Sunday Rant – 3021




Things of Beauty
It is the sweet spot of the year for Joe and me.
This year has been extraordinary weather-wise.
Despite the constant threat of fire always present during a warm summer in the Okanagan, even the smoky days are fat-of-the-land special.
The question that idly teases our mind: is it a perfect Summer?
Time to break out the Vivaldi.
Here is Mari Samuelsen, with her peerless interpretation of Summer from The Four Seasons.
Perhaps perfection is only an ideal, a goal, always sought, never attained.
We would argue otherwise.
At 4:39, one of the tenderest expressions in the music is flowing from her supremely talented self, her face is portraying her emotional interpretation….. and some jag-off coughs.
It is perfect.
You can’t escape the human condition.
Thank you Mari Samuelsen, for reminding us that perfection is in every moment, even when people cough, children screech, the insects buzzzzzzz.
Not to mention the genius of Vivaldi…..
It is a humbling realization for Joe and I to know that although we listen in awe, we struggle to hear.
The kind of hard work we seek.
What a delight!:




Joe and I have had fantasies about Australia our entire life.
We are attracted to hot weather, cloudless skies, deserts, and did we mention no snow?
Over the years we’ve gained an appreciation for the diversity of Australia.
Our obsession with blue skies and high temperatures, Fahrenheit or Celsius, blinded us to the incredible spectrum of life on the oldest land mass on Earth.
A wonderful Aussie bloke (note the vernacular shift?) named Reese Mac put together a short tour guide of spectacular Australian geography – you can see it here.
We knew Australia was a large country, but we had no inkling it is similar to the U.S. of A. in land mass.  The population is only 24 million, which makes Australia similar to Canada in terms of density – 3.33 people / sq. km. vs 4.1 for Canada.
Canada is mostly unarable: only 4.4% vs 6% for Australia.  The irony is one country is too cold with a short growing season, while the other is too hot and dry.  Guess which is which?
Here are a few excerpts from the Reese Mac entry in Quora

Very awesome country.  An inverse Canada climate wise – very little snow, very much hot desert.  A similar to Canada sparsity of humans, incredible natural resources, and part of the English Commonwealth (speak English, parliamentary system, rule of law, constitutional monarchy).
What’s not to like?
Joe and I are pondering a move……



Australian COVID News
MP Craig Kelly makes the case for Ivermectin in the Aussie House of Parliament.
This presentation is from late June, 2021.
Joe and I are appalled by the empty chamber.
MP Kelly must be speaking to include his data in the record, for very few are there to hear is words.
Perhaps, some day, “science” will become science, will shuck it’s political cloak:

Another Ivermectin dataset (graphic below) is supportive of the data MP Kelly presents –

Washington State COVID News
Seems the data the government is using and persists in using is “garbage data“.
So says Dr. Clifford Knopic.  The good doctor is not a medical doctor but he has a doctorate in computer science and a masters in information systems.  His analysis of government data provoked his response.
Joe and I say that if a learned professional analyses the data and sees a serious problem, when mud peckers like us do the same, when there is an uproar around the world about what in the wide wide world of sports is going on (ref. Slim Pickens in Blazing Saddles), it behooves the “authorities” to resort to that dreaded alternative known as transparency.  A large portion of mea culpa would be appropriate, too.
It is overdue time to discuss the scientific facts in all public forums without prejudice.
Joe says the “without prejudice” part will be difficult…..

Dr. James Lyons-Weiler COVID News
This is an explosive presentation.
Dr. Lyons-Weiler made this information publicly known in October 2020.
Why is this not being disseminated by all the media to every citizen in every country?
Joe is cynical.  I am too.  There are political forces at work that appear evil:

Canadian COVID News
Joe and I did not wear a mask. (period)
Joe and I will not wear a mask, unless there is a logical, scientific, real reason to do so. (period)
Here is a link to a document that lists the Canadian and International “law” that supports our position.  A graphic summary (first page) –
Of course, the mere mortals who govern are the first to abandon “the law” in any adverse or anomalous situation.
For example, Chief Rainbow Socks and company forcing returning Canadians into “internment hotels”.
For example, the January 6th “assault” on the U.S. Capital Buildings – there are still people interred, 6 months later, who have not had their day in court.
It is a fact of “civilization”.
Joseph Conrad was brutally honest in his epic novel “Heart of Darkness”.
His view that the veneer of civilization need not be scratched deep to reveal the savagery beneath.
Aldous Huxley had a darker view of civilization –
What does it all mean?
Of the three conflicts (man vs man, man vs self, man vs Nature), the most deadly and poisonous is man vs man.
It sets the smallest minority against itself.

Ivor Cummins and pals reflect on the past year.
COVID and politics is a bad combination they conclude.
The beer looks excellent:



Dr.  Shawn Baker
A short but important rant from Dr. Baker.
Joe and I have varied opinions about the efficacy of doctors, doctoring, medicine, and the medical community.
It should not be alarming that we judge efficacy by results.
In no circumstance do we believe that doctors are supra or super human.
They are not gods.
At the lowest common denominator, they are mechanics for meat puppets.
Dr. Baker identifies the straw man illogical fallacy of the “doctor as god” argument:

Dr. Baker was prolific this week, with stuff meaningful to Joe and I.  Here is a video talking about the real ranchers and farmers who care for their livestock:


Sanity 4 Sweden
Stefan is a rock star.
Joe and I have gone back an entire year on his Ub2b channel.
Consistent.  Reliable.  Great sense of humor.
And, most important to Joe and me, not anger driven like we are.
News from the Continent, a la Stefan:

More from Stefan regarding COVID / Vaxx politics in Europe:


The gentleman at We Are Top shows the capricious nature of Nature.
Joe and I have long understood that Nature is NOT OUR FRIEND, and that Life is a frenzied experiment in mutation.
A group of unique human beings who have amazing constitutions: they celebrate their uniqueness:


Joe’s Garage

Major Dick Bong
America’s highest scoring ace in World War II flew in the Pacific campaign, piloting the Lockheed P-38 twin engine interceptor.
The History Guy does an admirable job of telling his story:

Moon Walk
On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon.
That’s right.
There are people around town who do not believe it happened, that it was staged or faked somehow.
To those people Joe has a comment: just because YOU cannot conceive of or contribute to such a technological accomplishment is not a validation that it never happened.
Those who doubt may not have been alive in 1969, but Joe and I were; we were 20 years old.  We saw it on television (black and white).
Here is a link to a very patriotic opinion piece about the Moon landing and moon walk, at the Raconteur website.  Meanwhile, from the Silicon Graybeard website, a graphic that sums it up to our satisfaction –

Can You Catch a Baseball?
Joe and I used to like playing scrub – a game with no teams (each player is independent).  You start in the outfield and by putting the batter out, you advance a position at a time, until you are a batter.
The objective?
Most folks like to bat.
Joe and I liked to bat too, but mostly it was a “fun in the sun” summertime activity without the overbearing presence of adults, organized sport, competitive pressure off the scale.
The adults in this video are like us kids playing scrub.
They wondered if a baseball could attain 1,000 mph, could it be caught?
The answer is yes and no.
Watch the video to understand:


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Joe’s Comment – I’m in a strange mood this week.  Maybe age is a factor.  Michael Leunig (lunatic Aussie cartoonist) and David Sipress (lunatic American cartoonist) put things into perspective.
My Achilles heel (this week) is a sensitivity to rationality and the illusion sanity.
Cuba is agitated.
South Africa is Hell on earth.
Makes us muse……
Does every generation learn nothing from their ancestors?
Q.  Who is an odd duck?
A.  I’m not telling…..



COVID Funnies


COVID Not So Funnies

Brett Weinstein Interview
Brett interviews Dr. Robert Malone and Steve Kirsch.
Unfortunately his “truth” is not the acceptable “truth” – he has been painted with the “FALSE!” color by the so-called “fact checkers”.
Joe wonders out loud who the fuck is running this shit show?
Another excellent analysis of data, honest to doG data.
The “gorilla in the mist” is becoming more visible.
Where do we go to from here?:



Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman is producing his end of the bargain.
Make America great again.
And again, and again, and again:


Sanity 4 Sweden
Stefan is a daily view for Joe and me.
On Friday he posted two “Good News” commentaries.
We have a growing appreciation of Stefan’s sense of humor:

On Sunday, very pertinent and to the point:


Where IS John Durham?
Bill Barr assigned John Durham to find out everything there is to know about the “Russian Conspiracy” that affected and effected the 2016 election.
That assignment was given in June of 2019.
The question is what happened?

What happened to John Durham, the investigation, the reporting structure, the authorization, the Constitutional validation?
If you are curious as Joe and I are (it is reminiscent of the RCMP raid of homes in Alberta during the flooding approx. 6 years ago) – what happened?
The website X-22 has an article by Brian Cates, titled “Why They Can’t Find Special Council John Durham” that does some ‘splainin’.
Speculation by Representative Devin Nunes implies a report is due soon.
Joe says he’ll wait and see.
Speculation by a politician lacks veracity.


Dr. Patrick Moore
Once again Dr. Moore pontificates the excellent science he knows and advocates.
The hosts are Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster.
Their Ub2b channel is “Triggernometry“.
Each time Joe and I hear Dr. Moore present we learn new and vital facts.
That, my friends, is time well spent:


Joe’s Garage

Bearded Butchers
Joe and I watch this channel.
Seth and Scott Perkins are the bearded butchers.
Someday we will attempt to cut our own beef.
This video is a twofer.
Our bearded butcher explains the difference between Porterhouse, T-bone, strip and fillet Mignon.
He also shows where in the big old world of cow those steaks are located – a moo-ography lesson.
Joe says we’d better check out the local auctions for a meat saw:

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Joe’s Comment -An observation about age.  It is sobering to note my age is closer to 100 years old, not 25 years old.  Yet I don’t seem to be old in my head.
A strange phenomenon that I believe is shared by many oldsters.
This is a recipe for some sort of disaster.
The conundrum is what sort of disaster could it be?
While waiting for the inevitable I’ll continue with my usual –


Best Farm Joke
Joe and I laughed.
And laughed some more:


Quick Dick McDick
This is a QDMcD episode dear to our hearts.
Some hate it, some endure it, most city folks don’t know about it – haying.
Joe and I love haying.
The haying we remember was at a time when the labor content was high.
Square bales, “open” tractors (no cabin with A/C, stereo, GPS), fussy bailers (high maintenance), pick-up trucks for hauling, manual stacking in hay barns.
A number of people and pieces of technology / machinery, working as a team for the farm.
Them was the days!
We remember seeing the earlier haying process as a boy – hand swathing (with a scythe), hand stooking, hand loading on a wagon or stone boat drawn by horses, and hand storing in the loft of a barn (the barn was multi-functional).
The early version required many people, hand-held tools, and the ominous presence of time and weather was a huge factor – a man can only do so much in a day.
There was jubilation when the hay came in, with or without problems!
QDMcD is a great Canadian and Saskatchewan ambassador.
His singing is not what you would call perfect pitch.
His haying is highly technological, and not so labor intensive.  Maybe for the demonstration purpose of this video.
Joe counted damn near a half million $$$ of equipment, and one man!
My grandmother’s farm had one horse and a cow, a few chickens, and 12 kids.
Joe and I figure we had the best of it:


Blackness Fatigue
Joe and I don’t have first hand information about race relations in the U.S. of A.
Hell, we don’t have first hand information about race relations here in British Columbia, Canada.
As observers, as acolytes of politics (with a small “p”), from watching cities burn and seeing innocent people victimized, we tend to agree with Wild Bill for America.
Joe says we didn’t think we were “racist”, but we’re being taught to be, good and proper:


Sanity 4 Sweden
Stefan heralds the arrival of the “3rd wave of bullshit”.
Joe and I find common sense and rationality is a calming influence.
We skipped back to the start of Stefan’s “rants” to sample the calm.
He has been a constant.  That is of great value in these unsettled times:

And again:

Joe’s Garage

Joe and I get frustrated on occasion when trying to adapt two (or more!) systems or processes to work together.  For thinks and ponders, how do we adapt an NPT (National pipe thread) in 1/4 inch to a  3/8 ferule compression connector?
The answer requires a bit of knowledge about how things are measured and how they are described.
Sometimes it is a conundrum to repair an existing conflabration (our own word) when something goes kittywangor (another home made word).
The following video is a way of explaining just how SNAFU the whole shebang actually is in real life.  It will clarify the numerous measuring systems in use to quantify physical properties.
A very interesting video from a very interesting Ub2b channel, “Today I Found Out“.
It turns out a lot of measurement systems are “legacy” systems: an arbitrary “standard” was used before a universal fine measure was available.
Joe got a headache just watching:

Food Porn
It is the 9th of July 2021 today.
In 18 days, we will have been eating carnivore for 3 years.
Every once in a while we catch a whiff of baking bread or see a double stuffed potato, and our resolve, though thoroughly resolute, invokes a Pavlovian level wet mouth.  Man oh man, were we hooked on the carbs!
Mainliners were we.
The following video is from a Ub2b channel named “Yummyboy“.
The focus of the video is Korean street food.
Watch the nice people build fried hot dog croquette.
Your mouth will experience a flood of saliva: a reflex to the sound and sight of food being prepared.
Joe says it’s a good thing that smells can’t be recorded.
We would have drowned in slobber:

Army Boots
Joe and I like this guy!
His Ub2b channel is called “Rose Anvil“, as is his website.
He is a cobbler (third generation) and more – he studies boots and shoes and footwear.
In this video he dissects a pair of Army issue boots from World War II (1944) and compares them to modern footwear of equivalent value.
A big surprise!:

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