Joe’s Comment – A busy week of chasing projects in circles. I did manage to get the main floor shower / tub unit operational in the house. First time a shower has been operational since August. For me it wasn’t a hardship – the aquatic center in town has cheap swims for old people / senior citizens. For Kenda and Rourke a different story. Next is installing the toilet and vanity and door and wall. As with many of my projects, the original time estimate has proven to be ridiculous fantasy. C’est la guerre.
Only five more Sunday Rants this year (SR – 53 will be December 31st).
So far the winds of chance and of adventure have blown fair this year.
Barring weather disaster or political tsunami or health catastrophe or financial ruin in the last fleeting days of 2023, all in all it has been a better than average year.
Still no snow!
Still no cruel below zero temperatures!
As the late great Jimmy B. was wont to say, life is good.
“Re-wilding” the Land
Ivor Cummins has plenty to say about this propaganda from the Irish government.
How long until this shite appears here in the true north strong and free?
Or south of our border in the home of the brave, land of the free?
This is a sign of Big Money / Big Corporations / Big Government up to no good.
It seems that Joe and I will be exposed to this insanity in one form or another until the day we die.
We shall gird our loins and face the enemy with ascorbic wit, cutting sarcasm, and a larder filled to overflowing with food appropriate to humans. That would be beef, eggs, butter, cream, pork, fish, and whatever other animal product we prefer. There will be no bug eating at this home.
The Middle Ages are making a comeback.
The overlords are re-creating the feudal state, where the few people remaining are indentured to the land and the rest are kept like cattle.
Most probably, kept in lieu of cattle.
Joe and I won’t buy into any of what our father called “happy horse shit”.
There really are only two types – those who wish to be left alone, and others who can’t stand the idea of leaving anyone alone:
As for end game, Joe and I watched the following video earlier today (before Ivor brought the news). Perhaps this is the end game the overlords feel is more humane than murder. We are not convinced. Nor are we amused:
Historian makes the case against Britain paying reparations to the descendants of Caribbean slaves.
Joe and I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Heydel-Mankoo.
It is an obvious point to make that all those demanding reparations only demand so from the wealthiest of countries IN THE WEST.
You won’t see these demonstrations and protests in ANY Muslim country – Joe says to do so would arguably be signing your own death warrant.
Same, same, for China and North Korea, Russia, and most of the dirt poor countries in Africa. You can’t get blood from a stone. But you can beat someone over the head with a stone and get blood.
Joe wonders if the latter course of action has a probability over 1% in The Americas …..
Watching the young students at this Cambridge Union Society debate event, Joe and I wonder how this esteemed university could have depreciated so much. A tour around the Internet, back in time for debates many years ago, the audiences exhibited a certain gravitas missing from this debate. The decorum and structure of the debate was much more formal. It seems there is no longer a dress code!
From the link, “The society was founded in 1815, it is the oldest continuously running debating society in the world”.
Joe and I have great respect for traditions that support and endorse what the Americans call “the First Amendment”, i.e., free speech.
This side of the argument (the debate) is well presented if not well received.
Joe and I didn’t bother to present the other side of the argument:
The most famous debate at the Cambridge Union Society happened in 1965. James Baldwin debated William Buckley. The topic debated was “The American dream is at the expense of the American negro”.
This debate was during the “civil rights movement” that changed America (not for the better, says Joe). Notice the decorum, the dress, the officiating. Them was the days!:
Joe and I like the cut of this Rumble channel’s jib.
For now, this will be our go-to Canadian news source.
We will be vigilant.
We will be alert.
We will make our own conclusions.
And so should you:
Thank You, White Man
Mark Dice is a constant for Joe and me.
He has been calling the political shenanigans in the U.S. of A. for as long as we have been publishing this Sunday Rant.
Much like Ivor Cummins, Mr. Dice consistently presents logical arguments supported by data and reference. No warm and fuzzy feelings here.
In the following video Mr. Dice has an American Thanksgiving message for your contemplation:
Talk about “riding the tiger”.
Talk about ideas being mind viruses.
Talk about memes being contagious.
Once an idea is shared, the “Nature of Man®” springs into action!
Some folks laugh the idea off, or warn against the idea – based on the idea.
Most folks don’t understand the idea, briefly toy with the concept(s), then “forget about it”.
A very very few folks grasp the idea, check with their favorite radio station “WIIFM” (what’s in it for me), check their resource pantry (can I do anything?), do a risk analysis (deep or shallow – depends on the individual), and a very few of the very very few MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN.
Before the word “transhumanism” gets mauled by the progressives, the intellectuals, the elites, the clergy, the masses, and (doG help us all) the government, let us agree on a broad definition. From Dictionary.com:
1. a philosophy that explores human transcendence above or beyond organic, corporeal limitations through technological and philosophical evolution.
To us it means cyborg – a mechanical or electronic device / technology interfaced with a human being.
This begs the “Superman vs Supraman” argument.
Is it “above and beyond” the capability of a human, or is it at the highest end of human ability, an enhancement?
Or is it repairing something broken…..
Joe and I think that another category be added – that being “aberration”.
The good side of blending man and machine is obvious – alleviating disabilities, mending illness or assisting those with handicaps.
The bad side leads to whatever you can imagine as being a negative outcome plus a bag of chips.
Joe says don’t forget that AI is out there too!
Hence the reference to “riding the tiger” – a situation where you must continue: you cannot stop for fear of dreadful consequence.
The above is an introduction (or foreplay) to the subject.
How is this melding of human and technology manifested?
There have been prosthetics available for millennia.
The degree of sophistication and technological advancement in the field of “transhumanism” is breathtaking.
A short video follows that explains Neuralink.
Neuralink is actually enabling transhumanism with brain implants.
All for the most noble of rational and humane objectives.
Joe and I appreciate how this technology can enhance a person’s life:
Joe and I will NOT delve into the negative implications / possibilities at this time.
That was the work of science fiction authors in days gone by (before the technology(s) existed), but now it is up to responsible journalism.
Good luck with that!
How a Sewing Machine Works
All these years…..
Joe and I are always astounded when we pose a question of ourselves about something we thought we knew.
Yes, we knew a needle goes up and down, and there is a bobbin in the base.
We also knew we aren’t a good operator of a sewing machine.
Joe said out loud “could we build one?”
Much to our chagrin, we had no clue about chain stitching or any other kind.
Always in awe of the human mind and human ingenuity:
Joe and I recently “discovered” the Hagerty Ub2b channel.
Lots of Lazarus moments, i.e., bringing old(er) vehicles back to life with a minimum of financial outlay.
The following has the subject matter we like – an old Ford truck with flathead motor. Joe says he’d do it the same way for the most part. Bring ’em back to life!: