Sunday Rant – 2124


Joe’s Comment – I’m still waiting for the spontaneous smiles hot sunny weather brings to my face.  Is “quid pro quo” a legitimate meteorology term?
I’m thinking mild winter, rainy unsettled spring.
Karma of the climate.
The perfect year with the perfect climate is an absurd hope, but I never stop thinking about the what ifs such weather would bring.
Oh well, what the hell…..
Today a new machine arrived in my yard.  I have been anticipating it for some months.  In my endeavors I often have to move items that weigh over half a ton, and are cumbersome or bulky to move.  For example, a diesel engine with transmission might be close to 1,300 pounds, and is an unbalanced load.  I have at least three of them lying around.
I now have the means to move such monstrosities with impunity!
What, pray tell, is the nature of this magic machine?
Her name is Veronica, and she is an Hitachi Zaxus 35U-2 excavator (with thumb), capable of lifting just such weighty and/or bulky items with aplomb –   So far, I’ve driven Veronica a total distance of 45 feet, and an elapsed time of maybe 65 seconds.
So far, so good.
Veronica replaces two BobCat machines.  First, a 322 excavator (an Internet pic) –
The 322 is a lovely small machine.  It will track down a 4 foot wide corridor with room to spare.  Unfortunately, even when the boom and the dipper stick (arm) are retracted and tucked fully, the maximum lift distance (bucket extended to fully tucked) is limited (maybe a foot or so), and the maximum lift weight turned out to be a fully dressed Ford flathead motor – approximately 600+ pounds.
Not enough for the bigger items in my shop and yard.
The other BobCat I replaced is a 743 skid steer (my 743 pic) –
A skid steer is an amazing invention.  Turn on a dime.  Faster than a speeding excavator.  Thrifty to operate (unless it breaks – another story altogether).  Many attachments available for various purposes.  Alas, I don’t spend much time turning on a dime, or competing with an excavator, or worrying about operating costs.
What I need most of the time is akin to a crane or gantry or a tug/tractor.  I lift and move heavy and/or bulky items.
Because I work alone most of the time, the skid steer is not a good choice for heavy lifting.  In order to attach or release an item, you must risk crawling out of the operator’s seat under a raised boom.  Not so troublesome with two workers, an operator and a “swamper”.  Potentially dangerous or fatal when operating alone.
Hence the desire for a larger excavator.  You can dig and fill.  You can push and pull.  Best for me, you can lift.  Veronica also has a thumb, so picking and placing items or lifting them can be accomplished without leaving the operator’s seat.
That is the rationale.
The words of Robert A. Heinlein come to mind –
Which segues into the words of Bertrand Russell –
Time will tell…..


Rex Murphy, Jordan Peterson
Mr. Peterson pays tribute to Rex Murphy with a short video of their time together exploring Newfoundland.  Much appreciated.
The first view Joe and I have had of the birthplace of our paternal grandfather  – Bay Bulls Arm – was in this video.  Granddad was a fifth generation Newfoundlander.  His great great great grandfather, William, born at Upper Island Cove (date unknown), was christened on December 11th, 1779, in Harbor Grace.  William Drover and Mary Cox were the proud parents, immigrants from Ringwood, England.  Our Drover lineage predates the formation of Canada……
Newfoundland is a unique land with unique people.  Rex Murphy was exemplary of those hearty folks.  His unique perspective from a unique period was a Canadian treasure, impossible to replace.  Thank you Dr. Peterson!:

Quick Dick McDick
Saskatchewan and Canada’s agrarian ambassador to the world shares a quick minute or two while seeding a field with canola.
Not too many folks are directly involved in any sort of farming  in Canada.
Joe and I thank Quick Dick for posting these videos.
Now if more people would watch these videos, especially children, there would be a gradual understanding and appreciation of where food comes from:

The Culture

Ann Coulter and Scott Adams
Joe and I found this short segment grinworthy and very entertaining.
We aren’t that fond of Mr. Adams – his S.T.E.M. knowledge is minimal which allows his logical strength to make absurd conclusions on occasion.
Joe and I are long time fans of Ms. Coulter.  We have one of her books.  She is known for her independent and entirely autonomous conclusions.  For instance, she predicted a Donald Trump win in 2016 in the face of much cajoling and laughter.  She laughed last.  An interesting exchange with an overtone of mutual admiration:


Sally K. Norton and Kelly Hogan
Every time somebody interviews Sally K. Norton, Joe and I watch with interest and concentration.  We learned more than we already knew.  And Kelly Hogan is a steady calm advocate too.  A worthwhile discussion:


The following shorts are of Vladimir Shmondenko, a Ukrainian powerlifter who goes by the alias Anatoly.  Fantastic pranking!:

Joe’s Garage

SpaceX Reinvents the Rocket
The basic concept of rocket propulsion and rocket design has matured.
And the engineers at SpaceX made it happen.  Gotta love high value employees:

More Bendin’ with Bendon
Joe can’t get enough of this channel!
In this video, a Peterbilt that was in a roll over gets the twist.
Boy, does it get the twist.
The end result is fabulous:

Another Peterbilt that needs a magic touch.
Joe wonders if it is an inherent problem with the marque…..:

Valvoline Research Lab
The Oil Geek takes a trip to Valvoline’s research lab.
Lots of can’t tell ya, but also lots of reaffirmation that somewhere somehow some way, there are still engineers and engineering happening, at the best level possible – with real honest to doG hardware!
Joe and I learned some stuff for sure:

Nicole Johnson’s Detour
This gal makes Joe a bit envious.  She is sassy, and able, and good looking.
That’s not what Joe envies.
She uses her assets to garner rides in absolutely fabulous or outrageous or spectacular or rare or famous vehicles.  A couple of examples:

Next, Nicole gets an opportunity to drive a big Willy.
Hilarity ensues.
This crazy badger built a 1.68:1 scale Willys – modeled after the 1942 war time machine.  Joe and I approve!  We are always impressed by the talented people who create pieces of art just because they can:

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Sunday Rant – 2024


Joe’s Comment – What a week!  The weather was not cooperative for my favorite activity – soaking up sunlight.
However, a lot of interesting projects were added to the huge pile of incomplete projects – enough so I woke up one morning in a bit of an anxious fit.
Who is going to finish all of these projects when I no longer can or will?
The answer is nobody will.  Everyone else has their own collection of projects.
I expect my hobby, the many year collection and rescue of old abused Ford products, will find not a new home with a new forever family, but a one way ride to the scrap dealer.  One mans treasure is another mans rust.
It takes years and years to realize that it doesn’t matter much what happens to the material things collected from here and there and everywhere after you are gone.  When you are done.
As I say to all and sundry, Jimmy crack corn….. (just try to NOT fill in the next phrase).
As I also say about men in general, men seek love.  If love is evasive, men seek purpose.  If love and purpose are not to be had, man just wants something to do…..  A hierarchy of value.
Of course, some ambitious men go for the trifecta.
A worthy objective, methinks.


Conrad Black on Rex Murphy
Mr. Black remembers Mr. Murphy in a tribute to the man.
You can read it at The Epoch Times.


The Culture

Geert Wilders
My, my, how times change!
It wasn’t too many rants ago Mr. Wilders was considered a non viable politician in his homeland of the Netherlands.
Indeed, he was heavily persecuted and threatened with incarceration for many years.
Joe and I expect that over 10 years of “the religion of peace” has eroded the good will of the people, who have elected him and his party – he is now the Prime Minister!
Our first mention of Geert Wilders was in December of 2010.
He has fought the fight for decades, and now he has the platform to speak unabashedly.  If the translation of his speech (below) is accurate, he has opened the unabashed faucet – Islam has no place in the Netherlands.  Mr. Wilders has invited the adherents of the teachings of Mohammed to depart, post haste, to countries where such carrying-ons are accepted, even encouraged.
Joe and I congratulate Mr. Geert Wilders.  Claims made by and for “The Religion of Peace“, insisting it is so, is nothing but Orwellian double talk.
The data stretches back 1400 years:

Douglas Murray
A recent presentation at the Manhattan Institute where he received an award.
Rightly so!:

Banking Short

Relationship Short

Oxford Union Debate
Nancy Pelosi debating at Oxford?
What has the world come to?
Joe and I agreed we will not post the argument from Mrs. Pelosi’s side – that populism is anti-democracy, anti-democratic.
Not because we want to silence Mrs. Pelosi.  She does a great job of obfuscating fact and fiction every time she opens her pie hole to speak.  For that reason, we are not interested in her opinion, which is not fact but political and ideological fiction.
We chose instead to post the argument in favor of the postulate that populism IS democracy.
The presenter is Winston Marshall.  Despite his constant reference to his speech notes, a very well thought out argument.
Joe and I were as impressed with Mr. Marshall as we were disdainful of Mrs. Pelosi’s interruptions of the young man’s presentation.
Joe further states that by definition democracy is populism – it is the will of the majority!  Unless the definition of the words democracy and populism have been hijacked, by definition, who would want a democracy as the primary selection process for leaders?  Watch, and realize that the “debate” was “won” by Pelosi:

Leigh Dundas is a former child prodigy, and a human rights activist / lawyer.
The following video is a discussion between Ms. Dundas and Dr. Peter McCullough.  We can’t embed the video but here is a link.
The focus of the conversation is how to defeat the forces of evil.
An interesting conversation.



Sally K. Norton
Every time Joe and I watch another Sally K. Norton interview we learn additional information about the study of oxalates.  We have been feeling a “6 year kink” in our carnivore nutrition lifestyle.  For the past 6 months Joe and I have been observing some of the signs of oxalate dumping in our body.
On the advice of Ms. Norton, we have introduced a limited (very limited) amount of oxalate heavy food and carbohydrates too, in hopes of curtailing the impact of adverse oxalate expulsion.  Joe says our body is our laboratory.  Let the experimentation continue!:

Health Shorts

W.H.O. Shenanigans
The World Health Organization is a tyranny.
Whether or not it ever was a legitimate, trustworthy, and effective global organization is moot.
Joe and I think that “Big Money” has once again destroyed a worthwhile (even essential) endeavor.
At the root of the proposed legislation is condensing the authority to determine global health issues, thereby action, then giving the control to one person – the head of the W.H.O.
The Epoch Times presentation is here.
Joe has an acute sense of smell for politics.
This presentation about the W.H.O. reminds us of a song we heard long ago. From the archives, here’s Loudon Wainwright III, predicting the future – a wiff of global despots rotting in the sun:


Joe’s Garage

Gale Banks
Mr. Banks is a legend in the performance world – he’s been involved for 50+ years.  His approach is from the S.T.E.M. quadrants – science, technology, engineering, mathematics.
In this video he analyses how the Ford 6.7L diesel engine produces the high horsepower and torque numbers it does.  When a man like Mr. Banks is impressed with a solution to a problem, take heed.  Joe learned plenty:

Oil Additives
Lake Speed Jr. (The Motor Oil Geek) takes a scientific look at oil additives.
Joe has used some of these products in the past.
Joe was a victim of marketing.
Marketing is responsible for an immense cornucopia of misconception and untruth.  In every endeavor that uses marketing (not just motor oil….).
Joe has developed a marketing early warning system – whenever a preposterous claim is made for a product, Joe goes full Missouri (Missouri is the “show me” state).
Young Mr. Speed does say that fuel additives can be effective.
Joe uses Sea Foam and methyl alcohol on older abandoned and forgotten machines that were left with a partial tank of fuel (after pumping out the stinky fuel).
One thing we learned flying aircraft – always fill the tanks and keep them full.  Doing so displaces any moisture laden air that will precipitate condensate if partial tank fill is done often enough.  The same phenomenon occurs with any fuel tank – heating oil, vehicle tanks, boat tanks – but with aircraft the net result can be quite a bit more impactful….:

Louis Chevrolet
This is the story of the man whose namesake is the Chevrolet vehicle brand.
His company.
Joe and I appreciate the history of this man.
Joe and I abhor what the “board of directors” of General Motors did to him.
Some would argue what Louis did to himself.
Louis Chevrolet was a wilder man than Henry Ford, but he shared the same fascination and abilities when developing machinery.  A good story:

Motorcycle Engine Design
The following video is an analysis of all current motorcycle engine designs and discussion of the pros and cons of each design.
Joe and I have owned or ridden most of these types.  We agree with the analysis:

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Sunday Rant – 1924


Joe’s Comment – A good week has passed, and is dutifully recorded.
I didn’t realize how much I was longing for fair weather until this week when the sun came out to play and the temperatures soared.  Last night we left the doors open with only screens keeping out the riffraff – nobody froze to death; the furnace did not start.  That is an annual ceremony – I can shut down the heating unit until the late fall (I hope).
On Saturday afternoon, I sat in a chair in the front yard in the sunlight for two hours.  That act was the most cathartic deed I have done this year.
My body relaxed.  All thoughts left my mind.  I dozed.
A warm peaceful calming.
I washed my feet in cold outside tap water – turned on to celebrate true Spring.
I drank my fill from the hose bib.
All I need in the yard is a very large rock or bolder to lie on when the sun shines.
My summer persona, my avatar, is grinning lizard.
All good reason the grass has not been cut yet this year.
Beside the fact all six riding mowers are U/S.
Back to Nature is my new motto…..
AKA lazy ass when the sun shines.



Rex Murphy (R.I.P.)
Joe and I feel the loss.
Way back in the day we used to listen to the CBC specifically for the Rex Murphy “Cross Canada Check-up” program, which he hosted for 21 years.
He was a Canadian icon, the Stompin’ Tom Connors of Canadian journalism.
His quick wit and ascorbic commentary was interspersed with an impressive vocabulary and an equally impressive verbal diarrhea.
A native son of Newfoundland who became the sane consciousness of Canadians for decades.
Joe and I admired his history of promoting the western provinces, especially Alberta.
A real Canadian hero has passed.

Quick Dick McDick
A twofer this week.
The annual Quick Dick salute to mothers everywhere, on this Mother’s Day
He reminds me of some friends who couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket…..:

The second video is more pleasant to the ears – no singing.
Another lesson from Canada’s and Saskatchewan’s agrarian ambassador to the world.  Quick Dick explains the importance of restorative agriculture.
The connection between grass and ruminant herbivores is the key to healthy land.
There is sane and responsible husbandry of the land.
Unfortunately, Big Agriculture and Big Government are not the source:

Viva Frei
Joe and I are changing our mind.
At one time, we thought this mincing pearl clutching hand wringing Montreal ex litigator was exactly that and nothing more.
It seems Joe and I weren’t giving Mr. David Freiheit enough time to find himself.
He has more.
He has moved to Florida.
He has stopped the pearl clutching (not the hand wringing we think).
We found value in his address at a Rumble / Rebel News event.  Joe liked his bamboo metaphor – bamboo grows slowly then grows fast.
It seems he is growing into his narcissism in a good for Canada way.
Bravo Viva!  Florida is doing wonders for you:

The Culture

Cheese Ball Man
Joe and I must be slipping.
Is this the height of Western Culture?
Or is this the gathering storm, the “fiddle while Rome burns” moment?
Either way, enough people were interested in watching faux gluttony to make this young man “newsworthy”.
Is it “Culture” or is it “theater of the absurd”?
Joe says it may be both:

Black Inventions
The sane man at “Don’t Walk, Run! Productions” makes a valid point – virtue signaling and fact aren’t synonymous.
Joe and I shook our head in dismay.
This is an exercise in scraping the barrel for something, anything to celebrate.
Joe says lets have a war between races where the only weapons each race can use are those weapons whose origins is attributed to that specific race.
Using Joe’s rule for war, it looks bleak for a lot of race pandering virtue signalers, let alone the races they pander to.  We think it best to celebrate the advance of civilization as a miracle of human ingenuity and let sleeping racist dogs lie.  Or is that lay?  And stop lying:




Sarah Pugh
A quantum biologist, Sarah Pugh looks at nutrition and cellular function from a “quantum” perspective.
The machinery of the cell and the processes that allow the body to function are the subject of her studies.
There is plenty of information she provides that favors the argument for natural foods, low carbohydrate intake, keto and carnivore diet.
Joe and I are attentive students.  Data that makes clear a PHD (proper human diet) is advantageous.  This is information worth hearing:

Dr. Paul Marik
The good doctor was very vocal during the COVID hysteria.
So vocal that he was “relieved” of his professional positions.
The man is good, his advice is sound, and his research is valid:


Joe’s Garage

Bendin With Bendon
This video channel is satisfying for some curious reason.
Bendon has a talent for taking the bent and broken trucks into his shop and releasing them whole again after his magical ministrations.
His Ub2b channel is replete with Lazarus-like rebirths of severely damaged vehicles.  This one is an Izuzu cab on chassis that is bent like a banana.
Bendon to the rescue!:

The Pylon Men
Joe and I have only admiration and respect for the shoulders our modern world stands on.
The way things were done in the past would simply astound most folks if they only knew the what and how involved in major accomplishments.
Establishing the power grid is one such miracle.  Things were done by hand if no machines were in competition.  Our hat is off:

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