Sunday Rant – 1624

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Joe’s Comment – In the current tense gridlock of “Middle East” reality (whatever that definition may have devolved to mean), the world seems intent on telling Israel what to do, and how to do it.
Canada’s Conrad Black has an opinion.  You can read it here if the article is not bound behind a paywall.
Mr. Black is on track, so say I.
On Wednesday night, I watched a Hollywood melodrama titled “Unthinkable“, with the eternal mental knot to unravel – is torture ever justified?  All the usual endless over-amplified over-exaggerated over-done progressive tropes ever invented were trotted out in just over 1½ hours.  Nonetheless, the perpetual answer (it depends) is proffered, the pearl clutching and hand wringing persists, and everyone is disappointed but not surprised as the credits roll, which is a never ending repetitive story.  Ho-hum…..
In another universe, light years away, there are three siblings raised by loving parents, home schooled, who express their love of life, love of existing, with song.
My oh my, what lovely harmony.  It brought a surge of emotion and a few tears to my eyes, just listening.  Give it a try:

These beautiful children are siblings Daylon, Daura, and Devon.  They call themselves “Life in 3D“.  Click on the link.  Listen to their music.  Their interpretation of “Hallelujah” rivals the old master himself (Leonard Cohen RIP).
Why, in the name of all that is holy, do peoples become enemies with murderous fatal intent when they could be pursuing the arts, or appreciating beauty?
The only logical conclusion that I can tabulate is there really is such a thing as Evil.  And Evil can turn man against man, quite easily, is my reckoning.
How to combat Evil?
“Dance Me to the End of Love” is one of Leonard Cohen’s best works.
The following video of Rose Erna and a dance partner interpreting Mr. Cohen’s masterpiece is in itself a masterpiece.
Art begets Art.
Joe and I, watching this video, finally understand dancing, the dance.  For that knowledge, delivered so late, is received gratefully.
Ms. Erna’s introductory statement has a compassionate first line –
“And then, all wars ended….”
Amen, sister, amen:

I say more truth and beauty.
Less hate and evil.
That would be a prescription worth filling.

The Culture

Mia Shem
Ms. Shem was a hostage taken by Hamas.
She was held for 55 days.
A terrorist had shot her in the arm and she was left for dead.
Joe and I wonder if she will ever be able to forget enough to live a happy life.
We had tears in our eyes, more than once.  There are no winners in war.
This is a short documentary of her experience, in her own words:

 

A Feller Man
This is the sort of stuff Joe might have done if he wasn’t raised Christian and didn’t speak English.
The follies of youth produce amazing videos.
Hell, Joe and I can barely walk, let alone clamber up a tree with a chainsaw.
An amazing performance:

 

Health

Sally K. Norton
Dr. Anthony Chaffee discusses oxalate toxicity in everyone’s body with the master of the subject, Sally K. Norton.
We checked back on her inclusion to previous Sunday rants – at least 5 times!
Joe and I love us some Sally K. Norton.
Joe and I think the concept of oxalate loading and dumping is important stuff.
This interview with Dr. Chaffee is a year old, but we didn’t include it back when.
Here it is, as relevant as ever!:

Do Vaccines Make Us Healthier?
Joe and I are being schooled every cotton pickin’ day.
In the last 10 years, we’ve had more cognitive disconnects to wrassle in our mind, changes to our Weltanschauung, than in the previous 65 years of our short beautiful existence on this magnificent planet.
How deep does the brainwashing go?
Is it brainwashing?
Joe and I have immense respect for the process of science and the occupation of scientist.
The money grubbing pursuit of wealth with no concern for the welfare of those whom the money grubbers target is a big no-no for us.
We remember our childhood.  There were vaccines.  Joe and I are ashamed to admit (but admit we must) we thought emotionally about the very few children whose parents would not allow them to be vaccinated.
The root of this sort of thinking in our little pea brain runs deep.  In our case, being a child born just after World War II ended, the society we entered placed a great deal of trust in government structures.  After all, hadn’t the Nazis been defeated, and the rise of the third Reich halted in its tracks?
And who, pray tell, was responsible for this miraculous outcome?
Why, it was our scientists, and our leaders, and our peoples, fighting against EVIL in a cooperative fashion to SAVE THE WORLD(!) (forget the sub plots and drama of the Soviets and the Chinaman and the Catholic Church and the Mussulman and the teeming hordes of African “savages” and the Vichy French and the Quebecois and all the other adverse non-aligned self interested entities).
My, we do prattle on…..
As a child it did not occur to Joe and I that perhaps we were rubes to accept WITHOUT QUESTION those authorities as blessed and anointed by the government.  Or any of the holy pursuits – medicine, finance, “growth”, education, us vs them, ad nauseam.
Ronald Regan encapsulated the correct mindset in his statement “Doverey, no proverey”, or in a more familiar form –

Which leads to the following video.
There is now data that suggests that those people who were shunned and treated as undesirables in the days when Joe and I were children were not only morally courageous but correct.
This video presents information from “peer reviewed” studieS (i.e., more than one) that the ill health now experienced by so many people (who once were children) was caused by the do-gooders in medicine who thought vaccination is good, ergo, a lot of vaccination is gooder.  What comes after gooder?  Why, creating a monstrous industry of Big Pharma that continuously invents new vaccinations to accumulate wealth not health – that be goodest.
Humans.
Can’t live with them, can’t live without them:

The Lion Diet
Mikhaila Peterson’s diet, the “Lion Diet“, has come under attack from the Mayo Clinic.  More specifically, someone employed at the Mayo Clinic.
Joe and I can’t understand why the ad homenum and straw man arguments aren’t supplanted by actual scientifically administered research.
If what Ms. Peterson is saying has no merit, the average mud pecker would think that her statements would be debunked, real data would be produced, and all claims would be shown false.
That is not the case.  As Mikhaila states, why don’t they do research instead of insisting that the approved nutritional guidelines promoted by government and special interest groups is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, beyond question.  Ms. Peterson has come a long way in a few short years:

Don’t Eat the Plants!
Professor John Parker of Cambridge University knows a thing or two about plants.  Joe and I linked to the following video from the notes section of a video by Dr. Anthony Chaffee, defending himself against defamation.
We like this video for it’s punch line:

 

 

Joe’s Garage

The World’s Largest Engine
Joe and I have recently watched many, and learned how to embed Ub2b “shorts”.
It is similar to the once-upon-a-time website named “StumbleUpon”.
The following video is less than a minute.  We got a lot of info per second.  Your results may differ:

The Largest Integrated Circuit
A short describing an integrated circuit “chip” that contains 208 billion transistors.
When Joe and I attended electronics school at S.A.I.T., the “integrated circuit” was a young technology.
Just around the corner there are technologies coming that will dwarf the giants that came before.  Every year that passes, the best educated among humanity become hopelessly ignorant of the sum and total knowledge amassed by mankind.  What a conundrum!  What a paradox!  What a great time to be alive!:

Lamborghini Powered Boat
Not one eight cylinder engine, no sir!
Not one sixteen cylinder engine – how gauche.
Two sixteen cylinder engines in one boat with dry stacks…..
Now you’re talking!
Make them Lamborghini’s while you’re at it:

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Joe’s Comment – Well, well.  The Iranians smell blood in the water.  They are pushing at the edge of Western civilization as represented in the Middle East by Israel.  The usual bravado, threats, and aggression.
Not much news on the Main Stream Media.  Not surprising.
From the Epoch Times comes reports of drone attacks, 99% defeated by Israel.
Is this a time foretold in the Book of Hosea?
Hosea 8  tells a story of Israel losing it’s way.
Hosea 8:7 –
They sow the wind
    and reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no head;
    it will produce no flour.
Were it to yield grain,
    foreigners would swallow it up.”
and Hosea 8:8 –
Israel is swallowed up;
    now she is among the nations
    like something no one wants.
The future relies entirely on the behavior of Israel.
My thought is that Iran believing they will deliver the whirlwind to Israel is a serious miscalculation – doomed to fail.

The Culture

Jason Siler
Is the prospect of a better future over?
Joe and I are inclined to side with Mr. Siler.
We hope the future is bright, filled with hope and happiness.
What we see around us belies that sentiment.
Joe has no idea what that strange creature is, or why.
Our mother Rose used to say “it takes all kinds, David”.
Just what the Hell is this kind?  Asking for a friend:

Viva Frei on Canada
Viva has been living in Florida.  Soon after the Trucker’s Protest he plotted his escape.  In the following video he shares his impressions of a return to Ottawa:

Shorts

Health

Brains vs Plants
Dr. Georgia Edes and Dr. Anthony Chaffee discuss the effect of consuming plants in general, and certain plants in specific.
It ain’t pretty.
Joe and I are very pro consuming the PHD (proper human diet).
We don’t think cyanide and other toxins are part of a PHD.
Mental health and autism seem to respond to a keto or carnivore diet.
Joe and I can always benefit from better mental health:

Joe’s Garage

Naval Stores
Joe and I said to ourselves (and the 37 scattered souls in our melon), what pray tell is naval stores?
First thing we found out is that naval stores are; that is, more than one thing.
The days of sailing ships were low technology.
The construction of boats required some sort of preservative treatment to protect the wood and ropes and sails from deteriorating.
Enter the products called naval stores, mostly processed from special pine trees in forests around the globe.
Damn!
We sure do enjoy us some fine Internet!:

Driveshafts
Most folks don’t have any understanding of the engineering and ingenuity involved in the transfer of power.
The driveshaft is not ancient.
In the good old ancient long time since, mobile power was transferred with belts or water or animal power.  A shaft drive has unique engineering challenges.
All of which have been addressed over the years to give multiple solutions to the original problem – how to make that thing over there perform using the output of this thing over here.  Many minds at work over the past century have damn near perfected the mechanical transfer of rotary energy.  Bravo!:

Oil Level
What happens when you put too much oil in an engine?
If the following video is an example, not much – even at 100% more than recommended.
Joe likes the way they put viewing holes in the engine block, and built a transparent oil pan.  The oil in a running engine has a very complex flow pattern:

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Joe’s Comment – Like the dog says, it’s not going to throw itself.
How long does a culture survive?
Is a culture like a biological organism?
It is born, it struggles to survive, it grows, it flourishes…..
And then what?
I saw protesters in Alberta, peaceful protesters, surrounded by “police” in SWAT gear, no IDs, no name tags, no conversation.
I hear of corruption at all levels of government (read and watch “Sunday Sermon” below).
I read that the population of Canada has grown by one million in less than a year, at the expense of the taxpayer.
The censorship of the Internet and those who speak on it grows.
I see a federal government following an agenda that does NOT represent the will of the Canadian people.
My life has been an easy road.  Perhaps all the years of experience and living have given me enough knowledge and wisdom to survive what is coming.
Not a bed of roses, methinks….

Canadiana

Quick Dick McDick
A fierce rebuttal of the Trudeau government, bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo, and the carbon tax that has absolutely no effect on the climate.
Just another tax grab to feed a bloated and ever growing “civil service” that no longer is civil and no longer serves the people who provide for their existence.
Quick Dick is a one-man ambassador for agriculture in Canada, and with this episode, a well spoken (if somewhat vulgar) advocate for We The People, the folks who pay for the government some dumb son-of-a-bitches voted in twice.
Joe and I appreciate Quick Dick’s ability to enunciate his disapproval.
Our desire is, more than ever, to move off grid physically….. we moved off grid intellectually (what is left of intellect in our little pea brain) the day we finished reading Steppenwolf almost 60 years ago.  We are a watered down pale reflection in turbulent water of one Harry Haller.  Perhaps a touch of Marlena Dietrich, too.
A tempest in a tea cup.  Joe and I are retreating – our love of humanity is quick becoming an ideology, not a reality:

Shorts

The Culture

The Demon Alcohol
Joe and I (and the 37 mad men in our head) no longer drink alcohol.
It isn’t because we didn’t enjoy a drink.
Or two, or a few more.
It is more along the lines of balance.
For many years we thought there was an equilibrium state in us – a pleasant confluence of a rational cogent, sporatically intelligent soul partnered with a spirited sometimes devilish yet mortal Bacchus or Dionysus, fueled by the grape, the barley, and on occasion, the still.
Alas, a flawed analysis, based on a flawed argument.
We never found that “happy medium”….. although we found happy many times.
Joe and I are the lowest of the low among mortal men.
The “nectar of the gods”, and ambrosia are the food/drink of the immortals in mythology, not us.
Furthermore, confusing whiskey and beer and all their intoxicating relatives with manna just isn’t right either.
It is over three years since Joe and I have had a drink.
We don’t miss it at all.
After a career of 55+ years as a tippler, we can honestly say we’ve had enough.
However, for many years we mostly enjoyed our version of drinking, and don’t discourage anyone or anybody their free will to determine what relationship with alcohol they might have.
The point of this entire monologue is to draw attention to the truly lowest morally bankrupt among us worldly souls.
No, we’re not talking about lawyers or bankers or politicians;  they have a special place in Hell.
We’re talking about marketing “professionals”.
Joe and I fall for it every time – base desires extrapolated and exploited until the weak (that be we) think it could be us, too.
Take a look at this short video of the “Best Liquor Commercials of all Time” and see if you don’t agree.  Oh! Lord!  We are not worthy!:

 

Health

Autophagy
Dr. Anthony Chaffee explains how the ketogenic diet helps the body maintain itself with autophagy.  Fasting is one way to “force” autophagy, but it is not necessary.  It is dependent on insulin levels which in turn are a function of nutritional intake.  If the intake is high carbohydrate, the insulin response limits or prohibits autophagy.
It seems so obvious.  What are we missing?:

Vegetarianism
Dr. Anthony Chaffee has a conversation with Lierre Keith.
This is an important discussion because the topic addresses the conflict at hand – does man “manage” the earth, or destroy the earth?
Using ruminants to restore land to its proper place in the environment is essential for life.
Joe and I purchased Ms. Keith’s book, “The Vegetarian Myth”.
It is a passionate argument for the proper human diet, and for restoring farmland to a more natural harmonious ecology.
A conversation between Dr. Ken Berry and Ms. Keith was included in Sunday Rant – 1224:

 

Joe’s Garage

Water Injection
The use of water injection in internal combustion engines is not a new concept.
Water injection provides several advantages such as anti-detonation and allows higher compression ratios.  Information for free!
Joe says we should experiment with one of our IDI Fords:

Oil Viscosity
When Joe and I were young motorists, there was only single viscosity motor oil.
You could have 30 weight.  Or 40 weight.  Or 20 weight.
There were no multi viscosity oils.
Nor were oils laden with detergents or “special sauce”.
Times have changed…..
Lake Speed Jr. is an oil technology specialist.
In this video he discusses the latest technology with very low viscosity multi grade oils.  With all things material, there are pluses and minuses.
Watch and learn!:

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