despicable New Nazis have managed to push their evil agenda:

Joe and I have been warning of the inevitable precipitation of these processes.
We will iterate again.
The thug arm of the government is the police force, the military force, and the financial force.
A policeman or policewoman or policeconfusedaboutgender is not trained to do this work.
They are not Einsteins or Curies.
They are supposed to be enforcers of the law.
They are also people (Joe says this point could be argued by the Progressive Left – see the “Our Problem With the Progressive Left” segment above).
They have lives (ditto PL argument).
At some point they will have to do what they are told or face consequences for not complying (lose job, lose career, lose life?).
Watch 42:08 in the above video.  This policeman, Greg Anderson, gets it.  His reward (so far) is suspension – for questioning strong arm tactics that have no legal or moral foundation.  Following up, this moral man has been fired by the Seattle Police Department.  In spite of his honorable record.  Here is a quote from the video he posted and refused to take down:
“……I want to remind you regardless of where you stand on the coronavirus, we don’t have the authority to do those things – to do those things to people. Just because a mayor or a governor tells you otherwise. I don’t care if it’s your sergeant or chief of police. We don’t get to violate someone’s constitutional rights because someone in our chain of command tells us otherwise. It’s not how this country works. Those are de facto arrests. We are violating people’s rights and taking money from them or even worse arresting them and depriving them of their freedom when they are exercising their constitutional rights. So let’s talk about that. Let’s read something right here, the Declaration of Independence……”
Much more sane and cogent than Dr. Fauci at his best.
Joe and I ask you this – how many will do what is morally right, how many will do what they are told, how many will question the authority commanding them?
All y’all know the answer.
If you don’t, here’s a link to a watered down summary of events re: Nuremberg Trials (Wikipedia).  Here’s another link to a not so watered down summary (Holocaust Encyclopedia).
“Just following orders” is NOT A DEFENSE, or moral justification.
This is not going anywhere good.
And we seem incapable of stopping this lemming-like leap into the abyss.
Another example is the death of Ashli Babbitt at the Capitol Building on January 6th, 2021.  She was unarmed.  She was shot dead by someone purportedly there to preserve the peace.  The shooter remains unnamed.
Joe says she was guilty of being white AND being a Trump supporter.
Joe says those aren’t crimes.
OK, her crime was trying to enter a room through a window.
The shooting was indefensible.
The government (Joe says there is no government, only people) is acting irresponsibly, tyrannically, and in defiance of the Constitution of the USA.
There is no justice in sight.
Our entire life is reduced to being a semi-free-range tax payer and resource consumer.
So tell us, Wise Ones wherever you are (Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song” – there’s bugger all down here on Earth), do humans have “RIGHTS©”?
Or, is it as Joe and I suspect, a “right” is only that which you can enforce, or defend?
Our other suspicion is “it depends”, because like every cotton-picking detail in human life, there is so much complexity involved that simple questions seem a ruse.
Call us old fashioned.
Please…..
There is right and wrong.
Good and bad are aligned with right and wrong – it is called morality.
We pray to the doG of our four or five fathers, and to our future doG not yet understood, may the clear light of wisdom burn the bad out of the wrongdoers.

 

Joe’s Garage

Space X
Once again, with mucho gusto!
The following video shows what is now becoming hum-drum: a private company launching a collection of satellites while the first stage booster makes a perfect recovery (for the 11th time) landing at sea on a platform barge.
Bloody amazing!:

Mel Blanc, Lucille Ball
From 1944, a form of entertainment that is long gone.
An official (government approved) made to order distraction for the troops serving their country.
Private Sad Sack’s life (to date):

Pompeii
Professor Mary Beard is one of those creatures Joe and I think of as an English intellectual-ist.
Her passion for the arcane daily existence of the hoi polloi and the wealthy of the Roman town of Pompeii in 79 A.D. shines through in this one hour investigation. She takes us on a tour of what remains almost 2000 years after the volcano named Vesuvius buried and gassed to death all inhabitants, all animals, all living things.
Joe was able to deflect a trace of femminism (the modern kind) because the material was mud pecker interesting.
We like this Ub2b channel called “Absolute History“.  Lots to see in the comfort of yer own PJ draped carcass.  Even more to contemplate and mull about the brief opportunity life presents each of us:

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Joe’s Comment – The warmer weather occupies my full attention with outdoor projects.  Of the above quotes from Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and John Locke I will say that deep meaningful and wise as these men were, the nice weather brings out the Snoopy in me (dancing on the dog house).
Or, as Marilyn Monroe is quoted to have said –

 

To PN
This week’s rant has a lot of music videos.
Music helps Joe and me (and the other 35 lunatics in our head) keep a grip.
Some things last a lifetime (Joe says what a doltish thing to say….. the only thing that lasts a lifetime is your life, dummy!)
Music and us have been all over the emotional landscape together.
We literally have music for every mood or nuance (none of it is rap), for every idea or occasion.  And in true Yossarian fashion, we are proud of the fact we didn’t contribute one fig to the entire field of musical endeavor.
All the beautiful music came from people who just had to make it – they had no choice.
Slaves to their passion…..
It seems only fair that Joe and I use it as we please, for totally selfish reasons.

 

The Flower Duet
Joe figures it is time.
“April showers bring May flowers”.
Well, April was dry this year.
Not knocking the flowers that grow but this flower song is magic, and is appropriate any time.
Sung brilliantly and well.
Why not now?:

 

Canuckistan Times
Lordy, Joe and I have less than contempt for our fearless leaders, here in “the U.S.A.’s attic” (hat tip Kathleen Madigan).
We would lose no sleep if all of them were put in prison and the key tossed away.
The latest crapola is the militant lock down order attempt in Ontario:

Combine this with news south of the border that throws the law and the legal system under the bus (again, says Joe).
Why can’t politicians stick to the job they swore they would do, and were voted into office to perform?
The ego is a nasty piece of work.

 

Dr. Shawn Baker
This week the good doctor has been productive and cunningly acerbic toward the “Woke” crowd.  The following video is a rolling screen of comments in reaction to an announcement by a cooking website, “Epicurious”, to cut out beef.  They connect beef animals to some imagined sustainability issue – beef are not pro-planet.
The entire video is a scrolling look at the comments section.
We think this is the sane people making their thoughts about “Woke” culture public.
And another pompous gaggle of jackasses bite the dust:

 

The Ragin’ Cajun
Doug Kershaw, aka “The Ragin’ Cajun”, is still alive at 85.
Joe and I watch us some Cajun music – previous Sunday Rants are a testimony.
We stumbled upon this version of “Diggy Diggy Lo” featuring Mr. Kershaw and Mark O’Connor, circa 1994.
Crazy entertainer.
We imagine Mr. Kershaw’s crazy made him a wild card in the music industry:

The Kershaw version of “Orange Blossom Special” is a high water mark.  We have never seen it done with more _________ (we have no word), but we know it when we see it.
The following video (taken from VHS tape) shows his incredible talent and energy.  The other musicians are marvelous performers too:

One last Doug Kershaw with a medley of three songs.  Reading from the comments, we must share a few that caught our eye –
gfh110 – “I’m a fiddle player and I know first-hand that the violin is a fickle instrument. It’s a precision instrument and requires accuracy and discipline. I’ll never for the life of me understand how Doug Kershaw manages to play actual notes in time and in tune while treating his fiddle like it’s a washboard. It’s amazing and inspiring.”
Martha Vaughn – “There’ll never be anything close to that coonass. The best ever.”
Will C – “I am Canadian…Bayou music is far from me…but I know talent and good music when I hear it!”
Amen, hallelujah, we agree.
As another commenter said, you can’t watch Doug Kershaw and not smile.
Joe and I were grinning alright.
We were guffawing (or a reasonable facsimile).
His energy, passion, and good nature shine!
Joe says so does the crazy.
We’ve been fans for 60 years, best reckoning:

 

Adam Neely
Joe and I regret not learning to play music.
Seems it was always a dream, a wouldn’t it be wonderful and nice, but never a “must do”.
The crowd of 37 in our head has a guy way in the back who doesn’t say much but listens real hard.
His view has been that if we mastered an instrument the magic of music might fade.
His view has been no matter which instrument we chose, we would wish to play another.
And there is the reality of making a living while learning.
Joe and I figure it would take us 10X longer than the average mud pecker to learn an instrument.
Then there is the musical theory that perplexes we who don’t have perfect pitch.
The following video is Adam Neely explaining a complex set of chord and key changes he calls “The most elegant key change in all of pop music”.
We had to watch two times to get the most primitive concept of WTF he was talking about.
And using Celine Dion’s talent as an example.
Joe and I enjoyed the presentation.
We need to spend more time with music theory.
It makes us think we can explain why music is so magic when we know in our soul that there isn’t any way to put in words what we feel:

 

Dr. Paul Mason
A favorite go to for Joe and me to learn more about the incredible complex inter-relationship between living organisms.
Q.  How do plants protect themselves from being consumed by hungry humans and other “predators”?  After all, they can’t run away or hide.
A.  There are many plant defenses.  Chemical warfare is a common method.
Lectin is a toxic protein produced by some plants to deter random chewers of flora from eating them alive.  Sounds sensational, but that’s the fact, Jack.
People are more or less sensitive to lectins, which are in many forms of plants we call “food”.  Here is a chart of common foods containing lectins.  You may recognize some.  If you are snacking as you read this, and the snack is plant based, you have (perhaps unwittingly) chosen your poison –

Joe says we are sticking to meat, thank you very much.
In this presentation, Dr. Mason will identify how a lectin protein (many shapes and sizes) can and will enter your body.  The spectrum of responses to lectin in humans range from I didn’t feel nothin’ to death.
Joe says that alone makes us pay attention:

 

Pat Condell
A clear, concise, rational, and truthful voice from the UK.
Joe and I have been watching Mr. Condell for a long time – the earliest we recollect is Sunday Rant – OH! Kanada!, from November 20th, 2010 (before our current title standard was established).  The link in that old rant is broken.  Mr. Condell has been isolated, banned, defunded, stapled, folded, and torn by Ub2b over the years.  It is a miracle he is allowed to post there at all.
As per expected, the following video is rational, passionate, and cogent.
As Mr. Condell says, “Ridicule is the best disinfectant for stupid ideas and for ugly ideas.  Let everyone express what is in their heart, even if it is hateful.  Then let it be challenged, rebutted, refuted, exposed to the light, made ridiculous, and laughed at.  What are we afraid of?
He goes on to say “The law can’t be trusted with freedom of speech, because the people who make the law can’t be trusted not to take liberties, and the people who enforce the law can’t be trusted not to behave like the Gestapo.”
Joe and I no longer want to visit the homeland of our ancestors.
We can get all the stupid and dangerous and hysteria we can handle right here in Kanada:

 

THC – What It Do?
The Institute of Human Anatomy channel on Ub2b has a presentation on what systems in a body are affected by the consumption of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the principle psychoactive in cannabis.
With the mandatory (for this channel) cadaver bits and pieces.
Very interesting my dear Watson:

 

TwoSetViolin
Brett Yang and Eddy Chen crack us up.
Joe and I have been watching their videos for years.
The last time we included them in our rant was Sunday Rant – 2620.
They introduce the best of the violin world (and all of classical music) through their Ub2b channel.
Here’s an example from last week, titled “Auditioning for the Most Prestigious Violin Competition in the World”:

Following is an hilarious video where Brett takes a lesson from Sanna Iljin, singing well known opera arias.  We leave it up to you to determine who is the professional:

One more that we thought terrific.
Some Paganini, with hula hoops, and the crowd goes wild!:

 

WATOP
The We Are Top channel on Ub2b is a continual source of information and amusement for Joe and me.
More evidence that Nature© (Mother or otherwise) is NOT our friend.  Life is an uncontrollable force, constantly morphing and mutating, to who knows what end.  There is a website called “Animal Genome Size Database” that documents the size of genomes for animal species/sub-species.
Surprise, surprise!
The human genome is NOT the longest.
That title goes to the marbled lungfish (aka Protopterus Aethiopicus).
Nor does a lengthy genome indicate a complex life form or an intelligent life form or an ancient life form.
Life is strange.
WATOP shows some of the strange in the following presentation of “Adorable Animals That Are Actually Deadly”:

 

Joe’s Garage

Driveshaft Technology
The driveshaft is an oft overlooked technical marvel.
There are inherent problems in changing the direction of a drive shaft output.
Joe likes how simple this demonstration is, and how well it highlights a major problem:

The CV joint was invented to correct the basic problem of coupling two shafts not in alignment.  the input shaft may spin at a constant velocity, but as the angle between the two shafts increases from zero, the output shaft speeds and slows with every revolution.
This will cause vibration, heat, and premature wear.
There is a technological improvement to the U-joint or CV joint.  It is called the Thompson Constant Velocity Joint.
Amazing what brains can do:

Dr. Eric Berg
Joe and I listen to both Dr. Robert Cywes and Dr. Eric Berg when they talk about “carbohydrate addiction”.
Joe’s and my childhood was filled with carbohydrates and sugar products.  We liked to eat Bee Hive Corn Syrup with a spoon……  Donuts, cakes, pies, bread, pasta, cookies…..  Man, we were hooked.
Here is Dr. Berg discussing the mechanisms of carb addiction in 2019:

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