Sunday Rant – 3523

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Joe’s Comment – Today is a good day!
My pants went on without a snag.  Some folks consider a good day to be one you don’t need pants.  I beg to differ.
Small changes to diet seem to be providing benefit.  If it is panacea or real I don’t know.  But the changes are there…..
Mobility issues are responding affirmatively to increased physical activity.  I can only assume motility too, if there are issues, is also improved.
I feel great!
Which will be needed this week.  I’ve removed the upstairs bathroom fixtures.  This house was built in the very late’60s (the tub was dated ’69) or very early ’70s.  Cloth covered wiring.  Lead, copper, and brass plumbing.  Lots of wood.  Not so much plastic.  And a few “on the fly” ad lib Rube Goldberg solutions –
The picture shows the furnace vent to heat the room.  It was hidden inside the vanity.  To the average bloke it appears to be a paint thinner can on its side cut and bent to accept ducting and a register.  Here’s the same from the other side –
There were other ad hoc adoptions that scintillated my curse reflex, but this one made me laugh and shake my head simultaneously.  More physical activity is good!
ABS plastic is an advance.  It will last longer and is easy to install.  If I had to buy copper to replace what is now leaking, broken, and riddled with pinholes, the budget would be strained mightily.
This damn house will be the sinking of my shabby, diminutive financial reserves.
Time for an inspirational tune from the Derina Harvey Band, about raising a sunken boat named the Mary Ellen Carter:

The following lyric pretty well sums it up –
And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go

Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again
I shall now refer forevermore to this house, this home, as The Mary Ellen Carter.

Canadiana

The Jordan Peterson Debacle
Canada“, it seems, cannot abide a world famous person (who happens to be Canadian) criticizing the political elite in Canada, or higher education in Canada, or cultural “norms” in Canada.
In this case, “Canada” is defined as the governing body of Mr. Peterson’s craft (or “union” or professional accreditation body).
Mr. Peterson is a world famous personality.  He was born in Canada, and holds a Canadian passport.  On the Joe Rogan program (the biggest podcast in the “free” world – which means the entire globe), Mr. Peterson spoke his mind.  He was in the United States of America, where a lovely amendment to The Constitution, the First Amendment, guarantees free speech.  Period.
All well and good.
However….. the guarantee of free speech doesn’t extend to Canada.
Apparently, some people didn’t agree with Mr. Peterson, and tattled to various Canadian “authorities”.  Again, apparently, what Mr. Peterson said in the United States of America is the business of Canada.
That expression “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” must only apply to Vegas.
In Canada, free speech is curtailed at the pleasure of the government.  It is blatantly and obviously spelled out in the weak-kneed document described as “The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”.  Here is the preamble –
OK, let’s just see….. we have doG first, then law.
Joe and I are good with that, although both “foundations” are pretty shaky in the Year of our Lord 2023.  Gotta start somewhere.  We are satisfied that the will of the mob is NOT the prime motivator.  More on that later.
Let’s jump to part 2, “Fundamental Freedoms“.  Sounds ducky!  All the parts and pieces that you might need to be “Free”.  Notice it does NOT say freedom of mobility.
Now that you feel all righteous and mighty, let’s go back to part 1, “Rights and Freedoms“.  It starts out proud and strong and honorably, but has a mortal flaw – a conjunction.  In this case, the conjunction is a phrase – “subject only to”.
Way, way, way back in 1982 Joe and I were a mere sprout of a man, boasting 33 years of age, no medical issues, and a full time job.  We weren’t and aren’t some sort of genius or guru or visionary or “chosen One”.  We were and are a mud pecker, a Common Man, of the genus “dirt people”.  You know, “the salt of the earth”.  Even then, when we read the Charter, we knew there was no “free speech” in Canada.  If your freedoms are “subject only to”, then you have no freedom.
Weak beer compared to the American First Amendment.  The American version doesn’t waffle.  Doesn’t limit.  Doesn’t deflect.  It goes something like this –
In the U.S. of A., the Congress makes the laws.  So, the above says, you, Congress, cannot make any laws that prohibit these freedoms.  Elsewhere in their founding documents, it states that there are fundamental freedoms bestowed by “The Creator”.  A term that, in this case, doesn’t mean your mommy and daddy.
Pretty straight forward.
Hard to misinterpret or fuck up, although the linguistic gymnastics the Progressive Left uses leave Joe and I in disbelief and often angry.  Can’t they read?  Then we remember that 80% of folks cannot critically think.
JBP is standup.  In this video interview with his daughter Mikhaila he says he will fight this woke bullshit all the way to the Supreme Court.
Joe and I are jaded.
We will support him, and heartily endorse JBP’s fight.
However, our knowledge of the “Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms” foreshadows the outcome.
Watch, listen, and cheer the man loudly!:

Joe says this is that old phantom known as “Common Good”, whatever the hell that means when defined by the prevailing political winds.
In other words, it is political treachery, and reminds us of an old British poem –
We are comparing the Canadian legal system and hence all subject to it with crookedness.  Specifically, the instrument being used to put JBP “in his proper place” is the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the licensing body.
The poem originated from politics (where else? says Joe, sarcastically), and refers to animosity between Scotland and England many centuries ago.  A reference –
Our twisted little Libertarian heart can do naught but beat to the drum of the Individual.  We are obliged to quote the Libertarian’s Libertarian, Ayn Rand –
We will ask Ms. Rand to sum up what is happening to Dr. Peterson –

International Goings-On

Tucker Carlson
Mr. Carlson addresses a crowd in Hungary.  He delivered a speech in Budapest apologizing on behalf of the United States over U.S. ambassador David Pressman’s critique of the country’s latest anti-LGBTQ+ crackdown.
This closely following his interview of Donald Trump the night of the GOP candidate debate.
Mr. Carlson is a force to be reckoned with, because he is neither Democrat or Republican.
If Joe and I were inclined to categorize Mr. Carlson (we are not) we would describe him as a Humanitarian first, and a Libertarian second.
Even when addressing a Hungarian audience, he manages to connect even though he speaks only English:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZkcJ132alU

 

Philosophy

Freedom
What is freedom?
Joe and I will settle for Ayn Rand’s definition –
What is liberty?
We quote the words of Friedrich August von Hayek
What then, is Democracy?
Joe and I balk at the thought of mob rule.  We also abhor the idea that the opinion of idiots OR sages becomes law.  A working definition of “Democracy” that encompasses the political machinations of The West evades us.
What we think folks mean is everyone has a voice, a “dog in the hunt”, and is allowed to participate in selecting OUR DEAR LEADERS.  After that, it gets a bit confusing.
We always thought that government had at most four functions.  Milton Friedman stated that freedom has natural limits.  One of the functions of government is to minimize coercion and optimize individual choice.  A noble, if somewhat ethereal goal.
In the following video, Mr. Friedman delineates the boundaries that should be the objective of any government in a so-called “free” society:

The guarantee of Freedom is a challenge in a “diverse” society.  How is it possible to assure the least coercion while maximizing individual opportunity to pursue personal goals when the spectrum of objectives invariably produces conflict and opposition?  One example is government funded abortion.  Another is welfare.  Another is “Affirmative Action” (morphed across the culture).
Some folks have a solution.  They simply distract attention with a “shiny object”, then remove the possibility of an individual’s freedom to choose.  As Milton Freidman cautioned, the “free market” should be the first avenue of choice, unhindered and unhobbled, not a political dictate.
The following video is food for thought.  It does beg the question of benign or malignant intent.  Whose world, whose country, whose life is it?
Call us crazy, but Joe and I prefer to believe we chart our own course:

 

Health

Oxalate Update
The following video is a conversation between Dr. Bart Kay and Sally K. Norton, the author of “Toxic Superfoods”.
The conversation is from April 2023, posted on Dr. Kay’s Ub2b channel “Professor Bart Kay – Main Channel“.
Every time Joe and I listen to Ms. Norton we learn more about the dangerous mystery of Oxalates, especially how the human body manages an oxalate load.
The comments for this video have given us lots to contemplate, too.
The march toward a proper human diet continues!:

 

Joe’s Garage

Hydrostatic Pressure – Pascal’s Law
When Joe and I first learned this subject, the units of measure were Imperial.
The standard atmospheric pressure was 14.7 pounds per square inch.
In the following video (refresher) the units used are metric.
Other than the conversion we frantically tried to compute, it was a great refresher of the phenomenon:

Government Screwing “We The People”
This is short and bitter.
How in the fuck???
Bullshit to Climate Control.
When will the bureaucrats and politicians and elites be satisfied?
Perhaps when the feudal system returns…..
Here’s our August natural gas bill.
Note that the “Carbon Tax” is more costly than the gas we used.
Enough is a fucking nuff.  Time to start shunning the powers that be –

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Joe’s Comment –  This week could have been one more fantastic Summer memory; a bright happy time.  Alas, the spectre of imperfect reality in the form of wildfire has intruded in the Okanagan Valley.  There are fires here, there, and everywhere.  Yes, it has been a hot, rain-less Summer to date.  Who cares if the fires are “natural” or man-made; it is immaterial.  What is important is the response.
Unfortunately, BC is a very large tract of land with a not so large population.
Materiel and a workforce large enough to manage all the fires is not available.
It seems the lessons I learned from the story of Bambi and Old Yeller are tough lessons.  Or the lessons I learned from The Pied Piper.  Everyone wants the best outcome.  No one wants to pay for it.
Fire is a sacred and useful but dangerous and treacherous power.
Leonard Cohen tells of the fiery end of Joan of Arc:

Meanwhile, The Culture© continues a self-destructive twisted path, pitting identity groups against one another, dividing men and women, shredding tradition, marginalizing freedom of speech, infringing on liberty and private property rights.
Who will get the blame for the fires?
I figure it will be another reason to “control the climate”.  That seems to be in vogue.  Those damn humans, so unaware, are destroying everything!
The obvious query is like an elephant in the room – how can you control the climate if you can’t even put out a fire?
Well, not all humans.  As Orwell’s Animal Farm pointed out, all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Who will pay the bill?
Why, the usual unfortunates – what is left of the middle class will cover the loss of fortune, and the poor will pay with their lives, with additional hardship, with the loss of hope and opportunity.
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?
There’s the rub.
So it goes, and always has.
A week of breathing smoke and not seeing the sun is a terrible waste of Summer hours.
And the days grow shorter….

 

Americana

Tucker Carlson – RFK Jr. Interview
The information Robert Kennedy Jr. tells Tucker Carlson in this interview is astounding.
What is more astounding to Joe and me is how Mr. Kennedy can remain a Democrat.
He has been “red pilled” endlessly, yet he continues to proclaim himself a Democrat.  Apparently he hasn’t changed; the party has.
WTF?
In the Captain Obvious department, it seems the Democrat Machine© / DNC is frightened shitless that Mr. Kennedy might become the candidate.  Or equally unthinkable, split the vote as an Independent.
We think they can’t buy him off / cheat him like they did Bernie Sanders.
We think they can’t convince him to back off, to sit down, shut up, and be a “team player”.
His uncle and his father also had radical ideas.
OK, some of Jr.’s ideas are beyond radical into the conspiracy / lunatic realm.
In Joe’s twisted mind, the REAL challenge for the Democrat Machine© is how to “disappear” him and make it look like he WASN’T disappeared.
The Left can complicate the most benign pablum-like situation until it is unbelievably and impossibly unpalatable.  Past impractical, beyond inconceivable, all the way to absurd, preposterous, useless.  Don’t forget worthless and a total waste of time and treasure.
In simpler terms, they are in a pickle.
In our kaleidoscopic view of American politics, we would resoundingly cheer RFK Jr. if he ran as an Independent.
Unfortunately, we believe that should he do so, there is a distinct chance he would be signing his own death warrant (better than 30% in our humble).
And so it goes.
Joe and I fantasize about a leader who combines all the good aspects and none of the negative traits needed to lead a virtuous and moral country.
What a fantasy!
Meanwhile, back in the current reality, a terrific piece of journalism by Mr. Tucker Carlson in this August 14th interview on the Twitter platform (should Ub2b disappear the video).
Note: This video is NOT from Tucker Carlson.  Someone reposted his Twitter presentation on Ub2b. But, by the time we viewed it 17 hours after it was posted, it had over 1.1 million views.  Joe and I don’t know Twitter, so can’t report numbers from that site.  Wethinks double digit millions…..
Mr. Tucker Carlson is a journalistic force to be reckoned with.  Fox News fades into the rear view mirror:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN5A6lhjV0c

Agriculture and Land Management

Quick Dick McDick
Back to once a week?
QDMcD continues to inspire as Saskatchewan’s agrarian ambassador.
Joe and I are approaching 75 years of age.  When we were a child visiting Grandma Winniski’s farm back in the ’50s all this work was done by hand with a horse and stone boat.  Gotta love the amazing machinery – one man equals one hundred men.  That one man must have deep pockets or a good friend in banking.
As my friend George McF said many years ago, “if I win the lottery, I’m going farming ’til I’m broke!”  There’s no life like it…..:

Restorative Farming
This man, Jake Takiff, has employed a holistic approach to farming the high desert in Colorado.  His experiment is called “Cedar Springs Farm“.
What is he doing that is so innovative?
The answer begs a question.
Who or what “manages” the land and sea?
Before humans populated the land, it was managed by Nature™.  Wildlife and wild plants developed a balance, influenced by climate, that was seasonally adaptive.
Human activity interrupts the “natural” balance.
Although humans are part of Nature™, we are unpredictable stewards of the land.
Mr. Takiff has a template for land management that is adaptable to any environment, and is sustainable.  There are three components: water management, agro-forestry management, and livestock management.
In the following video Mr. Takiff demonstrates all three.  His “partners” are various animals, various plants, and his willingness to experiment.
He shares information with other restorative farmers, all of whom are small, independent, and family / community focused.
They provide excellent foodstuffs to their communities.
They are important participants in their local economies.
This is the antidote to “Mega farming” by huge companies that are global, not local.
Joe and I have posted information about sustainable land management in the past.  (Reference Sunday Rant – 1222 (Allan Savory – “Holistic Management and controlled grazing”))
We have a vested interest.
We are meat eaters.  Livestock properly managed are a force of Nature™ that can be utilized to restore or change fallow land.  And provide a source of the best form of human nutrition: a PHD (proper human diet per Dr. Ken Berry).
It is no lie that Joe and I would have followed this template as a young man.
We are not sure what Mr. Elon Musk plans to eat on Mars.
Joe and I are going to eat beef and pork here on Earth:

 

Natural Science

Dr. William Happer
Every once in a while it behooves Joe and I to remind ourselves how things really work.
In terms of the atmosphere, the “climate”, and that pesky CO2, there are certain individuals who are the go-to.
Dr. William Happer is one of those individuals.
The following video is still alive on Ub2b.  An amazing phenomenon in itself.
It is a presentation from September 2014 – almost 10 years ago.
Dr. Happer is 84 years of age.
He is a co-founder of the CO2 Coalition.
A leadership chart of the organization here.
Canadian Dr. Patrick Moore is on the Board of Directors.
Heroes all:

 

Health

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny
Dr. Peter McCullough has created a knowledge source for all things health.
The name of this source is called “Courageous Discourse“.
The ordeal of dealing with COVID misinformation distributed and enforced by the government and BigPharma has hardened Dr. McCullough.  From the get go he was front line, developing multi-drug therapies, testifying in state and federal hearings, promoting a scientific response.
In this video he talks to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny about vaccinations, vaccination schedules, and the propensity to increase the number and frequency of vaccines imposed on the population, especially children.
The video is not available on Ub2b or Rumble.  It can be watched here.
It is noteworthy that Dr. Tenpenny is a legacy pureblood.  That is, she has never been vaccinated.  Ever.  Her life’s work has been to address the root issues with illness from an holistic perspective, seeking cause of malady vs treating symptoms.  She brings a refreshing sanity to health care.
Her website is here.

 

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Joe’s Comment – The weather stays good.  The projects stay gooder.  The busy is busiest.  Summer is in full swing.
I’m as delusional as can be.
And the future beacons…..

Canadiana

Quick Dick McDick
Posted on 7 August – Happy Saskatchewan Day!:

The Pillaging of Western Canada
From Aaron Gunn, a video detailing the history of the Western provinces of Canada.
The federal government’s contempt and mistreatment of the Western provinces is something Joe and I have lived to experience.
There are two levels of hypocrisy in Canadian politics – pandering to Quebec, and abusing Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and British Columbia.
Joe and I are with Daniel Smith – follow the Canadian Constitution, or face separation.
Mob rule is always so ugly:

Canadian Doctors Speak Out
During the COVID hysteria and scam there were some doctors who said NO to the bull shit.
This video features Canadian doctors who spoke out.
Doctors Mark Trozzi, Chris Shoemaker, Byram Bridle, and Mary O’Connor give a brief history of their personal trials.
It is no surprise that they all suffered unwarranted abuse from their respective governing boards and agencies.  And the Canadian government, too.
All Joe and I can hope for is smaller government, fewer thugs, more debate and discussion, more transparency, less bureaucracy, and a pony.
A well mannered pony:

Americana

Vivek Ramaswamy
Mr. Ramaswamy is challenging Donald Trump to be the Republican candidate for president.
He is very bright.
He has been very successful.
He is his own man.
John Stossel does a terrific job letting Mr. Ramaswamy present himself.
Joe and I wonder……
Will The Donald lever off him, scorn and deprecate him, or find a way to use him?
This man talks a great talk.  Could he build a team to disassemble “The Swamp”?
Joe and I have a weakness – we favor intelligence over brute force and ignorance.
We favor debate over coercive dictate.
We favor individual choice over mob pressure.
Also, we consider ourself to be a “theoretical Libertarian”.   Both Stossel and Ramaswamy profess Libertarian alliance.
First blush?
An apparently good intelligent well-meaning man throwing his hat into the dirtiest sewer of human endeavor – politics.
Which stimulates Joe’s antennae.  WIIFM?  (What’s in it for Mr. Ramaswamy?)
Time, as is said, will tell:

 

The Culture

Degeneration
Neil Oliver is onto something.
Why would the “powers that be” push an agenda that humiliates their fellow humans?  As in “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” – George Orwell, Animal Farm.
Eating bugs.  Replace meat (you eat what you are) with pablum protein that is not easily bioabsorbable, nor does it provide the essential nutrients.  Forcing people to be vaccinated against their will, against common sense.  Restricting movement.  Shaming.  Excluding.  Setting false confrontation.  Denigrating the rights of the individual.  Appropriating the concept of “Common Good”.
As Mr. Oliver says, it is a “nouveau serfdom”.
His example of pre-human creatures behaving with noble objectives (burying their dead) contrasts harshly with the modern degeneration of humanity – to sacrifice the sacred human spirit to “save the planet” or “sequester carbon” or “stop global climate change”.  We have been to the summit and now we decline.
As the old sailor said, any port in a storm.
Our “superiors” are creating an infinite number of storms to force humanity where it does NOT want to go.
Joe and I aren’t going anywhere.
For Christ’s sake, stop frightening the children!
Also, for humanities sake.
Terrific insight from Mr. Oliver:

Health

Joe’s Rumination
The expression “you are what you eat” has a corollary: “you eat what you are“.
Joe believes this is the truth.
Humans are apex predators.
We eat other animals.
Sure, you can munch on a lettuce head.
Or yodel with a mouthful of orange juice.
Why not nibble a carrot?
However, there are no other foods you can eat exclusively that will not only sustain you, but it will benefit you!
Eat meat.
Meat from well nourished healthy ungulates has all a body needs.
And animal products such as milk, eggs, cheese, and butter, with some seafood.
No one ever died because they didn’t get some fruit.
Or a vegetable.
Stop fooling yourselves!

 

Joe’s Garage

Rusty Wallace
Joe and I are becoming fans of the “Stapleton42” Ub2b channel.  In this video, Rusty Wallace (NASCAR star!) and his legendary Midnight car are featured.
Mr. Wallace raced in the ’80s and ’90s in NASCAR.
Joe and I were and are fans of Mr. Wallace.  He was a first tier racer and always an upbeat optimistic happy person.
You will see he hasn’t changed in the following video:

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