Sunday Rant – 1820

PN:Joe’s Comment – The above cartoon by Ali Ferzat is a reflection on the situation in Syria.  Mr. Ferzat is a critic of the current President Bashar al-Assad administration.  The cartoon is an indictment of Syria’s absurd and self-defeating crackdown on its own people.
I think the cartoon is classic.  It captures in one frame the absurdity of single party fanaticism, of tyranny.
It also captures the philosophical debate that pitches freedom against civilization.
I am constantly at odds with some of the lunatics in my head, those who place freedom above all else.
They are pugnacious pugilists, constantly worrying my few remaining sane thinkers with their absurd dreams, dreams of no care, no worry, no problemo.
This week has been one of difficult choices, long hard days, and expenditures without hope of compensation.
Life as I know it….

 

Note: Joe and I were absent with excuse for 4 days this week.  A consequence is we had much less time for Internet stumbling, presentation watching, and formulating argument to allay our misgivings and distrust of the world around us.  This Sunday Rant reflects our limited time getting worked up and pissed off.  As a fact, we enjoyed our strenuous and tiring week.  We’d do it more often if it weren’t so damned expensive filthy lucre wise.  It is wonderful to have a purpose, no matter how fleeting.

 

Canadian Unicornism
Joe and I shake our heads in disbelief.
Another word perversion, another word thrown to the mob. another word that no longer means what it means.
It seems the party of Chief Rainbow Socks (aka Little Gay) has outdone itself with maximum lunacy AGAIN!!!
The effeminate little shit is banning (banning??? WTF???) 1500 types of “assault weapons”.
Specifically, assault rifles.
What, no word of assault celery, or assault pillows, or assault pliers?
That’s racist!
The word assault per the on line dictionary we refer to is thus:
noun
a sudden, violent attack; onslaught: an assault on tradition.
Law.
an unlawful physical attack upon another; an attempt or offer to do violence to another, with or without battery, as by holding a stone or club in a threatening manner.
Military. the stage of close combat in an attack.
rape1.
verb (used with object)
to make an assault upon; attack; assail.
Joe and I aren’t masters of the English language by any measure.
Heaven knows, we struggle to make ourselves understood.
So, kind reader, please help us understand the following expression – “assault rifle”.
To our way of thinking, the word “rifle” is a noun.
The word “assault” is used as a descriptor; for a noun that is usually an adjective, da?
The adjective of assault is “assaultable”.
Click the link and see.
Or is it some other way around?
Is “assault” a verb and “rifle” is a noun?
The reason we are confused is that there is no way a rifle can act on its own.
That’s a fact, Jack.
Another thought we have is in the peculiar noun definition above.  It is a type of act, a group or set of action(s) with a defined outcome.  Consequently, any physical item the entity intending said outcome chooses to use (or not – they could rely on their physical being alone i.e. fists, feet, words, voice, etc.) is incidental.  This doesn’t make sense.
Using the verb “assault” with the noun “rifle” doesn’t make any sense either.  In this sense, the action can be performed with any object (or not as listed above).  So when committing an assault with an object (be it a knife, a rolled up newspaper, a broken bottle, a Popsicle stick, a fist, a voice, a rifle, in the library with a candelabra) the object itself is being used in a specific manner with a desired outcome.  When was the last time you heard someone use the term “assault cheese burger”?  Yet do you deny that you could assault someone with a cheese burger?  Or a pencil?  A very sharp pencil driven into the temple of a person would be an “assault pencil” using this very loose categorization of a class of objects.
Joe and I may not understand, but we can obfuscate with the absolute best.
We think that the government is trying to ban certain weapons, but their definition is vague and unclear, as is their intent.
Consider the feckless leader –
It is the wrong way, with the wrong words, with the wrong approach.
A “government trifecta” if you will.
This is something akin to the fiasco that happened with such words as “gay” and “organic” or the term “genetically modified organism (GMO) – strawman-ism or obfuscation or all of the above.
It is laziness like this that drives Joe around the corner to meet me in a bar.
And we haven’t even touched the subject of those who do not comply.
I don’t think Al Capone gave two turtle T’s what the government decreed.
But law abiding folks do.
Joe and I oppose this lunacy.
We covet some weapons.  We haven’t been able to afford a real live 1911 service pistol in 45 ACP.  Nor can we afford a Henry rifle.  Which obviates the acquisition of Claymore mines (M18).  We have a design for a Claymore Vest to be worn in the most critical situations…. just make sure your arms aren’t in front when you make it go bang.
The real issue remains unanswered: does a Canadian citizen have the right to protect the lives of family, friends, and self?  Do they have the right to protect their property?
Joe and I say we do.
A marriage made in sanity.

 

Joe’s Garage
Task: Rescue Ava
Ava is our motor home.
At one time we planned to drive to Belize, jack up our motor home, take off the wheels, and wait for Godot.
Didn’t work out that way.
Last year we thought we sold Ava on a handshake and promise.
Unfortunately, 10 months later, we were forced to repossess Ava.
This week, daughter Kenda came with us to Kitimat to bring Ava home.
Ava suffered a hard winter, abandoned with no care or maintenance.
Her roof was burdened by 6 feet of heavy snow and the roof caved, the interior was flooded.
The story of the trip and recovery next Sunday Rant.

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Sunday Rant – 1720

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Joe’s CommentChris Madden is an amazing cartoonist from the UK.  The above image is quite poignant to me.  Pardon my gear-head manner of seeing things, but this cartoon reminds me of an engine power graph of torque and horse power vs RPM.  At some point the torque curve crosses the horsepower curve.
I like the old guy’s attitude.
Naive?
Naw.
Hopeful and active….. in the face of inevitability.

 

Joe’s Coronavirus Musings
Is there any good coming out of this mess?
Well, yes, there is.
–  For starters, the spirit of innovation, of cooperation, of good-will, of heroic action is alive and well in the West.  In blushingly copious volumes.

–  The amount of humour I see in everyday social interaction (albeit I’m not a social butterfly), the generous respect for the guidelines, however misguided (or not), is enough to make someone like me (think wheel-chair bound old lecher in the Catch-22 whore house scene) swell with patriotic pride.  This proves what they are finding in Sweden, and Switzerland, and some Eastern European nations, and Japan, and South Korea, and Thailand: a homogeneous population, not a “diverse” population, reacts with a narrower bandwidth of rebellion and broader bandwidth of compliance.  The humor on the Internet is voluminous and ubiquitous.  Here’s an update on COVID-19 from Bubba J, one of Jeff Dunham’s creations:

–  Furthermore, I am fully convinced that our Nazi scientists can kick the ass of their Nazi scientists to an Ivory Soap degree of excellence (99 and 44/100 % pure).
I.e., check out the segment below titled “COVID-19 Mistreatment“.

–  The importance of “supply chain logistics” is being and has been hammered home.  Perhaps the average Joe (and Josephine) will think twice before buying product or service from rat bastard pinko commie thugs who terrorize their own citizens while pursuing a philosophy of world dominance.
–  Modern medicine is a marvel, but it isn’t perfect.  The health of the average individual is also not perfect.  These two facts give much food for thought, subject for study, opportunity for advancement.
–  President Donald John Trump has totally interrupted the Chinese Communist Party’s “world domination” strategies: One Road One Belt, and World economic domination by 2050.  Their strategy, a “30 year plan”, slowly but surely maneuvers China into an unchallenged World economic powerhouse.  Trump has changed the rules.  China has no recourse at present than to comply.  Joe says coronavirus COVID-19 is not a coincidence.
–  I am thinking deeply (as deep as I go) about my economic theory, which I have named “The Milking Stool Economic Theory”, which is three legged.  If you have ever sat on a three legged stool, you know that it is stable on any surface despite how rough; unlike a four leg stool.  But, in a three leg stool, removing a leg is catastrophic.
The first leg of my theory is what Adam Smith wrote about in the “Invisible Hand”, that is, the free market.  “It is not from the benevolence of the Butcher, the Brewer or the Baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest” – Adam Smith, The Invisible Hand.  The invisible hand metaphor distills two critical ideas. First, voluntary trades in a free market produce unintentional and widespread benefits. Second, these benefits are greater than those of a regulated, planned economy.
The second leg is the degree of tilt or the un-level nature of trading.
As soon as tariffs and taxes and caps and government control or regulation of any stripe dictates the parameters of trade, it becomes very difficult to measure the economy of the trade.  A “level trading field” is optimal but rare.
The third leg is the most controversial leg.  It is the leg of virtue and moral action.  Once a person is victimized by a deceptive and criminal party in matters of commerce, they realize that a level of good faith is required in every trade.
Using Joe and my “MSET” parameters, i.e. only do business with 3 legs – free trade, level playing field, good faith.
Our method would exclude China, North Korea, Iran, and probably Russia from trading with us.
This is similar to the “3 S’s” approach to selecting a supplier.  The S’s are: Sales, Service, Support.  An inexpensive price is soon forgotten if the product is not available when required or backed by the vendor when something goes awry.
There are new opportunities just around the corner!

 

COVID-19 Mistreatment
Joe and I saw this information in several sources over the last week.
Watching yesterday’s task force presentation, the press is not only ignorant of this information, but insists that the president was dangerously misleading when he suggested there was positive response to Hydroxychloroquine combined with Azithromicin (a zinc compound).
Read all about it here.
According to the linked article, published on April 8th, 2020, the real cause of death is NOT related to pneumonia, and the “relapse” is the result of oxygen starvation, i.e. hypoxia.  A summary from the link –
In the last 3–5 days, a mountain of anecdotal evidence has come out of NYC, Italy, Spain, etc. about COVID-19 and characteristics of patients who get seriously ill. It’s not only piling up but now leading to a general field-level consensus backed up by a few previously little-known studies that we’ve had it all wrong the whole time. Well, a few had some things eerily correct (cough Trump cough), especially with Hydroxychloroquine with Azithromicin, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
There is no ‘pneumonia’ nor ARDS. At least not the ARDS with established treatment protocols and procedures we’re familiar with. Ventilators are not only the wrong solution, but high pressure intubation can actually wind up causing more damage than without, not to mention complications from tracheal scarring and ulcers given the duration of intubation often required… They may still have a use in the immediate future for patients too far to bring back with this newfound knowledge, but moving forward a new treatment protocol needs to be established so we stop treating patients for the wrong disease.
The past 48 hours or so have seen a huge revelation: COVID-19 causes prolonged and progressive hypoxia (starving your body of oxygen) by binding to the heme groups in hemoglobin in your red blood cells. People are simply desaturating (losing o2 in their blood), and that’s what eventually leads to organ failures that kill them, not any form of ARDS or pneumonia. All the damage to the lungs you see in CT scans are from the release of oxidative iron from the hemes, this overwhelms the natural defenses against pulmonary oxidative stress and causes that nice, always-bilateral ground glass opacity in the lungs. Patients returning for re-hospitalization days or weeks after recovery suffering from apparent delayed post-hypoxic leukoencephalopathy strengthen the notion COVID-19 patients are suffering from hypoxia despite no signs of respiratory ‘tire out’ or fatigue.”
Once again the investment in time studying the ailment outstrips the crazed frenzy spending.  As if money can solve problems.
Money is an Avatar.
Western medical science, when following scientific process, is powerful stuff.
As our grade nine math teacher, Ms. Morrison used to say to us, “Drover, understanding the problem is 95% of the solution!”
On the other hand, if “science” is conducted by a profit interested pharmaceutical corporation, use the old Teddy Roosevelt approach – walk softly, but carry a big stick.  A helping of Ronald Regan too – trust but verify.
If Joe and I have any criticism of how the Western governments have handled this “pandemic”, it is the quality of the data and understanding of the data before the trigger is pulled.
There has been plenty of “Fire! Aim, aim, aim!”
Anybody want a ventilator?
Sale starts now…..

 

Intellectual Froglegs
Joe Dan gets better every month.
We vote him as “Dirt People Spokesperson” every year.
The following release is titled “The End Is Near”, April 20th, 2020 or thereabouts (in the event it gets “disappeared” on the Internet):

 

Joe’s Garage

Shopping
Joe and I have taken up a new paradigm while shopping.
We found this chart –

Canada is lumped in with the U.S.A. (00 – 13).
China is 690 – 695.
We have sworn for years we will avoid buying Chinesium.
Unless of course there is only that choice.
All y’all take the time to view the UPC bar code when you are shopping.

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Joe’s Comment – This week I’m doing some long overdue renovations on the wee housey.  What with the remnants left by the original builders, the chaffing and wear from 60+ years of occupation, and my feeble efforts to make square that which cannot be square, to plumb the non-plumb-able, and to level the un-level, it is a wonder there haven’t been more mishaps (see above photo).  Of course, I know the real problem lies with management (are you listening Dave?).

 

SARS-COV2 (aka Beer Virus)
Coronavirus  / China virus / Kung Flu, lots of other aka’s, is something special!
The entire world is taking a time-out.
How much of this is real, and how much is fakeroo?
And of the fakeroo, to what end, we query.
Joe says us Dirt People won’t know, maybe ever.
The best thing to come out of the whole shemozzle for us is less feeling guilty about getting nothing done.
We have found a hidden talent.
Paraphrasing Chrissy Hind and the Pretenders, “It’s a thin line, between do and wait“.  As Joe is fond of saying, “can’t get off the planet!”
Meanwhile, back at le Internetski, those who must know, and those who must question, and those who must know whom to question, and those others who must question those who know (did we forget anyone?) have all been busy bodies.
Stefan Molyneux and his research team always deliver.
You may not like much of what they deliver, but there it is.
From all the available information, Mr. Molyneux has compiled a timeline, some data, some questions, and some opinions.  Here is his “Case Against China”:

A lot of the data in the above video (The Case Against China) was provided, clarified and embellished by Dr. Paul Cottrell.  Dr. Cottrell makes an interesting case that the virus is genetically modified by human beenz.  The following discussion with Q and A shines a light on the breadth and depth of this pandemic.
Very interesting information, some of which is a quantum level above “layperson” talk.  Dr. Cottrell is well versed in the biology:

Meanwhile, many lawsuits are being filed in an attempt to gain recompense from the Chinese Communist Party for their complicity in obfuscating, destroying, and withholding vital data about the history of the virus.  The “mother of all lawsuits” is a whopping $20,000,000,000,000 USD class action suit.
Gee willikers, Batman!  That’s T for trillion!

Joe says at minimum wage that will be a while to pay down, should the case be heard and a judgement awarded.
Like the CCP would pay……
Also meanwhile too, the Chinese Communist Party is falsely pointing fingers every which way but home.
Joe asks, why haven’t we heard one single word from the P4 level bio lab in Wuhan?  Why would there be bats in a sea food market?  There were bats, bat viruses, and the “bat lady” Shi Zheng-Li, in charge of the horseshoe bat virus studies at the P4 lab.  Why no word from Shi Zheng-Li?  Why no word or sighting of the first doctors to notice the phenomenon, the same doctors who tried to warn the world?  Why the heavy disinformation propaganda from the CCP?
As good ol’ Willy said, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” – Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 2.
The Chinese Communist Party is comprised of gangsters, thugs, murderers, and evil intent.
Joe would like to know where they are hiding their personal wealth…..
Joe has fondly stated with great pride in the past and presently that “our Nazi scientists will beat your Nazi scientists!”.
And so it goes.
For little miss Shi Zheng-Li used to work for the US of A in a similar capacity until the funding was withdrawn (a treaty was signed by all but China re: biological warfare research).
Joe and I heartily agree: we are cheering our Nazi scientists onward to victory!
If anyone is going to exterminate the entire human race, let it be we!
Here are Joe’s COVID-19 picks of the week –


 

Power of the Avatar
When Joe and I think of it (and we do), the complexity of life combined with our limited ability to process let alone comprehend just WTF(!) is going on, we have been forced, yes forced we say, to adopt a series of Avatars to represent our interest(s) in what Mongo called “game of life” (for we all are but pawns):

It is a subject we will return to with frequency, hopefully without monotony, with alacrity but not mendacity.  This Sunday Rant we will talk briefly of one big cheese Avatar, known far and wide as “filthy lucre”, aka money:

Money
A tourist walks into a quiet hotel in a quiet little village in back of nowhere. He walks up to the reception desk and asks the hotel owner for a room. Hotel owner says, “Certainly Sir.” Tourist says, “But first I’d like to look at the room to see if it’s suitable.” Hotel owner says, “No problem, but I’ll need a $50 deposit, because some people use the toilet, come down and then leave. “Tourist shrugs and nods, hands over the $50 and goes up the stairs.
Hotel owner then walks into the kitchen where the butcher has just delivered some meat and says, “Here’s $50 towards the delivery.” Butcher thanks him, goes outside and gives the $50 to his apprentice as part of his wages. The apprentice says, “Thanks boss, I’ll see you back at the shop.” The apprentice goes around the corner to the local ‘Lady of the night’ and says, “This is for the wonderful company last night.” She thanks him and walks over to the hotel, steps inside and says to the hotel owner. ” Thanks for letting me be late with my rent, business is a bit slow lately, here’s $50.”
Hotel owner thanks her just as the tourist comes down the stairs shaking his head. “This hotel isn’t up to my standard.” he says. With that the hotel owner passes over the $50 note and wishes him well.
That, my friends, is how money is supposed to work.
It is a valueless Avatar representing materiel or service with an agreed value.
How does it get all SNAFUed?
Let us count the ways, hording, thieving, swindling, life in general, poor choices (eg Jack and the Bean Stock), false promise, failure to complete what was promised, the delta between smart and dumb people, add your points here _________.
An Avatar defined is “an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
Money is an avatar for an underlying good-faith representation of wealth.
In the story above, the various exchanges would have been overly complicated, improbable, even impossible to conduct so quickly in a barter system.
Money is like electricity – it is useful when circulating.  Here’s a picture of money in Venezuela –
Q.  Is it still money?
A.  Yes.
Q.  Is it still an Avatar?
A.  Yes.
Q.  WTF?
A.  As Snopes (those lying commie bastards) says, it is complicated.
As Joe says, it ain’t that complicated.  There has been a break-down of good faith in Venezuela.
Their money (like all money) is not real wealth, but a representation, an Avatar, worth no more than the value of the paper and ink of its composition.  When people, engaged in mutually agreeable commerce (capitalism), settle on an exchange value for goods and services (e.g. two spears traded for seven hot dogs), a mutually chosen currency can be accepted to represent the spears and hot dogs in their absence.  This implies that the Avatar chosen IS A GOOD-FAITH AVATAR, i.e., is guaranteed by a recognized guarantor or a mutually agreed guarantor.   However, if the parties involved are using a proxy, an Avatar to represent the actual good or service exchanged, and that Avatar is not backed by materiel / services equal to or greater than the agreed value, or an equivalent guarantor, well, it is a simple Scottish expression – shite!
Q.  What broke down?
A.  It doesn’t matter how many times you explain it, the culprit exhibits no good-faith and is often depicted as follows –

 

Joe’s Garage
Texas Mile
Just how high a speed can a car attain from a standing start, in one mile?
That is the order of the day at the Texas Mile.
Joe and I have watched with great interest over the years as various vehicles set the bar.
The results for 2019 were released to YoubeTube on April 1st, 2020 – Joe insists it was not a fool’s day exercise.
The M2K Motorsports Team has set the mark in the past.
In 2019 their highly modified GT40 Ford broke the 300mph barrier.
As some wit in the comments stated, “No Chevys were hurt during The Texas Mile. Only their Feelings LOL!”
Because of the hysteria around COVID-19 the event has been postponed in 2020: the record will stand for some time.
Joe is busy with his slide rule trying to figure the centrifugal force on a 32 inch (estimated) tire traveling 300 feet per second.  He’s scratching his head, wondering how much tire pressure they run to keep the bead seal.
Joe said even the mighty heavy aircraft (747, giant monster Airbus, etc.) don’t land or take-off at those speeds.
Last I talked to Joe, he was curious how light a solid tire might be possible to make.
I didn’t bother calculating.  I reckon if a wheel came off at that speed in Vernon it would travel to Oyama sooner than I’ve ever done the same, including the days when we flew single and twin aircraft around the valley.
Totally awesome!  Joe and I agree we wouldn’t have the balls to try for the record, even on a bet (Joe says not even for a date with Betty Brosmer):

Spirit of Texas
Joe and I love boats and boating.
However, this video isn’t about drifting with the wind and tide with a cooler of beer on a sunny day and a wackydoodle spinner on a 10 pound test line trailing along.
This is a nitro fueled crazy motor twisting a propeller (in water!) running so damn hard the “g” forces must have been in the range of 6-8 for some time.
How in the world can a propeller do that?
Joe is busy with his slide rule (again).
Once more, with feeling, we wouldn’t drive this one either, even for a date with Robyn Hilton (think Blazing Saddles, Governor’s secretary):

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