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Joe’s Comment – Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler is very prolific.  These three seem about right for my time and progress.   Or lack of.

 

Okanagan Fires
Today is Friday.
Last night, Monty Creek burned to the ground.
The lake survived (Joe’s humor), but the campgrounds and store are ashes.
This morning in Vernon we can see blue sky to the south.
All other directions are smoky.
Joe and I sympathize and empathize with anyone affected and effected by this most natural of events.
We did some research.
It is estimated that lightning strikes the earth as many as 8 million times per day.
That is just shy of 100 times per second, somewhere, hopefully not near you.
There is an on-line application that shows current lightening activity.
Joe and I joke and make sarcastic remarks about the human ego.
The very ego that insists humans can put out a forest fire.
Or stop a flood.
Or control the atmosphere.
Nice goals, but in our mind, not achievable.
We think that the focus should be on risk management and recovery.
It is a wonderful experience to drive through the Rocky Mountains (brilliantly named) on a warm sunny summer day.  In Banff AB, it is illegal to feed the animals or remove plants or fart in the general direction of Ms. Nature (Monty Python ref.).
Vital infrastructure such as the main highways and byways should not be shoulder to shoulder with the majestic boreal forests – the right of way should be cleared a 1/4 mile on both sides of the road.  Scenery is an expensive luxury.
Cattle grazing leases should be expanded to include all areas around cities, towns, villages, and communities with human inhabitants.  Cattle and sheep are Nature’s bulldozers and mowers.
Allow harvesting as needed or required to keep people safe – and provide income to local citizenry.
Joe and I would create more reservoirs for water retention and hydro electric generation.
Manage to us means renewable and profitable and repeatable.
And safe.
Maybe a few lightening rods, too……

 

COVID News

Ivor Cummins
Mr. Cummins talks about some of the psychology involved in the ongoing COVID hoax.  How much can people stand?
It depends on how much can be obfuscated, double-talked, altered, contradicted and lied about to conflict a thinking person’s analysis.
Of course, the unthinking are already convinced.
Joe and I see them wearing masks when alone in their vehicles.
It takes a special kind of stupid:

Lie Revealed?
A link (thanks Myrna!) about a court case in Alberta Canada may be the death knell of the great lie called COVID-19.  The link is to a Stew Peter’s Show segment.
The Albertan who took the government to court and won is Patrick King.
His argument required the judge to press the government for the proof of the existence of the virus, the “isolation” of the virus.
The government admitted that no such proof exists.
Or did it? – ref. Robert Barnes below.
This interview went viral.  People want to know.  If it turns out to be another legal sham, no one will be surprised.  Our friend Stefan of Sanity 4 Sweden thought there was some value in the story, and commented today (Friday):

Our Canadian legal eagle (and chief pearl clutcher) Viva Frei cautions wouldn’t it be nice (Beach Boys ref.), but there is another way to look at the legal stick handling.  The subpoena was not technically legal (notary vs judge), so the Alberta government need not comply:

However, from many other sources, much data crunching, and historic evidence, no SARS virus has ever had an effective vaccine.
Using a “Wizard of Oz” analogy, we now see what is behind the curtain.
The fact that it was legal slight of hand that forced the potential, not yet admitted admission is deplorable.
A possible major legal breakthrough, and it was not a lawyer or politician – it was an everyday Canadian mud pecker.
It will be interesting to see how Western nations spin this through their legal systems.  After all, this happened in Alberta, not New York City (center of the known Universe).  Or China (center of the biggest hypocrites on the face of doG’s green Earth).
Many respectable AND honest medical professionals have been saying this since the HIV boondoggle in the ’80’s (for instance, Kary Mullis, inventor of the PCR process, refused to work on HIV, insisting that it had not been isolated and wasn’t real).  Here is the essence of Kary Mullis in two quotes –
Joe says the last quote is the argument we have about “Nazi Scientists” peeking under doG’s skirt.
All it took was a legally binding legal procedure to force a judge to get a statement of the truth on record.
Some of us mud peckers / dirt people knew all along this was a sham.  No one we knew, no one in our community, no one our friends know was infected.
For example “The Black Death” was a monster.  They say in two years (1347 – 1350) it killed up to 60% of Europeans, and an estimated 100 – 200 million world wide.  That is a serious pandemic:  https://deathblack.wordpress.com/statistics/ This COVID shenanigans is a strong cold / nasty flu, nothing more.
If you are taking care of your immune system, age is not as critical.
This “victory” is a call to arms.
How many more shams are being perpetrated?
What can be done to expose them all?
Is there a method or process to stop this kind of inhumane abuse going forward?
A glimmer of light, but nowhere near the end of the war:

 

Stew Peters
The reveal above re: Albertan Patrick King was on the Stew Peters show.
The following information is also compliments of Stew Peters.
Listen up people.  The COVID-19 virus has not been isolated.  That means you cannot ask for or receive a sample of this virus.  It does not exist.  No one can produce it from a sample or isolate it in an infected person.  Say again – it does not exist.
Mr. Peters interviews Dr. Jane Ruby with the objective of determining if this most deadly of viruses (heavy sarcasm) actually exists:

Sanity 4 Sweden
Stefan keeps hitting home runs for Joe and me.
He is sane, intelligent, down to earth (honorary mud pecker status), and has a wicked sense of humor.  It is a pleasure to hear a voice of reason in a sea of chaos:

 

 

Musical Interlude

Avalon Jazz Band
What a treat!
In Joe’s mind, France is just like the movie “A Good Year“, and the music is exemplified by the work of Edith Piaf “La Vie en Rose” or “Sous le Ceil de Paris”:

The link above to Edith Piaf’s history is a sobering story of hardship and passion that will bring you close to tears.  She died at 47.  Her last words were “Every damn thing you do in this life, you have to pay for.”  Christ on a Moped……
Which begs the question….. is there a France (in our mind) after Piaf?
Or a Piaf after France?
The answer is maybe so!
Here is the Avalon Jazz Band, featuring Tatiana Eva-Marie, singing “Amado Mio”:

In case you think it is a one-off or luck, try again:

Joe says the fact that Tatiana Eva-Marie is from Brooklyn NY is beside the point.  Our imaginary image of France persists!
Now let’s consider Swing:

 

 

David Horowitz
Joe and I have been long time readers (and fanboys) of Mr. Horowitz.
He was raised by communist party parents to hate his country.
Events led him to the truth about communism, the Left, the Progressive movement, the lying, cheating, whoring ways of leftist politics.
Unlike many polemics and journalists Mr. Horowitz does not mince words.
Joe and I have stopped following Fox News (their political agenda doesn’t mesh with our political views any more – if it ever did).
But we still listen to Tucker Carlson:

 

 

Mike Pompeo
Mr. Pompeo was the Secretary of State in the Trump administration.
He has a clear vision of what has happened, the objectives of mega corporations, the possibilities of America as a failed republic, and what he sees as remedial to correct the course of the greatest nation on earth.
Joe and I have read criticism of Mr. Pompeo, and his critics are harsh.
We believe his approach would work.
In our fantasy world, every person can make moral and ethical choices when given a full “Sgt. Friday” (just the facts, ma’am).
Mr. Pompeo is a presidential or vice-presidential candidate for 2024:

 

 

Stephan Harper
PM Stephan Harper makes his perspective known on current events.
An interview with Joe Lonsdale on American Optimist here.
Joe and I think this man was the best Prime Minister Canada has had in our lifetime.
Lots of folks have forgotten how PM Harper lead Canada through the debacle of 2008 when the economy came close to stroking out.
We Canadians had the best experience of all the Western nations, no little credit to Mr. Harper’s steady hand on the tiller.
We would vote for him again.
And again.  A short analysis of his comments in this City News video:

 

 

Joe’s Garage

Elon Musk
The “Everyday Astronaut” Ub2b channel has an exclusive tour of the Starbase factory with Mr. Musk himself.
Tim Dodd is the creator of the channel.  He is a college dropout who became obsessed with rocketry and space flight.  His learning story here.
Joe and I got some of our joy of reading with “Tom Corbett, Space Cadet”.
We love this stuff:

Dead and Wounded
Joe and I have a collection of close to 30 dead and wounded Fords.
We have a plan for each and every one.
Some of them have a terminal illness that will require more $$$ and time than they are worth.
We like trying our best to analyze the issues with each vehicle, scrounge or buy the parts we think will bring them back to life, then put the parts in the vehicle and leave…..  Sometimes for years.
It is a form of amusement mostly.
Other times (like this week) trying to resuscitate Claire Rae from a 6 year slumber in less than a day is a lesson in humility and frustration.
Joe couldn’t believe that the good running diesel truck we parked in 2015 is hobbled with a sticky front brake caliper, and a rotted off exhaust pipe.
The 6.9L IDI diesel purrs, the clutch and transmission perform as designed, but time has crippled Claire Rae.  Some $$$ and time required.
So, too, with Duff, a 1988 F250 e/w 7.3L IDI engine.  We parked Duff some years back – maybe 4.  A hard starting problem turned into a no starting problem.
After a few hours of intense scrutiny and a modicum of trouble shooting we found the problem.  A part is on order that we have never had to replace in the past on any of our IDI vehicles.  The fuel cut-off solenoid has decided to retire.  New cost $40.00 CDN.
Try that with a computer controlled diesel truck.
Like our F350 6.0L beauty, Nora.
We’ve driven her hard for 6 years with a minimum of repair / maintenance work.  It is time to pay the piper.  Muchly.
A lot of our fun is gleaned from watching videos about the particular problem being confronted.
The Internet is a constant supply of information and know how about fixing things, and truck repairs are no exception.
We found the following video very informative.  It is a high level explanation of engine sensors, without which there could be no computer controlled vehicles:

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Joe’s Comment – The three George Booth cartoons above crack me up – completely.
This is totally off the wall for me.  I don’t know if I get it or if I don’t, but I can’t stop grinning.  George has my number.
Perhaps my thinking is at the wrong end…. or I don’t know where I am or where I’ve been, as drawn by Eric Decetis.  It seems to matter not.
I wake up laughing!
A delightful smoke filled week.


The History Guy

One of our favorite sources of information and entertainment.
Any polymath will agree that the more and different, the better it gets!
That includes pseudo-polymaths like Joe and me.
Lance Geiger and his wife Heidi Wiechert are the Ub2b channel known as “The History Guy“.  A brief history of their enterprise here.
Lance was laid off from his accounting job in his early fifties.
What to do?
He reasoned his passion for history might be shared by others.
His obsession with the past, inculcated by his mother and father, and his enthusiastic story telling talent has grown into a fantastic go-to source for obscure and in depth history about many events, persons, things, and discoveries that make up the story of humanity, of life on Earth.
Has he been successful?
Heidi quit her job and works with Lance to research, write, and produce The History Guy channel on Ub2b.  They are making a living.
The true measure of their success is the number of mimics there are on the Internet.  (Joe says there are lots).
A subject near and dear to our hearts is electronics.
We were born about 21 months after the invention of the transistor (17th December 1947).  We are now 72 years old.
Electronics was an interest we had as a youth.  We trained at S.A.I.T. in Calgary as an Electronics Engineering Technologist (whatever that is now), and working with electronic devices provided Joe and me a career and a good living.
We know what happened to us, but what about electronics?
Here is Lance Geiger, The History Guy, with a brief but thorough history of the transistor, an incredibly major component in the development of electronics:

 

Sanity 4 Sweden
Stefan will be labelled an anarchist.
His 19th July video was taken down by Ub2b, and he was issued a warning.
That is endorsement enough for Joe and me.
Here is the story:

Another worth the watch from Wednesday:

 

Dr. Rob Cywes
The good doctor (The Carb Addiction Doc) describes the damage sugar (in all forms of carbohydrate) causes in the human body.  Vascular inflammation caused by excessive sugar (carbohydrate) consumption, i.e., excessive blood sugar levels, precedes type 2 diabetes and/or organ failure.
Repete apres moi – the good doctor says diabetes IS a vascular inflammatory condition caused by high blood sugar levels.  It affects EVERYBODY.
A word to the wise:

 

Richard the Lionheart
Joe and I have gained an appreciation for history as we age.
As a youngster, we were adventuring here there and everywhere, galloping off in all directions, willy-nilly.
Joe says if common sense were cents, in our youth we couldn’t have scraped enough together to buy a 2¢ nigger baby black licorice treat.
On reflection, maybe not now, either.
July 25th of the year of our Lord 1192 was the first attack by the Muslim army of Saladin on the Christian city of Jaffa.
History describes this as the “Battle of Jaffa“.
The defenders fought valiantly, but were outnumbered, and soon found themselves barricaded in the garrison, while Saladin’s men went on a rampage and killed all living Christian innocents, wounded Crusaders, and pigs indiscriminately.
Some brave soul escaped the city and passed word to Richard the Lionheart, who was at Acre, miles away along the coastline.
King Richard the Lionheart was a fierce and fearless fighter.  He loaded seven ships with volunteers and sailed to Jaffa.
Outnumbered 10 to 1, King Richard ignored the odds and defeated Saladin’s army, sending them fleeing in retreat and disarray.
Richard the Lionheart was in the advance, fighting and slaying all opponents crossing his path.
Saladin was not a fighter, but a skilled strategist.
Joe and I wonder if this man, Richard, King of England, isn’t a blueprint for Marvel Comic’s super heroes centuries later.
The Ub2b channel “Real Crusades History” has created a graphic reenactment of the events:

 

COVID Updates

Booyah! (Hooyah)
An ex-marine’s reply to the spectre of “forced vaccinations” (click on link):

“Confirmed” Cases Up
You’ll never guess who is succumbing to the new variants of COVID, so we’ll tell you – the vaccinated.

 

Joe’s Garage

Carnivore Dieting
The third anniversary of our self experiment with diet restriction was celebrated on July 26th, 2021.
We celebrated with a meal of roast beast (expression coined by daughter Kenda), a portion of ham, a touch of horse radish and gravy, and a cup of tea (actually, a cup of warm cream with some tea in it).
The results of our removing as much carbohydrate from our pie hole intake as practical are meaningful to us.  We no longer eat bread or flour products, sugar in its many forms, fruit, and most vegetables.  There are of course exceptions for birthday celebrations or other events, but for the most part the major foodstuff we consume is meat.  The truth is our tastes have changed.  There was a time when the mention of fresh bread or twice baked potato gave us a visceral involuntary reaction – drool.  Now, not so much.  This Spring we stopped consuming alcoholic beverages.  A cold beer at the end of a long hot Summer day used to be the gold standard.  Now, cold water serves the same function.  Joe and I feel good.  We managed to bridge our emotional response to different substances (from the good doctor Rob Cywes – The Carb Addiction Doc).
Carbohydrates stimulate our endorphin system; a form of “high”.
It is a natural response, and in a world with few carbs (before farming), helpful in survival.  Enter farming, which produces huge surpluses of carbohydrates.
Every person has an emotional side, an emotional “tension” that needs release.
Carbohydrates stimulate the endorphin system, and our emotional needs can be abated with the euphoria of consuming carbs.  Carbs are often used to manage emotional tension.
Combine the carb “high” with emotional needs and the result is unhealthy.  Dr. Cywes explains the cycle:

Our feeling good means just that.  No physical problems, no meds, no disabilities (the 37 wackos in our head not withstanding), no impairments….. life is good.
How much is the result of this diet self experiment?
When we started this experiment, our weight was pushing 280 pounds.  Way too much for our frame.  There were issues with physical ability.  The GP we see was recommending blood pressure and cholesterol medication – an argument we declined to have, because in our little pea brain, medication is a last resort.
We asked what we could do for maximum impact, for better health, without medication.  His reply was simple – lose weight.  Some research later, some data collection, the stories from Jordan and Mikhaila Peterson, Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Ken Berry, Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Rob Cywes, and many many others, we settled on the carnivore diet – a “reset” strategy to exclude all non essential unnatural foodstuff.  As Dr. Cywes says, “Carbohydrates are a non essential food, and they are a highly endorphin activating drug.  Obesity is a substance abuse problem, not a weight problem or a calorie problem.”
Joe and I weighed in yesterday – 205 pounds.  That is 10 pounds over our high school graduation weight.  We are healthy.  Life is good.

Pulling Stumps
Joe and I have nothing but respect for our four or five fathers.
The old guys knew some stuff and they shared that stuff with the world.
A knowledge of geometry, levers, mechanical advantage helps pull stumps.
Of course a couple of Clydsdale horses are a bonus:

 

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Things of Beauty
It is the sweet spot of the year for Joe and me.
This year has been extraordinary weather-wise.
Despite the constant threat of fire always present during a warm summer in the Okanagan, even the smoky days are fat-of-the-land special.
The question that idly teases our mind: is it a perfect Summer?
Time to break out the Vivaldi.
Here is Mari Samuelsen, with her peerless interpretation of Summer from The Four Seasons.
Perhaps perfection is only an ideal, a goal, always sought, never attained.
We would argue otherwise.
At 4:39, one of the tenderest expressions in the music is flowing from her supremely talented self, her face is portraying her emotional interpretation….. and some jag-off coughs.
It is perfect.
You can’t escape the human condition.
Thank you Mari Samuelsen, for reminding us that perfection is in every moment, even when people cough, children screech, the insects buzzzzzzz.
Not to mention the genius of Vivaldi…..
It is a humbling realization for Joe and I to know that although we listen in awe, we struggle to hear.
The kind of hard work we seek.
What a delight!:

 

 

 

Australia
Joe and I have had fantasies about Australia our entire life.
We are attracted to hot weather, cloudless skies, deserts, and did we mention no snow?
Over the years we’ve gained an appreciation for the diversity of Australia.
Our obsession with blue skies and high temperatures, Fahrenheit or Celsius, blinded us to the incredible spectrum of life on the oldest land mass on Earth.
A wonderful Aussie bloke (note the vernacular shift?) named Reese Mac put together a short tour guide of spectacular Australian geography – you can see it here.
We knew Australia was a large country, but we had no inkling it is similar to the U.S. of A. in land mass.  The population is only 24 million, which makes Australia similar to Canada in terms of density – 3.33 people / sq. km. vs 4.1 for Canada.
Canada is mostly unarable: only 4.4% vs 6% for Australia.  The irony is one country is too cold with a short growing season, while the other is too hot and dry.  Guess which is which?
Here are a few excerpts from the Reese Mac entry in Quora

Very awesome country.  An inverse Canada climate wise – very little snow, very much hot desert.  A similar to Canada sparsity of humans, incredible natural resources, and part of the English Commonwealth (speak English, parliamentary system, rule of law, constitutional monarchy).
What’s not to like?
Joe and I are pondering a move……

 

COVID News

Australian COVID News
MP Craig Kelly makes the case for Ivermectin in the Aussie House of Parliament.
This presentation is from late June, 2021.
Joe and I are appalled by the empty chamber.
MP Kelly must be speaking to include his data in the record, for very few are there to hear is words.
Perhaps, some day, “science” will become science, will shuck it’s political cloak:

Another Ivermectin dataset (graphic below) is supportive of the data MP Kelly presents –

Washington State COVID News
Seems the data the government is using and persists in using is “garbage data“.
So says Dr. Clifford Knopic.  The good doctor is not a medical doctor but he has a doctorate in computer science and a masters in information systems.  His analysis of government data provoked his response.
Joe and I say that if a learned professional analyses the data and sees a serious problem, when mud peckers like us do the same, when there is an uproar around the world about what in the wide wide world of sports is going on (ref. Slim Pickens in Blazing Saddles), it behooves the “authorities” to resort to that dreaded alternative known as transparency.  A large portion of mea culpa would be appropriate, too.
It is overdue time to discuss the scientific facts in all public forums without prejudice.
Joe says the “without prejudice” part will be difficult…..

Dr. James Lyons-Weiler COVID News
This is an explosive presentation.
Dr. Lyons-Weiler made this information publicly known in October 2020.
Why is this not being disseminated by all the media to every citizen in every country?
Joe is cynical.  I am too.  There are political forces at work that appear evil:

Canadian COVID News
Joe and I did not wear a mask. (period)
Joe and I will not wear a mask, unless there is a logical, scientific, real reason to do so. (period)
Here is a link to a document that lists the Canadian and International “law” that supports our position.  A graphic summary (first page) –
Of course, the mere mortals who govern are the first to abandon “the law” in any adverse or anomalous situation.
For example, Chief Rainbow Socks and company forcing returning Canadians into “internment hotels”.
For example, the January 6th “assault” on the U.S. Capital Buildings – there are still people interred, 6 months later, who have not had their day in court.
It is a fact of “civilization”.
Joseph Conrad was brutally honest in his epic novel “Heart of Darkness”.
His view that the veneer of civilization need not be scratched deep to reveal the savagery beneath.
Aldous Huxley had a darker view of civilization –
What does it all mean?
Of the three conflicts (man vs man, man vs self, man vs Nature), the most deadly and poisonous is man vs man.
It sets the smallest minority against itself.

UK COVID News
Ivor Cummins and pals reflect on the past year.
COVID and politics is a bad combination they conclude.
The beer looks excellent:

 

 

Dr.  Shawn Baker
A short but important rant from Dr. Baker.
Joe and I have varied opinions about the efficacy of doctors, doctoring, medicine, and the medical community.
It should not be alarming that we judge efficacy by results.
In no circumstance do we believe that doctors are supra or super human.
They are not gods.
At the lowest common denominator, they are mechanics for meat puppets.
Dr. Baker identifies the straw man illogical fallacy of the “doctor as god” argument:

Dr. Baker was prolific this week, with stuff meaningful to Joe and I.  Here is a video talking about the real ranchers and farmers who care for their livestock:

 

Sanity 4 Sweden
Stefan is a rock star.
Joe and I have gone back an entire year on his Ub2b channel.
Consistent.  Reliable.  Great sense of humor.
And, most important to Joe and me, not anger driven like we are.
News from the Continent, a la Stefan:

More from Stefan regarding COVID / Vaxx politics in Europe:

 

WATOP
The gentleman at We Are Top shows the capricious nature of Nature.
Joe and I have long understood that Nature is NOT OUR FRIEND, and that Life is a frenzied experiment in mutation.
A group of unique human beings who have amazing constitutions: they celebrate their uniqueness:

 

Joe’s Garage

Major Dick Bong
America’s highest scoring ace in World War II flew in the Pacific campaign, piloting the Lockheed P-38 twin engine interceptor.
The History Guy does an admirable job of telling his story:

Moon Walk
On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon.
That’s right.
There are people around town who do not believe it happened, that it was staged or faked somehow.
To those people Joe has a comment: just because YOU cannot conceive of or contribute to such a technological accomplishment is not a validation that it never happened.
Those who doubt may not have been alive in 1969, but Joe and I were; we were 20 years old.  We saw it on television (black and white).
Here is a link to a very patriotic opinion piece about the Moon landing and moon walk, at the Raconteur website.  Meanwhile, from the Silicon Graybeard website, a graphic that sums it up to our satisfaction –

Can You Catch a Baseball?
Joe and I used to like playing scrub – a game with no teams (each player is independent).  You start in the outfield and by putting the batter out, you advance a position at a time, until you are a batter.
The objective?
Most folks like to bat.
Joe and I liked to bat too, but mostly it was a “fun in the sun” summertime activity without the overbearing presence of adults, organized sport, competitive pressure off the scale.
The adults in this video are like us kids playing scrub.
They wondered if a baseball could attain 1,000 mph, could it be caught?
The answer is yes and no.
Watch the video to understand:

 

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