Sunday Rant – 3720


Joe’s Comment – I don’t know the origin of this graphic, but it is powerful!
I firmly believe that most people can make responsible choices, wise decisions, and undertake rational action if only they have facts and data to help.
However, in the current social reality, lots of data is corrupted for political advantage.
All the more reason to carefully, thoroughly, analytically digest information while making conclusions, but validate data religiously.
Wouldn’t want to step in a big cow pie…. metaphorically.


Starving to Death
I never thought Joe and I would die this way.
We have provisions to last a month or so, but we may never shop again!
The local grocery outlets have mandated masks.
Unless (duh!) we rob a bank (which is becoming more and more attractive as a protest against collective insanity).
Meanwhile, back at the lab, the fury and frenzy continues, with “science” from the progressive left typified by emotion (not logic or data) being promulgated through government and media platforms with the threat of forced compliance.
The other lab, the real science lab, keeps getting more actual and accurate data, analyzing said data, then try to make their discoveries known.
There’s the Catch-22.
The real science, the real facts, cannot be broadcast unless they agree with the froth-mouthed hysteria of the progressive left.
CORONA VIRUS  IS A VIRUS, and viruses do what viruses do.
No way around this: it’s a fact, Jack.
What government does most often is ineffective, quite often is harmful, and by the statistics of chance (a broken watch is right twice a day in a 12 hour cycle), government very rarely does it right, on time, effectively and efficiently.
Also a fact, Jack.
What to do?
Fortunate for Mud Peckers everywhere, there are some people who actually have great brains, pure hearts, and good noble intentions.
These folks are motivated by something unknown and suspicious to many in power; the search for truth, a love of humanity, a humility before doG.
A blogger named JB Handley (blog link here) has done a superior job to assemble and present the work of many real scientists who know what to make of the subject, and are trying to “tell all” (thank you Ms. E. Thrasher!).
His article, titled “Lockdown Lunacy 3.0: It’s Over“, begins with the following paragraph –
If you’re hoping the COVID-19 pandemic will go on forever, this post may disappoint you. And, I get it. We have gone frothing-at-the-mouth nuts over a slightly above-normal virulence virus, with a unique and obvious age-distribution pattern that should have made containment easy and panic completely unnecessary. And, if you’re living in the United States, like I am, you probably think my declaration that this pandemic is “over” to be somewhere between wishful thinking and incredibly premature, and I hear you, too, although forgive me if I’m not sure you’re the one thinking clearly, given some of the things I’ve recently read. I promise to support my assertion with data, and the wisdom of people far more expert than me who are having a harder time being heard in the present climate of…bats#@t crazy.”
The article is well researched, loaded with links to sources and supporting data.
Joe and I have read all of it.
Here are some highlights for those who won’t take the time:

1.  Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Oxford, identifies the multifaceted threat to “quality of life” by over-reaction to this virus, which is a strain of our old pal, the common cold.
She believes that “herd immunity” levels are in the 10 – 20% range (not 60%+ as previously speculated), and have largely been met in communities where isolation, separation, quarantine, and other methodologies have NOT BEEN FOLLOWED.  A quote from her interview –
“Question from Alastair: There’s an essential sense of contamination that pervades everything. You see repeatedly people reacting with total vitriol to pictures of young people going to the park or the beach. How do you transform a collective sense of contamination and sin into something productive?
Response from Dr. Gupta: It’s very difficult. I think there’s nothing to do except remind people that that is not only puritanical, but misguided. Because actually, the only way we can reduce the risk to the vulnerable people in the population is, for those of us who are able to acquire herd immunity, to do that.
Even if there is a little bit of a risk. I’m 55 years old, there’s some slight risk out there. But I would be willing to take that, just as I do with the flu. There’s a risk I might die of flu, but I’m willing to take that risk, because I know that if I don’t then flu will appear as it did before, it will enter the population of immunologically naive individuals, and then there will be a high risk of infection which will have a disproportionate effect on the vulnerable sector of the population.
Maybe the way to counter it now is to say, actually, not only is it a good thing for young people to go out there and become immune, but that is almost their duty. It’s a way of living with this virus. It’s how we live with other viruses. Flu is clearly a very dangerous virus, but the reason we don’t see more deaths from flu every year is because, through herd immunity, the levels of infection are kept to as low a level as we can get.
I think there is a way of living in a community where we do take some risk. We do the same with motorcars and whatnot. We say, ok there’s a risk, we’ll take it, because if we didn’t take that risk we’d be living our lives in a way we don’t want to.”
A second quote, a reply to a question about “herd immunity” –
Question from Maggie: The expression “herd immunity” has entered the same realms as austerity and Brexit. It has become a sort of danger word because of that whole debate at the very beginning. The minute you say herd immunity, the popular newspapers say you want to kill all the old.
Response from Dr. GuptaIt’s just a technical term. It’s just a technical term for the proportion of the population that needs to be immune in order to prevent the disease from spreading, which is the central concept in vaccinations. It’s a fundamental epidemiological concept, which clearly has been subverted. I guess the fact it includes the word herd has made it easier.
The truth is that herd immunity is a way of preventing vulnerable people from dying. It is achieved at the expense of some people dying, and we can stop that by preventing the vulnerable class in the process. In an ideal situation, you would protect the vulnerable as best you can, let people go about their business, allow herd immunity to build up, make sure the economy doesn’t crash, make sure the arts are preserved, and make sure qualities of kindness and tolerance remain in place.
We live, it seems, in this state of terror. Yes, international travel facilitates the entrance of contagion, but what it also does is it brings immunity.
Why don’t we get flu pandemics anymore? Because before 1918 there was not sufficient international travel or densities of individuals to keep flu on as the sort of seasonal thing it is now. Pockets of non-immune people would build up, and then they would be ravaged.
That was the pattern until the end of the First World War. Since then, many of these diseases have become endemic. As a result of which we are much more exposed to diseases in general and related pathogens, so if something new comes along we are much better off than we would be if we hadn’t had some sort of exposure to it.
If coronavirus had arrived in a setting where we had no coronavirus exposure before, we might be much worse off. It also seems that in addition to protection against severe disease as a result of exposure to related coronaviruses, some fraction of us seem to be resistant to infection.
That’s just fantastic news, actually. Hopefully that will be consolidated at a scientific, laboratory level. We ourselves are looking at how antibodies to seasonal corona viruses can impact on protection against infection and disease.
Maybe we will be able to build up a picture that will reassure the public that actually we are much better off having been exposed to related corona viruses. We are in a better place to fight off this infection than we actually thought.”
Joe and I had never pondered why the Spanish Flu of 1918 was so virulent.  Nice (as in accurate, precise) reply by Dr. Gupta.  Once again, worth the read if you have ANY ANXIETY about what is happening to you and your community.

2.  Jeffrey A. Tucker writes in the American Institute for Economic Research an article titled “When Will the Madness End?“.  Good question!  Alas, the answer is not any time soon.  Joe says it is a reminder that half of humanity is below average in intelligence.  The point Mr. Tucker makes is the collective madness of the mob in combination with dreadful political dictum is having a deep and lasting affect on the mental health of citizens.  A quote from the article –
After 2005 when the Internet developed into a serious repository for human knowledge, and it became accessible via smartphones and near-universal access, I too was tempted by the idea that we would enter into a new age of enlightenment in which mass frenzies would be quickly stopped by dawning wisdom. 
You can see evidence of my naivete with my April 5, 2020 article: With Knowledge Comes Calm, Rationality, and, Possibly, Openness. My thought then was that the evidence of the extremely discriminatory impact of the virus on plus-70 people with underlying conditions would cause a sudden realization that this virus was behaving like a normal virus. We were not all going to die. We would use rationality and reopen. I recall writing that with a sense of confidence that the media would report the new study and the panic would end. 
I was preposterously wrong, along with my four-month-old feeling that all of this stuff would stop on Monday. The psychiatrist I met in New York was correct: the drug of fear had already invaded the public mind. Once there, it takes a very long time to recover. This is made far worse by politics, which has only fed the beast of fear. This is the most politicized disease in history, and doing so has done nothing to help manage it and much to make it all vastly worse. 
We’ve learned throughout this ordeal that despite our technology, our knowledge, our history of building prosperity and peace, we are no smarter than our ancestors and, by some measures, not as smart as our parents and grandparents. The experience with COVID has caused a mass reversion to the superstitions and panics that sporadically defined the human experience of ages past. 
Eventually, people have and do come to their senses, but it is as Mackay said: people “go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
There is madness in the land.  All the forces of good, all the knowledge there is, all the facts and data and statistics are to no or slow avail.
Joe and I hope to recover our senses faster than slowly, and if we are able, to influence others to do the same.
We don’t want to starve to death because of our stubborn refusal to wear a mask.



Family Guy  – Never Visited
Joe and I have our quirks, our prejudices, our foibles, our flaws.
We admit to have never watched an episode of “Family Guy”.
We didn’t know what we didn’t know.
Our fleeting assessment years ago convinced us it would be a waste of our precious doG-given time.
In relation to current events, some wag remembered this brief scenario, and we are thinking maybe we might have missed something:


Take Down the CCP
Some long overdue heartfelt emotional protesting captured on video.
Even Toronto ON CA had a presence!:

And a song with the same title, “Take Down the CCP!” by Miles Guo made it to #1 on iTunes.
Joe says good news is welcome in any language (the music sucks but the message is a warning to tyrants everywhere):



Orange Man Bad Redux
An admission – Joe and I don’t think the Orange Man is Bad.
We think the Orange Man is crazy smart.
For those of you who don’t think he’s crazy smart, who think he is a “two digit IQ-ist” you must (at the very least) admit he is smart enough to hire fabulous people who make fabulous deals and fabulous decisions.
Two recent examples of excellence in action –
Example 1:  Trump administration brokers an Israeli – Kosovo deal.  Read the article at the link.  A Muslim country establishing diplomatic ties with Israel – imagine that.  Not an isolated anomalous event – one in a series (Saudi Arabia / Israel was first).
Example 2:  The Trump administration directs U.S. Marshals Service in Oregon to cross-deputize Oregon State Police officers.  This is brilliant.  The out of control rioting peaceful demonstrators in Oregon are now messing with Federal officers.  Federal officers who are not amused.  Hilarity will ensue.


The First Lady
Joe and I are in awe.
What presence and grace and class.
And beauty.
Does that make us racist?:


Candace Owens (Ben Shapiro)
Joe and I love both of these people.
Candace seems able to talk and think as fast as Ben.
Current events, machine gun speed, conservative perspective.
And of course the West’s favorite topic – “Black America”:
Joe and I are sick and tired of Black America.
Unfortunately, we have no solution.
Joe says this is the Ron White Paradox (you can’t fix stupid):


Blue Collar Logic
As a bookend to the Candace Owens / Ben Shapiro discussion above, here is Dave Morrison of Blue Collar Logic discussing the latest tragedy in American culture: the Antifa / BLM farce (BurnLootMurder):


A clash between the haters (haters gonna hate) and the MAGA singers:


Cajun Music
Joe and I were sitting in the back yard having a beer with a few friends.
Everyone went home (it wasn’t something we said).
Turned on the Internet and went YoubeTube-ing.
Damn if we weren’t in the mood for some Cajun tunes!
Here’s “You Won’t Be Satisfied”, by Cajun Country Revival:

Here’s “The Back Door” by D.L. Menard and friends:

And here are the Pays D’en Haut with “Tit Galop Pour Mamou / Bayou Noir”.
Joe’s French ain’t so good – he was disappointed there weren’t any galloping boobs – but he did like the music.
The young lady playing triangle looks a lot like Ms. Ella Mae Z. from Oyama BC.
Joe says Ms. Ella Mae is way better looking.
Neither one of us knows if Ella Mae can play the triangle:


Joe’s Garage

Vegan Criminals
Joe and I listened to the following information from Dr. Shawn Baker.
We consider the well-meaning Australian parents of the 11 pound 20 month old infant to be child abusers and criminals.
There is no excuse for denying a child the best possible opportunity to be all they can be (thank you US Armed Forces).
Joe says life is hard enough, a big enough challenge, without purposely being handicapped by your own damn mother and father:

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Joe’s Comment – Sometimes logic fails.  Charles Schulz’s introspective cartoon captures the idea precisely.
Has it been the hot sunny weather making me grin?
Or is it something additional?
Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig touches my current mood –
Summer or not, life is good.
Another Michael Leunig thought as a reminder –



Mike Pompeo
Joe and I think Secretary of State Pompeo is the real deal.
His occasional updates give an idea of foreign policy objectives and accomplishments.
How could Jug Ears say that his administration was transparent?
Good doG, the Trump administration is doing what all the others didn’t.
Joe and I heartily endorse 4 More Years! of “Orange Man Bad”, and we hope President Trump keeps Mr. Pompeo in this position for as long as he will stay:


Donald Trump – 2011
This speech in Las Vegas was 4 years before he ran for president.
Joe and I haven’t seen this before.
Sounds like the same dude talking.
Playing the same song he sings so well.
To the same enthusiastic response and support.
Joe and I are convinced.
If he is “Orange Man Bad”, that’s exactly who we want in the pilot’s seat:

Joe loved this speech.  Especially the statement DJ Trump made re: the OPEC / Saudi stranglehold of the time, manipulating the price of oil – ” ….. because we have nobody in Washington that sits back and says “you’re not gonna raise that fuckin’ price, do you understand me?””
Time has passed.
DJ Trump IS the President of the United States of America.
And there is now someone in Washington who, indeed, is saying what needs to be said.
Furthermore, he’s being listened to, and making change.


Flower Power
This woman has “walked away”.
Walk Away is a popular meme describing people who have had enough of the Democrat / Progressive extremists who have lost cognitive perspective.
The WalkAway Campaign was created by Brandon Straka, a disaffected former Democrat voter.
Joe and I will not admit how many girls and women we have known who sounded like this; all those years ago and even today.
We are pleased to know some of them never changed.
Gotta go with what ya got…..
This particular woman’s story affected Joe and me.
If reason and logic and good judgement and wise choices and risk management are NOT necessary behaviors for a person to have a good life, who then ensures these processes are implemented for each person?
You know someone has to do the hard work.
Surely to heaven you wouldn’t depend on government to do this for you?
A touching story, worth the time to watch:


Chinese (CCP) Flight
Joe says this is akin to the Nazi war criminals fleeing Germany and hiding out all over the world as the allies advanced in Europe and Germany at the end of World War II.
Leaving the poor, the average, the Chinese mud peckers to bear the brunt.
Once again, Epoch Times tells the story:


Joe’s Garage

1958 Vernon BC
What a treat!
Dave S. forwarded this video of someone driving (in a Lincoln) from Crystal Waters (Oyama) to Vernon, through Vernon, and up St. Anne’s Hill toward Falkland.
Joe and I recognize a lot of the landscape, and a few buildings that still survive.
Highway 6 to Lumby doesn’t exist yet.
Lots of interesting views, and a few memories too:

1958 Calgary, Frank Slide
Our family moved to Calgary in 1959.
Wonderful visuals in this video posted by the same author as above:

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Joe’s Comment – Damn you, Venn diagram!  That sums me to a “T”.
Wouldn’t do much differently if I was forced to live my life again.  Probably couldn’t do much differently.  Money was always something to consider, but never worth hard time.  I was wrong to think that I could get by on two of the Big Three – Good Looks, Great Smarts, Big Bucks.
Not because it is impossible.
Only because I didn’t have enough of the other two.
Seems I was “Wimpy” on all three –


Mark and Patricia McCloskey
Joe and I watched in awe when the Antifa goons invaded their suburban street and these fine folks stood in Antifa’s way to defend their property.
Last we checked, in America, the 2nd Amendment is perfectly rightful, as is defending yourself and your possessions.
Joe and I watched in disbelief as the MSM (main stream media) portrayed them as criminals, and we were further confused when the “authorities” pressed federal charges against them.
Joe says they have not only the right to defend themselves and property, but the obligation.  Doing otherwise is to hasten the demise of our civilization.
Clearly written in the American Constitution.
Clearly supported in the Amendments.
Alas, a judiciary abused for political objectives breeds anger and animosity.
The net result is disorder, distrust, and chaos:


Trump Foreign Policy Successes
Joe and I can’t for the life of us understand how the MSM (main stream media) opposes and refuses to report the excellent results delivered by the Trump administration in foreign policy.
Damn straight!
Stand up to China, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), and stand them down.
Confront North Korea with reality, attain a “remission” status.
Squeeze Russia, Iran, Syria, and others with tactical solutions that weaken their power.
Remove troops from Afghanistan and Syria.
Squash ISIS.
Barter peace in the Middle East….
Move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
The list is lengthy and any fool (even Joe and me) can see the trend is away from war-like aggression to let’s do business and we’ll all get rich!
Joe and I don’t know if others think like we do about “foreigners” and “foreign lands”.  We’re not sure ourselves, exactly.
We don’t want war, or “enemies”, or crimes against humanity, or torture, or suppression of speech.
What we do want flies in the face of big government, tyranny, “socialism” (whatever flavor or variety), and supports free speech, private property, liberty, freedom.
The American Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Amendments to the Constitution are exemplary.  They are based on English Common Law.
Which is based on Judaeo-Christian morality.
A list of current successes is here, at
Here are a few paragraphs to inculcate curiosity, to know more –
Trump will go down as perhaps the most consequential president in terms of the Middle East in American history. He not only has stitched together this deal, he has gotten Israel and Saudi Arabia to cooperate on operations against Iran. He became the first president ever to fly from Riyadh to Tel Aviv.
He has defeated ISIS, moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and taken out Qasem Soleimani, the Iran major general whose Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and punished Syria – as opposed to the disappearing “red lines” of the previous administration – for using chemical weapons on its citizens.
He has withdrawn from the disastrous Iran deal and stopped sending plane loads of cash to the world’s leading state sponsor terrorism, and he has begun to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Syria.
And the Middle East peace plan his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has developed is said to be the best hope for resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict since at least Oslo. 
And that’s just the Middle East.”
Joe and I can only speculate what Orange Man Bad (aka President Trump) says to foreign leaders when they are cloistered in a meeting or sharing a private moment.
We suspect it is not threats or demands or ultimatums.
Our guess is more along the line of “what are you doing to improve your country and join the world business community?”
For example, maybe he takes Rocket Man aside and says “you have an incredible tourist opportunity!  Put up some resorts on your fabulous beaches, build some golf courses, amusement parks, and visitors will come.  You will get wealthy.  So will your people”.
My lefty / progressive friends are skeptical.
Perhaps it is all an illusion – the bad actors and psychopaths are only waiting out Orange Man, for November 2020 or November 2024 will be his contract completion date.
After that, chaos will gain traction.
Joe and I are more optimistic.


Ivanka Trump
Joe and I have great admiration for this fabulous woman.
We believe that children are a reflection of their parents.
Watch this and think about your opinion of Donald Trump:


Donald Trump
The President was introduced at the RNC (Republican National Convention) by his daughter Ivanka (video above).
His acceptance speech (nomination as presidential candidate) is powerful and specific about the direction he wishes to take the country.
We’ve embedded it below:

Note the speech is delivered in front of the White House.  This was not the first requested venue by the President, nor the second.  The Democrats blocked the first two venue choices, so the President said let’s do it where I live…..
The progressive left went wild.
After securing the nomination, President Trump spoke at the Charlotte NC RNC gathering:

Joe and I can only reiterate: no matter what any one of you people out there think of “Orange Man Bad”, not that any of you know him personally, his track record as president is superlative.
Not only is he picking off every platform promise made, he is shining in all areas not proclaimed – a recent example – 39 children freed from child/sex bondage by “Operation Not Forgotten” in Georgia.  The Trump administration was instrumental in funding and supporting this effort all across America, despite resistance.  Can you believe some would object to freeing children from abuse?
Although Obambi proclaimed to have the “most transparent administration” in history, despite the refusal of the main stream media to report on the President or his administration in any light, but if they do, report negatively – Joe and I still find volumes of information on the Internet.  President Trump and his administration have managed to side-step the MSM in a magnificent manner and truly be a transparent administration.
No feet on desk cavalier smart-ass attitude.
No sexual abuses in the Oval Office.
All this man does is work 18+ hours a day for the American people and takes no pay.
As the meme says – President Trump takes no pay, which is a good thing because we couldn’t afford to pay him!

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