Sunday Rant – 2120

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Joe’s Comment –  A couple of beauties from Michael Crawford this week.
Although the Wuhoo Flu is still big news, these two cartoons capture my mood during the entire fiasco.
Not much point worrying about what might happen.
Go hard with what is happening – and make sure you’ve got attitude!

 

 

The W.H.O. vs The Who vs Who?
Paraphrasing Ms. Jean Knight,
“Mr. Big Stuff, W.H.O.  do you think you are?
Mr. Big Stuff, you’re never gonna get my love….”
Joe and I are simpatico with Ms. Knight’s rebuke.
We would like to believe the W.H.O. is a composite super hero.
Alas, there is history that bespeaks villainy.
Just who in the world does the head of W.H.O. think he am?
The Director General of the World Health Organization is Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian politico.  If you are inclined to read the “pro” and “con” commentary available on the Internet, Mr. Ghebreyesus is both a saint and a commie rat-bastard.
Joe is going with commie rat-bastard.
It seems that Ethiopia, a poor African nation (the average IQ in the mid-60 range per various sources might have something to do with their poverty) has fallen prey to the Chinese Communist Party helping hand that has indebted upward of 56 African countries to the CCP.  The CCP is nobody’s friend.  They target resource rich stupid people with offers of financial assistance that is heavily tilted in favor of the CCP should the terms of the agreement fail to be met.
Alas, the terms are often not met, by design.
The CCP is truly the poster child for commie rat-bastardism world-wide.
From Joe and my perspective, this dumb bastard and his equally dumb Ethiopian “leaders” got their beloved Ethiopia caught in the deadly evil meat-grinder commie rat trap of the CCP “One Belt One Road” initiative.
The end state of One Belt One Road is the building of a new global system of alternative economic, political, and security “interdependencies” with China at the center.”
Joe has an expression for this kind of behavior – By hook or by fuck.
The Chinese, like the Nazi Germans and the Imperial Japanese and the mighty Mongol Gengus Khan and so many tyrannies chronicled in history are hell bent to force there way on the world.
Serial rapists might be apropos, metaphor wise.
For anyone anywhere sympathetic to the tyranny approach to governance hear our words clearly – the West has come to world leadership by way of the “invisible hand”.
The invisible hand concept is more individually pertinent when described as the division of labor, i.e., pursuit of self interest (happiness).  Three short videos follow, describing how the entire giant ball of complexity is very simple when precipitated to a few simple concepts.  You have certain skills.  You have certain needs.  Through commerce, you find what you need and you engage your skills to provide what others need.
Voluntarily.
This voluntary exchange, this buyer/seller relationship, is a “value added exchange”, where both parties are satisfied with the outcome.
No dog beating required.
No gulags or death camps or re-education centers necessary.
The Scottish Enlightenment was a profound and incredibly inventive period of time in Western culture.  A brief perspective of the Scottish culture of the time (from the link) –
“….. as the author Christopher Brookmyer once argued, the reason that things get invented in Scotland is exactly the inverse of why they don’t get invented in the Caribbean. “Scots just can’t help inventing things. Leave one alone on a single-palm desert island and by the end of the week he’ll have built a paddle-craft using every available resource, right down to the hollowed coconut shells for a propeller. Maybe it was because Scotland was such a miserable place to live that the drive to improve one’s day-to-day existence was utterly imperative. What the hell got invented in the Caribbean? Nothing. But Scotland? You name it.” If you take the 18th century as an example, then he certainly has a point!”
Adam Smith lived during this period.
Adam Smith (like Darwin or Isaac Newton or a host of others) had clear vision and described what he saw as a basic human behavior.  A very brief introduction via three videos to the philosopher Adam Smith follows:

Joe and I endorse and embrace the invisible hand philosophy.
The best possible result (most efficient, too) precipitates without the conscious effort of the participants!
So tidy, so concise, so thrifty.
Hoot mon!
Who is going to do something, anything, about these incorrigible Chicom dishonest Johns?
Who indeed…..
Whether you hate Donald Trump (what he said about baby cats!!!), whether you love Donald Trump (he is Shane, come to save us from our alter egos!!!), whether you are unaware of the existence of Donald Trump (Joe Biden’s recent and current verbal musings comes to mind), you would have to be living on the dark side of the moon if you are unaware of the amazing changes to America over the last three years.
Donald J. Trump is leading that posse.  In the words of Jim Croce, you don’t mess around with Slim:

Joe and I have watched the POTUS intently since his bid for the presidency began.
When he says he wants to help people, we believe him.
Better to build a resort on a beautiful beach and fill it with rich tourists than to bomb the ever lovin’ shit out of poor dumb mud peckers in ideological fury.
Just our opinion.
Sure as hell you have your own.
DJT’s mind is agile.
Looking at his family, his family history, his business career, over 50 years of public life, who he surrounds himself with – he has experienced orders of magnitude more than most folks in his 70 + years.
In Trump calculus, the trade deal with the Chinese, the abuse of peoples and nations by the CCP (in the guise of help via One Belt One Road), the Wuhoo Flu catastrophe in all and every facet, the CCP aggression in the South China Sea, 50 years of disinformation strategies, the theft of property (intellectual, physical, and legal) – all this and more is too much coincidence.
He is forming a public opinion, soon to be vocalized.
Joe and I have learned to interpret the president’s version of Queens English (not blimey style, Queens, New York, style).
He is pissed.
He is pissed at the Chinese Communist Party.
He is pissed at his BFF Xi Ping Pong Pi.
He is pissed at the W.H.O.
He is very pissed that over a million people will die from a preventable Nazi scientist fumble of a deadly virus (if it was a fumble, not a Hail Mary by the rat-bastard commies).
He is not talking to the Chinese….. yet.
He is talking to the W.H.O.
He has cut funding to the World Health Organization.
He has given them an ultimatum in the form of a letter.
The Trump letter to the W.H.O. is concise, terse, and a type of inverse quid pro quo –


Even a rat-bastard commie can make out the meaning in this letter.
We’ve heard it expressed in many ways for many years.
It means….. money talks, bull shit walks.
One more economic vampire on the neck of the West bites dust.
Meanwhile, the W.H.O. should listen to The Who while looking long and hard into a genuine made in America mirror:

 

 

Why Joe Fears the Sea
A lot of female folks have an idea that heaven looks a lot like this –
In the female mind, the person in the above image is them.
Not a care in the world.
Exploring the warm sea in the hot sun on a beautifully sandy and deserted and exotic beach.
Whatever “exotic” means…..
Back at the cabana there are many happy smiley tiny brown people just waiting to serve them all de doo-da day.
Heaven, da?
Not so with Joe.
This is the scene of untold atrocities, perpetuated by hoards of evil beings who, if they could, would claim they are only “doing what comes natural”.
Oh!  The humanity!
The amazing crew at True Facts (zefrank1) has captured much of this carnage on video.
Take a few minutes and watch the killer surfing snails in action and tell Joe that you don’t fear for your life whenever you stick your big toe in the ocean:

If that doesn’t revolt you, how about the incredibly disgusting Bobbit worm and their Polychaete pals:

Joe fears the sea.
Joe is revolted by the sea.
Joe says, and it is true: whales poop in the sea!
And the bottom is littered with dead sailors, dead sea fauna, dead sea flora.
The outfall of Victoria BC’s tertiary treated sewage, i.e., human waste, is down there, too.
Joe no go, no swim in sea.
So, what say ye to a nice splash in a puddle, a wallow in a pond, a dunk and a dive in a lake?
Quoting the great John McEnroe, you cannot be serious!
Every drop of Nature’s Water™ has some sort of inhuman corruption behaving badly with malicious intent.
A short video to prove the point.  True Facts presents “Carnivorous Dragonflies:

Joe fears Nature®.
Nature is  not throttled, not controlled; it is chaos – it is Life©.
Life is wild, mutating, unconscious, and NOT YOUR FRIEND!!!
Joe will swim in a chlorine saturated pool, only in daylight, thank you very much.
Maybe some DDT, too, in the pool.

 

Epoch Times
Joe and I view something from the Epoch Times every day.
Here is a perspective from Conrad Black (a great Canadian by proxy) we thought worthy of reading twice.
The point he makes is the Democrat party is gambling everything on blaming the Coronavirus lock stock and barrel on President Trump.
If they are successful, they will de-throne Donald Trump and Joe Biden will become the President.
Joe Biden.
The not-so-bright thug who is literally losing his mind in front of the American people.
This is some very weak beer the Democrats are pinning their donkey tail hopes upon.
Voters are fickle.  Here’s a quote from the opinion piece –
As strategies go, it’s crude and even rather contemptible, but it is attached to a premise that may be valid: all the rest of this president’s record, including his formerly brilliant record on the economy and his drastic reduction of illegal immigration and recognition of the need to meet the China challenge, may be swamped in a referendum on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic—that question may be the real version of the question to the voters of whether they approve of Trump.
If this happens, as now appears likely, it will not only obscure the rest of Trump’s record in these last, eventful three years, it is clearly the fervent hope of the Democrats that this over-arching question will expunge from the voters’ thoughts the problem of the allegation of sexual impropriety against Joe Biden, and the growing apprehension of political damage over the obviously lawless conduct of the Barack Obama FBI and intelligence leadership in the 2016 election and aftermath.”
And so it goes.
Joe and I stick to our belief that there are about 40 million people in America who are so stupid they cannot perform meaningful work.
Even then, those of legal age are voters.
And there are plenty of illegal residents who somehow manage to vote in California and New York.
Mr. Black presents a viable case.
An interesting read written by an interesting Canadian.

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Sunday Rant – 2020

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Joe’s Comment – Two beauties from Robert Mankoff to bookend my week.  Working long hours every day makes me realize that whatever I had seems to be reluctant to reemerge.  In the long ago times a 12 or even 14 hour day was un morceau de gatêau.
Now a 10 hour day bakes me, not the cake.
It is disappointing, but not without reason.
And it certainly ain’t the end of my world.
I’ll keep at it for a few more whiles (thank you Donald, for the coinage) and see if it once more becomes a breeze…..
One positive note: No matter how tired and crippled I get, lots of stuff is getting planned, many things are getting started, and a few (very few) things are actually getting done!
Who woulda thought.

 

Coronavirus Oddities and Tid-bits
Joe and I are perplexed that the sheeple AND the people are becoming more agitated and unsure as time goes by about the dreaded pirate Wuhoo Flu.
Here and there, now and then, evidence emerges that things aren’t so dire as once thought.
Another vector, another cache, another file folder, continues to accumulate data that contradicts the main stream hysteria.
The following speech from Dr. Ivette Lozano opened our eyes wide.
Like the two California doctors (Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi, whose YoubeTube video has mysteriously disappeared), Dr. Lozano’s first hand evidence and results working with COVID-19 patients do not conform to the official narrative.
Watch it now, because almost guaranteed it will disappear as soon as the autocrats and overseers and censors catch wind of this now viral exposé of the status quo:

Also of interest is this discussion about COVID-19 between Dave Rubin and Mike Rowe.
The discussion is posted as three segments.
The first is called “Exposing How Putting Safety First Could Be a Mistake”.
Very pertinent ideas about “safety” vs living life.:

In segment two, Mr. Rowe touches a nerve with Joe and I.
We also believe all work is “essential”, therefore all workers are “essential workers”.
Mr. Rowe predicts this poor choice of descriptors will haunt future cultural and political discourse:

The third tackles a thorny subject – “How COVID Has Revealed What College Really Is”.
Perhaps the CCP virus will have some positive impact on the education system’s full Nelson hold on post secondary learning:

In typical Dave Rubin fashion, the entire discussion is released a few days later for the non-paying public:

 

Conspiracy or Q Anon?
Joe and I are torn on the ideology of Globalism.
How could it be possible to have a governance that spans the entire globe when it is literally impossible to govern a large city?
How many languages are spoken in the world today?  According to the website Ethnologue, that number is 7,111.   Joe says even if this number is wrong by an order of magnitude, it is STILL UNSURMOUNTABLE.  According to Ethnologue, 23 languages account for 50% of the world’s population.  Joe asks: does anyone speak all 23?  We all know damn well that person doesn’t exist, is still a fantasy, an avatar, an ideal.
How many ethnicities in the world today?  According to the website Tapatalk, and the website Infomary, there are in excess of 5,000 ethnicities.  Again, if this number is wrong by an order of magnitude, it is STILL UNSURMOUNTABLE.
The League of Nations had a Covenant.
The League of Nations did NOT have a universal declaration of human rights.
The United Nations has a Charter.
The United Nations has a Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  It is untenable.  Reading Article 1 and beyond, any informed person can name non-compliant nations.  A wonderful ideal; an impossible reality.
Herein lies the problem, the flaw, the herd of elephants in the room.
For global governance to work, to have voluntary and complicit involvement of all peoples of all nations and places, the dictates of over five thousand ethnicities speaking over seven thousand languages have to be met in part to a more than trivial generality.
Joe gives an example from the natural world.
A sparrow, a hawk, a buzzard, a pelican, a humming bird, a crow – all are birds.
That’s about all they have in common, other than laying eggs.
Joe and I side with Woodrow Wilson, POTUS, who stated in 1916 –
My dream is that as the years go by … the world … will turn to America for those moral inspirations which lie at the basis of all freedom … [and that] all shall know that she puts human rights above all other rights, and that her flag is the flag not only of America, but humanity.”  (from SpeedySnail – “Why Was There No League of Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights?“)
From a footnote, the above Woodrow Wilson quote is recorded by Edward H. Carr, The Twenty Years’ Crisis 1919-1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations, second edition (London, 1946), p. 234. Carr calls this a “vision of [U.S.] world supremacy”, but to infer a simplistic nationalism on Wilson’s part is unfair. Wilson naturally spoke (on Independence Day 1914) in American terms, but he was speaking for the world supremacy of human rights which America happened to enjoy, not for the world supremacy of America.
Joe and I agree with this clarification.
If there were to be a global governance, it had better be a continuation of and organized about the most powerful existing constitution of any nation.  Free will, liberty, private property, inalienable rights, rule of law, the intrinsic value of the individual.
The following video may smell conspiracy theory-like to some.
Joe and I love the concept of Occam’s Razor, but human relationships and politics seem overly complicated and bizarre when unraveled.
Watch and judge for yourselves:

 

Cartoonist o’ the Week
No secret: Joe and I admire cartoonists.
This week the cartoons of Sean Delonas.
A few of his political cartoons, with his very special artwork –

 

Joe’s Garage

Pet Project
Joe and I have taken an extreme interest in the well-being of the very entity that is we: our meaty-puppet self.
During our foundering years while enrolling and dropping out of university (more than once), the gaggle of professionals who interviewed and coached and tested Joe and I repeatedly suggested we enter medical school.
Our standard reply was….. no thanks, who wants to hang around with sickies and deadies?
Now that we are old(er) and our cohort is self stampeding off the cliff of sickies and deadies (ain’t old age a bitch!), our selfish interest has inspired we research how to keep our antique car-cass tuned up and running smooth for as long as we can.
Our beloved grade 9 math teacher, Ms. Morrison, oft told Joe and I “David, understanding the problem is 95% of the solution.”
We have taken her sage advice to heart (doG bless her memory).
Research is a favorite activity for most of we, that is, the 37 or so souls occupying our cranial cavity.  In our earnest desire to know what specifically this body of ours requires to stay healthy, we have wandered near and far via the Internet to gain insight and information.  Every so often we revel over the occasional eureka! moment of clarity.
One of our favorite sources for essential health information put in lay terms so that we dummies can comprehend is the good doctor Robert Cywes.
In the following presentation posted in May of 2019, Dr. Cywes addresses a group of medical professionals with his uniquely delivered lecture on the evils of addiction to sugar/carbohydrates.
His claim is that obese people are addicted.
His program uses psychological techniques and practices developed for addicts to help the obese.
Here is his lecture “What does a surgeon know about psychology and addiction?”:

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Joe’s Comment – Damn, that says a ton.  How many folks in the world think that because they are one of a kind (like a snow flake), that makes them special?
I hope all people feel that way, feel special.
The fact is, they are correct.
People are, in the words of me, autonomous self replicating meat puppets, capable of changing the world, each and every one.
Theoretically at least.
However, Being special, being unique, does NOT imply usefulness.
That is a product of hard work.

 

Coronavirus Crumbs
Joe and I have noticed that here in our lovely hometown of Vernon BC, things have returned to normal.
Gasoline prices are up 30¢ per liter.
Meat prices are up (we buy rib eye steak, whole) over $4.00 per pound.
Whether the runny shit politicians are done with pushing the people around, here in Vernon “We The People” seem to have spoken.
Let the herd immunity conversation re-commence.
In the land of our brothers in America, another California doctor speaks out during a protest rally:

How long until the above video is disappeared by our moral and ethical superiors at YoubeTube?
Joe suspects it will be gone before this rant is released on Sunday at midnight.
Meanwhile, humor and wit and criticism abound.
Here’s Mary Poppins with her take on the entire charade:

Some words of wisdom from a police officer on the front line.
His caution about staying the constitutional rights of American citizens because of this coronavirus hysteria is well considered:

The humor abounds.  Many more examples below the fold.

 

Speedy Glacier Department
Joe and I are a gear head.
We like physics and chemistry and math and engineering, especially technology which is applied engineering, which is the pointy end of the engineering process – how to make life better for people by using available materials and human ingenuity to accomplish the objective.
The objective as stated – make life better for people.
“Better” can have many facets – healthier, safer, easier, longer, wealthier, happier, cleaner, more fulfilling – add your parameters to the list.
Full disclosure: we have not much more than common sense in our tool box.
Which opens the door for further discussion of what “common sense” might be; how can you categorize all the possible elements of such a seemingly simple phrase.
We don’t have that kind of time to waste.
For years Joe and I have been shouting at the top of our weekly rant that wind and solar technology DOES NOT SCALE.  Not efficiently.  Not economically.  Not environmentally.  Not safely.  Not ever.  The Four or Five Fathers, the men (with a few, very few special women) who emerged as pioneers from the enlightenment were not dummies.  They started with a more or less clean sheet, experimented, built, made mistakes large and small, and over centuries produced the on-going, living, breathing, complex of science, medicine, technology, and industry on which our Western life depends.
Any scientist, any mathematician, any statistician, any gear head knows.
The data exists.  The current technologies are insufficient.  The energy well / density / availability just isn’t there, just isn’t enough, just isn’t dependable.
We have been hating on Michael Moore for decades.  Since his first smear job so-called “documentary”.
Joe says if “Roger and Me” is a documentary we are ready for shit sandwiches.
Moore’s problem as we see it is judging a macro issue from an intensely micro-personal view, orders of magnitude of minutia out of scope.
An example of which is saying vaccines are evil and should be illegal because you know one person for whom a vaccination resulted in illness.
Anyway, the following film, fraught with emotion, occasional illogic, and outright misrepresentations and errors, is worth the watch.
It is the creation of Jeff Gibbs, an environmentalist (and aren’t we all?) who has the temerity to actually question WTF is going on.
If only to set the table for real discussion.
Joe wants to know who ran off with all the tax payer moo-la…..
You would think a manufacturing giant like General Electric would employ an engineer or two.  Some technicians.  Some tool and die makers (Joe’s heroes).  Just these folks alone would have told them it isn’t ready for the Big Time®.
However, any giant corporation also employs lawyers, and accountants, and sometimes very shyster-like CEO’s, CFO’s, BOD’s, and others lured like Sinbad and his sailors by the siren call of filthy lucre and the pornographic lust for monopoly and power.
Top that mess up with politicians.
Voila!
Joe and I are quite done with fearless leaders squandering the collective blood and treasure of our great Western culture chasing windmills.
Don Quiote needs to be retired.
The best part of this documentary is that Michael Moore is well loved by the progressives and environmentalists and commie pinko radicals.
At best this will open a dialogue between the sane and the ideologues.
Also at best, the ideologues might throw Michael Moore under the bus.
Joe says that would be a grinning ha-ha!, a sort of two-fer.
Viewers note: we could only watch a few minutes at a time, for the poor sons-a-bitches with well-meant intent are emotionally married to some Walt Whitman ideology of nature but are as naive as Henri Rousseau’s view of indigenous people.
They want to live a “natural life” with all the modern bells and whistles.
Imagine if you will a Star Wars version of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden pond.
That my friends only happens in the movies.
Joe and I say again – wind and solar are a pipe dream.  The energy requirement per capita of modern life does have a “green” solution.  The only green solution is nuclear energy, which is greener than green.  It is the sun, the source of all life.
Here is Jeff Gibbs’ “documentary”, Planet of the Humans:

 

Joe’s Garage

Those Who Can, Do Department
This guy is a phenomenon.
Joe might have tried this as a younger fella.
Dave not so much.
This man is up a palm in bare feet with a chainsaw, topping the tree, presumably because there isn’t ample clearance to drop the entire trunk.
Joe says a baseball cap isn’t much for safety gear.
Which causes us to reflect that safety might be a matter of knowing your abilities and limits, and operating within those limits.
Damn!  That man has a skill –

Ingenuity Department
Joe and I are continuously amazed at the skills and inventiveness seemingly normal people display and employ.  The human mind is an incredible thinking machine that is capable of unimaginable accomplishments and achievements.
The young lady in the following gif creates in 20 seconds something Joe and I would agonize over for hours.
Although we did use scissors as a youngster to make a darn good snowflake.
Watch and watch again.
See if you can do it.
Joe and I have already ruined 3 ½ pairs of socks.
No mask yet…..

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