Sunday Rant – 2920

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Joe’s Comment – Bizarro captures the modern moment.  The cartoons of Dan Piraro are edgy, and very relatable.  I’m not sure it is a good thing to see yourself in his work.
But is it true?
Ecclesiastes 1:9 – The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

 

COVID-19 Redux
What more is there to say about the destruction of freedom in the West?
Joe and I are saddened by those in authority misusing the power vested in them. We the People demand better.
Even though we may not deserve better.
Misusing the power by saying one thing and doing another.
Our modern lives are complicated, complex, and fast-paced.
The ideal of the Renaissance Man (we never heard the term Renaissance Woman) was never so out of reach for any man (or woman – how liberal of us!) than today.  The depth and breadth of human understanding, knowledge, technology, all the sciences is beyond any one person…. beyond all people.
Joe hazards to say there is so much known that all of humanity does not know it anymore.
Ironic.
Back to today, the struggle continues to “recover” from a “pandemic” threat that made the world voluntarily stop in fear.
Something is afoot, and it ain’t a brain.
For Joe and me it has been life as usual, except for a few arguments with who we consider to be very disturbed individuals.
We are more like our Amish friends –
Jeremy Elliot explains some of the subtle manipulation being used for nefarious gain, if only we knew what that gain is:

Joe and I agree with Mr. Larson –

 

Blue Collar Logic
Jason Siler explains to the youngsters why capitalism is the least racist economic system ever created:

 

Quick Dick McDick
Once again, QDMcD shames the shameless.
Alberta and Saskatchewan have the capacity to provide energy to all of Canada.
Probably have the capacity to feed all of Canada.
With halfwits in every nook and cranny of our glorious land, it ain’t never gonna happen.
This particular QDMcD episode ridicules the absolute insanity of spending precious Canadian taxpayer $$$ to achieve political folly of Herculean proportion.
Panama Canal, eh!:

 

Three Gorges Dam(n)
There is a conundrum related to this dam(n).
China is the most populous country (Joe says if you believe China is all it the CCP says it is).
Does that mean the most populous country must have the largest dam?
The latest information NOT propagated by the CCP and it’s lackies, indicates there is a tragic problem with the largest damn in the world.  This claim is supported by satellite imagery which shows movement of parts of the structure.
Is this also proof of the accusation that the build quality of the dam, the concrete, the ironwork, the engineering, was not up to Western standards?
Could the world’s biggest damn collapse?
Watch and learn and ponder:

Since the conception and build of the Three Valley Gorge masterpiece, there has been speculation about safety, environmental impact, and the seeming inevitability of such a project.
Here’s what a 2008 documentary recorded at that time:

 

Joe’s Garage

Marianas Trench
Crazy pressures – the deepest measured depth is 36,037 feet, the lowest (deepest) place on the earth’s surface.  Pressure at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Challenger Deep, is 1,086 bars (17,750 psi), which is more than 1,000 times the standard atmospheric pressure at sea level. At this pressure, water is 4.96% more dense than it is at the surface of the ocean.
That’s not all folks!
There are living entities down there!
The total number and variety of different species is unknown.
This video is about seven of these strange creepy-crawlies:

14th Birthday
There is a legend myth on the Internet.

You can go find out about your own “life definition” song by clicking here.
For Joe and I, the number one song on the Hit Parade on our 14th Bday was “Walk Like a Man” sung by the Four Seasons.
Joe says we’d rather have an opera tune, but we’ll settle for Frankie and his pals:

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Joe’s Comment – Damn, if that isn’t a great cartoon!  If there is a corollary for the biblical expression “pearls before swine”, it is this little gem.  There is a part in my brain that is like Velcro® to a catchy tune, or a not so catchy tune.  It doesn’t have a rhyme or reason, just an appeal to that part of my head I don’t control or understand.
Depending on your attitude, you may see it as an intruder, a virus, a pox.
Or it might be music of the orbs.
Your choice, their song.
I say sing and let sing!
And live with the consequence.

 

School Choice
Cecilia Iglesias’s story is important.
In our daily life we Canadians and Americans (Joe says same thing, almost) forget how bountiful our young countries are in comparison to most others.
This is about changing the stranglehold the Teacher’s Union has on education:

Thomas Sowell is a hero to Joe and me.
He has recently celebrated his 90th birthday (30 June), and is releasing his latest book, “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”.
This interview with Peter Robinson of The Heritage Foundation delves into the long-standing struggle between the established government mandated education system with associated Teacher’s Unions, versus alternative methods designed to provide a superior education to students.
Dr. Sowell is an anomaly.
At 90 years of age he is cogent, alert, on track, and presents his case in his usual terse, humorous, and example replete style, 30+ books later!
From the video, quoting Dr. Sowell – “I have invested more in this book than any other book that I have written, because I realize just how big the stakes are.  There are kids for whom education is their one big opportunity for a much better life, and there are people out there stopping them from getting it because you would interfere with the prerequisites of the adults in the system“.
Joe (being a fledgling political animal) can’t help but note – if you compare this excellent intellectual 90 year old man with a certain crooked career politician challenging Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election (for you folks not paying attention, he’s referring to Sleepy Joe Biden, 77 years of mediocrity and decline) – who is the better man?
Give your head a shake.
David Hume is credited with stating “reason is a slave to the passions”.
On one hand, we have a man who is a beloved intellectual, a national treasure.
Juxtapose him with a parasite who has no intellectual credentials, a dubious past, and family wealth gained by gangsterish association.
Which begs the question – wouldn’t you question and doubt anyone who would prefer to choose Sleepy Joe?
Back on topic, enjoy this most recent discussion (of many) between two friends:

Joe says if we can’t produce smarter kids it behooves us to produce better educated kids.
It is a foundation of survival.

 

Jericho Greene
Once again, JG lambastes the dummies with logic and profanity.
Joe says it’s very refreshing:

 

Joe’s Garage

More Nutrition Data
This young fella has a lot to say about vegetable and seed oils.
Unfortunately for most North Americans humans, what he says is not good news if you like consuming those oils.
Joe and I use butter or bacon fat or tallow.
Yum yum!
It is all part of understanding how amazing the human body is, and how super adaptive we humans are in coping with a variety of energy sources .
You can put absolutely crappy food (that tastes wonderful) into your marvelous digestive tract and you can survive.
Or, you can put the best possible food into your body, and thrive.
The choice is yours.
On July 23rd, 2020, Joe and I will have been eating carnivore exclusively (well, the odd beer excluded) for two years.
We have lost 60+ pounds and have improved in mental alertness, agility, and general well feeling (if not being).
Not bad for a 71 year old mud pecker.
The choice was ours.
This video is Dr. Chris Knobbe posing the question “Diseases of Civilization: Are Seed Oil Excesses the Unifying Mechanism?”:

Irving Finkel
doG amighty, Joe and I have stumbled into a human treasure!
His name is Irving Leonard Finkel, the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum.
His specialty, his expertise, is as a philologist and Assyriologist – in this case, he studies ancient written language, specifically the Assyrian language.
He is ascorbic, humorous, entertaining, and very knowledgeable.
Why not find out why he believes what was once thought to be pictographic actually evolved into cuneiform writing – representing sounds of spoken language vs a picture/code/hieroglyph.
Joe and I are extremely glad people like Mr. Finkel are unraveling the mysteries of the past:

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Joe’s Comment – Mr. Schulz captures the moment.
I stay busy most days.  Try my hand at auto/truck/machine repair, electric and electronic repair, house renovations, a bit of fabrication.
I read and research and watch a lot of videos to improve my knowledge, learn new skills (I learned how to fold a tee shirt and a pair of jeans this week), and explore unknown territory.
I try to write, too.
If you ask me, I’m average or better at most.
Definitely a “Jack of all Trades”, but I’m no master of any particular skill.
Down below in “Joe’s Garage” there is a tiny house, built on a trailer by an artistic Canadian by the name of Matt Emig.
It is a marvelous creation.
Beyond my creative capabilities.
In perspective, I’m Charlie Brown in the above cartoon, because the trailer tiny house is a Linus-level creation.
If practice makes perfect, how do you know?
Like most, I think I know perfection when I see it.
But I know damn well I haven’t created any perfection, ever.
Gotta up my game, keep trying.

 

Canada Day
Joe and I are born Canadians.
In our heart-of-hearts.
We moan and piss about moving to the USA, but we secretly enjoy winter for 7 months a year are Canadian, through and through.
Quick Dick McDick does a good job of celebrating Canada, being Canadian, and Canada Day:

We also love the U.S. of A.
And the brave young liberty seekers in Hong Kong.
Mike Pompeo wishes all of us freedom, liberty, and a path forward:

From Joe and me – Happy happy!  Canada day, Independence Day, and Free Hong Kong!
COVID – 19 be damned.
Get out in the weather (maybe sunny weather?) and rejoice that you don’t live in any other place.
Let’s face it, we’ve got it so good that we expect it to get better, without effort on our part.
Let the good times roll!:

And remember this –

 

Jordan Peterson
An “interview” with Mikhaila and Jordan Peterson.
Actually, more of a reflection and recollection.
The good doctor and his family had one hell of a year:

 

Quick Dick McDick
Joe and I are fans of all things Saskatchewan (excepting, of course, the ridiculously sub-freezing winters!!).
Our very own mama was born in Ituna.
Actually, she was born near Ituna in a farm house on a farm.
That is an historical matter.
QDMcD has hit another ball out of the park with his interview of Chief Rainbow Socks, aka Little Gay.
The Canadian political scene is enough to make a citizen cringe.
Thank doG for hard-hitting news programs like “Eye on Tuffnell”:

 

Honest Johns
These men tell it like they see it.
A gathering storm.
Some COVID-19 inspired.
Some “the times they are a changin'” (Robert Zimmerman has a skinny neck):

Talk about gathering wool!
A note to the meek and mild – these men (and women, we presume) are not alone:


 

Joe’s Garage

Space Inspiration
Joe and I spent an inordinate amount of our young life dreaming about being a space traveler.
Our favorite was Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.
We spent many a cold winter evening after a visit to the public library reading the adventures of Tom, Astro, and Roger, for all the world living and breathing along with them, our young mind on fire.
We didn’t have a television and when we did, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet wasn’t on the two channel choice in Elliott Lake, Ontario.
To know us is to know we dream, we think, we plan, and if there is time, we do.
Sometimes we think, we dream, we plan, we dream, we don’t do.
Often a crap shoot.
When the American space program of the ’60’s landed men on the moon, not once, not twice, but 6 times, the world was peachy keen.
Since then a broadening of technology, establishment of an international space station, the advent of computers infiltrating all endeavors of man, the moon was left in silence.
The absolute low was the Jug Ears administration (Obambi) re-assigning NASA to make nice with Muslims!!!  (WTF!  Note to selves – never elect a men’s bathhouse vamp to such high office).
Along comes a different kind of President.
He creates a “Space Force”.
We found this little bit of inspiration very inspirational.
America vows to be on the moon by 2024.
If Joe and I eat like a carnivore, do mental exercises daily, and work around the house (any house) to keep our fine hairy sculpted physique in fine fettle, we should live long enough to see the miracle twice in our lifetime.
We continue to dream, but the youngsters today were born without the miracle of space flight to other celestial bodies as a pseudo-normal aspiration.
Time to dream bigger again:

Tiny House Extraordinaire
This video chronicles a very special “tiny house” project built by a west coast Canadian man, Matt Emig.
Joe and I appreciate the artistry, the functionality, and the attention to detail.
This is a work of art that you can live in.
Double bonus extra:

Thorium Reactor Progress
Joe and I endorse nuclear energy.
Always have.
Safest, most dependable, cleanest and most environmentally benign.
Our question is why aren’t the smarty pants folks in the West building us some?
Here is part of the answer to that question (thanks Brian S.), presented by Lars Jorgensen:

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