Sunday Rant – 4823

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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.

Brainwashing

“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:

Reparations
Historian Rafe Heydel-Mankoo 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!:

Canadian News

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:

Americana

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:

 

The Culture

Transhumanism
WTF?
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:
Transhumanism
noun
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…..
No matter.
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!

Joe’s Garage

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:

1949 F1
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!:

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Joe’s Comment – I’m pleased the weather is not like last year.  Robert G. emailed today: it was 12°C in Calgary.
Here in Vernon we didn’t get that warm, but it wasn’t freezing, or snowing, or blowing.
I’ll settle for that.
The sun is going behind the hills at about 4:00 p.m. daily – “official” sunset was 4:09 and change.
My vehicle of choice these days is a 2000 Ford Taurus.  Surprisingly large interior and trunk.  A 3.0L Vulcan V-6 for propulsion.  On longer trips it can reach the amazing economy of 37 mpIg (that’s Imperial gallons – I haven’t “converted” yet).
However, I’m going to make my 2006 Ford F350 6.0L Super Duty the daily driver, especially after sunset.
Why (you may ask).
In the Taurus, my eyes are at the most 4 feet above ground.  The headlights on the Taurus are about 2.5 feet above ground.
In the F350 the headlights are almost 4 feet above the ground.
See the problem?
Add to it the newer vehicles with projector style halogen or LED lights that burn the inside of your skull to a crisp.
I get so pissed off that I pull off the road whether those lights are coming at me or behind me.  Are they legal?
I’m getting old.  I asked some younger folks what they think.
The younger folks also think those headlights are dangerous!
Fight light with light might not be right.
If I could afford to drive around in a heavy highway tractor I’d be way above the headlight madness.

Canadiana

Dr. Trozzi Hearing
Dr. Mark Trozzi is a Canadian hero.
As with many Canadian medical heroes (yes Sparky, there are some), the governing body for his trade of doctor, the CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario), is unhappy with him.  They have stopped him from practicing and want to rescind his license to practice.
There are two releases from LifeSite News that document Dr. Trozzi’s troubles:
–  LifeSite News 4 November 2023
–  LifeSite News 10 November 2023
Joe and I are staying tuned to Dr. Trozzi’s case.
There are several other doctors being harassed by the CPSO.  They are  Mary O’Connor,  Rochangé Kilian, Celeste Jean Thirlwell,  Patrick Phillips,  and  Crystal Luchkiw.
We haven’t investigated these additional doctors or verified / validated their bona fides.
However, if the CPSO is hunting them, Joe and I are wanting to know why.
When the COVID fiasco was raging with the hot fire of panic and hysteria, Joe and I abandoned our GP.  Can’t blame him for protecting his status and income – no one who is sane seeks the spotlight of government veto or disapprobation.
We came to a parting of the ways because our goals were not synchronous: we require medical advice and support based on the best possible science, whereas our GP, however competent, was forced / mandated / ordered to follow politically imposed guidelines that were NOT the best available.
Time has proven it so, with the masking, the isolation, the restriction on travel, and the dread vaccine promoted with lies and misinformation regarding its veracity.
Our search for a GP or doctor who has the patient’s well being as the only motivation continues.  Joe says it is time to dismantle the “medical cartel”.
It is based on $$$ not wellness or health or nutrition.

 

Americana

January 6 Redux
A short video from Benny Johnson, informing his followers that the House Republicans have released ALL the video footage of the J6 “insurrection”.
As Gomer Pyle says, “surprise, surprise!” – the story told by the old grey lady and every other media outlet in the world just ain’t so.  (That was three obscure references in a row!  A TV show, the old grey mare song, and Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories”.  We are on a roll!).
Benny damn near passes out from excitement.  He’s right, though.  Anybody with half a brain knew it was a crock of shit from the get go…..
Now we wait.  We wait for the wheels of justice to turn.  Don’t laugh!  It could happen…..:

Thomas Sowell
What is the legacy of Barry Soerto?
You know the guy, old jug ears – i.e., B.H. Obambi.
If you go back far enough in the life of Joe, he is on record as saying that Obambi wasn’t an acceptable choice, but he’d give him a chance.
Hell, he blew the chance the first day he held the reins.
Joe and I have immense respect for Thomas Sowell.  We have bought several of his books.  He never fails to inspire thought by communicating his perspective.
This short video is an example.  The socialist tendency is strong in this one:

Smart Folks

Elon Musk
In this video, Lex Fridman has a lengthy conversation with Elon Musk.
They talk about all things human, without drama.
This is a Super Geek get together.
Joe and I enjoyed it:

 

Health

Dr. Boz
A lovely short video about ketogenic nutrition.
There are stages, so says Dr. Boz, and you must be aware of where you are in the progression along the keto path.
Joe and I extrapolate that to our version of carnivore.
A key point Dr. Boz identified is that “comfort eating” is a habit.  When eating keto / carnivore, extra food isn’t necessary, required, or optimal.
What is it that provokes the comfort eating behavior?
The source isn’t unique, or linear, or easily isolated.
No matter.
It is possible to eliminate a habit behavior by substituting another response.  For instance, when the craving to eat a sweet, or desert, or additional something (after you have already eaten), be aware of the impulse, and satisfy it with something other than food.  Maybe read a book.  Watch a movie.  Play a board game with family members.  Go for a walk.  Pet the damn dog.
Do ANYTHING other than the habitual stuff your pie hole with yum-yums.
Joe and I have a growing respect for Dr. Boz, and her down to earth advice:

Dr. Sam
What if someone told you that the “science” of antibiotics was missing a few cards in its deck?
What if someone told you that the target, or cause of illness is more complicated than picking out a bacterium, labeling it as a “bad hombre”, and designing a solution that kills that particular bacterium?
Unless Joe and I have been so wooed by Dr. Samantha Bailey’s quaint speech and terrific good looks, that is the nature of her discourse.
In previous rants Joe and I have embedded videos of Dr. Sam questioning the foundations of much medical “scientific fact”.  The earliest was Sunday Rant – 3321 (note: the video, about Kary Mullis, has been scrubbed from Ub2b, but exists on Dr. Sam’s website here).
We see logic in her analysis that we cannot refute.  The cure for many maladies might be found by simple cleanliness and a healthy immune system.  We love us some Dr. Sam:

Joe’s Garage

Why 120 / 240 VAC?
In this video, Kathy Joseph (Kathy Loves Physics and History) explains how the North American standards for alternating current evolved.
Like most standards for most things, the original inventors / designers / fabricators were influential.  Often, a standard is simply acceptance of the first of the genre with all its quirks and peculiarities.
Kathy has an enthusiastic and energetic presentation that is fast paced.
Joe and I give her an A+ for brief, cogent, factual data delivered with a smile:

Now that Kathy has established where from 120 / 240 / 220 etc., she will now astound Joe and me with the origins of 2 and 3 phase alternating current, and why it is 50 cycle or 60 cycle all around the world.
Joe says, once again, that there is a large helping of “first come, first served” in the birth of most technologies, and alternating current is no exception (although there are exceptions):

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Joe’s Comment – Words are wonderful, and powerful.  Used for good and noble purpose, words are the conveyor of ideas, the purveyor of grace and duty and mercy and retribution and restitution, the vessel of hope, of love.
All that is beautiful and worthwhile and virtuous and meaningful can be expressed with carefully chosen words.
The last four years of absolute hysteria and insanity have convinced me that words, however lovely, however powerful, meaningful, and honorable, mean nothing if the politics are not right.
Andrew Breitbart famously stated that “politics is downstream of culture”.
I have seen nothing that discredits Mr. Breitbart’s sentiment.
Our culture is in tattered ruins.
Charles Krauthammer (RIP) made the following observation about politics.
From the introduction to his excellent collection of essays, “Things That Matter” – “………. 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
Our politics, in my humble opinion, are in tattered ruins.
We got it wrong.  Malignancy pervades.
Where to lay the blame?
Is it someone, or somewhere, or something that has caused our decline?
Or is it the natural order of nations – the rebellion, the struggle, the birth, the growth, the prosperity, the peace – followed by the degeneracy, the decline, the struggle, the loss, the dissipation?
It breaks my heart to contemplate the following words of John Adams, for I know these words to be true –
The political circus happening in a country near you, in your country, indeed, all the Western nations, is proof.
Contemplate if you will, the damage done to children everywhere during the COVID “crisis”.  Forced to wear masks.  Forced to feel fear.  Some were vaccinated by force (I say forced because they were powerless to object).  Helpless.
Reflect on the innocent people of Ukraine, and Israel, and of the Gaza Strip – no one deserves terror, abuse, death as payment for existing.  Politics gone dreadfully wrong.
The established, natural progression of development in the West is in peril.  Once again, Mr. Adams thought and spoke on the subject –
And so it should be, if only…..
Alas, the tragedy of Life must follow its path.
The natural order is the strong prey on the weak.  Every once in a while, the weak prevail, but only enough to survive, not to overcome.
What state of being is exempt?: body, mind, and spirit.
The lion eats the gazelle.
The quick witted delude (and denude) the slow minded.
It is my belief that “good” triumphs over “bad” (by a slim margin), but confusing strength of spirit with good is a pitfall.
It is my belief that all men have the capacity to be evil or good.  It is circumstance and their will that forces the choice, the action.
A conundrum in politics is that it is better to appear strong and decisive even when you make dreadfully wrong decisions, than to waffle and procrastinate but eventually make the right decision.
Armistice Day was yesterday.
I did not wear a poppy.
It isn’t complicated.  I just don’t feel that the sacrifice made in war is worth any compensation.
War has no victor, no reward.  It is an obscenity.  It is failure.
I will include this song as my “moment of silence”, with reverence.
From Sergeant MacKenzie:

The Culture

Douglas Murray
John Anderson interviews Douglas Murray.
Joe and I have not been fanboys of Mr. Murray in the past, but listening to him at 28:25 caught our attention.
We are reassessing.
Mr. Murray gives his perspective on war crimes he has witnessed or viewed on media, then comments about the Hamas attack on Israeli citizens.
He has the attention of Joe and me and the 35 other maroons in our cranium.
His views on the evil / dark side of Islam coincide with ours.
If Mr. Murray is an example of what is to come, it is an indication that the pendulum of culture has reached its maximum amplitude in the direction of progressive lunacy and is slowly gaining momentum toward equilibrium:

 

Tucker Carlson, Theo Von
Joe and I do not know Theo Von.
We just finished watching him interview Tucker Carlson.
Mixed feelings.  He strikes us as a goofball.
It is a very long conversation, but kept our attention for the most part.
We learned more about Mr. Carlson’s background and career.
How much lawyerly flagellation is continuing in the background regarding his walking papers from Fox News were forced on him back in late April?
Mr. Carlson is an influential polemist.  Joe and I expect he will be back in the public eye in a major way before the 2024 election:

 

John Kennedy
This Republican senator from Louisiana has his head screwed on straight.
He summarizes the turmoil in the world at present.
His metaphors and similes are grin and smirk inspiring:

 

ARC
Jordan Peterson has started the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship, with the assistance of many notables.
The first conference was held in London, England in October.
The following video features Mr. Scott Tinker, who brings rationality to the energy argument.
We will embed more of these as they become available:

More from the A.R.C. conference.  Inspiration from Konstantin Kisin:

 

Health

Amnesty for COVID?
The concept of “forgiveness” for the autocratic tyranny imposed during the COVID hysteria ramp-up is foreign to Joe and me.
You can’t turn to Jesus for this one (Jesus said forgive them for they know not what they do).
No, there will be no forgiveness.  The S.O.B.s knew exactly what they did.
It was known from the get-go that ALL of the precautions, mandates, and “law-fare” was complete bullshit.
The damage done is momentous.  More than can be summed up even at this time (November 2023).  The abuse of power was unconscionable.  The destruction of faith in all things medical, governmental, educational, fiscal, and judicial for a start.
Joe and I are too old for this shit.
If “justice” (what a joke!) meant anything, the ringleaders would be answering serious questions in a “court of law”.
There are some folks (soft-boiled egg heads?) who gravitate tragically toward tyranny – even if they are the recipients of the harsh injustice – folks you will hear in the following video.
The research says critical thinking is a skill only 20% possess….
Joe and I agree with Mr. Chad Prather.
We will never forget.  And yes, fuck you!:

Dr. Paul Mason
Is the pendulum of nutrition finally swinging toward sanity?
If this presentation by Dr. Mason is any measure, we would say yes, things are getting real and realistic.  The subtitle is “Why You Shouldn’t Feed Your Child a Vegan Diet”.
As of Sunday evening (just before posting), the video is still available on Ub2b.
Hurrah and hallelujah!:

Joe’s Garage

Aspidistra
The cunning of British Intelligence during World War II is legendary.
Joe and I have a keen interest in the technology and machinery of that conflict, from either the allies and the axis forces.
At the time, Aspidistra was the most powerful radio transmitter in the world!
One of the functions Aspidistra performed was transmitting on German frequencies, overpowering the German transmitters, and giving false information or propaganda to German combatants and civilians both.
An amazing concept that did what it was meant to do.
Was this the early emergence of psychological warfare?
Two videos follow – one Ub2b short, and a very poorly copied video with appalling audio:

4V Ford V-10
If you are a Ford fan like Joe, you will say Dave, you’ve made a boo-boo.
There IS a Ford V-10, but it is a 2V engine.
Not any more.
Some young men decided Ford should have done what they were going to do, so they did it themselves.
Damn straight!
The Little Red Hen has nothing on these fellas.
They took 4V V-8 heads and by cutting and welding and machining, made them into 4V V-10 heads.  They designed and had built camshafts specific to their specifications.
They reprogrammed the ECM (engine control module) parameters: the first part of the video is the tail end of the learning curve they experienced.
Joe and my hat is off to these young men.  That’s the way things get done!
My oh my, does it sound good!:

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