Sunday Rant – 1319

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Joe’s Comment – This cartoon (Calvin and Hobbes) epitomizes the relationship I often have with my “alter ego“.  Not conflict.  Not comprehension.  Not adverse.
That other bastard just doesn’t get it, but is willing to play along just the same.
We are complex entities, all of us.
Now where the hell did I put that transmogrifier gun?

 

Loony Tunes
16 Year Old Voters?
Joe says WTF?
I say you gotta be kidding!
The Democrat Party is unmoored from reality.
How could a 16 year old person make world changing choices that are sane, logical, and enduring?
Choices that advance the economy, the culture, the health of our citizenry, while attempting to preserve or better our environment?
Good luck answering.
Joe and I were 16 (only once).
We weren’t, and never met, the virtuous well informed 16 year old voter.
Hell, eligible adults are having the devil of a time doing so, let alone newbie-pubies.
What could possibly possess the Democrats to support such a plan?
Votes, we reckon.
Although the vote is only a pathway to the ultimate goal.
Power of government.
Government is “legitimate” force.
Q.  Which country in the world has no armed forces or weaponry?
A.  There isn’t such a country!
Here is Chad Prather offering his opinion on the subject:

Joe and I bought a book some time ago titled “Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas”.  Daniel J. Flynn identifies a number of ideologically driven movements which turned into veritable Pandora’s Box ugliness for the general public (more on Pandora below).
Joe says this book should be mandatory reading.
In high school.
And university, college, trade school, correspondence class, and for citizenship.
Definitely read and understand before you vote.
In keeping with our tradition of ascorbic humor regarding politics, we will defer to the great H.L. Mencken for a final comment –

 

Stefan Molyneux
The southern border of the U.S. of A. is being attacked.
Immigration law in the U.S. of A. is so compromised and ineffectual that hundreds of thousands of desperate people are taking a chance to gain foothold (physical presence) in the country.
As Stefan notes, warfare has taken the guise of walking into a country then voting into office the type of government you want.
Time for some philosophical / biological analysis of just who the heck people think they are!
Here is “Thought Bites: Women, Open Borders and Warfare”:

 

Prager U
Dennis Prager lets the hammer drop on “Leftism”:

 

White Male Privilege
Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic shares his personal story of white male privilege.
Ha!
A lot of parallels to Joe and me; our story is similar.
Sharing a personal secret, we never wanted anything more than an adventure:

 

Schadenfreude
The definition of “Schadenfreude” is – noun: satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.
When the Mueller Report hit the desk of A.G. William Burr last Friday, he and his team came up with a four page report for Congress in less than 36 hours.  The report was delivered to Congress on Sunday.  An incredible feat, considering the volume of data to be parsed.
The incipient schadenfreude the Democrat / progressive / never Trump / lefty wackjobs were sensually salivating to experience did NOT materialize.
Indeed, each and all of the accusations against Trump and his team were summarily dismissed.  No collusion.  No obstruction.
Now, the schadenfreude shoe is on the other foot.
Today, Wednesday, it was reported that CNN’s viewership had dropped overnight to less than 600,000 viewers.
A catastrophe.
For them.
Other main stream media outlets felt similar disastrous declines.
Joe scratched his head and pondered what the Hell they expected after 2+ years of an obsessive-compulsive rabid pursuit of lies, deceit, and obfuscation that produced a big fat nothing.
Joe and I aren’t particular fans of The Rolling Stones, but this seems one of those times.  (That one bozo looks like Ronald McDonald):

The cartooning world has never had such a fertile and bountiful subject cornucopia.  Examples follow.
The NYT would never publish a headline (see below) in this universe –

The schadenfreude-o-meter –

We found these and more at Powerlineblog.
A bunch more at PatriotPost.
In addition, if you search Google or Duck-Duck-Go for Mueller Report Cartoons, you will be laughing for hours!
Joe and I know it is difficult to put aside emotions and feelings in order to concentrate entirely on data, facts, and observations.
Even more difficult to think, to analyze, to deduce, to conclude.
Terribly difficult when the data, facts, and information is contradictory.
However, we reiterate.
What a person does is orders-of-magnitude more significant than what they say.
As Russ Perot said, “Talk is cheap.  Words are plentiful.  Deeds are precious.”
As for the Main Stream Media, today, Thursday, most of them have pivoted to health care.  No apology.  No mia culpa.  No mention of collusion or obstruction.
Others have doubled down on their position insisting there is collusion and obstruction.  Despite no evidence, no “smoking gun”, no facts.
Again no apology.  No mia culpa, despite the Mueller report.
Mueller, the “golden boy” of the left, is now under suspicion.
What a sad state so-called journalism is in, and how little validity they now have.

 

Patrick Moore Redux
The following video is from the excellent Canadian YoubeTube channel, “Conversations That Matter“.  CTM is a product of Simon Fraser University, featuring Stuart McNish.  Subject matter focuses on B.C. and Canadian issues, with world-wide concerns seen from a Canadian perspective.
Their website is www.conversationsthatmatter.tv/ for additional videos.  Click on “Episodes” for a menu sorted by topic.
This conversation with Patrick Moore is several years old, but has more detail than the previous Dr. Moore videos posted in this rant.
In this video Dr. Moore explains why the CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere have fallen from thousands to mere hundreds of parts per million.
The guilty party is Life©!
Carbon dioxide is the foundation of all life on planet earth.
Sequestering of CO2 by various life forms was on course to eradicate life on earth.
Watch and learn:

A second in-depth interview of Dr. Moore by Stuart McNish (from Conversations That Matter) that is more recent than the above video.
You will hear Dr. Moore state that “The corruption is public funding of science”:

Joe and I are presently enamored with Conversations That Matter.
For my friend Ronaldo D., check out the pieces on Indian Treaties, Energy sector.
For my friend Ricky D., check out the conversations with Dr. Will Happer and Dr. Freeman Dyson.
Just sayin’.

 

GMO People
Joe and I are great fans of Pandora.
(Water color Lawrence Alma-Tedema, 1881) –
The legend states that Pandora opened a jar left in the possession of Epimethius which contained death, illness, and other evils that beset mankind.  She quickly closed the jar, but all the contents had escaped except hope (or, pessimistically translated, deceptive expectation).
Over the centuries, different interpretations of the Greek myth have been offered.  The story changed as did the cultures and societies reading the original.
Present times, to open a “Pandora’s Box” implies unleashing something powerful that may have dire unexpected consequences.
(John William Waterhouse – 1896 – oil on canvas) –
Enter the dragon!
The study of DNA, the building block of all life, is a powerful pursuit.
Is it possible to assemble the simple elements of the DNA chain (T-A, C-G) and build your very own unique creature?
The answer is yes.
Scrupulous and unscrupulous endeavors are currently underway to do just that.
Baby steps first.
Here is a conversation between Stephen Hsu and Stefan Molyneux about genetically engineered humans:

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Sunday Rant – 1219

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Joe’s Comment – Trust C.S. Lewis to succinctly suggest an important attitude adjustment in less than 20 words.
The human condition requires you make mistakes and take risks to learn, all the while you will develope an aversion to making mistakes and taking risks.
Nobody wants to fail, even if it is essential to developing and learning.
Being human ain’t easy.  Much conundrums.
I chose this quote because I’ve been wrenching on three different Ford vehicles this week.
Happy ending here I come!

 

Patrick Moore
This week in the Sunday Rant Joe and I celebrate Canadian heroes and heroines.
Patrick Moore is one of the sane voices regarding “climate change” in the rugby scrum of warring perspectives and Chicken Little ideologies.
He self identifies as a humanist, a realist, and an environmentalist.
Joe says that makes him a threeist (ist x 3).
We ordered his ists according to our impression of their importance to Dr. Moore.
Watch the following appeal he makes on behalf of millions of third world children who die every year from complications of vitamin A deficiency:

Joe and I are old enough to have seen the pictures of Patrick Moore and his Green Peace comrades thwarting the Russian whaling fleet.
If we had access to Mr. Peabody’s wayback machine we’d show you a thing or two:

Anyway, President Donald Trump chimed in to support the bona fides of Patrick Moore as an original founding member of Green Peace.

From this article at Breitbart and the associated links found there, we discover that Green Peace has removed Patrick Moore from their foundation’s history.  They’ve air brushed him out of the historical photos.  They deny his involvement!
From this article in wattsupwiththat they compare the Green Peace website photos to the Soviet “disappearing Commissars” photos where Stalin and Co. became Stalin alone.
What a catfish stew.  With heads.
Green Peace has become what Dr. Moore has been saying for over twenty years – they are all about the $$$, and not about the environment.
Patrick Moore is a Canadian icon.
Joe is especially chatty when we go about our business in town.
We quiz folks about various and sundry topics.
Most are ignorant of the important work of great Canadians like Patrick Moore and Tim Ball in the war against ignorance about climate change.

 

Faith Goldy
Joe and I were somewhat crestfallen to read Faith has married.
We held her in our life much as we do the BCLottery Foundation®.
There are tickets in our shop many years old: why check and lose when you can keep the dream alive?
Here is Faith speaking with Jesse Lee Peterson (no relation to JBP (we think)):

Joe likens Faith to pitchblende.  Or Kimberlite.
That is to say she has some incredibly valuable substance.
Mixed with a cornucopia of other mishmashy often edgy ideas and theories.
Joe and I experience a certain heightening of awareness when she speaks.
Unlike Chris Mathews, it isn’t “I felt this thrill going up my leg”.
We are much more North, much more sophisticated.

 

Historic Tim Ball
Dr. Tim Ball is a brave heroic Canadian.
Dr. Ball is a climatologist of pristine calibre.
What Joe and I like is his political consciousness and his ability to connect the dots.
We also like his candid calling out of cads and scoundrels.
This video is before the outcome of the law suit against him (Michael Mann – “hockey stick” et cetera) was determined.
At this time his legal bill was in excess of $1.3 million CDN.
Our Canada is proud of Dr. Ball and his effrontery in the face of such a miscreant as Mr. Mann:

 

Bill Whittle
Joe and I have been following Mr. Whittle for over 10 years.
He’s had many revelatory thoughts and ideas in his polity of work.
This is an example of his perspective and his analysis.
Here’s Firewall and Why Johnny Can’t Think:

 

Pretty Lady Woman – Take Two
Joe and I were quite stimulated by Mr Regan’s analysis of how the Pretty Woman (AOC) was selected and supported during the 2018 mid-term election.
If you watched the part I video, it was noted that the objective is to take over the Democrat Party with a shotgun approach to conscripting, grooming, and promoting a candidate by a well funded far left group of ideologues.
Well, what about the others?
More from Mr Regan:

 

The West is Best
PJW is a canary in the Western coal mine(ed).
Is the West in decline?
Joe says, can a duck fart?
An overview of the decline:

Is this true?
Joe and I think not.
Our belief is the West is more than an idea.
We think the West is a people.
Here is a rebuttal to Mr. Watson from Jared Taylor:

Joe and I are not sure about the term “racism” or “racist”.
Humans are part of the animal kingdom.
All animal species specialize.
Cross breeding is possible across some but not all species.
For example, theory states Homo Sapiens interbred with Neanderthalensis because DNA.
However, when you introduce the concept of subspecies = race, the argument begins.
Joe and I are only mildly interested in the semantic battle.
Our observation is that the differences among the examples of the species homo sapiens are legion.  No two snowflakes and all that crapola.
Just like the areas of the earth.
Hence our speculation that environmental differences, nutritional opportunities, isolation factors, cultural behaviour, cultural awareness, and gene pool size (to name a few categories) cause specialization in the “strain” or “tribe” or “ethnicity”.
And the specialization can be observed.
Our observation is Frank Herbert’s novel “Dune” was an intuitive look at the human condition.
Joe and I still consider IQ the greatest factor in the level and degree of specialization a person or culture or ethnicity or tribe or strain will accomplish.
The peoples who built the West were unique specialists.
It remains to be seen if the influx of migrant populations from other specialist societies can adapt enough to promulgate the Western culture.
This is where Joe agrees with both above authors.
I reserve my opinion.

 

Mass Murderers
Joe and I are tired of certain tropes.
Trope this.
Trope that.
Certain memes, too.
Meme this.
Meme that.
How about “religion has killed more people in the history of humanity than any other ___________ (fill in the blank)”.
How about “war is never justified”.
How about “IQ is not relevant, but if it were it is the product of environment and nutrition, not genetics”.
There are many more equally pompous pronouncements that don’t really bear intense scrutiny.  Or detailed analysis of “frame of reference”.
Or theoretical vs actual projection.
And any other metric you might choose to measure validity.
One such trope / meme is that Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao see Dung (that’s a play on words), and Hitler were the massiest messiest mass murderers in history.
Attila the Humdinger (word play again!) is a bigger killer than Pol Pot.  The “Scourage of God” is estimated to have killed 12 million via compound bow, hand-to-hand combat, fire, and siege.  Given the time period (and a small (relatively) population density), with no “weapons of mass destruction”, his head count is impressive.
However, these men, these killers, were at war or worse.
Worse is political chicanery (from the mouth of Joe the Mekanic).
What about ideological killers?
You might argue that Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao see Poo (ha ha!), and Hitler were ideologues, too.
It gets complicated.
What if we told you that two seemingly harmless women brandishing nothing more than ideology and righteous certainty eclipsed (and continue eclipsing) all of the above mentioned kennels-men of the dogs of war?:

Two women.
Margaret Sanger.
Rachel Carson.
The head count is 100 million + and counting.

Joe and I aren’t condemning these ladies.
However, the head count of abortion since Roe vs Wade in North America (minus Mexico) has exceeded 60 MILLION, showing small signs of lessening.
This doesn’t include whatever twaddle the UK, Australian, European, and New Zealand and the rest of the world used to justify killing children in the womb.
Margaret Sanger is the mother of Planned Parenthood.
What about after being born.
What are the hazards of being a child?
The titular (a boob joke) originator of the environmental movement was Ms. Rachel Carson.  Her book “Silent Spring” is credited with the ultimate banning of DDT production.
DDT was sidelined in 1972 under the Nixon administration.
Ironically, the regulatory body which curtailed the use of DDT was also created by Nixon’s administration in 1970.  That body is the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Latest figures for death due to lack of DDT application (control mechanism for prohibiting the spread of malaria, yellow fever, typhus, etc.) since 1972 is 50+ million.  And growing.
There are counter arguments.
Of course these two well meaning women would have never intended these chain-of-event catastrophes to play out.
Joe and I bet they never personally took a life.
Also, neither woman controlled government or any agency that had or has the power or authority to implement such policy.
Furthermore, the US of A did NOT prohibit the production of DDT internationally: they had no such authority outside the borders of America.
However, when the funding and provision of DDT was left to the third world countries / tropical areas to support, corruption and political malfeasance often reduced or eliminated the program.
That is the power of an idea.
And here we are…..

 

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Joe’s Comment – Damn if it ain’t true!  From a colossal 5’11” as a high school doofus, the enormity of Joe is now 5’9½”.  There is probably an equivalent drop in IQ, testosterone, eyesight, hearing, and endurance, too.
I reckon it peculiar (and symetrical) that when an infant joins the world, it is measured in parts of an inch, parts of a pound (or Metric if you wish), and ages in days and months.
So true when you get old, older, oldest, too.
Life is a parabolic trajectory.
Pretty funny if you want the facts.
My life may be wearing me down, but it has never been as interesting or valuable.
I go to bed with a smile and wake with a grin.
Ready for the challenge of the day.
For what else is there?
Katharine Hepburn summed it aptly –

 

Pretty Lady Woman
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka Occasional-Cortex, O’Crazio-Kotex, Nieman-Marxist, She-Guevara, Occasional-Kotex) won a seat in the US Congress by winning an election in the New York 14th House District.
She is a good looking Puerto Rican comely female –
Her good looks, youth, and energy are offset by a less than stellar resumè.
Listen to her speak; there is contradiction.
Much like the Munificent Mulatto (aka Barry Soetoro, Barack Hussein Obama, Obummer, Gaybama, Jug Ears, Maobama, more here) the on-script performance of speeches and interviews from notes or teleprompter is well formulated and delivered with passion and conviction.
However, the off-script ad hoc improvised speech is jumbled, confusing, disconnected, or downright loony.
Joe says this does not compute.
How did this pretty bartender sweep the election, then go on to rattle the cage of the entire Democrat Party?
Here’s a few facts about her head of staff – a known fascist bastard lover – Saikat Chakrabarti –
How would a pretty bartender know such a man?
Mr Regan has a theory.
The theory is believable because it is based on the words of the players.
This is a multi-pronged attempt to take over the Democrat Party.
The big fat liar heading “The Young Turks” website, Cenk Uygur, played a role in promoting “The Justice Democrats”, who advertised the role of Congress person as a casting call.  They received 10,000+ applications.
They chose She Guevara:

Joe and I may be country bumpkins.
We for sure, no foolin’, are dirt people.
No contest from us.
And don’t we wish we were born yesterday!  (That would make us 1 day old.)
But…..
To think this isn’t politics as usual is naive beyond our usual starry-eyed Kumbaya gee ain’t life grand optimism.
With all the power of this platform, of our towering influence, our razor-honed intellect, Joe and I pondered a proper well measured comment on this travesty.
Our considered position is to change the title of this segment to reflect on a movie starring Kevin Costner and Julia Roberts – in short, this is a story about a beautiful woman who is a prostitute-for-hire.
C’est dommage.
C’est la guerre.
C’est la vie.
C’est la pomme de terre.
That’s all the trope we got.
The Q is, is it enough?

 

Colonization (for the Nation)
Joe and I were alive when Sally Struthers (actress) aired commercials on TV supporting charity for impoverished African countries.
Joe and I recollect Sally (and her ilk) begging for charitable donations for various African countries or cultures all the time we were growing up.  Example:

The above ad dates from the mid ’70’s.
At the time, the population of Ethiopia was just over 33 million souls.
The population in 2018 is estimated at 107 million souls.
Amazing gains for an impoverished area.
This is “r” reproductive strategy.
The GDP per capita was calculated at $549.80 USD for 2017.
The earliest record we found on line was $190.00 USD for 1980.
This is the third poorest country in the world.
Snap quiz: who colonized Ethiopia?
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, BONG!
Time’s up!
Trick question.
Ethiopia was not colonized during the “Scramble for Africa“.
A PDF document of development aid to Africa (2017) here.  A graph from the document –
As the graph shows, the United States alone contributed over 28 billion USD from 2013 – 2015 to various African countries.  Also, Canada made the top 10 donators, placing 6th.  More information at the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
On the other side of the equation are countries (in and out of Africa) colonized by European nations.
There is an argument that colonization for many countries (especially in Africa) was a net benefit for the indigenous peoples.
The Case for Colonialism“, written by Bruce Gilley, was first published in a 2017 edition of Third World Quarterly magazine.
You might want to read the entire article before it is lost forever.
The on line publisher, Taylor & Francis, received death threats and withdrew the publication.
If you can’t find it at the link above, contact us via Droveria.  We have a PDF copy.
Here is the abstract from Mr. Gilley’s article –
This paper is an important read.
The cost to the Western world is immense.
Whether or not the recipient countries are benefiting is another matter.
Some argue that development aid encourages malfeasance and corruption, thereby retarding development – antithetical to the goal.
Joe asks what in the world is wrong with Africa?
I say low IQ.
Low enough to inhibit development and progress.
Corruption runs rampant.
Joe suspects an inverse relation with IQ and virtue.
Enter the conversation between Jared Taylor and Stefan Molyneux:

Joe listened and read carefully.
Perhaps low IQ Africa (and any other low IQ societies) would be better off with the modern version of colonial guidance.
The Chinese are already doing so in a most nefarious way – by insinuating their government via economic development into the host country.  The net result is the host country cannot repay the Chinaman, who gradually takes over the country’s infrastructure.
Time for Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden” poem to be posted (again) – Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
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) to the light:
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the White Man’s burden-
Have done with childish days-
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers! (An analysis here.)

 

Prager U
Another gem from Prager U.
This is professor Sean McDowell explaining why sex matters:

 

 

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