Sunday Rant – 0419

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Joe’s Comment – The cartoons of Bob Mankoff graced the pages of The New Yorker magazine for 20 years.  I love them!
This one reminds me of the wise advice of Jordan Peterson to master the language you speak.
I have much in common with Harry Haller (Steppenwolf).
My history of misinterpreting people is legendary and lengthy.

Run Like Hell
And why not?
If there is better guitar-ing than this please send it along to Joe Mekanic.
Joe will promptly explain why you are wrong:

 

Warning to 2019:
Better stand back.
Joe and I swear if 2019 ever hints to us that we must run slower, weaker, shorter, blasé-er, we will trample this year like a rampaging elephant herd running amok in a village of earthen-floored stick shacks populated by terror stricken wide-eyed dirt people .
We ain’t kiddin’.
Damn the torpedoes.
Get out of the way.
Full speed ahead!

 

Marijuana Truths
Joe and I do not imbibe (consume, smoke, ingest, rub or roll in) the dreaded Mary Jane.
Not to say we haven’t a history.
Our fondness for “a few beers” was and is much preferable in terms or relaxation.
Over the years we have read about the dangers of THC consumption.
Most users we encounter now (and in the past) seem mild-mannered and harmless, although the pungent rank smell about those who toke is odious.
Imagine our surprise to learn marijuana use in schizophrenic individuals has a high incidence of violent behaviour.  The numbers of schizophrenic homicide perpetrators has an anomalous over representation if they are cannabis aficionados.
Data from countries, states, provinces, and cities is accumulating.
Seems “weed” is not the harmless miracle substance the Left and the marijuana advocates encourage browbeat you to believe.
A recent article by Alex Berenson in Imprimis  (monthly free speech digest published by Hillsdale College) titled “Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence” is an overview of the historical and current evidence about the use of MJ.
Joe and I were startled by this quote from the article –
…..”But a mountain of peer-reviewed research in top medical journals shows that marijuana can cause or worsen severe mental illness, especially psychosis, the medical term for a break from reality. Teenagers who smoke marijuana regularly are about three times as likely to develop schizophrenia, the most devastating psychotic disorder.”
The following paragraphs shocked us further –
…..”A Swiss study of 265 psychotic patients published in Frontiers of Forensic Psychiatry last June (2018) found that over a three-year period, young men with psychosis who used cannabis had a 50 percent chance of becoming violent. That risk was four times higher than for those with psychosis who didn’t use, even after adjusting for factors such as alcohol use. Other researchers have produced similar findings. A 2013 paper in an Italian psychiatric journal examined almost 1,600 psychiatric patients in southern Italy and found that cannabis use was associated with a ten-fold increase in violence.
The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia—something even cannabis advocates acknowledge the drug can cause. The risk is so obvious that users joke about it and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to induce paranoia. And for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia on 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes found that most believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported misusing cannabis—more than alcohol and amphetamines combined.”
Joe and I already knew of research that associated use by teenage children with IQ damage – 10 to 15 lovely wonderful much desired points taken away – is too much for an approval from Joe and me.
That, coupled with the risk identified for mentally ill people, paints a much different picture than what the media and government legislation purport.
An interesting TED presentation by Daniel Amen (2013) who has specialized in a brain scan technology called SPECT (Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography) is very illuminating, if highly criticized by some :

Although Dr. Amen is shilling in the above TED presentation, with regards to our rant about marijuana (which substance has been “legalized” in Canada for various uses), from the above video we captured this tomographic image –
The common homily is “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
This particular picture is worth a thousand words warning about drug use and abuse.
We are assuming (of course!) that a healthy brain is preferable.
Joe and I are jealously protective of what few IQ points we have.
And….. we’re not so sure of our mental health.
As with the homily about horses and water, you can lead Joe and me to dope, but you can’t make us use it.
This is in concert with our (theoretical) Libertarianism.
We’ve seen all good people (aka YES) through our eyes.
Do what you want with your you, you crazy diamond.
We may not approve.
Indeed, we may voice concern or objection.
But we won’t stand in your way.
Joe and I have our own path to follow:

Or, said another way, (YES again), from their song “Leave It”, stealing the first stanza –
I can feel no sense of measure
No illusions as we take
Refuge in young man’s pleasure
Breaking down the dreams we make
Real”     (Song here)
To Joe and I the sum of these thoughts is equal to this incredible cartoon graphic from German super cartoonist (and philosopher) Martin Perscheid –
Be sure to enjoy yourself on your path through life.
Be assured pleasure has it’s penalties.
Life is fraught with danger and peril.
Keep focused on the goal.
Your goal.
Don’t be a YOLO fool.  (You Only Live Once).
YOLO a philosophy guaranteed to deliver as advertised.

 

New York, New York
Sadly, so sadly, Joe and I read about laws passed legalizing 3rd term abortion in the state of New York.
New York and Canadian abortion law are now equivalent.
The state is complicit in murder.
And proud of it.
State sponsored abortion on demand is an abomination.
A child is NOT “a collection of cells”, a parasitic growth, a health risk.
A child is a new person, a unique human being, who just happens to be conceived and nurtured in a mammalian manner.  The mother is the host.  Hopefully a gracious loving host.
Joe thinks the modern feminist movement uses the abortion “right” to hold hostage half of humanity.
Here is Jason Siler of Blue Collar Logic to deliver his perspective:

 

John Stossel
In the U.S. of A. parents choose a school for their children (in some states).
Why you might ask, some, not all states?
That is an interesting question Spanky!
It has a little bit to do with politics and a lot to do with the First Amendment.
Or is it the other way-round…..
This short video by John Stossel illustrates, via interviews with young students, how the education they are receiving is biased.
Biased from and by exclusion of fact.
Exclusion of “the rest of the story”, specifically information about the economic system which has made the Western countries, especially the United States, the wealthiest in the history of world nations.
John Stossel is a dyed-in-the-wool Libertarian.
As such he could not know this situation without offering a solution.
Libertarians are that way.
Here is Mr. Stossel’s offer to solve American schoolroom bias:

A companion Stossel video which expounds on the true nature of enemies of capitalism.
Two of which are government employees in cahoots with capitalists who manipulate the system to create or protect monopolies:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman has not released a video since November.
Joe and I have been suffering withdrawal.
A month without Intellectual Froglegs is a less than perfect collection of days.
Some changes have occurred, some events have transpired, some recognitions have been honored.
As noted at his website, the forces of the progressive moguls at YoubeTube and Vimeo are relieved of duty – Mr. Gorman has forsaken any relationship of note.
Here’s the latest update titled “Democrats on a Bus“:

https://videos.utahgunexchange.com/watch/quot-democrats-on-a-bus-quot-it-039-s-intellectual-froglegs_opqquaV43WpGhlh.html

Note: The above link is NOT YoubeTube or Vimeo and as such doesn’t embed a video frame in the text.
Joe is working on how to fix that.
Stay tuned.

 

Paul Joseph Watson
Joe and I think a weekly exposure to the rantings of PJW is just what the patient requires.
Mr. Watson reviews “modern art” in a most ruthless and ascorbic style:

Joe and I watched it twice.
OK, three times.
Fookin’ hilarious!

 

Alzheimer’s (something something…. I forget)
How about a cure for Alzheimer’s right there in your mouth?
Read this.
Then go brush your teeth and inspect your gums.
You are welcome.

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Sunday Rant – 0319

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Joe’s Comment – I spent the day outdoors in slightly above zero Celsius temperatures, working around the yard and on various vehicles.
After today, the above applies entirely to me with the following modification – my mind thinks I’m 14 years old most of the time.
A smart ass comment, all good and well until you actually do try to work…..
Good doG!
Things became more and more insurmountable as the day wore on.
I dragged my sorry butt to bed early tonight.

 

Communication
I have difficulty speaking English.
Joe doesn’t worry about it: he and I are simpatico.  He lets me do the talking.
And so it goes.
Or we did go, until we saw this video.
Can you imagine our excitement at learning the Star Trek Universal Translator is a reality?
Will now we fluently be talk like to stranger!
As the caption says, “Top 5 Best Translator Device You Never Seen Before”:

Joe, the eternal pessimist and coyote (prankster) can hardly wait to save up enough money for two or more of these babies.
Joe figures to select a pair of languages (English and ???), speak the English, then leave two (or more???) translators in a room together to have a discussion.
We gonna talk the talk…..

 

Manly Manliness
Joe and I laugh loudly.
The Gillette ad admonishing abhorrent behaviour by men clumsily (maybe intentionally?) painted all men with the same brush.
The behaviour identified as reprehensible is NOT MANLY MANLINESS.
The preaching addresses the choir, not the reprobates who do the dastardly deeds.
Those be dumb shits; a subject for another day.
Here, let Paul Joseph Watson do some ‘splainin’:

In a companion piece, young Mr. Watson gets right to the point of the spear: words are cheap; reality bites hard.
Once again Joe reminds me to quote Ayn Rand for effect: “You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality”.
Once again, Paul Joseph Watson will explain:

What is the take-away?
Real Men™ take care of themselves, their families, their communities.  If that means taking risks and doing dangerous tasks, so be it.
Having Milk of Magnesia words and Pepto Bismol solutions proffered as the true path will not resist the onslaught of the real world.
As Joe says, “just ’cause you say it don’t make it true”.
‘Nuff said.

 

John Stossel
Mr. Stossel has a thoughtful response to the government shutdown:

 

Patriotic Passion
Don’t this beat all.
A tiny 7 year old girl with a voice from Heaven and passion to sing it right:

Tell me, wise ones, where is the passion in Canadian anthems?
Joe and I don’t feel it.
This little lady, Malea Emma, has more fire in her tiny voice than Joe and me times ten.
This is the opening ceremony for a soccer match.
Good grief……

 

Joe’s Garage

Mother of All Pipes
Seems like the innovation and ingenuity of Western technology have no bounds.
This “pipe” is a main component for a petrochemical processing plant.  As the video description says, “Occurred on January 6, 2019 / Edmonton, Alberta, Canada “This 820-tonne, 13-meter-tall, 96-meter-long piece of petrochemical development equipment, called a splitter, is heavier than Caterpillar’s largest mining truck which is used in the oilsands and six times as large. The splitter left Dacro yard on 91st St. and 51st Ave. in Edmonton, AB at approximately 9:15 pm on January 6, 2019. It is expected to take four days to arrive at its destination just north of Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Mammoet Canada is the haul specialists.””
Joe says those articulating manned and self-powered bogies are truly amazing.
We tried to count the number of axles under each bogie.  We came up with 25 dual wheel axles.  Your sum may differ.
Fantastic!:

Long Life Tips
Joe and I are in the tie year with our father.
He died at 70 years.
Last year (2018) at our annual check-up with Dr. Boucher just before our birthday (in BC you must have a medical every year for a class 1 driving license after the age of 65 years) his advice to we was lose some weight get the blood pressure down and that damn cholesterol.
Not wanting to go out with a tie, and definitely wanting to see our grandchildren mature, we took his advice to heart.
It is time to book our annual medical, preferably mid-February.
Our weight is down 45 pounds.
Our blood pressure is 118 / 79, pulse 76.
We don’t worry about cholesterol (thanks to Dr. Kary Mullis).
Our carnivore diet continues.
We stopped drinking alcohol.
All was well, so we thought, until we stumbled onto this little bit of wisdom –

Want To Live Longer? Make Sure You’re A Fat, Coffee Drinking Alcoholic By Your 70s

What?
WTF?
Among other observations are the following –
Researchers from The 90+ Study have published many scientific papers in premier journals.  Some of the major findings are:
–  People who drank moderate amounts of alcohol or coffee lived longer than those who abstained.
–  People who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.
Damn!
Joe said to turn back, it’s a trap!, but I wouldn’t listen.
Our saving grace is we’re still not skinny, and we’re definitely not adverse to a drink or two.
Maybe we’ll see 71 yet…..

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Sunday Rant – 0219

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Joe’s Comment – Elation is a precious common value no matter which species….
Inspiration for a mild but gloomy January.

 

Changing the Guard
Joe can’t add much to this.
Nor can I.
If the bloke in the street doesn’t see a difference, what is the chance of sanity?

Prager U – Diversity / Affirmative Action
This trend is startling.
And deadly.
The entire BS of diversity is bordering on cultural suicide.
WTF happened to meritocratic selection?
This aberration of thought from the post modern cuckoo brain trust is now forcing diversity consideration as a candidate’s requirement in STEM fields.
Really?
You no longer want the most qualified possible candidate for the position?
You DO want a woman or a black or an Hispanic as the primary category for selection?
Who really gives two shits whether women’s studies or cultural studies or lesbian studies are populated via this cockamamie criteria.  None of those “studies” (not disciplines) affects a doG damn thing in the average person’s life.
You want a bridge designed by an average student who’s most glowing endorsement is being an Hispanic woman with bisexual tendencies?
Joe invites the so-called intelligentsia, the SJW army swarming the post secondary institutions, the “movers and shakers” to go fuck yourself.
We shall now calm down, and let Heather MacDonald do some ‘splainin’:

 

A Wall, Please
Jared Taylor is the spokesman for American Renaissance.
Many progressives believe Jared Taylor and American Renaissance are racist.
Joe and I differ in our appraisal.
Whatever you believe JT and AR represent, we can attest that the information that you find on their website and their YoubeTube channel is accurate.
This video analyses national borders around the world, and some data re: how effective wall vs no wall actually measures up:

 

Ben Shapiro Interviews Mike Rowe
Joe and I are fans of both of these men.
Ben for his incredible intellect (not so much his wisdom…. yet).
Mike Rowe for his passion for the blue collar people who built North America.
A great one hour discussion:

 

Israelis As Indigenous People
Joe and I remember a gym class in high school that was loosely based on dancing with the other gender.
The whole concept wouldn’t fly in today’s world.
In our high school years the idea of a dance class where the men danced with other men would have mortified us guys (for the most part).
Joe and I can’t remember ANY of our fellow students who were “gay” (using the queer definition) nor anyone we suspected of being light in their loafers.
There were two male teachers the student body nicknamed Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum.  Whether or no they were actively homosexual Joe and I never knew, don’t know, and couldn’t care less, then or now.
But we digress.
During those most embarrassing dance classes (we desperately wanted to dance with certain of the female students, but our shyness was monumental, and the anxiety level so high that our sweat gland dials were set to perpetual fountain), we remember one song that was used.
This swingin’ version by Ray Anthony’s band, featuring Jo Ann Greer is the popular version from the Way Back Machine®.
Joe and I were so traumatized by the idea of dancing with the young ladies that (believe it or not) we don’t remember the exact version played in gym class, but this version will give you the general concept:

What the hell does this have to do with Israel, Israelis, and the entire pressure cooker of the Middle East?
Glad you asked.
I read Leon Uris’ novel Exodus as a young impressionable teenage me.  Joe read along, wondering where the mechanical story line might cross the romantic.  In those years Joe professed an uninterest in the female gender.  It was a lie.
We, Joe and I, fell in love with the Jewish people and their struggle for autonomy on the reading.
We met some Jewish couples over our time on earth.  Our good fortune was to meet intelligent happy well adjusted people of our own age.  We are biased.
You, dear reader, will then understand our confusion when we read about anti-Semitic groups hating Jews, despising Israel.  We especially balk at national constitutions and (so-called) religious edicts calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, and the state of Israel.
Some of these self-same folks (as a group) once cheered on the struggling new-born state of Israel and the brave determined heroic people planting their flag on a small mostly barren land of desert and heat.
Joe and I don’t understand.
Thanks mightily to Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic for making sense of the on-again, off-again, left-foot-in, left-foot-out, hokey-pokey bullshit progressive think behind the entire post modern oppressor / oppressed slight of hand:

 

Conrad Black
Joe and I appreciate the prose of Mr. Black.
Especially when he is eviscerating the Democratic leadership.
A well written analysis of current American politics here.

 

Joe’s Garage

Strong, Stronger, Strongest
An informative video listing the 25 hardest / strongest substances known:

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