Sunday Rant – 3917

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Those Damn White Men
What can we say?
Some crazy badgers with a lot of talent:

For posterity – PF – Comfortably Numb:

For posterity – PF – Run Like Hell:

For posterity – PF – On the Turning Away

For posterity – PF – Sorrow:

For posterity – PF – Coming Back to Life

Those Damn White Men, Again
Joe and I have noticed the imbalance – rescuers vs looters.
With noticeable but few exceptions, the flood waters have brought out the best in that lowly, despicable, barely human entity, known with contempt as the “Southern white male”.
Those sorry sons-a-bitches have shown up from all over the South in their bass boats, swamp buggies, lifted trucks; some come bare handed.  They are self funded, self supplied, off the clock.  They have the audacity to bring supplies and materiel needed to save those who cannot save themselves.  They have the impunity to go out among the carnage to find and bring to safety any and all life forms, human or animal, that are part of our cultural mosaic.  Dubbed the “Cajun Navy”, these (mostly white, mostly men) unorganized unregulated volunteers are responsible for lessening much human suffering.  A few pics of the Cajun Navy in action –


Tell me, oh wise and wonderful progressives, why is this fact not being celebrated as a disclaimer of the “white privilege” mime which your emotional (and thoughtless) banshee wailing shrieks at volume 11?
Joe and I aren’t the only low-life (read: white male) trash to notice.  This article by Russ Vaughn in American Thinker accuses Google of obfuscating this most poignant fact.  He accuses the progressive left of manipulating the reality for political gain.  A quote from the article drives home the “take away” after the waters have subsided –
“…..  There’s a problem, though: just a few weeks later, visual evidence of what I’ve described is disappearing.  If you Google images of the “Houston rescue efforts,” you’ll find mostly white people being assisted, with only some people of color.  On a recent check, pic after pic was of white victims, not blacks or Hispanics.  Here are the first two images that come up.
 
Is Google, a propaganda apparat of the Democratic Party, not about to buck the party commandment that white males are evil personified?  Perhaps they simply can’t allow that to happen, so once again, the truth and reality of America and its good people smack Democrats square in the face, and it looks like they’re doing their best to exercise their control over the media to suppress it.
However much the Dems try to cover it up, one wonders how hurricane refugees who were rescued by white males are going to react the next time they hear some black social justice warrior or some dimwit pol like Sheila Jackson Lee telling them that their greatest societal enemy is that cold, uncaring white male who lives only to keep them oppressed.  You suppose that it just might create some doubt in their acceptance of party dogma?  I’m thinking those black and brown folks rescued may have a bit of a different view
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Joe and I bear witness to this – while searching for examples of the swamp buggies and flat bottom boats and lifted trucks, we wondered why most of the examples popping to the top of the list were as Russ describes.  After all, the poor, oppressed non-whites in Houston outnumber the white devil significantly –
Meanwhile, back at the MSM ranch, the 24/7 cycle is back-to-back protests against the “man”, against Western civil society.
Talk about Rudyard Kipling-ism-ists.
Joe says time for some poetry: “The White Man’s Burden” by RK, sent to Teddy Roosevelt as a caution about the American presence in the Philippines – a favorite stanza –
Take up the White Man’s burden –
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard –
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly!) toward the light: –
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?
A natural disaster is like churning raw milk: it separates the theory from the reality.
As Ayn Rand stated, “we can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality”.
This annotated graphic pretty well tells the truth, so help us doG –

Unfortunately, the looters come in (mostly) one color.
I am sure there is an intelligent, insightful, and truthful reason for the disparity – it (curiously) evades me at the moment.
Joe says look at the IQ / G factor and make up your own mind.

Prager U
Joe and I are Dinesh D’Sousa readers.
This is one extremely intelligent man who thinks very deeply (read: to the foundation) before he speaks.  We are reading his latest book “The Big Lie” and our eyes are peeled back by the Santa Ana of intellect on display.
The following is a Prager U presentation by Dinesh analyzing the question – are some cultures better than others?:

Holland Ag
This is a truly spectacular use for a university – to study food production and innovate solutions in concert with entrepreneurial objectives.  What could be more efficient?
From this article, Joe and I have learned that spectacular results are possible by applying technology and research to such humble subjects as the potato, the tomato (a fruit, by the by), and the onion.
Quoting from the article –
“….. One more reason to marvel: The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?
…..  The brain trust behind these astounding numbers is centered at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), located 50 miles southeast of Amsterdam. Widely regarded as the world’s top agricultural research institution, WUR is the nodal point of Food Valley, an expansive cluster of agricultural technology start-ups and experimental farms. The name is a deliberate allusion to California’s Silicon Valley, with Wageningen emulating the role of Stanford University in its celebrated merger of academia and entrepreneurship.”
An uplifting spirit of knowledge story.

Joe’s Garage
No work on the ’49 F47 this week.
Too busy building forms.
Friend Lyle N. dropped by with his lovely ’50.  Here’s a few pics –

You may notice the cowl badge is “F68” which is equivalent to F250 in today speak.
You may not have noticed the “Mercury” badging just above the grill.
So is it a Merc or a Ford?
Power is a 429 cu. in. Ford with C6 automatic.
Very nice!

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Joe’s Comment – Very astute cartoon!  How ephemeral, how subjective is the measure of quality?  If it is not a personal evaluation, just whom is the arbiter?
The only method to determine the quality of one’s life is to reaffirm your foundational beliefs, take a long introspective look at oneself, then judge.
Don’t be too harsh.
As the limerick contends
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is such a dream.

9/11 Time
I was at work when the first aircraft hit the World Trade Center.
At the time our daily bread struggles started at 6:00 a.m. Pacific time.
The Western world changed that day, not for the better.
16 years later, the mire is worsening, not lessening.
The website “The Religion of Peace” now documents 31,756 deadly terrorist attacks since the fall of the Twin Towers.
No end in sight.
Joe is adamant to never forget.
I curse the hatred in the hearts of those who would dictate to others how to live.
There are many many remembrances on the Internet about how the world is now, and how it was then.
This is an asymmetric war that will not be resolved in our lifetime.
To Hell with Islam.

Hurricane Times
The aftermath of Harvey and Irma is a testimony to the power of Nature.  The natural forces unleashed when trillions and trillions of tonnes of gases, liquids, and solids spinning in space (approximately 1,000 miles per hour at the equator) are heated by a nuclear inferno 97 million miles away.  Spectacular!
Despite the level and sophistication of technology humanity has ingeniously imagined, invented, and produced, a few hours of Mother Nature on a rampage demonstrates handily the order of magnitude delta, the quantum separation between the efforts of the parasite and the will of the host.
Joe and I saw this article, which is paraphrased in this captioned graphic –

Joe offers the following challenge – how could this recovery effort be done with windmills and solar arrays?
A pedantic boring reiteration from we two: so-called “fossil fuels” as an energy source are the absolute best combination of energy density, portability, economy, and spectrum of functionality known to man.
The future may produce technology which challenges fossil fuels in some or all of these categories.  For now, no other energy source does so much so cheaply in more ways or places or environments.
Quoting from the article penned by Caroline Camden Lewis –
“….. Some may say, “Great, but we are saving lives at the expense of the environment,” as if we must choose between the environment and saving lives with fossil fuels. However, according to Forbes magazine, air pollution in the U.S. has declined 72% since 1970, in spite of a 47% total increase in energy use during the same span. That’s because our technological advances have improved fuel-efficiency and cleaner internal machinery, causing less petroleum waste by-products in the air.
While wind, solar-powered and electric equipment certainly have their place, their functionality is no match for the fossil fuel-powered equipment that has literally saved lives in recent weeks. No solar-powered chainsaws or helicopters saved the day. Technological advances, research and innovation should continue to take place, and we should always strive to create new products that help make our world a better place. But we should not forget the debt of gratitude that we owe to the petroleum industry for fueling our greatest needs in our time of disaster.”
Click the link, read the article, and see if you disagree.
For us Canadians, well out of the path of deadly hurricane weather, a tip from those in the know –

Furthermore, consider the following conundrum –

This Time the Twain Shall Meet
Joe and I were chagrined at the hysteria of Charlottesville VA which was pitched as the extreme righteous Left vs the extreme nasty Right.
As you would have read in our Sunday Rant, it was no such thing.
Here is a picture of right wing extremism –

It was two (or more) arms of the radical Left squaring off with each other.
Joe said let them go at it!
Nazism is left wing extremism.
The KKK was established by the Democratic party.
The Anitfa assholes are more of the same left-leaning jerk wads, which is ironic because fascism is one of the two spawns of failed Marxism – Leninist Bolshevism and Mussolini’s brand of Fascism.
Joe says the Left / Progressive movement is becoming more and more like a belligerent drunk swinging at anything that moves.
One clear thinker in America is an Indian immigrant (Indian with the dot not the tomahawk) who sees behind the veil – Dinesh D-Souza.
The following video lays out the argument clearly, succinctly, and logically:

Joe thinks the entire SNAFU about protests and the radicalized youth of America is summed in the following –

Identity Discovery
Joe listens to Jordan Peterson intently.
The message is clear to Joe – a healthy mind is a treasure – and the deeds you perform with your healthy mind are the paramount of your existence.
I listen to Jordan Peterson emotionally.
The message is clear to me – I am a human, with all the flaws of the worst humans – and my duty to me and all others is to continually correct and improve my behaviour.
Here is a snippet of Dr. Peterson answering a question about gender re-assignment:

Trump Promises
Joe and I reiterate: Donald Trump was not our first choice, or our second.
We are schooled now.
The last administration (Joe calls it the Jug Ears Era) hit the ground disassembling the America of old.  Lying, cheating, and misinforming the citizens, regulating small business out of business, making it a tax crime to NOT pay into the “you can keep your doctor” CF (cluster F**k).  They sacrificed military folks for political gain (remember Benghazi?).  Seems like some folks have a hard time learning even when their nose is stuffed in the most foul of facts, because the JEE lasted 8 years longer than Joe would have liked.  The irony is the only campaign promise JE kept was to “fundamentally transform America” – for the worst.
How is President Orange Hair doing?
Here is a list of some campaign promises and the progress made.  This list is worth a look if only for the data reference links to back up every point made.
Joe wonders why none of this information is reported by the MSM, who are Hell bent on bringing the man down.  As are the Democrats.  And many Republicans.
We found this graphic to be telling.  Note that “Liberals” is a broad enough category to include RINOs –

Joe and I think time will tell.
When Jug Ears was elected, he wasn’t our choice.
We stated so, and also stated that we would wait and see if the rhetoric and promise of campaigning manifested “change we can believe in” from “we are the ones we have been waiting for“.
Same same for DT.

Diamond and Silk vs The View
Joe and I thought D & S were a gas when we first saw them.
The run-up to the 2016 election made them a YouTube sensation.
Big black mamas who are Donald Trump supporters!
Hush my mouth…..

Joe’s Garage
This week was very slow at the garage.
Accumulated a few more parts for the ’49 F47 truck project.
The independent front suspension package has a power steering rack.  On a flathead Ford V8 engine there is symmetry when viewed from the front.  The crankshaft pulley is at the lowest point and the generator is at the top on the “y” axis, with the fan in the center.  Two water pumps (one for each bank) are the balance on the “x” axis.  Looks like this –

The original trucks did not have power steering.
The problem then becomes: where on the engine will a power steering pump be easy to mount?
After much thought and a few beers much beers and a few thought, Joe turned to the Internet to see what he could see.  Surely there must be a electric over hydraulic unit that doesn’t rely on an engine driven pump.  That would leave the original engine pretty well as is, and maintain the simplicity of the original pulley and belt arrangement.
There was a plethora of solutions to investigate.
Some costing thousands and thousands of $$$ (particularly marine applications).
Some Ford of Europe vehicles use such a system, but they are controlled by the main computer in the car – too complicated.
Some Mazda models also use an electric over hydraulic power steering pump, but like the European Ford models, the PCM (power control module) is required to operate the electric motor in proportion to demand.
After much clicking and linking and Google-ing, Eureka!
Toyota produced just what Joe was hoping to find in certain M2 models from 2000 – 2005.  The electric motor and pump are mounded on a bracket that includes the control circuitry – 12VDC input, ground, and a VSS lead (vehicle speed sensor) is all the unit requires.  As the steering load increases, the pump manages the electric motor speed based on hydraulic load and vehicle speed.  It is compact and efficient –

Joe was happy to find a used one with all the hydraulic lines and Toyota connectors for less than $400 CDN, thanks to Ron H. at Interior Auto.
I was a bit unhappy the pump didn’t come with a can of Mountain Dew, so we consoled ourselves with a round of beers…..

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Joe’s Comment – Finding a balance in life is tough, especially for workaholics.  These two need to hear a few lectures on “Maps of Meaning” from Dr. Jordan Peterson.  Or have a few beers…..

The Real Heroes (Part II) – Musings on Texas
Hurricane Harvey has subsided as we write.
Many folks have given much to minimize the impact on the old, the young, the infirm, and the unfortunates who happened to be in the wrong place at exactly the right wrong time.
Hurricane Irma is on the way (16th most powerful storm winds in recorded history) – a different category of storm (read here).
Joe and I were alive when Hurricane Hazel caused chaos in 1954 – Hazel was the winner of the biggest baddest nastiest hurricane of the year glory.  We remember the railway underpass near our house in Toronto was full of water, and the shores of Lake Ontario were littered with boats big and small.  We were 680 miles inland!  Hazel was a “category 4” storm (see above “category” article).
Joe has always maintained that real chaos is just around the corner.  The conflict with Nature, especially foul weather, is one of the three biggies, the other two being man vs man and man vs himself.  The weather, aka “Mother Nature” is a force of such magnitude that the best humanity (us lovable parasites) can do is somehow ride it out until the fury has abated.
What are some of the challenges Harvey left?
– Infrastructure, private property, and business damages of colossal magnitude.
– Sanitation dangers from a compromised water supply and sewage disposal network, the rotting carcasses and vegetation floating about, the loss / diminished health care facilities closed or crippled by the flooding.
– Looters.
– One of the greatest challenges is daily sustenance – food and water – the estimate is one million people displaced from their homes / businesses / normal life in Texas.
Yet life goes on…..
If food production / delivery to cities is disrupted for whatever reason, the worst of human behaviour will present it’s ugly self.  Starving people are not known for making good choices.
An example close to home – we have seen mild disruption here in Vernon, BC when heavy winter weather closes the major highways for a day or two – the empty shelves at your favorite store come out from under their goods to say hi!
How do the unseen heroes keep the system operating when a breakdown occurs?
Joe and I found this article very insightful – how can the supply lines for food and necessities be optimized for minimal disruption?

Quote from the article at American Digest –
The largest grocer in the state is H-E-B, with about 350 stores scattered throughout Texas and Mexico. At a time when retail watchers question the future of brick-and-mortar stores due to Amazon’s continued ascendance, the 112-year-old retailer is drawing widespread praise after managing to open 60 of its 83 stores in Houston last Sunday, hours after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas as a Category 4 storm. (Now, 79 of the 83 stores are open.)
Read the rest of the article here.
My comment is that dedicated and focused people can perform miracles.

The Whiz Kids are working diligently to remove drivers from vehicles with AI (artificial intelligence).  Try-ers gotta try.
The produce and necessities delivered to the H-E-B stores was undoubtedly conveyed by trucks.
Joe is adamant: heavy transport / heavy machinery will always have a Master at the helm.  Consciousness is mandatory!
Joe says he’ll have an AI controlled vehicle about the same time he has a “flying car”….. (Modern Mechanix from July of 1935) –

Another annoying voice bleating “Climate Change®” is taking advantage of the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma to advance their political agenda.  The “Chicken Little People” are once again insisting that the very act of thinking these two hurricanes are normal weather is paramount to treason and those who think such heresy should be punished.
To those people Joe gives the gift of history –

Minimum Wage Blues
Joe and I were anxious to work our first job at $0.50 per hour.
We worked at the Calgary Gun Club, “loading” or “pulling” skeet and trap clay targets.  Ken M. helped us get the job.
The time period was 1967.  The 50 cent wage in today’s money would be $3.58 per hour.  That first job (and working for father Donald D.) taught Joe (and eventually me) what a “work ethic” was, especially the difference between a good ethic and a bad ethic.  It also taught us the value of a dollar.  We were very frugal with our scanty funds.
These entry level jobs allowed Joe and I as well as thousands of other youngsters to enter the workforce and develop marketable skills.
This wage also allowed us to learn how to handle our money, because we knew how long and hard we had to work to earn those few precious dollars.
Here is the argument for entry level wages from Prager U.
Entry level work was never intended to be a living wage:

Political Promise
Joe and I have pretty much decided that the average voter in Western countries is uneducated, gullible, delusional, and easily hoodwinked.  We came to that conclusion honestly: we were just that voter as a young mans (Bill C16 says I can say it that way – pronoun freedom(s)!)
The French election did not produce change.  The president is a childless man with an Oedipus Complex married to a woman 25 years his senior.  Joe says he might wear diapers to bed…
The German election happens September 24th.  Ms. Merkel is seeking a 4th term as supreme commander chancellor of the European Union Germany.  Achtung!
Imagine our glee at hearing (through the EU media “blackout” – see no evil, etc.) that Angela Merkel had tomatoes thrown at her at a recent political rally.
Joe says all is not lost when heckles and jeers and tomatoes meet Ms. Merkel’s bid to lead destroy Germany.  What can she expect with her iron-fisted control of the EU, and utterings such as “Sometimes listening a bit is not a bad thing”.
She is another childless European leader, whose past as a commie apparatchik – she was a member of the FDJ (trans. – Free German Youth) – allowed her free access to the West as a high ranking Commie Bastard(ette).

She was opposed to East-West reunification.  Two brave Germans – Ralf Georg Reuth and Gunther Lachmann – have penned a not so complementary history of her early political career titled “Das Erste Leben der Angela M” (The First Life of Angela M.).
Is Angela Merkel the revenge of the DDR?  Food for thought at RedGreenAlliance.
Joe and I hope the German people can shed their collective guilt about WWII and get down to doing what they do best – making beer!

Health Care vs Preventive Care
Joe and I didn’t much like it when we Canadians established mandatory single payer “universal health care” in 1966 with Lester B. P. as Prime Minister.
It seemed unfair at the time for a healthy 17 year old male.
It still seems unfair now for a healthy 68 year old male.
Joe and I have ranted many times against the (mandatory) guidelines that are necessary with a finite budget for health services – otherwise the entire government budget (plus whatever they could “borrow”) would be consumed every year by health care.
Not that Joe and I haven’t needed a doctor, or medicine.  Our appendix operation delivered a bill of zero dollars, and the response time (literally one day) as well as care received was exemplary.  Not the point we’re making.
Here are two points we want to make:
1.  The cataract surgery and subsequent lens replacement we needed (our now excellent cyborg right eye) was a dance of almost three years – 1 1/2 years “qualifying” (the cataract(s) have to be so bad that prescription lenses cannot restore partial vision), and another 1 1/2 years waiting in line.
2.  Friend and nurse Maureen M. says “there are only two types of men; those who have a hernia and those who will get a hernia”.  Joe and I met the “man” criteria – we developed a hernia that made our belly button bulge and balloon.  The dance to have it repaired was abandoned after 3 years of doctor visits, referrals to specialists, waiting for access, and (finally!) a last meeting with the new specialist who was most pleased to inform we (Bill C16 privilege) that we didn’t have colon cancer!  Joe said enough bull shit, we aren’t playing any more.  On a side note, the hernia was mended along with the appendix removal after Joe and I made nice with the young doctor in Calgary who performed the operation.  That is another story, from a previous Sunday Rant – 1313.
Time for a Prager U explanation of why health care costs so much.  It is USA focused but the ideas are universal:

Pat Condell on Europe
Joe and I have been watching the encroachment of Islam on the West for years.
Pat Condell has lived what we have been watching.
In our 10 + years of following his videos, his level of contempt for Islam has migrated from humorous disregard of the backward intolerance of that “religion” to repressed fury at the political nabobs who are sacrificing Europe wholesale.
He has been silent for some months.  Joe speculates he has had a health issue.
Here is Pat Condell, alive and looking well.
Just who do you believe?:

Joe Dan Goodness
Another gift from Joe Dan Gorman, Intellectual Froglegs, titled “Mob-ocracy: The Legacy of Hussein Obama”:

Joe’s Garage
What in the world?
A vintage Jacobs aviation 7 cylinder radial in a ’39 Dodge truck?
Gotta love Jay Leno’s Garage videos!

Which begs the following –

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