Sunday Rant – 2617


Joe’s Comment – Summer time is the problem solving time.  Warm is good.  Home made vitamin D.  Shorts and a tee are all ye need.  When it gets too hot for flies to buzz around, that’s the big smile.

Half Way Day
The number of this rant is 2617.
The year is half done.
All Joe and I remember so far is a nasty Winter, and a Spring that didn’t.
Didn’t spring, that is.  It more or less sprogged.  Or sprugged or sprangged or spratted.  It certainly leaked, drenched, soaked, wicked, flooded, sponged.
No Spring for you!
Next on the continuum is Summer.
Our favorite.

Soap Box
Joe and I believe that the  Founding Fathers of America established a truly new and unique method of government, and created an incredible wealth of knowledge for self governing peoples.
One of the most profound concepts is that without virtue, without informed council, without free speech (indeed, without freedom), self governance is lost.
If self governance is absent, can tyranny be avoided?
A quick search of quotes brings forth many examples of the thinking behind their American philosophy –
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” (John Adams, October 11, 1798.)
“….wherever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government.…” (Thomas Jefferson)
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be” (Thomas Jefferson)
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” (Thomas Jefferson)

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. ” (Benjamin Franklin)
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.” (Benjamin Franklin)
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” (Thomas Paine, 1777)
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take: but as for me give me liberty or give me death!” (Patrick Henry, 1775)
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” (Thomas Jefferson)
So where is the West, and specifically Canada, today?
The classical thinkers described four “Cardinal Virtues” –
◊  Justice
◊  Moderation
◊  Wisdom
◊  Courage
Without a citizenry steeped in these “virtues”, such a government “by the people, of the people, for the people” cannot exist, survive, or (indeed!) be created.
Much more discussion by Dr. Norman Doige below in Sunday Sermon.
Joe and I ask, where does that leave the West today?
In our humble opinion (IOHO) the electorate is lacking what it needs for healthy government.
We place the blame on the education system.
We place the blame on parents.
We place the blame on politicians.
We place the blame on people!
The remedy?
Start talking about how the West got where it is, and why it is superior to any yet experienced culture in the history of humanity.
What say you?
Before you respond, read 1984 Redux below….

1984 Redux
An insightful oped by Bayou Renaissance Man, titled “The tyranny of the über-state – and what happens when it breaks down“.  In his analysis, he uses Newton’s Third Law as a metaphor: the force centralized (Federal) government can impose nation wide to meet some objective – once the pressure to conform is relaxed – the citizenry respond with “an opposite and equal force” by re-asserting the counter argument the State meant to eradicate.  The response is often magnified over and beyond the original intensity.
He uses South Africa as an example, and the Soviet Union as another to make his point.
A link in his essay targets an oped by Toadstool, which maintains that “General Lee Had It Figured Out” – a quote from the General:
The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.” – Robert E. Lee
In view of the heavy-handed dictates of the Federal governments of Canada and the United States (“human rights” kangaroo courts, multicultural and diversity mandates of inclusion, “minority” dictum, burdensome regulations, et cetera), the good Confederate General had it spot on.
Wait a minute!
How can you possibly call Robert E. Lee a good man?
He fought (brilliantly) for the South, for the Confederates, for the evil slave owners (Oh! the shame!  Oh! the infamy!)
Which leads to the “post modernist” “everything is relative” boondoggle of leftist politics currently tearing down statues, banning flags, re-writing history to match some criteria that never were, never will be, and never matter.
Time for some Stefan Molyneux:

More below the fold in “Sunday Sermon”, featuring Canadian professor Dr. Norman Doidge speaking about “The Infallible State of Mind” .

Two Enemies of A Free Society
Milton Friedman had a crystal clear vision of how a Libertarian culture would work.  Listen as Dr. Friedman explains the two enemies – the business community on one side, and the intellectuals on the other.  Sincerity and earnestness does not a logical case make:

Liberty and Libertarians
Dinesh D’Souza also thinks very clearly about what it means to engage in “free trade”.  That is, trade without protections, enforcement, or third party oversight.  Akin to selling or buying a product or possession privately to or from another person.  Your own values and the values of the other person establish the boundaries of the transaction; not the State.  Short, sweet, to the point:

Murder Inc.
Joe and I live in Vernon, BC, Canada.
The population here is 40,116 souls in Vernon city as of 2016.
One murder in Vernon = 2.49 murders / 100,000 citizens
Take a look at this release from Statista

Another from Statista regarding Chicago –

If the Chicago statistic were true for Vernon (16.4/100K), Vernon’s actual murder count would be approx. 7 murders per annum, or just under 3 X as many as now.
If the New Orleans statistic were true for Vernon (46.9/100K) Vernon’s actual murder rate would be approximately 19 murders per annum (over 7 X).
What makes the difference?
Joe and I have a few theories, one of which is based on diversity.

Joe’s Garage
The weeks fly by.
Joe continues to insist that he is getting rid of vehicle after vehicle.
Not what I’m seeing…..
Here’s the latest addition – a complete rolling chassis (minus engine) of a 1949 Ford F1 short wheel base (114 inch) pick-up truck –

I know what Joe is thinking.
If we can only find a cab and box……

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Joe’s Comment – An excellent comment on Man-Made Law vs Natural Order (law).  Unlike Natural Order, Man-Made Law can demand the impossible without the objection of reality embarrassing the authorities.
In an homogeneous society, everyone knows that everyone knows.
In a multicultural “paradise”, where “diversity” is “celebrated”, not everyone knows, nor do they know that everyone knows.
Indeed, the few suppress the many if Man-Made Law runs rampant, hand in hand with political correctness.  A form of defying gravity…..

They Say It’s Your Magna Carta Birthday!

June 15th, 1215, King John of England put his seal to the Magna Carta.
In the short term, the unsteady truce between John and the Barons who coerced him to sign it did not last.
King John petitioned Pope Innocent III less than a month later to have the agreement annulled.  Innocent III (not so innocent says Joe) complied: by papal bull, the Magna Carta was declared “null and void of validity forever” on August 24th, 1215.
Some legs, hey?  Two months and 9 days…..
Civil war between King John and the English Barons followed, until John died.  His successor, Henry III was 9 years old when he ascended the throne.  In 1216 Henry issued a revised Magna Carta to regain the support of the Barons.  In 1217 further revisions were made when the French army (used by King John to fight the English Barons) was expelled from England.
When Henry reached 18 years of age (Joe says that was an accomplishment in itself!) he issued a much revised Magna Carta in 1225.  This is the version that became an English statute under King Edward I in 1297; that is, became part of English law.
Essentially, nothing of the original Magna Carta is alive today in English law.
What is the big deal about the original Magna Carta?
Joe offers a metaphor.  Observe the following –
Original Magna Carta –

Law library –

The Magna Carta was instrumental in establishing an idea.  Although the original document has little legal value today, the idea of defining law for all citizens (including the King!) has created a large body of legal precedent.  Joe says it is an unavoidable monster, necessitated by the nasty side of human nature.
Compare the Magna Carta to the Flyer, first flight December 17th, 1903 –

And the law library with the proposed Terminal 5 for O’Hare airport (4th busiest airport in the world 2015) –

Joe says the growth and maturation of an idea, once shared, is paramount to Pandora’s Box.  Once released, ye cannae put it haome agin.  All shared ideas have a life of their own –

Father’s Day 2017
A fantastic day for us!
We did what we wanted all day long.


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Freedom (Just Another Word)

On Thursday, June 8th, Joe and I were relieved that the Provincial Crown declined to press criminal charges against us.
A peculiar form of exuberance overcame us as we voted on May 9th.
All y’all know how gregarious and extroverted Joe and I can be: we were moved to wax poetic.
The words we said were patently meant as hyperbola; any adult would know so.
However, the young ladies that heard our words were concerned, then upset, then active in contacting the authorities.  They weren’t adults.
The short version is Joe and I were arrested and booked in the best Dano tradition about 1 1/2 hours after we voted.
The charge was “uttering threats”.
At the time of the arrest we were enjoying our 4th (maybe 5th?) libation, and had one difficult moment or two in ascertaining the seriousness of two (count them!) of Vernon’s best RCMP constables ready to take us by force, if necessary.
The expression YOLO (you only live once) seems inadequate as a dismissal of being party to a ceremony we would have rather not been a participant.  We thought that a Kafka type trial might just be a possibility.
The Crown, in it’s wisdom, sent a letter warning that this issue will never go away, but there will be no charge or criminal record.
Needless to say we had a month of stressful thoughts up to the moment of receiving the letter.
21 friends, family, and acquaintances provided letters of reference re: our character.
We thank you for your support and letters.
The future is rosy.
Other than our big fat mouth, what could go wrong?

Reality vs Reality
Joe is adamant about electric vehicles – a wonderful concept but…. with an incredible Achilles heel – energy storage.
There are two worlds for the average Westerner; one is the urban / city existence where economies of scale NEVER make mass transit affordable (but that doesn’t stop politicians from wasting taxpayer $$$ trying), and two, the rural / small town existence where mass transit is even more expensive.
In 1828 an Hungarian, Anyos Jedlik, designed a primitive electric motor, attached it to a model vehicle, and is histories first “electric car designer” of record.  A few years later (1834) in Vermont, USA, Thomas Davenport made a similar model that ran on an electrified track.  The history of electric vehicles is older than internal combustion powered vehicles.
Back to the Achilles heel.  From an article in Design News, author Charles Murray spotlights two glaring and obvious dichotomies – one of human nature, the second a law of physics.  Regarding human nature, Mr. Murray states, “One unwritten rule of product design says that if you’ve given your customer a popular feature, don’t dare take it away.”  Regarding the law of physics, “…..For all its faults, gasoline is still an amazing fuel. While battery makers burn the midnight oil trying to figure out how to reach a specific energy of 450 Wh/kg, gasoline already offers 12,000 Wh/kg. Even if you account for efficiency differences, the contrast is still enormous. ”  Gasoline is one of the best compromise fuels (energy sources) – high specific energy per volume / unit of mass, portable, inexpensive,  with a broad spectrum of “scalable usage”.  The down side is safety and emissions, “renewability”, availability.
Joe points out that as you consume a volume of gasoline, the gross weight of the vehicle lessens (a small energy conservation, but legitimate).  Conversely, as a battery discharges, the battery weight remains constant (more or less).  Literally, for the life of the vehicle you must move a large mass of battery wherever you go.
The choke-point of the electrical vehicle world is energy storage.  Until the invention of super batteries can meet the demands of customers who already have that popular feature, the electric car will be hand in hand with the mass transit dream – a grand idea so heavily subsidized that we can’t afford it for everyone.  Indeed, it may be “discovered” that we can’t afford it at all.
More thoughts on the subject at Silicon Graybeard.
Joe says until the day nuclear energy can produce electrical energy directly (without killing everyone within 100 feet), the answer will never be simple or cheap.
Two songs sum up Joe’s “feelings” about the entire dream:

Joe’s Garage
The long, tortuous struggle to re-wire and make whole again the Ammann AV95-2K tandem roller is finished.
This piece of Czekoslovakian engineering mastery came with a burned wiring harness in the engine compartment.
From a forensic standpoint, the original fuel line from the filter assembly to the fuel injection pump was the culprit.  It was routed over and across hard hydraulic lines which constantly sawed away at its outer wrapping.  The result was a ruptured fuel line.  The fuel was ignited by who knows what (hot exhaust?) and quickly rendered the machine disabled.
Rourke and Joe ran over a pop can.
Rourke thought that was pretty cool –

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