Sunday Rant – 4419

PN:Joe’s Comment – Mischa Richter pens a fine cartoon.  Reality can be a real bummer.  Thank doG we sleep 1/3 of our life away.  Now that is reality.

 

Election Remorse
Several friends sent a timely recording of the Canadian election results presented as a horse race – The Federal Election Downs.
We snorted at the wire results; diet Coke shot out our nose.
Here’s the MP3 file.  Put down your drink unless you like reverse flushing of your nasal cavity.  That’s something which puts tears in your eyes.  Much like the election did to Joe and me:

 

PragerU
Joe and I did NOT work for a “public utility”.
Okanagan Telephone, BC Telephone, and TELUS were and are privately owned businesses.
Joe and my pension fund is managed by our ex-employer (we are fine with that).
Government or “public” pensions are managed (or mis-managed) by government bureaucracies.
You (and we) can argue about how “valuable” a government employee is; i.e. is their salary/wage and benefits determined by the market, or is it artificial, and either way, is their value “real”?  Are employees in the private sector paid the same for equal work?  Joe and I have an opinion on that subject.
We do know that as a young(er) entity, we suffered a cognitive dissonance regarding government employment.  We thought government jobs to be below us, but we certainly envied the pay and benefits.
Here is Joshua Rauh, professor of finance at Stanford and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution explaining why public pensions are an economic time bomb:

 

Super Humans
Joe and I could not do what you see in the video below.
We could train for a millennium, perpetually young, and not do what you see below.
What messes our mind completely is that this young woman is not alone in her skill set.
There are competitions where many more people do this incredible balancing dance with a machine in motion.
We are in total awe of what people can do.
Joe says the trained seal aspect is NOT what you should focus on:

 

Beautiful Jim Key
Joe and I love a good horse story.
We admire horses from afar – they are big and strong and dangerous if irritated.
For instance, Secretariat was an amazing animal with physical anomalies that made it possible to do what the majority of horses could not.  There were observable documented differences from others, revealed at his autopsy.
What then is at issue regarding the phenomenon of “Beautiful Jim Key“?
Jim’s owner, “Dr.” William Key, was a slave, an entrepreneur, and a self taught veterinarian (hence the quotation marks around Dr. – gotta have the piece of paper…..).  His mantra was to raise animals with “kindness”.  He raised Beautiful Jim and noticed that there was something extraordinary about this particular horse.
Beautiful Jim Key became a celebrity and a figurehead for the American Humane Society in the early years of 1900.  An amazing story.  Here is David Hoffman, film maker, to introduce the story of Beautiful Jim Key:

And here is an interview with Mim Eichler Rivas, author of “Beautiful Jim Key – The Lost History of the World’s Smartest Horse”:

Joe and I love us some animals.  Much as we do some humans.
But it isn’t unconditional or all encompassing.
For example, we don’t like mosquitoes at all.  We don’t like evil people.  There is a long list…… for another time.
We’re not too sure about plants.

 

Hallow E’en?
Joe and I don’t, not at all.
Too confusing.
Makes us feel queasy.
Dressing up play acting pretending to be something you’re not…..
We’ve already got a Prime Minister, Little Gay, who does that every day.
However, we do appreciate a good cartoon or GIF or meme.  Here’s some that impressed –

 

Blue Collar Logic
Jason Siles explains why hallow e’en is NOT cultural appropriation day:

Joe and I aren’t hallow e’en fans.
Once again, for the record, life is scary enough in real time with real people and real situations.
Having a skeleton leap out at us from the darkness ain’t nothin’ compared to having people elect an unfortunate “shadow of his father” to the highest office in the nation.  Little Gay is scarier to us than all the zombies in the world.

Here is the other Blue Collar Logic author, Dave Morrison, discussing B.H. Obama’s latest “woke” statements:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman bangs the October gong.  Since JDG has been boycotted/banned from YoubeTube, it has been a challenge for Joe to embed the videos directly into our rant without issues.
The platform JDG uses now are UGETube and BITChute.
First, UGETube (can’t seem to find the autostart off switch):

Same show, located at BitChute:

Other venues have not been “accepted” like YoubeTube, which only requires the link URL to display the YT graphic.
Joe hasn’t perfected how to do that with “non-approved” video hosts.  Sometime the video source has an “embed” icon, sometimes not.  Also, in the UGETube link above, Joe struggled with the auto play feature.  We couldn’t figure how to turn it “off”.
On the subject of  Free Speech® YoubeTube style; it is a hollow echo of a lyric from the song “Me and Bobby McGee”.
Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, nothin’ don’t mean nothin’ honey if it ain’t free” makes no sense whatever.
If “feelin’ good is good enough” for you maybe you should reflect on what that implies about your understanding of life.
And please don’t vote.
Thank you.

 

Al-Baghdadi
Joe and I wish him Allah speed on his trip to Hell.
Maybe Muhammed will send his magic horsey thingy Al-Buraq to fetch him.
If it is true that “we are all made in doG’s image” (Genesis 1:27) then beasts like Al Baghdadi are surely created for other men to destroy or subjugate, for although he walked upright on two legs, his deeds were so abhorrent as to preclude his existence on earth as “human”.
Evil knows imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
POTUS Donald J. Trump sent a team to deliver a message to the world; a message which is unmistakable.  The simple message is: Be good be kind be fair or be dead.
Benghazi could have been a similar message by the way….. only needed a man to deliver it.  A man more interested in what is right than what polls favorably.
We stumbled across a very interesting article that “connects the dots” about the search for the leader of ISIS in a very intriguing way.
When the President withdrew the troops from Syria, two democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff made a bee-line to Syria.
Why? is the question.
A possible answer is they were delivering information to ISIS, which was created (unintentionally?) by the Obama administration.
Sound too fantastic, too conspiratorial?
Read for yourself here.
A quote from the article to whet your interest –
It’s All Pure Coincidence I’m Sure.
What if?
Pres. Trump wanted to get precise information on Al-Baghdadi’s location. He knew that withdrawing U.S. troops from northeastern Syria would enrage the left and possibly embolden ISIS. Because the successful destruction of the geographic Caliphate have deep state connections to both Syria and ISIS  was been severed?  Was someone in need of getting a message to Al-Baghdadi in person?
But someone going in there while shells and rockets are being lobbed across the border in both directions and Turkish forces are pressing in to Syria is highly problematic. If someone was going in there need to be a cease fire.
Suddenly there is a cease fire and Pelosi and Schiff head out to Syria virtually unannounced. Does anybody really think this is coincidental? Why have neither of them made any significant statement on why they went, who they met and what they did there?
Just as suddenly, accord to the New York Times, Al-Baghdadi’s location is determined while these two shitbags are in the Syrian sandbox. More coincidence?
It’s no secret that the Obama admin was largely responsible  for creating, arming and training ISIS. Trump is well aware of this.”
Joe and I were also gratified to know the mission name for the raid to get Baghdadi was “Operation Kyla Mueller“.
Kyla Mueller was an American aide worker in Syria taken by ISIS.
She suffered cruelly, especially the personal abuses of Baghdadi before she died.
Her story here.
She is an American hero.
And a gentle soul.
May she rest in peace.

 

Jericho Green
Joe and I grin every time we hear Mr. Green rant.
This one is particularly acerbic.
It is our impression that Jericho doesn’t think highly of “Beta” (great pun!), and is suspicious of why he was in the race in the first place:

 

The Red Gene
Joe and I have reservations about trade with China.
The standard BS aside (the people are wonderful hard working moral folks), the blatant INTENTIONAL human rights violations, trade violations, the cheating, lying, whoring, evil insidious infiltration of the “stupid people” of the world in their stupid countries, the iron fist and racist reality shines through.
Joe questions the POTUS cozying up to Xi or the bad haircut fatboy (Kim Jong Un aka Fatty Fat Fat) trying to lure them into playing on a level field within the rules.
Joe says China has been weaseling cheating and conniving for so long they CAN’T fly straight.  Truly, it is a foreign concept.  Not possible.
Here’s what Xi (ruler for life) and his cadre are pushing down a billion or so throats:

 

Joe’s Garage

Manual Labor vs Technology
The following video explains why Joe and I are such fans of technology:

The advent of machinery to improve efficiency, minimize danger, and reduce back-breaking mindless drudgery is a boon to the male of the species, and the female too.
These magnificent trees felled by hand is a period in history owned by those Joe calls “real men”.
For sure he and I would need a stiff drink and five minutes of prayer before topping one of these monsters……
These are the days when “manual labor” wasn’t a foreigner OR a denigrating occupation.
Technology is one of the contents of Pandora’s Box.
The down side of technology is fewer laborers are required to produce more product.
And the machinery production and maintenance, the technology design and development requires skilled laborers of a different sort.
Joe says the calculus is complicated: the trinity of efficiency/cost/maintenance when integrated over time isn’t always the most economical path.
Joe says there is no argument that a new $100,000 diesel truck (the Big Three all have them) is more impressive to haul a load, and most likely gives better value in fuel economy, safety, and reliability than the half dozen late ’80s and early ’90s diesel trucks we have in the yard.
But it ain’t $90,000 more impressive, for our best truck at present is an F350 that just completed a 2,000 km. round trip with all-up combined weight of 17,550 pounds for the cost of fuel (less than $600 CDN).

NaCl
Salt is essential to human life.
It is also, literally, a “peanut” of 14,000 uses, i.e. a humble common substance with many useful applications (e.g.  Dr. George Washington Carver – American agricultural scientist and inventor, peanut promoter, and Marcellus Gilmore Edson – Canadian pharmacist, who was awarded the first patent for a peanut butter recipe).
All you folks out there in la-la land who swear that one salt is better than another can’t fool Joe and me.  Sodium chloride is sodium chloride.  Anything else in there might be ancient whale turds or dead sailor juice if it isn’t refined.  Or maybe you are tasting another type of salt, for salt is the precipitate of a chemical reaction such as that between an acid and a base.  And then maybe add a drop or two of pink food dye and give it the name of an exotic destination (Himalaya sounds about right).  Don’t forget to charge lots extra to make it exoticker:

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Joe’s Comment – The above cartoon is the artwork of Nathan T., a very gifted young Albertan.  Nathan is not yet a teenager.  He has a brilliant eye and it seems his political acumen is first class (in my humble opinion).  For dummies like me Huitzilopochtli is the Aztec doG of warfare, military conquest, sacrifice, and of the sun.  I won’t describe the human sacrifice ritual to honor Huitzilopochtli in detail.  Gory is sufficient.
Very dark, Nathan.
I like it!

 

Oh! Canada….
Joe and I are doing some serious navel gazing today.
Some lint picking too.  Navels are better than a Swiffer for collecting detritus.
It is Tuesday.
The Canadian election delivered the second worst result; it is a tragedy for Canada.
By that we mean the great East vs West divide.  And the Liberal leader, Little Gay.
The result exacerbates four years of neglect and abuse of Alberta and Saskatchewan by Ottawa.
On a personal high note, Joe and I cast our ballot, beaked off differently than last time, went home and waited for the RCMP to take us downtown.
Book him, Daddy-O!
Much to our surprise and relief, no mug shot, finger printing, strip search, or good cop bad cop stare-down.  We skated!  We wuz dancin’ like Snoopy:

We feel the music, man!
On an ominous personal low note, what happened is the election result is what we predicted, with a small exception.  We thought Maxime had more advocates than he did.
From our perspective, he was the only conservative in the running.
Joe and I wanted to lay it all off on Mr. Bernier splitting the vote.
Can’t use that excuse.
Maxime, in all his Beta Male majestic hubris-ness, couldn’t win his own riding in KayBek.
Nor could his PPC win a single seat.
They lost their only seat, and it was Maxime’s.
The difference was 36 ridings.  We didn’t do the data crunching, but the spectre of the PPC voters “stealing” 36 ridings is a sell only Adam Schiff would attempt.
The election results at National Post.
From the National Post article, here is a graphic of the voting –
For a comparison, here are previous election results in graph form –
What does it all mean?
Joe and I are the last you should ask.
Some thoughts:
–  We two (and the other 35 in our head) are pro-America, pro first and second Amendment.  Neither of which is even remotely equivalent or similar in Canadian legislation.  Don’t believe us?  Read the first line of the “Charter of Rights and Freedoms” – The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.  This says every right you have is subject to government approval, can be granted or denied by government action or legislation.  The Canadian Constitution grants rights; the American Constitution limits government and recognizes “inalienable right”.  Not so Canuckistan.
Not. The. Same.
–  As Canadians, we exist at the pleasure of the Crown (on paper you literal fools); we do not “own” our country, it is a “constitutional monarchy”.
–  The East – West split in Canada is not a conundrum, but it might be the demise of the nation.
–  There is no way under the sun that a separatist party running in a rural community (do you hear us, rural KayBek?) should be on a federal election ballot.  Period.  You in the back, shut up and sit down.  Security, get that idiot out of the discussion.  We will brook no elephants in this room.
–  Ontario and Quebec are reminiscent of the “east and west coast” argument in the States.  If ON and QB vote along similar tracks, the rest of the provinces are only currying favor at the big table if they were fortunate enough to vote in a similar fashion.  There is no equivalent to “the electoral college” in Canada.  Great numbers of Canadians have no representation as a result.
–  Fruitcake and wackjob politics are encouraged in Canada.  Let’s go full India or UK or Clusterfuckistan and have 55+ parties in the mix!  There is a direct comparison to the current Democrat Party hysteria in the U.S. of A.
–  Corruption, graft, crony capitalism, treason, skullduggery, and the long list of evil that men (and women) do exists in Canadian politics as well as American.  That’s a wash until humans are no longer involved.
–  Joe and I are “theoretical” libertarians (notice the small “L”).  Our belief in personal unfettered autonomy requires certain minima to be necessary among the populace.  Missing in many (our eternal hope for humanity suggests missing in many but not most).  John Adams, a Founding Father of America, stated “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” 
So it is with Libertarianism; a certain type of citizen is required to make it a possible, real-life form of government.  Not in this universe.
Joe and I will not lose hope for a better quality of governance.  Example: we hope clearer heads will prevail.  How’s that for Mary Poppinism?
Here is what Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan, had to say –
From Stefan Molyneux, a few comments about the election:

For Joe and I we would welcome a Western separation from the East.
As the old adage chants “let them freeze in the dark”.
The buzz word: Wexit.
Also, fuck KayBek.  “Multiculturalism” is hogwash.

 

Prager U
Joe and I admit to being weak-minded.
We are swayed by argument.
Not easily.
Swayed none the less.
You can use the siren call of “LOGIC” to convince us more readily than an emotional arm-waving tear-streaked rant about feelings, or justice, or “what is right”.
Joe and I use the lens of technology to view the world.
We have other “lenses” in our toolbox (even our analogy is gear-headed), but we are slightly or greatly less comfortable using them.
Habit.  Comfort.  Results.  Success.  Whatever causes wrong “lens” to be used.
As any photographer knows (as any cogent person can deduce), viewing the entire world through a single lens is by its nature diminishing the possibilities of understanding (the entire world) by an order of magnitude.  It can be deadly: think of Chamberlain before World War II believing he had made a pact with Hitler, and “selling” this idea to the British people.  The “lens” Winston Churchill used to analyze Hitler was much different, and in retrospect, more appropriate.
The appeal of the idea that Darwin’s story, his discoveries and subsequent rigorous scientific scrutiny, produced “consensus” about evolution is very attractive.
For all of our adult life, we have been lectured that doubting “the theory of evolution” is paramount to confessing a particularly virulent heresy – think “Creationist” for example.
The foundation of scientific inquiry is healthy skepticism about “facts” and the burden of proof – or disproof as required.
Stephen Myer, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, describes two very serious challenges to the Theory of Evolution as it is now understood:

 

POTUS Power
Joe and I think “Orange Man Bad” has taken off the kid gloves and will deliver his version of truth up to and including the election next November (2020).
Joe smirks.  That’s 20-20 foresight!
We just watched another diatribe from the Pres. explaining his philosophy, his strategy, and a smattering of tactical premonitions, all based on what he has discovered during his term as president.
Very revealing.  Joe and I say these are not the words of a “madman”, much to the chagrin of Sleepy Joe Biden.
The following video is from a cabinet meeting held October 21st, 2019.
This IS the “most transparent administration, ever:

 

Blue Collar Logic
Joe and I were aware of Dave Morrison’s claim to live in “the Hobo Dojo”.
We didn’t analyze too specifically what that meant – in younger years we lived in (and paid the mortgage of) our parent’s home in Calgary after they moved to Parksville BC.  We affectionately called it “418 Boogie”.
Dave Morrison lives in a motor home, aka “the Hobo Dojo”.
Joe and I are fans of Motorhomes, all classes.
Mr. Morrison lives in a Holiday Rambler, Aluma Lite series, Class A we deduce.
The Holiday Rambler marque has been in existence since 1953.  The company was responsible for many innovations over the years.  The “Aluma Lite” series began in 1961.  Although not the original company, Holiday Rambler still exists.
The story Mr. Morrison tells is of being an average working man living in California who can no longer afford to own a home or to rent a home/apartment/condo/townhouse (and whatever other options we failed to itemize).
Joe and I have read stories on the Internet of college graduates working in Silicon Valley who live in campers or motor homes because renting or owning is beyond their salary level even though they have well paying employment.
Here is Dave Morrison to tell his story:

Co-founder Jason Siler of Blue Collar Logic has an interesting perspective on Brexit lessons applied to Democrat / leftist philosophy.
Here’s Jason revealing the new Democrat slogan, America Last!:

 

Anagrammer
Joe and I like anagrams.
Re-arranging the letters of a word or phrase to give another word or phrase is an amazing bonus with a phonetic type writing system which uses symbols for sounds vs pictograms for general ideas.  Conversely, we don’t know if this type of puzzle is possible in a pictogram language.
Here’s a set of anagrams that are opposing; i.e. the rearranged letters spell out a contrary or supportive meaning to the original –
The above table of anagrams makes Joe question who has the time to tinker with letters in a word or phrase to find another meaning?
The answer is ANAGRAMMER, the anagram generator; a computer program.
Just enter a name or phrase and voila! gibberish or cleverness.
Now, this is fact: my name “David John Drover” produces NO anagram via this program.  Nor does “David Drover” or “John Drover“.  Smilingly appropriate, all.
Joe Mekanic” produced 35 anagrams.  Our favorite is “Joke I one me“, followed by “Joke anemic“.  Smilingly appropriate, both.
Amazingly, “Winston Churchill” produces the maximum number of anagrams possible; 200.  The program stops at 200.  Most of which hint at definition but don’t make total sense.
Joe says who is the enigma now, Spanky?
The defense rests.
The prosecution drops all charges.
The jury is dismissed.
Joe and I take a walk…..

 

Joe’s Garage

Molly Schuyler
We are gobsmacked.
While surfing the Internet we came across a legend.
Our subject de jour was carnivore diet.  We saw an interesting link involving a contest to consume 72 ounce steaks a The Big Texan eatery in Amarillo, TX.
We watched a 2015 video of Molly demolishing THREE 72 ounce steaks, a big pile of salad, a bread roll, a bunch of shrimp, a potato……. in just over 5 minutes.
Then she ate another steak (free of charge).
Joe is fascinated.
We could never have dated her in high school.  Our $1.75 CDN wage at the bakery would have been a little short of adequate to take her out for fast food.
She doesn’t seem to have a throat, or need to chew – just get it crammed into her mouth then down the chute it goes.
Molly Schuyler has a YoubeTube channel with dozens of eating challenge videos.
Here’s a “world record” she set at IN-N-OUT burgers: 100 x 100 – 100 beef patties and 100 slices of cheese.
The yappy guy congratulates her for consuming all the patties and cheese, then the bun and garnish(!) in 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Sheesh!
Joe and I couldn’t do that in two days weeks.
What a sight to see:

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Joe’s Comment – Monday is election day in Canada.  Please vote.
Six years of Sunday Rants exposes my politics without prejudice or shame.
You may or may not agree with our perspective and analysis and conclusions.
It is of no matter.
Get out and vote.
The average schmuck (that’s me and Dave and the other 35 in our head) doesn’t have a platform.  Our broadcast system is word of mouth; speaking to family, friends, and strangers in public places or joining in the fray on the Internet or any of the myriad social media platforms.
As close as Canada gets to “free speech” go for it and let everyone know.
It is your country.
If you can keep it.

 

When Did Sports Die?
Joe asked me the question above.
I said sports didn’t die, but the “money people” have made it difficult for everyone.  Difficult even if you have your priorities straight.
So much money that ideology takes the hindmost.
Or stated differently, playing a sport for the joy of honing skills, the thrill of competition, the risk of loss, the development of character, and the ecstasy of victory has, in today’s world, the taint of profit/loss, the smudge of expenditure vs return discoloring the experience.  Childhood not lost but stolen, or worse: sold.
Perhaps we remember our own sporting youth through rose colored glasses.  The community had volunteers who coached, who contributed labor and facilities as required, and the costs were offset by community efforts for the most part.  The community realized at a foundational level that sports for children, teens, young people, and adults, too, were a net benefit to our culture.
Sports, outside of the actual activity, are many things to many people.  One such interpretation is sports are a metaphor for life.
Joe and I played a lot of sports when we were a child, a teen, a young man, and even as a middle-aged adult.
Many of the greatest life-lessons we have learned were painstakingly taught and learned on the field, or the court, or the rink, or the surrounding environment; before, after, and during a game.
Joe wonders if that is so today…..
We don’t watch basketball.
We didn’t know that the NBA is a big deal in China.
Just how big a deal is it?
Big enough for those profiting from the arrangement to pull a Pontius Pilate.
doG bless Larry Elder.
The man does terrific research and makes it available “for all to see” (thanks Ms. E. Thrasher!).
Here’s Mr. Elder shining a little light on the NBA lust for lucre:

 

Cholesterol (isn’t) a Boogyman
Joe and I have had a history of high cholesterol measured in our annual medical exams, going back to our commercial pilot license medicals (MOT) of the early ’70s.
We have discussed our conflicts with Louis B., our most excellent GP, regarding this topic, previously in this forum.
To Joe and me, taking a “snapshot” sample once a year (usually late in the afternoon) cannot tell the on-going story of real-time cholesterol levels OR the health implication of this measurement.
To hammer home the point, we took Louis’ advice on two occasions: first we bought a prescription worth of Lipitor.  We had terrible nightmares after two days and threw the pills away.  Louis then prescribed Rosuvastatin.  The result was similar.  We said no! to further guinea pigging of us.
Hence our over one year long quest to find useful unbiased non-government mandated official speech from real researchers with real data and no corporate cash bias.  A daunting task to be sure.
Here is what David Diamond has to say on the subject.  He was motivated to do the research because he was hearing from his doctor like we were, that there was and is a problem, and that problem was his, too.
This video was posted in 2017 of Dr. Diamond presenting an IHMC Evening Lecture about the obstinate government/medical community position on saturated fat, cholesterol, and heart disease despite over 100 years of evidence supporting contrary recommendations:

 

Organ Remorse
Joe and I went through an excruciating abdominal pain experience that culminated in the first surgery we have had (and hopefully the last!): an appendectomy.  You can read all about it in Sunday Rant – 1313.
There are some truthful things we can and can’t say about the experience.
Truthfully, we don’t know if we had appendicitis or not, but after the surgery and healing, the pain is gone.  Six years on and so far, so good.
Truthfully, despite my and Joe’s opinion of government sponsored “single payer” health care, its inefficiencies and heartbreaking tragedies, we received first class treatment.  In our opinion, that is (somewhat self-serving opinion because we have no idea about surgery or treatment or medicine specifically, and very little idea in general).  Why this opinion?  Because our experience culminated in no pain and still alive.  Can’t ask for more, da?  The Canadian health care system didn’t kill us.
Is it efficient and cost effective and all inclusive and non-discriminatory?  Opinions vary.  A subject for some other time.
This query is about that mysterious little noodley dead-end thingamabob hanging around the entrance to a person’s large intestine.
Truthfully, we didn’t know anything about an appendix or what it does or even where it is (except for a general sharp pain in my abdomen at the time).  Until today, we still didn’t know.
Then, out of the blue, Joe and I want our appendix back.
It DOES have a job!
We saw the following video and found out the subtle and somewhat mysterious voodoo function of this ancient much evolved organ:

 

Character
Joe and I have character; you could ask anyone.
We are also “a character”; ask the same or other anyones.
Whether we have GOOD character is a Question with a capital letter.
Joe and I have been watching American politics on television and the Internet since just before retiring in 2002.
Before that time, we were too busy (Joe says too ignorant) to pay attention to the “ruling class”.  In a weird and WRONG interpretation of biblical passages Luke 20.25, Matthew 22.21, and Mark 12.17 our younger self capitulated to the machinations of the “elite”.  You know the quote.  Anyone raised in the West knows the quote.  It goes like this:  “Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
Our ignorant young gear-headed mind conflated government jurisdiction with doG’s jurisdiction, a sort of mini-kingdom, a metaphor, a “sincerest form of flattery”, and as such not to be trifled with by mere mortals (i.e., we).  Not our fief.  Not our fiefdom.
We did not have the nuance-ing skill to realize that because humans are NOT gods the objective is they must strive toward that behaviour.  That is the archetypal maximum.
Joe and I have always been an intellectual “bull in a china shop” of ideas and theories and realities.
Curious, but not infinitely.
Practical, but not immeasurably.
Sensitive, but not boundlessly.
We strive to improve, to be better.
Why the pre-amble?
When we watched the video below, a segment from the meeting between the POTUS and the Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, the anger and righteousness of President Trump rings true to Joe and I.
Despite all his real and perceived flaws, the man is true to his declared cause.
His statements about the U.S. of A. being ripped off, his condemnation of the “fake news” and corrupt news, his mere stating that politicians like Joe Biden who have made themselves and their families wealthy beyond dreams while under-serving in their elected and appointed rôle; that is powerful stuff.
The main stream media, the left/progressive side of the Internet, the hysterical, demented, two-faced Democrat caucus, can only scream “IMPEACH!!” at the top of their lungs.  They have no cogent platform, no “MAGA” objective.
Meanwhile, in the last five days, Trump makes a new trade deal with China which changes the entire world.  Where the F is the honest main stream media report?
Meanwhile, the stock market, the wealth of the people, and the economy set new records.  Where is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, he recalls the military from Syria and by such a tactic, reveals his strategy.  That strategy is logical, doable, realistic, and damn world class poker, AND saves American lives by removing them from harms way.  Where is the honest msm report?  They are crying like Chicken Little.
Meanwhile, the transparency of this administration is there for all to see (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher) on YoubeTube, on the White House web page, on each and every television and radio outlet, all over the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, and the myriad of applications and social media that there be.  And then there are the “pressers” while boarding or deplaning Marine 1 or Air Force 1.  Where is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, the man and his team, his administration, have produced results and made true a huge number of his campaign promises; he would and does say “like never before”.  Like no President before him, ever.  Where is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, the President and all of his family do not draw a salary from the American People, or if they do, it is given to approved charity.  Where or where the fuck is the honest msm report?
Meanwhile, back at the Democrat war-room and every lefty media headquarters, IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IMPEACH!!!
Joe Biden and his son ARE stone-cold crooked.  All of those sons-a-bitches got or are getting rich not from their own ability, their skill, their intelligence and wisdom, but because they represent the American government and are corrupt or corruptible.
Do NOT forget: Donald Trump was über wealthy BEFORE he became President.  Every day in office he is losing staggering amounts of $$$.  This honey badger President don’t care; he don’t give a shit.
Joe and I have contempt for the Democrats, who have abandoned all charade-like attempts to disguise their blatant lust for power, damn the torpedoes, we’ll destroy the country attempts to wrest the levers of government from Donald J. Trump’s control.
Joe and I say this: wouldn’t the Democrats be more believable as a national party, as the opposition in a two-party system, if they worked WITH this president and his administration to better their country?  You know, shine a little love (ELO).
And in doing so, might shine a positive light on their political position?
We suspect they are neck deep in “palace intrigue”; treason, graft, crony capitalism, voter fraud, and the Joe Biden style of “personal wealth creation”.
They are running scared.
The question Joe and I ask ourselves is would we have the same strength of character to face our enemies as exhibited by Donald Trump, or would we meet behind closed doors with evil and by receiving the filthy lucre, destroy our soul?
We don’t think us worthy.
This man is singing our song, for us and millions more “Joe and I’s”:

Update: we wrote the above on Wednesday.  On Thursday, a “cease fire” was brokered by the U.S. (Pence and Pompeo) with Syria and Turkey.  Donald Trump’s letter to Erodigan (Turkey) was priceless.  Or outrageous.  Whatever.  Very effective.
Here’s Dave Morrison (Blue Collar Logic) with his comments:

Additional Update:  By Sunday Turkey had broken the cease-fire.  Much wacky-doodle from the talking heads.  Some for.  Some against.  Time will tell.
Joe says that if it was a simple problem there would be a solution.
The application of Occam’s Razor analysis to the problem isn’t possible: this is a complex centuries old tribal / cultural / theocratic cluster-fuck of monumental proportions.  In this case, the “simplest answer” is NOT the answer ’cause there isn’t one outside of turning the entire area into glass.
The good folks at Strategy Page have an extensive analysis of the current situation titled “Syria: Turkey Advances Into the Unwelcome“.
Joe and I think that POTUS Trump has made the correct move.
Bad ass folks (often self professed) often say of situations they don’t understand “kill them all and let doG sort it out”.
We don’t agree.
But we do think that removing the “carbon rods” (foreign support) from the nuclear reactor called the Middle East to allow the core to consume itself may apply the calculus of limits to the situation.
It will be bad juju for many people.

 

Joe’s Garage

Ford vs Ferrari
Joe and I are FoMoCo fans.
We have 30+ Ford vehicles in our yard.
We remember reading about the 1-2-3 win over Ferrari at LeMans in 1966.
The story about Henry Ford trying to buy ½ interest in Ferrari during the “Ford Performance” years, failing to do so, then setting out to beat Ferrari at LeMans is an exciting story of money, technology, and interesting people.
A new movie called “Ford vs Ferrari” starring Matt Damon will be released this fall.  The following video features Jay Leno and Matt Damon discussing the history, the up-coming movie, and the people (real and play-acting) involved:

Carbon Nanotubes
Incredible.
A black so black that you can’t make out a three dimensional object’s dimensions when painted with this nanotube paint:

Filming the Speed of Light
Lordy lordy!
A camera that can capture 10 trillion frames per second?
Joe is speechless.
You can watch a packet (photon? or group of photons?) of light pass by.
Gotta love technology:

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