Sunday Rant – 1020

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Joe’s Comment – Stephan Pastis and I view the intrusion of AI and “helper” programs from Google and the other monsters with similar trepidation.
Much like the novelty of the ’70’s when a car would vocally inform you that a “door is ajar”, it wears off quickly.
I’m not a conspiracy believer, and I’m not anti-technology, but I will need some serious convincing that it is in my best interest for some large corporation or some government to know every single detail of my ongoing existence.
Time to disengage from total integration.
Time to go “off grid”, or be anti whatever it is called that 5G is going to be, going to provide.
Fact is, I have enough bandwidth.
I use a cellular phone less than once a month.
I don’t want a driver-less vehicle.
I don’t text or Face Book or tweet or Instagram or any of the plethora of applications designed to steal precious time.
I will continue to use the Internet for research and data and news and communication.
No “smart” appliances for me, no smart cars either.
Me and the alligator are gonna hide behind the curtains for a while……
1949 here I come!

 

Trump Ads
This here is funny!:

 

Comic Book Ads
Joe and I remember most of these items advertised in the many comic books we traded and bought.
We (of course!) dreamed to own many of these incredible devices, and imagined us using them in the most comical and entertaining ways.
However, we wuz one of the original “Broke Brothers”.
Most of the time we couldn’t rub to pennies together ’cause we didn’t have two pennies.
For the record, this is the first time we’ve ever seen the actual product that was advertised.
Joe says it is best we were broke.  That way we didn’t become cynical and bitter before our time:

 

YoubeTube Legal Problems
Our Canadian lawyer of note, Viva Frei (aka David Freiheit), comments on the legal problems YoubeTube has created for itself by use of biased algorithms.
Algorithms biased against you, the user, which filter and block what you might search out or default watch.
Algorithms biased against content providers who do not meet YoubeTube criteria then exhibit extreme prejudice and financial penalties against said content, effectively blocking/quarantining the content from users/viewers.
Viva Frei has been denied “monetization” via algorithms (which was reversed) for some of his legal pontification.
Do up your seatbelt.  Mr. Freiheit talks about the same speed as Ben Shapiro:

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Joe’s Comment – Sometimes a cartoonist can make you laugh until you cry.
Then cry until you laugh again.
The vicissitudes of life, of living.
You can plan and “manage risk” as much as anyone.
Then, around the corner, comes life, in Panoramic Technicolor, with a whole fresh bundle of challenging puzzles for each and every one of us.
We live in a wonderful world with infinite opportunity.
Take it as it comes and enjoy every minute before time is up.

 

Steve Bannon
Joe and I think this man is accurate in his predictions because he is so knowledgeable about politics and human nature.
This short segment from Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News program (on Sunday morning) is an example of his deep understanding.
Joe and I agree that the “supply chain” for production of NECESSARY domestic, strategic, and defense materiel is a national security issue.
No product that is in these categories should be “outsourced” without stringent and thorough vetting, with extremely punitive penalties for malfeasance or non-performance:

Another of Mr. Bannon addressing the Judeo-Christian Republican Club in Palm Beach FL.  He shares details of how the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is treating the Chinese citizens while the corona virus rages out of control.
This is a brilliant man telling what he knows:

 

Stephen Harper
Joe and I were pleased to see PM Stephen Harper exchange views on current events with Maria Bartimaria of the Fox Business cable channel.
Joe and I think history will support PM Harper as being one of the best Canadian Prime Ministers of the last 100 years.  Or in Canadian history:

 

Donald Trump
Joe says this man has been waiting and watching for a long time.
This interview is by Rona Barrett, dated 10/6/80.
Donald John Trump is 34 years old.
We found this at the “UnfuckU” blog.
The UnfuckU blog somehow got it from “Reelin’ in the Years Productions“.
All ye “Never Trumpers” stop bleating for 4:23 minutes and you will see that Nostrodamus need not apply; he’s redundant.
It was never not possible:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman strikes again!
We think each episode he releases is better than the previous creation.
That is the kind of consistency Joe and I like!:

 

PragerU
What are the chances of illegal or fraudulent votes being cast?
What are the chances of these votes being detected as inadmissible?
Lucky for you investigative reporter Eric Egger has done the work to tell all about the American voting system for PragerU.
The data he found will astound you.
Or if you lean left, will drive you into cognitive dissonance so abruptly you will get a migraine.
Joe says this stinks:

 

Blue Collar Logic
Dave Morrison of BCL has an interesting interpretation of the Bernie Sanders phenomenon.  It goes something like those lefty folks that think they are better folks than the righty folks know that Bernie will be a lame duck from the get-go, so they can vocalize their hysteria knowing full well that nothing Bernie tries to do will be possible.
Or something like that.
Joe says listen to the argument (as many times as required) and make yer own way through the logic:

Jason Siler also makes a case for the degree of retard Mr. Sanders suffers.

 

Rudy Giuliani and Steven Bannon
We enjoyed this discussion of current events between ex NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani and ex Trump campaign chief strategist Steven Bannon.
Mr. Giuliani’s website is called Common Sense.  This interview is one of many interesting podcasts.
Mr. Bannon is one of the contributors to the website War Room.
Both men worked on the Trump campaign and know each other well.
This conversation is a mix of insider knowledge from both men:

 

Joe’s Garage

Passion vs Career
Mike Rowe and Kevin O’Leary discuss the strategies and tactics to become a successful contributor to society AND make a good living doing so.

Demand vs Production
In the real world of Western “capitalism” (what you see in the video is something else) there are phenomenon which appears counterproductive, even downright abusive of the well being of the general consumer.
It is one thing to create a factory which produces efficiently in every possible dimension “efficient” can be applied.
Another arm of “free trade”, a vital arm, is having an unfettered market for the product being produced.
Theory is Supply and Demand combined with free association and competition delivers the optimum return.
Competition = Good!
Central Planning = Bad! (or at best not good).
The following video addresses some of the turmoil surrounding the vehicle manufacturing industry which has stock holders, boards of investors, government intervention (regulations, economic governance, strategic direction), energy lobby intervention – all these things and more BEFORE the customer is considered.
Watch and be concerned:

Getting Older
Joe and I are now older than our father was when he died.
This week on Wednesday we had a full medical as well as a driver license medical.
If the government is spying on me and Louis, no, we did not get a “twofer”.
Paid with semi-real (Canadian) hard cash.
The result of the testing (less lab results – coming next week) is A-OK for another year of Class 1 driving (an annual medical in BC after age 65).
While with Dr. Louis B., we discussed supplements such as vitamins, minerals, whatevers.  Louis says if your diet is correct you needn’t supplement.
Nonetheless, Joe and I have a vitamin for old folks every day (it’s a gummy!).
We also take Vitamin D3 supplements.
We have noticed a decrease in skin tags and skin blemishes.
Dr. Louis B. says low carb, low sugar will do the same.
We will continue to take the supplements.
Our curiosity brought the following video from 2015 to our attention.
Dr. Bruce W. Hollis from the Medical University of Southern Carolina made this presentation titled “Results of a Prostate Cancer/Vitamin D Trial: Effectiveness Safety Recommendations” to an audience at the University of California in 2014.
Interesting data and links in the description:

SD Cards – Present and Future
Joe and I are technology enthusiasts.
More and better technology has the potential to make life easier, make entertainment better, make costs change – hopefully for the better (lower cost).
The humble SD card that we use in all of our vehicles for music (Joe and I are still boycotting Iphones, Ipads, Ibooks, Ieverydamnthings) was released for general use in 1999.
USB was already in use, and “flash drives” were a common data storage device.
So what became of SD technology?
Prepare to have your mind totally astonished.
The top end of SD cards today can have capacity of over one hundred terrabytes and a read/write capability of over 100 MB/sec.
These will be the “hard drive” of the future.
From Christopher Barnatt at Explaining Computers, here is a 2020 update on SD card technology:

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