Joe’s Comment – Chris Madden captures the spirit of late January in me. Irony aside, the realization of another two or even three months of crappy weather brings out the impulsive me. And buying stuff I don’t need in the deepest darkest depths of Winter is an annual shame.
This year I’ve been making a conscious effort (like I do every year) to curtail the need to financially bleed.
So far I’ve bought lots of stuff I already have.
My excuse is the auction, especially Dodds Auction, a Vernon BC business, which went on line (Internet) early last year – COVID inspired.
And Amazon, which is a sin to use, but I’m a sinner from the safety of my computer. “Free” shipping for Prime Members!
Needless to say, anytime you can go shopping or bidding from home, wearing your skivvies you will!
Only warm weather can save me…..
Joe and I are bemused.
We have found an author who appeals to us at the same level as our previously most exalted writing hero – Joseph Heller, who wrote “Catch-22”.
We have read Catch-22 more than a dozen times.
It appeals to our Libertarian foundational beliefs, and our cynicism about those “good intentions” so often invoked by governments and powerfully placed tyrants for “the common good”.
We believe there is no common good, for there is no “common”: there are only individuals.
Mobs who share a belief and band together to gain power become tyrants.
Although we do not know H.L. Mencken’s political leaning, his words and writing appeal to our Libertarian sensibilities.
His vocabulary is very broad.
Every single page we have read (so far) we have come away with a list of words to look up, for fear of missing either his humor or cynicism or wrath or point.
An example – Usufruct – noun (Roman and civil law) – the right of enjoying all the advantages derivable from the use of something that belongs to another, as far as is compatible with the substance of the thing not being destroyed or injured.
Our progress is slow; reading hundred year old American prose involves thinking and a good dictionary at hand.
A few more H.L. Mencken quotes to round out our current curiosity –
COVID Data Dr. Lee Merritt has had 30 years of medical experience as an orthopedic and spinal surgeon.
This doctor, this woman, speaks the straight goods.
She is suspicious that there is some hidden agenda behind the so-called “COVID pandemic” driven by the WHO or the CDC or some government bureaucrats, foreign and/or domestic.
Joe and I respond to data.
We do not respond to shitty background music, or ad hominem illogic, or emotional tirades.
Or, as Dr. Merritt cautions, we do not respond just because someone is wearing a white coat, for that doesn’t mean they are right.
Hat tip to Daniel J. for sending the link to this video titled “Unmasking the Truth With Dr. Lee Merritt”, on Tammy Cuthbert Garcia‘s Ub2b channel, Naturally Inspired Podcast Episode 49:
It is clear to Joe and me that following a regimen of careful diet choices, vitamin D3, vitamin C, and a few trace element supplements keeps our immune system tip-top, our inflammation low, and our winter blues at a distance.
As Eric of the South Main Garage Ub2b channel has posted on his shop wall, “You don’t have to be a rocket doctor”.
Mucho gusto amigos!
Another recent Dr. Merritt speech, at the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) 38th Annual Meeting, held on August 16, 2020, in Las Vegas can be found here.
The entire video is below, on BitChute, because who knows how long Ub2b will allow it to exist on their platform.
Joe loved the take-away of “differential knowledge”:
Electric Ford Ranger
In 1998, Ford produced an all-electric Ranger for development and research.
It was called the Ranger EV.
The program was terminated in 2003.
The Ford Motor Company is about to release an F150 variant of electric truck.
Research and development took a while.
Joe says it is still taking a while – because the biggest drawback of mobile electric vehicles is energy storage.
The first person across the finish line with a revolutionary battery that is cheap, safe, with a power to weight ratio better than gasoline or diesel, and is made from common materials will be rewarded profusely:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Rob Cywes is tying childhood afflictions and disease to poor diet BEFORE BIRTH!
And after birth, too.
An interesting presentation.
If it is true, most kids would have reason to sue their mother for abuse and neglect.
Joe says it is only fair.
Compensation for the ever present threat of abortion:
Dr. Paul Mason
A down-under doctor who promotes a low carb high fat diet.
His patients have ALL benefited.
He insists that carbohydrate abuse – in the form of sugars and seed/vegetable oils – exacerbates insulin resistance.
More preaching for the choir.
Joe and I are convinced:
Long Term Low Carb Diet
These enterprising (and extremely narcissistic?) people have done Joe and I a service.
Their self absorption has revealed interesting data about long term Keto and sub-Keto dieting via body scanning.
The new normal:
Speed of Light
An interesting graphic that shows the speed of light relative to the bodies in the Solar System:
Joe’s Comment – Tom Cheney offers the thought of the week. After watching the American political circus for the last year, I expect the above sentiment is about right on and being implemented by the Biden progressive posse with a vengence.
I am exhausted by the ruthlessness with which the two political parties ignore with impunity WE THE PEOPLE. I am angry that the holy dollar rules all. I am disgusted with myself for being such a Pollyanna to believe this time it would be different.
Time to read some H.L. Mencken. And wish for a pony.
Joe and I are reflecting on our status, our political disposition, our “humanity” – typical for this time of year, for we succumb to “SAD” (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Somewhat of a misnomer, for any duration of dark, sunless days and weeks and months tips our SAD cow. Vitamin D3 helps somewhat, we surmise. We won’t stop taking it for fear of discovering IT IS HELPING….. or it isn’t helping….. and this is as good as it gets.
The greatest generalization we have read, about what exactly “politics” is, what its measure is, was penned by Charles Krauthammer.
Here is what he wrote (from the introduction of his book “Things That Matter”), to describe the unfortunate but real impact of a political system on a people (also quoted in Sunday Rant – 2914) – “………. Accordingly, this book was originally going to be a collection of my writings about everything but politics. Things beautiful, mysterious, profound or just odd. Working title: There’s More to Life than Politics.
But in the end I couldn’t. For a simple reason, the same reason I left psychiatry for journalism. While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory, and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance, and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics. Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything – high and low and, most especially, high – lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history. This is Germany 1933. ………….Turns out we need to know one more thing on earth: politics – because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither. This is no abstraction. We see it in North Korea, whose deranged Stalinist politics has created a land of stunning desolation and ugliness, both spiritual and material. We saw it in China’s Cultural Revolution, a sustained act of national self-immolation, designed to dethrone, debase and destroy the highest achievements of five millennia of Chinese culture. We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which, just months before 9/11, marched its cadres into the Bamiyan Valley and with tanks, artillery and dynamite destroyed its magnificent cliff-carved 1,700-year-old Buddhas lest they – like kite flying and music and other things lovely – disturb the scorched-earth purity of their nihilism. Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay and everything burns…….” – pp 2 No more cogent an example than the recent American election.
Joe and I find ourselves, along with 75 million + Americans, not the honorable opposition, defeated in an honest and fair battle at the polling station, but evil corrupt “ists”, worthy of condemnation and internment after being stripped of all wealth and freedoms.
Shunned and ostracized.
Joe says that’s fine with him.
I am more social, and will miss those few I know farther left on the political continuum than I who deign permission for me to speak. How patronizing of them! Perhaps I have outlived my usefulness. I never thought myself “a useful idiot”. Alas, the self is oft the last to learn……
Our joint reflection has led us to delve into the works of H.L. Menckin for some sort of reckoning, some rationale to explain the quantum leap we have experienced – that leap from who we thought ourselves to be, a “man with opinion” to “evil entity to be shunned”.
Boy, did we find that rationale in the words of Mr. H.L.
We purchased a compendium of his work: a six book collection.
Included are “The American Credo”, “The American Language”, The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche”, “A Book of Burlesques”, and “A Book of Calumny”.
The man is impish, devilishly witty, acerbically humored.
We have used the dictionary on every page we have read to date.
So much for our vocabulary. Mr. Mencken knows the English language.
Much more about what we learned when we have gorged on these six pieces of extraordinary American journalism. Until then, here’s a few quotes about politics and men (and women too, if you must) –
We will have much more to say on the subject when we have had time to gather the wool and spin the tale.
As Blaise Pascal said “Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue
que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte”.
Loosely translated, “I only made this longer because I
have not had the leisure to make it shorter”.
Meaning that composing an essay of coherent thought takes time and reflection; a luxury often not available.
Time provides data, there is no argument about it.
Here Joe and I present more information to that end.
– Dr. Simone Gold has known certain data for years.
Her voice has been silenced.
Her reputation has been tarnished.
She is being castigated for her medical opinion about the “COVID pandemic”, and the so-called “vaccine” being distributed. She calls it a “biological agent”.
For very good reason.
Joe and I agree: the level of animosity directed at Dr. Gold is orders of magnitude greater than a simple disagreement would garner. In our current world of mis and dis information as a Psyop, this woman has become the focus for political warfare. When the bureaucracy and the MSM are gunning for you, there must be some legitimacy to her claims.
Joe says if you are spouting lies and deception, the best course of action is to let you speak until you hang yourself. To stifle your ability to speak and be heard tells an obverse story: you must be silenced to protect our ass.
The ass protecting this time is mega-political.
Listen and make your own judgement. We think she is spot on:
– The Forum for Canadian Sovereignity is an organization with the following stated mandate –
“We are the only NGO(Non-Government Organization) in Canada that is dedicated to vehemently opposing Globalism and the destructive globalist agenda and, just as importantly, educating, informing, and enlightening Canadians to the destructive forces of globalism and the globalist agenda are to our great nation. Globalism is based on the socialist/communist ideology of global governance as a collective. Incorporating the policy of redistribution of wealth on a global scale. Equality within and among countries around the world, eventually destroying the idea of the sovereign nation state while transforming the free market, capitalist system in favour of a socialist/marxist system.”
They have compiled documented evidence regarding all aspects of the “COVID-19 pandemic”.
There is information about all aspects of this farce orchestrated by the CDC and the WHO, about what is known about the virus, what is known about prophilactics and therapies, what is known about testing, what is known about the so-called “vaccine”.
Here is a short video, one of many available at this link for COVID-19:
There is much, much more at the link.
– The AAPS (American Association of Physicians and Surgeons) has volumes of information and data concerning all aspects of health.
This link is titled “Mask Facts“, and – you guessed it! – describes in detail, with data, the efficacy or not of all types of masks.
Joe and I have worn masks in the past, from fully filtered with eye cover (for toxic sprays while orcharding) to flimsy paper-and-two-strings (for sweeping dusty environments). Masks for us are safety oriented, not fashion statements, not a virtual signal. In the current milieu of hysteria and government ineptitude, a psychosis colors the mandate to wear a “mask”. In parenthesis because the physical parameters of said mask, its composition, construction, performance, or any other metric is simply unstated. Or so unscientific as to be meaningless.
Look at the data at the above link.
Large production common mask types (aka “cheap” or home-made from cloth) are ineffective for virus control.
That isn’t Joe and I bloviating, although we bloviate endlessly.
It is data from research. Of particular concern to us was the psychological study of the effect on children, found here.
– Viva Frei reports on the idiocy happening in la belle province:
A few apropos cartoons to celebrate the latest observation of COVID death –
Brad Upton is hilarious.
What makes this wild is the audience is young people, and Brad is a Boomer.
Quick wit, speedy delivery, very funny:
Internet / World Wide Web
Joe and I are totally addicted to the WWW and the use of the Internet for commerce.
We were appalled and are appalled about what has come to be re: tyranny and the free access of electronic communication.
Monopolization is a natural tendency in an hierarchy.
What to do?
The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, is also appalled.
He is so upset, he is designing a new Internet, a WWW mark 2.
Joe and I are excited.
We wouldn’t want our mundane blatherings to be confiscated or disappeared by anyone else but we. How delightfully narcissistic!
Here are Bill Whittle, Steve Greene, and Scott Ott of “Right Angle” to explain:
Quinn Dunki is a hobby machinist.
Quinn Dunki is a woman.
Joe and I love her Ub2b channel content. She has a special ability to communicate and run her machine tools simultaneously.
That is she can walk and chew gum.
There is an 18 episode series on building a steam engine from a cast kit.
This is episode 1 – Prep and Planning:
This Old Tony
Another hobby machinist who can combine humor and ability while building or repairing almost any machinery in his impressive home machine shop is “This Old Tony”, real name unknown.
The video below is the first series of his we watched – building a chainsaw go kart.
His Ub2b channel is here:
Joe’s Comment – Sam Gross is a cartoonist with a dark side humor. In the deepest darkest depths of January it is inevitable that I spend time reflecting on the past and extrapolating into the future.
My usual sunny disposition is quite fragile when the snow glistens, the ground is hard, and walking is a controlled slip-slide over ice or a trudge through virgin crusty snow.
Frankly, I don’t see a purpose for cold weather.
You can’t grow carrots in a snow bank.
Life requires water in liquid form.
Nothing is more humbling than to stand under the stars on a cold clear winter night and gaze heavenward at the majesty of the infinite.
The snow squeaks underfoot.
The harsh breeze forms ice in my beard.
I feel small and vulnerable, yet unbroken.
Winter is my lowest ebb.
Diminished and reflective, I take humble relief in the following Bruce Eric Kaplan graphic – in the tenuous fragility of an isolated soul. There is always an opportunity to improve, and an unconscious drive to do so.
No matter your stature or hubris.
Quick Dick McDick
Saskatchewan’s ambassador to the world talks about the grader guy:
Joe and I are hooked.
We are not fans of lawyers or “the Law” or the judiciary.
We are fans of right and wrong, of following a moral compass.
Not that we are paragons.
We are a work in progress.
Filthy lucre and/or politics has an immense influence on the legal system.
Need we mention a few cases of WTF?
OJ Simpson, killer, walking free.
Conrad Black, falsely accused, railroaded and jailed.
My friend Ben, an innocent bystander injured by a vehicle out of control, waiting 6 years for justice, for a settlement, for a resolution. Money It’s a crime Share it fairly But don’t take a slice of my pie Money So they say Is the root of all evil today But if you ask for a raise It’s no surprise that they’re giving none away:
To summarize, human nature being what it is, law, lawyers, judges, prisons, and the police are necessary to provide an avenue to recourse when an injustice is plead and the aggrieved party or parties cannot or will not agree.
Otherwise there may be a Hatfield vs McCoy feud in the making.
Joe and I have had very minor collisions with the legal system.
Never bitter. Mostly humorous. One hilarious!
However, the opportunity to learn what we can and be royally entertained too is being fulfilled by David Freiheit and Robert Barnes, the former a Canadian and the latter an American, both lawyers. It is now a Sunday evening event for Joe and me to tune in to their very popular legal podcast. They discuss current events and cultural anomalies from a legal / lawyerly perspective.
Joe and I don’t always agree, but the discussions are lively and in depth.
Until we find a more interesting legal eagle team podcast, here we will be on a Sunday night:
Don’t you cry for me,
’cause Obama’s in the bathhouse now,
What can it all mean?”
According to Dinesh D’Souza, our very own newly minted American president was instrumental in squelching Larry Sinclair’s story.
Joe has said it many times before; what Larry does is women’s work.
The jug-eared Munificent Mulatto will skate from all charges and all sins.
We’d like to see a “white hat” win just once outside of a duster film.
The following short video is from Dinesh D’Souza’s film “Trump Card”:
Joe and I admit freely we are NOT just aficionados of music. That is to say, the term doesn’t capture our depth of appreciation.
We have the hallmarks of an aficionado: a passionate devotion, blushing fandom , enthusiasm for certain genres.
But there is much, much more.
Saying we like music is much like saying Wayne Gretzky is a hockey player.
For each of the 37 persons occupying our head (37 identified to date), music serves a purpose, performs a function. Some overlapping sets, others completely unique.
Joe has often said, if it were unavoidable, were we to loose eyesight or hearing, our default, we would choose eyesight. The sounds of life – people’s voices, birds chirping, the muse of music, wind in leaves and thunder in the heavens, laughter, blessed laughter – all are priceless sensations.
Music is a form of sound, of audible frequencies; pleasantly organized “noise” if you will. Or, unpleasantly organized noise.
That leads to our inability to “grok” certain recognized musical formats/cultures.
We ponder….. is it that we need more (than 37?) wackos in our head to appreciate structures like Rap or Musak or Reggae?
Or is it we, as the supreme data wienies we are, don’t have a cultural background in sync with the sound, and all we hear is annoying noise?
From our children’s early reading adventures –
Q. What noise annoys an oyster?
A. Simple. A noisy noise annoys an oyster!
A. Complex. The noise of a noisy oyster hoister hoisting moist oysters with a noisy oyster hoist!
And from those marvelous forgotten times of the 1930’s, Frank Crumit singing about a perplexing quandary for the ages:
Akin to another old tune that twists the tongue and baffles comprehension:
One such category of musical bemusement for Joe and I is jazz. We don’t mind some if there are human voices present. Instrumental? Not so much. Perhaps it is the ever-present tobacco smoke, alcohol, and twitchy beat often present…..
Joe says we were ruined for instrumental jazz in Miss Kennedy’s grade 7 music class. Barry J. and Jim B. would “play” their recorders in a frenzied cacophony of mindless fingering, huffing and puffing in no particular rhythm or order, to the delight of some students and the dismay and exasperation of our esteemed instructor.
All of which is preamble to the point of this music segment.
Joe Jackson, proprietor of “The View from Lady Lake” blogsite, has posed a list of ” 10 must-have albums for your definitive Jazz Record Collection… “.
Joe and I aren’t about to panic, although not one of these “albums” is part of our collection on disk, tape, CD, DVD, or data file. Not remotely interesting to us. A few classic tracks, but mostly bleh. Tempest in a teacup.
Joe says “jazz” is the noise of chaos in the radio telescope ear to the universe.
We can’t kick our head into the space of searching for a pattern, any pattern, that resembles “intelligence”.
A spastic drug addict tased in the middle of his chest might produce the same noise.
The Mandelbrot Set is much more interesting to Joe and me.
Skid Steer Skills
Joe and I have a skid steer.
It is a RobertaCat 743DS.
We call it Roberta because we’re not that familiar with her yet – when we really know how to drive her, we may call her Bob.
We move dirt around the yard, push or pull our collection of Ford trucks that can’t move under their own power, clean snow off the driveway and road when it gets too nasty.
We are OK doing all these things and haven’t broken Roberta or hurt ourselves…… yet.
However, this video demonstrates what a REAL skid steer professional can do: