Sunday Rant – 3519

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Joe’s Comment – A terrific cartoon by Theresa McCracken.
Sometimes obeying the letter of the law is counterproductive.
Sometimes you are “out of the box”, literally, but still in it.
Sometimes…..

 

 

Dr. Tim Ball
Joe and I rejoice with Dr. Ball – the  court case brought against him by Michael Mann (author of the “hockey stick” graph) has been decided.
The libel suit against Dr. Ball was dismissed.
Mr. Mann will now live in shame and infamy.
Bravo Dr. Ball!
At a function in 2017, Dr. Ball (jokingly?) quipped that Mr. Mann “belongs in the state pen, not Penn State”, due to Mr. Mann’s refusal to publisize the data he used to create the infamous graph.
Mr. Mann brought charges of libel against Dr. Ball in the BC (Canada) Supreme Court.  Joe and I and most sane people considered this suit a S.L.A.P.P. (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) in the face of science.
Why Canada?
Because such a ludicrous suit could not be filed in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Two early breaking articles here, and here.
Dr. Ball was awarded full compensation of all legal costs, which literally total millions of dollars.  Whether the $$$ is USD or CDN funds, we don’t know.
Joe remembers a time long ago we were “awarded” compensation by a court.
That is when we learned that collecting said compensation is another matter altogether.
Also, if the Mann team decides to appeal, the gears which grind ever so fine could soak up another half decade and millions more $$$ to resolve.
An appeal requires new evidence.
If Mann sticks to his obstinate ground that will not happen: he refused to bring forward the data for “all to see” (thanks Ms. E. Thrasher).
In our mind that is the end: Q.E.D. (quite easily done or quod erat demonstrandum (what was to be shown) – your choice).
However, the Berra Effect©
and those applicable of Murphy’s Laws© have not completed their iterations –
Joe reckons that although the situational report is post “the truth will out” by no measure is the story over.
What the consequences of truthing might be are yet to be seen.

 

Steve Bannon on Hong Kong
Joe and I are not the most astute political swivel-heads.
Indeed, that is an order of magnitude understatement.
We have been mostly napping politically for our entire life.
Joe and I are also true believers in capitalism, free speech, liberty, private property, the rule of law, and free trade.
We also believe (to the death) it is required that virtuous men defend the weak and defenceless against tyranny in all its malevolent forms, and agressively oppose those intent on various expressions of evil.
All our adult life we have wondered why some folks will have trade with totalitarian regimes which suppress their citizenry.
To us it seems the ground rules of trade require establishment of necessary humanitarian minimums: the old saw about “it is better than it was” is weak and dull.
The British government (unlike the Chinese government) honored it’s agreement.
Now a confrontation is inevitable.
Hong Kong is a world-changing event: the current resistance to the CCP smothering freedom and liberty for the Hong Kong people will have ripple effects throughout the world for 100 years.
For tone-deaf political radar-less people like we, how to gather data to crunch and perspectives to view and ideologies to analysis is a really big deal.
Before 2015 we didn’t know diddly about Steve Bannon.
Now we listen to him for perspective and world-view and analysis:

Joe says one excellent precipitate from technology is that people find it increasingly difficult to ignore facts due to the “Chicken Man” phenomenon: “Bawk bawk bawk bawwwwwwk, Chicken Man!  He’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!”:

Indeed, everywhere there are everyday “normal” people armed with nothing more than a modern miracle – a cell phone.
For 10+ years and more a cell phone has been much more than a talky-talky.  It can, in the hands of a skilled operator (Joe and I are exempt) calculate, communicate, photograph, cinematograph, and distribute widely.
The army of Chicken Men (and women damn it) is ubiquitous.
Far off obscenities perpetrated against human beings is more and more difficult to ignore.
In past centuries, news of crimes against humanity took months, even years to be known.
Now bad news travels at the speed of light.
The important question is what do a virtuous and informed populace do with the bad news?
Joe and I have been down this trail before.  A quote from Sunday Rant – 0717:
“This is a good time and place to quote Charles Krauthammer from his book “Things That Matter“.  The introduction to this book is as valuable as the entire collection to Joe and I for the insight Mr. Krauthammer has about politics.  Here are a few paragraphs –
…….”Accordingly, this book was originally going to be a collection of my writings about everything but politics.  Things beautiful, mysterious, profound or just odd.  Working title: There’s More to Life than Politics.
      But in the end I couldn’t.  For a simple reason, the same reason I left psychiatry for journalism.  While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate.  In the end, they must bow to the sovereignty of politics.
     Politics, the crooked timber of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything – high and low and, most especially, high – lives or dies by politics.  You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures.  Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away.  This is not ancient history.  This is Germany 1933.
     “Beauty is truth, truth beauty, – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know,” – every schoolchild is fed.  But even Keats – poet, romantic, early 19th century man oblivious to the horrors of the century to come – kept quotational distance from such blissful innocence.  Turns out we need to know one more thing on earth: politics – because of its capacity, when benign, to allow all around it to flourish, and its capacity, when malign, to make all around it wither.
     This is no abstraction.  We see it in North Korea, whose deranged Stalinist politics has created a land of stunning desolation and ugliness, both spiritual and material.  We saw it in China’s Cultural Revolution, a sustained act of national self-immolation, designed to dethrone, debase and destroy the highest achievements of millennia of Chinese culture.  We saw it in Taliban Afghanistan, which, just months before 9/11, marched its cadres into the Bamiyan Valley and with tanks, artillery and dynamite destroyed its magnificent cliff-carved 1,700-year-old Buddhas lest they – like kite flying and music and other things lovely – disturb the scorched-earth purity of their nihilism.
     Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lie the barbarians.  Fail to keep them at bay, and everything burns.  The entire 20th century with its mass political enthusiasms is a lesson in the supreme power of politics to produce ever-expanding circles of ruin.  World War I not only killed more people than any previous war.  The psychological shock of Europe’s senseless self-inflicted devastation forever changed Western sensibilities, practically overthrowing the classical arts, virtues and modes of thought.  The Russian Revolution and its imitators (Chinese, Cuban, Vietnamese, Cambodian) tried to atomize society so thoroughly – to war against the mediating structures that stand between the individual and the state – that the most basic bonds of family, faith, fellowship and conscience came to near dissolution.  Of course, the greatest demonstration of the finality of politics is the Holocaust, which in less than a decade destroyed a millennium-old civilization, sweeping away not only 6 million souls but the institutions, the culture, the very tongue of the now-vanished world of European Jewry.
     The only power comparably destructive belongs to God.  Or nature.  Or, if like Jefferson you cannot quite decide, Nature’s God.  Santorini was a thriving island civilization in the Mediterranean until, one morning 3,500 years ago, it simply fell into the sea.  An earthquake.  A volcanic eruption.  The end.
     And yet even God cannot match the cruelty of his creation.  For every Santorini, there are a hundred massacres of innocents.  And that is the work of man – more particularly, the work of politics, of groups of men organized to gain and exercise power.”
Joe and I are not religious but we pray for the people of Hong Kong.
There are billions of Chicken Men (and women damn it).
Every now and then one of them makes a decision to change the world.
We have an image in mind of someone who did just that –
and what the results were.
Maybe this time.
Maybe the magnificent rebellion of millions of Hong Kong citizens will change the world and bring down the gangster government of the so-called People’s Republic of China.
If there ever was an Orwellianism, a “newspeak”, the very expression People’s REPUBLIC of China epitomizes that misinformation.  It causes Joe a headache.

Our fervent wish, our prayer, is that the CCP dies without shots fired, its iron fist disintegrates into rust, the inheritors of the “Great Leap Forward” and their ilk are quietly removed from power.
Call us dreamers.

 

Dave Morrison
An observation from Dave Morrison (of Blue Collar Logic) about the Obama money-grubbing game plan, and how the Munificent Mulatto™ and the Mooch™ are rolling in greenbacks, all thanks to We The People getting sucker punched for the nth time:

Joe, in his darker (can you believe it) moments often ponders whether America is just one giant Hollywood daisy-chain butt-fuck gang-bang of the gullible and innocent and well-meaning average (and below average) American Citizen©.
Then, Joe realises our leader in Canada is a grade 3 drama teacher.
Joe and I have a grade three person (8 years old going on ) living at our house.
Believe us when we say, with emphasis, grade three persons do not need a drama teacher.
Visions of a turtle on a fence post should be flooding your thinky hole.
Unless you are only using your thinky hole to hold your ears apart.
There must be a bible verse (or more) that tells what happens to the undeserving, the abusers, the wicked, the base.
Joe recollects the lyrics of a song by Dolly Parton, sung by herself, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris from the Trio album – “Farther Along”:

 

Jason Siler
Mr. Siler is the other half of Blue Collar Logic, commenting on the culture, the world, the people.
Mr. Siler reflects on whether, as some progressive pundits/entertainers/wackbirds maintain, the good ol’ U.S. of A. can “survive” another 4 years of the current POTUS, Donald J. Trump.
No need for a spoiler alert:

 

Jerico Green
This episode Mr. Green comments on the big fat Canadian mouth of former PM Kim Campbell.
He proceeds to rip up and rant on about a variety of current events.
Joe says he’s approaching apogee time.
His ranting has reached a plateau:

 

Joe’s Garage

Steam!
Joe and I have a steam boat in the back yard.
A neighborhood friend, George Job, is the owner.
He is 87 years young this year.
When he and his wife Patricia moved from the area four years ago (time she’s a flyin’) he had no place to store the boat.  You know how that story ends…..
Last time he came around was in May or June.
You can guess what the result of our conversation was – Joe says we’ll have enough $$$ by Spring if we don’t drink it all away.
If George makes it to 2020, we’ll celebrate by getting the steam engine working, and put the boat in the lake.
Never run out of fuel around here.
Pictures and adventure stories to come.
In the meantime, here’s a wonderful small steam engine with boiler doing honest work turning heat into electricity:

Cholesterol
The function of cholesterol in the human body is a subject of disagreement between doctors, researchers, and the pharmacutical industry.
Lay persons too (that be Joe and me and anyone not recognized as a “medical professional” by the esteemed arbitors and “approved” experts; the “legal” entities who decide the “legitimate” players in the game of health).
In our personal situation, it is a disagreement between Joe and I and our excellent GP Dr. Louis B.
Following standard procedure, Dr. B. had noticed an “abnormal” (i.e. not statistically average for our age/mass/activity/etc.) high level of the dreaded cholesterol (not the “good” cholesterol) in our screen testing for our annual medical.  Also elevated blood pressure.  His recommendation was a staten – Lipitor, then Rosuvastatin (after we refused to continue Lipitor after a one week trial).  And something for the blood pressure called Telmisartan.
Joe and I like our brain.
And our heart.
It is we.  That is to say, they are (part of) us.
We changed noticably on these medications – an uncomfortable change.
We pointed out to Dr. B. that both conditions were “normal” for we – our record in his office is uninterrupted back to 1972, before he took over the practice from Dr. Hugh C.  We have always had high cholesterol, high(er than “normal”) blood pressure, and an elevated pulse.  Life is exciting us, we supposed.
Dr. B. and I came to an understanding after a terse exchange: no medications whatsoever.
He called it “live and die naturally”.
We called it “live naturally”.  WTF is this dying?
Joe (as close to an engineering persona in our repertoire of 37 or so in our head) asked Dr. B. what best approach to prolong our autonomous and self-mobile fully articulate existence without medication.
He said loose weight, Fatso.
Dr. B. had a point; we were 270 lbs.
Hence our interest in finding out what’s what in the world of nutrition, healthy nutrition, and nutrition specific and unique to the entity described legally as David John Drover, esq. will make us perform best.
A lot of researching, video watching, recommendations and advice from family, friends, and others have led us, Joe and I, to take a reluctant interest in that which we have little interest – our personal health.  We have been fortunate.
Food is food, right?
Perhaps not.
As Joe points out, a gasoline engine doesn’t like diesel fuel.
Nor does a DC motor like alternating current.
Perhaps a body just might have specific nutritional needs.
Perhaps our body might have a perfect diet, constantly changing with our needs.
How you do dat?
Much research followed.
This rant has been a repository of many influential (to us) presentations, discussions, data, and theories we studied, which have altered our understanding and behavior.
Anyway, after a year of a very low carb/no fibre high fat/protein self experiment, we have reduced our weight by 60 lbs.  Our energy level is good.  Our head is clear (our judgement – your opinion may differ).
However, the dreaded monster cholesterol (not the friendly saintly cholesterol) still is “abnormal”.
We did some research, including hearing the views and opinions of Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Karry Mullis, and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shawn Baker.  We mention those two because of their refusal to take cholesterol medication based on their knowledge of the human body.
Here’s another presentation about cholesterol – that mystery body product.
Joe insists he doesn’t grasp all the machinations of the mechanism yet, but this Dave Feldman fella is more or less talking Joe’s language.
Give us data!:

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Joe’s Comment – Between cartoonists and We The People’s sense of humor, I laugh out loud every single day.   This dude’s smirky grin leaves me speechless.  As ZZ Top puts it, they got a lot of nice girls there:

 

Gun Rights – A Passionate Speech
Joe and I have seen this video many times over.
We have never included it in our Sunday Rant.
This will fix that.
A video from April 7th, 2018 at the Greensboro TN city council meeting, shortly after a mass shooting.
Politicians – Federal, State, (National, Provincial), city, community – all feel a need to do something.  Do anything.
It never dawns on them that if there were a solution, it would have been implimented.
Furthermore, the only “solutions” are theoretical: Yogi Berra time (In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is).
Explanation below in “Our Take”.
Generally speaking, from our years of observing politicians in action, they do the wrong thing by compelling the only people who listen to them to limit their freedom.  Because criminals don’t listen, don’t comply, don’t care.
For all that it matters, no one listens.
Mr. Mark Robinson tells it like it is.
A well spoken passionate diatribe:

Gun Rights – A Thoughtful Analysis
Daniel Greenburg talks about the elephant in the room re: gun control.
Two words, starting with the letter “C” (not the “C” words that Joe uses so profanely) offered as a theory.  A long, written analysis as proof.
Both from pundit Daniel Greenfield at his website Sultan Knish.
The words are “CRIMINAL” and “CRAZY”.
You can read his article here.
A teaser passage from the article –
There are two ways to cope with mass shootings and killings.
We can work to turn our societies into giant prisons in the hopes of impeding that 0.1% of the population which is inclined to violence over drugs, deranged fantasies or the Koran from shooting up malls, ramming cars into crowds, setting off pressure-cooker bombs or flying planes into skyscrapers.
Or we can get rid of that 0.1% and actually have a free and safe society.
We’ve tried turning our country into a giant prison while failing to protect our borders, crack down on gangs or stop the psychos. And the experiment has devastated virtually every major city, cost tens of thousands of lives, made flying miserable, and brought our country to the brink of destruction.
Maybe we ought to try common sense instead.”
Joe and I place this well argued analysis by Mr. Greenfield in the nice try but impossible catagory.
Institutionalizing has been tried.
It failed.
For reasons Joe and I explain below.

Gun Rights – Our Take
Joe and I will now expound on the dynamic duo mentioned by Mr. Greenfield (crazy and criminal).
In the days of our youth, Joe and I remember mental institutions in our world.
Mental health issues are a family and friends reality.  What happens if the problem is larger than the capacity of a family (we’re talking nuclear family, friends, community)?
Enter the dragon government!
As Calgarians, the closest large government controlled mental health institution was in the town of Ponoka AB, called the Alberta Hospital (for the Insane), it opened in 1911.  A variety of now abandoned procedures and practices were de rigueur, including the new (at the time) practices associated with the ideology of eugenics.  The Blair Report (1967 – released 1969) precipitated legislation which resulted in Alberta leading Canada in de-institutionalizing care for mentally disabled persons and adopting a community based model.
note: the above links are to a Canadian eugenics history website, and as such focus on the practices and procedures of the ideology of eugenics.  They ask the profound question: What sort of people should there be?
Joe has a mouth and mind full of answers to that question, some of them repeatable in polite company.  In the above links, we found W.R.N. Blair’s conclusions about I.Q. and mental health (re: Indian and Métis people) very interesting.
For Joe and me as young impressionables, there were always kids in our classes who were clearly unable to master the simple tasks-at-hand, such as reading, writing, arithmetic, or the nuances of social interaction.  We called them retards.  Not to their face.  That wouldn’t have accomplished much at all positive.  Especially for Joe and me.
As an old man, Joe and I observe that the pendulum of compassion has swung so far to the weeping bleeding prostrating heart nihilistic left that the streets of Los Angeles, San Franwacko, Portland, and even our little piece of heaven (Vernon, BC, Canada) has a(n increasing) population of persons who do not follow the norms of society, or acceptable societal behavior.  To reference the Founding Fathers, these people are neither virtuous or informed.  Some of them are retards…..
By the by, the early 20th century categorization of mental capacity in relation to IQ was moron (51 – 70), imbecile (26 – 50), idiot (0 – 25 IQ).  The link is to a summary compiled by Campbell M. Gold in 2011 (very peculiar read!).  He also comments on the catagorization used today –
Today the classification system has been made one category broader, and the moron, imbecile, and idiot distinctions have been replaced with “mild”, “moderate”, “severe”, and “profound“retardation. Moreover, diagnostic factors, in addition to “IQ”, are also employed when classification is made.”
Which would be fine and dandy if IQ were the only measure of mental health.
The fact?
Mental health is an issue for the idiot (profound retardation) and for the genius/near genius (IQ 150+), and for every living soul along the way.
So much for the crazies.
What about the malevalent; the terrorists and criminals?
Ideology now enters the calculation, not as a variable but a constant.  That is, a constantly variable something.  Ideology is often represented as a “logical solution”.  It is nothing of the sort.  Ideology is emotional tsunami-ism.
An Islamic terrorist (Islamic because the Koran and Hadith and Surah) has a “logical” and “sane” foundation for his/her/its behavior.  The case for sane and logical rests on some mighty shaky ground.  Or mighty stable ground: where, oh where can that be?
A run-of-the-mill terrorist likewise has his “logical” argument.
All of the so-called “Lone Wolf™” crackpots, too.
Joe and I tend to group terrorist and criminal together for the sake of arguement; at our peril.
So, what about criminals?
Joe has his own definition of criminals: “a criminal is a free-run socialist”.
Filling his (or, not so frequently, her) dance card at random from the cornucopia of the surrounding culture.
How organic!
note: on many search requests we made (example here via DuckDuckGo), the number listed as a cut-off for “borderline mental retardation” is 70 –  84 or 85 IQ points.   85 IQ points is one standard deviation from norm, which is 100.   Not coincidentally, the average for prison populations is 85 IQ points.  Which is also the average for North American blacks.  Is it possible the political uproar about the incarceration rates of races being non-proportional may be based on a rational fact, a reality?
From studies of prison populations and the correlation/causation of IQ to criminal behavior, a number has popped up: 85 average IQ.  Is it so?  Much argument for, against, undecided.
There is argument that nutrition, environment, genetics, culture and listening to crappy rap music are IQ factors, too.
Joe says if all of those can/do/may influence IQ then they sure as hell can influence behavior.
Much like the description for climate in the 2001 IPPC report (“The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long term prediction of future climate states is not possible“), Joe will now attempt a semi-plagerized, somewhat paraphrased coinage of a description of the human condition.
Here goes!
A human is an infinitely complex multi-faceted non-linear organism existing in conscious, sub-conscious, and unconscious dimensions simultaneously in real-time, and as such the accurate prediction of long term human behavior is not possible” – Joe Mekanic.
The motivating force (when behavioral outcome is deemed beneficial) is charitably called “free will”.
When the outcome is condemned (universally or not) great effort is expended to guarantee risk management is zero.  Everybody knows that is not possible.
But an armed citizenry, well trained, equipped with “virtuous and informed” moral ammunition is the most effective risk reduction tactic possible.
So say Joe and I.

Gun Rights – Facts to Ponder
Joe and I stumbled into this video out of the blue.
The YoubeTube algorithm screwed up in a good way, we surmise.
From 2011, an impassioned argument (in a second language no less) from General Peter van Uhm, Chief of Defense of the Armed Forces of the Netherlands, explaining why he chose a gun as the tool of his career.
This argument is the only argument which is proven to keep the criminal and crazy and whomever in check.  Implemented with control and checks and balances, in the name of law and order and freedom and liberty, it is demonstrably effective.  Joe hopes eventually affective, too:

 

Jericho Green
As promised, at least one JG per Sunday Rant.
Joe and I love every single profanity and crystal clear thought.
This man calls it like he sees it:

 

Prager U
Dennis Prager & Co. are taking on the elephant in the room.
The Prager “501(c)(3)” is sueing YoubeTube.
Here’s the story:

 

Candace Owens – Andrew Klavan
Joe and I enjoy Candace’s interviews.
We are big fans of Andrew Klavan.
What better way to spend our limited time in this corner of the universal reality than a one hour listen:

 

CO2 Explained
A numbers approach to explaining the real reason behind the carbon dioxide witch hunt.
Spoiler alert – the Globalist Movement™ has a grand plan.
Globalists and Globalism will not work for the very same reason Socialism will not work.
Once again, with feeling……
The climate crisis isn’t.
Carbon dioxide is the gas of life.
Carbon is the sixth element on the periodic table.
Sneaky shit power hungry globalists should quit while they are ahead:

 

Rock History
Joe and I were avid Led Zep fans, back in that time.
An early LZ performance of “How Many More Times”:

Joe and I much prefer the LZ studio releases, i.e., the albums we bought on vinyl, on tape, on CD.  Captured our tiny rebel without a clue heart.
We don’t have time for LZ at 70 years young.
However, we DO listen to Pink Floyd.
Especially the recent (2016) Live at Pompeii performance.
David Gilmour is a guitarist extraordinaire.
We are saving up our pennies nickels to buy a copy of the Pompeii DVD:

Again!:

 

Joe’s Garage

Unique and Rare
The website “Barnfinds.com” is a fantasy island retreat for gear-heads like Joe and me.
We have a notification subscription so that we can ooooh and aaaah and imagine all we want having the good fortune to see and read about such rarities, much less find one (or more!) in your back yard.
This particular vehicle is unique in all Ford-dom.  The story is an entrepreneur thought putting a diesel engine in a Ford truck might be something FoMoCo would be interested in capitalizing on, so he put a diesel engine in a new ’76 F250.  Before he could pitch the idea to Ford, he died!
Joe says shades of foreshadowing the coming of Hillary Clinton aka Cankles.
The engine chosen was a Nissan/Chrysler SD33 and the transmission a Chrysler 727 –
This is the truck.  Today, in 2019, it has a total mileage of 460.8 miles.  The asking price is $35,000 USD…..
Lots more interesting viewing at the Barnfinds.com website.

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Joe’s Comment – A wonderful week.  Fine weather, demonstrable progress on several projects, good people around.  Life in the Okanagan summertime!

 

Prager U
A new PU vignette featuring philosophy professor Paul Copan, explaining why the statement “true for you but not for me” is valid.  Or not valid (where you head at homey?)  Watch and he’ll tell all (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher):

Another Prager U that Joe and I took advantage by seeing.
Our live-in grandson is 8 years old.
As an 8 year old he is very confident (as long as the sun shines – nighttime is another story) and self assured.
Also argumentive.
To the point of insurrection.
As the video description states, family psychologist John Rosemond offers some useful tips on how to get the little barbarians to listen:

 

Jericho Green
Joe says let’s have a Jericho Green rant every single week.
Sometimes two.
That works for us.
This well done rant is racist in many folks eyes.
That makes Joe and me racists too, and damn proud of it.
We love his tag line.
I try to be done with the Left, but they just won’t let me!“:

 

Paul Joseph Watson
PJW has been marginalized by Google/Facebook/Twitter/younameit.
For Joe and me, that is a badge of honor.
The World® needs more witty ascorbic intelligent British polemics.
PJW, since being ostracized, has only become more witty ascorbic and intelligent:

PJW’s YoubeTube channel has a lot of “shithole” videos if all y’all want to be seriously depressed.
Joe says sooner than later the low IQ and mentally ill people will have to be addressed as a group identity that cannot fend for itself, a group which is a catastrophe of human misery.  That will be the test of our Western Cultural© superiority.  How do you care for those unable to care for themselves?
As a contrasting perspective, here’s co-founder Mat Best of Black Rifle Coffee Company telling his story of personal development.
Self sufficient, self motivated, successful, gung-ho.
Joe asks the question: did Mat Best become best via the Army Rangers, or was it his destiny to excel?  Watch and judge:

More stories at the Black Rifle Coffee Company YoubeTube channel.

 

Joe’s Garage

Rocket Lab
Things just keep getting better.
If anyone ever thought that centralized government with central planners and centrist experts could be a solution to all problems (say in the tumultuous days of the late 19th Century and early 20th Century for example) they get a pass.
It was an idea worth a try, a noble attempt to stem suffering and conflict and war and et cetera to the nth.
Zoom ahead to the 21st Century.
How could anyone in the world continue to have this “flat earth” one answer to all issues belief?
In light of the advances, both technical and cultural, since WWII, the greatest achievements have been made in a (more or less) highly competitive (more or less) free market (more or less) capitalist paradigm.
Here’s one example.
Rocket Lab is a company which provides launch services for smaller satelites and payloads.  They are enjoying success by offering proven reliability and frequency of launch: quick and efficient turnaround.  They also offer a program called “Rideshare” which partners payloads from different customers to reduce cost.
The workhorse of their launch vehicles is named “Electron”.
In an effort to improve turnaround times and reduce cost, they are experimenting with a recovery process which will enable re-use of the Electron first stage rocket.
The competitive environment which has spurred technological development in the West relies on an open market, private property, and freedom of association.  More importantly, it requires government to stand back and let the genius of what Adam Smith described as individual ambition serve the common good.    The following video is an enactment of how the system will work.
Cheap, simple, reliable.  That’s the way forward:

The above was snagged from The Silicon Graybeard, article here.

Major William Edwin Dyess
An interesting documentary about a man who didn’t exist.
As in “Top Secret” super covert can’t acknowledge the existance of.
Joe thinks this stuff is scary and special all at the same time:

 

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