Sunday Rant – 1718

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Joe’s Comment – Over many years my reaction to seasonal change has been honed to a razor sharp meh.  Winter each year leaves me lolling in lethargy when beautiful Spring invites me out to play.
Every passing year I am excited to wake up and do very little.  I am, indeed, a Doctor of Do Little.
The source of this malaise is reflexion.  Each Winter is the season of deep (as I can do) review of my life and accomplishments.  What an empty box canyon.
The unread books are stacking up.  The GAF meter needle is below zero.

Spring has finally sprung (it’s a month old, and a month late – see the WTF Weather video below) but my inertia is damn near infinite.
I have owned a small propane fired foundry for 5 years – it is still packed in the original cartons, unused.  I own a metal lathe that has only spun two small simple pieces in the past 3 years.
I’ve been stubborn in waiting for a week of warm weather before cranking up my “get ‘er done!” reflex.
Today it dawned on me that it may be one of those rainy years.
The knees and hips and back will let me know.

Finland Fantasy
Joe and I are getting old.
69 years is advancing ripeness in our part of Canada where the average life-span of a male in British Columbia is 84.2 years.
The CCHWebsite has a calculator for Canadian citizens.
We entered our info – it says 77.5 years.  We assume these are metric years.
Our estimated time of departure is less than one decade, based on the above.
In Finland, the average life expectancy for a man born in 1960 is 65.4 years.
We couldn’t find data for men born in 1949.  Seems Canadian men live longer.
Harsh climate?  Political malfeasance?  Cultural dead-end?  Genetic pool pollution?  Bad karma (in Germany, bad Karmann Ghia)?
Who knows.
The Fins have recently completed a trial of “Basic Income” for all citizens.
The result was not encouraging.  The government is considering alternate welfare pilot schemes.
The base philosophy underlying this program (and most welfare programs) is equality of outcome vs equality of opportunity.
In a world of ever increasing technical sophistication, well paying jobs are even more demanding of basic skills.  The robotic tool inroad into the workplace has ensured greater output with fewer human functions.
Joe and I maintain that in a world where those with an IQ of 83 or lower (approximately 10% of the white population in North America) cannot contribute to productive work.  An ever increasing efficiency with fewer workers spells less well paying jobs.  The service industry is heavily person reliant, but wages are governed by supply and demand: a surplus of qualified and available workers (and flush customers) determines remuneration scale.
To compound the inevitable crunch, Tide eating condom snorting Millennials seem to be fiddling while Rome burns –


Who Your Daddy?

Joe and I are polymathic.  More accurately, we verge on incipient polymathy (“learning in many fields; encyclopedic knowledge“).
The meaning of the word polymath is: “a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor.”  Another definition is:”a person of great and varied learning.”
As defined, Joe (and especially I) do NOT meet the requirements of the definition.  The stick in our craw is the word “great“.  Our rancor is spurred from the knowledge that we, Joe and me, try and try but “great” will not be our legacy in any field or pursuit.  Our best is sometimes “above average”.
Personal rankle aside, to know new things has been a life-long endeavor.  Especially when the new things are the best that all of humanity can determine to be facts.  The icing on the cake, the cherry on the sundae, the top of the heap, the Ace of Aces, is when facts are used to derive truths.
Charles Murray (political scientist) and his co-writer Richard Herrnstein (psychologist – RIP) wrote “The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life” in 1994.  The book caused a massive upheaval in the Humanities; a red line was drawn in the sand.  Red, because the combatants from the post modernist school (all people are the same, there are no differences between male and female, intelligence is environment not genetic) are strongly Left / Progressive in outlook.  The opposing force is more disbursed, relying heavily on scientific data and logic to define their ideas and position.  I.e., ideology vs evidence.  Joe and I read and re-read The Bell Curve.  We loan it out to people we hope will read it and argue for or against the concepts.  If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?
The next landmark study of IQ that Joe and I read (with conviction) was the work of Richard Lynn (psychologist) and co-writer Tatu Vanhanen (political scientist), “IQ and the Wealth of Nations”, released in 2002.  The voices of the Left / Progressive wailed louder, the gnashing of teeth was audible.  Meanwhile, the truth was shining like bleached bones in a high noon desert.
Some time ago, in the early 2000’s, Joe saw an advertisement in the Legion magazine soliciting participation in the “Human Genome Project” – a first attempt sponsored by National Geographic to gather DNA data from humans all over the globe.  The cost at the time was $115.00 USD per person.  For your money you received a DNA sampling kit (a swab and sterile bottle), some instructions, and a return addressed package to mail away your unique contribution.  In time, an email response linked you to your personal DNA analysis and a current interpretation of what that analysis might mean.
This was the dawn of DNA science, when the human genome was finally mapped.  The idea was underwritten by the US of A government in 1984, undertaken starting 1990, and completed in 2003.
Science marches on.
Joe and I recently purchased a book written by David Reich titled “Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past”, released in March of 2018.  This book advances the understanding of the science of genetic study by questioning the root understanding of race in the context of global populations and our human prehistory.
The Left / Progressive voice is a loud banshee wail.
We haven’t read the book yet, just the fly leaf.  It is a challenging read by all accounts.  The content is extremely scientific.  The conclusions are being argued.
We read a review or two.  Here is a highly annotated critique from Vdare.com.  Another from the Financial Times.
Slowly, ever slowly, the work of scientists will reveal the facts and truths about the nature of living things.  Especially human things.
Joe and I read and wonder and are humbled that such great work is being undertaken, often against the tsunami tide of progressive activism.
Where it will lead we know not, but that it will change the current reality.
Some changes are overwhelming –


WTF Weather

Joe and I have been alive long enough to have a personal history with weather, which is a sub-set of climate.
Our personal impression of the most recent winter cycle is that it was colder than memory.
Funny thing!
It was!
Here is a short video that talks about what has happened this winter season.  Coldest Spring since 1895.

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Joe’s Comment – Last month Dr. Louis B. and I had the above talk.  After some deliberation, we agreed on a joint solution.  More exercise, better diet, a few pills.  So far, so good.  Damn tickle cough in the morning and night.  Our target is 50 pounds in 12 months.  That is, 50 pounds LESS.
I’m gonna miss being fat…..
Hey, hey, hey!

Murder Inc. U.S.A.
The statistical distribution of homicide in the U.S. is not homogeneous.
Of course, Joe and I never would believe such a claim should someone make it.
We have posted data and statistical analysis about this subject previously.
The website Crime Prevention Research Center has a lengthy report on the 2014 murder statistics, focusing on where the crime was committed.  One of many graphs from the article below.  It shows the high crime areas in shades of red –

54% of counties have 11% of the population and none of the murders.  Over half of the murders were committed in less than 2% of the counties.  Click the link above to see the details.
What does it all mean?
Another anomaly is that within the high murder rate counties, there is no homogeneous distribution: those counties have high rates in certain areas within the county.
Again, what does it mean?
If you read the article, you discover that these numbers have changed.  From 1977 to 2000, there were 78% of counties with zero murders.
What can it possibly mean?
The conclusion drawn by the author is as follows “This study shows how murders in the United States are heavily concentrated in very small areas. Few appreciate how much of the US has no murders each year. Murder isn’t a nationwide problem. It’s a problem in a very small set of urban areas, and any solution must reduce those murders.”
Joe and I read most of the article and stared at the charts and graphs.  Then we read a large number of comments, below the article.
Our conclusion is that the conclusion is accurate, but not complete.
There is no discussion of race.
There is no discussion of culture.
There is no discussion of population density, although by viewing the map distribution above, it seems probable that the incident of murder has a correlation to the number of persons per square mile.
In the comments, the word “poverty” is flogged like a dead horse.  With about the same result.  This is not the primary causality.  As one of the commenters points out, in the 19th century damn near everybody lived in poverty.  Per Dr. Jordan Peterson, most people were living on less than one dollar per day, in today’s money.
Canadian numbers aren’t available (leastwise, we haven’t discovered any).
Joe and I believe that it is a complex problem.
If it were as simple as poverty or education or law it would have been solved by now.
We think that intelligence plays an unfortunately large role in promulgating this criminal behaviour.

Hungry Mommies
There is a serious psychological pathology that is commonly referred to as “the devouring mother”.  This is the mother who isn’t wise enough or secure enough or (fill in the blank) enough to release her children into the world to make their own way without interfering in a destructive manner.
This excellent discussion between Dr. Jordan Peterson and Theryn Meyer was hosted by UBC in April 2017.
Many of Dr. Peterson’s theories and philosophies are the grist for this mill:

The Wild Wild Left
Whatever happened to the progressive / leftist heavy lifting of the “working class” out of “oppression”?  What about their concern for the poor?  And their abhorrence of the über rich?
The entire mob has gone bonkers with identity politics, “vulnerable” minority issues, racial lunacy, and a host of issues which are stretching the social fabric to dangerous extremes.
In the US of A, the official political representative of the left is the Democratic Party.  The Democrats are being found guilty of extremely treacherous and treasonous actions against their permanent political foes.  The FBI and CIA and who knows how many other government agencies are complicit in criminal activity.
In a constitutional republic based on the rule of law, this is bad ju-ju.
Dr. Jordan Peterson undertakes to give the left some good advice in this video titled “A Left-Wing Case for Free Speech”:

False Truths
There are a number of commonly held falsities in our culture.
We won’t take time to list any, for the list is lengthy and legion.
One of these false truths is part of the lyric in a foxtrot written in 1921, titled “Ain’t We Got Fun”:

The lyric is “….. the rich get rich and the poor get poorer”.  However, as pointed out by Friedrich Hayek, Thomas Sowell, many many other economists, and again by Prager U (below), it just ain’t true.  Here is Daniel Hannan to speak truth to the facts:

Pass the Ammunition
A popular song in the war years, written in 1942, “Praise the Lord (and Pass the Ammunition)” promoted the idea that doG was on the ally team, and all will be well, especially when the guns are warm:

For some arcane reason, the people who advocate severe firearm control can’t seem to grasp the concept that the criminal element will only do as they please.
Ronald Regan delivers an excellent punch line in this address to the NRA, long ago and far away:

Joe and I do not have an arsenal.  We are pro-gun, pro-firearms.
A firearm is nothing more than a tool.
It is the use of the tool by a human hand that determines a noble or evil outcome.
Firearms exist.
Ergo, to plant your head firmly in the sand and pretend that this particular toothpaste can be stuffed back into the tube is a form of lunacy.
Further, the agencies of government will NEVER be unarmed.
Joe and I are old enough to know that government as an authority, whether good, bad, or benign, is a poor second choice to individual autonomy when making life choices.  If you deny the individual any of the tools required to enjoy freedom and pursue happiness (fulfill destiny), it is a degree of tyranny being exerted.
Joe says the government in it’s well meaning ignorance often favors the criminal over the law abiding citizen.
I say it ain’t any better here in Canada.

In Passing
Barbara Bush died this week.
Here is a picture of her at graduation in 1943 –

Another of her young family in 1955, with both Georges –

Joe and I watched the funeral on television.
We aren’t fans of funerals.
Many moving speeches and heartfelt personal stories.
Two Presidents in one family: she is one of only two first ladies whose husband was president and a son was president.
From all reports, she was a strong intelligent moral family matriarch, dedicated to her family and her families fortunes.  May she rest in peace.

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Joe’s Comment – A blatant statement of the obvious is sometime required.  For the record, my beer muscle is the result of many years of dedicated exercise – lifting my elbow!

Government 101
Joe and I take exception to a number of pundits (and non-pundits) who claim that the “extreme right” politically is the home of the Nazi / White Supremacist® and various and sundry others.
Not so, we say, without prejudice.
We read the book by Dinesh D’Souza, “The Big Lie”, and agree that the Nazi movement was far left, and, (arguably) not as far left as the modern Democratic Party in the US of A.
From our humble perspective (and immense arrogance) the landscape of government looks somewhat like this –

This is the accurate generalization that we feel describes the basic forms of collective government.  It covers every possible variation from small tribe to giant ant hill.
As “theoretical Libertarians”, Joe and I favor the right hand side of this graph.  Joe’s recipe would be just a pinch of law to offset the imbalance of anarchy…. the imbalance caused by the FACT that all people are NOT created equal, but, on a good day, just maybe, they are equal in the eyes of the law; i.e. will receive equal and fair judgement from the law, should the law be required to resolve a dispute.
As we have stated in this rant many times before, the American Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution do NOT mention or use the word “democracy”, for it is a transitional form of government based on mob rule, and has never lead to anything but oligarchy.  Canada is NOT a democracy, no matter how many powerful famous admired people bandy the word around.  Canada is a “Constitutional Monarchy” relying heavily (in the past, at least) on the tradition of English Common Law, whereby all citizens have all rights, relying on the law to resolve disputes within that framework.  The US of A is a Republic, if they can keep it (paraphrase – Benjamin Franklin).  The “Electoral College” is one of the methods the Founding Fathers used to offset the possibility of “mob rule” (democracy), which is nothing more than a system whereby the base appetites of the majority determine the fate of all citizens.  Remember the outcry of the Hillary supporters who screamed not fair because she won the popular vote but not the EC.  If the popular vote won the day, the major cities on east and west coasts (all Democrat) would ALWAYS determine the election.  A graph –

Following is a short primer that underscores the basic spectrum outlined above.  It was produced before the 2012 election in the US of A when B Obama won a second term but the Democratic Party suffered untoward losses at every level of government, Federal, State, and community.  Well worth the refresher:

Dilemma Dilettante
Joe and I have a moral dilemma to resolve.
We take hours out of every day to improve our weltanschauung (individual world view).

[An aside….. there are a number of German words that wholly encompass a meaning in one word – i.e. schadenfreud – satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.  Doppelgänger, Blitzkrieg, kaput, kindergarten, many more.]
Our dilemma has been voiced in these Sunday Rant musings since 5+ years past.
Joe and I are not complex in our outlook, although the ever shifting cultural tension exerts perverse and variable pressure on the meanings of words, making a simple definition that encompasses the entity of Joe’s and my weltanschauung impossible.
Some of the things that define our “world view” are the Natural Rights any human being has, in our view, simply by existing.  The right to be.  The right to defend being.  The right to property (including the Self).  The right to speak freely.  The right of free assembly.  The right to associate freely.
These last two listed (assembly and association) have a corollary meaning that is also, in our mind, a right.  It is the right to disassemble, the right to disassociate.
Herein lies the rub.
The old adage from Benjamin Franklin is “
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Joe and I accept only half of BF’s sarcasm / cynicism.  Joe says there is only one thing in life you HAVE TO DO.  That is die.  Everything else, including taxes, is a choice.  Some imaginative, creative, and spiritual folks may disagree (i.e. you don’t have to die, either).
Therein is another rub.
Choices are a part of life.  We all make choices over and over and over every moment, every day.  The question is, how to fulfill your life goals while making acceptable choices every time?
Needless to say, Joe and I haven’t done well in that endeavor.  A subject for future reflexion.  (I like the English spelling).
What to do?
This exercise of writing is a good step.
Writing is thinking in the sense that teaching is knowing – i.e. you cannot teach something you do not know any more than you can write something incomprehensible that makes sense.  Writing solidifies and clarifies thought, with that comes understanding.
To write means to think.
To think means to gather data, information, knowledge, statistics, truth, then grind it gizzard-wise against the stones of personal prejudice, delusion, falsities, and untruths (i.e. weltanschauung) in your mind.
In order to do the above you need access to various sources of said data et cetera.
Joe and I use (in order of importance) our own knowledge with reference material at hand, the Internet via Google, YoubeTube (Yoo Bee Too Bee), DuckDuckGo, the public library, subject matter experts, friends, the General Public™.
But how can you be sure your research is bringing truth and facts?
Oh oh…… oh no!
This bugaboo conundrum was brought on by the ever more obvious knowledge that Google, YoubeTube, FaceBook, Twitter, and ??? have grown so much that a political pattern has emerged.  This pattern identifies and squelches certain points of view from being published.
It is not an agenda that we honor, respect, or follow, for the simple reason that we might not agree on the identity of the arbiter.  Simply put, we our self and I are the judge and jury of what we can see or what we would decry.
Joe and I are “theoretical Libertarians” (i.e. our ideal society is bounded only by limited government, the caveat to harm no one else, and the credo of the platinum rule (do unto others exactly what they want done unto them)).  We say theoretical because this utopia requires a modicum of virtue, morality, and common sense as a common denominator.  Good luck finding that common denominator.
We are at odds about the above right to disassemble, to disassociate.  Although Google and YoubeTube are the old “gold standard”, we are looking for alternative services which are less restrictive; more first amendment friendly.
In terms of Google, Joe and I are using DuckDuckGo on a more regular basis.  It is hard to break a habit like Google.  DuckDuckGo has some advantages and some drawbacks, but often produces results in the top 10 or 20 links that are NOT brought by Google.  For now we are using them both.
As for FaceBook, we signed up many years ago but have NEVER USED IT OR MADE A POST.  Ignored Twitter entirely.  Joe says we don’t need no stinkin’ social media accounts….
That leaves YoubeTube (Sung to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s Dooby-Dooby-Do):

What are the alternatives?
There are three that have some of the folks I want to hear:
– LiveLeak:  https://www.liveleak.com/
– BitChute:  https://www.bitchute.com/
– PewTube:  https://pewtube.com/
To date the “nesting” of videos into this rant is automatic with YoubeTube and Vimeo, but all others require some technical knowledge.
Joe and I have received instruction from a trusted expert.
What could go wrong?
Stay tuned…….

Pat Condell
The latest from the eloquent master on Europe culture.
This video was not available on YoubeTube, but it was on BitChute, PewTube, and Liveleak.  The following is the BitChute version.  Note the appearance is NOT the same as YoubeTube.  As per the note above, Joe and I will use non YoubeTube in the future.  Here’s Mr. Condell:

 

The Religion of Peace
Joe and I are not numb to the antics of the Islamic crazy people.
Nor are we amazed at the number of crazies.
We are sorrowful that so many persons can make hate a core principle of their “spiritual” life.

Translation: “Islam is very similar to our [Nazi] Worldview“.
From the watchdog site “The Religion of Peace” comes this dismal news –
It is not likely that Joe and I will see the end of this 1400+ year pogrom of insanity in our lifetime.  Of all the constants in our life, this is negative unnecessary fruitless behaviour.  The United Nations is a eunuch (eunuchus / spado / castratus) whose impotence and kidnapped well-meaning cause misery out of proportion to it’s influence.  Nations stand by while atrocity blossoms.
Ironically, the bounty of earth is great enough to make this type of aggressive antiquated horror pointless.
So goes the world of humans.
Perhaps Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads have wisdom beyond our years:

 

Requiem For Roy Lee Ermey
A great character actor has shuffled off this mortal coil.  Staff Sergeant Roy Lee Ermey died April 15th of complications of pneumonia.  He was 75 years old.
Here’s gunny from Full Metal Jacket, unabridged and gloriously profane:

A fitting piece of music from the Mel Gibson movie “We Were Soldiers”:

 

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