Sunday Rant – 3020


Joe’s Comment – Dan Reynolds captures that moment in these two cartoons, that moment when you realize no matter how in tune you think you are, somehow you’ve missed the boat.   I’ve had that capacity most of my life.
You get used to it…..


Brass Tacks
Time keeps flowing in one direction, never mind how many theoretical universes (universii?) you “believe” in believing exist.
Hope is pixie dust, but it is real.
Along with age (the accumulation of time, stored as memory) should come knowledge.
Along with knowledge (the parsing of what works vs good luck next try!) should come wisdom.
Along with wisdom (the application of knowledge tempered with morality) should come peace of mind.
Somewhere in that illogical logic, the peace of mind terminus has been misplaced.
I haven’t found it, nor has Joe, not for more than a fleeting moment.
More time, more knowledge, more wisdom (please!) is all we know to do.
The moniker we use to describe ourselves and many like us is mud pecker.
Dirt people.
The salt of the earth, the hoi poloi, commoner, proletariat (non-political version), average Joe.
Over the years Joe and I have tried to identify anthems to us mud peckers, most enjoyable in the form of music with potent lyrics.
For years early Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) words have fit the bill and stood the test of time for us; Blowin’ in the WindThe Times They Are a Changin‘”.
The Bruce Springsteen / Tom Waits version of Jersey Girl definitely fits the mold.
Peter Sarstedt nailed it with Where Do You Go To My Lovely.
Joseph Kilna MacKenzie too, with Sergeant MacKenzie.
Here is one that tops them all.
Greg Holden will forever be remembered for this mud pecker anthem of abandonment and despair devolving to a Phoenix-like peace-of-mind birthing; an affirmation of self:

Joe and I are 71 years along.
The best stuff comes when it comes.
To some earlier than others, to some not at all, which is a tragedy.
We have lived our own version of The Lost Boy.
In the Crescent Heights graduation year book of 1967, we didn’t give any information to include with our picture.
One of the English teachers responsible for organizing the yearbook (we think it was Mr. Thompson) wrote about us “… he is trying to find himself” or some such – can’t validate it ’cause we don’t have a yearbook.
Seems we are still trying.
One thing we know for true is the song chorus –
And I will not be commanded
And I will not be controlled
And I will not let my future go on
Without the help of my soul
Amen brother Greg.


Corona Crap
Joe and I found this video way off the beaten trail…… i.e., nowhere near YoubeTube.
It features a couple of young men from Germany trying to find the COVID-19 surge/pandemic/emergency in Stockholm.
There isn’t any!
As the expression goes in today’s hyper sensitive panic stricken Chicken Little world, WTF?
The main stream media is the enemy:

The rest of the story here.


Mike Pompeo
The current U.S. Secretary of State is a powerhouse.
In our estimation, he is quite clearly the right man at the right time in the right job.
This speech is a strong condemnation of the Chinese Communist Party:


Jericho Greene
What would a Sunday Rant be like without the dulcet tones, the ascorbic biting wit, and the outrageous profanity of the one and only Jericho Greene?
It would be missing Jericho Greene is what it would be.
Joe says it takes a while to “hear” Mr. Greene, but once tuned to his frequency the entertainment alone is worth the time:


Foreign Trump Supporters
A short to the point well spoken criticism of the Democrat / Progressive forces in America, and a comeuppance to the Republican Party past, too.
This man is somewhere tropical and has his head on straight.
Joe asks what does it take for the folks in North America to have the same common sense approach to what is happening?
The answer, my friends, is obvious in other places:


Patrick Moore
A recent interview by Alex Epstein (author of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels“) with Patrick Moore.
The sound quality is crap at certain times, but overall listenable.
The content provided by Mr. Moore is platinum.
Alex keeps it real:


Intellectual Froglegs
The latest from Joe Dan Gorman.
You won’t find his work anywhere near YoubeTube.
The website is here.
Better every time:


Music, Music, Music
Joe and I are great admirers of the saxophone.
Don’t know why.
It often isn’t the star performer or the diva, but our love for the sax is as rhythm or bass riffery.
In this original rendition of Heat Wave, the sax takes the bass line, repeating simple scale progressions, and Martha Reeves sings her pretty lungs inside out.
The music of the ’60’s was an incredible treat for our teenage ears:

Earlier, in the ’50’s, ma and pa owned and operated a cafe across the street from Ryerson Tech. in New Toronto.  It was called the Campus Grill.  Here’s ma with some happy customers in an early ’50’s Austin convertible –
We remember the jukebox, a late ’40’s early ’50’s Wurlitzer with colorful lights that rotated while the 45’s did a mysterious, magic dance to the platter, then up, up to the tone arm.
That was the dawn of Joe’s mechanical interest:

And the music was wonderful, too.
Full of hope and dreams and good thoughts; even the sad melancholy songs were more wistful than tragic.
Here’s one I loved, still love, and my grandson Rourke loves too:

But wait!
In that small cafe (I’ll be seeing you) when the students left, mom, dad, and we (Joe and I) opened the Wurlitzer, extracted marked quarters (for “free plays”), and played what we, mostly mom and dad, wanted to hear.
That’s when Joe and I heard the fabulous music of the ’40’s for the first time.
An example is the incredible combo of Kitty Kallen singing in front of the Harry James Band:

Joe and I are often engaged in building play lists for our entertainment.
We also build play lists based on specific moods.
Some of our play lists have opera, country, rock, and children’s songs just because…..
In an unfair world, a world where you had to choose between sight and sound, we think we’d go with hearing vs vision.
If we had to choose.


Joe’s Garage

Briggs & Stratton
In 1908, Stephan Briggs and Harold Stratton started a company.
They produced small engines.
Every gas powered lawnmower Joe and I have ever operated or owned had either a B&S, a Kohler, or a Tecumseh small engine.
Tecumseh closed its doors in 2008, although it has had a Lazarus-like rebirth / reorganization (read here).
The Kohler Company dates to 1873, started small engine production in the ’20’s and is still viable.
A few days ago, the Briggs & Stratton company filed for bankruptcy.
805RoadKing is a B&S collector: he has models 100 years old.
He produced a short video to express his sadness at seeing an iconic American company hit the auction block:

Crash Test, You Dummies!
Here are the results from 2020.
According to the engineers, every pick-up large or small needs improvement:

Almost Indestructible
You gotta love the curious mind.
And the scientific method.
And the ability to manufacture products which combine the curious mind’s investigations with the reality of scientific discovery to produce novel man-made (and woman-made too, you feminist dingbats!) items which do NOT exist in nature.
And mostly, you gotta love technology, which delivers the goods.
Here’s a new product, Proteus, which is almost indestructible:

Wrench Monkey
A Canadian version of Rock Auto exists!
The name is “Wrench Monkey Auto Parts“.
Orders over $100 CDN are delivered free in Canada.
Joe needed some parts for a recent addition to the fleet: a 1991 Ford Ranger, 2 wheel drive, 4.0L V-6 engine with automatic transmission.
Almost free!
The two parts we wanted were a Dorman tailgate latch replacement (part # 90699) and Raybestos brake pads.  We phoned the local suppliers – here in Vernon that is Lordco, and another is Gilberts.  We no longer shop NAPA unless desperate.  The brake pads were quoted over $100 CDN, and the latch over $40 CDN at both local sources.  The latch was a 4 to 6 week wait.  Total over $160 CDN before taxes.  Joe has a wholesale account at both places.  Full retail was approaching $300 CDN.
Amazon (Canada) was outrageous.
Amazon (US) was cheap, but expensive shipping.
eBay and Rock Auto ditto.
Enter Wrench Monkey.
The brake pads $65.80, the latch $34.88 for a total of $100.68 CDN, total $105.71 CDN taxes in.  Free shipping.  The down side is a wait for delivery.
Joe spends a lot of $$$ a month on vehicle parts.
Methinks what with Rock Auto, Amazon, eBay, and now Canadian only entity The Wrench Monkey, the “brick and mortar” shops have some hard times coming…..
Joe tries to support local businesses, but when the cost becomes prohibitive, the bottom line is S,S,S.
That is, Sales, Service, and Support.
Our Amazon and eBay experience has given all S’s all the time.
We’ll see with how it goes with The Wrench Monkey.

Sunlight and Health
Joe and I have always been sun worshipers.
Never used sun block or sun glasses.
We admit we over did the sun many many times when not conditioned to intensity in late spring / early summer.
Seems we were on track to be healthy.
Dr. Ken Berry lists 10 reasons to get sunlight every single frickin’ day:

On a parallel tangentially oblique subject, on the 23rd of July we celebrated 2 full years of carnivore eating habits.  No carbs.  No sugar.  Not a vegetable or piece of fruit.  Lots of rib eye and other beef cuts, lots of pork, chicken, cream, butter, and cheese.
Have we “cheated”?  If you mean have we had an occasional beer, yes.  If you mean have we eaten bread or potatoes or rice or fruit….. no.
We are down 65 pounds.  Brain is happy happy joy joy.  Skin tags disappearing.  No meds.  No problems.  All is well.  We are experimenting with adding foods to test body reaction.  Only low carb high fat foods.  Life is good!

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Joe’s Comment – Bizarro captures the modern moment.  The cartoons of Dan Piraro are edgy, and very relatable.  I’m not sure it is a good thing to see yourself in his work.
But is it true?
Ecclesiastes 1:9 – The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.


COVID-19 Redux
What more is there to say about the destruction of freedom in the West?
Joe and I are saddened by those in authority misusing the power vested in them. We the People demand better.
Even though we may not deserve better.
Misusing the power by saying one thing and doing another.
Our modern lives are complicated, complex, and fast-paced.
The ideal of the Renaissance Man (we never heard the term Renaissance Woman) was never so out of reach for any man (or woman – how liberal of us!) than today.  The depth and breadth of human understanding, knowledge, technology, all the sciences is beyond any one person…. beyond all people.
Joe hazards to say there is so much known that all of humanity does not know it anymore.
Back to today, the struggle continues to “recover” from a “pandemic” threat that made the world voluntarily stop in fear.
Something is afoot, and it ain’t a brain.
For Joe and me it has been life as usual, except for a few arguments with who we consider to be very disturbed individuals.
We are more like our Amish friends –
Jeremy Elliot explains some of the subtle manipulation being used for nefarious gain, if only we knew what that gain is:

Joe and I agree with Mr. Larson –


Blue Collar Logic
Jason Siler explains to the youngsters why capitalism is the least racist economic system ever created:


Quick Dick McDick
Once again, QDMcD shames the shameless.
Alberta and Saskatchewan have the capacity to provide energy to all of Canada.
Probably have the capacity to feed all of Canada.
With halfwits in every nook and cranny of our glorious land, it ain’t never gonna happen.
This particular QDMcD episode ridicules the absolute insanity of spending precious Canadian taxpayer $$$ to achieve political folly of Herculean proportion.
Panama Canal, eh!:


Three Gorges Dam(n)
There is a conundrum related to this dam(n).
China is the most populous country (Joe says if you believe China is all it the CCP says it is).
Does that mean the most populous country must have the largest dam?
The latest information NOT propagated by the CCP and it’s lackies, indicates there is a tragic problem with the largest damn in the world.  This claim is supported by satellite imagery which shows movement of parts of the structure.
Is this also proof of the accusation that the build quality of the dam, the concrete, the ironwork, the engineering, was not up to Western standards?
Could the world’s biggest damn collapse?
Watch and learn and ponder:

Since the conception and build of the Three Valley Gorge masterpiece, there has been speculation about safety, environmental impact, and the seeming inevitability of such a project.
Here’s what a 2008 documentary recorded at that time:


Joe’s Garage

Marianas Trench
Crazy pressures – the deepest measured depth is 36,037 feet, the lowest (deepest) place on the earth’s surface.  Pressure at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Challenger Deep, is 1,086 bars (17,750 psi), which is more than 1,000 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. At this pressure, water is 4.96% more dense than it is at the surface of the ocean.
That’s not all folks!
There are living entities down there!
The total number and variety of different species is unknown.
This video is about seven of these strange creepy-crawlies:

14th Birthday
There is a legend myth on the Internet.

You can go find out about your own “life definition” song by clicking here.
For Joe and I, the number one song on the Hit Parade on our 14th Bday was “Walk Like a Man” sung by the Four Seasons.
Joe says we’d rather have an opera tune, but we’ll settle for Frankie and his pals:

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Joe’s Comment – Damn, if that isn’t a great cartoon!  If there is a corollary for the biblical expression “pearls before swine”, it is this little gem.  There is a part in my brain that is like Velcro® to a catchy tune, or a not so catchy tune.  It doesn’t have a rhyme or reason, just an appeal to that part of my head I don’t control or understand.
Depending on your attitude, you may see it as an intruder, a virus, a pox.
Or it might be music of the orbs.
Your choice, their song.
I say sing and let sing!
And live with the consequence.


School Choice
Cecilia Iglesias’s story is important.
In our daily life we Canadians and Americans (Joe says same thing, almost) forget how bountiful our young countries are in comparison to most others.
This is about changing the stranglehold the Teacher’s Union has on education:

Thomas Sowell is a hero to Joe and me.
He has recently celebrated his 90th birthday (30 June), and is releasing his latest book, “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”.
This interview with Peter Robinson of The Heritage Foundation delves into the long-standing struggle between the established government mandated education system with associated Teacher’s Unions, versus alternative methods designed to provide a superior education to students.
Dr. Sowell is an anomaly.
At 90 years of age he is cogent, alert, on track, and presents his case in his usual terse, humorous, and example replete style, 30+ books later!
From the video, quoting Dr. Sowell – “I have invested more in this book than any other book that I have written, because I realize just how big the stakes are.  There are kids for whom education is their one big opportunity for a much better life, and there are people out there stopping them from getting it because you would interfere with the prerequisites of the adults in the system“.
Joe (being a fledgling political animal) can’t help but note – if you compare this excellent intellectual 90 year old man with a certain crooked career politician challenging Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election (for you folks not paying attention, he’s referring to Sleepy Joe Biden, 77 years of mediocrity and decline) – who is the better man?
Give your head a shake.
David Hume is credited with stating “reason is a slave to the passions”.
On one hand, we have a man who is a beloved intellectual, a national treasure.
Juxtapose him with a parasite who has no intellectual credentials, a dubious past, and family wealth gained by gangsterish association.
Which begs the question – wouldn’t you question and doubt anyone who would prefer to choose Sleepy Joe?
Back on topic, enjoy this most recent discussion (of many) between two friends:

Joe says if we can’t produce smarter kids it behooves us to produce better educated kids.
It is a foundation of survival.


Jericho Greene
Once again, JG lambastes the dummies with logic and profanity.
Joe says it’s very refreshing:


Joe’s Garage

More Nutrition Data
This young fella has a lot to say about vegetable and seed oils.
Unfortunately for most North Americans humans, what he says is not good news if you like consuming those oils.
Joe and I use butter or bacon fat or tallow.
Yum yum!
It is all part of understanding how amazing the human body is, and how super adaptive we humans are in coping with a variety of energy sources .
You can put absolutely crappy food (that tastes wonderful) into your marvelous digestive tract and you can survive.
Or, you can put the best possible food into your body, and thrive.
The choice is yours.
On July 23rd, 2020, Joe and I will have been eating carnivore exclusively (well, the odd beer excluded) for two years.
We have lost 60+ pounds and have improved in mental alertness, agility, and general well feeling (if not being).
Not bad for a 71 year old mud pecker.
The choice was ours.
This video is Dr. Chris Knobbe posing the question “Diseases of Civilization: Are Seed Oil Excesses the Unifying Mechanism?”:

Irving Finkel
doG amighty, Joe and I have stumbled into a human treasure!
His name is Irving Leonard Finkel, the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum.
His specialty, his expertise, is as a philologist and Assyriologist – in this case, he studies ancient written language, specifically the Assyrian language.
He is ascorbic, humorous, entertaining, and very knowledgeable.
Why not find out why he believes what was once thought to be pictographic actually evolved into cuneiform writing – representing sounds of spoken language vs a picture/code/hieroglyph.
Joe and I are extremely glad people like Mr. Finkel are unraveling the mysteries of the past:

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