Sunday Rant – 1020

PN:

Joe’s Comment – Stephan Pastis and I view the intrusion of AI and “helper” programs from Google and the other monsters with similar trepidation.
Much like the novelty of the ’70’s when a car would vocally inform you that a “door is ajar”, it wears off quickly.
I’m not a conspiracy believer, and I’m not anti-technology, but I will need some serious convincing that it is in my best interest for some large corporation or some government to know every single detail of my ongoing existence.
Time to disengage from total integration.
Time to go “off grid”, or be anti whatever it is called that 5G is going to be, going to provide.
Fact is, I have enough bandwidth.
I use a cellular phone less than once a month.
I don’t want a driver-less vehicle.
I don’t text or Face Book or tweet or Instagram or any of the plethora of applications designed to steal precious time.
I will continue to use the Internet for research and data and news and communication.
No “smart” appliances for me, no smart cars either.
Me and the alligator are gonna hide behind the curtains for a while……
1949 here I come!

 

Trump Ads
This here is funny!:

 

Comic Book Ads
Joe and I remember most of these items advertised in the many comic books we traded and bought.
We (of course!) dreamed to own many of these incredible devices, and imagined us using them in the most comical and entertaining ways.
However, we wuz one of the original “Broke Brothers”.
Most of the time we couldn’t rub to pennies together ’cause we didn’t have two pennies.
For the record, this is the first time we’ve ever seen the actual product that was advertised.
Joe says it is best we were broke.  That way we didn’t become cynical and bitter before our time:

 

YoubeTube Legal Problems
Our Canadian lawyer of note, Viva Frei (aka David Freiheit), comments on the legal problems YoubeTube has created for itself by use of biased algorithms.
Algorithms biased against you, the user, which filter and block what you might search out or default watch.
Algorithms biased against content providers who do not meet YoubeTube criteria then exhibit extreme prejudice and financial penalties against said content, effectively blocking/quarantining the content from users/viewers.
Viva Frei has been denied “monetization” via algorithms (which was reversed) for some of his legal pontification.
Do up your seatbelt.  Mr. Freiheit talks about the same speed as Ben Shapiro:

Continue reading Sunday Rant – 1020

Sunday Rant – 0920

PN:

Joe’s Comment – Sometimes a cartoonist can make you laugh until you cry.
Then cry until you laugh again.
The vicissitudes of life, of living.
You can plan and “manage risk” as much as anyone.
Then, around the corner, comes life, in Panoramic Technicolor, with a whole fresh bundle of challenging puzzles for each and every one of us.
We live in a wonderful world with infinite opportunity.
Take it as it comes and enjoy every minute before time is up.

 

Steve Bannon
Joe and I think this man is accurate in his predictions because he is so knowledgeable about politics and human nature.
This short segment from Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News program (on Sunday morning) is an example of his deep understanding.
Joe and I agree that the “supply chain” for production of NECESSARY domestic, strategic, and defense materiel is a national security issue.
No product that is in these categories should be “outsourced” without stringent and thorough vetting, with extremely punitive penalties for malfeasance or non-performance:

Another of Mr. Bannon addressing the Judeo-Christian Republican Club in Palm Beach FL.  He shares details of how the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is treating the Chinese citizens while the corona virus rages out of control.
This is a brilliant man telling what he knows:

 

Stephen Harper
Joe and I were pleased to see PM Stephen Harper exchange views on current events with Maria Bartimaria of the Fox Business cable channel.
Joe and I think history will support PM Harper as being one of the best Canadian Prime Ministers of the last 100 years.  Or in Canadian history:

 

Donald Trump
Joe says this man has been waiting and watching for a long time.
This interview is by Rona Barrett, dated 10/6/80.
Donald John Trump is 34 years old.
We found this at the “UnfuckU” blog.
The UnfuckU blog somehow got it from “Reelin’ in the Years Productions“.
All ye “Never Trumpers” stop bleating for 4:23 minutes and you will see that Nostrodamus need not apply; he’s redundant.
It was never not possible:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman strikes again!
We think each episode he releases is better than the previous creation.
That is the kind of consistency Joe and I like!:

 

PragerU
What are the chances of illegal or fraudulent votes being cast?
What are the chances of these votes being detected as inadmissible?
Lucky for you investigative reporter Eric Egger has done the work to tell all about the American voting system for PragerU.
The data he found will astound you.
Or if you lean left, will drive you into cognitive dissonance so abruptly you will get a migraine.
Joe says this stinks:

 

Blue Collar Logic
Dave Morrison of BCL has an interesting interpretation of the Bernie Sanders phenomenon.  It goes something like those lefty folks that think they are better folks than the righty folks know that Bernie will be a lame duck from the get-go, so they can vocalize their hysteria knowing full well that nothing Bernie tries to do will be possible.
Or something like that.
Joe says listen to the argument (as many times as required) and make yer own way through the logic:

Jason Siler also makes a case for the degree of retard Mr. Sanders suffers.

 

Rudy Giuliani and Steven Bannon
We enjoyed this discussion of current events between ex NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani and ex Trump campaign chief strategist Steven Bannon.
Mr. Giuliani’s website is called Common Sense.  This interview is one of many interesting podcasts.
Mr. Bannon is one of the contributors to the website War Room.
Both men worked on the Trump campaign and know each other well.
This conversation is a mix of insider knowledge from both men:

 

Joe’s Garage

Passion vs Career
Mike Rowe and Kevin O’Leary discuss the strategies and tactics to become a successful contributor to society AND make a good living doing so.

Demand vs Production
In the real world of Western “capitalism” (what you see in the video is something else) there are phenomenon which appears counterproductive, even downright abusive of the well being of the general consumer.
It is one thing to create a factory which produces efficiently in every possible dimension “efficient” can be applied.
Another arm of “free trade”, a vital arm, is having an unfettered market for the product being produced.
Theory is Supply and Demand combined with free association and competition delivers the optimum return.
Competition = Good!
Central Planning = Bad! (or at best not good).
The following video addresses some of the turmoil surrounding the vehicle manufacturing industry which has stock holders, boards of investors, government intervention (regulations, economic governance, strategic direction), energy lobby intervention – all these things and more BEFORE the customer is considered.
Watch and be concerned:

Getting Older
Joe and I are now older than our father was when he died.
This week on Wednesday we had a full medical as well as a driver license medical.
If the government is spying on me and Louis, no, we did not get a “twofer”.
Paid with semi-real (Canadian) hard cash.
The result of the testing (less lab results – coming next week) is A-OK for another year of Class 1 driving (an annual medical in BC after age 65).
While with Dr. Louis B., we discussed supplements such as vitamins, minerals, whatevers.  Louis says if your diet is correct you needn’t supplement.
Nonetheless, Joe and I have a vitamin for old folks every day (it’s a gummy!).
We also take Vitamin D3 supplements.
We have noticed a decrease in skin tags and skin blemishes.
Dr. Louis B. says low carb, low sugar will do the same.
We will continue to take the supplements.
Our curiosity brought the following video from 2015 to our attention.
Dr. Bruce W. Hollis from the Medical University of Southern Carolina made this presentation titled “Results of a Prostate Cancer/Vitamin D Trial: Effectiveness Safety Recommendations” to an audience at the University of California in 2014.
Interesting data and links in the description:

SD Cards – Present and Future
Joe and I are technology enthusiasts.
More and better technology has the potential to make life easier, make entertainment better, make costs change – hopefully for the better (lower cost).
The humble SD card that we use in all of our vehicles for music (Joe and I are still boycotting Iphones, Ipads, Ibooks, Ieverydamnthings) was released for general use in 1999.
USB was already in use, and “flash drives” were a common data storage device.
So what became of SD technology?
Prepare to have your mind totally astonished.
The top end of SD cards today can have capacity of over one hundred terrabytes and a read/write capability of over 100 MB/sec.
These will be the “hard drive” of the future.
From Christopher Barnatt at Explaining Computers, here is a 2020 update on SD card technology:

Continue reading Sunday Rant – 0920

Sunday Rant – 0820

PN:

Joe’s Comment – Alas!  I’m off the 70 step this year.  The above graphic though true in context is drawn “not to scale”.  Sometimes the fall seems much larger.

 

Quick Dick McQuick
What can we say?
Quick Dick nails the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline protest issues and protester’s hypocrisy.
Joe and I start shouting at the TV when we see the dunder-heads protesting for money or for ideology.
This is hard on our collective health.
Better yet for us to let Quick Dick tell all:

 

Prager U
Why did The West win?
Joe and I have a few ideas about that subject.
If you don’t believe the statement is true, here’s a video for you.
Niall Ferguson, Hoover Institution historian at Stanford University thinks he has it figured out.
The West had 6 “killer applications”.
What remains to be seen is whether The West can educate its offspring to re-visit and re-employ these apps:

 

The Battery Fantasy
Joe and I think that solar and wind solutions to energy demand is not scalable.
That is, a small array and equivalent capacity windmill is an expensive option for a remote location with known energy requirements.
Such as a ranch in the Australian Outback.
Or a cabin in the Canadian Rockies.
Why?
‘Cause the sun don’t shine at night.
And the wind don’t blow 24/7.
Because of those two facts, the best solution is to have them both produce their maximum output when the sun is, indeed, shining, and the wind is blowing.  Then, through the magic of that-which-has-not-been-invented-yet, store the (surplus) energy for future demand.
The most common way to do this is batteries.  Which are not ideal.
They are expensive, fragile, temperature sensitive, non-mobile, and, depending on type of electrolyte, variously explosive, chemically corrosive, and dangerous to human health.
They also need external control devices such as regulators, inverters, converters, and various and sundry telemetry.  These technologies and materiel don’t grow on trees or come free with every purchase.
Joe and I have dreamed up a number of alternative storage methods, equally unsuitable: e.g. run an electric motor to pump water (fill a large reservoir with water then use the water to run a turbine), e.g. run an electric motor to drive a compressor (fill a large cylinder with compressed air – use the compressed air to run a turbine), e.g. run an electric motor to drive a huge flywheel ( use the flywheel momentum to drive a generator) for example.
Scaling up to run a city or town or industrial endeavour or commercial enterprise however becomes a crippling cost to provision.  And significantly expensive in maintenance and repair costs.  Essentially, wind and solar are NOT DEPENDABLE.  Ergo, a secondary energy source is required as back-up for those NOT DEPENDABLE times.  For example, if you are a “prepper” you have a back-up generator to stand in for conventionally sourced electricity.  Same thing only bigger and way more expensive.
Our fore-or-five Fathers were no dummies.
In a lot of ways they had it easier to see the forest AND the trees.
Their inventions often distilled into a best practice that still holds ground today.
When the next big thing happens – the advancement of light, cheap, abundant, high volume, safe, totally scalable, and portable energy storage – the world will be in a position to scale wind and solar.
Not until then.
Thanks to Ron D. for sending the following video.
Mark Mathis, from Clear Energy Alliance, explains:

 

Corona Virus Update
Joe and I found this little nugget on the “It Ain’t Holy Water” website.
The Chicom masters are great managers.
After Mao set the bar (est. 30+ million murdered) all that remains to be seen is whether the new guy Xi goes for a new record.
Shout out to Bernie Saunders – Hey Bernie!  Get a load of Xi welding the doors shut in apartment buildings to control a virus that (according to Chicom Central) has only killed a couple hundred folks.  With the people inside!  Nothing to see here folks……  Gotta get some socialism/communism here in the West!
Someone is speaking with forked tongue:

 

Political Comment
Joe saw this and grinned so hard I thought the top of his head would fall off –

Ayn Rand explains what separates “Rights” from entitlements, and the responsibility of every person to pursue their unique destiny:

 

Joe’s Garage

Killer T Cells (Cancer Research)
This is promising news for people suffering most types of cancer.
As with many aha! discoveries, the new direction was the result of different experimentation: it is a by-product of the original inquiry.
Although the experimentation is hopeful of useful treatment, trials with real live people are still years away:

Graphene Batteries
Joe and I quacked long and hard above about “scalability” of wind and solar energy.
The next big deal for energy would be an electricity storage device that doesn’t yet exist: very large capacity per weight, low cost, safe to use, scalable, portable, and not a health or environment danger.
A step in the right direction is the use of the miracle material called graphene.
The following video is a primer on the first graphene batteries coming to market.
Sunday Rant – 1013 and Sunday Rant – 4613 both had links to articles about this wonderful arrangement of CARBON molecules.
We are, after all, a carbon based life form living in a world of carbon creations:

Continue reading Sunday Rant – 0820