Sunday Rant – 5118

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Joe’s Comment – Allusion or reality?  You be the judge…..

 

Solstice
Joe and I love Christmas.
A great time of year for family and friends and celebrating.
Only one two drawbacks.
The weather.
And the daylight.
This year, 2018, in Vernon BC Canada, official daylight was a skimpy 8 hours 2 minutes
It was 8 hours and 22 minutes shorter than summer solstice.
Joe and I have special days.
Christmas Day, New Years Day, birthdays of friends and family, and a number of additional days of celebration, memorial, and reflection.
Speaking for Joe and me, our official day of hope is the winter solstice.
The idea that every day has more daylight than the day before fills us with dreams of spring and summer.
From that perspective, Christmas and New Year are a celebration of wonderful things past, and wonderful things to come. 
An apogee.  A 6 month toboggan ride to perigee.
What could be better?

Pre Rant Musical Interlude
Very close to Christmas.
Very close to the end of 2018.
Some inspirational music from da pasta:

 

NOTICE TO ALL CANADIANS
Did you know Hog Town (Toronto) had a mayoral election this year?
Joe and I were cheering for Faith Goldy.

She came in third.
Not impressed?
Well, if you knew “the rest of the story”, it would give you pause.
Her campaign was boycotted.
She was not allowed to participate in so-called “debates”, nor advertise in any of the media in Toronto.
The elite, the ruling class, the media, the progressive / leftists / statists / big business (with their political whores), the Kathleen Wynn sycophants – all of them – tried their best to bury her out of sight (out of mind).
She still came in 3rd.
That ain’t the end of the story.
She is being further persecuted for being alive and Canadian in her own country.
Joe and I are furious.
There is nothing the powerful AND corrupt AND ideologically fixated will not do to get the outcome they desire.
Those fucking idiots in Toronto voted for the same old same old when they had a chance to bring sanity to the city.
Here is Faith bringing us all up to date on what followed the election (posted by her December 17th, 2018, in the event YoubeTube “disappears” her testimony):

If you listened to this podcast, understood what Faith is experiencing, you too should be pissed.
It isn’t about her politics: she is conservative.
It is about actually having some system remotely resembling a “democracy” (whatever the fuck that means in 2018).
A system that isn’t constantly being diddled by emotional hyperventilating progressive lunatics who believe that if you say it, and you believe it, IT WILL BE!  Argument, logic, rational thought be damned.  Don’t bring facts to a feeling fight.
What a bunch of loons (and we don’t mean the coin).
Maybe, just maybe, Ontario and Toronto will get their head out of their ass before Joe and I die.
We ain’t holding our breath.
We thank our father Donald Lloyd for getting us the hell out of there back in the ’50’s.
We am free (relatively) in the West.

 

Truckers for Pipelines
Joe and I would like to remind anyone who (whom) needs reminding: you ignore reality at your peril.  Or as Ayn Rand said –
She also said –

Ditto for this Ayn Rand wisdom –
Which begs the question: is the party of Chief Rainbow Socks determined to murder Canada, or have her commit suicide?
Looky here!:

Some Canadians who are not afraid to make their position known.
This rally of 2000+ trucks was organized in approximately 36 hours.
When discussion and argument break down, when free men (or those who think they are free) are refused a voice in their governance, the next step is political action.
When political action is defeated and free men are subjugated, without recourse or choice, the next step is demonstration.
These truck drivers are like the canary in the mine.
The golden goose of Canada is in the energy rich Western provinces.
Joe can’t think of an appropriate fowl metaphor to express the peril of rebuke and non response to such a show of solidarity, but it is akin to “when the shit hits the fan”. 
For youse mutts whom derides fowl foul language, Joe says what is to follow is what happens “when the fecal excrement contacts the rotary air displacement mechanism”.
How dare the federal or provincial governments sacrifice the well being of the citizenry for political opportunity?
We have lots of relatives down East.  Good people.
Joe says it’s how we feel about China – lots and lots of wonderful people living in an unacceptable, poisoned political environment.

 

Classic Jordan Peterson
This presentation was over one year ago.
Joe and I remember watching this particular video then, and we may have embedded it in a previous rant.
The idea that conservative ideas are not widely known or broadcast may be attributed to the tendency of conservative people to exhibit conscientiousness (one of the big five personality traits).
Acting out in public isn’t (generally) their forte.
A description of the Big Five here.
Find out your own Big Five traits with a self administered test here, or here.
Joe’s results

Dave’s results

Note that these results are a “snapshot” of our mental state at the time of testing.
Analysis and explanation is provided with your results.
In this lecture, Dr. Peterson suggests 12 principles or talking points to introduce conservatism to a young and / or uninformed audience, or to use as counter arguments to leftist / progressive ideology:


Dr. Peterson’s Tenets of a viable 21st century conservatism:
1. The fundamental assumptions of Western civilization are valid.
2. Peaceful social being is preferable to isolation and to war. In consequence, it justly and rightly demands some sacrifice of individual impulse and idiosyncrasy.
3. Hierarchies of competence are desirable and should be promoted.
4. Borders are reasonable. Likewise, limits on immigration are reasonable. Furthermore, it should not be assumed that citizens of societies that have not evolved functional individual-rights predicated polities will hold values in keeping with such polities.
5. People should be paid so that they are able and willing to perform socially useful and desirable duties.
6. Citizens have the inalienable right to benefit from the result of their own honest labor.
7. It is more noble to teach young people about responsibilities than about rights.
8. It is better to do what everyone has always done, unless you have some extraordinarily valid reason to do otherwise.
9. Radical change should be viewed with suspicion, particularly in a time of radical change.
10. The government, local and distal, should leave people to their own devices as much as possible.
11. Intact heterosexual two-parent families constitute the necessary bedrock for a stable polity.
12. We should judge our political system in comparison to other actual political systems and not to hypothetical utopias.
Sounds good to Joe and me.
Funny, these are activities and stances our grandparents employed.

 

Joe’s Garage

Off the Grid
There is a series of videos by “MrHydroHead” of a stand-alone off the grid power system somewhere in Colorado.
This particular video is #17 of a series.
Joe and I have watched a number of them, starting with #1.
What we have seen is totally organic engineering.
The first videos are much more amateurish, as is the quality and design of the water turbine electrical system.
We decided to place this video in the rant because it focuses on design improvements of the system which by now (8 years from the first video) is producing a reliable 4500 watts.
Joe is a gear head.
This is off the grid porn:

 

Turbinia
The revolution in marine technology of self powered mastless ships using “screws” (propellers) to provide thrust dates to the hey-day of the Royal British Navy in the 19th century.
However, the technology was NOT funded by the government.
It was solely the genius of one man, Charles Algernon Parsons.
In the 1880’s he designed and built the world’s first steam turbine.
In 1894 with the launch of the Turbinia, he had created the paradigm shift in propulsion that is still used today in modern ships, commercial and war vessels – the compound steam turbine.
The height of the Victorian era produced incredible scientists, incredible inventors, and incredible technology.
Here’s a brief overview of the time and the Turbinia by Lindybeige:

Autophagia (and Apoptosis)
WTF is autophagia?  The literal meaning is “eat yourself”.
That doesn’t seem like a grand scheme to reveal a personal path to nirvana.
Joe and I have taken an interest in how our body works.
We have a life-long abhorrence for the subject.  During university years we were counseled to pursue a career as a doctor.  Joe and I couldn’t think of a thing we were less interested in studying.  Peak of health, prime of life, no problemo.  Why mess with something that only affects / effects other people?
At the tender age of 69 orbits (around the sun) it has dawned on we that peak of health, prime of life, and no problemo are not exactly descriptors we or others would immediately (or ever) use to describe us.
Hence Dr. Jason Fung’s excellent video (Sunday Rant – 4918) on the mechanics of fasting.
Ever the gearheads, Joe and I wanted to know more.
Thanks to Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi, 2016 Nobel Prize winner, the mystery of how a people like me and Joe extracts energy from food is no longer mysterious. 
It might be the justification for a giant class action lawsuit against “the authorities” for misleading us about nutrition since we were a puppy.
Dr. Ohsumi might just be the world’s leading expert (careful with that axe, Eugene!) on autophagy:

Molten Stationary Battery
Don Sadoway is a professor of material science and engineering at MIT.  He is a Canadian inventor.  His discovery of a molten stationary power storage device (a battery) is what the solar and wind technologies have been seeking.
His approach to design was unconventional.
Materials had to be cheap, abundant, local, and easy to work.
This is the stuff Joe has been harping about for years (and years).
His company, Ambri, is still in existence although the video below is several years old.
Joe recollects that Thomas Alva Edison held 1,093 US patents (2,332 worldwide).
He spent a great deal of his capital defending his patents in various courts.
Joe thinks the invention of the stationary liquid battery by Dr. Sadoway will be a while coming to market due to the total muddle regulations and corporate lawyers have made of the energy market.
Watch this incredibly talented man (and his team) describe the methodology of directing their research, and the product they have created.
This may not be the solution, but it is a giant step down the road of industrial / city size power storage:

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Joe’s Comment – If I had a nickel for every time I spent a dollar on a sweet deal I’d still have some money.  For the next sweet deal.  Which leads me to assume my deals haven’t been as sweet, for the vault is empty.
P.T. Barnum said there’s a sucker born every minute.
I must have been 10 of those minutes all by my lonesome.

 

Note to Selves
This rant is built with WordPress.
WordPress releases “updates” on occasion.
There was an update to 5.1 on Monday last week.
We still curse the code writers with the most foul curses on an hourly basis.
For the love of doG I don’t know why this bullshit is so difficult for me to absorb.
Each one of the graphics in this rant had to be “posted” to the rant AT LEAST four times.  Every time you “Save Draft” the damn thing stays right where it is; it used to refresh back to the top of the note.
Some icons changed.
The page looks different.
Navigating the post is difficult.
A “block” methodology has been adopted…… we still don’t have a clue (or give a shit) what that will benefit us.  We are certainly aware of how much time it has cost trying to do what was so easy last rant and has taken at least twice as long this rant.
Joe says he wishes we were born rich and smart instead of beautiful.
Hard to argue such logic….

 

Our Fore (Or Five) Fathers
Last week was the commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. 
Joe and I usually include pictures of ships burning, moored at dock.
Joe and I usually rant about the nasty of human nature and the three conflicts (man vs man, nature, self).
Joe and I usually rant about right and wrong (and which is which).
Joe and I usually rant about how easy we’ve lived, thanks to those who fought and sacrificed all or came home somehow damaged.
This year we didn’t acknowledge December 7th 1941 in this rant.
Doesn’t mean we didn’t think about the deed and the day.
This is one of the thoughts we had –
We have watched a number of videos (all we can find) by historian Victor Davis Hanson.  His recent book “The Second World Wars” and subsequent video releases introducing the book (this subject is now an Heritage course) are an historical review of the time before and during World War II.
Here is the Hoover Institution discussion:

 

Christmas Music
Joe and I love music.
We especially love Christmas music.
On a theoretical theme, Joe contends that of all the religious pursuits so far invented by the seething roiling twitching gagging putrid human mind, Christianity out shines every and all other religion. 
What proof you say?
Joe says the proof is in the music.
Every other religion’s attempt at organizing noise in honor of their chosen Grand Fromage® comes up short.  Some of it is downright scary….. 
Take this little ditty from our Buddhist pals:

Need we say more?  Christ, that sounds like something a room full of sugar intoxicated 7 year olds might create coming off an acid high….
Go do the legwork yourself and you will hear.
The (Christian) Christmas classics are many and varied.
We won’t play Bach or Beethoven or Handel or (your favorite here).
Take our word for it, there are a large number of seasonal songs and carols and musical observances not specifically religious in nature.
Here is a brief memory jogger of some of the best, performed by seasonal enthusiasts on steel plate with small caliber lead:

And don’t forget our perennial favorite:

Damn.
The woman who starts cackling at 1:08 breaks us up every time!  She returns for an encore at 1:42 and again at 2:00.  Makes eggnog shoot out our nose….

 

Democrats New Victim Group (to “defend”)
Joe and I have been on this man’s team since before we saw this video, and before we knew his name.
Honest Indian!
See, what he is saying, is the lengthy and oft repeated “victims” list – the gay, the gender challenged, the poor, the legions of minorities under the progressive sun…..
This bright fellow suggests stupid people will be the next minority group the Democrats segregate from the general populace to herd onto their “victim” plantation.
Not a bad idea, no sirree.
Joe says without straw man logic, the lefties would only have violence:

 

GoldenHair
What amount of spare time would it take to produce this?
Gotta admit, we smirked and guffawed more than once:

 

Christmas Gifts for the Young
Joe says these may be good reads for the young and the young at heart, too.
As John Stossel says, if you know a person interested in Liberty and Freedom, what better gift than books on the subject?
This is a short (7 titles if you include Mr. Stossel himself) reading list of foundational reading about Western ideology that is not too high brow and very easy to read.  The list:

The list (in the event that YoubeTube alters this entry in the future) –
•  The Road to Serfdom – Fredrich Hayek
•  Basic Economics – Thomas Sowell
•  Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
•  The Myth of the Robber Barons – Burton Folsom
•  Animal Farm – George Orwell
•  Free to Choose – Milton and Rose Friedman
The 7th book is by John Stossel – Give Me a Break.

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor
This young lady dominates her instruments.
Joe swears he saw smoke coming off that poor little guitar.
Her voice is a force of nature.  Gravely.  Smoky.  Unintelligible.
Bluesy-ish, but way too quick and frenzied for “the blues” (a la BB King et al.).
Lightning fast picking and chord changes.  Notes bent so far as to see their own ass.  Clear, sparkling, raw.  Almost (almost!) painful to watch.
If you are a beer drinker, she’s Guiness – one or two is enough, otherwise you will be overwhelmed. 
This woman assaults you with her music:

Never mind Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Never mind Janis Joplin.
Never mind Jimi Hendrix.
Never mind Amy Winehouse.
Like any “dream team” fantasy about music performers, we’ll never know how it will turn out for her.  But we can listen and enjoy.
This girl is alive and burning just right!

 

Jordan Peterson Update
Joe and I love this man.
In this video he is in England at Ralston College, Cambridge, engaged in a discussion with Sir Roger Scruton.  The conversation was had on November 2nd, 2018.
Gotta love the school motto – Sermo Liber Vita Ipsa – Free Speech Is Life Itself.
From the posting notes Dr. Peterson will also be researching for his future discussions on the book of Exodus and related Bible stories with the Cambridge Divinity School while there.
The man is Chuck E. Berry (playin’ guitar like ringin’ a bell) – he sings his song consistently and constantly.
We are all ears (and other parts).
And as much brain as we can muster:

 

Black Pill
Thank you to cousin Delsie for sending the following Black Pill video.
Joe and I don’t know this person (Devon Stack) or this YoubeTube presence, but we will with time and viewing.
We thought of American Renaissance / Jared Taylor when we watched.
We also thought of some of the John Stossel reading list above.
The confluence of liberty and freedom with the cultural pressures of IQ, race, wealth, education, knowledge – the very basis of individual autonomy –  is a roiling tumultuous conflict.
Is there a right and wrong to it all?
Joe and I are always open to hearing ideas new and old.
Here is the first Black Pill video we have seen:

 

Prager U
An interesting perspective on the “Administrative State”.
An American perspective by Philip Hamburger (Columbia U Law) about what has become of the Founding Father’s clear and unambiguous wish for “No regulation without representation”.
Who knows what the situation is here in Canada?
The PM (Chief Rainbow Socks hisself) has more power (over the Canadian people) than the U.S. President has over the American people.
I think Joe and I will die from fright, caused by the blind bumbling bureaucracy doing what it deems best:

 

Inconvenient Lie Day 1
Joe and I stumbled into this information today (14th December).
The post date on YoubeTube is November 2017.
The actual conference was December 2016 at Freedom Force International, Phoenix AZ.  In this rant we’ll show the presentation of Dr. William Happer (USA) and Dr. Tim Ball (CDN) –

Dr. Will Happer
An American hero.
Dr. Happer is a famous physicist known for his invention of the “sodium guide star laser”, used to correct telescope data at observatories.
His presentation is titled “More CO2 Benefits the Earth”.
We have featured his presentations on climate change in previous rants.  This particular presentation has excellent graphics:

Dr. Tim Ball
A Canadian hero.
Dr. Ball is courageous in his defiance: he refused to drinking the climate change Kool-Aid.  His sense of humor got him sued by Michael Mann to the tune of 1.5+ million CDN $$$.  He touched a raw nerve!
Mr. Mann sued Dr. Ball in B.C. Canada because we do not have the First Amendment here in the true north strong and free.  Listen and learn:

 

Joe’s Garage

5 Inventions
Joe thinks this is an interesting mix of stuff.  The TrackNgo looks cool until you look up the price – a measly $25,000 USD!  The vacuum and clothes folding machine is ho hum.  The wood splitter looks a lot safer than swinging an axe all over the place.  A drone that can do 40 mph might get you into a heap load of trouble:

Reading List
The latest tomb to cross our desk is by Norman Rogers.
Joe and I have been soap boxing the idea that so-called “renewable energy” was a political boondoggle designed to fleece the public purse on behalf of some scurrilous and nefarious characters who have leeched onto the green movement.
Joe says bowel movement is more akin to what is up.
These obscene fiscal rapists have best friends.  Their group identity is “Politician”. 
doG help us all.
That is not to say the technology is not interesting or useful or “space age”.  It is in spades.
If you are “living off the grid” in a remote area, conventional power (electricity) and conventional communications (cellular or land line telecommunication) may not be an affordable option.
For small power requirements (lighting, computing, control systems) a wind / solar array with battery storage may be the cheapest route to having “affordable” energy.  For heat or cooking or large machinery (washing machine, water heater, etc.) normally associated with a residence, not so much. 
This technology is also important to the ISS (International Space Station), space exploration, terrestrial exploration (in the absence of portable fuel sources), or any endeavor where portable energy sources aren’t available.
Joe and I argue that it is NOT scalable (economically) to industrial dimension without immense cost, immense maintenance, and immense stand-by / conventional back-up.
This book has lots of plain English / lay explanations, and a lot of data, graphs, analysis, and engineering knowledge.
For gear heads like us, it is a nicely concentrated pronouncement of the state of affairs regarding “renewable energy”.
Once more with feeling.  It would be wonderful if “renewable energy” was the solution.  It is the barest of panaceas.

 

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Joe’s Comment – I’m listening…..

 

Holiday / Vacation Travel
A warning from the Canadian government to all women traveling alone: if holidaying in Caribbean / Mexican destinations, your safety from sexual assault / crime cannot be guaranteed.
(Note from Joe: a government cannot guarantee any outcome, good or bad).
Sassy Wire posted the advisory that lists 19 popular destinations (Jamaica, Mexico, Nassau, et cetera) and the assault de jour employed by the low life scumbags in those locals.
Here are examples of typical warnings (with the specific destination identified):
Crime (Trinidad and Tobago)
Violent crime, including armed robberies, assaults and sexual assault, occur frequently on the island of Trinidad, especially in the capital, Port of Spain. Tourists have been targeted.
Spiked food and drinks (Turks and Caicos)
Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault or robbery.
Assault (Mexico)
Foreigners have been physically and sexually assaulted. In some cases, hotel employees, taxi drivers and security personnel at popular tourist destinations were involved. Ensure your accommodations have adequate security features (such as cameras and security guards with radios), as not all resorts offer the same level of security.
Avoid walking after dark, especially alone, and avoid deserted or under-populated areas. Only go to bars and nightclubs in a group and avoid separating from the group. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, and do not accept invitations or rides from strangers or recent acquaintances, as these can make you a more vulnerable target for criminals. In cases of sexual assault, police authorities will order a medical examination.
Source here.
Joe and I are not globe trotting touristas.  It ain’t our thing.
We decided a number of years ago that the feeling of being a “tourist” (outsider) made us uncomfortable.
Youthful adventures in and about Canada and the United States and a few “foreign” destination trips formed our thoughts.
Traveling via ground (rail, bus, taxi, personal vehicle, with friends) combined with being dirt poor and ignorant (especially of our surroundings) renders certain images and memories for us.
St. Christopher (travelers), St. Augustine (alcoholics) were constant companions and ensured our survival if not success.
Note that there is NO SAINT for fools.  Rather, there is a saint who was a fool for doG (Simeon).  Joe and I were fools without borders.  Simple Simeon we are!
Traveling via air and (more or less) flush (beacoup de $$$) brings other recollections.
Alas, for Joe and I the feelings of being well to do (relatively speaking) were along the line of guilt at our good fortune while those around us / catering to us were much worse off.  It doesn’t have the same impact as at home, where there are equally disadvantaged souls, but in a foreign land or place the stark contrast is noteworthy and obvious to the novice eye.
For the most part Joe and I are charitable and friendly to tourists visiting our locale.  On the whole, we do not have too many “mean bones” in our body.
How about a conspiracy theory?
If I were a truly crazed well funded (or not) radical nihilist bent on destroying the world around me as vengeance (against who(m) or why always puzzles Joe and me), there are certain very easily implemented acts that have order of magnitude return on evil invested.  Some examples –
1.  Start fires.  You can get a book of matches for free!  You can start a 10 billion dollar forest fire with one match.  This defies the arithmetic logic of multiplication by zero.
2.  Target women.  Men in the West seem to have gone soft.  What did the Englishmen in Rotherham and Newcastle do with the news their young women were being pressed into sexual slavery by gangs of Pakistani men?  The bravest (like Tommy Robinson) tried to speak the truth.  The worst participated actively or passively (turned their heads).  The strongest?  Well, it seems there were no heads cracked or Pakistani men gone missing.  As the song goes, “they took the train for the coast”.
Joe and I cannot fathom.
3.  Cut cables.  A large cable cutter (Princess Auto for example) can be had for little $$$ layout.  Cutting a fibre trunk cable can literally cripple an entire city’s communication.  Note: all fibre trunks are redundant – some knowledge of routing required.
4.  Poison.  We won’t even give an example except to say security on water supplies / food preparation / food production in our part of the world is lax.
The list is endless.
Joe and I think that IQ + propaganda + ideology = chaos
We are still debating whether low IQ (or high IQ) is the biggest menace.
The point of our rambling rant on the subject of travel is this:
Be careful, be safe, have fun.
Take responsibility for your actions, your behaviour, your survival.
Never forget risk cannot be mitigated to zero.
A quote from Mad Dog Maddis –

 

Climate Change Redux
The following video presentation by Tony Heller from Real Climate Science is a nice accurate summary of the contradictions of Chicken Little’s friends over the past 40 or so years.
Click on the link above to see more of Tony’s calm rational analysis.
Don’t let the Chicken Littles frighten you!
The sun is master of the climate:

 

Government Mythology 101
Joe and I suggest the following process to be the best sober-me-up procedure ever.
Steps as follows:
1.  You realize your abysmal pathetic self absorbed drunken state – could be “drunk on happiness” or inflated self esteem, could be flying high due to being rewarded or recognized in a positive manner, could be following a great physical workout, could be you are pissed to the gills from an attempted overdose on expensive Scotch.  This procedure works on every “high” you can conjure.
2.  Realizing your condition, you must sit thee down in front of a computer screen.
3.  Click on the video below:

After watching you will realize the euphoria of the serotonin or dopamine induced happy happy from only 23 minutes ago is vanished.
Gone.
Joe notes the extremely vehement argument about the veracity of Professor Antony Davies presentation (Duquesne University – Economics) in the comments section below the video.
To Joe this means Professor Davies is touching a raw nerve that jangles every reader / watcher right in his or her family jewels.  (Note: Joe means the real jewels, the gems, the $$$ (not the testicles, which is sexist, because women can declare they have testicles if they want and equality and political correctness because feminism)).
Next installment Government Mythology 201 – recovering from a murderous (fiscal) beating.
To be continued…..

 

Holy Chinesium!
“Social Credits”.
Sounds great.
(Joe says where have I heard that phrase before?)
An entire nation of 1.3 billion souls “governed” by an algorithm.
For those not so keen on behaving in the approved manner, “re-education” programs are provided at no cost!
What could possibly go wrong?
Joe says let me count the ways…..
For starts, who will write the algorithm?
Who will ensure the maintenance, updates, revisions, releases of future algorithm “adjustments”?  You know it will need it.
Who will be accountable when the algorithm does wrong?
How do you challenge the algorithm without generating a “free” ticket to a “re-education” camp or prison cell?
That’s just for starts – you get the drift.
On the upbeat side, Joe says it’s an utopia for the ladies (as envisioned).
Before you get your wig in a knot, your panties in a twist, and cross your legs, hear Joe out.
It is fact that the XX gender will opt for security over liberty.  Not every time or every woman or only women.  Maybe not even a Paretto ratio (80 / 20), but in significant and measurable numbers.  The XY gender too, but not so much.
In terms of the “Big 5 Personality Traits”, this is a recognized gradient between men and women; a “Δst” (for change of security over time).  JBP on the subject here, and here.
The educated argue the cause / effect of biology vs culture vs IQ vs nutrition vs “Patriarchy” is the root cause of M/F differences.
Joe says wherever and whatever the source or cause, if women ran the world with unfettered authority, it wouldn’t be pretty.
That’s why doG (Nature? Cosmos? Le Big Bang? (there is no direct translation to the other official Canadian language)) gave women men.
Men are the foil.
(When Joe was young he thought that 1 man + 1 woman = 1 human being.  Joe was a naive treasure!)
Whatever you think of Joe’s analysis, watch this ABC Australia “report” of the digital Big Brother coming for the good folks who toe the government line and those who dare to be different.
Spoiler alert!  They are not treated equally:

China is an interesting phenomenon.
As a Nation™, China has the largest population of citizens of any nation on the planet.
This “fact” allows the government of China to insist there are unique issues and problems that The West© with “free trade” and “capitalism” and liberty and freedom and personal property and privacy and (the list is endless) whatever – well, The West® and Western Ways cannot solve Chinese problems.
China is Different™, because Commie Bastard©!
Mind your own business Round Eye…..
Joe says ah so!  Nice tlye!  What we have here is a logical fallacy –

I ask Joe, what is the fallacy?  China IS the biggest population of any nation.
Joe says what is a nation?  It is only people.
If it is only people, the people must have something which binds them together under the moniker of “Chinese”.  Or China.
That would be ethnicity, language, shared history, shared biology, some damn thing that binds you together against “the other(s)”.
There is the fallacy.
China is akin to the USSR in that it continues to hold captive peoples and areas that do not want to be a part of the whole.  Let us present a graphic identifying the  separatist states (movements) of China:
Those crazy Chinese badgers want Taiwan, and Korea, and the South China Sea, and Hong Kong, and making new islands, and (stay tuned for the latest development) until they dominate the known globe.  (Doesn’t this remind you of a so-called “Religion of Peace”?)
Like Joe says, it depends what you mean by “China”.
Joe says actions like invade, occupy, seize, suppress, annex, subjugate, subdue (and many other behaviors) bring China, North Korea, Cuba, and most of the Muslim countries to mind.  And the former USSR, too.  Any “country” who would shoot or detain their own citizens for trying to leave or restricting their mobility within the country has a serious collective psychosis, a cognitive dissonance of insurmountable complexity, a huge ideological wart choking their sanity.
The history of the West precipitated the most important and fundamental concepts about human existence.  Some of the biggest hits  –
The individual is the smallest minority.  The “rights” of the individual are universal and trump those of government.  Ergo, all law, written to address the concerns of the individual, is the bedrock of governance.
The right to speak freely.  Righting wrongs, resolving issues, clarifying understanding, addressing grievances, defining conflicting positions is difficult or impossible without free speech.  Indeed, “persuasion” becomes coercive / violent without the free exchange of ideas.
The right to private property.  The ownership of yourself and your productivity.
In the US of A, We The People limit the power of government.  The American Constitution is unique in that it defines the limit of government, what the government CANNOT DO.  It is unique in that the rights of the individual citizens come before the “common good” of the State.  A reality to be emulated.
Of course, reality and theory often collide.
Always the precipitate of “the human condition”.
And that, dear reader, is why Joe and I are theoretical Libertarians.

 

Joe’s Garage

Tom Sachs
I found a video by Tom Sachs (via AvE and YoubeTube) that rang true.
Plywood, the Queen of building materials:

Once a Day
Way back when Joe and I had to go to work each and every day, our diet was different than now.
For as long as we can remember, perhaps the last 25 or so years of working, lunch and breakfast were bypassed.
Office celebrations or holiday observations aside, most work days were a one meal event, always in the evening.
At home on the weekends breakfast with the kids or holiday times more than one meal a day was sometimes consumed.
We didn’t know the health effect or affect.
We didn’t care.
Our energy was good, our hunger pangs were non existent.
And so we went.
The following video attempts to rationalize the bridge between fasting and eating once a day.
Joe and I don’t know if the “science” is accurate.
However, if you can experience increased longevity, improved mental acuity, fewer medical pratfalls and save $$$ (because you only eat once a day) sign us up!:

Where Does Fat Go?
This video appeals because it talks about the chemistry / physics / math of processing energy in your body.
It also touches on the subject of CO2 as an important necessary component of metabolizing.
Bonus!  The formula for fat is extremely sexy!:

Compartmental Dilemma
Dr. Jason Fong presents the simple and basic metabolic facts via analogy – insulin is the traffic cop directing which reservoir (fridge or freezer) the energy you use is stored in or retrieved from –
Joe and I think this is the issue we have come up against in our pursuit of weight loss.  We have been stalled at our current 228 pound self although we haven’t altered our carnivore input significantly.  (OK, not perfectly accurate.  Deb and Morgan P. invited us over for a Christmas tree trimming and we succumbed to a delicious butter tart and peanut butter cookie orgy – two of each.  Our combined guilt (Joe and I) was well worth it)).
This Dr. Fong makes a lot of sense to us.
From the above graph of “Fridge vs Freezer vs Time”, one day makes a big difference in where you derive your energy, and in what format / state it exists.
As we stated above, our most productive days of work were done on one meal a day for decades.
In consideration of time, complexity, preparation, attaining foodstuffs, Dr. Fung says fasting can supplement any diet.  Just add fasting to whatever you are doing (examples below) –

Time to try the fasting faster than fast: fastest!:

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