Sunday Rant – 2418


Joe’s Comment – Katherine Hepburn delivered a telling line in the movie “On Golden Pond”.  The line read something like “getting old takes courage”.
My paradigm keeps changing.  In my prime working years I was able to put in a 14 hour day with no sweat.  Today, I was all done in 5 hours.  Kaput!
Why would your memories be so fresh when you can no longer do what you remember?
The mysteries accumulate.  Ms. Hepburn has it figured –

As usual, I miscalculated the gravity of the situation –

Amen to that!


Fond Memories
Joe and I made the mistake of looking in the mirror after showering.
Good grief!:


Dennis Miller
Joe and I are large fans of Dennis Miller.
Incredibly sharp witted, balanced, well spoken.
And funny (if you can keep up with his fast-paced delivery).
He has been out of the public eye recently.
Here is a commentary from Dennis Miller on the Stuart Varney show about Robert De Niro’s melt down expletive riddled banshee wail regarding The Donald.  As usual, Dennis is concise and surgical while delivering his message in a swarm of cultural and social reference.  Try and keep up!:


Scott Adams
Joe and I are aficionados of cartooning, of cartoons.
We made a presentation at one time about the “Four Levels of Cartooning”.  We will publish it some future time in this rant.
Scott Adams is the cartoonist / originator of the cartoon strip “Dilbert”.
Mr. Adams has a unique perspective on life.
His analysis of various political topics and subjects is thought provoking.
You may balk at his homey presentation style, but take a listen to his analysis of two current events – one, Robert De Niro’s shameful outburst as dismissed by President Trump, and, two, the intelligence behind the meeting with the NORK madman Kim Jong-un.
Mr. Adams has been insisting since before Donald Trump was elected that “The Donald” is a master of persuasion.
His argument has merit:


Prager U
Dr. Jordan Peterson is teaming up with other powerful entities.
Joe and I are grinning!
This is the second (that we know) for Prager University:


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Joe’s Comment – It was a year ago on June 8th that us BC residents went to the polls and committed NDP sepuka.  For the 4th time.
It was also that same day the RCMP came a knockin’ on my door later that night and took me to jail for some remarks I uddered (moo!) uttered at the poling station.
Two things to say about that and that……
One, I can’t guarantee my big fat mouth won’t get me the same treatment (or worse) in the future.
Two, thanks again (and again, and again) to the many friends and neighbors for the fine character reference letters  you wrote to offset the impression the court might have, based on the claims of the accuser(s).
As it turned out, the charges were dismissed by the court with a caveat.
All is well.
That was an old photo.
I’m different now…..Let’s hear it for metamorphosis!


D Day (6 June 1944)
Joe and I were born 5 years after D Day.
How must it have been for thousands of young men who established a beach head along the coast of Normandy, heavily fortified with defensive structures and armament by the German occupiers?
There were more than 4,000 allied soldiers killed on the first day, June 6th.
The Americans stormed Utah and Omaha.  The British Sword and Gold.  The Canadians Juno.
This is the beginning of the end for the German war machine.
From this time, June 6th 1944, until 2:41a.m. May 7th 1945, when an unconditional surrender was signed, the German forces fought a loosing battle against determined allied forces.
Why were Joe and I born 5 years after D Day?
Because April 29th 1945, the American 3rd Army, 14th Armored Division liberated Stalag VIIa, freeing my future father.
General George Patton arrived at Stalag VIIa the next day. A quote about his visit from this article:
As he walked briskly through the camp General Patton occasionally stopped and exchanged a few brief words with small groups of American prisoners. When he came upon my group the General paused, looked at us, shook his head in disgust at the sight of the thin, unkempt scarecrows standing before him and said in a low voice, “I’m going to kill these sons of bitches for this.”
That is the voice of justice.
A few reels of D Day film that haven’t been widely viewed:


Tell Me Again, Oh Wise One
Chief Rainbow Socks persists (with the aide of his cohort) in pedaling the CO2 fantasy – that by “controlling” CO2 emissions with taxes, humanity can affect climate.
Joe says don’t be so hard on our fearless Mr. Dress(up).  Logically and technically, every single exhalation of breath adds to the CO2 total.  It only makes sense that to stop breathing decreases CO2 by one breath.  Just logic.  The FACT that the amount of CO2 exhaled is insignificant seems to be an elephant in the room of logical discussion. The tax on the other hand, has a complex psychology under-girding it’s legality, not the least of which is guilt.
Tell me again, oh wise one, why taxing CO2 is going to change anything?
The answer, grasshopper, is it makes the payer less wealthy (more vulnerable).
A poor citizenry is powerless.
Add CO2 to the list of conundrums this line of reasoning has produced.
The claim is “controlling” CO2 can “control” (or moderate, or influence) the climate.
Joe says never mind that, what about forest fires?
How effective are humans at stopping forest fires?
Joe says what about flooding?
Tell me again, oh government experts, how we “control” flooding?
What about an asteroid shower or planetary object striking the earth?
What about a huge (YUGE!) solar flare?
The see-saw sound of crickets is deafening.
Holy Hollywood, Batman!
Joe says check out Hawaii…..
People in authority and people with no authority are pissing their pants as the active volcano in a small corner of the official Pacific Paradise® burps mildly and sets thousands running for solace.
So what are we saying?

Joe and I are saying the following:
We love that humanity reaches for the stars.  There is no limit imposed or recognized by us.  The human spirit, human imagination; they are powerful forces in this universe.
However…..  humanity is but a flea on a very large animal, said animal a mote in infinite space.
Take a spoonful of humility, humanity.  One step at a time.  How about letting science and technology establish the truth before you pirouette and add another tax to an overtaxed citizenry when there is no legitimate proof that the taxation will accomplish it’s objective.  In other words, separate politics from science.  And keep government the hell out of business.
Not only are politicians literally unaccountable for their poor choices and unintended consequence(s), their fantasy ideological excursions continue to punish the least able and least advantaged in our society – the poor and/or stupid.
The harridan lesbian harpy “leading” the Ontario government is a prime example.  We already have the law of the land that used to be based on English Common Law, whereby each citizen (the individual is the smallest minority) has all of the rights.  Each time the political class passes a law which identifies a group (other than the citizen) they weaken liberty, free speech, and justice.
Your opinion may differ.


Light in the Darkness?
Joe and I were delighted at the election results from Ontario.  Doug Ford is now the Premier of Ontario.  A picture of him and his wife, Karla –

We were disgusted with some of the media reporting (referring to the new premier as “the brother of the crack cocaine user”).
Who says Canada’s media are fair and unbiased?  Time for a complete review of the so-called 4th Estate.  By 4th Estate we mean not just the press, but the bureaucracy, the education system, the “Deep State”, the “shadow government”.
Joe and I watched the political career of Rob Ford (RIP).  His tragic personal life was NOT his political manifestation.  On balance he did more good than not.
His brother Doug is different, but with similar roots.
We see a correlation to business acumen.  Politics may be kissing babies and worshiping ideology, but running a country is an economic quagmire.
We wish Premier Ford the best in correcting the havoc implemented via the extreme leftist agenda of the small “L” liberals under K. Wynne, manifested as unbearable energy costs, ridiculous carbon tax commitments, government intrusion in family life, and corrupting the education of Ontarian children.
A list of five platform items he would be wise to implement upon assuming office listed here.
There is a Ford in Ontario’s future.


The Death of NAFTA
Joe and I are old enough to remember the implementation of NAFTA.
For Joe and I and most Canadians, the net effect has been beneficial.
For others not so much.
For the Chinese, a literal gold mine.
Our fearless leader, Chief Rainbow Socks, and his side-kick, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeman are pleading the case against tariffs in the USA.
To “sundance”, writing for The Conservative Tree House, NAFTA is all but dead.
Although Canada’s Mr. Dress(up) feels jilted, he does confess that Canada’s membership in NAFTA has opened the door for the Chinaman to take advantage of a loop-hole in the NAFTA agreement allowing foreign transshipment of items (such as steel) through Canada into the US market.  The article linked above has details.  Joe and I found the interview by Stuart Varney with Larry Kudlow informative:

Update:  We saw the Trump speech at the G7.  We also heard the snarky remarks from our feckless leader.
After the big guy in the room left.
Joe says it reminds him of an H.L. Menkin quote referring to democracy.
Joe’s modifications noted below:

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president Prime Minister represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House 24 Sussex Drive will be adorned by a downright moron.”



The Onion (as metaphor)
One of the oldest metaphors has to do with the number of skins on an onion – each layer you peel off leads to another layer below.
As with solving problems or understanding complex systems, processes, or ideas, understanding is limited by personal capacity.  Consider the following cartoon –

Joe and I agree with the young fellow.  In our computer workshops of yesteryear, we used a variant of this problem to make a legitimate point.  Here’s how we phrased it:
Q.  Which of the following expressions is correct?
1 + 1 = 2
1 + 1 = 10
A.  As written, both are correct (under certain conditions) but incomplete.

Consider 1 + 1 = 2  This answer is correct in every base greater than 2 (base 2 is binary – only two states involved (0 and 1)).  We assume base 10 (digits 0 to 9) because most of our common measures are expressed in this form.
However, in base 2, there are only two numbers (0 and 1).  Therefore, in base 2,     1 + 1 = 10 is correct.
The original question is not complete enough to answer with certainty.
The question should be written as follows:
110 + 110 = 210
The second question should be written as follows:
12 + 12 = 102
Written this way, both are correct.

In passed weeks, the Sunday Sermon portion of this rant concerned itself with Dr. Jordan B. Peterson’s psychological analysis of the bible stories in the First Testament.  As with the onion layer metaphor, the bible stories can be understood at any number of levels; as a naif child might comprehend, or the most learned scholar analyze.
Joe and I learned from watching Dr. Peterson’s lectures that dismissing such an ancient and complex literary compilation as insignificant is at our peril.  The Bible was written by many; studied, edited, and argued for centuries by scholars and learned theologians and lay persons.  To ignore the Bible because you don’t believe in a white bearded man in the clouds is to not “skin the onion” until meaning is perceived.  The stories are as complex as you can understand, as old as people, and as valid today as in ancient times.  Don’t believe us, take a gander at Bible story art or Bible inspired art.  Here’s a link to Bible story art.
We are partial to this three panel painting by Hieronymus Bosch titled “Garden of Earthly Delights“, painted over 500 years ago (≅1515 AD) –

Here are a few details from these panels –

If this doesn’t make you think, or spur your interest, so be it.
We are gobsmacked.


World Population
Joe and I have used Hans Rosling TED talks in our former workshop presentations.  One of his most informative is the “Magic Washing Machine” talk.  Here it is from 2010:

Mr. Rosling has not been sitting idle.  There are many more videos available via the miracle known as the Internet.  We found the following presentation about world population and thought it very informative as well.  Here is Hans Rosling and “Religions and Babies” from 2012:

Joe and I believe the basic tenants of this presentation.  We have iterated them for years.  The path forward is cheap energy, educating women, and personal freedom.


Joe’s Garage
This is a film about the V8 Ford.
Henry Ford had built V8 motors for the Lincoln line, but they were conventional: the engine was cast in several pieces.
The competition by Chevrolet inspired Henry to design a V8 engine cast in one piece – an accomplishment many engineers swore was impossible.
This film combines mechanical and engineering detail with the social conditions of the time.  1932, the first year of the flathead V8, was still depression time economically in the US of A.  The promotional gimmicks and stunts to sell cars are part of this film’s charm.

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Joe’s Comment – Every time I think I’m the zebra, it turns out I’m a crocodile.
Doesn’t seem much I can do about it.


Last Man Standing
Joe and I laughed and smiled a lot watching Tim Allen & Co. perform in the sitcom “Last Man Standing”.
The mix of satire, conservative vs other ideology, and political comment made all six seasons (TV!) a pleasure to idle away a “few whiles” (as son Donald coined many years ago).
We always enjoyed his stand-up comedy too, because he took common themes and stretched them to the limit to reveal the human orthodoxy behind his observation(s).
And, he doesn’t have to say “motherfucker” or the “nigger” word, or any of a host of so-called profanities to impart his meaning with precision and good humor.
Anyway, Last Man Standing was aired on ABC network but “owned” by 20th Century Fox.  After six years, ABC did not renew the series although it was their second highest rated show.  It was a surprise to Tim Allen and the cast and the fans of the show – the failure by ABC to renew was not anticipated – the show was cancelled in 2017.
Many fans, Joe and I included, thought there might be a whiff of Hollywood politics involved in the cancellation.  According to this article, there are many reasons, including those espoused by ABC, that are plausible and possible.
Why did Joe and I like to watch?  An example is in order.
Here is Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) with his daughter Mandy Baxter (Molly Ephraim) as they talk about editing his speech to her college class for “politically incorrect” transgressions.  From S6 E9, titled “Precious Snowflake”:

Which reminds Joe and I of the iconic and epic PC observations of Colin Quinn:

The idea of ever smaller ever selective “minorities” determining the language of the culture gives Joe and I the shivers.  We are so not PC it is only a matter of time until our carcass is stewing in hot water.  As cartoonist Stephan Pastis so eloquently states the case –

Dial forward…..
Last Man Standing will resume in the fall of 2018.
We look forward to clean biting humor…. some of it political in nature.


IQ² Interview
Dr. Jordan Peterson has a discussion (for the nth time) with a person who has a misconception about his position and perspective.
The interviewer, Anne McElvoy, is a senior editor of The Economist.
Joe and I have literally watched dozens of “interviews” with Dr. Peterson.
We have watched hundreds of hours of his university lectures.
Our observation?
Some of these “interviewers” should do the audience a favor by familiarizing themselves with Dr. Peterson’s work and message.
We are growing weary of smart people not equipped to joust with a very focused and passionate Dr. Jordan Peterson.  It short changes JBP and the audience.
View for yourself.  Make up your own mind:

On the other hand, this interview with Bettina Arndt (Australian psychologist) is an open discussion of some of the pitfalls and pratfalls of delivering the data supported facts to the hoi polloi.  Not confrontational, not biased, not screaming emotional Armageddon.  An exchange of ideas between professionals.  To quote Jordan in this video, “we live in a delusion of a 13 year old adolescent”…..  More, please:


Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman has been true to his colors for as long as Joe and I have been scribing this rant.
Seems like his intuition was spot on:


Inequality Myths
The devil is in the detail:


Amazing Biology Science
A few incredible videos of the miracle of life.
First is an accurate representation of DNA reproduction in a human cell.  Drew Berry presents a graphic representation claimed to be an accurate reproduction of the method of copying DNA.  This cannot be “filmed” because the actual size of the “machinery” is too tiny.  Mad science!:

Bacteria are older than humanity by an order of magnitude.  Medicine has had a fixed idea of the 5 W’s and H of bacteria life.
Bonnie Bassler and her team have discovered that bacteria communicate – intra and inter species!
This research is believed to be the key to developing a new family of antibiotics to counter the “bad” bacteria, and a methodology to enhance the “good” bacteria.  Her research team’s average age is between 20 and 30 years of age:

In the following video, Geraldine Hamilton models the game-changer for testing medicines – human on a chip.
This technology eliminates the historic methods of testing new drugs (test dishes like agar and living animals).  Because human cells don’t thrive in a test dish without their native environment, and because testing with animals other than human cannot predict exactly how a human will react, these two methods are inefficient and thus costly, both in time and $$$.
Geraldine and Co. are growing human cells on chips.  A lung-on-a-chip.  A stomach-on-a-chip.  An entire digestive system on a chip.
She predicts the future will have individualized chips for custom tailored medication / health solutions for each person.
Joe says cool!:

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