Sunday Rant – 1722

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Joe’s Comment – Elon Musk has a way with words.
His ability to condense the facts and present them succinctly must come from a deep well of understanding.  The game is rigged.  Everyone knows.  Few can change the outcome.
I’ve grown to appreciate his sense of humor and intuitive comprehension.
A prankster, a troller, an innovator, a risk taker, a consummate believer in truth, and a sense of humility, a wicked humor, and an agile mind.  More people like Mr. Musk would be a very good thing –

 

Utopia
Joe and I wonder how long we have.
Haunting hints of “1984“, and “Brazil“.
1984 was written in 1949, the half-life of WWII barely counted.
Brazil was written in 1985, relying heavily on 1984 while advancing the absurdities inherent in the loss of personal autonomy.
Idiocracy” was written in 2006.  Joe and I feel it is an attempt to tell again what happens inevitably with a humorous/ridiculous story and hopeful epilogue.
Meanwhile, back at the kielbasa ranch, Kiev burns while Biden drools….
The fate of the frog in gradually heated water:

Ayn Rand saw it this way –

Lord Acton saw it too.  His observation –

 

 

Bill Whittle
Joe and I have been a fan of Mr. Whittle for nigh on 20 years.
Our earliest inclusion in our Sunday Rant is from December, 2010.
He is a Constitutionalist.
In the following video he talks about how the ideology of the Progressive Left (whomever that might be) has come up against the grim reality of Life on Earth:

We enjoy Mr. Whittle.
In the realm of poetry, condensed expression is often a bonus: just add thought for a hearty, meaningful intellectual experience.
Ms. Ayn Rand was very very good at “political poetry”.
Her condensed version of the above video goes as follows –

She explains further –

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman is back.
As good as ever.
FU presents “Shoulder to the Wheel”:

 

Elon Musk
Joe and I think Mr. Musk is a harbinger of hope in our chaotic tyrannical culture.
In the following TED interview (Vancouver, April 2022) with Chris Anderson, the head of TED, Mr. Anderson is somewhat breathless in shock and awe.
Joe and I found some of his questions pedantic, other questions revealing.
The questions we liked most were aimed at “understanding” Mr. Musk’s brain.
Only in your dreams, Chris:

 

COVID Tide

The Left Reflects
An op-ed from “The GrayZone” by Christian Parenti (a dyed-in-the-wool Lefty) criticizing the Left for getting COVID totally wrong but not correcting their behavior.  Indeed, the Left embraced their hysteria.
The article at the link (above) is very thorough, very complete, very detailed, and fully referenced.  You will need an hour to read it completely.
The introductory paragraph follows Ms. E. Thrasher’s rule for writing (tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them).
It is hard to destroy your own cause and feel righteous while doing so, yet the American left has done it. After more than two centuries at the vanguard of the struggle for freedom, the American left, broadly defined, executed a volte face and embraced anti-working-class policies marketed as purely technical public health measures.”

Athletes Collapsing
Matt Le Tissier offers his opinion on the alarming number of athletes who have had an adverse reaction to the “vaccination” – More than 769 athletes have collapsed on the field during a game from March 2021 to March 2022 – staggering increase over previous years.
His comments on world governance, UK government, and the Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Money, Big Media machinery are not complimentary.
Joe and I admire Mr. Le Tissier’s strength of conviction, and his thorough understanding of the issues.
This interview is from February 2022.  Somewhat prescient!:

 

Rex Murphy, Outraged (Again)
Infrequently Joe and I include an entire op-ed or presentation of a literary nature.
Videos on Ub2b or Rumble lend themselves to embedding and are ipso facto “linked” to the source material – Joe and I never download or “convert” video even though to not do so may lead to the “broken link” syndrome web bloggers dread.
In this case, Mr. Murphy is commenting on how far from sane the American political system has departed.  The newest member of the Supremes (Supreme Court of the United States) did not attain her exalted position due to brilliant jurisprudence or alignment with Constitutional vs Living interpretation of the foundation documents of the good old U.S. of A.
No indeed.
Her “Scarlet Letter” will be she has above average melanin (i.e. she’s Black), and she has indoor plumbing (she’s a woman).  Nothing wrong with either of these sets or categories – descriptors at most, for average Mud Peckers like us.
Ironic that she would not offer an opinion on what a woman is.  Her life experience as a woman could not help her – she insisted she was not “qualified” to offer an opinion of womanry, or womanhood, or “I am woman” (hear me roar).
Jesus wept.
Joe laughed.
Here’s the entire op-ed from Mr. Rex Murphy –
The nomination of the latest U.S. Supreme Court judge is over and successful, but it will be some time before any reasonable person will be able to digest the most sublime moment of the hearings which preceded the elevation. That was when the first black female ever to be nominated was asked if she—the pronoun should be noted—could define a “woman.” Forgive a literary reference but the moment summoned to mind Francis Bacon’s famous opening of his essay “On Truth,” one of the greatest sentences ever to escape from a quill:
“What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.”
In the case of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, it was not so much a refusal to stay as an astonishing confession of being unqualified to offer a reply. “No, I can’t,” was the then-nominee’s declaration, tagged by an explanatory balloon that she’s “not a biologist.”
All her years of—to call up the current cant tautology—“lived experience” with her status as a woman were evidently not sufficient for her to even venture an opinion. On a point which even a 2-year old, of either sex, is demonstrably clear, and hence the fluency with mom and dad in that age group, a fully adult person seeking elevation to a post that calls for the highest intellectual skills declared herself uncertain and at sea. It is as if she were asked to define a “chair” and declined due to not being a carpenter.
It was a moment deeply interesting in itself, but far more exhilarating as a parable—a parable exposing the strange moment so much of western society finds itself in, when the most basic understanding of the most basic and incontrovertible facts is either being denied, suppressed, or, by the Pharisees of puritan wokery, hailed as sexist, racist, or some other of the many fashionable “ist-isms” of our demented time.
May we agree that “What is a woman?” is not a subtle or trick question, that it does not call for strenuous or profound mental capacity when posed. And given the consideration that from the time that “personkind” (I owe Justin Trudeau for the novelty term) descended from the trees and learned to walk the African plains, it has presented no challenge to the understanding—and has had a universally recognized and ready answer—that the knowledge that one sex is different from the other has been as familiar as the distinction between night and day.
And yet, here in the high moments of the most advanced civilization since that descent from the trees, in a scientifically hyper-advanced society gifted with great institutions of learning and information resources beyond the dreams of even a generation ago, an expression of doubt on “what is a woman”—instead of arousing the deepest puzzlement and perhaps even scorn at such ignorance—now passes for a badge of progressivism, even of a kind of moral enlightenment.
Of course the good judge knows what a woman is. Outside the strange politics of the moment there’d be no hesitation, no denial.
She would certainly be clear were she to be denied entrance to some club or society because she is a woman, or if in her earlier career she had been denied promotion because she’s a woman, or if she had been sexually harassed by a male counterpart. Complaints would have been filed, lawsuits called into being, to assert her “right as a woman” to equitable treatment. There would have been no transparent and cowardly demurral then of “I don’t know. I’m not a biologist.” There would instead have been a righteous and powerful statement that “as a woman” I will not stand for this. It would have been all “I am woman, hear me roar.” The clamorous indignation of the #MeToo sorority would have been sounded to back her up. Male feminists would have leaped from whatever sensitive woodwork they hang out in to support her.
But here we are, in the age of the Large Hadron Collider, in a day when we send satellites to the moons of distant planets, and an egregiously educated woman declines to say she knows what a woman is.
Further, we are in a time when a professor of an executive in some company asserts the universal truth that men are men and women are women, that person is ostracized, driven off campus, fired from the New York Times for saying simply what everyone, and I mean everyone, knows is the case. We are in an age when a male swimmer simply says—merely declares on his own say-so—that “he” is a “she” and nine-tenths of the news media and every woke evangelist takes that declaration as a new truth, not to be contested, and submits to the farce of him entering swim races and propelling himself to the podium with the gold, while that other set of women—women who have been women since they were born—look on in gloom and hopefully anger.
Even in the days of darkest superstitions, even in the long night of human ignorance, humans in their very earliest moments understood that Reality—it needs the capital—was never subject to the simple declaration of an individual. You are not the “Queen of Romania” because you say you are. To say, is not to be.
DNA is not the subject of a passing mood. Chromosomes are not subjectively determined. You may surgically alter your body, but you cannot deny its nature, nor can or should you by self-declaration invite yourself into the sex you plainly are not.
How easily the West wanders into this strange and fantastical world. How a wild politics, which shuns reality and punishes and attacks those who support it, has taken hold of so many sad minds is truly an enigma. But it is much worse. To be willingly blind to reality is to voluntarily embrace the irrational. That such an embrace has gained such force at such heights as admission to the Supreme Court of the United States should be the greatest anxiety of our time.”

Stated as only Rex Murphy could state it.
The most memorable phrase that condenses the entire piece into one sentence is – “To say, is not to be.”
Amen, Mr. Murphy.
Live long and prosper.
The entire op-ed was copied from The Epoch Times.
Joe says our commentary would not be complete without including a word or two from one of our iconic heroines (Joe knows the difference…..) –

 

Miscellaneous Music

Candy Dulfer
The best version of “Lily Was Here” we have heard:

JJ Cale
Call Me the Breeze live is as good as it gets:

 

 

Joe’s Garage

GT40 Handbuild
An amazing video.
4,000 hours of labour to build the entire car.
The builder, “Benjamin Workshop“, has hours of detailed building steps and procedures recorded.
As the saying goes, “a better man than I am, Gungadin”:

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Joe’s Comment – I have lived in this house in Vernon since January of 2005.
Every single year since moving in, these loverly daffodildos pop up at Easter time.
I never water them.
They compete with weeds and scrub grass and whatever.
As you can see from the photo, they are growing around and among some machinery I carelessly parked there last fall.
In a world where the Hopes of humanity seems to be dashed on dark shores of insanity, don’t these daffodildos make me smile.
Nothing is guaranteed.
Nothing is free.
Hard work is not always rewarded.
But, in the words of Alexander Pope in his poem An Essay on Man: Epistle 1
Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar;
Wait the great teacher Death; and God adore!
What future bliss, he gives not thee to know,
But gives that hope to be thy blessing now.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
Easter is the renewal of Hope.
In our corner of the world, the harbinger of milder weather.
All the grasses and trees and flowers are budding.
The air smells with living things.
Life is good.

 

Quick Dick McDick
Once again, Saskatchewan’s ambassador to the world (and the rest of Canada) breaks the news cycle monotony with a home-style recipe for pork and beans.
In the old days before Joe and I were carnivore (and ailing) this would have been a must try recipe.
Alas, carbs and sugars shall not pass our lips…..
As it is, QDMcD is entertaining, and the attitude he displays regarding our illustrious leader(s) in Ottawa absolutely makes our day:

 

Diet
Joe and I spend a significant portion of our research time investigating the validity of the old adage “You Are What You Eat”.
The human body is an amazing machine – it can survive on a plethora of food types / nutritional sources.
But…..
There are some food stuffs that are better than others for optimal nutrition.
Indeed, there are some “foods” that although they allow a person to survive, the accompanying side effects can manifest in health disabilities, illness, and death.
In our search for data, for information, for fact, we watch a lot of videos, read a lot of books and articles; our laboratory is our self.
Some recent interesting data and information for us came from Dr. Benjamin Bikman, who spoke to “Low Carb Down Under” on the topic of “Insulin vs Glucagon: The relevance of dietary protein” from 2018.
Lots of information – mostly new to us.
It will take Joe and I a “few whiles” (thank you Donny!) to digest (very punny).
We will probably watch it again, or another of the many videos available online:

Another oldie but goody is this conversation between Dr. Ken Berry and Dr. Jason Fung from December of 2020.
Joe and I remember Ms. Morrison.  She was a wonderful math instructor we were blessed with in high school.
We remember her helpful adage: “Understanding a problem is 95% of the solution”.
Cancer is a medical problem.
It hasn’t been solved.
Is it possible that  cancer has been misunderstood?
The following conversation explores the paradigm shift in understanding cancer:

 

Uncle Roger
What has the world come to?
Joe and I like the faux “racism” of Uncle Roger and his cooking interests.
Nigella Lawson doesn’t detract from the fun:

 

COVID Wrap-Up
A passionate and forceful presentation of facts from “The Front Line Doctors” organization.
Some forceful fact backed testimony from 10 very credentialed doctors.
The list of speakers, in order of appearance:
–  Dr. Richard Urso
–  Dr. Ryan Cole
–  Dr. Pierre Kory
–  Dr. Paul Marik
–  Dr., PhD.,  Flavio Cadegiani
–  Dr. Aaron Kheriaty
–  Dr. Lynn Fynn
–  MSC., PhD., Dr. Paul Alexander
–  Dr. Brian Tyson
–  Dr. Robert Malone
Joe and I are convinced that these 10s of thousands of doctors and scientists are not deluded.
Unlike the data of Big Government and Big Pharma, The Front Line Doctors have made their data, evidence, facts, and experience an open record.
Joe and I are also convinced that the guilty will be rewarded, and the innocent will, once again, for ever and ever, suffer the consequences:

 

Ukraine vs Russia
Joe and I maintain our perspective.
We cannot “pick a side”.
There is a body of work done from the close of the Second World War to present that befuddles us.
We agree with this short quote from Pat Buchanan –
Why spurn the advance of peace with Russia?
Why romance China?
Why isn’t Joe Biden in prison?
Life has many mysteries…..

 

Joe’s Garage

Bread Eating Fungus
Nothing new here….. or is there?
A research lab at the University of Borås in Sweden is creating products such as paper, yarn and leather derived from a bread-eating fungus.
Joe observes that the “Natural World” still manages to provide everything and more needed for human survival.
And human advancement.
Our objection is that one of the foundation drivers for such research is the false belief that products made from this fungal by-product are “more sustainable” than natural sources.
Such as leather.
If anything, the world needs more cattle.
Joe thinks some of these scientists need to talk to other scientists without the approval of the Overlords who fund such research.
The two young women in the video would benefit greatly from a discussion with either Dr. Allan Savory or Dr. Peter Ballerstedt.
There isn’t a sub species of human that thrives solely on a diet of plants or plant products.
As of The Year of Our Lord 2022, the only food stuffs that contain all essential amino acids and nutrients for survival are animals and animal products.
Put that in your pipe and pump it:

Exhausting
This short video is from Summit Racing.
They sell automotive parts and pieces.
Lots of $$$ are spent every year trying to improve performance, whether the measure of performance is maximizing power, increasing economy, or extending durability.
There is also the “Bling!” category – the category that Joe and I pretty well ignore.
We mostly adhere to the “form follows function” argument.
Automotive manufacturers are bound by government dictates that compromise the manufacturer’s ability to optimize any particular category at the expense of the others.
The “after market” is where entities like Summit Racing do their business.
The government is always looking to restrict, prohibit, and penalize what used to be called “hot rodding”.
There is an analogy here.
Wearing a mask on your face constricts and blocks your respiratory exhaust pipe!
It doesn’t improve power, economy, or durability.
There is a large body of data that proves quite the contrary.
Isn’t it comforting that biology and machinery have some commonality?
Like a government that can’t keep it’s nose out of the People’s business:

Project Farm
Joe and I often watch an episode from Project Farm while waiting for sleep to coddle us.
Todd, the creator of Project Farm, goes to great lengths to compare competitive products for performance – cost, durability, meeting product claims, value.
This video is the low-down on metal cutting products.
Joe and I are still using abrasive wheels on our cut-off saw.
They are cheap.
They are also noisy and filthy.
We might like to change.  Better watch and see what Todd finds out!:

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Joe’s Comment – Perhaps it is the weather.
I’m on the other side of the hamster wheel of life.
Not complaining; just stating a fact.
At 73 years young, it has dawned on me that what I perceive might not be “de rigueur“, not approved, somewhat marginal.
Could it be dangerous too?
I feel disappointed but not surprised that trust and faith and belief have altered forever in my mind.  Chris Hedges lists most but not all of the loss of innocence I feel.
I’m leaning harder toward the Libertarian “facts of life” today, a time Ludwig Von Mises described over half a century ago.
That “baby toe” man-child in my head keeps on getting, not giving.
Bent, bruised, hurting, but not broken (yet).
I reckon I’ll continue on for a mile or two….. civilization is a lovely dark and deep woods indeed –
The usual cacophonous contribution in my head of the “band of 37 brothers” has dimmed.  I found some good advice on the Internet that might be worth taking to heart –

 

Brad Upton
Joe thinks Mr. Upton is one of the funniest men in the English speaking world.
He talks fast and is very quick witted: Joe and I grin while we try to keep up.
He pokes a little fun at the Gen-Z crowd in this routine:

 

COVID – Keeps on Giving

COVID Jab Is Far More Dangerous Than Advertised
A report posted on Epoch Times in early April, written by Joseph Mercola, makes the above claim.  What is disturbing is the video featuring Dr. Peter McCullough from October of 2021.
The data is clear.
Yet in my home province of BC Canada, the government blithely continues to recommend vaccination to all citizens, including young children.
Young children literally have next to zero risk of contracting COVID in the absence of comorbidity or complications.
For young children it is also true that the risk of taking the vaccine outweighs the risk of not taking the vaccine.
The link above may or may not open – it is a link to an Epoch Times premium page.  Lots of good prose to read.
However, the video itself is available on other platforms.
Below is a BitChute version.
It is intentionally criminality that governments all over the world did NOT advise their citizens about early treatment or the methodology for infected persons:

mRNA Vaccines Put You at Risk for Acute Coronary Syndrome
Another Epoch Times exposé, from late March, again by Joseph Mercola.
The data is clear.
Once again, the link above may not work because it is an Epoch Times Premium article.
The video in the article is available on BitChute:

COVID-19 Beware: Cheap and Widely Accessible Drug Could Fight Virus
Another Epoch Times Premium article, this time from Australia, written by Lily Kelly in early April.
The “widely accessible drug” mentioned is called Heparin.
It is an anti-coagulant.
If the link doesn’t work, you might consider a subscription to Epoch Times.
There is no video associated with this article, but there are a number of links if you take the time to Google or Duck Duck Go search.
Add Heparin to the list of hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin, vitamin D3, vitamin C, and a host of other cheap and available substances.

Cost of COVID to Children
Neil Oliver talks about the fiscal cost to the world’s peoples brought about by the hysterical knee-jerk over-reaction to the so-called “pandemic”.
More tragic than the fiscal damage to the poor and elderly is the psychological impact on babies and young children that will take years to identify and understand.
Some of this damage will not be possible to remedy.
The very early times of newborns and infants is a time of foundational learning.
The damage caused by government misstep has a cost.
The cost, as usual, will be paid by the helpless, the innocent, the infirm, the elderly, the disabled.
Joe and I fear the children will pay an unmeasurable price.
The children are the Future.
What in the World has been committed by “the elite”?
What tigers have the governments of the world been riding?
Still, not one politician in the World’s over-large set of political actors has admitted any guilt or culpability or remorse.
And life goes on:

 

Joe’s Garage

What Is a Virus?
Dr. Samantha Bailey has expended some effort to research the origins of the “virus theory”.
Her conclusion?
There is no scientific evidence that a form of biological reproductive “life” called “virus” exists.
You heard it.
She believes there is no evidence for the entire study of “Virology”.
Much like the research done by Dr. Cory Mullen into the HIV – AIDS “science”, the basic assumptions seem idealistic and theoretical, not reproducible in the “real world” of biology.
Joe and I read, watch, research.
The work done by Dr. Bailey (and Dr. Mullen) and the questions they generated have NOT BEEN ANSWERED.
Once again, the assertion made by Dr. Patrick Moore that

Vacuum
Standard temperature and pressure is a scientific definition used in calculating natural phenomenon accurately.
“STP” is “a temperature of 273.15°K (0°C, 32°F) and an absolute pressure of 1 atmosphere (101.325kPa)”
This is not to be confused with NTP (normal temperature and pressure) which has the same pressure value (14.696psi, 101.325kPa) but a temperature of 20°C (68°F, 293.15K).
What does it all mean?
It means that if you are in STP or NTP conditions, the weight of the atmosphere on your body is an approximate pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch.
You don’t notice it because your lungs and innards are at the same pressure.
What happens if the pressure isn’t “equalized”?
Watch the following video and find out.
The tanker in the video has approximately 14.7 lb./sq.in. exerted by the atmosphere on every square inch of it’s surface.
When you take out all the air from the inside (alter the equilibrium), big change!:

Kurt Neighbor
The Ford SOHC arguably started the “Funny Car” movement in drag racing.
Mr. Kurt Neighbor has been campaigning Ford powered vehicles for over 50 years.
This Mercury Comet was a factory build.
It has been modified extensively by Mr. Neighbor.
The last racing example of the Ford SOHC engine:

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