Sunday Rant – 2519

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Joe’s Comment – I’m not much for diverse historical cultural quirks.
But….
This goofy dog seems a kindred spirit.
There may be more to the story –

 

Summer Solstice
Joe and I are panicking.
THE DAYS ARE NOW GETTING SHORTER!!!
What a way to celebrate the first day of Summer…..

 

Proof of Concept
Joe and I have ranted about “renewable” energy sources in past Sunday rants.
Our contention is this is NOT a scalable technology because it doesn’t meet the “Big Three” – inexpensive, reliable, simple –

 

Burgess Owens
Joe and I didn’t know this man’s story before seeing his testimony to Congress re: restitution for the crime of slavery.
Mr. Owens gives the progressive / left / Democrats what for, in straight talk.
A note from us – we couldn’t find the testimony of Mr. Owens to the Congressional Committee on YoubeTube.  Seems somebody doesn’t like it…..
However, Mr. Obvious was able to present most of the testimony with comments:

 

Blue Collar Logic
Dave Morrison’s analysis of the love affair between Trump and his supporters is spot on.
Joe and I watched most of the Trump speeches during his European junket.  Mr. Morrison is correct: Trump’s cadence, tenor, phrasing, passion was different.
We watched the Orlando rally kicking off his 2020 campaign.
Jesus H. Murphy!
People camped out to get in to the area 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT!
20,000 inside, thousands more outside.
And Trump did not disappoint (Orlando rally here):

 

Joe’s Garage

Bigfoot!
Joe and I have never been gaga about Monster Trucks™.
Other than an interest in the engineering aspect of huge wheel assemblies breaking away from axles, and the gymnastics of high center of gravity combined with large polar moments causing crazy bouncy crashes, we passed on the entire movement.
However…..
The original monster truck, the truck that started the entire genre, was called Bigfoot.  It started life as a 1974 Ford F350, owned and built by Bob Chandler.  The power plant in it’s final configuration (when the original Bigfoot retired) morphed into an all aluminum nitrous injected blown 640 cubic inch big block Ford, built by Alan Roots.
Joe and I both love us some power plant excellence; especially Ford excellence.
The following three videos chart the disassembly then re-build of the Ford mountain motor which set the trend back in the mid to late 1980’s.
The fourth video is about hearing this one-time king of the mountain run.
A performance engine archaeology expedition:

 

 

 

The First Metal Lathe
1751.
Jacques de Vaucanson.
Joe and I did not know of this man.
He was an amazingly prolific 18th century French inventor who created the first metal lathe with dual “V” ways, a carriage and cross slide driven by screws.  Modern lathes still have these features.
Those in the know state as fact that if you have a metal lathe (and know how to employ it), all other tools can be made!
The author of the video below, from Machine Thinking, believes the incredible boom of wealth in the 1800’s owes biggly to this lathe, and it’s offspring.
A graphic of GDP per capita (from the video) shows the change experienced in the western world in productivity vs time –

Here is a short history of one of the most important tools at the foundation of the industrial revolution:

Iron Giants
Joe and I appreciate the mechanical world.
Machines have made the life of everyone easier, healthier, more wealthy and luxurious.
Especially men, who have historically done the dangerous and high risk work.
As a companion thought to the “1751 Machine” video above, here is another video about machinery most people have never heard of, despite which said machinery has an order of magnitude impact on our technological wizardry.
This video focuses on forge presses, specifically the American made Mesta 50,000 ton press.  100,000,000 pounds of pressure.
That’s right….. one hundred million.
Talk about giving your honey a squeeze…..
There are bigger presses in the world, but none as prolific as the Mesta, which worked for over 50 years before requiring a refurbishment, started in 2008 and completed in 2012.
Those engineers and metallurgists used slide rules and pencils to figure.
Go figure!
From an American perspective (of course!).
And why not?
The American ingenuity phenomenon is real, profound, and alive today:

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Joe’s Comment – Every once in a great while, I’m not even sure how to ask for help.  What are the chances I need it?  Panic is setting in, for it’s a few days before the first day of Summer, and I’m pressed by Autumn and Winter every day.
Too many projects, chores, tasks, not enough nice weather to accomplish.
Maybe next year…..

 

PragerU
A reflexion on women’s political status in the American media.
Why is it a conservative woman is rarely mentioned, and when mentioned, only disparagingly?
A left-leaning / progressive woman, in contrast, is celebrated at every level and in every medium, endlessly, often without merit.
Heather Higgins, CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, and chair of Independent Women’s Forum has a theory:

 

Inequality Myths
People are able to perform logical deduction.
Making change for a dollar or determining why a baby is crying both require logical deduction.
Joe says that just because people can make decisions based on logic, doesn’t mean they will.  Or that they are always logical.
Joe says that is seldom the case.
Sadly, people are emotionally driven.
There are many myths that have an emotional “logic”, not based on “if a=b, and a=c, then b=c”.  Emotional logic is often based on jealousy, biased perception, propaganda, ignorance, simple stupidity.  Or darker, maligned, evil intent.
Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University does a good job of clearing away some of the emotional underbrush surrounding the concept of inequality in this short video produced by the Learn Library:

 

Tariff Reality
Joe doesn’t understand a lot of things financial.
On one hand, there are well over 7 billion human souls inhabiting earth.
Economics, from dictionary.com, is defined as a noun: “ (used with a singular verb) the science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, or the material welfare of humankind.”
Using logic™, it follows that every single living human (and a number of dead humans too) has a role in economics.
Joe notes that in the definition, money, wealth, and finance are not implied, nor are they mentioned.
Akin to the intelligence argument where IQ is NOT a direct measure of G or G Factor (general intelligence), yet is a useful metric in measuring and gauging intelligence, so too is the concept of money, wealth, and the study of “finance” (noun: “the management of revenues; the conduct or transaction of money matters generally, especially those affecting the public, as in the fields of banking and investment.“) in the study of economics.
In the last decade, Joe and I have been lambasted, inundated, overwhelmed, avalanched by evidence which precipitates cognitive dissonance regarding what we thought to be hard, cold, beyond challenge facts.
In matters of human health generally, and personal health specifically,  such topics as diet, exercise, mental attitude, comprehension, IQ / G Factor, psychology, et cetera many (almost) universally held ideas and “facts” have been challenged, refuted, disproved, or discovered to be a marketing scam devised by nefarious lobbyists or special interest groups manipulating data, government, and public opinion.
In matters of environment much the same.
How could the world of economics (and it’s indicators “finance, wealth, money”) be any different, be exempt?
The answer is duh…..
Joe and I are theoretical Libertarians.  “Theoretical” because Libertarianism, Libertarian fundamentals, and Libertarian actions strongly belie reality.  All men are NOT created equal except when viewed using a peculiar lens, or restricting principle.
We are also theoretical “free traders”, laissez-faire-ists, open market capitalists.  At a grass root level, mano a mano, neighbor to neighbor, no problemo.
At a national, international, or global level, good fucking luck.
Man’s basic nature is NOT good.  Or fair.  Or civil.
Back to reality i.e. American trade with Mexico, Canada, China; the American Chamber of Commerce is threatening legal action against the Trump administration re: the threat of Mexican tariffs.
Joe immediately smelt a rat.
The CoC is wailing at the top of their lungs about the poor consumer and how this will burden them, the poor wee beasties.
Another iconic fiscal cornerstone is tariffs = bad, free trade = good.
But wait just one gosh darn cotton pickin’ moment, José.
That’s not what the data, the facts, and the history indicate, so says “sundance” of The Conservative Tree House.
In this article, titled “U.S. Chamber of Commerce Threatens to Sue President Trump Over Mexican Tariffs…“, sundance argues that there are plenty o’ examples such as Chinese tariffs since 2017, Canadian softwood tariff since NAFTA, which are contrary to commonly held belief – no impact whatsoever.
Sundance questions “The supply chain results completely refute U.S. CoC Tom Donohue’s doomsayer-promised economic proclamations.  If tariffs are so destructive, why was/is everyone ‘except the U.S’ using them to protect their industry segments and economies?”
He (she / it / they / etc.) continues to make the case that the CoC, in cahoots with very powerful, rich, and influential forces, are responsible for destruction of the American middle class, the decimation of manufacturing and heavy industry, and a host of no-no economics, all designed to diminish America.
Why? you might ask….
Huge multinational corporations no longer participate in “market economy”.  They control the market.
Joe has always wondered how some material thing common to North America and most of the world has such a spectrum of pricing.
The linked article theorizes thusly –
“…. In underdeveloped countries the process of buying a political outcome is called bribery. Within the United States we call it lobbying. The process is exactly the same.
With control of the majority of actual lemons (ed. the author chose a product as an example) the multinational corporation now holds a different set of financial values than a local farmer or national market. This is why commodities exchanges are essentially dead. In the aggregate the mercantile exchange is no longer a free or supply-based market; it is now a controlled market exploited by mega-sized multinational corporations.
Instead of the traditional ‘supply/demand’ equation determining prices, the corporations look to see what nations can afford what prices. The supply of the controlled product is then distributed to the country according to their ability to afford the price. This is essentially the bastardized and politicized function of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This is also how the corporations controlling WTO policy maximize profits.”
Joe concludes that the small producer simply has no chance at “free trade”.
A thought provoking article that undoubtedly has more than a grain of truth.
(Speaking of grain, anyone remember the “Wheat Board” fondly?)

 

Trump Economics
Long ago and far away, Joe and I watched Kudlow and Cramer, a left – right economics program that was aired on CNBC from 2002 to 2005.
We found it a learning experience, for Joe and I aren’t in the financial wizard cadre: we’re more booger eatin’ dirt people.
Time flies by…..
Larry Kudlow is now an advisor to the POTUS.
The following video is an interview with Mr. Kudlow to discuss the Trump administration’s financial policy, strategy, and objectives:

 

Patrick Moore
Dr. Moore in a recent interview with Gov. Mike Huckabee.
This man is a Canadian hero, a humanitarian, and a realist.
His major assertions have not been refuted to date.
He speaks the truth:

 

Earl of Taint
Joe and I crack up when we visit the Earl of Taint website.
Whomever this person is their sense of humor is beyond the edge.
Our cup of tea (with 1 ounce cream).
Let’s face it.  We didn’t get past 14 years old!
Some current taints –

 

Joe’s Garage

Big Rig Drags
All up gross weight for a tractor and a “B Train Double” (in Canada) as listed in the 2005 “Memorandum of Understanding” for Interprovincial Transport is 62,500 kg, or 137,788.9 lbs (for white people) as graphed below –The following video is footage of drag races with heavy trucks.
These races were held May 18 and 19 of 2019 in Onaway, MI.
The trucks are pulling a 128,000 lb. trailer uphill.
Lord Jesus and Mary, when a tractor unit pulls the front left wheel off the ground accelerating a massive load, Joe gets a tent in his pantaloons:

The power required to do this is 10 points beyond ridiculous.
Joe and I loved the comments!
A few favorites –

Superload
In this video, Lone Star Transportation (of Texas, naturally) is moving a demethanizer tower across Texas to it’s refinery destination.  The tower weighs 403,486 pounds (201 tons +) and is 294 feet long.
That would be a superload.
If you have ever wondered how all the fine products you buy get to where you buy them you discover that most everything you buy, if you didn’t build it or grow it yourself, may have come on a boat, a plane, a train.  Almost always it WILL have come some part of the trip in or on a truck.  It may even go home with YOU in a truck.
This video shows extremely well disciplined and trained men doing an incredible team job of moving massive equipment safely and expeditiously.
Joe drools – a 600 horsepower Detroit diesel?
Sign me up!:

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Joe’s Comment – Considering the practical nature of the above photo, this has been a “MacGyver” week for me, too.  Trying to catch up with yard work has spawned a few ingenious solutions.  I can appreciate the above photo for the absolute time saving possibility.  As for health and safety, let’s say I’m glad I don’t own a crane, or have a tall hedge, ’cause this looks like a plausible solution!

 

Invasion of Normandy (D Day)
On June 5th, 1944, “Operation Overlord” was postponed due to inclement weather.
Early morning June 6th, 1944 Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower gave the green light to the largest invading force in known human history, and D Day began.
He had misgivings about the chance of success.
He knew many thousands of men were surely to die in the effort.
There were a few hopeful facts in favor of launching now (or never).
– The invading forces were composed of American, British, and Canadian troops, many of which were experienced and well trained, in large number.
– A clever ruse had been carefully planned and implemented to deceive German intelligence into believing an invasion, if attempted, would happen via Dover – Calais; a decoy.
– There were thousands of reserves, tonnes of materiel and machinery in reserve.
– The Soviet armed forces had depleted the German reserves, materiel, and fighting forces to the extent that the Western Front was suffering shortages.
The five beach-heads the Allies defined for Normandy were, from west to east, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword.  The American forces stormed Utah and Omaha.  British forces Gold, Sword.  The lightweight, punching way over their head, was Canada, taking Juno.
A short overview from PragerU:

On D Day, Jim Radford was a 15 year old galley boy serving on the Empire Larch as a member of the merchant navy.  The beaches of Normandy was his first deep sea deployment.
Years later, visiting the same beaches, he was overcome by memory and emotion.
He has memorialized his experience in song:

 

Miller and Hanson
Two of our favorite humans have a discussion of current events.
Dennis Miller is a way intelligent comic and humanitarian.
Victor Davis Hanson is a way intelligent historian and pundit.
They have known each other for years.
A fast moving conversation about where and what the United States is in 2019:

 

Patrick Moore
A short video of Patrick Moore being interviewed by Ezra Levant regarding the latest “scare the children” crazies in the “Global Climate Change” maelstrom.
The hysteria around data-less affirmations of catastrophe is quickly dispelled by Dr. Moore.
Why don’t people understand basic science?:

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan Gorman at his best:

 

Joe’s Garage

Ford vs Ferrari
Ford was heavily involved in motorsports during the ’60’s.
Henry Ford II was committed to establishing Ford Motor Company as a leader in competitive motorsports.
Joe and I remember enthusiast magazines following the conflict when Henry Ford II offered to purchase Ferrari and was rebuffed.
What ensued was a maximum effort by the Ford Motor Company to establish the marque as a world class competitor in endurance racing, specifically by usurping Ferrari at Le Mans.
The accomplishments of the company’s efforts during the ’60’s produced the Cobra, the GT 40, Shelby Mustangs, the Ford-Cosworth DFV-F1 engine, the Ford Indy engine, and the 427 side oiler modified for racing, which powered many racing series vehicles, including the Ford GT40 to a 1,2,3 win at Daytona, then at Sebring, and again at Le Mans, all in 1966.  That is a tour de force!
The following trailer is for a soon to be released (2019) movie which (hopefully) will faithfully tell the story of how Ford unseated Ferrari:

Wikipedia has a detailed summary of GT40 development.

Aaron Franklin
Summer is just around the corner.
Our cabal is celebrating 70 years of being.
Wait, “cabal” is incorrect; that is a sub-group.
Perhaps cohort or clique is more fitting.
Or coterie, not so much a cadre.
Joe says make it simple.
A bunch of old friends are getting together to celebrate getting old(er).
Most of us have known one another since elementary school / junior high.
What better way to celebrate good friends than good food, good drink, good stories (albeit veracity challenged), good company?
There is no better way.
As meat eaters, Joe and I have an interest in all things BBQ.
Hence the study of Mr. Aaron Franklin’s BBQ school.
Joe likes the way Mr. Franklin prepares and rubs a beef brisket: preparation makes consistent, delicious product, all things being equal.
Three videos: brisket prep, brisket cook, the payoff:

A few testimonial YoubeTube videos (not produced by Franklin or associates) contend that his is the best Texas BBQ to be had.
Standing in line from 5:00 a.m. to get a seat in his restaurant for supper is a powerful avowal that he is doing something extraordinary…..

 

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