Sunday Rant – 1822

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Quick Dick McDick
Saskatchewan’s ambassador to Canada and The World discusses the secret “Code of the Cow”, known to any and all who have actually tended beef animals.
Their behavior may or may not be causal to their excellent nutritive value:

 

The Iroquois Confederacy
Thomas Sowell keeps writing books.
Joe and I keep reading, watching, and researching.
If it is interesting (and Mr. Sowell never disappoints), it leads to thinking, too.
Mr. Sowell does his usual superb research to bring us a snippet from his book “Conquests and Cultures”, the third in a trilogy (1998).
The “Killer People” were not Iroquois alone – it was a confederacy of 5 tribes (eventually 6 tribes).
The clash of hunter gatherer nomadic culture with an agrarian culture was not peaceful.
Which leads Joe and I to speculate on how many generations of “specialization” the human carcass withstands before “mutating” beyond the pliable limit?  I.e., are there irreversible changes that cannot be undone?
If so, this leads to species variability, species specialization, but does it lead to “new” species?  Or only sub species?  Asking for some friends:

Jeremy Brown
What would motivate the FBI to incarcerate a Green Beret, a decorated hero, for months on end without a trial?
If memory serves, the 4th, 5th, 6th , and 8th Amendments prohibit, indeed, make illegal what happened to Mr. Brown.
Joe smells a political rat.
I smell once venerated public institutions crumbling, intermixed with the urine and feces of those political operatives Joe abhors.
Somehow, a letter written by Mr. Brown has been made public.
Trust Joe and I….. if Jeffery Epstein didn’t commit suicide it is also possible that a letter could “escape” a maximum security prison.
The letter is here.
Joe and I no longer have Polyannish thoughts about the integrity or security of the Internet.
We have even less belief in the integrity of the FBI, the CIA, the American Government, American Jurisprudence, American legal history, American Politics.
We have decided to copy the letter from the above source and include it in this rant –
My name is Jeremy Brown. I am a 20-year retired U.S. Army Special Forces Combat Veteran. On January 5th and 6th, 2021 I was in our Nation’s capital as part of an all-volunteer protective detail tasked with providing security for organizers and speakers at a legally-permitted political rally.
On September 30th, 2021 I was arrested at home in Tampa, Florida by approximately 30 to 40 heavily armed Federal Agents and local law enforcement. They came in full force to serve a misdemeanor arrest warrant for being in an “unauthorized area.”
These were no ordinary agents. They were agents working as part of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Oddly, in the nine months prior to that day, I had never been contacted or questioned by any investigators about this case. Stranger still, the arrest warrant and search warrant had only been granted one day prior. This, despite numerous members of my Protective Detail having been arrested many months prior. While this may sound unusual to you, I know exactly why it happened.
A month earlier, on December 9th, 2020, the exact same JTTF agents that arrested me attempted to recruit me as a Confidential Informant (CI). Their “pitch” was intended to gauge my willingness to infiltrate law-abiding citizen groups that had no criminal history and certainly were not designated “terrorist groups.” Having a healthy mistrust of Federal law enforcement, I recorded the entire “personal meet,” as Special Forces referred to it on a battlefield. Of course I declined to pursue any offer from the agents and went on my way. A few weeks later, while standing next to the Presidential stage awaiting President Trump’s address, I was contacted by phone from the same JTTF agent. I explained where I was and what I was doing. So, on January 6th, 2021, they were well aware of my location and reason for being there.

On the 7th of January I texted that agent with a video of the murder of unarmed female Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbitt, by a Capitol Police Officer and told him, “here is a contact report for you!” He acknowledged watching the video with a “Wow….” That was the last direct communication I had with that particular agent or the JTTF, even though I made multiple attempts to email them. That is, until the day they arrested me nine months later.
In the days and weeks that followed the events of January 6th, I was disgusted and appalled at the blatant lies that were coming from the media, politicians, and the Department of Justice. In particular, it was FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony on the House floor that made me realize I had to go public with what I knew. I contacted a friend of mine who had a voice in independent media and asked if he would be willing to help me go public. Brandon Gray, a true American Patriot, was ALL IN! On March 5th, 2021 he conducted a two hour interview with me exposing the recording of the JTTF’s recruitment along with my professional assessment of it. That interview can be seen in its entirety at JustAnotherChannel.com under the title, “Green Beret vs FBI.” I went public to counter the false government narrative and expose the truth to the American people. I knew I was making myself an FBI target, but I had sworn an oath to the U.S. Constitution so the choice to speak out was an easy one.
That interview was seen by millions of people. Over 30 more would follow. For weeks Americans trolled the Twitter page of the FBI Field Office in Tampa, Florida by posting the interview on their page. After people posted it the FBI would remove it, and others would repost it. This went on for some time. It became public knowledge that the FBI’s failed CI recruit had become an outspoken “whistleblower” exposing the agents’ actions prior to January 6th. However, as I suspected would happen, the public’s interest in the story waned, especially since not one major media outlet covered it. It seemed that the tried and true media tactic of “ignoring me into oblivion” was going to serve the FBI well, once again. But, NOT SO FAST!
In mid-June a major investigative article was released by Darren Beattie of Revolver.news that provided new evidence and insight, exposing the FBI’s potential involvement staging the events of January 6th. The article also uncovered FBI ties to another “plot” that had FBI fingerprints all over it. The fake Michigan Governor kidnapping plot seemed to be a dress rehearsal for January 6th. It targeted a pro-Constitutional group claiming they were crazed “Far-Right Militia.” Problem was, most of the “players” turned out to be FBI informants or actual agents. Ooopsie!
New Report on FBI Spying Shows Need for Congressional Investigation

The new interest in my story lasted from late June through August. Only this time there was fresh perspective and a better understanding of the “Big Picture” thanks to seven months of additional investigations, reports, public outcry, and personal videos and accounts.
I shared my first-hand account, enhanced by professional opinion based on 20 years of Special Operations experience, some of which while working with the JTTF and other similar agencies on foreign soil. These interviews clearly got the attention of the FBI. Almost immediately a few of my friends began getting contacted by the FBI. Some of them were even questioned and threatened with being charged with crimes. Was the topic of discussion the events of Jan 6? Nope. They wanted details about Jeremy Brown.
My only sister was personally contacted on a brand new cell phone number by the very agent that was in the recorded recruitment meeting. He didn’t call to ask her questions about Jan 6, he called to tell her the FBI/DHS was “concerned” that I had been “radicalized” and may even be “suicidal.” This was tragic since our younger brother had taken his own life in late 2018. Needless to say, my sister and mother took this extremely hard. When my sister told me, I attempted to contact the agent via his official Government email multiple times in hopes of addressing his concerns, but received no response.
In mid-September my girlfriend of nearly eight years and I were on the verge of selling her home in preparation for our retirement plans to become full-time RVers. We were hitting the open roads with our two Australian Shepherds, Liberty and Ranger. We couldn’t wait to explore the beauty of America while visiting friends and family along the way. The plan kicked off with the purchase of our first RV in October, 2020, well before the FBI entered our lives. The home sale was to be finalized on October 2, 2021. The JTTF had other plans for us.
On September 30th, the day before my 47th birthday and three days prior to the close on the sale of the home, I received an early morning phone call from that same FBI agent who tried unsuccessfully to recruit me. With a fake “Hey Buddy” tone, he left a voicemail stating he had heard we were moving and just wanted to see how I was doing. Of course I didn’t return the call, but I did send the voicemail recording to numerous friends and warned them that “they” were probably coming to get me soon. Later that afternoon, at approximately 4pm, they came just before we were leaving to donate clothes and housewares to the Salvation Army.
In what my girlfriend estimated to be between 15 to 20 vehicles, a swarm of tactical vest-clad federal agents surrounded our property and arrested me. Without even reading me my rights, they handcuffed me and put me in their unmarked SUV. Along with the misdemeanor arrest warrant, the ATF was there with a search warrant for our property and RV. Evidently when one is accused of being in a “restricted area,” nearly 1,000 miles away, nine months prior, the ATF is necessary to conduct the search. Despite my repeated requests to see the warrant, they refused claiming there were just “too many pages.” After a few minutes, I was whisked away by the very same two agents that just eleven months prior had wanted me to work with them. When describing how much of a real concern I was for them, one even proclaimed on the recording that I was a “zero out of ten.”
Ultimately, the FBI and ATF spent five-and-a-half hours searching our property and RV. That’s three times longer than the 90-minutes the government claims they spent securing and clearing the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan 6th. After this exhaustive search, they only managed to find a single inventory sheet of property that they felt was worthy of seizing. Part of that list were legal weapons recently purchased by my girlfriend, legal ammo, military gear and manuals that were never even in D.C. Most disturbing of all, they seized the 5’x8’ American flag I flew regularly behind our RV. How dare a U.S. Special Forces retiree have an American flag!
As I write this account on December 30, 2021, I mark my 92nd day of being held in the maximum security section of the Pinellas County Jail as an FBI whistleblower and Political Prisoner. To date, these are the crimes the FBI and Department of Justice are guilty of committing under Title 18 U.S. Code, Section 242, Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law:
1. Violations of Article 1 of the Bill of Rights by criminalizing Free Speech and peaceful assembly for attending a permitted rally on public grounds.
2. Violations of Article 2 of the Bill of Rights by passing and enforcing unconstitutional gun laws that violate the letter and intent of the “shall not be infringed” clause.
3. Violations of Article 4 of the Bill of Rights by deceptively obtaining an unreasonable and illegal search warrant by lying to the issuing judge. When asked by me and my girlfriend to produce the warrant at the time of arrest, they refused. One agent was even recorded stating, “We don’t know what we are looking for…yet.” They should look for a copy of the Constitution and read it.
4. Violations of Article 5 of the Bill of Rights by not reading me my rights prior to arrest and questioning. They are currently still depriving me of my life, liberty and property without due process of law.
5. Violations of Article 6 of the Bill of Rights by making sure nothing is speedy, attempting to deny me access to any of the evidence against me, by denying my right to a public trial by claiming everything is “sensitive” or “highly sensitive,” yet leaking information to media outlets such as the Daily Beast who had my search warrant before I did. They are denying me the right to “face my accusers” by citing numerous “unnamed witnesses,” many likely to be FBI informants. Because I am locked away in jail, I do not have complete access to witnesses in my favor and all my contacts with legal counsel are on monitored systems. So far I have been denied access to my attorney six times due to “COVID.”
6. Most egregious are the violations of Article 8 of the Bill of Rights by denying me bond and keeping me locked in maximum security.
All illegal acts by the FBI and DOJ are meant to silence me and keep me from exposing their lies and corruption. Their fake charges and overzealous arrest were meant to intimidate not only me but also the American people. They think that this illegal imprisonment will break my will and allow them to coerce me into pleading to a crime I did not commit or that will bolster their false narrative of Jan 6. But, how did we get here?
As a nation we have taken our eyes off the prize of Liberty and lost our way. Our families, our neighborhoods, our churches, our schools, and our Nation have fallen into the evil trap of complacency. We have trusted “someone else” to solve every issue. We can deny it or even blame our neighbors, but each of us is guilty. If we hope to restore our liberty, our families and our Republic, we are going to need God’s help.
There is nothing new under the sun. We must look back on history for answers to the question, “Where does this lead?” Or, “How does this end?” What are the outcomes of unchecked, unrestrained tyranny? The poet Martin Niemöller speaks of the horror of Nazi Germany. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn recounts the terror of Soviet Russia. Whether it is Mao’s China or the tribal slaughters that plague Africa, evil always finds a way to creep into power, then subject humans to bondage and death. How? Because “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
But that same history reveals to us the solutions to this human cycle of Liberty and Bondage. How far will tyranny push? “As far as you let it,” so said Thomas Jefferson. “How do we push back,” you may be asking. Mr. Jefferson had an answer for that as well: “It does not take a majority but an irate and tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of liberty in the souls of men.”
As I sit here in my jail cell being denied justice and my Constitutionally-protected, God-given rights, I wonder, “Is anyone irate or tireless enough to save our Republic? … Will our children and our children’s children wonder what it was like to be free?”
If you’re reading this, are you irate? Tireless? Are you willing to risk it all to set brushfires of Liberty in the souls of men? Are you willing to risk everything? Or, will we just wait for some other “good men” to come along and do that “something?” The time to look in the mirror and answer that question is NOW! Trust me, the time to fight is NOT after the tyrant locks you in a jail cell.
Here is the GOOD News. God promises us he will give us victory over evil whenever and wherever it raises its ugly head, but ONLY if we stand up, face it head-on, and rebuke it with faith AND action. Look at the example of young David when the evil Goliath stood daily on the battle line, threatening, taunting and mocking King Saul’s people. They all stood by in fear and did nothing, asking themselves, “How can we defeat this warrior, he is bigger, stronger and more powerful than us. Who can challenge him?” It was young David, a boy who believed in God’s promise of protection. A young boy that stepped forward to face the giant warrior. David wasn’t even big enough to wear the King’s armor, but he had courage and faith in what was right. When will we find our courage to face our Giants? When will we speak up and take action to stand p. 4 against tyranny? We can no longer stand to the side like cowards asking, “Who will stand and fight this Giant?” We must be Americans who say, “Here I am. Send me!”
My name is Jeremy Brown and I am a January 6th Political Prisoner being held in the very country I spent my entire adult life defending at the highest level I could achieve. As a Green Beret I am trained and prepared for this and as an American I was born for this. I will fight until my dying breath before I surrender one letter of my Liberty. I am only one man, but if I’m the only man, so be it! I know there are millions like me and so I ask you, are you ready to light brushfires of Liberty in the souls of men? Then don’t do nothing!
De Oppresso Liber!
Jeremy Brown
U.S. Army Special Forces Master Sergeant (Ret.)
JeremyBrownDefense.com
If you are adverse to reading (many folks are), here is a short video which covers most of the letter’s points.
Note that the letter “escaped” prison in December of 2021, and this video was released on Rumble in April of 2022 by GatewayPundit:

 

 

Joe’s Garage

Hooniganism
Ken Block is famous for his wild driving (example here).
His daughter Lia is 14 years old.
She is learning the art of Hoonicorn!
Joe and I are gobsmacked:

Baseball Is Beautiful
Joe and I were jocks when we were young.
We played a lot of sports.
Our skills didn’t extend so much to baseball, but we love the sport.
Many share our enthusiasm.
The game is simple in concept, yet there is no limit to the level of skill some athletes develop.
Several videos follow.
The first is shorts of super human ability in the sport of baseball.
The crowd goes wild, for all the right reasons:

The second is an appreciation of how folks respond to events on the field.
There are many people involved in the total package of events during a major league game – some are players, some are fans, some are officials – all love the game:

The third video is moments captured of “ball girls” exhibiting amazing skills (and protecting the fans when they catch the wild hits).
The ball girl at 3:03 makes an impossible catch and shows up the pros!:

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Joe’s Comment – Elon Musk has a way with words.
His ability to condense the facts and present them succinctly must come from a deep well of understanding.  The game is rigged.  Everyone knows.  Few can change the outcome.
I’ve grown to appreciate his sense of humor and intuitive comprehension.
A prankster, a troller, an innovator, a risk taker, a consummate believer in truth, and a sense of humility, a wicked humor, and an agile mind.  More people like Mr. Musk would be a very good thing –

 

Utopia
Joe and I wonder how long we have.
Haunting hints of “1984“, and “Brazil“.
1984 was written in 1949, the half-life of WWII barely counted.
Brazil was written in 1985, relying heavily on 1984 while advancing the absurdities inherent in the loss of personal autonomy.
Idiocracy” was written in 2006.  Joe and I feel it is an attempt to tell again what happens inevitably with a humorous/ridiculous story and hopeful epilogue.
Meanwhile, back at the kielbasa ranch, Kiev burns while Biden drools….
The fate of the frog in gradually heated water:

Ayn Rand saw it this way –

Lord Acton saw it too.  His observation –

 

 

Bill Whittle
Joe and I have been a fan of Mr. Whittle for nigh on 20 years.
Our earliest inclusion in our Sunday Rant is from December, 2010.
He is a Constitutionalist.
In the following video he talks about how the ideology of the Progressive Left (whomever that might be) has come up against the grim reality of Life on Earth:

We enjoy Mr. Whittle.
In the realm of poetry, condensed expression is often a bonus: just add thought for a hearty, meaningful intellectual experience.
Ms. Ayn Rand was very very good at “political poetry”.
Her condensed version of the above video goes as follows –

She explains further –

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman is back.
As good as ever.
FU presents “Shoulder to the Wheel”:

 

Elon Musk
Joe and I think Mr. Musk is a harbinger of hope in our chaotic tyrannical culture.
In the following TED interview (Vancouver, April 2022) with Chris Anderson, the head of TED, Mr. Anderson is somewhat breathless in shock and awe.
Joe and I found some of his questions pedantic, other questions revealing.
The questions we liked most were aimed at “understanding” Mr. Musk’s brain.
Only in your dreams, Chris:

 

COVID Tide

The Left Reflects
An op-ed from “The GrayZone” by Christian Parenti (a dyed-in-the-wool Lefty) criticizing the Left for getting COVID totally wrong but not correcting their behavior.  Indeed, the Left embraced their hysteria.
The article at the link (above) is very thorough, very complete, very detailed, and fully referenced.  You will need an hour to read it completely.
The introductory paragraph follows Ms. E. Thrasher’s rule for writing (tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them).
It is hard to destroy your own cause and feel righteous while doing so, yet the American left has done it. After more than two centuries at the vanguard of the struggle for freedom, the American left, broadly defined, executed a volte face and embraced anti-working-class policies marketed as purely technical public health measures.”

Athletes Collapsing
Matt Le Tissier offers his opinion on the alarming number of athletes who have had an adverse reaction to the “vaccination” – More than 769 athletes have collapsed on the field during a game from March 2021 to March 2022 – staggering increase over previous years.
His comments on world governance, UK government, and the Big Pharma, Big Medicine, Big Money, Big Media machinery are not complimentary.
Joe and I admire Mr. Le Tissier’s strength of conviction, and his thorough understanding of the issues.
This interview is from February 2022.  Somewhat prescient!:

 

Rex Murphy, Outraged (Again)
Infrequently Joe and I include an entire op-ed or presentation of a literary nature.
Videos on Ub2b or Rumble lend themselves to embedding and are ipso facto “linked” to the source material – Joe and I never download or “convert” video even though to not do so may lead to the “broken link” syndrome web bloggers dread.
In this case, Mr. Murphy is commenting on how far from sane the American political system has departed.  The newest member of the Supremes (Supreme Court of the United States) did not attain her exalted position due to brilliant jurisprudence or alignment with Constitutional vs Living interpretation of the foundation documents of the good old U.S. of A.
No indeed.
Her “Scarlet Letter” will be she has above average melanin (i.e. she’s Black), and she has indoor plumbing (she’s a woman).  Nothing wrong with either of these sets or categories – descriptors at most, for average Mud Peckers like us.
Ironic that she would not offer an opinion on what a woman is.  Her life experience as a woman could not help her – she insisted she was not “qualified” to offer an opinion of womanry, or womanhood, or “I am woman” (hear me roar).
Jesus wept.
Joe laughed.
Here’s the entire op-ed from Mr. Rex Murphy –
The nomination of the latest U.S. Supreme Court judge is over and successful, but it will be some time before any reasonable person will be able to digest the most sublime moment of the hearings which preceded the elevation. That was when the first black female ever to be nominated was asked if she—the pronoun should be noted—could define a “woman.” Forgive a literary reference but the moment summoned to mind Francis Bacon’s famous opening of his essay “On Truth,” one of the greatest sentences ever to escape from a quill:
“What is truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.”
In the case of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, it was not so much a refusal to stay as an astonishing confession of being unqualified to offer a reply. “No, I can’t,” was the then-nominee’s declaration, tagged by an explanatory balloon that she’s “not a biologist.”
All her years of—to call up the current cant tautology—“lived experience” with her status as a woman were evidently not sufficient for her to even venture an opinion. On a point which even a 2-year old, of either sex, is demonstrably clear, and hence the fluency with mom and dad in that age group, a fully adult person seeking elevation to a post that calls for the highest intellectual skills declared herself uncertain and at sea. It is as if she were asked to define a “chair” and declined due to not being a carpenter.
It was a moment deeply interesting in itself, but far more exhilarating as a parable—a parable exposing the strange moment so much of western society finds itself in, when the most basic understanding of the most basic and incontrovertible facts is either being denied, suppressed, or, by the Pharisees of puritan wokery, hailed as sexist, racist, or some other of the many fashionable “ist-isms” of our demented time.
May we agree that “What is a woman?” is not a subtle or trick question, that it does not call for strenuous or profound mental capacity when posed. And given the consideration that from the time that “personkind” (I owe Justin Trudeau for the novelty term) descended from the trees and learned to walk the African plains, it has presented no challenge to the understanding—and has had a universally recognized and ready answer—that the knowledge that one sex is different from the other has been as familiar as the distinction between night and day.
And yet, here in the high moments of the most advanced civilization since that descent from the trees, in a scientifically hyper-advanced society gifted with great institutions of learning and information resources beyond the dreams of even a generation ago, an expression of doubt on “what is a woman”—instead of arousing the deepest puzzlement and perhaps even scorn at such ignorance—now passes for a badge of progressivism, even of a kind of moral enlightenment.
Of course the good judge knows what a woman is. Outside the strange politics of the moment there’d be no hesitation, no denial.
She would certainly be clear were she to be denied entrance to some club or society because she is a woman, or if in her earlier career she had been denied promotion because she’s a woman, or if she had been sexually harassed by a male counterpart. Complaints would have been filed, lawsuits called into being, to assert her “right as a woman” to equitable treatment. There would have been no transparent and cowardly demurral then of “I don’t know. I’m not a biologist.” There would instead have been a righteous and powerful statement that “as a woman” I will not stand for this. It would have been all “I am woman, hear me roar.” The clamorous indignation of the #MeToo sorority would have been sounded to back her up. Male feminists would have leaped from whatever sensitive woodwork they hang out in to support her.
But here we are, in the age of the Large Hadron Collider, in a day when we send satellites to the moons of distant planets, and an egregiously educated woman declines to say she knows what a woman is.
Further, we are in a time when a professor of an executive in some company asserts the universal truth that men are men and women are women, that person is ostracized, driven off campus, fired from the New York Times for saying simply what everyone, and I mean everyone, knows is the case. We are in an age when a male swimmer simply says—merely declares on his own say-so—that “he” is a “she” and nine-tenths of the news media and every woke evangelist takes that declaration as a new truth, not to be contested, and submits to the farce of him entering swim races and propelling himself to the podium with the gold, while that other set of women—women who have been women since they were born—look on in gloom and hopefully anger.
Even in the days of darkest superstitions, even in the long night of human ignorance, humans in their very earliest moments understood that Reality—it needs the capital—was never subject to the simple declaration of an individual. You are not the “Queen of Romania” because you say you are. To say, is not to be.
DNA is not the subject of a passing mood. Chromosomes are not subjectively determined. You may surgically alter your body, but you cannot deny its nature, nor can or should you by self-declaration invite yourself into the sex you plainly are not.
How easily the West wanders into this strange and fantastical world. How a wild politics, which shuns reality and punishes and attacks those who support it, has taken hold of so many sad minds is truly an enigma. But it is much worse. To be willingly blind to reality is to voluntarily embrace the irrational. That such an embrace has gained such force at such heights as admission to the Supreme Court of the United States should be the greatest anxiety of our time.”

Stated as only Rex Murphy could state it.
The most memorable phrase that condenses the entire piece into one sentence is – “To say, is not to be.”
Amen, Mr. Murphy.
Live long and prosper.
The entire op-ed was copied from The Epoch Times.
Joe says our commentary would not be complete without including a word or two from one of our iconic heroines (Joe knows the difference…..) –

 

Miscellaneous Music

Candy Dulfer
The best version of “Lily Was Here” we have heard:

JJ Cale
Call Me the Breeze live is as good as it gets:

 

 

Joe’s Garage

GT40 Handbuild
An amazing video.
4,000 hours of labour to build the entire car.
The builder, “Benjamin Workshop“, has hours of detailed building steps and procedures recorded.
As the saying goes, “a better man than I am, Gungadin”:

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Joe’s Comment – I have lived in this house in Vernon since January of 2005.
Every single year since moving in, these loverly daffodildos pop up at Easter time.
I never water them.
They compete with weeds and scrub grass and whatever.
As you can see from the photo, they are growing around and among some machinery I carelessly parked there last fall.
In a world where the Hopes of humanity seems to be dashed on dark shores of insanity, don’t these daffodildos make me smile.
Nothing is guaranteed.
Nothing is free.
Hard work is not always rewarded.
But, in the words of Alexander Pope in his poem An Essay on Man: Epistle 1
Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar;
Wait the great teacher Death; and God adore!
What future bliss, he gives not thee to know,
But gives that hope to be thy blessing now.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”
Easter is the renewal of Hope.
In our corner of the world, the harbinger of milder weather.
All the grasses and trees and flowers are budding.
The air smells with living things.
Life is good.

 

Quick Dick McDick
Once again, Saskatchewan’s ambassador to the world (and the rest of Canada) breaks the news cycle monotony with a home-style recipe for pork and beans.
In the old days before Joe and I were carnivore (and ailing) this would have been a must try recipe.
Alas, carbs and sugars shall not pass our lips…..
As it is, QDMcD is entertaining, and the attitude he displays regarding our illustrious leader(s) in Ottawa absolutely makes our day:

 

Diet
Joe and I spend a significant portion of our research time investigating the validity of the old adage “You Are What You Eat”.
The human body is an amazing machine – it can survive on a plethora of food types / nutritional sources.
But…..
There are some food stuffs that are better than others for optimal nutrition.
Indeed, there are some “foods” that although they allow a person to survive, the accompanying side effects can manifest in health disabilities, illness, and death.
In our search for data, for information, for fact, we watch a lot of videos, read a lot of books and articles; our laboratory is our self.
Some recent interesting data and information for us came from Dr. Benjamin Bikman, who spoke to “Low Carb Down Under” on the topic of “Insulin vs Glucagon: The relevance of dietary protein” from 2018.
Lots of information – mostly new to us.
It will take Joe and I a “few whiles” (thank you Donny!) to digest (very punny).
We will probably watch it again, or another of the many videos available online:

Another oldie but goody is this conversation between Dr. Ken Berry and Dr. Jason Fung from December of 2020.
Joe and I remember Ms. Morrison.  She was a wonderful math instructor we were blessed with in high school.
We remember her helpful adage: “Understanding a problem is 95% of the solution”.
Cancer is a medical problem.
It hasn’t been solved.
Is it possible that  cancer has been misunderstood?
The following conversation explores the paradigm shift in understanding cancer:

 

Uncle Roger
What has the world come to?
Joe and I like the faux “racism” of Uncle Roger and his cooking interests.
Nigella Lawson doesn’t detract from the fun:

 

COVID Wrap-Up
A passionate and forceful presentation of facts from “The Front Line Doctors” organization.
Some forceful fact backed testimony from 10 very credentialed doctors.
The list of speakers, in order of appearance:
–  Dr. Richard Urso
–  Dr. Ryan Cole
–  Dr. Pierre Kory
–  Dr. Paul Marik
–  Dr., PhD.,  Flavio Cadegiani
–  Dr. Aaron Kheriaty
–  Dr. Lynn Fynn
–  MSC., PhD., Dr. Paul Alexander
–  Dr. Brian Tyson
–  Dr. Robert Malone
Joe and I are convinced that these 10s of thousands of doctors and scientists are not deluded.
Unlike the data of Big Government and Big Pharma, The Front Line Doctors have made their data, evidence, facts, and experience an open record.
Joe and I are also convinced that the guilty will be rewarded, and the innocent will, once again, for ever and ever, suffer the consequences:

 

Ukraine vs Russia
Joe and I maintain our perspective.
We cannot “pick a side”.
There is a body of work done from the close of the Second World War to present that befuddles us.
We agree with this short quote from Pat Buchanan –
Why spurn the advance of peace with Russia?
Why romance China?
Why isn’t Joe Biden in prison?
Life has many mysteries…..

 

Joe’s Garage

Bread Eating Fungus
Nothing new here….. or is there?
A research lab at the University of Borås in Sweden is creating products such as paper, yarn and leather derived from a bread-eating fungus.
Joe observes that the “Natural World” still manages to provide everything and more needed for human survival.
And human advancement.
Our objection is that one of the foundation drivers for such research is the false belief that products made from this fungal by-product are “more sustainable” than natural sources.
Such as leather.
If anything, the world needs more cattle.
Joe thinks some of these scientists need to talk to other scientists without the approval of the Overlords who fund such research.
The two young women in the video would benefit greatly from a discussion with either Dr. Allan Savory or Dr. Peter Ballerstedt.
There isn’t a sub species of human that thrives solely on a diet of plants or plant products.
As of The Year of Our Lord 2022, the only food stuffs that contain all essential amino acids and nutrients for survival are animals and animal products.
Put that in your pipe and pump it:

Exhausting
This short video is from Summit Racing.
They sell automotive parts and pieces.
Lots of $$$ are spent every year trying to improve performance, whether the measure of performance is maximizing power, increasing economy, or extending durability.
There is also the “Bling!” category – the category that Joe and I pretty well ignore.
We mostly adhere to the “form follows function” argument.
Automotive manufacturers are bound by government dictates that compromise the manufacturer’s ability to optimize any particular category at the expense of the others.
The “after market” is where entities like Summit Racing do their business.
The government is always looking to restrict, prohibit, and penalize what used to be called “hot rodding”.
There is an analogy here.
Wearing a mask on your face constricts and blocks your respiratory exhaust pipe!
It doesn’t improve power, economy, or durability.
There is a large body of data that proves quite the contrary.
Isn’t it comforting that biology and machinery have some commonality?
Like a government that can’t keep it’s nose out of the People’s business:

Project Farm
Joe and I often watch an episode from Project Farm while waiting for sleep to coddle us.
Todd, the creator of Project Farm, goes to great lengths to compare competitive products for performance – cost, durability, meeting product claims, value.
This video is the low-down on metal cutting products.
Joe and I are still using abrasive wheels on our cut-off saw.
They are cheap.
They are also noisy and filthy.
We might like to change.  Better watch and see what Todd finds out!:

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