Sunday Rant – 5218

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Joe’s Comment – This GIF pretty well sums up 2018 for me.  All in all, I’ll be happy to start January fresh and perky.  Only two days to relax……

 

New Year Redux
This coming year will be our 70th gallivanting orbit of the sun.
How far we have come:

All with little no effort on our part.
We (in all humility and humanity) are riders.
Happy New Year is only two days away.
A toast to 2019.
May it be a year of accomplishment, achievement, good health, and good cheer.

 

Prager U
Joe and I haven’t as much curiosity about why (?) as we have about what(!).
500 years ago Martin Luther pushed a (metaphoric) rock from the top of a (also metaphoric) mountain, causing an avalanche (ditto) which changed the world (the real world).
This particular “what” caused a paradigm shift that had (and still has) world-wide repercussion – the birth of “the West”.
An appropriate time of the year to reflect on the Protestant Reformation.
Usually called The Reformation.
The following Prager U. video with Stephen Cornils of the Wartburg Theological Seminary gives a brief history of the collision of ideas and inventions that precipitated the blossoming of Western culture:

 

Geert Wilders
A brave heroic Dutchman.
His big mistake was speaking freely.
That lead to he and his family living in safe houses under constant armed protection.
Unfortunately for him, and fortunately for free societies, he spoke about the blight of Islam in Europe, in the West, and in the World.
This presentation from the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s 2018 Restoration Weekend in November at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
Joe says his spoken English is getting better every year!:

 

Joe’s Garage

Holiday Cheer
The original Steve McQueen Bullitt ’68 Mustang GT emerged from the fog of history in 2018.
There were two cars used in the movie.  One was destroyed during filming.  The car in this video is the original un-restored survivor.
The car was purchased in 1974 by Bob Kiernan of New Jersey.  Bob has since passed, but left the vehicle to his son Sean Kiernan.
The car is valued at $4 million USD.  Not a bad return on an initial MSRP of $2,712 USD.  Using an inflation calculator, we calculate that a 1968 dollar is valued at $7.24 USD in 2018 currency.  The original car cost $19,634.88 USD in today’s money (2,724 X 7.24).  ROI is $3,980,365.12 USD over 50 years.  The average return is $79,607.30 USD per year.
Impressive numbers, but….. what if you had $2,712 USD in December of 1967 and invested it then, re-invested dividends, calculated for inflation….. what would you have?
According to the S&P Return Calculator, after meeting the criteria above, the amount invested would have grown 1,359.548%.  That would be $3,687,094.18 USD.  The difference is a whopping $293,270.94 USD.
That’s 6 years + salary in our current retirement income.
If we only knew what we know now when we didn’t……
But we digress.
The question being begged is: WTF car can you buy for $19,634.88 USD today that has the same fun factor as the ’68 Mustang had in it’s day?
Which spawns the corollary question: why the hyper inflation?  A 2018 Mustang GT with V8 engine and standard transmission starts at $35,000 USD base price (before options, delivery, and prep.)  That’s a $15,365.12 USD difference before additional costs (as above calculated ’68 Mustang GT).  Joe says the GD (doG damned) government is responsible for plenty, but that is a topic for another discussion at another time.
Note from Joe: Boys and girls, take it from me: vehicles of all types sizes and function ARE NOT GOOD INVESTMENTS.  For every Bullitt there are ten million (or more) that didn’t make the cut.  Investing in vehicles is as crazy as it gets.  You’d have a better chance of winning a lottery or becoming a rock star.
Enjoy the videos.
First up, Jay Leno drives the 2019 Bullitt and the 1968 Bullitt at the Ford test grounds in Dearborn MI:

Next, the car chase that started the entire love-fest, where Bullitt out-drives the professional looking hit man (who sports a 5 o’ clock shadow and horned rim glasses) and his Nazi looking partner (riding shotgun with a …. shotgun!):

If you did that now in San Franwacko there wouldn’t be enough safe spaces or EMT teams to handle all the offended.
Joe says get on with it, for that is a very good idea!

Bicycle Paradigm Shift
Who thought the tried and true mechanics of a bicycle needed improvement?
Take a gander at this video (thanks Daniel J.):

Joe says innovation knows no bound.
Joe also says this will solve the greasy chain problem, but you can still wrap your pant leg in the gear drive without a sprocket guard.
The super tech bicycle has spokeless wheels and tubeless tires and carbon fiber frames and chainless drives and disc brakes and shock absorbers……  What next?

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Joe’s Comment – Allusion or reality?  You be the judge…..

 

Solstice
Joe and I love Christmas.
A great time of year for family and friends and celebrating.
Only one two drawbacks.
The weather.
And the daylight.
This year, 2018, in Vernon BC Canada, official daylight was a skimpy 8 hours 2 minutes
It was 8 hours and 22 minutes shorter than summer solstice.
Joe and I have special days.
Christmas Day, New Years Day, birthdays of friends and family, and a number of additional days of celebration, memorial, and reflection.
Speaking for Joe and me, our official day of hope is the winter solstice.
The idea that every day has more daylight than the day before fills us with dreams of spring and summer.
From that perspective, Christmas and New Year are a celebration of wonderful things past, and wonderful things to come. 
An apogee.  A 6 month toboggan ride to perigee.
What could be better?

Pre Rant Musical Interlude
Very close to Christmas.
Very close to the end of 2018.
Some inspirational music from da pasta:

 

NOTICE TO ALL CANADIANS
Did you know Hog Town (Toronto) had a mayoral election this year?
Joe and I were cheering for Faith Goldy.

She came in third.
Not impressed?
Well, if you knew “the rest of the story”, it would give you pause.
Her campaign was boycotted.
She was not allowed to participate in so-called “debates”, nor advertise in any of the media in Toronto.
The elite, the ruling class, the media, the progressive / leftists / statists / big business (with their political whores), the Kathleen Wynn sycophants – all of them – tried their best to bury her out of sight (out of mind).
She still came in 3rd.
That ain’t the end of the story.
She is being further persecuted for being alive and Canadian in her own country.
Joe and I are furious.
There is nothing the powerful AND corrupt AND ideologically fixated will not do to get the outcome they desire.
Those fucking idiots in Toronto voted for the same old same old when they had a chance to bring sanity to the city.
Here is Faith bringing us all up to date on what followed the election (posted by her December 17th, 2018, in the event YoubeTube “disappears” her testimony):

If you listened to this podcast, understood what Faith is experiencing, you too should be pissed.
It isn’t about her politics: she is conservative.
It is about actually having some system remotely resembling a “democracy” (whatever the fuck that means in 2018).
A system that isn’t constantly being diddled by emotional hyperventilating progressive lunatics who believe that if you say it, and you believe it, IT WILL BE!  Argument, logic, rational thought be damned.  Don’t bring facts to a feeling fight.
What a bunch of loons (and we don’t mean the coin).
Maybe, just maybe, Ontario and Toronto will get their head out of their ass before Joe and I die.
We ain’t holding our breath.
We thank our father Donald Lloyd for getting us the hell out of there back in the ’50’s.
We am free (relatively) in the West.

 

Truckers for Pipelines
Joe and I would like to remind anyone who (whom) needs reminding: you ignore reality at your peril.  Or as Ayn Rand said –
She also said –

Ditto for this Ayn Rand wisdom –
Which begs the question: is the party of Chief Rainbow Socks determined to murder Canada, or have her commit suicide?
Looky here!:

Some Canadians who are not afraid to make their position known.
This rally of 2000+ trucks was organized in approximately 36 hours.
When discussion and argument break down, when free men (or those who think they are free) are refused a voice in their governance, the next step is political action.
When political action is defeated and free men are subjugated, without recourse or choice, the next step is demonstration.
These truck drivers are like the canary in the mine.
The golden goose of Canada is in the energy rich Western provinces.
Joe can’t think of an appropriate fowl metaphor to express the peril of rebuke and non response to such a show of solidarity, but it is akin to “when the shit hits the fan”. 
For youse mutts whom derides fowl foul language, Joe says what is to follow is what happens “when the fecal excrement contacts the rotary air displacement mechanism”.
How dare the federal or provincial governments sacrifice the well being of the citizenry for political opportunity?
We have lots of relatives down East.  Good people.
Joe says it’s how we feel about China – lots and lots of wonderful people living in an unacceptable, poisoned political environment.

 

Classic Jordan Peterson
This presentation was over one year ago.
Joe and I remember watching this particular video then, and we may have embedded it in a previous rant.
The idea that conservative ideas are not widely known or broadcast may be attributed to the tendency of conservative people to exhibit conscientiousness (one of the big five personality traits).
Acting out in public isn’t (generally) their forte.
A description of the Big Five here.
Find out your own Big Five traits with a self administered test here, or here.
Joe’s results

Dave’s results

Note that these results are a “snapshot” of our mental state at the time of testing.
Analysis and explanation is provided with your results.
In this lecture, Dr. Peterson suggests 12 principles or talking points to introduce conservatism to a young and / or uninformed audience, or to use as counter arguments to leftist / progressive ideology:


Dr. Peterson’s Tenets of a viable 21st century conservatism:
1. The fundamental assumptions of Western civilization are valid.
2. Peaceful social being is preferable to isolation and to war. In consequence, it justly and rightly demands some sacrifice of individual impulse and idiosyncrasy.
3. Hierarchies of competence are desirable and should be promoted.
4. Borders are reasonable. Likewise, limits on immigration are reasonable. Furthermore, it should not be assumed that citizens of societies that have not evolved functional individual-rights predicated polities will hold values in keeping with such polities.
5. People should be paid so that they are able and willing to perform socially useful and desirable duties.
6. Citizens have the inalienable right to benefit from the result of their own honest labor.
7. It is more noble to teach young people about responsibilities than about rights.
8. It is better to do what everyone has always done, unless you have some extraordinarily valid reason to do otherwise.
9. Radical change should be viewed with suspicion, particularly in a time of radical change.
10. The government, local and distal, should leave people to their own devices as much as possible.
11. Intact heterosexual two-parent families constitute the necessary bedrock for a stable polity.
12. We should judge our political system in comparison to other actual political systems and not to hypothetical utopias.
Sounds good to Joe and me.
Funny, these are activities and stances our grandparents employed.

 

Joe’s Garage

Off the Grid
There is a series of videos by “MrHydroHead” of a stand-alone off the grid power system somewhere in Colorado.
This particular video is #17 of a series.
Joe and I have watched a number of them, starting with #1.
What we have seen is totally organic engineering.
The first videos are much more amateurish, as is the quality and design of the water turbine electrical system.
We decided to place this video in the rant because it focuses on design improvements of the system which by now (8 years from the first video) is producing a reliable 4500 watts.
Joe is a gear head.
This is off the grid porn:

 

Turbinia
The revolution in marine technology of self powered mastless ships using “screws” (propellers) to provide thrust dates to the hey-day of the Royal British Navy in the 19th century.
However, the technology was NOT funded by the government.
It was solely the genius of one man, Charles Algernon Parsons.
In the 1880’s he designed and built the world’s first steam turbine.
In 1894 with the launch of the Turbinia, he had created the paradigm shift in propulsion that is still used today in modern ships, commercial and war vessels – the compound steam turbine.
The height of the Victorian era produced incredible scientists, incredible inventors, and incredible technology.
Here’s a brief overview of the time and the Turbinia by Lindybeige:

Autophagia (and Apoptosis)
WTF is autophagia?  The literal meaning is “eat yourself”.
That doesn’t seem like a grand scheme to reveal a personal path to nirvana.
Joe and I have taken an interest in how our body works.
We have a life-long abhorrence for the subject.  During university years we were counseled to pursue a career as a doctor.  Joe and I couldn’t think of a thing we were less interested in studying.  Peak of health, prime of life, no problemo.  Why mess with something that only affects / effects other people?
At the tender age of 69 orbits (around the sun) it has dawned on we that peak of health, prime of life, and no problemo are not exactly descriptors we or others would immediately (or ever) use to describe us.
Hence Dr. Jason Fung’s excellent video (Sunday Rant – 4918) on the mechanics of fasting.
Ever the gearheads, Joe and I wanted to know more.
Thanks to Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, 2016 Nobel Prize winner, the mystery of how a people like me and Joe extracts energy from food is no longer mysterious. 
It might be the justification for a giant class action lawsuit against “the authorities” for misleading us about nutrition since we were a puppy.
Dr. Ohsumi might just be the world’s leading expert (careful with that axe, Eugene!) on autophagy:

Molten Stationary Battery
Don Sadoway is a professor of material science and engineering at MIT.  He is a Canadian inventor.  His discovery of a molten stationary power storage device (a battery) is what the solar and wind technologies have been seeking.
His approach to design was unconventional.
Materials had to be cheap, abundant, local, and easy to work.
This is the stuff Joe has been harping about for years (and years).
His company, Ambri, is still in existence although the video below is several years old.
Joe recollects that Thomas Alva Edison held 1,093 US patents (2,332 worldwide).
He spent a great deal of his capital defending his patents in various courts.
Joe thinks the invention of the stationary liquid battery by Dr. Sadoway will be a while coming to market due to the total muddle regulations and corporate lawyers have made of the energy market.
Watch this incredibly talented man (and his team) describe the methodology of directing their research, and the product they have created.
This may not be the solution, but it is a giant step down the road of industrial / city size power storage:

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Sunday Rant – 5018

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Joe’s Comment – If I had a nickel for every time I spent a dollar on a sweet deal I’d still have some money.  For the next sweet deal.  Which leads me to assume my deals haven’t been as sweet, for the vault is empty.
P.T. Barnum said there’s a sucker born every minute.
I must have been 10 of those minutes all by my lonesome.

 

Note to Selves
This rant is built with WordPress.
WordPress releases “updates” on occasion.
There was an update to 5.1 on Monday last week.
We still curse the code writers with the most foul curses on an hourly basis.
For the love of doG I don’t know why this bullshit is so difficult for me to absorb.
Each one of the graphics in this rant had to be “posted” to the rant AT LEAST four times.  Every time you “Save Draft” the damn thing stays right where it is; it used to refresh back to the top of the note.
Some icons changed.
The page looks different.
Navigating the post is difficult.
A “block” methodology has been adopted…… we still don’t have a clue (or give a shit) what that will benefit us.  We are certainly aware of how much time it has cost trying to do what was so easy last rant and has taken at least twice as long this rant.
Joe says he wishes we were born rich and smart instead of beautiful.
Hard to argue such logic….

 

Our Fore (Or Five) Fathers
Last week was the commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. 
Joe and I usually include pictures of ships burning, moored at dock.
Joe and I usually rant about the nasty of human nature and the three conflicts (man vs man, nature, self).
Joe and I usually rant about right and wrong (and which is which).
Joe and I usually rant about how easy we’ve lived, thanks to those who fought and sacrificed all or came home somehow damaged.
This year we didn’t acknowledge December 7th 1941 in this rant.
Doesn’t mean we didn’t think about the deed and the day.
This is one of the thoughts we had –
We have watched a number of videos (all we can find) by historian Victor Davis Hanson.  His recent book “The Second World Wars” and subsequent video releases introducing the book (this subject is now an Heritage course) are an historical review of the time before and during World War II.
Here is the Hoover Institution discussion:

 

Christmas Music
Joe and I love music.
We especially love Christmas music.
On a theoretical theme, Joe contends that of all the religious pursuits so far invented by the seething roiling twitching gagging putrid human mind, Christianity out shines every and all other religion. 
What proof you say?
Joe says the proof is in the music.
Every other religion’s attempt at organizing noise in honor of their chosen Grand Fromage® comes up short.  Some of it is downright scary….. 
Take this little ditty from our Buddhist pals:

Need we say more?  Christ, that sounds like something a room full of sugar intoxicated 7 year olds might create coming off an acid high….
Go do the legwork yourself and you will hear.
The (Christian) Christmas classics are many and varied.
We won’t play Bach or Beethoven or Handel or (your favorite here).
Take our word for it, there are a large number of seasonal songs and carols and musical observances not specifically religious in nature.
Here is a brief memory jogger of some of the best, performed by seasonal enthusiasts on steel plate with small caliber lead:

And don’t forget our perennial favorite:

Damn.
The woman who starts cackling at 1:08 breaks us up every time!  She returns for an encore at 1:42 and again at 2:00.  Makes eggnog shoot out our nose….

 

Democrats New Victim Group (to “defend”)
Joe and I have been on this man’s team since before we saw this video, and before we knew his name.
Honest Indian!
See, what he is saying, is the lengthy and oft repeated “victims” list – the gay, the gender challenged, the poor, the legions of minorities under the progressive sun…..
This bright fellow suggests stupid people will be the next minority group the Democrats segregate from the general populace to herd onto their “victim” plantation.
Not a bad idea, no sirree.
Joe says without straw man logic, the lefties would only have violence:

 

GoldenHair
What amount of spare time would it take to produce this?
Gotta admit, we smirked and guffawed more than once:

 

Christmas Gifts for the Young
Joe says these may be good reads for the young and the young at heart, too.
As John Stossel says, if you know a person interested in Liberty and Freedom, what better gift than books on the subject?
This is a short (7 titles if you include Mr. Stossel himself) reading list of foundational reading about Western ideology that is not too high brow and very easy to read.  The list:

The list (in the event that YoubeTube alters this entry in the future) –
•  The Road to Serfdom – Fredrich Hayek
•  Basic Economics – Thomas Sowell
•  Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
•  The Myth of the Robber Barons – Burton Folsom
•  Animal Farm – George Orwell
•  Free to Choose – Milton and Rose Friedman
The 7th book is by John Stossel – Give Me a Break.

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor
This young lady dominates her instruments.
Joe swears he saw smoke coming off that poor little guitar.
Her voice is a force of nature.  Gravely.  Smoky.  Unintelligible.
Bluesy-ish, but way too quick and frenzied for “the blues” (a la BB King et al.).
Lightning fast picking and chord changes.  Notes bent so far as to see their own ass.  Clear, sparkling, raw.  Almost (almost!) painful to watch.
If you are a beer drinker, she’s Guiness – one or two is enough, otherwise you will be overwhelmed. 
This woman assaults you with her music:

Never mind Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Never mind Janis Joplin.
Never mind Jimi Hendrix.
Never mind Amy Winehouse.
Like any “dream team” fantasy about music performers, we’ll never know how it will turn out for her.  But we can listen and enjoy.
This girl is alive and burning just right!

 

Jordan Peterson Update
Joe and I love this man.
In this video he is in England at Ralston College, Cambridge, engaged in a discussion with Sir Roger Scruton.  The conversation was had on November 2nd, 2018.
Gotta love the school motto – Sermo Liber Vita Ipsa – Free Speech Is Life Itself.
From the posting notes Dr. Peterson will also be researching for his future discussions on the book of Exodus and related Bible stories with the Cambridge Divinity School while there.
The man is Chuck E. Berry (playin’ guitar like ringin’ a bell) – he sings his song consistently and constantly.
We are all ears (and other parts).
And as much brain as we can muster:

 

Black Pill
Thank you to cousin Delsie for sending the following Black Pill video.
Joe and I don’t know this person (Devon Stack) or this YoubeTube presence, but we will with time and viewing.
We thought of American Renaissance / Jared Taylor when we watched.
We also thought of some of the John Stossel reading list above.
The confluence of liberty and freedom with the cultural pressures of IQ, race, wealth, education, knowledge – the very basis of individual autonomy –  is a roiling tumultuous conflict.
Is there a right and wrong to it all?
Joe and I are always open to hearing ideas new and old.
Here is the first Black Pill video we have seen:

 

Prager U
An interesting perspective on the “Administrative State”.
An American perspective by Philip Hamburger (Columbia U Law) about what has become of the Founding Father’s clear and unambiguous wish for “No regulation without representation”.
Who knows what the situation is here in Canada?
The PM (Chief Rainbow Socks hisself) has more power (over the Canadian people) than the U.S. President has over the American people.
I think Joe and I will die from fright, caused by the blind bumbling bureaucracy doing what it deems best:

 

Inconvenient Lie Day 1
Joe and I stumbled into this information today (14th December).
The post date on YoubeTube is November 2017.
The actual conference was December 2016 at Freedom Force International, Phoenix AZ.  In this rant we’ll show the presentation of Dr. William Happer (USA) and Dr. Tim Ball (CDN) –

Dr. Will Happer
An American hero.
Dr. Happer is a famous physicist known for his invention of the “sodium guide star laser”, used to correct telescope data at observatories.
His presentation is titled “More CO2 Benefits the Earth”.
We have featured his presentations on climate change in previous rants.  This particular presentation has excellent graphics:

Dr. Tim Ball
A Canadian hero.
Dr. Ball is courageous in his defiance: he refused to drinking the climate change Kool-Aid.  His sense of humor got him sued by Michael Mann to the tune of 1.5+ million CDN $$$.  He touched a raw nerve!
Mr. Mann sued Dr. Ball in B.C. Canada because we do not have the First Amendment here in the true north strong and free.  Listen and learn:

 

Joe’s Garage

5 Inventions
Joe thinks this is an interesting mix of stuff.  The TrackNgo looks cool until you look up the price – a measly $25,000 USD!  The vacuum and clothes folding machine is ho hum.  The wood splitter looks a lot safer than swinging an axe all over the place.  A drone that can do 40 mph might get you into a heap load of trouble:

Reading List
The latest tomb to cross our desk is by Norman Rogers.
Joe and I have been soap boxing the idea that so-called “renewable energy” was a political boondoggle designed to fleece the public purse on behalf of some scurrilous and nefarious characters who have leeched onto the green movement.
Joe says bowel movement is more akin to what is up.
These obscene fiscal rapists have best friends.  Their group identity is “Politician”. 
doG help us all.
That is not to say the technology is not interesting or useful or “space age”.  It is in spades.
If you are “living off the grid” in a remote area, conventional power (electricity) and conventional communications (cellular or land line telecommunication) may not be an affordable option.
For small power requirements (lighting, computing, control systems) a wind / solar array with battery storage may be the cheapest route to having “affordable” energy.  For heat or cooking or large machinery (washing machine, water heater, etc.) normally associated with a residence, not so much. 
This technology is also important to the ISS (International Space Station), space exploration, terrestrial exploration (in the absence of portable fuel sources), or any endeavor where portable energy sources aren’t available.
Joe and I argue that it is NOT scalable (economically) to industrial dimension without immense cost, immense maintenance, and immense stand-by / conventional back-up.
This book has lots of plain English / lay explanations, and a lot of data, graphs, analysis, and engineering knowledge.
For gear heads like us, it is a nicely concentrated pronouncement of the state of affairs regarding “renewable energy”.
Once more with feeling.  It would be wonderful if “renewable energy” was the solution.  It is the barest of panaceas.

 

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